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A rendering for the 12-storey condominium that’s proposed for the northwest corner of Esquimalt Road and Nelson Street. (Courtesy of Aquila Pacific/Casola Koppe Architects)

12-storey Esquimalt condo proposal aims to fill ownership gap

One and two-bedroom building passed along to a public hearing

A hefty tree branch fell in Oak Bay and despite folks being around to hear it, no one was injured when it came down July 2. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)

Oak Bay police issue 2 liquor tickets on quiet Canada Day

Tree takes out high voltage line on Foul Bay Road

Chris Coates started in local government in the early 1980s with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and has served as CAO, corporate officer or chief financial officer in five local governments in the Cariboo, Kootenays, central Interior and Capital Region. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)

Interim Coates claims Oak Bay director of corporate services role

Chris Coates brings three decades of experience to the position

Chris Coates started in local government in the early 1980s with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and has served as CAO, corporate officer or chief financial officer in five local governments in the Cariboo, Kootenays, central Interior and Capital Region. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
People get out of their vehicles during the complete closure of Highway 1 in Revelstoke, near 3 Valley Gap following the crash Sunday afternoon. (DriveBC)

Loose trailer tire causes Sooke motorcyclist’s death near Revelstoke

The incident happened on Sunday, July 3, and caused Highway 1 to close for several hours

People get out of their vehicles during the complete closure of Highway 1 in Revelstoke, near 3 Valley Gap following the crash Sunday afternoon. (DriveBC)
Eight rare-breed Alapaha puppies were stolen from the Kamloops home of a dog breeder shortly after her unexpected death, and her Chilliwack-based sister has vowed to not give up until the dogs are returned. (submitted photo)

B.C. woman pleads for return of puppies stolen from deceased sister

“This is the last thing that we have of my sister’s that she put her heart and soul into.”

Eight rare-breed Alapaha puppies were stolen from the Kamloops home of a dog breeder shortly after her unexpected death, and her Chilliwack-based sister has vowed to not give up until the dogs are returned. (submitted photo)
The N patch on a West Shore RCMP vest marks the pocket where naloxone is kept by officers. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

Man suffering from overdose saved in Langford

A 53-year-old man was found unresponsive around 3 a.m. on July 4

The N patch on a West Shore RCMP vest marks the pocket where naloxone is kept by officers. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
Five northern communities accounted for nearly 20 per cent of all black bears killed in the province. (Angie Mindus/ Black Press Media)

Northern B.C. communities among top 5 spots where black bears are killed most

Prince George tops the list, followed by 100 Mile house, Quesnel & Burns Lake

Five northern communities accounted for nearly 20 per cent of all black bears killed in the province. (Angie Mindus/ Black Press Media)
A fire at the Dallas Road beach in late June was extinguished by fire crews. (Courtesy of the Victoria Fire Department)

Victoria beach blaze prompts reminder that fires are not allowed

Beach fires put homes and habitats at risk, firefighters say

A fire at the Dallas Road beach in late June was extinguished by fire crews. (Courtesy of the Victoria Fire Department)
Saanich Police Department Chief Const. Dean Duthie addresses media during a Tuesday (July 5) briefing on the conditions of three Saanich officers wounded while responding as members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team to a bank robbery on June 28. Three Victoria officers with GVERT were also injured in the response. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

UPDATE: Two Saanich officers still in hospital one week after fatal bank shootout

Chief reconsiders naming officers after speaking with them and families

Saanich Police Department Chief Const. Dean Duthie addresses media during a Tuesday (July 5) briefing on the conditions of three Saanich officers wounded while responding as members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team to a bank robbery on June 28. Three Victoria officers with GVERT were also injured in the response. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Community group Livable Roads for Rural Saanich wants to see speed limits reduced through this area that is home to numerous farms and large properties – and a distinct lack of sidewalks. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Speed reduction just one part of solution, rural Saanich group says

Traffic calming measures also necessary to changing driver behaviour

Community group Livable Roads for Rural Saanich wants to see speed limits reduced through this area that is home to numerous farms and large properties – and a distinct lack of sidewalks. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
A rendering of the business park with Millstream Road and residential buildings on the left side. (Courtesy of Strand Corporation/Bastion Development Corporation)

Lights, camera, action on Langford film studio – pending adoption

Some residents flagged traffic concerns for Millstream site, others largely supportive of idea

A rendering of the business park with Millstream Road and residential buildings on the left side. (Courtesy of Strand Corporation/Bastion Development Corporation)
Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, the 22-year-old brothers from Duncan killed by police outside a Shelbourne Street bank June 28 in Saanich, each made previous contact with the Canadian Armed Forces. (Courtesy of BC RCMP)

Saanich bank heist brothers sampled Canadian military, never served: CAF

Mathew Auchterlonie applied but failed aptitude test, Isaac did Soldier for a Day

Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, the 22-year-old brothers from Duncan killed by police outside a Shelbourne Street bank June 28 in Saanich, each made previous contact with the Canadian Armed Forces. (Courtesy of BC RCMP)
Paul Rigby, a partner and architect with FaulknerBrowns Architects, points out some of the features during an open house at the Gathering Place in Sooke, a multi-generational centre proposed for land next to the Sooke Library on Wadams Way. The Sooke Region Communities Health Network hosted an open house for the project on Friday at Edward Milne Community School. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Paul Rigby, a partner and architect with FaulknerBrowns Architects, points out some of the features during an open house at the Gathering Place in Sooke, a multi-generational centre proposed for land next to the Sooke Library on Wadams Way. The Sooke Region Communities Health Network hosted an open house for the project on Friday at Edward Milne Community School. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
A driver faces potential charges after fleeing VicPD twice in a truck and camper on July 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police box in truck after driver flees twice during Canada Day festivities

Bike patrol officers forced to leap from harm’s way on first encounter

A driver faces potential charges after fleeing VicPD twice in a truck and camper on July 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford Mayor Stew Young speaking at the announcement of the Ukraine trip on June 8. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Langford team returns from Ukraine trip

‘One of the most impactful experiences of my life,’ says Langford mayor

Langford Mayor Stew Young speaking at the announcement of the Ukraine trip on June 8. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Central Saanich police are looking for information about this black BMW sedan as they believe it’s associated with a June 10 assault at Stelly’s Secondary School. (Courtesy of Central Saanich police)
Central Saanich police are looking for information about this black BMW sedan as they believe it’s associated with a June 10 assault at Stelly’s Secondary School. (Courtesy of Central Saanich police)
Improvements to the Highway 14 corridor between Connie Road and Glinz Lake Road are nearing completion. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Highway 14 corridor work on track for completion

Connie Road to Glinz Road goes opens to two-way traffic in both directions in late July

Improvements to the Highway 14 corridor between Connie Road and Glinz Lake Road are nearing completion. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
West Shore RCMP hopes someone will claim the cash found in Langford and turned in by a Good Samaritan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Good Samaritan turns in cash found on Langford street

West Shore RCMP seeks person who lost a large sum of money in the last month

West Shore RCMP hopes someone will claim the cash found in Langford and turned in by a Good Samaritan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Work to decommission a dam at Carpenter Road Community Park to reduce the risk of flooding is expected to proceed this summer. (Rick Stiebe l- Sooke News Mirror)

Otter Point dam demolition draws criticism

Officials fear a breach of berm could result in flooding

Work to decommission a dam at Carpenter Road Community Park to reduce the risk of flooding is expected to proceed this summer. (Rick Stiebe l- Sooke News Mirror)