Christine van Reeuwyk

Oak Bay is set to talk reconcilliation Monday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Councillor pitches reconcilliation task force for Oak Bay

Notice of motion, on Monday’s agenda, also requests changes to history page on district website

Oak Bay is set to talk reconcilliation Monday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
The GVPL’s James Bay Branch is among those on limited hours due to COVID-19 impacts. (Black Press Media file photo)

Libraries on reduced hours across Greater Victoria

Esquimalt in limbo as it awaits new branch opening

The GVPL’s James Bay Branch is among those on limited hours due to COVID-19 impacts. (Black Press Media file photo)
Late last year, Canada released proposed regulations for the manufacture, import and sale of six categories of single-use items (with certain exceptions). Full implementation is expected by 2024. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward file photo)

Plastic bag ban pending in Oak Bay, forks et. al. await federal work

Canada has proposed regulations for the manufacture, import and sale of six categories of single-use items

Late last year, Canada released proposed regulations for the manufacture, import and sale of six categories of single-use items (with certain exceptions). Full implementation is expected by 2024. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward file photo)
The waters of Bowker Creek ran high in the Haultain Street area during the massive rain event in November 2021. (Photo by Peter Haddon)

Neighbours oppose land sale near daylighted Saanich leg of Bowker Creek

Greater Victoria School District proposes to sell 1.9 acres at Lansdowne to Victoria Hospice

The waters of Bowker Creek ran high in the Haultain Street area during the massive rain event in November 2021. (Photo by Peter Haddon)
Oak Bay is now a full member of the Te’Mexw Treaty advisory committee, made up of elected officials, staff and observers from local governments in Greater Victoria that may be impacted by the Te’mexw treaty negotiations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay lends voice to Te’Mexw treaty process

Advisory committee represents local governments impacted by treaty negotiation

Oak Bay is now a full member of the Te’Mexw Treaty advisory committee, made up of elected officials, staff and observers from local governments in Greater Victoria that may be impacted by the Te’mexw treaty negotiations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Torches are effective for removing carpet burweed because the invasive plant has shallow roots and the flame also burns viable seeds. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Plant burning in Oak Bay park a shared experience

Parks managers from Victoria, Saanich, Nanaimo join in on carpet burweed session at Cattle Point

Torches are effective for removing carpet burweed because the invasive plant has shallow roots and the flame also burns viable seeds. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Friends of Bowker Creek Society members visit the Goldstream Hatchery to participate in a chinook salmon egg harvest. (Courtesy Gerald Harris)

Incubating salmon eggs may make early entry to Oak Bay creek bed

Volunteers hustle to repair November damage to Bowker Creek

Friends of Bowker Creek Society members visit the Goldstream Hatchery to participate in a chinook salmon egg harvest. (Courtesy Gerald Harris)
The Team 4 Hope (donated by Mayfair Optometric) tree during the 30th Festival of Trees Victoria earned top Judges Choice award as voted by the volunteer committee. (Courtesy BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)

Festival of Trees Victoria raises $171,000 for BC Children’s Hospital mental health initiative

Mindfulness program open to young patients, caregivers, family and health professionals

The Team 4 Hope (donated by Mayfair Optometric) tree during the 30th Festival of Trees Victoria earned top Judges Choice award as voted by the volunteer committee. (Courtesy BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)
The latest iteration of Oak Bay’s secondary suites policy would see off-street parking required and either a suite or a boarder per lot. (Black Press Media file photo)

Off-street parking added to impending secondary suite policy for Oak Bay

Homeowners would choose between boarder, suite – not both

The latest iteration of Oak Bay’s secondary suites policy would see off-street parking required and either a suite or a boarder per lot. (Black Press Media file photo)
A crew is set to burn carpet burweed Jan. 13 at Cattle Point. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crews take a torch to Oak Bay seaside park to battle burweed

Burns are frequent at Cattle Point to tackle the invasive plant

A crew is set to burn carpet burweed Jan. 13 at Cattle Point. (Black Press Media file photo)
Three floors of a Victoria apartment building go up in flames the morning of Jan. 11. (Courtesy Alex Robb)

VIDEO: Firefighters battle early morning apartment building blaze in Victoria

View Street closed to traffic from Ormond to Cook

Three floors of a Victoria apartment building go up in flames the morning of Jan. 11. (Courtesy Alex Robb)
Vandals took to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park in a vehicle causing major field damage discovered Jan. 6. (Photo by Jim Beatty)

Drivers damage popular Oak Bay parks doing doughnuts in saturated soil

Ruts at Windsor, Willows won’t heal until spring

Vandals took to Oak Bay’s Windsor Park in a vehicle causing major field damage discovered Jan. 6. (Photo by Jim Beatty)
Saanich resident Mike Erwin spent nine days walking every street in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Retired man walks every street in Oak Bay to keep from ‘getting underfoot’ at home

Mike Erwin spotted several deer, a few seals, eagles and a peacock

Saanich resident Mike Erwin spent nine days walking every street in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Karen White reads her poetry at Stalag’tat/Goldstream River as part of the Poets Caravan created by Victoria-based Planet Earth Poetry. (Video by Lorraine Scollan)

Greater Victoria poets spread inspiration with words during public health woes

Poets Caravan videos feature about 40 south Island virtual readings

Karen White reads her poetry at Stalag’tat/Goldstream River as part of the Poets Caravan created by Victoria-based Planet Earth Poetry. (Video by Lorraine Scollan)
Lesley Cobus, coordinator for the Monterey Recreation Centre, says they’re in rebuilding mode with nearly 1,000 members now compared to the more than 2,000 pre-pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Monterey centre’s 50th anniversary party on hold in Oak Bay

Recreation facility celebrates small milestones as membership starts to return

Lesley Cobus, coordinator for the Monterey Recreation Centre, says they’re in rebuilding mode with nearly 1,000 members now compared to the more than 2,000 pre-pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Deconstruction of Oak Bay Lodge in December 2021. The work is expected to run well into spring 2022. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

3 Oak Bay topics to watch for in 2022

Marina, lodge, suites issues key news reads in the new year

Deconstruction of Oak Bay Lodge in December 2021. The work is expected to run well into spring 2022. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
A heritage home slated for moving remains on Hampshire Road in November. It was the subject of a top 2021 story after Oak Bay put a 60-day protection order on the home. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Looking back at the top 5 Oak Bay stories of 2021

These stories captured the interest of readers most over the year

A heritage home slated for moving remains on Hampshire Road in November. It was the subject of a top 2021 story after Oak Bay put a 60-day protection order on the home. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Drive BC limits travel on four major south Island highways, including the Malahat section of Highway 1, on Dec. 30 after heavy snowfall overnight. (DriveBC.ca)

UPDATE: Prepare for winter driving conditions on south Vancouver Island roads

Crews working to clear Highway 1 from Cowichan to Victoria, Highway 14, Highway 18 and Highway 17

Drive BC limits travel on four major south Island highways, including the Malahat section of Highway 1, on Dec. 30 after heavy snowfall overnight. (DriveBC.ca)
Residents help clear the sidewalks on York Place in Oak Bay, Dec. 28, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)

Make way for pedestrians: Shovel snow from the walkway or face the consequences

Clearing falls to residents, business owners across Greater Victoria

Residents help clear the sidewalks on York Place in Oak Bay, Dec. 28, 2021. (Black Press Media photo)
The Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives team of Jeremy Caradonna, Matt Dell, Rob Reid, Calen McNeil, and Krista Loughton are looking for a site to place their inaugural Conestoga Hut. (Photo courtesy Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives)

Cash raised for hut, now Victoria group seeks church parking space to house homeless

Region suffers lack of emergency winter shelter spaces due to staffing shortages

The Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives team of Jeremy Caradonna, Matt Dell, Rob Reid, Calen McNeil, and Krista Loughton are looking for a site to place their inaugural Conestoga Hut. (Photo courtesy Community Alliance for Sheltering Alternatives)