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Multiple COVID-19 exposures reported at three schools in Victoria

It comes on the heels of a two-week spring break.

BC health officials report 648 new COVID-19 cases and 13,952 vaccinations administered on March...

BC's active cases are the highest since January 11th.
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RCMP seize suspected fentanyl, cocaine, and GHB from Nanaimo man

He had 40 litres of GHB in the trunk of his vehicle.

New employee scammed of $1,000 after cybercrime fraudster claims to be CEO

Uh Oh, the boss wants money.

Victoria misses March deadline to house homeless despite acquiring two new buildings

Those living in encampments were supposed to be housed by the end of the month.
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Wheel comes off vehicle after lug nuts maliciously loosened: Nanaimo RCMP

Luckily, no one was harmed.

Liquor sales in BC to be capped at 8 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day

In liquor stores and bars across the province.

WWII Veteran living in Victoria celebrates 106th birthday

Happy belated birthday, Albert!

BC health officials report 569 new COVID-19 cases on March 11th

Today marks one year since the WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s how you can help one Victoria man fly to the moon

One small ‘like’ from you, one giant leap for a local restaurant manager.

Victoria lowers their flags to half-mast for COVID-19 pandemic

Today has been dubbed ‘National Day of Observance for COVID-19’ in Canada.

Death of woman in Beacon Hill Park last week deemed homicide by VicPD

VicPD are looking for dashcam footage and multiple witnesses.

BC Ministry of Health reports 531 new COVID-19 cases on March 10th

There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks.

Here’s how you can get real movie theatre popcorn from these Victoria cinemas

You don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone.

Victoria will be hitting double digit temperatures for the next 7 days

It will also be mostly sunny! 😎

K9 assists West Shore RCMP in taking down suspected drug trafficking operation

11 ounces of suspected fentanyl and one loaded shotgun were seized in the takedown.
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Man who assaulted employee at Victoria business was wanted on Canada-wide warrant

He was arrested on Monday evening.

BC health officials report 7 new cases in Island Health Region on Tuesday, March...

Today marks one year since the first person in British Columbia died as a result of COVID-19.

Bus to Tofino expected to resume after $27M government grant announced

The provincial grant looks to support inter-city bus travel.

1 in 6 British Columbians are skeptical of the COVID-19 pandemic (REPORT)

Skeptics are reportedly less trusting of news, the government and more likely to shun family and friends.

Outbreak declared at BC long-term care home despite majority of residents immunized

82% of the residents had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
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21-year-old Nanaimo man succumbs to injuries in off road collision near Boomerang Lake

The crash involved a motorcycle and ATV.

BC health officials report 72 new cases on Vancouver Island from Friday, March 5th...

There were 1,462 new cases of COVID-19 reported across the province.

Letters to the Buzz: Photo of Vancouver Island cougar to be featured in Canadian...

Live the moment of the capture. 📸

This multi-dimensional mermaid sculpture in Oak Bay is made entirely out of recycled materials

Half human, half fish, all recycled plastic?

BC reports 634 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths on Friday, March 5th

There have been over 300,000 vaccines administered in BC.
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19 arrested after RCMP execute search warrant at notorious home in Courtenay

A firearm, ammunition, and stolen property were also seized.

Songhees Nation to launch marine trail in Victoria to honour culture

The marine trail is looking to open in 2022.

Health Canada approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

It will be the first single-dose vaccine approved in the country.

Two flights landing in Victoria added to COVID-19 exposures list

It’s unclear whether both flights were taken by the same individual.

BC reports 564 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths on March 4th

The AstraZeneca vaccine doses will arrive next week.
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Canada has been ranked as one of the most free countries in the world

Canada joins Norway, Finland, and Uruguay as most free.
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Westshore RCMP looking to identify driver in Langford hit and run Wednesday night

The vehicle briefly stopped then promptly left the scene.
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Vehicles smashed and basement flooded in overnight “mischief spree” on Cook Street

In one incident, a running hose was intentionally placed inside an apartment building.

BC reports 542 new COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths on March 3rd

Island Health reported a drop in each region's active COVID-19 cases.

Canadian arts and live entertainment sectors to receive $181 million in government funding

To help stabilize the arts and music sectors amid COVID-19.

VicPD investigating white supremacist graffiti at ballpark in Esquimalt

This continues a trend of graffiti and tagging in the Victoria area.

BC government extends provincial state of emergency for another two weeks

The new deadline has been extended to March 16th.

Victoria Royals to play 24-game season based out of hub centre in Kelowna

After WHL given green light for BC to return to play.

BC reports 438 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths on March 2nd

There are 22 new confirmed cases of variants, mostly recorded in Fraser Health region and Vancouver Coastal health region.

Oak Bay PD confiscate fake police badge during routine traffic stop

The badge was inscribed with 'Special Police'.

Victoria International Airport awarded ‘Best Airport in North America’ in 2020

Along with 'Best Hygiene Measures'.
Fentanyl overdose crisis

BC records deadliest January to date due to opioid crisis

An average of 5.3 lives were lost each day in January.

Man arrested after pouring gasoline on occupied tent in Victoria park

A woman and dog were inside of the tent that he threatened to set on fire.

Chuck’s Burger Bar announces permanent closure after sexual assault allegations

The once popular eatery was subject to multiple sexual assault allegations against a former employee.

BC reports 1,478 new COVID-19 cases and eight new deaths over three-day period on...

There were 88 new cases on the Island.

Man arrested after confronting an off-duty officer with a metal pipe

The Newfoundland man will face charges of assault with a weapon.

BC government proposes an extended rent freeze until December 31st

The proposed changes will protect renters against evictions and extend the rent freeze until Dec 31st.

BC increases gap between first and second COVID-19 vaccines

The province approved a 4-month gap between vaccines.