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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
The United Way Spirit Awards were handed out at the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Wednesday, recognizing donors and workplaces that ran United Way fundraising campaigns. The 2017 campaign raised just over $5 million. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

United Way’s $5 million goal reached, campaign leaders honoured

Viking Air CEO David Curtis given Award of Distinction for support of United Way Greater Victoria

The United Way Spirit Awards were handed out at the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Wednesday, recognizing donors and workplaces that ran United Way fundraising campaigns. The 2017 campaign raised just over $5 million. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Rod Hurst stands next to a chair from the old Boston Garden at his collectibles shop soon to open in Coombs. The Colwood resident auctioned off the chair last weekend for $5,800 with the intention of donating the entire proceeds to the Humboldt Broncos hockey club, who lost players, coaches and other team staff in the tragic bus crash April 6. Photo contributed

Boston Garden chair nets $5,800 for Humboldt Broncos fund

Like many Canadians, West Shore resident Rod Hurst just wanted to help in some way

Rod Hurst stands next to a chair from the old Boston Garden at his collectibles shop soon to open in Coombs. The Colwood resident auctioned off the chair last weekend for $5,800 with the intention of donating the entire proceeds to the Humboldt Broncos hockey club, who lost players, coaches and other team staff in the tragic bus crash April 6. Photo contributed
Paul Nursey president and CEO of Tourism Victoria, beams after signing a partnership marketing agreement with WestJet Airlijnes, represented at a Thursday announcement by director of business development Robert Dungan, left. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Tourism Victoria, WestJet partnering to attract more conference business here

New co-marketing agreement will give Victoria-bound delegates preferred rates

Paul Nursey president and CEO of Tourism Victoria, beams after signing a partnership marketing agreement with WestJet Airlijnes, represented at a Thursday announcement by director of business development Robert Dungan, left. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Over 500 people attended the opening of Johnson Street Bridge, the City of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure project to date. Spencer Pickles/VICTORIA NEWS

BRIDGEMANIA! Victoria celebrates the biggest infrastructure project in its history

Over 100 million dollars and 10 years later — it’s finally here!

Over 500 people attended the opening of Johnson Street Bridge, the City of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure project to date. Spencer Pickles/VICTORIA NEWS
The new Johnson Street Bridge, here with the current bridge in the background, opens officially today with a community celebration starting at noon. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

OPEN: New Johnson Street Bridge unveiled today in Victoria

Celebrate the city’s biggest single infrastructure project

The new Johnson Street Bridge, here with the current bridge in the background, opens officially today with a community celebration starting at noon. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
A Matter of Confidence: How Christy Clark took a tumble while John Horgan was handed the house

A Matter of Confidence: How Christy Clark took a tumble while John Horgan was handed the house

Rob Shaw and Richard Zussman chronicle the province’s ‘bizarre journey’ in new book

A Matter of Confidence: How Christy Clark took a tumble while John Horgan was handed the house
Carver Tanis (Simon James) takes a photo of the newly restored Parksville Kwakiutl bear totem pole at the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre Friday, March 23, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo

Parksville’s totem pole gets new home, old look

Carver replicates cedar life cycle in 50-year-old centennial pole

  • Mar 26, 2018
Carver Tanis (Simon James) takes a photo of the newly restored Parksville Kwakiutl bear totem pole at the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre Friday, March 23, 2018. — J.R. Rardon photo