Shalu Mehta

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released an assessment of the Island Rail Corridor’s condition and says the corridor is in poor to fair condition. (Michael Briones photo)

Island Rail Corridor needs $700 million in upgrades to get back on track

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure assessment says rail is in poor to fair condition

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released an assessment of the Island Rail Corridor’s condition and says the corridor is in poor to fair condition. (Michael Briones photo)
The Greater Victoria School District has distributed more than 1,000 tablets to students who need access to technology for online learning. (Twitter/Greater Victoria SD)

SD61 distributes more than 1,000 Chromebooks and iPads to students learning from home

Devices are for students who require access to technology for online learning

The Greater Victoria School District has distributed more than 1,000 tablets to students who need access to technology for online learning. (Twitter/Greater Victoria SD)
UVic biologist Julia Baum surveys the reef at Christmas Island (Kiritimati) in 2014. (Courtesy of Trisha Stovel)

University of Victoria study shows ocean warming depleting coral reef fish communities by half

Climate change a ‘double whammy’ for reef fish according to UVic biologist

UVic biologist Julia Baum surveys the reef at Christmas Island (Kiritimati) in 2014. (Courtesy of Trisha Stovel)
Langford Fire Rescue is giving out free pocket ashtrays so residents can dispose of cigarette butts responsibly. (Facebook/Langford Fire Rescue)
Langford Fire Rescue is giving out free pocket ashtrays so residents can dispose of cigarette butts responsibly. (Facebook/Langford Fire Rescue)
Summer camp registration at West Shore Parks & Recreation is still going ahead on May 7 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Summer camp registration at West Shore Parks & Recreation is still going ahead on May 7 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Colwood has re-opened most public garbage cans. (Twitter/City of Colwood)

Colwood re-opens most public garbage cans

Garbage cans were closed in March to help stop spread of COVID-19

The City of Colwood has re-opened most public garbage cans. (Twitter/City of Colwood)
Fire crews were called to the scene of a brush fire near Langford on April 21. (Twitter/Langford Fire Rescue)

Fire departments urge West Shore residents to be fire smart as wildfire season begins

Residents encouraged to clear area around home of combustible debris

Fire crews were called to the scene of a brush fire near Langford on April 21. (Twitter/Langford Fire Rescue)
A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

B.C. enacts provincial order to move homeless at Victoria encampments into hotels

Encampments will be dismantled, with temporary supportive housing in hotels, community centres

A hundred tents have been spread out over Topaz Park. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Neighbours gathered to enjoy a musical tribute on the bridge leading to a home on Brookview Drive in Metchosin. The band played John Prine songs in memory of the singer-songwriter who died on April 7. Less than one year ago, their bridge was host to a memorial for their neighbour, Martin Payne, who was found dead in his home in July. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Metchosin neighbours host musical tribute on bridge where memorial was held last summer

Neighbours of Martin Payne came together again to enjoy music and laughter in the community

Neighbours gathered to enjoy a musical tribute on the bridge leading to a home on Brookview Drive in Metchosin. The band played John Prine songs in memory of the singer-songwriter who died on April 7. Less than one year ago, their bridge was host to a memorial for their neighbour, Martin Payne, who was found dead in his home in July. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
On April 14, View Royal council members agreed that community gardens will remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic due to public health and safety concerns. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal community gardens to remain closed during COVID-19 pandemic

Community members advocate for gardens to re-open as growing season begins

On April 14, View Royal council members agreed that community gardens will remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic due to public health and safety concerns. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Metchosin City Hall (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin ‘ahead of the game’ going into COVID-19 pandemic

Fire chief asks residents age 50 and older to stay home, use community resources

The District of Metchosin City Hall (Black Press Media file photo)
Lyle Kahl, a well-known community member on the West Shore, died at the age of 80 on April 12. He was a former Esquimalt MLA for the Social Credit Party in B.C., a teacher, a businessman, a realtor and a gardener. (Courtesy of Jason Kahl)

West Shore community grieves loss of a well-known leader

Lyle Kahl was a former MLA, businessman, teacher and realtor

Lyle Kahl, a well-known community member on the West Shore, died at the age of 80 on April 12. He was a former Esquimalt MLA for the Social Credit Party in B.C., a teacher, a businessman, a realtor and a gardener. (Courtesy of Jason Kahl)
The City of Colwood is moving ahead with plans that will provide tax relief to residents and businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of the City of Colwood)

Colwood moving ahead with tax relief plans for residents, businesses

Some service expansions being pushed to 2021

The City of Colwood is moving ahead with plans that will provide tax relief to residents and businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of the City of Colwood)
VIDEO: Langford resident treated to bagpipes on his 93rd birthday

VIDEO: Langford resident treated to bagpipes on his 93rd birthday

Four generations of family celebrate birthday while staying physically distant

VIDEO: Langford resident treated to bagpipes on his 93rd birthday
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has sent a letter to the province on behalf of council asking that emergency powers are used to requisition hotel and motel rooms for those without shelter in the region. (City of Victoria/Facebook)

Victoria mayor advocates finding shelter for people during COVID-19 pandemic

Helps says she ‘[doesn’t] care how people get inside’ as long as they can follow provincial orders

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has sent a letter to the province on behalf of council asking that emergency powers are used to requisition hotel and motel rooms for those without shelter in the region. (City of Victoria/Facebook)
VicPD is reporting an increase in property crimes and bike thefts in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD arrests three people, shuts down bicycle ‘chop-shop’ after using ‘bait’ bike

Police report increase in property crime and bike thefts in Burnside Gorge neighbourhood

VicPD is reporting an increase in property crimes and bike thefts in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)
March 25, 2020: The streets of downtown Victoria are quieter than usual in the wake of physical isolation mandates from the provincial and federal governments due to COVID-19. (Arnold Lim / Black Press Media)

South Island leaders form taskforce to address economic crisis amidst COVID-19

Rising Economy Taskforce to address economic crisis and resiliency

March 25, 2020: The streets of downtown Victoria are quieter than usual in the wake of physical isolation mandates from the provincial and federal governments due to COVID-19. (Arnold Lim / Black Press Media)
Machilo Spak restocks the shelves at the Market on Millstream. The local grocery story has offered to provide free grocery delivery to military families during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Market on Millstream helps military families with free grocery delivery

Eight ships and 850 members from CFB Esquimalt are currently deployed

Machilo Spak restocks the shelves at the Market on Millstream. The local grocery story has offered to provide free grocery delivery to military families during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore RMCP looks to reunite wedding dress with owner

West Shore RMCP looks to reunite wedding dress with owner

Dress was found at Langford bus exchange on Station Avenue

West Shore RMCP looks to reunite wedding dress with owner
In March, the City of Langford agreed to allocate up to $400,000 towards measures that could help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Langford report reveals the costs of its pandemic response

City allocated up to $400,000 towards mitigation measures

In March, the City of Langford agreed to allocate up to $400,000 towards measures that could help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)