Tristin Hopper


Here's Just How Much BC Has Been Drinking Through the Pandemic

By Tristin Hopper
May 16, 2020

In just two months, BC has gone through four Olympic swimming pools of extra booze


What We Now Know About How COVID-19 Spreads

By Tristin Hopper
May 12, 2020

Cases are almost guaranteed to rise under reopening; here's how you limit the damage


Is It Safe to Start Visiting Family Again?

By Tristin Hopper
Apr 21, 2020

We’re all going to see our families again eventually, here’s why it’s prudent to keep waiting


Change Your Gloves: COVID-19 Precautions You May Be Doing Wrong

By Tristin Hopper
Apr 10, 2020

From removing gloves properly to widening your social distance on the jogging trail, here are some simple fixes to more effectively limit infection


How to Make A Mask to Prevent COVID-19

Manufactured masks are desperately needed by hospitals, so here's how to make your own


Solving the Face Mask Shortage With Reconfigured Snorkeling Gear

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 31, 2020

For only $20 a unit, two Victoria tech entrepreneurs have set upon an ingenious way to top up dwindling supplies of protective equipment for frontline health workers


Yes, You Should Be Wearing a Mask. Here’s The Evidence.

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 28, 2020

So long as you’re making it yourself and taking other precautions, a face mask can absolutely slow the spread of COVID-19


Only Hours After Setting Sail, COVID-19 Concerns Send HMCS Regina Back To Port

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 25, 2020

On Saturday, The Capital wrote about how navy screening procedures were insufficient to guard against COVID-19 on the ship


With Labs Overwhelmed, Testing Can Only Show A Fraction Of BC’s True COVID-19 Cases

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 24, 2020

As of Monday BC had 472 confirmed cases, but hundreds more may be carrying the virus


Everything's Closed: Here's How You Can Still Get Out

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 19, 2020

This shutdown could last upwards of two months, so you’re going to need to get outside sooner or later


Should COVID-19 Infect Vancouver Island At Projected Rates, Here’s How Many Get Sick

By Tristin Hopper
Mar 12, 2020

At current rates, even the most optimistic figures show 240,000 infected and 2,880 dead


What An Unchecked Outbreak of COVID-19 Would Do To Victoria

As happened in Washington State, the disease could already have a foothold that hasn’t yet been detected

Marine Traffic

Rail Blockades Have Brought A Near-Unprecedented Traffic Jam of Freighters to Vancouver Island Waters

By Tristin Hopper
Feb 28, 2020

Port of Vancouver slowdowns have packed the Salish Sea so full that vessels are being turned away


How Many of These Blockades Are Actually Legal?

By Tristin Hopper
Feb 20, 2020

Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge has been blockaded by protesters three times since October. Strictly speaking, you're not allowed to do that.


How Victoria Is Preparing for Coronavirus

A lot of people are losing sleep to stop novel coronavirus from getting a beachhead in Canada. Here’s what they’re doing.


The Christmas Eve Murder That Shocked 19th Century Victoria

By Tristin Hopper
Dec 24, 2019

A man was gunned down in cold blood outside a Christmas Eve mass, in what police suspected was a botched assassination

Fixed Link

Why Vancouver Island Will Never Get a Bridge to the Mainland

Giving 500,000 people a more convenient ride to Vancouver would be the single most daunting engineering project in Canadian history

The Royal Family

Scandal-Plagued Prince Andrew Still Retains Two Vancouver Island Ceremonial Titles

By Tristin Hopper
Nov 25, 2019

Non-profits around the world are rejecting the Duke of York's patronage amid renewed scrutiny over Andrew's ties to convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein


Why Canada Doesn't Allow Private Healthcare

By Tristin Hopper
Nov 21, 2019

As a B.C. lawsuit to legalize private healthcare wraps up this week, we review how it got this way


The Most Surreal Pictures in the Victorian World

By Tristin Hopper
Nov 15, 2019

Hannah Maynard wasn't just one of the only female photographers in the British Empire. She did things with film that European masters could only dream of.

The Great War

How an Overweight, Failed Victoria Real Estate Agent Won the Great War

For Remembrance Day, we remember how an unassuming Victorian found himself in command of one of the world’s deadliest armies


Canada’s Jack the Ripper

By Tristin Hopper
Oct 31, 2019

Victoria in 1899 was no stranger to killing, but this was a new and horrifying kind of murder

Climate Change

Here’s How Much Victoria’s Cruise Ships Are Polluting

Analysis by The Capital found that 31 ships emitted a cumulative 11,406 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019


The Plan to Get Greta Thunberg to Victoria without Fossil Fuels

It’s a Jacob’s Ladder of sail, rowboats, bicycles and electric cars, but the offer stands


The Bizarre Tale of How John A. Macdonald Got Elected Victoria MP

As Canada goes to the polls today, The Capital revisits what still stands as the weirdest federal election result Victoria has ever delivered

Cowichan Nation Alliance

The Cowichan Nation’s Lost Salish Sea Empire

A coalition of Vancouver Island First Nations are in court to prove that they were once the undisputed rulers of much more than the Cowichan Valley

Indian Residential Schools

The Names of All 202 Children Known to Have Died in Vancouver Island Residential Schools

Right up to the 1980s, Islanders lived alongside institutions that subjected Indigenous children to beatings, starvation, sexual abuse and even human experimentation

Climate Change

Carbon Dioxide into Stone: UVic’s Revolutionary Plan to Reverse Climate Change

B.C.-led team to pioneer technology to suck greenhouse gases from the air and entomb them deep under the ocean


Why don’t Canadians care when their politicians sleep around?

New research out of UVic finds that as long as politicians aren’t misspending their money, voters don’t seem to mind


The Most Doomed City in Canada

By Tristin Hopper
Sep 15, 2019

What the Big One will do to Victoria