Friday, April 23, 2021


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Fiery escape from Fort McMurray caught on dash cam being used to raise money (VIDEO)

A Fort McMurray resident's dash cam recorded what he and nearly 80,000 other residents experienced as they escaped the fire-torn city. Michel Chamberland, a 25-year-old oil patch worker, was awoken when a friend phoned to...

Saanich resident discovers deceased man in park, police investigating

A portion of Rudd Park in Saanich remains closed and behind police tape today, after a resident discovered a man's body in the park around 8:00 pm on Tuesday night. The investigation is still ongoing...

Home in Brentwood Bay destroyed by massive fire

A family of four in Brentwood Bay lost their home to an early morning massive fire. Emergency crews were called to the home in Central Saanich, around 3:40 am Tuesday morning. The fire was first...

UPDATE: VicPD locate missing 24-year old Ontario man

Update: Victoria Police have confirmed Randy Ogden and his pup Bluesef were located last night. They’re safe and well.   --- original: Victoria Police are looking for a missing 24-year-old Ontario man, Randy Tyrone Ogden. He recently...

Victoria’s Relay For Life in jeopardy of cancellation due to low registration

Whether you are cheering on survivors, walking the track, passing the baton to your teammate, Relay For Life is more than just a cancer walk - it’s a journey. But after 17 years in Victoria,...

Convicted teen killer Kelly Ellard denied day parole

Kelly Ellard's request for day parole has been denied. A spokesperson for the parole board say they don't feel Ellard can be safely released into the community yet. Their decision was based on several issues...

Nanaimo man charged with manslaughter one year after death ruled homicide

Police have arrested and charged Colin Lamontagne, a 40-year-old Nanaimo man, with manslaughter in the death of 34-year-old Shaun Alexander McGregor. The charge comes one year to the day that investigator's announced the death was...

New allegations against Victoria Police Chief Elsner being investigated

The police complaint commissioner has ordered an investigation into new allegations of misconduct involving Chief Constable Frank Elsner of the Victoria Police Department. The new allegations come from recent interviews of witnesses and information obtained...

Busted on camera: Police looking to identify two “tagging’ suspects

Do you recognize either of these two men believed to be responsible for over a dozen “taggings” of businesses in downtown Victoria.  The alleged suspects were seen on surveillance video just prior to the men...

Police looking for missing 52-year-old Victoria woman

Victoria Police are asking for your help in locating missing 52-year-old Victoria woman, Sylvie Tremblay.  Officers say they are concerned for Sylvie’s well-being and are actively searching for her.  Sylvie is described as a caucasian...

Before and after morning traffic simulation of Trans-Canada Highway/McKenzie interchange

The video first shows an aerial view of what the current morning rush hour traffic pattern is like Trans-Canada Highway/McKenzie intersection, then switches to show what it will look like in 2018 when the...

Trans-Canada Highway/McKenzie interchange before and after video simulation

This video shows an aerial view of current afternoon rush hour traffic patterns at the existing Trans-Canada Highway/McKenzie Avenue intersection and the McKenzie/Burnside intersection. Next, the video shows the projected opening day 2018 afternoon...

New skatepark approved for Sidney at Tulista Park

Skateboarders in Sidney will soon have new a place to call their own after the approval of a state-of-the-art skateboard park to be located at Tulista Park. Cheers broke out from a young, energetic audience...

McKenzie interchange design will be built as a partial cloverleaf

The new $85 million McKenzie interchange at the Trans Canada Highway will be built as a partial cloverleaf, Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced today. Technical analysis shows that the partial cloverleaf will operate more safely...

First public meeting is tonight on possible wastewater treatment at Clover Point

Tonight will be the first of many public information sessions to discuss the possibility of a sewage treatment at Clover Point. The city says it supports a facility in its community and will host numerous...

Chamber of Commerce weighs in on Tent City saying it has to go

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce says there is no question that the encampment at the courthouse is having a significant effect on the downtown economy. Saying local businesses are suffering, because it has been...

Victoria “DIY Street Party” organizers could be on the hook for extra costs

The Victoria Police have released a statement regarding a free street party scheduled for tonight in Centennial Square. The organizers do not have permits to stage a large-scale public event, and have ignored repeated attempts...

70% of Canadians support pot legalization according to survey

Is Canada 4/20 Friendly? As the federal government prepares to end a 90-plus-year prohibition on pot, a new poll from Angus Reid suggests we are. The survey from the Angus Reid Institute says nearly seven-in-ten...

Mother arrested in 2015 death of 18-month-old Victoria girl

The mother of an 18-month-old Victoria girl, who was found deceased in September 2015, has been arrested for homicide. On September 16th, 2015, Victoria Police were called to a home on Vista Heights, near Cook...

Salvation Army Provides Short-Term Accommodation for Residents Displaced by Traveller’s Inn fire

The Salvation Army and BC Housing have worked out a one month contract to provide short-term housing for half of the residents displaced by the fire last month at the former Traveller’s Inn. 30 of the 60 tenants...

UPDATE – Missing woman located and is safe.

Update: Located and safe. https://twitter.com/vicpdcanada/status/721532087845695488 -- original: Victoria Police need your help in finding missing 34-year-old Crystal Mathison. Crystal was reported missing at 9 a.m. this morning under what police say appear to be suspicious circumstances. Crystal is described as...

Woman robbed Thursday night near Shelbourne Street and Blair Ave

Saanich Police are looking for a suspect after a 25-year-old woman walking in the area of Shelbourne St and Blair Ave was approached by an unknown man on a bike and robbed. The incident happened...

“Changing Street Behaviour” – Business Representatives Address City Council

On Thursday, April 14, three prominent members of the business community addressed City Council over rapidly deteriorating conditions, particularly in the area of safety, in the Fort Street area, as well as general vicinity...

Police chase ends in crash on Craigflower Road

Three people are in custody following a dangerous police chase through the streets of Vic West on Friday afternoon. A suspect who is known to police, was driving a white SUV on Craigflower Ave and...

Phase one complete, Victoria or Saanich to host new casino

Back in early October, BCLC asked six Greater Victoria communities if they would be interested in hosting a gaming facility, smaller than the View Royal’s location. At that time, five communities expressed interest. The first...

Province Changes Focus to Safety Requirements for Tent City site

Following a court decision to allow campers to stay at the Victoria courthouse site through the summer, the provincial government says it is working with the City of Victoria, along with fire and police...

Police seek witnesses in crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

The investigation into the fatal collision that killed Cst. Sarah Beckett in Langford on Tuesday April 5th remains active and on-going, police say. The criminal investigation is being led by the RCMP and Saanich Police...

Alleged graffiti suspect turns himself in after seeing his photo

An alleged graffiti suspect believed to be responsible for numerous “taggings” of public and private property in Victoria and Esquimalt has turned himself in after identifying himself as the person in the photo being...

BC Ferries sells MV Tenaka to Vancouver Island company

BC Ferries have sold 52 year-old MV Tenaka to a Port Alberni company. The 43-metre MV Tenaka was built in 1964 at Victoria Machinery Depot and primarily serviced the Quadra Island – Cortes Island route. The vessel was...

The Regimental funeral for West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett (VIDEO)

If you missed today’s broadcast of the regimental funeral for Const. Sarah Beckett, you may see a repeat of the entire ceremony below. Please note: You will need to forward the video to the 4...

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,...
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