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What affordable housing should look like
The housing that the GVHS builds for the community today will only become more affordable as each new building’s mortgage is paid off.
Fate of regional policing rests on humility
Not much has changed in the years since Victoria and Esquimalt initiated what they thought would be regional police amalgamation
City always in a rush to go nowhere
Anyone who pays attention to news here in the City of Gardens is painfully aware the Johnson Street Bridge replacement has had its problems
VicPD transparency is a one-way street
Last week, VicPD Cst. David Bratzer found himself in the limelight after he was denied access to the recent proposal by the RCMP...
Ban on all motor vehicles is inevitable
Most weeks, my job is to sift through headlines and press releases in order to snatch a grain of truth
Internal bleeding forces city to wake up
Politics is a business made for skilled liars, but there is no one left with a stake in the continued operation of Victoria City Hall...
Central Saanich in need of reality check
When backed into a corner, any politician will tell you finding a solution to homelessness is a top priority
Nazi skinheads crawling out of shadows
In the past, our community has reacted appropriately to acts of violence motivated by prejudice and bigotry
Police report leaves no one unscathed
A few weeks back, Victoria, Esquimalt and the VicPD were finally treated to an outside analysis
Our city is on the edge of financial crisis
The City of Victoria has been busy as of late — over the past few weeks, Pandora’s Box has released its annual report...
Local organizers opened doors for Pride
On the whole, this city has been good to its LGBTQ community. Allies in the community turn out in droves to annual Pride celebrations
School trustees take a stand for students
Ignored during municipal election season and nearly forgotten, it’s hard to imagine innovation arising from the world of local school boards
‘Bylaws need to catch up with city policy’
Jill Goodson has been many things, among them an electrician, a teacher, and The Capital’s one and only shoe shiner...
Police brawn over brain is eerily familiar
A few years back, Vancouver’s Downtown East Side was surprised to discover it had a problem.
Poverty crisis is creating social army
Poverty in this country, this province and this region is no longer an issue
City’s celebration has bloody, tragic past
This year, the City of Victoria celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Fear hurts the future of harm reduction
Folks here in the capital long ago mastered the art of saying one thing and doing another.
Information gap should give council pause
Two weeks ago, the city announced it would entertain an offer from Ralmax Group to purchase the land in Vic West
Closed door opens eyes to odd behaviour
As a rule, I try to avoid political speculation, but when Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin abruptly closed last Thursday’s council meeting...
Taxpayers can’t carry burden of budget
I usually avoid talking about taxes. Nobody likes them — I don’t, you don’t, even the governments don’t