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Emily Harris (centre) started the in-person Monarch Moms meet-up groups in July, when it was much easier to physical distance in outdoor spaces. Harris started the group as a source of connection for women navigating the ups and downs of having a baby during a pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Victoria new mom group navigates challenges of motherhood in a pandemic

Monarch Moms meet once a week for physically-distanced connection

Emily Harris (centre) started the in-person Monarch Moms meet-up groups in July, when it was much easier to physical distance in outdoor spaces. Harris started the group as a source of connection for women navigating the ups and downs of having a baby during a pandemic. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)

VIDEO: Quintet of bears frolic in Vancouver Island yard

Port Alberni family was treated to a visit from some playful black bears

Port Alberni resident Holly Braker-McLaughlin captured footage of five bears playing in her yard. (SCREENSHOT)
Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)

Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm

Rudderless for a month, the couple zigzagged most the way home with “a few donuts and lazy-eights”

Sails down, masks up for Ron and Sherry Pryde, who completed a 119 day journey that was supposed to be 70 days. (Zoe Ducklow)
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Penny Hart issues plea for help to find her son Sean
Federal public health officials release new data that shows how COVID-19 is being spread
Furstenau says Greens no longer limited to Vancouver Island
Furstenau says NDP engineered election to wipe out opponents
Ma Miller’s Pub in Langford. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
Ma Miller’s Pub in Langford. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
Environmental advocate, Dorothy Chambers holds up the body of Ollie, a well-known Great Horned owl found dead in Cuthbert Holmes Park on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)

Poison suspected after well-known owl found dead in Saanich park

Body of Ollie the Great Horned owl discovered in Cuthbert Holmes Park

Environmental advocate, Dorothy Chambers holds up the body of Ollie, a well-known Great Horned owl found dead in Cuthbert Holmes Park on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)
City of Victoria crews will soon be gathering up fallen leaves in neighbourhoods and city parks. First up on the pickup list are the James Bay, Fairfield, Rockland, Gonzales and South Jubilee neighbourhoods, starting Oct. 19. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Victoria city leaf pickup a sure sign of fall

Residential pickup begins Oct. 19, drop-offs can happen anytime at city yard

City of Victoria crews will soon be gathering up fallen leaves in neighbourhoods and city parks. First up on the pickup list are the James Bay, Fairfield, Rockland, Gonzales and South Jubilee neighbourhoods, starting Oct. 19. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Fireworks are allowed in Saanich but only on Halloween night and only if the person setting them off has taken the certification course through the Saanich Fire Department. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich’s Halloween fireworks, bonfire permitting process moves online

Firefighter outlines COVID-19-friendly process as spooky celebrations approach

Fireworks are allowed in Saanich but only on Halloween night and only if the person setting them off has taken the certification course through the Saanich Fire Department. (Black Press Media file photo)
A screenshot from the promotion video for the Royal Canadian Legion - BC/Yukon Command’s Youth Remembrance Contest. (legionbcyukon.ca)

Legion calls for youthful perspective on Remembrance Day

Entries can be dropped off at local Royal Canadian Legion branches by Nov. 15

A screenshot from the promotion video for the Royal Canadian Legion - BC/Yukon Command’s Youth Remembrance Contest. (legionbcyukon.ca)
Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)

Smashed pumpkins provide a royal Thanksgiving feast for animals at Island sanctuary

Substantial community donations to purchase pumpkins surpasses the initial goal

Widget, RASTA's senior potbelly pig, enjoying his treats. (Photo submitted)
The Nightmare Before Christmas”, an Academy Award-winning 1993 animated musical dark fantasy film produced by Tim Burton, will be presented on Oct. 31 in Sooke. (Contributed photo)
The Nightmare Before Christmas”, an Academy Award-winning 1993 animated musical dark fantasy film produced by Tim Burton, will be presented on Oct. 31 in Sooke. (Contributed photo)
A large bush sporting googly eyes and a mask is delighting Colwood residents along Cecil Blogg Drive. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Nature masks up too in Colwood

A large bush sporting googly eyes and a mask has been giving residents a good chuckle

A large bush sporting googly eyes and a mask is delighting Colwood residents along Cecil Blogg Drive. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Rufus the pug gets dressed up for Halloween. The BC SPCA in Victoria has worked with the Cool Aid Society to extend its pet food bank services to more pets and people in need in the community. (Courtesy of BC SPCA)

Non-profit partnership helps more Victoria pets in need

BC SPCA and Cool Aid Society extend pet food bank to more community members

Rufus the pug gets dressed up for Halloween. The BC SPCA in Victoria has worked with the Cool Aid Society to extend its pet food bank services to more pets and people in need in the community. (Courtesy of BC SPCA)
Sooke mayor Maja Tait brought a pair of scissors to commemorate the official opening of the 6.5-km Stickleback Urban Trail on Thursday, Oct. 15. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

New urban trail connects Sooke residents to Galloping Goose

Stickleback Urban Trail stretches 6.5 km from Clarkson Park

Sooke mayor Maja Tait brought a pair of scissors to commemorate the official opening of the 6.5-km Stickleback Urban Trail on Thursday, Oct. 15. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island has announced their Y Outdoors School, which will be held at Camp Thunderbird in Sooke, starting in early January 2021. (YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island)

YMCA offers outdoor school for elementary students

Program to max out at 10 students per staff member, five-days a week

The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island has announced their Y Outdoors School, which will be held at Camp Thunderbird in Sooke, starting in early January 2021. (YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island)
The Royal Canadian Legion in Sooke will be holding a virtual ceremony on Nov. 11 without a parade. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke to hold virtual Remembrance Day ceremony, cancels parade

President asks for local businesses to support by buying wreaths

The Royal Canadian Legion in Sooke will be holding a virtual ceremony on Nov. 11 without a parade. (Black Press Media file photo)
Grade 12 student Braden Gilson welds a spot on a jt boat at Edward Milne Community School in Sooke. Gilson is one of 17 students on Meatl TASK program at the school. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

EMCS program forges new path for trades

Unique program allows senior students to immerse themselves in metal fabrication trade

Grade 12 student Braden Gilson welds a spot on a jt boat at Edward Milne Community School in Sooke. Gilson is one of 17 students on Meatl TASK program at the school. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Apted sisters Maylin, 6, Everly, 3, and Brylee, 9, show off some of their Remembrance Day paintings. The Metchosin girls sell their paintings locally and around the country to raise money for Canada’s veterans. (Courtesy of Dani Apted)

Metchosin sisters paint pictures for veterans

Girls donate proceeds from painting to Langford Legion

Apted sisters Maylin, 6, Everly, 3, and Brylee, 9, show off some of their Remembrance Day paintings. The Metchosin girls sell their paintings locally and around the country to raise money for Canada’s veterans. (Courtesy of Dani Apted)
Rogers Canada has added 5G network services to Greater Victoria residents, including the West Shore, Sidney, and Sooke. (Canadian Press photo)

Rogers announces 5G service for customers across Greater Victoria

Service extends into Sidney, the West Shore and Sooke

Rogers Canada has added 5G network services to Greater Victoria residents, including the West Shore, Sidney, and Sooke. (Canadian Press photo)
Veronica Carroll (left), CEO, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island; Tim Cormode, CEO, Power To Be; the Mason family; Jane Evans, Leadership and Legacy Giving Manager, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island gather for a safe photo during the $160,000 grant presentation. (Courtesy Power to Be)
Veronica Carroll (left), CEO, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island; Tim Cormode, CEO, Power To Be; the Mason family; Jane Evans, Leadership and Legacy Giving Manager, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island gather for a safe photo during the $160,000 grant presentation. (Courtesy Power to Be)
This year’s Thanksgiving meal will include masks, physical distancing and take out containers, but the Salvation Army will still be serving up hot, nutritious turkey dinners to anyone in need. (Courtesy of Patricia Mamic)
This year’s Thanksgiving meal will include masks, physical distancing and take out containers, but the Salvation Army will still be serving up hot, nutritious turkey dinners to anyone in need. (Courtesy of Patricia Mamic)