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Head of Island Health suggests 14-day isolation for non-essential workers travelling to Vancouver Island - BC
Island Health’s chief medical health officer says the province should look at tightening up travel restrictions to Vancouver Island, including a 14-day isolation period for non-essential travelers. For the full story click here.
No luck locating missing body from 1970 in Vancouver Island lake: RCMP dive team
The RCMP dive team that searched for the remains of a logger that died in Muchalat Lake near Gold River in 1970 was unsuccessful.
A three-person dive team had gone to Gold River on Nov. 6, to conduct a training exercise in Muchalat Lake to test the new sonar technology that they had acquired and to try and see if they could solve some of the missing person cases with the Nootka Sound RCMP. Full story click here
Open-net salmon farms on their way out of B.C. waters
The federal government is launching consultations on salmon farms with the aim of developing a concrete plan for removing open-net pens from B.C. waters.
Canada’s fisheries minister, Bernadette Jordan, was given the mandate to develop the plan by 2025, and today announced Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech will lead the engagement with B.C. First Nations, the aquaculture industry, conservation groups and provincial government counterparts.
In an online press conference today, Beech described a sense of urgency to move forward but could not provide specific dates on when the transition will be achieved.
“I can tell you with certainty, this is not simply us having a consultation to build a plan,” Beech said. “We are beginning the transition now. We are going to be utilizing resources now.” For the full story click here
Island Health, Ucluelet taking their own steps to protect residents amid COVID-19 pandemic
As COVID-19 numbers spike higher than ever before in B.C., the small community of Ucluelet is taking a bold stance, asking residents of the Lower Mainland to stay away.
“This isn’t a message about anti-tourism, it’s about protecting the residents on the West Coast,” said Ucluelet Mayor Mayco Noel. “I don’t think these demands, these asks, that the district is making is too much because that’s what the province is asking.”
It’s not a mandate or a demand; it’s a request from Ucluelet.
The town is small, and with only one bylaw officer it would be hard to enforce regardless. So, they’re saying don’t come if you don’t have to.
“We’re just doing the same thing that every small community on Vancouver Island wants to do, which is maintain our very low rates of transmission,” said the mayor.
MP Rachel Blaney named Deputy Critic for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney is ready to take on new responsibilities, while working more closely with Indigenous communities.
This comes after she was named the NDP’s Deputy Critic for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services.
As Deputy Critic, Blaney will work with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who is the party’s Critic for Crown-Indigenous Relations.
“Rachel has proven that she is a strong ally for Indigenous people across the country and I have every faith that she will continue to work hard to push the government into making significant improvements in the lives of Indigenous people,” said Singh.
Blaney will still work as the party’s Whip and Critic for Veterans and continues to serve on the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, but will move from the Procedure and House Affairs committee to Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
She says she’s excited to get started in the new role, and is grateful to be able to work closely with Indigenous communities throughout Canada while fighting to make their voices heard.
“It’s an honour and a responsibility I take very seriously to serve on these two committees and to work on these two portfolios that are so important for the people in my riding, and across Canada,” Blaney added.
Vancouver Island business leaders call for regional COVID-19 restrictions
As daily COVID-19 caseloads continue to break records in B.C. and health officials say we are entering into a pandemic "danger zone," Vancouver Island business leaders say now is the time to reward regions where infections remain low.
"We are really encouraging the provincial government to balance the great advice we get from the provincial health officer with the economic impact of doing things one-size fits all," said Jeff Bray with the Downtown Victoria Business Association.
A bolstered call for a regional approach to any looming restrictions during the pandemic's second wave is echoing across southern Vancouver Island. For the full story click here.
Drone Delivery To Gold River?
Vancouver Island-based company first in Canada to deliver goods by drone
A new way to have your packages delivered to you is coming in the near future.
Vancouver Island-based InDro Robotics is the first company in Canada to receive approval to carry commercial goods by drone.
The team is based out of Salt Spring Island, and last year they partnered with Canada Post and London Drugs to fly the first successful delivery of emergency medication over the Pacific Ocean.
The drone travelled from Duncan to Salt Spring Island in just 11 minutes.
CEO Philip Reece says they have been working closely with many different organizations to see what the technology is capable of.
“We originally deployed with the first responders, …… where we learned an awful lot about how to make drones truly operational. There’s nothing quite like a drone that gets thrown in the back of a truck and then gets off the other side to fly and work.”
“We did lots of missions with them in all sorts of temperatures and conditions, gained good approvals from Transport Canada.”
He says the drones are able to fly “from cell tower to cell tower, without us having to see the drone,” which allows them to travel to remote locations in B.C while also bringing connectivity to areas that require service.
Reece says because of the new commercial approval from Transport Canada, the company is currently working on many different tests, including teaming up with the University of British Columbia for a pilot project which would help deliver your packages to a local mailing box.
“So we’re doing hospital to medical center now, next is business to business, then probably retail to retail, and then eventually we’re going to get business and retail to customer,” explained Reece.
“We’ve got a project on the go with UBC where we’re building these large cluster boxes. The drone lands on to the cluster box, lets go of its cargo, its cargo falls into one of the six containers, and as it goes in, the person who is waiting for the mail gets an email and they can go receive their parcel.”
Reece says custom-built drones can handle up to 10 kilograms in cargo and could deliver pretty much anything you can fit into a shoebox.
“There’s no real limit to what the item could be. We got all sorts of permission to fly everything from medical supplies to commercial goods, to your passport you forgot on the way to the airport.”
If you live on the North Shore, Reece says you can already experience receiving your parcel via drone.
“We have a program going on at the moment with Harbour Air where you could put an item on the seaplane in Victoria, have the seaplane fly it to Vancouver and then once it arrives in Vancouver, swap it over to a drone and have it fly to the North Shore.”
While the company works on expanding service for British Columbians living on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, he says they hope to pave the way for others to follow.
“I don’t think it is so much as competition, we’re obviously honoured and pleased to be first, but we’re eager to help those that are also looking at the same business path. Obviously, they won’t have to go through quite as many hurdles as we have, but we welcome them on the journey.”
Vancouver Island's first COVID-19 outbreak declared at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Five staff members at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting Island Health to declare an outbreak of the disease.
The health authority said in a news release Wednesday that it had found "evidence of transmission" of the coronavirus in a transitional care unit at the hospital.
The outbreak is the first one to be declared in the Island Health region since the pandemic began, and one of only a handful of outbreaks outside of the Lower Mainland.
Island Health said the outbreak is limited to one unit at the hospital, which is currently closed to admissions and visitors.
Enhanced cleaning and contact tracing are underway, the health authority said.
All patients on the unit have been informed of the outbreak and are being tested for COVID-19, Island Health said, adding that it is in the process of informing the families of patients who are unable to share information about the outbreak themselves.
The emergency department at NRGH remains open, and no other areas of the hospital are affected, Island Health said.
RCMP Divers Were In Town This Past Weekend.
(From A Post Shared By Kar Ford)
Our community is making headlines again! You may see the RCMP National Dive team out and about our community this weekend as well as the families who have lost their loved ones. Although incredibly sad stories we are hoping to bring some answers and comfort after so many years. I sincerely appreciate the kindness shown by our community to the families of our missing men. The Chalet, Uptown Cappuccino, The Ridge, and Sea and Field. Click here to see the video
Mounties boarding some BC Ferries this weekend to make sure passengers leave their vehicles
RCMP officers will be travelling on some BC Ferries vessels beginning this weekend to enforce federal rules that forbid passengers from staying in their vehicles on enclosed decks.
Mounties say the ferry corporation and Transport Canada have asked police to help make sure all passengers are in designated passenger areas while vessels are in motion, as required by Canadian law.
Officers will conduct "ferry walkabouts" on some sailings beginning on Friday and say that their role will largely be to help educate travellers, according to an RCMP news release.
Mowachaht/Muchalaht begin road restriction
Access restrictions begin today for the highway running south of Gold River, as Mowachaht/Muchalaht respond to a breakdown in negotiations with Western Forest Products over the road that passes through the First Nation’s reserve.
The decision to block the forestry company’s vehicles from passing through was announced by the Mowachaht/Muchalaht’s Council of Chiefs.
Highway 28 passes through Ahaminiquus, Indian Reserve No. 12, and ends at Muchalaht Inlet.
The First Nation stated that the restriction will only apply to vehicles serving Western Forest Products; the general public will still be permitted to pass through.
“This is NOT a blockade!” stated an announcement from the First Nation. “It is MMFN’s legal right to say who can use their roads and have access through their reserve lands.”
The road was built through the reserve over 50 years ago without consulting the First Nation, providing forestry companies a route to a log sort on Muchalaht Inlet, where timber is loaded and transported to oversees markets.
In recent years the Mowachaht/Muchalaht and Western have failed to reach an agreement on compensation to the First Nation for the continued use of the road through its reserve. The forestry company stated that it has been in ongoing discussions with the Nuu-chah-nulth nation and are “working in good faith to quickly resolve this complex issue.”
Now the First Nation is talking to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure “towards an acceptable compensation agreement” that considers the road being built without consent.
This is planned to be a peaceful protest without aggressive behaviour.
“We do not want protestors to physically join us,” stated the Mowachaht/Muchalaht. “We ask that environmental organizations assist us by writing letters of support and provide updates for us through their social media page.”
Masks now a must in all provincial healthcare facilities
Medical masks are now mandatory in all healthcare facilities in B.C.
The Ministry of Health issued the order yesterday.
It is now mandatory that all visitors, staff, and patients wear them in long-term care homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and doctor’s offices.
It will be up to the facilities to provide the medical masks.
All workers will be expected to keep masks on including in common areas and break rooms unless eating and drinking and patients will be required to wear them when outside their rooms.
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NDP’s Babchuk sworn in as new North Island MLA
We’re seeing a changing of the guard in B.C.’s North Island riding.
Newly-elected NDP MLA Michelle Babchuk was sworn into the legislature on Tuesday.
Babchuk replaces fellow NDP’er Claire Trevena, who decided not to run for re-election in the Oct. 24th election.
Trevena had represented the riding since 2005.
“I’ve dedicated much of my life to community advocacy and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to continue this calling at a provincial level,” said Babchuk, who had previously served as a City of Campbell River councillor since 2014, and before that was on the SD72 school board.
“I know the issues we face in the North Island are unique and urgent and the past year has been a struggle for many in our community. I am committed to keeping family-supporting jobs close to home and working to improve the services people rely on.”
Babchuk was among the 57 new BC NDP members sworn in as part of B.C.’s 42nd Parliament.
They help make up the largest NDP caucus in B.C. history.
Mount Washington To Open Dec 4th
When Mount Washington Alpine Resort revs up the ski lifts for its planned opening date on Dec. 4, face coverings will be required to access the mountain.
The new rule is part of a number of regulations the ski hill announced to email subscribers in a letter from General Manager Dean Prentice on Sept. 11. The letter has since been posted to Mount Washington’s website.
“There has been so much uncertainty since the COVID-19 pandemic first upended our lives. Among the many lessons learned is the importance of clear and consistent communication, the setting of realistic expectations, and the need for tolerance for unexpected changes,” writes Prentice. “The embrace of all these lessons is going to be critical to a successful ski season, as is the recognition we’re all in this together.”
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Campbell River
Health authorities on Vancouver Island are reporting a COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care home in Campbell River.
One staff member has tested positive at the Discovery Harbour care centre in the North Island community.
Island Health says there are no residents experiencing symptoms at this time.
This is the second long-term care home outbreak on Vancouver Island, after an outbreak at a Port Alberni care home was identified Tuesday.
Discovery Harbour is owned and operated by Park Place Seniors Living. Staff have stopped all admissions, visits and transfers to the site at this time.
The staff member is self-isolating at home, according to health officials.
Island Health says it is working with Discovery Harbour staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the virus and is taking steps to protect the health of all residents and staff.
Family members of residents are being notified of the outbreak Friday.
Island Health says enhanced control measures have been put in place at the site, including restrictions on staff and resident movements throughout the centre; testing of all residents and staff in the affected area; and twice-a-day screening of all staff and residents.
Island Health says it will have additional staff on site to monitor the outbreak and assist Discovery Harbour staff.
Gold River Virtual Christmas Market
he Craft Fair is going virtual so vendors and shoppers can still enjoy the market, just in a different format, from home. I will be opening a Gold River Christmas Craft Market Facebook Group for all vendors to sell their goods on and for all the shoppers to still get their local gifts. Let’s support our local crafters, artisans, bakers, consultants (epicure, scentsy, etc), woodworkers and more! The group will be open as of Saturday, November 28 and will be open until the evening of December 6th, so just over a week. It will be up to the vendors to decide how they want to arrange pick-up/delivery and payment methods. Covid protocols should still be observed (wear a mask upon pick-up/delivery). Can’t wait to see what everyone has to offer!
Note: I will keep it open longer if there’s still a lot of shopping happening or if vendors would like more time to sell.
There is NO limit on the amount of vendors we can host on the page. So if you were wanting to sell at the fair, but all the tables were gone, here’s your chance! It will be very much like a buy/sell group, except it will be dedicated to vendors selling their items that would have been sold in-person at the fair. You must post photos and prices of your items for the shoppers to see. Delete pictures as items sell. Please try to keep it all in one post so the group stays as organized as possible
Police say Campbell Riverites continue to violate mandatory mask policy
With new provincial health orders, comes fines for those who refuse to follow them.
Constable Maury Tyre of the Campbell River RCMP says police keep getting calls from businesses and customers, regarding people who refuse to wear face masks in public.
“Fines and arrests are absolutely the last action we want to be taking, but if people continue to push boundaries, it’s going to happen,” he says.
Tyre is reminding those who would rather not wear a mask, that there are other options to get the items they may be seeking in stores. This includes online shopping, curbside pick-up, and delivery.
“I recognize there are dissenting opinions and multiple other concepts that can be found online regarding the present mask policies,” he says, “but right now these are the rules and laws that are being applied equally across the province.”
Being aggressive towards a store employee is not going to change the laws, Tyre says, however, he adds that it’s more than likely going to get you fined or arrested.
If you’re at a store and you’re being asked to wear a mask, but have a medical disability that prevents you from wearing one, Tyre is encouraging you to let staff know right away.
“Your particular diagnosis is your business, but the location you are entering is their business,” he says.
“A suggestion could possibly be a doctor’s note simply excusing you from wearing a mask, without diagnosis on it, much the same way as employers may require an employee to bring in a doctor’s note if they have been sick for any length of time.”
In the end, Tyre says people are doing their best to try and deal with the ongoing pandemic. He’s asking you to always keep this in mind, while also treating others how you would want to be treated.
1,000-plus reports of people not leaving their cars on B.C. ferries
Transport Canada is in the process of reviewing 1,000-plus reports of B.C. Ferries passengers unwilling to leave vehicles on enclosed car decks, as is required by regulations.
That requirement for passengers to go upstairs was reinstated at the end of September by Transport Canada, after being waived in the initial months of the pandemic.
The majority of reports of non-compliance were from the first few weeks after the Sept. 30 change, Sau Sau Li, spokeswoman for the federal department, said in a statement.
Since then, reports of non-compliance have “significantly decreased” as a result of education and joint Transport Canada-RCMP patrols, she said.
The reports will be assessed to determine the appropriate level of enforcement action, Li said.
The non-compliance information was collected by B.C. Ferries staff and during joint Transport Canada-RCMP patrols, she said.
For decades, passengers were permitted to stay in their vehicles during sailings. That changed in 2017, when Transport Canada ruled that passengers could only remain in vehicles on open decks.
Federal rules banning passengers from staying in vehicles on an enclosed deck have been in place since 2001.
When the pandemic hit in the spring, Transport Canada temporarily relaxed that rule to permit passengers to remain in their vehicles in enclosed decks until the end of September.
Transport Canada has a range of enforcement options available, including verbal warnings, written warnings and fines ranging from $600 to $12,000.
Ferry travellers do not need to choose between personal safety and marine safety, Li said.
“By physical distancing, wearing a mask and leaving the enclosed vehicle deck while the ferry is operating, passengers and crew can stay safe.”
B.C. Ferries requires everyone to wear masks at all terminals, including when outdoors, and on board. It is looking at freeing up more space in its now-closed buffet areas and outside to allow for more physical distancing.
People with special circumstances, such as medical difficulties, should contact B.C. Ferries before travelling if they have concerns, Li said.
Aquatic Centre Activites Temporarily Suspended
In response to Provincial Health Order, Effective Immediately the Village of Gold River in conjunction with Vancouver Island Health Authority are temporarily suspending the following activities and programs, at the Aquatic Centre until at least December 7, 2020
Effective immediately, all programs and activities are temporarily suspended at the pool until further notice in the Aquatic Centre.
Effective immediately, all programs and activities are temporarily suspended at the gym and work out rooms, until further notice in the Aquatic Centre.
The staff and council for the Village of Gold River appreciate the community’s patience and support as programs are adjusted to comply with the evolving public health requirements.
As new information is available, details will be posted online on the Village’s web page www.goldriver.ca, social media and at our facilities.
For the most recent province-wide restrictions visit www.gov.bc.ca/covid19restrictions.