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"30.03.2017 17:02:38" timescolonist.com Major expansion underway at View Royal Casino A major expansion that will see the View Royal Casino more than double in size is underway. The upgrade includes a 600-seat entertainment venue, along with 350 additional slot machines and . . . Demolition of exterior walls and roof areas has already begun. The project, which will add 42,000 square feet, is due for completion in the first half of 2018. The casino will remain open during construction.
"30.03.2017 15:29:27" timescolonist.com Archeologists provide glimpse of Bridge River aboriginals spanning 1,500 years An ancient pithouse at Bridge River in the Fraser Canyon that spanned about 1,500 years and included 17 distinct layered floors ending at the European fur-trade era is providing unique insight into. . . About every 20 years, the Bridge River people built a new roof on the pithouse and a new layer of dirt floor as a living area. Each layer or floor reveals details specific to that time period, be it the rise and fall of salmon stocks, the creation of
"30.03.2017 14:20:29" timescolonist.com B.C. landlords look to curb legal pot use with rent agreements As Canada edges closer to legalizing marijuana, landlords in B.C. are considering rental agreements with restrictions on growing and smoking in the home to weed out potential fire hazards, odours . . . Landlords are planning for the legal-marijuana era, as are insurance companies. “Insurers are beginning to look at how changes in laws might affect the coverage they offer. … The operation of a grow-op is a high-risk activity,” said Andrew McGrath of the
"30.03.2017 13:50:02" timescolonist.com Fourth generation takes ownership at Robinson's A fourth generation of the founding family is taking on the 88-year-old Robinson's Outdoor Store in downtown Victoria. Erin Boggs, great-granddaughter of founder George Robinson, is now a . . . Robinson's Outdoor Store is known for its founding role in the ThinkLocalFirst non-profit organization that promotes local businesses. It is a past winner of the Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award, presented by the Vancouver Island chapter of
"30.03.2017 04:48:57" timescolonist.com Rock the Shores music festival cancelled for this summer Organizers of the Rock the Shores music festival are cancelling this summer's event, but hope the three-day concert will be back in 2018. Co-producer Nick Blasko of Atomique Productions said . . . Organizers say the annual festival will be back in 2018.
"29.03.2017 16:46:16" timescolonist.com Obituary: Hereditary chief Beau Dick renowned for his art Celebrated Kwakwaka'wakw artist Beau Dick, who has died at age of 61, is being remembered for his creative talent and for his devotion to his culture. Dick, a hereditary chief, lived in Alert Bay. . . “His artwork was recognized all around the world. Not only that, he was quite knowledgeable about our ceremonies. He not only carved masks but he knew what the masks were used for.”
"29.03.2017 15:17:32" timescolonist.com Desjardins taking leave from municipal, CRD duties to focus on provincial race Esquimalt Mayor and Capital Regional District chairwoman Barb Desjardins is stepping aside from municipal and regional politics to focus on running for provincial office in the May 9 election. . . . Effective Thursday, Barb Desjardins — Liberal candidate for Esquimalt-Metchosin — is taking unpaid leaves of absence from the Capital Regional District and her Esquimalt council duties — including her position as co-chairwoman of the Victoria-Esquimalt
"29.03.2017 14:40:51" timescolonist.com Don Renshaw: 91 and still going strong on and off the ice Don Renshaw wasn't born when the Victoria Cougars defeated the Montreal Canadiens to win the 1925 Stanley Cup. Don't be ridiculous. He's not that old. He wasn't born until a year later, when . . . At 91, Don Renshaw is the oldest person playing organized hockey in Western Canada. “This sport keeps you young,” he said. Surprisingly, he is not the oldest hockey player in North America.
"29.03.2017 14:32:48" timescolonist.com Capital reboots 1990s animated series, being filmed around region The capital region is playing a starring role in a reboot of a popular 1990s animated series, its producers confirmed Tuesday. Filming has taken place since mid-February under a cloak of secrecy . . . Filming has taken place on initial sequences for ReBoot: The Guardian Code, a 20-episode hybrid of computer-generated animation and live action being shot here. Locations include private homes, the Roundhouse and Oak Bay High School, doubling as Alan
"29.03.2017 14:29:08" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Old fast-ferry files getting a new look NDP Leader John Horgan recently spent an hour chatting with several Times Colonist editors and reporters, and at one point he raised the topic of the fast ferries. The fast ferry fiasco — it's a catchy phrase, but what do you really know about it? In the daily release of responses to freedom-of-information requests last Wednesday, there were 68 pages of documentation pertaining to the fast ferries with no
"29.03.2017 14:14:15" timescolonist.com Meeting to air worries about sewage-treatment project Victoria residents, worried their concerns over noise, odour and traffic during sewage-treatment plant construction and operation are falling on deaf ears, will gather at the Coast Victoria Hotel . . . “You hope that our City of Victoria elected officials will speak up for us, but I believe we need to prompt them — and this is how we're going to prompt them.”
"29.03.2017 14:05:37" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: How pot, legal or not, spells trouble in the workplace Here's something to think of as Canada strolls toward marijuana-law reform: Even after smoking dope becomes legal, it could still cost you your job. It won't even matter if you're not stoned at . . . What employers care about is whether you can do your job while under the influence. It's the same rule that applies to booze: It's legal, but that doesn't mean you can be drunk at work. The big difference with marijuana — and this is huge — is that
"29.03.2017 13:52:49" timescolonist.com Vancouver Islanders wait longer for new hips, knees Vancouver Island patients are facing some of the longest wait times for joint-replacement surgeries in the country, a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information says. Only 45 . . . “It was a 40-minute operation, for me to be able to have my life back. And of course, what happens is you deteriorate over the year or two you wait. They say it's better if you go as young as you can and in good shape, if you need it. So here we are
"29.03.2017 13:48:13" timescolonist.com Coast guard on hiring blitz, 150 positions in B.C. The Canadian Coast Guard is on a hiring blitz, looking to fill 150 positions in B.C. to staff new lifeboat stations, ships and infrastructure projects. The federal agency is looking to add 500 . . . Some of the new positions on the West Coast will be tied to four new lifeboat stations and several new vessels, part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan announced in November. The locations of the stations have not been announced, but they will
"28.03.2017 15:30:49" timescolonist.com Nelly Furtado charts a new course Nelly Furtado has endured the wrath of social media before, but she couldn't bear to read people's opinions on her new album's cover art. Songs on Nelly Furtado's album venture into new territory where her confidence sometimes takes a backseat. Most stinging is "Phoenix," the album's devastating final song. While the lyrics are vague, it's hard not to read it as a confessional of being
"28.03.2017 15:09:50" timescolonist.com Victoria medical-device maker Starfish acquires Toronto firm In a bid to attract more business from the medical-technology hubs of the eastern U.S., Starfish Medical has extended its rays across the country and acquired Toronto medical-device designer . . . “There are lots of transformations when you're in our kind of business. We feel we are reinventing ourselves every couple of years and this is just another one. The innovation and change is relentless.”
"28.03.2017 14:41:39" timescolonist.com $1.63-million transit boost to add buses, cut wait times Greater Victoria residents who are forced to stand on crowded buses, missing connections and facing delays due to traffic congestion can breathe easier thanks to a $1.63-million injection from the . . . The Greater Victoria Transit Commission will be able to add 20,000 service hours in 2017-18 and to buy eight new buses, said chair Susan Brice. Four of the buses and 12,800 hours are earmarked to “address immediate overcrowding and reliability issues by
"28.03.2017 14:32:08" timescolonist.com Heiltsuk village among oldest in North America: archeologists A Heiltsuk village site on B.C.'s mid-coast is three times as old as the Great Pyramid at Giza and among the oldest human settlements in North America, according to researchers at the Hakai . . . An excavation at Triquet Island on B.C.'s central coast has already produced extremely rare artifacts, including a wooden projectile-launching device called an atlatl, compound fish hooks and a hand drill used for lighting fires, said Alisha Gauvreau, a
"28.03.2017 14:15:01" timescolonist.com DNA tests find no sign of accused strangler in Port Angeles case Tommy Ross Jr., a man convicted of killing a Victoria woman in 1978, is awaiting trial for a similar murder that year and will appear in a Port Angeles court today for the first time since DNA . . . “Tommy has always maintained his innocence. Unfortunately, it has taken almost 40 years. Tommy's entire adult life has been taken away from him.”
"28.03.2017 14:10:17" timescolonist.com Offender treated, judge stays on bench A Victoria provincial court judge sent a man with untreated schizophrenia directly to hospital Monday in hopes he will get mental-health treatment. Three sheriffs were in the courtroom Monday as . . . “I am satisfied that his mental illness drives his criminal behaviour, and if released without treatment and long-term supervision, he will continue to re-offend and put himself and other innocent people, including the police, at risk. Neither the
"28.03.2017 02:59:00" timescolonist.com A low-tech way to help you recover a lost phone Smartphones get misplaced. They're left behind on restaurant tables, on bus seats, on public washroom counters. After they're left behind, it can be tough to track down the owner. Phones are . . . Put your contact info on the lock screen.
"27.03.2017 21:24:32" timescolonist.com Brothers Jamie, Jordie Benn to play against each for first time when Stars visit Habs MONTREAL — Jordie and Jamie Benn are about to live something neither has experienced before — playing against each other in an organized hockey game.The brothers clashed plenty of times in road . . . Jordie and Jamie Benn clashed plenty of times in road hockey games while growing up in Victoria, but they have only ever been teammates in games on skates and in official gear. That will change Tuesday night when Jamie Benn's Dallas Stars face Jordie
"27.03.2017 21:11:06" timescolonist.com Victoria police board going to court for report on Chief Elsner The Victoria police board is going to court in an attempt to obtain a copy of the final investigative report into suspended Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner's alleged discreditable conduct from . . . The Victoria police board says it needs documents from the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner. However, the board has been told it is not entitled to have the documents. “It says right in the legislation who receives a copy of the final
"27.03.2017 15:18:03" timescolonist.com B.C. Liberals testing election ads with focus groups In a small meeting room at a Coquitlam hotel, the B.C. Liberal Party is test-driving many of the ads that will saturate your social-media feeds, and TV airwaves, during the election campaign. Participants get $75 per session. Often, the focus groups are broken down by gender. They're asked questions not only about the ads, but about NDP leader John Horgan himself: What does he stand for? What do you think about his positions?
"27.03.2017 14:19:15" timescolonist.com Landmark B.C. court ruling will shake real-estate industry, lawyers say A B.C. Supreme Court ruling will send shock waves through the arm of the Canadian real-estate market that is powered by foreign capital, say immigration lawyers. The ruling targets a weakness in . . . “Real estate agents can now get a knock on the door from the taxman, asking for the (capital gains) taxes that should have been collected by Ottawa, because the agent failed to make adequate inquiries.”
"27.03.2017 13:49:13" timescolonist.com Sierra Club predicts costs of Site C hydro dam will balloon further A Sierra Club B.C. report released Monday argues that the Liberal provincial government is leaving taxpayers with a costly legacy of bad decisions, corporate subsidies, and failed LNG projects. . . . The 1,100-megawatt Site C dam on the Peace River in northeast B.C. is meant as a subsidy for industry, the Sierra Club argues, but projects such as the development of LNG export facilities on the coast have largely stalled. At the same time, the province
"27.03.2017 04:22:00" timescolonist.com Where have all the treasures gone? For more than 100 years, Europeans ripped off the treasures of First Nations in this province. And for just as long, First Nations have demanded they be returned. From the famous anthropologist . . . In a course in Pacific history that I teach, University of Victoria undergraduate students are hot on the trail of a set of poles that once stood alongside a monument dedicated to George Vancouver in Kihei, Maui. Only the foundations of the poles exist
"27.03.2017 04:09:00" timescolonist.com Around Town: Blue Bridge Theatre celebrates 9th season, and survival When springtime arrives in Victoria, thoughts of sunshine, cherry blossoms and the tweeting of birds instead of Twitter addicts often spring to mind. So you had to wonder why a small crowd of . . . They were marking the launch of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre's ninth season, and to celebrate its survival in the face of economic adversity. “It's a miracle when any arts organization survives, and this is a miracle for us,” said artistic director Brian
"26.03.2017 18:48:31" timescolonist.com Seniors face eviction from Vancouver retirement home The rare termination of a contract by Terraces on 7th, a Vancouver retirement home, which it had with Vancouver Coastal Health to provide a portion of its suites for less than market rates, is a . . . “To get rid of us by attrition is the most acceptable and the only acceptable option, but they (the owners) gave us lots of financial reasons why they couldn't do that.”
"26.03.2017 17:06:31" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: When only lamb will do I was relaxing on my couch the other day, with a stack of cookbooks beside me, and began flipping through them for inspiration on what to make for Sunday dinner this week. I did have some . . .
"26.03.2017 15:56:00" timescolonist.com Hundreds of B.C. criminals without citizenship deported Since Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands on March 6, he calls his mom on Vancouver Island every morning to find out how his favourite teams are faring. The Raptors. The Penguins. The . . . Ujjal Dosanjh, a former federal Liberal cabinet minister, has publicly appealed for the immigration minister to intervene in Len Van Heest's case. Green Party MP Elizabeth May said what happened in Van Heest's case “is heartbreaking and really not what
"26.03.2017 15:51:39" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Criticism of English usage, the gift that keeps on gifting The BBC thinks I should put down my pitchfork. Or, to be precise, a BBC.com opinion piece has — as a surprising number of TC readers alerted me gleefully — branded me a language zealot. The . . . The verb “gift” (as in “I had an extra kidney, so gifted her one”) impacts me negatively. It's an affectation, like making a show of carrying your yoga mat or pretending to like quinoa.
"26.03.2017 14:26:20" timescolonist.com Labour leader John Shields mourned as pillar of social justice John Shields, former priest, social worker, labour leader and head of the Land Conservancy of B.C., has died in Victoria. He was 78. Shields will be remembered as a champion of social justice . . . During his tenure with the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, John Shields negotiated landmark pay-equity agreements and advocated for women's, workers' and First Nations rights. The organization said in a statement that Shield's legacy, “can be
"26.03.2017 14:01:26" timescolonist.com Cancelling permit unlawful, Shawnigan Lake quarry says The owners of a quarry near Shawnigan Lake say Environment Minister Mary Polak made an “unlawful and unreasonable” decision when she cancelled the site's permit to receive and store contaminated . . . “We are seeking advice with respect to our legal remedies of your action and fully intend to pursue … them.”
"26.03.2017 13:53:58" timescolonist.com Co-op health clinic in James Bay struggles with bills amid shortage of doctors The Victoria Health Co-operative says a family-doctor shortage has left it struggling to pay bills for the clinic, which serves 7,300 patients. The non-profit has operated the Co-op Health Centre. . . “The challenge is that our costs are fixed. If there are fewer doctors or they have to reduce their hours, then revenue is less but costs stay the same.”
"25.03.2017 19:30:00" timescolonist.com Three fall into water, forcing child to stop motor on speeding boat In a dramatic rescue on Cowichan Bay, two men and a two-year-old boy were plucked from the frigid waters by nearby whalewatching guides, who then helped a five-year-old girl still in the boat stop . . . “Once we started yelling to pull the red cord she knew what to do. She pulled it and we were all cheering and clapping.”
"25.03.2017 19:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria judge says he'll quit if offender isn't treated A Victoria provincial court judge has threatened to quit the bench if an offender with schizophrenia does not get the mental health treatment he needs when he is released from custody. On Friday,. . . A Victoria provincial court judge has threatened to quit the bench if an offender with schizophrenia does not get the mental health treatment he needs when he is released from custody.
"25.03.2017 18:30:05" timescolonist.com Labour leader John Shields dies John Shields, former president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, has died at age 78, the union says. Shields, who died Friday in Victoria, served four terms as BCGEU president . . . John Shields, former president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, has died at age 78, the union says.
"25.03.2017 17:54:47" timescolonist.com Missing Nanaimo girl, 16, may be in Lower Mainland with man in his 50s A 16-year-old Nanaimo girl is missing, believed to be in the company of a man in his 50s, say police. Makayla Chang, 16, was last seen in Nanaimo on March 19. Her family and friends said she is . . . A 16-year-old Nanaimo girl is missing, believed to be in the company of a man in his 50s, say police.
Makayla Chang, 16, was last seen in Nanaimo on March 19. Her family and friends said she is usually very active on social media but has not posted
"25.03.2017 06:07:52" timescolonist.com Three fall into water, forcing child to stop motor on speeding boat In a dramatic rescue on Cowichan Bay, two men and a two-year-old boy were plucked from the frigid waters by nearby whalewatching guides, who then helped a five-year-old girl still in the boat stop . . . Rescuer recounts how he and his colleagues pulled two men and a toddler from water, then told the five-year-old still in the boat how to kill the engine.
"23.03.2017 22:21:44" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING CHIPS (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, SilverCity) Dax Shepard wrote, directed and stars with Michael Pena in this reboot of the late 1970s television series about . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: CHIPS; Life; Saban's Power Rangers; The Sense of an Ending; Weirdos; and Wilson. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"23.03.2017 19:28:30" timescolonist.com Dozens of new campsites to open at Island parks Dozens of new campsite spaces are set to open at popular Vancouver Island parks, the province announced today.These include 30 new campsites at Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville, a hot spot . . . A total of 76 new campsites are opening on the Island, including four at Goldstream Park near Victoria, 22 at Maple Grove Recreational Site near Lake Cowichan and 20 at Pye Mountain Recreational Site near Sayward.
"23.03.2017 17:51:54" timescolonist.com Allegations of misconduct against Chief Elsner head to discipline hearings Eight of 11 allegations of misconduct against suspended Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner will proceed to discipline proceedings, the Police Complaint Commissioner confirmed today. In a . . .
"23.03.2017 15:52:05" timescolonist.com B.C. shellfish industry reels as norovirus sickens hundreds, forces closures British Columbia's shellfish industry is reeling from the impact of a mysterious norovirus that has forced the closure of seven coastal oyster farms, caused others to curtail operations and made . . . “We have stopped shipping. We haven't shipped since the 19th of January because we're not confident we can ship without getting entangled in a lot of extra paperwork and aggravation. Basically, the marketplace is not receptive at the moment.”
"23.03.2017 14:28:11" timescolonist.com Victoria 'closer' to goal of being a home port for cruise ships The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority says it has taken a major step toward establishing Victoria as a home port for cruise ships after participating in Seatrade Cruise Global, the largest cruise . . . “We put a stake in the ground a year ago saying we wanted to become a home port by 2020 — it's aggressive but achievable.”
"23.03.2017 14:00:47" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Lots of studies in federal budget, not much new money There's not much in the way of splashy new spending ideas in Wednesday's federal budget, which is understandable given that the deficit is almost three times higher than what the federal Liberals promised before they took office. As far as Victoria is concerned, there's one trendy word to keep in mind: “supercluster” — defined as a dense area of businesses, post-secondary institutes and specialized talent that energizes the economy. The budget puts up $950 million over five years
"23.03.2017 13:52:34" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Rallying for a family facing cancer again "It really shouldn't happen to people like this,” Dave Campbell says, and he's right. The Irwins are the nicest family imaginable. How could they be made to suffer like this, again? How . . . The Irwins are the nicest family imaginable. How could they be made to suffer like this, again? How could anyone?
"22.03.2017 20:53:10" timescolonist.com Budget 2017: Liberals try to ease anxiety, get Canada ready for the future The future is coming at you, fast, and the Liberal government says it knows you're getting anxious — and potentially angry.
"22.03.2017 18:34:59" timescolonist.com From the Easter oven: Hot cross buns worth effort Every year, before Easter, readers send me notes asking if I have a recipe for hot cross buns. I do, and I published it years ago. For those who missed it then or lost the clipping, here's an . . .
"22.03.2017 16:59:15" timescolonist.com Trump era troubles ex-PM Kim Campbell, speaking Saturday in Victoria Kim Campbell returned to the House of Commons on International Women's Day. She was there to speak about championing women in politics. But the visit reminded the former prime minister of some of. . . Island-born former Prime Minister Kim Campbell is the keynote speaker at a Victoria fundraiser this weekend in support of domestic violence survivors
"22.03.2017 15:27:47" timescolonist.com The winter that was: Lots of snow, but no record This past winter might have seemed snowy, but it was far from the top ranks of the Victoria area's snow seasons. Despite some notable storm activity, the winter of 2016-17 ranks only 22nd on . . . Despite some notable storm activity in the Victoria area, the winter of 2016-17 ranks only 22nd on Environment Canada's list for snow accumulation. The all-time record is 148.4 centimetres, set in 1968-69. The winter of 1996-97 — which includes the
"22.03.2017 15:13:15" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Liberals' cash woes — there's too much The B.C. Liberals have managed something that not many political outfits can do. Perceptions have been driving the continued controversy about fundraising in B.C., and the appearance of businesses that do business with the government sending millions the Liberals' way is the main one that rankles. But the other perception is the
"22.03.2017 14:31:46" timescolonist.com Alcohol, energy drinks a dangerous mix: study Step away from the Red Bull and vodka: Mixing alcohol with highly caffeinated energy drinks might provide a dangerous buzz, putting people at increased risk for injury, according to a study by the . . . A person who has one or two drinks doubles their risk of injury compared with when they are completely sober, says researcher Audra Roemer. With six drinks, the risk of injury is increased six times. But when alcohol is mixed with energy drinks, the risk
"22.03.2017 14:27:05" timescolonist.com Former motel site on Douglas step closer to legal rental units The owner of 3025 Douglas St. is moving forward on long-standing plans to convert the property to a rental apartment building from its existing motel use. A rezoning application from . . . If Victoria council approves rezoning, residents at 3025 Douglas St. would be able to live in the units as tenants. Right now, occupants of the 48 units are living in limbo, in a building zoned for transient accommodation.
"22.03.2017 14:22:36" timescolonist.com Victoria maps end to single-use plastic bags The push is on to make single-use plastic bags extinct in Victoria. City hall staff are recommending a six-month “roadmap” toward elimination of the bags, including a $2,000 design competition to. . . “My vision for our coastline is not an ocean that's increasingly filled with plastic soup — ever smaller pieces of plastic. I think the time to act is now. Other cities, states and whole countries have banned plastic bags, and I think Victoria should
"21.03.2017 15:29:41" timescolonist.com Singers Jones, Peyroux join forces for tour What: Rickie Lee Jones with Madeleine Peyroux When: Tonight, 7 p.m. Where: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. Tickets: $49.50 and $76.50 at the Royal McPherson box office, by phone at250-386-6121,. . . The tour came about after Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux recorded a provocative cover of the David Essex hit Rock On. The song was fashioned into a women's-rights anthem by Jones, who has been outspoken of late about the way women are treated in
"21.03.2017 14:16:31" timescolonist.com Esquimalt, Songhees First Nations to reap millions for backing CRD sewage plan Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations will receive millions of dollars for their support of the Capital Regional District's sewage-treatment project. The “support agreements” negotiated with . . .
"21.03.2017 14:01:25" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: In transport funding, some are more equal than others Grumpy McLoughlin isn't happy. The owner of the Denman Island General Store (he says his official title is manager, propane tank filler and chief economist) knows his island's fortunes ebb and flow. . . Ferry fares have doubled since 2003. As of 2016, farebox revenue accounted for 101 per cent of B.C. Ferries' operating costs. Compare that to the Lower Mainland's Translink system, where fares account for 41 per cent of the operating budget, or B.C.
"21.03.2017 13:43:05" timescolonist.com Residents split on 43-unit development in Oak Bay Oak Bay residents are divided on whether a four-storey, 43-unit development is right for a triangular parcel of land at Cadboro Bay Road and Bowker Avenue. On Monday night, some residents told . . . Abstract Developments wants to put up a four-storey, 43-unit building at Cadboro Bay Road and Bowker Avenue. Too big, say some nearby residents. Others see advantages. Would you like to see the project go ahead?
"20.03.2017 16:03:29" timescolonist.com Department of National Defence orders cutbacks to save money for missions Senior defence officials have ordered a curb on non-essential activities across the department, The Canadian Press has learned, as they look to free up millions of dollars for military operations and other more critical tasks. While the Department of National Defence won't say how much money officials are looking to save, spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said it is "likely" to be less than one per cent of the overall defence budget. With a combined operating and capital budget of
"20.03.2017 15:10:53" timescolonist.com There was no wiretap of Trump Tower, U.S. Intelligence Committee says There was no wiretap of Trump Tower, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Monday, contradicting an assertion from President Donald Trump. But he said that other forms of surveillance of Trump and his associates have not been ruled out. U.S. President Donald Trump has been accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower. Now, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — a Republican — says it did not happen.
"20.03.2017 15:07:34" timescolonist.com China's trading partners alarmed by food import controls BEIJING — China's trading partners are bringing the top U.N. food standards official to Beijing in a last-ditch attempt to persuade regulators to scale back plans to require intensive inspections of . . . “It could bring down food imports quite dramatically. It often seems it is more about protecting Chinese producers than about food safety.”
"20.03.2017 14:30:50" timescolonist.com At last — Lytton First Nation gets safe drinking water LYTTON FIRST NATION — An elder in the Lytton First Nation told Jim Brown a story of her own relatives, who died years ago after developing diarrhea. The family's matriarch, Brown said, never . . . “Now you don't have to filter it or anything; it's just pure. Now there's no chance of anybody getting sick from water. … Everybody should have this kind of system
"20.03.2017 14:03:47" timescolonist.com Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community. The World Happiness Report ranks 155 countries. While Norway is the happiest country, the United States is becoming sadder.
"19.03.2017 21:27:27" timescolonist.com Obituary: Saanich Coun. Vic Derman, 72, hailed for his work on environment Veteran Saanich Coun. Vic Derman, who died on Friday, is being remembered as a man of principle and a staunch advocate of environmental issues and sustainability. Friends and family said the 72-. . . “If you had anything to do with climate change, you'd know where he stood on it. He was on that file way before it was fashionable. He'd been riding his bike before there were bike lanes.”
"19.03.2017 17:31:53" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Craving creamy comfort of pasta? When time is tight and I need a simple way to make a satisfying meal, I'll head to my pantry and pull out some pasta. I always keep some on hand for situations like this, because I know that if I . . .
"19.03.2017 15:24:29" timescolonist.com Greater Victoria's affordable housing crunch The 35 people forced from their homes after a fire at the Evergreen Terrace complex in Victoria in November have found new places to stay — but the problems in housing people in Greater Victoria . . . A fire at Evergreen Terrace in November helped bring attention to the shortage of affordable housing in Greater Victoria. The working poor, seniors on fixed incomes and people with disabilities have been hit especially hard.
"19.03.2017 14:32:44" timescolonist.com Longtime Saanich councillor Vic Derman dies at 72 Vic Derman, a member of Saanich council since 2002, died on Friday. Friends said the 72-year-old had been fighting a nasty cold for a couple of weeks. Derman, an advocate for planning, . . .
"19.03.2017 14:13:59" timescolonist.com Book excerpt: Cycling the Islands John Crouch is an athlete and writer who has published three successful guidebooks: Bike Victoria, Walk Victoria and Hike Victoria, along with a memoir, Six Highways to Home: A Cycling Journey from. . . The string of islands cradled in the southern waters of the Salish Sea off the coast of British Columbia and Washington state form one of the West Coast's most beautiful and appealing archipelagos. The vagaries of politics and history divided this
"19.03.2017 13:51:35" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Brother of fentanyl victim asks why dealers can walk away A month to the day after his brother died of a fentanyl overdose, Ilan Highton wants to know: Where's the accountability for the dealers? How can someone sell a drug that leads to a death and . . . B.C. had 914 drug-related deaths in 2016. That's more than 10 times the number of homicides seen in a typical year. Ilan Highton wants to see dealers face up to the role they play in lethal overdoses.
"19.03.2017 13:43:42" timescolonist.com Island Health orders pot shops to stop selling edible cannabis products Island Health is ordering Victoria marijuana dispensaries to stop making and selling cannabis food products after receiving a complaint about one business. Island Health inspected Gorge Medijuana. . . “Although Medijuana was the first dispensary to received notice of this new rule, VIHA will be enforcing this ban across Vancouver Island.”
"18.03.2017 23:23:55" timescolonist.com Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90 NEW YORK — Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" . . . Berry's core repertoire was some three dozen songs, his influence incalculable, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to virtually any group from garage band to arena act that called itself rock 'n roll. While Elvis Presley gave rock its libidinous,
"18.03.2017 20:52:46" timescolonist.com Salt Spring RCMP looking for man missing since Wednesday Salt Spring Island RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding a 36-year-old man who has been missing since Wednesday. Andrew Norman Demarsch was last seen around 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the . . . Salt Spring Island RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding a 36-year-old man who has been missing since Wednesday.
Andrew Norman Demarsch was last seen around 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the area of Suneagle Drive on Salt Spring
"18.03.2017 20:34:01" timescolonist.com Campbell River man sues Creep Catchers vigilante group for defamation A Campbell River man is suing the head of a controversial vigilante justice group, Surrey Creep Catchers, for defamation, after he was wrongfully accused of being a pedophile in social media posts.. . . A Campbell River man is suing the head of a controversial vigilante justice group, Surrey Creep Catchers, for defamation, after he was wrongfully accused of being a pedophile in social media posts.
"18.03.2017 20:15:00" timescolonist.com A van's long, strange trip: Terry fox camper coming to Victoria The Ford camper van that Terry Fox used on his 1980 Marathon of Hope is coming to Victoria next month as part of an exhibition of Fox memorabilia. It's the latest chapter in the van's long, . . . The Ford camper van that Terry Fox used on his 1980 Marathon of Hope is coming to Victoria next month as part of an exhibition of Fox memorabilia.
"18.03.2017 19:43:45" timescolonist.com Comox Valley RCMP ask for public's help locating missing teen Comox Valley RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating 17-year-old Rachael Hyatt, who went missing March 8. She is believed to be in either the Comox Valley or Nanaimo area. Hyatt is . . . Comox Valley RCMP are asking for the public's help in locating 17-year-old Rachael Hyatt, who went missing March 8.
She is believed to be in either the Comox Valley or Nanaimo area.
Hyatt is described as white and five-foot-four with blond hair and blue
"18.03.2017 19:30:00" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: A fisherman's paradise in Cowichan Valley Rob Williamson won two Georgie awards for his previous home in Tsawwassen. The Georgies are considered the première home-building awards in this province, and Williamson won for best renovation . . . This massive log home in Cowichan Valley was built in 2009 and, aside from repainting bathrooms and adding cabinets, the new owners have focused most of their attention on furnishings and creating a warm glow from a collection of vintage lights.
"18.03.2017 19:00:31" timescolonist.com Illicit drug deaths in B.C. dip slightly in February for second straight month VICTORIA — The number of illicit drug overdose deaths dropped slightly for the second straight month in February in British Columbia, but the coroner's service said the numbers are still much higher . . . “People are dying in far higher numbers than we've ever seen, and a slight decrease in fatalities from the previous month should not be seen as any indication that the risk has decreased.”
"18.03.2017 18:28:04" timescolonist.com Victoria airport chief hopes push to privatize grounded Privatizing Canadian airports might generate quick cash but would be a mistake in the long run, says Victoria International Airport's chief executive officer. Geoff Dickson told Victoria . . . Privatizing Canadian airports might generate quick cash but would be a mistake in the long run, says Victoria International Airport's chief executive officer.
"18.03.2017 18:00:00" timescolonist.com Clerks shipped to Victoria to cover gap at courthouse Court clerks from as far away as Fort St. John are being flown to Victoria to ease a temporary shortage of clerks at the Victoria courthouse. On Thursday, the Ministry of Justice confirmed three . . . The Ministry of Justice confirmed three court clerks from other parts of B.C. had been sent to Victoria to address a shortage of clerks, created by illness, retirements and people moving to other positions within the public service.
"18.03.2017 17:30:02" timescolonist.com 'Space-age' playground rises on site of former tent city A playground has begun to emerge on land outside the Victoria courthouse that was the site of a tent city for homeless people. The homeless camp was established in the fall of 2015 and remained . . . “It means this is no longer just space but a place where people gather, it will be alive again with people. The only thing I hope is that we never forget what the catalyst was for this playground."
"18.03.2017 17:14:36" timescolonist.com Major quake would destroy B.C. Ferries berths, experts warn A major earthquake would destroy almost all berths on B.C. Ferries' major routes, cutting off vital supply lines to Vancouver Island, an engineer and former metal fabricator warn. Ray Hebden and . . . A major earthquake would destroy almost all berths on B.C. Ferries' major routes, cutting off vital supply lines to Vancouver Island, an engineer and former metal fabricator warn.
"18.03.2017 16:25:03" timescolonist.com Former children's watchdog suing province over pension benefits Former children's watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is suing the B.C. government for breach of contract, alleging “malicious and bad faith conduct” in a dispute over pension benefits. . . . The claim alleges that the government's refusal to honour the pension agreement is “motivated by malice and bad faith” and that the province has a “history of animosity and hostility” toward Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who finished a 10-year stint as
"17.03.2017 18:30:02" timescolonist.com Clippers hockey club might sail out of Nanaimo Owners of the Nanaimo Clippers hockey club have established a two-week window to attract local buyers for the B.C. Hockey League club or they will be forced to sell elsewhere, move the team . . . Owners of the Nanaimo Clippers hockey club have established a two-week window to attract local buyers for the B.C. Hockey League club or they will be forced to sell elsewhere, move the team themselves or even let the 45-year-old franchise go dark.
"17.03.2017 18:00:03" timescolonist.com Review: Ballet Victoria dancers execute unforgettable moves Introducing Ballet Victoria's performance, artistic director Paul Destrooper observed that artists tend to be taken for granted in their hometowns. One of the most unforgettable moves — repeated — has Ballet Victoria dancer Andrea Bayne almost fall to the ground, standing straight, only to be caught by Paul Destrooper at the last moment.
"17.03.2017 17:30:00" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: In search of a screw — the highs, the lows Sometimes the simplest of household tasks can prove nearly impossible. For instance, I spent 90 minutes last Saturday trying to find a screw. Can you imagine? It was for a kitchen-cabinet handle.. . . In which Adrian tries to buy a screw for his kitchen cabinet handle and narrowly escapes leaving with the plaid shirt of a true woodsman.
"17.03.2017 17:00:01" timescolonist.com Seafood labels too vague, environmental groups say Environmental groups are giving Canada's seafood labelling requirements an F grade due to their lack of details compared with American and European standards that specify place of origin and other . . . A report released Thursday said Canada has the vaguest labelling on fish products among the three jurisdictions, increasing the risk of misrepresentation of what's being sold.
"17.03.2017 16:30:00" timescolonist.com B.C. sidesteps high heel ban, temporarily, as private member's bill dies VICTORIA — A private member's bill that would make it illegal for employers to require female workers to wear high heels on the job died when the British Columbia legislature adjourned on Thursday.. . . A private member's bill that would make it illegal for employers to require female workers to wear high heels on the job died when the British Columbia legislature adjourned on Thursday. But Green party Leader Andrew Weaver said he's confident the Liberal
"17.03.2017 16:02:07" timescolonist.com RCMP: Sooke man in organized crime, victim of targeted killing Sooke RCMP say a man who went missing last week died in a targeted killing. Michael Widner's body was found on the Pacific Marine route near Port Renfrew Sunday. The Vancouver Island Integrated . . . Michael Widner, who was a prospect for the Nanaimo chapter of the Hells Angels, died in a targeted killing, Sooke RCMP says.
"17.03.2017 15:30:01" timescolonist.com Super-sized hub rescuing food for capital region's hungry A large warehouse in Esquimalt is now the capital region's hub for “rescuing” food and distributing it to groups that help those in need. “See this apple,” Ralf Mundel of Thrifty Foods said to a . . . Perishable and non-perishable food that is slightly damaged or near its due date will be sorted at the 13,500-square-foot warehouse in Esquimalt and redistributed to food banks, low-income seniors, First Nations groups, schools and more.
"17.03.2017 15:00:00" timescolonist.com B.C. Liberals fail to pass their political donations bill The spring session of the B.C. legislature ended Thursday with the Liberal government failing to pass its own bill to require more frequent reporting of political donations. The Election . . . Premier Christy Clark had promised the political donations bill in response to persistent criticism of her party's “cash-for-access” dinners in which donors pay thousands to dine with her and her ministers.
"17.03.2017 14:24:01" timescolonist.com Grade 11 Courtenay student dies on overnight school outing on Hornby Island The Comox Valley school district is mourning the death of a Grade 11 student who apparently died in her sleep during an outing on Hornby Island. The girl, a student at G.P. Vanier Secondary in . . . The Comox Valley school district is mourning the death of a Grade 11 student who apparently died in her sleep during an outing on Hornby Island.
"17.03.2017 13:58:55" timescolonist.com www.timescolonist.com This week, the Times Colonist is handing out the money raised by last year's book sale — $271,500, divided among 162 schools and organizations. That takes the cumulative total to $4.7 million, a phenomenal amount considering that, in 1998, our first book
"16.03.2017 23:46:46" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Beauty and the Beast (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, Landmark Cinemas University Heights, SilverCity Imax, Star) The beloved 1991 animated musical is given the . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: Beauty and the Beast; Goon: The Last of the Enforcers; and The Last Word. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"16.03.2017 14:21:21" timescolonist.com Marina at Songhees taking shape The outlines of $24-million Victoria International Marina at Songhees are becoming apparent after years of planning and an impassioned debate in the community. Construction is attracting . . . Bookings are coming in for short-term (transient) moorage at the marina, scheduled to open at the end of July. Craig Norris, chief executive for developer Community Marine Concepts, said the response at the Seattle boat show was overwhelming. “We got
"16.03.2017 13:56:31" timescolonist.com Sheriffs flown in to Victoria to cover shortfall, union says Sheriffs are being flown to Victoria to cover staffing shortages at the courthouse that led to the dismissal of criminal charges against two accused drug dealers last month, the B.C. Government and. . . “They're essentially doing triage on sheriff staffing to try and stop the bleeding and plug holes where they can. We've been raising the alarm bells on this for the past few years and knew that this was going to come to a head.”
"16.03.2017 13:47:54" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Independent MLA bows out after making history Independent MLA Vicki Huntington popped up unexpectedly in the legislature Tuesday to say it was her last day in the house. Vicki Huntington had already announced her retirement due to health issues, but a change in circumstances prompted her to vacate two days early. She gave a thank-you to one and all and sat down to a standing ovation. Which was slightly ironic, since last
"16.03.2017 13:42:58" timescolonist.com Colwood Corners project rolls in fall The long-delayed Colwood Corners development is nearly good to go, with 10 buildings in the offing. Onni Group of Vancouver, the developer, will build the core of a new downtown Colwood that . . . Onni Group of Vancouver will build the core of a new downtown Colwood that combines commercial space with hundreds of apartment units. The 10 buildings will range from one storey to five at a lot bordered by Sooke, Jerome and Belmont roads.
"15.03.2017 15:36:33" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Rural schools have to lure new teachers The Supreme Court of Canada decision that boxed the B.C. Liberals into spending hundreds of millions of dollars more on education is only one of the corners that the government finds itself in. Are you a teacher looking for work? If there was a job opening in Pouce Coupe or Canal Flats, would you go?
"15.03.2017 15:07:33" timescolonist.com Ride hailing: Other cities offer hints about wages, working conditions There will be a push by ride-hailing companies like Uber to get a pool of drivers signed up now that the provincial Liberal government has set a target of December for bringing their services to . . . Uber Canada says the number of drivers in B.C. who might be interested in working with them is in the tens of thousands, based on information sessions it has run over the last year in Kelowna, Victoria, Vancouver and Surrey. What does the future hold for
"15.03.2017 15:02:43" timescolonist.com Neighbours say they're 'in the dark' over plans for Mount Edwards Court Neighbours and parents of children who attend school near Mount Edwards Court on Vancouver Street in Victoria say they are being shut out of future plans for the transitional housing building. “. . . “We went through hell with tent city and have all been impacted since the day [Mount Edwards] opened. Some people are afraid to walk in the neighbourhood.”
"15.03.2017 13:48:50" timescolonist.com How building McKenzie interchange will change Cuthbert Holmes Park Longtime Saanich resident Melanie Pereira's reaction to provincial plans to mitigate the impact of the McKenzie interchange project on nearby Cuthbert Holmes Park was written all over her face. “. . . Projects at Cuthbert Holmes Park include a 500-metre-long berm rising up to 14 metres, topped by trees, to block highway noise and the sight of vehicles racing past. Replacement of trees and greenery, removal of invasive species, new trails, two lookouts
"15.03.2017 13:30:59" timescolonist.com B.C. Ferries planning new shuttle-class vessels B.C. Ferries has its sights set on “shuttle-class” vessels that would operate in protected waters. “We are in the planning stages to build shuttle-class vessels,” B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah. . . B.C. Ferries is planning to build several “shuttle-class” vessels that could carry about 100 vehicles on minor routes. It will be interesting to see how these ships will be powered.
"15.03.2017 13:21:13" timescolonist.com Toughen penalty for trafficking fentanyl: B.C. judges Prison sentences for street-level trafficking of the dangerous opioid fentanyl by first-time offenders should be increased to 18 months from six, the B.C. Court of Appeal has concluded. In . . . In a ruling, Justice Mary Newbury said it's concerning that B.C. courts are handing out sentences that are “markedly out of step” with those imposed in other jurisdictions facing the problem of fentanyl abuse. “This is particularly troubling, given that
"14.03.2017 20:41:26" timescolonist.com Central Saanich mom who stole money avoids jail time A Central Saanich mother of two who stole $45,000 from Keating Elementary's parent advisory council over a two-year period has been spared jail. On Monday, Tanya Larayne Adam, the 44-year-old . . . “I think she got off lightly. But I'm happy for her kids and happy that we got a portion of the money back.
"14.03.2017 18:47:57" timescolonist.com Victoria florist selling mementoes of Elton John's concerts A downtown florist is selling living mementoes of Elton John's sold-out concerts in Victoria last weekend. Potted ficus and palm trees from the legendary rocker's dressing rooms are at Brown's . . . “We did vases of red and white roses, birds of paradise and hydrangeas. Lots of orange and purple.”
"14.03.2017 15:28:37" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Clark comes late to donation reform The B.C. Liberals stood pat and did next to nothing as runaway real estate prices turned housing affordability into a crisis.
"14.03.2017 14:38:07" timescolonist.com Nanaimo arena vote interpreted by some as rebuke to city council Nanaimo's rejection of an $80-million event centre is as much a no-confidence vote in its council as it was about turning down the development, centre opponents say. “It became a vote on the . . . Why did Nanaimo voters reject a proposed $80-million event centre? Council's behaviour is one possibiity, but money is another factor. Councillors Gord Fuller and Bill Bestwick say the city is still reeling from the $72.5-million conference centre that
"14.03.2017 13:57:45" timescolonist.com Ailing five-year-old hockey fan meets Penguins captain Crosby Sidney Crosby took the opportunity of a West Coast NHL road trip to do something special for a five-year-old Victoria boy. Memphis Savage was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 15 months, and now . . . “Sidney just loved my son.”
"13.03.2017 17:17:58" timescolonist.com Premier Clark favours end to compulsory high heels at work Legislation that would make it illegal to require women to wear high heels on the job in British Columbia is getting support from Premier Christy Clark. Do you have to wear high heels at work? How are your feet at the end of the day?
"13.03.2017 14:38:10" timescolonist.com Latest search in abandoned baby mystery comes to sad end The latest chapter into the gripping mystery of numerous babies abandoned decades ago in B.C. has come to a sad conclusion. Janet Keall, who has discovered that she has three half-siblings who — . . . Janet Keall, who has discovered that she has three half-siblings who — like her — were abandoned at birth, recently launched a search for a possible fourth sibling. She learned Friday that he lived for only a few months, was never adopted and suffered
"13.03.2017 14:15:48" timescolonist.com B.C. to tweak foreign buyer tax, but affordability remains elusive B.C.'s finance minister will unveil new exemptions and rebates for the foreign buyer tax on Metro Vancouver real estate this week. International citizens with work permits, who pay taxes in B.C., won't have to pay the foreign buyer surcharge. And foreign nationals who were hit with the 15 per cent foreign buyer tax on their real estate, but then months later become Canadian citizens,
"13.03.2017 13:50:40" timescolonist.com Victoria teen's Facebook tool for homework gains popularity overseas A Facebook tool that helps students be more productive and keep track of assignments developed by a Victoria teen has gone viral in an unexpected place. Alec Jones, 14, says his chatbot, . . . Alec Jones, 14, says his chatbot, Christopher Bot, that helps students stay on top of their homework has garnered more than 3,000 subscribers, with many of them based in Thailand.
"12.03.2017 21:47:50" timescolonist.com Baby swallows sharp object from toy bought at second-hand store A Victoria mother is furious, after finding needles or finishing nails in a toy she bought at Value Village for her eight-month-old son. “We had a horrible experience yesterday,” the mother told . . . “We had a horrible experience yesterday. Thank goodness it had a happy ending and our son is going to be just fine.”
"12.03.2017 18:01:45" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Hungry for Jamaican heat One of my favourite Sunday suppers is roast chicken. Most times, before cooking it, I'll flavour it simply, perhaps stuffing the cavity with chunks of onion and garlic, and sprinkling the skin with. . .
"12.03.2017 15:19:08" timescolonist.com Three tenants battle renoviction at Cook Street apartment building Three people who have been ordered to vacate their Cook Street apartment building by the end of the month are fighting what they are calling a “renoviction.” “I have no problem with them raising . . . John Donnelly, who has lived at 2626 Cook St. since 2011, says the wholesale eviction of people is not right. Is he right? What should be done?
"12.03.2017 14:57:22" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Daylight zombies caught in time warp Today's dilemma: spring forward or fall back into bed? We lost an hour's sleep this morning. Can't find it anywhere. Must be with the missing socks from the dryer, the spare car keys or any proof. . . Still can't get used to the clocks changing so early, on the second Sunday in March, says Jack Knox. Can you?
"12.03.2017 14:35:20" timescolonist.com 80% of voters reject borrowing to build Nanaimo event centre Nanaimo voters have firmly shut down a proposal to borrow $80 million for a new events centre. Preliminary referendum results show 19,179 residents voted no, while 4,706 voted yes — putting the “. . . Don Bonner, spokesman for the “no” camp, said the results were about more than borrowing money. “It's also citizens of Nanaimo having severe concerns about the governance of our city and how it's being run,” he said.
"12.03.2017 13:57:14" timescolonist.com In a first, deadly disease diagnosed in B.C. salmon A deadly disease has been diagnosed in B.C. farmed salmon and linked to a widespread virus. The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, is the first to find heart and skeletal muscle. . . “[HSMI] is the No. 3 cause of mortality and economic loss in the salmon-farming industry. But the other issue we need to care about is the same virus [PRV] could infect Pacific salmon in B.C.”
"12.03.2017 08:18:54" timescolonist.com 8,000 flock to see rock royalty Elton John in Victoria Elton John has left the building. But the good news for fans is that he will return tonight for the second of two sold-out shows at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
"12.03.2017 05:41:00" timescolonist.com Spring forward: Clocks move ahead at 2 a.m. Sunday Get ready to move your clock forward one hour. Daylight time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. You lose an hour in your day as 2 a.m. suddenly becomes 3 a.m. There'll be more evening light. . . With technology eager to help, making a manual change the night before might not be necessary for many devices, and might cause the wrong time to display when you get up on Sunday. Smartphones, computers, thermostats and video recorders are among devices
"11.03.2017 21:33:19" timescolonist.com Review: Lines troupe delivers thrilling evening of uncompromising dance San Francisco's Alonzo King is a choreographer who allows his dancers to express their individuality. That's not to say his artistic vision isn't firmly overarching — it is. But one senses that he encourages dancers to reveal what is unique to each. Alonzo King LINES Ballet — Shostakovich and Sand at the Royal Theatre Friday was an evening of uncompromising dance offered by performers at the height of their powers.
"11.03.2017 19:00:00" timescolonist.com Mounties suffer smoke inhalation evacuating Langford apartment Four West Shore RCMP officers suffered smoke inhalation Wednesday night after helping with the evacuation of a Langford apartment building. A Mountie on patrol was flagged down about 11 p.m. by a. . . Four West Shore RCMP officers suffered smoke inhalation Wednesday night after helping with the evacuation of a Langford apartment building.
"11.03.2017 18:30:00" timescolonist.com Greater Victoria to vote on park spending Greater Victorians will be asked next year whether they're willing to see tax dollars currently collected specifically to buy park land also used to build projects like trails, parking lots and . . . Greater Victorians will be asked next year whether they're willing to see tax dollars currently collected to buy park land also used to fund projects such as trails, parking lots and washrooms.
"11.03.2017 18:15:18" timescolonist.com Award-winning Ojibway author Richard Wagamese dies at age 61 KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Acclaimed Ojibway author and journalist Richard Wagamese, whose work reflected on the legacy of the residential school system, has died at age 61. Family members in northwestern . . . Acclaimed Ojibway author and journalist Richard Wagamese, whose work reflected on the legacy of the residential school system, has died at age 61.
"11.03.2017 18:00:31" timescolonist.com Coast guard responding to diesel spill near protected orca habitat The Canadian Coast Guard is responding after up to 178 litres of diesel spilled near a protected killer whale habitat off northern Vancouver Island. A citizen reported fuel on the beach and in . . . The Canadian Coast Guard is responding after up to 178 litres of diesel spilled near a protected killer whale habitat off northern Vancouver Island.
"11.03.2017 17:30:00" timescolonist.com B.C. teachers vote to accept deal on classroom conditions Capital region classrooms will get a little less dense, after teachers voted to accept a deal with the provincial government on class size and composition. The B.C. Teachers' Federation said . . . In the Greater Victoria school district, the most significant change will come in the area of special education, said union representative Jason Gannon. “That's a big deal. It means more teachers [for] kids with special needs,” he said.
"11.03.2017 17:00:01" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Pre-election hype a bit of a snow job Enough already. It's mid-March and we're still talking about blizzards. Not snow. Politics. It's unrelenting in the lead up to the May 9 election, good-news government announcements falling . . . It's as though every ministry in the government has suddenly discovered the “send” button on the press release machine.
"11.03.2017 16:30:37" timescolonist.com Royals rocked by mumps scare before game The Victoria Royals activated the mumps protocol on Friday. Two players and head coach Dave Lowry came down with flu-like symptoms before a Western Hockey League game in Kamloops against the . . . Seven Medicine Hat Tigers players and coaches were diagnosed with mumps about the time the Victoria Royals Hockey Club was in Medicine Hat for a game on Feb. 15. Now Two players and head coach Dave Lowry have come down with flu-like symptoms
"11.03.2017 16:02:22" timescolonist.com Drug mastermind ran 'sophisticated' operation, six-year sentence urged The prosecutor wants a Greater Victoria man convicted of drug charges to spend the next six years in prison, arguing he was the mastermind behind the “sophisticated” scheme. Zachary Scott . . . Zachary Scott Matheson and Ali Arash Ziaee were arrested in 2013 after police searched two homes in Langford and one in Saanich. At the time, police said the seized drugs — including cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, crystal meth and GHB, the date-rape drug —
"10.03.2017 21:06:26" timescolonist.com Courtenay man banned from owning pets for 10 years A Courtenay man has been banned from owning animals for 10 years after a court found he failed to provide the necessary care for his 10-year-old English bulldog, Fallen, whose injuries were so . . . Darren Wiebe, of Courtenay, has been banned from owning animals for 10 years after a court found he failed to provide the necessary care for his 10-year-old English bulldog, Fallen, whose injuries were so severe, she needed to be put down.
"10.03.2017 19:50:01" timescolonist.com Elton John pops into a Vancouver record store to pick up some vinyl VANCOUVER — The owner of a record store in downtown Vancouver is thrilled following an unexpected visit from superstar Elton John.David Jones of Vinyl Records says he was impressed by John's comfort . . . The owner of a record store in downtown Vancouver is thrilled following an unexpected visit from superstar Elton John.
"10.03.2017 19:20:00" timescolonist.com RCMP to investigate indirect political donations by lobbyists in B.C. Elections B.C. has asked the RCMP to handle its investigation into allegations of indirect political donations by lobbyists and other potential violations of the Election Act. “This investigation. . . Elections B.C. has asked the RCMP to handle its investigation into allegations of indirect political donations by lobbyists and other potential violations of the Election Act.
"10.03.2017 18:58:11" timescolonist.com Victoria police have 'person of interest' in Esquimalt tire-slashing spree Victoria police have identified a “person of interest” behind the tire-slashing spree that affected dozens of car owners in Esquimalt this morning. Tarra Geyssen got her in car to head to work . . . Victoria police have identified a “person of interest” behind the tire-slashing spree that affected dozens of car owners in Esquimalt this morning.
"10.03.2017 18:50:00" timescolonist.com Editorial: Still waiting for action on transit A minister of the Crown, at least four local mayors and the head of B.C. Transit gathered in Esquimalt Thursday to announce solemnly that they will continue to do their jobs. After getting many . . . A “working group” will do more thinking and talking about using the E&N rail line for some kind of commuter service. In other words, our governments will continue studying the idea. That's it.
"10.03.2017 18:20:00" timescolonist.com Group set up to explore options for Langford-Victoria rail service After years of talking about commuter rail service in Greater Victoria, four mayors from the region and Transportation Minister Todd Stone gathered Thursday to reveal that they will keep on talking. . . “It gives some optimism to everyone interested in lessening commute times from Langford to Victoria. … there's a lot more life in this thing now than there was three to six months ago,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young.
"10.03.2017 17:50:00" timescolonist.com Vancouver board looks at amending bylaw to prohibit whales at aquarium VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Park Board has unanimously decided to have staff look into amending the Parks Control bylaw to prohibit the importation and display of live whales, dolphins and . . . The Vancouver Park Board has unanimously decided to have staff look into amending the Parks Control bylaw to prohibit the importation and display of live whales, dolphins and porpoises.
"10.03.2017 17:20:00" timescolonist.com Record voter turnout expected for Nanaimo's $80M referendum After a record-breaking turnout at advance polls, Nanaimo residents vote in a referendum Saturday on a proposal to borrow $80 million for an events centre and arena. The facility would be on . . . The events centre would be on city-owned waterfront property and provide up to 5,700 seats for hockey and at least 7,100 for concerts. Western Hockey League officials have committed to establishing a team in Nanaimo if the borrowing is approved.
"10.03.2017 17:00:20" timescolonist.com Homicide victim found near Malahat summit identified Richard (Blair) Young, 72, has been identified as the person found dead on a forested slope near the Malahat summit, in what police are investigating as a homicide. Young was reported missing to . . . Richard (Blair) Young, 72, has been identified as the person found dead on a forested slope near the Malahat summit, in what police are investigating as a homicide.
Those with information can call VIIMCU at 250-380-6211 or anonymously through Crime
"10.03.2017 16:50:02" timescolonist.com One day, 100 distracted-driving tickets in Greater Victoria Police estimate at least 100 tickets were issued to drivers caught texting or talking on cellphones, on a day when rain created slippery road conditions. It was part of a distracted-driving blitz. . . “Some people are just completely open and they're sitting there with the phone right to their ear. And others are sitting there looking at their laps, and it's clearly evident they've got their cellphone,” Saanich police spokesman Jereme Leslie said.
"10.03.2017 16:20:02" timescolonist.com Cheque fraud 'amateurish' at Victoria MLA's office, judge says A Victoria provincial court judge examined copies of crudely altered cheques from MLA Rob Fleming's constituency office and wondered aloud how they could ever have been processed by a bank. “What. . . “One would have thought that she would have been caught after the first cheque, and that would have been the end of it,” Judge Ernie Quantz said Thursday at the sentencing hearing for Marni Ruth Offman, who defrauded the Victoria-Swan Lake constituency
"10.03.2017 15:47:27" timescolonist.com James Bay tenants dislocated due to asbestos fear moving back in Almost six weeks after tenants at Charter House in James Bay were dislocated due to concerns about a renovation-related disturbance of asbestos, they're moving back in, four weeks later than first . . . There is “great concern about the conditions in the building over the next year as construction continues,” said tenant Paul Mitchell, adding it's difficult to “maintain any positive feelings about the building after what we've experienced over the past
"10.03.2017 15:22:01" timescolonist.com CRD addresses noise, odour and dust worries about sewage plant With construction starting in weeks, officials shepherding Greater Victoria's sewage treatment project are trying to assure area residents that everything possible will be done to reduce noise, . . . With construction starting in weeks, officials shepherding Greater Victoria's sewage treatment project are trying to assure area residents that everything possible will be done to reduce noise, dust and odours while it's being built — and once it's
"10.03.2017 15:02:31" timescolonist.com 'Hollywood just came to Maple Bay'; Casey Affleck shooting film on Island MAPLE BAY — Kirsten Kiedaisch Hendrickson was beside herself with excitement after learning Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck would be in town shooting scenes for the movie Light of My Life. “. . . While Casey Affleck, who won an Oscar for best actor for his role in Manchester by the Sea, attracted paparazzi during filming on the Lower Mainland, response in North Cowichan has been more subdued.
"10.03.2017 14:33:52" timescolonist.com Ken Brotherston Jr. victim of a fatal drug overdose Ken Brotherston Jr., the son of a former Highlands councillor who was acquitted in a high-profile murder case, has died of a drug overdose. The B.C. Coroners Service confirmed that it is . . . Ken Brotherston Jr., the son of a former Highlands councillor who was acquitted in a high-profile murder case, has died of a drug overdose.
"10.03.2017 00:18:24" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING A Man Called Ove (Capitol 6) Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just. . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: A Man Called Ove; A United Kingdom; and Kong: Skull Island. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in today's Go section.
"10.03.2017 00:13:27" timescolonist.com B.C. government announces $500-million funding boost for seniors' care Seniors and caregivers advocates say a $500-million commitment from the Ministry of Health will improve the lives of the elderly, as long as it ends up on the front line. Health Minister Terry . . . Seniors and caregivers advocates say a $500-million commitment from the Ministry of Health will improve the lives of the elderly, as long as it ends up on the front line.
"09.03.2017 17:16:33" timescolonist.com Abandoned baby born in 1980 could be latest sibling found by B.C. woman The tangled web of information uncovered by Janet Keall's search for her biological family has left her with another mystery to solve. The ongoing investigation by Keall, who was abandoned as a . . . Janet Keall is looking for information about any babies abandoned in B.C. from the beginning of 1980 to the end of 1982. Could you help her?
"09.03.2017 15:39:32" timescolonist.com Sir Elton rockets back to Victoria PREVIEW What: Elton John and his band When: Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m. (doors at 7) Where: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, 1925 Blanshard St. Tickets: Sold out This month, Elton John . . . With two shows at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre on Saturday and Sunday, it's clear the demand for the Rocket Man has not diminished. His shows in Victoria, the only Canadian ones on his 2017 itinerary, have long been sold out. Since 1970, he has
"09.03.2017 15:24:18" timescolonist.com Veteran's truck stolen, but hearts prevail in Duncan An Afghanistan war veteran whose truck was stolen last week says he can't believe the community's generosity, after a Duncan dealership handed him the keys to a new fixer-upper. “It's pretty . . . “We felt badly for him. We've been affected by all the break-ins as well around here and we wanted to do something to help.”
"09.03.2017 15:21:45" timescolonist.com Word expected today on Langford-Victoria rail corridor Transit along the E&N Rail corridor between Langford and Victoria appears one step closer to reality, with the province set to make an announcement this morning. The Ministry of . . . Transportation Minister Todd Stone and area mayors are to make an announcement this morning at a train stop at Admirals and Colville roads.
"08.03.2017 18:01:13" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Swedish meatballs in gravy I'm an avid walker and try to go for a brisk, seaside walk almost every day. But the recent spate of wintry weather has curtailed that routine of late. Truth is, the last while I've felt like . . .
"08.03.2017 15:39:20" timescolonist.com WHL vows to bring team to Nanaimo if new arena gets nod The Western Hockey League has committed to opening a franchise in Nanaimo — if residents vote in favour of building a new events centre. League commissioner Ron Robison issued a statement Tuesday. . . Do you live in Nanaimo? Does the Western Hockey League's promise make a difference to you?
"08.03.2017 15:37:04" timescolonist.com Phillips Brewery to develop new retail space, tasting bar Matt Phillips has changed his mind. The owner of Phillips Brewing, who for years has avoided adding a tasting bar to his sprawling downtown brewery, has decided to catch up with the times both . . . Matt Phillips, owner of Phillips Brewing, would like the new retail store open on Government Street by the summer, and has his fingers crossed the tasting room could open soon after.
"08.03.2017 15:28:41" timescolonist.com Province's promise of Uber by 'Christmas' sparks cab backlash The B.C. government faced an immediate backlash from cab companies Tuesday for promising to allow ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft into the province by Christmas. Transportation . . . Have you used Uber or a similar ride-hailing service elsewhere? How did it go? Transportation Minister Todd Stone is “excited” to say the service is coming to British Columbia. Do you share his excitement?
"08.03.2017 15:21:35" timescolonist.com City of Victoria working to clear derelicts, live-aboards from Gorge Clearing derelicts and live-aboards from the Selkirk Waterway is a work in progress that is continuing as planned, say City of Victoria officials. “It's a difficult process to predict the outcome. . . “We're seeking a single injunction against all of the vessels that are anchored contrary to the regulations. … Once that's done, we'll be in court looking for injunctions for all of them.”
"08.03.2017 15:15:43" timescolonist.com Victoria's Coun. Isitt urges CRD to consider buying Owl Island 'jewel' Efforts are underway to try to buy and conserve Owl Island — a small island being billed as an “ecological jewel” in the Southern Gulf Islands. “It's an acquisition in need of a champion,” said . . . Have you been to Owl Island, or sailed past it? Is it worth preserving? Should the Capital Regional District be involved?
"07.03.2017 16:18:19" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: The Friars' Briar Bonspiel means the temple of brooms is upon us The Catholic priests from Edmonton had to skip (as it were) the bonspiel this year. The Lenten calendar caused a conflict. Likewise, the Frozen Chosen, a rink of rabbis, couldn't make it. Two of . . . “As far as national sporting events for clergy go, I know of nothing else,” says Don Allan, the chairman of the Victoria organizing committee. It's about fellowship, Allan says, and friendly competition. Though as Ontario skip Pam Bartel noted, the more
"07.03.2017 15:10:33" timescolonist.com CloseCommute program could ease traffic woes, developer says Bruce Batchelor says he has honed a concept that could get between 8,200 and 16,400 commuting vehicles — or about five to 10 per cent of the total — off the road within two years in Greater . . . CloseCommute Systems combines a website and an app to guide users through the process. The free app is being introduced today through closecommute.com in Greater Victoria and Metro Vancouver.
"07.03.2017 14:54:29" timescolonist.com Sewage plant could break ground in April: 'Isn't that something?' After decades of fits and starts, shovels should be in the ground on the Capital Regional District's new sewage treatment plant as early as next month. “Isn't that something? After all of these . . . A progress report to Capital Regional District directors states that construction will begin in April 2017. The report notes that the schedule is driven by the need to comply with a federal mandate to be treating sewage by Dec. 31, 2020. Will they make
"07.03.2017 14:44:57" timescolonist.com 'Real jail' urged for mother who stole from school playground fund The Crown is asking for “real jail” for a mother of two who stole $44,000 from Keating Elementary's Home and School Association over a two-year period. Tanya Larayne Adam, the 44-year-old former . . . Tanya Larayne Adam, the 44-year-old former treasurer of Keating Elementary's Home and School Association, pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000 in June.
"06.03.2017 23:20:17" timescolonist.com Diesel spill from fish farm spreading east of Port McNeill A colourful sheen continues to spread beyond the confines of a fish farm off northern Vancouver Island, where a fuel pump released an estimated 1,500 litres of diesel Sunday. The spill has . . . “We were told that when diesel becomes rainbow-coloured in the water, there is no technology to pick it up. So the slick continues to progress in toward our territories, it will have detrimental impacts on the beaches it lands on.”
"06.03.2017 16:53:15" timescolonist.com Inexpensive N.S. mansion that captivated Internet is sold - over asking NEWPORT LANDING, N.S. — An historic manor in rural Nova Scotia that captivated social media users with its ornate finishes and rustic charm has sold over asking — and it may have coattails for other . . . Wanda Graves of Eastern Valley Real Estate said Monday she was stunned the home attracted so much attention: "In Hants County, we don't have a lot of properties that sell over 400,000."
"06.03.2017 16:22:35" timescolonist.com With economy up, crime down, why are the Dutch discontented? THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The economy is up, unemployment is down and some Dutch prisons are so empty the government has been renting out cells. So why do polls indicate that the Netherlands' . . . "It's not the economy, stupid," Professor Gerrit Voerman of the University of Groningen said, tweaking the campaign message Bill Clinton used in his successful 1992 march to the White House. Instead, Voerman said, "It's about identity."
"06.03.2017 15:53:10" timescolonist.com Historic Bangkok community being razed despite opposition BANGKOK — Teak chips from pulverized balconies and broken-up floors shower down on workers as they cart out an old TV, a bamboo sofa and a shattered mirror from a house dating back to the 1920s. . . .
"06.03.2017 14:31:29" timescolonist.com White House aides defend Trump's wiretapping claim Key members of Congress say they will honour President Donald Trump's request to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama overstepped his authority as president and had Trump's telephones tapped during the election campaign. A U.S. official Kellyanne Conway, adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump and purveyor of alternative facts, is defending her boss's claim that his telephones were tapped by Barack Obama. "He is the president of the United States," Conway told Fox News' Fox & Friends. "He
"06.03.2017 14:15:35" timescolonist.com GM sells European brands to France's Peugeot PARIS — General Motors is selling its unprofitable European car business to the French maker of Peugeot, marking the American company's retreat from a major market and raising concerns of job cuts in. . . Did you ever own or drive a Vauxhall? These small and medium-size cars from England were sold were sold by General Motors dealerships in Canada. Vauxhall, a unit of General Motors in Europe, has been sold to PSA of France for $2.33 billion US.
"06.03.2017 13:44:46" timescolonist.com Royal LePage study says $1 million can buy a mansion or a fixer-upper A million-dollar mansion in Canada may be anything but that, according to a report released today by a Canadian real estate company.Royal LePage says that while $1 million can score a renovated . . . An analysis of $1-million houses by Royal LePage suggests that Winnipeg offers the best value for the money spent while Saskatoon has the largest lot sizes. Would you prefer to be in Winnipeg or Saskatoon?
"05.03.2017 22:43:21" timescolonist.com What's the big idea? Ideafest is now well-established as an annual event at the University of Victoria, one that comes along as surely as exams and spring break. “It has become a real staple of what we do here at UVic,. . . Ideafest, a week-long series of lectures, panels, discussions and demonstrations, starts Monday at the University of Victoria. All 40-odd events are free and open to the public.
"05.03.2017 20:42:33" timescolonist.com Our History: Philanthropist with an intrepid heart of gold By mid-February 1898, Nellie was in Victoria, outfitting for the Klondike. Though proudly American, Nellie thought she got better deals buying supplies in Victoria. The town was home to her good friends, the Sisters of St. Ann, and Nellie was always happy
"05.03.2017 18:01:51" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Trump's America brings unease to speaker's corner I helped judge a public-speaking contest the other day. It was at the Odd Fellows hall on Douglas Street, in this ornately decorated, high-ceiling-ed chamber straight out of Harry Potter. One of . . . "I can't imagine being in the States right now and being targeted by so many people who don't even know you."
"05.03.2017 15:07:32" timescolonist.com Easy riders on toy animals zip around mall Judging by the smiles and double-takes from shoppers, the sight of a middle-age man zipping around Mayfair Shopping Centre in a candy-apple-red Angry Bird with wheels is as bizarre as it sounds. . . . Colourful motorized stuffed animals are being pitched as a way to draw more shoppers into malls during an era of online competition. Since Feb. 21, children and adults have been able to ride through the Mayfair Shopping Centre in one of a menagerie of
"05.03.2017 14:35:45" timescolonist.com Group demands action on boats littering Cadboro Bay beach Sixteen derelict boats litter Cadboro Bay beach — all on the Oak Bay side. It's a “disgusting” situation, says Eric Dahli, chairman of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association — far worse than the . . . The Cadboro Bay Residents Association has been calling on Oak Bay dispose of derelict vessels on the beach. Oak Bay's reply: It's not our job. Mayor Nils Jensen has said he tried to convince B.C. cabinet ministers in recent years to take responsibility
"05.03.2017 00:52:02" timescolonist.com Snowfall warning issued for Greater Victoria, east Vancouver Island Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Greater Victoria and some other parts of Vancouver Island. Between five and 10 centimetres of snow is expected tonight and Sunday. Areas . . . Between five and 10 centimetres of snow could fall, Environment Canada says
"04.03.2017 21:57:47" youtu.be Mayor Lisa Helps shuts down comments on PMs looks Mayor Helps speaks to reporters after the Prime Minister's visit Thursday, March 2. Mayor Lisa Helps shuts down questions about Prime Minister's looks: https://youtu.be/4PrKJQeD_eQ
"04.03.2017 21:36:49" timescolonist.com Teachers reach deal with province on classroom conditions The B.C. Teachers Federation has reached a deal with the province to address the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on classroom conditions. The deal fully restores all of the substantive . . . The B.C. Teachers Federation has reached a deal with the province to address the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on classroom conditions. The deal fully restores all of the substantive language deleted in 2002, the BCTF said Saturday.
"04.03.2017 19:20:00" timescolonist.com Victoria clearing a spot for zero-emission tour bus Victoria will test drive a project to encourage greener practices in the tour bus business. City councillors have decided to designate one Inner Harbour tour bus parking stall for vehicles with . . . City councillors have decided to designate one Inner Harbour tour bus parking stall for vehicles with no tailpipe emissions.
"04.03.2017 19:20:00" timescolonist.com Review: Taking Leave a King Lear for the modern era Taking Leave pivots on a rather clever idea. American playwright Nagle Jackson lifts the essential nub of King Lear's plot and shifts it to modern times. In Taking Leave (at Langham Court to March 18) Shakespeare's Lear is transformed into Eliot, a 63-year-old retired university professor. A 21st-century diagnosis is attached to his Lear-like derangement: Alzheimer's disease.
What makes this production
"04.03.2017 18:50:00" timescolonist.com Human remains found near Malahat summit The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating after human remains were found near the Malahat summit Friday morning. Cowichan search-and-rescue volunteers were called to assist in recovering the . . . The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating after human remains were found near the Malahat summit Friday morning.
"04.03.2017 18:41:47" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Pet law brings out mushy side of MLAs Nothing turns B.C. politicians into mushy sentimentalists faster than legislation to do with pets. Nothing turns B.C. politicians into mushy sentimentalists faster than legislation to do with pets.
"04.03.2017 18:20:00" timescolonist.com Capital urged to bid for Invictus Games Victoria is well-positioned to launch a bid for the Invictus Games, which bring together military personnel injured while serving, says an Canadian Olympic Committee member. Peter Lawless, the . . . Victoria is well-positioned to launch a bid for the Invictus Games, which bring together military personnel injured while serving, says an Canadian Olympic Committee member.
"04.03.2017 17:50:00" timescolonist.com Victoria maps way to beef up tourism Tourism Victoria, with the help of a bigger budget, is pushing to make a strong tourism industry even stronger. The non-profit agency, outlining its plan for 2017, said it will boost and refine . . . The tourism industry had a stellar 2016, with Greater Victoria hosting more visitors than the year before, and it is anticipating a robust 2017.
"04.03.2017 17:20:00" timescolonist.com Thetis Lake mobile home residents face eviction Pouring rain didn't stop Lothar Netzel and his partner from having a garage sale outside their mobile home at Thetis Lake Campground and Trailer Park on Friday. Mobile home residents at the park . . . “We don't want to leave. It's basically cheap living, close to a park and we're comfortable here,” said Lothar Netzel, who has lived at Thetis Lake Campground and Trailer Park for 20 years.
"04.03.2017 16:50:00" timescolonist.com Rock-star PM still dazzles Victoria, but can we keep meeting this way? JACK KNOX: Is the Second Coming over? Can we drive downtown again? Victoria sure likes to give Justin Trudeau the rock- star treatment. During September's royal visit, it was hard to say who got the bigger cheers outside the legislature, Kate and William Some of those outside Victoria City Hall on Thursday wanted a selfie, others wanted Trudeau's head. This is what happens to charismatic politicians when the hard decisions become inescapable, leaving some believers feeling betrayed.
On a side note,
"04.03.2017 16:20:01" timescolonist.com Carnivore catastrophe: Why Pig BBQ is closing Jeff Hetherington has fallen out of love and has taken off for the country. The founder and owner of Pig BBQ, who says he has grown disillusioned with the industry, will close his restaurant in . . . “Chickens don't need a weekend off for Rifflandia,” said Jeff Hetherington founder and owner of Pig BBQ. “I like the idea that if you need something done, you do it and don't have to rely on anyone else.”
"04.03.2017 15:43:54" timescolonist.com A chilly morning in Greater Victoria; light snow in some areas The sun is out now but it's still an unseasonably chilly morning in Greater Victoria. The region was hit with light snow in the early morning today, with the temperature dipping below 0 C. . . . Brrrrrr! The sun is out now but it's still an unseasonably chilly morning in Greater Victoria. The region was hit with light snow and cold early this morning, with the temperature dipping below 0 C at the Victoria International Airport. More snow is
"03.03.2017 23:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria building owners vow fixes for store closed because of asbestos The owners of the downtown building closed because of crumbling asbestos floor tiles said plans are being developed to remedy the situation. Bernard and Janet Dong of Saanich said Thursday a . . . The owners of the downtown building closed because of crumbling asbestos floor tiles said plans are being developed to remedy the situation.
"03.03.2017 22:30:00" timescolonist.com New branding, new brews for Vancouver Island Brewing There's a new look to Vancouver Island Brewing, a tweaking of the name, striking new packaging and a new lineup of beer. But the new man at the helm said the biggest change at the city's oldest . . . There's a new look to Vancouver Island Brewing, a tweaking of the name, striking new packaging and a new lineup of beer.
"03.03.2017 22:00:00" timescolonist.com Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland, sidelined by health, calls it a career Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland of Victoria, a former teen prodigy who overcame career-threatening injuries to realize her dream last year in Rio of competing in the Olympics, has retired. The 28-. . . “I love the sport. I lived for it. But I believe I can live without it. Health is my main priority. Competing in the ITU [International Triathlon Union] really stresses the body and takes a lot out of it.”
"03.03.2017 21:30:00" timescolonist.com Memorial honouring search-and-rescue volunteers unveiled at legislature Members of the Hunt family saw two relatives honoured Thursday at the unveiling of a memorial for those who have died while serving as search-and-rescue volunteers in B.C. The Hunts, members of . . . The new memorial includes the names of 17 B.C. search-and-rescue volunteers who have lost their lives over the past 50 years.
"03.03.2017 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria police seek witnesses to pepper-spray assault, crash Victoria police are investigating a bizarre incident last night in which a man and a woman pepper-sprayed someone and then sped off, causing a serious crash. Police and paramedics were called to . . . Victoria police seek witnesses to pepper-spray assault, crash Victoria police are investigating a bizarre incident last night in which a man and a woman pepper-sprayed someone and then sped off, causing a serious crash.
Police are looking to speak with
"03.03.2017 20:30:00" timescolonist.com Another snowfall possible for Greater Victoria this weekend Believe it or not, snow could fall in areas of Greater Victoria this weekend. According to Environment Canada, there's a 40 per cent chance that areas of higher terrain could see snow flurries on. . . Believe it or not, snow could fall in areas of Greater Victoria this weekend.
"03.03.2017 20:22:06" timescolonist.com Hanjin Vienna container ship leaving B.C. waters to be scrapped The Hanjin Vienna is bidding adieu to B.C. waters after for more than six months to head across the Pacific Ocean to be scrapped. “It has been sold. It has got a new name and it is leaving,” . . . After being stranded for more than six months in B.C. waters, much of it off the coast of Victoria, the Hanjin Vienna has been sold and is heading across the Pacific Ocean to be scrapped.
"03.03.2017 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria may curb condo vacation rentals Victoria will explore options to restrict short-term vacation rentals in downtown condos amid concerns that an increasing number of the buildings are being turned into de facto hotels. But city . . . “I, personally, am persuaded by these residents who say: 'I don't want to live in a hotel,' ” Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt said.
"03.03.2017 19:43:24" timescolonist.com Nanaimo RCMP release sketches of two wanted in home invasion Nanaimo RCMP have released sketches of two of the three suspects in a Feb. 16 home invasion at a central Nanaimo apartment. Victims were able to describe only two of the people involved to a . . . Police have released sketches of two suspects in a Feb. 16 home invasion at a Nanaimo apartment.
Investigators were told the incident began when three men in a pickup truck approached a resident outside a apartment complex and threatened him with
"03.03.2017 19:26:00" timescolonist.com Police chief says notebooks missing from office are key to his defence Documents just released show suspended Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner is outraged some of his personal notebooks are missing — notebooks that contain “invaluable information” about a group . . . Documents just released show suspended Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner is outraged some of his personal notebooks are missing — notebooks that contain “invaluable information” about a group within the force that Elsner says wanted to push him out of
"03.03.2017 19:14:18" timescolonist.com Trudeau reminds us: marijuana dispensaries still illegal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said until federal regulations are brought into legalize marijuana, expected this summer, dispensaries operating in Victoria and Vancouver are illegal. “Until we . . . "I cannot stress enough that until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current law applies,” Trudeau said Thursday during a visit to the capital region.
"03.03.2017 12:00:00" timescolonist.com Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland, sidelined by health, calls it a career Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland of Victoria, a former teen prodigy who overcame career-threatening injuries to realize her dream last year in Rio of competing in the Olympics, has retired. The 28-. . . The Stelly's Secondary graduate made her announcement Thursday and spent part of the afternoon looking at old race videos and newspaper articles at her family home on the Saanich Peninsula. “I am proud of what I accomplished,” she said. “My silver medal
"03.03.2017 00:12:41" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Ballerina (Capitol 6, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, SilverCity) An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and . . . Moviegoers in the Victoria area have a wealth of new shows to choose from this week: Ballerina; Before I Fall; I Am Not Your Negro; Logan; The Shack; and Table 19. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in
"02.03.2017 17:25:07" timescolonist.com Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit Victoria, CFB Esquimalt on Thursday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Greater Victoria on Thursday to meet with Victoria's mayor and to run with navy members at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. “We've been trying to get him . . . Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Victoria today. He'll be at city hall around 1 p.m. to speak to Mayor Lisa Helps. Do you plan to go down to catch a glimpse?
"02.03.2017 17:04:38" timescolonist.com Downtown Victoria condo owners ask for limits on vacation rentals Short-term vacation rentals are causing headaches for many downtown Victoria condo owners who are urging city council to restrict the practice. Vacation rentals are permitted in downtown . . . “What we're hearing from residents downtown is that they don't want transient accommodation in their buildings. They don't like people coming and going. They feel there's more of a security risk. They want neighbours — not, essentially, tourists — and
"02.03.2017 15:40:25" timescolonist.com Police chief free to resign, mayor says: 'We're very open to that' Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says she is open to the resignation of suspended Police Chief Frank Elsner. “If the chief wants to tender his resignation, he can tender his resignation,” Helps said . . . “We're not going to have a negotiation. It's very simple — you write a letter of resignation and you resign. And we're very open to that.”
"02.03.2017 15:08:53" timescolonist.com Victoria Beer Week spotlights art of barrel-aged brew The fourth annual Victoria Beer Week, which begins Friday and runs until March 11, launches a new event called All About the Wood at the Roundhouse at Bayview Place on Saturday. This is B.C.'s . . .
"02.03.2017 14:38:08" timescolonist.com Houses for sale faked as rentals in scam Con artists are using houses for sale in Greater Victoria as bait to lure desperate renters into sending them money. The scam has hit several real estate agents and their properties, but it is . . . Scammers take a real online advertisement listing a home for sale. They post that information to an online classified ad website, offering the home for rent at below-market rates. Would-be renters are asked to commit to the home sight unseen, to wire the
"02.03.2017 14:28:08" timescolonist.com 'Lean, mean and modern': Developer plans $60M Old Town condo project Developer Chris LeFevre is planning a $60-million, 164-unit condo project on the northern edge of Old Town, featuring a design harkening back to the area's industrial heritage. “It will be lean, . . . The four-building project, with courtyards, would be built on what is now a 90-vehicle parking lot at Chatham and Store streets, across from Capital Iron. If all goes well, construction would start in June.
"01.03.2017 22:17:21" timescolonist.com In Our Backyard: Make your own batch of pita If you routinely buy the style of pita you can stuff, you may have wondered how this pocketed bread is made. One way to find out is to make your own. Today, I'll show you how. As you'll see in . . .
"01.03.2017 18:45:47" timescolonist.com Clipper Navigation chooses jet catamaran for Victoria-Vancouver ferry service Clipper Navigation has found its vessel and plans to launch a passenger service between Victoria and downtown Vancouver in the spring of 2018. The company, which has been offering passenger ferry. . . The Halunder Jet will be retrofitted to Clipper's specifications and reflagged for its new operation ahead of the spring 2018 launch.
"01.03.2017 17:15:24" timescolonist.com When Amazon's cloud storage fails, lots of people get wet NEW YORK — Usually people don't notice the "cloud" — unless, that is, it turns into a massive storm. Which was the case Tuesday when Amazon's huge cloud-computing service suffered a major . . . Amazon Web Services, by far the world's largest provider of internet-based computing services, suffered an unspecified breakdown in its eastern U.S. region starting about midday Tuesday. The result: unprecedented and widespread performance problems for
"01.03.2017 15:42:57" timescolonist.com Victoria concert: Tom Cochrane's highway comes full circle Tom Cochrane and the Victoria area have a special bond that stretches back through the decades to 1992, when the Red Rider frontman played a record-setting show before 10,000 fans at Western Speedway. Tom Cochrane, 63, returned to Victoria Tuesday night for a concert that mined familiar territory: his 1991 breakout as a solo artist, Mad Mad World. Cochrane and his band played the record in its entirety before 2,356 fans. “I love it out here,” Cochrane
"01.03.2017 15:26:09" timescolonist.com Asbestos risk forces downtown store to shut down The Dollar Tree store in downtown Victoria has been closed because of concern that crumbling floor tiles containing asbestos could cause harm. “WorkSafeBC prevention field officers determined . . . “WorkSafeBC prevention field officers determined that floor tiles described as containing asbestos were found in poor condition.”
"01.03.2017 15:18:05" timescolonist.com Why some travellers are opting to bypass U.S. Some Victoria residents are avoiding travel to the United States due to uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump's travel ban, reflecting a larger trend that could affect tourism to the U.S.. . . So far, there are mixed messages about travel to the U.S. Online searches have dropped — dramatically in some cases. However, Allison Wallace, spokeswoman for Flight Centre Travel Group, said trips to the U.S. are actually up so far in 2017 from the same
"01.03.2017 14:14:33" timescolonist.com B.C. NDP seeks ban on plasma clinics that pay donors The NDP wants the provincial government to follow the example set by Ontario and Quebec and ban pay-for-plasma clinics before they set up shop in B.C. Canadian Plasma Resources, which opened a . . . NDP health critic Judy Darcy noted that the World Health Organization recommends all countries move to a 100 per cent voluntary, non-remunerated blood donation system. “This government is going in the opposite direction,” she said.
"01.03.2017 14:10:53" timescolonist.com Kelly Ellard on assault: 'I was not there' ABBOTSFORD — Kelly Ellard has told the Parole Board of Canada she was not present when a woman was assaulted in a park in New Westminster in February 2004. Parole board member Alex Dantzer asked . . . During Monday's parole board hearing, a two-member panel considered Kelly Ellard's risk of reoffending, her behaviour in prison, and whether the absences are desirable and will contribute to her reintegration into society. They concluded her risk was
"01.03.2017 07:21:00" timescolonist.com Victoria concert: Tom Cochrane's highway comes full circle Tom Cochrane and the Victoria area have a special bond that stretches back through the decades to 1992, when the Red Rider frontman played a record-setting show before 10,000 fans at Western Speedway. The performance was full of special meaning for the product of Lynn Lake, Man., who opened with the title track to Mad Mad World, the perfect warmup for Cochrane and his bandmates.
"28.02.2017 17:25:48" timescolonist.com Greater Victoria school district puts class trips to U.S. on hold Schools in the Greater Victoria district will not plan any more trips to the U.S. until there's more certainty around that country's travel restrictions, the school board decided last night. “. . . Staff planning trips “will be encouraged to find alternate destinations in Canada and other countries where all students can travel without risk of denied entry based on faith or ethnicity.”
"28.02.2017 16:13:23" timescolonist.com Petition to legislature critical of reduced backcountry access A battle over access to backcountry hiking, fishing and camping on Vancouver Island spilled into the B.C. legislature Monday with the Opposition accusing government of ignoring the public interest. . . . “People of Vancouver Island are being systematically prevented from accessing their backcountry, the areas that they've used as recreation — for hunting, fishing, birdwatching, mountain climbing.”
"28.02.2017 15:44:17" timescolonist.com Raw-log exports reach all-time high: research Environmental groups and some unions are calling on the province to change its policy regarding the export of raw logs. The Ancient Forests Alliance, Sierra Club of British Columbia and the . . . “Last year, B.C. forest companies exported enough raw logs to frame nearly 134,000 homes, which equals roughly half of Vancouver's single-family homes. Thousands of good-paying jobs in rural communities are at risk every day that the government fails to
"28.02.2017 14:45:07" timescolonist.com Warning at Victoria park has cancer survivor leery of region's pesticide stance An Oak Bay woman is raising the alarm about herbicide use in a Victoria park. The situation highlights inconsistency in pesticide rules both within and between municipalities in the capital . . .
"28.02.2017 14:31:09" timescolonist.com Suspended Victoria police chief wants to resign Suspended Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner says he wants to resign so that he can take care of his health and try to move on with his life. “I have experienced a great deal of stress and . . . “I have experienced a great deal of stress and anxiety as a result of the various investigations, which has worsened as they have dragged out. I am under the care of a doctor, who I meet with once every few weeks. I have had to start taking an
"27.02.2017 15:37:15" timescolonist.com Williams Lake family fights their second child's cancer When Jenn and Gary Singleton's six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer last month, it thrust the Williams Lake family back into a familiar nightmare. In mid-December, Summer began . . . “You go through all of this, and your child lives, and you go 'Hallelujah, there goes my miracle in life, I don't need anything else,' then boom. Am I going to get two miracles?”
"27.02.2017 15:03:33" timescolonist.com Trump brothers' Vancouver visit will cost you When Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump arrive Tuesday to open Vancouver's Trump International Hotel and Tower, their entourage will be bigger than just their assistants and business associates. As . . . “We don't pay for the Secret Service, that would be the Americans,” said Andre Gerolymatos, co-director of the Terrorism, Risk & Security Studies Program at Simon Fraser University. However, when it comes to added costs, such as overtime for the RCMP —
"27.02.2017 12:00:05" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: Little Shawnigan cottage is big on history Shawnigan is a long way from Scotland, but the property of Alan and Sandy Campbell might be taken for the Scottish Highlands, thanks to its green glade on the east side of the lake, gushing creek, . . . “When we first moved here, our three kids thought we were absolutely crazy. They couldn't understand why their grandparents got a beautiful home in Mill Bay and we got this cruddy old piece of crap.”
"27.02.2017 11:29:01" timescolonist.com Gardening: 'Winter of our discontent' could be a blessing Everywhere I've gone in the past few weeks, and in my mail, I've encountered tales of devastation in gardens from the weight of wet snow piling up on plants. Some, mainly evergreen shrubs and trees. . . On shrubs and small trees with bent-over limbs, propping them back up with the support of a sturdy board or length of rebar should help. The hope is that, as sap flow quickens at winter's end, the desired position of the propped limbs will be recaptured.
"27.02.2017 08:01:00" timescolonist.com Here's what happened onstage during the Oscars mistake If it were in the screenplay of a Hollywood drama — or maybe farce — directors would surely reject it. But let's set the scene anyway for the Academy Awards drama over what film did, and didn't, . . . PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that handles the tabulating of votes for the Oscars, said in a statement that the announcing of the wrong movie as winner for Best Picture was its fault. La La Land was initially announced as winner, when it
"26.02.2017 19:07:53" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Crostini make Oscar-worthy snacks I don't usually recommend snacky foods for Sunday dinner, but the Oscars are on today and that's exactly what my wife and I will be enjoying while watching the show. When I say, “snacky foods,” I. . .
"26.02.2017 17:41:46" timescolonist.com Hometown Hockey drops in on Nanaimo Hometown Hockey, the national travelling Rogers Sportsnet telecast, rarely drops into politically active debates. But it will today when it broadcasts from Nanaimo less than two weeks ahead of . . . Ron MacLean is acutely aware of his “outsider” status whenever he goes to communities each Sunday, but it's no secret he believes rinks are integral to community life in Canada. He has even written a book about it.
"26.02.2017 16:34:25" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Wolf's diary: signed, sealed and (did I say seal?) Dear Diary, Being the Lone Wolf of the Chatham Islands, I have no one else to talk to, so I might as well record my thoughts here. It's nice to have these islands to myself. No people, no other wolves, no other animals (Except the seals! Yummy!), no
"26.02.2017 16:29:50" timescolonist.com Climate change would transform Vancouver into San Diego Goodbye Vancouver, hello San Diego. A major climate-change study predicts temperatures in Metro Vancouver will exceed those of present-day Southern California in the coming decades. Frost and . . . A new 70-page study, Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver, predicts changes in temperature and precipitation that will affect everything from sewage pipes to ski hills in the 2050s — just 33 years distant — and 2080s. Pacific Climate Impacts
"26.02.2017 15:48:04" timescolonist.com The last man in Jordan River JORDAN RIVER — From the front yard of his Jordan River bungalow, Hugh Pite watches a surfer ride the crest of a wave and reminisces about his 30-year love affair with the sport. “I'm looking out . . . “I'm looking out my window and I see the surf is out, there's surfers on the waves, the sun is on the water. It's absolutely a West Coast paradise,” says Hugh Pite. He admits that one day, he won't be able too surf anymore, “but I can still come here and
"26.02.2017 15:38:23" timescolonist.com Despite approval for assisted death, man wasn't allowed to die at care home An elderly Victoria man spent some of his final moments on a gruelling trip out of his care home after the facility said it wasn't ready to host medically assisted deaths. The incident is raising. . . “When there's a law, you actually have to follow it. And when you have a duty to accommodate someone, you don't brush them off and say: 'Can you wait until we have done what we should have done much earlier.' ”
"25.02.2017 21:59:28" timescolonist.com Sooke couple having sweet time at Oscars Before Kelly and Paul DeRocco found themselves in Oscar's orbit in Los Angeles on Friday, they knew they wouldn't just be rubbing shoulders with today's Hollywood elite.Invited back. . . The husband-and-wife team behind Sooke's Fudge In A Round are in L.A. to showcase their fudge confections during Product Hollywood, an event at Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion, where Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Gene Autry and Ronald Reagan
"25.02.2017 20:20:00" timescolonist.com No more scraps, building waste at Stanhope Dairy Farm Operators of the Stanhope Dairy Farm say they look forward to continuing farming under an agreement that does not allow them to bring in food scraps and construction debris. However, neighbours . . . Between April 1 and Sept. 12, 2013, there were 1,400 complaints, registered by more than 50 individuals, against the Foundation Organics composting plant that operated on Stanhope Dairy Farm in Central Saanich.
"25.02.2017 19:50:00" timescolonist.com Colwood man arrested on drug charges A 33-year-old Colwood man has been charged with drug-trafficking and weapons offences after a search warrant was executed at an apartment building on Brookside Road. The search followed an . . . A 33-year-old Colwood man has been charged with drug-trafficking and weapons offences after a search warrant was executed at an apartment building on Brookside Road.
"25.02.2017 19:20:39" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Soil-dump costs could flow our way The specific reason for the B.C. government's reversal on the contaminated-soil site above Shawnigan Lake is the operating company's failure to come up with more money for a type of security bond. Costs in these sorts of cases are like the water off the hillside. They always flow downhill.
"25.02.2017 19:20:00" timescolonist.com Small quakes this week not a sign of 'Big One': expert A series of small earthquakes off Vancouver Island in recent days likely aren't a precursor of bigger shake ups to come, but are a reminder of the complex geological zones along coastal British . . . A series of small earthquakes off Vancouver Island in recent days likely aren't a precursor of bigger shake ups to come, but are a reminder of the complex geological zones along coastal British Columbia, says a federal seismolgist.
"25.02.2017 19:06:19" timescolonist.com Laced chemicals found in drugs seized in West Shore SURREY — Health Canada tests have confirmed the presence of fentanyl in cocaine seized by West Shore RCMP. Health Canada has warned RCMP that this particular strain of fentanyl had not been seen . . . “Unfortunately, there is no way for you to know what is really being sold to you. Please take steps to avoid making a potentially lethal decision.”
"25.02.2017 18:20:04" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: Shawnigan cottage is big on history Shawnigan is a long way from Scotland, but the property of Alan and Sandy Campbell might be taken for the Scottish Highlands, thanks to its green glade on the east side of the lake, gushing creek, . . . Shawnigan is a long way from Scotland, but the property of Alan and Sandy Campbell might be taken for the Scottish Highlands, thanks to its green glade on the east side of the lake, gushing creek, hectare of lovingly tended grounds — and its name:
"25.02.2017 17:50:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Hospital parking a pain, but somebody has to pay Nobody goes to the hospital for fun. And nobody likes paying for parking. Which means people really, really don't like paying for parking at hospitals. It's like having salt rubbed in the wound. . . Island Health argues that it needs parking revenue — $7.6 million collected around the Island last year — to maintain and improve the parking lots themselves. That's everything from cleaning catch basins to adding lighting to providing security. Without
"25.02.2017 17:20:05" timescolonist.com Victoria firefighters train to deal with trauma of overdoses For the first time in his career, Victoria Fire Deputy Chief Dan Atkinson is seeing “compassion fatigue” among firefighters — the result of frequently reviving individuals after an overdose. The . . . “If we're physically fit, if we experience an injury or an accident our bodies will heal quicker and our outcomes will be more positive,” he said. “The same is true with the mind. If we have a strong mind, we are better able to deal with stressors as they
"25.02.2017 17:20:00" timescolonist.com Man found guilty in fatal Fernwood home-invasion Andrew Johnathan Belcourt has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of Leslie Hankel, a mentally ill man who was attacked in his apartment during a robbery. Belcourt had . . . Andrew Johnathan Belcourt has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of Leslie Hankel, a mentally ill man who was attacked in his apartment during a robbery.
"25.02.2017 16:50:29" timescolonist.com Victoria 'is a magic place' for Tom Cochrane Considering that Tom Cochrane has a stretch of Manitoba highway bearing his name, there's an argument to be made for a smaller-scale tribute in his honour at Western Speedway in Langford. Decades later, Tom Cochrane still remembers his 1992 show at Western Speedway as a turning point in the trajectory of his 1991 album Mad Mad World, and one of the key moments in what became a successful solo career for the former Red Rider frontman.
"25.02.2017 16:22:04" timescolonist.com Tent city: B.C. on hook for $55,000 legal bill The province is on the hook for up to $55,000 in legal costs to the law firm that represented homeless people living in a tent city on the courthouse lawn last year, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled.. . . The province is on the hook for up to $55,000 in legal costs to the law firm that represented homeless people living in the tent city on the courthouse lawn last year.
"25.02.2017 15:52:36" timescolonist.com U.S. travel doubts put school trips in limbo School trips to the U.S. are in limbo as districts in the capital region consider policies to ensure no students face discrimination in light of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban. Trump's . . . School trips to the U.S. are in limbo as districts in the capital region consider policies to ensure no students face discrimination in light of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.
"24.02.2017 23:20:00" timescolonist.com Victoria tech sector aims high: $10 billion in revenues by 2030 Victoria's high-flying tech sector has set a bold new goal for itself — to have its constituent firms more than double their existing combined revenue to $10 billion by 2030. “I think it's . . . Victoria's high-flying tech sector has set a bold new goal for itself — to have its constituent firms more than double their existing combined revenue to $10 billion by 2030.
"24.02.2017 22:50:00" timescolonist.com Wilkinson Road bridge to reopen today in Saanich After eight months of detours, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can once again travel over the Wilkinson Bridge. The new bridge, built to replace the 1935 original, is scheduled to open today at. . . After eight months of detours, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will once again be able to travel over the Wilkinson Bridge.
"24.02.2017 22:20:00" timescolonist.com Blue Bridge theatre company, creditors reach deal Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre has sidestepped bankruptcy by striking a deal to make reduced payments to a wide range of creditors. The theatre company owed $160,000 to 68 unsecured creditors. On . . . Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre owed $160,000 to 68 unsecured creditors. On Thursday, it announced 97 per cent of the creditors had voted in favour of a proposal that will see most receive 25 cents on the dollar. That debt is to be paid off over three
"24.02.2017 21:50:00" timescolonist.com Sheriff shortage dominates debate at B.C. legislature The dismissal of criminal charges against two accused drug dealers in less than a week due to a lack of sheriffs at the Victoria courthouse dominated debate at the B.C. legislature on Thursday. . . . The dismissal of criminal charges against two accused drug dealers in less than a week due to a lack of sheriffs at the Victoria courthouse dominated debate at the B.C. legislature on Thursday.
"24.02.2017 21:20:00" timescolonist.com Jury deliberating in case of Victoria man shot and killed during robbery A B.C. Supreme Court jury is deliberating whether Andrew Johnathan Belcourt intended to kill a mentally ill Fernwood man during a robbery in his apartment in March 2010. On Wednesday, jurors . . . A B.C. Supreme Court jury is deliberating whether Andrew Johnathan Belcourt intended to kill a mentally ill Fernwood man during a robbery in his apartment in March 2010.
"24.02.2017 20:50:00" timescolonist.com Victoria boosting long-term parking rates (first hour still free) Long-term parking at city-owned facilities in downtown Victoria will rise as much as $40 a month, council has decided. Victoria councillors unanimously supported a staff report Thursday that . . . Long-term parking at city-owned facilities in downtown Victoria will rise as much as $40 a month, council has decided.
"24.02.2017 20:41:09" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: In the age of Trump, think about life's little things These days, there's a plethora of articles on how to cope in the age of Donald Trump. They suggest we take a break from the news, go for a walk, take deep breaths and so on. My approach is . . . Instead of worrying about whether the leader of the free world is bonkers, Adrian has decided to fret about smaller things.
"24.02.2017 20:20:00" timescolonist.com Province cancels permit for soil dumping near Shawnigan Lake Environment Minister Mary Polak touched off impromptu celebrations in Shawnigan Lake Thursday by cancelling the permit that allowed a quarry to receive and store contaminated soil upstream from the. . . “We, as a community, are overjoyed as this is what we've been fighting for, for four years,” said Sonia Furstenau, a director with the Cowichan Valley Regional District. “We knew from the start that this day would come and we are ecstatic that it's
"24.02.2017 19:45:28" timescolonist.com Victoria paves way to expand sewage pump station at Clover Point The Capital Regional District's proposed sewage-treatment plan passed another milestone Thursday as Victoria councillors unanimously approved rezoning changes needed to expand the existing sewage . . . The Capital Regional District's proposed sewage-treatment plan passed another milestone Thursday as Victoria councillors unanimously approved rezoning changes needed to expand the existing sewage pump station at Clover Point.
"24.02.2017 17:14:55" timescolonist.com Head-lice guidelines spark petition An Island Health recommendation to allow children with head lice to remain in class untreated has sparked a petition from a Duncan daycare operator. Heather Michalski said she learned about the . . . A new recommendation from Island Health to not exclude or send home kids with head lice sparked a petition by concerned parents and caregivers. What are your thoughts?
"24.02.2017 17:12:56" timescolonist.com Earthquake hits west of Port Hardy An earthquake in the waters west of Port Hardy was reported early this morning, the second tremor of its kind since Wednesday The quake was recorded shortly after 4 a.m. by Earthquakes Canada and. . . Another earthquake this morning.
"23.02.2017 21:50:00" timescolonist.com Comedy duo Pajama Men bring 'wild ride' to Victoria When Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez started out, the costumes worn by comedy improvisers tended to be suits or T-shirts and jeans. What's their comedy like? Treading the thinnest of plot-lines, the Pajama Men waft from character to character: mermaids, psychopaths, monsters, idiotic vampires, chess-playing bats, grinning horses.
"23.02.2017 21:20:00" timescolonist.com Elusive wolf 'captured' in lucky encounter off Oak Bay Nature photographer Nancy Brown-Schembri was just along for the ride. She had accompanied a boatload of birders with Victoria's Eagle Wing Tours in hopes of capturing some interesting migratory . . . “It was a lucky encounter,” said photographer Nancy Brown-Schembri, who lives in North Saanich. “We weren't even looking for him. He just wandered out of the woods and sat down on the rock.”
"23.02.2017 20:50:00" timescolonist.com Search for justice takes son of slain Metchosin man to Mexico Daniel Corbett was searching for closure during his recent trip to Mexico. The 24-year-old visited his father's grave. He saw the house where he was killed. He went to the jail where the Victoria. . . Daniel Corbett was searching for closure during his recent trip to Mexico. The 24-year-old visited his father's grave. He saw the house where he was killed. He went to the jail where the Victoria man accused of his death is behind bars.
"23.02.2017 20:20:01" timescolonist.com Johnson Street Bridge held up as example of government waste by taxpayers group Victoria's Johnson Street Bridge project has been singled out by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation for being a waste of public money. The project has earned the federation's 2017 Municipal Teddy . . . The 2009 estimate for the bridge was about $63 million. At the time, the completion date was set for Sept. 30, 2015, but it is now scheduled to be open to vehicles by Dec. 31 and finished by March 2018.
"23.02.2017 20:18:11" timescolonist.com Province cancels permit for quarry near Shawnigan Lake Environment Minister Mary Polak has cancelled the permit that allowed a quarry to receive and store contaminated soil upstream from Shawnigan Lake. Polak announced the move in a statement this . . . BREAKING: Environment Minister Mary Polak has cancelled the permit that allowed a quarry to receive and store contaminated soil upstream from Shawnigan Lake.
"23.02.2017 19:50:02" timescolonist.com Victoria's new meatless butcher aims to draw in curious carnivores The Very Good Butchers shop set to open in Hudson Market Saturday might sound like a misnomer because, well, they don't sell meat. “It's plant-based meats,” said chef and co-owner James Davison, . . . “It's not just the hippies saying we need to consume less meat, it's everyone.”
"23.02.2017 19:20:00" timescolonist.com 4.8-magnitude earthquake shakes off Vancouver Island A 4.8-magnitude earthquake has struck off the west coast of Vancouver Island. The quake was recorded at 10:05 p.m., 89 kilometres from Port Alice and 166 km southwest of Port Hardy, at a depth of. . . A 4.8-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 10:05 p.m. yesterday, 89 kilometres from Port Alice and 166 km southwest of Port Hardy.
"23.02.2017 18:45:27" timescolonist.com Second drug case tossed on 'another day of severe sheriff shortages' An alleged heroin trafficker, sitting in the prisoner's box, smiled when a B.C. Supreme Court justice stayed three criminal charges against him because no sheriff was available for his trial on . . . An alleged heroin trafficker, sitting in the prisoner's box, smiled when a B.C. Supreme Court justice stayed three criminal charges against him because no sheriff was available for his trial on Wednesday.
"23.02.2017 16:54:21" timescolonist.com Victoria's new meatless butcher aims for growing omnivore sect The Very Good Butchers shop set to open in Hudson Market Saturday might sound like a misnomer because, well, they don't sell meat. “It's plant-based meats,” said chef and co-owner James Davison, . . . A vegan butchery opens in the Hudson Market this weekend. The first of its kind in western Canada.
"22.02.2017 20:05:08" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Time to fire up the grill for souvlaki With my surname being Akis, some readers over the years have assumed my heritage is Greek. Understandable, as Akis is a suffix for several Greek surnames. But I'm not Greek. As I've noted in past. . .
"22.02.2017 16:51:32" timescolonist.com Courtenay mayor disputes reports of poor air quality Courtenay's mayor and an air-quality expert are disputing a study that lists the town as having the highest air pollution in Canada. The Guardian, a newspaper based in Britain, used data from the. . . A major contribution to the air pollution is the use of wood-burning stoves to heat homes in the winter, said Jennell Ellis of Breathe Clean Air Comox Valley, a group formed a year ago to raise awareness about the region's air-quality issues. “People say
"22.02.2017 14:56:17" timescolonist.com Contentious Cordova Bay condo plan pulled at last minute Just hours before a Saanich public hearing was due to get underway on a controversial condo development in Cordova Bay Village, the applicant opted to pull out of the meeting, which dozens of . . . Citta Group's decision was unusual, considering Saanich council had OK'd sending the proposal to public hearing, a final step in the approval process.
"22.02.2017 14:51:30" timescolonist.com Big quake could destroy nearly 40% of Victoria buildings A major earthquake could severely damage or destroy 38 per cent of Victoria's buildings, a city-wide study says. The study, commissioned by the city and conducted by VC Structural Dynamics, . . . Coun. Geoff Young said cost is the most significant barrier to protecting property and lives. Ultimately, he said it will be up to the provincial and federal governments, which play a significant role in emergency response, to step in.
"21.02.2017 22:32:11" timescolonist.com $50-billion B.C. budget aims to trim business taxes, boost services About two million British Columbians will see their Medical Services Plan premiums cut in half next year as part of a government plan to eliminate the fees altogether if the Liberals win the . . . “We've got a triple A rating on the finance side; I think on a social policy we've got a triple C.”
"21.02.2017 15:53:04" timescolonist.com Airport display promotes Victoria tech with steam-punk flair It had been open to the public less than 10 minutes before there were young kids pushing buttons and flicking switches. And as the noises, colours and dynamic images of the newest installation at. . . “It's not an overt or blatant shouting message. It's just a: 'Hey, did you know?' And those 'hey, did you knows' tend to get repeated a lot more than any shouting message.”
"21.02.2017 15:44:29" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: LNG dream lives on, at least in government A lot of entities and individuals operate on the assumption that the liquefied-natural-gas vision for B.C. is dormant or defunct. Even as it hangs fire, the government managed to portray some progress by signing benefit agreements with two First Nations that include some large numbers. The Lax Kw'alaams First Nation, which has been arguing environmental points over the key docking
"21.02.2017 14:44:39" timescolonist.com Use of IHealth electronic records system suspended at Nanaimo hospital Island Health has pressed the pause button on its new IHealth at Nanaimo hospital suspended$174-million electronic health-record system at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to give exhausted . . . “Our hope is that over the coming weeks and months, this can be redesigned to the satisfaction of health-care providers and ensure it is safe and efficient.”
"21.02.2017 14:32:58" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Officials should try clickbait to get message across My computer thinks I live in the past. That must be the case, because these are the stories it keeps urging me to read: “Tonya Harding now will literally drop your jaw!” “What Monica Seles . . . If B.C.'s Finance Ministry really wanted people to pay attention to the entire budget, it would dump the dry accountantspeak and replace it with the same language as the clickbait on your computer: In 2016 the taxpayer-supported debt-to-revenue ratio was
"21.02.2017 06:00:02" timescolonist.com 'Taking one for the team,' Esquimalt council OKs rezoning to allow sewage plant With some of them saying the township was taking one for the team, Esquimalt councillors gave the green light Monday to zoning changes that will allow a regional sewage treatment plant to be built . . . Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins said unlike the failed rezoning process in 2014, “this was a project that came forward with the things that we asked for last time that didn't happen: respect collaboration, listening.”
"20.02.2017 18:31:15" timescolonist.com Lost in translation: The Douglas treaties Canadians celebrate 150 years of the country's history this year, yet many will be at a loss to reflect on the people who have been here for thousands of years. A conference in Victoria this week. . . The Douglas Treaties of the 1850s marked more than a loss of land for 14 First Nations on Vancouver Island, they changed a way of life that existed for hundreds of years. It's important local history that is not part of standard education but it should
"20.02.2017 17:10:37" timescolonist.com Problem gamblers enter trancelike 'zone' when they play slots: UBC study Gambling addicts enter a trancelike state while playing slot machines that appears to make the surrounding world and its cares melt away, according to new research from the University of British . . . Compared with old-style single-outcome one-armed bandits, the new generation of slot machines create a particularly immersive experience in which players can place bets on multiple outcomes and receive a great variety of more frequent rewards, from free
"20.02.2017 15:32:45" timescolonist.com B.C. public schools to get $29.4 million for supplies School boards across the province will get $29.4 million to buy supplies this year that “reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.'s new curriculum,” the Ministry of Education said in. . . The $29.4 million Student Learning Grant announced Sunday is to be used for supplies like textbooks, computer programs, athletic equipment and art supplies. It amounts to about $50 per public school student. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Tuesday's provincial
"20.02.2017 14:53:02" timescolonist.com Lions Gate Bridge climb would offer spectacular views Kevin Thomson is a dreamer. The kind of guy that looks at the Sea to Sky Highway and dreams of thousands of bikes skimming alongside the cliffs of Howe Sound. The kind of guy who passes . . . “I see this as a beautiful addition to the city, I want it to be a long-term thing, and I want to do it correctly. It's about going up this ladder, seeing the bridge in a new way, seeing the city in a new way and exploring how you react to those things.”
"19.02.2017 19:19:02" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: The original low-carb diet When researching recent stories on muesli and granola, I was not surprised to learn the people who invented these filled-with-good-things foods were healthy eating advocates. The other day my . . .
"19.02.2017 17:14:40" timescolonist.com Burdett project goes to hearing despite concerns A proposal for a condominium building near Cook Street Village has been sent to public hearing despite concerns it is too big and will change the character of the street. Empressa Properties is . . . Do you live near the Cook Street Village? What would you say to city council and staff?
"19.02.2017 17:02:52" timescolonist.com Displaced tenants say owners knew about asbestos for months Tenants displaced from a James Bay apartment building undergoing renovations say they are concerned about their health because of potential exposure to asbestos before they were moved. Scores of . . . “The health implications for each of us may not be known for years.”
"19.02.2017 16:05:42" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Farewell to Dave and Morley, and Stuart McLean Is it wrong that I'm going to miss Dave and Morley more than I do Stuart McLean? I never met McLean, the much-loved CBC Radio storyteller who died Wednesday at 68. But Dave and Morley, the . . . I never met Stuart McLean, the much-loved CBC Radio storyteller who died Wednesday at 68. But Dave and Morley, the fictitious characters McLean created for the Vinyl Café, these were people we knew. They were good friends of 20 years. And now I miss them.
"19.02.2017 15:14:02" timescolonist.com Hospice, with one shared tub and shower, aims to build $22M replacement The Victoria Hospice Society is anxious to leave its cramped location, where some end-of-life patients must share rooms, and staff and volunteers work out of converted closets. Victoria Hospice, . . . “It is past its usable life for a hospice and it really isn't suitable for a renovation.”
"19.02.2017 15:08:47" timescolonist.com Battle lines drawn in Cordova Bay: Too much, too fast, critics say Cordova Bay's village hub seems on the cusp of modernization, and some local residents are trying to fend off major densification on either side of Doumac Avenue. A public hearing Tuesday at . . . Do you live in Cordova Bay? Could you live with new developments in the area?
"18.02.2017 22:50:00" timescolonist.com Disability aid rates to rise $50 a month starting April 1 The B.C. government announced a $50-a-month raise to disability assistance rates Friday, a modest increase that advocates say still leaves thousands of vulnerable people living in poverty. The . . . The B.C. government announced a $50-a-month raise to disability assistance rates Friday, a modest increase that advocates say still leaves thousands of vulnerable people living in poverty.
"18.02.2017 22:20:00" timescolonist.com After some ups and downs, weather returns to seasonal norms Central Saanich farmer Jack Mar is off to a good start with his 2017 plantings, but it's hardy crops that go in the ground this time of year. So far, that means rhubarb and broad beans — both of . . . After significant snowfall last week, it looks like rain and daytime temperatures at the seasonal average will be the norm for the time being.
"18.02.2017 21:50:00" timescolonist.com Teachers in demand as popularity of French immersion programs grows There's a shortage of teachers for French immersion programs around B.C. — and the problem is growing. Only about one-fifth of the French immersion teachers needed in the province each year are . . . There's a shortage of teachers for French immersion programs around B.C. — and the problem is growing.
"18.02.2017 21:20:00" timescolonist.com Cowichan Tribes eyes change to gain land control Cowichan Tribes First Nation is contacting thousands of members across the Island and beyond to participate in a process toward self-government of their land. “We have about 5,000 members, but . . . Cowichan Tribes First Nation is contacting thousands of members across the Island and beyond to participate in a process toward self-government of their land.
"18.02.2017 20:50:00" timescolonist.com Black pioneer Mifflin Wistar Gibbs honoured with plaque Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, a Victoria pioneer and the first black person to hold elected office in B.C., will be honoured with a bronze plaque being unveiled on Sunday as part of B.C. Black History and . . . Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, a Victoria pioneer and the first black person to hold elected office in B.C., will be honoured with a bronze plaque being unveiled on Sunday as part of B.C. Black History and Heritage Day.
"18.02.2017 20:22:02" timescolonist.com Review: Inconnu's Age of Arousal a funny and fascinating feminist romp Who knew a play about proto-feminists in Victorian England could be so fascinating and funny? Who knew a play about proto-feminists in Victorian England could be so fascinating and funny?
"18.02.2017 20:20:00" timescolonist.com 116 drug deaths in B.C. last month — but none at overdose-prevention sites Every one of the 26 people who overdosed on illicit drugs at Our Place in January survived, some treated with oxygen alone to keep them breathing. As a result, they did not join the 116 people . . . Every one of the 26 people who overdosed on illicit drugs at Our Place in January survived, some treated with oxygen alone to keep them breathing.
"18.02.2017 19:50:00" timescolonist.com Downtown Victoria bus depot gets green light into 2018 The Crystal Garden bus depot experiment, which started on July 1, will continue well into 2018 as worries of “walls of buses” lining Douglas Street and clouds of exhaust choking pedestrians have . . . The Crystal Garden bus depot experiment, which started on July 1, will continue well into 2018 as worries of “walls of buses” lining Douglas Street and clouds of exhaust choking pedestrians have failed to materialize.
"18.02.2017 19:20:00" timescolonist.com Judge frees accused drug dealer due to lack of sheriff A B.C. Supreme Court justice freed an accused cocaine trafficker Friday because there was no sheriff to lead the man from a cell in the Victoria courthouse to the courtroom. The incident . . . A B.C. Supreme Court justice freed an accused cocaine trafficker Friday because there was no sheriff to lead the man from a cell in the Victoria courthouse to the courtroom.
"18.02.2017 18:50:43" timescolonist.com Rescuers, 67 and 69, honoured for pulling man from burning car Mark Perkins was heading home with fish and chips on Dec. 23 when he stopped at a serious car crash on Lochside Drive. “I didn't plan on doing anything else but getting supper,” he said. But . . . “You can't just let the guy burn to death. There's nobody else around.”
"17.02.2017 22:00:04" timescolonist.com New Victoria-Vancouver ferry starts service May 1, fares revealed V2V Vacations says it expects to launch its passenger ferry service between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver on May 1 with three tiers of service, costing $120, $199 and $240 one way. The. . . V2V Vacations says it expects to launch its passenger ferry service between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver on May 1 with three tiers of service, costing $120, $199 and $240 one way.
"17.02.2017 21:11:56" timescolonist.com Victoria council votes to replace Crystal Pool Victoria councillors voted Thursday to replace, rather than refurbish, the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. It will now be up to Victoria taxpayers to approve or reject the borrowing of needed . . . Victoria councillors voted Thursday to replace, rather than refurbish, the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. It will now be up to Victoria taxpayers to approve or reject the borrowing of needed funds.
"17.02.2017 00:46:05" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING A Cure for Wellness (Capitol 6, SilverCity) A young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from a luxurious Swiss spa but soon realizes the horrific truth beneath the surface. . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: A Cure For Wellness: Fist Fight; The Great Wall 3D; The Salesman; and Toni Erdmann. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"16.02.2017 17:29:22" timescolonist.com Organ transplants surge in B.C. because of fentanyl-overdose deaths B.C.'s overdose epidemic, especially deaths involving fentanyl, is behind a significant increase in the number of organ transplant donors, according to a B.C. Transplant agency leader. Experts . . . Operating rooms are much busier with transplant surgeries and “one reason for sure is fentanyl,” Dr. David Landsberg says. “This epidemic is obviously causing a tremendous number of deaths and one of the byproducts of these deaths is that some people can
"16.02.2017 16:12:19" timescolonist.com Derelict-boat tiff crosses municipal lines The Cadboro Bay Residents Association says it's high time Oak Bay clear out several unsightly derelict boats the group says are despoiling Cadboro Bay beach, and visible from the Saanich side. . . . Derelict boats are “a jurisdictional nightmare,” says Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver, whose riding includes Cadboro Bay beach. He believes that Oak Bay should follow the Saanich lead and seek cost-sharing with the province.
"16.02.2017 15:44:32" timescolonist.com Scotiabank moving from landmark spot at Douglas and Hillside After 67 years, the Scotiabank branch at the corner of Douglas Street and Hillside Avenue will close in June. The branch, which opened in the Scott building in 1950, is shutting down the branch . . . “Customers have a greater demand for convenience, and are increasingly choosing to do their banking online and mobile,” says Scotiabank spokeswoman Kate Simandl. Are you a Scotiabank customer? Would it be an inconvenience if the bank closed its branch at
"16.02.2017 15:23:01" timescolonist.com Group makes bid to preserve historic Hermann's Jazz Club A Victoria community group says it has made an offer to buy Hermann's Jazz Club in hopes of keeping the landmark venue open. The nightclub at 753 View St., as well as the former Yuk Yuk's comedy . . . Would you like to see Hermann's stay open? Would you support Jazz on View?
"16.02.2017 15:13:08" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Local politics descends into personal attacks, casual truthiness Kerrie Reay has had enough. Enough of being called a crook. Enough of being called a liar. Enough of being accused of conflict of interest. So Tuesday, the Sooke councillor stood up and told her . . . This column is not about a person or a place. It's about the tenor of the debate surrounding local politics, about all the good potential municipal candidates who take one look at the self-righteous snarlfest that passes for public discourse on social
"15.02.2017 22:34:22" timescolonist.com Stuart McLean, host of CBC Radio's 'Vinyl Cafe,' has died Stuart McLean, a bestselling author, journalist and humorist who entertained millions as host of the popular CBC Radio program "The Vinyl Cafe," has died. He was 68.His death was confirmed by the CBC. . .
"15.02.2017 19:30:03" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Get that granola vibe Last Wednesday's article on Bircher muesli caused several readers to ask me if there was a connection between it and another breakfast food: Granola. The answer is not a direct one, but there are. . .
"15.02.2017 16:13:50" timescolonist.com Langford launches new bid to block marijuana dispensary The City of Langford has filed a civil injunction to once again shut down Green Tree Medical Dispensary, continuing an effort to block pot shops looking to gain a foothold in the municipality. “. . . Langford bylaw enforcement officers plan to serve the injunction to the Green Tree Medical Dispensary today. The business has 21 days to respond and if it contests the injunction, the matter could end up before the courts.
"15.02.2017 14:54:14" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Taxpayers are going to catch a break in next week's budget The B.C. Liberals' throne speech didn't do much more than set up a week-long guessing game as to what they have in mind for the main event — next Tuesday's budget. The B.C. Liberals' goal is to have people saying “wow” after Finance Minister Mike de Jong finishes his budget speech next Tuesday. Today, Les Leyne explains how they could do it.
"15.02.2017 14:46:41" timescolonist.com Pregnant woman comforted man struck by car until help arrived Amanda Muller knelt next to the man lying injured on the dark, wet road and stayed with him until help arrived. “I held him until the paramedics got there.” The man appeared to be unconscious, . . . “I held him until the paramedics got there. I would hope that somebody would do that for me.”
"14.02.2017 22:49:47" timescolonist.com Election-year Speech from the Throne hints at relief for B.C. taxpayers B.C. taxpayers can expect to receive some form of “financial relief” in the upcoming provincial budget, Premier Christy Clark's Liberal government announced in its annual Speech from the Throne . . .
"14.02.2017 16:24:39" timescolonist.com Governments consider tax on builders to fund transit Local politicians are willing to look at the idea of a provincial transit-supporting levy on developers building high-density projects near transit corridors to offset transit costs. But a . . . Provincial Communities Minister Peter Fassbender has been meeting in the Lower Mainland with developers and politicians, floating the idea of a transit-supporting levy as a way to raise money for transportation projects. Casey Edge, executive director of
"14.02.2017 16:00:21" timescolonist.com Retail, office, rental markets looking up: real estate report The region's retail and office real estate sectors appear poised for a strong 2017 after setting the table last year with improvements in vacancy rates and new supply, according to a new report by . . . The Colliers market report for office, retail and rental housing paints a healthy picture for the capital region. Strong tourism numbers, a significant increase in the number of people living downtown and the increased high-tech presence combined to
"14.02.2017 15:40:09" timescolonist.com How to find love in Victoria, where single women outnumber men Finding love in Victoria can be as challenging for men as women, despite what statistics show, says a local author. “There are all these myths about men and women,” said Sarah Kittensmittens, . . . “In Victoria, some people believe it's hard to find a good guy. I expected to meet a lot of guys I didn't like after hearing nightmare stories from girlfriends. But it was the exact opposite. I ended up with the first guy I went on a date with.”
"14.02.2017 15:33:30" timescolonist.com West Saanich Road rankles Tseycum elder as upgrade brushes gravesite Vern Jacks looks out his kitchen window at a road that he says has divided his community for more than a century. “That road was never supposed to be here. As long as I'm alive I will keep . . . “That road was never supposed to be here. As long as I'm alive I will keep saying that.”
"13.02.2017 08:38:15" timescolonist.com Weirdos and Broken Lullaby among Victoria Film Festival winners Two films that coincidentally embraced the visual splendor of black-and-white photography took top honours Sunday night during the awards presentation for this year's Victoria Film Festival. A . . . Experts provide us with the Best of the Victoria Film Festival. Were there any gems they missed?
"13.02.2017 08:34:03" timescolonist.com Langford mayor upset over reopening of marijuana dispensary Langford mayor Stew Young says he's madder than hell and he's not going to take it anymore. “I am not going to turn a blind eye to something illegal,” said Young, referring to the fact that the . . . Langford mayor not blowing smoke when he says he's upset over reopening of pot shop.
"12.02.2017 16:27:43" timescolonist.com Tax credit announced for volunteer firefighters, search and rescue staff Volunteer firefighters and search and rescue members will get a $3,000 tax credit, the B.C. government announced Saturday. The province plans to introduce the tax credit — which would provide a . . . Subject to legislative approval, the new tax credit will be available for volunteers who provide at least 200 hours of service to a volunteer fire department, an eligible search and rescue organization or a combination of both. Combined with a similar
"12.02.2017 16:25:04" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: A seafood feast for two Valentine's Day is Tuesday and when thinking about what to serve for dinner I, as I often do on this occasion, reminisced about the night I proposed to my wife. That was more than 30 years ago . . .
"12.02.2017 15:51:04" timescolonist.com Party financing, children in care expected to dominate in legislature Provincial politicians return to Victoria this week for a pre-election sitting of the B.C. legislature that promises clashes over the deaths of children in care and party financing. Premier . . . Premier Christy Clark said her Liberal government will continue its focus on jobs and the economy in Tuesday's speech from the throne. B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan said his party plans to hold the government accountable for yet another damning report on
"12.02.2017 15:37:58" timescolonist.com Victoria councillors look to get bike-lane project rolling faster Victoria hopes to accelerate construction of its cycling network — completing 24 kilometres of bike lanes by 2022, a year earlier than projected. Council has directed staff to report back on the . . . “I'd love this built sooner. I think realistically 2022 is a good deadline. We'll see the disruption, but we'll also see the benefits. And the sooner we can start seeing those benefits — economic, health and environmental — the better.”
"12.02.2017 15:29:33" timescolonist.com Tenant seeks law opening door to emotional support animals For most of her life, Rachel White has coped with severe anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder through the help of a pet. “Growing up I had a dog, Bailey, who was amazing and would come with . . . “It's unfair that I might never be able to have a pet because I live in government housing and it's unfair for others, too,” says Rachel White. Kaye Melliship, executive director of the Greater Victoria Housing Society, replies that the organization
"12.02.2017 14:52:18" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: After a week in the sun, the flight from hell Climbed on a passenger jet the other day, which is what you do for penance after a week in the sun. The ordeal was pretty much as anticipated. The pleasant woman in the next seat smiled and . . . The seat squeeze is not new, but it is getting worse. Airlines are carrying more passengers, meaning fewer opportunities to stretch into vacant seats. Carriers keep finding ways — such as installing thinner, less comfortable cushions — to shoehorn in more
"12.02.2017 08:45:00" timescolonist.com Farewell to four of UVic's graduating hoops standouts How do coaches appropriately say goodbye to their group of graduating fifth-year players?Night in and night out Jenna Bugiardini, Nicole Karstein, Jenna Krug and Grant Sitton have given their all to. . . “You want them to go out on a winning note, just for how much they've given to us and they're such great people,” coach Dani Sinclair said of her trio of graduating players. “They are three people who have dedicated themselves the way they have for five
"11.02.2017 21:30:00" timescolonist.com Man arrested in $1-million case gets bail A man arrested after police found more than $1 million stuffed in concrete blocks in the backyard of his Saanich home has been released on $50,000 bail. Alexander Djafar-Zade must make a cash . . . A man arrested after police found more than $1 million stuffed in concrete blocks in the backyard of his Saanich home has been released on $50,000 bail.
"11.02.2017 21:00:05" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Family Day? The capital's not big on families Even after four years, it's hard to get used to B.C.'s new(ish) Family Day. Not complaining, mind you. I'll cheer whatever family you want — Corleone, Kardashian, Poppy, Partridge — if it means a. . . The demographics are stark. As of 2011, Greater Victoria's median age was over 44. Only 38 per cent of couples had children under age 24 at home.
"11.02.2017 20:30:01" timescolonist.com Mother found passed out in car with young child in back seat A Victoria mother has been arrested for impaired driving after she was found intoxicated and unconscious behind the wheel last night. Her child was in the back seat, buckled in. Victoria police . . . A Victoria mother was arrested for impaired driving Thursday night after she was found unconscious behind the wheel of a running vehicle with her child in the back seat.
"11.02.2017 19:57:49" timescolonist.com Christy Clark apologizes to NDP for hacking claims Premier Christy Clark apologized Friday to B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan for claiming his party hacked the B.C. Liberal website and stole personal information. “Earlier today I called the leader of. . . “This is just the weirdest thing in the world,” B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan said
"11.02.2017 19:31:29" timescolonist.com Chronic pain, pills sent man on house break-in spree, court told A logging accident, a crushed spine, chronic pain and an addiction to painkillers sent a 56-year-old Victoria man with no criminal record on a break-in spree in the summer of 2015, B.C. Supreme . . . A logging accident, a crushed spine, chronic pain and an addiction to painkillers sent a 56-year-old Victoria man with no criminal record on a break-in spree in the summer of 2015, B.C. Supreme Court heard Friday.
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"11.02.2017 14:58:00" timescolonist.com Mayor promises to do better in rollout of new bicycle lanes Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has apologized to merchants for the angst caused by the rollout of plans for the $2-million separated cycling lane on Fort Street. “In particular, I am sorry for the . . . Victoria mayor tells Fort Street businesses: “We acknowledge that our initial engagement process was inadequate and may have caused you stress and for you to lose faith that your city will act in your best interests.
"11.02.2017 14:28:34" timescolonist.com Editorial: Is there a mole inside the NDP? It appears the provincial NDP has a mole in its ranks. Someone is leaking portions of the party's election strategy to the B.C. Liberals. The most recent set of smuggled documents concerned an . . . The sad truth is, leaks have become a standard feature of modern politics. Part of the explanation lies in the vulnerability of digital communications.
"11.02.2017 14:09:31" timescolonist.com Electric-shock survivor thought: 'This is it — the end of my life' The man who survived a major electric shock while working in Parksville is speaking out about the freak accident that killed his friend of 17 years. Jonah McMillan said he and Callum Steele had . . . “I was pretty sure I was going to die, I thought: 'This is it, this is the end of my life.' ”
"11.02.2017 13:32:01" timescolonist.com What to do in Victoria: our top picks Age of Arousal, Jazz on View, Marianas Trench
"11.02.2017 13:23:02" timescolonist.com Quebec ticket takes $60 million jackpot in Friday's Lotto Max draw The lottery jackpot streak continues in Quebec. The $60 million jackpot in the Friday, Feb. 10 Lotto Max draw was claimed by a lone ticket sold in Quebec. Exactly where it was purchased has yet . . .
"10.02.2017 00:18:06" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Below Her Mouth (Cineplex Odeon Victoria) An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever. With. . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: Below Her Mouth; Fifty Shades Darker; John Wick Chapter 2; and The LEGO Batman Movie. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"09.02.2017 14:39:38" timescolonist.com Census: Thousands of unoccupied dwellings in Victoria The 2016 census has confirmed that Victoria has thousands of unoccupied dwellings. Out of 49,212 dwellings, 3,540, or 7.9 per cent, were found to be unoccupied in Statistics Canada's survey. The . . . Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said the unoccupied dwellings could represent underutilized homes in an extremely tight housing and rental market. She would like more detail.
"09.02.2017 14:11:37" timescolonist.com NDP threatens to sue Clark for alleging it hacked B.C. Liberal website The NDP threatened Wednesday to sue Premier Christy Clark for alleging without proof that the party illegally hacked into a B.C. Liberal Party website. NDP Leader John Horgan said the party has . . . “I find it troubling that the premier of British Columbia believes it's OK to make unfounded allegations and then make the case that it was 'insider baseball' that she doesn't want to talk about. She created the ball diamond, she threw the first pitch and
"09.02.2017 14:08:59" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Let's just stick to the facts, Premier The Donald Trump phenomenon has sucked up all the political oxygen in the past two months. Premier Christy Clark is firmly in campaign mode and she seems to be assuming the usual relaxed standards of “truthiness” apply. She might be in for a surprise.
"09.02.2017 01:37:06" timescolonist.com Storm roundup: essential information on weather, roads and transit A quick guide to what's happening and where to get more information We have a running list of information — including weather updates, road conditions and bus service — that we'll be updating through the night.
"08.02.2017 18:11:08" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Good morning muesli If you routinely rush in the morning and leave little time for breakfast before scurrying to work, you should make and eat muesli. And I'm not referring to the dried, just-add-milk kind sold in a . . .
"08.02.2017 18:05:41" Timeline Photos We're loving all the snow day photos. Share yours here while it lasts. Big storm and warm weather coming. Photo by Darren Stone, Times Colonist.
"08.02.2017 16:40:37" timescolonist.com Greater Victoria economic development group gaining traction The South Island Prosperity Project, the new economic development agency designed to create jobs, increase senior government funding to the region and bring First Nations into the local economy, . . . “A lot of regions have had something like this for 20 years ... we are still having to explain the basic values of [our work] and build relationships. We're trying to bring everyone inside the tent.”
"08.02.2017 15:27:11" timescolonist.com Census 2016: Canada's big cities home to big share of 35 million Canadians Colin Basram is having growing pains. Here's our first look at the 2016 census. Canada's population was 35.1 million on May 10, 2016, up by five per cent. That's the highest growth rate among all G7 countries.
"08.02.2017 15:15:48" timescolonist.com Drug cash stuffed into blocks in Saanich yard: police Thick wads of $100 and $50 bills were found stuffed in concrete blocks in the backyard of a Saanich home, totalling more than $1.1 million, which police believed to be the proceeds from an . . .
"08.02.2017 15:14:41" timescolonist.com Nanaimo blocks no-side information tables at arena open houses Opponents of the proposed $80-million Nanaimo events centre are being barred from setting up information tables at upcoming open houses. A motion from Coun. Diane Brennan to permit the tables at . . . Do you live in Nanaimo? Would you like to see a new events centre built in the city, or would you prefer to leave things the way they are? So far, have you been given enough information to help you make a decision?
"08.02.2017 14:57:30" timescolonist.com Storm warning for Wednesday afternoon; snow sparks run on supplies Environment Canada has issued a storm warning for late Wednesday afternoon. Snow is expected to begin falling in the late afternoon, becoming heavier in the evening. There is a chance of freezing. . . “Snow will start falling Wednesday afternoon and become heavier into the evening. As the warm air establishes itself, there will be a good chance of freezing rain followed by significant rainfall overnight Wednesday and Thursday,” said Environment Canada
"07.02.2017 19:53:29" timescolonist.com Driver of Zamboni as a snowplow gives his side of the story Central Saanich farmer Marko Kardum said he and a friend took a Zamboni to clear snow on a steep cull-de-sac Monday night to help his aunt get out of her driveway. The 32-year-old's . . . “We had that heavy snow last night so we wanted to see if the Zamboni would a better job. So we took it out and we got it up to my aunt's house and back and that's when we got pulled over.”
"07.02.2017 15:12:37" timescolonist.com $86M, 320-unit seniors care facility set to open in 2019 By the time the new Summit seniors facility along Hillside Avenue between Blanshard and Quadra streets is finished, people will have watched its construction for close to three years. Once . . . When completed in 2019, the Summit seniors facility on Hillside Avenue will house 320 residents, offering complex residential and dementia care. It will replace the Oak Bay Lodge and Mount Tolmie Hospital.
"07.02.2017 14:49:48" timescolonist.com Man targeted for First Nations 'spirit dance' initiation When Audrey Moore watched a group of people with clubs and face paint get out of a van and knock on her neighbour's door, she knew one of her greatest fears was coming true. “They were coming for. . . “This is not OK. You can't just take someone. … It's against our rights, but whole thing is shrouded in secrecy.”
"07.02.2017 14:35:03" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Of PET, deer terrorists and trails Flew home to Victoria after a week away, took one look out the airplane window, then marched to the cockpit: “You landed in Whitehorse by mistake.” No, this really is Victoria. Better go shovel . . . Remember Pierre Trudeau's (in)famous incident in Salmon Arm back in 1982? A man who was there at the time has come forward to explain what he saw. In doing so, he put the event in a different perspective.
"07.02.2017 14:24:00" timescolonist.com Desjardins a likely lock for B.C. Liberal nomination Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins is seeking the B.C. Liberal Party nomination in the Esquimalt-Metchosin riding, and is a cinch to get it. Desjardins confirmed Monday she expects to appear at a . . . Do you live in Esquimalt? Would you like to see Barb Desjardins representing you in the legislature? Why or why not?
"07.02.2017 13:00:10" timescolonist.com Snow and ice on roads could delay delivery of Times Colonist Our delivery drivers and carriers are doing their best to deliver your Times Colonist in challenging conditions. All Times Colonist print subscribers have unlimited access to stories on timescolonist.com and to the e-edition, which is an electronic replica of the print edition.
"07.02.2017 05:37:00" timescolonist.com Snow day: rash of crashes, Malahat whiteout, Zamboni pulled over Update: One man was so frustrated with snow-covered roads that he took matters into his own hands, with the help of a Zamboni. Central Saanich police pulled over the man driving a Zamboni on . . . Man tries to use Zamboni to clear snow on Central Saanich road; 11 bus routes cancelled, others detoured on Monday night; cavalcade of flight cancellations and delays; geyser of water floods homes after sliding car knocks over hydrant; motorist slides off
"06.02.2017 17:19:55" timescolonist.com Peace Region council looking at ways to keep Livecare clinic open District of Taylor councillors are meeting tonight to decide whether to fund doctor visits to the community next month and convene emergency meetings with health officials in an effort to keep the . . . Livecare, based in Vancouver, helped reopen the Taylor Medical Clinic amid a doctor shortage in June 2014. It has been providing medical services through a hybrid model of telemedicine — using technology to allow doctors to examine patients from afar — as
"06.02.2017 16:08:04" timescolonist.com Island's Duane Howard proud of latest film A person could be forgiven for assuming Duane Howard just can't seem to get enough of the wintry conditions he endured while filming The Revenant in the wilds of Alberta and beyond. “Kirsten [Carthew] did a beautiful job even though we had a 15-man crew instead of a 115-man crew. A lot of them were first timers because most of the crew had worked on documentaries, so this was their first time shooting a feature. It was a bit of a
"06.02.2017 15:59:59" timescolonist.com 'My cellphone bill is how much?' CRTC looks to strengthen wireless code The national telecom regulator will look at ways to give parents more control over household cellphone data charges as part of a review of its four-year-old wireless code of conduct being held this week in Gatineau, Que. Complaints to the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services dropped sharply between 2015 and last year. However, questions will be raised at the four days of hearings this week about increasingly popular family plans that spread data
"06.02.2017 15:56:45" timescolonist.com Antipsychotic medication may be causing care-home aggression: seniors advocate Care homes in B.C. are giving antipsychotic medications to too many seniors who haven't been diagnosed with psychosis, and that may be responsible for aggression and injuries among the elderly, . . . “It's a problem everywhere, but for some reason it is worse in B.C.”
"06.02.2017 15:29:36" timescolonist.com Two doctors take proactive approach to pain from cancer surgery The diagnosis knocked the wind out of her: breast cancer and the prospect of a mastectomy within days. As an anesthesiologist — a specialist who makes surgical miracles possible by putting . . . “We want to challenge the way we think about pain; to deal with it before it starts. Getting a head start can stop the train … For some, the opioid overdose crisis is where the train can lead.”
"06.02.2017 02:31:00" timescolonist.com Helen Chesnut: A gardener's February to-do list One morning, early last week, I woke to birdsong. Perhaps delusionally, I listened happily to what seemed a chirpy farewell to winter. Sunny days now are not so cold. The soil has thawed and is . . . What time I can find for the garden these days is concentrated on preparing plots for the first outdoor seedings, in hopes that spring will be as early and as warm as last year. It would be nice to sow the peas and carrots a little earlier than their
"05.02.2017 17:54:46" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Budget friendly becomes delectable Some of my best Sunday dinners begin with two humble ingredients in my grocery-store shopping cart that I build a meal around. A recent example of that started with me picking up some chicken . . .
"05.02.2017 16:08:21" timescolonist.com Push on for no-boat orca-protection zone in Haro Strait habitat A Seattle-based non-profit group wants to establish a whale-protection zone on the west side of San Juan Island to keep what it calls the “paparazzi” — whale-watching and private boats — from . . . Orca Relief Citizens Alliance executive director Scott West said the purpose for the whale-protection zone would be to help endangered southern resident killer whales recover. There's a population of 78, far below the 200 or so before 1900, he said.
"05.02.2017 15:58:50" timescolonist.com Victoria council discusses how much of path to name after David Foster How far does David Foster's name go? Victoria councillors will soon meet behind closed doors to decide just that. Coun. Ben Isitt suggested during a committee meeting that it's time to define . . . Victoria stopped traffic with its surprise announcement in May 2013 that the city's harbourfront pathway was to named after Foster, who the city has claimed as its own even though the multiple-Grammy winning musician and producer was raised in Saanich and
"05.02.2017 15:21:49" timescolonist.com Victoria imam warmed by support after 'wake-up call' in Quebec Last year, when Greater Victoria's only mosque, the Masjid Al-Iman, held an open house, one man stood outside and shouted anti-Muslim slurs. Ismail Mohamed Nur, only a few months into his new . . . “The misconceptions about Islam are almost too many to mention. We try to educate people every chance we get.”
"05.02.2017 15:07:30" timescolonist.com Makeover at West Bay, in 'gem of a location' Residents in the West Bay area of Esquimalt have been waiting a long time for a development to coalesce around the “gem of a location,” and community association president Carole Witter sounds . . . “I think it's going to be fabulous to have the area developed as a destination point in Esquimalt — a place we can gather, a tourism node, our connection to the water. It's a unique little spot, and to be able to provide amenities to draw people is going
"04.02.2017 19:05:00" timescolonist.com Feds' old-age security review focuses on military spouses OTTAWA — A sweeping review of how Canadians apply for old-age security payments is paying particular attention to military spouses amid concerns that they are being wrongfully denied the income . . . About half of seniors no longer need to apply for their basic old-age security pension under the expanded automatic enrolment introduced in October, and the department responsible for the program believes that should mitigate some of the problems military
"04.02.2017 15:00:01" timescolonist.com Province pumping $40 million to electric car program VANCOUVER — The B.C. government is pumping another $40 million into the Clean Energy Vehicle Program. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said the funds will be distributed over the next three. . . Scrap-it incentives apply when an older vehicle is taken off the road and range from $500 toward the cost of a pedal or electric bike, car-share credit or transit pass, to as much as $6,000 for the purchase of a new electric vehicle.
"04.02.2017 14:48:00" timescolonist.com Defining moment: floats arriving for contested Victoria Harbour marina The first floats for the Victoria International Marina will be towed into the Victoria Harbour this coming week as long as winter weather co-operates, giving an outline of the area the project will. . . Victoria International Marina was hotly contested as opponents fought against another marina in the already busy harbour. Paddlers worried it will disrupt their routes and others said it would block views. Supporters argued it will raise the city's
"04.02.2017 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Comment: Video games the gateway to technology careers The technology sector in British Columbia is thriving, and the key to it for many will be found in video games. The industry is showing remarkable growth. For the first time, employment in our . . . Full-time family-supporting jobs in the tech industry now eclipse the combined employment of all natural resource industries. Additionally, tech industry employees earn 75 per cent more than the average B.C. wage, according to B.C. Stats.
"04.02.2017 14:00:01" timescolonist.com No jerseys, no problem for Vikes women's basketball team It's a good thing the University of Victoria Vikes, like all successful teams, are used to working as hard in practices as they play in games. A travel snafu caused their game jerseys to be left . . . A travel snafu caused their game jerseys to be left behind on the Island, necessitating the emergency wearing of practice singlets, for the Vikes' 68-57 Canada West women's basketball victory over the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday night in Abbotsford.
"04.02.2017 13:30:00" timescolonist.com Film Festival: Meet the master of destruction If you're a moviemaker on a mission to blow up bridges and buildings, destroy roads or trash expensive automobiles, chances are you've worked with Edwin Braun without even knowing it. While the CEO of Victoria-based Cebas Visual Technology might not get the star billing of actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Channing Tatum, his company's affordable rendering software used by VFX studios and visualization design companies has
"04.02.2017 02:20:00" timescolonist.com As snow falls, a rash of crashes; many flights cancelled at Victoria airport Update: Numerous flights have been cancelled or delayed at Victoria International Airport because of the wintry weather. The majority of flights to Vancouver out of Victoria International Airport. . . The majority of flights to Vancouver out of Victoria International Airport since 4 p.m. have been cancelled due to winter conditions, but that's largely because planes are not able to leave Vancouver, said James Bogusz, an airport authority
"03.02.2017 14:45:00" timescolonist.com Comment: Fences are the answer to tent-city disruption Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps told the Times Colonist: “I personally don't think fences are the answer.” I couldn't disagree with her more. While she waits for the province to come riding in on a white. . . Writer Stephen Hammond is the spokesman for Mad as Hell Victoria.
"03.02.2017 14:43:39" timescolonist.com Fire guts Oak Bay house; man escapes, dog saved A homeowner who escaped the blaze that would destroy his south Oak Bay home Thursday afternoon ran back inside to save his beloved dog. As flames shot out the front window and black smoke poured . . . Oak Bay Fire Chief Dave Cockle, left, and firefighter Daniel Adam carry a dog rescued from a fire that ravaged a house in the 900-block of Transit Road on Thursday.
"03.02.2017 14:05:04" timescolonist.com Architect pledges $750,000 art collection to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria A retired Victoria architect has pledged his $750,000 art collection to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Philanthropist Andrew Beckerman will also donate $100,000 to the Moss Street gallery . . . Andrew Beckerman said his art collection, with hundreds of items, includes paintings by such notable San Francisco artists as Joan Brown, William T. Wiley and Roy De Forest.
"03.02.2017 13:00:08" timescolonist.com $60,000 universal change room approved for Crystal Pool A $60,000 universal change room will be built at Crystal Pool, even though the building's future is up in the air. The renovation will occur during the pool's annual maintenance closing in . . . Only Victoria Coun. Geoff Young voted against the move, saying the limited time that a new change room would be in use doesn't justify the cost. Victoria council has been talking about replacing or renovating Crystal Pool.
"03.02.2017 12:45:00" timescolonist.com Heron Cove bridge for harbour pathway gets OK Arguing connectivity is key to the success of the David Foster Harbour Pathway, Victoria councillors rejected on Thursday a staff recommendation to defer construction of the Heron Cove footbridge.. . . The bridge is part of a $27-million plan to complete the five-kilometre David Foster Harbour Pathway from Ogden Point to Rock Bay.
"03.02.2017 12:15:01" timescolonist.com NewLeaf erases its flights from YYJ summer schedule On the Street: NewLeaf drops Victoria, KC Security sold, Coho returns Also, Coho ferry is returning to service after its annual winter maintenance break, travelling between Victoria and Port Angeles.
"03.02.2017 01:04:14" timescolonist.com Man, dog escape uninjured as fire consumes Oak Bay home A man and his dog escaped uninjured after fire consumed a large three-storey home in the 900-block of Transit Road in Oak Bay this afternoon.Oak Bay Fire is on scene trying to control the blaze but . . . Oak Bay Fire arrived at a house fire on Transit Avenue around 3 p.m. and found the homeowner running back into the house to save his dog. The firefighters pulled him back as flames shot out the front window. Firefighters were able to revive the dog using
"02.02.2017 20:50:00" timescolonist.com Victoria concert spotlights work of 'the black Mozart' Joseph Bologne's short but dynamic life included stints as a battlefield commander and champion fencer, not to mention a series of romantic entanglements with married women that eventually drew the ire of French queen Marie Antoinette. “One can only presume it is racism that has prevented us from knowing more about Chevalier de Saint-Georges,” said Monica Huggett, part of a Pacific Northwest contingent staging Saint-Georges concerts this week to coincide with Black History Month. “This
"02.02.2017 20:19:00" timescolonist.com Charges considered against RCMP officer in death of Sarah Beckett Charges are being considered against a West Shore RCMP officer in connection with the vehicle crash that killed West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett on April 5, 2016. Beckett, a 32-year-old . . . Charges are being considered against a West Shore RCMP officer in connection with the vehicle crash that killed West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett on April 5, 2016.
"02.02.2017 20:07:38" timescolonist.com Man who worked as nurse under fake name pleads guilty to child porn An American man who used a false identity to work as a nurse in Victoria has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. The plea comes after a more than two-year investigation that spanned . . . An American man who used a false identity to work as a nurse in Victoria has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. The plea comes after a more than two-year investigation that spanned two countries and involved what one Victoria police
"02.02.2017 19:50:00" timescolonist.com For-sale inventory at record low, region's home prices rise 21% The lack of homes listed for sale is driving up competition — and prices — on Greater Victoria's real estate scene. According to figures released Wednesday by the Victoria Real Estate Board, . . . The benchmark value for a single-family home in Greater Victoria was $636,100 last month, a 21.1 per cent increase from $525,100 recorded in January 2016.
"02.02.2017 19:20:00" timescolonist.com Victoria man killed in attack in Norway The Victoria sailing community is mourning the loss of Victoria native Mark Jensen, who was killed in Norway in what police in that country are treating as a homicide. “He's a sweetheart and to . . . The Victoria sailing community is mourning the loss of Victoria native Mark Jensen, who was killed in Norway in what police in that country are treating as a homicide.
"02.02.2017 18:50:40" timescolonist.com My home's a bad fit for homicidal relative: grandmother The provincial government should not ask its citizens to take home homicidal relatives because there are no mental-health treatment centres for them, distressed grandmother Carol Tysdal said . . . “It's just wrong. I had to get my grandson out of jail because he's getting attacked. But the government is asking his grandparents to put their lives at risk. That's the state of mental health in this province,” Carol Tysdal said Wednesday.
"01.02.2017 18:43:49" timescolonist.com In Our Backyard: Chicken wings will score every time Canadians are big fans of the Super Bowl. According to Bell Media, owners of CTV, 18.2 million Canadians — more than half of us — watched some part of the NFL championship game last year. That's a . . .
"01.02.2017 16:55:55" timescolonist.com B.C. Interior lumber supply falling, mills threatened A decade after billions of mountain pine beetles chewed their way through British Columbia's lodgepole pine forest, the Interior timber supply has begun a dramatic drop. “These cut reductions are. . . The decline has been expected for years, but it was always somewhere in the future. “Now it is actually going to happen,” said Hakan Ekstrom of the Seattle forestry consulting firm Wood Resources International. “More sawmills will be shut down in British
"01.02.2017 15:58:59" timescolonist.com Record year for Victoria tourism, with a bright outlook for 2017 Victoria's tourism industry posted record numbers for 2016 and has established a base from which to expand in 2017, according to a report released Tuesday by Chemistry Consulting. “It's the best . . . “With Canada turning 150, and the New York Times and Lonely Planet naming our country as the No. 1 place to visit, there is every reason to believe the tourism industry will continue to be a major driver for Greater Victoria's economy in 2017.”
"01.02.2017 15:56:08" timescolonist.com Universal change room at Crystal Pool backed by city staff City staff are recommending spending $60,000 to build universal-access change rooms at Victoria's Crystal Pool, even though the future of the recreation facility is uncertain. The cost is twice . . . In a report going to councillors Thursday, staff are recommending the work be done at Crystal Pool, noting demand for such a change room is high. Mayor Lisa Helps says she's not convinced one way or the other.
"01.02.2017 15:45:46" timescolonist.com Family lawyer admits to misconduct, fined Victoria family lawyer Michael Butterfield has admitted to professional misconduct by sexually harassing two employees between May 14 and July 4, 2014, the Law Society of British Columbia has . . . Victoria family lawyer Michael Butterfield has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine. He has also agreed to pay $2,236 for the cost of the law-society hearing and acknowledges he is being identified in a publication of a summary of the disciplinary action.
"01.02.2017 15:20:47" timescolonist.com Downtown developer plans 21-storey towers A pair of 21-storey towers could be rising from what is now a parking lot in the 800 block of Yates and Johnson streets. Provided the required development permit is approved by Victoria city . . . The project — if approved by Victoria city council — will be the largest that Chard Development Ltd. has built in Victoria. The aim is to start construction in early 2018.
"01.02.2017 15:11:21" timescolonist.com National Track League loses Edmonton stop, Victoria up in the air This is not the news the domestic track and field scene was expecting in the wake of the breakthrough six-medal Canadian performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics last summer.The 2017 National Track . . . The National Track League will tentatively go ahead with four meets this year, including the 29th annual Victoria Track Classic on June 8 at Centennial Stadium. But even that is not officially confirmed.
"01.02.2017 14:49:53" timescolonist.com Demand for bigger taxi vehicles launches city's new cab company A pair of young cab drivers believe they have found a new niche in Greater Victoria's taxi market and have launched a fleet of bright-blue vehicles to prove it. Paul Jey and Mandip Hari have . . . Paul Jey and Mandip Hari found there were a lot of customers travelling in groups of five or six who would be forced to split themselves into two cabs. “So we thought why not bring in a bunch of vehicles specifically tailored to this niche,” Jey said.
"01.02.2017 14:30:40" timescolonist.com Lawyer urges caution on trips to U.S. for people from targeted countries A Victoria immigration lawyer is advising permanent residents or dual citizens living in Canada who are from the seven predominantly Muslim countries affected by U.S. President Donald Trump's . . . “[The Canadian government] has had assurances from the U.S. government that it will not apply to Canadians. Well, we do not quite trust that, because the ban seemed to be very comprehensive.”
"01.02.2017 14:21:27" timescolonist.com Canada at 150: Tell us what Canada means to you It's our birthday party, and it's time to celebrate. With Canada turning 150 years old on July 1, the Times Colonist is planning some special features to help mark the sesquicentennial. Three of . . . The Times Colonist is planning special features to help mark the sesquicentennial. Three of these features will involve you, our readers. We would like to publish personal memories, family stories and your thoughts on why you love this country. We are
"01.02.2017 05:45:00" timescolonist.com Rousing send-off for Dave Thomson, beloved principal at Oak Bay High The window of his office said a lot about Dave Thomson, who stepped into retirement Tuesday after 14 years as principal of Oak Bay High School. It looks out to the main hallway, which put him . . . As deeply as he cares about his students, Dave Thomson found out just how much the feelings were returned when he had a heart attack in 2010. “I can't believe the amount of compassion students showed me,” he said. “They were visiting me at the hospital by
"31.01.2017 21:46:15" timescolonist.com Victoria sends Muslims message of hope with vigil at city hall After six men were shot and killed while they prayed in a Quebec mosque Sunday night, Victoria resident Hana Alqadafi, who is Muslim, was so afraid she thought about not leaving the house. But . . . “We live in a time where people try so very hard to divide us, but it only brings us closer and makes us stronger.”
"31.01.2017 17:27:08" timescolonist.com Health experts warn about travel to Mexico as Zika cases rise to 47 in B.C. The number of lab-confirmed Zika cases among B.C. residents has quadrupled in the last six months – from 11 to 47 – including three pregnant women. All of the B.C. cases occurred in people who . . . As B.C. residents continue to take holidays in warmer climates over the next few months, pregnant women or those trying to conceive are being cautioned to stay away from countries or states (Florida and Texas) where they can contract the virus, which can
"31.01.2017 16:08:29" timescolonist.com Medieval gathering looks at lessons of medicine in Middle Ages Examining how doctors practised medicine in the Middle Ages can reveal what we gained and lost in the Enlightenment, says a University of Victoria professor who specializes in medieval studies. . . . Doctors of the Middle Ages consulted astrology, religion and early psychology in their practices, and often treated people with little more than specialized diets. It was a stark contrast to the mechanistic medical approach pioneered during the
"31.01.2017 15:08:26" timescolonist.com Film-industry career fair brings out 1,800 in search of reel jobs Nearly 1,800 movie industry hopefuls got a first-hand taste of the “hurry-up-and-wait” nature of film production at Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission's film industry job fair in . . . “It was fantastic. I don't think any of our current crew expected this kind of response.”
"31.01.2017 14:54:07" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Polak changes her tune on Shawnigan soil dump After years of standing on the sidelines explaining how she couldn't intervene, Environment Minister Mary Polak is looking positively eager to get involved in the contaminated-soil landfill near . . . Environment Minister Mary Polak's stance today is completely different from her attitude over the past three years. She now appears to be positioning the ministry to come down hard on an operation that her team had given the seal of approval.
"31.01.2017 14:46:56" timescolonist.com Colwood, Langford to review CRD services in push for more West Shore focus Frustrated that they are being roped into paying for services they don't necessarily want, some local elected officials are calling for a new way of doing business at the Capital Regional . . . “Our council has said this is just too much. We have to absorb through our tax base the cost of the billion-dollar sewage [treatment], but they're spending money as if the billion dollars isn't going to affect anybody.”
"31.01.2017 14:35:47" timescolonist.com Oak Bay looks into how to regulate, legalize 'hundreds of illegal suites' Oak Bay is taking another step toward regulating and legalizing secondary suites. Oak Bay council has instructed staff to report on the process of regulating the estimated 800 illegal suites . . . “How do we go about creating a framework that regulates these suites? We know in Oak Bay there are literally hundreds of illegal suites and, for some councillors, it's a question of ensuring that the regulation addresses the health and safety of those
"31.01.2017 14:27:18" timescolonist.com Trump travel ban thwarts Mideast-born Victorians For 19-year-old Ali Al Khayer, the ban on travel to the U.S. for Syrians is seriously damaging his plans for the future. Al Khayer, who grew up in Syria, is a second-year student at Pearson . . . “We're anticipating that they're going to have problems even though the official word from the Canadian government is that they should be fine. We just don't know, it's not clear to us what's going to happen.”
"31.01.2017 14:17:13" timescolonist.com After 56 years, last call at Tally Ho With plans to demolish and redevelop the entire 2.5-acre site, the ownership group behind the hotel, pub and cafe has decided it's last call for a pint, a final game on the big screen and a blast of live music. “The hotel has been around for 56 years of operation in the city and it has a lot of meaning to people, so there will be a lot of final nights — the last Super Bowl, a final UFC event, a final blues night — it will be more celebration than sadness,” says
"30.01.2017 20:55:04" timescolonist.com Washington state suing Trump over immigration order SEATTLE - Washington state's attorney general said Monday he is suing President Donald Trump over his executive order that suspended immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim . . . Washington is the first state to announce a legal action against the Trump administration over one of its policies. “If successful it would have the effect of invalidating the president's unlawful action nationwide,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said at
"30.01.2017 15:11:44" timescolonist.com Storms preview sea-rise damage to California roads, cities Ocean rise already is worsening the floods and high tides sweeping California this stormy winter, climate experts say, and this month's damage and deaths highlight that even a state known as a global leader in fighting climate change has yet to tackle “People always tell us we're ahead of the curve” on climate change. “I always think, 'Man, if we are ahead of the curve, I feel sorry for the rest of the country.' ”
"30.01.2017 14:39:02" timescolonist.com Chilko Lake tourism operators appeal for help after court ruling Tourism operators at visually stunning Chilko Lake are appealing to governments to rescue them from a “nightmare” created by the landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision giving Tsilhqot'in . . . “We have lodging in an area where the public can no longer walk, ride, bike or hike. It would be like the Fairmont (Hotel) guests not being allowed to walk around Vancouver.”
"30.01.2017 14:27:09" timescolonist.com Trump denies immigration restriction caused airport chaos President Donald Trump on Monday denied his immigration order was to blame for the chaos at nation airports over the weekend, instead pointing to computer glitches, protesters and even the "tears of Senator Schumer." In a background call with reporters Sunday, a senior administration official declared the implementation of immigrations restrictions was “a massive success story.” U.S. President Donald Trump said it's not a “Muslim ban.”
"30.01.2017 14:16:12" timescolonist.com Parents give back to hospital after daughter born prematurely When Sarah Senft flew to California with husband Riley last May for a family wedding, she didn't expect to return to B.C. in an air ambulance. The North Vancouver family physician was 29 weeks . . . Payback time: After an intense six months, the Senft family is doing well. They recently donated $100,000 to the Royal Columbian Hospital neonatal intensive care unit to show their gratitude for the care they received.
"30.01.2017 08:35:00" timescolonist.com Tyler Soy scores 4 goals in Victoria Royals victory Tyler Soy certainly knows how to commemorate a milestone. The talented forward scored four goals in his 250th career game for the Victoria Royals to pace the hosts to a 6-3 Western Hockey League victory Sunday evening over the Vancouver Giants before The output tied the franchise record for most goals in a game, matching Kevin Sundher's four goals on Oct. 29, 2011 against Seattle and Brandon Magee's four on Jan. 25, 2013 against Vancouver.
"30.01.2017 08:30:00" timescolonist.com Six dead in shooting at Quebec City mosque; suspects arrested QUEBEC - In what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard both called a "terrorist attack," six people were killed and eight others injured in a shooting at a Quebec . . . Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard sent an impassioned message to Quebec Muslims. "We are with you, you are at home, you are welcome at home, we are all Quebecers," he said. "We must continue to build a society together that is open, welcoming and
"29.01.2017 22:37:29" timescolonist.com Alberta defeats Ontario to win junior women's curling championship It was thievery at its finest Sunday morning as Alberta's Kristen Streifel stole two points in the 10th end to defeat Ontario's Hailey Armstrong 5-3 in the Canadian Junior Women's Curling . . .
"29.01.2017 20:22:20" timescolonist.com Trump communication confusion causes historic policy paralysis in Ottawa OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have taken to Twitter this weekend to defend immigration and diversity, but behind the scenes there's a formidable ghost bedevilling the machinery of . . . In the pre-Trump world, a foreign government would make an announcement — state its intent to do something — then the paper would follow. Canadian bureaucrats would then in turn draft a policy or a response. But their pens are down, sources say, because
"29.01.2017 17:55:51" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Get that 'good-luck' feeling with home-cooked Chinese food For those of Chinese heritage and from other Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year began Saturday, and festivities will continue into February, ending when the moon is full. During this celebration,. . .
"29.01.2017 15:32:22" timescolonist.com In Port Alberni, historic rifts surface over a street name A defeated bid to change the name of a street that some say honours a racist reveals a deep division in the community of Port Alberni, says the councillor behind the effort. City council voted . . . Port Alberni council has voted against a motion to look at changing the name of Neill Street, which commemorates Alan Webster Neill — a member of Parliament between 1921 and 1945 who supported residential schools, Japanese internment and white supremacy.
"29.01.2017 15:19:20" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Selfie vs. finger — a tale of two Trudeaus For those keeping score at home, Justin Trudeau just got blindsided for the second time on his cross-Canada town hall tour. The first time was two weeks ago in Halifax, when a couple of 19-. . . Prime ministers take their chances when they risk contact with the ordinary Canadian. Jean Chrétien caught a cream pie in the face in Charlottetown in 2000. A year after refusing to shrink from a rain of rocks and bottles hurled by Montreal separatists in
"29.01.2017 14:58:40" timescolonist.com New beginning for Dockside Green Stalled for six years and subject to rumour and speculation ever since, Dockside Green got new life and a sense of certainty on Thursday night when Victoria city council voted to approve rezoning . . . “What I thought was best for the project was for us to move into a neighbourhood developer role. We would continue to provide the amenities, streets and infrastructure, but partner through [land] sales and partnerships with third-party builders.”
"29.01.2017 14:49:15" timescolonist.com Electricity-cost surge shocks homeowners after plug pulled on discount It's lights out for a 30-year-old B.C. Hydro program that sold surplus electricity at a deep discount to thousands of Vancouver Island homeowners. And affected residents are steamed at heating . . . The E-Plus program was started in 1987 by Jack Davis, the B.C. energy minister, to equalize heating costs on the Island and parts of B.C. that did not have access to natural gas, which was available in the Lower Mainland. There are about 7,500 E-Plus
"28.01.2017 20:10:00" timescolonist.com View Royal tenants fear paradise lost as site owner applies for rezoning Seniors Barb and Jim Cowling were married in the woods at Christie Point 20 years ago. They expected to live out their lives in their rented apartment on the narrow peninsula poking into Portage . . . Seniors Barb and Jim Cowling expected to live out their lives in their rented apartment on Christie Point. But the Cowlings are now living in uncertainty, along with others in the 161-unit Christie Point complex. Site owner Realstar Management, of
"28.01.2017 19:40:01" timescolonist.com Island First Nation bans mining and clearcutting The Ahousaht First Nation says mining and clearcutting will be banned in its territory in favour of long-term conservation and sustainable development. At an event in Tofino Wednesday, hereditary. . . †he protected area includes Clayoquot Sound, one of the largest swaths of old-growth forest on the Island and the site of logging protests in the early 1990s.
"28.01.2017 19:10:00" timescolonist.com Victoria approves funding for police officers on mental-health team The City of Victoria has agreed to pay $204,000 to fund two Victoria police officers assigned to an integrated mental-health team in the form of a two-year pilot project. After a council meeting . . . Several speakers at a council meeting made personal pleas for council to deny the funding for two Victoria police officers assigned to an integrated mental-health team.
"28.01.2017 18:40:00" timescolonist.com Teacher funding a fraction of what's needed, says Saanich district The Saanich school district says it needs 36 new full-time-equivalent teaching positions to meet new standards for class-size and composition levels — almost three times what it has funding for. . . . The Saanich school district says it needs 36 new full-time-equivalent teaching positions to meet new standards for class-size and composition levels — almost three times what it has funding for.
"28.01.2017 18:36:52" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: Living small on Salt Spring When designing the space in a small house, apartment or petit pied-à-terre, it's important to analyze every cubic inch and determine whether it's to be used for living, entertaining, storage — or a. . . Homeowner Judi Underwood seems to have achieved a perfect balance, enjoying two mini homes, one for winter and another for summer.
"28.01.2017 18:18:24" timescolonist.com Crown calls for stiff penalties in Quebec maple syrup theft MONTREAL - Three men convicted of stealing $18 million worth of maple syrup should face stiff penalties for their part in the scheme, the Crown said Friday during sentencing arguments. Prosecutor. . . A most Canadian caper: Three men convicted of stealing $18 million worth of maple syrup should face stiff penalties for their part in the scheme, the Crown said Friday.
"28.01.2017 18:10:00" timescolonist.com Dockside Green's new look given Victoria council OK Developers of Dockside Green in Vic West have received approval for design changes to the 15-acre building site.Following a public hearing Thursday, Victoria city councillors approved changes to . . . The new master plan for Dockside Green in Vic West still calls for a mixed-used community with residential towers accompanied by commercial, residential and retail space.
"28.01.2017 17:40:00" timescolonist.com Tire slasher severs his own leg artery in parking lot A man's road rage attempts to slash the tires of another vehicle last night backfired after he stabbed himself in the leg and severed an artery, Saanich police say. The 37-year-old Esquimalt man . . . A man's road rage attempts to slash the tires of another vehicle last night backfired after he stabbed himself in the leg and severed an artery, Saanich police say.
"28.01.2017 17:32:16" timescolonist.com Explore: Chinese New Year festivities, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday Gung Hay Fat Choy — celebrations to welcome Chinese New Year take place Sunday in Chinatown. The Chinese traditionally calculate their new year by the lunar calendar. This year, the lunar new . . . Victoria's Chinese New Year celebration starts at noon on Sunday near the Gate of Harmonious Interest in the 500 block of Fisgard Street.
"28.01.2017 17:02:34" timescolonist.com Langford man sentenced to three years in prison for office sex assaults A Langford man convicted of sexually assaulting five women who worked at his office has been sentenced to three years in prison. In January 2016, Kyle Christopher Mostowy, 47, was convicted of . . . “Mr. Mostowy just doesn't get it and remains a moderate risk to reoffend unless and until he successfully completes counselling for sexual offenders,” Supreme Court Justice Ian Josephson said during Kyle Christopher Mostowy's sentencing on Friday.
"28.01.2017 16:44:47" timescolonist.com Mother makes plea for information on son missing for 23 days Karen Bosch made a heartfelt plea Friday for the public's help in locating her missing son, 34-year-old Trevor Ryan Oakley. She was joined by RCMP officers in Port Alberni as she spoke directly . . . Karen Bosch made a heartfelt plea Friday for the public's help in locating her missing son, 34-year-old Trevor Ryan Oakley. Bosch last heard from Oakley on Jan. 3, when he was staying at the Port Alberni shelter. She reported him missing on Jan. 17.
"28.01.2017 16:05:02" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Déjà vu in Canada as U.S. scientists muzzled Kristi Miller can be forgiven for feeling a bit of déjà vu. Six years ago, the Vancouver Island fish researcher found herself the accidental poster child for the muzzling of Canadian government . . . This week, the White House slapped a media blackout on the Environmental Protection Agency and a few other arms of government where scientific fact might prove inconvenient to political policy.
Sound familiar, Canada?
"28.01.2017 15:40:50" timescolonist.com Shawnigan Lake quarry's contaminated soil permit suspended by province The B.C. government has suspended a permit that allowed a quarry to receive and store contaminated soil upstream from Shawnigan Lake, a source of drinking water for the region. Environment . . . The B.C. government has suspended a permit that allowed a quarry to receive and store contaminated soil upstream from Shawnigan Lake, a source of drinking water for the region.
"28.01.2017 14:47:13" timescolonist.com Asbestos found during reno of James Bay building, tenants sent to hotel Dozens of residents of a James Bay apartment building are being relocated to a downtown hotel after asbestos was found during renovations. They're being housed for free at the DoubleTree Hotel on. . . Dozens of residents of a James Bay apartment building are being relocated to a downtown hotel after asbestos was found during renovations.
"27.01.2017 14:00:01" timescolonist.com A peek inside the world where Kelly Ellard lives with her baby When killer Kelly Ellard takes her baby to the prison playground they have a view across a field and through barbed wire to Matsqui Institution, where the tyke's father lives. Ellard is serving her life sentence in the minimum-security annex of the Fraser Valley Institution, where she is part of a special federal program for incarcerated moms and their babies.
"27.01.2017 09:30:00" timescolonist.com Obituary: Artist's life's work is giant sculpture park on Hornby Island Jeffrey Rubinoff, a renowned B.C. artist whose life's work is a giant public sculpture park on Hornby Island, has died. Despite success, he ultimately withdrew from the art world to focus on the creation of the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park on a 200-acre farm on Hornby Island. It contains more than 100 steel artworks made over four decades.
"27.01.2017 09:00:00" timescolonist.com Cyclist's complaint against Saanich police officer upheld A retired judge has upheld a misconduct complaint leveled against a Saanich police officer by a cyclist who objected to being stopped and forced to supply identification. Former Appeal Court justice Wally Oppal wrote that the conduct of the Saanich constable arresting Andrew McLean appeared to be an “abuse of authority.”
"27.01.2017 09:00:00" timescolonist.com Review: 30 years in, Blue Rodeo proves they can still provoke Roots rockers Blue Rodeo, perhaps motivated by the political goings-on south of the border, opened their show Thursday night in Victoria with what felt like a subliminal message. The two-hour set got underway with frontmen Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy The band did not cut corners, and Cuddy and Keelor — the engines that make Blue Rodeo run — sounded positively youthful. The concert was band's seventh in 12 years at the Blanshard Street arena, and even the biggest fan couldn't be faulted had they
"27.01.2017 01:11:25" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING A Dog's Purpose (Capitol 6, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, SilverCity) The meaning of life is explored through one pooch and his humans. With Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Dennis Quaid. . . New movies in the Victoria area this week: A Dog's Purpose; Gold; Neruda; Notes on Blindness; and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter 3D. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"26.01.2017 15:06:14" timescolonist.com Island care homes have highest rate of incidents in B.C.: seniors advocate Vancouver Island care homes have the highest rate of reportable incidents in the province, according to data collected by the B.C. seniors advocate. The numbers emerged as part of a sweeping . . . There were 22.7 reportable incidents per 100 beds on Vancouver Island during the 2015-16 fiscal year, compared with a provincial average of 17.5. Incidents include disease outbreaks, abuse and neglect, falls with injuries, poisoning, medication errors,
"26.01.2017 14:40:01" timescolonist.com Softwood dispute leaves Island economy vulnerable, says analyst After several years of strong financial growth, Vancouver Island should expect a slowdown through 2017 and into 2018, according to the Conference Board of Canada. The board, which presented its . . . The Conference Board of Canada, which presented its Western Business Outlook in Nanaimo on Wednesday, said while the Island has enjoyed economic growth in the 2.5 to 3.5 per cent range over the past few years, it is likely to dip to two per cent this
"26.01.2017 14:37:02" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Shawnigan soil-dump site operators in a deep hole It's difficult to imagine a set of circumstances where the contaminated-soil landfill near Shawnigan Lake can resume operations, following this week's B.C. Supreme Court decision. The B.C. Supreme Court's ruling raises questions about the conduct of the firms involved that will be hanging heavily in the air if the issue ever does find its way back to the environmental appeal board.
"26.01.2017 14:32:46" timescolonist.com New bridge rules raise risks, Seaspan Marine says An official from Seaspan Marine is expressing “serious concern” about the proposed speeds for barge traffic under the new Johnson Street Bridge, saying they could pose added risk. Paul Hilder, . . . “This doubling of the transit distance in combination with the speed limits proposed undermines safety, rather than enhances it.”
"25.01.2017 20:29:50" timescolonist.com Actress Mary Tyler Moore is dead at age 80, publicist says NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died.Moore died . . .
"25.01.2017 18:33:03" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Raise your bowl to Robbie Burns It's Robbie Burns Day and it's winter, a time when places with marine climates, such as Scotland, can expect damp, dreary days. On such a day in the 1700s, after a busy day of clever writing, I . . .
"25.01.2017 16:47:58" timescolonist.com Officers say mental-health teams aim to offer helping hand before it's needed Constables Sue Hamilton and Todd Mason don't look like police officers and the duties they perform — making sure someone is taking their medication or attending doctors appointments, helping a . . . Victoria city council is to make a decision Thursday on the future of Assertive Community Treatment teams.
"25.01.2017 15:50:15" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Jobs Plan update goes far beyond jobs There are a few reasons why it takes 49 pages to outline the five-year update of the B.C. Jobs Plan. The Jobs Plan is a comprehensive encyclopedia of all the credit government can claim for anything. However, it does own up to a few fall downs, such as missed goals and uneven regional growth.
"25.01.2017 15:34:15" timescolonist.com As contracts set to expire, tent city shelters' future unclear Hundreds of emergency and transitional shelter spots created to house tent city homeless last year are in limbo as year-long service contracts near expiry. “We're in talks right now, but what's . . . The non-profit Our Place Society operates three temporary shelters, opened last year to house homeless people camped out at the now-dismantled tent city on the Victoria courthouse lawn. A fourth facility is operated by the Victoria Cool Aid Society.
"25.01.2017 15:15:34" timescolonist.com $55M contract awarded to dismantle CFB Esquimalt jetty A major Quebec-based contractor has been awarded a $55.45-million contract to deconstruct B Jetty at CFB Esquimalt and carry out related improvements. Pomerleau Inc., which has an office in . . . Work is expected to begin in April, with contract completion set for Sept. 28, 2019. This is one step in a larger years-long project, worth an estimated $781 million, to replace both A and B jetties at the naval base and remediate Esquimalt Harbour.
"24.01.2017 23:35:53" timescolonist.com Cook Street apartment tenants face 'renovictions' Dozens of tenants of a Cook Street apartment building have been served eviction notices as a result of building renovations, giving them 60 days to find affordable housing in the third most . . . “You've got different investment companies buying rental housing to make substantial profits for their investors and they're squeezing tenants. There simply aren't enough protections and there's a host of loopholes in the legislation.”
"24.01.2017 19:11:41" timescolonist.com Nanaimo chooses waterfront site for proposed events centre A city-owned waterfront site has been picked by Nanaimo council as the best location of its proposed new events centre that is heading to referendum on March 11. Further details on the events . . . Nanaimo councillors looked at two options for the multi-purpose centre's location. They decided follow the recommendation from its consultants to support an events centre on 1 Port Dr. The other site at Terminal Avenue North and Comox Road would have
"24.01.2017 16:07:16" timescolonist.com Like mother, like daughter: Sara England at junior curling championships Sara England lives with the legacy of a mom she hardly knew. Among the shards of memory she has of three-time world women's curling champion and 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics gold-medallist Sandra . . . “[Sandra Schmirler] was loud. I'm loud . . . high intensity on the ice. It's in the family, I guess. My dad curls, my grandma curls . . . it's who we are as a family. School and curling are my life.”
"24.01.2017 15:29:11" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Little club fights to save our backcountry access The Douglas Lake Ranch used to be owned by Chunky Woodward. Chunky, president of the Woodward's department stores, was rich. In the 1970s there were stories — possibly true — of him driving into . . . A court case in which the Douglas Lake Cattle Co. is suing the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club is a true David-versus-Goliath tale. It's also one with implications on Vancouver Island and elsewhere in B.C. where outdoor enthusiasts increasingly find
"24.01.2017 14:40:13" timescolonist.com Victoria airport, spurred by passenger surge, could speed expansion plan A “massive” growth in passenger numbers at Victoria International Airport is prompting officials to consider embarking on expansion and upgrades sooner than originally planned. Last year brought . . . Last year brought a high of 1,856,421 passengers through the airport. That's up by 8.5 per cent from the previous record of 1,710,825 in 2015.
"24.01.2017 14:28:12" timescolonist.com B.C. aims for diversified economy, as jobs targets missed on mines and LNG VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark says her government's retooled jobs plan aims to make British Columbia the most diversified economy in Canada.The premier said Monday during a five-year update on . . . "We have had some great successes since 2011 when we introduced the jobs plan. But because of the way the global market has been going it's meant we have missed four out of our 19 goals."
"24.01.2017 14:24:56" timescolonist.com Do you have a dumbwaiter? Movie starring Jewel could use your home With some dumb luck, you could find yourself hosting a famous houseguest. Producers of the next film in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries network's Fixer Upper Mystery series are seeking a home . . . Producers of the next film in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries network's Fixer Upper Mystery series are seeking a home with a camera-friendly dumbwaiter. Could you help them?
"24.01.2017 14:11:47" timescolonist.com Wendy the whippet, famed for massive muscles, has died Wendy the whippet, the world-famous uber-muscled canine who made the New York Times and appeared on the Today Show and Inside Edition, has died just short of age 14. “It's always hard to make the. . . Wendy was part of a U.S. genetics study on mutation in the myostatin gene in whippets. The National Institutes of Health study reported that whippets with a single defective copy of the gene have increased muscle mass that can enhance racing performance
"23.01.2017 14:53:22" timescolonist.com B.C.'s Syrian refugees face income squeeze with switch to welfare For Bassam Sua'Ifan and Yousra Al Qablawi, money was already tight. Rent, utilities, car insurance and the cost of feeding and caring for seven children account for the family's entire budget. . . . It's crunch time for Syrian refugees in B.C. Government-assisted refugees are supported by Ottawa for their first 12 months in Canada. Although federal refugee support rates are tied to provincial welfare, there are a couple of differences that translate
"22.01.2017 18:48:23" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Make it a meatless Sunday Today's Sunday dinner recipes are designed for those who want an Indian-style meal without meat. One dish was inspired by a past recipe I did for chicken tikka masala, which over the years has . . .
"22.01.2017 16:30:06" timescolonist.com Trial in Port Angeles killing put off until summer Tommy Ross Jr., an American who served nearly 40 years in a Canadian prison for the murder of a young Victoria mother, will have to wait until August for his trial in a Port Angeles killing. . . . “Mr. Ross is adamant that he's innocent, so he's anxious to get the results. Whatever the results, we have thousands of transcripts and boxes of evidence to go over — much of it still has to come from the Canadian authorities.”
"22.01.2017 15:09:53" timescolonist.com Vancouver Island a leader in medically assisted death Seventy-seven people on Vancouver Island died with medical assistance in 2016, more than any other region in B.C. — and most other provinces. Some speculate the high number might be the result of. . . A Times Colonist survey of provincial coroners, health ministries and health authories found that British Columbia ranked among the highest of medical assistance in dying, with 188 assisted deaths recorded. That was one more than Ontario, where the chief
"22.01.2017 14:58:10" timescolonist.com Plans for ocean-focused attraction in Nanaimo gain momentum A high-profile facility that connects people with the ocean environment and deep-sea technology is being championed by a group of volunteers in Nanaimo. Members of the Nanaimo Deep Discovery . . . Members of the Nanaimo Deep Discovery Association will be at Nanaimo council chambers on Monday to showcase the project. Do you live in Nanaimo? Do you support the association's ideas?
"22.01.2017 14:42:29" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: And now for something a little bit different — good news It has been pointed out that my Saturday post-inauguration column was a tad cynical. The sense of despair triggered by the sight of winged monkeys carrying Donald Trump to his gilded throne in . . .
"22.01.2017 14:37:17" timescolonist.com Why does B.C. force families into crises? Jenny Jones refused to take no for an answer, and that has made all the difference. When her daughter Samantha, who has Down syndrome, was getting ready to graduate from high school, Jenny began . . . “These are conscious decisions that are made by governments, including our government, to not put adequate funds in the system so that families are forced into crisis. They're also forced to do and take whatever means necessary to ensure their sons and
"21.01.2017 23:16:20" timescolonist.com More than 2,000 march in Victoria for women's rights More than 2,000 people overflowed Centennial Square and marched through downtown Victoria this afternoon showing pink-hatted solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. Young and old, men . . . More than 2,000 people overflowed Centennial Square and marched through downtown Victoria this afternoon showing pink-hatted solidarity with the Women's March on Washington.
"21.01.2017 23:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria man fined for dragging dog behind bike A Victoria man who injured a dog by dragging it behind him on his bicycle has been fined $250 and is not allowed to own any animal for two years. On Friday, Cole Thomas Vandewater pleaded guilty . . . The animal cruelty was discovered after people saw the bloody paw prints and reported the matter.
"21.01.2017 22:30:00" timescolonist.com After 35 years downtown, auf wiedersehen, Rathskeller After 35 years, a downtown Victoria dining institution will close not with the blast of an oompah band or the loud smacking of a hand on leather shorts, but with a whimper — a very welcome whimper.. . . “We've been Octoberfesting for eight months now, saying goodbye took a little longer than expected,” said Andrea Sims, owner of the Rathskeller restaurant.
"21.01.2017 22:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria councillors' push for foreign buyers tax paused Victoria councillors will watch the region's real estate market for another three months before considering any steps toward asking for foreign buyers property transfer tax here. Councillors Ben . . . Victoria councillors will watch the region's real estate market for another three months before considering any steps toward asking for foreign buyers property transfer tax here.
"21.01.2017 21:30:00" timescolonist.com CRD eyes $440,000 rail crossing that might never be needed Capital Regional District parks committee members are recommending $1.2 million be spent on the E&N Rail Trail construction despite concerns that more than $440,000 is for a rail crossing that . . . Capital Regional District parks committee members are recommending $1.2 million be spent on the E&N Rail Trail construction despite concerns that more than $440,000 is for a rail crossing that might never be used.
"21.01.2017 21:11:44" timescolonist.com Trump takes charge, declares 'America first' WASHINGTON - Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven . . . Under cloudy, threatening skies at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, U.S. President Donald Trump painted a bleak picture of the America he now leads, declaring as he had throughout the election campaign that it is beset by crime, poverty and a lack of
"21.01.2017 20:59:49" timescolonist.com Man who burst into home and injured woman pleads guilty A Victoria man who burst into a Saanich home and injured a woman alone with her baby has pleaded guilty to break-and-enter with intent to commit assault causing bodily harm. Robert Jendyk, 33, . . . A Victoria man who burst into a Saanich home and injured a woman alone with her baby has pleaded guilty to break-and-enter with intent to commit assault causing bodily harm.
"21.01.2017 20:31:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Life in the time of Trump: So far, so good One day down and the Trumpocalypse has been slow to get off the ground. He hasn't started a nuclear war yet. Hasn't crippled the global economy. Minimal crotch-grabbing. Maybe it won't be as bad as we fear. Maybe expectations of Donald Trump are so low Maybe expectations of Donald Trump are so low that anything other than a full-blown Mad Max dsytopian nightmare will come as a relief, writes columnist Jack Knox.
"21.01.2017 20:10:26" timescolonist.com Weather, mechanical malfunction ruled out in Duncan plane crash Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board have ruled out bad weather and mechanical failure as factors in Thursday's plane crash at the Duncan airport, but are still trying to determine . . . Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board have ruled out bad weather and mechanical failure as factors in Thursday's plane crash at the Duncan airport, but are still trying to determine whether human error was at play.
"21.01.2017 19:38:34" timescolonist.com Premier Christy Clark stops receiving $50,000 stipend from party Premier Christy Clark says she'll no longer take a $50,000 stipend as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party, after months of criticism that her extra salary and aggressive political fundraising tactics . . . Premier Christy Clark's announcement she will no longer take a $50,000 stipend as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party comes after months of attacks by critics for accepting the money on top of her $195,468.20 salary as premier.
"20.01.2017 23:32:04" timescolonist.com April Point, Painter's Lodge resorts have a new owner A new owner has taken over the April Point Resort on Quadra Island and Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, previously part of the Oak Bay Marine Group. The resorts went on the market last February. . . A new owner has taken over the April Point Resort on Quadra Island and Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, previously part of the Oak Bay Marine Group.
"20.01.2017 22:30:00" timescolonist.com Concerns about drugs prompt street security around Our Place Starting Friday, a security guard will provide around-the-clock patrols of the blocks surrounding Our Place on Pandora Avenue, a response to neighbourhood concerns about drug dealing. Don Evans, . . . “We have zero tolerance for drug dealers, they are just preying on the most vulnerable of people,” said Don Evans, executive director of Our Place.
"20.01.2017 22:00:00" timescolonist.com E-cigarettes less harmful than tobacco, UVic study says E-cigarettes are a replacement for tobacco, not a gateway to it, according to a new study by the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. Researchers also found that . . . E-cigarettes are a replacement for tobacco, not a gateway to it, according to a new study by the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research of B.C.
"20.01.2017 21:30:00" timescolonist.com NDP fails to sway Liberals on banning corporate, union donations A bill to get big money out of B.C. politics has been dismissed by the governing Liberal party before it even reaches the legislature next month. B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan said Thursday that . . . A bill to get big money out of B.C. politics has been dismissed by the governing Liberal party before it even reaches the legislature next month.
"20.01.2017 21:00:10" timescolonist.com Organizers hope Island marches draw thousands Marchers in at least 27 centres across Canada, including Victoria and Nanaimo, are expected to gather on Saturday in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. As of Thursday, 616 events . . . Marchers in at least 27 centres across Canada, including Victoria and Nanaimo, are expected to gather on Saturday in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington.
In Victoria, marchers are to meet at Centennial Square at 1 p.m. Saturday. Nanaimo
"20.01.2017 20:30:00" timescolonist.com Big brewpub pitched for Hudson District It doesn't yet have a name and its owner-operator has not yet been revealed, but there will be a brewpub in Hudson Walk Two, the latest building to come out of the ground in the Hudson District. . . . There will be a brewpub in Hudson Walk Two, the latest building to come out of the ground in the Hudson District.
"20.01.2017 20:15:00" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: Saving face is better than saving money I'm in favour of saving money whenever possible. That said, there are some things one should never cheap out on. Take the Delta woman found operating a cut-rate cosmetic-surgery business in her . . . There are some things one should never cheap out on. Cosmetic surgery and tattoos top that list but as Adrian Chamberlain learned the hard way, a New Year's baby costume for your band's gig is up there, too.
"20.01.2017 20:01:08" timescolonist.com Jury begins deliberations for accused human smugglers linked to MV Sun Sea VANCOUVER - A jury has begun its deliberations in the case of four men accused of smuggling hundreds of Tamil migrants into Canada.Two Canadians and two Sri Lankans have pleaded not guilty to . . . The fate of four men accused of using derelict cargo ship the MV Sun Sea to smuggle hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers into Canada was placed in the hands of a jury on Thursday.
"20.01.2017 19:42:09" timescolonist.com RCMP looking for man who approached girl in Colwood West Shore RCMP are looking for the man who approached a 15-year-old girl and offered her a ride Thursday morning. The man drove up alongside the teen just before 9 a.m. as she was walking on the. . . West Shore RCMP are looking for a man who approached a 15-year-old girl and offered her a ride Thursday morning.
The man drove up alongside the teen just before 9 a.m. as she was walking in the 600 block of Brookside Road in Colwood. The man asked if she
"20.01.2017 19:30:00" timescolonist.com Central Saanich man charged in 1989-91 sex assaults; more victims likely Accused man, 75, was supervisor of Royal Athletic Park in Victoria between 1988 and 2003. A 75-year-old Central Saanich man has been arrested in connection with a decades-old sexual assault case involving a minor and investigators believe there may be more victims.
"20.01.2017 08:30:00" timescolonist.com NDP fails to sway Liberals on banning corporate, union donations A bill to get big money out of B.C. politics has been dismissed by the governing Liberal party before it even reaches the legislature next month. B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan said Thursday that . . . Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson defended the practice in B.C. that permits individuals and companies to make unlimited donations to political parties. “Some people and some companies think that it's a good idea to support good governance and
"20.01.2017 08:15:00" timescolonist.com Diverse crowd pays tribute to homeless man Peter Verin Dozens of people stood in the pouring rain at a busy Saanich intersection Thursday at noon to remember Peter Verin. The popular homeless man died at Royal Jubilee Hospital on Jan. 9 after a brief. . . Peter Verin spent more than 10 years in the Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue area, collecting bottles and recyclables in shopping carts, hanging out and sleeping under covered parking at Saanich Centre and along the Galloping Goose Trail.
"19.01.2017 22:05:00" timescolonist.com After 55-year bond, couple denied assisted death together Kay and Ernie Sievewright were partners in life and had hoped to be partners in death. But their wish to have medical assistance in dying together was denied, even though they were each approved . . . The Sievewrights might be the first couple to have both received medical assistance in dying in Canada. They died last week, four days apart.
"19.01.2017 15:10:31" timescolonist.com B.C.'s tech job force bigger than mining, oil and gas, forestry British Columbia's technology sector has broken an employment record with more than 101,000 people now working in its ranks. Data Wednesday from the province show the tech sector — which employs . . . Data Wednesday from the province show the tech sector — which employs about 20,000 in Greater Victoria — employs more people around B.C. than the mining, oil and gas, and forestry sectors combined.
"19.01.2017 14:10:00" timescolonist.com Landlord registry aims to improve B.C. rental industry The organization that represents rental property owners and managers in B.C. believes it can overcome a lack of incentive and get landlords to voluntarily buy into a new landlord registry. . . . LandlordBC, which launched the first Canadian registry of its kind Wednesday, hopes that within five years it will have as many as 25,000 landlords signed up, in a bid to professionalize the industry.
"19.01.2017 13:10:02" timescolonist.com Victoria's 2016 weather at a glance Environment Canada pulled together the numbers for Victoria's weather in 2016. To see a graphic with highs, lows and records, click on the link. . . .
"18.01.2017 15:07:35" timescolonist.com Extend foreign buyer tax to capital region, 2 Victoria councillors urge Two Victoria councillors want the 15 per cent provincial property transfer tax on foreign buyers applied in the capital region, and say local municipalities should be given the authority to impose . . . “We're definitely hearing from the public that there's substantial concern around escalating prices for residential real estate and also real concern about affordable home ownership being out of reach for more and more families.”
"18.01.2017 14:46:13" timescolonist.com Traumatized paramedic wins PTSD appeal Lisa Jennings cried tears of happiness and relief Tuesday after learning that WorkSafe B.C.'s appeal tribunal has taken her side in a longstanding fight for compensation. Jennings, 51, said the . . . Lisa Jennings hopes her hard-won victory will assist other first responders who run up against WorkSafe B.C. regulations that require them to prove that their PTSD was caused by their work.
"18.01.2017 14:33:20" timescolonist.com Former supporter of NDP's Popham now a Liberal in Saanich South A teacher, an Olympic rower and a two-term MLA will battle for the right to represent Saanich South in the May 9 provincial election. Dave Calder, who won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics . . . Dave Calder, a teacher, Olympic rower and onetime campaigner for MLA Lana Popham, hopes to be acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in Saanich South. In 2008, he placed second at the Beijing Olympics. Will he win in the political arena?
"18.01.2017 14:24:04" timescolonist.com Film industry in Greater Victoria on hunt for workers If you've ever considered a career in the local film industry but aren't sure if you have what it takes, now's the time to take a closer look at the big picture, Victoria film commissioner Kathleen. . . A film industry career fair is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pacific Fleet Club, 1587 Lyall St. Would you go?
"17.01.2017 16:06:16" timescolonist.com Tourism Victoria unfazed by loss of 300-plus hotel rooms to residences The loss of hotel rooms in the midst of a tourism boom should not be considered a crisis, according to the head of Tourism Victoria. Paul Nursey, chief executive of the destination marketing . . . “[Losing older hotels] is healthy and should happen. It is very expensive to keep an old property to the level of amenity demanded by today's traveller, and there are higher and better uses of the land than an old-school, drive-in motel.”
"17.01.2017 16:04:20" timescolonist.com Congregation Emanu-El delivers smart, funny play Many assume good theatre is staged only by established companies. Yet worthwhile art can be found anywhere, as a new production of From Door to Door attests. This talky, sometimes fragmented play (it ambitiously spans 1936 to 1999) isn't the easiest one to do well. Having a strong cast helps. So does Zelda Dean's detailed, sure-footed direction. It pulls no punches, parsing mood shifts and embracing the steely
"17.01.2017 15:44:48" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: B.C. Liberals' political cash noticed in New York You'd think the New York Times would have its hands full dealing with the reek of apparent corruption closer to home. They have bureaus in Washington and New Jersey, for heaven's sake.
"17.01.2017 15:34:11" timescolonist.com Victoria Fire Department gets green light for drones Victoria Fire Department gets green light for drones The Victoria Fire Department is adding drones to its emergency response tool kit, reflecting a trend among first responders. The drones, . . . Drones could be used in search-and-rescue missions, to pinpoint the location of a brush fire or to conduct rapid damage assessment after an earthquake. “The ability to home in on the area and determine where our resources are best staged is a huge benefit
"17.01.2017 15:26:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Do we have an inferiority complex about great Canadians? Here's a question: Why name a federal research ship after a foreigner synonymous with disaster when you could celebrate Canadian achievement instead? Which, in a nutshell, is what critics are . . . A new offshore fisheries vessel will be named after Sir John Franklin, the explorer who disappeared into the Arctic with both of his ships and all 128 of his men after sailing from England in 1845. Why not choose someone else? “It's a complete puzzle to
"16.01.2017 16:32:21" timescolonist.com As robots take jobs, Europeans mull free money for all I am, therefore I'm paid. A guaranteed monthly living allowance: Would you go for it?
"16.01.2017 16:06:23" timescolonist.com Small Screen: PBS sees no 'red flag' on funding in Trump era PBS is waiting, but not quietly, to see what the Trump administration's impact on public broadcasting and its federal funding may be, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said. The chief executive of the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service, concerned about the incoming Trump administration, says the network and its member stations are conducting a vigorous effort to remind lawmakers about public television's value. Meanwhile, the
"16.01.2017 15:24:54" timescolonist.com Two richest Canadians have as much wealth as poorest 30 per cent: report The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations. The Oxfam . . . “This is not a report about the rich and the poor. It's about the super-rich and the rest of us.”
"15.01.2017 23:01:36" timescolonist.com Stranded near Victoria, Korean ship's crew hopes to go home soon The captain and crew of a Korean cargo ship stranded in the Gulf Islands for months will spend this afternoon getting haircuts and hosting a farewell pig roast in preparation for going home this . . . The captain of the Hanjin Scarlet says the crew will be leaving “sometime this week,” according to Lyn Cooper, one of several Pended Island residents who have befriended the crew. However, there is no firm departure date.
"15.01.2017 20:14:36" timescolonist.com In Our Backyard: Tomatoes a hit in chowder I'm a clam-chowder junkie and, when preparing my own, it's the creamy Maritime- or New England-style I most often make. I say most often, because last week, when curing a craving for chowder, I . . .
"15.01.2017 16:55:21" timescolonist.com Bitter nomination race divides NDP in Cowichan Valley A bitter and bizarre race among New Democrats vying for the party's candidacy in the Cowichan Valley could leave the B.C. NDP at risk of losing its grip on what has been an Island stronghold. NDP members will pick the candidate to replace outgoing MLA Bill Routley on Sunday. For the past several elections, winning the NDP nomination was like winning the election, but this time the party is limping into its candidate meeting with self-inflicted