Greater Victoria

Strong wind and swelling waves are seen during a storm in Victoria, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Rain and gusty winds are forecast for several parts of B.C. May 17. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Warning issued as strong winds, heavy rainfall head for coastal B.C.

Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley to be hit Tuesday to Wednesday night

 

Mount Douglas Rams offensive lineman Sebastian Sibbald hopes to showcase his skills at a couple of upcoming football events, including the CFC Prospects Game in Ottawa on May 27. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria, Island football players take their game to the next level

National showcase games coming up for Vancouver Island high school standouts

 

Karin Kallio from Mark Anthony Wine and Spirits, and Aidan Henry of Brink Events raise a glass to toast the return of the annual pop-up all-white picnic and dance party Diner en Blanc, which returns June 23. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Diner en Blanc returns to Greater Victoria on June 23

Registration for the secret pop-up picnic is opening soon

 

Fruit in this tray will get a second life and be packaged for things like smoothies. In the background, a worker scoops mango at the Victoria Community Food Hub. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Greater Victoria site advancing food security

Province announces $350,000 for the Victoria Community Food Hub

Fruit in this tray will get a second life and be packaged for things like smoothies. In the background, a worker scoops mango at the Victoria Community Food Hub. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Amanda Evans, left, instructs Green Team Greater Victoria volunteers on where to cut invasive species at a previous event. The group is seeking volunteers for a busy slate of events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria Green Team seeking volunteers for May events

The group has a busy slate of events this month, cleaning up invasive species across the CRD

Amanda Evans, left, instructs Green Team Greater Victoria volunteers on where to cut invasive species at a previous event. The group is seeking volunteers for a busy slate of events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tony Zarsadias, CEO of Island Realm Real Estate, said there has been a trend during the pandemic of more young homebuyers shopping on Vancouver Island than expected. (Courtesy of Tony Zarsadias)

Young homebuyers taking a surprising share of Vancouver Island’s market

Boomers downsizing, helping their children enter the market

Tony Zarsadias, CEO of Island Realm Real Estate, said there has been a trend during the pandemic of more young homebuyers shopping on Vancouver Island than expected. (Courtesy of Tony Zarsadias)
While the population grew in Greater Victoria during the last census period thanks to migration from inside and outside Canada, it is also aging. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria facing top-heavy age pyramid

Future demographics will change the type of services needed

While the population grew in Greater Victoria during the last census period thanks to migration from inside and outside Canada, it is also aging. (Black Press Media file photo)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate was 4.4 per cent in April, up 0.3 from March. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria’s unemployment remains below provincial, national rates

Unemployment on Vancouver Island was at five per cent in April

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate was 4.4 per cent in April, up 0.3 from March. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emily Burkmar of Jennifer Alberring’s Grade 4/5 class at Sidney Elementary School is deeply focused while preparing a sunflower decoration for the May 7 fundraiser for Ukraine held by Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans. The event raised in excess of $5,000. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Ukraine fundraiser by Sidney-based veterans club marches past fundraising goal

Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans raise almost $1,000 above its goal

Emily Burkmar of Jennifer Alberring’s Grade 4/5 class at Sidney Elementary School is deeply focused while preparing a sunflower decoration for the May 7 fundraiser for Ukraine held by Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans. The event raised in excess of $5,000. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The annual Vital Signs survey is available online until July 4 with Greater Victoria residents encouraged to share their views on how the quality of life can be improved in the region. (YouTube/Victoria Foundation file photo)
The annual Vital Signs survey is available online until July 4 with Greater Victoria residents encouraged to share their views on how the quality of life can be improved in the region. (YouTube/Victoria Foundation file photo)
Canadian rowers Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee in action on the water. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Hall of Fame)

Full class of inductees heading into Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

Olympic medallists, golf and football pros, ice and outdoor track specialists on list

Canadian rowers Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee in action on the water. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Hall of Fame)
Alemayehu Townsend was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants by tactical officers on Thursday and remains in custody pending a court appearance. (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)

Man wanted for extortion, assault with a weapon, arrested on West Shore

Greater Victoria ERT tactical officers arrested Alemayehu Townsend on May 5

Alemayehu Townsend was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants by tactical officers on Thursday and remains in custody pending a court appearance. (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)
Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have taken legal action over being suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Victoria school board lawyer says suspensions needed to ensure bullying ended

Civil suit pushed by suspended trustees sees final day in court Friday

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have taken legal action over being suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)
Condo prices in Greater Victoria have risen in the first quarter of 2022. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Greater Victoria condo prices rising to start 2022: StatsCan

Selling prices have jumped 1.3 per cent since late 2021

Condo prices in Greater Victoria have risen in the first quarter of 2022. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Jane Taylor Lee, Family Services of Greater Victoria executive director, speaks at the official opening of Little Phoenix Daycare in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C.’s first trauma-informed daycare opens in Victoria

Little Phoenix aims to inform policy and inspire similar approaches to childcare

Jane Taylor Lee, Family Services of Greater Victoria executive director, speaks at the official opening of Little Phoenix Daycare in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Twenty-two rabbits were surrendered to the BC SPCA’s Victoria shelter this week. Thirteen have been transferred to other shelters while the SPCA looks for foster families. (Courtesy BC SPCA)
Twenty-two rabbits were surrendered to the BC SPCA’s Victoria shelter this week. Thirteen have been transferred to other shelters while the SPCA looks for foster families. (Courtesy BC SPCA)
Greater Victoria has the highest proportion of trans and non-binary folks in Canada. Shown is the crowd from the 2018 Victoria Pride parade. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Pride Society)

Victoria leads Canada in trans, non-binary representation, heeds call for education, acceptance

Pride Society president says more education will help allow people to be who they are

Greater Victoria has the highest proportion of trans and non-binary folks in Canada. Shown is the crowd from the 2018 Victoria Pride parade. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Pride Society)
Big Mama’s newest calf is seen playing on its back in Boundary Pass May 2. (Val Shore, Eagle Wing Tours, PWWA)

First Salish Sea humpback calf of 2022 makes playful entrance off B.C.’s coast

The new calf is the seventh to be born to famous Salish Sea humpback Big Mama

Big Mama’s newest calf is seen playing on its back in Boundary Pass May 2. (Val Shore, Eagle Wing Tours, PWWA)
Rifflandia returns to Victoria for the first time in four years Sept. 15-18. (Photo courtesy of Rifflandia)

Lorde, Charli XCX to headline 2022 Rifflandia festival

September lineup unveiled for the first Victoria fest in four years

  • May 4, 2022
Rifflandia returns to Victoria for the first time in four years Sept. 15-18. (Photo courtesy of Rifflandia)
Figures from the Victoria Real Estate Board show April sales dropped more than 26 per cent relative to the same period last year as 824 properties changed hands. (Black Press Media file photo)

Inflation, higher interest rates deflate home sales in Greater Victoria

Experts speak of a turning market with more ‘rational bidding’

Figures from the Victoria Real Estate Board show April sales dropped more than 26 per cent relative to the same period last year as 824 properties changed hands. (Black Press Media file photo)