Jake Romphf

Before it makes a decision on tapping into the city’s housing reserve fund, Victoria council wants to know where the extra $565,000 the Capital Region Housing Corporation is requesting would be spent on its Caledonia redevelopment (rendering, above), a subsidized housing project in Fernwood behind Vic High. (Photo courtesy of Capital Region Housing Corporation)

Victoria considers $1 million-plus grant for Fernwood housing project

More project details needed before council decides whether to exceed maximum grant amount

Before it makes a decision on tapping into the city’s housing reserve fund, Victoria council wants to know where the extra $565,000 the Capital Region Housing Corporation is requesting would be spent on its Caledonia redevelopment (rendering, above), a subsidized housing project in Fernwood behind Vic High. (Photo courtesy of Capital Region Housing Corporation)
Gannon Laroque scored the overtime winner for the Royals against Seattle on Dec. 3. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Royals)

Revamped Royals take third overtime victory in four games

Victoria beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4 on Friday night

Gannon Laroque scored the overtime winner for the Royals against Seattle on Dec. 3. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Royals)
These homes along one side of Robert Street in Victoria West are among a group to be considered at a future public hearing for status as a Heritage Conservation Area by the City of Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Two Victoria neighbourhoods being considered for heritage designation

They could be the city’s first citizen-led designations

These homes along one side of Robert Street in Victoria West are among a group to be considered at a future public hearing for status as a Heritage Conservation Area by the City of Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Victoria will now provide daytime warming centres for those experiencing homelessness, during extreme weather events this winter. Victoria’s homeless population struggles with the winter weather in this photo taken in January 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Daytime warming centres to now open for Victoria homeless during emergency weather events

Goal is to prevent death, injury caused from exposure to the harsh elements

Victoria will now provide daytime warming centres for those experiencing homelessness, during extreme weather events this winter. Victoria’s homeless population struggles with the winter weather in this photo taken in January 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Parks in the Capital Region District, including Thetis Lake (in photo), sustained serious environmental damage from the intense mid-November rainfall that hit the area. (Photo courtesy CRD)

Capital Region parks damaged by heavy rains; repair costs, extent of impact expected to grow

The mid-November record rain event caused uprooted trees, trail erosion, washed-out bridges

Parks in the Capital Region District, including Thetis Lake (in photo), sustained serious environmental damage from the intense mid-November rainfall that hit the area. (Photo courtesy CRD)
As the use of regional parks continues to climb, keeping up with protecting and monitoring their ecological value and biodiversity will take additional staff and resources, according to a Capital Regional District report. (Photo courtesy of the CRD)

More staffing, resources needed for CRD parks conservation as use rapidly increases: report

Lack of ecological monitoring program a gap in delivering core conservation services

As the use of regional parks continues to climb, keeping up with protecting and monitoring their ecological value and biodiversity will take additional staff and resources, according to a Capital Regional District report. (Photo courtesy of the CRD)
During a joint address with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, Premier John Horgan said the idea of an alternative to the Malahat would be for the province to decide. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

‘Not a federal concern’: a Malahat alternative would be up to B.C., not Ottawa says Horgan

The Prime Minister, Premier were asked about the potential for an alternate Island route on Friday

During a joint address with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, Premier John Horgan said the idea of an alternative to the Malahat would be for the province to decide. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Old-growth forest supporters marched through Victoria on Nov. 24 as they called for all logging of the ancient trees to end. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

‘Just not replaceable’: Old-growth forest supporters march in Victoria for logging moratorium (PHOTOS)

Protesters want ancient forests fully protected, transition and compensation for loggers

Old-growth forest supporters marched through Victoria on Nov. 24 as they called for all logging of the ancient trees to end. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A rendering for a proposed six-storey, 105-unit apartment building that would replace five properties in Esquimalt’s West Bay neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Wexford Developments)

105-unit apartment proposal for Esquimalt’s West Bay survives public hearing

The six-storey building requires rezoning for a site that includes five properties

A rendering for a proposed six-storey, 105-unit apartment building that would replace five properties in Esquimalt’s West Bay neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Wexford Developments)
David Suzuki speaks at a demonstration outside the legislature on Nov. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
David Suzuki speaks at a demonstration outside the legislature on Nov. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Heavy November rains have made living outdoors an even bigger challenge for those experiencing homelessness. Victoria’s Our Place Society helped dozens of people dry out and get warm after Monday’s storm. (Photo courtesy Grant McKenzie/Our Place Society)

Record rain, pandemic staffing, mental health issues compound on Victoria’s homeless

Monday’s storm exposed gaps in support system for those facing homelessness

Heavy November rains have made living outdoors an even bigger challenge for those experiencing homelessness. Victoria’s Our Place Society helped dozens of people dry out and get warm after Monday’s storm. (Photo courtesy Grant McKenzie/Our Place Society)
A rendering of one of the buildings involved in the Capital Region Housing Corporation’s Caledonia redevelopment in Fernwood. (Photo courtesy of Capital Region Housing Corporation)

158-unit affordable housing development moves forward in Victoria

The five-building complex will be adjacent to Vic High’s track, aiming for 2024 completion

A rendering of one of the buildings involved in the Capital Region Housing Corporation’s Caledonia redevelopment in Fernwood. (Photo courtesy of Capital Region Housing Corporation)
A rendering for a proposed six-storey, 105-unit apartment building that would replace five properties in Esquimalt’s West Bay neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Wexford Developments)

Public hearing on Monday for proposed 105-unit apartment in Esquimalt’s West Bay area

Rezoning is required for the six-storey development that would replace five properties

A rendering for a proposed six-storey, 105-unit apartment building that would replace five properties in Esquimalt’s West Bay neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Wexford Developments)
The Mt. Douglas Rams won their playoff opener in Langford on Nov. 12. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Defense powers offense for Mt. Douglas Rams in playoff opener win over W.J. Mouat

The home team beat the Abbotsford visitors 42-13 on Friday in Langford

The Mt. Douglas Rams won their playoff opener in Langford on Nov. 12. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Second World War veteran and former RCAF pilot Donovan Nixon points to a logbook containing every flight he ever did. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

‘I don’t know how I did it’: A teenage bomber pilot’s perfect but perilous missions high above Europe

Second World War veteran Donovan Nixon, 99, recalls risking his life in the sky

Second World War veteran and former RCAF pilot Donovan Nixon points to a logbook containing every flight he ever did. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Pacific FC’s Canadian Championship journey came to an end on Wednesday night as they fell 2-1 to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC at BMO Field. Pictured is their win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. (Black Press Media file photo)

Toronto FC ends Pacific FC’s Canadian Championship run in tight 2-1 win

A spot in the finals was on the line during Wednesday’s game at BMO Field

Pacific FC’s Canadian Championship journey came to an end on Wednesday night as they fell 2-1 to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC at BMO Field. Pictured is their win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. (Black Press Media file photo)
Connie Martin (left), the Indigenous Perspectives Society’s associate director, and Rachelle Dallaire, executive director, at a drumming practice in Langford on Oct. 15. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Langford-based Indigenous Perspectives Society continues work of filling understanding, systemic gaps

Agency runs a myriad of programs, services that push back against colonial harms

Connie Martin (left), the Indigenous Perspectives Society’s associate director, and Rachelle Dallaire, executive director, at a drumming practice in Langford on Oct. 15. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Trevor Botkin, HeroWork Victoria’s executive director, at around eight hours into his 12-hour walk challenge on Oct. 23 to raise $40,000 for HeroWork’s renovation of the Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Langford building. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Walk event raises $43,500 for major reno of Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Langford site

HeroWork is revamping the Indigenous Perspectives Society’s building

Trevor Botkin, HeroWork Victoria’s executive director, at around eight hours into his 12-hour walk challenge on Oct. 23 to raise $40,000 for HeroWork’s renovation of the Indigenous Perspectives Society’s Langford building. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A rendering of Starlight Investments’ proposed Harris Green Village redevelopment. (Rendering courtesy of Starlight Investments)

Victoria council to hear developer’s counter on Harris Green rental housing proposal

Starlight Investments project would bring 1,500 rental units and commercial space to Yates Street

A rendering of Starlight Investments’ proposed Harris Green Village redevelopment. (Rendering courtesy of Starlight Investments)
A judicial challenge to a setback variance for a home construction project next to Gonzales Hill Park has been dismissed, with the B.C. Supreme Court judge finding issues with the group that challenged the decision. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Preservation group’s court challenge of variance for parkside Victoria home dismissed

B.C. Supreme Court justice rules Gonzales Hill Preservation Society ineligible to seek review

A judicial challenge to a setback variance for a home construction project next to Gonzales Hill Park has been dismissed, with the B.C. Supreme Court judge finding issues with the group that challenged the decision. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)