Friday, July 23, 2021

Ryan Hook

Staff writer with Victoria Buzz. Got a story? Send me an email!

Vancouver Island wildfire near Shirley now being held according to Coastal Fire Centre

The fire grew to one-hectare on Thursday.

Daughter raises funds for Nanaimo homeless man who was run over and pepper-sprayed

The victim suffered serious injuries and is currently being treated in hospital.

BC will change the minimum age for youth work from 12 to 16

Youth will still be allowed to do light work.

CRD issues water conservation advisory for Salt Spring and Gulf Islands

Most outdoor water use should be stopped.

Province announces four new health facilities in the Greater Victoria area

Making it easier for same-day, urgent or non-emergency health care.

5 children hospitalized after accidentally consuming THC gummies in Victoria

The packaging closely resembled a popular candy brand.

Here’s a list of wildfires currently burning in BC right now

There are 296 wildfires currently burning in BC.

‘Adopt A Highway’ submissions are now open in BC after brief hiatus

Volunteer groups can adopt a minimum two-kilometre stretch of highway for two years.
Police Oak Bay

Multiple impaired drivers busted at three separate roadblocks in Oak Bay

A total of $782 in tickets were issued and one car was impounded.

Province appoints First Nations liaisons and provides additional funding for residential school investigations

Caretaker communities will be eligible for a fast-tracked $475,000 in funding.

BC declares provincial state of emergency due to escalating wildfire situation

There are currently 299 fires burning in the province.
BCEHS Air Ambulance

Vehicle rollover snarls traffic on Trans-Canada Highway in Ladysmith

BCEHS are currently on scene and have airlifted one patient.

House fire in Colwood on Monday night deemed suspicious: West Shore RCMP

A neighbour helped contain the fire by using his water hose

Majority of Canadians happy with how federal and provincial governments have handled vaccination process...

50.9% of Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
VicPD cruiser

VicPD arrest woman who bit an officer and spat on pedestrians

The officer and pedestrians suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Canada will reopen its borders to fully-vaccinated travellers from the US in August

Fully vaccinated travelers from any country can visit Canada, starting September 7th.

Saanich Police catch impaired driver attempting to flee crash scene

The suspect failed to climb a fence while running from officers.

Mount Tzouhalem cross near Duncan removed in possible act of vandalism

It’s believed a grinder was used to remove it.

Construction begins on affordable housing project in Langford

Some homes will rent for $375 per month.

Province provides $85,000 for counselling services in Greater Victoria

Demand for counselling services doubled during the pandemic.

Vancouver Island marks over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines administered

There have been no deaths on the Island since May.

BC health officials report 45 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, July 16th

Over 1 million vaccines have been distributed on Vancouver Island.

Premier Horgan announces new BC Centre for Clean Energy set to open this fall

Funded by the provincial and federal governments, and Shell Canada.

Sikh motorcyclists will kick-off ride across Canada at Mile Zero in Victoria

To raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
VicPD cruiser

Victoria man arrested after downtown crime spree that included two attempted carjackings

The 33-year-old was also armed with a knife.

BC announces first-ever prescribed safe supply access in Canada

Patients will be able to access a broader range of opioid and stimulant replacements.

GoFundMe fundraiser looks to cover funeral costs for MAiD patient

Dallon wants to be remembered for being a caring, loving and forgiving person.

Three assaults reported at Fairy Creek blockades this week as tensions boil over (VIDEO)

A shocking video of an aggravated assault was shared to social media.

Province working to reduce ambulance wait times and support emergency workers

The announcement comes amidst the dangerous heat wave and worsening opioid crisis.
Highway 4 Improvements BC

Highway to Tofino and Ucluelet closed temporarily due to rockslide

It’s estimated to reopen at 5 p.m.

City Councillor submits resignation to CRD after viral video circulates online

Ben Isitt was Vice Chair of the First Nations Relations Committee.

BC announces continued support for free and low-cost mental health support

In 2019, 58% more people reported accessing these services than in the previous year.

Vessel designed to clean up ocean debris is departing from Victoria this month

The project intends to clean 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years.

Electric-acoustic festival happening at outdoor venues around Victoria this month

Wonderment is a free, family-friendly event featuring premiere Canadian artists.

Canada ranked the worst out of 44 countries for the cost of mobile phones

We pay more and use less 😨

Recent grad of Langford’s Belmont Secondary gets drafted to the MLB

Victoria-born Dominic Hambley was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Expert weighs in on link between historic heat wave in BC and climate change

“Every heatwave occurring today is made more likely and more intense by climate change.”

New statutory holiday in Canada will honour victims of residential schools

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be on September 30th each year.

Traffic snarled at section of Shelbourne Street in Saanich due to gas leak Tuesday...

Emergency crews are currently on scene.

Victoria residents have one more week to provide feedback on handyDART centre

The new handyDART Centre will be located at 2401 Burnside Road.

BC launches website to help better understand and fight violation tickets

Dispute the ticket quicker without going to court!

Province provides tips on how to protect against smoke inhalation as wildfires worsen

There are currently 201 active fires in BC right now.

Free mobile health clinic launches across Greater Victoria Area

The clinic provides primary care, harm reduction, and mental health support.
VicPD cruiser

16 people arrested in downtown Victoria as a part of VicPD’s initiative to stop...

“Project Magnet” is aimed at combating theft and violence at retail shops.

Province making improvements to highway near Malahat Skywalk ahead of grand opening

The new attraction opens on July 15th.

VicPD investigating after downtown stabbing Tuesday afternoon

It occurred in the courtyard of a community shelter.