Christine van Reeuwyk

This waterfront Oak Bay estate sold for $13,195,000. (Courtesy Sotheby’s International Realty Canada)

$13M Oak Bay waterfront estate sets new listing service record

Priciest sale in Greater Victoria hit $22M in 2021

This waterfront Oak Bay estate sold for $13,195,000. (Courtesy Sotheby’s International Realty Canada)
Jess Gibbard is a trans voice coach who leads peers across North America from a small studio on Saanich. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: B.C. transgender voice coach helps people find their tone world-wide

Jess Gibbard offers lessons in masculinization, feminization and androgenization

Jess Gibbard is a trans voice coach who leads peers across North America from a small studio on Saanich. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A yellow-bellied marmot will be sent back to the mainland after capture in Saanich. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

Yellow-bellied marmot stowaway sent back to B.C. mainland where it belongs

Remember Roger? The yellow-bellied marmot came in 2008 and evaded all traps

A yellow-bellied marmot will be sent back to the mainland after capture in Saanich. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)

B.C. 6th-grader who started the #levidrome drive wins $10K with his writing

Sixth grader’s essay funds Habitat for Humanity Victoria

Victoria student Levi Budd won $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity in a writing contest. (Courtesy Lucky Budd)
Firefighters from Esquimalt and Victoria teamed up to supply, crate and load firefighting equipment for Ukraine. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)

Vancouver Island warehouse pulls together trauma centres for war-torn Ukraine

Building supplies, firefighting equipment, first aid goods head overseas in shipping containers

Firefighters from Esquimalt and Victoria teamed up to supply, crate and load firefighting equipment for Ukraine. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)
Uptown staff quickly guarded a swarm of bees that landed on the Saanich property May 25, Boxing them up for relocation the next morning. (Courtesy Christy Lowes Shape Property Management)

VIDEO: Security stands on guard for bees at Saanich shopping centre

Wayward swarm earns outpouring of love from Vancouver Island Naturalists

Uptown staff quickly guarded a swarm of bees that landed on the Saanich property May 25, Boxing them up for relocation the next morning. (Courtesy Christy Lowes Shape Property Management)
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)
Greater Victoria bartenders faced off in the sold-out inaugural Craft Beer Cocktail Competition May 9. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)

Bartenders elevate Vancouver Island spirits with beer cocktail competition

Award-winning cocktails concocted with spirits, beers from this side of Georgia Strait

Greater Victoria bartenders faced off in the sold-out inaugural Craft Beer Cocktail Competition May 9. (Courtesy Victoria Beer Society)
The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal B.C. Museum gets $789-million overhaul

Museum to close in September for rebuild, expected opening in 2030

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
With a sip of scotch John Hillman, 103, celebrates finishing his 103-lap fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

103-year-old Oak Bay veteran hopes for surge of donations to help children of Ukraine

John Hillman finishes 103 laps in walking fundraiser for Save the Children

With a sip of scotch John Hillman, 103, celebrates finishing his 103-lap fundraiser for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Hives at risk: Victoria honeybee hobbyist laments cool Vancouver Island spring

Bees at risk as temperatures hover below 12 C

(Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
An aerial view of Central Saanich from the Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)

Doctor’s problem solved, Island housing remains issue for professional families

Victoria real estate analyst expects rents to increase 5 to 10%

An aerial view of Central Saanich from the Saanich Inlet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse on March 30, 2000. (Canadian Press file photo)

Convicted B.C. killer Kelly Ellard declines chance for full parole, says she’s not ready

Ellard is serving a life sentence for murdering 14-year-old Saanich girl Reena Virk

Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse on March 30, 2000. (Canadian Press file photo)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
While some people may participate in No Mow May, the Nature Conservancy of Canada urges everyone to take the next step in naturalizing backyards or balconies. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Downpour doesn’t dampen Oak Bay veteran’s spirit as 103-year-old walks to Save the Children

War in Ukraine adds inspiration for third consecutive fundraiser by John Hillman

David Black owner of Black Press Media (left) and Judi Prewett, president of Carlton House, flank veteran John Hillman, 103, as he laps the Oak Bay courtyard to raise funds for Save the Children. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
For Mother’s Day, people are pretty open to a beautiful bouquet in a variety of blooms as long as it’s nice, bright and cheerful, says one Saanich Peninsula floral supplier. That’s a good thing with weather and supply chain shortages. (Courtesy Eurosa Gardens)

Vancouver Island floral experts get you ready for Mother’s Day

Flowers in abundance for Mother’s Day but now is the time to order

For Mother’s Day, people are pretty open to a beautiful bouquet in a variety of blooms as long as it’s nice, bright and cheerful, says one Saanich Peninsula floral supplier. That’s a good thing with weather and supply chain shortages. (Courtesy Eurosa Gardens)
Protests at the legislature over nine weeks between January and April cost the province nearly $386,000 in police overtime, according to the Victoria Police Department. (Courtesy of VicPD)

B.C. government to pay for police OT related to legislature area rolling protests

Province to cover nearly $400,000 overtime cost, Victoria PD pays regular duty time

Protests at the legislature over nine weeks between January and April cost the province nearly $386,000 in police overtime, according to the Victoria Police Department. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Protests at the legislature over nine weeks between January and April cost the province nearly $386,000 in police overtime, according to the Victoria Police Department. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Victoria off the hook for police OT related to rolling protests near the legislature

Province to cover nearly $400,000 overtime cost, VicPD pays regular duty time

Protests at the legislature over nine weeks between January and April cost the province nearly $386,000 in police overtime, according to the Victoria Police Department. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Oak Bay police say a 46-year-old man is on conditions to stay away from Oak Bay High, Oak Bay Recreation Centre and playgrounds after his arrest in the area on April 28. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested near Oak Bay High after girls report being followed, watched

46-year-old released on conditions to stay away from the area

Oak Bay police say a 46-year-old man is on conditions to stay away from Oak Bay High, Oak Bay Recreation Centre and playgrounds after his arrest in the area on April 28. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alexander Kilpatrick and his family hope to stay in Greater Victoria after being issued notice to move out of their Oak Bay rental home. (Kilpatrick family photo)

Housing crunch, doctor shortage collide as Island doctor ponders future here

Future family physician questions whether living, opening practice is feasible in Greater Victoria

Alexander Kilpatrick and his family hope to stay in Greater Victoria after being issued notice to move out of their Oak Bay rental home. (Kilpatrick family photo)