Justin Samanski-Langille

Team Canada captain Breanne Nicholas stands atop the Malahat Skywalk on Thursday following the traditional captain’s photo ahead of the two-day HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Reaching for the sky: Rugby sevens captains gather before Langford tournament

Canada’s Breanne Nicholas looks forward to having home field advantage this weekend

Team Canada captain Breanne Nicholas stands atop the Malahat Skywalk on Thursday following the traditional captain’s photo ahead of the two-day HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournament in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Abby and Roger St. Pierre put the finishing touches on a dogwood tree planted in their honour at Latoria Creek Park Friday, April 22, as part of being awarded the first-annual environmental award by the Citizens’ Environmental Network in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Colwood couple recognized for park cleanup efforts on Earth Day

Abby and Roger St. Pierre were recognized by the Citizens’ Environmental Network in Colwood

Abby and Roger St. Pierre put the finishing touches on a dogwood tree planted in their honour at Latoria Creek Park Friday, April 22, as part of being awarded the first-annual environmental award by the Citizens’ Environmental Network in Colwood. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dancers from Kathy White’s Island Highland Dance Academy competed at the Western Canada Open Championship in Kamloops March 26 and 27, taking home a combined 51 medals and a trophy. (Photo Courtesy of Kathy White)

Langford Highland dancers enjoying competition success

Kathy White’s Island Highland Dance Academy brought home 88 medals in March alone

Dancers from Kathy White’s Island Highland Dance Academy competed at the Western Canada Open Championship in Kamloops March 26 and 27, taking home a combined 51 medals and a trophy. (Photo Courtesy of Kathy White)
Premier John Horgan and Langford Mayor Stew Young lend a hand restocking Glen Lake with rainbow trout Friday afternoon at an Earth Day event organized by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Premier, mayor, children help restock trout at Langford’s Glen Lake

The Earth Day event was put on April 22 by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.

Premier John Horgan and Langford Mayor Stew Young lend a hand restocking Glen Lake with rainbow trout Friday afternoon at an Earth Day event organized by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
West Shore fire crews responded to a kitchen fire in a fifth-floor apartment on Hockley Avenue in Langford Thursday evening, which displaced two families from their homes but caused no injuries. (Courtesy View Royal Fire Rescue)

Langford kitchen fire displaces two families

Fire crews called to Hockley Avenue apartment building Thursday evening

West Shore fire crews responded to a kitchen fire in a fifth-floor apartment on Hockley Avenue in Langford Thursday evening, which displaced two families from their homes but caused no injuries. (Courtesy View Royal Fire Rescue)
Deanna Jennings, Graham Bunn and Nick Poulopoulos gather before a previous iteration of the Sarah Beckett Memorial Cruise. This year’s event, the first in two years, takes place Sunday (April 24) beginning at the Fountain Tire on Jacklin Road, with all proceeds going to D.A.R.E. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sarah Beckett Memorial Cruise returns Sunday to the West Shore

The event is fundraising for D.A.R.E and is set to leave Langford at 9 a.m. April 24

Deanna Jennings, Graham Bunn and Nick Poulopoulos gather before a previous iteration of the Sarah Beckett Memorial Cruise. This year’s event, the first in two years, takes place Sunday (April 24) beginning at the Fountain Tire on Jacklin Road, with all proceeds going to D.A.R.E. (Black Press Media file photo)
A demonstrator takes a drag out of a comically large joint Wednesday during a 4/20 demonstration at the legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: 4/20 rally at B.C. Legislature calls for reduced cannabis regulation

Around 100 people gathered to celebrate legalization, call for fewer restrictions

A demonstrator takes a drag out of a comically large joint Wednesday during a 4/20 demonstration at the legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Chychuck family; Daryna, Roman and their children Mykhailo and Savelii; are in Poland after fleeing their home in Ukraine. Victoria business owner Fred Aram is sponsoring them to come to Greater Victoria, but is calling on the community to help find them a place to live. (Photo courtesy Fred Aram)

‘My duty as a human’: Victoria retailer seeks home for sponsored Ukrainian family

Fred Aram is sponsoring the Chychuk family to come to Canada

The Chychuck family; Daryna, Roman and their children Mykhailo and Savelii; are in Poland after fleeing their home in Ukraine. Victoria business owner Fred Aram is sponsoring them to come to Greater Victoria, but is calling on the community to help find them a place to live. (Photo courtesy Fred Aram)
11-year-old Cally Bull has been crowned provincial bantam girls singles bowling provincial champion and will be heading to the nationals in Winnipeg next month. (Photo Courtesy of Dan Bull)

11-year-old Langford bowler keeps family dynasty alive with provincial win

Cally Bull to compete for Team B.C. at national tenpin championships in May

11-year-old Cally Bull has been crowned provincial bantam girls singles bowling provincial champion and will be heading to the nationals in Winnipeg next month. (Photo Courtesy of Dan Bull)
Zosia Adamek enjoyed a wildly successful freshman year playing hockey at Virginia-based Liberty University. The team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship and her line, dubbed the ‘freshman line,’ was the top-scoring in the conference. (Photo courtesy of Mike Adamek)

Langford woman achieves personal, team success in first college hockey season

Zosia Adamek helped Liberty University clinch ACHA Div. 1 national title

Zosia Adamek enjoyed a wildly successful freshman year playing hockey at Virginia-based Liberty University. The team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship and her line, dubbed the ‘freshman line,’ was the top-scoring in the conference. (Photo courtesy of Mike Adamek)
A group of volunteers will be offering free bike tune-ups and safety inspections in front of Colwood city hall for a second year in a row on April 23 and May 7. Pictured is the 2021 edition of the event. (Photo courtesy of Dave Lacey)

Free bike tune-up days on tap at Colwood city hall

Community volunteers will be on hand April 23 and May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon

A group of volunteers will be offering free bike tune-ups and safety inspections in front of Colwood city hall for a second year in a row on April 23 and May 7. Pictured is the 2021 edition of the event. (Photo courtesy of Dave Lacey)
The Victoria Clipper approaches its berth in the Inner Harbour after sailing from Seattle on Friday, April 15, for the first time since the fall of 2021 and for what is hoped to be the return of normal crossings, which were disrupted for two years by pandemic border restrictions. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Demand strong as Victoria Clipper brings first passengers from Seattle in months

Ferry line hopes staffing woes will soon be resolved to accommodate surging demand

The Victoria Clipper approaches its berth in the Inner Harbour after sailing from Seattle on Friday, April 15, for the first time since the fall of 2021 and for what is hoped to be the return of normal crossings, which were disrupted for two years by pandemic border restrictions. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A Victoria Electric Vehicle Association volunteer counting EVs in the morning commute Wednesday from the Helmcken Road overpass, the view from which is shown here, attracted a well-being check from West Shore RCMP, after a citizen called about a possible person in distress. (Black Press Media file photo)

Concerned West Shore citizens mistake EV counter for a person in distress

Volunteer at Helmcken Road overpass railing approached by responding police

A Victoria Electric Vehicle Association volunteer counting EVs in the morning commute Wednesday from the Helmcken Road overpass, the view from which is shown here, attracted a well-being check from West Shore RCMP, after a citizen called about a possible person in distress. (Black Press Media file photo)
Philip Steenkamp, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University, and Solara Goldwynn, food systems manager, plant the first crops of the university’s new kitchen garden. (Justin Samanski-Langile/News Staff)

Royal Roads University unveils new food garden to support community needs

Wednesday’s unveiling also served as the kickoff for the 2022 Vision in Bloom fundraising campaign

Philip Steenkamp, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University, and Solara Goldwynn, food systems manager, plant the first crops of the university’s new kitchen garden. (Justin Samanski-Langile/News Staff)
Victoria-based advanced care paramedic Melissa Sims is part of a group of B.C. paramedics fundraising to buy at least one ambulance filled with supplies to donate to medical volunteers on the frontline of the war in Ukraine. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Sims)

B.C. paramedics hoping to double down on donation with two ambulances for Ukraine

Victoria-based paramedics flying to Poland Sunday to purchase ambulance, supplies

Victoria-based advanced care paramedic Melissa Sims is part of a group of B.C. paramedics fundraising to buy at least one ambulance filled with supplies to donate to medical volunteers on the frontline of the war in Ukraine. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Sims)
Alberta YouTuber Steve Wallis recently made a video of him “stealth camping” in a Langford roundabout, which has been viewed more than 677,000 since being posted April 7. (Screenshot courtesy of Steve Wallis/YouTube)

YouTuber finds stealth camping nirvana in Langford roundabout

Steve Wallis’ video of adventure viewed more than 675,000 times since April 7 post

Alberta YouTuber Steve Wallis recently made a video of him “stealth camping” in a Langford roundabout, which has been viewed more than 677,000 since being posted April 7. (Screenshot courtesy of Steve Wallis/YouTube)
The View Royal Library is set to receive a grant-in-aid from the town of $32,000 this year after council approved more than $90,000 in grants-in-aid. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Town of View Royal approves more than $90K in grants-in-aid

The funds will benefit local community organizations

The View Royal Library is set to receive a grant-in-aid from the town of $32,000 this year after council approved more than $90,000 in grants-in-aid. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
West Shore fire crews responded to a townhome fire in Langford Saturday evening, which left a family pet dead. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

UPDATE: Cat killed in Langford townhome fire Saturday evening

West Shore fire crews responded to the fire around 5:30 p.m.

West Shore fire crews responded to a townhome fire in Langford Saturday evening, which left a family pet dead. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria Grizzlies right winger Matthew Wood bears down on Powell River Kings defenceman Dylan Finlay during regular season play at The Q Centre. Wood finished the regular season as the BCHL’s leading scorer and point-earner despite it being his rookie season. (Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)

Victoria Grizzlies rookie Matthew Wood tops league in goals and points

The 17-year-old from Nanaimo earned 45 goals and 85 points in 46 regular-season games

Victoria Grizzlies right winger Matthew Wood bears down on Powell River Kings defenceman Dylan Finlay during regular season play at The Q Centre. Wood finished the regular season as the BCHL’s leading scorer and point-earner despite it being his rookie season. (Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)
Cycle of Life Tour team Breaking Wind is seen at a previous event. The group is raising funds to support Victoria Hospice for a fourth year, starting with a bottle drive April 9 in Colwood and culminating in the two-day, 200-kilometre ride in July. (Photo courtesy Graham Hales)

Colwood man riding for Victoria Hospice for fourth year in a row

Graham Hales, teammates hosting fundraisers leading to Cycle for Life Tour in July

Cycle of Life Tour team Breaking Wind is seen at a previous event. The group is raising funds to support Victoria Hospice for a fourth year, starting with a bottle drive April 9 in Colwood and culminating in the two-day, 200-kilometre ride in July. (Photo courtesy Graham Hales)