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NEW | Sooke residents say 'out of control' traffic congestion on the rise

David Evans, owner of the Stick In The Mud Coffee House and Specialty Roaster in Sooke, says the highway construction, coupled with increased interest in communities along the island's western coast, has led to high traffic volumes. "Congestion is at a point that I have never seen before," he said Tuesday. "It is really bad."

Traffic is pictured at Anna Marie Road and Highway 14 in Sooke.

Former VicPD reservist convicted of sexual offence involving youth

A former Victoria police reserve member has been convicted of a sexual offence involving a youth in the early 1990s. Aaron Plater has been convicted of one count of touching a young person for a sexual purpose while he was leading a youth cadet program, and his victim was a member of that program.

The Victoria Police Department headquarters. (CTV News)

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Driver survives after vehicle plummets hundreds of feet off Malahat highway

RCMP say a driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after their vehicle drove off the Malahat highway and down a steep embankment on Vancouver Island on Sunday evening. The single-vehicle crash occurred near the Split Rock Lookout around 7:30 p.m., according to RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson.

Victoria school board lacked authority to suspend trustees over alleged bullying: B.C. judge

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled the Greater Victoria School Board lacked the authority to censure and suspend two elected trustees over allegations of harassment and bullying. Justice Briana Hardwick says in a written decision that the trustees argued the board breached procedural fairness by relying on events other than the findings of investigative reports into the complaints.

BC Transit delays tap payments on buses until 2023

BC Transit has pushed back the launch of its electronic tap fare system to 2023. The system, called Umo (pronounced "you-mo") was originally supposed to launch in Victoria in fall 2022, before rolling out across the province.

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WATCH LIVE | Ian just shy of a Category 5 hurricane as it nears Florida

Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified off Florida's southwest coast Wednesday morning, gaining top winds of 250 kph, just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Damaging winds and rain lashed the state's heavily populated Gulf Coast, with the Naples to Sarasota region at 'highest risk' of a devastating storm surge.

Satellite images of Hurricane Ian as it approaches Florida on Wednesday, Sept. 28 (NOAA)

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opinion | Naheed Nenshi: In Canada, there is little to no anti-immigrant rhetoric

Fifty years ago, there was a moment that changed the fabric of this country forever, Naheed Nenshi writes in an exclusive column for CTVNews.ca. For arguably the first time, Canada extended its hand to refugees who looked different, who worshipped differently than most Canadians, but who needed help, the former Calgary mayor says.

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