IT TAKES ALL KINDS – A family in Revelstoke reportedly tried to contract Coronavirus to “build their natural immunity” at a time
when his city is discouraging visitors and grappling with a slew of active coronavirus cases. Revelstoke has 32 active COVID-19 infections and a population
of only 13,500 people, which is more than double the active cases per capita that in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, said Revelstoke Mayor Gary Sulz. “We’ve become a little complacent because we haven’t seen this through the community
in a big way over the last eight months so what we’re saying now is ‘it’s here, it’s not just those who are travelling in who are bringing this in, it’s here in our community,’” he said.
CHEQUE IS (ALMOST) IN THE MAIL – Premier John Horgan wants Coronavirus relief payments to British Columbians as soon as possible, once the legislature returns next week.
The premier promised the $1,000 payments during the Oct. 24 election. The benefit will be a one-time, $1,000 direct deposit to families whose household income is under $125,000 annually, with a sliding scale up to $175,000. Individuals earning less than $62,000
annually would be eligible for $500, with a sliding scale up to $87,000. The premier has not committed to a firm delivery date, but said he hoped to have them by Christmas, or “very, very early in the new year.”
HYDRO CREDIT COMING – Residential customers will get an average one-time credit of $4 early next year on their bills to reflect a change to its rates. The BC Utilities Commission
requested that Hydro amend its rate reduction for 2020-21 to reflect last year’s results and its latest financial forecast. That dropped the rate decrease to 1.62 per cent from 1.01 per cent.
REAL ESTATE SETS RECORD – Last month was a record setter
for real estate north of the Malahat, the best November on record. Kevin Reid, president of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board, said the average home is now priced at $540,000, an increase of four per cent from a year ago and the number of properties for
sale is also at a near-record low. The data is all part of brisk real estate sales seen across Vancouver Island this fall. Reid said the pandemic has driven a lot of activity, with people retiring earlier than anticipated. “We have all kinds of
buyers who have pulled their retirement plans ahead,” explained Reid. “They were planning on retiring in the next few years and having the reality of the pandemic and how life can change in a moment. They’re rolling their plans ahead. Josh
Wynia of 460 Realty, said Nanaimo is becoming an attractive place for more and more people, with its relatively affordable housing market.
GOOD’ IS THE WAY TO GO – More than ever, people are shopping local for gifts for the holidays. Think ‘Island Good’ when holiday shopping and send a ‘taste of Vancouver Island’ to isolated friends and relatives
anywhere in the world, advises the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance. The Island Good brand and website is a simple, headache-free way to source Island Good products and retailers. For
example, order an Island Good Gift Box—a ‘taste of Vancouver Island’ shipped anywhere in the world. Current boxes include the Breakfast Box with Level Ground Trading Coffee, Stonehouse Teas, Saltspring Kitchen Co. fruit spread Gathering Place Trading dried fruit and Singing Bowl Granola and the Pantry Box with Saltspring
Kitchen Co.Spread, Singing Bowl Granola Paleo Bites, Gathering Place Trading spices, Ed’s Soup Shack+, Pixie Chicks Spicesand Yeshi Dressing. There’s a big list of things and places
to do your Christmas shopping, check out their link.