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Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. (Courtesy Stephanie Dunlop)
Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop. (Courtesy Stephanie Dunlop)
Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks set to return to Saanich, council still chewing on where and when

Proposed expansion of original rotation in the works; nine parks on initial list for 2022

Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford girl raises $2,500 for Ukraine through homemade bracelet, bookmark sales

11-year-old has help from friend to collect donations for UNICEF emergency fund

Hailey Townsend is making and selling yellow-and-blue bracelets to help raise money for Ukraine. (Submitted photo)
Kurt Hollstein pictured at his station at the Canadian Superstore in Langford, where he spent every day between 4 and 6 p.m. for two weeks selling poppies during the 2021 drive. (Black Press Media file photo)

Local Hero Awards 2022: 95-year-old Langford resident hopes to inspire others to volunteer

Kurt Hollstein is the 2022 Seniors’ Champion

  • Mar 17, 2022
Kurt Hollstein pictured at his station at the Canadian Superstore in Langford, where he spent every day between 4 and 6 p.m. for two weeks selling poppies during the 2021 drive. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sisters Maylin (from left), Everly and Brylee Apted show off some of their Remembrance Day paintings in 2019. The Metchosin girls sell their paintings locally and around the country to raise money for Canada’s veterans. (Courtesy of Dani Dwinnell)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Painting a brighter, better community

Brylee, Maylin and Everly Apted are the 2022 Youth Volunteers

Sisters Maylin (from left), Everly and Brylee Apted show off some of their Remembrance Day paintings in 2019. The Metchosin girls sell their paintings locally and around the country to raise money for Canada’s veterans. (Courtesy of Dani Dwinnell)
Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pulls out of Communities in Bloom provincial competition

‘It’s a year to take a pause for applause,’ mayor says; Sooke has won six of the last nine years

Sooke is not participating in this year’s Communities in Bloom program. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
View Royal Couns. John Rogers and Damian Kowalewich stand with Mayor David Screech and Coun. Ron Mattson with a Ukrainian flag inside council chambers. Council approved a $10,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in support of aid efforts in Ukraine. (David Screech/Facebook)

View Royal makes $10,000 donation to Canadian Red Cross for Ukraine

Two councillors also pledged to donate their council stipends

View Royal Couns. John Rogers and Damian Kowalewich stand with Mayor David Screech and Coun. Ron Mattson with a Ukrainian flag inside council chambers. Council approved a $10,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in support of aid efforts in Ukraine. (David Screech/Facebook)
John Cassidy was held in high regard by colleagues, family, friends, and the community he served as Colwood Fire Chief. (Black Press Media file photo)
John Cassidy was held in high regard by colleagues, family, friends, and the community he served as Colwood Fire Chief. (Black Press Media file photo)
Val Aloian checks the temperature every day to follow the maturation of 30,000 chum salmon eggs that were planted in Bowker Creek in January. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay woman tracks Bowker water, temperature levels to keep chum eggs healthy

Salmon fry projected to emerge from creekbed home April 1 at the earliest

Val Aloian checks the temperature every day to follow the maturation of 30,000 chum salmon eggs that were planted in Bowker Creek in January. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Al LeQuesne is being remembered as a loving father, husband and grandfather who was dedicated to serving and protecting the City of Langford as fire chief. He died recently at 86. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Al LeQuesne remembered as loving father, husband

The former Langford fire chief is this year’s Courage and Bravery recipient

Al LeQuesne is being remembered as a loving father, husband and grandfather who was dedicated to serving and protecting the City of Langford as fire chief. He died recently at 86. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)
2022 Local Hero Awards
2022 Local Hero Awards
Members of the Saanich Police Department brave the cold waters off Gyro Beach on March 15 to show their support for Special Olympics B.C. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich police get bold and cold doing Polar Plunge at Gyro Beach

Frigid fundraiser sees law enforcement agencies raise cash for Special Olympics B.C.

Members of the Saanich Police Department brave the cold waters off Gyro Beach on March 15 to show their support for Special Olympics B.C. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
<strong>Howard La Fortune’s life has changed, as his hand-carved wooden face masks have increased in demand across North America and the globe. (Black Press Media file photo)</strong>

Local Hero Awards 2022: Meet the award artist Howard La Fortune

Honourees in the 2022 Local Hero Awards will receive a hand-carved mask

<strong>Howard La Fortune’s life has changed, as his hand-carved wooden face masks have increased in demand across North America and the globe. (Black Press Media file photo)</strong>
Lakewood elementary students Keely Paty and Sophia Lynch stack a box onto a cart. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Caring students in Langford organize food drive for spring break

Lakewood Elementary gathers up thousands of items to donate to Goldstream Food Bank

Lakewood elementary students Keely Paty and Sophia Lynch stack a box onto a cart. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Lora de Vries with some of her collection of sea glass. “I got hooked on the thrill of finding these little pieces of history,” she says. (Contributed - Lora de Vries)

PHOTOS: Sooke collector perfects beauty in sea glass

Lora de Vries finds treasure in gift from the sea

Lora de Vries with some of her collection of sea glass. “I got hooked on the thrill of finding these little pieces of history,” she says. (Contributed - Lora de Vries)
Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)

‘There was no stopping her’: Firefighters deliver baby in B.C. couple’s home

‘It was a day we will never forget’ says South Surrey mother

Martyka Sutor, her partner Steven, son Arlo and newborn daughter Maia pose for a photo with firefighters from Surrey’s Hall 17. (Contributed photo)
St. Mary’s Anglican Church is sponsoring the Metchosin Challenge, a speaker series with events happening every Thursday at 7 p.m. till April 7. (Google Street View)

Metchosin Challenge speaker series challenges viewers to embrace change

Online series continues live on Thursdays, with sessions set for March 17, 24, 31 and April 7

St. Mary’s Anglican Church is sponsoring the Metchosin Challenge, a speaker series with events happening every Thursday at 7 p.m. till April 7. (Google Street View)
Magic Wand patron Angelina Moodie in her golden gown selection. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Surerus)

Magic Wand opens doors for Greater Victoria grads of 2022

Project marks 21 years offering alternative, eco-friendly grad garment options

Magic Wand patron Angelina Moodie in her golden gown selection. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Surerus)
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Whales back in Tofino-Ucluelet area, Pacific Rim Whale Festival returns with them

Celebration of grey whale migration returns this weekend to the West Coast

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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)