Jake Romphf

The Conservative candidate for Saanich Gulf-Islands has apologized for past comments he made about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed the murder of George Floyd. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Trelford).

Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative candidate apologizes for Black Lives Matter comments

David Busch asked if protesters wanted lynchings, BLM organizer says it’s a learning opportunity

The Conservative candidate for Saanich Gulf-Islands has apologized for past comments he made about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed the murder of George Floyd. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Trelford).
Pictured is a 2019 Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island (XRVI) climate change event in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A small group of demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Victoria on Aug. 21 as they called for more action in addressing climate change. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Demonstrators call for climate action as small group disrupts Victoria intersection

The Extinction Rebellion group intermittently blocked the intersection of Fort, Douglas streets

Pictured is a 2019 Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island (XRVI) climate change event in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A small group of demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Victoria on Aug. 21 as they called for more action in addressing climate change. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The 153rd running of the Saanich Fair on Labour Day weekend will have some aspects scaled down due to the ongoing pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Fair returns Labour Day weekend

Fewer farm animals, reduced indoor aspects being planned for this year’s fair

The 153rd running of the Saanich Fair on Labour Day weekend will have some aspects scaled down due to the ongoing pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
U14 champ Owen Nguyen, right, and finalist Eric Wang at the Bear Mountain 5 Star junior championship on Aug. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

B.C.’s best rally on the red-clay at junior tennis tournament in Langford

The Bear Mountain-hosted tournament for U12, U14 players runs from Aug. 18 to 22

U14 champ Owen Nguyen, right, and finalist Eric Wang at the Bear Mountain 5 Star junior championship on Aug. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Four cedar trusses are raised onto the Tsawout First Nation’s new bighouse in the first week of August. A 2009 fire destroyed the former cultural space. (Courtesy Dave Watson/Tsawout First Nation)

‘It was just like we can breathe again’: Tsawout bighouse takes shape

Raising of the cultural building’s roof trusses brings positive impact

Four cedar trusses are raised onto the Tsawout First Nation’s new bighouse in the first week of August. A 2009 fire destroyed the former cultural space. (Courtesy Dave Watson/Tsawout First Nation)
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Rotarian Bob Beckett waves to a child at the Divine Hands Orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haitian orphanages helped by West Shore Rotary Club unscathed by earthquake

Former Langford Fire Chief Bob Beckett in contact with the sites, feels for the nation

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Rotarian Bob Beckett waves to a child at the Divine Hands Orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Dr. Pippa Hawley is the lead researcher of a Canada-wide clinical study looking into how effective cannabis products are at alleviating some of the most common cancer symptoms. (Photo courtesy of BC Cancer Foundation)

Greater Victoria patients can join study on cannabis’ effect on cancer symptoms

Clinical data on its effectiveness has been lacking up to this point, researcher says

Dr. Pippa Hawley is the lead researcher of a Canada-wide clinical study looking into how effective cannabis products are at alleviating some of the most common cancer symptoms. (Photo courtesy of BC Cancer Foundation)
Pet-A-Palooza attracted lots of dogs and their owners to Bullen Park in Esquimalt on Aug. 14. The two-day event continues on Sunday. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Who let the dogs out? Esquimalt did at Pet-A-Palooza

Bullen Park hosts dogs, their owners, business vendors, food trucks on Aug. 14 and 16

Pet-A-Palooza attracted lots of dogs and their owners to Bullen Park in Esquimalt on Aug. 14. The two-day event continues on Sunday. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
VicPD are asking for the public’s help in finding missing Bruce Bendow after he was last seen on Dallas Road Friday morning. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

UPDATE: Victoria senior Bruce Bendow found safe after missing person alert

VicPD helped in search for missing 88 year old and his dog

VicPD are asking for the public’s help in finding missing Bruce Bendow after he was last seen on Dallas Road Friday morning. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
The B.C. government announced $4.7 million in funding for Victoria initiatives that aim to address homelessness, with one of the largest allocated amounts going towards bylaw and reimbursing added police shifts. (Black Press Media file photo)

Homelessness grant will see City of Victoria reimbursed for added police shifts

B.C. announces $4.7 million for Victoria programs aimed at addressing impact of homelessness

The B.C. government announced $4.7 million in funding for Victoria initiatives that aim to address homelessness, with one of the largest allocated amounts going towards bylaw and reimbursing added police shifts. (Black Press Media file photo)
A view of the White Rock Lake wildfire from Ellison Provincial Park on Aug. 6. A recent poll suggests British Columbians are the most concerned about climate change in Canada. (@mkinz - Twitter)

British Columbians most worried about climate change nationally: poll

Recent heatwave, wildfires amplifying concern in this province

A view of the White Rock Lake wildfire from Ellison Provincial Park on Aug. 6. A recent poll suggests British Columbians are the most concerned about climate change in Canada. (@mkinz - Twitter)
South Island rowers Kyle Frederickson, left, and Victoria Nolan, second from left, will compete in the Paralympics later this month. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)

South Island rowers headed to Paralympics this month

Athletes with connections to Victoria will compete across two events at the Tokyo Games

South Island rowers Kyle Frederickson, left, and Victoria Nolan, second from left, will compete in the Paralympics later this month. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)
Hundreds of paddlers raced on the Gorge Waterway on Aug. 7 for Splash Dash. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Hundreds of paddlers race on Victoria’s Gorge Waterway

Splash Dash marked return of in-person paddling competition

Hundreds of paddlers raced on the Gorge Waterway on Aug. 7 for Splash Dash. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Victoria hosted the strongmen and strongwomen provincial championships on Aug. 7. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Competition of comradery at strongman, strongwoman championship in Victoria

James Bay hosted the sport’s provincial championships on Saturday

Victoria hosted the strongmen and strongwomen provincial championships on Aug. 7. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Pacific FC downed the Calgary Cavalry 2-0 in their home opener on Friday. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

PHOTOS: More than 2,500 take in Pacific FC’s long-awaited Greater Victoria return

Langford’s Starlight Stadium soccer crowds rewarded with win over Calgary

Pacific FC downed the Calgary Cavalry 2-0 in their home opener on Friday. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
Photographed is southern resident killer whale K33, Tika, as it breaches off of San Juan Island on July 27. (Photo courtesy of the Orca Bahavior Institute)

Researchers celebrate return of orcas after ‘unprecedented absence’ from southern Vancouver Island waters

J Pod, other southern resident killer whales spotted off San Juan Island

Photographed is southern resident killer whale K33, Tika, as it breaches off of San Juan Island on July 27. (Photo courtesy of the Orca Bahavior Institute)
Bridge Way (shown in blue) in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park will reopen to vehicles in about a month. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)

One road in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park to reopen to vehicles

Bridge Way will become a two-way road, opening to vehicles in about a month

Bridge Way (shown in blue) in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park will reopen to vehicles in about a month. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Victoria council is expected to start allowing residents to mix yard waste in with kitchen scraps in their green bins. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria expected to approve letting residents put yard waste in green bins

Solid waste collection also expected to move to curbside model

Victoria council is expected to start allowing residents to mix yard waste in with kitchen scraps in their green bins. (Black Press Media file photo)
After a heat dome melted temperature records for Greater Victoria earlier this summer, the region is now approaching its all-time record for days without rain. (Black Press Media file)

Greater Victoria approaching its rainless days record

Region embroiled in one of the harshest droughts currently facing B.C.

After a heat dome melted temperature records for Greater Victoria earlier this summer, the region is now approaching its all-time record for days without rain. (Black Press Media file)
A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street this spring. The region needs to ramp up its infrastructure installation progress to meet goals for EV use, according to a new report. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria/ Twitter)

Greater Victoria’s public EV charging stations need to quadruple by 2030: report

Reaching CRD’s light-duty vehicle goal of 25 per cent EVs will require $31 million investment

A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street this spring. The region needs to ramp up its infrastructure installation progress to meet goals for EV use, according to a new report. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria/ Twitter)