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Draft horses will be on hand for photo booth opportunities on Saturday, Dec. 11, for a small cash donation or non-perishable food, to be donated to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Photo courtesy of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours)

UPDATE: Photo opp food bank fundraiser features draft horses on Saanich Peninsula

Public encouraged to help by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations Dec. 12

Draft horses will be on hand for photo booth opportunities on Saturday, Dec. 11, for a small cash donation or non-perishable food, to be donated to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Photo courtesy of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours)
Greater Victoria muralist, Kay Gallivan, said that murals bring communities together through creativity and expression. (Photo courtesy of Kay Gallivan)

Proposal would bring more colour to Saanich streets

Coun. Ned Taylor submitted notice of motion to launch a mural and street art program

Greater Victoria muralist, Kay Gallivan, said that murals bring communities together through creativity and expression. (Photo courtesy of Kay Gallivan)
Postponed from Nov. 24, the Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration is now set for Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. near the main staircase. (Photo by Ruth Kampen)

Postponed celebration ready to re-light B.C. Legislature

Annual Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration set for Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. on front steps

Postponed from Nov. 24, the Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration is now set for Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. near the main staircase. (Photo by Ruth Kampen)
Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s library lines up family holiday activities

Scavenger hunt, story walk planned throughout the month

Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gerald Moreau helps trim the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Gerald Moreau helps trim the tree at Parkwood Place by Revera. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
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A holiday message from Mayor Maja Tait

As the new year approaches, it is an exciting time for Sooke

  • Dec 6, 2021
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There were several trucks decorated with Christmas lights in the Sooke Santa Claus Parade. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke sparkles during annual Santa Claus Parade

32 entries were in this year’s parade, led by Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

There were several trucks decorated with Christmas lights in the Sooke Santa Claus Parade. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Leila Durzi, a board member of the Victoria Coats for Kids Association, shows off examples of winter coats that are in dire need for kids across the region. Cash and coat donations can be dropped at the guest services kiosk in Hillside Shopping Centre. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Leila Durzi, a board member of the Victoria Coats for Kids Association, shows off examples of winter coats that are in dire need for kids across the region. Cash and coat donations can be dropped at the guest services kiosk in Hillside Shopping Centre. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Goldstream Food Bank volunteers, pictured, rely on charitable initiatives like Love Local BC for their monthly food hamper program. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Greater Victoria businesses, food bank included in provincial fundraiser

Goldstream Food Bank one of the recipients of BCLC initiative

Goldstream Food Bank volunteers, pictured, rely on charitable initiatives like Love Local BC for their monthly food hamper program. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Richard Mosdell, owner of Kenzen Karate, recently received an award from the District of Saanich for the positive impact the studio has had on the Saanich community. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich karate studio recognized for making positive community impact

Aikido expert Mayor Fred Haynes invited to Kenzen Karate to give seminar on martial art

Richard Mosdell, owner of Kenzen Karate, recently received an award from the District of Saanich for the positive impact the studio has had on the Saanich community. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
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HISTORY: Sooke River Railway operated on Galloping Goose

1980s railway line a treat for residents and tourists

  • Dec 5, 2021
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Research comparing all popular diets and measuring their effectiveness at weight loss in controlled studies showed that all approaches lead to weight loss, and there is little difference between the different approaches. (File - Metro-Creative)

FITNESS: There are many approaches to weight loss

You just need to navigate the fog of research

  • Dec 4, 2021
Research comparing all popular diets and measuring their effectiveness at weight loss in controlled studies showed that all approaches lead to weight loss, and there is little difference between the different approaches. (File - Metro-Creative)
Saanich Peninsula firefighters join staff from the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank in showing off donations to the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive in 2019. The food drive returns next month after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Tyson Elder)

Sidney, North Saanich, Central Saanich firefighters unite to douse hunger in annual food drive

Modified version of Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive set to return

Saanich Peninsula firefighters join staff from the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank in showing off donations to the Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive in 2019. The food drive returns next month after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy Tyson Elder)
After a couple agreed to match donations up to $12,000 toward the purchase of ER beds for the Royal Jubilee Hospital, the community came through on Giving Tuesday to donate enough to purchase nine beds. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
After a couple agreed to match donations up to $12,000 toward the purchase of ER beds for the Royal Jubilee Hospital, the community came through on Giving Tuesday to donate enough to purchase nine beds. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
A Cooper’s hawk was Wild ARC’s 3,000th rescue of 2021. (Wild ARC/Facebook)

Wild ARC tops 3,000 south Vancouver Island wild animal rescues for the year

2021 on track to be record-breaking rescue year for Metchosin facility

A Cooper’s hawk was Wild ARC’s 3,000th rescue of 2021. (Wild ARC/Facebook)
Debbie Stroshein’s Christmas tree lot Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. serves as a training ground aimed at giving youth valuable life and employment skills as they head into the workforce. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford Christmas tree lot offers young employees more than simply holiday cash

Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. lets youth learn while earning more than minimum wage

Debbie Stroshein’s Christmas tree lot Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. serves as a training ground aimed at giving youth valuable life and employment skills as they head into the workforce. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
These homes along one side of Robert Street in Victoria West are among a group to be considered at a future public hearing for status as a Heritage Conservation Area by the City of Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Two Victoria neighbourhoods being considered for heritage designation

They could be the city’s first citizen-led designations

These homes along one side of Robert Street in Victoria West are among a group to be considered at a future public hearing for status as a Heritage Conservation Area by the City of Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)

Born to be wild: Goat finds family with herd of deer

Greta the Goat sought freedom from the start

Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)
The Sooke Night Market is one of the many local attractions that could benefit from the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce's Hidden Treasures camaoign. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Chamber promotes Sooke’s ‘hidden treasures’

Business campaign showcases what Sooke has to offer

The Sooke Night Market is one of the many local attractions that could benefit from the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce's Hidden Treasures camaoign. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Winter version of StoryWalk lines Sooke storefront windows

Eleven businesses taking part in the project that runs Dec. 11-18

Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)