City of Victoria

The Victoria Police department will seek a 9.55 per cent increase to its budget in 2023, which would be a bump of just over $6 million. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police board proposes 9.55% budget hike

Staff salaries, benefits make up majority of draft budget increase

 

Old Vic Fish and Chips has joined the growing list of downtown Victoria businesses to announce they are closing their doors over the past few months, but Downtown Victoria said it is likely just the natural ebb and flow of downtown businesses, rather than any cause for concern. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria says it’s still strong for business, despite string of closures

Despite Old Vic Fish and Chips joining list of closures in the area, business remains good overall

 

A sneaky cat attempted to catch a ride in a patrol car while a VicPD officer was conducting a roadside investigation. (Courtesy VicPD)

VicPD officer finds ‘unauthorized intruder’ in patrol car during traffic stop

Officers were investigating a suspected impaired driver when a cat snuck into one of the cruisers

 

Leslie Robinson and her gang of “grannies” sang their concerns about gentrification on Pandora Avenue to Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto to get their point across. (Ella Matte photo)

VIDEO: ‘Grannies’ serenade Victoria mayor to take action on gentrification downtown

Change needed to provide services for people experiencing homelessness

  • Jan 13, 2023
Leslie Robinson and her gang of “grannies” sang their concerns about gentrification on Pandora Avenue to Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto to get their point across. (Ella Matte photo)
Havn’s floating sauna business being worked on at Ogden Point on Jan. 11. The company wants to moor and run the relaxation-based business from the Inner Harbour. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Public can float thoughts on sauna business proposed for Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Havn Saunas wants to bring its moored barge with a relaxation, socializing business to Ship Point

Havn’s floating sauna business being worked on at Ogden Point on Jan. 11. The company wants to moor and run the relaxation-based business from the Inner Harbour. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The goal of the My Great Neighbourhood grant program is to develop and improve a sense of community, animate public spaces and leave a positive legacy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood grant program expanded

Victoria council has approved a bump for My Great Neighbourhood grant amounts

The goal of the My Great Neighbourhood grant program is to develop and improve a sense of community, animate public spaces and leave a positive legacy. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria courthouse as seen on Jan. 8. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

‘Dangerous’: City of Victoria takes dog owner to court, cites alleged bylaw offences

Court documents reveal Michael Evans did not license his dog last year

The Victoria courthouse as seen on Jan. 8. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
City of Victoria Artist in Residence Kemi Craig has debuted her first project in the role – a series of looped videos projected on a Douglas Street storefront. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria’s artist in residence debuts first piece with looped videos

The videos are being projected on a Douglas Street storefront

City of Victoria Artist in Residence Kemi Craig has debuted her first project in the role – a series of looped videos projected on a Douglas Street storefront. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
The City of Victoria will study a number of measures that relate to adding housing. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘We are on fire’: Victoria to study measures to ease housing crisis

A host of existing and new policies will be looked at before a report goes to council

The City of Victoria will study a number of measures that relate to adding housing. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club founder Ted Smith said the club’s Johnson Street store and consumption site remains open despite the building’s owner serving them an eviction notice effective Jan. 2. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘Panic buying’ at Victoria cannabis club as it defies eviction

The club is hoping to negotiate a pause in the eviction until their new location is ready in March

Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club founder Ted Smith said the club’s Johnson Street store and consumption site remains open despite the building’s owner serving them an eviction notice effective Jan. 2. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Local Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas designed the downtown summer banners for 2021 and 2022. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Victoria’s summer banner program now accepting applications

Local designers and artists will have the chance to display their work during the next two summers

Local Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas designed the downtown summer banners for 2021 and 2022. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Victoria Police Department is investigating the death of a person found on the 3100-block of Douglas Street on the morning of Dec. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Victoria Police Department is investigating the death of a person found on the 3100-block of Douglas Street on the morning of Dec. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Residential curbside waste collection was cancelled in Victoria on Dec. 20 and 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Seriously?!’ Victoria residents furious about waste collection cancellations

Those affected by the cancellations can leave an extra bag out on their next collection date

  • Dec 28, 2022
Residential curbside waste collection was cancelled in Victoria on Dec. 20 and 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
A thief broke into Victoria’s Madrona Gallery around 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 26, stealing these three Inuit carvings (not pictured to scale) valued at more than $40,000 combined. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
A thief broke into Victoria’s Madrona Gallery around 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 26, stealing these three Inuit carvings (not pictured to scale) valued at more than $40,000 combined. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
Many sidewalks in Greater Victoria are covered in snow. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Victoria property owners, businesses reminded to keep sidewalks clear of snow

Those who avoid clearing their sidewalk may face a $125 fine

Many sidewalks in Greater Victoria are covered in snow. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto serves meals on Wednesday (Dec. 21) at Our Place Society’s annual Christmas event. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Victoria’s Our Place and dignitaries serve up Christmas cheer

Dignitaries and Media personalities helped serve meals at Our Place

Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto serves meals on Wednesday (Dec. 21) at Our Place Society’s annual Christmas event. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
The Kelowna airport is full of passengers hoping to get to their destination for the holiday season. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

‘I’m just a number, not a person’: Kelowna traveller re-routed and stranded in Victoria

Cam Lainchbury was told that WestJet does not have enough pilots qualified to fly in poor weather

The Kelowna airport is full of passengers hoping to get to their destination for the holiday season. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
VicPD arrested 17 people and recovered weapons and thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise during a recent crackdown on retail theft. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Cops nail 17 shoplifters in Victoria crackdown

Weapons were seized and thousands in stolen merchandise were recovered in the three-day project

VicPD arrested 17 people and recovered weapons and thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise during a recent crackdown on retail theft. (Courtesy of VicPD)
A rendering of the proposed housing development in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria/Development Tracker)

20-storey tower with supportive homes pitched for downtown Victoria

If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2024 and be finished in late 2027

A rendering of the proposed housing development in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria/Development Tracker)
Victoria’s newly elected council will have its first public discussion on the missing middle housing initiative on Dec. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council discusses missing middle housing initiative process

Councillors discussed the consideration process in early December

Victoria’s newly elected council will have its first public discussion on the missing middle housing initiative on Dec. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)