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A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)

B.C.’s value-added forest industry pleads for old-growth wood

‘We’re talking months until we’re running out’

A truckload of B.C. lumber heads to the United States, which has imposed steep border duties on standard construction lumber that is in short supply as timber cutting restrictions increase. (Resource Works Society)
RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)

Forest industry analysts paint grim picture for B.C. investment future

Old growth restrictions threaten value added, truck loggers told

RBC Dominion Securities analyst Paul Quinn, Truck Loggers Association executive director Bob Brash and consultant Russ Taylor speak to delegates at the association’s virtual convention, Jan. 12, 2022. (TLA video)
Eric Aviles, age 6, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 in Santa Ana, Calif., Nov. 9, 2021. Vaccines for children are being administered at community clinics in B.C.(Associated Press/Jae C. Hong)

B.C. COVID-19 case decline continues, 2,239 cases for Tuesday

Hospitalization continues to go up, 4 more health care outbreaks

Eric Aviles, age 6, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 in Santa Ana, Calif., Nov. 9, 2021. Vaccines for children are being administered at community clinics in B.C.(Associated Press/Jae C. Hong)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 efforts, Vancouver, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C. vaccine protection holding as Omicron spreads, Dr. Henry says

60-70% less likely to land in hospital with two COVID-19 shots

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 efforts, Vancouver, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions from reporters in Vancouver about the return to classroom instruction in schools, Jan. 7, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. counts almost 7,000 cases over weekend, hospitalization jumps

7 more COVID-19 outbreaks in senior homes, 7 more deaths

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions from reporters in Vancouver about the return to classroom instruction in schools, Jan. 7, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Hospital staff deal with potential COVID-19 infection with hygiene, distancing and curtains while awaiting test results (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Darron Cummings)

Most new B.C. COVID-19 infections now in fully vaccinated people

Protection against severe illness still shown in statistics

Hospital staff deal with potential COVID-19 infection with hygiene, distancing and curtains while awaiting test results (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Darron Cummings)
Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston holds up a COVID-19 rapid test kit, December 2021. B.C. is also using self-administered rapid tests for remote and Indigenous communities, and expects to have tests available for parents and school staff by mid-January. (CYFN/Facebook)

COVID-19 business plans ordered reinstated for all B.C. companies

Nine more deaths, hospitalizations and ICU up again Friday

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston holds up a COVID-19 rapid test kit, December 2021. B.C. is also using self-administered rapid tests for remote and Indigenous communities, and expects to have tests available for parents and school staff by mid-January. (CYFN/Facebook)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside speak about COVID-19 measures in B.C. schools at the Vancouver cabinet offices, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. to deploy rapid COVID-19 tests for school staff when they arrive

Expansion to students with symptoms depends on supply: Henry

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside speak about COVID-19 measures in B.C. schools at the Vancouver cabinet offices, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt opens on Jan. 7. B.C. health authorities are reopening community vaccination centres as booster shots and vaccination for children aged 5-11 continue. (Bailey Moreton/Goldstream News)

B.C. records 3,223 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, more in ICU

Hospital cases creep up as official active cases pass 31,000

Vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt opens on Jan. 7. B.C. health authorities are reopening community vaccination centres as booster shots and vaccination for children aged 5-11 continue. (Bailey Moreton/Goldstream News)
A resident at Langley Lodge, one of B.C.’s senior care homes. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance Times)

Loved ones turned away from B.C. senior homes, advocate says

‘Essential’ still at discretion of care home administrators

A resident at Langley Lodge, one of B.C.’s senior care homes. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance Times)
COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

COVID-19 test demands lead to threats against B.C. health staff

‘If you do not have symptoms you don’t need to be tested’

COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. schools are scheduled to reopen to all students next week, as vaccination of younger children for COVID-19 continues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. reports 3,798 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, more in hospital

No additional deaths or health care outbreaks in 24 hours

B.C. schools are scheduled to reopen to all students next week, as vaccination of younger children for COVID-19 continues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
An N95 respirator for industrial protection from particles and droplets. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises that cloth masks, preferably with three layers, are sufficient for school and in retail stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

B.C. schools essential, medical masks aren’t, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Full in-classroom instruction set to resume next week

An N95 respirator for industrial protection from particles and droplets. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises that cloth masks, preferably with three layers, are sufficient for school and in retail stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A Victoria pharmacy offers influenza vaccines with no appointment. B.C. pharmacies are increasingly delivering COVID-19 booster shots as well as flu shots. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

2,542 more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, testing at maximum

Hospital cases up to 298, 78 more than New Year’s Eve

A Victoria pharmacy offers influenza vaccines with no appointment. B.C. pharmacies are increasingly delivering COVID-19 booster shots as well as flu shots. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
A nurse attends to a patient at the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital, June 2021. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. hospitals see more COVID-19 admissions in Omicron surge

Rapid tests to allow additional senior home visitors soon

A nurse attends to a patient at the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital, June 2021. (The Canadian Press)
B.C. construction crew extends an Acrow temporary bridge to close a huge washout gap at Jackass Mountain on Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)

B.C. Fraser Canyon gaps slowly closing after November washouts

Mid-January target for Highway 1 reopening to some traffic

B.C. construction crew extends an Acrow temporary bridge to close a huge washout gap at Jackass Mountain on Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)
COVID-19 vaccination and testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. B.C. public health authorities are re-activating vaccine clinics at community centres in a push to get booster doses to reduce the effects of the Omicron variant wave. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. records 3,795 more COVID-19 cases for New Year’s Eve

Hospitalization rate starts to climb with 20,000 active cases

COVID-19 vaccination and testing site at Victoria Conference Centre. B.C. public health authorities are re-activating vaccine clinics at community centres in a push to get booster doses to reduce the effects of the Omicron variant wave. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Penny Ballem, head of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, announce that pharmacies are taking part in the province’s booster campaign, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. reduces isolation time to 5 days for mild COVID-19 symptoms

Booster vaccines offered to most 6 months after second dose

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Penny Ballem, head of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, announce that pharmacies are taking part in the province’s booster campaign, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C.’s daily reported COVID-19 cases to Dec. 28, with seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

Omicron surge overwhelms B.C. COVID-19 testing, contact tracing

Test results only a fraction of actual infections, Dr. Henry says

B.C.’s daily reported COVID-19 cases to Dec. 28, with seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announce expansion of COVID-19 booster shots to pharmacies, Victoria, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Nearly 3,000 B.C. COVID-19 cases Wednesday, hospitalization stable

Omicron incubation only 3 days, much faster transmission

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announce expansion of COVID-19 booster shots to pharmacies, Victoria, Dec. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)