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A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of 96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)

25 years later: Remembering Vancouver Island’s big blizzard of ‘96

It’s the silver anniversary of the heaviest snow Victoria has seen since WWI

A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of 96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)
Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Saanich CAO to get almost $600,000 in severance after firing without cause

The district has not explained the reason behind Paul Thorkelsson’s termination

Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)
A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)

VIDEO: Alarmed B.C. pet owner stops husky from charging cougar in his driveway

Encounter was a reminder that the large animals live nearby, local police say

A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)
Aerial view of the Capital Regional District wastewater program’s residuals treatment facility at Hartland. (Photo courtesy CRD)

Multiple failures sending most of Greater Victoria’s treated sewage to the landfill

So far, end product of $775 million new treatment plant not being turned into bio-fuel as planned

Aerial view of the Capital Regional District wastewater program’s residuals treatment facility at Hartland. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Leila Bui remains in an unresponsive state, nearly four years after she was struck in a Saanich crosswalk by driver Tenessa Nikirk, who this week began an appeal of her conviction. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lawyer picks apart testimony in appeal of Vancouver Island dangerous driving case

Leila Bui of Saanich suffered life-altering injuries when struck in marked crosswalk

Leila Bui remains in an unresponsive state, nearly four years after she was struck in a Saanich crosswalk by driver Tenessa Nikirk, who this week began an appeal of her conviction. (Black Press Media file photo)
The University of Victoria is moving the remainder of its final exams online as COVID-19 cases among students continue to rise. (Courtesy of UVic)

UVic moves remaining exams online amid rising COVID-19 cases

Case spike linked to two off-campus student social gatherings

The University of Victoria is moving the remainder of its final exams online as COVID-19 cases among students continue to rise. (Courtesy of UVic)
Some University of Victoria students will take their exams online after two off-campus events caused a large uptick in COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)

Off-campus events spike COVID-19 cases, push some exams online at B.C. university

Those impacted are business and varsity students, says university

Some University of Victoria students will take their exams online after two off-campus events caused a large uptick in COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kaydence Bourque was struck in a Saanich crosswalk on Monday (Dec. 6) and was pronounced dead the following day. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Bourque/Facebook)

B.C. teen dies after being struck in crosswalk less than 30 metres from his home

Kaydence Bourque, a student at Saanich’s Reynolds Secondary, had just gotten off the school bus

Kaydence Bourque was struck in a Saanich crosswalk on Monday (Dec. 6) and was pronounced dead the following day. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Bourque/Facebook)
Tanya Van Cuylenborg (left) and Jay Cook. (Family photos)

Conviction overturned for U.S. man whose DNA linked him to B.C. couple’s 1987 killing

A single juror’s bias tainted the trial of William Talbott, a court ruled in Washington

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Tanya Van Cuylenborg (left) and Jay Cook. (Family photos)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the West Shore RCMP following the death of a Saanich teen Nov. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

Watchdog investigating West Shore RCMP’s potential role in Island man’s death

Man was released by RCMP 2 hours before vehicle plunged into ocean Nov. 20

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the West Shore RCMP following the death of a Saanich teen Nov. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
A man convicted of voyeurism and child pornography charges received a 15-month jail sentence on Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

15 months for B.C. man who filmed women in grocery store bathroom, posted to porn site

Matthew Charles Schwabe posted naked photos of fellow employees, roommate to Russian porn site

A man convicted of voyeurism and child pornography charges received a 15-month jail sentence on Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
A COVID-19 outbreak at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre in Saanich has seen 18 inmates test positive for the virus as of Nov. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Saanich jail

Comes after 18 inmates test positive in associated cases

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre in Saanich has seen 18 inmates test positive for the virus as of Nov. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jean-Michel Cabanes, 70, was last seen in a rented motorhome in Saanich on Oct. 14. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Montreal man still missing after rented motorhome found at Vancouver Island’s China Beach

Man last seen renting vehicle in Saanich on Oct. 14 , failed to show up for his flight home

Jean-Michel Cabanes, 70, was last seen in a rented motorhome in Saanich on Oct. 14. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Runners from various high schools in B.C. came together to race for the first time in over a year at Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Photo courtesy of Brad Cunningham)

Vancouver Island high school runners race together for first time in over a year

3 Victorians, 1 Mill Bay student top Vancouver Island High School Cross-Country Championships

Runners from various high schools in B.C. came together to race for the first time in over a year at Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Photo courtesy of Brad Cunningham)
Aiyana Branyik mounts a horse once a week at Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, surrounded by supporters and instructors. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Island therapeutic riding program provides social interaction, skills, and fun

Programs such as therapeutic riding, adaptive driving, and stable management offered

Aiyana Branyik mounts a horse once a week at Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, surrounded by supporters and instructors. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Lorraine Fracy, manager of business development and client services for the Royal Oak Burial Park, stands with a newly implemented statue in the Little Spirits Garden – one that is both raw and captures a mother’s love, she said. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Space offered to remember Vancouver Island’s lost pregnancies or infants

Royal Oak Burial Park’s Little Spirits Garden section set in a beautiful natural space

Lorraine Fracy, manager of business development and client services for the Royal Oak Burial Park, stands with a newly implemented statue in the Little Spirits Garden – one that is both raw and captures a mother’s love, she said. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Tai Caverhill died at Camp Barnard in 2019 when a tree fell on him during a school field trip. (Photo from GoFundMe campaign)

Coroner: death of Saanich teen who warned friends of falling tree an accident

Tai Caverhill was killed during a Lansdowne school trip to Camp Barnard in Sooke

Tai Caverhill died at Camp Barnard in 2019 when a tree fell on him during a school field trip. (Photo from GoFundMe campaign)
A house is displayed for sale in a new housing development in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Urban-area B.C. mayors want next Parliament to focus on housing

The B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus wants the feds to keep urban issues in mind

A house is displayed for sale in a new housing development in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Saanich Police Chief Scott Green and Mayor Fred Haynes issued a statement in response to a Black Press Media article, apologizing for the inadequate treatment a sexual assault survivor received in 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. police force apologizes for botched handling of sexual assault complaint

Saanich mayor and police chief issue public apology over how they handled 2016 case

Saanich Police Chief Scott Green and Mayor Fred Haynes issued a statement in response to a Black Press Media article, apologizing for the inadequate treatment a sexual assault survivor received in 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media files)

Grateful mom says B.C. jail turned her son around after vicious hammer attack

Man makes transformation at Vancouver Island correctional centre thanks to staff support

Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media files)
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