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If re-elected, the BC NDPs have promised funding to tackle toxicity in Elk and Beaver Lake, popular swimming and rowing spots for Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photos)

ELECTION 2020: NDP promises funding to tackle Elk and Beaver Lake algae blooms

BC NDP claims it would provide $750,000 to reduce toxic outbreaks in two Greater Victoria lakes

If re-elected, the BC NDPs have promised funding to tackle toxicity in Elk and Beaver Lake, popular swimming and rowing spots for Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photos)
BC Green Adam Olsen, New Democrat Zeb King and BC Liberal Stephen Roberts faced each other Thursday during an all-candidates forum organized by North Saanich Residents Association. They had debated earlier during a virtual forum organized by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Trio of candidates running in North Saanich and the Islands face off twice Thursday

BC Greens MLA Adam Olsen, New Democratic Zeb King and BC Liberal Stephen Roberts faced off

BC Green Adam Olsen, New Democrat Zeb King and BC Liberal Stephen Roberts faced each other Thursday during an all-candidates forum organized by North Saanich Residents Association. They had debated earlier during a virtual forum organized by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A Victoria resident is facing over $5,000 in tickets for impaired driving and other offences. (Black Press Media file photo)

Morning traffic stop leaves Victoria woman facing over $5,000 in fines for impaired driving, other offences

Witness called police after driver was swerving on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford

A Victoria resident is facing over $5,000 in tickets for impaired driving and other offences. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Victoria police are investigating after a man was assaulted with a weapon in Central Park on Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police are investigating after a man was assaulted with a weapon in Central Park on Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Elections BC has sent out almost 700,000 mail voting packages as of Oct. 14 with just under 3.5 million registered voters. (Black Press Media File)

Greater Victoria ridings among top regions seeking mail-in ballots

Saanich North and the Islands lingers just behind Victoria-Beacon Hill riding

Elections BC has sent out almost 700,000 mail voting packages as of Oct. 14 with just under 3.5 million registered voters. (Black Press Media File)
A Victoria nurse is reminding people that wearing a mask under one’s nose or chin offers no protection. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Masks don’t offer protection when worn improperly, Victoria nurse reminds people

Masks need to be secured “above the nose, below the chin and tight to your cheeks,” says nurse

A Victoria nurse is reminding people that wearing a mask under one’s nose or chin offers no protection. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Chocolate chip cookies topped the list of 2020 dessert searches in B.C. (Unsplash)
Chocolate chip cookies topped the list of 2020 dessert searches in B.C. (Unsplash)
A large bush sporting googly eyes and a mask is delighting Colwood residents along Cecil Blogg Drive. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Nature masks up too in Colwood

A large bush sporting googly eyes and a mask has been giving residents a good chuckle

A large bush sporting googly eyes and a mask is delighting Colwood residents along Cecil Blogg Drive. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Crews arrived at Mount Work Regional Park on Oct. 14 to pump away the leaked sludge. (Hugh Stephens)

Pipe leaks residual waste from Hartland Landfill into Saanich park

A crew was at Mount Work Regional Park on Oct. 15 sucking up the spilled sludge

Crews arrived at Mount Work Regional Park on Oct. 14 to pump away the leaked sludge. (Hugh Stephens)
Trustees for School District 61 will soon be deciding on re-instituting a pair of former elementary schools, Bank Street and Sundance, which share the same site on Bank Street. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Trustees for School District 61 will soon be deciding on re-instituting a pair of former elementary schools, Bank Street and Sundance, which share the same site on Bank Street. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Steve Murrison (left) and David Noel sang songs on Government Street Friday afternoon. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Buskers light up gloomy day on Government Street

Energetic pair sing the classics to masked passersby

Steve Murrison (left) and David Noel sang songs on Government Street Friday afternoon. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Oak Bay extends on-street patio use into 2021

Penny Farthing street patio will continue

Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)
The Victoria Heritage Haunted House is closing its doors after over a decade of frightening fundraisers raising money for the Help Fill a Dream Foundation. (Facebook/Victoria Heritage Haunted House)

Victoria Heritage Haunted House creaking its doors closed

The Halloween staple has been terrifying Greater Victoria residents for 15 years.

The Victoria Heritage Haunted House is closing its doors after over a decade of frightening fundraisers raising money for the Help Fill a Dream Foundation. (Facebook/Victoria Heritage Haunted House)
VicPD officers at the Johnson Street bridge for a report of a person in the water on Oct. 14, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Man pulled from Victoria’s Inner Harbour believed to be hiding from police

VicPD says the man was hiding under the decking of a floating dock during search effort

VicPD officers at the Johnson Street bridge for a report of a person in the water on Oct. 14, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Here’s your Greater Victoria roundup for the 2020 B.C. election

Candidates, forums, where to vote and more

  • Oct 15, 2020
Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new spill response base will begin construction on Beecher Bay in East Sooke in late October. The project will hire 20 full-time staff by the time it’s operational in fall 2022. (Western Canada Marine Response Corporation)

Work to start on new spill response base at Beecher Bay

Docks set to complete by summer 2021, fully operational by fall 2022

A new spill response base will begin construction on Beecher Bay in East Sooke in late October. The project will hire 20 full-time staff by the time it’s operational in fall 2022. (Western Canada Marine Response Corporation)
The Royal Canadian Legion in Sooke will be holding a virtual ceremony on Nov. 11 without a parade. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke to hold virtual Remembrance Day ceremony, cancels parade

President asks for local businesses to support by buying wreaths

The Royal Canadian Legion in Sooke will be holding a virtual ceremony on Nov. 11 without a parade. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gord and Ann Baird. Gord is the Green Party candidate in the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding. The provincial election is Oct. 24. (Contributed photo)
Gord and Ann Baird. Gord is the Green Party candidate in the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding. The provincial election is Oct. 24. (Contributed photo)
The City of Victoria’s Broughton Street parkade downtown under the public library central branch has been rather full lately with its cheap rates, but those fees are going up as of Oct. 15. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria drivers: city parkade rate hikes take effect Oct. 15

City uses latest round of price increases to even out demand around its five parkades

The City of Victoria’s Broughton Street parkade downtown under the public library central branch has been rather full lately with its cheap rates, but those fees are going up as of Oct. 15. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Grade 12 student Braden Gilson welds a spot on a jt boat at Edward Milne Community School in Sooke. Gilson is one of 17 students on Meatl TASK program at the school. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

EMCS program forges new path for trades

Unique program allows senior students to immerse themselves in metal fabrication trade

Grade 12 student Braden Gilson welds a spot on a jt boat at Edward Milne Community School in Sooke. Gilson is one of 17 students on Meatl TASK program at the school. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)