A dad from White Rock says he has followed through with his threat to file a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court, trying to get the province to abandon its “safe return” plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as parents began poring over their districts’ back-to-school protocols, posted yesterday  He is one of two people behind the lawsuit. He says, bluntly, kids won’t be safe if they go back to school.
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Two prominent Black N-H-L players are frustrated that the predominantly white league went ahead with two games when other professional sports leagues postponed games in the wake of the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Minnesota’s Matt Dumba and San Jose’s Evander Kane, are calling on white players to take action about racial injustice. The N-B-A postponed all games yesterday, and most people feel the N-H-L should have done the same.

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B-C health officials reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. They say the number of active cases has gone down slightly from 925 to 896.  Vancouver Coastal Health warned yesterday of a possible public exposure of COVID at the Banter Room bar and restaurant in Vancouver between August 20th and 22nd.
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A 36-year-old Coquitlam man has been charged with bylaw violations after an alleged dog attack in the Burke Mountain area.  It happened on Monday night, where witnesses said five dogs without leashes attacked a smaller dog that was badly hurt  The Mounties say the owner of the five dogs left the scene and refused to give his name, of course it was captured on video and posted to social media.  The man now faces five counts of having an animal at-large, which each carry a 150-dollar fine.
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The B-C Ministry of Education isn’t commenting on a court challenge of the province’s plan to re-open schools next month amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Two fathers have filed an injunction application demanding the province bring in tougher safety measures to protect children and the broader community before schools reopen. One of the fathers and his son suffer from asthma and the other was born with a genetic disorder causing muscle damage that can be triggered by fever and viral infection. They allege the back-to-school plan wrongly presumes that learning groups of 60 to 120 students are safe so-called bubbles, in which physical distancing is not necessary. If you want to see the full Surrey School District Return to School Plan for 2020-2021 it is also posted on our website.


B-C is reporting 68 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death in the Fraser Health region. Provincial health officer Doctor Bonnie Henry says the person who died was a resident of long-term care and the death toll in the province is now 204. Henry says B-C has 906 active cases of COVID-19 with 22 people in hospital. She’s also reporting the first eight suspected cases of an inflammatory syndrome in children linked to COVID-19 but none have tested positive for the illness and all have recovered.


Deborah Marshall, the Executive Director for Public Affairs of BC ferries is speaking out after an employee tested positive for COVID-19,  she says “We’re about to go full steam ahead into the Labor Day weekend, and anyone heading out to explore the province on BC Ferries can rest easy. your plans won’t be affected. There is no public exposure risk related to this case” so the long weekend schedule and the days leading up are all normal and they have not reduced sailings due to the recent case. Just a reminder that Face masks are now mandatory for all passengers aboard vessels and at terminals. If you’re heading out on a ferry, try to make a reservation in advance as many people will want to make the most of the final days of summer.

SPORTS UPDATE:

The NHL has postponed all four of its playoff games scheduled for
Thursday and Friday in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob
Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin last weekend.The players requested
the postponements and the league supported the decision, the NHL and
NHL Players’ Association said in a joint statement.

Raptors game versus Celtics postponed

Two days after Raptors guard Fred VanVleet
wondered aloud whether a historic NBA boycott might be the only way
to get action, Toronto’s playoff game against the Boston Celtics on
Thursday night has been postponed.But the NBA, reeling after the
Milwaukee Bucks refused to play Game 5 of their opening-round series
against Orlando on Wednesday, hopes to resume its post-season Friday
or Saturday.

The Toronto Blue Jays-Boston Red Sox Major League
Baseball game on Thursday night has been postponed in the aftermath
of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin
last weekend.The Red Sox and Jays put out a joint statement to
announce the decision, about 30 minutes before the scheduled first
pitch.