West Shore

District council re-introduced a bylaw last week banning plastic bags. The ban will take effect within six months. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke’s plastic bag ban might expand to other plastics

Ban on plastic bags to take effect within six months

 

Owners Garvin, left, and Shanon Tse outside Helmcken Market on Oct. 15, its last day in business after 48 years. Community members gathered outside the View Royal market to show their appreciation. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

View Royal thanks Helmcken Market for its friendly legacy as the store closes after 48 years

Community members gathered to show their appreciation for the owners on Oct. 15

 

Sooke School District students who go on trips abroad won’t be able to return to the classroom for 14 days after their return. (Black Press Media file photo)

No virtual learning for SD62 unvaccinated students isolating after international travel

Sooke School District recommends making arrangements with teachers before travelling

 

Bella, the foal, was born chestnut and changed colour as she aged. (Courtesy Paula Leweke)

Metchosin-born horse leaps grand prix hurdles

Paula Leweke of Paula’s Horses has high hopes for Bella

Bella, the foal, was born chestnut and changed colour as she aged. (Courtesy Paula Leweke)
Iris McNeil, who was murdered in 1997. (Photo courtesy of the McNeil family)

Killer’s bid for parole from Metchosin institution denied again

Victim’s family happy with decision, angered by the process

Iris McNeil, who was murdered in 1997. (Photo courtesy of the McNeil family)
Sooke’s annual Santa Parade returns on Dec. 5, but with pandemic protocols in place. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke’s annual Santa Parade returns on Dec. 5, but with pandemic protocols in place. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Colwood Creek Park is the site of two of several pop-up public parks feedback sessions in the city. (Photo courtesy City of Colwood)

Colwood asking residents for their take on its parks management

Four in-person sessions and one online to be held between Oct. 16 and 27

Colwood Creek Park is the site of two of several pop-up public parks feedback sessions in the city. (Photo courtesy City of Colwood)
The District of Sooke is mulling plans for the development of John Phillips Memorial Park. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council gets wires crossed on park plans

Two proposals considered by council

The District of Sooke is mulling plans for the development of John Phillips Memorial Park. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
A recommendation to acknowledge local First Nations before Langford council meetings will be considered. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford council still not acknowledging First Nations lands before meetings

Coun. Lillian Szpak says change is timely following National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

A recommendation to acknowledge local First Nations before Langford council meetings will be considered. (Black Press Media file photo)
Riders take part in the 2020 Tripleshot CrossFondo cyling races, the 2021 version of which happens this Sunday (Oc t. 17). (Courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

More than 300 riders will race around Greater Victoria in Tripleshot CrossFondo

The Sunday event (Oct. 17) is also raising money for youth cycling program, trail development

Riders take part in the 2020 Tripleshot CrossFondo cyling races, the 2021 version of which happens this Sunday (Oc t. 17). (Courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)
Sooke Fire and Rescue Services await the arrival of its new chief. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

District of Sooke names new fire chief

Ted Ruiter served as fire chief in Fernie for eight years, is a 34-year firefighter

Sooke Fire and Rescue Services await the arrival of its new chief. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The Department of National Defence is conducting another round of controlled burns at Rocky Point. (Google Maps)

DND burning debris at Rocky Point property in Metchosin

Residents may notice smoke over a five-day period

The Department of National Defence is conducting another round of controlled burns at Rocky Point. (Google Maps)
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Sooke councillors missing up to 30% of council meetings

Couns. Jeff Bateman and Dana Lajeunesse have perfect attendance records

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A structure on Otter Point Road in Sooke is engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning. (Brenda Jordison/Facebook)

Firefighter injured in suspicious Sooke fire

Fire broke out Oct. 13 in old Mulligan’s Bar and Grill building

A structure on Otter Point Road in Sooke is engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning. (Brenda Jordison/Facebook)
Documentary filmmaker Les Stroud and ethnobotanist Fiona Hamersley Chambers pick salmonberries in the forest for an episode of Wild Harvest. (Photo courtesy of Laura Bombier)

Metchosin farmer lends foraging expertise to documentary filmmaker

Fiona Hamersley Chambers joins forces with Les Stroud on Wild Harvest foodie series

Documentary filmmaker Les Stroud and ethnobotanist Fiona Hamersley Chambers pick salmonberries in the forest for an episode of Wild Harvest. (Photo courtesy of Laura Bombier)
Less than a month after returning for the first time in a year and a half, the Victoria Clipper has suspended ferry sailings between Seattle and Victoria until next spring. (Courtesy Victoria Clipper)

Victoria Clipper suspends sailings until spring 2022 due to pandemic impacts

Passenger ferry service restarted making trips between Seattle and Victoria on Sept. 17

Less than a month after returning for the first time in a year and a half, the Victoria Clipper has suspended ferry sailings between Seattle and Victoria until next spring. (Courtesy Victoria Clipper)
Medical test and monitoring service provider LifeLabs is facing impactful staffing shortages. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

LifeLab locations in Westshore Town Centre, on Fort Street close until January over staffing issues

Company says staff will be sent to other locations to ensure smooth service

Medical test and monitoring service provider LifeLabs is facing impactful staffing shortages. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
West Shore RCMP are looking for a man seen on video footage, in relation to a mischief incident at a Langford COVID-19 vaccine clinic last month. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

Langford COVID-19 clinic doors glued shut, police seek suspect from video

Suspect described as Caucasian man in his 50s, 5’8” with a medium build and mustache

West Shore RCMP are looking for a man seen on video footage, in relation to a mischief incident at a Langford COVID-19 vaccine clinic last month. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
Pacific FC in Canadian Premier League soccer action against Halifax’s HFX Wanderers. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pacific FC lose 1-0 to Halifax on own goal, retain top spot in CPL

Langford-based club hosts Valour FC this Saturday, 3 p.m. at Starlight Stadium

Pacific FC in Canadian Premier League soccer action against Halifax’s HFX Wanderers. (Black Press Media file photo)
There were long lines at this year’s drive-thru Blackberry Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Metchosin. (Photo courtesy David McArthur)

Community welcomes back St. Mary’s Metchosin Blackberry Festival

Popular event saw lines of cars extend down the street before doors even opened Oct. 9

There were long lines at this year’s drive-thru Blackberry Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Metchosin. (Photo courtesy David McArthur)