MORE COVID FLIGHTS - The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has added two more Nanaimo flights
to its list of COVID-19 exposures since Wednesday.
March 18: Seair Airplanes flight 352 from Vancouver to Nanaimo.
March 19: Harbour Air flight 1127 from Vancouver to Nanaimo.
REFUND CHEQUES COMING - ICBC is mailing COVID-19 rebate cheques in small batches, after a delay caused by a cyberattack. The rebates,
which will be sent to customers who had insured vehicles between April 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2020, come thanks to a major decrease in crashes and costs as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. Your comment.
LONGLAKE COVID OUTBREAK NOW AT EIGHT – Island Health’s outbreak response has identified three additional cases of COVID-19 related
to the outbreak declared at Longlake Chateau independent living facility in Nanaimo. Three additional residents have tested positive. The three new cases were detected through testing performed yesterday. Since the outbreak was declared, more than 106 COVID-19
tests have been performed on residents and staff at Longlake Chateau. In total, eight residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Communication with residents, families and staff is ongoing.
WHALES PUT ON A SHOW - If you're a shutterbug, Douglas Fisk got a marvelous album of whale photos while the sea animals put on a display near shore
in Nanaimo on Tuesday. He has a website where you can see some of his fabulous photos on various subjects. Check them out HERE
WEST COAST TRAIL REOPENS IN JUNE - Parks Canada is reopening the West Coast Trail for for overnight
hiking between June 4 and September 30. The opening is a collaboration of Parks Canada and local First Nations. Reservations will be required for all hikers for the 75-kilometre trail and there will be standbys. Reservations begin April 30 by calling 1-877-RESERVE
(1-877-737-3783). Your comment
CORONA CASES HIT RECORD HIGH - the Vancouver Island region identified 55 new cases of COVID-19 in Friday, an all-time high for a single day. The new cases were among 908 found across the province over the past 24 hours, bringing B.C.’s
total to 95,677 cases since the pandemic began. To date, 3,094 cases have been confirmed in the island region since the pandemic began. Three people in B.C died, bringing B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll to 1,449. A total of 637,856 doses of vaccines have
been given in B.C., including 87,233 secondary doses. What say you?
ISLAND SHOWS 100,000 VACCINES
GIVEN - More than 100,000 residents in the Island Health region have received a first dose of the Corona vaccine. The milestone means about 13 per cent of the population is immunized against COVID-19. As we move into Phases 3 and 4 of the Immunization
Plan, everyone who is eligible will be able to receive a first dose before July 1. Island Health will also begin administering second doses to people about 16 weeks after they got their first dose. People will be contacted when it is time to schedule their
WESTJET ADDING MORE FLIGHTS - Five new domestic
flights are coming to Vancouver Island airports as WestJet tries to rebound from the pandemic. The
new routes include flights between Edmonton-Nanaimo, Ottawa-Victoria, Saskatoon-Victoria, Winnipeg-Victoria, and Toronto-Comox. They’re five of 11 flights announced Friday that will offer non-stop service for 15 communities.
BLOOD IS SAFE - Blood donated by anyone who has had coronavirus or who has been vaccinated is safe, assures Canadian Blood Services. Corona is a respiratory virus, there’s no impact to the blood as far as transmission
to a patient. There is no concern, said Chantale Pambrun, director of the Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation in Ottawa. The blood donation agency has added some pre-screening questions about whether a potential donor has been exposed to COVID-19
in the past two weeks or contracted the novel coronavirus in the past 28 days. Pambrun said individuals who are not feeling well after receiving the vaccine or long-haul COVID-19 patients still under the care of a physician are not eligible to donate.
STUDENTS DETERRED - Ottawa’s pandemic regulations have seen many international students postpone or cancel their plans to study in Canada since Ottawa decided last month to limit entry options to to just four airports and require international
travellers to pay for a mandatory hotel quarantine. Denise Amyot, the chief executive officer of Colleges and Institutes Canada, said a $2,000 hotel bill is the cost of half of a semester for many students. If a group of international students are heading
to New Brunswick, for example, Amyot said they might arrive in Toronto, where they would go to a hotel for three days as part of a 14-day quarantine. Then they will have to quarantine again for 14 days when they arrive in New Brunswick. "This is nonsense.
It just doesn't make sense," she said.
WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT - If you spend a lot of time on social media, Health Canada wants to hire you to share the department’s policies and recommendations to their audiences. In a tender notice posted online, Health Canada says the goal of their marketing activities will be to provide the public with “timely, relevant, comprehensive and accessible information to assist them in making informed decisions
to protect their health.” Digital influencers are defined as people make regular posts about that topic on their preferred social media channels and generate large followings of enthusiastic, engaged people who pay close attention to their views.