Jupiter George and Agnes Ratcliff will each receive one of the gifts donated to Cool Aid this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Jupiter George and Agnes Ratcliff will each receive one of the gifts donated to Cool Aid this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

VIDEO: McKenzie Interchange leads today’s selection of Greater Victoria stories

Selection of stories for Dec. 19

These Greater Victoria stories for Dec. 19 are brought to you by Victoria Video Network (VVN).

Traffic flow through the new McKenzie Interchange is the shortest it has been in years due to the new highway alignment. For more information on this story, click here.

Victoria Cool Aid Society is facing a holiday gift shortage, with less than half of the required gifts for people staying in its shelters. For more information on this story, click here.

Nativity scenes will be held at Topaz Park from Dec. 21 to 23. For more information on this story, click here.

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