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Some innovative ways to stay connected, online and otherwise

Some innovative ways to stay connected, online and otherwise

As people spend more time at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, some are finding creative ways to stay connected.
Life on the front lines: How Island hospitals are fighting COVID-19

Life on the front lines: How Island hospitals are fighting COVID-19

The cancellation of elective surgeries has freed up 371 acute care beds and reduced the critical-care bed occupancy rate to 60 per cent on Vancouver Island, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Saturday.
Salons, spas, tattoo parlours ordered to close as COVID-19 cases hit 424 in B.C.

Salons, spas, tattoo parlours ordered to close as COVID-19 cases hit 424 in B.C.

B.C.'s provincial health officer issued a new order to close personal service establishments such as salons, spas, massage and tattoo parlours. Dr.
Construction sector steady despite virus-related hurdles

Construction sector steady despite virus-related hurdles

Vancouver Island’s construction sector is continuing to build — typically with fewer workers on sites — as it focuses on how to face COVID-19-related challenges today and plans for the future.
Jack Knox: Life on stranded cruise ship not all that bad

Jack Knox: Life on stranded cruise ship not all that bad

In all honesty, says Metchosin’s David Kirkham, there are worse places to be trapped than a cruise ship off the coast of South America. There has been no sign of COVID-19 aboard Holland America’s MS Zaandam.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: Self-isolating because of COVID-19

Adrian Raeside cartoon: Self-isolating because of COVID-19

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Our biggest campaign yet: Help us raise $1 million in one week for those in need

Our biggest campaign yet: Help us raise $1 million in one week for those in need

Today we are launching the most important fundraising campaign in the 161-year history of this newspaper. The need is unprecedented and it is immediate. The sky is not falling. It is spring. Birds are singing. There is hope for the future.
B.C. suspends camping in provincial parks until end of April

B.C. suspends camping in provincial parks until end of April

B.C. is suspending camping in provincial parks, at least until the end of April. It’s also ending park services and closing facilities, citing the need to maintain social distancing.
St. Michaels University School student tests positive for COVID-19

St. Michaels University School student tests positive for COVID-19

A Victoria-based St. Michaels University School student has tested positive for COVID-19, according to deputy head of school Andy Rodford.
COVID-19 case confirmed at Ladysmith 7-Eleven, company says

COVID-19 case confirmed at Ladysmith 7-Eleven, company says

7-Eleven Canada says there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at its Ladysmith store.