Lauren Boothby

Defence lawyer Jeremy Mills and client Kaela Mehl stand outside the Victoria law courts on Blanshard Street. Closing arguments were slated to happen Tuesday in Mehl’s first-degree murder trial in the death of her young daughter, Charlotte Cunningham. Mehl has pleaded not guilty to the charge.                                 Lauren Boothby/                                VICTORIA NEWS

UPDATED: Jury to hear closing arguments Tuesday in Victoria

Defence, Crown appealed to jury one last time in Mehl case

Defence lawyer Jeremy Mills and client Kaela Mehl stand outside the Victoria law courts on Blanshard Street. Closing arguments were slated to happen Tuesday in Mehl’s first-degree murder trial in the death of her young daughter, Charlotte Cunningham. Mehl has pleaded not guilty to the charge.                                 Lauren Boothby/                                VICTORIA NEWS
Julia Widdowson and Marco Cvitanovic hide under earthquake-proof desks, demonstrating what to do in case of an emergency. (File photo)

Victoria shaking it out with earthquake preparedness

City invites residents to participate in provincewide emergency drill

Julia Widdowson and Marco Cvitanovic hide under earthquake-proof desks, demonstrating what to do in case of an emergency. (File photo)
Tripleshot Cross Fondo participants will hit the gravel roads and trails Oct. 15 in fundraiser for youth cycling and Island trails. (Submitted photo)

Off-road ride to raise money for Island bike trails

Tripleshot Cross Fondo returns for second year Oct. 15

Tripleshot Cross Fondo participants will hit the gravel roads and trails Oct. 15 in fundraiser for youth cycling and Island trails. (Submitted photo)
The City of Victoria’s UBCM resolution on vacancy taxes has been approved. (File photo)

UBCM endorses Victoria’s resolution to tax empty homes

Request put forward by two Victoria councillors backed by B.C. municipalities

The City of Victoria’s UBCM resolution on vacancy taxes has been approved. (File photo)
The Greater Victoria School District approved spending a surplus in excess of $3.7 million. File photo

Victoria school board decides how to spend nearly $3.8-million surplus

Large portion goes to 2018/2019 projected deficit

The Greater Victoria School District approved spending a surplus in excess of $3.7 million. File photo
Defence lawyer Jeremy Mills and his client Kaela Mehl stand outside the Victoria Law courts on Blanshard St. Thursday afternoon. Mehl is on trial, charged with first degree murder, in the death of her young daughter Charlotte Cunningham. Mehl has pleaded not guilty to the charges. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

MURDER TRIAL: Crown challenges psychiatrist as defence wraps in Mehl murder case

Defence and Crown to give closing statements next week

Defence lawyer Jeremy Mills and his client Kaela Mehl stand outside the Victoria Law courts on Blanshard St. Thursday afternoon. Mehl is on trial, charged with first degree murder, in the death of her young daughter Charlotte Cunningham. Mehl has pleaded not guilty to the charges. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Rachel Staples was diagnosed with cancer May 2015, and participated in last year’s cancer run as a patient. This year she’s participating having finished her treatment. (Submitted photo)

Breast cancer survivors, patients, loved ones band together Sunday in Saanich

CIBC’s Run for the Cure takes place this weekend at UVic

Rachel Staples was diagnosed with cancer May 2015, and participated in last year’s cancer run as a patient. This year she’s participating having finished her treatment. (Submitted photo)
The Maritime Museum launches “Refugium: Poems for the Pacific” by City of Victoria’s Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer, next week (Oct. 5). (Photo courtesy Maritime Museum)
The Maritime Museum launches “Refugium: Poems for the Pacific” by City of Victoria’s Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer, next week (Oct. 5). (Photo courtesy Maritime Museum)
Victoria woman Kaela Mehl is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte who died in September 2015. Mehl has plead not guilty to the charges. The trial continues at the Victoria Law Courts (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

MURDER TRIAL: Drafted suicide note revealed Mehl’s mental state: psychiatrist

Victoria woman’s emotional state bottoming out at time of killing, doctor testifies

Victoria woman Kaela Mehl is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte who died in September 2015. Mehl has plead not guilty to the charges. The trial continues at the Victoria Law Courts (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Cyclists travel down Serlkirk Trestle South. Next week is Victoria’s Bike to Work days on Oct. 3, 4, and 5. (John Holland/submitted photo)

Bike to work days roll out next week in Victoria, Saanich

Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society encouraging riders to commute via bicycle

Cyclists travel down Serlkirk Trestle South. Next week is Victoria’s Bike to Work days on Oct. 3, 4, and 5. (John Holland/submitted photo)
Kaela Mehl, on trial for first-degree murder in the 2015 death of her 18-month-old daughter, Charlotte, stands outside the Victoria courtroom. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

MURDER TRIAL: Victoria woman hired P.I. during custody battle

Kaela Mehl didn’t want to share her daughter with ex-husband, jury hears

Kaela Mehl, on trial for first-degree murder in the 2015 death of her 18-month-old daughter, Charlotte, stands outside the Victoria courtroom. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Joseph “Larry” Gollner stands with the 18,000-pound granite memorial at Bay Street Armoury when it arrived in Victoria from Quebec earlier this year. The monument will be installed at the corner of Courtney and Quadra streets and unveiled at a dedication ceremony this Saturday (Sept. 30) starting at 1:15 p.m.                                Photo courtesy John Azar

Victoria site of B.C.’s first Afghanistan memorial to Canadian soldiers

Public unveiling and dedication ceremony set for Saturday afternoon

Joseph “Larry” Gollner stands with the 18,000-pound granite memorial at Bay Street Armoury when it arrived in Victoria from Quebec earlier this year. The monument will be installed at the corner of Courtney and Quadra streets and unveiled at a dedication ceremony this Saturday (Sept. 30) starting at 1:15 p.m.                                Photo courtesy John Azar
Paramedics work on an injured man who was allegedly punched in an altercation over a cigarette at the corner of Broughton and Douglas streets on Saturday night. Lauren Boothby/Victoria News

Weekend fight left Victoria man on life support

Damon Doucette was taken to hospital after an incident over a cigarette and is expected to recover.

Paramedics work on an injured man who was allegedly punched in an altercation over a cigarette at the corner of Broughton and Douglas streets on Saturday night. Lauren Boothby/Victoria News
Police interview a man at the scene of a collision this afternoon at the intersection of Fort and Douglas streets this afternoon involving a scooter and a black BMW. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

Scooter and BMW collision at Fort and Douglas streets sends one man to hospital

Police have taped off the intersection and are interviewing witnesses

Police interview a man at the scene of a collision this afternoon at the intersection of Fort and Douglas streets this afternoon involving a scooter and a black BMW. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Short-term rentals will no longer be permitted in many cases in Victoria, other than properties in transient zones (red) currently operating with a business license. (Map courtesy City of Victoria)

Victoria moves to regulate short term rentals

Low vacancy rates find slow relief as city cracks down on short term rentals

Short-term rentals will no longer be permitted in many cases in Victoria, other than properties in transient zones (red) currently operating with a business license. (Map courtesy City of Victoria)
Kaela Mehl stands outside the Victoria Law Courts holding hands with a friend. Mehl is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte who died in September 2015. Mehl has plead not guilty to the charges. The trial continues. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

MURDER TRIAL: Victoria woman had a mental disorder when she killed daughter: psychiatrist

Kaela Mehl may have killed Charlotte in an attempt to protect her, doctor testifies

Kaela Mehl stands outside the Victoria Law Courts holding hands with a friend. Mehl is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte who died in September 2015. Mehl has plead not guilty to the charges. The trial continues. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Kaela Mehl, shown outside Victoria Law Courts, is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte, who died in September 2015. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)

MURDER TRIAL: Kaela Mehl had a mental disorder when she killed daughter, forensic psychologist

Kaela Mehl may have killed Charlotte in an attempt to protect her, doctor testifies

Kaela Mehl, shown outside Victoria Law Courts, is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte, who died in September 2015. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Kaela Mehl stands outside the Victoria Law Courts holding hands with a friend. Mehl is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte who died in September 2015. Mehl has plead not guilty to the charges. The trial continues. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
Kaela Mehl stands outside the Victoria Law Courts holding hands with a friend. Mehl is on trial for the first degree murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte who died in September 2015. Mehl has plead not guilty to the charges. The trial continues. (Lauren Boothby/VICTORIA NEWS)
The first-degree murder trial of city woman Kaela Mehl in the death of her 18-month-old daughter continues this week at Victoria Law Courts. Victoria News files

MEHL MURDER TRIAL: Officer who found deceased child tearful at recollection

Jury hears from the police officers who were first on the scene

The first-degree murder trial of city woman Kaela Mehl in the death of her 18-month-old daughter continues this week at Victoria Law Courts. Victoria News files
A City of Victoria official alerts drivers to the no right turn on a red light rule when the Pandora Street bike lanes opened in May. Work begins next week on the new Fort Street two-way bike pathway. Don Denton/VICTORIA NEWS

Construction beginning on Victoria’s Fort Street bike lanes

Infrastructure work the first phase of City’s second two-way cycling pathway

A City of Victoria official alerts drivers to the no right turn on a red light rule when the Pandora Street bike lanes opened in May. Work begins next week on the new Fort Street two-way bike pathway. Don Denton/VICTORIA NEWS