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OPINION: Multiple crises signal the need to change course

June 24, 2020

This pandemic could be a trial run for how we respond to the almost-inevitable next pandemic

The virus spreading COVID-19 worldwide jumped from non-human animals to people-as have most new diseases, from AIDS to SARS to Ebola. We may not know the precise origin of this particular coronavirus, but we understand the factors behind its spread to humans.…


Watch out for fake job ads online, warns BBB

Nearly 75 per cent of people who lose money in employment scams are already in financial crisis

Scammers are preparing elaborate schemes to take advantage of people looking for work. Typically, in an employment scam, job applicants are led to believe they are applying, or have just been hired for a promising new job, according to a new study by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).…


B.C. moves to eliminate annual licence plate decals

If passed, Bill 20 will offer ‘flexibility’ to decals, extending them beyond their one-year expiry date or even making them non-expiring

The B.C. government has introduced a bill that would extend licence-plate decals beyond their usual one-year expiry date. If passed, Bill 20 will offer “flexibility” to the validation decals so that they could also be non-expiring.…


B.C. COVID-19 modelling shows potential for renewed growth of cases

Health officials say coronavirus growth is not rapid

B.C. is approaching the threshold for renewed growth in COVID-19 cases as the economy reopens and residents increase their contacts with fellow British Columbians. Epidemiological modelling released Tuesday, June 23, reveals contacts between British Columbians are at 65 per cent of normal rates.…


B.C. proposes ‘first-step’ amendments to laws governing condo insurance

Ending referral charges and disclosing commissions would increase competition and could lead to lower rates

The B.C. government said it’s taking the first steps to address concerns about sky-high costs and the availability of insurance for condominiums that have seen premiums rise by as much as 50 per cent. Housing Minister Selina Robinson introduced legislation Tuesday, June 23, that proposes to amend the Strata Property Act and the Financial Institutions Act to bring more transparency to the insurance market and give property owners more tools to deal with the challenges they face.…


Join in livestream chat about Vancouver sitcom The Switch

June 23, 2020

Alphabet Soup hosts online community event on Thursday

Alphabet Soup is hosting a special livestream chat on Thursday, June 25, with the creative minds behind the very first transgender sitcom. Produced and filmed in Vancouver, The Switch is a six-episode series focused on lead character Sü (played by Nayla Rose).…


Whistler-based Peaked Pies is opening a third location in Burnaby

Go get your pies ‘peaked’ when the popular Whistler eatery debuts their newest Vancouver-area shop

After months of anticipation, the third outpost of Whistler-founded Peaked Pies is set to open its doors. Situated in Burnaby Heights, the Aussie pie shop has been at work on the restaurant since early fall 2019.…


Province stands firm on not extending temporary layoff period in B.C.

Businesses fear that with no extension, having to pay out severance will cripple their chances of surviving pandemic

The province is standing firm on not extending the temporary layoff period beyond the original 16-week stretch that will end in July, but added it is open to discuss possible solutions with business stakeholders later this week. In Tuesday’s legislative session in Victoria, Labour Minister Harry Bains came under heavy fire from opposition Liberal MLAs for the position that the province will not extend temporary layoff limits to Aug. 31.…


Face masks mandatory and only ticket holders and staff allowed at Vancouver airport

YVR launches new campaign to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Passengers are now required not only to wear face coverings during flights but also in all public areas at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). These are part of the measures adopted by YVR’s new campaign, dubbed YVR TAKEcare, which aims to help people move safely through the airport with confidence and get ready for travel again when the government lifts boarder restrictions, according to Robyn McVicker, vice president of operations and maintenance for the Vancouver Airport Authority.…


B.C. in best shape for COVID-19 recovery, economists say

Resilient natural resource and construction companies have helped jump-start economic resurgence, but not all sectors will find it easy to shake off the pandemic’s financial devastation

As part of BIV’s continuing coverage of the struggle to get B.C.’s economy back on track as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, BIV reporters Glen Korstrom, Tyler Orton, Albert Van Santvoort and Hayley Woodin asked four of the province’s leading economic experts – Pierre Cléroux, chief economist for the Business Development Bank of Canada; Chulwoo Hong, senior economist with IHS Markit; Ken Peacock, chief economist with the Business Council of British Columbia; and Martin Thibodeau, regional president, British Columbia, of RBC Royal Bank – to share their perspectives on the province’s immediate and long-term prospects for recovery. Their answers have been edited for space.…


A rational discussion on grizzly bears and habitat

LETTER: For the week of June 18

Since 1978, I have been watching and awaiting this moment when we as the Sea to Sky community come to face the challenge of living in unison with grizzly bears. For most of that time, people were generally in denial that these magnificent creatures actually inhabited many locales not far off the beaten track.…


Hiker rescued after night lost on Mount Seymour

A hiker who got trapped overnight in steep and snowy drainage on Mount Seymour this weekend was long-lined to safety Sunday morning by North Shore Rescue after spending a night on the mountain. The man in his 30s had gone hiking on Mount Seymour for the first time Saturday by himself, then got lost in a treacherous area of Shone Creek, said Mike Danks, North Shore Rescue team leader.…


B.C. legislation could extend emergency orders for one more year: attorney general

Proposed act also allows for the creation of regulations that provide protections to “responsible” and compliant businesses and groups from civil liability related to COVID-19

A physically distanced B.C. legislature opened Monday to the announcement that the BC NPD government will seek to extend emergency orders for up to a year. “Given the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19, the [COVID-19 Related Measures Act] will also provide the possibility for extension of COVID-19 related orders by up to one year after the act is brought into force, if required,” stated a news release from the office of Attorney General David Eby…


‘Twins with a twist’: biological mom and surrogate were pregnant at same time

In the six years that Margo and Ian Sheldon tried to have a baby, they endured the pain of multiple miscarriages and a full-term still birth. Witnessing the couple’s heartbreak, Margo’s foster sister, Meena Buckham, offered to be a surrogate and in October, through in-vitro fertilization, she was implanted with the couple’s egg and sperm.…


Eight more weeks of CERB to cost $17.9 billion, budget officer says

OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer estimates in a new report that it will cost the federal government $17.9 billion to provide eight extra weeks of payments through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The report this morning from budget officer Yves Giroux says that would bring the total cost of the benefit program for people who’ve lost all or nearly all their work to the COVID-19 pandemic to $71.3 billion.…


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