Justin Samanski-Langille

Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)

Neighbourhood block party helps B.C. residents heal after trauma of bank shootout

ER nurse who cared for 2 wounded officers, is married to ERT member, organized event

Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)
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)

Greater Victoria tiny home residents seek regulatory change as 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)
After going missing on Mother’s Day, Diggity has been reunited with his Colwood family after being found in the Duncan area. (Courtesy of Anne-Sophie Dumetz)

VIDEO: Colwood family reunited with beloved therapy animal

Diggity had been missing for more than a month before being found in Duncan

After going missing on Mother’s Day, Diggity has been reunited with his Colwood family after being found in the Duncan area. (Courtesy of Anne-Sophie Dumetz)
Acting Assistant Chief Simon Chadwick and the team at Langford Fire Rescue are reminding residents of the importance of working smoke detectors in their homes after the number of fire deaths in the province have doubled over the past two years. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

As fire deaths trend up, Island fire official stresses importance of working detectors

Langford is offering free fire safety inspections as part of its prevention services

Acting Assistant Chief Simon Chadwick and the team at Langford Fire Rescue are reminding residents of the importance of working smoke detectors in their homes after the number of fire deaths in the province have doubled over the past two years. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
RCMP dog handler Cpl. Dave Lewis and his police dog Halla stand with Josslyn Jeary holding a photo of Rigby on June 15. Jeary was one of 13 winners of the RCMP’s national Name the Puppy Contest held each year to name the upcoming class of police dogs. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Rigby reporting for duty: Vancouver Island girl gets to name newest RCMP dog

Josslyn Jeary’s suggestion of Rigby one of 13 names chosen from across the country

RCMP dog handler Cpl. Dave Lewis and his police dog Halla stand with Josslyn Jeary holding a photo of Rigby on June 15. Jeary was one of 13 winners of the RCMP’s national Name the Puppy Contest held each year to name the upcoming class of police dogs. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The train tracks in Duncan have been quiet since rail service stopped on the Island Corridor. (Photo by Andrea Rondeau/Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Island community wants government to save rail line before time runs out

Council passed a resolution calling for investment into Island Corridor ahead of 2023 court deadline

The train tracks in Duncan have been quiet since rail service stopped on the Island Corridor. (Photo by Andrea Rondeau/Cowichan Valley Citizen)
The cargo hold of CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell is seen during a tour as part of the inaugural Coast Guard Day June 11. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Coast Guard marks 60 years with open house at Victoria station

The inaugural Coast Guard Day also welcomed CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell to west coast operations

The cargo hold of CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell is seen during a tour as part of the inaugural Coast Guard Day June 11. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Colwood resident John Palmer and a colleague ordered 10 large pizzas from their hometown of Windsor, Ont. and had them delivered across the country overnight. The unique taste from home was accompanied by the reliving of old memories. (Courtesy of John Palmer)

‘Windsor, Ontario Pizza? I’m calling from B.C., do you deliver?’

Vancouver Island man’s hunger goes viral after spending $600 for a beloved hometown slice

Colwood resident John Palmer and a colleague ordered 10 large pizzas from their hometown of Windsor, Ont. and had them delivered across the country overnight. The unique taste from home was accompanied by the reliving of old memories. (Courtesy of John Palmer)
Tony Zarsadias, CEO of Island Realm Real Estate, said there has been a trend during the pandemic of more young homebuyers shopping on Vancouver Island than expected. (Courtesy of Tony Zarsadias)

Young homebuyers taking a surprising share of Vancouver Island’s market

Boomers downsizing, helping their children enter the market

Tony Zarsadias, CEO of Island Realm Real Estate, said there has been a trend during the pandemic of more young homebuyers shopping on Vancouver Island than expected. (Courtesy of Tony Zarsadias)
President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame needs homes for its artifacts as it faces fall closure

The museum is looking for storage space until a new permanent home is found

President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish. Metchosin resident Geoff Pearce is proposing a similar system across Esquimalt Harbour as a possible solution to reduce commuter traffic between the West Shore and the region’s core. (Flickr)

Gondola pitched connecting Esquimalt to Greater Victoria’s West Shore

Former city administrator asking for feasibility study as possible commuter traffic solution

The Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish. Metchosin resident Geoff Pearce is proposing a similar system across Esquimalt Harbour as a possible solution to reduce commuter traffic between the West Shore and the region’s core. (Flickr)
The Little Phoenix Daycare officially opened in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C.’s first trauma-informed daycare opens in Victoria

Little Phoenix aims to inform policy and inspire similar approaches to childcare

The Little Phoenix Daycare officially opened in Victoria Thursday. The centre is the first trauma-informed daycare in B.C. and only the second in Canada. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A demonstrator takes a drag out of a comically large joint Wednesday during a 4/20 demonstration at the legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: 4/20 rally at B.C. Legislature calls for reduced cannabis regulation

About 100 people gathered to celebrate legalization, call for fewer restrictions

A demonstrator takes a drag out of a comically large joint Wednesday during a 4/20 demonstration at the legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
11-year-old Cally Bull has been crowned provincial bantam girls singles bowling provincial champion and will be heading to the nationals in Winnipeg next month. (Photo Courtesy of Dan Bull)

11-year-old Vancouver Island bowler keeps family dynasty alive with provincial win

Cally Bull to compete for Team B.C. at national tenpin championships in May

11-year-old Cally Bull has been crowned provincial bantam girls singles bowling provincial champion and will be heading to the nationals in Winnipeg next month. (Photo Courtesy of Dan Bull)
Victoria-based advanced care paramedic Melissa Sims is part of a group of B.C. paramedics fundraising to buy at least one ambulance filled with supplies to donate to medical volunteers on the frontline of the war in Ukraine. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Sims)

B.C. paramedics hoping to double down on donation with two ambulances for Ukraine

Victoria-based paramedics flying to Poland Sunday to purchase ambulance, supplies

Victoria-based advanced care paramedic Melissa Sims is part of a group of B.C. paramedics fundraising to buy at least one ambulance filled with supplies to donate to medical volunteers on the frontline of the war in Ukraine. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Sims)
Alberta YouTuber Steve Wallis recently made a video of him “stealth camping” in a Langford roundabout, which has been viewed more than 677,000 since being posted April 7. (Screenshot courtesy of Steve Wallis/YouTube)

YouTuber finds stealth camping nirvana in B.C. roundabout

Steve Wallis’ video of adventure viewed more than 675,000 times since April 7 post

Alberta YouTuber Steve Wallis recently made a video of him “stealth camping” in a Langford roundabout, which has been viewed more than 677,000 since being posted April 7. (Screenshot courtesy of Steve Wallis/YouTube)
West Shore fire crews responded to a townhome fire in Langford Saturday evening, which left a family pet dead. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Fire in Greater Victoria townhome Saturday evening claims family cat

West Shore fire crews responded to the fire around 5:30 p.m.

West Shore fire crews responded to a townhome fire in Langford Saturday evening, which left a family pet dead. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)

B.C. teens sparkle after finding ring with multiple diamonds on their way to school

Two Vancouver Island middle school students found the ring on their way to school last month

Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)
Princess Cruises vessel Caribbean Princess is seen in this promotional image. The ship was scheduled to dock in Victoria on April 6, marking the first time a cruise ship has docked in Canadian waters since the pandemic began, but ship maintenance schedule changes have cancelled the visit. (Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises)

First B.C. cruise ship port call cancelled due to maintenance changes

The start of the cruise season will now be delayed from April 6 to April 9

Princess Cruises vessel Caribbean Princess is seen in this promotional image. The ship was scheduled to dock in Victoria on April 6, marking the first time a cruise ship has docked in Canadian waters since the pandemic began, but ship maintenance schedule changes have cancelled the visit. (Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises)
Dr. Rachel Staples, seen here inside her Colwood dental clinic, will receive the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship in a virtual ceremony Thursday. The honour recognizes her efforts to reopen for emergency dental care in the early days of the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘I’m totally blown away’: Island dentist earns citizenship medal for pandemic service

Rachel Staples among the first to reopen clinic to provide emergency dental care

Dr. Rachel Staples, seen here inside her Colwood dental clinic, will receive the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship in a virtual ceremony Thursday. The honour recognizes her efforts to reopen for emergency dental care in the early days of the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)