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Comment: You may never have heard of us, but please keep us safe

Comment: You may never have heard of us, but please keep us safe

A commentary by a substitute teacher from Victoria working in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut We were told on March 16 that Nunavut schools would be shutting down for the next three weeks.
Les Leyne: Virus’s stealth attack on B.C.

Les Leyne: Virus’s stealth attack on B.C.

On March 1, COVID-19 was a big thunderhead that was threatening other parts of the world, but the forecast suggested it would mostly slide by Canada and B.C.
Mayor David Screech: Generosity of community is inspiring and urgently needed

Mayor David Screech: Generosity of community is inspiring and urgently needed

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Hermann's Jazz Club livestreaming concerts to virus-isolated fans

Hermann's Jazz Club livestreaming concerts to virus-isolated fans

Hermann’s Jazz Club is hoping a shift to livestreaming concerts will provide some income for performers who are out of work as a result of social-distancing measures.
Utility companies switch to triage mode

Utility companies switch to triage mode

Major utilities supplying electricity, natural gas, water and sewage service say they are working on a triage-style basis during the COVID-19 crisis.
Church bells toll for those leading virus fight

Church bells toll for those leading virus fight

Bells at more than 40 Anglican churches on Vancouver Island, Cormorant Island and the Gulf Islands will toll at noon today and continue every Wednesday as a tribute to those involved in the fight against COVID-19.
Island Health says its workers can’t accept homemade masks

Island Health says its workers can’t accept homemade masks

Island Health is advising well-meaning crafters that it cannot accept homemade masks that are not medical grade.
Camosun nursing classes make quick shift to online learning

Camosun nursing classes make quick shift to online learning

Transforming from a typical classroom setting to online teaching has gone better than expected for Camosun College nursing instructor Hannah Ashwood-Smith.
Medical workers offered housing if they need to be in quarantine

Medical workers offered housing if they need to be in quarantine

Individuals and businesses are coming up with free or low-cost housing options, from RVs to discounted hotel rooms, for medical personnel and first responders who need to self-quarantine after treating patients potentially infected with COVID-19.
Lockdown to remain for weeks; some restrictions likely until vaccine found

Lockdown to remain for weeks; some restrictions likely until vaccine found

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says there’s “zero chance” any of the COVID-19 orders now in place will change by the end of April. “What it looks like in May or June or July is harder to say.
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