Victoria News Staff

Ken Balcomb, 82, founder and longtime leader of the Center for Whale Research died Dec. 15. (Courtesy Center for Whale Research)

Orca community mourns death of legendary Washington whale researcher

Center for Whale Research founder and longtime leader Ken Balcomb died Dec. 15

Ken Balcomb, 82, founder and longtime leader of the Center for Whale Research died Dec. 15. (Courtesy Center for Whale Research)
The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of a scam involving barcodes being swapped on gift cards. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Gift card scam catching B.C. holiday shoppers off guard

Better Business Bureau issues warning after barcodes swapped on cards

The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of a scam involving barcodes being swapped on gift cards. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating missing 38-year-old Melissa McDevitt, after she failed to board a flight from Victoria to Vancouver on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)

MISSING: Police find 38-year-old woman’s car near Sooke Potholes

Melissa McDevitt was supposed to fly from Victoria to Vancouver, but never got on the plane

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating missing 38-year-old Melissa McDevitt, after she failed to board a flight from Victoria to Vancouver on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)
VicPD is asking the public for help identifying a woman found dead following a structure fire on View Street in November. This jewelry was found on her at the time of the fire. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Vancouver Island police struggling to identify Victoria fire victim, ask for tips

A woman’s remains were found following a structure fire on View Street Nov. 11

VicPD is asking the public for help identifying a woman found dead following a structure fire on View Street in November. This jewelry was found on her at the time of the fire. (Courtesy of VicPD)
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake was registered off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Dec 6. (Courtesy of Earthquakes Canada)

4.6-magnitude earthquake hits off west coast of Vancouver Island

Tuesday’s event was the third quake off the Island’s coast in last weeks

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake was registered off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Dec 6. (Courtesy of Earthquakes Canada)
Three-time Olympic medalist and 10-time Canadian National Champion Patrick Chan performs the first of two routines at the Campbell River Skating Club back in March 2020. (Black Press Media file)

Patrick Chan performing in Victoria with Stars on Ice

Show on May 16, 2023, tickets go on sale Friday (Dec. 9)

Three-time Olympic medalist and 10-time Canadian National Champion Patrick Chan performs the first of two routines at the Campbell River Skating Club back in March 2020. (Black Press Media file)
The Spirit of British Columbia has been stalled due to a mechanical error. (Black Press Media file photo)

Anchor issue causing BC Ferries delays between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen

Spirit of British Columbia drops anchor off Mayne Island

The Spirit of British Columbia has been stalled due to a mechanical error. (Black Press Media file photo)
In addition to the 2012 Chrysler 200, the recipient of the fourth annual car giveaway receives three months of insurance from Maxxam Insurance, one year of maintenance from Affordable Auto Repair, and a two-year warranty from Lubrico Warranties. (Courtesy Cool Aid Society)

Know someone deserves a car? Convince this Island charity and they might get one

Greater Victoria aid society, Langford car dealership rev up annual car giveaway

In addition to the 2012 Chrysler 200, the recipient of the fourth annual car giveaway receives three months of insurance from Maxxam Insurance, one year of maintenance from Affordable Auto Repair, and a two-year warranty from Lubrico Warranties. (Courtesy Cool Aid Society)
Walk seems the safe way to travel as the snow accumulates in downtown Duncan on Tuesday (Nov. 28). (Sarah Simpson/Black Press Media)

Watch for ice as temperatures plunge across Vancouver Island

Cold is probable, snow for Friday a maybe, say forecasters

Walk seems the safe way to travel as the snow accumulates in downtown Duncan on Tuesday (Nov. 28). (Sarah Simpson/Black Press Media)
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$1M winning Lotto Max ticket purchased on Vancouver Island

Greater Victoria group shared $1M winning ticket in October

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Country superstar Blake Shelton has been announced as the headline for next summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival, running Aug. 3 to 6, 2023. (Courtesy of Sunfest Country Music Festival)

Blake Shelton coming to Vancouver Island as Sunfest headliner

The Cowichan country music festival returns to Laketown Ranch Aug. 3 to 6, 2023

Country superstar Blake Shelton has been announced as the headline for next summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival, running Aug. 3 to 6, 2023. (Courtesy of Sunfest Country Music Festival)
Michaelangelo and Candice Woodward celebrating the announcement of the 2019 Capital City Comic Con. (Black Press Media file photo)

Future uncertain as Island’s Capital City Comic Con on hiatus for 2023

Resources required to plan the event for its traditional spring dates deemed too onerous

Michaelangelo and Candice Woodward celebrating the announcement of the 2019 Capital City Comic Con. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Regina Pats took down the Victoria Royals 9-5 on Nov. 26 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy of the Regina Pats)

NHL’s next big thing shows Victoria what hockey royalty looks like

Highly-touted Connor Bedard scores hat trick as his Regina Pats take 9-5 win over the Royals

The Regina Pats took down the Victoria Royals 9-5 on Nov. 26 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy of the Regina Pats)
Premier David Eby has announced the province is scrapping controversial plans to eliminate individualized autism funding, which was scheduled to be phased out by 2025. (Black Press Media file photo)

Premier announces about-turn on B.C. autism funding cuts

David Eby says individualized funding will continue past 2025

Premier David Eby has announced the province is scrapping controversial plans to eliminate individualized autism funding, which was scheduled to be phased out by 2025. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria high school students call for greater sexual assault education in front of the B.C. legislature on April 10, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Yes, no, maybe-so: Canadians don’t understand consent, new study reveals

Study emphasizes a need for better sexual education, consent awareness and abuse prevention

Greater Victoria high school students call for greater sexual assault education in front of the B.C. legislature on April 10, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake registered 435 km west of Victoria at 5:10 a.m. on Nov. 24. (Earthquakes Canada)

Did you feel the early morning earthquake off Vancouver Island?

There are no reports of damage and none would be expected

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake registered 435 km west of Victoria at 5:10 a.m. on Nov. 24. (Earthquakes Canada)
Shelbe Drummond was sentenced to three years for a June 2020 aggravated assault using a baseball bat.(Black Press Media file photo)

Man sentenced to three years for brutal baseball bat attack on Victoria street

Shelbe Drummond must submit to a national DNA database, was issued several weapons bans

Shelbe Drummond was sentenced to three years for a June 2020 aggravated assault using a baseball bat.(Black Press Media file photo)
The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of the risk of online shopping scams as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Better Business Bureau)

BBB warning of online shopping scams this holiday season

Online shopping scams reached record highs last year, and are on track to match or surpass this year

The Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers of the risk of online shopping scams as the busy holiday shopping season gets underway. (Courtesy of Better Business Bureau)
The new study also found that of the Canadians surveyed, black coffee was the preferred order. (Pixabay photo)

British Columbians are the most caffeinated Canadians

Survey finds B.C. residents drink the most coffee; Starbucks is Canadian coffee drinker’s favourite

The new study also found that of the Canadians surveyed, black coffee was the preferred order. (Pixabay photo)
Santa poses in front of Christmas trees in 2021. This year, Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. will open Nov. 27 at the Luxton Fairgrounds. (Courtesy of Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co.)

Short supplies, high prices expected for B.C. Christmas trees this holiday season

Wildfires and heat waves have taken toll on supply and cost of Christmas trees

Santa poses in front of Christmas trees in 2021. This year, Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. will open Nov. 27 at the Luxton Fairgrounds. (Courtesy of Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co.)