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The permanently closed V2V Empress passenger ferry that ran for two years between Victoria and Vancouver is pictured on a foggy day at the Inner Harbour. Victoria resident Thomas Guerrero has proposed the concept of a passenger ferry that runs from Oak Bay Marina to Vancouver, the Gulf Islands and various U.S. destinations. (Photo by Thomas Guerrero)

Victoria man tests the waters for an Oak Bay Marina passenger ferry

Resident of 25 years wants more and faster connections to Vancouver, Gulf Islands, U.S.

 

Saravanan “Sammy” Periyasamy, 45, takes a break from his work in Yumbrosia Fine Foods He and his family were set to reopen the business Monday (Aug. 15) after its closure last December following the sudden death of owner Ihsan Askar. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Yumbrosia reopening in Oak Bay after months of closure

Southern Indian family works to preserve late owner’s legacy and business model

 

Peppermint Patty, Sally, Charlie Brown, Linus and Snoopy sing and howl together around their Christmas tree at Oak Bay’s Entrance Park, prior to Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy going missing in November 2021. Their co-creator Tim Roberts described the community outcry around their eight-month disappearance as heartwarming and exactly the reaction he and his daughter had hoped for. (Photo by Tim Roberts)

Community outcry for Peanuts characters ‘heartwarming,’ creator says

Missing Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy not a first for Tim and Meghan Roberts

 

Municipal election day is Oct. 15, and residents in Oak Bay can vote by mail this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

How to vote, run or volunteer in the Oak Bay municipal election

Register ahead, or get a mail-in package to vote in 2022

Municipal election day is Oct. 15, and residents in Oak Bay can vote by mail this year. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Georgia Poitras, 9, and her sister Rosie, 5, sell flowers at their nana’s house in Oak Bay to raise funds for the Island Kids Cancer Association. (Courtesy Jen Poitras)

Girls sell nana’s flowers in Oak Bay to raise $375 for kids with cancer

Young philanthropists honour late cousin with streetside stand

Georgia Poitras, 9, and her sister Rosie, 5, sell flowers at their nana’s house in Oak Bay to raise funds for the Island Kids Cancer Association. (Courtesy Jen Poitras)
Metamorphosis by Peter Vogelaar stands on Oak Bay Avenue near Hampshire. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Metamorphosis by Peter Vogelaar stands on Oak Bay Avenue near Hampshire. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Members of the 15U AA Carnarvon/Gordon Head South Island Royals baseball team celebrate their win at the provincial championships last month in Richmond. The squad heads to Saskatchewan for the Western Canadian Championships, Aug. 19 to 21. (Photo courtesy Darrel Richardson)

Combined Oak Bay/Saanich squad captures B.C. provincial baseball crown

South Island Royals 15U AA team to compete at Western Canadian Championships

Members of the 15U AA Carnarvon/Gordon Head South Island Royals baseball team celebrate their win at the provincial championships last month in Richmond. The squad heads to Saskatchewan for the Western Canadian Championships, Aug. 19 to 21. (Photo courtesy Darrel Richardson)
Monterey Recreation Centre staff announced the loss of longtime recreation programmer Joanne Donohue on Aug. 10. (Kevin Light Photography)

Oak Bay recreation centre stunned by loss of shining leader

Joanne Donohue, programmer of volunteers, died unexpectedly

Monterey Recreation Centre staff announced the loss of longtime recreation programmer Joanne Donohue on Aug. 10. (Kevin Light Photography)
Community Association of Oak Bay secretary John Armitage’s rough sketch of Spewhung (Turkey Head) that incorporates various ideas proposed by dozens of stakeholders in 2017. Suggestions from the community included a new pier, a farmer and artisan market, an amphitheatre or performance stage, a historical interpretation facility, a saltwater pool and a skateboard park. (Courtesy of John Armitage)

‘Paved wasteland’: Debating the vision for Spewhung and Oak Bay Marina

Songhees chief advocates for greater Indigenous presence, other proposals floated

Community Association of Oak Bay secretary John Armitage’s rough sketch of Spewhung (Turkey Head) that incorporates various ideas proposed by dozens of stakeholders in 2017. Suggestions from the community included a new pier, a farmer and artisan market, an amphitheatre or performance stage, a historical interpretation facility, a saltwater pool and a skateboard park. (Courtesy of John Armitage)
Early morning sea fog rolls in over boats moored in Oak Bay at low tide. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

PHOTOS: Foggy Oak Bay shoreline a sign of cooling weather on its way

Temperatures dip Wednesday to hit average norms in the 20s

Early morning sea fog rolls in over boats moored in Oak Bay at low tide. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Efforts to host refugees from Ukraine in local communities got a cash boost from members of the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay lawn bowlers pitch in $2,300 for Ukrainian refugees

Last-minute call for donations leads to housing help

Efforts to host refugees from Ukraine in local communities got a cash boost from members of the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Marion Cumming shows off her Carey Newman-designed orange shirt under sunny skies in her Oak Bay garden on July 29. (Photo by Arifin Graham)

Oak Bay artist, activist remembered in part for her final gift of reconciliation

Marion Cumming died peacefully at home Aug. 1, surrounded by friends, loved ones

Marion Cumming shows off her Carey Newman-designed orange shirt under sunny skies in her Oak Bay garden on July 29. (Photo by Arifin Graham)
A community effort brought replacement Christmas cut-outs of Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy, as well as Lucy, back to Entrance Park last December. A resident recently noticed the original Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy cutouts had been returned to the park, notifying municipal staff of the “early Christmas miracle.” (Courtesy of Whitney Davis)

‘Early Christmas miracle’: Missing Peanuts characters returned to Oak Bay home

Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy safe and sound after eight months gone

A community effort brought replacement Christmas cut-outs of Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy, as well as Lucy, back to Entrance Park last December. A resident recently noticed the original Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy cutouts had been returned to the park, notifying municipal staff of the “early Christmas miracle.” (Courtesy of Whitney Davis)
Visitors admire artists’ work at last year’s Bowker Creek Brush Up. This summer’s 17th annual outdoor show and sale happens Aug. 14 and feature artists of varying ages. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bowker Creek welcomes young talent for 17th Brush Up in Oak Bay

Oak Bay show and sale Aug. 14 features all-ages artists, youth musicians

Visitors admire artists’ work at last year’s Bowker Creek Brush Up. This summer’s 17th annual outdoor show and sale happens Aug. 14 and feature artists of varying ages. (Black Press Media file photo)
Phen Ruyan, left, and husband Joel Bryan sit together inside Nohra Thai Kitchen in Oak Bay’s Estevan Village. Ruyan met Bryan, who grew up in Cadboro Bay, while both were working on Phuket in Thailand and moved back to Victoria with him in the late ’90s. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

1,001 pad Thai: Passionate chef brings southern Thai cuisine to Greater Victoria

Phen Ruyan, who grew up with conflicting culinary influences, nurtures her own style

Phen Ruyan, left, and husband Joel Bryan sit together inside Nohra Thai Kitchen in Oak Bay’s Estevan Village. Ruyan met Bryan, who grew up in Cadboro Bay, while both were working on Phuket in Thailand and moved back to Victoria with him in the late ’90s. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

VIDEO: Musician brings sixth Oak Bay piano to life in Estevan Village

Musician unites community with pop hits in instrument’s inaugural public act

Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Oak Bay Avenue resident Tony Shelton, left, encounters a pinch point for people with accessibility needs along the sidewalk near Carlton House. (Courtesy of Tom Newton)

Community walks set pace for more accessible Oak Bay Avenue

Walkability advocates champion better sidewalk network, pedestrian experience

Oak Bay Avenue resident Tony Shelton, left, encounters a pinch point for people with accessibility needs along the sidewalk near Carlton House. (Courtesy of Tom Newton)
Barbara Holst, right, calls the herb garden fronting Jude Somers’ Oak Bay home a magical place. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

These herbs are grown for snipping, and Oak Bay guests sure do

Garden invites tasting, smelling and even conversation

Barbara Holst, right, calls the herb garden fronting Jude Somers’ Oak Bay home a magical place. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
David Mackenzie-Kong is working to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation and awareness of the importance of blood donation in the wake of his mother-in-law’s sudden death from a blood cancer. (Courtesy of David Mackenzie-Kong)

Oak Bay runner raising funds, awareness in memory of mother-in-law

September’s Finlayson Arm endurance race has dual meaning for David Mackenzie-Kong

David Mackenzie-Kong is working to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation and awareness of the importance of blood donation in the wake of his mother-in-law’s sudden death from a blood cancer. (Courtesy of David Mackenzie-Kong)
The 104 service calls Oak Bay Police Department received last week included mischievous graffiti artists, anti-SUV vandals and a cyclist-winging door opener who forgot to shoulder check. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mischievous graffiti artists, anti-SUVers, speeder among police calls in Oak Bay

Watch your wheels: Tyre-rants let loose on SUVs around municipality

The 104 service calls Oak Bay Police Department received last week included mischievous graffiti artists, anti-SUV vandals and a cyclist-winging door opener who forgot to shoulder check. (Black Press Media file photo)