Justin Samanski-Langille

Inmates at the William Head Institution show off their Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 poppy box. Since at least 2016, inmates at the institution have been making donations to the West Shore Legion’s poppy campaign. (Courtesy of William Head Institution)

West Shore poppy fund support comes from all over, even prison

Inmates at the William Head Institution in Metchosin make annual donations

Inmates at the William Head Institution show off their Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 poppy box. Since at least 2016, inmates at the institution have been making donations to the West Shore Legion’s poppy campaign. (Courtesy of William Head Institution)
Junior girls run past Hatley Castle Saturday (Nov. 5) during the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships, held at Royal Roads University. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: High School cross country champions crowned in Colwood

Royal Roads University provided scenic setting for B.C. High School Cross Country Championships

Junior girls run past Hatley Castle Saturday (Nov. 5) during the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships, held at Royal Roads University. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Langford Fire Rescue members shovel pumpkin remains Saturday (Nov. 5) during the department’s annual Pumpkin Smash fundraiser in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Pumpkins fly for charity at Langford Pumpkin Smash

Muscular Dystrophy Canada, B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund to receive donations

Langford Fire Rescue members shovel pumpkin remains Saturday (Nov. 5) during the department’s annual Pumpkin Smash fundraiser in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Under-construction condo building Centennial Court in Langford is offering an alternative path to home ownership which a UVic economist said is an example of the innovation needed in the housing market as both rent and purchase costs continue to grow beyond the reach of many. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Under-construction condo building Centennial Court in Langford is offering an alternative path to home ownership which a UVic economist said is an example of the innovation needed in the housing market as both rent and purchase costs continue to grow beyond the reach of many. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
View Royal Fire Rescue Chief Paul Hurst, volunteer firefighter Rob Smith, and outgoing Mayor David Screech at a ceremony recognizing Smith’s more than 35 years as a volunteer firefighter in the community. (Courtesy of David Screech/Facebook)

‘It means a lot’: Rob Smith honoured for more than 35 years as a firefighter in View Royal

Smith said he’s most proud of the young firefighters he’s taught over the years

View Royal Fire Rescue Chief Paul Hurst, volunteer firefighter Rob Smith, and outgoing Mayor David Screech at a ceremony recognizing Smith’s more than 35 years as a volunteer firefighter in the community. (Courtesy of David Screech/Facebook)
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott stands inside the branch building as it undergoes renovations. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford Legion renovations scaled back due to delays, cost increases

Despite some difficulties, the major refresh is still expected to finish by March

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott stands inside the branch building as it undergoes renovations. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria Shamrocks players salute the crowd at The Q Centre in Colwood after being eliminated from the Western Lacrosse Association semifinals with a 15-10 loss in game 6 to the Langley Thunder during the 2022 post season. (Victoria Shamrocks/Twitter)

71 seasons and still going strong: Community key to Victoria Shamrocks success

Much has changed since 1950, but the team’s core values and community support have been a constant

Victoria Shamrocks players salute the crowd at The Q Centre in Colwood after being eliminated from the Western Lacrosse Association semifinals with a 15-10 loss in game 6 to the Langley Thunder during the 2022 post season. (Victoria Shamrocks/Twitter)
Attendees at the Langford Fall Food Truck Festival react as a giant Jenga tower comes crashing down Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Food trucks take over Langford’s Station Avenue in first-ever festival

The Langford Fall Food Truck Festival continues 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Sunday.

Attendees at the Langford Fall Food Truck Festival react as a giant Jenga tower comes crashing down Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott presents Langford Mayor Stew Young with the ceremonial first poppy at the Langford Cenotaph Friday (Oct. 28) officially launching this year’s poppy campaign. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Poppy campaign kicks off on the West Shore

Langford Mayor Stew Young given ceremonial first poppy

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 president Norm Scott presents Langford Mayor Stew Young with the ceremonial first poppy at the Langford Cenotaph Friday (Oct. 28) officially launching this year’s poppy campaign. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jordan River kite surfer Frances Kelly placed second at the GKA Kite World Tour stop in Morocco, her first ever final event in the sport. (Courtesy of Romantsovaphoto)

Jordan River kite surfer finishes second in world tour stop in Morocco

Frances Kelly earned her best-ever finish despite two years of no competition during COVID

Jordan River kite surfer Frances Kelly placed second at the GKA Kite World Tour stop in Morocco, her first ever final event in the sport. (Courtesy of Romantsovaphoto)
Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan is the Canadian Armed Forces’ Chief of Professional Conduct and Culture, and is leading a ‘fundamental shift’ in how the army, navy, and air force manages its professional conduct and culture. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Armed forces culture and conduct chief talks ‘fundamental shift’ at CFB Esquimalt

Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan met with base leaders, members before sitting down with Black Press Media

Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan is the Canadian Armed Forces’ Chief of Professional Conduct and Culture, and is leading a ‘fundamental shift’ in how the army, navy, and air force manages its professional conduct and culture. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Musicians perform at a Diwali ceremony at the B.C. legislature Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Diwali celebrated with ceremony at B.C. legislature

Premier John Horgan, premier-designate David Eby joined by local community leaders

Musicians perform at a Diwali ceremony at the B.C. legislature Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria artist Fran Benton is putting on an exhibition in Saanich starting Oct. 25 of pieces she created after putting her own interpretation on war photos and memorabilia collected by her late father during his service in the Second World War. (Courtesy of Fran Benton)

Upcoming Saanich art exhibit takes personal look at Second World War

Fran Benton hopes exhibit encourages others to explore their own perspective on war

Victoria artist Fran Benton is putting on an exhibition in Saanich starting Oct. 25 of pieces she created after putting her own interpretation on war photos and memorabilia collected by her late father during his service in the Second World War. (Courtesy of Fran Benton)
Doug Kobayashi celebrates his win at 328 Taphouse and Grill in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Doug Kobayashi elected as new Colwood Mayor

Claiming the top seat with 2,559 votes, he has to deliver after ‘clear message’ from voters

Doug Kobayashi celebrates his win at 328 Taphouse and Grill in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Langford Fire Rescue is hosting its first open house in two years on Oct. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford Fire Rescue is hosting its first open house in two years on Oct. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood council approved a zoning amendment to the Royal Beach development which made minor changes to the proposed road layout on the property. The bylaw drew significant opposition from the community at a public hearing days before council’s vote. (Courtesy of Seacliff Properties)

Colwood approves Royal Beach change days after passionate public opposition heard

The changes make small adjustments to future road layout in development

Colwood council approved a zoning amendment to the Royal Beach development which made minor changes to the proposed road layout on the property. The bylaw drew significant opposition from the community at a public hearing days before council’s vote. (Courtesy of Seacliff Properties)
Students from Ruth King Elementary and Spencer Middle School gathered at Ruth King Thursday (Sept. 29) for an Orange Shirt Day ceremony as schools will be closed on Sept. 30. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: West Shore schools come together for Orange Shirt Day

Ruth King Elementary and Spencer Middle School gathered during the last day of classes for the week

Students from Ruth King Elementary and Spencer Middle School gathered at Ruth King Thursday (Sept. 29) for an Orange Shirt Day ceremony as schools will be closed on Sept. 30. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
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)