Greater Victoria

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Victoria renters have reason for optimism as rents drop

PadMapper says Victoria is now the fifth most expensive market in the country

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Greater Victoria firefighters, police left searching for leftover COVID-19 vaccines

Departments still waiting despite being identified as a priority, leadership concerned about safety

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Tina Starkey with her seven-month-old puppy Sugar on the E&N Trail in Esquimalt. Starkey now carries a small personal alarm device, her thumb on the button. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Encounters leave Vic West woman concerned for her safety

The 50-year-old wants self defence training, says she’s not alone

Tina Starkey with her seven-month-old puppy Sugar on the E&N Trail in Esquimalt. Starkey now carries a small personal alarm device, her thumb on the button. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The Better Business Bureau is reminding people to do their research before starting any home improvement projects this spring. (Black Press Media file photo)

Don’t get scammed on home improvements, warns Better Business Bureau

Scams typically involve paying cash upfront for jobs that never get done, says BBB

The Better Business Bureau is reminding people to do their research before starting any home improvement projects this spring. (Black Press Media file photo)
All BC Transit and handyDART services are free in Greater Victoria on Earth Day. (Black Press Media File Photo)
All BC Transit and handyDART services are free in Greater Victoria on Earth Day. (Black Press Media File Photo)
According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Greater Victoria rose to 5.7 per cent in March 2021, an increase of 0.8 per cent compared to February 2021. But the local unemployment rate remains the among the lowest in Canada. (Black Press Media File)

Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate rises to 5.7 per cent

The increase marks a reversal from recent months, but local economy among the strongest in Canada

According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Greater Victoria rose to 5.7 per cent in March 2021, an increase of 0.8 per cent compared to February 2021. But the local unemployment rate remains the among the lowest in Canada. (Black Press Media File)
Saanich police officers were one group of dozens that submitted dance clips to the Greater Victoria Festival Society, to help create the Dance Across Victoria video montage. (Youtube/Screenshot)

WATCH: Saanich police, Victoria mayor bust some moves in new Dance Across Victoria video

Montage features submitted dance clips from across Greater Victoria

Saanich police officers were one group of dozens that submitted dance clips to the Greater Victoria Festival Society, to help create the Dance Across Victoria video montage. (Youtube/Screenshot)
A tenant starter kit will help newly housed people transition from a survival mindset to a secure, safe place where they can start planning ahead. (Photo courtesy of Our Place)

Tenant starter kits help support people moving into long-term homes in Victoria

For the formerly homeless, it takes more than just the new address to transition

A tenant starter kit will help newly housed people transition from a survival mindset to a secure, safe place where they can start planning ahead. (Photo courtesy of Our Place)
An online panel discussion on April 16 is set to discuss the benefits of advance care planning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Online panel to discuss planning for death with Greater Victoria residents

Advance care planning allows people’s wishes to be respected even if they can’t speak for themselves

An online panel discussion on April 16 is set to discuss the benefits of advance care planning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Grandmothers to Grandmothers is a campaign that connects Canadian grandmothers with grandmothers in Africa who are caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Here, they are in Kakuto, Uganda in 2018. (Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar photo)

Greater Victoria and African grandmothers celebrate solidarity with virtual concert

Grandmothers to Grandmothers supports women in Africa caring for children orphaned by AIDS

Grandmothers to Grandmothers is a campaign that connects Canadian grandmothers with grandmothers in Africa who are caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Here, they are in Kakuto, Uganda in 2018. (Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar photo)
Former Saanich councillor Dean Murdock hosts a live episode of his podcast on April 14 and tackleto tackle housing issues in the region. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Live episode of Saanich podcast focuses on region’s housing issues

Dean Murdock, panel of guests go live on Zoom for Amazing Places podcast April 14

Former Saanich councillor Dean Murdock hosts a live episode of his podcast on April 14 and tackleto tackle housing issues in the region. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Victoria Gyro Club member George Barr stands beside the club’s Victoria Day parade float in the late 1950s. The trailer carried a sign advertising the Gyros’ popular hole in one fundraiser game, which raised money for the purchase of Gyro Park lands at Cadboro Bay. (Courtesy Victoria Gyro Club)

Victoria Gyro Club celebrates 100 years of friendship, building community

Club planned to mark centennial with an online meeting April 5

Victoria Gyro Club member George Barr stands beside the club’s Victoria Day parade float in the late 1950s. The trailer carried a sign advertising the Gyros’ popular hole in one fundraiser game, which raised money for the purchase of Gyro Park lands at Cadboro Bay. (Courtesy Victoria Gyro Club)
Two new school exposures were reported by the Greater Victoria School District on April 8, one at Mount Douglas Secondary School and one at Victoria High School (students currently attend classes at the former SJ Willis school. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)

Two more Greater Victoria schools report COVID-19 exposures

Victoria High School and Mount Douglas Secondary School added to growing list

Two new school exposures were reported by the Greater Victoria School District on April 8, one at Mount Douglas Secondary School and one at Victoria High School (students currently attend classes at the former SJ Willis school. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)
Dave and Leanne Savage with their five children. Dave Savage, a firefighter with the Victoria International Airport, was diagnosed with an incurable cancer March 8. (Courtesy of Shannon Whilhelm)

GoFundMe launched for Saanich father of 5 diagnosed with incurable cancer

Dave Savage, 50, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in March

Dave and Leanne Savage with their five children. Dave Savage, a firefighter with the Victoria International Airport, was diagnosed with an incurable cancer March 8. (Courtesy of Shannon Whilhelm)
Two ferry sailings between Victoria and Vancouver have been cancelled April 5 as BC Ferries works to supplement a mechanical issues with its Nanaimo ferry. (Black Press Media File)

Two ferries between Victoria and Vancouver cancelled Monday afternoon

The 12 p.m. from Tsawwassen and 2 p.m. from Swartz Bay are cancelled

Two ferry sailings between Victoria and Vancouver have been cancelled April 5 as BC Ferries works to supplement a mechanical issues with its Nanaimo ferry. (Black Press Media File)
A Greater Victoria Realtor started a GoFundMe to raise $250,000 for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre following numerous allegations of sexual assault against local real estate agents. (Courtesy of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre)

Fourth Greater Victoria real estate agent fired over allegations of sexual assault

Three agents were associated with Engel and Volkers, one associated with RE/MAX

A Greater Victoria Realtor started a GoFundMe to raise $250,000 for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre following numerous allegations of sexual assault against local real estate agents. (Courtesy of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre)
A memorial erected in honour of Langford teen Andre Courtemanche sits at the base of the Niagara Falls. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Family of Andre Courtemanche launches 10K walk, jog in teen’s honour

Andre died in January after years of depression, anxiety and bullying

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A memorial erected in honour of Langford teen Andre Courtemanche sits at the base of the Niagara Falls. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Matthew Tanner, 36, was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital after suffering a brain stem stroke at his Saturna Island home. (Courtesy of Natasha Dalton)

Former Oak Bay man suffering from locked-in syndrome dies

Hundreds support family of well-known Oak Bay man after massive brain stem stroke

Matthew Tanner, 36, was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Victoria General Hospital after suffering a brain stem stroke at his Saturna Island home. (Courtesy of Natasha Dalton)
A Greater Victoria Realtor started a GoFundMe to raise $250,000 for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre following numerous allegations of sexual assault against local real estate agents. (Courtesy of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre)

Greater Victoria Realtor starts GoFundMe for survivors of sexual assault

Four area real estate agents accused of sexual assault

A Greater Victoria Realtor started a GoFundMe to raise $250,000 for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre following numerous allegations of sexual assault against local real estate agents. (Courtesy of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre)
The Kittyhawk air cadets host a bottle drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Pictured are cadets Hayden Toupin and Henry Heinicke as they participate in a graduation parade in August 2018. (Capt Morgan Arnott photo)

Sidney’s Kittyhawk air cadets host bottle drive Saturday

The drive runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1979 De Havilland Way

The Kittyhawk air cadets host a bottle drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Pictured are cadets Hayden Toupin and Henry Heinicke as they participate in a graduation parade in August 2018. (Capt Morgan Arnott photo)