Christine van Reeuwyk

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm said goodbye to beloved, longtime resident miniature horse Peanut Butter on Tuesday, April 26. (Beacon Hill Children’s Farm/Facebook)

Victoria petting zoo patrons, staff mourn loss of longtime resident Peanut Butter

Condolences pour in after Beacon Hill Children’s Farm says goodbye to beloved miniature horse

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm said goodbye to beloved, longtime resident miniature horse Peanut Butter on Tuesday, April 26. (Beacon Hill Children’s Farm/Facebook)
Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper's face takes its place in the 'multi use road' sign on Happy Valley Road in 2018. Long since removed, his face made a comeback this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin singer-songwriter’s face makes comeback on road sign

Cheeky nod to the popular performer greets drivers on Happy Valley Road

Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper's face takes its place in the 'multi use road' sign on Happy Valley Road in 2018. Long since removed, his face made a comeback this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
Work on installing a new roof is slated to start in May at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. Council approved an increased budget for the project to match the nearly $1.8 million bid from Universal Sheet Metal Ltd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Budget boost needed for new roof at Oak Bay Recreation Centre

Market conditions in oil, labour blamed for jump in costs; work likely to start in May

Work on installing a new roof is slated to start in May at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. Council approved an increased budget for the project to match the nearly $1.8 million bid from Universal Sheet Metal Ltd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Oak Bay-owned house on Monterey Avenue will soon be free of its lease, and is open for expressions of interest by non-profit groups. (Black Press Media file photo)

Non-profits can apply to lease Oak Bay homes for supportive housing

Long-term uses depend on village plan currently under development

The Oak Bay-owned house on Monterey Avenue will soon be free of its lease, and is open for expressions of interest by non-profit groups. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sgt. Julie Chanin, who has worked well beyond a decade in the community, takes the deputy chief position when current Deputy Chief Const. Mark Fisher moves to the head position in September as Chief Ray Bernoties retires. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)

Oak Bay names next deputy chief, first female in Greater Victoria policing leadership

Sgt. Julie Chanin assumes new role when current deputy becomes chief in September

Sgt. Julie Chanin, who has worked well beyond a decade in the community, takes the deputy chief position when current Deputy Chief Const. Mark Fisher moves to the head position in September as Chief Ray Bernoties retires. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)
Oak Bay is ideal for the Coolkits program, in part because of work by the district and volunteers already underway, such as the ecological restoration and maintenance at Cattle Point. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Online tool challenges Oak Bay residents to become climate champions

Coolkit program includes structured workshops for the community

Oak Bay is ideal for the Coolkits program, in part because of work by the district and volunteers already underway, such as the ecological restoration and maintenance at Cattle Point. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Martin Cownden, president of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and Ken Marquardt of the former Sweet Delights get a taste of cotton candy ahead of the 2018 Spring Nosh. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay businesses abuzz with excitement over returning events

Summer night market, Spring Nosh return in June

Martin Cownden, president of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and Ken Marquardt of the former Sweet Delights get a taste of cotton candy ahead of the 2018 Spring Nosh. (Black Press Media file photo)
Guests sit on the patio of the Penny Farthing and Vis a Vis using former parking spots along Oak Bay Avenue. Council extended the temporary pilot project in line with the province’s extension to March 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province patio extension means Oak Bay eateries enjoy outdoor spaces to 2023

District plans to develop a permitting process ahead of the 2023 deadline

Guests sit on the patio of the Penny Farthing and Vis a Vis using former parking spots along Oak Bay Avenue. Council extended the temporary pilot project in line with the province’s extension to March 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jenna Tucker and her dad Jeff Tucker are the latest two generations to get in on the Pharmasave Oak Bay business. Jeff remembers riding bikes to make deliveries along with twin brother Tony, and Jenna continues to come back between each course of her education. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Avenue family business marks 60 years

Tucker family’s Pharmasave a positive place, keeping clients, staff for generations

Jenna Tucker and her dad Jeff Tucker are the latest two generations to get in on the Pharmasave Oak Bay business. Jeff remembers riding bikes to make deliveries along with twin brother Tony, and Jenna continues to come back between each course of her education. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Teardown begins on the Oak Bay Lodge as the Capital Regional Hospital District and Island Health continue to whittle down appropriate uses for the site. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Spring cleaning: Oak Bay Lodge teardown begins

Work underway to determine best uses for the Cadboro Bay Road property

Teardown begins on the Oak Bay Lodge as the Capital Regional Hospital District and Island Health continue to whittle down appropriate uses for the site. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A raccoon shows off the healthy pink of healing wounds ahead of his release into the wild. (Wild ARC/Facebook)

Remedied raccoon released from Metchosin rehab

You can buy dinner for a hungry patient at Wild ARC

A raccoon shows off the healthy pink of healing wounds ahead of his release into the wild. (Wild ARC/Facebook)
A tagged deer in Oak Bay, where a deer contraceptive study is underway. (Black Press Media file photo)

Deer team out checking Oak Bay does for collar fit

Veterinarian and volunteer team out in orange visibility vests, marked vehicle

A tagged deer in Oak Bay, where a deer contraceptive study is underway. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kim Colpman of Large & Co. hopes council will keep the application alive with a council procedure bylaw that allows the body to revisit the motion. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Developer calls on Oak Bay council to revisit The Quest

Proposal failed to get to a public hearing during March 14 meeting

Kim Colpman of Large & Co. hopes council will keep the application alive with a council procedure bylaw that allows the body to revisit the motion. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The stone monument overlooking Loon Bay in Oak Bay is part of a First Nations monument walking tour in the community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay poised to phase in reconciliation work with Songhees, Esquimalt Nations

Mayor tasked with appointing councillors to start prep work

The stone monument overlooking Loon Bay in Oak Bay is part of a First Nations monument walking tour in the community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)

Oak Bay student among those high on aviation possibilities

Greater Victoria School District helps kids fly with aviation and design program

Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)
The Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club hosts Saturday open houses throughout April. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria team takes top trophy in interclub croquet play in Oak Bay

Potential new members welcome for Oak Bay Lawn Bowling club Saturday open houses

The Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club hosts Saturday open houses throughout April. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Clockwise from top left, six of the 10 ArtsAlive sculptures that went on display around Oak Bay for 2019, Ebb and Flow (Russell Pap), Me and My Quiet Thoughts (Wan-Li Lin and Roger Chen), Jelly (Nathan Smith), Reflect and Connect (William Frymire), Portal (Heather Passmore), Where We Come Together (Jim Unger). (File photos Courtesy District of Oak Bay)

Arts laureate position opens to residents outside of Oak Bay

If Oak Bay wants a community arts council, that’s on residents

Clockwise from top left, six of the 10 ArtsAlive sculptures that went on display around Oak Bay for 2019, Ebb and Flow (Russell Pap), Me and My Quiet Thoughts (Wan-Li Lin and Roger Chen), Jelly (Nathan Smith), Reflect and Connect (William Frymire), Portal (Heather Passmore), Where We Come Together (Jim Unger). (File photos Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
Oak Bay Police Department sanctioned an officer after an external review found October 2020 allegations were substantiated. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay officer sanctioned after investigation of corruption, neglect of duty

Sergeant demoted to constable, barred from promotion for a year

Oak Bay Police Department sanctioned an officer after an external review found October 2020 allegations were substantiated. (Black Press Media file photo)
Chief Darren Hughes retires this spring after 30 years with Oak Bay fire. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay fire chief cruises into retirement

Darren Hughes marks 30 years on his final day

Chief Darren Hughes retires this spring after 30 years with Oak Bay fire. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Strathcona Mounted Troop performs in Victoria at the Highland Games May 21 and 22, as well as the Victoria Day Parade on May 23. (Courtesy of Victoria Highland Games Association)

Highland Games calls in the calvalry for spring return to Victoria park

Scottish, Celtic games, music, traditions and food hit Topaz May 21 and 22

The Strathcona Mounted Troop performs in Victoria at the Highland Games May 21 and 22, as well as the Victoria Day Parade on May 23. (Courtesy of Victoria Highland Games Association)