GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Premier John Horgan has committed to provide a free coronavirus vaccine to British Columbians who want one — once a vaccine is approved
and available. “We have worked hard to keep people healthy and safe through the pandemic,” said Horgan. “The difficult times are not over yet, because the virus will be with us for the foreseeable future. But once there is a safe and
approved vaccine, we will ensure every British Columbian can get one.” Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson has already promised free flu shots if the Liberals are elected on Oct. 24.
ANOTHER ELECTION – North Oyster voters will elect a new regional director on Nov. 28 in a bylection in the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s Area H (North Oyster-Diamond). Two advance voting opportunities
will take place on Nov. 18 and 24. Area H alternate director Colin Haime has filled the position since September 2019 when former director Mary Marcotte took a six month leave of absence and then resigned on March 6.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is now releasing the balance of the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in a second round of funding. This second round of support is being administered across
the country in collaboration with United Way in our community. United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island is set for another round of Emergency Community Support Fund money in ourl communities to help keep vulnerable people safe. The $350 million
fund was announced on April 21. Through the initial disbursement, The United Way funded 80
agencies through round one. It supported front-line service agencies adapt their processes and programs to continue to support vulnerable individuals and families through the pandemic.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT – Canadians forced to miss work because of coronavirus can start applying for financial support from the federal government. The new benefits come amid concerns about new lockdowns and
job losses as governments try to get a handle on the growing number of new cases and prevent health-care systems from being overwhelmed. All parties in Parliament supported the multi-billion-dollar suite of new benefits. The new caregiver benefit responds
to numerous calls since the pandemic started for more support for parents and others who are forced to miss work to care for a dependent. MORE
HALLOWEEN IS LESS than a month away and the
BC Centre for Disease Control released guidelines se we can all have safe fun amid the pandemic. Health officials are encouraging trick-or-treaters to participate in small groups and only with people in the same social bubble. They also urge you to
incorporate a non-medical mask or face covering into costumes but not worn over costume masks or face coverings as that may make it difficult to breathe. They also wanat you to stay in their own neighbourhoods and avoid busy areas or indoors (in places like
malls). It is also being recommended that homeowners find creative ways to hand out treats while keeping physical distance and limiting contact. And if you’re feeling ill, turn off the porch lights and stay home. MORE
WHERE IS SIDNEY MANTEE? –
Nanaimo RCMP need public help to find Sidney Joseph Mantee, who has not been seen since March. His family, who live in Saskatchewan, contacted the Nanaimo RCMP recently to express their concern for him because no contact with his family for so long
is out of character for him. Mantee, 32, lived on Rosehill Street in Nanaimo and had mentioned that he may move to Victoria. He does not use social media. He is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you know anything about where
he might be, contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and quote file No. 2020-36242.
modelling suggests schools not causing spike in virus transmission
There have been dozens of COVID-19 exposure events at B.C. schools since they reopened last month,
but new modelling suggests sending kids back to class hasn't caused a spike in community transmission.
class ordered to self-isolate at Vancouver school due to virus
Parents whose children attend an elementary school in downtown Vancouver were given a notice over the weekend,
warning them students in a specific cohort need to self-isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure.
not being admitted to hospital due to virus outbreak
A hospital in B.C.'s Lower Mainland has stopped admitting new patients as it works to address an ongoing COVID-19
outbreak, but the emergency department remains open.
man wanted on Canada-wide warrants is in Victoria, say police
Victoria police are on the lookout for a man who is wanted on Canada-wide warrants and who may currently
be in local parks where homeless encampments are set up.
investigating after gunshots reported in Campbell River
Campbell River RCMP are investigating after gunshots were reportedly heard in the community during the early hours
of Monday morning.
Sooke RCMP continue search for missing woman
The search continues for a missing 45-year-old woman who was last seen in the Beecher Bay area of East Sooke Wednesday.