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Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, drivers can expect lane closures on Highway 5 to allow for repairs at Carolin Bridge, located approximately 25 kilometres north of Hope.

Crews are continuing the rehabilitation of the 30-year-old Carolin Bridge. Work involves repairing concrete, resurfacing the deck and restoring river protection. Lane closures will be in effect from April 6 through June 30, 2020.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. An additional counterflow lane will be in place over the Easter and Victoria Day long weekends from 8 a.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday, with the extra lane for northbound traffic on Friday and Saturday and southbound on Sunday. To accommodate the long weekend counterflow, it is necessary to reduce the width of the travel lanes from five metres to 3.8 metres.

For the month of June, the additional counterflow lane will be in place on each Sunday for southbound traffic.

Drivers can expect delays of up to 30 minutes and, if possible, should plan to travel outside these peak times:

* Southbound: Fridays 2 - 4 p.m.; Sundays 2 - 6 p.m.; holiday Mondays noon - 6 p.m.

* Northbound: Fridays noon - 4 p.m., or 2 - 8 p.m. on long weekends.

 

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The application process is now open for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB). The benefit is the relief promised by the Federal Government for those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If approved, Canadians will receive $2,000 a month for up to four months.

To be eligible; (from the Governments website)

  • You reside in Canada
  • You are 15 years old or more when you apply
  • For your first CERB application:
    • You have stopped or will stop working due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For at least 14 days in a row for the period you are applying for, you will not receive:
      • employment income
      • self-employment income
      • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave
  • For your subsequent CERB applications:
    • You continue to not work due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For the 4 week period you are applying for, you will not receive:
      • employment income;
      • self-employment income; or
      • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave.
  • You have not quit your job voluntarily

To help with the expected influx of applications, the government is spacing out applications by birth month.

Days to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you were born in the month of

Apply for CERB on

Your best day to apply

January, February or March

Mondays

April 6

April, May, or June

Tuesdays

April 7

July, August, or September

Wednesdays

April 8

October, November, or December

Thursdays

April 9

Any month

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Not applicable

You can apply online through the CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated service, (1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041).

Full details - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html

 

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Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"We are announcing 29 new cases, for a total of 1,203 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 554 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 424 are in the Fraser Health region, 76 are in the Island Health region, 128 are in the Interior Health region and 21 are in the Northern Health region.

"There have been 38 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia. In the last 24 hours, we are saddened to report a further two deaths in the Vancouver Coastal health region and one in the Fraser Health region. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"There are now outbreaks in 23 long-term care and assisted-living facilities in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions, with a combined 197 cases of COVID-19. Residents in these facilities are the most vulnerable citizens, and efforts to protect them continue to be a major focus of our health teams.

"To date, 704 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer require isolation.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 149 individuals are currently hospitalized, 68 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"Everyone in British Columbia is doing what it takes to protect our families, our elders, our health-care workers and our communities.

"We must continue to hold the line; to keep our firewall strong and flatten the curve.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 29

Total Cases – 1,203 (1,174)

Patients in Hospital – 149 (146)

Patients in ICU – 68 (64)

Recovered – 704 (641)

New Deaths – 3

Totals Deaths – 38 (35)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 554 (541)

Fraser – 424 (412)

Island – 76 (74)

Interior – 128 (126)

Northern – 21 (21)

Dr. Henry did not make any new public health orders.

More to come.

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Update -

- Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"We are announcing 53 new cases, for a total of 1,174 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 541 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 412 are in the Fraser Health region, 74 are in the Island Health region, 126 are in the Interior Health region and 21 are in the Northern Health region.

"There have been 35 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia. In the last 24 hours, we are saddened to report a further four deaths in the Vancouver Coastal health region. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones.

"There are now 22 long-term care and assisted living facilities in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions with a combined 176 cases of COVID-19. Residents in these facilities are the most vulnerable citizens, and efforts to protect them continue to be a major focus of our health teams.

"To date, 673 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 146 individuals are currently hospitalized, 64 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

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Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 53

Total Cases – 1,174 (1,121)

Patients in Hospital – 146 (149)

Patients in ICU – 64 (68)

Recovered – 641 (641)

New Deaths – 4

Totals Deaths – 35 (31)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 541 (525)

Fraser – 412 (386)

Island – 74 (72)

Interior – 126 (121)

Northern – 21 (17)

Dr. Henry did not make any new public health orders.

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Indigenous post-secondary students experiencing financial pressures will benefit from additional provincial emergency funding.

The government is providing an additional $1.5 million to supplement the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund, which assists Indigenous students who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency that may affect their ability to finish their studies. Support is available through all 25 public post-secondary institutions in B.C., as well as Native Education College (NEC).

"Our government is increasing emergency financial assistance for Indigenous students to ensure they have the necessary funds to focus on staying healthy, meeting their educational goals and finishing their semester," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "By supporting Indigenous students to succeed, we are doing our part to implement article 23 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action."

In addition to emergency living expenses like groceries, cell phone bills and childcare, the fund supports Indigenous learners through other unanticipated expenses like medical, dental and optical costs, and travel costs for family crisis or community obligations.

"These additional emergency funds to support B.C.'s Indigenous students are vital right now," said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. "No one should have to choose between education and survival, and these emergency funds will help Indigenous students complete their studies with a better sense of well-being."

Students who access emergency funding do not have to repay it. Indigenous students can contact the Indigenous Student Service Centre on campus, which will help with the application process to receive financial assistance.

 

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