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Greater Victoria School District and municipalities closing playgrounds to reduce virus spread

Greater Victoria School District and municipalities closing playgrounds to reduce virus spread

All playgrounds in the Greater Victoria School District are closing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The decision follows the direction of B.C.'s Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the district said.
Island distillers brew up sanitizer to fill void

Island distillers brew up sanitizer to fill void

The lack of hand sanitizer on store shelves, in hospitals and for first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak has spurred a pair of distillers on Vancouver Island to start producing it.
‘It was like a light switched’ in London, says vacationer

‘It was like a light switched’ in London, says vacationer

When Vivian Moreau and her husband left Canada just over a week ago, the world was different. She was the only one wiping down every inch of her airplane seat with antibacterial wipes on their U.K.-bound flight.
Les Leyne: Flattening the curve means lengthening it

Les Leyne: Flattening the curve means lengthening it

Behind Dr. Bonnie Henry, who has rocketed to household name status in B.C. due to her medical leadership, there are offices where a pandemic has been pondered for years.
Victoria anti-poverty group contends Ottawa’s plan won’t help working poor

Victoria anti-poverty group contends Ottawa’s plan won’t help working poor

A new financial-assistance package for Canadians losing income because of COVID-19 doesn’t address the needs of those who will suffer most from the financial fallout, says an anti-poverty advocate.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: Dealing with anxiety

Adrian Raeside cartoon: Dealing with anxiety

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Victoria Day Parade cancelled due to pandemic

Victoria Day Parade cancelled due to pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced the cancellation of the Island Farms Victoria Day Parade — an event that, until now, has run every year for 122 years, making it the longest-running annual parade in Canada.
Victoria council puts together action plan to deal with emergency

Victoria council puts together action plan to deal with emergency

To deal with COVID-19 fallout the City of Victoria is considering wide-ranging moves to assist the homeless, renters, businesses and taxpayers.
Coronavirus screening clinics open in Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Port Alberni

Coronavirus screening clinics open in Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Port Alberni

Referral-only clinics to screen for COVID-19 have opened in Nanaimo, Port Alberni and the Cowichan Valley. The clinics will serve only those who have been referred by a primary-care provider or an 811 nurse.
COVID-19 exposure warnings for Commonwealth Place, UVic as student tests positive

COVID-19 exposure warnings for Commonwealth Place, UVic as student tests positive

A student at the University of Victoria has tested positive for COVID-19, the university’s first confirmed case of the virus.