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Rob Anderson is running to represent Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke for the People’s Party of Canada. (Courtesy of Rob Anderson)

People’s Party candidate Rob Anderson looks to unite Canadians in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke

Former helicopter pilot talks lockdowns, vaccines and public rights and freedoms

Rob Anderson is running to represent Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke for the People’s Party of Canada. (Courtesy of Rob Anderson)
Randall Garrison is running for re-election in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. (Submitted/Garrison Campaign)

Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke MP not done with Ottawa yet

Three-time NDP MP Randall Garrison hopes voters send him back to finish what he started

Randall Garrison is running for re-election in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. (Submitted/Garrison Campaign)
Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)

What’s in Jesse Roper’s garden, man?

Way too many pickling cucumbers

Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (File - RCMP)

Court to hear more Fairy Creek challenges

Protesters challenge RCMP exclusion zones; logging company wants continuation of injunction

RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (File - RCMP)
So-called Magical Mountain on the edge of Finlayson Arm is for sale, and local organizers are campaigning to have it acquired as a park. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Awram)

Langford mom campaigns to have property listed at $3.8 million acquired as a park

Pristine parcel of forested, undeveloped land lays on the east side of Finlayson Arm

So-called Magical Mountain on the edge of Finlayson Arm is for sale, and local organizers are campaigning to have it acquired as a park. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Awram)
SEIZE THE DAY AND HAVE FUN
Rhiley Thorsen wasn’t dressed for the water park on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the five-year-old from running through the spray at Centennial Park in Langford. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Splashin’ good time in Langford

Centennial Park’s water zone a popular place on hot days

SEIZE THE DAY AND HAVE FUN
Rhiley Thorsen wasn’t dressed for the water park on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the five-year-old from running through the spray at Centennial Park in Langford. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The Sooke Fall Fair hopes to go all out in 2022, but for this year the fair is spread out over a couple of weeks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Fall Fair spread out over two weeks in September

Separated events will keep gatherings safe and small for 2021

The Sooke Fall Fair hopes to go all out in 2022, but for this year the fair is spread out over a couple of weeks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Principal Mike Bobbitt is thrilled to be back in the thick of things at Edward Milne Community School, such as in the garden where a wily gardener can spot hops, persimmon, corn, potatoes and quince. And that’s just in this photo. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Former Sooke teacher and vice-principal returns to EMCS bursting with excitement

Mike Bobbitt got promoted and sent back to his first school

Principal Mike Bobbitt is thrilled to be back in the thick of things at Edward Milne Community School, such as in the garden where a wily gardener can spot hops, persimmon, corn, potatoes and quince. And that’s just in this photo. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
John Rocher, chief experience officer at the Six Mile Pub and Eatery is masked up and ready to pour. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Greater Victoria’s oldest pub survived flu pandemic; in good shape to survive COVID

Six Mile Pub and Eatery planned ahead to be ready to serve patrons – if you’re vaccinated

John Rocher, chief experience officer at the Six Mile Pub and Eatery is masked up and ready to pour. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Waterfall Camp on the Granite Main is blocking access to old-growth cut blocks that Teal Cedar has a licence to log. The court injunction that declared such blockades illegal expires Sept. 26. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Logging company seeks extension to Fairy Creek injunction on south Island

Elders for Ancient Trees to argue against renewal at B.C. Supreme Court hearing Sept. 13

Waterfall Camp on the Granite Main is blocking access to old-growth cut blocks that Teal Cedar has a licence to log. The court injunction that declared such blockades illegal expires Sept. 26. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Doug Kobayashi, a third-generation Japanese-Canadian, is running for a federal seat in the Sept. 20 election. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Kobayashi campaign signs vandalized with swastikas in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding

‘When people make comments that there’s no racism in Canada, or there’s no racism here, I just laugh,’ says Liberal candidate

Doug Kobayashi, a third-generation Japanese-Canadian, is running for a federal seat in the Sept. 20 election. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)
The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)
A change in Sooke School District bus services is leaving kids who go to school out of their catchment areas in limbo for at least the first month. (File - Black Press Media)

Out-of-catchment bus change leaving parents scrambling in Sooke, West Shore

Students who choose schools out of their catchment might not get a ride this year

A change in Sooke School District bus services is leaving kids who go to school out of their catchment areas in limbo for at least the first month. (File - Black Press Media)
The taller the better in Langford Mayor Stew Young’s mind. Moving into the airspace is his strategy to build affordable housing in Langford’s city centre. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Mayor Stew Young categorically committed to tall density in Langford’s downtown core

‘Some people say we should slow it down. That’s not what’s going to happen,’ says mayor

The taller the better in Langford Mayor Stew Young’s mind. Moving into the airspace is his strategy to build affordable housing in Langford’s city centre. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Anita Saikail stands at the intersection of Dunford Road and Henry Eng Place where a crosswalk will be installed, thanks to her letter to city council. The 62-year-old with diverse abilities finds crossing the street here dangerous and scary. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Anxious pedestrian asks for a crosswalk, Langford listens

A new crosswalk will go up on Dunford at Henry Eng Place

Anita Saikail stands at the intersection of Dunford Road and Henry Eng Place where a crosswalk will be installed, thanks to her letter to city council. The 62-year-old with diverse abilities finds crossing the street here dangerous and scary. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Jesse Roper is itching to get back on stage after a long winter of song writing. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Metchosin musician Jesse Roper is buzzing with excitement to perform new songs live

Singer-songwriter headlines the All Ways Home festival in Langford on Sept. 4-5

Jesse Roper is itching to get back on stage after a long winter of song writing. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Lots of tickets left for All Ways Home festival in Langford. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Lots of tickets left for All Ways Home festival in Langford. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Purple ribbons a visual show of opioid crisis grief, while families press for more supports

Lack of support is driving deaths, because people waiting for help turn to toxic supply

Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Lia Versaevel of Cowichan will run as the Green candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Submitted)

UPDATED: Lia Versaevel nominated as Green candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding

Green Party of Canada members voted between three candidates

Lia Versaevel of Cowichan will run as the Green candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Submitted)
RCMP officers wait for protesters in tripods, sleeping dragons and coffins to voluntarily remove themselves earlier this summer in a remote part of southwest Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fairy Creek protesters accuse RCMP of aggression after use of pepper spray

‘They’re trying to make it scary to be out there,’ says lawyer for protesters

RCMP officers wait for protesters in tripods, sleeping dragons and coffins to voluntarily remove themselves earlier this summer in a remote part of southwest Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media file photo)
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