Victoria

Vancouver Island RCMP Cpl. Alex Berube speaks at a news conference in Victoria on March 31. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

UPDATE: Island RCMP report B.C. teen safe

Payton MacDonald, 13, was last seen on Harbour View Road in Ladysmith two weeks ago

Vancouver Island RCMP Cpl. Alex Berube speaks at a news conference in Victoria on March 31. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
John Dickinson, 30, is remembered as a loving, outgoing and adventurous man. He was stabbed outside a bar on Yates Street in the early hours of March 1 and died in hospital. (Courtesy Matt Roulston)

‘I want justice for Johnny’: Loved ones remember ‘The Hug Guy’ dead in B.C. stabbing

Murder charge laid in Victoria’s first homicide of 2022

John Dickinson, 30, is remembered as a loving, outgoing and adventurous man. He was stabbed outside a bar on Yates Street in the early hours of March 1 and died in hospital. (Courtesy Matt Roulston)
The province is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that determined sheltering is not allowed in Beacon Hill Park under the terms of an 1882 trust. It filed its notice of appeal March 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province appeals court ruling against sheltering in Victoria’s signature park

Beacon Hill Park decision raises questions for other B.C. parks with trusts, attorney general says

The province is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that determined sheltering is not allowed in Beacon Hill Park under the terms of an 1882 trust. It filed its notice of appeal March 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police arrested a suspect at Royal Jubilee Hospital on March 24, following a machete assault in Beacon Hill Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. man accused of hacking man with machete then driving him to the hospital

Man being treated for potentially life-altering arm injuries, knew his attacker

Victoria police arrested a suspect at Royal Jubilee Hospital on March 24, following a machete assault in Beacon Hill Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria councillors approved a motion Thursday (March 24) that calls for forms to be mailed with tax notices that enable property owners to make a voluntary donation to local First Nations, as an act of reconciliation. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Victoria votes to move ahead with voluntary Indigenous reconciliation tax

Property owners in B.C. capital will have option to donate to local First Nations with tax payment

Victoria councillors approved a motion Thursday (March 24) that calls for forms to be mailed with tax notices that enable property owners to make a voluntary donation to local First Nations, as an act of reconciliation. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Victoria council, meeting as committee of the whole, will consider a motion on a voluntary reconciliation tax. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s capital considering voluntary Indigenous reconciliation tax for property owners

Under Victoria proposal, city taxpayers would have option to add contribution to area First Nations

Victoria council, meeting as committee of the whole, will consider a motion on a voluntary reconciliation tax. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police officers arrested a roller-blading man suspected of robbery of a toque after a foot chase on March 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

Hockey stick-wielding roller blader arrested in Victoria for suspected toque robbery

Man reported striking garbage cans, windows near B.C. Legislature Monday

Victoria police officers arrested a roller-blading man suspected of robbery of a toque after a foot chase on March 14. (Black Press Media file photo)
Mark Preston-Horin is leaving for Ukraine on March 5 to offer his help in a hospital in Lviv, a point of refuge amidst the ongoing Russian invasion of the country. (Courtesy Mark Preston-Horin)

‘It’s my time to do what I can’: B.C. man headed to Ukraine to assist at hospital

Mark Preston-Horin has a Ukrainian-Canadian background and love for helping others

Mark Preston-Horin is leaving for Ukraine on March 5 to offer his help in a hospital in Lviv, a point of refuge amidst the ongoing Russian invasion of the country. (Courtesy Mark Preston-Horin)
Vehicles using horns improperly can now be ticketed easier in Victoria. Another freedom convoy demonstration against pandemic-related mandates, ending at the B.C. legislature, is expected this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Freedom convoy reaction: Incessant honkers face $125 fine on the spot in Victoria

Tweaking of noise bylaw response to repeated freedom convoy protests in B.C. capital’s downtown core

Vehicles using horns improperly can now be ticketed easier in Victoria. Another freedom convoy demonstration against pandemic-related mandates, ending at the B.C. legislature, is expected this weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kaela Mehl will face a new 20-day trial starting Nov. 14 after her murder conviction was overturned in June 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Retrial date set for B.C. woman accused of killing her toddler daughter

Kaela Mehl’s conviction overturned in June 2021 due to ineffective counsel, juror bias

Kaela Mehl will face a new 20-day trial starting Nov. 14 after her murder conviction was overturned in June 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nataliia Kuksa, left, was born in Kyiv and was up through the night contacting everybody she knows back home. Members of Greater Victoria’s Ukrainian community at a solidarity gathering outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 24, less than a day after Russia’s military attacked Ukraine on multiple fronts. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Ukrainian community gathers for anti-war demonstration outside B.C. Legislature

Hurt, concern, anxiety felt among those with Ukraine ties as they showed solidarity at legislature

Nataliia Kuksa, left, was born in Kyiv and was up through the night contacting everybody she knows back home. Members of Greater Victoria’s Ukrainian community at a solidarity gathering outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 24, less than a day after Russia’s military attacked Ukraine on multiple fronts. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A petition, with hundreds of signatures, wants to see those violating Victoria’s noise bylaw at convoy events get ticketed. Pictured are vehicles driving through downtown on route to the B.C. legislature for a demonstration against pandemic health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)

Petition calls for B.C. capital to enforce noise bylaw on Freedom Convoy

More than 600 people sign online petition, which says constant honking affecting residents

A petition, with hundreds of signatures, wants to see those violating Victoria’s noise bylaw at convoy events get ticketed. Pictured are vehicles driving through downtown on route to the B.C. legislature for a demonstration against pandemic health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)
A mother won the right to vaccinate her daughter against COVID-19, over the wishes of the child’s father, in a Supreme Court ruling at the Victoria courthouse on Feb. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. mom wins court battle to vaccinate immunocompromised 7-year-old

Father opposed vaccine, argued too many unknowns around its effects on children

A mother won the right to vaccinate her daughter against COVID-19, over the wishes of the child’s father, in a Supreme Court ruling at the Victoria courthouse on Feb. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bear Henry, pictured FRiday in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park, was lost in the south Vancouver Island woods for 74 days. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Months in the Vancouver Island forest felt like a week for Bear Henry

Henry’s body began shutting down and went into survival mode

Bear Henry, pictured FRiday in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park, was lost in the south Vancouver Island woods for 74 days. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
David Bridges, right, and others participate in a rally outside the B.C. legislature Wednesday (Feb. 9) calling for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Rallying parents, opposition scorn B.C. government over new autism funding model

Province phasing out individualized funding for neurodiverse children and youth by 2025

David Bridges, right, and others participate in a rally outside the B.C. legislature Wednesday (Feb. 9) calling for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
This car crashed into a Victoria apartment suite on Feb. 5. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

B.C. resident makes narrow escape as car plows through apartment living room wall

Neither the suite’s occupant nor the driver were injured in the Victoria crash

This car crashed into a Victoria apartment suite on Feb. 5. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
People rally against Bill 21 in Montreal in 2019. On Thursday (Jan. 6) Victoria council voted to contribute $9,500 to a growing legal challenge against the bill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

B.C.’s capital bucking up for legal challenge of Quebec’s religious symbols ban

Victoria among number of Canadian cities commiting cash, encourage other B.C. cities to do the same

People rally against Bill 21 in Montreal in 2019. On Thursday (Jan. 6) Victoria council voted to contribute $9,500 to a growing legal challenge against the bill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
The Parole Board of Canada handed Victoria killer Justin Carte an extra 90 days in prison after he spit on a correctional manager in March 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Impulsive and violent’ B.C. killer gets extra 90 days for spitting on official

Justin Carte spit on correctional manager while serving time for slicing stranger’s neck

The Parole Board of Canada handed Victoria killer Justin Carte an extra 90 days in prison after he spit on a correctional manager in March 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gift cards rule retail as B.C.’s mall shops work around supply chain issues

Shopping anywhere is a boutique experience right now, says Victoria mall general manager

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Romana Didulo, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada,” holds up a search warrant conducted against her on Nov. 27. (Youtube/LadyDragon)

Violent rhetoric by self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Canada’ concerning: extremism experts

B.C. resident Romana Didulo has called for the execution of anyone assisting in vaccinating children

Romana Didulo, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada,” holds up a search warrant conducted against her on Nov. 27. (Youtube/LadyDragon)