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The COVID-19 virus spreads through breathing, singing and talking, especially when people are in close contact, in closed (poorly ventilated) areas, and where people are in close contact.

BC State of Emergency (presently to end of day on June 22, 2021) 

Travel restrictions. The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuing to advise travellers to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. | Canadian border closed to US non-essential travel to June 21, 2021.

Emergency Info BC – Twitter feed

All of 2021 or until community (herd) immunity is achieved:

BC PHO orders in place to limit travel (within the new four-step recovery plan), follow COVID safety plans in business, work from home where you can but ease back into normal business situations (where possible), socializing is now okay with small groups beyond your household.

COVID UPDATES by Island Health


BC COVID-19 Immunization Plan (launched in January 2021 & updated almost daily)

COVID-19 Updates by Health Canada

Community Exposures in Greater Victoria (Island Health)

School exposures in Greater Victoria (Island Health)

House of Commons in session for 2021 (subject to change). January 25 to June 23, 2021.  Currently a Liberal minority government. Next federal election possibly in Fall 2021 after 2nd dose of COVID vaccine received by many Canadians.
BC Legislature in session March 1 to June 17, 2021.  
BC Recovery Benefit  Application can be completed online, and by phone at 1-833-882-0020 toll-free, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time).  Up to June 30, 2021.

The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents, and up to $500 for eligible individuals.

STUFF for your CALENDAR – June & July:

Sunday June 13 (deadline). CRD Public Feedback on Regional Trails Widening and Lighting. Online survey open May 25 to June 13 re widening and lighting certain sections of the Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails. Virtual open houses will be held on: • June 4th, 7-8pm & • June 7th, 12-1pm with the opportunity to learn more about the project through a presentation, followed by a Q&A session with experts. Advance registration is required. Visit the trails public engagement website for more information and to register.

Monday June 14. COVID-19 Update in BC. Premier John Horgan, Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon, Health Minister Adrian Dix, Tourism Minister Melanie Mark, and Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry. 10:30 am. To address the shift to Step 2 of economic recovery (effective June 15). Livestream:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ProvinceofBC

Monday June 14. City of Langford. Planning, Zoning & Affordable Housing Committee. 5:30 pm. Meeting online.

Monday June 14. City of Colwood Council Meeting. 6:30 pm. Meeting/agenda link.

Tuesday June 15. SD62 Education Committee of the Whole (ECOW) Meeting to discuss the Strategic Plan. 6 pm. Live online. www.sd62.bc.ca

Tuesday, June 15. Sooke Arts Council general meeting on at 7pm via Zoom. Email for link to: arts@sookearts.com

Tuesday June 15. Town of View Royal Council Meeting. 7 pm. www.viewroyal.ca

Thursday June 17. Sooke Night Market – every Thursday summer evening through to September. On the grounds of the Sooke Region Museum. 5 to 8 pm. www.sookeregionmuseum.ca

Saturday June 19. Beach Food in Colwood. Lagoon Beach along Ocean Boulevard. 12 noon to 7 pm

Sunday June 20. First day of summer. Summer solstice 2021. 8:31 pm PDT.

Sunday June 20. Beach Food in Colwood. Lagoon Beach along Ocean Boulevard. 12 noon to 7 pm

Sunday June 20. Father’s Day.

Monday June 21. National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Monday June 21. City of Langford Council Meeting. 5:30 pm meeting online. www.langford.ca

Sooke Fine Arts Show, 2021
The 2021 Sooke Fine Arts Show runs July 23 through August 2 (online only). Call for Artists closes May 25, 2021 at midnight.

Tuesday June 22. City of Langford. Protective Services Committee Meeting. 5 pm online. www.langford.ca

Tuesday June 22. SD62 Board Meeting. Final budget approvals for 2021-2022 SD62 budget. 7 pm. Live online. www.sd62.bc.ca

Thursday June 24. City of Langford. Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee. 5:00 pm. Meeting online.

Thursday June 29. SD62 last day of school (2020-2021 academic year). www.sd62.bc.ca

June 30, 2021. CEBA business loan application deadline.

July 1. Canada Day. Statutory holiday.

Friday July 2. Municipal property tax deadline. Penalty amounts and dates vary among the various municipalities.

July 23 through August 2, 2021. Sooke Fine Arts Show. Virtual exhibit and sale. www.sookefinearts.com | Artists call open to May 25, 2021 / show intro

Monday August 2. BC Day. Statutory holiday.

July 23 to Aug 8, 2021. OLYMPICS (rescheduled from 2020): Tokyo 2020. Will now take place July 23 – August 8, 2021.

STUFF for your CALENDAR – August:

Monday August 2. BC DAY. Statutory holiday.

STUFF for your CALENDAR – Fall Season:

Saturday September 4 through Monday September 6. Labour Day Long Weekend.

September 20 to December 17, 2021. House of Commons in session for 2021 (subject to change).

Thursday September 30. National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. This is a new annual Statutory Holiday in Canada.

Saturday October 2, 2021. Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria. (changed from Aug 21). All ages. All abilities. All bikes.

October 4 to November 25, 2021. Second session in 2021 of the BC Legislative Assembly (subject to update).

Saturday October 9 through Monday October 11. Thanksgiving Long Weekend.

Sunday October 31. Hallowe’en.

Sunday November 7. Daylight Savings Time ends for 2021. At 2 a.m. (turn clocks back one hour before bedtime on Saturday night November 6).