City of Victoria

A rendering of what the new Wellburn’s Building, called ParkWay, will look like. (Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture).

Architect plans to revitalize Victoria ‘gateways,’ including Wellburns building

Wood-construction apartments planned for Scott, Wellburn’s buildings

A rendering of what the new Wellburn’s Building, called ParkWay, will look like. (Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture).
Jelena Putnik shares her backyard garden using a garden-matching resource from the Young Agrarians. The resource connects property owners with people looking for space to grow food or plants. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Garden-sharing map connects Victoria landowners and gardeners

U-Map created by Young Agrarians after COVID-19 created uptick in garden matching requests

Jelena Putnik shares her backyard garden using a garden-matching resource from the Young Agrarians. The resource connects property owners with people looking for space to grow food or plants. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Nadia Mugeni dealt with various racial jokes from coworkers at her former job in Canada. “That was one of the first times I became conscious of my black skin,” she said. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Black business owners in Victoria share first-hand experiences with racism

‘The moment they saw my black skin and heard my thick accent they put me in a box’

Nadia Mugeni dealt with various racial jokes from coworkers at her former job in Canada. “That was one of the first times I became conscious of my black skin,” she said. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Victoria council will allow people sheltering in parks to stay there 24-7 until more direction is received from the provincial health officer. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Campers allowed to stay in Beacon Hill Park for now

Victoria council continues to defer enforcement of bylaw requiring campers to pack up each morning

Victoria council will allow people sheltering in parks to stay there 24-7 until more direction is received from the provincial health officer. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is nominated to be one of Canada’s top 25 immigrants. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Victoria councillor nominated one of Canada’s top immigrants

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is a finalist in the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is nominated to be one of Canada’s top 25 immigrants. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
Victoria council has directed staff to report back on a framework for an alternative response model for mental health and addictions in the city. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria discusses framework for policing alternatives

Staff may be asked to report on more holistic outreach services in time for 2021 budget

Victoria council has directed staff to report back on a framework for an alternative response model for mental health and addictions in the city. (Black Press Media file photo)
A man who tried to sue the Victoria Police Department has had his claim dismissed by a Supreme Court Justice. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)

Judge dismisses Victoria man’s claim of wrongful arrest by VicPD

The arrest occurred after the man’s daughter made allegations of sexual offences

A man who tried to sue the Victoria Police Department has had his claim dismissed by a Supreme Court Justice. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)
Horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs and sightseeing vehicles won’t have to pay parking fees this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Parking fees waived for horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs and sightseeing vehicles for 2020

City votes to waive fees as part of efforts to mitigate COVID-19 impacts

Horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs and sightseeing vehicles won’t have to pay parking fees this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The new Crosstown development was approved by Victoria City Council on June 11. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

PHOTOS: Victoria green lights Cool Aid’s new affordable housing at former Tally Ho

The Crosstown development will be located on the former Tally Ho property at 3020 Douglas Street

The new Crosstown development was approved by Victoria City Council on June 11. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)
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)
Victoria playgrounds reopen June 12 during level two of the city’s gradual return to parks and recreations programs and services. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria playgrounds, outdoor fitness areas reopen Friday

City rolls out level two of Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Victoria playgrounds reopen June 12 during level two of the city’s gradual return to parks and recreations programs and services. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
The City of Victoria has launched an online open house, seeking feedback for the proposed plan for Peter Pollen Park. (City of Victoria)

VIDEO: Victoria seeks feedback on proposed plan for Peter Pollen Park

Video shows the concept design for the park, featuring a sunrise and sunset lawn with sweeping views

The City of Victoria has launched an online open house, seeking feedback for the proposed plan for Peter Pollen Park. (City of Victoria)
Victoria Police Department are looking for the suspect who left a racist message – digitally altered to be unreadable in this image – in graffiti on a building in Chinatown on Saturday. (Allen Ma photo)

Racist graffiti left on building in Victoria’s Chinatown

VicPD asks anyone with information on June 5 incident to come forward

Victoria Police Department are looking for the suspect who left a racist message – digitally altered to be unreadable in this image – in graffiti on a building in Chinatown on Saturday. (Allen Ma photo)
Pam Buisa (left), Asiyah Robinson and Vanessa Simon organized a peace rally for the Black Lives Matter movement that drew thousands to Victoria’s Centennial Square on Sunday afternoon. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Thousands attend rally for Black lives in downtown Victoria

Centennial Park overflowed with chants, signs and peaceful protestors

Pam Buisa (left), Asiyah Robinson and Vanessa Simon organized a peace rally for the Black Lives Matter movement that drew thousands to Victoria’s Centennial Square on Sunday afternoon. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Government Street will become a pedestrian-priority route starting June 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

Government Street becomes pedestrian-priority corridor

One block of downtown street closed to cars entirely

Government Street will become a pedestrian-priority route starting June 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
The land at the southeast corner of Douglas and Humboldt streets, is a 27,790 square foot triangular vacant parcel created as part of the original infilling of James Bay in the early 1900s. Currently, two car rental companies operate on the property. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Telus headquarters to come to Victoria in ‘landmark building’ development

City sells land on coroner of Douglas and Humboldt streets for $8.1 million

The land at the southeast corner of Douglas and Humboldt streets, is a 27,790 square foot triangular vacant parcel created as part of the original infilling of James Bay in the early 1900s. Currently, two car rental companies operate on the property. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Some members of the visually impaired community say they are afraid to use the crosswalks at bike lanes when trying to get to a bus stop. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hearing ahead for blind community’s B.C. Human Rights Tribunal case against Victoria bus stops

The Canadian Federation of the Blind says bike lanes can be dangerous

Some members of the visually impaired community say they are afraid to use the crosswalks at bike lanes when trying to get to a bus stop. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
13 new handyDART buses will be replacing previously aging service vehicles throughout Greater Victoria starting on May 28. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
13 new handyDART buses will be replacing previously aging service vehicles throughout Greater Victoria starting on May 28. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
If you can, support local businesses as they navigate phase two of B.C.’s restart plan – that’s the message Chamber of Commerce CEO Catherine Holt is emphasizing as the city begins to reopen. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

‘Come back downtown:’ Victoria Chamber of Commerce encourages public to support businesses

CEO Catherine Holt says businesses navigating lack of tourism, new protocols

If you can, support local businesses as they navigate phase two of B.C.’s restart plan – that’s the message Chamber of Commerce CEO Catherine Holt is emphasizing as the city begins to reopen. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)