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Royal Bay Secondary School students sort food donations during the 10,000 Tonight food drive in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke, Colwood and Langford schools switch it up for 10,000 Tonight food drive

Students host drive-thru events, auctions and collect online cash donations

Royal Bay Secondary School students sort food donations during the 10,000 Tonight food drive in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
A North Saanich firefighter poses alongside a reflective address sign, which helps emergency crews save time when searching for an address in the dark. (Courtesy of North Saanich Fire Department)

Reflective address signs help firefighters, North Saanich department says

North Saanich, Sooke, Metchosin fire departments offer sign service

A North Saanich firefighter poses alongside a reflective address sign, which helps emergency crews save time when searching for an address in the dark. (Courtesy of North Saanich Fire Department)
Kathy and Doug LaFortune, pictured, are helping to organize a Nov. 27 craft fair in the Tsawout First Nation gymnasium. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsawout First Nation hosts Nov. 27 craft fair

Art for sale to include locally produced carvings, knitting, jewelry and beadwork

Kathy and Doug LaFortune, pictured, are helping to organize a Nov. 27 craft fair in the Tsawout First Nation gymnasium. (Black Press Media file photo)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Whiffin Spit different from days of first settlers

Today, landmark displays slender promontory witha fewer wider sections

  • Nov 26, 2021
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Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)

Local arborist hoping to fill gap by training next generation of tree trimmers

Saunders says there’s not enough people trained on the island who can do the work

Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)
Greater Victoria Canadian Tire store owners were recognized Thursday for raising $1 million for the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Retailers pledge another $1 million to Victoria hospital’s Fix-a-Heart campaign

Canadian Tire boosts fundraising commitment to cardiac care at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Greater Victoria Canadian Tire store owners were recognized Thursday for raising $1 million for the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)

Sooke Christmas Bureau preparing for increased demand

Application deadline Dec. 3 for families in need

The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)
The colourfully decorated Santa Bus hits the streets around Greater Victoria on Dec. 10 and 11, offering free rides, candy canes and festive music, with the Santa at the wheel. (Courtesy of BC Transit)

BC Transit gets into the holiday spirit for 2021

Stuff the Bus event set for Dec. 4 at Tillicum Centre, Santa Bus offering free rides Dec. 10 and 11

  • Nov 25, 2021
The colourfully decorated Santa Bus hits the streets around Greater Victoria on Dec. 10 and 11, offering free rides, candy canes and festive music, with the Santa at the wheel. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
A map of the Sooke Santa Claus Parade, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed - District of Sooke)

Santa Claus Parade returns to Sooke streets

Popular parade returns after a two-year absence

A map of the Sooke Santa Claus Parade, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 5. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)

Victoria group raises more than $1M playing ‘worst video game’ for nearly seven days

Desert Bus for Hope smashed records in 15th year, supporting sick kids charity Child’s Play

The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)
RCMP catamaran Lindsay patrolled off the shores of Sidney on Nov. 19. The vessel is nearly 60 feet long and is capable of reaching speeds of 36 knots or nearly 67 km/h. (Courtesy of Bob Orchard)

One of three Vancouver Island RCMP catamarans spotted off Sidney

The catamaran is capable of travelling up to 36 knots

RCMP catamaran Lindsay patrolled off the shores of Sidney on Nov. 19. The vessel is nearly 60 feet long and is capable of reaching speeds of 36 knots or nearly 67 km/h. (Courtesy of Bob Orchard)
Santa celebrates the season at the legislative buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa hits Victoria first as parades start to fill the streets

Seasonal parades cruise the region Nov. 28, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5

Santa celebrates the season at the legislative buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rabbi Harry Brechner helps youth light last candle of the hanukkiah – made by congregant Ed Walker – during a prior Hanukkah event. (Photo by Frances Rosenberg)

Menorah event shines light on 40 years of service from Victoria street minister

Dec. 5 event part of Congregation Emanu-el’s celebration of Hanukkah

Rabbi Harry Brechner helps youth light last candle of the hanukkiah – made by congregant Ed Walker – during a prior Hanukkah event. (Photo by Frances Rosenberg)
A group has gathered for nearly seven years in Oak Bay to create Christmas hampers. This year the party moves to Vic West. (Courtesy Joyce Kline)

Holiday hamper party moves from Oak Bay to Vic West

Group targets building 200 food boxes for those in need across Greater Victoria

A group has gathered for nearly seven years in Oak Bay to create Christmas hampers. This year the party moves to Vic West. (Courtesy Joyce Kline)
Motria Iwan stands on the steps of the legislature, which lit up blue to mark World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. (Courtesy of Motria Iwan)

Camosun College student raises over $10k for diabetes research

Motria Iwan, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 11 years ago, uses tech training to help out

Motria Iwan stands on the steps of the legislature, which lit up blue to mark World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. (Courtesy of Motria Iwan)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
The Sooke Philharmonic Chorus will perform favourite music by Bach,, Handel and others plus carols from Britain and Germany at its Sing Noel concert on Dec. 4 and 5 at the the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Metro-Creative)

Sooke Philharmonic Chorus prepares for festive return

Concert set for Dec. 5 and 6 at Sooke Community Hall

The Sooke Philharmonic Chorus will perform favourite music by Bach,, Handel and others plus carols from Britain and Germany at its Sing Noel concert on Dec. 4 and 5 at the the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Metro-Creative)
Liz King (left) and Rodolfo Calero from UBC join UVic’s Jeanie Gunn in loading 600 caps and gowns onto a truck bound for UBC. (Courtesy of UBC)
Liz King (left) and Rodolfo Calero from UBC join UVic’s Jeanie Gunn in loading 600 caps and gowns onto a truck bound for UBC. (Courtesy of UBC)
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)

Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign with extra flood donation goal

Divisional secretary Mike Leland says this year’s need is ‘through the roof’

  • Nov 22, 2021
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)
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HISTORY: Tugboats shepherded sailing vessels past Cape Flattery

Local ship masters included Oscar Scarf and James Christensen

  • Nov 22, 2021
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