Two B.C. police officers share April Fool’s video and COVID-19 message

A couple of police officers on Vancouver’s North Shore thought we could all use a good laugh during this extraordinary time, so they released an April Fool’s video — produced before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Before the video starts, Const. Kevin Goodmurphy of the West Vancouver Police and Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP made a point to acknowledge the anxiety, pain and uncertainty the coronavirus has caused.

They also acknowledged they are obviously not practicing physical-distancing measures in the video, and said they want to remind everyone to keep two meters away from others when out in public to help prevent the spread of the virus.

They said they hope their tongue-in-cheek video, in which they unveil a new bicycle unit to patrol the steep hills of the North Shore, can help add some laughter to a dark time.

“If it gives you a chuckle, pass it on so it brightens someone else’s day,” said DeVries in a post on the North Vancouver RCMP Facebook page, and referred again to the need to practice social-distancing. “Please make our bumps and bruises worthwhile.”

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Vancouver Aquarium lays off nearly 350 workers due to coronavirus outbreak

The Vancouver Aquarium announced staffing cuts on Wednesday, after shutting its doors to the public over a week ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ocean Wise Conservation Association, which operates the attraction, has laid off 60 per cent of its workforce — about 343 employees, most of whom work in operations jobs such cafe service, interpreting, and marketing.

Staff who look after the 70,000 animals living at the aquarium and Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, also in Vancouver, were not affected.

“We can’t just lock the doors and turn off the lights,” like other attractions, said spokesperson Amber Sessions in an email to Global News. “We have our animals to care for.”

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