Morning Headlines: March 4, 2020

Michelle de Leon / March 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN B.C. INCREASE TO 12

The B.C. government announced four new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total in the province to 12.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the new cases are linked to those who have recently returned from Iran.

Dix assures that among the 12 cases in the province, everyone has either fully recovered or remain in isolation at home in stable condition.

The B.C. Government says no one has been hospitalized for COVID-19.
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ICBC AND B.C. GOVERNMENT HIT WITH $900 MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT

A proposed class action lawsuit launched against the B.C. government and Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) alleges B.C. drivers have been over-charged for insurance while accident victims are under-compensated.

The civil action was filed by Murphy Battista law firm on behalf of two plaintiffs who represent insured drivers and the injury victims, respectively.

They claim the medical costs filed by ICBC are being taken from the insurance corporation, instead of the province’s taxpayer-funded Medical Services Plan.

The lawsuit claims this has contributed to the rising driver insurance premiums and lower injury pay-outs to crash victims.

CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER TRIPLES SMOKING FINES

The City of North Vancouver has made smoking more difficult in public areas by tripling the smoking fines from $70 to $230.

Council voted unanimously Monday night on a series of bylaw changes that extend the ban to everywhere else in the city’s 50 parks.

North Vancouver currently has bans on smoking within 7.5 metres of buildings and public buildings, walkways, playgrounds and beaches.

Enforcing the new regulations will be the biggest challenge for the city.

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