Katherine Engqvist

B.C. Emergency Health Services primary care paramedic Em Funk shows off the personal protective equipment their team uses whenever they are dealing with a suspected case of COVID-19 while on the job. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

COVID-19 infection rate among B.C. paramedics almost zero

Eight B.C. Emergency Health Services Members have tested positive for COVID-19

B.C. Emergency Health Services primary care paramedic Em Funk shows off the personal protective equipment their team uses whenever they are dealing with a suspected case of COVID-19 while on the job. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
The remains of the Capital CityCentre Hotel after a late-night fire tore through the building Thursday, Nov. 5. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The remains of the Capital CityCentre Hotel after a late-night fire tore through the building Thursday, Nov. 5. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
West Shore fire chiefs (from right) Dean Ford (Highlands), Paul Hurst (View Royal), Stephanie Dunlop (Metchosin), Chris Aubrey (Langford) and John Cassidy (Colwood) are concerned about the community’s well-being after seeing a dramatic increase in mental health calls. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

West Shore first responders raise alarm after dramatic increase in mental health calls

Frontline braces, fearing for community’s mental health over winter

West Shore fire chiefs (from right) Dean Ford (Highlands), Paul Hurst (View Royal), Stephanie Dunlop (Metchosin), Chris Aubrey (Langford) and John Cassidy (Colwood) are concerned about the community’s well-being after seeing a dramatic increase in mental health calls. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
B.C. Ambulance Services' Island manager Brad Cameron (from right) with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

West Shore’s finest continue to serve and protect

Local heroes reflect on 2020

B.C. Ambulance Services' Island manager Brad Cameron (from right) with primary care paramedics Em Funk, Tyrone Trotter, Fiona Galvin and Peter Hill at the Leigh Road station. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Best of the WestShore 2020
Best of the WestShore 2020
(Black Press Media file photo)

Be prepared: Know what to do in the event of a Greater Victoria tsunami warning

Localized alert systems can provide potentially life-saving information

(Black Press Media file photo)
A local advocate is calling for more to be done to support seniors so they can stay in their communities longer. (Pixabay image)

The State of Aging: COVID-19 exposed a long-term care system already in crisis

A look at Greater Victoria’s aging population and what that will mean for the future

A local advocate is calling for more to be done to support seniors so they can stay in their communities longer. (Pixabay image)
Members of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary want to thank the community for its generous support. The group hosted a pop-up gift shop in Sidney earlier this month, raising almost $20,000 for the hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary raises almost $20,000 with pop-up shop

Forced to close gift shop, group looks for satellite space to raise funds for much-needed equipment

Members of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary want to thank the community for its generous support. The group hosted a pop-up gift shop in Sidney earlier this month, raising almost $20,000 for the hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary)
Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Teen killer Kelly Ellard gets day parole extension allowing up to five days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
View Royal Fire Chief is calling for solutions after two preventable incidents at Thetis Lake over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal fire chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

Emergency crews harassed while extinguishing brush fire, rescuing drunk 15-year-old during long weekend calls

View Royal Fire Chief is calling for solutions after two preventable incidents at Thetis Lake over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
VIDEO: The 2020 Best of the City results are in!

VIDEO: The 2020 Best of the City results are in!

Find out which local businesses captured the hearts of our readers

VIDEO: The 2020 Best of the City results are in!
One person died following a head-on crash on an undivided corner of the Trans-Canada Highway between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway in Langford in January 2019. (File photo from BC Transportation/Twitter)

Work ahead of schedule to improve deadly stretch of Trans-Canada Highway in Langford

Temporary measures were installed after two fatal crashes in less than a month

One person died following a head-on crash on an undivided corner of the Trans-Canada Highway between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway in Langford in January 2019. (File photo from BC Transportation/Twitter)
The Best of the West Shore Awards 2019 saw more than 40,000 votes from community members this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Best of the West Shore Awards 2019 saw more than 40,000 votes from community members this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Investigation launched after sudden death of Saanich inmate

B.C. Corrections, B.C. Coroners Service investigating cause, circumstances surrounding death

Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
When announcing the project, provincial minister Lisa Beare said the new overpass on Highway 17 at Keating Cross Road will cost at least $44 million, with actual construction of the flyover scheduled to start as early as 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Work gets underway on Pat Bay Highway overpass at Keating Cross Road

Motorists are advised to expect some delays in July and August

When announcing the project, provincial minister Lisa Beare said the new overpass on Highway 17 at Keating Cross Road will cost at least $44 million, with actual construction of the flyover scheduled to start as early as 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC was called to investigate after a woman had her arm broken while being taken into police custody on the West Shore. (Black Press file photo)

IIO finds no excessive force used by West Shore RCMP officers during arrest

Police watchdog called to investigate after woman breaks arm while being taken into police custody

The Independent Investigations Office of BC was called to investigate after a woman had her arm broken while being taken into police custody on the West Shore. (Black Press file photo)
An anti-racism rally took to the streets of downtown Victoria Monday, June 1, in solidarity with movements taking place across the U.S. and Canada. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Anti-racism rally takes to the streets of downtown Victoria

Vigil for George Floyd planned at B.C. Legislature for 7 p.m.

An anti-racism rally took to the streets of downtown Victoria Monday, June 1, in solidarity with movements taking place across the U.S. and Canada. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
Average gas prices in Greater Victoria for the month of April hit a low not seen since 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria gas prices dip to lows not seen since February 2016

Average monthly gas prices haven’t consistently been below $1 since 2009

Average gas prices in Greater Victoria for the month of April hit a low not seen since 2016. (Black Press Media file photo)
Firefighters Michael Poole (from left), Captain Bryan Erwin, Bryan McNeil and Josh Pettigrew get acquainted with Colwood Fire Rescue’s new engine. See story on page A5. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Firefighters forced to modify tradition due to COVID-19 pandemic

Long-awaited replacement engine rolls into Colwood

Firefighters Michael Poole (from left), Captain Bryan Erwin, Bryan McNeil and Josh Pettigrew get acquainted with Colwood Fire Rescue’s new engine. See story on page A5. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
Electron micrograph image of E.coli is shown in a handout photo. MCR-1, a gene that makes bacteria resistant to the killing effects of antibiotics, has been detected in stored samples of E. coli collected in 2010 in Canada. Now scientists are wondering if the superbug gene had made its way into Canada even earlier - and just what that could mean. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Brian Coombes Laboratory, McMaster University)

Superbugs keeping microbiologists up at night

COVID-19 likely won’t contribute to more superbugs, says UVIC professor

Electron micrograph image of E.coli is shown in a handout photo. MCR-1, a gene that makes bacteria resistant to the killing effects of antibiotics, has been detected in stored samples of E. coli collected in 2010 in Canada. Now scientists are wondering if the superbug gene had made its way into Canada even earlier - and just what that could mean. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Brian Coombes Laboratory, McMaster University)