Justin Samanski-Langille

The Sooke Region Museum is developing a play which will tell the stories of interesting Sooke historical figures using a mix of videos, live performance and shadow puppets. (Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre/YouTube)

Sooke historical figures star in new museum play

Production features vignettes exploring the community’s interesting past

The Sooke Region Museum is developing a play which will tell the stories of interesting Sooke historical figures using a mix of videos, live performance and shadow puppets. (Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre/YouTube)
The Sooke District Lioness Lions Club is gearing up for its largest-ever fundraising sale at the end of the month, featuring three trailers full of antiques and collectables. (Photos Courtesy of Gunny Tennese)

Sooke Lioness Club hosting largest-ever fundraiser sale

On Feb. 26 and 27, three trailers worth of antiques and collectables will be up for sale

The Sooke District Lioness Lions Club is gearing up for its largest-ever fundraising sale at the end of the month, featuring three trailers full of antiques and collectables. (Photos Courtesy of Gunny Tennese)
The City of Colwood has begun its budget discussions, and an early draft presented to the council’s committee of the whole Feb. 8 shows the city expects to increase revenue from property tax by 5.48 per cent to cover expected expenses. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood proposes 5.48-per-cent property tax increase in early draft budget

Five-year financial plan set to be discussed in multiple meetings heading into spring

The City of Colwood has begun its budget discussions, and an early draft presented to the council’s committee of the whole Feb. 8 shows the city expects to increase revenue from property tax by 5.48 per cent to cover expected expenses. (Black Press Media file photo)
James Bay Athletic Association’s Keith Graham runs past the Vancouver Rowing Club Rowers Saturday during Premier League play for the Cox Cup at MacDonald Park in Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Century-old rugby rivalry revived in James Bay

James Bay Athletic Association and Vancouver Rowing Club squads face off for a trio of cups

James Bay Athletic Association’s Keith Graham runs past the Vancouver Rowing Club Rowers Saturday during Premier League play for the Cox Cup at MacDonald Park in Victoria. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood City Council will soon consider a staff reccomendation which will see significant changes to the way Colwood Fire Rescue operates, aimed at improving response time and firefighter compensation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood considering pay upgrades for volunteer firefighters

Proposed changes would improve firefighter compensation, 24-hour response times: fire chief

Colwood City Council will soon consider a staff reccomendation which will see significant changes to the way Colwood Fire Rescue operates, aimed at improving response time and firefighter compensation. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke Shelter staff and residents are ready to get to work. Each day for the past two years, residents head out to perform simple acts of community service such as picking up litter and tidying up areas around the community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Shelter residents help keep Sooke clean

Each day, residents at the Sooke Shelter Society are walking the community to pick up trash

Sooke Shelter staff and residents are ready to get to work. Each day for the past two years, residents head out to perform simple acts of community service such as picking up litter and tidying up areas around the community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser is back again on Feb. 26 to raise funds for the Sooke Shelter Society. (Facebook - Sooke Shelter Society)

Coldest Night of the Year back to raise $20k for Sooke Shelter Society

Taking place on Feb. 26, the walk will raise funds to help buy food, blankets and clothes

The Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser is back again on Feb. 26 to raise funds for the Sooke Shelter Society. (Facebook - Sooke Shelter Society)
Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)

Sooke man, 20, with autism gets job boost

Ethan Ostropolski is finding purpose and connection through work

Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)
Mayor Maja Tait and Coun. Jeff Bateman checking out features of Sooke’s new library, currently under construction, in this 2021 file photo. Tait said projects such as the new library were planned in anticipation of Sooke’s population growth, which the latest census data shows roase by 16 per cent between 2016 and 2021 and now sits at 15,086. (File - Black Press Media)

Census 2021: Sooke grows 16 per cent, tops 15,000 residents

Mayor Maja Tait said the increased population will bring increased costs, but the district is ready

Mayor Maja Tait and Coun. Jeff Bateman checking out features of Sooke’s new library, currently under construction, in this 2021 file photo. Tait said projects such as the new library were planned in anticipation of Sooke’s population growth, which the latest census data shows roase by 16 per cent between 2016 and 2021 and now sits at 15,086. (File - Black Press Media)
The Sooke Arts Council gallery will close its doors this month as the building’s new owners have served an eviction notice. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke art gallery forced to close after 18 months

The Sooke Arts Council will continue its mission, however, and is on the hunt for a new location

The Sooke Arts Council gallery will close its doors this month as the building’s new owners have served an eviction notice. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Jasmine Family Restaurant owner Judy Wong said the restaurant is closing its doors in March after more than 20 years on the West Shore. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A lot of sadness’: Jasmine Family Restaurant closing its doors in Colwood

After more than 20 years, local staple to close in March to make way for new development

Jasmine Family Restaurant owner Judy Wong said the restaurant is closing its doors in March after more than 20 years on the West Shore. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Former bishop of Victoria Remi de Roo, who died Feb. 1 at the age of 97, is being remembered as a passionate social justice advocate and progressive thinker in the Catholic church. (Photo courtesy of Louise Beinhauer)

Remi de Roo remembered for lasting impact on church, community in Victoria and beyond

Former Catholic bishop dead at 97; Pope Francis kissed de Roo’s ring for his role in Vatican II

Former bishop of Victoria Remi de Roo, who died Feb. 1 at the age of 97, is being remembered as a passionate social justice advocate and progressive thinker in the Catholic church. (Photo courtesy of Louise Beinhauer)
Sooke Lions Club volunteer Gerry St. Laurent helps cleanup and maintain the Sooke Harbour Cemetery several days a week. The club has been maintaining it for free since 1989. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sooke Lions club lends helping handy at local cemetery

Service club works weekly in Sooke Harbour Cemetery to keep property ‘neat and tidy’

Sooke Lions Club volunteer Gerry St. Laurent helps cleanup and maintain the Sooke Harbour Cemetery several days a week. The club has been maintaining it for free since 1989. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Fred Parker, 88, has retired from Sooke Fire Rescue after nearly seven decades of fire service in Calgary, Sooke and as a private fire investigator in the U.S. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke firefighter retires after nearly seven decades of service

‘I had the best career,’ says Fred Parker, 88

Fred Parker, 88, has retired from Sooke Fire Rescue after nearly seven decades of fire service in Calgary, Sooke and as a private fire investigator in the U.S. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
Conservation officer says the Feb. 1 attack on an off-leash dog is likely the Sooke area’s second involving a wolf in recent weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke sees second wolf attack on pet in less than a month

While the dog was killed, conservation officer says wolves pose no direct risk to humans

Conservation officer says the Feb. 1 attack on an off-leash dog is likely the Sooke area’s second involving a wolf in recent weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke RCMP say the community saw a significant spike in property crime in January, especially thefts from vehicles, but recent arrests appear to have had a positive impact. (File - Black Press Media)

Three arrested in Sooke following string of property crime

Thefts from vehicles saw especially large increases, but recent arrests appear to have helped

Sooke RCMP say the community saw a significant spike in property crime in January, especially thefts from vehicles, but recent arrests appear to have had a positive impact. (File - Black Press Media)
A group of vaccine mandate demonstrators make their way up Highway 14 to the Evergreen Centre Wednesday afternoon in response to SD62’s newly announced vaccine requirement. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Demonstrators take to Sooke streets against pandemic-driven mandates

Wednesday event organized in response to impending SD62 staff vaccination/testing requirement

A group of vaccine mandate demonstrators make their way up Highway 14 to the Evergreen Centre Wednesday afternoon in response to SD62’s newly announced vaccine requirement. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Camosun College massage therapy students Nicole Ross, Jessica Marks, Amanda Dowie, Taylor Wall-Baker, Beth Langdon stand outside the teaching clinic at the school’s Interurban campus. The school has partnered with the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community in View Royal to provide massages to men undergoing addiction recovery treatment. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)

Camosun College partners with View Royal recovery community to offer massage therapy

Students gain real-world experience, residents gain access to treatment, often for first time

Camosun College massage therapy students Nicole Ross, Jessica Marks, Amanda Dowie, Taylor Wall-Baker, Beth Langdon stand outside the teaching clinic at the school’s Interurban campus. The school has partnered with the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community in View Royal to provide massages to men undergoing addiction recovery treatment. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
The Town of View Royal will be served by two additional councillors after this fall’s municipal election. Council approved the expansion from five to seven members at a meeting Tuesday night. (Town of View Royal)

View Royal narrowly endorses council expansion by two in a 3-2 vote

Residents will elect a mayor and six councillors in the civic election in October

The Town of View Royal will be served by two additional councillors after this fall’s municipal election. Council approved the expansion from five to seven members at a meeting Tuesday night. (Town of View Royal)
Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

View Royal photographer working to unearth forgotten B.C. artists

Don Denton collecting and preserving details of mostly unknown photographers

Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)