Greater Victoria

Out of Victoria and its three neighbouring municipalities, Oak Bay municipal workers are the best paid on a per capita basis. (Black Press file)

Saanich CAO tops salary list, but council paid lowest per capita among core municipalities

Financial reports show top municipal earners from Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt

Out of Victoria and its three neighbouring municipalities, Oak Bay municipal workers are the best paid on a per capita basis. (Black Press file)
Bentley Allan, associate director at the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions, stands by an electric-vehicle charging station in the parking lot of their Victoria location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria-based institute looking into improving range, safety of electric-vehicle batteries

Incorporating otherwise wasted material called tellurium could help make better batteries

Bentley Allan, associate director at the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions, stands by an electric-vehicle charging station in the parking lot of their Victoria location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A totem burned atop the Malahat Drive in the early morning hours of July 2, is believed to be retaliation for the statue of Captain James Cook that anti-colonial activists allegedly toppled into Victoria’s Inner Harbour on July 1. (Courtesy RCMP)

First Nations to address recent vandalism, violence on Vancouver Island

South Island chiefs and council members to sign public letter Friday morning

A totem burned atop the Malahat Drive in the early morning hours of July 2, is believed to be retaliation for the statue of Captain James Cook that anti-colonial activists allegedly toppled into Victoria’s Inner Harbour on July 1. (Courtesy RCMP)
Writers gather June 30 at the 5th Street Bar and Grill in Victoria to launch Shifting Landscapes: Wandering Words, Vol. II. (Photo by Laura Foubister)

Greater Victoria writers come together while working apart

15 local authors launch Shifting Landscapes: Wandering Words, Vol. II

Writers gather June 30 at the 5th Street Bar and Grill in Victoria to launch Shifting Landscapes: Wandering Words, Vol. II. (Photo by Laura Foubister)
Gas prices lept another 10 cents to 172.9 per litre at many Greater Victoria gas stations Monday night. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria gas prices catapult another 10 cents

Many stations sitting at 172.9 per litre Tuesday morning, according to GasBuddy

Gas prices lept another 10 cents to 172.9 per litre at many Greater Victoria gas stations Monday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
Real estate prices are high and so is demand, but low inventory has seen home prices increase even more since June 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

High demand, low inventory driving Greater Victoria real estate prices up

$1.063 million bought the typical single-family home in region’s core in June

Real estate prices are high and so is demand, but low inventory has seen home prices increase even more since June 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Work underway at the Vancouver Island Drug Checking Project. (Photo by Jay Wallace)

Greater Victoria drug checking increases alongside overdose deaths

Service for people using drugs provides support in the absence of a safe supply

Work underway at the Vancouver Island Drug Checking Project. (Photo by Jay Wallace)
The Nature of Us is a non-profit storytelling platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices. (Courtesy of Winnie Weston)

Island-based storytelling platform provides space for marginalized voices

The Nature of Us shares underrepresented stories, like residential school survivor Eddy Charlie

The Nature of Us is a non-profit storytelling platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices. (Courtesy of Winnie Weston)
Vanessa Leong interacts with a one-of-a-kind art piece, the first of its kind in the region to feature a virtual reality component. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Virtual reality mural on Victoria arena offers viewers something extra

QR code at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre launches interaction with 3-D rendering

Vanessa Leong interacts with a one-of-a-kind art piece, the first of its kind in the region to feature a virtual reality component. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Christy Ridout, BC Transit’s vice-president of business development, outlines Greater Victoria’s RapidBus initiative, which will aim to better connect areas with the highest travel demand in the region, including the West Shore. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Greater Victoria’s first RapidBus route aims to cut West Shore to downtown travel time

The corridor is expected to be fully up and running within three years

Christy Ridout, BC Transit’s vice-president of business development, outlines Greater Victoria’s RapidBus initiative, which will aim to better connect areas with the highest travel demand in the region, including the West Shore. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A group of boys beat the heat at Elk Lake, near Hamsterly Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)

Monday smashes temperature records across Greater Victoria

Port Alberni solidifies its record as the hottest place on the Island

A group of boys beat the heat at Elk Lake, near Hamsterly Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)
Swimmers out to beat the heat over the weekend cool off in the Gorge Waterway off Curtis Point near the Tillicum bridge in Saanich. (Photo by Ruth Kampen)

Record-breaking heat continues for a third day around Greater Victoria

Businesses, construction sites close as extreme heat smashes temperature records

Swimmers out to beat the heat over the weekend cool off in the Gorge Waterway off Curtis Point near the Tillicum bridge in Saanich. (Photo by Ruth Kampen)
Greater Victoria risks becoming an unaffordable location with few amenities and mediocre productivity unless it reverses its current course in the areas of housing and infrastructure among other areas. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lack of affordable housing undermines Greater Victoria’s global advantages

Series of reports highlights regional advantages, but warns of challenges ahead

Greater Victoria risks becoming an unaffordable location with few amenities and mediocre productivity unless it reverses its current course in the areas of housing and infrastructure among other areas. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ben Lubberts and Kyle Penny describe their songwriting style as a “postal service relationship” where Penny composes the songs and then sends them to Lubberts to add lyrics and produce. (Courtesy of Kyle Penny)

New Greater Victoria music group has unique songwriting process

For the Birds members almost never work in the same room

Ben Lubberts and Kyle Penny describe their songwriting style as a “postal service relationship” where Penny composes the songs and then sends them to Lubberts to add lyrics and produce. (Courtesy of Kyle Penny)
Victoria Pride Week heads online for the June 28 to July 4 festival. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Pride Society takes community Pride online for 2021

Variety of events planned, with opportunities to be a part of the celebrations

  • Jun 27, 2021
Victoria Pride Week heads online for the June 28 to July 4 festival. (Black Press Media file photo)
No filters needed for the hazy pink skies on Saturday night near Oak Bay. Overnight temperatures offered little relief, dropping only to the high teens in Greater Victoria. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Eight weather stations break high heat records on southern Vancouver Island

Southern Gulf Islands, Malahat and UVic were the hottest hot spots

No filters needed for the hazy pink skies on Saturday night near Oak Bay. Overnight temperatures offered little relief, dropping only to the high teens in Greater Victoria. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich marking Pride Week June 28 to July 4

Progress Pride Flag will be raised on June 28 at Saanich municipal hall

Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canada’s Snowbirds take to the skies. (Photo provided by Logan Reid)

Former Kittyhawk Air Cadet now soaring with the Snowbirds

Logan Reid hopes to find way back to Vancouver Island once his posting with aerobatics team wraps up

  • Jun 27, 2021
Canada’s Snowbirds take to the skies. (Photo provided by Logan Reid)
The Islands Kids Cancer Association is running a virtual Victoria-themed escape room throughout July to raise funds for its CARE 4 Kids Program. (Facebook/Island Kids Cancer Association)

Virtual escape room raising funds for Vancouver Island kids with cancer

One-hour slots in Victoria-themed room are available on July 8, 15 or 22

The Islands Kids Cancer Association is running a virtual Victoria-themed escape room throughout July to raise funds for its CARE 4 Kids Program. (Facebook/Island Kids Cancer Association)
Pencil ninja is just one of the many stories from the minds of local youth on display in Victoria shop windows now through July 2. (Drawing courtesy Story Studio)

Young storytellers lead readers on a hunt through Victoria

Story Path featuring Pencil Ninja and more promotes literacy and outdoor physical activity

Pencil ninja is just one of the many stories from the minds of local youth on display in Victoria shop windows now through July 2. (Drawing courtesy Story Studio)