Nicole Crescenzi

Extra cleaning measures are taking place on all BC Transit buses and at BC Transit facilities. (File contributed/ BC Transit)

UPDATE: BC Transit cancels many routes, offers free fares for next 30 days

BC Transit exempt from 50-person COVID-19 limit

Extra cleaning measures are taking place on all BC Transit buses and at BC Transit facilities. (File contributed/ BC Transit)
Fire Departments across Greater Victoria, including the Victoria fire department (pictured) are scaling back their duties to reduce exposure to COVID-19.(Black Press Media File Photo)

Greater Victoria fire departments restrict duties in light of COVID-19

Fire inspections, education seminars and more cancelled to limit exposure to coronavirus

Fire Departments across Greater Victoria, including the Victoria fire department (pictured) are scaling back their duties to reduce exposure to COVID-19.(Black Press Media File Photo)
Parking was free in downtown parkades on Tuesday, but fees are back in place Wednesday. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria parkades ditch attendants in effort to reduce COVID-19 exposure

Some parkades were free this week, but fees are back in place

Parking was free in downtown parkades on Tuesday, but fees are back in place Wednesday. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The development at 324/328 Cook Street and 1044, 1048, 1052/1054 Pendergast Street comes before committee of the whole on Thursday. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Victoria considers four-storey building for former Pic-A- Flic site

Victoria city councillors to discuss development on Thursday

The development at 324/328 Cook Street and 1044, 1048, 1052/1054 Pendergast Street comes before committee of the whole on Thursday. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
Parents are encourage to make kids feel like they’re part of the solution through small acts like calling friends and grandparents over FaceTime, and writing thank you notes to doctors and nurses. (Pxhere photo)

Talk to your kids about COVID-19: here’s how

B.C. child psychologist gives advice on speaking to children about ongoing health emergency

Parents are encourage to make kids feel like they’re part of the solution through small acts like calling friends and grandparents over FaceTime, and writing thank you notes to doctors and nurses. (Pxhere photo)
The Royal BC Museum will close as of 5 p.m. on March 17. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal BC Museum closes due to COVID-19 situation

Doors will shut as of 5 p.m. on March 17

The Royal BC Museum will close as of 5 p.m. on March 17. (Black Press Media file photo)
David Mungo Knox stands in front of the welcoming pole he helped restore. The pole was originally carved by his great-grandfather, Mungo Martin, his son David Martin and his niece, Mildred Hunt in commemoration of the first legal potlatch at the longhouse, which neighbours the Royal B.C. Museum. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Great-grandson of original carver helps restore totem pole at Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria

The Kwakwaka’wakw Heraldic Pole was originally completed in 1953

David Mungo Knox stands in front of the welcoming pole he helped restore. The pole was originally carved by his great-grandfather, Mungo Martin, his son David Martin and his niece, Mildred Hunt in commemoration of the first legal potlatch at the longhouse, which neighbours the Royal B.C. Museum. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Streets are quiet as people self isolate amidst COVID-19 fears

PHOTOS: Streets are quiet as people self isolate amidst COVID-19 fears

Tourism is down and more workers stay home

PHOTOS: Streets are quiet as people self isolate amidst COVID-19 fears
Crystal Pool will be closed as of Monday evening until further notice. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria closes Crystal Pool, other facilities to curb spread of COVID-19

City Hall will now only be open by appointment

Crystal Pool will be closed as of Monday evening until further notice. (Black Press Media file photo)
Voting day for the municipal by-election has been postponed. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria by-election postponed due to COVID-19 precautions

Gatherings of more than 50 people not recommended by provincial health officer

Voting day for the municipal by-election has been postponed. (Black Press Media file photo)
All 12 GVPL branches closed after tonight amidst COVID-19 fears. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria libraries shut doors until further notice

All GVPL, VIRL branches close after tonight amidst COVID-19 fears

All 12 GVPL branches closed after tonight amidst COVID-19 fears. (Black Press Media file photo)
CFB Esquimalt. (File photo)

CFB Esquimalt pulls non-essential staff, closes base to public due to COVID-19

Only core staff members are permitted on the base

CFB Esquimalt. (File photo)
Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey says the economic impacts of COVID-19 will be “devastating.” (Black Press Media file photo)                                Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey acknowledges declining tourism numbers, but remains bullish about the long-term future of the market. (Black Press File).

Economic impact of COVID-19 on Victoria’s tourism industry will be ‘devastating,’ experts say

Destination Greater Victoria CEO expects losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars

Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey says the economic impacts of COVID-19 will be “devastating.” (Black Press Media file photo)                                Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey acknowledges declining tourism numbers, but remains bullish about the long-term future of the market. (Black Press File).
English ivy is an invasive species which the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure contracted workers to plant during the southbound Douglas Street bus lane project. (Black Press Media file photo)

Ministry of Transportation contracts workers to plant invasive ivy

English ivy was replanted during the Douglas bus lane project

English ivy is an invasive species which the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure contracted workers to plant during the southbound Douglas Street bus lane project. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, said there will be a significant impact to the Victoria economy due to the delayed cruise ship season. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria cruise ship cancellations will have ‘significant economic impacts,’ GVHA says

114 Victoria port calls cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19

Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, said there will be a significant impact to the Victoria economy due to the delayed cruise ship season. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Best of the City 2019 (Sergej Krivenko photo)
Best of the City 2019 (Sergej Krivenko photo)
Jan Ross has been the site manager of the Emily Carr House for 25 years. She sits in the home’s parlour with her chatelaine– a set of skeleton keys required to open the doors in the house. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

What it’s been like living in Emily Carr’s house for 23 years

Site managers Jan and Michael Ross are retiring after more than two decades

Jan Ross has been the site manager of the Emily Carr House for 25 years. She sits in the home’s parlour with her chatelaine– a set of skeleton keys required to open the doors in the house. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The City of Victoria asked the GVHA to consider suspending the cruise season (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria asks GVHA to suspend international cruise ships due to COVID-19

The cruise ship season is expected to begin in April

The City of Victoria asked the GVHA to consider suspending the cruise season (Black Press Media file photo)
Voting day for the City of Victoria municipal byelection is April 4. (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria considers changes to upcoming byelection due to COVID-19

One candidate calls for mail-in voting due to coronavirus

Voting day for the City of Victoria municipal byelection is April 4. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria students are calling for the closure of UVic campuses due to COVID-19 (Black Press Media file photo)

UVic students call for closure of campus due to COVID-19

More than 1,000 signatures gathered on online petition in one day

University of Victoria students are calling for the closure of UVic campuses due to COVID-19 (Black Press Media file photo)