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Missing Sidney man Jean Cyr was last seen on April 27 leaving the Tsehum Harbour on Resthaven Drive in Sidney. (Photo courtesy of Sidney/ North Saanich RCMP)

MISSING: Sidney man Jean Cyr last seen on April 27

55-year-old man was last seen leaving Tsehum Harbour on his scooter

Missing Sidney man Jean Cyr was last seen on April 27 leaving the Tsehum Harbour on Resthaven Drive in Sidney. (Photo courtesy of Sidney/ North Saanich RCMP)
A man who was shot by a Victoria police officer at a local hospital last month was arrested at the same hospital Friday morning for allegedly having weapons in his possession. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man shot at Royal Jubilee last month, arrested at hospital for weapons possession

The man allegedly had weapons in his possession breaching conditons

A man who was shot by a Victoria police officer at a local hospital last month was arrested at the same hospital Friday morning for allegedly having weapons in his possession. (Black Press Media file photo)
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After dousing more than 40 beach fires, Saanich firefighters call for residents to cool it

Wood beach fires never permitted, take resources away from major incidents, captain says

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A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street, between Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue, on April 30. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria/ Twitter)

New two-space, Store Street EV charging station open in downtown Victoria

30 minutes at the station gives vehicles enough charge to drive about 100 kilometres

A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street, between Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue, on April 30. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria/ Twitter)
Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke council earmarks $88,925 in grants for community groups

Mayor Maja Tait this has been an ‘extraordinary time’ due to the pandemic

Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)
Calls of a man throwing rocks at a building and smashing windows led police to arrest a man who came to Victoria from Los Angeles, according to a release from the Victoria Police Department. (Black Press Media file photo)
Calls of a man throwing rocks at a building and smashing windows led police to arrest a man who came to Victoria from Los Angeles, according to a release from the Victoria Police Department. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police are seeking a suspect in connection to a robbery on April 9 at the Uptown Best Buy. (Photo courtesy Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)

Suspect sought in knifepoint theft at Saanich Best Buy

Individual spotted on camera at Uptown Shopping Centre

Saanich police are seeking a suspect in connection to a robbery on April 9 at the Uptown Best Buy. (Photo courtesy Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
A new COVID-19 case has been reported at Colquitz Middle School with a potential exposure date of April 26. A separate case at Colquitz lists April 19 as an exposure date as well. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)
A new COVID-19 case has been reported at Colquitz Middle School with a potential exposure date of April 26. A separate case at Colquitz lists April 19 as an exposure date as well. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)
Local cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump on the Organ Donor trail in the Hartland area of Mount Work regional park. The Capital Regional District parks committee approved new guidelines for mountain biking in CRD parks, but left room for adjustments. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD parks mountain biking guidelines a hot topic in Greater Victoria

Committee approves guidelines, short-term actions, wants more scrutiny during parks planning process

Local cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump on the Organ Donor trail in the Hartland area of Mount Work regional park. The Capital Regional District parks committee approved new guidelines for mountain biking in CRD parks, but left room for adjustments. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Willows elementary Grade 5 students participate in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) district strings program and were inspired to rally against the proposed budget cuts that affect the music programs across the district. (Ian Sharpe photo)

VIDEO: Students rally to save music amid Greater Victoria budget cuts

Oak Bay was one of several planned elementary school protests over proposed cuts

The Willows elementary Grade 5 students participate in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) district strings program and were inspired to rally against the proposed budget cuts that affect the music programs across the district. (Ian Sharpe photo)
Five poplar trees on the eastern side of the walkway through Tulista Park (here looking south) will come down, being replaced with five London plane trees as part of efforts to widen the sidewalk. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney to remove and replace five poplar trees in Tulista Park

London plane trees will replace poplars as part of sidewalk project

Five poplar trees on the eastern side of the walkway through Tulista Park (here looking south) will come down, being replaced with five London plane trees as part of efforts to widen the sidewalk. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The District of Metchosin’s city hall (Black Press Media file photo)

Property taxes up 2.2 per cent in Metchosin

Income will help hire a badly needed operations manager

The District of Metchosin’s city hall (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Police Department vehicles outside the headquarters building. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police arrest man with warrants from two 2020 alleged assaults

Officers found the man sitting next to a fire in Beacon Hill Park on April 28

Victoria Police Department vehicles outside the headquarters building. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)
Crime rates have remained fairly level in Victoria/Esquimalt for the last decade, but are significantly down from the decade before. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

Why many Victoria residents may perceive an increase in crime

Crime rates fairly level over last decade, significantly lower than two decades ago

Crime rates have remained fairly level in Victoria/Esquimalt for the last decade, but are significantly down from the decade before. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)
A couple dozen people gathered outside the Victoria courthouse April 1 to protest the logging of old-growth forests. At the same time, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of logging company Teal Jones, granting an application that will remove Fairy Creek blockades. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Fairy Creek logging blockade group files appeal against injunction

Protestors have prevented logging the Vancouver Island valley since August 2020

A couple dozen people gathered outside the Victoria courthouse April 1 to protest the logging of old-growth forests. At the same time, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of logging company Teal Jones, granting an application that will remove Fairy Creek blockades. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
This sign parked on a North Saanich property is visible from Highway 17 and its nature suggests dissatisfaction with the public health measures responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich sign warns travellers of police state

Sign suggests dissatisfaction with COVID-19 public health measures

This sign parked on a North Saanich property is visible from Highway 17 and its nature suggests dissatisfaction with the public health measures responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
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Masks now mandatory at University of Victoria in indoor common areas

Updated provincial health order requires post-secondary students, staff to mask-up

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Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation president Karen Morgan and Troy Courville, clinical coordinator of surgical services and endoscopy, celebrate the opening of the day surgery unit at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation)

New day surgery unit opens at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Community donations funded the entire $3.5 million cost of the project

Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation president Karen Morgan and Troy Courville, clinical coordinator of surgical services and endoscopy, celebrate the opening of the day surgery unit at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation)
An 18-year-old Langford man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly breaking into Colwood city hall on April 17. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Langford man arrested after Colwood city hall broken into, municipal truck stolen

West Shore RCMP responded to the Wishart Road property after an alarm was triggered

An 18-year-old Langford man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly breaking into Colwood city hall on April 17. (Black Press Media File Photo)
A Camaro is towed after police were called about a car doing doughnuts in a Victoria park. (Courtesy VicPD)

Camaro impounded after driver ticketed for doing doughnuts in Victoria park

Officers find marks in grass about 30 metres from children in playground

A Camaro is towed after police were called about a car doing doughnuts in a Victoria park. (Courtesy VicPD)