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Athena Madan is an assistant professor in the school of humanitarian studies at Royal Roads University. (Contributed photo)

Royal Roads professor shares one man’s harrowing tale

H. was recruited into the cocaine industry at nine years old

Athena Madan is an assistant professor in the school of humanitarian studies at Royal Roads University. (Contributed photo)
Artist Heidi Chartrand shows off a piece of her work outside her home in Metchosin. Chartrand will be displaying her work at the Calgary Stampede July 6 to 15. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Metchosin artist breathes new life into animals

Heidi Chartrand’s work to be on display at Calgary Stampede

Artist Heidi Chartrand shows off a piece of her work outside her home in Metchosin. Chartrand will be displaying her work at the Calgary Stampede July 6 to 15. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of foster homes

Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of foster homes

Society has taken in more than 200 animals in June alone

Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of foster homes
A Metchosin couple has spent the past six years travelling to rural communities to provide medical care. (Pexels stock photo)

Metchosin duo continue love for medicine

Joan Rosenberg and Dan O’Connell offer medical care to people in rural communities

A Metchosin couple has spent the past six years travelling to rural communities to provide medical care. (Pexels stock photo)
Participants take part in Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts at Pearson College last year. This year’s event runs until July 6. Find the story on page 7.                                (Worksphotography photo)

Artists descend on Pearson College for annual retreat

Art school combines love of art with summer camp

Participants take part in Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts at Pearson College last year. This year’s event runs until July 6. Find the story on page 7.                                (Worksphotography photo)
Vancouver Island’s ‘Penny Girl’ comes out as transgender, hopes to inspire others

Vancouver Island’s ‘Penny Girl’ comes out as transgender, hopes to inspire others

Jeneece Edroff, now Frankie, has strong message for parents

Vancouver Island’s ‘Penny Girl’ comes out as transgender, hopes to inspire others
National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations draw hundreds

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations draw hundreds

Premier John Horgan joins ceremony at Royal Roads University

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations draw hundreds
A Colwood resident says she’s seen six dead geese by Esquimalt Lagoon in recent weeks that she believes have been hit by cars speeding by. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Dead geese near Esquimalt Lagoon draws ire of resident

City says ‘several’ geese struck by vehicles recently

A Colwood resident says she’s seen six dead geese by Esquimalt Lagoon in recent weeks that she believes have been hit by cars speeding by. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
After clearing its final hurdle earlier this week, Our Place Society will likely open its therapeutic recovery community at 94 Talcott Rd. in View Royal in the fall. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Therapeutic recovery centre likely to open in the fall

Former Choices facility in View Royal to be transformed

After clearing its final hurdle earlier this week, Our Place Society will likely open its therapeutic recovery community at 94 Talcott Rd. in View Royal in the fall. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Photo by Paul Obersteller

Fire in Sooke hills park likely caused by campfire

Crews currently focus on hot spots

Photo by Paul Obersteller
View Royal resident Beverlyn Luiken (left) and Diane Edwards, with Island Health, pose for a photo with four-year-old Morley the labradoodle in the playroom of the pediatric unit at Victoria General Hospital. Luiken and Morley are part of St. John Ambulance’s therapy dog program, which recently expanded its services to the peds unit. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Therapy dogs have pawsitive benefits on young patients

Program expanded to VGH’s pediatric unit in the fall

View Royal resident Beverlyn Luiken (left) and Diane Edwards, with Island Health, pose for a photo with four-year-old Morley the labradoodle in the playroom of the pediatric unit at Victoria General Hospital. Luiken and Morley are part of St. John Ambulance’s therapy dog program, which recently expanded its services to the peds unit. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Remembering Liam Comboye: Family to set up non-profit for toddler who died of cancer
Remembering Liam Comboye: Family to set up non-profit for toddler who died of cancer
Forty-two-year-old Jenn Selman, a single mother to three boys, will be making her kickboxing debut during the Be First Championships at Eagle Ridge Centre in Langford on Saturday, June 9.                                (Kendra Wong                                /News Gazette staff)

Single mom of three makes kickboxing debut in Langford

Be First Championships take place this weekend

Forty-two-year-old Jenn Selman, a single mother to three boys, will be making her kickboxing debut during the Be First Championships at Eagle Ridge Centre in Langford on Saturday, June 9.                                (Kendra Wong                                /News Gazette staff)
Ben Hinton, project manager for Trees Dispensary stores, arranges edible marijuana products in the company’s dispensary in Nanaimo. The business, which also has locations in Victoria and Oak Bay, is hoping to expand to the West Shore. (Chris Bush/Black Press)

Transforming the image of cannabis users

Dispensary eyes expansion to the West Shore

Ben Hinton, project manager for Trees Dispensary stores, arranges edible marijuana products in the company’s dispensary in Nanaimo. The business, which also has locations in Victoria and Oak Bay, is hoping to expand to the West Shore. (Chris Bush/Black Press)
Island man leads police on brief chase on Malahat

Island man leads police on brief chase on Malahat

Motorcyclist slapped with violation tickets

Island man leads police on brief chase on Malahat
New regulations could soon be coming to short-term vacation rental operators in Metchosin. Proposed regulations include having a business licence, providing 24/7 contact information in case of problems, and putting down a $500 security deposit.(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Metchosin moves to regulate short-term vacation rentals

Airbnb operators could be required to have a business licence

New regulations could soon be coming to short-term vacation rental operators in Metchosin. Proposed regulations include having a business licence, providing 24/7 contact information in case of problems, and putting down a $500 security deposit.(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
New device brings outdoor recreation to those with limited mobility

New device brings outdoor recreation to those with limited mobility

Tanelle Bolt pushing for golf courses to offer unit

New device brings outdoor recreation to those with limited mobility
Participants walk in the Global 6K for Water in Richmond Hill, Ontario in 2017. The first 6k for Water walk in the region takes place in Langford, beginning at Belmont Secondary school on Saturday, May 26. (Global 6K for Water photo)

Greater Victoria residents to walk for clean water

Kids in third-world countries walk roughly 6 km for access to water

Participants walk in the Global 6K for Water in Richmond Hill, Ontario in 2017. The first 6k for Water walk in the region takes place in Langford, beginning at Belmont Secondary school on Saturday, May 26. (Global 6K for Water photo)
A trio of orphaned otters were released back into the wild last month after almost a year in care at the B.C. SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. (Wild ARC photo)

WATCH: Trio of orphaned otters released into the wild

Staff at B.C. SPCA Wild ARC nursed animals back to health

A trio of orphaned otters were released back into the wild last month after almost a year in care at the B.C. SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. (Wild ARC photo)
Officers man the beach at Thetis Lake in View Royal where a manhunt was underway for two men in June 2016. (Gazette file photo)

Court unable to identify shooter in drive-by shooting

Pair convicted of drug and weapon offences in relation to incident that sparked Thetis Lake manhunt

Officers man the beach at Thetis Lake in View Royal where a manhunt was underway for two men in June 2016. (Gazette file photo)