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Beach fires are not permitted in Saanich but portable, gas-powered fire pits are welcome everywhere – including at municipal parks and beaches. (Pixabay)

Beach fires not cool in Saanich but gas-powered fire pits permitted

Respect others, bylaws while still enjoying an outdoor fire, firefighter says

Eli, left, Brent, Lindsay and Ava Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Wilson)

West Shore families share experience in raising a child with autism

Two families reveal some parallels, but circumstances are different for everyone

The Parents Advisory Committee at View Royal Elementary School are hosting a bottle drive on April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All proceeds made from the fundraiser will go towards replacing the swings at the school. (View Royal Elementary site)

View Royal Elementary School parents host spring bottle drive for swings

Proceeds from fundraiser go towards building new swings at the school

The Parents Advisory Committee at View Royal Elementary School are hosting a bottle drive on April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All proceeds made from the fundraiser will go towards replacing the swings at the school. (View Royal Elementary site)
Toby Watson races up to his skimboard Monday afternoon at North Saanich’s Patricia Bay. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Toby Watson races up to his skimboard Monday afternoon at North Saanich’s Patricia Bay. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sooke author Beverley Elliott is bringing awareness to autism with her newly published book, Greyson’s Shoes. This is the first book Elliott has published, but she intends to create more in the future. (Photo courtesy of Beverly Elliott)

Sooke author shines light on autism in new children’s book

Beverley Elliott hopes book can be used as tool to bring awareness and understanding around autism

Sooke author Beverley Elliott is bringing awareness to autism with her newly published book, Greyson’s Shoes. This is the first book Elliott has published, but she intends to create more in the future. (Photo courtesy of Beverly Elliott)
Helen Lang (Peninsula News Review archives)

Peninsula’s green thumb writer remembered

Helen Lang, who wrote columns for three decades, dies at the age of 99

Helen Lang (Peninsula News Review archives)
Joyce, Tyler and Clarence Lazaruk. The family moved to Langford two years ago in order to live closer to their oldest son, Chad. (Dawn Gibson/News staff)

Langford parents seek a comfortable future for their son with autism

Joyce and Clarence Lazaruk moved to the Island with their son Tyler, 37, to be closer to family

Joyce, Tyler and Clarence Lazaruk. The family moved to Langford two years ago in order to live closer to their oldest son, Chad. (Dawn Gibson/News staff)
Ines Khouider (left), a Grade 12 student at St. Margaret’s School, and Ishaan Kareer, a Grade 11 student at Stelly’s Secondary, are among the seven members of the FIX IT Robotics team who competed in a virtual challenge against other teams from B.C. and Washington with their robot, Beyonce, April 3. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Teen-built robot Beyonce puts a ring on virtual robotics competition

High school team from Greater Victoria battled teams from B.C., Washington virtually April 3

Ines Khouider (left), a Grade 12 student at St. Margaret’s School, and Ishaan Kareer, a Grade 11 student at Stelly’s Secondary, are among the seven members of the FIX IT Robotics team who competed in a virtual challenge against other teams from B.C. and Washington with their robot, Beyonce, April 3. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University in Colwood. (Black Press Media file)

Royal Roads University in Colwood rolls out spring webinars

Multiple free virtual sessions to take place throughout April

Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University in Colwood. (Black Press Media file)
Kris Nichols, a member of the Community Association of Oak Bay, showed off his collection of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment when posing as March 2020 for a monthly calendar. (Photo submitted by Kris Nichols)

VIDEO: Oak Bay News, community association launch photo project

Share your submissions depicting life in Oak Bay during pandemic as Oak Bay Snaps Back

Kris Nichols, a member of the Community Association of Oak Bay, showed off his collection of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment when posing as March 2020 for a monthly calendar. (Photo submitted by Kris Nichols)
Canadian Tire announced a $12 million commitment to the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund, which will help support around 300 organizations nationally. The Victoria YMCA-YWCA and Victoria Synchro Swim Club were given a total of $28,500. (Black Press Media file)

Canadian Tire pitches in for Greater Victoria sports organizations

Applications open for next round of Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund grants

Canadian Tire announced a $12 million commitment to the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund, which will help support around 300 organizations nationally. The Victoria YMCA-YWCA and Victoria Synchro Swim Club were given a total of $28,500. (Black Press Media file)
Wild ARC and the BC SPCA highlighted ways we can keep baby birds safe this spring, as nesting season is in full effect from March to July. (Photo from the Wild ARC Facebook Page)

B.C. wildlife groups hatch tips on keeping baby birds safe this spring

BC SPCA, Wild ARC identify signs to look for when you see a stray baby bird

Wild ARC and the BC SPCA highlighted ways we can keep baby birds safe this spring, as nesting season is in full effect from March to July. (Photo from the Wild ARC Facebook Page)
A rare Hooded Oriole was spotted visiting a hummingbird feeder in Sidney, by resident Stan Coe. The photo has been flagged on the BC Rare Bird Alert website, stating the bird was visiting Coe’s property from Feb. 16 to March 17, but has not been seen again since. (Photo courtesy of Stan Coe)

Rare bird spotted visiting a backyard feeder in Sidney

Hooded 0rioles are generally found in hotter climates, local bird watcher says

A rare Hooded Oriole was spotted visiting a hummingbird feeder in Sidney, by resident Stan Coe. The photo has been flagged on the BC Rare Bird Alert website, stating the bird was visiting Coe’s property from Feb. 16 to March 17, but has not been seen again since. (Photo courtesy of Stan Coe)
Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation. (Black Press Media file)

Victoria Foundation opens applications for next round of Community Recovery Program

Recovery program supports organizations impacted by the pandemic

Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation. (Black Press Media file)
Some industrious person has whittled out a canoe on the beach, though no word on whether it’s seaworthy. A small sign carved into wood advises the craft is for dogs only. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Some industrious person has whittled out a canoe on the beach, though no word on whether it’s seaworthy. A small sign carved into wood advises the craft is for dogs only. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Sarah Beckett's widower Brad Aschenbrenner, and their sons open the memorial playground with an official ribbon cutting Aug. 24, 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

5 years later, crash that claimed officer’s life still reverberates through Greater Victoria

Const. Sarah Beckett’s memory lives on in the community, honoured with park, scholarship and annual run

Sarah Beckett's widower Brad Aschenbrenner, and their sons open the memorial playground with an official ribbon cutting Aug. 24, 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dave and Leanne Savage with their five children. Dave Savage, a firefighter with the Victoria International Airport, was diagnosed with an incurable cancer March 8. (Courtesy of Shannon Whilhelm)

GoFundMe launched for Saanich father of 5 diagnosed with incurable cancer

Dave Savage, 50, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in March

Dave and Leanne Savage with their five children. Dave Savage, a firefighter with the Victoria International Airport, was diagnosed with an incurable cancer March 8. (Courtesy of Shannon Whilhelm)
Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

B.C. 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)
Brenda Houston, one of the founders of Cycling Without Aging Society (left) takes Rose Marie Gibbons out for a Thursday afternoon spin. The society resumes offering free rides for the less able starting April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s free bike riding program back in the saddle

Cycling Without Aging Society resumes free rides to the less able

Brenda Houston, one of the founders of Cycling Without Aging Society (left) takes Rose Marie Gibbons out for a Thursday afternoon spin. The society resumes offering free rides for the less able starting April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)