Nicole Crescenzi

John de Jong has owned and operated the Cook Street Marketplace for 32 years, but it’s time for him to retire so he can pursue his love of music. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Cook Street Marketplace closing after 32 years

Owner John de Jong says it’s time to pursue his love of music

John de Jong has owned and operated the Cook Street Marketplace for 32 years, but it’s time for him to retire so he can pursue his love of music. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The BC SPCA is praising the City of Victoria for new bylaw amendments surrounding animal wellness. Pixelbay

BC SPCA praises City of Victoria for bylaw amendments

Changes to tethering time and animal count limits are in line with organization’s beliefs

The BC SPCA is praising the City of Victoria for new bylaw amendments surrounding animal wellness. Pixelbay
Many casinos in the Lower Mainland were found to be laundering sites for illicit cash, resulting in a lengthy report from Peter German, who gave 48 recommendations for change. The City of Victoria is following up to see what has been done with these recommendations before moving any further ahead with considering a new casino. In this photo, people working at an unidentified casino in the Lower Mainland are caught on video shuffling illicit cash. (Photo courtesy of Government of B.C.)

Victoria wants more information on money laundering prevention in casinos

Council is hesitant to open new casino after Lower Mainland sites were found cleaning illicit cash

Many casinos in the Lower Mainland were found to be laundering sites for illicit cash, resulting in a lengthy report from Peter German, who gave 48 recommendations for change. The City of Victoria is following up to see what has been done with these recommendations before moving any further ahead with considering a new casino. In this photo, people working at an unidentified casino in the Lower Mainland are caught on video shuffling illicit cash. (Photo courtesy of Government of B.C.)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has proposed an audit for the Johnson Street Bridge. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps calls for audit on Johnson Street Bridge project

The bridge took three years and $40 million more than initially expected

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has proposed an audit for the Johnson Street Bridge. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Victoria Royals rookie player Tyus Gent (left) is shown how to use an AK-47 loaded with ‘Simunition,’ fake ammunition similar to paint balls, by instructor Lt. Will Corbet. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria Royals run drills at CFB Esquimalt

Hockey team practiced ship boarding scenarios at the Naval Fleet School (Pacific)

Victoria Royals rookie player Tyus Gent (left) is shown how to use an AK-47 loaded with ‘Simunition,’ fake ammunition similar to paint balls, by instructor Lt. Will Corbet. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services, and Procurement and Accessibility announced that the building at 200 Cook St., which was originally approved as a condominium development, will now host 47 rental housing units, including 21 units which will be affordable housing and five accessible units. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Cook Street Village condo project to become rental building

21 of 47 units will be available at rental rates below market value

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services, and Procurement and Accessibility announced that the building at 200 Cook St., which was originally approved as a condominium development, will now host 47 rental housing units, including 21 units which will be affordable housing and five accessible units. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
A golden retriever has temporarily adopted 7 additional puppies after their mom died in an emergency C-Section. They were some of 20 puppies that one Bernese mountain dog was nursing at the Victoria Humane Society before some relief could be found. File contributed

Foster families nurse 20 puppies for Victoria Humane Society

11 young golden retrievers have found new temporary homes in Mill Bay and Shawnigan

A golden retriever has temporarily adopted 7 additional puppies after their mom died in an emergency C-Section. They were some of 20 puppies that one Bernese mountain dog was nursing at the Victoria Humane Society before some relief could be found. File contributed
Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey said the organization is brainstorming a new slogan after “Oceans apart from ordinary” was discovered to have been used by Heineken back in the ’70s. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Destination Greater Victoria scraps new slogan

‘Oceans apart from ordinary’ already used by beer giant Heineken in the ’70s

Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey said the organization is brainstorming a new slogan after “Oceans apart from ordinary” was discovered to have been used by Heineken back in the ’70s. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak and ‘judge’ Mena Westhaver, a guest rider on this year’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride, are among those taking part in this year’s Jail and Bail fundraiser event, happening Friday at Hillside Shopping Centre. Photo courtesy Victoria Police Department                                Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak, left, is among the police officers and other community leaders who will be locked up Friday at Hillside Shopping Centre for the annual Tour de Rock Jail and Bail event. “Judge” Mena Westhaver will be ordering them arounmd as part of the fun fundraiser. File contributed/Victoria Police Department

VicPD chief, other community leaders headed behind bars

Annual Jail and Bail events raise funds for Cops for Cancer’s Tour de Rock

Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak and ‘judge’ Mena Westhaver, a guest rider on this year’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride, are among those taking part in this year’s Jail and Bail fundraiser event, happening Friday at Hillside Shopping Centre. Photo courtesy Victoria Police Department                                Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak, left, is among the police officers and other community leaders who will be locked up Friday at Hillside Shopping Centre for the annual Tour de Rock Jail and Bail event. “Judge” Mena Westhaver will be ordering them arounmd as part of the fun fundraiser. File contributed/Victoria Police Department
Traditional food will make up part of the celebration of Ethiopian New Year tomorrow (Sept. 12) at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre. Ruslan Dashinsky/iStock

Victoria’s Ethiopian community welcomes in the year 2011

Area residents celebrate Ethiopian New Year on Sept. 12, based on the Julian calendar

Traditional food will make up part of the celebration of Ethiopian New Year tomorrow (Sept. 12) at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre. Ruslan Dashinsky/iStock
People gathered at the BC Legislature for the Global Day for Climate Action. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Demonstrators hit lawn of B.C. Legislature for Global Day of Climate Action

People gathered to demand enviornmental action and celebrate the halt of the Trans Mountain Pipeline

People gathered at the BC Legislature for the Global Day for Climate Action. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Bernard Chaperon. Photo contributed

UPDATE: Missing 61-year-old Bernard Chaperon located

VicPD say Chaperon has been located with the assistance of the Saanich Police Department

Bernard Chaperon. Photo contributed
Recovery Day celebrates sobriety, offers supports

Recovery Day celebrates sobriety, offers supports

Car wash this Sunday a fundraiser for upcoming Sept. 16 event in Centennial Square

Recovery Day celebrates sobriety, offers supports
The Parliament of Canada hosts the 15th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmerica next week in Victoria. Parliamentarians from North and South America will be on hand to participate in workshops focusing on ways to promote inclusive societies. Courtesy Victoria Conference Centre

International parliamentarians talk inclusion in Victoria next week

Leaders from around the world will discuss strategies to promote inclusive societies

The Parliament of Canada hosts the 15th Plenary Assembly of ParlAmerica next week in Victoria. Parliamentarians from North and South America will be on hand to participate in workshops focusing on ways to promote inclusive societies. Courtesy Victoria Conference Centre
Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced the arrival of over $600,000 worth of marine environmental response equipment to the Coast Guard base in Victoria. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

DFO announces $1M-plus investment in environmental response equipment for B.C.

Curtain booms, portable skimmers will boost oil spill clean up capabilities: Minister

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced the arrival of over $600,000 worth of marine environmental response equipment to the Coast Guard base in Victoria. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Franz Louis Wille, the founder’s son, worked at Wille’s Bakery, which opened in 1887. The establishment is B.C.’s oldest bakery, and is now known as Willie’s Bakery, but has recently shut down. File courtesy of Willie’s Bakery.

B.C.’s oldest bakery shuts down in Victoria

Willie’s Bakery, originally established in 1887, has closed its doors

Franz Louis Wille, the founder’s son, worked at Wille’s Bakery, which opened in 1887. The establishment is B.C.’s oldest bakery, and is now known as Willie’s Bakery, but has recently shut down. File courtesy of Willie’s Bakery.
One Central Saanich police officer and three Victoria police officers were under investigation after a July 2017 arrest resulted in a Victoria woman sustaining a broken shoulder. File photo.

Police not charged for an arrest leading to a Victoria woman’s broken shoulder

The IIO looked into a July 2017 incident that included Central Saanich and Victoria police officers

One Central Saanich police officer and three Victoria police officers were under investigation after a July 2017 arrest resulted in a Victoria woman sustaining a broken shoulder. File photo.
Samantha Matthews (left) taped herself to the mast of the Orca Chief vessel at Point Hope Shipyard Wednesday morning in protest of fish farming. Here, a member of the Victoria Fire Department helps to get her down. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

UPDATE: Six protestors arrested after boarding a Marine Harvest ship in Victoria

One woman taped herself to the mast in opposition of fish farms in B.C.

Samantha Matthews (left) taped herself to the mast of the Orca Chief vessel at Point Hope Shipyard Wednesday morning in protest of fish farming. Here, a member of the Victoria Fire Department helps to get her down. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Beth Threlfall painted tiger and zebra stripes on poles near an intersection at Bay and Chambers Streets, near George Jay Elementary, to warn drivers about a crosswalk used frequently by young students as they travel to school and back. File contributed/ John Threlfall

Victoria parents push for crosswalk safety with jungle-themed paint

Crosswalk used by George Jay elementary students sits on a busy Bay Street intersection

Beth Threlfall painted tiger and zebra stripes on poles near an intersection at Bay and Chambers Streets, near George Jay Elementary, to warn drivers about a crosswalk used frequently by young students as they travel to school and back. File contributed/ John Threlfall
Tourism Victoria has rebranded as “Destination Greater Victoria” starting this fall. File photo

Tourism Victoria refreshes its look with new brand

Organization’s new name, Destination Greater Victoria, more reflective of its marketing efforts

Tourism Victoria has rebranded as “Destination Greater Victoria” starting this fall. File photo
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