Greater Victoria

Students make their way to class at a Greater Victoria elementary school. (Black Press Media file photo)

Limited information, slow contact tracing in schools concerns Greater Victoria parents

Parents continue to crowdsource COVID-19 data in lieu of public information

Students make their way to class at a Greater Victoria elementary school. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vehicles kick up a spray as they drive through pooling water during heavy rains on Nov. 15. Less severe but back to back storms are forecast to affect the Island this week. (Don Denton/News Staff)

Vancouver Island braces for 3 more storms in 7 days

Government weather agency tracking multiple atmospheric rivers across region

Vehicles kick up a spray as they drive through pooling water during heavy rains on Nov. 15. Less severe but back to back storms are forecast to affect the Island this week. (Don Denton/News Staff)
Students at three Greater Victoria schools are facing recent COVID-19 exposures, according to Island Health. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 exposures reported at 3 Greater Victoria schools

Ecole Poirier Elementary, Ecole John Stubbs Memorial, Journey Middle School affected

Students at three Greater Victoria schools are facing recent COVID-19 exposures, according to Island Health. (Black Press Media file photo)
Shoebox Project Victoria Chapter coordinator Deb Schenk shows off some example shoeboxes. The project is seeking donations for this year’s campaign, with the goal of supporting 620 women. (Photo Courtesy of Deb Schenk)

Victoria Shoebox Project sets sights on brightening holiday season for 620 women

Donations of shoeboxes filled with $50 in toiletries, gifts and gift cards sought

Shoebox Project Victoria Chapter coordinator Deb Schenk shows off some example shoeboxes. The project is seeking donations for this year’s campaign, with the goal of supporting 620 women. (Photo Courtesy of Deb Schenk)
Motria Iwan stands on the steps of the legislature, which lit up blue to mark World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. (Courtesy of Motria Iwan)

Camosun College student raises over $10k for diabetes research

Motria Iwan, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 11 years ago, uses tech training to help out

Motria Iwan stands on the steps of the legislature, which lit up blue to mark World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. (Courtesy of Motria Iwan)
Aboubakar Idriss speaks during a previous Employment Opportunity Exchange. The event returns on Nov. 23 with the goal of helping newcomers and employers connect and learn together. (Photo Courtesy of John-Evan Snow)

Victoria newcomer employment event returns Nov. 23

Employment Opportunity Exchange aims to facilitate networking and cultural intelligence

Aboubakar Idriss speaks during a previous Employment Opportunity Exchange. The event returns on Nov. 23 with the goal of helping newcomers and employers connect and learn together. (Photo Courtesy of John-Evan Snow)
The Sanctuary Youth Centre in Victoria is open weekends for youth at risk. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Victoria sanctuary offers youth safe, dry space and room to build relationships

Sanctuary Youth Centre open to youth at risk Fridays through Sundays

The Sanctuary Youth Centre in Victoria is open weekends for youth at risk. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
West Shore gas stations and those around the region saw a rush of customers Nov. 17 and 18 as residents feared a shortage following a partial closure of the Malahat. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Panic buying in Greater Victoria affects gas availability more than gaps in supply chain

Gas shortages a result of Malahat partial closure so far, not lack of supply, experts say

West Shore gas stations and those around the region saw a rush of customers Nov. 17 and 18 as residents feared a shortage following a partial closure of the Malahat. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Greyson Thickens holds a life-sized Pokemon card designed by Help Fill a Dream and Country Grocer at Eurosa Farms – where it was announced he and his family will be going on an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich farm hosts dream trip announcement for young artist

Child with Type-1 diabetes and an affinity for Japan to travel there with his family

Greyson Thickens holds a life-sized Pokemon card designed by Help Fill a Dream and Country Grocer at Eurosa Farms – where it was announced he and his family will be going on an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Greater Victoria residents are being asked to hold onto their glass items for now as recycling operations join the list of sectors impacted by B.C.’s disastrous floods. (Black Press Media file photo)

Glass recycling in Greater Victoria and beyond temporarily suspended due to B.C. floods

Recycle BC says flooding has impacted glass processing, transportation operations

Greater Victoria residents are being asked to hold onto their glass items for now as recycling operations join the list of sectors impacted by B.C.’s disastrous floods. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum is hosting the next instalment of its virtual history lectures Thursday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s Ross Bay Villa hosting virtual history lecture Thursday

The Zoom presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. and focuses on the story of two pioneering Victoria women

The Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum is hosting the next instalment of its virtual history lectures Thursday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Black Press Media file photo)
More than 2,500 BC Hydro customers were experiencing power outages in Greater Victoria Nov. 18. (Courtesy BC Hydro)
More than 2,500 BC Hydro customers were experiencing power outages in Greater Victoria Nov. 18. (Courtesy BC Hydro)
The southbound view from Drive BC’s Bamberton camera at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. (Drive BC Traffic Camera)

Gas tankers getting escort over Malahat to Greater Victoria

15 gas tankers traveling from Mill Bay to Greater Victoria at 9 a.m. Nov. 18

The southbound view from Drive BC’s Bamberton camera at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. (Drive BC Traffic Camera)
Heavy rainfall hit Greater Victoria on Nov. 14 and caused problems the following day. (Nancy Brown-Schembri)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria recovering from floods, outages

Record-breaking rainfall took the region by storm Monday

Heavy rainfall hit Greater Victoria on Nov. 14 and caused problems the following day. (Nancy Brown-Schembri)
COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria schools continue to be reported regularly. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 cases reported at four Greater Victoria schools

Gordon Head and Spencer middle schools, Kelset and Keating elementary schools affected

COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria schools continue to be reported regularly. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dani Tate-Stratton (left) and Toryn Sundstrom (right) sit atop their recently acquired BC Ferries lifeboat, a project piece they plan to turn into their home. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria couple converting BC Ferries lifeboat into luxury liveaboard

Lifeboat was originally designed for 60 people and three days of emergency rations

Dani Tate-Stratton (left) and Toryn Sundstrom (right) sit atop their recently acquired BC Ferries lifeboat, a project piece they plan to turn into their home. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)

VIDEO: Trio dances in traffic to ease stress of waiting on the Malahat

Film crew rolls back into Greater Victoria after a night stranded at summer camp

A trio dances in the street while awaiting their turn to traverse the Malahat on Tuesday. (Video courtesy Arnold Lim)
Monday’s rain and windstorm downed trees onto BC Hydro wires across Vancouver Island, leaving thousands without power. (Courtesy BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Lights back on for nearly all of Greater Victoria in wake of storm

50,000 people lost power in southern Vancouver Island Monday afternoon

Monday’s rain and windstorm downed trees onto BC Hydro wires across Vancouver Island, leaving thousands without power. (Courtesy BC Hydro)
Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: 50,000 without power across southern Vancouver Island

Thousands of people, multiple businesses without power across region

Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Heavy rains mean wastewater, stormwater system overloads in shoreline areas of Saanich, Oak Bay and Victoria. (Video courtesy of Daniel Sharp)

UPDATE: View Royal added to wastewater alerts in Capital Region

Rainfall overwhelms wastewater system, prompts alert for Saanich, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal

Heavy rains mean wastewater, stormwater system overloads in shoreline areas of Saanich, Oak Bay and Victoria. (Video courtesy of Daniel Sharp)