Wednesday, August 12, 2020


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Details for Const. Sarah Beckett Regimental Funeral including viewing locations

The public is invited to join the family of Constable Sarah Beckett and law enforcement as they celebrate her service and mourn her death during an RCMP Regimental Funeral, on Tuesday, April 12. The Island...

Home Depot fire on the weekend was deliberately set, police confirm

Saanich Police are now confirming Saturday's fire at Home Depot in the University Heights Shopping Centre was deliberately set. Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saanich Fire attended the 3900 block of Shelbourne St for a report...

Emergency First Responders attending CST Sarah Beckett’s memorial service travel free on BC Ferries

BC Ferries announced today it is offering complimentary vehicle and passenger travel for all Emergency First Responders attending West Shore RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett’s Memorial Service. The 32-year-old RCMP officer was killed while on duty...

Suspect in horrific Church Avenue sexual assault arrested

Saanich Police have arrested 43-year-old David Hope in a sexual assault and robbery that occurred at an apartment on Church Avenue in Saanich. In late January, police were contacted when two young women had entered...

Victoria Royals second round series against Kelowna will be on Shaw TV

Great news Victoria Royals fans! The WHL and Shaw announced today that the second round series of the 2016 WHL Playoffs between the Victoria Royals and Kelowna Rockets will be televised live on Shaw...

Driver with over a dozen distracted driving charges banned from driving in B.C.

Did you see the tweet posted by the Richmond RCMP in early March of a Richmond woman's long list of charges for distracted driving? In case not... here is a refresher: After an officer had a...

Shelbourne corridor break and enter suspect arrested in Nanaimo

Saanich Police have made an arrest in a rash of break-and-enters in the University Heights and the Shelbourne corridor area. Between December 2015 and March 2016, Saanich Police received 45 reports of residential break-and-enters in...

Gofundme campaign set up for RCMP officer killed while on duty

Three local car clubs have set up a Gofundme campaign to raise funds for the family of West Shore RCMP officer, Cst. Sarah Beckett, who was killed in a collision while on duty Tuesday...

B.C. Supreme Court denies tent city injuction

Today Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson denied the interim injunction and removal of tent city. According to the judge the plaintiffs,"have not demonstrated that they will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not granted." The...

West Shore RCMP officer killed in early morning Langford crash identified

An on-duty RCMP officer with 11 years of police service on Vancouver Island has died following a crash in Langford early Tuesday morning. The collision occurred near the intersection of Goldstream and Peatt Road around...

Victoria residents living near Tent City “Mad as Hell” arrange community meeting

Anger around Victoria's tent city is growing and several residents living in the area say they're not going to take it anymore and have formed a new group called, "Mad as Hell". Stephen Hammond, one...

“Sleeping Bag Tate” receives Community Service Award

On Friday, 5-year old Tate Parker, known locally as “Sleeping Bag Tate”, received a special Community Service Award from Blanket BC Society co-founders Gregory & Benjamin Ould. We first brought you the story back in...

Gondola based transit system launches in Victoria

Summit Gondola Network or SGN, an alternative energy transportation network, with their urban gondola systems are transforming city planning with plans to significantly reduce traffic congestion and pollution in cities around the globe. With scheduled...

Reduce speed limit to 30 km/h recommends Provincial Health Officer

In a report released Thursday, B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer recommends reducing the speed limit from 50km/hr down to 30km/hr within municipalities and on treaty lands. 30km/hr is the “survivable speed” for cyclists and pedestrians - meaning...

Petition launched to keep Island View Beach accessible

An online petition has been launched asking the Capital Regional District to leave Island View Beach as is. The CRD is planning to re-designate the majority of the park an Environmental Protection Zone. The Friends...

Drug deal gone wrong in Langford sends one man to hospital with gunshot wound

West Shore RCMP are investigating what they describe as a dug deal gone bad, after a 40-year-old Duncan man admitted himself to hospital on Monday with a gunshot wound. The man is currently at Victoria...

Update: Missing Nanaimo teen located and is safe

Nanaimo RCMP have informed us Tanora Weindhardt has been located and is safe. -- Original: The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public's assistance in locating 17-year-old Tanora Weindhardt. Weindhardt has not been seen since leaving her south...

BC Ferries Reveal Coast Salish Artwork For New Salish Class Vessels

BC Ferries, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Esquimalt Nation revealed today the first of three Coast Salish artistic designs for BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels. Esquimalt Nation’s Darlene Gait designed the artwork that will...

Fire destroys motor home at West Bay RV Park in Esquimalt (VIDEO)

An early morning fire on Tuesday at the West Bay RV park in Esquimalt destroyed a motor home and badly damaged two camper trailers. Both Esquimalt and CFB Fire departments responded to the call around...

73-year-old woman cyclist succumbs to injuries after collision with a vehicle

Victoria Police traffic analysts are investigating after a collision near Chinatown claimed the life of a 73-year-old woman cyclist from Victoria. Police say they received multiple 911 calls just prior to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning,...

BC Transit proposing to cut 26 heritage trees to widen Douglas Street

BC Transit proposes the City remove 26 mature trees, as well as the green sidewalk setback along the Hillside-Tolmie section of Douglas Street, to create an express bus lane. Many residents are concerned that this will...

Victoria Man charged in Denver Sexual Assault

Warning: Some details are graphic and may be disturbing to some readers. A Victoria man has been charged in a vicious sexual assault of a woman in Denver, and three other Vancouver Island men (one...

Victoria Police remove online crime map from their website

Five years after Victoria Police introduced an online map showing up to six months of crime statistics around Victoria neighbourhoods, the police force have suddenly removed access to the data from their website. A statement...

BC Transit transfers eliminated as of Friday

After a month of consultation with the public and BC Transit drivers, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission have chosen to keep fare prices the same, however, the corporation will eliminate paper transfers, the multi-month...

Salvation Army and Our Place Society to provide emergency accommodation for displaced tenants

The Salvation Army and Our Place Society  willprovide emergency accommodation for displaced tenants of the Traveller’s Inn Dozens of long-term tenants of the severely fire damaged Traveller’s Inn gathered in the Quadra Street Chapel of...

Today Marks the 25th Anniversary of Michael Dunahee’s Disappearance

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Michael Dunahee’s disappearance. On Sunday, March 24th, 1991, four-year-old Michael Dunahee went missing from a playground at Blanshard Elementary School in Victoria. He was last seen around 12:30 p.m....

Vacant Downtown Lot to become Hands-on Classroom for Students and Residents

A vacant lot on Yates Street will soon come to life as a community garden, with the help of downtown residents and University of Victoria students. 1012/14 Yates Street, was the former site of a dry-cleaning...

Weapons Found as VicPD Seeks Witnesses

Today upon execution of a search warrant VicPD located several firearms in connection with yesterday's incident on Douglas street. Officers continue their investigation into a reported incident that saw one man point what appeared...

Community Garden Springs to Life on Pandora Street

PanFlora Gardens, a community garden in the 900 block of Pandora street, outside Our Place, was officially revealed yesterday. The community garden sprung forth from a few local citizens, who last June, imagined a place...

Esquimalt Village project partner announced

The Esquimalt Village Project is one step closer to becoming a reality, with the Township of Esquimalt signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Aragon Investments Ltd. to proceed with the acquisition and development of...

Local Animal Activist Group Launches Campaign To Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

An animal rights group called the Victoria Horse Alliance is asking Victorians to sign a petition calling on a ban of horse-drawn carriages by end of 2017. VHA's petition argues that: In 20 years there have...

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies at 46 after battle with cancer

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's death at 46 prompts outpouring from all sides of Canadian politics Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's death prompts outpouring from friends and family, allies and foes, alike. Ford died Tuesday...

Shawnigan Lake ruling states that contaminated soil treatment facility not permitted

The BC Supreme Court has ruled that a contaminated soil treatment facility at run by South Island Resource Management on Stebbings Road is not a permitted use on the property. The Cowichan Valley Regional District...

Aerial footage captures the ruins and cliffs of the Sooke Potholes.

Aerial drone footage of ruins on the edge of a cliff above the flooded Sooke River Potholes of Sooke B.C. March 2016

Skateboarding now permitted on downtown streets (VIDEO)

Since the early 1990’s, the City’s bylaw did not allow skateboarders on streets within the downtown core and if caught, officers were permitted to confiscate skateboards. Recognizing the growing number of people that use skateboards as...

City of Victoria to start supervised-injection site dialogue

As Island Health moves toward establishing a supervised-injection site for drug users, Victoria is being asked to confirm its support for the idea. Catherine Mackay, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Island Health, has...

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for the Easter long weekend

BC Ferries is getting ready for a busy Easter long weekend with the addition of 58 sailings beginning on Thursday, March 24. The most popular travel times are expected to be midday Thursday to late...

Camilles Restaurant located in Bastion Square closes after 28 years in business

A long-time restaurant located in the heart of Old Town Victoria at Bastion Square has announced it is now closed after being in business for 28 years. Camille's Restaurant is nestled into the cozy nooks...

Early morning stabbing in Centennial Square sends one man to hospital

Another stabbing in the early morning hours in downtown Victoria has sent one man to hospital. Police are investigating after an early morning stabbing in Centennial Square sent a 38-year-old man to hospital with non-life-threatening...

North Saanich-based farm receives “Buy Local” funding to attract more visitors

The Roost Farm Centre in North Saanich is a bustling hub of activity, complete with a working farm, winery and bakery to experience and explore. The Roost is receiving $20,600 of Buy Local funding to...

Canada’s population surpasses 36 million

According to Statistics Canada, the country's population now totals over 36 million - up 62,800 Canadians from October. Canada's population growth rate from October 2015 to January 2016, increased 0.17% - twice the rate observed...

Royals renew radio partnership with the Zone @ 91.3

As the Royals continue to battle for top spot in the Western Conference tonight against  Kelowna, the team announced that they have renewed their radio partnership with the Zone @ 91.3 on a multi-year...

Affordable workforce housing approved for Sidney

Sidney is set to gain affordable workforce housing, after Sidney council's approval of an application by the Greater Victoria Rental Development Society (GVRDS) on Monday, to build a five-storey, mixed-use building that will include 45...

Canada has 70 new Canadian citizens from 27 different countries!

While our dollar might not be so good, Canada is culturally much richer today following Tuesday’s citizenship ceremonies at the Victoria Conference Centre. 70 new Canadian citizens from 27 different countries were sworn in today by...

Hit-and-run in Victoria sends elderly man to hospital

Victoria Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle and driver involved in a hit-and-run that sent an elderly man to hospital. On Satuday, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., police were...

Early morning crash on Pat Bay Highway fatal, police seek witnesses

Central Saanich police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal crash that occurred on the Pat Bay Highway early this morning. An officer came upon-the crash scene shortly after 3 am. The collision happened on...

UPDATE: Arrest made after victim of sexual assault near Uptown spots suspect on bus

A suspect involved in a sexual assault near Uptown has been arrested after the victim spotted him on a BC Transit bus. On March 5, 2016 at around 11:15PM Saanich Police responded to a call...

Camosun College students bring elegant dining to Greater Victoria’s homeless

It’s a scene not often witnessed at Our Place: waiters and waitresses dressed in impeccable black and white while delivering savoury meals to the tables of Greater Victoria’s homeless and impoverished. But on Wednesday, March...

Some Fines Expected to Triple Under Amended Wildfire Laws

On average, 30-40% of wildfires in British Columbia are caused by human actions. The 2015 fire season was one of the busiest and most expensive in recent years, with over 283,400 hectares burned and...

Government announces support for women to start a career in the trades

The Government of British Columbia has announced $1.8 million for the Women in Trades Training (WITT) initiative through the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to help support women to get the skills and training they need...
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