Friday, July 23, 2021


Tim Ford

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Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz
Roger the Marmot

Ford on Fridays: the hunt for the yellow-bellied marmot, or, Roger’s way

A tale of man vs. marmot, and the quest for a photo.
ecologyst store area

Victoria-based clothing line opens combo factory and storefront downtown

Ecologyst lets you see your clothes being made.
Julia Greenshields Camosun

Camosun College student heads to world stage at Tokyo Olympics

Julia Greenshields is a member of the Women's Rugby Team.
BC Hydro cable

BC Hydro inspects underwater cables to Vancouver Island for possible heat wave damage

The cables have bulged, and one even sprung a leak of oil.
Gowlland Tod Park

Provincial parks on Vancouver Island to expand following land acquisitions

Gowlland Tod, Cowichan River, and Wakes Cove Park will expand.
Shipwreck oil Scheidyk

Coast Guard successfully drains oil from Vancouver Island shipwreck

60 tonnes of fuel were drained from the shipwreck.

Vancouver Island residents and businesses called on to conserve water due to drought

Limit outdoor watering, and avoid watering during the heat of the day.
First Nation condemn vandalism letter

‘These acts are not medicine’: South Island First Nations condemn vandalism

"Please do not lose sight of the young ones that we are honouring."
SS Valencia boards

Maritime Museum to move to interim space by Victoria Conference Centre

The museum's last day at its current location will be July 17.
Colwood Garden

Colwood opens new Indigenous plant and pollinator garden

The garden will grow food for locals in need and offer teaching programs.

BCCDC offers tips for possible return of wildfire smoke on Vancouver Island

Smokey days are likely on the horizon. Be prepared.
Bailey petting

Ford on Fridays: 8 simple rules for petting my doggo

Dogs are love. Dogs are life.
Salt Spring Fire Hall 1

Salt Spring Island fire hall plan announced by CRD and Fire District

The old fire hall will be likely be used as a public food market.

BC Hydro reports record-breaking demand as extreme heat slams province

Monday usage is expected to go even higher.

Ford on Fridays: Wet hot Victorian bummer – super tips to keep cool

Earth too hot? Why not try Mars!
swoop

Swoop airlines adds flights from Victoria to Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta

Previously, the airline offered service from Victoria to Edmonton and Toronto.
Large Fire

Ban on open burns throughout Vancouver Island starts Wednesday

Campfires and cooking stoves are still permitted.
Bailey dog trailer

Ford on Fridays: Bailey-Traily adventures and impulse buying

Bailey the pitbull/corgi is ready for action.

Year-end stats from BC Ferries show 40 per cent drop in passenger traffic

And there was a 24 per cent drop in vehicle traffic compared to last year.

Ford on Fridays: learning about Victoria with 1-star Google Reviews

"Too many canadians"
Star Signs

Ford on Fridays: your astrological guide to Greater Victoria

From time to time, people ask me: Tim, what’s it like living in Victoria? Is it different depending on which part you live in? Well,...
Stuck

Ford on Fridays: a post-COVID guide on how to human

Human interaction was overrated.

High powered firearms, weapons, and drugs seized from ‘fortified’ Saanich home

The operation may be linked to gang activity.

Ford on Fridays: lessons I have learned in two years of Island life

Saanich. Saanichton. Chicken bacon Saanich.

Bitcoin fraudster targets businesses in Victoria and Saanich

The outlets were defrauded of thousands of dollars.
Protesters SD61

Greater Victoria School District postpones budget vote following protests

A large protest against the cuts was held on Saturday.

Ford on Fridays: a funny thing happened on the way to the (online) forum

Thinking of the person who’s listening.

Polls suggest majority support for ‘vaccine passports’ in Canada

Some say the virus is here to stay, and that may mean carrying documentation.
Mother's Day

Ford on Fridays: mother knows best, and we should at least know better

Let's set a new precedent.

Cougar sighting in Duncan prompts warning from RCMP

Attacks are extremely rare.
Malahat Skywalk

All new Malahat Skywalk attraction plans to open this summer (PHOTOS)

Featuring viewing platform 250 metres above sea level
Elements Casino Victoria

Saanich council kiboshes casino with decisive vote

"It isn't what our community needs."

Driver hospitalized with life-threatening injuries in Nanaimo Parkway crash

The other driver was not injured.
Sooke Dog Park

A new dog park is opening in Sooke and the district is looking for...

The park is planned to open in the fall.
RPG dice

Ford on Fridays: During COVID, don’t take the initiative: roll for it

Everyone wants to get in on that sweet D&D action.
Mount Work CRD

CRD issues odour advisory for Mount Work due to Hartland Landfill work

Mount Work working up a stench.
news-wildlife-wild-arc-auction

BC SPCA turns to online auction in place of annual spring fundraiser

Items from Il Terrazzo, Spruce Nail Design and more.
Chris Voller

Island RCMP officer awarded for efforts towards Indigenous reconciliation

Chris Voller served nine years on the North Island.
Mask Selfie

Ford on Fridays: vaccine selfies for the physically insecure

"I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. AstraZeneca."
Orcas Displays

A whale of a tale: Orcas exhibition at Royal BC Museum opens to public

Orcas: our shared future runs until January 2022.
Ingenuity helicopter

NASA makes history with first powered flight on Mars

The successful flight took place early Monday morning.
Seagull Unsplash

Ford on Fridays: they call me the scat man. The bird scat man.

"I guess I should be thankful."

Air Canada offers refunds for COVID-cancelled flights dating back to February 2020

You can request a refund until June 12th, 2021.
Belfry Theatre

Victoria’s Belfry Theatre partners on BIPOC arts leadership program

The program will offer Zoom seminars and paid internships to 10 participants.
Oak Bay Police bomb

Bomb squad called to dispose of blasting device found on Oak Bay beach

It is not known how it came to be in the ocean.
Crystal Gardens Bridge

Original 60-foot bridge from Victoria’s Crystal Garden up for sale for $45k

Anyone have a cool $45k lying around?
Victoria’s Chabad Centre.fw

Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered at Victoria Jewish centre

Two suspects were caught on video.
Tamara Drive Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP investigating suspicious death of local man

The 58-year-old man was found March 31, 2021.