Christine van Reeuwyk

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meeting to boycott all meetings of the board until they are satisfied the process was appropriate or the suspension is rescinded.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meeting to boycott all meetings of the board until they are satisfied the process was appropriate or the suspension is rescinded.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)
John Marinus and wife Denise at the Chateau Victoria in June of 2020. (Photo courtesy of Margaret McCormack)

Oak Bay resident honours her dad by stuffing seniors’ mailboxes with love

Community crafts cards for Valentine’s Day distribution

John Marinus and wife Denise at the Chateau Victoria in June of 2020. (Photo courtesy of Margaret McCormack)
Tom Aerts, Oak Bay High principal, and Jan Hemming of the Oak Bay High Alumni Association see first-hand how busy the track behind the school can get. A campaign to resurface the quarter-century-old track needs to gain traction to meet its goal of being ready for this summer’s Canadian Francophone Games. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rotary stacks up bottles to help fund track revamp at Oak Bay High

Campaign is still shy $200,000 to resurface Jack Wallace Memorial Track

Tom Aerts, Oak Bay High principal, and Jan Hemming of the Oak Bay High Alumni Association see first-hand how busy the track behind the school can get. A campaign to resurface the quarter-century-old track needs to gain traction to meet its goal of being ready for this summer’s Canadian Francophone Games. (Black Press Media file photo)
Francis Landy hopes a petition will sway Oak Bay into considering a residential ban on gas-powered leaf blowers in the community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay man looks for community support for ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

Resident cites air, noise pollution as key concerns; district already transitioning to electric

Francis Landy hopes a petition will sway Oak Bay into considering a residential ban on gas-powered leaf blowers in the community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Kevin Harter CEO Victoria Hospice Society, says the 1.9 acre property they hope to purchase from the Greater Victoria School District is ideal for the group to build. The society has begun developing a plan to incorporate the adjacent Bowker Creek into its development proposal. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria Hospice targets creek remediation plan ahead of potential land purchase

Greater Victoria School District proposing sale of 1.9 acres to hospice society for new building

Kevin Harter CEO Victoria Hospice Society, says the 1.9 acre property they hope to purchase from the Greater Victoria School District is ideal for the group to build. The society has begun developing a plan to incorporate the adjacent Bowker Creek into its development proposal. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Capt. Rob Kivell displays a hockey card showcasing his job before firefighting – on the ice with a Calgary Flames affiliate club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Former Flame turned Oak Bay fire prevention officer chases third kidney transplant

Retiring Capt. Rob Kivell hands over duties to friend, coworker

Capt. Rob Kivell displays a hockey card showcasing his job before firefighting – on the ice with a Calgary Flames affiliate club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay’s talk of a reconciliation task force waits for another day as council works late Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Reconciliation task force talks on hold as Oak Bay council works late

Meeting extended once Jan. 24, ended abruptly with councillor’s motion on the table

Oak Bay’s talk of a reconciliation task force waits for another day as council works late Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay is poised to shift council meeting start times from 7 p.m. to 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay council meetings move to earlier start times

Oak Bay adds in-camera to regular meeting schedule

Oak Bay is poised to shift council meeting start times from 7 p.m. to 6. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)