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The house where a serious assault with an edged weapon took place on April 25, 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

2 men charged in 2017 vicious machete attack, robbery in Oak Bay

Kaspar Handspiker, 30, was arrested near Maple Ridge on Jan. 15

 

Bartlett Tree Experts offer free labour to hang an owl box in the trees near Oak Bay’s alotment gardens. (Courtesy Deanna Pfeifer)

Owls in Greater Victoria find protection with home-built boxes

Locals help owls stay safe - one tree at a time

 

About 70 people enjoy warm weather to kick off 2023 with the traditional Mayor’s Walk on Jan. 1 in Oak Bay. (Courtesy Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay kicks off 2023 with a walk in the park

Warm community stroll, cookie and coffee levee mark positive start to the year

 

Oak Bay council whittles down its priorities, with a list expected back at the table Feb. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay priority plan includes continued work on infill housing

List of potential priorities expected at council Feb. 6

Oak Bay council whittles down its priorities, with a list expected back at the table Feb. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay wants to hear from residents as it develops policy to allow food and beverage businesses to use of public space such as the Penny Farthing street side patio created during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Public input needed to craft Oak Bay business use of public spaces

Survey on now through Jan. 25 in person or online

Oak Bay wants to hear from residents as it develops policy to allow food and beverage businesses to use of public space such as the Penny Farthing street side patio created during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay officers stopped two drivers in two days for excessive speeding. (Black Press Media file photo)

2 drivers start new year with hefty fines after speeding through Oak Bay

Tools taken, recovered by VicPD, among calls to Oak Bay police last week

Oak Bay officers stopped two drivers in two days for excessive speeding. (Black Press Media file photo)
Volunteers with the Friends of Bowker Creek clear a debris jam in preparation for the second annual planting of 30,000 chum eggs in an Oak Bay section of the creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)

Volunteers clear smothering debris from Oak Bay creek to ready for 30K salmon eggs

Groups plan to plant eggs from Goldstream Hatchery Salmonid Enhancement around the end of the month

Volunteers with the Friends of Bowker Creek clear a debris jam in preparation for the second annual planting of 30,000 chum eggs in an Oak Bay section of the creek. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)
Monthly bottle collections at Oak Bay High in 2022 raised $7,499.85 for revitalization of the Jack Wallace Memorial Track. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Rotary, alumni double down on 50/50 bottle drives

Threshold Housing Society, revamp of Oak Bay High track split funds

Monthly bottle collections at Oak Bay High in 2022 raised $7,499.85 for revitalization of the Jack Wallace Memorial Track. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Community Association of Oak Bay members Jan Mears and Rick Marshall hand off $6,000 worth of groceries to Karmen McNamara of Help Ukraine Vancouver Island to aid refugees this winter. (Courtesy Community Association of Oak Bay)

Oak Bay group spends $6,000 on groceries for refugees from Ukraine

With second housing option unattanable community association buys grocery cards instead

Community Association of Oak Bay members Jan Mears and Rick Marshall hand off $6,000 worth of groceries to Karmen McNamara of Help Ukraine Vancouver Island to aid refugees this winter. (Courtesy Community Association of Oak Bay)
Oak Bay Marine Group owns and operates Oak Bay Marina (pictured), North Saanich Marina, Ladysmith Marina and Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina in Metchosin as well as several restaurants. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay Marine Group owns and operates Oak Bay Marina (pictured), North Saanich Marina, Ladysmith Marina and Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina in Metchosin as well as several restaurants. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The top single family residence in B.C. this year is 3160 Humber Rd. at $16,828,000. The Oak Bay waterfront home is also the fifth priciest residential property on Vancouver Island according to BC Assessment rolls. (Google maps)

Lavish $16.8M Oak Bay home tops Island’s ‘single-family residence’ assessment

Oak Bay sees 9% jump in average residential single-family home property value

The top single family residence in B.C. this year is 3160 Humber Rd. at $16,828,000. The Oak Bay waterfront home is also the fifth priciest residential property on Vancouver Island according to BC Assessment rolls. (Google maps)
Swimmers sporting festive New Year’s attire enjoy a chilly dip at Willows Beach in Oak Bay on Sunday (Jan. 1). (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria polar bear swimmers plunge into 2023

Cold Water Addicts’ inaugural polar bear swim drew huge turnout at Willows Beach

Swimmers sporting festive New Year’s attire enjoy a chilly dip at Willows Beach in Oak Bay on Sunday (Jan. 1). (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Wildwood trailer saunas seat six to eight folks and appear most weekends at Willows Beach in Oak Bay. (Courtesy Wildwood Saunas)
The Wildwood trailer saunas seat six to eight folks and appear most weekends at Willows Beach in Oak Bay. (Courtesy Wildwood Saunas)
Oak Bay police hope to reunite a ring found near Uplands Park on Christmas Day with its rightful owner. (Oak Bay Police/Twitter)

Return of precious family heirloom brightens the holidays for Victoria woman

Lost family ring found atop the snow in Uplands Park on Christmas Day

Oak Bay police hope to reunite a ring found near Uplands Park on Christmas Day with its rightful owner. (Oak Bay Police/Twitter)
Paul Redchurch hopes someone will return the baby Jesus figure swiped from his Oak Bay nativity scene days after Christmas. (Photo by Paul Redchurch)

‘Some knucklehead’ abducted baby Jesus from Oak Bay nativity scene

Hand-painted cutout disappears from Christmas display near Oak Bay police and fire building

Paul Redchurch hopes someone will return the baby Jesus figure swiped from his Oak Bay nativity scene days after Christmas. (Photo by Paul Redchurch)
Wild weather delayed Oak Bay leaf pickup in 2022 which means residents will see staff out and about picking up into the new year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Delays to the 2022 Oak Bay leaf pickup program means residents will see staff out and about collecting into the new year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Fall leaf pickup rolls right into winter for Oak Bay residents

Leaf pickup started in mid October and continues into January

Wild weather delayed Oak Bay leaf pickup in 2022 which means residents will see staff out and about picking up into the new year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Delays to the 2022 Oak Bay leaf pickup program means residents will see staff out and about collecting into the new year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay birders counted 90 species – a new record high in the more than 50-year history of the count – on Dec. 17 including a townsend’s solitaire (Photo by Geoffrey Newell)

Oak Bay birders break 50-year-old record in species count

Greater Victoria Christmas Bird Count saw 290 people document 138 species on Dec. 17

Oak Bay birders counted 90 species – a new record high in the more than 50-year history of the count – on Dec. 17 including a townsend’s solitaire (Photo by Geoffrey Newell)
Oak Bay artist Jo-Anne Silverman opens her show Jan. 7. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Cataract surgery inspires Oak Bay artist to go ‘crazy with colour’ for Victoria show

Seeing (with new eyes) runs Jan. 3 to 22 at Gage Gallery in Bastion Square

Oak Bay artist Jo-Anne Silverman opens her show Jan. 7. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
While moving their native seed field, Satinflower Nurseries offered community members the opportunity to dig up and keep large quantities of plants that wouldn’t be making the move, free of charge. Some now grow adjacent to Bowker Creek in Oak Bay. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)

Free plants boost biodiversity of Bowker Creek banks in Oak Bay

Volunteers plant camas bulbs, wildlife seeds to burst forth come spring

While moving their native seed field, Satinflower Nurseries offered community members the opportunity to dig up and keep large quantities of plants that wouldn’t be making the move, free of charge. Some now grow adjacent to Bowker Creek in Oak Bay. (Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery/Facebook)
Things ground to a halt Tuesday morning after 25 to 30 centimetres of snow fell over Greater Victoria the night before. Now is a good time to check on neighbours, says Oak Bay Fire Chief Frank Macdonald. (Sonica Parmar/News Staff)

Stay home if you can and check on neighbours, suggests Oak Bay fire chief

Firefighters, other emergency personnel called out for several calls in challenging conditions

Things ground to a halt Tuesday morning after 25 to 30 centimetres of snow fell over Greater Victoria the night before. Now is a good time to check on neighbours, says Oak Bay Fire Chief Frank Macdonald. (Sonica Parmar/News Staff)