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The City of Victoria’s Broughton Street parkade downtown under the public library central branch has been rather full lately with its cheap rates, but those fees are going up as of Oct. 15. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria drivers: city parkade rate hikes take effect Oct. 15

City uses latest round of price increases to even out demand around its five parkades

The City of Victoria’s Broughton Street parkade downtown under the public library central branch has been rather full lately with its cheap rates, but those fees are going up as of Oct. 15. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Real-time illustration shows the location of small seismic monitoring devices around Greater Victoria. The equipment helps local seismologists keep track of changes in ground noise and vibrations. (Illustration raspberryshake.org)

Earthquake early warning research backs Great BC ShakeOut activities

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

Real-time illustration shows the location of small seismic monitoring devices around Greater Victoria. The equipment helps local seismologists keep track of changes in ground noise and vibrations. (Illustration raspberryshake.org)
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)

Great BC ShakeOUT takes a COVID-safe approach for 2020

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)
The main mast of a sunken boat sticks out from the waters of Cadboro Bay. The local residents’ association is working with other coastal communities to remedy the problem of sunken and washed ashore boats, many of which have been abandoned. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Greater Victoria’s coastal communities take derelict boat issue to the CRD

Group looking for regional body to partner on regulation recommendations

The main mast of a sunken boat sticks out from the waters of Cadboro Bay. The local residents’ association is working with other coastal communities to remedy the problem of sunken and washed ashore boats, many of which have been abandoned. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Island Outfiitters’ new store on Island Highway in View Royal. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)

Outdoors store operators happy in new West Shore home

Island Outfitters opens the doors this week on Island Highway in View Royal

Island Outfiitters’ new store on Island Highway in View Royal. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
The City of Victoria recently opened protected two-way bike lanes on Harbour Road, linking the Galloping Goose Trail with the Johnson Street bridge. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Growth of Victoria’s bike lane network continues from downtown heart

City staff work toward a full buildout of 32-kilometre network by 2022

The City of Victoria recently opened protected two-way bike lanes on Harbour Road, linking the Galloping Goose Trail with the Johnson Street bridge. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Pickleball action during the 2019 55+ B.C. Games in Kelowna. While the 2020 Games in Richmond were cancelled due to COVID-19, the Greater Victoria organizing committee has begun planning for hosting the 2021 competition next September. (Rosemary Kean/55+ BC Games Society)

Greater Victoria’s 55+ BC Games committee planning for safe 2021 competition

Richmond cancelled 2020 Games due to COVID, but local organizers optimistic about next year

Pickleball action during the 2019 55+ B.C. Games in Kelowna. While the 2020 Games in Richmond were cancelled due to COVID-19, the Greater Victoria organizing committee has begun planning for hosting the 2021 competition next September. (Rosemary Kean/55+ BC Games Society)
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 provincial election 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)
Wesbild’s plans to redevelop the University Heights Shopping Centre lands may be in jeopardy over anchor retail tenant Home Depot’s requests for a major expansion and cash compensation in exchange for allowing construction to occur on a portion of the site. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

All work stops on Saanich’s University Heights project while developer negotiates with Home Depot

Financial implications of retailer’s requests put $230-million mixed-use project in jeopardy

Wesbild’s plans to redevelop the University Heights Shopping Centre lands may be in jeopardy over anchor retail tenant Home Depot’s requests for a major expansion and cash compensation in exchange for allowing construction to occur on a portion of the site. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)
A new report entitled Child Care in Victoria states that a shortage of more than 4,200 spaces exists in the region’s second-largest municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria lacks more than 4,200 child care spaces within city: report

Eastern neighbourhoods face the largest child care shortages

A new report entitled Child Care in Victoria states that a shortage of more than 4,200 spaces exists in the region’s second-largest municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)
Daisy and Adam Orser, owners of The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer, have purchased Oxford Foods in Cook Street Village. (Photo by Emma Rossum, courtesy The Root Cellar)

Cook Street Village grocery icon closing, new owners plan major renovation

Louie family has operated Oxford Foods and predecessor for five decades at Cook and Oxford streets

Daisy and Adam Orser, owners of The Root Cellar Village Green Grocer, have purchased Oxford Foods in Cook Street Village. (Photo by Emma Rossum, courtesy The Root Cellar)
GMG Projects vice-president of development, Tonny Kiptoo, perches atop the loft ladder in a suite in the Adelphi Block. An original back-of-building cigarette ad was discovered and preserved and adds a unique decorative element to the room. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Heritage revitalization project in downtown Victoria a labour of love for developers

The tiny Adelphi Block offers unique living spaces, urban lifestyle on busy Old Town corner

GMG Projects vice-president of development, Tonny Kiptoo, perches atop the loft ladder in a suite in the Adelphi Block. An original back-of-building cigarette ad was discovered and preserved and adds a unique decorative element to the room. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Saanich councillor and Capital Regional District director Ned Taylor wants the CRD to consider expanding its engagement with and local government education opportunities for area youth. (Black Press Media file photo).

More engagement with youth could bring fresh ideas to CRD: Saanich councillor

Young politician provides a good example of youth leadership in the region

Saanich councillor and Capital Regional District director Ned Taylor wants the CRD to consider expanding its engagement with and local government education opportunities for area youth. (Black Press Media file photo).
Westview, one of the newest targeted apartment complexes opened by the Capital Regional District Housing Corporation, came in $700,000 under budget. That money can now be used for another project, possibly in Greater Victoria. (Courtesy crd.bc.ca)

Cost savings on CRD housing project in Saanich could be passed on to tenants

Affordable housing project on Carey Road came in $700,000 under budget

Westview, one of the newest targeted apartment complexes opened by the Capital Regional District Housing Corporation, came in $700,000 under budget. That money can now be used for another project, possibly in Greater Victoria. (Courtesy crd.bc.ca)
Rendering of the concrete materials storage silo and loading wharf proposed for the new Trio Ready Mix waterfront plant in Rock Bay on the Gorge Waterway. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Proposal for 32-metre illuminated silo up for discussion in Victoria

Silo would form part of Trio Ready Mix’s environmentally friendly waterfront concrete plant

Rendering of the concrete materials storage silo and loading wharf proposed for the new Trio Ready Mix waterfront plant in Rock Bay on the Gorge Waterway. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Eagle Wing Tours is one of 33 commercial tenants of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority whose April to August rent is being retroactively reduced to 25 per cent of normal, thanks to federal emergency funding. (Black Press Media file photo)

Federal rent help eases COVID sting for Victoria’s commercial waterfront businesses

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority played key role in securing emergency funding

Eagle Wing Tours is one of 33 commercial tenants of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority whose April to August rent is being retroactively reduced to 25 per cent of normal, thanks to federal emergency funding. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps hoped to find an alternative that could see Oak Bay Lodge used for short-term housing, but she found little support for the idea at a CRD hospital and housing committee meeting Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD committee rejects plea to revisit temporary shelter proposal for Oak Bay Lodge

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps’ request to find creative way to make it work finds little support

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps hoped to find an alternative that could see Oak Bay Lodge used for short-term housing, but she found little support for the idea at a CRD hospital and housing committee meeting Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Businesses in Greater Victoria’s hospitality and retail industries have not rebounded from the effects of COVID-19 restrictions as quickly as sectors such as construction and development. Recommendations released Thursday (Aug. 27) by the South Island Prosperity Partnership address the challenges faced by certain industries and steps to be taken to accelerate the region’s overall economic recovery. (Black Press Media file photo)

Roadmap to recovery: South Island Prosperity Partnership releases 40-point plan

Recommendations provide broad strategies to jump-start economy in Greater Victoria and beyond

Businesses in Greater Victoria’s hospitality and retail industries have not rebounded from the effects of COVID-19 restrictions as quickly as sectors such as construction and development. Recommendations released Thursday (Aug. 27) by the South Island Prosperity Partnership address the challenges faced by certain industries and steps to be taken to accelerate the region’s overall economic recovery. (Black Press Media file photo)
The sights and sounds of the midway at the Saanich Fair will be absent this year. (Courtesy Saanich Fair)

Saanich Fair takes an online turn, keeps the kids in mind

A community staple since the 1860s, Labour Day weekend icon keeps low profile due to COVID

The sights and sounds of the midway at the Saanich Fair will be absent this year. (Courtesy Saanich Fair)
Purple ribbons line sections of Broughton Street in Victoria to remind about International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Victoria group hosting online candlelight vigil for Overdose Awareness Day

Public invited to remember loved ones lost to overdose and to join social media event Aug. 31

Purple ribbons line sections of Broughton Street in Victoria to remind about International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)