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Dave Obee: Governments are acting, but there’s still plenty of need

Dave Obee: Governments are acting, but there’s still plenty of need

Money is still coming into the Rapid Relief Fund — thanks again — and it is going out as well. As promised. The fund was established to give immediate need to those affected by COVID-19. We’ve passed $1.
Comment: The time for community to come together is now

Comment: The time for community to come together is now

A commentary by the senior director of the Mustard Seed Street Church. COVID-19 has brutally affected Greater Victoria’s low-income families, members of our street communities and seniors.
Booksellers aim for happy ending to crisis

Booksellers aim for happy ending to crisis

Jigsaw puzzles are big right now, as are bestsellers, children’s books and workbooks. Occasionally, there’s a request for a copy of The Plague by Albert Camus.
How to explain COVID-19 to kids

How to explain COVID-19 to kids

Try to maintain a routine at home, while focusing on reading and math exercises, professor says
Here's to you, hospital workers

Here's to you, hospital workers

Jeremy Vail has hung a well-known print by street artist Banksy on a tree near the entrance of Royal Jubilee Hospital as a way of thanking hospital staff for all their work during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Swiftsure yacht race cancelled for first time since 1946

Swiftsure yacht race cancelled for first time since 1946

The annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race has been cancelled due to the increasing threat of COVID-19, marking the first break for the open-water race since 1946. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club event was scheduled for May 21-25.
Mayor says stop flushing wipes down the toilet

Mayor says stop flushing wipes down the toilet

It’s a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. So Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps stepped to the microphone Wednesday and reminded people to stop flushing disinfecting wipes down the toilet, because they’re clogging the sewage system.
Nanaimo mill churning out pulp for medical masks, gowns

Nanaimo mill churning out pulp for medical masks, gowns

Nanaimo’s Harmac Pacific mill is churning out a double order of pulp to fill an order for a U.S. customer who manufactures surgical equipment such as masks and gowns.

Police warn of COVID-19 scammers

Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public of scammers spreading misinformation online about COVID-19 in order to obtain money and personal information.
42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 659

42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing total to 659

B.C. has cleared hospital space for almost 4,000 possible COVID-19 patients, but potential shortages of personal protective equipment for health workers has become “our wicked problem,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday.