Monday, July 6, 2020

Seanna Wainman

Branded Content & Sports writer for Victoria Buzz. Have a story idea? Email me at

Government announces $350 million fund to help charities and non-profits during COVID-19

Also, employers will be able to apply for the 75% wage subsidy as of April 27th.

73% of Canadians believe more people will work from home after COVID-19 (SURVEY)

And 63% believe more companies will use teleconferencing in favour of business travel

Victoria’s renowned Sooke Harbour House is up for sale for $5.6 million

According to the listing, the sale is court ordered.

Victoria Royals trade centre Kaid Oliver to Edmonton Oil Kings

Defenceman Mitch Prowse was also traded from the team last week.
mckenzie interchange

Sections of Mckenzie Interchange and Langford Parkway to undergo highway resurfacing

Work will be happening during the day and overnight due to reduced traffic amid COVID-19

Bait bike aids VicPD in arresting three alleged bike thieves

They were also able to shut down a bicycle 'chop shop'.

Two break-and-enter suspects arrested after police recover stolen items: Saanich PD

Police are reporting a recent spike in property-related crime.

Greater Victoria School District has started providing school care for children of essential workers

The program operates at 13 schools across Greater Victoria.

Two firefighters injured while battling late night fire in Central Saanich

This is the third fire in area over the last month.

More government help on the way for Canada’s hard-hit sectors amid COVID-19

Including $1.7 billion to aid the oil and gas sector.

ICBC waiving cancellation and re-plating fees for those who cancel insurance during pandemic

Companies can also suspend their fleet insurance to save money.
SkipTheDishes restaurant

SkipTheDishes is donating $15 million to Canadian restaurants impacted by COVID-19

They're also launching a $1 million partnership with Food Banks Canada.

WestJet laying off 1,700 pilots due to reduced air travel

75% of the WestJet fleet has been grounded due to COVID-19.

Canadian government announces rental assistance program for small businesses

And expanded eligibility for emergency business loans.

Dr. Bonnie Henry is getting a shoe designed in her honour by John Fluevog...

100% of the pre-sale proceeds will go towards Food Banks BC.

VicPD K9 helps track down suspect in multiple break-and-enters

PSD Jonny was on the case! 🐶

Government launches mental health portal to support Canadians amid COVID-19

Including a help line you can text into.

Canada expands eligibility requirements for CERB

Including people still receiving some income, up to $1000/month.

Victoria’s 8th annual Dîner en Blanc postponed due to COVID-19

It was originally scheduled for June 18th.

1.1 million N95 masks arrived in Canada over the Easter long weekend

To be distributed to provinces and territories this week.

Victoria’s Beacon Hill petting zoo launches GoFundMe to help support animal care

The farm closed less than a week after it opened this year due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 deaths in Canada could reach up to 22,000, Health Canada projects

The first wave of the pandemic is predicted to last until summer

More than 1 million jobs lost in Canada last month due to COVID-19

3.1 million Canadians have been financially affected due to lay-offs or cut hours

Royal Athletic Park no longer being considered for temporary homeless shelter site in Victoria

Topaz Park is now the only outdoor park being considered.

Greater Victoria School District providing 10,000 meals a week for families amid COVID-19

As an extension of their school-based lunch program.

Saanich Police have impounded 16 cars over the past month due to excessive speeding

Two clocked in at 151 km/h and 153 km/h in an 80 zone! 😲

PM announces new guidelines for 75% wage subsidy, lower eligibility requirements

The subsidy would cover 75% of each employee’s salary for qualifying businesses.

16-year-old Vancouver Island singer advances to American Idol top 20

After an impressive rendition of Aretha Franklin’s 'Respect'

Guess which 26 Victoria restaurants and eateries these emojis represent

How many did you get? Put your answers in the comment section! 🍽️

Vancouver Island based company to help produce essential COVID-19 supplies: Trudeau

Over 30,000 ventilators are currently in production by Canadian companies.

Pornhub offers free premium memberships to help encourage physical distancing

Not surprisingly, their traffic has 'peaked' in the last month.. 😉

This taxi company in Victoria is offering health care workers free transportation to and...

The Tesla-only fleet offers a "touchless" ride for passengers.

Canada’s big banks cutting credit card interest rates due to COVID-19

Along with increasing tap pay limits for customers.

Here’s how you can get your cellphone repaired via pickup and delivery in Victoria

Finally fix that cracked phone screen - without ever leaving your home! 📱

TELUS offers free internet for low income families during COVID-19 pandemic

As a part of their 'Internet for Good' program.

Canadians can now apply to be cast in Season 2 of popular Netflix reality...

Physical distancing at it's finest! 😉

West Shore RCMP searching for man with 15 outstanding arrest warrants

If you see him, do not approach and call 911 right away.

VicPD reunite 4-year-old boy with family after he snuck out of window

Officers purchased a new dowel and lock for the family and secured the window.