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Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Port Renfrew breaks rainfall records, records Vancouver Island’s rainiest November

Since records started, Victoria has never seen as much in a whole year as Port Renfrew did in one month

Port Renfrew broke rainfall records in November. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Jesse Roper of Metchosin performs with his band at the All Ways Home music festival in Langford at Starlight Stadium in September. Live performances have been somewhat rare for Roper lately, but he had excerpts from two of his songs play on Netflix and CBS recently. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island tunesmith Jesse Roper cracks TV soundtrack barrier — twice

Popuar bluesman’s songs heard on Netflix’s Riverdale and The Equalizer on CBS

Jesse Roper of Metchosin performs with his band at the All Ways Home music festival in Langford at Starlight Stadium in September. Live performances have been somewhat rare for Roper lately, but he had excerpts from two of his songs play on Netflix and CBS recently. (Black Press Media file photo)
Outrigger canoe paddlers glide toward one of two humpback whales observed in the waters off Ogden Point in Victoria on Saturday (Nov. 27). (Photo by Amanda Jean Carl)

‘Experience of a lifetime:’ Career oceanographer’s humpback sighting off Victoria

Water surprisingly calm when whales surfaced near Ogden Point, paddler says

Outrigger canoe paddlers glide toward one of two humpback whales observed in the waters off Ogden Point in Victoria on Saturday (Nov. 27). (Photo by Amanda Jean Carl)
Amber Sheasgreen, out on one of the search and rescue boats, is headed to the Mediterranean over Christmas to help with the charity Refugee Rescue. (Contributed - Amber Sheasgreen)

Vancouver Island woman set to help prevent Mediterranean refugee loss of life at sea

Amber Sheasgreen has volunteeered with search and rescue teams in B.C. for more than a decade

Amber Sheasgreen, out on one of the search and rescue boats, is headed to the Mediterranean over Christmas to help with the charity Refugee Rescue. (Contributed - Amber Sheasgreen)
Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)

Greater Victoria reservoir close to overflow a month earlier than ever before

CRD’s primary water source nears 100 per cent of capacity, spillage would affect Sooke River flows

Sooke Lake Reservoir is on the brink of exceeding its capacity. (Photo courtesy CRD)
Left from right, Isaiah, Mike and Lucas Dash with the trophies Mike won. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

32 years later, Island racer clocks first Western Speedway win — at track’s finish

Mike Dash says he’ll be sad when the Western Speedway closes, where he’s been racing since 1989

Left from right, Isaiah, Mike and Lucas Dash with the trophies Mike won. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Evening and overnight closures for repairs on the Malahat were to run until Nov. 22, but that order changed as of Thursday (Nov. 18). (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Bus brings healthcare workers down Malahat to relieve night shift

Escorted by commercial vehicle enforcement, workers relieved fellow hospital staffers

Evening and overnight closures for repairs on the Malahat were to run until Nov. 22, but that order changed as of Thursday (Nov. 18). (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Island women’s rugby stalwart makes positive debut for Canada, eyes World Cup

Renee Gonzalez says atmosphere around the national program is positive

University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

Letter to deputy minister latest step protesting B.C. Public Service vaccine mandate

Nov. 22 the deadline for all B.C. Public Service workers to get vaccinated

A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)
Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his in Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Fast enough for you? Vancouver Island racer hits record speed of 468 km/h

High-speed driver Shawn Driver is breaking records, but still wants to go faster

Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his in Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Cellular service is spotty along Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Vancouver Island south coast cell phone fix pushed back to 2022

Equipment and steel shortages, permits and challenging terrain has delayed Highway 14 project

Cellular service is spotty along Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his car in his Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Fast enough for you? Vancouver Island racer hits record speed of 468 km/h

High-speed driver Shawn Driver is breaking records, but still wants to go faster

Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his car in his Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Patrons walking up the Malahat Skywalk. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Spirit Loop aims to boost tourism on southern Vancouver Island

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

Patrons walking up the Malahat Skywalk. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government is developing new paid sick leave legislation, but employers and workers disagree over whether businesses should be responsible for providing paid sick days. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Vancouver Island businesses concerned about potential cost of paid sick days

West Shore Chamber of Commerce boss Julie Lawlor says 10 paid sick days could bankrupt some

B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government is developing new paid sick leave legislation, but employers and workers disagree over whether businesses should be responsible for providing paid sick days. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
LifeLabs office on Fort Street in downtown Victoria on October 12, 2021. (Photo by Bailey Moreton)

BCGEU, LifeLabs reach new tentative agreement after union workers begin strike

Details are being finalized, employees will be presented with deal ahead of a vote on Monday

LifeLabs office on Fort Street in downtown Victoria on October 12, 2021. (Photo by Bailey Moreton)
A tug boat sprays the hull of the M/V Zim Kingston at 9:50 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 24. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Emergency zone doubled as crews continue to battle fire on cargo ship off of Victoria coast

Coast guard vessels cannot directly fight the fire because of toxic chemicals on board

A tug boat sprays the hull of the M/V Zim Kingston at 9:50 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 24. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The potentially historic storm should have de-escalated by the time it makes landfall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

‘Potentially historic’ storm brewing off Vancouver Island should calm before landfall

Environment Canada expects most intense winds to dissipate before storm arrives on B.C. shores

The potentially historic storm should have de-escalated by the time it makes landfall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A recommendation to acknowledge local First Nations before Langford council meetings will be considered. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria’s last remaining holdout ponders Indigenous acknowledgement

Langford council considering statement acknowledging First Nations lands before meetings

A recommendation to acknowledge local First Nations before Langford council meetings will be considered. (Black Press Media file photo)
The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

B.C. government employees in hot water for sending anti-vaccine emails

Public service agency taking ‘appropriate follow-up’ to messages sent from government computers

The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Island Health reported its single-day highest COVID-19 case count ever, yesterday. (News Bulletin file)

Vancouver Island set new record-high for COVID-19 cases in single day

107 new cases were reported on the island on Tuesday

Island Health reported its single-day highest COVID-19 case count ever, yesterday. (News Bulletin file)