Justin Samanski-Langille

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott presents Langford Mayor Stew Young with the ceremonial first poppy at the Langford Cenotaph Friday (Oct. 28) officially launching this year’s poppy campaign. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Poppy campaign kicks off on the West Shore

Langford Mayor Stew Young given ceremonial first poppy

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott presents Langford Mayor Stew Young with the ceremonial first poppy at the Langford Cenotaph Friday (Oct. 28) officially launching this year’s poppy campaign. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jordan River kite surfer Frances Kelly placed second at the GKA Kite World Tour stop in Morocco, her first ever final event in the sport. (Courtesy of Romantsovaphoto)

Jordan River kite surfer finishes second in world tour stop in Morocco

Frances Kelly earned her best-ever finish despite two years of no competition during COVID

Jordan River kite surfer Frances Kelly placed second at the GKA Kite World Tour stop in Morocco, her first ever final event in the sport. (Courtesy of Romantsovaphoto)
Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan is the Canadian Armed Forces’ Chief of Professional Conduct and Culture, and is leading a ‘fundamental shift’ in how the army, navy, and air force manages its professional conduct and culture. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Armed forces culture and conduct chief talks ‘fundamental shift’ at CFB Esquimalt

Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan met with base leaders, members before sitting down with Black Press Media

Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan is the Canadian Armed Forces’ Chief of Professional Conduct and Culture, and is leading a ‘fundamental shift’ in how the army, navy, and air force manages its professional conduct and culture. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Musicians perform at a Diwali ceremony at the B.C. legislature Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Diwali celebrated with ceremony at B.C. legislature

Premier John Horgan, premier-designate David Eby joined by local community leaders

Musicians perform at a Diwali ceremony at the B.C. legislature Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria artist Fran Benton is putting on an exhibition in Saanich starting Oct. 25 of pieces she created after putting her own interpretation on war photos and memorabilia collected by her late father during his service in the Second World War. (Courtesy of Fran Benton)

Upcoming Saanich art exhibit takes personal look at Second World War

Fran Benton hopes exhibit encourages others to explore their own perspective on war

Victoria artist Fran Benton is putting on an exhibition in Saanich starting Oct. 25 of pieces she created after putting her own interpretation on war photos and memorabilia collected by her late father during his service in the Second World War. (Courtesy of Fran Benton)
Doug Kobayashi celebrates his win at 328 Taphouse and Grill in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Doug Kobayashi elected as new Colwood Mayor

Claiming the top seat with 2,559 votes, he has to deliver after ‘clear message’ from voters

Doug Kobayashi celebrates his win at 328 Taphouse and Grill in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Langford Fire Rescue is hosting its first open house in two years on Oct. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford Fire Rescue is hosting its first open house in two years on Oct. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood council approved a zoning amendment to the Royal Beach development which made minor changes to the proposed road layout on the property. The bylaw drew significant opposition from the community at a public hearing days before council’s vote. (Courtesy of Seacliff Properties)

Colwood approves Royal Beach change days after passionate public opposition heard

The changes make small adjustments to future road layout in development

Colwood council approved a zoning amendment to the Royal Beach development which made minor changes to the proposed road layout on the property. The bylaw drew significant opposition from the community at a public hearing days before council’s vote. (Courtesy of Seacliff Properties)
Students from Ruth King Elementary and Spencer Middle School gathered at Ruth King Thursday (Sept. 29) for an Orange Shirt Day ceremony as schools will be closed on Sept. 30. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: West Shore schools come together for Orange Shirt Day

Ruth King Elementary and Spencer Middle School gathered during the last day of classes for the week

Students from Ruth King Elementary and Spencer Middle School gathered at Ruth King Thursday (Sept. 29) for an Orange Shirt Day ceremony as schools will be closed on Sept. 30. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray (right) at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Week full of Victoria Orange Shirt Day events planned leading up to Sept. 30

Co-founders Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray will present at many of the events

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray (right) at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A volunteer tears down fencing in front of the grandstands at Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 24, a week after the track held its final race before shutting down.

PHOTOS: Volunteers start tear down of Westshore Motorsports Park

A week after the track fell silent, work is underway to preserve as much of it as possible

A volunteer tears down fencing in front of the grandstands at Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 24, a week after the track held its final race before shutting down.
From left: Isabel Tipton, great-granddaughter of Hans Helgesen, the first chairman of the school board; Ann Stewart, great-great-granddaughter of John Witty who donated the land for the school to be built on; and Diane Cowden, great-granddaughter of Emily Fisher, the school’s first teacher. The trio received the honour of cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated and reopened Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum reopens after renovations

Descendants of key people in the school’s history were on hand to cut the ribbon Saturday

From left: Isabel Tipton, great-granddaughter of Hans Helgesen, the first chairman of the school board; Ann Stewart, great-great-granddaughter of John Witty who donated the land for the school to be built on; and Diane Cowden, great-granddaughter of Emily Fisher, the school’s first teacher. The trio received the honour of cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated and reopened Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Robyn Hacking said having a network of fellow women in skilled trades is key to helping women succeed in the male-dominated field. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Saanich college celebrates more than a decade helping women enter skilled trades

Graduate says networking with other women key to success in the industry

Robyn Hacking said having a network of fellow women in skilled trades is key to helping women succeed in the male-dominated field. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Greater Victoria residents have a new tool in their emergency preparedness toolbox aimed at helping them plan for potential tsunamis. The Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal was officially launched on Sept. 20. (Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal)

Greater Victoria tsunami risk mapped out in new online tool

Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal launched on Tuesday

Greater Victoria residents have a new tool in their emergency preparedness toolbox aimed at helping them plan for potential tsunamis. The Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal was officially launched on Sept. 20. (Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal)
Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum. The museum will be open to the public along with the rest of the fire hall on Sept. 25 as the department hosts its first open house since the pandemic started. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood Fire Rescue welcoming community back to fire hall Sept. 25

It will be the first open house since the pandemic started

Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum. The museum will be open to the public along with the rest of the fire hall on Sept. 25 as the department hosts its first open house since the pandemic started. (Black Press Media file photo)
Organizers of the Luxton Fall Fair are hoping to draw large crowds like those seen in May for the Luxton Spring Fair, pictured here. (Black Press Media file photo)

Luxton Fall Fair returns to Langford this month

Antique farm equipment, animal displays and midway rides on tap for Sept. 23 to 25

Organizers of the Luxton Fall Fair are hoping to draw large crowds like those seen in May for the Luxton Spring Fair, pictured here. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lorde dances on stage Sunday, Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Lorde sends off Victoria’s Rifflandia music festival in style

Thousands filled Royal Athletic Park for the final day of the festival

Lorde dances on stage Sunday, Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jim Steen waves to the cheering crowd during the final race night at the Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 17, as the track shuts down permanently. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Checkered flag waves for the last time at Westshore Motorsports Park

‘It’s been my whole life really,’ said Jim Steen who raced in the track’s first and last events

Jim Steen waves to the cheering crowd during the final race night at the Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 17, as the track shuts down permanently. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
People enjoy a game of beer pong Friday (Sept. 16) during the Rock the Roundhouse party celebrating the successful Greater Victoria 2022 55+ BC Games and officially passing the flag on to the 2023 host city, Abbotsford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria passes flag to Abbotsford as 2022 55+ BC Games wind down

The games and the volunteers who made it a success on were celebrated with a party Friday (Sept. 16)

People enjoy a game of beer pong Friday (Sept. 16) during the Rock the Roundhouse party celebrating the successful Greater Victoria 2022 55+ BC Games and officially passing the flag on to the 2023 host city, Abbotsford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dan Oickle has dropped out of the race for Langford’s next mayor as his mother has recently been moved into hospice care. Stew Young and Scott Peter Goodmanson are the only remaining candidates on the ballot for Oct. 15. (Limara Yakemchuk/News Staff)

Two candidates remain in race for next Langford mayor as Dan Oickle bows out

Oickle said he dropped out of the race as his mother has entered hospice care

Dan Oickle has dropped out of the race for Langford’s next mayor as his mother has recently been moved into hospice care. Stew Young and Scott Peter Goodmanson are the only remaining candidates on the ballot for Oct. 15. (Limara Yakemchuk/News Staff)