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VicPD have arrested a man for three counts of mischief under $5,000, following reported vehicle vandalism during Feb. 4’s anti-vaccine mandate protest. (Black Press Media File).

UPDATE: Man suspected of damaging vehicles at anti-vaccine mandate rally turns himself in

Several vehicles in parking lot sustained damage to paint and tires

VicPD have arrested a man for three counts of mischief under $5,000, following reported vehicle vandalism during Feb. 4’s anti-vaccine mandate protest. (Black Press Media File).
Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. legislature and nearby streets Jan. 29 for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in Victoria. An Island convoy is due to land at the same place Saturday (Feb. 5) at 11:30 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria mayor calls for respect at second convoy, following reports of hate speech, harassment

Flauting of public health orders was common during Jan. 29 protest against vaccine mandates

Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. legislature and nearby streets Jan. 29 for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in Victoria. An Island convoy is due to land at the same place Saturday (Feb. 5) at 11:30 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is reflected on a television screen as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, appears at a news conference by video conference, Friday, November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Caught COVID? Officials have tweaked recommendations on vaccine wait times

Those infected before getting a booster should wait three months after the onset of symptoms

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is reflected on a television screen as Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, appears at a news conference by video conference, Friday, November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators continues to block the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘It feels great’: Trucks heading to U.S. finally get through Alberta blockades

Protesters remain at the main blockade in Coutts, but agreed to open a lane in each direction

A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators continues to block the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe speaks during the Saskatchewan Party 2021 Convention in Saskatoon, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

‘It’s time’: Premier says COVID-19 restrictions on freedoms will soon end in Saskatchewan

Scott Moe tells public COVID not ending but assessing every activity no longer necessary

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe speaks during the Saskatchewan Party 2021 Convention in Saskatoon, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. The Department of National Defence says dozens of Canadian Armed Forces members who refused to get vaccinated have now been kicked out of the military. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian military cuts dozens of unvaccinated troops, puts hundreds more on notice

Notices were given to 246 others, the first step toward forcing service members out of uniform

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. The Department of National Defence says dozens of Canadian Armed Forces members who refused to get vaccinated have now been kicked out of the military. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

UPDATE: Talks get traffic moving again at snarled Alberta border crossing

Protesters feel heard, police say there are indications the open lanes may be temporary

Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar announced a vaccine mandate for new SD62 hires in December, and followed that up Monday (Jan. 31) with an announcement that a full-staff mandate would be put in place as of March 7. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District declares vaccine mandate for all staff

SD62 started preparing for mandate in December, staff have until March 7 to comply

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar announced a vaccine mandate for new SD62 hires in December, and followed that up Monday (Jan. 31) with an announcement that a full-staff mandate would be put in place as of March 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
A person holds their hand to their heart during a singing of O Canada during a rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa protest gridlock sparks criticism of police as residents demand city back

Police say they have avoided ticketing and towing trucks to avoid confrontations

A person holds their hand to their heart during a singing of O Canada during a rally against COVID-19 restrictions on Parliament Hill, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. Police haven’t reported any violence at the ongoing Ottawa rally against vaccine mandates and other government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions, but critics warn that conflating the absence of bloodshed with “peaceful” protest downplays the dangers of this weekend’s demonstration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Calling the Ottawa protests ‘peaceful’ downplays non-violent dangers, critics say

As of Sunday afternoon, there were no arrests related to incidents of physical violence

Trucks are parked on Metcalfe Street as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. Police haven’t reported any violence at the ongoing Ottawa rally against vaccine mandates and other government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions, but critics warn that conflating the absence of bloodshed with “peaceful” protest downplays the dangers of this weekend’s demonstration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Sayed Rahman owner of Phone Cards Plus at the Jane and Finch Mall, is given a COVID-19 vaccine by Nurse Sandra Bernal during a mobile clinic, operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre, in Toronto, on Thursday, January 13, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

National vaccine committee recommends high-risk teens get a COVID-19 booster shot

Canada transitioning to learning to live with COVID-19 and loosening public health restrictions

Sayed Rahman owner of Phone Cards Plus at the Jane and Finch Mall, is given a COVID-19 vaccine by Nurse Sandra Bernal during a mobile clinic, operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre, in Toronto, on Thursday, January 13, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Two Colwood parents had their disagreement over vaccination of their daughter decided by a judge recently in the Western Communities Courthouse. (Black Press Media file photo)

Judge allows Greater Victoria mom to vaccinate daughter over dad’s objections

Ruling finds health officials in better position to weigh benefits and risks than unknown others

Two Colwood parents had their disagreement over vaccination of their daughter decided by a judge recently in the Western Communities Courthouse. (Black Press Media file photo)
Protesters and supporters drive over the Nipigon Bridge on the Trans Canada Highway as part of a trucking convoy against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Nipigon, Ont., on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Jackson

Trucker protest converging on Canadian capital

The convoy of big rigs has been gaining participants and supporters as it rolls across the country

Protesters and supporters drive over the Nipigon Bridge on the Trans Canada Highway as part of a trucking convoy against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Nipigon, Ont., on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Jackson
Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends immunocompromised kids between the ages of five and 11 be offered a third dose of an mRNA vaccine to protect them against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Kids should get the COVID-19 shot, and an extra for the immunocompromised: NACI

Health advisory committee strengthening its endorsement of vaccination

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends immunocompromised kids between the ages of five and 11 be offered a third dose of an mRNA vaccine to protect them against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trucks sit idle before a cross-country convoy departure for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Delta, B.C., on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

GoFundMe withholding $4.5 million from trucker convoy until plan presented

Funds raised from 58,300 donors, according to the GoFundMe page of the ‘Freedom Convoy’

Trucks sit idle before a cross-country convoy departure for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Delta, B.C., on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at a “Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre and hosted by Jane and Finch EarlyON child and Family Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto. One member of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says the timing of the Omicron outbreak in Canada may have hurt the uptake of pediatric vaccines to fight the virus, just when kids need them most. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Kids’ vaccine rate still low despite rampant spread of Omicron variant

In the two months since approval, 51 per cent of kids between 5 and 11 have had at least one dose

Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at a “Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre and hosted by Jane and Finch EarlyON child and Family Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto. One member of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says the timing of the Omicron outbreak in Canada may have hurt the uptake of pediatric vaccines to fight the virus, just when kids need them most. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Truckers and supporters raise their fists and hold a banner before a cross-country convoy destined for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers departed in Delta, B.C. on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trucker convoy raises millions in funds as vaccine-hesitant supporters flock to cause

‘Freedom Convoy’ says it has raised more than $3.5 million from some 46,500 donors

Truckers and supporters raise their fists and hold a banner before a cross-country convoy destined for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers departed in Delta, B.C. on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(Black Press file photo)

Unvaccinated truckers plan “Freedom Convoy” to protest cross-border vaccine mandate

Truckers plan to roll out from Vancouver to Ottawa on Sunday Jan. 23

(Black Press file photo)
In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ont. into Detroit. Turmoil and confusion last week over whether truckers would remain exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate followed misinterpretations of regulations by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sancya

Public Health Agency of Canada involved in ‘error’ on trucker vaccine rules: sources

Government provided no more explanation for the botched messaging

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ont. into Detroit. Turmoil and confusion last week over whether truckers would remain exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate followed misinterpretations of regulations by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sancya
Renee Monson receives her COVID-19 booster shot from nurse Scott Renmer during a vaccination clinic on Thursday at SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke booster clinic jabbing 200 arms a day

COVID vaccination clinic has been running smoothly in its first week

Renee Monson receives her COVID-19 booster shot from nurse Scott Renmer during a vaccination clinic on Thursday at SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)