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President of the Langford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Norm Scott salutes after laying a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Langford in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Remembrance Day ceremonies: Pay your respects in person or virtually around Greater Victoria

Modified events see some in-person services resuming, while many remain virtual

President of the Langford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Norm Scott salutes after laying a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Langford in 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary is expanding thanks to land acquisition by the District of Saanich. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary expansion to further preservation of area

Another 1,089 square metres acquired on the west side of the lake

Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary is expanding thanks to land acquisition by the District of Saanich. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Nicholas and Peggy Abkhazi in their garden in Fairfield. Abkhazi Garden is opening for two separate public events this month, including a first-time Nov. 11 marking of the wartime heritage of the former property owners. (Courtesy of The Land Conservancy of British Columbia)
Nicholas and Peggy Abkhazi in their garden in Fairfield. Abkhazi Garden is opening for two separate public events this month, including a first-time Nov. 11 marking of the wartime heritage of the former property owners. (Courtesy of The Land Conservancy of British Columbia)
Avid volunteer Kurt Holstein stands at his station at Great Canadian Superstore in Langford, where he’s been selling poppies every day between 4 and 6 p.m. for the past two weeks. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

94-year-old Langford resident selling poppies every day

Kurt Holstein expects to keep giving back, as long as his health holds up

Avid volunteer Kurt Holstein stands at his station at Great Canadian Superstore in Langford, where he’s been selling poppies every day between 4 and 6 p.m. for the past two weeks. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Petty Officer Second Class Jacob Russell, left, stationed at Maritime Forces Pacific in CFB Esquimalt; and Cpl. Nicholas Kerr, a Canadian army reserve member who grew up in Victoria, will be part of the military sentry group standing vigil at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Remembrance Day. (Russell photo courtesy MARPAC; Kerr photo courtesy Department of National Defence)

Multiple Greater Victoria connections to Remembrance Day sentry group in Ottawa

Petty Officer Second Class Jacob Russell, reserve Cpl. Nicholas Kerr to stand vigil at war memorial

  • Nov 9, 2021
Petty Officer Second Class Jacob Russell, left, stationed at Maritime Forces Pacific in CFB Esquimalt; and Cpl. Nicholas Kerr, a Canadian army reserve member who grew up in Victoria, will be part of the military sentry group standing vigil at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Remembrance Day. (Russell photo courtesy MARPAC; Kerr photo courtesy Department of National Defence)
Dahlia Billing says part of the inspiration for her recipe came from her Italian grandmother. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke student comes third in province-wide cooking competition

Dahlia Billing’s West Coast frittata contains smoked salmon, garlic scapes and goat cheese

Dahlia Billing says part of the inspiration for her recipe came from her Italian grandmother. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Claire Handley erected aerial circus apparatus in her Oak Bay yard this summer. She admits it’s a ‘crazy hobby’ but loves the fitness and thrill. (Alana Norie photo)

Circus rigging springs up in Greater Victoria backyard

Oak Bay couple self-proclaimed ‘Cirque de So Aged’

Claire Handley erected aerial circus apparatus in her Oak Bay yard this summer. She admits it’s a ‘crazy hobby’ but loves the fitness and thrill. (Alana Norie photo)
Paula McCormick, youth programs coordinator, helps children in the garden on a rainy day. (Photo courtesy of Erica Van Dyk)
Paula McCormick, youth programs coordinator, helps children in the garden on a rainy day. (Photo courtesy of Erica Van Dyk)
An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
Gerald Harris, Friends of Bowker Creek, Chris Hyde-Lay, parks manager for Oak Bay and Ron Carter, a member of Friends of Uplands Park and an originator of Tree Appreciation Day, plan the swath of land that will be planted Nov. 7. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Tree day event builds on Oak Bay’s urban forest

Nov. 7, residents can plant native riparian species, learn from the pros

Gerald Harris, Friends of Bowker Creek, Chris Hyde-Lay, parks manager for Oak Bay and Ron Carter, a member of Friends of Uplands Park and an originator of Tree Appreciation Day, plan the swath of land that will be planted Nov. 7. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Yoshi Ivo is the co-owner of People’s Pharmacy in Colwood, where he delights in getting to know as many of his clients as possible. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Colwood pharmacy takes old-school approach to client relationships

People’s Pharmacy owners know every single client by name

Yoshi Ivo is the co-owner of People’s Pharmacy in Colwood, where he delights in getting to know as many of his clients as possible. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Families took part in celebrations of Diwali, the festival of light, this week in Saanich and elsewhere. (Photo courtesy of Manish Prajapati)
Families took part in celebrations of Diwali, the festival of light, this week in Saanich and elsewhere. (Photo courtesy of Manish Prajapati)
The 17 Mile Liquor Shoppe's annual toy drive runs through Dec. 20. (File - Metro Creative)

Demand keeps increasing for Sooke toy drive

This is the 12th year 17 Mile Liquor Shoppe has collected donations

The 17 Mile Liquor Shoppe's annual toy drive runs through Dec. 20. (File - Metro Creative)
Sooke artist Linda (Gord) Gordon created this painting in memory of Second World War veteran Jack Cockrell. (Contributed - Linda (Gord) Gordon)

A token of remembrance: veteran commemorated through art

Sooke artist Linda Gordon creates painting of Jack Cockrell

Sooke artist Linda (Gord) Gordon created this painting in memory of Second World War veteran Jack Cockrell. (Contributed - Linda (Gord) Gordon)
A GoFundMe is raising money for a Colwood couple whose six-year-old daughter unexpectedly died Oct. 30. (GoFundMe)

Fundraiser launched for Colwood family after sudden loss of 6-year-old daughter

Keira Algar, who lived with Rett Syndrome, died unexpectedly in hospital Oct. 30

A GoFundMe is raising money for a Colwood couple whose six-year-old daughter unexpectedly died Oct. 30. (GoFundMe)
Jenny Crandall, who’s been in business for more than 20 years in Sooke, is closing her shop. Crandall hopes she’ll find somewhere new to operate in the new year. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke institution Jenny’s closing after 20 years

Owner Jenny Crandall says she’ll take some rest time then look for new locations in the new year

Jenny Crandall, who’s been in business for more than 20 years in Sooke, is closing her shop. Crandall hopes she’ll find somewhere new to operate in the new year. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
West Shore RCMP Superintendent Todd Preston (right) presents Jeff Birtwistle with an Officer in Charge Certificate of Appreciation as thanks for his help in finding a young View Royal resident. (Courtesy BC Transit)

BC Transit supervisor thanked by West Shore RCMP for finding missing View Royal girl

Jeff Birtwistle played key role in finding missing child during his first solo shift

West Shore RCMP Superintendent Todd Preston (right) presents Jeff Birtwistle with an Officer in Charge Certificate of Appreciation as thanks for his help in finding a young View Royal resident. (Courtesy BC Transit)
From left: Patricia Mamic, Michelle O'Connor, Margaret-Rose Richardson, and Sarah O'Connor are dedicated employees at the Victoria Citadel Salvation Army location in Saanich. They're excited for the expansion of their services that will allow for greater reach. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Salvation Army expands reach for family services around Greater Victoria

Charity organization adds programs for those in need in three communities

From left: Patricia Mamic, Michelle O'Connor, Margaret-Rose Richardson, and Sarah O'Connor are dedicated employees at the Victoria Citadel Salvation Army location in Saanich. They're excited for the expansion of their services that will allow for greater reach. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)

CP Holiday Train goes virtual again for 2021, no stops in B.C. or Alberta

The 23rd annual event would have stopped in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

CP Holiday train at Port Haney Wharf. (Colleen Flanagan-THE NEWS)
Dogs are limited to on-leash use in Uplands Park in Oak Bay, thought not everyone notices, or pays attention to the signage. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Damage unleashed on sensitive Oak Bay park as dog popularity rises

Consultant recommends off-leash area at Uplands Park, ambassadors, trail improvements

Dogs are limited to on-leash use in Uplands Park in Oak Bay, thought not everyone notices, or pays attention to the signage. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)