Capital Regional District

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and Katie Blake, executive director of the Habitat Acquisition Trust, are calling on the community to help raise $1 million by April 22 to purchase the Mountain Road Forest and create a new regional park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich mayor, Habitat Acquisition Trust call on residents to help raise $1M for new regional park by Earth Day

100-day deadline set to secure CRD’s $3.4-million urban forest purchase

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and Katie Blake, executive director of the Habitat Acquisition Trust, are calling on the community to help raise $1 million by April 22 to purchase the Mountain Road Forest and create a new regional park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Achieving our regional targets of reducing waste, water and energy use are only possible if everybody does their part, but if we each make small adjustments to our behaviour, together we can make a big difference.

Give your 2021 resolutions a green makeover in 10 simple steps!

Whether your resolution for 2021 is to eat better, get more exercise,…

  • Dec 28, 2020
Achieving our regional targets of reducing waste, water and energy use are only possible if everybody does their part, but if we each make small adjustments to our behaviour, together we can make a big difference.
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Greater Victoria tries again on regional transportation strategy

CRD board requests priority list to improve people-moving, reduce emissions in region

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The Capital Regional District and Island Health advised against swimming in or drinking water from Elk and Beaver Lake Regional Park after a toxic blue-green algae bloom was reported on Dec. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD warns of toxic algae bloom at Elk/Beaver Lake

Blue-green algae can be lethal to dogs, cause health issues for humans

The Capital Regional District and Island Health advised against swimming in or drinking water from Elk and Beaver Lake Regional Park after a toxic blue-green algae bloom was reported on Dec. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)
The public will start to weigh in next month on the possible future uses of Oak Bay Lodge. In the meantime, a request to the province by the City of Victoria to intervene and allow use of at least a portion of the closed facility as temporary shelter space awaits an answer. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay Lodge redevelopment planning continues, request for temporary use awaits answer

Public consultation on future of CRD-owned site begins next month

The public will start to weigh in next month on the possible future uses of Oak Bay Lodge. In the meantime, a request to the province by the City of Victoria to intervene and allow use of at least a portion of the closed facility as temporary shelter space awaits an answer. (Black Press Media file photo)
Parking fees at Thetis Lake Park will be going up at some point, but not without further discussion. Capital Regional District directors asked CRD staff to come back with alternatives, after hearing a proposal that would increase the $2.25 per day rate to $7 for 2021. (Google Maps)

Greater Victoria politicians ditch plan for $7 daily parking at Thetis Lake

Capital Regional District directors fear backlash from parks users

Parking fees at Thetis Lake Park will be going up at some point, but not without further discussion. Capital Regional District directors asked CRD staff to come back with alternatives, after hearing a proposal that would increase the $2.25 per day rate to $7 for 2021. (Google Maps)
Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Have your say: Public feedback encouraged on CRD 2021 provisional budgets

Online comments sought on public aspects of Greater Victoria’s regional financial plan

Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
Saanich Coun. Colin Plant joins Rebecca Mersereau at her victory party when the latter was elected to council in 2018. Plant, returned as chair, and Mersereau elected vice-chair, now lead the Capital Regional District board.

Two Saanich councillors now lead CRD board

Colin Plant acclaimed as chair, Rebececca Mersereau elected vice-chair by board members

Saanich Coun. Colin Plant joins Rebecca Mersereau at her victory party when the latter was elected to council in 2018. Plant, returned as chair, and Mersereau elected vice-chair, now lead the Capital Regional District board.
Heavy rain caused wastewater contamination at Saanich and Oak Bay beaches. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD warns of wastewater overflows contaminating Greater Victoria beaches

Health advisory in place for Saanich, Oak Bay shorelines

Heavy rain caused wastewater contamination at Saanich and Oak Bay beaches. (Black Press Media file photo)
Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

CRD opening doors for more First Nations input on Greater Victoria decisions

Board targets 2021 to have representation from local nations on various CRD committees

Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
Thousands filled Centennial Square in June for the peace rally for Black lives, sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd in the U.S. (Black Press Media file photo)

Survey seeks input on racism in Greater Victoria

Confidential answers to inform work with immigrants and marginalized people

Thousands filled Centennial Square in June for the peace rally for Black lives, sparked by outrage over the death of George Floyd in the U.S. (Black Press Media file photo)
Is what you’re flushing down the toilet actually flushable? Only if it’s one of the Three Ps.

Is it flushable?

Clogs, blockages and expensive repairs are preventable when only the Three Ps get flushed!

  • Oct 12, 2020
Is what you’re flushing down the toilet actually flushable? Only if it’s one of the Three Ps.
Morning commuters inch along the Trans Canada Highway near the Helmcken Road overpass in View Royal. South Island transportation issues are among the focuses of a questionnaire sent by 11 local mayors to the three main party leaders and all regional candidates in the Oct. 24 provincial election. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria mayors want concrete answers from party leaders, local candidates

Questions focus on child care; mental health, addictions and treatment, and transportation

Morning commuters inch along the Trans Canada Highway near the Helmcken Road overpass in View Royal. South Island transportation issues are among the focuses of a questionnaire sent by 11 local mayors to the three main party leaders and all regional candidates in the Oct. 24 provincial election. (Black Press Media file photo)
A discarded syringe found in Rutledge park in January. More safe disposal options are needed for discarded syringes, says SOLID operations coordinator Fred Cameron, after another needle was found, this time after poking a 15-year-old Sooke boy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke mother calls for action after 15-year-old poked by discarded syringe in Saanich park

Discarded needle poke in Saanich park points to need for safe disposal options: SOLID

A discarded syringe found in Rutledge park in January. More safe disposal options are needed for discarded syringes, says SOLID operations coordinator Fred Cameron, after another needle was found, this time after poking a 15-year-old Sooke boy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Getting educated on the value of a heat pump is one of many benefits to homeowners of the new Bring it Home 4 the Climate program announced this week. (Courtesy City Green Solutions)

Free program helps Greater Victoria homeowners save money on climate-friendly upgrades

Bring it Home 4 the Climate offers education on retrofits, energy efficiency, rebates and more

Getting educated on the value of a heat pump is one of many benefits to homeowners of the new Bring it Home 4 the Climate program announced this week. (Courtesy City Green Solutions)
Aerial shot of a section of the Hartland landfill in Saanich. The Capital Regional District’s draft solid waste management plan, with its branded Hartland 2100 expansion project, was not met with blanket approval from the public. (YouTube/Capital Regional District)

CRD board hears earful from Greater Victoria residents over landfill project

Public to have more chances to weigh in on Hartland access change, other aspects of expansion

Aerial shot of a section of the Hartland landfill in Saanich. The Capital Regional District’s draft solid waste management plan, with its branded Hartland 2100 expansion project, was not met with blanket approval from the public. (YouTube/Capital Regional District)
Canada geese continue to cause crop damage on local farmlands. (Black Press Media file photo)

New options sought for dealing with problem geese in Greater Victoria

Hard-hit farmers looking for answers must wait a little longer for solutions from the CRD

Canada geese continue to cause crop damage on local farmlands. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report on the dismal state of the region’s greenhouse gas emission reductions was heard at the Capital Regional District board meeting on Wednesday. The region lowered its emissions by just one per cent between 2007 and 2018, after setting a goal to lower emissions from 2007 levels by 33 per cent by 2020. (Screenshot/Capital Regional District)

Greater Victoria hardly making a dent in greenhouse gas emissions target

One-per-cent drop from 2007 to 2018 a far cry from the 33-per-cent goal for 2020

A report on the dismal state of the region’s greenhouse gas emission reductions was heard at the Capital Regional District board meeting on Wednesday. The region lowered its emissions by just one per cent between 2007 and 2018, after setting a goal to lower emissions from 2007 levels by 33 per cent by 2020. (Screenshot/Capital Regional District)
Under agreement with Recycle BC, the CRD provides curbside recycling collection to more than 127,000 single-family homes in the region, ensuring that 1,600 tonnes of glass containers continue to be recycled annually and sold to end-markets in B.C.

Curbside glass pick-up 101: What you need to know … and why!

Taking a few minutes to ensure your glass recycling is properly sorted…

  • Aug 10, 2020
Under agreement with Recycle BC, the CRD provides curbside recycling collection to more than 127,000 single-family homes in the region, ensuring that 1,600 tonnes of glass containers continue to be recycled annually and sold to end-markets in B.C.
The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant is set to be fully operational by Dec. 31, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Wastewater treatment project less than six months from completion

Tertiary treatment and conveyance system South Vancouver Island’s largest infrastructure project

The McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant is set to be fully operational by Dec. 31, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)