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Friday, January 21, 2022


Latest updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Rapid Transit

BC Transit announces reduction in service in addition to annual Spring changes

No more late night service on Fridays and Saturdays

Shoppers Drug Mart providing free online mental health support during COVID-19

The program is designed to help with stress and anxiety.

Province details rules surrounding rent freezes and evictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Evictions cannot take place unless there are 'safety issues'.

B.C. teachers will have access to Zoom videoconferencing app for online classes

With added encryption and safety features

Canadians can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit on April 6th

This is the $2000/month aid for anyone who lost income due to COVID-19

Premier John Horgan extends B.C. state of emergency in light of COVID-19

"COVID-19 may be the biggest challenge our province has ever faced."

B.C. health minister says there’s “zero chance” of COVID-19 restrictions lifted by end of...

Authorities will also be preparing for a possible second wave of the virus in fall 2020

City of Victoria acquires 115 motel rooms to house homeless population

In addition to temporary outdoor shelters at Topaz and Royal Athletic Parks

New Langford COVID-19 information line receives over 1,000 calls in first week

It's part of an initiative that also offers at-home coronavirus testing and online doctor consultations for those who need it

B.C. reports 43 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 1,013 in province

There are no new cases on Vancouver Island today, and 507 have recovered from the virus across B.C.

Youth in foster care will not age out of services during COVID-19 pandemic in...

Young adults who have already aged out will also continue to receive financial supports

B.C. launches portal to match essential workers with child care spaces for children under...

Simply fill out the form or dial the phone number provided

Victoria community continues to rally together in support of frontline health care workers

"We will get through this because of you!"

One-in-eight Canadians think threat of COVID-19 pandemic is ‘overblown’ (REPORT)

There are now 8,469 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada

Victoria Royals thank fans in heartfelt video following shortened hockey season (VIDEO)

We give you permission to use playoff towels as tissues 😢

Victoria Police arrest two men, seize stolen property in COVID-19 AirBnB scam

One of the men claimed to have tested positive for COVID-19 as a way to stay in the unit without paying

Canada to spend $2 billion on personal protective equipment for health care workers

Like ventilators, masks and testing kits.

7 social activities to do via video call while self isolating during a global...

Because physical distancing doesn't have to mean pure isolation

“Are you not listening?”: VicPD breaks up nine gatherings over the weekend

Police chief, Del Manak, expresses deep frustration over some people's lack of understanding and complacency

Air Canada temporarily lays off an additional 16,500 employees amid pandemic

This makes up half the company’s workforce.
Royal Jubilee Hospital Parking Tickets

Parking fees suspended at all B.C. hospitals starting April 1

For patients, staff, and visitors

Esquimalt High School staff pull off epic virtual dance party (VIDEO)

Ain't no party like a physical distancing party! 🕺

B.C. reports 86 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 970 in province

There is now a total of 67 cases on Vancouver Island, and 469 people have recovered in B.C.

LifeLabs shifts focus to provide laboratory testing for COVID-19

They are also reducing public hours in order to shift their focus

B.C. health order banning gatherings over 50 people doesn’t directly apply to grocery stores

They have issued a list of guidelines specifically for grocery and retail food stores

Victoria hotels and Bin4 offering essential workers discounted rates, free meals amid COVID-19

A place to rest and a bite to eat for those saving lives and keeping the city going

Victoria councillors suggest free downtown parking, new delivery app in COVID-19 response

Both motions will be discussed by city council this Thursday

Food banks across B.C. receive $3 million emergency grant from provincial government

This will help food banks buy food, pay employees, and cover other essential costs

Trudeau announces up to $847 per week wage subsidy for businesses who qualify

These are the details of the 75% wage subsidy outlined last week

How to make 12 different dishes out of your 12 pack of quarantine KD

We're getting krafty with this!

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau given clean bill of health following COVID-19 diagnosis

She received the diagnosis after returning from a trip to the UK.

Here’s how you can show your local frontline workers some love amid COVID-19 (CONTEST)

And win a $50 VISA gift card for you AND your favourite frontline hero!

B.C. reports 92 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 884 in province

🚨There are now a total of 60 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island

B.C. launches new online portal for K-12 students after suspension of in-person classes

It offers free learning resources, at-home educational activities, and sources on how to maintain well being. 

B.C. reports 67 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 792 in province

🚨There are now a total of 57 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island. Two additional deaths reported

Province releases full list of essential services in B.C.

This comprehensive list encompasses a variety of industries and workers

Greater Victoria School District confirms students will not return to school after Spring Break

Schools will be planning on next steps during the first two weeks after the break.

Harbour Air will temporarily suspend flights starting Saturday due to global pandemic

Their current plan is to restart service on May 4th
BC Transit Bus Lane

BC Transit sees up to 70% less ridership due to COVID-19 closures

There are no current plans to block out seats to enforce physical distancing on buses

B.C. prepares hospitals for worst case scenario, adds more ventilators amid COVID-19

Authorities believe B.C. has enough capacity to deal with this epidemic, but are preparing for the worst

Provincial Health Officer ‘cautiously optimistic’ about COVID-19 trajectory in British Columbia

Dr. Henry says the rate of growth of the virus in B.C. is being positively affected by physical distancing measures

Justin Trudeau announces 75% wage subsidy for small and medium sized businesses affected by...

Along with a $40,000 loan to businesses who qualify.

VicPD salutes Royal Jubilee Hospital staff with 15 car tribute (VIDEO)

Keep the community love coming ❤️

Victoria may hire more bylaw officers to enforce provincial health orders during COVID-19

Homeless populations will be moved to temporary shelter sites at two Victoria parks instead of three originally planned

B.C. reports 66 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 725 in province

🚨There are now 52 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island

Victoria pedicab company offering delivery service by donation during COVID-19 pandemic

Another heartwarming gesture from a local business!