Coronavirus

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Tourism association ‘caught off guard’ by U.S. travel advisory for Canada

Hotel Association of Canada said it’s disappointed the U.S. is discouraging travel to Canada

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
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LETTER: Langley resident grateful letter about vaxx passport concerns published

Free speech seems to be getting overwhelmed in the age of COVID, local woman argues

  • Sep 2, 2021
Share your opinion via email, through our website or in a posted letter. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
An ambulance passes through a crowd of people protesting COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for health-care workers, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The protest began outside Vancouver General Hospital and police estimated the crowd gathered to be as many as 5,000 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. premier supports health-care workers after protests against vaccine cards

Horgan said health-care workers were the ‘true heroes’ of the pandemic

An ambulance passes through a crowd of people protesting COVID-19 vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for health-care workers, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The protest began outside Vancouver General Hospital and police estimated the crowd gathered to be as many as 5,000 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A local nurse is urging people to learn more about COVID vaccines and get vaccinated. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: Langley nurse refutes anti-vaxx arguments

Anti-science position underpins many arguments against vaccination, letter writer says

  • Sep 1, 2021
A local nurse is urging people to learn more about COVID vaccines and get vaccinated. (Black Press Media files)
COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Williams Lake. There are more than 100 drop-in or appointment-based clinics operating in the province. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise to 785 Wednesday, two more deaths

Interior, Fraser regions still seeing most infections

COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Williams Lake. There are more than 100 drop-in or appointment-based clinics operating in the province. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Protestors rally against the vaccine policies at the B.C. legislature Wednesday, Sept. 1. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Anti-vaccine passport protests erupt across B.C.

Protesters voice opposition to the recently announced B.C. vaccine card

Protestors rally against the vaccine policies at the B.C. legislature Wednesday, Sept. 1. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
FILE – Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. sees new vaccinations nearly double in week after B.C. unveiled COVID vaccine card

Vaccine card will be required to access places such as gyms, indoor concerts and restaurants

FILE – Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Screenshot of Snapchat video showing UBC frat party (Screenshot)

VIDEO: UBC frat party draws hundreds of maskless students, ends in $5,000 fine

Party was advertised on social media, including video of the party posted on Snapchat

Screenshot of Snapchat video showing UBC frat party (Screenshot)
A woman arrives at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Monday, June 21, 2021. Health experts have been talking about the concept of COVID-19 herd immunity for months, but while the estimates of what it will take to reach that point have changed, some virologists and immunologists say we shouldn’t get hung up on a specific number. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

‘Elusive’ herd immunity: what will it take to get there with COVID-19?

Some public health officials are estimating herd immunity could require 90 per cent being vaccinated

A woman arrives at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Monday, June 21, 2021. Health experts have been talking about the concept of COVID-19 herd immunity for months, but while the estimates of what it will take to reach that point have changed, some virologists and immunologists say we shouldn’t get hung up on a specific number. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
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

Back to school Q&A: Is it safe for unvaccinated students? What’s the harm of school closures?

Students are getting ready to head back to classrooms across much of Canada

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
Adhering to safety measures like masks, hand-washing, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children. (Black Press file photo)

B.C. Children’s Hospital says COVID-19 hospitalizations for children remain low

Hospitalizations have remained at about two per cent throughout the pandemic

Adhering to safety measures like masks, hand-washing, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children. (Black Press file photo)
Cars with U.S. licence plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring

U.S. warning about travel to Canada mainly for benefit of unvaccinated, CDC head says

Only about 61 per cent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated

Cars with U.S. licence plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring
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LETTER: Langley woman agrees that vaccination passports heavy handed

Local letter writer said she shares the views of a Brookswood resident concerned about the passports

  • Sep 1, 2021
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People hold up signs during a demonstration opposing the Quebec government’s measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Vaccine hesitancy highest in Alberta, racialized groups at rollout’s start: survey

Men were more hesitant than women overall and participants aged 40 to 59 had the lowest vaccination intention

People hold up signs during a demonstration opposing the Quebec government’s measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. Health law professor Timothy Caulfield from the the University of Alberta says a belief by some that the medication used to deworm cattle and horses can treat COVID-19 shows how ideology can lead people to embrace misinformation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell

Health law professor says ‘ideological lens’ behind unproven COVID-19 treatment

Health Canada put out an advisory about ‘concerning reports of the use of veterinary ivermectin’

The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. Health law professor Timothy Caulfield from the the University of Alberta says a belief by some that the medication used to deworm cattle and horses can treat COVID-19 shows how ideology can lead people to embrace misinformation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell
A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Vaccine cards ‘really strong measure’ but masks should stay to slow COVID spread: UBC prof

As a ‘fairly mild imposition,’ Sarah Otto says masks should be among the last pandemic measures to be lifted

A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Port Alberni RCMP have released a photo from a security video of the man who urinated at the front counter of the Dairy Queen on Aug. 27, 2021, hoping someone will identify him. (PHOTO COURTESY BC RCMP)

Man urinates in Port Alberni business after being asked to put on a mask

RCMP are searching for the suspect that caused a disturbance at Dairy Queen

Port Alberni RCMP have released a photo from a security video of the man who urinated at the front counter of the Dairy Queen on Aug. 27, 2021, hoping someone will identify him. (PHOTO COURTESY BC RCMP)
Brookswood lifter Josh Cook admitted to having a few nerves after returning to competition at the Aug. 28 and 29 B.C. Powerlifting Association Open meet in Langley, the first in nearly two years, but he got over it, winning his class and setting a new personal best in the process. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: First B.C. powerlifting meet since the pandemic draws more than 100 competitors to Langley

When it was over, competitors teamed up to load the weights for transport

Brookswood lifter Josh Cook admitted to having a few nerves after returning to competition at the Aug. 28 and 29 B.C. Powerlifting Association Open meet in Langley, the first in nearly two years, but he got over it, winning his class and setting a new personal best in the process. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
People attend Bowfest, an outdoor community event featuring a charity run, games, activities and live music on Bowen Island, B.C., on Saturday, August 28, 2021. As part of the COVID-19 restart plan in B.C. outdoor fairs and festivals of up to 5,000 people are permitted in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. expecting to see COVID cases rise in September – even with latest restrictions

Vaccine cards, masks among recent measures brought in to slow the spread

People attend Bowfest, an outdoor community event featuring a charity run, games, activities and live music on Bowen Island, B.C., on Saturday, August 28, 2021. As part of the COVID-19 restart plan in B.C. outdoor fairs and festivals of up to 5,000 people are permitted in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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)