Coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waits for the arrival of Colombia's President Ivan Duque to Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Duque is on a two-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Senate report urges charging Brazil’s leader over pandemic mishandling

Decision on whether to file most of the charges up to prosecutor-general, a Bolsonaro appointee

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waits for the arrival of Colombia's President Ivan Duque to Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Duque is on a two-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after the B.C. Lions CFL football team announced they would recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 at their Sept. 24 game against Saskatchewan, in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Orange t-shirts with an Indigenous B.C. Lions logo by Kwakwaka'wakw-Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt will be handed out to 10,000 people at the game and tickets will be provided to 350 residential school survivors to attend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Making travel plans? Pack your federal and B.C. vaccine cards, Horgan says

Federal vaccine card has information the B.C. version does not

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after the B.C. Lions CFL football team announced they would recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 at their Sept. 24 game against Saskatchewan, in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Orange t-shirts with an Indigenous B.C. Lions logo by Kwakwaka'wakw-Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt will be handed out to 10,000 people at the game and tickets will be provided to 350 residential school survivors to attend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)

Interior Health restrictions likely mean B.C.’s lifting of COVID-19 rules delayed locally

Two sets of regulations spark anger targeted at business managers

The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a tour and meet-and-greet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as soon as Health Canada approves the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Pfizer will ship millions of doses to vaccinate children as young as five. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Pfizer will ship millions of vaccine doses for kids as soon as it’s approved: Trudeau

No deadline in Canada for the decision on whether to approve vaccine for kids to be made

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a tour and meet-and-greet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as soon as Health Canada approves the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Pfizer will ship millions of doses to vaccinate children as young as five. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

18 tickets issued, 1,266 COVID-related complaints received in B.C. over vaccine cards

Many discretionary businesses must check vaccination status of customers prior to letting them in

Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Current COVID benefits to end Oct. 23, but new targeted aid will be available until May: Freeland

Aid will be targeted towards regions under lockdowns or for businesses with heavy losses

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE – Travellers pushing luggage on carts walk through Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau unveils Canada’s new COVID vaccine passport for domestic, international travel

Proof of vaccination will show which vaccines Canadians received, and when

FILE – Travellers pushing luggage on carts walk through Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. reports 696 new COVID cases, 6 deaths on Wednesday

Vaccinations ticked up barely one-tenth of a percentage point

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservatives object to Parliament double-vaccinated entry policy

NDP says hybrid Parliament safest to stop MPs becoming ‘vectors’ spreading COVID-19

The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Surrey wedding, complete with full-sized ferris wheel, kept a lot of residents up last night. (Facebook image)

Raucous ferris-wheel wedding awakens residents’ ire in Surrey

RCMP says city bylaws officers will be paying newlyweds a visit today

Surrey wedding, complete with full-sized ferris wheel, kept a lot of residents up last night. (Facebook image)
People wait to be screened before entering Little Mountain Place, a long-term care home, in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Health authority takes over Vancouver care home, site of deadly COVID-19 outbreak

41 deaths and many more COVID-19 illnesses were reported last winter at Little Mountain Place

People wait to be screened before entering Little Mountain Place, a long-term care home, in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The House of Commons chamber is seen empty, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Ottawa. When Parliament resumes on Nov. 22, no one will be allowed into the House of Commons precinct unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Only fully vaccinated people to be allowed in House of Commons precinct

Policy affects MPs, staff, journalists, parliamentary business visitors, contractors and consultants

The House of Commons chamber is seen empty, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Ottawa. When Parliament resumes on Nov. 22, no one will be allowed into the House of Commons precinct unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Shortreed Elementary special education assistant Ms. Morrisey is one of the many Aldergrove educators going virtual to engage with students during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)

In-person school conferences upset Vernon teachers

Parents encouraged to opt for online conference only

Shortreed Elementary special education assistant Ms. Morrisey is one of the many Aldergrove educators going virtual to engage with students during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Special to the Aldergrove Star)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announces bar closings and other restrictions for parts of northern B.C., Oct. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. records 5 more COVID-19 deaths, 560 new cases Tuesday

Increase in hospital patients, 3 out of 4 not vaccinated

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announces bar closings and other restrictions for parts of northern B.C., Oct. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Avalynn Kwok, 4, walks with her dad, Manny Kwok, outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Mandatory COVID vaccines for B.C. kids ‘not something we’re considering’: Dr. Henry

Top doctor says B.C. kids have already had plenty of disruption to deal with in past 20 months

Avalynn Kwok, 4, walks with her dad, Manny Kwok, outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Sept. 13, 2021. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. to lift capacity limits for indoor ticketed, organized events as of Oct. 25

Patrons will no longer always need to be seated at restaurants, although masks must be worn

British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Sept. 13, 2021. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia's COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Public gathering restrictions remain for Interior Health, despite B.C. health order lift

Local health authority orders trump the province’s change

Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia's COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Amanda Harrison holds her baby, Lake, outside her mother’s home in Phenix City, Ala., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Harrison was put on a ventilator and later life support after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester of pregnancy. Doctors delivered Lake at 32 weeks and put Harrison on a type of life support called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to save her. Harrison, who was unvaccinated, is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

At least 161 deaths of pregnant women from COVID-19 in the U.S. since pandemic began

Amanda Harrison holds her baby, Lake, outside her mother’s home in Phenix City, Ala., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Harrison was put on a ventilator and later life support after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester of pregnancy. Doctors delivered Lake at 32 weeks and put Harrison on a type of life support called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to save her. Harrison, who was unvaccinated, is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)
COVID-19 cases increased among children 5-11 years old during the first two weeks of the school year, primarily in regions with lower community vaccination. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

COVID-19 cases in B.C. kids under 12 have peaked, in decline

Jump ‘strongly associated’ with more tests as school started

COVID-19 cases increased among children 5-11 years old during the first two weeks of the school year, primarily in regions with lower community vaccination. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A Victoria firefighter receives influenza vaccination in 2012. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. removes fees from influenza shot as part of COVID-19 effort

Health experts concerned about resurgence of seasonal flu

A Victoria firefighter receives influenza vaccination in 2012. (B.C. government photo)