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Kathryn Calder, City of Victoria’s artist in residence, is facilitating a performance and songwriting workshop for youth. (YouTube)

Online music workshops available for Greater Victoria young artists

Artist in Residence Kathryn Calder to host songwriting, performance series

Kathryn Calder, City of Victoria’s artist in residence, is facilitating a performance and songwriting workshop for youth. (YouTube)
Funding from the federal tax gas money helped pay for this playground in Sidney’s Rathdown Park. (Courtesy Town of Sidney)

Sidney mayor praises federal gas tax support

Funding includes $140,000 toward new playground among other projects

Funding from the federal tax gas money helped pay for this playground in Sidney’s Rathdown Park. (Courtesy Town of Sidney)
Patti Haney, who lives in Thetis Heights, Sunday made this snow bunny in honour of Valentine’s Day for her granddaughter Caelin, who lives on B.C.’s Mainland. (Photo Courtesy of Patti Haney)

Photo Gallery: Greater Victoria sparkles in the snow with fun and creativity

Snowfall on Saturday and Sunday becomes a canvass for all ages

Patti Haney, who lives in Thetis Heights, Sunday made this snow bunny in honour of Valentine’s Day for her granddaughter Caelin, who lives on B.C.’s Mainland. (Photo Courtesy of Patti Haney)
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One person killed in serious crash on West Saanich Road
Teen tackles three world records for solving Rubik's cubes while hula hooping
Campaign aims to raise $1M for new regional park by Earth Day
Provinces caution on vaccine deliveries understandable: Fortin
Camosun College’s new micro-credentials will allow tradespeople and working professionals to learn how to create net-zero energy buildings. (Black Press Media file photo)
Camosun College’s new micro-credentials will allow tradespeople and working professionals to learn how to create net-zero energy buildings. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich may have moved closer to formally joining a regional pilot project reducing speed limits on certain streets, but questions about its enforcement and thus its effectiveness remain.

North Saanich driving towards joining regional speed reduction project

Local police have told municipality they have no plans for additional enforcement

North Saanich may have moved closer to formally joining a regional pilot project reducing speed limits on certain streets, but questions about its enforcement and thus its effectiveness remain.
(Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich launches online survey to gauge residents’ satisfaction

Up to 400 randomly-selected residents to receive particpation invite by mail

(Black Press Media file photo)
BC Hydro crews are on their way to a power outage near Metchosin that is affecting 1,492 customers in the area. (BC Hydro/Twitter)

Almost 1,500 people in Metchosin area without power

BC Hydro said crews are on their way to the area

BC Hydro crews are on their way to a power outage near Metchosin that is affecting 1,492 customers in the area. (BC Hydro/Twitter)
Greater Victoria residents continue to enjoy the snow, as it was the case Sunday morning near Victoria International Airport, where a popular sledding hill has remained a popular destination for winter fun. (Submitted)

Travel advisories lifted for Highway #17 in Greater Victoria but in effect for parts of Highway #1

Sailing also appears to be smooth for BC Ferries as residents enjoy snow on Valentine’s Day

Greater Victoria residents continue to enjoy the snow, as it was the case Sunday morning near Victoria International Airport, where a popular sledding hill has remained a popular destination for winter fun. (Submitted)
Rose petals covered this snowy bench in downtown Sidney morning as Greater Victoria prepares for another round of snow (Wolf Depner/News Staff).

More snow drops on Greater Victoria on Valentine’s Day

Environment Canada expects another five to 10 centimetres of snow on Sunday

Rose petals covered this snowy bench in downtown Sidney morning as Greater Victoria prepares for another round of snow (Wolf Depner/News Staff).
Barbara Hudlin, left, and aunt Bernice Alexander get together for a photo on Doug Hudlin Day at Jerry Hale Field, the home of National Little League baseball in Victoria. Doug Hudlin, a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame umpire, and Bernice were cousins and all three are descendants of Charles and Nancy Alexander, two of the first Black pioneers to arrive in Victoria in 1858. (Photo courtesy Barbara Hudlin)

Black family matriarch hopes to pass down stories of Greater Victoria heritage

Sidney’s Bernice Alexander encourages everyone to look into Black history this month

Barbara Hudlin, left, and aunt Bernice Alexander get together for a photo on Doug Hudlin Day at Jerry Hale Field, the home of National Little League baseball in Victoria. Doug Hudlin, a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame umpire, and Bernice were cousins and all three are descendants of Charles and Nancy Alexander, two of the first Black pioneers to arrive in Victoria in 1858. (Photo courtesy Barbara Hudlin)
A new report finds a provincial tax designed to curb speculation and improve housing affordability “may not be having a large impact on turning empty homes into affordable or rental housing stock” in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)

Report finds speculation tax not working in North Saanich as intended

North Saanich wants to be ‘allocated’ a share of revenues raised in the district

A new report finds a provincial tax designed to curb speculation and improve housing affordability “may not be having a large impact on turning empty homes into affordable or rental housing stock” in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)
A duplex fire has left two sets of tenants without homes and three cats unaccounted for Saturday afternoon. (Courtesy of Shelley Musgrave Noyes)
A jackknifed semi truck is blocking northbound traffic along the Pat Bay Highway at Piedmont Drive. (Courtesy of Saanich Police Department)
A jackknifed semi truck is blocking northbound traffic along the Pat Bay Highway at Piedmont Drive. (Courtesy of Saanich Police Department)
Ellen Connell says she is not a quitter but is now looking for a way forward after closing Sidney Hot Yoga on Jan. 31. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney yoga studio folds against backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic

Closure of business holds larger lesson for other businesses

Ellen Connell says she is not a quitter but is now looking for a way forward after closing Sidney Hot Yoga on Jan. 31. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Oak Bay has launched a new Oak Bay Community Climate Action Working Group to develop five major recommendations, due in March, ahead of the 2020-2022 strategic plan and budget. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Oak Bay has launched a new Oak Bay Community Climate Action Working Group to develop five major recommendations, due in March, ahead of the 2020-2022 strategic plan and budget. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Josiah Plett, 18, unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for most Rubik’s cubes solved while hula hooping on Feb. 13 at Pacific Christian School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy Alvira Plett)
Josiah Plett, 18, unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for most Rubik’s cubes solved while hula hooping on Feb. 13 at Pacific Christian School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy Alvira Plett)
A six-vehicle pile-up brought traffic to a standstill in the 5200-block of Sooke Road Feb. 13. (Courtesy of Randi Battersby)

UPDATED: Six-vehicle pile-up along Sooke Road cleared

Traffic was moving again after a two-hour stoppage

A six-vehicle pile-up brought traffic to a standstill in the 5200-block of Sooke Road Feb. 13. (Courtesy of Randi Battersby)
17-month-old Isla enjoyed a wild toboggan ride in the snow on Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy Angela Maunders)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria residents urged to stay off the roads, enjoy snow day close to home

Up to 15 cm expected as Vancouver Island’s snowstorm 2021 gets underway

17-month-old Isla enjoyed a wild toboggan ride in the snow on Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy Angela Maunders)
The City of Victoria is making parkade parking free Feb. 13 to keep vehicles off the streets and give snowplows room to work. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The City of Victoria is making parkade parking free Feb. 13 to keep vehicles off the streets and give snowplows room to work. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Nearly 500 customers have been without power near Jordan River since 10 p.m. on Feb. 12 due to a fallen tree that also resulted in Highway 14 being closed down in both directions on Feb. 13. (BC Hydro/Outage Map)
Nearly 500 customers have been without power near Jordan River since 10 p.m. on Feb. 12 due to a fallen tree that also resulted in Highway 14 being closed down in both directions on Feb. 13. (BC Hydro/Outage Map)