Coronavirus

Jim Willett, Mayor of the Village of Coutts, Alta. poses for a photo on Wednesday March 24, 2021. The mayor of the village in southern Alberta says the sun rose above the longest row of vehicles the border community had ever seen Monday a few hours after the Canada-United States border restrictions were eased. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

Mayor says ‘unreal’ lineups at Alberta border crossing as restrictions lifted

‘Talking to people who’ve lived here all their lives, they’ve never seen a lineup this long before’

Jim Willett, Mayor of the Village of Coutts, Alta. poses for a photo on Wednesday March 24, 2021. The mayor of the village in southern Alberta says the sun rose above the longest row of vehicles the border community had ever seen Monday a few hours after the Canada-United States border restrictions were eased. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation from the Vancouver cabinet offices, Sept. 17, 2020. (B.C. government)

More B.C. health care workers getting COVID-19 vaccine to return to work

Booster dose clinics completed in B.C. senior care facilities

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation from the Vancouver cabinet offices, Sept. 17, 2020. (B.C. government)
People receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday, June 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Lack of demographic data leaving potential gaps in COVID-19 vaccine policy

Research has indicated significantly less uptake in COVID-19 vaccines among racialized Canadians

People receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday, June 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Canadian doc ‘Nature’s Big Year’ shows how wildlife has adapted during the pandemic

Documentary exposes new animal behaviour sparked by changes in human behaviour

FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
FILE - Travelers move through Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in Salt Lake City. The U.S. says that it’s inviting the global community to visit now that the government has ended the ban on travelers from 33 countries. In reality, however, it will still be difficult — if not impossible — for much of the globe to enter the country and experts say it will take years for travel to fully recover. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

Despite reopening, the US is still closed to many in world

Lack of vaccinations, resources mean border closed to many, particularly in poor countries

FILE - Travelers move through Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in Salt Lake City. The U.S. says that it’s inviting the global community to visit now that the government has ended the ban on travelers from 33 countries. In reality, however, it will still be difficult — if not impossible — for much of the globe to enter the country and experts say it will take years for travel to fully recover. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)
Visitors sit inside a cafe in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Russians have gone back to work after a nine-day break that was ordered by authorities to tame a record-breaking surge of coronavirus infections and deaths. Still, daily numbers of new cases and deaths have remained high throughout the non-working period. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Virus deaths in Russia hit daily record despite work halt

Task force reports about 40,000 cases and more than 1,100 deaths every day since late October

Visitors sit inside a cafe in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Russians have gone back to work after a nine-day break that was ordered by authorities to tame a record-breaking surge of coronavirus infections and deaths. Still, daily numbers of new cases and deaths have remained high throughout the non-working period. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Trucks cross the Bluewater Bridge between Sarnia, Ont., and Port Huron, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

VIDEO: Fully vaccinated Canadians jam land border as U.S. finally eases travel restrictions

Relief and happy reunions characterize long-awaited lifting of restrictions

Trucks cross the Bluewater Bridge between Sarnia, Ont., and Port Huron, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Health Canada authorizes booster shot using Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults

Some provinces have already announced plans and begun doling out booster shots

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 case count to Nov. 4, 2021, seven-day rolling average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. sees 1,438 more COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths over weekend

Daily new infections, hospitalizations showing slow decline

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 case count to Nov. 4, 2021, seven-day rolling average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province requires proof of vaccination for acute care visitors as of Nov. 9

Children under 12, those with medical exemptions excluded from requirement

Starting Nov. 9, acute care facility visitors will need to show proof of full vaccination. (Black Press Media file photo)
A paramedic is shown next to an ambulance outside a hospital in Montreal on August 17, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

More than 19K lives wouldn’t have ended if pandemic never happened: Stats Canada

That’s 5.2 per cent more deaths than if the pandemic never happened

A paramedic is shown next to an ambulance outside a hospital in Montreal on August 17, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson won’t require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access its chair lifts. File photo

Whitewater, RED ski resorts to require vaccination for dining, not chair lifts

The resorts won’t be checking for the B.C. Vaccine Card at its lifts

Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson won’t require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access its chair lifts. File photo
Trucks cross the Bluewater Bridge between Sarnia, Ont., and Port Huron, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

Non-essential traffic resumes into U.S. for fully vaccinated Canadians

COVID-19 restrictions at land border eased shortly after midnight Nov. 8

Trucks cross the Bluewater Bridge between Sarnia, Ont., and Port Huron, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, arrives at the Giller Prize Awards ceremony in Toronto on Monday, November 20, 2017. It’s the coronation many artists spend their careers striving for: taking to the stage in full dress, taking in the applause of their peers, and accepting an award for mastery of their craft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Scotiabank Giller Prize gala ushers in the return of in-person awards glamour

Attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination and photo ID to enter the cocktail area

Elana Rabinovitch, Executive Director of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, arrives at the Giller Prize Awards ceremony in Toronto on Monday, November 20, 2017. It’s the coronation many artists spend their careers striving for: taking to the stage in full dress, taking in the applause of their peers, and accepting an award for mastery of their craft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

All lanes open Monday at Canada-U.S. land border, but PCR test still a drag on travel

Non-essential traffic will resume moving in both directions for the first time since March 2020

A family visits across the U.S.-Canada border at the Peace Arch Historical State Park as a cyclist rides past on the Canadian side, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
A small group of anti-vaxxers got past security and into a Chilliwack Giants football game at Townsend Park on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Submitted)

UPDATE: Anti-vaxxers get past security to watch B.C. minor football game

Group did not show proof of vaccination, despite provincial requirements for outdoor events

A small group of anti-vaxxers got past security and into a Chilliwack Giants football game at Townsend Park on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (Submitted)
Employee at a drive-through COVID-19 testing centre, in Whitestown, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

B.C. COVID-19 infection rate stays steady, 549 cases Friday

Two private schools in Okanagan closed after outbreaks

Employee at a drive-through COVID-19 testing centre, in Whitestown, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)

More B.C. health workers stepping up for COVID-19 vaccination

Hard line on mandatory shots is working, health minister says

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)
An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 Rapid Test device is displayed at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

B.C. defends COVID rapid testing program as more than a million kits sit in storage

A spokesperson for the province said as of Nov. 2, 1,301,089 rapid tests have been distributed

An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 Rapid Test device is displayed at a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., on April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

COVID-19 cases among kids in British Columbia going down: Henry

56 children have been treated in hospital since the start of the pandemic, 4 received critical care.

Syringes of COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., on April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward