Saturday, September 19, 2020

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

The plane arrived from Toronto on September 5.
VicPD Cam MacIntyre

VicPD arrest six Calgary men after kidnap and assault in Oaklands

Police believe this was a targeted incident.
VicPD cruiser

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.
Bear Trap COS

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

The trap was set by the Conservation Officer Service.
Emcon Fires

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...

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

Greater Victoria now has 350 Little Free Libraries installed throughout the region

And here's how you can find ones near you!
Shipyard Concept

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards files development application for new facility in Colwood

The new facility on Allandale Road will occupy 3.95 acres
Blair Byrne Missing

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.
Heart Tub

A Vancouver Island man is selling the iconic hot tub from Dumb & Dumber

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.
Sex Assault suspect VicPD

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.
Wayne Montgomery

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Thursday September 10th

The kids are back in school, check out events!

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.

B.C. top doctor says we can ‘rescue Halloween’ this year despite pandemic

Rest assured, Halloween has not been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Murder charge laid in 2017 death of Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang

The 16-year-old was first reported missing in March of 2017.
Rob and Jess Pearce

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

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.

18 photos of Tuesday’s smoky skies over Greater Victoria (PHOTOS)

It was a crazy, hazy day! 🔥

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.
Water Main Oak Bay

Oak Bay residents notified of discoloured water following water main break

The water is harmless but appears “unappealing”.
John A. Macdonald

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...

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.

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Wednesday September 9

Expand your horizons today, whether outdoors or indoors!

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.
Sea Lion Race Rocks

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

Staff from Marine Mammal Rescue were assisted by the DFO.
Railway Exchange Fire

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...

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.

Police continue search for high-risk Victoria man missing since Monday morning

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.
Nanaimo Scratch and Win

Nanaimo man wins $675K with Scratch & Win ticket at routine gas-station stop

The trucker has big plans for the prize money.

Victoria Police officer fined $167 for car crash after running red light (VIDEO)

There were no injuries but both vehicles sustained extensive damage in the crash.

Here’s how post-secondary students in B.C. can access 24/7 free mental health counselling

The program was launched in April and will remain operational for at least 3 years.
Story Studio

Victoria writing society honoured by province on International Literacy Day

The local group is awarded $500, a certificate and a medallion.

Support for COVID-19 measures remains strong among Canadians (POLL)

But anxieties about fall and back-to-school plans linger.

VicPD issue gift card scam warning after elderly woman defrauded of $3,000

A staff member at a convenience store stopped her from losing more money.

Mysterious seed packages delivered to Victoria, Esquimalt residences

Over 750 people across Canada have received similar packages to date.
Sult Pierogi

5 things to do in and around Victoria today, Tuesday September 8th

Online music, open mics, and more!