Greater Victoria

Strong wind and swelling waves are seen during a storm in Victoria on Jan. 5, 2021. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for the south Island starting on Oct. 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Weather statement issued for Greater Victoria, Malahat ahead of weekend

An atmospheric river will bring continuous rain, strong winds to form over Georgia Strait

Strong wind and swelling waves are seen during a storm in Victoria on Jan. 5, 2021. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for the south Island starting on Oct. 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
While small in size, bug-eating bats have a big impact on ecosystems. (Wild ARC/Facebook)

B.C. bats need a hand, but don’t touch them

Populations in decline for the bug-eating mammal that can spread rabies

While small in size, bug-eating bats have a big impact on ecosystems. (Wild ARC/Facebook)
The annual Victoria Cool Aid fundraiser sees socks distributed through 25 organizations from Nanaimo to Victoria and Salt Spring Island. (Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Cool Aid, businesses pool resources in campaign to collect 10,000 pairs of socks

Foot nurse emphasizes health value of clean, dry, cared-for feet

The annual Victoria Cool Aid fundraiser sees socks distributed through 25 organizations from Nanaimo to Victoria and Salt Spring Island. (Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
Musicians perform at a Diwali ceremony at the B.C. legislature Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Diwali celebrated with ceremony at B.C. legislature

Premier John Horgan, premier-designate David Eby joined by local community leaders

Musicians perform at a Diwali ceremony at the B.C. legislature Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. took home a gold medal from the Canada Beer Cup. (Phillips Brewing and Malting Co./Facebook)

Three Greater Victoria breweries win medals at national craft brewery competition

B.C. breweries pick up top honours with 29 winning a total of 46 awards

Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. took home a gold medal from the Canada Beer Cup. (Phillips Brewing and Malting Co./Facebook)
Flooding during the 2021 atmospheric river event closed the Malahat portion of the Trans-Canada Highway. (File courtesy Emcon Services Inc.)
Flooding during the 2021 atmospheric river event closed the Malahat portion of the Trans-Canada Highway. (File courtesy Emcon Services Inc.)
The CRD is on pace to have a regional Canada Goose Management Service in place by the next year. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD closes in on strategy to reduce local Canada goose population

Overabundant birds are causing an array of environmental, health, economic impacts

The CRD is on pace to have a regional Canada Goose Management Service in place by the next year. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents are expected to spend a total of $224 million on Halloween this year, with around a quarter of that going toward candy alone. (Black Press Media file photo)

British Columbians to spend $224M on Halloween this year

Hello Safe says across Canada Halloween budget is up 28 per cent from last year

B.C. residents are expected to spend a total of $224 million on Halloween this year, with around a quarter of that going toward candy alone. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rain is expected to return on Oct. 21 after three months of almost no precipitation and hot weather in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Big shift’ to rainy, cool fall weather headed for Greater Victoria after drought

Rain in the week-long forecast starts Friday after just two millimetres since July

Rain is expected to return on Oct. 21 after three months of almost no precipitation and hot weather in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C.’s director of police services says the Township of Esquimalt needs to pay its share of the Victoria Police Department 2022 budget increase. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Esquimalt ordered to pony up its portion of 2022 Victoria police budget increase

Esquimalt council voted against police budget expansion in March

B.C.’s director of police services says the Township of Esquimalt needs to pay its share of the Victoria Police Department 2022 budget increase. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Police seized a large ‘mace-style’ weapon at a Victoria transitional housing facility on Sunday (Oct. 16). (Courtesy VicPD)
Police seized a large ‘mace-style’ weapon at a Victoria transitional housing facility on Sunday (Oct. 16). (Courtesy VicPD)
B.C. Ferries has increased its fuel surcharge again amid high prices. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries hitting passengers with another fuel surcharge increase

Another 1.5 per cent will be added after surcharge hiked to 2.5 per cent in May

B.C. Ferries has increased its fuel surcharge again amid high prices. (Black Press Media file photo)
Voter turnout was down slightly compared to the 2018 school trustee election. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD61 elects six new trustees, three incumbents

30 candidates were vying for nine school trustee positions

Voter turnout was down slightly compared to the 2018 school trustee election. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce inducted its first five honourees into its new Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. Clockwise from top left: Chief Robert Sam, Clare Copeland, Helen Beirnes, Ian Maxwell, and Ron Lou-Poy. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce inducted its first five honourees into its new Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. Clockwise from top left: Chief Robert Sam, Clare Copeland, Helen Beirnes, Ian Maxwell, and Ron Lou-Poy. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce)
School trustee candidates will also be on the ballot during the 2022 general election. (Black Press Media file photo)
School trustee candidates will also be on the ballot during the 2022 general election. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michael Lund has a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest and was the subject of a wanted person notification on Sept. 9. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police continue search for man who failed to return to Victoria halfway house

Michael Lund is serving a one-year provincial sentence for multiple offences

Michael Lund has a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest and was the subject of a wanted person notification on Sept. 9. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 per cent in September, down from 4.9 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)

September sees unemployment drop in Greater Victoria to 4.7 per cent

The drop coincides with fewer people being part of the workforce and participating in it

Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 per cent in September, down from 4.9 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police officers cordoned off a portion of Haynes Road after discovering the remains of a man near Swan Lake Sanctuary on Oct. 12. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Body discovered near Swan Lake in Saanich

Man’s identity, cause of death unknown

Saanich police officers cordoned off a portion of Haynes Road after discovering the remains of a man near Swan Lake Sanctuary on Oct. 12. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
CUPE Local 1978 members employed by the CRD have voted in favour of strike action. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD workers vote in favour of strike action

CUPE Local 1978 members voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action

CUPE Local 1978 members employed by the CRD have voted in favour of strike action. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, speaks on July 22 just before Victoria’s nine millionth cruise ship passenger arrived. GVHA has added six new air quality monitoring stations to its properties. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, speaks on July 22 just before Victoria’s nine millionth cruise ship passenger arrived. GVHA has added six new air quality monitoring stations to its properties. (Black Press Media file photo)