As B.C. stays firm, Alberta offers 'cohort quarantine,' seeks essential worker status for NHL players

As B.C. stays firm, Alberta offers 'cohort quarantine,' seeks essential worker status for NHL players

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney wants the federal government to help clear the way for NHL players to come to Edmonton. His counterpart in British Columbia, John Horgan, says his province isn’t interested in making any concessions. The two premiers had markedly different responses to the NHL’s plan to resume the 2019-20 season, in which teams […]

B.C. starts lifting COVID-19 restrictions on surgeries, parks, stores, haircuts

B.C. starts lifting COVID-19 restrictions on surgeries, parks, stores, haircuts

VICTORIA – British Columbia has reached the point in the COVID-19 pandemic where it will start a gradual reopening of the economy while also allowing social interactions between families, friends and communities to increase. The plan to restart the province begins with certain health services, retail outlets, restaurants, salons, museums and parks resuming some operations […]

Give adequate, quality supply of personal protective gear to nurses, B.C. union says

Give adequate, quality supply of personal protective gear to nurses, B.C. union says

VANCOUVER—Nurses already lacking an adequate supply of personal protective equipment have sometimes been given masks with straps that don’t tie or gowns that don’t fully cover them, the head of the B.C. Nurses’ Union says. Christine Sorensen said Monday the supply issue is affecting nurses in every health authority and has prompted 1,700 complaints to […]

B.C. steps up emergency response to COVID-19 with co-ordinated supply chain plan

B.C. steps up emergency response to COVID-19 with co-ordinated supply chain plan

VICTORIA – British Columbia invoked extraordinary emergency powers Thursday to protect consumers from profiteers and to maintain the steady supply of goods and services for those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The powers will also unify provincial response efforts while taking an inventory of public spaces that could serve as possible COVID-19 pandemic […]

RCMP: 9 missing snowmobilers found safe near Whistler, B.C.

RCMP: 9 missing snowmobilers found safe near Whistler, B.C.

WHISTLER, B.C. — The RCMP say nine snowmobilers who were stuck in the Brandywine Mountain area south of Whistler, British Columbia, have been found and are safe. The Mounties say in a news release Monday that the snowmobilers have returned to their vehicles cold and hungry, but otherwise OK. Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes says the […]

Clash over pipeline in northern B.C. results in four more arrests

Clash over pipeline in northern B.C. results in four more arrests

SMITHERS, B.C.—RCMP say four people have been arrested in northern British Columbia for breaching an injunction related to opposition against a natural gas pipeline in the territory of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Mounties said in a release that officers read a court-ordered injunction notice to two protesters on Friday afternoon and arrested another pair before attempts […]

Lab confirms B.C. case of new coronavirus, bringing total to 3 in Canada

Lab confirms B.C. case of new coronavirus, bringing total to 3 in Canada

OTTAWA — A presumed case of the new deadly strain of coronavirus in British Columbia has been confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Canada to three. Health officials in B.C. reported the presumed case Tuesday, and testing returned positive Wednesday, confirming the case is indeed the […]

B.C. police looking for suspect in attempted child abduction

B.C. police looking for suspect in attempted child abduction

BARRIERE, B.C.—RCMP in Barriere, B.C. say they are looking for a suspect in an apparent attempt to abduct a child. They say a 10-year-old girl was walking Friday around 3:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man she didn’t know. Police spokesman Cpl. Rob Welsman says the man grabbed the girl by the wrist […]

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