New year, new news! (That’s how it goes, right?) Here are the top Victoria headlines for 2017 thus far:

$70 million expansion to two campuses: You read it right, folks. Royal Roads University and Camosun College are both undergoing massive expansions with the introduction of a new building at each campus. Students will now have the opportunity to study Health Science, Environmental Science and International Partnerships at state of the art facilities.

Brewpub coming to Hudson District: Attention all craft beer lovers! Prepare for the newest brewery coming to Victoria’s Hudson building at the heart of downtown. Owner/operator is keeping us on the edge of our seats, not revealing his/her identity, nor the name of the brewery as of yet, but stand by for some serious suds coming in 2018!

Horgan vs Clark: The BC provincial election is coming up this spring, and you are about to see a lot more of these two faces. Door knocking has already begun as the parties are locking in their candidates for each riding. Standby for campaign platforms and don’t forget to vote this May!

Tribute to homeless man at MacKenzie and Quadra: A testament to the heart and spirit of Victorians, a large crowd gathered to honour Mr. Peter Verin who passed January 9th, at the age of 71. He was a homeless gentleman who touched the lives of a diverse array of locals. This touching service reminds us all to never judge a book by it’s cover, and to spread love whenever possible.



March on Washington in Victoria: Tomorrow is the women’s march on Washington, and for all those ladies who cannot make it to the states, never fear! Victoria is showing it’s support of women’s rights by having a march of their own. Put those pink toques on and head down to Centennial Square at 1pm to partake.

Property assessments make huge jump: Own a house in Victoria? Your house value jumped 24 per cent in the last year! Living in Esquimalt? Your pad could be up 15 per cent! Many homeowners are freaking out about this as they believe their taxes could be affected, but never fear! Finance Minister Mike de Jong has reminded us that the threshold to qualify for the homeowners grant has been raised to accommodate properties valued at up to 1.6 million dollars. Hurrah!

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