Justin Samanski-Langille

A pirate ship fires its ‘canons’ as it makes its way past hundreds of spectators during the 2022 Esquimalt Buccaneer Days parade Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Esquimalt Buccaneer Days draw hundreds after two-year break

Saturday’s parade, carnival and art market, with the fun continuing Sunday

A pirate ship fires its ‘canons’ as it makes its way past hundreds of spectators during the 2022 Esquimalt Buccaneer Days parade Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood resident John Palmer and a colleague ordered 10 large pizzas from their hometown of Windsor, Ont. and had them delivered, for a total cost of $600. (Courtesy of John Palmer)

Colwood resident’s pizza passion goes viral after he orders delivery from Windsor

John Palmer, colleague spend $600 for that hometown taste with a side of memories

Colwood resident John Palmer and a colleague ordered 10 large pizzas from their hometown of Windsor, Ont. and had them delivered, for a total cost of $600. (Courtesy of John Palmer)
Tony Zarsadias, CEO of Island Realm Real Estate, said there has been a trend during the pandemic of more young homebuyers shopping on Vancouver Island than expected. (Courtesy of Tony Zarsadias)

Young homebuyers taking a surprising share of Vancouver Island’s market

Boomers downsizing, helping their children enter the market

Tony Zarsadias, CEO of Island Realm Real Estate, said there has been a trend during the pandemic of more young homebuyers shopping on Vancouver Island than expected. (Courtesy of Tony Zarsadias)
The Walk to End Violence returns to Victoria Thursday as part of the Moose Hide Campaign’s day of activities aimed at addressing violence against women and children. (Courtesy of the Moose Hide Campaign)

Walk to End Violence Against Women and Children returns to Victoria Thursday

Moose Hide Campaign continues to address violence against women and children

The Walk to End Violence returns to Victoria Thursday as part of the Moose Hide Campaign’s day of activities aimed at addressing violence against women and children. (Courtesy of the Moose Hide Campaign)
President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame hoping to preserve artifacts before fall closure

The museum is looking for storage space until a new permanent home is found

President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The District of Highlands has passed what Mayor Ken Williams calls a status quo budget with a three-per-cent tax increase, which he said maintains current service levels while growing the district’s financial reserves for future infrastructure needs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Highlands passes status quo budget with 3-per-cent tax increase

One third of hike to boost district’s reserves for future infrastructure renewal

The District of Highlands has passed what Mayor Ken Williams calls a status quo budget with a three-per-cent tax increase, which he said maintains current service levels while growing the district’s financial reserves for future infrastructure needs. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish. Metchosin resident Geoff Pearce is proposing a similar system across Esquimalt Harbour as a possible solution to reduce commuter traffic between the West Shore and the region’s core. (Flickr)

Gondola pitched as possible West Shore commuter traffic solution

Former city administrator asking stakeholders to study feasibility of concept

The Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish. Metchosin resident Geoff Pearce is proposing a similar system across Esquimalt Harbour as a possible solution to reduce commuter traffic between the West Shore and the region’s core. (Flickr)
The Luxton Spring Fair is returning to Langford this May long weekend after a two-year pause during the pandmic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Luxton Spring Fair returns to Langford May long weekend

After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the fair is back with rides, games and historical demos

The Luxton Spring Fair is returning to Langford this May long weekend after a two-year pause during the pandmic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two players compete against each other. Approximately 100 gamers from across B.C. gathered at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt Saturday to compete in the May Mayhem Smash Tourney and Expo video game competition. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: B.C. gamers go for glory at Esquimalt esports tournament

100 competing in the first May Mayhem Smash Tourney and Expo May 7-8

Two players compete against each other. Approximately 100 gamers from across B.C. gathered at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt Saturday to compete in the May Mayhem Smash Tourney and Expo video game competition. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colby Harder, centre, listens to feedback from Langford residents during a community walk aimed at generating ideas to improve the pedestrian experience in the community through walkrollmap.org. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford residents stroll through community to improve pedestrian experience

A Saturday community walk provided ideas as part of the walkrollmap.org initiative by UVic

Colby Harder, centre, listens to feedback from Langford residents during a community walk aimed at generating ideas to improve the pedestrian experience in the community through walkrollmap.org. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic church is set to move into a brand new, much larger space in the next two years as their congregation continues to grow. Pictured is an early rendering of what the new building on Irwin Road could look like once the design is finalized. (Photo Courtesy of Our Lady of the Rosary)

Langford church preparing for move to new home as congregation continues to grow

Our Lady of the Rosary will leave its Goldstream Avenue home of 70 years in fall 2023

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic church is set to move into a brand new, much larger space in the next two years as their congregation continues to grow. Pictured is an early rendering of what the new building on Irwin Road could look like once the design is finalized. (Photo Courtesy of Our Lady of the Rosary)
The Aboriginal Housing Management Association reannounced its Provincial Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy and renew calls for more to be done to address Indigenous housing needs in the province Friday, against the backdrop of M’akola Housing Society’s recently completed apartment buildings on Station Avenue in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Indigenous housing group renews call for more investment during Langford event

Aboriginal Housing Management Association unveiled Indigenous housing strategy in January

The Aboriginal Housing Management Association reannounced its Provincial Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy and renew calls for more to be done to address Indigenous housing needs in the province Friday, against the backdrop of M’akola Housing Society’s recently completed apartment buildings on Station Avenue in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jane Taylor Lee, Family Services of Greater Victoria executive director, speaks at the official opening of Little Phoenix Daycare in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C.’s first trauma-informed daycare opens in Victoria

Little Phoenix aims to inform policy and inspire similar approaches to childcare

Jane Taylor Lee, Family Services of Greater Victoria executive director, speaks at the official opening of Little Phoenix Daycare in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The West Shore’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 is set to close for renovations as of May 9, with plans to partially reopen in November if all goes well. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore legion branch closing its doors for long-awaited renovations

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 will close on May 9 with plans to reopen in November

The West Shore’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 is set to close for renovations as of May 9, with plans to partially reopen in November if all goes well. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood council is considering an amendment which would change retail-only zoning to allow for more medical or professional offices in a section of Royal Bay under development. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff file photo)

Health services demand in Royal Bay sees Colwood consider zoning bylaw change

Developer requests retail-only zoning be changed to allow medical, professional offices

Colwood council is considering an amendment which would change retail-only zoning to allow for more medical or professional offices in a section of Royal Bay under development. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff file photo)
View Royal council has approved the town’s 2022 budget, with fire and policing cost increases driving a 5.5-per-cent tax increase. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Policing, fire coverage cost increases drive 5.5-per-cent tax hike in View Royal

2022 budget adds in cost increases put off during the height of the pandemic

View Royal council has approved the town’s 2022 budget, with fire and policing cost increases driving a 5.5-per-cent tax increase. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Township Community Art Council is auctioning off ‘Community,’ a painting created by three of this year’s artists in residence, to fundraise for the council’s youth mentorship program. Bids are being accepted until May 6. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘Community’ on the auction block in support of Esquimalt youth program

The painting was created by artists in residence with the Township Community Arts Council

The Township Community Art Council is auctioning off ‘Community,’ a painting created by three of this year’s artists in residence, to fundraise for the council’s youth mentorship program. Bids are being accepted until May 6. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The dome of the Plaskett telescope at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, located on top of Observatory Hill off West Saanich Road can be seen for miles around the area. The observatory will host its first public star party since the pandemic began as part of a full slate of International Astronomy Day celebrations on May 7 in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Astronomy day events in Greater Victoria to launch a summer of star parties

Royal B.C. Museum hosting day events May, evening viewing shifts to Observatory Hill

The dome of the Plaskett telescope at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, located on top of Observatory Hill off West Saanich Road can be seen for miles around the area. The observatory will host its first public star party since the pandemic began as part of a full slate of International Astronomy Day celebrations on May 7 in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canada’s Keyara Wardley smiles as she scores a try against Spain during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Canada tops Spain in HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series’ return to Langford

The women’s squad won 19-10 in their first match of the two-day tournament at Starlight Stadium

Canada’s Keyara Wardley smiles as she scores a try against Spain during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Team Canada captain Breanne Nicholas stands atop the Malahat Skywalk on Thursday following the traditional captain’s photo ahead of the two-day HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Reaching for the sky: Rugby sevens captains gather before Langford tournament

Canada’s Breanne Nicholas looks forward to having home field advantage this weekend

Team Canada captain Breanne Nicholas stands atop the Malahat Skywalk on Thursday following the traditional captain’s photo ahead of the two-day HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)