Justin Samanski-Langille

Cloth Castle owner Sylvia Ratcliffe and floor manager Natasha Cloutier show off the stack of donations bound for a children’s medical and trauma centre on the border between Poland and Ukraine. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Donations pile up in Langford business to help fleeing Ukrainians

Container filled with supplies heading to children’s medical centre in Poland

Cloth Castle owner Sylvia Ratcliffe and floor manager Natasha Cloutier show off the stack of donations bound for a children’s medical and trauma centre on the border between Poland and Ukraine. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Town of View Royal has adopted a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in most cases from businesses in the town. The ban comes into effect on April 22. (Town of View Royal)

View Royal adopts plastic bag ban bylaw

Effective April 22, businesses in the town will be restricted in providing single-use plastic bags

The Town of View Royal has adopted a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in most cases from businesses in the town. The ban comes into effect on April 22. (Town of View Royal)
Kyle Besler, president of the Greater Victoria BMX Association, said the upcoming season is especially exciting as it will mark the return of large provincial and national-level events which have been on pause during the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

National races to return this season to Colwood BMX track

Greater Victoria BMX Association season set to launch in early April

Kyle Besler, president of the Greater Victoria BMX Association, said the upcoming season is especially exciting as it will mark the return of large provincial and national-level events which have been on pause during the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin wants council to consider earmarking additional funds to ensure the long-proposed skatepark on the West Shore is built sooner rather than later. (Photo courtesy of Rob Martin/Facebook)

Colwood to explore contributing additional funding to make skatepark a reality

City staff to explore funding options should grant applications falter

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin wants council to consider earmarking additional funds to ensure the long-proposed skatepark on the West Shore is built sooner rather than later. (Photo courtesy of Rob Martin/Facebook)
Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Coun. Matt Sahlstrom try out the new and improved play structure at Ernhill Park following its official reopening. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Transformed Ernhill Park reopens in Langford

It’s the first of a few parks targetted for upgrades or new builds this year

Langford Mayor Stew Young (right) and Coun. Matt Sahlstrom try out the new and improved play structure at Ernhill Park following its official reopening. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Goldstream Food Bank received a large donation of feminine hygiene products and more than $6,500 in cash on Tuesday (March 8) thanks to a spur of the moment initiative by City of Langford staff and local businesspeople. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Goldstream Food Bank thrilled by spontaneous donation from Langford staff, others

More than $6,500 and much-needed feminine hygiene supplies donated on International Women’s Day

The Goldstream Food Bank received a large donation of feminine hygiene products and more than $6,500 in cash on Tuesday (March 8) thanks to a spur of the moment initiative by City of Langford staff and local businesspeople. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A real experience’: Royal Bay secondary returns to the stage with Pippin

Musical marks the first in-person performance at the school since pandemic started

Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 in Langford unveiled its renovation plans Saturday afternoon at an open house. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A new vision’: Langford legion looks to the future with upcoming renovations

Long-awaited renovations are set to begin in May and take up to a year to complete

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 in Langford unveiled its renovation plans Saturday afternoon at an open house. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The City of Colwood is bringing back its annual Clean Up event this April after being on hold for the past two years and discussions around its cancellation for budget reasons. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood Clean Up survives budget chopping block

Council votes to include the large waste dropoff event, last held in 2019, in the 2022 budget

The City of Colwood is bringing back its annual Clean Up event this April after being on hold for the past two years and discussions around its cancellation for budget reasons. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford will officially be the first community on Vancouver Island to host a Tesla Centre and the West Shore RCMP will be the first detachment in Canada to operate a front-line electric police car. Both announcements were made Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tesla centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford gets Island’s first Tesla centre, RCMP’s first EV cruiser

The centre is expected to open June 2023 with the police car set to arrive later this year

Langford will officially be the first community on Vancouver Island to host a Tesla Centre and the West Shore RCMP will be the first detachment in Canada to operate a front-line electric police car. Both announcements were made Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tesla centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Royal Roads University has purchased 798 Goldstream Ave. in central Langford, which is currently home to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. While the school said plans have yet to be finalized, Mayor Stew Young said he is confident the property will be developed into a long-desired university or college campus in the city. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Mayor confident Langford will see university campus after Royal Roads University land purchase

New campus would get students out of Highway 1 commute, could include performing arts centre

Royal Roads University has purchased 798 Goldstream Ave. in central Langford, which is currently home to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. While the school said plans have yet to be finalized, Mayor Stew Young said he is confident the property will be developed into a long-desired university or college campus in the city. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Local artist Jim Dodd’s rendering of a potential $30-million arts facility, including a performance hall, rehearsal space, green rooms, gift shop and art gallery in Colwood. (Courtesy Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society)

Colwood earmarks $30k to further study performing arts centre idea for city

Funds will be used to update 2013 study by Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society

Local artist Jim Dodd’s rendering of a potential $30-million arts facility, including a performance hall, rehearsal space, green rooms, gift shop and art gallery in Colwood. (Courtesy Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society)
The owners of RidgeView Place, formerly known as Danbrook One, are looking to welcome residents again as soon as May 1, pending an occupancy permit being issued by the City of Langford. The building has sat empty since late 2019 due to structural defects. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Troubled Langford apartment block could see tenants again under new name

Owners of former Danbrook One list May 1 move-in date, but occupancy permit from city pending

The owners of RidgeView Place, formerly known as Danbrook One, are looking to welcome residents again as soon as May 1, pending an occupancy permit being issued by the City of Langford. The building has sat empty since late 2019 due to structural defects. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Rachael Sansom of Grayland Consulting speaks with a group of around 30 residents Saturday about a proposed rezoning of 350 Lone Oak Pl. in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Residents share concerns with developer on proposed Langford rezoning

Rezoning application would allow for apartment proposal on Lone Oak Place

Rachael Sansom of Grayland Consulting speaks with a group of around 30 residents Saturday about a proposed rezoning of 350 Lone Oak Pl. in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Tia Nunn spars during a practice Feb. 23 at the Sooke Boxing Club’s new location. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Boxing Club back in ring despite recent blows

A new home means the club will be in better shape when it sends a team to Mexico in March

Tia Nunn spars during a practice Feb. 23 at the Sooke Boxing Club’s new location. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
The City of Colwood is planning for the launch of a new app to help residents car pool or bike together, as a way of easing congestion in the community. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)

Colwood aims to make ride sharing simple with new app

GOCO app, coming this spring, will help drivers arrange car pools, cyclists to find fellow riders

The City of Colwood is planning for the launch of a new app to help residents car pool or bike together, as a way of easing congestion in the community. (Courtesy of City of Colwood)
A visual showing BC Alta Developments’ proposed plans for one of two properties straddling both sides of Veterans Memorial Parkway on the northern border of Havenwood Park in Colwood. (Photo Courtesy of BC Alta Developments)

Havenwood Park area rezoning moved along by Colwood council

Controversial development proposal has drawn ire of neighbours, more consultation coming

A visual showing BC Alta Developments’ proposed plans for one of two properties straddling both sides of Veterans Memorial Parkway on the northern border of Havenwood Park in Colwood. (Photo Courtesy of BC Alta Developments)
The Sooke Region Museum is developing a play which will tell the stories of interesting Sooke historical figures using a mix of videos, live performance and shadow puppets. (Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre/YouTube)

Sooke historical figures star in new museum play

Production features vignettes exploring the community’s interesting past

The Sooke Region Museum is developing a play which will tell the stories of interesting Sooke historical figures using a mix of videos, live performance and shadow puppets. (Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre/YouTube)
The Sooke District Lioness Lions Club is gearing up for its largest-ever fundraising sale at the end of the month, featuring three trailers full of antiques and collectables. (Photos Courtesy of Gunny Tennese)

Sooke Lioness Club hosting largest-ever fundraiser sale

On Feb. 26 and 27, three trailers worth of antiques and collectables will be up for sale

The Sooke District Lioness Lions Club is gearing up for its largest-ever fundraising sale at the end of the month, featuring three trailers full of antiques and collectables. (Photos Courtesy of Gunny Tennese)
The City of Colwood has begun its budget discussions, and an early draft presented to the council’s committee of the whole Feb. 8 shows the city expects to increase revenue from property tax by 5.48 per cent to cover expected expenses. (Black Press Media file photo)

Colwood proposes 5.48-per-cent property tax increase in early draft budget

Five-year financial plan set to be discussed in multiple meetings heading into spring

The City of Colwood has begun its budget discussions, and an early draft presented to the council’s committee of the whole Feb. 8 shows the city expects to increase revenue from property tax by 5.48 per cent to cover expected expenses. (Black Press Media file photo)