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Victor Earl Ordano’s headstone at the Chemainus Cemetery. (Photo by Mike Russell)

No Stone Left Alone links family’s history to Penelakut

Close connection found from a friend in teacher’s research

  • Nov 10, 2022
Victor Earl Ordano’s headstone at the Chemainus Cemetery. (Photo by Mike Russell)
Stephane Marcotte and his service dog Sarge at Bear Mountain. (John Penner/ John’s Photography)

Saanich veteran Stephane Marcotte says Wounded Warriors Canada programs saved his life

For Remembrance Day, Marcotte wanted to emphasize the important role Wounded Warriors Canada plays

Stephane Marcotte and his service dog Sarge at Bear Mountain. (John Penner/ John’s Photography)
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New book – Stories of Sooke – highlights rich tapestry of life in the region

Historian Elida Peers has been writing stories about Sooke history since 1970s

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Camosun College hospitality management student Kaitlyn Simons prepares a meal. (Courtesy of Camosun College)

Camosun students preparing meal for Victoria’s Our Place clients

The program first teamed up with Our Place in 2011 but paused in 2020 because of COVID-19

Camosun College hospitality management student Kaitlyn Simons prepares a meal. (Courtesy of Camosun College)
Oak Bay closes the central meadow of Uplands Park each winter to protect the endangered ecosystem. (Photo by Wylie Thomas)

Winter protocol closes part of Oak Bay park to mitigate plant damage

Central meadow in Uplands Park off-limits to walkers until April 30

Oak Bay closes the central meadow of Uplands Park each winter to protect the endangered ecosystem. (Photo by Wylie Thomas)
The Sooke Festival of Trees returns to SEAPARC Leisure Complex on Nov. 22. (Contributed photo)

Sooke festive event fun way to help sick kids

Festival of Trees returns to SEAPARC on Nov. 22

The Sooke Festival of Trees returns to SEAPARC Leisure Complex on Nov. 22. (Contributed photo)
Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)

PODCAST.: B.C. chef Jade Berg gets creative on Disney’s ‘Chefs vs. Wild’

TODAY IN B.C.: Foraging in the woods on the Sunshine Coast to create a 5-star meal

Chef Jade Berg on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. (HULU photo)
Banners line Esquimalt Road in an act of remembrance. (Megan Hiltz photo)

Banner program bolsters military honours in Esquimalt

Esquimalt Road bears names and dates to remind residents of military history

Banners line Esquimalt Road in an act of remembrance. (Megan Hiltz photo)
Inmates at the William Head Institution show off their Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 poppy box. Since at least 2016, inmates at the institution have been making donations to the West Shore Legion’s poppy campaign. (Courtesy of William Head Institution)

West Shore poppy fund support comes from all over, even prison

Inmates at the William Head Institution in Metchosin make annual donations

Inmates at the William Head Institution show off their Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 poppy box. Since at least 2016, inmates at the institution have been making donations to the West Shore Legion’s poppy campaign. (Courtesy of William Head Institution)
Oak Bay High teacher Tina Horwood is recognized with a Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education for extracurricular leadership during a ceremony at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 14. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)

Sports, song drive Oak Bay High teacher named among the province’s best

Tina Horwood named Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education winner in extracurricular leadership

Oak Bay High teacher Tina Horwood is recognized with a Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education for extracurricular leadership during a ceremony at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 14. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)
Langford Fire Rescue members shovel pumpkin remains Saturday (Nov. 5) during the department’s annual Pumpkin Smash fundraiser in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Pumpkins fly for charity at Langford Pumpkin Smash

Muscular Dystrophy Canada, B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund to receive donations

Langford Fire Rescue members shovel pumpkin remains Saturday (Nov. 5) during the department’s annual Pumpkin Smash fundraiser in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Some of the plants delivered last year to frontline workers at Victoria General Hospital as part of the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary’s poinsettias for patients annual campaign. (Courtesy of Val Smith)
Some of the plants delivered last year to frontline workers at Victoria General Hospital as part of the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary’s poinsettias for patients annual campaign. (Courtesy of Val Smith)
Schneider Electric, Tree Canada and Oak Bay parks plant trees Oct. 26 in a community service event that added young trees to the shores of Bowker Creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)

Oak Bay creek gets its grove on with tree planting event

Tree Canada partnership sees Schneider Electric staff volunteer to plant trees

Schneider Electric, Tree Canada and Oak Bay parks plant trees Oct. 26 in a community service event that added young trees to the shores of Bowker Creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)
View Royal Fire Rescue Chief Paul Hurst, volunteer firefighter Rob Smith, and outgoing Mayor David Screech at a ceremony recognizing Smith’s more than 35 years as a volunteer firefighter in the community. (Courtesy of David Screech/Facebook)

‘It means a lot’: Rob Smith honoured for more than 35 years as a firefighter in View Royal

Smith said he’s most proud of the young firefighters he’s taught over the years

View Royal Fire Rescue Chief Paul Hurst, volunteer firefighter Rob Smith, and outgoing Mayor David Screech at a ceremony recognizing Smith’s more than 35 years as a volunteer firefighter in the community. (Courtesy of David Screech/Facebook)
Oak Bay reminds residents to help keep water where it belongs by adopting neighbourhood catch basins to keep clear. (Black Press Media file photo)

Clear the drains Greater Victoria, more rain is on the way

District of Oak Bay leaf pickup runs to Dec. 5 and 12 depending on the neighbourhood

Oak Bay reminds residents to help keep water where it belongs by adopting neighbourhood catch basins to keep clear. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rainbow Kitchen executive director Patrick Johnstone stands by bare shelves at the meal providing kitchen in Esquimalt on Nov. 3. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

$25K donation helps stock the shelves at Esquimalt’s Rainbow Kitchen

Soaring food prices take a bite out of charity’s efforts to provide 180,000 meals a year

Rainbow Kitchen executive director Patrick Johnstone stands by bare shelves at the meal providing kitchen in Esquimalt on Nov. 3. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied

Accessible travel guides launched for the Vancouver Island region

The Vancouver Island Region now has a series of accessible travel guides…

The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied
Christine Gollner is among artists opening their home for the fall studio tour Nov. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)
Christine Gollner is among artists opening their home for the fall studio tour Nov. 5. (Black Press Media file photo)
From left, Shawn Carby, a volunteer with GlobalMedic, with former Langford fire chief Bob Beckett and former Langford mayor Stew Young. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford volunteers hosting Ukraine fundraiser gala

The Nov. 12 event will support humanitarian work by GlobalMedic

From left, Shawn Carby, a volunteer with GlobalMedic, with former Langford fire chief Bob Beckett and former Langford mayor Stew Young. (Black Press Media file photo)
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott stands inside the branch building as it undergoes renovations. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford Legion renovations scaled back due to delays, cost increases

Despite some difficulties, the major refresh is still expected to finish by March

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott stands inside the branch building as it undergoes renovations. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)