Adam van der Zwan

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Doctor and nurse go mobile to provide palliative care to Victoria's homeless

A new mobile Palliative Outreach Resource Team (PORT) in Victoria connects people with life-limiting illnesses who are homeless and barely housed to health support systems like palliative care.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Saanich, B.C., could have been prevented, residents say

Residents of a neighbourhood in Saanich say they're devastated by a fatal motorcycle crash Monday. They say it could have been prevented with proper safety infrastructure, which they've been requesting for years.

Cyclists getting ticketed for no insurance blame confusing e-bike legislation

A number of e-cyclists in Victoria say they’re becoming reluctant to ride their motor-assisted cycles in public, because the Integrated Road Safety Unit has been doling out tickets for no insurance they don't believe should apply to their bikes.

How wilderness treks help formerly homeless connect with peers, nature and themselves

Anawim House, a support home in Victoria for those in poverty, partnered with mountain guide Ken Wylie and the Mountains for Growth program, a company that leads people on outdoor adventures, where they can connect with peers, gain confidence, and learn about themselves.

Dangers of inhaling drugs lead to push for more supervised sites

A former heroin addict in Victoria says there are many drug users downtown who are overdosing by inhaling illicit substances, yet there are barely any spaces for users to consume drugs under supervision.

Addiction, homelessness increasingly visible in Victoria, say support groups

Victoria support groups that say there are noticeably more drug users on the streets than there were a couple of years ago. Local businesses say they're concerned.

Cyclists say they want better bike infrastructure on BC Ferries

A number of cyclists in Victoria who use BC Ferries are concerned the company isn’t doing enough to encourage cyclists. They say as well as a lack of proper storage space, direction signage is also inadequate.

'It's a basic human right:' High school should prioritize accessibility, Saanich mother says

A tour of Claremont Secondary School this week has Maya Bosdet and her mother concerned the school won’t be accessible enough to meet her needs as a wheelchair user.

Residents battling roots of invasive trees seek help from city hall

Residents of a Vancouver Island neighbourhood battling to contain the destructive roots of invasive black locust trees are demanding the town act to remove the ornamental species and are questioning why it was allowed to be planted in the first place.

Sproat Lake residents 'devastated' over proposed cannabis facility

Sproat Lake residents say they're concerned over plans for a 377,000 square-foot cannabis production facility, which would include 50 acres of outdoor growing space. The property is located right beside their neighbourhood.

B.C. Transit to extend late-night bus service in Greater Victoria

B.C. Transit announced Tuesday that late-night bus service on major corridor routes and to areas along the west shore will extend by an hour on Fridays and Saturdays, starting September 3.

Government says new Victoria micro-apartments will help with middle-income housing crisis

The federal government says a new micro-unit apartment in downtown Victoria will be a step closer to relieving the ever-growing middle-income housing crisis, by offering cheaper homes to single professionals. Housing advocates say the project doesn't address the many middle-income families in Victoria.

Cousins spend 3 years making crosses for unmarked gravesites in Ucluelet, B.C.

With the help of a hand-drawn historical map from the District of Ucluelet, two cousins identified all the unmarked burial sites in their local cemetery, and have now sculpted 40 crosses made from cement mixed in a wheelbarrow. 

'It's like an apocalypse': Mosquitoes ruining quality of life for some Vancouver Islanders

Residents of Miracle Beach, on Vancouver Island, say mosquitoes have become unbearable.

Ocean-surface garbage bins come to B.C.'s West Coast

A Greater Victoria company has installed British Columbia’s first ocean-surface trash bin at the North Saanich Marina. It floats on the water's surface and gently pumps water into a catchment bin, filtering out petroleum-based oils and solid matter before pumping the water back into the ocean.