Bailey Moreton

Members of Pacific FC celebrate their 1-0 win over Hamilton Forge FC in the Canadian Premier League championship game on Dec. 5. A victory parade for the team is expected to happen next spring, when the majority of the players will retiurn to Langford. (Pacific FC/Facebook)

Pacific FC parade in Langford delayed until players return next season

Players released after Dec. 5 championship win, most have left for home

Members of Pacific FC celebrate their 1-0 win over Hamilton Forge FC in the Canadian Premier League championship game on Dec. 5. A victory parade for the team is expected to happen next spring, when the majority of the players will retiurn to Langford. (Pacific FC/Facebook)
Much of B.C.’s tree planting program so far has been replacing harvested trees, which minimizes the albedo effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C.’s tree planting should dodge problems others have faced with albedo effect

Trees combat climate change, but dependent on how they’re planted

Much of B.C.’s tree planting program so far has been replacing harvested trees, which minimizes the albedo effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Port Renfrew getting roads repaired after heavy rain damage

Work on Island Road has started, EMCON crews set to start work on Parkinson Road next week

Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Royal Roads Cafe has closed after decades in business. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Classic Colwood cafe closing, new restaurant coming

Royal Roads Cafe, near the university, was open for decades before being sold

Royal Roads Cafe has closed after decades in business. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Sooke Rotary Club has officially kicked off its annual sock drive, and is urging Sooke residents to help one another by dropping off new pairs of socks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Rotary Club giving socks to the needy over the holidays

The group started the drive around five years ago after the crisis centre in town shut down

The Sooke Rotary Club has officially kicked off its annual sock drive, and is urging Sooke residents to help one another by dropping off new pairs of socks. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Santa lands at Victoria General Hospital in BC Emergency Health Services’ helicopter. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

VIDEO: Reindeer get a break, Santa helicopters in for Vancouver Island visit

Old St. Nick drops in to check in on young patients at Vic General on Tuesday

Santa lands at Victoria General Hospital in BC Emergency Health Services’ helicopter. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Ron Coutre (left), president of the West Shore Developers Association, present a $10,000-cheque to CFAX Santas Anonymous Society volunteers at Westshore Town Centre on Dec. 13. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

West Shore businesses, City of Langford donate $10,000 to families in need

More gift card donations needed after slow start to giving season

Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Ron Coutre (left), president of the West Shore Developers Association, present a $10,000-cheque to CFAX Santas Anonymous Society volunteers at Westshore Town Centre on Dec. 13. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Demand for spaces at domestic violence shelters in Sooke and elsewhere in Greater Victoria has surged in the past six or seven months, according to Sooke Transition House Society executive director Crystal Gelsingler. (iStock)

Greater Victoria facing domestic violence shelter space crisis

Emergency shelters fill up in wake of pandemic-fuelled household stress

Demand for spaces at domestic violence shelters in Sooke and elsewhere in Greater Victoria has surged in the past six or seven months, according to Sooke Transition House Society executive director Crystal Gelsingler. (iStock)
Demand for spaces at domestic violence shelters in Sooke and elsewhere in Greater Victoria has surged in the past six or seven months, according to Sooke Transition House Society executive director Crystal Gelsingler. (iStock)

Greater Victoria women in crisis being pushed into hotels and up-Island

Emergency shelters overflowing in wake of pandemic-fuelled household stress

Demand for spaces at domestic violence shelters in Sooke and elsewhere in Greater Victoria has surged in the past six or seven months, according to Sooke Transition House Society executive director Crystal Gelsingler. (iStock)
Real estate agent Darren Day has held three food bank fundraisers for the Goldstream Food Bank, including the latest earlier this month outside Quality Foods in Langford. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Realtor knows Langford community will support the Goldstream Food Bank

Darren Day hosts third food back fundraiser collecting food and cash for the cause

Real estate agent Darren Day has held three food bank fundraisers for the Goldstream Food Bank, including the latest earlier this month outside Quality Foods in Langford. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Ayre Manor residents Terry and his wife Dawn eating some snacks at the annual Christmas party. (Supplied by Ayre Manor)

Sooke offers gifts and donations to Ayre Manor and Transition House

Wish trees, pyjamas and Christmas parties among the offerings

Ayre Manor residents Terry and his wife Dawn eating some snacks at the annual Christmas party. (Supplied by Ayre Manor)
A plain-clothed West Shore RCMP officer witnessed a theft from a vehicle in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore RCMP officer stops Langford man after gas lifted from truck bed

Suspect tried to run but didn’t make it far, says police

A plain-clothed West Shore RCMP officer witnessed a theft from a vehicle in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
Shahn Torontow says a small amount of oil accumulates in his tidal pond every few days, and when the tide lowers gets washed into Ayum Creek. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke resident struggles to get government officials to investigate oil spill

The oil sheen first appeared in Shahn Torontow’s tidal pond nine months ago

Shahn Torontow says a small amount of oil accumulates in his tidal pond every few days, and when the tide lowers gets washed into Ayum Creek. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Ravi Parmar, chair of the Sooke school district, says two new schools set to open in Langford in 2022 are part of long-term plans to address growth on the West Shore. (File - Black Press Media)

Ravi Parmar acclaimed as Sooke school board chair

Parmar said building more schools will be a big challenge in next few years

Ravi Parmar, chair of the Sooke school district, says two new schools set to open in Langford in 2022 are part of long-term plans to address growth on the West Shore. (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke Fire Chief Ted Ruiter said the switch shouldn’t have any impact on response times in the district. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke makes switch from Langford to Saanich fire dispatch services

Sooke’s dispatch had been run out of Langford for the past three decades

Sooke Fire Chief Ted Ruiter said the switch shouldn’t have any impact on response times in the district. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Namgis artist Jamin Zuroski’s work can be found on these doors at Esquimalt Lagoon Beach in Colwood. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)

Indigenous artist’s work graces Lagoon Beach washroom doors in Colwood

Jamin Zuroski is becoming well known in local school art circles

Namgis artist Jamin Zuroski’s work can be found on these doors at Esquimalt Lagoon Beach in Colwood. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)
Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke pharmacy making Christmas wishes come true

Gifts go to Ayre Manor residents, Sooke Christmas Bureau and the women’s transition house

Mohamed Zeid (second from left) with staff members at Pharmasave Sooke, next to one of the three Christmas wish trees. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Goldstream Masonic Lodge has been working on developing its property for more than a decade, a spokesperson says. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Masonic association working with Langford to update lodge development plans

Lodge spokesperson says council rejection in March put proponents back to square one

Goldstream Masonic Lodge has been working on developing its property for more than a decade, a spokesperson says. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Residents are worried about future traffic along Erskine Lane in View Royal, where multiple developments have been approved in the past six months, including the multi-building project illustrated here. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)

View Royal adding roundabout to combat traffic concerns for Erskine Lane

Residents worry about effect of multiple residential developments on dead-end street

Residents are worried about future traffic along Erskine Lane in View Royal, where multiple developments have been approved in the past six months, including the multi-building project illustrated here. (Courtesy Town of View Royal)
Newly trained perfusionist Kris Hromadnik working during a coronary arterial bypass case. (Supplied by Roger Stanzel)

Demand for perfusionists skyrockets during pandemic, with shortages in hospitals across the country

The professionals who manage life support are in high demand during the pandemic

Newly trained perfusionist Kris Hromadnik working during a coronary arterial bypass case. (Supplied by Roger Stanzel)