Greater Victoria

Southern resident killer whale L89 has been pronounced dead after not being seen at all in 2022. The male is seen here in a photograph taken in 2020. (Courtesy of the Centre for Whale Research)

Southern resident killer whale population falls to 73: U.S. researchers

Three males pronounced dead since mid-2021, at least two calfs born since

 

The Witness Blanket residential schools art exhibit is now available on a newly launched interactive website. (witnessblanket.ca)

B.C. artist’s Witness Blanket for National Truth and Reconciliation now accessible to all

Created by Carey Newman, the art installation had previously only been viewable in person

 

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Judges says B.C. school board lacked authority to suspend trustees

Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have been reinstated after suspension over alleged bullying

 

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Judges says Greater Victoria School Board lacked authority to suspend trustees

Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have been reinstated after suspension over alleged bullying

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)
Greater Victoria residents are being encouraged to reflect on how common ageism against seniors is in society ahead of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Pixabay photo)

B.C. group shines a light on ageism ahead of National Seniors Day

Oct. 1 marks the contributions seniors make and the challenges they face

Greater Victoria residents are being encouraged to reflect on how common ageism against seniors is in society ahead of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Pixabay photo)
Statistics Canada released new census data on Sept. 21 showing renters face starker shelter-related costs increases than homeowners. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canada’s renters facing higher monthly costs than homeowners: census

One-third of first-time B.C. home buyers chose a condo in 2020

Statistics Canada released new census data on Sept. 21 showing renters face starker shelter-related costs increases than homeowners. (Black Press Media file photo)
Participants in the 2019 55+ BC Games. This year, the 2022 Games will play out in Greater Victoria from Sept. 13 to 17. (Photo courtesy of 55+ BC Games)

55+ BC Games playing out in Greater Victoria for the first time

Free games will run across the Capital Region from Sept. 13-17

  • Sep 12, 2022
Participants in the 2019 55+ BC Games. This year, the 2022 Games will play out in Greater Victoria from Sept. 13 to 17. (Photo courtesy of 55+ BC Games)
The Ministry of Forests has upgraded Vancouver Island’s drought level warning to level 3 after a long period of hot weather and no rain. (Courtesy of Ministry of Forests)

Vancouver Island’s drought rating rises to level 3

Province asking people to cut back on water usage, may add restrictions if conditions don’t improve

The Ministry of Forests has upgraded Vancouver Island’s drought level warning to level 3 after a long period of hot weather and no rain. (Courtesy of Ministry of Forests)
From left: Lachlan Gustafson-Thomas, Patricia Rawson, Angela McNulty-Buell, Heather Forbes and Robertina Saavedra from the Bridges for Women Society standing alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Funding boost for Victoria organization will bolster mental health supports for B.C. women

Funding will help provide women across the province with trauma counselling, referral supports

From left: Lachlan Gustafson-Thomas, Patricia Rawson, Angela McNulty-Buell, Heather Forbes and Robertina Saavedra from the Bridges for Women Society standing alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Raincoast Conservation Foundation modelled how an oil tanker spill off south Vancouver Island would impact different wildlife in the area. (Courtesy of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation)

Spectre of oil tanker spill looms after fuel leak near Canada-U.S. marine border

Eco groups worry about potential impact in wake of diesel spill from fishing boat

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation modelled how an oil tanker spill off south Vancouver Island would impact different wildlife in the area. (Courtesy of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation)
During response activities Tuesday (Aug. 16) U.S. Coast Guard personnel recover most of a seine fishing net that detached from a vessel that sank off San Juan Island near Greater Victoria on Aug. 13. (U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest/Twitter)

Endangered orcas’ close call with fuel spill off Victoria a ‘wake-up call’: researcher

A quicker response was needed to protect marine wildlife, says U.S. institute

During response activities Tuesday (Aug. 16) U.S. Coast Guard personnel recover most of a seine fishing net that detached from a vessel that sank off San Juan Island near Greater Victoria on Aug. 13. (U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest/Twitter)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage escaped from the William Head institution on July 7, 2019 and were subsequently charged with first-degree murder in the death of martin Payne of Metchosin. A civil case launched by Payne’s daughters blames the correctional system for their escape and the death of their father. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Daughters suing prison system over B.C. man’s death following prison break

Civil suit alleges Correctional Service of Canada staff failed repeatedly in death of Martin Payne

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage escaped from the William Head institution on July 7, 2019 and were subsequently charged with first-degree murder in the death of martin Payne of Metchosin. A civil case launched by Payne’s daughters blames the correctional system for their escape and the death of their father. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
The location of the Aleutian Isle fishing boat that sank on Aug. 13, causing a fuel spill off the west coast San Juan Island near Greater Victoria. (Washington state Department of Ecology)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat sinks deeper, complicating response near Victoria

Endangered orcas still headed in opposite direction of spill

The location of the Aleutian Isle fishing boat that sank on Aug. 13, causing a fuel spill off the west coast San Juan Island near Greater Victoria. (Washington state Department of Ecology)
A fishing boat with thousands of litres of fuel onboard sank between Greater Victoria and Washington state on Aug. 13. A sheen spanning more than three kilometres was reported to have entered Canadian waters by that evening. (U.S. Coast Guard Pacific West Coast district/ Twitter)

Joint response team working on oil spill spreading to B.C. waters

Vessel had 9,400 litres of diesel in its tank when it went down

A fishing boat with thousands of litres of fuel onboard sank between Greater Victoria and Washington state on Aug. 13. A sheen spanning more than three kilometres was reported to have entered Canadian waters by that evening. (U.S. Coast Guard Pacific West Coast district/ Twitter)
A former SD61 elementary school teacher has been given a lifetime teaching ban after being convicted of child pornography possession. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Greater Victoria teacher given lifetime ban after child pornography conviction

Former elementary school teacher Travis Curry Mitchell sentenced in 2021

A former SD61 elementary school teacher has been given a lifetime teaching ban after being convicted of child pornography possession. (Black Press Media file photo)
Premier John Horgan speaks alongside Songhees First Nation Chief Ron Sam (left) at a meeting between Canada’s premiers and Indigenous leaders at the Songhees Wellness Centre on July 11. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Enshrining UNDRIP, health-care transfers highlight day 1 of premiers talks in B.C.

Indigenous leaders, Canada’s premiers hosted near Victoria by Songhees First Nation

Premier John Horgan speaks alongside Songhees First Nation Chief Ron Sam (left) at a meeting between Canada’s premiers and Indigenous leaders at the Songhees Wellness Centre on July 11. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Six members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team sustained gunshot wounds during an attempted robbery at the Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street in Saanich on June 28. The two suspects died at the scene. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

More than $140,000 raised for officers affected by Saanich bank shooting

Greater Victoria police officers facing life-altering injuries after deadly shootout

Six members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team sustained gunshot wounds during an attempted robbery at the Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street in Saanich on June 28. The two suspects died at the scene. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Notorious Canadian bank robber-author Stephen Reid talks to media in Victoria in 2015, before his death in 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner)

Looking Back: Meet Greater Victoria’s most notorious bank robber

Stephen Reid spent decades in Canadian, U.S. prisons for his role in the Stopwatch Gang

Notorious Canadian bank robber-author Stephen Reid talks to media in Victoria in 2015, before his death in 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner)
Winter, Jessie Weninger’s dog who died likely due to water intoxication, was an avid swimmer and loved playing in the water, according to Wenninger. (Courtesy of Jessie Weninger)

Victoria dog owner warns others of water intoxication after dog’s death

Jessie Weninger said it was a “very rare, freak accident”

Winter, Jessie Weninger’s dog who died likely due to water intoxication, was an avid swimmer and loved playing in the water, according to Wenninger. (Courtesy of Jessie Weninger)
Andrew Berry is appealing his conviction for the murders of his daughters, four-year-old Aubrey and six-year-old Chloe Berry. (Submitted photo)

B.C. man convicted in Christmas Day murder of his daughters awaits appeal decision

Oak Bay’s Andrew Berry awaits ruling in appeal of double-murder conviction for the 2017 deaths

Andrew Berry is appealing his conviction for the murders of his daughters, four-year-old Aubrey and six-year-old Chloe Berry. (Submitted photo)
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