Coronavirus

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau puts on a mask as he listens to Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speak via video during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, in Ottawa, Friday, March 12, 2021. Canadians should carefully weigh any future decisions on taking foreign trips even though the federal government has lifted a global advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel, health officials cautioned Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Not the time to ‘freely go wherever,’ says Tam as non-essential travel advisory lifts

‘The pandemic is very much alive. There are definitely still risks involved in travel’

 

A pharmacist draws up a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

People with allergic reaction to COVID-19 vaccine can still get second dose: NACI

58 million doses delivered, 419 reports of anaphylactic reactions to mRNA vaccines in Canada

 

A woman receives a nasal swab test at a pop-up COVID-19 assessment centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A woman receives a nasal swab test at a pop-up COVID-19 assessment centre at the Angela James Arena, in Toronto, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Auditor General Karen Horgan assesses Canada’s efforts to procure medical equipment in the midst of a global pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-related medical cost coverage extended for B.C. residents without MSP

New residents must undergo a three-month wait period before becoming eligible for MSP

 

The last cruise ship of the year, the Norwegian Encore, sails out of Juneau on Wednesday, Oct., 20, 2021, ending a cruise ship season that almost didn’t happen. Despite other warnings lifting, Canadians are still advised to avoid cruise ship travel. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Canada lifts global advisory on non-essential travel, still advises against cruises

Global travel advisory has been in place since March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit

The last cruise ship of the year, the Norwegian Encore, sails out of Juneau on Wednesday, Oct., 20, 2021, ending a cruise ship season that almost didn’t happen. Despite other warnings lifting, Canadians are still advised to avoid cruise ship travel. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
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Should B.C. have paid sick leave laws? Can employers afford it? Not everyone agrees

Countries like Germany have as many as 30 employer-paid sick days

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Last year, more than 80 parents braved sub-zero temperatures to stand in line at Vernon’s Beairsto Elementary to ensure a Kindergarten spot for their children come September. Now, this first-come, first-served system is about to change. (Morning Star file photo)

COVID-19 exposures at two Vernon elementary schools

Coldstream and Beairsto added to Interior Health list

Last year, more than 80 parents braved sub-zero temperatures to stand in line at Vernon’s Beairsto Elementary to ensure a Kindergarten spot for their children come September. Now, this first-come, first-served system is about to change. (Morning Star file photo)
A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)

B.C.’s two-dose COVID-19 requirement takes effect on Sunday

715 more cases Thursday, four more virus-related deaths

A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland meet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, during a visit to announce Canada’s new vaccine passport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Q&A: What you need to know about the national proof-of-vaccine document

Answers to some of the most common questions tied to federal vaccine passport reveal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland meet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, during a visit to announce Canada’s new vaccine passport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope was in court this week after ignoring a health order to close. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope restaurant ordered to remain closed over COVID non-compliance: B.C. court

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope must stay closed until it comes into compliance with health orders

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope was in court this week after ignoring a health order to close. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waits for the arrival of Colombia's President Ivan Duque to Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Duque is on a two-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Senate report urges charging Brazil’s leader over pandemic mishandling

Decision on whether to file most of the charges up to prosecutor-general, a Bolsonaro appointee

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waits for the arrival of Colombia's President Ivan Duque to Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Duque is on a two-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after the B.C. Lions CFL football team announced they would recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 at their Sept. 24 game against Saskatchewan, in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Orange t-shirts with an Indigenous B.C. Lions logo by Kwakwaka'wakw-Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt will be handed out to 10,000 people at the game and tickets will be provided to 350 residential school survivors to attend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Making travel plans? Pack your federal and B.C. vaccine cards, Horgan says

Federal vaccine card has information the B.C. version does not

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after the B.C. Lions CFL football team announced they would recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 at their Sept. 24 game against Saskatchewan, in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Orange t-shirts with an Indigenous B.C. Lions logo by Kwakwaka'wakw-Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt will be handed out to 10,000 people at the game and tickets will be provided to 350 residential school survivors to attend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)

Interior Health restrictions likely mean B.C.’s lifting of COVID-19 rules delayed locally

Two sets of regulations spark anger targeted at business managers

The Salmar Cinemas will be ruled by Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions as they supersede the province’s opening up of regulations. (Contributed)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a tour and meet-and-greet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as soon as Health Canada approves the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Pfizer will ship millions of doses to vaccinate children as young as five. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Pfizer will ship millions of vaccine doses for kids as soon as it’s approved: Trudeau

No deadline in Canada for the decision on whether to approve vaccine for kids to be made

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a tour and meet-and-greet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as soon as Health Canada approves the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Pfizer will ship millions of doses to vaccinate children as young as five. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

18 tickets issued, 1,266 COVID-related complaints received in B.C. over vaccine cards

Many discretionary businesses must check vaccination status of customers prior to letting them in

Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Current COVID benefits to end Oct. 23, but new targeted aid will be available until May: Freeland

Aid will be targeted towards regions under lockdowns or for businesses with heavy losses

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE – Travellers pushing luggage on carts walk through Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau unveils Canada’s new COVID vaccine passport for domestic, international travel

Proof of vaccination will show which vaccines Canadians received, and when

FILE – Travellers pushing luggage on carts walk through Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. reports 696 new COVID cases, 6 deaths on Wednesday

Vaccinations ticked up barely one-tenth of a percentage point

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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservatives object to Parliament double-vaccinated entry policy

NDP says hybrid Parliament safest to stop MPs becoming ‘vectors’ spreading COVID-19

The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Surrey wedding, complete with full-sized ferris wheel, kept a lot of residents up last night. (Facebook image)

Raucous ferris-wheel wedding awakens residents’ ire in Surrey

RCMP says city bylaws officers will be paying newlyweds a visit today

Surrey wedding, complete with full-sized ferris wheel, kept a lot of residents up last night. (Facebook image)
People wait to be screened before entering Little Mountain Place, a long-term care home, in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Health authority takes over Vancouver care home, site of deadly COVID-19 outbreak

41 deaths and many more COVID-19 illnesses were reported last winter at Little Mountain Place

People wait to be screened before entering Little Mountain Place, a long-term care home, in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck