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Nanaimo's new mayor, Leonard Krog, on housing and moving past last council's troubles

"I think the people who got elected are very conscious of the responsibility they’ve been given not to make us a laughing stock but to restore the reputation this city deserves."

640 pumpkins spell marriage for Vancouver Island couple

Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beers, pumpkin donuts — and now, you can add a pumpkin marriage proposal to the ever-growing list of things infused with the bright orange squash at this time of year.

Holly tearer: meet one of B.C.'s few remaining holly farmers

John MacArthur’s family has been in the business since the 1960s, when Victoria was the holly capital of Canada. There used to be almost 30 holly farms in the area, but now he estimates there are fewer than five.

Sale of 3 coastal pulp and paper mills hailed as win for 1,500 workers in B.C.

British Columbia-based Catalyst Paper Corp. has reached an agreement to sell its operations in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni to Paper Excellence Canada of Richmond, B.C.

CBC is celebrating 20 years in Victoria — and you're invited

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is celebrating 20 years in Victoria on Friday and fans of public broadcasting are invited to join in the celebration.

'You're trailblazers': University of Victoria launches world's 1st Indigenous law degree program

The four-year degree, which combines the study of Indigenous and non-Indigenous law, is a step toward reshaping the colonial legacy in the current legal system, says Melanie Mark, B.C.'s minister of advanced education.

New leads in case of man missing since 1985, Victoria police say

Police are appealing for information about the disappearance of Dennis Crook, who was reported missing on Oct. 22, 1985. He was 35 at the time and would be 68 today.

'It's time to leave': Nanaimo tent city ordered to shut down within 21 days

Residents of a contentious homeless camp in downtown Nanaimo have been told they have 21 days to vacate the site after a B.C. Supreme Court order came down Friday.

Police seek witnesses after alleged sexual assaults in Esquimalt, B.C.

Victoria police are asking anyone with information to come forward after a teen reported she was sexually assaulted twice while walking in Highrock Park Friday night.

Huge collection of Johnny Cash artifacts acquired by UVic

Thousands of gold records, photos and scrapbooks belonging to the late Saul Holliff — Cash’s manager in the 1960s and ‘70s — are now in the special collection of the university’s library.

'It's our mountain, it's not just his': Grade 3 class petitions for name change back to ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱

Grade 3 children at the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School on Vancouver Island have written letters and created a petition asking for John Dean Provincial Park and Mount Newton to bear the traditional name for the area.

B.C.'s seniors advocate wants to see change in conversation around aging

Isobel MacKenzie says notions of a “silver tsunami” driving up health care costs are not as dire as presented in the media and on the contrary, seniors are some of the biggest contributors to the well-being of society.

B.C. SPCA recommends horse-drawn carriages be removed from Victoria city streets

The B.C. SPCA wants the City of Victoria to ban horse-drawn carriages from city streets following an incident last month involving two horses who collapsed on the road.

'Like bowling with axes': Victoria gets an axe-throwing club

Axe and Grind is Victoria's first axe-throwing club. The sport is a growing urban trend across the Canada and the U.S.

Residents of new Saanich tent city tired of being 'forced to hide'

A new tent city has been growing in a very visible area of the District of Saanich over the past few weeks — and organizers say visibility is exactly the point.

Sighting of a lifetime: Whale watchers find, rescue orphaned bear cub near Tofino

The bear cub is being treated and rehabbed at a Vancouver Island wildlife facility which hopes to be able to release it in about 18 months.

'We didn't know if she would survive long enough to do it': Vancouver sisters embark on emotional sailing race

Nearly 200 sailboats crossed the start line of the 75th annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race in Victoria on Saturday — but only one has an all-female crew.

'Alarmingly high' amounts of plastic microbeads found in B.C. shellfish farming areas

“We found microbeads in the smallest bits of sediment and in a concentration equal to the amounts of silt and organic matter,” one researcher said.

Optimism builds in B.C.'s Kootenay Boundary region as flooding recovery continues

Officials are hopeful B.C.’s Kootenay Boundary region will soon return to normal after historic flooding evacuated homes and shuttered businesses over recent weeks.

Vancouver Island hospital security officer honoured for bravery

Charles Kraeling received the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety’s Award of Valour for safely disarming a knife-wielding man who was threatening patients and staff at Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan, B.C. last year.

Province says new legislation will keep Indigenous communities involved in children's welfare

Under the legislation, the Ministry of Children and Family Development said they will share more information with Indigenous communities as soon as a child goes into care.

Elk warning for Salt Spring — though they may just be enjoying an island holiday

A provincial wildlife biologist says Roosevelt elk are an unusual sight on Salt Spring Island, and is warning drivers about their presence.

90-year-old piece of hockey history auctioned off for Humboldt

Vancouver Island man Rod Hurst auctioned off a 1928 arena seat from the old Boston Garden. The seat sold for $5,800 — to a person who lives just outside Humboldt.

'We were all like his children': Esquimalt Chief Andy Thomas mourned

Andy Thomas was the hereditary chief for 47 years of the Esquimalt Nation. His unexpected death on Saturday has been described as a profound loss.

Online restaurants blur line between tech and food companies

They are cropping up in Canadian cities, and trend forecasters predict a rise in restaurants exclusively focused on delivery via app-based ordering systems.

At 70, UVic's Martlet among B.C.'s last independent print newspapers

Student newspaper alumni include top journalists, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and the late novelist W.P. Kinsella.

Homeless move to Sooke from Victoria for safety, survey hears

Point in Time survey counts 38 people without a home in semi-rural Vancouver Island community of 13,000.

B.C. government marks Francophone Day with more money for services

New money to improve programs in libraries, health and education targeted to growing population of French-speaking B.C. residents.

Spring break staycation ideas for Vancouver Island families

Chasing waterfalls, culinary tours and whale watching are among close-to-home options.

Residents of Shawnigan Lake, B.C., await decision on fate of contaminated soil

It has been a year since the province pulled the permit for a controversial landfill near Shawnigan Lake, B.C., but no decision has been made on the fate of the contaminated dirt that remains at the site.

West Coast college hosts pre-summit meetings for world leaders' 'G7 sherpas'

Teenagers talked oceans protection, gender equality with personal representatives of presidents and prime minister at summit prep meetings.

Uncharted waters: Court rules city can remove people living in Victoria's Gorge Waterway

This week, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled the City of Victoria can regulate the Gorge and can set limits on how long people can moor in its waters. It has given boaters until May 7 to get their affairs in order.

Economist pleased to see measures he proposed included in B.C. speculation tax

They changed the name of the tax, but UBC economist Tom Davidoff was pleased to see the measure he helped devise largely adopted in the B.C. government's speculation tax.

Up in the air: B.C. puts off decision on cannabis lounges

The province has set rules on where smoking or vaping cannabis will be prohibited, but it has yet to make a decision on whether it will license marijuana consumption lounges.

Richmond schools a priority as B.C. government accelerates earthquake upgrades

Only three of 28 Richmond schools have been seismically remediated, yet the buildings are at high risk of collapse in an earthquake.

Under-bridge walkway to provide new view of Victoria's working harbour

Construction of a pedestrian underpass below the new Johnson Street Bridge will connect sections of the David Foster Harbour Pathway and bypass a busy intersection.

B.C. government 'very interested' in moving open-net fish farms onto land, minister says

Forests Minister Doug Donaldson, who is responsible for open-net fish farm tenures, calls closed-containment aquaculture a ‘bright spot’ in the industry's future.

Comox Valley residents 'shocked and disgusted' by proposed water bottling plant

Residents of the Vancouver Island community of Merville say a proposed water bottling facility would be bad news for local drinking water, fish and farming.

Move over blueberries — wild B.C. shrub produces contender for world's healthiest berry

Scientist who studied health components of salal berry initially didn't realize they were a traditional First Nations' food.

Canadian Screen Awards 2018: CBC B.C. wins best anchor, local newscast, local reporting

CBC British Columbia had a solid showing at 2018 Canadian Screen Awards on Tuesday evening.

Disturbing Instagram video leads to arrest of B.C. high school student

Police say the student was arrested Monday after they received reports of a video of a young person firing a gun into a target with the caption “practising for school” posted to social media.

High-pressure herring fishery becoming safer as new generation takes the helm

As the investigation continues into the fatal sinking of a herring boat off Vancouver Island last year, a training group finds new and longtime fishing crews increasingly receptive to the offer of potentially life-saving training.

Unblock access to public waterway, groups tell local council

Dozens of public paths are blocked or hidden along Victoria's Gorge waterway, a University of Victoria-supported study finds.

Fish farm ban 'the right move' Indigenous leader says

As Washington bans fish farms, First Nations welcome the B.C. government's promise of a 'shared decision-making role' on whether to renew open-net acquaculture tenures in the Broughton Archipelago.

The running of the goats and other springtime rites at Victoria's longstanding petting farm

Goats return to Beacon Hill Children's Farm in Victoria, perennial favourites with families compared to emus with kleptomania and unruly steers.

Parkour goes to the dogs in Nanaimo training course

An upcoming course teaches dog owners to spice up Rover’s walk with challenging moves.

'Nothing significant' in complaints probe of therapeutic farm, says society chair

The investigation looked at concerns raised by former participants and volunteers at Woodwynn Farms in Central Saanich, B.C.

Health official criticizes Nanaimo council for inaction on opioid, homeless crisis

A Vancouver Island medical health officer urges removal of roadblocks to supervised drug consumption site in city with overdose death rates 50 per cent higher than the rest of the province.

Federal employees in B.C. rally against Phoenix pay system

Federal government employees in B.C. took to the streets Wednesday to protest the troubled Phoenix pay system.

Supporters seek to salvage addiction, homelessness program despite prospect of losing farm

The founder of a farm-based recovery program defends facility against critics who say it lacked leadership and addictions treatment.

Dry dock approval for Victoria harbour brings high hopes for highly paid jobs

Victoria city council gave its unanimous final approval Thursday for a new dry dock that promises to double the number of high-paying jobs for marine tradespeople.

B.C. girl hopes DNA drive will help her find birth parents in China

Isabelle Smit is one of 20 international adoptees from Chongqing who posted a video together to China's equivalent of YouTube, asking potential biological relatives to submit DNA samples.

Indigenous performance makes leap from longhouse to stage for Victoria showcase

After a year of public performances and installations in locations around the city Victoria's first Indigenous artist-in-residence Lindsay Delaronde takes over the Belfry Theatre stage this weekend.

Citizens' efforts reveal historic roots in suburbs west of Victoria

Local residents' initiative to share old images and records from Greater Victoria's Westshore have struck a chord in the fast-growing community.

UVic law students to study Canadian and Indigenous legal systems in new program

“It means that Indigenous peoples are recognized fully as peoples: lawful peoples who have governed themselves in the past and in the present," said a professor with the university's law school.

Indigenous languages, friendship centre funding welcomed in B.C. spending plan

Funding for housing and childcare were much expected in Tuesday’s budget speech, but it was spending for Indigenous programs that led B.C. Finance Minister Carole James’ budget speech.

Third-generation butcher evolves during backwoods-to-boom transformation west of Victoria

In one of British Columbia’s fastest-growing communities, a third-generation butcher caters to a mix of longtime customers and new arrivals.

Man charged with imprisoning and beating woman begins court hearing

Kehar Garry Sangha, 52, faces nine charges related to allegations a woman was violently held against her will on his rural property in North Cowichan.

'Made in Canada solution' for severe alcoholism comes out from under the radar

Managed alcohol programs that dole out measured drinks at regular intervals are the focus of the first nationwide study and a special edition of a peer-reviewed journal.

Victoria school district raising rent for child-care operators

As the B.C. government prepares to roll out its child-care strategy in Tuesday's budget, Victoria's school board is raising costs for out-of-school program operators.

SPCA 'glad' for 4-month prison sentence in puppy death

16-week-old puppy died after blunt-force trauma to head and ribs.

B.C.'s pipeline battle has parallels in 1975 standoff over killer whale capture

NDP premier Dave Barrett fought the federal government to prevent transfer of captured orca to Ontario

Boil water advisory in effect for Saturna Island

An issue at the water treatment plant that services about 150 homes on Saturna Island has caused a boil water advisory.

Latest pipeline ruling by National Energy Board deepens public distrust, Green MLA says

Sonia Furstenau cites 'doublespeak' in the federal government's decision to OK pipeline in exchange for Alberta climate plan support.

Mussels on drugs found near Victoria sewage outfalls

Drug tests on molluscs near the sewage outflow pipes around Victoria are giving new meaning to the old expression 'happy as a clam.'

Moose Hide Campaign grows to 1 million members for 7th annual event

Moose Hide Campaign co-founder says fasting and healing ceremonies at provincial gathering in Victoria will demonstrate growing commitment by men to end violence against Indigenous women.

Parents recount personal cost of unavailable, unregulated B.C., child care

Two B.C., parents describe how the lack of affordable, licensed daycare has affected them and their families.

Scope of housing commitment 'misunderstood,' premier says

B.C. Premier John Horgan says election pledge of new housing referred to ‘continuum’ of supply, including private market developments, not just subsidized or affordable homes.

Magic mushroom users eager to talk

Lindsay Shaw was surprised to find scant research despite the high number of people who report using the hallucinogenic fungi that grow wild on B.C.'s West Coast.

Laid-back Tofino stays chill about regulating pot stores before legalization

Mayor Josie Osborne says Tofino won't set a July 1 deadline to bring in local bylaws on legal cannabis sales in Canada's surfing capital.

Missing teenage boys in Victoria found safe

Two teenage boys reported missing in Victoria have been found safe.

'On request' service brings transit to rural Vancouver Island communities

New bus service for Union Bay and Merville, near Courtenay, will allow riders to request off-route pick up.

'It could get ugly' if Alberta premier ups ante in trade spat, B.C. pundit says

The growing tensions between B.C. and Alberta over potential restrictions on bitumen shipments to the coast could escalate into another B.C. 'war in the woods' type of conflict, two former government chiefs of staff say.

Victoria's postcard-pretty inner harbour ranked most polluted waterway in B.C. study

It may be one of Victoria's most picturesque views, but a new study has found the city's Inner Harbour is also the most polluted waterway along B.C.'s coast.

Airbnb tax won't change Victoria's plans to regulate short-term rentals, councillor says

Tourism and municipal officials see Airbnb's tax-collecting agreement with the B.C. government as a good first step toward levelling the playing field with the hospitality industry.

Saturna Island neighbours pitch in to solve family housing 'crisis'

With few young families among the island’s 350 permanent residents, the potential sale of rental homes prompts a community strategy session.

Special prosecutor appointed in case of alleged threats at Nanaimo city hall

Vancouver lawyer Michael Klein has been appointed by the attorney-general's department to handle a case involving alleged threats against a municipal official.

Plastic bag ban momentum falters over industry challenge to Victoria

The plastic bag industry's court challenge to Victoria's plastic bag bylaw has halted consideration of a similar measure in neighbouring Saanich.

Talk about a house-crasher: Boulder from construction site smashes into bedroom wall

Julie MacDonald was recuperating from illness at her home in Langford, outside Victoria when a loud crash woke her from a nap.

RCMP investigate incident at Nanaimo city hall after woman's arrest

A news release issued by the City of Nanaimo says it has launched an independent investigation after an incident in which RCMP arrested and released a woman without charge.

Mothballed school set to become centre of family housing development

Less than a year ago, plans to revitalize and reopen Victoria's 1912 Burnside Elementary school were cancelled due to soaring construction costs.

Trudeau plan 'playing Russian roulette with our coastline,' NDP MP says

Victoria Member of Parliament Murray Rankin challenges the prime minister's vow to serve the national interest by pushing a planned bitumen pipeline to the West Coast despite British Columbia's safety concerns.

Researchers use 'mini tanning beds' to treat white-nose syndrome in bats

Ultraviolet light treatment holds potential for battling the fungus that has killed millions of bats in North America.

Report blames negligence, not eclipse, for Washington fish farm collapse

Owners of a fish farm that collapsed in Puget Sound reject a scathing government report that concludes they dramatically underestimated escaped salmon numbers.
A Good Goodbye

B.C. doctor predicts ban on assisted death in faith-based institutions will go to court

Dr. Jonathan Reggler is a MAiD assessor and provider on Vancouver Island. He says patients in faith-based institutions have had to endure sometimes painful transfers to a new facility where assisted death is permitted.

2 women allege co-worker posted hidden bathroom camera images online

Two women have launched a lawsuit alleging invasion of privacy against a former co-worker at Mattick's Red Barn Market and negligence against their former employer.

Rare Brown Booby recovering in Victoria

A rare tropical Brown Booby is undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation centre after it was found immobile and shivering in cold water off Victoria.

Spotlight on UK, Indigenous, Quebec films at Victoria festival

A meet-and-greet with Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin and the international premiere of Game of Thrones’ star Aidan Gillen's new film are among highlights of the Victoria Film Festival, which runs from Feb. 2 to 11.

No praise from neighbours for church's affordable housing plan

Oak Bay United Church wants to build rental housing for seniors on its large Oak Bay property, but neighbours fear parking, crowding woes.
A Good Goodbye

Rules requiring 2 independent witnesses create roadblocks to assisted death

Federal legislation requires two independent witnesses for an assisted death request. According to assisted death advocates, this can create a barrier for the severely ill and elderly who are often living in social isolation.

Victoria bridge nears completion following weekend windstorm delay

The 470-tonne main bridge span for the new Johnson Street Bridge was lifted into place Sunday, but the old bridge remained closed to traffic Monday after high winds delayed the project by one day.
A Good Goodbye

B.C. has highest rate of medically assisted death in Canada

British Columbia has almost double the rate of medically assisted deaths compared to the rest of the country. That makes the province a testing ground for the practices and controversies surrounding assisted dying.

Farewell from Fernwood: Victoria's Cornerstone Café has closed

After 12 years, the Cornerstone Café in Victoria's Fernwood neighbourhood has closed.

'I'll be OK' attitude behind lack of disaster preparedness, study finds

"What, me worry?" UVic psychology studies find people living in high-risk locations for earthquakes and tsunamis aren't more prepared than those at low risk.

5 things you need to know about wireless emergency alerts starting this spring

A new push alert system will deliver urgent public notices to cellphones even when they are muted.

B.C. woman's search for birth mother turns up missing person's case

Five months after giving birth, Michele Johnston's then 17-year-old mother disappeared from Prince George, B.C.

Tsunami alert tests West Coast readiness, with mixed results

Door-to-door warnings, sirens, texts roused many Vancouver Island residents at risk but not all.

In this luxury enclave, success is a dirt-jump track for former pro biker

On a large, leafy lot in an exclusive Victoria neighbourhood, Hugo Donais is realizing a childhood dream of building a professional-grade dirt jump track.

Tofino resort experiences 'perfect storm' during extreme wave warning event

​Samantha Hackett has seen a lot wild storms during her time working Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino — but the high waves that came with Thursday's extreme storm surges were a first.

Traffic woes forcing North Vancouver businesses to relocate

North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce CEO Patrick Stafford-Smith says traffic issues are making it difficult for businesses in the region to attract employees and many are considering relocating as a result.