2020: A look back at Greater Victoria news in photos

Mike Gravelle (behind) returns to work in May at the West Shore Barber Shop in Langford although he’s immunocompromised. As a double lung transplant recipient, he’s used to the ‘new normal’ of pandemic health. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Mike Gravelle (behind) returns to work in May at the West Shore Barber Shop in Langford although he’s immunocompromised. As a double lung transplant recipient, he’s used to the ‘new normal’ of pandemic health. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue in July 2020. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue in July 2020. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
B.C. Ambulance Services’ Island manager Brad Cameron (from right) with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)B.C. Ambulance Services’ Island manager Brad Cameron (from right) with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Tina Taylor looks through the broken glass of the front door at her business, Buttons’n’Bows Fabric Store, which was broken into sometime over the Halloween weekend. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Tina Taylor looks through the broken glass of the front door at her business, Buttons’n’Bows Fabric Store, which was broken into sometime over the Halloween weekend. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Isabella McGowan-Mills, second from left, smiles at Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows elementary on the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Isabella McGowan-Mills, second from left, smiles at Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows elementary on the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Pam Buisa (left), Asiyah Robinson and Vanessa Simon organized a peace rally for the Black Lives Matter movement that drew thousands to Victoria’s Centennial Square in June. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)Pam Buisa (left), Asiyah Robinson and Vanessa Simon organized a peace rally for the Black Lives Matter movement that drew thousands to Victoria’s Centennial Square in June. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Emergency crews respond to a fire on the balcony of a top-floor unit in a Langford apartment building in October. Goldstream Avenue was closed for a number of hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)Emergency crews respond to a fire on the balcony of a top-floor unit in a Langford apartment building in October. Goldstream Avenue was closed for a number of hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The Victoria Police Department said it was investigating allegations of assault during a rally at the BC Legislature in February. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)The Victoria Police Department said it was investigating allegations of assault during a rally at the BC Legislature in February. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
In April, Tom Michell said Michell’s Farm Market remained extremely busy, with social distancing protocols in place. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)In April, Tom Michell said Michell’s Farm Market remained extremely busy, with social distancing protocols in place. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Twin brothers Owen and Elliot Gudavicius, 7, raced in their kayaks at Hamsterly Beach on June 22. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)Twin brothers Owen and Elliot Gudavicius, 7, raced in their kayaks at Hamsterly Beach on June 22. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
George Blogg, president of the Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society, voiced fears in August that Portage Inlet residents’ concerns about the McKenzie Interchange project wouldn’t be addressed before construction concluded. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)George Blogg, president of the Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society, voiced fears in August that Portage Inlet residents’ concerns about the McKenzie Interchange project wouldn’t be addressed before construction concluded. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Oak Bay firefighter Trent Frenkel and former Esquimalt Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Serbic prepare for Climb the Wall, a 48-storey stair climb up the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver in February. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Oak Bay firefighter Trent Frenkel and former Esquimalt Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Serbic prepare for Climb the Wall, a 48-storey stair climb up the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver in February. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Jacque Sirois of the Community Association of Oak Bay helps remove decades worth of English ivy from a native Sculer’s Willows in the Kitty islet end of McNeill Bay. Sirois was targeting the big trees in a lead up to the CAOB ivy-pulling there, coming Sept. 12.Jacque Sirois of the Community Association of Oak Bay helps remove decades worth of English ivy from a native Sculer’s Willows in the Kitty islet end of McNeill Bay. Sirois was targeting the big trees in a lead up to the CAOB ivy-pulling there, coming Sept. 12.
Const. Derek Brand uses the radar to track drivers on Cadboro Bay Road in the Willows elementary school zone one September morning. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Const. Derek Brand uses the radar to track drivers on Cadboro Bay Road in the Willows elementary school zone one September morning. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Tour de Rock alumni riders enter onto Oak Bay High’s field to hear how much the school raised in October. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)Tour de Rock alumni riders enter onto Oak Bay High’s field to hear how much the school raised in October. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Carver Howard La Fortune’s life has changed as his carved wooden face masks have seen demand stretch across North America. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)Carver Howard La Fortune’s life has changed as his carved wooden face masks have seen demand stretch across North America. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27. He was one of six who died in a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea in late April. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27. He was one of six who died in a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea in late April. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Alyssa Gerwing, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, gets into the Halloween spirit with a lit-up jack-o-lantern. With Treat Street cancelled, the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society has organized a series of other events and activities under the heading of Halloween Spooktacular. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)Alyssa Gerwing, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, gets into the Halloween spirit with a lit-up jack-o-lantern. With Treat Street cancelled, the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society has organized a series of other events and activities under the heading of Halloween Spooktacular. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
A mini snowplow clears sidewalks in January 2020 after up to 30 cm fell on Greater Victoria overnight. (Don Denton/News Staff)A mini snowplow clears sidewalks in January 2020 after up to 30 cm fell on Greater Victoria overnight. (Don Denton/News Staff)

A lot happened in 2020, and for much of in Greater Victoria, our journalists were there taking pictures.

Here is a selection of our top photos of the year.

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Ron Sivorot, business director at Kennametal’s Langford site, the Greater Victoria facility that made a component being used on NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. (Jake Romphf, Black Press Media)
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A provincially appointed consultant has recommended a change to the funding formula for the VicPD that will save Esquimalt a significant amount of money. (Black Press Media file photo)
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A rockfall closed Finlayson Arm Road and West Shore Parkway on Friday (March 5) afternoon. (Twitter/BC Transportation)
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The Tsartlip First Nation was outraged after Green MLA Adam Olsen revealed on social media that the community had been experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak – a fact the First Nation had chosen to keep private to avoid racist backlash as experienced by the Cowichan Tribes when an outbreak was declared there in January. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tsartlip First Nation ‘outraged’ after Green MLA revealed COVID-19 outbreak

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)
2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

The Netflix logo on an iPhone. B.C. delayed imposing sales tax on digital services and sweetened carbonated beverages as part of its response to COVID-19. Those taxes take effect April 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
B.C. applies 7% sales tax on streaming, vaping, sweet drinks April 1

Measures from 2020 budget were delayed due to COVID-19

A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. high court finds in favour of large landowner in fight over access to pair of lakes

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club launched legal action after the cattle company blocked road and trail access

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau holds firm on premiers’ health-care funding demands, COVID-19 aid comes first

Premiers argue that the current amount doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about five per cent

Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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