City of Victoria

Flowers bloom in a garden bed outside Government House. The residence is noted for the gardens on its grounds. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island’s Government House gardens recognized in national list

Listed as one of the 100 Garden Moments in Canada as part of celebrations for the Year of the Garden

Flowers bloom in a garden bed outside Government House. The residence is noted for the gardens on its grounds. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria students in 2021 called for the renaming of Trutch Street. Victoria council approved a name change on June 23. (Google Maps)

Victoria renames Trutch Street with First Nations word for ‘truth’

Old name comes from colonial figure known for racist policies against Indigenous Peoples

University of Victoria students in 2021 called for the renaming of Trutch Street. Victoria council approved a name change on June 23. (Google Maps)
Applications are open online until July 4 for mid-career visual artists seeking to become the City of Victoria’s next artist-in-residence. (Black Press Media file photo)

Applications open for next City of Victoria artist-in-residence

Mid-career visual artists can apply online until July 4

Applications are open online until July 4 for mid-career visual artists seeking to become the City of Victoria’s next artist-in-residence. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police respond to the 2500-block of Quadra Street, where a man barricaded himself in an apartment. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

VIDEO: 4-hour response to barricaded Victoria man ends with him taken to hospital

Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team joined VicPD for Quadra Street incident

Victoria police respond to the 2500-block of Quadra Street, where a man barricaded himself in an apartment. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Flamenco dancers perform at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park during a previous year’s Victoria Flamenco Festival. The CityVibe online guide offers information on 2022 festivals and events. (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria launches CityVibe guide to summer events, festivals

Online guide also available in print at city hall, community and seniors centres

Flamenco dancers perform at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park during a previous year’s Victoria Flamenco Festival. The CityVibe online guide offers information on 2022 festivals and events. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Island man’s journey took him from the boxing ring to supplying security to the stars

Drew Barrymore, Nicholas Cage, Robbie Williams: Victoria’s Jason Heit was by their side

Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Victoria councillors approved a motion Thursday (March 24) that calls for forms to be mailed with tax notices that enable property owners to make a voluntary donation to local First Nations, as an act of reconciliation. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Victoria votes to move ahead with voluntary Indigenous reconciliation tax

Property owners in B.C. capital will have option to donate to local First Nations with tax payment

Victoria councillors approved a motion Thursday (March 24) that calls for forms to be mailed with tax notices that enable property owners to make a voluntary donation to local First Nations, as an act of reconciliation. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Discussions around the amalgamation of Victoria and Saanich are back on the table now that in-person gatherings can continue. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich, Victoria amalgamation exploration back on the docket

Citizens’ assembly not likely before October municipal elections

Discussions around the amalgamation of Victoria and Saanich are back on the table now that in-person gatherings can continue. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria council, meeting as committee of the whole, will consider a motion on a voluntary reconciliation tax. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s capital considering voluntary Indigenous reconciliation tax for property owners

Under Victoria proposal, city taxpayers would have option to add contribution to area First Nations

Victoria council, meeting as committee of the whole, will consider a motion on a voluntary reconciliation tax. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Victoria has decided to remove pickleball from the courts at Todd Park in James Bay following noise complaints. (Black Press Media file photo)

Noisy pickleballers permanently ejected from Victoria neighbourhood

Courts only 17 metres from nearest home; new B.C. policy recommends 50 metres

The City of Victoria has decided to remove pickleball from the courts at Todd Park in James Bay following noise complaints. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vehicles using horns improperly can now be ticketed easier in Victoria. Another freedom convoy demonstration against pandemic-related mandates, ending at the B.C. legislature, is expected this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Freedom convoy reaction: Incessant honkers face $125 fine on the spot in Victoria

Tweaking of noise bylaw response to repeated freedom convoy protests in B.C. capital’s downtown core

Vehicles using horns improperly can now be ticketed easier in Victoria. Another freedom convoy demonstration against pandemic-related mandates, ending at the B.C. legislature, is expected this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria city council will vote March 3 on whether to cut ties with one of their twin cities, Khabarovsk, Russia. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Victoria considers suspending ties with twin city in Russia

Coun. Stephen Andrew bringing motion to council March 3

Victoria city council will vote March 3 on whether to cut ties with one of their twin cities, Khabarovsk, Russia. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria is moving towards banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbit from stores in an effort to limit impulse buying. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Victoria looks to ban sale of dogs, cats, rabbits in stores

Bylaw change intended to reduce impulse buying, abandoned pets

Victoria is moving towards banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbit from stores in an effort to limit impulse buying. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A couple of tents in Beacon Hill Park in January 2020. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 24 sheltering in the park is not allowed under the 1882 Trustee Act. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Supreme Court rules Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park cannot be used for sheltering

City of Victoria asked court to clarify uses of park under 1882 Trustee Act

A couple of tents in Beacon Hill Park in January 2020. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 24 sheltering in the park is not allowed under the 1882 Trustee Act. (Black Press Media file photo)
Snow falls near the Malahat on Nov. 18. 2021. (Emcon Services Inc./Twitter)

Vancouver Island bracing for sub-zero nights as cold front settles in

Cooler conditions in part fuelled by lingering La Nina conditions

Snow falls near the Malahat on Nov. 18. 2021. (Emcon Services Inc./Twitter)
Trutch Street is named after B.C.’s first lieutenant governor, whose policies displaced Indigenous people across the province. It will soon be renamed Su’it Street. (Google Street View)

Victoria councillors recommend street name change to reflect Lekwungen peoples

Committee vote unanimous in support of Su’it Street over Trutch Street, council vote happens March 3

Trutch Street is named after B.C.’s first lieutenant governor, whose policies displaced Indigenous people across the province. It will soon be renamed Su’it Street. (Google Street View)
Victoria city staff are recommending that Trutch Street be renamed Su’it Street, an anglicized version of the Lekwungen translation for truth. (Google Maps)

From Trutch to Truth: new name pitched for Victoria street named for racist official

City staff recommend city rename Trutch Street to Lekwungen translation for ‘truth’

Victoria city staff are recommending that Trutch Street be renamed Su’it Street, an anglicized version of the Lekwungen translation for truth. (Google Maps)
The City of Victoria won several court cases against residents who were illegally operating short-term rentals. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria points to court wins as proof short-term rental crackdown is working

Fines totalling $20,000 upheld by courts, five residents banned from operating short-term spaces

The City of Victoria won several court cases against residents who were illegally operating short-term rentals. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy describes overhaul of forest policy to redistribute Crown timber cutting rights, B.C. legislature, June 1, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. Forests Minister knocked to ground near Legislature; Horgan calls for witnesses

Minister Katrine Conroy was hurt while walking home from B.C. Legislature

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy describes overhaul of forest policy to redistribute Crown timber cutting rights, B.C. legislature, June 1, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A mini pinscher. Victoria Animal Control Services responded to a call after a seventh naloxone resuscitation was provided for one dog at Portland Housing Society. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria considers seizing pets that have ingested narcotics

Council considers bylaw amendment after naloxone used seven times on one dog

A mini pinscher. Victoria Animal Control Services responded to a call after a seventh naloxone resuscitation was provided for one dog at Portland Housing Society. (Black Press Media file photo)