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BRIDGE TAKEDOWN: Trying again today in Victoria

BRIDGE TAKEDOWN: Trying again today in Victoria

High winds Tuesday forced cancellation of crane work that is part of dismantling of old bridge

BRIDGE TAKEDOWN: Trying again today in Victoria
Attendees can find out about cannabis oil and many other products at this weekend’s National Cannabis Conference at the Crystal Garden in Victoria. Friday sees a meet and greet and party for VIPs and exhibitors, while Saturday features a trade show and various industry and public education workshops. File photo

Organizers aim to educate investors, operators and the public at inaugural cannabis conference

National event takes over Victoria’s Crystal Garden this Friday evening and Saturday

Attendees can find out about cannabis oil and many other products at this weekend’s National Cannabis Conference at the Crystal Garden in Victoria. Friday sees a meet and greet and party for VIPs and exhibitors, while Saturday features a trade show and various industry and public education workshops. File photo
Artist rendering of the now 26-storey tower Hudson Place 1 at the corner of Blanshard Street and Herald Street. (Courtesy of Townline)

26-storey Hudson tower on Herald Street gets green light from Victoria council

Site preparation has been underway for a while for Hudson One condo building

Artist rendering of the now 26-storey tower Hudson Place 1 at the corner of Blanshard Street and Herald Street. (Courtesy of Townline)
Rockland neighbourhood residents protest a proposed development on the site of the former Victoria Truth Centre at 1201 Fort St. The public hearing on the project by Abstract Developments was cut short late Thursday night due to a medical emergency for a member of the public in the chambers at City Hall, but the majority of speakers voiced support for the project. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Hearing for Truth Centre site development cut short by emergency

Public will continue to make presentations at the April 26 meeting of Victoria council

Rockland neighbourhood residents protest a proposed development on the site of the former Victoria Truth Centre at 1201 Fort St. The public hearing on the project by Abstract Developments was cut short late Thursday night due to a medical emergency for a member of the public in the chambers at City Hall, but the majority of speakers voiced support for the project. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Aerial view illustration shows the proposed alignment for the cycle track and the force main along Dallas Road. Both are elements of the Capital Regional District’s wastewater treatment project. Courtesy CRD

Dallas Road cycle path, Clover Point amenities designs approved by council

Elements form part of CRD’s wastewater treatment project

Aerial view illustration shows the proposed alignment for the cycle track and the force main along Dallas Road. Both are elements of the Capital Regional District’s wastewater treatment project. Courtesy CRD
The old Johnson Street Bridge will be dismantled and removed next week, weather permitting. Traffic closures on the new bridge will be in effect starting next Monday (April 16). Photo by Ruth Kampen

‘Old Blue’ to be dismantled and removed next week

Johnson Street Bridge will pass into a new era with old bridge gone

The old Johnson Street Bridge will be dismantled and removed next week, weather permitting. Traffic closures on the new bridge will be in effect starting next Monday (April 16). Photo by Ruth Kampen
New development to house Fairfield United Church aims to maintain neighbourhood feel

New development to house Fairfield United Church aims to maintain neighbourhood feel

Crumbling 90-year-old structure can’t be fixed; adding rental housing would subsidize church

New development to house Fairfield United Church aims to maintain neighbourhood feel
The new Johnson Street Bridge is lifted for the first time in February of this year. News file photo

BRIDGING THE GAP: A chronology of the new Johnson Street Bridge project

Political controversy, referendum vote and problems with steel part of long process

The new Johnson Street Bridge is lifted for the first time in February of this year. News file photo
The Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project has been filled with missteps that can be avoided in future infrastructure City initiatives, say two local watchdogs. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

OPINION: Audit needed on ‘Grey Bridge’ over troubled water

City infrastructure process needs overhaul, oversight say Stan Bartlett and Ross Crockford

  • Mar 30, 2018
The Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project has been filled with missteps that can be avoided in future infrastructure City initiatives, say two local watchdogs. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says lessons were learned from the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project, adding the City will never repeat the mistakes made on the project. Kristyn Anthony/Victoria News

BRIDGING THE GAP: Mayor vows to learn from Johnson Street Bridge project

New policies will guide future major projects, Lisa Helps says

  • Mar 30, 2018
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says lessons were learned from the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project, adding the City will never repeat the mistakes made on the project. Kristyn Anthony/Victoria News
The gigantic rings that formed part of the lifting structure for the new bridge arrive from China. Photo courtesy City of Victoria

BRIDGING THE GAP: Problems with steel could have been foreseen

Potential challenges with manufacturing components in China overlooked

The gigantic rings that formed part of the lifting structure for the new bridge arrive from China. Photo courtesy City of Victoria
Jonathan Huggett, project manager of the Johnson Street Bridge replacement, says 90 per cent of the job is common sense and letting people do their job. Tim Collins/Victoria News

BRIDGING THE GAP: Getting a troubled project back on the rails

Jonathan Huggett considered the ‘project’s saviour’

Jonathan Huggett, project manager of the Johnson Street Bridge replacement, says 90 per cent of the job is common sense and letting people do their job. Tim Collins/Victoria News
BRIDGING THE GAP: Workers give Johnson Street Bridge its form

BRIDGING THE GAP: Workers give Johnson Street Bridge its form

Chad Brealey and others proud to be part of this iconic project

BRIDGING THE GAP: Workers give Johnson Street Bridge its form
Traffic lines up on the Victoria West side to be the first to cross the Johnson Street Bridge.  COURTESY CITY OF Victoria Archives

BRIDGING THE GAP: Harbour span’s history reflects city growth

Blue Bridge not without its challenges through the decades

Traffic lines up on the Victoria West side to be the first to cross the Johnson Street Bridge.  COURTESY CITY OF Victoria Archives
EDITORIAL: New public safety building combo makes sense for Victoria

EDITORIAL: New public safety building combo makes sense for Victoria

Victoria Fire Department deserves a new No. 1 hall after 50-plus years

  • Mar 20, 2018
EDITORIAL: New public safety building combo makes sense for Victoria
One of the many sports and cultural posters prodiced for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The City of Victoria committed up to $440,000 for the Games should the Songhees-led bid be successful. Aboriginal Sports Circle

Victoria offers up cash commitment for North American Indigenous Games

$440,000 would come out of surplus funds from next two years’ City budgets

One of the many sports and cultural posters prodiced for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The City of Victoria committed up to $440,000 for the Games should the Songhees-led bid be successful. Aboriginal Sports Circle
The sidewalk outside businesses in the 700-block of Fort Street remains interrupted due to construction on the protected bike lane, although every retailer has customer access. Anna James/VICTORIA NEWS

Latest disrupted retailers remain positive during Fort bike lane work

Business continues despite noisy construction in downtown Victoria

The sidewalk outside businesses in the 700-block of Fort Street remains interrupted due to construction on the protected bike lane, although every retailer has customer access. Anna James/VICTORIA NEWS
The City of Victoria won an injuction in BC Supreme Court today allowing the City to remove illegally moored boats from the Gorge Waterway. Kendra Wong/Black Press

City of Victoria wins injunction allowing removal of derelict boats from Gorge

Long process began last year with City seeking legal relief to regulate waterway

The City of Victoria won an injuction in BC Supreme Court today allowing the City to remove illegally moored boats from the Gorge Waterway. Kendra Wong/Black Press
Victoria councillors this week approved a 10-year tax holiday for the Customs House residential/commercial project at Government and Wharf streets. Site work for the luxury homes project is due to start this fall, with the projected completion time early 2020. Courtesy Edelman

City grants 10-year tax ‘holiday’ for luxury condo building

$5.4-million tax break will offset Custom House heritage redevelopment

Victoria councillors this week approved a 10-year tax holiday for the Customs House residential/commercial project at Government and Wharf streets. Site work for the luxury homes project is due to start this fall, with the projected completion time early 2020. Courtesy Edelman
Students from around Victoria will gather in Esquimalt on Feb. 28 for a night of film, fun and art-making as part of the Anti-Bullying Film Festival.                                 Photo courtesy
 CISV Victoria

Lights, camera, action! Young filmmakers tackle bullying through art

The seventh Anti-Bullying Film Festival happens Feb. 28 in Esquimalt

  • Feb 22, 2018
Students from around Victoria will gather in Esquimalt on Feb. 28 for a night of film, fun and art-making as part of the Anti-Bullying Film Festival.                                 Photo courtesy
 CISV Victoria