Kendra Crighton

On Thursday, Victoria council will review a report on the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria expecting a 2020 deficit between $12.5 to $17.5 million

Victoria lost $1.2 million per month just from reduced parking fees during onset of pandemic

On Thursday, Victoria council will review a report on the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 2020 Point-in-Time Count found at least 1,523 people were experiencing homelessness in the CRD. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Greater Victoria Point-in-Time count finds over 1,500 people homeless

Capital Regional District says count should be treated as an underestimate

The 2020 Point-in-Time Count found at least 1,523 people were experiencing homelessness in the CRD. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps wants to see fewer newspaper boxes on downtown city streets, stating the boxes are not needed anymore and are often filled with garbage. (Downtown Victoria Business Association)

Victoria mayor wants newspaper boxes removed from downtown streets

Mayor Lisa Helps says the boxes are not needed, often filled with garbage

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps wants to see fewer newspaper boxes on downtown city streets, stating the boxes are not needed anymore and are often filled with garbage. (Downtown Victoria Business Association)
The Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour has written an open letter to Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who is leading the investigation into racist games being played in emergency rooms across the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Victoria non-profit alleges Island Health not interested in holding people accountable for racist acts

Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour writes open letter to racism investigator

The Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour has written an open letter to Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who is leading the investigation into racist games being played in emergency rooms across the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Correne Antrobus rallies at the Ministry of Health building in Victoria on Friday, July 31 to draw attention to the ongoing overdose crisis. 2020 (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Rally at Ministry of Health calls attention to deadliest month of overdoses

For second consecutive month, province records highest number of overdose deaths

Correne Antrobus rallies at the Ministry of Health building in Victoria on Friday, July 31 to draw attention to the ongoing overdose crisis. 2020 (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Police and fire vehicles are on scene near the intersection of West Saanich Road and Glanford Avenue. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

UPDATED: Fire crews extinguish balcony fire in 4300-block of West Saanich Road

Dark smoke could be seen coming from the apartment building

Police and fire vehicles are on scene near the intersection of West Saanich Road and Glanford Avenue. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Derik Christopher Lord was 17 when he and another high school student, David Muir, carried out a plan by a third teen, Darren Huenemann, to kill Huenemann’s mother and grandmother in October 1990. (Parole Board of Canada photo)

Saanich man serving life sentence for killing two as a teen gets extended day parole

Derik Christopher Lord was convicted in 1992 for two counts of first-degree murder

Derik Christopher Lord was 17 when he and another high school student, David Muir, carried out a plan by a third teen, Darren Huenemann, to kill Huenemann’s mother and grandmother in October 1990. (Parole Board of Canada photo)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps explains the intended effect of a court injunction against campers in Beacon Hill Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Victoria granted injunction to move tenters in Beacon Hill Park to less sensitive areas

Mayor Lisa Helps says she recognizes the move will be to ‘more visible’ areas

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps explains the intended effect of a court injunction against campers in Beacon Hill Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Protesters marched to the Ministry of Health building during a rally for action on B.C.’s overdose crisis in April 2019. This year advocates are focusing on decriminalization after one of the deadliest drug overdose months in B.C. history. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria rally calls for decriminalization of drugs after record number of overdose deaths

The rally set for July 31 outside the Ministry of Health building

Protesters marched to the Ministry of Health building during a rally for action on B.C.’s overdose crisis in April 2019. This year advocates are focusing on decriminalization after one of the deadliest drug overdose months in B.C. history. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C.’s Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark announced a number of new supports for post-secondary students on Wednesday. (B.C. government photo)

Applicants for student aid now automatically assessed for new, non-repayable loan

B.C. Access Grant will provide students with up to $4,000 a year to cover up-front costs

B.C.’s Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark announced a number of new supports for post-secondary students on Wednesday. (B.C. government photo)
Ultimate Happy Hour lists daily food specials, along with daily and late night happy hour spots across Victoria. (Pixabay photo)

Victoria resident creates website to map out more than 100 local happy hour spots

Inspired by a trip to the U.S., Jordan Caron’s idea began to take shape in 2014

Ultimate Happy Hour lists daily food specials, along with daily and late night happy hour spots across Victoria. (Pixabay photo)
Harry Weiler, who was diagnosed with Leukemia, embraces a friend during the sail past. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff) (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Kite surfers gather for ‘sail past’ tribute for fellow kiter battling cancer

Harry Weiler, family and friends watched as at least two dozen kite surfers took to the water

Harry Weiler, who was diagnosed with Leukemia, embraces a friend during the sail past. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff) (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Firefighters douse hotspots inside a home that went up in flames on Thursday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Bystander alerts Saanich residents of house fire

Fire crews extinguish blaze in 500-block of Walter Avenue

Firefighters douse hotspots inside a home that went up in flames on Thursday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Tzu-I Chung, curator of the exhibit, explains the history of Fan Tan Alley and points to a map from 1891. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Fan Tan Alley exhibit connects Victoria visitors with history of Canada’s oldest Chinatown

Exhibit exploring local Chinese history, opium trade, discrimination opens on July 24

Tzu-I Chung, curator of the exhibit, explains the history of Fan Tan Alley and points to a map from 1891. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
BOXCARSIX, a feminist artist collective made up of eight from the ages of 30 to 60, will open their latest exhibit Postcards from the Pandemic on Thursday at The Fifty Fifty Art Collective. (Provided by Clare Thomas)

New Victoria art show displays 600 collaboratively made postcards from the pandemic

An artist would start a card and then mail it to another who would add to or complete the design

BOXCARSIX, a feminist artist collective made up of eight from the ages of 30 to 60, will open their latest exhibit Postcards from the Pandemic on Thursday at The Fifty Fifty Art Collective. (Provided by Clare Thomas)
B.C. Coroners Service is investigating after a 32-year-old woman drowned at Matheson Lake Tuesday evening. (Google Maps)

‘Clearly not breathing’: Bystanders recount giving CPR to woman who drowned in Matheson Lake

Greater Victoria resident jumped into ‘superhero mode’ when she saw the scene

B.C. Coroners Service is investigating after a 32-year-old woman drowned at Matheson Lake Tuesday evening. (Google Maps)
During the first six months of 2020, more than 700 people have died from a drug overdose across the province. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Victoria advocates call for decriminalization of illicit drugs amid record number of overdoses

‘If the numbers were reversed … there would be outrage’

During the first six months of 2020, more than 700 people have died from a drug overdose across the province. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Police Chief Del Manak is asking the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board for support in pursuing a partnership with Island Health for civilian-led response teams. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria chief seeks police board support to explore civilian-led teams for ‘low risk’ mental health calls

City council passes motion recommending ban on street checks by police

Police Chief Del Manak is asking the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board for support in pursuing a partnership with Island Health for civilian-led response teams. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new floating dock installed secretly in the Gorge waterway on July 15 is aiming to spark on a community conversation on rethinking how people use the harbour. (Project Albero/Aryze)

Floating dock installed secretly in Gorge entices swimmers with free beer, chance to win gift cards

Project Albero aims to spark a conversation on rethinking how people use the harbour

A new floating dock installed secretly in the Gorge waterway on July 15 is aiming to spark on a community conversation on rethinking how people use the harbour. (Project Albero/Aryze)
A small crowd shows solidarity for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club after a July 15 raid. (Kendra Crighton/Black Press)

PHOTOS: Small crowd gathers at legislature in support of Victoria Cannabis Club

On Wednesday members of the community safety unit seized product from the club

A small crowd shows solidarity for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club after a July 15 raid. (Kendra Crighton/Black Press)