Jane Skrypnek

Frank Bourree was awarded the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s first Governors’ Award of Distinction for his leadership in the business community. (Courtesy of Frank Bourree)

Frank Bourree receives award of distinction from Victoria chamber

Award recognizes positive role model in business community

Frank Bourree was awarded the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s first Governors’ Award of Distinction for his leadership in the business community. (Courtesy of Frank Bourree)
Following a cease work order from the District of Highlands in October, the BC Supreme Court ruled Jan. 20. that bylaws won’t apply to O.K. Industries’ work until its quarrying activity is complete. (Courtesy of District of Highlands)

BC Supreme Court rules Highlands quarry work can continue

District bylaws won’t apply until quarrying activities are complete

Following a cease work order from the District of Highlands in October, the BC Supreme Court ruled Jan. 20. that bylaws won’t apply to O.K. Industries’ work until its quarrying activity is complete. (Courtesy of District of Highlands)
Victoria city council unanimously voted Jan. 21 to develop a one-time relief fund for businesses hit by vandalism. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)

City offers relief funds for Victoria businesses hit by vandalism

Limited relief fund will come from 2021 contingency budget

Victoria city council unanimously voted Jan. 21 to develop a one-time relief fund for businesses hit by vandalism. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
The BC Seismic Mitigation Program ranks Craigflower Elementary and Shoreline Middle School as “High Risk” and in need of upgrades. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria school district seeks input on possible closure of Craigflower Elementary

Online community consultation to be held Jan. 21

The BC Seismic Mitigation Program ranks Craigflower Elementary and Shoreline Middle School as “High Risk” and in need of upgrades. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bob Joseph, author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, will be available for a Q&A through the Vancouver Island Regional Library Jan. 28. (Courtesy of Vancouver Island Regional Library)

Q&A on the Indian Act with Bob Joseph open to Greater Victoria residents

Bob Joseph is the author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

Bob Joseph, author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, will be available for a Q&A through the Vancouver Island Regional Library Jan. 28. (Courtesy of Vancouver Island Regional Library)
Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)

Victoria adult dance studio releases modern adaption of A Christmas Carol

Instead of usual stage performance, dance studio turns to film

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)
Mayor Rob Martin and Costa Canna president Phil Floucault cut the ribbon on Colwood’s first cannabis retail store. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Cowichan Tribes’ Costa Canna cannabis store opens in Colwood

Cowichan Tribes has one-year deal to grow, sell cannabis

Mayor Rob Martin and Costa Canna president Phil Floucault cut the ribbon on Colwood’s first cannabis retail store. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
The body of 16-year-old Andre Courtemanche was found in Goldstream Provincial Park Jan. 9. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

GoFundMe in memory of Langford teen looks to address mental health

Andre Courtemanche’s body was found in Goldstream Provincial Park Jan. 9

The body of 16-year-old Andre Courtemanche was found in Goldstream Provincial Park Jan. 9. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
The Neighbourhood Market at Saanich Baptist Church is one of 10 that provide fresh produce to people in need across Greater Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Daily free food markets offer fresh produce to Greater Victorians in need

Ten Neighbourhood Markets operate across the region

The Neighbourhood Market at Saanich Baptist Church is one of 10 that provide fresh produce to people in need across Greater Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Metchosin Coun. Kyara Kahakauwila has come under fire for her decision to travel to Mexico in December for business purposes. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin mayor defers discussion of councillor’s travel while residents weigh in

Coun. Kyara Kahakauwila traveled to Mexico in December

Metchosin Coun. Kyara Kahakauwila has come under fire for her decision to travel to Mexico in December for business purposes. (Black Press Media file photo)
Patty Golumbia and Holly Mair, teacher-librarians at South Island Distance Education, have launched a Read Across Canada challenge for their students. (Courtesy of Holly Mair)

Victoria students gobble up books on virtual trek across Canada

Nearly 40 South Island Distance Education students are participating

Patty Golumbia and Holly Mair, teacher-librarians at South Island Distance Education, have launched a Read Across Canada challenge for their students. (Courtesy of Holly Mair)
Working from home and with free time on her hands, Shalene Upshall launched her own knitting business. (Courtesy of Shalene Upshall)

Pandemic provides Victoria woman chance to realize dream knitting business

Working from home, Shalene Upshall found free time on her hands

Working from home and with free time on her hands, Shalene Upshall launched her own knitting business. (Courtesy of Shalene Upshall)
First-year University of Victoria student Roja Omidbakhsh was one of 176 victims killed in the Tehran air crash on January 8, 2020. (LinkedIn photo)

University of Victoria marks first anniversary of Iran plane crash

UVic student Roja Omidbakhsh was one of 176 passengers killed

First-year University of Victoria student Roja Omidbakhsh was one of 176 victims killed in the Tehran air crash on January 8, 2020. (LinkedIn photo)
Victoria city council voted on Jan. 7 to cut its $10,000 catered lunch fund from the 2021 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria cuts $10,000 catered lunch fund from 2021 budget

Council will decide Jan. 18 whether to redirect or cut the spending

Victoria city council voted on Jan. 7 to cut its $10,000 catered lunch fund from the 2021 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
Onni Group began work in January 2018 for the site on Sooke Road. (Black Press Media news staff)

Forms collapse during concrete slab pour at Colwood Corners

No workers were injured in the Jan. 6 incident

Onni Group began work in January 2018 for the site on Sooke Road. (Black Press Media news staff)
John Borrows, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria’s law school, was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada on Dec. 30. (Courtesy of John Borrows)

UVic professor appointed officer of Order of Canada

John Borrows is recognized for his work on Indigenous rights and laws

John Borrows, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria’s law school, was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada on Dec. 30. (Courtesy of John Borrows)
Julia Jupp, 8, has been busy volunteering at the Goldstream Hatchery during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Joscilyn Jupp)

8-year-old sworn in as member of Goldstream Hatchery

Julia Jupp has always wanted to be a marine biologist

Julia Jupp, 8, has been busy volunteering at the Goldstream Hatchery during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Joscilyn Jupp)
University of Victoria marine biologist Julia Baum sampling a coral colony on Christmas Island in 2019. (Courtesy of Kristina Tietjen)

UVic biologists discover glimmer of hope for world’s coral reefs

New data suggests some recovery possible from coral bleaching

University of Victoria marine biologist Julia Baum sampling a coral colony on Christmas Island in 2019. (Courtesy of Kristina Tietjen)
LGBTQ2S lounge, Friends of Dorothy, opened in Victoria on Dec. 18. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

LGBTQ2S lounge Friends of Dorothy opens in Victoria

Cocktail lounge aims to create comfortable space for LGBTQ2S people and allies

LGBTQ2S lounge, Friends of Dorothy, opened in Victoria on Dec. 18. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Sharon Lam has been using art to heal since her mother passed away from cancer in December 2019. (Courtesy of Sharon Lam)

Saanich artist uses drawing to heal from mother’s death

Sharon Lam launched her art business in September

Sharon Lam has been using art to heal since her mother passed away from cancer in December 2019. (Courtesy of Sharon Lam)