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The Kings Park green space in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Helping fund Saanich park purchase an option for Oak Bay council

Saanich seeks between $60,000 and $90,000 from Oak Bay toward keeping Kings park whole

The Kings Park green space in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the municipality will review new regulations that promise to increase housing flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve. (Black Press Media Files/Submitted)

Central Saanich to review relaxed housing rules for ALR

Mayor Ryan Windsor says municipality has been working on ways to improve housing for farm workers

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the municipality will review new regulations that promise to increase housing flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve. (Black Press Media Files/Submitted)
A common wall lizard captured on a Victoria street. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Invasive lizard population spreads across Vancouver Island

Even record-breaking heat didn’t diminish European wall lizard population

A common wall lizard captured on a Victoria street. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
RCMP Saturday arrested a person wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as part of enforcing a court order in the Fairy Creek Watershed. (Black Press Media File)

Fairy Creek protester arrested on unrelated Canada-wide warrant

Individual arrested was among 10 persons RCMP arrested Saturday

RCMP Saturday arrested a person wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as part of enforcing a court order in the Fairy Creek Watershed. (Black Press Media File)
From left: Laurel Circle, Douglas Prentice, Catherine McClarty, Indira Pierson and Priya Pierson rally at the BC Legislature steps on July 17. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Anti-logging demonstrators still a weekend mainstay at the legislature

Protestors say continued pressure on elected officials will help them win

From left: Laurel Circle, Douglas Prentice, Catherine McClarty, Indira Pierson and Priya Pierson rally at the BC Legislature steps on July 17. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Legendary Sikh Riders started their cross-Canada tour, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in Victoria on July 17. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

PHOTOS: Sikh motorcycle group starts cross-Canada charity tour in Victoria

The Legendary Sikh Riders are raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Legendary Sikh Riders started their cross-Canada tour, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in Victoria on July 17. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Anti-racism bystander training will be offered by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society this fall and winter. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria immigrant and refugee group combats racism with bystander training

Victoria Foundation grant to fund community training, foster equity and inclusivity

Anti-racism bystander training will be offered by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society this fall and winter. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria council seeks to reopen a section of Bridge Way in Beacon Hill Park to vehicle traffic. The roadway has been closed since last year due to distancing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Victoria looking into reopening Beacon Hill Park road to traffic

Staff will report to council on July 22 with road reopening plan

Victoria council seeks to reopen a section of Bridge Way in Beacon Hill Park to vehicle traffic. The roadway has been closed since last year due to distancing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds returning to the Island for Op Inspiration

The goal of Op Inspiration is to pay tribute to healthcare workers

Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox May 21, 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
As construction of the supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. continues, BC Housing says it will give priority to people from the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
As construction of the supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. continues, BC Housing says it will give priority to people from the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A ring that was lost for over a month was returned to its owner on July 16. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

$10,000 engagement ring, lost for over a month, returned to owner

A person turned it in after seeing a Facebook post, VicPD said

A ring that was lost for over a month was returned to its owner on July 16. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Value Nature podcast producers Chantal MacDonald, left, and Lauren Ball stop for a selfie at Fairy Creek while gathering material for their third episode, which will discuss current old-growth logging protests. (Courtesy of Lauren Ball/Bateman Foundation)

Bateman Foundation podcast taps listeners into Greater Victoria environmental awareness

Episodes connect listeners with Indigenous understanding of nature

Value Nature podcast producers Chantal MacDonald, left, and Lauren Ball stop for a selfie at Fairy Creek while gathering material for their third episode, which will discuss current old-growth logging protests. (Courtesy of Lauren Ball/Bateman Foundation)
The July 15 announcement that cruise ships will be allowed back in Canadian waters this fall was a welcome relief to Greater Victoria business associations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Return of cruise ships will buoy Greater Victoria businesses

Cruise ships return allowed by November, but region won’t feel impact until next spring

The July 15 announcement that cruise ships will be allowed back in Canadian waters this fall was a welcome relief to Greater Victoria business associations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police arrested a man Friday morning after they found him inside a van that was reported stolen on Thursday. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested after Victoria police find him in stolen van

Volkswagen Westphalia, reported stolen Thursday, had been altered to disguise it

Victoria police arrested a man Friday morning after they found him inside a van that was reported stolen on Thursday. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)
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Public invited to participate in Sooke economic strategy

Citizens asked to complete survey

  • Jul 16, 2021
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Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke residents say rock blasting is impacting water wells; Ministry points to dry weather

‘This isn’t my first dry year. I’ve never had to order water in June. That’s not normal.’

Miranda Aloma (with dog Sherlock) stands in front of what she jokingly calls her water tank ghetto. She has already used up the auxiliary water she’d reserved in the spring, and is relying on water deliveries earlier than she ever has before. Three tanks in the back are not-potable; she rigs up hoses and buckets and uses that water for plants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Island Health’s celebratory pin marks one million COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in the health authority region. (Courtesy of Island Health)

Island Health surpasses one million COVID-19 immunizations

Campaign has seen 78 per cent of population immunized; 48 per cent have received two doses

Island Health’s celebratory pin marks one million COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in the health authority region. (Courtesy of Island Health)
Annalee Lepp is the first woman to be appointed as dean of the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities, after serving as acting dean since April 2020. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)

University of Victoria makes it official, Faculty of Humanities has first woman dean

Annalee Lepp led students, staff, faculty through pandemic as acting dean

Annalee Lepp is the first woman to be appointed as dean of the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities, after serving as acting dean since April 2020. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)
An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed - Aragon Properties)

Sooke council approves development permit for 132 housing units

The development service permit is dependent on several conditions

An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed - Aragon Properties)