Danielle Pope

Richard Routledge of BC Families in Transition says Christmas “can be the most stressful time” for families.

A challenging time of year

For families dealing with transition, Christmas can be difficult to handle: here are a few tips to get you through

Richard Routledge of BC Families in Transition says Christmas “can be the most stressful time” for families.
Designated driving services, such as Home Safely — brainchild of Michael Hardie, left, and Justin Wayne — are redefining how Victorians experience the party.

The Smart Move

Designated driving services ensure everyone gets home safely

Designated driving services, such as Home Safely — brainchild of Michael Hardie, left, and Justin Wayne — are redefining how Victorians experience the party.
For most, the holiday season is a time to give back. But for those who are less fortunate, not knowing where or how to access the available resources can mean families go without.

Santa’s Helpers: With an estimated more than 1,200 people living on Victoria’s streets this year, a hot meal can go a long way.

Organizations around Victoria grant wishes to those on the other side of the giving tree

For most, the holiday season is a time to give back. But for those who are less fortunate, not knowing where or how to access the available resources can mean families go without.
“Puss,” an eight-year-old neutered male, was surrendered to the Victoria Pet Adoption Society when his owner developed an allergy. With his adoption now pending, lucky Puss may find another home this season.

The Week — Dec. 6: Wanted: home for holidays

The Victoria Pet Adoption Society has partnered with a national organization in hopes people will remember animals still waiting for homes

“Puss,” an eight-year-old neutered male, was surrendered to the Victoria Pet Adoption Society when his owner developed an allergy. With his adoption now pending, lucky Puss may find another home this season.
Shellfish harvesting has been banned in the area from Albert Head to Cordova Bay since 1990, but the effects of Victoria’s sewage outfalls are coming under close scrutiny as discussions are accelerating toward the proposed treatment plant.

Shellfish prove risk, says government

Activists, scientists still disagree about safety of Victoria’s sewage

Shellfish harvesting has been banned in the area from Albert Head to Cordova Bay since 1990, but the effects of Victoria’s sewage outfalls are coming under close scrutiny as discussions are accelerating toward the proposed treatment plant.
The Green’s Donald Galloway (centre) says his heart was in his throat on election night, as the race drew closer.

The Week — Nov. 29: No more Green for the Island

Island asks for Orange, World AIDS Day celebrates with no art, give a gift she’ll never forget and Walmart's black mark on shopping

The Green’s Donald Galloway (centre) says his heart was in his throat on election night, as the race drew closer.
This year’s production of The Nutcracker involves over 150 participants.

Nutcracker offers holiday charm

Production showcases traditional Victorian England

This year’s production of The Nutcracker involves over 150 participants.
Donald Galloway (Green Party)

Victoria Byelection

Six candidates compete to become the new MP for Victoria on Nov. 26

Donald Galloway (Green Party)
B.C.’s privacy commissioner says VicPD’s current use of Automated Licence Plate Recognition technology poses a violation to privacy laws.

No licence to scan

Victoria police must change use of technology, says privacy commissioner

B.C.’s privacy commissioner says VicPD’s current use of Automated Licence Plate Recognition technology poses a violation to privacy laws.
ISH clinic to move, expand

ISH clinic to move, expand

Victoria’s progressive Island Sexual Health (ISH) clinic is relocating in December to expand its clinical and educational services.

ISH clinic to move, expand
Ken Kelly of the DVBA is excited to unleash the newest holiday cheer for Centennial Square — a Ferris wheel.

The Week — Nov. 22: Wheeling a new tradition

Ferris wheel comes to Victoria, Johnson Street Bridge gets a contractor and the queer bus is about to roll out

Ken Kelly of the DVBA is excited to unleash the newest holiday cheer for Centennial Square — a Ferris wheel.
Anyone confident enough to try out to become Mr. Gay Victoria could find himself scoring a world title, too.

Mr. Gay Victoria to reign

Do you have what it takes to become Mr. Gay Victoria? How about Mr. Gay World? It all starts Sat., Nov. 24, at Paparazzi Nightclub

Anyone confident enough to try out to become Mr. Gay Victoria could find himself scoring a world title, too.
Greg Goldberg knows the dangers of cycling without a helmet.

Survivor embraces his ‘Helmet Hair’

Brain injury opens cyclist’s eyes

Greg Goldberg knows the dangers of cycling without a helmet.
Kayla Smith believes no object should be abandoned, and created her Object Orphanage to help find homes.

The Week — Nov. 15: A home for every object

Kayla Smith cares deeply about abandoned objects, while gamers make money for charity by playing video games

Kayla Smith believes no object should be abandoned, and created her Object Orphanage to help find homes.
Maleea Acker has published a book about her experience in creating her own Garry Oak ecosystem in her own backyard.

Garry Oak gardens aflame

Maleea Acker’s neighbours have finally started talking to her again since she turned her backyard into her own authentic Garry Oak ecosystem

Maleea Acker has published a book about her experience in creating her own Garry Oak ecosystem in her own backyard.
Lola Storry (left) and Rachel Sadava, co-owners of the Fernwood Yoga Den, are hoping to inspire all Victorians to act with kindness for 40 days.

Yogis challenge residents to be kind for 40 days

Spreading kindness for joy and prizes

Lola Storry (left) and Rachel Sadava, co-owners of the Fernwood Yoga Den, are hoping to inspire all Victorians to act with kindness for 40 days.
Gordon Quan, 86, and Andrew Wong, 87, will honour their fallen comrades in arms.

Lest we forget: vets urge all to remember sacrifice

Gordon Quan will lay a wreath this weekend to remember how lucky he is to be alive.

Gordon Quan, 86, and Andrew Wong, 87, will honour their fallen comrades in arms.
Councillor Chris Coleman (sitting) and Mayor Dean Fortin celebrate the Langley Street Loo’s national win.

The Week — Nov. 8: City steels throne crown

City steels throne crown, bridging the controversy, Nature Deficit Disorder, adult industry for the win?

Councillor Chris Coleman (sitting) and Mayor Dean Fortin celebrate the Langley Street Loo’s national win.
Craig Barton has penned a book about bullying, recovery and healing.

Victoria author tackles bullying

The Bathroom Mirror challenges survivors to take another look

Craig Barton has penned a book about bullying, recovery and healing.
Owners Jon Perkins (left), Melissa Byrnes and Benji Duke share a final cheers.

Victoria to lose unique music hub

Fort Street Café loses lease, closing doors after six years

Owners Jon Perkins (left), Melissa Byrnes and Benji Duke share a final cheers.