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Panic-buying of drugs leading to shortages and rationing, pharmacies say

Some pharmacies are asking customers to avoid stockpiling medications as panic-buying during the COVID-19 pandemic leads to a tighter supply of some drugs. Andrew Formosa, pharmacy manager at...

Federal government mulls cruise-ship industry shutdown because of virus

Federal government mulls cruise-ship industry shutdown because of virus outbreak

Finance Minister Carole James has Parkinson's disease, says she won't run again

Finance Minister Carole James said Thursday she has Parkinson’s disease. She plans to carry on in her job for the time being but won’t run again. She delivered the news backed up by about two dozen...

Michelle Obama is bringing her Becoming tour to Victoria on March 31

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will land in Victoria next month as part of the tour for her best-selling memoir, Becoming. Obama will headline an event at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on...

Housing-start drop not due to demand: CMHC

The province expects a precipitous drop in housing starts this year and another slip in 2021, but housing experts warn that is no indication demand for housing has dropped off or that homebuilders...

3,000 forestry workers, 50-truck convoy to rally at B.C. legislature on budget day

Thousands of B.C. forestry workers and supporters will gather on the B.C. legislature lawn this afternoon, coinciding with the release of the province’s 2020 budget

Condo buildings face insurance crisis as premium rates soar

Insurance costs for strata corporations have been skyrocketing in condo-heavy markets such as Vancouver, Toronto and New York, while some buildings have been told flat out their insurance will not be...

New hybrid-electric ferries to be floated into local waters on Friday

Break out your binoculars to watch the two new Island-class hybrid-electric ferries float off their partially submerged carrier vessel into local waters on Friday morning. The Sun Rise carrier,...

Former party leader Andrew Weaver quits Green caucus, will sit as independent

Former B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver has quit the party’s caucus and will sit in the legislature as an independent for the duration of his term. The Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA announced the...