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Carly Russell-Huntley, community manager with Used.ca, presents Mustard Seed intern Josh Wild with a big cheque representing the proceeds of a fundraising contest Used.ca held in partnership with Country Grocer. Used.ca is nominated for a 2020 National Philanthropy Day Giving Hearts Honour Roll award for its work helping community groups and individuals in need. (Courtesy Used.ca)

Vancouver Island fundraisers ‘pivot’ for 2020 National Philanthropy Day awards

Giving Hearts Honour Roll to recognize pandemic-inspired acts of kindness in community

Carly Russell-Huntley, community manager with Used.ca, presents Mustard Seed intern Josh Wild with a big cheque representing the proceeds of a fundraising contest Used.ca held in partnership with Country Grocer. Used.ca is nominated for a 2020 National Philanthropy Day Giving Hearts Honour Roll award for its work helping community groups and individuals in need. (Courtesy Used.ca)
Businesses in Greater Victoria’s hospitality and retail industries have not rebounded from the effects of COVID-19 restrictions as quickly as sectors such as construction and development. Recommendations released Thursday (Aug. 27) by the South Island Prosperity Partnership address the challenges faced by certain industries and steps to be taken to accelerate the region’s overall economic recovery. (Black Press Media file photo)

Roadmap to recovery: South Island Prosperity Partnership releases 40-point plan

Recommendations provide broad strategies to jump-start economy in Greater Victoria and beyond

Businesses in Greater Victoria’s hospitality and retail industries have not rebounded from the effects of COVID-19 restrictions as quickly as sectors such as construction and development. Recommendations released Thursday (Aug. 27) by the South Island Prosperity Partnership address the challenges faced by certain industries and steps to be taken to accelerate the region’s overall economic recovery. (Black Press Media file photo)
Council inquiries about underground power lines, the number of electric vehicle charging stations and the prospects for installing a daycare will be addressed before a public hearing happens on the University Heights shopping centre redevelopment proposal. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

Saanich’s University Heights redevelopment may see changes before public hearing

Council wants more detail on underground power lines, EV charging stations, daycare flexibility

Council inquiries about underground power lines, the number of electric vehicle charging stations and the prospects for installing a daycare will be addressed before a public hearing happens on the University Heights shopping centre redevelopment proposal. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)
Purple ribbons line sections of Broughton Street in Victoria to remind about International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Victoria group hosting online candlelight vigil for Overdose Awareness Day

Public invited to remember loved ones lost to overdose and to join social media event Aug. 31

Purple ribbons line sections of Broughton Street in Victoria to remind about International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Getting educated on the value of a heat pump is one of many benefits to homeowners of the new Bring it Home 4 the Climate program announced this week. (Courtesy City Green Solutions)

Free program helps Greater Victoria homeowners save money on climate-friendly upgrades

Bring it Home 4 the Climate offers education on retrofits, energy efficiency, rebates and more

Getting educated on the value of a heat pump is one of many benefits to homeowners of the new Bring it Home 4 the Climate program announced this week. (Courtesy City Green Solutions)
The popular animal exhibits and the rest of the Saanich Fair are cancelled for this year due to COVID restrictions around public gatherings. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Fair takes an online turn, keeps the kids in mind

A community staple since the 1860s, Labour Day weekend icon keeps low profile due to COVID

The popular animal exhibits and the rest of the Saanich Fair are cancelled for this year due to COVID restrictions around public gatherings. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Salish Sea Industrial Services crew works in Victoria Harbour on a reef construction project Wednesday. (Ken Sakamoto photo)

Artificial reefs under construction in Victoria harbour

Shallow spot near Esquimalt’s West Bay said to be ideal for marine habitat project

A Salish Sea Industrial Services crew works in Victoria Harbour on a reef construction project Wednesday. (Ken Sakamoto photo)
Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans

Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans

Nostalgic customers take a trip back to their youth as downtown shop owner unloads boxes of comics

Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans
Performing arts productions of all kinds, incuding theatre, are eligible for the 2020 Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards, the nomination deadline for which is Aug. 24. (Photo by Jason King/Langham Court Theatre)

Greater Victoria artists, performances and behind-the scenes volunteers to be honoured

Third annual regional arts awards gala happens online Oct. 3, nomination deadline Aug. 24

Performing arts productions of all kinds, incuding theatre, are eligible for the 2020 Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards, the nomination deadline for which is Aug. 24. (Photo by Jason King/Langham Court Theatre)
Aerial shot of a section of the Hartland landfill in Saanich. The Capital Regional District’s draft solid waste management plan, with its branded Hartland 2100 expansion project, was not met with blanket approval from the public. (YouTube/Capital Regional District)

CRD board hears earful from Greater Victoria residents over landfill project

Public to have more chances to weigh in on Hartland access change, other aspects of expansion

Aerial shot of a section of the Hartland landfill in Saanich. The Capital Regional District’s draft solid waste management plan, with its branded Hartland 2100 expansion project, was not met with blanket approval from the public. (YouTube/Capital Regional District)
Canada geese continue to cause crop damage on local farmlands. (Black Press Media file photo)

New options sought for dealing with problem geese in Greater Victoria

Hard-hit farmers looking for answers must wait a little longer for solutions from the CRD

Canada geese continue to cause crop damage on local farmlands. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report on the dismal state of the region’s greenhouse gas emission reductions was heard at the Capital Regional District board meeting on Wednesday. The region lowered its emissions by just one per cent between 2007 and 2018, after setting a goal to lower emissions from 2007 levels by 33 per cent by 2020. (Screenshot/Capital Regional District)

Greater Victoria hardly making a dent in greenhouse gas emissions target

One-per-cent drop from 2007 to 2018 a far cry from the 33-per-cent goal for 2020

A report on the dismal state of the region’s greenhouse gas emission reductions was heard at the Capital Regional District board meeting on Wednesday. The region lowered its emissions by just one per cent between 2007 and 2018, after setting a goal to lower emissions from 2007 levels by 33 per cent by 2020. (Screenshot/Capital Regional District)
The 800-block of Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria sits partially blocked by police Wednesday morning (Aug. 12). Emergency crews responded to a small fire that sent one man to hospital with severe injuries. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

One man in hospital with severe injuries after small fire in Victoria apartment building

Man was found by firefighters responding to multiple 911 calls about smoke on third floor

The 800-block of Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria sits partially blocked by police Wednesday morning (Aug. 12). Emergency crews responded to a small fire that sent one man to hospital with severe injuries. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The wood frame, mass timber commercial building in Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies and features 10-foot, ground-floor ceilings. It will eventually be home to a new library and a neighbourhood pub/restaurant. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Excitement building around Esquimalt Town Square

Residential, commercial and library project will add vibrancy, amenities to area, mayor says

The wood frame, mass timber commercial building in Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies and features 10-foot, ground-floor ceilings. It will eventually be home to a new library and a neighbourhood pub/restaurant. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
Peninsula-based Donna K. Williams is among the artists featured in the ArtSea Virtual Artist Tour, which replaced the 2020 Artists’ Studio Tour cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube/ArtSea Community Arts Council)

VIDEO: Annual artist studio tour goes virtual on Saanich Peninsula

ArtSea converts popular event to online format with personalized artist videos

Peninsula-based Donna K. Williams is among the artists featured in the ArtSea Virtual Artist Tour, which replaced the 2020 Artists’ Studio Tour cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube/ArtSea Community Arts Council)
Biologist Brian Koval stands in front of the section of Colquitz Creek that will undergo restoration in and around the water this month in Copley East Park. The public is invited to enlist as volunteers for the project, an initiative of the Peninsula Streams Society and the District of Saanich. (Photo by Rebecca Koval)

Fish habitat enhancement champions set to start next project in Saanich

The latest stage of restorations to Colquitz Creek runs Aug. 4 to 14

Biologist Brian Koval stands in front of the section of Colquitz Creek that will undergo restoration in and around the water this month in Copley East Park. The public is invited to enlist as volunteers for the project, an initiative of the Peninsula Streams Society and the District of Saanich. (Photo by Rebecca Koval)
View Royal Mayor David Screech found himself victimized this week by a CERB scammer who managed to access Screech’s Canada Revenue Agency account. (File photo)

View Royal mayor victimized in CERB identity theft scam

David Screech shocked to find his CRA account was accessed, his banking information changed

View Royal Mayor David Screech found himself victimized this week by a CERB scammer who managed to access Screech’s Canada Revenue Agency account. (File photo)
The Greater Victoria real estate market this summer is showing major sales increases over last year, especially in the area of single family homes. But inventory remains low, says the president of the Victoria Real Estate Board. (File photo)

Greater Victoria real estate sales numbers tell two stories for July

Real estate board president Sandi-Jo Ayers talks about pent-up spring demand, low inventory

The Greater Victoria real estate market this summer is showing major sales increases over last year, especially in the area of single family homes. But inventory remains low, says the president of the Victoria Real Estate Board. (File photo)
Hartland landfill staffers Julian Bergman and Mia Crewe stand in front of the B.C. Used Oil Recycling Centre in Saanich. This and similar centres across the province collected more than 50 million litres of oil, and three million litres of antifreeze last year. (Courtesy B.C. Used Oil Management Association)

Saanich landfill gets used oil and antifreeze dropoff centre upgrades

BC Used Oil Management Association oversees upgrades, two new facilities in province

Hartland landfill staffers Julian Bergman and Mia Crewe stand in front of the B.C. Used Oil Recycling Centre in Saanich. This and similar centres across the province collected more than 50 million litres of oil, and three million litres of antifreeze last year. (Courtesy B.C. Used Oil Management Association)
Visitors to Fisherman’s Wharf check out their midweek options. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, which manages the site, is working to help its tenants get through a season hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Don Descoteau/Black Press)

Hard-hit Victoria harbour tenants get a hand from their landlord

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority doing what it can to help operators get through COVID-19 summer

Visitors to Fisherman’s Wharf check out their midweek options. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, which manages the site, is working to help its tenants get through a season hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Don Descoteau/Black Press)