Hollie Ferguson

Organizers of the community dinner at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, which takes place every Christmas said it is an event with a high demand. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

The Mary Winspear Centre hosts annual community dinner after 2 year hiatus

Organizers of the event said it was truly a community effort, including donations of food and time.

Organizers of the community dinner at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, which takes place every Christmas said it is an event with a high demand. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Eric LAST NAME, the manager stands by the fire place in a cosy corner of the restaurant. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

More Victoria restaurants staying open for Christmas as diners seek options

Steamship Bar and Grill will offer a holiday menu that features turkey, ham and prime rib: oh my!

Eric LAST NAME, the manager stands by the fire place in a cosy corner of the restaurant. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Heidi-Louise Chadwick and her two-year-old son waited in the Calgary airport for hours before their flight was cancelled, prompting her husband to drive 14 hours to save them. (Courtesy of Heidi-Louise Chadwick)

‘Scary’: Victoria mom left ‘abandoned’ in airport with toddler and no luggage

Heidi-Louise Chadwick and her two-year-old son are still trying to get home after 3 days of travelling

Heidi-Louise Chadwick and her two-year-old son waited in the Calgary airport for hours before their flight was cancelled, prompting her husband to drive 14 hours to save them. (Courtesy of Heidi-Louise Chadwick)
Passing snowplows can be highly dangerous. (Wolf Depner/ News Staff)

‘Near-misses’: Greater Victoria plowers beg drivers to not pass them

Passing snow plows can pose a danger to both drivers and others as the snow is thrown to the right

Passing snowplows can be highly dangerous. (Wolf Depner/ News Staff)
Bird count coordinator Ann Nightingale says extreme weather is likely to blame for lower than average numbers in 2022. (Courtesy of Ann Nightingale )

Victoria Christmas Bird Count brings out record number of participants

Bird lovers united to tally the number of different birds and species flying around in the area

Bird count coordinator Ann Nightingale says extreme weather is likely to blame for lower than average numbers in 2022. (Courtesy of Ann Nightingale )
Mayor Marianne Alto spoke at the vigil which included members of the community and unhoused on Dec.21 via Zoom. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

Victoria vigil to remember unhoused who have died goes online due to extreme weather

The annual candle-light vigil for the homeless was moved indoors to avoid weather unhoused live in

Mayor Marianne Alto spoke at the vigil which included members of the community and unhoused on Dec.21 via Zoom. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
BC Hydro is expecting system damage thanks to a freezing rain forcast for Dec. 22 and Dec.23 (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

BC Hydro prepares for outages as freezing rain looms for Victoria

BC Hydro is asking customers to make a plan for extended outages and create an emergency kit

BC Hydro is expecting system damage thanks to a freezing rain forcast for Dec. 22 and Dec.23 (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The eviction comes after the new landlord expressed concerns about the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club not having a business license. (Courtesy of B.C. Tenants)

‘Short notice’: Victoria cannabis club faces eviction from new landlord

The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club will need to relocate after new landlord issues an eviction order

The eviction comes after the new landlord expressed concerns about the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club not having a business license. (Courtesy of B.C. Tenants)
People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Royal BC Museum starting community engagement after controversy over costly rebuild

The community engagement initiative will begin phase one in January, holding 3 sessions that month

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Police stand watch over the scene of a bank robbery in Saanich which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Black Press Media file photo)
Police stand watch over the scene of a bank robbery in Saanich which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Coffee Ride Cyclists, or the Cycling Santas, gifted eight-year-old Ramsey Frombach with a new bike after seeing her riding every day, in every weather. (Courtesy of Joyce LaRose)

Christmas comes early for determined Saanich Peninsula cyclist

Cycling Santas gift eight-year-old with new bike

The Greater Victoria Coffee Ride Cyclists, or the Cycling Santas, gifted eight-year-old Ramsey Frombach with a new bike after seeing her riding every day, in every weather. (Courtesy of Joyce LaRose)
The inflatable unicorn snow-blower is a Sooke tradition that brings joy to all. (Courtesy of Kiya Carscadden)

Sooke snow-blowing unicorn returns, bringing smiles along the way

The unusual snow-fall is second on the list of magical things you might see in Sooke today

The inflatable unicorn snow-blower is a Sooke tradition that brings joy to all. (Courtesy of Kiya Carscadden)
Cook Street is home to many businesses, including a dance shop, coffee and ice cream shops, thrift stores, restaurants and more. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

Victoria stores struggle with ‘business as usual’ amid homeless crisis

Local shops seeing theft, disruptions and filth, but groups offering services say they are listening

Cook Street is home to many businesses, including a dance shop, coffee and ice cream shops, thrift stores, restaurants and more. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Hossein Reyhani at the B.C. legislature on Thursday, Dec. 15 in support of anti-government protests in Iran. He hopes to interact with lawmakers to pass them information and a list of requests on behalf of Iranian-Canadians that will further support the protests that are working to change the way Iran is governed. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

Protesters call for action on Iran with hunger strike at the B.C. legislature

The ongoing protests are in response to government killings of women and protesters in Iran

Hossein Reyhani at the B.C. legislature on Thursday, Dec. 15 in support of anti-government protests in Iran. He hopes to interact with lawmakers to pass them information and a list of requests on behalf of Iranian-Canadians that will further support the protests that are working to change the way Iran is governed. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Shirley Lou Hansen, a resident of Parkwood Place, helps a student place her gingerbread house in the village. (Courtesy of Cheryl Chalifour)

Victoria seniors and students work together for Habitat for Humanity

Local seniors and students spread holiday spirit, building an intergenerational gingerbread village

Shirley Lou Hansen, a resident of Parkwood Place, helps a student place her gingerbread house in the village. (Courtesy of Cheryl Chalifour)
Craigflower bridge is the site where Reena Virk was murdered by a pack of teenagers in 1997. (Dunc Malcolm/News staff)
Craigflower bridge is the site where Reena Virk was murdered by a pack of teenagers in 1997. (Dunc Malcolm/News staff)
Grant money aims to help businesses with improvements. (Pexels photo)

Esquimalt launches grants to support revitalization and business improvements

The new program will work to fill the gaps left by the repealed 2015 tax exemption bylaw

Grant money aims to help businesses with improvements. (Pexels photo)
Lawyers on Stage Theatre Society on stage. (Courtesy of Lawyers on Stage Theatre Society)

Greater Victoria law community stage Dracula for charity

Proceeds from this year’s show will go to two local charities working to end poverty and suicide

Lawyers on Stage Theatre Society on stage. (Courtesy of Lawyers on Stage Theatre Society)
St. Paul's United Church will host new group aimed at helping LGBTQ2+ connect. (Courtesy of St. Paul's United Church)

Sidney church to host support group for LGBTQ+ seniors

St. Paul’s United Church aims to fill gap in providing LGBTQ+ seniors with resources and information

St. Paul's United Church will host new group aimed at helping LGBTQ2+ connect. (Courtesy of St. Paul's United Church)
Anthony Thomas, 27, has been convicted in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian, killed in Central Saanich. (Black Press File Photo)

Family in tears as driver sentenced in ‘heartbreaking’ Central Saanich crash

Anthony Thomas killed one woman in a crash that also left her sister with life-altering injuries

Anthony Thomas, 27, has been convicted in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian, killed in Central Saanich. (Black Press File Photo)