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Police are investigating an alleged double murder in Crofton. (File photo)

RCMP investigating reported double homicide in Crofton

Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 23

Crystal Pool (Black Press Media File Photo)

Victoria’s Crystal Pool replacement project stalled until 2023

Project not included in city’s 2022 draft budget, advocate saddened by the delay

  • Oct 23, 2021
Smoke coming off MV Zim Kingston vessel can be seen from Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

UPDATE: Fire aboard cargo ship off Victoria’s shore prompts evacuation of 16 crew members

Five crew members remained on the MV Zim Kingston to fight the fire as of Saturday night

LifeLabs workers represented by BCEGU strike outside LifeLabs administrative offices in Burnaby on Oct. 23. (Cole Schisler photo)

LifeLabs workers hold rally demanding better wages as labour negotiations resume

LifeLabs employees want better wages and pensions

LifeLabs workers represented by BCEGU strike outside LifeLabs administrative offices in Burnaby on Oct. 23. (Cole Schisler photo)
This photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch one day after an incident left one crew member dead and another injured, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, N.M. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Baldwin was told gun was ‘cold’ before movie set shooting

Baldwin described the killing as a “tragic accident.”

This photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch one day after an incident left one crew member dead and another injured, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, N.M. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
Police have cordoned off a large area directly outside the emergency entrance to Chilliwack General Hospital. Paul Henderson photos.

Brash morning shooting directly outside B.C. hospital

Paramedics came upon shooting scene outside Chilliwack General Hospital

Police have cordoned off a large area directly outside the emergency entrance to Chilliwack General Hospital. Paul Henderson photos.
Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C., Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Canadian ski resorts, including Big White, that rely on Canada’s backlogged visa approval service are facing a labour shortage this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Canadian ski resorts face labour shortage, government slow to issue working visas

“We’ll start panicking around Nov. 1 if nothing changes because there’s just not enough Canadians…”

Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C., Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Canadian ski resorts, including Big White, that rely on Canada’s backlogged visa approval service are facing a labour shortage this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Edward Rogers attends the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, April 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Edward Rogers seeks to assert control at Rogers Communications as company stands firm

Rogers removed from board seat after failed attempt to oust CEO Joe Natale

Edward Rogers attends the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, April 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. The federal Conservatives’ refusal to disclose how many of their elected members are fully vaccinated makes them something of an outlier in the Canadian political sphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

O’Toole’s Tories outliers in Canadian politics for keeping vaccination status secret

Most federal and provincial parties are open about the immunization status of their members

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. The federal Conservatives’ refusal to disclose how many of their elected members are fully vaccinated makes them something of an outlier in the Canadian political sphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A cleaned classroom is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. British Columbia’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, but is leaving any final decision up to the respective boards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. school boards told to determine their own vaccine policy for staff

A patchwork approach could affect any unvaccinated teachers working in multiple districts

A cleaned classroom is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. British Columbia’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, but is leaving any final decision up to the respective boards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

B.C. records 13 more COVID-19 deaths Friday, 649 new cases

365 people in hospital, intensive care patients up to 142

Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Shipping containers and a ship are unloaded and moved around at the Port of Everett on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Everett, Washington. (Black Press Media file photo)

Warning issued after 40 shipping containers lost overboard in Strait of Juan de Fuca

40 containers could be partially submerged and not visible to marine traffic

Shipping containers and a ship are unloaded and moved around at the Port of Everett on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Everett, Washington. (Black Press Media file photo)
The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston

Workers fired for refusing vaccines likely won’t get EI, minister says

Federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said refusing vaccination would be just cause for firing

The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston
The constructions site of Pexisen Elementary on Oct. 22. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: $100-million construction of two new Langford schools on schedule, budget

Pexisen Elementary, Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School are expected to welcome students next year

The constructions site of Pexisen Elementary on Oct. 22. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
One man is in custody in Nanaimo after calling 911 with false claims of shots fired with multiple casualties at a school. (News Bulletin file photo)

Man arrested for making false 911 call about a fatal school shooting in Nanaimo

Nanaimo high school went into lockdown procedures during incident Thursday, Oct. 21

One man is in custody in Nanaimo after calling 911 with false claims of shots fired with multiple casualties at a school. (News Bulletin file photo)
Fishing boats on the fourth street dock in Tofino sway from side-to-side with the heavy rain and wind after the tsunami warning ends, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick

First Nations seek safety upgrade for B.C. harbour after pair of floatplane crashes

Second Tofino incident in less than three months sparks call to Transport Canada for improvements

Fishing boats on the fourth street dock in Tofino sway from side-to-side with the heavy rain and wind after the tsunami warning ends, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick
Visitors and tourists to Parliament Hill stand around the Centennial flame on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. A Parliament Hill memorial to Indigenous children who never returned from residential schools has been dismantled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Memorial to residential school victims removed from Parliament Hill

Items removed in partnership with the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation

Visitors and tourists to Parliament Hill stand around the Centennial flame on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. A Parliament Hill memorial to Indigenous children who never returned from residential schools has been dismantled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Our Place Society and Cool Aid Society say COVID-19 cases among Victoria’s unhoused population have dropped since their peak at the end of September. (Black Press Media file photo)
Our Place Society and Cool Aid Society say COVID-19 cases among Victoria’s unhoused population have dropped since their peak at the end of September. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet gestures as he responds to a question during a news conference, Friday, Oct.22, 2021 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Quebec premier says Trudeau must ensure the Quebec nation does not lose a seat

Quebec only province to lose a seat in the proposed redistribution of seats, based on population.

Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet gestures as he responds to a question during a news conference, Friday, Oct.22, 2021 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Ukrainian and Canadian servicemen do training exercises to get ready for large scale International military drills on Yavorivsky training ground close to Lviv, Ukraine, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Defence Department is vowing to review how the military screens for extremist views in the foreign troops it trains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Office, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Defence Department vows to examine extremism in Canadian-trained foreign troops

Far-right radicals in the Ukraine boasted they received training from the Canadian Armed Forces

Ukrainian and Canadian servicemen do training exercises to get ready for large scale International military drills on Yavorivsky training ground close to Lviv, Ukraine, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Defence Department is vowing to review how the military screens for extremist views in the foreign troops it trains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Office, *MANDATORY CREDIT*