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Parks Canada halts services, including at Island sites

Parks Canada halts services, including at Island sites

Parks Canada has suspended visitor services in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country until further notice.
Clipper extending suspension of sailings until May 20

Clipper extending suspension of sailings until May 20

Clipper Vacations will suspend its passenger ferry service between Victoria and Seattle until May 20 — three weeks longer than it had previously planned.
In time of social distancing, local artists find ways to reach fans

In time of social distancing, local artists find ways to reach fans

Singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing missed out on a golden opportunity when his concert scheduled for this weekend at the Dave Dunnet Theatre — which was nearing a sell-out — was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kirk LaPointe: Lace your sneakers to prepare for marathon run through pandemic

Kirk LaPointe: Lace your sneakers to prepare for marathon run through pandemic

The federal government’s economic measures Wednesday were the most decisive moves in the war against the personal and financial perils the country will face in the first weeks of the pandemic.
During crisis, what pharmacists can do, and what they can’t

During crisis, what pharmacists can do, and what they can’t

Pharmacies in B.C. have been overwhelmed since Monday, when the health minister announced that pharmacists will be able to refill prescriptions without an additional doctor’s note.
Why health-care workers in B.C. aren’t required to self-isolate

Why health-care workers in B.C. aren’t required to self-isolate

Not all health-care workers are required to self-isolate after returning from international travel, which has some people concerned about the risk of spreading COVID-19 to patients and other health-care professionals.
Teacher in Hong Kong learns ways of coping with the new normal

Teacher in Hong Kong learns ways of coping with the new normal

Jill Walgren grew up in Victoria and attended the University of Victoria, but since late 2002, she has been working as a teacher in Hong Kong, where residents got a seven-week jump in the battle against COVID-19.
Les Leyne: Governments respond to crisis with steady escalation

Les Leyne: Governments respond to crisis with steady escalation

At most of the decision points so far in the crisis, governments started in the relatively moderate range of options. Every time they did that, they adjusted to the extreme level quite quickly.
Charity asks supporters to give gift cards instead of clothing or food

Charity asks supporters to give gift cards instead of clothing or food

Cool Aid is no longer taking donations of any goods, including clothing or food, in a bid to reduce the chance of transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
B.C. Transit trims trips as ridership drops about 50%

B.C. Transit trims trips as ridership drops about 50%

Transit agencies across Canada, including B.C. Transit in Victoria, have adjusted operations to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Dyck, B.C.