Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tim Ford

Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz
Armed Robbery

VicPD search for man who exposed himself in Cook Street Village

The suspect is described as a white man between 35-40 years old.
Victoria 3.0

Victoria seeks planning proposals in first step towards downtown innovation hub

The idea is to build a nerve centre for companies working in the marine sector
Sidney Island Camp

All campgrounds at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve will reopen by July 20

A new ferry contractor will also provide service to Sidney Spit

Police watchdog investigating incident in Tofino involving RCMP

An injured man was transported to hospital after being taken into custody.

B.C. premier says overdose crisis and COVID-19 pandemic are “two separate things”

However public health officials have stated that COVID-19 has had a clear impact on the opioid crisis
Royal Canadian Navy Flickr

Canadian navy weighs options in replacing rank titles with gender-neutral terms

Various ranks of “Seaman” are being renamed.

Canadians are more anxious about COVID-19, but many are not wearing masks (POLL)

Support for mandatory mask policies is strong, according to this Angus Reid survey.

B.C. top doctor says study shows low COVID-19 infections and success of measures

More people are infected than testing reveals, but overall the rate is low.

5 things to do in and around in Victoria on Thursday

Live music, pub trivia, and farmer’s markets!

Monthly rents decrease for most of Canada, but rise in Victoria last month (REPORT)

Victoria topped a list of 20 major cities for increases.

Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club raided for second time in one year

The business is hosting a rally these raids this afternoon
saanich police

Man arrested after fire engine theft near Tillicum Mall

A police dog helped locate the suspect.
vancouver island

Vancouver Island named one of Canada’s three best islands in 2020

The title was awarded by a New York-based magazine
Judy Darcy

B.C. announces $16 million for new addiction treatment and recovery beds

The grants are expected to add 50 to 70 new beds over the next three years.
Blue Grouse Winery

Cowichan Valley officially recognized as a unique wine producing region in B.C.

It’s the first to receive the designation outside of the Okanagan

Man arrested for alleged hate crime assault on Victoria bus

After police received a tip from the public
Westshore RCMP Stolen Property

RCMP recover $30,000 of stolen items from storage unit in Saanich

Including power tools and laptops

Saanich man assaulted after confronting alleged dog abuser says he does not regret his...

“This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” said Ted Penston.
James Smith

GoFundMe created for family of deceased Victoria skydiver

James Smith was a husband and father of two. 

Premier John Horgan backs police chiefs call for decriminalization of drug possession

 The Vancouver Police Chief wants a task force to research reform.

Five arrested in drug trafficking operation across Langford, Shawnigan Lake and Duncan

RCMP executed warrants after a year long investigation
Hope Centre M'Akola Housing

8 new affordable housing projects under construction in Sooke

Three commercial units are being converted for housing purposes.

First phase of Langford affordable housing project for Indigenous people is now complete

The completed project will add 100 affordable homes to the community
Fringe Festival Banner

Victoria’s Intrepid Theatre cancels 2020 Fringe Fest due to COVID-19 concerns

They had originally considered still hosting the festival but limiting artists to locals only

Royal BC Museum offers half price admission all summer long

The discount is offered until Sept. 7
James Smith

Man who died in tragic Vancouver Island skydiving accident identified as professional instructor

34-year-old James Smith died while performing a complicated maneuver

Cineplex is offering $5 movies across B.C. this summer 

Tuesdays are even cheaper at just $3 a ticket

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses attempt to return E&N corridor to Vancouver Island First Nation

The Snaw-Naw-As First Nation had argued that the land was unused
Big Gay Dog Walk Pride

5 things to do in and around in Victoria this weekend, July 3-5

Pride Week goes virtual, and physically distant indoor/outdoor activities
Esquimalt Bee Swarm

Esquimalt locals buzzed by swarm of bees (PHOTOS)

Here’s what to do if a bee swarm takes over! 
Esquimalt Splash Pad

Esquimalt’s Adventure Park ready to reopen water features

“It doesn’t feel like summer in Esquimalt until the splash pad is going.”

Several people taken to hospital after Duncan vehicle crash

Alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors in the collision
VicPD cruiser

VicPD contact sex trade workers with new project battling human trafficking

Police say the youngest of the workers was 18 years old

British Columbians to get boost in climate tax credit due to COVID-19

Benefits will increase up to $564 for families

Man arrested after allegedly threatening two people with machete in Langford

The incident took place at a homeless encampment

Canada extends international travel ban until July 31

The order covers every country other than the United States
The Headstones

Saints & Sinners Tour announces new dates after COVID-19 cancellation

The tour kicks off in Victoria in January 2021
Nanaimo man arrested

Skeletal remains of human body found near Nanaimo bus loop

The area was once the site of the largest tent city in B.C.
BC Legislature

B.C. launches $5 million program to support youth employment amid COVID-19

Approved grants receive funds up to $10,000 per worker

B.C. slashes licence fees for taxi operators amid COVID-19

These measures also apply to limousine operators

7 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, June 27-28

Trivia nights, free art, and drive-in movies are all on as COVID-19 restrictions lift
VicPD cruiser

VicPD arrest one woman after life-threatening stabbing on Douglas Street

The suspect was located in coordination with Sidney RCMP

WestJet, Air Canada to remove seat distancing policies

These changes are based on IATA’s suggested measures for air travel during COVID-19

Downtown Victoria thief steals truck with owner in vehicle bed

The victim tracked down the stolen truck, held on for a dangerous ride through downtown, and took down the suspect himself.

A new octopus at Sidney aquarium has been named after Dr. Bonnie Henry

He's got three hearts and eight tentacles up for our Provincial Health Officer!

RCMP issue warning after Parksville residents report string of dog poisoning attempts

Hot dog wieners were found stuffed with pills

Over 3,000 WestJet employees laid off as global air travel plummets during COVID-19

Including 55 WestJet employees at Victoria International Airport