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First cases of bird flu recorded on Vancouver Island

The first cases of bird flu have been reported on Vancouver Island. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says they confirmed that a small poultry flock in the Comox Valley has tested positive for the avian influenza virus. The agency says the location has been put into quarantine and other farmers within...

VIU to provide free menstrual products at all campuses

Vancouver Island University (VIU) will soon have free menstrual products in washrooms at all their campuses and facilities. Products including tampons, pads and panty liners will be in all of VIU’s women’s and gender-neutral bathrooms. “This is a barrier to accessing education that VIU is pleased to be able to remove,”...

Canada making access to abortion services easier 

Over $3.5 million in federal funding is going to improve Canadians' access to vital abortion services and accurate reproductive health information. Women and Gender Equality Minister Marci Ien says barriers Canadians experience include the lack of everything from availability to financial and logistical resources required to travel to access abortion...

Ninety-four per cent of health professionals fully vaccinated in B.C.

The B.C. government is reporting that approximately 94 per cent of healthcare workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt. This accounts for 17 of the 18 health regulatory colleges. Provincial officials say the data from the British Columbia college of nurses and midwives have not been reported yet but...

Rain, cooler temperatures to continue through May: Environment Canada

Environment Canada says cooler-than-average temperatures on Vancouver Island are expected to continue through May and into June with the La Niña climate. Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Derek Lee says April and the start of May have been about two degrees cooler than normal. He adds the weather pattern...

Donations Substantially Increase Reward Offered for Information in Cougar Kitten Killings

Outrage over the killing and mutilation of two cougar kittens in the Cowichan Valley has prompted people to step forward with donations to increase a reward being offered to help catch the poachers. The Fur-Bearers announced a reward of $1,000 on Friday for information leading to the identification and conviction...
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