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Heart and Stroke Foundation highlights heart health amid month of love

Learn heart attack symptoms, take precautions to avoid premature heart disease

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An online workshop will teach parents how to raise an anti-racist child. The event takes place on Feb. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
An online workshop will teach parents how to raise an anti-racist child. The event takes place on Feb. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wendy Stone, coat drive co-ordinator for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, accepts a blanket from Gordy Dodd of Dodd’s Furniture. The Finlayson Street store donated 30 new blankets to the society for distribution and is a drop-off point for public donations of warm unused outerwear through Feb. 28. (Courtesy Dodd’s Furniture)

Victoria Cool Aid Society works to keep people warm and sheltered during cold snap

Shelter accepts donated tarps, tents and sleeping bags, opens up 15 temporary shelter mats

Wendy Stone, coat drive co-ordinator for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, accepts a blanket from Gordy Dodd of Dodd’s Furniture. The Finlayson Street store donated 30 new blankets to the society for distribution and is a drop-off point for public donations of warm unused outerwear through Feb. 28. (Courtesy Dodd’s Furniture)
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As vulnerability and instability increases for Canadians due to circumstances on the pandemic, United Way is glad to have extended their service. The initiative is now offered to everyone, 365 days a year in over 150 languages, as United Way received emergency funding from the Government of Canada as part of its COVID-19 response. (Photo by Sam Lion/Pexels)

Resource hotline BC 211 sees 194% spike on Vancouver Island in 2020

Helpline is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day

As vulnerability and instability increases for Canadians due to circumstances on the pandemic, United Way is glad to have extended their service. The initiative is now offered to everyone, 365 days a year in over 150 languages, as United Way received emergency funding from the Government of Canada as part of its COVID-19 response. (Photo by Sam Lion/Pexels)
The District of Sooke and the Japanese city of Natori hopes to formalize a sister city status this year. (File - Black Press media)

Sooke eyes sister city agreement with Natori, Japan

‘There’s a lot we can gain from this relationship,’ says Sooke mayor

The District of Sooke and the Japanese city of Natori hopes to formalize a sister city status this year. (File - Black Press media)
Lights twinkle downtown over the 1000 block of Broad Street, which was closed to traffic and seating areas and a stage set up in 2020, to allow for physical distancing and also to create a walkable environment. It was one of the placemaking initiatives that received money from the City of Victoria’s’s My Great Neighbourhood grant program. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Lights twinkle downtown over the 1000 block of Broad Street, which was closed to traffic and seating areas and a stage set up in 2020, to allow for physical distancing and also to create a walkable environment. It was one of the placemaking initiatives that received money from the City of Victoria’s’s My Great Neighbourhood grant program. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Winter or mud and snow tires are required in certain areas of B.C. between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

VIDEO: Colwood talks snow and ice removal

Public works prioritize main arteries, bus routes

Winter or mud and snow tires are required in certain areas of B.C. between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A young actor performs during a speech and dramatic arts session for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. The organization is one of 23 to receive arts funding from the Capital Regional District. (Facebook/Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival)
A young actor performs during a speech and dramatic arts session for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. The organization is one of 23 to receive arts funding from the Capital Regional District. (Facebook/Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival)
A cyclist travels Beach Drive at McNeill Bay during routine water testing on Feb. 3. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Sun splash silhouette in McNeill Bay

A routine water test on Beach Drive added a splash to the…

A cyclist travels Beach Drive at McNeill Bay during routine water testing on Feb. 3. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Sooke’s municipal hall is eyed for TLC, with a 10-year refurbishing plan. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s municipal hall set for upgrades

The project is part of a 10-year, $1.2-million plan to renovate and refurbish the building

Sooke’s municipal hall is eyed for TLC, with a 10-year refurbishing plan. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Victoria Admirals U13 C2 hockey team is vying to become B.C.’s representative for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, a national charity program the sees the overall winner given $100,000 for their charity of choice. The Admirals star in a video pitch with staff and families from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

VIDEO: Hope of doing more good deeds inspires young Greater Victoria hockey players

U13 Victoria Admirals make video pitch for national Good Deeds Cup program

The Victoria Admirals U13 C2 hockey team is vying to become B.C.’s representative for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, a national charity program the sees the overall winner given $100,000 for their charity of choice. The Admirals star in a video pitch with staff and families from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
An online workshop on Feb. 10 will provide the tools to map habitats in the region like the one frequented by the rough-skinned newt. (Photo contributed by the Habitat Acquisition Trust)

Greater Victoria program hosts free habitat mapping workshop

Tools provided support landowners, land managers and others interested in mapping

An online workshop on Feb. 10 will provide the tools to map habitats in the region like the one frequented by the rough-skinned newt. (Photo contributed by the Habitat Acquisition Trust)
Rotarian Joan Peggs, Oak Bay Beach Hotel general manager Madone Pelan, Rotarians Don O’Coffey and John Jordan, with Asha and Sheila Elworthy. Sheila Elworthy won a $25 gift certificate to Oak Bay Beach Hotel for her earlybird renewal to the Rotary’s annual Canadian flag fundraiser. (Oak Bay Rotary Club Photo)

Oak Bay’s flag rental program back for 2021

Rotary uses funds for human aid projects

Rotarian Joan Peggs, Oak Bay Beach Hotel general manager Madone Pelan, Rotarians Don O’Coffey and John Jordan, with Asha and Sheila Elworthy. Sheila Elworthy won a $25 gift certificate to Oak Bay Beach Hotel for her earlybird renewal to the Rotary’s annual Canadian flag fundraiser. (Oak Bay Rotary Club Photo)
Local author Sylvia Olsen, here seen with her son, local MLA Adam Olsen, is the co-winner of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Woman of Wisdom and Passion Award for British Columbia. The award recognized her work and writing on First Nations housing. (Contributed/Emily Olsen)

North Saanich author wins award for work in First Nations housing

Sylvia Olsen co-wins award from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for her work on housing

Local author Sylvia Olsen, here seen with her son, local MLA Adam Olsen, is the co-winner of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Woman of Wisdom and Passion Award for British Columbia. The award recognized her work and writing on First Nations housing. (Contributed/Emily Olsen)
Spectrum Community School has installed a new Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, celebrating the school community and the athletic achievements of former students. (Courtesy of Spectrum Community School)

Saanich school installs ‘hall of fame’ for alumni athletes

NFL player, volleyball athletes, coaches inducted into Spectrum school display

Spectrum Community School has installed a new Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, celebrating the school community and the athletic achievements of former students. (Courtesy of Spectrum Community School)
Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Photo credit: Table Creative)
Hughes Clothing owner Rebecca Burrows. (Photo credit: Table Creative)
Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)
Sooke’s Nate Ripley has self-published his first children’s book, ‘Don’t Eat Me, Crocodile’. The father of two donated copies to Sooke Elementary, Saseenos Elementary, Poirier Elementary, SEAPARC pre-school and the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Courtesy of Nate Ripley)
Mat Peters, left, Rob Peters and Ben Kenmare delivered three truckloads of furniture to the Pacheedaht First Nation between October and December. (Sooke Moving & Storage photo)

Sooke man delivers truckloads of free furniture to Pacheedaht First Nation

‘I don’t feel the need to make money in these situations,’ he says

Mat Peters, left, Rob Peters and Ben Kenmare delivered three truckloads of furniture to the Pacheedaht First Nation between October and December. (Sooke Moving & Storage photo)
Royal Roads University president Philip Steenkamp makes the first symbolic cut of the barbed wire fencing around the campus. The university is removing the barbed wire with hopes to make the campus appear more welcoming to the community. (Image courtesy Dan Anthon/Royal Roads University)

Royal Roads University snips through old identity

University in Colwood removes barbed wire fencing to encourage a more welcoming environment

Royal Roads University president Philip Steenkamp makes the first symbolic cut of the barbed wire fencing around the campus. The university is removing the barbed wire with hopes to make the campus appear more welcoming to the community. (Image courtesy Dan Anthon/Royal Roads University)
CFB Esquimalt’s Chief Petty Officer Robert Cook will retire from his position on Feb. 3 after 37 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Navy. (Courtesy of Kathy Cook)

Colwood woman surprises husband with drive-by military retirement celebration

Robert Cook, 55, retires after 37 years of service at CFB Esquimalt

CFB Esquimalt’s Chief Petty Officer Robert Cook will retire from his position on Feb. 3 after 37 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Navy. (Courtesy of Kathy Cook)