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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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City of Vancouver pushes for funding in order to keep the PNE afloat in 2021

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There are renewed calls for the federal and provincial government to step in to help the Pacific National Exhibition stay afloat. On Wednesday, Vancouver city council voted in favour of a motion to seek COVID-19 funding from the senior governments. Lisa Dominato, Vancouver city councillor and chair of PNE …

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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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Highway crash delays shipment of Manitoba-made hospital beds to B.C.

A photo showing the hospital beds after the crashed semi was overturned.

A Canadian company that’s helping produce emergency response hospital beds says a truck carrying some of its products crashed in B.C.’s Southern Interior this week. The accident along the Trans-Canada Highway happened on Monday night, near Sorrento, with the semi landing on its side in the ditch. No one …

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VIA Rail opens route from Winnipeg to Vancouver amid coronavirus – Winnipeg

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Winnipeggers can once again take a train to Vancouver amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement posted to its website, VIA Rail says it is reopening train travel between Winnipeg and Vancouver starting Friday. Read more: 447 cases, 14 new deaths as Manitoba moves into new coronavirus public …

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New LifeLabs antibody test announced for British Columbians

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For British Columbians who have been feeling under the weather over the last few months but were never tested for COVID-19, there’s now a way to find out if they’ve had the novel coronavirus. LifeLabs is offering an antibody, or serology, test for $75. Read more: Canada secures 26K …

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Vancouver Coastal Health declares new COVID-19 outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital – BC

Vancouver Coastal Health declares new COVID-19 outbreak at Lions Gate Hospital - BC

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) on Friday declared an outbreak of COVID-19 inside one unit of Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. The health authority said an undisclosed amount of patients have tested positive for the virus inside one unit. An adjacent unit has also been placed under enhanced surveillance …

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Vancouver mayor ‘gobsmacked’ at cut in COVID-19 funding amid budget crunch – BC

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Vancouver’s mayor says he’s “gobsmacked” the city will get just one quarter of what it was expecting in joint federal-provincial COVID-19 recovery funding. Kennedy Stewart said Wednesday the city was banking on a cash infusion of about $60 million. Instead, it will get $16 million. Stewart said that’s far …

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COMMENTARY: In one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, an ugly underside vexes politicians

COMMENTARY: In one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, an ugly underside vexes politicians

Vancouver is one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, framed by breathtaking mountains and sparkling seas, and blessed with the country’s mildest climate as a bonus. But there’s a dark side to the Pacific coast postcard: grinding poverty, growing homelessness and Canada’s worst drug-overdose epidemic, problems made progressively worse by …

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Vancouver moves ahead with pay hikes for city managers amid pandemic – BC

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Global News has learned that just one day after Vancouver homeowners submitted their property taxes, city management received new merit-based pay hikes. The raises, which kicked in Oct. 1, applied to qualified exempt staff, such as managers and non-union workers. Read more: Vancouver council approves quarter-billion dollar capital budget …

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