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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Curtis Blandy

Staff Writer/Reporter

Downtown Victoria library has windows smashed multiple times in one week

Causing their opening to be delayed.

Saanichton brewery creates Vancouver Island’s first ‘gluten-removed’ beer

They have a pale ale, pilsner and an IPA. 🍻

Inspired by grief: Victoria-based Indigenous artist has work showcased on CBC

Exploring personal stories of loss.

Nanaimo singer-songwriter Lauren Spencer-Smith snags two Juno nominations

TikTok Fan Choice and Artist of the Year.

‘We need the tools’: Saanich teacher speaks about new anti-racism education

The Anti-Racism Action Plan was launched on January 23rd.

Nearly 2,300 lives claimed due to drug-poisoning in 2022: BC Coroners Service

Greater Victoria had 157 drug-related fatalities last year.

Social media goes ‘wild’ over three driftwood cougars along Dallas Road

They’ve since been relocated.
Fentanyl overdose crisis

BC has officially decriminalized possession of illicit drugs; here’s what you need to know

Possessing a small amount of some substances is now legal.

A new Australian-themed rolling cafe will be coming to Victoria’s Clover Point Park

They’ll have vegan baked goods too!

Suspect sought after Nanaimo grocery store clerk robbed at knifepoint: RCMP

He escaped police on foot.

‘Out of an abundance of caution’: Oak Bay library temporarily closed for asbestos testing

The rest of the building will be unaffected.

Curt’s Cocktail Corner: On weekends we hail Caesar while we brunch

Whoops, my Alberta is showing.

Saanich massage therapist’s license revoked for secretly videotaping female patient

He was criminally convicted for voyeurism in 2021.

Vehicle of a missing 30-year-old Nanaimo woman found without plates

She was last seen January 11th.

Watch as the Port Alice pulp mill is demolished after 104 years (VIDEO)

It had a long, sordid history!

Suspect arrested after house fire on Richardson Street deemed arson: VicPD

They turned themselves in.

Victoria mural artist paints over smashed window covering for downtown retailer

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! 🍋🎨🖌️

A cold spell will cast its shadow over Greater Victoria next week

No snow is expected through the cold snap.

VicPD recovers over $11,000 in stolen merchandise from thieves downtown

Eight suspects were arrested.

Saanich gas leak closes section of Quadra Street and prompts evacuation of nearby buildings...

Cloverdale Elementary School was also evacuated.

Here’s how the latest Bank of Canada interest hike will affect Victorians

We asked an economist to explain it simply.

Vast majority of Vancouver Islanders would like to see the end of single-use plastics

Don’t forget your reusable bags!

Police seek help locating missing high-risk teenage girl last seen in downtown Victoria

She was reported missing on January 14th.

Three Vancouver Island restaurants make Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat

Have you checked them out?
One-bedroom rates in Victoria are on the up

Victoria housing prices rise despite prices dropping by nearly 12% across BC

It’s dropping everywhere else, of course. 😠

Dangerous wanted man arrested in Victoria’s Rock Bay area: VicPD

He was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

Maritime Museum receives $1 million donation from Victoria woman’s estate

This will help with their move to Steamship Terminal.

‘He was the cuddliest cat’: Family mourns loss of pet killed by cougar in...

There have been recent reports of three cougars in the area.

BC and United Way fund ‘period poverty’ pilot projects on southern Vancouver Island

Victoria and Duncan have received funding.

West Shore RCMP reveal details of Sunday’s serious collision on HWY 1 near Leigh...

One vehicle was going nearly 200 km/h.

Greater Victoria students protest alleged sexual abuse at the hands of teachers

They gathered in front of the SD61 board office on Monday.

Confirmed gas leak closes roads in Fernwood as crews respond

Several BC Transit bus routes are being impacted.

Police warn parents as ‘sextortion’ crimes target teenage boys in Victoria and Esquimalt

Some as young as 13 and 14-years-old.

Victoria could see a 9% property tax increase to combat inflation

The police budget has also increased by nearly 9%.

Victoria increases budget for grants to help community projects come to life

Fund your next project for the community!

‘Ancient Caves’ is the latest must-see feature film at the Royal BC Museum’s IMAX...

You'll see other-worldly places that seem like science-fiction!

New details reveal Saanich bank robbers intended to ‘kill or injure’ as many officers...

The brothers didn’t expect to survive.

Curt’s Cocktail Corner: This local libation is called the Harbour Air

Hope you like purple as much as Prince did!

36-year-old wanted man believed to be travelling to Victoria: VicPD

He’s wanted for criminal harassment and mischief.

‘You spoke and we listened’: CRD reverses decision to replace Thetis Lake sign

The initial post had over 1,000 outraged comments.

Blanshard Street delays ahead as crews work on underground infrastructure

Between Caledonia Avenue and Fort Street.

13th annual Lindsay Buziak Walk for Justice is set for February 2nd

Her father organizes it to encourage police action.

Owner says window smashed at downtown Victoria clothing store ‘part of a bigger problem’

“People don’t go smashing windows for nothing.”

RCMP seeking help in locating missing 37-year-old Nanaimo woman

Police had contact with her in late December.