Victoria News Staff

Thousands of British Columbians work at the roadside in Cone Zones, which are most often associated with bright orange cones. Each zone has its own unique set of hazards associated with roads, traffic, vehicles, weather, and work activities. (File - Shutterstock)

Summer traffic puts Vancouver Island roadside workers at risk

‘Cone Zone’ campaign aims to protect workers

Thousands of British Columbians work at the roadside in Cone Zones, which are most often associated with bright orange cones. Each zone has its own unique set of hazards associated with roads, traffic, vehicles, weather, and work activities. (File - Shutterstock)
The loaded shotgun found in a vehicle that was believed to be involved in a road rage incident. The driver was not allowed to have guns or be driving due to past convictions. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Loaded shotgun found after Victoria road rage incident

Driver previously barred from driving, possessing guns

The loaded shotgun found in a vehicle that was believed to be involved in a road rage incident. The driver was not allowed to have guns or be driving due to past convictions. (Courtesy of VicPD)
A former SD61 woodshop teacher has been disciplined after a 2020 incident where a student’s hair got ripped out of their head after it got stuck in a wood planer. Other student injuries on the former teacher’s watch also led to discipline. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Victoria teacher disciplined after student’s hair ripped out by wood shop machine

Christian Michel failed to provide a safe classroom despite repeated reminders, injuries

A former SD61 woodshop teacher has been disciplined after a 2020 incident where a student’s hair got ripped out of their head after it got stuck in a wood planer. Other student injuries on the former teacher’s watch also led to discipline. (Black Press Media file photo)
A technician doing maintenance on the pipe organ at St. John the Divine Church in Victoria was trapped for a short period of time Wednesday morning (July 27), a situation that prompted a response by Victoria firefighters and paramedics. (St. John the Divine/Facebook)

B.C. firefighters respond after technician trapped behind church organ

No serious injuries result from situation, Victoria Fire Department said

A technician doing maintenance on the pipe organ at St. John the Divine Church in Victoria was trapped for a short period of time Wednesday morning (July 27), a situation that prompted a response by Victoria firefighters and paramedics. (St. John the Divine/Facebook)
BC Ferries anticipates moving nearly 140,000 vehicles and more than 400,000 foot passengers over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Ferries prepares for busy B.C. Day long weekend

Expected heavy traffic volumes will see fleet operating at maximum capacity

BC Ferries anticipates moving nearly 140,000 vehicles and more than 400,000 foot passengers over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Capital Regional District’s population grew by 6.2 per cent between 2017 and 2021, now totalling 432,062. (Black Press Media file photo)

South Vancouver Island growth coming from people moving in, not the maternity ward

Interprovincial migration up 5,200 in 2021 as deaths outpace births in the region

The Capital Regional District’s population grew by 6.2 per cent between 2017 and 2021, now totalling 432,062. (Black Press Media file photo)
Comic Bert Kreischer is coming to Victoria on Sept. 8 for a performance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy Bert Kreischer/Twitter)

Bert Kreischer bringing comedy show to Victoria this fall

Tickets on sale now for Sept. 8 show at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Comic Bert Kreischer is coming to Victoria on Sept. 8 for a performance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy Bert Kreischer/Twitter)
Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria remains 4th most expensive rental market in Canada: report

1-BR unit rent rose 2.2 per cent May to June; 2-BR price dropped 6 per cent

Greater Victoria remains the fourth most expensive rental market in the country, according to a recent report. Construction is pictured in downtown Victoria in May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
The kitchen at Our Place has served up an average of more than 1,000 meals per day so far in 2022. With food costs continuing to rise, the charity is concerned about meeting the demand. (Photo by Derek Ford/Our Place Society)

Rising food costs, hike in demand cause for concern at Victoria’s Our Place charity

‘We are struggling this year to make ends meet’: Our Place CEO

The kitchen at Our Place has served up an average of more than 1,000 meals per day so far in 2022. With food costs continuing to rise, the charity is concerned about meeting the demand. (Photo by Derek Ford/Our Place Society)
Two people were ticketed after ignoring a warning from police and continuing to illegally honk their vehicle horns during Victoria protests July 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

Horn-honking protest met with tickets and fines in Victoria

Slow-roll protesters targeted a business after being told to stop the unlawful honking

Two people were ticketed after ignoring a warning from police and continuing to illegally honk their vehicle horns during Victoria protests July 14. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Five B.C. hotels hit Canada’s Top 10 for international travellers

Victoria’s Empress, Hotel Vancouver among a 6 Fairmont properties on the Travel + Leisure list

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Sean Hart, 34, was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility on Nov. 6. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Search for missing man sparks reminder of others lost on southern Vancouver Island

Two active searches ongoing, several other cases remain mysteries

Sean Hart, 34, was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility on Nov. 6. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
A video on TikTok showing passengers thanking BC Transit drivers has almost three million views. (The Fat Passport/TikTok)

Sorry, but polite B.C. transit service has TikTok world talking

Victoria video of people thanking bus drivers sparks debate and raises eyebrows

A video on TikTok showing passengers thanking BC Transit drivers has almost three million views. (The Fat Passport/TikTok)
The BC Securities Commission has ordered a Victoria man to pay $30,000 as part of a settlement after he was found to be providing financial services without proper registration under the Securities Act. (Pixabay)

Vancouver Island man to pay $30K in settlement with B.C. Securities Commission

Nelson Scott Blair found to be conducting business without proper registration

The BC Securities Commission has ordered a Victoria man to pay $30,000 as part of a settlement after he was found to be providing financial services without proper registration under the Securities Act. (Pixabay)
BC Ferries is warning customers it is experiencing issues with credit and debit transaction onboard its vessels and at many of its terminals Friday due to the nationwide Rogers outage. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rogers outage affecting use of debit, debit credit cards at BC Ferries terminals, on vessels

Ferry operator among many experiencing service interruption due to nationwide outage

BC Ferries is warning customers it is experiencing issues with credit and debit transaction onboard its vessels and at many of its terminals Friday due to the nationwide Rogers outage. (Black Press Media file photo)
A live streaming video facing the intersection of Pandora and Store streets captured the moment a cyclist was struck by a truck July 5. (Swans/Youtube)

VIDEO: Cyclist hit by large truck in downtown Victoria

The cyclist escaped with non-life-threatening injuries

A live streaming video facing the intersection of Pandora and Store streets captured the moment a cyclist was struck by a truck July 5. (Swans/Youtube)
A driver faces potential charges after fleeing VicPD twice in a truck and camper on July 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police box in truck after driver flees twice during Canada Day festivities

Bike patrol officers forced to leap from harm’s way on first encounter

A driver faces potential charges after fleeing VicPD twice in a truck and camper on July 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
A J-pod southern resident killer whale pictured in 2018 versus this year. Twelve J- and K-pod whales were deemed vulnerable by Washington state on June 30. (Courtesy of SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research/Washington state)

12 southern resident killer whales designated as ‘vulnerable’

The whales have been identified as pregnant or in poor condition

A J-pod southern resident killer whale pictured in 2018 versus this year. Twelve J- and K-pod whales were deemed vulnerable by Washington state on June 30. (Courtesy of SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research/Washington state)
Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22-year-old twins from Duncan, have been identified by police as the suspects killed during an exchange of gunfire June 28 at a bank in Saanich. (Courtesy of BC RCMP)

UPDATE: Saanich bank shootout suspects confirmed as 22-year-old twins from Duncan

No motive is known and police continue to ask the public to come forward with any information

Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22-year-old twins from Duncan, have been identified by police as the suspects killed during an exchange of gunfire June 28 at a bank in Saanich. (Courtesy of BC RCMP)
Team Canada’s Thomas Scrubb of Richmond, eyes up a shot during action against the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2021. FIBA Olympic qualifying men’s action is returning to Victoria at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Aug. 25. (Courtesy Canada Basketball)

World Cup basketball qualifier coming to Vancouver Island this summer

The Aug. 25 game will see Team Canada play at Victoria’s Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Team Canada’s Thomas Scrubb of Richmond, eyes up a shot during action against the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2021. FIBA Olympic qualifying men’s action is returning to Victoria at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Aug. 25. (Courtesy Canada Basketball)