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Ottawa seeking lower credit card interest rates amid COVID-19 crisis

Ottawa seeking lower credit card interest rates amid COVID-19 crisis

Lower-interest credit could be made available for Canadians

Ottawa seeking lower credit card interest rates amid COVID-19 crisis
People are seen clapping on their balconies in Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Thousands of people in Vancouver’s west end have been going out on their balconies to applaud the front line heath care workers each night at 7pm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
People are seen clapping on their balconies in Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Thousands of people in Vancouver’s west end have been going out on their balconies to applaud the front line heath care workers each night at 7pm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks from behind a podium bearing the hyperlink to a federal government website about the coronavirus disease during a press conference about COVID-19 in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, on Sunday, March 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

COVID-19 cases march higher despite restrictions and threats of punishment

Parliament on Wednesday approved the flow of $52 billion in direct financial aid to Canadians

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks from behind a podium bearing the hyperlink to a federal government website about the coronavirus disease during a press conference about COVID-19 in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, on Sunday, March 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
FILE – A condo building is seen under construction surrounded by houses in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday March 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CMHC expanding insured mortgage purchase program to $150B, up from $50B

Ottawa had a similar program to buy insured mortgages during the 2008-09 financial crisis

FILE – A condo building is seen under construction surrounded by houses in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday March 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19 morning Canadian update: Cases nationwide climb to 3,500

COVID-19 morning Canadian update: Cases nationwide climb to 3,500

Cattle, wheat and fruit producers weigh in on coronavirus impact

COVID-19 morning Canadian update: Cases nationwide climb to 3,500
Funeral services need certain alterations to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. (Pixabay/Carolynabooth)

Death looks different in a pandemic: Vancouver Islanders taking new measures for funerals

Extra precautions need to be taken to limit exposure to COVID-19, resource shortages a concern

Funeral services need certain alterations to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. (Pixabay/Carolynabooth)
World COVID-19 5:30 a.m. update: 500,000 infections globally

World COVID-19 5:30 a.m. update: 500,000 infections globally

South Korea provides banks with “unlimited” money; U.S. jobless rate could exceed Great Depression’s

World COVID-19 5:30 a.m. update: 500,000 infections globally
Car sharing services, such as Modo are taking extra precautions in light of COVID-19 but are still operational. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Car sharing services still open to members across Greater Victoria

Car sharing services still running despite calls for self isolation

Car sharing services, such as Modo are taking extra precautions in light of COVID-19 but are still operational. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
COVID-19 major world updates, 9:30 p.m.: U.S. Senate approves $2-trillion relief package

COVID-19 major world updates, 9:30 p.m.: U.S. Senate approves $2-trillion relief package

A collection of the latest news stories from around the world, updated at 9:30 p.m., March 25.

COVID-19 major world updates, 9:30 p.m.: U.S. Senate approves $2-trillion relief package
Young Abbotsford couple Skylar Bartel and Alayna Tam were surprised by friends and family in a car parade shortly after being married in a small ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO: Young B.C. couple tie the knot in wake of COVID-19

Locals Skylar Bartel & Alayna Tam have small wedding, surprised by family and friends in car parade

Young Abbotsford couple Skylar Bartel and Alayna Tam were surprised by friends and family in a car parade shortly after being married in a small ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps during her daily COVID-19 update, which can be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page. (Facebook)

Victoria mayor asks residents not to flush wipes as city’s sewers start to clog

Helps addressed the issue during her daily COVID-19 update from city hall

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps during her daily COVID-19 update, which can be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page. (Facebook)
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce says the loss of an entire tourism season in Victoria due to COVID-19 means the loss of majority of revenues for businesses that depend on tourism. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce asks feds, province for more support for businesses

Chamber says current measures not enough for businesses to survive

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce says the loss of an entire tourism season in Victoria due to COVID-19 means the loss of majority of revenues for businesses that depend on tourism. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Rapid Relief Fund will provide financial assistance to Mustard Seed, the Stan Hagen Centre for Families, the Salvation Army Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre, the Food Share Network and the Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses Capital Region. (Twitter/TranBC)

Greater Victoria raises $1M in 36 hours for those in need

Funds will go to five organizations dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Rapid Relief Fund will provide financial assistance to Mustard Seed, the Stan Hagen Centre for Families, the Salvation Army Addiction and Rehabilitation Centre, the Food Share Network and the Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses Capital Region. (Twitter/TranBC)
Shelter Point Distillery has switched to making medical sanitizer to help with pandemic operations. Facebook photo

UPDATED: Island distillery switches production to sanitizers

Oyster River operation Shelter Point expects double shifts in the weeks, months ahead

Shelter Point Distillery has switched to making medical sanitizer to help with pandemic operations. Facebook photo
Jeff Benvin of Jeff’s Tree Service Nanaimo says he’s starting the #SocialDistanceChallenge and wants to see people social distance in creative ways. (Jeff’s Tree Service/Facebook photos)

Island business owner starts #SocialDistanceChallenge during COVID-19 pandemic

Nanaimo’s Jeff Benvin wants to see people social distance in creative ways

Jeff Benvin of Jeff’s Tree Service Nanaimo says he’s starting the #SocialDistanceChallenge and wants to see people social distance in creative ways. (Jeff’s Tree Service/Facebook photos)
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix speak on a conference call with hundreds of religious leaders, March 11, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Weddings, big gatherings have to stop, B.C.’s COVID-19 doctor says

Dr. Bonnie Henry calls for alternatives to live ‘celebrations and ceremonies’

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix speak on a conference call with hundreds of religious leaders, March 11, 2020. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for a news conference to give an update on the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for a news conference to give an update on the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A large number of people call Pandora Avenue home, even during a pandemic as seen on March 23. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

How Greater Victoria’s non-profit sector is handling the pandemic

Organizations shift programs to phone, online

A large number of people call Pandora Avenue home, even during a pandemic as seen on March 23. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
The Swiftsure International Yacht Race had a slow start last year due to light winds. This year, the race will not run due to concerns over COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Swiftsure International Yacht Race cancelled in light of COVID-19

Committee shifts focus to next year’s race

The Swiftsure International Yacht Race had a slow start last year due to light winds. This year, the race will not run due to concerns over COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
B.C. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson (B.C. government)

B.C. promises up to $500 monthly in rent support amid COVID-19

Freeze on rent increases, most evictions also taking effect

B.C. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson (B.C. government)