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Drive BC limits travel on four major south Island highways, including the Malahat section of Highway 1, on Dec. 30 after heavy snowfall overnight. (DriveBC.ca)

UPDATE: Prepare for winter driving conditions on south Vancouver Island roads

Crews working to clear Highway 1 from Cowichan to Victoria, Highway 14, Highway 18 and Highway 17

Drive BC limits travel on four major south Island highways, including the Malahat section of Highway 1, on Dec. 30 after heavy snowfall overnight. (DriveBC.ca)
Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

PHOTOS: A look back at the year that was 2021

Some of the top photos from around Greater Victoria in 2021

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Skaters enjoy a game of hockey on Saanich’s Panama Flats, Dec. 29, in the early afternoon. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Skaters enjoy a game of hockey on Saanich’s Panama Flats, Dec. 29, in the early afternoon. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Christopher Kelsall, right, addresses a polar bear swim crowd during a previous event. This year’s Smart Dolphins IT Solutions New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases, Kelsall said Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy of Athletics Illustrated/Facebook)

Esquimalt Lagoon polar bear swim cancelled for second year in a row

The Smart Dolphins IT Solutions New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim was scheduled for Saturday

Christopher Kelsall, right, addresses a polar bear swim crowd during a previous event. This year’s Smart Dolphins IT Solutions New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases, Kelsall said Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy of Athletics Illustrated/Facebook)
A COVID-19 testing centre in Victoria, pictured in October. In a new change, residents who miss calls from Island Health’s COVID booking centre will no longer be contacted again to schedule a test. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

Island Health halts second calls for COVID test booking, cites ‘unprecedented demand’

Call centre employees would previously contact residents a second time to book virus test

A COVID-19 testing centre in Victoria, pictured in October. In a new change, residents who miss calls from Island Health’s COVID booking centre will no longer be contacted again to schedule a test. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
102 million winning tickets sold to players by BCLC in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Record-breaking $100.4 million won in lottery tickets on Vancouver Island in 2021

Total of $891 million paid to lottery winners across all of B.C.

102 million winning tickets sold to players by BCLC in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
A photo of the individual in question. (VicPD)

VIDEO: VicPD seeking downtown vandalism suspect

Young man caught on tape vandalizing two Yates Street properties

A photo of the individual in question. (VicPD)
Oak Bay police were called after a resident noticed a neighbour’s car idling in the driveway a long time. (Black Press Media file photo)

Idling car leads Oak Bay police to find senior in distress

Driver ticketed $167 for failing to yield after a stop sign

Oak Bay police were called after a resident noticed a neighbour’s car idling in the driveway a long time. (Black Press Media file photo)
Residents help clear the sidewalks on York Place in Oak Bay, Dec. 28, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)

Make way for pedestrians: Shovel snow from the walkway or face the consequences

Clearing falls to residents, business owners across Greater Victoria

Residents help clear the sidewalks on York Place in Oak Bay, Dec. 28, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)
Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 28

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the…

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) multiple calls for assistance during the last 48 hours, including from families on living on Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsartlip First Nation. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Three Saanich Peninsula First Nations families receive emergency assistance

Eight individuals living in temporary shelter after cold bursts pipes in their homes

PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) multiple calls for assistance during the last 48 hours, including from families on living on Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsartlip First Nation. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)
Ethan Lingard of the Peninsula Panthers and Brody Johnston of the Victoria Cougars battle for the puck during their Dec. 10 game which the Panthers win 3-2. As of Dec. 28, the Panthers sit six points behind the Cougars in the South Division of Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League as the league returns from the Christmas break. (Photo courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Peninsula Panthers look to become matinee idols with game against Saanich Predators

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team looks to build on winning ways

Ethan Lingard of the Peninsula Panthers and Brody Johnston of the Victoria Cougars battle for the puck during their Dec. 10 game which the Panthers win 3-2. As of Dec. 28, the Panthers sit six points behind the Cougars in the South Division of Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League as the league returns from the Christmas break. (Photo courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Langford Emergency Social Services co-founder Beverly Wilson, left, receives recognition from Langford Fire Rescue Chief Chris Aubrey during a celebration of the volunteer organzation’s 25th anniversary. (Photo Courtesy of Langford ESS)

25-year emergency social services volunteer, co-founder celebrated by Langford

ESS group sprang from Beverley Wilson’s questions about emergency preparedness

Langford Emergency Social Services co-founder Beverly Wilson, left, receives recognition from Langford Fire Rescue Chief Chris Aubrey during a celebration of the volunteer organzation’s 25th anniversary. (Photo Courtesy of Langford ESS)
Those with mobility challenges continue to encounter utility poles on sidewalks in Saanich, like this one on an often-busy Cedar Hill Road near Mount Douglas Cross Road near two large trees. Mobility advocates say the district needs to do more work to address such safety issues in its road and sidewalk planning. (Photo courtesy of Dean Murdock)

Saanich disability advocate calls for more inclusive sidewalk, roadway designs

Utility poles on sidewalks one area of improvement needed to help those with mobility challenges

Those with mobility challenges continue to encounter utility poles on sidewalks in Saanich, like this one on an often-busy Cedar Hill Road near Mount Douglas Cross Road near two large trees. Mobility advocates say the district needs to do more work to address such safety issues in its road and sidewalk planning. (Photo courtesy of Dean Murdock)
Officers responded to a collision on Amelia Street following a 3 a.m. police chase. (Submitted photo)

VIDEO: Man arrested after dragging Victoria police officer and leading late-night car chase

Intoxicated driver was arrested on Amelia Street after colliding into a garage

Officers responded to a collision on Amelia Street following a 3 a.m. police chase. (Submitted photo)
Metchosin Mayor John Ranns says changes to the Residential Tenancy Act would free up housing in the community. (Courtesy District of Metchosin)

Metchosin staying rural, despite housing needs report: mayor

Mayor Ranns says living in a rural community offers benefits to seniors

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns says changes to the Residential Tenancy Act would free up housing in the community. (Courtesy District of Metchosin)
The Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives team of Jeremy Caradonna, Matt Dell, Rob Reid, Calen McNeil, and Krista Loughton are looking for a site to place their inaugural Conestoga Hut. (Photo courtesy Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives)

Cash raised for hut, now Victoria group seeks church parking space to house homeless

Region suffers lack of emergency winter shelter spaces due to staffing shortages

The Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives team of Jeremy Caradonna, Matt Dell, Rob Reid, Calen McNeil, and Krista Loughton are looking for a site to place their inaugural Conestoga Hut. (Photo courtesy Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives)
Greater Victoria has seen its fair share of snow in the past few days, with more to come Wednesday (Dec. 29). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Another 5-10cm of snow expected for Greater Victoria: Environment Canada

Special weather statement issued on Dec. 28 predicts overnight snowfall

Greater Victoria has seen its fair share of snow in the past few days, with more to come Wednesday (Dec. 29). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) received three calls for assistance during the last 24 hours, including from residents in a Sidney apartment building after a sprinkler pipe had bursted. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Central Saanich, Sidney residents receiving emergency assistance after flooding

Weather may have played a part in extensive damage to Sidney apartment

PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) received three calls for assistance during the last 24 hours, including from residents in a Sidney apartment building after a sprinkler pipe had bursted. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)
Following an overnight snow fall, children hit the sledding hit off Mills Road in North Saanich near Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)

PHOTOS: Winter maintains steely grip on Saanich Peninsula

Snow, cold temperatures give Greater Victoria residents a chance to enjoy outdoors

Following an overnight snow fall, children hit the sledding hit off Mills Road in North Saanich near Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)