COVID-19

Oceana PARC residents May Bucholtz and Florence Ross and executive chef Shaun Maclean add to the pot-clanging din at the healthcare workers appreciation event at Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).

Pot-banging salute returns for Peace Arch Hospital staff

Appreciation event marks second anniversary of short-lived practice

Oceana PARC residents May Bucholtz and Florence Ross and executive chef Shaun Maclean add to the pot-clanging din at the healthcare workers appreciation event at Peace Arch Hospital Wednesday morning (March 30).
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game in January because of “surprise” COVID-19 ticket cancellations. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game because of COVID-19 ticket cancellations in January. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)

B.C. man denied refund on Canucks tickets after ‘surprise’ COVID-19 cancellations

Ben Orritt was hoping to take his family to Vancouver in January to attend their first game

West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game in January because of “surprise” COVID-19 ticket cancellations. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
West Kelowna resident Ben Orritt was unable to attend his first-ever Vancouver Canucks game because of COVID-19 ticket cancellations in January. (Photo courtesy of Ben Orritt)
COVID-19 cases have reached the lowest point in three months this past week with only one reported new case. (Graphics/Adam Louis)

COVID-19 cases hit three-month low in Agassiz-Harrison

Only one new case reported to the BCCDC between March 13 and 19

COVID-19 cases have reached the lowest point in three months this past week with only one reported new case. (Graphics/Adam Louis)
Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)

‘Waiting to be plugged in’: B.C. school district urged to install donated HEPA filters

Surrey elementary school was the winner of 20 air purifiers that have been sitting unused

Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School’s PAC was the winner of a contest for 20 HEPA filters. Pictured are the purifiers when they were first shipped to the school. The PAC says the pallets have since been taken apart due to space constraints but the filters remain unused and stored at the school. (Submitted photo: CTS PAC)
Bruce Orydzuk talking to security guard in July. (Video: InfoTel)

Kelowna anti-vax protester charged with uttering threats against reporter

Bruce Orydzuk is charged following a July 13 incident outside a vaccine clinic

Bruce Orydzuk talking to security guard in July. (Video: InfoTel)
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‘BearHug BC’ truck convoy travels to Mainland to ‘unite communities in love and truth’

The convoy promises ‘peaceful and lawful’ protesting of health orders and restrictions in province

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Agassiz-Harrison recorded four new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 27 to March 5. (Graphics/BCCDC)

Four new cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison: BCCDC

COVID-19 rates have been near or below average throughout February, BCCDC reports

Agassiz-Harrison recorded four new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 27 to March 5. (Graphics/BCCDC)
(Photo - @ubcokanagan Twitter)

UBC drops weekly COVID testing for students and faculty

The weekly testing quietly ended on March 1

(Photo - @ubcokanagan Twitter)
Agassiz-Harrison recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 20 to 26 (BCCDC)

COVID-19 rates holding steady in Agassiz-Harrison: BCCDC

Vaccination rates continue to climb in local health area

Agassiz-Harrison recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 from Feb. 20 to 26 (BCCDC)
COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

COVID cases have doubled in Canadian prisons as uptick in vaccination across prisoners lull

Total of 16,111 prisoners contracted COVID-19 during this wave, 11 deaths

COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Crescent Park Elementary parent Michael Bjorge raised the alarm earlier this week after learning the rapid COVID test the district sent home with his 10-year-old daughter contained potentially poisonous ingredients. The school district has since changed its policy, and now require that parents of students in kindergarten to Grade 7 pick up the kits from their child’s school. (Nick Greenizan photo)

Surrey Schools tweaks distribution of COVID antigen tests to K-7 students

Kit access limited to parents or guardians following Health Canada advisory

Crescent Park Elementary parent Michael Bjorge raised the alarm earlier this week after learning the rapid COVID test the district sent home with his 10-year-old daughter contained potentially poisonous ingredients. The school district has since changed its policy, and now require that parents of students in kindergarten to Grade 7 pick up the kits from their child’s school. (Nick Greenizan photo)
Agassiz-Harrison has recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 between Feb.13 and 18. (Screenshot/BCCDC)

Local COVID-19, vaccination rates largely unchanged this past week: BCCDC

Eight new cases have been reported in Agassiz-Harrison

Agassiz-Harrison has recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 between Feb.13 and 18. (Screenshot/BCCDC)
A Tweet by Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl on Feb. 20, 2022 received severe scrutiny as it stated an unproven claim that a single mother who donated $50 to the truck convoy protest in Ottawa had her bank account frozen. (Twitter)

UPDATE: Chilliwack-Hope MP’s Tweet about single mother having bank account frozen under scrutiny

Mark Strahl insists ‘Briane’ who donated $50 is real despite widespread skepticism on social media

A Tweet by Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl on Feb. 20, 2022 received severe scrutiny as it stated an unproven claim that a single mother who donated $50 to the truck convoy protest in Ottawa had her bank account frozen. (Twitter)
Iron Energy will not going to comply with the orders in the civil suit from Interior Health (file photo)

West Kelowna gym closes doors after Interior Health files lawsuit over COVID concerns

Iron Energy does not consent to the orders in the civil claim served by Interior Health on Feb. 15

Iron Energy will not going to comply with the orders in the civil suit from Interior Health (file photo)
The first ‘freedom convoy’ in Penticton was Jan. 29. (Logan Lockhart Western News)

Journalist allegedly spat on at COVID protest along Osoyoos border sparks RCMP probe

The anti-government protests were ramped up through South Okanagan Saturday

The first ‘freedom convoy’ in Penticton was Jan. 29. (Logan Lockhart Western News)
The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey RCMP investigating ‘aggressive protesters’ who swarmed media at Pacific Highway crossing

Several investigations now underway into protester behaviour

The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Similar to the rest of Fraser Health, COVID-19 cases have declined for five straight weeks in Agassiz-Harrison. (Graphics/Adam Louis)

Local COVID-19 data sees infection decline for five straight weeks: BCCDC

Seven new cases of COVID-19 between Feb. 5 and 12

Similar to the rest of Fraser Health, COVID-19 cases have declined for five straight weeks in Agassiz-Harrison. (Graphics/Adam Louis)
B.C. Nurses Union president Aman Grewal. (BCNU)

‘They are tired. They are burned out.’ – B.C. Nurses Union president talks about violence against nurses

After assaults at Chilliwack General Hospital, Aman Grewal talks about abuse health-care workers face

B.C. Nurses Union president Aman Grewal. (BCNU)
A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan has lifted its public health order that required residents to show a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to enter most businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan has lifted its public health order that required residents to show a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to enter most businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Pacific Highway border in South Surrey remains closed Sunday after ‘freedom convoy’

The convoy took off from Chilliwack earlier on Saturday (Feb. 12) for the third week of protest

The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)