Christine van Reeuwyk

Parks manager Chris Hyde-Lay clears household debris left on Radcliff Lane near McMicking Point in Oak Bay. The district notes a dramatic increase in household trash in municipal bins, and discarded items in natural spaces. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Household garbage filling Oak Bay’s public trash cans

District runs garbage pickup truck 14 hours a day, 7 days a week

Parks manager Chris Hyde-Lay clears household debris left on Radcliff Lane near McMicking Point in Oak Bay. The district notes a dramatic increase in household trash in municipal bins, and discarded items in natural spaces. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Welcome Park in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Widening work closes popular pedestrian, cyclist path in Oak Bay

Work started Monday and is expected to finish the week of Sept. 20

Welcome Park in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Veteran Jamie Hammond at the Afghanistan war memorial in Victoria. All was not for naught, and only time will tell how the latest changes in that country will play out, he said. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Victoria veteran says Canadians should take pride in work done in Afghanistan

As the Taliban returns, Canadian vets take solace in a generation of stronger Afghan women, youth

Veteran Jamie Hammond at the Afghanistan war memorial in Victoria. All was not for naught, and only time will tell how the latest changes in that country will play out, he said. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Yasmine Nijjar, member service coordinator at the 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre, fills backpacks to get kids ready for school. (Courtesy 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre)

Greater Victoria parent resource centre sees spike in kids needing school supplies

Pencil crayons are on every teacher’s supply list

Yasmine Nijjar, member service coordinator at the 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre, fills backpacks to get kids ready for school. (Courtesy 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre)
Andre De Grasse inspirational as an athlete and an author. (Courtesy Scholastic Books)

Victoria author pens inspirational children’s book with Canadian Olympian De Grasse

Race With Me! takes young readers into race day with a champion sprinter

Andre De Grasse inspirational as an athlete and an author. (Courtesy Scholastic Books)
A moth finds some rocky road near a forest and farm habitat in Cobble Hill. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Pandemic boom in Greater Victoria park use translates to better insect understanding

University of Victoria entymologist pleased with shift in thinking

A moth finds some rocky road near a forest and farm habitat in Cobble Hill. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Victoria teen Sarah Walker at Camp Ignite, a mentorship program designed to give girls in Grades 11 and 12 an insight into pursuing firefighting as a career. (Megan Sabel photo)

Camp Ignite fans flames of potential career for Victoria teen

Sarah Walker promotes the career for any women who might want to try it

Victoria teen Sarah Walker at Camp Ignite, a mentorship program designed to give girls in Grades 11 and 12 an insight into pursuing firefighting as a career. (Megan Sabel photo)
John Horwood at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary during the August long weekend. He won gold in jump and slalom, and silver in tricks and named overall national champion, just edging his brother out. (Johnny Hayward photo)

Oak Bay twins test warm waters of Florida for world water ski competition

Duo finish first and second in national competition

John Horwood at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary during the August long weekend. He won gold in jump and slalom, and silver in tricks and named overall national champion, just edging his brother out. (Johnny Hayward photo)
Summit Park is among those City of Victoria staff mow each summer to reduce fodder for fire. Victoria Fire Department quickly doused a fire there Aug. 9. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Mowing helped save Victoria Garry oak meadow from ravages of fire

City and Victoria Fire Department remind residents of continued dry conditions

Summit Park is among those City of Victoria staff mow each summer to reduce fodder for fire. Victoria Fire Department quickly doused a fire there Aug. 9. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Siblings Trevor McCall and Stacy Lund learned more about the charitable landscape in the region through the Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative that targets Millenials and Generation X. (Courtesy Victoria Foundation)

Greater Victoria siblings promote program designed to grow philanthropy among Millennials, GenX

Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative engages new generations

Siblings Trevor McCall and Stacy Lund learned more about the charitable landscape in the region through the Victoria Foundation’s Gadsden Initiative that targets Millenials and Generation X. (Courtesy Victoria Foundation)
Death Cap mushrooms are not new to Oak Bay or Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)

Death cap mushrooms arrive early in Greater Victoria

Oak Bay warns residents of toxic fungus

Death Cap mushrooms are not new to Oak Bay or Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay High grad Mackennzie Mount, 16, is poised to pursue a career in ballet, starting a three-year intensive training program this summer. (David Cooper/Victoria Academy of Ballet)

Oak Bay teen ballerina en pointe for dance career

16-year-old finishes high school early to pursue ballet in post-secondary studies

Oak Bay High grad Mackennzie Mount, 16, is poised to pursue a career in ballet, starting a three-year intensive training program this summer. (David Cooper/Victoria Academy of Ballet)
A woodsy backdrop sets the Local Folk Fair Summer Market at Sea Cider in Central Saanich apart from street markets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Central Saanich market offers shopping, snacking in the woods

Local vendors range from food and farm fare to a variety of artisans

A woodsy backdrop sets the Local Folk Fair Summer Market at Sea Cider in Central Saanich apart from street markets. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Free yoga is back at Willows Beach Park until Aug. 31. (Black Press Media file photo)

Free yoga back at the beach in Oak Bay

Residents turn out to practise safely at Willows Beach Park on Tuesday nights

Free yoga is back at Willows Beach Park until Aug. 31. (Black Press Media file photo)
Royal Athletic Park is open to help residents cool down during the latest heat wave. (City of Victoria/Twitter)

Cooling options crop up as promised heat wave arrives in Greater Victoria

Municipalities highlight places, open spaces, to help keep residents cool

Royal Athletic Park is open to help residents cool down during the latest heat wave. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
A lifejacket and travelling in a group are credited with preventing a flipped kayaker from becoming a bad situation. (Pixabay photo)

Fellow kayakers help flipped friend ashore in Oak Bay

Fire chief credits boater for wearing his lifejacket

A lifejacket and travelling in a group are credited with preventing a flipped kayaker from becoming a bad situation. (Pixabay photo)
This physical literacy exercise is free for the public to try in Colwood’s Meadow Park. (Photo courtesy of Gordie Logan)

Come out and play: Adults doing duck walks outside Victoria workplace

Physical literacy promotes laughter, levity in the workplace and beyond

This physical literacy exercise is free for the public to try in Colwood’s Meadow Park. (Photo courtesy of Gordie Logan)
Randy Enkin, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Victoria, uses a sextant, a tool used to determine angles between the horizon and a celestial body such as a star. (Photo by Eva Bild)

Weather poised to present ideal Perseid meteor shower for viewers in Greater Victoria

Seek dark skies away from the city for best views, astronomer says

Randy Enkin, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Victoria, uses a sextant, a tool used to determine angles between the horizon and a celestial body such as a star. (Photo by Eva Bild)
Swartz Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Global mariner shortage hampers BC Ferries’ bid to hire more than 100

Corporation cancelled two sailings, replaced another this week amid staffing concerns

Swartz Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
The rubber ducky derby will see 4,000 fundraising floaties hit the Gorge Waterway on Saturday, Aug. 7. (Courtesy Rotary Club of Sidney)

Surge of ducks bob down Saanich waterway to keep Gorge clean, students in school

Sidney Rotary, Gorge Swim Fest sell duck sponsorship for $10 a pop

The rubber ducky derby will see 4,000 fundraising floaties hit the Gorge Waterway on Saturday, Aug. 7. (Courtesy Rotary Club of Sidney)