Friday, April 3, 2020


Brishti Basu

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B.C. public safety minister declares provincial state of emergency due to coronavirus pandemic

BREAKING: The BC Legislature will reconvene on Monday to pass emergency measures relating to supply chain and Employment Act

Victoria Distillers offers free hand sanitizers to essential workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Made out of alcohol byproduct during the production of Empress 1908 gin

Federal government unveils $82 billion financial assistance package for Canadians

Here's a breakdown of what this means for individuals and businesses

B.C. declares public health emergency after 83 new cases reported today, total 186

12 new cases on Vancouver Island, bringing total here to 20
Amalgamation

City of Victoria to consider restricting evictions, deferring payments in light of COVID-19

The motion will be considered at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday

Victoria Clipper suspends service until April 30 due to coronavirus pandemic

Clipper's Canadian union employees will temporarily laid off starting March 24th.
John Horgan

B.C. suspends K-12 classes indefinitely due to COVID-19

"We don't have all the answers today, this is a fast moving situation."

Victoria resident quarantined after cruise ship travel urges public to support local businesses

Former Grand Princess passenger Brian Losie describes life in quarantine in Trenton, Ontario

Parks Canada will suspend services at all national parks starting Wednesday amid COVID-19

The House of Commons may also be reconvened to consider passing emergency measures.

Programs at all Saanich recreation centres cancelled starting Tuesday March 17

Day camps will remain in service until Friday, March 20th
BC Ferries

BC Ferries reduces sailings for two more days amid lower demand due to COVID-19

They are also waiting to hear back from Transport Canada about closed car deck regulations

Uber Eats waives delivery fees for restaurants across U.S. and Canada

As a way to help support local businesses
Brandon Bartlett

71-year-old woman stabbed in downtown Victoria after refusing to give money to panhandler

Police are now seeking witnesses to the assault

City of Victoria closes Crystal Pool, requests byelection postponement amid COVID-19

They are also cancelling public engagement events until further notice

All branches of Greater Victoria Public Library shutting down starting this evening

Loan periods will be extended six weeks from Tuesday, March 17 to Tuesday, April 28.
Coronavirus

New restrictions announced at all Vancouver Island health care facilities due to COVID-19

"Patient navigators" will be stationed at all facilities to make sure visitors are aware of these restrictions.

Langford closes two recreation centres, urges more closures amid COVID-19

The City of Victoria is expected to make an announcement at 3 p.m. today

B.C. reports 30 new cases of COVID-19 including seven new cases on Vancouver Island

BREAKING: A new provincial health order is now cancelling all gatherings greater than 50 in B.C.

Canada tightens borders, denying entry to non-Canadians in light of COVID-19

BREAKING: Except airline crews, diplomats, people whose immediate families are Canadians, and U.S. citizens

B.C. Ministry of Health announces 11 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 64

BREAKING: A provincial health order now bans gatherings of 250 people or more

BC Hydro offers to defer bills, arrange payment plans with no penalty in light...

To mitigate financial hardships caused by changes in employment

Island Health opens referrals-only coronavirus screening clinic in Victoria

Those referred by their primary care provider or an 8-1-1 nurse can now get tested in Victoria

Langford mayor calls for school shutdown, ferry and bus ban amid COVID-19

"This virus spreads too fast, we can’t wait for it to affect our students and all of our communities."

Victoria Comic Con, Michelle Obama talk among events postponed due to COVID-19

All purchased tickets will be honoured for whichever dates these events are postponed to

Saanich plastic bag ban bylaw approved by provincial government

The bylaw will now be presented for final adoption at a council meeting
Armed Robbery

Victoria Police arrest man for making threats while carrying replica handgun

He was seen entering a residential building with what looked like a handgun tucked in his waistband

B.C. announces seven new cases of COVID-19, advises against non-essential travel outside Canada

The Health Ministry is also requiring the cancellation of all gatherings of 250 people or more

UK tabloid newspaper takes shots at North Saanich, calls it a ‘characterless backwater’

She says Vancouver Island has "freezing winters and a brief six week summer" 😳

University of Victoria students petition to shut down campus due to coronavirus fears

"If we wait until there is a case at the University of Victoria, it will be too late."

BC Coroners Service confirms woman dies after getting struck by vehicle in Saanich

Police say they have now been able to determine her identity

Victoria council approves motion to suspend cruise ship landings at Ogden Point amid COVID-19

Provincial and federal authorities have advised against travelling on cruise ships at this time

2020 JUNO Awards cancelled due to growing coronavirus concerns

The event was scheduled for March 15th.

Saanich Police attempting to identify pedestrian struck by motor vehicle incident

She was rushed to hospital with serious injuries
Coronavirus

First case of COVID-19 confirmed on Vancouver Island, among 7 new cases

BREAKING: A man in his 60s who recently travelled to Egypt

Royal Roads University researchers part of national initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation

Supported by a $478,000 grant from the federal government

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after vehicle incident on Trans Canada Hwy near Duncan

A section of the road was closed to allow a medevac helicopter to land

There is a possibility of snowfall in Victoria this week

Either flurries or light showers coming up 😳

World Heath Organization declares coronavirus a global pandemic

There have now been over 100 reported cases of the disease in Canada

‘It’s a family place’: Langford’s beloved Western Speedway has been listed for sale

Through a bidding process with offers due by June 2020

B.C. announces seven new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 39

Two of them work at the North Vancouver care centre where one person died recently

Noise device causes loud bang during Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team arrest

Two people were arrested near the Harbour Air terminal this afternoon

No explosives located after bomb threat shuts down Saanich school

The individual responsible for making the threat could face criminal charges

Driver flees after crashing SUV through office building in Saanich

The driver was first seen speeding in the area of Tennyson Avenue and Boleskine Road