Coronavirus

The International Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. is shown on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett

Canadian tourism group urges feds to axe ‘irrational’ border-crossing requirements

All travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test that can cost up to $300

The International Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, Ont. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. is shown on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and vaccination lead Dr. Penny Ballem outline B.C.’s COVID-19 booster vaccine program, which moves to the general population starting in December. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. reports 430 more COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths

One new senior home outbreak in Abbotsford

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and vaccination lead Dr. Penny Ballem outline B.C.’s COVID-19 booster vaccine program, which moves to the general population starting in December. (B.C. government photo)
Tourists pose for photos at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Whistler Blackcomb resort which is owned by Vail Resorts shut down operations Saturday due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking place worldwide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

8,500 sign petition calling for Whistler Blackcomb to require COVID shots for guests

Four ski hills in B.C. require proof of vaccination

Tourists pose for photos at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Whistler Blackcomb resort which is owned by Vail Resorts shut down operations Saturday due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking place worldwide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed. (File photo)

B.C. health experts call on province to use COVID rapid tests alongside other health measures

Protect our Province B.C. outlined the uses and benefits of rapid antigen tests

A rapid COVID-19 test swab being processed. (File photo)
FILE – A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool

B.C. nurses who spread COVID misinformation to patients will face penalties: college

Anyone who wishes to practice nursing or midwifery in B.C. must be registered with the college

FILE – A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
Muhammad Touray gives Cate Zeigler-Amon, 10, her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Viral Solutions vaccination and testing site in Decatur, Ga. on the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were available for children from 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Roll up your sleeves: Kids’ turn arrives for COVID-19 shots in U.S.

Country was poised to begin the vaccination after the final OK arrived late Tuesday

Muhammad Touray gives Cate Zeigler-Amon, 10, her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Viral Solutions vaccination and testing site in Decatur, Ga. on the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were available for children from 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.S. enters a new phase Wednesday in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with shots now available to millions of elementary-age children in what health officials hailed as a major breakthrough after more than 18 months of illness, hospitalizations, deaths and disrupted education. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
Coroner Géhane Kamel speaks during a news conference in Trois-Rivières, Que., on Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

No ‘euthanasia’ in Quebec care homes during COVID-19, expert tells coroner’s inquest

Inquest examining people who died in residential settings during first months of COVID-19 pandemic.

Coroner Géhane Kamel speaks during a news conference in Trois-Rivières, Que., on Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

B.C. reports 406 new COVID cases, 5 deaths as first doses reach 90%

Four of the deaths occurred in Northern Health and one in Interior Health

A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport  during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Air Canada, WestJet each suspend 4% of employees over COVID vaccine mandate

Air and rail travellers must also be vaccinated as of Oct. 30.

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport  during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Surrey teacher Shannon Akester gets vaccinated for COVID-19 at the North Surrey clinic on Wednesday, March 24. (submitted photo: Fraser Health)

B.C.’s largest school district decides against mandating COVID-19 vaccines for staff

Board of education points to high vaccination rates in Surrey, White Rock

Surrey teacher Shannon Akester gets vaccinated for COVID-19 at the North Surrey clinic on Wednesday, March 24. (submitted photo: Fraser Health)
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2021, file photo, traffic moves towards a police car by the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Biden administration’s decision to allow nonessential travel by vaccinated people to enter the U.S. by land starting Nov. 8 has many Canadians packing up their campers and making reservations at their favorite vacation condos and mobile home parks in warmer climes like Arizona, Florida and even Mexico. (Rob Gurdebeke/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Canadian snowbirds ready to head south as US land borders reopen

Vaccinated people can enter the U.S. by land for any reason starting Nov. 8

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2021, file photo, traffic moves towards a police car by the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Biden administration’s decision to allow nonessential travel by vaccinated people to enter the U.S. by land starting Nov. 8 has many Canadians packing up their campers and making reservations at their favorite vacation condos and mobile home parks in warmer climes like Arizona, Florida and even Mexico. (Rob Gurdebeke/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

‘Challenging’ COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna care home nears three months

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the outbreak at Cottonwoods Care Centre has been one of the most difficult to manage

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C.’s new COVID-19 cases decline over weekend, 25 more deaths

Hospital numbers stable as elective surgery delays continue

COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Surrey Memorial and other hospitals in B.C. are coping with staff shortages and an influx of COVID-19 patients. (Surrey Now-Leader files)

B.C. hospitals cutting services as COVID-19 pressure builds

Layoff of unvaccinated staff adds to critical care burden

Surrey Memorial and other hospitals in B.C. are coping with staff shortages and an influx of COVID-19 patients. (Surrey Now-Leader files)
Kelowna General Hospital. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

2 operating rooms at Kelowna hospital reduced as unvaxxed workers placed on leave

More than 1,000 unvaccinated health-care workers across Interior Health

Kelowna General Hospital. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

3,300 unvaccinated B.C. health-care workers placed on unpaid leave following mandate

Vaccine mandate for health-care staff went into effect Oct. 26

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks about the COVID-19 vaccine card set to arrive in mid-September as they discuss details about the process during a press conference at provincial legislature in Victoria, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The B.C. Legislature flies the Canadian flag at half mast in Victoria, Friday, April 9, 2021 in honour of the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died today at the age of 99. The flag will remain at half mast until after his funeral. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Unvaccinated B.C. public service staff to be placed on unpaid leave as of Nov. 22

Partially vaccinated employees will have 35 days to get their second dose

The B.C. Legislature flies the Canadian flag at half mast in Victoria, Friday, April 9, 2021 in honour of the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died today at the age of 99. The flag will remain at half mast until after his funeral. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
FILE – Bell Canada head office is seen on Nun’s Island, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Monday mix-up: Some Bell customers saw their phones incorrectly fall back 1 hour

Customers took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the company

FILE – Bell Canada head office is seen on Nun’s Island, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Airline ground crew walks past grounded Air Canada planes as they sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The airline industry has started down a long runway to recovery after the world’s worst health crisis decimated their operations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Airlines restoring capacity in bid for recovery from worst health crisis in history

North American passenger demand was down 79 per cent in January 2021 compared with January 2019

Airline ground crew walks past grounded Air Canada planes as they sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The airline industry has started down a long runway to recovery after the world’s worst health crisis decimated their operations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, and Canada could be close behind. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

FDA approval of kids’ COVID-19 vaccine to be considered in Health Canada decision

Canada is expecting 2.9 million child-size doses of the new formulation if it is approved

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, and Canada could be close behind. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh