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BC Government Provides $50 Million for “Anchor’ Attractions to Help Get Through 2nd Pandemic Summer

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver is an example of an urban ‘anchor’ attraction that could benefit from the new grant program. (H.R. MacMillan Space Centre) The province has launched a $50 million grant program aimed at helping B.C.’s major “anchor” tourist attractions and tour bus companies weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier John Horgan and Tourism Continue reading


COVID-19: B.C. fears cross-border transmission as virus rages in Alberta

With signs on the B.C.-Alberta border the only thing to deter our provincial neighbours from vacationing here, there’s growing concern that Alberta’s high COVID-19 rates could spill into B.C., just as cases edge downward here. Alberta has more than 23,000 active COVID-19 infections and has the highest case rate of any jurisdiction in North America. Continue reading


CDC Report on Rural Communities & Covid

While there are many distinct differences between the circumstances of rural Canadians and Americans, this overview from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention contains some useful information for rural British Columbians.   About 46 million Americans live in rural areas, which face distinctive challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Long-standing systemic health and social Continue reading


COVID-19 risks divide rural and urban areas in the U.S.

There is a division between how rural and urban areas are handling the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Many states are starting to reopen even while cities within them remain under stay-at-home orders. Washington Post national correspondent Griff Witte joins CBSN to discuss the divide among leaders around the country.