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Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

UPDATED: Trans-Canada-Highway in Mill Bay reopened as fire contained

It is being reported that the fire is at or near Pioneer Square Mall

Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a fire at Pioneer Square Mall in Mill Bay on Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, 2021. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)

Local arborist hoping to fill gap by training next generation of tree trimmers

Saunders says there’s not enough people trained on the island who can do the work

Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)
Driving school instructor Steve Wallace has died, sources have confirmed to Black Press Media. (Steve Wallace/Facebook)

UPDATE: Victoria driving school instructor Steve Wallace dies of heart attack

Wallace had been accused of, but not charged with sexual assault of driving school students

Driving school instructor Steve Wallace has died, sources have confirmed to Black Press Media. (Steve Wallace/Facebook)
Investigators work at a home on Rita Road in Langford that was heavily damaged in an early morning fire Friday (Nov. 26). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Police, fire department investigating ‘suspicious’ Langford house fire

The home’s three occupants escaped uninjured from the early morning fire

Investigators work at a home on Rita Road in Langford that was heavily damaged in an early morning fire Friday (Nov. 26). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)

Saanich to begin conservation in Kings Park greenspace sooner than later

Council votes to remove final financial hurdle to getting started on preservation work

Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says having more modestly priced housing in the area would help it attract and keep workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)

Better housing options needed, says Saanich Peninsula chamber boss

Al Smith says higher density in certain areas could lead to housing that workers could afford

Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says having more modestly priced housing in the area would help it attract and keep workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks in Saanich yield positive results

Information from temporary enclosure program to inform People, Pets and Parks Strategy

Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Officials break ground on The Commons at Royal Bay. Development in the area will continue following rezoning approval that allows for further commercial and residential construction. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood kicks off development on sections of Royal Bay with bylaw approval

Area 5 will house new dementia-care facility, as well as 2,100 dwelling units

Officials break ground on The Commons at Royal Bay. Development in the area will continue following rezoning approval that allows for further commercial and residential construction. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)

‘Unprecedented’ weather causing Sooke Lake reservoir to fill up

CRD’s primary water source nears 100 per cent of capacity, spillage would affect Sooke River flows

Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Waters of concern lie on the shores from Tarn Place in Oak Bay to Seaview Road in Saanich, including Cadboro Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Wastewater overflows taint waters from Oak Bay to Saanich

As heavy rains return, CRD issues health warning for waters including Cadboro Bay

Waters of concern lie on the shores from Tarn Place in Oak Bay to Seaview Road in Saanich, including Cadboro Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)

Sooke Christmas Bureau preparing for increased demand

Application deadline Dec. 3 for families in need

The Sooke Christmas Bureau is gearing up for another busy campaign. Applications for the Christmas Bureau hamper campaign are available at the Sooke Food Bank or the Sooke Family Resource Centre. (File - Thinkstock)
Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area in mid-November. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Vancouver Island’s 2021 weather may be a walk in the park compared to what’s to come

Environment Canada meteorologist reluctant to place a ‘new normal’ label on a moving target

Members of Cowichan Search and Rescue and RCMP work to transport residents of the Meadow Glen Apartments to higher ground due to flooding in the Duncan area in mid-November. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Saanich Peninsula emergency crews responded to a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed a home in the Jimmy Road area of the Tsawout First Nation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Thursday morning fire destroys Saanich Peninsula home

Crews suppressed fire at 6 a.m. after responding at 2:30; firefighters remain on site

Saanich Peninsula emergency crews responded to a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed a home in the Jimmy Road area of the Tsawout First Nation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage will be tried for the murder of a Metchosin man in Vancouver Law Courts. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Trial for prison escapees accused of murdering Metchosin man moved to Vancouver

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage charged with 2019 murder of Martin Payne

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage will be tried for the murder of a Metchosin man in Vancouver Law Courts. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
BC Transit routes with post-secondary destinations will be reduced for the holidays. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
BC Transit routes with post-secondary destinations will be reduced for the holidays. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the West Shore RCMP following the death of a Saanich teen Nov. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

Watchdog investigating West Shore RCMP’s potential role in Saanich man’s death

Man was released by RCMP 2 hours before vehicle plunged into ocean Nov. 20

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the West Shore RCMP following the death of a Saanich teen Nov. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
A man who lives at Our Place and says he has a medical mask exemption along with being double vaccinated said he was initially denied an examination for a painful ear infection at Royal Jubilee Hospital for not agreeing to wear a mask during the exam. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vaccinated Victoria man with mask exemption says he was denied care at RJH

Jubilee hospital ER doctor refused to examine him without a mask on, man says

A man who lives at Our Place and says he has a medical mask exemption along with being double vaccinated said he was initially denied an examination for a painful ear infection at Royal Jubilee Hospital for not agreeing to wear a mask during the exam. (Black Press Media file photo)
View Royal Mayor David Screech said changes to the town’s community amenity contribution policy shows that council recognizes the importance of quality of life improvements for residents. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal council votes to boost amenity funding from developers

Higher per-unit rates for projects needing rezoning; CRD housing fund to receive more help

View Royal Mayor David Screech said changes to the town’s community amenity contribution policy shows that council recognizes the importance of quality of life improvements for residents. (Black Press Media file photo)
Old-growth forest supporters marched through Victoria on Nov. 24 as they called for all logging of the ancient trees to end. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

‘Just not replaceable’: Old-growth forest supporters march in Victoria for logging moratorium (PHOTOS)

Protesters want ancient forests fully protected, transition and compensation for loggers

Old-growth forest supporters marched through Victoria on Nov. 24 as they called for all logging of the ancient trees to end. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace was investigated by ICBC in October and subsequently had his driver instructor licence cancelled, after multiple allegations of sexual harassment from former students emerged. (Black Press Media file photo)

No charges to be laid against former Victoria driving instructor Steve Wallace

BC Prosecution Service decides not to pursue sexual assault charges

Wallace Driving School owner Steve Wallace was investigated by ICBC in October and subsequently had his driver instructor licence cancelled, after multiple allegations of sexual harassment from former students emerged. (Black Press Media file photo)