Jane Skrypnek

Former Saanich teacher and Boys and Girls Club leader Travis Mitchell was issued an 18-month conditional sentence for possession of child pornography on Oct. 13. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former B.C. teacher, kids club leader sentenced for child pornography possession

Travis Mitchell taught at Hillcrest Elementary, worked at Boys and Girls Club

Former Saanich teacher and Boys and Girls Club leader Travis Mitchell was issued an 18-month conditional sentence for possession of child pornography on Oct. 13. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emergency crews and residents stand outside while firefighters tackle what remains of the fire. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Victoria major crimes unit investigating slow-burn apartment fire

Time taken for fire to be noticed “concerning”, says Victoria fire chief

Emergency crews and residents stand outside while firefighters tackle what remains of the fire. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A humpback whale calf breaches the ocean’s surface in fall 2021. (Credit: Val Shore, Eagle Wing Tours, PWWA)

Record number humpback calves spotted off B.C.’s south coast in 2021

21 new calves spotted in Salish Sea so far this year in whale baby boom

A humpback whale calf breaches the ocean’s surface in fall 2021. (Credit: Val Shore, Eagle Wing Tours, PWWA)
The BC Supreme Court ordered former Langford construction company owner Kyle Mostowy to pay close to $1 million in damages in a sexual assault-related civil suit decision Oct. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Civil case against former boss nets B.C. sexual assault survivor nearly $1 million

Kyle Mostowy found guilty in 2016 of assaulting five employees, including civil suit plaintiff

The BC Supreme Court ordered former Langford construction company owner Kyle Mostowy to pay close to $1 million in damages in a sexual assault-related civil suit decision Oct. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace is set to appear in court on Nov. 25, an undertaking notice obtained by Black Press Media shows. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Former B.C. mayor-turned-driving-instructor arrested for alleged sexual assault

Steve Wallace accused of inappropriate comments, touching during private lessons

Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace is set to appear in court on Nov. 25, an undertaking notice obtained by Black Press Media shows. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Engel and Volkers Vancouver Island and two of its previously employed real estate agents are being sued for damages related to the alleged drugging and sexual assault of one of their clients in 2018. (Google Streetview)

Woman sues B.C. real estate agents over alleged drugging, sexual assault

Realtors Bowman Rutledge and Andy Rogers have not responded to the civil claim

Engel and Volkers Vancouver Island and two of its previously employed real estate agents are being sued for damages related to the alleged drugging and sexual assault of one of their clients in 2018. (Google Streetview)
Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor Melven <ins>(Sx̄wen)</ins> Jones recounts the abuse he endured at six years old, as he sits outside his home in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

‘It has to be heard’: Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor recounts torture he endured

Melven (Sx̄wen) Jones was forcibly held for two years

Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor Melven <ins>(Sx̄wen)</ins> Jones recounts the abuse he endured at six years old, as he sits outside his home in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor Melven <ins>(Sx̄wen)</ins> Jones recounts the abuse he endured at six years old, as he sits outside his home in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

‘It has to be heard’: Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor recounts torture he endured

Melven (Sx̄wen) Jones was forcibly held for two years

Nanaimo Indian Hospital survivor Melven <ins>(Sx̄wen)</ins> Jones recounts the abuse he endured at six years old, as he sits outside his home in Victoria. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. parents crowdsourcing COVID-19 school exposures in lieu of provincial information

Health ministry choosing to only publicly report outbreaks, clusters

A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)
San Francisco’s Street Crisis Response Team was created in 2020 to find meaningful solutions to homelessness and addiction. Victoria is in the process of creating a similar team, drawing on the lived experience of peers. (Courtesy San Francisco Department of Public Health)

Island peer-assisted crisis team looks to be difference-maker in a mental health crisis

Pilot project in development aims to offer alternative to police-only response by 2022

San Francisco’s Street Crisis Response Team was created in 2020 to find meaningful solutions to homelessness and addiction. Victoria is in the process of creating a similar team, drawing on the lived experience of peers. (Courtesy San Francisco Department of Public Health)
Canadian comic Norm Macdonald arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel on April 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Chris Pizzello)

Norm Macdonald’s passing recalls memories of nightmare visit to B.C.

Macdonald joked about terrible bed-and-breakfast experience on Vancouver Island

Canadian comic Norm Macdonald arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel on April 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Chris Pizzello)
Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace is being investigated for numerous allegations of sexual harassment against his students. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Former Quesnel mayor under investigation after sexual harassment allegations from driving students surface

Steve Wallace accused of inappropriate comments, touching during private lessons

Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace is being investigated for numerous allegations of sexual harassment against his students. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
With no word from the province on how schools will handle COVID-19 health protocols this year in the midst of increasing case numbers, some Greater Victoria teachers and parents are feeling anxious about the return. (Black Press Media file photo)

Back to school: Vancouver Island parents, teachers concerned with lack of COVID-19 plan

No cohorts, masks not mandatory; existing scenario making people nervous

With no word from the province on how schools will handle COVID-19 health protocols this year in the midst of increasing case numbers, some Greater Victoria teachers and parents are feeling anxious about the return. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wildfires raging through Interior B.C., including at Nk’Mip Creek, are expected to become more frequent and severe as climate change progresses and heat waves increase. A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says reducing carbon emissions is the only way out. (BC Wildfire photo)

‘See it as a call to action’: B.C. scientists rally behind UN climate change report

Cutting carbon emissions only way to stop global warming, report concludes

Wildfires raging through Interior B.C., including at Nk’Mip Creek, are expected to become more frequent and severe as climate change progresses and heat waves increase. A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says reducing carbon emissions is the only way out. (BC Wildfire photo)
Saving for a down payment on a Greater Victoria home could take residents close to three decades, according to the latest Housing Affordability Monitor report from the National Bank of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Bank says it will take 28 years to save up a down payment for a Greater Victoria home

Study finds home ownership moving further out of reach for residents with average household income

Saving for a down payment on a Greater Victoria home could take residents close to three decades, according to the latest Housing Affordability Monitor report from the National Bank of Canada. (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)
Jordan Watters resigned as chairwoman of the Greater Victoria School District Aug. 3 after four Indigenous communities asked her to step down. She will continue on as a trustee. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria school board chair resigns over ‘hard truths’ of failing Indigenous learners

Citing more work ahead, Jordan Watters says she is honouring wishes of Indigenous communities

Jordan Watters resigned as chairwoman of the Greater Victoria School District Aug. 3 after four Indigenous communities asked her to step down. She will continue on as a trustee. (Black Press Media file photo)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among 16 people honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Dr. Bonnie Henry among 16 awarded Order of B.C.

2021 honourees include Indigenous leaders, artists, doctors

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among 16 people honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)

From salt to stevia: B.C. couple nears full year without buying food

Pender Island’s Chris Hall and Stef Lowey have produced everything they’ve eaten since Aug. 3, 2020

On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)
Emma Entzminger hugs her dad John Entzminger as he welcomes her back from her Olympic win. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Island softball player has tearful return from Olympics with bronze medal

Emma Entzminger knocked in two runs as Canada’s women’s team beat Mexico 3-2 Monday

Emma Entzminger hugs her dad John Entzminger as he welcomes her back from her Olympic win. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)