Sunday, January 24, 2021


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Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.
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Central Vancouver Island saw 500% increase in active COVID-19 cases this month

There are currently 152 active cases in the Island Health region.

Record-breaking 941 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths in BC on Tuesday

Island Health has surpassed 505 total cases of novel coronavirus after 11 more were reported today.

BC adds dance studios, pilates and more to list of fitness facilities ordered to...

Until the province issues new guidelines for facilities offering indoor group fitness activities.

New COVID-19 school exposure alert issued for Qualicum Beach school

The school district says one person tested positive for the virus.

Weather alert warning of up to 90km/h wind gusts for east Vancouver Island

A quick cold front has brought blustery winds to the Island.

Canada-wide emergency alert test will take place Wednesday afternoon

A scheduled test in May was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asked and answered: Your questions about BC’s new COVID-19 restrictions

How do last week's orders apply to you and yours? We've laid out the answers in a simple Q&A format!

BC reports 1,933 new COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths since Friday

Including 48 new cases in the Island Health region.
Two kidnapping and robbery crimes are not believed to be connected: VicPD

Police watchdog investigating after man dies of medical distress following VicPD arrest

He suffered a medical emergency while in police cells.

First Nation on Vancouver Island announces total lockdown after COVID-19 case detected

"If there is an outbreak, there certainly can be some cause for alarm."

Second Victoria school issues alert after COVID-19 exposure

There are now eight schools with active COVID-19 alerts across Vancouver Island

COVID-19 outbreak at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital declared over

No patients were affected during the outbreak.

10 more people in BC die of COVID-19 as province reports 516 new cases...

17 more cases were reported in the Island Health region.

Possible COVID-19 exposure alert issued for Irish Times Pub in Victoria

The health authority identifies the exposure as 'low risk'.

Victoria bylaw officers dismantle community tent at Beacon Hill Park (UPDATED)

Community members say the raid was unexpected, as they had been in talks with the city to move the tent to a different location.

Trudeau announces new rental subsidies of up to 90% for businesses in second lockdown

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy has also been extended until June 2021.

Magnitude 3.0 earthquake hits Oak Bay Friday morning

Residents across Oak Bay and Saanich may have been shaken awake this morning.

538 new COVID-19 cases, one more death reported in BC Thursday

Including 12 new cases in the Island Health region.

BC’s top doctor has issued a province-wide lockdown. Here’s what you need to know

#BREAKING: A targeted mask mandate, increased business inspections, ban on social and religious gatherings and more.

COVID-19 exposure alert issued for Victoria school

There are now a total of 7 active school exposures or clusters on Vancouver Island.
Nanaimo RCMP Detachment

Nanaimo man reported missing after leaving hospital without medication (UPDATED)

Police say he requires daily medication for a significant medical condition

Victoria acquires rare Garry oak meadow, plans to turn it into new park

Garry oak ecosystems are endangered, with less than five per cent remaining in Canada.

Saanich massage therapist arrested, facing charges of voyeurism

The suspect resigned his registration from the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia during the investigation.

Another record-breaking day in B.C. with 762 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

20 more cases in Island Health, and there are now over 200 people in hospital across B.C.

BC Premier to ask feds for ‘pan-Canadian’ approach to non-essential travel during pandemic

But there are no plans to implement or enforce travel restrictions.

Another Vancouver Island school reports COVID-19 exposure

Five other school exposures or clusters have been reported on the Island so far this week.

BCCDC reports COVID-19 exposure on flight from Calgary to Victoria

It landed in Victoria on November 15.
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City of Victoria employee tests positive for COVID-19

They are employed in the Public Works department.

Record-breaking 717 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths in one day reported in B.C.

16 more cases were reported in the Island Health region.

Police arrest two people after raid of Nanaimo home yields drugs, firearms

RCMP say this is their third significant seizure of fentanyl in Nanaimo in the past two weeks.

Island Health declares first COVID-19 outbreak in long term care facility in Port Alberni

One staff member tested positive for the virus.

University of Victoria students and artist to paint 14-foot mural protesting climate inaction

It's aimed at UVic's newly instated President.

Police searching for man who did not return to Saanich mental health facility

A Mental Health Act Warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Man seriously injured after stabbing near downtown Victoria

The suspect fled on foot before police arrived and is still at large.

B.C. reports nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths since Friday

Including 41 new cases in the Island Health region.
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Saanich Police arrest man for starting a fight with BC Transit bus driver

The suspect was asked to leave after yelling profanities at another passenger.

Tofino, Ucluelet tourism groups ask Lower Mainland residents to stay away

After a surge in COVID-19 cases prompted the province to impose regional restrictions.

Victoria group seeking donations of hygiene kits for Women in Need

Here's how you can donate a kit.

Three more Vancouver Island schools report COVID-19 exposures and cluster outbreaks

There are now 5 schools with ongoing outbreaks in the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public School district.

Victoria byelection candidates say campaign signs are systematically stolen, vandalized

Both candidates also say they've been facing harassment online.

B.C. reports 617 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths on Friday

Including 16 new cases in the Island Health region.

Saanich Police searching for ‘high risk’ missing 14-year-old girl

Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911.

Man arrested for allegedly starting hotel fire in downtown Victoria last week

Five people, including the suspect, had to be taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the fire.

Nanaimo school COVID-19 exposure upgraded to ‘cluster’ after more people infected

More dates have been added to the list of possible exposure periods.

Island Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Courtenay restaurant

At specific times on November 3 and 5.

Over 3,600 lose power in south Vancouver Island after wind storm Friday morning

Wind gusts up to 90 km/h battered the south coast this morning.

Letter to families warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Victoria school

The exposure may have occurred on November 6.

COVID-19 case numbers are doubling every 13 days in B.C. (INFOGRAPHICS)

B.C. now has more daily cases per 1 million of the population than Ontario.

1,130 new COVID-19 cases, four more deaths in B.C. since Tuesday, 16 in Island...

There are now nearly 6,000 active cases across the province and more people are hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before.