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A Saanich homeowner and their neighbour managed to douse a carport fire that sparked on Oct. 17. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich homeowner, neighbour douse small fire in carport

Cause of fire unclear but ‘no cause for alarm,’ firefighter says

A Saanich homeowner and their neighbour managed to douse a carport fire that sparked on Oct. 17. (Black Press Media file photo)
The newly opened Turkey Head 'car lot' and clamshell roof of Oak Bay Marina as captured in the Oak Bay Leader in April of 1964. (Oak Bay Archives)

It took two years, $500,000 to build Oak Bay Marina in 1964

Part 2 of a look at Oak Bay Marina and Turkey Head

The newly opened Turkey Head 'car lot' and clamshell roof of Oak Bay Marina as captured in the Oak Bay Leader in April of 1964. (Oak Bay Archives)
Victoria police officers have arrested a man after he broke into a Blackwood Street home at 8:40 a.m. Oct. 17. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Victoria police officers have arrested a man after he broke into a Blackwood Street home at 8:40 a.m. Oct. 17. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
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Saanich has posted the 2020 fall leaf collection schedule and asks residents to plan ahead for their collection week. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich has posted the 2020 fall leaf collection schedule and asks residents to plan ahead for their collection week. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
People will soon be able to vote on the “human” names of the two newly born calves of the Southern Resident killer whale population, J57 and J58. (The Canadian Press/ The Center for Whale Research)

Victoria residents can help choose names for two new baby orcas

Southern Resident killer whales J57, J58 born Sept. 4 and 24

People will soon be able to vote on the “human” names of the two newly born calves of the Southern Resident killer whale population, J57 and J58. (The Canadian Press/ The Center for Whale Research)
(Left to right) Jagmeet Singh, federal NDP leader; Zeb King, Saanich North and the Islands NDP candidate; Telaxten (Paul Sam), Tsartlip Nation councillor; Laurel Collins, NDP Member of Parliament for Victoria; Gord John, NDP Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni; Murray Rankin, NDP candidate for Oak Bay—Gordon Head visited Deep Cove on Oct. 17. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Federal NDP leader promises to champion freighter traffic control in Deep Cove

Jagmeet Singh, local NDP candidates spoke in North Saanich Saturday morning

(Left to right) Jagmeet Singh, federal NDP leader; Zeb King, Saanich North and the Islands NDP candidate; Telaxten (Paul Sam), Tsartlip Nation councillor; Laurel Collins, NDP Member of Parliament for Victoria; Gord John, NDP Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni; Murray Rankin, NDP candidate for Oak Bay—Gordon Head visited Deep Cove on Oct. 17. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
High-risk sex offender, Cameron Ratelle, was released into Victoria Friday afternoon after completing his sentence for sexual assault. (Victoria Police Department)

High-risk sex offender released in Victoria

Cameron Ratelle has a history of violent sexual offences against women aged 16-25

High-risk sex offender, Cameron Ratelle, was released into Victoria Friday afternoon after completing his sentence for sexual assault. (Victoria Police Department)
L to R - Westshore Towing owner dave LeQuesne and Peninsula Towing owners Meghan and Don Affleck believe the cost of dealing with abandoned vehicles, boats, Rvs and campers is a significant financial burden. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Greater Victoria tow operators at a loss with abandoned vehicles

Boats, RVs, trailers, vehicles add up to thousands of dollars a year

L to R - Westshore Towing owner dave LeQuesne and Peninsula Towing owners Meghan and Don Affleck believe the cost of dealing with abandoned vehicles, boats, Rvs and campers is a significant financial burden. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Oak Bay Kiwanis Tea Room is opening its doors every Sunday morning Jan 7 to April 15 for breakfast to raise funds for Kiwanis Pavilion. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Willows Tea Room to open for fall Sundays

To-go menu features breaky sandwich, hot dogs

Oak Bay Kiwanis Tea Room is opening its doors every Sunday morning Jan 7 to April 15 for breakfast to raise funds for Kiwanis Pavilion. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
Frederick Lee and Eva Lillian Baker lived in Victoria from the 1930s until their passing. Now, their great nephew who lives in Birmingham, U.K. is asking for Victoria residents’ help to learn more. (Courtesy Derek Roft)

Don your detective hats Greater Victoria — a U.K. man wants your help

Derek Roft is on a mission to find out more about relatives that emigrated to Canada in 1912

Frederick Lee and Eva Lillian Baker lived in Victoria from the 1930s until their passing. Now, their great nephew who lives in Birmingham, U.K. is asking for Victoria residents’ help to learn more. (Courtesy Derek Roft)
The City of Victoria asked the organizer behind a mural in Bastion Square to removed the acronym A.C.A.B. from one of the letters. The mural reads, “More Justice, More Peace,” in a call for progress on racism and violence. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The City of Victoria asked the organizer behind a mural in Bastion Square to removed the acronym A.C.A.B. from one of the letters. The mural reads, “More Justice, More Peace,” in a call for progress on racism and violence. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Over 2,000 customers in the Langford and Millstream area are out of power Friday afternoon. (Google Maps)

Power returns for thousands of West Shore BC Hydro customers

Customers have been without power since 1:43 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Over 2,000 customers in the Langford and Millstream area are out of power Friday afternoon. (Google Maps)
Two men were caught on camera breaking into a Saanich apartment block and stealing a bike on the evening of Oct. 6. (Screenshot via Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
Two men were caught on camera breaking into a Saanich apartment block and stealing a bike on the evening of Oct. 6. (Screenshot via Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
A voting package for the 2018 electoral reform referendum. Vote-by-mail packages for the 2020 provincial election will look similar, according to information provided by Elections BC. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)

Public may not know final results on evening of B.C. election

Uncertainty stems from high number of mail-in ballots

A voting package for the 2018 electoral reform referendum. Vote-by-mail packages for the 2020 provincial election will look similar, according to information provided by Elections BC. (Katya Slepian/Black Press Media)
Passengers seated in rows five to 11 on WestJet flight 195 on Oct. 10 may have been exposed to COVID-19. (Black Press File Photo)

COVID-19 exposure reported on WestJet flight from Calgary to Victoria

The BCCDC is cautioning anyone who was seated in rows five to 11 on WestJet flight 195 on Oct. 10

Passengers seated in rows five to 11 on WestJet flight 195 on Oct. 10 may have been exposed to COVID-19. (Black Press File Photo)
Victoria police, fire and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team responding to a barricade incident in the 700-block of Pandora Avenue on Dec. 25, 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria officer cleared of wrongdoing in fatal Christmas Day barricade incident

Woman died after being shot in the head, neck with plastic projectiles

Victoria police, fire and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team responding to a barricade incident in the 700-block of Pandora Avenue on Dec. 25, 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team apprehended a man Friday morning after he was caught destroying residential property and barricaded himself in a stairwell. (Black Press News Staff)

Victoria emergency response team uses non-lethal weapons to apprehend man

The man barricaded himself in a stairwell Oct. 15 and was destroying residential property

Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team apprehended a man Friday morning after he was caught destroying residential property and barricaded himself in a stairwell. (Black Press News Staff)
The majority of train tracks on the mid- and south Island have been unused since passenger rail service stopped along the Island corridor. (Photo by Michael Briones)

Rail survey finds strong support for revitalized service on Vancouver Island

81 per cent of respondents from Victoria to north Island support enhanced rail service

The majority of train tracks on the mid- and south Island have been unused since passenger rail service stopped along the Island corridor. (Photo by Michael Briones)
A few dozen residents marched through the streets of Downtown Victoria Oct. 16, calling for affordable and safe housing for all. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

‘Housing for all’ march hits Victoria streets

Route runs from Beacon Hill Park to Central Park, City Hall and the Legislature

A few dozen residents marched through the streets of Downtown Victoria Oct. 16, calling for affordable and safe housing for all. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Four candidates in the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding took part in an all candidate Zoom forum on Oct. 16. (Black Press Media file photo/BC NDP file photo)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Langford-Juan de Fuca candidates Zoom through forum

Candidates focused in on six topic areas chosen through a constituent survey

Four candidates in the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding took part in an all candidate Zoom forum on Oct. 16. (Black Press Media file photo/BC NDP file photo)