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Sylvia Olsen in quarantine, ill after husband tests positive for COVID-19

Sylvia Olsen in quarantine, ill after husband tests positive for COVID-19

Sylvia Olsen, author, historian and consultant on First Nations housing, is in quarantine in her North Saanich home with her husband, who has tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Tech company Tiny grows its efforts to help Victoria businesses weather pandemic

Tech company Tiny grows its efforts to help Victoria businesses weather pandemic

The people at Tiny have come up with another couple of big ideas to help Victoria though the pandemic.
B.C. Liquor Stores cutting Sunday hours

B.C. Liquor Stores cutting Sunday hours

Sales of alcohol might be way up, but B.C. is closing its government-run liquor stores on Sundays. Ironically, surging sales — they’re up 40 per cent this month — contributed to the decision, which takes effect this weekend.
66 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., total now 725

66 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., total now 725

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced 66 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total to 725.
COVID-19: Here's what's considered an essential service in B.C.

COVID-19: Here's what's considered an essential service in B.C.

While B.C. continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have ordered a number of non-essential businesses to close if they cannot ensure safe physical distance.
Grocers struggling to keep up with avalanche of delivery requests; store entry being limited

Grocers struggling to keep up with avalanche of delivery requests; store entry being limited

Supermarkets are being swamped with delivery requests, leaving shoppers — some of them in vulnerable health — forced to pick up supplies in person or scramble to find someone to go out on their behalf.
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