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UPDATE: Missing 17-year-old has been located.

UPDATE: Missing 17-year-old Roman Schroeder has been located.     Victoria Police are asking for your help in locating missing 17-year-old. Roman Schroeder is described as an Aboriginal male with a slight build, standing five feet, four inches tall. Roman...

Police recover stolen property worth more than $100,000 from Saanich home

The Saanich Police Department have recovered over $100,000 in stolen property from a home in the 5800 block of the Pat Bay Highway. There was so much stuff, Saanich Police had to obtain an...

City of Victoria considering returning the top portion of Beacon Hill to First Nations

The City of Victoria will decide on returning the top of Beacon Hill to local First Nations at a meeting this week. The area is where the Checkers Pavilion currently sits. The motion recommending the...

Bus terminal to move across Douglas Street in 2016

Victoria's new inter-city bus terminal will use existing street parking to load and unload passengers to and from up-Island and the Lower Mainland.    Stalls immediately in front of Crystal Garden will be the new location,...

Vancouver Island woman paralyzed after horse riding accident denied insurance claim

In November 2014, young mother and Vancouver Island photographer, Katie Muller fell from her horse, breaking her neck and leaving her paralyzed from the armpits down. Months of physiotherapy later, and extreme willpower she...

West Shore RCMP arrest Langford woman for production of counterfeit money

West Shore RCMP have arrested a 32 year old Langford woman after a lengthy investigation for production of counterfeit money. Over $60,000 in Canadian and US currency in counterfeit bills were produced. Police say that several...

Prepare for King Tides and Storm Surges Starting This Week

From now until January, it is predicted that Victoria will experience higher than normal storm surges caused by high winds which push waves onshore. The combination of King Tides and storm surges will result in...

Toxic algae found in Thetis Lake; CRD warning users to keep pets away from water

An advisory has been issued by the CRD after water samples taken from Thetis Lake Regional Park have tested positive for blue-green algae and associated cyanotoxins. CRD say park users should avoid both the upper...

RCMP investigate a possible child abduction attempt in Langford

Police are investigating a possible child abduction after a man in a white panel van drove up to an elementary student in Langford and asked her to get into the van. The incident occurred on...

Kindergartener giving away his piggy bank for sleeping bags for homeless

Kindergartener Tate Parker, is on a mission. He wants to provide 51 homeless people with sleeping bags on Christmas Eve, so they will have a warm bed for Christmas morning. He is going to do...

New southbound off-ramp at Leigh Road interchange to open in Langford this weekend

The new $5-million southbound off-ramp at the Leigh Road Interchange on Trans Canada Highway will open this weekend and access to Goldstream from the highway will be closed permanently. This new off-ramp will ease traffic...

(UPDATED) Extremely cold temperatures on the way and possible snow flurries

Update: Environment Canada has lifted the Arctic air alert for Southern Vancouver Island.   The first arctic outbreak of the season is on its way and Environment Canada is warning of freezing temperatures and poor driving...

Body found near Tofino confirmed as missing whale-watcher

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that a body recovered at Vargas Island near Tofino, British Columbia, is that of missing Australian tourist Raveshan Morgan Pillay. Pillay was with a group of tourists on the...

Broken water main at Government and Chatham (video)

Crews working on replacing the 50 year old water main on Government Street and Chatham have struck a waterline sending water high up into the air. Witnesses in the area tell Victoria Buzz the water...

High and Dry – The Greater Victoria Extreme Weather Protocol

    Dear Victoria, Well this is it. The time of year where everyone else in this country gets to point their fingers Westward and say “see… it might be cold here… but at least it’s a...

(UPDATE) B.C. Coroners releases name of deceased driver in multi-vehicle accident on the Malahat

Update: The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in a multi-vehicle accident on the Malahat on Nov. 18, 2015. He was David Paulin, aged 33, of Victoria. Paulin was travelling...

Nov 17 – Extreme weather protocol activated – emergency shelters open tonight

The Greater Victoria Extreme Weather Protocol has been activated. Southern Vancouver Island has been hit hard with severe winds knocking out power to thousands of customers throughout the capital region. Winds have reached 100km/h. The Greater...

Wind taking its toll: Thousands of customers without power on Southern Vancouver Island

High winds are knocking out power all over the capital region today. As of 2:30PM, BC Hydro is showing 76 power outages on the lower Island, with over 27,000 customers affected. The current estimated time...

McKenzie Interchange Design Options and Open House Nov. 17th

There are now three design options being proposed for the McKenzie Interchange and the public is asked to provide feedback: Option 1: Diamond Interchange With Trans-Canada Highway Under McKenzie/Admirals Option 2: Partial Cloverleaf With Trans-Canada Highway...

9 photos from yesterday’s rescue off Race Rocks after a vessel overturned with nine people on board

On Sunday afternoon, a mayday call went out after a 24-25ft open-topped aluminum boat overturned near Race Rocks. The boat was out on a diving trip with nine people on board. According to CHEK News, one...

Victoria Council considers giving homeless “odd jobs”

Victoria city councilor Charlayne Thornton-Joe has put forward the idea to pay the homeless and people with disabilities to do odd jobs. It is similar to a program in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the...

Poppy tattoo drive raises $7,850 for the Canadian Legion

In support of military both past and present, Urge Tattoos once again were giving away poppy tattoos. The 5th Annual Urge Poppy Tattoo Drive again benefited the Canadian Legion. Mark Adamson (aka Sparky), owner of...

BC Ferries jumper receives lifetime ban from using ferry service, may be on hook for $40K

The man who deployed a 100-person life raft before he jumped off a BC Ferries vessel last Wednesday night, may owe the company more than $40,000. November 30th UPDATE: BC Ferries will impose a lifetime...

Police investigate armed home invasion in the 700 block of Yates Street

Victoria Police were in the 700 block of Yates on Tuesday morning investigating an armed home invasion that happened around 8:40am. The robbery happened on the fourth floor at The Churchill condominium building. Two men with what...

5th Annual Urge Tattoos Remembrance Day Poppy Drive

Once again this November 11th, Urge Tattoos will be honouring Canada's standing, fallen and retired vets with a full day of Poppy Tattoos! What better way to honour our brave soldiers, airmen and sailors...

Final cruise ship of the season tops off a record year

The final cruise ship of this season, The Star Princess arrived at Ogden Point at 7am this morning, carrying more than 2,500 passengers. Ian Roberston the CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority spoke on CFAX this morning, saying "It's...

Police searching for a missing man after going out for a bike ride

VicPD Missing Persons investigators are searching for missing man Harold Backer. Harold is described as a 52-year-old Caucasian man standing six feet, three inches tall with a medium build. His eyes are green and he...

Distraught man with knife tasered and taken into custody in View Royal

West Shore RCMP were called to assist View Royal Fire Rescue with a distraught man at Pheasant Lane and Helmcken Rd in View Royal, just after 4:00 pm on Thursday. Police located the man in...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau writes open letter to Canadians

After being sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, and announcing his cabinet, the 29th Ministry, Justin Trudeau took some time to write an open letter to Canadians. My dear friends, Today, I had...

Another budget increase request coming for Johnson Street Bridge project

The Johnson Street project is another month or two behind schedule and the project manager, Jonathan Hugget, says he is preparing a request to the city for another budget increase. "We'll likely be back for...

Saanich police arrest teen after posting a threat on social media

Saanich Police have arrested a 15 year old male student after a threatening post was made on a popular social media site. He allegedly posted a picture of a weapon and a caption warning...

BC Ferries trip turns bizarre after man jumps overboard; later arrested on Galiano Island naked

On Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m a B.C. Ferries trip from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay took a bizarre turn after a male on the Coast Celebration deployed a 100-person life raft then jumped overboard...

Royals’s Joe Hicketts named captain of team WHL at 2015 Canada Russia Series

Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts has been named captain of Team WHL for Game 2 of the upcoming CHL Canada Russia Series in Kamloops, BC on Tuesday, November 10th. Hicketts has also been named as...

Victoria Buzz photo contributor wins province-wide photo contest

Over 600 photos were submitted to the 2015 Wildlife-In-Focus Photography province-wide contest and regular Victoria Buzz contributor and local, Colin Franks, took first place! The photo will be featured in the Spring 2016 AnimalSense magazine BC SPCA...

Plastic Bag Ban Could Come To Victoria This Week

A motion to ban single use plastic bags will be put forward this Thursday, by Councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday. They also wish for Mayor Lisa Helps to write to other municipalities to...

Mount Washington sold to U.S. firm that specializes in snowmaking

Mount Washington Ski Resort has been sold to Pacific Group Resorts, a company headquartered in Park City, Utah. The sale also includes most of the development land near and around the base of the resort....

Colwood mom finds sewing needle in her son’s Halloween candy (video)

A Colwood mom posted a warning video to parents on Facebook today after finding a sewing needle in her sons chocolate bar. West Shore RCMP say the the needle in question was about 3 inches...

Local security company patrolling Saanich Peninsula Halloween Night

Halloween is a treasured tradition with the intention of fun and excitement for children. To keep the night a safe one, a security company based out of North Saanich has offered to assist. The...

Expect extra delays next week around Johnson Street Bridge

As work on the new Johnson Street Bridge road approaches continues, drivers and cyclists can expect reduced lanes and detours when travelling through the area next week. On the downtown side of the Johnson Street...

Uvic student dies during hike in Strathcona Provincial Park

A University of Victoria student has died after falling off a cliff during a hike near Campbell River. The coroners service says Anders Newman was camping with six friends in Strathcona Provincial Park on Saturday...

Dancing restaurant owner given okay to continue

The Mayor of View Royal says an Admirals Road restaurant owner who has become well known by those who commute through the intersection of Admirals and the Old Island Highway, will be allowed to dance...

Our Place expands hours and shelter for winter, volunteers needed

With colder weather approaching, Our Place is extending its hours to ensure a warm, safe sanctuary for those experiencing poverty and homelessness. Beginning Monday, Nov. 2, Our Place will be open from 7 a.m. until...

Dog found with chain wrapped around neck. Do you know who did this to ‘Justice’? (Warning Graphic Pictures)

This poor lost dog was found in Esquimalt dragging a 6 foot chain on Monday by an Esquimalt resident. When the chain was removed, it was discovered he had a massive infection on his...

IFCON 2015 happening this weekend has been cancelled

IFCON 2015, a  sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk and horror fan convention happening this weekend has been cancelled after the event organizer, Bill Code, suffered a medical condition last week. The announcement was made by a...

Police looking for 3 suspects after a Langford man was robbed at knife point on Galloping Goose.

West Shore RCMP are currently investigating a robbery that occurred Monday afternoon on the Galloping Goose in Langford. A 26 year old Langford man was walking on the Galloping Goose trail near Brittany Dr and...

Canada Post halts installation of community mailboxes

Canada Post is temporarily suspending the program to convert door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes. In a statement released by Canada Post on Monday,  the corporation said it will work collaboratively with the Government of...

Fenced Dog Park, Community Garden, and New Playground Proposed for Vic West Park

Victoria West Park is the second largest park in the Victoria West neighbourhood and the eighth largest in the City. The park was first established in 1921 and has seen many improvements since then...

Whale watching boat with 27 people on board capsizes off Tofino; fatalities confirmed

A whale watching vessel with 27 people on board sank near Plover Reef, west of Vargas Island and northwest of Tofino, late this afternoon. JRCC says the search has been called off. 21 people have...

Fall for Wildlife Dinner Auction – helping our injured wildlife

For BC SPCA Wild ARC October typically means many injured raptors – particularly owls – needing a helping hand. As the days get shorter, people tend to head to work and return home in the dark. Nocturnal animals like...

Painting Company Apologizes to Dog Owner and Community

UPDATE: Top Quality Coatings management and employee have formally apologized to both the dog owner and community over yesterday's incident where paint was found in a dog water bowl at Windsor Park. A dog...