February 19, 2018

Three die in Victoria house fire

Three people have been killed in a house fire in Victoria. Firefighters were called to 1320 Johnson Street just after 4:30 a.m. They found the front door open and the home's interior engulfed in flames. The cause of the blaze is not known and the bodies have yet to be identified. Neighbours say there was a house party going on into the morning … [Read more...]

Throne Speech delivered in Victoria

Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon has delivered the Liberal government's speech from the throne, with promises of a huge fund aimed at paying off the provincial debt. Here are the highlights: Creation of a "BC Prosperity Fund" to collect revenues from L-N-G industry; government estimates more than 100-billion dollars will flow into fund over 30 … [Read more...]

Animal hoarding case in greater Victoria

The BC SPCA has removed 45 mini-poodles from a home in Victoria, calling it a case of 'hoarding.' SPCA spokeswomean Lorie Chortyk says the owner, living in Brentwood Bay, failed to get rid of some of the animals, as instructed by the society. Staff have recovered 35 adults and nine puppies, who are now being looked after by veterinarians. One dead … [Read more...]

Victoria MP claims he was kicked out of Enbridge hearings

Provincial and federal New Democrats tried to get into the Northern Gateway review panel hearings as they resumed in Victoria today, but were refused.   B.C.’s environment minister, however, says it’s just political games. Terry Lake says the NDP has already said it opposes the Enbridge pipeline.   “I think it is clear … [Read more...]

Victoria police had a busy first holiday DUI blitz

Police in Victoria caught nearly 30 impaired drivers during their first counterattack blitz of the holiday season. Over the weekend, 29 drivers were taken off the road and 143 tickets were issued for various infractions. Officers also ordered the inspection of 19 vehicles with visible safety defects. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

Victoria Police looking for suspect in robberies of mall goers

She will ask you for the time... and then steal your stuff. Police in Victoria say a Christmas grinch is hoodwinking mall goers who are kind enough to pull out their cell phones and provide her with the time of day. "But then showing the suspect that they have them on them, so that's when the robbery is happening.  In this case, last night, … [Read more...]

Victoria has best public potty in Canada

Canada's best public potty is in downtown Victoria. The Langley Street Loo near Bastion Square topped the third annual best restroom contest. It is considered the cleanest and most convenient --offering 'round the clock relief at no charge. Second and third place went to a couple spots in Toronto. Vancouver's Georgian Court Hotel was fourth and a … [Read more...]

Startup Weekend Victoria

No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 Hours. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. The … [Read more...]

Celebrities pledge to attend Victoria sit-in against pipelines, tankers

More celebrities are latching on to anti-pipeline activism in Canada – this time, for an event in Victoria next week. The star power includes Canadian and American actors such as Mark Ruffalo, Daryl Hannah, Ellen Page, Pamela Anderson, Michael Moore, Mia Kirshner, Peter Keleghan and Tantoo Cardinal. In a statement, Hannah says her group … [Read more...]

Victoria bus drivers could soon strike

The labour dispute between unionized bus drivers and BC Transit continues in Victoria, but there won't be a work stoppage for the next two days. Ben Williams, President of Canadian Auto Workers Local 3-33, says his union is willing to stop the busses if its employer won't negotiate, but not yet, "Any disruption that would actually disrupt service … [Read more...]