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BC sets tragic record of 28 COVID-19 related deaths Thursday, 723 new cases

One person died in Island Health over the past 24 hours.

Victoria Police searching for missing woman last seen December 5

It is believed that she was in the Topaz/Quadra area when she last spoke to her family.

BC reports 16 more COVID-19 deaths, 619 new cases Wednesday

Including five more people in the Island Health region.

Nearly 400,000 people in BC will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by March next year

#BREAKING: More details are out now about who will get the vaccine first, when, and where.

Horgan says 4,000 British Columbians will get COVID-19 vaccine next week

"The first vaccine doses are just days away."

Nanaimo RCMP searching for missing 27-year-old woman

Her family says they haven't heard from her since October.

COVID-19 exposure reported at another Nanaimo school

This is the fourth Nanaimo school to have an exposure alert so far this month.

16 more people die of COVID-19 Tuesday as BC logs 566 more cases

Including 11 more cases in the Island Health region

One person dies of COVID-19 related to outbreak at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

They were one of 35 people who lost their lives to the virus in BC this past weekend.
BC Transit Bus Lane

Police investigating hate crime against Black man on downtown Victoria bus

The incident was reported by a witness.

B.C. extends province-wide COVID-19 restrictions to January 8, says first vaccines on the way

#NEW: This means no gatherings over the holidays.

BC reports 2,020 new COVID-19 cases, 35 more related deaths since Friday

Including 45 new cases in the Island Health region.

Film production in Colwood will shut down Lagoon bridge temporarily this weekend

The closure includes a section of Ocean Boulevard from Fort Rodd Hill.

Canada’s two biggest airlines offering trips from B.C. to Hawaii with pre-testing for COVID-19

The airlines say a negative test will exempt travellers from Hawaii's 14-day quarantine requirement.

Suspect arrested after man stabbed and two others pepper sprayed in Victoria

The victim of the stabbing is in hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.
Coronavirus

Man receives $230 fine after refusing to wear mask, swearing at Victoria restaurant employees

As he was leaving the eatery, the man exaggeratedly coughed toward staff. 

University of Victoria extends winter break by 3 business days

The decision follows in the footsteps of other post-secondary institutions in BC

COVID-19 claims 11 more lives in BC, 711 new cases reported Friday

Once again, 10 more cases were reported in the Vancouver Island Health region.
Nanaimo man arrested

Police searching for Nanaimo woman who fled from vehicle collision on foot

She is believed to have caused the crash between the two Ford F-150 trucks.

17-year-old girl sexually assaulted aboard BC Transit bus in Victoria

Police say he followed her onto bus 28 at Douglas and Fort Streets.

Nearly 400K people responded to B.C.’s COVID-19 survey. Here are the results.

Answers to the "who, where, and how" of British Columbians being impacted by the first wave of the pandemic.

Four more people test positive for COVID-19 in Saanich Peninsula Hospital outbreak

An outbreak was initially declared on December 1.

40% of Canadians report mental health impacts of COVID-19 second wave (SURVEY)

71% said they were worried about themselves and their loved ones.

B.C. now has over 9,000 active COVID-19 cases as 12 more people die of...

The province reported 694 new cases today.

Scammers steal over $400 from older man in fake gold jewelry fraud in Esquimalt

The suspects drove the victim to an ATM where he withdrew cash to give them.

‘It’s just very scary’: Family of Saanich Peninsula Hospital resident reflects on visits amid...

Despite the fear, Sheila Mackay is confident her 91-year-old mother is in safe hands.

When and where to look out for BC Transit’s Santa Bus in Victoria this...

The Santa bus will be free to ride on two days this month!

Victoria drive-thru Christmas light show postponed due to COVID-19 regulations

The event was supposed to begin December 7.

12 more COVID-19 patients dead as BC reports 834 new cases Wednesday

20 more cases were reported in the Island Health region.

Man arrested after refusing to follow COVID-19 rules at two West Shore businesses (VIDEO)

A viral video shows him ranting at a Starbucks employee after being told to maintain physical distance.

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Port Alberni hospital

One staff member and one patient tested positive for the virus.

656 new COVID-19 cases, 16 related deaths reported on Tuesday

10 more cases have been reported in the Island Health region.
COVID-19 swab test

Island Health opens new COVID-19 testing site in Nanaimo

It replaces an existing site, and adds to current capacity.

Police searching for Colwood resident missing since September

His vehicle was found in West Vancouver late last month.

Victoria Sikh community hosting car rally in solidarity with farmers protesting in India

Farmers in India have been subjected to tear gas and water cannons while protesting in the country's capital.

Employees at Langford Transit Centre notified of positive COVID-19 case

An email was sent to BC Transit employees.

Police seize loaded firearms from vehicle of impaired driver in View Royal

"Although the woman did have a valid Firearms licence, loaded firearms in a vehicle are illegal."

Record-breaking 46 people in B.C. died of COVID-19 since Friday, 2,000+ new cases reported

There are currently 8,855 active cases across B.C.

Victoria council votes to allow vehicles on road to Beacon Hill summit again

Some other roads inside the park remain closed to vehicles.

BC adds 13 more COVID-19 deaths, 887 new cases on Thursday

There are now nearly 8,000 active cases across the province.

Search escalates for man who went missing from Saanich mental health facility

His mother has flown out from Calgary to help find her son, who has now been missing for almost 3 weeks.

Long term care resident tests positive for COVID-19 in Port Alberni

In total, one staff member and two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at this facility.

BC top doctor says COVID-19 case counts from November 16 to 24 were incorrect

The mistakes were attributed to technical errors. Here's a breakdown of actual case counts.

BC reports 738 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths Wednesday

Including 21 new cases in the Island Health region.
Dooring

Cyclist hospitalized after ‘dooring’ incident on Oak Bay Ave

The driver of a parked vehicle hit her with their door when she was riding past.

Petition to ban hunting near Cowichan River Estuary after swan shooting gets 22K signatures

"The community shudders every time the blasts are heard."
Safe Injection kit overdose prevention

162 people died of toxic drug overdose last month in BC, death toll at...

More than five people overdosed to death every day last month.

BC residents could be fined $230 fine for not wearing masks indoors

Details of where masks are mandated, what qualifies as a face covering and more have just been released.