Rick Stiebel

The family of Iris McNeil, shown here with members of her family, has launched a petition to deny parole for the man who murdered McNeil in 1997. (Family photo)

Family fights killer’s release from Metchosin institution

Shortreed serving an indeterminate sentence at William Head Institution

The family of Iris McNeil, shown here with members of her family, has launched a petition to deny parole for the man who murdered McNeil in 1997. (Family photo)
Norm Scott, president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 91, is disappointed the Legion does not qualify for COVID financial assistance from the provincial government. (Black Press Media file photo)

Provincial pandemic aid passes the Legion by

Federal non-profit status stymies provincial assistance

Norm Scott, president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 91, is disappointed the Legion does not qualify for COVID financial assistance from the provincial government. (Black Press Media file photo)
Acclaimed author Eden Robinson hosts a virtual conversation and reading from her latest book, Return of the Trickster, on Friday, April 23, in conjunction with the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo courtesy of VIRL)

Island author brings Trickster in online library event

Fans of the work of Eden Robinson will get the opportunity to…

Acclaimed author Eden Robinson hosts a virtual conversation and reading from her latest book, Return of the Trickster, on Friday, April 23, in conjunction with the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo courtesy of VIRL)
Royal Bay Beach Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood pitches $100 property tax hike

Parks, trails, and sewer maintenance on the rise

Royal Bay Beach Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)

Hometown Heroes Lottery features seaside home in Sooke

A stunning seaside home in Sooke could be yours for the price…

One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)
Road improvements in Sooke are nearing completion . (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)

Sooke road work nears completion

Projects part of $5.7 million in improvements

Road improvements in Sooke are nearing completion . (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)
Food trucks will be allowed to operate in several Sooke parks beginning May 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke’s food truck pilot project under scrutiny

Councillor questions impact food trucks will have on nearby restaurants

Food trucks will be allowed to operate in several Sooke parks beginning May 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Early reviews indicate Heathen Smokehouse, Colin Stann’s Langford-based business, is off to a great start. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Gourmet products smoking good for Langford man’s PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder follows career in corrections

Early reviews indicate Heathen Smokehouse, Colin Stann’s Langford-based business, is off to a great start. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Ted Smith, who launched the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club in 1996 to provide effective, inexpensive products for people with medical certificates, is pleased the lease has been renewed, despite threats from the provincial government. (Photo courtesy of Zenon Kai Imaging/Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club)

Victoria Buyers Cannabis Club’s lease renewed

Club has applied for an exemption to continue providing lower-cost products with higher doses

Ted Smith, who launched the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club in 1996 to provide effective, inexpensive products for people with medical certificates, is pleased the lease has been renewed, despite threats from the provincial government. (Photo courtesy of Zenon Kai Imaging/Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club)
Fiona Hamersley Chambers, the owner of Metchosin Farm, is taking on the seed shortage from the ground up through the sale of her seeds, with customers both local and from coast to coast. (Robyn Penn photo)

The seeds of food security thrive in Metchosin

Ethnobotanist explores the relations between humans and plants

Fiona Hamersley Chambers, the owner of Metchosin Farm, is taking on the seed shortage from the ground up through the sale of her seeds, with customers both local and from coast to coast. (Robyn Penn photo)
NEW CUTLINE The deadline to use the Town of View Royal's Citizen Budget Engagement Tool is Wednesday, March 31. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)

The Town of View Royal has approved a modest tax increase of about four per cent for 2021. (Town of View Royal)

View Royal pushes residents to participate in budget with online tool

Program shows residents how their tax dollars affect services

NEW CUTLINE The deadline to use the Town of View Royal's Citizen Budget Engagement Tool is Wednesday, March 31. (Photo courtesy of Town of View Royal)

The Town of View Royal has approved a modest tax increase of about four per cent for 2021. (Town of View Royal)
Cannabis. (Black Press Media File)

Cannabis finds a place in grandmother’s cupboard

Former Greater Victoria doctor says studies show benefits of cannabis on aging population

Cannabis. (Black Press Media File)
An artist’s rendering of the 50 supportive housing homes slated for 1053 and 1075 Meares St. in Victoria. (Photo courtesy of BC Housing)

More supportive housing on the horizon for Victoria

Province announces plans for four Victoria projects that will add almost 200 homes

An artist’s rendering of the 50 supportive housing homes slated for 1053 and 1075 Meares St. in Victoria. (Photo courtesy of BC Housing)
People dress as stumps protested old-growth logging at B.C. MLA Mitzi Dean’s constituency office on March 19. (Photo courtesy of Joan Rosenberg)

Protesters in View Royal stumped by MLA

Group calls for immediate halt to old-growth logging

People dress as stumps protested old-growth logging at B.C. MLA Mitzi Dean’s constituency office on March 19. (Photo courtesy of Joan Rosenberg)
Habitat For Humanity Victoria has completed 24 homes since 1990. (Habitat for Humanity photo)

Habitat for Humanity Victoria opens doors

Artists, designer and creative folks wanted for latest campaign

Habitat For Humanity Victoria has completed 24 homes since 1990. (Habitat for Humanity photo)
Langford Mayor Stew Young says earning a BC Economic Development Association award is good news for the city. (Screenshot/City of Langford)

Langford earns another nod for economic development

I am Langford campaign wins award for economic recovery and resiliency

Langford Mayor Stew Young says earning a BC Economic Development Association award is good news for the city. (Screenshot/City of Langford)
Island Health has opened six more COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, including at Eagle Ridge Community Centre in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island Health opens more immunization clinics

Clinic at Eagle Ridge in Langford now open seven days a week

Island Health has opened six more COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, including at Eagle Ridge Community Centre in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
Complaints about street parking are on the rise in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Parking complaints on the rise in Langford

Langford’s traffic bylaw requires vehicles be moved every 72 hours

Complaints about street parking are on the rise in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
NEW CUTLINE Plans for graduations that abide by provincial health guidelines are underway, says Scott Stinson, superintendent for the Sooke School District. (Pixabay)

SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson says grade 12 students who are in a position to graduate at present will be able to do so, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)

Grad celebration expectations stay flexible in Sooke School District

SD62 prepared to craft videos during pandemic protocols

NEW CUTLINE Plans for graduations that abide by provincial health guidelines are underway, says Scott Stinson, superintendent for the Sooke School District. (Pixabay)

SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson says grade 12 students who are in a position to graduate at present will be able to do so, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)
Construction crews work on Southpoint Ridge in May 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Development process in Langford illuminated

Official Community Plan a key component says long-time staffer

Construction crews work on Southpoint Ridge in May 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)