Oak Bay News Staff

Oak Bay Sea Rescue volunteers helped remove 85 more bags from Mary Tod Island/Kohweechela, this time containing Himalayan blackberry, ivy and daphne. (Wylie Thomas photo)

SAR team ponies up sweat equity to remove invasives from Oak Bay island

85 more bags of invasive plants hauled off Mary Tod/Kohweechela

Oak Bay Sea Rescue volunteers helped remove 85 more bags from Mary Tod Island/Kohweechela, this time containing Himalayan blackberry, ivy and daphne. (Wylie Thomas photo)
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Thieves make off with griffin statue from Oak Bay yard

Oak Bay police called for stolen hand dryer, seek witness to ambulance crash

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The Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers often come together in nature to help in hands-on ways. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)

Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive species in Oak Bay’s Uplands Park

Volunteer initiative on July 31 aims to bring like-minded volunteers together

The Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers often come together in nature to help in hands-on ways. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)
In Oak Bay, Uplands Park has grass throughout that becomes very dry with the summer heat, however, there is a very limited number of coniferous trees within the park and as a result, when a fire does occur it tends to be of low intensity and relatively slow growth. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Fire Department issues information, as resident worry rises over wildfires

OBFD offers tips for safeguarding homes, lists safety measures for prepping parks

In Oak Bay, Uplands Park has grass throughout that becomes very dry with the summer heat, however, there is a very limited number of coniferous trees within the park and as a result, when a fire does occur it tends to be of low intensity and relatively slow growth. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The old format at King George Terrace and Beach Drive didn’t include a three-way stop. (Black Press Media file photo)

Stop signs are for cyclists too, say Oak Bay police

Scammer scores $2,000, car window also smashed at Cattle Point

The old format at King George Terrace and Beach Drive didn’t include a three-way stop. (Black Press Media file photo)
Image: E.J. Hughes, “Houses, Qualicum Beach”, 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)

At The Galleries: Summer brings out West Coast landscape in Greater Victoria

Featured artists for July spotlight sun, surf, animals and place

Image: E.J. Hughes, “Houses, Qualicum Beach”, 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
Madeleine practises socially distant gymnastics on Cattle Point. (Gabriele Howard photo)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay News readers respond to call for community images of pandemic

A tale of community building, resiliency during COVID-19 pandemic

Madeleine practises socially distant gymnastics on Cattle Point. (Gabriele Howard photo)
Elizabeth Laugharne, 98, plans to be on hand July 9 to discuss and sign copies of her newly-published book, Messages in Glass. (Courtesy Churchmouse Books)

Used book shop reopens in Oak Bay church, takes a crack at glass history

98-year-old author writes of church’s storied panes, some nearly as old as herself

Elizabeth Laugharne, 98, plans to be on hand July 9 to discuss and sign copies of her newly-published book, Messages in Glass. (Courtesy Churchmouse Books)
Greater Victoria golfers James Swan, Jack Rothwell, Craig Doell earned places in next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. (Courtesy BC Golf)

3 Greater Victoria golfers earn spots at U.S. Amateur at Oak Bay event

U.S. Amateur Championship runs Aug. 9 to 15 at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania

Greater Victoria golfers James Swan, Jack Rothwell, Craig Doell earned places in next month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. (Courtesy BC Golf)
Oak Bay Sea Rescue members pull a dead elk off the McNeill Bay shoreline on June 30. (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Marine Sea and Rescue Station 33)

Oak Bay Sea Rescue members haul dead elk off McNeill Bay

Antlered carcass was towed through water to Cattle Point on Wednesday

Oak Bay Sea Rescue members pull a dead elk off the McNeill Bay shoreline on June 30. (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Marine Sea and Rescue Station 33)
Joseph Blake, Christopher Horwood, Caitlyn Huffman, and Tom Aerts commemorate the selection of the 2021 Oak Bay Rotary Scholarship and Sno’uyutth Legacy Scholarship winners. (Courtesy Oak Bay Rotary)

Rotarians dish out scholarships to Oak Bay grads who spread good energy

Caitlyn Huffman, Christopher Horwood each awarded post-secondary cash

Joseph Blake, Christopher Horwood, Caitlyn Huffman, and Tom Aerts commemorate the selection of the 2021 Oak Bay Rotary Scholarship and Sno’uyutth Legacy Scholarship winners. (Courtesy Oak Bay Rotary)
Carlton House of Oak Bay resident John Hillman is doing 102 laps around the retirement residence’s courtyard to raise money for Save the Children Canada. Hillman, 102, did 101 laps last year in a similar fundraiser. (Carlton House of Oak Bay/Facebook)

Oak Bay 102-year-old veteran plans to walk 102 laps for Save the Children

John Hillman will lap the courtyard at Carlton House for 10 days

Carlton House of Oak Bay resident John Hillman is doing 102 laps around the retirement residence’s courtyard to raise money for Save the Children Canada. Hillman, 102, did 101 laps last year in a similar fundraiser. (Carlton House of Oak Bay/Facebook)
One person with a killer 90-second video will walk away with a $62.50 an hour job this summer – camping across Canada for 40 days. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Canada’s Best Summer Job comes with $20,000 payment for 40 days of camping

Contest relies on entrants’ social media savvy, Canadian vote

One person with a killer 90-second video will walk away with a $62.50 an hour job this summer – camping across Canada for 40 days. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay police issued these surveillance images after a theft from the Cork & Barrel liquor store. The bottle of stolen whisky was valued at $4,636.99. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)

Suspect swipes $5,000 bottle of whisky from Oak Bay liquor shop

Fiat towed after driver fails field sobriety test

Oak Bay police issued these surveillance images after a theft from the Cork & Barrel liquor store. The bottle of stolen whisky was valued at $4,636.99. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)
Island Savings kick-starts the Equipped to Heal campaign with $120,000. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)

Latest Victoria Hospitals Foundation campaign targets $1M for mental health

Goal is to outfit new 19-bed unit at Eric Martin Pavilion

Island Savings kick-starts the Equipped to Heal campaign with $120,000. (Courtesy Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
Chef Trevor Randle leads a June 21 online cooking featuring recipes – beef zesty lettuce wraps, blueberry strudel and blueberry spritzer. (Courtesy We Heart Local BC)

Free online cooking course explores B.C. blueberries and beef

Chef Trevor Randle calls them the province’s most flavourful foods

Chef Trevor Randle leads a June 21 online cooking featuring recipes – beef zesty lettuce wraps, blueberry strudel and blueberry spritzer. (Courtesy We Heart Local BC)
A bathtub kitchen garden is part of the lineup for this year’s Teeny Tiny Garden Tour to benefit Victoria Hospice. (Screenshot/Teeny Tiny Garden Tour)

Virtual garden tour for Victoria Hospice features trio of back yards

Online tour is free; calendar purchase and donation options raise money for the cause

A bathtub kitchen garden is part of the lineup for this year’s Teeny Tiny Garden Tour to benefit Victoria Hospice. (Screenshot/Teeny Tiny Garden Tour)
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Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

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West Shore RCMP K9 Halla. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sound of RCMP dog enough to stop suspects in Oak Bay

West Shore RCMP K9 unit called in, didn’t get to chase

West Shore RCMP K9 Halla. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Copper piping missing, as suspect found with tools in Oak Bay commercial block

Police briefs include missing dinghy, speed stop turned impaired, wallet swiped from unlocked car

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