Rick Stiebel

A zoning map from the District of Metchosin’s official community plan indicates the section of Boys and Girls Club property in Metchosin that could be subdivided into eight lots. (Courtesy of Association for the Protection of Rural Metchosin)

Subdivision proposal in Metchosin would ruin natural values, opponents say

Boys and Girls Club property under scrutiny

A zoning map from the District of Metchosin’s official community plan indicates the section of Boys and Girls Club property in Metchosin that could be subdivided into eight lots. (Courtesy of Association for the Protection of Rural Metchosin)
Metchosin Mayor John Ranns (Courtesy District of Metchosin)

Metchosin mayor fuming over subdivision proposal

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria tight-lipped on land plans

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns (Courtesy District of Metchosin)
Langford Fire Rescue. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Two fires add to busy night for West Shore crews

Fires in Langford apartments add to windstorm calls for firefighters

Langford Fire Rescue. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Victoria artist Noah Layne is conducting online workshops on portrait drawing as part of the Metchosin ArtPod’s About Face portrait show. (Photo courtesy of Noah Layne)

Metchosin Art Pod doing an about-face

Renowned artist Noah Layne hosting online classes in portrait drawing

Victoria artist Noah Layne is conducting online workshops on portrait drawing as part of the Metchosin ArtPod’s About Face portrait show. (Photo courtesy of Noah Layne)
Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)

Shawnigan Lake School a force in women’s hockey

Former star Carly Haggard guides schools U18 female team

Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)
View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst is taking on the challenge of the Wounded Warriors Canada Run to help erase the stigma military personnel and first responders face dealing with mental health issues. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hurst)

View Royal fire chief gears up for Wounded Warrior Run

February run from Port Hardy to Victoria offers support to members of military and first responders

View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst is taking on the challenge of the Wounded Warriors Canada Run to help erase the stigma military personnel and first responders face dealing with mental health issues. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hurst)
This public hearing at a regular meeting of council in 2019 drew a crowd of about 100. Langford has decided to make audio of meetings available. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford to release audio of council meetings

Council to revisit live streaming during budget deliberations

This public hearing at a regular meeting of council in 2019 drew a crowd of about 100. Langford has decided to make audio of meetings available. (Black Press Media file photo)
Zosia Adamek, shown here in action with the Shawnigan Lake U 18 team, is heading to Long Island University on a scholarship next season. (Photo contributed by Adamek family)

Former West Shore teammates to unite again on Long Island

Shawnigan Lake School producing scores of scholarships

Zosia Adamek, shown here in action with the Shawnigan Lake U 18 team, is heading to Long Island University on a scholarship next season. (Photo contributed by Adamek family)
Participants in the Bateman Foundation’s Nature Sketch program work on their art. The Bateman Foundation is offering courses online for juniors, teens and adult watercolour artists beginning in January. (Photo courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)

Bateman sketch classes come alive online

Range of classes begin Jan. 8, 9 and 11

Participants in the Bateman Foundation’s Nature Sketch program work on their art. The Bateman Foundation is offering courses online for juniors, teens and adult watercolour artists beginning in January. (Photo courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)
New cutline Colwood Fire Rescue anticipates a busy year ahead in 2021. (Katherine Engqvist/news Staff)

Colwood Fire Rescue (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

New year off to a busy start for Colwood Fire Rescue

Most West Shore departments saw the normal number of calls over holidays

New cutline Colwood Fire Rescue anticipates a busy year ahead in 2021. (Katherine Engqvist/news Staff)

Colwood Fire Rescue (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
New Cutline
Adjustments to the disinfection process for water from the Sooke Lake Reservoir may result in the taste or smell of chlorine in parts of Greater Victoria. (Photo from the CRD website)

Sooke Lake Reservoir is in good shape despite a dryer February. (Photo from CRD website)

Chlorine tweaks may affect water taste, smell across Greater Victoria

Adjustment process could last until Jan. 15

New Cutline
Adjustments to the disinfection process for water from the Sooke Lake Reservoir may result in the taste or smell of chlorine in parts of Greater Victoria. (Photo from the CRD website)

Sooke Lake Reservoir is in good shape despite a dryer February. (Photo from CRD website)
BC Transit is adjusting service to improve reliability. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit tweaks some Greater Victoria services

Services adjusted for some of the region’s schools

BC Transit is adjusting service to improve reliability. (Black Press Media file photo)
Some of the gifts and food that staff and officers donated to help a family in need and children in the community. (Photo contributed by West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP shares Christmas with those in need

Donations piled so high, some went to a second cause

Some of the gifts and food that staff and officers donated to help a family in need and children in the community. (Photo contributed by West Shore RCMP)
Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary president Margot Hogg hands Victoria General Hospital chief engineer Sasha Menard some of the poinsettias and thank-you cards for hospital staff’s extra efforts during the pandemic. (Photo contributed by Val Smith)

Poinsettias for Patients funds lab improvements, Hospital at Home

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary thanks frontline workers

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary president Margot Hogg hands Victoria General Hospital chief engineer Sasha Menard some of the poinsettias and thank-you cards for hospital staff’s extra efforts during the pandemic. (Photo contributed by Val Smith)
O.K. Industries is looking to build a quarry next to Capital Regional District land, of which an aquifer sits underneath. This map was taken from the 2015 report for the rezoning application. (Photo courtesy District of Highlands)

Highlands quarry proposal heads back to court

Community association files Notice of Appeal in attempt to block mining on 64-acre site

O.K. Industries is looking to build a quarry next to Capital Regional District land, of which an aquifer sits underneath. This map was taken from the 2015 report for the rezoning application. (Photo courtesy District of Highlands)
Student drop-off and pickup issues in the narrow streets around Dunsmuir Middle School are a concern, says one neighbourhood resident. (Courtesy Mark Maciver)

Traffic solutions sought for drop-off area near Colwood middle school

Safety of students at Dunsmuir Middle School a priority: SD62 superintendent

Student drop-off and pickup issues in the narrow streets around Dunsmuir Middle School are a concern, says one neighbourhood resident. (Courtesy Mark Maciver)
Jennifer Isaac, external relations supervisor for WorkLink Employment Society Westshore, is all smiles with some of the socks staff donated through a Let’s Rock The Socks fundraiser to help the homeless. (Courtesy WorkLink Employment Society)

A warm and fuzzy Christmas gift from WorkLink on the West Shore

Dandelion Society and Sooke Shelter receive timely sock donation

Jennifer Isaac, external relations supervisor for WorkLink Employment Society Westshore, is all smiles with some of the socks staff donated through a Let’s Rock The Socks fundraiser to help the homeless. (Courtesy WorkLink Employment Society)
The Christmas Memory Tree at Esquimalt Lagoon began with one decoration commemorating the loss of a loved one. (Photo contributed by Marlene Regier Mitchell)

Christmas Memory Tree at Esquimalt Lagoon is a gift from the heart

Community builds on woman’s memorial in its second year

The Christmas Memory Tree at Esquimalt Lagoon began with one decoration commemorating the loss of a loved one. (Photo contributed by Marlene Regier Mitchell)
Officials broke ground on two new Langford schools Nov. 5. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

SD62 tweaks catchment boundaries

Addition of two schools in 2022 brings changes to Sooke School District

Officials broke ground on two new Langford schools Nov. 5. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Santa will join the Colwood Fire Department in spreading socially distanced holiday cheer and collecting donations for the Goldstream Food Bank on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colwood City Hall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa Go Round still a go, Colwood COVID style

City hall sees drive-thru style visits with Santa, donations to food bank

Santa will join the Colwood Fire Department in spreading socially distanced holiday cheer and collecting donations for the Goldstream Food Bank on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colwood City Hall. (Black Press Media file photo)