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Wednesday, January 26, 2022


COVID-19

Latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Colwood council seeks 0% property tax increase and reduction to business tax

The city had planned to hike property taxes by 3.5% this year.

How to socialize your puppy while social distancing during a pandemic

This professional trainer says your pups don't actually need to meet tons of people to be properly socialized!

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

The program operates at 13 schools across Greater Victoria.

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

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.

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
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.

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
WestJet airplane instagram

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

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

Harbour Air will resume flights between Victoria and Vancouver this month

Exactly one month after they announced a temporary suspension of services

B.C. will reduce commercial property tax bills by an average of 25%

Several measures were also announced to support local governments facing revenue shortages

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.

Victoria seeks more hotel rooms for homeless as Topaz Park reaches capacity

So far, Victoria has acquired 115 motel rooms for vulnerable populations to use

B.C. reports 44 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, three additional deaths

There are three new cases in Island Health authority, and 955 people have recovered from the virus

24 Vancouver Island mayors implore Dr. Henry to implement stricter BC Ferries travel restrictions

After Easter long weekend saw an influx of non-essential travellers to the island

B.C. extends state of emergency for two more weeks: Horgan

This is the second extension and will last until April 28th

ZZ Top postpone Victoria tour, will announce new dates for 2021

The concert was set to take place on April 29th.

B.C. allows private liquor stores to extend hours and operate between 7 a.m. and...

This does not apply to BC Liquor Stores, most of which now have reduced hours

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.

University of Victoria donates more than 200 litres of hand sanitizer to Island Health

That's about 65,000 single doses for use by health care workers!

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians approve of how governments are handling COVID-19 (SURVEY)

According to the poll, 72% of respondents in B.C. are happy with their provincial administration

B.C. reports 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, three additional deaths

There are two new cases in Island Health region, and 942 people have recovered from the virus

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.

BC Nurses’ Union makes $10K donation to Food Banks BC amid COVID-19

Front line workers giving back to their communities in more ways than one ❤️

Mayor of remote village off of Vancouver Island tests positive for COVID-19

Mayor Dennis Buchanan is now resting at home

Nearly 40,000 people sign petition to restrict access to Vancouver Island

The ferries, currently running on 50% capacity, do not have the authority to refuse service to non-essential travellers

B.C. reports 11 people died of COVID-19 in past two days, 1,490 total cases

There are 3 new cases in Island Health, and a total of 905 people have recovered

Victoria organization compiles list of charities serving free meals across CRD

Along with other resources like where to find shelter, hand-washing stations, and financial support

B.C. group offers quarantine conflict resolution service for squabbling roommates, neighbours

For those struggling to cohabitate during this quarantine period

Oak Bay Police arrest 25-year-old yacht thief who claimed to have COVID-19

He was first taken to the hospital and then turned over to police
Royal Jubilee Hospital Parking Tickets

Victoria Hospitals Foundation purchasing $1 million critical care equipment for Royal Jubilee Hospital

Part of a $7 million fundraising campaign to increase critical care capacity at the hospital

B.C. reports 35 new cases of COVID-19, total 905 people recovered

There are no new cases today in the Island Health region

Canadian Tire is donating $5 million to support front line workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Including personal protective equipment donations

B.C. announces five more COVID-19 deaths, total cases climb to 1,410

879 people have recovered from the virus in B.C. thus far
One-bedroom rates in Victoria are on the up

6 places to apply for household financial support amid the COVID-19 pandemic

And info on how you can do it.

BC Ferries sailings reach max passenger capacity despite pleas to stay home over long...

On vessels coming to Vancouver Island

B.C. has tested over 53,000 people for COVID-19 so far: BCCDC (VIDEO)

A batch of 89 samples takes eight to 10 hours to process
RCMP

Police will make home visits to enforce Quarantine Act for travellers returning to Canada

They are authorized to make arrests, as a last resort

City of Victoria reduces parking fees, eliminates property tax hike for 2020

Among other decisions to ease financial hardships during this pandemic

B.C. reports 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 1,370

There is one new test-positive case on Vancouver Island today, and 858 people have now recovered across B.C.

BC Ferries announces changes, cuts to Southern Gulf Islands sailings during pandemic

After Transport Canada ordered ferries to stop non-essential travel

Saanich beaches and trails remain open to the public during long weekend

Mount Douglas Park will be closed.