Shalu Mehta

Major upgrades to Shelbourne Street between Coronation Avenue and Bay Street began on June 10. The three-block portion of the road will be closed for up to three weeks. (Google Maps)

City of Victoria begins Shelbourne Street upgrades

Work expect to take about four months

Major upgrades to Shelbourne Street between Coronation Avenue and Bay Street began on June 10. The three-block portion of the road will be closed for up to three weeks. (Google Maps)
Joshua and Weyla Roy display some of the many letters they have from serial killers like Robert Pickton and Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Metchosin couple houses private ‘murderabilia’ collection

Couple hopes to have a museum one day

Joshua and Weyla Roy display some of the many letters they have from serial killers like Robert Pickton and Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Theresa Palmer (left) is the owner of Out of Ireland Irish Imports on Government Street and Julie Renboize is the store manager. Palmer said she supports the changes made to Government Street during the pandemic but hopes it will be back to normal when tourism returns. From June 8 to Oct. 31, Government Street between Humboldt and Yates Streets will be single-lane to give pedestrians priority and more space. Between Fort and View Streets, vehicle traffic is not allowed. The initiative is to help businesses in the area affected by COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Victoria businesses voice mixed feelings over Government Street traffic changes

Business owners hope Victorians support local and shop downtown

Theresa Palmer (left) is the owner of Out of Ireland Irish Imports on Government Street and Julie Renboize is the store manager. Palmer said she supports the changes made to Government Street during the pandemic but hopes it will be back to normal when tourism returns. From June 8 to Oct. 31, Government Street between Humboldt and Yates Streets will be single-lane to give pedestrians priority and more space. Between Fort and View Streets, vehicle traffic is not allowed. The initiative is to help businesses in the area affected by COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Royal BC Museum Front (Wiki Media)

Museum makes historic Indian Reserve Commission document accessible to public

Ledger details decisions that led to creation of reserves on Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Royal BC Museum Front (Wiki Media)
A serious crash in View Royal on Sunday sent several people to hospital. (Courtesy of Paul Hurst)

RCMP investigates serious weekend crash in View Royal

Two drivers and one passenger sent to hospital Sunday

A serious crash in View Royal on Sunday sent several people to hospital. (Courtesy of Paul Hurst)
The Greater Victoria School District and Saanich Police are investigating racist, violent messages posted to an online yearbook for Mount Douglas Secondary. (Google Streetview)

School district, Saanich police investigate racist, violent online yearbook comments

Mount Douglas Secondary yearbook taken down after derogatory messages posted

The Greater Victoria School District and Saanich Police are investigating racist, violent messages posted to an online yearbook for Mount Douglas Secondary. (Google Streetview)
A group of whale watchers observe a humpback whale breaching in the Salish Sea. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
A group of whale watchers observe a humpback whale breaching in the Salish Sea. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The West Coast Roosevelt Elk Augmentation and Recovery Project is one of the many projects being funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. (Courtesy of Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation)

Conservation projects in B.C. receive $9.2M in funds from Victoria-based foundation

Vancouver Island projects include marmot, elk, Garry oak ecosystem recovery

The West Coast Roosevelt Elk Augmentation and Recovery Project is one of the many projects being funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. (Courtesy of Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation)
Kaye Mateo says the Tim Hortons on Island Highway near Wale Road has been steady throughout the pandemic. They have been open the entire time and have both counter service that is limited and drive thru service. While many places have been closing, Mateo said they’ve remained open for the customers and for the staff. “We want to make sure our many staff have jobs,” Mateo said. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Pandemic profiles: Passion at the heart of community businesses

Businesses rely on community support to stay open

Kaye Mateo says the Tim Hortons on Island Highway near Wale Road has been steady throughout the pandemic. They have been open the entire time and have both counter service that is limited and drive thru service. While many places have been closing, Mateo said they’ve remained open for the customers and for the staff. “We want to make sure our many staff have jobs,” Mateo said. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign on Sunday, May 31, in Federal Way, WA. (Black Press Media file photo)

Organizer, Victoria councillor, VicPD talk about upcoming rally for Black lives

‘It’s a simple ask’: Peace rally for Black lives organizer asks people to listen

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter sign on Sunday, May 31, in Federal Way, WA. (Black Press Media file photo)
Grade five student Nathan Papps won $30,000 for Habitat for Humanity Victoria with his poem, ‘Where the Heart Lives.’ (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Victoria student wins $30,000 for Habitat for Humanity Victoria

Student’s grand prize win helps fund builds in Central Saanich, North Saanich

Grade five student Nathan Papps won $30,000 for Habitat for Humanity Victoria with his poem, ‘Where the Heart Lives.’ (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
‘The face of Belmont’: Custodial staff at Langford school pivot to support parents, students

‘The face of Belmont’: Custodial staff at Langford school pivot to support parents, students

Staff serve as point of contact for parents, students with school

‘The face of Belmont’: Custodial staff at Langford school pivot to support parents, students
Visitors at Metchosin parks and beaches will notice increased parking restrictions as more people flock to the District. (Facebook/Metchosin Fire Department)
Visitors at Metchosin parks and beaches will notice increased parking restrictions as more people flock to the District. (Facebook/Metchosin Fire Department)
People will have the opportunity to rent Quazar’s Arcade in two-hour time slots so they can get back to playing classic games during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Quazar’s Arcade/Facebook)

Victoria arcade coins new business model to reopen

Quazar’s Arcade is allowing group bookings for two-hour time slots

People will have the opportunity to rent Quazar’s Arcade in two-hour time slots so they can get back to playing classic games during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Quazar’s Arcade/Facebook)
Colwood residents will be able to drop off yard waste at the City’s Public Works Yard every Saturday throughout the summer. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood branch drop-off to continue throughout summer

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place

Colwood residents will be able to drop off yard waste at the City’s Public Works Yard every Saturday throughout the summer. (Black Press Media file photo)
The CRD is warning about wastewater discharge near the Clover Point pump station. (Black Press Media file photo)

Construction at Clover Point pump station causes wastewater spill

Residents advised to stay out of water near Clover Point

The CRD is warning about wastewater discharge near the Clover Point pump station. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pacific FC and the City of Langford are hoping to host all eight Canadian Premier League teams at Westhills Stadium as a soccer hub in August. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford pitches Westhills as Canadian Premier League soccer hub

Langford could host all eight teams for August matches

Pacific FC and the City of Langford are hoping to host all eight Canadian Premier League teams at Westhills Stadium as a soccer hub in August. (Black Press Media file photo)
A person found a bag of narcotics on the ground while out for a walk in Langford on May 29. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

Person finds bag of drugs while out for walk in Langford

Police ask residents, drivers to check surveillance footage

A person found a bag of narcotics on the ground while out for a walk in Langford on May 29. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
Shawn Fahr is the general manager of a soon-to-open grocery store. Urban Grocer will open its doors in Victoria at the Oak Bay Junction in July. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

New grocery store coming to Oak Bay Junction

Urban Grocer set to bring up to 40 new jobs

Shawn Fahr is the general manager of a soon-to-open grocery store. Urban Grocer will open its doors in Victoria at the Oak Bay Junction in July. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Langford’s Kimberly Proctor was the victim of a brutal assault and murder in 2010. (Facebook/Kimberly’s Law)

Man who bound, murdered Langford teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

Langford’s Kimberly Proctor was the victim of a brutal assault and murder in 2010. (Facebook/Kimberly’s Law)
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