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Mixing with unvaccinated increases COVID-19 risk for vaccinated people, study finds

Message of university study: choice to get vaccinated can’t be thought of as merely personal

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A man wears a face mask as he leaves a metro station in Montreal, Saturday, March 12, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Two public health experts say Quebec has already entered a sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic driven by the BA.2 subvariant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Most Canadians want public inquiry into governments’ pandemic response: poll

66% of Canadians want a review of the federal government’s pandemic management

A man wears a face mask as he leaves a metro station in Montreal, Saturday, March 12, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Two public health experts say Quebec has already entered a sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic driven by the BA.2 subvariant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino was built incorporating the former St. Eugene residential school. (Cranbrook Townsman photo)

B.C. gives $74M to make up for Indigenous casino, lottery losses

COVID-19 pandemic sank revenues after sharing agreement

St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino was built incorporating the former St. Eugene residential school. (Cranbrook Townsman photo)
A registered nurse takes a moment to look outside while attending to a ventilated COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Hospitalized COVID cases rise by 100, ICU holds steady in B.C. since last week

As of April 21, 485 people are in hospital with COVID-19

A registered nurse takes a moment to look outside while attending to a ventilated COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A health care worker prepares to test a Coastal GasLink field worker for COVID-19. (Coastal GasLink)

Canada needs a stronger COVID-19 detection system, experts say

Rapid antigen tests not as reliable at detecting the Omicron variant, or as well-tracked

A health care worker prepares to test a Coastal GasLink field worker for COVID-19. (Coastal GasLink)
The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Apr. 23, 2019. The university is extending its mask mandate until the end of June 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

UBC extends mask mandate into summer, citing sixth COVID wave

University one of only to require masks beyond end of provincial health orders

The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Apr. 23, 2019. The university is extending its mask mandate until the end of June 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A paramedic loads a stretcher back into the ambulance after bringing a patient to the emergency room at a hospital in Montreal on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Hospitals across Canada are facing a resurgence of COVID-19 patients that some health officials say will continue for another month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

‘We should be able to manage:’ Provinces experiencing rise in COVID hospitalizations

Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Prairies have all reported an increase in the past week

A paramedic loads a stretcher back into the ambulance after bringing a patient to the emergency room at a hospital in Montreal on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Hospitals across Canada are facing a resurgence of COVID-19 patients that some health officials say will continue for another month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Registered nurse Dana Pagazzi receives supplies as she attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. aims to make it easier, cheaper for foreign nurses to start work

Current approval can take 2 years or more, costs thousands

Registered nurse Dana Pagazzi receives supplies as she attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A health-care worker hands a man a face mask at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Sunday, May 9, 2021. As Canada grapples with its sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and less data is shared with the public, a new poll offers a picture of how many people across the country have been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

One-quarter of Canadians have been infected with COVID-19, poll suggests

Poll shows a rate of reported infection higher than what is indicated by official data

A health-care worker hands a man a face mask at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Sunday, May 9, 2021. As Canada grapples with its sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and less data is shared with the public, a new poll offers a picture of how many people across the country have been infected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. COVID hospitalizations up as province releases weekly report

1,770 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, but likely an undercount as PCR testing is limited

The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaking at a press conference update on COVID-19 public health restrictions earlier this year. (Contributed)

Interior Health region on COVID-19 pandemic recovery path

B.C. Southern Interior residents can follow own health precautionary measures

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaking at a press conference update on COVID-19 public health restrictions earlier this year. (Contributed)
What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

SCIENCE: What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far?

Now the dominant coronavirus version in the U.S.

What do we know about ‘stealth omicron’ so far? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
The room which hosted the news conference held by Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Queen’s Park Legislature in Toronto is disinfected on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Infection doesn’t protect you’: Getting COVID twice is more common as immunity wanes

Recent studies done in England that suggest 10 per cent of reported cases are reinfections

The room which hosted the news conference held by Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Queen’s Park Legislature in Toronto is disinfected on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Canadians aged 65+ are experiencing higher levels of depression and loneliness since the pandemic began, according to a Simon Fraser University study. (Credit: Pixabay)

Loneliness, depression on the rise among older adults amid pandemic: B.C. study

Women aged 65 to 74 reported 67 per cent increase in loneliness, according to study

Canadians aged 65+ are experiencing higher levels of depression and loneliness since the pandemic began, according to a Simon Fraser University study. (Credit: Pixabay)
A mink sniffs the air as he surveys the river beach in search of food, in a meadow near the village of Khatenchitsy, Belarus, northwest of Minsk, Sept. 4, 2015. A B.C. Supreme Court justice denied a request by mink farmers for interim relief that would allow them to breed the animals while their court case against the province proceeds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sergei Grits

B.C. court denies interim request by mink farmers ahead of their COVID-19 challenge

Judge rules province was acting in the public’s best interest in phasing out the farms

A mink sniffs the air as he surveys the river beach in search of food, in a meadow near the village of Khatenchitsy, Belarus, northwest of Minsk, Sept. 4, 2015. A B.C. Supreme Court justice denied a request by mink farmers for interim relief that would allow them to breed the animals while their court case against the province proceeds. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sergei Grits
Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave a press conference before the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Trudeau says Canada is donating another $220 million to the COVAX global vaccine sharing alliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada offers more money to COVAX while vaccine dose donations stall

$220 million to help Canada make good on its commitment to donate at least 200 million doses

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave a press conference before the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Trudeau says Canada is donating another $220 million to the COVAX global vaccine sharing alliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People walk by a Resto-Bar in Old Montreal, Monday, January 31, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Businesses across Canada are struggling to cope with the sixth wave of COVID-19, as staffing shortages hamper sectors from health care to retail and restaurants.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People walk by a Resto-Bar in Old Montreal, Monday, January 31, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Businesses across Canada are struggling to cope with the sixth wave of COVID-19, as staffing shortages hamper sectors from health care to retail and restaurants.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (left), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan meet at the premier’s office in Victoria after touring flooding in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 26, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Horgan, other premiers pan Ottawa’s lack of help for health care

Trudeau’s budget expands to dental care in deal with NDP

Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (left), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan meet at the premier’s office in Victoria after touring flooding in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 26, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A man wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he walks past a billboard from the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

End of vaccine card in B.C. too soon as BA.2 variant spreads: doctor

Food industry says card no longer needed in a province with high vaccination rates

A man wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he walks past a billboard from the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit are pictured in Calgary, on Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Rapid tests an important, if imperfect, tool in potential sixth wave, say experts

Tests called easy and convenient way to help make better choices about health and safety

The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit are pictured in Calgary, on Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh