Monday, March 1, 2021


Tim Ford

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Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz
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Ford on Fridays: the benefits of living in a pandemic

There are at least 6 things!...maybe 5.
Fire Station Saanich 2

Here’s what the new Saanich fire station near Elk Lake could look like (RENDERINGS)

Construction is expected to start later this year.

Fan Tan Alley ice cream shop leaving popular downtown location

The landlord declined to renew the shop's lease.

The sights and sounds of Mars: new Perseverance rover footage released (VIDEO)

No word yet if Mars is a David Bowie fan.

Filming of Netflix series temporarily closes Gordon Head Rec Centre

The facility is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

Donation drive aims to bring coats to Nanaimo’s homeless

40 coats have been donated so far.

Ford on Fridays: the next great Hollywood blockbuster will be in Victoria

Selected scenes from a script of pure genius.
Perseverance First Look

First images sent back from Perseverance Mars rover (PHOTOS)

The rover will begin collecting samples shortly.

Victoria’s ‘Downtown Delivers’ program extended until end of March

The program launched in December.

Here’s how you can watch NASA’s latest Mars landing (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

Less than one hour to landing! (12:55 p.m.)
Ladysmith Rescue Airlift

Lost woman located by Ladysmith Search and Rescue after spending night outdoors

The woman was airlifted out and taken to hospital.
Belfry Theatre

Belfry Theatre goes virtual for spring season with filmed productions

Ticket holders will have access to streaming video during the performance runs.

Canada Post service disrupted on Island following snowstorms

Keep your driveway and walkways clear!
Brandon Sheldon Missing

RCMP ask for public assistance after teenager reported missing from Nanaimo

He was reported missing on Thursday.

Victoria ranked 5th most expensive rental market in Canada for January

It was ranked 4th from September to January.
Nathaniel Biernacyzk missing

Nanaimo RCMP ask public for help to find missing 23-year-old

He has been missing since Saturday.
Lunar New Year decorations

Ford on Fridays: what is Lunar New Year? Let me dim summarize

It's the year of the METAL OX, which sounds aboslutely badass.

New COVID variant detected in B.C. linked to international travel

There is no evidence showing widespread transmission of the variant.
Jesse Goodale

Canada-wide warrant issued for Nanaimo man breaching aggravated assault release conditions

He had been ordered to reside at the Salvation Army in Victoria.
Westshore RCMP cruiser

Suspect caught in the act breaking into storage locker at Elements Casino

He was wanted on other charges from Saanich and Victoria.

449 new cases, nine more deaths reported in latest B.C. COVID update

19 new cases were reported in Island Health.
BCEHS Ambulance

Elderly pedestrian struck and killed while crossing street in Port Alberni

The victim was hit in a crosswalk by a vehicle turning left.
Nanaimo Sign

Central Vancouver Island remains hotspot in positive COVID-19 cases

68% of Island Health's active cases are currently in the central region.
saanich police

Break and enter suspect caught in the act in Saanich

He was identified as 41-year-old Leslie Brownjohn.
Travelodge Victoria

Province extends Victoria Travelodge housing lease to end of year

The lease has been set to expire on March 31, 2021.
Dr Bonnie Henry Colin Smith Takes Pics 2021

469 new cases, 6 new deaths reported in latest B.C. COVID-19 update

25 new cases were reported in Island Health.
VicPD Cruiser Downtown

Intoxicated man arrested after biting patron at downtown restaurant

The incident started when the man entered the restaurant without a mask.
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Two suspects wanted in targeted Nanaimo home invasion

One of the suspects was armed with a machete.
Comox Valley Counterfeit

Tips lead to arrest of counterfeiter in Comox Valley

Businesses are not reimbursed for counterfeit money.

Suspect arrested following two robberies in two days in the same Saanich plaza

In both instances, he handed the cashier a note demanding money.

435 new cases and 4 more deaths reported in latest B.C. COVID update

23 new cases were reported in Island Health.
Oak Bay Marina Concepts

Oak Bay invites public feedback on two final marina proposals

The District anticipates final selection in late spring 2021.
BC SPCA calendar

BC SPCA puts out call for 2022 pet calendar entries

Share your fur babies!

B.C. sees fewer cases but possible variants of concern in COVID update

86 new cases were reported in Island Health over the weekend.
Murray Rankin

Province buys Thetis Cove property for future Esquimalt Nation land return

The 3.4 hectare property cost $13 million.

Major crimes unit called in to investigate Sayward homicide

One man was initially taken into custody but has been released.
saanich police

Host of house party in Gordon Head slapped with $2,300 COVID-19 fine

The partygoers spotted police and fled.
VicPD Cruiser Downtown

Suspect arrested in connection with Bastion Square stabbing

Police believe it was a targeted incident
Grocery Stores Campbell River Nanaimo

Two separate Vancouver Island grocery stores report positive COVID-19 cases

Cases were reported between February 2nd and February 7th.
Stellys School

Saanichton school added to list of COVID-19 exposures

Close contacts will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Oyster River Fire

Quick-thinking bystanders credited with saving man in Vancouver Island cabin fire

The cause of the fire was likely a blocked chimney.
Wall St.

Ford on Fridays: why’d you have to go and make things so stonkplicated?

Who needs Occupy Wall St when you got dem stonks?

471 new cases of COVID-19 reported in latest B.C. update

28 new cases were reported in Island Health.
Unsplash Mask Alone

B.C. extends public health orders banning gatherings indefinitely

The orders were set to expire today.
Muirhead House Historic

Restoration work underway at historic Victoria house gutted by fire

The house dates back to 1905.