Canadian Blood Services may loosen rules on gay men. Where does that leave transgender donors?

Members of Victoria’s trans community are advocating for the elimination of ‘discriminatory’ and ‘fear-based’ blood donation policies


Updates to Victoria emergency psychiatric care are insufficient, say teen advocates

By Zoë Ducklow
Sep 18, 2021

After taking on the province in a public battle last spring, Ella Hale and Emma Epp feel brushed off by the system that promised change


Isolated in Victoria: forging friendships in a city renowned for its chilliness

By Tim Ford
Aug 29, 2021

Researchers say there's little attention on adult friendships, but there are some strategies to find new friends—even here


With a million-dollar initiative, United Way takes the pandemic’s mental health effects to heart

By Emily Fagan
Apr 8, 2021

The money will be distributed among mental health organizations on Vancouver Island


Accusations of mistreatment mount against Royal Jubilee's psychiatric facility

By Nina Grossman
Mar 27, 2021

A Facebook group surfaced allegations of insensitive and uncaring treatment for people in distress


Raids and an eviction notice won't be the end of Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club

Members rely on the club’s low-cost, high-THC products, but they say to meet the requirements of the Cannabis Act would be to dismantle the organization


How an estranged Victoria family has come together to find Sean Hart

By Brishti Basu
Dec 16, 2020

Hart went missing 40 days ago today from a mental health facility in Saanich. No one has reported seeing him since, but his family has come together to make sure he's found


BC's worsening overdose crisis, graphed

By Snejana Vorona
Aug 12, 2020

The peripheral effects of COVID-19 have exacerbated an opioid crisis that, until recently, was trending downwards