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A truck driver unknowingly took out a low hanging wire on Mitchell Street on Wednesday. The fallen line was reported to the Oak Bay Fire Department and shut down traffic on Mitchell temporarily. A B.C. Hydro employee quickly confirmed it was a cable line and not power. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Low-hanging cable line hit on Mitchell Street

Line likely struck by a truck driver

A truck driver unknowingly took out a low hanging wire on Mitchell Street on Wednesday. The fallen line was reported to the Oak Bay Fire Department and shut down traffic on Mitchell temporarily. A B.C. Hydro employee quickly confirmed it was a cable line and not power. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Former Oak Bay resident Jeff Bryant returned to Victoria and is playing Irish Times on Sept. 12 and is releasing his first original album. (Photo By Adam Schelle)
Former Oak Bay resident Jeff Bryant returned to Victoria and is playing Irish Times on Sept. 12 and is releasing his first original album. (Photo By Adam Schelle)
Consultation for the redevelopment of the Oak Bay Lodge property will be conducted this fall. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

B.C. Housing declines to pursue Oak Bay Lodge as shelter housing

Covenants and old building condition make Lodge unsuitable, report says

Consultation for the redevelopment of the Oak Bay Lodge property will be conducted this fall. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Oak Bay approved a duplex rezoning proposal for the residential house at 2512 Wooton Cres., a purpose-built duplex. It is now the second legal conforming duplex in Oak Bay. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Oak Bay’s second legal duplex to be stratified

Strata makes renovation of 1957 duplex worth it, owner says

Oak Bay approved a duplex rezoning proposal for the residential house at 2512 Wooton Cres., a purpose-built duplex. It is now the second legal conforming duplex in Oak Bay. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Oak Bay staff install the new dragonfly on Oak Bay Avenue as part of ArtsAlive 2020. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Dragonfly lands in Oak Bay Village

ArtsAlive sculpture replaces blue jellyfish

Oak Bay staff install the new dragonfly on Oak Bay Avenue as part of ArtsAlive 2020. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
(Left to right) Oak Bay Police Chief Ray Bernoties, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and Saanich Police Chief Scott Green show off the newly minted 2020-2025 Service Agreement. (Photo submitted by Fred Haynes)

Saanich, Oak Bay announce new five-year policing agreement to share resources, control costs

New agreement ‘a win-win’ for both municipalities, Saanich mayor says

(Left to right) Oak Bay Police Chief Ray Bernoties, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and Saanich Police Chief Scott Green show off the newly minted 2020-2025 Service Agreement. (Photo submitted by Fred Haynes)
The Scott boys Eason, left, and Dashel, performing a pop-up concert at Gyro Beach. (Scott Family Photo)

Young Oak Bay singer shines in summer of COVID

10-year-old Dashel Scott to play 12th concert

The Scott boys Eason, left, and Dashel, performing a pop-up concert at Gyro Beach. (Scott Family Photo)
A new seal pup has been spotted swimming near the fish-cleaning station in Oak Bay Marina. Feeding seals is banned, but the clever mammals are teaching the pup where it can score a discarded fish head or two. (Screenshot Barnacle Systems Inc.)

Seal cam increases in popularity with new pup at Oak Bay Marina

Fish cleaning station still draws seals despite ban on feeding seals

A new seal pup has been spotted swimming near the fish-cleaning station in Oak Bay Marina. Feeding seals is banned, but the clever mammals are teaching the pup where it can score a discarded fish head or two. (Screenshot Barnacle Systems Inc.)
Council put a 60-day protection order on 785 Island Rd. but the owner says it was the district’s exorbitant costs that kept him from having the property achieve Oak Bay heritage designation. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay council places 60-day protection order on Island Road house

Developer pulled heritage agreement over ‘exorbitant’ $417,000 fees

Council put a 60-day protection order on 785 Island Rd. but the owner says it was the district’s exorbitant costs that kept him from having the property achieve Oak Bay heritage designation. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Ellie Lagrandeur, a First Nations artist of Ojibwe descent, is showing her work on the front lawn of her home at 924 Deal St. Aug. 15. and 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Ellie Lagrandeur Photo)

Deal Street artist to host front yard art show this weekend

Ojibwe artist inspired by West Coast features and landscapes

Ellie Lagrandeur, a First Nations artist of Ojibwe descent, is showing her work on the front lawn of her home at 924 Deal St. Aug. 15. and 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Ellie Lagrandeur Photo)
Blast mats and an excavator at the 1516 York Place construction site, one of two sites that were mentioned in a report to council regarding noise this spring and summer. Blasting is nothing new in Oak Bay, and the main culprit is COVID-19 forcing people to stay home and endure the sounds, says Coun. Cairine Green. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay neighbourhoods rocked by blasting activity

Oak Bay seeks new rock blasting bylaw regarding ‘continuous’ noise

Blast mats and an excavator at the 1516 York Place construction site, one of two sites that were mentioned in a report to council regarding noise this spring and summer. Blasting is nothing new in Oak Bay, and the main culprit is COVID-19 forcing people to stay home and endure the sounds, says Coun. Cairine Green. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A harbour seal mom and pup have been spending time near the BRNKL seal station camera at the Oak Bay Marina. (Courtesy of Brandon Wright)

VIDEO: Seal pup and mom play and ‘kiss’ in Oak Bay Marina

BRNKL seal cam captures harbour seal growing up in busy harbour

A harbour seal mom and pup have been spending time near the BRNKL seal station camera at the Oak Bay Marina. (Courtesy of Brandon Wright)
Bearded Alcazar Iris by Salt Spring Island artist Jeannette Sirois, sketched with coloured pencil on a 22 by 22-inch by 15-inch paper. Sirois’ work is on display this month in the West End Gallery. (Jeannette Sirois Image)
Bearded Alcazar Iris by Salt Spring Island artist Jeannette Sirois, sketched with coloured pencil on a 22 by 22-inch by 15-inch paper. Sirois’ work is on display this month in the West End Gallery. (Jeannette Sirois Image)
The pool at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre is closed effective Tuesday, as are all Oak Bay, Victoria, and Saanich recreation facilities. (File photo/Oak Bay Parks and Rec)

Oak Bay pool to reopen Aug. 17

Swimming, other activities return this month

The pool at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre is closed effective Tuesday, as are all Oak Bay, Victoria, and Saanich recreation facilities. (File photo/Oak Bay Parks and Rec)
Travel back in time with scents that connect you to the natural world

Travel back in time with scents that connect you to the natural world

Oak Bay perfumery forages, distils and concocts custom scents in one-on-one sessions

  • Jul 20, 2020
Travel back in time with scents that connect you to the natural world
A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)                                A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Victoria mayor responds to Oak Bay Council with letter about bike way

Oak Bay council offered visit by Victoria planners regarding Richardson bike way

A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)                                A commuter crosses the border from Oak Bay into Victoria over Foul Bay Road from McNeill Avenue onto Richardson Street where there is soon to be a diverter for westbound vehicles. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
An Oak Bay parks department crew undertakes the job of de-limbing an old diseased Garry oak tree diagnosed as having a severely weakened structure. The iconic tree is estimated by some to be at least 200 years old. (Ivan Watson photo)

Oak Bay removes ancient boulevard Garry oak for safety reasons

Heron Street tree survived the street’s first paving job, thanks to protesting women

An Oak Bay parks department crew undertakes the job of de-limbing an old diseased Garry oak tree diagnosed as having a severely weakened structure. The iconic tree is estimated by some to be at least 200 years old. (Ivan Watson photo)
Before the site is developed, the Oak Bay Lodge could become a temporary shelter space. The Capital Regional District has asked staff to explore options for the building, which will sit empty once residents are moved to The Summit at Quadra Village. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

CRD explores option to use Oak Bay Lodge for people who are homeless

Motion asks staff to work with BC Housing, Island Health on possibilities

Before the site is developed, the Oak Bay Lodge could become a temporary shelter space. The Capital Regional District has asked staff to explore options for the building, which will sit empty once residents are moved to The Summit at Quadra Village. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Coastal scenes at the forefront for July shows at Victoria galleries

Coastal scenes at the forefront for July shows at Victoria galleries

From sculpture to landscape paintings, summer art is about nature

  • Jul 4, 2020
Coastal scenes at the forefront for July shows at Victoria galleries
Nancy James, owner of the Maresa Boutique, Bunny Doyle, owner of Shabby Rabbit clothing, and Dale Shaw, owner of the Oak Bay Gallery, said their businesses are struggling despite reopening after COVID-19 closures and now face additional hardship due to the parking turned into patio space in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Owners say loss of parking pushes businesses to the brink

New Penny Farthing patio ‘will be like New Orleans, or Las Vegas’

Nancy James, owner of the Maresa Boutique, Bunny Doyle, owner of Shabby Rabbit clothing, and Dale Shaw, owner of the Oak Bay Gallery, said their businesses are struggling despite reopening after COVID-19 closures and now face additional hardship due to the parking turned into patio space in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)