CFB Esquimalt

The Department of National Defence is conducting controlled burns at Rocky Point between Sept. 21 and mid-October. (Google Maps)

Department of National Defence conducting controlled burns in Metchosin

Residents warned smoke will be visible but fires will be under control

 

A life preserver sits on the bridge of the Royal Canadian Navy’s ORCA class patrol vessel Caribou. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Canada’s Pacific fleet on display in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Annual Defence on the Dock held at Ship Point for first time

 

HMCS Winnipeg is seen during a previous Defence on The Dock event. The public will be invited to learn more about what the navy does on Sept. 17 as the event returns at Ship Point. (Black Press Media file photo)

Defence on the Dock returns Saturday to Victoria

The open house-style event is being held at Ship Point for the first time

 

Drone footage shows a fire near Fort Rodd Hill in Colwood on Aug. 24. (yannieboi/YouTube)
Drone footage shows a fire near Fort Rod Hill in Colwood on Aug. 24. (yannieboi/YouTube)

VIDEO: Drone captures Fort Rodd Hill fire from Colwood skies

Fire chief reminds residents wildfires are no-fly zones, operators could face hefty fines

Drone footage shows a fire near Fort Rodd Hill in Colwood on Aug. 24. (yannieboi/YouTube)
Drone footage shows a fire near Fort Rod Hill in Colwood on Aug. 24. (yannieboi/YouTube)
One of the missing wolves, a cub called Tempest, was eventually located and is back with the pack. (Courtesy GVZoo)

CFB Esquimalt uses drones to help look for escaped Vancouver zoo wolves

Drone used infrared imaging to search for wolves on property neighbouring the zoo

One of the missing wolves, a cub called Tempest, was eventually located and is back with the pack. (Courtesy GVZoo)
CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum head curator Tatiana Robinson arranges a unique handmade 1950s UN flag flown by HMCS Sioux during the Korean War. The museum highlighted the flag for National Peacekeepers’ Day this year. (Courtesy CFB Esquimalt)

Crafty sailor remembered at CFB Esquimalt museum for his resourcefulness

Naval and Military Museum marks National Peacekeepers’ Day with reminder of local contributions

CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum head curator Tatiana Robinson arranges a unique handmade 1950s UN flag flown by HMCS Sioux during the Korean War. The museum highlighted the flag for National Peacekeepers’ Day this year. (Courtesy CFB Esquimalt)
Residents are advised to expect noise from Royal Canadian Air Force training actitivies near Albert Head in Metchosin now through Friday (Aug. 19) between 10 a.m. to midnight. (Courtesy Mike Kaehler/RCAF historian)

Royal Canadian Air Force holding exercises this week near Metchosin

Helicopter training activities happening from 10 a.m. to midnight, Aug. 15 to 19

Residents are advised to expect noise from Royal Canadian Air Force training actitivies near Albert Head in Metchosin now through Friday (Aug. 19) between 10 a.m. to midnight. (Courtesy Mike Kaehler/RCAF historian)
Many CFB Esquimalt workers and those in solidarity rally outside the naval base Aug. 10. The Public Service Alliance of Canada called the federal government’s current wage offer insulting. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Treasury Board looks to get back to bargaining table with CFB Esquimalt union

Aug. 10 rally in Esquimalt called for inflation-appropriate pay increases

Many CFB Esquimalt workers and those in solidarity rally outside the naval base Aug. 10. The Public Service Alliance of Canada called the federal government’s current wage offer insulting. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
CFB Esquimalt workers and those in solidarity rally outside the naval base Wednesday. Their union leader called the federal government’s most recent wage negotiation offer insulting. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: CFB Esquimalt workers rally amid stalled wage negotiations with the feds

Government’s proposed 1.75% annual pay bump insulting, says PSAC president

CFB Esquimalt workers and those in solidarity rally outside the naval base Wednesday. Their union leader called the federal government’s most recent wage negotiation offer insulting. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Ret. Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Preston was deployed on a peacekeeping mission in Egypt in 1974. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Peacekeepers remembered with parade on anniversary of Canadian deaths

On Aug. 9, 1974, 9 Canadians were killed when a Syrian missile shot down a UN peacekeeping plane

Ret. Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Preston was deployed on a peacekeeping mission in Egypt in 1974. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The National Peacekeepers’ Day events on Aug. 9 will include a march to the Esquimalt cenotaph around 7 p.m. (Google Maps)

National Peacekeepers’ Day marked in Esquimalt with ceremony, flyover

Day memorializes those who have died supporting missions around the world

The National Peacekeepers’ Day events on Aug. 9 will include a march to the Esquimalt cenotaph around 7 p.m. (Google Maps)
A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter will fly over Esquimalt as part of the National Peacekeeper’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park on Aug. 9. (Black Press Media file photo)

National Peacekeeper’s Day parade, memorial ceremony happen in Esquimalt Aug. 9

Sections of Admirals and Esquimalt roads will be closed from 7 to 8:25 p.m.

A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-148 Cyclone helicopter will fly over Esquimalt as part of the National Peacekeeper’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park on Aug. 9. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lack of available and affordable housing in the region has seen some junior members of the Royal Canadian Navy at CFB Esquimalt stay in single quarters largely meant for trainees, months after they were meant to find housing off base. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

New recruits at CFB Esquimalt struggle to find housing after training completed

Some personnel remain in single quarters due to cost, availability of housing in region

Lack of available and affordable housing in the region has seen some junior members of the Royal Canadian Navy at CFB Esquimalt stay in single quarters largely meant for trainees, months after they were meant to find housing off base. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Chief Petty Officer First Class Tim Blonde has been removed from his position as formation chief petty officer of Maritime Forces Pacific after an investigation into comments he is said to have made about a junior officer during a social event at CFB Esquimalt in May. (Photo by LS Laurance Clarke/Royal Canadian Navy)

Navy strips Esquimalt-based sailor of leadership role for inappropriate comments

Tim Blonde was serving as Formation Chief Petty Officer of Maritime Forces Pacific

Chief Petty Officer First Class Tim Blonde has been removed from his position as formation chief petty officer of Maritime Forces Pacific after an investigation into comments he is said to have made about a junior officer during a social event at CFB Esquimalt in May. (Photo by LS Laurance Clarke/Royal Canadian Navy)
CFB Esquimalt’s base hospital has reopened after having been evacuated due to a suspicious package earlier Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: CFB Esquimalt hospital reopens after bomb scare

A suspicious package was determined to contain no explosives

CFB Esquimalt’s base hospital has reopened after having been evacuated due to a suspicious package earlier Wednesday morning. (Google Maps)
People gather to honour the fallen during a Remembrance Day ceremony at God’s Acre. A candlelight vigil will be held at the cemetery May 26 starting at 6:45 p.m. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito file photo)

Candlelight tribute will glow Thursday at God’s Acre in Esquimalt

The ceremony is set to begin at 6:45 p.m. and will also feature a march and pipe band

People gather to honour the fallen during a Remembrance Day ceremony at God’s Acre. A candlelight vigil will be held at the cemetery May 26 starting at 6:45 p.m. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito file photo)
The Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish. Metchosin resident Geoff Pearce is proposing a similar system across Esquimalt Harbour as a possible solution to reduce commuter traffic between the West Shore and the region’s core. (Flickr)

Gondola pitched as possible West Shore commuter traffic solution

Former city administrator asking stakeholders to study feasibility of concept

The Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish. Metchosin resident Geoff Pearce is proposing a similar system across Esquimalt Harbour as a possible solution to reduce commuter traffic between the West Shore and the region’s core. (Flickr)
HMCS Winnipeg passes Fisgard Lighthouse en route to CFB Esquimalt in 2020. Ceremonial fire will be heard from the navy base on April 26. (Black Press Media file photo)

Ceremonial firings will be heard from Esquimalt on Wednesday

Pacific Naval Fleet School students will fire blank volleys from 10 a.m. to noon

HMCS Winnipeg passes Fisgard Lighthouse en route to CFB Esquimalt in 2020. Ceremonial fire will be heard from the navy base on April 26. (Black Press Media file photo)
Successful collaboration between CFB Esquimalt and the Esquimalt and Songhees nations provides a good example of how non-Indigenous military members across Canada can be educated, according to an expert panel. (Black Press Media file photo)

Look to CFB Esquimalt, First Nations on how to collaborate: military racism report

Lessons from local base and nations could benefit Canadian bases, expert panel says

Successful collaboration between CFB Esquimalt and the Esquimalt and Songhees nations provides a good example of how non-Indigenous military members across Canada can be educated, according to an expert panel. (Black Press Media file photo)
Night firing exercises will occur at Heal’s Rifle Range in Saanich from April 6 to 11. (Google Maps)
Night firing exercises will occur at Heal’s Rifle Range in Saanich from April 6 to 11. (Google Maps)