Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Brishti Basu

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‘Namgis First Nation elder in Alert Bay among two COVID-19 deaths reported on Saturday

The remote village community is under a local state of emergency due to a cluster outbreak of the virus

Here’s why you should stay away from those adorable baby deer

Even if it looks lost or injured

B.C. reports 95 new confirmed COVID-19 cases today, two additional deaths

Many of these new cases are linked to the outbreak at the federal correctional facility in Mission

Homeless people at Victoria, Vancouver encampments will be moved to shelters by May 9

An additional 360 spaces are needed to house everyone residing at Topaz Park and on Pandora Ave by a new deadline of May 9th

Four more COVID-19 patients dead in B.C., 29 new cases reported today

A total of 1,114 people have now recovered from the virus in B.C.

Over 1,000 iPads and Chromebooks distributed to students in Greater Victoria School District

For those who don't have access to a computer, laptop, or tablet at home

Man arrested for exposing genitals while walking along main trail at Thetis Lake park

Police say a family with young children may have witnessed the indecent act
Brandon Bartlett

One man arrested after making threats against COVID-19 testing facilities across Victoria

At least two facilities were placed under lockdown while the situation unfolded this morning
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit will continue free service and rear door boarding throughout May

Transit users will not need to buy monthly passes or other fares for May

BC Hydro warns of 350% increase in scams due to COVID-19 pandemic

Over 500 reports during the month of April

Victoria Police granted $52,500 by council to increase patrols around Topaz Park

The money is redirected from a police fund normally used to patrol nightclubs and bars on weekends

Lockdown lifted after threats directed at COVID-19 testing facilities in Victoria (UPDATED)

An inside source says the facility is currently under lockdown.

“I’m in shock”: Victoria business owner suffers $250K loss in Central Saanich outbuilding fire

Doug Riddell, owner of Vancouver Island Medical Supply, speaks out about his ordeal

B.C. reports 4 additional deaths, 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19

A total of 1,092 people have now recovered from the virus across the province
saanich police

Police issue ticket, impound vehicle of drunk driver after collision in Saanich

The impaired driver turned left in front of another vehicle, causing the crash

Victoria’s first ride-hailing company will start operating within two weeks

They offer cheaper fare and a variety of options for rides

B.C. will open applications for $1,000 emergency aid for workers on May 1

This one-time tax-free payment for workers was first announced on March 23rd

Students frustrated after UVic refuses partial parking pass refund despite campus closure

"I am not surprised by the lack of refunds but rather just disappointed and enraged," said one student

BC Coroners Service investigating two deaths at Topaz Park in Victoria (UPDATED)

Their deaths are not considered suspicious

“I’m living this day by day”: Horgan responds to Vancouver Island mayors’ call for...

Around two dozen mayors sent a letter requesting harsher travel restrictions ahead of the May long weekend

BC Housing confirms Sooke recreation centre will be used as a temporary homeless shelter

They are also considering other community sites in Victoria and on the island for emergency shelter spaces

B.C. reports 71 new cases of COVID-19, total 1,795 cases across province

The spike in new cases reflects, in part, an outbreak at a poultry processing plant in Vancouver

Premier Horgan announces new Urgent Primary Care Centre opening in Victoria next week

There are currently two UPCCs on Vancouver Island — one in Nanaimo and one in Langford

Police searching for missing 35-year-old man last seen in Oak Bay

Calvin Dyck has no fixed address and was last seen on April 11th

Car-share company Zipcar will cease operations in B.C. as of May 1

The company has been operating in B.C. since 2007

There will be no Pride parade in Victoria this year due to COVID-19

It was originally scheduled to take place on July 5th

B.C. reports 7 new COVID-19 patients in Island Health region, total 1,724 cases across...

1,041 people have recovered from the virus so far

Victoria summer staple Moss Street Market expands to new location

Organizers have also created an online store for those who can't attend in person

Village of Alert Bay declares state of emergency, imposes curfew due to COVID-19 outbreak

Until Friday, April 24th, unless otherwise stated.

“Pointing fingers doesn’t help”: Mayor Helps addresses blame for crime spike near Topaz Park

VicPD says they have seen a 126% increase in calls for service in the area since March 15th
Photo by ItkasanImages

Parking in James Bay will be temporarily restricted to allow physical distancing for pedestrians

Similar measures will be implemented in other neighbourhoods in the coming weeks

B.C. reports 52 new cases of COVID-19, broadens testing to include anyone with symptoms

There were 5 new cases recorded in Island Health region over the past two days.

B.C. adds medical transport resources and faster COVID-19 testing for rural and Indigenous communities

This includes 55 new ambulances and tests that take 45 minutes to complete

Victoria woman distributes volunteer call list to help seniors deal with loneliness in isolation

Seniors who have access to the list can call any of the nearly 200 volunteers

B.C. reports 29 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, three additional deaths

There are three new cases in Island Health region, and 987 people have recovered from the virus in B.C.

B.C. reports 43 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and total 966 recoveries

There are no new cases in the Island Health region today

All airline passengers in Canada will be required to wear non-medical masks starting Monday

Ferry travellers could also be denied boarding if they don't have a mask

Activists hold protest at Victoria grocery store to demand hazard pay for workers

Workers at Lifestyle Markets have been demanding hazard pay and sick leave for several weeks

B.C.’s COVID-19 curve has flattened, officials say due to stringent public health measures

Authorities are now looking at lifting some restrictive measures starting in the middle of May

BC CDC reports 14 new cases of COVID-19, three additional deaths

There are two new test positive cases in Island Health region, and 983 people have recovered across B.C.

City of Victoria will provide $50,000 to organizations supporting homeless people

Mayor Helps has also sent a letter to the provincial government asking for more indoor housing spaces for vulnerable populations

Vancouver Islanders can have their COVID-19 questions answered at virtual town hall next week

Residents are asked to submit their questions via an online form ahead of time

B.C. launches FREE 24/7 mental health counselling service for all post-secondary students

The service will receive $1.5 million of funding every year for three years

Inmate at B.C. prison dies after being hospitalized for COVID-19

This is the first death related to COVID-19 among federally sentenced inmates in Canada

Businesses in B.C. can find specific information about resources during pandemic at this portal

Advisors are available via phone, email, and live chat starting today

Harbour Air will resume flights between Victoria and Vancouver this month

Exactly one month after they announced a temporary suspension of services