Tuesday, May 11, 2021


Tim Ford

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Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz

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.
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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?
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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.
Saanich roll car

Saanich Police remind public of parking safety after car rolls away

That's a bad morning.

Twitter begins rollout of automated tools targeting COVID misinformation

The company will be implementing a "strike system" as well.
Squirrel Unsplash

Ford on Frid- er…Thursday: an unspecified number of truths and lies

Squirrels are monsters and other maybe truths.
IIO

Police watchdog clears RCMP of wrongdoing in Courtenay suicide

WARNING: this story contains details some readers may find upsetting.
Sooke Hills CRD

RCMP finds lost hikers ‘thirsty but unharmed’ near Metchosin

The pair had no food or water.
swoop

Low-cost airline Swoop adds two new routes to Victoria this summer

Service begins May 20.
SS Valencia boards

Maritime Museum opts out of Langford project in favour of Victoria harbour

The museum is seeking new partners downtown.

COVID-19 exposures reported on Air Canada flights to Vancouver Island

Both flights were on March 26.
Travis Moore

Prolific offender wanted on Canada-wide warrant believed to be in Victoria

He was serving a 5-year-sentence.
Pfizer Vaccine

Trust in vaccines remains high among most Canadians (POLL)

Pfizer is the most trusted brand.

Witnesses sought after woman attacked by three men in Victoria

No arrests have been made yet.
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Three men arrested for threats and attempted assault on security guard in Nanaimo

The suspects range in age from 25 to 37.

Saanich Police issue nearly $5,000 in fines over the weekend for indoor gatherings

One homeowner said they were hosting a party for neighbourhood friends.
Ever Given Satellite

Ford on Fridays: space junk and the ever given nature of life

Let us all be giant problem boats.
Falling Satellite

Here’s what those bright lights you saw tonight over Victoria were (VIDEO)

No, it wasn't a self-destructing TARDIS.
NPNA Market 2

North Park Neighbourhood Association brings market to Royal Athletic Park

The market is running until August.
Be Kind

Ford on Fridays: The path towards kindness

At the very least, don't add hatred to the world.
Newborn in Hospital

Population growth in Canada drops to lowest rate in over a century

British Columbia saw the highest amount of net interprovincial migration.
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New report shows nationwide drop on car insurance rates for 2020

Rates in B.C. remain the highest in the country.

Warrant issued for violent offender believed to be in Nanaimo

He has a history of weapons possession.

Cyclist taken to hospital following Gorge Road collision

VicPD are still investigating.

Majority of Canadians see tarnish on royal family after interview (POLL)

Harry and Meghan vs. the crown.
Rotary Trail Courtenay

RCMP investigating after man assaulted with hammer in Courtenay

The victim was not injured in the assault.
Kendra Bradshaw

Woman known to frequent downtown Victoria and Duncan reported missing (UPDATED)

She was last seen March 12th.
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Victoria-based company designs new camping fire-starter

"The Island is a perfect place for this."
Broken old clock

Ford on Fridays: rage, rage against the saving of the daylight

Those clouds aren’t going to yell at themselves

Langford tops list of over 150 most ‘livable places’ in Canada

While Victoria only placed 30th on the list!
SS Valencia

A new ghostly exhibit opens at the Maritime Museum of BC this week

"Shipwrecks are popular stories."