Oak Bay News Staff

Lou Varela leaves Oak Bay in May after serving four years as chief administrative officer. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)

Oak Bay on the hunt for a new chief administrator

CAO Lou Varela takes the helm in Qualicum Beach May 16

Lou Varela leaves Oak Bay in May after serving four years as chief administrative officer. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
The Sitchanalth/Willows Shared Knowledge Project is a shared approach to developing a vision for this stretch of land and foreshore in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Songhees, Oak Bay embark on shared knowledge project for popular beach

Sitchanalth/Willows, a known historic village site, remains popular with visitors today

The Sitchanalth/Willows Shared Knowledge Project is a shared approach to developing a vision for this stretch of land and foreshore in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Officers issued a 24-hour suspension, 90-day roadside prohibition, 30-day vehicle impound, an excessive speed ticket, and six other speeding tickets the night of March 12 and 13. (OBPD/Twitter)

Speeding tickets, impaired stops top Oak Bay weekend traffic blitz

Oak Bay department loans drug recognition expertise to Sidney/North Saanich RCMP

Officers issued a 24-hour suspension, 90-day roadside prohibition, 30-day vehicle impound, an excessive speed ticket, and six other speeding tickets the night of March 12 and 13. (OBPD/Twitter)
Snohomish Pie Company serves this apple berry crumble pie and others on Pi Day. (File photo courtesy of Kaley Nigg)

Happy Pi Day, celebrate with pie

For many, the best way to celebrate is with its homonym

Snohomish Pie Company serves this apple berry crumble pie and others on Pi Day. (File photo courtesy of Kaley Nigg)
BC Transit gives the community a voice ahead of Transit Operator and Worker Appreciation Day on March 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

BC Transit launches videos ahead of transit operator appreciation day

Community can share stories of thanks through online platform

BC Transit gives the community a voice ahead of Transit Operator and Worker Appreciation Day on March 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
UVic president Kevin Hall, left, Elder Skip Dick and Camosun College president Lane Trotter gather during the March 2 paddle gifting ceremony. (Courtesy of Camosun College)

Greater Victoria post-secondary schools mark 50 years with Indigenous paddle ceremony

UVic, Camosun celebrate relationship and shared goals for Indigenous education

UVic president Kevin Hall, left, Elder Skip Dick and Camosun College president Lane Trotter gather during the March 2 paddle gifting ceremony. (Courtesy of Camosun College)
Peter Houghton, left, Inge Illman and Adrian Sly perform in Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Spring Concert in Oak Bay, March 20 and 27. (Courtesy Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society)
Peter Houghton, left, Inge Illman and Adrian Sly perform in Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Spring Concert in Oak Bay, March 20 and 27. (Courtesy Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society)
A student performs during last year’s Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The Oak Bay school hosts the 2022 festival this week, the evenings of March 10 and 11. (Photo by Peter Pokorny)

Performing arts students stage new works in Oak Bay

College’s 2022 Festival Of New Works is live and online March 10 and 11

A student performs during last year’s Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The Oak Bay school hosts the 2022 festival this week, the evenings of March 10 and 11. (Photo by Peter Pokorny)
A pair of drivers face driving bans after stops by Oak Bay officers last week. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police stop driver doing nearly double the speed limit on Oak Bay street

Officers impound several vehicles over the course of the week

A pair of drivers face driving bans after stops by Oak Bay officers last week. (Black Press Media file photo)
According to FishSounds.net, fish enjoy lively conversations over the coral reefs. (Photo by Kieran Cox)

University of Victoria researcher helps build global inventory of fish grunts, squeals

Research helps better understand how noise impacts marine life

According to FishSounds.net, fish enjoy lively conversations over the coral reefs. (Photo by Kieran Cox)
The first marked Oak Bay Police Department vehicle made its inaugural stop with the police chief behind the wheel March 4. (Ray Bernoties/Twitter)

Oak Bay’s first marked electric police vehicle hits the road

Purchased last year, getting the Kia geared up took some time due to supply chain issues

The first marked Oak Bay Police Department vehicle made its inaugural stop with the police chief behind the wheel March 4. (Ray Bernoties/Twitter)
Weapons possession is among the charges a 27-year-old suspect faces after an Oak Bay resident was injured. (Black Press Media file photo)

Weapons possession among charges recommended after Oak Bay resident injured

27-year-old suspect remained in custody awaiting court appearance

Weapons possession is among the charges a 27-year-old suspect faces after an Oak Bay resident was injured. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Feb. 26 concert in Victoria dedicated to legendary violinist Jeanne Lamon, who died last year, features a deeply personal program curated by her partner, Christina Mahler. (Courtesy of Victoria Baroque)

Victoria concert recognizes late legendary Canadian violinist Jeanne Lamon

Longtime music director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra memorialized with Feb. 26 performance

A Feb. 26 concert in Victoria dedicated to legendary violinist Jeanne Lamon, who died last year, features a deeply personal program curated by her partner, Christina Mahler. (Courtesy of Victoria Baroque)
The Oak Bay Police Board seeks resident input while developing its three-year strategic plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police ask those who live, work and play in Oak Bay to take 5-minute survey

Responses inform police department priorities for 3-year strategic plan

The Oak Bay Police Board seeks resident input while developing its three-year strategic plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team is among the regional policing units under oversight from the new Regional Governance Council for Integrated Police Units. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mayors, province forge new integrated policing governance model for Greater Victoria

Police leadership involved in development of Regional Governance Council for Integrated Police Units

The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team is among the regional policing units under oversight from the new Regional Governance Council for Integrated Police Units. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students of Margaret Jenkins elementary dropped Valentine’s Day hearts like this on doorsteps around their neighbourhood on Monday to lift spirits. (Courtesy of Carolyn Wick)

Victoria students get a head start on Random Acts of Kindness on Valentine’s Day

Victoria Foundation has ideas how to mark Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb. 17

Students of Margaret Jenkins elementary dropped Valentine’s Day hearts like this on doorsteps around their neighbourhood on Monday to lift spirits. (Courtesy of Carolyn Wick)
Oak Bay police seek a white vehicle with front end damage after a driver’s open door was hit on Beach Drive last week. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay police seek sedan after driver hits open door on Beach Drive

Among the many calls to police last week in Oak Bay, were several false alarms

Oak Bay police seek a white vehicle with front end damage after a driver’s open door was hit on Beach Drive last week. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Waste Land director and choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz on the set at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre with a painted map of London. (Courtesy UVic Department of Theatre)

University of Victoria’s The Waste Land lays bare Eliot poem in pandemic parallel

100-year-old poem echoes our time, director/choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz says

The Waste Land director and choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz on the set at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre with a painted map of London. (Courtesy UVic Department of Theatre)
Liam Pope-Lau, right, and friend Kieran MacKay deliver valentines for residents at Revera Parkwood Place in 2021. This year they’ll deliver valentines created together with classmates to Shannon Oaks in Oak Bay. (Photo courtesy of Naomi Pope)

Inspired by crafts with grandma, Victoria student recruits classmates to make valentines

Middle schooler Liam Pope-Lau distributes thousands of cards to seniors in Greater Victoria

Liam Pope-Lau, right, and friend Kieran MacKay deliver valentines for residents at Revera Parkwood Place in 2021. This year they’ll deliver valentines created together with classmates to Shannon Oaks in Oak Bay. (Photo courtesy of Naomi Pope)
St. Mary’s Anglican Church on Elgin Street in Oak Bay hosts live-streamed Lenten concerts starting in March. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay church streams pilgrimage of music for Lent

Series starts March 3 with piano, organ duets and solos

St. Mary’s Anglican Church on Elgin Street in Oak Bay hosts live-streamed Lenten concerts starting in March. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
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