Cole Schisler

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
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
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22-02-2022 the ultimate palindromic date is here

It’s a day that won’t come around twice

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People listen to a sermon delivered by a pastor from the back of a flatbed truck parked on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns continues into its second week, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. Sixty two per cent of Canadians oppose the Freedom Convoy protests, with 44 per cent saying they strongly object to them, according to a Leger poll. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

In B.C. 64% want an end to convoy protests: poll

Only 14 per cent of British Columbians support the convoys and their tactics

People listen to a sermon delivered by a pastor from the back of a flatbed truck parked on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns continues into its second week, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. Sixty two per cent of Canadians oppose the Freedom Convoy protests, with 44 per cent saying they strongly object to them, according to a Leger poll. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
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17 more British Columbians die from COVID, hospitalizations continue to decline

846 people are in hospital with COVID-19 and 136 are in ICU

(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
Airbnb and other vacation-rental sites are now seeing an uptick in demand. (Tribune News Service)

Airbnb to pay $6M in double ticketing settlement; some customers to receive credit

If you booked an Airbnb between Oct. 31, 2015 to June 25, 2019 you could be eligible for a credit

Airbnb and other vacation-rental sites are now seeing an uptick in demand. (Tribune News Service)
The West Coast Women’s Show is among numerous events held annually at Tradex in Abbotsford. A local residents’ group is planning to submit a bid for the operation of the facility that would include continuing to hold trade and consumer shows. (Abbotsford News file photo)

B.C. tourism, events industry receives $9.3M in government supports

Funds intended to support new tourism workers, restart conferences and business events

The West Coast Women’s Show is among numerous events held annually at Tradex in Abbotsford. A local residents’ group is planning to submit a bid for the operation of the facility that would include continuing to hold trade and consumer shows. (Abbotsford News file photo)
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B.C. population growth highlights need for immigrant supports: advocates

Affordable housing, underemployment are key issues for immigrants in B.C.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry discusses details about the latest restrictions announced around gatherings due to the surge of the COVID-19 variant Omicron during a press conference in Victoria on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. to reveal updated COVID pandemic response next week

Many COVID orders are set to expire next week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry discusses details about the latest restrictions announced around gatherings due to the surge of the COVID-19 variant Omicron during a press conference in Victoria on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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BC Ferries to add 1% fuel surcharge to major routes, remove rebate from others

The surcharge amounts to 55 cents per vehicle and 15 cents per adult foot passenger

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(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Five more people admitted to ICU with COVID-19 as B.C. records 1,117 new cases

There were no new deaths reported Tuesday (Feb. 8)

(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
An unmoored barge ran aground at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Jorge Amigo)

Vancouver barge to be cut into pieces, removed from beach

The famed barge’s days at Sunset Beach are numbered as plans take shape for removal

An unmoored barge ran aground at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (Jorge Amigo)
A counter-protester holds a sign reading ‘Honk if you love Dr. Henry’ on Burrard Street as a convoy protest against COVID-measures rolls past. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Counter-protesters disrupt Vancouver convoy route

The convoy arrived downtown around 2pm for a rally outside CTV’s offices

A counter-protester holds a sign reading ‘Honk if you love Dr. Henry’ on Burrard Street as a convoy protest against COVID-measures rolls past. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
In this Aug. 2, 2021, file photo, COVID ward healthcare worker watches from behind his face shield, double masks and full personal protective equipment as he works with a COVID-19 patient. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson, File)

British Columbians increasingly concerned about quality of health-care

45% of British Columbians believe service has declined in the last 5 years

In this Aug. 2, 2021, file photo, COVID ward healthcare worker watches from behind his face shield, double masks and full personal protective equipment as he works with a COVID-19 patient. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson, File)
Trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, Ontario, on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

GoFundMe removes Freedom Convoy fundraiser, says protest has ‘become an occupation’

GoFundMe says no further funds will be distributed to organizers

Trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, Ontario, on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

B.C. boasts lowest unemployment rate in Canada as jobs return to pre-pandemic levels

The economy lost 200,000 jobs in January, but B.C.’s unemployment rate remains low

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is reflected on a television screen as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, appears at a news conference by video conference, Friday, November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Caught COVID? Officials have tweaked recommendations on vaccine wait times

Those infected before getting a booster should wait three months after the onset of symptoms

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is reflected on a television screen as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, appears at a news conference by video conference, Friday, November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘It’s not OK’: BC Nurses’ Union demands better working conditions

BCNU calling on the general public to write their MLAs demanding better conditions for nurses

A nurse tends to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Food delivery company drivers wait to pick up food at a Cactus Club Cafe restaurant in a very quiet downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, April 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Founders of Earls, Joey Restaurants acquire ownership of Cactus Club Cafe

The Fuller family were early investors in the Cactus Club chain

Food delivery company drivers wait to pick up food at a Cactus Club Cafe restaurant in a very quiet downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, April 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck