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Jayson Anderson went missing July 2022 and his mother is searching for him. (Courtesy of Wanda Anderson)

Alberta mom of a missing Vancouver Island man continues search despite dead ends

Wanda Anderson working to find her son, Jayson Anderson, since he disappeared from Victoria in July

Jayson Anderson went missing July 2022 and his mother is searching for him. (Courtesy of Wanda Anderson)
Jess Duncan holds Toque the shy chicken at Bear ‘N Bee Therapeutic Farm. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

VIDEO: ‘Everybody’s farm’ in Greater Victoria offers kids a safe place to learn and explore

Jess Duncan of Bear ‘N Bee Farm wanted to make purposeful use of her land and animals

Jess Duncan holds Toque the shy chicken at Bear ‘N Bee Therapeutic Farm. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Quadra Street between Inverness Road and Cloverdale Avenue in Saanich was closed due to a gas leak Wednesday, Jan. 25. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

UPDATE: Evacuation order lifted after broken gas line clears Saanich neighbourhood

Traffic is being diverted and Cloverdale Elementary along with nearby homes have been evacuated

Quadra Street between Inverness Road and Cloverdale Avenue in Saanich was closed due to a gas leak Wednesday, Jan. 25. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from a safe supply by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Drug User Liberation Front and Moms Stop the Harm to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

‘Culture change’ predicted in Victoria as possession of some drugs set to be decriminalized

The exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act will be temporary, lasting until 2026

Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from a safe supply by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Drug User Liberation Front and Moms Stop the Harm to mark International Overdose Awareness Day. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Elizabeth Laugharne is a supporter of small donations, students and time to work on important causes like helping BC Cancer - Victoria. (Courtesy of Jordan McClymont)

99-year-old Victoria cancer survivor says small donations make a big difference

As an avid volunteer, Elizabeth Laugharne, has been working with BC Cancer - Victoria for years

Elizabeth Laugharne is a supporter of small donations, students and time to work on important causes like helping BC Cancer - Victoria. (Courtesy of Jordan McClymont)
The plan would bring a new bike lane to Esquimalt, offering pedestrians and cyclists a safer route to school, work and play. (Photo courtesy of the Engineering and Public Works Department)

Council worries about traffic flow as plans for new bike lane in Esquimalt develop

Open communication and continuous monitoring are council’s priorities regarding the plans

The plan would bring a new bike lane to Esquimalt, offering pedestrians and cyclists a safer route to school, work and play. (Photo courtesy of the Engineering and Public Works Department)
The house on fire was near Pemberton Park in Victoria. (Courtesy of Ray Bernoties)

No injuries in house fire near Pemberton Park

Emergency services arrived on the scene, quickly putting out the fire

The house on fire was near Pemberton Park in Victoria. (Courtesy of Ray Bernoties)
H-Mart in Bellevue has added sanitizing wipes throughout its store for customers. (Samantha Pak/News Staff)

Asian supermarket giant opening first Victoria store, replacing Toys ‘R’ Us

The grocery store is set to open in Mayfair Mall in November

H-Mart in Bellevue has added sanitizing wipes throughout its store for customers. (Samantha Pak/News Staff)
Celebrations for Lunar New Year feature a lion dance, which is a way to cleanse spaces of bad vibes and bring in good luck for the new year. This lion and drum are used to by the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club to practice for performances. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

VIDEO: Island leaps into year of the rabbit with celebrations in Victoria’s Chinatown

Lunar New Year celebrations will include lion dancing, music, lucky red envelopes and lots of food

Celebrations for Lunar New Year feature a lion dance, which is a way to cleanse spaces of bad vibes and bring in good luck for the new year. This lion and drum are used to by the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club to practice for performances. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Traffic back up on the corner of Garnet Road and Cedar Hill Road (Courtesy of Janet Black)

VIDEO: Saanich resident cites ‘extremely dangerous mix’ in demand for road changes

A lack of speed-slowing devices and crossings a concern as traffic near school increases

Traffic back up on the corner of Garnet Road and Cedar Hill Road (Courtesy of Janet Black)
A weapon seized during a search warrant Victoria Police Department and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team executed on Jan. 10. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Guns, drugs and $50K seized from Victoria housing project with ‘vulnerable’ residents

A prior seizure at the same location in December produced similar results, VicPD said

A weapon seized during a search warrant Victoria Police Department and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team executed on Jan. 10. (Courtesy of VicPD)
A mural in Fernwood on Gladstone Avenue that was done by Victoria-based artist Collin Elder. It was finished in September, 2020. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff) 01/10/23

‘Murals simply make the city more cool,’ says councillor who wants more public arts funding

Councillor Matt Dell calls for an increase in funding dedicated to public art projects in 2023

A mural in Fernwood on Gladstone Avenue that was done by Victoria-based artist Collin Elder. It was finished in September, 2020. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff) 01/10/23
Protestors from the Victoria Peace Coalition gathered January 7 on the corner of Government Street and Humboldt Street to protest against the federal purchase of 88 fighter-jets. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Protestors from the Victoria Peace Coalition gathered January 7 on the corner of Government Street and Humboldt Street to protest against the federal purchase of 88 fighter-jets. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Avid birder Andrew MacDonald scooped a photo of the puffin while changing the settings on his camera on Wednesday, January 4. (Courtesy Andrew MacDonald)

Rare sighting of puffin in Victoria a positive result of windstorms

Birdwatchers in the area said it was likely the bird was blown into the area by recent high winds

Avid birder Andrew MacDonald scooped a photo of the puffin while changing the settings on his camera on Wednesday, January 4. (Courtesy Andrew MacDonald)
Esquimalt Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) members celebrate the 20-year anniversary with the unveiling of a new crest. (Courtesy of EFRS)

Esquimalt Fire Department celebrates 20 years of service

The fire rescue unveiled a new crest, which incorporates its goals of inclusivity and support

Esquimalt Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) members celebrate the 20-year anniversary with the unveiling of a new crest. (Courtesy of EFRS)
Routes to Tofino will remain suspended until May. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island Connector bus service paused after ridership plummets

Service between Victoria and Tofino, Nanaimo and Campbell River expected to resume in May

Routes to Tofino will remain suspended until May. (Black Press file photo)
School District 63 looks back on a year full of accomplishments while keeping its eyes fixed on the opportunities of the future. taken 12/15/22 by Austin Westphal

A look back and a glance forward: Saanich School District in 2022

Tim Dunford looks back at a year full of accomplishments and ahead to the challenges 2023 will bring

School District 63 looks back on a year full of accomplishments while keeping its eyes fixed on the opportunities of the future. taken 12/15/22 by Austin Westphal
Multiple people have been injured during a gunfire exchange at Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Victoria News 2022: The top-five stories of the year

As we say hello to the new year, Victoria News looks back on the stories that resonated the most

Multiple people have been injured during a gunfire exchange at Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
An interior view of the vaulted ceiling in Christ Church Cathedral. (Don Denton/News Staff)

New Year’s Day concert celebrates 17th century composers

The concert will be free of charge and will feature local singers

An interior view of the vaulted ceiling in Christ Church Cathedral. (Don Denton/News Staff)
Several agencies are investigating after workers were injured when a steam pipe burst at Victoria General Hospital Friday morning. (Google Maps)

Burst pipe at Victoria General Hospital burns two, damages building

Patient care was not impacted by the incident and the emergency room remains open

Several agencies are investigating after workers were injured when a steam pipe burst at Victoria General Hospital Friday morning. (Google Maps)
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