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Youth place flowers on the Oak Bay cenotaph during a previous service. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay tentatively plans in-person, streamed Remembrance Day service

Those who can mark the event virtually will leave space at the cenotaph for veterans, seniors

 

Grab and go kits for the entire family – including pets, should contain food, water, medication, prescription glasses and other basics such as a whistle, blanket, extra home and vehicle keys and flashlights. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Emergency program lead offers tips as winter storm season descends on Greater Victoria

‘Research shows that it is our neighbours who are our lifelines when there is an emergency’

 

(Andrew Barrett photo)

Oak Bay-based performing arts school starts season with staged comedy

Canadian College of Performing Arts presents Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land Oct. 21-24

 

When Joan Peggs takes a walk Sunday in Oak Bay it won’t be just any walk, but one to raise funds in a bid to eradicate polio worldwide. See story on Page A7. 
(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Rotarian walks to raise awareness that polio still exists

Rotary members walk, run, cycle in a bid to eradicate crippling disease worldwide

When Joan Peggs takes a walk Sunday in Oak Bay it won’t be just any walk, but one to raise funds in a bid to eradicate polio worldwide. See story on Page A7. 
(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
For the second year, COVID-19 safety concerns mean cancelling the traditional trick-or-treat on the Avenue and massive pumpkin display that fills the park off Granite Street. (Oak Bay BIA/Facebook)

No tricks or treats on Oak Bay Avenue this Halloween

Pumpkins on poles bring a little spookiness to the village

For the second year, COVID-19 safety concerns mean cancelling the traditional trick-or-treat on the Avenue and massive pumpkin display that fills the park off Granite Street. (Oak Bay BIA/Facebook)
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 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)
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)
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)
While still working on gathering in-person, the Oak Bay Toastmasters club meets every Tuesday. (Courtesy Oak Bay Toastmasters)

Shift online closes some windows, opens other doors for Oak Bay Toastmasters

Program helps member hone her voice, gain confidence in front of a crowd

While still working on gathering in-person, the Oak Bay Toastmasters club meets every Tuesday. (Courtesy Oak Bay Toastmasters)
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)
An Oak Bay firefighter and child hose down the massive Halloween fire in Firefighter’s Park during a previous event. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 pandemic douses Halloween bonfire in Oak Bay

Annual Oct. 31 gathering in Firefighter’s Park cancelled for second consecutive year

An Oak Bay firefighter and child hose down the massive Halloween fire in Firefighter’s Park during a previous event. (Black Press Media file photo)
Changes to the Bowker Avenue and Cadboro Bay Road intersection are set to improve pedestrian safety in the corridor between two schools. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Pedestrian safety upgrades underway on roadway between two Oak Bay schools

Traffic changes at Bowker Creek and Cadboro Bay intersection aim to slow drivers

Changes to the Bowker Avenue and Cadboro Bay Road intersection are set to improve pedestrian safety in the corridor between two schools. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Visitors to public meetings held at Oak Bay municipal hall are welcomed back. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay invites public back into meetings; limited space available

Council and advisory bodies welcome public in person, but registration required

Visitors to public meetings held at Oak Bay municipal hall are welcomed back. (Black Press Media file photo)
Missing man Nicholas Flanagan has longer hair and beard now, say police. (Ray Bernoties/Twitter)

UPDATE: Man missing from Oak Bay found safe

Nicholas Flanagan had been missing since Oct. 11

Missing man Nicholas Flanagan has longer hair and beard now, say police. (Ray Bernoties/Twitter)
One cat remains missing after a house fire in Oak Bay Tuesday morning. (Oak Bay Fire Department/Twitter)

Cat flees, residents safe after morning house fire in Oak Bay

Oak Bay Fire Department called to 2000-block Crescent Road

One cat remains missing after a house fire in Oak Bay Tuesday morning. (Oak Bay Fire Department/Twitter)
Volunteers with Schneider Electric work in partnership with Tree Canada and the District of Oak Bay to restore a pocket of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in Anderson Hill Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Volunteers clear corner of Oak Bay park for new native growth

Anderson Hill Park privvy to upgrades thanks to business, Tree Canada

Volunteers with Schneider Electric work in partnership with Tree Canada and the District of Oak Bay to restore a pocket of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in Anderson Hill Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay expanded the sidewalk onto Oak Bay Avenue to accommodate physical distancing by walkers. Those changes, tweaked over the year, could change again. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 pedestrian changes up for debate in Oak Bay

Council to consider next steps of temporary sidewalks at Tuesday night meeting

Oak Bay expanded the sidewalk onto Oak Bay Avenue to accommodate physical distancing by walkers. Those changes, tweaked over the year, could change again. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, established in 1923, starts at the high water mark at 10 Mile Point in Saanich and stretches across the shoreline of Oak Bay, Victoria, Saanich, View Royal and Esquimalt. (Capital Regional District map)

Environment ministry cracks down on dogs to protect migratory birds in Greater Victoria

‘Wildlife violations were occurring regularly’ in bird sanctuary, says federal government

The Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, established in 1923, starts at the high water mark at 10 Mile Point in Saanich and stretches across the shoreline of Oak Bay, Victoria, Saanich, View Royal and Esquimalt. (Capital Regional District map)
Residents are encouraged to take precautions at this time of year around male deer, which can be unpredictable during rutting season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Residents are encouraged to take precautions at this time of year around male deer, which can be unpredictable during rutting season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay has more than $900 million in public assets but about $273.9 million of the district’s water, sanitary sewer, storm and road assets are past their recommended useful life while others are beyond their useful life and due for replacement. (Black Press Media file photo)

Debt a near certainty as Oak Bay faces infrastructure shortfall

Expect ongoing tax, utilities increases as district covers 100-year funding gap

Oak Bay has more than $900 million in public assets but about $273.9 million of the district’s water, sanitary sewer, storm and road assets are past their recommended useful life while others are beyond their useful life and due for replacement. (Black Press Media file photo)