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Ann Squires Ferguson is the CEO of Western Design + Build and is a Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce board member. (Courtesy of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)

Greater Victoria chamber names its member of the year

The award recognizes individuals who have advocated for businesses

The Salvation Army kettle campaign will once again be seen in front of BC Liquor stores. (The News files)

Kettle campaign bell ringers now allowed in front of liquor stores across B.C.

Liquor Distribution Branch reverses decision, will welcome Salvation Army

(File photo)

Stabbing leaves one dead, several injured in Port Alberni

Port Alberni RCMP say stabbing was ‘an isolated incident’

VicPD is warning the public after fraudsters took nearly $50,000 from a victim of a phishing scam. (Black Press Media file photo)

Public warned after Bitcoin scam swindles Victoria victim for $50K

Victim directed to tell bank funds for buying property, deposit cash at Bitcoin ATMs

VicPD is warning the public after fraudsters took nearly $50,000 from a victim of a phishing scam. (Black Press Media file photo)
Costs at the new Cowichan District Hospital have skyrocketed to $1.45 billion. (Citizen file photo)

Costs of new Cowichan hospital increase to $1.45 billion

Government says cost increase related mostly to labour shortages and supply-chain challenges

Costs at the new Cowichan District Hospital have skyrocketed to $1.45 billion. (Citizen file photo)
The Maud J is back on the water after the Canadian Coast Guard hired a salvage company to recover the vessel from Roberts Bay, where most of the vessel sank Nov. 29. Crews refloated the vessel early Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sunken vessel leaves Sidney’s Roberts Bay with Canadian Coast Guard help

Move comes after the owner’s efforts to refloat vessel himself failed

The Maud J is back on the water after the Canadian Coast Guard hired a salvage company to recover the vessel from Roberts Bay, where most of the vessel sank Nov. 29. Crews refloated the vessel early Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Chemainus streets turned snowy right at the end of November. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island’s November rainfall a drop in the bucket, but snowfall amount way up

Monthly recap for Vancouver Island’s southeast coast also features more sunshine than usual

Chemainus streets turned snowy right at the end of November. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Fire crews are still on the scene of a structure fire in Colwood as of around 3 p.m. Monday (Dec. 5) afternoon. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP/Twitter)

UPDATE: Nobody home during Colwood house fire

Fire near the 3000-block Metchosin Road, cause still under investigation

Fire crews are still on the scene of a structure fire in Colwood as of around 3 p.m. Monday (Dec. 5) afternoon. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP/Twitter)
Daily hospital visits continue to increase in B.C. as cases of respiratory illness surge among kids. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. pediatric hospital visits up about 200 cases a day amid influenza surge

Province one third of the way through its flu season, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Daily hospital visits continue to increase in B.C. as cases of respiratory illness surge among kids. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday, December 5, 2022. The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

Trudeau urges vaccinations amid a rise in kids’ illnesses clogging hospital ERs

PM says it’s everyone responsibility to ‘step up again’ to get vaccinated

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday, December 5, 2022. The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne
Snow-covered houses and the downtown skyline are seen after a snowstorm, in Vancouver on November 30, 2022. British Columbia’s property assessment agency is warning homeowners that figures released next month will likely be higher than the current market value.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. property assessments higher, but market has changed: assessor

Homeowners warned they are about to receive assessments that won’t reflect current values

Snow-covered houses and the downtown skyline are seen after a snowstorm, in Vancouver on November 30, 2022. British Columbia’s property assessment agency is warning homeowners that figures released next month will likely be higher than the current market value.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Military officer Dany Fortin acquitted on 1988 sexual assault charge

Fortin had been the military officer in charge of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
Urban Thrive’s nine-unit townhouse complex at 2859 Richmond Rd. in Saanich is the first development to be approved by council that doesn’t offer parking. (Courtesy Urban Thrive Developments)

Saanich approves city’s first-ever development with zero parking

Nine-unit townhouse complex to replace single-family home at corner of Richmond Road and Allenby Street

Urban Thrive’s nine-unit townhouse complex at 2859 Richmond Rd. in Saanich is the first development to be approved by council that doesn’t offer parking. (Courtesy Urban Thrive Developments)
Police will conduct roadside checks throughout December as part of the annual Counterattack campaign. (Contributed)

Month-long campaign to counter impaired driving in Sooke

RCMP conducting CounterAttack road checks throughout the holiday season

Police will conduct roadside checks throughout December as part of the annual Counterattack campaign. (Contributed)
A man digs out snow from under a car stuck on a street in the aftermath of a snowstorm, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Snow, rain, freezing rain expected on south B.C. coast; extreme cold in northwest

No relief expected this week from recent weather patternsacross the province

A man digs out snow from under a car stuck on a street in the aftermath of a snowstorm, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
In this June. 2, 1953 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to supporters from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following her coronation at Westminster Abbey, London. TH EVANADIAN PRESS/AP-Leslie Priest

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2022

Queen Elizabeth II the most prominent name among many we lost in the past year

In this June. 2, 1953 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to supporters from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following her coronation at Westminster Abbey, London. TH EVANADIAN PRESS/AP-Leslie Priest
Sooke Region Community Health Network is raising funds for The Gathering Place as part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land near the Sooke Library. (Contributed - SRCHN)

Wanted: more community space in Sooke

Growth in Sooke heightens need for more community space

Sooke Region Community Health Network is raising funds for The Gathering Place as part of a seniors and multi-generational use project on land near the Sooke Library. (Contributed - SRCHN)
FILE - Corn fields are completely dry in the Kochersberg near Strasbourg eastern France, Aug. 28, 2022. The conference known as COP15, which begins Tuesday, Dec. 6, hopes to set goals for the world for the next decade to help conserve the planet’s biodiversity and stem the loss of nature. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

UN summit: Don’t repeat mistakes on nature, scientists warn

Governments ‘have not succeeded in bending the curve on biodiversity decline’: study

FILE - Corn fields are completely dry in the Kochersberg near Strasbourg eastern France, Aug. 28, 2022. The conference known as COP15, which begins Tuesday, Dec. 6, hopes to set goals for the world for the next decade to help conserve the planet’s biodiversity and stem the loss of nature. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a man who allegedly punched another man in a grocery store checkout line this past summer. (Photo submitted)

Man allegedly budged in line at a Nanaimo supermarket, punched man who called him out

RCMP release suspect photo to renew investigation into incident from this past summer

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a man who allegedly punched another man in a grocery store checkout line this past summer. (Photo submitted)
Ocean Networks Canada sensors could’ve given recipients in Victoria and Vancouver 35 seconds notice about a Nov. 25 earthquake near Tofino about seismic waves reaching the two cities. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)

UVic monitoring could’ve warned Victoria about Tofino earthquake

Ocean Networks Canada ocean and land sensors registered the 4.8-magnitude quake

Ocean Networks Canada sensors could’ve given recipients in Victoria and Vancouver 35 seconds notice about a Nov. 25 earthquake near Tofino about seismic waves reaching the two cities. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)