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COVID-19 Testing Site Opened at UVic

Island Health has opened a new COVID-19 testing site at the University of Victoria. People with cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms can now book an appointment to get a test at the UVic campus in parking lot 10, off Gordon Head Road via West Campus Way (access off Gordon Head Road).  Appointments must be pre-booked through Island Health’s Call Centre. Learn more at:

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BC’s Restart Plan

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.


As of May 1, 2020, more than 2,100 British Columbians have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 100 people have died.

As the pandemic hit B.C., we asked British Columbians to do their part and they took action to stay home and help flatten the curve. With each day, the rate of growth in COVID-19 cases has steadily declined and more than 1,350 people have recovered. And we have the lowest mortality of any jurisdiction in Canada, the United States and western Europe with more than 5 million people.

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BC Restart Plan PDF

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UVic publishes its response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Notice from Julie Potter, Associate Director, Community and Government Relations, University of Victoria: 

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you some information on UVic’s recent response to the evolving pandemic. As you know, you can find up to date information at; however, I thought I would just highlight a few pieces of information, in the event your associations finds them of interest. If you have specific questions, please do just reach out.

  • Emergency bursary fund for established for students: We have recently created a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary available to all students—domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate—who are experiencing emergency financial need as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.
  • Grading options for students this term: UVic is offering flexible grading options for students this term, in an effort to help ensure academic quality and support student success, as well as to alleviate stress during these challenging times. More information can be found here.
  • Spring 2020 convocation: The convocation ceremonies previously scheduled for June 8 to 12, 2020 have been postponed. The university is working on an alternative way for graduates to celebrate this momentous occasion. We will provide an update once the details have been confirmed.
  • Summer session offerings (May-August, 2020): We are working to move summer session course offerings online, allowing students to continue to progress through their degree programs.
  • Campus closures: The campus remains open, but in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the vulnerable, protect our community and protect the health care system, UVic has closed and/or modified some services. All closures can be found here.
  • President Cassels extends term: Last year, President Cassels announced plans for his retirement this summer. Last week, the Chair of the Board of Governors shared that President Cassels has agreed to stay on in his role beyond his planned end date of June 30, 2020. President Cassels will provide some continuity right now and until the university is in a better position for the transition to new leadership
  • UVic contributing supplies and research: We are constantly trying to find ways in which we can support the community during these unprecedented times. Recently, UVic’s Engineering Department began 3D-printing parts to build face shields for frontline care workers on the island. In addition to 3D printing of supplies, projects and research areas that are addressing the COVID-19 crisis include digital technologies, biomedical and biochemistry, genome research, proteomics, nursing, law, mathematics, social sciences and exercise science.
  • ‘The Great Indoors’ project ( To help ease the struggles of social isolation, we have introduced ‘The Great Indoors’ project. This is a virtual place to experience the vibrancy of UVic’s active academic community from the safety of home. Through online means we will be sharing stories and engaging content that inspires, educates and entertains. If you have ideas on content you think would be of value, do let me know.
  • What’s Next?: We continue to monitor the provincial, national and global situation and evolve our response as we work with other institutions, public health officials and all levels of government. We are committed to meeting the immediate needs created by this global challenge, while planning for a time when we can return to our normal work routines.

I hope you and all those you know are staying well. If there is anything we can do to support your association’s efforts please do let me know. If you have any questions either from yourself or from members of your community, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Julie Potter 

T 250-472-5048 | C 250-661-9749 |

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COVID-19: Village Shops update

The latest notices at Peppers Foods, For Good Measure, and Caddy Bay Liquor Store: 


As the health as the health and safety of our staff, customers, and community is our foremost concern, beginning April 13, we will be transitioning to staff only inside the store.

The Pepper’s staff will be working hard to shop your orders for you.

We will have the following three options available to ensure our customers continue to receive the quality and service they have come to rely on: 

  1. Online delivery service Monday – Friday*
  2. Online pickup service Monday – Friday*
  3. Concierge personal shopping only, Monday – Sunday 7 AM– 6 PM

* subject to change due to staffing levels

How does Concierge shopping work? Our staff will shop for you!:

  1. Come visit us outside the store
  2. Give us your detailed list
  3. We quickly and safely do the work for you!


For Good Measure: 

We are no longer accepting orders and/or processing payment at the door.

Orders can be placed via email, phone, or through our new online portal: 

When ordering, you can describe quantities by weight: volume, or dollar amount (e.g. 300 g, 2 cups, $5 worth worth…). Please make sure to leave your phone number and whether you would like pickup or delivery

Both pickup and delivery on no contact. For pickup, knock on the door and we will drop your order outside the door. For delivery, we will drop at your door. 

  • Pickup service: $3.00 on orders five items or more
  • Delivery service: $5.00 dollars within 10 km, Minimum order $25

5% of all sales will be donated to the Rapid Relief Fund. 

CaddyBay Liquor Store: 

April hours 10 AM – 9 PM

We deliver 10 AM – 6 PM daily

For more info, go to

Or call 250-384-2688 to order by phone


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Make noise in support of health workers at 7pm

Geoff Stokes, captain of Block # TV-008 on Hobbs St., is proposing to “make noise” every evening at 7:00 pm – beginning tonight (Wed Apr 8) – in support of our health care workers and first responders:

There are a number of connections to health care workers in our block (nurses in particular at the Royal Jubilee, Vancouver General and in Toronto), as well as first responders (two firefighters) that we  know of.
We are all in this together, and we are all self isolating for the greater good because we have no idea who might be asymtomatic.  We trust that your families are safe but we also want to recognize those who risk exposure every day.
Please share if you know someone on Hobbs who is not part of our Block Watch.  You will  note above this has been sent to Jodi James and Ian and Nancy Kidd as they are not part of our Block Watch.
Be Safe
Geoff Stokes

Capt., Block # TV-008

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Cadboro Bay Village updates

  • For Good Measure now has an internet portal, in addition to its phone number, for ordering scoop-and-weigh products.
  • In a bid to protect its staff, Peppers has reduced its hours to 8am–6pm, and is asking customers to line up outside to limit numbers in the store; to pay by debit or credit card rather than cash; and NOT to bring your own shopping bag 
  • Village Garage Service hours are now 8am–4pm, and apparently it close for good on April 30, 2020 . [Update, March 30, 2020, by Lynn Miller:] This is because the integrity of underground tanks is now uncertain. Since replacement would cost $600-800k, the owners have decided to close, instead.
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Saanich Police: non-emergency line instead of front counter

From the the Saanich Police Blockwatch newsletter: 

Saanich Police recognizes the challenging times in our community. The safety of our residents and personnel remain the top priority of the Saanich Police.

To ensure the safety of the public and our personnel, our front counter service will be unavailable until such time the BC Provincial Health Officer provides direction that would deem this service safe again.

As part of our efforts to ensure that we are able to maintain operational readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking members of the public to utilize the non-emergency line. 250 475 4321

The line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many calls can be dealt with by phone.
-Should you require and Officer for service, please advise the dispatcher if you have flu-like symptoms, have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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CBRA establishes a COVID-19 Help Appeals and Offers site


The Cadboro Bay Residents Association’s COVID-19 Help Appeals and Offers site is up and running:

Anyone can post an appeal, or an offer, for help. The page can also be accessed through the CBRA’s website

Submissions are moderated by the CBRA webmaster and posted as soon as possible. 

Stay well, everyone.

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Village shops: Social distancing, please, or order for delivery

The shops at Cadboro Bay Village are asking customers to practise social distancing, and to make use of their order delivery options. 

Pepper’s Foods asks: 

Please try to practise social distancing while in line and inside the store, by staying at least two-arms length away from other people. 

If you have been travelling, please visit for our home delivery options, and avoid entering the store. 

Thank you for your patience.


For Good Measure have closed their shop interior to the general public until further notice, but are processing orders for pickup and delivery, by one of four options: 

  • Fill out order form, knock on door and slide order through mailslot (down to the left)
  • Phone in your order at 250-477.6811
  • Email your order at
  • Text your order to 250-889.6945

Orders will be ready 4 hours after placement (less for 5 items or less). 

  • Pickup charge: $3.00 (waived for orders of 5 items or less)
  • Delivery charge: $5.00 within 5km, $10 5–15km, Min. order $25

All pickup/delivery fees go directly to the shop staff. 


CaddyBay Liquor Store asks: 

Plese consider pick-up or delivery: call 250 384.2688, or visit: