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Only one Anglican church open on Island, no mass at Catholic churches

Only one Anglican church open on Island, no mass at Catholic churches

Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria will be the only Anglican church to welcome the faithful on Vancouver Island for the next 60 days. Bishop Logan McMenamie of the Anglican Diocese of B.C.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: Local businesses vs. crisis

Adrian Raeside cartoon: Local businesses vs. crisis

Island businesses are handling the COVID-19 outbreak in variety of ways . Some are remaining open, many are closing, some have scaled backed hours, some are trying to continue operating through online transactions.
Island real estate agents take steps to counter COVID-19 during property viewings

Island real estate agents take steps to counter COVID-19 during property viewings

Local real estate agents are adopting safety measures as a new market report anticipates sales will drop this spring and early summer as COVID-19 takes its economic toll.
Need for blood donations goes on despite crisis

Need for blood donations goes on despite crisis

As people follow doctors’ orders to stay home, those who depend on donated blood — and public- health officials — are urging donors to keep giving. Caroline Lennox has a compromised immune system, making her more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Jack Knox: Advice from Victorian in Italy: take virus seriously

Jack Knox: Advice from Victorian in Italy: take virus seriously

Stuck in northern Italy, here’s what Daria Dosselli has to say to her fellow Victorians: Take COVID-19 seriously now, before it’s too late. As it is, we have a chance to learn from Italy’s experience. “It’s early,” she says.
Governments asked to give businesses some breathing room

Governments asked to give businesses some breathing room

Business groups in Victoria have asked the federal and provincial governments for immediate relief from what could be crippling payments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Les Leyne: B.C. relying on Ottawa for rescue mission

Les Leyne: B.C. relying on Ottawa for rescue mission

Premier John Horgan was more interested Tuesday in pressing Ottawa for action on the economic response to the pandemic than showing his own hand.
Spinnakers temporarily closes, donates perishable food

Spinnakers temporarily closes, donates perishable food

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria is turning lemons into lemonaide.
David Foster, Katharine McPhee put on show from home

David Foster, Katharine McPhee put on show from home

Victoria’s David Foster is letting online audiences into his home on a daily basis during the COVID-19 outbreak — albeit safely, via Instagram.
Business in a pandemic: Some shops shut, others try to adapt

Business in a pandemic: Some shops shut, others try to adapt

As new information about the COVID-19 outbreak rolls out, some Vancouver Island businesses are remaining open, some are closing temporarily and many are trying to find a middle ground that allows them to continue to operate while keeping customers an