Kyle Slavin

City’s NDP MLAs applaud end of HST

Tax policy failed on its complexity, says Liberal MLA

Eugene's owner Terry Vassiliadis hasn’t stopped smiling since Friday’s news that the HST will be extinguished.

UPDATED: Home builders, restaurateurs hope return to PST/GSt will help ailing sectors

New homes were previously PST-exempt, so purchases only included a five-per-cent HST. When the taxes were harmonized on July 1, 2010, the tax jumped to 12 per cent.

Eugene's owner Terry Vassiliadis hasn’t stopped smiling since Friday’s news that the HST will be extinguished.
The HST will be extinguished

Harmonized sales tax extinguished

Greater Victoria ridings see overwhelming support to quash HST

The HST will be extinguished

Victoria and Saanich plan joint council meeting for September

An historic meeting set for Sept. 7 isn’t about amalgamating the region’s two largest municipalities. But when Victoria city councillors play host to their counterparts from Saanich, the hope is the experience will be positive enough to make the joint meetings a biannual affair.

Public golf course tweaked to cut down on wayward balls

Errant golf balls sliced off the 18th hole are technically no longer a problem for people living next door to the Cedar Hill golf course. That’s because what had been the final hole is now the ninth.

Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton campaigns in Victoria in April of 2011.

Layton’s legacy one of hope and optimism, Greater Victoria MPs say

Layton, 61, stepped down as the New Democratic leader last month after revealing he was battling a second bout of cancer. The official opposition leader was frail and gaunt during an appearance July 25, after fighting off prostate cancer last year.

Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton campaigns in Victoria in April of 2011.

Olympic rowers seek approval for indoor training ‘tent’ at Camosun

Canada's men’s Olympic rowing team, which has trained in Saanich since 1987, is looking for even more local training space to prepare for London next year and Rio in 2016.

Police seek red-headed assailant after sex assault in Gyro Park

The man is described as having red hair and an albino-like complexion with red facial stubble. He's approximately 5'8" tall, 150 pounds and very skinny.

Prisoner overcrowding is being blamed by some for a close-call at the Wilkinson Road jail. Two prisoners apparently tried to escape through a large hole burrowed into the ceiling of one of the cells.

Alleged murderer among failed escapees

One of the men who dug a hole in cell ceiling charged with killing a Victoria man in March 2010

Prisoner overcrowding is being blamed by some for a close-call at the Wilkinson Road jail. Two prisoners apparently tried to escape through a large hole burrowed into the ceiling of one of the cells.

Police investigating drywall company after slew of complaints

Two companies, Mac Drywall and Cut-Rite Drywall, which have the same contact information, are being named as businesses to watch out for when hiring someone to help with home renovations. The phone number listed for the business is no longer in service.

Saanich cops crack Island-wide burglary operation

Saanich police believe they've busted a sophisticated commercial break-in operation that's been plaguing Vancouver Island law enforcement agencies for months.

Saanich turns to rarely used power after repeat violations of unsightly premise bylaw

"You're going on to someone's private property and removing their possessions. It's pretty dramatic power," said Mayor Frank Leonard about this rarely used order. "When you're municipal government, our power is around land-use and property, not around people. It's very hard to regulate a bad neighbour, so we'll do everything in our power to help out a neighbourhood."

Drop off option still available locally for HST ballots

Aug. 5 is deadline for Elections B.C. receive HST package

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen conducts a CounterAttack road check in the 1400-block of McKenzie Ave. last Thursday. Officers will be conducting similar checks all weekend.

Added long weekend traffic means extra enforcement

Cops gear up for B.C. Day weekend

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen conducts a CounterAttack road check in the 1400-block of McKenzie Ave. last Thursday. Officers will be conducting similar checks all weekend.

Mandatory census deadline passes

StatsCan to send out stern letters soon

Robert Griffin

Victoria’s first foodies featured in new museum book

Some colourful characters kept residents fed and watered in city’s formative years

Robert Griffin
Federal NDP leader Jack Layton and Victoria MP Denise Savoie. Layton announced this week he will take a temporary leave as party leader to fight an undisclosed form of cancer.

Wave of local support for ailing Layton

NDP leader responsible for getting Victoria MP into federal politics

Federal NDP leader Jack Layton and Victoria MP Denise Savoie. Layton announced this week he will take a temporary leave as party leader to fight an undisclosed form of cancer.

Local MLA expenses top $185,000

In Victoria, Carole James (Victoria-Beacon Hill) racked up the largest MLA bill with $39,869 in travel costs.

Mark Byrne poses with his ZN Line Xigris radio controlled aircraft at the Michell Airpark on Lochside Drive. Byrne is in Indiana on Sunday to compete for Canada at the FAI World Championships.

Saanichite competes in ‘graceful’ sport of precision aerobatics

Difficulty aside, the Saanich resident has been a competitive flier for half a dozen years and is representing Canada next week at the FAI World Championship in Muncie, Ind. The competition is the Olympics for model aircraft owners, he says.

Mark Byrne poses with his ZN Line Xigris radio controlled aircraft at the Michell Airpark on Lochside Drive. Byrne is in Indiana on Sunday to compete for Canada at the FAI World Championships.
Prisoner overcrowding is being blamed by some for a close-call at the Wilkinson Road jail. Two prisoners apparently tried to escape through a large hole burrowed into the ceiling of one of the cells.

Alert guards prevent ‘movie-like’ escape from Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre

Two prisoners were involved in the attempt, which was uncovered Sunday morning by corrections officials when they discovered a large hole in the ceiling of a cell inside the maximum security facility.

Prisoner overcrowding is being blamed by some for a close-call at the Wilkinson Road jail. Two prisoners apparently tried to escape through a large hole burrowed into the ceiling of one of the cells.