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No more pot shops – for now, council says

Don’t expect a medical marijuana dispensary to open in your neighbourhood soon.

  • Nov 29, 2016

Councillors named to CRD commissions

Mayor Maja Tait also sits on the SEAPARC board as the CRD rep. Her alternate is Coun. Rick Kasper.

  • Nov 29, 2016
An already-twinned section of the Trans Mountain pipeline near Jasper.

Trudeau green lights Kinder Morgan pipeline, rejects Northern Gateway

One of two controversial oil pipelines across B.C. gets green light from federal government

An already-twinned section of the Trans Mountain pipeline near Jasper.

Union says it will oppose sale of B.C. retirement homes to firm with links to China

Retirement Concepts owns 24 retirement facilities, mostly in B.C.

District searching for board member

The position became vacant with the resignation of Robert Irwin last month.

  • Nov 29, 2016
Trailer fire under investigation.

Fire destroys travel trailer on Walse Road in Sooke

No one was in the trailer at the time of the fire.

  • Nov 29, 2016
Trailer fire under investigation.
Rental vacancy rates in B.C. remain lower despite a slight increase.

B.C.’s rental vacancy rate increases to 1.3 per cent

Cities such as Victoria, Abbotsford, Kelowna and Vancouver still report vacancy rates of under one per cent.

Rental vacancy rates in B.C. remain lower despite a slight increase.
Maja Tait

Sooke shunned by province, mayor says

"I feel we are ignored by the province," Tait said, adding most Island politicians seem to agree with her.

Maja Tait
Pilot dead after CF-18 crash in northeastern Alberta

Pilot dead after CF-18 crash in northeastern Alberta

The plane was based out of the Canadian Forces Base in Cold Lake

Pilot dead after CF-18 crash in northeastern Alberta
Parks like the Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler will receive some of the $23 million allocated to parks by the province.

B.C. announces $23 million for new campsites

About 1,900 new campsites, parks foundation and new rangers coming soon

Parks like the Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler will receive some of the $23 million allocated to parks by the province.

Sooke council awards grants to community groups

District of Sooke council awards $29,250 in biannual community grants.

  • Nov 26, 2016
Cathy Noel

B.C. Liberals announce Cathy Noel as candidate

Noel owns a small business that has organized local charity events for dozens of not-for-profits across the Island.

  • Nov 25, 2016
Cathy Noel
Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90.

Fidel Castro dead at 90

Cuban State TV announced the death of the revolutionary leader on Friday night.

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90.

Sooke to get affordable housing complex

A new affordable housing complex, with 40 units, to be built in Sooke will address the area’s growing need.

Island Health is warning all drug consumers to not use without having help close at hand after seven overdose deaths on the Island in past week

Urgent plea to drug users: please don’t do it alone

Seven Vancouver Island deaths in seven days and a fresh batch of social services cheques have health providers on high alert for the weekend

Island Health is warning all drug consumers to not use without having help close at hand after seven overdose deaths on the Island in past week
Offenders serving long sentences for crimes such as murder and rape are able to use a website run by a woman in Kingston

Chilliwack man who raped toddler looking for love via online pen pal site

Founder unapologetic about allowing murderers, rapists and pedophiles to post listings on website; local MP not impressed

Offenders serving long sentences for crimes such as murder and rape are able to use a website run by a woman in Kingston
Four-year-old Delilah Felton has been missing in Metro Vancouver since Thursday afternoon.

Amber Alert deactivated: Delilah Felton found

The four-year-old was found safe in Surrey, and her mother remains in custody, police say.

  • Nov 24, 2016
Four-year-old Delilah Felton has been missing in Metro Vancouver since Thursday afternoon.
Low minimum wage, inefficient benefits keep one in five kids in poverty: report

Low minimum wage, inefficient benefits keep one in five kids in poverty: report

First Call BC believes the province's child poverty rate is declining too slowly

Low minimum wage, inefficient benefits keep one in five kids in poverty: report
Mike Bernier

Province delays launch of new school curriculum

Bernier unveils one-year extension, shift in timing of FSA tests

Mike Bernier
Mother grizzly bear with two cubs. Limited entry hunting for adult grizzlies is permitted in B.C. where populations support it.

NDP vow to ban grizzly bear trophy hunt

Election declaration that grizzlies are worth more from tourism alive than dead will divide province, BC Liberals say

Mother grizzly bear with two cubs. Limited entry hunting for adult grizzlies is permitted in B.C. where populations support it.