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Saanich police are asking for help locating Feng Ya Jiang, 82, who left Saanich for downtown Victoria around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 and did not return. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department

UPDATE: Missing Saanich senior located safe, say police

Feng Ya Jiang, 82, does not have a cell phone and only speaks Mandarin

Saanich police are asking for help locating Feng Ya Jiang, 82, who left Saanich for downtown Victoria around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 and did not return. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department
Julian West, founder of Urban Thrive, outside 633 Belton Avenue where his development company and Lapis Homes are looking to add a six-unit home that would have no off-street parking, but would aim to advance more sustainable urban transportation options. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Innovative zero-parking houseplex moves ahead in possible first for Victoria

Vic West proposal scores public hearing as it aims to advance site’s sustainable transportation

Julian West, founder of Urban Thrive, outside 633 Belton Avenue where his development company and Lapis Homes are looking to add a six-unit home that would have no off-street parking, but would aim to advance more sustainable urban transportation options. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
VicPD is asking the public to be on the lookout for Jericho Labonte, who is wanted on five warrants and is believed to be travelling to the Greater Victoria area. (Courtesy of VicPD)

WANTED: Victoria police seek public help in locating Jericho Labonte

VicPD warns the public to not approach and call 911 if found

VicPD is asking the public to be on the lookout for Jericho Labonte, who is wanted on five warrants and is believed to be travelling to the Greater Victoria area. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Traffic back up on the corner of Garnet Road and Cedar Hill Road (Courtesy of Janet Black)

VIDEO: Saanich resident cites ‘extremely dangerous mix’ in demand for road changes

A lack of speed-slowing devices and crossings a concern as traffic near school increases

Traffic back up on the corner of Garnet Road and Cedar Hill Road (Courtesy of Janet Black)
Block Kitchen + Bar opened in Victoria Friday (Jan. 13). (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Hip ‘designed to share’ restaurant opens doors in downtown Victoria

But Block Kitchen + Bar has no connection to predecessors Chuck’s Burger Bar or Lumberjack’s Bar and Grill

Block Kitchen + Bar opened in Victoria Friday (Jan. 13). (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
The house where a serious assault with an edged weapon took place on April 25, 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

2 men charged in 2017 vicious machete attack, robbery in Oak Bay

Kaspar Handspiker, 30, was arrested near Maple Ridge on Jan. 15

The house where a serious assault with an edged weapon took place on April 25, 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
There have been some suggestions of crossing guards at Vernon schools. (Photodisc/Thinkstock)
There have been some suggestions of crossing guards at Vernon schools. (Photodisc/Thinkstock)
The wood frame, mass timber of the Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies, as seen here during the facility’s construction in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt eyes keeping natural gas out of new multifamily buildings

Township says not using natural gas is among most effective ways to cut emissions

The wood frame, mass timber of the Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies, as seen here during the facility’s construction in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
The old sign at Thetis Lake Regional Park. (Courtesy of CRD)

UPDATE: CRD puts new Thetis Lake sign on hold following social media backlash

CRD planning to change entrance signs at Thetis Lake and Elk/Beaver Lake regional parks

The old sign at Thetis Lake Regional Park. (Courtesy of CRD)
Arnold Lim’s photo of carver Howard La Fortune took second place for best feature photo for circulation 10,000 and over. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

National awards shine spotlight on Greater Victoria journalists

Black Press Media recognized at Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

Arnold Lim’s photo of carver Howard La Fortune took second place for best feature photo for circulation 10,000 and over. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
Liz Barrett had hoped to return to her electrician apprenticeship after a year of maternity leave. Now her kids are nearly two years-old, but she can’t go back to work due to the lack of childcare spaces. (Courtesy of Liz Barrett)

Child care, benefits, stigma: barriers for tradespeople fuelling Greater Victoria labour shortages

Canada will face a shortage of at least 10,000 workers in every recognized trade in the next 5 years

Liz Barrett had hoped to return to her electrician apprenticeship after a year of maternity leave. Now her kids are nearly two years-old, but she can’t go back to work due to the lack of childcare spaces. (Courtesy of Liz Barrett)
The Greater Victoria Public Library celebrates local authors and illustrators with its 2023 Emerging Local Authors Collection. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria library’s emerging author series looks to build on 1,073 unique titles

In its 7th year, GVPL program features more than 750 book-makers since inception

The Greater Victoria Public Library celebrates local authors and illustrators with its 2023 Emerging Local Authors Collection. (Black Press Media file photo)
A weapon seized during a search warrant Victoria Police Department and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team executed on Jan. 10. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Guns, drugs and $50K seized from Victoria housing project with ‘vulnerable’ residents

A prior seizure at the same location in December produced similar results, VicPD said

A weapon seized during a search warrant Victoria Police Department and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team executed on Jan. 10. (Courtesy of VicPD)
A road sign on Blanshard Street in Downtown Victoria. (Chris Campbell photo)

Opinion: This is why downtown Victoria traffic is ‘bloody painful’

But are Victoria drivers actually spoiled compared to other areas?

A road sign on Blanshard Street in Downtown Victoria. (Chris Campbell photo)
The water main project on Blanshard Street will extend from Caledonia Avenue to Fort Street. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Downtown travel delays to continue during Victoria upgrades

Water main work is expected to continue until this summer

The water main project on Blanshard Street will extend from Caledonia Avenue to Fort Street. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
Victoria renters have few options. (Pexels photo)

Opinion: ‘Outrageous’ Victoria landlords ‘jack up’ rents by nearly 20%. When will it stop?

The latest numbers show Victoria is one of the worst rental cities in Canada

Victoria renters have few options. (Pexels 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 Jan. 17

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.
Shawn Driver, the owner of Driver Enterprises, has been found in violation of District of Sooke bylaws by the BC Supreme Court. (Sooke News Mirror files)

Court rules Sooke business violated local bylaws

In contravention of aw, Driver Enterprises undertook development without proper authorization

Shawn Driver, the owner of Driver Enterprises, has been found in violation of District of Sooke bylaws by the BC Supreme Court. (Sooke News Mirror files)
The Victoria Police department will seek a 9.55 per cent increase to its budget in 2023, which would be a bump of just over $6 million. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police board proposes 9.55% budget hike

Staff salaries, benefits make up majority of draft budget increase

The Victoria Police department will seek a 9.55 per cent increase to its budget in 2023, which would be a bump of just over $6 million. (Black Press Media file photo)
CSL Tecumseh moved into Pier B on Jan. 17 at Ogden Point in the Breakwater District. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Twitter)

Bustling Victoria breakwater sees ships on the move with a break-in reported

Container ship GSL Eleni moved out and CSL Tecumseh moved in at Pier B

CSL Tecumseh moved into Pier B on Jan. 17 at Ogden Point in the Breakwater District. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Twitter)
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