Victoria News Staff

The Spirit of British Columbia has been stalled due to a mechanical error. (Black Press Media file photo)

Anchor issue causing BC Ferries delays between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen

Spirit of British Columbia drops anchor off Mayne Island

The Spirit of British Columbia has been stalled due to a mechanical error. (Black Press Media file photo)
Country superstar Blake Shelton has been announced as the headline for next summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival, running Aug. 3 to 6, 2023. (Courtesy of Sunfest Country Music Festival)

Blake Shelton coming to Vancouver Island as Sunfest headliner

The Cowichan country music festival returns to Laketown Ranch Aug. 3 to 6, 2023

Country superstar Blake Shelton has been announced as the headline for next summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival, running Aug. 3 to 6, 2023. (Courtesy of Sunfest Country Music Festival)
Premier David Eby has announced the province is scrapping controversial plans to eliminate individualized autism funding, which was scheduled to be phased out by 2025. (Black Press Media file photo)

Premier announces about-turn on B.C. autism funding cuts

David Eby says individualized funding will continue past 2025

Premier David Eby has announced the province is scrapping controversial plans to eliminate individualized autism funding, which was scheduled to be phased out by 2025. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria high school students call for greater sexual assault education in front of the B.C. legislature on April 10, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Yes, no, maybe-so: Canadians don’t understand consent, new study reveals

Study emphasizes a need for better sexual education, consent awareness and abuse prevention

Greater Victoria high school students call for greater sexual assault education in front of the B.C. legislature on April 10, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of the risk of online shopping scams as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Better Business Bureau)

BBB warning of online shopping scams this holiday season

Online shopping scams reached record highs last year, and are on track to match or surpass this year

The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of the risk of online shopping scams as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Better Business Bureau)
The new study also found that of the Canadians surveyed, black coffee was the preferred order. (Pixabay photo)

British Columbians are the most caffeinated Canadians

Survey finds B.C. residents drink the most coffee; Starbucks is Canadian coffee drinker’s favourite

The new study also found that of the Canadians surveyed, black coffee was the preferred order. (Pixabay photo)
Santa poses in front of Christmas trees in 2021. This year, Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. will open Nov. 27 at the Luxton Fairgrounds. (Courtesy of Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co.)

Short supplies, high prices expected for B.C. Christmas trees this holiday season

Wildfires and heat waves have taken toll on supply and cost of Christmas trees

Santa poses in front of Christmas trees in 2021. This year, Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. will open Nov. 27 at the Luxton Fairgrounds. (Courtesy of Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co.)
September 7, 2022 - Grilled cheese and tomato soup with tequila shots for finger food story by Ellie Shortt. Don Denton photo

Chicken tops grilled cheese in the showdown for Canada’s favourite sandwich

Halifax donair fares poorly in Canadian sandwich survey’s top 10 list

September 7, 2022 - Grilled cheese and tomato soup with tequila shots for finger food story by Ellie Shortt. Don Denton photo
Any member of the Armed Forces, either in uniform or with proper identification can stop by for a free beverage on Remembrance Day. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

Free drinks for veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members at Tim Hortons this Remembrance Day

The popular coffee franchise will be giving out beverages to vets and those in the Armed Forces

Any member of the Armed Forces, either in uniform or with proper identification can stop by for a free beverage on Remembrance Day. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)
After ensuring the area was safe, the Victoria Police Department maintained a visual presence at the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Deeply concerning’: Police investigating threats against B.C. Jewish film festival

Victoria event passes smoothly with police providing security, visual presence

After ensuring the area was safe, the Victoria Police Department maintained a visual presence at the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival. (Black Press Media file photo)
A recent survey finds that Canadians will spend an average of $675 this holiday season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Survey shows Christmas bells will be ringing on Canada’s cash registers

One in five Canadians have not paid off last year’s holiday purchases

A recent survey finds that Canadians will spend an average of $675 this holiday season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
Vancouver’s Callister Brewing won Best in Show for Wee Laird Wee Heavy. (Courtesy of BC Breweries)

B.C. breweries pick up top honours at Canada Beer Cup

National craft brewery competition sees 29 B.C. breweries win 46 awards

Vancouver’s Callister Brewing won Best in Show for Wee Laird Wee Heavy. (Courtesy of BC Breweries)
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)
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)
The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has handed a Victoria police officer a 30-day suspension over his conduct during an off-duty sexual encounter in Vancouver in 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police officer handed 30-day suspension for off-duty sexual misconduct

Incident involving Sgt. Brent Keleher took place in Vancouver in 2018

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has handed a Victoria police officer a 30-day suspension over his conduct during an off-duty sexual encounter in Vancouver in 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Bigg’s (transient) killer whale preys on a minke whale in the waters off Washington State’s Smith Island on Oct. 7. (Courtesy of the Pacific Whale Watch Association)

Transient orcas team up to hunt minke whale near Victoria

Whale watch group says the adult minke likely among the local seasonal population

A Bigg’s (transient) killer whale preys on a minke whale in the waters off Washington State’s Smith Island on Oct. 7. (Courtesy of the Pacific Whale Watch Association)
Victoria man Scott Graham went missing in Spain in mid-July. (Courtesy Georgia Graham)

B.C. man who went missing while travelling found dead in Spain

Scott Graham went missing while travelling in July

Victoria man Scott Graham went missing in Spain in mid-July. (Courtesy Georgia Graham)
Victoria is the second best small city to visit according to the 35th annual Conde Nast reader awards. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria is the second best small city to visit according to the 35th annual Conde Nast reader awards. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian Blood Services hopes residents will give the gift of blood this Thanksgiving season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian Blood Services hopes residents will give the gift of blood this Thanksgiving season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Crew availability issues on the Queen of New Westminster ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend caused the 6 a.m. ferry departing Tsawwassen to be cancelled along with the 8 a.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay on Oct. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries cancels sailings between Victoria, Vancouver ahead of Thanksgiving weekend

Axed sailings come after 85 trips added earlier this week

Crew availability issues on the Queen of New Westminster ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend caused the 6 a.m. ferry departing Tsawwassen to be cancelled along with the 8 a.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay on Oct. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)