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May Sam (left), an Elder with Tsartlip First Nation performs a blessing during the Sept. 22 groundbreaking for the Centre for Plant Health. Construction of the new facility will start this fall with completion scheduled for 2025. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Construction of new Centre for Plant Health underway in North Saanich

Federal government announced $80 million toward replacement in April 2018

May Sam (left), an Elder with Tsartlip First Nation performs a blessing during the Sept. 22 groundbreaking for the Centre for Plant Health. Construction of the new facility will start this fall with completion scheduled for 2025. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
Greater Victoria residents are being encouraged to reflect on how common ageism against seniors is in society ahead of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Pixabay photo)

Victoria group shines a light on ageism ahead of National Seniors Day

Oct. 1 marks the contributions seniors make and the challenges they face

Greater Victoria residents are being encouraged to reflect on how common ageism against seniors is in society ahead of National Seniors Day on Oct. 1. (Pixabay photo)
Store Street will be closed between Pandora Avenue and Fisgard Street until mid November as of Sept. 26. (Google Streetview)

Downtown Victoria block closing to traffic until mid-November

Six-week closure allowing for work at a development site

Store Street will be closed between Pandora Avenue and Fisgard Street until mid November as of Sept. 26. (Google Streetview)
Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray (right) at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Week full of Victoria Orange Shirt Day events planned leading up to Sept. 30

Co-founders Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray will present at many of the events

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray (right) at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Indigenous people account for about 5 per cent of the population in Victoria CMA, the same rate as Canada as a whole. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s Indigenous population mirrors Canada’s: 5 per cent and growing

2021 Census pegs growth rate of Indigenous population as nearly double that of Canada’s overall

Indigenous people account for about 5 per cent of the population in Victoria CMA, the same rate as Canada as a whole. (Black Press Media file photo)
Former Sidney mayor Steve Price has retracted a statement concerning current Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith. (Contributed file photo)

Former Sidney mayor Steve Price retracts comments about Mayor McNeil-Smith

Price claimed falsely McNeil-Smith “has already mentioned that he would like to have me council”

Former Sidney mayor Steve Price has retracted a statement concerning current Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith. (Contributed file photo)
Esquimalt’s review of phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers and landscaping equipment will happen no later then September, 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt reviewing gas-powered leaf blower phase out within two years

Township hopes market will be able to improve battery length, electric equipment power by 2024

Esquimalt’s review of phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers and landscaping equipment will happen no later then September, 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)
The BC Construction Association has launched a new mentorship program aimed at supporting 300 early career trades workers per year for at least the next three years. (Pixabay photo).

BC Construction Association building builders through new mentorship program

300 mentee positions are open for applications as industry paves the way for beginning builders

The BC Construction Association has launched a new mentorship program aimed at supporting 300 early career trades workers per year for at least the next three years. (Pixabay photo).
Westshore Motorsports Park ended its final season with the last day of racing on Sept. 17. (Courtesy of CBRE Victoria)

Fire department looking for new training spot as volunteers dismantle speedway

Metchosin had used former Western Speedway parking lot for driver training

Westshore Motorsports Park ended its final season with the last day of racing on Sept. 17. (Courtesy of CBRE Victoria)
Councillor Andy MacKinnon was first elected in 2014. Now he’s stepping away he’s set to focus on his research, teaching and writing on all things fungi. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Metchosin councillor says skin not thick enough, steps away amid vitriol

Coun. Andy MacKinnon said public criticism stepped up during the pandemic

Councillor Andy MacKinnon was first elected in 2014. Now he’s stepping away he’s set to focus on his research, teaching and writing on all things fungi. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
VicPD are searching for the rightful owner of this samurai sword which was found in the bushes by a child in Esquimalt. (Courtesy of VicPD)
VicPD are searching for the rightful owner of this samurai sword which was found in the bushes by a child in Esquimalt. (Courtesy of VicPD)
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
Victoria police found the missing woman on Saturday (Sept. 25). (Black Press Media file)

UPDATE: Missing 18-year-old found safe

Woman reported missing on Friday by family, found Saturday by police

Victoria police found the missing woman on Saturday (Sept. 25). (Black Press Media file)
Site plans for the purpose-built dementia care facility in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood. (Courtesy Capital Regional Hospital District)

CRD plans for Colwood dementia care facility clear another hurdle

More than $3 million approved in 2023 provisional budget

Site plans for the purpose-built dementia care facility in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood. (Courtesy Capital Regional Hospital District)
Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Housing crisis takes centre stage in Greater Victoria

Non-profit housing providers give calls to action ahead of elections

Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Sir John A. Macdonald statue during its removed from Victoria’s City Hall in 2018. The city will return the statue to a historical society focused on the country’s first prime minister. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria to part ways with John A. Macdonald statue

Macdonald known for racist statements, policies against various groups

The Sir John A. Macdonald statue during its removed from Victoria’s City Hall in 2018. The city will return the statue to a historical society focused on the country’s first prime minister. (Black Press Media file photo)
From left: Belmont Grade 11 student Dylan Miller, outdoor education teacher Dayna Christ-Rowling, Grade 12 student Ally Arnold and Grade 11 student Alysia St Jacques in front of the student garden at Belmont Secondary. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
From left: Belmont Grade 11 student Dylan Miller, outdoor education teacher Dayna Christ-Rowling, Grade 12 student Ally Arnold and Grade 11 student Alysia St Jacques in front of the student garden at Belmont Secondary. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Victoria Downtown Residents Association is hosting a pair of events Sept. 25 and 26 to help downtown residents get to know council candidates ahead of October’s municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)

Downtown Victoria residents able to meet election candidates at two specific events

Mayoral debate held Sept. 25 with councillor meet and greet Sept. 26

The Victoria Downtown Residents Association is hosting a pair of events Sept. 25 and 26 to help downtown residents get to know council candidates ahead of October’s municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)
Police obtained CCTV footage and have released two images of a suspect after an incident on a BC Transit bus. (Courtesy VicPD)

Man wanted in Ontario arrested following alleged knife threat on Victoria bus

Bus driver told police the man brandished knife at him on Sept. 15

Police obtained CCTV footage and have released two images of a suspect after an incident on a BC Transit bus. (Courtesy VicPD)
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