COVID-19

Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

BC plans to phase out mink farming industry by 2025

The government is doing this over four years to allow farmers and workers a transition period

Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 24 to 30, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Nearly 50 per cent fewer COVID-19 cases in Delta last week

30 new cases for the week ending Oct. 30; total of 210 new cases in Delta last month

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 24 to 30, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

COVID-19 spending spike poses challenge for Canada’s post-pandemic health systems

Spending surge is expected to reach a record $308 billion in 2021

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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The band Dr. Strangelove in a promo photo. Surrey-based singer Kelly Brock, among a growing number of others, wonders why dancing to live music isn’t allowed in B.C. right now. (Photo: drstrangeloveband.com)

‘Footloose’ in B.C.: Dancing ban irks live-event industry, those who want to bust a move

‘Events are getting cancelled (and) it’s too late to get events going for November, December,’ one DJ says

The band Dr. Strangelove in a promo photo. Surrey-based singer Kelly Brock, among a growing number of others, wonders why dancing to live music isn’t allowed in B.C. right now. (Photo: drstrangeloveband.com)
Fraser Health in mid-September declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Westminster House in South Surrey. It was declared over on Nov. 2, 2021. (Contributed photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at South Surrey care campus declared over

‘Tears’ at Westminster House over news seven-week lockdown has ended

Fraser Health in mid-September declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Westminster House in South Surrey. It was declared over on Nov. 2, 2021. (Contributed photo)
White Rock Pacific Carlton (Peace Arch News photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at South Surrey’s Pacific Carlton Seniors Community

South Surrey facility listed in B.C. government’s daily pandemic update Friday

White Rock Pacific Carlton (Peace Arch News photo)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 17 to 23, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Active COVID-19 cases in Delta down slightly last week

56 cases the week ending Oct. 23; nine of 13 Fraser Health local health areas saw a rise in cases

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 17 to 23, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Vaccine cards not required for activities at the pool, sauna and steam room at B.C. facilities like the Cowichan Aquatic Centre. (File photo)

Users sweating the details, no vaccine cards required for B.C. steam rooms, saunas

Some users steamed, but Public Health Office says it’s based on medical data

Vaccine cards not required for activities at the pool, sauna and steam room at B.C. facilities like the Cowichan Aquatic Centre. (File photo)
Around 30 members of the public demonstrated by the side of Highway 97 Tuesday, including Mart Blazina, to stand in solidarity with healthcare workers saying no to mandatory vaccines. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

5,226 health-care workers in B.C. remain unvaccinated as new mandate comes into effect

Employees had been placed on leave for two weeks but now face termination if they don’t comply

Around 30 members of the public demonstrated by the side of Highway 97 Tuesday, including Mart Blazina, to stand in solidarity with healthcare workers saying no to mandatory vaccines. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
White Rock council heard Monday that residents, visitors and business owners who responded to a city survey continue to be divided about the closure of one lane of Marine Drive earlier this year. (File photo)

Public opinion split on White Rock’s Marine Drive summer lane closure

Online survey shows sharp division on controversial measure

White Rock council heard Monday that residents, visitors and business owners who responded to a city survey continue to be divided about the closure of one lane of Marine Drive earlier this year. (File photo)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 10 to 16, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Active COVID-19 cases in Delta up again last week

64 cases the week ending Oct. 16; only 3 of 13 Fraser Health local health areas saw rise in cases

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 10 to 16, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
North Delta’s Sungod Recreation Centre. (James Smith photo)

Delta updates proof of vaccination, mask requirements

Masks now mandatory for ages 5 and up; proof of vaccination required for ages 12 and up as of Oct. 24

North Delta’s Sungod Recreation Centre. (James Smith photo)
Photo: elimvillage.com

COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey assisted-living facility triggers self-isolation of residents

The 109-apartment facility is owned and operated by Elim Christian Care Society

Photo: elimvillage.com
Delta View Care Centre. (Google Street View image)

COVID-19 outbreak at East Delta long-term care facility declared over

Outbreak at Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre was declared Oct. 1 after two test-positive cases

Delta View Care Centre. (Google Street View image)
Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Michael Worobey, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, provides information on the coronavirus and vaccine. (Contributed)

Virus specialist raised in Salmon Arm recommends more COVID rapid testing

Michael Worobey says vaccines ‘incredibly safe,’ still effective against delta variant

Salmon Arm Secondary graduate Michael Worobey, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, provides information on the coronavirus and vaccine. (Contributed)
Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.

Stats Canada reports significant pandemic-related jumps in depression and anxiety

Public health officer: ‘Huge amount of work ahead of us with restoring resiliency in our communities’

Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.
White Rock Evergreen Baptist Society. (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak at White Rock’s Evergreen Manor: resident

10 positive cases so far, Evergreen Baptist Care Society resident told by Fraser Health staff member

White Rock Evergreen Baptist Society. (File photo)
This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 2 to 9, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)

Active COVID-19 cases in Delta down last week

39 cases the week ending Oct. 9; seven of 13 Fraser Health local health areas saw rise in cases

This map illustrates the number of active COVID-19 cases in Greater Vancouver from Oct. 2 to 9, 2021. (BC Centre for Disease Control image)
Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta school board considering vaccine mandate for district staff

Board chairs from across B.C. will be meeting with the ministry later this week to discuss the issue

Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)
The United States announced Tuesday that its land borders will reopen in early November. (Aaron Hinks photo)

UPDATE: U.S. land border reopening ‘a great relief’ but questions remain: Surrey Board of Trade

SBOT executive director, U.S. immigration lawyer agree questions, concerns remain

The United States announced Tuesday that its land borders will reopen in early November. (Aaron Hinks photo)