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Police are asking for information after an $11,000 custom mountain bike was stolen from a yard on Saturday. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Police are asking for information after an $11,000 custom mountain bike was stolen from a yard on Saturday. (Courtesy of VicPD)
The MV Chelan, pictured here arriving in Sidney in 2018, is the only vessel capable of servicing the Sidney-Anacortes run. A new report finds a privately-run service feasible but subject to many obstacles. (Black Press Media file photo)
The MV Chelan, pictured here arriving in Sidney in 2018, is the only vessel capable of servicing the Sidney-Anacortes run. A new report finds a privately-run service feasible but subject to many obstacles. (Black Press Media file photo)
Patty Golumbia and Holly Mair, teacher-librarians at South Island Distance Education, have launched a Read Across Canada challenge for their students. (Courtesy of Holly Mair)

Victoria students gobble up books on virtual trek across Canada

Nearly 40 South Island Distance Education students are participating

Patty Golumbia and Holly Mair, teacher-librarians at South Island Distance Education, have launched a Read Across Canada challenge for their students. (Courtesy of Holly Mair)
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The City of Victoria is hosting a virtual budget town hall Jan. 13. (Black Press Media file photo)

Have your say on Victoria’s city budget 2021

Virtual town hall meetings scheduled for Jan. 13, online input deadline Jan. 10

  • Jan 10, 2021
The City of Victoria is hosting a virtual budget town hall Jan. 13. (Black Press Media file photo)
The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Esquimalt, B.C., is seen on Friday, January 8, 2021. The Greater Victoria area no longer uses surrounding ocean waters to flush away raw effluent now that a $775 million sewage plant has started treating the equivalent of 43 Olympic-sized pools of waste daily. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Victoria no longer flushes raw sewage into ocean after area opens treatment plant

Victoria was the last remaining major community to pump raw sewage into surrounding waters

The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Esquimalt, B.C., is seen on Friday, January 8, 2021. The Greater Victoria area no longer uses surrounding ocean waters to flush away raw effluent now that a $775 million sewage plant has started treating the equivalent of 43 Olympic-sized pools of waste daily. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The body of missing Langford teen Andre Courtmanche, 16, was found in Goldstream Provincial Park on the evening of Jan. 9. Police do not suspect foul play and the cause of death is still under investigation. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

Body of missing 16-year-old Langford teen found in Goldstream Provincial Park

Discovery made by search and rescue teams on Saturday evening

The body of missing Langford teen Andre Courtmanche, 16, was found in Goldstream Provincial Park on the evening of Jan. 9. Police do not suspect foul play and the cause of death is still under investigation. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)

Shawnigan Lake School a force in women’s hockey

Former star Carly Haggard guides schools U18 female team

Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)
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The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)
The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)
Jude Somers won the 2020 People’s Choice Award for her creation The Santa Train, during Habitat for Humanity’s 12th annual Gingerbread Showcase. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)

Winners of Victoria’s 12th annual Gingerbread Showcase announced

More than $35,000 raised between Nov. 21 and Jan. 3

  • Jan 9, 2021
Jude Somers won the 2020 People’s Choice Award for her creation The Santa Train, during Habitat for Humanity’s 12th annual Gingerbread Showcase. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)
West Shore RCMP say charges are pending against a mother of three suspected of impaired driving with her children in the car. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
West Shore RCMP say charges are pending against a mother of three suspected of impaired driving with her children in the car. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst is taking on the challenge of the Wounded Warriors Canada Run to help erase the stigma military personnel and first responders face dealing with mental health issues. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hurst)

View Royal fire chief gears up for Wounded Warrior Run

February run from Port Hardy to Victoria offers support to members of military and first responders

View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst is taking on the challenge of the Wounded Warriors Canada Run to help erase the stigma military personnel and first responders face dealing with mental health issues. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hurst)
Retail expert Richard Talbot said Sidney retailers might have benefited from weaknesses elsewhere in 2020 but lowers expectations about 2021. (Submitted)

Expert praises resilience of Sidney retailers in 2020

Richard Talbot also warns of ‘more failures and vacancies’ in 2021

Retail expert Richard Talbot said Sidney retailers might have benefited from weaknesses elsewhere in 2020 but lowers expectations about 2021. (Submitted)
RCMP are trying to determine why a woman fled the scene of an accident in Sooke. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke RCMP seize drugs, firearms during traffic stop

Two men and two women arrested Jan. 6

  • Jan 8, 2021
RCMP are trying to determine why a woman fled the scene of an accident in Sooke. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Saanich is performing emergency repairs on the Durrance Road bridge Jan. 8 and 9 from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Google Maps)
The District of Saanich is performing emergency repairs on the Durrance Road bridge Jan. 8 and 9 from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Google Maps)
A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council gives green light to 30 km/h speed limit pilot project

Project is a departure from other Greater Victoria municipalities who are lowering speeds to 40 km/h

A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police are searching for the owner of a large, white lion statue that was found abandoned in a driveway Jan. 4. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)

Victoria police seek owner of giant, white lion statue

Statue found abandoned in middle of driveway Jan. 4

Victoria police are searching for the owner of a large, white lion statue that was found abandoned in a driveway Jan. 4. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Central Saanich police responded to reports of a drowning in Brentwood Bay on the morning of Jan. 8. The investigation has been taken over by the B.C. Coroners Service. (Google Maps)

One person dead after drowning near Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal

B.C. Coroners Service investigating, Central Saanich police say incident not suspicious

Central Saanich police responded to reports of a drowning in Brentwood Bay on the morning of Jan. 8. The investigation has been taken over by the B.C. Coroners Service. (Google Maps)
There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 on three flights entering Victoria so far in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Three flights from Calgary to Victoria added to exposures list

WestJet flights on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 had confirmed COVID-19 cases onboard

There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 on three flights entering Victoria so far in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
This public hearing at a regular meeting of council in 2019 drew a crowd of about 100. Langford has decided to make audio of meetings available. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford to release audio of council meetings

Council to revisit live streaming during budget deliberations

This public hearing at a regular meeting of council in 2019 drew a crowd of about 100. Langford has decided to make audio of meetings available. (Black Press Media file photo)