Greater Victoria

The Great Canadian Beer Festival, here seen in 2019, returns to Royal Athletic Park Sept. 9-10. (Courtesy of Great Canadian Beer Festival)

Great Canadian Beer Festival returning to Victoria

Festival returns to Royal Athletic Park for the first time since 2019 with 90 breweries, 250 brews

The Great Canadian Beer Festival, here seen in 2019, returns to Royal Athletic Park Sept. 9-10. (Courtesy of Great Canadian Beer Festival)
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)
Easter Seals volunteer, Jimmy Hansen, pictured at Camp Shawnigan in 2017. He has volunteered there for the past five years. (Jimmy Hansen/Easter Seals)

‘I love it’: Victoria referee has volunteered for accessible summer camp for five years

As Easter Seals celebrates 75th anniversary, Shawnigan construction shuffles camp plans

Easter Seals volunteer, Jimmy Hansen, pictured at Camp Shawnigan in 2017. He has volunteered there for the past five years. (Jimmy Hansen/Easter Seals)
Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria remains 4th most expensive rental market in Canada: report

1-BR unit rent rose 2.2 per cent May to June; 2-BR price dropped 6 per cent

Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jim Jennings’s 1932 Roadster is a main feature in the book and will be seen at Northwest Deuce Days next week. (Garry Foster photo)

Author launches classic car coffee table book as Deuce Days descends on Victoria

Garry Foster weaves stories of people and their historic vehicles

Jim Jennings’s 1932 Roadster is a main feature in the book and will be seen at Northwest Deuce Days next week. (Garry Foster photo)
Uride plans to launch in Victoria early this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canadian rideshare company recruits drivers for fall launch in Victoria

Uride is offering a $500 sign-on bonus for part-time drivers to build up its team in Victoria

Uride plans to launch in Victoria early this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)
The BC Securities Commission has ordered a Victoria man to pay $30,000 as part of a settlement after he was found to be providing financial services without proper registration under the Securities Act. (Pixabay)

Vancouver Island man to pay $30K in settlement with B.C. Securities Commission

Nelson Scott Blair found to be conducting business without proper registration

The BC Securities Commission has ordered a Victoria man to pay $30,000 as part of a settlement after he was found to be providing financial services without proper registration under the Securities Act. (Pixabay)
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)
BC Ferries is warning customers it is experiencing issues with credit and debit transaction onboard its vessels and at many of its terminals Friday due to the nationwide Rogers outage. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rogers outage affecting use of debit, debit credit cards at BC Ferries terminals, on vessels

Ferry operator among many experiencing service interruption due to nationwide outage

BC Ferries is warning customers it is experiencing issues with credit and debit transaction onboard its vessels and at many of its terminals Friday due to the nationwide Rogers outage. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
Black Press was among the organizations taking place in the 2022 Victoria Pride Parade, the first in-person parade after two year of online celebrations. (Black Press Media/Facebook)

10s of thousands turn out for first in-person Victoria Pride parade in 2 years

Sunday morning festive march served as a precursor to the Victoria Pride Festival in the Park

Black Press was among the organizations taking place in the 2022 Victoria Pride Parade, the first in-person parade after two year of online celebrations. (Black Press Media/Facebook)
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