Township of Esquimalt

The Greater Victoria Teachers Association is calling for school liaisons to come back. (File photo)

Greater Victoria teachers want school liaison officers back

Teachers say there have been violent incidents at schools where preventative care is necessary

The Greater Victoria Teachers Association is calling for school liaisons to come back. (File photo)
The Township of Esquimalt is considering adopting Victoria’s plastic bag ban bylaw (Kristyn Anthony/News Staff)

Esquimalt looks into instating plastic bag ban

The township will now seek public consultation on how to bring the bylaw into effect

The Township of Esquimalt is considering adopting Victoria’s plastic bag ban bylaw (Kristyn Anthony/News Staff)
A decorated truck and boat make their way along the Esquimalt Road parade route during the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights in 2017. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Celebration of Lights coming to Esquimalt

Illuminated trucks and cars to welcome Santa in 13th annual parade

A decorated truck and boat make their way along the Esquimalt Road parade route during the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights in 2017. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Pool at the Esquimalt Rec Centre will be closed from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17 (Facebook/Township of Esquimalt)

Esquimalt pool will close for annual maintenance

The pool will remain closed from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17

The Pool at the Esquimalt Rec Centre will be closed from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17 (Facebook/Township of Esquimalt)
Dogs of all sizes are invited to swim at the Esquimalt Rec Centre for the first “Doggy Paddle” event on Dec. 2. Here, a water-friendly pup dives after his toy at the Pet-A-Palooza event that ran this summer (James Mackenzie/Black Press)

Esquimalt Rec Centre pool goes to the dogs

The inaugural “Dog Swim” happens before the pool is closed for maintenance

Dogs of all sizes are invited to swim at the Esquimalt Rec Centre for the first “Doggy Paddle” event on Dec. 2. Here, a water-friendly pup dives after his toy at the Pet-A-Palooza event that ran this summer (James Mackenzie/Black Press)
Esquimalt looks into protected bike lanes on Lyall Street

Esquimalt looks into protected bike lanes on Lyall Street

The corridor would cost close to $4 million to complete

Esquimalt looks into protected bike lanes on Lyall Street
Esquimalt senior’s complex getting redeveloped

Esquimalt senior’s complex getting redeveloped

The Esquimalt Lions Lodge is one of the projects to receive funding for affordable housing

Esquimalt senior’s complex getting redeveloped
A semi-truck got lodged under the E&N bridge on Hereward Road Thursday morning, but managed to get out within a few hours. The low bridge has seen many trucks and busses get lodged under it over the years. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Transport truck navigation apps don’t warn drivers about low bridge in Esquimalt

Another truck was lodged under the E&N bridge on Hereward Road on Thursday

A semi-truck got lodged under the E&N bridge on Hereward Road Thursday morning, but managed to get out within a few hours. The low bridge has seen many trucks and busses get lodged under it over the years. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Residents across Greater Victoria are calling crack repairs on roads “municipal street art.” (Facebook/Scott Wood)

Crack repairs on streets across Greater Victoria touted as ‘municipal street art’

Complaints of tar on pets and cars are making residents angry

Residents across Greater Victoria are calling crack repairs on roads “municipal street art.” (Facebook/Scott Wood)
MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Esquimalt’s military past is present

MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Esquimalt’s military past is present

Mayor Barb Desjardins reflects on how two upcoming historical events honour service men and women

  • May 24, 2018
MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Esquimalt’s military past is present
The Naden Band leads the first Buccaneer Day parade in 1966 along Esquimalt Road near Memorial Park.                                 Courtesy Township of Esquimalt Archives

BUCCANEER DAYS: Festival history dates back to May Day celebrations

Bill Allen’s suggestion saw Esquimalt event transformed to Buccaneer Days in 1966

  • May 9, 2018
The Naden Band leads the first Buccaneer Day parade in 1966 along Esquimalt Road near Memorial Park.                                 Courtesy Township of Esquimalt Archives
Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins, Esquimalt Elder Mary Ann Thomas and Songhees Chief Ron Sam cut the ribbon at the grand opening. Nicole Crescenzi/ VICTORIA NEWS

Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations open new RV Park

Both Nations excited about new economic venture

Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins, Esquimalt Elder Mary Ann Thomas and Songhees Chief Ron Sam cut the ribbon at the grand opening. Nicole Crescenzi/ VICTORIA NEWS
MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Esquimalt is driven by volunteerism

MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Esquimalt is driven by volunteerism

Barb Desjardins extols the virtues of volunteers in her community

  • Apr 19, 2018
MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Esquimalt is driven by volunteerism
Mayor’s Message: Celebrating francophone culture in Esquimalt

Mayor’s Message: Celebrating francophone culture in Esquimalt

Mayor Barb Desjardins notes the role of French language and culture in the Township

  • Mar 22, 2018
Mayor’s Message: Celebrating francophone culture in Esquimalt
Esquimalt Fire Rescue has accepted a proposal from the City of Surrey to provide the department with dispatch services. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Esquimalt finds fire dispatch services in Surrey at half the cost

Township chose not to re-sign with Saanich after district doubled the price

Esquimalt Fire Rescue has accepted a proposal from the City of Surrey to provide the department with dispatch services. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Esquimalt Road to see lane closures starting this week

Esquimalt Road to see lane closures starting this week

Crews will be onsite from Feb. 26 until March 9

Esquimalt Road to see lane closures starting this week
Esquimalt Township municipal hall. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Esquimalt council: Municipal hall upgrades, other internal work planned

New refrigeration equipment, treadmills and planner workspace in works

Esquimalt Township municipal hall. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Esquimalt Township council voted down a motion for an increase in funding for the Victoria Police Department in a meeting Jan. 22 at municipal hall. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Police chief’s plea for funding rejected in Esquimalt

Council narrowly votes down $94,000 budget increase for policing

Esquimalt Township council voted down a motion for an increase in funding for the Victoria Police Department in a meeting Jan. 22 at municipal hall. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Mayor’s Message: Amenity funds focused on parks, recreation, public safety

Mayor’s Message: Amenity funds focused on parks, recreation, public safety

Esquimalt has some cash to spend from hosting sewage treatment plant

  • Jan 25, 2018
Mayor’s Message: Amenity funds focused on parks, recreation, public safety
Ray Kennedy has owned and operated Bring and Buy Books for 18 years, and says he had plans to sell the business to an interested buyer but the Township purchased the building in September and will demolish it in late spring.  Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Local businesses forced out in Esquimalt Township’s purchase of building

Esquimalt Road property will serve as parking lot until Town Centre plan confirmed for site

Ray Kennedy has owned and operated Bring and Buy Books for 18 years, and says he had plans to sell the business to an interested buyer but the Township purchased the building in September and will demolish it in late spring.  Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS