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Getting new housing through municipal zoning and permitting is a major factor in high housing costs. (Vernon Morning Star)

B.C. communities get grants to speed up housing applications

’Throwing money at the problem’ won’t work, B.C. Liberal says

Getting new housing through municipal zoning and permitting is a major factor in high housing costs. (Vernon Morning Star)
Unvaccinated people are 34 times more likely to be in hospital if they contract COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated, according to B.C. data released Aug. 31. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

Another 655 COVID-19 cases in B.C. Tuesday, two more deaths

Active outbreaks in health care system now up to 19

Unvaccinated people are 34 times more likely to be in hospital if they contract COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated, according to B.C. data released Aug. 31. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
The latest COVID-19 data for B.C. show that nearly three quarters of infections in the latest case surge are in unvaccinated people between the ages of 20 and 40. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. in COVID-19 ‘pandemic of unvaccinated,’ latest data show

Health regions push for higher jab rate as school resumes

The latest COVID-19 data for B.C. show that nearly three quarters of infections in the latest case surge are in unvaccinated people between the ages of 20 and 40. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix add their messages of thanks to staff on a bulletin board at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Victoria, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infections total 1,853 over weekend

Seven more deaths recorded over last August weekend

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix add their messages of thanks to staff on a bulletin board at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Victoria, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan speak at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. Ending contracted out food and cleaning services in health care was an NDP election promise in 2020. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. ending contracts for health care housekeeping, food services

Reverses contracting out of services by B.C. Liberals in 2003

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan speak at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. Ending contracted out food and cleaning services in health care was an NDP election promise in 2020. (B.C. government photo)
COVID-19 vaccination rates by B.C. region to Aug. 26, 2021. Lightest green in northeast B.C. indicates 51-60% first dose coverage. Second lightest green in B.C. Cariboo, Smithers and Skeena and parts of Kootenay region indicates 61-70% first dose coverage. Second darkest areas are 71-80% and darkest is more than 80%. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. COVID-19 drop-in vaccination clinics continue into September

Focus on rural areas as large vaccine clinics wind down

COVID-19 vaccination rates by B.C. region to Aug. 26, 2021. Lightest green in northeast B.C. indicates 51-60% first dose coverage. Second lightest green in B.C. Cariboo, Smithers and Skeena and parts of Kootenay region indicates 61-70% first dose coverage. Second darkest areas are 71-80% and darkest is more than 80%. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the province’s COVID-19 situation from Vancouver, Aug. 12, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 case count keeps rising, 867 on Friday

Three more deaths in Interior Health region in 24 hours

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about the province’s COVID-19 situation from Vancouver, Aug. 12, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan announces proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Call police on COVID-19 vaccination card refusers, B.C.’s John Horgan says

Premier says business owners asked for vaccine passport protection

B.C. Premier John Horgan announces proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Katrine Conroy visit B.C. Wildfire Service southeast fire centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. This week they toured the North Okanagan and stopped at Logan Lake fire department Friday. (B.C. government photo)

Premier says Logan Lake wildfire prevention a model for B.C.

FireSmart fuel management spared community damage

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Katrine Conroy visit B.C. Wildfire Service southeast fire centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. This week they toured the North Okanagan and stopped at Logan Lake fire department Friday. (B.C. government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Premier John Horgan announce vaccine identification program for access to restaurants, sports events, weddings and other shared public events, B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. records 724 new COVID-19 cases Thursday as infection climbs

Two more deaths in Interior region, still province’s hot spot

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Premier John Horgan announce vaccine identification program for access to restaurants, sports events, weddings and other shared public events, B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan announce introduction of proof of vaccination records that will be needed by Sept. 13 for entry to restaurants, fitness and other group indoor events, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

698 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. Wednesday, masks are back

Two more senior care outbreaks, one additional death

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan announce introduction of proof of vaccination records that will be needed by Sept. 13 for entry to restaurants, fitness and other group indoor events, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A doctor collects a nasal sample for COVID-19 testing in the U.S. B.C. senior home staff will be required to take rapid tests before each shift, and follow up with a PCR test if it shows positive. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Daily COVID-19 tests required for unvaccinated B.C. care home workers

Operators have until Sept. 1 to report employee status to ministry

A doctor collects a nasal sample for COVID-19 testing in the U.S. B.C. senior home staff will be required to take rapid tests before each shift, and follow up with a PCR test if it shows positive. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
New daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health to Aug. 22, 2021, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. records 641 more COVID-19 cases Tuesday as restrictions return

No additional deaths or outbreaks in health care facilities

New daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health to Aug. 22, 2021, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
University of B.C. Okanagan campus and other post-secondary institutions are preparing for in-person instruction this fall. (UBC photo)

Masks, vaccination proof needed for B.C. post-secondary gatherings

Vaccine required for student housing, masks for classes and events

University of B.C. Okanagan campus and other post-secondary institutions are preparing for in-person instruction this fall. (UBC photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Dr. Bonnie Henry at news conference on arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 9, 2020. (B.C. government)

Proof of vaccination to be required for B.C. sports, movies, restaurants

B.C. Vaccine Card program to take effect Sept. 13, Horgan says

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Dr. Bonnie Henry at news conference on arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 9, 2020. (B.C. government)
A courtroom in Abbotsford with jury box on the right. Civil jury trials in B.C. are rare, with eight jurors assigned and the agreement of six required to settle a civil matter. (B.C. government photo)

Backlogged by COVID-19, B.C. considers ending civil jury trials

Juries mostly sought for vehicle accident claims, few go to trial

A courtroom in Abbotsford with jury box on the right. Civil jury trials in B.C. are rare, with eight jurors assigned and the agreement of six required to settle a civil matter. (B.C. government photo)
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

B.C. offers $1,200 to wildfire evacuees out more than 10 days

Red Cross program distributes aid for Lytton residents, others

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. sees 243 COVID-19 cases Friday as infections keep rising

Interior, Fraser Health seeing faster spread of virus

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Beach walkers on Sequim Bay on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

B.C. hospitals, ambulances gear up for weekend hot weather

Use blinds, fans, wet towels to keep cool indoors, experts say

Beach walkers on Sequim Bay on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Farmgate sales of meat have been restricted in B.C. since new federal rules took effect in 2001. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. issuing new farmgate licences to allow meat sales this fall

Health rules restrict sales to local regional districts only

Farmgate sales of meat have been restricted in B.C. since new federal rules took effect in 2001. (B.C. government photo)