Sunday, October 25, 2020


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UPDATE: The two elementary aged students have been located and safe

Saanich Police have confirmed both boys have been located and are safe. They would also like to thank public for the quick response in assisting.   ---Original: Saanich Police are asking for assistance from the public to...

Video of the Artic Tuk crane removing the final rail span on the Johnson St bridge

In case you missed it, Gary Hoyer, filmed the removal of the old Johnson St. Bridge east rail span. The entire process took only 15 minutes and was removed by the Arctic Tuk barge crane,...

Central Saanich Police issue warning after bear spotted near Lochside Trail

According to CFAX, Central Saanich Police issued a warning after a bear was spotted near Lochside Trail. Police say the bear was spotted shortly before 6:00pm Monday in the 6400 block of Welch Road. Witnesses say...

Search underway for a missing woman in Sidney

Sidney and North Sannich RCMP, are look for a missing Sidney senior woman, after she left her independent care home facility today. The coast guard and search and rescue are assisting with the search. Police...

Remains of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette found; Amber Alert Ended

UPDATE: Alberta man charged in murders of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and Terry Blanchette. Click here for details.   RCMP have confirmed that the body of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette has been found. An amber alert had been...

Family dog attacked by cougar in Saanich backyard

Saanich Police and BC Conservation Service are reminding pet owners of the potential dangers from wild animals following a cougar attack on Saturday evening that has left a medium sized dog with injuries. Shortly before...

Watch the Arctic Tuk work on the new Johnson Street Bridge today on live webcam

The skyline around the new Johnson Street Bridge includes one of the largest cranes in Western Canada. The Arctic Tuk – the same crane that removed the rail span from the existing Johnson Street Bridge...

Police warning of an an indecent act that took place on Lochside Trail

Saanich Police are notifying the public of an indecent act, that took place on Wednesday, September 9, on the Lochside Regional Trail. Around 5 p.m., two females (aged 25 and 28) were running together on the trail near...

12 residents displaced after Victoria heritage home goes up in flames

A dozen people are homeless and a pet was killed after fire ravaged a century-old home in Victoria Monday morning, but firefighters say it could’ve been much worse. No one was injured after flames broke...

Details on the upcoming closure of the Johnson St bridge – Sept 14-18

Bridge work in the harbour will become much more visible over the coming weeks as crews install large concrete sections of the new Johnson Street Bridge. Once in place, the concrete spans will form the...

Central Saanich Fire crew responded to an engine fire on-board the James Island Express (photos)

An early morning electrical fire on the James Island Express forced the crew to deploy the on-board fire extinguisher system. They were able to extinguish the fire then get the barge to the boat ramp...

BC Transit driver assaulted for not letting a passenger off at a decommissioned bus stop

A BC Transit bus driver was recovering in hospital Friday after being assaulted by an upset passenger. He has lacerations to his face and possible broken ribs. The passenger became upset when the driver said...

Police need your help identifying an alleged thief who stole jewelry valued between $8000-$10000

Police are seeking your help in identifying a suspect captured on video in a brazen jewelry store robbery. Police were called to a jewelry business in the 600-block of Fort Street to investigate a break...

West Shore RCMP add new unit to take on prolific offenders

West Shore RCMP has filled the void created by the disbandment of the former Regional Crime Unit by creating its own unit; the Crime Reduction Unit. The C.R.U. is composed of officers specifically dedicated to...

RCMP are requesting the publics help in locating a missing 18-year-old Colwood resident

Brandon HORUCKI-MINO was last seen July 5, 2015. Description of Brandon HORUCKI-MINO Caucasian male 18 years 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 155 lbs (70 kg) brown hair brown eyes Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brandon HORUCKI-MINO is urged...

LOCATED. – Help locate missing 75-year-old woman possibly suffering medical condition

UPDATE| Sachitha Attawar has been located by a VicPD staff member on her lunch. Thank you for your help in sharing her information. It was the sharing that led to her being located.   From VicPD: VicPD...

Steelhead LNG announces agreement for 75km pipeline to service Malahat LNG facility

Press Release: Steelhead LNG  announced earlier today a pre-construction agreement with pipeline developer Williams to commence with the design and regulatory approvals for the Island Gas Connector Project (Project), a proposed natural gas pipeline which...

Head-on collision on the Malahat claims a motorcyclist life; speed a possible factor

RCMP were called to another serious collision in the 4200 block of the Trans-Canada Highway shortly after 8 o’clock Sunday evening. The accident occurred just north of Aspen Rd. It was the third serious crash...

Officer injured, two police cruisers destroyed on Salt Spring Island

Shortly after 12:00 am on August 29th, 2015, officers with the Salt Spring Island RCMP were conducting an impaired driving checkpoint in the 100 Block of Upper Ganges Road, when a man driving a...

Drunk driving likely the factor in early morning crash that closed Malahat

Malahat is opened and after several hours of traffic backlog, we hear it is mostly cleared up now. West Shore RCMP Press Release: At approximately 8:48 am this morning (August 29th, 2015), the Westshore RCMP were...

Campfire ban lifted for Vancouver Island

Campfires are once again permitted throughout Vancouver Island. The Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire ban due to forecasted cooler and wetter conditions, resulting in a decrease in wildfire risk in the region. The...

Barge loaded with wrecks collapses in the Gorge Waterway

This afternoon, Victoria Police received calls of a barge that had tipped near the Gorge/Selkirk waterfront. The barge was being loaded with scrap cars when it tipped, dumping some of the cars into the...

Conservation Officer who refused to kill two orphaned black bear cubs has been demoted, says union

The BCGEU and Bryce Casavant learned this week that he is being transferred out of the Conservation Officer Service. Casavant was originally suspended in July when he followed Conservation Officer Service procedures and policies and...

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...
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