Kendra Wong

Family of Vancouver Island RCMP officer killed by drunk driver sues

Family of Vancouver Island RCMP officer killed by drunk driver sues

Lawsuit seeks financial compensation from Kenneth Jacob Fenton

Family of Vancouver Island RCMP officer killed by drunk driver sues
Skateboard advocates (from left) Bobbi Neal, Lana LeBlanc, Laura Sutherland, Jimmy Miller, Neal Donegani, Daniel Opdendries and Craig Hanna at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. The West Shore Parks and Recreation Society recently selected New Line Skateparks Inc. to design a skatepark for the grassy knoll near the golf pro shop and beach volleyball courts. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Wheels in motion for new skatepark on the West Shore

New Line Skateparks selected to complete designs

Skateboard advocates (from left) Bobbi Neal, Lana LeBlanc, Laura Sutherland, Jimmy Miller, Neal Donegani, Daniel Opdendries and Craig Hanna at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre. The West Shore Parks and Recreation Society recently selected New Line Skateparks Inc. to design a skatepark for the grassy knoll near the golf pro shop and beach volleyball courts. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
An American Robin eating Arbutus berries. The annual Christmas Bird Count takes place on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Victoria, Langford and Colwood beginning at 8 a.m. There are also counts in Sidney, Central and North Saanich, and South Salt Spring on Sunday, Dec. 17 and in Metchosin and Sooke on Thursday, Dec. 28. (Contributed photo)

Bird watchers gear up for annual count

Count takes place in Langford, Colwood, Victoria, North and Central Saanich

An American Robin eating Arbutus berries. The annual Christmas Bird Count takes place on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Victoria, Langford and Colwood beginning at 8 a.m. There are also counts in Sidney, Central and North Saanich, and South Salt Spring on Sunday, Dec. 17 and in Metchosin and Sooke on Thursday, Dec. 28. (Contributed photo)
Leo and Karyn Cooper show off the Christmas decorations that have taken over their home on Girou Road in Colwood. The decorations, which include close to 100 inflatable characters, will be up on display until the first week of January. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Christmas decorations a labour of love for Colwood residents

Home has close to 100 inflatables on display until January

Leo and Karyn Cooper show off the Christmas decorations that have taken over their home on Girou Road in Colwood. The decorations, which include close to 100 inflatable characters, will be up on display until the first week of January. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Highlands Mayor Ken Williams said the District will be hostng a public engagement session in the new year about the growing number of illegal secondary suites that are popping up throughout the municipality. (Gazette file photo)

Highlands takes aim at illegal secondary suites

Report estimates roughly 30 to 50 per cent of homes have unauthorized dwellings

Highlands Mayor Ken Williams said the District will be hostng a public engagement session in the new year about the growing number of illegal secondary suites that are popping up throughout the municipality. (Gazette file photo)
Gino Spinelli, base chief of CFB Esquimalt (left), and navy Capt. Jason Boyd, base commander of CFB Esquimalt, show off the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre’s newest app that includes tips, checklists and a customizable countdown clock to help military members and their families before, during and post deployment. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

New app supports members, families on deployment

App is first of its kind in the country

Gino Spinelli, base chief of CFB Esquimalt (left), and navy Capt. Jason Boyd, base commander of CFB Esquimalt, show off the Esquimalt Military Family Resource Centre’s newest app that includes tips, checklists and a customizable countdown clock to help military members and their families before, during and post deployment. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Santa Claus high fives Jose Valdes-Rodriguez from John Stubbs Elementary school on a BC Transit bus earlier this week. As part of BC Transit’s annual Stuff the Bus campaign, students from John Stubbs, Wishart, Happy Valley and Sangster elementary schools collected more than 2,000 non-perishable food items, $150 and even some toys to be donated to the Goldstream Food Bank. On Tuesday, Santa’s helpers, including Mrs. Claus, Elf and a gingerbread man loaded the donations onto a bus and students were invited to see the fruits of their labour.(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

WATCH: West Shore elementary schools band together to help food bank

Four schools raised more than 2,000 non-perishable food items in Stuff the Bus campaign

Santa Claus high fives Jose Valdes-Rodriguez from John Stubbs Elementary school on a BC Transit bus earlier this week. As part of BC Transit’s annual Stuff the Bus campaign, students from John Stubbs, Wishart, Happy Valley and Sangster elementary schools collected more than 2,000 non-perishable food items, $150 and even some toys to be donated to the Goldstream Food Bank. On Tuesday, Santa’s helpers, including Mrs. Claus, Elf and a gingerbread man loaded the donations onto a bus and students were invited to see the fruits of their labour.(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Dawn Clarke is one of 30 dispatchers that serve the West Shore and beyond and answers emergency and non-emergency 911 calls that come in from the public at the operational communications centre at the West Shore RCMP detachment on Atkins Avenue in Langford. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

A day in the life of a 911 dispatcher

Langford resident takes complaints, calls about motor vehicle incidents and everything in between

Dawn Clarke is one of 30 dispatchers that serve the West Shore and beyond and answers emergency and non-emergency 911 calls that come in from the public at the operational communications centre at the West Shore RCMP detachment on Atkins Avenue in Langford. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Colwood-native Adam Cracknell to play with Montreal Canadiens

Colwood-native Adam Cracknell to play with Montreal Canadiens

Team acquired the ringer winger from the New York Rangers last week

Colwood-native Adam Cracknell to play with Montreal Canadiens
Brent Barrett stars as Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical, Chicago, which is coming to the Royal Theatre for the first time later this month. (Chicago the Musical photo)

Chicago comes to town for first time ever

Broadway musical hits the Royal Theatre stage Dec. 18 to 23

Brent Barrett stars as Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical, Chicago, which is coming to the Royal Theatre for the first time later this month. (Chicago the Musical photo)
Val Hemminger specializes in family law and knows just how hard the holidays can be for blended families. She offered a few tip to make the season more enjoyable. (Photo contributed)

Finding the right rhythm can be hard for blended families

But the holidays should always be about the children

Val Hemminger specializes in family law and knows just how hard the holidays can be for blended families. She offered a few tip to make the season more enjoyable. (Photo contributed)
Members of the the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association, Bear Mountain Resort and grade three and four students from Lakewood Elementary school released 5,000 parr into the Osborn Pond on te 15th hole of Bear Mountain’s Valley Course. (Westin Bear Mountain Resort photo)

Thousands of parr released into Osborn Pond at Bear Mountain

Fish will complete their fresh water development at pond before returning to ocean

Members of the the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association, Bear Mountain Resort and grade three and four students from Lakewood Elementary school released 5,000 parr into the Osborn Pond on te 15th hole of Bear Mountain’s Valley Course. (Westin Bear Mountain Resort photo)
Drivers spend countless hours decorating their trucks for the annual Truck Light Convoy, which hits the streets this Saturday. (Gazette file photo)

Trucks gear up for annual convoy Saturday

Event starts at Odgen Point, finishes at Western Speedway

Drivers spend countless hours decorating their trucks for the annual Truck Light Convoy, which hits the streets this Saturday. (Gazette file photo)
Members of the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre pose for a photo. The Lion’s Pride Gymnastics Academy will be hosting the annual B.C. Gymnaestrada in Langford in 2019. (Gymnastics B.C. photo)

Lion’s Pride Gymnastics Academy to host 2019 B.C. Gymnaestrada

Event expected to draw hundreds of people to the region

Members of the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre pose for a photo. The Lion’s Pride Gymnastics Academy will be hosting the annual B.C. Gymnaestrada in Langford in 2019. (Gymnastics B.C. photo)
Langford resident Alexis Wood, 8, checks out a minion on the Royal Canadian Coast Guard’s Christmas decorated miniature of the Wilfred P. Laurier vessel at Western Speedway last year.                                 (Gazette file photo)

Truck light parade set to dazzle thousands

19th annual event takes place Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at Odgen Point

Langford resident Alexis Wood, 8, checks out a minion on the Royal Canadian Coast Guard’s Christmas decorated miniature of the Wilfred P. Laurier vessel at Western Speedway last year.                                 (Gazette file photo)
Metchosin takes aim at short-term vacation rentals

Metchosin takes aim at short-term vacation rentals

District to host public workshop in the new year

Metchosin takes aim at short-term vacation rentals
View Royal protection service officer recognized

View Royal protection service officer recognized

Mattaius Brueckl honoured for heroic actions at VGH during incident in April

View Royal protection service officer recognized
William Head Institution in Metchosin is the only federal penitentiary on Vancouver Island, and is home to 190 inmates and focuses on rehabilittion and the successful reintegration of inmates back into society. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

William Head prison offers inmates a second chance at life

Federal prison focuses on successful reintegration into society

William Head Institution in Metchosin is the only federal penitentiary on Vancouver Island, and is home to 190 inmates and focuses on rehabilittion and the successful reintegration of inmates back into society. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
West Shore RCMP catch thieves in the act in Colwood

West Shore RCMP catch thieves in the act in Colwood

Thieves were trying to steal a utility trailer from the driveway of a home

West Shore RCMP catch thieves in the act in Colwood
Meet View Royal’s newest councillor

Meet View Royal’s newest councillor

Damian Kowalewich elected to council with a landslide 518 votes in Saturday’s byelection

Meet View Royal’s newest councillor