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A memorial erected in honour of Langford teen Andre Courtemanche sits at the base of the Niagara Falls. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Family of Andre Courtemanche launches 10K walk, jog in teen’s honour

Andre died in January after years of depression, anxiety and bullying

  • Mar 31, 2021
A memorial erected in honour of Langford teen Andre Courtemanche sits at the base of the Niagara Falls. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Traffic on Quadra Street was temporarily impacted on March 30 after a Westfalia van caught fire and firefighters were called in. No injuries were reported. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

UPDATED: Vehicle fire slows evening Quadra Street commute in Saanich

Saanich firefighters douse Westfalia blaze in 3500-block of Quadra St.

Traffic on Quadra Street was temporarily impacted on March 30 after a Westfalia van caught fire and firefighters were called in. No injuries were reported. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Vancouver Island’s missing men featured in the Gone Boys podcast. Left to right: Ian Henry, Brandon Cairney, Desmond Peter, Kelly McLeod, Daniel MacDonnell. (Courtesy of Laura Palmer)
Vancouver Island’s missing men featured in the Gone Boys podcast. Left to right: Ian Henry, Brandon Cairney, Desmond Peter, Kelly McLeod, Daniel MacDonnell. (Courtesy of Laura Palmer)
Matthew Tanner, 36, was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital after suffering a brain stem stroke at his Saturna Island home. (Courtesy of Natasha Dalton)

Former Oak Bay man suffering from locked-in syndrome dies

Hundreds support family of well-known Oak Bay man after massive brain stem stroke

Matthew Tanner, 36, was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital after suffering a brain stem stroke at his Saturna Island home. (Courtesy of Natasha Dalton)
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Oak Bay police nab motorist travelling 114 in a 40 km/h zone

Rental fraud, graffiti, stolen bikes and more reported to Oak Bay police last week

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Central Saanich council is set to adopt its 2021 budget. Average home owners in Central Saanich will see their property taxes rise by 2.97 per cent — or $62 — if approved. (Black Press Media File)

Central Saanich set to adopt 2021 budget with 2.97 per cent tax increase

Staff say the 2021 budget represents ‘a status quo approach’ in terms of services

Central Saanich council is set to adopt its 2021 budget. Average home owners in Central Saanich will see their property taxes rise by 2.97 per cent — or $62 — if approved. (Black Press Media File)
The federal and provincial governments announced $9.4 million in funding for 15 new natural gas buses in Victoria and transit infrastructure improvments at the University of Victoria. (File Photo)

Governments put $9.4M into new natural gas buses, University of Victoria transit improvements

Funding to add 15 natural gas buses in Victoria, redevelop UVic transit infrastructure

The federal and provincial governments announced $9.4 million in funding for 15 new natural gas buses in Victoria and transit infrastructure improvments at the University of Victoria. (File Photo)
The Hudson Place 2 development, located at 1700 Blanshard St., received a $100-million loan from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The affordable housing development by Townline Homes will feature 247 multi-residential units. (Photo courtesy of Townline Homes)

Government announces $100-million loan towards Victoria affordable housing project

Townline Homes development will feature 245 multi-residential units

The Hudson Place 2 development, located at 1700 Blanshard St., received a $100-million loan from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The affordable housing development by Townline Homes will feature 247 multi-residential units. (Photo courtesy of Townline Homes)
Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island contact tracing doubles due to COVID variants, more socializing

Island’s top public health officer calling for return to practices that achieved a flat curve

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
Victoria police are seeking witnesses after a woman was assaulted by three men in downtown Victoria last weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police are seeking witnesses after a woman was assaulted by three men in downtown Victoria last weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police arrested a man after he allegedly threatened the staff of a downtown business while armed with a knife on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested after allegedly threatening staff in a downtown Victoria business with a knife

Victoria police used a bean bag shotgun round on the man after they say he refused to comply

Victoria police arrested a man after he allegedly threatened the staff of a downtown business while armed with a knife on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore RCMP headquarters in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Two hikers rescued from Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park

West Shore RCMP urges residents to be prepared before setting out

  • Mar 30, 2021
West Shore RCMP headquarters in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)
A child who suffered life-threatening injuries after an incident at a Hotel Zed pool March 24 has died. (Hotel Zed Victoria/Facebook)

Child dies following incident at Victoria hotel pool

Child was transported to hospital March 24 with life-threatening injuries

A child who suffered life-threatening injuries after an incident at a Hotel Zed pool March 24 has died. (Hotel Zed Victoria/Facebook)
Passengers in rows 15 to 20 aboard Air Canada Jazz flight 8079 from Vancouver to Victoria March 26 were potentially exposed to a case of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

New flight exposure reported from Vancouver to Victoria

YYJ has seen the lowest number of monthly flight exposures since September

Passengers in rows 15 to 20 aboard Air Canada Jazz flight 8079 from Vancouver to Victoria March 26 were potentially exposed to a case of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Willows Beach, which is also known as Sitchanalth, is one of many points in Oak Bay that have traditional Indigenous names. A plan to work with the Songhees and Esquimalt nations to add Lekwungen place names to frequently visited areas around the municipality was approved by Oak Bay council on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay looks to add Lekwungen place names

District will take guidance from Songhees, Esquimalt for potential place names

Willows Beach, which is also known as Sitchanalth, is one of many points in Oak Bay that have traditional Indigenous names. A plan to work with the Songhees and Esquimalt nations to add Lekwungen place names to frequently visited areas around the municipality was approved by Oak Bay council on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)
A board member of the association representing Saanichton Village says the association welcomes plans for a permanent hitching post for horse carriages in the area. (Black Press Media File)
A board member of the association representing Saanichton Village says the association welcomes plans for a permanent hitching post for horse carriages in the area. (Black Press Media File)
A neighbour thwarted the potential sale of a home in Oak Bay, which was listed without the owner’s consent. (Google street view)
A neighbour thwarted the potential sale of a home in Oak Bay, which was listed without the owner’s consent. (Google street view)
NEW CUTLINE The deadline to use the Town of View Royal's Citizen Budget Engagement Tool is Wednesday, March 31. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)

The Town of View Royal has approved a modest tax increase of about four per cent for 2021. (Town of View Royal)

View Royal pushes residents to participate in budget with online tool

Program shows residents how their tax dollars affect services

NEW CUTLINE The deadline to use the Town of View Royal's Citizen Budget Engagement Tool is Wednesday, March 31. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)

The Town of View Royal has approved a modest tax increase of about four per cent for 2021. (Town of View Royal)
Victoria police arrested a man who was videoed on a security camera taking a cashbox from a Fort Street business earlier this month. The man was arrested after a West Shore RCMP officer and a community member recognized him from the video and reached out to investigators. Black Press File Photo

Suspect arrested after RCMP officer, citizen recognize man from security video

Images show someone breaking into a Fort Street business, stealing cashbox

Victoria police arrested a man who was videoed on a security camera taking a cashbox from a Fort Street business earlier this month. The man was arrested after a West Shore RCMP officer and a community member recognized him from the video and reached out to investigators. Black Press File Photo