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John Wilson, president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria inter-city bus operators land $2 million in provincial funding

Funding aims to help with recovery after COVID-19 battered the tourism industry

John Wilson, president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies. (Black Press Media file photo)
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

B.C. residents age 65+ can now register to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is now open to people born in 1956 or earlier

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA
 All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA
 All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA
 All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA

38 ‘fearful’ dogs living in ‘filthy’ conditions seized from Kamloops-area property: BC SPCA

The 10 adult dogs and 28 puppies were living in cages and covered in feces

All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA
 All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA
 All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA
 All of the dogs are miniature dachshunds. Photo: BC SPCA
North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Bowinn Ma is going public about anti-Indigenous correspondence she’s received after the province granted Indigenous people 18 and older vaccination priority. (File photo)

MLA receives racist emails after B.C. prioritizes Indigenous people for COVID-19 vaccine

Bowinn Ma says the amount of anti-Indigenous sentiments she’s received in emails ‘has gone through the roof’

North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Bowinn Ma is going public about anti-Indigenous correspondence she’s received after the province granted Indigenous people 18 and older vaccination priority. (File photo)
B.C. RCMP say 585 total fines for COVID-19 infractions have already been issued since Jan. 8, 2021. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

Nearly 600 COVID-19 fines already issued by B.C. RCMP in 2021

The Lower Mainland District accounts for 415 total infractions

B.C. RCMP say 585 total fines for COVID-19 infractions have already been issued since Jan. 8, 2021. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press
An unattended vehicle left idling on a Saanich street rolled away and crashed into a pole on April 8. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
An unattended vehicle left idling on a Saanich street rolled away and crashed into a pole on April 8. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Conservation Service Officer Mark Walkosky is warning residents never to approach wildlife on their own. Anyone who thinks they’ve seen an animal in distress should immediately call the 24 hr RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277, he said. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Man who took wild bear cubs to a Grand Forks motel may face charges

‘They’ll never have the chance to be bears,’ said Conservation Officer Mark Walkoksy

Conservation Service Officer Mark Walkosky is warning residents never to approach wildlife on their own. Anyone who thinks they’ve seen an animal in distress should immediately call the 24 hr RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277, he said. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP responded to the pickleball courts in North Saanich for a COVID-19 related complaint in February. Police found a group of pickleball players were not in violation of current public health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police responded to North Saanich pickleball courts for COVID-19 complaint

Police say they have not experienced ‘skyrocketing’ number of complaints as claimed by letter writer

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP responded to the pickleball courts in North Saanich for a COVID-19 related complaint in February. Police found a group of pickleball players were not in violation of current public health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)
Heavy rains are forecast for most of Vancouver Island but a rain-snow mix could fall at higher elevations. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island may see snow in higher elevations Friday

Above-normal temperatures on the way for early next week

Heavy rains are forecast for most of Vancouver Island but a rain-snow mix could fall at higher elevations. (Black Press file photo)
A person wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 is silhouetted against B.C. Place stadium while walking over a pedestrian bridge on False Creek, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Experts say COVID variants likely make up 40% of B.C.’s cases, double what officials have disclosed

The B.1.1.7 variant alone makes up a third of B.C.’s cases. It’s expected to reach 60%, catching up with Ontario in about a month.

A person wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 is silhouetted against B.C. Place stadium while walking over a pedestrian bridge on False Creek, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A crash hampers traffic on Highway 17 near McDonald Park Road the morning of April 8. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Pat Bay Highway crash sends one to hospital

One person taken with non life-threatening injuries Thursday morning

A crash hampers traffic on Highway 17 near McDonald Park Road the morning of April 8. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Campbell River city council will continue its 2020 policy of waiving late fees and NSFs. (Mirror File photo)

53% of Canadians teetering the brink of insolvency: survey

A majority of Canadians admit they’re just $200 away from not being able to pay their monthly bills

Campbell River city council will continue its 2020 policy of waiving late fees and NSFs. (Mirror File photo)
A missing persons poster for April Parisian in front of Hope’s district hall. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Fundraiser underway for April Parisian billboards

GoFundMe goal is on the way to $25,000.

A missing persons poster for April Parisian in front of Hope’s district hall. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
The new 3,500 hectare conservancy in Tahltan territory is located next to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (BC Parks Photo)

New conservancy protects sacred Tahltan land in northwest B.C.

Project is a collaboration between Skeena Resources, conservation groups and the TCG

The new 3,500 hectare conservancy in Tahltan territory is located next to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (BC Parks Photo)
Vancouver Island tactical team officers search an area near the Nanaimo Parkway on Thursday, April 8, where man’s body was found eight days earlier. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

RCMP investigating suspicious death along Nanaimo Parkway

Man’s body found in bushes last week, police now asking for information to assist with investigation

Vancouver Island tactical team officers search an area near the Nanaimo Parkway on Thursday, April 8, where man’s body was found eight days earlier. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The B.C. government announced Wednesday that cellular service is going to expand past Sooke to Port Renfrew along a 70 km stretch of Highway 14. (Black Press Media file)

Cellular reception to be expanded past Sooke to Port Renfrew

B.C. government announces cellular project for 70-km stretch of Highway 14

  • Apr 8, 2021
The B.C. government announced Wednesday that cellular service is going to expand past Sooke to Port Renfrew along a 70 km stretch of Highway 14. (Black Press Media file)
(Black Press Media files)

B.C. teacher banned from teaching younger students after showing age-inappropriate movies

Teacher showed multiple inappropriate movies and failed to supervise students

(Black Press Media files)
Graeme Macaloney, whisky maker and owner of MacMhaol-onfhaidh (Macaloney) Brewers & Distillers Ltd. in Saanich, is facing a court challenge as the Scotch Whisky Association and a Glasgow distillery oppose the company’s use of various terms they claim insinuate the spirits were made in Scotland. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich whisky-maker facing lawsuit over alleged misleading branding

Suit alleges consumers could believe whisky from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery is from Scotland

Graeme Macaloney, whisky maker and owner of MacMhaol-onfhaidh (Macaloney) Brewers & Distillers Ltd. in Saanich, is facing a court challenge as the Scotch Whisky Association and a Glasgow distillery oppose the company’s use of various terms they claim insinuate the spirits were made in Scotland. (Black Press Media file photo)
A segment of the Island Rail corridor, formerly known as the E&N Railway. File Photo

Friends of Rails to Trails pleads for support to transform Island’s dormant rail line

Group wants to see E&N track removed, corridor repurposed as multi-purpose trail

A segment of the Island Rail corridor, formerly known as the E&N Railway. File Photo
A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Arbutus Global Middle School. People may have come in contact with the positive case on April 1. (Google Streetview)

Saanich middle school added to growing list of COVID-19 exposures

People at Arbutus Global Middle School may have been exposed to the virus April 1

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Arbutus Global Middle School. People may have come in contact with the positive case on April 1. (Google Streetview)