Friday, July 10, 2020

Brishti Basu

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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

Province announces 100 units of supportive housing for homeless in North Cowichan, Duncan

Two sites were purchased for a total of $1.6 million

Some food services are back on board BC Ferries vessels

Food services were originally suspended in March to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 transmission

One person hospitalized after speeding vehicle crashes into tree in Oak Bay

The driver, a 20-year-old woman, was issued five tickets

Victoria unanimously approves exploring alternatives to police in mental health calls

Staff will report back in time to deliberate the city's 2021 budget

Memorial gathering for Chantel Moore taking place in Victoria today

Hundreds are expected to attend the ceremony for the Indigenous woman who was shot and killed by police during a wellness check
saanich police

30-year-old driver arrested in Saanich for allegedly stealing vehicle from Colwood

He was also in breach of a court release order, and did not have a driver's license.

19 new COVID-19 cases, two health care facility outbreaks reported in B.C. today

The number of active cases has jumped back up to 185

B.C. expects move into Phase 3 of restart plan next week, announces survey for...

After public health officials release updated modelling of COVID-19 transmission on Monday

Man arrested after smashing window at CIBC bank branch in Saanich

Police are now searching for witnesses

Police searching for suspect in random assault outside downtown Victoria restaurant

He was seen sitting on the patio of the restaurant with three other people before the incident took place

Vancouver Island reports higher than normal number of “abandoned” fawns and bear sightings

TLDR: leave those baby deer alone and lock up your garbage

Steve Nash Fitness World acquired by new owners, plans to rebrand under way

After months of closures, the fitness facilities are expected to reopen in the next few weeks

Racism in Victoria: “I was born here and I don’t feel welcome in my...

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

11 new COVID-19 cases recorded in B.C. today, no new deaths for fourth consecutive...

There are now 172 active cases in the province, and one new long term care facility outbreak was reported today

Greater Victoria Public Library announces partial reopening at two branches

New rules, new hours, and new availabilities

Greater Victoria firefighters organize 24 hour walk in full gear to raise money for...

The charitable event will take place at the Oak Bay High School track on June 27

WestJet to resume dozens of flights across Canada and U.S. in July

They've announced 39 stops in Canada, five in the U.S. and one in Mexico

Over $50K spent on security for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their stay...

According to documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

36 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths reported in B.C. over three days

There are now 182 active cases remaining in the province
Nanaimo man arrested

34-year-old woman dies on scene of vehicle collision in Nanaimo

Investigators are now seeking dash cam footage of the incident

8 new Foundry youth mental health centres coming to B.C. including two on Vancouver...

There are currently 11 Foundry centres in B.C. including one in Victoria

Trudeau announces plans to extend Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Details to be announced later this week
BC Ferries

BC Ferries passengers must start carrying face mask on board starting today

People will be asked to put them on in situations where physical distancing is not possible

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress Hotel will reopen June 26

The hotel closed its doors in late March due to COVID-19

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

There remains no active cases on Vancouver Island

Province announces expansion of Sooke clinic with funding of $1M each year

The expansion will be completed by January 2021

Victoria announces upgrades, construction along Shelbourne Street corridor

A three-block section of the corridor will be closed for three weeks

Violent Nanaimo offender on the loose after breaking into ex’s home twice

In one incident, the suspect allegedly dislodged a can of bear spray at her

B.C. reports 14 new COVID-19 cases today, no new deaths for sixth day in...

There are now 183 active cases in the province

No charges after Saanich man makes sexually explicit comments towards female jogger

Police believe he suffers from mental health issues

May 2020 was the deadliest month for drug overdose deaths in B.C. history

Victoria remains one of the top three regions most affected by this crisis

Watchdog investigating after man dies in police presence on Vancouver Island

Police and paramedics were performing a well-being check when the man "harmed himself".

Search continues for Courtenay man missing since January 2020

Investigators do not believe Michael Gazetas left Vancouver Island

Alleged domestic violence offender evades police custody in Campbell River

Officers believe he fled the area in a vehicle before police arrived

Premier Horgan extends B.C. state of emergency to June 23

We remain in the longest state of emergency the province has ever seen

Starbucks could close up to 200 stores in Canada by 2022

The company has suffered billions of dollars in losses due to COVID-19

“I feel very remorseful”: Nanaimo woman apologizes after racial slurs go viral

"I'm never saying the 'n' word again and I'm probably going to talk to a counsellor about [my issues]," says Alysha Stewart

Woman posting racial slurs, threats online is not a Vancouver Island Health employee: VIHA

Her posts have gone viral and several petitions calling for her suspension form VIHA have been launched

New $86M long term care home replaces two existing Victoria facilities

Seniors living in Oak Bay Lodge and Mt. Tolmie care homes will be relocated to this facility in July

No new COVID-19 deaths, 9 new cases reported in B.C. today

The number of active cases and patients in hospital remain unchanged from yesterday

Witnesses sought after suspicious truck fire in Saanich

The vehicle was entirely destroyed by the flames