Sunday, September 20, 2020

Tim Ford

Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz
Bear Trap COS

Shawnigan Lake woman receives $345 fine after tampering with bear trap

The trap was set by the Conservation Officer Service.
Emcon Fires

Multiple fires on Vancouver Island force road closures

Shawnigan Lake Road was inaccessible off Highway 1 as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

Police called to landlord-tenant dispute at Saanich house that went up in flames hours...

Police say it's too early to say if the incidents are related.
Shipyard Concept

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards files development application for new facility in Colwood

The new facility on Allandale Road will occupy 3.95 acres

‘You can parse my words’: Premier Horgan fuels early election speculation

Recent polls suggest the BC NDP could win a majority.
Heart Tub

The iconic hot tub from Dumb & Dumber is for sale on Vancouver Island

He’s already had offers, so act fast!
Sex Assault suspect VicPD

Police seek witnesses in violent sexual assault in downtown Victoria

The suspect was not known to the victim.

Saanich Police and Fire investigating ‘suspicious’ house fire on Carey Road (VIDEO)

Carey Road was closed overnight in both directions.
Wayne Montgomery

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Thursday September 10th

The kids are back in school, check out events!

Murder charge laid in 2017 death of Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang

The 16-year-old was first reported missing in March of 2017.
Rob and Jess Pearce

UK couple based in BC since last year lose van in Big O Tires...

The vehicle was being worked on when the fuel tank ignited.

B.C. boosts health spending by over $1.6B in preparation for COVID-19 and flu season

Additional beds, ambulances, and staff are all on the way.

Victoria ranked second most “ratty” city in B.C. by pest control company

Orkin Canada’s annual ranking is based on treatment numbers.
Water Main Oak Bay

Oak Bay residents notified of discoloured water following water main break

The water is harmless but appears “unappealing”.
John A. Macdonald

50% of Canadians oppose removal of historical monuments (POLL)

Younger Canadians are most likely to support their removal.

Sad end to snake story as missing python turns up deceased in Saanich

He coiled his way into our hearts.

Multiple fire detachments battle large fire at Big O Tires in View Royal (UPDATED)

People were asked to avoid the area while crews battled the blaze.
Sea Lion Race Rocks

Race Rocks Sea Lion entangled in plastic band rescued by marine specialists

Staff from Marine Mammal Rescue were assisted by the DFO.
Railway Exchange Fire

Langford Fire Chief calls for caution after ‘plate-sized’ fire grows to 3,000 square feet

No one was injured, however conditions remain prime for brush fires.
Nanaimo Scratch and Win

Nanaimo man wins $675K with Scratch & Win ticket at routine gas-station stop

The trucker has big plans for the prize money.
Story Studio

Victoria writing society honoured by province on International Literacy Day

The local group is awarded $500, a certificate and a medallion.

Support for COVID-19 measures remains strong among Canadians (POLL)

But anxieties about fall and back-to-school plans linger.

VicPD issue gift card scam warning after elderly woman defrauded of $3,000

A staff member at a convenience store stopped her from losing more money.

Victoria blanketed in smoke from Washington state wildfires

Thousands of acres are ablaze, forcing evacuations in Washington and Idaho.
Westshore Fire

Fire crews from four municipalities battle significant blaze near Westshore Parkway

The cause of the fire is said to be a tree falling on electrical wires.
Outages Map Sept 7 2020

Thousands affected by BC Hydro outages from Sooke to Colwood (UPDATED)

Over 4,000 customers were without power Monday afternoon.

B.C. sees modest August job gains, still behind pre-COVID employment

Pre-covid unemployment was at 4.5 per cent.
David J Thomas

Co-founder of Sidney tech company and popular Island brewery dies at 71

David J. Thomas co-founded Lighthouse Brewing Company in 1998.
VicPD cruiser

Police seek witnesses in third Centennial Square stabbing in a month

Two suspects are being sought in the incident.
Orca baby

Endangered orca that carried dead calf for 17 days gives birth to new healthy...

Tahlequah's new baby is "healthy and precocious."

One person injured in two-car accident on Pat Bay Highway in Sidney

Northbound traffic was being diverted on McTavish Rd. as of 5:15 p.m.
Highway Lighting

Vancouver Island to go green as first B.C. region with new highway lighting

Once installed the province estimates they'll save $2 million a year.
Lisa Helps

Mayor Lisa Helps calls reversal on Centennial Square camping decision ‘bizarre’

Councillor Young introduced the reversal in a motion on Thursday

121 new cases of COVID-19 reported in BC, two in Island Health region

One new outbreak was reported in the Fraser Health region.
1176 Yates Street

Province purchases Victoria property for future supportive housing

The lot at 1176 Yates St. was formerly home to a dilapidated boarding house.

BC School Districts will have control over how best to spend federal COVID-19 funding

The funds will be distributed in two phases.
Rollover Bay Street Bridge

Rollover crash near Bay Street Bridge leaves driver with minor injuries

The cause of the crash may have been a medical issue.

Poll suggests BC NDP could win a majority government in an early election

Premier Horgan did not rule out an early election when asked on Thursday.
Tree House Cafe

Staff member at popular Salt Spring Island cafe tests positive for COVID-19

The cafe announced it will temporarily close.
Westwood Lake

Nanaimo RCMP hunt for suspect in indecent exposure at Westwood Lake

An adult male exposed himself to a 9-year-old girl.
Tents Centennial Square

Victoria Council votes to allow camping in Centennial Square days after evicting homeless

Two days ago the campers were ordered out.

20-49 year old BC residents see rise in COVID-19 cases through summer parties and...

People aged 20-29 accounted for over one-third of COVID-19 cases in the summer.

B.C. reports 89 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with two new health facility...

There were no new cases on Vancouver Island today.

Province sets maximum allowable rent increase at 1.4% for 2021

Rents were frozen through 2020 due to COVID-19.
Rutledge Park Fire

Car destroyed by fire Wednesday night near Saanich park (VIDEO)

“It kind of looked like a bonfire.”
Melanie Mark

National Centre for Indigenous Laws to be built at UVic following funding announcement

The centre will expand the Fraser Building for $27 million.
Selkirk Trestle

Woman in crisis rescued from Gorge Waterway by passerby

The woman and her rescuer were not physically injured.

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Thursday September 3rd

It’s nearly the long weekend, hang in there!

Real estate market in Victoria remains strong in spite of COVID-19

Prices and sales were both up compared to August 2019.
Robert Stagg Scratch and Win

Victoria man wins $100K on Scratch & Win lottery ticket

He hopes to expand his bike shop with the money.