Justin Samanski-Langille

View Royal resident Sue-Anne Carter has been left feeling unsafe in her own home to the point where she can’t sleep after a string of car crashes which have barely missed her home at the corner of Burnside Road West and Eaton Avenue. (Justin Samanski-Langille/

‘It’s terrifying’: View Royal resident feels unsafe after multiple cars nearly hit her home

Town to conduct safety study after years of concerns over Burnside and Eaton intersection

View Royal resident Sue-Anne Carter has been left feeling unsafe in her own home to the point where she can’t sleep after a string of car crashes which have barely missed her home at the corner of Burnside Road West and Eaton Avenue. (Justin Samanski-Langille/
Old Vic Fish and Chips has joined the growing list of downtown Victoria businesses to announce they are closing their doors over the past few months, but Downtown Victoria said it is likely just the natural ebb and flow of downtown businesses, rather than any cause for concern. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria says it’s still strong for business, despite string of closures

Despite Old Vic Fish and Chips joining list of closures in the area, business remains good overall

Old Vic Fish and Chips has joined the growing list of downtown Victoria businesses to announce they are closing their doors over the past few months, but Downtown Victoria said it is likely just the natural ebb and flow of downtown businesses, rather than any cause for concern. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Ian Booth, president of the Victoria Scottish Community Centre Society and Jim Maxwell, president of the Victoria Highland Games Association, stand in front of the nearly finished Craigflower Community and Performing Arts Centre in View Royal Friday (Jan. 13). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘It is spectacular’: $4M Scottish centre opening soon in View Royal

Grand opening set for Thursday followed by inaugural Robbie Burns dinner Saturday

Ian Booth, president of the Victoria Scottish Community Centre Society and Jim Maxwell, president of the Victoria Highland Games Association, stand in front of the nearly finished Craigflower Community and Performing Arts Centre in View Royal Friday (Jan. 13). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood council is encouraging residents to participate in its annual service review process, which is set to continue for the next two weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood residents encouraged to participate in council service review

Meetings are set for Jan. 17, 19, 24 and 26 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Colwood council is encouraging residents to participate in its annual service review process, which is set to continue for the next two weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood council has approved draft park management plans for Havenwood and Latoria Creek parks, setting them up for a final round of public input before they are returned to council for final approval in March. (Courtesy City of Colwood)

Colwood residents to get final say in parks plans

Move follows council approving draft parks management plans for Havenwood and Latoria Creek parks

Colwood council has approved draft park management plans for Havenwood and Latoria Creek parks, setting them up for a final round of public input before they are returned to council for final approval in March. (Courtesy City of Colwood)
Colwood council has rejected a staff recommendation which would have seen building permit fees reduced for projects with a construction value greater than $50M. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood council shoots down lowering building permit fees

The proposed reduction would only apply to projects with a construction value of $50M or more

Colwood council has rejected a staff recommendation which would have seen building permit fees reduced for projects with a construction value greater than $50M. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood council has delayed a vote on whether to move to the next stage of a proposed project to greatly expand the West Shore RCMP building in Langford over concerns council has been provided too little information on why the project is being proposed as it is. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood council delays vote to move forward on RCMP building expansion

Council voted to wait until it hears more about the proposal, also involving Langford and View Royal

Colwood council has delayed a vote on whether to move to the next stage of a proposed project to greatly expand the West Shore RCMP building in Langford over concerns council has been provided too little information on why the project is being proposed as it is. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Colwood is studying traffic calming solutions like speed cushions to address long-standing speeding concerns on Lagoon Road. (Courtesy of Google Maps)

‘Dangerous’: Colwood eyes speed cushions to slow speeders

Speeding concerns on Lagoon Road have been raised for many years

The City of Colwood is studying traffic calming solutions like speed cushions to address long-standing speeding concerns on Lagoon Road. (Courtesy of Google Maps)
The former Capital Iron store in Victoria is seen in October, 2022. The brand is set to be revived under a new owner and business model after Fred Aram purchased the rights to the business after it closed its doors in December, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Iconic brand returning to Victoria under new ownership

Fred Aram of West Coast Appliance Gallery has purchased the storied Capital Iron brand

The former Capital Iron store in Victoria is seen in October, 2022. The brand is set to be revived under a new owner and business model after Fred Aram purchased the rights to the business after it closed its doors in December, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. is shifting to an employee ownership model after 21 years under the sole ownership of founder Matt Phillips. (Courtesy Phillips Brewing and Malting Co./Facebook)

Employees set to take over this beloved Victoria brewery

The move will see all full-time employees of three years or more eligible to buy shares

Victoria’s Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. is shifting to an employee ownership model after 21 years under the sole ownership of founder Matt Phillips. (Courtesy Phillips Brewing and Malting Co./Facebook)
Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club founder Ted Smith said the club’s Johnson Street store and consumption site remains open despite the building’s owner serving them an eviction notice effective Jan. 2. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘Panic buying’ at Victoria cannabis club as it defies eviction

The club is hoping to negotiate a pause in the eviction until their new location is ready in March

Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club founder Ted Smith said the club’s Johnson Street store and consumption site remains open despite the building’s owner serving them an eviction notice effective Jan. 2. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Greater Victoria’s Naomi Morrell – a.k.a Scream Soda – has earned a spot on team Canada for the Junior Roller Derby World Cup in France this July after just five years playing for Victoria’s Rotten Apples. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘I just started yelling’: Victoria teen makes national roller derby team

Naomi Morrell – a.k.a Scream Soda – will compete in the world cup in France this summer

Greater Victoria’s Naomi Morrell – a.k.a Scream Soda – has earned a spot on team Canada for the Junior Roller Derby World Cup in France this July after just five years playing for Victoria’s Rotten Apples. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Kamila Nowak, director and instructor at The Lab Westshore yoga studio, practices some poses Thursday, Dec. 15. The studio expects a busy new year as people make new year’s resolutions, but UVic psychology professor Frederick Grouzet cautions people to ensure they are finding personal motivation for a resolution, rather than an external motivation, if they want to succeed. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Do it for you: Right motivations key for New Year’s resolutions, says UVic prof

Wanting to start anew is natural for humans, but pressure to do so makes it harder to succeed

Kamila Nowak, director and instructor at The Lab Westshore yoga studio, practices some poses Thursday, Dec. 15. The studio expects a busy new year as people make new year’s resolutions, but UVic psychology professor Frederick Grouzet cautions people to ensure they are finding personal motivation for a resolution, rather than an external motivation, if they want to succeed. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A power crew works at an electrical substation damaged by vandals. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)

BC Hydro taking ‘additional steps’ to protect grid after string of U.S. attacks

The power utility said it can’t go into details of what security enhancements have been made

A power crew works at an electrical substation damaged by vandals. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
Pictured is the original 1903 Scottish curling contingent which toured Canada during the first Strathcona Cup Tour. On Jan. 15, 2023, a Scottish contingent will come to Victoria to play a test match at the Victoria Curling Club. (Courtesy of Andy Jarzebiak)

Scottish curlers coming to Victoria to continue 120-year tradition

The Strathcona Cup Tour is returning to Canada in January, with one stop in Victoria

Pictured is the original 1903 Scottish curling contingent which toured Canada during the first Strathcona Cup Tour. On Jan. 15, 2023, a Scottish contingent will come to Victoria to play a test match at the Victoria Curling Club. (Courtesy of Andy Jarzebiak)
A thief broke into Victoria’s Madrona Gallery around 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 26, stealing these three Inuit carvings (not pictured to scale) valued at more than $40,000 combined. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
A thief broke into Victoria’s Madrona Gallery around 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 26, stealing these three Inuit carvings (not pictured to scale) valued at more than $40,000 combined. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
Robinson’s Outdoor Store co-owners Erin Boggs and Matt King show off some of the store’s fly fishing gear. The store expects a busy Boxing Day this year as it will be the first time they have been able to go all-out on the sales event since the pandemic started. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Boxing Day expected to be lined up out the door at Victoria outdoor store

Robinson’s Outdoor Store sees the event as way to thank community for pandemic support

Robinson’s Outdoor Store co-owners Erin Boggs and Matt King show off some of the store’s fly fishing gear. The store expects a busy Boxing Day this year as it will be the first time they have been able to go all-out on the sales event since the pandemic started. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dave Charlebois made his 200th whole blood donation on Wednesday (Dec. 21), bringing with him his son Marc who made his 40th donation. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘It’s part of my routine’: Victoria man makes 200th blood donation

Dave Charlebois celebrated the milestone alongside his son Marc, who made his 40th donation Dec. 21

Dave Charlebois made his 200th whole blood donation on Wednesday (Dec. 21), bringing with him his son Marc who made his 40th donation. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
View Royal Park is set to become the only place in town where restricted overnight camping by unhoused people will be allowed under an amended parks bylaw, which has been tabled until the new year over a restriction which if adopted as written would effectively ban camping even in View Royal Park. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)

View Royal postpones overnight camping bylaw until new year

The town is amending its parks bylaw to restrict overnight camping to one park with conditions

View Royal Park is set to become the only place in town where restricted overnight camping by unhoused people will be allowed under an amended parks bylaw, which has been tabled until the new year over a restriction which if adopted as written would effectively ban camping even in View Royal Park. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)
Cameron Bell stands with a hospital worker he drove to work Tuesday (Dec. 20) as part of a group of off-road driving enthusiasts helping hospital workers commute during the snow storm. (Courtesy of Cameron Bell)

Greater Victoria off-roaders step up to get hospital staff to work in snowstorm

A Vancouver Island Facebook group sprung into action to ensure hospitals have the staff they need

Cameron Bell stands with a hospital worker he drove to work Tuesday (Dec. 20) as part of a group of off-road driving enthusiasts helping hospital workers commute during the snow storm. (Courtesy of Cameron Bell)
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