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Travelling outside your health region in BC for non-essential purposes could get you a...

These orders are effective immediately.

Popular waterfront pub in Sidney rebrands as Italian restaurant

That’s amore! 🍝

City of Victoria urges campers to accept temporary housing before May 1st

Or be at risk of a court injunction.
Fentanyl overdose crisis

Island Health warns of overdose spike on Vancouver Island, including Victoria

A toxic drug supply is being blamed.

BC health officials report 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 22nd

A new outbreak has been reported at a Victoria long-term care home.

Fifth strain of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Canada on Wednesday

BC confirms 39 cases of the B1617 double mutant strain.

Island Health reports COVID-19 outbreak at Victoria long-term care home

Two more cases have also been identified in the ongoing Nanaimo Hospital outbreak.

BC health officials report 862 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 21st

As of now, Island Health reported 25 new cases of COVID-19.
RCMP Cruiser Generic

West Shore RCMP saw a large spike in violent crimes this past weekend

Dispatch received 164 calls within 48 hours.

VicPD investigating choking assault of developmentally-challenged teen at Beacon Hill Park

Responding officers were confronted by campers, and were bit and spat on.

VicPD ask for help in locating missing 47-year-old man

He was last seen in Victoria on April 7th.
Westshore RCMP cruiser

West Shore RCMP investigating reported indecent exposure at elementary school

He allegedly exposed himself to two young girls.

BC Health officials report 849 new cases of COVID-19 for Tuesday, April 20th

There are currently 9,145 active cases of COVID-19 in BC.

BC Budget 2021: Largest mental health investment included in BC’s 2021 budget

The Province promised $500 million for mental health initiatives.

BC’s Minister of Public Safety clarifies travel restrictions regarding random stops

There will be no random individual stops.

Nanaimo RCMP arrest man sleeping in car with loaded revolver

He was also in possession of suspected fentanyl.

VicPD arrest two men with a loaded firearm and fentanyl during traffic stop

They also had a replica firearm.

Langford business first on Vancouver Island to close temporarily due to COVID-19 cluster

A gym was ordered to close for at least ten days

People 40 and over can now get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in BC

High-risk communities will receive specific clinics.

2,960 new cases of COVID-19 for a three-day period on Monday, April 19th

As of this Friday, intra-provincial travel will be banned.

Multiple Vancouver Island flights added to BCCDC list of COVID-19 exposures

Flights from Victoria, Nanaimo, and Comox Valley have been added.

BC Transit to offer Victoria residents free rides on Earth Day this Thursday

COVID-19 protocols are still in place.

1,005 new COVID-19 cases reported in BC on Friday, April 16th

The Province continues to vaccinate over 40,000 people a day.

Despite objections and injunctions, blockades to protect the Old Growth at Fairy Creek remain...

Premier John Horgan and leaders representing the Pacheedaht Nation have expressed their objections.

BC government announces increased funding for anti-racism organizations in BC

Following an increase in anti-Asian and anti-Indigenous racism.

Saanich Police intercept impaired driver on Pat Bay Hwy after road rage incident

The driver had a mandated alcohol detecting ignition interlock in their vehicle.
Pfizer Vaccine

Here’s why Canada is seeing less Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and more Pfizer

Moderna has reduced shipments by almost 55%.

Victoria’s single-use plastic bag bylaw now back in effect

Businesses can offer customers paper bags for no less than 25 cents or reusable bags for $2.

Average rent is down 8.5% in Canada from last year

Vancouver is still the most expensive city for one and two-bedroom rentals.

1,205 new COVID-19 cases reported in BC on Thursday, April 15th

There are over 10,000 active cases in the province.

Victoria man dies while serving time at prison in Abbotsford

The inmate was incarcerated for aggravated assault and uttering threats in 2019.
VicPD Cruiser Downtown

VicPD officer assaulted while assisting youth amid mental health crisis

The youth was impaired by drugs.
VicPD cruiser

VicPD arrest man with history of sexual offences after teen girls followed

He followed two young women for several blocks on his bicycle.

1,168 new COVID-19 cases reported in BC on Wednesday, April 14th

41,839 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in one day.

Employee at Sidney Thrifty Foods tests positive for COVID-19

The last day they worked was April 3rd.

Nanaimo RCMP deem body found last month as a homicide

It was first ruled as suspicious.
BC Legislature

BC government looks to decriminalize personal drug possession

And announced a $45 million investment into harm reduction services.

Two Vancouver Island beaches among top beaches across Canada

Just in time for the nice weather! ☀️

873 new COVID-19 cases reported in BC on Tuesday, April 13th

Island Health reported 52 new cases today.

Two men seen removing red dresses hanging on trees along Vancouver Island Highway (VIDEO)

Red dresses symbolize missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

42 year-old man arrested after firing rifle at Malahat campground

Luckily, no one was injured.

Over half of British Columbians will use an app or software this tax...

52% intend to use apps.

SD61 adds two more COVID-19 exposures to growing list in Greater Victoria

There are currently 19 schools on the exposure list.

15-year-old boy beaten and stripped of clothing in Nanaimo, suspect arrested

The suspect also threw the victim’s shoes, wallet and cellphone in a lake.

3,289 new COVID-19 cases reported in BC for a three-day period on Monday, April...

There have been two more deaths reported on Vancouver Island.

Greater Victoria School District considers cutting most music classes in schools

A board meeting on the considerations will take place tomorrow.

People aged 60+ in BC can now register to book their COVID-19 vaccines

People born in 1961 or earlier can book online, on the phone, or in person.