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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...

Middle class mom’s “Top 10” letter to Justin Trudeau goes viral – she hopes he reads it!

Like thousand of other Canadians across the nation, Casandra Effe voted on Monday. She went with a mission - to get rid of Harper. The question is, "did she play her cards right?" Will her...

Filming at Market Square continues – stars and crew LOVE Victoria!

Market Square's Oscar and Libby's store is the site of filming today. Pupstar Pictures have been filming all over Victoria for several weeks now and will be here til the end of November. They are...

UPDATE: Man who couldn’t tell police who he was has been indentified

Update: Excellent news from Victoria Police! The gentleman who couldn't tell police who he was due to a medical crisis has been identified.   Original: VicPD officers are asking for your help in identifying a man who,...

Learn more and have your say on the proposed cycle track at Borden and McKenzie

A major face-lift could be coming soon near the intersection of Borden and McKenzie. The upgrade will include protected bike lanes on Borden Street from the McKenzie Intersection to Cedar Hill Cross Road to the...

Saanich man succumbs to injuries suffered in single-vehicle motorcycle crash

A 33 year old Saanich resident has succumbed to injuries he suffered in a single vehicle crash at the intersection Glanford Avenue and Leaside Avenue in the early hours of October 4. When officers arrived...

Justin Trudeau greets people at Montreal subway the morning after election

Canada's next Prime Minister spent the morning after the election in a Montreal subway station to say thank you to transit riders. Surprised commuters shook his hand and posed for photos. For a detailed...

Body found in a creek on Salt Spring Island now upgraded to a homicide

RCMP say the the death of a 45 year old Salt Spring Island man was a homicide. Joseph Patrick Bernie's body was found floating in the waters of a creek near Fulford Harbour on Salt...

Campaign volunteer accidentally slams into Saanich-Gulf Islands B.C. Liberal candidate’s office

A volunteer for Saanich-Gulf Islands Liberal candidate Tim Kane, mistook the gas pedal for the brake and slammed into the campaign office on Quadra Street Friday afternoon. There were 7 people in the build at...

Police commend quick thinking school staff and parents after woman grabs child

VicPD officers are commending the quick thinking of school staff and parents for their action in safely deescalating an incident at George Jay Elementary School yesterday. Officers flooded George Jay Elementary School and the surrounding area...

Man charged in Conservative election signs arson

A 39 year old man has been arrested for arson and mischief, after Conservative Party signs were set on fire on Monday night. Sidney-North Saanich RCMP had responded to a report of two Conservative Party signs on...

Advisory – CFB Esquimalt to utilize Mass Notification System for B.C. Shakeout

The Royal Canadian Navy will participate in tomorrows Great B.C. Shakeout by utilizing the Mass Notification System for two minutes beginning at 10:14 a.m. Because  personnel work in a large area and a wide variety...

UPDATE: Located! Have You Seen James Cuthbert? Missing since October 10th

Update from Victoria Police: James Cuthbert - the subject of our missing persons notification has been located. He's safe. Original story: VicPD investigators are asking for your help in locating James Cuthbert. James Cuthbert is described as...

Gordy Dodd serves 1200 at Our Place annual Thanksgiving Dinner

For the seventeenth time, Gordy Dodd put on his traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Our Place over the weekend, feeding about 1200 people. He says he has put on these dinner every year, due to his...

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...