Justin Samanski-Langille

Plows on the West Shore are working overtime as more snow falls Dec. 30. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

West Shore crews work overtime to keep on top of Jack Frost

Langford and Colwood snow removal operations smooth so far this season

Plows on the West Shore are working overtime as more snow falls Dec. 30. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Christopher Kelsall, right, addresses a polar bear swim crowd during a previous event. This year’s Smart Dolphins IT Solutions New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases, Kelsall said Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy of Athletics Illustrated/Facebook)

Esquimalt Lagoon polar bear swim cancelled for second year in a row

The Smart Dolphins IT Solutions New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim was scheduled for Saturday

Christopher Kelsall, right, addresses a polar bear swim crowd during a previous event. This year’s Smart Dolphins IT Solutions New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases, Kelsall said Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy of Athletics Illustrated/Facebook)
Langford Emergency Social Services co-founder Beverly Wilson, left, receives recognition from Langford Fire Rescue Chief Chris Aubrey during a celebration of the volunteer organzation’s 25th anniversary. (Photo Courtesy of Langford ESS)

25-year emergency social services volunteer, co-founder celebrated by Langford

ESS group sprang from Beverley Wilson’s questions about emergency preparedness

Langford Emergency Social Services co-founder Beverly Wilson, left, receives recognition from Langford Fire Rescue Chief Chris Aubrey during a celebration of the volunteer organzation’s 25th anniversary. (Photo Courtesy of Langford ESS)
The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)

Non-profit developing plan for new motorsports park on West Shore

Group working in advance of impending closure of Westshore Speedway after 2022 season

The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to a waiting family Tuesday afternoon at the legion branch in Langford. Volunteers handed out a turkey meal, food and gifts to 73 families. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford legion gifts turkey meal, presents to families in need

226 meals and 112 gifts were given out this year to 73 families

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to a waiting family Tuesday afternoon at the legion branch in Langford. Volunteers handed out a turkey meal, food and gifts to 73 families. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Felix Townsin, shown here with his sister, Lexi, who died on Oct. 19, 2019. Felix and his family have launched a new website dedicated to sharing and encouraging good deeds inspired by Lexi. (Photo Courtesy of the Townsin family)

11-year-old Greater Victoria boy launches inspirational website to salute late sister

Felix Townsin launched lexislegacy.com to share and encourage good deeds inspired by Lexi’s story

Felix Townsin, shown here with his sister, Lexi, who died on Oct. 19, 2019. Felix and his family have launched a new website dedicated to sharing and encouraging good deeds inspired by Lexi. (Photo Courtesy of the Townsin family)
Laura McIntyre and her three kids are currently living in a run-down trailer, but thanks to a crowd funding campaign organized by a friend, they hope to be living in a new trailer which is safe and comfortable for them. (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre)

‘She deserves a hand-up’: GoFundMe launched for Langford single mom in failing home

Single mother of three special needs kids needs a new home to replace decrepit trailer

Laura McIntyre and her three kids are currently living in a run-down trailer, but thanks to a crowd funding campaign organized by a friend, they hope to be living in a new trailer which is safe and comfortable for them. (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre)
View Royal council has approved a bylaw amendment formalizing changes to the 2021 financial plan, including additional grants-in-aid, sewage treatment costs and site prep work for an upcoming new park. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)

View Royal adds additional grants, expenditures to financial plan

Extra expenditures being funded out of the town’s surplus accounts

View Royal council has approved a bylaw amendment formalizing changes to the 2021 financial plan, including additional grants-in-aid, sewage treatment costs and site prep work for an upcoming new park. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)
The Goldstream Food Bank warehouse is seen in this November photo. Food banks across Greater Victoria are feeling the impacts of supply chain issues exasperated by last month’s flooding, but some have managed to avoid the worst thanks to a mixture of luck and early planning. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Flood damage disrupts supply for Greater Victoria food banks

Some avoided shortages by ordering earlier than usual, while others have had to pivot to gift cards

The Goldstream Food Bank warehouse is seen in this November photo. Food banks across Greater Victoria are feeling the impacts of supply chain issues exasperated by last month’s flooding, but some have managed to avoid the worst thanks to a mixture of luck and early planning. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Langford, View Royal and Oak Bay have each earned 2021 Candy Cane Awards from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria. (Unsplash)

Greater Victoria municipalities earn proper candy cane awards from Grumpy Taxpayer$

Langford, View Royal and Oak Bay recognized for efforts to improve local governance

Langford, View Royal and Oak Bay have each earned 2021 Candy Cane Awards from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria. (Unsplash)
Zoe Clint is organizing a fundraiser on Dec. 18 to raise money for Victoria Hospice in recognition of the support they gave her when her mother Cindy Hannah (left) and father Bill Clint (right) died of cancer. (Photos Courtesy of Zoe Clint)

‘The gift I didn’t expect’: Woman saying thanks to Victoria Hospice with bottle drive

Esquimalt woman fundraising for organization which helped her through the death of both her parents

Zoe Clint is organizing a fundraiser on Dec. 18 to raise money for Victoria Hospice in recognition of the support they gave her when her mother Cindy Hannah (left) and father Bill Clint (right) died of cancer. (Photos Courtesy of Zoe Clint)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau and Victoria Grizzlies forward Ollie Josephson chase the puck during a Nov. 26 matchup at The Q Centre. Josephson, who was called up to play five games with the Grizzlies so far this season, has been drafted fifth overall in the WHL Prospects Draft by the Red Deer Rebels. (Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)

‘I was in shock’: Greater Victoria teen a first-round pick in WHL Prospects Draft

Ollie Josephson, 15, was chosen fifth overall by the Red Deer Rebels

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau and Victoria Grizzlies forward Ollie Josephson chase the puck during a Nov. 26 matchup at The Q Centre. Josephson, who was called up to play five games with the Grizzlies so far this season, has been drafted fifth overall in the WHL Prospects Draft by the Red Deer Rebels. (Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)
Victoria Grizzlies captain Ellis Rickwood and Surrey Eagles goalie Max Prazma battle for the puck during their Friday night matchup in Surrey, where the Grizzlies fell 5-3. (Garrett James Photography/Twitter)

Victoria Grizzlies fall 5-3 to Surrey Eagles Friday night

Grizzlies road trip continues Saturday night, plus a rematch against the Eagles on Sunday

Victoria Grizzlies captain Ellis Rickwood and Surrey Eagles goalie Max Prazma battle for the puck during their Friday night matchup in Surrey, where the Grizzlies fell 5-3. (Garrett James Photography/Twitter)
Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)

Santa Go Round returns to the West Shore this month

Santa joins View Royal firefighters Saturday (Dec. 11) spreading cheer, collecting food donations

Santa Claus and firefighters with the Colwood Fire Department travel through the community during a previous Santa Go Round. Santa is set to return to the West Shore this year, starting in View Royal on Dec. 11. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering of One Bear Mountain, a 209-unit condominium building expected to begin construction in Langford in early 2022. A penthouse condo in the building has set a new record for the West Shore, selling for $3.65 million. (Courtesy of 360 Pacifica and Terracap corporations)

Langford penthouse sets West Shore record with $3.65 million selling price

Luxury condo part of One Bear Mountain, projected for completion by 2024

A rendering of One Bear Mountain, a 209-unit condominium building expected to begin construction in Langford in early 2022. A penthouse condo in the building has set a new record for the West Shore, selling for $3.65 million. (Courtesy of 360 Pacifica and Terracap corporations)
A Harbour Ferry Taxi cruises through the inner Harbour in this file photo. Victoria Harbour Ferry is launching a pair of holiday offerings this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Harbour Ferry offering pair of holiday specials

The annual Santa Ballet is set to return along with a new Sleigh Boat Ride

A Harbour Ferry Taxi cruises through the inner Harbour in this file photo. Victoria Harbour Ferry is launching a pair of holiday offerings this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
The West Shore RCMP will be in front of the Langford Real Canadian Super Store location on Sunday collecting food donations for the Goldstream Food Bank. (West Shore RCMP/Twitter)

West Shore RCMP aims to fill canoe, police cruisers with food this weekend

All food collected in front of the Langford Superstore will be donated to the Goldstream Food Bank

The West Shore RCMP will be in front of the Langford Real Canadian Super Store location on Sunday collecting food donations for the Goldstream Food Bank. (West Shore RCMP/Twitter)
The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)

Colwood hosting free holiday concert Friday night

Sangster Elementary choirs featured; hot chocolate, light tunnels 6-7 p.m. Dec. 10 in Meadow Park

The City of Colwood is hosting a free holiday concert Friday evening (Dec. 10) at Meadow Park, featuring choirs from Sangster Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)
The Sooke School District 62 is advising families to be aware of and follow all government COVID-19 restrictions upon returning from holiday travel this season. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sooke School District reminds holidaying families of requirements for unvaccinated children

Parents should work with schools, teachers if children will be missing school while in quarantine

The Sooke School District 62 is advising families to be aware of and follow all government COVID-19 restrictions upon returning from holiday travel this season. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Westshore Wolves are under new ownership this season, with a vision of community involvement at the core of the new vision. (Photo courtesy of Westshore Wolves Hockey/Facebook)

Westshore Wolves to build up community connections under new ownership

Focus placed on improving skills while making players better citizens

The Westshore Wolves are under new ownership this season, with a vision of community involvement at the core of the new vision. (Photo courtesy of Westshore Wolves Hockey/Facebook)
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