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A strike by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild against key Island-mainland shipping service Seaspan Ferries Corporation was called off Friday, after the two sides reached a tentative agreement. (Seaspan Ferries)

Island communities breathe sigh of relief, Seaspan Ferries reaches deal with union

Strike that was set to begin Jan. 21 called off, agreement must still be ratified by union members

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, to Jan. 19, 2022. Seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. reports 2,364 more COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths Friday

Hospital, intensive care cases still rising

The province has launched a study into the redevelopment of the Evergreen Terrace complex at 2501 Blanshard St. in Victoria. The project was announced with statements from David Eby, the B.C. minister responsible for housing, on Friday, Jan. 21. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito file photo)

Plans to redevelop 175-unit, low-income housing complex in the works for Victoria

Province says Evergreen Terrace tenants won’t lose housing because of project

A COVID-19 outbreak at The Summit long-term care home in Victoria was among three declared Thursday and Friday, Jan. 20 and 21. (Photo courtesy of Google Streetview)

Outbreaks at three Victoria care homes declared on Thursday, Friday

Ten residents at The Summit, Parkwood Court and Mount. St. Mary Hospital affected

A COVID-19 outbreak at The Summit long-term care home in Victoria was among three declared Thursday and Friday, Jan. 20 and 21. (Photo courtesy of Google Streetview)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a COVID-19 update press conference in Victoria, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. Guidance on the home management of COVID-19 symptoms and decisions about who should self-isolate and for how long could dominate the Friday pandemic update with British Columbia's health minister and top doctor. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Change to shorter isolation period part of managing COVID-19 in B.C.: top doctor

British Columbia’s top doctor says the current wave of COVID-19 is causing…

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on as Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks during a COVID-19 update press conference in Victoria, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. Guidance on the home management of COVID-19 symptoms and decisions about who should self-isolate and for how long could dominate the Friday pandemic update with British Columbia's health minister and top doctor. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
West Shore RCMP headquarters in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore RCMP K9 unit searching for man at Thetis Lake

Police are asking the public to avoid the area

West Shore RCMP headquarters in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ont. into Detroit. Turmoil and confusion last week over whether truckers would remain exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate followed misinterpretations of regulations by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sancya

Public Health Agency of Canada involved in ‘error’ on trucker vaccine rules: sources

Government provided no more explanation for the botched messaging

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ont. into Detroit. Turmoil and confusion last week over whether truckers would remain exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate followed misinterpretations of regulations by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sancya
Alberta RCMP say a concerned motorist found a child on Highway 881 in St. Paul and brought the child to the RCMP detachment. (File photo by Black Press news services)

Alberta RCMP investigating after child found wandering on highway in sub-zero weather

St. Paul Education investigating incident involving bus-riding kindergarten student

Alberta RCMP say a concerned motorist found a child on Highway 881 in St. Paul and brought the child to the RCMP detachment. (File photo by Black Press news services)
People leave a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Omicron may be peaking but COVID-19 isn’t done with us just yet: Tam

‘We need to plan for the different scenarios and just be ready’

People leave a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Cows and their calves graze in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta., Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Some Alberta cattle producers say they will run out of food for their animals this weekend, as train delays and the impacts of last summer’s drought combine to create a crisis situation on the Prairies.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian cattle producers desperate as feed shortage reaches crisis levels

‘I’ve never experienced where we don’t know what we’re going to feed the cattle Monday morning’

Cows and their calves graze in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta., Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Some Alberta cattle producers say they will run out of food for their animals this weekend, as train delays and the impacts of last summer’s drought combine to create a crisis situation on the Prairies.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Steve Shand is seen in an undated handout photo at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center in North Dakota. Shand was arrested after the bodies of four people were found near the Canada-U.S. border near Emerson, Man. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Grand Forks County Correctional Center, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Prime minister calls freezing deaths of four near U.S. border mind-boggling, tragic

Man charged with human smuggling, U.S. border officers allege the four were migrants

Steve Shand is seen in an undated handout photo at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center in North Dakota. Shand was arrested after the bodies of four people were found near the Canada-U.S. border near Emerson, Man. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Grand Forks County Correctional Center, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

BC Liquor Distribution Branch provides each employee with 15 high-grade masks

Union representing LDB workers calls the move a huge win for health and safety

A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools announced it will mandate employees be vaccinated from COVID-19. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district first on Vancouver Island to mandate staff vaccines

School District 68 to consult with unions and parents

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools announced it will mandate employees be vaccinated from COVID-19. (News Bulletin file)
The SPCA has seized more than 200 cattle from a farm in Shawnigan Lake. (File photo)

216 beef cattle seized from Shawnigan Lake property

BC SPCA calls the animals ‘neglected’ and ‘distressed’

The SPCA has seized more than 200 cattle from a farm in Shawnigan Lake. (File photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix navigate the basement corridors of the B.C. legislature to deliver a COVID-19 briefing, May 20, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 hospital admissions slowing, latest testing shows

Most virus-related illness due to age or underlying conditions

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix navigate the basement corridors of the B.C. legislature to deliver a COVID-19 briefing, May 20, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)

Patients with COVID in Fraser Health may now share hospital rooms with uninfected

Public health officials say hospital space is at a premium

(The Canadian Press/Tijana Martin)
A fresh catch of wild spot prawns is unloaded at Mad Dog Crabs in Duncan, B.C. (Warren Goulding file photo)

B.C. spot prawn harvesters relieved at federal thaw on flash-freeze tubbing

Draft management plan back to status quo as DFO abandons ‘catastrophic’ rule change proposals

A fresh catch of wild spot prawns is unloaded at Mad Dog Crabs in Duncan, B.C. (Warren Goulding file photo)
Pokémon GO is an augmented-reality smartphone game. (File photo)
Pokémon GO is an augmented-reality smartphone game. (File photo)
ElderDog Victoria volunteer Linda Harris takes Lilly for regular walks for her senior owner as part of the non-profit’s services in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Linda Harris)

Seniors, do you need help caring for your four-legged friend?

ElderDog is now looking to expand its volunteer and client lists in the Sooke area

ElderDog Victoria volunteer Linda Harris takes Lilly for regular walks for her senior owner as part of the non-profit’s services in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Linda Harris)
West Shore RCMP is looking to identify this suspect after a coffee throwing incident in Langford. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP seeks suspect in coffee-throwing incident in Langford

Man barred from service Jan. 12 returned next day, threw coffee at staffer after brief conversation

West Shore RCMP is looking to identify this suspect after a coffee throwing incident in Langford. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)