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The average Greater Victoria homeowner holds close to $500,000 in mortgage debt, according to credit education company Borrowell. (Black Press Media file photo)

Average Greater Victoria homeowner holds $500,000 in debt

Greater Victorians exceed national debt average

 

A healing drum song is played during Orange Shirt Day 2019 in downtown Victoria (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. public schools, government offices to close for Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Province invites residents to ‘have important conversations’ about residential schools Sept. 30

 

George Manning (right), seen here in the pressroom of one of the publications he oversaw, was a legendary figure and mentor in the local community newspaper industry. He passed away last week at age 81. (Facebook/Gail Manning)

Newspaper executive left large mark on Vancouver Island journalism

George Manning dies at 81, was key figure in the growth of Black Press on Vancouver Island

 

A single mom in Sooke is frustrated with the Sooke School District’s new catchment-only bus strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke working mom without options after shift leaves kid without bus ride to school

Younger daughter can’t ride with sister on high school bus that passes her school

  • Sep 9, 2021
A single mom in Sooke is frustrated with the Sooke School District’s new catchment-only bus strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Malahat Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire involving two travel trailers and a pickup truck on Holker Place as drivers reported smoke the morning of Aug. 31. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Firefighters ward off brush fire as 3 vehicles burn on Malahat

Malahat Fire Rescue salvages ashes of trailer resident’s mother’s from blaze

Malahat Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire involving two travel trailers and a pickup truck on Holker Place as drivers reported smoke the morning of Aug. 31. (Google Maps)
The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)

B.C. commercial groundwater users have to register, start paying for water

New rules take effect March 2022 and will effect about 20,000 well users

The Capital Regional District has issued a boil water advisory for the Wilderness Mountain Water Service Area in East Sooke. (Katja Just - Pixabay.com)
Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Pacific FC shine in Langford with historic win over Vancouver Whitecaps

They now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals

Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Purple ribbons put spotlight on opioid crisis grief, as B.C. families plead for more support

Lack of support is driving deaths, because people waiting for help turn to toxic supply

Moms Stop the Harm have tied ribbons around lamp posts with pictures of loved ones who have died from drug overdoses. The ribbons are both a memorial and call for action. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
West Shore lawyer Valerie Hemminger Long accepted a two-week suspension for handing out MDMA to two Halloween party guests in 2019. (File contributed/Pathway Legal Law Corporation)

Greater Victoria lawyer suspended for sharing MDMA at a Halloween party

Not the first hearing for Valorie Hemminger Long, whose 2-week suspension starts Aug. 28

West Shore lawyer Valerie Hemminger Long accepted a two-week suspension for handing out MDMA to two Halloween party guests in 2019. (File contributed/Pathway Legal Law Corporation)
Mobile security gurard Judy Dreger has all she wants in her camper van, with lots of space for her buddies Dexter (left) and Raffi. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

#vanlife not just for influencers, says Colwood security guard

Overnight security plus a place to sleep a win-win for van dweller

Mobile security gurard Judy Dreger has all she wants in her camper van, with lots of space for her buddies Dexter (left) and Raffi. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
No rain = dry grass. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Drought falls just three days short of Greater Victoria record

The longest stretch without rain in region was 54 days in 2017, rain ended recent run at 51 days

No rain = dry grass. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)

‘Please tell someone:’ B.C. woman whose mother was murdered begs abuse survivors to get help

‘I didn’t believe this could happen to my mom either, but it did’

Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)
Pacific FC won their Langford home-opener against the Calgary Cavalry on July 30. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

PHOTOS: More than 2,500 take in Pacific FC’s long-awaited Greater Victoria return

Langford’s Starlight Stadium soccer crowds rewarded with win over Calgary

Pacific FC won their Langford home-opener against the Calgary Cavalry on July 30. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
Kristy Sivorot and her son Griffin with Juniper, a lame, pregnant cow she bought from a large dairy operation to nurse back to health. Juniper gave birth to Junior, a bull calf, on July 21 and is doing well. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Vancouver Island’s women hobby farmers part of a growing food revolution

Raising livestock and families: the young women farmers of Sooke share their stories

Kristy Sivorot and her son Griffin with Juniper, a lame, pregnant cow she bought from a large dairy operation to nurse back to health. Juniper gave birth to Junior, a bull calf, on July 21 and is doing well. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke RCMP arrested a man July 11 accused of stealing three bottles of wine from a liquor store and brandishing a sword at employees. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sword-brandishing robbery suspect arrested in Sooke

Three bottles of wine stolen from liquor store

Sooke RCMP arrested a man July 11 accused of stealing three bottles of wine from a liquor store and brandishing a sword at employees. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore RCMP arrested a 33-year-old Langford man accused of threatening to kill his ex-partner and children on July 7. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison)

Greater Victoria man wanted for threatening his family arrested with helicopter, dogs

Lloyd Robinson was wanted for threatening to kill his ex-partner and their children

West Shore RCMP arrested a 33-year-old Langford man accused of threatening to kill his ex-partner and children on July 7. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison)
Members of enforcement at the memorial service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Colwood’s fire chief remembered for devotion, love for community

John Cassidy was honoured with a procession and memorial on June 10

Members of enforcement at the memorial service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Elders for Ancient Trees insist that the court affirm the right of access, Jackie Larkin tells a gathered crowd at the legislature on June 28. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Elder group heading to Victoria court to protest RCMP exclusion zones at Fairy Creek

Seniors say their right to public access and peaceful protest have been violated

Elders for Ancient Trees insist that the court affirm the right of access, Jackie Larkin tells a gathered crowd at the legislature on June 28. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin, featuring an award-winning home on 67 acres of property overlooking the ocean, recently sold for a record-setting, yet undisclosed amount. (Sotheby’s International Realty Canada photo)

Oceanfront home sells for highest price ever recorded in Greater Victoria

Listed at $14.1 million, Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin sold to an undisclosed buyer

Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin, featuring an award-winning home on 67 acres of property overlooking the ocean, recently sold for a record-setting, yet undisclosed amount. (Sotheby’s International Realty Canada photo)
Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Goggling double-dog motorcycle sidecar brings smiles to B.C. commuters

Athena and Venus are all teeth and smiles from their Harley-Davidson sidecar

Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)