Katherine Engqvist

B.C. Emergency Health Services added an additional ambulance into Greater Victoria’s rotation last year to deal with the large number of overdoses in the region. (Black Press file photo)

Drug Use: Overdoses being hidden, self-managed, says first responders

First responders here to help, not judge

B.C. Emergency Health Services added an additional ambulance into Greater Victoria’s rotation last year to deal with the large number of overdoses in the region. (Black Press file photo)
Victoria firefighter Kirk Corby and Langford resident Barbara Monteith shared their experiences with the Burn Fund and other programs that benefit from the Hometown Heroes Lottery proceeds. Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff

Emotional trauma the hardest, says burn survivor

Burn Camp helps young survivors wear their scars as ‘badges of honour’

Victoria firefighter Kirk Corby and Langford resident Barbara Monteith shared their experiences with the Burn Fund and other programs that benefit from the Hometown Heroes Lottery proceeds. Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff
The Foster Parent Support Services Society is looking for homes willing to take in foster kids. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Child Photography)

High cost of living means fewer foster families

More than 1,000 children are in desperate need of foster families on Vancouver Island

The Foster Parent Support Services Society is looking for homes willing to take in foster kids. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Child Photography)
Allan Cahoon, Royal Roads University president and vice-chancellor, and Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam signed a framework agreement Tuesday that outlines some objectives for the Colwood site. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Songhees Nation, Royal Roads plan for future of Colwood site

Framework agreement outlines objectives for DND site if ownership is passed to Songhees Nation

Allan Cahoon, Royal Roads University president and vice-chancellor, and Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam signed a framework agreement Tuesday that outlines some objectives for the Colwood site. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)
An ATV was used for queue management and to distribute water to motorists waiting during the Malahat closure Thursday. (Photo by @TranBC/Twitter)

Saanich Inlet bridge billion-dollar price tag too expensive says ministry

Malahat alternatives not practical from engineering, budget standpoint

An ATV was used for queue management and to distribute water to motorists waiting during the Malahat closure Thursday. (Photo by @TranBC/Twitter)
A discarded cigarette in a drive through in Langford caused cedar hedges to ignite in what could have been a dangerous fire. (Photo courtesy of Langford Fire Rescue)

Heat wave also brings spike in preventable fires

Langford Fire Rescue reminds residents to be cautious as discarded cigarettes cause three fires

A discarded cigarette in a drive through in Langford caused cedar hedges to ignite in what could have been a dangerous fire. (Photo courtesy of Langford Fire Rescue)
Backups on the Malahat were lengthy last summer with construction closing one northbound lane. The province reopened the lane in August to help with the flow of traffic on weekends. (Twitter: @kridan0103)

Malahat commuters get additional lane today and through long weekend

Crews working Tuesday night to reopen second northbound lane through Malahat Village

Backups on the Malahat were lengthy last summer with construction closing one northbound lane. The province reopened the lane in August to help with the flow of traffic on weekends. (Twitter: @kridan0103)
Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer file                                Emergency responders carry a man to an awaiting ambulance after being extricated from his pickup truck, one of two vehicles involved in a collision along Highway 97B in Salmon Arm.

Front-line stress and trauma: are Island first responders prepared?

Big Read: Industry leaders call for more pre-incident training

Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer file                                Emergency responders carry a man to an awaiting ambulance after being extricated from his pickup truck, one of two vehicles involved in a collision along Highway 97B in Salmon Arm.
E&N Railway Roundtable spokesperson Jack Peake calls for action at the Langford train station Friday. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

WATCH: A call to action for the E&N corridor

Local organizations, politicians want to see progress

E&N Railway Roundtable spokesperson Jack Peake calls for action at the Langford train station Friday. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)
The Bear Mountain Parkway extension is complete. The new roadway connects the Leigh Road overpass to the roundabout on Country Club Way. (Map courtesy of the City of Langford)

UPDATED: Bear Mountain Parkway extension is now open

City hosts reception to celebrate 25 years of constructing Langford

The Bear Mountain Parkway extension is complete. The new roadway connects the Leigh Road overpass to the roundabout on Country Club Way. (Map courtesy of the City of Langford)
Kris Greffard, one of the owners of Sheepdog Self Protection Inc., teaches students how to protect themselves through an integrated street combatives program. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

WATCH: No pain, no gain in self-protection

Learn the ins and outs of a physical confrontation before being faced with one

Kris Greffard, one of the owners of Sheepdog Self Protection Inc., teaches students how to protect themselves through an integrated street combatives program. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)
Langford resident Madeleine Dahl took this photo of Carly the dog at Thetis Lake in View Royal.

Our Island: Thetis Lake

Katherine Engqvist News Gazette staff

Langford resident Madeleine Dahl took this photo of Carly the dog at Thetis Lake in View Royal.
Teens leading charge with WWI clothing campaign

Teens leading charge with WWI clothing campaign

Proceeds from KidLED’s first line to support Wounded Warriors Canada

Teens leading charge with WWI clothing campaign

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Emergency crews are on scene for a structure fire @ 28 Lekwungen Lane on the Songhees Nation. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
Emergency crews are on scene for a structure fire @ 28 Lekwungen Lane on the Songhees Nation. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
Victoria Grizzlies look to continue hot steak

Victoria Grizzlies look to continue hot steak

Team hits the road this weekend before Family Fun Night

Victoria Grizzlies look to continue hot steak
The Juan de Fuca Midget girls’ team spent the end of 2017 in Montana, playing in an outdoor tournament. (Photo contributed)

WATCH: Playing in the great outdoors

Local team heads to Montana for trip of a lifetime

The Juan de Fuca Midget girls’ team spent the end of 2017 in Montana, playing in an outdoor tournament. (Photo contributed)
Premier John Horgan and his wife Ellie sat down with the Gazette at his Langford office to talk about the past several months. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Reflecting on the year with Langford’s first premier

John and Ellie Horgan share some of the ways their lives have changed this year

Premier John Horgan and his wife Ellie sat down with the Gazette at his Langford office to talk about the past several months. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)
Chrissy Brett and the roaming tent city have landed in Colwood, protesting for more rights and services for the region’s homeless. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Roaming tent city lands in Colwood

Campers will likely head to Langford or Central Saanich next

Chrissy Brett and the roaming tent city have landed in Colwood, protesting for more rights and services for the region’s homeless. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)