Joel Tansey

Alex Witcombe works away at a mammoth sculpture made of driftwood at Royal Bay’s Beachpark last month. Witcombe was also comissioned to create a piece during Colwood’s Eats and Beats festival for the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Photo courtesy Royal Bay)

Creatures find home on Colwood waterfront

Comox Valley artist leaves mark on West Shore beaches

Alex Witcombe works away at a mammoth sculpture made of driftwood at Royal Bay’s Beachpark last month. Witcombe was also comissioned to create a piece during Colwood’s Eats and Beats festival for the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Photo courtesy Royal Bay)
Chelsey Minter is one of six players from Westshore RFC who will be a part of Canada’s entry into this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland. The 28-year old Sidney native will be participating in her first World Cup. (Kevin Light/Rugby Canada)

Six Westshore Valkyries set for Rugby World Cup

Colwood-based club hosting send-off barbecue Friday night

Chelsey Minter is one of six players from Westshore RFC who will be a part of Canada’s entry into this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland. The 28-year old Sidney native will be participating in her first World Cup. (Kevin Light/Rugby Canada)
The Sooke School District is nearing a deal with the District of Metchosin on the sale of the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)

Metchosin, Sooke School District close to sale agreement

Metchosin is looking to acquire a school in the heart of the municipality

The Sooke School District is nearing a deal with the District of Metchosin on the sale of the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)
The Sooke School District is looking to sell the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)

MACCA president optimistic about organization’s future

Art Brendan isn’t concerned despite potential Metchosin School sale

The Sooke School District is looking to sell the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)
Victoria Shamrocks clinch playoff spot in win over Nanaimo Timbermen

Victoria Shamrocks clinch playoff spot in win over Nanaimo Timbermen

WLA club takes over first place with pair of weekend wins

Victoria Shamrocks clinch playoff spot in win over Nanaimo Timbermen
Royal Colwood golfers Nolan Thoroughgood (pictured) and Keaton Gudz earned top-5 finishes at the 2017 BC Junior Boys Championships in Squamish last weekend. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Royal Colwood pair score well at B.C. Juniors

Keaton Gudz and Nolan Thoroughgood earn top-5 finishes

Royal Colwood golfers Nolan Thoroughgood (pictured) and Keaton Gudz earned top-5 finishes at the 2017 BC Junior Boys Championships in Squamish last weekend. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
A brush fire has closed down Sooke Road in both directions in Metchosin. (Amanda Todd)

UPDATED: Fire crews mopping up after brush fire on Sooke Road

Multiple departments responded to the blaze

A brush fire has closed down Sooke Road in both directions in Metchosin. (Amanda Todd)
A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek, B.C., in the early morning hours of Monday July 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

View Royal fire department sent to battle B.C. wildfires

Department sent four crew members and a pumper truck to Williams Lake

A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek, B.C., in the early morning hours of Monday July 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Colwood council retroactively approved the retaining wall on the left despite it being built both higher than the City’s bylaws allow and without a permit. A public staircase lies to the right of the wall. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette photo)

The wall can stay, Colwood council says

Council approves retaining wall that was built without a permit

Colwood council retroactively approved the retaining wall on the left despite it being built both higher than the City’s bylaws allow and without a permit. A public staircase lies to the right of the wall. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette photo)
Cole Pickup brought a signed Grizzlies cap to Belmont secondary so that Heather Woods could give it to her grandson to replace the one he lost on a recent flight. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)

Young fan delighted to have Victoria Grizzlies cap replaced

Cole Pickup signed and delivered the cap to the boy’s grandmother

Cole Pickup brought a signed Grizzlies cap to Belmont secondary so that Heather Woods could give it to her grandson to replace the one he lost on a recent flight. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)
A Royal Bay secondary student has fallen through the cracks in a system meant to help students warns parent. (Gazette file photo)

Colwood parent says school failed her daughter this year

Individual Education Plan wasn’t implemented, says Royal Bay secondary parent

A Royal Bay secondary student has fallen through the cracks in a system meant to help students warns parent. (Gazette file photo)
View Royal is on standby awaiting deployment to the B.C. Interior to help battle a series of wildfires. (Black Press file photo).

View Royal Fire on standby to help with B.C. wildfires

Fire Chief Paul Hurst has already been deployed to Kamloops and now Williams Lake

View Royal is on standby awaiting deployment to the B.C. Interior to help battle a series of wildfires. (Black Press file photo).
Five-year-old Colwood boy’s Deadpool pose goes viral

Five-year-old Colwood boy’s Deadpool pose goes viral

Photo catches eye of Ryan Reynolds and gets a million likes on Instagram

Five-year-old Colwood boy’s Deadpool pose goes viral
The Paul Black Band entertains the crowd at last year’s Eats and Beats festival in Colwood. (Arnold Lim/News Gazette staff)

Colwood’s Eats and Beats festival continues to grow

Seaside festival featuring Greater Victoria vendors, musicians

The Paul Black Band entertains the crowd at last year’s Eats and Beats festival in Colwood. (Arnold Lim/News Gazette staff)
Westshore Rebels head coach Charly Cardilicchia speaks to his players at the end of the third day of the club’s weekend training camp in Langford. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)

Westshore Rebels coach pleased with weekend training camp

Defending Cullen Cup champions open season July 29

Westshore Rebels head coach Charly Cardilicchia speaks to his players at the end of the third day of the club’s weekend training camp in Langford. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)
Shamrocks captain Corey Small keeps his eyes on the ball during Friday night action against the Langley Thunder at The Q Centre. (Jay Wallace/Victoria Shamrocks)

Victoria Shamrocks rebound against Langley Thunder

‘Rocks get back in the win column with convincing win over last-place WLA squad

Shamrocks captain Corey Small keeps his eyes on the ball during Friday night action against the Langley Thunder at The Q Centre. (Jay Wallace/Victoria Shamrocks)
A runner leaves the transition area as he begins the last leg, a 10 kilometre run, of the Langford Triathlon on Sunday morning. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)

Langford triathletes praise course, Mother Nature

Roughly 200 athletes competed in a race that took them around the West Shore this morning

A runner leaves the transition area as he begins the last leg, a 10 kilometre run, of the Langford Triathlon on Sunday morning. (Joel Tansey/News Gazette staff)
West Shore news…through the decades

West Shore news…through the decades

Taking a look back at the news stories that were making headlines 10, 20 and 30 years ago.

West Shore news…through the decades
A couple dances to the sounds of Rukus at a previous edition of Music in the Park. (Gazette file photo)

Langford’s Music in the Park returns this Sunday

Soul Sonics will feature in Sunday’s opener

A couple dances to the sounds of Rukus at a previous edition of Music in the Park. (Gazette file photo)
Elinor Dunsmuir (right) pictured with her mother Laura, likely in the 1930s on the family’s property at Hatley Park. Elinor’s life and music will be the subject of a presentation this weekend by UVic graduate Elizabeth Gerow. (Royal Roads University archives)

Elinor Dunsmuir’s music was unique for the time period

University of Victoria graduate will perform pieces written by Elinor at Hatley Castle

Elinor Dunsmuir (right) pictured with her mother Laura, likely in the 1930s on the family’s property at Hatley Park. Elinor’s life and music will be the subject of a presentation this weekend by UVic graduate Elizabeth Gerow. (Royal Roads University archives)