Friday, July 10, 2020

Brishti Basu

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No COVID-19 deaths, 26 new cases reported over three days in B.C.

There have been no new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region since June 22
Armed Robbery

Victoria Police searching for cyclist in alleged assault with a bike lock (UPDATED)

The suspect reportedly sped through an intersection before assaulting someone who told him to pay attention while cycling

BC Ferries adds nearly 80 more sailings per week to Vancouver Island, mainland routes

This is the second expansion of their summer route schedule starting July

Family of Victoria Harbour Ferry owner launch petition seeking new agreement with GVHA

The iconic pickle boat service will have to shut down July 1 if an agreement is not reached

Three-vehicle collision leads to three people hospitalized on Vancouver Island

"We were amazingly lucky that nobody was seriously injured or killed as a result of the crash."

Over 50% of Canadians now think a four-day work week is a good idea...

People across all income levels seem to approve of the idea

Friends, family of deceased Nanaimo air force member raising funds for memorial scholarship

They aim to raise $15,000 for the Kevin Hagen Memorial Flying Scholarship

B.C. reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death on Friday

The number of active cases have dropped by 20. The next update will be provided on Monday.

Here’s the route of the procession for Capt. Kevin Hagen in Victoria on Saturday

He and five other members of the Canadian Armed Forces died in a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year

Victoria Cool Aid Society announces virtual health care project at homeless shelters

Each shelter site will be equipped with virtual kiosks where people can get medical support

87 Indigenous people have contracted COVID-19 in B.C. throughout pandemic so far

“The worst that many anticipated and feared did not happen," said Dr. McDonald, Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.

Racism in Victoria: “I always knew there was a lot of racism here…finally, people...

This is the second in a multi-part series documenting racism in Victoria through personal, lived experiences as told by People of Colour.
Nanaimo man arrested

Police watchdog investigating violent wellness check conducted by Nanaimo RCMP

The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries

Victoria Police searching for “high risk” missing 84-year-old man (UPDATED)

Wickstrom suffers from medical conditions and may be confused.

20 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in B.C. today

One of the patients is a teacher at a public school. No students have been exposed to the virus.

B.C. extends temporary layoff provisions to 24 weeks due to COVID-19

It aligns with the newly extended CERB program

Police searching for 13-year-old girl who went missing in Nanaimo

Her whereabouts have been unknown since she left home with a friend on June 23

Greater Victoria School District votes against suspending police liaison program

Instead, the Superintendent will form a committee to review the current program for potential changes.

UVic to change field trip protocols after 2019 bus crash that killed two 18-year-olds

A series of recommendations have been made to improve safety for future field trips to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Independent watchdogs blame LifeLabs for major 2019 privacy breach

A cyberattack in 2019 led to over 15 million patient files being hacked

B.C. reports 14 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death

The number of active cases has dropped further to 162 in B.C.

B.C. Premier initiates Phase 3 of COVID-19 restart plan, extends state of emergency

"We are going to have a summer better than we thought a few months ago, but it is not a return to normal."

$2M funding announced for pedestrian, cycling infrastructure on Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands

That includes two projects in the Greater Victoria region

Rainbow sidewalks will be painted outside Vancouver Island hospitals to celebrate Pride

Black and brown stripes will be added to represent LGBTQ2S+ people of colour

Construction on $19.2 million Pat Bay Highway overpass to begin in July

This preliminary work may lead to lane closures and minor delays through July and August

13 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death reported in B.C. today

There are now only 174 active cases in BC.

B.C. could enter phase of resurgence in COVID-19 cases (MODELLING)

The rate of contact between individuals in the province is currently at roughly 65 per cent of normal.

Police searching for suspect in indecent exposure incident at Beacon Hill Park

He allegedly exposed himself to a woman last week.

Public asked to avoid waters along multiple shorelines in Victoria due to wastewater discharge

The advisory will remain in place until tests determine the waters are safe to enter

Popular Victoria eatery chain announces permanent closure

"This is not an easy decision to make but it was the right one."

BC Ferries resuming service on Brentwood Bay route starting Wednesday

The route was paused in April at the height of the pandemic
Canadian apology

Canada ranked 12th safest country to live in during COVID-19 pandemic (REPORT)

Can you guess which countries make up the top 3?

B.C. confirms one new COVID-19 case in Island Health region ending streak of no...

"It is not a surprise to me that we’ve seen a case here," said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

32 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death reported in B.C. since Friday

One new case in the Vancouver Island Health region has officially been confirmed.

Sidney museum, including popular LEGO exhibit, reopening to visitors this week

But that particular exhibit is only up until July 11

Man hospitalized after driver falls asleep at the wheel on highway near Langford

Both vehicles had to be towed from the site

BC Ferries expands summer schedule, expects 2-3 years before traffic returns to normal

120 more sailings per week than what's been available in the month of June, for major routes

Southern Vancouver Island First Nation warns of possible COVID-19 exposure

VIHA are investigating and informing anyone who came in close contact with the individual

Victoria Police searching for 61-year-old man reported missing two weeks ago (UPDATED)

Patrick Cooke normally wears glasses and has a brown moustache

No new COVID-19 deaths reported in B.C. for seventh straight day

There are seven new cases in the province today

Victoria Police arrest wanted man, seize knives and replica handgun

He had originally fled from custody in the West Shore

Nanaimo schools to undergo $18.8 million seismic upgrades

Work will begin in June 2021

Indigenous patients in B.C. often assumed drunk, denied medical assessments: Métis Nation

"We know that our people avoid hospitals because we are afraid of having a discriminatory encounter."

B.C. investigating allegations of racist guessing game played by health care workers (UPDATED)

The allegations were brought to light last night, and the Ministry remains tight lipped on several key details
One-bedroom rates in Victoria are on the up

B.C. extends temporary rental supplement until August 2020

The freeze on evictions for non-payment of rent also remains in place, but evictions for other reasons will be allowed later this month