Victoria News Staff

Flooding and bank instability has closed the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Services Inc.)

Long-term Malahat flood repair in design stages, cost unknown: Transportation Ministry

Nov. 15 rainstorm caused a section of slope and retaining wall to collapse

Flooding and bank instability has closed the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Services Inc.)
Greater Victoria residents are encouraged to light up their properties with holiday decorations this month, and to enter into the Light up the City contest though vicnews.com/contests, with the top-voted displays earning prizes from Helijet International, Peninsula Co-op, and other local sponsors. Pictured is a display from the 2020 contest. (Photo Courtesy of Greater Victoria Festival Society)

Light Up The City holiday decoration contest returns to Greater Victoria

Enter and vote for your favourites at vicnews.com/contests until Dec. 17

Greater Victoria residents are encouraged to light up their properties with holiday decorations this month, and to enter into the Light up the City contest though vicnews.com/contests, with the top-voted displays earning prizes from Helijet International, Peninsula Co-op, and other local sponsors. Pictured is a display from the 2020 contest. (Photo Courtesy of Greater Victoria Festival Society)
Victoria police are asking for the public’s help in finding Earl Lacharity after the high-risk 78-year-old was reported missing on Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

MISSING: Earl Lacharity last seen in Vic West

The 78-year-old was reported missing on Nov. 30 after he last spoke with family on Nov. 24

Victoria police are asking for the public’s help in finding Earl Lacharity after the high-risk 78-year-old was reported missing on Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
David Westgeest was last seen in Victoria on Dec. 1. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

MISSING: David Westgeest last seen in Victoria on Dec. 1

38-year-old man described as high risk by police, likely driving a grey Hyundai minivan

David Westgeest was last seen in Victoria on Dec. 1. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Avril Lavigne’s newly released song, Bite Me, precedes more music and a new album by the same name in the new year. (Warner Music Canada)

Avril Lavigne announces final tour stop in Victoria

Concert set for May 25, Bite Me tour the pop-punk artist’s first in over 10 years

Avril Lavigne’s newly released song, Bite Me, precedes more music and a new album by the same name in the new year. (Warner Music Canada)
The Netflix series Maid shooting in Sidney in November 2020. (Bob Orchard photo)

Netflix map marks Greater Victoria sites where Maid was filmed

Ten Mile Point mansion, Victoria’s oldest laundromat among featured locations

The Netflix series Maid shooting in Sidney in November 2020. (Bob Orchard photo)
Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich is one of three Greater Victoria schools recently added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list. (Black Press Media file photo)

More Greater Victoria schools hit with COVID-19 exposures

Total of 9 schools dealing with known cases

Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich is one of three Greater Victoria schools recently added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gas prices in Greater Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island have come down slightly in the past month, but are significantly higher than the same time last year, according to a recent survey. (Photo contributed)

Greater Victoria gas prices roughly 30 per cent higher than last year

Holiday season, COVID-related drop in demand, could drive prices down: industry watchdog

Gas prices in Greater Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island have come down slightly in the past month, but are significantly higher than the same time last year, according to a recent survey. (Photo contributed)
There was a rush on gas stations across Greater Victoria last month, with many running out of gas. There is now a limit of 30 litres on gas purchases until Dec. 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

POLL: Have the restrictions on gasoline purchases caused you to change your driving habits?

Vancouver Islanders hoping to hit the road to help beat the December…

There was a rush on gas stations across Greater Victoria last month, with many running out of gas. There is now a limit of 30 litres on gas purchases until Dec. 14. (Black Press Media file photo)
Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 30

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the…

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
A fan photo of Cole Sprouse in Langley, where parts of Netflix’s show Riverdale have been filmed. (Submitted photo)

Riverdale star fundraising for B.C. environmental groups with sale of his photo prints

Cole Sprouse, Jughead in the Archie Comics spin-off show, also an avid photographer

A fan photo of Cole Sprouse in Langley, where parts of Netflix’s show Riverdale have been filmed. (Submitted photo)
The Royal B.C. Museum is planning a trio of holiday experiences for visitors in December. (Royal B.C. Museum)
The Royal B.C. Museum is planning a trio of holiday experiences for visitors in December. (Royal B.C. Museum)
The Victoria Police Department is seeking this man in relation to mischief at the B.C. legislature on Nov. 26. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

One arrested, one sought for mischief at B.C. legislature

Arrested Alberta man was released with court date, conditions

The Victoria Police Department is seeking this man in relation to mischief at the B.C. legislature on Nov. 26. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
The Capital Regional District has made some improvements and changes to mountain biking trails in the region after approving its guidelines for the activity last spring. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD updates Saanich mountain biking areas with realigned trails, added signage

Mount Work sees many of the improvements, Sooke trails also targeted for attention

The Capital Regional District has made some improvements and changes to mountain biking trails in the region after approving its guidelines for the activity last spring. (Black Press Media file photo)
A cruise ship docked at the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority announced its draft 2022 arrivals schedule on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)

Victoria’s 2022 cruise passenger counts projected to return to pre-pandemic levels

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority expects close to 760,000 passengers to arrive next year

A cruise ship docked at the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point. The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority announced its draft 2022 arrivals schedule on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
Colin John pleaded guilty to the May 2016 murder of a Chemainus man, during an appearance at Victoria Law Courts on Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

Accused pleads guilty to murder of Chemainus man Derek Descoteau

Colin John also pleads guilty to downgraded charge of aggravated assault of victim’s girlfriend

Colin John pleaded guilty to the May 2016 murder of a Chemainus man, during an appearance at Victoria Law Courts on Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich Middle School is one of three Greater Victoria schools recently hit with COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)

3 more Greater Victoria schools hit with COVID-19 cases

Dunsmuir Middle School, North Saanich Middle School, Lighthouse Christian Academy impacted

North Saanich Middle School is one of three Greater Victoria schools recently hit with COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)
Randall Garrison wants to see elements of intimate partner violence added to the Criminal Code of Canada. (File photo/Randall Garrison campaign)

Greater Victoria MP hopeful for success on intimate partner violence bill

Randall Garrison’s private member’s bill was set aside in summer when snap election was called

Randall Garrison wants to see elements of intimate partner violence added to the Criminal Code of Canada. (File photo/Randall Garrison campaign)
The Better Business Bureau is reminding residents to watch out for holiday scams. (Black Press Media file photo)

Better Business Bureau’s ‘Naughty List’ warns Vancouver Islanders of holiday scams

Fake charities, puppy scams, free gift cards among things to watch out for

The Better Business Bureau is reminding residents to watch out for holiday scams. (Black Press Media file photo)
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House will distribute community donated non-perishables to clients in need. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House begins holiday canned-food collections

Donations accepted at municipal facilities, pickups available on garbage days in mid-December

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House will distribute community donated non-perishables to clients in need. (Black Press Media file photo)