Coronavirus

Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (Black Press Media)

U.S. man who re-entered Canada 20 minutes after being deported loses appeal of 9 month jail term

Gabriale Rene St. Constantine, 59, told Surrey judge he feared political unrest, violence in Oregon

Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (Black Press Media)
A nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine shot before the opening of a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The Black Health Alliance says Quebec's proposed tax on the unvaccinated risks further entrenching inequities in Canada's pandemic response and eroding trust in the government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Quebec’s tax on the unvaccinated could worsen inequity, advocates say

Canadian Civil Liberties Association calls provincial plan constitutionally vulnerable

A nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine shot before the opening of a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The Black Health Alliance says Quebec's proposed tax on the unvaccinated risks further entrenching inequities in Canada's pandemic response and eroding trust in the government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A sign is seen outside a LifeLabs location in North Vancouver B.C., on Friday, October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

11 LifeLabs locations close temporarily, 5 shorten hours due to Omicron spread

Laboratory says closures are being caused by staffing shortages

A sign is seen outside a LifeLabs location in North Vancouver B.C., on Friday, October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
School administration officials, including principals, make decisions about closing in-person classes. (pixabay photo)

Two B.C. schools move to ‘functional closure’ after holiday break, says ministry

Schools in Hazelton and Surrey have suspended in-person classes

School administration officials, including principals, make decisions about closing in-person classes. (pixabay photo)
Eric Aviles, age 6, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 in Santa Ana, Calif., Nov. 9, 2021. Vaccines for children are being administered at community clinics in B.C.(Associated Press/Jae C. Hong)

B.C. COVID-19 case decline continues, 2,239 cases for Tuesday

Hospitalization continues to go up, 4 more health care outbreaks

Eric Aviles, age 6, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 in Santa Ana, Calif., Nov. 9, 2021. Vaccines for children are being administered at community clinics in B.C.(Associated Press/Jae C. Hong)
A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. parents told to have a ‘low threshold’ for keeping sick kids home from school

Any fever should result in child staying home from the classroom

A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 efforts, Vancouver, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C. vaccine protection holding as Omicron spreads, Dr. Henry says

60-70% less likely to land in hospital with two COVID-19 shots

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 efforts, Vancouver, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
FILE - Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson pauses during a coronavirus media briefing in Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Jack Hill, Pool Photo via AP, File)

UK’s Johnson accused of breaking lockdown with garden party

British prime minister has insisted he personally broke no rules

FILE - Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson pauses during a coronavirus media briefing in Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Jack Hill, Pool Photo via AP, File)
Quebec Premier François Legault, right, and then-Quebec Public Health Director Horacio Arruda leave a news conference in Montreal, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. Quebec is reporting 62 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 today, one day after the province’s public health director resigned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec to force unvaccinated to pay ‘significant’ financial penalty

First time in Canada for a financial penalty for people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Quebec Premier François Legault, right, and then-Quebec Public Health Director Horacio Arruda leave a news conference in Montreal, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. Quebec is reporting 62 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 today, one day after the province’s public health director resigned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Alberta is reducing availability to COVID-19 testing as it deals with a rising wave of cases brought on by the Omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Swamped Alberta limiting PCR testing to high-risk cases only

Province’s COVID cases top 57,000: Top doctor says true number likely 10 times higher

Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Alberta is reducing availability to COVID-19 testing as it deals with a rising wave of cases brought on by the Omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Langara College in Vancouver. (Wikimedia Commons)

B.C. post-secondary students launch petitions calling for online learning

Students call for online classes and enhanced safety measures in the classroom

Langara College in Vancouver. (Wikimedia Commons)
Tent camp reappears on Pandora Ave. in Victoria, Nov. 27, 2021. Motels were bought by B.C. Housing and permanent supportive housing projects are underway in Victoria and other B.C. communities in an effort to keep up with influx of homeless people with mental and addiction conditions. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

B.C. urban mayors say they’ve hit their limit on homelessness, disorder

‘Catch and release’ system for people with mental illness, addiction

Tent camp reappears on Pandora Ave. in Victoria, Nov. 27, 2021. Motels were bought by B.C. Housing and permanent supportive housing projects are underway in Victoria and other B.C. communities in an effort to keep up with influx of homeless people with mental and addiction conditions. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions from reporters in Vancouver about the return to classroom instruction in schools, Jan. 7, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. counts almost 7,000 cases over weekend, hospitalization jumps

7 more COVID-19 outbreaks in senior homes, 7 more deaths

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions from reporters in Vancouver about the return to classroom instruction in schools, Jan. 7, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Students were back to class in Alberta and B.C. Monday morning, Jan. 10. (Pixabay photo)

UPDATED: Reopened schools in Alberta and B.C. see slightly higher-than-usual absentee rates

BC School Trustees Association, says Interior schools have lower-than-average attendance levels

Students were back to class in Alberta and B.C. Monday morning, Jan. 10. (Pixabay photo)
Hospital staff deal with potential COVID-19 infection with hygiene, distancing and curtains while awaiting test results (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Darron Cummings)

Most new B.C. COVID-19 infections now in fully vaccinated people

Protection against severe illness still shown in statistics

Hospital staff deal with potential COVID-19 infection with hygiene, distancing and curtains while awaiting test results (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Darron Cummings)
Students sit together at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. An official opening of the new school was held on Thursday near the now shuttered former school which was built on a cemetery in the 1940s. The cemetery was used as a potter’s field where the bodies of prisoners, the poor and unidentifiable residents were buried. The land was also used by Indigenous, Chinese and Sikh communities to bury those who died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

K-12 students head back to school in B.C. amid new COVID notification system

Parents to only be notified of exposures when attendance drops below ‘typical’ rates

Students sit together at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. An official opening of the new school was held on Thursday near the now shuttered former school which was built on a cemetery in the 1940s. The cemetery was used as a potter’s field where the bodies of prisoners, the poor and unidentifiable residents were buried. The land was also used by Indigenous, Chinese and Sikh communities to bury those who died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Paramedics wheel a patient past ambulances outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Hospitals in several parts of Canada are straining under the weight of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Quebec hospitalizations reaching an all-time high on Sunday and Ontario’s admissions to intensive care units surging past the 400 mark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

COVID-19 cases fill hospital beds in parts of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick

Some regions, such as British Columbia, do not report cases or hospitalizations on the weekend.

Paramedics wheel a patient past ambulances outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Hospitals in several parts of Canada are straining under the weight of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Quebec hospitalizations reaching an all-time high on Sunday and Ontario’s admissions to intensive care units surging past the 400 mark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Dairy cows are shown in a barn on a farm in Eastern Ontario on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Farm groups say they’re fearful the highly contagious Omicron variant could severely stress Canadian food production. Dairy farms, greenhouses, and mushroom farms are some of the sectors that could be most vulnerable to interruptions if large numbers of employees need to stay home sick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Highly contagious variant could stress Canadian food production, farm groups say

Outbreaks at Alberta meat-packing plants in 2020 sickened hundreds and killed 4

Dairy cows are shown in a barn on a farm in Eastern Ontario on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Farm groups say they’re fearful the highly contagious Omicron variant could severely stress Canadian food production. Dairy farms, greenhouses, and mushroom farms are some of the sectors that could be most vulnerable to interruptions if large numbers of employees need to stay home sick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Dr. Nathan Stall administers a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 77-year-old Vernal Davis as Dr. Stall and Toronto city councilor Josh Matlow bring third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors and their caregivers in Toronto, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The pair are working against lowering the barriers to getting the most vulnerable boosted with their third dose. As parts of Canada see staggering rises in COVID-19 activity amid Omicron’s rapid spread, experts say the highly transmissible variant is training a spotlight on social inequities across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Rapid spread of Omicron showing ‘tale of two pandemics: rich and poor’

“If you have money, you’re able to afford the protection you need to survive and be safe.”

Dr. Nathan Stall administers a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 77-year-old Vernal Davis as Dr. Stall and Toronto city councilor Josh Matlow bring third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors and their caregivers in Toronto, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The pair are working against lowering the barriers to getting the most vulnerable boosted with their third dose. As parts of Canada see staggering rises in COVID-19 activity amid Omicron’s rapid spread, experts say the highly transmissible variant is training a spotlight on social inequities across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BCTF calls for N95s, boosters, enhanced ventilation to curb Omicron spread in schools

BCTF president Teri Mooring spoke at a news conference after the province’s plan was announced

A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck