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Housing inventory up, sales down last month: Vancouver Island Real Estate Board

The local housing market looked reminiscent of a summer market in pre-COVID times with higher inventory and fewer sales. The observation is from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB), which says the quieter August gave consumers and realtors time to rest after the fast pace set by the market...

Port Hardy Hospital emergency department closing temporarily due to staffing shortage

The emergency department at the Port Hardy Hospital has been temporarily closed because of a staffing shortage. The department will remain closed until 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday). Island Health advises anyone experiencing a medical emergency to call 911 or go to Port McNeill hospital. “Island Health and BC Emergency Health Services have...

Campfire Ban Ends at Noon Today

The recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the threat of wildfires, allowing the Coastal Fire Centre to lift the campfire ban on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and other coastal regions as of today at noon. The ban was imposed in early August as dry and hot weather increased...

Thousands celebrate the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II in Ottawa

It was as if the late Queen Elizabeth II was smiling down upon the Nation’s Capital. If the weather forecast was to be believed, it was almost certain that it would be raining non stop during the National Commemorative Ceremony for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. However, as the morning...

Sunken boat near Victoria ready to be removed from the water

A fishing boat that sank last month south of Victoria is now ready to be lifted out of the sea. The near 18-metre Aleutian Isle sank off the coast of San Juan Island, bringing down nearly 10,000 litres of diesel and oil. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) now says salvage teams...

School support staff reach tentative framework agreement: B.C. Government

A tentative framework agreement covering around 40,000 unionized B.C. school support staff has been reached. It’s between the BC Public School Employers’ Association and the K-12 Presidents’ Council. The agreement covers workers in a variety of jobs including education assistants, custodians, trades and maintenance workers, Indigenous support workers and people working...
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