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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...

Police recover rifle, drugs from a home across from Sidney Elementary School

Last Friday, RCMP officers from Sidney and North Saanich detachment executed a search warrant for drugs at a residence on Seventh Street in Sidney. The residence is located directly across the street from Sidney Elementary...

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...