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Victoria Clipper announces new ferry route from Victoria to downtown Vancouver

With new ownership in place, the Victoria Clipper plans to expand its service with a new high-speed ferry service between Victoria and Vancouver, making this the second company to announce it plans to offer...

Character homes go for a drive around downtown Victoria (PHOTOS)

It isn't a sight you get to see very often, two 100-year-old homes being driven through downtown Victoria. That happened in the wee hours last night. Five existing heritage homes are being moved on Michigan...

Over a dozen thefts reported from unlocked cars in Cordova Bay overnight

Residents in the Cordova Bay area of Saanich are being reminded to lock their vehicles following a number of overnight thefts in that area. Police say there has been over 15 reported thefts from auto’s...

UPDATE: Convicted sex offender arrested in Colwood

West Shore RCMP and VicPDK9 teamed up to make the arrest of Aaron Craig in Colwood this morning. A sharp-eyed citizen spotted 28-year-old Aaron Craig who was subject to an outstanding warrant for breaching his...

Pending closure of iconic Bengal Lounge at the The Empress sparks online petition

It's the end of an era. After 61 years, the Empress Hotel's venerable Bengal Lounge will close  it's doors permanently on April 30th.  Shortly after Victoria Buzz broke the news, The Empress Hotel posted an...

Team work! Saanich police officer and his K9 partner captures B&E suspect hiding in yard

A Saanich Police K9 helped arrest a man suspected in a break and enter of a local coffee shop. Shortly after 2:00am, Saanich Police responded to an alarm at Francelli’s, located in the Royal Oak...

BC Transit testing out additional security equipment on its buses

BC Transit will be testing additional security equipment as part of a one-year pilot project that concludes in April. Limited audio recording capability will be tested in and around the transit operator’s compartment, as well...

Environment Canada has issued a fog warning for Greater Victoria!

A fog advisory has been issued for Greater Victoria. Environment Canada says visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. Areas of dense fog remain trapped over the Strait of Georgia and in...

Woman in critical condition in Cobble Hill crash; alcohol suspected

A 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition after collision between two vehicles in Cobble Hill, Wednesday night.  Police suspect alcohol was involved. Shawnigan Lake RCMP responded to the crash just after 6pm on the Trans...

Thrifty Foods on Quadra Street has been granted a license to sell alcohol

Thrifty Foods on the corner of Quadra and Cook Street has been granted a license to sell alcohol within the store. The first such license in Greater Victoria since new B.C. liquor laws went...

Saanich Police warn after a series of break and enters near University Heights

A series of break and enters in the late afternoon hours and into the early evening around the Shelbourne St corridor/University Heights area is concerning to the Saanich Police. Police say there have been 14...

Emma Fillipoff disappeared 3 years ago, man of interest still unidentified

In the fall of 2011, 26-year-old Emma Fillipoff had left Ontario for Victoria, to pursue her passions of art, poetry and photography while supporting herself with culinary work. She was last seen barefoot outside the...

Update: Victoria Police have reunited the decades-old photos with family!

The family photos found in downtown Victoria’s Centennial Square has been solved! After seeing the Victoria Buzz post, a family member contacted Victoria Police, but before he did, he left a quirky message on the...

Dash Cam catches SUV losing control near Qualicum Beach in snowy conditions

A dash cam video captures an SUV  losing control in snowy conditions yesterday, near the  Qualicum Beach exit. The video, captured by Brian Hartt, shows two vehicles passing him, travelling northbound on highway 19. As...

Blanshard Street down to one lane for two weeks during BC Hydro work

Expect major delays for the next two weeks if you are heading into downtown Victoria over the next two weeks, starting Thursday. Blanshard Street heading southbound will be down to one lane between Finlayson Street...

Snowfall Warning Issued for East Vancouver Island

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for East Vancouver Island, with total amounts of 5 to 10 cm expected. Snow will continue over East Vancouver Island north of Parksville tonight with additional amounts of 5...

Passenger ferry service from Victoria to Vancouver one step closer!

A new passenger ferry service between Victoria and Vancouver is much closer to reality after Riverside Marine reached a lease agreement with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. The lease terms between GVHA and Riverside Marine...

A Thank You message from Forbes N’ Marshall

https://soundcloud.com/michael-lisa-888821314/a-thank-you-from-forbes-n-marshall "Yes...we are alive and well and found a microphone! Wanted to Thank You for your amazing friendship," reads a post on the Forbes & Marshall Facebook page. The former morning couple on Victoria’s 98.5 The...

Missing man in Richmond may have been spotted in Victoria

Richmond RCMP are looking for Ephraigm Flores, a 23-year-old Toronto resident last seen on Boxing Day in Richmond. Ephraigm Flores was reportedly last seen at around 11:14 pm on December 26, 2015 in the area...

Our Place seeks help setting up new shelter set to open this weekend

Our Place Society has posted to Facebook seeking help to set up a new home at 1240 Yates Street for 40 people who will be moving from Tent City. The City of Victoria leased the vacant...

4.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Sidney BC, shakes the entire capital region!

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake shook the entire capital region around 11:39pm, Tuesday night. The epicentre was 8KM off Sidney BC, near Sidney Island. There are no Tsunami warnings. Having a hard time sleeping? Fill out the...

2015 List of Top Ten Reasons to Not Call 9-1-1 in BC

Don't be that person! British Columbia's largest emergency dispatch and 911 call centre released a list of the top calls that shouldn’t have been placed to 9-1-1 in 2015. “We want to remind people about...

Saanich Braves hope to fill arena in memory of their teammate

Update: -- original: The Midget C5 Braves will play their first game this week since losing one of their teammates in a freak accident at Mount Washington. Reid enjoyed his last day snowboarding with his dad, 3...

UPDATE: Alexis Flottvik’s mom confirms her daughter has been found!

Update: Alexis' mom has confirmed her daughter has been found and spoken to her. Original: A mother has taken to Facebook in hopes it will help locate her missing 27-year-old missing daughter Alexis Flottvik, and the...

Over a thousand Christmas meals served to Victoria’s homeless and most vulnerable at Our Place

When it comes to Christmas dinner, Our Place needs a lot of prep time. That’s because its kitchen staff and volunteers expect to feed over 1,000 hungry people. Local community leaders stepped in Tuesday to...

Six little elves help Island Savings make a $1K toy donation to Santa’s Anonymous

They say it’s always better to give than to receive—and this idea rings particularly true when the gift is $1,000 worth of toys for Island children who may not otherwise have something waiting under...

BC Ferries adds over 150 sailings for holiday season

To ensure smooth sailing over the holidays, BC Ferries had added over 150 extra sailings to the three major routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Most of the extra trips will added to the...

Victoria Polar Bear Swim cancelled this year, other options available!

Nothing says Happy New Year like a dip in a freezing cold lake. But this year, the hundreds of polar bear dip enthusiasts who show up each year and plunge into Thetis Lake on...

101-year-old senior woman may have saved other seniors from phone scam

Victoria Police are crediting a quick thinking 101-year-old senior who may have prevented others from falling victim to the CRA scam. Like many others in Victoria, the woman got a phone call claiming she had...

Douglas Street at Chatham intersection reopened after crash sends skateboarder to hospital

Douglas Street at Chatham Street has reopened after being closed off for several hours while police investigate a crash involving a taxi and skateboarder. One witness near the scene tells Victoria Buzz there was a...

Two teens arrested for arson in Langford

Two teens have been arrested after 60 tenants were evacuated from their condos in the 700 block of Hockley Ave in Langford last week, after fire broke out in a lower stairwell. On December 12, around...

New winter shelter for homeless opening soon in Victoria

People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Victoria will soon have access to a new winter shelter. The B.C. government announced  it will provide $400,000 in operating funding plus $25,000 toward start-up...

Victoria Police Chief steps aside during investigation

Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner has voluntarily stepped aside today after two investigations into his conduct were ordered by B.C’s. police complaint commissioner. Early Friday morning, Stan Lowe, the Police Complaint Commissioner has ordered an...

Some parts of Vancouver Island receiving first snowfall of the season (photos and video)

The snowfall warning went away temporarily, but as Environment Canada predicted, snow did fall on parts of Vancouver Island and now another warning has popped up saying more is likely on the way. A Pacific...

Suspect involved in Oak Bay bank robbery arrested a day later with stolen truck used in the robbery

Saanich Police have confirmed that a suspect has been arrested in relation to a robbery at the TD Canada Trust bank in Oak Bay, that occurred Tuesday night. The robbery happened around 5:45 p.m., an...

Province partners with Camosun College to provide training for recent immigrants

The Province says it is supporting newcomers to Victoria who are looking for work by providing $210,992 toward English language training at Camosun College for high-demand jobs. Camosun College will provide training to recent immigrants...

Toyota Truck Recovered, Police still searching for motorcycle

With the public's assistance, Victoria Police were able to track down one of two vehicles used in a weekend incident that saw a pickup driven toward an officer. On Saturday, around 8pm, officers were investigating...

Five communities show expression of interest in a Casino – Oak Bay opts out

Back in early October, BCLC asked six communities in Greater Victoria if they would host a casino smaller than View Royal's. BCLC says they are now moving into the evaluation phase after receiving expressions of...

Cool Aid Announces Apartment Building to House 101 People

Victoria Cool Aid Society has made significant progress on acquiring a property in the City of Victoria that is currently empty and which will house 101 people when fully renovated. Due diligence work has...

70 to 90 km/h winds hammering the Greater Victoria Thursday morning

Surprise! Environment Canada has issued yet another wind warning for Greater Victoria. A deep low pressure system has hit the south coast this morning. Southeast winds are expected to reach 70 to 90 km/h over...

Victoria police union says it has ‘no confidence’ in Police Chief and police board

The Victoria City Police Union have issued a statement saying they have "no confidence" in Chief Frank Elsner and the police board. An internal investigation found he had sent inappropriate messages on three occasions starting in spring,...

Two Further Indecent Acts Reported in Saanich

Saanich Police are continuing to investigate an indecent act that took place in the morning hours of December 3rd in the 400 block of Boleskine Road. Since then, there have been two more incidents that are...

Wastewater Discharge Notice issued for Victoria

The CRD have issued a Wastewater Discharge Notice for Victoria, BC. Extremely heavy rainfall starting on Tuesday evening has resulted in combined stormwater and wastewater overflows along the shorelines of the Core Area in...

Woman Charged in connection with Keating Elementary missing funds

Central Saanich police say a 43 year old Central Saanich woman has been charged in relation to the disappearance of over $40,000 from a school fundraising account. Tanya Larayne Adam's has been charged with forgery,...

Transfers eliminated but fares to stay the same

As of April 1, 2016, transfers on local BC transit buses will be eliminated. Passengers will be able to purchase a $5 day pass instead. The pass will allow them to take unlimited bus...

Pedestrian struck by bus on Gorge Rd

A pedestrian struck by a BC Transit bus at Dunedin Street and Gorge Road East is in hospital facing life-threatening injuries after a collision with a BC Transit bus. The accident occurred around 5:45 p.m....

Photos and video from today’s wicked winds; Lighted Ship Parade cancelled

Tonight's Lighted Ship Parade and Market, as well as the Ogden Point Light Up, are cancelled due to weather. The Truck Light Convoy is still on! The City of Colwood tells Victoria Buzz the Public...

Driver with “N” sticker loses control of car, colliding with two students walking along Sooke Rd

Two students walking along Sooke Road near Edward Milne Community School were rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being hit by a car. The incident happened at 11:14 a.m. on Edward Milne Road,...

Dec 4th – Heavy rain and wind expected for the weekend

Get ready Victoria, Environment Canada has issued another storm warning. A Pacific Storm is expected to reach the coast by early Saturday morning, delivering periods of heavy rain and wind. About 40 to 80 mm...

Police warning public after a man began masturbating in front of teen at a Saanich bus stop

Saanich Police are warning the public and are hoping to identify a man accused of masturbating in front of a teenage girl Thursday morning as she waited for the bus. The incident took place this...