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A guide to the candidates in the Victoria City Council by-election

On Dec. 12, Victoria residents will head to the polls in a city council by-election. To get you prepared to vote, the Martlet delved into each of the candidates’ platform…
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How to vote in the Victoria by-election

Victoria will have safe ways to vote, mail-in ballot measures due to COVID-19 Nine candidates are hoping to fill the vacant seat on Victoria’s city council. Voters can cast their…
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Vital Signs Report shows youth disproportionately affected in terms of mental health, employment

This year’s new “Pandemic Snapshot” addition to the Victoria Foundation’s Vital Signs report provided statistics for how the pandemic has impacted people of different age groups. People under 30 were…
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City of Victoria to house 200 by end of year, while bylaw issues arise for unhoused

Homelessness continues to be a serious problem across Canada, but in Victoria it has become a particularly hot topic. As winter approaches and demand for solutions increases, the city has…
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Community members band together to build showers for Beacon Hill Park’s homeless

On Oct. 24, a group of Greater Victoria community members joined together to build showers for unhoused residents of Beacon Hill Park.
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W̱SÁNEĆ nations hold solidarity blockade for Mi’kmaw fishers

At a blockade of the Patricia Bay Highway on Oct. 23, a crowd of over 100 supporters joined members of W̱SÁNEĆ nations and Mi'kmaw guests to stand in solidarity with…
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Urban farming initiative “Get Growing, Victoria!” made into permanent program

Council extends COVID-19 food-security plan On Oct. 1, Victoria’s City Council passed a motion to make Victoria’s newest urban-farming initiative “Get Growing, Victoria!” a permanent program. The multi-level initiative focuses…
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Recent Saanich and Oak Bay decisions could make housing more accessible for UVic students

The Saanich council recently wrapped up ongoing studies and surveys on garden suites, and voted to legalize them as part of a plan to increase housing in the municipality. Oak…
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Vancouver Island Crisis Society launches suicide bereavement programs island-wide

As part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, the Vancouver Island Crisis Society (VICS) is expanding their Suicide Bereavement Support program island-wide via Zoom.

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