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An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 hits the coast of Port Hardy on March 2, 2020. (Earthquakes Canada)

Earthquake with 4.4 magnitude hits off Vancouver Island north coast

Monday morning earthquake was the third with magnitude higher than 4.0 to hit B.C. coast this year

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 hits the coast of Port Hardy on March 2, 2020. (Earthquakes Canada)
B.C. Ferries announces plan to implement debit for all foot and vehicle traffic this spring (Black Press Media File).

BC Ferries brings in debit payment for all customers this spring

BC Ferries will install PIN pads for foot and vehicle passengers

B.C. Ferries announces plan to implement debit for all foot and vehicle traffic this spring (Black Press Media File).
On Friday, Feb. 28 Victoria Mayor, Lisa Helps meet with Indigenous youth at the B.C. Legislature. (Lisa Helps/Twitter)

‘Reconciliation is not dead’ says Victoria Mayor

Lisa Helps wants allies to show that reconciliation is not dead and to uphold Indigenous rights

On Friday, Feb. 28 Victoria Mayor, Lisa Helps meet with Indigenous youth at the B.C. Legislature. (Lisa Helps/Twitter)
Saanich Council unanimously approves a report to remove dead animal disposal from Saanich Police. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police will no longer be responsible to Saanich dead animals

A one-year pilot contract has been approved by Saanich council for the dead animal removal service

Saanich Council unanimously approves a report to remove dead animal disposal from Saanich Police. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich District to launch budget education tool on Mar. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich launches new tool to help residents learn about the budget

Tool launch will coincide with the Mar. 3 budget meeting

Saanich District to launch budget education tool on Mar. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)
Island Food Caring launches program to tackle food insecurities

Island Food Caring launches program to tackle food insecurities

Victoria Foundation and five local grocers team to launch campaign on Feb. 27

Island Food Caring launches program to tackle food insecurities
Saanich students get on board Walking School Bus

Saanich students get on board Walking School Bus

Rogers Elementary students led by teachers and Saanich Police in new initiative

Saanich students get on board Walking School Bus
View from Gyro Park beach toward Sunningdale earlier in February. Sheri Regnier photo

Okanagan man swims across Columbia River to evade Trail police

RCMP Cpl. Devon Reid says the incident began the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20

View from Gyro Park beach toward Sunningdale earlier in February. Sheri Regnier photo
West Shore RCMP ask for the public’s help in identify suspect who took a Skilsaw from a Langford Canadian Tire on Fev. 16, 2020. (West Shore RCMP/Twitter)

West Shore RCMP seeks help identifying suspected Skilsaw thief in Langford

RCMP asks public to help identify suspect from Canadian Tire theft on Feb. 16

West Shore RCMP ask for the public’s help in identify suspect who took a Skilsaw from a Langford Canadian Tire on Fev. 16, 2020. (West Shore RCMP/Twitter)
Even if a clinic makes some strides towards inclusion, there are still many barriers that trans folks face when it comes to sexual health and reproductive care. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

West Shore centre hosts queer youth safe sex event

AVI Health and Community Services Feb. 26 event to promote safe sex

Even if a clinic makes some strides towards inclusion, there are still many barriers that trans folks face when it comes to sexual health and reproductive care. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Lorne Frame received the National Order of the Legion of Honour for his time in France during the Second World War. (Sarah Schuchard/News Staff)

Victoria veteran receives the National Order of the Legion of Honour

Lorne Frame was pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War

Lorne Frame received the National Order of the Legion of Honour for his time in France during the Second World War. (Sarah Schuchard/News Staff)
Over 1,700 without power in Langford, Feb. 23, 2020. (Google)

South Vancouver Island B.C. Hydro Customers without power

Due to high winds nearly 3,900 B.C. Hydro customer will be out of power

Over 1,700 without power in Langford, Feb. 23, 2020. (Google)
Saanich residents are sent tsunami preparedness packages to households identified as being located within a tsunami planning zone, Feb. 23, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Nearly 1,000 Saanich households located within tsunami-planning zone

Residents sent preparedness packs, although risk of tsunami is low

Saanich residents are sent tsunami preparedness packages to households identified as being located within a tsunami planning zone, Feb. 23, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michael Masson, (left) acting associate vice-president research at UVic, and Tom Deas, UVic Ideafest coordinator, on campus February 2020. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)

UVic to host brain health presentation at Ideafest 2020

Integrative Lifespan Lab will teach residents brain health for free at Ideafest 2020

Michael Masson, (left) acting associate vice-president research at UVic, and Tom Deas, UVic Ideafest coordinator, on campus February 2020. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
Water bubbles from a cement crack at Cedar Hill rd. and Cedar Hill Cross Rd. Feb. 18, 2020 (Sarah Schuchard/News Staff)

Saanich Police say bubbling pavement poses no threat to public

Resident reports water coming from cracked pavement at Cedar Hill Road and Cedar Hill Cross Road

Water bubbles from a cement crack at Cedar Hill rd. and Cedar Hill Cross Rd. Feb. 18, 2020 (Sarah Schuchard/News Staff)
Visitors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg can view The Witness Blanket, a 12-metre-long installation made of more than 800 items collected from the sites and survivors of residential schools, in the style of a woven blanket. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Camosun College team working to turn Indigenous art into virtual reality

Expert team will scan Victoria Indigenous artist Carey Newman’s work The Witness Blanket

Visitors to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg can view The Witness Blanket, a 12-metre-long installation made of more than 800 items collected from the sites and survivors of residential schools, in the style of a woven blanket. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Campus View Elementary remains open to 440 students during a $4.2 million seismic upgrade. (Sarah Schuchard)

Campus View Elementary undergoes $4.2 million in seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary undergoes significant seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary remains open to 440 students during a $4.2 million seismic upgrade. (Sarah Schuchard)
Paul Hanson, right, celebrated his birthday by participating in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC at Willows Beach Sunday. Organizers have raised $40,000 in online donations alone. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Dozens brave cold for third annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Organizers have raised more than $40,000 as of Feb. 16

Paul Hanson, right, celebrated his birthday by participating in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC at Willows Beach Sunday. Organizers have raised $40,000 in online donations alone. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
This yearling, now re-located up north, was spotted up a tree in Trail two weeks ago. This was one of many sightings called into BC Conservation the last week of January. (Submitted photo)

B.C. cub that woke early from hibernation taken to sanctuary

Yearling was taken to Northern Lights Wildlife Society in northern B.C.

This yearling, now re-located up north, was spotted up a tree in Trail two weeks ago. This was one of many sightings called into BC Conservation the last week of January. (Submitted photo)
Library assistant Justine Duncan, left, circulation supervisor Ellen Paulsen, and librarian Nathalie Jones show their favourite books at the Sooke library. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)

WATCH: Sooke’s top stories

A round-up of this week’s top stories

Library assistant Justine Duncan, left, circulation supervisor Ellen Paulsen, and librarian Nathalie Jones show their favourite books at the Sooke library. (Tim Collins - Black Press Media)