An entire class at Rosemary Heights Elementary in Surrey has been told to self-isolate after someone at the school tested positive for coronavirus.  In a letter to the school community dated October 6, the school board said Fraser Health has directed one class, including its instructors, to self-isolate after coming in contact with an individual who had COVID-19.  The infected person was at school on September 30, October 1, and October 2.  District superintendent Jordan Tinney also announced an exposure at another Surrey school last night.  One person at Tamanawis Secondary tested positive for coronavirus, and they were last on school property on September 29, October 2, and October 6.  Contact tracing staff will notify close contacts of the individual directly.

 

Today, Dr Bonnie Henry are announcing 115 new cases, including five epi-linked cases, for a total of 9,956 cases in British Columbia.
There are 1,387 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,042 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 8,296 people who tested positive have recovered.Currently, 71 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 15 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. There also has been a new exposure at panorama ridge elementary, parents have been notified through the school system

The number of daily COVID-19 cases reported in Canada increased 40 per cent in the last week compared to the previous one, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said today
Canada’s average daily count of new COVID-19 cases hit 2,052 over the last seven days, nearly 10 times the low it reached last July, Tam said in a statement.
The vast majority of new cases across Canada have been reported in Quebec and Ontario, which together account for some 80 per cent of the country’s COVID-19 infections

 

The New Democratic Party has released its election platform as B-C prepares for the October 24th provincial election.  Leader John Horgan says the plan will get people through the pandemic and ensures everyone will benefit from the recovery.  Highlights include a one-time, one-thousand dollar recovery benefit to families — or 500-dollars to individuals; a rent freeze through 2021; free transit for children up to the age of 12;  expanded 10-dollar-a-day daycare and a new medical school to train more doctors in B-C.  The B-C Liberal party calls the plan an “attempt to bribe” voters.

 

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says he will scrap I-C-B-C and open the vehicle insurance market to competition if his party is elected when the province goes to the polls in just over two weeks.  He says dumping the insurance corporation will mean cheaper rates, especially for young drivers, and will provide more options for all drivers.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians don’t have to worry about finding the money to cover the cost of getting a COVID-19 vaccine if and when one is approved by Health Canada.
N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh told the House of Commons that Canadians are worried about whether they will have free and timely access to the shot. Trudeau responded it will be covered by Canada’s universal health-care system. Trudeau also says when it comes to the fair distribution of the first doses of said vaccine, the government will follow the advice of a panel of experts

 

Coquitlam R-C-M-P say a toddler has died after being hit by a car last night while crossing a street with his mother.  Police say the little boy was two and his mother — who was also hit but is recovering — is 36-years-old.  A statement from R-C-M-P say the investigation is just beginning, but they have dashcam video and witness statements indicating the crash was a tragic accident.

 

The NHL has formally announced that they are targeting January 1 as the start date for the 2020-21 regular season.  Right now it’s unclear is how many games will be played and if any division realignment will be necessary due to a closed border and Canada’s 14-day quarantine law.

A longstanding program to curb impaired driving is cancelling its safe ride service for the first time in nearly 40 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Operation Red Nose, which operates a service where volunteers will drive impaired people – and their cars – home, has been running since 1984. It began in Quebec, where it was founded by a mathmetics as a way to raise funds for the university swim team and reduce drunk driving. Since then, the organization has begun operating in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.
” The decision was made after long and careful consideration, and not without emotion.” However, the organization will launch an awareness campaign in November to encourage people to plan a safe ride home

Prep work to build the Surrey section of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline begins this fall. The Edmonton-to-Burnaby oil pipeline will be routed alongside South Fraser Perimeter Road in the Fraser Heights area, before crossing under the river north to Coquitlam, on a path just east of Port Mann Bridge. The Surrey section of the “twinned” pipeline will be 11.5 kilometres in length.
News of the construction timeline is included in a Sept. 16 release about a “Community Benefit Agreement” that Trans Mountain, a federal Crown corporation, signed with the City of Surrey.
Trans Mountain’s Community Benefit Agreements program is, according to the company, “in addition to local economic activity generated by construction, compensation to landowners and taxes paid to local governments, and is designed to support local initiatives for the benefit of the entire community.”

Surrey raised hockey prospect Justin Sourdif’s name was called by Florida Panthers during the NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday (Oct. 7), 87th overall in the third round.
he was ranked 23rd among North American skaters in the draft, which got going with first-round picks on Tuesday (Oct. 6) and continued the next day.
The 2002-born Justin who’s 18 years old, plays for the WHL Vancouver Giants, for whom the Boundary Park-area resident scored 54 points during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season.