Justin Samanski-Langille

A trio of dragon boats cross the finish line overlooked by the legislature building Saturday during the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Victoria Dragon Boat Festival returns for 27th year

More than 30 teams from Canada, U.S.

A trio of dragon boats cross the finish line overlooked by the legislature building Saturday during the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)

Saanich neighbourhood block party helps residents heal after bank shootout

ER nurse who cared for 2 wounded officers, is married to ERT member, organized event

Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)
Capt. David Hickman and Community Ministries director Pat Humble show off some of the school supplies already donated to the West Shore Salvation Army for its school supplies drive. (Courtesy of Capt. David Hickman)

Salvation Army collecting school supplies for West Shore families

The organization is anticipating a 30-per-cent increase in need this year

Capt. David Hickman and Community Ministries director Pat Humble show off some of the school supplies already donated to the West Shore Salvation Army for its school supplies drive. (Courtesy of Capt. David Hickman)
The Victoria Native Friendship Centre in Saanich is now administering a fund aimed at supporting organizations addressing Indigenous homelessness. The deadline for the current round of project applications is Aug. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Native Friendship Centre takes over Indigenous homelessness fund

Saanich-based organization accepting project funding applications until Aug. 15

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre in Saanich is now administering a fund aimed at supporting organizations addressing Indigenous homelessness. The deadline for the current round of project applications is Aug. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Residents at Legion Manor Retirement Living in Saanichton spent the pandemic learning to play the ukulele and held their first concert on Aug. 2. (Courtesy of Paula Hosking)

‘It’s just lovely’: Saanichton seniors take up the ukulele

Legion Manor Retirement Living residents held their first concert Aug. 2

Residents at Legion Manor Retirement Living in Saanichton spent the pandemic learning to play the ukulele and held their first concert on Aug. 2. (Courtesy of Paula Hosking)
Dragon boat teams paddle toward the finish line Saturday during the first day of the inaugural Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Inaugural dragon boat festival makes splash in Victoria

The Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival continues Sunday

Dragon boat teams paddle toward the finish line Saturday during the first day of the inaugural Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum as it opened to the public on Saturday allowing the community and its firefighters to connect and share a common history. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Colwood fire museum brings community, firefighters together

The museum was opened to the public on Saturday

Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum as it opened to the public on Saturday allowing the community and its firefighters to connect and share a common history. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
David Mackenzie-Kong is working to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation and awareness of the importance of blood donation in the wake of his mother-in-law’s sudden death from a blood cancer. (Courtesy of David Mackenzie-Kong)

Oak Bay runner raising funds, awareness in memory of mother-in-law

September’s Finlayson Arm endurance race has dual meaning for David Mackenzie-Kong

David Mackenzie-Kong is working to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation and awareness of the importance of blood donation in the wake of his mother-in-law’s sudden death from a blood cancer. (Courtesy of David Mackenzie-Kong)
Dance duo Funkanometry dances surrounded by a cheering crowd Saturday during Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Eats and Beats Beach Party brings funky fun to Colwood

Thousands spent the afternoon and evening enjoying music, food, and more

Dance duo Funkanometry dances surrounded by a cheering crowd Saturday during Colwood’s Eats and Beats Beach Party on the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park offers a 10 kilometre loop trail around the perimeter of the lakes. The trail is mostly flat and is very family friendly with great views of the water and several beaches and view points to stop and relax for a bit. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Greater Victoria’s top hikes – as voted by you

From Elk/Beaver Lake to Mount Douglas, there is a trail for everyone

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park offers a 10 kilometre loop trail around the perimeter of the lakes. The trail is mostly flat and is very family friendly with great views of the water and several beaches and view points to stop and relax for a bit. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
View Royal Park is set to become one of two within the municipality in which overnight camping by unhoused people will be allowed on a restricted basis, under an amended parks bylaw. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)

View Royal amending its parks bylaw to restrict overnight camping

Restricted camping to be allowed in View Royal and Portage Inlet Linear parks

View Royal Park is set to become one of two within the municipality in which overnight camping by unhoused people will be allowed on a restricted basis, under an amended parks bylaw. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)
View Royal archer Billy Sanderson will be heading to Italy in the fall for the world championships. (Courtesy of Billy Sanderson)

View Royal archer representing Canada at world championships in Italy

Billy Sanderson is hoping to use his success to promote the sport on Vancouver Island

View Royal archer Billy Sanderson will be heading to Italy in the fall for the world championships. (Courtesy of Billy Sanderson)
The City of Colwood has completed the draft Active Transportation Network Plan and will be gearing up to open it up for public feedback over the summer. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood approves draft plan for walking, cycling in the community

Active transportation plan heads to public consultation over the summer

The City of Colwood has completed the draft Active Transportation Network Plan and will be gearing up to open it up for public feedback over the summer. (Black Press Media file photo)
Visitors enjoy some of the artwork on display Saturday during Arts and Culture Colwood Society’s summer art show, held at Meadow Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Colwood park filled with art for summer show

Arts and Culture Colwood Society holds its first summer art show

Visitors enjoy some of the artwork on display Saturday during Arts and Culture Colwood Society’s summer art show, held at Meadow Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood resident Graham Hales rode in his fourth annual Cycle of Life Tour this month, with his team Breaking Wind raising $19,222 for Victoria Hospice. (Courtesy of Graham Hales)

Local team raises $19k for Victoria Hospice in Cycle of Life Tour

Colwood’s Graham Hales rode 236 kilometres July 16 and 17 as part of fundraiser

Colwood resident Graham Hales rode in his fourth annual Cycle of Life Tour this month, with his team Breaking Wind raising $19,222 for Victoria Hospice. (Courtesy of Graham Hales)
Megan, left, Kim and Cassandra Campbell are collecting donations for Wear 2 Start, a charity which provides professional clothing, personal hygiene products and support for women in need entering the workforce. (Courtesy of Kim Campbell)

West Shore family collecting donations for women entering workforce

Wear 2 Start provides professional clothes, hygiene products to women in need

Megan, left, Kim and Cassandra Campbell are collecting donations for Wear 2 Start, a charity which provides professional clothing, personal hygiene products and support for women in need entering the workforce. (Courtesy of Kim Campbell)
Tiny home dweller Bryce Knudtson and others are facing eviction from the Metchosin property they’ve resided on with permission of the owner, as district bylaws do not allow more than one primary and one accessory dwelling on one lot.(Courtesy Bryce Knudtson)

Metchosin tiny home residents seek regulatory change, eviction deadline approaches

Petition calls on all levels of government to address affordable housing shortage

Tiny home dweller Bryce Knudtson and others are facing eviction from the Metchosin property they’ve resided on with permission of the owner, as district bylaws do not allow more than one primary and one accessory dwelling on one lot.(Courtesy Bryce Knudtson)
Langford Beer Festival attendees cheers before sampling some B.C. craft beer Saturday at Starlight Stadium. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford Beer Festival sells out inaugural edition

Starlight Stadium filled with more than 2,500 people Saturday

Langford Beer Festival attendees cheers before sampling some B.C. craft beer Saturday at Starlight Stadium. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Crowds line Goldstream Avenue in Langford as more than 500 hot rods roll by Saturday as part of Northwest Deuce Days activities ahead of the main show Sunday in downtown Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Hundreds of hot rods roll through Langford

Saturday’s rolling car show was part of Northwest Deuce Days, which finishes Sunday afternoon

Crowds line Goldstream Avenue in Langford as more than 500 hot rods roll by Saturday as part of Northwest Deuce Days activities ahead of the main show Sunday in downtown Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The City of Langford has recently repainted bright red warning messages on several streets in the city and their wording has caused a stir on social media. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Block, do not: ‘Yoda’ message catches eye of Langford motorists

The bright red road warnings are meant to remind motorists to leave space for emergency vehicles

The City of Langford has recently repainted bright red warning messages on several streets in the city and their wording has caused a stir on social media. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)