Christine van Reeuwyk

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal B.C. Museum gets $789-million overhaul

Museum to close in September for rebuild, expected opening in 2030

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse on March 30, 2000. (Canadian Press file photo)

Convicted B.C. killer Kelly Ellard declines chance for full parole, says she’s not ready

Ellard is serving a life sentence for murdering 14-year-old Saanich girl Reena Virk

Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse on March 30, 2000. (Canadian Press file photo)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Protests at the legislature over nine weeks between January and April cost the province nearly $386,000 in police overtime, according to the Victoria Police Department. (Courtesy of VicPD)

B.C. government to pay for police OT related to legislature area rolling protests

Province to cover nearly $400,000 overtime cost, Victoria PD pays regular duty time

Protests at the legislature over nine weeks between January and April cost the province nearly $386,000 in police overtime, according to the Victoria Police Department. (Courtesy of VicPD)
A raccoon shows off the healthy pink of healing wounds ahead of his release into the wild. (Wild ARC/Facebook)

Elderly raccoon remedied and released from B.C. rehab centre

You can buy dinner for a hungry patient at Wild ARC

A raccoon shows off the healthy pink of healing wounds ahead of his release into the wild. (Wild ARC/Facebook)
Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)

Oak Bay student among those high on aviation possibilities

Greater Victoria School District helps kids fly with aviation and design program

Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)
A Greater Victoria mom en route to Mexico without her son’s medication posted a ‘hail Mary’ in a local social media group early one recent morning. Her online plea was answered by West Shore resident Marina Miller, who sprung into action and arranged to have the medication waiting for the family at their hotel. (Kirsten Marten/Facebook)

B.C. mom’s act of kindness saves stranger’s family vacation after online plea

Greater Victoria woman arranges for forgotten medication to waiting in Mexico when family arrived

A Greater Victoria mom en route to Mexico without her son’s medication posted a ‘hail Mary’ in a local social media group early one recent morning. Her online plea was answered by West Shore resident Marina Miller, who sprung into action and arranged to have the medication waiting for the family at their hotel. (Kirsten Marten/Facebook)
The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)

B.C. woman finds healing even as graves found in schoolyard where she played

Indigenous woman Tina Savea gives voice to her late father, sharing childhood abuses he faced

The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)
This fluffy feline was first reported missing about five years ago by his vet tech human. Now he’s headed for his orignal owner and a new home. (FLEC/Facebook)

Embedded chip reunites B.C. cat with Ontario owner 5 years after move

Fluffy feline headed back to original owner and a new home in Ontario

This fluffy feline was first reported missing about five years ago by his vet tech human. Now he’s headed for his orignal owner and a new home. (FLEC/Facebook)
Orion, an orange and white tabby with white paws, has been missing since Feb. 16. (Courtesy Florence Cougoulat)

B.C. couple calls in a dog to help track their beloved missing cat

Orion the tabby has a medical condition and needs daily medication

Orion, an orange and white tabby with white paws, has been missing since Feb. 16. (Courtesy Florence Cougoulat)
Anyone who finds a European green crab like this one on Vancouver Island shorelines should report the invasive species to DFO, with photos and the exact location. (Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Extreme weather could help invasive green crab crawl along B.C. coast

European green crab is identifiable by five spines on the side of each eye

Anyone who finds a European green crab like this one on Vancouver Island shorelines should report the invasive species to DFO, with photos and the exact location. (Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Krista Fox, right, Lindsey Bishop and a large group of supporters gather for a group photo before walking to the legislature in Victoria. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Women depart Victoria for nationwide walk to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

Saskatchewan women come west to start initiative at Mile Zero

Krista Fox, right, Lindsey Bishop and a large group of supporters gather for a group photo before walking to the legislature in Victoria. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)

UPDATE: All B.C. Tsunami advisories cleared

No need for action, local fire and rescue departments say

This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)
The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gift cards rule retail as B.C.’s mall shops work around supply chain issues

Shopping anywhere is a boutique experience right now, says Victoria mall general manager

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Greater Victoria could be in for a white Christmas with snow set to start Dec. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

All of B.C. likely to see a white Christmas this year, expert predicts

‘It’s a good year for St. Nick for sure, at least in Canada’

Greater Victoria could be in for a white Christmas with snow set to start Dec. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
A 40-foot shipping container stuffed to the brim brings smiles to faces in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon after surviving a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)

Miracle container filled with B.C. charity donations survives Beirut blast

Found 40-foot container provides Syrian refugees skills training, school

A 40-foot shipping container stuffed to the brim brings smiles to faces in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon after surviving a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)
A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

Raccoon drags leg trap around for days, dies at B.C. wild animal rehab centre

Animal had crushed front leg, was beyond rehabilitation

A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

If the feeder’s out, you’re committed: hummingbird care in a B.C. winter

B.C. biologist floats tips to keeping hummingbirds fed, safe this season

An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
Thomas and Bentley look up as the Meraki sails under the Golden Gate Bridge. (Kate Coles/Cruising Meraki)

B.C. sailing family survives stormy seas off California coast on epic voyage

Coles family heads for Mexico aiming to grant son’s birthday wish

Thomas and Bentley look up as the Meraki sails under the Golden Gate Bridge. (Kate Coles/Cruising Meraki)
In his new book, Sidney author Grant Hayter-Menzies explores the life of local historical celebrity Muggins. (Courtesy Heritage House)

Muggins, B.C.’s famous wartime charity hound, celebrated in new book

Author Grant Hayter-Menzies also looks at the use of animals in war – at home and on the battlefield

In his new book, Sidney author Grant Hayter-Menzies explores the life of local historical celebrity Muggins. (Courtesy Heritage House)