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Almost 1 in 2 Canadians $200 or less away from financial insolvency

Nearly one half (48%) of Canadians are $200 or less per month away from not being able to meet all of their bills or debt obligations each month. This includes 26% who say they don’t...

UPDATE: Operation to remove grounded barges [PHOTOS]

We first brought you the story last night, of two barges that had run aground along the Dallas road shoreline. On Wednesday night around 8pm, in strong winds and rough seas, a tug boat lost...

Start planning your camping – reservations open March 15 for B.C. campsites!

If you're planning to camp in a provincial park this summer take note. Camping reservations open this month. Discover Camping, the BC Parks reservation system will begin accepting reservations on March 15. Although individual campsite...

Two barges attached to a tug boat, snapped and broke away in Wednesday night’s windstorm. (PHOTOS)

Two barges attached to a tugboat, on their way to Sidney from construction at the Coho terminal, snapped their lines and broke away in Wednesday night's windstorm. The tug was able to be returned back to shore...

Bowker Creek restoration unveiled in Oak Bay

Restoration of a section of Bowker Creek that flows along the Oak Bay High School property was unveiled to the public yesterday. The project features include a winding creek that mimics a more natural watercourse,...

Unique fundraiser raises over $117,000 to help Victoria’s most vulnerable

The business and philanthropic community came together last weekend for Hungry Hearts, a unique fundraiser aimed at raising both awareness and funds for Our Place to serve the most vulnerable citizens of Greater Victoria. Six...

Large sum of money discovered in a donated item – VicPD looking for owner

VicPD are searching for the owner of what appears to have been an unwitting donation of a large sum of money, discovered Tuesday in a donated item. Officers attended Value Village yesterday for a report of a...

View Street parkade to close March 5 – 13 for improvements

This weekend, the City of Victoria will begin work to enhance the frontage of View Street Parkade, located in the 700 block of View Street, to increase public safety and improve operations and aesthetics. To...

Longtime friends step forward to claim $3.6M from 6/49 win

Three longtime Victoria friends and former co-workers at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital have stepped forward to claim the $3.6M from this past Saturday's 6/49 draw. One retired 6 years ago, the other two will be...

New COBS Bread location to donate opening day proceeds to Victoria Hospital Foundation

A new COBS Bread bakery is set to open this week, located across from the Victoria General Hospital in the new Eagle Creek Village. All sales from the opening day will be donated to Victoria...

Nominate your child-care provider for a 2016 Child Care Award of Excellence

Is a child-care provider in your life making a difference? Let them know by nominating them for a 2016 Child Care Award of Excellence. These awards honour the outstanding work that early childhood educators, child-care...

Court date set for InTent City injunction hearing

On Monday, the B.C. government applied to the B.C. Supreme Court for an injunction to disband the campsite from the lawns of the Victoria courthouse. A court order by the province is requesting the Supreme Court to order campers...

Sooke purchases parcel of land for new community library

The District of Sooke has taken a step forward to establishing a new community library with the purchase of a 5.26 acre parcel of land. The district purchased undeveloped land along the newly-constructed Wadams Way,...

UPDATE: RCMP confirm missing Duncan woman has been located

UPDATE:  The 35-year-old woman who was reported missing February 29, 2016 has been located.  The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating her. ---original:   The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are...

Saturday’s 6/49 winning ticket bought in Victoria

Check your Lotto 6/49 ticket! There are two winning tickets for the $7.2-million jackpot in the Saturday, Feb. 27 draw. One winning ticket was purchased somewhere in Victoria, the other was sold in Winnipeg. Each...

Fire engulfs second floor suite on Craigflower Road (VIDEO)

A fire broke out on the second floor of an apartment at 830 Craigflower Road around 9:30 pm Saturday night. One person was taken to hospital for possible smoke inhalation. Residents were evacuated by BC Transit...

Police looking for witnesses in James Bay area sexual assaults

Victoria Police are investigating reports of two possible sexual assaults involving two teenage girls attending a social event in the James Bay area on Friday. Police say they were not notified of these incidents until...

Suspicious graffiti at Colwood Elementary school prompt police investigation

Concerning graffiti written on the walls at Colwood Elementary school prompted the SD62 Superintendent Jim Cambridge to send a message to parents and the West Shore RCMP to attend the school to investigate. The nature...

Rogers Hometown Hockey coming to town this weekend

Rogers Hometown Hockey will be taking over Ship Point at the Inner Harbour this weekend. The outdoor hockey festival will be packed with activities for all ages including live music, a chance to meet NHL Alumni,...

“If you find me, turn me loose” – “Biker Bob” shows up at China Beach

While Caleb Harding was taking part in the 8th Annual Wave Hunt, a surf competition at China Beach, he came across a glass bottle that contained ashes and a short message inside it. The message...

A 90’s breakdance night in Victoria took a groovy turn when two VicPD officers showed up!

A 90’s breakdance session was taking place at Centennial Square in Victoria on Tuesday night. Things got real when Victoria Police officers Constables Mike Russell and Gord Magee decided to join the fun with...

BC Ferries will see no change to the cost of taking a ferry for first time in 13 years

BC Ferries will see no change to the cost of taking a ferry for first time in 13 years, the average fares will remain effectively unchanged as the company starts the new fiscal year...

Saanich Police investigating assault near Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

Saanich Police are investigating after a woman was reportedly stabbed near Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, on Wednesday afternoon. The woman was walking in the park just around 2 p.m. when she was approached by someone....

#PinkShirtDay – Pink takes over Victoria!

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Today many people in Victoria and across Canada participated in Pink Shirt Day to symbolize they will not tolerate bullying. From...

Ceremony for HMCS Protecteur tomorrow as it sails off to be scrapped

A ceremony will be held Wednesday morning between 8 am and 10 am for the HMCS Protecteur as it departs Esquimalt Harbour for the last time. Crews worked over the weekend at CFB Esquimalt to...

Leon’s Furniture to take over Sear’s Home store on Blanshard Street

Sears Canada announced today it will hand eight of its Sears Home banner store leases over to its competitor Leon's Furniture, that includes the location at Island Home Centre on Tolmie Avenue, across from...

HMCS Winnipeg returns home following eight-and-a-half month deployment with historic first kiss

HMCS Winnipeg returned to Esquimalt today after an a eight-and-a-half month deployment in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. The first kiss following a long deployment at sea is a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings and for...

Police will monitor courthouse rally; will not enforce eviction citing no legal order

The homeless campers at “InTent City” on Victoria’s courthouse lawn, were served notices on On February 5th, from provincial representatives, asking them to vacate the area by February 25.  However some say they plan to...

Arrest warrant issued for Nanaimo man wanted in connection with the sexual assault

Nanaimo RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for a 25 year old male in connection with the sexual assault of a 14 year old girl. The incident occurred on Friday February 12th along the railway...

BC is taking another step towards stopping those cat and dog breeders who don’t provide adequate care

Premier Christy Clark announced yesterday that the province and the BC SPCA will work together to develop new rules to license and regulate dog and cat breeders in the province. The B.C. government will adopt...

GetCheckedOnline launches in Victoria – get tested for sexually transmitted infections online

Over 400 people are accessing the service already.

Police searching for driver of pickup truck in weekend crash on Trans-Canada Highway near Leigh Rd

West Shore RCMP are looking for a driver of a black pickup truck that allegedly side-swiped another vehicle and caused a head-on crash on the Trans-Canada Highway over the weekend. The collision involved two vehicles...

Province dedicates additional $6M for Douglas Street bus lane extension

Funding is in place and construction is set to begin this fall on the second phase of a bus priority lane on Douglas Street from Tolmie Avenue to Saanich Road. Construction on the project is...

UPDATED: Suspect arrested after 5 hour standoff on Gorge Road

UPDATE 12:45pm, February 22: VicPD issued a press release regarding the events that occurred. Mark Cunningham, a sixty-two year-old Victoria man has been charged with three offences. They are: • Uttering threats to cause death or bodily...

Plane travelling from Victoria to San Francisco makes emergency landing after engine fails

A plane was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Seattle, due to engine failure. According to Kiro 7, the plane, traveling from Victoria to San Francisco, had to burn its remaining fuel so it...

Thief caught on camera stealing from a non-profit shared workspace in Saanich

Victoria Makerspace, a member operated non-profit shared workspace, located in the Vancouver Island Tech Park, are asking the public for help. They are hoping someone will recognize the truck and man in the video...

BC Transit launches “Next Bus SMS” feature in Victoria

BC Transit have launched a new service for Victoria transit users called "Next Bus SMS." With this feature, you can receive the schedule right to your phone by texting the six digit Stop ID...

B.C. to auction six licences for more grocery stores to sell wine

Grocery stores eager to sell 100% B.C. wine, cider and sake off grocery store shelves will have the chance to bid on six opportunities to apply for a licence The B.C. government revealed new details...

Shaw first “skinny” TV provider in Canada

Shaw has released its “skinny” TV service, making it the first of Canada's major cable companies to do so. By March 1, all Canadian TV providers must offer a basic package of channels for $25 or less a month, in order...

Updated: Search for Ruth Kilgore ended after she was found deceased in Saanich

Sad news to report. Victoria Police have ended their search for missing Ruth Kilgore after she was located deceased in Saanich. Saanich police have confirmed the  body found on the beach at Mount Doug Park...

Vancouver Island Brewery celebrates 30 years of grand champion Hermann’s Dark Lager

March promises to be a very special month for Vancouver Island Brewery. One of their venerable brands – Hermann’s Dark Lager – is celebrating its 30th year in market. To commemorate the milestone, VIB...

UPDATED: Council approve zoning amendment to stop boats from anchoring long-term in the Gorge Waterway

Victoria council has approved a zoning amendment that will restrict vessels from anchoring for more than 72 hours a month in the Selkirk waterway portion of the Gorge. There are currently about 30 vessels anchored...

UPDATE: Police arrest jumpsuit-wearing suspect and woman believed responsible for series of robberies

UPDATE February 18, 2016: VicPD officers have arrested a man and a woman believed to be responsible for multiple robberies of businesses in downtown Victoria and the James Bay neighbourhood. VicPD detectives took the man into custody...

Overnight tent city assault leaves one man in hospital

Victoria are investigating an overnight assault in the 800-block of Burdett Ave. Cfax reported this morning, that police were on site at "tent city" outside the courthouse since the pre-dawn hours, with police tape around a...

Distraction technique used near Hillside Mall to scam woman of $1,600

Victoria Police are investigating a “distraction technique” debit card theft which resulted in a Victoria woman losing $1,600 and police say they were struck by how quickly the culprits had moved. The woman had just...

BC Coroners confirms second foot found on Botanical Beach matches the first foot found

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the second foot found by a person walking on the beach near Port Renfrew on February 12 matches the first foot found by a hiker nearby on Botanical...

More break and enters in the Shelbourne corridor area

Saanich Police are investigating another rash of break and enters in the Shelbourne St corridor/University Heights area. In early January, Saanich Police reported a series of 14 break and enters dating back to November...

West Shore victim of assault saved by her dog

West Shore RCMP’s Major Crime Unit is currently investigating a case of a woman who was assaulted by a stranger in Langford. At around 1:30 pm, on February 12th, 2016 a 35 year old woman...

Happy National Flag of Canada Day!

February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day (Jour du drapeau national du Canada). The day commemorates the inauguration of the Flag of Canada. On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the...

Heavy rainfall has resulted in wastewater discharges along the shorelines around Greater Victoria

Once again, health advisory warnings have been posted on local beaches around outfalls throughout Greater Victoria this morning. Storm water and sewage are overflowing into the ocean due to heavy rain. This is the second...