West Shore

Ravi Parmar, chair of the Sooke school district, says two new schools set to open in Langford in 2022 are part of long-term plans to address growth on the West Shore. (File - Black Press Media)

Ravi Parmar acclaimed as Sooke school board chair

Parmar said building more schools will be a big challenge in next few years

Ravi Parmar, chair of the Sooke school district, says two new schools set to open in Langford in 2022 are part of long-term plans to address growth on the West Shore. (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke Fire Chief Ted Ruiter said the switch shouldn’t have any impact on response times in the district. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke makes switch from Langford to Saanich fire dispatch services

Sooke’s dispatch had been run out of Langford for the past three decades

Sooke Fire Chief Ted Ruiter said the switch shouldn’t have any impact on response times in the district. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Two tugboats and a supply vessel will be part of East Sooke’s Western Canada Marine Response base. The tugs will escort oil tankers through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Contributed - Trans Mountain)

West Shore-based tugs to escort oil tankers through Strait of Juan de Fuca

Vessels will operate out of Sc’ianew First Nation’s Cheanuh Marina at East Sooke

Two tugboats and a supply vessel will be part of East Sooke’s Western Canada Marine Response base. The tugs will escort oil tankers through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Contributed - Trans Mountain)
Namgis artist Jamin Zuroski’s work can be found on these doors at Esquimalt Lagoon Beach in Colwood. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)

Indigenous artist’s work graces Lagoon Beach washroom doors in Colwood

Jamin Zuroski is becoming well known in local school art circles

Namgis artist Jamin Zuroski’s work can be found on these doors at Esquimalt Lagoon Beach in Colwood. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)
Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pharmacy making Christmas wishes come true

Gifts go to Ayre Manor residents, Sooke Christmas Bureau and the women’s transition house

Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Goldstream Masonic Lodge has been working on developing its property for more than a decade, a spokesperson says. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Masonic association working with Langford to update lodge development plans

Lodge spokesperson says council rejection in March put proponents back to square one

Goldstream Masonic Lodge has been working on developing its property for more than a decade, a spokesperson says. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)

Colwood hosting free holiday concert Friday night

Sangster Elementary choirs featured; hot chocolate, light tunnels 6-7 p.m. Dec. 10 in Meadow Park

The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)
The Sooke School District 62 is advising families to be aware of and follow all government COVID-19 restrictions upon returning from holiday travel this season. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sooke School District reminds holidaying families of requirements for unvaccinated children

Parents should work with schools, teachers if children will be missing school while in quarantine

The Sooke School District 62 is advising families to be aware of and follow all government COVID-19 restrictions upon returning from holiday travel this season. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Students at Greater Victoria schools continue to face new cases of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

2 Greater Victoria schools facing new COVID-19 exposures

Eagle View Elementary, Shoreline Community Middle School impacted

Students at Greater Victoria schools continue to face new cases of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Westshore Wolves are under new ownership this season, with a vision of community involvement at the core of the new vision. (Photo courtesy of Westshore Wolves Hockey/Facebook)

Westshore Wolves to build up community connections under new ownership

Focus placed on improving skills while making players better citizens

The Westshore Wolves are under new ownership this season, with a vision of community involvement at the core of the new vision. (Photo courtesy of Westshore Wolves Hockey/Facebook)
Rendering shows a portion of a proposed townhome development for Drummond Way in Colwood. At public hearings for this and one other proposal Dec. 1, residents raised multiple concerns with the developments in their current form. (Courtesy City of Colwood)

Royal Bay proposal goes against original plan, Colwood homeowner association says

Community airs beefs at public hearings for Ryder Hesjedal Way, Drummond Way projects

Rendering shows a portion of a proposed townhome development for Drummond Way in Colwood. At public hearings for this and one other proposal Dec. 1, residents raised multiple concerns with the developments in their current form. (Courtesy City of Colwood)
Residents are worried about future traffic along Erskine Lane in View Royal, where multiple developments have been approved in the past six months, including the multi-building project illustrated here. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)

View Royal adding roundabout to combat traffic concerns for Erskine Lane

Residents worry about effect of multiple residential developments on dead-end street

Residents are worried about future traffic along Erskine Lane in View Royal, where multiple developments have been approved in the past six months, including the multi-building project illustrated here. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)
One woman was convicted, another acquitted for charges involving sexual activity with minors, during a Nov. 24 trial date at Western Communities Courthouse in Colwood. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood woman convicted of sexually assaulting, luring 15-year-old boy

Sex was consensual, but teen was too young to legally consent, judge determines

One woman was convicted, another acquitted for charges involving sexual activity with minors, during a Nov. 24 trial date at Western Communities Courthouse in Colwood. (Black Press Media file photo)
A crash impacted northbound traffic on the Malahat at the South Shawnigan Lake Road turnoff. (Drive BC traffic camera)

UPDATE: Malahat, West Shore crashes impacted Monday morning traffic

Northbound traffic at South Shawnigan Lake Road turnoff was blocked

A crash impacted northbound traffic on the Malahat at the South Shawnigan Lake Road turnoff. (Drive BC traffic camera)
Newly trained perfusionist Kris Hromadnik working during a coronary arterial bypass case. (Supplied by Roger Stanzel)

Demand for perfusionists skyrockets during pandemic, with shortages in hospitals across the country

The professionals who manage life support are in high demand during the pandemic

Newly trained perfusionist Kris Hromadnik working during a coronary arterial bypass case. (Supplied by Roger Stanzel)
Members of Pacific FC celebrate their win in the Canadian Premier League championship game, 1-0 over two-time defending champion Hamilton on Sunday in Hamilton. (Pacific FC/Facebook)

Pacific FC win Canadian Premier League title in shock upset

PFC won with a header from young midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour

Members of Pacific FC celebrate their win in the Canadian Premier League championship game, 1-0 over two-time defending champion Hamilton on Sunday in Hamilton. (Pacific FC/Facebook)
The West Shore RCMP is looking to double its restorative justice referrals. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore RCMP looking to double number of restorative justice cases it handles

There were seven restorative justice referral cases involving 16 offenders in the first half of 2020

The West Shore RCMP is looking to double its restorative justice referrals. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alessandro Hojabrpour (centre) and Terran Campbell (right) have been nominated for Under-21 player of the year and player of the year respectively. (Courtesy Pacific FC)
Alessandro Hojabrpour (centre) and Terran Campbell (right) have been nominated for Under-21 player of the year and player of the year respectively. (Courtesy Pacific FC)
Ariella Falkowski with Lohbrunner Community Farm helps a customer pick out some locally grown produce during a previous season of the Goldstream Farmers Market. While still not up to pre-pandemic levels, organizers said the 2021 season exceeded their expectations, with an average of 500 people attending every Saturday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Farmers Market season exceeds expectations

The market saw an average of 500 people attend each Saturday during the season, which ended Nov. 27

Ariella Falkowski with Lohbrunner Community Farm helps a customer pick out some locally grown produce during a previous season of the Goldstream Farmers Market. While still not up to pre-pandemic levels, organizers said the 2021 season exceeded their expectations, with an average of 500 people attending every Saturday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 student Sadie Karlsson and Grade 9 student Presley Eberle sit in a music room. The two musicians are set to perform in the school’s upcoming Winter Concert on Dec. 8, the first since the pandemic started. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Live music returns to Belmont Secondary School with Winter Concert Dec. 8

Featuring multiple bands, it is the first in-person concert since the pandemic started

Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 student Sadie Karlsson and Grade 9 student Presley Eberle sit in a music room. The two musicians are set to perform in the school’s upcoming Winter Concert on Dec. 8, the first since the pandemic started. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)