District of Metchosin

From left: Isabel Tipton, great-granddaughter of Hans Helgesen, the first chairman of the school board; Ann Stewart, great-great-granddaughter of John Witty who donated the land for the school to be built on; and Diane Cowden, great-granddaughter of Emily Fisher, the school’s first teacher. The trio received the honour of cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated and reopened Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Metchosin Schoolhouse Museum reopens after renovations

Descendants of key people in the school’s history were on hand to cut the ribbon Saturday

 

Westshore Motorsports Park ended its final season with the last day of racing on Sept. 17. (Courtesy of CBRE Victoria)

Fire department looking for new training spot as volunteers dismantle speedway

Metchosin had used former Western Speedway parking lot for driver training

 

Councillor Andy MacKinnon was first elected in 2014. Now he’s stepping away he’s set to focus on his research, teaching and writing on all things fungi. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Metchosin councillor says skin not thick enough, steps away amid vitriol

Coun. Andy MacKinnon said public criticism stepped up during the pandemic

 

2022 municipal election (Black Press Media)

Who’s running for council on the West Shore?

Council candidates gear up for Oct. 15 election

2022 municipal election (Black Press Media)
Council approved $100,000, including retrofits, for Metchosin Fire Department to buy a replacement truck. (Metchosin Fire Department/Facebook)

Metchosin’s new fire engine should be up and running in October

Final inspection in Alberta in September before coming to the West Shore

Council approved $100,000, including retrofits, for Metchosin Fire Department to buy a replacement truck. (Metchosin Fire Department/Facebook)
Metchosin councillors were largely in favor of a CRD bylaw that would allow the regional body to borrow $25 million for parkland purchases, although some had reservations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin backs $25 million CRD park loan

Mayor John Ranns voices opposition, fearing interest payments could hurt future purchases

Metchosin councillors were largely in favor of a CRD bylaw that would allow the regional body to borrow $25 million for parkland purchases, although some had reservations. (Black Press Media file photo)
This picture of Apex Mountain Village was taken Aug. 8 where fire services worked to safeguard evacuated properties in the event the Keremeos Creek Fire turned in their direction. On Aug. 16, residents of Apex were allowed back home. (Courtesy of Apex Fire Brigade)

Metchosin crews help fight Apex Mountain wildfire

Two crews and fire chief spent three weeks assisting B.C. Wildfire crews

This picture of Apex Mountain Village was taken Aug. 8 where fire services worked to safeguard evacuated properties in the event the Keremeos Creek Fire turned in their direction. On Aug. 16, residents of Apex were allowed back home. (Courtesy of Apex Fire Brigade)
A member of the Metchosin Fire Department gets suited up for hazmat scene management training at the Instinct Training Centre. (File photo courtesy of Chief Stephanie Dunlop)

Metchosin Fire Department sizes up new recruits

Information session this week to see if the commitment is a right fit

A member of the Metchosin Fire Department gets suited up for hazmat scene management training at the Instinct Training Centre. (File photo courtesy of Chief Stephanie Dunlop)
Tiny home dweller Bryce Knudtson and others are facing eviction from the Metchosin property they’ve resided on with permission of the owner, as district bylaws do not allow more than one primary and one accessory dwelling on one lot.(Courtesy Bryce Knudtson)

Metchosin tiny home residents seek regulatory change, eviction deadline approaches

Petition calls on all levels of government to address affordable housing shortage

Tiny home dweller Bryce Knudtson and others are facing eviction from the Metchosin property they’ve resided on with permission of the owner, as district bylaws do not allow more than one primary and one accessory dwelling on one lot.(Courtesy Bryce Knudtson)
The terms of a standstill agreement relating to a possible future Indigenous protection area signed in February by representatives of Pearson College, the District of Metchosin, Sc’ianew First Nation and Habitat Acquisition Trust prevent more detail being given about the district’s sale of buffer zone land to the Capital Regional District, according to Mayor John Ranns. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Relationships strained over Metchosin buffer zone sale

Mayor John Ranns frustrated by various aspects of the process

The terms of a standstill agreement relating to a possible future Indigenous protection area signed in February by representatives of Pearson College, the District of Metchosin, Sc’ianew First Nation and Habitat Acquisition Trust prevent more detail being given about the district’s sale of buffer zone land to the Capital Regional District, according to Mayor John Ranns. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The buffer zone in Metchosin was acquired as part of the land swap agreement between the district, Langford and Scia’new First Nation in 2017. (Black Press Media File)

Metchosin residents angry over stalled buffer zone sale to CRD

Residents to speak at council Monday as Langford council votes on Centre Mountain bylaws

The buffer zone in Metchosin was acquired as part of the land swap agreement between the district, Langford and Scia’new First Nation in 2017. (Black Press Media File)
Mae Browne was visiting Metchosin from Victoria for its Canada Day festivities with her family. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Canada Day in the West Shore

Crowds visited events in Langford, Metchosin

Mae Browne was visiting Metchosin from Victoria for its Canada Day festivities with her family. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Dr. Robert O’Connor, a family doctor with Me’Chosen Medical presented to Metchosin council on June 27, suggesting several ways a rural municipality can attract family doctors. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin looking for options to help tackle doctor shortage crisis

Local doctor suggests welcome service, scholarships and letter calling on UBCM to lobby province

Dr. Robert O’Connor, a family doctor with Me’Chosen Medical presented to Metchosin council on June 27, suggesting several ways a rural municipality can attract family doctors. (Black Press Media file photo)
A West Shore resident tries out a fire hose during a Metchosin FireSmart community barbecue Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Community BBQ helps Metchosin and Sc’ianew First Nation get FireSmart

Saturday’s event served both to bring the communities together and share important safety messages

A West Shore resident tries out a fire hose during a Metchosin FireSmart community barbecue Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The sign on Happy Valley Road in Metchosin was put up by the Morrans around 20 years ago. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

There’s a Metchosin ant hill so large, it has its own sign – and has existed for 20 years

The Morran’s put up a sign to warn walkers around 20 years ago

The sign on Happy Valley Road in Metchosin was put up by the Morrans around 20 years ago. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Metchosin Mighty Garage Sale was held on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4430 Happy Valley Rd. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Mighty Metchosin Garage Sale has record year for donations

Plenty still on offer as sale closes 3 p.m. Sunday

The Metchosin Mighty Garage Sale was held on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4430 Happy Valley Rd. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The front page of Vol. 17. No. 20 of the Goldstream Gazette from May 13, 1992. (Courtesy of Goldstream Gazette archives)

Back in the Day: Dog census, rodeo and light rapid transit

‘Say Whoa to Rodeo’ took a while to catch on

The front page of Vol. 17. No. 20 of the Goldstream Gazette from May 13, 1992. (Courtesy of Goldstream Gazette archives)
Metchosin Day has been cancelled this year due to logistical challenges. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin Day cancelled due to parking challenges

Field used as temporary parking lot no longer available

Metchosin Day has been cancelled this year due to logistical challenges. (Black Press Media file photo)
Metchosin could soon be paying a portion of rent at the West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford is seen March 29, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin braces for hike in policing costs

Surpassing a population of 5,000 leaves the community responsible for 70% of policing costs

Metchosin could soon be paying a portion of rent at the West Shore RCMP detachment in Langford is seen March 29, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Katie Underwood, who leases a plot of land on Prospect Lake Road in Saanich, said without the loan from late Sea Bluff Farm owner Bob Mitchell, she wouldn’t have been able to make much-needed investments in her operation. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Uncertainties of farm succession pose major risk to food security: Metchosin farmer

Generational farming less common, but land prices out of reach for young farmers

Katie Underwood, who leases a plot of land on Prospect Lake Road in Saanich, said without the loan from late Sea Bluff Farm owner Bob Mitchell, she wouldn’t have been able to make much-needed investments in her operation. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)