Friday, September 25, 2020

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317 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths reported in B.C. since Friday

There were five new cases reported in the Vancouver Island Health region over the weekend.

One arrested after police disperse large parties at UVic and surrounding area Friday night

The individual was arrested for public intoxication.

B.C. approves plastic bag ban bylaws for Victoria, other municipal governments

Victoria first introduced the bylaw in 2018, but it was quashed the year after.

Smoky skies, poor air quality to persist in Victoria until Monday: Environment Canada

Authorities recommend postponing any strenuous outdoor activities until the smoke dissipates next week.

132 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. Friday, 3 in Vancouver Island Health region

Over 3,000 people across B.C. are in self-isolation after being exposed to the virus.

‘Shocking and disappointing’: Drunk driver caught speeding in Saanich school zone

On the first day that K-12 students returned to classrooms.

Air quality back up to “very high risk” in Victoria, Saanich Friday morning

It is expected to stay at high risk all day and into Saturday.

COVID-19 exposure alert issued for flight that landed in Victoria last weekend

The plane arrived from Toronto on September 5.

B.C. reports record high 139 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Including two new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Environment Canada issues temperature warning for Greater Victoria this week

Due to a bout of unseasonably warm weather for two days.

Greater Victoria now has 350 Little Free Libraries installed throughout the region

And here's how you can find ones near you!

B.C. announces $3.7 million expansion for Island Sexual Health centre in Victoria

They will hire more staff and expand the space to incorporate more examination rooms.

B.C. projecting $12.8 billion budget deficit for 2020-21 fiscal year

Virtually all sectors of the economy are projected to experience decline this year before starting to bounce back in 2021.

‘Unwelcome intrusion’: Horgan disappointed at Transport Canada reversal on ferry rules

Starting Sept. 30, BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles on the lower deck.

Uber plans to launch in Victoria and Kelowna by end of 2020

Their application is expected to take 3 months to process.

B.C. reports 100 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths on Wednesday

Hospitalizations and health care facility outbreaks are on a steady rise.

B.C. top doctor says we can ‘rescue Halloween’ this year despite pandemic

Rest assured, Halloween has not been cancelled due to COVID-19.

B.C. announces winter pandemic plan: more flu shots, more testing, more health care staff

Thousands of additional health care staff and more hospital beds are expected to bolster the province's pandemic response.

Victoria Police seeking last suspect in 17-person drug trafficking ring at Centennial Square

So far, 16 people have been arrested and face charges for drug trafficking and related crimes.

BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles starting...

Due to Transport Canada rescinding the temporary flexibility introduced in the spring.

B.C. shuts down clubs, bans liquor at bars and restaurants after 10 p.m. amid...

More plans for the next few months of the pandemic in B.C. will be released Wednesday.

429 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths reported in B.C. since Friday

Including four new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Police continue search for high-risk Victoria man missing since Monday morning

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.

Victoria Police officer fined $167 for car crash after running red light (VIDEO)

There were no injuries but both vehicles sustained extensive damage in the crash.

Here’s how post-secondary students in B.C. can access 24/7 free mental health counselling

The program was launched in April and will remain operational for at least 3 years.

Mysterious seed packages delivered to Victoria, Esquimalt residences

Over 750 people across Canada have received similar packages to date.

104 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. Wednesday, including 3 in Vancouver Island Health region

There are now 1,127 active cases across B.C. and hospitalizations are on the rise.

30 newspaper boxes to be removed from downtown Victoria

10 boxes owned by one publication will remain.

85 new affordable housing suites opening in Nanaimo this month

Through two new housing developments.

B.C. extends COVID-19 state of emergency to September 15

It allows the province to keep certain measures and orders in place.

Police search for witnesses after vandals smash school windows in downtown Victoria

15 windows were damaged by rocks in a period of three weeks.

B.C. reports 58 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death on Tuesday

There are now 8 active cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Victoria Police arrest man downtown after string of property damage incidents

He reportedly tore branches off a tree and threatened to attack people with them.

28 new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed on Vancouver Island

Funded jointly by federal, provincial, and local governments.

Victoria Police doubles down on anti-mural stance with support from West Shore RCMP

VicPD tried to have the acronym 'ACAB' removed from the mural when they found it last week.

294 new COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths reported in B.C. since Friday

There are now over 1,107 active cases across the province.

Victoria’s Royal BC Museum buys adjacent IMAX theatre in $3.8M deal

As planning for a long-term modernization process.

Victoria landmarks to light up in purple this evening for International Overdose Awareness Day

Over 900 people have lost their lives to drugs in B.C. so far this year.

B.C. Premier John Horgan currently has the highest approval rating in Canada (SURVEY)

Horgan has a 69% approval rating, primarily attributed to how his government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 exposure alert issued for WestJet flight that landed in Victoria mid-August

The flight came from Vancouver on August 18

Anti-gay preachers drowned out by Pride protesters in downtown Victoria (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

During the sermons, Lynn kept repeating the phrase 'repent your sins' and told protestors that being gay was a choice.

60% of restaurants across Canada could permanently close by November

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign to support the industry.

Saanich Police searching for missing 15-year-old boy (UPDATED)

Police say he was last seen August 25.

B.C. reports record-breaking 124 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

There are now nearly 1,000 active cases across B.C., 15 of which are in Vancouver Island Health region.

Saanich Police arrest two men, seize loaded firearm and suspected fentanyl

Experts say the type of purple fentanyl found is traditionally "an extremely potent illicit drug".