Kendra Crighton

Fred Cameron with SOLID Outreach stands among the harm reduction supplies handed out by the group. The organization is asking the city for a three-year temporary use permit that would allow them to distribute cannabis for free as a harm reduction service. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

SOLID Outreach asks Victoria to allow free distribution of cannabis as harm reduction service

Motion coming to city council asks for a three-year temporary use permit for SOLID

Fred Cameron with SOLID Outreach stands among the harm reduction supplies handed out by the group. The organization is asking the city for a three-year temporary use permit that would allow them to distribute cannabis for free as a harm reduction service. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Colwood council voted to reopen Ocean Boulevard to vehicle traffic during Monday’s council meeting. (City of Colwood photo)

Colwood reopens Ocean Boulevard to vehicle traffic next week

Colwood council voted to reopen the road during Monday’s council meeting

Colwood council voted to reopen Ocean Boulevard to vehicle traffic during Monday’s council meeting. (City of Colwood photo)
Nala, a cat rescued by Broken Promises Rescue, was found after two weeks of searching near the Victoria International Airport. (Broken Promises Rescue)

Greater Victoria non-profit desperately needs donations to save rescued cat’s leg

Volunteers spent two weeks seeking Nala, who was living on airport property

Nala, a cat rescued by Broken Promises Rescue, was found after two weeks of searching near the Victoria International Airport. (Broken Promises Rescue)
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released a map showing COVID-19 cases broken down region. (BCCDC map)

Greater Victoria has had 46 cases of COVID-19

BCCDC releases COVID-19 cases by regions

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released a map showing COVID-19 cases broken down region. (BCCDC map)
A mini-documentary created by The Existence Project profiles a resident of Beacon Hill Park. (Photo courtesy The Existence Project)

WATCH: Documentary profiling Beacon Hill Resident aims to connect homeless with broader society

Founder of The Existence Project hopes film envokes empathy, understanding in viewers

A mini-documentary created by The Existence Project profiles a resident of Beacon Hill Park. (Photo courtesy The Existence Project)
Instead of their annual ride from Campbell River to Victoria, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa will go on a virtual tour of sub-Saharan Africa in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. (Provided by Lauren Wilson)

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa take on virtual ride across sub-Saharan Africa

Funds raised go towards the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Instead of their annual ride from Campbell River to Victoria, Victoria Grandmothers for Africa will go on a virtual tour of sub-Saharan Africa in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. (Provided by Lauren Wilson)
This photo was used as a postcard sent out to clients of the Mount Newton Centre Society to let them know staff members were thinking of them throughout the pandemic. (Provided by Mount Newton Centre Society)

Mount Newton Centre pivots to keep serving seniors

Peninsula non-profit in need of iPads to stay connected

This photo was used as a postcard sent out to clients of the Mount Newton Centre Society to let them know staff members were thinking of them throughout the pandemic. (Provided by Mount Newton Centre Society)
Solamae Holmes works on her letter, painting a portrait of Breonna Taylor, who has become a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement after being shot in her home. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

BIPOC artists come together to paint mural highlighting racial injustice in Bastion Square

‘More Justice, More Peace’ to go beyond cycle of hurt and sadness

Solamae Holmes works on her letter, painting a portrait of Breonna Taylor, who has become a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement after being shot in her home. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Victoria city council is recommending that people who have lived in the region for at least a year be prioritized for housing. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Victoria council recommends prioritizing housing for people in the area for at least a year

The motion passed unanimously during committee of the whole meeting

Victoria city council is recommending that people who have lived in the region for at least a year be prioritized for housing. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Laurie Brooks says her experience with psilocybin has helped her with her anxiety and depression after she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. (Provided by Laurie Brooks)

Greater Victoria non-profit advocates for the use of psilocybin for terminal patients

North Saanich psychotherapist pushes for alternative treatment

Laurie Brooks says her experience with psilocybin has helped her with her anxiety and depression after she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. (Provided by Laurie Brooks)
Bynthavy Gunarobinson, daughter of Kunarobinson Christhurajah – an asylum seeker who was jailed for more than seven years after the MV Sun Sea landed in Canada – speaks to the crowd at an event to mark the anniversary of the ship’s arrival. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Gathering marks 10 years since nearly 500 asylum-seekers landed off Victoria shore

The 492 people fleeing violence, war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka were detained for months

Bynthavy Gunarobinson, daughter of Kunarobinson Christhurajah – an asylum seeker who was jailed for more than seven years after the MV Sun Sea landed in Canada – speaks to the crowd at an event to mark the anniversary of the ship’s arrival. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
ICBC has released its intersection vehicle crash data for 2019. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

West Shore’s 10 worst intersections for crashes in 2019

Millstream Road, Veterans Memorial Parkway area continues to be a hotspot

ICBC has released its intersection vehicle crash data for 2019. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
BC Ferries. (Nicole Crescenzi/Black Press Staff)

Feds offer ‘life preserver’ funds to BC Ferries as pandemic sinks revenue

For every dollar the province spends the federal government will match

BC Ferries. (Nicole Crescenzi/Black Press Staff)
Naden Abenes was laid off from her jobs as a room attendant at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver when the pandemic hit. She now worries about what will happen when government assistance ends. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Laid-off hotel workers begin hunger strike demanding job protection

Laid-off workers not sure what they’ll do when government support programs end

Naden Abenes was laid off from her jobs as a room attendant at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver when the pandemic hit. She now worries about what will happen when government assistance ends. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Latto Simian Sesay is currently being held in the Matsqui Institution, a medium-security federal men’s prison, in Abbotsford. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Man who punched UVic student gets more jail time for similar assault two weeks later

Latto Simian Sesay has been sentenced to more than 10 years for the two assaults

Latto Simian Sesay is currently being held in the Matsqui Institution, a medium-security federal men’s prison, in Abbotsford. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Emergency crews responded to a two-car crash on Douglas Street in Saanich earlier this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s top 10 worst intersections for crashes in 2019

Last year saw 2,560 crashes in Victoria

Emergency crews responded to a two-car crash on Douglas Street in Saanich earlier this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
A homeless woman was given an 18-month jail sentence after an operation by VicPD to combat drug trafficking in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Homeless woman sentenced to 18 months in jail for selling drugs to Victoria police officer

Officer paid $20 for a substance consisting of heroin, fentanyl and caffeine

A homeless woman was given an 18-month jail sentence after an operation by VicPD to combat drug trafficking in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Protesters staged a ‘noise demo’ at the Lifestyle Market on Douglas Street on April 16. (Photo by Mike Graeme)
Protesters staged a ‘noise demo’ at the Lifestyle Market on Douglas Street on April 16. (Photo by Mike Graeme)
Victoria council has deferred more than $20 million worth of projects in order to avoid a deficit for the 2020 fiscal year but will move ahead with hiring for two new positions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council avoids 2020 deficit by deferring over $20 million in capital projects

The city will move ahead with hiring for two new positions

Victoria council has deferred more than $20 million worth of projects in order to avoid a deficit for the 2020 fiscal year but will move ahead with hiring for two new positions. (Black Press Media file photo)
A motion put forward by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Charlayne Thorton Joe looks to address unsightly boxes in downtown Victoria. (Downtown Victoria Business Association photo)

Fate of newspaper boxes in Victoria to be decided in September

The motion to remove newspaper boxes will be heard at the Sept. 3 meeting

A motion put forward by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Charlayne Thorton Joe looks to address unsightly boxes in downtown Victoria. (Downtown Victoria Business Association photo)