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LETTER: B.C. should lift COVID-19 mandates

Okanagan chambers applauded for opposing mandates

  • Mar 9, 2022
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Iron Energy Gym is closed after defying public health orders (Gary Barnes/ Capital News)

Judge rules West Kelowna anti-restriction gym to stay closed for up to 6 months

Iron Energy Gym has been ordered to close and failure to comply could result in arrests

Iron Energy Gym is closed after defying public health orders (Gary Barnes/ Capital News)
(Photo - @ubcokanagan Twitter)

UBC drops weekly COVID testing for students and faculty

The weekly testing quietly ended on March 1

(Photo - @ubcokanagan Twitter)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Six Okanagan chambers call for end to COVID-19 mandates in B.C.

The chambers want more transparency as ‘science is differing from province to province’

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
McKinney Place in Oliver had one of the most challenging COVID outbreaks due to its four to a room facility. (File photo)

Retired nurse wants review of Oliver care home that had worst COVID outbreak in region

McKinney Place had 78 cases and 17 deaths before outbreak declared over in 2020

McKinney Place in Oliver had one of the most challenging COVID outbreaks due to its four to a room facility. (File photo)
COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

COVID cases have doubled in Canadian prisons as uptick in vaccination across prisoners lull

Total of 16,111 prisoners contracted COVID-19 during this wave, 11 deaths

COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Iron Energy will not going to comply with the orders in the civil suit from Interior Health (file photo)

West Kelowna gym not backing down to health authority lawsuit

Iron Energy does not consent to the orders in the civil claim served by Interior Health on Feb. 15

Iron Energy will not going to comply with the orders in the civil suit from Interior Health (file photo)
The first ‘freedom convoy’ in Penticton was Jan. 29. (Logan Lockhart Western News)

Journalist allegedly spat on at COVID protest along Osoyoos border sparks RCMP probe

The anti-government protests were ramped up through South Okanagan Saturday

The first ‘freedom convoy’ in Penticton was Jan. 29. (Logan Lockhart Western News)
Kelowna Courthouse. (Phil McLachlan-Capital News/FILE)

Warrant issued for anti-lock down protester facing assault charge in Kelowna

David Lindsay faces two counts of assault relating to an incident on Aug. 19, 2021

Kelowna Courthouse. (Phil McLachlan-Capital News/FILE)
Signs say ‘Mental Health Matters,’ ‘Gyms are Essential,’ and ‘#FreeBC’ (Iron Energy Gym/Instagram)

Interior Health seeks injunction against West Kelowna Gym, wants rule-breakers arrested

Interior Health is seeking an injunction and an order allowing RCMP to remove those not complying with Public Health Orders

Signs say ‘Mental Health Matters,’ ‘Gyms are Essential,’ and ‘#FreeBC’ (Iron Energy Gym/Instagram)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021

West Boundary has lowest vaccination rates in Interior Health region

COVID-19 restrictions should come off gradually, says IH health specialist

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
Iron Energy Gym is open in defiance of COVID-19 public health orders (Gary Barnes/ Capital News)

West Kelowna gym delivers ‘Free B.C.’ message after hours to Interior Health

A West Kelowna gym claims it will ‘do something’ on Tuesday night

Iron Energy Gym is open in defiance of COVID-19 public health orders (Gary Barnes/ Capital News)
A protester was caught on video making racist remarks and hurling profanity at students at SOSS in Oliver. (YouTube)

Town of Oliver ‘appalled’ at actions of protesters at school

School principal initially didn’t see reason to disperse what she called ‘peaceful’ protest

A protester was caught on video making racist remarks and hurling profanity at students at SOSS in Oliver. (YouTube)
B.C. Nurses Union president Aman Grewal. (BCNU)

‘They are tired’: B.C. Nurses Union president talks about violence, burnout

After assaults at Chilliwack General Hospital, Aman Grewal talks about abuse health-care workers face

B.C. Nurses Union president Aman Grewal. (BCNU)
A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan has lifted its public health order that required residents to show a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to enter most businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan has lifted its public health order that required residents to show a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to enter most businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Protesters break through RCMP barricade, block Surrey border crossing

The convoy took off from Chilliwack earlier on Saturday (Feb. 12) for the third week of protest

The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
A child is caught between two parents with conflicting opinions on whether they should be vaccinated (Adobe stock)

Kelowna dad loses parental custody until son is vaccinated, judge rules

Parents have polarized opinions on the COVID-19 vaccine

A child is caught between two parents with conflicting opinions on whether they should be vaccinated (Adobe stock)
A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Gym owners in Vernon say they’ve been unfairly left out of a B.C. COVID-19 relief grant opportunity because they were able to run youth programs during a four-week closure, which was mandated by a government order on Dec. 22, 2021. (Pixabay)

‘It feels like we’ve been betrayed’: Vernon gym owners denied COVID-19 closure grant

At least two facilities denied access to $5K grant after being forced to close for 4 weeks

Gym owners in Vernon say they’ve been unfairly left out of a B.C. COVID-19 relief grant opportunity because they were able to run youth programs during a four-week closure, which was mandated by a government order on Dec. 22, 2021. (Pixabay)
Screenshot of Twitter post of a trucker accused of hit and run of cyclist in Vancouver on Feb. 6, 2022. (Twitter)

VIDEO: Chilliwack trucking company fires driver over cyclist hit-and-run caught on camera

‘We do not support or condone the actions of that driver’

Screenshot of Twitter post of a trucker accused of hit and run of cyclist in Vancouver on Feb. 6, 2022. (Twitter)