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Soul Shakers lead singer Joyce Allensen hits a high note while performing with guitarist Sean McCool before the public at Willows Park on July 22. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay rocks at Willows Beach with Soul Shakers

With COVID-19 case numbers down locally, reassured residents come together to dance and celebrate

Soul Shakers lead singer Joyce Allensen hits a high note while performing with guitarist Sean McCool before the public at Willows Park on July 22. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)

First openly gay, NHL-contracted player gained insight from Oak Bay agent

Nashville prospect Luke Prokop consulted Bayne Pettinger before coming out

Calgary Hitmen defenceman and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop became the first player under an NHL contract to come out as gay when he made the announcement on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Luke Prokop/ Twitter)
A previously handled doe with a provincially required ‘do not eat’ tag rests in a vacant lot along Windsor Avenue. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Oak Bay deer report to be ready by end of summer

No eating the deer; remote surveillance, birth control continue

A previously handled doe with a provincially required ‘do not eat’ tag rests in a vacant lot along Windsor Avenue. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Recommendations were made at an Oak Bay council meeting on July 19 on the matter of reviewing the District of Oak Bay’s secondary suites study. (Courtesy of Urban Systems Ltd.)

Oak Bay secondary suites study to be reviewed by council

Recommendations made Monday to further consider affordable housing units

Recommendations were made at an Oak Bay council meeting on July 19 on the matter of reviewing the District of Oak Bay’s secondary suites study. (Courtesy of Urban Systems Ltd.)
Wylie Thomas with remnants of the tallest camas plant he’s seen, on Kohweechela/Mary Tod Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Crews decimate broom growth on Oak Bay island

A crew of six cut, dragged and bagged 52 cubic yards of broom on Kohweechela/Mary Tod Island

Wylie Thomas with remnants of the tallest camas plant he’s seen, on Kohweechela/Mary Tod Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay police were kept busy with errant motorists last week. (Black Press file photo)

Oak Bay police lay heavy penalties on impaired drivers

One cannabis-related incident resulted in fines of more than $500

Oak Bay police were kept busy with errant motorists last week. (Black Press file photo)
In Oak Bay, Uplands Park has grass throughout that becomes very dry with the summer heat, however, there is a very limited number of coniferous trees within the park and as a result, when a fire does occur it tends to be of low intensity and relatively slow growth. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Fire Department issues information, as resident worry rises over wildfires

OBFD offers tips for safeguarding homes, lists safety measures for prepping parks

In Oak Bay, Uplands Park has grass throughout that becomes very dry with the summer heat, however, there is a very limited number of coniferous trees within the park and as a result, when a fire does occur it tends to be of low intensity and relatively slow growth. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Baylea Wilkins and 50 friends will do 500 to 1,000 squats each during an Aug. 1 event in Oak Bay, to raise funds for KidSport Greater Victoria. (Photo courtesy of Baylea Wilkins)

Victoria fitness coach targets $100,000 for KidSport with burpee challenge

Group will raise funds doing 500 to 1,000 burpees each during Aug. 1 event in Oak Bay

Baylea Wilkins and 50 friends will do 500 to 1,000 squats each during an Aug. 1 event in Oak Bay, to raise funds for KidSport Greater Victoria. (Photo courtesy of Baylea Wilkins)
A common wall lizard captured on a Victoria street. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Invasive lizard population spreads across Vancouver Island

Even record-breaking heat didn’t diminish European wall lizard population

A common wall lizard captured on a Victoria street. July 15, 2021 (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Municipal staff take advantage of low foot traffic to trim the tree in front of Oak Bay municipal hall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Crews tackle summer trimming at Oak Bay municipal hall

With the building closed, less foot traffic affords opportunity for yard work

Municipal staff take advantage of low foot traffic to trim the tree in front of Oak Bay municipal hall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The view from Oak Bay’s island park Mary Tod Island or Kohweechela. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: The view from Kohweechela – Oak Bay’s island park

Officially known as Mary Tod Island, it’s frequently referred to as Jimmy Chicken Island

The view from Oak Bay’s island park Mary Tod Island or Kohweechela. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Carnarvon Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Approximately $80,000 Oak Bay tennis court facelift to be finished by fall

Four courts in Carnarvon Park to be resurfaced this summer

Carnarvon Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Portal, a steel-framed sculpture comprised of discarded ropes, was purchased from the artist and donated to the district in 2020. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Latest public art donations land permanent homes in Oak Bay

Portal remains near Willows Beach, Jelly moves to Estevan Village

Portal, a steel-framed sculpture comprised of discarded ropes, was purchased from the artist and donated to the district in 2020. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A summertime ban on dogs is lifted each winter at Willows Beach, allowing pups to play on the beach from Oct. 1 to Apr. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay maintains status quo for dog ban at Willows Beach

Federal government warns district of ‘off-leash’ language online

A summertime ban on dogs is lifted each winter at Willows Beach, allowing pups to play on the beach from Oct. 1 to Apr. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
Margaret Lidkea shows the crow garlic volunteers will start to weed out of Uplands Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Crow garlic flies in Oak Bay’s Uplands Park

Invasive plant dimishes camas’ capability to grow

Margaret Lidkea shows the crow garlic volunteers will start to weed out of Uplands Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Image: E.J. Hughes, “Houses, Qualicum Beach”, 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
Image: E.J. Hughes, “Houses, Qualicum Beach”, 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
Greater Victoria golfers James Swan, Jack Rothwell, Craig Doell earned places in next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. (Courtesy BC Golf)

3 Greater Victoria golfers earn spots at U.S. Amateur at Oak Bay event

U.S. Amateur Championship runs Aug. 9 to 15 at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania

Greater Victoria golfers James Swan, Jack Rothwell, Craig Doell earned places in next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. (Courtesy BC Golf)
Lucas Hill, 7, and Daniel Hill, 5, hand over their pocket money to veteran John Hillman, 102, after he finished his 2021 fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Youngsters offer pocket money donation as Oak Bay veteran finishes fundraising walk

John Hillman, 102, finished 102 courtyard laps to raise funds for Save the Children

Lucas Hill, 7, and Daniel Hill, 5, hand over their pocket money to veteran John Hillman, 102, after he finished his 2021 fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Consultation for the redevelopment of the Oak Bay Lodge property continues. (Black Press Media file photo)
Consultation for the redevelopment of the Oak Bay Lodge property continues. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay Sea Rescue members pull a dead elk off the McNeill Bay shoreline on June 30. (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Marine Sea and Rescue Station 33)

Oak Bay Sea Rescue members haul dead elk off McNeill Bay

Antlered carcass was towed through water to Cattle Point on Wednesday

Oak Bay Sea Rescue members pull a dead elk off the McNeill Bay shoreline on June 30. (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Marine Sea and Rescue Station 33)