• 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.

    Amy Reiswig

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    John Shields

     

    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?

    Leslie Campbell

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    Syrian refugees

     

    Full Circle
    Artist Susan Point has pushed boundaries for women and Coast Salish design.

    Aaren Madden

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    Susan Point

     

    A pool of money, Olympic-sized
    The City of Victoria wants to build a $70-million swimming pool but must first obtain elector consent.

    Ross Crockford

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    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

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    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.

    Amy Reiswig

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    Lynda Raino, Mollie Kaye, Elizabeth Adilman

     

    Eulogy virtues
    What makes people truly good?

    Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic

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    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.

    Leslie Campbell

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    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.

    David Broadland

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    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.

    Briony Penn

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    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.

    Judith Lavoie

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    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.

    Amy Reiswig

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    Book cover by Clint Hutzulak

     

    Community is perishable
    And somebody should definitely do something about this sometime.

    Gene Miller

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    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.

    Focus Readers

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    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

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    Vic Derman

     

    Shawnigan water fears spill into election
    The Liberals cancelled a waste discharge permit, but will the issue impact the election?

    Judith Lavoie

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    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.

    Alan Cassels

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    HPV vaccination

     

    Alice Munro, word for word
    The Belfry gives us Differently and Save the Reaper —verbatim style—from Canada's beloved Nobel-winner.

    Monica Prendergast

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    Alice Munro

     

    Tales of two booksellers
    Mel Bolen and Jim Munro built monuments to the written word.

    Ross Crockford

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    Jim Munro polishing the brass

     

    Conservationist Louise Goulet
    Preserving the flora of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in the face of development.

    Maleea Acker

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    Louise Goulet

  • 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.