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The 26th annual Great Canadian Beer Festival at Royal Athletic Park runs Sept. 7 and 8. Photo contributed

Pass a pint: Great Canadian Beer Festival tickets on sale now

Over 200 brews and ciders will be featured at this year’s craft celebration

The 26th annual Great Canadian Beer Festival at Royal Athletic Park runs Sept. 7 and 8. Photo contributed
B.C. Finance Minister and Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Carole James speaks at an announcement for $6 million in provincial funding for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Next Gallery Project expansion, shown in a rendering behind her. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria expansion gets $6M boost from province

Project many years in the making, but planned for current Rockland site

B.C. Finance Minister and Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Carole James speaks at an announcement for $6 million in provincial funding for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Next Gallery Project expansion, shown in a rendering behind her. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
The B.C. SPCA is recommending a ban on horse-drawn trolleys, and asking that carriage tours be limited to quite city areas. (File photo)

UPDATE: BC SPCA recommends ban of horse-drawn carriages from downtown Victoria streets

Letter to city council cites accident at Ogden Point that caused horses to fall

The B.C. SPCA is recommending a ban on horse-drawn trolleys, and asking that carriage tours be limited to quite city areas. (File photo)
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Local and visiting Indigenous marchers sing and drum in leading a protest parade Thursday evening along Wharf Street, opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline buyout by the federal government. After a series of speeches in front of the Visitor’s Information Centre, hundreds of marchers made their way to Centennial Square, where they met many more participants. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

PIPELINE PROTEST: Trans Mountain project buyout fails to respect First Nations, speakers say

Victoria MP hosting emergency town hall on topic Friday evening at Vic High

Local and visiting Indigenous marchers sing and drum in leading a protest parade Thursday evening along Wharf Street, opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline buyout by the federal government. After a series of speeches in front of the Visitor’s Information Centre, hundreds of marchers made their way to Centennial Square, where they met many more participants. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Riders on The Urban Sustainable Food Tour will venture through the city, tasting samples from eateries with local, sustainable food practices while learning about Victoria’s growing urban agriculture movement.                                Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Take a ride through Victoria’s growing urban agriculture movement

Bike Tours Victoria, Food Eco District host adventures through city’s sustainable food projects

Riders on The Urban Sustainable Food Tour will venture through the city, tasting samples from eateries with local, sustainable food practices while learning about Victoria’s growing urban agriculture movement.                                Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Penny Parker (left) has tutored Bryant Moncrief since August at the Victoria Literacy Connection. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Reading between the lines: the many roles of the Victoria Literacy Connection

Saturday fundraiser to help volunteer-run organization teach people to read, write and more

Penny Parker (left) has tutored Bryant Moncrief since August at the Victoria Literacy Connection. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Fort Street bike lanes are painted and will open on May 27. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Fort Street bike lanes making their debut with roll-out event Sunday

Completion marks the second east-west connector dedicated to downtown cyclists

The Fort Street bike lanes are painted and will open on May 27. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Victoria Cool Aid Society invites you to their Homecoming

Victoria Cool Aid Society invites you to their Homecoming

Event celebrates 50 years of social services across Greater Victoria with fundraiser to keep programs running

Victoria Cool Aid Society invites you to their Homecoming
Seventeen teams took part in the Commuter Challenge Wednesday morning; the majority of winners were on bikes. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Cyclists win Bike to Work Week’s Commuter Challenge kickoff

16 teams of cars vs. bikes raced to see who could reach downtown destination fastest

Seventeen teams took part in the Commuter Challenge Wednesday morning; the majority of winners were on bikes. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The next phase of the City’s bike network is being considered. Staff are recommending that the next lane be transferred to Vancouver Street instead of Cook Street. (File Photo

City shifts gears on Cook Street bike lanes, Vancouver St. recommended instead

Cook said to be too expensive, to inconvenient to install dedicated lanes

The next phase of the City’s bike network is being considered. Staff are recommending that the next lane be transferred to Vancouver Street instead of Cook Street. (File Photo
Rendering shows what Ship Point could look like according to a recently released master plan from the City of Victoria. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria mayor hopes ninth attempt to redesign Ship Point will go through

Revised master plan for waterfront site includes plazas, festival piers and more

Rendering shows what Ship Point could look like according to a recently released master plan from the City of Victoria. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
Keith Ogilvie poses with a model Spitfire, with the same markings as the one his father flew in the Battle of Britain. He will read alongside Ron Norman at the SHOAL Centre May 11. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)
Keith Ogilvie poses with a model Spitfire, with the same markings as the one his father flew in the Battle of Britain. He will read alongside Ron Norman at the SHOAL Centre May 11. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)
Professional impersonator, Johnny Vallis, is playing the part of Buddy Holly in the Buddy, Roy and Elvis show at the renovated and rebranded Elements Casino Victoria. 
(Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

West Shore resident back on Legends of Rock’n’Roll tour

Johnny Vallis was captivated by Buddy Holly’s musical innovation

Professional impersonator, Johnny Vallis, is playing the part of Buddy Holly in the Buddy, Roy and Elvis show at the renovated and rebranded Elements Casino Victoria. 
(Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
B.C. Maritime Museum executive director David Leverton wants the museum to have a purpose-built location, and a national title. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

B.C. Maritime Museum angling for waterfront location, national status

Most of collection sits in storage these days, with just 3,000 square feet for display space

B.C. Maritime Museum executive director David Leverton wants the museum to have a purpose-built location, and a national title. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Plaskett Telescope, at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, in 1918 and 2018. Today, the telescope has accumulated nearly a century of upgrades that make it 10,000 times more sensitive than when it was first built. (FILE CONTRIBUTED)

Plaskett telescope turns 100; recognized as national historic site

The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Saanich has made astronomical discoveries since 1918

The Plaskett Telescope, at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, in 1918 and 2018. Today, the telescope has accumulated nearly a century of upgrades that make it 10,000 times more sensitive than when it was first built. (FILE CONTRIBUTED)
Local artist Jim Dodd’s rendering of what a potential $30-million arts facility, including a performance hall, rehearsal space, green rooms, gift shop and art gallery could potentially look like on the West Shore. (Jim Dodd photo)

New arts facility on the West Shore taking shape

Society hopes it will appeal to gamut of artists

Local artist Jim Dodd’s rendering of what a potential $30-million arts facility, including a performance hall, rehearsal space, green rooms, gift shop and art gallery could potentially look like on the West Shore. (Jim Dodd photo)
As an ex-journalist and civil servant, Ron Norman got an inside look at how the government actually worked. The daily comedy of B.C. politics formed the basis of his debut novel, Slouching Towards Innocence. (Provided)
As an ex-journalist and civil servant, Ron Norman got an inside look at how the government actually worked. The daily comedy of B.C. politics formed the basis of his debut novel, Slouching Towards Innocence. (Provided)
Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Vancouver Island School of Art looking for new home

Increasing SD61 enrolment prompts district’s termination of lease with Quadra Street facility

Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
U.S. citizens living in Greater Victoria who need passport and related paperwork upgrades are invited to a pop-up consulate event being held at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch this Thursday. Gary DeVon/BLACK PRESS

U.S. citizens in Victoria can update paperwork here Thursday

Consul General hosting event May 3 at Greater Victoria Public Library

U.S. citizens living in Greater Victoria who need passport and related paperwork upgrades are invited to a pop-up consulate event being held at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch this Thursday. Gary DeVon/BLACK PRESS
Attendees can find out about cannabis oil and many other products at this weekend’s National Cannabis Conference at the Crystal Garden in Victoria. Friday sees a meet and greet and party for VIPs and exhibitors, while Saturday features a trade show and various industry and public education workshops. File photo

Organizers aim to educate investors, operators and the public at inaugural cannabis conference

National event takes over Victoria’s Crystal Garden this Friday evening and Saturday

Attendees can find out about cannabis oil and many other products at this weekend’s National Cannabis Conference at the Crystal Garden in Victoria. Friday sees a meet and greet and party for VIPs and exhibitors, while Saturday features a trade show and various industry and public education workshops. File photo