Justin Samanski-Langille

After going missing on Mother’s Day, Diggity has been reunited with his Colwood family after being found in the Duncan area. (Courtesy of Anne-Sophie Dumetz)

VIDEO: Colwood family reunited with beloved therapy animal

Diggity had been missing for more than a month before being found in Duncan

After going missing on Mother’s Day, Diggity has been reunited with his Colwood family after being found in the Duncan area. (Courtesy of Anne-Sophie Dumetz)
The Peninsula Streams Society is hosting an information and volunteer session June 27 on the work it has done and will be doing to restore the Millstream watershed, including the installation of a fishway at the Atkins Road culvert which was completed in 2020. (Courtesy Peninsula Streams Society)
The Peninsula Streams Society is hosting an information and volunteer session June 27 on the work it has done and will be doing to restore the Millstream watershed, including the installation of a fishway at the Atkins Road culvert which was completed in 2020. (Courtesy Peninsula Streams Society)
A drum circle performs in front of hundreds of audience members Tuesday during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations June 21 at Royal Roads University. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A drum circle performs in front of hundreds of audience members Tuesday during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations June 21 at Royal Roads University. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Acting Assistant Chief Simon Chadwick and the team at Langford Fire Rescue are reminding residents of the importance of working smoke detectors in their homes after the number of fire deaths in the province have doubled over the past two years. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

As fire deaths trend up, Langford Fire Rescue stressing importance of working smoke detectors

The department is offering free fire safety inspections as part of its prevention services

Acting Assistant Chief Simon Chadwick and the team at Langford Fire Rescue are reminding residents of the importance of working smoke detectors in their homes after the number of fire deaths in the province have doubled over the past two years. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A West Shore resident tries out a fire hose during a Metchosin FireSmart community barbecue Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Community BBQ helps Metchosin and Sc’ianew First Nation get FireSmart

Saturday’s event served both to bring the communities together and share important safety messages

A West Shore resident tries out a fire hose during a Metchosin FireSmart community barbecue Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Royal Bay Secondary School track athletes Cassandra McKinty, Quinn Starr, Rachel Reid, Ella Ballard, Genevieve Bacon, and Maja Music all made it to the provincial championships held in Langley June 9 through 11. (Courtesy of Andrew Johnson)

Royal Bay Secondary athletes make Colwood proud at provincial track meet

Six girls represented the school in Langley June 9 to 11

Royal Bay Secondary School track athletes Cassandra McKinty, Quinn Starr, Rachel Reid, Ella Ballard, Genevieve Bacon, and Maja Music all made it to the provincial championships held in Langley June 9 through 11. (Courtesy of Andrew Johnson)
A rendering of the purposed plan for the former Jasmine Family Restaurant property in Colwood. Council is considering rezoning the property, which fronts Island Highway. (Courtesy of WA Architects)

Rezoning application for Jasmine Family Restaurant property in Colwood moves forward

Plan for site includes 80 residential rental units

A rendering of the purposed plan for the former Jasmine Family Restaurant property in Colwood. Council is considering rezoning the property, which fronts Island Highway. (Courtesy of WA Architects)
RCMP dog handler Cpl. Dave Lewis and his police dog Halla stand with Josslyn Jeary holding a photo of Rigby on June 15. Jeary was one of 13 winners of the RCMP’s national Name the Puppy Contest held each year to name the upcoming class of police dogs. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Rigby reporting for duty: Greater Victoria girl chosen to name newest RCMP dog

Josslyn Jeary’s suggestion of Rigby one of 13 names chosen from across the country

RCMP dog handler Cpl. Dave Lewis and his police dog Halla stand with Josslyn Jeary holding a photo of Rigby on June 15. Jeary was one of 13 winners of the RCMP’s national Name the Puppy Contest held each year to name the upcoming class of police dogs. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The province has replaced three defective street lights on Highway 1 near Aspen Road which have been shining an odd purple glow. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province replacing ‘defective’ purple lights on Malahat

Three streetlights replaced at Highway 1 and Aspen Road

The province has replaced three defective street lights on Highway 1 near Aspen Road which have been shining an odd purple glow. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Town of View Royal Town Hall building is seen March 30, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

View Royal calls on government to save Island Corridor rail line

Council passed a resolution calling for investment ahead of 2023 court deadline

The Town of View Royal Town Hall building is seen March 30, 2022. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The City of Colwood has a new natural asset inventory which will be incorporated into the city’s existing asset management framework, council approval pending, allowing the city to better plan for the future. (Black Press Media file photo)

Natural asset inventory set to help Colwood better plan for the future

The inventory was created as part of the national Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

The City of Colwood has a new natural asset inventory which will be incorporated into the city’s existing asset management framework, council approval pending, allowing the city to better plan for the future. (Black Press Media file photo)
CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell is seen along the dock at Canadian Coast Guard station in Victoria during the inaugural Coast Guard Day June 11. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Coast Guard marks 60 years with open house at Victoria station

The inaugural Coast Guard Day also welcomed CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell to west coast operations

CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell is seen along the dock at Canadian Coast Guard station in Victoria during the inaugural Coast Guard Day June 11. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Langford resident Tanelle Bolt is raising concerns about the accessibility of the newly opened Langford Station, including the large steps required to get into shipping container stores which do not currently have ramps. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Accessibility advocate concerned with newly opened Langford Station

Tanelle Bolt says the venue was a missed opportunity for accessible infrastructure

Langford resident Tanelle Bolt is raising concerns about the accessibility of the newly opened Langford Station, including the large steps required to get into shipping container stores which do not currently have ramps. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A dancer performs at the Change-Makers Gathering Festival Saturday June 4, 2022 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Indigenous knowledge shared at Change-Makers Gathering Festival in Langford

The festival saw drum making, cedar weaving, bannock, and more June 4

A dancer performs at the Change-Makers Gathering Festival Saturday June 4, 2022 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Firefighters aim their hose to knock down a target during the 38th Indigenous Firefighting Competition held in Esquimalt Saturday June 4. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

VIDEO: Indigenous firefighters from across B.C. gather in Esquimalt for annual competition

The 38th Indigenous Firefighting Competition served as a fun way to build skills and camaraderie

Firefighters aim their hose to knock down a target during the 38th Indigenous Firefighting Competition held in Esquimalt Saturday June 4. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
WITS Programs Foundation vice-president Tom Woods, Patty Perens of B.C. RCMP Youth Services, and WITS executive director Andy Telfer are seen after Perens presented an award to the foundation. It has grown into a global operation in the 24 years since it was founded in Esquimalt. (Courtesy of WITS Programs Foundation)

Esquimalt foundation marks 24 years of teaching kids around the globe to ‘use their WITS’

The WITS Programs Foundation has kept their programs current as it expanded beyond its local roots

WITS Programs Foundation vice-president Tom Woods, Patty Perens of B.C. RCMP Youth Services, and WITS executive director Andy Telfer are seen after Perens presented an award to the foundation. It has grown into a global operation in the 24 years since it was founded in Esquimalt. (Courtesy of WITS Programs Foundation)
Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 students Gia Liu and Sahrim Sayani are collecting as much e-waste as possible between now and Sept. 1 for a shot at up to $1 million in scholarships from the Electronic Recycling Association. (Courtesy of Gia Liu)

Langford students collecting e-waste for shot at $1M scholarship

Gia Liu and Sahrim Sayani are competing for scholarships from the Electronic Recycling Association

Belmont Secondary School Grade 12 students Gia Liu and Sahrim Sayani are collecting as much e-waste as possible between now and Sept. 1 for a shot at up to $1 million in scholarships from the Electronic Recycling Association. (Courtesy of Gia Liu)
Hudson and Kristina Judas outside their home on the Royal Roads campus in Colwood. Hudson was struck by a car while walking off his bus on campus. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Colwood mom raises alarm over inaction by bus driver, school district after son hit by SUV

Kristina Judas is concerned by a lack of action by a school bus driver after the incident

Hudson and Kristina Judas outside their home on the Royal Roads campus in Colwood. Hudson was struck by a car while walking off his bus on campus. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Wild ARC is putting the call out for cedar branch donations to help them make wildlife enclosures feel more natural for their furry and feathered patients. (Courtesy of Wild ARC)

Got extra tree branches to spare? Wild ARC looking to make animal enclosures

The Metchosin wildlife rehabilitation centre uses the branches in their animal enclosures

Wild ARC is putting the call out for cedar branch donations to help them make wildlife enclosures feel more natural for their furry and feathered patients. (Courtesy of Wild ARC)
Breaking Wind teammates Cynthia Smith, Graham Hales, and Gerald Leahy spin on stationary bikes outside West Shore Parks and Recreation Saturday May 28, 2022 as part of a fundraiser in support of Victoria Hospice. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Colwood man pedals eight hours for Victoria Hospice

Graham Hales pedaled with teammates against Courtney woman in fundraising competition

Breaking Wind teammates Cynthia Smith, Graham Hales, and Gerald Leahy spin on stationary bikes outside West Shore Parks and Recreation Saturday May 28, 2022 as part of a fundraiser in support of Victoria Hospice. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)