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B.C. top doctor authorizes nurses to prescribe drugs amid overdose crisis

As a measure to get more people off the increasingly toxic street drug supply.

A look at campus life at the University of Victoria this pandemic season

Students talk about physical distancing, online classes, and social isolation

Popular Victoria fitness studio launches new fall schedule with promo for newbies

More classes = more capacity and more room to physical distance! 💪

Greater Victoria now has 350 Little Free Libraries installed throughout the region

And here's how you can find ones near you!

B.C. announces $3.7 million expansion for Island Sexual Health centre in Victoria

They will hire more staff and expand the space to incorporate more examination rooms.

B.C. projecting $12.8 billion budget deficit for 2020-21 fiscal year

Virtually all sectors of the economy are projected to experience decline this year before starting to bounce back in 2021.

Here’s how post-secondary students in B.C. can access 24/7 free mental health counselling

The program was launched in April and will remain operational for at least 3 years.
Orca baby

Endangered orca that carried dead calf for 17 days gives birth to new healthy...

Tahlequah's new baby is "healthy and precocious."

Victoria-based company offers all-in-one PPE kits for only $10

Just in time for back to school - are you ready? 📚

German Shepherds are the most Googled dog breeds in B.C. and Canada this year

In related news, Happy International Dog Day!

These Canadian celebrities want you to take a FREE online course on Indigenous issues

Including Dan Levy of Schitt’s Creek fame.

Multiple cougar sightings reported in Saanich Monday night

Residents in the area are advised to keep their pets inside at this time.

Group of Victoria bus drivers win $1 million lottery prize

“We got our spark back now that we won."

Ryan Reynolds responds to Premier Horgan’s call for help to stop young people partying

“I hope that young people in B.C. don’t kill my mom, frankly, or David Suzuki, or each other. Let’s not kill anyone, I think that’s reasonable.”

Vancouver Island resident slapped with $345 fine for trying to keep baby deer

This is the second time this summer that an island resident has been fined for taking in wildlife

B.C. investing $36 million to create 123 new beds for youth with substance use...

175 people died of illicit drug overdose in B.C. in June

‘I was in shock’: Nanaimo woman wins $500K lottery prize

The first thing she plans to buy is a luxury "Supersonic" hair dryer!

Victoria fitness studio opens second location at Uptown, maintains capacity while distancing

With two studios, Annex Fitness has been able to space out their bikes and host safer sweat sessions for all!

This special summer camp helps young burn survivors get back to being kids

One water fight at a time ❤️

Win a two-night stay plus breakfast at Sidney’s best kept secret (CONTEST)

Here's your key to the perfect staycation! 🗝️

Victoria Wild ARC facility to house malnourished otter pup found separated from mom

She was found crying, alone at a beach 😢

How to spot this spectacular comet from Vancouver Island this month (PHOTOS)

Comet Neowise will not orbit Earth again for about 7,000 years.

Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds launches campaign to support Victoria-based wildlife group

In just two days, the campaign has raised 77% of its goal amount

New primary care clinic led by nurse practitioners opening in Nanaimo this week

The facility will open gradually and have a full team of health care experts by September 15

7 ways workspace fitness can benefit your mental and physical well-being

Because working out at work is most definitely a thing!

This local fitness apparel company is giving away a full 3-piece workout ensemble (CONTEST)

New fitness gear = extra motivation to get back into the gym! 💪

Vancouver Island reports higher than normal number of “abandoned” fawns and bear sightings

TLDR: leave those baby deer alone and lock up your garbage

Downtown Victoria overdose prevention site reopens after deadliest month for overdoses in B.C.

170 died due to drug overdose in B.C. last month

Racism in Victoria: “I was born here and I don’t feel welcome in my...

This is the first of a multi-part series documenting racism in Victoria through personal, lived experiences as told by People of Colour.

8 new Foundry youth mental health centres coming to B.C. including two on Vancouver...

There are currently 11 Foundry centres in B.C. including one in Victoria

Trudeau announces plans to extend Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Details to be announced later this week

Province announces expansion of Sooke clinic with funding of $1M each year

The expansion will be completed by January 2021

Island Health is looking for Community Health Workers to join their team

Benefits packages and 3 weeks vacation? Sign us up! 🙋
Budget

B.C. unemployment rate rises to 13.4%, nationwide jobless rate hits record high

The previous record was set in 1982.

RCMP issue warning after several sightings of a cougar in View Royal

Wildlife encounters have been on the rise over the past couple weeks.

Another bear spotted in Saanich on Wednesday morning

There have been four bear sightings in Greater Victoria over the past 24 hours

Bears spotted in Saanich and View Royal overnight

One of them was spotted eating from a bird feeder

“It’s the worst part of the job”: Bear euthanized in Langford after eating garbage

Conservation officers are urging the public to lock up their trash as bear activity ramps up in the region
Bear sighting

Black bear spotted in Saanich early Tuesday morning

The large bear was last seen on Carey Road

Downtown Victoria gyms roll out slow reopening schedules with beefed up safety measures

These two businesses are holding off on reopening until over a week after they've been given the green light

This chic Mayfair pop-up has reopened just in time to complete your summer wardrobe

Who's in need of a little retail therapy? 🙋

Gyms and fitness studios on Vancouver Island will be allowed to reopen May 19

The order to close these facilities was originally expected to expire at the end of the month

This professional dog trainer in Victoria is offering online puppy training sessions amid pandemic

Have an adorable little monster on your hands? 🐾

Behind the scenes of Dr. Bonnie Henry’s daily COVID-19 briefings for B.C. (PHOTOS)

The voice we've all grown to know and trust during this pandemic
CANADIAN MONEY

Two million jobs lost in April as Canada faces “unprecedented” drop in employment: Statistics...

In B.C., 396,500 jobs were lost in March and April