Victoria

The zones in purple outline areas the Greater Victoria School District said its international students can’t attend on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m. (Courtesy of the Greater Victoria School District)

International students told not to enter downtown Greater Victoria amid youth crime concerns

SD61 cited recent incidents downtown in since-reversed letter banning the students

The zones in purple outline areas the Greater Victoria School District said its international students can’t attend on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m. (Courtesy of the Greater Victoria School District)
The City of Victoria will have added measures in place for summer heat events. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Cooling centres in Victoria, provincial alert system readying for extreme heat

Pop-up misting stations, increased communication in city’s heat response plan

The City of Victoria will have added measures in place for summer heat events. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is back in Victoria May 29 for the first time since the pandemic started. (Black Press Media file photo)

Alzheimer’s walk returning to Victoria May 29

Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. is returning for first time since start of pandemic

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is back in Victoria May 29 for the first time since the pandemic started. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Gates of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard Street are seen in Victoria’s Chinatown. The Awakening Chinatown Fest is coming to the area on May 29. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s Chinatown set to awaken with May 29 festival

Activities, historical tours, and traditional Chinese arts demonstrations will be featured

The Gates of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard Street are seen in Victoria’s Chinatown. The Awakening Chinatown Fest is coming to the area on May 29. (Black Press Media file photo)
A building going up on Victoria’s Vancouver Street in May 2022. The value of new residential and commercial construction jumped well above pre-pandemic levels, with $168 million in quarter one topping the 2019 amount of $64 million. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria sees 300,000 jump in foot traffic to start 2022

Mayor, business groups say the movement speaks to the city’s economic recovery

A building going up on Victoria’s Vancouver Street in May 2022. The value of new residential and commercial construction jumped well above pre-pandemic levels, with $168 million in quarter one topping the 2019 amount of $64 million. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Victoria-born pitcher throws first Red Sox complete game since 2019

Nick Pivetta didn’t let a leadoff homer phase him, allowing just two hits in 5-1 win

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
The wind storm on May 18 caused a fire to quickly spread to surrounding vehicles. The Victoria Fire Department was able to put out the fire before it spread to neighbouring buildings. (VictoriaFire730/Instagram)

Several vehicles burn in Victoria fire spurred by high winds

Firefighters stopped Hillside Avenue blaze from spreading to neighbouring buildings

The wind storm on May 18 caused a fire to quickly spread to surrounding vehicles. The Victoria Fire Department was able to put out the fire before it spread to neighbouring buildings. (VictoriaFire730/Instagram)
Trash collected during a 2019 cleanup and brand audit at Kitsilano Beach on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, B.C. being sorted by volunteers. The cleanup was hosted by Surfrider Vancouver. (Photo courtesy of Greenpeace Canada)

B.C. watches as California subpoenas plastic industry over waste, alleged deception

UVic law expert says recycling used by plastic producers to deceive public

Trash collected during a 2019 cleanup and brand audit at Kitsilano Beach on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, B.C. being sorted by volunteers. The cleanup was hosted by Surfrider Vancouver. (Photo courtesy of Greenpeace Canada)
The Koningsdam ship arrived in Victoria on April 9 and holds up to 2,650 passengers. The local landfill will once again be taking cruise ship waste now that they’re returning to Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

As cruise ships return to Greater Victoria, so does their garbage

Ships offloaded 20 tonnes by the end of April

The Koningsdam ship arrived in Victoria on April 9 and holds up to 2,650 passengers. The local landfill will once again be taking cruise ship waste now that they’re returning to Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Community Fridge volunteers Irvin Naidu, Nicola Watts, Becky Block, Jewel Bohach, and Wren Shaman stand in front of the fridge Saturday afternoon during a celebration marking one year of the fridge in the community. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Block party celebrates ‘first birthday’ of Victoria Community Fridge

The fridge offers barrier-free access to free food for those experiencing food insecurity

Victoria Community Fridge volunteers Irvin Naidu, Nicola Watts, Becky Block, Jewel Bohach, and Wren Shaman stand in front of the fridge Saturday afternoon during a celebration marking one year of the fridge in the community. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Residential areas currently zoned for single-family homes – most of Victoria outside downtown – would be rezoned to allow for townhomes and houseplexes under the city’s proposed missing middle strategy. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria residential rezoning proposal aims to keep families in the city

Missing middle initiative seeks to advance neighbourhood townhomes, houseplexes

Residential areas currently zoned for single-family homes – most of Victoria outside downtown – would be rezoned to allow for townhomes and houseplexes under the city’s proposed missing middle strategy. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
Victoria police have responded to around two dozen incidents relating to youth, who are coming from other communities, reportedly engaging in crimes downtown. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police report swarms of youth flocking to Victoria to commit crimes

Police say roughly 150 youth came from other communities causing more than 2 dozen calls for service

Victoria police have responded to around two dozen incidents relating to youth, who are coming from other communities, reportedly engaging in crimes downtown. (Black Press Media file photo)
Actor Denise Crosby is headlining a slate of celebrity guests at this year’s Capital City Comic Con in September. (Capital City Comic Con/Instagram)

Capital City Comic Con announces celebrity guests

Actor Denise Crosby will headline at the September event in Victoria

Actor Denise Crosby is headlining a slate of celebrity guests at this year’s Capital City Comic Con in September. (Capital City Comic Con/Instagram)
The Victoria Police Department is searching for missing person Abigayle Singh, 25, who has not been seen for more than a month. (Courtesy of VicPD)

UPDATE: Abigayle Singh reported safe by police

25-year-old was last seen in Victoria more than a month ago

The Victoria Police Department is searching for missing person Abigayle Singh, 25, who has not been seen for more than a month. (Courtesy of VicPD)
The Walk to End Violence is returning to Victoria Thursday as part of the Moose Hide Campaign activities aimed at addressing violence against women and children. (Courtesy of the Moose Hide Campaign)

TRAFFIC: Thursday events will cause road closures in downtown Victoria

Walk to End Violence Against Women and Children, March for Life on different paths near legislature

The Walk to End Violence is returning to Victoria Thursday as part of the Moose Hide Campaign activities aimed at addressing violence against women and children. (Courtesy of the Moose Hide Campaign)
Host and comic Steve Patterson, flanked by comics Derek Seguin and Erica Sigurdson, brings the hilarious spontaneity of The Debaters Live on Tour to the Royal Theatre on May 13. (Photos, from left, by Joep Hovens, John Hryniuk and courtesy Erica Sigurdson)

The Debaters offers Victoria audience a fun escape from the day’s news

People have to learn to laugh again, says Steve Patterson, host of May 13 show

Host and comic Steve Patterson, flanked by comics Derek Seguin and Erica Sigurdson, brings the hilarious spontaneity of The Debaters Live on Tour to the Royal Theatre on May 13. (Photos, from left, by Joep Hovens, John Hryniuk and courtesy Erica Sigurdson)
A car crashed into Victoria’s Red Cross Society building on May 10, sending four people to hospital. (Courtesy of VicPD)

UPDATE: Four hospitalized after driver crashes into pedestrian, Victoria Red Cross building

Driver, two passengers and pedestrian suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries

A car crashed into Victoria’s Red Cross Society building on May 10, sending four people to hospital. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Victoria's real estate market is slowing, but stabilizing. (FLIKR, LOTUS JOHNSON)

Victoria releases proposed plans for Fernwood, Hillside-Quadra, and North Park

Neighbourhood plans aim to increase supply, make liveable village centres

Victoria's real estate market is slowing, but stabilizing. (FLIKR, LOTUS JOHNSON)
Nurses from across B.C. attend a vigil at the B.C. legislature Monday night and say they’ll return Tuesday, May 10 for a rally to demand the government address the health-care crisis. (Courtesy BCNU)

Nurses plan rally at B.C. legislature to demand health-care crisis action

Caregivers use National Nursing Week to highlight problems impacting mental health, patient care

Nurses from across B.C. attend a vigil at the B.C. legislature Monday night and say they’ll return Tuesday, May 10 for a rally to demand the government address the health-care crisis. (Courtesy BCNU)
The Ambulance Paramedics of BC ceremonial unit honours its fallen on May 6 at the paramedic monument memorial at the B.C. legislature. (Courtesy Ambulance Paramedics of BC)

Paramedics honour fallen with Victoria memorial ceremony

Since 1988, 10 B.C. paramedics have died in the line of duty

The Ambulance Paramedics of BC ceremonial unit honours its fallen on May 6 at the paramedic monument memorial at the B.C. legislature. (Courtesy Ambulance Paramedics of BC)