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Victoria Coun. Sharmarke Dubow faced said the racism he faced after his holiday travels are a reminder that anti-Black racism exists in our community. (Photo by Quinton Gordon)

Victoria councillor faces racism after holiday travel

Sharmarke Dubow’s career focuses on marginalized communities

Victoria Coun. Sharmarke Dubow faced said the racism he faced after his holiday travels are a reminder that anti-Black racism exists in our community. (Photo by Quinton Gordon)
Student Jasper Dolan and educational assistant Gabrielle Featherby helped Lakeview Christian School raise $1,213 for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Lakeview Christian School/Submitted)

Saanich school, North Saanich church team up to support Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

Drawing on a Chinese New Year tradition, the institutions raised more than $2,400 dollars

Student Jasper Dolan and educational assistant Gabrielle Featherby helped Lakeview Christian School raise $1,213 for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Lakeview Christian School/Submitted)
Sidney held its second round of budget discussions Tuesday, just as Central Saanich council kicked off its discussions. North Saanich councillors are scheduled to start their discussion on Feb. 25. (Black Press Media file photo)

Budget talks unfold across the Saanich Peninsula

Sidney hosts second round of budget talks, while Central Saanich held inaugural budget session

Sidney held its second round of budget discussions Tuesday, just as Central Saanich council kicked off its discussions. North Saanich councillors are scheduled to start their discussion on Feb. 25. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Coun. Nathalie Chambers says the long-term plan to include agroecology style farming on parts of Panama Flats will benefit the preserved wetlands as a nature sanctuary. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Panama Flats can be both farm and parkland, councillor says

Mayor changing course on Saanich agricultural plans

Coun. Nathalie Chambers says the long-term plan to include agroecology style farming on parts of Panama Flats will benefit the preserved wetlands as a nature sanctuary. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
President Justin Stephenson of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station in Oak Bay, and local sailor David Taggart, with Taggart’s 27-foot Catalina sailboat in the background. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay team rescues sailor as bitter cold, rough seas compound quickly

Marine search and rescue volunteers tow boats to Oak Bay Marina

President Justin Stephenson of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station in Oak Bay, and local sailor David Taggart, with Taggart’s 27-foot Catalina sailboat in the background. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Commuters wait for their BC Transit buses at the Colwood Exchange. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit considers bus line extension to Victoria General Hospital

Changes would see discontinued service along the west end of Goldstream Avenue

Commuters wait for their BC Transit buses at the Colwood Exchange. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police used a less-lethal round to arrest a man Saturday morning who is suspected of robbing a pharmacy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police used a less-lethal round to arrest a man Saturday morning who is suspected of robbing a pharmacy. (Black Press Media file photo)
A fundraiser for Quinn Schaddelee, 16, aims to make the teen’s home more accessible. Schaddelee has muscular dystrophy and suffers from chronic pain and mobility limitations. (Courtesy of Tricia Schaddelee)
A fundraiser for Quinn Schaddelee, 16, aims to make the teen’s home more accessible. Schaddelee has muscular dystrophy and suffers from chronic pain and mobility limitations. (Courtesy of Tricia Schaddelee)
The challenging rental accommodation market in Greater Victoria, combined with the effects of the pandemic, leaves some renters on the edge of losing stable housing. A new rent bank program aims to help provide a buffer for those facing short-term cash flow shortages. (Courtesy Victoria Foundation)

Financial help on its way for at-risk Greater Victoria renters

Community Social Planning Council leads way on program offering interest-free, short-term loans

The challenging rental accommodation market in Greater Victoria, combined with the effects of the pandemic, leaves some renters on the edge of losing stable housing. A new rent bank program aims to help provide a buffer for those facing short-term cash flow shortages. (Courtesy Victoria Foundation)
Members of the Greater Victoria Law Enforcement Torch Run committee wore their uniforms into Willows on Feb. 11 to kickstart the 2021 virtual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics B.C. (Sheri Lucas Photo)

Polar Plunge goes virtual for 2021

Oak Bay Police challenge public to plunge

Members of the Greater Victoria Law Enforcement Torch Run committee wore their uniforms into Willows on Feb. 11 to kickstart the 2021 virtual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics B.C. (Sheri Lucas Photo)
Sooke is planning for the future with a look at its Official Community Plan. (District of Sooke photo)

Sooke eyes new official community plan

‘The theme here is balance and trying to satisfy everybody’s wishes,’ says councillor

Sooke is planning for the future with a look at its Official Community Plan. (District of Sooke photo)
Central Saanich has renewed one fire protection agreement, while announcing its departure from another agreement. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Central Saanich renews one fire agreement, while preparing to leave another

Fire Chief Chris Vrabel says municipality remains fully covered

Central Saanich has renewed one fire protection agreement, while announcing its departure from another agreement. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Victoria police are warning the public after several incidents of fraud in a four-day period. (Unsplash)
Victoria police are warning the public after several incidents of fraud in a four-day period. (Unsplash)
Passengers in rows six to 12 on Air Canada Jazz flight 8050 from Victoria to Vancouver Feb. 12 were exposed to a case of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo/Nathan Denette)

New COVID-19 exposure reported on Victoria to Vancouver flight

Rows six to 12 on Air Canada Jazz 8050 Feb. 12 affected

Passengers in rows six to 12 on Air Canada Jazz flight 8050 from Victoria to Vancouver Feb. 12 were exposed to a case of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo/Nathan Denette)
An old Highway Thru Hell heavy wrecker tow truck helps to shift an 850-tonne Canadian Coast Guard ship into launching position at the Point Hope Maritime Shipyard Thursday afternoon. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
An old Highway Thru Hell heavy wrecker tow truck helps to shift an 850-tonne Canadian Coast Guard ship into launching position at the Point Hope Maritime Shipyard Thursday afternoon. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A new reports finds that the number of active businesses in British Columbia had dropped by 5.1 per cent in October 2020 compared to 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

New report finds COVID-19 pandemic reverses tight labour market in B.C.

Some 14,000 businesses closed during height of pandemic

A new reports finds that the number of active businesses in British Columbia had dropped by 5.1 per cent in October 2020 compared to 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Langford council approved the 2021 budget request of $5,268,635 from the West Shore Parks and Recreation Society Tuesday night. Of the proposed budget, Langford was asked to contribute an increased amount of $158, 651, as the municipality’s growth rate was higher than other municipal partners on the West Shore. (Black Press Media file)

Langford approves $2.8M for West Shore Parks and Recreation

Unanimous budget approval required by all West Shore partner municipalities

Langford council approved the 2021 budget request of $5,268,635 from the West Shore Parks and Recreation Society Tuesday night. Of the proposed budget, Langford was asked to contribute an increased amount of $158, 651, as the municipality’s growth rate was higher than other municipal partners on the West Shore. (Black Press Media file)
VicPD officers will continue to accompany city bylaw officers on their morning rounds in encampments in parks. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bylaw work risks convince Victoria council to approve extra police funding

VicPD will continue to accompany bylaw officers into encampment parks for morning check-ins

VicPD officers will continue to accompany city bylaw officers on their morning rounds in encampments in parks. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Facebook advertisement for a ‘one-bedroom’ igloo garnered plenty of comments and messages. (Facebook)
A Facebook advertisement for a ‘one-bedroom’ igloo garnered plenty of comments and messages. (Facebook)
Langford is ranked B.C.’s most resilient city of 2021, according to BC Business magazine. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford is ranked B.C.’s most resilient city of 2021, according to BC Business magazine. (Black Press Media file photo)