Saturday, September 19, 2020

Tim Ford

Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz
The Bubble Bus Co.

6 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, September 19th to 20th

Free bubble tea, cleanups, and more!

B.C. acquires $14M property site to expand Victoria’s Royal BC Museum

The separate 14,000 sq. metre building will be built in Colwood
Tiktok Facebook

U.S. moves to ban TikTok and WeChat following Trump executive order

Some users are hoping to duck the ban with Canadian VPNs
Gabrielle Dansereau-Krenbrink

Victoria Police seek public assistance locating high-risk missing teenager (UPDATED)

She is believed to be in downtown Victoria.

BC Teachers Federation files labour dispute over back-to-school plan 

They are demanding face shields, remote learning, and more staff.

B.C. extends temporary patio service rules through October 2021

Expanded outdoor areas for COVID-19 were set to expire Oct. 31, 2020.
North Town Centre Parking Lot

RCMP seek suspect after Nanaimo senior assaulted in parking lot dispute

All because the victim parked in a handicap spot because his spouse is disabled.

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Friday September 18th

Bands, cider, and markets!

Premier Horgan calls out Buzzfeed Canada for misnaming Nanaimo Bars

What IS a "Canadian chocolate bar?"
Scott Grier

VicPD ask public for help to find missing 33-year-old man (UPDATED)

He was reported missing on September 12.

B.C. announces details of $1.5 billion economic recovery plan

The nearly 40-page plan is called “Stronger BC for everyone.”

West Shore RCMP seize replica firearms and .303 rifle from Langford home 

The owner has a lengthy criminal record.
Oregon Wildfires

B.C. firefighters and personnel head south to help battle wildfires in Oregon

The fires have burned an estimated 1 million acres.

Suspect apprehended, replica gun seized following Quadra Elementary lockdown

Police are investigating the reports
Jewelry Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP seek rightful owner of stolen jewelry

Do you recognize any of these items?

Victoria Police release new photos of suspect who assaulted and robbed an elderly woman...

The incident occurred at the TD Branch at 182 Wilson St.
Meal Prep 2

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Thursday September 17th

Some recurring events are ending! Don't miss out!
Pure Energy Sculpture

Victoria-based artist donates bronze sculpture to Sidney

Armando Barbon’s new work is called “Pure Energy”
Osborne and Rankin

Vancouver Island candidate announcements heat up provincial election speculation

Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne and former MP Murray Rankin are both looking to run for the BC NDP

VicPD search for witnesses in Galloping Goose sexual assault

The suspect in the assault remains in custody.

Oak Bay leases houses to Victoria Immigrant Refugee Centre Society

Two properties will house newly arrived refugees.
Elise Cote - Kids

‘I feel nostalgic and sad’: MEC buyout draws dismay and condemnation

A petition to “Save MEC” has reached over 30,000 signatures.

Police Board votes to extend VicPD Chief Del Manak’s contract

His new contract will run until the end of 2024.

Elderly Nanaimo woman loses $14,000 to scammer posing as grandson

Two other men posed as a police officer and a lawyer.
Billie the Kid

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Wednesday September 16th

Smoke is slowly clearing, but there's still things to do inside!

Here’s a list of Victoria businesses with mandatory mask policies amid COVID-19

The list was compiled on Reddit by local users.
ATM Suspect

VicPD seek witnesses to daylight robbery at ATM in Vic West

The incident occurred at the TD Branch at 182 Wilson St.
Canada US Pumpkins

Canadian views of US reach all-time low in nearly 20-year polling history

Only one in five Canadians expressed confidence in Donald Trump.
Tim Elliott

Search underway at Elk Lake for missing Sidney man (UPDATED)

Tim Elliott went missing in the area Saturday night.

MEC ending co-op structure after US purchase announcement

A petition to “Save MEC” has garnered over 6,500 signatures.
Nanaimo Thefts

Nanaimo RCMP investigate two separate thefts in a week

One suspect stole a paramedic kit, the other a safe from Gas N Go.
VicPD cruiser

VicPD search for suspect in Beacon Hill Park stabbing

A man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Sikh Temple RBCM

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Tuesday September 15th

Spend your lunchbreak with a virtual visit to a museum!

Black Lives Matter mural vandalized in downtown Victoria

He sprayed over "ACAB" and wrote "9/11 Never Forget"

Province launches new film fund as part of BC COVID-19 relief package

Applications for funding will likely start in November 2020.
Michelle Van der Kemp

Nanaimo RCMP searching for missing 53-year-old woman (UPDATED)

She has not been seen or heard from since Friday, September 4.
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau elected leader of BC Green Party on second ballot

In her acceptance speech she accused Premier Horgan of “playing politics.”

BC announces ‘first in Canada’ lung cancer screening program

The program aims to provide earlier detection.

Drought conditions persist on Vancouver Island as forecast promises late-week rain

Rain is forecast for most of the island by Friday

Smoky conditions lead to advisories from Victoria school districts

 The BC Teachers’ Federation has called on the province for guidance.
Esquimalt Waste Plant

Esquimalt invites feedback on potential waste management plant

The project could eliminate nearly 1000 cars worth of Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Toast and Jersey

BC SPCA seek donations to treat injured kittens that fell from high rises

Toast and Jersey are recovering from separate falls.

B.C. announces $30 million improvements to deadly Vancouver Island road

It was the site of an accident that claimed the lives of two UVic students last year.
Tents Centennial Square

Victoria council votes to limit number of unhoused campers at municipal parks

Campers will also be re-admitted into Centennial Square.

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after being struck by school bus in Duncan

No children were on board the bus at the time.
Saanich Climate Plan

Saanich opens Electric Mobility Strategy survey as next step in climate plan

New EV charging stations, E-bikes and other supports are proposed.

Man arrested on child pornography charges in Central Saanich

Christopher Michael Wakefield is set to appear in court on October 5.
Shotgun VicPD

VicPD seize shotgun and arrest man after traffic stop in Burnside Gorge

The man was in breach of earlier curfew conditions.
VicPD Cam MacIntyre

VicPD arrest six Calgary men after kidnap and assault in Oaklands

Police believe this was a targeted incident.
VicPD cruiser

Hammer-wielding man arrested for mischief and assault by Victoria police

He was sent for assessment under Section 28 of the Mental Health Act.