Jane Skrypnek

Ann Whiteaker was voted in as new Greater Victoria School District board chair on Aug. 9, after former chair Jordan Watters resigned at the urging of four local Indigenous communities. (Ann Whiteaker/Facebook)

New Greater Victoria School District board chair promises better Indigenous engagement

Ann Whiteaker takes over as chair, Rob Paynter as vice-chair

Ann Whiteaker was voted in as new Greater Victoria School District board chair on Aug. 9, after former chair Jordan Watters resigned at the urging of four local Indigenous communities. (Ann Whiteaker/Facebook)
Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. “It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don’t tell him I said that,” he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Farm to food bank: Volunteers ensure free, fresh produce for Greater Victorians in need

Fruits, vegetables delivered directly from Gatton House Farm to free food markets

Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. “It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don’t tell him I said that,” he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A new federal focus on Greater Victoria’s economic development is expected in the coming years after the Government of Canada announced a new B.C.-focused agency Aug. 5, with one of its regional offices in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

New economic development agency promises federal focus on Victoria

PacifiCan replacing Western Economic Diversification Canada in B.C. with nine offices

A new federal focus on Greater Victoria’s economic development is expected in the coming years after the Government of Canada announced a new B.C.-focused agency Aug. 5, with one of its regional offices in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Downtown Victoria Business Association is offering first-come, first-serve security grants to downtown businesses to help address safety concerns expressed by owners. (Black Press Media file photo)

Security grants made available to downtown Victoria businesses

Downtown Victoria Business Association grant covers 50% cost on upgrades up to $500

The Downtown Victoria Business Association is offering first-come, first-serve security grants to downtown businesses to help address safety concerns expressed by owners. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jordan Watters resigned as chairwoman of the Greater Victoria School District Aug. 3 after four Indigenous communities asked her to step down. She will continue on as a trustee. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria School District board chair answers Indigenous call to resign

Citing more work ahead, Jordan Watters says she is honouring wishes of Indigenous communities

Jordan Watters resigned as chairwoman of the Greater Victoria School District Aug. 3 after four Indigenous communities asked her to step down. She will continue on as a trustee. (Black Press Media file photo)
Over 100 Indigenous people and allies occupied a section of the Pat Bay Highway for an hour Aug. 2 to honour the children forced to go through the residential school system. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Lost Indigenous children honoured during demonstration along Pat Bay highway

Over 100 Indigenous people and allies gathered at Mount Newton Crossroad Aug. 2

Over 100 Indigenous people and allies occupied a section of the Pat Bay Highway for an hour Aug. 2 to honour the children forced to go through the residential school system. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among three Greater Victoria residents honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Three Greater Victoria residents awarded Order of B.C.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Dr. Debra Braithwaite and Andrew Petter honoured

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among three Greater Victoria residents honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Kenn Mount will be taking over as fire chief of Central Saanich beginning in September. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)

New recruit switches fire chief helmet from Sooke to Central Saanich come September

Kenn Mount has 16 years’ experience in the fire service, including four as chief in Sooke

Kenn Mount will be taking over as fire chief of Central Saanich beginning in September. (Photo by Tyler Cave Productions)
Emma Entzminger bites down on her first Olympic medal, the bronze that she and the Canadian women softballs team’s win over Mexico in Tokyo July 26. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Saanich’s Emma Entzminger returns home from Olympics with bronze

Softball player helped Canadian women’s team beat Mexico 3-2 on Monday

Emma Entzminger bites down on her first Olympic medal, the bronze that she and the Canadian women softballs team’s win over Mexico in Tokyo July 26. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Attendees at the 2020 Women’s March in Victoria carry signs with messages of empowerment. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police missteps leave Greater Victoria sexual assault survivor without justice

Police didn’t recommend charges against a local real estate agent, instead deeming case ‘unfounded’

Attendees at the 2020 Women’s March in Victoria carry signs with messages of empowerment. (Black Press Media file photo)
On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)

From salt to stevia: Pender Island couple nears year of producing everything they eat

Chris Hall and Stef Lowey haven’t bought a food product since Aug. 3, 2020

On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)
Greater Victoria lawyer Peter Darren Hart was disbarred July 20 after the Law Society of B.C. found he had misappropriated funds and acted in a conflict of interest. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria lawyer disbarred for misappropriating client funds

Panel found Peter Darren Hart’s actions “intentional and self-serving”

Greater Victoria lawyer Peter Darren Hart was disbarred July 20 after the Law Society of B.C. found he had misappropriated funds and acted in a conflict of interest. (Black Press Media file photo)
AquaLink, a tourism pilot project connecting five Southern Gulf Islands by water taxi, is set to start this September. (AquaLink/Screenshot)

Water taxi to connect five Southern Gulf Islands in pilot project

Taxi will run every Saturday and Sunday in September

AquaLink, a tourism pilot project connecting five Southern Gulf Islands by water taxi, is set to start this September. (AquaLink/Screenshot)
QThreadz co-founder Mady Harber runs a pop-up shop of their normally online upcycled, gender-inclusive clothing store in Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy of Mady Harber)
QThreadz co-founder Mady Harber runs a pop-up shop of their normally online upcycled, gender-inclusive clothing store in Royal Athletic Park. (Courtesy of Mady Harber)
A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering of the interior of the University of Victoria’s new six-storey addition to the engineering and computer science building, expected to be complete by 2024. (Credit: Dialog Design)

Engineering, computer science expansion at UVic to support 500 more students

University of Victoria to build two new facilities on campus

A rendering of the interior of the University of Victoria’s new six-storey addition to the engineering and computer science building, expected to be complete by 2024. (Credit: Dialog Design)
Giving begets giving, the Poplis insist as they deliver free groceries around Greater Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Giving begets giving: Saanich family devotes time, money to helping those in need

The Poplis devote at least 10 per cent of their income to Fateh Care

Giving begets giving, the Poplis insist as they deliver free groceries around Greater Victoria. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
The July 15 announcement that cruise ships will be allowed back in Canadian waters this fall was a welcome relief to Greater Victoria business associations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Return of cruise ships will buoy Greater Victoria businesses

Cruise ships return allowed by November, but region won’t feel impact until next spring

The July 15 announcement that cruise ships will be allowed back in Canadian waters this fall was a welcome relief to Greater Victoria business associations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sailor 1st Class Andy O’Brien works to identify and safely removed an undetonated Frist World War mortar from Fort Rodd Hill June 28. (Courtesy Canadian Armed Forces)

Undetonated WWII mortar discovered by Colwood groundskeeper

Two-inch mortar removed, destroyed by military explosive disposal technicians

Sailor 1st Class Andy O’Brien works to identify and safely removed an undetonated Frist World War mortar from Fort Rodd Hill June 28. (Courtesy Canadian Armed Forces)
Reb Stevenson, general director of the Gorge Tillicum Community Association, started off their neighbourhood’s amateur art installation event with an Ode to Canadian short film, the Log Driver’s Waltz. (Courtesy of Gorge Tillicum Community Association)

Ode to Log Driver’s Waltz among art installations popping up in Saanich neighbourhood

Gorge Tillicum Community Association calling for amateur front yard art

Reb Stevenson, general director of the Gorge Tillicum Community Association, started off their neighbourhood’s amateur art installation event with an Ode to Canadian short film, the Log Driver’s Waltz. (Courtesy of Gorge Tillicum Community Association)