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A deer stops for lunch near the community gardens in Oak Bay. Council recently supported the latest provincial grant application for deer management research in the community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Research trail continues into Oak Bay deer trial

Application for provincial grant could fund half the next phase analyzing population data

 

The Lekwungen Traditional Dancers usher in the new Oak Bay council ahead of its inaugural meeting on Nov. 7. (Oakbay.civicweb.net)

Oak Bay council starts term with traditional Lekwungen welcome

Mayor thanks former councillors Eric Wood Zelka and Tara Ney for years of service

 

Oak Bay Marine Group will run the marina at Turkey Head (Spewhung) for five more years. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Five more years to explore options in Oak Bay for Turkey Head

Renewed lease agreed to in July allows for fulsome exploration of longer-term approaches to the site

 

The Uplands gates on Beach Drive show where the neighbourhood begins adjacent to the park of the same name in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Infill housing ideas spur new Oak Bay neighbourhood association

Document considers all single-family zoned lots in the community

The Uplands gates on Beach Drive show where the neighbourhood begins adjacent to the park of the same name in Oak Bay. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Coun. Tara Ney raking leaves behind Oak Bay municipal hall during her earliest pitch to ban gas-powered gardening tools. Ney, who is not seeking re-election on Oct. 15, put in motion a potential new policy to help council members seeking legal advice in the face of potential or percieved conflict of interest. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Tara Ney raking leaves behind Oak Bay municipal hall during her earliest pitch to ban gas-powered gardening tools. Ney, who is not seeking re-election on Oct. 15, put in motion a potential new policy to help council members seeking legal advice in the face of potential or percieved conflict of interest. (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)
Secondary suites in Oak Bay require an off-street parking spot unless the owner provides a Level 1 charging station for an electric vehicle, bike or scooter. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay sticks to parking compromise as secondary suites get approval

Secondary suites now allowed in single-family zones

Secondary suites in Oak Bay require an off-street parking spot unless the owner provides a Level 1 charging station for an electric vehicle, bike or scooter. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria, Saanich, West Vancouver, Kamloops, the Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation, and the First Nations Leadership Council were all recognized for outstanding community leadership in climate action during the annual Climate & Energy Action Awards presented at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention. (Courtesy UBCM)

Greater Victoria councils earn provincial awards in infrastructure, climate action

UBCM highlights Oak Bay’s Sustainable Infrastructure Replacement Plan

Victoria, Saanich, West Vancouver, Kamloops, the Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation, and the First Nations Leadership Council were all recognized for outstanding community leadership in climate action during the annual Climate & Energy Action Awards presented at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention. (Courtesy UBCM)
Oak Bay council will consider third reading and adoption of the bylaw changes to allow secondary suites in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)

Secondary suites bylaw nears the finish line in Oak Bay

Parking remains key issue as required bylaws head for potential adoption

Oak Bay council will consider third reading and adoption of the bylaw changes to allow secondary suites in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Oak Bay Marina and Marina Dockside Eatery are pictured on a sunny day in July 2022. Community network ReconciliACTION Oak Bay said extending the current lease by Oak Bay Marine Group allows for meaningful reconciliation to happen in developing the 30-year plan for the site. (Photo by ER Kilpatrick)

Oak Bay Marina lease extended 5 years to allow for ‘meaningful consultation’

Renewal helps facilitate meaningful reconciliation, crafting of 30-year site plan

The Oak Bay Marina and Marina Dockside Eatery are pictured on a sunny day in July 2022. Community network ReconciliACTION Oak Bay said extending the current lease by Oak Bay Marine Group allows for meaningful reconciliation to happen in developing the 30-year plan for the site. (Photo by ER Kilpatrick)
Francis Landy of Oak Bay is a proponent of the rake as opposed to gas-powered leaf blowers. (Black Press Media file photo)

Planned phase-out of gas-powered lawn equipment sputters to a start in Oak Bay

Shift away from gas will take time; any changes to come in next council term

Francis Landy of Oak Bay is a proponent of the rake as opposed to gas-powered leaf blowers. (Black Press Media file photo)
In the event of an extreme heat event the air conditioned common areas of Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Monterey centre and the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, serve as cooling centres. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay plans to keep residents cool when extreme heat hits

Partnerships key to education, checking in, cooling centres

In the event of an extreme heat event the air conditioned common areas of Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Monterey centre and the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, serve as cooling centres. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay community members participate at a design fair for the second round of public engagement on the district’s infill housing strategy. An initial round of public engagement found 88 per cent of Oak Bay residents support the implementation of infill housing. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)

Survey finds almost 90 per cent of Oak Bay residents want infill housing

Planners prioritize flexible housing options while preserving look and feel of district

Oak Bay community members participate at a design fair for the second round of public engagement on the district’s infill housing strategy. An initial round of public engagement found 88 per cent of Oak Bay residents support the implementation of infill housing. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
Among the discussions on the impending secondary suite policy for Oak Bay includes potential parking requirements on street and off. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Among the discussions on the impending secondary suite policy for Oak Bay includes potential parking requirements on street and off. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The former Oak Bay Lodge site at 2251 Cadboro Bay Rd., pictured May 31, will receive a 2023 budget of $300 million for a redevelopment that will likely include senior-focused health and housing services. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Oak Bay Lodge falls to its end: What lies ahead for the property?

Site gets $300 million for possible senior health care redevelopment

The former Oak Bay Lodge site at 2251 Cadboro Bay Rd., pictured May 31, will receive a 2023 budget of $300 million for a redevelopment that will likely include senior-focused health and housing services. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
A map from the tsunami risk presentation given to Oak Bay council shows the trajectory of the Devil’s Mountain fault scenario heading towards Oak Bay from across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Courtesy of the CRD)

Tsunami risk presentation exposes Oak Bay’s vulnerability

McNeill Bay, Oak Bay Marina shown as most vulnerable to flooding

A map from the tsunami risk presentation given to Oak Bay council shows the trajectory of the Devil’s Mountain fault scenario heading towards Oak Bay from across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (Courtesy of the CRD)
Coun. Tara Ney rakes leaves behind Oak Bay municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay embarks on countdown to residential leaf blower ban

Resident who started petition ‘blown away’ by support

Coun. Tara Ney rakes leaves behind Oak Bay municipal hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay is ideal for the Coolkits program, in part because of work by the district and volunteers already underway, such as the ecological restoration and maintenance at Cattle Point. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Online tool challenges Oak Bay residents to become climate champions

Coolkit program includes structured workshops for the community

Oak Bay is ideal for the Coolkits program, in part because of work by the district and volunteers already underway, such as the ecological restoration and maintenance at Cattle Point. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Letter to the editor

LETTER: Parking requirement detracts from appeal of secondary suites in Oak Bay

Such a policy would set municipality back during a climate emergency, reader writes

  • Apr 16, 2022
Letter to the editor
The stone monument overlooking Loon Bay in Oak Bay is part of a First Nations monument walking tour in the community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay poised to phase in reconciliation work with Songhees, Esquimalt Nations

Mayor tasked with appointing councillors to start prep work

The stone monument overlooking Loon Bay in Oak Bay is part of a First Nations monument walking tour in the community. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)