Thursday, April 2, 2020


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.

Victoria police officer buys ferry ticket for stranded woman

She travelled here with a man who then left her on her own.

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

Their current plan is to restart service on May 4th

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

Driver of stolen car flees after ramming police cruiser in downtown Victoria

The driver is still at large while the passenger was arrested.

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

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

K9 police service dog captures break-and-enter suspect in Colwood

The victim returned home to find an unknown man in her suite.

B.C. launches phone line connecting seniors with volunteers and services amid COVID-19

Seniors living at home are most likely to become isolated during this pandemic

Man succumbs to injuries after serious assault with weapon in Victoria

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is now investigating.

Discovery Island wolf Takaya shot and killed by hunters in Shawnigan Lake

He was relocated to the west coast of Vancouver Island in January.

BCCDC confirms COVID-19 exposure in West Jet flight to Victoria last week

Several flights landing in Vancouver recently have also reported confirmed coronavirus cases

Victoria police actively searching for robbery suspect near Cook Street

In cas you're wondering what's happening!

BC Liquor stores will be closed on Sundays starting this weekend

Authorities say there is a documented increase in demand for liquor products

B.C. bans resale of essential supplies, allows bylaw officers to enforce provincial health orders

Those found disobeying provincial health orders could face fines of over $25,000 or jail time

Nanaimo man breaks into daycare, jumps out of second floor window to flee

Police say he broke in before the daycare was open

Victoria mayor urges people to stop flushing wipes other than toilet paper

The city's sewage system is starting to get clogged up...

B.C. reports 42 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 659 in province

🚨There are now a total of 47 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island

B.C. announces financial aid for renters, moratorium on evictions, freeze on rent increases

There will be a $500/month temporary supplement fund for renters delivered through BC Housing.

ICBC to defer monthly payments for up to 90 days amid COVID-19 concerns

License renewals will also be available over the phone.

BC Ferries announces 1.5% fuel rebate, advises against non-essential travel

The company has not been instructed to restrict travel at this time

Federal government to enforce mandatory 14-day quarantine on travellers returning to Canada

It will be mandatory under the Quarantine Act as of midnight tonight

Canadian workers affected by COVID-19 can now get $2,000/month for 4 months

Those who qualify will start receiving money within 10 days of applying

Police seeking suspect who robbed Langford Ma Miller’s Pub

He told the employee he had a knife before demanding cash

City of Victoria delays consideration of declaring local state of emergency due to COVID-19

This measure would give them the power to freeze evictions, but the province may announce similar orders tomorrow

B.C. reports 145 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total to 617 in province

BREAKING: There are now a total of 44 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island

Victoria renters report landlords raising rent, issuing eviction notices amid COVID-19 pandemic

One of the tenants is a healthcare worker at Royal Jubilee; the other is a disabled woman with COVID-19 symptoms told to be in quarantine

B.C. campgrounds closed until April 30th after people found ignoring COVID-19 precautions

All provincial parks have also been fully or partially closed to the public

Canada Post announces reduced hours, service changes amid COVID-19

Like a "Knock, Drop and Go" approach eliminating the need for signatures at the door

Victoria Police searching for missing 37-year-old man

He's also wanted on two outstanding warrants.

Saanich Police issue reminder after groups seen disobeying COVID-19 playground closures

TLDR: ALL playgrounds in Saanich are CLOSED and people are reminded to avoid them.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponed until next year due to coronavirus

This is the first ever postponement in history.

B.C. government launches COVID-19 information app

Featuring the province's self-assessment tool

City of Victoria announces temporary shelter sites for homeless and vulnerable populations

Including Beacon Hill Park, Topaz Park, and Royal Athletic Park