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Sooke Municipal Hall is closed to the public to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke businesses respond in time of crisis

Sooke Emergency Operations Centre met with business community to discuss impact of COVID-19

Sooke Municipal Hall is closed to the public to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Shopping in Sooke has slowed considerably as a number of local businesses have closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)

Sooke businesses cope with closures in midst of COVID-19

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce helping local business deal with pandemic

Shopping in Sooke has slowed considerably as a number of local businesses have closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
Ayre Manor Seniors’ Housing in Sooke has closed its doors to all visitors in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff at the facility are taking extra precautions to keep the 60 residents safe. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)

Sooke seniors home steps up precautions in light of pandemic

All activities placed on hold at Ayre Manor with staff temperatures taken on daily basis

Ayre Manor Seniors’ Housing in Sooke has closed its doors to all visitors in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff at the facility are taking extra precautions to keep the 60 residents safe. (Dan Ebenal/News Staff)
POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for…

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?
POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

The Christmas lights are twinkling and holiday music is playing in local…

POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
Manjit Virk, at Remembering Reena, a commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the death of Reena Virk. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Reena Virk’s killer granted day parole

Kelly Ellard, who now goes by name of Kerry Marie Sim, given six month extension of day parole

Manjit Virk, at Remembering Reena, a commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the death of Reena Virk. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Victoria and Saanich voters elect to move ahead with amalgamation talks

Victoria and Saanich voters elect to move ahead with amalgamation talks

Victoria and Saanich voters have chosen to move ahead with exploring amalgamation…

Victoria and Saanich voters elect to move ahead with amalgamation talks
Bear encountered in rural Saanich

Bear encountered in rural Saanich

Out-of-town visitor meets up with bear on trails near Hector Road

Bear encountered in rural Saanich
Members of the Saanich Crime Prevention Team stand with volunteer co-ordinator Ian Gibbs and Saanich Police Sgt. Sherry Walsh of the Community Engagement Division.                                 Photo submitted

Work with Saanich Police offers students clues about themselves

Six post-secondary students spend summer working with Crime Prevention Team

Members of the Saanich Crime Prevention Team stand with volunteer co-ordinator Ian Gibbs and Saanich Police Sgt. Sherry Walsh of the Community Engagement Division.                                 Photo submitted
Council candidate calls for common-sense approach to issues facing Saanich

Council candidate calls for common-sense approach to issues facing Saanich

Cory Montgomery announces his candidacy for Saanich council

Council candidate calls for common-sense approach to issues facing Saanich
First stores open in Victoria’s expanded Mayfair shopping centre

First stores open in Victoria’s expanded Mayfair shopping centre

Construction project will add about 100,000 square feet of retail space and 400 parking stalls

First stores open in Victoria’s expanded Mayfair shopping centre
Guests wander about Arts and Music in the Garden on the nine-acre exhibition Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. Photo submitted

Art and music will fill Saanich’s Gardens at HCP

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific hosts 24th annual Arts and Music in the Gardens Aug. 25 and 26

Guests wander about Arts and Music in the Garden on the nine-acre exhibition Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. Photo submitted
Lively traditional dances are just some of what you can expect to see at this year’s Greek Fest. (Saanich News file photo)

A taste of Greece comes to Victoria

Greek Fest runs Aug. 24 to 26 and Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at the Greek Community Centre

Lively traditional dances are just some of what you can expect to see at this year’s Greek Fest. (Saanich News file photo)
Ian Jessop wants to eliminate the divisive tone that has existed on council over the past term. (Photo submitted)

Longtime broadcaster joins race for Saanich council

Ian Jessop says he wants to bring support to Mayor Richard Atwell around council table

Ian Jessop wants to eliminate the divisive tone that has existed on council over the past term. (Photo submitted)
Olivia Brodie gets a warm sendoff from her teammates at Varsity Performance Karate before departing for the 2018 Junior Pan-American Karate Championships in Rio de Janeiro.                                 Photo submitted

Saanich teen takes her karate skills onto the world stage

National champion Olivia Brodie will compete at the 2018 Junior Pan-American Karate Championships

Olivia Brodie gets a warm sendoff from her teammates at Varsity Performance Karate before departing for the 2018 Junior Pan-American Karate Championships in Rio de Janeiro.                                 Photo submitted
Brenda Irvine of Simply Fun Child Care stands inside her Onyx Place facility that she has been unable to open due to a lack of early childhood educators.                                 Dan Ebenal/News Staff

Lack of staff preventing Saanich child care from opening doors

Operator of Simply Fun Child Care says she hasn’t seen it this bad in her 42 years of doing business

Brenda Irvine of Simply Fun Child Care stands inside her Onyx Place facility that she has been unable to open due to a lack of early childhood educators.                                 Dan Ebenal/News Staff
Victoria sees no rain in July

Victoria sees no rain in July

Gonzales station records sixth rainless month since 1899

Victoria sees no rain in July
Transit signals installed on highway at Carey Road

Transit signals installed on highway at Carey Road

New traffic signals are being installed on the Trans Canada Highway at…

Transit signals installed on highway at Carey Road
Cougar spotted in Cordova Bay

Cougar spotted in Cordova Bay

A cougar was spotted in Cordova Bay Sunday night. Saanich Police received…

Cougar spotted in Cordova Bay
Summer Music kicks off Aug. 4 with Pablo Cardenas and The West Coast Afro-Cubans. Music fills the Broadmead Village plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays throughout August. (Photo submitted)

Shop until you bop at Broadmead Village

Dance area added for Summer Music at Broadmead running Saturday afternoons throughout August

Summer Music kicks off Aug. 4 with Pablo Cardenas and The West Coast Afro-Cubans. Music fills the Broadmead Village plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays throughout August. (Photo submitted)