Coronavirus

Tamara Lich, organizer for a protest convoy by truckers and supporters demanding an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, delivers a statement during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Tamara Lich, one of core ‘Freedom Convoy’ organizers, gets bail under conditions

Lich must abide by several conditions, including having no contact with fellow convoy organizers

Tamara Lich, organizer for a protest convoy by truckers and supporters demanding an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, delivers a statement during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
FILE - A patient infected with the coronavirus sits on a bed in the intensive care unit of the Afghan Japan Communicable Disease Hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. The official global death toll from COVID-19 is on the verge of eclipsing 6 million — underscoring that the pandemic, now in its third year, is far from over. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Death toll nears 6 million as pandemic enters its 3rd year

The milestone is the latest tragic reminder of the unrelenting nature of the pandemic

FILE - A patient infected with the coronavirus sits on a bed in the intensive care unit of the Afghan Japan Communicable Disease Hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. The official global death toll from COVID-19 is on the verge of eclipsing 6 million — underscoring that the pandemic, now in its third year, is far from over. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
Thousands gathered on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature for another rally on March 5 opposing pandemic-related mandates. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

B.C. anti-COVID mandate rally sees renewed support as thousands gather at legislature

We Unify Canada arranged a substantial list of speakers voicing concerns around mandates

Thousands gathered on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature for another rally on March 5 opposing pandemic-related mandates. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A rapid COVID-19 test swab. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be available for travellers or the general public at the Comox Valley Airport. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)

Free rapid antigen tests now available for people aged 60+ in B.C.

Tests can be obtained at local pharmacies by showing your personal health number

A rapid COVID-19 test swab. Both PCR and rapid antigen tests will be available for travellers or the general public at the Comox Valley Airport. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Omicron wave, vaccination rates mean Canada well-protected for now: Tam

If another variant significantly different from Omicron emerges that could change situation

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Umar Sheikh is the representing lawyer on behalf of nine B.C. public servants terminated due to non-compliance with provincial vaccination mandates. (Umar Sheikh/LinkedIn)

B.C. public servants head to court around vaccine mandates that led to termination

Action will be taken to court by nine people the week of March 21 to argue injunction, says lawyer

Umar Sheikh is the representing lawyer on behalf of nine B.C. public servants terminated due to non-compliance with provincial vaccination mandates. (Umar Sheikh/LinkedIn)
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)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

B.C. records 391 new COVID infections, ICU admissions increase by six

13 more British Columbians died from complications with the virus

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
People watch the sunrise, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. Results of a poll suggest B.C. residents are ready for travel, COVID or not.	(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Canadians embrace travel as COVID measures relax

While many Canadians remain anxious, travel agents noticing uptick in families booking vacations

People watch the sunrise, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. Results of a poll suggest B.C. residents are ready for travel, COVID or not.	(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
FILE - An unidentified COVID-19 patient is attached to life-support systems in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILE - An unidentified COVID-19 patient is attached to life-support systems in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
People listen to a sermon delivered by a pastor from the back of a flatbed truck parked on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill as a protest on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Judge dismisses bid to halt federal emergency measures, calling issue moot

Group had asked for an injunction to stay Liberal use of the emergencies law and associated measures

People listen to a sermon delivered by a pastor from the back of a flatbed truck parked on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill as a protest on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. health authorities to Feb. 26, 2022, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. hospitals start rebooking surgeries delayed by COVID-19

More than 8,000 postponed due to highways, fourth wave

COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. health authorities to Feb. 26, 2022, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A UBC survey finds that British Columbians are fearful that the pandemic will never end, with climate change only exacerbating anxiety. (Credit: Christopher Catbagan on Unsplash)

Fears about the pandemic, climate change worsening anxiety in B.C.: study

Mental health decline most noted in vulnerable populations, says UBC survey

A UBC survey finds that British Columbians are fearful that the pandemic will never end, with climate change only exacerbating anxiety. (Credit: Christopher Catbagan on Unsplash)
Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C.’s COVID hospitalizations continue to decline, no new deaths reported

The report comes as Dr. Bonnie Henry said B.C.’s COVID situation is “rapidly improving”

Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (File photo)

B.C. looks to potentially ease COVID measures by Spring Break

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the COVID-19 situation in B.C. is ‘improving rapidly’

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (File photo)
Window cleaners hang from ropes to clean the an office building’s windows in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

Post-pandemic back-to-work puts spotlight on office maintenance

Reactivating dormant, or barely used buildings could come with re-start maintenance issues

Window cleaners hang from ropes to clean the an office building’s windows in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).
Waitress Kirsten Craig wears a mask while carrying drinks for guests inside the Blu Martini restaurant in Kingston, Ont., on July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Alberta ends almost all COVID-19 restrictions

Ontario has also ended most of its COVID-related public health mandates

Waitress Kirsten Craig wears a mask while carrying drinks for guests inside the Blu Martini restaurant in Kingston, Ont., on July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Premier Scott Moe speaks to the Canadian Press during a year-end interview at the Legislative Building in Regina on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021. Saskatchewan Party government on Monday removed its two remaining pandemic health orders, which included mandatory masking in indoor public places. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

Saskatchewan ends all COVID-19 health measures

Chief medical health officer says people who have not had a vaccine booster shot should get one

Premier Scott Moe speaks to the Canadian Press during a year-end interview at the Legislative Building in Regina on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021. Saskatchewan Party government on Monday removed its two remaining pandemic health orders, which included mandatory masking in indoor public places. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell
Truck drivers hang a Canadian flag on the front grille of a truck parked in downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill on Feb. 2. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Court extends freeze on Ottawa protest donations tied to class-action lawsuit

Class-action lawsuit seeks $306 million in damages related to three-week anti-government protest

Truck drivers hang a Canadian flag on the front grille of a truck parked in downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill on Feb. 2. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
People wait at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Eased requirements in effect as travel industry demands end to COVID-19 testing

Industry hosts news conference today to demand Ottawa remove all COVID-19 border restrictions

People wait at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)