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Margot Wehrle, 14, first found her voice with music, now she’s embarked on slam poetry. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Oak Bay student defines Identity with new passion for slam poetry

Musician Margo Wehrle, 14, branches out to the spoken word

Margot Wehrle, 14, first found her voice with music, now she’s embarked on slam poetry. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Cookie boxes are among the creative fundraising initiatives of the Roots Reunited constituent group hoping to reunite a refugee family. (Courtesy Victoria Christison)

Greater Victoria group aims to reunite extended refugee family

Keeping kin together has positive psychological and emotional impacts

Cookie boxes are among the creative fundraising initiatives of the Roots Reunited constituent group hoping to reunite a refugee family. (Courtesy Victoria Christison)
Youth take part in a past program with the Compost Education Centre in Victoria. (Courtesy Compost Education Centre)

Victoria compost centre launches free program for teens to get their hands dirty

Hands-on learning runs weekly, builds on skills as program progresses

Youth take part in a past program with the Compost Education Centre in Victoria. (Courtesy Compost Education Centre)
Margot Inches of Oak Bay, working as a volunteer with ElderDog Victoria Pawd, walks Poppy through a Saanich neighbourhood. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: ElderDog Victoria helps keep pets and owners happy, healthy

Victoria Pawd supports 30 dogs from Greater Victoria to Chemainus

Margot Inches of Oak Bay, working as a volunteer with ElderDog Victoria Pawd, walks Poppy through a Saanich neighbourhood. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A new three-storey mixed-use commercial and multifamily residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Casey’s site development to add six rental units to Oak Bay market

Three-storey project promises commercial, residential space with ample bike parking

A new three-storey mixed-use commercial and multifamily residential building is set to rise at 713 St. Patrick St. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay Fire was called and quickly knocked down a blaze in a 1918 home on Tod Road Jan 26. (Dan Wood/Twitter)

Firefighters douse basement blaze in 1918 Oak Bay home

Residents alerted by smoke alarms got out safely

Oak Bay Fire was called and quickly knocked down a blaze in a 1918 home on Tod Road Jan 26. (Dan Wood/Twitter)
Terry Lee, left, Edmond Wong and Daniel Low of the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club perform eye dotting ceremony as part of the virtual Chinese New Year celebration online Feb. 1. (Courtesy Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club)

VIDEO: Victoria club awakens cubs for virtual Chinese New Year lion dance

Young performers of Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club usher in Year of the Tiger

Terry Lee, left, Edmond Wong and Daniel Low of the Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club perform eye dotting ceremony as part of the virtual Chinese New Year celebration online Feb. 1. (Courtesy Wong Sheung Kung Fu Club)
Chief Ray Bernoties during his promotion ceremony in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria police chief popular on Twitter announces impending retirement

Oak Bay Chief Const. Ray Bernoties has zero plans, except to explore the man beyond the cop

Chief Ray Bernoties during his promotion ceremony in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Hospice Society hopes to build a new space for grief support, education and end-of-life programs on 1.9 acres off Richmond Road. (Courtesy SD61)

School board land sale for Victoria Hospice clears first hurdles

Voices of opposition cite Bowker Creek health concerns

The Victoria Hospice Society hopes to build a new space for grief support, education and end-of-life programs on 1.9 acres off Richmond Road. (Courtesy SD61)
A paddler enjoys the dog days of summer near Oak Bay Marina. In 2021, Oak Bay residents registered 1,586 dogs in the community. (Photo by Bob Harwood)

Labrador retriever is the most popular pup in Oak Bay

Charlie tops dog names for 2021

A paddler enjoys the dog days of summer near Oak Bay Marina. In 2021, Oak Bay residents registered 1,586 dogs in the community. (Photo by Bob Harwood)
Oak Bay features two Modo cars in action already as the company looks to build. (modo.coop)

Car share company seeks tweaks to be more viable on Oak Bay streets

Bylaws limit commercial parking abilities, impacts membership growth

Oak Bay features two Modo cars in action already as the company looks to build. (modo.coop)
Firefighter Aidan Wells is the new executive director for the Oak Bay Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

New face leads firefighter fundraising in Oak Bay

Aidan Wells started as a teen volunteer with Metchosin Fire Department

Firefighter Aidan Wells is the new executive director for the Oak Bay Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
After two decades of dealing with chronic kidney disease, Jade Ariana Fair launched an online fundraiser to get a new kidney after learning she’d dropped to three per cent function. (Courtesy Jade Ariana Fair)

Victoria artist, holistic student targets new kidney for 2022

It’s OK to not be OK, woman with chronic illness reminds others

After two decades of dealing with chronic kidney disease, Jade Ariana Fair launched an online fundraiser to get a new kidney after learning she’d dropped to three per cent function. (Courtesy Jade Ariana Fair)
Volunteers with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue - Oak Bay are ready to work on a new nine-metre vessel currently being built in Sidney. (Courtesy RCMSAR Oak Bay)

Oak Bay search and rescue volunteers ready to launch new life-saving vessel

Sidney-built 9-metre rigid hull inflatable nearly ready for sea trials

Volunteers with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue - Oak Bay are ready to work on a new nine-metre vessel currently being built in Sidney. (Courtesy RCMSAR Oak Bay)
Oak Bay is set to talk reconcilliation Monday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Councillor pitches reconciliation task force for Oak Bay

Notice of motion, on Monday’s agenda, also requests changes to history page on district website

Oak Bay is set to talk reconcilliation Monday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
The GVPL’s James Bay Branch is among those on limited hours due to COVID-19 impacts. (Black Press Media file photo)

Libraries on reduced hours across Greater Victoria

Esquimalt in limbo as it awaits new branch opening

The GVPL’s James Bay Branch is among those on limited hours due to COVID-19 impacts. (Black Press Media file photo)
Late last year, Canada released proposed regulations for the manufacture, import and sale of six categories of single-use items (with certain exceptions). Full implementation is expected by 2024. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward file photo)

Plastic bag ban pending in Oak Bay, forks et. al. await federal work

Canada has proposed regulations for the manufacture, import and sale of six categories of single-use items

Late last year, Canada released proposed regulations for the manufacture, import and sale of six categories of single-use items (with certain exceptions). Full implementation is expected by 2024. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward file photo)
The waters of Bowker Creek ran high in the Haultain Street area during the massive rain event in November 2021. (Photo by Peter Haddon)

Neighbours oppose land sale near daylighted Saanich leg of Bowker Creek

Greater Victoria School District proposes to sell 1.9 acres at Lansdowne to Victoria Hospice

The waters of Bowker Creek ran high in the Haultain Street area during the massive rain event in November 2021. (Photo by Peter Haddon)
Oak Bay is now a full member of the Te’Mexw Treaty advisory committee, made up of elected officials, staff and observers from local governments in Greater Victoria that may be impacted by the Te’mexw treaty negotiations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay lends voice to Te’Mexw treaty process

Advisory committee represents local governments impacted by treaty negotiation

Oak Bay is now a full member of the Te’Mexw Treaty advisory committee, made up of elected officials, staff and observers from local governments in Greater Victoria that may be impacted by the Te’mexw treaty negotiations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Torches are effective for removing carpet burweed because the invasive plant has shallow roots and the flame also burns viable seeds. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Plant burning in Oak Bay park a shared experience

Parks managers from Victoria, Saanich, Nanaimo join in on carpet burweed session at Cattle Point

Torches are effective for removing carpet burweed because the invasive plant has shallow roots and the flame also burns viable seeds. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)