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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

COLUMN: Some more appropriate names for Washington NFL team

Finally, Washington’s NFL team would have a name everyone could cheer with pride

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

MP REPORT: Parliament still working, despite what some are saying

Alistair MacGregor is the MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford.

  • Jun 20, 2020
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)
Salmon fry in a hatchery pen. In the last 50 years, hatcheries have become entrenched in B.C. (Pixabay photo)

For taxpayers, hatcheries are a poor investment

Investing in hatcheries is committing to a future without wild salmon

  • Jun 19, 2020
Salmon fry in a hatchery pen. In the last 50 years, hatcheries have become entrenched in B.C. (Pixabay photo)
Volunteers are need for opportunities across Greater Victoria. (Stock photo)

COLUMN: Spend some time helping others in your community

Volunteer opportunities in Greater Victoria, the week of June 21

  • Jun 17, 2020
Volunteers are need for opportunities across Greater Victoria. (Stock photo)
Rebekah Anderson, shown here with her son, Bjorn, daughter, Avalon, and Moms and Mentors Society founder Maureen Hobbs, is one of the recipients of a scholarship funded by residents at Cherish at Central Park, the Rotary Club of West Shore, the Lions Club and the Philanthropic Educational Organization. (File photo courtesy Moms and Mentors)

COLUMN: Volunteer opportunities in Greater Victoria

Spend some time helping others in your community

  • Jun 3, 2020
Rebekah Anderson, shown here with her son, Bjorn, daughter, Avalon, and Moms and Mentors Society founder Maureen Hobbs, is one of the recipients of a scholarship funded by residents at Cherish at Central Park, the Rotary Club of West Shore, the Lions Club and the Philanthropic Educational Organization. (File photo courtesy Moms and Mentors)
Green Party MLA Adam Olsen. (Hansard TV)

MLA REPORT: Restarting the province responsibly

Adam Olsen is MLA for Saanich North and the Islands

  • May 31, 2020
Green Party MLA Adam Olsen. (Hansard TV)
Esquimalt’s parks and recreation department is offering a number of virtual workouts and lessons while it prepares to reopen its recreational facilities. (Township of Esquimalt website)

COLUMN: Esquimalt offers virtual resources while it prepares to open recreational facilities

The Township offers an update on its recreation facilities and activities

  • May 30, 2020
Esquimalt’s parks and recreation department is offering a number of virtual workouts and lessons while it prepares to reopen its recreational facilities. (Township of Esquimalt website)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes applauds residents and businesses as the community reopens. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Mayor’s message: Saanich restart may look different than other communities

District follows its own necessary path, B.C. Restart Plan in wake of COVID-19 closures

  • May 29, 2020
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes applauds residents and businesses as the community reopens. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Linda Geggie (Black Press Media file photo)

Local Flavour: Growing Together launches Seedlings for Saanich Seniors giveaway

By Linda Geggie CR FAIR Finding themselves at home with more time…

  • May 28, 2020
Linda Geggie (Black Press Media file photo)
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COLUMN: B.C.’s labour minister should look at COVID-19 financial carnage amid minimum wage increase

The timing couldn’t be worse for any government decision that drives up costs for business, writes Jock Finlayson

  • May 28, 2020
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MLA Adam Olsen. (BC Green Party)

MLA REPORT: Members expect to head back to the legislature this summer

Adam Olsen is the MLA for Saanich North and the Islands

  • May 24, 2020
MLA Adam Olsen. (BC Green Party)
Andrew Weaver is MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

MLA REPORT: Opportunity in economic recovery from COVID-19

Andrew Weaver is MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

  • May 23, 2020
Andrew Weaver is MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)

COLUMN: Downtown Victoria welcomes you back

Jeff Bray Downtown Victoria Business Association These last few months have been…

  • May 23, 2020
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

GUEST COLUMN: B.C. COVID-19 survey brings answers closer

275,000 responses so far, broader health information helps

  • May 22, 2020
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James presents her third budget, Feb. 18. (Black Press Media file photo)

COLUMN: Return to team health care clinics improves community health

Carole James is MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill

  • May 3, 2020
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James presents her third budget, Feb. 18. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Township of Esquimalt offers online programs and resources at esquimalt.ca/virtualrec. (Courtesy Esquimalt Parks and Recreation)

COLUMN: Esquimalt recreation offers tips to keep active

Township hosts free fitness, learning, information resources online

  • May 2, 2020
The Township of Esquimalt offers online programs and resources at esquimalt.ca/virtualrec. (Courtesy Esquimalt Parks and Recreation)
MP REPORT: Work is far from finished as Canadians fall through the cracks

MP REPORT: Work is far from finished as Canadians fall through the cracks

Alistair MacGregor is the MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

  • Apr 29, 2020
MP REPORT: Work is far from finished as Canadians fall through the cracks
Green Party MLA Adam Olsen says Gulf Islands residents want visitors stopped but goods and services to continue. (Hansard TV)

MLA Column: Showing up for business who have showed up for us

Adam Olsen is MLA for Saanich North and the Islands

  • Apr 26, 2020
Green Party MLA Adam Olsen says Gulf Islands residents want visitors stopped but goods and services to continue. (Hansard TV)
Volunteer opportunities abound in Greater Victoria

Volunteer opportunities abound in Greater Victoria

Local volunteer organizations highlight some of their current needs

  • Apr 25, 2020
Volunteer opportunities abound in Greater Victoria