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Sooke firefighter Brandon Knowles (left to right), Metchosin Lt. Gord Grivel, Sooke firefighter Rod Davis and Langford firefighter Keith Detlor arrived in Fort St. James earlier this week to help battle the wildfires.                                 (Langford Fire Rescue photo)

West Shore firefighters answer call to battle fires in north-central B.C.

Crews to help with structural fire protection in Fort St. James

Sooke firefighter Brandon Knowles (left to right), Metchosin Lt. Gord Grivel, Sooke firefighter Rod Davis and Langford firefighter Keith Detlor arrived in Fort St. James earlier this week to help battle the wildfires.                                 (Langford Fire Rescue photo)
The Greater Victoria-based digital crisis line, called the youth space program and put on by Need2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support, operates from 6 p.m. to midnight PST all year, supporting youth from across Canada who are under the age of 30. (iStock file photo)

Greater Victoria-based digital crisis line sees spike in chats

Service allows youth to chat with volunteers through instant messaging services, text message

The Greater Victoria-based digital crisis line, called the youth space program and put on by Need2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support, operates from 6 p.m. to midnight PST all year, supporting youth from across Canada who are under the age of 30. (iStock file photo)
Students at the Alectoria School of Magic pick out their wands during the three-day camp at Shawnigan Lake School last week. (Contributed photo)

School of magic teaches youth to be themselves

Organizers hope to run the camp next summer as well

Students at the Alectoria School of Magic pick out their wands during the three-day camp at Shawnigan Lake School last week. (Contributed photo)
The Victoria Shamrocks celebrate their 11-7 victory over the Nanaimo Timbermen at The Q Centre in game five of the playoff series Friday. The Shamrocks will take on the Maple Ridge Burrards in the Western Lacrosse Association finals beginning Friday. (Jay Wallace photo)

Victoria Shamrocks head to WLA finals

‘Rocks to take on the Maple Ridge Burrards Friday

The Victoria Shamrocks celebrate their 11-7 victory over the Nanaimo Timbermen at The Q Centre in game five of the playoff series Friday. The Shamrocks will take on the Maple Ridge Burrards in the Western Lacrosse Association finals beginning Friday. (Jay Wallace photo)
Colwood residents Alf Todd and his wife, Patty. Todd was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 11 years ago. On Saturday, Aug. 11, Todd will be cycling 200 kilometres from Victoria to Sproat Lake to raise money for Parkinson’s programs at Headway Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre. (Contributed photo)

Riding the road less travelled: Colwood resident raising funds, awareness of Parkinson’s disease

Alf Todd to rise 200 kilometres from Victoria to Sproat Lake in one day

Colwood residents Alf Todd and his wife, Patty. Todd was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 11 years ago. On Saturday, Aug. 11, Todd will be cycling 200 kilometres from Victoria to Sproat Lake to raise money for Parkinson’s programs at Headway Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre. (Contributed photo)
NICU reunion a precious reminder for families, hospital staff

NICU reunion a precious reminder for families, hospital staff

More than 100 families came together for annual event

NICU reunion a precious reminder for families, hospital staff
Langford resident Julie Marchak, standing at Esquimalt Lagoon, lost 145 pounds and is now encouraging others to make healthier life choices.  (Contributed photo)

Langford mother shares inspiring weight-loss journey

Julie Marchak believes life is about making healthy choices

Langford resident Julie Marchak, standing at Esquimalt Lagoon, lost 145 pounds and is now encouraging others to make healthier life choices.  (Contributed photo)
Rider seeks redemption at provincial track championship

Rider seeks redemption at provincial track championship

B.C. Provincial Track Championships take place Aug. 17 to 19

Rider seeks redemption at provincial track championship
Thirteen-year-old Langford musician William Dolan strikes a pose from his music video for “Cadillac,” his first single which sheds light on black history. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Young Langford musician spreads message of equality

Langford’s William Dolan releases new single

Thirteen-year-old Langford musician William Dolan strikes a pose from his music video for “Cadillac,” his first single which sheds light on black history. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Metchosin councillor remembered for love of environment, community

Metchosin councillor remembered for love of environment, community

Celebration of life this Sunday in Metchosin

Metchosin councillor remembered for love of environment, community
A solider stands by the 12-pounder quick firing gun, which was installed at Belmont Battery at Fort Rodd Hill at the beginning of the 20th century and was designed to stop fast torpedo boats from entering the harbour. Belmont Battery is currently undergoing massive renovations. (Parks Canada photo)

Belmont Battery at Fort Rodd Hill undergoing massive renovations

Historic site still open despite renovations

A solider stands by the 12-pounder quick firing gun, which was installed at Belmont Battery at Fort Rodd Hill at the beginning of the 20th century and was designed to stop fast torpedo boats from entering the harbour. Belmont Battery is currently undergoing massive renovations. (Parks Canada photo)
One man dead after Sunday evening crash in Metchosin

One man dead after Sunday evening crash in Metchosin

B.C. Coroners Service is investigating

One man dead after Sunday evening crash in Metchosin
Colwood resident Maria Curcic shows off a one-of-a-kind hat that she created. Curcic is one of several artists that are taking part in this year’s Stinking Fish Studio Tour July 27 to 31. (Contributed photo)

Colwood artist creating one of a kind hats

Stinking Fish Tour takes place July 27 to 31

Colwood resident Maria Curcic shows off a one-of-a-kind hat that she created. Curcic is one of several artists that are taking part in this year’s Stinking Fish Studio Tour July 27 to 31. (Contributed photo)
Nathaniel Blondeau (centre), alongside Staff Sgt. Raj Sandu (left to right), Rob Blondeau, Colin Plant, chair of the Capital Regional District’s traffic safety commission and Const. Matt Baker. Blondeau is the receipient of this year’s Const. Sarah Beckett scholarship. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Belmont student wins Sarah Beckett scholarship

Nathaniel Blondeau hopes to become a police officer

Nathaniel Blondeau (centre), alongside Staff Sgt. Raj Sandu (left to right), Rob Blondeau, Colin Plant, chair of the Capital Regional District’s traffic safety commission and Const. Matt Baker. Blondeau is the receipient of this year’s Const. Sarah Beckett scholarship. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Cherie Spriggs, a former Langford resident and Belmont Secondary grad, was recently named sparkling winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge 2018, one of the most highly-regarded wine competitions in the world. (Nyetimber photo)

Former Langford resident wins prestigious winemaker award

Cherie Spriggs first woman ever to win award

Cherie Spriggs, a former Langford resident and Belmont Secondary grad, was recently named sparkling winemaker of the year at the International Wine Challenge 2018, one of the most highly-regarded wine competitions in the world. (Nyetimber photo)
A West Shore mother is calling for more mental health services in relation to obsessive compulsive disorder. (iStock photo)

Living with obsessive compulsive disorder

The Big Read: Vancouver Island mom calls for more mental health services as son battles OCD

A West Shore mother is calling for more mental health services in relation to obsessive compulsive disorder. (iStock photo)
Couple to walk the West Shore for Island foundation

Couple to walk the West Shore for Island foundation

Cory Steiner to also play four gigs to raise funds

Couple to walk the West Shore for Island foundation
Island moves four to five millimetres away from mainland

Island moves four to five millimetres away from mainland

Southern Vancouver Island shifts due to tiny tremors

Island moves four to five millimetres away from mainland
Cast and crew of Once Upon a Prince filming on Taylor Road in Metchosin. (Photo contributed)

Slow year for film productions on the West Shore

Local film commission says there’s still been lots of interest

Cast and crew of Once Upon a Prince filming on Taylor Road in Metchosin. (Photo contributed)
A helicopter drops water on the Tugwell Creek Fire. (Photo by Ken Groat)

Tugwell Creek fire fully contained

63 firefighters along with other equipment, helicopters battled blaze on Sunday

A helicopter drops water on the Tugwell Creek Fire. (Photo by Ken Groat)