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Search underway for two kayakers reported missing near Sidney, B.C.

Search underway for two kayakers reported missing near Sidney, B.C.

Victoria Apr 21, 2024 / 11:30 am

RCMP say two kayakers are missing in waters near Sidney, located just north of Victoria, and a search is underway. The Sidney/North Saanich RCMP is asking for...

Whale experts confident orca calf will survive, find family if rescue plan succeeds

Whale experts confident orca calf will survive, find family if rescue plan succeeds

Vancouver Island Apr 21, 2024 / 6:55 am

The odds of a two-year old killer whale calf surviving in the open ocean on its own and eventually reuniting with family members remain solid if a rescue team...

Trudeau meets with president of Poland at CFB Esquimalt

Trudeau meets with president of Poland at CFB Esquimalt

Esquimalt Apr 20, 2024 / 6:53 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued his visit to Greater Victoria on Saturday, meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda ahead of an upcoming NATO summit....

Olympic-bound hometown star headlines national surf championships in Tofino

Olympic-bound hometown star headlines national surf championships in Tofino

Tofino Apr 20, 2024 / 7:30 am

The national surfing championships are often held on Cox Bay in Tofino but the 2024 nationals have a special air of anticipation hanging over them this weekend...

Trapped B.C. orca calf seen taking '40 pounds of seal' from First Nation members

Trapped B.C. orca calf seen taking '40 pounds of seal' from First Nation members

Vancouver Island Apr 19, 2024 / 1:29 pm

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. A young killer whale trapped in a B.C. lagoon appears to have fed on chunks of seal meat thrown into the water, as preparations continue for a...

Officer cleared after cyclist hit in Langford

Officer cleared after cyclist hit in Langford

Vancouver Island Apr 19, 2024 / 11:39 am

A police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a March incident in Langford in which a cyclist was hurt in a collision with a police vehicle. The...

Don't cheap out on travel medical, experts say, after family runs into resistance from insurance firm

Don't cheap out on travel medical, experts say, after family runs into resistance from insurance firm

Victoria Apr 19, 2024 / 5:48 am

The experience of a woman seriously injured in a scooter crash in Thailand is a reminder to travellers to do their research before purchasing travel medical...

B.C. woman tries to coax trapped killer calf out of tidal lagoon with her violin

B.C. woman tries to coax trapped killer calf out of tidal lagoon with her violin

Vancouver Island Apr 18, 2024 / 10:11 am

A Nanaimo, B.C., woman says she is serenading a killer whale calf with her violin, hoping to entice the orca to leave the remote lagoon where she has been...

Scientist wants all B.C. sea turtle sightings reported

Scientist wants all B.C. sea turtle sightings reported

Vancouver Island Apr 18, 2024 / 5:59 am

Scientists have not had any other reported sightings of sea turtles after two were spotted off Vancouver Island in recent months. A loggerhead sea turtle...

Elephant seal Emerson extends Victoria city break, defying relocation with 200km swim

Elephant seal Emerson extends Victoria city break, defying relocation with 200km swim

Victoria Apr 17, 2024 / 5:02 pm

Emerson the elephant seal is back in Victoria after defying attempts to relocate him and swimming more than 200 kilometres to return to his preferred urban...

'Tough to see': Footage of moments before and after fatal police shooting played for public hearing

'Tough to see': Footage of moments before and after fatal police shooting played for public hearing

Victoria Apr 17, 2024 / 5:57 am

Family members of a woman killed by a Victoria police officer wiped away tears during the second day of a public hearing into her death as they watched video of...

Criminals 'embedded' in supportive housing are preying on residents: VicPD chief

Criminals 'embedded' in supportive housing are preying on residents: VicPD chief

Victoria Apr 17, 2024 / 5:49 am

Criminals are moving into supportive housing facilities in Victoria specifically to prey on vulnerable people, says the city’s police chief. “What...

Another relocation may be needed if people keep harassing elephant seal: DFO

Another relocation may be needed if people keep harassing elephant seal: DFO

Victoria Apr 16, 2024 / 9:17 pm

Reports that people are getting their dogs and even their children to approach Emerson the elephant seal have prompted officials to consider yet another...

U.S. killer-whale catcher has advice for B.C. rescuers — build rapport with your orca

U.S. killer-whale catcher has advice for B.C. rescuers — build rapport with your orca

Vancouver Island Apr 16, 2024 / 5:12 pm

Jeff Foster's resume sounds like the stuff of fantasy, starting as a teenage orca catcher in Puget Sound in Washington State, pursuing the giant predators...

Western Forest Products indefinitely curtails Alberni Pacific Division facility

Western Forest Products indefinitely curtails Alberni Pacific Division facility

Vancouver Island Apr 16, 2024 / 4:39 pm

Western Forest Products Inc. says it's indefinitely curtailing operations at its Alberni Pacific Division facility. The Vancouver-based company says the...

Planning next bid to rescue B.C. orca calf will take 'few days': Fisheries Department

Planning next bid to rescue B.C. orca calf will take 'few days': Fisheries Department

Vancouver Island Apr 16, 2024 / 5:44 am

The Department of Fisheries says planning for a new attempt to rescue an orca calf trapped in a Vancouver Island lagoon will be finalized in the next few days...

Emerson the elephant seal is back in town just days after being relocated

Emerson the elephant seal is back in town just days after being relocated

Victoria Apr 15, 2024 / 6:04 pm

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has confirmed that Victoria’s favourite stair-climbing, beach-lounging elephant seal is back in town, less than a...

First new west coast navy ship in 25 years arrives at CFB Esquimalt

First new west coast navy ship in 25 years arrives at CFB Esquimalt

Esquimalt Apr 15, 2024 / 5:39 pm

Cmdr. Collin Forsberg was at the helm of HMCS Max Bernays on Monday as it arrived at CFB Esquimalt — the first time anyone has sailed a new ship into the...

Orphaned B.C. orca may be eating fish, vet says, as rescuers plan new strategy

Orphaned B.C. orca may be eating fish, vet says, as rescuers plan new strategy

Vancouver Island Apr 15, 2024 / 4:23 pm

A Vancouver Aquarium expert who's been involved in attempts to rescue an orphaned orca says the calf may be feeding on fish in the B.C. lagoon where...

New-era naval ship arrives at CFB Esquimalt on Monday

New-era naval ship arrives at CFB Esquimalt on Monday

Esquimalt Apr 14, 2024 / 6:45 am

The first of a new era of ships for the Royal Canadian Navy is arriving on the West Coast next week. HMCS Max Bernays left Halifax on March 11, made its way...