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University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

UVic women’s rugby stalwart makes positive debut for Canada, eyes World Cup

Renee Gonzalez says atmosphere around the national program is positive

University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin property owner adds greenspace proposal to industrial rezoning application

Half of the 52-acre property at 3659 Sooke Rd. would be set aside for green space

A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
A proposed industrial development in Metchosin would be accessed off Sooke Road, west of Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Mt. Douglas Rams won their playoff opener in Langford on Nov. 12. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Defense powers offense for Mt. Douglas Rams in playoff opener win over W.J. Mouat

The home team beat the Abbotsford visitors 42-13 on Friday in Langford

The Mt. Douglas Rams won their playoff opener in Langford on Nov. 12. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
The Pacific Centre Family Service Association’s Centre for Well-Being in Colwood is seen in this file photo. The centre will be renovated to include a new community health centre announced by the province Friday, Nov. 12. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province announces new Colwood community health centre set to open next spring

The centre will focus on providing primary care and health promotion for vulnerable populations

The Pacific Centre Family Service Association’s Centre for Well-Being in Colwood is seen in this file photo. The centre will be renovated to include a new community health centre announced by the province Friday, Nov. 12. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke district council is opening the door to email voting with alternative approval process elections. (Image - Facebook)

Sooke allows email ballots on alternative approval process voting

The policy decision comes on the heels of a controversial APP held last summer

Sooke district council is opening the door to email voting with alternative approval process elections. (Image - Facebook)
It seems a seal was just as interested in the spawning salmon as visiting humans at Goldstream Provincial Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11. (Courtesy of Ruban Rebalkin)

VIDEO: Sneaky seal spotted at salmon spawning site in Langford river

A Goldstream Provincial Park visitor caught an unusual guest along the river’s edge

It seems a seal was just as interested in the spawning salmon as visiting humans at Goldstream Provincial Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11. (Courtesy of Ruban Rebalkin)
Sooke Harbour Players presented Blithe Spirit in 2017. The drama troupe is returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus with Treasure Island later this month. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Harbour Players returning after two-year absence

They’ll be performing Ben Crocker’s Treasure Island, on Nov. 26-28 and the Dec. 2-4

Sooke Harbour Players presented Blithe Spirit in 2017. The drama troupe is returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus with Treasure Island later this month. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council approved the community’s first dog park at Pond’s Park Corridor in July. The park will open next year. (File - Metro-Creative)

More dog parks key to reducing biting incidents: CRD

Sooke plans to open first dog park in 2022

Sooke council approved the community’s first dog park at Pond’s Park Corridor in July. The park will open next year. (File - Metro-Creative)
The number of dog bite incidents reported to the Capital Regional District animal control services is trending downward, but the CRD says the true numbers are likely higher, as many go unreported. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dog bite incidents mostly down, says CRD, but true numbers likely higher

Under-reporting common, CRD says; owners can prevent incidents with training

The number of dog bite incidents reported to the Capital Regional District animal control services is trending downward, but the CRD says the true numbers are likely higher, as many go unreported. (Black Press Media file photo)
From left: Maylin Apted, Everly Apted, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 President Norman Scott and Brylee Apted show off the girls’ 2021 donation from Remembrance Day painting sales. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Metchosin girls sell $1,040 in paintings to help Langford Legion

This is the sixth year in a row the three sisters have raised money to support veterans

From left: Maylin Apted, Everly Apted, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 President Norman Scott and Brylee Apted show off the girls’ 2021 donation from Remembrance Day painting sales. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Ken Himes holds a photo of himself in his early 20s when he was doing military training in California. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Former peacekeeper proud of shifting gears, adding diploma to his toolbox

Ken Himes recalls tense moments in Cyprus as a young man trying to help keep the peace

Ken Himes holds a photo of himself in his early 20s when he was doing military training in California. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and the general public stand for O Canada during the 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony in Langford Thursday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford Remembrance Day ceremony welcomes back in-person service

Wet weather doesn’t stop attendees from filling Veterans Memorial Park Thursday

Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and the general public stand for O Canada during the 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony in Langford Thursday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Second World War veteran and former RCAF pilot Donovan Nixon points to a logbook containing every flight he ever did. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

‘I don’t know how I did it’: A teenage bomber pilot’s perfect but perilous missions high above Europe

Second World War veteran Donovan Nixon, 99, recalls risking his life in the sky

Second World War veteran and former RCAF pilot Donovan Nixon points to a logbook containing every flight he ever did. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A Sooke firefighter practices search and rescue techniques during a training exercise at a local home slated for demolition. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)

RCMP says Sooke Road RV fire not suspicious

The fire was believed ignited by faulty batteries, say Sooke Mounties

A Sooke firefighter practices search and rescue techniques during a training exercise at a local home slated for demolition. (File - Sooke Fire Rescue)
Increasing the size of View Royal council from five to seven would require an estimated $50,000 upgrade to council chambers at town hall, and roughly $44,000 in additional salaries and expense. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)

View Royal council playing catchup, looks to add 2 elected positions

Residents can have their say about proposed change at town hall meeting Nov. 15

Increasing the size of View Royal council from five to seven would require an estimated $50,000 upgrade to council chambers at town hall, and roughly $44,000 in additional salaries and expense. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)
The structural engineer for the troubled Danbrook One rental building in Langford’s downtown core was unqualified for the job, according to an order issued by Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. (Black Press Media file photo)

Engineer on troubled Langford building unqualified: regulatory body

Brian McClure ‘erroneously believed that his prior experience qualified him to design Danbrook One’

The structural engineer for the troubled Danbrook One rental building in Langford’s downtown core was unqualified for the job, according to an order issued by Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore RCMP arrested a man Nov. 9 after he allegedly hit a woman with his bike and knocked her to the sidewalk. (Black Press Media file photo)

Woman hit with bicycle after confronting cyclist on Langford sidewalk

Suspect was arrested and released for future court date

West Shore RCMP arrested a man Nov. 9 after he allegedly hit a woman with his bike and knocked her to the sidewalk. (Black Press Media file photo)
Naval reserve veteran William Wolfrey with Daisy, his seven year-old Boston terrier, now a certified therapy dog. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Providing therapy dogs should be priority, Langford veteran William Woolfrey says

Navy reserve veteran eventually had his own lap dog certified as a therapy dog

Naval reserve veteran William Wolfrey with Daisy, his seven year-old Boston terrier, now a certified therapy dog. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch 91 in Langford is one of several in the region managing to survive the pandemic. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Greater Victoria legions surviving, but have long-term concerns

Pandemic, dwindling membership lay blows to community organizations

The Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch 91 in Langford is one of several in the region managing to survive the pandemic. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
President of the Langford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Norm Scott salutes after laying a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Langford in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Remembrance Day ceremonies: Pay your respects in person or virtually around Greater Victoria

Modified events see some in-person services resuming, while many remain virtual

President of the Langford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Norm Scott salutes after laying a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Langford in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)