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Victoria council to consider emergency business aid

Victoria council to consider emergency business aid

Victoria council will consider an emergency motion Thursday to help small businesses, tourism, and the arts and culture sector survive the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun.
Victoria lab works on treatment, vaccine for COVID-19 virus

Victoria lab works on treatment, vaccine for COVID-19 virus

Scientists in a Victoria lab are working on a vaccine and treatment for COVID-19, as the number of cases on the Island and around the world continues to climb.
Les Leyne: In Denmark, they’re a little blunter about the pandemic

Les Leyne: In Denmark, they’re a little blunter about the pandemic

Former B.C. reporter Shane Woodford is ahead of the story. Eight hours ahead, in time zones, since he lives in Denmark. And Denmark looks to be a few days ahead of Canada in terms of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it.
Seven new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island; elective surgeries cancelled

Seven new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island; elective surgeries cancelled

• Non-urgent dental procedures postponed • Everyone coming from out-of-country must self-isolate for at least 14 days • OK to stay in cars on B.C. Ferries’ enclosed decks • All B.C.
Working from home one way to avoid virus

Working from home one way to avoid virus

Canadians across the country set up laptops and cellphones to work from home on Monday to avoid COVID-19. While it’s a new experience for some, others — such as members of the capital region’s high-tech sector — are familiar with working remotely.
Tourist industry seeks special fund to cope with crisis

Tourist industry seeks special fund to cope with crisis

The province’s tourism industry is calling on senior governments to establish a fund to help its operators deal with the COVID-19 crisis. The Tourism Industry Association of B.C.
Victorians offer to help vulnerable with errands

Victorians offer to help vulnerable with errands

Some Victoria residents are offering to help the community’s more vulnerable members amid the COVID-19 crisis. Friends Melia Parker and Morganne Bemister posted their offer in online classifieds.
Schools not sure how closed borders will affect international students

Schools not sure how closed borders will affect international students

A ban announced Monday on anyone who isn’t a citizen or permanent resident — or American — coming to Canada is creating uncertainty for schools that host international students.
Island municipalities closing recreation facilities, city halls

Island municipalities closing recreation facilities, city halls

The City of Victoria shuttered Crystal Pool and Royal Athletic Park on Monday and announced the closure of city hall as municipalities across Vancouver Island scrambled to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Clipper considers going on hiatus as numbers dip; Coho carries snowbirds home

Clipper considers going on hiatus as numbers dip; Coho carries snowbirds home

Clipper Vacations is considering putting its ferry service between Victoria and Seattle on hiatus as a result of reduced demand during the COVID-19 outbreak.