Rick Stiebel

Sooke School District No. 62 superintendent Scott Stinson explains that most block classes at Belmont Secondary will be halved. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Sooke School District opens conversation on catchment boundary changes

Feedback solicited at virtual town hall Oct. 28

Sooke School District No. 62 superintendent Scott Stinson explains that most block classes at Belmont Secondary will be halved. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Nicole Abbott and her 10-month-old daughter, Ophelia, shown here at the Metchosin Fire Hall for the Halloween events last year. Residents are invited to a drive-through version this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore fire halls take pandemic-safe approach to Halloween

One spooky lane among three drive-thru features by firefighters

Nicole Abbott and her 10-month-old daughter, Ophelia, shown here at the Metchosin Fire Hall for the Halloween events last year. Residents are invited to a drive-through version this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Helping others, especially those struggling with mental health issues, keeps MOD Pizza owner Jim Hayden cooking. (RIck Stiebel/News Staff)

Langford pizza restaurant makes a difference one pie at a time

Lending a hand a key for MOD Pizza owner

Helping others, especially those struggling with mental health issues, keeps MOD Pizza owner Jim Hayden cooking. (RIck Stiebel/News Staff)
L to R - Westshore Towing owner dave LeQuesne and Peninsula Towing owners Meghan and Don Affleck believe the cost of dealing with abandoned vehicles, boats, Rvs and campers is a significant financial burden. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Greater Victoria tow operators at a loss with abandoned vehicles

Boats, RVs, trailers, vehicles add up to thousands of dollars a year

L to R - Westshore Towing owner dave LeQuesne and Peninsula Towing owners Meghan and Don Affleck believe the cost of dealing with abandoned vehicles, boats, Rvs and campers is a significant financial burden. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
4:01 p.m. A worker navigates his way between piles of lumber at the Onni Group project at Colwood Corners. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Colwood Corners construction creates coming road closures

Work involves frontage improvements, underground servicing for water, hydro and communications

4:01 p.m. A worker navigates his way between piles of lumber at the Onni Group project at Colwood Corners. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Child, youth and family counsellor Mia Golden and Substance Use Outreach worker Lorna Mace at work on Tug of War, a documentary about the sexual exploitation of youth on Southern Vancouver Island. (Photo courtesy of Empress Avenue Media)

Documentary exposes youth sex trafficking in Greater Victoria

First edit set for release in January 2021

Child, youth and family counsellor Mia Golden and Substance Use Outreach worker Lorna Mace at work on Tug of War, a documentary about the sexual exploitation of youth on Southern Vancouver Island. (Photo courtesy of Empress Avenue Media)
Province tracks potential deadly deer virus outbreak on Gulf Islands

Province tracks potential deadly deer virus outbreak on Gulf Islands

No known risk to human health from the virus

Province tracks potential deadly deer virus outbreak on Gulf Islands
VIDEO: Greater Victoria woman gets stunning surprise of a free car

VIDEO: Greater Victoria woman gets stunning surprise of a free car

King’s Auto Sales and Cool Aid make woman’s day

VIDEO: Greater Victoria woman gets stunning surprise of a free car
(L to R) Joe O’Rourke, vice president and general manager of Seaspan Victoria Shipyards, Rainbow Kitchen director Patrick Johnstone, Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins and Mark Breslauer, CEO of United Way Greater Victoria, and Esquimalt Neighbourhood House executive director Mary Lynn McKenna are all smiles under their masks. (Photo courtesy of United Way)

United Way micro-grants a boon for Esquimalt residents

Nutrition, literacy, activity and community benefit from small grants

(L to R) Joe O’Rourke, vice president and general manager of Seaspan Victoria Shipyards, Rainbow Kitchen director Patrick Johnstone, Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins and Mark Breslauer, CEO of United Way Greater Victoria, and Esquimalt Neighbourhood House executive director Mary Lynn McKenna are all smiles under their masks. (Photo courtesy of United Way)
Photos of the tail of a dead Humpback whale helped identify the carcass as that of Hawkeye. (Photo contributed by Shoreline Photography/Eagle Wing Torus/Pacific Whale Watch Association)

Humpback carcass off coast of Vancouver Island identified as Hawkeye

Ship strikes take toll on whale populatin

Photos of the tail of a dead Humpback whale helped identify the carcass as that of Hawkeye. (Photo contributed by Shoreline Photography/Eagle Wing Torus/Pacific Whale Watch Association)
Worklink march in Langford supports Orange Shirt Day

Worklink march in Langford supports Orange Shirt Day

Ahousaht Prayer Song sets the tone

Worklink march in Langford supports Orange Shirt Day
Local authors nominated for Victoria Book Prize awards

Local authors nominated for Victoria Book Prize awards

Finalists for 2020 announced in two categories

Local authors nominated for Victoria Book Prize awards
Suicide rate significantly higher in veterinary industry

Suicide rate significantly higher in veterinary industry

West Shore vet techs urge public to be patient, kind

Suicide rate significantly higher in veterinary industry
Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers gather at a recent project on Lund Road in View Royal. (Photo courtesy of

Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers pull together

View Royal project on Sept. 13 next up for environmental group

Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers gather at a recent project on Lund Road in View Royal. (Photo courtesy of
Fran Duck is retiring at the end of this month after 35 years as a medical office assistant, including the last 20-plus years with a family practice in View Royal. (Courtesy Fran Duck)

A career of caring coming to an end in View Royal

Medical office assistant Fran Duck’s connection to families spans generations

Fran Duck is retiring at the end of this month after 35 years as a medical office assistant, including the last 20-plus years with a family practice in View Royal. (Courtesy Fran Duck)
Langford has agreed to sell just under two acres of property at 2855 Westshore Pkwy. and 1365 Goldstream Ave. to Canwest Hotels for $5 million. (Google Maps)

New hotel planned for Langford

Three brands under consideration, restaurant, townhomes part of the plan

Langford has agreed to sell just under two acres of property at 2855 Westshore Pkwy. and 1365 Goldstream Ave. to Canwest Hotels for $5 million. (Google Maps)
BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria stops

BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria stops

Sept. 8 event hits three stops across the region

BC Transit hands out free masks at Greater Victoria stops
The Oak Bay Village Night Market is returning on Sept. 6, Sept. 20, and Oct. 4 with a daytime move to the Municipal Hall. (Oak Bay Village/Facebook)

Oak Bay Night Market’s on the move

Village markets slide into Sunday, fall format

The Oak Bay Village Night Market is returning on Sept. 6, Sept. 20, and Oct. 4 with a daytime move to the Municipal Hall. (Oak Bay Village/Facebook)
Royal BC Museum adds IMAX feature full-time

Royal BC Museum adds IMAX feature full-time

Province helps museum purchase $3.8M theatre

Royal BC Museum adds IMAX feature full-time
Admiral Grant’s inspection with Governor-General Harold Alexander outside the Naden Drill Shed in 1949. (Photo courtesy of the Department of National Defence)

Historic site at CFB Esquimalt to be reborn

Site of Naden Drill Hall part of major new facility

Admiral Grant’s inspection with Governor-General Harold Alexander outside the Naden Drill Shed in 1949. (Photo courtesy of the Department of National Defence)