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The Gettin’ Higher Choir will perform it’s 22nd annuual Spring Benefit Concert for Mozambique on June 15 at the Alix Goolden Hall. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Folk troubadour joins Gettin’ Higher Choir for Victoria concert

June 15 performance at Alix Goolden Hall will benefit Mozambique

The Gettin’ Higher Choir will perform it’s 22nd annuual Spring Benefit Concert for Mozambique on June 15 at the Alix Goolden Hall. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Rifflandia turns 10 years old this year, and the festival’s line-up is bigger and more diverse than ever spanning country, rock, and electronic music over the four-day event. Photo contributed

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Rifflandia turns 10 years old this year, and the festival’s line-up is bigger and more diverse than ever spanning country, rock, and electronic music over the four-day event. Photo contributed
On March 20, Judith Conway and her overdose awareness display were blessed by Pope Francis. The display is made up of flags and ribbons honouring those who have died of overdoses and those currently struggling with addiction. Photo courtesy Judith Conway

Special Report: Opioid overdose display gets blessing from the Pope, awaits a city-approved spot

Judith Conway’s large display represents people who have died from opioid overdoses

On March 20, Judith Conway and her overdose awareness display were blessed by Pope Francis. The display is made up of flags and ribbons honouring those who have died of overdoses and those currently struggling with addiction. Photo courtesy Judith Conway
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Dr. Jason Wale is working to address the opioid crisis in the emergency departments at Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Special Report: Front line work by caring emergency doctors

Dr. Jason Wale uses unique program to help people with addictions in Greater Victoria

Dr. Jason Wale is working to address the opioid crisis in the emergency departments at Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Terry Marion was the first patient to walk through the doors at Aids Vancouver Island on the West Shore. At the age of 65, he has been on methadone treatment since 2002 and says life is good. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Opioid Crisis Special Report: Hidden demographic served by West Shore clinic

AIDS Vancouver Island-run clinic provides opioid agonist treatment to almost 200 people

Terry Marion was the first patient to walk through the doors at Aids Vancouver Island on the West Shore. At the age of 65, he has been on methadone treatment since 2002 and says life is good. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Special Report: Greater Victoria ambulance crews run off their feet with overdose calls

Special Report: Greater Victoria ambulance crews run off their feet with overdose calls

More resources and programs are helping, but they’re not the end-all solution

Special Report: Greater Victoria ambulance crews run off their feet with overdose calls
VicPD Const. Sue Hamilton talks with a client on Pandora Avenue. Hamilton says police officers joined the service to help people. (Photo courtesy of VicPD Const. Ross Smith)

Special Report: Thin blue line stretched with opioid crisis

Lack of funding, government rehab centres and increased drug potency leading to more deaths

VicPD Const. Sue Hamilton talks with a client on Pandora Avenue. Hamilton says police officers joined the service to help people. (Photo courtesy of VicPD Const. Ross Smith)
Charlene Baron (centre) works as a peer volunteer in Rock Bay Landing’s Overdose Prevention Unit (OPU). It’s part of her job to watch people using injections in case they have an overdose. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)

Special Report: Living with addiction while saving others during the opioid crisis

Charlene Baron draws on her experiences in her work with other local addicts

Charlene Baron (centre) works as a peer volunteer in Rock Bay Landing’s Overdose Prevention Unit (OPU). It’s part of her job to watch people using injections in case they have an overdose. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)
Royal and McPherson Society pleads its case to Victoria council

Royal and McPherson Society pleads its case to Victoria council

‘Dark days’ at Royal, user groups’ weekend priorities make scheduling other entertainment challenging

Royal and McPherson Society pleads its case to Victoria council
Long weekend starts with series of crashes
Long weekend starts with series of crashes
A scene from Embers and the Giants by artist Kelly Richardson. The film will be shown at the Toronto Images Festival in Toronto on Thursday. (Contributed)
A scene from Embers and the Giants by artist Kelly Richardson. The film will be shown at the Toronto Images Festival in Toronto on Thursday. (Contributed)
First cruise ship of the season docks in Victoria

First cruise ship of the season docks in Victoria

The largest ship in the schedule due to arrive on May 12

First cruise ship of the season docks in Victoria
Jon Tupper (left), director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, with Lyn Goldman, sister of the late Anthony Thorn, and Benaron Gleiberman, Thorn’s nephew, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for the Anthony Thorn donation presentation. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria receives $2.8M Anthony Thorn donation

Victoria News article inspires hefty donation for gallery expansion

Jon Tupper (left), director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, with Lyn Goldman, sister of the late Anthony Thorn, and Benaron Gleiberman, Thorn’s nephew, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for the Anthony Thorn donation presentation. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Victoria’s annual ‘foodie fundraiser’ promises to be ‘deliciously fierce’
Victoria’s annual ‘foodie fundraiser’ promises to be ‘deliciously fierce’
Owners of The Drake Eatery are hoping to open another beer lounge at the end of Herald Street. (Facebook/The Drake Eatery)

Owners of The Drake Eatery to open new brewery and lounge

The new lounge is set to open on Herald Street in downtown Victoria

Owners of The Drake Eatery are hoping to open another beer lounge at the end of Herald Street. (Facebook/The Drake Eatery)
Victoria author Grant Hayter-Menzies is releasing new book called ‘Woo: the monkey who inspired Emily Carr.’ (File submitted/Grant Hayter-Menzies)

Victoria author pens biography on Emily Carr’s monkey, Woo

The artist famously had many animals including the macaque monkey

Victoria author Grant Hayter-Menzies is releasing new book called ‘Woo: the monkey who inspired Emily Carr.’ (File submitted/Grant Hayter-Menzies)
Current and former students at the Victoria Chinese Public School rehearse the dragon dance in anticipation of Victoria’s Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 10. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Learning the dragon: Victoria students rehearse for Chinese New Year performance

Students at the Victoria Chinese Public School participate in traditional dances every year

Current and former students at the Victoria Chinese Public School rehearse the dragon dance in anticipation of Victoria’s Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 10. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A new roof was constructed for Wawadit’la, known to many as the Mungo Martin House, which operates under the stewardship of the Royal BC Museum. (Matteus O’Connor/News staff)

Canadian Heritage funds new roof for Mungo Martin house in Victoria

Indigenous-run space operates under the stewardship of the Royal BC Museum

A new roof was constructed for Wawadit’la, known to many as the Mungo Martin House, which operates under the stewardship of the Royal BC Museum. (Matteus O’Connor/News staff)
The Lego Exhibit at the Sidney Museum features numerous displays of film-related characters and other creativity. (File photo)

Sidney Museum’s Lego Exhibition larger than ever

Hundreds of thousands of pieces on display in creations big and small, now through March 31

The Lego Exhibit at the Sidney Museum features numerous displays of film-related characters and other creativity. (File photo)
The Royal BC Museum will discuss everything from sponges and whales to Emily Carr and immigration during its February four-part adult learning series. (Royal BC Museum Photo)

Royal BC Museum’s newest series takes visitors behind the scenes

Adult sessions explores art, nature, history and more

The Royal BC Museum will discuss everything from sponges and whales to Emily Carr and immigration during its February four-part adult learning series. (Royal BC Museum Photo)