Jake Romphf

Westcoastees co-owner Jayson Ward at the clothing company’s new Victoria store. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

New Victoria location fulfils vision for art-driven Westcoastees clothing company

Vancouver Island-inspired graphics are designed by the owners themselves

Westcoastees co-owner Jayson Ward at the clothing company’s new Victoria store. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Members of Victoria’s Ukrainian community rally outside the B.C. legislature on Jan. 22. (Photo courtesy of Devon Sereda Goldie)

Victoria’s Ukrainian community concerned for loved ones amid uncertainty at Ukraine-Russia border

Some locals have lost contact with family in Europe, others feel all will be fine

Members of Victoria’s Ukrainian community rally outside the B.C. legislature on Jan. 22. (Photo courtesy of Devon Sereda Goldie)
Victoria resident Jeanette Perks won a Lotto 6/49 draw in November 2021. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Lottery Corporation)

Victoria resident shocked after winning almost $50,000 in Lotto 6/49 draw

Ticket purchased from Douglas Street Rexall

Victoria resident Jeanette Perks won a Lotto 6/49 draw in November 2021. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Lottery Corporation)
Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria’s Hermann’s Jazz Club makes first and only pandemic plea amid struggles

Recent capacity restrictions have been the hardest yet on local music institution

Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
This map of Ocean Networks Canada’s offshore NEPTUNE cabled networks shows arrival times of the tsunami waves caused by the Tonga volcano. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)

Victoria-based ocean agency picks up real-time tsunami data after Tonga volcano eruption

Volcano’s impact travelled 9,000 kilometres before reaching Ocean Networks Canada’s sensors

This map of Ocean Networks Canada’s offshore NEPTUNE cabled networks shows arrival times of the tsunami waves caused by the Tonga volcano. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)
Kim Ward, 51, was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in Central Saanich in 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, began Jan. 17 in Victoria. (Courtesy of Triathlon Canada)

Man’s trial begins on impaired, dangerous driving charges in fatal 2018 Central Saanich crash

Pedestrian Kim Ward died on scene, sister injured after both struck by vehicle in August 2018

Kim Ward, 51, was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in Central Saanich in 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, began Jan. 17 in Victoria. (Courtesy of Triathlon Canada)
Victoria councillors have supported lowering the annual fee to run a cannabis retail store in the city, but the new amount remains much higher than what city staff recommended. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Victoria to phase in reduction of cannabis retailer license fee

Councillors reject going from $5,000 to suggested $280, 2022 fee set at $3,500; 2023 to be $2,000

Victoria councillors have supported lowering the annual fee to run a cannabis retail store in the city, but the new amount remains much higher than what city staff recommended. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Map shows a current list of properties owned by affordable housing providers. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Public input sought on Victoria’s vision to streamline subsidized housing process

Proposal to maximize building densities, delegate some approvals, sent to public hearing

Map shows a current list of properties owned by affordable housing providers. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Residents from across Canada are leaving other major cities to move to Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Residents from across Canada are making the move to Greater Victoria

Internal migration to Capital Region staying constant: Statistics Canada data

Residents from across Canada are leaving other major cities to move to Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Map shows properties owned by affordable housing providers in the coty of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Streamlined application process recommended to bolster Victoria’s affordable housing supply

Eligible projects could maximize density, with approvals delegated by council

Map shows properties owned by affordable housing providers in the coty of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Lower business licensing fees for cannabis retailers will be considered by Victoria councillors on Jan. 13. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Victoria looks at major drop to city cannabis retailers’ license fee

Staff recommend lowering $5,000 fee to $280; other changes would reduce enforcement duplication

Lower business licensing fees for cannabis retailers will be considered by Victoria councillors on Jan. 13. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Cyclists roll down Wharf Street’s protected bike lane in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News staff)

Victoria’s 2022 outlook: Housing key to recovery, bike lanes can benefit everyone, says mayor

Lisa Helps weighs in on business recovery, expanding bike lanes, 2022 municipal election

Cyclists roll down Wharf Street’s protected bike lane in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News staff)
Environmental sustainability, plant-based food and First Nations participation come together at Cascadia Seaweed, an innovative new food brand. (Courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation)

Going blue in 2022: Greater Victoria positioned to make waves in blue economy: advocates

Coastal capital should go with what it knows to create sustainable, innovative industries

Environmental sustainability, plant-based food and First Nations participation come together at Cascadia Seaweed, an innovative new food brand. (Courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed Corporation)
Victoria’s Dylan Garand at the 2021 World Junior Selection Camp at Winsport in Calgary (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)

It’s gold or nothing for Victoria goalie returning to World Juniors

Canada’s Dylan Garand sees only unfinished business in looming 2022 tournament

Victoria’s Dylan Garand at the 2021 World Junior Selection Camp at Winsport in Calgary (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)
Oak bay firefighters, like Aiden Wells, left, and Jason Ahokas, working through the holidays is just part of the job description. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Christmas can still deliver tragedy, so Greater Victoria first responders remain on alert

As many are off and celebrating, first responders still face difficult calls during the holidays

Oak bay firefighters, like Aiden Wells, left, and Jason Ahokas, working through the holidays is just part of the job description. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A councillor’s notice of motion wants Esquimalt to explore phasing out gas-powered landscaping tools. (Black Press Media file photo)

Could two-strokes be struck out in Esquimalt?

Councillor motion wants township to explore phasing out gas-powered landscaping equipment

A councillor’s notice of motion wants Esquimalt to explore phasing out gas-powered landscaping tools. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering of the Telus Ocean building that would sit at the corner of Douglas and Humboldt streets in downtown Victoria. (Courtesy of Telus)

Telus Ocean proposal set for downtown Victoria approved despite divided public

Telecom’s office building will transform triangular lot at Douglas and Humboldt streets

A rendering of the Telus Ocean building that would sit at the corner of Douglas and Humboldt streets in downtown Victoria. (Courtesy of Telus)
Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Saanich CAO to get almost $600,000 in severance after firing without cause

The district has not explained the reason behind Paul Thorkelsson’s termination

Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Camosun College program is giving automotive technicians the skills they need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)

Camosun College program helping technicians learn how to work with electric vehicles

After two pilot sessions in the fall, the program will continue in Victoria in 2022

A Camosun College program is giving automotive technicians the skills they need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
Volunteers pack food items and holiday treats into bags for GT Church’s Christmas Hamper Outreach program on Dec. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria church fills 200 Christmas hampers for those in need

Volunteers hard at work filling packages with food items and more at GT Church on Dec. 14

Volunteers pack food items and holiday treats into bags for GT Church’s Christmas Hamper Outreach program on Dec. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)