In a statement released Wednesday, Elections Canada estimated 4.7 million people took part in advanced polls ahead of the Oct. 21 federal election. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power)

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

The top Greater Victoria stories for Oct. 16 are brought to you by Victoria Video Network (VVN).

The number of people participating in advance polls has gone up dramatically from the 2015 general election. For more information on this story, click here.

toys, castles, costumes and more are bringing joy to the BC Children’s Hospital. Victoria’s Ultimate Toy Fair will raise money and “blow you away.” For more information on this story, click here.

If you live in a surrounding community of Canadain Forces Base Esquimalt, prepare for a test alarm on Oct. 17. For more information on this story, click here.

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