Victoria

From left to right, Tony Gibb Joanne Rakers, Tania Brachmayer and Peter Brachmayer, play a game of pickleball at a court in the Central Park neighbourhood of Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Pickleball’s growth raises a racket in Victoria, amid bans over noise complaints

“The noise is people having fun,” says Victoria Regional Pickleball Association president

From left to right, Tony Gibb Joanne Rakers, Tania Brachmayer and Peter Brachmayer, play a game of pickleball at a court in the Central Park neighbourhood of Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Beach-goers are asked to use caution and keep a distance from a moulting seal at Gonzales Beach. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Victoria beach-goers asked to stay away from moulting seal

Animal undergoing the month-long natural process at Gonzales Beach

Beach-goers are asked to use caution and keep a distance from a moulting seal at Gonzales Beach. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Baere Bikes co-founder Nicholas Jensen with one of his company’s electric cargo bikes on Oak Bay Avenue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria cargo e-bike company ready to change how families get around town

Jensen brothers’ Baere Bikes inspired by cycling-loving, former Oak Bay mayor dad

Baere Bikes co-founder Nicholas Jensen with one of his company’s electric cargo bikes on Oak Bay Avenue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Victoria property owners could soon be paying more to apply to build a garden suite in their yard. (Photo courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria could raise its garden suite fees as it looks to update design guidelines

Proposal to increase base application fee to $2,000 supported at committee

Victoria property owners could soon be paying more to apply to build a garden suite in their yard. (Photo courtesy of City of Victoria)
Members of the Oaklands Community Garden do some planting during the recent grand opening event. (Courtesy of Oaklands Community Association)

PHOTOS: Oaklands community gets growing with new garden plots in Victoria

Food security, community spirit celebrated at grand opening this month

Members of the Oaklands Community Garden do some planting during the recent grand opening event. (Courtesy of Oaklands Community Association)
Dog owners in Victoria will have to wait before they get more off-leash options. Pictured is Sienna the dog enjoying an afternoon at the off-leash area along Dallas Road. (Black Press Media file photo)

2022 off-leash dog park investigations on hold as Victoria reverses course

Potential pilots now included in original strategy to study leash-optional spots in 2023

Dog owners in Victoria will have to wait before they get more off-leash options. Pictured is Sienna the dog enjoying an afternoon at the off-leash area along Dallas Road. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria will create a bylaw aiming to reduce the amount of single-use plastics being used in the city. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Cup fee eyed as coming Victoria bylaw will look to reduce single-use plastics

Bylaw expected to make businesses only give out plastic items upon request, use reusable dishware

Victoria will create a bylaw aiming to reduce the amount of single-use plastics being used in the city. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A house on Caledonia Avenue in Victoria was damaged by a fire on April 20. A GoFundMe has been started for the home’s impacted family. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Fundraiser started for Ukrainian pastor’s family after house fire suspected of arson

Members of Victoria-based family injured escaping from early morning fire

A house on Caledonia Avenue in Victoria was damaged by a fire on April 20. A GoFundMe has been started for the home’s impacted family. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
An appeal over police funding in Greater Victoria has gone to the province. The Township of Esquimalt rejected funding requests from the Victoria Police Department as council felt it was paying too much for services that were being directed downtown for incidents such as this Johnson Street bridge demonstration, and not in the township itself. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police board files provincial appeal after Esquimalt funding rejection

Victoria council puts money in reserves after Vancouver loses similar appeal

An appeal over police funding in Greater Victoria has gone to the province. The Township of Esquimalt rejected funding requests from the Victoria Police Department as council felt it was paying too much for services that were being directed downtown for incidents such as this Johnson Street bridge demonstration, and not in the township itself. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow will not seek re-election in the fall of 2022. (File contributed/City of Victoria)

Victoria Coun. Sharmarke Dubow not running for re-election

First-term councillor proud of equity, affordable housing, welcoming city actions

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow will not seek re-election in the fall of 2022. (File contributed/City of Victoria)
Victoria has passed what some are calling an unprecedented affordable housing policy. (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria adopts ‘historic’ affordable housing process

Policy allows certain projects to bypass council, looks to spur housing creation

Victoria has passed what some are calling an unprecedented affordable housing policy. (Black Press Media file photo)
A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria Monday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria Monday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
The interior of a shared space at Heatherington House at Kiwanis Village in Victoria, which is being opened up to temporarily house Ukrainian refugees. (Courtesy of Andriy Fabrikov)

Victoria’s Kiwanis Village offers spaces to Ukrainian refugees

13 transitional units made available for those fleeing war

  • Apr 16, 2022
The interior of a shared space at Heatherington House at Kiwanis Village in Victoria, which is being opened up to temporarily house Ukrainian refugees. (Courtesy of Andriy Fabrikov)
The Victoria Clipper approaches its berth in the Inner Harbour after sailing from Seattle on Friday, April 15, for the first time since the fall of 2021 and for what is hoped to be the return of normal crossings, which were disrupted for two years by pandemic border restrictions. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Demand strong as Victoria Clipper brings first passengers from Seattle in months

Ferry line hopes staffing woes will soon be resolved to accommodate surging demand

The Victoria Clipper approaches its berth in the Inner Harbour after sailing from Seattle on Friday, April 15, for the first time since the fall of 2021 and for what is hoped to be the return of normal crossings, which were disrupted for two years by pandemic border restrictions. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Victoria Clipper approaches its berth in the Inner Harbour after sailing from Seattle on Friday, April 15, for the first time since the fall of 2021 and for what is hoped to be the return of normal crossings, which were disrupted for two years by pandemic border restrictions. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Demand strong as Victoria Clipper brings first passengers from Seattle in months

Ferry line hopes staffing woes will soon be resolved to accommodate surging demand

The Victoria Clipper approaches its berth in the Inner Harbour after sailing from Seattle on Friday, April 15, for the first time since the fall of 2021 and for what is hoped to be the return of normal crossings, which were disrupted for two years by pandemic border restrictions. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A reenactment by B.C. Emergency Health Services shows paramedics attending an overdose. The City of Victoria is asking the provincial and federal governments to take more action to help prevent toxic drug deaths. (Courtesy of BCEHS)

City of Victoria marks opioid emergency anniversary with call for more action

Mayor Lisa Helps asks province, feds to give people ‘a chance for recovery’

A reenactment by B.C. Emergency Health Services shows paramedics attending an overdose. The City of Victoria is asking the provincial and federal governments to take more action to help prevent toxic drug deaths. (Courtesy of BCEHS)
An aerial view over downtown Victoria showing Royal Athletic Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Study into off-leash pilot at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park approved

Residents push RAP proposal, councillor says land beyond ball diamond underused

An aerial view over downtown Victoria showing Royal Athletic Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
The map shows properties owned by affordable housing providers. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Public hearing on Thursday to cover Victoria’s streamlined affordable housing plan

Proposal to maximize building densities, delegate certain project approvals

The map shows properties owned by affordable housing providers. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with members of the City of Victoria Youth Council on April 11. (Photo courtesy of Adam Scotti)

Greater Victoria high schoolers make youth voices heard in meeting with Trudeau

Youth Council members emphasize need to act on climate change to prime minister

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with members of the City of Victoria Youth Council on April 11. (Photo courtesy of Adam Scotti)
Victoria-based advanced care paramedic Melissa Sims is part of a group of B.C. paramedics fundraising to buy at least one ambulance filled with supplies to donate to medical volunteers on the frontline of the war in Ukraine. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Sims)

B.C. paramedics hoping to double down on donation with two ambulances for Ukraine

Victoria-based paramedics flying to Poland Sunday to purchase ambulance, supplies

Victoria-based advanced care paramedic Melissa Sims is part of a group of B.C. paramedics fundraising to buy at least one ambulance filled with supplies to donate to medical volunteers on the frontline of the war in Ukraine. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Sims)