Justin Samanski-Langille

View Royal council approved a development permit for a 234-unit rental project at the corner of Burnside and Helmcken roads at its Tuesday meeting. (Rendering courtesy of de Hoog & Kierulf Architects)

View Royal greenlights 234-unit rental project at Helmcken and Burnside roads

Design calls for mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units in three 5-storey buildings

View Royal council approved a development permit for a 234-unit rental project at the corner of Burnside and Helmcken roads at its Tuesday meeting. (Rendering courtesy of de Hoog & Kierulf Architects)
Jim Maxwell, president of the Victoria Highland Games Association and Ian Booth, president of the Victoria Scottish Community Centre Society stand inside the under-construction Craigflower Community and Performing Arts Centre on March 31. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Scottish community centre set to open this fall in View Royal

Unique building to serve Victoria Highland Games Association, wider community

Jim Maxwell, president of the Victoria Highland Games Association and Ian Booth, president of the Victoria Scottish Community Centre Society stand inside the under-construction Craigflower Community and Performing Arts Centre on March 31. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)

B.C. teens sparkle after finding ring with multiple diamonds on their way to school

Two Vancouver Island middle school students found the ring on their way to school last month

Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)
Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)

Colwood students praised after turning in lost diamond ring

Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students found the ring on their way to school last month

Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)
A pair of under-construction water reservoirs caught the eyes of curious residents in Langford recently, with speculations as to their true purpose ranging from an indoor soccer field to an alien landing site. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Alien landing site or water reservoir? Langford domes spark social media curiosity

Twin structures will in future link into Westhills subdivision’s water system

A pair of under-construction water reservoirs caught the eyes of curious residents in Langford recently, with speculations as to their true purpose ranging from an indoor soccer field to an alien landing site. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Princess Cruises vessel Caribbean Princess is seen in this promotional image. The ship was scheduled to dock in Victoria on April 6, marking the first time a cruise ship has docked in Canadian waters since the pandemic began, but ship maintenance schedule changes have cancelled the visit. (Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises)

First Victoria cruise ship port call cancelled due to maintenance changes

The start of the cruise season will now be delayed from April 6 to April 9

Princess Cruises vessel Caribbean Princess is seen in this promotional image. The ship was scheduled to dock in Victoria on April 6, marking the first time a cruise ship has docked in Canadian waters since the pandemic began, but ship maintenance schedule changes have cancelled the visit. (Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises)
Colour party members stand in front of the cenotaph during the 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony in Langford. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 is in need of volunteers to form colour parties for other ceremonies throughout the year. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore legion seeks volunteers for colour parties

Lack of volunteers limiting branch’s ability to parade

Colour party members stand in front of the cenotaph during the 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony in Langford. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 is in need of volunteers to form colour parties for other ceremonies throughout the year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Policing costs are the largest line item in the City of Colwood’s 2022 budget, which council adopted Monday night. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Policing, infrastructure upgrades drive 4.3-per-cent Colwood property tax hike

Continued growth of city requires future investments, says Mayor Rob Martin

Policing costs are the largest line item in the City of Colwood’s 2022 budget, which council adopted Monday night. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The City of Langford’s newest road – the Chidlow Connector – officially opened March 28 providing a new link between Sooke and Luxton roads. Pictured is the new signalled intersection with Sooke Road. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Chidlow Connector officially open in Langford

The new road will provide a safer and more efficient connection between Sooke and Luxton roads

The City of Langford’s newest road – the Chidlow Connector – officially opened March 28 providing a new link between Sooke and Luxton roads. Pictured is the new signalled intersection with Sooke Road. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Laura Davis, president of the Arts and Culture Colwood Society, said the group’s first year was a success, including the installation of this Emily Carr interpretive sign near Royal Bay. Members and staff are looking forward to another year of bringing the community together through art. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Arts and Culture Colwood Society bringing community together through the arts

Group is back for a second year offering classes, art shows and performances

Laura Davis, president of the Arts and Culture Colwood Society, said the group’s first year was a success, including the installation of this Emily Carr interpretive sign near Royal Bay. Members and staff are looking forward to another year of bringing the community together through art. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A rendering showing BC-Alta Development’s proposed plans for one of two properties straddling Veterans Memorial Parkway. (Photo Courtesy of BC-Alta Development Ltd.)

Residents voice mostly opposition to Colwood rezoning proposal

If approved, rezoning could set stage for apartment buildings on border of Havenwood Park

A rendering showing BC-Alta Development’s proposed plans for one of two properties straddling Veterans Memorial Parkway. (Photo Courtesy of BC-Alta Development Ltd.)
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar said systemic racism continues to exist in the district and the wider community, and acknowledged more must be done to make SD62 more diverse and inclusive. (Photo courtesy Ravi Parmar)

Sooke School District board chair commits to end systemic racism in schools

But Ravi Parmar says mandatory anti-racism training, curriculum changes up to province

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar said systemic racism continues to exist in the district and the wider community, and acknowledged more must be done to make SD62 more diverse and inclusive. (Photo courtesy Ravi Parmar)
A competitor navigates an obstacle with the help of a spotter Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Island Cup 4×4 competition brings mud and rocks to Westshore Motorsports Park

Custom vehicles competed by driving over extreme obstacles Saturday and Sunday

A competitor navigates an obstacle with the help of a spotter Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Goldstream Food Bank president Gayle Ireland received the Medal of Good Citizenship on March 24 from Premier John Horgan in person, after a technical issue prevented her from participating in the planned virtual ceremony. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Premier)

Goldstream Food Bank president honoured for pandemic efforts in Langford

Gayle Ireland receives Medal of Good Citizenship personally from premier

Goldstream Food Bank president Gayle Ireland received the Medal of Good Citizenship on March 24 from Premier John Horgan in person, after a technical issue prevented her from participating in the planned virtual ceremony. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Premier)
Andrea Martin has been left feeling unsafe in her Langford home after items were damaged overnight by vandals, including several flower pots that were knocked over. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘I am scared at night’: Langford senior worries about safety after home vandalized

Glen Lake Road resident finds lawn decorations, garden planters damaged in her front yard

Andrea Martin has been left feeling unsafe in her Langford home after items were damaged overnight by vandals, including several flower pots that were knocked over. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dr. Rachel Staples, seen here inside her Colwood dental clinic, will receive the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship in a virtual ceremony Thursday. The honour recognizes her efforts to reopen for emergency dental care in the early days of the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘I’m totally blown away’: Colwood dentist earns citizenship medal for pandemic service

Rachel Staples among the first to reopen clinic to provide emergency dental care

Dr. Rachel Staples, seen here inside her Colwood dental clinic, will receive the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship in a virtual ceremony Thursday. The honour recognizes her efforts to reopen for emergency dental care in the early days of the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Katerina Moiseeva, who grew up and has lived most of her life in Moscow but is now a masters student at Royal Roads University, said it has been difficult being a Russian since President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Russian living in Langford fears for her country as Putin’s war wages on

As devastation spreads across Ukraine, Russia’s national identity suffers at home and abroad

Katerina Moiseeva, who grew up and has lived most of her life in Moscow but is now a masters student at Royal Roads University, said it has been difficult being a Russian since President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
View Royal Couns. John Rogers and Damian Kowalewich stand with Mayor David Screech and Coun. Ron Mattson with a Ukrainian flag inside council chambers. Council approved a $10,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in support of aid efforts in Ukraine. (David Screech/Facebook)

View Royal makes $10,000 donation to Canadian Red Cross for Ukraine

Two councillors also pledged to donate their council stipends

View Royal Couns. John Rogers and Damian Kowalewich stand with Mayor David Screech and Coun. Ron Mattson with a Ukrainian flag inside council chambers. Council approved a $10,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross in support of aid efforts in Ukraine. (David Screech/Facebook)
Al LeQuesne is being remembered as a loving father, husband and grandfather who was dedicated to serving and protecting the City of Langford as fire chief. He died recently at 86. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)

Local Hero Awards 2022: Al LeQuesne remembered as loving father, husband

The former Langford fire chief is this year’s Courage and Bravery recipient

Al LeQuesne is being remembered as a loving father, husband and grandfather who was dedicated to serving and protecting the City of Langford as fire chief. He died recently at 86. (Photo courtesy of Dave LeQuesne)
The Indigenous Perspectives Society and HeroWork unveiled the society’s newly renovated headquarters Saturday featuring a modern design, larger training spaces and plenty of showcased Indigenous heritage. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘We feel very honoured’: Renovated Indigenous Perspectives Society Langford HQ unveiled

Renos stem from partnership with HeroWork, a non-profit dedicated to helping other charities

The Indigenous Perspectives Society and HeroWork unveiled the society’s newly renovated headquarters Saturday featuring a modern design, larger training spaces and plenty of showcased Indigenous heritage. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)