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A Twitter user sparked a conversation about potential future uses for James Houlihan Park in Saanich after noting that the large, empty field is underused. (@QuenchWines/Twitter)

Residents, councillors dig into potential uses for empty park in Saanich

James Houlihan Park a 1.9-hectare open field with paved walking path

A Twitter user sparked a conversation about potential future uses for James Houlihan Park in Saanich after noting that the large, empty field is underused. (@QuenchWines/Twitter)
Sooke artist Jessica Ruth Freedman is one of nine virtual in-residence artists who share the creative process, conduct webinars, write and offer sage advice with artsUNITE, a free online wayfinding platform for artists. (Contributed - Jessica Ruth Freedman)

Sooke artist joins artsUNITE, getting creative through pandemic

National program brings much-needed support to arts community

Sooke artist Jessica Ruth Freedman is one of nine virtual in-residence artists who share the creative process, conduct webinars, write and offer sage advice with artsUNITE, a free online wayfinding platform for artists. (Contributed - Jessica Ruth Freedman)
Sunrise of Victoria retirement community resident Mini Alexander poses next to Michelle Obama. Residents were asked to compare themselves to a powerful woman of history for Women’s History Month. (Courtesy of Sunrise of Victoria)

Victoria retirement community residents model alongside women of history

Sunrise Victoria residents posed alongside photos of their female role models

Sunrise of Victoria retirement community resident Mini Alexander poses next to Michelle Obama. Residents were asked to compare themselves to a powerful woman of history for Women’s History Month. (Courtesy of Sunrise of Victoria)
Dr. Janet McElhaney received the Jonas Salk Lifetime Achievement Award in February for her work on immunization. (Courtesy of Dr. Janet McElhaney)

Saanich researcher receives prestigious lifetime award for work on immunization

Dr. Janet McElhaney studies the relationship between vaccines, age and the immune system

Dr. Janet McElhaney received the Jonas Salk Lifetime Achievement Award in February for her work on immunization. (Courtesy of Dr. Janet McElhaney)
Sean Brown in Commercial Alley downtown Victoria with some of the skateboards and wheels donated for his Youth on Board project, which will see him put boards together to be passed on to local youth. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Getting youth at risk on skateboards is a passion project for Victoria man

Former skateboarder rallies community to collect equipment for street youth

Sean Brown in Commercial Alley downtown Victoria with some of the skateboards and wheels donated for his Youth on Board project, which will see him put boards together to be passed on to local youth. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
SENCOTEN language revitalizationist and filmmaker Renee Sampson’s short film, Bringing Our Language Back to LIfe, shows online during the Reel 2 Real International Youth Film Festival, April 14-23. (Photo courtesy Wapikoni)

SENCOTEN language featured in short film created on Saanich Peninsula

Renee Sampson film highlights importance of passing on traditional languages to youth

SENCOTEN language revitalizationist and filmmaker Renee Sampson’s short film, Bringing Our Language Back to LIfe, shows online during the Reel 2 Real International Youth Film Festival, April 14-23. (Photo courtesy Wapikoni)
Saanich employees (left to right) Annie Robinson, Kathleen Warren and Helen Elliott sit outside the former municipal hall on West Saanich Road in 1920. (Photo courtesy Saanich Archives)
Saanich employees (left to right) Annie Robinson, Kathleen Warren and Helen Elliott sit outside the former municipal hall on West Saanich Road in 1920. (Photo courtesy Saanich Archives)
Victoria Hospice staff Brianne Ohl, left, Angela Chalmers, right, and Sandi Ogloff, at back, show off their buttons that show a picture of them smiling. Staff has worked hard to maintain the connections with patients despite the barriers of PPE and rigid COVID-19 protocols. (Victoria Hospice photo)

Victoria Hospice raises funds with style

Kits for Compassion sales support end-of-life care at Victoria Hospice

Victoria Hospice staff Brianne Ohl, left, Angela Chalmers, right, and Sandi Ogloff, at back, show off their buttons that show a picture of them smiling. Staff has worked hard to maintain the connections with patients despite the barriers of PPE and rigid COVID-19 protocols. (Victoria Hospice photo)
A young family watches a video welcome to the community and their new home this week, a Habitat Victoria townhouse complex in Saanich. (Courtesy Habitat Victoria)

Newest Habitat Victoria homeowners move into Saanich townhouse

Young family had been saving for down payment on a home since renoviction

A young family watches a video welcome to the community and their new home this week, a Habitat Victoria townhouse complex in Saanich. (Courtesy Habitat Victoria)
Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)

Neighbourhood Small Grants are open for application

Get your creative, community-driven project funded for up to $500

Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)
A map of the plan for Topaz Park improvments. (City of Victoria)

Victoria seeks dynamic artist, team for skate/bike park at Topaz

Construction expected complete by summer 2022 at city’s third-largest park

A map of the plan for Topaz Park improvments. (City of Victoria)
West Shore RCMP has four officers specially trained as Drug Recognition Experts. The required training to receive this title is a three-week intensive course, which West Shore Cst. John Taylor completed three years ago. (Photo courtesy of the RCMP)

A glimpse into the role of a Drug Recognition Expert at West Shore RCMP

Police department has four officers specially trained in drug recognition

West Shore RCMP has four officers specially trained as Drug Recognition Experts. The required training to receive this title is a three-week intensive course, which West Shore Cst. John Taylor completed three years ago. (Photo courtesy of the RCMP)
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Greater Victoria Canadian Tire locations will fund a new 13,200 square foot accessible multi-sport court at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media File)

$1.2-M accessible multi-sport court coming to North Saanich rec centre

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities gifts facility to Peninsula Recreation Commission

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Greater Victoria Canadian Tire locations will fund a new 13,200 square foot accessible multi-sport court at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media File)
BC Transit is seeking public feedback on its latest design plans for the new handyDART facility in View Royal. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
BC Transit is seeking public feedback on its latest design plans for the new handyDART facility in View Royal. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
OPINION SIG

SOOKE HISTORY: Plans for developing Sooke town core dates back 40 years

First plans came forward in mid-1970s

  • Mar 26, 2021
OPINION SIG
Wild Wise Sooke hopes to build a haul-out for harbour seals in the Sooke Basin. (Pixabay)

‘Wildlife corner’ eyed for Sooke Basin

Purple martin nest boxes and a seal haul-out proposed by Wild Wise Sooke

Wild Wise Sooke hopes to build a haul-out for harbour seals in the Sooke Basin. (Pixabay)
A Spring Electric Vehicle Count was held in Greater Victoria on Wednesday, to survey how many could be spotted rolling through the region. (Photo Mikes-Photography/Pixabay)

More than 1,000 electric vehicles counted on Greater Victoria roads

Event inspired by region’s annual spring flower and bird counts

  • Mar 25, 2021
A Spring Electric Vehicle Count was held in Greater Victoria on Wednesday, to survey how many could be spotted rolling through the region. (Photo Mikes-Photography/Pixabay)
Reader’s Lens
Peter Walsh captured this early morning scene at Kemp Lake while walking his dogs in Otter Point. To submit a photo to Reader’s Lens, please email editor@sookenewsmirror.com. (Contributed photo)

Reader’s Lens

Reader’s Lens Peter Walsh captured this early morning scene at Kemp Lake…

  • Mar 25, 2021
Reader’s Lens
Peter Walsh captured this early morning scene at Kemp Lake while walking his dogs in Otter Point. To submit a photo to Reader’s Lens, please email editor@sookenewsmirror.com. (Contributed photo)
This Saturday, the Esquimalt Lions Club is collecting donations of toys and other items to be passed on to children being cared for at the Victoria General Hospital pediatric ward. (Pixabay photo)

Esquimalt Lions gathers toys for kids at Victoria General Hospital

COVID-19 protocols saw communal toys put away in VGH pediatric ward

  • Mar 25, 2021
This Saturday, the Esquimalt Lions Club is collecting donations of toys and other items to be passed on to children being cared for at the Victoria General Hospital pediatric ward. (Pixabay photo)
The downtown Greater Victoria Public Library branch. (Black Press File Photo)

Greater Victoria Public Library offers online spring break programs

The lineup of virtual programs are meant to engage kids and get them reading

The downtown Greater Victoria Public Library branch. (Black Press File Photo)