Jane Skrypnek

Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor Melven <ins>(Sx̄wen)</ins> Jones recounts the abuse he endured at six years old, as he sits outside his home in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

‘It has to be heard’: Greater Victoria survivor recounts torture he endured at Indian Hospital

Melven (Sx̄wen) Jones was forcibly held at the Nanaimo Indian Hospital for two years

Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor Melven <ins>(Sx̄wen)</ins> Jones recounts the abuse he endured at six years old, as he sits outside his home in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
A Migration by local artist Claire Gaulin-Brown speaks to the different journey each person is on. It’s on display at 533 Admirals Rd. (Courtesy Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)

Muralists make mesmerizing marks on Esquimalt neighbourhoods

Public art is about accessibility and community engagement, says mural festival organizer

A Migration by local artist Claire Gaulin-Brown speaks to the different journey each person is on. It’s on display at 533 Admirals Rd. (Courtesy Esquimalt Community Arts Hub)
A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. parents crowdsourcing COVID-19 school exposures in lieu of provincial information

Health ministry choosing to only publicly report outbreaks, clusters

A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)
San Francisco’s Street Crisis Response Team was created in 2020 to find meaningful solutions to homelessness and addiction. Victoria is in the process of creating a similar team, drawing on the lived experience of peers. (Courtesy San Francisco Department of Public Health)

Victoria peer-assisted crisis team looks to be difference-maker for mental health calls

Pilot project in development aims to offer alternative to police-only response by 2022

San Francisco’s Street Crisis Response Team was created in 2020 to find meaningful solutions to homelessness and addiction. Victoria is in the process of creating a similar team, drawing on the lived experience of peers. (Courtesy San Francisco Department of Public Health)
Victoria city staff are recommending a ban on unleashed pets at Gonzales Beach following a letter from the Canadian Wildlife Service. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: No dogs allowed off-leash at Gonzales Beach as Victoria aligns with federal regulations

Allowing dogs to run free endangered migratory birds, violated bird sanctuary laws

Victoria city staff are recommending a ban on unleashed pets at Gonzales Beach following a letter from the Canadian Wildlife Service. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian comic Norm Macdonald arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel on April 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Chris Pizzello)

Norm Macdonald’s Victoria ‘scrabble story’ resurfaces following death

Macdonald joked about terrible bed-and-breakfast experience on Vancouver Island

Canadian comic Norm Macdonald arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel on April 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Chris Pizzello)
Victoria city staff estimate the cost of staff, materials and consulting services for restoring city parks following temporary sheltering to be $535,000. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria city staff slap $500,000 price tag on post-sheltering park restoration

Restoration in such parks as Beacon Hill, Topaz, Cecilia Ravine expected to take until 2024: report

Victoria city staff estimate the cost of staff, materials and consulting services for restoring city parks following temporary sheltering to be $535,000. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace is being investigated for numerous allegations of sexual harassment against his students. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Sexual harassment allegations prompt investigation into Victoria driving instructor

Steve Wallace accused of inappropriate comments, touching during private lessons

Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace is being investigated for numerous allegations of sexual harassment against his students. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Saanich crews extinguished a fire in the 3200-block of Wascana Street Wednesday morning. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff) 
Saanich crews extinguished a fire in the 3200-block of Wascana Street Wednesday morning (Sept. 8). (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Saanich couple woken by strange smell discover house on fire

Extensive fire and smoke damage to Wascana Street home

Saanich crews extinguished a fire in the 3200-block of Wascana Street Wednesday morning. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff) 
Saanich crews extinguished a fire in the 3200-block of Wascana Street Wednesday morning (Sept. 8). (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria sing songwriter Jeremy Sinclair released his debut music video “Hey, how ya been” in July, drawing inspiration from his performing arts training and miscellaneous items he found around the house. (Courtesy of Jeremy Sinclair)

Victoria artist combines songwriting with performance art in debut music video

“Hey, how ya been” explores self-acceptance as a queer artist

Victoria sing songwriter Jeremy Sinclair released his debut music video “Hey, how ya been” in July, drawing inspiration from his performing arts training and miscellaneous items he found around the house. (Courtesy of Jeremy Sinclair)
With no word from the province on how schools will handle COVID-19 health protocols this year in the midst of increasing case numbers, some Greater Victoria teachers and parents are feeling anxious about the return. (Black Press Media file photo)

Back to school: Greater Victoria parents, teachers concerned with lack of COVID-19 plan

No cohorts, masks not mandatory; existing scenario making people nervous

With no word from the province on how schools will handle COVID-19 health protocols this year in the midst of increasing case numbers, some Greater Victoria teachers and parents are feeling anxious about the return. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wildfires raging through Interior B.C., including at Nk’Mip Creek, are expected to become more frequent and severe as climate change progresses and heat waves increase. A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says reducing carbon emissions is the only way out. (BC Wildfire photo)

‘See it as a call to action’: Victoria scientists comment on latest climate change report

Cutting carbon emissions only way to stop global warming, report concludes

Wildfires raging through Interior B.C., including at Nk’Mip Creek, are expected to become more frequent and severe as climate change progresses and heat waves increase. A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says reducing carbon emissions is the only way out. (BC Wildfire photo)
Victoria cancer survivor Michael Yarr is getting ready to ride in his 12th Tour de Cure fundraiser for cancer Aug. 28. (Courtesy Michael Yarr)

Victoria cancer survivor takes on 12th cycling fundraiser challenge

Michael Yarr lost his brother and son to cancer before battling it himself

Victoria cancer survivor Michael Yarr is getting ready to ride in his 12th Tour de Cure fundraiser for cancer Aug. 28. (Courtesy Michael Yarr)
Euphemia “Phemie” Guttin (left) and Victoria Weber (right) are no longer employed at the Garth Homer Society and have had their nursing registrations suspended after a probe found them guilty of mistreating adults with developmental disabilities. (Facebook/Phemie Guttin, Facebook/Vickie Weber)

Senior staffers in middle of care controversy no longer with Saanich’s Garth Homer Society

Suspended nurses Victoria Weber, Euphemia Guttin listed in civil suit brought by client’s parent

Euphemia “Phemie” Guttin (left) and Victoria Weber (right) are no longer employed at the Garth Homer Society and have had their nursing registrations suspended after a probe found them guilty of mistreating adults with developmental disabilities. (Facebook/Phemie Guttin, Facebook/Vickie Weber)
Saving for a down payment on a Greater Victoria home could take residents close to three decades, according to the latest Housing Affordability Monitor report from the National Bank of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

28 years to save for a Greater Victoria home down payment: Bank report

Study finds home ownership moving further out of reach for residents with average household income

Saving for a down payment on a Greater Victoria home could take residents close to three decades, according to the latest Housing Affordability Monitor report from the National Bank of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Saanich firefighters responded to a large structure fire in the 100-block of Battleford Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 11. (Courtesy Saanich Fire Department)

Overnight fire engulfs Saanich home

Investigators working to determine cause, extent of damage Wednesday morning

Saanich firefighters responded to a large structure fire in the 100-block of Battleford Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 11. (Courtesy Saanich Fire Department)
Saanich Police Chief Scott Green and Mayor Fred Haynes issued a statement in response to a Black Press Media article, apologizing for the inadequate treatment a sexual assault survivor received in 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. police force apologizes for botched handling of sexual assault complaint

Saanich mayor and police chief issue public apology over how they handled 2016 case

Saanich Police Chief Scott Green and Mayor Fred Haynes issued a statement in response to a Black Press Media article, apologizing for the inadequate treatment a sexual assault survivor received in 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Police Chief Scott Green and Mayor Fred Haynes issued a statement in response to a Black Press Media article, apologizing for the inadequate treatment a sexual assault survivor received in 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police apologize for inadequate handling of sexual assault survivor’s report

Officers’ 2016 choices left survivor without justice

Saanich Police Chief Scott Green and Mayor Fred Haynes issued a statement in response to a Black Press Media article, apologizing for the inadequate treatment a sexual assault survivor received in 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ann Whiteaker was voted in as new Greater Victoria School District board chair on Aug. 9, after former chair Jordan Watters resigned at the urging of four local Indigenous communities. (Ann Whiteaker/Facebook)

New Greater Victoria School District board chair promises better Indigenous engagement

Ann Whiteaker takes over as chair, Rob Paynter as vice-chair

Ann Whiteaker was voted in as new Greater Victoria School District board chair on Aug. 9, after former chair Jordan Watters resigned at the urging of four local Indigenous communities. (Ann Whiteaker/Facebook)
Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. “It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don’t tell him I said that,” he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Farm to food bank: Volunteers ensure free, fresh produce for Greater Victorians in need

Fruits, vegetables delivered directly from Gatton House Farm to free food markets

Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. “It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don’t tell him I said that,” he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)