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A Parksville resident was alarmed to find needles left in a forested area near Springwood Elementary School in 2019. (Submitted photo)

Parksville mayor jabs Island Health for needle issue inaction

Mayne tells Island Health officials problem is getting worse

 

Victoria council seeks to reopen a section of Bridge Way in Beacon Hill Park to vehicle traffic. The roadway has been closed since last year due to distancing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Victoria looking into reopening Beacon Hill Park road to traffic

Staff will report to council on July 22 with road reopening plan

 

Teale Phelps Bondaroff extensively researched and then began a petition aiming to permanently ban gas-powered leaf blowers in Saanich. Having gathered 544 signatures, he was part of a productive discussion at the May 31 council meeting. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Leaf blower ban petition attracts 544 signatures, sparks discussion by Saanich council

Mayor wants staff to look into noise, enviromental impacts of all of the district’s equipment

 

The City of Victoria is proposing a northern contraction from Haultain Street to Bay Street with a western contraction from Cook Street to Chambers Street for Fernwood. (Illustration/Google Maps)

Community association calls for input on Victoria boundary changes

City of Victoria proposes changes to neighbourhood borders

The City of Victoria is proposing a northern contraction from Haultain Street to Bay Street with a western contraction from Cook Street to Chambers Street for Fernwood. (Illustration/Google Maps)
Business owners are pushing Victoria city council to keep the 1000-block of Broad Street as pedestrian only. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Council to consider permanent pedestrianization of Broad Street block

1000-block of Broad Street was closed to traffic in spring 2020

Business owners are pushing Victoria city council to keep the 1000-block of Broad Street as pedestrian only. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council gives green light to 30 km/h speed limit pilot project

Project is a departure from other Greater Victoria municipalities who are lowering speeds to 40 km/h

A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow apologized to his constituents Tuesday evening for travelling abroad over the holidays. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

‘I should not have gone:’ Victoria councillor takes holiday trip to Africa

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is the second Greater Victoria municipal politician to admit to traveling in December

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow apologized to his constituents Tuesday evening for travelling abroad over the holidays. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council’s catered lunches back on the chopping block

Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion says remote meetings, hardship caused by COVID-19 call for reallocation

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The City of Victoria is holding a byelection Dec. 12 to fill one vacant council seat. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Here’s how to vote in the City of Victoria by-election

Dec. 12 election will fill one vacant Victoria council seat

The City of Victoria is holding a byelection Dec. 12 to fill one vacant council seat. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
Port McNeill councillor Derek Koel busts a rap to help promote the town’s active transportation plan. (Facebook video screenshot)

VIDEO: Vancouver Island councillor makes rap video to promote active transportation plan

Active transportation is a personal matter for councillor Derek Koel.

Port McNeill councillor Derek Koel busts a rap to help promote the town’s active transportation plan. (Facebook video screenshot)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November, 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches – a fact highlighted in a report released by the BC Humanist Associaton on Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Atheist group claims Christian-based prayer at inaugural Vancouver Island council meetings violates court ruling

Blessings violate Supreme Court decision that prayer in council is discriminatory

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November, 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches – a fact highlighted in a report released by the BC Humanist Associaton on Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria City Council approved two new affordable housing developments during its Oct. 22 council meeting. (Courtesy of Victoria City Council)

Victoria approves 72 new affordable housing units

Council approved new developments at 736 Princess Ave. and 330 Michigan St.

Victoria City Council approved two new affordable housing developments during its Oct. 22 council meeting. (Courtesy of Victoria City Council)
Jay Chalke is the Ombudsperson for B.C. (BC Government photo)

Barring public from open council meetings exceeds authority: B.C. Ombudsperson

Orders affected the public attending council meetings

Jay Chalke is the Ombudsperson for B.C. (BC Government photo)
Two women at the rally for Black lives in Victoria hold signs reading ‘defund the police.’ (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Motion to consider alternative responses to policing social issues coming to Victoria council

Councillors recommend staff research proposal in time for 2012 budget deliberations

Two women at the rally for Black lives in Victoria hold signs reading ‘defund the police.’ (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Government Street will become a pedestrian-priority route starting June 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

Government Street becomes pedestrian-priority corridor

One block of downtown street closed to cars entirely

Government Street will become a pedestrian-priority route starting June 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Victoria councillor wants to spark a ‘made-in-Victoria’ delivery app to help residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria councillor wants city to develop its own delivery app

Coun. Ben Isitt wants a ‘made-in-Victoria’ app to help local businesses

A Victoria councillor wants to spark a ‘made-in-Victoria’ delivery app to help residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Canadian flag outside Victoria city hall will be lowered to half-mast on Tuesday from sunrise to sunset, in recognition of former Victoria city councilor Bea Holland. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria city hall flag flies at half-mast in recognition of former councillor

Bea Holland served on Victoria council from 1997 to 2006

The Canadian flag outside Victoria city hall will be lowered to half-mast on Tuesday from sunrise to sunset, in recognition of former Victoria city councilor Bea Holland. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Coun. Bob Thompson publicly pushed back against the argument that Central Saanich’s decision to disband the agricultural advisory committee would hurt local farming. (Black Press Media File)

Central Saanich councillor pushes back against Peninsula and Area Agricultural Commission

Coun. Bob Thompson says the municipality’s voice on the regional committee is strong

Coun. Bob Thompson publicly pushed back against the argument that Central Saanich’s decision to disband the agricultural advisory committee would hurt local farming. (Black Press Media File)
A group of Victoria police officers stand by as supporters block entrances to the B.C. Legislature. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Victoria councillor calls VicPD allegations of assault at downtown protest ‘fake news’

Coun. Ben Isitt says VicPD is trying to ‘discredit Indigenous youth’

A group of Victoria police officers stand by as supporters block entrances to the B.C. Legislature. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Councillors from the City of Victoria are advocating for free youth transit passes regionally. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria councillors advocate once again for free youth transit passes regionally

The idea was originally rejected by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission in August 2019

Councillors from the City of Victoria are advocating for free youth transit passes regionally. (Black Press Media file photo)