Katie DeRosa

Amid pandemic, boom for golf and camping, but gyms suffering

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s mantra that it’s safer outside has had a clear impact on people’s workout habits: Many are opting for outdoor recreational activities like golf, kayaking and hiking, while indoor...

Affordable child care seen as essential to getting parents back to work

When Victoria mom Lisa Weighton finished her maternity leave in May, she took an extra six weeks off work because she couldn’t find daycare for her 14-month-old son Robin. Weighton returned to her...

Crime spikes around hotels for homeless in Victoria

Neighbouring businesses, police battle spike in vandalism, burglaries and gun threats after hotels bought to house Victoria homeless

After long delay, legal pot shops open in Victoria

Victoria’s first two legal pot shops have opened, six months after cannabis was legalized in Canada. The Original FARM on Douglas Street and Cloud 9 Collective on Fort Street both operated in the...

Tougher role urged for B.C.’s police watchdog

Civilian office should be empowered to investigate misconduct, group says

Province of B.C. cracks down on predatory payday-loan companies

The British Columbia government is cracking down on predatory payday lenders, banning businesses from garnishing a borrower’s wages and limiting the fees that can be charged on high-cost...

Legal challenges could dent ICBC recovery schedule, experts warn

The B.C. government is betting big that its overhauls of ICBC will dig the public auto insurer out of a $1-billion hole, with the 2019 budget predicting a profit within two years. However, experts...

NDP MLA on riding-hailing committee accused of conflict of interest

An NDP MLA is facing conflict-of-interest allegations because he sits on a committee discussing ride hailing despite the fact that his father owns a Bluebird taxi in Victoria. Ravi Kahlon, MLA for...

Speaker approved some expenses he questioned in report: officers

Two senior legislature officials, suspended with pay pending a criminal investigation, have defended themselves against allegations of “flagrant overspending,” saying that the Speaker approved some...

Suspended legislature officers get extra week to respond to overspending allegations

Two senior officers of the B.C. legislature, on suspension pending a criminal investigation, have another week to respond to the explosive allegations of “flagrant overspending” outlined by Speaker...