Jake Romphf

A former SD61 elementary school teacher has been given a lifetime teaching ban after being convicted of child pornography possession. (Black Press Media file photo)
A former SD61 elementary school teacher has been given a lifetime teaching ban after being convicted of child pornography possession. (Black Press Media file photo)
Photo shows a section of Chalet Road that was washed out by Chalet Creek during intense rains on Nov. 15, 2021. (Courtesy of David Tonken)

North Saanich’s Chalet Creek getting a fish-focused atmospheric river repair job

Larger culvert aims to create a more natural creek bed after last fall’s collapse

Photo shows a section of Chalet Road that was washed out by Chalet Creek during intense rains on Nov. 15, 2021. (Courtesy of David Tonken)
The master plan layout for 300 affordable rental units at Chown Place in Victoria. (Courtesy of Gorge View Society)

300 affordable units coming to Victoria’s senior-focused Chown Place redevelopment

Gorge neighbourhood project includes green space, community centre

The master plan layout for 300 affordable rental units at Chown Place in Victoria. (Courtesy of Gorge View Society)
The CRD has approved the 2022-2032 Regional Parks and Trails Plan as it plans to improve the function, resilience and use of the natural areas. Pictured is Thetis Lake Regional Park. (Courtesy CRD)

CRD sets 10-year vision for regional park actions

Strategy puts focus on climate change, reconciliation, conservation

The CRD has approved the 2022-2032 Regional Parks and Trails Plan as it plans to improve the function, resilience and use of the natural areas. Pictured is Thetis Lake Regional Park. (Courtesy CRD)
Ground-scaled multi-family homes are in high demand and needed in Victoria, but the city isn’t approving enough of them to be built, according to a recent report. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria housing review finds stark shortage in family spaces being approved

Despite record net permits issued, choice and affordability hinder market

Ground-scaled multi-family homes are in high demand and needed in Victoria, but the city isn’t approving enough of them to be built, according to a recent report. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
A rendering of the Bayview Place proposal in Vic West. (Courtesy of Focus Equities)

Bayview Place developers pitch almost 2,000 units for Vic West site

Plans now include at least 180 affordable rental units operated by Greater Victoria Housing Society

A rendering of the Bayview Place proposal in Vic West. (Courtesy of Focus Equities)
Kieran Cox enters the water near Victoria’s Inner Harbour to collect fish and invertebrates for a study on how microplastics move through marine food webs. (Courtesy of Hailey Davies)

Study dives into microplastic movement in Vancouver Island marine food webs

Wide variety of species ingest microplastics, but biomagnification not found

Kieran Cox enters the water near Victoria’s Inner Harbour to collect fish and invertebrates for a study on how microplastics move through marine food webs. (Courtesy of Hailey Davies)
Island Health’s Dr. Mike Benusic and public health nurse Sandra Bishop at the Quadra Village Community Centre before the site starts administering vaccines to children between the ages of six months to four years old on Aug. 2. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria community centre to rollout COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5

Doses are being administered at Quadra Village Community Centre as of Aug. 2

Island Health’s Dr. Mike Benusic and public health nurse Sandra Bishop at the Quadra Village Community Centre before the site starts administering vaccines to children between the ages of six months to four years old on Aug. 2. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Victoria has received a number of recommendations on how to improve, streamline or reimagine governance in the city. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria governance review calls for rework of meetings, councillor roles

Recommendations cover land use approvals, plus council conduct and impartiality

Victoria has received a number of recommendations on how to improve, streamline or reimagine governance in the city. (Black Press Media file photo)
Riders make their way westward along the E&N Rail Trail near Colville Road in Esquimalt during the afternoon commute. Esquimalt has approved its plans for addressing climate change, which include improving active mobility. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt approves plans for tackling climate change impacts, GHG reductions

Plans include climate projections, identify at-risk infrastructure and action strategies

Riders make their way westward along the E&N Rail Trail near Colville Road in Esquimalt during the afternoon commute. Esquimalt has approved its plans for addressing climate change, which include improving active mobility. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rosa (middle) and Jesus More (right) helped Victoria reach the nine million cruise ship passengers all-time mark when they arrived at Ogden Point on July 22. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

9 million and counting: Victoria cruise ship industry marks passenger milestone

Two cruise faithfuls helped Victoria reach the feat

Rosa (middle) and Jesus More (right) helped Victoria reach the nine million cruise ship passengers all-time mark when they arrived at Ogden Point on July 22. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
COVID-19 monitoring could be done through sampling at the Capital Regional District’s McLoughlin Point and other wastewater treatment facilities. (Courtesy of the CRD)

CRD open to future monitoring of COVID-19 levels through wastewater

Region awaits response about involvement in BCCDC sampling

COVID-19 monitoring could be done through sampling at the Capital Regional District’s McLoughlin Point and other wastewater treatment facilities. (Courtesy of the CRD)
Kyrie Parimi, 5, gets a turn in the driver seat of a Victoria firetruck when crews from local departments visited children at Victoria General Hospital on July 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Firefighters bring trucks, cheer, donation to kids at Victoria General Hospital

Firefighters’ foundation donated $25,000 for pediatric equipment

Kyrie Parimi, 5, gets a turn in the driver seat of a Victoria firetruck when crews from local departments visited children at Victoria General Hospital on July 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The amphitheater option for a Lekwungen cultural plaza from Humboldt to Courtney streets as envisioned in the Government Street Refresh concept. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria approves design concept for five-year revamp of Government Street

Redesigned stretch looks to put pedestrians first, highlight Indigenous history

The amphitheater option for a Lekwungen cultural plaza from Humboldt to Courtney streets as envisioned in the Government Street Refresh concept. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
The Norwegian Encore off the tip of the Ogden Point breakwater. Cruise companies will see the price they pay for waste left in Victoria increased, but not until 2024. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Facebook)

CRD to increase fee for solid waste left in Greater Victoria by cruise ships

But directors disagree on time frame; decide in 11-10 vote to wait until 2024

The Norwegian Encore off the tip of the Ogden Point breakwater. Cruise companies will see the price they pay for waste left in Victoria increased, but not until 2024. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Facebook)
A public hearing for the City of Victora’s missing middle zoning initiative happens Thursday, Aug. 4. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria cements Aug. 4 public hearing for missing middle proposal

Change would allow townhomes, houseplexes in traditional single-family areas

A public hearing for the City of Victora’s missing middle zoning initiative happens Thursday, Aug. 4. (Courtesy of City of Victoria)
Ecological protection is a key feature of the CRD’s plan to mitigate climate change. Pictured is Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. The CRD board has rejected a bid by Central Saanich to opt out of the regional climate action and adaptation service. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

CRD board rejects Central Saanich opt-out of regional climate action service

Directors weigh community autonomy versus need for unified climate change fight

Ecological protection is a key feature of the CRD’s plan to mitigate climate change. Pictured is Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. The CRD board has rejected a bid by Central Saanich to opt out of the regional climate action and adaptation service. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Esquimalt is looking at an increase to recreation fees. (Esquimalt Parks and Recreation/Facebook)

Esquimalt recreation fees could increase next year

Mayor worried about small rate hike’s impact on young users

Esquimalt is looking at an increase to recreation fees. (Esquimalt Parks and Recreation/Facebook)
A cyclist on the E&N Rail Trail glances over at graffiti painted on the back of commercial buildings in Esquimalt on July 13, 2022. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Esquimalt tags old program despite questions if it will actually stem graffiti

Youth, art advocates say township should pursue community-based approach

A cyclist on the E&N Rail Trail glances over at graffiti painted on the back of commercial buildings in Esquimalt on July 13, 2022. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Greater Victoria communities want SD61 to use municipal funds for crosswalk programs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria councils push to fund SD61 crossing guards as absence looms

Crossing guard association folding in June makes September return uncertain

Greater Victoria communities want SD61 to use municipal funds for crosswalk programs. (Black Press Media file photo)