Coronavirus

Interfor has announced curtailments in all the regions where they have forestry operations. (Black Press file photo)

Forestry giant Interfor curtails operations in the face of COVID-19

Forestry giant set to reduce production by 60 per cent for at least two weeks.

Interfor has announced curtailments in all the regions where they have forestry operations. (Black Press file photo)
The changes take effect immediately and expire on July 15, 2020. The timeline is subject to change. (Contributed)

B.C. to allow restaurants to hire laid-off servers to deliver alcohol

Restaurants are allowed to use unemployed servers to deliver liquor products

The changes take effect immediately and expire on July 15, 2020. The timeline is subject to change. (Contributed)
FILE - In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China has become the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for a new virus, health authorities said Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (CDC via AP, File)

B.C. scientist one of many fighting coronavirus pandemic on dozens of fronts

The federal government awarded almost $27 million in grants to coronavirus-related research

FILE - In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China has become the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for a new virus, health authorities said Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (CDC via AP, File)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori carries the Olympic flame during the Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece arrived in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Novel coronavirus grows, as do questions: Will the Tokyo Olympics open?

The Summer Games are slated to open on July 24 in Tokyo

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori carries the Olympic flame during the Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece arrived in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Interprovincial travel ban an unlikely response to combat COVID-19, B.C.’s top doctor says
Interprovincial travel ban an unlikely response to combat COVID-19, B.C.’s top doctor says
Victoria Police Department (VicPD) met with indifference, even defiance Friday night over COVID-19 after breaking up a party in Esquimalt. (Black Press Media File).

Partying Victoria-area youth told police they are ‘immune’ to COVID-19

Victoria Police broke up a house party Friday night

Victoria Police Department (VicPD) met with indifference, even defiance Friday night over COVID-19 after breaking up a party in Esquimalt. (Black Press Media File).
A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck                                A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian coronavirus afternoon update: Quebec malls ordered closed, death toll climbs to 19

March 22, 2020 – Black Press Media is updating this file through the day

A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck                                A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital, in North Vancouver, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. According to Vancouver Coastal Health three administrative staff members at the hospital tested positive for the virus last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media about Canadian measures to counter the COVID-19 virus in Ottawa, Monday March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Not time for state of emergency, Trudeau says, but Parliament asked to pass COVID-19 aid

The $82-billion package would pause student loans, allow homeowners to defer mortgages

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media about Canadian measures to counter the COVID-19 virus in Ottawa, Monday March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A man demonstrates how to put on a surgical gloves and other protective clothing during a tour of a COVID-19 evaluation clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Dirty money has taken on a new meaning as the war on the novel coronavirus ramps up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Retailers careful handling cash while WHO says currency doesn’t transmit COVID

The Bank of Canada ‘strongly’ urged retailers to continue accepting cash

A man demonstrates how to put on a surgical gloves and other protective clothing during a tour of a COVID-19 evaluation clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Dirty money has taken on a new meaning as the war on the novel coronavirus ramps up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
As health officials issue pleas to the public to avoid gatherings and stick close to home to curb the spread of COVID-19, at least three-in-10 Canadians still aren’t getting the message.. (Aaron Hinks photo)

3-in-10 Canadians admit they aren’t practicing social distancing amid COVID-19: poll

Lack of listening to advice of health officials come as Canada sees 1,300 novel coronavirus cases

As health officials issue pleas to the public to avoid gatherings and stick close to home to curb the spread of COVID-19, at least three-in-10 Canadians still aren’t getting the message.. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Kids and parents need to take social distancing seriously, and restrict their playdates, the executive director of the Public Health Association of British Columbia. (pixabay photo)

COVID-19: Keeping their distance will help keep your kids healthy

Public health official says cancel playdates, encourage two-metre gap outside household family

Kids and parents need to take social distancing seriously, and restrict their playdates, the executive director of the Public Health Association of British Columbia. (pixabay photo)
This image shows the difference in nitrogen dioxide in Wuhan from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25. (NASA)

Pandemic could bring benefits to B.C.’s environment

Emissions over Wuhan decrease significantly after quarantine says NASA

This image shows the difference in nitrogen dioxide in Wuhan from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25. (NASA)
Bronwen Menzies wants to lift up the spirits in her community by seeing homes lit up with Christmas lights. (Submitted photo)

COVID-19: Vancouver Island woman aims to bring some light to difficult situation

Menzies encourages residents to decorate their homes with Christmas lights

Bronwen Menzies wants to lift up the spirits in her community by seeing homes lit up with Christmas lights. (Submitted photo)
During what was the last game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season, Panthers Josh Lingard (#8) drives towards the Cougars’ net during last week’s 3-2 loss in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)’s South Division playoff round. Hours later, the season ended after Hockey Canada cancelled all “sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective immediately.” (Gordon Lee/Submitted)

Peninsula Panthers won’t let COVID-19 define best winning season in history

General manager Pete Zubersky said the team will take an economic hit

During what was the last game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League during the 2019-2020 season, Panthers Josh Lingard (#8) drives towards the Cougars’ net during last week’s 3-2 loss in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)’s South Division playoff round. Hours later, the season ended after Hockey Canada cancelled all “sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective immediately.” (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about COVID-19 at a press conference Saturday, March 21, in Vancouver. (B.C. Government video still)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about COVID-19 at a press conference Saturday, March 21, in Vancouver. (B.C. Government video still)
People from all over have sent in videos of them singing into their cameras, all in an effort to stay connected through music and the spirit of fun. The Facebook page was started by a man in Chilliwack.

‘Coronaoke’ hits high note among self-isolating crowd thanks to B.C. man

People sharing fun videos on social media to combat social isolation during coronavirus pandemic

People from all over have sent in videos of them singing into their cameras, all in an effort to stay connected through music and the spirit of fun. The Facebook page was started by a man in Chilliwack.
Sidney has restricted public access to all municipal buildings, including Town Hall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney Emergency Operations Centre focuses on ‘preparation, not panic’ amid COVID-19 crisis

Residents encouraged to practice social distancing, take care of one another

Sidney has restricted public access to all municipal buildings, including Town Hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Health facilities will only be open for essential visits. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health facilities now only open for essential visits

Visits allowed for critically ill, those in end-of-life care or those that need escorts

Island Health facilities will only be open for essential visits. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Capital Regional District is warning of delays and potential intermittent closures at Hartland Landfill. (Black Press Media file photo)

Delays, potential intermittent closures at Hartland Landfill

Public asked to hold off on visits to Hartland Landfill until COVID-19 pandemic subsides

The Capital Regional District is warning of delays and potential intermittent closures at Hartland Landfill. (Black Press Media file photo)
Not COVID-19: Here’s what else happened this week in B.C.

Not COVID-19: Here’s what else happened this week in B.C.

A powerlifting grandma, a dolphin rescue, a custody battle over a caboose and more

Not COVID-19: Here’s what else happened this week in B.C.