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Saturday, September 18, 2021


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RCMP arrest Qualicum beach man who bear-sprayed and threatened someone with a firearm

Police nabbed him in a drunk driving collision.

Over 1,000 lives have been lost to the opioid crisis in BC so far...

Drug toxicity is now the leading cause of death for those between 19 and 39 years old.
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Three-year-old dies after incident at resort in Mount Washington

A rock from a mini-golf course fell from above, rendering the girl unconscious.
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Beloved Victoria record store closes its doors after four decades

Starting Wednesday, merchandise is 50 per cent off!

Victoria art gallery invites you to a free art therapy session and self-portrait

The Bateman Gallery will provide the materials and an art therapist.
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BC Ferries offers tips for customers travelling this Labour Day weekend

Save yourself a headache with these tips!

Popular downtown Victoria bars set to resume service after weekend closure

The Strathcona, Big Bad Johns, and the Sticky Wicket were closed due to a staffing shortage.
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VicPD seek suspect and “helpful” bystander in stabbing at unknown Victoria location

The bystander found the victim and transported him to hospital.

UVic states its COVID-19 guidelines for attending in-person activities amidst fourth wave

You will have to either disclose your vaccination status or take a rapid COVID-19 test.

Here’s where you visit a Vaxx Van on Vancouver Island this weekend

Get your first or second dose without an appointment!

Trudeau promises $1 billion COVID-19 proof of vaccination fund if re-elected

The fund is available to provinces developing vaccine IDs.
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A Victoria drive-in movie theatre will donate all proceeds to a local charity next...

Pixar’s ‘Up’ will play on Sunday, September 4th

Health Canada approves Moderna vaccine for children aged 12 to 17

This is the second vaccine approved for this age group.
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Man suffers possible life-threatening injuries after ATV crash at Fairy Creek blockades

RCMP say the man was stuck in a ditch for 15 hours.
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RCMP investigate structure fire in Duncan which sent multiple people to hospital

At least six units have been damaged.

Former Christy Clark staffer throws hat into ring for Conservative Party in Victoria Riding

The riding is currently held by NDP incumbent and ex-Victoria councillor Laurel Collins

VicPD search for suspect in assault on downtown Victoria business owner (UPDATED)

VicPD have identified the man but are still investigating.
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VicPD ask for public’s help identifying suspect who stole paramedic’s equipment (UPDATED)

The medical equipment was stolen while they were providing medical assistance to a patient.

Province reports spike in vaccination registration after vaccine card announcement

Registration increased mostly among people under the age of 40.
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VicPD arrest Victoria man trying to break into woman’s home

He was previously convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault.

Province and Red Cross step up financial support to evacuated British Columbians

BC residents affected by wildfires can access up to $2,000.
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VicPD ask for public’s help identifying man armed with a golf club uttering threats

The man was uttering threats at staff in a local Victoria businesses
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BC highway patrol officers bring runaway car to miraculous stop near Nanaimo

Not so miraculous was the fact the car was stolen.

RCMP warn internet users of extortion scam involving social media nudity

A fake video of an attractive person is used to fool victims.

Here’s an update on BC’s wildfire situation as of Wednesday, August 25th

Nearly half of the wildfires currently burning in BC are classified as out of control. 

BC Ferries reinstates mandatory mask policy for sailings and terminals

Additional measures will allow customers to remain in their vehicles.
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RCMP ask for public’s help finding missing Nanaimo woman

She told family members she was hitchhiking to Ontario.

Liberals make election pitch to ban foreign ownership, build more homes

The Liberal’s plan intends to save a first-time home owner upwards of $30,000.
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Canucks Sports & Entertainment confirm they will require proof of vaccination

You must present a vaccine card for entry into Rogers Arena and Abbotsford Centre.
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Mandatory masks, optional vaccinations: province issues back-to-school plan

Most students, faculty, and staff must wear masks in class.

A ten-year-old’s guide to visiting Victoria

Puzzles, candy, and tacos top the list!

BC announces “Vaccine Card” which will soon be required for discretionary activities

Additionally, BC will not be entering Step 4 of the Restart Plan on September 7th.
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Protestors at Fairy Creek blockades pepper-sprayed by RCMP (VIDEO)

Protestors maintain they are non-violent, while RCMP claim otherwise.
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VicPD ask for help locating a high-risk 45-year old missing man

VicPD are attempting to locate a high-risk missing man and are seeking the public’s help in locating him. Delmer Esau is described as a 45-year-old...
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RCMP respond to allegations of misconduct at Fairy Creek blockades

They were accused of dangerous tactics and even sexual misconduct.

Island Health to begin scaling back mass immunization clinics

81% of eligible Vancouver Island residents have received a dose.

State of Emergency issued after wildfire near Nanaimo grows to 70-hectares overnight

The Mount Hayes fire started Thursday afternoon.
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Neighbour calls 911 after finding person who fell into 15 foot well on Pender...

They survived despite being trapped with water over their head.

There’s a live comedy festival happening in Victoria this weekend

Get ready to laugh!
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Victoria couple identified in tragic boat crash in Bella Coola River last week

Two people are still missing.

Here’s who is running in the 2021 federal election on Vancouver Island

Canadians will hit the polls on September 20th.

VicPD ask for help locating a high-risk 58-year old missing man (UPDATED)

UPDATE: He has been located and is safe.

Canada will require federal workers in travel sectors to be fully-immunized by October

Officials are working to make vaccination mandatory for commercial travel as well.
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VicPD release more photos of suspects linked to Captain Cook statue vandalization

They also identified an additional suspect.
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Province commits additional $25 million to post-secondary research projects

Projects include artificial intelligence, sustainability, and water reuse.

Police investigating after Saanich house fire is deemed suspicious

Authorities haven’t been able to confirm that everyone made it out safely.

Province announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers

For anyone working in long-term care or assisted-living facilities.

A new board chair for the Greater Victoria School District has been selected

Jordan Watters resigned in honour of a request from Indigenous groups.

Wildfire smoke expected to stick around Greater Victoria area until at least Sunday

Friday is expected to be the worst.