Jake Romphf

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board in early February and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. Both filed civil suits against the board on Feb. 28. (Black Press Media file photos)

Suspended Victoria school trustees take court action to get action overturned

Diane McNally and Rob Paynter’s punishments related to bullying, harassment complaints

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board in early February and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. Both filed civil suits against the board on Feb. 28. (Black Press Media file photos)
A sea pig swimming in the Cascadia Basin depths off Vancouver Island in summer 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)

When pigs swim: B.C. deep water cameras capture rare footage of swimming sea pig

The deep-sea creatures are usually found scavenging on the ocean floor

A sea pig swimming in the Cascadia Basin depths off Vancouver Island in summer 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)
Nataliia Kuksa, left, was born in Kyiv and was up through the night contacting everybody she knows back home. Members of Greater Victoria’s Ukrainian community at a solidarity gathering outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 24, less than a day after Russia’s military attacked Ukraine on multiple fronts. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Ukrainian community gathers for anti-war demonstration outside B.C. Legislature

Hurt, concern, anxiety felt among those with Ukraine ties as they showed solidarity at legislature

Nataliia Kuksa, left, was born in Kyiv and was up through the night contacting everybody she knows back home. Members of Greater Victoria’s Ukrainian community at a solidarity gathering outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 24, less than a day after Russia’s military attacked Ukraine on multiple fronts. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Some child care costs in B.C. will drop to an average of $20 per day by the end of this year. (Photo courtesy of B.C. government)

B.C. Budget: Child care fees for infants, toddlers dropping to $20 per day by 2023

Province expects 40,000 new spots to open in next seven years

Some child care costs in B.C. will drop to an average of $20 per day by the end of this year. (Photo courtesy of B.C. government)
B.C. moving to a community hub model for those with autism and other support needs will cost $172 million over three years. Participants at an event outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 9 that called for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

B.C. Budget: Transition to controversial autism funding model to cost $172M

Province says funding to help cover costs of essential medical equipment, transition

B.C. moving to a community hub model for those with autism and other support needs will cost $172 million over three years. Participants at an event outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 9 that called for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Budget: Renter rebate off the table, but $600 rent supplements coming for vulnerable groups

Long-awaited renters rebate left out of 2022 budget

Homelessness supports will remain for those sheltered during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
A petition, with hundreds of signatures, wants to see those violating Victoria’s noise bylaw at convoy events get ticketed. Pictured are vehicles driving through downtown on route to the B.C. legislature for a demonstration against pandemic health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)

Petition calls for B.C. capital to enforce noise bylaw on Freedom Convoy

More than 600 people sign online petition, which says constant honking affecting residents

A petition, with hundreds of signatures, wants to see those violating Victoria’s noise bylaw at convoy events get ticketed. Pictured are vehicles driving through downtown on route to the B.C. legislature for a demonstration against pandemic health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)
Researchers aboard the vessel Noctiluca monitor southern resident killer whale behavior. (Photo courtesy of Northwest Fisheries Science Center/North Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries)

US review emphasizes uncertain future for B.C.’s southern resident killer whales

Boats, food decline, pollution threats as researchers recommend continued endangered status

Researchers aboard the vessel Noctiluca monitor southern resident killer whale behavior. (Photo courtesy of Northwest Fisheries Science Center/North Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries)
A participant at a rally for old-growth forest conservation outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Mostly older crowd shows love for old-growth forests with Victoria legislature rally

On Valentine’s Day, demonstrators again call for end to all ancient tree logging

A participant at a rally for old-growth forest conservation outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Bear Henry, pictured FRiday in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park, was lost in the south Vancouver Island woods for 74 days. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Months in the Vancouver Island forest felt like a week for Bear Henry

Henry’s body began shutting down and went into survival mode

Bear Henry, pictured FRiday in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park, was lost in the south Vancouver Island woods for 74 days. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
David Bridges, right, and others participate in a rally outside the B.C. legislature Wednesday (Feb. 9) calling for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Rallying parents, opposition scorn B.C. government over new autism funding model

Province phasing out individualized funding for neurodiverse children and youth by 2025

David Bridges, right, and others participate in a rally outside the B.C. legislature Wednesday (Feb. 9) calling for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Anthony Thomas, 27, is charged in the vehicular death of 51-year-old pedestrian Kim Ward, killed in Central Saanich in 2018. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Accused demonstrated ‘pattern of disregard’ before crash that killed dogwalker: Crown

Thomas continued to drive despite warning signs, prosecutor argues in Central Saanich incident

Anthony Thomas, 27, is charged in the vehicular death of 51-year-old pedestrian Kim Ward, killed in Central Saanich in 2018. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. legislature and nearby streets Jan. 29 for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in Victoria. An Island convoy is due to land at the same place Saturday (Feb. 5) at 11:30 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria mayor calls for respect at Island convoy, following reports of hate speech, harassment

Flauting of public health orders was common during Jan. 29 protest against vaccine mandates

Thousands filled the grounds of the B.C. legislature and nearby streets Jan. 29 for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in Victoria. An Island convoy is due to land at the same place Saturday (Feb. 5) at 11:30 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria city council is looking for the province to fill in regulation gaps in the rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria wants B.C. to cap rent increases for vacant units

City asks rest of Island for support as price increases for vacant units outpace inflation

Victoria city council is looking for the province to fill in regulation gaps in the rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)
First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Donated fire truck will help train remote First Nations departments across B.C.

Former Esquimalt truck to be used to build skills, enable better community protection

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society members Dean Colthorp, left, and Reo Jerome pose beside the truck donated to the society Feb. 1 by Esquimalt Fire Rescue. Fire Chief Steve Serbic stands on the engine. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A Victoria police officer was captured on camera giving a thumbs up to demonstrators who were calling for an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Harrison/Twitter)

B.C. cop’s thumbs-up to vax restriction protesters called into question

Gesture opens door to question Victoria police officer’s neutrality says UVic researcher

A Victoria police officer was captured on camera giving a thumbs up to demonstrators who were calling for an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Harrison/Twitter)
Westcoastees employees show off some of the Vancouver Island-based and inspired clothing company’s merch at the Store Street location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Fourth Vancouver Island location fulfils vision for art-driven Westcoastees clothing

Island-inspired graphics are designed by the owners themselves

Westcoastees employees show off some of the Vancouver Island-based and inspired clothing company’s merch at the Store Street location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria’s Hermann’s Jazz Club makes first and only pandemic plea amid struggles

Recent capacity restrictions have been the hardest yet on Island music institution

Ashley Wey, Hermann’s Jazz Club’s booking manager and longtime performer at the Victoria venue. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Working through holidays is no issue for E-Comm 911 call taker Jennifer Fahlman, who finds a sense of purpose in helping keep the community safe. (Photo courtesy of E-Comm)

Christmas can still deliver tragedy, so Greater Victoria first responders remain on alert

As many are off and celebrating, first responders still face difficult calls during the holidays

Working through holidays is no issue for E-Comm 911 call taker Jennifer Fahlman, who finds a sense of purpose in helping keep the community safe. (Photo courtesy of E-Comm)
Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Saanich CAO to get almost $600,000 in severance after firing without cause

The district has not explained the reason behind Paul Thorkelsson’s termination

Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)