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The City of Victoria’s sewer lines carry wastewater to the Capital Regional District treatment facility at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt. (Photo courtesy of CRD)

Victoria floats mandate for residential, commercial sewer pipe connection repairs

City looking to solve sewage, stormwater mixing problems exacerbated by heavy rains

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

Saanich Police Department Deputy Chief Const. Dean Duthie (left) will take over from soon-to-retire Chief Const. Scott Green at the beginning of February, the police board announced on Dec. 2. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich Police Board promotes from within to find new chief constable

Deputy Chief Dean Duthie will take over from retiring Chief Scott Green as of Feb. 1

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)
Environment Canada has issued a series of special weather statements advising of light snow in the forecast for the east coast of Vancouver Island. (News Bulletin file photo)

Chance of snow this week on Vancouver Island

Potential for ‘light accumulation’ between Friday night and Saturday morning, says Environment Canada

Environment Canada has issued a series of special weather statements advising of light snow in the forecast for the east coast of Vancouver Island. (News Bulletin file photo)
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)
The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

Less than 25% of users have applied for groundwater licence as B.C.’s deadline nears

Those without a licence could face fines, penalties and lose water rights

The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
Cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump on the Organ Donor trail in the Hartland area of Mount Work Regional Park. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke Bike Club, CRD ink deal to maintain mountain bike trails

Licensing agreement covers Sea to Sea Regional Park in Sooke Hills

Cyclist Max McCulloch catches air off a jump on the Organ Donor trail in the Hartland area of Mount Work Regional Park. (File - Black Press Media)
The sun continues to shine on the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway on Dec. 2, a day after the area recorded a new daily high record. (Drive BC traffic camera)

Malahat area records record high temperature

Record temperatures follow snowfall, record rainfall

The sun continues to shine on the Malahat section of the Trans-Canada Highway on Dec. 2, a day after the area recorded a new daily high record. (Drive BC traffic camera)
West Shore fire crews on the scene of a fire in one half of a duplex in the 2300-block of Sooke Road in Colwood Thursday morning. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

UPDATE: Dog dies in morning house fire in Colwood

Crews able to quickly put out fire in kitchen of one half of duplex on Sooke Road

West Shore fire crews on the scene of a fire in one half of a duplex in the 2300-block of Sooke Road in Colwood Thursday morning. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
CCTV captured an image of a blue Toyota Tacoma driving away from the scene of a collision in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)

Police looking for driver involved in Saanich collision

Motorist left the scene of collision between e-scooter, Toyota Tacoma

CCTV captured an image of a blue Toyota Tacoma driving away from the scene of a collision in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)
A quick response time allowed West Shore fire crews to limit the spread of an early morning fire in View Royal. (Black Press Media file photo)

Quick response limits spread of early morning fire in View Royal

View Royal Fire Rescue on scene within 4 minutes of initial 911 call

A quick response time allowed West Shore fire crews to limit the spread of an early morning fire in View Royal. (Black Press Media file 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)
Victoria-based criminal lawyer Michael Mulligan says calls for tougher bail conditions are politically motivated. (Photo courtesy of Michael Mulligan)

Greater Victoria municipalities’ call for tougher bail conditions ‘political pandering:’ lawyer

Michael Mulligan says better services, not tougher bail conditions would be more beneficial

Victoria-based criminal lawyer Michael Mulligan says calls for tougher bail conditions are politically motivated. (Photo courtesy of Michael Mulligan)
Langford resident Gail Lesowski says traffic calming elements such as this one on Atkins Avenue near Selwyn Road haven’t solved the issue of speeding along Atkins. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Speeders near Savory school creating potentially dangerous situation: Langford resident

Gail Leswoski says vehicles frequently zoom through Atkins Avenue crosswalk

Langford resident Gail Lesowski says traffic calming elements such as this one on Atkins Avenue near Selwyn Road haven’t solved the issue of speeding along Atkins. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The benchmark price for a single family home in the Victoria core region of the Victoria Real Estate Board was about $1.122 million, $912,700 for the West Shore and $1.129 million for the Saanich Peninsula. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bidding wars continue in Greater Victoria despite lower sales

The benchmark value for a single-family home in the Victoria core was about $1.122 million

The benchmark price for a single family home in the Victoria core region of the Victoria Real Estate Board was about $1.122 million, $912,700 for the West Shore and $1.129 million for the Saanich Peninsula. (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)
Rendering shows a portion of a proposed townhome development for Drummond Way in Colwood. A public hearing for this and one other development proposal will be held Wednesday (Dec. 1) starting at 6 p.m. (Courtesy City of Colwood)

Public hearings Wednesday night for pair of Colwood developments

Proposals include a five-storey, 57-unit apartment building, and a 43-townhome subdivision

Rendering shows a portion of a proposed townhome development for Drummond Way in Colwood. A public hearing for this and one other development proposal will be held Wednesday (Dec. 1) starting at 6 p.m. (Courtesy City of Colwood)
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.