Keri Coles

The Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre at 4216 Wilkinson Rd. was cited in a recent Auditor General progress audit on correctional facilities as the worst offender in B.C. for overcrowding, with 66 per cent of inmates “double bunked” as of 2018. (Koa Barroeta photo)

Overcrowding, targeted violence spur protest at Saanich jail

Correctional officers to rally outside Wilkinson jail Friday morning

The Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre at 4216 Wilkinson Rd. was cited in a recent Auditor General progress audit on correctional facilities as the worst offender in B.C. for overcrowding, with 66 per cent of inmates “double bunked” as of 2018. (Koa Barroeta photo)
The HMCS Chicoutimi seen departing March 2, 2017 during Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to CFB Esquimalt. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Veterans Affairs Minister injured while touring submarine in Esquimalt

Minister Lawrence MacAuley evacuated after sustaining minor knee injury

The HMCS Chicoutimi seen departing March 2, 2017 during Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to CFB Esquimalt. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Hannah Day airlifted to hospital with brain tumours

Hannah Day airlifted to hospital with brain tumours

Family seeks community support so they can stay by her side at BC Children’s Hospital

Hannah Day airlifted to hospital with brain tumours
Langford’s Kimberly Proctor was the victim of a brutal assault and murder in 2010. (Facebook/Kimberly’s Law)

On ninth anniversary of Langford teen’s murder, Kimberly’s Law reintroduced in legislature

Kimberly Proctor was murdered by two of her peers in 2010

Langford’s Kimberly Proctor was the victim of a brutal assault and murder in 2010. (Facebook/Kimberly’s Law)
While the Pet Cafe at UVic’s Interfaith Chapel usually features therapy dogs, Wednesday’s event had the annual addition of baby goats to help relieve student stress. (Keri Coles/News staff)

UVic chapel goes to the dogs… and goats

Weekly pet therapy cafe helps students relieve stress

While the Pet Cafe at UVic’s Interfaith Chapel usually features therapy dogs, Wednesday’s event had the annual addition of baby goats to help relieve student stress. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Currently, dogs are permitted off-leash on Willows Beach through the winter but it closes to four-legged visitors from May 1 to Sept. 30 each year. The new proposal suggests a year-round ban on dogs in the south rocky portion from Bowker Avenue to Bowker Creek estuary. (Google maps)

Oak Bay considers dog ban on portion of Willows Beach

‘Recent conflicts and screaming matches’ between dog owners and birdwatchers prompts proposal

Currently, dogs are permitted off-leash on Willows Beach through the winter but it closes to four-legged visitors from May 1 to Sept. 30 each year. The new proposal suggests a year-round ban on dogs in the south rocky portion from Bowker Avenue to Bowker Creek estuary. (Google maps)
While Floyd’s Diner has not officially announced the new location at 4496 West Saanich Rd., staff confirm that the building will indeed be housing the latest edition of the local chain. (Nicole Tripp photo)

Famous Floyd’s to open in Royal Oak

Building in Saanich turns iconic pink of local breakfast chain

While Floyd’s Diner has not officially announced the new location at 4496 West Saanich Rd., staff confirm that the building will indeed be housing the latest edition of the local chain. (Nicole Tripp photo)
Photos of Elliot Eurchuk at different stages of his short life. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Coroner’s inquest announced for Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Photos of Elliot Eurchuk at different stages of his short life. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
The Oak Bay Budget Open House will be held March 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Oak Bay Municipal Hall. (File photo)

Have your say at Oak Bay Budget Open House

Talk to council, staff on taxation, proposed new initiatives and budget process

The Oak Bay Budget Open House will be held March 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Oak Bay Municipal Hall. (File photo)
Sebastian Dunn-Krahn, a Grade 6 Arbutus middle school student, discovered that the Usnea Lichen growing near his Cadboro Bay home offers an alternative to traditional antibiotics. (Wolf Depner/News staff)

Science fair draws best junior scientists from Vancouver Island to Victoria

200 young science enthusiasts share their inventions and discoveries at UVic

Sebastian Dunn-Krahn, a Grade 6 Arbutus middle school student, discovered that the Usnea Lichen growing near his Cadboro Bay home offers an alternative to traditional antibiotics. (Wolf Depner/News staff)
While the back corner of the Sir John Franklin vessel was visibly crunched, a spokesperson for Seaspan could not be immediately reached to confirm an estimate on the damage. (Keri Coles/News staff)

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

While the back corner of the Sir John Franklin vessel was visibly crunched, a spokesperson for Seaspan could not be immediately reached to confirm an estimate on the damage. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Atomique Productions announced Saturday that they made the difficult decision to not proceed with Rock the Shores in 2019. (Keri Coles/News staff)

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Atomique Productions announced Saturday that they made the difficult decision to not proceed with Rock the Shores in 2019. (Keri Coles/News staff)
UPDATED: Missing Victoria man found safe

UPDATED: Missing Victoria man found safe

Delmer was reported missing on March 19

UPDATED: Missing Victoria man found safe
Joining other buildings around the world, Victoria City Hall, the B.C. Legislature and the Capital Regional District building in Victoria will glow red March 24 as part of a global effort to shine a light on the fight against tuberculosis. (File photo)

Victoria landmarks to glow red in honour of World Tuberculosis Day

1,600 new cases of active TB reported in Canada every year

Joining other buildings around the world, Victoria City Hall, the B.C. Legislature and the Capital Regional District building in Victoria will glow red March 24 as part of a global effort to shine a light on the fight against tuberculosis. (File photo)
Victoria Police say a missing girl has been found after issuing a missing persons report Friday. (File photo)

UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old girl found

Victora police say missing youth has been found and is safe

Victoria Police say a missing girl has been found after issuing a missing persons report Friday. (File photo)
Island Health warns parents to keep up on immunizations to prevent illnesses like whooping cough. (Pixabay)
Island Health warns parents to keep up on immunizations to prevent illnesses like whooping cough. (Pixabay)
A human chain around Victoria’s Masjid Al-Iman mosque – a show of support for the Muslim community inside holding Friday prayer. (Keri Coles/News Staff)

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

A human chain around Victoria’s Masjid Al-Iman mosque – a show of support for the Muslim community inside holding Friday prayer. (Keri Coles/News Staff)
With worshippers arriving for prayer around 1 p.m. at Masjid Al-Iman (2218 Quadra St.), the human chain is planned to begin at 12:45 p.m. and stay in place until the end of worship at 3 p.m. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Protective human chain to form around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders invited to stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

With worshippers arriving for prayer around 1 p.m. at Masjid Al-Iman (2218 Quadra St.), the human chain is planned to begin at 12:45 p.m. and stay in place until the end of worship at 3 p.m. (Keri Coles/News staff)
One man was arrested after a report of an assault on a BC Transit bus driver in Victoria Thursday afternoon. (File photo)

Update: BC Transit driver taken to hospital with serious injuries after assault

Driver attempted to stop an altercation between two people on the bus

One man was arrested after a report of an assault on a BC Transit bus driver in Victoria Thursday afternoon. (File photo)
Members of the Canadian Coast Guard and other first responders are conducting an on-water exercise Thursday afternoon from 1 - 4 p.m. in the waters between Fisherman’s Wharf and Ogden Point. (File photo)

Overturned vessels, simulated smoke expected in Victoria harbour for Coast Guard exercise

Coast Guard and other first responders will be on the water from 1 - 4 p.m. Thursday

Members of the Canadian Coast Guard and other first responders are conducting an on-water exercise Thursday afternoon from 1 - 4 p.m. in the waters between Fisherman’s Wharf and Ogden Point. (File photo)