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The new vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre opens on Jan. 7. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Island Health looks to shorten wait times for booster shots with new mass clinics

Archie Browning Sports Centre site opens Jan. 7; other clinics to open in Sooke, Saanich

The new vaccine clinic at Archie Browning Sports Centre opens on Jan. 7. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The year’s first earthquake of magnitude 4.0 or more happened off the west coast of Vancouver Island, nearest Port Alice. (Courtesy of John Cassidy/Natural Resources Canada)

4.7 magnitude earthquake recorded off west coast of Vancouver Island

Jan. 2 quake centred 150 km offshore, likely not felt by many Island residents

The year’s first earthquake of magnitude 4.0 or more happened off the west coast of Vancouver Island, nearest Port Alice. (Courtesy of John Cassidy/Natural Resources Canada)
School buses are being cancelled with little or no warning, meaning some kids have to miss days at schools, according to parents. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD62 dealing with bus driver shortage, students unable to get bus

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait said the shortage is leading to more traffic on the roads

School buses are being cancelled with little or no warning, meaning some kids have to miss days at schools, according to parents. (Black Press Media file photo)
A crowd gathered to watch the rescue. (Courtesy of Kill Luckow/Facebook)

Cat owner ecstatic after Colwood crane operator rescues pet stuck in tree for 24 hours

Kyle Hobbs said the rescue was done in just over 30 minutes

A crowd gathered to watch the rescue. (Courtesy of Kill Luckow/Facebook)
Finding a house in Sooke is easier said then done, according to realtor Tim Ayres. Reader’s Lens Wildlife photographer Kathie Loveys shot this dramatic image of a sunrise over Sooke Basin. (Contributed - Kathie Loveys)

Sooke’s 2022, real estate market is expensive with few options

Slow permit approval process is hurting housing supply, says realtor

Finding a house in Sooke is easier said then done, according to realtor Tim Ayres. Reader’s Lens Wildlife photographer Kathie Loveys shot this dramatic image of a sunrise over Sooke Basin. (Contributed - Kathie Loveys)
Metchosin Mayor John Ranns (Courtesy District of Metchosin)

Longtime Metchosin mayor hopes to step away in 2022

Coun. Kyara Kahakauwila plans to run for top job

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns (Courtesy District of Metchosin)
Langford Mayor Stew Young will decide on whether he will seek another term sometime in the summer. (Black Press Media file photo)

3 West Shore stories to watch in 2022

Doctor shortages, municipal elections and construction limits in Langford

Langford Mayor Stew Young will decide on whether he will seek another term sometime in the summer. (Black Press Media file photo)
Snowy conditions are making waste collections tricky. (Black Press Media file photo)

Snow freezes garbage, recycling pickup in Sooke, CRD

Garbage on pause until new year

Snowy conditions are making waste collections tricky. (Black Press Media file photo)
Heavy snow delays buses throughout Greater Victoria. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

BC Transit cancels several morning routes in snowy Greater Victoria

Morning trips cancelled for routes 13, 35, 43, 63 and 64

Heavy snow delays buses throughout Greater Victoria. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Metchosin Mayor John Ranns says changes to the Residential Tenancy Act would free up housing in the community. (Courtesy District of Metchosin)

Metchosin staying rural, despite housing needs report: mayor

Mayor Ranns says living in a rural community offers benefits to seniors

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns says changes to the Residential Tenancy Act would free up housing in the community. (Courtesy District of Metchosin)
Club member Brent Donaldson arrived on the scene on Dec. 19 to find the shack up in smoke and destroyed. (Courtesy of Brent Donaldson)

Victoria Motorcycle Club ‘focal point’ lost in fire

Nobody was injured and the fire was deemed an accident

Club member Brent Donaldson arrived on the scene on Dec. 19 to find the shack up in smoke and destroyed. (Courtesy of Brent Donaldson)
One car was involved in a rollover crash along the Trans Canada Highway between the Colwood and Langford exits, at around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)

Multiple drivers go off Trans-Canada Highway under wintry conditions in Greater Victoria

One car was involved in a rollover crash on Highway 1 on Tuesday morning

One car was involved in a rollover crash along the Trans Canada Highway between the Colwood and Langford exits, at around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)
A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Hatchery salmon program hit hard by ‘perfect storm’

First drought, then flooding decimate chum numbers in West Shore spawning river

A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)
A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Hatchery salmon program hit hard by ‘perfect storm’

First drought, then flooding decimate chum numbers in West Shore spawning river

A hungry gull picks away at a dead salmon on the banks of the Goldstream River. The Goldstream Hatchery saw far fewer chum salmon than exected this year due to weather extremes, experts say. (Black Press Media file photo)
Some Sooke residents were missed on Sooke Disposal Ltd’s garbage run on Monday. (File photo)

Some Sooke residents seeing delays for garbage pickup

Sooke Disposal Ltd owner said pickup for some areas was made tricky by road conditions

Some Sooke residents were missed on Sooke Disposal Ltd’s garbage run on Monday. (File photo)
Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past Westshore Parkway on Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon)

Sooke’s top online stories of 2021: traffic, weather, wildlife

Flooding, deer diseases and endless traffic

Flooding and bank instability closed the south and northbound lanes of the Malahat past Westshore Parkway on Nov. 15. (Courtesy Emcon)
District of Sooke Council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)

Home renovations fuelling Sooke’s building permit revenue boom

The district’s budget included $711k in revenue, the final total was $1.2 million

District of Sooke Council has finalized its 2022 budget. (File-Sooke News Mirror)
A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of ‘96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)

25 years since the Blizzard of ‘96

It’s the silver anniversary of the heaviest snow Victoria has seen since WWI

A parked car buried under snow in Victoria after the Blizzard of ‘96 left many digging for their vehicles. (Courtesy of Goldstream News Gazette, Jan. 3. 1997)
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar on Tuesday (Dec. 21) announces the board’s decision not to institute a vaccine mandate for staff, but that all new hires must be vaccinated. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

No vaccine mandate for Sooke School District staff, but new hires must be vaccinated

SD62 board asks superintendent to prepare for possible declaration of a mandate later

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar on Tuesday (Dec. 21) announces the board’s decision not to institute a vaccine mandate for staff, but that all new hires must be vaccinated. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
EMCON has marked the repairs to the sinkhole with cones and warning signs. These repairs are temporary, the road won’t be fully repaired until summer 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Jordan River sinkhole repair timeline concerns resident

Permanent repairs are planned for summer 2022

EMCON has marked the repairs to the sinkhole with cones and warning signs. These repairs are temporary, the road won’t be fully repaired until summer 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)