Greater Victoria

Mary Lou Newbold has been named Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for 2022. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)

Victoria eye care business co-owner honoured as Chamber member of the year

Mary Lou Newbold often first to welcome new members; is strong advocate for Chamber of Commerce

Mary Lou Newbold has been named Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year for 2022. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)
Tree chipping returns to Tillicum January 8 and 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by donation to the Easter Seals. (Courtesy Easter Seals)

10 great causes to support while recycling your Christmas tree this year

Post-holiday cleanup made easier with tree chipping across Greater Victoria

Tree chipping returns to Tillicum January 8 and 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by donation to the Easter Seals. (Courtesy Easter Seals)
Highway 1 looking northbound shows slippery road conditions and a light dusting of snow, making it a white Christmas for Greater Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

It’s a white Christmas in Greater Victoria

Snowfall warning issued as 10 cm expected by Sunday morning

Highway 1 looking northbound shows slippery road conditions and a light dusting of snow, making it a white Christmas for Greater Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Oak bay firefighters, like Aiden Wells, left, and Jason Ahokas, working through the holidays is just part of the job description. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Christmas can still deliver tragedy, so Greater Victoria first responders remain on alert

As many are off and celebrating, first responders still face difficult calls during the holidays

Oak bay firefighters, like Aiden Wells, left, and Jason Ahokas, working through the holidays is just part of the job description. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of ‘96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)

25 years since the Blizzard of ‘96

It’s the silver anniversary of the heaviest snow Victoria has seen since WWI

A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of ‘96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)
This snowy owl, popular on the Peninsula for its Sidney perch in public the last couple weeks, didn’t show itself for the annual Christmas Bird Count in Sidney/South Salt Spring Island on Dec. 19, but was spotted on Monday. (Photo by Christy Grinton)

Sidney’s snowy owl hides out during annual Christmas Bird Count

Victoria count includes rare Arctic bird sighting by Oak Bay team

This snowy owl, popular on the Peninsula for its Sidney perch in public the last couple weeks, didn’t show itself for the annual Christmas Bird Count in Sidney/South Salt Spring Island on Dec. 19, but was spotted on Monday. (Photo by Christy Grinton)
Coldwater swimming is becoming a popular practice as many find that it benefits their state of mind. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Polar bear dippers tout benefits of cold water swimming this winter solstice at Mile 0

A winter solstice swim and dance party brought together over 80 people safely outdoors

Coldwater swimming is becoming a popular practice as many find that it benefits their state of mind. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The playground at Wishart Elementary School taped off during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 exposures in 15 more Greater Victoria schools as provincial daily counts surge

In total, 25 Greater Victoria schools dealing with known COVID-19 cases

The playground at Wishart Elementary School taped off during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Transit has announced a number of route changes throughout Greater Victoria, starting in early January. (BC Transit/Facebook)

January service changes announced for Victoria Regional Transit System

East Sooke route to be altered, route 2 James Bay/South Oak Bay/Willows being split in two

BC Transit has announced a number of route changes throughout Greater Victoria, starting in early January. (BC Transit/Facebook)
Matthew Zeleny, applied research technologist, and Kai Anderson, grant worker, from Camosun Innovates, worked on the design, manufacturing and production of colour-coded trays for vials containing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for children aged 5 to 11. (Photo Courtesy of Camosun College)

Camosun College develops colour-coded trays to differentiate children, adult COVID vaccines

The laser-cut trays are intended to make it easier to distinguish different COVID-19 vaccine doses

Matthew Zeleny, applied research technologist, and Kai Anderson, grant worker, from Camosun Innovates, worked on the design, manufacturing and production of colour-coded trays for vials containing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for children aged 5 to 11. (Photo Courtesy of Camosun College)
Aerial view of the Capital Regional District wastewater program’s residuals treatment facility at Hartland. (Photo courtesy CRD)

CRD dumps 6,100 tonnes of treated sewage at landfill – not the expected 700 – so far in 2021

Less than 7 per cent of waste destined for cement plant made it there through October

Aerial view of the Capital Regional District wastewater program’s residuals treatment facility at Hartland. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Perhaps a chestnut-backed chickadee will show itself during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday (Dec. 18). (Ann Nightingale photo)

Christmas comes early for Greater Victoria bird watchers

The outdoor activity of birding has really taken off in the last year

Perhaps a chestnut-backed chickadee will show itself during the annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday (Dec. 18). (Ann Nightingale photo)
The number of Greater Victoria schools hit with COVID-19 cases is on the rise ahead of Christmas holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)

3 Greater Victoria schools hit with new COVID cases

James Bay Community School, John Stubbs Memorial Elementary, Maria Montessori Academy impacted

The number of Greater Victoria schools hit with COVID-19 cases is on the rise ahead of Christmas holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lindsay Goulet snaps a photo of son Owen, 13, with Bruce Courtnall, left, and Geoff Courtnall during the Victoria launch event for the Courtnall Society of Mental Health. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria’s Courtnall brothers launch society to fund grassroots mental health programs

Funding focuses on substance use, suicide prevention, community integration and children and youth

Lindsay Goulet snaps a photo of son Owen, 13, with Bruce Courtnall, left, and Geoff Courtnall during the Victoria launch event for the Courtnall Society of Mental Health. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society, in partnership with Langford-based King's Auto Sales, is giving away a free car to someone in need this holiday season. (King's Auto Sales/Facebook)

Nominate someone in need in Greater Victoria for a free car

Cool Aid, King’s Auto Sales partner up for annual car giveaway

The Victoria Cool Aid Society, in partnership with Langford-based King's Auto Sales, is giving away a free car to someone in need this holiday season. (King's Auto Sales/Facebook)
Relatives of Wilson S.C. Lai join care providers, Island Health board chair Leah Hollins, Island Health president and CEO Kathy MacNeil, hospitals foundation board chair Tom Siemens, and executive director Avery Brohman to celebrate a $5-million gift to Victoria hospitals. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)

$5M donation means better care for Island residents at Greater Victoria hospitals

Foundation’s biggest donor, Lai family, donates $8M to date

Relatives of Wilson S.C. Lai join care providers, Island Health board chair Leah Hollins, Island Health president and CEO Kathy MacNeil, hospitals foundation board chair Tom Siemens, and executive director Avery Brohman to celebrate a $5-million gift to Victoria hospitals. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
Snowy conditions on the Malahat are possible Friday and Saturday with a snowfall warning in effect from Environment Canada. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure/Twitter)

Environment Canada warns of snowfall on Malahat, east Vancouver Island

Up to 5 centimetres expected Friday night and Saturday morning

Snowy conditions on the Malahat are possible Friday and Saturday with a snowfall warning in effect from Environment Canada. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure/Twitter)
Toy Drive organizer John-Andrew Pankiw-Petty of Victoria hands donated gifts to Chilliwack Community Services fundraising co-ordinator Shirley Triemstra at the Chilliwack Airport on Dec. 14, 2021. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Santa flight toy drive from Victoria touches down in Chilliwack

‘When we asked people to help out, the response was incredible,’ toy drive organizer says

Toy Drive organizer John-Andrew Pankiw-Petty of Victoria hands donated gifts to Chilliwack Community Services fundraising co-ordinator Shirley Triemstra at the Chilliwack Airport on Dec. 14, 2021. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Victoria lawyer Rosario Canteno Di Bella has been suspended four months for professional misconduct. (Creative Outlet)

Victoria lawyer suspended for negligence by Law Society Tribunal

Rosario Canteno Di Bella to serve a four-month suspension beginning Jan. 1

Victoria lawyer Rosario Canteno Di Bella has been suspended four months for professional misconduct. (Creative Outlet)
At least one COVID-19 case has been confirmed at Tillicum Elementary School in December. (Photo courtesy of Tillicum Elementary School)

COVID-19 found at 3 more Greater Victoria schools

Ecole Marigold, Tillicum Elementary, South Park Family School hit with new cases

At least one COVID-19 case has been confirmed at Tillicum Elementary School in December. (Photo courtesy of Tillicum Elementary School)