Coronavirus

A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rotary Park in Smithers is open for walk-ins for first and second doses of vaccine until 6 p.m. Friday and and at the Smithers arena Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)

B.C. records 743 more COVID-19 cases Friday, 7 more deaths

34 deaths in 8 days, hospital and ICU cases remain high

 

Anti-vaxxer protesters harassing visitors to a Chilliwack brewery on Sept. 23, 2021 where the NDP government caucus had a meeting. (Submitted)

Anti-vaccine protesters harass visitors outside Chilliwack brewery hosting NDP event

Location targeted as the location of a provincial NDP caucus event, innocent customers mocked

 

Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario increases sporting events capacity, ahead of baseball playoffs, NHL season

Ontario is opening the door wider for fans at sporting events, just…

 

A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

School disruption, ‘long COVID,’ all factors in choice to vaccinate young kids: Tam

Health Canada awaits findings in order to determine if the vaccine is safe, effective for children.

A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
A woman holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Small businesses face threats, backlash as vaccine passports take effect

Some flooded with bad reviews on Google or negative comments on social media

A woman holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

‘It’s really frustrating’: BCTF fears more school closures due to lack of COVID safety measures

BCTF president Teri Mooring renews calls for K–12 mask mandate and ventilation improvements

The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Most of northern B.C. is dealing with a spike in COVID-19 cases, including Quesnel. (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Quesnel’s daily rate of COVID-19 cases sixth highest in province last week

The most recent wave of COVID-19 has hit Quesnel hard

Most of northern B.C. is dealing with a spike in COVID-19 cases, including Quesnel. (BC Centre for Disease Control)
Smartphone app scans QR code from a digital or printed copy of the B.C. vaccine card, confirming vaccine status. More than three million vaccine cards have been distributed in B.C. (Apple app store images)

B.C. reports 832 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 5 more deaths

Pressure on hospitals remains high, 27 deaths in a week

Smartphone app scans QR code from a digital or printed copy of the B.C. vaccine card, confirming vaccine status. More than three million vaccine cards have been distributed in B.C. (Apple app store images)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Feds to provide Red Cross, Armed Forces help as COVID-19 swamps Alberta’s hospitals

Alberta has 310 patients in intensive care, the vast majority of whom have COVID-19.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
B.C. Premier John Horgan takes part in a video conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other premiers, March 4, 2021. Horgan has taken over as chair of the Council of the Federation, which met Sept. 23 without Trudeau. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. premier pleads for COVID-19 help as Trudeau government resumes

Nurse shortage not new, Horgan says after chairing national meeting

B.C. Premier John Horgan takes part in a video conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other premiers, March 4, 2021. Horgan has taken over as chair of the Council of the Federation, which met Sept. 23 without Trudeau. (B.C. government photo)
Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Canada paused COVID-19 vaccine deliveries as supply far exceeds demand

Country sitting on a stockpile of 18.7 million doses, doesn’t need any more to fully vaccinate

Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announces vaccine card access for restaurants, gyms and other non-essential indoor activities, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 infections keep rising, 759 for Wednesday

10 deaths in past 24 hours as hospital pressure continues

B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announces vaccine card access for restaurants, gyms and other non-essential indoor activities, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, arrives with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as she prepares to table the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals to face pressure to move quickly on fiscal plan as fourth wave hits economy

Analyst: Liberals are unlikely to start reining in spending with the pandemic ongoing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, arrives with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as she prepares to table the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains. (Hansard TV)

B.C. seeks more input on paid sick leave in COVID-19 pandemic

Temporary three-day leave expires at end of 2021

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains. (Hansard TV)
Needles are seen filled with the vaccination for COVID-19 at a truck stop along highway 91 North in Delta, B.C., on June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Quebec man punches nurse in face for giving wife COVID-19 vaccine

Police say the nurse had to be treated in hospital for serious injuries to her face

Needles are seen filled with the vaccination for COVID-19 at a truck stop along highway 91 North in Delta, B.C., on June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton on June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney battles COVID-19 hospital crisis, internal party revolt

Kenney said it was Tyler Shandro’s idea to leave his post as health minister

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton on June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry 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, B.C., on August 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Concerns prompt B.C. to return to notifying schools, parents about COVID exposures

Dr. Bonnie Henry says parents and teachers have let it be known they need to be informed

Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix look on as Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry 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, B.C., on August 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. parents crowdsourcing COVID-19 school exposures in lieu of provincial information

Health ministry choosing to only publicly report outbreaks, clusters

A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)
The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. (Black Press Media files)

B.C. vaccine cards to soon match name on legal IDs after some mismatched

To date, the province said 2,987,031 people have downloaded the B.C. vaccine card

The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. intensive care units are getting close to maximum capacity in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Associated Press photo)

B.C. reports 525 COVID-19 cases Tuesday, now 332 in hospital

One additional death, total for pandemic now 1,900

B.C. intensive care units are getting close to maximum capacity in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Associated Press photo)