2012 in review: Winter

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Two boys, 11 and eight, ended up under a B.C. Transit bus after tobogganing down a driveway, Jan 18. The 11-year-old was pinned under the front axle of the bus and the other boy was hit by the front of the bus. Both boys were taken to hospital and released with minor injuries.




In January, 5,000 pounds of copper cabling

measuring nearly a kilometre was stolen from an underground duct. The cabling ran along Langford Parkway neary Goudy field. The thieves have never been caught. It was one of the largest copper thefts on the Island to date.





After 25 years of getting calls from Langford

Dispatch, fire departments from View Royal and Colwood called it quits. The two departments signed up to receive service from Saanich Dispatch.




John Durika bowled the first perfect game at Langford Lanes, Jan. 29. He

finished the game with a score of 300 and was awarded a ring from The Canadian Tenpin Federation.



Colwood approved three public electric vehicle charging stations in February. The first charging station in the town was installed at the Royal Bay Bakery in March.




Jeneece Place opened in late January giving families a place to stay while their children are being treated at Victoria General Hospital. The dream of local youth fundraiser Jeneece Place was made a

reality, Jan. 20. Jeneece Place was budgeted at $5.5 million.





CFB Esquimalt undertook its first marine life enhancement project by building three rock reefs, each one about one-third the size of a

football field. The reefs were built at the mouth of the Esquimalt harbour, a working harbour and navy base for more than a century.




Teachers voted for a three-day strike and stood in front of schools picketing March 5 to 7.



Capital City Centre plans were announced Jan. 23, marking the largest property development on the Island. The development will take over the former Colwood Corners located at Goldstream Avenue and Sooke Road.




Colwood installed solar panels on the

Colwood fire hall in March.

The panels are now used for both electricity and solar hot water.



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