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The new $7.5-million Sooke library is expected to open in 2022. (Vancouver Island Regional Library)

Construction set to begin on new Sooke library

The new facility is expected to open in spring 2022

The new $7.5-million Sooke library is expected to open in 2022. (Vancouver Island Regional Library)
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams moderates a lunchtime candidate forum for the Victoria-Beacon Hill riding, attended by the BC Liberals’ Karen Bill (clockwise from top right), the BC Green Party’s Jenn Neilson and the NDP’s Grace Lore. Williams and the Chamber are hosting online forums for five ridings ahead of the Oct. 24 election. (YouTube)

Greater Victoria chamber shifts candidate forums online for 2020

NDP, Liberal and Green candidates answer CEO’s questions during lunchtime election panels

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams moderates a lunchtime candidate forum for the Victoria-Beacon Hill riding, attended by the BC Liberals’ Karen Bill (clockwise from top right), the BC Green Party’s Jenn Neilson and the NDP’s Grace Lore. Williams and the Chamber are hosting online forums for five ridings ahead of the Oct. 24 election. (YouTube)
NDP candidates Murray Rankin, Rob Fleming and Mitzi Dead promised the government would launch a long-term ship repair strategy on Wednesday if reelected. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

NDP promise to launch longterm shipbuilding, repair strategy if reelected

The aim is to create jobs within the province, support west coast shipyards

NDP candidates Murray Rankin, Rob Fleming and Mitzi Dead promised the government would launch a long-term ship repair strategy on Wednesday if reelected. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
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West Shore RCMP chased down and arrested an 18-year-old Langford man on Oct. 8 after catching him stealing from multiple vehicles. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

West Shore RCMP catch thief in the act

18-year-old Langford man arrested for theft

West Shore RCMP chased down and arrested an 18-year-old Langford man on Oct. 8 after catching him stealing from multiple vehicles. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
BC Transit has announced that Victoria transit will be free on Election Day, Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Transit is free in Greater Victoria on election day

Voters can reach their polling stations for free on Oct. 24 with public transit

BC Transit has announced that Victoria transit will be free on Election Day, Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Film crews will be shooting on the Pat Bay Highway from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Oct. 14 and 15. Traffic control personnel will be guiding drivers through a planned detour. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Film crews will be shooting on the Pat Bay Highway from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Oct. 14 and 15. Traffic control personnel will be guiding drivers through a planned detour. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Advance Polls took place over the weekend. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

ELECTION 2020: Candidates outline top issues facing Victoria-Beacon Hill

Advance voting opens Oct. 15, ahead of the Oct. 24 election

  • Oct 14, 2020
Advance Polls took place over the weekend. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The family pictured in photographs found scattered in a Victoria parking lot has been located. (Courtesy of VicPD)
The family pictured in photographs found scattered in a Victoria parking lot has been located. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Advance polls for upcoming provincial election run from Oct. 15-21. (File photo)

ELECTION 2020: Candidates outline top issues facing Saanich North and the Islands

Advance voting opens Oct. 15, ahead of the Oct. 24 election

  • Oct 14, 2020
Advance polls for upcoming provincial election run from Oct. 15-21. (File photo)
Brydon Park was among the six parks selected by Saanich staff for a proposed outdoor shelter project that was voted down by council on Oct. 5. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Brydon Park was among the six parks selected by Saanich staff for a proposed outdoor shelter project that was voted down by council on Oct. 5. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Tyson Strandlund, 28, is running in the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding under the B.C. Communist Party flag. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

B.C. VOTES 2020: UVic student adds name to provincial election ballot for third time

Tyson Strandlund running for the Communist Party in Langford-Juan de Fuca

Tyson Strandlund, 28, is running in the Langford-Juan de Fuca riding under the B.C. Communist Party flag. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Rogers Canada has added 5G network services to Greater Victoria residents, including the West Shore, Sidney, and Sooke. (Canadian Press photo)

Rogers announces 5G service for customers across Greater Victoria

Service extends into Sidney, the West Shore and Sooke

Rogers Canada has added 5G network services to Greater Victoria residents, including the West Shore, Sidney, and Sooke. (Canadian Press photo)
There will be no mass start as there was when nearly 300 participants took part in the 2019 Tripleshot Crossfondo, a race through the backcountry of Saanich and Central Saanich. The route changes each year and is only available for race day as it uses private property access not otherwise available. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cyclists ready for annual secret CrossFondo course

Cyclists will start in 30-second intervals for event

There will be no mass start as there was when nearly 300 participants took part in the 2019 Tripleshot Crossfondo, a race through the backcountry of Saanich and Central Saanich. The route changes each year and is only available for race day as it uses private property access not otherwise available. (Black Press Media file photo)
Police are looking for witnesses to an incident that happened on Oct. 13 in the 600-block of Head Street. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATED: Man who offered ride to young boy is a family friend, VicPD confirm

The 11-year-old boy reported the incident after not recognizing the man as a family friend

Police are looking for witnesses to an incident that happened on Oct. 13 in the 600-block of Head Street. (Black Press Media file photo)
Offices, schools, homes and more offer protection in the event of an earthquake. The Great BC ShakeOut is slated for Oct. 15, but individuals and socially distanced groups can practice earthquake drills anytime. (Black Press media file photo)

Earthquake early warning research backs Great BC ShakeOut activities

Public encouraged to host socially distanced earthquake drills Oct. 15 or anytime

Offices, schools, homes and more offer protection in the event of an earthquake. The Great BC ShakeOut is slated for Oct. 15, but individuals and socially distanced groups can practice earthquake drills anytime. (Black Press media file photo)
Victoria city council will consider conducting the final reading of the checkout bag bylaw at Thursday’s committee of the whole meeting. (Black Press file photo)

Victoria’s plastic bag ban could make a comeback this month

Bylaw prohibiting plastic bags given approval from Minister of Environment, Climate Change

Victoria city council will consider conducting the final reading of the checkout bag bylaw at Thursday’s committee of the whole meeting. (Black Press file photo)
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, photographed on Royal Roads University property near Esquimalt Lagoon, is excited about the way the community is growing, but knows there are challenges to overcome as it grows. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

‘No longer the sleepy town’: Colwood mayor reflects on halfway mark of term

Gridlock, ferry service and walkability among concerns for council

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, photographed on Royal Roads University property near Esquimalt Lagoon, is excited about the way the community is growing, but knows there are challenges to overcome as it grows. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
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ELECTION 2020: Candidates outline top issues facing Victoria-Swan Lake

Advance voting opens Oct. 15, ahead of the Oct. 24 election

  • Oct 14, 2020
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New roads recently constructed by Teal-Jones reaching the ridge line of the Fairy Creek watershed. A video produced by protesters, is a call to action to stop old-growth logging in B.C. Photo courtesy, T J Watt.

Vancouver Island old growth protesters release video highlighting B.C.’s ‘hypocrisy’

Video takes dig at province’s Super, Natural brand, contrasting it with logged old-growth areas

New roads recently constructed by Teal-Jones reaching the ridge line of the Fairy Creek watershed. A video produced by protesters, is a call to action to stop old-growth logging in B.C. Photo courtesy, T J Watt.
Voting sign in Ashcroft, May 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Meet Your Candidates: Esquimalt-Metchosin hopefuls outline the issues facing their riding

Advance voting opens Oct. 15, ahead of the Oct. 24 election

  • Oct 13, 2020
Voting sign in Ashcroft, May 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden