Victoria

Esquimalt has voted against an increased 2022 Victoria Police Department budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt rejects additional VicPD funding requests

Councillors said township would be subsidizing enforcement in downtown Victoria

Esquimalt has voted against an increased 2022 Victoria Police Department budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police officers responding to a weapons call in the 2600-block of Dowler Place March 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Family of 4 unhurt after man bursts into Victoria home

People asked to avoid 2600-block Dowler Place

Victoria police officers responding to a weapons call in the 2600-block of Dowler Place March 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gordon Viberg of Victoria was Royal Jubilee Hospital’s COVID-19 patient number five in spring 2020, and one of the earliest to recover from the coronavirus after being treated in hospital. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria man, ‘patient 5’ at Royal Jubilee, recounts early pandemic diagnosis

As B.C. slowly puts pandemic in rear view mirror, Gordon Viberg tells his recovery story

Gordon Viberg of Victoria was Royal Jubilee Hospital’s COVID-19 patient number five in spring 2020, and one of the earliest to recover from the coronavirus after being treated in hospital. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The City of Victoria has decided to remove pickleball from the courts at Todd Park in James Bay following noise complaints. (Black Press Media file photo)

Noise complaints get pickleballers kicked off James Bay courts in Victoria

Courts only 17 metres from nearest home; new B.C. policy recommends 50 metres

The City of Victoria has decided to remove pickleball from the courts at Todd Park in James Bay following noise complaints. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rendering of a 137-unit rental building proposed for the corner of the Menzies and Niagara streets in James Bay. (Photo courtesy of Primex Investments/Continuum Architecture)

6-storey redevelopment in Victoria would add 92 net new rentals to apartment site

James Bay proposal off to public hearing, council seeks more supports for current tenants

Rendering of a 137-unit rental building proposed for the corner of the Menzies and Niagara streets in James Bay. (Photo courtesy of Primex Investments/Continuum Architecture)
Applications for the City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

More than $131,000 in My Great Neighbourhood grants up for grabs in Victoria

Annual city program offers up to $5,000 for community projects, $1,000 for activities

Applications for the City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)

Victoria soccer club keeps Jamaican kids in the game

Family with longtime ties to rural school gifts technology, drops off donated gear

Regan McGrath and the school principal Charmaine Murray go over the technology and school supplies the Victoria family brought for the Askenish All Age School in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. (Courtesy Regan McGrath)
A rendering shows possible features of the new playground at Stadacona Park. A wheelchair accessible swing will also be added, council decided March 17. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria’s first wheelchair accessible swing added to Stadacona Park redesign

Construction on all-abilities park additions expected to begin by summer 2022

A rendering shows possible features of the new playground at Stadacona Park. A wheelchair accessible swing will also be added, council decided March 17. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
Victoria wants pandemic patios to keep provincially issued liquor licenses through October. The patios in the 1300-block of Gladstone Avenue serve as a pilot program as Victoria explores permanently allowing street and sidewalk dining spaces. (Courtesy Build Back Victoria)

Victoria asking province for pandemic patio liquor license extension

City wants establishments to be able to serve patio drinks past June 1 expiration date

Victoria wants pandemic patios to keep provincially issued liquor licenses through October. The patios in the 1300-block of Gladstone Avenue serve as a pilot program as Victoria explores permanently allowing street and sidewalk dining spaces. (Courtesy Build Back Victoria)
More off-leash spots could be on their way to Victoria. (Photo courtesy of walkfordogguides.com)

Victoria chases potential off-leash dog spots in Fairfield, Fernwood

Staff will look into pilot at Brooke Street Park, city asking SD61 about temporary spot at Vic High

More off-leash spots could be on their way to Victoria. (Photo courtesy of walkfordogguides.com)
Butler Concrete employees and an industrial street cleaner work to clear concrete from the roadway at Bay and Bridge streets following a concrete spill from a mixer truck during the lunch hour Wednesday (March 16). (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Rough terrain at Bay and Bridge streets follows cement spill in Victoria

Butler Concrete employees quickly clean up result of human error, manager says

Butler Concrete employees and an industrial street cleaner work to clear concrete from the roadway at Bay and Bridge streets following a concrete spill from a mixer truck during the lunch hour Wednesday (March 16). (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Maison Birks on Government Street will close its jewelry store March 26, after operating for 74 years in downtown Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Birks departure from Victoria marks shift of downtown makeup: business association

Montreal-based jeweller to close Government Street shop on March 26 after 74 years in city

Maison Birks on Government Street will close its jewelry store March 26, after operating for 74 years in downtown Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
A rendering of a proposed floating sauna for Victoria’s Inner Harbour. (Courtesy Havn Experiences Ltd.)

Floating Nordic-style spa proposed for Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Features would include saunas, hot and cold pools, green space

A rendering of a proposed floating sauna for Victoria’s Inner Harbour. (Courtesy Havn Experiences Ltd.)
Victoria police officers arrested a roller-blading man suspected of robbery of a toque after a foot chase on March 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

Hockey stick-wielding roller blader arrested in Victoria for suspected toque robbery

Man reported striking garbage cans, windows near B.C. Legislature Monday

Victoria police officers arrested a roller-blading man suspected of robbery of a toque after a foot chase on March 14. (Black Press Media file photo)
Missy MacKintosh, founder of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics with stores in Salmon Arm and Victoria, is taking another shot at appearing on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. (Photo contributed)

Cosmetics entrepreneur opens Victoria shop, sharpens pitch for second stab at Dragons

Salmon Arm resident Missy MacKintosh now boasts two stores, expanded line

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Missy MacKintosh, founder of MisMacK Clean Cosmetics with stores in Salmon Arm and Victoria, is taking another shot at appearing on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. (Photo contributed)
Niobe Thompson, left, is the co-director of Carbon – The Unauthorised Biography. (Photo courtesy of Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography)

Victoria filmmaker’s new doc explores the ‘wonderful and horrible irony’ of carbon

Carbon transitions from foundational element for life to one everyone loves to hate

Niobe Thompson, left, is the co-director of Carbon – The Unauthorised Biography. (Photo courtesy of Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography)
James Coates, bike education coordinator, displays two of the balance bikes available at Capital Bike’s new lending library. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

‘Breaking down barriers’: New Victoria lending library offers kids bikes, not books

Bikes for kids aged two to four currently available, with more options coming soon

James Coates, bike education coordinator, displays two of the balance bikes available at Capital Bike’s new lending library. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps speaks during a March 11 ceremony where the city celebrated formally supporting the Songhees Nation’s treaty negotiations with B.C. and Canada. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Victoria supports Songhees Nation treaty negotiations with B.C., feds

Land claim agreement would return three parcels within city to First Nation

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps speaks during a March 11 ceremony where the city celebrated formally supporting the Songhees Nation’s treaty negotiations with B.C. and Canada. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Downtown residents are concerned about plans by an anti-mandate group partially responsible for the Ottawa occupation to organize a protest convoy to descend on Victoria. Photo shows motorists protesting pandemic mandates during a previous event in front of the B.C. legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)

Downtown Victoria residents want action to prevent ‘occupation’ of B.C. capital

Steps have been taken to prevent entrenchment, occupation near legislature, VicPD chief says

Downtown residents are concerned about plans by an anti-mandate group partially responsible for the Ottawa occupation to organize a protest convoy to descend on Victoria. Photo shows motorists protesting pandemic mandates during a previous event in front of the B.C. legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)
A birds-eye view shows the Broughton Street site near Douglas Street where a new public washroom will land in fall 2022. Victoria councillors approved the spot March 10. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria approves new Broughton Street loo location

$400,000 project expected to be completed by fall 2022

A birds-eye view shows the Broughton Street site near Douglas Street where a new public washroom will land in fall 2022. Victoria councillors approved the spot March 10. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)