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Remote First Nations get access to virtual health care

Remote First Nations get access to virtual health care

Residents of 31 First Nations communities on Vancouver Island will be able to connect with a wide range of health-care providers from home via video calls or secure text messaging in the coming months.
Cancellation of annual 4/20 event big hit for cannabis group

Cancellation of annual 4/20 event big hit for cannabis group

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the biggest protest and celebration for the Victoria cannabis community on Monday, hitting one group particularly hard. April 20 is recognized by the community as a day to come together and smoke weed at 4:20 p.m.
VIDEO: B.C. might relax restrictions in May as COVID-19 curve flattens

VIDEO: B.C. might relax restrictions in May as COVID-19 curve flattens

B.C. has flattened the curve of COVID-19 cases for about three weeks now, allowing health officials to plan on easing some restrictions as early as next month while warning that others will remain for up to 18 months, until a vaccine is discovered.
Dave Obee: Don’t expect everything to quickly return to ‘normal’

Dave Obee: Don’t expect everything to quickly return to ‘normal’

When these stay-at-home, stay-put, cut-your-own-hair days finally come to an end, as they will, do not expect everything to return to normal right away, or in a year, or ever.
Letters April 17: Learning from the pandemic; the scene on Pandora

Letters April 17: Learning from the pandemic; the scene on Pandora

We have much to learn from pandemic Re: “A new way forward after pandemic,” letter, April 14. We’re all in flux right now. COVID-19 marched right into our homes, forcing us to confront what it means to experience a global pandemic.
Island's fourth urgent and primary care centre planned for Victoria

Island's fourth urgent and primary care centre planned for Victoria

Vancouver Island’s fourth urgent and primary care centre is coming to Victoria, with renovations on the space expected to start this summer.
Adrian Raeside cartoon: What face masks say about a person

Adrian Raeside cartoon: What face masks say about a person

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Business on the brink: Simon Smith: Consider the importance of community

Business on the brink: Simon Smith: Consider the importance of community

Most local businesses are suffering these days, and many will close permanently as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. These businesses are run by your friends and neighbours, and their loss would change Greater Victoria.
Want to donate unwanted stuff? Hang on

Want to donate unwanted stuff? Hang on

Service organizations that depend on donations of household items are asking the public to hold on just a little longer to all those items normally donated as part of spring cleaning or decluttering the house.
Hotel owners see safety risks if homeless people fill rooms

Hotel owners see safety risks if homeless people fill rooms

Hotel owners are worried about safety risks to their staff and potential damage to their properties if the B.C. government heeds a call by Victoria council to requisition hotel and motel rooms for people without homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.