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Trudeau: Country on brink of fall that could be "much worse than the spring"

Trudeau: Country on brink of fall that could be "much worse than the spring"

"The second wave isn't just starting, it's already underway"
Surrey strikes COVID gold with home-grown PPE industry

Surrey strikes COVID gold with home-grown PPE industry

When Surrey officials looked globally for pandemic personal protective equipment (PPE) only to find outfits like the CIA had taken it, they created an industry to meet the demand.
Record number of people being monitored for COVID-19 in B.C.

Record number of people being monitored for COVID-19 in B.C.

A record 3,368 people are actively being monitored by health officials for potentially having COVID-19 as a result of identified exposure to known cases, the B.C. government said September 23.
Cooperation needed to recover, Wilkinson tells UBCM

Cooperation needed to recover, Wilkinson tells UBCM

British Columbians need to come together to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to work together to ensure an economic recovery, B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson told Union of B.C. Municipalities conference delegates Sept. 23.
Fans raise money for 'Battlestar Galactica' actor Michael Hogan receiving care in North Vancouver

Fans raise money for 'Battlestar Galactica' actor Michael Hogan receiving care in North Vancouver

A GoFundMe page for a well-known film and television actor and Bowen Island resident has already raised more than $200,000 in less than two days.
Develop recovery infrastructure framework: UBCM

Develop recovery infrastructure framework: UBCM

The B.C. government should develop an infrastructure stimulus framework to maximize local government choice in use of funds, Union of B.C. Municipalities delegates voted Sept. 23. The province has already announced a $1.5 million recovery fund.
Throne Speech: Jobs, care and climate change key to Canada's path forward

Throne Speech: Jobs, care and climate change key to Canada's path forward

Protecting Canadians from COVID-19, extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), a significant investment in child care and a campaign to create one million jobs are among the measures to be pursued by Ottawa as Canada continues to battle the
Assist transit systems, UBCM tells the B.C. government

Assist transit systems, UBCM tells the B.C. government

Union of B.C. Municipalities delegates Sept. 23 called on the provincial government to develop a rebuilding and recovery strategy to assist provincial transit in the wake of losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution was approved by 93%.
Overdose deaths hit new record during dual public health emergencies

Overdose deaths hit new record during dual public health emergencies

While many have been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, British Columbia has been dealing with a second public health emergency: overdose deaths. B.C. now has a record of six straight months with over 100 illicit drug toxicity deaths.
Change licence plates to honour Bonnie Henry: UBCM

Change licence plates to honour Bonnie Henry: UBCM

Union of B.C. Municipalities delegates have approved changing B.C.’s licence plates from “Beautiful British Columbia” to “Bonnie British Columbia” in honour of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. They voted Sept.