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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Curtis Blandy

Staff Writer/Reporter

Three Greater Victoria municipalities have been fast-tracked to build more homes

If they can’t, the province will step in.

‘It’s private property’: Bear Mountain to charge $45 to access trails on their land

And permitted users will have to wear a wristband.

BC pharmacists can now prescribe treatments for minor ailments and contraceptives

Cut out the middle-man to get your ointments and pills!

Beloved Westshore Swap and Shop finds new homebase in Colwood

The event used to be held at the Western Speedway.

‘A full circle moment’: Two Victoria punk bands record split EP and play show...

JoyBoy and ex-cowboy take the stage together once again this Friday.

Six cougars euthanized following numerous attacks on Metchosin sheep farms

One sheep farmer says ‘changing times’ are to blame.

BC expands speculation and vacancy tax to more Vancouver Island regions

Including the Lake Cowichan area.

‘I applied to Habitat on a hope’: Mother and son find place to call...

Habitat for Humanity has helped 39 families find homes since 1990.

Victoria’s HarbourCats in desperate need of host families for their players

There’s free season tickets in it for those willing! ⚾

Brand new health-conscious café opening in Esquimalt’s West Bay this weekend (PHOTOS)

For the health-conscious who don’t want to sacrifice flavour!
Rapid Transit

Here’s how Victoria cyclists can ride the bus for free during Go By Bike...

Everything's better when it’s free! 🚲🚌

Despite most Vancouver Islanders thinking crime is on the rise, statistics say otherwise

This survey shows how safe people feel in their neighbourhoods.

8 months later: Beyond Van Gogh announces new opening date in Victoria

The ‘will they or won’t they’ of the year!

Here’s how Victoria musicians can get up to $10,000 in grant money from the...

Funds will be given out monthly until November. 💸

Asbestos be gone!: Oak Bay Library Branch to reopen in early June

The temporary pop-up location will close on Sunday.

Blue-green blooms continue to plague four of Victoria’s most swimmable beaches

And it’s only just the beginning!

‘It’s pretty much just bad news’: One of Victoria’s last video rental stores announces...

A petition has been started to have GVPL buy the collection.

VicPD and GVERT engage in armed standoff in James Bay on Monday Morning

Two people were arrested in possession of an airsoft rifle.

Activist group protested 150th anniversary of RCMP at Legislature lawn on Victoria Day

A massive painting was done in the centre of the intersection of Government and Belleville Streets.

Nanaimo testing new pilot program to help those in recovery find meaningful employment

Connective is the Nanaimo recovery centre chosen.

WestJet and Swoop strike narrowly averted after last minute tentative agreement reached

Just two hours before the airline’s ultimatum.

New west coast tapas and wine bar opening up shop in historic Janion building

Their food is thoughtful, local and downright delicious!

Two brothers arrested in connection to violent Saanich robbery last August

Nearly a year after the crime was committed.

206 lives were lost in BC last month due to toxic drug poisoning

49 people have died in Victoria so far this year.

Townsfolk outraged after world’s largest burl destroyed by fire in Port McNeill

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
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WestJet Group gearing up for strike by cancelling flights rather than increasing wages

Most YYJ flights have not been impacted thus far.

UVic to expand its cycling network thanks to new federal funding

$2.4 million is coming their way to make some major upgrades! 🚵

Two wheels, one love!: Go By Bike Week returns to Victoria next week

Pedal-power is best! 🚲

BC wildfire smoke hovering over southern Vancouver Island beginning today

There are currently 60 active wildfires in the province.

There’s a new 70s-themed retro brewpub opening its doors in Victoria next week (PHOTOS)

You need to see the barroom for yourself! 🍻

Toys “R” Us officially announces they are moving into Uptown Shopping Centre

In the old Forever 21 location!

Polls show BC NDPs have more support than ever over the last three months

Premier Eby’s approval rate is sitting at 59%.

Open fire ban to come into effect for Vancouver Island beginning this Thursday

Campfires are still permitted for now.

Some believe one of Victoria’s only safe spaces for queer folks isn’t what it...

Paparazzi went from being a queer-friendly space to an all-inclusive one.

Only one Vancouver Island restaurant cracks Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2023

Ucuelet’s Pluvio claimed #33 on the list! 🍽️

157 kilometres of highways on Vancouver Island to be resurfaced this summer

The project is costing BC $30 million.

‘Our most eclectic, exciting lineup’: Paris Hilton among Rifflandia’s headliners this year

Plus Salt-N-Pepa, Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, Herbie Hancock and more!