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Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey homeless shelter – BC

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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a homeless shelter in Surrey. Fraser Health says 24 clients and two staff have tested positive at the Surrey Emergency Response Centre, which opened last year. According to a city announcement of its opening, the centre is referral-only and has 110 “safe …

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Construction in Quebec continues despite restrictions – Montreal

Construction in Quebec continues despite restrictions - Montreal

The construction industry has not slowed down despite new measures issued last week by the Legault government when it imposed a curfew, according to the Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ). Under the latest public safety measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19, construction in the province …

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Two fines handed out at 100-person University of Victoria gathering: Oak Bay Police – BC

Two fines handed out at 100-person University of Victoria gathering: Oak Bay Police - BC

Oak Bay Police say they dealt with a 100-person gathering Saturday night near the campus of the University of Victoria. Police were called to an area called Pumphouse Station near UVic, where they found a group of about 100 students gathered, many seen not wearing masks. Read more: $2,000 …

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BC Nurses’ Union calls COVID-19 variant first identified in U.K. ‘concerning’

BC Nurses’ Union calls COVID-19 variant first identified in U.K. ‘concerning’

The president of the BC Nurses’ Union says health-care workers are bracing for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases after the holidays. On top of that, B.C.’s health ministry confirmed Sunday that a COVID-19 variant had been detected in a person in the Island Health region, who had recently …

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As daily cases spike, Kingston braces for further COVID-19 restrictions – Kingston

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The Kingston, Ont., area continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday morning, the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Paddington announced 17 new cases overnight—making it a single-day record. “I don’t have great news for the community; we had 17 new cases overnight, …

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BCTF renewing calls for mandatory masks inside classrooms – BC

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The BC Teachers’ Federation is once again pushing for mandatory masks in classrooms, now that the federal government has identified airborne particles are a risk of COVID-19 transmission. President, Teri Mooring has been pushing for mandatory masks for everyone over the age of 10 any time they’re on school …

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Woman says she was asked to leave East Van Bikram yoga studio for wearing a mask – BC

Woman says she was asked to leave East Van Bikram yoga studio for wearing a mask - BC

A woman claims she was asked to leave the Bikram Yoga studio on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive because she refused to take off her mask, which she was wearing to limit the spread of coronavirus. Ali Cloth said she arrived to her session Friday morning with her mask on. Read more: …

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‘People who are honest don’t get on the ferry’: BC Ferries customers call for resident ID checks – BC

‘People who are honest don’t get on the ferry’: BC Ferries customers call for resident ID checks - BC

A Maple Ridge couple is calling on BC Ferries to ID passengers after they spent six hours in a ferry lineup that didn’t move. Mark and Jacquie Steele said they arrived at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal Tuesday afternoon on their way to the Sunshine Coast. They say they weren’t …

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Coronavirus: Manulife CEO warns of ‘devastation’ if economies are reopened too early – National

Coronavirus: Manulife CEO warns of ‘devastation’ if economies are reopened too early - National

Manulife Financial Corp’s chief executive on Thursday cautioned against reopening economies shut by the COVID-19 pandemic despite challenges that contributed to a 40 per cent decline in first-quarter profit for Canada’s biggest life insurer. A “dramatic increase” in testing and contact tracing, and progress on development of treatments and a …

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Quebec, Ontario account for 92% of coronavirus deaths in Canada as cases approach 60K – National

Quebec, Ontario account for 92% of coronavirus deaths in Canada as cases approach 60K - National

Canada saw 116 more deaths due to COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — on Sunday, as nationwide cases approached the 60,000 mark. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada totalled 59,473 — with more than 30,000 of them considered active. A total of 3,682 deaths …

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