City of Victoria

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)
Victoria City Council passed a number of motions in response to the COVID-19 crisis on Thursday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Downtown Victoria could become an ‘open-air market’ for the summer

Council explores recovery, resiliency options for city amid COVID-19 crisis

Victoria City Council passed a number of motions in response to the COVID-19 crisis on Thursday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Some parking lots will remain open, but Beacon Hill Park will be mostly closed to vehicle traffic for the rest of the summer. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Some parking lots will remain open, but Beacon Hill Park will be mostly closed to vehicle traffic for the rest of the summer. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The City of Victoria purchased two properties on Pandora Avenue to address affordable housing. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria buys properties on Pandora for almost $10 million

Site is a ‘long-term investment’ as part of the plan to address affordable housing

The City of Victoria purchased two properties on Pandora Avenue to address affordable housing. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vehicle access to Beacon Hill Park could be restricted to allow for more physical distancing space. (Black Press Media file photo)

Beacon Hill Park traffic could be limited to allow for more physical distancing space

Victoria council looks at ways to create more outdoor spaces

Vehicle access to Beacon Hill Park could be restricted to allow for more physical distancing space. (Black Press Media file photo)
City Hall Victoria Centennial Square (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria mayor scales back daily updates for residents

Safe distancing, reopening restaurants and businesses on the agend for May 14 meeting

City Hall Victoria Centennial Square (Black Press Media file photo)
Mayor Lisa Helps says Victoria is prepared to quickly approve flexible COVID-19 recovery plans to allow open-air dining experiences in an environment of safe physical distancing for customers and employees. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)

Victoria mayor says city preparing to create open spaces for restaurant recovery

B.C. restaurants have been restricted to take-out service since March

Mayor Lisa Helps says Victoria is prepared to quickly approve flexible COVID-19 recovery plans to allow open-air dining experiences in an environment of safe physical distancing for customers and employees. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
Curtis Caziere and Liza Charlie have no idea where they will go once they leave the Victoria Travelodge location, where they’ve been living since January. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Couple evicted from Victoria hotel face homelessness themselves

Couple says they were told to leave shortly after provincial order to move homeless into hotels

Curtis Caziere and Liza Charlie have no idea where they will go once they leave the Victoria Travelodge location, where they’ve been living since January. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Hillside Centre is asking community members to upload photos of hearts in their windows and around their homes to the centre’s website. For every photo uploaded, $5 will be donated to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. (Courtesy of Hillside Centre)

Public show of hearts could raise $2,500 for Victoria food bank

Hillside Centre to donate $5 to Mustard Seed for every heart photo uploaded

Hillside Centre is asking community members to upload photos of hearts in their windows and around their homes to the centre’s website. For every photo uploaded, $5 will be donated to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. (Courtesy of Hillside Centre)
Downtown Victoria development proposes co-living suites for students

Downtown Victoria development proposes co-living suites for students

Townline Homes Inc. proposes 16-storey tower with 121 rental units

Downtown Victoria development proposes co-living suites for students
Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. (File contributed/Victoria Book Prize Society)

City seeks submissions for annual Victoria Book Prizes

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, Children’s Book Prize each come with $5,000

Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. (File contributed/Victoria Book Prize Society)
Coun. Charlayne Thorton-Joe hosts a bedtime story livestream on weekdays at 8 p.m. Each night, an elected official shares their favourite bedtime story via Facebook. (Facebook/Charlayne Thorton-Joe)

VIDEO: Victoria councillor launches bedtime story livestream to help tired parents

Lineup of elected officials to read their favourite story weekdays at 8 p.m.

Coun. Charlayne Thorton-Joe hosts a bedtime story livestream on weekdays at 8 p.m. Each night, an elected official shares their favourite bedtime story via Facebook. (Facebook/Charlayne Thorton-Joe)
COVID KEY, designed by a Victoria company, is specifically made to combat the spread of COVID-19. Fifty per cent of profits will support local businesses and frontline workers. (Courtesy of Shape Design)

Victoria company designs tool to provide social distance during COVID-19

$500 gift cards will be given to frontline workers, while supporting local businesses

COVID KEY, designed by a Victoria company, is specifically made to combat the spread of COVID-19. Fifty per cent of profits will support local businesses and frontline workers. (Courtesy of Shape Design)
The VicPD Strike Force team arrested three people after executing a search warrant and seizing fentanyl, $40,000 cash and stolen goods from a Victoria home. (Photo courtesy VicPD)

PHOTOS: Police arrest three people, seize $40,000 cash, fentanyl, stolen items from Victoria home

Strike Force unit focusing on property crime as incidents on the rise

The VicPD Strike Force team arrested three people after executing a search warrant and seizing fentanyl, $40,000 cash and stolen goods from a Victoria home. (Photo courtesy VicPD)
Chamberlain Street residents have created a new, nightly singalong tradition to remain connected during the pandemic while practising social distancing. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Nightly singalong raises spirits of Victoria neighbourhood

Residents line Chamberlain Street, sing together to build community while social distancing

Chamberlain Street residents have created a new, nightly singalong tradition to remain connected during the pandemic while practising social distancing. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The Victoria Fire Department is still investigating what caused a gas leak in the 1400-block of Quadra Street Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Gas leak along Quadra Street causes brief evacuation for nearby businesses

Victoria crews still investigating what caused the incident

The Victoria Fire Department is still investigating what caused a gas leak in the 1400-block of Quadra Street Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Electrical work on the Point Ellice Bridge will take place for two days with two-way alternating traffic. (City of Victoria/Twitter)

Alternating traffic set for Victoria’s Bay Street bridge

Upgrades scheduled for Point Ellice Bridge Tuesday and Wednesday

Electrical work on the Point Ellice Bridge will take place for two days with two-way alternating traffic. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
Victoria will temporarily restrict on-street parking on Simcoe Street, between Government and Oswego streets, and for half a block of Menzies Street near the Five Corners retail complex starting April 23. (Google Maps)

COVID-19: Victoria limits parking in James Bay to create space for pedestrians

Similar changes planned for Quadra Village, Cook Street Village, Fairfield and Vic West

Victoria will temporarily restrict on-street parking on Simcoe Street, between Government and Oswego streets, and for half a block of Menzies Street near the Five Corners retail complex starting April 23. (Google Maps)