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Police need tools to enforce orders by provincial health officer: Victoria chief

Police need tools to enforce orders by provincial health officer: Victoria chief

Police need enforcement tools from the province as public gatherings increase in Victoria and Esquimalt, despite public health warnings to physically distance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says Victoria’s police chief.
Metchosin couple upbeat despite cruise ship ordeal

Metchosin couple upbeat despite cruise ship ordeal

David Kirkham and his wife, Norma, have been moved off the MS Zaandam and headed to Florida on another ship
As effect of pandemic grows, so does community need: Salt Spring organization

As effect of pandemic grows, so does community need: Salt Spring organization

Please donate at RapidReliefFund.ca . More options below. Many people think of Salt Spring Island as idyllic. But it’s not immune to the ravages of the COVID-19 virus, which has left many businesses closing their doors.
Spring break ends, but start of remote learning could take weeks

Spring break ends, but start of remote learning could take weeks

Spring break ended Monday without the usual influx of students returning to school from two weeks of R and R. Instead, they are looking at a gradual transition to remote — or at least different — learning methods.
Hospital parking fees to be suspended as of April 1

Hospital parking fees to be suspended as of April 1

Hospital parking fees will be suspended for patients, staff and visitors at all health authority-owned and operated sites in the province effective April 1, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Monday.
VIDEO: 86 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., 2 additional deaths

VIDEO: 86 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., 2 additional deaths

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says we’re not through the storm yet as she announced 86 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. on Monday, bringing the total to 970. Island Health has 67 confirmed cases.
Victoria-based EncoreFX seeking creditor protection

Victoria-based EncoreFX seeking creditor protection

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced Victoria-based foreign-exchange firm EncoreFX to seek creditor protection.
Comment: Alternatives to toilet paper that are mostly not gross

Comment: Alternatives to toilet paper that are mostly not gross

There is plenty of toilet paper in town, but it mostly isn’t on store shelves. It’s stacked up in huge volume in homes. So, if you missed out on the great toilet-paper shopping spree, you might be running low, with no re-supply in sight.
School board adds caution tape as reminder: Please don’t use closed playgrounds

School board adds caution tape as reminder: Please don’t use closed playgrounds

Greater Victoria School District staff have collected more than 20,000 metres of caution tape and deployed it to prevent people from using closed playgrounds at schools.
Rapid Relief Fund reaches $100,000 match; $2.6 million in total

Rapid Relief Fund reaches $100,000 match; $2.6 million in total

The response to the Rapid Relief Fund for those in need is truly incredible and inspiring. Which is another way of saying that at 9:30 this morning, enough donations came in to match the $100,000 offered by the Times Colonist Christmas Fund .