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Gladiator Drywall owners and partners Blue Vasseur and Andy Turnbull are the recipients of a BBB Torch Award for finishing services. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke business puts finishing touch on award

A Sooke company has nailed a prestigious award for customer service excellence…

Gladiator Drywall owners and partners Blue Vasseur and Andy Turnbull are the recipients of a BBB Torch Award for finishing services. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Victoria woman Kaela Mehl is expected to plead guilty to second-degree murder in a retrial for the murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte Cunningham, who died in September 2015. (Black Press Media file photo)

Guilty plea expected in retrial for Victoria mom accused in toddler’s death

Kaela Mehl successfully appealed her first-degree murder charge last year

Victoria woman Kaela Mehl is expected to plead guilty to second-degree murder in a retrial for the murder of her 18-month-old daughter Charlotte Cunningham, who died in September 2015. (Black Press Media file photo)
The body of Metchosin man Martin Payne was discovered July 12, 2019. Two escaped inmates from William Head Institution have been charged with his murder. (Martin Payne/Facebook)

Trial gets underway for escaped inmates accused of murdering Metchosin man

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

The body of Metchosin man Martin Payne was discovered July 12, 2019. Two escaped inmates from William Head Institution have been charged with his murder. (Martin Payne/Facebook)
A Victoria police officer opened the door of their service vehicle into the path of a cyclist on Esquimalt Road on Nov. 10. The cyclist was taken to the hospital after hitting the opened door and police are now investigating the incident. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police officer doors cyclist in Esquimalt

VicPD investigating Esquimalt Road incident after officer opens vehicle door in biker’s path

A Victoria police officer opened the door of their service vehicle into the path of a cyclist on Esquimalt Road on Nov. 10. The cyclist was taken to the hospital after hitting the opened door and police are now investigating the incident. (Black Press Media file photo)
Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School welcomed students for the first time Monday (Nov. 14). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: New Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School opens to students in Langford

Construction delays meant students were placed elsewhere for the start of the school year

Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School welcomed students for the first time Monday (Nov. 14). (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Makenna Rielly, executive director of the Victoria Women’s Transition House, speaks at an announcement for 50 new safe housing units on the West Shore for women and children fleeing violence. (Courtesy Province of British Columbia)

Victoria Women’s Transition House seeking donors for Christmas hamper program

The Victoria Women’s Transition House Society gave out 308 Christmas gift card hampers last year

Makenna Rielly, executive director of the Victoria Women’s Transition House, speaks at an announcement for 50 new safe housing units on the West Shore for women and children fleeing violence. (Courtesy Province of British Columbia)
Randy Bachman will play his recently recovered Gretsch guitar when he plays Sidney’s Mary WInspear Centre on Monday, Nov. 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rock legend Randy Bachman to rock Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Show scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14 marks a home-coming for former Guess Who member

Randy Bachman will play his recently recovered Gretsch guitar when he plays Sidney’s Mary WInspear Centre on Monday, Nov. 14. (Black Press Media file photo)
Shantael Sleight, outreach co-ordinator with the Saanich Peninsula Literacy Society, and Wakefield Manor resident Geri Holland, stand next to the new little free library that opened on Third Street in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney residents beam during opening of newest free little library

Located near Wakefield Manor, the library is helping making literacy more accessible

Shantael Sleight, outreach co-ordinator with the Saanich Peninsula Literacy Society, and Wakefield Manor resident Geri Holland, stand next to the new little free library that opened on Third Street in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Fraser Tuck (left) and Liam Pope-Lau (right) pose with a LifeHeat life jacket. (Courtesy of Kyle Slavin)

2 Greater Victoria students named finalists at Youth Innovation Showcase

Liam Pope-Lau and Fraser Tuck have invented a self-heating life jacket

Fraser Tuck (left) and Liam Pope-Lau (right) pose with a LifeHeat life jacket. (Courtesy of Kyle Slavin)
Canadian Forces members provide guard duty at the Sooke cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies on Friday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror).
Canadian Forces members provide guard duty at the Sooke cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies on Friday. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror).
Parade members are seen through the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park Friday, Nov. 11, during the 2022 Remembrance Day ceremony in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford remembers those who served

Veterans Memorial Park was overflowing as hundreds turned up to pay their respects

Parade members are seen through the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park Friday, Nov. 11, during the 2022 Remembrance Day ceremony in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Retired Warrant Officer Theresa ‘Terri’ Lynn Orser remembers the peacekeepers at the Langford Cenotaph. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Langford veteran recalls psychological toll of peacekeeping in the Balkans

Terri Orser witnessed action, horror in her 27 years in the Canadian Armed Forces

Retired Warrant Officer Theresa ‘Terri’ Lynn Orser remembers the peacekeepers at the Langford Cenotaph. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Wren Petty Officer Dorothy Robertson and Wren Chief Petty Officer Trudy Jardine at the RCN’s secret Japanese radio intercept hut at Gordon Head, 1945. (Courtesy of Dave Freeman)

Victoria veteran preserving stories of navy women

Lt.-Cmdr. Dave Freeman has records from hundreds of Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens)

Wren Petty Officer Dorothy Robertson and Wren Chief Petty Officer Trudy Jardine at the RCN’s secret Japanese radio intercept hut at Gordon Head, 1945. (Courtesy of Dave Freeman)
Patrol officers say they found a victim and suspect barricaded in a unit in a downtown Victoria building Tuesday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
Patrol officers say they found a victim and suspect barricaded in a unit in a downtown Victoria building Tuesday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
Police are looking for these four suspects in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Langford Best Buy on McCallum Road. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP looking for suspects in electronic thefts

$4,000 worth of Mac keyboards stolen from Langford Best Buy

Police are looking for these four suspects in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Langford Best Buy on McCallum Road. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
Oak Bay police are asking for public assistance in identifying a person of interest after an incident that took place last week. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)

Police seek person of interest following strange Oak Bay incident

Unidentified woman last seen on Beach Drive walking towards Foul Bay Road

Oak Bay police are asking for public assistance in identifying a person of interest after an incident that took place last week. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)
The City of Victoria is looking for new members to serve on its renters’ advisory committee. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Victoria is looking for new members to serve on its renters’ advisory committee. (Black Press Media file photo)
Motorists are reporting a rollover crash is affecting northbound traffic on the Malahat section of the Trans Canada Highway Thursday (Nov. 10). The traffic camera operated by Drive BC shows a build up of traffic in the northbound lane of the highway near the Malahat Summit. (Courtesy Drive BC)
Motorists are reporting a rollover crash is affecting northbound traffic on the Malahat section of the Trans Canada Highway Thursday (Nov. 10). The traffic camera operated by Drive BC shows a build up of traffic in the northbound lane of the highway near the Malahat Summit. (Courtesy Drive BC)
James Allin, 52, is wanted after his statutory release was suspended. Allin was on parole for robbery with a firearm and is believed to be an immediate threat to the public. (Courtesy VicPD)

UPDATE: Victoria police say wanted man may be downtown

James Allin is wanted Canada-wide after his statutory release was suspended

James Allin, 52, is wanted after his statutory release was suspended. Allin was on parole for robbery with a firearm and is believed to be an immediate threat to the public. (Courtesy VicPD)
The emergency entrance at Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
The emergency entrance at Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
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