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Sooke School District said registration numbers were strong once again for nature and French immersion kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year, and officials are expecting the same for regular kindergarten registration when it opens on Jan. 24. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke School District sees steady numbers for kindergarten registration

Lack of qualified teachers limiting French immersion curriculum

Sooke School District said registration numbers were strong once again for nature and French immersion kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year, and officials are expecting the same for regular kindergarten registration when it opens on Jan. 24. (File - Black Press Media)
Pearson College students are currently attending classes remotely while on campus in Metchosin. An assessment for the possible return of in-person class will be made Jan. 24. (Courtesy of Pearson College)

Pearson College defends COVID protocol amid outbreak on Metchosin campus

Protocol leaves some isolated students ‘sitting ducks for infection,’ one parent says

Pearson College students are currently attending classes remotely while on campus in Metchosin. An assessment for the possible return of in-person class will be made Jan. 24. (Courtesy of Pearson College)
Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Charters Road construction will trigger traffic delays in Sooke

Repairs underway on weather-damaged roadway this week

Pavement failure and rutting on Charters Road are due to cold and rainy weather. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Three thousand people will lose their family doctor after two physicians at Eagle Creek Medical Clinic in View Royal announced they will be leaving the clinic. Their practice, as well as the walk-in clinic will be closed April 15. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Loss of two doctors at View Royal clinic will leave 3,000 without a GP

New general practitioner coming in August, but won’t be able to take all orphaned patients

Three thousand people will lose their family doctor after two physicians at Eagle Creek Medical Clinic in View Royal announced they will be leaving the clinic. Their practice, as well as the walk-in clinic will be closed April 15. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
O.K. Industries will be allowed to continue working at the Highlands quarry after the B.C. Court of Appeals decision. (Courtesy of District of Highlands)

Appeals court rules against Highlands in quarry case

District has fought to stop work on site since 2016

O.K. Industries will be allowed to continue working at the Highlands quarry after the B.C. Court of Appeals decision. (Courtesy of District of Highlands)
Toronto Arrows and Canada scrum half Ross Braude spins a pass during Major League Rugby action in Georgia last season. The Arrows take on Los Angeles Giltinis on Feb. 11 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Arrows-Karl Moore)

BC’s first ever Major League Rugby Match coming to Langford

10 Canadian national teamers on Toronto squad; Arrows play reigning champ L.A. on Feb. 11

Toronto Arrows and Canada scrum half Ross Braude spins a pass during Major League Rugby action in Georgia last season. The Arrows take on Los Angeles Giltinis on Feb. 11 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Arrows-Karl Moore)
Colwood council approved 18 community grants-in-aid for 2022 on Monday, totalling $32,900 of the budgeted $45,100. (Photo courtesy of City of Colwood)

Colwood approves nearly $33,000 in grants to community groups for 2022

18 of 20 applications get green light, $12,200 remains in budget for out-of-cycle requests

Colwood council approved 18 community grants-in-aid for 2022 on Monday, totalling $32,900 of the budgeted $45,100. (Photo courtesy of City of Colwood)
Pacific FC captain Jamar Dixon lifts the trophy as the team celebrates its win in the Canadian Premier League championship game over two-time defending champion Hamilton. (Pacific FC/Facebook)

Pacific FC captain Dixon returning amid key player exodus from Langford-based club

Top scorer Terran Campbell and league under-21 player of the year Alessandro Hojabrpour have left

Pacific FC captain Jamar Dixon lifts the trophy as the team celebrates its win in the Canadian Premier League championship game over two-time defending champion Hamilton. (Pacific FC/Facebook)
Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)

COVID shifts perspective for Greater Victoria performing artists

Studio owner/performer wants more clarity; guitarist/songwriter enjoys slower pace

Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, left, receives his astronaut wings pin from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, after a space flight in 2021. Hadfield says privatized space flight has its benefits to life on earth. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Space travel can improve everyone’s lives, says Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

Improvements in space technology accelerating, having major impact on life on Earth

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, left, receives his astronaut wings pin from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, after a space flight in 2021. Hadfield says privatized space flight has its benefits to life on earth. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Victoria Grizzlies forward Connor Eddy brought victory in overtime for the team and earned a hat trick in the process Friday against the Powell River Kings. (Photo Courtesy of Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)

Hat trick pushes Victoria Grizzlies to victory over Powell River Kings

Connor Eddy scored his third and the game-winner just 19 seconds into overtime

Victoria Grizzlies forward Connor Eddy brought victory in overtime for the team and earned a hat trick in the process Friday against the Powell River Kings. (Photo Courtesy of Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait says the district is prepared to address additional policing costs arising from the increasing population. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks ahead to address policing costs

Plans are in place for growing population

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait says the district is prepared to address additional policing costs arising from the increasing population. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke resident Leslie Speed has published the Crabapple Tree inspired by a poem she wrote when she was a young child. (Contributed - Leslie Speed)

Sooke children’s book reflects seasonal changes

Local author publishes and illustrates first book

Sooke resident Leslie Speed has published the Crabapple Tree inspired by a poem she wrote when she was a young child. (Contributed - Leslie Speed)
Paramedic specialists Brian Twaites and David Hilder debrief after responding to a drug overdose. Over the past several years the drug overdoses not only across British Columbia but throughout Canada have grown. (Jonathan Hayward - The Canadian Press)

Sooke sets new record for drug overdose calls

Every health region in B.C. saw an increase in overdose calls during 2021

Paramedic specialists Brian Twaites and David Hilder debrief after responding to a drug overdose. Over the past several years the drug overdoses not only across British Columbia but throughout Canada have grown. (Jonathan Hayward - The Canadian Press)
The Langford noise bylaw currently allows construction between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is later, seven days a week including all statutory holidays. City staff have proposed a number of new time restrictions. (Randi Battersby/Black Press Media)

Langford looking to update decades-old construction noise bylaw

Coun. Matt Sahlstrom said he feels residents’ pain, living in construction-heavy Walfred Road area

The Langford noise bylaw currently allows construction between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is later, seven days a week including all statutory holidays. City staff have proposed a number of new time restrictions. (Randi Battersby/Black Press Media)
Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)

’Quite something:’ Langford singer reflects on performing with late rock legend Ronnie Spector

Johnny Vallis worked on 80 shows with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, who died Jan. 12

Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)
Langford council voted against getting staff to revisit a tree bylaw. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford tree protection bylaw felled

Mayor Stew Young said the plan wouldn’t save more trees but would create unnecessary red tape

Langford council voted against getting staff to revisit a tree bylaw. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lief Schieder has been found and is safe after being the subject of a missing person’s report on Jan. 22. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

UPDATE: Missing man found safe

Lief Schieder was reported missing Jan. 12

Lief Schieder has been found and is safe after being the subject of a missing person’s report on Jan. 22. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
This home at SookePoint is one of eight grand prize options in the 2022 B.C. Children’s Hospital Lottery. (Contributed - B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation))

Sooke home grand prize option in B.C. Children’s Hospital lottery

SookePoint property comes with cash and vehicle

This home at SookePoint is one of eight grand prize options in the 2022 B.C. Children’s Hospital Lottery. (Contributed - B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation))
Firefighters Michael Poole (from left), Captain Bryan Erwin, Bryan McNeil and Josh Pettigrew get acquainted with Colwood Fire Rescue’s new engine. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Bryan Erwin announced as new Colwood fire chief

Erwin has been with the department for 17 years and has worked in many areas of fire service

Firefighters Michael Poole (from left), Captain Bryan Erwin, Bryan McNeil and Josh Pettigrew get acquainted with Colwood Fire Rescue’s new engine. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)