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Public Warning Issued following Esquimalt Sexual Assault

UPDATE –VicPD investigators would like to speak to anyone who would have been in or around Highrock Park (Cairn Park) between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night, September 20. Investigators are specifically looking for...

Cost of payday loans to drop under new regulations

The borrowing rates of payday loans will be lowered under new regulations announced today. As of Jan. 1, 2017, the maximum allowable charge for a payday loan in B.C. will drop from $23 to $17...

Can you identify these graffiti suspects?

On July 7th 2016, five individuals, four young men and one young woman, were captured on surveillance video outside a restaurant in the 500-block of Johnson Street. They appear to enter the alley to “tag”...

HWY 1 traffic stoppages for rock work starting Sept 22

Road users can expect delays due to rock excavation work on the Trans-Canada Highway at the West Shore Parkway, starting September 22. Traffic will be stopped in both directions for up to 5 minutes on...

Saanich police take down a suspected drug house

Two Saanich men are facing a number of charges after a police operation at a suspected drug house in Saanich. Police launched an investigation earlier this month at a home in the 3000 block of...

View Royal Casino will more than double in size

Plans were revealed today for the View Royal Casino which will see it more than double in size. The improvements featured in the proposed development plans will add 42,000 square feet to the current facility,...

B.C. government to spend half billion dollars on 2,900 rental housing units

The province announced Monday that $500 million will be used to create 2,900 affordable rental units. Speaking in Burnaby, Premier Christy Clark says a the rental units will be created in partnership with non-profit groups, local governments,...

13 suites damaged by a small kitchen fire in downtown Victoria

A small kitchen fire in the Hudson Mews apartments in downtown Victoria on Monday night damaged 13 suites after the building’s sprinkler system activated. Victoria fire crews were called to the 120-unit building at 780...

Nanaimo SPCA warning of fake raffle tickets being sold

The Nanaimo and District SPCA issued a warning to be on the lookout for fake raffle tickets being sold door-to-door by a "scruffy" young man. Nanaimo SPCA posted a photo of the fake ticket...

Police seek witnesses after two people were attacked in downtown Victoria

Victoria police are looking for witnesses after a man was arrested Sunday for two apparently random assaults. Officers were called around 7 a.m. to Langley Street, after two witnesses saw a man punch another man...

Arrest made in Cadboro Bay sexual assault – same offender as involved in UVic assault

A youth arrested for allegedly masturbating in front of a woman close to UVic last week, has been charged again after a sexual assault over the weekend. On Saturday September 17, at around 4:30pm, a...

Well that didn’t last long… Canada’s newest airline temporarily ceases flights to four cities including Victoria

It was just a couple weeks ago we told you about the amazing deal, to fly from Victoria to Edmonton for just $40 by ultra-low-cost airline New Leaf. Now the airline says it is...

BC’s minimum wage increases today by 40 cents

Anyone earning minimum wage in B.C. will receive a small boost on their next pay check. The hourly rate is rising from $10.45 per hour to $10.85 per hour, while the minimum wage for liquor...

CRD approves $765 million single-site sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point

All but one CRD board member approved the recommendations that a liquids-treatment facility be located at McLoughlin Point - sending most of Greater Victoria's sewage to Esquimalt. This decision follows a report recommending that liquids treatment be...

Man charged in death of RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett

Charges have now been approved against a Langford man in connection with the fatal crash that claimed the life of RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett in Langford in April. Kenneth Jacob Fenton, 28, has been charged with impaired driving...

Update: Shelbourne Street reopened following fatal motorcyclist crash

A 34-year-old woman is dead after her motorcycle was hit by an SUV in the intersection of Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue in Saanich on Wednesday. Police say an SUV was travelling northbound on Shelbourne...

Young man arrested on UVIC for suspicion of performing an indecent act

Saanich police arrested a youth on the University of Victoria campus after an indecent act. Police say he is now being investigated in a number of similar incidents. Saanich police said a young woman was walking...

(UPDATED with itinerary) Victoria will be home base for Royal visit in September

Not only is the Royal Family visiting Western Canada this September, but they will make Victoria their home base for the entire one-week trip, with no less than four different stops here in the...

Suspect wanted after a child and teacher were attacked by a large dog at Quadra Elementary School

Victoria police are searching for a female suspect after two people were injured by her dog on the grounds of Quadra Elementary school on Thursday. Police were called to the school around 2:30 p.m., after...

Victoria police issue another cougar warning for Esquimalt after three sightings

Victoria police are warning people in Esquimalt once again to be wary of a possible cougar on the loose, after a rash of sightings Thursday evening. Police first issued a cougar warning for Esquimalt in...

Tim Horton’s standoff suspect facing several charges, including assaulting a police officer with a weapon

A 22-year-old man is facing several charges after a five-hour standoff Wednesday with police in the Tim Horton's on Gorge Road East. Victoria police responded to a call from staff at the restaurant around 2:30...

Police nab fraud suspect after his truck got stuck on a median

A 27-year-old man from Alberta was arrested on suspicion of fraud after using a fake credit card at Langford's Four Points Sheraton Hotel. West Shore RCMP were called to the hotel on Wednesday to investigate...

Suspect that snatched an 81-year-old’s purse arrested

Police have arrested a 35-year-old after the robbing of an 81-year-old woman in Saanich on Tuesday. The victim was returning to her car after leaving the bank on Vernon Ave., when a man in a car...

Provincially-appointed board chooses Esquimalt to take all of the core region’s sewage

McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt is the sole choice of the provincially-oappointed sewage board, for siting the sewage treatment plant that will take all raw sewage from Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, View Royal, Colwood...

Man wanted for homicide in Edmonton may be on Vancouver Island

Edmonton police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for 26-year-old Austin Mackenzie Southworth, who they believed was involved in the murder of a man whose body was found in a field, earlier in 2016. The arrest...

Cyclist ticketed for speeding through school zone in Saanich

Did you know cyclist can be ticketed for speeding through a school zone? It's true, you can, according to Saanich police. A cyclist in Saanich was ticketed today for speeding in a school zone. The woman...

Victoria police arrested a cat burglar after being caught red-handed

One man is in custody after office workers downtown spotted a man climbing up the exterior of a building. Victoria police said they were called to the 1000-block of Douglas Street just after 8 a.m....

Love letter for Mia found in a bottle near Trial Island

A Victoria woman, who stumbled upon a romantic message in a bottle is hoping to pass along what appears to be an ode to "Mia." On Monday, Sandra Twin spotted what looked like a note in...

Drugs a factor in 3-hour standoff in Langford in which shots were fired

Drugs now appear to be a factor in the 3-hour standoff in Langford on Saturday. Police said they received multiple calls of a man who appeared to be in crisis, in the 800 block of...

Video shows cruise ship list heavily as the vessel approaches Victoria

There was some very tense moments for passengers aboard the cruise ship Carnival Legend as it approached Victoria last week. The ship began to list heavily to one side for about 3-4 minutes after mechanical...

Suspect in custody following standoff near Rona in Langford

Update: West Shore RCMP have safely taken a 36-year-old man into custody following a three-hour standoff near the Rona in Langford. West Shore RCMP described it as a  "crisis situation", involving a man who was...

Single vehicle crash on Sooke Road claims life of a 17-year-old

A 17-year-old male from Sooke has died after a single vehicle accident on Sooke Road at Parkland Road. Sooke RCMP were called to the crash scene at around 10:45 p.m. A red Acura had left the...

This is why dogs shouldn’t sit in the driver’s lap, Nanaimo RCMP say

Police are reminding motorist that pets should never be allowed to sit on the driver’s laps; this following an accident in Nanaimo that left a family pet in life threatening condition. The accident happened on...

Annual passes accepted elsewhere during Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre closure

Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre is now closed for the next several weeks for its annual maintenance and cleaning. The facility will be closed from Sept. 3 to Sept. 25. The work will include light replacements,...

Sign of times: Arcades and pay phones to be removed from BC Ferries

It’s a sign of the times as B.C. Ferries begin removing all arcade games from its vessels. More and more people are now bringing their own electronic devices on board, cutting into revenues from the...

Police looking for witnesses in sexual assault investigation

Victoria police are looking for witnesses after a report of a sexual assault on Cormorant Street, around 2 a.m on Wednesday. A passersby called police, who attended the scene and took a man into custody. Detectives...

Fly from Victoria to Edmonton for just $6.54

Looking for an inexpensive trip or planning on heading to Edmonton in the near future? Canada’s newest airline New Leaf is offering insane discounts on airfare between Victoria and Edmonton. The ultra-low-cost airline is currently advertising flights for...

Updated: Campfire ban lifted for Vancouver Island

Just in time for Labour Day weekend, campfires are once again permitted throughout Vancouver Island. The Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire ban due to wetter conditions in recent days and rain is in...

E-cigarettes now banned from public spaces in BC

Beginning today, e-cigarettes will be treated the same as tobacco in B.C. New regulations mean vaping in no longer permitted in workplaces, or public spaces such as beaches or parks. They will also not be...

Labour Day weekend most dangerous for drivers ICBC warns

The Labour Day long weekend marks the last chance many of us are able to get out for one more summer road trip. But according to ICBC, it can also be a busy time...

Woman struck by car on Mt. Newton X Rd was deceased before vehicle struck her

A B.C. Coroners investigation has determined a woman who was found dead after she was struck by a vehicle in Central Saanich in February, actually died prior to the crash. The incident happened on Mount...

Young buck dead after being attacked by two dogs in Gordon Head

A young buck is dead after being viscously attacked by two large dogs in Saanich on Tuesday. The Saanich Pound is looking to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident that occured in the 4300-block...

Card skimmers found on three ATMs in Victoria (VIDEO)

Victoria Police are warning the public after skimming devices were found on three separate ATM machines in high-traffic areas around Victoria. These card skimmers, which are placed over top of regular card input slots, collect...

Two unique bicycles stolen from Garth Homer Society

Keep your eyes peeled for these two unique tandem bikes stolen overnight from a locked outdoor storage unit at Garth Homer Society. The Society provides day services and programming within Greater Victoria for adults with developmental...

Sooke RCMP seeking man who offered licorice to group of kids

Sooke RCMP are looking to speak with a man who offered licorice to a group of young kids on Steeple Chase in Sooke - they are calling it a "suspicious circumstance." The incident happened on...

Police looking for missing 58-year-old male last seen August 25

Victoria police are hoping the public can assist them in locating missing 58-year-old Thurles Loughran. He was reported missing on August 25; officers are concerned for his well-being. Loughran is described as a white male, standing...

Frustrated Empress Hotel workers serve 72-hour strike notice

Growing frustrations about staffing levels have forced Unifor Local 4276, the union representing about 500 workers at the Empress Hotel,  to serve 72-hour strike notice. A strike could begin as early as Thursday morning. Unifor says...

ICBC basic insurance rates may increase by 4.9% because of rising number of claims

ICBC is seeking a 4.9 per cent increase to basic insurance rate, if approved, this will mean an average increase of $3.50 per month for basic insurance coverage. Customers who buy optional, extended third-party liability,...

Snake sssssafely removed from Victoria drain

The 5-foot long corn snake holed up in a Victoria drain pipe has finally been caught. City of Victoria crews were investigating a sinkhole at the Quadra and Mason intersection last Wednesday, when their camera...

UPDATED: 1.5 hectare Bamberton fire has been contained

Update: The wildfire near Bamberton has been contained and crews are on scene today mopping up. -- original: The Coastal Fire Centre now reports the Mill Bay fire has grown to 1.5 hectares and is burning...