Thursday, February 25, 2021


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Historic totem pole marks university’s 75th anniversary

Royal Roads University marked its 75th anniversary today, with the raising of its first ever totem pole. It will welcome students, faculty and the community to the national historic site. The 25 feet tall totem,...

Long waits for advance polling stations leads to frustration

Election reps at Centennial United Church are telling residents to expect long waits to cast their votes. Elections Canada sent them a non-alphabetized list. According to an elections representative, the location was sent multiple...

Cougar Sighting At Lansdowne Camosun College Campus Overnight

Saanich Police and the Oak Bay Police Department converged upon the Camosun College Lansdowne campus after a cougar was observed by campus security in the early morning hours. The cougar was spotted in the north...

Advance Polls open today, your guide to voting early

Starting today, advance polls open over four days of Thanksgiving weekend, October 9-12. From noon to 8pm. If you are busy on Monday October 19, this is a good way to get your vote in. For political parties,...

Registered voters get to ride the bus for free on Election Day

Are you a registered voter and ride on B.C. Transit? Show your Elections Canada Voter Registration Card on Monday, October 19 and B.C Transit will let you ride for free. The Victoria Regional Transit Commission...

Vehicle drives into Thrifty Foods in Saanich

Just in: Another vehicle has driven into the front of Thrifty Foods at Quadra / McKenzie. Thankfully there  were no reports of injuries. This is the fifth time (that we've been able to confirm) where a...

Sea King helicopter makes controlled emergency landing

On Thursday October 8, a military Sea King helicopter made a controlled emergency landing on the beach at the foot of Mt. Newton X Road, after a hydraulic failure. Four people were on board and no injuries...

Liberal candidate who withdrew from election still on ballot

On Wednesday, Liberal candidate Cheryl Thomas withdrew from the October 19 election. The deadline to have a name removed from the ballot was September 28. Elections Canada said Thursday it cannot tell voters Thomas has withdrawn, nor is it allowed...

School enrollments up in 2015

According to CFAX news, there are more students in Greater Victoria public schools this year over last. The official student population this year is 18,785 - up 125 students over last year, mostly in lower grades. Elementary...

Plastic Bag Princess and Mr. Floatie get married

On Wednesday evening, before a crowd of media and curious onlookers, Mr. Floatie and Penelope “The Plastic Bag Princess” were united in marriage. The ceremony took place at Clover Point near Victoria’s sewage outfall...

UPDATE: LOCATED!! – Police looking to re-unite a youth with his wallet found at Tillicum Mall

Update: Saanich Police have located the boys they believe left their wallet behind at Tillicum Centre, thanks to social media. In the original release, police referred to the wallet as unique and were hoping...

Marijuana dispensary robbed, police looking for witnesses

Victoria Police are looking for anyone that was in the 1600-block of Douglas Street Monday night around 10pm, that might have information after a marijuana dispensary was robbed. At around 10pm, an armed robbery took...

Police issue warning after girl followed on her way to Shoreline Middle school this morning

West Shore RCMP say they are investigating an incident of a man who allegedly followed a grade 7 female student from Glentana Rd in View Royal to Shoreline Middle school this morning around 7:10...

West Shore RCMP searching for inmate after escaping

An inmate from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre is on the lam after escaping from the custody of Provincial correctional officers while at the Victoria General Hospital for medical treatment. In a press release,...

Cougar on the run in James Bay tranquilized and will be relocated

Around 7pm Sunday night, police were contacted about a cougar sighting in the 1900-block of Alma Place. When officers arrived, they were unable to locate the cougar. They put out a warning that night...

Case closed! Owner of truck confesses he was behind the wheel when it crashed into a home

In the early hours of September 24, 2015,  a vehicle struck a residence in the 800 block of Nigel Street. The truck narrowly missed two utility boxes, and launched off the side of a...

Cougar Sightings in South Oak Bay prompts warning

There have been several reports over the past two days of a possible cougar sighting in the south Oak Bay area. Local schools have been notified and police as well as the BC Conservation Officer...

District of Saanich releases leaf collection schedule and offers free mulch to its residents

Each Fall (November - December) the District of Saanich offers curbside leaf collection along residential streets.  Each year,  about 2,500 tonnes of leaves are collected and then mulched for reuse in  parks, allotment gardens...

B.C. Transit reviewing “fare strategy”, considers fare hike, cutting transfers

B.C. Transit says it is reviewing its "fare strategy"to better balance rider revenues with operation costs and is seeking public feedback.  There are several options on the table including raising fares 20 per cent...

West Shore RCMP arrest Derek Fast in Sooke without incident

Update: Late this Tuesday afternoon, several West Shore RCMP plain clothed officers, with assistance from the Sooke RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services, arrested Derek Fast in Sooke without incident. Based on recent interactions with...

West Shore stolen vehicle investigation turns violent, manhunt suspended for evening

Following a four hour manhunt for an outstanding suspect in an earlier violent incident with police, the RCMP are now suspending search efforts, and allowing displaced residents to return to their homes. A police presence...

Saanich resident stabbed when he confronted suspects during a home invasion

Saanich Police are investigating an overnight break and enter that resulted in one occupant of a home suffering from an apparent stab wound. On Tuesday, September 22, approximately 2:20 a.m., the residents of a home...

Browns Social House coming soon to Uptown, will feature year-round patio

Browns Social House will begin construction of its new location at Uptown in October and is anticipating to be opened in the spring of 2016. The spacious 3,000 square foot upscale, casual restaurant will...

Sunday night SUPERMOON blood-moon total lunar eclipse! The first since 1982.

The first "supermoon" total lunar eclipse since 1982, will take place on Sunday, September 27. This phenomenon won't occur again until 2033! The orbit of the moon is elliptical rather than circular, so the moon is...

Animals allegedly poisoned at Chemainus animal sanctuary, RCMP and SPCA investigating

RASTA Sanctuary will be temporarily closed while SPCA and RCMP investigate the death of four potbelly pigs believed to be poisoned. Earlier today, RASTA Sanctuary posted the following message on their Facebook page: Yesterday I found...

Langford Lanes under new ownership, re-opening in October

Great News! Langford Lanes will be re-opening under new management in October. Court has approved new ownership headed by local businessman Gerry St. Cyr. The bowling alley was closed in late June after Planex Development Corp. and...

Police searching for truck-sized garbage compactor stolen during break-and-enter

VicPD Investigators are asking the public to be on the lookout for a large, and seemingly difficult to take, truck-sized garbage compactor stolen from a local business. Officers were called to a recycling business in...

SUV drives off dock at Mill Bay Ferry terminal. 89-year-old Saanich man pronounced deceased at the scene.

UPDATE: A 89 year old male has been pronounced deceased after his vehicle plunged into the water off the Mill Bay ferry terminal on Friday morning. The RCMP West Coast Marine Service and the...

Victoria may soon have a passenger ferry between downtown Victoria and Vancouver

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority announced today a potential new tenant for the Steamship Terminal. Riverside Marine, is a newly created BC company, and part of a leading marine operator in Australia. With 90 years...

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...
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