Coronavirus

In this May 7, 2019 photo, a machine that produces plastic pellets is seen in operation at a GDB International warehouse in New Brunswick, N.J. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Seth Wenig

Plastic resin emerges as tiniest example of enduring COVID-19 supply chain crunch

Experts say plastic prices are one a factor pushing up the cost of materials and contributing to inflation

In this May 7, 2019 photo, a machine that produces plastic pellets is seen in operation at a GDB International warehouse in New Brunswick, N.J. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Seth Wenig
A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

Denied cross-border shoppers, some U.S. companies opt to export to Canada instead

Ongoing closure of the Mexican and Canadian land borders is costing U.S. businesses $1.5 billion a month

A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
A possible COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Foxglove School Age Care, a licensed before- and after-school care centre at Alice Brown Elementary in Brookswood. (Undated Google Maps image)

Warning issued about possible COVID-19 exposure at Brookswood day care

‘COVID School Tracker’ posts warning about Foxglove School Age Care at Alice Brown Elementary School

A possible COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Foxglove School Age Care, a licensed before- and after-school care centre at Alice Brown Elementary in Brookswood. (Undated Google Maps image)
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared over at Chilliwack General Hospital. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

COVID outbreak over at Chilliwack hospital and Delta care home, says Fraser Health

At same time, COVID outbreak declared Maple Ridge school after 32 people test positive

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared over at Chilliwack General Hospital. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID outbreak sees 32 cases at Maple Ridge school

Maple Ridge Christian school to stay open for Grade 6 and up

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rotary Park in Smithers is open for walk-ins for first and second doses of vaccine until 6 p.m. Friday and and at the Smithers arena Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)

B.C. records 743 more COVID-19 cases Friday, 7 more deaths

34 deaths in 8 days, hospital and ICU cases remain high

A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rotary Park in Smithers is open for walk-ins for first and second doses of vaccine until 6 p.m. Friday and and at the Smithers arena Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)
Anti-vaxxer protesters harassing visitors to a Chilliwack brewery on Sept. 23, 2021 where the NDP government caucus had a meeting. (Submitted)

Anti-vaccine protesters harass visitors outside Chilliwack brewery hosting NDP event

Location targeted as the location of a provincial NDP caucus event, innocent customers mocked

Anti-vaxxer protesters harassing visitors to a Chilliwack brewery on Sept. 23, 2021 where the NDP government caucus had a meeting. (Submitted)
Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario increases sporting events capacity, ahead of baseball playoffs, NHL season

Ontario is opening the door wider for fans at sporting events, just…

Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

School disruption, ‘long COVID,’ all factors in choice to vaccinate young kids: Tam

Health Canada awaits findings in order to determine if the vaccine is safe, effective for children.

A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
A woman holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Small businesses face threats, backlash as vaccine passports take effect

Some flooded with bad reviews on Google or negative comments on social media

A woman holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

‘It’s really frustrating’: BCTF fears more school closures due to lack of COVID safety measures

BCTF president Teri Mooring renews calls for K–12 mask mandate and ventilation improvements

The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Smartphone app scans QR code from a digital or printed copy of the B.C. vaccine card, confirming vaccine status. More than three million vaccine cards have been distributed in B.C. (Apple app store images)

B.C. reports 832 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 5 more deaths

Pressure on hospitals remains high, 27 deaths in a week

Smartphone app scans QR code from a digital or printed copy of the B.C. vaccine card, confirming vaccine status. More than three million vaccine cards have been distributed in B.C. (Apple app store images)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Feds to provide Red Cross, Armed Forces help as COVID-19 swamps Alberta’s hospitals

Alberta has 310 patients in intensive care, the vast majority of whom have COVID-19.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The BCCDC’s data shows that Langley’s COVID numbers are still going up while rates in most nearby communities are going down. (BCCDC)

Langley’s COVID case numbers among worst in Lower Mainland

Langley, Abbotsford, and Mission are still seeing rates go up

The BCCDC’s data shows that Langley’s COVID numbers are still going up while rates in most nearby communities are going down. (BCCDC)
B.C. Premier John Horgan takes part in a video conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other premiers, March 4, 2021. Horgan has taken over as chair of the Council of the Federation, which met Sept. 23 without Trudeau. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. premier pleads for COVID-19 help as Trudeau government resumes

Nurse shortage not new, Horgan says after chairing national meeting

B.C. Premier John Horgan takes part in a video conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other premiers, March 4, 2021. Horgan has taken over as chair of the Council of the Federation, which met Sept. 23 without Trudeau. (B.C. government photo)
A would-be customer of the Harrison Corner Cafe can be seen on security footage allegedly destroying signage after a confrontation with staff over COVID-19 vaccine passports a few days before. (Screenshot/Leanne Bourgoin-Faessler)

Harrison Hot Springs restaurant staff harassed as would-be customer protests vaccine passport

Woman reportedly destroyed the signage on the door of the Harrison Corner Cafe

A would-be customer of the Harrison Corner Cafe can be seen on security footage allegedly destroying signage after a confrontation with staff over COVID-19 vaccine passports a few days before. (Screenshot/Leanne Bourgoin-Faessler)
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TransLink ridership back to more than 50% of pre-COVID levels with back-to-school boost

CEO says he expects ridership to increase more as people return to pre-pandemic habits

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B.C. vaccine passport (Black Press Media)

LETTER: Langley woman contends vaccine passports are about taking away people’s rights

People should not be giving away their rights to move about freely in society, letter writer argues

  • Sep 23, 2021
B.C. vaccine passport (Black Press Media)
Fraser Health declared a COVID outbreak at Promontory Heights elementary on Sept. 22, 2021. The school will be closed until at least Oct. 3. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: 20 staff, students test positive for COVID at Chilliwack elementary school

Promontory Heights closed for 1.5 weeks, students move to remote learning

Fraser Health declared a COVID outbreak at Promontory Heights elementary on Sept. 22, 2021. The school will be closed until at least Oct. 3. (Google Maps)
Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Canada paused COVID-19 vaccine deliveries as supply far exceeds demand

Country sitting on a stockpile of 18.7 million doses, doesn’t need any more to fully vaccinate

Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston