COVID-19

Families embrace after a flight from Los Angeles arrived at Auckland International Airport as New Zealand’s border opened for visa-waiver countries Monday, May 2, 2022. New Zealand welcomed tourists from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Japan and more than 50 other countries for the first time in more than two years as it dropped most of its remaining pandemic border restrictions. (Jed Bradley/New Zealand Herald via AP)
Families embrace after a flight from Los Angeles arrived at Auckland International Airport as New Zealand’s border opened for visa-waiver countries Monday, May 2, 2022. New Zealand welcomed tourists from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Japan and more than 50 other countries for the first time in more than two years as it dropped most of its remaining pandemic border restrictions. (Jed Bradley/New Zealand Herald via AP)
Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Vaccine policy to remain in place for B.C. Wildfire Service

All B.C. government employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Travelers wait in a security line at Love Field in Dallas, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports dropped their mask requirements after a Florida judge struck down the CDC mandate and the Transportation Security Administration announced it wouldn’t enforce its 2021 security directive. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Most people in U.S. want masks for travellers: AP-NORC poll

Polling shows a wide partisan divide on the mask issue

Travelers wait in a security line at Love Field in Dallas, Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports dropped their mask requirements after a Florida judge struck down the CDC mandate and the Transportation Security Administration announced it wouldn’t enforce its 2021 security directive. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade as they pass by the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The theme park resort announced Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, that face coverings will be optional for fully-vaccinated visitors in all indoor and outdoor locations, with one exception. Face masks still will be needed for visitors ages 2 and older on enclosed transportation, such as the resort’s monorail, buses and the resort’s sky gondola. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade as they pass by the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The theme park resort announced Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, that face coverings will be optional for fully-vaccinated visitors in all indoor and outdoor locations, with one exception. Face masks still will be needed for visitors ages 2 and older on enclosed transportation, such as the resort’s monorail, buses and the resort’s sky gondola. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Everything for Ewe sells wool products like, yarn, sweaters, knitting, crotchet and weaving supplies. (Everything for Ewe/Facebook)

Northern B.C. business fined $5,000 over COVID-19 safety compliance

Northern Health also issued a warning to the business last year over failure to comply with the provincial order for face coverings

Everything for Ewe sells wool products like, yarn, sweaters, knitting, crotchet and weaving supplies. (Everything for Ewe/Facebook)
What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

SCIENCE: What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far?

Now the dominant coronavirus version in the U.S.

What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
Park rangers man the Beach Road exit off of Highway 99 Friday, following the June 18, 2020 closure of Peace Arch Provincial Park. (Tracy Holmes file photo)

‘Significant concerns’ for SFN as reopening of Peace Arch Park inches closer

Reinstating public access depends on lifting of all federal COVID-19 border restrictions: ministry

Park rangers man the Beach Road exit off of Highway 99 Friday, following the June 18, 2020 closure of Peace Arch Provincial Park. (Tracy Holmes file photo)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 27 to April 2, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Delta, Fraser Health saw rise in COVID-19 cases last week

City had 22 cases the week of March 27 to April 2, eight more than the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 27 to April 2, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Cars line up to enter the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Arch border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Lifting of pre-entry test for Canada no big business boon to Blaine

April 1 relaxation of regulations provided only moderate increase in Canadian shoppers

Cars line up to enter the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Arch border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 20 to 26, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

COVID-19 cases in Delta dipped slightly last week

City had 14 cases the week of March 20 to 26, four fewer than the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 20 to 26, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Oceana PARC residents Florence Ross and May Bucholtz offer a pot-and-pan serenade to Peace Arch Hospital workers who received complimentary coffees at an appreciation event next to the McCracken Courtyard at the hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).

Pot-banging salute returns for Peace Arch Hospital staff

Appreciation event marks second anniversary of short-lived practice

Oceana PARC residents Florence Ross and May Bucholtz offer a pot-and-pan serenade to Peace Arch Hospital workers who received complimentary coffees at an appreciation event next to the McCracken Courtyard at the hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game in January because of “surprise” COVID-19 ticket cancellations. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game because of COVID-19 ticket cancellations in January. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)

B.C. man denied refund on Canucks tickets after ‘surprise’ COVID-19 cancellations

Ben Orritt was hoping to take his family to Vancouver in January to attend their first game

West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game in January because of “surprise” COVID-19 ticket cancellations. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game because of COVID-19 ticket cancellations in January. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 13 to 19, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Delta saw a slight gain in COVID-19 cases last week

City had 18 cases the week of March 13 to 19, two more than the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 13 to 19, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)

‘Just waiting to be plugged in’: Use donated HEPA filters, Surrey school district urged

Cloverdale Traditional was the winner of 20 filters that have been sitting unused at the school

Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)
Bruce Orydzuk talking to security guard in July. (Video: InfoTel)

Kelowna anti-vax protester charged with uttering threats against reporter

Bruce Orydzuk is charged following a July 13 incident outside a vaccine clinic

Bruce Orydzuk talking to security guard in July. (Video: InfoTel)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 6 to 12, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

COVID-19 cases in Delta down again last week

City had 16 cases the week of March 6 to 12, 10 fewer than the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from March 6 to 12, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
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‘BearHug BC’ truck convoy travels to Mainland to ‘unite communities in love and truth’

The convoy promises ‘peaceful and lawful’ protesting of health orders and restrictions in province

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(File Photo: The Canadian Press)

Vaccination rates for all of Surrey’s eligible residents nearing 90%

West Newton in the lead 92% for fully vaccinated people aged 5 and up

(File Photo: The Canadian Press)
Nick Greenizan

REVERSE ANGLE: Getting used to the ‘old normal’ feels like a new experience

Adjusting to crowds, live events and life without masks may take some time

Nick Greenizan
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Feb. 27 to March 5, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

COVID-19 cases in Delta down 50% last week

City had 26 cases the week of Feb. 27 to March 5, 24 fewer than the week before

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Feb. 27 to March 5, 2022. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
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