Nicole Crescenzi

Victoria’s Michael Simmons (centre) won gold in his division at the World Master International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Championship. He competed in the Masters 5, blue belt, ultra-heavy division against silver medallist Terry Stephens (left) and bronze medallist Greg Harry Beberian. File contributed

Victoria man brings home international Brazilian jiu-jitsu gold medal

Michael Simmons only started rolling in the sport three years ago, at age 48

Victoria’s Michael Simmons (centre) won gold in his division at the World Master International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Championship. He competed in the Masters 5, blue belt, ultra-heavy division against silver medallist Terry Stephens (left) and bronze medallist Greg Harry Beberian. File contributed
Smoky skies have caused a 25 per cent increase in inhaler prescriptions across B.C. (Photo by Ana Maria Dacol/Creative Commons)

B.C. sees 25% jump in inhaler use from wildfire smoke

Weekly increases saw thousands of people with breathing problems reach for their puffers during air quality advisories

Smoky skies have caused a 25 per cent increase in inhaler prescriptions across B.C. (Photo by Ana Maria Dacol/Creative Commons)
Terrance Merx (left) and Clara Toledo polish their 2006 Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas in preparation for the classic British car show coming to Government House this Saturday (Sept. 8). File contributed

Jaguars, Aston Martins, MGs and more: British invasion taking over Government House

The 24th annual English Car Affair in the Park is set for Sept. 8

Terrance Merx (left) and Clara Toledo polish their 2006 Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas in preparation for the classic British car show coming to Government House this Saturday (Sept. 8). File contributed
VicPD are looking for information about a suspicious man who was seen spying on a woman as she was in the shower (News files)

Victoria Police are looking for a suspect seen watching a woman shower

The individual was seen at an Esquimalt residence on Monday evening

VicPD are looking for information about a suspicious man who was seen spying on a woman as she was in the shower (News files)
Nearly 3,000 people are affected by a power outage in Sooke. BC Hydro

UPDATED: Power has been restored after Sooke, Colwood power outages

Nearly 3,000 people were affected by the outage this morning

Nearly 3,000 people are affected by a power outage in Sooke. BC Hydro
Len Chapple (left) and his late wife Dallas Chapple have donated $1 million to the Victoria Symphony. File contributed/Victoria Symphony

Shared love of classical music leads to Victoria Symphony’s largest-ever private donation

$1-million donors Len Chapple and late wife, Dallas, were major supporters of the Symphony

Len Chapple (left) and his late wife Dallas Chapple have donated $1 million to the Victoria Symphony. File contributed/Victoria Symphony
Labour Day is coming up this weekend, but do you know the history behind it? Victoria News file photo

Labour Day celebrated to remember workers’ rights

National holiday characterized by most as summer’s last long weekend, but there’s a history there

Labour Day is coming up this weekend, but do you know the history behind it? Victoria News file photo
Saanich police and the ERT responded to a 911 call from a potentially-armed aggravated man in the lobby of Pearkes Arena Wednesday night. Keri Coles/BLACK PRESS

Man apprehended after police standoff at Pearkes Arena in Saanich

A large presence of heavily-armed police surrounded the arena Wednesday night

Saanich police and the ERT responded to a 911 call from a potentially-armed aggravated man in the lobby of Pearkes Arena Wednesday night. Keri Coles/BLACK PRESS
ICBC is reminding parents and drivers to watch out for kids as they go back to school. File photo

Back to school: VicPD and ICBC warn drivers to slow down

Speed enforcement campaign begins Tuesday morning ticketing drivers who exceed 30 km/hr in school zones

ICBC is reminding parents and drivers to watch out for kids as they go back to school. File photo
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has apologized for not including more people in the decision to remove the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald from the front of Victoria’s City Hall. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Lisa Helps apologizes: More consultation needed in statue removal

The Victoria mayor issued her apology Aug. 29 on her municipal campaign website for not speaking with enough people about the statue’s removal

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has apologized for not including more people in the decision to remove the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald from the front of Victoria’s City Hall. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Families were able to pick up new school supplies and clothes at the Mustard Seed Street Church. File contributed.

The Mustard Seed sends 750 Victoria kids back to school with new supplies and clothes

The Fair Start Program has been helping families for 20 years and seen needs increase

Families were able to pick up new school supplies and clothes at the Mustard Seed Street Church. File contributed.
Inmates at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre participate in the Hose Wash Program, as part of the BC Corrections Fire Suppression Program. In 2017, inmates processed and repaired over 40,000 hoses. File contributed. (Province of BC)

Inmates help fight B.C. wildfires with hose repair program

Over 40,000 hoses are cleaned and repaired at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre each year

Inmates at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre participate in the Hose Wash Program, as part of the BC Corrections Fire Suppression Program. In 2017, inmates processed and repaired over 40,000 hoses. File contributed. (Province of BC)
The Victoria Grandmothers for Africa are making their 275 kilometre trek from Campbell River to Victoria starting September 7. In this photo, the ladies are at the Rotary Park in Campbell River on their first day last year. File contributed

Victoria grandmothers cycle to end stigma, help women’s rights in Africa

The senior group will pedal 275 kilometres from Campbell River to Victoria to fundraise

The Victoria Grandmothers for Africa are making their 275 kilometre trek from Campbell River to Victoria starting September 7. In this photo, the ladies are at the Rotary Park in Campbell River on their first day last year. File contributed
Jackson Butchart works on his shark-themed mural at the corner of Bay Street and Rock Bay Avenue as part of the City of Victoria’s “Concrete Canvas” project. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria’s mural project wraps up with a brewery party

The ‘Concrete Canvas’ project had 16 artists painting around the Rock Bay neighbourhood

Jackson Butchart works on his shark-themed mural at the corner of Bay Street and Rock Bay Avenue as part of the City of Victoria’s “Concrete Canvas” project. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
BC Transit spends over $600,000 on new Victoria buses

BC Transit spends over $600,000 on new Victoria buses

Over 40 buses added to the BC Transit fleet before the new school year

BC Transit spends over $600,000 on new Victoria buses
Drought level ratings on Vancouver Island have been elevated to the highest level. File photo

Province elevates Vancouver Island to highest drought rating

Extremely dry conditions have pushed many parts of B.C. to a level 4 drought rating

Drought level ratings on Vancouver Island have been elevated to the highest level. File photo
Tara Levis struggled with substance abuse for several years. She is sharing her story as a part of the “We Are Human” project, put on by AIDS Vancouver Island in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. Photo contributed

Victoria woman shares her painful experience with opioid addiction

BIG READ: As International Overdose Awareness Day approaches, Islander shares story of multiple ODs

Tara Levis struggled with substance abuse for several years. She is sharing her story as a part of the “We Are Human” project, put on by AIDS Vancouver Island in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. Photo contributed
BC Ferries reports a net earning decrease of $9.3 million in their first quarter, mostly because of lower fares and higher operation costs. File photo

BC Ferries’ earnings decline $9.3 million, despite highest ever traffic numbers

In the first quarter of 2018 the company said earning loss was from reduced fare prices

BC Ferries reports a net earning decrease of $9.3 million in their first quarter, mostly because of lower fares and higher operation costs. File photo
Barbara Quelch will be riding in the 10th annual “Ride for the Cure”, 10 years after beating cancer. File contributed

10th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer set for Saturday on the Mainland

Victoria woman celebrates 10 years cancer free by cycling 200km

Barbara Quelch will be riding in the 10th annual “Ride for the Cure”, 10 years after beating cancer. File contributed
The Riding Barrage is a group of veterans, active military members and first responders riding across Canada to bring awareness to PTSD. Today, the group will finish their ride in Victoria after starting in Halifax on Aug. 6. In the photo, Rolling Barrage members take a stop during the 2017 ride. File contributed

Cross-crountry trip for PTSD service members wraps up in Victoria

The Rolling Barrage is raising awareness for PTSD and started their tour in Halifax on Aug. 6

The Riding Barrage is a group of veterans, active military members and first responders riding across Canada to bring awareness to PTSD. Today, the group will finish their ride in Victoria after starting in Halifax on Aug. 6. In the photo, Rolling Barrage members take a stop during the 2017 ride. File contributed
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