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Newly trained perfusionist Kris Hromadnik working during a coronary arterial bypass case. (Supplied by Roger Stanzel)

Demand for perfusionists skyrockets during pandemic, with shortages in hospitals across the country

The professionals who manage life support are in high demand during the pandemic

 

Pacific FC beat Forge FC for the first time in their history in the final of the Canadian Premier League playoffs. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Pacific FC win Canadian Premier League title in shock upset

PFC won with a header from young midfielder Alessandro Hojabrpour

 

The West Shore RCMP is looking to double its restorative justice referrals. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore RMCP looking to double number of restorative justice cases it handles

There were seven restorative justice referral cases involving 16 offenders in the first half of 2020

 

Alessandro Hojabrpour (centre) and Terran Campbell (right) have been nominated for Under-21 Player of the Year and Player of the Year respectively. (Courtesy Pacific FC)

PFC coach, two players nominated for end of season awards ahead of final

The final kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time in Hamilton

Alessandro Hojabrpour (centre) and Terran Campbell (right) have been nominated for Under-21 Player of the Year and Player of the Year respectively. (Courtesy Pacific FC)
Ariella Falkowski with Lohbrunner Community Farm helps a customer pick out some locally grown produce during a previous season of the Goldstream Farmers Market. While still not up to pre-pandemic levels, organizers said the 2021 season exceeded their expectations, with an average of 500 people attending every Saturday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Farmers Market season exceeds expectations

The market saw an average of 500 people attend each Saturday during the season, which ended Nov. 27

Ariella Falkowski with Lohbrunner Community Farm helps a customer pick out some locally grown produce during a previous season of the Goldstream Farmers Market. While still not up to pre-pandemic levels, organizers said the 2021 season exceeded their expectations, with an average of 500 people attending every Saturday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 student Sadie Karlsson and Grade 9 student Presley Eberle sit in a music room. The two musicians are set to perform in the school’s upcoming Winter Concert on Dec. 8, the first since the pandemic started. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Live music returns to Belmont Secondary School with Winter Concert Dec. 8

Featuring multiple bands, it is the first in-person concert since the pandemic started

Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 student Sadie Karlsson and Grade 9 student Presley Eberle sit in a music room. The two musicians are set to perform in the school’s upcoming Winter Concert on Dec. 8, the first since the pandemic started. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Droughts could be worse than that seen this summer in Greater Victoria, according to an Island-based watershed and climate researcher. (Black Press Media file photo)

Future Greater Victoria droughts could be worse than any on record: watershed researcher

Tree ring records show droughts worse than 2021 summer, without influence of climate change

Droughts could be worse than that seen this summer in Greater Victoria, according to an Island-based watershed and climate researcher. (Black Press Media file photo)
Local artist Paul Lewis has installed three driftwood owl sculptures along a trail in Colwood as part of a pop-up art display. (Photo courtesy of Paul Lewis)

Driftwood owl sculptures now hidden along Colwood trail

Artist Paul Lewis installed the temporary display along Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre Trail

Local artist Paul Lewis has installed three driftwood owl sculptures along a trail in Colwood as part of a pop-up art display. (Photo courtesy of Paul Lewis)
A Cooper’s hawk was Wild ARC’s 3,000th rescue of 2021. (Wild ARC/Facebook)

Wild ARC tops 3,000 south Vancouver Island wild animal rescues for the year

2021 on track to be record-breaking rescue year for Metchosin facility

A Cooper’s hawk was Wild ARC’s 3,000th rescue of 2021. (Wild ARC/Facebook)
Debbie Stroshein’s Christmas tree lot Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. serves as a training ground aimed at giving youth valuable life and employment skills as they head into the workforce. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford Christmas tree lot offers young employees more than simply holiday cash

Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. lets youth learn while earning more than minimum wage

Debbie Stroshein’s Christmas tree lot Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. serves as a training ground aimed at giving youth valuable life and employment skills as they head into the workforce. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in finding Ryan Fletcher, who’s wanted after his statutory release was suspended. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP looking for wanted man Ryan Fletcher

Wanted after statutory release was suspended

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in finding Ryan Fletcher, who’s wanted after his statutory release was suspended. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
The Capital Regional District is making the rounds of Greater Victoria municipalities requesting additional funding for new climate change initiatives, one of which is to hire a new electric vehicle program coordinator. (Twitter - City of Victoria)

Sooke backs CRD climate initiative

Greater Victoria municipalities have until Dec. 17 to choose whether to support tax hike

The Capital Regional District is making the rounds of Greater Victoria municipalities requesting additional funding for new climate change initiatives, one of which is to hire a new electric vehicle program coordinator. (Twitter - City of Victoria)
Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Winter version of StoryWalk lines Sooke storefront windows

Eleven businesses taking part in the project that runs Dec. 11-18

Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
RCMP report the number of crimes in Sooke in the first nine months of 2021 is constant compared to a year earlier. (Boaz Joseph - Black Press Media)

Sooke crime rate steady in 2021 compared to 2020, according to new stats from RCMP

While fraud crimes are up this year, violent crimes have decreased

RCMP report the number of crimes in Sooke in the first nine months of 2021 is constant compared to a year earlier. (Boaz Joseph - Black Press Media)
Children’s Health Foundation donors Adrian D’Silva and Tracey D’Silva have volunteered to decorate the home every year since 2012. (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island/Facebook)

Volunteers light up View Royal ‘home away from home’ for the holidays

Jeneece Place covered in donated lights to brighten spirits

Children’s Health Foundation donors Adrian D’Silva and Tracey D’Silva have volunteered to decorate the home every year since 2012. (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island/Facebook)
At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)

Scaled-up Colwood star shines down on city for second year

After receiving plenty of positive feedback last year, homeowners make it bigger and brighter

At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)
Flooding and bank instability has closed the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Services Inc.)

Long-term Malahat flood repair in design stages, cost unknown: Transportation Ministry

Nov. 15 rainstorm caused a section of slope and retaining wall to collapse

Flooding and bank instability has closed the Malahat past West Shore Parkway Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon Services Inc.)
Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, on Saturday, Dec. 4 and 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke Winter Market hosts blended event this year

The market is happening on Dec. 4 and 11 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, on Saturday, Dec. 4 and 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. (File - Black Press Media)
Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Port Renfrew breaks rainfall records, doubles the usual total for November

Since records started, Victoria has never seen as much in a whole year as Port Renfrew did in one month

Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
LETTER SIG

LETTER: CRD tactic goes from saving to borrowing

Buried away in the 1,731-page Oct. 27 CRD committee-of-the-hole report (and I…

  • Dec 2, 2021
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