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"04.12.2016 17:33:41" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Packets of gourmet gold Seal food in a package, let it cook and bubble with flavourings and before you know it something good will come out of the oven. That must have been what a French cook was thinking when first . . .
"04.12.2016 15:09:18" timescolonist.com Paddlers seek 'marine trail' circle route On a Thursday morning in November, four kayakers paddle against the current under Gorge Bridge. “I'll race you,” one says to another. After clearing the east side of the bridge, and pulling out. . . Brian Henry is part of a volunteer group of paddlers hoping to create a 15.5-kilometre “marine trail.” The Victoria Waterways Loop would pass through Colwood, View Royal, Saanich, Victoria and Esquimalt. Do you like their idea?
"04.12.2016 15:06:37" timescolonist.com Ucluelet/Tofino highway opens to single-lane traffic [UPDATE] The main highway to Ucluelet and Tofino has reopened to single-lane alternating traffic, after being cut off by a torrent of water that scoured out the road.
"04.12.2016 15:05:11" timescolonist.com Why nine Island First Nations signed Trans Mountain deals A Port Alberni First Nation leader says the reason he signed a letter of support for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is complex. The Ditidaht First Nation is one of nine. . . “We came to the determination, as a group, that [the project] was going to go ahead anyway. So it's not really support. If we opposed it, we would have no way of addressing spills, because we would be disqualified from funding from Trans Mountain.”
"04.12.2016 06:44:48" timescolonist.com Lighted-truck convoy gets Christmas rolling Pouring rain did not dampen the spirits of drivers of 80 lighted trucks as their annual convoy rolled through the streets of the capital region Saturday night.Beaming drivers headed out just before 6. . . Beaming drivers headed out just before 6 p.m. from Ogden Point, rolling past vehicles packed side-by-side along Dallas Road where their audience had staked out spots more than an hour ahead of time.
"04.12.2016 03:16:00" timescolonist.com Making connections with a 'healthy human touch' Because he's lived the lonely life of a street person, Gordon Hawkins can empathize with those who yearn for the touch of another human being. That's what he provides for clients at Our Place, . . . #ICYMI : Some might call what Gordon Hawkins does “giving back.” Hawkins, however, isn't crazy about the phrase. “The biggest gift for me is to be a participant. I'm not taking or giving. I'm sharing.”
"04.12.2016 00:33:00" timescolonist.com Contribute to Christmas lights map 2016 Do you have a Christmas light display that is second to none? If you do, let the rest of Greater Victoria know about it. Enter your address and upload a photo of your house to our online . . . The Christmas lights are winking on across Victoria, and it's time to put your best display forward!
Once again, the Times Colonist is compiling a map of Christmas light shows. If you think your lights deserve to be on the map, this is your chance to be
"03.12.2016 23:11:13" timescolonist.com Crews hope to reopen Ucluelet/Tofino highway tonight The main highway to Ucluelet and Tofino could be reopened tonight, after being cut off by a torrent of water that scoured out the road. Highways crews are on the scene trying to deal with the. . . The highway started failing about a week ago in the wake of extra-heavy rain in an area used to plenty of precipitation. Part of the highway broke off on Friday. Traffic was travelling in single-lane only but then was completely shut down.
"03.12.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com As drug deaths climb, work continues for supervised sites Island Health is forging ahead with preparations for supervised-consumption sites in Victoria, saying the mounting drug-overdose deaths demand action. “The sense of urgency we have is that we . . . Applications for two of three supervised-consumption sites are on track to be submitted to Health Canada by the end of the month, Island Health said.
"03.12.2016 15:30:00" timescolonist.com Truck light convoy begins at 5:45 tonight The 17th annual Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive takes place Saturday night. Eighty festive commercial trucks decorated with colourful lights will leave Ogden Point at 5:45 p.m., travelling . . . The route goes through Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich and the West Shore. Thousands of people are expected to line streets to watch the colourful, roaring, honking show.
"03.12.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com MLAs to cede control of constituency spending to legislature office B.C. MLAs will hand over control of their constituency expenses to a central office in the legislature after a fraud involving thousands of taxpayer dollars at a Victoria MLA's office. An . . . The change comes after money was stolen from Victoria-Swan Lake NDP MLA Rob Fleming's constituency office.
"03.12.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Quebec man killed in Victoria 'wanted to see whole world' Raphaël Bussières told his parents he planned to stay in Victoria over Christmas, but his mother secretly hoped he was planning to surprise them at home in Quebec. Instead, Stéphanie Lachance and. . . Raphaël Bussières was stabbed by a stranger on Douglas Street in the early morning of Nov. 26.
"03.12.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Forecast warns of wind and cold, maybe snow beginning Sunday Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of below-freezing temperatures, wind and possibly snow for Vancouver Island and B.C.'s south coast. The weather agency said the . . . The earliest potential for snow is Sunday night, says Environment Canada. Lows expected to be around –5°C.
"03.12.2016 00:00:00" timescolonist.com Big Picture: Documentary a celebration of the North Being a big-city boy at heart, I recoiled in horror when a massive moose was stalked, shot, skinned and butchered by two indigenous hunters in an astonishing scene from Koneline: our land beautiful. . . “It's my attempt to cut through the din of rhetoric and ask people to share a visceral experience of the North, rather than tell people what to think,” said Nettie Wild of her documentary Koneline: our land beautiful.
"02.12.2016 23:30:00" timescolonist.com Former youth in government care dies in tent in Surrey VANCOUVER — A teenager who recently aged out of government care died Wednesday in a tent in a rain-soaked area of Surrey frequented by homeless people. Bernard Richard, B.C.'s new acting . . . “I think some of these kids come out of very, very difficult situations,” said Bernard Richard, B.C.'s new acting representative for children and youth.
"02.12.2016 23:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria council presses for more information on Crystal Pool options Victoria councillors want more information on everything from asbestos to options for partnership, parking and affordable housing before deciding what to do with the geriatric Crystal Pool and . . . “If you come back and say: 'We've done all the work we can. This is our best guess and there's not a dime that's changed from today,' that is OK,” Mayor Lisa Helps told staff on Thursday.
"02.12.2016 22:51:11" timescolonist.com Land Conservancy creditors vote in favour of financial plan The Land Conservancy of B.C. won a decisive vote today when the majority of creditors voted in favour of a plan to take it out of protection from creditors. “I can not tell you how relieved I am . . . The Land Conservancy of B.C. won a decisive vote today when the majority of creditors voted in favour of a plan to take it out of protection from creditors.
"02.12.2016 22:43:58" timescolonist.com Four life sentences for Nanaimo mill shootings NANAIMO, B.C. - A man who fatally shot two former co-workers and injured two others at a sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C., has been handed four life sentences. Kevin Addison was found guilty of two . . . A man who fatally shot two former co-workers and injured two others at a sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C., has been handed four life sentences.
"02.12.2016 22:36:22" timescolonist.com Police who try to save lives won't be investigated Police officers no longer have to be concerned about being investigated by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. if someone dies after they administer the opioid-reversing drug naloxone or . . . Police officers no longer have to be concerned about being investigated by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. if someone dies after they administer the opioid-reversing drug naloxone or perform CPR.
"02.12.2016 22:30:00" timescolonist.com Teen granted new trial in 'sexting' case The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a texting teenager who sent sexual images of her boyfriend's former girlfriend to the ex-girlfriend and another friend in 2012. The teen, . . . The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a texting teenager who sent sexual images of her boyfriend's former girlfriend to the ex-girlfriend and another friend in 2012.
"02.12.2016 22:00:00" timescolonist.com Capital region could get snow next week, forecasters say Environment Canada says there's a 70 per cent chance of snow next week in the Victoria area. The forecast for the capital region says flurries are possible on Monday with “a 70 per cent chance of. . . Environment Canada says snow could fall at sea level on Vancouver Island as early as Sunday — and even Greater Victoria could get in on the action.
"02.12.2016 21:30:00" timescolonist.com Explore: Truck Light Convoy, Lighted Ship Parade, holiday train and more Santa would be jealous if he saw the annual Island Equipment Owners Association's Truck Light Convoy, which returns this year on Saturday. The convoy, in its 18th year, boasts a fleet of 80 big . . . There's lots of holiday cheer to choose from this weekend, including the Lighted Ship Parade tonight, the Truck Light Convoy on Saturday and the Christmas Express steam train at the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan, starting tonight.
"02.12.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Fisheries investigation after second deadly whale entanglement in B.C. waters VANCOUVER - A necropsy has been completed on the latest humpback whale to be killed from being trapped underwater by fish-farm equipment off the British Columbia coast.Results are not yet available, . . . An investigation was launched Nov. 26, a day after a juvenile humpback was entangled and drowned between the inner and outer containment nets of the Grieg Seafood facility in Nootka Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
"02.12.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Kitimat refinery proposal unaffected by demise of Northern Gateway: David Black Victoria businessman David Black says federal rejection of the Northern Gateway pipeline doesn't affect his proposal to establish a refinery near Kitimat. He said he is moving forward with plans . . . Victoria businessman David Black says federal rejection of the Northern Gateway pipeline doesn't affect his proposal to establish a refinery near Kitimat.
"02.12.2016 19:24:07" timescolonist.com Big crowd fills downtown intersection to protest pipeline approval Fuelled by anger and and a belief they had been betrayed, and emboldened by cancellation of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, more than 1,000 protesters took to Victoria's downtown . . . Fuelled by anger and and a belief they had been betrayed, and emboldened by cancellation of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline, more than 1,000 protesters took to Victoria's downtown streets Thursday night to demand Ottawa change its tune on Kinder
"02.12.2016 16:00:01" timescolonist.com Nudge Nudge: Get out, you dirty rats As Christmas approaches, I'd prefer my encounters with rodents to take the form of cute kids dressed as mice in The Nutcracker. Sadly, this was not to be. Several weeks ago, we heard the . . . Our history with rats is far from pretty. Apparently, these rodents view our home as the ideal winter getaway. As soon as Jack Frost starts nipping away at nearby Panama Flats, the rats hastily impregnate their wives, pack their tiny valises and make a
"02.12.2016 15:15:00" timescolonist.com Up to Nanaimo council to deal with its row: minister The division within Nanaimo council is a “very, very unfortunate situation,” B.C.'s community minister said Thursday. Even so, Peter Fassbender reiterated that he is not going to take action at . . . “I'm not going to step into the middle of a situation that I think they need to deal with.”
"02.12.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Low inventory slows capital region home sales in November Lack of available housing continues to dampen sales in the capital region's real estate market. Inventory shrank last month to 1,815. That's down by 38.5 per cent from November 2015, the Victoria. . . House hunters are also having a tougher time finding a place to rent. The region's rental vacancy rate has dipped to 0.5 per cent, from 0.6 per cent a year ago, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said last week.
"02.12.2016 14:50:00" timescolonist.com Spinnakers section to reopen today, 9 days after fire A section of Spinnakers Brewpub will reopen Friday, nine days after a major fire forced the waterfront restaurant to close. The front bar and the upper pool table area will be open as of 4 p.m. . . . To achieve the speedy reopening, owner Paul Hadfield is paying for the repairs out-of-pocket, instead of waiting for the insurance process that would have held up renovations until February.
"02.12.2016 14:45:00" timescolonist.com McKenzie interchange site upgraded to protect river Enhanced environmental protections should prevent further spills of mud into the Colquitz River near the McKenzie interchange project, Transportation Minister Todd Stone said Thursday. Stone said. . . Area residents welcomed the improvements, but questioned why it took the recent release of mud and silt from the site to spur the government into action.
"02.12.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Road project to provide new Bear Mountain link A 3.3-kilometre corridor creating a “front door” to Bear Mountain is the last cog in Langford's major road plans, Mayor Stew Young says. The Bear Mountain Parkway extension is also the first step. . . The roadway will see Bear Mountain Parkway completed from the intersection of Leigh Road at McCallum Road, near the upper end of the Leigh Road interchange, and continuing uphill to meet the existing Bear Mountain Parkway at the Country Club Way
"02.12.2016 14:20:00" timescolonist.com Commuters recount how they caught two men driving erratically in stolen car Three commuters helped West Shore RCMP track the two men who drove a stolen car erratically through rush-hour traffic and crashed into multiple vehicles Wednesday night. Gary Fortin and his . . . “I just jumped out of the truck and chased them down into the bush. Once we got them on the ground, they kind of gave up."
"02.12.2016 14:05:00" timescolonist.com World's top junior hockey players coming to Memorial Centre in 2018-19 The tournament starts on Dec. 26, 2018. Victoria games will be played at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. The tournament will start on Dec. 26, 2018 and continue into January 2019. Victoria is sharing hosting duties with Vancouver.
"02.12.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Lawrie McFarlane: Surplus puts pressure on B.C. Liberals Finance Minister Mike de Jong has just released the province's second quarterly report. Like Paul Martin (when he was former prime minister Jean Chrétien's finance minister), de Jong has perfected . . . For months, the B.C. Liberals have been making spending announcements from a bag of cash no one quite knows the size of. It's like playing poker without your opponents knowing how many chips you have. They're never sure if you can out-raise them.
"02.12.2016 10:00:00" timescolonist.com Air Miles cancels reward points expiry set for Dec. 31 Following an uproar from consumers, the company that runs the Air Miles loyalty points program says it is cancelling plans that would have seen collectors lose any miles not used within five years.. . . "There is uncertainty with provincial governments proposing or considering legislation across Canada, so we have decided to cancel the expiry policy so that all collectors, regardless of location, can be confident that their balances will be protected,"
"02.12.2016 07:01:33" timescolonist.com B.C. woman rescued after car plunges off cliff and into creek: RCMP SECHELT, B.C. - The rescue of a British Columbia woman after her SUV plunged off the Sunshine Coast Highway near Sechelt and landed in a swollen creek was "miraculous," RCMP said Thursday. Mounties . . . Mounties say Carolynne, whose last name is being withheld, was driving on the morning of Nov. 23 when her vehicle fishtailed, skidded 12 metres off the roadway, over a waterfall and into the creek below.
"02.12.2016 02:06:46" timescolonist.com Ride the Cyclone 'just plain delightful,' New York Times critic says Although the overall reviews are mixed, The New York Times loves the Victoria-grown musical Ride the Cyclone. Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood on Wednesday described the off-Broadway black . . . New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood described the Victoria-grown musical Ride the Cyclone as “delightfully weird and just plain delightful.”
"01.12.2016 23:57:50" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING The Handmaiden (Capitol 6) A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. With Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha and Jin-woong Jo.. . . There's just one new show this week in the Victoria area — The Handmaiden — but many others are in progress. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"01.12.2016 19:30:21" timescolonist.com Victoria police, customs seize $1.2 million worth of fentanyl Victoria police and the Canadian Border Services Agency have seized $1.2 million worth of drugs after a multi-jurisdictional investigation, the police department said at a press conference this . . .
"01.12.2016 18:16:22" timescolonist.com Wild driving, multiple crashes in Langford lead to two arrests Two men have been arrested after driving a stolen vehicle erratically in rush hour traffic, crashing into multiple vehicles and trying to carjack a pickup truck in Langford last night. What was . . . What was initially thought to be a mobile meth lab turned out to be jerry cans and an industrial-sized drum barrel which did not contain toxic substances. Taking into account the erratic driving behaviour, police decided to err on the side of caution.
"01.12.2016 15:35:49" timescolonist.com Victoria mayor keeping an eye on residential sales to foreign buyers It is too soon to know whether October's increase in sales to foreign buyers in the capital region is a blip or a trend, says Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “It is definitely something that the . . . “If there is a call from the region to ask the minister to apply the 15 per cent tax here, it is going to come from the region, not just from the mayor of Victoria, because it would impact all of us.”
"01.12.2016 14:49:27" timescolonist.com Ex-sailor not surprised by military misconduct findings A Victoria woman who says she was forced out of the Royal Canadian Navy after complaining of sexual misconduct feels vindicated by Statistics Canada's new survey of military personnel. The survey. . . “Maybe we are actually getting some truth now instead of just what the military wants the public to hear.”
"01.12.2016 14:46:58" timescolonist.com CRD budget projected to jump by eight per cent next year Major capital projects, including regional sewage treatment, are projected to drive up the total Capital Regional District budget by eight per cent next year. That would translate to double-digit. . . Many Esquimalt and West Shore residents are facing double-digit tax increases.
"01.12.2016 14:43:39" timescolonist.com Island First Nations gird for battle against pipeline: 'This is not over' The federal government broke its commitment to First Nations by approving Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, some Island First Nations leaders say. While some have signed letters . . . “We are committed to stopping this project with every legal means available.”
"30.11.2016 19:25:42" timescolonist.com Clark: Ottawa 'very, very close' to meeting B.C.'s five pipeline conditions Premier Christy Clark said Wednesday the federal government has come “very, very close” to meeting B.C.'s five conditions for supporting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Speaking to . . . Premier Clark said this morning that B.C. requires more details on the federal government's ocean protection plan and reassurance that British Columbians will get a fair share of the project benefits.
"30.11.2016 19:09:32" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Ode to our beautiful province Every year, I receive numerous cookbooks from publishers for review. I'm amazed at the quality and rich content most have, but the book that rang my dinner bell the loudest this year was British . . .
"30.11.2016 16:41:29" timescolonist.com Jewelry store bolsters Government Street renaissance Lugaro Jewellers had a grand opening Tuesday night at its new location at Government and Fort streets. Not long ago, a new store, with plenty of glitter and glamour, would have stood out along . . . “The market in the core is really feeling like it is getting revitalized. With all the in-migration to the downtown core and job creation in the core, you are seeing a lot less vacant store fronts. There is tremendous vitality starting to shine again in
"30.11.2016 14:47:29" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Pipeline decision a four-part compromise Crossing the Rockies is engineering child's play when it comes to building an oil pipeline. The real challenge is navigating the political differences on either side of the mountains. As the fiery denunciations from environmentally worried B.C. interests start pouring in, it's worth noting the economic backdrop to the pipeline decision. B.C. hiked its projected surplus for the current year to $2.2 billion. Alberta is expecting a
"30.11.2016 14:34:57" timescolonist.com McKenzie interchange work raises fears for fish, birds Residents are concerned construction of the McKenzie interchange is spilling mud and silt into the Colquitz River, threatening a sensitive coho spawning ground and migratory bird sanctuary. B.C. . . . “They promised there would be no incidents and that construction would be managed without threatening the wildlife or fish and that the integrity of the park would be protected. We've had some worrying signs that somebody dropped the ball.”
"30.11.2016 14:32:25" timescolonist.com Foreign buyers double in month in Victoria-area housing market Housing sales to foreign buyers more than doubled in Greater Victoria from September to October, prompting the B.C. government to increase scrutiny of the region's real estate market. The latest . . . B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong says “the trend line in Victoria seems to be upward — not dramatically yet” while Mike Nugent, president of the Victoria Real Estate Board, called the number of sales to foreign buyers “significant.” However, he added
"30.11.2016 06:56:01" timescolonist.com Review: Roger Hodgson takes long way home to Victoria When you come to hear hits, you'd rather not wait forever for something familiar. Former Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson has been around long enough to know this, which is why it didn't take long for him to uncork songs of a well-known vintage during his Prior to his sold-out show last week, Roger Hodgson hadn't given a Victoria performance since a small club show in 1998.
"29.11.2016 21:57:43" timescolonist.com B.C. surplus projected to increase, despite cooling real estate B.C. is projecting a larger-than-expected budget surplus this year, despite the cooling of revenues from real estate sales.
"29.11.2016 15:26:22" timescolonist.com Need a cab? Fire hydrants could be the place to be Victorians hoping to hail a cab while downtown might soon be looking for the nearest fire hydrant. City staff are suggesting select fire hydrant zones downtown be turned into taxi stands. “I . . . The idea is to allow taxis to park in six fire hydrant zones. The cabbie would be required to remain in the cab and to “leave the zone immediately upon the arrival or approach of an emergency vehicle,” says a Victoria city hall staff report.
"29.11.2016 15:08:39" timescolonist.com Capital region rental housing market tightens: CMHC Victoria's strong economy and idyllic environment have combined to tighten the rental housing market, according to a report released Monday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. CMHC's fall. . . “Despite the introduction of new units to the rental market, supply remained constant as older units were removed for renovation. With a near-constant supply and an increase in demand, the vacancy rate declined.”
"28.11.2016 22:52:47" timescolonist.com Province to spend $23 million on new campsites, park services The B.C. government will spend nearly $23 million over five years to open more campsites in parks and recreation sites across the province, Premier Christy Clark announced Monday. She also . . . “Last year, we had a terrible issue with people not being able to make reservations at their own campsites in their own province. We want to try and address that by adding more campsites.”
"28.11.2016 17:11:52" timescolonist.com E-bike sales accelerate as riders seek added spark for hilly routes Ken Schwantje is on his third electric bicycle and, it's safe to say, he will never go back to raw pedal power. “I've always had bikes throughout my life, but when you get over 60 biking over . . . “The worse traffic is, the more I smile. You couldn't talk me into getting rid of this bike.”
"27.11.2016 17:41:23" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Beer, brats and football The Grey Cup is today and if you plan to watch the game and haven't made dinner plans, you're in luck. Here is a recipe for a satisfying creation you might get served at a football game, or at a . . .
"27.11.2016 15:15:25" timescolonist.com Saanich Inlet offers scientists hints to oceans' 'dead zones' Scientists from around the world are looking to the Saanich Inlet for clues about new ocean “dead zones.” More than 20 researchers from Canada and abroad are involved in a new project studying . . . “We think of the Saanich Inlet as a natural lab.”
"27.11.2016 15:02:11" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: The Rumbles grow, along with The Grumbles News item: A U.S. navy plan to expand its fleet of EA-18G jets at Whidbey Island could mean Victorians will be hearing more of The Rumbles. The Rumbles from the U.S. are increasing, literally and. . . Right now, Canadian alarm systems are particularly sensitive because of the other Rumbles heard from 'Merica, the figurative ones that got really loud Nov. 8.
"27.11.2016 14:54:15" timescolonist.com Fix it up or replace it? Crystal Pool fate at stake Victoria councillors are diving into the multimillion-dollar question of whether to renovate or replace the geriatric Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. City staff say renovating the existing . . . Do you use the Crystal Pool? What would you like to see?
"27.11.2016 06:29:36" timescolonist.com Thousands shrug at rain, flock to watch Santa's Light Parade Three sisters with matching monster tuques stood out among the thousands of children watching Saturday's Island Farms Santa's Light Parade. Elizabeth Allan, seven, four-year-old sister Natalie . . .
"27.11.2016 01:48:19" timescolonist.com Review: A Chorus Line cast has worked hard — and it shows It's hard to exaggerate how groundbreaking the musical A Chorus Line was when it premièred in 1975. Victoria Operatic Society's production of A chorus Line is a solid interpretation of a musical theatre classic — worth seeking out.
"27.11.2016 01:00:00" timescolonist.com Animal welfare groups criticize Vancouver Aquarium after beluga whale death VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Aquarium is facing criticism from animal welfare groups after the second death of a beluga whale at the facility in just under two weeks.The beluga called Aurora died late . . . The beluga called Aurora died late Friday evening after struggling with an unknown illness that became apparent immediately following the death of her offspring Qila 10 days earlier.
"27.11.2016 00:04:24" timescolonist.com On today: Santa's Light Parade, Marina Light Up, Peek Show Island Farms Santa's Light Parade, starting at 5:45 p.m. at the B.C. legislature at Government and Belleville streets, travelling north on Government Street to Fisgard Street. Lots of holiday events this evening in Victoria, including Santa's Light Parade, the Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light-Up and the Inner Harbour Marina Light Up.
"26.11.2016 20:30:00" timescolonist.com July Talk ready to rile up Sugar nightclub in Victoria July Talk singers Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis spend more time than most musicians analyzing the minutiae of their performances. The strength of July Talk's live show hangs on the to-and-fro energy of its two singers. Peter Dreimanis's manic intensity and Tom Waits-ian appeal counteract Leah Fay's sweet-singing and ever-smiling disposition, but there is always a lingering sense of
"26.11.2016 20:01:00" timescolonist.com Stint in U.S. jail over, Langford man's court case resumes A Langford man whose court case was interrupted by four years in a California prison has been sentenced to eight months in jail. In June 2010, drug-trafficker Rhys Bolton was arrested after . . . A Langford man whose court case was interrupted by four years in a California prison has been sentenced to eight months in jail.
"26.11.2016 19:26:10" timescolonist.com Bomb threat shuts Hillside Avenue and Government Street in Rock Bay Victoria police have closed down parts of Government Street and Hillside Avenue as they investigate a bomb threat in Rock Bay. MORE TO COME Tweets by vicpdcanada . . . Victoria police have closed down parts of Government Street and Hillside Avenue as they investigate a bomb threat in Rock Bay.
"26.11.2016 18:00:00" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: Timeless Tuscan romance There is something about Tuscan architecture that appeals to almost everyone. Perhaps it's the combination of classical and modern elements, or maybe it's the natural stone that's often used, . . . Dark millwork and massive doors set the traditional scene, yet the home has many contemporary touches, such as the huge front door that pivots open and is decorated with clovos nail heads.
"26.11.2016 17:30:00" timescolonist.com Calendar, Nov. 26: Santa's Light Parade, Marina Light Up, Peek Show SATURDAY, NOV. 26 Island Farms Santa's Light Parade, starting at 5:45 p.m. at the B.C. legislature at Government and Belleville streets, travelling north on Government Street to Fisgard Street. . . . Inner Harbour Marina Light Up, 6 p.m. at Victoria Inner Harbour, Wharf Street and Fisherman's Wharf to Dec. 30
"26.11.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Visitor surge made summer profitable for B.C. Ferries A strong summer with plenty of American visitors led to B.C. Ferries realizing a $95.2 million profit in the second quarter, according to financial results released Friday. The corporation also . . . “Traffic numbers continued to increase during the summer, with many U.S. visitors taking advantage of our lower dollar and large numbers of Canadians taking stay-cations here in B.C.,” Mike Corrigan, chief executive of B.C. Ferries, said in a statement on
"26.11.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Condos pitched for Victoria Truth Centre land Abstract Developments has submitted a rezoning plan to city hall to build 91 housing units on the soon-to-be-sold Victoria Truth Centre property at Fort Street and Pentrelew Place. A park-like . . . Under the proposal, condominiums would be located in two buildings — one six storeys and the other five storeys. There would also be 10 townhouses and one level of underground parking.
"26.11.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Expansion at Victoria Airport as passenger count soars; parking a challenge Passenger numbers are soaring at Victoria International Airport, where the forecast calls for new record highs this year and in the future. A total of 1.85 million passengers are expected to pass. . . A construction project to add 200 parking spaces is underway, scheduled to be finished by Dec. 15, in time for the Christmas crunch. Another 114 temporary spaces are being added for overflow. The projects will bring the total parking area to 2,150
"26.11.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Dozens fall ill after eating oysters in Tofino At least 48 people have suffered vomiting and diarrhea after eating oysters in Tofino. “That definitely qualifies for outbreak criteria, but they're not all associated with a specific time or . . . Anyone who has experienced symptoms is encouraged to report them to Island Health's communicable disease line for tracking purposes. Staff are off for the weekend, but will collect messages next week. To reach the line, call 250-519-3401 and press 0 for
"26.11.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Helen Chesnut: Compost ritual brings feeling of contentment I think of it as a neighbourly Saturday, that weekend day this month. It began with cutting up one of the garden's pumpkins, steaming the cubes tender, and making a pie for neighbours down the . . . Even after many years of gardening I am still always struck by a feeling of complete contentment whenever I'm tending to the five compost enclosures located in a line against a back yard fence.
"26.11.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Explore: Santa's parade, Oak Bay light up, Christmas market and more The Christmas season kicks off this weekend with the Island Farms Santa's Light Parade, presented by Natrel, followed by the Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light-Up. Santa Claus is coming to . . . Santa's Light Parade is tonight on Victoria's Government Street, from Belleville to Fisgard starting at 5:45 p.m. Plus, there's the Centennial Square Christmas Tree Light-Up from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ferris wheel rides begin at 5 p.m. and cost $3 or $5 for
"26.11.2016 07:48:49" timescolonist.com Beluga whale Aurora has died, Vancouver Aquarium says The Vancouver Aquarium announced Friday night that Aurora, a beluga whale, had died despite treatment. The aquarium shared the news on its Facebook page and on Twitter. With immense sadness . . . Earlier in the day, it appeared that Aurora was showing signs of recovery after treatment that targeted her gastrointestinal tract, the Vancouver Aquarium said.
"26.11.2016 06:49:50" timescolonist.com Fidel Castro, leader of Cuban revolution, has died at age 90 HAVANA - Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, . . . With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that Fidel had died at 10:29 p.m. on Friday night.
"25.11.2016 23:51:09" timescolonist.com Warning issued after seven overdose deaths on Island in past week Island Health issued an urgent warning to illicit drug users Friday after seven overdose deaths in the past week. Five of those people died in Victoria within a 72-hour period, the health . . . “Do not use alone. Please, have someone around who is willing and able to seek help if an overdose happens.”
"25.11.2016 21:30:00" timescolonist.com Storm turns Duke Point-Tsawwassen ferry crossing into all-night journey A windstorm overnight forced 21 B.C. Ferries passengers to spend seven hours aboard a ferry from Duke Point to Tsawwassen. The Queen of New Westminster left Nanaimo at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, an . . . “The captain did make an attempt to dock, but it was too windy, so they aborted the landing and held off until the wind died down.”
"25.11.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Not known how long drug site application process will take, council hears As Island Health moves to establish three supervised drug consumption sites in Victoria, the big unknown is how long it will take to get federal approval, councillors heard Thursday. “The . . . Dr. Richard Stanwick said the proposed supervised drug consumption sites were chosen as they are already “hot spots” for intravenous drug use and close to existing services.
"25.11.2016 20:30:00" timescolonist.com Surgical gauze left in Nanaimo woman's body an 'absolute nightmare' Marilynne Toole went into Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for routine bladder surgery in April but endured a “nightmare” after surgical gauze was left inside her for 75 days. “I'm sharing this . . . “I'm sharing this because I want people to know what the hell can happen to you,” said Marilynne Toole, 66. “It's been six months of my life and it's been an absolute nightmare.”
"25.11.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Spinnakers working to support employees during fire shutdown Spinnakers Brewpub employees, facing an uncertain future after fire damaged their building, have been told they'll be paid until the business reopens. “We sent out an announcement … reassuring . . . Spinnakers Brewpub employees, facing an uncertain future after fire damaged their building, have been told they'll be paid until the business reopens.
"25.11.2016 19:30:00" timescolonist.com As deaths mount, drug sites needed now, Stanwick says Sixteen people have died from drug overdoses in B.C. since Island Health began its public consultation on supervised consumption sites on Tuesday, Dr. Richard Stanwick said Thursday. Island . . . “The surgeon general of the United States has called on us to recognize the dependency on drugs and addiction as a chronic medical condition. It is from that perspective we have to look at this problem,” Dr. Richard Stanwick said Thursday.
"25.11.2016 19:04:42" timescolonist.com Saanich police seek help finding teen, missing since Oct. 29 Saanich police are asking for help finding a teen who hasn't been seen in nearly a month. Police are family are concerned for the well-being of 16-year-old Kalea Nalani Clarke, who was last seen . . . Police are family are concerned for the well-being of 16-year-old Kalea Nalani Clarke, who was last seen in the Greater Victoria area on Oct. 29.
"25.11.2016 18:50:25" timescolonist.com Oak Bay to U.S. navy: Keep Growlers away Plans afoot to bring more Growler jets to naval base on Whidbey Island The sound of U.S. navy Growler jets that upsets many people in Greater Victoria might become more pervasive because of a plan to bring more of the planes to the U.S. Naval Air Station at Whidbey Island.
"25.11.2016 03:26:02" timescolonist.com Gilmore Girls' many Canadian connections (Michel is one) TORONTO — From a sarcastic French concierge to a dog named Paul Anka and a heavy metal singer, TV hit Gilmore Girls has had some Canuck touches over the years. Here are some Canadian connections . . .
"25.11.2016 01:29:08" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Loving (Capitol 6) Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married. With Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton and Will Dalton. PG. . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: Loving; and Rules Don't Apply. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"24.11.2016 22:51:11" timescolonist.com Unions demand Postmedia executives reject $2.3 million in bonuses TORONTO - Unions representing Canadian journalists want five Postmedia executives to reject bonuses totalling $2.275 million as the struggling newspaper chain continues reducing staff. The . . .
"24.11.2016 22:39:26" timescolonist.com Eviction notices rescinded at former Traveller's Inn in Victoria Eviction notices at a 48-unit apartment building on Douglas Street were retracted today after the owner discovered he would not be fined” for breaking a city bylaw during the rezoning process. “. . . “We are absolutely not in the business of evicting people. It would be heart-breaking to do so.”
"24.11.2016 18:35:35" timescolonist.com Strong winds knock out power, delay ferries A windstorm that ripped through the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island early Thursday morning knocked out power to thousands along B.C.'s south coast and led to at least one ferry . . . If you were on the late sailing of the Queen of New Westminster from Duke Point to Tsawwassen, Times Colonist reporter Katie DeRosa would like to hear from you. Please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
"24.11.2016 15:55:23" timescolonist.com Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov 'a hero in Victoria' This weekend marks the triumphant return of the Russian hero. Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will play Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Victoria Symphony for concerts Sunday and Monday. The orchestra's music director, Tania Miller, fondly remembers Two years ago, a hand injury forced pianist Anna Fedorova to drop out of the opening concert of the Victoria Symphony's season. The orchestra was alerted two days before rehearsals were slated to begin. Seeking a replacement, staff phoned agents all over
"24.11.2016 15:24:02" timescolonist.com Batman suffers impossible beatings, UVic experts say A University of Victoria professor who uses superheroes such as Batman to demonstrate elements of science believes it's time for his caped crusaders to get real about concussions. Professor E. . . . “The movies are like a lens of what our society thinks is OK to show and do. So if we trivialize head injury all the time, how can we expect to respond in a serious way when it happens in real life?”
"24.11.2016 15:10:59" timescolonist.com Rezoning bid cited for evictions at former Victoria motel Residents of the 48-unit former Traveller's Inn at 3025 Douglas St. have been issued one-month eviction notices, which cite a city request to rezone the building as the cause. “It's completely . . . “It's completely unnecessary to evict anyone in this situation.”
"24.11.2016 15:06:36" timescolonist.com Personal stories injected into Nanaimo council fray When Bill Yoachim shares his story of childhood sexual abuse by a soccer coach, he usually does so on his own terms — but this week it was shared as part of a leaked critique of him as a Nanaimo . . . A letter written by Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay letter includes criticism of nine councillors, some of whom were labelled as bullies and mentally ill. Corn. Bill Yoachim said the comments about him go into a painful childhood experience and serve as a good
"24.11.2016 14:46:49" timescolonist.com Metchosin man killed in Mexico: 'He closed his eyes and he was gone' A witness to the stabbing of a Metchosin businessman in Yucatan, Mexico, has told the brother of the victim that Roger Corbett died in his arms. James Corbett said the witness told him he was in . . .
"24.11.2016 14:44:22" timescolonist.com Spinnakers Brewpub heavily damaged by fire; no one hurt A fire that started in a fireplace and chimney has caused extensive damage to Spinnakers Brewpub, a landmark spot on Victoria Harbour. No one was hurt in the Wednesday afternoon fire at 308 . . . “I was sitting there having lunch. The fire was on in the fireplace and the smoke all of a sudden started coming out of the soffits.”
"24.11.2016 14:41:06" timescolonist.com Expansion at Victoria Airport as passenger count soars; parking a challenge Passenger numbers are soaring at Victoria International Airport, where the forecast calls for new record highs this year and in the future. A total of 1.85 million passengers are expected to pass. . . “I think Victoria is certainly poised for growth. As an airport, it is certainly our challenge and responsibility to facilitate that and enable it.”
"23.11.2016 19:31:51" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Those marvellous melts Sandwiches named “melts” are just sliced bread with a filling or topping flavoured with cheese that's melted. Melts can be closed-faced or open-faced sandwiches. As you'll see by today's recipes,. . .
"23.11.2016 14:53:12" timescolonist.com Injured worker finds clean turnaround at Our Place Bob Sellmer has found a family at Our Place. The 56-year-old, who fell on hard times after a work injury, is on staff as a dishwasher at the Pandora Avenue social agency. “I've been working . . . Support for Our Place makes a difference in many lives, said Bob Sellmer, who came west from the Toronto area about 20 years ago and has no family ties here. He urges others to do what he did and get involved with Our Place.
"23.11.2016 14:47:32" timescolonist.com Ecoforestry Institute Society's bid for Wildwood a winner The Ecoforestry Institute Society has succeeded in its bid to buy the Wildwood ecoforest near Cedar thanks to a last-minute fundraising blitz. The possession date for the 77-acre property is Dec.. . . The B.C. Supreme Court decided Tuesday to approve the society's bid for the well-known site near Nanaimo, which has served as a model of sustainable forestry since Merv Wilkinson started working the property in 1938.
"23.11.2016 14:41:16" timescolonist.com Seaspan boosts Camosun trades A custom-made bulkhead newly installed at Camosun College will enhance training for skilled trades students heading into shipyards and other job sites. Seaspan's Victoria Shipyards designed, . . . “When we make an investment like this, this is an investment in our future.”
"23.11.2016 14:29:10" timescolonist.com In leaked email, Nanaimo mayor describes councillors as bullies, mentally ill Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay is calling for an investigation after his 2015 email to a mediator, characterizing some councillors as mentally ill and bullies, was leaked and presented to council on . . . “I'm absolutely shocked and appalled this would be leaked.”
"23.11.2016 00:19:56" timescolonist.com Jim Munro, co-founder of Munro's Books, dies at age 87 Jim Munro, the co-founder of Munro's Books in downtown Victoria, has died. A note on the bookstore's website says the retired bookseller died suddenly Monday. He was 87. “He was at home, in his. . . “He was at home, in his favourite chair, with his daughter Sheila and wife Carole by his side,” according to the bookstore.
"22.11.2016 21:17:44" timescolonist.com Threat led to 'hold and secure' at Parkland Secondary in North Saanich A threat received at Parkland Secondary School before classes Tuesday sent students and staff into a “hold-and-secure” procedure until Sidney/North Saanich RCMP determined the building was safe.. . . A North Saanich high school went into lockdown this morning after receiving an anonymous threat, the school said. The lockdown at Parkland Secondary School was lifted just before noon.
"22.11.2016 16:56:50" timescolonist.com 'Traditional Canadian winter' in store for most: Weather Network The Weather Network is predicting a cold and potentially stormy winter for much of the country. The network has issued its winter forecast and suggests it will be a "more traditional" . . . OK, the Weather Network is predicting a “more traditional” winter for many parts of Canada — cold, story, and presumably snowy. Their forecast raises a question — what's a “traditional” winter for Victoria and the South Island?
"22.11.2016 15:29:59" timescolonist.com Deadline looms for homeless exotic birds More than 280 cockatoos, macaws and other exotic birds removed from the former World Parrot Refuge in Coombs last summer are still looking for homes. The Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary, which . . . “We'd like to have more adoptions from the Island, if possible — particularly the south end. We've exhausted most of the north for good homes,” says Jenny Tamas of the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Would you consider it?
"22.11.2016 15:21:54" timescolonist.com Victoria mulls Ship Point future; mayor wants upgrade The City of Victoria is trying once again to develop a plan for Ship Point and the adjacent parking lot below and to the west of Wharf Street. Mayor Lisa Helps is determined that this time a plan. . .
"22.11.2016 15:18:51" timescolonist.com Victoria considers encouraging secondary suites, easing rules With vacancy rates hovering near zero, Victoria city staff hope to encourage more homeowners to either consider building a secondary suite or legalize their existing one. “We're going to need to . . . “We're going to need to rethink, as a community, what a single-family dwelling looks like and is, and what it's for and how it's used, if we want to preserve the agricultural land [in the region] and have more housing affordability,” says Mayor Lisa
"21.11.2016 15:59:40" timescolonist.com Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes wins Sea Island playoff ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Mackenzie Hughes holed an 18-foot par putt from off the green Monday morning to win the RSM Classic and become the first rookie in 20 years to go wire-to-wire for his first . . .
"21.11.2016 15:22:34" timescolonist.com More B.C. parents struggling to raise adult children with disabilities Dallas and Ardith Hinton have been worrying most of their married lives about who will care for their daughter when they die. They want 30-year-old Nora — who has Down syndrome, mobility issues . . . “It's exhausting us. But you put one foot in front of the other and you go day by day, because you don't have a choice.”
"21.11.2016 15:03:33" timescolonist.com Liberals set plan to phase out coal by 2030, boost renewable energy Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030. Two countries, two different policies. In Canada, the federal government wants to cut back oil-fired electrical generation. In the United States, president-elect Donald Trump is promising to bring back mining. In coal-mining areas, people are pleased but
"21.11.2016 14:40:24" timescolonist.com Ranchers say thieves stealing wood fences to satisfy home decorators A home decor trend appears to be fuelling a series of “highway robberies” in the B.C. Interior. Here's something to think about if you drive on the Coquihalla Highway. Fences are being stolen in the area. Imagine cattle on the highway, where speed limits are 120 kilometres per hour.
"21.11.2016 14:23:57" timescolonist.com Moscow, Beijing targeting Canada's secret info and technology, CSIS warns Canada's spy agency is openly warning that Russia and China are out to steal the country's most prized secrets. “States and other entities abroad have interests — political, economic and territorial — and will pursue those interests by a variety of means. Some will do so through espionage and interference, targeting the Canadian economy, strategic interests and
"20.11.2016 23:04:51" timescolonist.com Alaskans vow pushback if Trump targets mountain's new name Among Donald Trump's many promises on his way to the White House was a tweeted vow to change the new name of North America's tallest mountain back to Mount McKinley. Last year, the Obama administration changed the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. Now, president-elect Donald Trump has indicated that he will change the name back to Mount McKinley. The idea is getting a
"20.11.2016 18:31:54" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Chill out with sheet-pan dinner Today marks the return of my Sunday Dinner column, which is what my Sunday food page was originally called when I started writing it back in 2001. The concept is simple: to offer dinner idea so. . .
"20.11.2016 15:55:12" timescolonist.com Pacific Rim trail closer to reality Details about a 28-kilometre walking and biking trail proposed to connect Tofino and Ucluelet with the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve will be discussed in public forums in coming weeks. The . . . “We've been lobbying for a very long time to have some sort of safe connection for bicyclists and walkers and hikers between Tofino and Ucluelet. And this is really meaningful for the First Nation communities in the park — Tla-o-qui-aht has two
"20.11.2016 15:40:40" timescolonist.com New housing arranged for 35 displaced by fire, city says The community is rallying to help tenants of a Hillside Avenue townhouse complex damaged by fire early Friday. Residents of Evergreen Terrace are being provided with temporary lodging, food . . . The fire at Evergreen Terrace on Hillside Avenue caused an estimated $1-million in damage to the 10-unit complex for families and seniors. The townhouses are part of a larger complex of 183 subsidized units. Fire damage was so severe investigators have
"20.11.2016 15:33:34" timescolonist.com MLA to Mounties: Who is looking into allegations about Nanaimo mayor? If the RCMP will not say who is looking into allegations against the Nanaimo mayor, it should explain why it is taking that position, says the local MLA. “If you won't say who, then you should at. . . “If you won't say who, then you should at least say why. I think that is a reasonable expectation of the public.”
"20.11.2016 15:29:16" timescolonist.com Nanaimo First Nation fighting for more land A $49-million settlement isn't the end of a Nanaimo First Nation's fight for its traditional territories. The Snuneymuxw First Nation is also negotiating a side deal with the federal government for. . . The federal government is holding several parcels of land for the purpose of reconciliation and repatriation, said Doug White, acting chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Among them are about 100 acres in Cedar, 900 to 1,000 acres on Gabriola Island and
"20.11.2016 14:42:26" timescolonist.com New Zealand quake a warning to Islanders The 7.8-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand that killed two people and triggered a small tsunami and massive rock slides should serve as a wakeup call for Vancouver Islanders, say earthquake . . . “This is a big chance for us to be prepared, it's a very good reminder, along with the Great B.C. Shakeout that we practised last month. Look at the types of damage you see on television from those earthquakes and image that happening here and prepare
"20.11.2016 14:38:23" timescolonist.com The changing face of Cordova Bay Residents of Cordova Bay are wondering if their community is at a kind of crossroads, with several developments in the works to add more than 450 residential housing units. Saanich Coun. Judy . . . Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff said the community “is feeling that all of this development is hitting them all at once,” with some residents worried about changes that could occur. Do you live in Cordova Bay? Are recent developments affecting you?
"19.11.2016 23:59:59" timescolonist.com Review: Jessica Lang's striking images linger long after curtain falls It's not often a costume merits applause before a performance begins. Yet that was the case Friday night, when Kana Kimura's spectacular dress drew a swell of approval from the crowd before she'd taken a single step. It's not often a costume merits applause before a performance begins. Yet that was the case at the Royal Theatre Friday night, when Kana Kimura's spectacular dress drew a swell of approval from the crowd before she'd taken a single step. (Four stars out
"19.11.2016 21:45:00" timescolonist.com No one injured after vehicle hits ditch, flips on Malahat No one was injured after a vehicle carrying three people hit a ditch and flipped over on the Malahat highway this morning. “It was pretty intense but it was a good call for everybody involved,” . . . No one was injured after a vehicle carrying three people hit a ditch and flipped over on the Malahat highway this morning.
"19.11.2016 21:17:19" timescolonist.com Fire at Victoria townhouse complex: 'You gotta jump, you gotta jump' A Victoria man ran to escape an explosion of flames and smoke in his Evergreen Terrace townhouse Friday morning and once outside caught his girlfriend who leapt from the second floor. Victoria . . . A Victoria man ran to escape an explosion of flames and smoke in his Evergreen Terrace townhouse Friday morning and once outside caught his girlfriend who leapt from the second floor.
"19.11.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com Dave Obee: 1861 theatre ruckus sparked racism debate The City of Victoria has declared today to be Mifflin Wistar Gibbs Day, in honour of Gibbs becoming the first black elected official in Canada on Nov. 19, 1866, 150 years ago. Gibbs served on . . . He was elected to Victoria city council in 1866, representing the James Bay ward, and helped push for British Columbia's confederation with Canada.
"19.11.2016 16:30:00" timescolonist.com Port Alberni mom protests First Nations cleansing ceremony at school A Port Alberni mother's objection to a First Nations cleansing ceremony at her children's school is sparking a debate about the line between religion and culture — and what's appropriate in schools. . . First Nations leaders say there's a difference between religion and culture. And introducing students to First Nations culture is vital to reconciliation. Ken Watts, vice president of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribal council, said he hopes the school district
"19.11.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: For 'Spaceman' Lee, no running from Trump-sized problem For those keeping score at home, legendary baseball pitcher Bill Lee did not win election as governor of Vermont last week. He did, however, stage the most economical campaign while representing . . . Interviewing Bill Lee — former major leaguer, best-selling author, the subject of a 1980 Warren Zevon song and a just-released Hollywood biopic starring Josh Duhamel — is like holding a conversation with a pinball machine. One minute he's citing Leonard
"19.11.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Conflict chief explains why he's being paid half-million a year Conflict-of-interest commissioner Paul Fraser's compensation has been in the half-million-dollar range for two of the past three years, far above the pay level set for the job, because the B.C. legislative assembly is making good on a pension promise that It's a confusing, misleading situation that reflects two things. One is the slack financial management of the legislature in prior years, before it was tightened up recently. The second is the disinclination on the part of MLAs to raise questions about
"19.11.2016 14:15:00" timescolonist.com Fire at Victoria townhouse complex: 'You gotta jump, you gotta jump' A Victoria man ran to escape an explosion of flames and smoke in his Evergreen Terrace townhouse Friday morning and once outside caught his girlfriend who leapt from the second floor. Victoria . . . Dozens of people have been displaced by the fire at Evergreen Terrace, a townhouse complex on Hillside Avenue at Blanshard Street.
"19.11.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Big-voiced Dap-Kings soul singer Sharon Jones dies at 60 NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sharon Jones, the stout powerhouse who shepherded a soul revival despite not finding stardom until middle age, has died. She was 60. Jones' representative, Judy Miller Silverman,. . . Sharon Jones performed a sold-out concert in Victoria in April 2014. An excerpt from the five-star review: Backed by the Dap-Kings, a 10-piece band that's so tight it hurts, she sang, strutted and danced her way into some kind of ecstatic music nirvana.
"19.11.2016 07:30:00" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: Coping with Trump's election victory On the night of the American election, I bought a bottle of champagne. It was the genuine article, not one of those inexpensive substitutes (hello prosecco!) the Chamberlain family usually acquires. . . Yes, one can march about with a placard that says: “Not my president!” But that doesn't do any good — especially in Canada.
"18.11.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Could a refurbished McBarge find a new home in Victoria waters? Victoria is in the running as a potential base for a refurbished McBarge — the popular floating McDonald's restaurant at Expo 86 in Vancouver which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar refit. “We . . . Victoria is in the running as a potential base for a refurbished McBarge — the popular floating McDonald's restaurant at Expo 86 in Vancouver which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar refit.
"18.11.2016 18:58:46" timescolonist.com Despite concerns, electronic health record system to remain, report says A report into the $174-million electronic health record system in Nanaimo validates safety risks raised by doctors, and suggests Island Health should have spent more time tailoring the software to . . . A report into the $174-million electronic health record system in Nanaimo validates safety risks raised by doctors, and suggests Island Health should have spent more time tailoring the software to the needs of front-line workers before introducing it.
"17.11.2016 23:43:08" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Allied (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Landmark Cinemas University Heights) (Opens Wednesday) In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on . . . Moviegoers in the Victoria have a wealth of new shows to see this week: Allied; Bad Santa 2; Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk; Bleed for This; The Edge of Seventeen; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Moana; and The Violin Teacher. For details about
"17.11.2016 21:23:35" timescolonist.com Nanaimo's electronic health record system to remain, report says A controversial $174-million electronic health record system in Nanaimo will remain in place with 26 recommendations underway to improve it, says a new report released today. B.C. Health Minister. . . Dr. Doug Cochrane, patient safety and quality officer for the province, said that despite problems, the system should not be scrapped. Instead, it needs to be revised, tested and proven to be fully functional and once that is done it “forms a basis for
"17.11.2016 17:03:05" timescolonist.com 38 years later, Victoria killer faces murder charge in U.S. “It's a pretty gruesome, really sadistic case.”
Nearly 40 years after Janice Aili Forbes, a young Victoria mother, was murdered in her Queens Street apartment, her killer was released from jail and deported to the U.S.
Tommy Ross Jr. was promptly
"17.11.2016 16:36:31" timescolonist.com Elton John coming to Victoria in March Rock icon Elton John will be returning to Victoria for two performances next year, his first concerts in the area since a pair of 2011 dates that were some of the most anticipated in Vancouver . . . The Victoria concerts are part of an 11-city Canadian tour by John and his group, which features several members who have been with the Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock and Bennie and the Jets hitmaker since the beginning of his career.
"17.11.2016 15:56:11" timescolonist.com Comox teacher attacks campaign against military A Comox teacher and military wife is embarking on a petition demanding the B.C. Teachers' Federation stop demonizing the Canadian Armed Forces. Zoe Baker, 39, recently discovered anti-military . . . In reaching out to other teachers, Zoe Baker has found many were not aware the union had a social justice committee or that it had targeted the Canadian Armed Forces. “I wonder if that is not overstepping the bounds of a labour union,” she said.
"17.11.2016 14:51:46" timescolonist.com Victoria police seek budget for mental-health officers The Victoria Police Department is again asking for a budget increase to fund two officers who would help people with mental-health issues. It's a request that Victoria councillors turned down last . . . “We're on the front lines, in parks, alleyways, on the streets … when we come across people who need help, we're in the best position to connect them to those resources.”
"17.11.2016 14:37:40" timescolonist.com Langtoria bus draws handful of commuters One month after the City of Langford launched a luxury commuter bus, ridership has shown modest growth. A dozen passengers now climb aboard the Langtoria Greenline for their daily commute, said . . . “The project is going well, all in all. The growth is slow but steady.”
"17.11.2016 14:10:45" timescolonist.com Nanaimo mayor gets 38% approval in poll; council fares worse Many Nanaimo residents aren't happy with their mayor and even less so with their council. Midway through a four-year term, Mayor Bill McKay's performance received the approval of 38 per cent of . . . “For a mayor who's in the hot seat right now, he might point to these numbers and say: 'If you think I'm bad, look at the council.' ”
"17.11.2016 14:02:26" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Drug-addiction column draws complaints There was a frank exchange of views on the subject of drug addiction after Wednesday's column about two addicts' outlook on the issue, headed: “Are we perpetuating addiction?”
"16.11.2016 21:37:25" timescolonist.com Colwood council vote puts West Shore sewage plant off the table A West Shore sewage treatment plant is off the table for the foreseeable future, leaving McLoughlin Point as the sole facility planned for the region. Colwood council voted unanimously against . . . Colwood council has voted unanimously against moving forward with an environmental impact assessment of a West Shore sewage treatment plant, because such a plant won't be needed for at least 20 years.
"16.11.2016 19:22:14" timescolonist.com Barbers and bourbon? More businesses gain right to apply for liquor licences Tax filing and a beer? Bourbon and a haircut? Or massage and a martini? It may all be possible early in 2017 as the province intends to allow all kinds of businesses to apply for a liquor licence. . . “The simple act of serving spirits or a local craft beer with our services will be an added luxury for our clientele. But what is truly exciting, is it allows businesses like mine to break out of the restrictive mould of the commonly expected business
"16.11.2016 18:43:12" timescolonist.com Locations of Victoria's proposed supervised drug sites revealed Island Health is proposing three supervised consumption sites for injection drug users in Victoria in response to an unprecedented number of overdose deaths in the past year. “Vancouver Island . . . ICYMI: “Vancouver Island takes no comfort in being the health authority with the highest rate of overdose deaths per capita” in B.C., said Dr. Richard Stanwick, the health authority's chief medical health officer.
“There are potentially more people dying
"16.11.2016 15:34:04" timescolonist.com Economic, population growth stokes local real estate: report Greater Victoria's real estate sector is predicted to outperform many other markets in British Columbia, according to Real Estate Investment Network Ltd. Economic growth this year, new jobs, . . . “Given the changing demographics and economics occurring in [Victoria], investors and homeowners will witness longer periods where the market will outperform the majority of non-Vancouver markets in the province, with fewer slow-market periods than
"16.11.2016 15:08:24" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Are we perpetuating addictions? The acknowledged benefits of safe drug-consumption sites have pushed the questions about condoning and actively assisting incredibly destructive behaviour off to the sidelines. The idea of young women killing themselves is normally a chilling concept. But in a surreal CBC interview, the two were so cheerfully matter of fact, so blasé about the danger and appeared so entitled to have their route to the morgue subsidized that it
"16.11.2016 14:50:15" timescolonist.com Elsner hearing told of “sexually charged” messages, a hug and a kiss VANCOUVER — Six months of “salacious and sexually charged” Twitter messages, and a hug and a kiss in the office between Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner and the wife of a subordinate officer . . .
"16.11.2016 14:46:07" timescolonist.com Saanich mayor 'bounces back' with 48% approval after rocky start: poll After a rough start, Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell, now midway through his rookie four-year term, is seen as doing a good job by almost half the people contacted in a Times Colonist poll. The poll. . . Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell's 48 per cent approval rating was close to the 47 per cent for Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, but Saanich council's 53 per cent approval was considerably higher than Victoria council's 44 per cent.
"15.11.2016 17:05:30" timescolonist.com Study looks at genetic impact of European contact on First Nations Genetic research has shed new light on what happened to indigenous people after European contact — and demonstrated just how long at least one group has inhabited their traditional lands.A paper . . . Research indicates that between 125 and 225 years ago, First Nations in the Prince Rupert area lost about 57 per cent of their genetic diversity. “It suggests a huge drop in population,” said lead author Ripal Malhi of the University of Illinois.
"15.11.2016 15:50:02" timescolonist.com Cat adoption blitz purrfect Greater Victoria residents were willing to line up to prove their warm and fuzzy feelings for 55 at-risk felines trucked to town from an SPCA shelter in Saskatchewan. Almost all the young cats . . . “It was a huge success — it was a frenzy, actually,” said Sharene Foord, president of the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders. “Victoria loves their cats, and Victoria loves rescue cats.”
"15.11.2016 15:22:55" timescolonist.com Mayors of 'sanctuary cities' say they'll fight Trump's deportation plans SEATTLE - Democratic mayors of major U.S. cities that have long had cool relationships with federal immigration officials say they'll do all they can to protect residents from deportation, despite . . .
"15.11.2016 15:13:02" timescolonist.com Tiny homes on wheels could shelter homeless, builder of prototype says Peter Gould wants to help Victoria's homeless, one shopping-cart sized tiny house at a time. “I struggled with housing, in shelters for a few years. Now that I have a place, I want to give back,”. . . “I struggled with housing, in shelters for a few years. Now that I have a place, I want to give back.”
"15.11.2016 15:04:28" timescolonist.com Rental tower for seniors pitched for Crystal Court site downtown Concert Properties' plan for a seniors building on the site of the former Crystal Court Motel goes before Victoria councillors on Thursday. The mixed-use concept features rental units, . . . The concrete building on Belleville Street would include 131 rental units, to be priced at market rates, and another 42 condominiums. The developer has put up three similar buildings in Vancouver and Toronto.
"15.11.2016 14:54:25" timescolonist.com U.S. warship diverts to help New Zealand quake evacuation The first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in more than 30 years was changing course Tuesday to help evacuate people stranded in a coastal town following a powerful earthquake.
"15.11.2016 14:46:56" timescolonist.com Empty containers lost at sea near Island after Hanjin ship hits rough weather Rough weather sent 35 empty shipping containers on the Hanjin Seattle tumbling into the ocean off the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. The containers hit the sea shortly after 1 p.m. on . . . Mariners have received a warning from the Coast Guard that drifting containers might be a danger to navigation. The notice went out after the Hanjin Seattle said the containers were nearly eight nautical miles west of Pachena Point, south of Barkley
"15.11.2016 14:39:35" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: B.C. government loses power with ruling The phrase “laughed out of court” comes to mind, except the Supreme Court of Canada didn't even bother laughing. When the B.C. Teachers' Federation's 14-year battle with the government finally reached the last stop in the line, the Supreme Court of Canada took barely 20 minutes to consider the case after arguments concluded. Then it delivered an oral verdict while
"15.11.2016 14:18:23" timescolonist.com Poll gives Victoria mayor 47% approval; less support for council Midway through her four-year term, the job performance of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has won the approval of 47 per cent of the people surveyed in a Times Colonist poll. Another 42 per cent . . . Residents were asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of the overall job performance of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps?” Among residents aged 65 and older, 58 per cent said they approved what she has done. Just 42 per cent of voters aged 18 to 34 approved of her
"15.11.2016 13:39:49" timescolonist.com Victoria's Shiraz Higgins follows his dreams Shiraz Higgins was making plans for a career in law when he saw a film that radically changed his trajectory. The film that kickstarted his change of heart and prompted his career as a filmmaker?. . . “These guys made a career for themselves because they were passionate about what they did. And they did it really well. I thought: 'I don't need to go to law school to make a career, I just need to find something I really love to do, and do it with as
"15.11.2016 03:39:50" timescolonist.com Corner Gas star Janet Wright dies at 71; supporter of theatre in Victoria Award-winning stage and screen actor Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on Corner Gas has died at age 71. Wright, a Vancouver resident, was also a longtime. . . Corner Gas star Janet Wright has died. The award-winning actor had strong ties to the Victoria theatre community, namely through her family. Condolences.
"14.11.2016 15:33:24" timescolonist.com Socrates sets sail in new attempt at world solo record Jeanne Socrates, the 74-year-old woman trying to set a record as the oldest person to sail alone around the world, set sail from Victoria late Sunday afternoon under grey skies and light rain. “. . . “Fingers tightly crossed — please pray to the wind gods for us — for a good passage [south]. It might be slow but at least it looks as though there'll be no storms on our path.”
"13.11.2016 20:29:33" timescolonist.com Nanaimo First Nation ratifies record land-claim settlement Snuneymuxw First Nation members have ratified a near $50-million settlement with the federal government for 79 acres of former Indian reserve land in the middle of downtown Nanaimo, acting chief . . . The land claim settlement — the largest in B.C. history — covers 79 acres of former reserve land in downtown Nanaimo. In addition, the settlement gives the right of the Snuneymuxw First Nation to negotiate 79 acres of replacement Indian reserve land, and
"13.11.2016 17:20:23" timescolonist.com Ask Eric: A rainbow of Thai curries Dear Eric: I'm about to try your recent recipe for cauliflower coconut soup with Thai curry paste and was reminded that I've been meaning to ask you about curry pastes. What is the difference . . .
"13.11.2016 16:30:46" timescolonist.com Robert Amos: Local fine-art roundup — five shows to see Jill Fitz Hirschbold is a photographer who likes to depict simple subjects (the prow of a boat; rust on a metal surface) in an abstract way, emphasizing the formality of bold geometric compositions. . .
"13.11.2016 16:23:42" timescolonist.com Less invasive urology tools the goal of $100,000 drive The Victoria Hospitals Foundation is raising funds for medical equipment that urologist Dr. Paul Whelan says has allowed one of the biggest leaps in urology surgery in a century. The items — . . . “It's one of the biggest moves forward in urology surgery, really, in 100 years.”
"13.11.2016 16:17:04" timescolonist.com Island View future a tough balancing act An advocacy group is pressing for more changes to the plans for Island View Beach Regional Park, although some politicians and equestrians say it strikes a good balance for what visitors can and . . . Liz Ashton, chairwoman of Capital Region Equestrians and a three-time Olympian, praised the efforts of the CRD, saying that it has produced a balanced plan. But the Friends of Island View Beach see plenty of imbalances. Do you go to Island View Beach?
"13.11.2016 16:00:14" timescolonist.com Skeleton crews keep up ships to nowhere A skeleton crew is manning the Hanjin Scarlet container ship that is hunkered down in Plumper Sound, between North Pender and Saturna islands. It has relocated after two months in waters off . . . After two months off Prince Rupert and a subsequent visit to Vancouver, the Hanjin Scarlet container ship is in Plumper Sound, between North Pender and Saturna islands. The ship and its crew are caught in the middle of the financial collapse of South
"13.11.2016 15:47:57" timescolonist.com 'Wall of columns' feared for Vic West Proposed changes to reshape how Vic West's Dockside Green develops will go to public hearing. Councillors voted to send the changes to public hearing — provided staff develop guidelines to ensure. . . Dockside Green changes are going to public hearing, with buildings planned up to 20 storeys
"13.11.2016 15:28:56" timescolonist.com The story behind the Queen of the North Moments before the Queen of the North struck ground in a marine disaster that would claim two lives, Colin Henthorne woke up to banging on his cabin door. It wasn't the first time he'd been . . . In his new book, The Queen of the North Disaster: The Captain's Story, Colin Henthorne addresses questions that are still being asked about the March 22, 2006, catastrophe. How did two passengers go missing? How could a ship that sailed the same course
"13.11.2016 15:04:49" timescolonist.com Famed Malahat resort returns in glorious style When the Aerie Resort was shuttered in the winter of 2009, a Times Colonist editorial lamented the loss of the fabled mountaintop resort, saying that it had helped put Vancouver Island on the world. . . “We don't want to be a place for just a few.”
"13.11.2016 14:31:46" timescolonist.com Powerful quake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island early Monday, shaking awake residents, causing damage to buildings and prompting emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves. The magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to Christchurch in New Zealand's South island but appeared to be more strongly felt in the capital, Wellington, more than 200 kilometres away. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency
"13.11.2016 07:07:20" timescolonist.com Island golf trailblazer Dawn Coe-Jones succumbs to cancer Dawn Coe-Jones, who was raised in Lake Cowichan and became one of the greatest golfers in Canadian history, has died of bone cancer at age 56 in Tampa, Florida. “It is a huge loss. Dawn never . . . Childhood friend and caddie Kelly Feltrin said of Dawn Coe-Jones, who died of cancer at age 56: “She fought hard — and I'm telling you, hard — and always with dignity and always caring about everyone else."
"12.11.2016 21:30:00" timescolonist.com Comment: What Canadians can learn from Trump's victory MIAMI, FLORIDA - On election night, this Canadian with his wife and three kids participated in a dinner party filled to the man, woman and child with educated, multi-lingual, upper-middle-class . . . "We all expected a victory for Hillary Clinton, not only because she led in the polls, but because we collectively could not fathom the degree of widespread support for Donald Trump, who we all find, for different reasons, either despicable or
"12.11.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com High waves challenge for crews lifting sunken tugboat off B.C. coast BELLA BELLA, B.C. - A rough sea is preventing crews from inflating air bags to lift the bow of a submerged tugboat that sank off British Columbia's central coast last month, spilling more than . . . As crews prepare the daunting task of lifting a 30-metre tug that sank off British Columbia's central coast, the local First Nation says the federal government is hiding information about the environmental impact of the incident.
"12.11.2016 20:43:17" timescolonist.com Quirky Desert Bus For Hope fundraiser subject of new documentary As if the local gaming community wasn't pumped enough about the 10th anniversary of Desert Bus for Hope, this year's edition of the international charity gaming marathon will be featured in a new . . . As if the local gaming community wasn't pumped enough about the 10th anniversary of Desert Bus for Hope, this year's edition of the international charity gaming marathon will be featured in a new documentary.
"12.11.2016 20:30:00" timescolonist.com Court ruling forces hiring of hundreds of teachers, cost up to $300M annually B.C. teachers celebrated at the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday following a landmark decision that restores class-size and composition provisions stripped from their contracts 14 years ago. . . . The BCTF has said the ruling could cost the government $250 million to $300 million a year by forcing the province to hire hundreds more teachers, counsellors and librarians.
"12.11.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Water levels drop around Port Alberni, but flood threat remains The Port Alberni area caught a break Friday as far as flood waters are concerned. Water levels in rivers and stream have subsided significantly, Mayor Mike Ruttan said Friday night. “We're down. . . The Port Alberni area caught a break Friday as far as flood waters are concerned.
"12.11.2016 19:53:09" timescolonist.com Lake Cowichan-raised golfer Dawn Coe-Jones dies after battle with cancer at 56 Island-born Dawn Coe-Jones, a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame who helped blaze a trail for Canadian women on the pro tour, has died of cancer. She was 56. Golf Canada said Saturday that . . . Island-born Dawn Coe-Jones, a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame who helped blaze a trail for Canadian women on the pro tour, has died of cancer. She was 56.
"12.11.2016 19:08:19" timescolonist.com Wildflower hit maker Doug Edwards, 'a one in million' pop artist, dies at 71 Guitarist Doug Edwards, famed for writing the music for mega-hit Wildflower, has died at age 71 at his Vancouver home after a long illness. Former bandmate David Foster lauded Edwards, saying . . . Guitarist Doug Edwards, famed for writing the music for mega-hit Wildflower, has died at age 71 at his Vancouver home after a long illness. Former bandmate David Foster lauded Edwards, saying that “he was, always has been and probably always will be the
"12.11.2016 18:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria artist Timothy Wilson Hoey captures essence of Canada Walking into Victoria artist Timothy Wilson Hoey's basement studio is like stepping onto a Canadian Heritage moment set. A stuffed beaver and salmon, antique snowshoes, old tools, an antler . . . Stacked like cord wood (Timothy Hoey's words) are more than 150 portraits of the country's icons, from beavers and hockey legends to politicians and artists.
"12.11.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com Remembering the fallen: three personal journeys The significance of standing guard at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day was brought home for three Victoria men on Friday. Leading Seaman John Barazzuol, 33, who served two combat tours in . . . “It's an honour to get a chance to guard the memorial of fallen soldiers,” Leading Seaman John Barazzuol said. “I find it really emotional for me and many of my peers because we have been heavily vested in that system and process and tradition.”
"12.11.2016 16:30:00" timescolonist.com Project offers glimpse of people behind names on memorials One hundred years ago today, midway through the carnage of the First World War, Canadian servicemen were dying at a rate of about 50 a day. At least seven men from B.C. died on Nov. 12, 1916, one . . . The Great Canadian War Project is billed as “the largest fully searchable database dedicated to the Canadian men and woman that served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War."
"12.11.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Land Conservancy bringing new plan to creditors in December The Land Conservancy of B.C. will be seeking approval for a plan to bring more than three years of creditor protection to an end. If creditors support the proposal on Dec. 2, it will go to the . . . The group's financial troubles came to a head as it embarked on an enthusiastic purchasing program by relying on mortgages to buy land, a practice that is not common among Canadian land trusts. By 2010, it had 26 mortgages on 15 properties.
"12.11.2016 15:45:00" timescolonist.com Rebels vs. Hilltops in junior football's Canadian Bowl at Westhills today Protect your house. It sounds simple enough, especially for the Westshore Rebels, who are 7-0 this season in the friendly confines of Westhills Stadium. But the B.C. Football Conference champions. . . The Westshore Rebels, B.C. Football Conference champions, will face the two-time defending national champion Saskatoon Hilltops today at 1 p.m. in the Canadian Bowl at Westhills Stadium in Langford. It's the first time the Canadian Bowl has been played
"12.11.2016 15:30:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Smoke 'em if you got 'em, in Port Angeles PORT ANGELES — The first guy through the pot shop door Wednesday morning figured he had good reason to buy a joint. “I woke up to Trump as president,” he said. Which, according to Washington . . . The Port Angeles recreational-pot stores are open to anyone over the age of 21, regardless of where they're from. Buyers can't smoke on the premises, though, or on the street, or in a car. Can't take it across the border, or even into the nearby Olympic
"12.11.2016 15:15:00" timescolonist.com Powerful, essential, cliche: The complex life of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' TORONTO - There was a time when Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" wasn't even a footnote in the Montreal performer's music career.The 1984 synth track fumbled its way into release and practically fizzled . . . Velvet Underground founding member John Cale was one of the first to reinterpret the song and a cover by the late Jeff Buckley accelerated Hallelujah's meteoric rise from obscurity. "I couldn't think of any other song that had a trajectory anything like
"12.11.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Wildflower hit maker Doug Edwards, 'a one in million' pop artist, dies at 71 Guitarist Doug Edwards, famed for writing the music for mega-hit Wildflower, has died at age 71 at his Vancouver home after a long illness. Former bandmate David Foster lauded Edwards, saying . . . In 1970, Doug Edwards teamed with Dave Richardson, a Saanich police officer and friend of David Foster, to write Wildflower, which became a gold record in Canada, went to No. 9 on the U.S. Billboard chart and was covered by more than 75 artists from
"11.11.2016 19:45:00" timescolonist.com Somass flood: 'No one's going to stop this river from rising' Two lanes of Highway 4 just west of Port Alberni were passable Thursday, although that could change with heavy rain expected into next week. The highway, linking Port Alberni with Ucluelet and . . . “No one can stop the rain and, when you recognize the power of Mother Nature, the only thing you can do is to be prepared for the worst.”
"11.11.2016 19:15:00" timescolonist.com B.C. teachers celebrate Supreme Court's class-size ruling B.C. teachers celebrated at the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday following a landmark decision that restores class-size and composition provisions stripped from their contracts 14 years ago. . . . B.C. teachers celebrated at the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday following a landmark decision that restores class-size and composition provisions stripped from their contracts 14 years ago.
"11.11.2016 19:14:02" timescolonist.com Thousands gather at War Memorial to remember the fallen Thousands are gathered at the cenotaph on the grounds of the B.C. legislature this morning for Remembrance Day. Veterans in their 90s and children too young to know what war means are huddled . . . Looking at the decorated veterans gathered at the War Memorial today, five-year-old Daphne Uppal asked her grandpa: “They used to be in the war?” She then asked why so many people were gathered.
Atam Uppal, 70, said simply: “Many died so we remember them
"11.11.2016 18:51:23" timescolonist.com Minister threatens to cancel permit for Shawnigan quarry B.C.'s environment minister is threatening to suspend or cancel the permit that allows a rock quarry near Shawnigan Lake to receive and store contaminated soil. Mary Polak warned quarry owner . . . B.C.'s environment minister is threatening to suspend or cancel the permit that allows a rock quarry near Shawnigan Lake to receive and store contaminated soil.
"11.11.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com Holding the torch for family members who fought Seven Victoria men from Claudia Berry's family fought in both world wars, and she is determined their efforts will not be forgotten. Berry, 67, a retired French teacher living in East Sooke, has . . . Claudia Berry, a retired French teacher living in East Sooke, has painstakingly assembled wartime histories of seven men in her family, beginning with her grandfather Ainger Roger Berry (1897-1968), and continuing with three great uncles and her father,
"11.11.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Leonard Cohen in Victoria: sang at sold-out concerts, signed a soup bowl Cohen's memorable appearances in Victoria included a concert at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on April 21, 2009. After his concert, he autographed a handcrafted soup bowl that later helped raise . . . When he was in Victoria for his 2009 concert, Leonard Cohen autographed a handcrafted soup bowl that later helped raise money for the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society at the 12th annual Souper Bowls of Hope event at the Empress Hotel.
"11.11.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Some Canadian residents left with worthless cash after Indian rupee cancellation TORONTO - A number of Canadian residents have suddenly found themselves with worthless wads of cash after the Indian government abruptly scrapped its highest-denomination currency notes this week.On . . . People in India were told to deposit their discontinued notes in banks and post office savings accounts before the end of the year. They were also told they could exchange limited amounts for new 500 and 2,000 rupee bills that are being delivered. But for
"11.11.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Minister threatens to cancel permit for Shawnigan quarry B.C.'s environment minister is threatening to suspend or cancel the permit that allows a rock quarry near Shawnigan Lake to receive and store contaminated soil. Mary Polak warned quarry owner . . . Despite frequent calls for her to pull the permit, Environment Minister Mary Polak said her decisions have to be based on evidence.
"11.11.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Courtenay soldier's heroic tale the stuff of Hollywood film Today, soldiers of the Canadian Scottish will make the short trek from the Courtenay cenotaph to the nearby — but almost forgotten — grave of Roger Schjelderup. Two days later and 7,600 . . . Roger Schjelderup was remarkable. In 1937 at age 15 he climbed the Island's highest mountain, the 2,200-metre Golden Hinde, just after a team of surveyors made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Eight years later, he was among the most highly
"11.11.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Remembrance Day events around the capital region Most services start at 10:45 a.m., with spectators asked to be in place by 10:30 a.m.
"11.11.2016 03:45:00" timescolonist.com West Shore Mounties on daycare duty after caregiver falls ill Three West Shore RCMP officers made the switch to babysitting this week after a Langford daycare operator had a medical emergency. Police were notified by B.C. Ambulance paramedics on Tuesday . . . Officers spent about two hours caring for the kids, sharing some music and playing with balloons and toy cars.
"11.11.2016 02:12:23" timescolonist.com Canadian musical icon Leonard Cohen dead at the age of 82 MONTREAL — Leonard Cohen — writer, poet, composer, singer, renowned seducer and, for many, the epitome of cool — has died at the age of 82. His sonorous, tobacco-painted baritone was once . . .
"10.11.2016 22:30:00" timescolonist.com Rescuers moving dozens of cats from Saskatchewan to Victoria A long-distance rescue of 55 Saskatchewan cats is underway thanks to the efforts of a Victoria animal-welfare group. The felines — all young cats and kittens — were facing the possibility of . . . 55 felines — all young cats and kittens — were facing the possibility of being euthanized at the SPCA shelter in Prince Albert, Sask., but have instead been sent for adoption in Victoria.
"10.11.2016 22:00:00" timescolonist.com Big U.S. political shift speeds up couple's B.C. move The morning after Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States, Victoria realtor Christina Stack and her Washington, D.C.-based boyfriend decided to fast-track moving back to . . . “People are yelling at each other on the street. It's scary. And embarrassing. Racial tension here is like nowhere else I've experienced,” said Christina Stack, who, with her Washington, D.C.-based boyfriend, has decided to fast-track moving back to the
"10.11.2016 21:34:06" timescolonist.com 'Extremely dismal news' as Somass River expected to continue rising Flood waters that have closed a section of Highway 4, connecting Port Alberni with Ucluelet and Tofino, are expected to rise and should remain for some time. After water from the Somass River . . . Two lanes of Highway 4 just west of Port Alberni are now passable, although that could change with heavy rain expected over the weekend and into next week.
"10.11.2016 21:30:00" timescolonist.com Ex-nurse jailed for assaulting three residents at Victoria care home A former Victoria licensed practical nurse has been sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting three residents who have dementia at the Selkirk Seniors Village last year. In July, provincial . . . A former Victoria licensed practical nurse has been sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting three residents who have dementia at the Selkirk Seniors Village last year.
In July, provincial court Judge Lisa Mrozinski convicted James Edward Christie
"10.11.2016 20:50:00" timescolonist.com Dane Cook back in spotlight with new material Few comics enjoy a lifelong run atop the pecking order. The biggest are the best for a limited window of time, which is why Dane Cook — who has reached heights few standup comics of his generation will ever enjoy — is focused on keeping things in Comic Dane Cook is back in the spotlight, and currently working on what he believes is some of the best material he's ever written. He'll perform at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria on Wednesday.
"10.11.2016 20:12:48" timescolonist.com Trump presidency could devastate Canada-U.S. trade: expert Donald Trump's threats to rip up trade agreements could be devastating to Canada, but could also send more tourists, professionals and students north, say business leaders. His platform promises,. . . Saul Klein, dean of the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria said soon after Trump takes office in January, he would expect the negotiating climate on trade files to take on a much darker tone — “our way or the highway.”
"10.11.2016 20:05:21" timescolonist.com Where to go for Remembrance Day ceremonies in the region The public can choose from an array of ceremonies on Remembrance Day at the region's cenotaphs. Most services start at 10:45 a.m., with spectators asked to be in place by 10:30 a.m. Here are the . . . The public can choose from an array of ceremonies on Remembrance Day at the region's cenotaphs. Most services start at 10:45 a.m., with spectators asked to be in place by 10:30 a.m.
"10.11.2016 07:58:35" timescolonist.com Police search for gunman after 5 injured in Seattle shooting SEATTLE - A man opened fire on a crowd outside a convenience store in downtown Seattle, wounding five people and setting off an intense police search, authorities said.Seattle Assistant Police Chief . . .
"09.11.2016 20:50:30" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Fabulous focaccia When I'm having guests for a meal and want to dazzle them even more, I sometimes make focaccia to serve with it. This Italian-style flatbread is easy to make and can be topped in ways that . . .
"09.11.2016 15:59:16" timescolonist.com Trump and Canada: Many ways northern neighbour could feel election aftershock WASHINGTON - When an unpredictable nationalist gets elected to lead the globe's biggest superpower, the political shockwaves from the ground-shaking event will inevitably be felt by the next-door . . . Issues could include NAFTA, climate change and the Keystone XL pipeline.
"09.11.2016 15:07:02" timescolonist.com Review: Broadway Nostalgia delivers the goods with aplomb If you were to close your eyes during Broadway Nostalgia, Variety Fare's new dinner theatre show at the Ambrosia Centre, you'd swear you had been teleported to a Catskills resort, famous for their cornball entertainment. While Broadway Nostalgia might not win awards for theatrical innovation, it succeeds on its own terms by the sheer force of the variety of talents the cast collectively brings to the table. Bob LeBlanc, for instance, performs a beautiful instrumental
"09.11.2016 14:40:29" timescolonist.com B.C. Transit boss banned for year as soccer coach for clash with teen ref B.C. Transit CEO Manuel Achadinha has been suspended for a year from coaching his son's soccer team and attending any B.C. Soccer games after his anger at a 16-year-old referee escalated to . . .
"09.11.2016 14:29:32" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Perplexed in Port Angeles as Disunited States chooses president PORT ANGELES — When did the United States become an oxymoron? Because if there's one thing people are not down here, it's united. “It isn't going to be over with the election,” said Liz Conrad,. . . American politics are often more divisive than our own, but at least the opponents can usually speak to each other. Eight years ago, Port Angeles Democrats and Republicans alike gathered in a waterfront wine bar to watch the election results roll in. No
"09.11.2016 14:16:29" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Trudeau straddling B.C.-Alberta divide It's conceivable the federal government's marine-response upgrade announced this week is just designed to handle current traffic and address the age-old complaints about how underserved B.C. is. The ocean-protection plan likely sets the stage for the approval of Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion, which would involve a big jump in the number of oil tankers on the south coast.
"09.11.2016 04:08:23" Photos from Times Colonist's post Victorians bringing some levity to serious election watching parties around town tonight
"09.11.2016 03:05:39" Timeline Photos Democrats Abroad election party is a tad tense but still positive as early results show strong showing for Trump. #yyj Catch the results at times colonist.com
"08.11.2016 19:37:39" timescolonist.com New Yukon premier likely to side with federal Liberal priorities DAWSON CITY, Yn - Sandy Silver, who took the Yukon Liberals from third-party status to a majority government in Monday's territorial election, was being coy the morning after. "Does it . . .
"08.11.2016 15:25:45" timescolonist.com Across the capital region, all eyes on U.S. election tonight There are plenty of places for Victorians to gather and watch the U.S. election tonight — but the vibe might favour Hillary Clinton fans and those keen on political drama. The Democrats Abroad . . . “It's watching from a Canadian perspective, just to see the spectacle of it all.”
"08.11.2016 15:21:25" timescolonist.com Diesel spill inspires Island First Nation to look at alternative energy The sinking of a diesel-laden tug near Bella Bella has a First Nations community on Vancouver Island becoming even more committed to renewable energy. Hesquiaht First Nation, on the west coast of. . . Bryson Robertson, UVic adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, says money alone makes wave energy worth examining for Hesquiaht. A diesel generator means energy costs of as much as 60 cents per kilowatt-hour. Victoria and other communities on the
"08.11.2016 15:13:50" timescolonist.com Ottawa's $1.5B spill-response plan eases B.C. fears, premier says Premier Christy Clark says a $1.5-billion ocean-protection plan announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday answers the province's spill-response concerns. The endorsement could mean a . . . Premier Clark says the new ocean protection plan answers the province's spill-response concerns. Does it answer your concerns?
"07.11.2016 15:53:40" timescolonist.com Market grows for thousand-dollar chickens A chorus of squawks and a shower of feathers greet Matthew Nelson as he unlatches the coop door and dives inside. The chickens don't stop shrieking the fowl-ish equivalent of “Intruder!” until . . . Victoria is among a handful of B.C. municipalities that allow backyard chicken farms. If you're thinking about raising chickens, you might want to check with B.C. Backyard Poultry Growers, as well as the SPCA. It's trickier than you think.
"07.11.2016 14:54:22" timescolonist.com Trump, GOP paying consultant dogged by voter fraud charges Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have paid at least $1.8 million to a political operative whose roster of companies include several that have been repeatedly investigated for voter registration fraud, even as Trump has For months, Donald Trump has complained that the U.S. electoral system is rigged. Now we learn that the Republicans hired a firm whose employees pleaded guilty to altering and destroying voter registration forms. Bizarre.
"06.11.2016 22:43:52" timescolonist.com Hunt endangers cougars' young: study Cougar hunters in B.C. who target and kill big adult cats are linked with increasing subsequent dangerous interactions with people, says the University of Victoria co-author of a new study. The . . . “When the larger males are removed, younger males fill the void left by the killed cats. And younger cats are most likely to get into conflict.”
"06.11.2016 21:02:20" timescolonist.com Premier Clark: Changes coming in oil-spill protection B.C. has been “cheated” for years by the federal government on coastal protection, Premier Christy Clark told B.C. Liberal Party delegates Sunday, but that might be about to change. The . . . “We have been cheated by the federal government for a long time while resources have gone to the east. It is our time to make sure that our coast is adequately protected. This Prime Minister has the chance to change it. I believe he is going to be the one
"06.11.2016 17:29:39" timescolonist.com Ask Eric: Warm up with a fruity stew Dear Eric: I enjoy dried apricots for many reasons. They are usually in an airtight package. My question is, when they are exposed to air and they turn black, are they still OK to use? I think they. . .
"06.11.2016 16:31:06" timescolonist.com Nomadic artist's road to hope Four years ago, Pippa Hirst had a dream job — working as Andie MacDowell's on-set assistant during filming of the pilot for the Hallmark series Cedar Cove. It was the biggest film-industry gig . . . Pippa Hirst has become homeless, but it's on her own terms. She feels fortunate that people are so accepting, even if they find her philosophy unusual. “I apparently don't look homeless,” she said. “I think we have a preconceived idea of what that looks
"06.11.2016 15:37:59" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Social-media guru's message of change VANCOUVER — A social media guru making grand pronouncements about how politics really works in the 21st century is almost a cliché by now. Expert from far away jets in, talks “big data-little . . . Jim Messina's speech about the wonders of social media was pitched to the party that paid him. But through the miracle of newspaper technology, here are the high points for New Democrats and Greens — and you.
"06.11.2016 14:30:31" timescolonist.com Should 50-year-old Centennial Square fountain be history? Victoria councillors could soon be considering whether to protect the 50-year-old fountain in Centennial Square as a heritage feature or replace it with a children's spray park. Councillors have . . . “The entire Centennial Square was a very cutting-edge development when it was created in the 1960s,” says Victoria Coun. Pam Madoff. That's nice to know, but should it stay or should it go? What would you say to Pam Madoff?
"06.11.2016 14:26:22" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: It's me, Donald. I will fill in the Strait of Wanda Fuca News item: A new Insights West poll says 89 per cent of British Columbians believe a Donald Trump presidency would be bad for Canada. One-third of Canadians want Ottawa to seriously consider . . . Hey, listen up: Nobody has as much respect for Canadians as me, Donald Trump. Even Victoria. Nice city named after a terrible queen. Nasty woman. …
"06.11.2016 14:24:41" timescolonist.com Truckloads of trash could imperil Goldstream salmon Just above the Goldstream River, where thousands of visitors gather to watch the salmon run, the forest is scattered with truckloads of garbage. Illegal dumping off Finlayson Arm Road is not just. . . The list of dumped items includes but is not limited to: one couch, 1 1/2 cars, asphalt shingles, oil cannisters, fertilizer, animal carcasses and hides, electronics, a power drill and household waste. Many show signs of age and many are buried, at least
"05.11.2016 20:45:00" timescolonist.com Squamish LNG project first out of gate in B.C. Ian BickisThe Canadian PressBritish Columbia's efforts to launch a liquefied natural gas industry were given a boost Friday after Woodfibre LNG said it will proceed with its $1.6-billion . . . Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation said it is too early to celebrate because environmental conditions for the LNG plant set out by the Squamish Nation have yet to be met.
"05.11.2016 20:02:43" timescolonist.com Amber alert for missing B.C. children cancelled COQUITLAM, B.C. - The RCMP have cancelled an Amber Alert that was issued Friday evening for two children and their mother who went missing in Port Coquitlam, B.C.Police said the three were located . . . The RCMP have cancelled an Amber Alert that was issued Friday evening for two children and their mother who went missing in Port Coquitlam.
"05.11.2016 18:15:27" timescolonist.com Victoria employers 'desperately looking for people' Greater Victoria's unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in the country at five per cent. Only Guelph, Ont., is lower at 4.7 per cent, and Vancouver at 4.9 per cent. Last month, the . . . There are also 7,000 more people working in the capital region than a year ago, Statistics Canada said.
"05.11.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com Nanaimo student robbed at knifepoint while taking photos Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a man who robbed a university student at knifepoint Thursday. A 19-year-old Vancouver Island University student was taking photos in the back alley of Addison Lane . . . Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a man who robbed a university student at knifepoint on Thursday.
A 19-year-old Vancouver Island University student was taking photos in the back alley of Addison Lane about 4 p.m. when someone armed with a small switchblade
"05.11.2016 16:30:00" timescolonist.com Victoria hopes new app will connect residents with city Victoria has a new mobile app that allows residents to do everything from report potholes to apply for city jobs. Developed at a cost of $20,000 with local startup firm FreshWorks Studios, the . . . Victoria's new app will allow users to report problems such as potholes or street light outages from a mobile device, taking a photo, pinpointing the location on a map and submitting a call for service.
"05.11.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: It was love at first sight Standing by the large front window in Carolyn and Jesse Gisbornes' condo, you'd never know a windstorm that would later shut down B.C. Ferries sailings was raging outside, or that the building is . . . Carolyn and Jesse Gisbornes love their condo in the North Park Passive House, which won the best multi-family award from the Vancouver Island chapter of the Canadian Home Builders' Association.
"05.11.2016 15:30:00" timescolonist.com Reopening of Wilkinson Road delayed as bridge work continues More than 15,000 drivers, cyclists and pedestrians expecting Wilkinson Road to partially reopen this month will have to keep detouring until next year as bridge work continues. Wilkinson Road, . . . Wilkinson Road, one of Saanich's main roadways, has been closed since May to allow work on the bridge at Lindsay Street.
"05.11.2016 15:05:00" timescolonist.com In Tofino, addition of ramp makes a beach for everyone Word spread quickly about the District of Tofino's new accessible ramp at Mackenzie Beach. A crew of athletes with disabilities — including a Paralympian —pulled up just as the district was . . . A crew of athletes with disabilities — including a Paralympian — pulled up just as finishing touches went on a new accessible ramp at Tofino's Mackenzie Beach.
"05.11.2016 14:45:00" timescolonist.com Port Alberni flooding threatens homes, could shut highway to Tofino Flooding near Port Alberni has the potential to close Highway 4, the only highway link to Ucluelet and Tofino, for five or six days, says the emergency preparedness co-ordinator of the Tseshaht . . . Flooding near Port Alberni could close Highway 4, the only highway link to Ucluelet and Tofino, for five or six days, says the emergency preparedness co-ordinator of the Tseshaht First Nation.
"05.11.2016 14:16:11" timescolonist.com Backstage: Ride the Cyclone previews close to sellout in NYC Next week, the curtain rises on an off-Broadway production of Ride the Cyclone. And already the Victoria-grown musical has triggered ripples of interest in New York City. “It comes to town with . . . Next week, the curtain rises on an off-Broadway production of Ride the Cyclone. And already the Victoria-grown musical has triggered ripples of interest in New York City.
"05.11.2016 13:50:21" timescolonist.com Two years after son fatally shot by police, mother files suit On the second anniversary of her son being shot and killed by a Victoria police officer, Marney Mutch hand-delivered a notice of a wrongful death lawsuit to the police department and the city. “I. . . On the second anniversary of her son being shot and killed by a Victoria police officer, Marney Mutch hand-delivered a notice of a wrongful death lawsuit to the police department and the city.
"05.11.2016 13:18:21" timescolonist.com Harold Backer mystery takes new twist in Port Angeles Woman says she saw missing mutual fund salesman Harold Backer two days after surveillance photo was taken A Port Angeles woman said she saw missing mutual fund salesman Harold Backer having a conversation in the town two days after the last known image of him was captured on a security video camera.
"04.11.2016 18:00:00" timescolonist.com Big Picture: If you build it in Esquimalt, film crews will come If the stars align for Margaret Judge, it won't be long before an Esquimalt warehouse becomes a long-term film and TV production hub. The producer and former model has made an offer to lease 836 . . . If the stars align for Margaret Judge, it won't be long before an Esquimalt warehouse becomes a long-term film and TV production hub.
"04.11.2016 17:30:00" timescolonist.com Rifle, bow stolen from truck at Salt Spring Island ferry terminal Police are looking for a man and a woman who allegedly took a compound bow and a rifle from a pickup truck that they stole from a ferry parking lot on Salt Spring Island. Two people entered . . . Police are looking for a man and a woman who allegedly took a compound bow and a rifle from a pickup truck that they stole from a ferry parking lot on Salt Spring Island.
"04.11.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com Time for a good deed: Today is national Kindness Day It's time to ask yourself if you're that kind of person — the kind that would mark national Kindness Day, the signal to do something nice today for someone in hopes of creating a region-wide . . . To share your random acts of kindness via social media, tag the Victoria Foundation (@VicFoundation on Twitter, @victoriafoundation on Instagram) and use the hashtag #RAKdayYYJ.
"04.11.2016 16:55:32" timescolonist.com One person hurt as SUV crashes into Saanich tea shop One person was taken to hospital after an SUV crashed into a Saanich tea shop Thursday night. The driver put the car into drive instead of reverse and crashed through the front window of Ding Tea. . . One person was taken to hospital after an SUV crashed into a Saanich tea shop Thursday night.
"04.11.2016 16:54:26" timescolonist.com Woman in hospital after being hit by car at Saanich bus stop A woman remains in hospital with injuries after being hit by a car while waiting at a bus stop in Saanich Thursday morning. The woman was standing on the sidewalk on Carey Road near Baker Street . . . A woman remains in hospital with injuries after being hit by a car while waiting at a bus stop in Saanich Thursday morning.
"04.11.2016 16:49:36" timescolonist.com Missing Victoria man might be in Seattle, police say Victoria police have contacted colleagues in Seattle in an effort to find a missing Victoria man. Jericho Labonte, 28, was last seen May 11 on Esquimalt Road, between Fraser and Lampson streets. . . . Jericho Labonte, 28, was last seen May 11 on Esquimalt Road, between Fraser and Lampson streets. New information suggests he was on 5th Avenue in Seattle, in the vicinity of the King County Health Centre, about 10 a.m. Thursday.
"04.11.2016 16:30:00" timescolonist.com Security drills part of school routine in capital region As a memorial of flowers and cards grows in the wake of a fatal stabbing at Abbotsford Secondary School on Tuesday, local officials say their security measures are designed to keep students as safe. . . As a memorial of flowers and cards grows in the wake of a fatal stabbing at Abbotsford Secondary School on Tuesday, local officials say their security measures are designed to keep students as safe as possible.
"04.11.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Soil dumping at Shawnigan quarry to resume after court ruling overturned A rock quarry near Shawnigan Lake can resume receiving and storing contaminated soil under a B.C. Court of Appeal ruling released Thursday. In a defeat for the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the . . . The court of appeal found that the quarry near Shawnigan Lake is a mine and that the province — not the regional district — has exclusive jurisdiction to regulate mining activities. The court said the mining activities include filling the quarry cavity
"04.11.2016 15:30:33" timescolonist.com Capitol 6 reopens today, starring luxury recliners It will seem like old times in downtown Victoria — but with a new spin — as Capitol 6 Cinemas comes back to life today as a luxury multiplex. The Blanshard Street movie theatre was closed three . . . It will seem like old times in downtown Victoria — but with a new spin — as Capitol 6 Cinemas comes back to life today as a luxury multiplex.
"04.11.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Jane Goodall urges TLC to reconsider sale of Wildwood ecoforest Celebrity chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall is joining a battle over the future of a Vancouver Island ecoforest. In a letter issued by the Jane Goodall Institute, Goodall urged The Land Conservancy . . . “They wanted Wildwood to be a public property forever, a demonstration working ecoforest where generations can learn that you don't have to chop the forest down to benefit from it,” said Jane Goodall in a letter published in the Times Colonist.
"04.11.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Man apologizes for mom's death: 'I've done a horrible, horrible thing' A Sooke man who killed his mother in a crystal meth-induced psychosis two years ago has apologized to his family, her friends and the community. During the final moments of his sentencing hearing. . . During the final moments of his sentencing hearing in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday, Michael McCormick stood in the prisoner's docket, turned to his family and apologized for Pamella Dyer's death.
"04.11.2016 13:52:04" timescolonist.com Visiting diver ran out of air, then vanished, dive shop says Timothy Chu, diving at Race Rocks, ran out of air and tried but failed to latch onto his dive master's secondary air source. The two then drifted apart and Chu disappeared. Chu, a 27-year-old . . . Timothy Chu, diving at Race Rocks, ran out of air and tried but failed to latch onto his dive master's secondary air source. The two then drifted apart and Chu disappeared.
"03.11.2016 23:18:23" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Doctor Strange 3D (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, Landmark Cinemas University Heights, SilverCity Imax) Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of the world-famous . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: Doctor Strange 3D; Hacksaw Ridge; and Trolls 3D. For more information about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"03.11.2016 14:47:10" timescolonist.com Sooke mother was desperate to help son who took her life When Michael McCormick killed his mother, Pamella Dyer, at her Sooke home in a crystal meth- induced psychosis in July 2014, he took the life of a woman desperate to help her only child, B.C. . . . “The horrible irony he has to deal with is the fact he took the life of the one person who refused to abandon him, who continued to help him and who tolerated his increasingly bizarre behaviour.”
"03.11.2016 14:03:31" timescolonist.com Improper recycling brings threat of $120,000 annual fine It could cost some Island municipalities up to $120,000 annually in fines if residents don't start recycling properly. The cities of Nanaimo and Duncan have received warnings from Multi Material . . . The cities of Nanaimo and Duncan have received warnings from Multi Material B.C., the organization that took control of the province's recycling program two years ago, because of contaminated recycling. Audits found contamination rates of 14 per cent in
"03.11.2016 13:44:01" timescolonist.com 'Document dump' meant to delay report into Health firings, watchdog alleges B.C. ombudsperson Jay Chalke has an obligation to release, in part or in whole, his report into the firings of eight Health Ministry drug researchers before the provincial election in May, said . . . If a report can't be produced by March, the ombudsperson “should look at producing a preliminary report and government should have no say in that,” says Dermod Travis of the government watchdog group Integrity B.C.. He contends there's an obligation to
"03.11.2016 13:36:39" timescolonist.com What happened to Harold Backer? A year has done little to take the sting from Tony Carr's words and thoughts when it comes to his former investment adviser, Harold Backer. On the first anniversary of the mutual fund dealer's . . . “Within a week of him disappearing I felt a little sorry for him … but I have lost all of those feelings.”
"02.11.2016 16:20:59" timescolonist.com Greater Victoria's rainy October days break record It's easier to count the days it didn't rain in Greater Victoria last month: Four. The remaining 27 days in October saw rain, measured at Victoria International Airport, breaking a record for the. . . Victoria International Airport received a record-breaking 27 days of rain during October. Meanwhile, Esquimalt Harbour saw only four days without rain and the Malahat stayed dry on just two days.
"02.11.2016 15:46:54" timescolonist.com Dwindling inventory handcuffs home sales in capital region Real estate sales in Greater Victoria would still be soaring if there was something to sell. That was the word from the president of the Victoria Real Estate Board Tuesday after releasing sales . . . “The [real estate agents] on the street are saying if we had more inventory we would have more sales. We have a lot of frustrated buyers.”
"02.11.2016 13:54:14" timescolonist.com Province ditches plan for highway linking Port Alberni, Highway 19 Plans for a new highway linking Port Alberni to Highway 19 via Horne Lake struck a dead end Tuesday when Transportation Minister Todd Stone rejected the project as too expensive. Stone said a . . . The province has decided to focus on upgrades and safety improvements to the existing Highway 4 corridor. The announcement came as a blow to Alberni Valley officials who have long promoted the Horne Lake route as a way to open up the region's economy and
"02.11.2016 13:35:50" timescolonist.com New stormwater utility bills flood Victoria homes, businesses It's been in the works for years, but when Victoria's new stormwater utility bills recently started arriving in mailboxes, many residents were caught unaware — forcing the city to deal with a flood. . . The city says the switch to a user-pay system for stormwater management is cost neutral, but it's generating a lot of questions.
"01.11.2016 20:44:04" timescolonist.com Drivers, beware: Misusing bus lanes on Douglas Street will cost you Drivers who misuse the bus-and-bike priority lanes on Douglas Street will be issued warnings this week, followed by $109 tickets next week. Victoria Police made the announcement as part of an . . . At present, rules are in effect Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. southbound from Hillside to Fisgard and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. northbound from Fisgard to Tolmie. The priority period will shift to 24 hours a day, beginning in spring.
"01.11.2016 16:02:02" timescolonist.com Fatal crashes soar for drivers high on marijuana in U.S. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's plan to legalize marijuana should take into account “sobering” U.S. experiences where the first states to legalize the drug have seen big increases in fatal car . . . “Canadian discussions around the legalization of marijuana must include a clear-headed assessment regarding the impact of legalization on road safety. We must create a scientifically sound and fair approach … standards and penalties to enforce any new
"01.11.2016 15:45:44" timescolonist.com Mystery man 'Paul Rooney' released after two years in Maple Ridge prison For more than two years, a man who calls himself Paul Rooney sat in a Maple Ridge prison while border agents tried to figure out exactly who he was and where he came from. They interviewed his . . . A man known as Paul Rooney has been released from jail on the understanding that he would not use a stolen Social Insurance Number again. He has been free since March, but his status in Canada remains an open question. His real identity also remains an
"01.11.2016 14:18:12" timescolonist.com Casting call today for canines — and human owners The producers of a movie with a big bow-wow factor will be in Esquimalt looking for a few good dogs and humans this afternoon. Background casting director Erin Fikowski said a core group of “. . . A core group of “well-behaved, awesome, adorable dogs” and humans — especially younger people between 15 and 25 — are required for Air Bud Entertainment's Pup Star 2, which starts filming mid-November in Victoria. Are you a dog owner? Would you give it a
"01.11.2016 13:47:46" timescolonist.com Compensation tab for Nanaimo MDs using IHealth: $90,000 Island Health is paying almost $90,000 to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital doctors who accepted compensation to use an electronic health record system they said was flawed and unsafe. . . . Forty-one of an eligible 167 doctors signed up for compensation for “the extra burden the new electronic health record has placed on many physicians during the roll-out phase of IHealth.” The opposition and some doctors are not impressed.
"01.11.2016 13:40:46" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Tips for winning Vancouver Island seats Always willing to help and generous to a fault, allow me to pitch — absolutely free — some sure-fire political ideas anyone can use to build a winning Vancouver Island election strategy. Premier Christy Clark made some headlines last week by announcing the B.C. Liberals are going to have a specific Island platform for next spring's campaign. Les Leyne has some advice, but will she go for it?
"31.10.2016 22:59:42" timescolonist.com Victoria spa to withdraw ads over 'body-shaming' language A Victoria medispa will remove its bus and shelter ads after an uproar over “body-shaming” language ignited from a recent Facebook post. “The words came into focus, 'Mom bod, muffin top, flank, . . . “It felt really archaic to see this kind of shame-based advertising," said Alice Bracegirdle.The local company apologized and said today the ads are coming down.
"31.10.2016 14:53:12" timescolonist.com Chairwoman of UVic board of governors to run for B.C. Liberals Premier Christy Clark has recruited a prominent business leader to run in Surrey in the May provincial election. Tracy Redies is running in Surrey-White Rock, considered safe territory for the Liberals. However, Surrey is expected to be a key battleground in the next election, with a new ninth riding created for the fast-growing region.
"31.10.2016 14:06:05" timescolonist.com Fisheries, justice minister visit diesel spill site near Bella Bella Two federal ministers have visited a community on British Columbia's central coast where residents are concerned diesel fuel from a sunken tug could have devastating long-term effects on their economy and environment. Marilyn Slett, chief of the Heiltsuk Nation, says Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke with community members and did a fly-over of the scene on Sunday. She says the First Nation invited the
"31.10.2016 13:49:36" timescolonist.com City of Vancouver purchases Obasan author's house In a $634,000 deal, the City of Vancouver will purchase the Historic Joy Kogawa House from The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC) as the non-profit land trust continues to sell properties to rid itself. . . On Tuesday, the Joy Kogawa house will be transferred from The Land Conservancy to the City of Vancouver for $634,000. TLC has completed all but three of the transactions contemplated in its court-sanctioned plan to pay off its creditors.
"30.10.2016 14:42:20" timescolonist.com Ask Eric: Hot and cold on duck breast Dear Eric: What's your favourite way to cook duck breast? Bill Dear Bill: For many, duck breast is a special-occasion dish. It's something exotic-sounding that you might order in a fine-dining . . .
"30.10.2016 14:31:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: We can't mask the hazards of life any longer My buddy Dirk was downtown this week when he spotted a sign in the window of the HSBC branch on Douglas Street: “Please refrain from wearing masks while in the bank. Thank you.” Atop the message . . . Sometimes, warnings are posted not simply out of an overabundance of caution, but because somebody has actually done something (such as walk into a bank with a mask on) that has made a seemingly unnecessary rule necessary.
"30.10.2016 14:07:32" timescolonist.com Victoria set to tow boats left in Gorge, Helps says The City of Victoria's Friday deadline for boat owners to haul anchor and sail their way out of the Gorge Waterway has had only minimal effect on the number of vessels left in the area. By late . . . “We will have a marine surveyor out there next week to assess the rest of the vessels,” Helps said. “And over the next two or three weeks we will start towing the ones with no one living aboard them. They will be taken in and stored and if the owners want
"30.10.2016 13:52:04" timescolonist.com Island of extremes: high biodiversity, highest number of at-risk species On the heels of a World Wildlife Fund report that says almost two-thirds of the world's biodiversity has been lost since 1970, local experts say Vancouver Island's environment is an example of . . . “The biodiversity in the [capital region] is enormous, because we've got the coastal western-hemlock forests with great, big trees extending to Sooke and so on. We have mountains. And we have all these Garry oak savannahs around town. And we've also got
"29.10.2016 22:30:00" timescolonist.com System to protect seniors in care not foolproof, advocate says As police in Ontario investigate eight charges of first-degree murder against a nurse working in residential care homes, B.C.'s seniors advocate acknowledges the same thing could happen here. On . . . As police in Ontario investigate eight charges of first-degree murder against a nurse working in residential care homes, B.C.'s seniors advocate acknowledges the same thing could happen here.
"29.10.2016 22:00:00" timescolonist.com Island tops when it comes to midwives, report says Vancouver Island has more midwife-assisted births than anywhere else in the country, according to a report by the Midwives Association of B.C. “It's exciting to be ahead of our goal here,” said . . . Vancouver Island has more midwife-assisted births than anywhere else in the country, according to a report by the Midwives Association of B.C.
"29.10.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Teen boy fatally struck on Nanaimo highway identified Humberto Alonso Robles, 16, has been identified by the B.C. Coroners Service as the male Mexican exchange student who died after being hit by a car in Nanaimo on Oct. 21. Robles and Maria . . . Humberto Alonso Robles, 16, has been identified by the B.C. Coroners Service as the male exchange student from Mexico who died after being hit by a car in Nanaimo on Oct. 21.
"29.10.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Police investigating after woman touched inappropriately on Oak Bay street Oak Bay police are investigating after a woman was touched inappropriately Thursday night while walking on Foul Bay Road near Oak Bay Avenue.A man ran up to the woman from behind about 6:20 p.m. and . . . Oak Bay police are investigating after a woman was touched inappropriately Thursday night while walking on Foul Bay Road near Oak Bay Avenue. Police ask anyone with information to call them at 250-592-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
"29.10.2016 20:49:36" timescolonist.com Improper forklift usage a factor in electrician's death: Coroner Improper equipment usage was a contributing factor in the August 2015 death of 42-year-old Robert Kenneth Davison, according to a recently released report from the B.C. Coroner's Service. Coroner. . . Improper equipment usage was a contributing factor in the August 2015 death of 42-year-old Robert Kenneth Davison, according to a recently released report from the B.C. Coroner's Service.
"29.10.2016 20:10:00" timescolonist.com Gorge deadline passes, but boats remain Only two of 24 vessels anchored illegally in the Gorge Waterway had departed by Friday's deadline to leave. Voluntary compliance is still the goal, but an action plan will evolve over the next . . . Only two of 24 vessels anchored illegally in the Gorge Waterway had departed by Friday's deadline to leave.
"29.10.2016 19:20:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Four-year council terms leave bite marks On this week's episode of Municipal Councils Behaving Badly, we give you Nanaimo. If you haven't seen the video yet, take a look. We all enjoy a good horror story at Halloween. To make a long . . . This toxic soup at Nanaimo city hall has been simmering since 2014, and there's nothing the voters can do about it for another two years.
"29.10.2016 18:30:00" timescolonist.com Orca J28 found dead, another sign of distress in whale population Hopes for the recovery of southern resident killer whale populations have cooled one year after a “baby boom” for the endangered species. The Center for Whale Research announced the death of J28 . . . “Mothers are dying and babies are dying, so it's unrealistic to expect anything positive,” said Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research.
"29.10.2016 17:35:54" timescolonist.com How a dangerous left turn led to tragedy on Malahat The 61-year-old man killed in a T-bone crash on the Malahat Thursday night has been identified by friends as Matt Quirk, a husband and father. “He would give you the shirt off his back,” said Ron. . . Matt Quirk's minivan was struck by a pickup after he tried to make a left-hand turn from the far-right northbound lane into the Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Park, where he lived after moving from Langford about a month ago.
"29.10.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Big Picture: Denial evokes David Irving's arrest in Victoria There's no denying the impact of Denial, a provocative new legal drama that all but puts the Holocaust on trial. Locally, the film (showing at Landmark University Heights) has stirred memories of a. . . David Irving visited Victoria in 1992 to accept the George Orwell free-speech award from Doug Christie, the controversial lawyer and free-speech defender whose clients included anti-Semites Ernst Zundel and Jim Keegstra.
"29.10.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Capital sees fewer foreign buyers for real estate There's no sign that a new 15 per cent tax on foreign home buyers in Metro Vancouver is driving offshore money to the capital region. The latest government statistics show the share of foreign . . . Greater Victoria has not seen a higher-than-usual number of foreign buyers, said Mike Nugent, president of the Victoria Real Estate Board. And now, higher priced properties appear to be sitting on the market for a longer period of time. Nugent said that
"29.10.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Chamber pans Langford's business poaching plan Langford Mayor Stew Young's idea to attract provincial and tech offices to the West Shore is a good one, as long as they don't come from Victoria, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce said. . . . Competition between local municipalities drives business owners crazy, says Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO. It means they have to keep track of all the different deals, rules, taxes and tax breaks in each municipality in which they operate.
"29.10.2016 13:00:00" timescolonist.com Gorge deadline passes, but boats remain Only two of 24 vessels anchored illegally in the Gorge Waterway had departed by Friday's deadline to leave. Voluntary compliance is still the goal, but an action plan will evolve over the next . . . Mike Taylor, who lives on one of the boats, suggested the best outreach would be using some of the money earmarked for enforcement to help boat owners clear out.
"29.10.2016 11:14:29" timescolonist.com How a dangerous left turn led to tragedy on Malahat The 61-year-old man killed in a T-bone crash on the Malahat Thursday night has been identified by friends as Matt Quirk, a husband and father. “He would give you the shirt off his back,” said Ron. . . Construction on the Malahat, set to start next year, will expand the highway to four lanes through Malahat Village and add three kilometres of median barriers.
"28.10.2016 23:00:00" timescolonist.com Nanaimo MDs offered extra pay to stick with software Island Health offered Nanaimo Regional General Hospital physicians extra money to keep using an electronic health record system the doctors said was flawed and unsafe. The offer was outlined in a. . . Island Health offered Nanaimo Regional General Hospital physicians extra money to keep using an electronic health record system the doctors said was flawed and unsafe.
"28.10.2016 22:13:11" timescolonist.com Dwight Yoakam concert in Victoria is postponed Dwight Yoakam's concert in Victoria on Saturday has been postponed, according to organizers. Yoakam, who was set to make a rare Victoria appearance on Saturday at the Save-on-Foods Memorial . . . Dwight Yoakam, who was set to make a rare Victoria appearance on Saturday at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, has postponed the concert “due to unforeseen circumstances beyond [his] control,” according to a statement issued by the arena.
"28.10.2016 21:10:00" timescolonist.com Ontario boy dressed up as Gord Downie captures hearts Two-year-old Bentley knows he's gone viral, even if he isn't quite sure what that means. The little boy from Trenton, Ont., has captivated Internet audiences across the country after his mother . . . Two-year-old Bentley from Trenton, Ont., has captivated Internet audiences across the country after his mother decided to dress him up as Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie for Halloween.
"28.10.2016 20:20:00" timescolonist.com Visiting student stayed home on tragic night International students in Nanaimo are reeling after the deaths of two Mexican exchange students, according to a Nanaimo man who has been part of the home-stay program for the past 23 years. Maria. . . “Our student was supposed to go out with them that night, so he's taking it pretty hard,” Felker said.
"28.10.2016 19:30:00" timescolonist.com Nanaimo councillor to mayor: 'Bite me' Nanaimo Coun. Gord Fuller is expressing regret for directing crude comments such as “bite me” at Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay, explaining that frustration got the best of him. He said he became upset. . . Nanaimo Coun. Gord Fuller is expressing regret for directing crude comments such as “bite me” at Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay, explaining that frustration got the best of him.
"28.10.2016 18:40:00" timescolonist.com Children born to incarcerated mothers do well if allowed to bond: researcher Children can do well when allowed to live and bond with their incarcerated mothers, according to a researcher who has studied mother-baby residential programs in provincial jails. Kelly Ellard, . . . Children can do well when allowed to live and bond with their incarcerated mothers, according to a researcher who has studied mother-baby residential programs in provincial jails.
"28.10.2016 17:50:46" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Is Royals fan still Kelowna bound? You bet The good news: Jennifer Dyck wasn't in Kelowna to see the Rockets beat the Victoria Royals on Wednesday. The bad news (at least from our perspective) is that the Victoria woman is still moving to. . . The good news: Jennifer Dyck wasn't in Kelowna to see the Rockets beat the Victoria Royals on Wednesday.
The bad news (at least from our perspective) is that the Victoria woman is still moving to the Okanagan, a consequence of the Royals' playoff loss to
"27.10.2016 23:26:37" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Inferno (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, Landmark Cinemas University Heights, SilverCity Imax, Star) Stricken with amnesia, The Da Vinci Code symbologist Robert . . . There's just one new movie in Victoria this week: Inferno, starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones and Irrfan Khan. For details about Inferno and ongoing shows, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"27.10.2016 19:10:15" timescolonist.com Two exchange students struck by car in Nanaimo die of injuries Two Mexican exchange students who were struck while trying to cross the Island Highway in Nanaimo have died of their injuries. They are the second and third teenage pedestrians to die in Nanaimo . . . Nanaimo students are mourning the loss of two Mexican exchange students hit by a car on Friday. Do you have any memories to share about the two students? Contact email@example.com
"27.10.2016 17:09:25" timescolonist.com Fired CEO calls on Nanaimo residents to demand answers from city hall The fired chief executive of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corp. is calling on citizens to demand information from city hall about its decision to split tourism from the corporation's mandate — . . .
"27.10.2016 15:31:06" timescolonist.com Dwight Yoakam's rebellious streak burns bright The distance between Dwight Yoakam's residence in Los Angeles and country music's home in Nashville is symbolic, to say the least. Dwight Yoakam was repeatedly ignored by Nashville, and in 1978, the product of Pikeville, Kentucky, headed west to California. Yoakam found a burgeoning musical community when he arrived, one that put him in the company of everyone from the Blasters and
"27.10.2016 14:14:49" timescolonist.com Syrian refugee grateful for fresh start in Victoria When Hani Shehab learned to cut hair in a Syrian prison as a teenager, he had no idea it would help him land his first job in a faraway place called Victoria. “There was a barber there. I watched. . . Refugees are given financial and social supports for one year or until they are self-sufficient, whichever happens first. For Hani Shehab, that year is coming up. Having a job and community support network has been a lifeline.
"27.10.2016 14:03:48" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Gorge waterway suffers from too many authorities Two different stories have played out on the Gorge waterway over the past 20 years and the contrast between them couldn't be more striking. There's a remarkable achievement gap between one guy who had a good idea and decided to execute it, and the combined authorities of the federal, provincial, municipal and regional governments. All that authority is precisely the reason for the gap. The
"27.10.2016 14:00:02" timescolonist.com Nanaimo economic development CEO fired over rant The chief executive of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corp. has been fired after less than a year on the job after he blasted city council for stripping tourism marketing from the organization's . . . John Hankins sent off an opinion piece to news agencies this week, criticizing council for deciding at an in-cameria meeting to remove tourism marketing from the Nanaimo Economic Development Corp. He has now lost his $130,000 a year job.
"27.10.2016 13:54:21" timescolonist.com A mother's brush with death prompts her to promote flu vaccine The fear Jacqueline Zweng felt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year was nothing compared to the time her six-month-old daughter almost died of a cold-like virus. On Wednesday, . . . “I can personally attest to the importance of doing everything you can to protect your family. It's so important people consider everyone, and not just themselves.”
"26.10.2016 14:42:02" timescolonist.com Man was on parole for murder when he beat tenant with baseball bat The manager of a Victoria rooming house was on parole for first-degree murder when he beat a tenant with a baseball bat at the Langford Street building last year. On Tuesday, B.C. Supreme Court . . . B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mary Humphries said she was mindful of George Storry's record for violence as she sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in prison for the aggravated assault of Chris Gibson on May 22, 2015. “I am also mindful of the many improvements he
"26.10.2016 14:32:42" timescolonist.com Back from China, Helps confident of bridge steel Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps admits she doesn't know good steel, but she's reasonably confident the steel in the Johnson Street Bridge will be good. “I don't want to say if the steel is good or bad,. . . “I don't want to say if the steel is good or bad, but we have the right people there to make sure the job is done well,” says Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “Every single weld gets measured and is assessed … I was very confident in the quality-assurance
"26.10.2016 14:30:54" timescolonist.com Beecher Bay First Nation explains need for land swap with Langford, Metchosin As open houses get underway for an ambitious land swap proposal between two municipalities and Beecher Bay First Nation, Chief Russ Chipps says he feels good about the plan. For his community, it. . . An open house will be held today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Metchosin council chambers, 4450 Happy Valley Rd. A Langford open house is scheduled for Nov. 3 but a location and time has not been determined.
"26.10.2016 14:24:29" timescolonist.com Butchart family estate likely to set local auction record The estate auction of items that had belonged to a member of the Butchart Gardens family has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales from buyers in Canada and overseas. A final total . . .
"25.10.2016 17:52:12" timescolonist.com Victoria Hospitals Foundation launches $1.8-million fundraising campaign The Victoria Hospitals Foundation is today launching its biggest campaign yet — setting its targets on raising $1.8 million for 72 pieces of surgical equipment for Victoria's two biggest hospitals.. . . The goal: to buy equipment that will allow doctors to perform more complex procedures. That means more patients can stay on Vancouver Island for treatment.
"25.10.2016 15:42:53" timescolonist.com Kelly Ellard's prison pregnancy spurs call for policy review Conservative MP Tony Clement said the federal government should review the policy that allowed infamous killer Kelly Ellard to get pregnant while serving a life sentence for murder. Clement, . . . Tony Clement, public safety critic for the official Opposition, said the news that Kelly Ellard is expecting a baby inside prison “is very disturbing. … I think the whole thing should be reviewed. And the policy should be reviewed. And obviously the
"25.10.2016 15:01:30" timescolonist.com Foes of MS centre's closure stage protest outside Douglas Street A&W Dozens of people with multiple sclerosis, some in wheelchairs braving Monday afternoon's drizzle, staged a Douglas Street protest against the national MS Society's decision to sell the Victoria MS . . . “They're abandoning us. It's almost like we're being hidden again.”
"25.10.2016 14:37:30" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Universality sticking point for child care Ten bucks a day for child care is an enormously appealing proposition for thousands of B.C. families now paying 10 times that or more for it. The idea of universal day care was just taking shape in the final days of the last NDP government, in 2001. Former premier Ujjal Dosanjh pitched a $14-a-day program that would have more than doubled the existing subsidy budget, to $400 million a year,
"25.10.2016 14:26:56" timescolonist.com New functions for old Burnside Elementary, S.J. Willis Junior High The Greater Victoria school board is moving ahead with a strategy to turn the former Burnside Elementary School into the Burnside Education Centre, providing space for alternative high school . . . Burnside Elementary School will become the Burnside Education Centre, providing space for alternative high school education and continuing education programs. S.J. Willis Junior High School, closed as a school in 1983, will become a rotating site for
"25.10.2016 14:24:17" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Courage under fire (and tire) in Goldstream Park It was a split-second moment of courage. Mid-afternoon Sunday, a pickup truck is passing through Goldstream Park when one of its wheels suddenly comes loose. The wheel sails across the Trans-Canada. . . A 36-year-old mother deliberately put herself in the path of a runaway tire and took its impact to protect her husband and their young child. It would be great to know what was going through her mind when she did that. What would you have done?
"25.10.2016 14:04:11" timescolonist.com Langford aims to lure major employers with possible tax breaks Langford Mayor Stew Young says it's time for some of the region's biggest employers to set up shop in the West Shore. He told the Times Colonist he will pursue a 10-year tax holiday for any . . . Langford Mayor Stew Young said he wants to see jobs that keep people in the West Shore and off the road to Victoria every morning. “We need to put businesses where the people are,” Young said.
"24.10.2016 15:36:54" timescolonist.com Turpel-Lafond ends her term as children's representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is slated to make her last official appearance today as B.C.'s representative for children and youth, ending a decade-long run as a powerful voice for vulnerable kids. . . . Over two five-year terms as the province's first representative, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has battled ministers and premiers, sued for access to cabinet documents and issued multiple reports on the deaths and injuries of children in care. She has given no
"24.10.2016 05:30:00" timescolonist.com Kelly Ellard, in prison for killing Reena Virk, is pregnant She is one of B.C.'s best-known killers – found guilty of brutally beating and drowning a teenage girl under a Saanich bridge in 1997. Now Kelly Marie Ellard is about to become a mother. . . . Report from Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun.
"23.10.2016 17:13:39" timescolonist.com Fentanyl front lines: First responders going from 'call to call to call' The reality of the fentanyl epidemic is brutal, says Victoria paramedic Tamara McNay, describing the scene of a drug overdose: The person is unresponsive, covered in vomit, with a needle sticking . . . Third part in our series about the frontlines of an overdose crisis in Victoria: Reporter Katie DeRosa speaks to first responders facing multiple calls daily and many say they do not have the supports they need
"23.10.2016 16:34:02" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Reinventing the pizza Dear Eric: I went to the Interior for a work/road trip and I came back raving about this Bahama-breeze pizza. Could you create a recipe for something similar? It was the best pizza I've ever had.. . .
"23.10.2016 15:52:41" timescolonist.com Victoria saloons a vital part of this city's early history Watering holes have been a vital part of Victoria's history for more than a century and a half. The first saloons opened before Victoria became a city, before British Columbia became a province, and before Canada became a nation. A history on drinking establishments is long overdue, and Glen A. Mofford has filled the need quite nicely. Aqua Vitae is Mofford's first book, but he has been researching and writing about historic hotels and the imbibing opportunities they offered for
"23.10.2016 15:09:33" timescolonist.com All politicians biased on amalgamation, councillor tells students Don't look to local city councillors or anybody even thinking of running for city council for an unvarnished view of issues surrounding amalgamation, Victoria Coun. Geoff Young advised a group of . . . Don't trust any city councillor or anyone who is thinking of running for city council to express an unbiased view about amalgamation.”
"23.10.2016 14:54:42" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Global media conspiracy revisited “If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn't put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20 per cent.” — Donald Trump “There is no such thing as. . . Is there a media conspiracy? Of course there is, and everyone knows it. Today, we present proof.
"23.10.2016 14:51:49" timescolonist.com Salt Spring Island residents wrestle over incorporation Bucolic Salt Spring Island boasts a lot of sheep, artisans, well-aged hippies and world-class waterfront. But as the largest population centre of the Gulf Islands, the question of whether residents. . . Incorporation advocate Ken Marr cites frustration with the duplication of effort required to get things done, with a building permit for a house requiring several separate stops. Do you on Salt Spring? Do his views sound realistic to you?
"23.10.2016 13:56:12" timescolonist.com Crew on ship anchored off Dallas Road treated well, agency says Local residents concerned about the welfare of crew members on the container ship Hanjin Vienna reached for their telephones when they learned the vessel was stuck in limbo in waters off Victoria.. . . Kathryn Murray, manager of the Mission to Seafarers office in Vancouver, says supplies have been pre-paid and delivered to the ship. “This company has looked after everything. I have never seen anything like this.”
"23.10.2016 13:50:54" timescolonist.com Colwood homeowners living 'in a war zone,' blame blasting Colwood resident Sue Courey points to a crack in her living-room wall that stretches up toward the ceiling. It first appeared as a 20-centimetre vein in her Coleman Place home, after blasting . . . “We understand they need to blast. I don't have a problem with that. But they need to do smaller blasts and spread them out. My investment is falling apart. It's extremely frustrating not getting any answers.”
"23.10.2016 04:30:00" timescolonist.com One year later: Whale-watching tragedy took six lives, left many scars Entire communities have been honoured, individuals cited for heroism and boats blessed, but one year after the sinking of a whale-watching vessel off Tofino a that tossed 27 people into the . . . “I feel just as sad today as I did last year,” said Michele Slater Brown of Milton, Ont., whose father Jack Slater, 76, a British national living Toronto, died in the sinking. “This has affected me more than any other single event ever in my life.”
"23.10.2016 03:44:59" timescolonist.com Students fighting for lives after being struck crossing Nanaimo highway Two teenage exchange students were critically injured after being struck while attempting to cross a wet and slippery Island Highway in Nanaimo on Friday night. A 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old. . . Police said it appears four youths were crossing the road against the light when two of them were struck.
"23.10.2016 00:15:00" timescolonist.com Last of the support ships retires: 'They allowed our navy to act big' HALIFAX — The Royal Canadian Navy's last steam-powered warship — HMCS Preserver — was officially retired Friday during an elaborate, rain-drenched ceremony along the Halifax waterfront, marking the. . . Commissioned in July 1970, HMCS Preserver was a floating grocery store, gas station, repair shop, hospital and helicopter hangar. Its motto: "Heart of the Fleet."
"22.10.2016 22:58:40" timescolonist.com Authorities in India break up fraud ring targeting Canadians in CRA scam Canadians are receiving fewer scam phone calls from fake Canada Revenue Agency agents demanding money, but must still be wary of fraudsters despite the lull, the RCMP said in a statement on Friday.. . . Received any CRA scam calls lately? Authorities say fewer Canadians are getting the calls, likely as a result of arrests in Thane, India, on Oct. 5.
"22.10.2016 18:00:00" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: MLAs to try quake early-warning app The B.C. legislature is experimenting with an earthquake early-warning system that could beep MLAs' phones with a warning before one hits. The system is supposed to detect the seismic waves from quakes ahead of time. It has to be fine-tuned to ignore bus traffic, construction noise and anything else.
"22.10.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: Design artists in bloom Connie and Bob Smith decided to downsize a couple of years ago, from their 3,600-square foot home in Victoria to a rancher that is half the size and several kilometres north of the city. After a . . .
"22.10.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Derelict boat owners told to leave by next Friday Victoria city hall has posted final warnings on derelict and live-aboard vessels anchored illegally in the Gorge waterway, telling owners to have them out by next Friday. According to a city . . . A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Victoria West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Rd. It will give those living on Gorge boats a chance to connect with Pacifica outreach workers.
"22.10.2016 15:30:00" timescolonist.com Calendar, Oct. 22-23: Hannibal Buress, Vivaldi, Art of the Cocktail SATURDAY, OCT. 22 Comedian Hannibal Buress: The Hannibal Montanabal Experience, 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Theatre. Tickets at rmts.bc.ca or tel. 250-386-6121. Ballet Rocks and Vivaldi's Four . . .
"22.10.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Keep an eye out for Hannibal Buress on the ferry New York comic Hannibal Buress makes his first trip to Victoria for his show tonight at the Royal Theatre. “You have to take a ferry to Victoria? How long is the ferry?” Buress said, sounding unimpressed.
"22.10.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com From bus to buss: Glances on ride lead to exchange of marital vows A ride on a bus led to a walk down the aisle for Vanessa and Marvin Coronia. The 29-year-old newlyweds, back in the capital region from Calgary this weekend, made a special stop: the McTavish . . . They had spotted each other on the first bus, and sparks started to fly as they waited at the exchange for the next one.
"22.10.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Fentanyl front lines: A growing army learns to deal with overdoses Much of Heather Hobbs's job as a harm-reduction co-ordinator involves showing people how to inject the opioid inhibitor naloxone to reverse the effects of drug overdoses. This year alone she has . . . Kitchen timers beep every five minutes to remind staff to check the drop-in centre's washrooms, in case someone has gone there to take drugs and has overdosed.
"22.10.2016 13:30:00" timescolonist.com Influx of students has Sooke district eyeing new schools With its student population continuing to grow, Sooke School District officials are looking to buy land for as many as four new schools. A request for proposals seeking information about . . . At a time when many districts in the province are closing schools because of declining enrolment, the Sooke district expects to grow by about 1,800 students over the next five years — enough to fill five elementary schools. It currently has about 9,200
"22.10.2016 13:00:01" timescolonist.com How lawyer Constance Isherwood broke through barriers If anyone could speak about the barriers women have overcome in the legal profession, you'd think it might be Constance Isherwood. She was called to the bar 65 years ago, before women had passed . . . She was called to the bar 65 years ago, before women had passed such milestones as being appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada or winning legal protection from discrimination at work. By the time she had practised for 20 years, in 1971, women still
"21.10.2016 19:10:00" timescolonist.com Fentanyl front lines: Drug filled vacuum, and brought waves of deaths It is known as the law of unintended consequences. When the opioid painkiller oxycodone, widely sold under the brand name OxyContin, was discontinued in 2012 because of widespread abuse, a cheap,. . . When the opioid painkiller oxycodone was discontinued in 2012 because of widespread abuse, a cheap, deadly drug filled the vacuum.
"21.10.2016 18:30:00" timescolonist.com Central Saanich man, 18, faces sex charges involving 15 children An 18-year-old Central Saanich man is facing 29 charges relating to sexual touching, making and possessing child pornography, and extortion involving at least 15 children. Seamus Martin Weeks was. . . Seamus Martin Weeks, 18, was arrested at his Central Saanich home on June 29 and is facing 29 charges relating to sexual touching, making and possessing child pornography, and extortion involving at least 15 children.
"21.10.2016 18:02:43" timescolonist.com Times Colonist honoured at Webster Awards A team of Times Colonist reporters, columnists and photographers was honoured Thursday for its coverage of Victoria's tent city homeless camp. Winners of the Jack Webster Awards were announced . . . A team of Times Colonist reporters, columnists and photographers was honoured Thursday with a Webster nomination for its coverage of Victoria's tent city homeless camp.
“We covered the story from all angles, and all points of view,” said Times Colonist
"21.10.2016 17:37:51" timescolonist.com B.C. exempted WHL teams, including Victoria, from paying players minimum wage The B.C. government has exempted the province's six major junior hockey teams from having to pay their players minimum wage, after threats from the Western Hockey League that teams might not . . . The B.C. government has exempted the province's six major junior hockey teams from having to pay their players minimum wage, after threats from the Western Hockey League that teams might not survive a class-action lawsuit on the issue unless the
"21.10.2016 16:30:00" timescolonist.com Big Picture: Comfort's coming to a theatre near you If there's one thing we were reminded of this week after learning that luxurious recliners will replace traditional movie seats at two downtown cinemas, it was how much moviegoers love their . . . Although some have expressed concerns that luxury seating could trigger ridiculously high admission prices, I don't think that will happen. It hasn't at Kelowna's Cineplex Cinemas Orchard Plaza, the only other Canadian multiplex the chain has outfitted
"21.10.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Last of the Royal Canadian Navy's operational support ships to be retired HALIFAX - The Royal Canadian Navy's last operational support ship, HMCS Preserver, will be officially retired today during a special "paying off" ceremony along the Halifax waterfront. . . . Built by the Saint John Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. and commissioned in July 1970, the steam-powered ship is the last of three auxiliary oiler replenishment ships to be paid off.
"21.10.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Fentanyl front lines: A trip from 'euphoria' to hospital Drake Smith knew he was going to overdose. He was in a bathroom downtown. His friends had told him to only do half a hit, but if you only do half, he said, you can't get the same rush. So he . . . There is no typical overdose story. Some people overdose in public washrooms at social agencies — which is happening in greater numbers, according to a University of Victoria study. Others overdose at home or on the street. They are men and women, young
"21.10.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Preview for Butchart family auction needs a ballroom Prepare to be dazzled at the preview of the Ross estate auction at the Empress Hotel. Mirrored ceilings in the Crystal Ballroom reflect a vast array of colours and items on show for the Saturday . . . The preview opened at noon on Thursday and immediately attracted a steady stream of potential buyers.
"21.10.2016 13:30:00" timescolonist.com Rental construction booming with 2,573 units in works Brennon Patterson has spent 18 months looking for a new place to rent that is within walking distance to his job downtown. The banking adviser, who rents in Saanich, has seen about 30 to 40 units . . . Strong demand, low-interest rates, and more favourable development rules have combined to spark building.
"21.10.2016 13:00:00" timescolonist.com B.C. exempted WHL teams, including Victoria, from paying players minimum wage The B.C. government has exempted the province's six major junior hockey teams from having to pay their players minimum wage, after threats from the Western Hockey League that teams might not . . . Freedom of Information documents reveal an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying effort from WHL officials on behalf of teams in Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook, and Prince George.
"21.10.2016 02:43:10" timescolonist.com Christian Kluxen from Denmark will be next Victoria Symphony conductor A 34-year-old Danish conductor has been hired as the Victoria Symphony's new music director. Copenhagen's Christian Kluxen, who has signed a four-year contract, will take over in the 2017-18 . . . Christian Kluxen - Conductor takes over as music director and conductor of the Victoria Symphony in the 2017-18 season. Tania Miller leaves that role in August 2017 after 14 years. Kluxen will lead the orchestra in a concert on Monday as guest conductor,
"20.10.2016 23:24:00" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Denial (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Landmark Cinemas University Heights) Writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must prove the Holocaust actually occurred when a renowned denier sues her . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: Denial; Jack Reacher: Never Go Back; Keeping Up with the Joneses; Mean Dreams; and Ouija: Origins of Evil. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"20.10.2016 18:11:28" timescolonist.com Victoria's Merna Forster receives award for popularizing Canadian history A relentless campaign to feature prominent Canadian women on banknotes has earned Victoria historian and writer Merna Forster this year's Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. “I. . . “I was pleased to have led the national campaign to get women on banknotes. I have been working on trying to create greater awareness of women in Canadian history for many years.”
"20.10.2016 16:09:16" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: NDP quota policy theatre of the absurd The B.C. NDP's quota system for nominees has delivered the round of embarrassment that some people expected when the party first adopted it. The U.S. military used to have a “don't ask, don't tell” policy. It didn't work. The NDP's “ask, but don't tell” policy doesn't work either.
"20.10.2016 16:03:23" timescolonist.com $6-million loan urged to speed up E&N Rail Trail The Capital Regional District parks committee is recommending borrowing $6.1 million to speed up completion of another two phases of the E&N Rail Trail linking Langford to Victoria. The $6.1 . . .
"20.10.2016 16:00:04" timescolonist.com World-renowned bassist Gary Karr's last waltz The man Time magazine once dubbed “the world's leading solo bassist” will retire from the concert stage this weekend. Gary Karr was the first classical musician to forge a successful career as a solo double-bassist. He has performed as a soloist on six continents. The BBC made two feature films about him.
"20.10.2016 15:26:54" timescolonist.com Day after debate, Trump, Clinton square off again at roast Bitter presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have one more face-to-face showdown before Election Day. And they're supposed to make it funny. "I certainly expect that the dinner will be what it's always been: an opportunity for two candidates to put aside partisan politics for the evening," said Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, which hosts the dinner. Is he being
"20.10.2016 14:34:31" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Farms' a-maze-ing survival tactics Pulling back, back, back on a giant slingshot sprouting from a North Saanich field, Boyd Fuerst launches a mini-pumpkin well past the 300-foot marker, where it lands with a satisfying splat. . . . This is the hard truth about modern agriculture: It's hard for a farmer to survive just by farming. Sometimes that means taking a day (or night) job elsewhere. Sometimes it means opening a maze.
"20.10.2016 14:11:10" timescolonist.com Take care out there, pedestrians warned A 23-year-old Victoria man remains in serious condition in the intensive-care unit after being struck by a vehicle late Friday. The incident comes amid warnings from ICBC that crashes involving . . . “We encourage all pedestrians and all drivers to use extreme caution as these winter months approach when the sun goes down.”
"20.10.2016 14:07:49" timescolonist.com Review: Big guitar keeps on turnin' as Fogerty astonishes Victoria crowd Rock 'n' roll fans were given a first-rate lesson in shredding Wednesday night, by one of the unheralded greats of the guitar. It wasn't what everyone assembled at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre would have expected, but what they received was a lively John Fogerty is known primarily as an incomparable songwriter, and one of the best in history at that. But the majority who came to see him perform bought a ticket to see Old Reliable, the aw-shucks version of John Fogerty. Instead, they were face to face
"20.10.2016 14:04:47" timescolonist.com Politicians' time shift to skirt Colwood Crawl draws tide of outrage Capital Regional District director Mike Hicks wasn't prepared for the wave of angry emails generated by his decision to change the start time of a committee meeting to avoid the Colwood Crawl. “. . . “I'm getting hate mail and all sorts of stuff. They're upset with me moving the meeting, thinking it is for my elitism or for personal gain as a politician or whatever. I even got criticized for screwing up the Johnson Street Bridge. It's been an
"19.10.2016 22:56:42" timescolonist.com Still Alice: At 68, metal icon Cooper proves school's out foreverrrr Halloween arrived two weeks earlier than expected Tuesday night — complete with blood and guts — as Alice Cooper and his band brought old-school showmanship and rock 'n' roll swagger to The Q Centre. Alice Cooper is nothing if not a macabre master of ceremonies, and his ability to seem cool, even when he's romancing a pink-haired doll and singing about necrophilia, is unmatched.
"19.10.2016 16:50:20" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: The gourmand's fast food If you're in need of quick dinner for two, don't head to a fast-food restaurant with a drive-through. Instead, take a trip to your local supermarket or seafood store and purchase fresh B.C. seafood. . .
"19.10.2016 15:59:59" timescolonist.com Comox hospital's ban on medically assisted death denounced A doctor affiliated with a Catholic hospital in Comox says the institution's policy barring doctors from providing medical assistance in dying is the “cruellest” directive he has encountered in . . . “This is the cruellest hospital policy that I have ever encountered in over 30 years of medical practice. St. Joseph's motto 'care with compassion' rings hollow now.”
"19.10.2016 15:27:09" timescolonist.com Sewage plant plans moving too fast, says Esquimalt mayor Esquimalt is worried plans to break ground on the new sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in February will overload their municipal staff. Mayor Barb Desjardins is calling the timetable “. . . “We are really concerned with the capacity of our staff. We know they're going 130 per cent now, so how we're going to do that [process the treatment plant application] is still for staff and the project board to sit down and figure out.”
"19.10.2016 14:33:31" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Documents question E&N's viability Good news for the trainspotter crowd: The B.C. government has just released 797 pages of information on the E&N Railway, a fresh compendium of all the twists and turns in the ongoing story of what's happened — or not happened — since the Island passenger Next March will be the sixth anniversary of the shutdown of the passenger train. The Island Corridor Foundation came up with a revitalization plan about the same time, which involves $15 million shared between the provincial and the federal governments.
"19.10.2016 14:25:38" timescolonist.com Victoria's renovated Capitol 6 reopens Nov. 4 as luxury multiplex Capital region moviegoers will have six more downtown movie screens to choose from when Capitol 6 Cinemas reopens Nov. 4 as a luxury multiplex, its new owner confirmed Tuesday. The cinema complex. . . Andrew Golin, vice-president of Regency Theatres, says he learned about the upgrade at the rival Cineplex Odeon two weeks ago. “It's ultimately a good thing, because they are now luxury and we are luxury and people have more options downtown,” he said.
"19.10.2016 13:55:41" timescolonist.com Colwood Crawl so bad politicians can't make meetings Traffic congestion, especially coming from the West Shore, is getting so bad that some Capital Regional District elected officials are pushing to change committee meeting start times so they can . . . Have you been late for work because of the Colwood Crawl?
"18.10.2016 15:30:05" timescolonist.com Punk band forged in Ireland's troubles Jake Burns has a unique perspective on punk rock, one born from and shaped by civil strife and political unrest. Anti-authority tension fuelled the spectacular debut of Stiff Little Fingers — 1979's Inflammable Material — which became the first album on an independent record label to make the Top 20 on the U.K. charts. The record is now dubbed one of the greatest in
"18.10.2016 15:10:37" timescolonist.com Victoria's venerable Odeon gains luxury seating Victoria's oldest movie theatre is getting its most significant upgrade in 20 years with today's announcement by Cineplex Entertainment that all of its standard seating will be replaced with . . . The installation of luxury seats is set to begin today in auditoriums 6 and 7. The theatre on Yates Street will remain open during the transition, with auditoriums being reopened individually upon completion of each upgrade.
"18.10.2016 14:21:54" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Vancouver School Board dismissal a calculated risk The B.C. Liberals' obvious goal for the past several months has been to dampen down unrest and smooth over any problems en route to the May election. There's a view from afar that Vancouver considers itself too special to play by the rules everyone else observes. That's going to dampen some of the outrage. But in Vancouver, it will be crisis time. “Frightening … a sad day for democracy,” said the
"18.10.2016 14:12:16" timescolonist.com 'Langtoria' commuter bus launch has 4 riders, officials still hopeful Four people climbed aboard the City of Langford's new luxury commuter bus for its first scheduled run into Victoria on Monday morning. “The morning run was really good. It went off without a . . . The new Langford-to-Victoria luxury commuter bus service got off to a modest start, but Langford Mayor Stew Young wasn't disappointed. “You've got to give these things time,” he said. “How are you going to get people out of their cars when they've paid
"18.10.2016 14:08:26" timescolonist.com View Royal residents press for barrier arm at intersection A group of View Royal residents wants to install a barrier arm to keep commuter traffic from cutting through residential streets. The problem stems from drivers avoiding the intersection at . . . Traffic problems in View Royal aren't new, but some residents on Rudyard and Stormont roads fear it will only get worse as construction on the McKenzie interchange increases commute times. The mayor and police have somewhat different views on this issue,
"18.10.2016 13:59:22" timescolonist.com B.C. Ferries on Saturday storm cancellations: We'd do it again If B.C. Ferries officials had it to do over again, they would make the same decision to cancel sailings as they did on Saturday, says spokeswoman Deborah Marshall. With high winds predicted, B.C.. . . The decision on cancellations was made early in the day because of the potentially severe weather that was forecast, said B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall. “Safety is the No. 1 priority.”
"18.10.2016 13:54:41" timescolonist.com Metchosin man trapped 2 nights in ravine found 'lying in mud, shivering' A 62-year-old Metchosin man was found shivering and unable to speak after two nights trapped in a ravine on a stormy weekend. Taylor Mar and his partner, Erin Van de Water, both 35, found the man. . . Finding Pat Hauser was a powerful moment for Taylor Mar, a former search-and-rescue volunteer who followed a path of clues and intuition. “I don't know what guides you sometimes because you come to these little forks and something maybe just pulls you one
"18.10.2016 02:21:24" timescolonist.com U.S. drops remaining sex assault charges against Port Alberni man DENVER - Officials in Denver, Colorado say sexual assault charges against a Port Alberni man have been dropped. The Denver District Attorney's Office said in a statement that two charges against . . .
"17.10.2016 15:06:47" timescolonist.com U.S. presidential race: Trump lashes out at Republicans Donald Trump lashed out on Monday at Republicans who have tried to tone down his rhetoric about election fraud, calling his party's leaders "so naive" and claiming without evidence that large-scale voter fraud is real. When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump charged that the U.S. electoral system is rigged against him, leading party members said that Trump was complaining about media bias. Trump's reply — the system is rigged and that's that. Meanwhile,
"17.10.2016 13:42:35" timescolonist.com Third storm fizzles on B.C.'s South Coast “Where's the storm?” was the question on many people's lips as the third in a series of three tempests — a remnant of a powerful typhoon — to hit the B.C. South Coast failed to live up to its hype.. . . OK, what happened to the big storm we were supposed to get during the weekend? If you were in Port Mellon, a small community on the Sunshine Coast, you were drenched with rain. Other places received much less. If you were on Sisters Island, you would have
"17.10.2016 00:00:00" timescolonist.com Global deal aims to phase out gas essential to refrigerators, air conditioners KIGALI, Rwanda - Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal, announced Saturday morning after all-night negotiations, to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a . . . Experts say cutting hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, is the fastest way to reduce global warming. HFCs were introduced in the 1980s as a substitute for ozone-depleting gases. Their danger has grown as air conditioner and refrigerator sales have soared in
"16.10.2016 15:32:56" timescolonist.com Ask Eric Akis: Prostitute's dinner is molto buona Dear Eric: What is a prostitute's dinner? Have you heard of the term? Is it universal? Are there common components? I only heard of it once, when my Japanese daughter-in-law served it to me. She . . .
"16.10.2016 14:30:40" timescolonist.com Adapting to Island RCMP life a challenge The Courtenay subdivision was a mammoth operation consisting of 350 personnel, 16 detachments, a number of plainclothes units, a dog section and a helicopter. To round out the complement, two 60-foot patrol vessels, which could be used as floating The intensity and complexity of police operations in Canada's westernmost province cannot be compared to any other RCMP operation. Members serving in all but B.C.'s most isolated detachments encounter a much greater intensity of crime. Consequently,
"16.10.2016 14:13:24" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind I read the newspaper in the waning glow of a headlamp. “Bob Dylan just got the Nobel Prize for literature,” I told her. “You think Kanye will say it should have gone to Beyoncé?” “I don't know,” . . . When weather warnings fizzle, we see smirking Internet memes with the words “Victoria: We will rebuild” layered atop pictures of an inverted umbrella. There's lots of chortling about skittish weather forecasters and media hype. OK, but which would you
"16.10.2016 14:10:20" timescolonist.com Thousands with MS lose 'lifeline' as Victoria centre set to close Tearing up, River Grace said she wakes at night worrying what will happen when the MS Society building on North Park Street is sold and closed in December. “It's the only place I've found to get . . .
"16.10.2016 06:24:39" timescolonist.com Storm cancels ferries and cuts power, but dodges a shot at history Saturday's storm didn't quite live up to the hype, but it still managed to cancel ferries, close parks and knock out power to thousands of Vancouver Island residents. The public was told to be . . . The public was told to be ready for winds that could reach thresholds not seen in years — up to 100 kilometres an hour — and cause widespread damage. Luckily, those winds hit non-populated sites such as Trial Island (96 km/h) and Discovery Island (85
"16.10.2016 03:31:25" timescolonist.com Storm roundup: Weather warnings, ferries cancellations and power outages Stormy weather cancelled ferries, closed parks and knocked out power to thousands of Vancouver Island residents on Saturday. We're updating our storm story throughout the evening with information about power outages, road closures and ferry cancellations.
"16.10.2016 01:14:17" timescolonist.com Analysis: Claims U.S. election is 'rigged' may leave lasting damage WASHINGTON - Donald Trump keeps peddling the notion the vote may be rigged. It's not clear if he does not understand the potential damage of his words — or he simply does not care. Trump's claim . . . "Trump's claim — made without evidence — undercuts the essence of American democracy, the idea that U.S. elections are both free and fair, with the vanquished peacefully stepping aside for the victor. His repeated assertions are sowing suspicion among his
"15.10.2016 20:49:01" timescolonist.com Storm tonight with wind gusts up to 90; ferry sailings 3 p.m. onwards cancelled Update: Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for early Saturday evening, saying the wind will be strong enough to cause damage. Remnants from Typhoon Songda will start arriving on southern . . . B.C. Ferries, citing the weather, has cancelled all sailings between Vancouver Island and the mainland from 3 p.m. onward today. Sailings will resume on Sunday morning. The routes affected are Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen-Duke Point, Tsawwassen-Gulf
"15.10.2016 19:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria bylaw puts brakes on cycling ice-cream vendors This ice cream brought to you by Ben and Jerry? Victoria councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday want the city to re-examine its bylaw prohibiting vending from bicycles. In a report to the . . . Some aspiring entrepreneurs have written to the city asking that the bylaw be updated to permit “responsible bicycle street vending” in the city.
"15.10.2016 18:00:01" timescolonist.com CRD wants to build $16M 911 call centre, OKs petition process for funding Residents will have to let the Capital Regional District know by Dec. 2 if they don't support borrowing $16 million for a new regional 911 call centre for police. If 10 per cent of CRD electors (. . . Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen called the proposed 911 centre “a big and important step forward for our communities' safety,” but said he isn't in favour of amalgamating police services.
"15.10.2016 17:00:00" timescolonist.com Stop light touted as 'logical solution' to crashes at Malahat intersection A stop light at a crash-prone intersection on the Malahat is justified, says the commander of the region's integrated road safety unit, on the heels of a B.C. Coroners Service report on a fatal . . . It's challenging for the best of drivers in ideal conditions to execute a left off the northbound highway lanes onto south Shawnigan Lake Road or for traffic from the side road to make a left or merge right onto the fast-moving Malahat, says road safety
"15.10.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Opera: With gifted cast, seldom-staged Simon Boccanegra is surprisingly moving Mention Verdi and most of us think of the big hits: Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata. His Simon Boccanegra is what's known in pop music as a “deep cut.” It's staged much less often, mostly. . . Dispatched by the Victoria Symphony with vivacity and subtlety under Timothy Vernon's baton, Verdi's music is gorgeous. Sometimes the score is breezy or summery. More often it's darkly burnished. Glynis Leyshon's direction is sure-footed and grasps the
"15.10.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Wet and windy: another storm expected tonight Update: Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for early Saturday evening. Remnants from Typhoon Songda will start arriving on southern Vancouver Island in the late afternoon. Winds will . . . The last of three storms this week is expected to hit Greater Victoria around 5 or 6 p.m. tonight with rain and wind gusts up to 90 km/h.
"15.10.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: My earthquake insurance has a headshaking $47,400 deductible The annual B.C. ShakeOut earthquake drill is scheduled for Tuesday. If you really want to get into the spirit of this thing, check your earthquake insurance policy. If a quake ever flattens the joint — and the wording is quite precise that it has to be the actual moving of the earth that does the damage — I'll need to come up with $47,400 before the coverage kicks in. Even more aftershocking, the deductible has
"15.10.2016 13:45:00" timescolonist.com Global deal reached to limit powerful greenhouse gases KIGALI, Rwanda — Nearly 200 nations have reached a deal, announced Saturday morning after all-night negotiations, to limit the use of greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide in a . . . HFCs were introduced in the 1980s as a substitute for ozone-depleting gases. But their danger has grown as air conditioner and refrigerator sales have soared in emerging economies like China and India. HFCs are also found in inhalers and insulating foams.
"14.10.2016 20:29:13" timescolonist.com Ferry sailings on hold because of high winds Several B.C. Ferries departures to and from Vancouver Island are on hold due to high winds this afternoon. The ferry corporation said ships going both directions from Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay and . . . Travel Alert: B.C. Ferries major routes are holding ships in dock because of high winds
"14.10.2016 18:00:01" timescolonist.com Victoria police now carry life-saving naloxone spray Victoria police officers are now equipped with naloxone nasal spray, which provides life-saving treatment to people who have overdosed on opioids or to officers who have been accidentally exposed.. . . Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is an opioid antidote that can reverse the effects of an overdose and stimulate breathing.
"14.10.2016 16:30:00" timescolonist.com Province, residents keep eye on soil dump as storms hit A quarry that stores contaminated soil uphill from Shawnigan Lake will remain under government and community scrutiny as autumn storms batter southern Vancouver Island in the coming days. The . . . The property's owners, Cobble Hill Holdings Ltd., had until midnight Wednesday to put an impermeable cover over the landfill, maintain or dig ditches to catch any water coming in contact with the contaminated soil, and put backup systems in place to store
"14.10.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Trees come down as McKenzie interchange work begins Gridlock between the West Shore and Victoria isn't pretty, but neither is the fix underway that will result in the McKenzie interchange. Cutting down Garry oaks, arbutus trees and Douglas firs . . . The trees are coming down to accommodate the shift of the Galloping Goose trail closer to the schools and construction of an overpass on McKenzie.
"14.10.2016 14:45:00" timescolonist.com Unassuming but deadly fungi popping up around Greater Victoria The shiny greenish domes poking out of Glenn Nicholls's lawn don't look particularly threatening. But the mushrooms are the same species that killed a three-year-old Victoria boy this week: the “. . . The death cap mushroom grows around ornamental European hardwoods, which were imported to Victoria about 50 years ago. The mushroom pops up around mature English oaks, chestnuts, lindens and hornbeams. Individual mushrooms can be picked and removed. But
"14.10.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Mayors mulling Victoria-Langford commuter train Some mayors are discussing banding together to get a commuter train operating between Langford and Victoria. Victoria council endorsed a resolution Thursday to explore the viability of running a . . . With the pending construction of the McKenzie interchange threatening to disrupt commuter traffic, mayors from Victoria, View Royal, Esquimalt and Langford, along with representatives of the Bayview and Westhills developments, have been discussing ways to
"14.10.2016 13:45:00" timescolonist.com Big Picture: Island actor Beau Mirchoff shines as activist Beau Mirchoff has seen the future of America with Donald Trump at the helm, and it is not pretty. It could be funny in a scary kind of way, however, judging by what transpires in Trumpocalypse, a. . . Joining the ranks of actor-activists such as Mark Ruffalo and Martin Sheen, Beau Mirchoff said the prospect of Trump becoming the 45th U.S. president is so scary he's doing “everything I can to denounce the orange-headed thing.”
"14.10.2016 13:30:00" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: WireTap goes Heavyweight Jonathan Goldstein will talk about reconnecting with his first girlfriend in an upcoming episode of Heavyweight, his new podcast. Now 47, he was just 18 years old back then. His former girlfriend. . . The “first girlfriend” yarn is typical of Jonathan Goldstein's stuff. One of his gifts as a writer/broadcaster is his ability to pry out curious little stories that are somehow meaningful and universal. These are between-the-cracks tales, the sort not
"14.10.2016 13:00:00" timescolonist.com Editorial: Oak Bay sewage plan slow but steady Oak Bay has approved a 30-year plan to solve the problem of effluent contaminating beaches when heavy rains overtax its sewage system. That might seem like a long time, but the problem is more than. . . When sewage lines were laid Uplands, beginning about 1910, stormwater drainage and household sewage used a single line. During heavy rainfall — which occurs about 12 times a year — the system can become overwhelmed, sending raw sewage into the ocean at
"14.10.2016 05:28:41" timescolonist.com Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie talks about his memory loss TORONTO - Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie says his memory is fading as he battles terminal brain cancer, but he is keeping busy with projects that may include another record. Downie spoke . . . Gord Downie told Peter Mansbridge he "can't remember hardly anything" and admitted he had to write "Peter" on his hand so he wouldn't forget the name of the man interviewing him, whom he's known for 25 years.
"13.10.2016 23:03:19" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING The Accountant (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, Landmark Cinemas University Heights, SilverCity) Ben Affleck plays a numbers wizard whose work for organized crime . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: The Accountant; Kevin Hart: What Now?; Operation Mekong; and Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section.
"13.10.2016 22:12:44" timescolonist.com Segway rider in superhero garb catches attention of RCMP A man wearing a red superhero costume riding a Segway on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford caught the attention of motorists and West Shore RCMP Thursday afternoon. Mounties got a call about . . . Danny “the Hurricane” Halmo of Delta is a man with a mission. He's on a 500-kilometre journey on a Segway from Salt Spring Island to Campbell River and back down to Victoria. His goal: to deliver a petition to the premier that calls for Segways to be
"13.10.2016 15:47:01" timescolonist.com U.S. presidential race devolves into ugly fight over treatment of women Already deeply divisive, America's campaign for president is quickly devolving into an ugly fight over who has treated women worse: Donald Trump, whose White House bid is floundering, or former President Bill Clinton, who isn't on the ballot. Donald Trump's campaign is now signalling it will spend the election's final month relitigating ex-presdient Bill Clinton's marital affairs and unproven charges of sexual assault, as well as what Trump says is Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's role in
"13.10.2016 15:10:02" timescolonist.com Lumber towns face U.S. trade assault B.C. is bracing for pain as the U.S. lumber industry stands poised to launch a punitive softwood lumber trade battle as early as today. That's when a one-year “standstill” agreement tacked onto . . . “There's a lot of concern. There are going to be mill closures for sure.”
"13.10.2016 14:51:58" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Province taken to task for housing costs The provincial government periodically shames municipalities for the high costs they impose on housing developers, because they get added directly onto the asking price and contribute to the affordability crisis that is now rampant. Here's just one of many issues: The government is keen to be seen as fighting climate change, and revisions up for approval shortly will mandate more energy-efficient new homes. But Casey Edge of the Victoria Residential Builders Association says new
"13.10.2016 14:42:42" timescolonist.com Alice Cooper feeds off Clinton-Trump election battle Alice Cooper — shock-rock legend or political prophet? Equal amounts of both, it turns out. Alice Cooper is having a ball performing his 1972 hit Elected on his current tour. The song was written as a parody of U.S. politics when Nixon was in the White House. Cooper said it's shocking how little has changed in the 44 years since he sang the
"13.10.2016 14:09:33" timescolonist.com Langford-Victoria bus revs up for new commuter run The City of Langford's new luxury commuter bus to Victoria completed test runs Wednesday. With a capacity of 50 passengers, the Langtoria Greenline bus will be a drop in the bucket, when it comes. . . With a capacity of 50 passengers, the Langtoria Greenline bus will be a drop in the bucket, but Langford Mayor Stew Young says “if it's successful, it will grow.” Would you give it a try?
"13.10.2016 13:54:48" timescolonist.com Pollution risks found at quarry near Shawnigan Lake The owners of a contaminated soil landfill uphill from Shawnigan Lake have been ordered to take immediate steps to prevent the release of polluted water during storms this week. The Ministry of . . . “As a community, we have been warning the ministry for years that this is the wrong location for this landfill site. And we would really like to see them acknowledge and recognize that and to solve the problem that they've created in our watershed. We
"13.10.2016 12:15:22" timescolonist.com Thailand's king, world's longest-reigning monarch, dies King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, died Thursday. He was 88 and had been the world's longest reigning monarch.
"13.10.2016 05:29:05" timescolonist.com Winning lottery ticket nears expiry Check your Lotto Max tickets to make sure you're not overlooking a $1-million treat from last Halloween. A Maxmillions prize of $1 million remains unclaimed from the Oct. 30, 2015, draw, and the . . . Check your pockets: A $1-million prize from Oct. 30, 2015, hasn't been claimed yet.
"13.10.2016 01:49:24" timescolonist.com Three storms starting early Thursday; most powerful on Saturday Updated: The first of three successive storms in the region is expected to hit Greater Victoria Thursday morning with a forecast for rain and a southeast wind of 50 km/h and gusts to 70 between roughly 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. The most powerful of the bunch could be the Saturday storm, which will come out of the remnants of Typhoon Songda from Asia. Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan said the impact of that storm could be “historic,” and that the overall rainfall
"12.10.2016 21:29:29" timescolonist.com Three-year-old boy dies after eating poisonous mushroom in Victoria A three-year-old boy who ate a “death cap” mushroom found in downtown Victoria has died, Island Health says. The Island boy ingested the deadly mushroom after foraging with his family on a . . . This is the first recorded death in B.C. from a death-cap mushroom. The species is not native to B.C. and first appeared in Victoria about seven or eight years ago.
"12.10.2016 15:11:18" timescolonist.com 'Food for fines' pitched as way to cover unpaid parking tickets James Younger hopes to drive home to Victoria councillors the idea of turning unpaid parking tickets into food for the hungry. Younger will pitch Victoria councillors Thursday on a so-called “. . . James Younger is pitching a “food for fines” program that would allow people to make a cash or food donation to a food bank to cover the cost of unpaid parking tickets. Mayor Lisa Helps is lukewarm about the idea. What would you suggest to council?
"12.10.2016 15:03:13" timescolonist.com Frank Zappa's music kept alive amid family feud Things have got so bad between guitarist Dweezil Zappa and his family that when their homestead in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, was sold to Lady Gaga a few weeks ago, Dweezil heard about it online,. . . Do you think Frank Zappa has a place in today's pop music?
"12.10.2016 14:11:18" timescolonist.com Compact Duncan and sprawling North Cowichan consider merging The City of Duncan and the much larger, sprawling Municipality of North Cowichan are embarking on studies to consider joining together. The studies for a Duncan-North Cowichan merger were driven by a referendum question on the last municipal ballot. To the surprise of municipal politicians, majorities in both communities voted in favour of examining the issue.
"12.10.2016 14:02:04" timescolonist.com Landlords seizing on tight market to raise rents, poverty groups say Greater Victoria landlords are increasingly taking advantage of the region's tight housing market to get around rent controls, anti-poverty advocates charged Tuesday The Together Against . . . The Together Against Poverty Society said landlords, like their counterparts on the Lower Mainland, are getting people, desperate for housing, to sign fixed-term lease agreements with vacate clauses. Are you a tenant? Have you signed such an agreement?
"12.10.2016 13:55:30" timescolonist.com Sailor, 74, sets sights on being oldest to sail solo non-stop around world Jeanne Socrates has sailed enough ocean miles, 160,000, to circumnavigate the world seven times. Now she wants to establish a new record. Socrates has already been recognized by Guinness World . . . On Oct. 17, Jeanne Socrates will leave Ogden Point to complete another circumnavigation. This time, she wants to become the oldest person to sail around the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
"11.10.2016 18:04:17" timescolonist.com With the fall of the pound, British consumers are in for a shock LONDON - Family business owners like Stephen Bowles say the timing of the pound's plunge couldn't be worse. The freight hauler, whose family business operates at Heathrow, Europe's largest . . . The British pound has dropped more five per cent against the dollar since the beginning of the month. It's down more than 18 per cent since June 23, when voters decided to leave the European Union.
"11.10.2016 14:58:48" timescolonist.com Mushroom warning issued as Victorian becomes severely ill Island Health is warning foragers to know their fungi, after someone was sent to hospital for eating what is believed to be one of the world's deadliest mushrooms. The mushroom was harvested a . . . Chief medical health officer Dr. Richard Stanwick said officials believe a resident in downtown Victoria ingested amanita phalloides, more commonly known as “death cap” mushroom. The amanita family of mushrooms is responsible for 90 per cent of fatal
"11.10.2016 14:56:14" timescolonist.com Tensions flare as Republicans clash over Trump Donald Trump's candidacy has long exposed divisions within the Republican Party. But GOP leaders had hoped to prevent an all-out civil war at least until after the election. Developments in the U.S. presidential campaign: GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan says he won't lift a finger for presidential nominee Donald Trump. Women are disgusted with Trump, but will they change their votes? And why do evangelicals prefer Trump over
"11.10.2016 14:42:00" timescolonist.com Langford Rotarians respond to hurricane disaster in Haiti A Langford group travelling to Haiti in two weeks says the two orphanages it supports are facing food shortages in the wake of hurricane Matthew. The Rotary Club of Westshore Sunrise already had . . . The Rotary Club of Westshore Sunrise already had plans to visit the Caribbean nation when hurricane Matthew slammed its southern coast with torrential rains and 230 km/h winds last week. The death toll exceeded 500 on Monday based on on-the-ground
"11.10.2016 14:20:29" timescolonist.com Tale of refugee family's flight is set in stone While browsing Facebook one day, Salt Spring Island writer Margriet Ruurs' eye was caught by a tender image of a mother holding her baby. Behind the mother, a father walked along carrying a heavy . . . “Canada has always been a land of immigrants and refugees, and this book will help to spread that message and encourage others to contribute to a desperate cause.”
"09.10.2016 22:58:40" timescolonist.com Kenyans Kipkoech, Kimugul last to arrive, first to finish Victoria marathon Daniel Kipkoech and Paul Kimugul were the last to arrive but the first to finish in the 37th GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. The earlier weekend downpours broke and a cool, dry and pleasant . . . Daniel Kipkoech won his third Victoria marathon on Sunday, but he's not finished yet. His next goal is to beat Lamech Mokono's Victoria course record set in 2013. Meanwhile, Sabrina Wilkie of Vancouver, racing in her first marathon, won the women's title.
"09.10.2016 22:14:43" timescolonist.com Family takes part in children's race to raise awareness Langford parents May Sandvar and Scott Shannon took their son Ethan in his first race today to raise awareness of a muscle disorder that rules their lives. The alert little boy, who will be three. . . Ethan Sandvar, who will be three years old next month, arrived in a special wheelchair for the children's race, one of the special events that is part of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. He has a muscle disorder known as Nemaline Myopathy and his
"09.10.2016 16:24:50" timescolonist.com Women's shelter reopens after $650,000 reno A long-standing women's shelter downtown reopens this weekend after a three-month closure for renovations, and it's the little things that have staff and clients excited. “Using the microwave and. . . The project included new floors, wiring, windows and roof. The kitchen and dining area doubled in size, and a mechanical chair lift was added to a new wood staircase.
"09.10.2016 15:44:21" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Fried brown rice ideal vehicle for leftover turkey Dear Eric: I am puzzled by the ubiquitous use of white rice when — I believe — brown rice is more nutritious, supplying minerals where the white version does not. Am I correct, and what changes to . . .
"09.10.2016 14:40:40" timescolonist.com Scientists put ear to ground to find secrets of Strait of Georgia STRAIT OF GEORGIA — A science team deployed a 450-kilogram “underwater listening station” on the floor of the Strait of Georgia on Friday, in an attempt to further unlock the secrets of ocean noise. . . Two B.C. Ferries ships — Queen of Alberni and Coastal Inspiration — are the most measured vessels in the world right now, says researcher Tom Dakin. “How does the noise vary with their load, speed, weather conditions and currents? All that plays into how
"09.10.2016 14:32:50" timescolonist.com Yom Kippur a time to reflect, make things right As well as intentioned as you might be, the last thing you should do next week is wish a Jewish person a Happy Yom Kippur, say members of Victoria's Jewish community. Instead, suggests the Kolot . . . “In a way, it's a celebration, but of human free will. It is reflective, in the sense that we look back on the year, and what have we done with that free will. Chances are we've done something we regret, or we need to forgive someone who has dong things
"09.10.2016 14:24:21" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: In the light of good people, some relief from the dark The Dutch government just honoured Rudi Hoenson and the timing — Thanksgiving — couldn't be better. You might never meet someone with so much cause to be bitter, but so much gratitude for his life.. . . Rudi witnessed unspeakable depravity in captivity, yet at age 93 he greets every day with delight, wonder and a cheerful, slightly subversive good humour. On Friday, the Netherlands' military attache to Canada flew out from Ottawa to (somewhat belatedly,
"09.10.2016 14:19:11" timescolonist.com Signs of Monty's live on in new homes Anyone looking to relive the heady glory days of Monty's Showroom Pub can visit Stefano Pasta's apartment. After parting with a cool $2,700, Pasta is the new owner of the unmistakable Girls Girls. . . “I went to Monty's. I had bandmates that worked in Monty's. I played in Monty's. It's definitely a piece of history for me.”
"09.10.2016 02:30:00" timescolonist.com Letter: Disneyfication of Victoria continues apace Letter to the editor: What are they smoking over there at city hall?
"09.10.2016 01:30:00" timescolonist.com Helen Chesnut: This Thanksgiving, spare some gratitude for the bees Families with food gardens will be celebrating in gleeful gratitude this holiday weekend. The past magical growing season has delivered lavishly bountiful harvests. It's almost as though the . . . As friends and family gather to give thanks this weekend, direct a portion of the gratitude to bees — our life preservers.
"09.10.2016 00:28:52" timescolonist.com Trump vows to press on as GOP calls grow for him to quit NEW YORK, N.Y. - A defiant Donald Trump insisted Saturday he would "never" abandon his White House bid, rejecting a growing backlash from Republican leaders nationwide who disavowed the GOP's . . . A defiant Donald Trump insisted Saturday he would "never" abandon his White House bid, rejecting a growing backlash from Republican leaders nationwide who disavowed the GOP's presidential nominee after he was caught on tape bragging about predatory
"08.10.2016 21:25:00" timescolonist.com Cash machines at pot shops get green light Cash machines will be permitted in Victoria's marijuana dispensaries under bylaw changes given preliminary approval by city councillors. The prohibition on ATMs was an “unintended consequence” of. . . The prohibition on ATMs in pot shops was an “unintended consequence” of a regulation that forbids secondary businesses in dispensaries, said Mayor Lisa Helps.
"08.10.2016 20:45:00" timescolonist.com House Beautiful: A portrait of the artist Emily Carr Walking up the verandah steps and through the front door of Emily Carr House, it's easy to imagine the Victorian home filled with sounds of the everyday life of the busy Carr family. Step inside Emily Carr House and you're transported back to a well-kept family home, with careful attention paid to recreating the rooms as they would have been between the 1860s and the turn of the century, when Carr lived there.
"08.10.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Ministry doesn't know why contaminated site was deemed clean B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett says he doesn't know why a high-risk mine site leaching copper into the Jordan River was deemed clean by the province in 1993. The now-defunct Sunro. . . B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett says he doesn't know why a high-risk mine site leaching copper into the Jordan River was deemed clean by the province in 1993.
"08.10.2016 18:45:00" timescolonist.com Drug more deadly than fentanyl could be in B.C., expert says VANCOUVER — The extremely toxic drug carfentanil has been linked to two deaths in Alberta and might be present in B.C.'s illicit-drug supply. Dr. Karen Grimsrud, Alberta's chief medical officer . . . Carfentanil is 100 times deadlier than fentanyl, 10,000 times deadlier than morphine and is used as a tranquillizer for elephants and bears.
“An amount as small as a grain of sand could be lethal,” the government of Alberta said in a statement.
"08.10.2016 17:53:26" timescolonist.com In Fairfield, plans for small lot face political scrutiny A proposed small-lot subdivision in south Fairfield will go to public hearing despite concerns that rather than creating more affordable housing, it likely will result in more million-dollar homes.. . . A proposed small-lot subdivision in south Fairfield will go to public hearing despite concerns that rather than creating more affordable housing, it likely will result in more million-dollar homes.
"08.10.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria pot shop given first fine under new rules A pot shop has been given the first fine under the City of Victoria's new rules aimed at marijuana retailers, and it plans to fight the penalty. Green Ceiling was fined $500 on Friday for . . . Owner Ashley Abraham said she was not surprised by the fine and will dispute it. “I'm going to continue providing the service that I'm providing.”
"08.10.2016 15:30:00" timescolonist.com David Bly: Name-calling fast way to lose the argument Why can't I call someone an idiot, a moron, an imbecile? Why can't I say a certain politician is a crook and that everyone in city hall is taking bribes? Why can't I describe someone else's . . . So why can't you call someone an idiot or a moron? Because your mother taught you better, that's why.
"08.10.2016 15:00:00" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Spend more, raise taxes, says BCGEU Lots of people show up at consultation meetings on the next year's provincial budget with spending ideas. The labour union fearlessly told the government exactly where to get the money needed for a list of things that need doing: raise taxes.
"08.10.2016 14:30:01" timescolonist.com Marathon expert Jamie Morgan earns place on Walk of Fame Jamie Morgan shook his head in disbelief when he realized his name would go down alongside the likes of Island athletic greats such as Ironman Hawaii world champions Peter Reid and Lori Bowden,. . . A non-runner seven years ago, Jamie Morgan saw an advert for a running clinic. He was a bundle of energy with no outlet, so he thought he would give it a try. He went from being a participant to being a coach, instructor and mentor to hundreds of runners
"08.10.2016 14:00:00" timescolonist.com Drug more deadly than fentanyl could be in B.C., expert says VANCOUVER — The extremely toxic drug carfentanil has been linked to two deaths in Alberta and might be present in B.C.'s illicit-drug supply. Dr. Karen Grimsrud, Alberta's chief medical officer . . . Carfentanil is an analogue of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which has been increasingly cut into the illicit drug supply. Fentanyl was detected in 60 per cent of 488 illicit-drug overdose deaths in B.C. in the first eight months of 2016. Carfentanil is
"08.10.2016 13:30:00" timescolonist.com Victoria marathon brings weekend road closures Road closures for Sunday's Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon begin at noon Saturday around the legislature and 4 a.m. Sunday on Dallas Road. The annual race event is on Sunday in Victoria. It features a marathon, half marathon, 8K, marathon relay, and Thrifty Foods Kids Race. About 8,000 people have registered for all the races so far. All slots have been taken for the marathon (1,350) and
"08.10.2016 13:00:00" timescolonist.com The impact of Tour de Rock in the battle against cancer As the Tour de Rock team rolled into Centennial Square on Friday, rider Mena Westhaver looked at the parents holding children who have battled cancer. She knew exactly how they felt. Her son, . . . This year's tour raised $1,278,065, bringing the total raised since 1998 to more than $22 million. The funds support pediatric cancer research. You can donate at this link:
"07.10.2016 22:20:01" timescolonist.com Big Picture: Reality bites for filmmaker Connor Gaston Connor Gaston laughs as he recalls his be-careful-what-you-wish-for moment last fall when he realized he would have to start shooting the short version of a feature film he's trying to get off the . . . When Victoria filmmaker Connor Gaston received funding for his new short film, The Cameraman, his first reaction was panic.
"I went: 'Oh my God, I've got to make this now!' I've got to work with dogs and kids and 16-millimetre film and the '70s [when
"07.10.2016 21:40:01" timescolonist.com UVic answers coming need for medical isotopes UVic scientists are receiving $8.7 million in provincial funding to undertake research to help make British Columbia a major provider of medical isotopes, which are used to detect and treat cancers. . . With Thursday's funding announcement, the isotope output will be expanded so B.C. can step in to fill Canada's coming need when the 58-year-old nuclear reactor in Chalk River, Ont., now Canada's main supplier, goes off line in two years when its licence
"07.10.2016 21:30:01" timescolonist.com 'Creepy' clowns haunt B.C. VANCOUVER — The “creepy clown” social-media-fuelled frenzy that is causing fear and bizarre behaviour in the United States appears to have spread to B.C. Langley RCMP reported that several boys . . . Langley RCMP reported that several boys were terrified Wednesday morning when two older teenagers dressed as clowns jumped out from behind some bushes and chased them as they were walking to school.
"07.10.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Comment: Site C a long-term source of renewable power As one of the largest infrastructure projects in Canada, the Site C Clean Energy Project gets a lot of attention, most recently at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Victoria. . . . Commentary from B.C. Hydro official Dave Conway: First and foremost, B.C. Hydro is building Site C to help meet long-term electricity needs in B.C. While the demand for electricity fluctuates year to year, over the next 20 years, demand is projected to
"07.10.2016 20:20:00" timescolonist.com Gregory Brotherston charged with three counts of assault causing bodily harm Gregory Brotherston has been charged with three counts of assault causing bodily harm to a Greater Victoria woman. The 35-year-old youngest son of former Highlands councillors Ken and Marie . . . Gregory Brotherston has been charged with three counts of assault causing bodily harm to a Greater Victoria woman.
The 35-year-old youngest son of former Highlands councillors Ken and Marie Brotherston turned himself in to police on Tuesday.
"07.10.2016 19:50:00" timescolonist.com 'Uneasy' skateboarders a wrench in Victoria rule change More skateboarders may be taking to downtown sidewalks because they feel safer there than on the street, where they are allowed, says Coun. Geoff Young. In February, councillors changed a decades. . . “Maybe those skateboarders [riding on the sidewalks] are actually acting in a life-preserving way and the fact is that they won't ever feel comfortable on the street,” Victoria Coun. Geoff Young said.
"07.10.2016 19:04:59" timescolonist.com Courtenay man charged with murder in deaths of man, woman A Courtenay man has been charged with two counts of murder after two people were shot and killed at a home on Urquhart Avenue in Courtenay on Wednesday morning. Police said the 42-year-old man . . . A Courtenay man has been charged with two counts of murder after two people were shot and killed at a house on Urquhart Avenue in Courtenay early Wednesday.
Comox Valley RCMP said the 42-year-old man, who was arrested at the house, shot himself and was
"07.10.2016 19:00:01" timescolonist.com Lawrie McFarlane: Administrators shouldn't abandon their post A troubling series of events has occurred at the Vancouver school board. The entire senior management team signed out on sick leave because, they said, board members had harassed and bullied them.. . . The principle, in my view at least, is clear. Whatever agency you work in, you tell your political masters that their actions are unacceptable and way over the line. And then you offer your resignation. What you do not do is book off on sick leave. What
"07.10.2016 18:50:00" timescolonist.com RCMP commissioner apologizes to female employees for harassment RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson delivered an abject apology Thursday to hundreds of current and former female officers and employees who were subjected to alleged incidents of bullying, discrimination and harassment dating back 42 years. "To all the women, I stand humbly before you today and solemnly offer our sincere apology," RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Thursday at a news conference in Ottawa.
"You came to the RCMP wanting to personally contribute to your community and we failed
"07.10.2016 17:54:18" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: Donald Trump the ultimate whipping boy As much as we bleeding-heart liberals detest U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump, there is one silver lining. He provides us with a gratifying sense of moral superiority. There is no . . . Donald Trump is such an over-the-top cartoon villain, he has become the ultimate whipping boy. This — unless you're Donald Trump — is rather nice. For many liberal-minded folk living in a politically confusing age (e.g. the gender-neutral pronoun
"07.10.2016 17:30:05" timescolonist.com Shares of Victoria's Aurinia soar on drug trial A Victoria pharmaceutical company spoke Thursday and the world took notice. Shares of Aurinia Pharmaceutical rose sharply through massive trading volume, after the company announced positive . . . Shares of Victoria company Aurinia Pharmaceutical rose sharply through massive trading volume, after the company announced positive results from clinical trials for its treatment of lupus nephritis with its drug voclosporin.
"07.10.2016 17:01:24" timescolonist.com Racist response to UBC attack vexes woman's rescuer VANCOUVER — Adam Casey doesn't want to be included in any racist narratives about the part he played in rescuing a fellow University of B.C. student from a violent attack this week. Casey, a . . .
"07.10.2016 15:30:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Go easy with the digital pitchforks Here's what I'm grateful for at Thanksgiving: No one saw me chuck my beer can at that Baltimore Oriole in Toronto. OK. I can joke. I'm not the one who, after someone almost caused a War of 1812 . . . That's the thing about publicly shaming someone: You had better be right.
"07.10.2016 15:04:45" timescolonist.com Finale today for Tour de Rock fundraising ride The annual Cops for Cancer fundraising bicycle ride, a two-week 1,100-kilometre journey from Port Alice to Tofino to Victoria, ends today with a celebration at Centennial Square beginning at 5 p.m.. . . The team is scheduled for a 40-kilometre ride today through Esquimalt, Saanich and Victoria.
"07.10.2016 14:30:00" timescolonist.com Obituary: 'Old Leather Lungs,' one of B.C.'s most colourful politicians Former B.C. Social Credit cabinet minister Don Phillips, whose bombastic style earned him the nickname “Old Leather Lungs,” has died in hospital in Australia where he lived. He was 87. Phillips . . . “Old Leather Lungs they called him, because he could be counted upon, not only in the legislature, but particularly on the hustings during election campaigns, for getting up and delivering what, in old-fashioned terms, were called real stemwinders. He
"07.10.2016 13:30:00" timescolonist.com Victoria sticking to slower speed limits, smiley signs eyed It might take traffic-reader signs that smile, but Victoria is continuing on the path of slowing down traffic. Acknowledging that reducing speeds involves more than just putting up signs, . . . In 2014, councillors amended the streets and traffic bylaw, reducing speed limits on several city streets to 40 km/h from 50 km/h and reducing the speed limit on Cook Street between Southgate Street and Dallas Road to 30 km/h from 50 km/h. The objective
"07.10.2016 12:31:34" timescolonist.com Thousands without power as storm hits Vancouver Island Thousands are without power as the first severe wind storm of the fall season hits the Island. Fire departments and B.C. Hydro are busy across Greater Victoria responding to calls about trees . . . Fire departments and B.C. Hydro were busy across Greater Victoria responding to calls about trees falling onto power lines.
"06.10.2016 22:32:40" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING The Birth of a Nation (Cineplex Odeon Victoria) Nate Parker wrote, directed and stars as literate slave and preacher Nat Turner, who led a bloody pre-Civil War uprising with the hope of . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: The Birth of a Nation; The Dressmaker; The Girl on the Train; and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go
"06.10.2016 15:11:04" timescolonist.com One-man star brings his specialty back to UVic In the rarefied world of the one-man pop-culture spoof, Charles Ross is a shining star. Next week, Charles Ross will be one of three solo performers showcased at the University of Victoria's 50th Anniversary Alumni Festival. Oddly enough, when he first applied, Ross almost didn't get into the theatre school at all.
"06.10.2016 15:00:16" timescolonist.com Abandoned orchards offer clues to European settlement of Gulf Islands Archeologists and cultural workers at Parks Canada are mapping the European settlement of the Gulf Islands with the help of apple trees still found in former orchards. Apple trees growing and . . . The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve covers about 36 square kilometres of bays, beaches and land spread over islands dotted around the Salish Sea. You can find the remnants of at least 16 orchards in the park, many of which still contain fruit-bearing
"06.10.2016 13:53:30" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Riders dig deep on Tour de Rock's tough days By the time they hit Sutton Pass — two hours into the ride, four to go — the cyclists were already chilled to the core. The road from Port Alberni to the west coast of Vancouver Island is a steep. . . The annual Cops for Cancer fundraiser might look the same each autumn, but it's not. Every year brings a fresh group of cyclists with their own, unique reasons for riding.
"06.10.2016 13:51:16" timescolonist.com Protecteur crew members honoured for actions during fire at sea Crew members aboard HMCS Protecteur were recognized Wednesday for their bravery during an engine room fire in 2014. Nine crew members were presented with medals for bravery or meritorious service. . . Nine crew members have been presented with medals for bravery or meritorious service by Gov. Gen. David Johnston at a ceremony in Quebec City.
"06.10.2016 13:48:18" timescolonist.com E&N rail line group isn't trusted, CEO is 'lightning rod': consultant The Island Corridor Foundation's credibility is suffering from a lack of transparency and it should do more business in public if it hopes to regain the trust of its members and the public, says a . . . “Whether it is [Graham Bruce's] salary, the perceived lack of performance in achieving a train service on Vancouver Island, the fact he was found to have been in violation of the federal lobbying code of conduct, or the perception of his controlling and
"05.10.2016 19:45:16" timescolonist.com Massive Tsawwassen Mills mall opens near ferry Hundreds of shoppers lined up to be among the first to head through the doors when the massive Tsawwassen Mills outlet shopping mall opened this morning. For capital region retailers, the . . . If you've travelled to the mainland on the ferry during the past year, you've seen the Tsawwassen Mills mall take shape. The 1.2-million-square-foot mall opened Wednesday and they're counting on business from Vancouver Island to make it a success. It
"05.10.2016 18:13:29" timescolonist.com Man and woman shot dead at Courtenay home; two men arrested Two people are dead after a shooting at a home in Courtenay early this morning.Comox Valley RCMP said they found a man and a woman dead in a home in the 2300-block of Urquhart Avenue around 3:10 a.m.. . . UPDATED: A man and a woman are dead after a shooting at a Courtenay home early this morning
"05.10.2016 14:48:44" timescolonist.com Minister gets body-painted to drum up publicity for tax credit B.C.'s agriculture minister is taking an unconventional approach to marketing his ministry, by offering up his body to generate publicity for an obscure food-donation tax credit. British Columbia has a tax credit for farmers who donate certain agricultural products to registered charities such as food banks. Alas, the program is not well known, so Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick decided to do something about it. He had himself
"05.10.2016 13:56:00" timescolonist.com Saanich man mistaken for Hillary Clinton's running mate As the U.S. vice-presidential debate Tuesday night put the spotlight on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's running mates, a Saanich man has seen how a case of mistaken identity can draw him into . . . “It's a little surprising how many people write to me on Facebook thinking that I'm the candidate for vice-president of the USA. Some of them are big supporters and others are less than polite. It's a bit funny and I am having some fun with it,” Saanich
"05.10.2016 13:52:39" timescolonist.com Move toward regional transport planning hits West Shore roadblock A traffic jam is developing on the road to the creation of a regional transportation authority. The Capital Regional District hopes such a body would help address issues such as the Colwood Crawl. . . Colwood and Langford, worried about potential costs, are on record as being opposed to a regional transportation authority. Once a municipality is part of a CRD service, it has no alternative but to share in those costs, said Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton.
"05.10.2016 13:46:25" timescolonist.com De Courcy Island farm, once heart of cult, on market for $2.19M The bucolic 105-acre De Courcy Island farm, once the centre of a bizarre cult led by swindler Brother Twelve, is on the market for $2.19 million. Tales of lost gold treasure, murder, sex, . . . There is a “sense of isolation while being close to everything,” said real-estate agent Mark Lester. The island, 16 kilometres southeast of Nanaimo, has no ferry access. No houses are on the farm, which falls within the Nanaimo Regional District. Three
"05.10.2016 13:37:38" timescolonist.com Developers plan to reinvent retail block on Fort Street A large block of real estate in Victoria's downtown core is changing hands. Two Vancouver developers have purchased two large sites on the south side of Fort Street between Quadra Street and . . . Anne Tanner, managing director of commercial real estate firm Cushman Wakefield, says the two deals on Fort Street “are exciting for Victoria because if you look at what the companies have done with buildings in Gastown, they want to reinvent these
"04.10.2016 22:40:45" timescolonist.com Slowmo video of royals on Canada tour has people creeped out, cracking jokes A "creepy" video of the recent royal tour in Canada has left some viewers gobsmacked. Kensington Palace tweeted out the short video on Saturday of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with. . . Many people are describing the video as "creepy" and "morose," while others have compared it to a trailer for a horror movie.
"04.10.2016 19:27:47" timescolonist.com After delay, B.C. now supports expansion of Canada Pension Plan British Columbia gave its blessing Tuesday to enhancing the Canada Pension Plan, a critical vote of support that opens the door for Ottawa to gradually increase contributions and benefits for future retirees. "A year ago, you'll remember that we promised Canadians that we would work to enhance the Canada Pension Plan in collaboration with provinces. We know it's going to have a huge impact on Canadians and for that we are so pleased to be following through on
"04.10.2016 16:48:40" timescolonist.com Sexualized violence against children in care has Turpel-Lafond concerned B.C.'s child watchdog is calling on the provincial government to do more to reduce sexualized violence against children and youth in care. In a new report released this morning, Mary Ellen . . . Of the 121 youth in the report by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, 74 — or nearly 62 per cent — were aboriginal girls, despite the fact that they comprise only 25 per cent of the total children in care over the three years in the review.
"04.10.2016 15:36:06" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Sister continues 8-year fight for Victoria man imprisoned in Iran It was eight years ago today that Victoria's Saeed Malekpour was snatched off a Tehran street and thrown into Iran's notorious Evin prison. That means it has been eight years that his kid sister . . . Maryam Malekpour feels let down by Canada's year-old Trudeau government, which she says is doing less for her 41-year-old brother than the Harper Conservatives did.
"04.10.2016 15:26:01" timescolonist.com Lawrie McFarlane: Excuses for shooting cougars are inexcusable Of the world's five surviving big-cat species, four are either endangered, or likely to face a future confined to zoos and game parks. There are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild, and they have . . . If any of the world's big-cat species has a chance to survive and flourish, it is most likely to be the North American cougar. So why in heaven's name has our province's Conservation Service (note that title) announced that henceforth, large carnivores
"04.10.2016 14:32:21" timescolonist.com New speed limits routinely ignored, council told City staff are recommending increased enforcement and education as many drivers are ignoring lower speed limits introduced by Victoria two years ago as a traffic safety measure. In 2014, . . . Two years ago, speed limits were reduced to 40 kilometres per hour on some streets. However, traffic monitoring has found that the new rules have had a minor impact on vehicle speeds. B.C. Transit has had trouble keeping to schedule on some routes. While
"04.10.2016 14:16:18" timescolonist.com Illicit skateboarding growing on city sidewalks A loosening of rules has led to an increase in the number of skateborders rolling along downtown Victoria sidewalks, city staff say. And bylaw staff are finding it “challenging” to stop the . . . “Sidewalks need to be safe for pedestrians. That's what sidewalks are for. So skateboarders need to follow the rules and that means not riding on sidewalks
"04.10.2016 14:13:46" timescolonist.com Mom accused of abduction cites fears for child's safety The mother accused of parental abduction after she fled Canada with her two-year-old daughter said she will not turn herself in because she fears for her child's safety. In a 20-page letter sent . . . There are two sides to any custody battle. Last week, Tasha Brown pleaded for the return of her missing daughter. Now, Lauren Etchells — Brown's former partner — has sent a 20-page letter to the Times Colonist. She contends her daughter would be at risk
"04.10.2016 14:04:43" timescolonist.com One man's quest to restore Jordan River salmon fouled by old mine From atop a steep slope looking down on a narrow portion of the Jordan River, Ken Farquharson points to two saplings making their way out of the crumbly earth near his feet. The saplings are an . . . “It's a really good news story, because I think the people of Victoria can look forward to the return of salmon in Jordan River. But then there's a terrible news story. And the terrible news story is why government didn't get on this a long time ago.”
"03.10.2016 16:16:22" timescolonist.com Trump has a challenging week with a tax revelation Ever defiant, Donald Trump and his Republican allies largely embraced a report that said the New York businessman may not have paid federal income taxes for nearly two decades after he and his companies lost nearly $916 million in a single year. Donald Trump has hit a few potholes on the campaign trail. The revelation that he hasn't paid federal income taxes in nearly two decades led to some interesting explanations from his supporters. On a more positive note, it diverted attention away from his
"03.10.2016 15:44:50" timescolonist.com Condo owners ordered to pay $16 million to fix leaky building A judge has ordered a Vancouver strata to impose on the owners a $16.8 million special levy to repair long-standing leaky condo problems. Owners first noticed water issues at Gardenia Villa, a . . . Do you live in a condo? What would you do if you were in such a situation?
"02.10.2016 21:09:24" timescolonist.com Whale-watching boat runs aground near Tofino; 27 rescued The same whale-watching company whose vessel sank off the coast of Tofino last year has had another vessel run aground. Twenty-seven people aboard the Stellar Sea were rescued from the vessel, . . . “The report I have is that everybody is fine. By the time the Coast Guard got the call and got there, they were all rescued.”
"02.10.2016 19:51:45" timescolonist.com Victoria's Tally-Ho Hotel closing; bar and cafe to stay open, owner says The owner of the Tally-Ho Hotel says online reports that the hotel closed abruptly without notifying employees are false. Wayne Hopkins said he gave 60 days notice and severance pay to the . . . “It's old, it doesn't meet the expectations of today's travellers, so we need to figure out what the next best use is.”
"02.10.2016 17:20:43" timescolonist.com U.S. trade envoy to meet Canadian lumber execs before softwood deadline MONTREAL - Canadian softwood lumber executives will meet this week with America's trade ambassador as they brace for the prospect of U.S. tariffs that they say could result in mill closures and . . . Following a decade of relative stability, the expiry of the 2006 softwood lumber agreement and a one-year standstill period on Oct. 12 is expected to push the U.S. to begin the process of imposing tariffs on Canadian lumber imports. Few industry observers
"02.10.2016 16:45:48" timescolonist.com Victoria's Adonis Puentes to stage rare hometown show this afternoon When it comes to Cuban music, audiences in Victoria have it better than most cities in Canada. Living right here in our midst is Adonis Puentes, who is considered by many to be the country's . . . Adonis Puentes, who emigrated to Victoria in 1998, continues to adapt and expand his sound, with help from an all-star band of Cuban musicians known as the Voice of Cuba Orchestra. He will join his bandmates in the orchestra for a show this afternoon at
"02.10.2016 16:26:01" timescolonist.com Langham Court musical about grief and mental illness REVIEW Next to Normal Where: Langham Court Theatre When: Until Oct. 15 Tickets: $15-$32 Reservations: 250-384-2142 Info: langhamtheatre.ca Rating: three and a half stars (out of five). . . While Next to Normal it might be a tougher sell than Langham Court Theatre's outstanding production of The Drowsy Chaperone because of its grim subject matter, it's a show discerning audiences should consider.
"02.10.2016 16:06:27" timescolonist.com Young women find passion in politics Langford's Nicole Johnston represents the federal riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford in theory for now — but tomorrow it could be the real thing. Johnston is one of 42 women aged 18 to 23 . . . “I have so much hope looking at the mandate of our [Liberal government] and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statements about being a feminist … and so many premiers across the country being female.”
"02.10.2016 15:57:54" timescolonist.com Scarce moose? Chief says 'no moose' in large part of Chilcotin An effort by the B.C. government to determine how many moose are killed by hunters in the Chilcotin may be too little, too late, according to the head of the Tsilhqot'in National Government. For . . . “Three-hundred and sixty bull moose in my area? I don't even think we have 30 bull moose.”
"02.10.2016 15:36:05" timescolonist.com Ask Eric: Homemade stock key to tasty turkey soup Dear Eric: Do you have a good turkey-soup recipe? Richard Dear Richard: Thanksgiving is next weekend and many folks will have leftover turkey they can make soup with. I decided to answer . . .
"02.10.2016 14:48:45" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Royal children and playmates just 'kids in the park' Cadboro Bay's Gyro Park wasn't terribly busy when Christine Wickes took two-year-old Brynn there Monday. Brynn found a playmate, though. She climbed the octopus (everybody knows the octopus), . . . In Victoria, at least, it was possible to take George and Charlotte on the odd excursion from Government House without creating a fuss. The children and the woman with them — presumably their nanny, Maria Borrallo — played on the swings and wandered down
"02.10.2016 14:41:36" timescolonist.com How Moby Doll revolutionized our understanding of orcas They set out to kill a whale, but captured one instead. The orca they took to Vancouver became known as Moby Doll, and as it was displayed to the public and examined by scientists and others, it transformed our thinking of whales. Moby Doll did not live long in captivity but he was instrumental in changing public perception of the whales we once called killers and now call orcas. He was instrumental in changing our thinking; no longer should these whales be hunted as a matter of
"02.10.2016 05:46:09" timescolonist.com After weeklong visit, Royal Family departs Victoria With a double-handed wave from Prince George and a totter down the dock toward the seaplane from Princess Charlotte, the royal visit was over. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their little. . . The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their little ones in tow, departed from the Inner Harbour on Saturday afternoon, marking the end of an eight-day goodwill tour of B.C. and Yukon.
“We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and