Bailey Moreton

The E&N track along Station Avenue in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)

Premier John Horgan doubts return of Island rail service is achievable

Lack of federal support a barrier says Horgan as deadline looms

The E&N track along Station Avenue in Langford. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lack of available and affordable housing in the region has seen some junior members of the Royal Canadian Navy at CFB Esquimalt stay in single quarters largely meant for trainees, months after they were meant to find housing off base. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

New recruits at CFB Esquimalt struggle to find housing after training completed

Some personnel remain in single quarters due to cost, availability of housing in region

Lack of available and affordable housing in the region has seen some junior members of the Royal Canadian Navy at CFB Esquimalt stay in single quarters largely meant for trainees, months after they were meant to find housing off base. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Brianna Miller kicks the conversion against Italy at Starlight Stadium on July 24. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Canadian women’s rugby team wins 34-24 versus Italy

First time women’s 15’s have played at home in 7 years

Brianna Miller kicks the conversion against Italy at Starlight Stadium on July 24. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Spencer Middle School in Langford is part of SD62. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island parents battle school board for refund after COVID cancelled school band trip

Parents refunded $1,600 of the $2,900 spent for Spencer Middle School students’ trip to Disneyland

Spencer Middle School in Langford is part of SD62. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford Fire Rescue responded to a fire on Skirt Mountain on July 2. (Black Press Media file photo)

Carelessness fans flames in rise of kitchen fires, says Vancouver Island deputy chief

One person sent to hospital in Bear Mountain fire

Langford Fire Rescue responded to a fire on Skirt Mountain on July 2. (Black Press Media file photo)
Winter, Jessie Weninger’s dog who died likely due to water intoxication, was an avid swimmer and loved playing in the water, according to Wenninger. (Courtesy of Jessie Weninger)

Victoria dog owner warns others of water intoxication after dog’s death

Jessie Weninger said it was a “very rare, freak accident”

Winter, Jessie Weninger’s dog who died likely due to water intoxication, was an avid swimmer and loved playing in the water, according to Wenninger. (Courtesy of Jessie Weninger)
Jo-Ina Young and her puppet, Rosie, teach kids at Sooke School District schools about Metis culture and history. (Courtesy of Jo-Ina Young)

Metis educator keeping language, history alive in Vancouver Island schools

Jo-Ina Young is resident Metis elder at Ecole John Stubbs Memorial in Colwood

Jo-Ina Young and her puppet, Rosie, teach kids at Sooke School District schools about Metis culture and history. (Courtesy of Jo-Ina Young)
A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Westshore Motorsports Park looking at 2 potential options in Shawnigan Lake

President of racing group says priority is in organizing salvaging of equipment from current site

A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Racetrack group looking at 4 options for a new home for Western Speedway

President of Westshore Motorsports Park racing group says priority is salvaging of equipment

A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Sooke School District 62 had to deal with complaints after a teacher read a derogatory word from a book in class. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Who decides? Breaking down what resources a child is exposed to in a B.C. classroom

The province does the curriculum, district develops guidelines, but teachers choose the resources

The Sooke School District 62 had to deal with complaints after a teacher read a derogatory word from a book in class. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Mrs. Morran said the ant hill has become something of a highlight for walkers who travel along the road. (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

Mrs. Morran said the ant hill has become something of a highlight for walkers who travel along the road. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Players from Canada and Spain run onto the field during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium in April. Rugby Canada is combining the women’s and men’s tournaments at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver starting in 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island loses women’s rugby 7s event to Vancouver for 2023

HSBC World Rugby Seven Series tournament to be combined with men’s event

Players from Canada and Spain run onto the field during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop at Starlight Stadium in April. Rugby Canada is combining the women’s and men’s tournaments at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver starting in 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore RCMP released photos, taken from seucrity camera footage, of the suspects who dumped the manure outside the premier’s Langford office. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

Suspect in manure-dumping at Horgan’s Langford office turns himself in to RCMP

Initially, Richard Demontigny went to the Premier’s Langford office, but no one was there

West Shore RCMP released photos, taken from seucrity camera footage, of the suspects who dumped the manure outside the premier’s Langford office. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
Stroll Whiffin Spit in Sooke for beautiful ocean views, and often a glimpse of local wildlife. Jen Blyth photo / WestCoastTraveller.com

Let the South Island show you its Spirit

Spirit Loop partnership highlights destinations in Langford, Sooke, Port Renfrew and Malahat Nation

Stroll Whiffin Spit in Sooke for beautiful ocean views, and often a glimpse of local wildlife. Jen Blyth photo / WestCoastTraveller.com
Corey Bradder, left, and Aaron Colyn show off Twin City Brewing’s national awards, while Robin Miles and Andy Richards hold up their hardware from the recent Canadian Brewing Awards. (Courtesy of Twin City Brewing)

From lagers to IPAs, Island beers take top honours at Canadian Brewing Awards

9 Island breweries bring home prizes from 2022 Canadian Brewing Awards

Corey Bradder, left, and Aaron Colyn show off Twin City Brewing’s national awards, while Robin Miles and Andy Richards hold up their hardware from the recent Canadian Brewing Awards. (Courtesy of Twin City Brewing)
The manure was left by activists from Save Old Growth, a group protesting logging of old growth forests in the province. (Courtesy of Sophia Papp)

Manure dumped at Premier John Horgan’s Langford office

Activists plan to occupy transportation hubs for two weeks starting June 13

The manure was left by activists from Save Old Growth, a group protesting logging of old growth forests in the province. (Courtesy of Sophia Papp)
Ann Marie Burns started researching her family tree and then broadened to Vancouver Island’s history. (Courtesy of Ann Marie Burns)

Author urges travel to Papertown Station for forgotten tales of Vancouver Island

Ann Marie Burns hopes to write books about some of the tales she’s written for Papertown Station

Ann Marie Burns started researching her family tree and then broadened to Vancouver Island’s history. (Courtesy of Ann Marie Burns)
Karl Hoener walks his dog, Sherry, a black Labrador, and Kyle, a B.C.-Alberta guide dog trainee he and his wife Jennifer are temporarily looking after, on the beach in Colwood recently. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

B.C. couple concerned about pooches consuming pot after dog’s scary situation

Eating cannabis likely cause of Labrador retriever’s sickness, veterinarian says

Karl Hoener walks his dog, Sherry, a black Labrador, and Kyle, a B.C.-Alberta guide dog trainee he and his wife Jennifer are temporarily looking after, on the beach in Colwood recently. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Island man’s journey took him from the boxing ring to supplying security to the stars

Drew Barrymore, Nicholas Cage, Robbie Williams: Victoria’s Jason Heit was by their side

Jason Heit teaches a class at the Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria. Heit moved back to the Island in 2007 after spending four years as a security guard for various A-list celebrities. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Jason Heit (left) training Brandon Colantonio at Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria, on May 5, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Boxing making a Vancouver Island comeback with Esquimalt fight card

May 28 event will be the first time most athletes have fought in two years

Jason Heit (left) training Brandon Colantonio at Island MMA Training Centre in Victoria, on May 5, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)