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Woodshed Pizza’s Burt Minter stocks the oven with maple wood before the busy day at the pizzeria starts. (Devon MacKenzie)

All fired up at Sidney’s Woodshed Pizza

Devon MacKenzie/News contributor Having spent decades in Sidney’s restaurant business, you could…

  • Jul 15, 2017
Woodshed Pizza’s Burt Minter stocks the oven with maple wood before the busy day at the pizzeria starts. (Devon MacKenzie)
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Duncan man gets arrested twice in same day

Officers locked him up for public intoxication, then for tagging building across from Saanich PD.

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The West Shore RCMP officer that was the subject of a police watchdog organization’s investigation that was a result of the crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett will not be charged. (Gazette file photo)

Clear statement issued for officer involved in Beckett crash

Charges of dangerous driving, dangerous driving causing death and obstruction of justice not proven

The West Shore RCMP officer that was the subject of a police watchdog organization’s investigation that was a result of the crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett will not be charged. (Gazette file photo)
Chris Moore (center right), Activity Coordinator at SHOAL Centre, shows Beacon Community Services Director of Communications Kerry Readshaw (center left) some of the wonderful items made by the Crafting and Knitting group as members Enid Pennington (far left) and Barbara Dignan (far right) work on current projects. (Devon MacKenzie)

Sidney’s SHOAL Centre has a little something for everyone

Devon MacKenzie/News contributor There’s always something going on at Beacon Community Services’…

  • Jul 14, 2017
Chris Moore (center right), Activity Coordinator at SHOAL Centre, shows Beacon Community Services Director of Communications Kerry Readshaw (center left) some of the wonderful items made by the Crafting and Knitting group as members Enid Pennington (far left) and Barbara Dignan (far right) work on current projects. (Devon MacKenzie)
Airtanker crews at the ready

Airtanker crews at the ready

A look at the people who fight wildfires

Airtanker crews at the ready
Drunk driver crashes into Saanich Police car at Mckenzie interchange

Drunk driver crashes into Saanich Police car at Mckenzie interchange

Saanich Police arrest two drunk drivers during morning enforcement

Drunk driver crashes into Saanich Police car at Mckenzie interchange
After a brief presentation and discussion, Esquimalt council has decided to keep the medians along Esquimalt Road. Kendra Wong/Victoria News

Esquimalt Road medians are here to stay

Council debates removal, decides benefits outweigh disadvantages

After a brief presentation and discussion, Esquimalt council has decided to keep the medians along Esquimalt Road. Kendra Wong/Victoria News
Mayors offer local priorities for the new B.C. government

Mayors offer local priorities for the new B.C. government

Victoria, Esquimalt have specific ‘asks’ for Horgan, NDP

Mayors offer local priorities for the new B.C. government
NDP leader John Horgan the night of B.C.’s provincial election. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)

Greater Victoria mayors ready for next four years

Local officials address their top priorities as John Horgan set to be sworn in as new premier.

NDP leader John Horgan the night of B.C.’s provincial election. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press)
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Parksville man shows gun, demands coffee

Free coffee comes at high cost as RCMP arrest man who threatened McDonalds staff with fake gun.

  • Jul 13, 2017
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A Metchosin family is asking for the public’s help in identifying this vehicle and its driver after wood and other items were taken from a family farm. (Facebook)

Alleged thief caught in the act but still gets away in Metchosin

Family that runs Beacon Hill Children’s Farm trying to ID suspect

  • Jul 13, 2017
A Metchosin family is asking for the public’s help in identifying this vehicle and its driver after wood and other items were taken from a family farm. (Facebook)
One in custody following incident in Beacon Hill Park

One in custody following incident in Beacon Hill Park

Police respond to reports of a man allegedly brandishing a weapon Thursday.

One in custody following incident in Beacon Hill Park
A brush fire along Sooke Road snarled traffic Wednesday just before the evening rush hour. (Amanda Todd)

RCMP investigating cause of Sooke Road fire

Fire crews continued to monitor the area until late Thursday morning

A brush fire along Sooke Road snarled traffic Wednesday just before the evening rush hour. (Amanda Todd)
Linden Avenue apartment resident Michelle Dobie worries about the future of the once-lush greenery surrounding the former Victoria Truth Centre just metres beyond her balcony. The property, home to a number of large, mature trees, has been sold and a major residential development is in the works for the site. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Rockland rally planned to protest Victoria development

Scale of project, urban forest removal among main concerns

Linden Avenue apartment resident Michelle Dobie worries about the future of the once-lush greenery surrounding the former Victoria Truth Centre just metres beyond her balcony. The property, home to a number of large, mature trees, has been sold and a major residential development is in the works for the site. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
BREAKING: Brush fire closes Sooke Road; road expected to open soon

BREAKING: Brush fire closes Sooke Road; road expected to open soon

Firefighters have fire 100 per cent contained, says fire chief

  • Jul 12, 2017
BREAKING: Brush fire closes Sooke Road; road expected to open soon
Wildfires strand vacationing family in Ladysmith

Wildfires strand vacationing family in Ladysmith

A Cache Creek family is currently stranded in Ladysmith after wildfires forced…

Wildfires strand vacationing family in Ladysmith
Victoria anticipates Ogden Point terminal redevelopment

Victoria anticipates Ogden Point terminal redevelopment

Harbour Authority looks to balance needs of industry with impact on community

Victoria anticipates Ogden Point terminal redevelopment
Sooke rejects plan for cell tower

Sooke rejects plan for cell tower

Freedom Mobile wants to build 50-metre tower

Sooke rejects plan for cell tower
A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek, B.C., in the early morning hours of Monday July 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

View Royal fire department sent to battle B.C. wildfires

Department sent four crew members and a pumper truck to Williams Lake

A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek, B.C., in the early morning hours of Monday July 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A small vessel ran aground on a Sandbank near Billings Spit on Tuesday afternoon. Six were rescued. (Facebook/Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue)

UPDATE: Six rescued after abandoning boat near Billings Spit

The small boat ran aground on a sandbank, near Sooke

A small vessel ran aground on a Sandbank near Billings Spit on Tuesday afternoon. Six were rescued. (Facebook/Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue)