Temporary whales in Centennial Square to cost $55,000

From the City of Victoria: Congratulations to the winners! Grab your binoculars! A pod of life-sized orca replicas will be popping-up in Centennial Square this summer.  Selected from 33 submissions, ranging from design concepts from a local secondary school to as far afield as Indonesia, Mexico and Poland, the jury selected ‘Follow the Pod’ as the overall winner of the Pop Up @ the Square … Continue reading Temporary whales in Centennial Square to cost $55,000

Former HarbourCats pitcher’s parents react to his first MLB outing

From CBC: Former Victoria Eagles pitcher Nick Pivetta made his Major League Baseball debut — and lost — but that didn’t seem to faze his mother. Carolyn Gregg jumped on a plane to Los Angeles with 15 friends and family to watch her son’s dream come true as he started at pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. MORE Continue reading Former HarbourCats pitcher’s parents react to his first MLB outing

Opening this week at IMAX Victoria – Kong: Skull Island

REVIEW from MTV News: Kong: Skull Island starts in 1944, the last years of Japan’s Empire of the Rising Sun. Behold! There’s the sun now, boiling in the center of the screen before the opening credits begin. Then director Jordan Vogt-Roberts blocks out the light with a surprise: a screaming body falling from the sky. It’s an American soldier crash-landing on an uncharted island in … Continue reading Opening this week at IMAX Victoria – Kong: Skull Island

Opening this week – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

REVIEW from the San Francisco Chronicle: It’s a tricky thing, and other movies have tried and failed, but “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” does it. It’s a sci-fi action movie that spoofs the form to strong comic effect, and yet it profits from every good thing about the genre it’s mocking. It tries to have it both ways, and it succeeds. The first “Guardians … Continue reading Opening this week – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Mitzi Dean will try to hold Esquimalt-Metchosin riding for the NDP

From the Times Colonist: With no incumbent, Esquimalt-Metchosin is being eyed by the Liberals and Greens as one of the key Island ridings up for grabs in the May 9 provincial election. But making a breakthrough in the traditionally NDP stronghold will be no easy task. The last Liberal to win there was Arnie Hamilton who swept in on Gordon Campbell’s Liberal wave in 2001. … Continue reading Mitzi Dean will try to hold Esquimalt-Metchosin riding for the NDP

‘Chattel City’ in tiny downtown waterfront park now home to 30-40 campers nightly

From the Times Colonist: The community of tenters in Reeson Park in downtown Victoria has adopted a new name for itself: “Chattel City.” City of Victoria bylaws permit homeless people to camp in most city parks if there are no shelter beds available, but shelters and belongings must be packed up by 7 a.m. Police wake the tenters each morning at 7 a.m. – See … Continue reading ‘Chattel City’ in tiny downtown waterfront park now home to 30-40 campers nightly

Langford ends long-running trolley, as well as short-lived Langtoria luxury commuter bus

Times Colonist: The City of Langford is pulling the plug on its long-standing trolley service, as well as a short-lived luxury commuter bus experiment. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/langford-s-trolley-service-commuter-bus-experiment-ending-june-30-1.18003717#sthash.4YaxYcF0.dpuf   Continue reading Langford ends long-running trolley, as well as short-lived Langtoria luxury commuter bus

‘Our camp is here demanding affordable social housing, or at least a place where we can permanently set up camp’ – protesters today at Reeson Park

From CTV News: Former residents of Victoria’s tent city joined people living at a growing homeless camp in a downtown park to lobby the provincial government for more affordable housing. Residents of the newly dubbed “Chattel City” at Reeson Park held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to “collectively speak out against the displacement and criminalization of homeless people, and the need for social housing to … Continue reading ‘Our camp is here demanding affordable social housing, or at least a place where we can permanently set up camp’ – protesters today at Reeson Park

Tofino boat capsizing – victims identified, fundraisers set up

From CTV News: Family members have confirmed the identities of two men killed after a fishing boat capsized off the coast of Tofino over the weekend. The victims have been identified as Alvin Beckley and Mike Cutler, both Alberta men who were working on a construction crew at the Pacific Sands Resort in the coastal Vancouver Island town. Cutler and Beckley were among five people … Continue reading Tofino boat capsizing – victims identified, fundraisers set up

Victoria’s most expensive homes – $2,288,000 for this 3-bed waterfront house in Cordova Bay

From Realtor.ca: Magical Sea Sand Sensation.  Calling anyone who wants to feel like they are on vacation 365 days a year to a fabulous private oceanfront retreat! Almost solitude, yet 15 minutes from Victoria. The impeccable sturdy wooden lodge style home is a warm cosy, very stylish retreat with magical ocean panoramas. The sandy beach is accessed directly from the impeccably landscaped grounds. Huge glass … Continue reading Victoria’s most expensive homes – $2,288,000 for this 3-bed waterfront house in Cordova Bay

Victoria’s most expensive homes – $3,200,000 for this 6,144 sq. ft. waterfront house

From Realtor.ca: This Absolutely Stunning 6144 Sq.Ft. Gated West Coast Residence situated on 1.26 acres, has just completed a $400,000 makeover to the highest standards. Your heated driveway will lead you to your three car garage and into this beautiful new home with; gourmet high end kitchen, coffered ceilings, wide plank hardwood throughout, luxurious master suite on main with new ensuite and walk-in, additional bedroom, … Continue reading Victoria’s most expensive homes – $3,200,000 for this 6,144 sq. ft. waterfront house

Victoria’s most expensive homes – $2,350,000 for this 3-bed equestrian estate on 11+ acres

From Realtor.ca: Outstanding Country Property & Equestrian Estate located in a much sought after and upscale rural location. This 11.14 Acre property delights with lovely views, and is uniquely positioned adjacent to Beaver/Elk Lake Park, offering 1000+ acres of Riding Trails, Hiking, Swimming, etc. The well planned 3 level, 3 BR, 4 Bath home consists of 4888 sq ft of sun-filled flowing space ideal for … Continue reading Victoria’s most expensive homes – $2,350,000 for this 3-bed equestrian estate on 11+ acres

Victoria’s most expensive homes – $4,499,000 for this 5-bed, 9-bath home in North Saanich

The Realtor.ca listing reads like this: This well maintained & upgraded waterfront home has stood the test of time as one of a the finest crafted & built homes on the Saanich Peninsula. Starting with the design by Jim Greaves & then carrying through the 2003 construction, this 6000+ sq.ft. home was designed for seaside living both indoors & outdoors. MORE Continue reading Victoria’s most expensive homes – $4,499,000 for this 5-bed, 9-bath home in North Saanich

Prices Lock & Safe on the move – to make way for upper-Fort development

Prices Lock & Safe, a very long-time fixture in the 800-block of Fort Street, is on the move. After renovations to the new space are completed, Prices will move their entire downtown operation to a storefront on the east side of Blanshard St., in the 1100-block (between Fort and View).  The space was most recently occupied by a Christian book store. The upper part of … Continue reading Prices Lock & Safe on the move – to make way for upper-Fort development

More homeless unrest – Reeson Park now dubbed ‘Chattel City’ – protesters to outline demands at 12:30 today

This is a breaking story, and details are still scarce. A group of former “tent city” residents are joining a group that has been camping at downtown Victoria’s tiny Reeson Park, and will be issuing a list of demands at a press conference early this afternoon. From CTV News: Campers are alleging that they suffer police harassment and theft from city bylaw officers “which exacerbates … Continue reading More homeless unrest – Reeson Park now dubbed ‘Chattel City’ – protesters to outline demands at 12:30 today

Events, whale watching, more uses for Oak Bay Marina parking lot in works

From Oak Bay News: Whale watching and public events in the parking lot are all a part of the plan to inject new life to the Oak Bay Marina. “It’s always confused me why whale watching was not permitted within our zoning here but it’s a natural spot to operate whale watching out of the marina,” said Brook Castelsky, Oak Bay Marine Group chief operating … Continue reading Events, whale watching, more uses for Oak Bay Marina parking lot in works

Cordova Bay Plaza nearly empty as development nears – dollar store to leave by June

From Saanich News: After 57 years the Cordova Bay Plaza is all but shuttered with only the Scotiabank branch and Super Duper Dollar Store remaining open. The mall is set to be replaced with a mixed-development of commercial and residential by developer James Gardiner with architect Alan Lowe leading the design. Despite the lost of keystone tenant Tru Value grocery store, who closed last month, … Continue reading Cordova Bay Plaza nearly empty as development nears – dollar store to leave by June

Long-term downtown parking rates go up this month

From the Times Colonist: Those parking long term in city parkades will pay more beginning this month as the city tries to free up parking downtown for more casual users. Victoria councillors approved the rates in February. While the first hour will remain free in parkades and the second and third hours will be billed at $2 an hour, the rate will jump to $3 … Continue reading Long-term downtown parking rates go up this month

Canadian woman, boyfriend, both found dead in Belize

National Post: The bodies of a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend who went missing last week in Belize have been found dead. Francesca Matus, 52, was in Belize with her American boyfriend, 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney, when they disappeared last week. Local media in Belize says the bodies were found in the country’s Corozal district, near the Mexican border, at 5 p.m. local time. MORE Continue reading Canadian woman, boyfriend, both found dead in Belize