Current News Releases
- City of Victoria to Create Temporary Shelters in City Parks
Measures include allowing temporary shelters at Beacon Hill and Topaz Parks and Royal Athletic Park where residents can access up to date health information, meals, washrooms and handwashing stations.
March 24, 2020
- Vancouver Park Board Closes Playgrounds, Reminds Community to Adhere to Social Distancing
The Vancouver Park Board is closing its playgrounds across the city and reminding Vancouverites about the importance of social distancing when visiting parks and beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 23, 2020
- City of Fernie Extends Deadline and Waives Penalty for Outstanding Utility Fees
The City of Fernie has taken the first step in providing direct relief to residents and businesses by extending the due date for first quarter utility invoices from March 31 to April 30, 2020. Council also authorized that the City waive the 5% penalty charged on outstanding amounts until the new April 30 deadline.
March 20, 2020
- Flushable Wipes Create ‘Fatburgs’ and Headaches for Utility Workers
Recently, the public’s rapid response to extenuating circumstances has affected available stocks of cleaning supplies and many paper products throughout the region. Stocks of hand sanitizing liquids or sprays have been depleted in many retail outlets and consumers have opted to purchase ‘flushable’ antiseptic wipes or similar products. Do not flush these items down the toilet.
March 19, 2020
- Province Postpones Upcoming Byelections in Four Communities
To protect residents from the current threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has deferred byelections in Victoria, Rossland and Lytton, and a referendum in Kamloops.
March 19, 2020
- Province Declares State of Emergency to Support COVID-19 Response
The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
March 19, 2020
- Public Health Emergency Declared
Provincial officials have declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement gives the Public Health Officer special powers under the Public Health Act, including the ability to issue verbal orders and the power to compel peace officers to enforce those orders.
March 18, 2020
- District of Clearwater Receives Grant to help Reduce Wildfire Risks
In the fall of 2019, the District of Clearwater received funding through the Community Resiliency Program for the update of our Community Wildfire Plan that was done in 2012 ($35,000) and in the fall of 2019 the District applied for funding to complete Fuel Management within the municipal boundaries. The government announced this week that the District is successful in obtaining $181,000 to complete fuel management projects.
March 13, 2020
- Municipalities Funded for Local Overdose Actions
Communities throughout B.C. are increasing their efforts to address the overdose crisis with more than $900,000 in grants awarded to municipalities for local community wellness, safety and harm-reduction projects.
March 11, 2020
- City of Surrey Recognized as One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers
The City of Surrey has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for a second year in a row. This national annual award recognizes employers who have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.
March 9, 2020