Christine van Reeuwyk

Deputy Chief Mark Fisher returns to the helm of Oak Bay Police Department in September. (Courtesy Mark Fisher)

Former Oak Bay police chief returns to helm come September

Deputy Mark Fisher led Oak Bay Police Department from 2011 to 2014

Deputy Chief Mark Fisher returns to the helm of Oak Bay Police Department in September. (Courtesy Mark Fisher)
Olivia Boyer-Smyth as Ariel and Jakob Diston plays Scuttle in the coming Oak Bay High musical performance of The Little Mermaid. (Courtesy Oak Bay High Musical Theatre)

Oak Bay High musical theatre team brings sea creatures to live performance

The Little Mermaid on Dave Dunnet stage starting March 3

Olivia Boyer-Smyth as Ariel and Jakob Diston plays Scuttle in the coming Oak Bay High musical performance of The Little Mermaid. (Courtesy Oak Bay High Musical Theatre)
Salish Sea by Chris Paul, installed at Spewhung/Turkey Head in Oak Bay, was the first ArtsAlive sculpture the district purchased. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay seeks 6 sculptures for latest ArtsAlive community showcase

Successful artists receive an honorarium of $1,000

Salish Sea by Chris Paul, installed at Spewhung/Turkey Head in Oak Bay, was the first ArtsAlive sculpture the district purchased. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay High ski and snowboard team hits the slopes at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden for provincial competition Feb. 28 to March 2. (Courtesy Colleen McKee)

Captains lead Oak Bay High contingent to ski, snowboard provincials

Young athletes cite coaches, diversity as learning opportunity

Oak Bay High ski and snowboard team hits the slopes at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden for provincial competition Feb. 28 to March 2. (Courtesy Colleen McKee)
Pink blossoms at the corner of Vancouver and View streets could spell the start of spring in Victoria, or spell disaster for the trees with the recent cold snap. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Unseasonable cold snap could trigger ‘spiral of decline’ for Greater Victoria trees

Trees need help to overcome heat dome, drought, record rainfall, arctic cold

Pink blossoms at the corner of Vancouver and View streets could spell the start of spring in Victoria, or spell disaster for the trees with the recent cold snap. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay municipal hall. May 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay meetings start an hour earlier come fall

Schedule changes take effect Feb. 28

Oak Bay municipal hall. May 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Carmen Pavlov, coordinator for Peninsula Streams Society’s BEACH program, holds a sample of a forage fish egg, too small to be seen on camera, but readily visible under microscope. (Christine van Reewyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Surf smelt egg found on Oak Bay beach signals spawning ground for forage fish

Citizen scientists with Peninsula Streams work forage fish egg surveys across region

Carmen Pavlov, coordinator for Peninsula Streams Society’s BEACH program, holds a sample of a forage fish egg, too small to be seen on camera, but readily visible under microscope. (Christine van Reewyk/News Staff)
A screenshot from the project video the City of Victoria made as part of its call for public input on housing. Oak Bay will source a similar project video during its infill housing call for information, saving a more expensive animated version for potential use in the future. (City of Victoria video)

Oak Bay adds $11,000 in swag, modelling to entice engagement on infill housing strategy

Big-ticket items deferred for potential consideration later

A screenshot from the project video the City of Victoria made as part of its call for public input on housing. Oak Bay will source a similar project video during its infill housing call for information, saving a more expensive animated version for potential use in the future. (City of Victoria video)
Anyone who finds a European green crab like this one on Vancouver Island shorelines should report the invasive species to DFO, with photos and the exact location. (Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Extreme weather could help invasive green crab crawl along Vancouver Island, B.C. coast

European green crab is identifiable by five spines on the side of each eye

Anyone who finds a European green crab like this one on Vancouver Island shorelines should report the invasive species to DFO, with photos and the exact location. (Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Lindsey Bishop started her walk with a sage smudge, performed by Nicole Mandryk in Victoria Feb. 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Women depart Victoria for nationwide walk to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

Saskatchewan women come west to start initiative at Mile Zero

Lindsey Bishop started her walk with a sage smudge, performed by Nicole Mandryk in Victoria Feb. 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association membership voted during its Feb. 15 general meeting to boycott all meetings of the board until they are satisfied the process was appropriate or the suspension is rescinded. (Black Press Media file photo)

Legality of 2 Victoria school trustees’ suspension questioned by teachers’ association

GVTA votes no confidence in SD61 board, will boycott future meetings

The Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association membership voted during its Feb. 15 general meeting to boycott all meetings of the board until they are satisfied the process was appropriate or the suspension is rescinded. (Black Press Media file photo)
Single-use plastic checkout bags are on the way out in Oak Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Checkout bag bylaw expected for Oak Bay review by spring

Single-use plastic bags could be banned by December

Single-use plastic checkout bags are on the way out in Oak Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay agreed in principle to adopt a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s summary report that asks all levels of government to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News)

Oak Bay takes principled approach to reconciliation

Proposed task force would build paths in a manner respectful to First Nations’ resource capacity

Oak Bay agreed in principle to adopt a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s summary report that asks all levels of government to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation. (Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News)
Victoria Golf Club caddie Holly Stewart is set for college after learning at Christmas she’d earned the prestigious Evans Scholarship. (Courtesy of Holly Stewart)

Golf course work pays off with 4-year scholarship for Oak Bay teen

Holly Stewart’s tuition, housing paid for at University of Washington with caddie scholarship

Victoria Golf Club caddie Holly Stewart is set for college after learning at Christmas she’d earned the prestigious Evans Scholarship. (Courtesy of Holly Stewart)
Firefighters Chris Bailey, left, and Nicole Pound hit the training ground in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: 3 new firefighters bring diverse knowledge, perspective to Oak Bay service

Fire department starts 2022 with handful of new faces

Firefighters Chris Bailey, left, and Nicole Pound hit the training ground in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay brothers Tareq Winski, left, and Karim Winski are both working in Ottawa while attending university. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

Senate Page Program allows Oak Bay brothers to witness history

Employment experience, new friendships, networking skills among benefits

Oak Bay brothers Tareq Winski, left, and Karim Winski are both working in Ottawa while attending university. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
The Conestoga hut is ‘cheap, quick, warm, good bed, in out of the rain, step up from a tent and secure,’ says Krista Loughton of Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich hut showcases what shelter could look like

Conestoga huts a potential short-term solution toward housing

The Conestoga hut is ‘cheap, quick, warm, good bed, in out of the rain, step up from a tent and secure,’ says Krista Loughton of Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay High students Noah Scott, left, Henry Baker and Evan Warburton stand with the little free library they built together, in Victoria’s Redfern Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Students, teacher, community members in Oak Bay, Victoria replace library

Redfern Park sports a shiny new little lending library thanks to partnership

Oak Bay High students Noah Scott, left, Henry Baker and Evan Warburton stand with the little free library they built together, in Victoria’s Redfern Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay embarks on its first round of public consultation regarding infill housing this month. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Community photos, stories to help craft vision of future housing in Oak Bay

Public consultation includes photos, stories and walking tours

Oak Bay embarks on its first round of public consultation regarding infill housing this month. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Canadian College of Performing Arts presents the world premiere of new Canadian musical The Quest. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

The Quest makes its world debut on Oak Bay stage

Performing arts students work with playwrights to stage new musical

The Canadian College of Performing Arts presents the world premiere of new Canadian musical The Quest. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)