Christine van Reeuwyk

Francis Landy of Oak Bay is a proponent of the rake as opposed to gas-powered leaf blowers. (Black Press Media file photo)

Planned phase-out of gas-powered lawn equipment sputters to a start in Oak Bay

Shift away from gas will take time; any changes to come in next council term

Francis Landy of Oak Bay is a proponent of the rake as opposed to gas-powered leaf blowers. (Black Press Media file photo)
In the event of an extreme heat event the air conditioned common areas of Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Monterey centre and the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, serve as cooling centres. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay plans to keep residents cool when extreme heat hits

Partnerships key to education, checking in, cooling centres

In the event of an extreme heat event the air conditioned common areas of Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Monterey centre and the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, serve as cooling centres. (Black Press Media file photo)
Artists Paul Redchurch and Patricia Hindmarch-Watson show their work that hangs as banners throughout Oak Bay Village (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Local artists bring beach beauty, colour to Oak Bay Avenue

Business Improvement Association summer banners line the village

Artists Paul Redchurch and Patricia Hindmarch-Watson show their work that hangs as banners throughout Oak Bay Village (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Kyle Michell is among the latest beer farmers, testing grains and variants with success enough to provide quality, consistent malted product to several breweries on the south Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Beer Farmers: Peninsula operation brews up mega malting machine in Central Saanich

Field Five Farm malts enough grain for 4,000 litres of beer in eight months of operation

Kyle Michell is among the latest beer farmers, testing grains and variants with success enough to provide quality, consistent malted product to several breweries on the south Island. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Jim Jennings’s 1932 Roadster is a main feature in the book and will be seen at Northwest Deuce Days next week. (Garry Foster photo)

Author launches classic car coffee table book as Deuce Days descends on Victoria

Garry Foster weaves stories of people and their historic vehicles

Jim Jennings’s 1932 Roadster is a main feature in the book and will be seen at Northwest Deuce Days next week. (Garry Foster photo)
Oak Bay embarks on lease negotiations to house refugees from Ukraine in this municipally-owned home on Hampshire Avenue. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

3 groups build relationships to house Ukranian family in Oak Bay

Inter-Cultural Association leads official pitch to lease district-owned homes

Oak Bay embarks on lease negotiations to house refugees from Ukraine in this municipally-owned home on Hampshire Avenue. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Jim Jennings’s 1932 Roadster is a main feature in the book and will be seen at Northwest Deuce Days next week. (Garry Foster photo)

Author launches classic car coffee table book as Deuce Days descends on Victoria

Garry Foster weaves stories of people and their historic vehicles

Jim Jennings’s 1932 Roadster is a main feature in the book and will be seen at Northwest Deuce Days next week. (Garry Foster photo)
The Central Saanich Police Service is asking the public to help locate Nathaniel Watters, who was last seen early Friday morning. (Courtesy Central Saanich Police Service)

Potential sighting of missing Central Saanich man the focus of forest search between Sooke, Cowichan

Organizers call for boots on the ground, all-terrain vehicles, 4x4s, to help find Nathaniel Watters

The Central Saanich Police Service is asking the public to help locate Nathaniel Watters, who was last seen early Friday morning. (Courtesy Central Saanich Police Service)
Honey gets around with a wheelchair on loan from a Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders supporter. (Courtesy GVAC)

VIDEO: Animal crusader loans wheelchair for paralyzed pup ditched in Central Saanich

French bulldog Honey recovering with significant ongoing care

Honey gets around with a wheelchair on loan from a Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders supporter. (Courtesy GVAC)
Oak Bay staff will craft a report outlining options to shift the ‘change rules for home-based business’ up in the priority list. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay looks to bump home-based business rules up the priority list

Current lack of regulations leave residents working ‘in the shadow of the law’

Oak Bay staff will craft a report outlining options to shift the ‘change rules for home-based business’ up in the priority list. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay hosts a public hearing to alter zoning and heritage designation for 1391 Oliver St. on July 14 at 6 p.m. (Google maps)

Oak Bay sets public hearing for Oliver Street subdivision

Plan creates new lot, while preserving the existing home and its heritage values

Oak Bay hosts a public hearing to alter zoning and heritage designation for 1391 Oliver St. on July 14 at 6 p.m. (Google maps)
The caterpillar of a spongy (formerly gypsy) moth is distinctive, and microscopic at the start of its life. (Courtesy Davey Tree)

These 3 pests with rising populations can decimate foliage: Victoria arborist

The spongy moth is dangerous as ever despite government intervention

The caterpillar of a spongy (formerly gypsy) moth is distinctive, and microscopic at the start of its life. (Courtesy Davey Tree)
Glenlyon Norfolk School student Matthew Yang, 16, has always enjoyed leadership, the process of creating and organizing events in Victoria, and leading them to benefit more people, whether it’s for humanitarian aid, fundraising or sports. (Courtesy Matthew Yang)

Victoria teen earns prestigious Diana Award for social work

Glenlyon Norfolk student earns nod for non-proft to create equality in education

Glenlyon Norfolk School student Matthew Yang, 16, has always enjoyed leadership, the process of creating and organizing events in Victoria, and leading them to benefit more people, whether it’s for humanitarian aid, fundraising or sports. (Courtesy Matthew Yang)
The intersection of Douglas Street and Boleskine Road/Saanich Road was the second-most frequent crash site in the region in 2021, behind only Saanich Road and Blanshard Street southbund just blocks away, according to ICBC statistics. (Google Maps)

Top 3 Capital Region intersections for crashes are in Saanich

ICBC statistics show Saanich Road most problematic for drivers

The intersection of Douglas Street and Boleskine Road/Saanich Road was the second-most frequent crash site in the region in 2021, behind only Saanich Road and Blanshard Street southbund just blocks away, according to ICBC statistics. (Google Maps)
A peacock pops in to the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. (GVPL/Twitter)

Peacock pops in to peruse Oak Bay library

Curious bird temporarily took up residence in public library stacks

A peacock pops in to the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. (GVPL/Twitter)
The province and district approved a liquor licence extension for the Penny Farthing pub to allow for a wedding celebration on July 9. (Penny Farthing Public House/Facebook)

Private event keeps Oak Bay pub open later – one night only

Council convenes last minute to allow for wedding at the Penny Farthing

The province and district approved a liquor licence extension for the Penny Farthing pub to allow for a wedding celebration on July 9. (Penny Farthing Public House/Facebook)
Member and author Frank Wilson with Jan Allen, membership, administration and web services and general manager Simon Gatrell showcase the view from above as Uplands Golf Club marks 100 years this summer. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay course marks 100 years of golf at Uplands

Celebrations this weekend includes Sunday car show

Member and author Frank Wilson with Jan Allen, membership, administration and web services and general manager Simon Gatrell showcase the view from above as Uplands Golf Club marks 100 years this summer. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Ajna Yoga founders Jules Payne, and Michelle Schroeder flank Pete Rose as they practice yoga in Willows Park while Duncan looks on. Free yoga in the park returns to Oak Bay on July 5 and runs each Tuesday through August. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Sun salutations return with free yoga in Oak Bay park

Hundreds expected for Tuesday evening sessions at Willows Beach

Ajna Yoga founders Jules Payne, and Michelle Schroeder flank Pete Rose as they practice yoga in Willows Park while Duncan looks on. Free yoga in the park returns to Oak Bay on July 5 and runs each Tuesday through August. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Chief Ray Bernoties, left, new Oak Bay Police Deputy Chief Julie Chanin and Acting Chief Mark Fisher during Chanin’s official swearing in on June 21 at municipal hall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gender balance at Oak Bay police a symptom of a healthier department

New Chief Mark Fisher takes the reins of a department that has seen barriers fall

Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Chief Ray Bernoties, left, new Oak Bay Police Deputy Chief Julie Chanin and Acting Chief Mark Fisher during Chanin’s official swearing in on June 21 at municipal hall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
TEALIYE (Brianna Bear) welcomes the audience as a concert-goer powers the mic during a previous Creekside Concert. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)

Pedal-powered events bring poets, music to Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria

‘The performers are very literally feeding off the energy of the crowd’

TEALIYE (Brianna Bear) welcomes the audience as a concert-goer powers the mic during a previous Creekside Concert. (Photo by Karissa Chandrakate)