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Bella, the foal, was born chestnut and changed colour as she aged. (Courtesy Paula Leweke)

Metchosin-born horse leaps grand prix hurdles

Paula Leweke of Paula’s Horses has high hopes for Bella

Bella, the foal, was born chestnut and changed colour as she aged. (Courtesy Paula Leweke)
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Oak Bay secondary suites final strategy report before council Monday

Full Urban Systems report available online

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Consultation for the redevelopment of the Oak Bay Lodge property continues. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Council airs concerns over potential uses for former Oak Bay Lodge lands

Resident concerns forwarded to Capital Regional Hospital District

Consultation for the redevelopment of the Oak Bay Lodge property continues. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
An Oak Bay firefighter and child hose down the massive Halloween fire in Firefighter’s Park during a previous event. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 pandemic douses Halloween bonfire in Oak Bay

Annual Oct. 31 gathering in Firefighter’s Park cancelled for second consecutive year

An Oak Bay firefighter and child hose down the massive Halloween fire in Firefighter’s Park during a previous event. (Black Press Media file photo)
Changes to the Bowker Avenue and Cadboro Bay Road intersection are set to improve pedestrian safety in the corridor between two schools. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Pedestrian safety upgrades underway on roadway between two Oak Bay schools

Traffic changes at Bowker Creek and Cadboro Bay intersection aim to slow drivers

Changes to the Bowker Avenue and Cadboro Bay Road intersection are set to improve pedestrian safety in the corridor between two schools. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
One cat remains missing after a house fire in Oak Bay Tuesday morning. (Oak Bay Fire Department/Twitter)

Cat flees, residents safe after morning house fire in Oak Bay

Oak Bay Fire Department called to 2000-block Crescent Road

One cat remains missing after a house fire in Oak Bay Tuesday morning. (Oak Bay Fire Department/Twitter)
Volunteers with Schneider Electric work in partnership with Tree Canada and the District of Oak Bay to restore a pocket of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in Anderson Hill Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Volunteers clear corner of Oak Bay park for new native growth

Anderson Hill Park privvy to upgrades thanks to business, Tree Canada

Volunteers with Schneider Electric work in partnership with Tree Canada and the District of Oak Bay to restore a pocket of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in Anderson Hill Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Fall Home Show returns to Greater Victoria Oct. 15 to 17 at West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre. (Courtesy Evergreen Exhibitions)

Fall Home Show returns to Greater Victoria

More than 100 booths set to fill West Shore venue

The Fall Home Show returns to Greater Victoria Oct. 15 to 17 at West Shore Parks and Recreation Centre. (Courtesy Evergreen Exhibitions)
The Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, established in 1923, starts at the high water mark at 10 Mile Point in Saanich and stretches across the shoreline of Oak Bay, Victoria, Saanich, View Royal and Esquimalt. (Capital Regional District map)

Environment ministry cracks down on dogs to protect migratory birds in Greater Victoria

‘Wildlife violations were occurring regularly’ in bird sanctuary, says federal government

The Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, established in 1923, starts at the high water mark at 10 Mile Point in Saanich and stretches across the shoreline of Oak Bay, Victoria, Saanich, View Royal and Esquimalt. (Capital Regional District map)
Residents are encouraged to take precautions at this time of year around male deer, which can be unpredictable during rutting season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Residents are encouraged to take precautions at this time of year around male deer, which can be unpredictable during rutting season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Stop by the Uptown ReStore or the West Shore location to grab a free steam punk’in kit. Use the kit to create your very own steam punk’ins this Halloween. (Facebook/Restore Victoria)

Greater Victoria gourds get their steampunk on thanks to free ReStore kits

Crafty kits create steampunk aesthetic on pumpkins

Stop by the Uptown ReStore or the West Shore location to grab a free steam punk’in kit. Use the kit to create your very own steam punk’ins this Halloween. (Facebook/Restore Victoria)
Oak Bay has more than $900 million in public assets but about $273.9 million of the district’s water, sanitary sewer, storm and road assets are past their recommended useful life while others are beyond their useful life and due for replacement. (Black Press Media file photo)

Debt a near certainty as Oak Bay faces infrastructure shortfall

Expect ongoing tax, utilities increases as district covers 100-year funding gap

Oak Bay has more than $900 million in public assets but about $273.9 million of the district’s water, sanitary sewer, storm and road assets are past their recommended useful life while others are beyond their useful life and due for replacement. (Black Press Media file photo)
A map pinpoints unfelt tremors online at pnsn.org. (Pacific Northwest Seismic Record)

Vancouver Island slides west, tremors could signal tectonic shifting

More than 2,000 recent tiny tremors a reminder to be earthquake ready on Vancouver Island

A map pinpoints unfelt tremors online at pnsn.org. (Pacific Northwest Seismic Record)
It took several walkers in Anderson Hill Park on Saturday morning to clean up a huge mess left behind. (Christina Johnson-Dean photo)

Walkers clear trash from picturesque Oak Bay park

Anderson Hill popular for its views and trails, not trash

It took several walkers in Anderson Hill Park on Saturday morning to clean up a huge mess left behind. (Christina Johnson-Dean photo)
Interactions between horses, riders and cyclists are mostly respectful on the Galloping Goose, but there is a small percentage of riders who cause one Metchosin equestrian concern. (Photo courtesy of Paula Lewke)

Galloping Goose isn’t dangerous for horses if others play their part, says Metchosin rider

If cyclists slow down and call out, equestrians will shift to single file

Interactions between horses, riders and cyclists are mostly respectful on the Galloping Goose, but there is a small percentage of riders who cause one Metchosin equestrian concern. (Photo courtesy of Paula Lewke)
Victoria Police Chief Del Manak and Reynolds Secondary Student Maya Evancio Barker reveal the final count for the 2021 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock – $505,000. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

UPDATE: More than $500,000 raised for kids with cancer in 2021 Tour de Rock

Annual ride raises funds for life-saving pediatric cancer research and support programs

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak and Reynolds Secondary Student Maya Evancio Barker reveal the final count for the 2021 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock – $505,000. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Students filled the field Friday morning as Tour de Rock riders stopped in to collect a cheque big enough to send 24 children to Camp Goodtimes. The students final tally hit $37,748 and change for the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer ride. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay High tallies nearly $40,000 for Canadian Cancer Society

Students greet Tour de Rock community team as it rolls into Oak Bay

Students filled the field Friday morning as Tour de Rock riders stopped in to collect a cheque big enough to send 24 children to Camp Goodtimes. The students final tally hit $37,748 and change for the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer ride. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay High student Annika Bergemann goes for the short look to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Highschool haircuts in Oak Bay raise funds for Canadian Cancer Society

Students reveal 2021 fundraising tally Friday when Tour de Rock rolls in

Oak Bay High student Annika Bergemann goes for the short look to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Black Press Media rider Arnold Lim during the 2017 Tour de Rock ride. (Courtesy of the Canadian Cancer Society)

Kids inspire Black Press Media rider to tackle Tour de Rock for third time

‘Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19 or anything else for that matter’

Black Press Media rider Arnold Lim during the 2017 Tour de Rock ride. (Courtesy of the Canadian Cancer Society)
Namgis artist Jamin Zuroski talks Orange Shirt Day 2021 and working with teachers and students at Monterey Middle School in Oak Bay. (YouTube)

Art instalment at Oak Bay school sparks larger conversation

‘We too can each share our stories and become a tighter knit community’

Namgis artist Jamin Zuroski talks Orange Shirt Day 2021 and working with teachers and students at Monterey Middle School in Oak Bay. (YouTube)