Jake Romphf

The City of Victoria has opened two electric vehicle fast chargers at the Vic West Park parking lot. (Google Streetview)

Victoria begins electric vehicle fast-charger rollout with Vic West Park ports

City wants about one-third of vehicles to be renewably powered by 2030

The City of Victoria has opened two electric vehicle fast chargers at the Vic West Park parking lot. (Google Streetview)
Esquimalt’s review of phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers and landscaping equipment will happen no later then September, 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt reviewing gas-powered leaf blower phase out within two years

Township hopes market will be able to improve battery length, electric equipment power by 2024

Esquimalt’s review of phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers and landscaping equipment will happen no later then September, 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
Salt Legacy business partners Tisha Becker (left) and Meaghan McDonald with some of their backpacks made from sailcloth. (Courtesy of Salt Legacy)

Victoria’s Salt Legacy sews history, upcycling together with sailcloth product line

Backpacks look to tell the stories of the old sails while diverting waste

Salt Legacy business partners Tisha Becker (left) and Meaghan McDonald with some of their backpacks made from sailcloth. (Courtesy of Salt Legacy)
Statistics Canada released new census data on Sept. 21 showing renters face starker shelter-related costs increases than homeowners. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria renters facing higher cost increases than homeowners: census

One-third of first-time B.C. home buyers chose a condo in 2020

Statistics Canada released new census data on Sept. 21 showing renters face starker shelter-related costs increases than homeowners. (Black Press Media file photo)
The COVID immunization clinic at the Quadra Village Community Centre is administering Omicron-targeting bivalent vaccines. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The COVID immunization clinic at the Quadra Village Community Centre is administering Omicron-targeting bivalent vaccines. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Trees line a Cook Street sidewalk down by the Victoria waterfront. A new study looks into the equitable distribution of greenspace in Canadian cities. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Study looks into equitable greenspace distribution in Victoria and Canadian cities

Millenials, lower-income Canadians have less vegetation in their neighbourhood

Trees line a Cook Street sidewalk down by the Victoria waterfront. A new study looks into the equitable distribution of greenspace in Canadian cities. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A little boy dresses up to watch on Quadra Street as the ceremonial procession and provincial commemorative service for Queen Elizabeth II passes along. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

PHOTOS: Victoria procession, ceremony, as B.C. pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Longest-serving monarch died on Sept. 8 after 70 years on the throne

A little boy dresses up to watch on Quadra Street as the ceremonial procession and provincial commemorative service for Queen Elizabeth II passes along. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
MeepMeep co-founder Eve Olynyk tosses a disc during a round of disc golf. (Courtesy of MeepMeep)

Victoria start-up MeepMeep’s disc golf tracker looks to grow the game, end player frustration

Company’s chirping tracker aims to open sport to the visually impaired and more

MeepMeep co-founder Eve Olynyk tosses a disc during a round of disc golf. (Courtesy of MeepMeep)
Pictured is traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. A UVic researcher found carbon pricing mixed with subsidies for drivers to choose cleaner options was one of the most effective mixes at reducing transportation emission in Europe. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

UVic researcher helps find what policy mixes drive down transportation emissions

A carrot-and-stick approach made for the largest emissions drops within Europe

Pictured is traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. A UVic researcher found carbon pricing mixed with subsidies for drivers to choose cleaner options was one of the most effective mixes at reducing transportation emission in Europe. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
An aerial view over downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour. (Black Press Media file photo)

Solving worker shortages requires housing action: Greater Victoria business leaders

Local business groups tackle employment crunch and how companies more forward

An aerial view over downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering of Starlight Developments’ proposal for a 1,600-unit rental project on Yates Street from Quadra to Cook streets. (Courtesy of Starlight Developments)

Victoria’s next council to decide Harris Green Village proposal’s future

Plans include approximately 1,600 rental units, park space

A rendering of Starlight Developments’ proposal for a 1,600-unit rental project on Yates Street from Quadra to Cook streets. (Courtesy of Starlight Developments)
Ocean Network Canada field services manager Dirk Brussow and senior project engineer Nicolai Bailly with the recovered wave glider from the seafloor geodesy system project. (Courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)

Research off Vancouver Island looks to uncover what makes megathrust earthquakes tick

Ocean Networks Canada team measuring tectonic plate movements underwater

Ocean Network Canada field services manager Dirk Brussow and senior project engineer Nicolai Bailly with the recovered wave glider from the seafloor geodesy system project. (Courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)
Victoria says the time commitments of VicPD officers waiting in hospitals for mental health assessments puts a burden on police resources, and security guards with the special constable designation could take over the duties to alleviate the issue. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria pleas for end of police supervision of Mental Health Act detainees

City says officers having to stay at hospital while individuals are assessed strains resources

Victoria says the time commitments of VicPD officers waiting in hospitals for mental health assessments puts a burden on police resources, and security guards with the special constable designation could take over the duties to alleviate the issue. (Black Press Media file photo)
The yellow zones currently only allow for single-family dwellings. The missing middle initiative looks to change that. The proposal will now go before the next mayor and council. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Victoria passes missing middle housing policy to next council

Two-part public hearing ran for more than 12 hours

The yellow zones currently only allow for single-family dwellings. The missing middle initiative looks to change that. The proposal will now go before the next mayor and council. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)
The Island Corridor Foundation’s business case for the return of rail on Vancouver Island shows this photo of trains on tracks in Vic West. Esquimalt also hopes for a return of trains on the tracks. (Courtesy of Island Corridor Foundation)

Province tells Esquimalt more consultation needed on Island rail corridor future

$431-million proposal envisions local commuter, regional passenger, freight services on the line

The Island Corridor Foundation’s business case for the return of rail on Vancouver Island shows this photo of trains on tracks in Vic West. Esquimalt also hopes for a return of trains on the tracks. (Courtesy of Island Corridor Foundation)
First responders line up outside Victoria General Hospital on Sept. 7 as the last of six officers injured in a June 28 shooting outside a Saanich bank was released from the hospital. (Submitted photo)

Last of six officers injured in Saanich bank shooting released from hospital

The Saanich police member seriously injured in the June 28 shootout will now recover at home

First responders line up outside Victoria General Hospital on Sept. 7 as the last of six officers injured in a June 28 shooting outside a Saanich bank was released from the hospital. (Submitted photo)
A public hearing on Victoria’s missing middle proposal continues on Sept. 1. The initiative would allow for corner townhomes and houseplexes, as well as infill homes on heritage-worthy properties – all seen as important housing types to keep families in Victoria – on lots only zoned for standalone homes.(Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Public to again give opinions on Victoria’s missing middle housing Thursday

Initiative is a key part of city’s plan to keep families from having to leave the capital

A public hearing on Victoria’s missing middle proposal continues on Sept. 1. The initiative would allow for corner townhomes and houseplexes, as well as infill homes on heritage-worthy properties – all seen as important housing types to keep families in Victoria – on lots only zoned for standalone homes.(Courtesy of City of Victoria)
Attendees of an International Overdose Awareness Day event march through downtown Victoria on Aug. 31. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Pleas for safe drug supply mark International Overdose Awareness Day in Victoria

10,000 people have died of toxic drug poisoning in B.C. since 2016

Attendees of an International Overdose Awareness Day event march through downtown Victoria on Aug. 31. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
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