Shalu Mehta

The Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association is calling for more diversity amongst school districts in the region. (Pixabay)

Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association calls for more diversity in region’s school districts

GVTA president says current situation highlights need for more representation

The Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association is calling for more diversity amongst school districts in the region. (Pixabay)
Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is nominated to be one of Canada’s top 25 immigrants. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)

Victoria councillor nominated one of Canada’s top immigrants

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is a finalist in the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Coun. Sharmarke Dubow is nominated to be one of Canada’s top 25 immigrants. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
The Greater Victoria School Board will review the role of school liaison officers. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria School District to review role of school liaison officers

SD61 will create committee to consult with community members

The Greater Victoria School Board will review the role of school liaison officers. (Black Press Media file photo)
Belmont Secondary graduates Jasmyn Loo, Jacklyn Halaburda, Ashley Bilachand Isabella Wheaton celebrate the end of their high school careers. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Belmont Secondary grads celebrate the end of high school

Graduating class attends small group ceremonies on June 23 and 24

Belmont Secondary graduates Jasmyn Loo, Jacklyn Halaburda, Ashley Bilachand Isabella Wheaton celebrate the end of their high school careers. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Very Good Butchers pitch plant-based vegan meat alternatives to Dragons’ Den. (Courtesy Very Good Butchers)

Victoria vegan butcher goes public on stock market

The Very Good Butchers are on the Canadian Securities Exchange

Very Good Butchers pitch plant-based vegan meat alternatives to Dragons’ Den. (Courtesy Very Good Butchers)
Greater Victoria is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, giving it clearer and bluer skies than nearby areas. (Black Press Media file photo).

Victoria’s ‘great blue hole’ a favourable weather phenomenon

Greater Victoria lies in the rain shadow of the mountains

Greater Victoria is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, giving it clearer and bluer skies than nearby areas. (Black Press Media file photo).
Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Victoria duo tackles food insecurity in Victoria with burlap sack gardens

Palenke Greens initiative an homage to Black and Indigenous connections

Ariel Reyes Antuan and Jess Barton have started a community initiative to help racialized people facing food insecurity by providing them with burlap sack gardens. They said their garden has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic and they continue to learn about gardening as well. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
William Head Institution. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin prison reclassified nine offenders to medium security after July escape

New security measures, notification procedures in place at William Head Institution

William Head Institution. (Black Press Media file photo)
Costa Canna Corp. has applied to open a retail cannabis store at Colwood Corners. A public hearing about the application will take place on June 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
Costa Canna Corp. has applied to open a retail cannabis store at Colwood Corners. A public hearing about the application will take place on June 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
A woman was reunited with a lost necklace which is a family heirloom after a community member saw posts about it on Central Saanich police’s social media account. (Twitter/cspoliceservice)

Lost family heirloom returned to woman in Central Saanich

‘Young lady’ returns necklace after seeing social media post

A woman was reunited with a lost necklace which is a family heirloom after a community member saw posts about it on Central Saanich police’s social media account. (Twitter/cspoliceservice)
This year’s Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer, organized by the Island Prostate Centre, is going virtual. (Courtesy of Island Prostate Centre)

Father’s Day walk and run for prostate cancer in Victoria goes virtual

One in nine men on Vancouver Island diagnosed with prostate cancer

This year’s Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer, organized by the Island Prostate Centre, is going virtual. (Courtesy of Island Prostate Centre)
Saanich Municipal Hall (Black Press Media file photo)

Students, advocates plan rally during Saanich’s unrelated occupancy bylaw hearing

Hearing takes place on June 20 via conference call

Saanich Municipal Hall (Black Press Media file photo)
O.K. Industries is looking to build a quarry next to Capital Regional District land, of which the aquifer sits underneath. This map was taken from the 2015 report for the rezoning application. (Photo courtesy District of Highlands)

O.K. Industries asks to engage with Highlands community over contentious quarry project

Highlands District Community Association seeks to appeal quarry permit

O.K. Industries is looking to build a quarry next to Capital Regional District land, of which the aquifer sits underneath. This map was taken from the 2015 report for the rezoning application. (Photo courtesy District of Highlands)
Sc’ianew First Nation (Beecher Bay) Chief Councillor Russ Chipps says William Head prison should close and the land should be returned to Beecher Bay. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Sc’ianew First Nation chief calls for closure of Metchosin prison

Chief Russ Chipps says land should be returned to Beecher Bay Nation

Sc’ianew First Nation (Beecher Bay) Chief Councillor Russ Chipps says William Head prison should close and the land should be returned to Beecher Bay. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Amatista Spa at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa officially opens its doors for the first time on June 16 with high safety standards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Jennifer Burgin)
Amatista Spa at The Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa officially opens its doors for the first time on June 16 with high safety standards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Jennifer Burgin)
The inside of a naloxone kit. B.C. saw the most overdose deaths in one month in May, with fatal overdoses in the Island Health region surpassing its highest number by 36 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 contributes to spike in overdose deaths, experts say

‘Unintended consequences’ of pandemic, stronger drug supply play role in fatal overdoses

The inside of a naloxone kit. B.C. saw the most overdose deaths in one month in May, with fatal overdoses in the Island Health region surpassing its highest number by 36 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)
Laurie Morphet was hiking on Mt. Arrowsmith when she spotted a rare Vancouver Island Marmot near the peak. (Laurie Morphet photo)

Several unique-to-Canada species found in B.C., on Vancouver Island

New study shows West Coast is a hot spot of endemic plants, animals, insects

Laurie Morphet was hiking on Mt. Arrowsmith when she spotted a rare Vancouver Island Marmot near the peak. (Laurie Morphet photo)
A motor vehicle incident on the Malahat caused traffic delays on Saturday afternoon. (Google Maps)
A motor vehicle incident on the Malahat caused traffic delays on Saturday afternoon. (Google Maps)
Martin Payne, 60, was found dead in his Metchosin home on July 12, 2019. (Martin Payne/Facebook)

William Head prison escapees charged in homicide of Metchosin man

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage charged in relation to homicide of Martin Payne

Martin Payne, 60, was found dead in his Metchosin home on July 12, 2019. (Martin Payne/Facebook)
O.K. Industries is looking to build a quarry next to Capital Regional District land, of which the aquifer sits underneath. This map was taken from the 2015 report for the rezoning application. (Photo courtesy District of Highlands)

Highlands Community Association petitions province’s approval of rock quarry

Association says province hasn’t adequately addressed public concerns

O.K. Industries is looking to build a quarry next to Capital Regional District land, of which the aquifer sits underneath. This map was taken from the 2015 report for the rezoning application. (Photo courtesy District of Highlands)