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SummaryProducts: Homemade hand sanitizer products and recipes.Issue: Health Canada is warning Canadians about the potential health risks of making and using homemade hand sanitizers to help limit the spread of COVID-19.What to do: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. … Continue reading →
Students attending British Columbia’s 25 public post-secondary institutions, who are experiencing emergency financial pressures, will benefit from a one-time investment of $3.5 million in emergency financial assistance. The $3.5-million investment will supplement existing student emergency financial assistance. This funding will support … Continue reading →
Camosun Innovates, the applied research and innovation arm of Camosun College, is contributing their expertise and advanced manufacturing capabilities in the fight against COVID-19. Working at their campus facility and in collaboration with local industry partner AP Plastics, Camosun Innovates … Continue reading →
Today’s update with Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. There are 55 new test positive cases in BC, for a total of 1121 Regional Breakdown 525 Vancouver Coast 386 Fraser Health 72 Vancouver Island (same as yesterday) 121 … Continue reading →
The provincial government is taking steps to protect those providing essential services by ensuring they cannot be held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to operate, so long as they are complying with orders from the … Continue reading →
To ensure B.C.’s most vulnerable – including people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors – do not encounter additional barriers during the COVID-19 crisis, the Province is implementing a series of temporary supports and supplements. “We are putting … Continue reading →
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s address, April 2, 2020 We are going through a difficult time now, and we are going through this together. Reach out if you need help, and reach out to friends and family by phone. Last night, … Continue reading →
–Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Analysis shows 862,000 will fall through cracks in income support programs without rapid reforms OTTAWA – As new federal policies are created and adapted to attempt to counter the worst-case economic impacts of COVID-19, new … Continue reading →
From the CERB page If you have lost income because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support. The CERB will provide you with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Recommended application … Continue reading →
Dr. Bonnie Henry noted that there are 53 new test positive cases in BC today, for a total of 1066. The regional breakdown is as follows: By region: 497 Vancouver Coastal 367 Fraser Health 72 Vancouver Island (up from 67) … Continue reading →
Cameras are now clicking at busy, high-risk intersections around B.C., equipped to ticket the fastest vehicles. Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has confirmed that automated speed enforcement equipment is now in place at all 35 planned … Continue reading →
Service Change Effective April 6, 2020 Media advisory – BC Transit to introduce annual spring service change in Greater Victoria with additional reductions April 1, 2020 BC Transit will be implementing our annual spring seasonal service change with additional reductions … Continue reading →
The Province has partnered with the Digital Technology Supercluster and the Business Council of British Columbia to create the COVID-19 Supply Hub, a made-in-B.C. online platform to co-ordinate, source and expedite medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for provincial … Continue reading →
The Government of British Columbia and BC Hydro are helping people, small businesses and industries most impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. People are out of work, and businesses are facing … Continue reading →
Educators will have an easy-to-use video-conferencing and collaboration platform to communicate remotely with their students while in-class learning is suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Education has secured and funded licences for the application Zoom for … Continue reading →
Introducing the new Integrated Forest Enforcement Law League, or I-F.E.L.L. Seriously hilarious! If this doesn’t make you laugh until you have tears streaming from your eyes, there’s something wrong with you. Watch it to the end. Time. Well. Spent. Wasted. … Continue reading →
For the next three years, a special UN committee will be imposing a tax of 75% on the net profits of the world’s 2,208 billionaires, to pay for world healthcare demanded by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic rebuilding left … Continue reading →
Canada has a plan to support Canadians. This includes the 75% wage subsidy available to all businesses who have seen at least a 30% revenue decline. This money is for workers. Employers are required to pay the remaining 25% of … Continue reading →
The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the end of the day on April 14, 2020. The provincial government can extend the period of a declaration … Continue reading →
–District of Sooke media release The Province has requested that businesses and organizations, who have critical supplies in their possession, undertake an inventory of supplies including personal protective equipment, medical supplies and cleaning. Local governments are being asked to share this request with businesses and organizations … Continue reading →
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