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City of Victoria to allow temporary shelters at Beacon Hill, Topaz parks during outbreak

City of Victoria to allow temporary shelters at Beacon Hill, Topaz parks during outbreak

The City of Victoria will allow people without homes to set up temporary shelters at Beacon Hill and Topaz parks in a move aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Lisa Helps confirmed on Monday. As well, B.C.
B.C. introduces $5-billion COVID-19 economic response plan

B.C. introduces $5-billion COVID-19 economic response plan

The B.C. government has introduced a $5-billion COVID-19 action plan to address immediate needs in the B.C. economy. The response includes $2.8 billion to support individuals and services, and $2.
Three more COVID-19 deaths in B.C., confirmed cases in province now total 472

Three more COVID-19 deaths in B.C., confirmed cases in province now total 472

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced 48 new case of COVID-19 in B.C. since the last update on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 472.
Construction sector told to take precautions to prevent spread of virus

Construction sector told to take precautions to prevent spread of virus

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is telling the construction sector to institute more safety protocols, increase cleaning stations and boost signs on job sites to protect workers.
Rules changed to allow B.C. restaurants to deliver alcohol with meals

Rules changed to allow B.C. restaurants to deliver alcohol with meals

Restaurants will be allowed to deliver alcohol along with meals, says B.C.'s attorney general. David Eby announced the change Sunday to reinforce social distancing orders and help support workers in the restaurant industry.
Police called to house party warn that young people are not immune to COVID-19

Police called to house party warn that young people are not immune to COVID-19

Young people are not immune to the COVID-19 virus, Victoria police warned this weekend after being called to a noise complaint at a house party in Esquimalt.
Island clothing maker producing reusable masks for doctors

Island clothing maker producing reusable masks for doctors

A small clothing manufacturer on Vancouver Island has started to produce reusable masks for first responders and doctors as surging demand threatens supplies of disposable masks.
Comment: The ethics of wearing a mask if you’re not sick and not a health worker

Comment: The ethics of wearing a mask if you’re not sick and not a health worker

Update 2: Canadian officials are now also suggesting that a non-medical mask would be useful in reducing the spread of COVID-19. But they've stopped short of recommending everyone wear one.
Jack Knox: Can we talk about a little more family time?

Jack Knox: Can we talk about a little more family time?

He switched off the TV and turned to his wife. “Alice,” he began. “It’s Alicia,” she said. “Really? Did you change your first name?” “No, but I’m thinking of changing the last one. Go on.” “I think it’s time that we and our three children. … “Four.
Donations to Rapid Relief Fund off to terrific start

Donations to Rapid Relief Fund off to terrific start

The Rapid Relief Fund was launched when the first papers hit doorsteps on Saturday, and the response has been remarkable. Inspiring. Affirming.
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