Coronavirus

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
A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

B.C. records 44 more COVID-19 deaths over Family Day weekend

Hospitalizations continue to decline

A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier leaves after speaking to supporters during the PPC headquarters election night event in Saskatoon, Sask., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier to plead not guilty to COVID-19 charges: lawyer

Bernier was arrested last June and charged with exceeding public gathering limits

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier leaves after speaking to supporters during the PPC headquarters election night event in Saskatoon, Sask., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
Polson Long-Term Care facility. (Google Maps image)

19 residents, 3 staff COVID cases at Vernon care home

Polson Long-Term Care facility outbreak

Polson Long-Term Care facility. (Google Maps image)
Truck driver Mat Mackenzie, 36, adjusts the mirror on his truck during a protest against COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. A judge has ordered protesters at the Ambassador Bridge over the U.S.-Canadian border to end the 5-day-old blockade that has disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries and forced the auto industry on both sides to roll back production. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Canadians ‘need leadership’ not another election: North Okanagan-Shuswap MP

Mel Arnold says invoking Emergencies Act is unjustified

Truck driver Mat Mackenzie, 36, adjusts the mirror on his truck during a protest against COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. A judge has ordered protesters at the Ambassador Bridge over the U.S.-Canadian border to end the 5-day-old blockade that has disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries and forced the auto industry on both sides to roll back production. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
A pickup truck drives a highway between Vankleek Hill, Ont., and Ottawa, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, after officers cleared a trucker protest from nearby Ottawa, that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest that occupied the nation capital’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Tamara Lich, key organizer of anti-vaccine mandate protests in Ottawa, denied bail

Judge ruled there was a substantial likelihood Lich would reoffend if released

A pickup truck drives a highway between Vankleek Hill, Ont., and Ottawa, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, after officers cleared a trucker protest from nearby Ottawa, that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest that occupied the nation capital’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston