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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 .
For some, a scramble to adjust birth plans after Island Health restricts delivery supports

For some, a scramble to adjust birth plans after Island Health restricts delivery supports

Some pregnant women are changing their birth plans in response to new restrictions on the number of guests allowed in the delivery room and concerns around COVID-19.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: An urge to hoard

Adrian Raeside cartoon: An urge to hoard

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Jack Knox: Crisis or not, it’s best to keep your pants on

Jack Knox: Crisis or not, it’s best to keep your pants on

“The first rule of Fight Club is: You don’t talk about Fight Club.” — My doppelganger, Brad Pitt First rule of the pandemic: Pants on by 9 a.m. Rule two: Don’t cut your own hair, ever. Rule three: No reading or talking about COVID-19 after 7 p.m.
Sign-language interpreter takes it to next level, gains following during crisis

Sign-language interpreter takes it to next level, gains following during crisis

Until a couple of weeks ago, Nigel Howard was just your normal everyday American Sign Language interpreter who teaches at several universities and travels the world educating people and working as a Deaf interpreter for the UN.
An urgent call for relief; a message from a group of community and business leaders

An urgent call for relief; a message from a group of community and business leaders

By a group of community and business leaders April 1 is just around the corner. May 1 is coming soon after that. We don’t know how long this pandemic will last.