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Miss Earth Canada Layanna Robinson, a Victoria resident, works alongside the students and community members March 9 in Mystic Vale at the University of Victoria. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)

PHOTOS: Miss Earth Canada pulls weeds with Greater Victoria Green Team

Of the 133 volunteers, 34 visited Mystic Vale for the first time

The Victoria Flying Club hanger at Victoria International Airport. The club will be the host site of a special event on Monday, March 20, geared toward helping more young women get involved in the aviation industry. (File photo courtesy Victoria Flying Club)

Women working in aviation highlighted in Saanich Peninsula event geared to teens

Cross-country tour hopes to inspire more young women to enter the industry

Central Saanich Fire Lt. Alex Levitt (left) and Oak Bay Fire Lt. Jason Joynson carry the flags of fallen Greater Victoria firefighters Forrest Owens and Ken Gill at a memorial service for B.C. firefighters at the legislature in Victoria on March 6, 2023. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Esquimalt to host memorial hockey game for two Greater Victoria firefighters

Event meant to bring awareness to mental health, cancer incidences affecting fire service members

Crofton Elementary School students learned about a wide variety of invisible disabilities through a school project and shared the findings with the public. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Uncovering the facts about invisible disabilities

Teacher’s own children the impetus for school project

Crofton Elementary School students learned about a wide variety of invisible disabilities through a school project and shared the findings with the public. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Shamrocks are associated with Ireland, but a four-leaf clover is much more rare. Do you know the odds of finding a four-leaf clover? (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: How Irish are you?

St. Patrick’s Day, on March 17, is a celebration of Ireland and Irish culture

Shamrocks are associated with Ireland, but a four-leaf clover is much more rare. Do you know the odds of finding a four-leaf clover? (Pixabay.com)
Sidney flower counters submit 7.58 billion blossoms to take the top honours in the 2023 Greater Victoria Flower Count. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney dethrones Colwood as ‘bloomingest’ community in Greater Victoria

Saanich Peninsula town documents 7.58 billion blossoms for 48th Greater Victoria Flower Count

Sidney flower counters submit 7.58 billion blossoms to take the top honours in the 2023 Greater Victoria Flower Count. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay artist Myra Baynton is among the Victoria Sketch Club members with works on display during the annual show and sale that opens at Glenlyon Norfolks School on Beach Drive March 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

114-year-old arts club opens doors to annual Oak Bay show and sale

Victoria Sketch Club show opens March 21 in Glenlyon-Norfolk School gym

Oak Bay artist Myra Baynton is among the Victoria Sketch Club members with works on display during the annual show and sale that opens at Glenlyon Norfolks School on Beach Drive March 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
For her father’s birthday, Christine Fritz made a donation at the Canada Blood Services Clinic in Walnut Grove on Saturday, March 11. It was her eighth contribution. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Daughter donates blood for dad’s birthday

‘If I’m out there donating, someone else is donating for him’ B.C. woman says

For her father’s birthday, Christine Fritz made a donation at the Canada Blood Services Clinic in Walnut Grove on Saturday, March 11. It was her eighth contribution. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
You could win your dream home! Your Choices Lottery tickets are your chance to become a multi-millionaire. Photo courtesy Choices Lottery

City, sea, or suburbs? The choice could be yours!

Choices Lottery winner will choose 1 of 9 Grand Prizes, including home packages worth $2.7 million+

  • Mar 13, 2023
You could win your dream home! Your Choices Lottery tickets are your chance to become a multi-millionaire. Photo courtesy Choices Lottery
Albert Middleton turned 108 March 11th, celebrating with cake champagne and his kids. (Courtesy of Broadmead Care)

Canada’s oldest living veteran of the Second World War turns 108 in Saanich

Albert Middleton celebrated with cake and cheers from friends and family

Albert Middleton turned 108 March 11th, celebrating with cake champagne and his kids. (Courtesy of Broadmead Care)
Leaders from Vancouver Island grocery brands announce a fundraising campaign to bring life-saving diagnostic equipment to BC Cancer – Victoria. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Vancouver Island grocers come together for blooming good cancer campaign

Shoppers can buy flowers and fund cutting-edge tools for those facing cancer

Leaders from Vancouver Island grocery brands announce a fundraising campaign to bring life-saving diagnostic equipment to BC Cancer – Victoria. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Last year’s Easter egg hunt put on by Pemberton Holmes drew a crowd. This year’s event takes place on April 8 at Ed Macgregor Park. (Contributed)

Easter egg hunt promises fun-filled day for families

Event takes place at Ed Macgregor Park on April 8

Last year’s Easter egg hunt put on by Pemberton Holmes drew a crowd. This year’s event takes place on April 8 at Ed Macgregor Park. (Contributed)
The Sooke Women’s Mastermind Group offers entrepreneurial strategies and support during bi-weekly sessions over three months beginning in April. (Shutterstock)

Sooke launches Women’s Mastermind Group for entrepreneurs

Group offers entrepreneurial strategies and support during bi-weekly sessions

The Sooke Women’s Mastermind Group offers entrepreneurial strategies and support during bi-weekly sessions over three months beginning in April. (Shutterstock)
Saanich sisters Myla (left) and Leila Bui hope to enjoy bike rides together again as the family looks to customize an adaptive bike for Leila who requires a wheelchair. (1001 cranes 1 Wish/Facebook)
Saanich sisters Myla (left) and Leila Bui hope to enjoy bike rides together again as the family looks to customize an adaptive bike for Leila who requires a wheelchair. (1001 cranes 1 Wish/Facebook)
Tammy Young beams with excitement when she returns from her first call with the Salmon Arm Fire Department. (Photo contributed)

‘I fell in love with it’: Salmon Arm woman always wanted to be a firefighter

Fire department celebrates its female firefighters on International Women’s Day

Tammy Young beams with excitement when she returns from her first call with the Salmon Arm Fire Department. (Photo contributed)
Victoria International Airport president and CEO Geoff Dickson has announced he will retire from the role he has held since 2011 this September. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘Everyone feels pretty proud’: Geoff Dickson reflects on 12 years piloting Victoria airport

The airport’s president and CEO since 2011, Dickson announced he will retire in September

Victoria International Airport president and CEO Geoff Dickson has announced he will retire from the role he has held since 2011 this September. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Oak Bay Bikes technician Emma Ullrich offers a tune up during a 2016 Bike to Work Week Celebration Station on Oak Bay Avenue. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria bike business boosts women in the sport

Oak Bay Bikes hosts talks, rides to celebrate women

Oak Bay Bikes technician Emma Ullrich offers a tune up during a 2016 Bike to Work Week Celebration Station on Oak Bay Avenue. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ethan, 12, suffered damage to his leg after falling under a Kelowna transit bus on Feb. 28, 2023. (GoFundMe)

Fundraiser tops $10,000 for Okanagan boy injured after falling under bus

The GoFundMe says donations will help with cost of physiotherapy

  • Mar 7, 2023
Ethan, 12, suffered damage to his leg after falling under a Kelowna transit bus on Feb. 28, 2023. (GoFundMe)
Name the puppy contest press conference at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The two dogs are Tuesday’s announcement- Rip and Rev- were some of the last German Shepherd puppies born at the Centre last year. (Photo: Anna Burns)

BC RCMP asks youth to help ‘Name the Puppies’

The RCMP is asking for help in naming 13 German Shepherd puppies that will be born this year

Name the puppy contest press conference at BC RCMP headquarters in Surrey on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The two dogs are Tuesday’s announcement- Rip and Rev- were some of the last German Shepherd puppies born at the Centre last year. (Photo: Anna Burns)
Drummers sing as they walk into the Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem (Healing House) on Friday, March 3. (Adam Louis/Observer)

PHOTOS: ‘This beautiful work’: Sts’ailes First Nation welcomes 29 baskets home

Ancestral baskets repatriated to First Nation from Kilby Historic Site

Drummers sing as they walk into the Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem (Healing House) on Friday, March 3. (Adam Louis/Observer)
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