EDITORIAL: Looking ahead involves a little looking backward

The News gratefully acknowledges readers’ trust in us to tell stories that resonate with you

As we wrap up another year here at the News and look back upon the stories of 2017, our team has also taken a minute to reflect on just how we got here, and where we’re going in 2018.

A lot of change has taken place behind the scenes in our newsroom. A new (old) editor, two new reporters and a whole lot of technology have enabled us to get out into the communities of Victoria and Esquimalt to bring you the stories that you care about.

A lot of those stories brought us closer to our readers, and our readers closer to each other.

Often, the biggest news can be the most tragic; the death of Euarchol Wanichpan shook the city and thanks to social media, we were able to broaden our coverage of the 25 year old as told to us by those who knew her best.

When we told stories of a more positive note, we found diversity, talent and generosity.

For example, your donations to the United Way helped launch bc211.ca, a multi-faceted help line for Island residents. And a city woman, gifted a bicycle after hers was stolen, paid it forward and donated it to a local non-profit where she volunteers.

Changes came, too. The Johnson Street bridge is nearing completion, an NDP government put four local politicians in the provincial realm and Victoria took the plunge into dedicated two-way bike lanes.

Not every story that brings a community together will do so in an agreeable fashion. As Arthur Miller once said, “A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.”

It is our hope that dialogue is what keeps us on our toes, digging to the heart of what matters most to you.

It has always been, and remains our mission to provide you with the news that affects your communities whether you read us in print, watch for our Tweets, spot our photos on Instagram, tune in for live Facebook coverage or visit us online.

In an age when not every community can say it has a newspaper, it is our honour and privilege that you continue to choose the News to keep you informed.

Just Posted

Oak Bay double murder trial enters second week

Defence continues to question police handling of crime scene

Woman sentenced to time served, 3 years probation for Oak Bay arson

This comes after defendent spent 150 days in jail

Province announces more improvements for Highway 14

$85-million project made possible through federal funding support

Highway 1 just south of Malahat Drive to see lane expansion

Langford stretch between Leigh Road and Westshore Parkway will see additional lane and median

UPDATED: Police investigating possible link between shooting and crash in Langford

One person in custody, another driver fled following crash on Kelly Road

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Most Read