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Thursday, May 19, 2022


Latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Victoria musician compiles uplifting physical distancing video of people dancing to his song

Around a dozen people sent in videos of themselves dancing at home or in their yards!

This 7 p.m. ritual is bringing smiles to one Victoria street each night (PHOTOS)

Drums and tambourines included! 🎵

B.C. reports 50 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday, three additional deaths (UPDATED)

The majority of cases remaining active now are linked to known cluster outbreaks

Sidney’s annual Thursday night street market hosted in summer cancelled due to COVID-19

Canada Day festivities, car shows and all other major events have also been cancelled.

‘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

Victoria company creates the ‘key’ to keeping your hands clean in public during COVID-19

With proceeds going towards supporting local businesses and frontline workers!

Here’s how Canada Takeout Day supports local restaurants every Wednesday

Have you been participating? 🍽

Canadian businesses can apply for the 75% wage subsidy starting today

Since 6 a.m. this morning, nearly 10,000 businesses have already applied.

Pandemic forces cancellation of two popular Vancouver Island music festivals

We’ll see you at the lake next year!

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

Small business owners in Victoria can attend free virtual “Ask an Expert” info sessions...

If you can't afford to talk to a lawyer or accountant, these are for you!

Small businesses affected by COVID-19 will be getting 75% in rent relief: Trudeau

Government will pay 50% of rent costs, with landlords to cover the additional 25%.

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

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

Canadian government announces $1.1 billion medical strategy, including research on COVID-19 vaccines

Trudeau says 20,000 Canadians are currently being tested for the virus per day.

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

“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

BC launches new online mental health support for front-line health care workers

As part of the $5 million mental health support fund recently announced by the province.

Approval rating for PM Trudeau increases due to his handling of COVID-19 crisis (STUDY)

It's the highest it's been since 2017

Steve Miller Band cancels Americana tour set to stop in Victoria

The concert was set to take place on September 1st.

Students can receive $1,250 per month with new Canada Emergency Student Benefit: Trudeau

As part of a $9 billion emergency aid package for post-secondary students.

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

It was originally scheduled to take place on July 5th

Victoria’s Canada Day celebrations officially cancelled due to coronavirus

The city may be looking at supporting smaller block parties instead

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

BC Coroners Service investigating death of 37-year-old man at Pandora Ave homeless camp

The death was reported on April 17th

Businesses can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy starting next week

The CRA has launched a calculator tool to determine how much you could receive.

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.

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.

“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.

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

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

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.