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New jury trials on hold until end of May in B.C. due to COVID-19

New jury trials on hold until end of May in B.C. due to COVID-19

Jury selection has been cancelled everywhere in B.C. until the end of May as a result of the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court announced Friday. In criminal cases, an accused can elect to be tried by judge alone.
From the publisher, part 1: Don't let fear of COVID-19 take over

From the publisher, part 1: Don't let fear of COVID-19 take over

The impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is unprecedented in my lifetime.
Stage Left: As virus fears close productions, keep calm and support the arts

Stage Left: As virus fears close productions, keep calm and support the arts

They say if you stay in the news business long enough, you’ll see everything. Perhaps that’s true. I’ve covered the arts in Victoria since 1988. That’s 32 years, a long time. But never have I seen anything affect the local scene like COVID-19.
COVID-19 sparks rush on essentials: TP, cleaning products, non-perishable food

COVID-19 sparks rush on essentials: TP, cleaning products, non-perishable food

Greater Victoria grocery stores were caught off guard this week by the volume of customers and their desire to stock up on essentials, and not-so-essentials, as fear over the COVID-19 outbreak spread.
Social distancing will boost online shopping, expert says

Social distancing will boost online shopping, expert says

A B.C. retail consultant expects people to increasingly buy groceries online, eat at home more often, and postpone non-essential shopping now that health officials are encouraging “social distancing” to combat COVID-19.
Jack Knox: TC book sale postponed, but not cancelled

Jack Knox: TC book sale postponed, but not cancelled

Here’s an announcement we didn’t want to have to make: We’re postponing this spring’s Times Colonist book sale. Note the terminology, though. Postponing, not cancelling.
Arts and culture: A cascade of cancellations

Arts and culture: A cascade of cancellations

Arts and culture event calendars in Victoria have been decimated by COVID-19, with hundreds of cancellations during the past 48 hours. Practically every venue in town has released an updated schedule affected by the pandemic.

Families pondering what to do, with many cancelling trips

With spring break starting on Monday, parents are looking at how to approach the next two weeks amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Coronavirus and schools: Two-week spring break a chance to recalibrate

Coronavirus and schools: Two-week spring break a chance to recalibrate

For many school districts, Friday was the last day before spring break, a two-week hiatus from classes that gives health officials time to consider whether to keep schools open.
Canada allots billions to battle coronavirus, restricts global travel

Canada allots billions to battle coronavirus, restricts global travel

The suspension of Parliament, billions of dollars in extra federal spending, and recommendations against leaving the country were among extraordinary steps public and private sector organizations took Friday to try to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
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