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Okanagan Waldorf School

Potential COVID-19 exposure at Okanagan Waldorf School

One of two Vernon independent schools listed by Interior Health

Okanagan Waldorf School
Is it safe to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Is it OK to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic?

There are ways to minimize the risk of infection this Halloween

Is it safe to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
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A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. An independent group of researchers analyzing the course COVID-19 in British Columbia says cases are declining at about two per cent a day but children under 10 could now be more at risk of contracting the virus due to their unvaccinated status. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C.’s highest test positivity rate in Northern region, lowest in Vancouver Coastal

10.3 per cent of the population remains unvaccinated, COVID-19 has killed 2,137

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. An independent group of researchers analyzing the course COVID-19 in British Columbia says cases are declining at about two per cent a day but children under 10 could now be more at risk of contracting the virus due to their unvaccinated status. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, updates British Columbians about COVID-19. (B.C. government video)

COVID-19-related hospital cases continue to rise in B.C.

B.C. records 609 more COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, updates British Columbians about COVID-19. (B.C. government video)
Vernon’s Squires Four Pub closed Wednesday, Oct. 27, due to the vaccination passports required to be shown by patrons. The pub opened in 1986. It’s unclear if the closure is permanent. (Laurell Cornell photo)

Vernon establishment blames passports for closure

Squires Four Pub closed doors, for the time being, Wednesday, Oct. 27

Vernon’s Squires Four Pub closed Wednesday, Oct. 27, due to the vaccination passports required to be shown by patrons. The pub opened in 1986. It’s unclear if the closure is permanent. (Laurell Cornell photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Modelling group says COVID-19 cases declining in British Columbia

Communities 95 per cent vaccinated have 4.3 times fewer COVID-19 cases than those with 75 per cent

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Conservative Leader and leader of the official opposition Erin O’Toole listens to a question from a reporter during a news conference following caucus in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

VIDEO: Tories to respect vaccine mandate but challenge board ruling that created it, O’Toole says

Vaccines mandatory for everyone entering the House precinct who doesn’t have a medical exemption

Conservative Leader and leader of the official opposition Erin O’Toole listens to a question from a reporter during a news conference following caucus in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
FILE – A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Canadian Press photo)

36 times more likely to die: B.C. CDC data lays out risks of COVID for the unvaccinated

Unvaccinated are nine times more likely to become infected

FILE – A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Canadian Press photo)
A Quebec coroner reminded an inquest into deaths at a privately-owned Montreal long-term care home that both the regional health authority and the care home’s management were responsible for the care of vulnerable patients. Flowers are shown outside Maison Herron, a long term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval on April 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

‘Beyond what’s humanly acceptable’: Testimony ends at Quebec long-term care inquest

Coroner examining the failings at Résidence Herron has concluded the factual portion of her inquiry

A Quebec coroner reminded an inquest into deaths at a privately-owned Montreal long-term care home that both the regional health authority and the care home’s management were responsible for the care of vulnerable patients. Flowers are shown outside Maison Herron, a long term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval on April 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Vancouver Police Department headquarters is seen in Vancouver, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. An uptick in random assaults that has been highlighted by the Vancouver police points to bigger problems in the city that may be magnified because of the pandemic, say experts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID may be contributing to increase in ‘random assaults’ in Vancouver: experts

1,555 “unprovoked, stranger assaults” involving 1,705 victims reported over 12-month period

Vancouver Police Department headquarters is seen in Vancouver, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. An uptick in random assaults that has been highlighted by the Vancouver police points to bigger problems in the city that may be magnified because of the pandemic, say experts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Confused about COVID-19 booster shots? Here’s what you need to know

All British Columbians will be eligible to get a booster shot by the end of May 2022

FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a one-day pop-up vaccination clinic at the Muslim Neighbour Nexus Mosque, in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Technician tests personal protective equipment material at a lab at Vancouver General Hospital, the only accredited testing facility in Western Canada. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 cases dip to 457 Tuesday, two more deaths

Hospital cases up to 390, booster vaccine doses coming

Technician tests personal protective equipment material at a lab at Vancouver General Hospital, the only accredited testing facility in Western Canada. (B.C. government photo)
One of the many faces of Salmon Arm Bay on Shuswap Lake, this one on an October day. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Column: Conversation helps dilute pandemic hatred

The View From Here by Martha Wickett

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One of the many faces of Salmon Arm Bay on Shuswap Lake, this one on an October day. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
FILE – A woman wearing a face mask holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Workers who lose jobs over COVID vaccine mandates will not be eligible for lockdown benefit

Benefit will provide $300 per week for people who cannot work due to government lockdowns

FILE – A woman wearing a face mask holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hospitalization rate by age for B.C. residents who are infected with COVID-19 after receiving two doses of vaccine during the fourth wave of the pandemic that began this summer. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

COVID-19 booster shot to be available to all British Columbians 12 and older by May 2022

Starts with elderly, Indigenous communities, registration needed

Hospitalization rate by age for B.C. residents who are infected with COVID-19 after receiving two doses of vaccine during the fourth wave of the pandemic that began this summer. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
FILE - This May 16, 2020 file photo shows Air Canada check screens at Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
FILE - This May 16, 2020 file photo shows Air Canada check screens at Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tuesday marks deadline for B.C. health workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Doctors, nurses, students, residents, contractors, volunteers all affected by order

Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Teachers’ union calls for more speed, clarity on COVID-19 exposures

BCTF said teachers noticing ‘significant inconsistencies’ in how outbreaks, clusters, exposures are classified

FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
New daily cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. to Oct. 20, 2021. B.C.’s infection rate has levelled off in recent weeks, but remains high, particularly in the Northern Health region. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 case rate starts to decline, 20 more deaths in 3 days

Infection rate still high in Interior, Northern Health regions

New daily cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. to Oct. 20, 2021. B.C.’s infection rate has levelled off in recent weeks, but remains high, particularly in the Northern Health region. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)