Christine van Reeuwyk

The Oak Bay fire training tower came down May 10 after it was previously deemed not up to standard for modern training use. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Condemned fire training tower comes down in Oak Bay

Infrastructure taken down won’t hamper firefighter training

The Oak Bay fire training tower came down May 10 after it was previously deemed not up to standard for modern training use. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Carolyn West plans to run each of the Victoria Goddess Runs this year, in support of Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. (Courtesy Carolyn West)

Runner tackles solo Goddess Run to raise funds for women, children fleeing violence

Women’s Transition House Society named official cause for Goddess Runs

Carolyn West plans to run each of the Victoria Goddess Runs this year, in support of Victoria Women’s Transition House Society. (Courtesy Carolyn West)
Oak Bay Avenue will not play host to the annual summer market this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Village won’t host summer markets, looks to winter events

Nine outdoor patios keep residents in the foodie sector happy

Oak Bay Avenue will not play host to the annual summer market this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Hunt in Queens’ Park was purchased by the district in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay opens search for next arts laureate

District set to advertise for, install new arts advocate this year

The Hunt in Queens’ Park was purchased by the district in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Closed courts not an option for Oak Bay despite pickleball noise

Council calls on staff for other options to mitigate noise near Carnarvon Park

(Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay looks to shift car culture with speed limit pilot

Council supports Saanich’s shift to seek 30 km/h limit on side roads

(Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Women’s Transition House Society provides an essential service and has only seen an uptick in need since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

Greater Victoria women’s shelter adds second safe harbour

Costs soar as need does for Greater Victoria Women’s Transition House Society

The Greater Victoria Women’s Transition House Society provides an essential service and has only seen an uptick in need since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)
A neighbour thwarted the potential sale of a home in Oak Bay, which was listed without the owner’s consent. (Google street view)

Oak Bay home put up for sale without owner’s knowledge

Neighbour thwarts scam with a phone call

A neighbour thwarted the potential sale of a home in Oak Bay, which was listed without the owner’s consent. (Google street view)
A youth rally against racism is planned for the legislature on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria youth gather for Kids vs. Racism

Local teen organized Sunday’s rally to battle racism head on with youth

A youth rally against racism is planned for the legislature on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
A March meeting of the Special Olympics athletes. The meetings mark a year March 27. (Courtesy Susan Simmons)

Special Olympians from Greater Victoria and beyond mark a year of growth through Zoom

Coach sets up calls to support social, physical, mental health

A March meeting of the Special Olympics athletes. The meetings mark a year March 27. (Courtesy Susan Simmons)
Belmont Secondary School is among those in the Sooke School District that benefit from a strong administrative approach to mental health resources and education. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore resident seeks more robust offerings for youth mental health

Sooke School District offers range of mental health education Kindergarten through Grade 12

Belmont Secondary School is among those in the Sooke School District that benefit from a strong administrative approach to mental health resources and education. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rainbow graces the departure of CCGS John Cabot as it leaves Victoria Jan. 7. (Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)

Follow a coast guard ship’s trip from Victoria to Halifax, through Panama Canal

Canadian Coast Guard Ship John Cabot left for St. Johns on Jan. 7

A rainbow graces the departure of CCGS John Cabot as it leaves Victoria Jan. 7. (Canadian Coast Guard/Facebook)
Odette Laroche and her students painted this image inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe. (Courtesy Odette Laroche)

Artists create giant poppy in Sidney to honour, support veterans

The 30-panel poppy is based off a work by Georgia O’Keefe

Odette Laroche and her students painted this image inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe. (Courtesy Odette Laroche)
Cordova Bay draft plan ready for Saanich resident input

Cordova Bay draft plan ready for Saanich resident input

District staff hope to have draft, input before council this fall

Cordova Bay draft plan ready for Saanich resident input
A crash Aug. 17 has at least one resident questioning the safety of the Windsor Street at Newport Avenue intersection. (Adam Cook photo)

Oak Bay intersection on deck for upgrades

Windsor/Newport not among top crash sites, but a concern for residents

A crash Aug. 17 has at least one resident questioning the safety of the Windsor Street at Newport Avenue intersection. (Adam Cook photo)
Zac Economou prepares the Greek salads at Greek Fest Victoria in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Popular Greater Victoria Greek Fest shifts focus to food

Drive-thru allows annual cultural celebration to continue in Saanich amid coronavirus concerns

Zac Economou prepares the Greek salads at Greek Fest Victoria in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)
Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue was called out two more times last weekend. (Courtesy Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue)

Province could close parks if users aren’t careful warn south Island volunteers

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue hits record high with two more calls last weekend

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue was called out two more times last weekend. (Courtesy Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue)
The Merchant General Store held its grand opening March 12 only to shutter March 18. The business shifted to offer essential groceries and reopened May 1. (Courtesy Sandy Black)

Victoria program helps businesses shift swiftly in wake of COVID-19

Bring Back Victoria helps businesses open patios, create welcoming, safe spaces for customers

The Merchant General Store held its grand opening March 12 only to shutter March 18. The business shifted to offer essential groceries and reopened May 1. (Courtesy Sandy Black)
Amy Sanderson returns the mermaid memento that disappeared from a North Saanich home. July 2010 (Courtesy Amy Sanderson)

Morning Esquimalt lagoon walk brings mermaid back to North Saanich

Sign swiped from Deep Cove found one week later in Colwood

Amy Sanderson returns the mermaid memento that disappeared from a North Saanich home. July 2010 (Courtesy Amy Sanderson)