Greater Victoria

A tug boat cools the hull of the MV Zim Kingston Oct. 24 as crews work to control the ship's fire. (Courtesy Canadian Coast Guard)

Emergency zone doubled as crews continue to battle fire on cargo ship off of Victoria coast

Coast guard vessels cannot directly fight the fire because of toxic chemicals on board

A tug boat cools the hull of the MV Zim Kingston Oct. 24 as crews work to control the ship's fire. (Courtesy Canadian Coast Guard)
A humpback whale calf breaches the ocean’s surface in fall 2021. (Credit: Val Shore, Eagle Wing Tours, PWWA)
A humpback whale calf breaches the ocean’s surface in fall 2021. (Credit: Val Shore, Eagle Wing Tours, PWWA)
Two western communities schools are the latest sites of COVID-19 school exposures, according to Island Health. (Black Press Media file photo)

More Greater Victoria schools hit by COVID-19

Two new schools added to exposures list

Two western communities schools are the latest sites of COVID-19 school exposures, according to Island Health. (Black Press Media file photo)
In his new book, Sidney author Grant Hayter-Menzies explores the life of local historical celebrity Muggins. (Courtesy Heritage House)

Sidney author fills voids in the story of famous local dog Muggins

Grant Hayter-Menzies also looks at the use of animals in war – at home and on the battlefield

In his new book, Sidney author Grant Hayter-Menzies explores the life of local historical celebrity Muggins. (Courtesy Heritage House)
Gordon Lee has been the Peninsula Panthers’ photographer since 1999. (Photo courtesy of Peninsula Panthers)

Long-time Peninsula Panthers’ photographer remembered as a true professional

Gordon Lee was a fixture in the Greater Victoria sports scene

Gordon Lee has been the Peninsula Panthers’ photographer since 1999. (Photo courtesy of Peninsula Panthers)
Flight information for the helicopter cruising Greater Victoria on Monday, Oct. 18. (FlightRadar24.com)

Zig-zagging black helicopter captures imaginations in Greater Victoria

Fortis conducting routine areal inspections over Greater Victoria

Flight information for the helicopter cruising Greater Victoria on Monday, Oct. 18. (FlightRadar24.com)
Passengers flying through the Victoria International Airport continue to risk exposure to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 detected on 3 flights through Victoria

Flights included Oct. 13 from Calgary, Oct. 12 from Vancouver, Oct. 10 from Edmonton

Passengers flying through the Victoria International Airport continue to risk exposure to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lansdowne Middle School was one of four Greater Victoria schools added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list over the weekend. (Google Streetview)

4 new Greater Victoria school exposures reported over weekend

15 potential COVID-19 exposures, 1 active cluster total

Lansdowne Middle School was one of four Greater Victoria schools added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list over the weekend. (Google Streetview)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment stood at 4.2 per cent in September, unchanged from August. (Black Press Media File)

Greater Victoria’s unemployment well below provincial average

Local unemployment figures of 4.2% below B.C.’s 5.9% and Canada’s 6.9% rate

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment stood at 4.2 per cent in September, unchanged from August. (Black Press Media File)
Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)

Arsonist on the loose: Four suspicious fires unsolved in Sooke

Sooke RCMP seeks information from public

Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)
Online content creators can apply for $10,000 storytelling grants through Telus’ Storyhive until Oct. 26. (Thinkstock)

Online content creators in Greater Victoria and beyond eligible for Storyhive grants

Successful applicants receive $10,000 plus training, mentorship, online distribution

Online content creators can apply for $10,000 storytelling grants through Telus’ Storyhive until Oct. 26. (Thinkstock)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society is fundraising to deliver 10,000 pairs of socks to south Island residents in need. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Sock fundraiser promises some comfort for Greater Victoria residents in need

Cool Aid Society aiming for 10,000 pairs of socks by Nov. 30

The Victoria Cool Aid Society is fundraising to deliver 10,000 pairs of socks to south Island residents in need. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
Oak Bay High School is one of four Greater Victoria schools recently added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list. (Black Press Media file photo)

More COVID-19 exposures reported at Greater Victoria schools

Four new exposures reported by Island Health

Oak Bay High School is one of four Greater Victoria schools recently added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke Fire and Rescue Services await the arrival of its new chief. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

District of Sooke names new fire chief

Ted Ruiter served as fire chief in Fernie for eight years, is a 34-year firefighter

Sooke Fire and Rescue Services await the arrival of its new chief. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The BC Supreme Court ordered former Langford construction company owner Kyle Mostowy to pay close to $1 million in damages in a sexual assault-related civil suit decision Oct. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Civil case against former Langford boss nets sexual assault survivor nearly $1 million

Kyle Mostowy found guilty in 2016 of assaulting five employees, including civil suit plaintiff

The BC Supreme Court ordered former Langford construction company owner Kyle Mostowy to pay close to $1 million in damages in a sexual assault-related civil suit decision Oct. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
There are 12 police liaison officers currently in place at Greater Victoria schools. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria School District opens police liaison feedback survey

Learning community survey on school liaison program part of review that began in fall 2020

There are 12 police liaison officers currently in place at Greater Victoria schools. (Black Press Media file photo)
Happy Valley Elementary is one of 12 Greater Victoria schools experiencing a potential COVID-19 exposure as of Oct. 13. (Google streetview)

COVID-19 exposures hit another 4 Greater Victoria schools

12 active exposures, 2 active clusters total

Happy Valley Elementary is one of 12 Greater Victoria schools experiencing a potential COVID-19 exposure as of Oct. 13. (Google streetview)
Runners start the half marathon event in the 2021 Royal Victoria Marathon. (Christine van Reeuwyk - Black Press Media))

Sooke athletes among more than 4,400 competing in Victoria Marathon races

Thirty-two runners from Sooke took part in the Sunday event

Runners start the half marathon event in the 2021 Royal Victoria Marathon. (Christine van Reeuwyk - Black Press Media))
Medical test and monitoring service provider LifeLabs is facing impactful staffing shortages. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

LifeLab locations in Westshore Town Centre, on Fort Street close until January over staffing issues

Company says staff will be sent to other locations to ensure smooth service

Medical test and monitoring service provider LifeLabs is facing impactful staffing shortages. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Willows Elementary is one of four Greater Victoria schools with new COVID-19 exposures. (Black Press Media file photo)

4 new COVID-19 exposures emerge at Greater Victoria schools

Schools experiencing 9 active exposures, 3 active clusters total

Willows Elementary is one of four Greater Victoria schools with new COVID-19 exposures. (Black Press Media file photo)