The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Victoria.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Victoria.

A Year in Review: September to December

We delved into the archives to dig up the biggest headlines in Victoria and Esquimalt in 2016.

  • Dec. 31, 2016 5:00 p.m.

September

• McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt is chosen as the recommended site to host a wastewater treatment facility for Greater Victoria. The Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project board releases its final report recommending a single 108 megalitre/day plant for the tertiary treatment of wastewater at the site. Capital costs are estimated at roughly $765 million.

• The Capital Regional District invests $60 million into a regional housing program to build up to 880 units of low-cost housing over the next five years, to help combat the issue of homelessness in the region.

• Construction begins on a high-end international marina for yachts in Victoria’s harbour. The project also includes two buildings on the site for a total of 3,600 square metres and will include a high end restaurant and spa. The marina is expected to be open this summer.

October

• The Duke and Duchness of Cambridge make their first visit to Victoria. During their week-long visit they went on a sail with the Sail and Life Training Society and went to the Cridge Centre for the Family.

• The Greater Victoria School District approves its first gender identity and expression policy, which outlines the expectations, behaviours, language and actions required to prevent the marginalization or discrimination against any students regardless of sexuality.

• Victoria’s pot shops begin to comply with new city regulations. Shops must now have their premises re-zoned for the purpose and obtain a specific business licence tied to a series of operational requirements.

• A three-year-old boy dies after ingesting a poisonous mushroom known as the ‘death cap mushroom’ in Victoria. The boy was foraging for mushrooms with his family at an undisclosed location in the downtown core. It was the first recorded death in the province from a person ingesting a death cap mushroom.

• The first electric double decker bus arrives in Victoria, as part of a one-year pilot project by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to determine the costs associated with a fully electric engine.

• Constance Isherwood, who has been practicing law for more than 60 years, making her the oldest lawyer in the province, is the first female recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Law Society of B.C.

• Olympic triathlon medalist Simon Whitfield is inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.

• The Victoria Symphony names Christian Kluxen as its next music director for 2017/18.

November

• The Royal B.C. Museum celebrates its 130th anniversary.

• Island Health identifies downtown Victoria and Rock Bay as sites to establish two new supervised consumption sites for the region as the death toll from drug overdoses continues to mount across the province.

• The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria receives a $2-million donation for its expansion, which includes the addition of another 12,000 square feet to the building and a renovation of the gallery. The cost of the project is pegged at $24 million with a completion date of fall 2018.

• A fire at the Evergreen Terrace Complexes at 829 Hillside Ave. displaces dozens of residents from their homes.

December

• A 27-year-old Victoria man is faces a homicide charge in connection with the death of a man who was stabbed in front of a downtown McDonald’s.

• Master seaman Guillermo Castellon dies following a series industrial accident at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.

• The provincial government releases new numbers saying more foreign buyers are coming to Victoria. Stats show foreign buyers made up 6.3 per cent of transactions in the Capital Regional District.

• Police stop a large heroin/fentanyl mix from hitting local streets. After raiding an apartment in East Saanich, officers uncover 6,052 individual doses of a heroin/fentanyl mixture, 6.2 kilograms of cocaine, 1.2 kilograms of methamphetamine, and more than $8,000 cash.

Police seize $100,000 worth of stolen property, the largest property seizure in the department’s history. Esquimalt woman Lorraine Anderson faces a number of charges.

Read the year in review from previous months, here.

 

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