Christine van Reeuwyk

The latest iteration of Oak Bay’s secondary suites policy would see off-street parking required and either a suite or a boarder per lot. (Black Press Media file photo)

Off-street parking added to impending secondary suite policy for Oak Bay

Homeowners would choose between boarder, suite – not both

The latest iteration of Oak Bay’s secondary suites policy would see off-street parking required and either a suite or a boarder per lot. (Black Press Media file photo)
A crew is set to burn carpet burweed Jan. 13 at Cattle Point. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crews take a torch to Oak Bay seaside park to battle burweed

Burns are frequent at Cattle Point to tackle the invasive plant

A crew is set to burn carpet burweed Jan. 13 at Cattle Point. (Black Press Media file photo)
Three floors of a Victoria apartment building go up in flames the morning of Jan. 11. (Courtesy Alex Robb)

VIDEO: Firefighters battle early morning apartment building blaze in Victoria

View Street closed to traffic from Ormond to Cook

Three floors of a Victoria apartment building go up in flames the morning of Jan. 11. (Courtesy Alex Robb)
Vandals took to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park in a vehicle causing major field damage discovered Jan. 6. (Photo by Jim Beatty)

Drivers damage popular Oak Bay parks doing doughnuts in saturated soil

Ruts at Windsor, Willows won’t heal until spring

Vandals took to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park in a vehicle causing major field damage discovered Jan. 6. (Photo by Jim Beatty)
Saanich resident Mike Erwin spent nine days walking every street in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Retired man walks every street in Oak Bay to keep from ‘getting underfoot’ at home

Mike Erwin spotted several deer, a few seals, eagles and a peacock

Saanich resident Mike Erwin spent nine days walking every street in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Karen White reads her poetry at Stalag’tat/Goldstream River as part of the Poets Caravan created by Victoria-based Planet Earth Poetry. (Video by Lorraine Scollan)

Greater Victoria poets spread inspiration with words during public health woes

Poets Caravan videos feature about 40 south Island virtual readings

Karen White reads her poetry at Stalag’tat/Goldstream River as part of the Poets Caravan created by Victoria-based Planet Earth Poetry. (Video by Lorraine Scollan)
Lesley Cobus, coordinator for the Monterey Recreation Centre, says they’re in rebuilding mode with nearly 1,000 members now compared to the more than 2,000 pre-pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Monterey centre’s 50th anniversary party on hold in Oak Bay

Recreation facility celebrates small milestones as membership starts to return

Lesley Cobus, coordinator for the Monterey Recreation Centre, says they’re in rebuilding mode with nearly 1,000 members now compared to the more than 2,000 pre-pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Deconstruction of Oak Bay Lodge in December 2021. The work is expected to run well into spring 2022. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

3 Oak Bay topics to watch for in 2022

Marina, lodge, suites issues key news reads in the new year

Deconstruction of Oak Bay Lodge in December 2021. The work is expected to run well into spring 2022. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
A heritage home slated for moving remains on Hampshire Road in November. It was the subject of a top 2021 story after Oak Bay put a 60-day protection order on the home. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Looking back at the top 5 Oak Bay stories of 2021

These stories captured the interest of readers most over the year

A heritage home slated for moving remains on Hampshire Road in November. It was the subject of a top 2021 story after Oak Bay put a 60-day protection order on the home. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Drive BC limits travel on four major south Island highways, including the Malahat section of Highway 1, on Dec. 30 after heavy snowfall overnight. (DriveBC.ca)

UPDATE: Prepare for winter driving conditions on south Vancouver Island roads

Crews working to clear Highway 1 from Cowichan to Victoria, Highway 14, Highway 18 and Highway 17

Drive BC limits travel on four major south Island highways, including the Malahat section of Highway 1, on Dec. 30 after heavy snowfall overnight. (DriveBC.ca)
Residents help clear the sidewalks on York Place in Oak Bay, Dec. 28, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)

Make way for pedestrians: Shovel snow from the walkway or face the consequences

Clearing falls to residents, business owners across Greater Victoria

Residents help clear the sidewalks on York Place in Oak Bay, Dec. 28, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)
The Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives team of Jeremy Caradonna, Matt Dell, Rob Reid, Calen McNeil, and Krista Loughton are looking for a site to place their inaugural Conestoga Hut. (Photo courtesy Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives)

Cash raised for hut, now Victoria group seeks church parking space to house homeless

Region suffers lack of emergency winter shelter spaces due to staffing shortages

The Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives team of Jeremy Caradonna, Matt Dell, Rob Reid, Calen McNeil, and Krista Loughton are looking for a site to place their inaugural Conestoga Hut. (Photo courtesy Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives)
A community effort brought the Christmas cutouts of Charlie Brown, his sister Sally and his devoted dog Snoopy back to the circle with Lucy and Peppermint Patty in Oak Bay’s Entrance Park (Photo courtesy Whitney Davis)

Peanuts gang reunited in Oak Bay park on Christmas Day

Stolen homemade characters replaced with those made by community members

A community effort brought the Christmas cutouts of Charlie Brown, his sister Sally and his devoted dog Snoopy back to the circle with Lucy and Peppermint Patty in Oak Bay’s Entrance Park (Photo courtesy Whitney Davis)
A statue of famed Victoria artist Emily Carr, and her pet monkey, adorns the corner of Belleville and Government streets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay poet pens award-winning words regarding ‘rebel’ Emily Carr

Two poets recognized among 60 entries in Victoria’s Emily Carr 150 Poetry Contest

A statue of famed Victoria artist Emily Carr, and her pet monkey, adorns the corner of Belleville and Government streets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The 5th Garry Oak Scouts host a contactless bottle drop off Jan. 2 at the Oak Bay scout hall, 1703 Monterey Ave. (Courtesy 5th Garry Oak Scouts)

Double drop-off fundraisers return for trees, bottles in Oak Bay

Scouts offer contactless bottle drive, fire department hosts Christmas tree chipping

The 5th Garry Oak Scouts host a contactless bottle drop off Jan. 2 at the Oak Bay scout hall, 1703 Monterey Ave. (Courtesy 5th Garry Oak Scouts)
Tree chipping returns to Tillicum January 8 and 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by donation to the Easter Seals. (Courtesy Easter Seals)

10 great causes to support while recycling your Christmas tree this year

Post-holiday cleanup made easier with tree chipping across Greater Victoria

Tree chipping returns to Tillicum January 8 and 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by donation to the Easter Seals. (Courtesy Easter Seals)
Carmen MacLean (left) and Pauline Price perform for guests at Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay on Dec. 15. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Monterey Avenue Minstrels bring joy to Oak Bay rec centre

Concert showcases Christmas songs new and old

Carmen MacLean (left) and Pauline Price perform for guests at Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay on Dec. 15. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gift cards rule retail as mall shops work around supply chain issues

Shopping anywhere is a boutique experience right now, says Victoria mall general manager

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
New owners Rumon Carter (pictured) and partner Jennie Sprigings plan to add to the memories and stories crafted in this historic home on Island Road in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Family heeds the call of historic Oak Bay farmhouse

Oak Bay didn’t exist when Island Road home was built

New owners Rumon Carter (pictured) and partner Jennie Sprigings plan to add to the memories and stories crafted in this historic home on Island Road in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Downtown Victoria resident Alex is an example of someone who could benefit from a hut on private land, with the ability to lock up his belongings. (Video by Krista Loughton)

Grassroots collective starts with $4,000 goal for 1 hut for 1 unhoused Victoria resident

Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives seeking private land to house future huts

Downtown Victoria resident Alex is an example of someone who could benefit from a hut on private land, with the ability to lock up his belongings. (Video by Krista Loughton)