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Heavy snow delays buses throughout Greater Victoria. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

BC Transit cancels several morning routes in snowy Greater Victoria

Morning trips cancelled for routes 13, 35, 43, 63 and 64

Heavy snow delays buses throughout Greater Victoria. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Metchosin Mayor John Ranns says changes to the Residential Tenancy Act would free up housing in the community. (Courtesy District of Metchosin)

Metchosin staying rural, despite housing needs report: mayor

Mayor Ranns says living in a rural community offers benefits to seniors

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns says changes to the Residential Tenancy Act would free up housing in the community. (Courtesy District of Metchosin)
Club member Brent Donaldson arrived on the scene on Dec. 19 to find the shack up in smoke and destroyed. (Courtesy of Brent Donaldson)

Victoria Motorcycle Club ‘focal point’ lost in fire

Nobody was injured and the fire was deemed an accident

Club member Brent Donaldson arrived on the scene on Dec. 19 to find the shack up in smoke and destroyed. (Courtesy of Brent Donaldson)
One car was involved in a rollover crash along the Trans Canada Highway between the Colwood and Langford exits, at around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)

Multiple drivers go off Trans-Canada Highway under wintry conditions in Greater Victoria

One car was involved in a rollover crash on Highway 1 on Tuesday morning

One car was involved in a rollover crash along the Trans Canada Highway between the Colwood and Langford exits, at around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)
A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Hatchery salmon program hit hard by ‘perfect storm’

First drought, then flooding decimate chum numbers in West Shore spawning river

A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)
A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Hatchery salmon program hit hard by ‘perfect storm’

First drought, then flooding decimate chum numbers in West Shore spawning river

A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)
Some Sooke residents were missed on Sooke Disposal Ltd’s garbage run on Monday. (File photo)

Some Sooke residents seeing delays for garbage pickup

Sooke Disposal Ltd owner said pickup for some areas was made tricky by road conditions

Some Sooke residents were missed on Sooke Disposal Ltd’s garbage run on Monday. (File photo)
Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past Westshore Parkway on Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon)

Sooke’s top online stories of 2021: traffic, weather, wildlife

Flooding, deer diseases and endless traffic

Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past Westshore Parkway on Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon)
District of Sooke Council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

Home renovations fuelling Sooke’s building permit revenue boom

The district’s budget included $711k in revenue, the final total was $1.2 million

District of Sooke Council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)
A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of ‘96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)

25 years since the Blizzard of ‘96

It’s the silver anniversary of the heaviest snow Victoria has seen since WWI

A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of ‘96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar on Tuesday (Dec. 21) announces the board’s decision not to institute a vaccine mandate for staff, but that all new hires must be vaccinated. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

No vaccine mandate for Sooke School District staff, but new hires must be vaccinated

SD62 board asks superintendent to prepare for possible declaration of a mandate later

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar on Tuesday (Dec. 21) announces the board’s decision not to institute a vaccine mandate for staff, but that all new hires must be vaccinated. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
EMCON has marked the repairs to the sinkhole with cones and warning signs. These repairs are temporary, the road won’t be fully repaired until summer 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Jordan River sinkhole repair timeline concerns resident

Permanent repairs are planned for summer 2022

EMCON has marked the repairs to the sinkhole with cones and warning signs. These repairs are temporary, the road won’t be fully repaired until summer 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Members of Pacific FC celebrate their 1-0 win over Hamilton Forge FC in the Canadian Premier League championship game on Dec. 5. A victory parade for the team is expected to happen next spring, when the majority of the players will retiurn to Langford. (Pacific FC/Facebook)

Pacific FC parade in Langford delayed until players return next season

Players released after Dec. 5 championship win, most have left for home

Members of Pacific FC celebrate their 1-0 win over Hamilton Forge FC in the Canadian Premier League championship game on Dec. 5. A victory parade for the team is expected to happen next spring, when the majority of the players will retiurn to Langford. (Pacific FC/Facebook)
Much of B.C.’s tree planting program so far has been replacing harvested trees, which minimizes the albedo effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C.’s tree planting should dodge problems others have faced with albedo effect

Trees combat climate change, but dependent on how they’re planted

Much of B.C.’s tree planting program so far has been replacing harvested trees, which minimizes the albedo effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Port Renfrew getting roads repaired after heavy rain damage

Work on Island Road has started, EMCON crews set to start work on Parkinson Road next week

Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Royal Roads Cafe has closed after decades in business. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Classic Colwood cafe closing, new restaurant coming

Royal Roads Cafe, near the university, was open for decades before being sold

Royal Roads Cafe has closed after decades in business. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Sooke Rotary Club has officially kicked off its annual sock drive, and is urging Sooke residents to help one another by dropping off new pairs of socks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Rotary Club giving socks to the needy over the holidays

The group started the drive around five years ago after the crisis centre in town shut down

The Sooke Rotary Club has officially kicked off its annual sock drive, and is urging Sooke residents to help one another by dropping off new pairs of socks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Santa lands at Victoria General Hospital in BC Emergency Health Services’ helicopter. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

VIDEO: Reindeer get a break, Santa helicopters in for Vancouver Island visit

Old St. Nick drops in to check in on young patients at Vic General on Tuesday

Santa lands at Victoria General Hospital in BC Emergency Health Services’ helicopter. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Ron Coutre (left), president of the West Shore Developers Association, present a $10,000-cheque to CFAX Santas Anonymous Society volunteers at Westshore Town Centre on Dec. 13. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

West Shore businesses, City of Langford donate $10,000 to families in need

More gift card donations needed after slow start to giving season

Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Ron Coutre (left), president of the West Shore Developers Association, present a $10,000-cheque to CFAX Santas Anonymous Society volunteers at Westshore Town Centre on Dec. 13. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Demand for spaces at domestic violence shelters in Sooke and elsewhere in Greater Victoria has surged in the past six or seven months, according to Sooke Transition House Society executive director Crystal Gelsingler. (iStock)

Greater Victoria facing domestic violence shelter space crisis

Emergency shelters fill up in wake of pandemic-fuelled household stress

Demand for spaces at domestic violence shelters in Sooke and elsewhere in Greater Victoria has surged in the past six or seven months, according to Sooke Transition House Society executive director Crystal Gelsingler. (iStock)