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Shawnigan Lake students have qualified to represent Vancouver Island at the World Robotics Championships in Dallas, Texas next month. The team, (from left) includes: Tye Edgson, Aniela Hagen, Kyan Miranda, and Ben Pickens. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School)

Shawnigan Lake School team qualifies for World Robotics Championships

Miranda, Edgson and Hagen all from the Cowichan Valley, while Pickens is an international student

  • Mar 31, 2023
Shawnigan Lake students have qualified to represent Vancouver Island at the World Robotics Championships in Dallas, Texas next month. The team, (from left) includes: Tye Edgson, Aniela Hagen, Kyan Miranda, and Ben Pickens. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School)
Nanaimo chain saw artist Dan Richey is carving a huge bald eagle from a cedar tree that was starting to cause damage with its roots that were lifting a driveway and walkways at a home in north Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

Giant carved eagle taking shape in front of north Nanaimo home

Home owner commissions carver to sculpt problematic cedar tree into bald eagle

Nanaimo chain saw artist Dan Richey is carving a huge bald eagle from a cedar tree that was starting to cause damage with its roots that were lifting a driveway and walkways at a home in north Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)
North Cowichan may consider allowing mountain biking on Mount Richards. (Black Press photo)

North Cowichan to consider economic potential of biking on Mount Richards

Council refers issue to its economic committee for review

North Cowichan may consider allowing mountain biking on Mount Richards. (Black Press photo)
Torque Masters Car Club vice-president Curtis Smith, president Ken Coward, and vice-president Jim Clayton stand inside their clubhouse March 28. The club’s latest community effort is fundraising to buy at least one reliable used car for the Ukrainian Safe Haven in East Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sidney car club fundraising to buy vehicle for Ukrainians fleeing war

Torque Masters Car Club’s latest community project to benefit Ukrainian Safe Haven in East Sooke

Torque Masters Car Club vice-president Curtis Smith, president Ken Coward, and vice-president Jim Clayton stand inside their clubhouse March 28. The club’s latest community effort is fundraising to buy at least one reliable used car for the Ukrainian Safe Haven in East Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Campbell River artist Adam Lewis has been into art since he was a teenager. Photo Courtesy Adam Lewis

For Campbell River artist Adam Lewis, lifelong passion became living the dream

40-year-old artist has several murals around Campbell River, including local skate park

Campbell River artist Adam Lewis has been into art since he was a teenager. Photo Courtesy Adam Lewis
A large crowd took part in the 32nd annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive family fun run and walk Sunday (March 26). (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Search continues for Victoria’s Michael Dunahee 32 years later

The 32nd Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive family fun run and walk took place Sunday (March 26)

A large crowd took part in the 32nd annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive family fun run and walk Sunday (March 26). (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
Greater Victoria firefighters team up on Saturday, March 25, at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt to honour fallen firefighters Ken Gill and Forrest Owens. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

Greater Victoria firefighters take to the ice to honour to fallen colleagues

The Ken Gill and Forrest Owens Memorial Hockey Game focuses on mental health, occupational cancer

Greater Victoria firefighters team up on Saturday, March 25, at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt to honour fallen firefighters Ken Gill and Forrest Owens. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
16-year-old Ava Bate’s illustration won her the One Planet Living student challenge in 2022. (Courtesy of Ava Bate/ One Planet Living student challenge)

Challenge calls for Greater Victoria student ideas on sustainability, happiness

Contest wants youth to highlight One Planet Living through art and video

16-year-old Ava Bate’s illustration won her the One Planet Living student challenge in 2022. (Courtesy of Ava Bate/ One Planet Living student challenge)
The Garth Homer Foundation provides funding to the Garth Homer Society. (Courtesy of the Garth Homer Society)

Garth Homer Foundation receives $34M gift to support Greater Victoria residents with diverse abilities

The donation is coming from the late Kathleen Sheret

  • Mar 25, 2023
The Garth Homer Foundation provides funding to the Garth Homer Society. (Courtesy of the Garth Homer Society)
Operation Trackshoes, a sports weekend for people with developmental disabilities, celebrates 50 years this June. The board announced this month it will be the last. (Photo by Alan Thurston)

After 50 years of changing lives, Operation Trackshoes embarks on last lap at UVic

Sporting weekend for people with developmental disabilites started in 1971

Operation Trackshoes, a sports weekend for people with developmental disabilities, celebrates 50 years this June. The board announced this month it will be the last. (Photo by Alan Thurston)
Victoria-born Roderick Quin’s Vancouver-based firm Ombrae Studios has recently finished installing a new, giant art piece at Amazon’s distribution centre at Victoria International Airport. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘Cinematic experience’: Victoria-born artist creates art piece for Amazon warehouse

Reflections and shadows manipulated to depict the mountains and seas which surround the region

Victoria-born Roderick Quin’s Vancouver-based firm Ombrae Studios has recently finished installing a new, giant art piece at Amazon’s distribution centre at Victoria International Airport. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Michael Dunahee was four-years old when he disappeared from the Blanshard school playground. (Supplied file photo)
Michael Dunahee was four-years old when he disappeared from the Blanshard school playground. (Supplied file photo)
Doug Waller, Radio controlled car enthusiast shows a bit of his collection off. Waller is organizing a race this Saturday in Campbell River. (Photo Edward Hitchins/Campbell River Mirror)

Campbell River man wants others to join in his R/C racing fun

Douglas Waller hopes to build radio controlled circuit, transplanting a passion he pursued up north

Doug Waller, Radio controlled car enthusiast shows a bit of his collection off. Waller is organizing a race this Saturday in Campbell River. (Photo Edward Hitchins/Campbell River Mirror)
Rescue cats, like Tangerine and her kittens will benefit after PetSmart Charities of Canada donated $11,500 to CatNap Society in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)

Donation to Nanaimo cat rescue non-profit will further help felines

PetSmart Charities of Canada grants $11,500 to CatNap Society in Nanaimo

Rescue cats, like Tangerine and her kittens will benefit after PetSmart Charities of Canada donated $11,500 to CatNap Society in Nanaimo. (Submitted photo)
Port Hardy's indoor swimming pool has been under construction since July of 2021. (District of Port Hardy Facebook photo)

New liner finally arrives for Port Hardy’s dormant indoor swimming pool

Mayor Pat Corbett-Labatt said her fingers are crossed that the pool will be reopening by the summer

Port Hardy's indoor swimming pool has been under construction since July of 2021. (District of Port Hardy Facebook photo)
Anna’s hummingbird babies need near constant feeding by syringe. (Courtesy BC SPCA)
Anna’s hummingbird babies need near constant feeding by syringe. (Courtesy BC SPCA)
BC Housing won’t be renewing the Port Alberni Shelter Society’s contract to operate Our Home on Eighth shelter. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Friendship Center takes over operation of city shelter

New operators takes over Our Home on Eighth from Port Alberni Shelter Society

BC Housing won’t be renewing the Port Alberni Shelter Society’s contract to operate Our Home on Eighth shelter. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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Echo Pool in Port Alberni faces closures due to lack of lifeguards

Sunday closures expected to continue throughout the duration of the year

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The Gulf Islands Fire Rescue Cadet Camp includes instruction in auto extrication. (Courtesy Greg Hankins)

Southern Gulf Islands and southern Vancouver Island youth receiving fire and rescue training

Over 40 firefighters and mentors are volunteering for the camp

  • Mar 21, 2023
The Gulf Islands Fire Rescue Cadet Camp includes instruction in auto extrication. (Courtesy Greg Hankins)
So pleased with her golden gown selection from The Magic Wand Project, Angelina Moodie shared photos of the big day with founder Elizabeth Surerus. (Courtesy Elizabeth Surerus)

Low-cost borrowing an option for grad celebration gear in Greater Victoria

Magic Wand Project offers about 100 dresses, 40 suits and tuxes for graduating students

So pleased with her golden gown selection from The Magic Wand Project, Angelina Moodie shared photos of the big day with founder Elizabeth Surerus. (Courtesy Elizabeth Surerus)