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Rob and Anita Parris on the south side of their Island Road property. The couple had hoped to subdivide but have run into some significant costs. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay seeks $300,000 from homeowner to split lot into two

Growing service fees too much, couple says

  • Mar 19, 2021
Rob and Anita Parris on the south side of their Island Road property. The couple had hoped to subdivide but have run into some significant costs. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
This walk-up, three-storey apartment building off Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria is the type of mid-density housing that is not actively being built in Oak Bay. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Where will the missing middle go in Oak Bay?

People are chomping to get at a housing plan, says Coun. Andrew Appleton

  • Mar 18, 2021
This walk-up, three-storey apartment building off Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria is the type of mid-density housing that is not actively being built in Oak Bay. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Clare Attwell and Gary McDougall are hosting a six-week series of conversations called Re-imagining Life In A One Planet Region for people in Greater Victoria. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Greater Victoria group pushes local conversation for climate action

‘We’re not that great at open conversations’

  • Mar 15, 2021
Clare Attwell and Gary McDougall are hosting a six-week series of conversations called Re-imagining Life In A One Planet Region for people in Greater Victoria. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Rachel Staples with sons Oliver, 17 (left) and Isaac, 15 (right). Staples is still in recovery after she was struck by a driver while riding her bike in December. (Courtesy of Rachel Staples)

Oak Bay dentist uses gratitude to face loss, chronic pain

Rachel Staples still recovering after being struck at a Colwood trail crossing in December

Rachel Staples with sons Oliver, 17 (left) and Isaac, 15 (right). Staples is still in recovery after she was struck by a driver while riding her bike in December. (Courtesy of Rachel Staples)
President Justin Stephenson of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station in Oak Bay, and local sailor David Taggart, with Taggart’s 27-foot Catalina sailboat in the background. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay team rescues sailor as bitter cold, rough seas compound quickly

Marine search and rescue volunteers tow boats to Oak Bay Marina

President Justin Stephenson of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station in Oak Bay, and local sailor David Taggart, with Taggart’s 27-foot Catalina sailboat in the background. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
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Saanich annual wages lower per capita than Victoria, Oak Bay

Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay municipal figures from 2019 compared

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Executive director David Lau, of Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, in an upstairs bedroom of the Monterey house, adjacent to Theatre Lane, where immigrants and refugees can soon live while settling in Canada. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Council rezones refugee house in Oak Bay Village

Oak Bay business association still waiting for parking lots

Executive director David Lau, of Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, in an upstairs bedroom of the Monterey house, adjacent to Theatre Lane, where immigrants and refugees can soon live while settling in Canada. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Rotarian Joan Peggs, Oak Bay Beach Hotel general manager Madone Pelan, Rotarians Don O’Coffey and John Jordan, with Asha and Sheila Elworthy. Sheila Elworthy won a $25 gift certificate to Oak Bay Beach Hotel for her earlybird renewal to the Rotary’s annual Canadian flag fundraiser. (Oak Bay Rotary Club Photo)

Oak Bay’s flag rental program back for 2021

Rotary uses funds for human aid projects

Rotarian Joan Peggs, Oak Bay Beach Hotel general manager Madone Pelan, Rotarians Don O’Coffey and John Jordan, with Asha and Sheila Elworthy. Sheila Elworthy won a $25 gift certificate to Oak Bay Beach Hotel for her earlybird renewal to the Rotary’s annual Canadian flag fundraiser. (Oak Bay Rotary Club Photo)
A bear from the ArtsAlive sculpture Freshly cut stumps on Oak Bay Avenue are those of Norway maples that were planted in the 1990s. They outgrew their welcome by breaking up the sidewalks and damaging sub-ground services. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay extends ArtsAlive until August, pending artist approval

District hopes to see sculptures can stay extra four months

A bear from the ArtsAlive sculpture Freshly cut stumps on Oak Bay Avenue are those of Norway maples that were planted in the 1990s. They outgrew their welcome by breaking up the sidewalks and damaging sub-ground services. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Photo credit: Table Creative)

Oak Bay business has Instagram hacked, naked photos demanded in return

Hughes Clothing owner creating non-profit in response

Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Photo credit: Table Creative)
Dogs of Victoria. Top left, George stays cool. At top centre, Sam the Westie sits in the carved out stump of Beacon Hill Park. Top right is Sahara, a “tripawd,” on a section of beach along West Bay Marina, and bottom right is Stella, the unofficial mascot of Saanich emergency services. Bottom centre is Roxy atop Mount Wells and bottom left is Watson. (Photos from Oak Bay News Facebook page)

Molly is Oak Bay’s top dog name for 2020

All about Labradors and Labradoodles

Dogs of Victoria. Top left, George stays cool. At top centre, Sam the Westie sits in the carved out stump of Beacon Hill Park. Top right is Sahara, a “tripawd,” on a section of beach along West Bay Marina, and bottom right is Stella, the unofficial mascot of Saanich emergency services. Bottom centre is Roxy atop Mount Wells and bottom left is Watson. (Photos from Oak Bay News Facebook page)
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Oak Bay to add development tracker to website

Oak Bay launches engagement portal online

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Grade 12 student Max Miller at Oak Bay High collected 60 pairs of gently used basketball sneakers that others can use. Miller calls it Beaters to Heaters though many of the shoes are like new and all are in good condition. He is reaching out to basketball programs around town to offer the shoes and also gather more. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay teen’s ‘Beaters to heaters’ passes basketball shoes to new feet

Student athlete gathers gently used shoes to share with others

Grade 12 student Max Miller at Oak Bay High collected 60 pairs of gently used basketball sneakers that others can use. Miller calls it Beaters to Heaters though many of the shoes are like new and all are in good condition. He is reaching out to basketball programs around town to offer the shoes and also gather more. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
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Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay fire reach ‘modern’ service agreement

Negotiations to update 1980 firefighting agreement began in 2015, stalled in 2020

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A collage of damaged areas in need of repair in Oak Bay municipal hall, including carpet hazards, missing wall pieces and interior water damage. (District of Oak Bay images)

Oak Bay awards contract for municipal hall renovation

$470,000 will go towards cracked walls, ripped flooring

A collage of damaged areas in need of repair in Oak Bay municipal hall, including carpet hazards, missing wall pieces and interior water damage. (District of Oak Bay images)
A St. Michaels University School student of the junior campus in Oak Bay has tested positive for COVID-19. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

St. Michaels junior school student tests positive for COVID-19

St. Christopher’s Montessori closed Monday due to exposure

A St. Michaels University School student of the junior campus in Oak Bay has tested positive for COVID-19. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Avery Brohman, Executive Director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. Lia Crowe photograph

Tea with Avery Brohman

Executive Director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation talks about healthcare and philanthropy

  • Jan 8, 2021
Avery Brohman, Executive Director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. Lia Crowe photograph
Patrick McAllister talks to an Oak Bay public works crew during repairs to the storm drain on Dewdney Street, Jan. 4. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Crews swamped as recent rains flood Oak Bay homes

Victoria drainage company gets hundreds of calls in one day

Patrick McAllister talks to an Oak Bay public works crew during repairs to the storm drain on Dewdney Street, Jan. 4. (Travis Paterson/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)
Following a week of complaints about vehicle stunting and racing, an Oak Bay police officer caught one of the culprits on Jan.1. (Black Press File Photo)

Oak Bay police catch Cadboro Bay stunt driving culprit

Vehicle impounded, driver charged for tow bill and storage

Following a week of complaints about vehicle stunting and racing, an Oak Bay police officer caught one of the culprits on Jan.1. (Black Press File Photo)