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Diane Strandberg

Diane Strandberg

Diane Strandberg covers education, transportation, environment, politics, social and heritage issues for The Tri-City News.

Recent Work by Diane

Port Coquitlam, Port Moody high schools hit with COVID-19 amidst B.C.'s 'third wave'

Port Coquitlam, Port Moody high schools hit with COVID-19 amidst B.C.'s 'third wave'

The sharp rise in school exposures in the first week back after spring break mirrors growing case counts in Tri-Cities and B.C., as health officials grapple with variants — now at 50% of cases — amidst a mass vaccination campaign
Updated: Control measures in place at Coquitlam care home after COVID-19 case found

Updated: Control measures in place at Coquitlam care home after COVID-19 case found

This is the second time that an outbreak has been declared at Dufferin Care Centre; the Coquitlam care home had an outbreak with 22 infections and four deaths last spring
$1 million to speed up new Coquitlam school 'too risky,' school officials say

$1 million to speed up new Coquitlam school 'too risky,' school officials say

A report recommends School District 43 hold off on a contribution toward the $125 million joint middle/secondary school for Burke Mountain because the 'financial risk at this time is too great a risk to the board.'
Dozens fined for flouting COVID-19 restrictions in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam

Dozens fined for flouting COVID-19 restrictions in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam

Sweeps of Port Coquitlam businesses have resulted in hundreds of people being warned or provided with information about provincial health orders as police and city bylaw officers respond to changing COVID-19 health orders; 34 people have been given fines for flouting rules
Nostalgia for VW vans and road trips boost Coquitlam camper van rental business

Nostalgia for VW vans and road trips boost Coquitlam camper van rental business

Port Moody entrepreneur started his Honest Camper business after a road trip with his son in a retro VW; now he's refurbishing campers and renting them out to British Columbians denied international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic
'A light in the pandemic', why a Coquitlam man sings O Canada nightly for a year (VIDEO)

'A light in the pandemic', why a Coquitlam man sings O Canada nightly for a year (VIDEO)

Adam Turpin usually sings with a choir, now this Coquitlam man sings alone as he tries to boost the spirits of frontline workers with a powerful rendition of O Canada
Four Coquitlam area schools hit by COVID-19 on first day back to class after spring break

Four Coquitlam area schools hit by COVID-19 on first day back to class after spring break

Exposure notices sent to three schools in Port Coquitlam and one in Port Moody in the first week back to class as the Tri-Cities grapples with record-high numbers of COVID-19 cases
Blaze prompts evacuation at Coquitlam's only permanent homeless shelter

Blaze prompts evacuation at Coquitlam's only permanent homeless shelter

Coquitlam firefighters were called to the scene of a fire in a single unit at the 3030 Gordon shelter and transition housing facility; No one was injured and residents will be able to return to their rooms
Censured Port Coquitlam councillor wins NDP nod

Censured Port Coquitlam councillor wins NDP nod

Laura Dupont has thrown her hat in the ring to run for the federal NDP in the Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam riding now held by Liberal MP Ron McKinnon; the riding's campaign has already raised a $20,000 war chest
Desperate teachers lining up for leftover vaccine at Surrey clinics — only to be turned away

Desperate teachers lining up for leftover vaccine at Surrey clinics — only to be turned away

The scramble for vaccines comes as the province has yet to announce how and when it will provide vaccines for priority frontline workers; however older teachers are being encouraged to get AstraZeneca vaccines at their local pharmacies