Jake Romphf

Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)

First openly gay, NHL-contracted player gained insight from Oak Bay agent

Nashville prospect Luke Prokop consulted Bayne Pettinger before coming out

Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)
Pamphinette Buisa (left), Canadian rugby sevens player, competes in her first-ever Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Rugby Canada)

Langford-based women’s sevens rugby team a unified force for Tokyo Olympics

Pamphinette Buisa makes Olympic dream a reality with Canadian side

Pamphinette Buisa (left), Canadian rugby sevens player, competes in her first-ever Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Rugby Canada)
The Capital Regional District is expected to resume sending dried Class A biosolids, a byproduct of treated wastewater, to the mainland by the end of summer. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD likely to resume sending biosolids to mainland by end of summer

Processed waste granules still too large for the Richmond cement plant

The Capital Regional District is expected to resume sending dried Class A biosolids, a byproduct of treated wastewater, to the mainland by the end of summer. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lucas Hammond has been living in Victoria for about a decade after moving from Toronto to play on Canada’s rugby sevens team. He and the team make their Olympic debut on July 26. (Photo Courtesy of Rugby Canada)

Lifelong dream to be realized with Olympic rugby debut

Victoria’s Lucas Hammond honoured to wear the maple leaf

Lucas Hammond has been living in Victoria for about a decade after moving from Toronto to play on Canada’s rugby sevens team. He and the team make their Olympic debut on July 26. (Photo Courtesy of Rugby Canada)
The Legendary Sikh Riders started their cross-Canada tour, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in Victoria on July 17. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

PHOTOS: Sikh motorcycle group starts cross-Canada charity tour in Victoria

The Legendary Sikh Riders are raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Legendary Sikh Riders started their cross-Canada tour, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in Victoria on July 17. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
The Ocean Cleanup project’s latest iteration of plastic-collecting technology, the System 002, will leave Victoria and heads to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (Ocean Cleanup/Twitter)

Ocean plastic-trapping ‘artificial coastline’ to depart from Victoria

The Ocean Cleanup’s project is heading to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup project’s latest iteration of plastic-collecting technology, the System 002, will leave Victoria and heads to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (Ocean Cleanup/Twitter)
Xhopakelxhit, a Coast Salish and Nuu-Chah-Nulth woman, met with the interim CEO of the Royal B.C. Museum on June 13. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

Indigenous woman issues demands for residential school records in meeting with Royal B.C. Museum

Tuesday conversation also covered the museum’s repatriation of cultural items

Xhopakelxhit, a Coast Salish and Nuu-Chah-Nulth woman, met with the interim CEO of the Royal B.C. Museum on June 13. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
Out of Victoria and its three neighbouring municipalities, Oak Bay municipal workers are the best paid on a per capita basis. (Black Press file)

Saanich CAO tops salary list, but council paid lowest per capita among core municipalities

Financial reports show top municipal earners from Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt

Out of Victoria and its three neighbouring municipalities, Oak Bay municipal workers are the best paid on a per capita basis. (Black Press file)
Bentley Allan, associate director at the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions, stands by an electric-vehicle charging station in the parking lot of their Victoria location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Victoria-based institute looking into improving range, safety of electric-vehicle batteries

Incorporating otherwise wasted material called tellurium could help make better batteries

Bentley Allan, associate director at the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions, stands by an electric-vehicle charging station in the parking lot of their Victoria location. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
After speaking in the Cowichan Valley on Thursday, federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh continues his cross-Canada tour with a stop in Victoria Friday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

UPDATE: Jagmeet Singh criticizes Trudeau, possible early election in Victoria appearance

Federal NDP leader highlighted his party pressuring the government to strengthen pandemic supports

After speaking in the Cowichan Valley on Thursday, federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh continues his cross-Canada tour with a stop in Victoria Friday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A Victoria councillor wants the city to look into keeping pandemic-erected restaurant patios around indefinitely in some neighbourhoods. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Victoria councillor’s motion wants city to explore making some street patios permanent

A group of restaurants requested using a Fernwood block as a pilot program

A Victoria councillor wants the city to look into keeping pandemic-erected restaurant patios around indefinitely in some neighbourhoods. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Performers at the grand opening of Esquimalt’s new Town Square on July 3. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: ‘It’s a reality’: Esquimalt Town Square opens with focus on being gathering space

It includes housing, retail shops, community spaces, a new library and public art

Performers at the grand opening of Esquimalt’s new Town Square on July 3. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Climate change is a growing concern for young people in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

University of Victoria study gauges young Canadians’ opinions on climate, energy policy

Researchers have surveyed people aged 18 to 29 at local environmental rallies in recent years

Climate change is a growing concern for young people in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Christy Ridout, BC Transit’s vice-president of business development, outlines Greater Victoria’s RapidBus initiative, which will aim to better connect areas with the highest travel demand in the region, including the West Shore. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Greater Victoria’s first RapidBus route aims to cut West Shore to downtown travel time

The corridor is expected to be fully up and running within three years

Christy Ridout, BC Transit’s vice-president of business development, outlines Greater Victoria’s RapidBus initiative, which will aim to better connect areas with the highest travel demand in the region, including the West Shore. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Saanich’s Emma Entzminger will be at the hot corner for the Canadian women’s softball team when the sport makes its Olympic return next month. (Photo courtesy of Softball Canada)

Saanich’s Emma Entzminger handles the hot corner for Canada at Tokyo Games

Women’s softball makes its Olympics return next month after a 13-year absence

Saanich’s Emma Entzminger will be at the hot corner for the Canadian women’s softball team when the sport makes its Olympic return next month. (Photo courtesy of Softball Canada)
Victoria’s Jay Lamoureux, leading Canada’s track cycling team pursuit riders in this photo taken during the 2020 Track World Championships, will compete at the Tokyo Summer Games next month. (Photo by Rob Jones/courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee)

Victoria cyclist Jay Lamoureux hits the track in Tokyo next month

Long-haul specialist on Canada’s men’s track cycling team built his capacity riding local routes

Victoria’s Jay Lamoureux, leading Canada’s track cycling team pursuit riders in this photo taken during the 2020 Track World Championships, will compete at the Tokyo Summer Games next month. (Photo by Rob Jones/courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee)
Bayne Pettinger on the ice at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics in Korea during his time as Hockey Canada manager. (Courtesy of Bayne Pettinger)

Oak Bay NHL player agent on NFL’s Carl Nassib: ‘he’s a trailblazer’

Bayne Pettinger says the coming out of gay Raiders lineman is huge for the sports world

Bayne Pettinger on the ice at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics in Korea during his time as Hockey Canada manager. (Courtesy of Bayne Pettinger)
The derelict lacrosse box at Oak Bay’s Carnarvon Park will be transformed into the pickleball courts, using funds approved by council last month. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Park user hopes for expedited updates at Oak Bay’s Carnarvon Park

Park’s condition pales in comparison to others in the municipality, woman says

The derelict lacrosse box at Oak Bay’s Carnarvon Park will be transformed into the pickleball courts, using funds approved by council last month. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Christine Johnston, a supporter of old growth forests for 50 years, at a demonstration outside the B.C. legislature on June 23. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

Demonstrators at B.C. legislature show support for arrested old-growth logging protesters

More than 50 people attend, rock installation represented those arrested in Fairy Creek area

Christine Johnston, a supporter of old growth forests for 50 years, at a demonstration outside the B.C. legislature on June 23. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
Stanley Fischer, right, died while in a Victoria police jail cell hours after he was arrested on Nov. 15, 1981. (Photo courtesy of Mark Fischer)

Victoria police not reopening investigation into man’s 1981 death while in custody

Stanley Fischer’s death was ruled a suicide after he was found in his jail cell

Stanley Fischer, right, died while in a Victoria police jail cell hours after he was arrested on Nov. 15, 1981. (Photo courtesy of Mark Fischer)