Adam van der Zwan

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Victoria helps with food production for 1st time since WWII, due to COVID-19 demand

Victoria city council passed a motion Thursday to grow more food plant seedlings in the city’s greenhouses, in order to increase food security for residents with low income, or who’ve lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Isolation measures could be damaging for psychiatric patients, B.C. mother fears

A Victoria mother says she's deeply concerned that isolation measures experienced by her son in an acute psychiatric ward could be impeding his recovery.

B.C. farmers urge province to issue immediate at-home slaughtering licences

Some farmers in B.C. say the COVID-19 pandemic has made the matter urgent because if food supply is disrupted they won’t be able to deliver meat quickly and safely to customers by sending their livestock to a slaughterhouse — or abattoir — beforehand.

Gulf Island residents concerned after cargo carrier ships' anchors entangle

Residents of the southern Gulf Islands are extremely worried after a windstorm pushed two large commercial carriers next to each other in Plumper Sound Monday morning, causing their anchors to entangle.

Takaya, world-famous lone wolf, shot and killed on Vancouver Island

A wolf that lived alone for years on a tiny island near Victoria was shot and killed by a hunter on Vancouver Island this week. 

Why you shouldn't mix your cleaning products to fight COVID-19

While it's important to disinfect high-use surfaces in the household as the coronavirus pandemic continues, a Greater Victoria deputy fire chief is cautioning the public not to panic-clean and to do their research on what household chemicals are safe — especially when mixed together.

Nanaimo mill working full-speed to make pulp for medical masks, gowns

Levi Sampson says while many other B.C. businesses are closing their doors, his staff at a pulp mill in Nanaimo are hard at work to meet the demands for medical supplies. 

Laid off workers turn to temp agencies to find jobs during COVID-19 crisis

Employment services and temporary job agencies in B.C. say they're seeing an increase in customers who are laid off from their jobs due to COVID-19. 

B.C. physicians concerned over lack of childcare options amid COVID-19 emergency

Healthcare workers in B.C. say they’re extremely concerned about a lack of childcare solutions for their families as school close and work demands rise.

Island Health cuts funding for postpartum depression counselling program

Greater Victoria's only individualized postpartum depression support program has lost all of its public funding. Now, healthcare workers shed light on the lack of postpartum support spaces on the South Island.

Vancouver Island aquarium fights to stay open

Employees at Port Alberni’s only aquarium say the space is vital to providing education in the community, in the midst of climate change. But it's Board of Directors says it only has a month left before it'll close.

Mask shortage frustrates B.C. woman with compromised immune system

As products like face masks and hand sanitizer disappear from pharmacies and department store shelves, a resident in Colwood B.C. is asking the public to stop hoarding them so people with illnesses can have access.

Tensions rise ahead of B.C. herring fishery season

As the herring fishery opening approaches in the Strait of Georgia, wildlife advocates on Vancouver Island say their calls to close the province’s last remaining herring fishery have never been so loud. 

Victoria transit commission votes down free bus passes for youth

For a second time, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission has decided against exploring the possibility of extending Victoria’s fare-free public transit service program for youth to the rest of the Capital Region.

Comox Valley's only safe injection site forced to close

After three years, Island Health has decided not to renew the contract for the Comox Valley's only safe injection site. The site will cease its witnessed injection services on March 31.