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For the week of Feb. 28, 2021:

Almost a year since the pandemic was officially declared by the World Health Organization, two-thirds of British Columbians aren’t ready to return to live sporting events or concerts.

They’re also reluctant to go to libraries, gyms, rapid transit and restaurants before they can receive the coronavirus vaccine, which isn’t arriving fast enough.

That is according to ResearchCo pollster Mario Canseco’s latest survey.

“The one thing that was quite surprising was that the appetite for reopening things fairly quickly is not there,” Canseco said.

Respondents were more enthusiastic last May, when there was little hope for a vaccine. A third of respondents still won’t go out for dinner, no matter how much care restaurateurs take to follow pandemic protocols and cleaning.

“It’s definitely problematic for economic sectors,” Canseco said.

Plus, hear highlights of a teleconference that took place in December between B.C. spiritual leaders and Premier John Horgan and Dr. Bonnie Henry. Leaders of Christian and Jewish sects expressed their displeasure for worship event bans. The recording was obtained exclusively by under freedom of information.

Also on this edition, a commentary on the NDP’s Site C secrecy debacle and headlines from the Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest.

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