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‘[White] cis males are back of the line’: Victoria coffee shop faces backlash after...

"I posted carelessly and it was wrong."

IIO investigating fatal police shooting in Campbell River

A man was shot dead by police early Monday morning.

Prime Minister Trudeau tests positive for COVID-19 for a second time

“I feel okay, but that’s because I got my shots.”

This 62,000-piece LEGO replica of a downtown Victoria hotel was made by a long-time...

You have to see the striking to-scale creation for yourself!

Outpatient lab in Sidney temporarily closes for three weeks

It’s expected to reopen on July 4th.

Save Old Growth protester transported to hospital during Pat Bay Hwy blockade (VIDEO)

Police say around a dozen protesters brought traffic to a complete stop.

Over 60% of Victoria residents feel unsafe downtown after dusk

According to a new VicPD community survey.

Family of Lake Cowichan man killed in logging accident launches GoFundMe

"We are all so devastated … We don't know how we will ever find happiness again."

Seasonal beach mat means this popular Victoria shore is accessible to all

Just in time for summer! ☀️

Pedestrian struck by Canada Post truck in downtown Victoria on Thursday afternoon (VIDEO)

The truck was turning right and hit someone crossing the crosswalk.

This Saanich grocery store is temporarily closing to make way for a massive redevelopment

University Heights is being transformed into a mixed-use community.

Island Classic pickleball tournament returns to Victoria this weekend

Admission is free and all are welcome to spectate!
Lisa Lapointe

More females and older people are overdosing from toxic illicit drugs in BC

Females made up 26% of the estimated 161 lives lost in April.

Pomeranian puppy ‘Nugget’ stolen from Langford reunited with owner

Spread the paws-itive news! 🐾

VicPD release new photos of Indigenous woman missing for 17 years

Belinda Cameron was last seen on May 11th, 2005.

Oak Bay mansion sells for $13.1M making it Vancouver Island’s priciest home sale

It boasts five “bedroom suites” and eight bathrooms.

Saanich ‘distraction theft’ thieves also on the prowl in Langford

As one distracts a woman, the other steals her wallet.

BC Ferries faces nearly $675K fine following worker drowning

WorkSafeBC says the company failed to ensure worksite safety.
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Staff shortage prompts BC Ferries sailing cancellations on Tuesday

Vaccination policies and a shortage of professional mariners are fueling hiring challenges.

Sooke RCMP searching for missing man last seen in May (UPDATED)

Call police if you spot him.

UVic food bank sees ‘extremely high’ demand despite summer slow down

They say it’s linked to unaffordable housing and rising food costs.

Last summer’s heat dome left 55 dead on Vancouver Island, 619 across BC

Temperatures soared past 40°C in many parts of the province.

Police release photos of suspects in Saanich ‘distraction theft’ scheme

Two women have had their wallets stolen in recent days.
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Fatal collision on Saturday claims life of Nanaimo teen

A driver in her 20s turned herself in to police the next day.

BC Transit offering free fares in Victoria this Wednesday

Local transit-goers rejoice! 🚌

Vancouver Island’s west coast to increase patrols to ‘crack down’ on illegal camping

Following a spike in illegal camping over the past two summers.

Flyover overpass at Pat Bay Hwy and Keating Cross Road expected to be completed...

It will eliminate the need to turn across highway traffic.

First Nation wants new $789-million Royal BC Museum project curbed, artifacts returned

“We believe the province needs to put the brakes on this work…”
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Vancouver Island bank robbery sees man loot ‘substantial’ amount of cash

Witnesses spotted the man changing his clothes after fleeing.

Engineer behind unsafe highrise in Langford faces fines, license revocation

In 2019, tenants already living in the building were forced to vacate.
IIO

IIO investigating after man suffers “serious” police dog bite in Saanich

The man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation raises over $430K for new medical equipment

VGH will get new equipment for spine and trauma-related surgeries.

Walmart Supercentre officially opening this month at Hillside Mall

Grab your shopping bags, Victoria! 🛒
Bear sighting

RCMP issue alert after “aggressive” black bear encounter at Langford park

Police say the bear charged at a hiker in the parking lot.

Change-Makers Gathering Festival returns to Langford this Saturday

Honouring Indigenous knowledge and a path to understanding.

11-year-old school bus rider injured in Colwood hit-and-run

His mother says he suffered a concussion and soft tissue damage.

Hundreds of art pieces seized from Oak Bay art dealer returned to owners

The pieces are worth tens of millions of dollars combined.

Countdown is on for Victoria Pride Festival and parade

Happy Pride Month, Victoria! 🏳️‍🌈

Camosun College welcoming back 2020/21 alumni for in-person convocation this June

After COVID-19 put a damper on their in-person celebrations.

Vancouver Island village suspends firefighting services amid staff shortage

“There will currently be no response to a fire call out.”
Fentanyl overdose crisis

BC becomes the first province to decriminalize possession of illegal drugs for personal use

Including opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA.

City of Victoria gets $750K in funding to enhance Government Street

Including new protected bike lanes, traffic signals, art and landscaping!

Man turns himself in following manure dumping outside Horgan’s Langford office

He's facing criminal charges and has a date in court.

New-born fawn caught on cam in Greater Victoria backyard (VIDEO)

Fawning season is officially underway! 🦌

Construction underway on new affordable housing complex in James Bay (PHOTOS)

Bringing close to 100 rental homes to the area.

Unionized Victoria Starbucks workers excluded from nationwide pay increase voice frustration (UPDATED)

They’re calling on the coffee giant to “do the right thing.”