Death toll two, three saved after Tofino catamaran sinks

From Global News: Two people are dead after a vessel off the coast of Tofino with five people on board sank Sunday afternoon. Five people were pulled from the water off the coast of Tofino, according to the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC). Health officials later confirmed two people had died. The group was travelling on a 28-foot catamaran fishing boat off the coast of Bartlett Island … Continue reading Death toll two, three saved after Tofino catamaran sinks

UPDATE from Oak Bay Police – Body found in water off Oak Bay

UPDATE:  Oak Bay Police media release today: On Sunday, April 30, 2017 at approximately 5:45 pm the Oak Bay Police Department received a call of a body in the water in the areas of McNeill Bay.  A citizen was near the water’s edge and noted what appeared to be a body in the water adjacent to the shoreline. Oak Bay Police members attended and confirmed the … Continue reading UPDATE from Oak Bay Police – Body found in water off Oak Bay

John Horgan faces heckler over $10 daycare promise

CTV News: A tense exchange between BC NDP Leader John Horgan and a heckler at a campaign event in Vancouver was caught on camera on Sunday. Horgan was speaking to families in Bobolink Park in South Vancouver about his party’s plans for childcare in the province. He was interrupted by the heckler while answering a reporter’s question about how the NDP would fund its $10-a-day … Continue reading John Horgan faces heckler over $10 daycare promise

2nd straight win – Kenya’s Daniel Kipkoech takes the TC 10K title in under 30 minutes

From Times Colonist: The headwind along Dallas Road was stubborn.    But Daniel Kipkoech was more so. Te 29-year-old Kenyan head-butted the head wind into submission Sunday in winning the Times Colonist 10K for the second consecutive year. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/sports/kenya-s-kipkoech-beats-headwind-to-win-second-times-colonist-10k-1.17671783#sthash.IdjO3iuJ.dpuf   Continue reading 2nd straight win – Kenya’s Daniel Kipkoech takes the TC 10K title in under 30 minutes

Helps, Isitt, Loveday and Madoff vote for 15% foreigner tax – Coleman, Lucas, Young and Alto block it with 4 opposing votes

From the Times Colonist: Victoria has dropped its bid to have the province impose a 15 per cent non-resident buyers tax on real estate transactions. Last week councillors, sitting as a committee of the whole, voted to ask the province to immediately impose a tax to cool what has become one of the three hottest real estate markets in the country. – See more at: … Continue reading Helps, Isitt, Loveday and Madoff vote for 15% foreigner tax – Coleman, Lucas, Young and Alto block it with 4 opposing votes

4-month-old cougar caught in Courtenay to spend rest of its life in zoo

The 4-month-old cougar that made headlines last week up-Island will spend the rest of its life in captivity. In a statement, the province said that  on the advice of a wildlife veterinarian, the young cat was transferred to the Greater Vancouver Zoo so it “can do a full assessment of health and provide a permanent home.” Menita Prassad at the zoo said she hopes to … Continue reading 4-month-old cougar caught in Courtenay to spend rest of its life in zoo

18-year tradition comes to an end – Kent, Washington school cancels marching band trip to Victoria for Victoria Day parade, citing border concerns

From the Seattle Times: The Kent School Board has decided to halt all international field trips, worried that stricter border enforcement could prevent Kent students who are in the United States illegally from returning to the country. The decision, announced at what was described as an emotional board meeting Wednesday night, resulted in the immediate cancellation of two Kentlake High School trips scheduled for this … Continue reading 18-year tradition comes to an end – Kent, Washington school cancels marching band trip to Victoria for Victoria Day parade, citing border concerns

Commonwealth Games to return to Victoria?

From the Times Colonist: Here we go again. Will there be a Victoria Commonwealth Games 2.0? Canada has joined the race to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with Toronto, Edmonton and Victoria suggested as possible sites in media reports. Toronto hosted the 2015 Pan Am Games, while Edmonton and Victoria hosted the 1978 and 1994 Commonwealth Games, respectively. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/commonwealth-games-returning-victoria-may-be-in-bid-for-2022-1.17618139#sthash.RJkSP2y3.dpuf Continue reading Commonwealth Games to return to Victoria?

Respected educator Reg Reid passes away

From the Times Colonist: Reg Reid, tireless and devoted to his calling, was everything an educator should be. He died on April 22 at age 92. Reid spent 36 years in School District 61, first as teacher, then vice-principal, and influenced thousands of students at Oak Bay Junior High, Central Junior High, Victoria High School and Mount Douglas Secondary. Reid stayed interested in, and remained … Continue reading Respected educator Reg Reid passes away

Lambrick Park grad and original HarbourCat Nick Pivetta to make first major league start today in LA vs. Dodgers

We pick up the story from the HarbourCats press release earlier this week.  NOTE:  his start was delayed to today (Sunday) at 1pm, so a few edits appear below: He threw the first pitch in Victoria HarbourCats history in June of 2013, and he’s from Victoria. It seems only right that he’ll also be the first former Victoria HarbourCats player to put on a big-league … Continue reading Lambrick Park grad and original HarbourCat Nick Pivetta to make first major league start today in LA vs. Dodgers

Victoria’s tech industry, and downtown – made for each other?

From the Times Colonist’s Capital Magazine: Victoria’s downtown core, which has been much maligned over the years as a dead zone where retail went to die, is very much alive and thriving these days — and it owes a portion of its renaissance to the region’s soaring technology sector. The high-tech sector, which boasts annual revenues in excess of $4 billion and is considered the … Continue reading Victoria’s tech industry, and downtown – made for each other?

Ocean River Sports’ Brian Henry receives tourism award

From the Times Colonist: A pair of tourism industry veterans have been honoured by Tourism Victoria for their work on behalf of the industry. Mike Corrigan, the chief executive of Interferry and former head of B.C. Ferries, has been named the winner of Tourism Victoria’s 34th annual Miracle Award, and Brian Henry, owner of Ocean River Sports and a pioneer in the sea kayak industry, … Continue reading Ocean River Sports’ Brian Henry receives tourism award

CONTEST – Win the brand new book ‘Victoria’s Most Haunted: Ghost Stories from BC’s Historic Capital City’

✪ CONTEST TIME!   It’s been a while since we’ve had a contest. Thanks to TouchWood Editions​ and Bolen Books​, we have 4 books to give away. ENTER HERE (via Facebook)  FOUR WINNERS will be announced on May 6th. Ian Gibbs is a part-time tour guide for Victoria’s Ghostly Walks and this week TouchWood released his debut book, Victoria’s Most Haunted: Ghost Stories from BC’s … Continue reading CONTEST – Win the brand new book ‘Victoria’s Most Haunted: Ghost Stories from BC’s Historic Capital City’

Last of the three Salish vessels now on way to Victoria

From the Times Colonist: The third and final of B.C. Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels is on its way to British Columbia. Fuelled by natural gas, Salish Raven left shipyards in Gdansk, Poland on Friday for a 10,440-nautical-mile journey that will take 45 to 55 days, depending on weather. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/business/last-of-three-salish-ferries-leaves-shipyard-1.17419410#sthash.Fd2EtAaW.dpuf Continue reading Last of the three Salish vessels now on way to Victoria

HMCS Saskatoon returns to Esquimalt after 2 months at sea

From CHEK News: Family and friends of the crew of HMCS Saskatoon were on hand to welcome the ship back home to CFB Esquimalt Friday morning. The Saskatoon’s 38 crew members have been at sea since January. Their mission was to assist American law enforcement agencies in disrupting the flow of drugs to the United States and Canada. MORE Continue reading HMCS Saskatoon returns to Esquimalt after 2 months at sea

Unfinished apartment building in Langford finally for sale – $2.4M

If you live in the Atkins/Hoffman area, you likely know the building, more or less in behind Boston Pizza.  It’s been sitting mostly complete, but vacant and behind a fence for several years. But it’s now on the market and it can be yours for $2.4M. It’s 6 units in total, with 4 townhouse, and an arrangemtnt of commervial and live-work units. MORE at Realtor.ca … Continue reading Unfinished apartment building in Langford finally for sale – $2.4M

For sale at $349,000: local Victoria limousine service with 5 vehicles

It’s not very often you can buy up an entire limousine operation, along with its 5 vehicles, but indeed Arbutus Limo is for sale today. From Realtor.ca: The busy season, Summer is almost here, there will be a minimum of 240 cruise ships will be arriving at Ogden Point! Don’t miss out on your chance to own an established Limousine business. All assets and shares. … Continue reading For sale at $349,000: local Victoria limousine service with 5 vehicles

Look out for bikes! New downtown 2-way lanes to open with no driver education plan in place

As the Times Colonist reads this morning, “caution (is) the word” as the new Pandora bike track opens Monday – with no vehicle-driver education plan in place.  Drivers will find dozens of brand new vehicle movement restrictions and signal changes on Monday, as well as finding cyclists travelling both ways on a traditionally one-way street. Streets with new signal lights and turn restrictions include: Cook, Pandora, Vancouver, … Continue reading Look out for bikes! New downtown 2-way lanes to open with no driver education plan in place