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Emergency service providers drove past Victoria General Hospital on Monday (Sept. 13) in a show of support for health care workers. (Video courtesy of Les Gee)
Emergency service providers drove past Victoria General Hospital on Monday (Sept. 13) in a show of support for health care workers. (Video courtesy of Les Gee)
George Manning (right), seen here in the pressroom of one of the publications he oversaw, was a legendary figure and mentor in the local community newspaper industry. He passed away last week at age 81. (Facebook/Gail Manning)

Gazette founder leaves a legacy on Greater Victoria, Island journalism

George Manning dies at 81, was key figure in the growth of Black Press on Vancouver Island

George Manning (right), seen here in the pressroom of one of the publications he oversaw, was a legendary figure and mentor in the local community newspaper industry. He passed away last week at age 81. (Facebook/Gail Manning)
The 21st annual Oak Bay Collector Car Show attracted thousands of visitors to Oak Bay Avenue on Sunday (Sept. 12). (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay Car Collector Show lights up Avenue strip

One of Island’s most popular car shows returns for its 21st edition

The 21st annual Oak Bay Collector Car Show attracted thousands of visitors to Oak Bay Avenue on Sunday (Sept. 12). (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Members of Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society collect fish at Sooke River’s Pemberton Pool.

Sooke group gearing up for another season of salmon enhancement

Broodstock collection set for Sooke River and DeMamiel Creek

Members of Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society collect fish at Sooke River’s Pemberton Pool.
During Smile Cookie Week, delicious chocolate chunk Smile Cookies are available at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1 each and 23 locations across Greater Victoria will donate full proceeds to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Cookie campaign aims to keep Greater Victoria kids smiling during difficult times

Smile Cookies are $1 this week with proceeds going to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

During Smile Cookie Week, delicious chocolate chunk Smile Cookies are available at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1 each and 23 locations across Greater Victoria will donate full proceeds to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)

First mini soccer pitch for Indigenous children ready for play

Grand opening Monday marks a special occasion on Penelakut Island

The Penelakut mini pitch will be painted by late spring 2022 to bring it to completion. (Submitted)
Teale Phelps Bondaroff (from left) with Rob Boyce, Lara Lannon, Blesela Garachico and Joe Mercer. The group of neighbours maintains a seed/seedling exchange box on Dunedin Street in Saanich. (Courtesy of Blesela Garachico)

Pollinators, pokemon come together in Greater Victoria’s latest little library

Seedling libraries get their own designation on Victoria Placemaking interactive map

Teale Phelps Bondaroff (from left) with Rob Boyce, Lara Lannon, Blesela Garachico and Joe Mercer. The group of neighbours maintains a seed/seedling exchange box on Dunedin Street in Saanich. (Courtesy of Blesela Garachico)
Saanich’s moon and lantern festival on Sept. 18 will celebrate culture, community and the harvest full moon. (Photo courtesy of District of Saanich)
Saanich’s moon and lantern festival on Sept. 18 will celebrate culture, community and the harvest full moon. (Photo courtesy of District of Saanich)
The City of Victoria invites residents and business owners to its lunchtime series of online workshops, touching on a range of topics. (Black Press Media file photo)

City of Victoria launching fall series of lunchtime workshops

Online sessions focus on graffiti removal, leadership building and living waste-free

The City of Victoria invites residents and business owners to its lunchtime series of online workshops, touching on a range of topics. (Black Press Media file photo)
Organizers of the Esquimalt Ribfest invite the public down to get a taste of the best barbecue, beverages and local music around, this weekend at Bullen Park. Volunteers are also still needed for the three-day event. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt Ribfest taking safety precautions, calling for volunteers

Weekend event features ribbers, beverages, bands and more Sept. 10 to 12

Organizers of the Esquimalt Ribfest invite the public down to get a taste of the best barbecue, beverages and local music around, this weekend at Bullen Park. Volunteers are also still needed for the three-day event. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lucy Aitken, a leader with Recreation Oak Bay helps campers use up the chalk to fill a colourful and inspiring trail at Willows Beach Park Sept. 2. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Lucy Aitken, a leader with Recreation Oak Bay helps campers use up the chalk to fill a colourful and inspiring trail at Willows Beach Park Sept. 2. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Renee Lorme-Gulbrandsen, executive director for Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society, is excited about the new office at 1442 Monterey Ave. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Oak Bay volunteer organization ready to reopen in new space

Monterey Avenue building now home to volunteers, library, recreation centre

Renee Lorme-Gulbrandsen, executive director for Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society, is excited about the new office at 1442 Monterey Ave. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Recent Oak Bay High graduate Lexie Krakowski won the grand prize at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals national event for her cello playing. (Courtesy Lexie Krakowski)

Oak Bay cellist takes her playing to the next level

Lexie Krakowski follows national festival win with placement at Glenn Gould School of Music

Recent Oak Bay High graduate Lexie Krakowski won the grand prize at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals national event for her cello playing. (Courtesy Lexie Krakowski)
Al Ennis with Marie Donais Calder, author of Forever in the Clouds, which tells the stories of the 21 RCAF officers killed in a crash near Estevan, Sask. in 1946. (Photo courtesy of the Ennis family)

Langford man rekindles memories of tragic Saskatchewan air crash

RCMP volunteer connects with author of book on Second World War pilots who died in peacetime crash

Al Ennis with Marie Donais Calder, author of Forever in the Clouds, which tells the stories of the 21 RCAF officers killed in a crash near Estevan, Sask. in 1946. (Photo courtesy of the Ennis family)
Lisa Peterson’s white 1980 GMC Sierra 1500 doubles as her container garden, which will also be on display during the 21st Oak Bay Collector Car Show set for Sept. 12. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay car collector puts her trio of shiny vehicles up for display

Sept. 12 show in Oak Bay Village extends up some side streets

Lisa Peterson’s white 1980 GMC Sierra 1500 doubles as her container garden, which will also be on display during the 21st Oak Bay Collector Car Show set for Sept. 12. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A mail-in ballot for the 2021 federal election. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is on Sept. 14, 2021, and Elections Canada must receive it by election day on Sept. 20, 2021. (Black Press Media files)
A mail-in ballot for the 2021 federal election. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is on Sept. 14, 2021, and Elections Canada must receive it by election day on Sept. 20, 2021. (Black Press Media files)
West Shore Rotary Club member Jim Tenhove unloads a box of golf balls into a crane bucket for the club’s Golf Ball Drop fundraiser last year. This year’s drop happens this Wednesday (Sept. 8) at 6:30 p.m. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
West Shore Rotary Club member Jim Tenhove unloads a box of golf balls into a crane bucket for the club’s Golf Ball Drop fundraiser last year. This year’s drop happens this Wednesday (Sept. 8) at 6:30 p.m. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Clarice Dillman (left) and Kim Cummins are excited about their new community kitchen on Cedar Hill Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Renovations provide cozy new space for Saanich community kitchen

New Cedar Hill Road location opens to provide healthy food options for those in need

Clarice Dillman (left) and Kim Cummins are excited about their new community kitchen on Cedar Hill Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Member Sandy Cotton is greeted by Monterey Recreation Centre staff Lesley Cobus and Joanne Donohue. (Linda Foubister photo)

Oak Bay recreation centre hosts week-long welcome back party

COVID-19 protocols remain, as Monterey centre welcomes guests

Member Sandy Cotton is greeted by Monterey Recreation Centre staff Lesley Cobus and Joanne Donohue. (Linda Foubister photo)
Performers engage in a friendship dance at a previous One Wave Gathering event. This year’s events get underway Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership)

One Wave Gathering celebrates Indigenous culture across Greater Victoria

14th annual event inspired by themes of healing and resurgence

Performers engage in a friendship dance at a previous One Wave Gathering event. This year’s events get underway Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership)