Coronavirus

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland speaks to members of the media on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘Strongly’ and diplomatically, Canada tries to block U.S. soldiers at border

The two countries already have a mutual ban in place on non-essential travel

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland speaks to members of the media on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The cupboard is bare of toilet paper, kitchen towels, and all but two lonely boxes of holiday Kleenex at Ashcroft Safety Mart Foods on March 21, 2020. The store has seen an increase in out-of-towners coming to purchase goods that are hard to find in many larger centres. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Some big city shoppers heading to small B.C. towns to stock up on COVID-19 supplies

With the cupboard bare in many large centres, some shoppers are flocking to rural communities

The cupboard is bare of toilet paper, kitchen towels, and all but two lonely boxes of holiday Kleenex at Ashcroft Safety Mart Foods on March 21, 2020. The store has seen an increase in out-of-towners coming to purchase goods that are hard to find in many larger centres. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Braefoot Park is managed by the District of Saanich. (Google Maps)

Police called to break up a gathering in Saanich park

Officers remind residents to heed province’s COVID-19 precautions

Braefoot Park is managed by the District of Saanich. (Google Maps)
A case of COVID-19 at Berwick-by-the-Sea seniors residence in Campbell River has been confirmed. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Cambpell River Mirror

Case of COVID-19 at Campbell River seniors residence confirmed

Berwick by the Sea, Island Health taking necessary steps to protect residents, staff and community

A case of COVID-19 at Berwick-by-the-Sea seniors residence in Campbell River has been confirmed. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Cambpell River Mirror
B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (B.C. government)

B.C. 211 hotline expands to link COVID-19 homebound seniors, volunteers

Thousands of volunteer offers to be matched up to need

B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie and Health Minister Adrian Dix. (B.C. government)
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth on March 26, 2020 at the B.C. Legislature. (B.C.government photo)

COVID-19: Here’s what is considered an essential service in B.C.

Taxis, hotels, weather forecasters and accountants some of the dozens deemed an essential service

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth on March 26, 2020 at the B.C. Legislature. (B.C.government photo)
A BC Liquor Store. (Wikimedia Commons)

BC Liquor Stores closing on Sundays, seeing skyrocketing sales amid COVID-19

Stores are taking extra hygiene measures to reduce transmission

A BC Liquor Store. (Wikimedia Commons)
Not the time for vacation: Trucker discouraged to see B.C.-bound Alberta travellers

Not the time for vacation: Trucker discouraged to see B.C.-bound Alberta travellers

Silver Creek man worries visits will put local efforts to flatten the curve at risk

Not the time for vacation: Trucker discouraged to see B.C.-bound Alberta travellers
World COVID-19 12 p.m. update: WHO chief urges aggressive action

World COVID-19 12 p.m. update: WHO chief urges aggressive action

Canada tries to persuade the U.S. to not deploy troops to border

World COVID-19 12 p.m. update: WHO chief urges aggressive action
More than 6,500 health care workers and staff are working at Victoria General Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital and Gorge Road Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria residents can thank health care workers through online portal

Thanks and donations are coordinated by the Victoria Hospitals Foundation

More than 6,500 health care workers and staff are working at Victoria General Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital and Gorge Road Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Fraser’s plywood mill at Quesnel. (B.C. government)

West Fraser shutting B.C. sawmills for week of March 30 due to COVID-19

Forest products demand down due to pandemic, forest company says

West Fraser’s plywood mill at Quesnel. (B.C. government)
UsedVictoria.com’s Open for Business Directory encourages supporting the local economy while maintaining social distancing. (Unsplash)

COVID-19: New directory connects Victorians with open businesses

UsedVictoria.com connects consumers with local businesses

UsedVictoria.com’s Open for Business Directory encourages supporting the local economy while maintaining social distancing. (Unsplash)
Canada COVID-19 11 a.m. update: $192 million for vaccine development

Canada COVID-19 11 a.m. update: $192 million for vaccine development

Here are the latest stories on COVID-19 from around Canada

Canada COVID-19 11 a.m. update: $192 million for vaccine development
COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 people around the world.

COLUMN: Four reasons to hope that B.C. will win COVID-19 fight

Number of hospitalizations in B.C. remain low as thousands of beds freed up

COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 people around the world.
(                                Food banks are looking for financial donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo).

Greater Victoria food banks ask public for financial donations during COVID-19 pandemic

Job losses cause increase in food insecurity across the region

(                                Food banks are looking for financial donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo).
Students at a B.C. high school: schools are technically open as of March 30, but most students will be learning from home. (Black Press files)

Schooling stays home next week for most B.C. students during COVID-19

Districts to provide outreach, service for children of essential workers

Students at a B.C. high school: schools are technically open as of March 30, but most students will be learning from home. (Black Press files)
Many restaurants have closed in response to COVID-19. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Taking time off work due to COVID-19 now falls under medical leave

New measures come after many businesses layoff staff due to impact of coronavirus

Many restaurants have closed in response to COVID-19. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Still image from viral video of kids playing on a Saanich playground despite calls for social isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shayla Pready)

VIDEO: Saanich locks down playgrounds after video of busy park goes viral

Mayor Fred Haynes weighs in on need for strict adherance to distancing, isolation

Still image from viral video of kids playing on a Saanich playground despite calls for social isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shayla Pready)
FILE – Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth at a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, October 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. bans ‘shameful black market’ of food, medical supplies; limits buying quantities

Province is also creating a provincial supply chain coordination unit

FILE – Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth at a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, October 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Areas in yellow indicate high smoke sensitivity areas where open burning restrictions are in place to decrease susceptibility to COVID-19. (Interactive Venting Index)

Increased coronavirus cases spark B.C.-wide burning restrictions

Centre for Disease Control recommends measure to reduce excess air pollution

Areas in yellow indicate high smoke sensitivity areas where open burning restrictions are in place to decrease susceptibility to COVID-19. (Interactive Venting Index)