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Offices, schools, homes and more offer protection in the event of an earthquake. The Great BC ShakeOut is slated for Oct. 15, but individuals and socially distanced groups can practice earthquake drills anytime. (Black Press media file photo)

Great BC ShakeOut takes a COVID-safe approach for 2020

Public encouraged to host socially distanced earthquake drills Oct. 15 or anytime

Offices, schools, homes and more offer protection in the event of an earthquake. The Great BC ShakeOut is slated for Oct. 15, but individuals and socially distanced groups can practice earthquake drills anytime. (Black Press media file photo)
Pickleball action during the 2019 55+ B.C. Games in Kelowna. While the 2020 Games in Richmond were cancelled due to COVID-19, the Greater Victoria organizing committee has begun planning for hosting the 2021 competition next September. (Rosemary Kean/55+ BC Games Society)

Greater Victoria’s 55+ BC Games committee planning for safe 2021 competition

Richmond cancelled 2020 Games due to COVID, but local organizers optimistic about next year

Pickleball action during the 2019 55+ B.C. Games in Kelowna. While the 2020 Games in Richmond were cancelled due to COVID-19, the Greater Victoria organizing committee has begun planning for hosting the 2021 competition next September. (Rosemary Kean/55+ BC Games Society)
Island tenor Ken Lavigne launches his next concert tour, Let Me Be Frank! and will be in Chemainus May 11. (submitted)

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

Island tenor Ken Lavigne launches his next concert tour, Let Me Be Frank! and will be in Chemainus May 11. (submitted)
Ken Lavigne will be Playing Favourites on a six-date concert tour on Vancouver and Saltspring islands later this month. Courtesy kenlavigne.com

Ken Lavigne sings your favourites (and his) on Islands concert tour

Popular tenor performing seven concerts at six venues over six days

Ken Lavigne will be Playing Favourites on a six-date concert tour on Vancouver and Saltspring islands later this month. Courtesy kenlavigne.com
Director Arnold Lim takes a look at the shot on the set of the All-in Madonna short film shot on Piers Island in November 2017. (Photo by Robyn Thomas)

Black Press videographer to direct full-length feature, wins Telefilm grant worth $125,000

Arnold Lim to expand story of All-In Madonna with writer Susie Winters, producer Ana de Lara

Director Arnold Lim takes a look at the shot on the set of the All-in Madonna short film shot on Piers Island in November 2017. (Photo by Robyn Thomas)
Haven’t got your end-of-life arrangements settled yet? The Victoria HarbourCats baseball club is giving away a complete funeral, cremation and wills package during their home game against the Corvallis Knights this Wednesday (July 18). Don Descoteau/Black Press

B.C. baseball team offers funeral prize pack

Wednesday’s West Coast League game in Victoria features draw for end-of-life package

Haven’t got your end-of-life arrangements settled yet? The Victoria HarbourCats baseball club is giving away a complete funeral, cremation and wills package during their home game against the Corvallis Knights this Wednesday (July 18). Don Descoteau/Black Press
Victoria police are on the lookout for a man who showed up at a woman’s home on Friday morning claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and threatening to arrest her if she didn’t hand over money immediately. (Pixabay)

CRA scammer shows up at B.C. woman’s door with handcuffs

Victoria police warning public to not let such people in and call 911 immediately

Victoria police are on the lookout for a man who showed up at a woman’s home on Friday morning claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and threatening to arrest her if she didn’t hand over money immediately. (Pixabay)
Rod Hurst stands next to a chair from the old Boston Garden at his collectibles shop soon to open in Coombs. The Colwood resident auctioned off the chair last weekend for $5,800 with the intention of donating the entire proceeds to the Humboldt Broncos hockey club, who lost players, coaches and other team staff in the tragic bus crash April 6. Photo contributed

Boston Garden chair nets $5,800 for Humboldt Broncos fund

Like many Canadians, West Shore resident Rod Hurst just wanted to help in some way

Rod Hurst stands next to a chair from the old Boston Garden at his collectibles shop soon to open in Coombs. The Colwood resident auctioned off the chair last weekend for $5,800 with the intention of donating the entire proceeds to the Humboldt Broncos hockey club, who lost players, coaches and other team staff in the tragic bus crash April 6. Photo contributed
Body found near Victoria harbour

Body found near Victoria harbour

Police and divers had been looking in the same area for a missing man earlier this month

Body found near Victoria harbour
Commodore Buck Zwick, Commander of the Pacific Fleet of the Royal Canadian Navy, addressed the media on Sunday at CFB Esquimalt. (Facebook/Maritime Forces Pacific)

Investigation continues into naval fuel spill off B.C.’s West Coast

“As far as we’re concerned, any spill is one spill too many”

Commodore Buck Zwick, Commander of the Pacific Fleet of the Royal Canadian Navy, addressed the media on Sunday at CFB Esquimalt. (Facebook/Maritime Forces Pacific)
A plastics industry lobby group has challenged the City of Victoria in court over its upcoming ban on the provisional of single-use plastic bags by merchants. iStock photo

Group threatens legal action over Victoria’s plastic bag ban

Petition the latest move by plastics industry association to overturn Canadian bag bans

A plastics industry lobby group has challenged the City of Victoria in court over its upcoming ban on the provisional of single-use plastic bags by merchants. iStock photo
Mattias Peemoeller and his crew at Balance Home Cleaning walked away from the Business Excellence Awards on Thursday with the Best Small Business honours, for companies with less than 50 employees. Photo by Joshua Lawrence Studios

2018 Vancouver Island Business Awards honour industry-leading companies

Island retailer Dodd’s Furniture, Saanich-based Balance Home Cleaning named businesses of year

Mattias Peemoeller and his crew at Balance Home Cleaning walked away from the Business Excellence Awards on Thursday with the Best Small Business honours, for companies with less than 50 employees. Photo by Joshua Lawrence Studios
The folks from Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort proudly hold their Business Excellence award from the 2017 gala. This year’s event happens tonight (Jan. 25) at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. Photo courtesy Tigh-Na-Mara

Tonight’s the night for Vancouver Island businesses to shine

Annual Business Excellence awards being handed out in Victoria

The folks from Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort proudly hold their Business Excellence award from the 2017 gala. This year’s event happens tonight (Jan. 25) at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. Photo courtesy Tigh-Na-Mara
The potential strike announced to start as early as Monday by operators and staff of BC Transit’s handyDART serviced has been delayed until at least next Thursday due to action by contractor First Canada. Black Press files

UPDATE: BC Transit’s handyDart service strike in Victoria delayed

LRB application by contractor means new strike notice must be issued by union

The potential strike announced to start as early as Monday by operators and staff of BC Transit’s handyDART serviced has been delayed until at least next Thursday due to action by contractor First Canada. Black Press files
Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents

Three incidents in a week prompts meeting between health authority, city service providers

Island Health: No need for alarm in wake of Victoria needle-prick incidents
The Kesa Van Osch rink from Nanaimo, with Marika Van Osch at third, Kalia Van Osch playing second and Amy Gibson at lead, captured the 2018 BC Scotties Women’s Curling Championship with an 11-4 win over the Karla Thompson rink on Sunday at the Victoria Curling Club. The Van Osch foursome will represent B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national championships in Penticton Jan. 27 to Feb. 4. Photo courtesy Curl BC

Nanaimo’s Kesa Van Osch rink captures BC women’s curling crown

Foursome posts two lopsided playoff wins over defending champion Karla Thompson

The Kesa Van Osch rink from Nanaimo, with Marika Van Osch at third, Kalia Van Osch playing second and Amy Gibson at lead, captured the 2018 BC Scotties Women’s Curling Championship with an 11-4 win over the Karla Thompson rink on Sunday at the Victoria Curling Club. The Van Osch foursome will represent B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national championships in Penticton Jan. 27 to Feb. 4. Photo courtesy Curl BC
Supporters of Pets OK BC gather in front of the B.C. legislature on Sunday for a rally. The organization is lobbying government for legislation to better recognize the value of pets to tenants and protect animal owners’ rights. (Don Descoteau/Victoria News)

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Supporters of Pets OK BC gather in front of the B.C. legislature on Sunday for a rally. The organization is lobbying government for legislation to better recognize the value of pets to tenants and protect animal owners’ rights. (Don Descoteau/Victoria News)
UVic launches school cellphone study in Greater Victoria

UVic launches school cellphone study in Greater Victoria

Parents, students encouraged to fill out online questionnaire as part of research project

UVic launches school cellphone study in Greater Victoria
Euar Wanichpan (left), pictured here in a happy moment from 2013, is described by friends as a warm, caring and compassionate person who loved her art and didn’t deserve to die. Facebook

Friends remember Wanichpan as a warm, loving and kind person

GoFundMe campaign began before Euar Wanichpan’s body was discovered last week in Victoria.

Euar Wanichpan (left), pictured here in a happy moment from 2013, is described by friends as a warm, caring and compassionate person who loved her art and didn’t deserve to die. Facebook
Juan de Fuca Whalers novice A2 player Cohen Lacey absorbs a hit from Victoria-Esquimalt’s Luke Spivey during the gold medal game at the Travis Bateman Memorial Novice Lacrosse Tournament on Sunday at the Juan de Fuca Arena. The Eagles went undefeated in five games over the weekend and won the final 9-2.

Colwood tournament honours Juan de Fuca lacrosse favourite

Whalers girls among gold medallists at 14th annual Travis Bateman event

Juan de Fuca Whalers novice A2 player Cohen Lacey absorbs a hit from Victoria-Esquimalt’s Luke Spivey during the gold medal game at the Travis Bateman Memorial Novice Lacrosse Tournament on Sunday at the Juan de Fuca Arena. The Eagles went undefeated in five games over the weekend and won the final 9-2.