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The addition of the new bike lanes hope to further connect the Greater Victoria Area. (Black Press file photo)

Esquimalt adding new protected bike and pedestrian lanes in 2023

The goal of the new bike lanes is to reduce the number of cars that pass through the area

Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Baye Pearson is tearing up the track in go-kart racing. (Contributed photo)

Sooke teen’s future in the fast lane

Charlotte Pearson, 15, among top go-kart racers in province

Sooke Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Edward Milne Community School on Saturday and Sunday. (Shutterstock.com)

Sooke Dance Studio presents Nutcracker with a twist

Performances set for Dec. 10 and 11 at Edward Milne Community School

Hundreds of spectators young and old lined the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to watch as the 24th annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive made its way through Langford Saturday (Dec. 3). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive brings cheer to Greater Victoria for 24th year

The convoy passed through Langford as the Langford Light Up event took place

Hundreds of spectators young and old lined the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway to watch as the 24th annual IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive made its way through Langford Saturday (Dec. 3). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The giant sequoia tree at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway was lit up for the holidays Saturday (Dec. 3) during the first Langford Light Up event since 2019. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford lights up for first time since 2019

The annual Langford Light Up event saw hundreds visit a festively decorated Veterans Memorial Park

The giant sequoia tree at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway was lit up for the holidays Saturday (Dec. 3) during the first Langford Light Up event since 2019. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Do you know when the Slinky was first created? (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: How much do you know about toys and games?

This is the season when new games and toys capture the attention of young and old alike

Do you know when the Slinky was first created? (Pixabay.com)
Volunteers (from left) Adrian D’Silva, Alex Wright, Veronica Carroll, Mike Lukoni and Tracey D’Silva. (Courtesy of the Children’s Health Foundation)

Jeneece Place gets decked out for the holidays

Local couple steps up to spread holiday cheer in View Royal for the 11th Christmas in a row

Volunteers (from left) Adrian D’Silva, Alex Wright, Veronica Carroll, Mike Lukoni and Tracey D’Silva. (Courtesy of the Children’s Health Foundation)
The shop uses funds from resales and donations to fund community programs that support women and others. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

‘It was a labour of love’: Women in Need Resale non-profit opens new shop in Saanich

The new store will help the non-profit provide community services to women and LGBTQIA2S+ people

The shop uses funds from resales and donations to fund community programs that support women and others. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Teams use the colour green to signify their commitment to talking about mental health and spread the word about Buddy Check for Jesse. (Courtesy of Buddy Check for Jesse Facebook)

Victoria organization encourages coaches to end the stigma around mental health issues

Buddy Check works to normalize talking about mental health issues, which can strike at any age

Teams use the colour green to signify their commitment to talking about mental health and spread the word about Buddy Check for Jesse. (Courtesy of Buddy Check for Jesse Facebook)
Members of the Greater Victoria Green Team worked to clean an invasive plant from Patricia Bay Park. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)

Greater Victoria Green Team takes on invasive plants in Patricia Bay Park

The group worked nearly 3 hours to remove the invasive Himalayan blackberry

Members of the Greater Victoria Green Team worked to clean an invasive plant from Patricia Bay Park. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)
The service will include a candlelight vigil to honour those who have been harmed based on their gender. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria church to hold service commemorating victims of gender-based violence

First Metropolitan United Church will hold the service to remember those targeted because of gender

The service will include a candlelight vigil to honour those who have been harmed based on their gender. (Black Press Media file photo)
Volunteers work to clear invasive plants from Peter Grant Park in Sidney on Nov. 13. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)

Mystic makeover: Green Team tackles invasives at the University of Victoria

With hot chocolate to keep volunteers warm, the team tackles ivy Dec. 4

Volunteers work to clear invasive plants from Peter Grant Park in Sidney on Nov. 13. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)
The Red Hat Sooke Sirens enjoy a Vancouver Island wine tour in 2011. The fun social group is looking fpr new members. (Contributed photo)

Fun-loving Red Hat ladies looking for new members

Red Hat Sooke Sirens a great way to make new friends

The Red Hat Sooke Sirens enjoy a Vancouver Island wine tour in 2011. The fun social group is looking fpr new members. (Contributed photo)
A look back at the early days of Do Some Good when the team was first forming. Photo courtesy Do Some Good

Do Some Good Receives National Award for Social Impact

B Corp and tech-for-good platform Do Some Good is being recognized on…

  • Dec 2, 2022
A look back at the early days of Do Some Good when the team was first forming. Photo courtesy Do Some Good
Claremont Secondary students prepare for the opening night of their winter play, One Stoplight Town. (Courtesy of Colin Plant)

Claremont students bring small-town America to the Saanich stage

From new love to old habits, the community in One Stoplight Town is changing, for better or worse

Claremont Secondary students prepare for the opening night of their winter play, One Stoplight Town. (Courtesy of Colin Plant)
Norah Myers advocates Pilates as a beneficial exercise for people with disabilities. (Photo by Lucas Grosse)

Victoria TikTok creator goes viral battling bullies online

Pilates advocate promotes body neutrality, diversity in wellness leadership

Norah Myers advocates Pilates as a beneficial exercise for people with disabilities. (Photo by Lucas Grosse)
Werner Karsten shows one of the two turtlepod prototypes he brought with him for display at the Walk With Me event in Courtenay, on Nov. 26. The insulated, mobile  pods are intended to provide safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Photo by Terry Farrell
Werner Karsten shows one of the two turtlepod prototypes he brought with him for display at the Walk With Me event in Courtenay, on Nov. 26. The insulated, mobile  pods are intended to provide safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Photo by Terry Farrell
Annie Corrigall and her family were joined by owners and staff of Georgia Straight Collision for the reveal party of Annie’s Help Fill A Dream dream vacation to Disney World. Photo by Terry Farrell

Help Fill A Dream sends Vancouver Island youngster and family to Disney World

Ten-year-old Annie Corrigall has been through a lot in her first decade.…

Annie Corrigall and her family were joined by owners and staff of Georgia Straight Collision for the reveal party of Annie’s Help Fill A Dream dream vacation to Disney World. Photo by Terry Farrell
The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Royal Bay Secondary School shoots for 10,000 food items

The school’s annual 10,000 Tonight food drive returned to its full program Wednesday

The Royal Bay Secondary School community came out in full force Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the school’s 10,000 Tonight food drive in support of the Goldstream Food Bank. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Hospice hosts a community gathering Dec. 1 that includes the annual tree lighting, and a new candle-lighting ceremony, treats, music and importantly, information on how to cope with grief on the holidays. (Courtesy Victoria Hospice)

Victoria Hospice candle-lighting gathering reminds us it’s OK to grieve

Community gathering is Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. by the Garry oak tree on Richmond Road

Hospice hosts a community gathering Dec. 1 that includes the annual tree lighting, and a new candle-lighting ceremony, treats, music and importantly, information on how to cope with grief on the holidays. (Courtesy Victoria Hospice)