Austin Westphal

Through song and dance, Friday’s (Sept. 30) South Island Powwow at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park memorializes the past and future of First Nations and Metis people. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: South Island Powwow in Victoria celebrates Indigenous culture, resiliency

Survivors, families recognized in spirit of reconciliation

Through song and dance, Friday’s (Sept. 30) South Island Powwow at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park memorializes the past and future of First Nations and Metis people. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Sasha Perron is a survivor of intergenerational trauma. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

Next generation looks to take some of the burdens from residential school survivors

Greater Victoria’s Sasha Perron highlights survivors’ strength and resilience

Sasha Perron is a survivor of intergenerational trauma. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
Students, community members, First Nation elders and residential school survivors gathered at Na’tsa’maht, an open-sided structure inspired by Coast Salish designs, located at Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus on Thursday, Sept. 29 to commemorate Orange Shirt Day. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Camosun College commemorates Orange Shirt Day

Students, community members gather to honour residential school survivors

Students, community members, First Nation elders and residential school survivors gathered at Na’tsa’maht, an open-sided structure inspired by Coast Salish designs, located at Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus on Thursday, Sept. 29 to commemorate Orange Shirt Day. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Housing crisis takes centre stage in Greater Victoria

Non-profit housing providers give calls to action ahead of elections

Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Residents can provide feedback on the proposal for a new Belleville Terminal online from Sept. 20 to Oct. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

New Belleville Terminal critical as Victoria could lose U.S. border service, warns ferry president

Redevelopment project prompted by Canada-U.S. customs agreement

Residents can provide feedback on the proposal for a new Belleville Terminal online from Sept. 20 to Oct. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
During Smile Cookie Week, delicious chocolate chunk Smile Cookies are available at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1 each and 23 locations across Greater Victoria will donate full proceeds to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Smile cookie week helps families staying in Greater Victoria while receiving medical care

All proceeds from the sale of smile cookies at participating Tim Hortons to support Jeneece Place

During Smile Cookie Week, delicious chocolate chunk Smile Cookies are available at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1 each and 23 locations across Greater Victoria will donate full proceeds to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A life preserver sits on the bridge of the Royal Canadian Navy’s ORCA class patrol vessel Caribou. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Canada’s Pacific fleet on display in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Annual Defence on the Dock held at Ship Point for first time

A life preserver sits on the bridge of the Royal Canadian Navy’s ORCA class patrol vessel Caribou. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Ice Dragons (blue) face-off against Coast Classic for the opening puck drop. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Ice Hockey, Curling bring 55+ BC Games to Esquimalt

Athletes go for gold on the ice at the Archie Browning Sports Centre

The Ice Dragons (blue) face-off against Coast Classic for the opening puck drop. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Krystal Janicki (left) and Tiare Boyes pose for a photo with a lobster during a dive in the waters of Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland. (Russell Clark/RCGS)

Vancouver Island divers part of team to locate Newfoundland’s lost Liberator

International team of researchers, divers confirm discovery of crashed Second World War bomber

Krystal Janicki (left) and Tiare Boyes pose for a photo with a lobster during a dive in the waters of Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland. (Russell Clark/RCGS)
Mike Dailey, 59, attempts his third and final javelin throw in the men’s track and field pentathlon event. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Badminton, track and field action in 55+ BC Games kicks off at UVic

Competitors from across province test skills, go for gold

Mike Dailey, 59, attempts his third and final javelin throw in the men’s track and field pentathlon event. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Kayaks and canoes were scattered all around Willows Beach on Saturday (Sept. 10) before paddlers took to the water. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Paddlers hit the waters of Oak Bay to support families battling pediatric cancer

Paddle for Health raises $20,000 for Island Kids Cancer Association

Kayaks and canoes were scattered all around Willows Beach on Saturday (Sept. 10) before paddlers took to the water. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Canadian and American agencies conducted a live maritime border defence exercise along the southern coast of British Columbia and northern Washington last month. (Courtesy BC RCMP)

Canadian, U.S. agencies display border defence readiness around Gulf, San Juan islands

Suspicious vessels discovered during live exercise identified, boarded

Canadian and American agencies conducted a live maritime border defence exercise along the southern coast of British Columbia and northern Washington last month. (Courtesy BC RCMP)
Saanich is set to begin work on storm drain replacements and roadway upgrades on Gorge Road between Admirals and Tillicum roads. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich infrastructure, transportation upgrades to get rolling along Gorge Road

Work on storm drains and transportation improvements expected to take 14 months

Saanich is set to begin work on storm drain replacements and roadway upgrades on Gorge Road between Admirals and Tillicum roads. (Black Press Media file photo)
First responders line up outside Victoria General Hospital on Sept. 7 as the last of six officers injured in a June 28 shooting outside a Saanich bank was released from the hospital. (Submitted photo)

Last of six officers injured in Saanich bank shooting released from hospital

The Saanich police member seriously injured in the June 28 shootout will now recover at home

First responders line up outside Victoria General Hospital on Sept. 7 as the last of six officers injured in a June 28 shooting outside a Saanich bank was released from the hospital. (Submitted photo)
Former Oak Bay Police Chief Ray Bernoties (left) and Mayor Kevin Murdoch stand with Chief Const. Mark Fisher after he was sworn in as the department’s new police chief on Sept. 6. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Changing of the guard: Oak Bay’s new police chief makes it official

Chief Const. Mark Fisher sworn in as outgoing chief Ray Bernoties recognized

Former Oak Bay Police Chief Ray Bernoties (left) and Mayor Kevin Murdoch stand with Chief Const. Mark Fisher after he was sworn in as the department’s new police chief on Sept. 6. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Indigenous community members, international delegates and Victoria Forum organizers sit for a photo next to a hand-carved paddle, designed by Darlene Gait of Esquimalt (Xwsepsum) Nation, inside the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Greater Victoria First Nations look to sports for reconciliation

International declaration seeks to advance truth, respect, reconciliation through sport

Indigenous community members, international delegates and Victoria Forum organizers sit for a photo next to a hand-carved paddle, designed by Darlene Gait of Esquimalt (Xwsepsum) Nation, inside the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Trevor Botkin, HeroWork general manager, gives a tour of the site. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Heroes helping heroes: Victoria’s Cool Aid Society gets revamped

Renovations to bring new life to downtown community centre

Trevor Botkin, HeroWork general manager, gives a tour of the site. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Lykeion Ellinidon, a dance group from Greece, rehearsing inside the community centre before their performance. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greek culture, cuisine showcased at Greater Victoria’s Greek Fest

Two-weekend event returns to Saanich’s Hellenic Community Centre

Lykeion Ellinidon, a dance group from Greece, rehearsing inside the community centre before their performance. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Public feedback received through the most recent phase of engagement indicated neighbourhood opposition to densification. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Saanich to stick with Cadboro Bay draft local area plan

Council votes 6-3 to keep current draft local area plan, make minor refinements

Public feedback received through the most recent phase of engagement indicated neighbourhood opposition to densification. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
From left: Lachlan Gustafson-Thomas, Patricia Rawson, Angela McNulty-Buell, Heather Forbes and Robertina Saavedra from the Bridges for Women Society standing alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Victoria women’s organization receives funding boost to bolster mental health supports

Funding will help provide women across the province with trauma counselling, referral supports

From left: Lachlan Gustafson-Thomas, Patricia Rawson, Angela McNulty-Buell, Heather Forbes and Robertina Saavedra from the Bridges for Women Society standing alongside Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
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