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406,000 mail-in ballots have been requested for Oct. 24 B.C. election

More than 406,000 people have registered for mail-in ballots since the Oct. 24 provincial election was called a week ago. Less than 24 hours after Premier John Horgan asked Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin to...

A sales boom for RVs; campgrounds brace for snowbird wave, even in winter

The largest recreational vehicle dealer in the province says it has been a record summer for sales, and he credits health orders to get outside and social distance during the pandemic for the...

Telus buys family-owned Price's Alarms as it expands security services

Billed as the oldest security company in Canada, Victoria-based Price’s Alarms is now part of the Telus empire. The family-owned company, which grew out of a locksmith business started in 1895, is...

Signs of climate change in ocean depths off Vancouver Island

It’s been one discovery after another for Canadian scientists exploring the ocean depths a few hundred kilometres off the coast of Vancouver Island. On expeditions in 2018 and 2019, researchers...

Elections B.C. preparing for possible pandemic vote

Elections B.C. has been scouring the city for office space and the world for best practices in case a provincial election is called during the pandemic. While a provincial election is scheduled for...

BC Ferries to seek pandemic relief, as debts climb by millions of dollars each week

It is too soon to say how much money BC Ferries will seek now that it is eligible for a federal-provincial pandemic-relief plan, but its debts continue to climb by millions of dollars every...

Restaurant industry urges continued relief

Citing the slow pace of recovery and the more than 300,000 workers still unemployed, the Canadian restaurant industry is urging the federal government to continue relief through the COVID-19...

Walmart to require masks at stores starting next week

Walmart is instituting a mandatory mask policy for all customers in Canada starting Wednesday in a move that has been welcomed by some local shoppers. The rule is being brought in because Health...

Amid pandemic, boom for golf and camping, but gyms suffering

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s mantra that it’s safer outside has had a clear impact on people’s workout habits: Many are opting for outdoor recreational activities like golf, kayaking and hiking, while indoor...

Flu vaccine orders up amid COVID fears

What happens when our winter flu season meets the COVID-19 pandemic? Health officials in Canada are hoping they don’t have to find out. Provincial and territorial governments, including B.C., have...