Coronavirus

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, a woman combs the hair of her sister, a COVID-19 patient, at the intensive care unit of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. As coronavirus vaccines trickle into some of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, data suggest some women are consistently missing out, in another illustration of how the doses are being unevenly distributed around the world. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, file)

‘Marginalized’: Women trail men in global vaccine efforts

Women in impoverished communities worldwide facing obstacles accessing vaccines

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, a woman combs the hair of her sister, a COVID-19 patient, at the intensive care unit of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. As coronavirus vaccines trickle into some of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, data suggest some women are consistently missing out, in another illustration of how the doses are being unevenly distributed around the world. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, file)
Homes in Delta, B.C., right, and Point Roberts, Wash., left, are separated by the Canada-U.S. border which is just north of Roosevelt Way, centre, in Point Roberts, as seen in an aerial view on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada-locked US border town wants COVID test exemption

Point Roberts, Wash., leaders want exception made to address its unique situation

Homes in Delta, B.C., right, and Point Roberts, Wash., left, are separated by the Canada-U.S. border which is just north of Roosevelt Way, centre, in Point Roberts, as seen in an aerial view on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Health workers screen people for tuberculosis and leprosy in Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Tuberculosis deaths rise for 1st time in years, due to COVID-19

U.N. health agency said 1.5 million people worldwide died of the bacterial disease last year

Health workers screen people for tuberculosis and leprosy in Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
FILE – People wear masks as they pass a pharmacy offering flu shots in downtown Calgary, Alta., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. doctor urges vaccines as ‘resurgence’ in flu expected to coincide with 4th COVID wave

After almost no influenza last year, flu season is expected to be severe this fall and winter

FILE – People wear masks as they pass a pharmacy offering flu shots in downtown Calgary, Alta., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, up to Oct. 11, 2021. White line is seven-day moving average. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. counts 605 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, 4 deaths

Hospitalized patients up to 374, most new cases in Fraser

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, up to Oct. 11, 2021. White line is seven-day moving average. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A message of support on the closed front door of the Whistle Stop Café during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Mirror, Alberta on Saturday May 8, 2021. Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Café in the hamlet of Mirror, northeast of Red Deer, will pay $20,000 in fines and get 18 months probation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Calgary judge hands out fines, not jail to prevent notoriety for COVID-19 violators

Judge says Pawlowskis would like nothing better than to become martyrs in jail.

A message of support on the closed front door of the Whistle Stop Café during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Mirror, Alberta on Saturday May 8, 2021. Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Café in the hamlet of Mirror, northeast of Red Deer, will pay $20,000 in fines and get 18 months probation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A car heads to the U.S. border crossing, Monday, August 9, 2021 in Lacolle, Que., south of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadians cheer, Freeland urges caution as U.S. unveils land border travel plan

Question of mixed-dose vaccinations hangs over impending border opening

A car heads to the U.S. border crossing, Monday, August 9, 2021 in Lacolle, Que., south of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Senior in care home in Langley. (Langley Advance Times)

B.C. senior care staff now 96% vaccinated against COVID-19

Most of unvaccinated are casual, not scheduled, minister says

Senior in care home in Langley. (Langley Advance Times)
The Little Brown Myotis is threatened by white-nose syndrome, a bat disease. (Photo by B. Paterson)

Bats aren’t pests, droppings didn’t need to be disclosed to house buyers: B.C. judge

Judge says that seller believed bat issue was dealt with before selling

The Little Brown Myotis is threatened by white-nose syndrome, a bat disease. (Photo by B. Paterson)
Happy Valley Elementary is one of 12 Greater Victoria schools experiencing a potential COVID-19 exposure as of Oct. 13. (Google streetview)

COVID-19 exposures hit another 4 Greater Victoria schools

12 active exposures, 2 active clusters total

Happy Valley Elementary is one of 12 Greater Victoria schools experiencing a potential COVID-19 exposure as of Oct. 13. (Google streetview)
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at Tofino General Hospital

The outbreak at TGH is limited to the inpatient unit

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Tofino General Hospital. (Westerly file photo)
FILE – Alessandro Priolo slides a bag of candy to a young boy at his house on Halloween in Montreal, Saturday, October 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Trick-or-treat in small groups, bring back Halloween candy chutes this year: Dr. Henry

Many kids out trick-or-treating will be too young to be vaccinated

FILE – Alessandro Priolo slides a bag of candy to a young boy at his house on Halloween in Montreal, Saturday, October 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
With the South Island COVID-19 vaccination rate near 90%, clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre also taking virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate slowing, 28 die over weekend

Intensive care rises to 154, North continues to struggle

With the South Island COVID-19 vaccination rate near 90%, clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre also taking virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Judge strikes down Maj.-Gen. Fortin’s request for reinstatement to vaccine campaign

Judge says if Fortin was unhappy with federal decision, he should have filed a military complaint

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Intensive care unit at a U.S. hospital. (AP Photo/Kyle Green)

COVID-19 infection, illness still critical for Northern B.C. hospitals

More aircraft added to transfer intensive care patients south

Intensive care unit at a U.S. hospital. (AP Photo/Kyle Green)
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Ron Taylor and Jennifer Lount-Taylor wanted to show their appreciation to the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. They did it by spending over $16,000 on gift cards. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘A small gesture’: Nelson couple buys meal for every employee at hospital

The pair spent over $16,000 on 322 gift cards to local restaurants

Ron Taylor and Jennifer Lount-Taylor wanted to show their appreciation to the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. They did it by spending over $16,000 on gift cards. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Mexican security officers open the main gate of the international border bridge that connects Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, after its partial reopening Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. A new trilateral poll suggests U.S. residents are far more worried about reopening the land border with Mexico than they are about letting Canadians drive into the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Fernando Llano

U.S. residents fear reopened Mexican border more than Canadian one, poll suggests

Leger finds 29 per cent of U.S. respondents were fearful about the Canada-U.S. border

Mexican security officers open the main gate of the international border bridge that connects Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, after its partial reopening Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. A new trilateral poll suggests U.S. residents are far more worried about reopening the land border with Mexico than they are about letting Canadians drive into the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Fernando Llano
(Advocate file photo)

Most Canadians say school children and staff should wear masks: survey

78 per cent of respondents to a Canada-wide survey support masks in schools

(Advocate file photo)
Willows Elementary is one of four Greater Victoria schools with new COVID-19 exposures. (Black Press Media file photo)

4 new COVID-19 exposures emerge at Greater Victoria schools

Schools experiencing 9 active exposures, 3 active clusters total

Willows Elementary is one of four Greater Victoria schools with new COVID-19 exposures. (Black Press Media file photo)