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Oak Bay Police Department briefs for the week. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay Police Department briefs for the week. (Black Press Media file photo)
Viola Van de Ruyt, President of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation at a recent fundraiser. (Courtesy of SPCF)

Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation encourages residents to donate time, money on Giving Tuesday

Donations up to $10,000 to be matched by Beacon Law Centre until Dec. 31

Viola Van de Ruyt, President of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation at a recent fundraiser. (Courtesy of SPCF)
North Saanich Middle School is one of three Greater Victoria schools recently hit with COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)

3 more Greater Victoria schools hit with COVID-19 cases

Dunsmuir Middle School, North Saanich Middle School, Lighthouse Christian Academy impacted

North Saanich Middle School is one of three Greater Victoria schools recently hit with COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)
Randall Garrison wants to see elements of intimate partner violence added to the Criminal Code of Canada. (File photo/Randall Garrison campaign)

Greater Victoria MP hopeful for success on intimate partner violence bill

Randall Garrison’s private member’s bill was set aside in summer when snap election was called

Randall Garrison wants to see elements of intimate partner violence added to the Criminal Code of Canada. (File photo/Randall Garrison campaign)
Forestry supporters wave at cars along Johnston Road during a rally on Saturday, Nov. 27. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Island forestry workers rally against old-growth deferral

Provincial decisions ‘threat to forestry jobs’ say opponents

Forestry supporters wave at cars along Johnston Road during a rally on Saturday, Nov. 27. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Better Business Bureau is reminding residents to watch out for holiday scams. (Black Press Media file photo)

Better Business Bureau’s ‘Naughty List’ warns Vancouver Islanders of holiday scams

Fake charities, puppy scams, free gift cards among things to watch out for

The Better Business Bureau is reminding residents to watch out for holiday scams. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

Youngest Saanich councillor urges endorsement to reduce voting age to 16 in B.C.

Ned Taylor said the earlier one begins voting, the longer they’ll remain a voter

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
Parks in the Capital Region District, including Thetis Lake (in photo), sustained serious environmental damage from the intense mid-November rainfall that hit the area. (Photo courtesy CRD)

Capital Region parks damaged by heavy rains; repair costs, extent of impact expected to grow

The mid-November record rain event caused uprooted trees, trail erosion, washed-out bridges

Parks in the Capital Region District, including Thetis Lake (in photo), sustained serious environmental damage from the intense mid-November rainfall that hit the area. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Ferries unveils Indigenous design for next Salish Class vessel

Including Maynard Johnny Jr.’s artwork seen as a meaningful act towards reconciliation

Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Municipal officials on the Saanich Peninsula did not receive reports of flooding over the weekend, but are keeping their eyes on skies with another major rainstorm approaching. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula officials brace for effects of next major rainstorm

No reports of flooding over weekend, but authorities keeping close watch on weather

Municipal officials on the Saanich Peninsula did not receive reports of flooding over the weekend, but are keeping their eyes on skies with another major rainstorm approaching. (Black Press Media file photo)
A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel will be shut down for the next 16 days due to a lack of pulp supply. (West Fraser Photo)

Quesnel pulp mill to shut down due to flooding and transportation issues

Around 220 employees have been temporarily laid off at two West Fraser pulp mills

Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel will be shut down for the next 16 days due to a lack of pulp supply. (West Fraser Photo)
Emergency crews on scene at a single-vehicle rollover crash on the Pat Bay Highway near Vanalman Avenue in Saanich Nov. 29. (Photo by Ryan Gibson)
Emergency crews on scene at a single-vehicle rollover crash on the Pat Bay Highway near Vanalman Avenue in Saanich Nov. 29. (Photo by Ryan Gibson)
Officers with the West Shore RCMP check tire types and tread depths on Nov. 25 in Langford. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP issues 8 warnings over winter tires on Langford roadway

Winter designated tires have the letters M+S or a symbol of a peaked mountain with a snowflake

Officers with the West Shore RCMP check tire types and tread depths on Nov. 25 in Langford. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)
A dead great horned owl found outside of the Ministry of Environment sparked more calls to permanently ban rodenticides. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Pfeifer)

Saanich owl advocate calls for permanent rodenticide ban after collecting another dead bird

Raptors continue to be poisoned by consuming rodents that have eaten poison-laced bait

A dead great horned owl found outside of the Ministry of Environment sparked more calls to permanently ban rodenticides. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Pfeifer)
Students play outside Royal Oak Middle School. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 exposures reported at 2 Greater Victoria schools

Royal Oak Middle School and Pacific Christian School added to list

Students play outside Royal Oak Middle School. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emma Fillipoff was last seen in Victoria Nov. 29, 2012. (Courtesy VicPD)

Nine years later, search continues for missing Victoria woman Emma Fillipoff

Police have received hundreds of tips from across Canada since 2012

Emma Fillipoff was last seen in Victoria Nov. 29, 2012. (Courtesy VicPD)
A new survey found strong support for the revival of rail service in the Greater Victoria area. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island civic leaders see rail as a solution to Malahat woes

Business plan from Island Corridor Foundation includes rail corridor from Victoria to Courtenay

A new survey found strong support for the revival of rail service in the Greater Victoria area. (Black Press Media file photo)
As the use of regional parks continues to climb, keeping up with protecting and monitoring their ecological value and biodiversity will take additional staff and resources, according to a Capital Regional District report. (Photo courtesy of the CRD)

More staffing, resources needed for CRD parks conservation as use rapidly increases: report

Lack of ecological monitoring program a gap in delivering core conservation services

As the use of regional parks continues to climb, keeping up with protecting and monitoring their ecological value and biodiversity will take additional staff and resources, according to a Capital Regional District report. (Photo courtesy of the CRD)
Tsawout First Nation has launched a fundraiser to help Anna Walkus and her family after a Thursday morning fire destroyed their home. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tsawout First Nation has launched a fundraiser to help Anna Walkus and her family after a Thursday morning fire destroyed their home. (Black Press Media file photo)