Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Victoria’s Bard & Banker confirms employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Scottish-style pub confirmed the case on Facebook.

74-year-old Victoria man missing again and presents risk to himself and others: VicPD (UPDATED)

Update: He has been located and is safely in custody.

B.C. approves plastic bag ban bylaws for Victoria, other municipal governments

Victoria first introduced the bylaw in 2018, but it was quashed the year after.

Saanich Police seek help in locating missing family of four believed to be travelling

They were expected to return to Victoria on September 4th.

Victoria police release new photos of ‘high risk’ missing 18-year-old girl

She was first reported missing on Thursday.

Smoky skies, poor air quality to persist in Victoria until Monday: Environment Canada

Authorities recommend postponing any strenuous outdoor activities until the smoke dissipates next week.

132 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. Friday, 3 in Vancouver Island Health region

Over 3,000 people across B.C. are in self-isolation after being exposed to the virus.

BC SPCA seek donations to treat injured kittens that fell from high rises

Toast and Jersey are recovering from separate falls.

B.C. announces $30 million improvements to deadly Vancouver Island road

It was the site of an accident that claimed the lives of two UVic students last year.

Victoria council votes to limit number of unhoused campers at municipal parks

Campers will also be re-admitted into Centennial Square.

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after being struck by school bus in Duncan

No children were on board the bus at the time.

‘Shocking and disappointing’: Drunk driver caught speeding in Saanich school zone

On the first day that K-12 students returned to classrooms.

Saanich opens Electric Mobility Strategy survey as next step in climate plan

New EV charging stations, E-bikes and other supports are proposed.

Man arrested on child pornography charges in Central Saanich

Christopher Michael Wakefield is set to appear in court on October 5.

Air quality back up to “very high risk” in Victoria, Saanich Friday morning

It is expected to stay at high risk all day and into Saturday.

VicPD seize shotgun and arrest man after traffic stop in Burnside Gorge

The man was in breach of earlier curfew conditions.

COVID-19 exposure alert issued for flight that landed in Victoria last weekend

The plane arrived from Toronto on September 5.

VicPD arrest six Calgary men after kidnap and assault in Oaklands

Police believe this was a targeted incident.

Hammer-wielding man arrested for mischief and assault by Victoria police

He was sent for assessment under Section 28 of the Mental Health Act.

B.C. reports record high 139 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Including two new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.

Shawnigan Lake woman receives $345 fine after tampering with bear trap

The trap was set by the Conservation Officer Service.

Multiple fires on Vancouver Island force road closures

Shawnigan Lake Road was inaccessible off Highway 1 as of 2 p.m. Thursday.

Environment Canada issues temperature warning for Greater Victoria this week

Due to a bout of unseasonably warm weather for two days.

Police called to landlord-tenant dispute at Saanich house that went up in flames hours later

Police say it's too early to say if the incidents are related.

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards files development application for new facility in Colwood

The new facility on Allandale Road will occupy 3.95 acres

Nanaimo RCMP search for missing 30-year-old local man (UPDATED)

Blair Byrne has been missing since August 1.

B.C. announces $3.7 million expansion for Island Sexual Health centre in Victoria

They will hire more staff and expand the space to incorporate more examination rooms.

‘You can parse my words’: Premier Horgan fuels early election speculation

Recent polls suggest the BC NDP could win a majority.

B.C. projecting $12.8 billion budget deficit for 2020-21 fiscal year

Virtually all sectors of the economy are projected to experience decline this year before starting to bounce back in 2021.

The iconic hot tub from Dumb & Dumber is for sale on Vancouver Island

He’s already had offers, so act fast!

‘Unwelcome intrusion’: Horgan disappointed at Transport Canada reversal on ferry rules

Starting Sept. 30, BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles on the lower deck.

Police seek witnesses in violent sexual assault in downtown Victoria

The suspect was not known to the victim.

Saanich Police and Fire investigating ‘suspicious’ house fire on Carey Road (VIDEO)

Carey Road was closed overnight in both directions.

Uber plans to launch in Victoria and Kelowna by end of 2020

Their application is expected to take 3 months to process.

B.C. reports 100 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths on Wednesday

Hospitalizations and health care facility outbreaks are on a steady rise.

Murder charge laid in 2017 death of Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang

The 16-year-old was first reported missing in March of 2017.

UK couple based in BC since last year lose van in Big O Tires blaze

The vehicle was being worked on when the fuel tank ignited.

B.C. boosts health spending by over $1.6B in preparation for COVID-19 and flu season

Additional beds, ambulances, and staff are all on the way.

B.C. announces winter pandemic plan: more flu shots, more testing, more health care staff

Thousands of additional health care staff and more hospital beds are expected to bolster the province's pandemic response.

Victoria ranked second most “ratty” city in B.C. by pest control company

Orkin Canada’s annual ranking is based on treatment numbers.

Victoria Police seeking last suspect in 17-person drug trafficking ring at Centennial Square

So far, 16 people have been arrested and face charges for drug trafficking and related crimes.

Oak Bay residents notified of discoloured water following water main break

The water is harmless but appears “unappealing”.

50% of Canadians oppose removal of historical monuments (POLL)

Younger Canadians are most likely to support their removal.

BC Ferries passengers will no longer be allowed to stay in their vehicles starting September 30

Due to Transport Canada rescinding the temporary flexibility introduced in the spring.

Sad end to snake story as missing python turns up deceased in Saanich

He coiled his way into our hearts.

Multiple fire detachments battle large fire at Big O Tires in View Royal (UPDATED)

People were asked to avoid the area while crews battled the blaze.

Race Rocks Sea Lion entangled in plastic band rescued by marine specialists

Staff from Marine Mammal Rescue were assisted by the DFO.

Langford Fire Chief calls for caution after ‘plate-sized’ fire grows to 3,000 square feet

No one was injured, however conditions remain prime for brush fires.

B.C. shuts down clubs, bans liquor at bars and restaurants after 10 p.m. amid COVID-19 spike

More plans for the next few months of the pandemic in B.C. will be released Wednesday.

429 new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths reported in B.C. since Friday

Including four new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region.