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‘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!

Esquimalt’s infamous Carlton Club being demolished to make way for 176 homes

Residents will have access to a 4,000 square foot dog park.

Victoria mourns hometown hockey hero struck and killed by vehicle in Oregon

A GoFundMe has been launched to get his body back home to the island.

Victoria-based rapper gets huge opportunity after being featured on Dr. Phil

He recorded a song with renowned rapper, Merkules!

BC Hydro says high temperatures could set records for energy usage this May

Highs of around 30°C will be around all week long!

Man shot by police after crashing vehicle into RCMP cruiser outside Duncan detachment (VIDEO)

The video shows a man being shot by police.
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BC Ferries adds extra sailings for peak demand during busy May long weekend

If you don’t book ahead, you may have to build a raft!

Two in hospital and one cat dead following Monday night blaze in View Royal

Other animals are still unaccounted for.

Province warns of looming wildfire season as warm weather arrives

There are currently no provincial fire bans in place on the island.

‘Capitalism sucks’: Beloved downtown Victoria bakery closes its doors for good

They’re just the latest downtown restaurant to have to close.

New app in town aims to end food waste while helping feed Victorians on...

Pay one-third of the price for food that would be otherwise wasted.

Province to force industrialists to pay for abandoned projects’ environmental costs

A type of environmental damage deposit will have to be paid.

This ocean-front hotel on Vancouver Island just won an award for being the best...

And two Victoria hotels were finalists!

Police seek assistance locating missing 42-year-old Duncan man last seen May 2nd

His black 2006 Chevrolet Colorado 4-door is also missing.

Victoria country musician makes her debut on iconic Grand Ole Opry stage (VIDEO)

She made her Opry debut at just 22-years-old!
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World Health Organization announces the end of COVID-19 as global emergency

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix share their thoughts.

Victoria artists team up with Malahat Skywalk for AI-generated art exhibit

Celebrating the life of famed Canadian painter, Jean Paul Riopelle. 🎨
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Federal legislation introduced for enhanced protection of BC’s old-growth

Some say logging old-growth groves is unsustainable.

Can you hear me now: Highway connecting Sooke to Port Renfrew now has cell...

Rogers Communications brought service to the region.

Victoria’s historic Point Ellice House to reopen at the end of May under new...

In late March the former site managers called it quits.

Eat tacos and sip margs: 8 spots in Victoria to celebrate Cinco de Mayo...

Life's short. Eat more tacos! 🌮

Rifflandia doubles down on 2023 with two weekends of festival fun

September 7th to 9th AND 15th to 17th! 🎉

‘This is what I’m meant to be doing’: Haida carver has work featured in...

Honouring those impacted by the MMIWG genocide.