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A new daycare at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre is slated to open in September. (Rendering courtesy of West Shore Parks and Recreation)

Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre brings daycare centre to Colwood

New centre to offer 80 spaces come September

A new daycare at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre is slated to open in September. (Rendering courtesy of West Shore Parks and Recreation)
Metchosin Coun. Kyara Kahakauwila is stepping down as deputy mayor following controversy over her decision to travel to Mexico in December. (Black Press Media file photo)

Councillor steps down as deputy mayor of Metchosin after controversial trip to Mexico

Mayor hopeful mediation will help council get back to the business of community

Metchosin Coun. Kyara Kahakauwila is stepping down as deputy mayor following controversy over her decision to travel to Mexico in December. (Black Press Media file photo)
The purchase of 27 acres in the Millstream Creek watershed by The Land Conservancy and other partners will protect a sensitive ecosystem in the Highlands. (Photo contributed by The Land Conservancy)

Provincial land conservancy lays out $600,000 for Highlands property

Anonymous donor helps buy purchased 11.1 hectares of Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem

The purchase of 27 acres in the Millstream Creek watershed by The Land Conservancy and other partners will protect a sensitive ecosystem in the Highlands. (Photo contributed by The Land Conservancy)
An architectural rendering provides a look at PC Urban’s proposal for three buildings on the former Galaxy Motors property at 1764 Island Hwy. in Colwood. (Rendering courtesy of PC Urban)

Commercial/industrial development planned for former Galaxy Motors site

Colwood proposal goes to public hearing Jan. 25

An architectural rendering provides a look at PC Urban’s proposal for three buildings on the former Galaxy Motors property at 1764 Island Hwy. in Colwood. (Rendering courtesy of PC Urban)
December and January, so far, have seen their share of rain. (Black Press Media file photo)

Potential for snow in Greater Victoria after unusually wet December, January

Winter is on the way, says Environment and Climate Change Canada

December and January, so far, have seen their share of rain. (Black Press Media file photo)
NEW CUTLINE Pacific FC fans fill the stands during a game at the former Westhills Stadium
 Starlight Developments has purchased the naming rights from the City of Langford for the next 10 years.(Gazette file photo)

Pacific FC slid into third place in the league after defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 at Westhills Stadium on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Langford sells stadium naming rights for $500,000 to Starlight Developments

10-year sponsorship deal largest in the history of Langford, says mayor

NEW CUTLINE Pacific FC fans fill the stands during a game at the former Westhills Stadium
 Starlight Developments has purchased the naming rights from the City of Langford for the next 10 years.(Gazette file photo)

Pacific FC slid into third place in the league after defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 at Westhills Stadium on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
A zoning map from the District of Metchosin’s official community plan indicates the section of Boys and Girls Club property in Metchosin that could be subdivided into eight lots. (Courtesy of Association for the Protection of Rural Metchosin)

Subdivision proposal in Metchosin would ruin natural values, opponents say

Boys and Girls Club property under scrutiny

A zoning map from the District of Metchosin’s official community plan indicates the section of Boys and Girls Club property in Metchosin that could be subdivided into eight lots. (Courtesy of Association for the Protection of Rural Metchosin)
Metchosin Mayor John Ranns (Courtesy District of Metchosin)

Metchosin mayor fuming over subdivision proposal

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria tight-lipped on land plans

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns (Courtesy District of Metchosin)
Langford Fire Rescue. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Two fires add to busy night for West Shore crews

Fires in Langford apartments add to windstorm calls for firefighters

Langford Fire Rescue. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Victoria artist Noah Layne is conducting online workshops on portrait drawing as part of the Metchosin ArtPod’s About Face portrait show. (Photo courtesy of Noah Layne)

Metchosin Art Pod doing an about-face

Renowned artist Noah Layne hosting online classes in portrait drawing

Victoria artist Noah Layne is conducting online workshops on portrait drawing as part of the Metchosin ArtPod’s About Face portrait show. (Photo courtesy of Noah Layne)
Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)

Shawnigan Lake School a force in women’s hockey

Former star Carly Haggard guides schools U18 female team

Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)
View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst is taking on the challenge of the Wounded Warriors Canada Run to help erase the stigma military personnel and first responders face dealing with mental health issues. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hurst)

View Royal fire chief gears up for Wounded Warrior Run

February run from Port Hardy to Victoria offers support to members of military and first responders

View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst is taking on the challenge of the Wounded Warriors Canada Run to help erase the stigma military personnel and first responders face dealing with mental health issues. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hurst)
This public hearing at a regular meeting of council in 2019 drew a crowd of about 100. Langford has decided to make audio of meetings available. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford to release audio of council meetings

Council to revisit live streaming during budget deliberations

This public hearing at a regular meeting of council in 2019 drew a crowd of about 100. Langford has decided to make audio of meetings available. (Black Press Media file photo)
Zosia Adamek, shown here in action with the Shawnigan Lake U 18 team, is heading to Long Island University on a scholarship next season. (Photo contributed by Adamek family)

Former West Shore teammates to unite again on Long Island

Shawnigan Lake School producing scores of scholarships

Zosia Adamek, shown here in action with the Shawnigan Lake U 18 team, is heading to Long Island University on a scholarship next season. (Photo contributed by Adamek family)
Participants in the Bateman Foundation’s Nature Sketch program work on their art. The Bateman Foundation is offering courses online for juniors, teens and adult watercolour artists beginning in January. (Photo courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)

Bateman sketch classes come alive online

Range of classes begin Jan. 8, 9 and 11

Participants in the Bateman Foundation’s Nature Sketch program work on their art. The Bateman Foundation is offering courses online for juniors, teens and adult watercolour artists beginning in January. (Photo courtesy of the Bateman Foundation)
New cutline Colwood Fire Rescue anticipates a busy year ahead in 2021. (Katherine Engqvist/news Staff)

Colwood Fire Rescue (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

New year off to a busy start for Colwood Fire Rescue

Most West Shore departments saw the normal number of calls over holidays

New cutline Colwood Fire Rescue anticipates a busy year ahead in 2021. (Katherine Engqvist/news Staff)

Colwood Fire Rescue (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
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Adjustments to the disinfection process for water from the Sooke Lake Reservoir may result in the taste or smell of chlorine in parts of Greater Victoria. (Photo from the CRD website)

Sooke Lake Reservoir is in good shape despite a dryer February. (Photo from CRD website)

Chlorine tweaks may affect water taste, smell across Greater Victoria

Adjustment process could last until Jan. 15

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Adjustments to the disinfection process for water from the Sooke Lake Reservoir may result in the taste or smell of chlorine in parts of Greater Victoria. (Photo from the CRD website)

Sooke Lake Reservoir is in good shape despite a dryer February. (Photo from CRD website)
BC Transit is adjusting service to improve reliability. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit tweaks some Greater Victoria services

Services adjusted for some of the region’s schools

BC Transit is adjusting service to improve reliability. (Black Press Media file photo)
Some of the gifts and food that staff and officers donated to help a family in need and children in the community. (Photo contributed by West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP shares Christmas with those in need

Donations piled so high, some went to a second cause

Some of the gifts and food that staff and officers donated to help a family in need and children in the community. (Photo contributed by West Shore RCMP)
Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary president Margot Hogg hands Victoria General Hospital chief engineer Sasha Menard some of the poinsettias and thank-you cards for hospital staff’s extra efforts during the pandemic. (Photo contributed by Val Smith)

Poinsettias for Patients funds lab improvements, Hospital at Home

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary thanks frontline workers

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary president Margot Hogg hands Victoria General Hospital chief engineer Sasha Menard some of the poinsettias and thank-you cards for hospital staff’s extra efforts during the pandemic. (Photo contributed by Val Smith)