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Amid challenge, Henry relishes chorus of clangs; more cases confirmed

Amid challenge, Henry relishes chorus of clangs; more cases confirmed

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says in the face of a global pandemic there are many examples of generosity and caring — including the nightly outdoor cheer for front-line workers doing essential jobs.
Helen Chesnut: Virus protocols in place at garden centres

Helen Chesnut: Virus protocols in place at garden centres

Dear Helen: This is normally a busy time at garden centres. What protocols are in place to keep customers safe in this time of physical distancing and COVID-19? G.L.
Comment: Credit-card firms profiting off the back of donations

Comment: Credit-card firms profiting off the back of donations

A commentary by a retired journalist living in Sidney. The capital region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic underlines two things you should already know. First is that our communities have a lot of good people who’ll step up when they’re needed.
Comment: You may never have heard of us, but please keep us safe

Comment: You may never have heard of us, but please keep us safe

A commentary by a substitute teacher from Victoria working in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut We were told on March 16 that Nunavut schools would be shutting down for the next three weeks.
Les Leyne: Virus’s stealth attack on B.C.

Les Leyne: Virus’s stealth attack on B.C.

On March 1, COVID-19 was a big thunderhead that was threatening other parts of the world, but the forecast suggested it would mostly slide by Canada and B.C.
Mayor David Screech: Generosity of community is inspiring and urgently needed

Mayor David Screech: Generosity of community is inspiring and urgently needed

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Hermann's Jazz Club livestreaming concerts to virus-isolated fans

Hermann's Jazz Club livestreaming concerts to virus-isolated fans

Hermann’s Jazz Club is hoping a shift to livestreaming concerts will provide some income for performers who are out of work as a result of social-distancing measures.
Utility companies switch to triage mode

Utility companies switch to triage mode

Major utilities supplying electricity, natural gas, water and sewage service say they are working on a triage-style basis during the COVID-19 crisis.
Church bells toll for those leading virus fight

Church bells toll for those leading virus fight

Bells at more than 40 Anglican churches on Vancouver Island, Cormorant Island and the Gulf Islands will toll at noon today and continue every Wednesday as a tribute to those involved in the fight against COVID-19.
Island Health says its workers can’t accept homemade masks

Island Health says its workers can’t accept homemade masks

Island Health is advising well-meaning crafters that it cannot accept homemade masks that are not medical grade.