Jake Romphf

Kim Ward, 51, was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in Central Saanich in 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, began Jan. 17 in Victoria. (Courtesy of Triathlon Canada)

Man’s trial begins on impaired, dangerous driving charges in fatal 2018 Central Saanich crash

Pedestrian Kim Ward died on scene, sister injured after both struck by vehicle in August 2018

Kim Ward, 51, was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in Central Saanich in 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, began Jan. 17 in Victoria. (Courtesy of Triathlon Canada)
Victoria councillors have supported lowering the annual fee to run a cannabis retail store in the city, but the new amount remains much higher than what city staff recommended. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Victoria to phase in reduction of cannabis retailer license fee

Councillors reject going from $5,000 to suggested $280, 2022 fee set at $3,500; 2023 to be $2,000

Victoria councillors have supported lowering the annual fee to run a cannabis retail store in the city, but the new amount remains much higher than what city staff recommended. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Map shows a current list of properties owned by affordable housing providers. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Public input sought on Victoria’s vision to streamline subsidized housing process

Proposal to maximize building densities, delegate some approvals, sent to public hearing

Map shows a current list of properties owned by affordable housing providers. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Residents from across Canada are leaving other major cities to move to Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Residents from across Canada are making the move to Greater Victoria

Internal migration to Capital Region staying constant: Statistics Canada data

Residents from across Canada are leaving other major cities to move to Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Map shows properties owned by affordable housing providers in the coty of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Streamlined application process recommended to bolster Victoria’s affordable housing supply

Eligible projects could maximize density, with approvals delegated by council

Map shows properties owned by affordable housing providers in the coty of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Lower business licensing fees for cannabis retailers will be considered by Victoria councillors on Jan. 13. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Victoria looks at major drop to city cannabis retailers’ license fee

Staff recommend lowering $5,000 fee to $280; other changes would reduce enforcement duplication

Lower business licensing fees for cannabis retailers will be considered by Victoria councillors on Jan. 13. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Cyclists roll down Wharf Street’s protected bike lane in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News staff)

Victoria’s 2022 outlook: Housing key to recovery, bike lanes can benefit everyone, says mayor

Lisa Helps weighs in on business recovery, expanding bike lanes, 2022 municipal election

Cyclists roll down Wharf Street’s protected bike lane in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News staff)
Environmental sustainability, plant-based food and First Nations participation come together at Cascadia Seaweed, an innovative new food brand. (Courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation)

Going blue in 2022: Greater Victoria positioned to make waves in blue economy: advocates

Coastal capital should go with what it knows to create sustainable, innovative industries

Environmental sustainability, plant-based food and First Nations participation come together at Cascadia Seaweed, an innovative new food brand. (Courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation)
Victoria’s Dylan Garand at the 2021 World Junior Selection Camp at Winsport in Calgary (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)

It’s gold or nothing for Victoria goalie returning to World Juniors

Canada’s Dylan Garand sees only unfinished business in looming 2022 tournament

Victoria’s Dylan Garand at the 2021 World Junior Selection Camp at Winsport in Calgary (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)
Oak bay firefighters, like Aiden Wells, left, and Jason Ahokas, working through the holidays is just part of the job description. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Christmas can still deliver tragedy, so Greater Victoria first responders remain on alert

As many are off and celebrating, first responders still face difficult calls during the holidays

Oak bay firefighters, like Aiden Wells, left, and Jason Ahokas, working through the holidays is just part of the job description. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A councillor’s notice of motion wants Esquimalt to explore phasing out gas-powered landscaping tools. (Black Press Media file photo)

Could two-strokes be struck out in Esquimalt?

Councillor motion wants township to explore phasing out gas-powered landscaping equipment

A councillor’s notice of motion wants Esquimalt to explore phasing out gas-powered landscaping tools. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering of the Telus Ocean building that would sit at the corner of Douglas and Humboldt streets in downtown Victoria. (Courtesy of Telus)

Telus Ocean proposal set for downtown Victoria approved despite divided public

Telecom’s office building will transform triangular lot at Douglas and Humboldt streets

A rendering of the Telus Ocean building that would sit at the corner of Douglas and Humboldt streets in downtown Victoria. (Courtesy of Telus)
Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Saanich CAO to get almost $600,000 in severance after firing without cause

The district has not explained the reason behind Paul Thorkelsson’s termination

Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Camosun College program is giving automotive technicians the skills they need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)

Camosun College program helping technicians learn how to work with electric vehicles

After two pilot sessions in the fall, the program will continue in Victoria in 2022

A Camosun College program is giving automotive technicians the skills they need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
Volunteers pack food items and holiday treats into bags for GT Church’s Christmas Hamper Outreach program on Dec. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria church fills 200 Christmas hampers for those in need

Volunteers hard at work filling packages with food items and more at GT Church on Dec. 14

Volunteers pack food items and holiday treats into bags for GT Church’s Christmas Hamper Outreach program on Dec. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A rendering of Townline’s proposal for the southwest corner of Vancouver Street and Pandora Avenue in Victoria. (Photo courtesy of Townline)

Rentals, ‘co-living’ units in design of proposed 16-storey development in Victoria’s Harris Green

Proposal for tower at Vancouver Street and Pandora Avenue moves to public hearing, no date set yet

A rendering of Townline’s proposal for the southwest corner of Vancouver Street and Pandora Avenue in Victoria. (Photo courtesy of Townline)
Gas-powered leaf blower use could become a thing of the past in the city of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Muffling Victoria’s heavy noise emitters could put gas-powered leaf blowers on shelf

First review of city’s noise bylaw since 2003 aims to address most complained about noise sources

Gas-powered leaf blower use could become a thing of the past in the city of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
The amount of new housing built near active transportation hubs in the Capital Regional District has been declining over the past decade. (Black Press Media file photo)

Housing growth falling in Greater Victoria’s active transportation zones: CRD report

Regional strategy calls for growth where 42 per cent of trips involve walking, biking, transit

The amount of new housing built near active transportation hubs in the Capital Regional District has been declining over the past decade. (Black Press Media file photo)
The faces of Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix were attached to effigies hung during a vaccine protest event at the B.C. legislature on Dec. 9. (Photo courtesy of Facebook/Anne O’Neil)

BC attorney general calls hung effigies of premier, ministers ‘unacceptable’

Actions came at Dec. 9 at vaccine protest rally, VicPD gathering information

The faces of Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix were attached to effigies hung during a vaccine protest event at the B.C. legislature on Dec. 9. (Photo courtesy of Facebook/Anne O’Neil)
A rendering of one of the buildings involved in the Capital Region Housing Corporation’s Caledonia redevelopment in Fernwood. (Photo courtesy of CRHC)

Fernwood project to receive boosted housing reserve grant from Victoria

Extra money for 158-unit Caledonia redevelopment project will help to lower monthly rents

A rendering of one of the buildings involved in the Capital Region Housing Corporation’s Caledonia redevelopment in Fernwood. (Photo courtesy of CRHC)