Christine van Reeuwyk

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)
Beacon Hill Children’s Farm said goodbye to beloved, longtime resident miniature horse Peanut Butter on Tuesday, April 26. (Beacon Hill Children’s Farm/Facebook)

Victoria petting zoo patrons, staff mourn loss of longtime resident Peanut Butter

Condolences pour in after Beacon Hill Children’s Farm says goodbye to beloved miniature horse

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm said goodbye to beloved, longtime resident miniature horse Peanut Butter on Tuesday, April 26. (Beacon Hill Children’s Farm/Facebook)
Sgt. Julie Chanin, who has worked well beyond a decade in the community, takes the deputy chief position when current Deputy Chief Const. Mark Fisher moves to the head position in September as Chief Ray Bernoties retires. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)

Oak Bay promotes first woman to enter Greater Victoria’s police leadership circle

Sgt. Julie Chanin hired from in-house to become new deputy chief in September

Sgt. Julie Chanin, who has worked well beyond a decade in the community, takes the deputy chief position when current Deputy Chief Const. Mark Fisher moves to the head position in September as Chief Ray Bernoties retires. (Courtesy Oak Bay Police Department)
A raccoon shows off the healthy pink of healing wounds ahead of his release into the wild. (Wild ARC/Facebook)

Elderly raccoon remedied and released from B.C. rehab centre

You can buy dinner for a hungry patient at Wild ARC

A raccoon shows off the healthy pink of healing wounds ahead of his release into the wild. (Wild ARC/Facebook)
Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)

Oak Bay student among those high on aviation possibilities

Greater Victoria School District helps kids fly with aviation and design program

Oak Bay High students Kaelyn Bonner and Katherine Lee do preflight checks at the Victoria Flying Club, ahead of their discovery flight as part of the aviation and design program offered through the Greater Victoria School District. (Tom Aerts/Twitter)
Oak Bay Police Department sanctioned an officer after an external review found October 2020 allegations were substantiated. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay police officer sanctioned after allegations of corruption, neglect of duty

Sergeant demoted to constable, barred from promotion for a year

Oak Bay Police Department sanctioned an officer after an external review found October 2020 allegations were substantiated. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Greater Victoria mom en route to Mexico without her son’s medication posted a ‘hail Mary’ in a local social media group early one recent morning. Her online plea was answered by West Shore resident Marina Miller, who sprung into action and arranged to have the medication waiting for the family at their hotel. (Kirsten Marten/Facebook)

B.C. mom’s act of kindness saves stranger’s family vacation after online plea

Greater Victoria woman arranges for forgotten medication to waiting in Mexico when family arrived

A Greater Victoria mom en route to Mexico without her son’s medication posted a ‘hail Mary’ in a local social media group early one recent morning. Her online plea was answered by West Shore resident Marina Miller, who sprung into action and arranged to have the medication waiting for the family at their hotel. (Kirsten Marten/Facebook)
The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)

B.C. woman finds healing even as graves found in schoolyard where she played

Indigenous woman Tina Savea gives voice to her late father, sharing childhood abuses he faced

The late Elton Keshane as a young man. (Courtesy Tina Savea)