Friday, November 27, 2020

Tim Ford

Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz

8 things to do in and around Victoria this weekend, November 14th to 15th

Winter has come. But so has the craft crawl!
Uptown Mall Santa

Ice skating rink coming to Uptown for holiday season

Santa and the 52 foot Christmas tree will also be back.
Saanich Police

Saanich Police caution public after spate of thefts from vehicles

In 27 incidents almost every vehicle was left unlocked.

Victoria council sets deadline to end camping in city parks

24/7 camping is now set to expire March 31.

Dump truck crashes off road near Sooke, injuring driver

Eyewitnesses said the driver was trapped by debris.

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Friday November 13th

It's Friday the 13th. In 2020. It's probably fine.
Desert Bus Overlay pic for press

‘It still feels like Desert Bus’: Local fundraiser goes virtual during COVID-19

Volunteers raise money for charity by playing one of the worst video games ever made

Alleged drunk driver arrested after crashing car with children in Langford

She was also driving without a valid license.
Lieutenant Governor Austin

New provincial award honours Indigenous reconciliation leadership

Nominations for the award are open until Jan. 15, 2021.
Sooke Outage

Collision in Sooke kills power to over 1,000 customers; delays school buses and traffic

The collision occurred around 6 a.m. according to BC Hydro.

5 things to do in and around Victoria, Thursday November 12th

Don't forget to be COVID-safe at all events!

Victoria-based pilots perform flyby to commemorate Remembrance Day

Most of the pilots have personally lost people in the service of Canada.
Pamela Anderson Lucie Cerny

Pamela Anderson lends a hand to Island animal rescue sanctuary

RASTA Sanctuary has been trying to replace their barn since 2018.

5 things to do in and around Victoria, Wednesday November 11th

Multiple Remembrance Day ceremonies will be broadcast on Facebook.
InDro Robotics Philip Reece

First drone delivery license in Canada issued to Salt Spring company (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

The drones are licensed for up to 25 km travel and can carry 10 kg.
Port Hardy Coast Guard Construction

Construction begins on new Coast Guard facility in Port Hardy

The new facility is expected to open in fall 2021.
$5 bill in Canada

Bank of Canada releases short list for featured Canadian on $5 bill

Candidates include Terry Fox, Francis Pegahmagabow, and Chief Crowfoot.
HMCS Brandon

Navy vessels plan Remembrance Day sail past along Victoria shoreline

They will begin in Sidney at 10:45 a.m.
Trans Mountain Pipeline

Pipeline expansion backed by most Albertans and British Columbians (POLL)

But they diverge sharply on the project's safety, and if their provincial governments should oppose it.

5 things to do in and around Victoria, Tuesday November 10th

Check out some art or hit a Trivia night!
Joshua Yost

RCMP seek public help to find Nanaimo man missing since October (UPDATED)

He has medical issues that require daily medication.
SOBO Lisa Ahier

Tofino restaurateur to be featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den

Lisa Ahier of SOBO Restaurant is looking for a business partner.

Horgan can’t guarantee promised payments for British Columbians by Christmas

Payments of $1000 to families and $500 to individuals could come by January.
Cst. Foley and PSD Zender

Knife-wielding suspects arrested in Quadra Village robbery

A K9 unit assisted in locating the suspects.
John Horgan Election 2020

Final B.C. vote count solidifies NDP majority, bumps Greens off mainland

Mail-in ballots shifted the final results in three different ridings.

11 candidates vie for Victoria City Council seat in byelection

Among the candidates are an urban planner endorsed by Together Victoria and a former broadcaster.
Quality Foods

Quality Foods receives 2,500 poppies in recognition of veterans donation

The poppies will be made available for any staff members who want one.

B.C’s unemployment numbers inch downwards in October

The employment rate rose to 2.4 per cent below pre-COVID numbers.
Melrose Road Quarry

RCMP seek driver who may have picked up hitchhikers related to Island quarry deaths

They are also looking for Go Pro or helmet cam footage.
Brechin Boat Ramp

Alleged drunk driver makes a splash after driving off Nanaimo boat launch

The driver was unhurt and was rescued by two bystanders.
Whole Foods Market Victoria

Whole Foods reverses course on poppy ban following backlash

A ban on employees wearing Black Lives Matter clothing is being fought in Massachusetts.
Whole Foods Market Victoria

Whole Foods sets off social media firestorm with poppy ban

Whole Foods is owned by Amazon and headquartered in Texas.
Tofino Brewing

Island Health issues COVID-19 advisory for Tofino Brewing Company

Officials say the exposure risk is low.

‘A 99 per cent easy experience’: Americans abroad on Vancouver Island cast absentee ballots

Over 600,000 eligible U.S. voters live in Canada
Social Media

Twitter shows ‘overwhelming’ love for Elections Canada on U.S. voting day

Thousands of users liked and retweeted posts from the non-partisan organization
Hazmat CRD Quadra

Hazmat incident temporarily halts construction at downtown Victoria site

29 workers reported symptoms from an unknown source.

BC Ferries sees back-to-back incidents with passengers refusing to wear masks

The incidents led directly to service disruptions, though no charges were laid.

RCMP warns of BC Hydro bitcoin scam after victims defrauded in Nanaimo

One victim lost $2,000 to the scammers.

A blustery night on Vancouver Island knocks out power to thousands

Over 12,000 customers were affected throughout the windy evening.
Sooke RCMP Cruiser

Sooke man arrested after car break-in and credit card fraud

The suspect was arrested two days after the theft.

5 things to do in and around Victoria, Thursday November 5th

There's only two months left in 2020!
Canada US Pumpkins

Google sees spike in Americans searching ‘Move to Canada’ during election night in US

But the U.S.-Canada border is closed to non-essential travel.

BC Transit offers free service to Armed Forces on Remembrance Day

Bus drivers may also stop to observe a minute of silence.
Chris Ziros

30-year-old man with ‘significant’ medical issues missing from Nanaimo

His medical condition requires daily medication.
Jennifer Renaas

RCMP ask public for help to locate woman last seen in Sayward

She is known to frequent north island communities like Port Hardy.
Richard Strocel

VicPD ask public for help to locate man wanted for sexual assault

Anyone who sees him should call 911.

5 things to do in and around Victoria, Wednesday November 4th

Listen to a remote play reading or check out a book launch!