City of Victoria

A Victoria parks staffer turns compost made from organics collected in the parks. Piles of this steaming, nutrient-rich stuff will be handed out between April 12-18. (Zoë Ducklow/News Staff)

Victoria shovels free home-made compost out to gardeners

Ideal for prepping food gardens, the compost, mulch and wood chips will be at city parks for pick up

 

Police escorts for Victoria bylaw workers entering encampments in parks will continue for this month, after council approved a $25,000 budget request from VicPD. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria bylaw staff encampment work to include police escort through April

Taxpayers to see modest increase in property taxes for 2021

 

A map of the plan for Topaz Park improvments. (City of Victoria)

Victoria seeks dynamic artist, team for skate/bike park at Topaz

Construction expected complete by summer 2022 at city’s third-largest park

 

Cathy Armstrong, executive director of the Land Conservancy, Paul Nursey CEO of Destination Greater Victoria and Saanich Coun. Susan Brice helped to kick off the annual Greater Victoria Flower Count at Abkhazi Garden Monday. This year, the flower count is less about rubbing the region’s weather in the rest of Canada’ faces, and more about extending a bouquet of compassion and love. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

2021 Greater Victoria Flower Count sows seeds of compassion

Friendly flower count competition runs from March 3 to 10

Cathy Armstrong, executive director of the Land Conservancy, Paul Nursey CEO of Destination Greater Victoria and Saanich Coun. Susan Brice helped to kick off the annual Greater Victoria Flower Count at Abkhazi Garden Monday. This year, the flower count is less about rubbing the region’s weather in the rest of Canada’ faces, and more about extending a bouquet of compassion and love. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre has reopened with 45 shelter spots for people experiencing homelessness in Victoria. (Courtesy of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre)
The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre has reopened with 45 shelter spots for people experiencing homelessness in Victoria. (Courtesy of Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre)
Kathryn Calder, City of Victoria’s artist in residence, is facilitating a performance and songwriting workshop for youth. (YouTube)

Online music workshops available for Greater Victoria young artists

Artist in Residence Kathryn Calder to host songwriting, performance series

Kathryn Calder, City of Victoria’s artist in residence, is facilitating a performance and songwriting workshop for youth. (YouTube)
Critics of Victoria’s new Rental Property Standards of Maintenance bylaw don’t believe it is doing enough to protect tenants. (Black Press Media file photo)

Critics question effectiveness of new Victoria rental maintenance bylaw

New bylaw lays out minimum maintenance standards for landlords

Critics of Victoria’s new Rental Property Standards of Maintenance bylaw don’t believe it is doing enough to protect tenants. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rendering of the proposed residential complex for Cecelia Road in Victoria. The project would provide 88 units of below market rental housing and a 59-space daycare and after-school program in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Excitement builds for family housing project in Victoria’s Burnside Gorge

Project offers subsidized rental homes, 59 child care spaces, moves closer to public hearing

Rendering of the proposed residential complex for Cecelia Road in Victoria. The project would provide 88 units of below market rental housing and a 59-space daycare and after-school program in the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
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Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay fire reach ‘modern’ service agreement

Negotiations to update 1980 firefighting agreement began in 2015, stalled in 2020

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Victoria police say the number of business break and enters in the city has been rising for the last four months. (Twitter/VicPD)

Business break and enters on the rise in Victoria

Sophisticated techniques used to defeat alarm systems, police say

Victoria police say the number of business break and enters in the city has been rising for the last four months. (Twitter/VicPD)
James Summer, the City of Victoria’s new youth poet laureate. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Slam poetry expert introduced as Victoria’s new youth poet laureate

Vic High alum James Summer will serve in the role for 2021

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James Summer, the City of Victoria’s new youth poet laureate. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
A Seed and Stone rendering for White Rock, B.C. (Seed and Stone rendering)

Songhees Nation to open two Victoria cannabis stores spring 2021

Seed and Stone stores will open on Gordon Street and in the Bay Centre

A Seed and Stone rendering for White Rock, B.C. (Seed and Stone rendering)
A video captured by Twitter user Teddy Jenner of a fire in Beacon Hill Park the night of Jan. 21, 2021. (Twitter/@OfftheCrosseBar)

Victoria police say no injuries after tent fire in Beacon Hill Park

Emergency crews responded to fire Thursday evening

A video captured by Twitter user Teddy Jenner of a fire in Beacon Hill Park the night of Jan. 21, 2021. (Twitter/@OfftheCrosseBar)
Rendering shows murals decorating the proposed tiny home community in the Caledonia/Vancouver street parking lot next to Royal Athletic Park. The crowdfunding campaign to pay for the containers is past the halfway point toeard its $500,000 goal. (Courtesy Aryze Developments)

Anonymous donor boosts shipping container housing project in Victoria

Donor promises to match further donations until $500,000 goal is met

Rendering shows murals decorating the proposed tiny home community in the Caledonia/Vancouver street parking lot next to Royal Athletic Park. The crowdfunding campaign to pay for the containers is past the halfway point toeard its $500,000 goal. (Courtesy Aryze Developments)
Willow, a kitten belonging to a Victoria family, was rescued by firefighters on Thursday after she got stuck in a basement drain pipe. (City of Victoria/Twitter)

Victoria kitten stuck in basement drain pipe rescued by firefighters

Willow the cat on the mend, owner feeling ‘enormous gratitude’

Willow, a kitten belonging to a Victoria family, was rescued by firefighters on Thursday after she got stuck in a basement drain pipe. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)

Victoria’s artist in residence creates toll-free ‘Be Calm’ phone line

Phone line offers meditation, poetry, children’s laughter

The City of Victoria’s artist in residence, Kathryn Calder, created a toll-free phone line designed to give people a calm escape during COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Calder)
A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria council gives green light to 30 km/h speed limit pilot project

Project is a departure from other Greater Victoria municipalities who are lowering speeds to 40 km/h

A report by Victoria staff recommended the city depart from the 40 km/h collaborative pilot project expected to go ahead for several other municipalities and initiate a project for a 30 km/h speed limit on side streets instead. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria city council voted on Jan. 7 to cut its $10,000 catered lunch fund from the 2021 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria cuts $10,000 catered lunch fund from 2021 budget

Council will decide Jan. 18 whether to redirect or cut the spending

Victoria city council voted on Jan. 7 to cut its $10,000 catered lunch fund from the 2021 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Island mayor says travelling politicians need to meet highest possible standards

Greater Victoria politicians’ travel activities come under fire

(Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow apologized to his constituents Tuesday evening for travelling abroad over the holidays. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

‘I should not have gone:’ Victoria councillor takes holiday trip to Africa

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is the second Greater Victoria municipal politician to admit to traveling in December

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow apologized to his constituents Tuesday evening for travelling abroad over the holidays. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)