Justin Samanski-Langille

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray (right) at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Week full of Victoria Orange Shirt Day events planned leading up to Sept. 30

Co-founders Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray will present at many of the events

Residential school survivor Eddy Charlie (left) and friend Kristin Spray (right) at the parliament buildings in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A volunteer tears down fencing in front of the grandstands at Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 24, a week after the track held its final race before shutting down.

PHOTOS: Volunteers start tear down of Westshore Motorsports Park

A week after the track fell silent, work is underway to preserve as much of it as possible

A volunteer tears down fencing in front of the grandstands at Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 24, a week after the track held its final race before shutting down.
From left: Isabel Tipton, great-granddaughter of Hans Helgesen, the first chairman of the school board; Ann Stewart, great-great-granddaughter of John Witty who donated the land for the school to be built on; and Diane Cowden, great-granddaughter of Emily Fisher, the school’s first teacher. The trio received the honour of cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated and reopened Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum reopens after renovations

Descendants of key people in the school’s history were on hand to cut the ribbon Saturday

From left: Isabel Tipton, great-granddaughter of Hans Helgesen, the first chairman of the school board; Ann Stewart, great-great-granddaughter of John Witty who donated the land for the school to be built on; and Diane Cowden, great-granddaughter of Emily Fisher, the school’s first teacher. The trio received the honour of cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated and reopened Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Robyn Hacking said having a network of fellow women in skilled trades is key to helping women succeed in the male-dominated field. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Saanich college celebrates more than a decade helping women enter skilled trades

Graduate says networking with other women key to success in the industry

Robyn Hacking said having a network of fellow women in skilled trades is key to helping women succeed in the male-dominated field. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Greater Victoria residents have a new tool in their emergency preparedness toolbox aimed at helping them plan for potential tsunamis. The Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal was officially launched on Sept. 20. (Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal)

Greater Victoria tsunami risk mapped out in new online tool

Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal launched on Tuesday

Greater Victoria residents have a new tool in their emergency preparedness toolbox aimed at helping them plan for potential tsunamis. The Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal was officially launched on Sept. 20. (Capital Region Tsunami Information Portal)
Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum. The museum will be open to the public along with the rest of the fire hall on Sept. 25 as the department hosts its first open house since the pandemic started. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood Fire Rescue welcoming community back to fire hall Sept. 25

It will be the first open house since the pandemic started

Colwood Fire Rescue’s 1955 Dodge Power Wagon firetruck is seen inside the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum. The museum will be open to the public along with the rest of the fire hall on Sept. 25 as the department hosts its first open house since the pandemic started. (Black Press Media file photo)
Organizers of the Luxton Fall Fair are hoping to draw large crowds like those seen in May for the Luxton Spring Fair, pictured here. (Black Press Media file photo)

Luxton Fall Fair returns to Langford this month

Antique farm equipment, animal displays and midway rides on tap for Sept. 23 to 25

Organizers of the Luxton Fall Fair are hoping to draw large crowds like those seen in May for the Luxton Spring Fair, pictured here. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lorde dances on stage Sunday, Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Lorde sends off Victoria’s Rifflandia music festival in style

Thousands filled Royal Athletic Park for the final day of the festival

Lorde dances on stage Sunday, Sept. 18, during the final day of Rifflandia 2022 at Royal Athletic Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jim Steen waves to the cheering crowd during the final race night at the Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 17, as the track shuts down permanently. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Checkered flag waves for the last time at Westshore Motorsports Park

‘It’s been my whole life really,’ said Jim Steen who raced in the track’s first and last events

Jim Steen waves to the cheering crowd during the final race night at the Westshore Motorsports Park Saturday, Sept. 17, as the track shuts down permanently. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
People enjoy a game of beer pong Friday (Sept. 16) during the Rock the Roundhouse party celebrating the successful Greater Victoria 2022 55+ BC Games and officially passing the flag on to the 2023 host city, Abbotsford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria passes flag to Abbotsford as 2022 55+ BC Games wind down

The games and the volunteers who made it a success on were celebrated with a party Friday (Sept. 16)

People enjoy a game of beer pong Friday (Sept. 16) during the Rock the Roundhouse party celebrating the successful Greater Victoria 2022 55+ BC Games and officially passing the flag on to the 2023 host city, Abbotsford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dan Oickle has dropped out of the race for Langford’s next mayor as his mother has recently been moved into hospice care. Stew Young and Scott Peter Goodmanson are the only remaining candidates on the ballot for Oct. 15. (Limara Yakemchuk/News Staff)

Two candidates remain in race for next Langford mayor as Dan Oickle bows out

Oickle said he dropped out of the race as his mother has entered hospice care

Dan Oickle has dropped out of the race for Langford’s next mayor as his mother has recently been moved into hospice care. Stew Young and Scott Peter Goodmanson are the only remaining candidates on the ballot for Oct. 15. (Limara Yakemchuk/News Staff)
The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria is installing a memorial gate at Ross Bay Cemetery, which has been without one since the 1920s. (Courtesy of Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria)

Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetery getting memorial gate to mark 150th

The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria is behind the project, set to be complete in January

The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria is installing a memorial gate at Ross Bay Cemetery, which has been without one since the 1920s. (Courtesy of Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria)
Celebrating the Western Speedway and Westshore Motorsports Park feature, page B1. <ins>Keith and Daryn Cahill stand for a photo in front of their car Saturday (Sept. 10) ahead of the Demo Championship at Westshore Motorsports Park in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)</ins>

PHOTOS: Sellout crowd takes in final demo race at Westshore Motorsports Park

Demo Championship Night sees drivers reflect ahead of final race

Celebrating the Western Speedway and Westshore Motorsports Park feature, page B1. <ins>Keith and Daryn Cahill stand for a photo in front of their car Saturday (Sept. 10) ahead of the Demo Championship at Westshore Motorsports Park in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)</ins>
Dahlia Billings stands with her first prize-winning cake Saturday at the Sooke Fall Fair. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Sooke Fall Fair brings community back together after 2-year break

The fair continues until 6 p.m. Saturday, and returns from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Dahlia Billings stands with her first prize-winning cake Saturday at the Sooke Fall Fair. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Ami and Leeam Dagan enjoy some ribs Friday at Esquimalt Ribfest. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Esquimalt Ribfest brings the meat this weekend

Event runs until 9 p.m. Sunday at Bullen Park

Ami and Leeam Dagan enjoy some ribs Friday at Esquimalt Ribfest. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Premier John Horgan and Minister of Finance Selina Robinson at an announcement Sept. 7 in Langford on measures the government is taking to help British Columbians manage the high costs of living. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Province takes aim at cost of living with 2% rent cap, increased tax benefits

75 per cent of B.C. families will receive larger financial boost, says finance minister

Premier John Horgan and Minister of Finance Selina Robinson at an announcement Sept. 7 in Langford on measures the government is taking to help British Columbians manage the high costs of living. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Race cars and their drivers from West Shore Motorsports Park were on display, signing autographs, and even handing out candy in central Langford Saturday following the last-ever parade from the track, as it is set to close permanently later in September. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Westshore Motorsports Park starts final lap with parade through Langford

The parade and car show saw race cars hit the public roads ahead of the final race Sept. 17

Race cars and their drivers from West Shore Motorsports Park were on display, signing autographs, and even handing out candy in central Langford Saturday following the last-ever parade from the track, as it is set to close permanently later in September. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Vancouver Island Coastal Cowgirls perform Saturday during day one of the Saanich Fair. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Saanich Fair draws thousands on opening day

The action continues Sunday and Monday

The Vancouver Island Coastal Cowgirls perform Saturday during day one of the Saanich Fair. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A section of the West Shore firefighters participating in a 168km trek through Alberta backcountry in August in support of Wounded Warriors Canada. The team included eight firefighters from View Royal Fire Rescue, Langford Fire Rescue, and Colwood Fire Rescue. (Courtesy of Jen Dale)

West Shore firefighters push through 168 km trek for charity

The team has raised more than $12K for Wounded Warriors

A section of the West Shore firefighters participating in a 168km trek through Alberta backcountry in August in support of Wounded Warriors Canada. The team included eight firefighters from View Royal Fire Rescue, Langford Fire Rescue, and Colwood Fire Rescue. (Courtesy of Jen Dale)
Greater Victoria is invited to the first-ever South Island Powwow on Sept. 30, which among other things is set to feature inter-tribal dancers and singers. Pictured is an Indigenous dancer performing at the Change-Makers Gathering Festival in June at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Powwow set to mark second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Victoria

Organized by the Songhees Nation, all are welcome to attend the free event

Greater Victoria is invited to the first-ever South Island Powwow on Sept. 30, which among other things is set to feature inter-tribal dancers and singers. Pictured is an Indigenous dancer performing at the Change-Makers Gathering Festival in June at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
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