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COVID-19 townhall

White Rock COVID Town Hall hears from community organizations

More hope expressed in planning for future events

COVID-19 townhall
Ombudsperson Jay Chalke speaks during a press conference in Victoria, Thursday, April 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Public complaints about COVID-19 dominate B.C. ombudsperson report

The most common COVID-19-related complaints involved issues at long-term care facilities, correctional centres and government pandemic benefits

Ombudsperson Jay Chalke speaks during a press conference in Victoria, Thursday, April 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
(Photo: OLIVIA SULLIVAN, Sound Publishing)

Surrey taphouse hosts Pride event Saturday

Meantime, LGBTQ+ community grapples with effects of a year of pandemic restrictions

(Photo: OLIVIA SULLIVAN, Sound Publishing)
Recreational travel is picking up in B.C., with the COVID-19 advisory against inter-provincial travel expected to lift on July 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

7 days straight with fewer than 100 new B.C. COVID-19 cases

72 new infections Friday, hospitalizations decline

Recreational travel is picking up in B.C., with the COVID-19 advisory against inter-provincial travel expected to lift on July 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19 virus (file photo).

Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Whalley care home

Four patients tested positive at Laurel Place, located at 9688 137A Street

COVID-19 virus (file photo).
The government tweet, which was posted on June 24, has since been deleted. (Twitter/Screen shot)

B.C. deletes tweet asking people to ‘snitch’ on unvaccinated friends, family

Initial responses, if factual, saw private information about British Columbians’ personal health shared with the public

The government tweet, which was posted on June 24, has since been deleted. (Twitter/Screen shot)
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. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Surrey’s weekly COVID-19 cases drop below 100

BCCDC reports 71 new cases for the week of June 13 to 19

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. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in Ottawa. Federal COVID-19 modelling warns the Delta variant could make a possible fourth wave of the pandemic worse that initially thought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

What the fully vaccinated can do: Public Health Agency of Canada releases graph

Federal officials provide some clarity on what is safe for Canadians with two COVID-fighting doses

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 in Ottawa. Federal COVID-19 modelling warns the Delta variant could make a possible fourth wave of the pandemic worse that initially thought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canadians must be savvy in navigating COVID-19 expertise: observers

Sheer volume of information can be confusing, particularly when it is changing so quickly

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. As scientific and medical discourse plays out in real time online and in the media during the COVID-19 pandemic, observers specializing in science and risk communication say Canadians must be even more discerning in choosing which expert voices they listen to and amplify. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

B.C. reports 75 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

Roughly 1 in 4 adults in the province is now fully vaccinated

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Photo courtesy NIAID-RML via AP.

Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation to conduct meetings digitally into 2022

‘At the end of the year we can revisit it,’ executive director Mike Buda said

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Photo courtesy NIAID-RML via AP.
Nisga’a Museum in the B.C. Northwest is among the Indigenous tourism projects funded for improvements by the province’s COVID-19 recovery fund. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 recovery fund aids 60 Indigenous tourism projects

Landmarks, galleries, resorts, trails aim to build reconciliation

Nisga’a Museum in the B.C. Northwest is among the Indigenous tourism projects funded for improvements by the province’s COVID-19 recovery fund. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from June 13 to 19, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Number of active COVID-19 cases in Delta holds steady

21 cases from June 13-19; overall number in Fraser Health down for the ninth week in a row

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from June 13 to 19, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Customers line up to order fish and chips from Moby Dick Restaurant Wednesday (June 23) afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Moby Dick fish-and-chip shop owner says one-way Marine Drive has ‘killed’ foot traffic

‘There’s no people’ – Yuriy Makogonsky says revenue from take-out down 50 per cent

Customers line up to order fish and chips from Moby Dick Restaurant Wednesday (June 23) afternoon. (Aaron Hinks photo)
COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Richmond, B.C., one of the targeted communities to increase immunization protetion to the provincial average in recent weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. sees 87 more COVID-19 cases, none in Northern Health

Two new outbreaks in Metro Vancouver senior care facilities

COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Richmond, B.C., one of the targeted communities to increase immunization protetion to the provincial average in recent weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Signage directs people to the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at South Surrey Recreation Centre. (File photo)

Surrey offers vaccine clinics for 12-years-plus on first day of summer break

Fraser Health region ‘trying to be proactive’ with youth

Signage directs people to the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at South Surrey Recreation Centre. (File photo)
Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. Roughly 400 people pre-registered to get their vaccine the week before. (Photo: Lauren Collins

Surrey hits 80% vaccination rate

Health Minister Adrian Dix says that’s above the provincial average

Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. Roughly 400 people pre-registered to get their vaccine the week before. (Photo: Lauren Collins
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‘Like a pregnancy test:’ Rapid COVID-19 tests key tool to keep virus out of offices

Workplace testing program rolled out across Canada in an effort to identify asymptomatic infections

(Canadian Press)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. health officials say mixing mRNA vaccines is safe, effective

Dr. Bonnie Henry says Moderna and Pfizer are interchangeable

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a news conference at the legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

VIDEO: Risk-assessment tool for fully vaccinated people coming soon, Tam promises

At least 7.7 million Canadians — one in five people — have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine

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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang