Lauren Boothby

A downtown zoning bylaw is meant to make property zoning easier to navigate, but there may be unintended consequences. (Don Denton/BLACK PRESS)

Omnibus zoning bylaw sent for revisions to prevent blanket upzoning in downtown Victoria

Up to 10 downtown properties identified by Downtown Residents Association

A downtown zoning bylaw is meant to make property zoning easier to navigate, but there may be unintended consequences. (Don Denton/BLACK PRESS)
National rankings of median rents based on listings compiled by PadMapper, a listings site for available rental units. (Image courtesy of PadMapper)

Victoria rental prices declining, according to national listing website

The median price of a one-bedroom suite dropped almost five per cent in December

National rankings of median rents based on listings compiled by PadMapper, a listings site for available rental units. (Image courtesy of PadMapper)
The Checkout Bag Bylaw was given initial approval by Victoria city council Thursday evening. (News files)

Plastic checkout bag ban to take effect in Victoria next summer

Merchants may still provide free bags for certain grocery and retail items

The Checkout Bag Bylaw was given initial approval by Victoria city council Thursday evening. (News files)
Preliminary designs for the Capital Regional District’s Clover Point Pump Station area include new washrooms and upgraded public gathering spaces. (Image courtesy CRD)

Clover Point amenities plan for sewage line projects 50 parking spots lost

New bike path proposed to be built on top of Dallas Road sewer line

Preliminary designs for the Capital Regional District’s Clover Point Pump Station area include new washrooms and upgraded public gathering spaces. (Image courtesy CRD)
Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)

Choir director adds orchestra baton for Messiah performance at University of Victoria

Victoria Symphony Orchestra to perform holiday classic with community choir

Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)
Police warn businesses of counterfeit American money in Victoria

Police warn businesses of counterfeit American money in Victoria

United States Secret Service investigate with VicPD

Police warn businesses of counterfeit American money in Victoria
Artist drawing of the proposed public art installation at the Johnson Street Bridge site, designed by City of Victoria’s artist in residence Luke Ramsey, and Indigenous Artist in Residence Linsay Delaronde. The eleven angled surfboards are meant to mimic the shape of an orca. The installation will also include sound. (City of Victoria)

Orca-inspired sculpture pitched for Victoria Johnson Street Bridge park

Designs unveiled as part of plans for public space around bridge

Artist drawing of the proposed public art installation at the Johnson Street Bridge site, designed by City of Victoria’s artist in residence Luke Ramsey, and Indigenous Artist in Residence Linsay Delaronde. The eleven angled surfboards are meant to mimic the shape of an orca. The installation will also include sound. (City of Victoria)
Jeremy Randall, member of the Victoria Skateboard Association, rides his skateboard at Victoria West’s skatepark. The skateboarders are hoping the city of Victoria considers building a new skatepark at Topaz Park. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

New Topaz Park plans include second Victoria skatepark

Splashpad, pickleball court and fenced off-leash parks being considered

Jeremy Randall, member of the Victoria Skateboard Association, rides his skateboard at Victoria West’s skatepark. The skateboarders are hoping the city of Victoria considers building a new skatepark at Topaz Park. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps officiated at the groundbreaking of the northbound transit priority lane at Douglas Street and Burnside Road East in January 2015. The next stage will see the southbound dedicated bus-and-bike lane built between Tolmie and Hillside avenues. (News files)

High construction costs send Douglas bus lane project $2.2 million higher

But re-tendered bid process by Victoria secures lower bid for Hillside-to-Tolmie stretch

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps officiated at the groundbreaking of the northbound transit priority lane at Douglas Street and Burnside Road East in January 2015. The next stage will see the southbound dedicated bus-and-bike lane built between Tolmie and Hillside avenues. (News files)
An early December morning in downtown Victoria. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Omnibus Victoria Zoning Bylaw raises alarms

Neighbourhood associations, councilors express concern over streamlined development process

An early December morning in downtown Victoria. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
A police vehicle speeds across the Johnson Street bridge toward Victoria West around 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. VicPD confirms officers were called to an assault in Esquimalt around the same time. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
A police vehicle speeds across the Johnson Street bridge toward Victoria West around 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. VicPD confirms officers were called to an assault in Esquimalt around the same time. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Mayor Lisa Helps posted images of locks she found attached to her bicycle after she left a film screening and presentation Friday evening. (Lisa Helps/Facebook)

Victoria Mayor finds bike “sabotaged”, believes she was intentionally targeted

Mayor Lisa Helps posts images to social media after movie screening

Mayor Lisa Helps posted images of locks she found attached to her bicycle after she left a film screening and presentation Friday evening. (Lisa Helps/Facebook)
Workers tilt and lift the first of the 290-tonne steel rings into position Saturday (Dec. 9) afternoon into its new permanent location. The lower counterweight was lifted and placed earlier that morning. The second ring will be installed Sunday (Dec. 10). (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Johnson Street Bridge installation draws crowd

First of two 290-tonne steel rings installed Saturday afternoon

Workers tilt and lift the first of the 290-tonne steel rings into position Saturday (Dec. 9) afternoon into its new permanent location. The lower counterweight was lifted and placed earlier that morning. The second ring will be installed Sunday (Dec. 10). (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Construction workers lift one of the 290-tonne steel rings for the new Johnson Street Bridge at the Point Hope Shipyard using the giant crane the Dynamic Beast on Friday morning. The rings are being placed onto the barge and will begin to be installed at the new bridge site Saturday. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Johnson Street Bridge’s steel rings, lower counterweight lifted into place over weekend

Victoria’s downtown bridge had been projected to look almost done by Christmas

Construction workers lift one of the 290-tonne steel rings for the new Johnson Street Bridge at the Point Hope Shipyard using the giant crane the Dynamic Beast on Friday morning. The rings are being placed onto the barge and will begin to be installed at the new bridge site Saturday. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Police seized cocained and other drugs in a bust of an individual suspected of selling drugs from a home next to a daycare and near Quadra elementary school. File photo

Two up on drug charges, dealing suspected beside Victoria daycare

Cocaine, crystal meth, fentanyl-laced heroin seized, plus cash

Police seized cocained and other drugs in a bust of an individual suspected of selling drugs from a home next to a daycare and near Quadra elementary school. File photo
Two men remain in custody, after being arrested last week on suspicion of trafficking fentanyl and cocaine. The drugs were believed to be headed for downtown Victoria. (News files)

Fentanyl seized in bust ‘enough to kill 125,000 people:’ VicPD

Suspected dealers came from mainland on ferry; arrest made after weeks of investigation

Two men remain in custody, after being arrested last week on suspicion of trafficking fentanyl and cocaine. The drugs were believed to be headed for downtown Victoria. (News files)
Listing for a whole suite in Fairfield on AirBnB as of Friday morning. AirBnB

City to hire contractor to study short-term rentals in Victoria

Councillors approve in principle awarding contract to California company

Listing for a whole suite in Fairfield on AirBnB as of Friday morning. AirBnB
Fort Street bike lanes appear nearly complete on this portion of the road. (Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS)

Budget for Victoria cycling network increased to $14 million

Council narrowly recommends budget increase for phase one of project

Fort Street bike lanes appear nearly complete on this portion of the road. (Ragnar Haagen/BLACK PRESS)
Victoria police arrested an alleged fentanyl drug trafficker who was residing beside a daycare. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Suspected fentanyl dealer arrested, was living next door to daycare in Victoria

Cybercrime trend, stabbings and armed robberies: VicPD chief’s quarterly report

Victoria police arrested an alleged fentanyl drug trafficker who was residing beside a daycare. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Artist rendering of the Crystal Pool replacement. (Submitted)

Design contract awarded for Crystal Pool project

Grants not yet awarded for $69.4-million project

Artist rendering of the Crystal Pool replacement. (Submitted)