Kendra Crighton

People wearing masks line up outside a small grocery store in James Bay. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

More Canadians concerned with health of others than their own during pandemic

New Statistics Canada survey will be used to inform governments response to COVID-19

People wearing masks line up outside a small grocery store in James Bay. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
On April 10, at around 12:45 p.m. the West Shore RCMP were called by a maintenance employee who found the man — later identified as Wesley Switzer — inside the building violently smashing windows and damaging property. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested for breaking into Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, threatening to burn it down

Man faces charges of break and enter, uttering threats and mischief

On April 10, at around 12:45 p.m. the West Shore RCMP were called by a maintenance employee who found the man — later identified as Wesley Switzer — inside the building violently smashing windows and damaging property. (Black Press Media file photo)
The statue of Captin James Cook dons a mask. Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: People wearing masks, hearts in windows — Victoria’s streetscape continues to shift

The World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11

The statue of Captin James Cook dons a mask. Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
The Savages motorcycle club has moved into the old Devil’s Army clubhouse on Spencer Road in Langford. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Ex-member of the Savages motorcycle club will see three years in jail for possession of a firearm

Lyle Briscoe said he had the gun for self-defence after trying to dissociate with the club

The Savages motorcycle club has moved into the old Devil’s Army clubhouse on Spencer Road in Langford. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)
Oak Bay Fire Chief Darren Hughes is proud of the atmosphere he’s helped foster that allows members to have open conversations about mental health. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Mental Health: ‘Choke it down’ mentality now in the past for first responders

Emergency crews implementing programs focusing on self-care

Oak Bay Fire Chief Darren Hughes is proud of the atmosphere he’s helped foster that allows members to have open conversations about mental health. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Pharmacists in B.C. can now authorize prescription refills and renewals amid COVID-19. (Black Press Media files)

Should you stockpile medication during the pandemic? Experts say no

Canadian Pharmacist Association calls stockpiling “completely unnecessary”

Pharmacists in B.C. can now authorize prescription refills and renewals amid COVID-19. (Black Press Media files)
Second Chances thrift store in Sidney, which generates revenue for Cat’s Cradle, has closed due to the pandemic. (Facebook)

Victoria health care worker reminds public animals need help too during pandemic

Cat’s Cradle’s thrift store in Sidney temporarily closed due to the risk of spreading COVID-19

Second Chances thrift store in Sidney, which generates revenue for Cat’s Cradle, has closed due to the pandemic. (Facebook)
Foundation funds High Acuity Unit for Royal Jubilee Hospital to support COVID-19 patients

Foundation funds High Acuity Unit for Royal Jubilee Hospital to support COVID-19 patients

HAU provides level of critical care that can not be performed on other wards

Foundation funds High Acuity Unit for Royal Jubilee Hospital to support COVID-19 patients
Osmond and Acorn, two alpacas who live at the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. (GoFundMe)
Osmond and Acorn, two alpacas who live at the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm. (GoFundMe)
Farah James Robert Yaman will remain behind bars during the pandemic despite having a history of lung disorders, including asthma and a collapsed lung. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)

Judge rejects pandemic as reason to grant bail to immunocompromised prisoner

Esquimalt man told there are more health risks for addicts on the street than there are in jail

Farah James Robert Yaman will remain behind bars during the pandemic despite having a history of lung disorders, including asthma and a collapsed lung. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)
The West Shore RCMP deployed a conducted energy weapon (CEW) and police service dog to subdue a suicidal man last spring. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police watchdog clears West Shore RCMP in altercation that led to man needing 82 staples

The man pretended he had a weapon he would use against the police

The West Shore RCMP deployed a conducted energy weapon (CEW) and police service dog to subdue a suicidal man last spring. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new survey by the Victoria Tenant Action Group (VTGA) is showing that nearly a third of all respondents did not, or only partially, paid rent for the month of April. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria survey shows third of respondents did not pay, or partially paid rent for April

Survey of 70 respondents says 40 per cent expect they will not be able to pay May rent

A new survey by the Victoria Tenant Action Group (VTGA) is showing that nearly a third of all respondents did not, or only partially, paid rent for the month of April. (Black Press Media file photo)
Approximately 75 tents line Pandora Avenue on April 3, some closer than the two-metre physical distance regulation set out by the provincial health officer. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Advocates call safe drug supply a victory but worry about logistics in pandemic

Pandemic contributes to scarce supply, advocates worried about potential impact on the streets

Approximately 75 tents line Pandora Avenue on April 3, some closer than the two-metre physical distance regulation set out by the provincial health officer. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Fort Royal Pharmacy in Oak Bay gave away free hand sanitizer to people this past weekend. (Provided by Hans Bawa)

Family-owned pharmacy gives away free hand sanitizer in Victoria, Oak Bay

Fort Royal Pharmacy asks people to bring their own containers to fill with sanitizer

Fort Royal Pharmacy in Oak Bay gave away free hand sanitizer to people this past weekend. (Provided by Hans Bawa)
Scott Stanton and Salina Hoffman tied the knot on Saturday and were surprised by friends and family who had gathered outside to watch the ceremony from a distance. (Provided by Scott Stanton)

Friends, family suprise Current Swell singer and new wife with socially distant wedding

‘We just thought we were going over there to have a glass of champagne and do some paperwork’

Scott Stanton and Salina Hoffman tied the knot on Saturday and were surprised by friends and family who had gathered outside to watch the ceremony from a distance. (Provided by Scott Stanton)
If you can approach a conversation with empathy you’ll have the best chance of getting your point across while mitigating conflict says Jessica Rourke, a conflict expert. (Nina Grossman/Victoria News Staff)

Conflict expert explains how to talk to people who aren’t social distancing

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

If you can approach a conversation with empathy you’ll have the best chance of getting your point across while mitigating conflict says Jessica Rourke, a conflict expert. (Nina Grossman/Victoria News Staff)
The streets of downtown Victoria are quieter than usual in the wake of physical isolation mandates from the provincial and federal governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)

COVID-19: Managing your mental health from isolation

Ministry of Mental Health, Addictions recommends numerous strategies for self-care during pandemic

The streets of downtown Victoria are quieter than usual in the wake of physical isolation mandates from the provincial and federal governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
The Phoning Seniors Together program, run through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, will connect volunteers with seniors for phone conversations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Program makes a connection with isolated Victoria seniors

Phoning Seniors Together program lines up volunteers with seniors at Luther Court

The Phoning Seniors Together program, run through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, will connect volunteers with seniors for phone conversations. (Black Press Media file photo)
A line of customers stands on markers outside the James Bay Thrity Food’s location to help stop the spread of COVID-19. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Members of immunocompromised community seek more options to get groceries as online services are backlogged

One woman has decided to build a greenhouse to ensure she is able to access food throughout pandemic

A line of customers stands on markers outside the James Bay Thrity Food’s location to help stop the spread of COVID-19. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Cedar Hill Golf Course has been closed for a little over a week now, but staff are continuing to see people use the area for recreation. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Excess activity damaging Saanich golf course – despite being closed

Cedar Hill Golf Course manager reminds people of the 170 parks available in Saanich

Cedar Hill Golf Course has been closed for a little over a week now, but staff are continuing to see people use the area for recreation. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
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