Monday, October 15, 2018

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Giant Bikes opening next week in downtown Victoria

Just in time for the nice weather!

15 photos of Pandora’s two-way bicycle track as it nears completion

From Cook Street to the new Johnson Street Bridge, the Pandora bike lane nears completion.

Province buys Tally Ho Motel on Douglas Street for more “low-barrier” housing

The building will provide 52 units of housing for low-to moderate-income individuals with mental-health and substance-abuse issues.

Victoria sports broadcaster Steve Duffy joins HarbourCats

Long-time Victoria sports broadcaster Steve Duffy is joining the Victoria HarbourCats baseball organization. Operating partner Jim Swanson made the announcement today in a press release. Duffy's...

Marijuana could be legal in Canada by July 1, 2018

According to an exclusive report released by CBC News tonight, the Trudeau government is set to announce a timetable for full marijuana legalization next...

No more mandatory high heels for BC waitresses

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says women shouldn’t have to wear high heels at work. Yesterday, she tweeted that the BC government will "move to...

Downtown’s Pig BBQ Joint closing next month

It's been listed for sale for many months now, and today we have learned there is a closing date for downtown's popular Pig BBQ Joint,...

Three places to watch the Oscars in Victoria on Sunday

The 89th Academy Awards are already less than a week away. While many Hollywood types say the films nominated for this year's Oscar awards are...

Lunch delivery company Salt and Pepper Fox moves into Victoria’s smallest retail storefront

The Salt and Pepper Fox is opening a casual take-out location downtown.  And it's in the smallest possible location in all of Greater Victoria. The...

How much is your home worth – new assessment figures are now online, with...

BC Assessment has now updated their online database with brand new assessment figures for all properties in British Columbia. You can search any property HERE. BC...

Three Chinese warships arrive in Victoria – open for onboard tours this week

Three ships from China’s People’s Liberation Army have arrived in Victoria for a scheduled visit. The replenishment ship Taihu and guided missile frigates Yancheng and Daqing...
BC Transit Bus Lane

Your bus really is just around the corner – BC Transit installing real-time bus...

Good news for bus riders that often wonder, "where is that bus?" when it hasn't arrived at your stop at the 'scheduled' time. BC Transit...

Brown’s Socialhouse offers 50% off your food bill with a PJ donation today

This Sunday, December 4th, three Vancouver Island Brown's Socialhouse locations will again participate in their annual Christmas PJ drive. It's part of the Christmas Pyjama...

Victoria to host not one, but two consecutive Canadian baseball championships

A news release issued by the Victoria HarbourCats today revealed that not only had the organization landed the hosting rights for the 2017 Baseball Canada...

Il Terrazzo to donate 100% of sales this Monday to Harbourside Rotary

On Monday, November 7th, Il Terrazzo Ristorante is celebrating 24 years in business and will donate 100% of their sales to Harbourside Rotary Victoria. Enjoy fine...

Shelbourne Street McDonald’s to double drive-thru lanes

The drive-thru lanes at the "original" Saanich McDonald's will be twinned next year, in order to serve more customers, and speed order pick-ups. Although the lanes...
windy weather

Is the largest storm in 54 years coming Saturday? Where to watch nature’s...

Unless you've been living under a rock (safely away from our ocean beaches), you've heard the warnings about the huge storm expected to arrive...

Blue Jays daytime playoff games – how to skip work and watch them

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the conventional off-season in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, with an 11th-inning victory over Baltimore in the play-in game. Now it's a...
Horse-drawn carriage

Doug Clement Photography announces Christmas market dates for print and calendar sales

Doug Clement Photography has released the schedule for calendar and print sales at local Christmas markets. You can find Doug personally staffing the sales booth at...

New Tsawwassen Mills shopping mall eyes Vancouver Island customers as it opens this Wednesday

The brand new Tsawwassen Mills mega-mall opens this Wednesday, October 5th on the Lower Mainland, and the marketing people there have shown more than...

The robots have arrived – downtown McDonald’s marches towards automation

The robots have finally arrived at the downtown Victoria McDonald's restaurant, on Douglas St. It's the latest outlet to see an automated kiosk system installed...

Remnants of Victoria’s last stripper bar up for auction, as Kilshaw’s prepares for move...

In the mid-1990's, if a red-blooded young male wanted to see a naked lady dance on stage, he had a choice of several watering holes...

Noodlebox to give back today with a $5 special for mental health

This Wednesday, September 21st, Noodlebox outlets in Victoria are giving back to the community, while giving customers a great deal. “Thanks to the kindness of...

Today – 54 years after it opened, iconic downtown bar to celebrate “Big Bad...

It's been more than 54 years in the making, but it's finally here. The legendary downtown watering hole that originally took shape to capture the...

Over 25 Victoria attractions are absolutely free today

As part of the Victoria Foundation's 80th anniversary celebration, many Victoria attractions that normally charge entry fees will be absolutely free and open to the...

(UPDATED with itinerary) Will Prince George meet Prince George, will the Royals meet the...

It might be a sports marketers dream, or it might just create fantastic - if not confusing - worldwide headlines. The WHL hockey schedule was set...

(UPDATED with itinerary) Victoria will be home base for Royal visit in September

Not only is the Royal Family visiting Western Canada this September, but they will make Victoria their home base for the entire one-week trip,...

A Tribute to the Rules and Regulations of the Christmas Village

The Christmas Village store was opened 28 years ago by Gudrun Reinhold and her husband, Falk Reinhold, who died just over a year ago. After closing...

Provincially-appointed board chooses Esquimalt to take all of the core region’s sewage

McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt is the sole choice of the provincially-oappointed sewage board, for siting the sewage treatment plant that will take all raw...
Vancouver Island Motor Gathering

Vancouver Island Motor Gathering moves to new high-performance race course in Cowichan this year

The Vancouver Island Motor Gathering, a long-running event sponsored by GAIN Dealer Group, is moving north this year. The Vancouver Island Motor Gathering finds its...

Over 2,000 short-term rentals now listed on Air BnB in Greater Victoria

With word this week that Air BnB, the peer-to-peer accommodations technology app, has offered a $250 bonus to prospective Vancouver landlords, we decided to...

“Go Topless Day” is this Sunday in Victoria

Our local Victoria weather is taking a bit of a cooler twist this weekend, but with highs of 17 degrees in the forecast, it'll likely...

The Livet – Victoria’s newest restaurant opens at 3pm today

The Livet's website is short on details about the food or the atmosphere, but we do know this:  the proprietor is Graham Meckling, who has...

Your chance to become an amateur film-maker comes up September 10th

Your chance to contribute to a nationwide film project is coming up in September.  It's a initiative of the CTV television network called "Canada...

Can you conquer Metro Victoria’s tallest mountain?

The paved road to the top is just a short 1.63 kilometres long, but it's the vertical rise that'll really challenge you.  Saanich's Mount Douglas...

Where to watch The Tragically Hip’s final concert broadcast

The end is near for what many believe is the final tour for Canada's legendary The Tragically Hip. In May of this year, the band announced...

Huge Saanich Peninsula air show this weekend is little in name only

It bills itself as "Victoria's Largest Little Airshow", but now in its 15th year, there is nothing small about this annual event. The airshow was...

Frank Stanford retires from CFAX radio, after 30 years

We learned this morning that long-time CFAX radio host and reporter Frank Stanford has retired. Al Ferraby made the announcement quietly on air this morning....

5 Food Trucks to check out at the HarbourCats games this weekend

If you haven't been to a HarbourCats game recently, you might not know that one of the biggest draws to Royal Athletic Park is...

Victoria’s Michael Saunders voted onto the MLB All-Star team

Earlier this afternoon Major League Baseball announced that Victoria's Michael Saunders, a Blue Jays standout this year, will be going to the All-Star game...
Colwood Corners

New plans for Colwood Corners have been revealed (PHOTOS)

A new look for Colwood Corners has been released. Onni Group, that bought the stalled development out of the bankruptcy of League Assets, has submitted...

HarbourCats golden during this “grand slam” year

For Victoria sports fans, it simply does not get any better than this. It may seem odd, but less than four weeks into the 2016...

UPDATE: Arrest made after victim of sexual assault near Uptown spots suspect on bus

A suspect involved in a sexual assault near Uptown has been arrested after the victim spotted him on a BC Transit bus. On March 5,...

Local Credit Union Phishing Scam Circulating

Victoria Buzz has received several messages from readers in the past 24 hrs, alerting us of a phishing scam making the rounds in Victoria. People have...

Justin Trudeau on International Women’s Day

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on International Women’s Day in a Globe and Mail op-ed today. He wrote of the opportunity gender equality represents and that "feminism" is not...

Victoria writer chosen for publishing by viral site Wattpad

Local author Rebecca Sky has been selected from among thousands, to be included in a collection of stories from Wattpad writers scheduled to be...

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake strikes off Vancouver Island Saturday morning

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was detected off the west coast of Vancouver Island at 10:38 this morning. According to the United States Geological Survey, it had...

B.C. government announces funding for creative sector

Today the government announced its Creative Economy Strategy. Promising $1.5 million over three years to "support shared creative spaces" and $300,000 through artsVest to encourage businesses...