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Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

George Robinson waves as concrete trucks go by during a parade held in his honour – family, friends, and former colleagues gathered to show their love and appreciation for him. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich truck parade celebrates 91-year-old’s 45-year career at Butler Concrete

Arranged by daughters and former colleagues who remember their time working with him fondly

(Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay sets aside $27,000 for Indigenous art at muncipal hall

District to commission artist from the Lekwungen speaking people on whose land Oak Bay sits

(Black Press Media file photo)
A stabbing in downtown Victoria sent one person to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries on Saturday morning. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

UPDATE: Downtown Victoria stabbing victim taken to hospital, suspect arrested

The victim’s injuries are non-life-threatening after they received medical treatment

A stabbing in downtown Victoria sent one person to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries on Saturday morning. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Graham Hughes of Port Alberni, who organized a protest against Port Alberni’s shelter society, is released from holding cells at the Port Alberni RCMP station after being arrested earlier in the morning on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Hughes and other protesters have been ordered to take down their tent city. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Supreme Court orders Literacy Alberni, employee to pay $344,000 in defamation suit

B.C. judge calls for removal of online posts about Port Alberni Shelter Society

Graham Hughes of Port Alberni, who organized a protest against Port Alberni’s shelter society, is released from holding cells at the Port Alberni RCMP station after being arrested earlier in the morning on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Hughes and other protesters have been ordered to take down their tent city. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Terminus at District 56 on Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue in Langford is in its final stages of construction. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Terminus building nears completion, first tenants are lining up

Gym, co-working space among first to sign leases in District 56 in Langford

Terminus at District 56 on Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue in Langford is in its final stages of construction. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council approved a temporary policy on community amenity contributions for developments, to guide staff and council until a permanent policy is approved, likely in late 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich staff, council gain help in amenity package negotiations with developers

8-1 vote puts temporary policy in place, more clarity provided for now

Saanich council approved a temporary policy on community amenity contributions for developments, to guide staff and council until a permanent policy is approved, likely in late 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)
Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)
The Tetayut (Sandhill) Creek watershed has been listed by the province as being at risk from water scarcity. (Black Press Media file)

Saanich Peninsula watershed among those being monitored for drought by province

Tetayut/Sandhill Creek suffering from a lack of rainfall in recent weeks

The Tetayut (Sandhill) Creek watershed has been listed by the province as being at risk from water scarcity. (Black Press Media file)
Nanaimo courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)

Fentanyl dealer who crashed, ditched shotgun and hid in Port McNeill forest sentenced in Nanaimo

Justin John Chester of Courtenay will serve another 20 months

Nanaimo courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)

Request for more information on OCP review a good sign, say North Saanich residents

Council last week refused to accept official community plan summary report as drafted

The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)
The Town of Qualicum Beach council wants to review its decision not to allow backyard chickens in residential areas. (File photo)
The Town of Qualicum Beach council wants to review its decision not to allow backyard chickens in residential areas. (File photo)
Tri-X Group, owners of a 52-acre property in Metchosin, part of which is pictured here, hopes to convince the district to rezone the property to allow for more industrial uses, as well as create designated parkland. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Nature area, business park proposed for 52-hectare parcel in north Metchosin

Owners of Tri-X Group want to talk rezoning: half light industrial, half park

Tri-X Group, owners of a 52-acre property in Metchosin, part of which is pictured here, hopes to convince the district to rezone the property to allow for more industrial uses, as well as create designated parkland. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A three-vehicle crash at the Galloping Goose Trail and Sooke Road sent two people to hospital in May. A new petition ask ICBC to fix the problem. (Contributed - Derek Lewers)

Sooke man leads petition to build pedestrian bridge over ‘dangerous crosswalk’

Galloping Goose and Highway 14 walkway site of numerous crashes

A three-vehicle crash at the Galloping Goose Trail and Sooke Road sent two people to hospital in May. A new petition ask ICBC to fix the problem. (Contributed - Derek Lewers)
A previously handled doe with a provincially required ‘do not eat’ tag rests in a vacant lot along Windsor Avenue. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Oak Bay deer report to be ready by end of summer

No eating the deer; remote surveillance, birth control continue

A previously handled doe with a provincially required ‘do not eat’ tag rests in a vacant lot along Windsor Avenue. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
The District of Saanich is looking into amending and modernizing its yard waste program. (Pixabay)

Saanich to review yard and garden waste dropoff service

Service in need of amendments since it has remained virtually unchanged since 1991

The District of Saanich is looking into amending and modernizing its yard waste program. (Pixabay)
Firefighters on scene to wet down a small brush fire that ignited along the Inland Island Highway just north of Big Qualicum River Bridge on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Firefighters on scene to wet down a small brush fire that ignited along the Inland Island Highway just north of Big Qualicum River Bridge on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Construction values in Sidney almost totalled $75 million in 2020, according to the draft annual report before Sidney council. (Black Press Media File)

Value of 2020 residential construction in Sidney close to $75 million

Figures in town’s annual report show significant upward trend in recent years

Construction values in Sidney almost totalled $75 million in 2020, according to the draft annual report before Sidney council. (Black Press Media File)