City of Victoria

A motion put forward by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Charlayne Thorton Joe looks to address unsightly boxes in downtown Victoria. (Downtown Victoria Business Association photo)

Fate of newspaper boxes in Victoria to be decided in September

The motion to remove newspaper boxes will be heard at the Sept. 3 meeting

A motion put forward by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Charlayne Thorton Joe looks to address unsightly boxes in downtown Victoria. (Downtown Victoria Business Association photo)
The City of Victoria has reinstated 90-minute parking restrictions and $2 per hour rates in downtown zones following reduced rates and limits initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria’s on-street parking time limits, rates back in effect

City reinstates restrictions, extends reduced rates for parkades and other metered areas

The City of Victoria has reinstated 90-minute parking restrictions and $2 per hour rates in downtown zones following reduced rates and limits initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
On Thursday, Victoria council will review a report on the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria expecting a 2020 deficit between $12.5 to $17.5 million

Victoria lost $1.2 million per month just from reduced parking fees during onset of pandemic

On Thursday, Victoria council will review a report on the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
A small crowd gathered to watch as one of Western Canada’s largest crane loaded a 231-tonne stacker reclaimer at Point Hope shipyard on Monday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Small crowd gathers to watch 231-tonne stacker-reclaimer loaded onto barge

The Dynamic Beast barge crane, known for work with Johnson Street Bridge, makes a return

A small crowd gathered to watch as one of Western Canada’s largest crane loaded a 231-tonne stacker reclaimer at Point Hope shipyard on Monday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps wants to see fewer newspaper boxes on downtown city streets, stating the boxes are not needed anymore and are often filled with garbage. (Downtown Victoria Business Association)

Victoria mayor wants newspaper boxes removed from downtown streets

Mayor Lisa Helps says the boxes are not needed, often filled with garbage

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps wants to see fewer newspaper boxes on downtown city streets, stating the boxes are not needed anymore and are often filled with garbage. (Downtown Victoria Business Association)
City of Victoria staff are reviewing provincial guidelines for safe byelections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An upcoming byelection will elect a replacement for former councillor Laurel Collins, who was voted the new NDP minister of parliament in October. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Victoria explores options for safe byelection during pandemic

Election to replace former councillor Laurel Collins

City of Victoria staff are reviewing provincial guidelines for safe byelections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An upcoming byelection will elect a replacement for former councillor Laurel Collins, who was voted the new NDP minister of parliament in October. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps explains the intended effect of a court injunction against campers in Beacon Hill Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Victoria granted injunction to move tenters in Beacon Hill Park to less sensitive areas

Mayor Lisa Helps says she recognizes the move will be to ‘more visible’ areas

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps explains the intended effect of a court injunction against campers in Beacon Hill Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Victoria’s Symphony Splash, which usually draws thousands to the Inner Harbour, goes virtual this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria’s Symphony Splash, which usually draws thousands to the Inner Harbour, goes virtual this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
A mid-block sign on Humboldt Street between Blanshard and Quadra streets gives motorists and cyclists instruction on how to use the newly reconfigured roadway. (Don Descoteau/Black Press)

VIDEO: New bike lanes on Victoria street leave some drivers confused

Drivers in single centre lane must yield to cyclists when moving over for oncoming vehicles

A mid-block sign on Humboldt Street between Blanshard and Quadra streets gives motorists and cyclists instruction on how to use the newly reconfigured roadway. (Don Descoteau/Black Press)
The City of Victoria is investigating an incident involving an individual making threatening remarks to parks staff. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria parks staff threatened in Beacon Hill Park, refuse work

Two employees called 911 after individual made ‘threatening remarks,’ city says

The City of Victoria is investigating an incident involving an individual making threatening remarks to parks staff. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria council will reinstate regular parking rates for the Yates Street and Centennial Square parkades but is yet to make a decision for on-street metered parking. (Black Press Media file photo)

Regular parking rates return for some Victoria parkades, on-street meters up in the air

Council delays decision on meters for discussion with DVBA

Victoria council will reinstate regular parking rates for the Yates Street and Centennial Square parkades but is yet to make a decision for on-street metered parking. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria city council voted to ban street checks on Thursday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council looks to ban police street checks

Council will seek immediate action from Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board

Victoria city council voted to ban street checks on Thursday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria council will discuss recommendations to reinstate on-street parking rates and time limits after enforcement was relaxed for the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria to talk nixing reduced pandemic parking rates

Staff say lack of turnover causing issues for local businesses

Victoria council will discuss recommendations to reinstate on-street parking rates and time limits after enforcement was relaxed for the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
A view across Victoria’s harbour is split by more than 100 years on the OnThisSpot app. The app gives users the historical knowledge and imagery they need to be transported back in time. (Victoria Archives AC1-M06964 & On This Spot Enterprises)

History app uses ‘then and now’ photographs of Victoria

OnThisSpot provides historical insight of Canadian cities

A view across Victoria’s harbour is split by more than 100 years on the OnThisSpot app. The app gives users the historical knowledge and imagery they need to be transported back in time. (Victoria Archives AC1-M06964 & On This Spot Enterprises)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has deactivated her Twitter account as of Sunday morning, July 19. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria mayor deactivates Twitter account “for now”

Lisa Helps tweeted about “negative people and irrelevant comments” on Saturday

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has deactivated her Twitter account as of Sunday morning, July 19. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)                                A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Victoria mayor responds to Oak Bay Council with letter about bike way

Oak Bay council offered visit by Victoria planners regarding Richardson bike way

A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)                                A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A new floating dock installed secretly in the Gorge waterway on July 15 is aiming to spark on a community conversation on rethinking how people use the harbour. (Project Albero/Aryze)

Floating dock installed secretly in Gorge entices swimmers with free beer, chance to win gift cards

Project Albero aims to spark a conversation on rethinking how people use the harbour

A new floating dock installed secretly in the Gorge waterway on July 15 is aiming to spark on a community conversation on rethinking how people use the harbour. (Project Albero/Aryze)
The City of Victoria is considering extending funding for youth bus passes between September and December. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria considers extending free transit passes for youth

Motion for extension of funding comes to council July 16

  • Jul 14, 2020
The City of Victoria is considering extending funding for youth bus passes between September and December. (Black Press Media file photo)
In June, thousands filled Centennial Park for a peace rally for black lives, sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd in the U.S. Victoria Council is introducing new motions to try and tackle systematic racism. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council looks to address systemic racism

Motion put forward calling on police to end street checks

  • Jul 14, 2020
In June, thousands filled Centennial Park for a peace rally for black lives, sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd in the U.S. Victoria Council is introducing new motions to try and tackle systematic racism. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Victoria is looking for a court order to enforce sheltering rules in Beacon Hill Park. The City is looking to move people who are homeless out of culturally and environmentally sensitive areas and into designated areas of the park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria seeks court order to enforce sheltering rules in Beacon Hill Park

People being asked to move out of environmentally sensitive areas of park

The City of Victoria is looking for a court order to enforce sheltering rules in Beacon Hill Park. The City is looking to move people who are homeless out of culturally and environmentally sensitive areas and into designated areas of the park. (Black Press Media file photo)