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Mayor Al Siebring: Let’s make this ‘the best of times’

Mayor Al Siebring: Let’s make this ‘the best of times’

More than 150 years ago, Charles Dickens began his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities with the familiar statement that “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That same line could be used to describe our COVID-19 context today.
Les Leyne: A flood of second guessing amid an ‘infodemic’

Les Leyne: A flood of second guessing amid an ‘infodemic’

British Columbia researchers are going to be looking at people’s susceptibility to COVID-19, the transmission routes the virus takes and also searching for a vaccine. But they’re also researching the “infodemic” that’s accompanying the pandemic.
B.C. Transit extends free rides, adds plastic driver barriers to some buses

B.C. Transit extends free rides, adds plastic driver barriers to some buses

Bus trips will be free until the end of April as B.C. Transit continues efforts to make social-distancing easier for drivers and passengers. Passengers will also continue to board through the back doors. The measures are part of B.C.
Telus donation allows Saanich Peninsula seniors to connect with family

Telus donation allows Saanich Peninsula seniors to connect with family

Hundreds of seniors in Saanich Peninsula care homes are able to connect with their families virtually via tablets thanks to a donation from Telus.
Victoria police seize two fake guns in COVID-19 dispute

Victoria police seize two fake guns in COVID-19 dispute

Victoria police stepped in Friday night after a report that a firearm was produced during an argument about social distancing and alleged COVID-19 symptoms.
Photos: Hopeful signs, practical signs, apology signs around Victoria

Photos: Hopeful signs, practical signs, apology signs around Victoria

Some windows have essays, reflecting on why the business has been forced to temporarily close, and urging us to stay healthy and to stay safe.
Jack Knox: Strange new word — flattening the curve, one dandelion at a time

Jack Knox: Strange new word — flattening the curve, one dandelion at a time

‘You know you can’t kill them all, right?” She was on the deck, watching me uproot dandelions from the back lawn.
‘Out of nowhere,’ guests arrive for rocker’s wedding

‘Out of nowhere,’ guests arrive for rocker’s wedding

Scott and Salina Stanton thought they would tie the knot Saturday with just two guests and an officiant, but their friends had another plan.
Silken Laumann: We are going to be OK

Silken Laumann: We are going to be OK

A commentary by the author, four-time Olympian, and founder of online story-sharing platform Unsinkable My parents lived through the Second World War, the post-war depression, and then immigrated to Canada, moving into a tiny one-bedroom apartment wi
Downtown break-ins and burglaries surge as pandemic-hit businesses shutter

Downtown break-ins and burglaries surge as pandemic-hit businesses shutter

Break-ins and burglaries have spiked in Victoria this year, leaving downtown business people wondering if they can ever bounce back. Victoria police report a 119 per cent increase in break-ins from Jan.