Christine van Reeuwyk

Sgt. Kirstin Stuart tests the waters at Willows Beach. The Oak Bay officer is among those who will take the plunge to support Special Olympics athletes during an event in Saanich Feb. 19. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Polar Plungers dive into fundraiser to get B.C. Special Olympians back in action

Vancouver Island Polar Plunge hits Cadboro-Gyro Beach Feb. 19

Sgt. Kirstin Stuart tests the waters at Willows Beach. The Oak Bay officer is among those who will take the plunge to support Special Olympics athletes during an event in Saanich Feb. 19. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Bouquets with thought are a hot topic in florals this year leading into the busiest single day in sales – Valentine’s Day. (Courtesy Brown’s the Florist)

Big, bold, personalized bouquets on trend for modern ‘all inclusive’ Valentine’s Day

Landing on a Tuesday eases delivery stress for floral outlets on busiest day of the year

Bouquets with thought are a hot topic in florals this year leading into the busiest single day in sales – Valentine’s Day. (Courtesy Brown’s the Florist)
Residents of Greater Victoria craft valentines for Margaret McCormack and her team of volunteers to spread joy among seniors homes in Oak Bay and Victoria. (Courtesy Margaret McCormack)

Messages of love target Oak Bay, Victoria seniors

Hand-made valentines set to stuff local mailboxes

Residents of Greater Victoria craft valentines for Margaret McCormack and her team of volunteers to spread joy among seniors homes in Oak Bay and Victoria. (Courtesy Margaret McCormack)
Dell Marie Wergeland, president of the CRW Society and Dr. Bridget Stirling, president of ICROSS Canada during the Jan. 25 packing of the latest container headed from Greater Victoria to help those living in Ukraine. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria finds 5 generators to help people in war-torn Ukraine

Compassionate Resource Warehouse ships container to Poland for on-the-ground aid

Dell Marie Wergeland, president of the CRW Society and Dr. Bridget Stirling, president of ICROSS Canada during the Jan. 25 packing of the latest container headed from Greater Victoria to help those living in Ukraine. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Saanich resident Adelaide Clark, 10, plates her award-winning roasted pork belly and vegetables with pear ginger sauce. The Frank Hobbs student won third place in the BC junior-level students category of the 2022 Field to Fork Challenge (Courtesy of Dominique Rochefort)

Saanich kid cooks up award-winning meal from the freezer and late-season garden

Frank Hobbs elementary student scores $200 and a swag bag of prizes in provincial competition

Saanich resident Adelaide Clark, 10, plates her award-winning roasted pork belly and vegetables with pear ginger sauce. The Frank Hobbs student won third place in the BC junior-level students category of the 2022 Field to Fork Challenge (Courtesy of Dominique Rochefort)
Oak Bay staff placed absorbent booms in Bowker Creek last week to gather oil spilled into the waterway from nearby Victoria. (Photo by Eldan Goldenberg)

Victoria oil spill creates suffocation concerns for Oak Bay salmon project

Bowker Creek sporting a rainbow sheen just ahead of planned planting of thousands of chum eggs

Oak Bay staff placed absorbent booms in Bowker Creek last week to gather oil spilled into the waterway from nearby Victoria. (Photo by Eldan Goldenberg)
Ann Makosinski is currently collecting perspectives to inform her pending book The Inventing Mindset, alongside finishing that degree at UVic and judging a major Samsung STEM competition. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)

Saanich’s Google science wonder kid is now a modern Renaissance woman

10 years later, Ann Makosinski looks to pen her first book – The Inventing Mindset

Ann Makosinski is currently collecting perspectives to inform her pending book The Inventing Mindset, alongside finishing that degree at UVic and judging a major Samsung STEM competition. (Christine van Reeuwk/News Staff)
The signal says walk, but piles of icy snow say otherwise at the corner of Blanshard and Broughton in Victoria after a December 2022 snowfall. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘No access’: People with disabilities keep an eye on Greater Victoria forecast for snow

Snow and ice severely limit those with mobility, sight or hearing disabilities

The signal says walk, but piles of icy snow say otherwise at the corner of Blanshard and Broughton in Victoria after a December 2022 snowfall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Richard Waller ladles soup into containers for diners to take away with the recently implemented bag lunch program at The Soup Kitchen in Victoria. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Victoria soup kitchen serves up sandwiches, smiles, compassion

Service group hands out 32,724 meals in 2022, a 10% increase from 2021

Richard Waller ladles soup into containers for diners to take away with the recently implemented bag lunch program at The Soup Kitchen in Victoria. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Victoria star photographer Lucky Budd captured the C/2020 E3 (ZTF) comet on camera during a brief break in cloudy skies on Jan. 21. (Photo by Lucky Budd)

Look up: Rare comet visible to the naked eye – if the clouds part

Astronomers expect C/2020 E3 (ZTF) to be brightest at month’s end

Victoria star photographer Lucky Budd captured the C/2020 E3 (ZTF) comet on camera during a brief break in cloudy skies on Jan. 21. (Photo by Lucky Budd)
Charlotte Cunningham was 18 months old when she was murdered by her mother Kaela Mehl in Victoria. (Submitted photo)

‘I will never be a whole person again’: Dad speaks at sentencing of Victoria mom who killed toddler

Kaela Janine Mehl pleads guilty to killing her 18-month-old daughter

Charlotte Cunningham was 18 months old when she was murdered by her mother Kaela Mehl in Victoria. (Submitted photo)
A building in the 600-block of Gorge Road East suffered minor damage after a vehicle went up in flames early Monday (Jan. 23). (Black Press Media file photo)

Blast from vehicle blaze breaks window at Victoria gas station

Firefighters quickly snuff out fire, prevent further damage

A building in the 600-block of Gorge Road East suffered minor damage after a vehicle went up in flames early Monday (Jan. 23). (Black Press Media file photo)
The house where a serious assault with an edged weapon took place on April 25, 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

2 men charged in 2017 vicious machete attack, robbery in Oak Bay

Kaspar Handspiker, 30, was arrested near Maple Ridge on Jan. 15

The house where a serious assault with an edged weapon took place on April 25, 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bartlett Tree Experts offer free labour to hang an owl box in the trees near Oak Bay’s alotment gardens. (Courtesy Deanna Pfeifer)

Owls in Greater Victoria find protection with home-built boxes

Locals help owls stay safe - one tree at a time

Bartlett Tree Experts offer free labour to hang an owl box in the trees near Oak Bay’s alotment gardens. (Courtesy Deanna Pfeifer)
Oak Bay council whittles down its priorities, with a list expected back at the table Feb. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay priority plan includes continued work on infill housing

List of potential priorities expected at council Feb. 6

Oak Bay council whittles down its priorities, with a list expected back at the table Feb. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Feb. 18, 2011 - Monday Magazine sales rep Ruby Della-Siega.

Monday says goodbye to Ruby

‘It was a privilege … every model we used, it became a success’

Don Denton/News staff
Feb. 18, 2011 - Monday Magazine sales rep Ruby Della-Siega.
Oak Bay wants to hear from residents as it develops policy to allow food and beverage businesses to use of public space such as the Penny Farthing street side patio created during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Public input needed to craft Oak Bay business use of public spaces

Survey on now through Jan. 25 in person or online

Oak Bay wants to hear from residents as it develops policy to allow food and beverage businesses to use of public space such as the Penny Farthing street side patio created during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Volunteers with the Friends of Bowker Creek clear a debris jam in preparation for the second annual planting of 30,000 chum eggs in an Oak Bay section of the creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)

Volunteers clear smothering debris from Oak Bay creek to ready for 30K salmon eggs

Groups plan to plant eggs from Goldstream Hatchery Salmonid Enhancement around the end of the month

Volunteers with the Friends of Bowker Creek clear a debris jam in preparation for the second annual planting of 30,000 chum eggs in an Oak Bay section of the creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)
Monthly bottle collections at Oak Bay High in 2022 raised $7,499.85 for revitalization of the Jack Wallace Memorial Track. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Rotary, alumni double down on 50/50 bottle drives

Threshold Housing Society, revamp of Oak Bay High track split funds

Monthly bottle collections at Oak Bay High in 2022 raised $7,499.85 for revitalization of the Jack Wallace Memorial Track. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The MV GSL Eleni is seen docked off Ogden Point on Wednesday (Jan. 5) as it awaits repairs to get underway. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Repairs stretch to 7 days for broken barge parked in Victoria

MV GSL Eleni had rudder malfunction off the coast near Tofino

The MV GSL Eleni is seen docked off Ogden Point on Wednesday (Jan. 5) as it awaits repairs to get underway. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
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