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Oak Bay is funding projected revenue shortfalls in its parks, recreation and culture department with the government COVID-19 restart grant. (Photo courtesy Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture)

Oak Bay parks, recreation, culture shortfall covered by COVID-19 restart grant

Budget projects a 6.49 % property tax increase for 2021

Oak Bay is funding projected revenue shortfalls in its parks, recreation and culture department with the government COVID-19 restart grant. (Photo courtesy Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture)
Lorne Carnes, a member at the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club in Victoria, says new members are always welcome at this club and others around the region. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Lawn bowling pitched as a safe pandemic activity for Greater Victoria residents

Clubs in Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay and more welcome new members

Lorne Carnes, a member at the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club in Victoria, says new members are always welcome at this club and others around the region. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Rogers telecommunications equipment atop the former Oak Bay Lodge will be replaced temporarily by a 22-metre monopole tower based where the gazebo currently sits. (Black Press Media file photo)

Telecom tower at Oak Bay Lodge raises questions at council

Rogers equipment would replace rooftop antenna structure after lodge demolition

Rogers telecommunications equipment atop the former Oak Bay Lodge will be replaced temporarily by a 22-metre monopole tower based where the gazebo currently sits. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria mural artists Joshua Lundrigan (from left) and Paul Archer join Rob Chyzowski, co-owner of Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner in front of an Archer-designed mural that went up on Thursday at the Inner Harbour restaurant. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Positivity rules with new outdoor mural from Victoria artist

Paul Archer teams with Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner for patio project

Victoria mural artists Joshua Lundrigan (from left) and Paul Archer join Rob Chyzowski, co-owner of Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner in front of an Archer-designed mural that went up on Thursday at the Inner Harbour restaurant. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Willows Beach, which is also known as Sitchanalth, is one of many points in Oak Bay that have traditional Indigenous names. A plan to work with the Songhees and Esquimalt nations to add Lekwungen place names to frequently visited areas around the municipality was approved by Oak Bay council on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay looks to add Lekwungen place names

District will take guidance from Songhees, Esquimalt for potential place names

Willows Beach, which is also known as Sitchanalth, is one of many points in Oak Bay that have traditional Indigenous names. A plan to work with the Songhees and Esquimalt nations to add Lekwungen place names to frequently visited areas around the municipality was approved by Oak Bay council on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sean Brown in Commercial Alley downtown Victoria with some of the skateboards and wheels donated for his Youth on Board project, which will see him put boards together to be passed on to local youth. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Getting youth at risk on skateboards is a passion project for Victoria man

Former skateboarder rallies community to collect equipment for street youth

Sean Brown in Commercial Alley downtown Victoria with some of the skateboards and wheels donated for his Youth on Board project, which will see him put boards together to be passed on to local youth. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
SENCOTEN language revitalizationist and filmmaker Renee Sampson’s short film, Bringing Our Language Back to LIfe, shows online during the Reel 2 Real International Youth Film Festival, April 14-23. (Photo courtesy Wapikoni)

SENCOTEN language featured in short film created on Saanich Peninsula

Renee Sampson film highlights importance of passing on traditional languages to youth

SENCOTEN language revitalizationist and filmmaker Renee Sampson’s short film, Bringing Our Language Back to LIfe, shows online during the Reel 2 Real International Youth Film Festival, April 14-23. (Photo courtesy Wapikoni)
A young family watches a video welcome to the community and their new home this week, a Habitat Victoria townhouse complex in Saanich. (Courtesy Habitat Victoria)

Newest Habitat Victoria homeowners move into Saanich townhouse

Young family had been saving for down payment on a home since renoviction

A young family watches a video welcome to the community and their new home this week, a Habitat Victoria townhouse complex in Saanich. (Courtesy Habitat Victoria)
Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

CRD board approves 1.76 per cent bump in 2021 budget

Impact of increase on Greater Victoria taxpayers likely to be modest as well

Capital Regional District headquarters entrance on Fisgard Street in Victoria. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Business owners successfully convinced Victoria city council to keep the 1000-block of Broad Street closed to traffic at least until the end of 2021. (Don Denton/News Staff)

Success of Broad Street closure prompts more permanent version in Victoria

Council votes to keep 1000-block for pedestrians through 2021, monitor it for 2022

Business owners successfully convinced Victoria city council to keep the 1000-block of Broad Street closed to traffic at least until the end of 2021. (Don Denton/News Staff)
A recommendation to extend the Fort Street bike lanes to the Oak Bay border at Foul Bay Road in 2022 was approved by Victoria council during a committee meeting last week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Oak Bay’s preferred bike lane route, Fort Street, chosen for Jubilee neighbourhood

Victoria’s decision on east-west lanes for 2022 meets up with Oak Bay’s at Foul Bay Road border

A recommendation to extend the Fort Street bike lanes to the Oak Bay border at Foul Bay Road in 2022 was approved by Victoria council during a committee meeting last week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
An extension to the Fort Street bike lanes, along Fort to Foul Bay Road was recommended by city staff this week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)

Fort Street is Victoria’s preferred bike lane route from junction to Foul Bay

Route one of three considered by staff, mayor and council for 2022 construction

An extension to the Fort Street bike lanes, along Fort to Foul Bay Road was recommended by city staff this week. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Frequent buskers Johnny Bomblast, left, and Dave Harris perform in front of Munro’s Books on Government Street. The roommates recently completed a new album of original material entitled Clouds. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

VIDEO: Victoria buskers keep making music despite effects of COVID

Dave Harris and Johnny Bomblast team up to record pandemic-inspired album

Frequent buskers Johnny Bomblast, left, and Dave Harris perform in front of Munro’s Books on Government Street. The roommates recently completed a new album of original material entitled Clouds. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The late Hermann Nieweler, centre, founder of Hermann’s Jazz Club, poses with the Tom Vickery Trio on stage at the club (from left, Vickery at piano, Josh Dixon, Sean Drabbitt). Vickery and his current trio headline a March 31 show that is a fundraiser for the B.C./Yukon Kidney Foundation. Nieweler was a kidney transplant recipient in 2010. (Courtesy Hermann’s Jazz Club)

Kidney Month show at Hermann’s honours memory of Victoria jazz club owner

Tom Vickery Trio headlining fundraiser being livestreamed online March 31

The late Hermann Nieweler, centre, founder of Hermann’s Jazz Club, poses with the Tom Vickery Trio on stage at the club (from left, Vickery at piano, Josh Dixon, Sean Drabbitt). Vickery and his current trio headline a March 31 show that is a fundraiser for the B.C./Yukon Kidney Foundation. Nieweler was a kidney transplant recipient in 2010. (Courtesy Hermann’s Jazz Club)
Longtime environmental advocate Vicky Husband speaks at a ForestMarchBC rally on Friday in Victoria’s Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Greater Victoria residents rally to protect old-growth forests at B.C. legislature

ForestMarchBC rally part of a coordinated series of rallies across the Island and B.C.

Longtime environmental advocate Vicky Husband speaks at a ForestMarchBC rally on Friday in Victoria’s Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The attractiveness of Colwood as a place to set up or expand a business will be among the points discussed at an online roundtable panel discussion March 30. (Facebook/City of Colwood)

Colwood hosting prosperity roundtable online March 30

Entrepreneurs, developers encouraged to offer input, learn how city can help their business thrive

The attractiveness of Colwood as a place to set up or expand a business will be among the points discussed at an online roundtable panel discussion March 30. (Facebook/City of Colwood)
The City of Victoria is phasing out parkade attendants at its various facilities, replacing them with a pay-by-space system that has been piloted since last fall at the Johnson Street parkade. The system will use machines similar to the on-street one shown here. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria parkades will gradually shift to self-serve machines

Parkade attendants to be offered jobs as on-street parking monitors

The City of Victoria is phasing out parkade attendants at its various facilities, replacing them with a pay-by-space system that has been piloted since last fall at the Johnson Street parkade. The system will use machines similar to the on-street one shown here. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The development of a regional performing arts facilities service was moved ahead by the Capital Regional District board, which directed CRD staff to work with a new committee to design what such a service would look like. Those details would be forwarded to all CRD member-jurisdictions for consideration. (Black Press Media file photo)

Support for Greater Victoria regional arts facilities service not unanimous

Goal of regional body is to have all jurisdictions benefit, board chair says

The development of a regional performing arts facilities service was moved ahead by the Capital Regional District board, which directed CRD staff to work with a new committee to design what such a service would look like. Those details would be forwarded to all CRD member-jurisdictions for consideration. (Black Press Media file photo)
Elk and Beaver Lake Park was among nine additional Capital Regional District parks that had been recommended for new parking fees. The CRD board rejected new fees for now, but asked staff to include parking revenue options in the regional parks strategic plan expected back at the board in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Absence of new parking fees at Greater Victoria regional parks confirmed

CRD board rejects ‘modest’ interim fee structure, won’t see new options until 2022

Elk and Beaver Lake Park was among nine additional Capital Regional District parks that had been recommended for new parking fees. The CRD board rejected new fees for now, but asked staff to include parking revenue options in the regional parks strategic plan expected back at the board in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Time for a Sea Esta, at Oak Bay Marina. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

PHOTOS: What’s in a name? Boats at Oak Bay Marina run the gamut

Boat owners draw on pop culture references, clever wordplay to name their crafts

Time for a Sea Esta, at Oak Bay Marina. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)