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Stella was Victoria’s notorious madam

Stella was Victoria’s notorious madam

A wealthy West Coast madam known from San Francisco to Victoria at the turn of the 20th century, Stella Carroll was strong, beautiful and a force to be reckoned with.
Our Community: Two wheels, 1,200 clicks — no problem

Our Community: Two wheels, 1,200 clicks — no problem

On Monday, a group of long-distance cyclists from as far away as Japan will pedal 1,200 kilometres — from Victoria to Port Hardy and back — in under 90 hours in the VanIsle 1200, a cycling event that tests the limits of physical and mental endurance.
A sea of red and white

A sea of red and white

Support grows to ban sewage dumping in Saanich Inlet

Support grows to ban sewage dumping in Saanich Inlet

Cowichan Valley Regional District directors voted unanimously to support a petition to be presented in the House of Commons to stop boats from dumping sewage into Saanich Inlet.
Postcards from the past

Postcards from the past

Historical images from Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island
Speedy surgery on hip fractures saves money, keeps seniors mobile

Speedy surgery on hip fractures saves money, keeps seniors mobile

A dramatic increase in the number of hip-fracture surgeries done within 48 hours at Royal Jubilee Hospital is decreasing complications, saving money and maybe saving lives.

Nellie McClung: Stone house a reflection of the workmanship of its creator

This column first appeared in the Victoria Daily Times on July 24, 1937. There is a substantial stone house on Ash Road in Gordon Head that looks out across an orchard to the sea.
Robert Amos: Exhibitions reveal culture of the kimono

Robert Amos: Exhibitions reveal culture of the kimono

At the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, I met Hitomi Harama, curator of one of two shows that introduce the traditional Japanese culture of the costume.
Our History: Postcards capture history in images

Our History: Postcards capture history in images

Real-photo postcards were an art form of the early part of the 20th century.
Our Commonwealth Games: A springboard for athletic gold

Our Commonwealth Games: A springboard for athletic gold

The walls of the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, inside and out, are festooned with images of athletes who used its facilities to springboard to Olympics, Paralympics and World Cups long after the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games faded from v