Wednesday, January 22, 2020


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Special weather statement in effect for Greater Victoria: Heavy rain over the South Coast this weekend.

The driest and warmest summer on record is about to receive a decent shower as a major change in the weather pattern is developing. The high pressure system that has trapped wildfire smoke over...

Victoria mom finds sharp plastic-like pieces in McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

This past Wednesday, Ayesha Asad and her son got more than they paid for while eating their Filet-O-Fish sandwich, bought from a Hillside Avenue McDonald’s. “My 8 year old son was eating it and almost...

Body found deceased near Race Rocks confirmed as missing scuba diver

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who was found deceased near Race Rocks on Aug. 23. He was Man (Timothy) Chu, aged 28, from London, England. Chu, a police officer in...

BC Transit Begins Roll Out of Automated Bus Location ‘Call Outs’

On Tuesday, August 24, BC Transit started to roll out the automated voice annunciators on 25 of our buses in the Victoria Regional Transit System. The installation on the first 25 buses will ensure that...

Terminally ill breeder wants Boston Terriers back after husband surrenders them to BCSPCA

Related story: https://www.victoriabuzz.com/cowichan-spca-overloaded-with-cuteness-oh-and-boston-terriers/  

West Shore RCMP requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing View Royal resident

West Shore RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing View Royal resident. James MacDonald DUFFUS was last seen August 16, 2015. Description: Caucasian male 52 years old 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) 170 lbs (77 kg) Dark...

Missing 14 year old Nicholas Cockburn located and safe

Nicholas Cockburn, the 14-year-old youth who was the subject of a missing person notification has been located and his safety has been confirmed, first hand, by VicPD officers. Please do not forget that anyone who...

Human remains discovered near Norway Island identified as 19 year old Delores Brown from Penelakut Island

The BC Coroners Service has identified the human remains discovered near Norway Island on August 19, 2015, as those of 19 year old Delores Brown from Penelakut Island. The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime...

Pacific Marine Drive has been reopened to vehicle traffic between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew

Pacific Marine Drive has been reopened to vehicle traffic between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew after crews removed dangerous trees and cleared away debris related to the Spring Road/Lizard Lake fire along this route. The...

Pacific Coastal Airlines launches new non-stop service between Victoria and Kelowna

Pacific Coastal Airlines has added a new route to its network of more than sixty-five destinations in British Columbia effective Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The new Victoria (YYJ) to Kelowna (YLW) flights will operate seven...

Cowichan SPCA overloaded with cuteness as 27 Boston Terriers surrendered to the branch

There’s a cuteness overload at the Cowichan SPCA right now. 16 puppies and 11 adult Boston terriers were surrendered to the branch on Sunday, staff, volunteers and foster families are busy caring for their adorable...

UPDATE: Stolen native-designed walking stick has been turned in by a good Samaritan!!

Last week, we reported the theft of a one-of-a-kind First Nations walking stick from a Songhees elder. The walking stick was stolen last Monday from Billy Joseph's parked car on Ned Williams Road, off Craigflower...

Photos from the Beacon Hill Park fire on Wednesday

Victoria firefighters were called to a fire at Beacon Hill Park around 4:30pm, Wednesday. The fire was between the petting zoo and totem pole, near the Dallas Road border of the park. The fire was...

“Woven Together” – New art work coming to the Johnson St parkade

The City of Victoria have awarded Vancouver-based, mother and son Musqueam First Nation artist team, Susan Point and Thomas Cannell, for their Woven Together proposal to create contemporary First Nations artwork to enhance the...

BC Ferries announces 50% off promotion on regular passenger fares starting next month

Starting next month, after Labour Day weekend, all regular passenger fares will be 50% off during off-peak times. The BC Ferries statement also hints at more discounts for late fall and next spring that...

Proposed LNG facility will be a floating terminal in the Saanich Inlet

The Malahat First Nation and Steelhead LNG called a news conference this morning announcing their mutually beneficial agreement and long-term lease to explore a floating LNG facility in the Saanich Inlet. The floating structure would...

WARNING – Large spike in phone scam, CRA warning public of telephone and email scams

VicPD, CRA, and many other local police agencies are all are urging the public to be vigilant after a sharp increase in the number of reports of the “Canada Revenue Agency” phone scam over...

Victoria man spotted riding a motorcycle with what appeared to be an assault rifle sticking out of his backpack

A Victoria man has received a 90-day driving prohibition; the ultimate result of a high-risk vehicle stop which saw the man held at gunpoint by officers. Just after 4 a.m., on Sunday, August 9th, police...

Province cracking down on pet owners who leave animals in hot cars

Temperatures in vehicles can rise rapidly in warm, sunny weather and quickly become hot enough to seriously impair a dog's or other pet's health. The current penalties for pet owners who leave their animals behind...

UPDATE: James Phillips has been found

Victoria Police are asking for your help in locating missing 56-year-old Victoria man, James Phillips. He was last seen on August 11th in the 2300-block of Trent Street. James suffers from mental health, and both...

Check your 649 lotto ticket! Someone in Victoria is $86K richer

Have you checked your lottery tickets from last night? Someone in Victoria got 5 of 6 numbers on Saturday's Lotto 6/49 and is $86,765.70 richer this morning!  

Marigold Nurseries announces it will be closing its doors for good after 71 years in business

Marigold Nurseries has announced it will be closing its doors for good on December 24th. Founded in 1944, the company, which was founded by Les Smith, has been owned and operated by the same family...

Police seeking witnesses after man was exposing himself on the corner of Yates and Blanshard streets

Victoria Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after taking a man into custody last Friday, following reports of an indecent exposure in downtown Victoria. Police were called to the 700-block of Yates Street...

Saanich Police looking for driver involved in early morning crash on Pat Bay Highway

Saanich Police are investigating a collision that occurred on the Pat Bay Highway early Wednesday morning. There were two vehicles involved in the crash, but while witnesses were tending to one driver, the other...

Four Cougar sightings near Uplands Park in Oak Bay

Oak Bay police have posted advisory signs at Uplands Park and Cattle Point after four separate cougar sightings this morning. Calls started to come in around 6:45am this morning from people living in the Musgrave...

Group effort to locate a missing 65-year-old cruise ship passenger and return her home safely

Yesterday, around 7:30 p.m., Victoria 911 Communications Centre staff received a call from Ogden Point’s cruise ship contact reporting that a 65-year-old passenger was missing from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines vessel Jewel of...

40 stolen bikes found after West Shore RCMP execute search warrant

West Shore RCMP executed a search warrant at a home in the 2800 block of Leigh Rd in Langford, on August 5.  The search warrant was conducted after a drug investigation was launched. When police...

Peaceful Resolution As Man With Alleged Improvised Explosive Device Surrenders To Officers

After more than seven hours, VicPD officers alongside the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team have brought an incident to a peaceful close after a 49-year-old man barricaded himself in his suite. Officers were first called...

Long Beach Airport receives $1.27 million in funding for upgrades

Long Beach Airport will receive $1.27 million in funding from the new B.C. Air Access Program, part of B.C. on the Move, the Government of B.C.’s 10-year transportation plan. “Providing funding to the Long Beach...

Marilyn Monroe mural found and returned a second time

On July 23, part of Floyd’s iconic Marilyn Monroe mural was stolen - the second time in 12 months! She's since been reunited with the diner, but not without enduring quite the ordeal... The section...

UPDATED: What really happened to HitchBOT, the hitchhiking Canadian robot?

UPDATED: The pair of YouTube pranksters who were thought to have destroyed Hitchbot have admitted to faking a surveillance video that purported to show the destruction of the hitchhiking Canadian robot hitchBOT. YouTube star Jesse Wellens of PrankvsPrank...

Cougar stalks Mt. Finlayson hiker – hiker goes off trail and gets lost

A lone 22 year old man found himself off the beaten trails on Mount Finlayson just before midnight on July 29, after he spotted a cougar and attempted to get away from it. The...

Two earthquakes strike near Port Hardy within 48 hours of each other

Two earthquakes have struck off the coast of Vancouver Island within 48 hours of each other.  A 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, according to Natural Resources Canada. The agency said the...

Police looking for two specific women and any other witnesses to a late-night stabbing

VicPD are seeking any witnesses to a late-night stabbing that occurred last weekend. Police were called to the 1100-block of Wharf Street just after midnight on Sunday. They arrived to find the 32-year-old Saanich man...

Best year in 20 years for tourism says Victoria Tourism

B.C.’s tourism industry appears red hot and the Capital region is no exception, according to Tourism Victoria.   Source: Tourism Victoria says 2015 a ‘banner year’ for visitors | CTV Vancouver Island News

Police release video hoping you can help identify suspect in robbery of marijuana dispensary

VicPD are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a marijuana dispensary in Victoria, and have released the video of the robbery in hopes of identifying the person responsible. On Thursday, July 23rd, at approximately...

BC Ferries announces names for new Intermediate Class Ferries

B.C. Ferries announced the names of the three new ferries this morning and no #cashcow wasn't one of them. They are: The 1st boat is named Salish Orca. In honour of the Coast Salish people. The 2nd...

Port Alberni man released from hospital man talks about grizzly bear attack

A 41 year-old Port Alberni man and father of four is back home this week after 7 days in a Vancouver Hospital recovering from a grizzly bear attack. George Knoll is a forester who normally...

Helps Apologizes About Little Consultation On Tent City

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps offered a public apology this morning on Cfax1070 for the lack of consultation with neighbours, about the proposal to allow a cluster of temporary homeless shelters in Topaz Park. City...

Don’t be alarmed! Air horn temporarily reactivated at North Saanich Fire Hall

If you have been hearing air horns blasting in the Saanich Peninsula area,  everything is okay! Just this morning alone, it went off three different times, flooding our inbox.  Matter of fact, Victoria Buzz founder,...

High bacteria advisory for Langford Lake

An advisory was posted at Langford Lake on July 22. According to the CRD website, the advisory was put up due to high bacterial counts. The sign reads: "Unsafe for swimming and other water...

Police searching for suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted on Quadra Street

Saanich Police  are currently investigating a sexual assault that occurred shortly after midnight on Friday (July 18th). The incident happened in the 3600 block of Quadra St, between Falmouth Road and Tattersall Drive in...

It’s official: McKenzie interchange funding announced along with extension to Westshore Parkway in Langford

  It’s official: McKenzie interchange funding announced.  Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North,  John Duncan,  was joined today by  Todd Stone,  Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as Stewart...

BC Transit adding automated bus stop announcements to its fleet

BC Transit says it  plans to install Trekker Breeze + automated voice annunciation device on every bus in the Victoria Regional Transit System starting this fall. 25 buses will be equipped with the devices...

Hidden Hero Donates $4000 to Our Place Society

Today we met with the staff of Our Place Society and handed over the cheque for $4000, raised by YOU the wonderful people of Victoria and Victoria Buzz fans. We want to thank the community...

Popular VicPD spokesperson leaving for BC Transit job

Popular VicPD spokesperson Mike Russell announced today he is leaving the police department, for an unspecified job with BC Transit. Of course, the announcement came on Reddit, a platform where he has posted as "CommunityMike" for...

New Oak Bay High school ready for students to call home

School might be out for summer, but that didn’t stop a few Oak Bay students from joining Education Minister Peter Fassbender on a tour of the new Oak Bay High school. The new $51.6...

New affordable housing units on the way for Aboriginal families in Langford

Langford will soon have 36 new homes for low-income aboriginal  families. The project will provide 36 homes - 30 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units - and is situated where residents will have easy access...

City of Victoria testing out new recycling and composting bins in high traffic areas downtown

Recycling and composting options are now available downtown, with the introduction of new waste bins with separate areas for recyclables, food waste and garbage. The new bins make it easy to sort waste and...

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