Coronavirus

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (File photo)

B.C. looks to potentially ease COVID measures by Spring Break

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the COVID-19 situation in B.C. is ‘improving rapidly’

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (File photo)
Window cleaners hang from ropes to clean the an office building’s windows in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

Post-pandemic back-to-work puts spotlight on office maintenance

Reactivating dormant, or barely used buildings could come with re-start maintenance issues

Window cleaners hang from ropes to clean the an office building’s windows in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).
Waitress Kirsten Craig wears a mask while carrying drinks for guests inside the Blu Martini restaurant in Kingston, Ont., on July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Alberta ends almost all COVID-19 restrictions

Ontario has also ended most of its COVID-related public health mandates

Waitress Kirsten Craig wears a mask while carrying drinks for guests inside the Blu Martini restaurant in Kingston, Ont., on July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Premier Scott Moe speaks to the Canadian Press during a year-end interview at the Legislative Building in Regina on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021. Saskatchewan Party government on Monday removed its two remaining pandemic health orders, which included mandatory masking in indoor public places. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

Saskatchewan ends all COVID-19 health measures

Chief medical health officer says people who have not had a vaccine booster shot should get one

Premier Scott Moe speaks to the Canadian Press during a year-end interview at the Legislative Building in Regina on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021. Saskatchewan Party government on Monday removed its two remaining pandemic health orders, which included mandatory masking in indoor public places. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell
Truck drivers hang a Canadian flag on the front grille of a truck parked in downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill on Feb. 2. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Court extends freeze on Ottawa protest donations tied to class-action lawsuit

Class-action lawsuit seeks $306 million in damages related to three-week anti-government protest

Truck drivers hang a Canadian flag on the front grille of a truck parked in downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill on Feb. 2. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
People wait at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Eased requirements in effect as travel industry demands end to COVID-19 testing

Industry hosts news conference today to demand Ottawa remove all COVID-19 border restrictions

People wait at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
‘Freedom convoy’ participant John Bancroft (left) and Al Fortin (right) who brought the “Unity Cup” from the Ottawa protest to a potluck barbecue and some parking lot hockey games for kids on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the George Preston rec centre. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: B.C. Convoy participant organizes hockey and barbecue event to promote reconciliation

‘Just getting everyone shaking hands again and talking’

‘Freedom convoy’ participant John Bancroft (left) and Al Fortin (right) who brought the “Unity Cup” from the Ottawa protest to a potluck barbecue and some parking lot hockey games for kids on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the George Preston rec centre. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. COVID hospitalizations fall under 600 for the first time since mid-January

12 new deaths were reported Friday (Feb. 25), 10 were in Fraser Health

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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Tang says governments should be prepared to recall public health measures in case of another serious variant of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Public health mandates could return, Tam warns, but favours lighter touch in future

Top doc hopes Canada is past the pandemic crisis, uncertain what the coronavirus will do next

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Tang says governments should be prepared to recall public health measures in case of another serious variant of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said COVID-19 violation tickets will be paid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Most COVID-19 fines unpaid in B.C. while some are dropped

Newly released data from ICBC shows $623,300 worth of fines remain unpaid

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said COVID-19 violation tickets will be paid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

B.C. COVID hospitalizations continue to drop, nine new deaths reported

597 new cases were reported Thursday, Feb. 24

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Dr. Charles Hoffe of Lytton B.C. has promoted misinformation around COVID-19 and vaccinations. (Canada Health Alliance/Librti)

B.C. doctor who promotes COVID misinformation under investigation from college

A date has not been set for a hearing into Dr. Charles Hoffe’s conduct

Dr. Charles Hoffe of Lytton B.C. has promoted misinformation around COVID-19 and vaccinations. (Canada Health Alliance/Librti)
Rapid antigen tests are being sent home with students in the Vernon School District next week. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Rapid COVID-19 tests available for Vernon students

Antigen tests coming home with kids next week

Rapid antigen tests are being sent home with students in the Vernon School District next week. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
NNSL file photo

Health Canada authorizes made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine

Plant-based vaccine was 71 per cent effective against COVID-19 one week after second dose

NNSL file photo
A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. COVID-19 hospitalizations dip to 653

One more person in the province has died from COVID-19

A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A file photo of a rapid test ket is shown here. PHOTO BY FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

B.C. pharmacies to distribute free rapid tests for people aged 70 and over

The province says the program will expand to younger ages as supply grows

A file photo of a rapid test ket is shown here. PHOTO BY FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS
In this file photo dated Monday, March 22, 2021, vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in a fridge at the local vaccine centre in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader

Canada signs agreement with AstraZeneca on preventative COVID-19 treatment

Not-yet-approved antibody therapy, called Evusheld, is a pre-exposure preventative for COVID-19

In this file photo dated Monday, March 22, 2021, vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in a fridge at the local vaccine centre in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader
A cyclist pushes his bike across an intersection past temporary fencing as police watch from their car, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

UPDATED: Trudeau says Emergencies Act can now be revoked as crisis calms down

PM says order has been restored, police and legislation will now suffice

A cyclist pushes his bike across an intersection past temporary fencing as police watch from their car, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)

B.C. tourism industry hoping spring COVID-19 thaw continues

Rebuilding workforce, international visitors a big job

William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)
The University of Guelph said it intends to uphold its vaccine mandate until the end of the winter semester, but will review the policy soon and provide an update next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Vaccines, masks required at universities despite broader relaxing of restrictions

Many of Canada’s top schools are slow to follow their provincial lead in terms of COVID-19 rules

The University of Guelph said it intends to uphold its vaccine mandate until the end of the winter semester, but will review the policy soon and provide an update next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon