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Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans

Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans

Nostalgic customers take a trip back to their youth as downtown shop owner unloads boxes of comics

Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans
Vehicle traffic contributed approximately 46 per cent to the total greenhouse gas emissions in the Capital Region in 2018, according to a CRD staff report discussed by the board Wednesday. (Black Press Media files)

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

Vehicle traffic contributed approximately 46 per cent to the total greenhouse gas emissions in the Capital Region in 2018, according to a CRD staff report discussed by the board Wednesday. (Black Press Media files)
The wood frame, mass timber commercial building in Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies and features 10-foot, ground-floor ceilings. It will eventually be home to a new library and a neighbourhood pub/restaurant. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)

Excitement building around Esquimalt Town Square

Residential, commercial and library project will add vibrancy, amenities to area, mayor says

The wood frame, mass timber commercial building in Esquimalt Town Square utilizes green technologies and features 10-foot, ground-floor ceilings. It will eventually be home to a new library and a neighbourhood pub/restaurant. (Don Descoteau/Black Press Media)
The 800-block of Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria sits partially blocked by police Wednesday morning (Aug. 12). Emergency crews responded to a small fire that sent one man to hospital with severe injuries. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

One man in hospital with severe injuries after small fire in Victoria apartment building

Man was found by firefighters responding to multiple 911 calls about smoke on third floor

The 800-block of Fisgard Street in downtown Victoria sits partially blocked by police Wednesday morning (Aug. 12). Emergency crews responded to a small fire that sent one man to hospital with severe injuries. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Greater Victoria real estate market this summer is showing major sales increases over last year, especially in the area of single family homes. But inventory remains low, says the president of the Victoria Real Estate Board. (File photo)

Greater Victoria real estate sales numbers tell two stories for July

Real estate board president Sandi-Jo Ayers talks about pent-up spring demand, low inventory

The Greater Victoria real estate market this summer is showing major sales increases over last year, especially in the area of single family homes. But inventory remains low, says the president of the Victoria Real Estate Board. (File photo)
View Royal Mayor David Screech found himself victimized this week by a CERB scammer who managed to access Screech’s Canada Revenue Agency account. (File photo)

Vancouver Island mayor hacked by CERB identity theft scammer

View Royal’s David Screech shocked to find CRA account accessed, banking information changed

View Royal Mayor David Screech found himself victimized this week by a CERB scammer who managed to access Screech’s Canada Revenue Agency account. (File photo)
Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority stands at the Ogden Point Breakwater on a warm May day, where, in a world without COVID-19, thousands would have disembarked from arriving cruise ships. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Hard-hit Victoria harbour tenants get a hand from their landlord

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority doing what it can to help operators get through COVID-19 summer

Ian Robertson, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority stands at the Ogden Point Breakwater on a warm May day, where, in a world without COVID-19, thousands would have disembarked from arriving cruise ships. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
BC Ferries is projecting major financial losses this fiscal year, due to the drastic reduction in traffic during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of provincial or federal bailout funding. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries’ COVID-related financial woes compounded by lack of transit bailout funding

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena insists no fare increases on the way

BC Ferries is projecting major financial losses this fiscal year, due to the drastic reduction in traffic during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of provincial or federal bailout funding. (Black Press Media file photo)
A mid-block sign on Humboldt Street between Blanshard and Quadra streets gives motorists and cyclists instruction on how to use the newly reconfigured roadway. (Don Descoteau/Black Press)

VIDEO: New bike lanes on Victoria street leave some drivers confused

Drivers in single centre lane must yield to cyclists when moving over for oncoming vehicles

A mid-block sign on Humboldt Street between Blanshard and Quadra streets gives motorists and cyclists instruction on how to use the newly reconfigured roadway. (Don Descoteau/Black Press)
The Capital Regional District aims to expand the lifespan of the Hartland landfill to 2100. Part of that expansion includes a move to shift the commercial vehicle access from Hartland Road to Willis Point Road. (Facebook/Capital Regional District)

Victoria landfill commercial access shift would have major impact: CRD director

Willis Point representative says cumulative effect on neighbourhood being understated

The Capital Regional District aims to expand the lifespan of the Hartland landfill to 2100. Part of that expansion includes a move to shift the commercial vehicle access from Hartland Road to Willis Point Road. (Facebook/Capital Regional District)
Student Reese Emde takes part in a Vic High tradition and signs the brick wall in the school’s attic in 2018. While onsite group tours of the school won’t happen ahead of the seismic upgrade construction project due to start this year, a 3-D virtual tour is now available online. (Courtesy Vic High)

See historic Victoria High one last time

Online tour gives last look at 1914 school destined for temporary closure due to seismic upgrades

Student Reese Emde takes part in a Vic High tradition and signs the brick wall in the school’s attic in 2018. While onsite group tours of the school won’t happen ahead of the seismic upgrade construction project due to start this year, a 3-D virtual tour is now available online. (Courtesy Vic High)
Get a chance to meet the horses of Victoria Carriage Tours up close and personal in Brentwood. The company is offering trolley rides by donation on Sundays through Aug. 2. (Facebook/Victoria Carriage Tours)

Victoria carriage operator trots horse-drawn trolley tours into Brentwood Bay

By-donation, socially distanced rides offered as a thank you to community

Get a chance to meet the horses of Victoria Carriage Tours up close and personal in Brentwood. The company is offering trolley rides by donation on Sundays through Aug. 2. (Facebook/Victoria Carriage Tours)
The Victoria Native Friendship Centre, here celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, was among 60 charitable and community organizations on the South Island that received federal emergency funding related to the COVID-19 crisis. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Victoria Foundation, United Way dishes funds to 60 south Island charitable programs

Victoria Native Friendship Centre among those awarded some of $1.6M in grants

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre, here celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, was among 60 charitable and community organizations on the South Island that received federal emergency funding related to the COVID-19 crisis. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew has been limited to one lane of traffic since a road washout in 2018. The province recently awarded a contract to construct a retaining wall and do other safety related work on the roadway to bring it back to two-lane traffic. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

Construction begins soon on one-lane stretch of Highway 14 near Port Renfrew

Roadway has been narrowed since heavy rainfall caused slope to fail in 2018

This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew has been limited to one lane of traffic since a road washout in 2018. The province recently awarded a contract to construct a retaining wall and do other safety related work on the roadway to bring it back to two-lane traffic. (Ministry of Transportation photo)
The Summit at Quadra Village may be used to reduce occupancy levels at hospitals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

$86 million seniors care home opens in Victoria’s Quadra Village

Modern 320-bed facility designed for people with complex care needs including dementia

The Summit at Quadra Village may be used to reduce occupancy levels at hospitals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
What’s your go-to activity with gatherings and socializing heavily curtailed?
What’s your go-to activity with gatherings and socializing heavily curtailed?
Victoria-based singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing has replaced his cancelled Oak Bay concert with a live-stream solo show from the Duncan Showroom this Wednesday night (March 18). Photo by Jen Squires

Victoria musician takes to the web to replace cancelled Oak Bay concert

Fans will be able to hear a live CD launch performance on Facebook the evening of March 21

Victoria-based singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing has replaced his cancelled Oak Bay concert with a live-stream solo show from the Duncan Showroom this Wednesday night (March 18). Photo by Jen Squires
Award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing leads an all-star group of performers at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay High for a March 21 show. Photo by Jen Squires

Grateful Victorian Stephen Fearing bringing musical treat home

Award-winning musical storyteller joined by notable local artists for March 21 CD release show

Award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing leads an all-star group of performers at the Dave Dunnet Community Theatre in Oak Bay High for a March 21 show. Photo by Jen Squires
Maesto Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony celebrate the symphonic works of the great Ludwig von Beethoven during the Beethoven 250 series of concerts throughout March at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

Beethoven 250: Victoria getting ready to celebrate

Victoria Symphony to play all nine of the composer’s symphonies during March birthday celebrations

Maesto Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony celebrate the symphonic works of the great Ludwig von Beethoven during the Beethoven 250 series of concerts throughout March at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine
Get ready to hear a Mighty roar in Victoria

Get ready to hear a Mighty roar in Victoria

Polaris Prize-winning rapper and hip hop artist Haviah Mighty plays the Capital Ballroom March 1

Get ready to hear a Mighty roar in Victoria