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A project between the Dead Boat Disposal Society, Songhees Nation and Ralmax (Salish Sea Industrial Services) and the province sees eight boats removed from the bottom of Oak Bay. (Courtesy Wesley Roe/Dead Boat Disposal Society)

VIDEO: Oak Bay waters a graveyard for sunken vessels as Songhees target 100 in coastal B.C.

Songhees bring in Ralmax, Dead Boat Disposal Society to remove eight sunken vessels

A young family cycles along Selkirk Avenue in Esquimalt. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)

Esquimalt opens survey on proposed active transportation plan

Residents have until Nov. 5 to provide feedback

Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and Victoria police officers were on scene Friday night after receiving reports of a knife-wielding man. (Black Press Media file photo)

Emergency response team uses projectiles to subdue suspect believed to be carrying a knife in Victoria

Man treated for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to VicPD cells

Bike racks always fill up at Oak Bay High as it’s a popular mode of transportation for students and users of the adjacent Neighbourhood Learning Centre. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay police looking for stolen property after bike thefts

Thief makes off with laptop, jacket after trunk left unlocked

Bike racks always fill up at Oak Bay High as it’s a popular mode of transportation for students and users of the adjacent Neighbourhood Learning Centre. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Flight information for the helicopter cruising Greater Victoria on Monday, Oct. 18. (FlightRadar24.com)

Zig-zagging black helicopter captures imaginations in Greater Victoria

Fortis conducting routine areal inspections over Greater Victoria

Flight information for the helicopter cruising Greater Victoria on Monday, Oct. 18. (FlightRadar24.com)
Colin Spires, 50, was last seen in the Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood Sept. 26. (Courtesy VicPD)
Colin Spires, 50, was last seen in the Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood Sept. 26. (Courtesy VicPD)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria man arrested after alleged indecent act near Sooke high school

Man in custody until his next court appearance on Thursday

(Black Press Media file photo)
Passengers flying through the Victoria International Airport continue to risk exposure to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 detected on 3 flights through Victoria

Flights included Oct. 13 from Calgary, Oct. 12 from Vancouver, Oct. 10 from Edmonton

Passengers flying through the Victoria International Airport continue to risk exposure to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lansdowne Middle School was one of four Greater Victoria schools added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list over the weekend. (Google Streetview)

4 new Greater Victoria school exposures reported over weekend

15 potential COVID-19 exposures, 1 active cluster total

Lansdowne Middle School was one of four Greater Victoria schools added to Island Health’s COVID-19 exposure list over the weekend. (Google Streetview)
The Alphabet Zoo Early Learning Centre is expanding its capacity to 44 kids. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Langford council rezones Sooke Road lot, daycare boosts capacity

Alphabet Zoo Early Learning Centre had applied for Colwood move, but was rejected

The Alphabet Zoo Early Learning Centre is expanding its capacity to 44 kids. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant building in Sooke on Oct. 13. (Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)
RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant building in Sooke on Oct. 13. (Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment stood at 4.2 per cent in September, unchanged from August. (Black Press Media File)

Greater Victoria’s unemployment well below provincial average

Local unemployment figures of 4.2% below B.C.’s 5.9% and Canada’s 6.9% rate

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment stood at 4.2 per cent in September, unchanged from August. (Black Press Media File)
Oak Bay staff are seeking direction from council on how to proceed with temporary sidewalk changes. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay defers sidewalk changes debate as council meeting runs late into the night

Municipal staff seek direction on pandemic changes to pedestrian spaces

Oak Bay staff are seeking direction from council on how to proceed with temporary sidewalk changes. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke RCMP is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the downtown area. (Black Press Media file photo)
District council re-introduced a bylaw last week banning plastic bags. The ban will take effect within six months. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke’s plastic bag ban might expand to other plastics

Ban on plastic bags to take effect within six months

District council re-introduced a bylaw last week banning plastic bags. The ban will take effect within six months. (Pixabay.com)
Saanich residents can apply for a rebate when purchasing electric bikes, courtesy of the District of Saanich. (District of Saanich)

District of Saanich will pay up to $1,600 per household in e-bike rebates

Pilot program said to be first of its kind of B.C. among local governments

Saanich residents can apply for a rebate when purchasing electric bikes, courtesy of the District of Saanich. (District of Saanich)
Owners Garvin, left, and Shanon Tse outside Helmcken Market on Oct. 15, its last day in business after 48 years. Community members gathered outside the View Royal market to show their appreciation. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

View Royal thanks Helmcken Market for its friendly legacy as the store closes after 48 years

Community members gathered to show their appreciation for the owners on Oct. 15

Owners Garvin, left, and Shanon Tse outside Helmcken Market on Oct. 15, its last day in business after 48 years. Community members gathered outside the View Royal market to show their appreciation. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Sooke School District students who go on trips abroad won’t be able to return to the classroom for 14 days after their return. (Black Press Media file photo)

No virtual learning for SD62 unvaccinated students isolating after international travel

Sooke School District recommends making arrangements with teachers before travelling

Sooke School District students who go on trips abroad won’t be able to return to the classroom for 14 days after their return. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay’s survey for its five-year financial plan, aimed at residents and business and property owners, opens Oct. 24 online, with paper copies available at municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay seeks public’s voice in five-year budget planning

Survey opens Oct. 24 online, with paper copies available at municipal hall

Oak Bay’s survey for its five-year financial plan, aimed at residents and business and property owners, opens Oct. 24 online, with paper copies available at municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Denis Harrigan (left), former principal at Spectrum Community School, and Phil Watt, a former teacher at Spectrum and alumni board member. The two men stand with a portrait of their late colleague, Brian Whitmore. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Rachel)

Commemorative service honours longstanding career of former Spectrum Community School teacher

Brian Whitmore, who passed away last July, was a beloved teacher and colleague

Denis Harrigan (left), former principal at Spectrum Community School, and Phil Watt, a former teacher at Spectrum and alumni board member. The two men stand with a portrait of their late colleague, Brian Whitmore. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Rachel)