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Master of ceremonies Monique Pat (centre) welcomes those attending Friday’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Sooke on Friday. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

Hundreds mark Orange Shirt Day in Sooke

‘I encourage all of you to be allies in the journey,’ says mayor

Master of ceremonies Monique Pat (centre) welcomes those attending Friday’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Sooke on Friday. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Sidney council will write a letter of support of Friendship Cooperative Housing, which is looking at increasing the number of affordable housing units on its property and the addition of a three-storey apartment. (Black Press Media file photo)

Housing co-op expansion gets support from Sidney council

All-candidates forum touts housing co-ops and addresses over-housing

Sidney council will write a letter of support of Friendship Cooperative Housing, which is looking at increasing the number of affordable housing units on its property and the addition of a three-storey apartment. (Black Press Media file photo)
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The Colwood city hall building. (Black Press Media file photo)

Meet Your Candidates: Colwood hopefuls share their visions

Rob Martin and Doug Kobayashi face off in mayoral race

The Colwood city hall building. (Black Press Media file photo)
View Royal town hall building. (Black Press Media file photo)

Meet Your Candidates: View Royal candidates talk priorities

David Screech and Sid Tobias face off for mayor’s chair

View Royal town hall building. (Black Press Media file photo)
Revelstoke Secondary School is one of many across the province that provides students with an opportunity to learn different trades as well as begin their trade-education alongside finishing their high school diploma. (Photo via Twitter)

B.C. will have 80,000 job openings over the next 10 years

The B.C. Government is working on the professionalization of the trades

Revelstoke Secondary School is one of many across the province that provides students with an opportunity to learn different trades as well as begin their trade-education alongside finishing their high school diploma. (Photo via Twitter)
Hynthe Pointe, an eight-storey apartment building for seniors, has been approved by Esquimalt. (Courtesy of Avenir Senior Living/Zeidler Architecture)

Eight-storey apartment for seniors approved in Esquimalt

Hynthe Pointe will have 92 units and a commercial space at its Esquimalt Road site

Hynthe Pointe, an eight-storey apartment building for seniors, has been approved by Esquimalt. (Courtesy of Avenir Senior Living/Zeidler Architecture)
Town of Sidney municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Meet Your Candidates: Those seeking council seats in Sidney weigh in

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith will be acclaimed with no opposition

Town of Sidney municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Metchosin’s city hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Metchosin’s city hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay will pay for crossing guards to get students to Ecole Willows Elementary safely this school year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Future crossing guard funding remains in Oak Bay crosshairs

Council approves paying this year but questions future funding model

Oak Bay will pay for crossing guards to get students to Ecole Willows Elementary safely this school year. (Black Press Media file photo)
District of Highlands municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
District of Highlands municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
A police officer stands next to a crater created by an explosion after a Russian rocket attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. A Russian strike on the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens, an official said Friday. Vladimir Putin’s claim to parts of Ukraine is little more than “political theatre” with “no legitimacy,” Canada and the United States declared Friday, and should have no impact on how best to deploy military aid from the West. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Efrem Lukatsky

Canada, US respond to Putin’s ‘political theatre’ with even more Russian sanctions

Ukraine is submitting an “accelerated” application to join NATO, a move Canada endorses

A police officer stands next to a crater created by an explosion after a Russian rocket attack in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. A Russian strike on the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens, an official said Friday. Vladimir Putin’s claim to parts of Ukraine is little more than “political theatre” with “no legitimacy,” Canada and the United States declared Friday, and should have no impact on how best to deploy military aid from the West. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Efrem Lukatsky
AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks at a Miyo-wiciwitowin Day event at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says today’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is about the survivors who suffered in Canada’s residential schools and the children who never made it home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

Canadians reflect about residential schools on Truth and Reconciliation Day

Speeches and events happen even as the grim work that helped inspire the day continues

AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks at a Miyo-wiciwitowin Day event at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says today’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is about the survivors who suffered in Canada’s residential schools and the children who never made it home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell
First responders with Orange County Fire Rescue use an inflatable boat to rescue a resident from a home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Ian lashes South Carolina as Florida surveys devastation

Ian’s centre came ashore with much weaker winds than when it crossed Florida’s Gulf Coast

First responders with Orange County Fire Rescue use an inflatable boat to rescue a resident from a home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Students from Tammi Greenwood’s Grade 5/6 class at Haahuupayak School wave to drivers from the newly painted portion of the Orange Bridge (Riverbend Bridge) over the Somass River, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2002. (PHOTO COURTESY TAMMI GREENWOOD)

Port Alberni’s iconic ‘Orange Bridge’ turns orange again

Tseshaht First Nation hopes bright orange accents will change narrative of bridge

Students from Tammi Greenwood’s Grade 5/6 class at Haahuupayak School wave to drivers from the newly painted portion of the Orange Bridge (Riverbend Bridge) over the Somass River, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2002. (PHOTO COURTESY TAMMI GREENWOOD)
Shaylene Lakey grew up in Vernon in foster care and continues to live here. (Contributed)

B.C. woman shares journey to reclaim Indigenous heritage after losing it in foster care

Shaylene Lakey may have found a safe place growing up, but felt robbed of her culture

Shaylene Lakey grew up in Vernon in foster care and continues to live here. (Contributed)
North Saanich municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Meet Your Candidates: North Saanich council candidates outline key concern

Three battle for mayor’s seat and 13 vie for six councillor positions

North Saanich municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich School District. (Google Maps)

Meet Your Candidates: SD63 spans five municipalities

7 school trustee positions divided over three areas

Saanich School District. (Google Maps)
The Sooke School District 62. (Black Press Media file photo)

Meet Your Candidates: 7 SD62 trustee seats to be filled

4 to be filled from Belmont Zone, 3 coming from Milnes Landing Zone

The Sooke School District 62. (Black Press Media file photo)
Icebergs are seen from outside Croaker Bay on Devon Island, Canada, on Friday, July 11, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times faster than any other sea on Earth

Acidification linked to the loss of sea ice and will have unknown repercussions for life in the area

Icebergs are seen from outside Croaker Bay on Devon Island, Canada, on Friday, July 11, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward