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University of Victoria health information science professor Elizabeth Borycki says the pandemic has accelerated advances in patient-centred information technology. (Courtesy of UVic Photos)

COVID driving evolution of health information technology: UVic expert

Patient choice at the forefront of pandemic tech, Prof. Elizabeth Borycki says

University of Victoria health information science professor Elizabeth Borycki says the pandemic has accelerated advances in patient-centred information technology. (Courtesy of UVic Photos)
Ian Indridson, 54, was last seen the morning of Jan. 10 in Victoria. (Courtesy of VicPD)

‘Stuck in a nightmare’: Family still searching for Ian Indridson

Wife of missing Victoria man pleads for public’s help

Ian Indridson, 54, was last seen the morning of Jan. 10 in Victoria. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Julie MacArthur, expecting twins as soon as March, is among a group of pregnant Greater Victoria people who fought to get a booster shot earlier than six months after their second vaccination, and ahead of giving birth. (Courtesy of Julie MacArthur)

B.C. shortens wait between second, third vaccine doses for pregnant people

Pregnant Greater Victoria women say previous policy left them fighting for earlier shots

Julie MacArthur, expecting twins as soon as March, is among a group of pregnant Greater Victoria people who fought to get a booster shot earlier than six months after their second vaccination, and ahead of giving birth. (Courtesy of Julie MacArthur)
Dr. Richard Stanwick speaks inside the new vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre on Jan. 6. His retirement as Island Health chief medical health officer has been delayed by a month in the face of unprecedented COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health’s top doc delays retirement, citing Omicron wave

Chief medical health officer Dr. Richard Stanwick to remain in role until Jan. 31

Dr. Richard Stanwick speaks inside the new vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre on Jan. 6. His retirement as Island Health chief medical health officer has been delayed by a month in the face of unprecedented COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)
Shelley Robinson says a lack of callback for a COVID-19 PCR test appointment from Island Health has left her feeling scared and unsupported. (Courtesy of Shelley Robinson)

Langford woman with cystic fibrosis critical of Island’s COVID testing process

No callback for PCR test appoinment after five days, despite vulnerable health status

Shelley Robinson says a lack of callback for a COVID-19 PCR test appointment from Island Health has left her feeling scared and unsupported. (Courtesy of Shelley Robinson)
The Royal B.C. Museum is home to one of many family-friendly exhibits open this week. (Courtesy of Royal B.C. Museum)

Kids at home? Find family fun in and around Greater Victoria

In-person and online activities to pass the time until Jan. 10

The Royal B.C. Museum is home to one of many family-friendly exhibits open this week. (Courtesy of Royal B.C. Museum)
Rapid COVID-19 tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. (Black Press Media file photo)

New COVID test booking system causing confusion for Vancouver Island residents

Rapid tests being offered, PCR may be an option

Rapid COVID-19 tests are now being offered at various sites throughout Island Health with an appointment. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Legislature building is decorated with a fine dusting of snow. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Victoria residents make the most of chilly temperatures, snow

Busy employees brandished snow shovels and bundled up pedestrians clogged the slushy sidewalks

The Victoria Legislature building is decorated with a fine dusting of snow. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)
A COVID-19 testing centre in Victoria, pictured in October. In a new change, residents who miss calls from Island Health’s COVID booking centre will no longer be contacted again to schedule a test. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

Island Health halts second calls for COVID test booking, cites ‘unprecedented demand’

Call centre employees would previously contact residents a second time to book virus test

A COVID-19 testing centre in Victoria, pictured in October. In a new change, residents who miss calls from Island Health’s COVID booking centre will no longer be contacted again to schedule a test. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Videos from throughout 2021 capture Vancouver Island’s top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)

Vancouver Island animal videos we watched in 2021

Look back at a year of adorable, breathtaking and unusual footage

Videos from throughout 2021 capture Vancouver Island’s top animal encounters. (Black Press Media file photos)
Otters can often be spotted along the Songhees Walkway in Vic West, but they’re usually playing in the grass – not the snow. (Courtesy of Lisa McPhail)

VIDEO: Otter spotted frolicking in fresh Vic West snow

Resident Lisa McPhail caught the adorable moment on video

Otters can often be spotted along the Songhees Walkway in Vic West, but they’re usually playing in the grass – not the snow. (Courtesy of Lisa McPhail)
Videos from throughout 2021 capture Greater Victoria’s wildest sights. (Black Press Media file photos)

2021 in videos: Greater Victoria’s top footage for the year

Major events, weather patterns and animal behaviour caught on tape

Videos from throughout 2021 capture Greater Victoria’s wildest sights. (Black Press Media file photos)
Videos from throughout 2021 capture Greater Victoria’s wildest sights. (Black Press Media file photos)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria’s top footage for 2021

Major events, weather patterns and animal behaviour caught on tape

Videos from throughout 2021 capture Greater Victoria’s wildest sights. (Black Press Media file photos)
Casey Edmunds, executive director of the Victoria Francophone Society, hopes new funding and partnerships will help unite Greater Victoria’s French-speaking residents. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)

French-language group reflects on past, predicts new growth on West Shore

Victoria Francophone Society receives $23K to increase family resources

Casey Edmunds, executive director of the Victoria Francophone Society, hopes new funding and partnerships will help unite Greater Victoria’s French-speaking residents. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)
Beth Burton-Krahn (right) stands among her BC Cancer Victoria colleagues. She says the holidays can be especially stressful for her clients impacted by cancer. (Courtesy of BC Cancer)

Loved ones need extra support during the holidays: BC Cancer

Victoria counsellor stresses the importance of connection for those impacted by disease

Beth Burton-Krahn (right) stands among her BC Cancer Victoria colleagues. She says the holidays can be especially stressful for her clients impacted by cancer. (Courtesy of BC Cancer)
Our Place Society volunteers serve up Christmas lunch at the downtown service provider’s Dec. 22 event. (Photo by Grant McKenzie/Our Place)

Our Place Society dishes up holiday cheer at annual Christmas lunch in Victoria

COVID-19 restrictions don’t stop celebratory event from providing a hearty meal for the hungry

Our Place Society volunteers serve up Christmas lunch at the downtown service provider’s Dec. 22 event. (Photo by Grant McKenzie/Our Place)
While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

What’s open and closed on Christmas Day in Greater Victoria

Things to do, eat and see on Dec. 25

While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. As of Monday, Dec. 20, 87.3 per cent of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first vaccine dose. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

B.C. reports 807 more COVID-19 cases Monday, hints at new measures

Province sees 3 new deaths over weekend

A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. As of Monday, Dec. 20, 87.3 per cent of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first vaccine dose. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Sara Maksymowicz worries about the effect of cuts to non-emergency care on the South Island for adults facing eating disorders. (Courtesy Sara Maksymowicz)

‘A system of failures:’ South Vancouver Island adult eating disorder services quietly removed

Non-emergency resources have been a lifeline for Greater Victoria residents

Sara Maksymowicz worries about the effect of cuts to non-emergency care on the South Island for adults facing eating disorders. (Courtesy Sara Maksymowicz)
A notice of civil claim alleging sexual abuses was filed Nov. 21 by Jane Doe in B.C. Supreme Court, naming the Victoria Police Department and four officers who were with the Esquimalt Police Department at the time of the alleged actions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Woman sues Victoria PD, former Esquimalt officers for alleged sexual abuse

Former police informant says four Esquimalt officers abused her between 1989 and 1993

A notice of civil claim alleging sexual abuses was filed Nov. 21 by Jane Doe in B.C. Supreme Court, naming the Victoria Police Department and four officers who were with the Esquimalt Police Department at the time of the alleged actions. (Black Press Media file photo)