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The Most Expensive Event In History: How the Death and Devastation of COVID-19 Ranks Against Prior Global Disasters

By Harley Gordon
Jun 27, 2020

Even with nearly 500,000 dead, the world dodged a bullet in terms of what could have been. The economy, however, may never be the same.

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Why BC Fared So Well Through COVID-19

By Tristin Hopper
Jun 26, 2020

Chinese-Canadians may have done more than any single community to shield Western Canada from the worst excesses of COVID-19

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COVID-19 May Be Causing a Dramatic Rise in Penis Injuries: Victoria Study

By Cameron Welch
Jun 21, 2020

A UBC study attributed the spike in broken male genitals to the unintended consequences of COVID-19 lockdowns

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Prevent a Second Wave: Here’s More of What We Know on How to Avoid COVID-19

By Tristin Hopper
Jun 20, 2020

It doesn't stick to surfaces as much as we thought, and is particularly slow to spread outdoors

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The Pandemic Has Been Terrible for People, but Great for Orcas

According to experts, BC’s embattled killer whales are now enjoying quieter seas and increased fish

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The Attractions, Parks, Galleries, Gardens and Museums That Are Back Open in Greater Victoria

By Lee Walker
Jun 13, 2020

Get your Butchart fix, visit an art gallery, go axe throwing or even take in a movie

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INFOGRAPHIC: Every Canadian Killed by COVID-19 To Date

By Tristan Pratt
Jun 6, 2020

The scale of the loss can be hard to grasp. So we visualized it.

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Victoria Hardest-Hit City for Relative Unemployment in English Canada

By Cameron Welch
Jun 6, 2020

Victoria's all-important service and hospitality industries have been hit particularly hard

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Who In Victoria Is Open for Dine-in Service

Bonnie Henry's eating out again, so why can't you?

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BCers Accessing Mental Health Resources in Record Numbers

By Sean Craig
Jun 3, 2020

Stresses of COVID-19 have caused a 100% increase in mental health referrals in some cases

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Photo Gallery: Inside the Places Still Closed By COVID-19

By James MacDonald
May 31, 2020

More than two months after their sudden closure, the Royal Theatre, Craigdarroch Castle, Saanich Commonwealth Place and others remain eerily empty

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The Avoidable Tragedy: How Canadian Public Health Failed to Curb the Carnage of COVID-19

By Tori Marlan
May 30, 2020

It wasn't inevitable that Canada would see 7,000 dead from COVID-19. This is the story of the missed decisions and ignored warnings of the greatest Canadian public health failure of modern times.

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Victoria to Spend Balance of COVID-19 Money On Renting Hotel Rooms for the Homeless

By Sean Craig
May 29, 2020

New plan comes after Victoria had previously pushed for hotel rooms to be forcibly seized by the province

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Our Mega-Guide to What Stores Are Open in Greater Victoria

Here's where to find everything from books to bikes to blouses (as well as hand sanitizer and face masks)

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Shift to Takeout Has Resulted in "Overflowing" Garbage Cans

By Sean Craig
May 22, 2020

On Vancouver Island alone, COVID-19 has spawned tonnes of extra takeout garbage

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Love in the Time of Coronavirus: What Health Experts Are Saying About Re-Entering the Dating Market

By Nykole King
May 21, 2020

Abstention is ideal, but experts caution that celibacy as public policy can only last for so long

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Vancouver Island Beachgoers Being Hit With Mysterious Texts Ordering Them to Self-Isolate

By Sean Craig
May 20, 2020

Texts are triggered by cell phones picking up US towers, but federal agencies could not confirm to The Capital that they were the ones sending it 

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As Victoria’s Tent Cities are Dismantled, A New Neighbourhood Braces for the Consequences

By Anna J. James
May 17, 2020

Topaz Park immediately became an epicentre of crime and disorder, and Burnside-Gorge now fears the same fate will befall them

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Transportation Numbers Have Plummeted. Here's How Much.

Bike lane traffic, airport passengers, ferry ridership, commercial ship arrivals: All of them are now showing noticeable dips in activity.

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Here's Just How Much BC Has Been Drinking Through the Pandemic

By Tristin Hopper
May 16, 2020

In just two months, BC has gone through four Olympic swimming pools of extra booze

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Despite COVID-19, BC and Canada’s Overall Death Rate Virtually Unchanged

The pandemic represented only 1.6% of BC deaths in March and April

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Low Domestic Assault Numbers Not Reflective of Reality: Former VicPD Chief

By Natasha Simpson
May 15, 2020

Almost all of the usual drivers of domestic assault have gone up during the pandemic

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Limit Cars in Beacon Hill, More Free Transit, More Gardens: Victoria Sets Out Plans For Life After Reopening

In marathon session, city council endorses everything from cheaper parking to extended free transit to a federal wealth tax

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What We Now Know About How COVID-19 Spreads

By Tristin Hopper
May 12, 2020

Cases are almost guaranteed to rise under reopening; here's how you limit the damage

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What COVID-19 Has Done to the Job Market

Victoria has seen unemployment rise to Great Depression levels, and it's done so at a faster rate than Calgary and Edmonton

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Homeless Relocation Pushed Back

By Sean Craig
May 8, 2020

Even with hotel rooms and temporary arena accommodation, province struggling to find enough space

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Victoria By-Election Delayed Indefinitely By COVID-19

By Sean Craig
May 8, 2020

Province not treating civic elections as a priority under reopening plans

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Following Langford Request, Federal Government Drops Tariffs for PPE

By Sean Craig
May 6, 2020

Mayor Stew Young had appealed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after Langford was stuck with a six-figure tax bill for COVID-19 supplies

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Our All-Out, Comprehensive Guide to What's Open in Greater Victoria

Every grocery, eatery, brewery, bakery, distillery, winery and cidery open through COVID-19

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Much of Canada’s Pacific Fleet Now Circling the Waters off Vancouver Island to Avoid Coronavirus

Sailors describe frustration with training amid marine quarantine odyssey

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How Victoria’s Topaz COVID-19 Homeless Camp Went So Horribly Wrong

By Anna J. James
May 2, 2020

The camp site was designed to safely accommodate the vulnerable during the pandemic. Instead, it became a hotbed of crime, anarchy, and death.

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“My Job is Completely Kaput”: For Hospitality Sector, COVID-19 Has Been a 100-Year Storm

By Sean Craig
May 2, 2020

Even lifting the lockdown can’t save struggling restaurants now entering a world in recession

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How BC's COVID-19 Response Stacks Up Against the Rest of the World

By Western standards, the response has been a miracle; by Pacific Rim standards, it’s been a disaster

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High Federal Tariffs On Face Masks Compromising COVID-19 Safety: Langford Mayor

By Sean Craig
Apr 29, 2020

Any face mask ordered from abroad is taxed 18% at the border

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Renting Just Got A Whole Lot Easier in Victoria

By Leo Spalteholz
Apr 29, 2020

And it’s not because of the evictions ban

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Lineups and Closed Playgrounds: Portrait of A Socially Distanced Victoria

By James MacDonald
Apr 26, 2020

As BC prepares to return to normal, we took a good look at the bizarre world COVID-19 has created

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As Death Strikes Coastal First Nations, Communities Talk of "Thwarted" Attempts to Protect Themselves

By Tori Marlan
Apr 25, 2020

Only Alert Bay has been allowed to lock down— but their mayor had to catch the virus first

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Small Businesses Hit by COVID-19 Offered Rent Relief into June

By Sean Craig
Apr 25, 2020

Program covers 50% of rent, provided landlord drops it by 75%

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The Toll of COVID-19: Who the Pandemic Has Killed and Where

Through a combination of public health policy and luck, BC is poised to lose only a fraction of what was expected

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Is It Safe to Start Visiting Family Again?

By Tristin Hopper
Apr 21, 2020

We’re all going to see our families again eventually, here’s why it’s prudent to keep waiting

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Here’s How Many Vancouver Islanders Might Truly Have COVID-19

By some estimates, up to 100,000 BCers could be hidden survivors of COVID-19

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Nearly A Month Into COVID-19 Emergency, International Travellers Arrived Unchecked at Victoria International

By Tori Marlan
Apr 18, 2020

After arriving from Turkey earlier this week, local woman tells The Capital she encountered no measures whatsoever to enforce self-isolation

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Victoria Proposes Closing Streets to Offer More Social Distancing

By Sean Craig
Apr 16, 2020

Sidewalks proving far too narrow to maintain two meters' distance from fellow pedestrians

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Victoria Calls For Hotel Rooms To Be Seized For Use By The Homeless

By Sean Craig
Apr 16, 2020

Of 25 hotels contacted by the city, most have declined offers for rental

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The Victoria Businesses That Are Delivering Through COVID-19

By Lee Walker
Apr 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced dozens of local businesses to instantly shift gears into offering delivery

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The Capital Guide to COVID-19 Benefits and Assistance

By Sean Craig
Apr 10, 2020

COVID-19 has thrown a million Canadians out of work and counting. If you're among them, here's where to go for a hand up.

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BC Is Facing Down COVID-19 Better Than Almost Anyone. Here's Why.

Considering how slow Canada was to respond, BC has flattened its curve with the best of them

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Change Your Gloves: COVID-19 Precautions You May Be Doing Wrong

By Tristin Hopper
Apr 10, 2020

From removing gloves properly to widening your social distance on the jogging trail, here are some simple fixes to more effectively limit infection

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The Impromptu All-Volunteer Factory Manufacturing Critical Healthcare Supplies

By Sean Craig
Apr 8, 2020

Running their home 3D printers full-tilt, they're scrambling to fill donation requests from frontline health workers

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The Race to Shelter Victoria’s Homeless Before It’s Too Late

By Tori Marlan
Apr 7, 2020

Victoria has leaned on a policy of impromptu tent cities, which critics say could still be powerful vectors for infectious disease transmission

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How to Make A Mask to Prevent COVID-19

Manufactured masks are desperately needed by hospitals, so here's how to make your own

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"Fight The Pandemic!" Posters to Battle COVID-19

By Dash Dixon
Apr 5, 2020

Not since the Second World War has so much of society been devoted to defeating a common enemy, so we thought it could use some posters

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An Indigenous Warning: Never Underestimate the Power of a Virus

Just like the smallpox that repeatedly tore through Coastal First Nations, COVID-19 is uniquely deadly because it came out of the blue

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Paralyzed By COVID-19, Downtown Businesses Now Contending With Crime Wave

By Sean Craig
Apr 4, 2020

For businesses already thrown into dire straits by COVID-19, a break-in could spell bankruptcy

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How To Pitch In For The Fight Against COVID-19

By Sean Craig
Apr 3, 2020

Volunteer, give blood, sign up to check on seniors; this is The Capital’s guide to doing your bit

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Why BC Might Be Winning The Battle Against COVID-19

More will die and many more will get sick, but here are the numbers to show that BC hospitals will be able to hold off the tide until the pandemic passes

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(Updated) What's Still Open In Victoria

The grocery and drug stores are all open, and you can still get a cocktail and a donut

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See Aerial Footage of Victoria Deserted by COVID-19

A drone from the Victoria-based SkyScope took to the air Sunday morning to capture the BC capital utterly emptied of people

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Solving the Face Mask Shortage With Reconfigured Snorkeling Gear

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 31, 2020

For only $20 a unit, two Victoria tech entrepreneurs have set upon an ingenious way to top up dwindling supplies of protective equipment for frontline health workers

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Toronto Couple Stranded By COVID-19 Alleges Gouging By Car Rental Company

By Tori Marlan
Mar 31, 2020

After a flight cancellation, Paul and Jayne Beurling were quoted $2,000 to shift their dropoff location from Vancouver to Victoria

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When Another Invisible Plague Stalked Vancouver Island

By Ann Edelstein
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 has given Victoria a sudden understanding of the deadly disease that shaped BC more than any other

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The Capital’s Guide to a Grand Day Out Without Leaving Your Couch

Take in some opera, ride a roller coaster or inspect some historical artifacts

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Yes, You Should Be Wearing a Mask. Here’s The Evidence.

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 28, 2020

So long as you’re making it yourself and taking other precautions, a face mask can absolutely slow the spread of COVID-19

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BC Is Flattening The Curve

Although the data is preliminary, Friday was the first ray of hope that BC could avoid the fate of Italy

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Your Top COVID-19 Questions, Answered

By Sean Craig
Mar 28, 2020

Whether public laundry is safe, should we sanitize our shoes, should we wipe down our groceries and more

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COVID-19 By The Numbers: How And Where The Pandemic Has Hit Us Thus Far

How BC and Vancouver Island's fight against coronavirus stands against the rest of the world

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A Statement from The Capital's Parent Company: We Want to Help Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

We are committed to making 0% unsecured loans to Victoria-based small businesses impacted by COVID-19

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Only Hours After Setting Sail, COVID-19 Concerns Send HMCS Regina Back To Port

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 25, 2020

On Saturday, The Capital wrote about how navy screening procedures were insufficient to guard against COVID-19 on the ship

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With Labs Overwhelmed, Testing Can Only Show A Fraction Of BC’s True COVID-19 Cases

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 24, 2020

As of Monday BC had 472 confirmed cases, but hundreds more may be carrying the virus

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What's Still Open in Greater Victoria

It's still possible to get a cocktail, a book and a burger in the BC capital, but it's going to take a few more steps than usual

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For Those Who Interact With the Public, Work Nervously Goes On

By Tori Marlan
Mar 23, 2020

A flooring installer tells The Capital that clients with sick people in the house are still trying to bring in crews for scheduled work

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Amid BC Shutdown Orders, CFB Esquimalt Continues to Send Out Vessels

Sailors being checked for symptoms, but the measures fall far short of minimum provincial recommendations

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Images From An Empty City

Just as spring weather hits, photographer James MacDonald captures the eerie scenes of a capital that has never been emptier

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Vancouver Island Has 22 COVID-19 Cases, But We Don’t Know Where They Are

Health officials say it’s to protect privacy. Critics say it’s hindering efforts at social isolation.

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Everything's Closed: Here's How You Can Still Get Out

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 19, 2020

This shutdown could last upwards of two months, so you’re going to need to get outside sooner or later

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As Downtown Closes, Retailers Wonder Whether They Will Be Able to Reopen

Sean Craig
Mar 19, 2020

For businesses who make most of their money over the summer tourist season, COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time

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“It Was A Very Difficult Decision”: The Clipper On Why It Sealed Off Victoria’s Link to Seattle

By Tori Marlan
Mar 18, 2020

Denied a federal closure of the border, BC officials have instead pushed to unilaterally sever Vancouver Island’s transportation links with Washington

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What COVID-19 Could Do to Victoria's Homeless

By Anna J. James
Mar 18, 2020

The street population could be among the hardest hit by the virus. What is being done to protect them?

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What COVID-19 Will Do To Real Estate

By Leo Spalteholz
Mar 16, 2020

As Victoria works to limit the carnage from the pandemic, here's a look at what we'll be piecing together when this is all over

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The Capital’s Guide to Navigating COVID-19 Victoria

Current as of March 18: What’s open, what’s not and why you absolutely should not visit grandma

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Should COVID-19 Infect Vancouver Island At Projected Rates, Here’s How Many Get Sick

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 12, 2020

At current rates, even the most optimistic figures show 240,000 infected and 2,880 dead

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Why There's No Way Victoria is Getting a 2020 Cruise Season

For any community trying to insulate itself against COVID-19, an arriving cruise ship is an epidemiological nightmare

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What An Unchecked Outbreak of COVID-19 Would Do To Victoria

As happened in Washington State, the disease could already have a foothold that hasn’t yet been detected