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"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
"02.10.2016 00:25:55" timescolonist.com In promise of assisted death, woman finds sense of peace Noreen Campbell, 71, is a speaker at a session called Updates on Medical Assistance in Dying at the Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay today at 2 p.m. Noreen Campbell says she has a good life and she has peace knowing she's in control of how it will end.
"01.10.2016 23:34:32" timescolonist.com Prince William thanks Canada for the family memories Text of a statement released Saturday by Prince William on his family's eight-day visit to British Columbia and Yukon: "Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for . . . Prince William had a few parting words before he, Kate and their children left Victoria, ending their royal tour: "We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have
"01.10.2016 21:15:57" timescolonist.com 'We are survivors,' Haida tell royal couple HAIDA GWAII - Prince William and Kate arrived at a small village off the coast of B.C. on Friday in a replica 15-metre Haida war canoe, ferried to the remote island by paddlers wearing T-shirts . . . "We are survivors," Haida Nation spokesman Peter Lantin told William and Kate. "We owe our existence to these islands and these waters. We know that good will come from your visit to Haida Gwaii because you bring hope."
"01.10.2016 20:41:20" timescolonist.com Fake Kate crashes Victoria wedding reception A royal wedding wasn't on the official itinerary last Saturday, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Victoria. But “Kate Middleton” couldn't resist crashing a wedding reception at . . . Royal impersonator Karen Brelsford prompted gasps and applause when she made a surprise appearance Saturday night at Nicole Ranger and Matthew Miller's wedding reception.
"01.10.2016 20:32:05" timescolonist.com Victoria family connects with royals past The inaugural visit of Prince William and his family to Victoria is particularly meaningful to a local family with connections to the Royal Family and past visits. Ann Thomson said she was . . . Ann Thomson was excited to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in her hometown because her great-great-grandparents worked for the Royal Family.
“She was a lady in waiting for Queen Victoria and he was a captain in the horseguard,” said Thomson.
"01.10.2016 19:52:14" timescolonist.com The doctor will see you now — via video from Ontario Esquimalt's Sandi Plewes wasn't sure what to expect when she met her new family doctor over a computer screen, but she was happy to give it a try. Plewes, 60, has been looking for a doctor since . . . Esquimalt's Sandi Plewes wasn't sure what to expect when she met her new family doctor over a computer screen, but she was happy to give it a try.
“I've been seeing ads on Facebook saying they were taking new patients and it's really hard to find a
"01.10.2016 19:30:05" timescolonist.com Beer Mail arrives: Victoria store shipping brews around B.C. Cook Street Liquor has come up with a thirst-quenching twist on mail order. The Victoria business has launched Beer Mail, which sends local and other craft brews throughout B.C. for the cost of . . . Cook Street Liquor has launched Beer Mail, which sends local and other craft brews throughout B.C. for the cost of the beer and a $35 shipping charge.
Each box has a dozen 650-millilitre bottles containing six varieties. “We've done a theme with each
"01.10.2016 19:15:46" timescolonist.com Victoria-Vancouver ferry firm seeks original artwork for new vessel The company intent on establishing a passenger ferry service between Victoria's Inner Harbour and Vancouver is looking for a local artist to help design the look of the vessel to be used for the . . . The company intent on establishing a passenger ferry service between Victoria's Inner Harbour and Vancouver is looking for a local artist to help design the look of the vessel to be used for the trip.
"01.10.2016 19:06:40" timescolonist.com Hundreds gather at Cridge Centre during royals' final tour of Victoria The Royal Family's final tour of Victoria has begun with a visit to the Cridge Centre for the Family — the first stop on a day dedicated to youth and mental health. Hundreds gathered at the . . . The Royal Family's final tour of Victoria began with a visit to the Cridge Centre for the Family — the first stop on a day dedicated to youth and mental health.
"01.10.2016 18:18:10" timescolonist.com Goaltender saves the day for Victoria Royals It's been said, more than once, that your goaltender needs to be your best penalty killer. Goalie Griffen Outhouse saved the day on Friday night as the Victoria Royals' sophomore stopped a total of 34 shots and benefitted from Matthew Phillips' goal at 10:20 of the third period in a 1-0 win over the Kamloops Blazers.
"01.10.2016 18:01:45" timescolonist.com Mick Fleetwood bringing his blues to Victoria The longer musicians work at their craft, the more skilled they become at playing the blues. Though he's known for popularizing folk-rock in Fleetwood Mac, the band's namesake (who turned 69 over the summer) knows as much about the blues as anyone.
Mick Fleetwood returns to his roots with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, performing at UVic's
"01.10.2016 17:00:01" timescolonist.com Editorial: Don't give up on vaccinations Measles has been eliminated from the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization announced this week. That's not a reason to stop vaccinating for the disease. Quite the contrary — it's . . . Yes, there are risks with vaccinations, but they are extremely small, especially compared to the very real risks associated with measles and other diseases.
"01.10.2016 17:00:01" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Climate change brings water worries The award for long-range thinking at this year's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention goes to those involved in the seminar devoted to adapting to climate change. There are water-distribution systems in B.C. where 60 to 70 per cent is wasted through leakage. Comprehensive metering helps deal with that, but is a controversial topic in many communities.
"01.10.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Open Textbook Project eases costs for students Carson Varney's responsibilities include a two-year-old son, with another child expected soon, and rent payments, all while attending Camosun College It makes the $600 to $1,000 he saves in a . . . More than 160 textbooks are available online. Students sign into a password-protected website and find the works they require.
"01.10.2016 15:07:48" timescolonist.com The doctor will see you now — via video from Ontario Esquimalt's Sandi Plewes wasn't sure what to expect when she met her new family doctor over a computer screen, but she was happy to give it a try. Plewes, 60, has been looking for a doctor since . . . During the visit in Victoria, the patient was assessed by a licensed practical nurse, had her vital signs taken and recorded, and then met via online video with Dr. Chad Burkhart, in Southampton, Ont.
"01.10.2016 13:30:00" timescolonist.com Royal visit on Saturday: Cridge Centre, Pacific Grace, depart on seaplane • In the morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in Victoria at the Cridge Centre for the Family, where they will meet residents who receive shelter at the facility, and unveil a . . .
"01.10.2016 13:01:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Royal tour ends today in a capital flurry They paid an animal-control guy to keep the geese from soiling the red carpet on the legislature lawn. CFAX's Alan Perry got a peek at a high-tech gizmo the cops could use to remotely seize . . . Prince William and Kate will engage in one last flurry of stops around Victoria before boarding a float plane and flying out of town one last time. The 3:40 p.m. departure ceremony at the Inner Harbour seaplane terminal, lasting just 10 minutes, will be
"01.10.2016 01:50:45" timescolonist.com Happy Valley Road closed after crane truck hits pole, rolls onto side Happy Valley Road is closed between Vitality Road and Dicker Road after a crane truck hit a untility pole. Assistant fire chief Scott Davidson said the truck landed on its side. The incident took. . . Happy Valley Road is closed between Vitality Road and Dicker Road after a crane truck hit a utility pole and landed on its side.
"30.09.2016 22:32:08" timescolonist.com Cattle prod used in road-rage fight in Brentwood Bay, witness says Road rage escalated to a physical fight involving an electrified cattle prod and criminal charges in Brentwood Bay on Thursday afternoon. Patty Winter, a cashier at the Chevron gas station on . . . “The guy who started the fight goes over to his van and pulls out a cattle prod,” a witness said. “You could hear it — 'zzzz-zzzz' — he was trying to get this guy with it.”
"30.09.2016 17:45:00" timescolonist.com Strip club memories: Monty's memorabilia on auction block How many bottoms sat on the heart-shaped pillow mounted on the swinging seat at Monty's Showroom Pub? We'll probably never know. But for patrons of the former strip club or those with a sense . . . Among the Monty's mementoes on the auction block are two brass dancing poles — each stretching 3.3 metres — the distinctive Girls Girls Girls neon sign and three sparkling disco balls.
"30.09.2016 17:19:16" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Sorry Victoria, we're just backdrop for royals How do we look? Do we have spinach in our teeth? Or is everyone just looking at the Duchess of Cambridge and the kids? Victoria spent the run-up to this week's royal visit rushing around like a . . . It's been a busy week here with William, Kate and the kids ...
"30.09.2016 05:45:18" timescolonist.com A magical day of play with 'down-to-earth' royals Princess Charlotte stole the show at a garden party she attended with big brother Prince George and 24 children from Canadian military families at Government House in Victoria on Thursday. The 16. . . ICYMI: Photos and stories from Prince George and Princess Charlotte's party on Thursday.
"29.09.2016 23:31:40" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Deepwater Horizon (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, Landmark Cinemas University Heights, SilverCity Imax) Mark Wahlberg stars in this dramatization of the 2010 Gulf of . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: Deepwater Horizon; L.O.R.D.: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties; Masterminds; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 3D; and Queen of Katwe. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the
"29.09.2016 21:29:04" timescolonist.com Construction starts on long-awaited McKenzie Interchange Construction has begun on the long-anticipated McKenzie Interchange project. The $85-million interchange, located where the Trans-Canada Highway meets Admirals Road and McKenzie Avenue, is . . .
"29.09.2016 18:44:47" timescolonist.com $21.5-million expansion planned for Royal Roads Royal Roads University is planning a major expansion by updating its historic Mews property and building an addition to create a 52,000-square-foot environmental science facility for an estimated . . . The university hopes to complete a new 52,000-square-foot environmental science facility by April 2018.
"29.09.2016 15:48:23" timescolonist.com Saanich Inlet LNG 'long way off,' says Clark A proposed liquefied natural gas plant for the Saanich Inlet is a “very, very, very long way off” — if it gets approved at all, Premier Christy Clark said Wednesday. Clark said Steelhead LNG's . . . “We're waiting to even see if it will get approval from the Americans at this point. … The Petronas project, which has taken so long, was a lot simpler, even when it comes to approvals. The Steelhead project is going to be very complicated.”
"29.09.2016 15:12:25" timescolonist.com 'The most famous art detective in the world' tells tales from his career As a former FBI investigator who helped recover more than $300 million US worth of stolen art and cultural property over two decades, Robert K. Wittman has his share of incredible tales. Robert Wittman once told an interviewer the thrill of finding stolen masterpieces is similar to how he felt when his children were born. “But the euphoria doesn't last as long,” he said.
"29.09.2016 14:18:17" timescolonist.com Historic ammunition buildings on Cole Island get a little TLC Workers on Cole Island in Esquimalt Harbour are fixing up old naval munition buildings on the 1.4-acre National Historic Site. Owned by the province, which calls it a “little-known heritage gem,”. . . Owned by the province, which calls it a “little-known heritage gem,” Cole Island served as an ammunition depot for the Royal Navy and later the Royal Canadian Navy. It is part of a group of properties that “evoke the distinctive sense of place of a 19th
"29.09.2016 14:09:43" timescolonist.com Victoria's gift for the royals: custom-designed sneakers When you think of a last-minute gift for the Royal Family, there are certain things you might not anticipate. For the City of Victoria, the idea of custom Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers for the . . . Graphic designer Tessa Hinz said she only had a matter of hours to design the shoes. Baggins Shoes received the order Tuesday afternoon, but by the end of the day, Hinz had it ready.
"29.09.2016 14:05:41" timescolonist.com Shelbourne plan removes some car lanes, adds sidewalk and cycling space Saanich municipal planners are proposing changes to Shelbourne Street that will add bicycle lanes and make sidewalks wider. As a result, some sections of Shelbourne will drop to two lanes from . . . “It's one of those cases of going out with something, of listening, coming back, making changes, listening again. If this ultimately ends up as the approved option, it will be the result of a lot of good input from all the user groups.”
"28.09.2016 21:15:53" timescolonist.com Jury finds Addison guilty of murder in Nanaimo mill shooting A British Columbia Supreme Court jury in Nanaimo has found a man guilty of two counts each of first-degree murder and attempted murder in a shooting at a Vancouver Island sawmill two years ago.
"28.09.2016 15:42:23" timescolonist.com Mother says abduction case highlights B.C.'s family legal aid shortcomings A Vancouver Island mother desperate to find her two-year-old daughter months after she was abducted by her estranged wife says her case highlights the lack of legal aid funding for family law cases. . . Tasha Brown said she has spent almost $50,000 in legal fees, only $1,000 of which has been covered by provincial legal aid. She has also been assigned a lawyer in the U.K. — the cost of which is entirely covered by that country's legal aid system.
"28.09.2016 15:17:58" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Snickerdoodles a can't-stop-eating-them treat I enjoy learning about the history of foods and how some recipes got their quirky names. That inquisitiveness was sparked again on a rainy day last week, when I decided this was an ideal time to . . .
"28.09.2016 14:06:45" timescolonist.com Victoria Grizzlies enter Alberni Doghouse hungry for wins With the hoopla of the B.C. Hockey League Showcase now over, the Victoria Grizzlies will attempt to get back to the order of business — winning hockey games. The Island Division-leading 4-1-1-1 . . . The Island Division-leading 4-1-1-1 Grizzlies head to Alberni Valley to face the 3-2-1 Bulldogs tonight to try to snap a three-game winless skid that does include a tie and double-overtime loss in the last two outings at the Showcase.
"28.09.2016 13:53:49" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Royals go to Carcross, a mystical place that inspired a great artist The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Carcross, Yukon, today, and I am jealous. If Vancouver Island is a Markgraf painting, the West Coast's muted blues and greens melting into one another, . . . If Vancouver Island is a Markgraf painting, the West Coast's muted blues and greens melting into one another, Carcross is all Ted Harrison: vivid colours and stark contrasts, big mountains looming over big lakes under a brilliant blue sky. It takes your
"28.09.2016 13:42:58" timescolonist.com Fort Street cottage dating to 1895 to be demolished One of the last remaining buildings from commercial Fort Street's history as a residential area will likely be demolished as early as next spring. The wooden yellow cottage at 950 Fort St., now . . . “The building has had many, many, many lives. It's been an antique store, second-hand store, it's been a Persian store where they taught how to smoke a hookah and do Persian dancing. It has been a bookstore three or four times. It's a lovely little
"28.09.2016 01:31:52" timescolonist.com Ottawa gives conditional approval to giant LNG project on B.C. coast RICHMOND - The federal government gave conditional approval Tuesday to the massive Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia's northwest coast. Environment Minister Catherine . . . Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says there are 190 legally binding conditions attached to the conditional approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
"27.09.2016 18:56:30" timescolonist.com Tearful mom pleads for return of missing daughter Vancouver Island mother Tasha Brown is pleading for the return of her two-year-old daughter, Kaydance, who was allegedly abducted in May by Brown's estranged wife. On May 14, Tasha Brown informed. . . Tasha Brown is pleading for information about her missing two-year-old daughter, Kaydance. Saanich police are investigating.
"27.09.2016 15:32:56" timescolonist.com Public invited to discuss electoral reform issues Tuesday in Victoria Canada's electoral reform committee will stop in Victoria today to hear what Islanders think of the process for picking our leaders. The federal committee is travelling the country to consult . . . Canada's electoral reform committee is in town today. If you're planning to attend the sessions at the Harbour Towers Hotel, here are some details you should know.
"27.09.2016 15:05:42" timescolonist.com Cowichan mulls tax hike to pay for raising weir It's time for agencies to work together to see the weir raised at Cowichan Lake, says the mayor of North Cowichan. Cowichan Valley Regional District board members will look at a proposal that . . . “There is a dramatic change in the weather . . . and it is having a dramatic impact on that river.”
"27.09.2016 15:01:07" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Coleman warns UBCM of tent-city costs Housing Minister Rich Coleman's post-incident report to the Union of B.C. Municipalities on Victoria's tent-city adventure was heavy on sympathy for the homeless, and short on patience for activists who used it for political reasons. living on that boat so it's obviously dumping stuff into the water.”
Housing Minister Rich Coleman's audience was made up of local politicians who have either dealt with tent cities or are bracing to deal with them. The minister told them: “They're
"27.09.2016 14:31:12" timescolonist.com Boat thought to be skirting Saanich bylaw raises public ire A pleasure boat, anchored in the Gorge near the north side of Tillicum Bridge, has community members fuming and Saanich bylaw officers wringing their hands. The boat, bearing 26K 4230 as a . . . “It appeared out of nowhere and nobody knows anything about it. … “Somebody is living on that boat so it's obviously dumping stuff into the water.”
"27.09.2016 14:28:28" timescolonist.com Royals, golfers, politicians provide economic punch for Greater Victoria Photos of a Harbour Air float plane are appearing around the world after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew on a return trip from Victoria to Vancouver. And that's the kind of product . . . Frank Bourree, principal of Chemistry Consulting, predicts this will be the tourism's industry strongest September on record. Hospitality numbers in September typically drop by 25 per cent from August, but the three events have kept tourism operators
"26.09.2016 18:43:11" timescolonist.com Grand Chief Phillip won't be at reconciliation ceremony with royals The Grand Chief of the province has declined an invitation to take part in a reconciliation ceremony with Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, at an exclusive reception at Government . . . B.C.'s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip rejected an invite to participate in a reconciliation ceremony with Prince William and his wife at an an exclusive Government House reception tonight.
“The question was: In the face of what is happening on the ground,
"26.09.2016 16:02:58" timescolonist.com A sharp mind, a sweet tooth and still spry at 106 Catherine Lindley's eyes sparkle as she goes down memory lane, she easily makes her way around her new apartment without a walker or cane, and follows Canadian and American politics keenly. She'. . . “My favourite memories? Oh, my goodness, there are a lot of them, oodles. The good stuff, you remember. The bad stuff I always just put in the back of my mind. Who needs it?”
"25.09.2016 21:25:42" timescolonist.com Loyal royal watchers see William and Kate off to Vancouver A relatively small crowd of about 150 royal watchers turned up at Ship Point Sunday morning to see Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, leave Victoria for a day trip to Vancouver. “We'. . . Dedicated royal watchers saw Will and Kate off on a day-trip to Vancouver this morning from the Harbour Air seaplane terminal. The royal couple will be back in town tonight to stay with their children at Government House
"25.09.2016 20:27:46" Timeline Photos Don't miss our special edition of today's paper for the #RoyalVisitCanada with photos from past Royal visits to #yyj @KensingtonRoyal
"25.09.2016 17:19:09" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: The royals have glamour, celebrity — and ideals Here, after a day of watching Victorians go gaga for the Royal Family, is the best argument for maintaining Canada's monarchy: Donald Trump. Seriously. Sort of. OK, not really. Still, what . . . If you have doubts about the royals, have you considered the alternatives?
"25.09.2016 15:17:10" timescolonist.com Restaurants protest Vancouver's zero-emission plan Vancouver's Zero Emission Building Plan has shone fresh light on council's ambitious plan to wean the city from all fossil fuels by 2050 and it already has city restaurateurs simmering. The city. . . Do you like to cook? Do you work in a restaurant? If you were told that you could no longer use natural gas, what would you do?
"25.09.2016 14:49:36" timescolonist.com Clock ticking down on final decision for $36B Pacific NorthWest LNG project Time is running out for the federal government to decide on whether to approve the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, which could open the way for one of the largest infrastructure investments in Canadian history.
"25.09.2016 14:47:39" timescolonist.com Victoria band No Means No no more, announces retirement One of the most influential bands in Victoria history called it quits Saturday night, bringing to a close a four-decade career that saw the group shape the face of Canadian punk music during the . . . “Countless miles, a couple thousand shows and many more beers, a bunch of tunes and sweaty [hoardes] of great fans, I can't say thanks enough to everyone.”
"25.09.2016 14:43:41" timescolonist.com Ask Eric: What's the deal with wheat berries? Dear Eric: I bought a bag of wheat berries from Saanichton Farm, thinking I could just add them to my bread dough. But when researching that, I came across conflicting information. The package . . .
"25.09.2016 14:37:06" timescolonist.com All well with steel for Johnson Street Bridge: report Steel for the new Johnson Street Bridge is nearing completion in China and is scheduled to arrive in Victoria next May, Victoria councillors have been told. There seems to be little activity at . . . “The quality assurance process on this project is like no other,” says project director Jonathan Huggett. Let's hope he's right.
"25.09.2016 14:35:11" timescolonist.com Dirty surprise: Saanich construction uncovers 80 tonnes of contaminated soil Two enormous piles of covered contaminated soil dominate the five-acre agricultural property Cathy and Peter Blaskow co-own with their daughter and her young family near Prospect Lake. One heap . . . “We started to dig and the smell was awful — it smelled like diesel fuel.”
"25.09.2016 06:10:24" timescolonist.com Photo gallery: Royal Family arrives in Victoria for start of tour The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children arrived in Victoria on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, for the start of their royal tour. In case you missed it: Photos from the Royal Family's arrival in Victoria and the welcome ceremony at the legislature on Saturday, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Trudeaus.
"25.09.2016 00:08:06" timescolonist.com Thousands crowd legislature grounds to greet royal couple Updated: “Catherine and I have asked to meet as many people from as many walks of life as we can while we're here,” Prince William said in a speech at the legislature, where an estimated 25,000 people were in the crowd. “We're very much looking forward to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left the legislature after the welcome ceremony and are headed back to Government House. See our website for more photos and stories about the day's royal events.
"24.09.2016 23:13:58" Photos from Times Colonist's post Lots of oohs and aahs for Prince George and Princess Charlotte #RoyalWatchCanada
"24.09.2016 23:09:36" They've landed! Crowd goes wild.
"24.09.2016 22:50:32" Just over an hour until the start of the #RoyalVisitCanada Live from the media stage
"24.09.2016 20:50:00" timescolonist.com Pot shops rush to comply as Victoria's new rules come into effect Victoria's marijuana retailers lost no time in applying for zoning and business licence approvals after the city's new regulatory regime took effect Friday. Several applications for rezoning and . . . Marijuana retailers are expected to come into compliance immediately with business licensing requirements, which include: no cannabis consumption on premises, operating hours restricted between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., and a maximum of two display signs without
"24.09.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Search underway for missing sailor travelling to Victoria from Hawaii The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Salt Spring Island sailor who left Hilo, Hawaii, almost eight weeks ago. Paul Lim, 68, reportedly left Hilo on Aug. 1 bound for Victoria aboard the 35-foot. . . The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Salt Spring Island sailor who left Hilo, Hawaii, almost eight weeks ago.
"24.09.2016 19:07:00" timescolonist.com Crystal Garden ruled out as potential casino site Victoria's Crystal Garden is no longer on the table as a potential casino site, say Victoria officials. The B.C. Lottery Corp. has told the city that remodelling the Crystal for a casino would be. . . The B.C. Lottery Corp. has told the city that remodelling Victoria's Crystal Gardens for a casino would be too challenging.
"24.09.2016 18:53:19" timescolonist.com Small flying reptile makes big paleontological impact The discovery of fossil remains on Hornby Island of a cat-sized pterosaur, a prehistoric flying reptile, is turning some ideas in paleontology on their heads. Sandy McLachlan, 29, now taking a . . . Sandy McLachlan, 29, now taking a master's program in paleontology at UVic, discovered the fossil remains of a cat-sized pterosaur on Hornby Island in 2008. His find is turning some ideas in paleontology on their heads.
"24.09.2016 13:00:00" timescolonist.com Royal visit itinerary: Victoria to Yukon and back again Royal visit begins Saturday afternoon in Victoria, with welcoming ceremony at legislature. A busy schedule: Victoria on Saturday, Vancouver on Sunday, Bella Bella on Monday. Kelowna, Whitehorse, Carcross, Haida Gwaii later in the week. Home base is Government House in Victoria.
"24.09.2016 12:00:00" timescolonist.com Traffic and parking tips for Saturday's royal welcome in Victoria Traffic will be disrupted on Saturday and throughout the week as the Royal Family moves from location to location. If you are on the road and see the police escort team, please follow their instructions. The Royal Family will be welcomed at celebrations today on the grounds of the legislature starting at about 5 p.m. Parking will be banned on streets around the Inner Harbour starting at 6 a.m. Several roads will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at
"24.09.2016 00:02:00" timescolonist.com Season opener tonight: Royals' depth will be put to the test early As usual, the Western Hockey League begins the regular season on a plug-and-play basis. With top players away at NHL training camps, most teams are forced to get an early indication of their bench . . . The Victoria Royals and Prince George Cougars open the 2016-17 WHL regular season with a back-to-back set tonight and Saturday night at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.
"23.09.2016 20:40:00" timescolonist.com Saving Topaz Park rubble 'ridiculous': councillor Rubble has no place in city parks, say Victoria councillors who decided Thursday to have work crews finish demolition of three tennis courts in Topaz Park. “Our job is to manage the assets of the. . . “The idea that we want to maintain a pile of rubble in a park is absolutely ridiculous," said Victoria Coun. Geoff Young.
Yet residents worry if the half-demolished tennis courts are removed and grass planted in their place, the area will be used by
"23.09.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Prime Minister and his wife will welcome Royals to Victoria Canada's prime minister announced today he will take part in Royal tour events in Victoria and Vancouver. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will help officially welcome . . . Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will help officially welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive in Victoria on Saturday.
"23.09.2016 19:50:00" timescolonist.com For the love of Mike: Tour de Rock rider continues to inspire When Saanich detective Janis Carmena leans into the epic hills and emotional valleys of the Cops for Cancer charity bike tour, which starts Sunday, she'll be keeping her word to a man whose spirit . . . Doing the Tour de Rock in honour of her brother-in-law Mike Lawless is part of the healing process for Saanich detective Janis Carmena. Lawless, a longtime Tour de Rock volunteer and Saanich police officer, died of cancer in January 2015.
"23.09.2016 19:00:00" timescolonist.com Island Health to push for supervised drug-consumption sites Island Health intends to apply for at least two supervised drug consumption sites in Victoria by the end of the year, officials said Thursday. The B.C. Coroners Service released statistics this . . . Island Health expects to locate supervised drug consumption sites in areas where it knows people already use drugs and where police, fire and ambulance officials have responded to overdoses.
"23.09.2016 18:13:43" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: Adventures with Ollie, the Royals edition Here's the thing. After the royals arrive Saturday, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will probably get bored pretty quick, being youngsters and all. So I've written them a children's book . . . A jolly diversion for George and Charlotte, care of pug dog Ollie, a.k.a. Mr. Wags.
"23.09.2016 18:10:00" timescolonist.com 'A collector's eye,' with Butchart Gardens roots A diverse collection of close to 700 items from the estate of Ann-Lee Ross is going to auction in the Fairmont Empress Crystal Ballroom next month. Ross, who died in 2007, was known in Victoria . . . A diverse collection of close to 700 items from the estate of Ann-Lee Ross is going to auction in the Fairmont Empress Crystal Ballroom next month. Ross, who died in 2007, was married to Ian Ross, whose family established Butchart Gardens.
"23.09.2016 16:30:35" Timeline Photos The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be arriving in Victoria on Saturday. Starting at noon, road closures downtown will include Wharf and Humboldt Streets between Courtney Street and Gordon Street, Government Street from Wharf to Superior Street,
"23.09.2016 16:13:24" timescolonist.com Esquimalt man, 40, charged in Highrock Park sex assault A 40-year-old Esquimalt man has been charged in connection with a sexual assault in Highrock Park Tuesday. Victoria police made an arrest Thursday in connection with a Tuesday night sexual . . . Esquimalt resident Jean Nadeau, 40, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, attempted robbery and attempted strangulation in connection with an attack in High Rock Park Tuesday.
"23.09.2016 16:10:00" timescolonist.com Motorist chokes on breakfast, crashes on Trans-Canada Highway A driver choking on his morning breakfast lost control of his pickup truck Thursday morning, jumping a median, striking another truck and ending up in the ditch. The man was heading north on the. . . Police believe the man, who had choked on his coffee and doughnuts while driving, was unconscious as his truck hopped the median and t-boned a southbound pickup, before landing in a ditch under the overpass at Carey Road.
"23.09.2016 15:17:12" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Anachronistic pension rule punishes love after 60 Victoria's Piet and Patricia Kidd were married 31 years, raised two sons together, were devoted to each other until the day Piet died in April — yet Ottawa won't give Patricia a penny of the . . . Victoria's Piet and Patricia Kidd were married 31 years, raised two sons together, were devoted to each other until the day Piet died in April — yet Ottawa won't give Patricia a penny of the pension money that other veterans' widows get.
"22.09.2016 22:20:55" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING The Magnificent Seven (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Cineplex Odeon Westshore, Landmark Cinemas University Heights, SilverCity Imax) Townspeople hire a septet of outlaws to defend them . . . There are just two new shows in the Victoria area this week: The Magnificent Seven; and Storks. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in Thursday's Go section
"22.09.2016 15:28:52" timescolonist.com Darby Mills has new group after long Headpins career Darby Mills is starting over in 2016, leaving behind a career with one of the most popular Vancouver rock bands of the 1980s. “I've got disco in my roots, country in my roots. I've listened to just about every genre and dislike very few. If the sound and the groove move you, what difference does it make who's playing it or what it's called? To me, music is a feel, it's an
"22.09.2016 15:00:43" timescolonist.com The last wife emerges from the shadows Because she lived a less melodramatic life than King Henry VIII's other wives (for starters, she wasn't beheaded) we don't hear as much about Catherine Parr. The Last Wife, which opens tonight at Victoria's Belfry Theatre, recently emerged as one of Canada's hot new plays. It had its world première last year at the Stratford Festival, earning plaudits for its vivacity and wit.
"22.09.2016 14:53:17" timescolonist.com CFB Esquimalt jetty project balloons to $781M, 1,400 jobs The Department of National Defence has issued a $72-million tender as one phase of a major project to replace two jetties at CFB Esquimalt. The project has a total budget of $781 million, a . . . The project has a total budget of $781 million, a significant increase from the $430 million to $530 million initially estimated when the project was first announced in 2013. The old jetties, made of treated wood, were built in the 1940s and are well past
"22.09.2016 14:29:42" timescolonist.com Plenty of chances to spot touring royals Victoria will be home base for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children when they visit British Columbia for the first time this weekend and there will be several opportunities to see . . . The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are arriving Saturday at Victoria International Airport. The arrival is not open to the public, but you may have an opportunity to see them later. A separate article sets out their itinerary, from Victoria to Yukon and
"22.09.2016 14:22:43" timescolonist.com Overdose death rate highest on Island: coroner Vancouver Island has the worst rate of illicit drug overdose deaths in the province this year, prompting renewed calls for safe consumption sites and better treatment and prevention services. The. . . “The death rate really is unacceptable given that these deaths are largely preventable.”
"22.09.2016 14:19:42" timescolonist.com CRD may ban gas-powered boats, jet skis at Elk Lake The days of jet skis or even gas-powered boats on Elk/Beaver Lake could be numbered. Capital Regional District parks committee members have asked staff to look at options on restricting or . . . “They are a use that seems to be inconsistent with the use of the lake. … the noise and the wake they produce is really disturbing to anybody nearby.”
"21.09.2016 15:54:11" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: It's 'let's make soup' season According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, this year the fall equinox, in our time zone, begins Thursday at 7:21 a.m. To me, that's also the official start of “let's make soup season.” It's harvest . . .
"21.09.2016 15:11:16" timescolonist.com U.S. presidential race: Donald Trump Jr. becomes campaign flashpoint Donald Trump is trying to run a more disciplined campaign, going easy (for him) on slip-ups and inflammatory tweets lately. His eldest son is another story. Donald Trump Jr., one of his father's most prominent advisers, is causing an uproar with inflammatory tweets. Meanwhile, Trump is gaining in key battleground states. The Democrats, including President Barack Obama, are worried.
"21.09.2016 15:05:20" timescolonist.com Ocean River Sports charts future course Ocean River Sports is sailing south along Store Street as its owner marks 35 years in the outdoor and paddling supply business and charts a future course. Relocating Ocean River Sports to 1630 . . . “This is my chance really to put a great effort in here so I can look at my staff for a succession plan, to be able to pass over something that is really something special.”
"21.09.2016 14:24:47" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: No reform for MSP, just more tinkering The only reason the antiquated Medical Services Plan premium system has lasted this long is because figuring out a better approach is an even bigger headache than putting up with the unhappiness created by the status quo. The more you look at the options, the more complicated it gets. Consider this: Dropping the premium in favour of a more progressive income-tax adjustment would mean that hundreds of thousands of people would lose a benefit and also see a noticeable tax
"21.09.2016 13:56:58" timescolonist.com Topaz Park neighbours want tennis-court rubble left alone Some neighbours of Topaz Park are so distrustful of Victoria city hall that they don't want the park's partially demolished tennis courts cleaned up until the city makes good on promises to replace. . . When city staff met with members of the Hillside-Quadra Neighbourhood Action Group, they found some residents want the tennis court rubble left “as a method of ensuring that the city followed through with plans for building new tennis courts,” says a
"21.09.2016 13:42:38" timescolonist.com Humpback whales save sea lion from orcas off Sooke coast A pod of “heroic” humpback whales came to the rescue of a desperate sea lion under attack from four cunning and hungry orcas off the coast of Sooke, a phenomenon never before seen by whale-watching. . . Capt. Russ Nicks of Victoria-based B.C. Whale Tours and his guests marvelled at the strategy of one of the planet's most sophisticated hunters as the orcas split into two groups — one to try to draw the humpbacks away while the other group went in for the
"21.09.2016 13:39:18" timescolonist.com Langford to launch subsidized commuter bus service to Victoria The City of Langford is launching the Langtoria Greenline bus service Oct. 17 in a bid to offer a comfortable trip to work for Langford residents who travel into Victoria every day. Langford . . . “Right now we intend to start with one bus, but the goal is to have multiple buses on the route eventually.”
"20.09.2016 23:41:39" Timeline Photos Remember this?
Princess Diana greets the crowd in a 1986 visit to Victoria. The Times Colonist is preparing for the arrival of her son Prince William, Kate and their children in Victoria this week by going through our archives of royal tour coverage
"20.09.2016 14:27:25" timescolonist.com Being social pays off for Victoria app developers Freshworks Studio After-work networking has been a blessing for a new local software firm that was just recognized as one of the best mobile application developers in Canada. FreshWorks Studio, named by technology. . . FreshWorks Studio, named by technology research firm Clutch to a top-10 developers in Canada list based on market presence, has more than $500,000 in work booked this year and has grown to a team of eight employees.
"20.09.2016 14:19:58" timescolonist.com Rocks from the Northwest Territories shed light on Earth's earliest history EDMONTON - Even a geologist will admit these brownish-grey, fine-grained, indifferently striped rocks look boring.But a University of Alberta-led team has teased apart the chemistry of these stones . . . A tiny hint about when and how continents formed may not seem like much. But the University of Alberta's Jesse Reimink says so little remains from the planet's early days — there are only three places worldwide with rocks from the Hadean eon — that even
"20.09.2016 14:05:34" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Was Hatley Castle considered as Royal Family residence? They shot a Disney movie at Royal Roads on Monday. Colwood's fairy-tale Hatley Castle has long been irresistible to those filming fantasies: Deadpool, The Descendants, Smallville, some of the X-Men. . . Mackenzie King liked the idea of a Canadian version of Windsor or Balmoral in Colwood, but the intentions of the king and queen are hazier. Were they merely thinking of an out-of-the-way corner of the empire in which to park the trouble-making Windsors,
"20.09.2016 13:54:37" timescolonist.com Esquimalt council resigned to sewage plant at McLoughlin Point Esquimalt residents and council signalled their resignation to a regional sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point Monday night but they pretty much think it stinks. There was talk of betrayal . . . There was talk of betrayal of the public process, having to take the hit for the rest of the capital region, neighbourhood chaos during impending pipeline construction from McLoughlin to the Hartland landfill and safety concerns unanswered by the expert
"20.09.2016 13:39:20" timescolonist.com Noodle Box mental-health fundraiser in memory of a lost brother Alone in the Blue Mountains range in Australia, Jim Hayden's older brother called to say how much he loved him. On some level, both knew this was goodbye. “My gut ached, my heart sank, and I . . . Jim Hayden is a part-owner of four Noodle Box locations holding a fundraiser on Wednesday for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Today, he explains why he decided to get involved.
"20.09.2016 13:32:43" timescolonist.com Building owners look to add hundreds of new rental units in Victoria area Building owners are aiming to add hundreds of rental units to the capital region's tight market by converting a James Bay hotel to apartments and by rebuilding at an existing site in View Royal. . . . “It is wonderful to see that volume of rental units being proposed because as a region we desperately need them.”
"20.09.2016 13:08:41" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Cascade of housing programs grows Two months ago, the provincial “housing priority initiatives fund” was announced as part of the bill rushed through a quick summer sitting of the legislature to get the foreign-buyers tax in place. Why are the B.C. Liberals announcing $500 million in spending with no details about where it's all going? Because they don't know themselves yet.
"19.09.2016 14:34:37" timescolonist.com World leaders at UN approve plan for refugee crisis With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, global leaders on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more co-ordinated and humane response to the . . .
"19.09.2016 14:11:02" timescolonist.com New York officials no longer ruling out terrorism in weekend blast Police released a photo of a 28-year-old immigrant wanted for questioning Monday in the bombing that rocked a Manhattan neighbourhood, and the governor and mayor said the blast is looking increasingly like an act of terrorism with a foreign connection. Police are saying that weekend bombings in New York City and Seaside Park, New Jersey, were connected. Meanwhile, FBI agents swarmed an apartment that is connected to Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old immigrant wanted for questioning.
"19.09.2016 14:06:17" timescolonist.com British retirees in Canada push Liberals to fix decades-old pension fight Anne Puckridge has two medals, earned during her service to Britain in the Second World War. “I served my country, we all of us, all of us frozen pensioners paid our National Insurance contributions every week on exactly the same term as everyone and we consider it theft.”
"18.09.2016 21:31:43" timescolonist.com Parliament resumes with government facing tough choices, stagnant economy OTTAWA - Now for the hard part. After 10 months of a prolonged honeymoon, consultations on dozens of difficult issues and soaring rhetoric that suggested anything is possible, Justin Trudeau's . . .
"18.09.2016 16:41:24" timescolonist.com Ask Eric: Pick a peck of shishito peppers Dear Eric: Do you know if there is anywhere in Victoria that you can get shishito peppers? Don Don's query came in a few months ago. Shortly afterward, I went to various retail locations in. . . Shishito peppers have a complex, almost meaty flavour. They're not easy to find in the Victoria area, but you can get them at a store in Saanich.
"18.09.2016 13:59:28" timescolonist.com Victoria Royals' mantra: Keep moving forward Some losses can be so crushing as to be debilitating. They aren't just deflating, they are cratering. The defending Western Hockey League regular-season champion Victoria Royals aren't the first . . . The Victoria Royals, in what was thought to be a rebuilding season, shocked the junior-hockey establishment by winning the 2015-16 WHL regular-season championship with franchise records for wins (50) and points (106). What's next?
"18.09.2016 13:51:54" timescolonist.com Victoria woman hit by stroke has 'amazing recovery' after new procedure Glenn Pritchard held it together, even when the doctor told him his wife might die. But three hours later, when the neurologist said Gail had survived a devastating stroke, he broke down. “I . . . “She was not able to talk or communicate at all. To go from that at 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 when Dr. Attwell-Pope said she was speaking was unbelievable.”
"18.09.2016 13:47:22" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Briefing notes for the royals' grand B.C. tour The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge begin their eight-day visit to Canada in Victoria on Saturday. The Times Colonist has obtained the briefing notes Kensington Palace prepared for the young couple.. . .
"18.09.2016 06:20:18" timescolonist.com Review: Jurassic 5, Skulls wow big Rifflandia crowd The biggest crowd in Rifflandia history took in a packed day of entertainment Saturday with reunited rap group Jurassic 5 topping a freewheeling roster of 11 rap, rock and electronic acts at Royal Athletic Park. The ninth annual multi-day, multi-venue The ninth annual multi-day, multi-venue festival, which got underway Thursday night at eight downtown stages, hit capacity by midday Saturday, thanks to a strong lineup. Band of Skulls, the Beatnuts, Coleman Hell, and Band of Rascals, among others, served
"18.09.2016 06:17:53" timescolonist.com Victoria's husband and wife sailing duo win Paralympic silver RIO DE JANEIRO — Their sailing support team is large and varied, and includes a marriage counsellor and their dog Zephyr. Canadian couple John McRoberts and Jackie Gay were in second place . . . The Victoria couple thought long and hard before agreeing to team up. "Wouldn't you second-guess sailing with your partner?"
"18.09.2016 00:10:12" timescolonist.com Canadian wheelchair racer and politician Stilwell races to second gold in Rio RIO DE JANEIRO — Before she rolled up to the start line Saturday, Michelle Stilwell paused to soak in the sights and sounds of Olympic Stadium. Not because it might have been the final moment on . . . The 42-year-old athlete and politician from Parksville isn't sure what her immediate racing future holds, but she's learned to approach every race like it's her last.
"I do that every time, because you never know," she said. "And I think that's really
"17.09.2016 22:37:08" timescolonist.com Two dozen crew on container ship stranded off Victoria Two dozen crewmen have been stuck for more than two weeks on the Hanjin Vienna, a huge container ship anchored on Constance Bank, south of Victoria, as service agencies in Victoria and Vancouver . . . Hanjin Shipping, seventh largest container-shipping company in the world, sought court protection from its creditors in South Korea after the creditors rejected a restructuring plan and financiers wouldn't provide additional credit.
"17.09.2016 21:41:54" timescolonist.com Homeless housing not what was promised, resident and neighbours say About six weeks after more than 140 homeless people were moved into a care home on Johnson Street, some tenants and neighbours are frustrated with how the building is operating. “It's like tent . . . One resident at the Johnson Street building described it as tent city behind closed doors and neighbours are asking for bi-weekly meetings to discuss the issues at what is supposed to be a supportive housing model.
"17.09.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Oh, rats! Rodent patrol continues at tent city site The rat patrol at the site of Victoria's former tent city continues five weeks after it began, although the number of catches has slowed, according to the province. Pest control at the Victoria . . . Pest control at the Victoria courthouse lawn was initially expected to last two weeks; it's now at five weeks.
"17.09.2016 19:00:00" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: Real estate tax creates revenue windfall You constantly hear the warning from macro-economic thinkers about the dangers of not having a diversified economy. Something about eggs and a single basket. The fiscal update provided by . . . B.C. is making inordinate amounts of cash from real-estate sales, to the point where it's leaving other revenue streams behind.
"17.09.2016 17:00:31" timescolonist.com Let capitalism, not lotto, decide pedicab numbers, applicant says All 18 available tags were snatched up in Victoria's first ever pedicab licence lottery — an event one participant called “amateur hour” but which the city called “transparent.” There were 118 . . . “We still want to fight for the open market,” said Steve Craik, of Trikes Tours, who had lobbied the city for more licences but did not score through the draw. “We still feel that is the only real fair, true way that this should be done within Canada.
"17.09.2016 16:30:00" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Have a red-flag dog breed? Good luck getting home insurance Hank is a sweet-natured dog. Doesn't use the letter carrier as a chew toy. Doesn't attempt pant leg relations with passing clergy. Hasn't been a problem at all since the RainCoast Dog Rescue . . . Yes, it's true — certain insurance companies won't cover you if you own certain breeds of dogs, with pit bulls topping the list.
"17.09.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Dozens of Courtenay man's restricted guns missing Dozens of restricted guns purchased by a Courtenay man are still missing, even though he was convicted of several firearms charges almost six months ago. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robin Baird . . . B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robin Baird said it is disturbing how many firearms, purchased between 2009 and 2013, have disappeared without a trace.
"17.09.2016 14:00:14" timescolonist.com Oak Bay Marine Group sells Painter's Lodge, April Point Resort The Oak Bay Marine Group has signed a deal to sell its two remaining Island hotels — Painter's Lodge in Campbell River and April Point Resort and Spa across Discovery Passage on Quadra Island — to . . . The resorts went on the market because the company decided to focus on its marinas, attractions in Oregon and its restaurants.
"17.09.2016 13:30:01" timescolonist.com W.P. Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe, dies at 81, assisted by doctor W.P. Kinsella, the prolific B.C.-based author famous for Shoeless Joe, which was adapted into the movie Field of Dreams, has died. He was 81. His literary agency confirmed Kinsella's death was . . . W.P. Kinsella published nearly 30 books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. Shortly before his death, he told his biographer: “I'm a storyteller and my greatest satisfaction comes from
"17.09.2016 13:00:01" timescolonist.com Review: Headlining trio lifts Rifflandia above clouds The ninth annual Rifflandia Festival did battle with clouds and sporadic sprinklings of rain on Friday night — but the skies didn't fully unleash their wrath, which was a big-time bonus for nearly 6,000 fans. In some ways, the moody weather added to the enjoyment for the opening night of action at the festival's anchor venue. There is no escaping the elements at an outdoor festival, be it sun or rain. Rifflandia continues at venues around the city until
"17.09.2016 03:17:33" timescolonist.com Calendar: Free admission at 25 attractions on Saturday Plus Rifflandia, Sculpture Splash, Threshing Event, CNIB Night Steps, and more. Free admission on Sept. 17 celebrates Victoria Foundation's 80th year. It includes Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Boulders Climbing Gym, Emily Carr House, Craigdarroch Castle, Fort Rodd Hill, Abkhazai Garden.
"15.09.2016 23:41:38" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years (SilverCity) Drawing from more than 100 hours of rare and unseen footage collected from fans, news outlets and national archives as . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years; Blair Witch; Bridget Jones's Baby; and Snowden. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in today's Go section.
"15.09.2016 16:00:42" timescolonist.com Japanese screen 'crowning jewel' in exhibit The old Japanese screen once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is in pristine condition. But when it was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1995, it was in deplorable shape.
"15.09.2016 15:45:21" timescolonist.com CRD directors OK sewage plant for McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt A plan to build a regional tertiary sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt was approved by Capital Regional District directors at a marathon meeting Wednesday. The OK for an . . . “It's a better plan than the last one and more cost effective. It's better for the environment, better for taxpayers.”
"15.09.2016 15:28:47" timescolonist.com Seven years later, Burnside Gorge compensated for park Seven years after losing a park to make way for Rock Bay Landing, the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood is finally getting replacement greenspace. The City of Victoria announced last week that it has . . . The City of Victoria will spend $950,000 to buy two properties and a portion of a third that will be transformed into greenspace to expand Cecelia Ravine Park by a fifth of a hectare. The replacement space was too long in coming, said Mayor Lisa Helps,
"15.09.2016 14:58:03" timescolonist.com Save-on-Foods heading into a crowded Langford grocery scene Save-on-Foods, the largest grocer in Western Canada, is expanding its footprint with a seventh Greater Victoria location planned for Langford. The company, which operates more than 140 stores in . . . Save-on-Foods will open its newest location in the spring of 2018 in the Home Outfitters store at 759 McCallum Rd. The grocery marketplace is a tough environment and the West Shore is starting to heat up in terms of grocery competition. How will they do?
"15.09.2016 13:59:40" timescolonist.com Giant Canadian Tire opening at Hillside, two others to close The new Canadian Tire store in Hillside Centre will be the second largest in Canada when it opens in November — but it will come at the cost of closing two locations. Officials said Wednesday the. . . The Hillside Centre store will carry every Canadian Tire product available in 93,500 square feet of retail space when it opens in November. Meanwhile, the Douglas Street and Gordon Head stores will close.
"15.09.2016 13:46:52" timescolonist.com Distracted-driving ticket blitz elicits anger — and excuses Victoria police were confronted by a screaming motorist Wednesday morning during a campaign aimed at distracted drivers. The driver claimed that he had simply picked up his cellphone to check the. . . “Our basic message is that we all know that distracted driving's dangerous. It is the cause of most rear-end crashes and injuries. It's the second-leading cause of car-crash fatalities in B.C., with an average of 81 people being killed each year.”
"14.09.2016 19:24:55" timescolonist.com UVic computer science prof's disagreement becomes public controversy A University of Victoria computer science professor has been relieved of teaching an introductory course after he told students he was not the best qualified to teach it. What would otherwise be. . . A University of Victoria computer science professor's concerns about teaching an introductory course started as an internal disagreement. It has since developed into a wider controversy. The professor has not been suspended but the the university says the
"14.09.2016 15:56:21" timescolonist.com UVic computer science prof suspended A University of Victoria computer science professor who told his students he was not the best qualified to teach their class has been suspended, according to the student newspaper, The Martlet. . . . Readers who have no connection with universities may have trouble understanding this story. First, a professor tells students that he is not the “best qualified” to teach a class. What does this mean? Next, he is suspended following a confrontation with
"14.09.2016 14:04:37" timescolonist.com Work begins on $24-million Victoria marina The first steel piling is now fixed into the seabed in Victoria Harbour as construction begins on the $24-million super-yacht marina. “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised” when . . . “I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised” when the $24-million super-yacht marina is finished in late spring 2017, project manager Craig Norris says. It will interesting to see if he's right.
"14.09.2016 14:01:31" timescolonist.com Construction of Sidney Gateway expected to begin in spring: developer Omicron, developer of the controversial Sidney Gateway shopping centre, says it expects to break ground in early spring for the $35-million project on airport land at Beacon Avenue and the Patricia. . . Although Sidney council has approved the Gateway mall project, the developer must obtain additional approvals before construction can begin.
"14.09.2016 13:56:55" timescolonist.com Douglas Street bus lanes should be enforced, in effect 24/7: Helps Dedicated bus and bike lanes running along Douglas Street, through downtown Victoria, should be enforced and in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Mayor Lisa Helps said. “I think it . . . Dedicated bus and bike lanes on Douglas Street should be just that — for buses and bicycles. That's the view of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Geoff Young. Sound reasonable?
"13.09.2016 15:52:26" timescolonist.com Victoria's Liam Stanley tracks down a silver medal at Paralympics When Liam Stanley of Victoria dreamed of medals in the Paralympics, he always envisioned a soccer pitch. But instead, it was a track as the all-rounder won the silver medal Sunday in the T37-. . . “I've dreamed of winning a medal for Canada since I was little. But I'm not done. I'm going to keep training hard to bring home gold [at Tokyo 2020 and beyond].”
"13.09.2016 14:45:53" timescolonist.com Sidney council votes 5-2 in favour of Gateway mall Speaker after speaker lined up Monday night to ask Sidney council not to pass amendments that would pave the way for a $35-million shopping centre at Beacon Avenue and the Patricia Bay Highway. . . . Many people in Sidney have misgivings about the proposed Gateway mall. Council, however, has voted in favour of a zoning amendment that would allow the $35-million project to go ahead. Should it go ahead?
"13.09.2016 14:04:31" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Royals' itinerary will be dizzying Right off the hop, before they even unpack the diapers and tiaras at Government House, the royals will make their biggest public appearance in Victoria — one at which they'll unveil a plaque to . . .
"13.09.2016 14:02:25" timescolonist.com Bear Mountain readies its real estate for world Dan Matthews is about to have millions of people peering into his back yard, and he could not be happier about it or have timed it better. The chief executive of Ecoasis, owner of the Bear . . . “What it will do for us is it will enable people who don't know Bear Mountain, or who only know it and its historically rocky path, to see it now,” says Dan Matthews, chief executive of Ecoasis. That means a solid financial footing and obvious investment
"13.09.2016 13:59:34" timescolonist.com Victoria urged to ditch minimum unit sizes for condos Micro-suites of less than 355 square feet would be allowed in many areas of Victoria if a proposal being recommended by city staff is approved. To improve affordability, city staff are . . . To improve affordability, Victoria's city staff are recommending removing the minimum unit size in all 22 multi-unit residential zoning areas of the city. Are they on the right track?
"12.09.2016 17:13:27" timescolonist.com 'Historic' land swap would give Beecher Bay band an interest in business park A three-way land-swap deal that will see Beecher Bay First Nation give away treaty lands for a one-third economic interest in a Langford business park is being unveiled today. Langford Mayor . . . The next step: to get approval from the provincial government, the related communities and the Capital Regional District. If approved, Langford, Metchosin and the Beecher Bay First Nation will enter a tax-sharing agreement over a business-park
"12.09.2016 16:14:36" timescolonist.com NDP calls for tougher enforcement around B.C. real-estate sales The B.C. NDP housing critic condemned on Sunday what he called “the apparent indifference of our provincial government” to reports of tax evasion, fraud and money laundering in the local real . . . Opposition housing critic David Eby has a question: What's the point of having a new tax is there aren't enough people to enforce it?
"12.09.2016 16:10:15" timescolonist.com Northern spotted owls on the brink despite captive breeding program He's the $300,000 bird, a fluffy ball of feathers that represents a last faint hope for his species. His theoretical value represents the approximate annual budget of a provincial . . . “We are the only captive-breeding program for the species in the world. … “It's been a real challenge. But I have a high sense that this can be successful despite setbacks, challenges, and the unknown. I've very optimistic.”
"11.09.2016 19:24:37" timescolonist.com Tsimshian Nation members reflect on a forced education The history of residential schools in British Columbia has become well-known in recent years, but those were not the only schools attended by First Nations children.
"11.09.2016 16:03:11" timescolonist.com French immersion program booming in Greater Victoria schools High participation rates for French immersion in the Greater Victoria school district during the past academic year are part of an ongoing trend. “This is not new news for Victoria,” said Simon . . . The Greater Victoria school district has a 19.3 per cent enrolment rate in French immersion, well above the provincial average of 9.5 per cent. “Our immersion staff are passionate about the French language and culture, and that helps promote the program,”
"11.09.2016 14:52:07" timescolonist.com Parents call for 200-metre gap between schools and social housing Planned housing for the hard-to-house shouldn't be allowed within 200 metres of a school, say parents of students at Christ Church Cathedral School. Thirty-eight people — mostly former residents . . . Christ Church Cathedral School is often compared with Central Middle School, which is located across Yates Street from the My Place shelter in the former Boys and Girls Club. The school was worried about the shelter being so close, but has experienced no
"11.09.2016 14:42:35" timescolonist.com Developer offers vision of new village centre at Cordova Bay Plaza A community performance area, three buildings with ground-floor commercial space and condominiums above, plus underground parking are envisioned in a redevelopment plan for the Cordova Bay Plaza.. . . James Gardner plans to create a new village centre at the Cordova Bay Plaza. You'll be able to view those plans on Sept. 21 at the plaza, 5144 Cordova Bay Rd., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
"11.09.2016 14:34:12" timescolonist.com Fee prompts 3,500 people with disabilities to give up bus passes The B.C. government says about 3,500 people with developmental disabilities have given up their bus passes rather than pay a new $52-a-month fee. That represents 10 per cent of the 35,000 people . . . “The rates are so shamefully low, we know what people will do with that money. They'll pay their rent or they'll eat. When you're living on that kind of money, there's no choice.”
"11.09.2016 13:42:09" timescolonist.com Curbside 'treasures' costing municipalities a pretty penny One person's trash might be another's treasure, but Victoria is finding that disposing of “treasures” left free for the taking at the curb presents an ever-increasing and expensive problem. “It . . . “What we're seeing right now is about 250 tonnes a year in the city is illegally left on public property … To manage that level of waste obviously has a cost implication of north of $100,000 a year, probably more like $130,000 or $140,000 a year.”
"11.09.2016 13:31:00" timescolonist.com It's spider season, but don't freak out With fall's arrival, Victorians start to see their homes invaded by those enormous, scary spiders, the ones many of us call “wolf spiders.” But Claudia Copley, entomology collection manager at . . . “The fall season is when Victorians all start to freak out about these giant, hairy, house spiders they see coming in. People always think of them as 'wolf spiders,' but they are actually three species introduced from Europe.”
"11.09.2016 03:30:00" timescolonist.com An afternoon at Esquimalt Ribfest It's mostly about barbecued ribs, especially pork ribs. Also charity fundraising and music. Esquimalt Ribfest started on Friday afternoon, continues until 10 p.m. Saturday, and winds up Sunday 11. . . Overheard review of the ribs:
Father to young son: “Are these ribs better than mine?” Son: “Yes.” Father: “What's better about them?” Son: “Everything.” Father: Hurt silence.
"11.09.2016 03:00:00" timescolonist.com Victoria mayor firm: New rules don't allow pot use at shops Victoria's new marijuana retailing regulations coming into effect this month do not allow people to consume marijuana on site, Mayor Lisa Helps is stressing. “To be very clear, these bylaws are . . . “To be very clear, these bylaws are meant to make sure that people have access to their medicine. They are not meant to enable recreational consumption,” Helps said. “We expect that there will not be consumption of cannabis at any of the places that are
"11.09.2016 02:02:08" timescolonist.com CRD directors reject docked pay for missed meetings Capital Regional District directors, who doubled their own salaries last year, are now recommending against having their pay docked to cover an alternate director's pay when they can't attend a . . . Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell argued CRD directors should not be paid for meetings they do not attend, saying it's a matter of principle. He recommended the regular director's pay be docked if an alternate attends. “I think the principle is, if you attend
"11.09.2016 01:55:56" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Private oceanfront becomes Victoria area's newest park Here's a rarity: private oceanfront being opened to the public in Greater Victoria. It's in Colwood, where a new park is being unveiled today as part of the sprawling Royal Bay development. This . . . The 10-acre Beachpark — OK, it's very much a work in progress, has way more gravel than green right now (which is why it will only be open weekends until more work is done), but you can envision what's to come. It's off Metchosin Road, down the hill from
"10.09.2016 21:57:40" timescolonist.com MLA and wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell races to fifth career gold medal RIO DE JANEIRO - When the 400 metres was added to the Paralympic program for Rio, Michelle Stilwell set her plan in motion. Gold was the goal. The Canadian… Running out of Lane 3, Michelle Stilwell passed her competitors with a few pushes of the wheel on the first corner, and cruised to victory in one minute 5.43 seconds for what will stand, at least for the next four years, as a Paralympic record.
"08.09.2016 23:00:37" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING A Tale of Love and Darkness (Cineplex Odeon Victoria) The film details a young man's relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, the story of his youth, set against the . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: A Tale of Love and Darkness; Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World; Sully; When the Bough Breaks; and The Wild Life. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in
"08.09.2016 17:39:52" timescolonist.com B.C.'s mental-health system failed First Nation teen: Turpel-Lafond B.C.'s fractured and chaotic mental health system for aboriginal youth failed a 16-year-old First Nation boy who took his own life in 2013, a new report from the province's child watchdog says. . . . “Suicide prevention and intervention shows remarkable success when proper supports are present. But expecting children and youth to wait 200-plus days for those supports is tantamount to the system abandoning children in crisis.”
"08.09.2016 14:47:26" timescolonist.com B.C. student alliance calls for more on-campus housing A B.C. student organization believes one way to ease the province's housing crunch is to build more on-campus residences at universities and colleges. However, according to a white paper recently. . . The Alliance of B.C. Students is calling on the provincial government to remove restrictions that prohibit post-secondary institutions from taking on debt to build capital projects
"08.09.2016 14:08:30" timescolonist.com Helping alcoholics, one glass at a time Programs that give 'doses' of alcohol can improve health and safety of people living on the streets, researchers say. Bernie Pauly and Tim Stockwell from the UVic-based Centre for Addictions Research B.C. will present findings from their national study on Friday at the Greater Victoria Public Library downtown. The event, part of the Dean's Lunchtime Lecture Series,
"08.09.2016 14:06:00" timescolonist.com Les Leyne: 'New' ferry service is restored old one It takes a certain amount of gall to disguise a complete capitulation and about-face on a transportation initiative as a major forward step, but that's what the B.C. Liberals are trying to pull off. The B.C. Liberals didn't even acknowledge the original reduction. Instead, the planned restoration of service to some kind of respectable level was pitched as an exciting, brand-new idea. It's like announcing you've decided to buy a new car, without
"08.09.2016 13:59:01" timescolonist.com Artists gather for Victoria International Chalk Festival This weekend, the Victoria International Chalk Festival will showcase chalk artists from all over the world, as well as local musicians and dancers. The Victoria International Chalk Festival, marking its fifth anniversary, is hosting 35 artists. This year, the festival will be at Ship Point.
"08.09.2016 13:54:31" timescolonist.com 75-year marriage started with a Sweet Marie NANAIMO — A Nanaimo couple about to celebrate 75 years of marriage says the secret to lasting wedded bliss is simple: communicate. “We don't scrap. We discuss our problems,” said Clifford Hobbis,. . . Clifford and Mary Hobbis don't see themselves as extraordinary. Being together has just come naturally, they said.
"07.09.2016 23:05:18" timescolonist.com Panel recommends building sewage plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt In what can only be seen as coming full circle, an independent panel is recommending the Capital Regional District build a single, regional, tertiary sewage treatment plant at Esquimalt's . . . An independent panel is recommending the Capital Regional District build a single, regional, tertiary sewage treatment plant at Esquimalt's McLoughlin Point.
The new proposal, which still needs approval by the CRD board, has a price tag of $765 million.
"07.09.2016 17:17:10" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: That spatchcocked bird is flat-out good Last weekend, I was tidying up my basement and came across a pile of clay bricks. Not an exciting discovery at first, but that changed when I remembered one of the reasons I've kept those bricks . . .
"07.09.2016 15:37:12" timescolonist.com Pregnancy rates among trans youth match rates among youth in general A study, the first of its kind, has found that transgender youth get pregnant at about the same rate as the general youth population. Using the Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey of 540 . . . A first-of-a-kind study has found that about one in 20 sexually experienced transgender youth aged 14-25 had become pregnant, or caused a pregnancy, at least once. The result is surprising, said Elizabeth Saewyc, the study's senior author.
"07.09.2016 14:54:37" timescolonist.com U.S. seafood watch program puts four B.C. fisheries on red list An American seafood sustainability program is recommending consumers stop eating salmon caught by four B.C. fisheries that it has “red-listed” over concerns about shrinking chinook and coho . . . Four fisheries newly labelled as “avoid” due to declining chinook and coho populations are all in southern B.C. The 10 fisheries listed as “good alternatives” include those along the North and Central coast of B.C., transboundary rivers and the west
"07.09.2016 14:25:33" timescolonist.com B.C. reverses course, restores Island ferry to Bella Coola In a reversal, Premier Christy Clark announced plans Tuesday to restore direct ferry service from Port Hardy to Bella Coola by the summer of 2018. The B.C. government scrapped the seasonal route . . . Have you ever seen British Columbia's central coast or the Chilcotin Plateau? Now that ferry service is being restored, would you consider going there?
"07.09.2016 14:20:17" timescolonist.com Lenore DiFiore touched Victoria with her singing — and her cheesecake If you've ever tasted the cheesecakes that Pagliacci's and the long-gone Southside restaurant became famous for, you've probably had a cosmic encounter with Lenore DiFiore at the Broad Street . . . Lenore DiFiore was able to fulfil two final wishes: to have a modest launch for Time Weaver, her fantasy novel inspired by her granddaughter, and to see Money Monster, the George Clooney movie that her brother Alan DiFiore co-wrote.
"07.09.2016 14:02:14" timescolonist.com Back to school: Police pull over speeding mom who smoked 'celebratory' joint Back-to-school roundup: Mom celebrates with marijuana; new year brings new curriculum; enrolment up in Sooke district A woman's car had a distinct marijuana smell when she was pulled over for speeding on Burnside Road West, near Marigold Elementary School and Spectrum Community School. She was given a sobriety test and found fit to drive, but it looks like she will be
"07.09.2016 13:58:58" timescolonist.com Lumberworld asks Saanich to remove building covenant A Saanich building supply company hopes to see a covenant that would require it to dismantle its main building by fall of 2019 removed by Saanich council. The restrictive covenant was placed on . . . Do you live near Quadra and McKenzie? Lumberworld, one of your neighbours, is inviting you to a meeting at 7 tonight. They intend to explain an application they're planning to make to Saanich council.
"06.09.2016 14:43:23" timescolonist.com Funnyman Eddie Murphy takes a dramatic detour On a recent afternoon, Eddie Murphy reflected on how much the world around him has changed in the past few years. “It's not just comedy — it's a brand-new world,” Murphy mused in the restaurant . . . Eddie Murphy was enjoying his respite from the movie business and mulling a return to stand-up comedy when out of the blue he received a script for a family drama called Mr. Church. It opens Sept. 16.
"06.09.2016 14:25:12" timescolonist.com The downside of 'natural' fashions “No padding is sexy, now!” says a recent Victoria's Secret ad for their new line of bralettes. “I don't want to cover up anymore,” Grammy-winner Alicia Keys wrote in an essay on why she's ditching . . . While the natural beauty movement has been praised by many for flouting the pressures of society to conform to “traditional beauty standards,” not everyone is thrilled by the pressure to go natural because it excludes some women.
"06.09.2016 13:56:36" timescolonist.com CRD aims to build 880 low-cost housing units over 5 years A $60-million Capital Regional District housing strategy is calling for more than 440 units of subsidized housing and 440 of market rental units to be created in partnership with the province over . . . “We have never seen that kind of investment, ever.”
"06.09.2016 13:49:32" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: Remote schools, silent classrooms, greying communities YOUBOU — Outside Youbou's boarded-up school, bare metal shows through the badly chipped yellow paint of the empty swing set. They shut Yount Elementary in 2007, opened it again to house kids . . . It's back-to-school week, but in our greying, relatively childless society, some communities no longer have a school to go back to. When that happens, it affects the whole town, not just the kids.
"06.09.2016 13:47:03" timescolonist.com Passengers 'freaked out' after cruise ship lists 30 degrees near Victoria A cruise ship made a harrowing turn and listed while sailing into Victoria last week. “I grabbed life jackets and a bed sheet to tie us together if we went over,” said Randy Gibbs, from Puyallup,. . . “Everybody thought we were trying to avoid a head-on collision. Why else would we turn like that? It's amazing no one was injured.”
"04.09.2016 18:20:35" timescolonist.com Queen's visit was a royal memory Protocol dictates that one does not reveal the details of a conversation with the Queen. I would never — not that I could. Plans for a Victoria visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have brought back memories of other Royal Visits. Former television news anchor Hudson Mack was the host at the welcoming luncheon for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, at the Fairmont
"04.09.2016 14:59:12" timescolonist.com Lighthouse survived war and disasters For centuries before first contact, the Ditidaht First Nation called the area around Sheringham Point p'aachiida, or “seafoam-on-rocks.” In 1790, the Spanish gave it their own name, Punta de San Eusebio, until the British firmly established sovereignty in
"04.09.2016 14:56:15" timescolonist.com Carpentry program building futures, one house at a time As brothers Matt and George Harry were completing school assignments on their way to becoming carpenters, they were also building their own homes. As part of the Carpentry Foundations program at . . . As part of the Carpentry Foundations program at Vancouver Island University, brothers Matt and George Harry framed two new houses on the Malahat First Nation. The Malahat Nation supplied and paid for the material. Aspiring carpenters supplied the labour
"04.09.2016 14:32:27" timescolonist.com Ask Eric: Pear bounty can last all year Dear Eric: There are lots of pears around this year. Would you have a chutney recipe using them? Daniel When Daniel says there are lots of pears around, he is talking about those harvested from. . .
"04.09.2016 14:30:54" timescolonist.com B.C. ending carnivore relocations B.C. will no longer relocate large carnivores long distances once they have been in conflict with humans or habituated to human food. Instead, an updated Ministry of the Environment policy says the. . . “Long-distance translocation can be expensive and time-consuming, but that is not why it is discouraged. It is discouraged because it is an ineffective management technique to deal with wildlife conflicts.”
"04.09.2016 14:09:32" timescolonist.com Jack Knox: News to labour over while idling your way home Right, it's the Labour Day weekend. Labour, as in “holiday's over, everybody get back to work.” Yes, the vacation was good (translation: didn't lose sunglasses down an outhouse), but now it's . . . Now that you're back from vacation, here's job one: Get up to speed on the news that happened while you were blissfully drifting through summer on the boat, the beach or the bus stop bench that B.C. Transit thoughtfully placed outside your favourite pot
"04.09.2016 14:04:46" timescolonist.com For mom who survived cancer, son's diagnosis is a nightmare The story of a four-year-old Esquimalt boy stricken with the same cancer his mother had as a teenager has roused people to raise money and send gifts . Roane Abbott-Haines was diagnosed with . . . “I have experience of someone who had childhood cancer and survived and flourished, so I have the sense of the possible. I don't have the sense of a terminal illness, even though that's a possibility, because I know the other side of it — that you can
"04.09.2016 14:03:04" timescolonist.com Oak Bay police officer's bid to work past 60 denied twice The Oak Bay Police Board has twice rejected an officer's desire to work past the age of 60. The police board denied the officer's request to work beyond age 60 because of a contractual mandatory . . . “The board simply felt it is part of the collective agreement and it would be inappropriate to step away from it.”
"04.09.2016 05:46:49" timescolonist.com 17-year-old, known for hockey skills, dies in crash on Sooke Road Friends and admirers of 17-year-old Carter Navarrete are struggling with grief after hearing of the Sooke teen's death in a Friday night car crash. “You don't want to really believe it has . . . Update: Friends have identified the teen who died in a crash on Sooke Road on Friday night as 17-year-old Carter Navarrete.
"04.09.2016 02:30:57" timescolonist.com Shots fired at police in Langford, man arrested after standoff An agitated man fired two shots toward police from a handgun, without hitting anyone, before West Shore RCMP officers talked him into surrendering on Saturday evening. The man, believed to be 36 . . . UPDATE: West Shore RCMP say two shots were fired at officers during a standoff in Langford on Saturday evening. A man, believed to be 36 years old, was arrested and officers recovered a weapon, police said.
"03.09.2016 22:27:24" timescolonist.com 17-year-old boy killed in crash on Sooke Road last night A 17-year-old boy is dead after a car he was travelling in left the road and flipped over last night. Sooke RCMP said they were called to the scene on Sooke Road and Parkland Road, around 10:45 . . . Officers found a red Acura upside down in a wooded area a short distance from the road. The male driver was outside the vehicle and injured. But the 17-year-old passenger was trapped inside.
"03.09.2016 20:36:01" timescolonist.com CRD to vote on borrowing $16M for new 911 centre Voters' OK needed for Saanich facility, deemed safety necessity A proposal to borrow up to $16 million to build and equip a new regional 911 dispatch centre for police will be before Capital Regional District directors for approval next week.
The region's fractured emergency-communications system was criticized
"03.09.2016 18:52:36" timescolonist.com Blue Bridge takes shape in China; Things 'looking good': Helps The release of photographs from China is offering a detailed look at the progress being made in the Johnson Street Bridge replacement project. “Our project director, Jonathan Huggett, is in . . . The release of photographs from China is offering a detailed look at the progress being made in the Johnson Street Bridge replacement project.
"02.09.2016 13:14:33" timescolonist.com How to enjoy the Victoria Fringe Festival, FAQ from tickets to toilets The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, in its 30th year, continues with shows until Sunday, Sept. 4. How do I pick which shows to see? There are more than 50 shows — comedy, poetry, improv, drama. . . Answers to questions like: How do I pick shows and buy tickets? How do the lineups work? Where should I sit? What's there to do between shows? Where's the food? Where's the toilets?
"01.09.2016 23:10:01" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Last Cab to Darwin (Star) When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms. With . . . There are just three new films at Victoria-area cinemas this week: Last Cab to Darwin; The Light Between Oceans; and Morgan. For details about what's showing and what you can expect, check the Movies page in today's Go section.
"01.09.2016 15:28:12" timescolonist.com Teen summit aims to build more creativity, curiosity in education Renowned expert Ken Robinson will launch 'unconference' to get youth to feel more inspired about learning “Learning happens anywhere and not just when you walk through a door where the word 'school' is written above it.”
"01.09.2016 14:33:43" timescolonist.com A tale of two neighbours: In U.S. election, only the southern one gets the heat HOLTVILLE, Calif. - In this election year, in this place, in the rare event someone mentions Canada it's liable to be as a joke.John Hernandez offers an example of the genre.He greets a visitor to . . . It's an understatement to say that Mexico and Canada are being treated differently in the U.S. presidential campaign. The ongoing story of two disparately discussed neighbours reached a climax Wednesday when Donald Trump flew into Mexico City on a
"01.09.2016 14:15:06" timescolonist.com For many families on Island, finding healthy food a struggle: report One in five Vancouver Island families struggles to pay for healthy food, a new study says. A University of Toronto study looking at food security in British Columbia found that families with . . . “We have the lowest minimum wage in the country and some of the highest food costs. We get calls every day from people asking where they can access meals, food banks, that kind of thing.”
"01.09.2016 14:04:11" timescolonist.com John Hart Generating Station replacement on schedule — and on budget Tall as a 10-storey building and long as an American football field, the new powerhouse cavern at the John Hart Generating Station replacement project is starting to fill up. It took 13 months . . .
"01.09.2016 13:32:23" timescolonist.com Checkers Pavilion to make way for longhouse in Beacon Hill Park Victoria soon will be clearing the way for a new longhouse to be built on top of Beacon Hill in Beacon Hill Park. The city has issued as request for proposals for deconstruction of the old . . . Last year, Victoria council approved a proposal to return the top of Beacon Hill to First Nations and remove the Checkers Pavilion. The hope now is to see a traditional longhouse, about the same size as the 1,000-square-foot pavilion, built on the site in
"31.08.2016 16:23:26" timescolonist.com Fairmont Empress, unionized hotel staff reach tentative deal A tentative deal was reached early today in contract negotiations between unionized hotel staff and management at the Fairmont Empress. Both sides are recommending acceptance. Stu Shields, . . . “We're happy with it because it addresses all the major concerns.”
"31.08.2016 15:14:48" timescolonist.com Sidney residents to have say on Gateway at Sept. 12 hearing A major public hearing Sept. 12 in Sidney will go a long way to determine whether the town council votes for bylaws that would pave the way for the proposed $35-million Gateway Shopping Centre at . . . The B.C. Ministry of Transportation said it is still working with developer Omicron on the “potential impact on surrounding traffic and how that would be mitigated.” But the ministry's conditions are not sufficient to derail the timing of the hearing.
"31.08.2016 13:44:51" timescolonist.com Spike in drug deaths drives push for safer sites Illicit drug users, front-line workers and academics are calling on the government to create safer consumption sites in the wake of an alarming increase in overdose deaths in Victoria this year. . . . “People are dying. All kinds of people. It could be your neighbour or that person on the street — who you have no idea why they're using drugs. There is a huge lack of space for people to use safely.”
"31.08.2016 13:41:37" timescolonist.com Rat infestation delays remediation of Victoria courthouse lawn Area residents told 'no camping' signs to be posted on property that was once tent city Pest management at the site has cost about $6,500 since April. Remediation of the site is estimated to cost up to $350,000 and has been delayed until pest control is complete. The overall costs to the province associated with managing the site have
"31.08.2016 03:28:33" timescolonist.com Victoria police warning the public after 'skimmers' found on ATMs Victoria police are warning the public about the use of “skimmers” — devices installed illegally on ATMs to get at people's PINs.Det. Sgt. Derek Tolmie of the financial-crimes. . . Victoria police Det. Sgt. Derek Tolmie of the financial-crimes division said there have been three reported instances of skimmers being used in the past six weeks, all on privately owned ATMs in busy tourist areas of the city. The devices collect
"30.08.2016 22:52:40" timescolonist.com Canada Post, postal union avert job action, reach tentative deals OTTAWA - Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached tentative agreements, averting the prospect of a labour dispute that has loomed over. . . Canada Post described the tentative agreements as short-term. It said they are for two years and that four-year contracts were typically negotiated in the past.
The issue of differences in paycheques for rural mail carriers — most of whom are women — and
"30.08.2016 16:07:45" timescolonist.com Good boy! Dogs know what you're saying, study suggests Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man's best friend really does understand some of what we're saying. “Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it. Praise can work as a reward only if both word meaning and intonation match.”
"30.08.2016 14:33:28" timescolonist.com Disability benefits cut by bus-pass expense Sheenagh Morrison will get her first raise in nearly a decade Thursday and the B.C. government will take most of it back the same day. After nine years of living on $906 a month, the 35-year-old . . . Giving with one hand, taking away with the other …
"30.08.2016 14:30:07" timescolonist.com Greater Victoria schools installing water filters after lead concerns In response to testing showing high lead levels in the water system at some sites, all 47 schools in the Greater Victoria school district will have filters in place before the academic year begins . . . The filters will be in cooking areas and staff rooms and at least two of each school's highest-use drinking fountains, with upgrades to continue until the end of October. Filters have been installed at 150 fountains and sinks so far.
"30.08.2016 14:18:04" timescolonist.com Rockland mansion recently up for auction listed by bank for $1.87 million A stately Rockland mansion that failed to sell at a June auction is now listed for sale by a creditor, who went to court to recoup mortgage money owed. The Bank of Montreal said in documents . . .
"29.08.2016 19:07:19" timescolonist.com Unionized Empress staff serves hotel with 72-hour strike notice Nearly 500 staff at the Fairmont Empress hotel are set to strike Thursday over what they say is growing frustration with working conditions related to the recent renovation of the hotel. “Our . . . The Empress hotel and Unifor Local 4276 have been negotiating a three-year contract. The union says it served strike notice because of frustration over working conditions.
"29.08.2016 15:06:18" timescolonist.com Frolicking family of black bears puts an end to gardening plans With rain forecast for later in the day, Neville Judd planned on doing some late-summer gardening Sunday morning, until a mother bear and her cubs altered those plans. Judd and his family awoke . . . Imagine this: You live in a secluded area near a small town and you're planning to do some gardening on a quiet Sunday morning. Not long before going outside, a family of bears arrives and they start playing with a hammock you forgot to take down.
"29.08.2016 14:23:40" timescolonist.com Enrolment slated to increase in B.C. public schools for second year Enrolment in B.C. schools is expected to rise again this year, for just the second time in nearly 20 years. This year, the ministry of education estimates that about 529,000 full-time students . . . “This is the second year in a row we've seen provincewide increases in enrolment — and we expect slight increases in many but not all districts. The last time we saw increases was almost 20 years ago and overall enrolment is still about 70,000 students
"28.08.2016 16:18:23" timescolonist.com Return to school a challenging milestone for Syrian refugees For most kids, the start of school evokes some combination of excitement and dread. Anticipation around who the teacher will be, whether friends will be in the same class and how the next 10 months. . . About 700 Syrian refugee students in B.C. — including 31 in Greater Victoria — are now mentally preparing themselves for the new school year. Many had their schooling interrupted, sometimes for years, because they had to flee their homes.
"28.08.2016 15:46:28" timescolonist.com Doubt cast on Fraser catch-and-release sturgeon fishery A new international study is raising serious questions about a lucrative catch-and-release sport fishery for threatened white sturgeon in the lower Fraser River. The Canadian-led study, published. . . “Just because it doesn't die, it doesn't mean no harm is done. How about if I torture and release you?”
"28.08.2016 15:41:08" timescolonist.com Change coming, but slowly, on Saanich's eco bylaw More than three years after it was created, a Saanich bylaw aimed at protecting sensitive ecosystems is still being clarified. Saanich council passed the Environmental Development Permit Area . . . There are 2,200 properties that fall under the Environmental Development Permit Area bylaw, many waterfront, with owners unable to undertake changes to their properties without written permission from the municipality.
"28.08.2016 14:52:17" timescolonist.com Victoria councillors unified on opposition to GMO foods Genetically engineered crops, plants and trees are not welcome in Victoria. City councillors have unanimously backed a multi-part motion last week calling for a suite of rules and scientific . . . Canadians worried about the potential effects of genetically engineered crops include Victoria councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday. They persuaded council to support their motion, stating in a report: “Genetically engineered plants and foods have not
"28.08.2016 13:55:28" timescolonist.com Malahat road safety an elusive target As a sports car barrelled down the Malahat headed toward a wall of fog, two Greater Victoria police officers thought: Something has to change. It was a seminal moment for constables Bima Ribeiro . . . “We were up there in February, and 250 metres ahead there is a solid fog bank — a solid wall of white — and we watched a sports car drive into the fog bank at 170 kilometres, not knowing if the cars ahead were doing 80 kilometres.”
"28.08.2016 13:53:48" timescolonist.com Being Kate: Duchess impersonator getting ready for royal visit Karen Brelsford has never been accused of being a “princess” — until now. “I'll take it,” Brelsford said with a laugh. The actress and comedian also works as a Kate Middleton impersonator. She'. . . Karen Brelsford is best known for her work with the Victoria improv troupes Sin City, Broad Theatrics and Atomic Vaudeville, and in movies and TV shows filmed here. She began impersonating the Duchess of Cambridge in 2012 when her agent got her a gig in
"28.08.2016 13:48:14" timescolonist.com Victoria on track for fall removal of derelict boats from Gorge Not a single boat owner has moved out of the Gorge Waterway, more than a month after City of Victoria staff passed out notices asking them to leave. Staff began contacting boat owners in mid-June. . . “We've given everyone ample notice that this is happening. We haven't gotten compliance from many of the people who are still there. We'll keep asking them to move.”
"27.08.2016 21:50:00" timescolonist.com Victoria police ask public: Do you know this man? Victoria police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a suspect in connection with a recent report of fraud. Police were called to a business on Douglas Street near Fisgard Street on. . . Victoria police were called to a business on Douglas Street near Fisgard Street on Aug. 16. Staff said a man made off with an undisclosed amount of money. They said he obtained the money by confusing a staff member when he went to pay at the register.
"27.08.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com More B.C. 'zombees' in B.C., but hive inspector has bigger worries Two more cases of zombie bees have been documented in B.C., but a provincial hive inspector says fears are overblown. Cases of zombie bees or “zombees” — bees that have been infected by a killer . . . Zombees may be scary, but there are much bigger threats to honeybee colonies that deserve attention, including environmental degradation, monoculture, pesticide use and varroa mites, said Wendi Gilson, an apiary inspector for the Ministry of Agriculture.
"27.08.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Now, that's a beer league: Manitoba RCMP search for goalie booze thief RUSSELL, Man. — Manitoba RCMP are looking for a thirsty goalie. Mounties say a man wearing hockey gear and carrying a goalie stick was one of two culprits who broke into a beer store in Russell . . . Manitoba RCMP are asking for information from anyone who has information about the theft or who “has played against a goalie matching this description.”
"27.08.2016 20:50:08" timescolonist.com Fringe reviews: Birdmann flies into absurd; a puppeteer dramedy; three mini-plays The Times Colonist is reviewing the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, which continues in downtown venues to Sept. 4. All ratings are on a five-star scale. I Forgot to Fly Today Metro Studio. . . Today's Fringe fest reviews: I Forgot to Fly; Does Not Play Well With Others; Sky Corner
"27.08.2016 20:10:00" timescolonist.com Esquimalt chief raises alarm on cleanup weaknesses in wake of diesel spill Almost four months after 30,000 litres of diesel was dumped into Esquimalt Harbour, a nearby beach remains closed and a fishing ban in effect, raising questions about preparedness for larger spills. . . Almost four months after 30,000 litres of diesel was dumped into Esquimalt Harbour, a nearby beach remains closed and a fishing ban in effect, raising questions about preparedness for larger spills.
"27.08.2016 19:18:24" timescolonist.com Region's hot spell giving way to cooler, wetter weather The heat wave that has blanketed the region since last week is on the wane, prompting officials to reassess the fire ban in place on most of Vancouver Island. Expect showers in the coming days, . . . The heat wave that has blanketed the region since last week is on the wane, prompting officials to reassess the fire ban in place on most of Vancouver Island.
"27.08.2016 18:44:52" timescolonist.com Review: Rodriguez proves he's comeback king Rodriguez made his Victoria debut at the Royal Theatre Friday night at the first of two sold-out shows. At the Royal Theatre last night, Rodriguez held the room with one acoustic guitar, shades, leather pants and charm for nearly two hours. Our critic gave the show five stars.
"27.08.2016 03:22:33" timescolonist.com Woman struck by car on highway has minor abrasions: police A woman suffered minor abrasions after she was struck by a vehicle on the Patricia Bay Highway on Friday night, police said. The incident took place at the Mount Newton Cross Road intersection . . . UPDATE, 11:15 p.m.: Pedestrian struck on Pat Bay Highway at Mt. Newton Cross Road has minor abrasions, police say. All lanes of the highway have reopened.
"26.08.2016 21:20:00" timescolonist.com Mounties recover $11,000 for B.C. victim of Internet dating scam NORTH VANCOUVER — By quickly reporting an Internet dating scam that cost her $27,000, a North Shore woman was able to recover about 40 per cent of that money, North Vancouver RCMP said. The . . . By quickly reporting an Internet dating scam that cost her $27,000, a North Shore woman was able to recover about 40 per cent of that money, North Vancouver RCMP said.
"26.08.2016 20:30:00" timescolonist.com Nudge, Nudge: How to charm that snake in a drain If you're like me, you've been following a certain news story with avid interest. Climate change? No. Donald Trump's megalomaniacal bid for world domination? As if. The Monkees reunion with . . . It took city crews more than a week to charm that snake in a drain. Perhaps they should have tried playing some snake-themed music such as Crawling King Snake by the Doors, writes Adrian Chamberlain.
"26.08.2016 19:40:00" timescolonist.com Response to call for info on Harry Sadd 'encouraging,' Victoria police say Investigators have heard from as many as 25 people after a call for public input regarding Harry Charles Sadd, arrested in connection with sexual assaults on a boy decades ago. The Victoria Police . . . Investigators have heard from as many as 25 people after a call for public input regarding Harry Charles Sadd, arrested in connection with sexual assaults on a boy decades ago. The Victoria Police Department's Special Victims Unit issued a plea for
"26.08.2016 18:50:00" timescolonist.com Washington's plan to wipe out wolf pack decried SPOKANE, Washington — Some wolf advocates are outraged that the state is preparing for the second time to exterminate an entire wolf pack for preying on livestock in northeastern Washington state.. . . Wolves were hunted to extinction in Washington at the beginning of the last century. Since the early 2000s, they've moved back into the state from neighbouring Idaho and British Columbia.
"26.08.2016 18:00:00" timescolonist.com Sidney skate park starting to take shape The “wedge to wedge funbox feature” popular with skateboarders isn't something Sidney Mayor Steve Price plans to take on, but he's glad the town is getting one. Installations like the “funbox” . . . The “wedge to wedge funbox feature” popular with skateboarders isn't something Sidney Mayor Steve Price plans to take on, but he's glad the town is getting one.
"26.08.2016 17:10:00" timescolonist.com Four arrested after Clayoquot Sound fish farm protest Fish farming companies Cermaq and Marine Harvest are coming under fire from coastal First Nations, who have issued eviction notices and tried to stop operations. RCMP arrested and released four . . . “We have a role and responsibility to the territory to take care of it in a respectful and meaningful manner, to leave it for future generations,” said Joe James Rampanen, who was arrested Tuesday along with three other members of the Ahousaht First
"26.08.2016 16:21:59" timescolonist.com Island Health hopes to give a bed box to every baby Island Health's baby bed box program is expanding and health officials hope it will one day be Island-wide. “It was the first on Vancouver Island and definitely in British Columbia,” said Dr. . . . Island Health's baby bed box program is based on a Finnish model launched in the 1930s that aimed to give babies a package of necessities regardless of their economic background. One of the results was a drastic reduction in infant mortality due in large
"26.08.2016 15:30:00" timescolonist.com 20 pumps going in Lake Cowichan to maintain river level during drought Catalyst Paper is installing a $500,000 pump system in Lake Cowichan to maintain minimum water levels required in the Cowichan River. It's the first time that the company has turned to pumps. . . . This is yet another year of concern for the Cowichan River, famous for its trout fishery and home to steelhead and salmon.
"26.08.2016 14:40:00" timescolonist.com Strangers rescue boy, 11, stuck at edge of waterfall Rod and Lisa Huneault are hopeful they will find the strangers who rescued their son from drowning in the Taylor River, pulling him from the brink of a waterfall and administering CPR. The drama . . . Rod and Lisa Huneault are hopeful they will find the strangers who rescued their son from drowning in the Taylor River, pulling him from the brink of a waterfall and administering CPR.
"26.08.2016 13:52:35" timescolonist.com Victoria city crews nab snake from storm drain Victoria's snake in a drain has been captured in an underground trap and is in custody. "He is on his way to the pound, or probably settled in there now, and recovering from the incident and probably looking for a new owner at some point," Mayor Lisa “He is on his way to the pound, or probably settled in there now, and recovering from the incident and probably looking for a new owner at some point,” Mayor Lisa Helps said Thursday evening.
“He's certainly famous.”
"26.08.2016 04:23:35" timescolonist.com Victoria city crews nab snake from storm drain Victoria's snake in a drain has been captured and is in custody. Details are skimpy, but the slippery fugitive was nabbed early Thursday evening. The City of Victoria sent out a notice on . . . Details are skimpy so far, but the slippery fugitive was nabbed early Thursday evening.
"25.08.2016 23:20:05" timescolonist.com Crews battle wildfire near Bamberton; expect delays on Malahat Firefighters have descended on a wildfire near Bamberton, anxious to stop the spread of the blaze while fire hazards are so high. Donna MacPherson, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire . . . UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Two wildfires burning near Bamberton are largely knocked down and the Malahat is open to traffic in both directions.
"25.08.2016 22:35:56" timescolonist.com Shows you should see at the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival Although the fun started Monday with the Fringe Jamboree (singalongs, kiddie frolics), the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival begins in earnest tonight when the first shows open. The TC's Adrian Chamberlain makes recommendations for shows to see at the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, which starts today and continues to Sept. 4. Single tickets are $9 or $11, and you must have a $6 Fringe button.
"25.08.2016 22:06:20" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Café Society (Star) Woody Allen's new film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, is of course funny, but it also ends up, almost without our realizing it, . . . New shows in the Victoria area: Café Society; Don't Breathe; Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie; Hell or High Water; Maggie's Plan; Mechanic: Resurrection; Nerve; and Swiss Army Man. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the Movies
"25.08.2016 16:00:07" timescolonist.com Big names sold on Nanaimo's Summertime Blues Three years ago, the Summertime Blues Festival decided ramp things up a few notches. “A lot of people have this picture in their head that blues is slow and depressing. If you come to the festival, you're going to see a lot of people dancing and having a great time. The music is really upbeat and uptempo.”
"25.08.2016 14:45:19" timescolonist.com Gordon Head, Colwood homes sought for radon-gas testing Homeowners worry about a lot of things, but cancer-causing radon gas seeping inside from the natural decay of uranium in nearby rocks and soil might not top their list. To get a read on the risk . . . “No matter where your home is located, the only way to know if it has a high level of radon is to test. Almost all homes have some radon. The levels can vary dramatically even between similar homes located next to each other.”
"25.08.2016 14:23:01" timescolonist.com Vancouver-area house sales plummet after offshore tax introduced Home sales dropped in Metro Vancouver by up to 86 per cent after the introduction of the foreign investor tax on Aug. 2, according to official MLS data only available to realtors. The Multiple . . . A sampling of Lower Mainland real-estate sales: In Richmond, 89 detached homes were sold from Aug. 1 to 15 last year. This year, 12. In West Vancouver, sales dropped to nine from 59 in the same period. On Vancouver's west side, 15 homes sold, compared
"25.08.2016 14:15:26" timescolonist.com At Victoria's new Jewish centre, an open door to community A new centre for Jewish worship, study and community engagement opened Wednesday as the ribbons were cut on the Chabad Centre for Jewish Life and Learning. The 10,000-square-foot building, at . . . The Chabad Centre for Jewish Life and Learning is the first building dedicated to Jewish life to open on Vancouver Island in more than 150 years. Congregation Emanu-El, at 1461 Blanshard St., opened its doors in Victoria in 1863, and is recognized as the
"25.08.2016 14:10:41" timescolonist.com Sugar Man finds himself in Victoria If you don't already have tickets to see the mysterious star of Searching for Sugar Man, you're out of luck. After years in obscurity, many spent as a manual demolition worker in Detroit, Sixto (pronounced “Seez-toe”) Rodriguez emerged as pop's most unlikely late bloomer. His is a curious Cinderella tale — one writer deemed him “the artist least likely to enjoy
"25.08.2016 13:59:08" timescolonist.com Important orca matriarch J14 disappears and is feared dead Whale researchers announced that a matriarch in the southern resident killer whales' J-pod might have died on the same day a young humpback washed ashore in Cowichan Bay. J14 was last . . . J14 was last photographed from land Aug. 3, according to the Center for Whale Research, based in Friday Harbor, Washington. She showed no indication of illness.
"25.08.2016 13:53:50" timescolonist.com Ex-B.C. cabinet minister Sam Bawlf has died at 72 Developer, author, historian was renowned for heritage restoration Sam Bawlf, a Victoria alderman and provincial cabinet minister in the 1970s, is credited with pitching the idea of celebrating Vancouver's centennial with Expo 86 to B.C.'s cabinet. His view was that B.C. needed to be seen around the world.
"24.08.2016 23:21:35" timescolonist.com McLoughlin Point, Rock Bay on sewage treatment site short list McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt and Victoria's Rock Bay have been short-listed as potential locations for a new sewage treatment plant in the capital region. The independent panel overseeing the . . . The independent panel overseeing capital region's sewage treatment project released an interim report Wednesday afternoon that presents three options:
• A single plant at McLoughlin Point.
• A single plant at Rock Bay.
• Two smaller plants — one at Rock
"24.08.2016 15:08:39" timescolonist.com B.C.'s school system underfunded, costs being downloaded: report Funding for public education is not keeping pace with growing costs and has fallen as a share of B.C.'s economy, says a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, released today.. . . The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says that funding for B.C.'s public schools has been declining relative to the province's gross domestic product. Not so fast, the Education Ministry replies. Do you work in the school system? Which view looks
"24.08.2016 14:24:21" timescolonist.com Hot housing market sparks reality-TV show Seller's Market With the local real estate market still sizzling, it's no wonder a reality TV show called Seller's Market is in the works. The 13-part series produced by Victoria's Cedarwood Productions and . . . The 13-part series produced by Victoria's Cedarwood Productions and Kelowna-based Visland Media will follow five top Okanagan real estate agents battling it out to win coveted listings.
"24.08.2016 14:11:09" timescolonist.com Saanich pushes ahead on detached secondary suites Saanich is moving toward a plan to allow homeowners to install detached secondary suites. Municipal councillors have agreed unanimously to press ahead with strategies to allow residents to build . . . Saanich councillors have agreed unanimously to press ahead with strategies to allow residents to build secondary suites in separate accessory buildings on their land. Do you have a house in Saanich? Would you consider such a project?
"24.08.2016 14:07:44" timescolonist.com Friends, family and fans greet returning Island Olympians Woody and Jutta Woodland did not personally know the Olympians who arrived at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday from the just-completed 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.Still, they came . . . “I don't think it's all really hit me yet,” said Caileigh Filmer, who at 19, was the youngest member of the Canadian Olympic rowing team. “The first time it starting hitting home was when someone I didn't know messaged me in Rio and wrote that I had 35
"24.08.2016 13:56:35" timescolonist.com $72-million makeover in works for Mayfair mall Mayfair Shopping Centre announced Tuesday it will undergo a $72-million expansion that will replace parking lots along Douglas Street with 100,000 square feet of new retail space, add a rooftop . . . Mayfair is one of Canada's best performing shopping centres, with “sales approaching double-digit growth,” said Roman Drohomirecki, executive vice-president and CEO of Ivanhoé Cambridge, Mayfair's owner. The expansion will include fashion and lifestyle
"24.08.2016 13:49:20" timescolonist.com Delayed Nanaimo-area drivers vent frustration at crash-site police Angry drivers upset by traffic delays due to a serious crash south of Nanaimo this week threw insults at RCMP officers who were protecting the integrity of the scene by diverting traffic. . . . “All people have to do is stop for a second and think what would they do if that was one of their family members injured in that car accident? What would they want the police officers to do?”
"23.08.2016 15:25:46" timescolonist.com Island Olympians bid adieu to Rio Somehow, they pulled it off. The Rio Olympics creaked but they didn't crack. Canadian athletes, several with Island ties, have bid farewell to the Brazilian metropolis and left the Cariocas to . . . “The closing ceremony makes you feel like an Olympian. It makes you feel a part of something that is greater than just your performance . . . that you are a part of the long history of the Olympic Games.”
"23.08.2016 15:21:51" timescolonist.com First Nations lead opposition to controversial pipeline Proceedings were orderly but the message was a hard “no” on Monday as a federal panel heard one by one from First Nations and government representatives about a proposed pipeline expansion. It's . . . The final public meeting takes place today. It will hear from environmental organizations from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., then host a town hall meeting from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
"23.08.2016 15:07:49" timescolonist.com Cobble Hill sewing machine mechanic in demand COBBLE HILL — Bill Murray started fixing sewing machines as a teenager in Victoria more than 50 years ago — “for beer and cigarettes,” he said at the workshop in his Cobble Hill basement. Murray . . . The sewing-machine business takes Bill Murray up and down the Island from Sidney to Campbell River. In Victoria, he picks up sewing machines that need fixing at the three different shops and drops them off when he's done. He buys and sells used machines
"23.08.2016 14:31:56" timescolonist.com Lone wolf appears content to stay on Discovery Island The howl of a lone wolf on Discovery Island can still be heard almost nightly, four years after it swam there for what conservation officers thought would be a temporary stay. The wolf appears . . . The wolf appeared on Discovery Island in the summer of 2012. Wolves are social animals, yet this one prefers to stay alone. “It's still leery of people … As long as it's doing that, there's really nothing to worry about,” said conservation officer Peter
"23.08.2016 14:01:13" timescolonist.com Demolition making way for new Pandora development Demolition of the former St. Andrew's school in downtown Victoria is underway in preparation for construction of a controversial $70-million block of 209 rental units and ground-floor space for . . . When Victoria approved the project last October, Mayor Lisa Helps voted in favour, but called it the most difficult decision she had made on council, a position that hasn't changed.
"23.08.2016 13:58:07" timescolonist.com Suspended police chief applies for publication ban on court files Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner has applied for a publication ban to protect the identity of a female Saanich police officer with whom he exchanged inappropriate Twitter messages. Lawyers . . . “Neither of those individuals are parties to these proceedings and the judicial review application raises issues of a highly personal nature. It would be manifestly unfair to drag them into the 'vortex of litigation.' ”
"23.08.2016 13:56:01" timescolonist.com 'Canna Mall' aims to be hub of Victoria's marijuana culture What's touted as a one-stop shopping centre for all your weed needs is getting up and running at 1627 Quadra St. The new “high” class collection of businesses called the Canna Mall has recently . . . The Canna Mall on Quadra Street is possibly the first marijuana mall in North America, but definitely “the first in Canada,” said Nicole Little, operations manager for Skunk & Panda's Shatter Shack, which showcases 60 cannabis-derived extracts for sale.
"22.08.2016 15:50:46" timescolonist.com Complaints about evictions soar in B.C.'s hot rental market Patty Gazzola had rented her Commercial Drive-area home for 29 years by the time she was evicted in the spring. The 69-year-old Vancouver woman was told by her landlord that her house had been . . . Patty Gazzola was told her home had been sold and that the buyer or close family member intended to move in. She was given two months to leave. However, Gazzola claims higher-paying tenants unrelated to the new owners moved in. Sound familiar?
"22.08.2016 14:42:22" timescolonist.com Elizabeth May to stay as Green leader, party to revisit Israeli boycott Elizabeth May will remain Green party leader despite a controversy over the Middle East that has divided members.
"22.08.2016 14:04:56" timescolonist.com Royals to visit Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse this fall More details have been released about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's upcoming visit to Canada. Kensington Palace tweeted Monday morning that Prince William and his wife, Kate, will visit . . . Kensington Palace tweeted Monday morning that Prince William and his wife, Kate, will visit Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna in British Columbia as well as Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon.
"22.08.2016 14:03:02" timescolonist.com 'Phenomenal numbers' of anchovies seen in Howe Sound Anchovies are being seen in “phenomenal numbers” in Howe Sound, likely as a result of El Nino's warming impact on West Coast waters, a Vancouver Aquarium biologist says. “Anchovies are a southern. . . The presence of the northern anchovy is important because it's a good food source for other species, from jellyfish to dolphins. They are particularly good for dolphins, which need a high fat content in their food, says Jeff Marliave, vice-president of
"21.08.2016 15:12:50" timescolonist.com A marathon of marathons for woman with a purpose A yellow tack on a marathon map on the wall at Move Adapted Fitness marks how far Rachel Nesbitt has come in the 42-kilometre route since she started the race nearly five months ago. “Sometimes . . . Cerebral palsy has prevented Rachel Nesbitt from being able to walk or stand independently, so she uses parallel bars, a cross-trainer and elliptical machines adapted for those with physical disabilities. She's getting close to her goal.
"21.08.2016 14:55:46" timescolonist.com Commodity downturn puts divide in B.C.'s economy LNG Canada's decision to delay deciding to build its $40-billion liquefied natural gas export project hit Ellis Ross, the Haisla First Nation's chief councillor, in the middle of a summer of more . . . In Metro Vancouver, tourism is booming, film and television production are at high levels and housing growth is spurring a buoyant retail sector. Victoria and Kelowna are also doing well, according to the Central 1 Credit Union. Elsewhere in the province,
"21.08.2016 14:33:48" timescolonist.com Doctor offers a prescription for better health care A physician whose career was spent on northern Vancouver Island uses a fish analogy to explain his plan to improve health care as the new head of the Canadian Medical Association. The problem, . . . “I've described Canadian health care as the land of 100,000 health-care silos, and I think we need to do something to address that.”
"21.08.2016 13:48:49" timescolonist.com Pipeline pitch to draw fire at Victoria stop this week A federal panellist collecting input on Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion says it's hearing widespread concern in B.C. about the project. Kim Baird is one of three members of the Trans . . . The Trans Mountain Expansion Ministerial Panel will host meetings in the Pacific Ballroom at the Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel, 728 Humboldt St. Meetings start at 9 a.m. on Monday.
"21.08.2016 13:42:02" timescolonist.com Tour de Victoria bike ride is Sunday; prepare for road closures Cyclists of a wide range of ages and abilities will make up the expected field of about 1,500 at Ryder Hesjedal's Tour de Victoria on Sunday. Among them will be the Jantz family from Alberta. Dad. . . “It's a cycling city, so it will be neat to see all the cyclists biking around town.”
"21.08.2016 13:34:12" timescolonist.com A First Nation without a home has designs on Island property He remembers the baseball. Chief John Smith thinks back to life in the tiny village of Kalagwees on Turnour Island and, for some reason, the baseball games come to mind first. Everyone played, . . . For more than 50 years, the Tlowitsis First Nation has been a nation without a home. Now, Chief John Smith, 65, and his brother, Thomas, a councillor, hope to change that by establishing a new community. It's a plan that has sparked controversy.
"20.08.2016 21:22:54" timescolonist.com Johnson Street Bridge opens six hours ahead of schedule Motorists caught a break today when a scheduled closure of the Johnson Street Bridge ended about six hours early. The vital link between downtown and Victoria West was closed to motor-vehicle . . . Motorists caught a break today when a scheduled closure of the Johnson Street Bridge ended about six hours early.
"20.08.2016 21:00:00" timescolonist.com Investors close to buying Sooke Harbour House and hotel Internationally renowned Sooke Harbour House restaurant and hotel has gone on the market for $6.5-million under a court-ordered sale to pay off a $3-million mortgage. However, a B.C. investment . . . Frederique Philip said this week that the Philips own and run the Sooke Harbour House and are working on refinancing with a third party to pay off the mortgage. She declined further comment.
"20.08.2016 20:10:00" timescolonist.com Island construction companies searching for workers amid boom The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association is launching a social media campaign to attract construction workers for major projects on Vancouver Island. Workers are being asked to . . . “We haven't seen a boom like this in a while.”
"20.08.2016 19:20:00" timescolonist.com Victoria yacht club celebrates passage into new environmental world The Royal Victoria Yacht Club raised a flag Friday to celebrate its new eco-certification. The club has received a Clean Marine B.C. rating of four “anchors,” through the Georgia Strait Alliance.. . . “We want to be seen as environmental stewards,” Royal Victoria Yacht Club GM Simon Gatrell said. “It really comes down to saving the resources we use every day.”
"20.08.2016 18:30:00" timescolonist.com RCMP caution Comox joggers after assault in Condor Park Comox Valley RCMP are advising caution in parks and on trails after a woman was assaulted while jogging in Comox's Condor Park. The assault occurred about 10:30 a.m. Thursday when a man grabbed . . . Comox Valley RCMP are advising caution in parks and on trails after a woman was assaulted while jogging in Comox's Condor Park.
The assault occurred about 10:30 a.m. Thursday when a man grabbed the woman, who fought back and escaped. The man ran onto
"20.08.2016 18:14:07" timescolonist.com Want to watch Tragically Hip finale today? Here's a list of viewing parties The emotional cross-Canada tour by the Tragically Hip comes to a fitting finale on Saturday in the band's hometown, Kingston, Ont. With just under 6,000 tickets available for the show — all long . . . Want to watch the Tragically Hip show in the company of other fans today? Here's a list of viewing parties in Greater Victoria
"20.08.2016 17:40:00" timescolonist.com B.C.'s new climate plan does not increase carbon tax Premier Christy Clark has rejected calls by her own climate-leadership team to steadily increase B.C.'s carbon tax to meet greenhouse-gas emission targets by 2050. Clark released a climate . . . Premier Christy Clark said B.C.'s carbon tax is “far ahead” of other provinces, and she would consider increasing the tax only as “other provinces catch up.” Otherwise, she said, the tax would force industries elsewhere, taking jobs and money with them.
"20.08.2016 17:38:46" timescolonist.com UVic grad Catherine Pendrel wins mountain bike bronze, Emily Batty fourth RIO DE JANEIRO - University of Victoria grad Catharine Pendrel has won an Olympic bronze medal in mountain biking. The 35-year-old, who lives in Kamloops, edged teammate Emily Batty for the . . . University of Victoria grad Catharine Pendrel has won an Olympic bronze medal in mountain biking.
"20.08.2016 16:50:00" timescolonist.com Victoria sewer snake escapes city crews, gets weekend reprieve A sewer snake that is becoming a bit of a celebrity in Victoria showed no signs of abandoning its newfound home Friday, as a third day of efforts to retrieve the reptile failed. In anticipation . . . A sewer snake that is becoming a bit of a celebrity in Victoria showed no signs of abandoning its newfound home Friday, as a third day of efforts to retrieve the reptile failed.
"20.08.2016 16:00:00" timescolonist.com Comment: How do you teach girls confidence in a world obsessed with image? When she was about seven, my elder daughter stood in front of a full-length mirror in her panda pajamas and said: “You know, I just don't look good in panda.” It was funny, but it was also kind . . . How do you teach girls confidence in a world where their appearance will be constantly judged?
"20.08.2016 15:27:53" timescolonist.com Victoria rubbish at sorting trash, council hears Victorians can be led to garbage cans, but city hall can't make them sort their trash properly, city councillors heard this week. At a meeting of committee of the whole, councillors were told the. . . City workers had to sort the garbage manually before any of the waste from the triple bins — one for trash, one for recyclable materials and one for organic waste — could be properly handled.
"19.08.2016 22:52:19" timescolonist.com Johnson Street Bridge closes to allow installation of pedestrian bridge A prefabricated bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, part of the Johnson Street Bridge project, is being installed this weekend over Esquimalt Road, just east of Harbour Road, near the Delta Ocean . . . Johnson Street Bridge will be temporarily closed to motor vehicles starting at 6 p.m. today as the new pedestrian bridge is installed. It is scheduled to reopen at 6 p.m. Saturday.
"19.08.2016 20:00:00" timescolonist.com Cat that took on seven pit bulls was just being protective, owners say The owners of an elderly cat named Baby say their pet's sudden reputation as a fearless mauler of pit bull dogs is completely undeserved. Betty Jean Thompson, 78, and her husband Del said they . . . ICYMI: The Saanich owners of an elderly cat named Baby say their pet's sudden reputation as a fearless mauler of pit bull dogs is completely undeserved.
"19.08.2016 19:10:00" timescolonist.com Cyclist charged after striking vehicle in Campbell River A Campbell River cyclist who struck a vehicle after running a red light about 4 p.m. Wednesday has been charged under the Motor Vehicle Act. The cyclist had minor injuries and was taken to . . . RCMP said the incident shows that cyclists must follow the same rules of the road that drivers do.
"19.08.2016 18:37:55" timescolonist.com B.C. Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan stepping down Mike Corrigan, CEO of B.C. Ferries, said today that he will resign, effective March 31, 2017. The announcement came today at the annual general meeting of the ferry corporation. B.C. Ferries . . . Mike Corrigan, CEO of B.C. Ferries, said today that he will resign, effective March 31, 2017.
"19.08.2016 18:20:00" timescolonist.com Salt Spring double-drowning leaves neighbours perplexed Salt Spring Island residents are perplexed by how a double-drowning could have happened on a placid lake. Ray Fraser, who lives on Weston Lake near the area where the incident occurred, said he . . . Ray Fraser, 73, has lived on Salt Spring Island all his life, and said that, before Tuesday, there hadn't been a drowning on Weston Lake in his lifetime.
"19.08.2016 18:07:31" timescolonist.com Canada takes bronze in women's soccer with 2-1 win over Brazil SAO PAOLO, Brazil - Goals by teenager Deanne Rose and superstar Christine Sinclair lifted Canada onto the medal podium Friday, earning a bronze for the second straight Olympics in a 2-1 win over . . . Goals by teenager Deanne Rose and superstar Christine Sinclair lifted Canada onto the medal podium Friday, earning a bronze for the second straight Olympics in a 2-1 win over Brazil.
"19.08.2016 17:30:00" timescolonist.com Playground touted for former tent city site First pest control. Then remediation — estimated at $350,000 — will get underway on the Victoria courthouse lawn recently vacated by tent city residents. Mayor Lisa Helps has already come out . . . A playground on the tent city site would put to rest the possibility of camping allowed on the provincially owned land.
"19.08.2016 16:50:00" timescolonist.com Dave Obee: Burglary about more than cash value They came in through a window, after popping off the screen, and left through a side door. In broad daylight. They came in through a window, after popping off the screen, and left through a side door. In broad daylight, on a day just like today.
"19.08.2016 16:40:00" timescolonist.com Surge in overdose deaths continues in Victoria Vancouver Island has the second-highest number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths among health regions in the province, according to a coroners report released today. Victoria is in the top . . . “There has been a surge of overdose deaths here, more than our fair share,” said Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health's chief medical officer for central Vancouver Island.
"19.08.2016 16:11:58" timescolonist.com Former major leaguer Brian McRae named new HarbourCats coach Former major league player Brian McRae is the new coach of the Victoria HarbourCats. Graig Merritt, who guided the HarbourCats to a WCL record 40 wins in 2016, was not offered a contract . . . Former major league player Brian McRae is the new coach of the Victoria HarbourCats.
"19.08.2016 15:51:08" timescolonist.com Paddlers overturn in high winds, prompting rescues Kayakers are being urged to be cautious after paddlers were rescued on successive days in Island waters. “Right now, there's particularly high winds in the straits,” said Sub-Lt. Melissa Cserhazi. . . Kayakers are being urged to be cautious after paddlers were rescued on successive days in Vancouver Island waters.
"19.08.2016 15:09:29" timescolonist.com As records tumble, expect hot days through the weekend The Victoria area sizzled its way past a 75-year heat record on Thursday, topping the previous Aug. 18 record of 30 C set in 1940. The temperature hit 31.6 in the afternoon at Victoria . . . Today's Victoria forecast calls for highs up to 29 C, which would break the Aug. 19 record of 28.9 C set in 1966. Saturday and Sunday will be about 26, while normal temperatures of about 22 should return early next week before building up again.
"19.08.2016 14:17:38" timescolonist.com Nanaimo hole-digger living high after winning $21M lottery jackpot A Nanaimo man is already living the dream after winning the $21-million jackpot in last Saturday's Lotto 6/49 draw. “I bought two BMWs. One for me and one for my friend,” the 52-year-old Bill . . . Bill Laharty, who has called Nanaimo home for 22 years, described his $21-million jackpot win in one word: awesome.
"19.08.2016 00:08:54" timescolonist.com RCMP search Comox Valley site after tip about 1993 disappearance of teen girl COMOX VALLEY, B.C. - Mounties in Comox Valley have searched and excavated a rural property after receiving a tip from the public about a 23-year-old missing person's case.Fourteen-year-old Lindsey . . . Fourteen-year-old Lindsey Nicholls was last seen walking down the street to meet friends at a B.C. Day Celebration in Comox on Aug. 2, 1993.
RCMP say 20 forensically trained police officers spent two days this week searching a rural property with an
"18.08.2016 21:48:06" timescolonist.com Big snake in sewer pipe eludes Victoria crews Victoria city crews and animal-control experts will open a manhole cover Friday hoping to find a very full and tired snake ready for a new home. Dead mice and a tube-like container were placed . . . UPDATE — Snake in a drain: City of Victoria crews were looking for a sinkhole. They found a snake instead. The snake was initially thought to be a boa constrictor or python, but late Thursday afternoon, Victoria Animal Control Services said it's likely a
"18.08.2016 21:37:36" timescolonist.com What's on at the movies OPENING Ben-Hur 3D (Cineplex Odeon Victoria, Landmark Cinemas University Heights, SilverCity) Forced into slavery, a prince fights his way back seeking revenge. With Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, . . . New shows in the Victoria area this week: Ben-Hur 3D; Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Kubo and the Two Strings; and War Dogs. For details about what's playing and what you can expect, check the movies page in today's Go section.
"18.08.2016 14:55:45" timescolonist.com Atmosphere Gathering stays friendly with the neighbours The approach of Cumberland's Atmosphere Gathering runs contrary to the bigger-is-better festival trends of today. While some events seek to push their site capacity to its limit, the three-day art, dance and music festival adopts a less-is-more This year's Atmosphere Gathering in Cumberland is headlined by the Soul Rebels, Delhi 2 Dublin, Frazey Ford and Kinnie Starr. Ticket sales are limited to 1,500. Would you go?
"18.08.2016 14:18:47" timescolonist.com Victoria Fringe: Experiment evolves into an institution Now in its 30th year, the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival is a venerable institution in this city. Intrepid Theatre founded the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival in 1987 as a three-day experiment. About 20 shows, mostly local, were mounted in basements and empty storefronts. This season, a record-breaking 180 companies applied to the Victoria Fringe.
"18.08.2016 14:09:02" timescolonist.com Toxins from algae a threat at Beaver Lake Visitors are being reminded to avoid swimming in Beaver Lake and to keep animals on a leash to prevent them from ingesting lake water following advisories on blue-green algae and associated toxins.. . . The Capital Regional District has posted signs warning park users about the presence of algae blooms that can produce toxins, and pet owners should be extra vigilant, said Island Health medical health officer Dr. Murray Fyfe.
"18.08.2016 14:03:32" timescolonist.com A West Shore sewage plant? Colwood says yes The idea of a sewage-treatment plant for the West Shore is gaining fresh steam. Colwood council voted unanimously Tuesday that the presentation of a proposed treatment plant to serve Colwood and . . . “Colwood has always wanted a solution that was reasonable, cost-effective and doesn't break the banks of taxpayers.”
"18.08.2016 14:01:14" timescolonist.com We're having a heat wave, and it could break records Get ready for a mini heat wave. Today is predicted to be one of the hottest days of the year, with an all-time record in sight. The forecast calls for a temperature of 29 C, just one degree . . . The forecast calls for a temperature of 29 C, just one degree below the record for Aug. 18: 30 C, set in 1940. “All the records in the next few days are in and around that 30 degrees,” said Armel Castellan, a warning-preparedness meteorologist with
"18.08.2016 03:10:00" timescolonist.com Editorial: Couple in Victorian clothes a distracting note at Butchart Gardens It might seem Butchart Gardens was being unduly restrictive by refusing admittance to a Washington state couple wearing Victorian attire. After all, there's a strong heritage component to the . . . From the Times Colonist Comment page: "The management of the gardens was within its rights to turn away Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman, a Port Townsend couple who are committed to a Victorian-era lifestyle. Although the Chrismans said they were not wearing
"18.08.2016 02:05:01" timescolonist.com More than 500 evacuated from burning ship off Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - More than 500 passengers and crew were evacuated from a burning ship about a mile off Puerto Rico's north coast on Wednesday, and many required medical care, though there were. . . "It was like something out of a movie," said Maria Prensa, a 64-year-old Dominican passenger as she wiped away tears. "You panic when you see that. You're in the middle of the ocean and there's a fire. Imagine that."
"17.08.2016 23:15:35" timescolonist.com End of the road: Canadian men's volleyball team lose in Rio after dream run RIO DE JANEIRO - The dream run for Canada's men's volleyball team came to an end on Day 12 of the Rio Olympics after the squad bowed out one game shy of competing for a medal. The 12th-ranked . . . The loss ends a surprising Olympic run for Canada, which made its first Summer Games appearance since 1992. The team needed a last-chance qualifier in June to earn the spot in Rio. The squad bowed out one game shy of competing for a medal.
"17.08.2016 22:30:52" timescolonist.com Coroners service investigating deaths of two men at Salt Spring Island lake B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the mysterious deaths of two men who were close to shore when they slipped under the surface of a calm lake on Salt Spring Island on Tuesday night. Coroners. . . Bystanders had already brought one man to shore and were performing CPR when firefighters arrived and took over attempts to revive the man, officials say. Both men were transported by B.C. Ambulance to Lady Minto Hospital, but neither survived.
"17.08.2016 15:52:04" timescolonist.com Homeless Victoria man released from hospital to street finds help Donald Peter Prevost had nowhere to go after he was discharged from hospital following gallbladder surgery this month — until last week, when he was offered a supportive housing bed. The 55-. . . "I was in a moment of need. People heard and reached out."
We hear what happened to Victoria homeless man Donald Peter Prevost after he was discharged from Victoria General Hospital post-surgery with nowhere to go.
"17.08.2016 15:47:39" timescolonist.com Eric Akis: Toss some grains in that summer salad If you need to a make a salad for a summer gathering and want it to be both tasty and nutritious, toss some cooked, cooled grains into it. Barley, brown rice and quinoa are excellent choices, as . . .