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Chinna Reddy Katireddy (right), managing director of Macropus Homes, is working hard to help find Mitch Lowry (left), one of his employees, a rental apartment in the area. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Rental crunch leaves Island worker sleeping in his cold truck for more than a month

High costs, lack of options making it hard for construction worker to find shelter near his work

Chinna Reddy Katireddy (right), managing director of Macropus Homes, is working hard to help find Mitch Lowry (left), one of his employees, a rental apartment in the area. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR Airport/Twitter)

COVID-19 variant prompts ban on travellers from southern Africa

Currently there are no direct flights from South Africa to Canada

Vancouver International Airport (YVR Airport/Twitter)
Driving school instructor Steve Wallace has died, sources have confirmed to Black Press Media. (Steve Wallace/Facebook)

UPDATE: Victoria driving school instructor Steve Wallace dies of heart attack

Wallace had been accused of, but not charged with sexual assault of driving school students

Driving school instructor Steve Wallace has died, sources have confirmed to Black Press Media. (Steve Wallace/Facebook)
Investigators work at a home on Rita Road in Langford that was heavily damaged in an early morning fire Friday (Nov. 26). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Police, fire department investigating ‘suspicious’ Langford house fire

The home’s three occupants escaped uninjured from the early morning fire

Investigators work at a home on Rita Road in Langford that was heavily damaged in an early morning fire Friday (Nov. 26). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Mowi Canada West salmon farm. (Mowi photo)

Fish farmers say data refutes sea lice drop-off after Discovery Islands restocking ban

But wild salmon advocates say link between farms and infections supported by peer-reviewed science

Mowi Canada West salmon farm. (Mowi photo)
Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)

Saanich to begin conservation in Kings Park greenspace sooner than later

Council votes to remove final financial hurdle to getting started on preservation work

Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)
BC Transit’s Cowichan-Victoria commuter bus service has is back to running at its regular schedule. (Citizen file)

Cowichan to Victoria commuter bus service running at regular schedules

Malahat construction had forced a reduction in BC Transit’s Cowichan commuter service

BC Transit’s Cowichan-Victoria commuter bus service has is back to running at its regular schedule. (Citizen file)
Lawrence Campbell’s father can be seen five soldiers behind the man reaching for his son. He has a gun strap visible across his chest. Photo: Claude P. Dettlof
Lawrence Campbell’s father can be seen five soldiers behind the man reaching for his son. He has a gun strap visible across his chest. Photo: Claude P. Dettlof
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says having more modestly priced housing in the area would help it attract and keep workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)

Better housing options needed, says Saanich Peninsula chamber boss

Al Smith says higher density in certain areas could lead to housing that workers could afford

Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says having more modestly priced housing in the area would help it attract and keep workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
Damage to a section of road along Highway 8 about six kilometres east of Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Ryan Papps)

‘I don’t want us to be forgotten’: B.C. Hwy 8 residents could face years of flood recovery

‘(It) looks like you’ve entered a new world, the twilight zone or Mars, it’s beyond imagination’

Damage to a section of road along Highway 8 about six kilometres east of Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Ryan Papps)
The landing web page for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is seen in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Some CERB recipients set to get notices that they owe feds some of the aid

Notice due to overpayment, flexible repayment schedule available, no penalties or interest charged

The landing web page for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is seen in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
The Centre Block of Parliament Hill is pictured in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals, NDP pass motion to resume hybrid format in House of Commons

O’Toole calls Liberal move ‘hypocrisy of the highest order’

The Centre Block of Parliament Hill is pictured in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Commissioner Austin Cullen looks at documents before opening statements at the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, in Vancouver, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. grants Cullen Commission six more months to file money laundering report

Hearings and submissions that were to be completed several months ago did not finish until October

Commissioner Austin Cullen looks at documents before opening statements at the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, in Vancouver, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks in Saanich yield positive results

Information from temporary enclosure program to inform People, Pets and Parks Strategy

Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Officials break ground on The Commons at Royal Bay. Development in the area will continue following rezoning approval that allows for further commercial and residential construction. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood kicks off development on sections of Royal Bay with bylaw approval

Area 5 will house new dementia-care facility, as well as 2,100 dwelling units

Officials break ground on The Commons at Royal Bay. Development in the area will continue following rezoning approval that allows for further commercial and residential construction. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trudeau is scheduled to visit Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tour flooded Sumas Prairie on Friday

PM will meet with Abbotsford officials; press conference later in Victoria

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he takes part in a forum at the Wilson Center, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trudeau is scheduled to visit Abbotsford on Friday, Nov. 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)

‘Unprecedented’ weather causing Sooke Lake reservoir to fill up

CRD’s primary water source nears 100 per cent of capacity, spillage would affect Sooke River flows

Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Ismalia de Sousa, a nurse and PhD student at the University of British Columbia school of nursing who helped found the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in B.C. (ismaliadesousa.com photo)

Black nurses in B.C. face `entrenched and pervasive’ racism, survey finds

Coalition calling for action to support Black nurses and end anti-Black racism in health care

Ismalia de Sousa, a nurse and PhD student at the University of British Columbia school of nursing who helped found the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in B.C. (ismaliadesousa.com photo)
A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Emissions reduction fund poorly designed, misleads on emissions cuts: audit

$675-million Onshore Emissions Reduction Fund not working, review finds

A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Newly elected Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis adjusts her mask as she arrives for the first party caucus since the federal election, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MP to fight Liberal plan to axe charity status for anti-abortion pregnancy centres

Former Conservative leadership contender Leslyn Lewis calls plan an ‘illiberal, anti-women policy’

Newly elected Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis adjusts her mask as she arrives for the first party caucus since the federal election, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld