vaccines

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)
Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at a "Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic" operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre and hosted by Jane and Finch EarlyON child and Family Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

NACI recommends kids get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, calls Moderna suitable alternative

Pfizer dose is preferred for the first two shots because of the potential risk for myocarditis

Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at a "Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic" operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre and hosted by Jane and Finch EarlyON child and Family Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Former B.C. health-care workers are taking the province to court over vaccine mandates. (File photo)

Former B.C. health-care workers petition province over vaccine mandates

A petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court says the mandate violates Charter rights

Former B.C. health-care workers are taking the province to court over vaccine mandates. (File photo)
The World Health Organization says it is expecting to reject the COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Canada’s Medicago because of the company’s ties to big tobacco. A vial of a plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by Medicago, is shown in Quebec City on Monday, July 13, 2020 as part of the company’s Phase 1 clinical trials in this handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Medicago *MANDATORY CREDIT*

WHO may reject Canadian-made Medicago COVID-19 vaccine because of ties to big tobacco

Canada has a contract to buy up to 76 million doses of Covifenz

The World Health Organization says it is expecting to reject the COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Canada’s Medicago because of the company’s ties to big tobacco. A vial of a plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, developed by Medicago, is shown in Quebec City on Monday, July 13, 2020 as part of the company’s Phase 1 clinical trials in this handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Medicago *MANDATORY CREDIT*
An attendee enters an Airbus A380 passenger aircraft, operated by Etihad Airways, during the 15th Dubai Air Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 13, 2017. Bloomberg photo by Natalie Naccache.
An attendee enters an Airbus A380 passenger aircraft, operated by Etihad Airways, during the 15th Dubai Air Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 13, 2017. Bloomberg photo by Natalie Naccache.
Using a specialized chamber, UVic microbiology professor Caroline Cameron works with the bacterium that causes syphilis. She’s researching a better diagnostic test and vaccine for the STI. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)

UVic researcher working to develop syphilis vaccine after spike in new cases

More than 1,400 B.C. residents contracted the STI in 2021

Using a specialized chamber, UVic microbiology professor Caroline Cameron works with the bacterium that causes syphilis. She’s researching a better diagnostic test and vaccine for the STI. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
A camel receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg in a handout photo. The zoo uses a vaccine made uniquely for animals to protect them against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Assiniboine Park Zoo

Winnipeg zoo giving COVID-19 vaccine to 55 animals including tigers and snow leopards

Primates, big cats, and those that have closer interaction with human caregivers more vulnerable

A camel receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg in a handout photo. The zoo uses a vaccine made uniquely for animals to protect them against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Assiniboine Park Zoo
Vehicles using horns improperly can now be ticketed easier in Victoria. Another freedom convoy demonstration against pandemic-related mandates, ending at the B.C. legislature, is expected this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Incessant honkers can now face $125 fine on the spot in Victoria

Tweaking of noise bylaw response to freedom convoys; another planned for this weekend

Vehicles using horns improperly can now be ticketed easier in Victoria. Another freedom convoy demonstration against pandemic-related mandates, ending at the B.C. legislature, is expected this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Umar Sheikh is the representing lawyer on behalf of nine B.C. public servants terminated due to non-compliance with provincial vaccination mandates. (Umar Sheikh/LinkedIn)

B.C. public servants head to court around vaccine mandates that led to termination

Action will be taken to court by nine people the week of March 21 to argue injunction, says lawyer

Umar Sheikh is the representing lawyer on behalf of nine B.C. public servants terminated due to non-compliance with provincial vaccination mandates. (Umar Sheikh/LinkedIn)
Dr. Charles Hoffe of Lytton B.C. has promoted misinformation around COVID-19 and vaccinations. (Canada Health Alliance/Librti)

B.C. doctor who promotes COVID misinformation under investigation from college

A date has not been set for a hearing into Dr. Charles Hoffe’s conduct

Dr. Charles Hoffe of Lytton B.C. has promoted misinformation around COVID-19 and vaccinations. (Canada Health Alliance/Librti)
NNSL file photo

Health Canada authorizes made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine

Plant-based vaccine was 71 per cent effective against COVID-19 one week after second dose

NNSL file photo
A child is caught between two parents with conflicting opinions on whether they should be vaccinated (Adobe stock)

Kelowna dad loses parental custody until son is vaccinated, judge rules

Parents have polarized opinions on the COVID-19 vaccine

A child is caught between two parents with conflicting opinions on whether they should be vaccinated (Adobe stock)
VicPD have arrested a man for three counts of mischief under $5,000, following reported vehicle vandalism during Feb. 4’s anti-vaccine mandate protest. (Black Press Media File).

UPDATE: Man suspected of damaging vehicles at anti-vaccine mandate rally turns himself in

Several vehicles in parking lot sustained damage to paint and tires

VicPD have arrested a man for three counts of mischief under $5,000, following reported vehicle vandalism during Feb. 4’s anti-vaccine mandate protest. (Black Press Media File).
Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. legislature and nearby streets Jan. 29 for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in Victoria. An Island convoy is due to land at the same place Saturday (Feb. 5) at 11:30 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria mayor calls for respect at second convoy, following reports of hate speech, harassment

Flauting of public health orders was common during Jan. 29 protest against vaccine mandates

Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. legislature and nearby streets Jan. 29 for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in Victoria. An Island convoy is due to land at the same place Saturday (Feb. 5) at 11:30 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is reflected on a television screen as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, appears at a news conference by video conference, Friday, November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Caught COVID? Officials have tweaked recommendations on vaccine wait times

Those infected before getting a booster should wait three months after the onset of symptoms

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is reflected on a television screen as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, appears at a news conference by video conference, Friday, November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators continues to block the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘It feels great’: Trucks heading to U.S. finally get through Alberta blockades

Protesters remain at the main blockade in Coutts, but agreed to open a lane in each direction

A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators continues to block the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe speaks during the Saskatchewan Party 2021 Convention in Saskatoon, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

‘It’s time’: Premier says COVID-19 restrictions on freedoms will soon end in Saskatchewan

Scott Moe tells public COVID not ending but assessing every activity no longer necessary

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe speaks during the Saskatchewan Party 2021 Convention in Saskatoon, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. The Department of National Defence says dozens of Canadian Armed Forces members who refused to get vaccinated have now been kicked out of the military. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian military cuts dozens of unvaccinated troops, puts hundreds more on notice

Notices were given to 246 others, the first step toward forcing service members out of uniform

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. The Department of National Defence says dozens of Canadian Armed Forces members who refused to get vaccinated have now been kicked out of the military. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

UPDATE: Talks get traffic moving again at snarled Alberta border crossing

Protesters feel heard, police say there are indications the open lanes may be temporary

Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar announced a vaccine mandate for new SD62 hires in December, and followed that up Monday (Jan. 31) with an announcement that a full-staff mandate would be put in place as of March 7. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District declares vaccine mandate for all staff

SD62 started preparing for mandate in December, staff have until March 7 to comply

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar announced a vaccine mandate for new SD62 hires in December, and followed that up Monday (Jan. 31) with an announcement that a full-staff mandate would be put in place as of March 7. (Black Press Media file photo)