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The West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cougar follows woman in Colwood

Officers weren’t able to locate the cougar

The West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
Layanna Robinson was awarded a crown and sash after being named Miss Earth Canada 2023. (Courtesy Layanna Robinson)

Victoria woman crowned Miss Earth Canada 2023

Layanna Robinson will represent Canada at Miss Earth 2023 in Vietnam

Layanna Robinson was awarded a crown and sash after being named Miss Earth Canada 2023. (Courtesy Layanna Robinson)
View Royal resident Ryan Painter has launched a petition to ask the province to look into building a noise barrier between the Trans-Canada Highway and his Thetis Vale neighbourhood due to concerns about noise levels. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

View Royal residents launch petition calling for highway noise barrier

Residents in Thetis Vale have recorded traffic sound levels in the 80-decibel range

View Royal resident Ryan Painter has launched a petition to ask the province to look into building a noise barrier between the Trans-Canada Highway and his Thetis Vale neighbourhood due to concerns about noise levels. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Emissions that residents can save by switching to a heat pump for their home heating. (Courtesy of the CRD)

CRD program looks to guide residents through home energy upgrades

Energy concierge to help homeowners access available rebates, guide retrofit process

Emissions that residents can save by switching to a heat pump for their home heating. (Courtesy of the CRD)
Sarah Fennell, along with several Greater Victoria parents, is speaking out after paying a $1,100 deposit for a daycare spot. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Saanich daycare kerfuffle reveals dire state of childcare in Greater Victoria

Non-refundable deposit not returned once parents learned of provider’s criminal history

Sarah Fennell, along with several Greater Victoria parents, is speaking out after paying a $1,100 deposit for a daycare spot. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of 60-year-old Martin Payne after they escaped William Head institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Forensics expert testifies inmates’ fingerprints found in home, truck of slain Metchosin man

Escaped inmates Zachary Armitage and James Lee Busch are charged with killing Martin Payne

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of 60-year-old Martin Payne after they escaped William Head institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
Colwood Fire Rescue responded to a two-vehicle crash Friday (Nov. 18.) at Colwood Corners which left two people with minor injuries. (Black Press Media file photo)

Two-vehicle crash leaves two with minor injuries in Colwood

Crews were called to the 1900-block of Sooke Road around 11:17 a.m.

Colwood Fire Rescue responded to a two-vehicle crash Friday (Nov. 18.) at Colwood Corners which left two people with minor injuries. (Black Press Media file photo)
A fan cheers on BBNO$ from above the dancing crowd on Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. The music festival was one of the seven Greater Victoria events to receive a funding boost from the province. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Greater Victoria tourism events get funding bump from B.C.

Funds to help events and festivals expand marketing

A fan cheers on BBNO$ from above the dancing crowd on Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. The music festival was one of the seven Greater Victoria events to receive a funding boost from the province. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Cherie Maclure, here seen with her family, has been among residents lobbying Sidney to allow backyard chickens in the municipality. Council Monday asked staff to look into the issue. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Maclure)

Backyard chicken might hatch after all in Sidney

Staff asked to prepare report weighing benefits and potential problems of backyard chickens

Cherie Maclure, here seen with her family, has been among residents lobbying Sidney to allow backyard chickens in the municipality. Council Monday asked staff to look into the issue. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Maclure)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of a Metchosin man after their escape from William Head Institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Murder trial hears of prison escapees’ attempts to get off Vancouver Island

Zachary Armitage and James Lee Busch are charged with killing 60-year-old Martin Payne of Metchosin

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of a Metchosin man after their escape from William Head Institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
Dr. Bob Chow (left) and Dr. Bridget Ryan (right) are in the top three of the Eye on the Cure competition. (Courtesy of Dr. Bob Chow)

UVic duo advance to finals in vision research competition

Dr. Bob Chow and Dr. Bridget Ryan are working to understand and eventually treat Stargardt disease

Dr. Bob Chow (left) and Dr. Bridget Ryan (right) are in the top three of the Eye on the Cure competition. (Courtesy of Dr. Bob Chow)
Santa poses in front of Christmas trees in 2021. This year, Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. will open Nov. 27 at the Luxton Fairgrounds. (Courtesy of Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co.)

B.C. Christmas trees in short supply

Wildfires and heat waves have taken a toll on supply and cost of Christmas trees

Santa poses in front of Christmas trees in 2021. This year, Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. will open Nov. 27 at the Luxton Fairgrounds. (Courtesy of Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co.)
Greater Victoria’s 2022 living wage is $24.29, up 20 per cent from $20.46 in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Up almost $4, Greater Victoria’s living wage skyrockets to $24.29

Annual household expenses for a family of 4 rose by $10,229

Greater Victoria’s 2022 living wage is $24.29, up 20 per cent from $20.46 in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
The West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore RCMP officer thanked, asked for a hug by Langford drunk driver

Driver handed 90-day license suspension, 30-day vehicle impound after failing roadside tests

The West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Capital Regional District board of directors has elected its new chairs and vice-chairs for the coming year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colin Plant re-elected as CRD board chair

The Capital Regional District board of directors elected their chairs and vice-chairs on Nov. 16

The Capital Regional District board of directors has elected its new chairs and vice-chairs for the coming year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District board trustee Ravi Parmar inside Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School during opening day on Nov. 14. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Sooke School District sees near-record bump in student population

Approximately 600 more students this school year, after 827 were added in 2021-22

Sooke School District board trustee Ravi Parmar inside Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School during opening day on Nov. 14. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Saanich Inlet Protection Society based in Central Saanich is concerned that two resource projects on the Malahat side of the inlet threaten the ecology of the inlet, home to a wide variety of marine animals including octopus. (Brent Cooke/Submitted)

Concerns over resource projects span across Saanich Inlet

Saanich Inlet Protection Society is calling for an environmental assessment

Saanich Inlet Protection Society based in Central Saanich is concerned that two resource projects on the Malahat side of the inlet threaten the ecology of the inlet, home to a wide variety of marine animals including octopus. (Brent Cooke/Submitted)
A black bear lumbers along the banks of the Sooke River. A wildlife advocate says that weather impacts bears’ behaviour because it affects their food source. (Contributed - Gary Schroyen)
A black bear lumbers along the banks of the Sooke River. A wildlife advocate says that weather impacts bears’ behaviour because it affects their food source. (Contributed - Gary Schroyen)
VicPD detectives are asking for the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding a robbery and stabbing case which left a man seriously injured on Sept. 18. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD seeks help from public in September stabbing, robbery investigation

Police say a man was left seriously injured after an attack Sept. 18 on Gorge Road East

VicPD detectives are asking for the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding a robbery and stabbing case which left a man seriously injured on Sept. 18. (Black Press Media file photo)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of a Metchosin man after their escape from William Head Institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Couple recalls doorstep encounter with inmates accused of murdering Metchosin man

Zachary Armitage and James Lee Busch are charged with killing 60-year-old Martin Payne

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage are charged with the first-degree murder of a Metchosin man after their escape from William Head Institution on July 7, 2019. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)