Keri Coles

Volunteers can have regular shifts or be on call, and tasks can range from driving clients to appointments, going for a walk together, doing odd jobs around the house, providing reassurance phone calls, or doing administrative work. (Submitted photo)

Celebrate National Volunteer Week April 15 to 21

Organization celebrates volunteers ‘making a difference’ in Oak Bay

Volunteers can have regular shifts or be on call, and tasks can range from driving clients to appointments, going for a walk together, doing odd jobs around the house, providing reassurance phone calls, or doing administrative work. (Submitted photo)
Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)

VIDEO: Dramatic blaze leaves Oak Bay contractor without work truck

Fire so hot it melted work ladders, destroyed truck

Michael Magdalenich’s Ford F250 truck was a complete write-off, his work ladders melting from the ladder racks, after the fire in the 2100-block of Neil Street that started just after 3 a.m. Dec. 28. (Michael Magdalenich photo)
A recent survey found that 69 per cent of Canadians have made New Year’s resolutions in the past. (Pixabay)

The key to success in New Year’s resolutions is to not be deterred by slip ups

Success rate about 10x higher than success rate of adults wanting change but not making resolution

A recent survey found that 69 per cent of Canadians have made New Year’s resolutions in the past. (Pixabay)
A specific batch (1000356816) of DUREX RealFeel 20 count condoms distributed in Canada is not expected to meet the registered burst pressure specification at end of shelf-life. (DurexCanada website)

Condoms recalled after concerns over variable burst pressure

Health Canada issues recall on specific batch of DUREX condoms

A specific batch (1000356816) of DUREX RealFeel 20 count condoms distributed in Canada is not expected to meet the registered burst pressure specification at end of shelf-life. (DurexCanada website)
The class 3 recall – low risk – is for Portofino European Bakery gluten-free almond stollen (700 g) with BB DEC 26, BB DEC 27 and BB DEC 28. (Portofino website)

Portofino gluten-free almond stollen recalled due to undeclared wheat

Canadian Food Inspection Agency issues recall after allergen found

The class 3 recall – low risk – is for Portofino European Bakery gluten-free almond stollen (700 g) with BB DEC 26, BB DEC 27 and BB DEC 28. (Portofino website)
A Victoria man is in custody after two separate incidents of a sexual assault and an indecent act occurred Thursday. (File photo)

Suspect arrested after sexual assault, indecent act in Victoria

Man faces recommended charges for indecent act, sexual assault investigation remains ongoing

A Victoria man is in custody after two separate incidents of a sexual assault and an indecent act occurred Thursday. (File photo)
Lisa Fulham works to untangle the Christmas lights as she decorates Mom’s Cafe for the season. (Tim Collins/Sooke News mirror)

Sooke ‘diner legend’ up for sale

Mom’s Cafe has been a gathering place and a hub of the community for decades

Lisa Fulham works to untangle the Christmas lights as she decorates Mom’s Cafe for the season. (Tim Collins/Sooke News mirror)
The blizzard of ‘96 set records by dropping 124 centimeters of snow in Victoria between Dec.22 and Dec. 29. (Victoria News archives)

Victoria recovers from one storm on the anniversary of another

Blizzard of ‘96 worst blast of winter weather on Vancouver Island since 1916

The blizzard of ‘96 set records by dropping 124 centimeters of snow in Victoria between Dec.22 and Dec. 29. (Victoria News archives)
Author Kit Pearson of Oak Bay was one of 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced by Governor General Julie Payette in Ottawa Dec. 27. (Katherine Farris photo)

Local author receives one of Canada’s highest honours

Oak Bay author Kit Pearson is third in her family to be appointed to the Order of Canada

Author Kit Pearson of Oak Bay was one of 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced by Governor General Julie Payette in Ottawa Dec. 27. (Katherine Farris photo)
VIDEO: Exclusive interview with Santa Claus

VIDEO: Exclusive interview with Santa Claus

Do reindeer live forever? And more burning questions for St. Nick

VIDEO: Exclusive interview with Santa Claus
Rosco just after he was found Saturday, looking thinner and scraped up, but with his tail still wagging. (Deborah Hicks)

Happy ending for Great Dane struck by two cars, missing for ten days

‘There was a lot of ugly crying. We are all on cloud nine’

Rosco just after he was found Saturday, looking thinner and scraped up, but with his tail still wagging. (Deborah Hicks)
Fentanyl was found in fake Xanax, a popular recreational drug of choice for many high school students, in a Delta high school last week. (File photo).

‘Trying drugs now is an enormous life-threatening gamble’: fentanyl expert

Fentanyl found in fake Xanax has parents and police on high alert

Fentanyl was found in fake Xanax, a popular recreational drug of choice for many high school students, in a Delta high school last week. (File photo).
During the course of the arrest, the suspect came into contact with a police vehicle. The suspect was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released. (File photo)
During the course of the arrest, the suspect came into contact with a police vehicle. The suspect was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released. (File photo)
The mother of two Oak Bay sisters killed on Christmas Day in 2017 asks friends, family and the community during the holiday season to focus on the girls’ light rather than the darkness of their deaths. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Mom of slain Oak Bay sisters calls for positivity on anniversary of their deaths

‘Focus on the girls’ brightness and light rather than the negativity’

The mother of two Oak Bay sisters killed on Christmas Day in 2017 asks friends, family and the community during the holiday season to focus on the girls’ light rather than the darkness of their deaths. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Chief Electoral Officer Anton Boegman reports the results of B.C.’s electoral reform mail-in referendum Thursday. (Keri Coles/News staff)

If it were up to Victoria, proportional representation would be B.C.’s voting system

Five of the six provincial ridings in Greater Victoria voted for proportional representation

Chief Electoral Officer Anton Boegman reports the results of B.C.’s electoral reform mail-in referendum Thursday. (Keri Coles/News staff)
A rare tornado touched down in a Seattle suburb on Tuesday, damaging several homes and toppling trees, authorities said. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)

Meteorologist weighs in on chances of a tornado hitting Vancouver Island

Environment Canada logs all tornadoes confirmed in Canada

A rare tornado touched down in a Seattle suburb on Tuesday, damaging several homes and toppling trees, authorities said. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)
A house on McMorran Way had its eavestroughs ripped off and roof damaged after a large tree was uprooted and fell on the home. (Arnold Lim/News staff)

Mature tree falls on Saanich home

Strong winds uproot large tree on residential lot

A house on McMorran Way had its eavestroughs ripped off and roof damaged after a large tree was uprooted and fell on the home. (Arnold Lim/News staff)
UPDATE: Missing person Pamela Fletcher has been found

UPDATE: Missing person Pamela Fletcher has been found

Pamela Fletcher, who was the subject of a missing person notification on…

UPDATE: Missing person Pamela Fletcher has been found
Stefanie Chen (left), Melody Cheng, Rohan Gupta, Josh Lin, Matthew Geng, Emma-jane Burian and Sophie Collins hand out free turkey soup and buns at Centennial Square Tuesday night as part of a City of Victoria Youth Council initiative. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Victoria Youth Council warms hearts and stomachs with free soup in the square

Youth-driven, grassroots program works to create positive impact in Victoria

Stefanie Chen (left), Melody Cheng, Rohan Gupta, Josh Lin, Matthew Geng, Emma-jane Burian and Sophie Collins hand out free turkey soup and buns at Centennial Square Tuesday night as part of a City of Victoria Youth Council initiative. (Keri Coles/News staff)
BC Transit will implement new enhancements in September 2019. (File photo)

Catch last call and a cheap ride home: Late night buses coming to Victoria in 2019

New plan will extend service on weekends with last trip leaving downtown at 3 a.m.

BC Transit will implement new enhancements in September 2019. (File photo)