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The Oak Bay marching band leads 2018 Tour de Rock riders into the Oak Bay High gym. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay High lathers up its first Cops for Cancer fundraiser of 2021

Car wash Sept. 11 will support the annual Tour de Rock fundraiser for children with cancer

The Oak Bay marching band leads 2018 Tour de Rock riders into the Oak Bay High gym. (Black Press Media file photo)
Crowds check out some of the classic cars on display at the 2018 Oak Bay Collector Car Show. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay car show makes triumphant return to The Avenue

Auto enthusiasts can mark Sept. 12 on the calendar

Crowds check out some of the classic cars on display at the 2018 Oak Bay Collector Car Show. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
An outdoor music event at Prospect Lake Hall raised significant funds for community organizations that feed the community. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Price)

Outdoor music event in Saanich raises over $2,000 for food projects

Proceeds split between Rainbow Kitchen, Living Edge feeders of Greater Victoria people in need

An outdoor music event at Prospect Lake Hall raised significant funds for community organizations that feed the community. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Price)
Peter and Margaret Lake celebrate Peter’s 101st birthday in a garden on Dalhousie Street in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Life slows just a little as Oak Bay man turns 101

Peter Lake still loves to share interesting stories from his youth

Peter and Margaret Lake celebrate Peter’s 101st birthday in a garden on Dalhousie Street in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.

Counter-rally sends messages of thanks to Vancouver Island hospital workers

Residents hold support rally one day after COVID restrictions protest at Comox Valley hospital

Some residents held a counter-rally at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus Thursday afternoon, showing their support for health care workers. Photo supplied.
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Memorial Fund launched for Shirley woman who worked in mental health and disability support

The Mary Brown Memorial Fund is run by the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation

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A series of orange hearts, marking place names and numbers corresponding with known residential school sites where unmarked graves have been found, hang in Rutledge Park in Saanich. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Anonymous orange hearts hang in support throughout Saanich park

Sept. 30 marks Orange Shirt Day, and now national day of reconciliation

A series of orange hearts, marking place names and numbers corresponding with known residential school sites where unmarked graves have been found, hang in Rutledge Park in Saanich. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
David He is the newest member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. (Courtesy of David He)

Pearson College student accepted as newest member on Prime Minister’s Youth Council

David He is a three-time TEDx speaker and global advocate for sustainable growth

David He is the newest member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. (Courtesy of David He)
SEIZE THE DAY AND HAVE FUN
Rhiley Thorsen wasn’t dressed for the water park on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the five-year-old from running through the spray at Centennial Park in Langford. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Splashin’ good time in Langford

Centennial Park’s water zone a popular place on hot days

SEIZE THE DAY AND HAVE FUN
Rhiley Thorsen wasn’t dressed for the water park on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the five-year-old from running through the spray at Centennial Park in Langford. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The Sooke Fall Fair hopes to go all out in 2022, but for this year the fair is spread out over a couple of weeks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Fall Fair spread out over two weeks in September

Separated events will keep gatherings safe and small for 2021

The Sooke Fall Fair hopes to go all out in 2022, but for this year the fair is spread out over a couple of weeks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Robbie Thompson, seen here with the family dog, Oreo, explains why mass vaccinations are important for immuno-compromised people like himself. Photo supplied.
Principal Mike Bobbitt is thrilled to be back in the thick of things at Edward Milne Community School, such as in the garden where a wily gardener can spot hops, persimmon, corn, potatoes and quince. And that’s just in this photo. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Former Sooke teacher and vice-principal returns to EMCS bursting with excitement

Mike Bobbitt got promoted and sent back to his first school

Principal Mike Bobbitt is thrilled to be back in the thick of things at Edward Milne Community School, such as in the garden where a wily gardener can spot hops, persimmon, corn, potatoes and quince. And that’s just in this photo. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Saanich teacher Omar Azim, who works at Royal Oak Middle School, was awarded the Loran Scholars Foundation Teachers Building Leaders Award earlier this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Saanich teacher Omar Azim, who works at Royal Oak Middle School, was awarded the Loran Scholars Foundation Teachers Building Leaders Award earlier this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Salvation Army has a spacious new home in downtown Langford

Former nightclub space gives organization opportunities to provide more services

Capt. Stefan Reid wants to spread the word about the resources and facilities available for people on the West Shore and in Sooke at Connection Point Church & Resource Centre in Langford. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s new community liaison committee aims to help GVHA improve its triple bottom line goals relating to environmental, social and fiscal responsibilities across its operations on the waterfront. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority’s new community liaison committee aims to help GVHA improve its triple bottom line goals relating to environmental, social and fiscal responsibilities across its operations on the waterfront. (Black Press Media file photo)
Janice and Donald MacDonald learned they’d won the guaranteed prize draw with their Lotto 6/49 ticket they purchased at the Royal Oak Country Grocer on July 28. (Courtesy BCLC)

Victoria couple celebrates lotto win with $1M game of telephone

‘I thought I had won $1,000 and then I put my glasses on and realized there were a lot more zeros’

Janice and Donald MacDonald learned they’d won the guaranteed prize draw with their Lotto 6/49 ticket they purchased at the Royal Oak Country Grocer on July 28. (Courtesy BCLC)
A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will start riding different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021, starting as per tradition, in Port Alice on Sept. 20. (Photo by Arnold Lim/Tour de Rock)

Tour de Rock embraces community teams for annual Vancouver Island cancer fundraiser

Tour starts Sept. 20 in Port Alice, winds up with finale in Sidney on Oct. 1

A 12-day alumni tour of community-based teams will start riding different legs of the Tour de Rock for 2021, starting as per tradition, in Port Alice on Sept. 20. (Photo by Arnold Lim/Tour de Rock)
Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Greater Victoria organizations mark International Overdose Awareness Day

Tuesday, Aug. 31 sees free barbecue, candlelight vigil; groups re-issue calls for action

Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Green Team Greater Victoria volunteers Una Papineau (from left), Anika Rao, Kai Richins Daniel Bu and Kevin Yang stand in front of their haul of invasive blackberries from the University of Victoria’s Cunningham Woods on Aug. 29. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Green Team Greater Victoria tackles invasive species removal at UVic

Eco-stewardship group improving community connections, mental health as much as the environment

Green Team Greater Victoria volunteers Una Papineau (from left), Anika Rao, Kai Richins Daniel Bu and Kevin Yang stand in front of their haul of invasive blackberries from the University of Victoria’s Cunningham Woods on Aug. 29. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)