Friday, September 25, 2020

Brishti Basu

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Canada extends international travel restrictions to September 30

The Canada-U.S. border closure is set to expire September 21.

Less than half of Canadians say they learned about residential schools in a classroom...

One-in-five respondents described their view of residential schools as “positive".

B.C. health officials applaud WestJet’s new policy to collect passengers’ contact information

The move will help public health officials contact trace in the event of a positive COVID-19 case aboard a flight.
Nanaimo man arrested

28-year-old arrested after reckless driving spree in Nanaimo

He began his escapade by reversing into the front of a police vehicle.

Victoria Police seize two replica firearms at Beacon Hill Park

A man disclosed that his case contained replica guns, when police asked about it.

Region-specific data shows Greater Victoria has had 29 COVID-19 cases so far

For the first time, B.C. is sharing COVID-19 case numbers by location.

B.C. reports 68 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death Thursday

Including three cases in the Vancouver Island Health region

B.C. buys $3.2M Victoria properties to create supportive housing units for homeless

BC Housing aims to create up to 50 units of supportive housing.

Victoria staff to remove part of BIPOC mural at request of police chief, activists...

Members of the BIPOC community are planning a peaceful observation of the removal this afternoon.

Victoria Police searching for unique sports car involved in hit-and-run

The vehicle was driven into a property before fleeing the scene.

VicPD arrest 10 people in Centennial Square drug trafficking investigation

A total of 17 people are wanted in connection with the investigation.

30% of Vancouver Island Health COVID-19 calls are from people who don’t need testing:...

The health authority is hiring and training more staff to keep up with a recent surge in demand.

62 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths reported in B.C. Wednesday

Including two more cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Online, in person instruction will take place at some B.C. secondary schools in 2020

The Ministry of Education has released more details on what the upcoming K-12 school year will look like.

Province announces construction of nearly 50 new rental housing units in Port Alberni

Rent will range from $375 to $1,250 per month depending on income.

West Shore RCMP acquires second K9 officer on International Dog Day

Introducing four-year-old K9 officer, Halla

German Shepherds are the most Googled dog breeds in B.C. and Canada this year

In related news, Happy International Dog Day!

Employee at Sidney eatery tests positive for COVID-19

The café has been shut down for at least two days for sanitization.

VicPD issue alert after uncapped needle found taped to Centennial Square bench

Police are looking to identify and speak to the person who placed the needle there.

B.C. reports 58 new COVID-19 cases, including two in Vancouver Island Health region

No additional deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

BC Ferries confirms employee tested positive for COVID-19

Public health officials may issue an exposure alert if they determine a broader public exposure risk.

Man spotted masturbating at Witty’s Lagoon nude beach in Metchosin

Police are looking to identify the suspect.
BC Ambulance overdoses

175 people died of illicit toxic drug overdose in B.C. in July 2020

So far, 909 people have lost their lives to drug overdose in B.C. this year.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks stores across Canada

Plus, some new oat milk-based beverages!

Second Langford hair salon confirms positive COVID-19 case

The business is located in Bear Mountain Resort.

Victoria mayor calls closed council meeting to discuss homeless encampments

"The current situation is not working for anyone," said Helps.

269 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death reported in B.C. over three days

Including 6 new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Impaired driver caught in breach of court orders, arrested in Langford

There were also two shotguns found in his vehicle.

B.C. announces first-of-its kind children’s complex care transition facility in Vancouver

The province will now begin planning the scope and budget for the project.

Possible COVID-19 exposure detected at Courtenay restaurant

Island Health says the risk of exposure is low.

Victoria party host fined $2,300 for hosting up to 60 people in one-bedroom suite

Police had given them a warning earlier in the night when they learned of plans to host a big party.

Spike in Victoria break-and-enter cases began months before pandemic: VicPD

Overall, crime is down by 5% compared so far this year compared to the same time period in 2019.

Saanich Police searching for missing, confused 76-year-old woman (UPDATED)

She was last seen at around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.

90 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths reported in B.C. over past 24 hours

Active cases and hospitalizations are also on the rise.

B.C. introduces $2,000 fines for organizers hosting events in violation of public health orders

And other fines for individuals who refuse to comply with safety plans at businesses

Victoria tattoo artist arrested, charged with five counts of sexual assault

Several anonymous social media posts in July detailed instances of sexual assault perpetrated by the tattooist during appointments.

GoFundMe created for Victoria single mom who drowned in Matheson Lake

She leaves behind two children, aged 10 and 5.

B.C. reports 80 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, death toll rises to 200

Including one new case in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Ball python that went missing in Victoria earlier this month is on the loose...

After it was returned to the possession of its original owner—a person with no fixed address.
Hybrid ships

BC Ferries reports $62 million loss in first quarter of fiscal year

$12.2 million net earnings in the same time period last year
Armed Robbery

Man arrested for domestic violence after 6 hour standoff with Victoria Police

Tear gas was eventually used to get the suspect out of a suite.

68 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths reported in B.C. on Wednesday

Including two more cases in the Vancouver Island Health region

COVID-19 testing in Vancouver Island Health region facing delays due to technical difficulties

Some people have been told they have to wait up to two days to get tested.

CRD lifts blue-green algae advisory for Beaver Lake after nearly one month

The algae is still present at Thetis Lake and Prior Lake.