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Jen Klein thanks Central Saanich firefighters for helping her after a crash on Highway 17 in July 2019. (Photo contributed by Jen Klein)

Greater Victoria woman goes on gratitude mission to thank first responders

Jen Klein fainted while driving and crashed on Pat Bay Highway in 2019

Jen Klein thanks Central Saanich firefighters for helping her after a crash on Highway 17 in July 2019. (Photo contributed by Jen Klein)
The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary hosts a pop up fundraising event in the Landmark building in Sidney from Aug 1 to 8. The shop will feature crafts, hidden treasures, clothing, books, art and more. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary hosts pop-up fundraiser in Sidney

Temporary store to feature unique hand made gifts, collectibles, clothing, books and more

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary hosts a pop up fundraising event in the Landmark building in Sidney from Aug 1 to 8. The shop will feature crafts, hidden treasures, clothing, books, art and more. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
The former Speed Source Fitness building on Otter Point Road has been identified as a new shelter for Sooke’s homeless. The shelter will be ready for residents on July 20. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Advocacy groups seek to provide long-lasting support for Sooke’s homeless population

New space secured for Sooke homeless at former Speed Source Fitness building

The former Speed Source Fitness building on Otter Point Road has been identified as a new shelter for Sooke’s homeless. The shelter will be ready for residents on July 20. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Ben Mycroft, senior development manager with GableCraft Homes, stands before the Royal Bay Latoria South lands development. The Latoria South development is aimed to be transformed into a new hub for Colwood, with 2,100 new homes planned, along with parks and pathways, bike routes, an elementary school and and a neighbourhood core with a grocery store, and other businesses. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)

Royal Bay development in Colwood looks towards next phases

Developer predicts community project to be ongoing over next 10 years

Ben Mycroft, senior development manager with GableCraft Homes, stands before the Royal Bay Latoria South lands development. The Latoria South development is aimed to be transformed into a new hub for Colwood, with 2,100 new homes planned, along with parks and pathways, bike routes, an elementary school and and a neighbourhood core with a grocery store, and other businesses. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)
Oak Bay police are investigating a man who was surreptitiously filming people at Willows Beach this week. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Oak Bay police investigate man ‘discreetly’ filming at Willows Beach

Police have identified a suspect and are concerned with his behaviour

Oak Bay police are investigating a man who was surreptitiously filming people at Willows Beach this week. (Black Press Media File Photo)
The CRD is warning about wastewater discharge affecting the shoreline along Dallas Road between Government Street and Crescent Road including Holland Point, Clover Point, Ross Bay and Gonzales Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Construction at Clover Point pump station causes Victoria wastewater spill

CRD asks people to avoid entering the water in the affected areas

The CRD is warning about wastewater discharge affecting the shoreline along Dallas Road between Government Street and Crescent Road including Holland Point, Clover Point, Ross Bay and Gonzales Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
Unemployment in Greater Victoria rose 4.6 per cent in April, but that doesn’t mean job seekers in Sooke should lose hope. Local supports such as WorkLink and the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce are valuable resources for job seekers and employers. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Local resources offer support for Sooke job seekers, employers

Employment in Greater Victoria on the rise in April

Unemployment in Greater Victoria rose 4.6 per cent in April, but that doesn’t mean job seekers in Sooke should lose hope. Local supports such as WorkLink and the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce are valuable resources for job seekers and employers. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Local soccer legend and Saanich teacher David Ravenhill, second from left, died Monday, July 20 due to heart complications. (Lower Island Soccer Association photo)

Saanich teacher and soccer legend dies at 57

David Ravenhill taught and coached soccer at Reynolds High School

Local soccer legend and Saanich teacher David Ravenhill, second from left, died Monday, July 20 due to heart complications. (Lower Island Soccer Association photo)
Alaaliyah Jariwala, left and Sarah Phillips hand out masks at a bus stop outside of the legislature building in Victoria Monday. BC transit launched a province-wide campaign that encourages transit users to wear a mask. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)

BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria bus stops

Mask handout is part of province-wide campaign encouraging transit etiquette

Alaaliyah Jariwala, left and Sarah Phillips hand out masks at a bus stop outside of the legislature building in Victoria Monday. BC transit launched a province-wide campaign that encourages transit users to wear a mask. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)
South Island Literacy invites residents to share their experiences from throughout the pandemic for the Pandemic Postcard Project. (File-South Island Literacy website)

Learning groups offer engaging opportunities for Sooke residents

Pandemic Post Card project reflects residents experiences during COVID-19

South Island Literacy invites residents to share their experiences from throughout the pandemic for the Pandemic Postcard Project. (File-South Island Literacy website)
Joe Coccagna, left, is raising money for Fritz, who had his bike stolen in 2018. Coccagna unknowingly bought the bike from Facebook marketplace, and the two met recently while he was out on a ride through Fernwood. (Photo contributed by Joe Coccagna)

VIDEO: Victoria man’s stolen bike pedals full circle

Man unknowingly buys stolen bike, starts fundraiser for new one

Joe Coccagna, left, is raising money for Fritz, who had his bike stolen in 2018. Coccagna unknowingly bought the bike from Facebook marketplace, and the two met recently while he was out on a ride through Fernwood. (Photo contributed by Joe Coccagna)
The legion in Langford received a donation of about 350 bottles of hand sanitizer from Ultra Liquid Labs. The bottles will be distributed at legion events and through the Langford food bank. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)

Legion in Langford keeps things clean with hand sanitizer donation

Legion aims to draw in new members and volunteers

The legion in Langford received a donation of about 350 bottles of hand sanitizer from Ultra Liquid Labs. The bottles will be distributed at legion events and through the Langford food bank. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)
Dawn Wilson, left, and Elaine McMath volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program in Sooke. The non-profit organization is in need of volunteers. (Bruce Hogarth – Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers to replace critical roles

Annual general meeting, volunteer appreciation dinner is July 26

Dawn Wilson, left, and Elaine McMath volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program in Sooke. The non-profit organization is in need of volunteers. (Bruce Hogarth – Sooke News Mirror)
The Sooke Fine Art Show will take place virtually from July 24 to Aug 3. This painting by Richard Hunt is one of the wide range of pieces to be featured at this year’s event. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)

Sooke Fine Art Show gears up for July 24 launch

Virtual event to feature more than 375 juried works from local artists

The Sooke Fine Art Show will take place virtually from July 24 to Aug 3. This painting by Richard Hunt is one of the wide range of pieces to be featured at this year’s event. (Contributed - Sooke Fine Arts Society)
Following the closure of the temporary homeless isolation space at SEAPARC, Sooke’s homeless population has set up camp in Ed Macgregor Park. (Dawn Gibson - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke homeless camp to stay until a solution is found

To forbid Ed Macgregor camp would go against Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Following the closure of the temporary homeless isolation space at SEAPARC, Sooke’s homeless population has set up camp in Ed Macgregor Park. (Dawn Gibson - Sooke News Mirror)
Following the closure of the temporary homeless isolation space at SEAPARC, Sooke’s homeless population has set up camp in Ed MacGregor Park. (Dawn Gibson - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s homeless reflect on housing situation

Ed MacGregor Park a new temporary home for Sooke’s homeless population

Following the closure of the temporary homeless isolation space at SEAPARC, Sooke’s homeless population has set up camp in Ed MacGregor Park. (Dawn Gibson - Sooke News Mirror)
The decomposing remains of a black bear were discovered on a logging road off West Coast Road, east of Jordan River, on June 10. (File - Black Press Media)

Remains of black bear found near Jordan River

Passerby made grisly discovery on logging road

The decomposing remains of a black bear were discovered on a logging road off West Coast Road, east of Jordan River, on June 10. (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke resident Rachelle Sankey, right, prepared this 1000 paper crane display for fellow resident Sarah Galbraith-Bonella who is battling breast cancer. The project was a community effort, as Sankey reached out to Sooke people via social media to help make the cranes. (Rachelle Sankey - Facebook)

Sooke makes 1,000 paper cranes for resident battling cancer

Receiving the cranes, Sarah Galbraith-Bonella says she is ‘eternally grateful’ for the Sooke community

Sooke resident Rachelle Sankey, right, prepared this 1000 paper crane display for fellow resident Sarah Galbraith-Bonella who is battling breast cancer. The project was a community effort, as Sankey reached out to Sooke people via social media to help make the cranes. (Rachelle Sankey - Facebook)
Sooke resident Herb Haldane is taking action towards getting a dog park built in Sooke. (Pixabay photo)

Sooke resident rallies for dog park

Sooke council invites feedback on parks and trails master plan draft

Sooke resident Herb Haldane is taking action towards getting a dog park built in Sooke. (Pixabay photo)
Sooke School District will face a $2 million drop in funding due to lack of international students planning to attend this fall. In a usual year, the school district sees around 300 international students, this fall there are about 60 planning to come. (Twitter/Scott Stinson)

Sooke School District loses $2 million due to lack of international students

Loss of funding not expected to affect classrooms, thanks to reserve funds

Sooke School District will face a $2 million drop in funding due to lack of international students planning to attend this fall. In a usual year, the school district sees around 300 international students, this fall there are about 60 planning to come. (Twitter/Scott Stinson)