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This Volkswagen van was destroyed by fire Saturday, while a vehicle next to it was also damaged by the flames bursting out the sides of the van. Details are still coming in but apparently no one was badly hurt in the blaze. Photo by Edd Macdonald

Raging fire in VW van causes excitement on Wark Street in Victoria

Firefighters from nearby hall arrive quickly but blaze already fully involved

  • Jul 23, 2017
This Volkswagen van was destroyed by fire Saturday, while a vehicle next to it was also damaged by the flames bursting out the sides of the van. Details are still coming in but apparently no one was badly hurt in the blaze. Photo by Edd Macdonald
Sooke Road has been closed in both directions in Langford after a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning. (Submitted/Kayla Yaghi)

Sooke Road reopens after two-vehicle crash

Traffic was closed in both direction for several hours Saturday

Sooke Road has been closed in both directions in Langford after a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning. (Submitted/Kayla Yaghi)
Taking advantage of nature’s salad bar, a deer browses among flowers growing on a hillside on Dallas Road, just below the Ross Bay Cemetery on a spring afternoon. The City of Victoria will be looking at ways to potentially fund a deer count. Victoria News file photo

Victoria eyes its own deer population count

Report suggests deer-human conflicts are on the rise

  • Jul 21, 2017
Taking advantage of nature’s salad bar, a deer browses among flowers growing on a hillside on Dallas Road, just below the Ross Bay Cemetery on a spring afternoon. The City of Victoria will be looking at ways to potentially fund a deer count. Victoria News file photo
(Victoria Police)

Update: Motorcycle used in armed robbery found by police

Victoria Police say two men robbed a downtown jewelry store and escaped on a black motorcycle.

(Victoria Police)
A revamped development idea cleared another hurdle in View Royal this week. That project calls for four five-storey condo buildings placed on the existing site of Thetis Lake Campground and Trailer Park (shown in green print). In exchange for the higher density on this land, a development application in the works for directly across the Trans-Canada Highway would be changed to see a public green space amenity created. (Google Earth)

Thetis project moves ahead

Donation of greenspace key, councillor says

  • Jul 20, 2017
A revamped development idea cleared another hurdle in View Royal this week. That project calls for four five-storey condo buildings placed on the existing site of Thetis Lake Campground and Trailer Park (shown in green print). In exchange for the higher density on this land, a development application in the works for directly across the Trans-Canada Highway would be changed to see a public green space amenity created. (Google Earth)
Shawnigan Lake RCMP and search and rescue officials are investigating after a 22-year old man was found dead on a forestry road near Koksilah River Provincial Park Thursday morning. (Submitted photo)

Man found dead near Shawnigan Lake

Man was exploring a cave near Koksilah River Provincial Park

  • Jul 20, 2017
Shawnigan Lake RCMP and search and rescue officials are investigating after a 22-year old man was found dead on a forestry road near Koksilah River Provincial Park Thursday morning. (Submitted photo)
Rare waterspout towers over Lasqueti Island

Rare waterspout towers over Lasqueti Island

Fisherman and Island residents alike caught a rare glimpse of a massive…

Rare waterspout towers over Lasqueti Island
Sooke man charged with animal cruelty

Sooke man charged with animal cruelty

Dog died after ruptured uterus not treated, says SPCA

Sooke man charged with animal cruelty
VIDEO: Entangled sea lion rescued near Tofino

VIDEO: Entangled sea lion rescued near Tofino

An adult female Steller sea lion was facing a potentially painful and slow death on Cleland Island.

VIDEO: Entangled sea lion rescued near Tofino
South Vancouver Island firefighters outside a massive log storage yard in Williams Lake. Firefighters have been tasked with protecting the yards and their mills. Contributed photo

Victoria firefighters doing their part to fight B.C. wildfires

Six firefighters volunteered to help in the Interior

South Vancouver Island firefighters outside a massive log storage yard in Williams Lake. Firefighters have been tasked with protecting the yards and their mills. Contributed photo
Developers of a local project plan to install 68 solar panels on the roof of a 27-unit, multi-family residential building on Alder Street in Saanich.                                Rendering by Low Hamond Rowe Architects

Developer wants to crown new Saanich rental with 68 solar panels

Alder Street project one of three new purpose-built rentals on the way

Developers of a local project plan to install 68 solar panels on the roof of a 27-unit, multi-family residential building on Alder Street in Saanich.                                Rendering by Low Hamond Rowe Architects
The Sooke School District is nearing a deal with the District of Metchosin on the sale of the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)

Metchosin, Sooke School District close to sale agreement

Metchosin is looking to acquire a school in the heart of the municipality

The Sooke School District is nearing a deal with the District of Metchosin on the sale of the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)
Victoria resident John Donnelly, at the Union Club in Victoria, has a special place in his heart for Interior residents affected by wildfires. The former Kamloops resident is organizing a fundraising luncheon at the club for Aug. 10 to help them out. Kendra Wong/Victoria News

B.C. wildfires spur Victoria man into fundraising action

Former Kamloops resident plans luncheon to help families displaced by fires

Victoria resident John Donnelly, at the Union Club in Victoria, has a special place in his heart for Interior residents affected by wildfires. The former Kamloops resident is organizing a fundraising luncheon at the club for Aug. 10 to help them out. Kendra Wong/Victoria News
Police question witnesses after the Paul Mara Jewellers shop was robbed, apparently at gunpoint, Wednesday afternoon. Kendra Wong/Victoria News

UPDATE: Downtown Victoria jewelry store targeted in armed robbery

Suspects flee on motorcyle, dressed in black, wearing white helmets

Police question witnesses after the Paul Mara Jewellers shop was robbed, apparently at gunpoint, Wednesday afternoon. Kendra Wong/Victoria News
Woman injured at Sooke Potholes

Woman injured at Sooke Potholes

The middle-aged woman suffered ankle injury

  • Jul 19, 2017
Woman injured at Sooke Potholes
An outcropping death cap mushroom was found on a boulevard in Uplands on Sunday. Photo by Adolf and Oluna Ceska

Experts warn mushroom pickers to be careful after deadly variety found in Oak Bay

Poisonous death cap mushrooms have sprung up early this year

An outcropping death cap mushroom was found on a boulevard in Uplands on Sunday. Photo by Adolf and Oluna Ceska
The draft Gonzales neighbourhood plan includes improving access, visitor facilities and ecological restoration at Gonzales Beach. Kendra Wong/Victoria News

Victoria’s Gonzales neighbourhood plans for the future

Plan focuses on housing, walkability in neighbourhoood

The draft Gonzales neighbourhood plan includes improving access, visitor facilities and ecological restoration at Gonzales Beach. Kendra Wong/Victoria News
UPDATED: Motorcycle collision leaves woman in ‘serious condition’

UPDATED: Motorcycle collision leaves woman in ‘serious condition’

A 19-year-old woman from the Greater Victoria area remains in “serious condition”…

UPDATED: Motorcycle collision leaves woman in ‘serious condition’
A Saanich parks worker was tasked with cleaning up an oversized heap of litter discarded at Mount Douglas Park over the weekend. The park goer who took this photo, a Colwood resident, was dismayed by the amount of trash. Submitted

Mount Doug picnickers leave ‘disgusting’ heap of waste

Every week, visitors leave major cleanup at Mount Douglas Park

A Saanich parks worker was tasked with cleaning up an oversized heap of litter discarded at Mount Douglas Park over the weekend. The park goer who took this photo, a Colwood resident, was dismayed by the amount of trash. Submitted
Victoria Police seek help finding missing man

Victoria Police seek help finding missing man

Alarm raised after Justin Storms missed July 15 appointment

  • Jul 19, 2017
Victoria Police seek help finding missing man