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B.C. warns of drought conditions in multiple regions

Little to no rainfall over the past five weeks in several areas of British Columbia has prompted a warning from the Ministry of Forests about drought. The ministry says Vancouver Island, the inner south coast and the northeast corner of the province have reached the second-most severe level of drought on a five-point rating scale.

High tide rolls in as a Parks Canada employee looks over the clam bed restoration while on a Salish sea garden tour on Russell Island, a 32-acre Gulf Island National Park near in Salt Spring Island, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Saanich police search for missing girl, 17

Officers with the Saanich Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing youth. Police are searching for 17-year-old Zenaeh Edwards-Helgason, who was reported missing on Sept. 21 and was last seen on the afternoon of Sept. 24 at Mayfair Shopping Centre.

Missing girl old Zenaeh Edwards-Helgason is pictured. (Saanich police)

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Will Arnett narrates new Netflix documentary about Vancouver Island wilderness

Vancouver Island will be in the spotlight in an upcoming Netflix documentary series titled "Island of the Sea Wolves." The docuseries is narrated by Canadian actor Will Arnett and focuses mostly on local animals, like the eponymous coastal sea wolves, the endangered and endemic Vancouver Island marmots, as well as black bears, bald eagles and sea otters.

A still image from the Island of the Sea Wolves trailer is shown. (Netflix)

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."

Victoria seniors call for unused school field to be turned into elder-friendly park

Dozens of seniors rallied on the corner of Blanshard Street and Hillside Avenue in Victoria on Tuesday calling for the field of S.J. Willis School to be turned into an elder-friendly park. The seniors hope to make their plea an issue in the upcoming municipal election. They say thousands of seniors live in the Quadra Village neighbourhood, which is surrounded by busy roads, and that they have nowhere to enjoy the outdoors.

UVic halts new hires to avoid deficit

The University of Victoria's campus is again buzzing with students, but a lack of international students during the pandemic means tuition revenue is down. The school blames the decline on a hangover from COVID-19, as well as inflation, a housing shortage and delays processing international visas.

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