Nicole Crescenzi

Zoé Duhaime revealed that she was the person behind @BCPoliPortraits, a popular political cartoon account on Twitter that kept politicians guessing. (File Contributed)

Vancouver Island intern revealed to be mysterious legislative doodler

Non-partisan intern Zoé Duhaime came forward as the illustrator behind popular Twitter account

Zoé Duhaime revealed that she was the person behind @BCPoliPortraits, a popular political cartoon account on Twitter that kept politicians guessing. (File Contributed)
The main deck of the old Johnson Street Bridge is floated away on the Dymanic Beast crane barge in April. The rest of the structure will be dismantled and taken away starting Friday, June 8 and through the weekend. Don Denton/Black Press

UPDATED: Johnson Street Bridge closures coming as Dynamic Beast returns

The large crane barge will remove the remnants of the Blue Bridge between June 8 to 10

The main deck of the old Johnson Street Bridge is floated away on the Dymanic Beast crane barge in April. The rest of the structure will be dismantled and taken away starting Friday, June 8 and through the weekend. Don Denton/Black Press
As classes wrap up around Greater Victoria and elsewhere in B.C., teachers worry about the effect on students of a continued shortage of regular and specialized educators. (WikiCommons)

Teacher shortages cause concerns for September

Difficulties filling specialized positions has left many schools scrambling

As classes wrap up around Greater Victoria and elsewhere in B.C., teachers worry about the effect on students of a continued shortage of regular and specialized educators. (WikiCommons)
Patrol and traffic officers had to respond to three separate traffic collisions within 45 minutes Thursday night (File contributed)

Police called to three separate traffic collisions within 45 minutes, two people sent to hospital

Collisions between vehicles, motorcycles and cyclists resulted in non-life-threatening injuries

Patrol and traffic officers had to respond to three separate traffic collisions within 45 minutes Thursday night (File contributed)
The Norweigen Bliss has just arrived Ogden Point. It’s the largest cruise ship to ever visit Victoria with 20 decks, stretching 994 feet long, and weighing 169,028 tonnes. It will bring over 4,200 passengers and 1,500 crew members each trip. (Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS)

Ogden Point hosts largest cruise ship to ever come to the Island

The Norweigen Bliss will bring over 1,000 travel agents to explore the Capital’s highlights

The Norweigen Bliss has just arrived Ogden Point. It’s the largest cruise ship to ever visit Victoria with 20 decks, stretching 994 feet long, and weighing 169,028 tonnes. It will bring over 4,200 passengers and 1,500 crew members each trip. (Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS)
A protest is scheduled for Thursday night against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Organizers are working in support of Dogwood B.C., which organized a similar protest in Vancouver on May 29. Here, a protester holds a photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a representation of the globe covered in oil during that Vancouver protest against. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Massive pipeline protest march scheduled for Thursday night in Victoria

More than 400 have signed up, raucous rally will wind up in Centennial Square

A protest is scheduled for Thursday night against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Organizers are working in support of Dogwood B.C., which organized a similar protest in Vancouver on May 29. Here, a protester holds a photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a representation of the globe covered in oil during that Vancouver protest against. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The City of Victoria is holding a contest to promote reusable bags (File photo)                                The City of Victoria is holding a contest to promote reusable bags (File photo)

BYO Bag contest extended by City of Victoria

The City is looking for videographers to promote reusable bags

The City of Victoria is holding a contest to promote reusable bags (File photo)                                The City of Victoria is holding a contest to promote reusable bags (File photo)
Nicole Crescenzi participates in a police training exercises where media were taught how to use a gun, and put into controlled scenarios with actors mimicking potential police calls. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

What it’s like to hit a cop: reality-based training with the Victoria Police

Lessons in how to react to stressful scenarios and when to use pepper spray, batons and guns

Nicole Crescenzi participates in a police training exercises where media were taught how to use a gun, and put into controlled scenarios with actors mimicking potential police calls. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
City Council and staff reflect on what they’ve learned from the Pandora Avenue and Fort Street bike lanes. Don Denton/VICTORIA NEWS

Lessons learned: City reflects on bike lane construction

Councillors and City staff said there are better strategies to apply to new bike lanes

City Council and staff reflect on what they’ve learned from the Pandora Avenue and Fort Street bike lanes. Don Denton/VICTORIA NEWS
Victoria City Councillors discussed different options for the Johnson Street Rail Bridge steel Thursday morning. Nicole Crescenzi/ VICTORIA NEWS

Council scraps other ideas; JSB steel will only be used for art

City staff wanted an open bid to get rid of steel that’s coated in toxic lead paint

Victoria City Councillors discussed different options for the Johnson Street Rail Bridge steel Thursday morning. Nicole Crescenzi/ VICTORIA NEWS
The sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library had its grand opening May 26. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

WATCH: Grand opening of the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch Library

Community members speak to the namesakes of the newest GVPL addition

The sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library had its grand opening May 26. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
B.C. Ferries faced several technical glitches this morning, causing long line ups in Swartz Bay and Tsawwasen. (FILE PHOTO)

B.C. Ferries cancels Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen sailings over propulsion problem

11:00 ferry now good to go, but lines anticipated

B.C. Ferries faced several technical glitches this morning, causing long line ups in Swartz Bay and Tsawwasen. (FILE PHOTO)
A digital rendering of what the Wharf Street bike lanes will look like. (File Contributed)

WATCH: City approves Wharf, Humboldt Street bike lanes

Changing intersections, creating pedestrian plazas and more on the agenda

A digital rendering of what the Wharf Street bike lanes will look like. (File Contributed)
WATCH: Final thoughts before the 75th Swiftsure Yacht Race

WATCH: Final thoughts before the 75th Swiftsure Yacht Race

Nautical stories and racing strategies of some of the 200 crews heading out to sea Saturday

WATCH: Final thoughts before the 75th Swiftsure Yacht Race
Sam and Finn Parker each received a Citizen’s Meritorious Award from the Victoria Fire Department for making sure everyone got out safely when their house caught fire in March. From left to right: Acting Mayor Marianne Alto, Finn Parker, Jess Edison, Sam Parker, Jasper Parker, Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce, and Jacquie Edison. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Teen Victoria brothers receive award for saving family from house fire

Sam and Finn Parker kept cool when their home started to burn and got three people out

Sam and Finn Parker each received a Citizen’s Meritorious Award from the Victoria Fire Department for making sure everyone got out safely when their house caught fire in March. From left to right: Acting Mayor Marianne Alto, Finn Parker, Jess Edison, Sam Parker, Jasper Parker, Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce, and Jacquie Edison. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Cheesecake Burlesque group performs at the Belfry Theatre on May 26 in support of PEERS. (File contributed)

Burlesque performers don’t let theatre fire stop their show

Cheesecake Burlesque Revue raising money for PEERS with Saturday night performance of Hot Pink

The Cheesecake Burlesque group performs at the Belfry Theatre on May 26 in support of PEERS. (File contributed)
Hayley Van Nerum (left) and Melissa Gillespie rappeled down the CIBC building on View Street to raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Rope for Hope event. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria heroes rappel 15 storeys for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Over $60,000 raised at city’s first Rope for Hope event

Hayley Van Nerum (left) and Melissa Gillespie rappeled down the CIBC building on View Street to raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Rope for Hope event. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Ryan Rock shows off a new glucose monitoring device called the Freestyle Libre. He has only had it for a week, but says he now has a much better understanding of his blood sugar levels and how to control them. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria man says new device helps him better control his diabetes

Ryan Rock thrilled with ease of use, but FreeStyle Libre not for everyone, pharmacist warns

Ryan Rock shows off a new glucose monitoring device called the Freestyle Libre. He has only had it for a week, but says he now has a much better understanding of his blood sugar levels and how to control them. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Weapons and drugs could lead to 29 charges against Victoria man

Weapons and drugs could lead to 29 charges against Victoria man

VicPD found a cache of weapons, drugs and counterfeit money

Weapons and drugs could lead to 29 charges against Victoria man
Seventeen teams took part in the Commuter Challenge Wednesday morning; the majority of winners were on bikes. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Cyclists win Bike to Work Week’s Commuter Challenge kickoff

16 teams of cars vs. bikes raced to see who could reach downtown destination fastest

Seventeen teams took part in the Commuter Challenge Wednesday morning; the majority of winners were on bikes. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS