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4,200 people were slaves in what's today Canada between the 17th and 19th centuries, according to historians. (Government of Canada)

B.C. and Canada officially recognize Emancipation Day on Aug. 1

An effort confront history across the country and promote change seen around the world, says gov’t

Saanich Fire Department worked hard to pull a horse from drowning in a mud bog on July 31 in Saanich. (Photo and video courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)

Saanich firefighters rescue horse stuck in a bog near Viaduct Avenue

At the scene were a whole team of firefighters who put their heads together to rescue the filly

Photo of Kuper Island Residential School taken in the 1920s. A march on the holiday Monday’s morning will interrupt Pat Bay Highway traffic for about an hour as demonstrators plan to show their solidarity with Penelakut Island, after the discovery of unmarked graves at a former residential school site there. (B.C. Archives photo)

Pat Bay Highway march on Monday to honour residential school children, survivors

The solidarity march will block part of the highway until 10 a.m.

Photo of Kuper Island Residential School taken in the 1920s. A march on the holiday Monday’s morning will interrupt Pat Bay Highway traffic for about an hour as demonstrators plan to show their solidarity with Penelakut Island, after the discovery of unmarked graves at a former residential school site there. (B.C. Archives photo)
A dog was spotted on the edge of a B.C. ferry in the evening on July 29, eventually being coaxed to safety. (B.C. Ferries image, video courtesy of Tyler Reeves)

Dog coaxed to safety from edge of Greater Victoria-bound BC Ferry vessel

Passengers looked on and waited anxiously for its rescue by crew members

A dog was spotted on the edge of a B.C. ferry in the evening on July 29, eventually being coaxed to safety. (B.C. Ferries image, video courtesy of Tyler Reeves)
Pacific FC won their Langford home-opener against the Calgary Cavalry on July 30. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

PHOTOS: Pacific FC mark long-awaited Greater Victoria return with win over Calgary

Langford’s Starlight Stadium hosted the return of crowds filling the stands

Pacific FC won their Langford home-opener against the Calgary Cavalry on July 30. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
RCMP officers remove a protester from a camp on the Braden Mainline Forestry Service Road on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Facebook photo)

Fairy Creek old-growth protests hit 500-arrest mark

Protesters undeterred as one-year anniversary of blockades approaches

RCMP officers remove a protester from a camp on the Braden Mainline Forestry Service Road on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Saanich police shut down the 4500 block of Chatterton Way due to a suspicious package. (Photo: Saanich police)

UPDATE: Chatterton Way in Saanich reopened after suspicious package caused closure

The 4500-block of Chatterton Way reopened at 2 a.m. on July 31 when deemed safe

Saanich police shut down the 4500 block of Chatterton Way due to a suspicious package. (Photo: Saanich police)
Rendering of the proposed residential and commercial building on the Northern Junk property on Wharf Street. A long public hearing July 29 saw Victoria council postpone the discussion and vote on the application until their Aug. 5 meeting. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Public commentary on Northern Junk proposal pushes Victoria vote to next week

Public hearing cut off at 11:30 p.m., council to make decision on proposal at Aug. 5 meeting

Rendering of the proposed residential and commercial building on the Northern Junk property on Wharf Street. A long public hearing July 29 saw Victoria council postpone the discussion and vote on the application until their Aug. 5 meeting. (Courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Saanich police have closed the 4500-block of Chatterton Way in both directions as they investigate a suspicious package in the area. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police have closed the 4500-block of Chatterton Way in both directions as they investigate a suspicious package in the area. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kenn Mount will be taking over as fire chief of Central Saanich beginning in September. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)

New recruit switches fire chief helmet from Sooke to Central Saanich come September

Kenn Mount has 16 years’ experience in the fire service, including four as chief in Sooke

Kenn Mount will be taking over as fire chief of Central Saanich beginning in September. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)
The last day to vote for your favourite sand sculpture at Cadboro-Gyro park is Aug. 2. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Voting ends soon for Saanich sand sculpture favourites at Cadboro-Gyro Park

Deadline Aug. 2, voters over 18 eligible to win summer prize package worth over $600

The last day to vote for your favourite sand sculpture at Cadboro-Gyro park is Aug. 2. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Calls to establish an off-leash dog park in Sooke were answered by Sooke council last week. The new facility will be located at Ponds Park Corridor. (Pixabay.com)

Council approves Sooke’s first dog park

Facility expected to open in late fall at Pond’s Park Corridor

Calls to establish an off-leash dog park in Sooke were answered by Sooke council last week. The new facility will be located at Ponds Park Corridor. (Pixabay.com)
The Victoria International Airport is among 11 B.C. regional airports receiving an injection of federal funding this summer, the government announced July 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria International Airport receives $3-million federal injection

11 B.C. airports receiving funding to maintain regional connectivity

The Victoria International Airport is among 11 B.C. regional airports receiving an injection of federal funding this summer, the government announced July 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers often come together in nature to help in hands-on ways. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)

Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive species in Oak Bay’s Uplands Park

Volunteer initiative on July 31 aims to bring like-minded volunteers together

The Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers often come together in nature to help in hands-on ways. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)
The Highlands District Community Association is petitioning the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether B.C. mining officials should include climate change in issuing mining permits. (Black Press Media file photo)

Highlands resident group turns to Supreme Court for help on Millstream mining issue

Community association to bring its climate change argument to federal court

The Highlands District Community Association is petitioning the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether B.C. mining officials should include climate change in issuing mining permits. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police are seeking witnesses and information as they investigate two suspicious dumpster fires found in Victoria early July 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dumpster fire witnesses sought by Victoria police

Two suspicious dumpster fires found early Friday morning

Victoria police are seeking witnesses and information as they investigate two suspicious dumpster fires found in Victoria early July 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen this B.C. Day long weekend are rapidly filling up, with the majority of reservations already sold out. (Don Denton/News Staff)

Long weekend ferry sailings close to full between Vancouver and Victoria

Hour and a half delay from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay kicks off busy weekend

Sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen this B.C. Day long weekend are rapidly filling up, with the majority of reservations already sold out. (Don Denton/News Staff)
Photographed is southern resident killer whale K33, Tika, as it breaches off of San Juan Island on July 27. (Photo courtesy of the Orca Bahavior Institute)
Photographed is southern resident killer whale K33, Tika, as it breaches off of San Juan Island on July 27. (Photo courtesy of the Orca Bahavior Institute)
Heat on the South Island has again impacted the administration of COVID-19 vaccines on the West Shore. (Island Health photo)

UPDATE: Weekend vaccine appointments in Langford relocated to Victoria

Friday, Saturday and Sunday appointments at Eagle Ridge Arena moved to Victoria Conference Centre

Heat on the South Island has again impacted the administration of COVID-19 vaccines on the West Shore. (Island Health photo)