Christine van Reeuwyk

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)
The Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team responds to 5,000 to 6,000 calls a year, many from police agencies seeking guidance in mental health and substance use calls. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay police rely on regional health team for mental health response

Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team aids Greater Victoria officers 11 hours a day

The Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team responds to 5,000 to 6,000 calls a year, many from police agencies seeking guidance in mental health and substance use calls. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Greater Victoria mom en route to Mexico without her son’s medication posted a ‘hail Mary’ in a local social media group early one recent morning. Her online plea was answered by West Shore resident Marina Miller, who sprung into action and arranged to have the medication waiting for the family at their hotel. (Kirsten Marten/Facebook)

West Shore mom saves stranger’s family vacation after online plea for medication

‘If you can be helpful, be helpful and if you can’t, stand back for someone who can’

A Greater Victoria mom en route to Mexico without her son’s medication posted a ‘hail Mary’ in a local social media group early one recent morning. Her online plea was answered by West Shore resident Marina Miller, who sprung into action and arranged to have the medication waiting for the family at their hotel. (Kirsten Marten/Facebook)
The Kidovate Victoria 2019 market. After two years the market returns to The Bay Centre on April 9. (File photo courtesy Beattie Tartan)

University of Victoria business school initiative inspires young entrepreneurs

Kidovate market returns to Victoria mall after two-year hiatus

The Kidovate Victoria 2019 market. After two years the market returns to The Bay Centre on April 9. (File photo courtesy Beattie Tartan)
Sidney Hurst (right) and her father Steven Hurst stand with the little free library the teen built as part of her graduation capstone project at Oak Bay High. (Photo by Sarah Nguyen)

Student shares love of literacy with Oak Bay library project

2022 grad researches, designs, builds book box for Bowker Creek walkway

Sidney Hurst (right) and her father Steven Hurst stand with the little free library the teen built as part of her graduation capstone project at Oak Bay High. (Photo by Sarah Nguyen)
Oak Bay parks crew members Iain MacLeod on the chipper and Louis Burgess on the lift, clear a section of creekside vegetation to allow for repairs where the banks of Bowker Creek collapsed March 24. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay prepares to reinforce failed Bowker Creek bank

Eight-foot high section eroded over time before it slid into waterway Thursday

Oak Bay parks crew members Iain MacLeod on the chipper and Louis Burgess on the lift, clear a section of creekside vegetation to allow for repairs where the banks of Bowker Creek collapsed March 24. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay Fire Chief Darren Hughes says there is a Plan B should the portable shelter not be ready in time for new ladder truck on order. (Black Press Media file photo)

A hall too small: Oak Bay fire plans portable storage for ladder truck

2023 ladder, pumper trucks on order for next year

Oak Bay Fire Chief Darren Hughes says there is a Plan B should the portable shelter not be ready in time for new ladder truck on order. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Oak Bay Tea Party returns to Willows Beach Park, June 3 to 5. (Oak Bay Tea Party/Facebook)

Community party steeped in tradition returns to Oak Bay beach

Yes the baron of beef is back, by demand, courtesy of Oak Bay Sea Rescue

The Oak Bay Tea Party returns to Willows Beach Park, June 3 to 5. (Oak Bay Tea Party/Facebook)
Then Saanich Fire Deputy Chief Frank Macdonald (left) and Chief Mike Burgess celebrate the chief’s retirement on Sept. 29, 2021. (File photo courtesy Mike Burgess)

Oak Bay names interim fire chief ahead of spring retirement

Frank Macdonald served with Saanich Fire for decades

Then Saanich Fire Deputy Chief Frank Macdonald (left) and Chief Mike Burgess celebrate the chief’s retirement on Sept. 29, 2021. (File photo courtesy Mike Burgess)