In memoriam: John Shields, a life of purpose
The former priest, social worker and union activist died on March 24. Here's an interview from March 2012.
How the refugee crisis is playing out in Victoria
The US is slamming its door on refugees. Will that affect Victorians wanting to sponsor a refugee?
Artist Susan Point has pushed boundaries for women and Coast Salish design.
A pool of money, Olympic-sized
The City of Victoria wants to build a $70-million swimming pool but must first obtain elector consent.
Victoria's Crystal Pool
Robb Beresford is back
Former Ballet Victoria star returns to Victoria with renowned Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco
Robin J Miller
Robb Beresford and Courtney Henry
Silky sass and secret lives
The Millies give voice to their daring, fun-loving, theatrical selves in a benefit for Hospice.
Lynda Raino, Mollie Kaye, Elizabeth Adilman
What makes people truly good?
Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic
Illustration by April Caverhill
Chief Beau Dick, Kwakwaka'wakw artist and storyteller, dies at age 61
Beau touched the lives of many people through his art and storytelling.
Chief Beau Dick in 2013
Victoria's iconic, world-class blunder
Project promoters are still claiming the new bridge will be "world-class" and "iconic." Unfortunately, they may be right.
New Johnson Street Bridge, March 2017
An offering to the whales of the Salish Sea
Their numbers are declining, but—despite all the noise, pollution and overfishing—the orca are still here.
Granny, one of 10 orcas to perish in 2016
BC's climate debate heats up
The climate action strategies of BC's political parties going into May's election.
Crack in Larsen C ice shelf
Sacred Herb / Devil's Weed
Andrew Struthers takes readers on a long, strange—and fun—trip through marijuana and human culture.
Book cover by Clint Hutzulak
Community is perishable
And somebody should definitely do something about this sometime.
Victoria's downtown as seen from Langford
Letters from FOCUS readers
On psychiatric drugs, regional growth strategies, dysfunctional government, McLoughlin Point's fatal flaw, sewage, participatory budgeting, the opioid crisis, LNG in Brentwood Bay and homelessness.
Tent City near Victoria Courthouse, 2016
Saanich Councillor Vic Derman remembered
Vic was broadly admired for his principled approach to civic politics and his work for environmental sustainability.
David Broadland and Leslie Campbell
Shawnigan water fears spill into election
The Liberals cancelled a waste discharge permit, but will the issue impact the election?
Shawnigan Lake protest
Letter to soccer moms
"Selling sickness" is on full display in the push for grade-six boys to be given a questionable vaccine.
Alice Munro, word for word
The Belfry gives us Differently and Save the Reaper —verbatim style—from Canada's beloved Nobel-winner.
Tales of two booksellers
Mel Bolen and Jim Munro built monuments to the written word.
Jim Munro polishing the brass
Conservationist Louise Goulet
Preserving the flora of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in the face of development.
AS OF MARCH 10, 2017 there were 12 major construction projects underway in, or close to, downtown Victoria. Two are major office complexes—the 1515 Pandora office/commercial project across Douglas Street from City Hall, and phase 1 of Capital Park behind the BC Legislative Buildings, which includes 175 residential units. The other 10 projects are either strata condominiums or rental apartments. Projects currently under construction will add nearly 1600 housing units Downtown-ish. Not included in that total are recently completed projects including Hudson Mews, phase 1 of Hudson Walk, the Escher on Broughton, the Janion and others. More projects have been approved by the City of Victoria and are in the planning pipeline.