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The Spirit of British Columbia. (File)

BC Ferries converts ‘Spirit of British Columbia’ to LNG

The vessel is back in operation following its refit in Poland, converted to operate on liquified natural gas

The Spirit of British Columbia. (File)
Dogs have no sweat glands and can withstand high temperatures for only a short time, says the SPCA. (Black Press File)

Don’t play the odds with your pets

BC SPCA asks people to leave pets at home, not in their cars

Dogs have no sweat glands and can withstand high temperatures for only a short time, says the SPCA. (Black Press File)
Elderly man who went missing from a BC Ferry still hasn’t been found

Elderly man who went missing from a BC Ferry still hasn’t been found

Delta Police investigation has deemed incident non-suspicious in nature

Elderly man who went missing from a BC Ferry still hasn’t been found
Skydiving is a dangerous sport, says the owner of Capital City Skydiving in North Saanich. Emergency training and practice can help avoid trouble, as in the case of a skydiver who cut away a malfunctioning chute on April 22. (Facebook)

B.C. skydiver lands safely after cutting away main chute

Greater Victoria emergency services called after witnesses saw spiralling chute

Skydiving is a dangerous sport, says the owner of Capital City Skydiving in North Saanich. Emergency training and practice can help avoid trouble, as in the case of a skydiver who cut away a malfunctioning chute on April 22. (Facebook)
A BC SPCA worker washes one of 45 Havanese dogs that were taken from a Victoria-area property. The BC SPCA is recommending charges against the owner in order to seek a ban. (BC SPCA)

BC SPCA seeks cruelty charge after seizing 45 filthy dogs

Dogs found in Victoria-area home; matted with urine and feces

A BC SPCA worker washes one of 45 Havanese dogs that were taken from a Victoria-area property. The BC SPCA is recommending charges against the owner in order to seek a ban. (BC SPCA)
A Western Canada Marine Response Corporation vessel participated in a spill response simulation near the Southern Gulf Islands in June, 2017. (WCMRC)

New spill response bases on hold as pipeline paused

Future of six new bases, 125 jobs, on Vancouver Island in limbo over Kinder Morgan decision

A Western Canada Marine Response Corporation vessel participated in a spill response simulation near the Southern Gulf Islands in June, 2017. (WCMRC)
Cordell Klippenstein, originally from Manitoba, has been picking daffodils at Longview Farms in Central Saanich for two years. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

Daffodil picker questions wages at Central Saanich farm

Rate well above B.C. standard; pay comes down to work ethic

Cordell Klippenstein, originally from Manitoba, has been picking daffodils at Longview Farms in Central Saanich for two years. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)
North Saanich councillors. They usually get along, but now they’re debating how long they talk at meetings and who talks the most. (File)

City council spends 36 minutes debating length of policy discussions

North Saanich councillors tinkered with how long they should debate an issue to limit meeting times

North Saanich councillors. They usually get along, but now they’re debating how long they talk at meetings and who talks the most. (File)
Jessica Van’t-Haaff holds up a tattoo on her arm in her mom’s writing. She plans on taking part in the annual Naked Bungee Jump to support the BC Schizophrenia Society in Victoria. Van’t-Haaff’s mother Christena took her own life after years fighting mental illness. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

A leap of faith to help end stigma

Naked Bungy Jump in Nanaimo helping support people with mental illness

Jessica Van’t-Haaff holds up a tattoo on her arm in her mom’s writing. She plans on taking part in the annual Naked Bungee Jump to support the BC Schizophrenia Society in Victoria. Van’t-Haaff’s mother Christena took her own life after years fighting mental illness. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)
Peninsula Minor Hockey Atom coach Ron Cooke gives some tips to one of the young goalies during the 2014 Atom skills assessment day at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Steven Heywood/News Staff File)

Chinese youth hockey team touring Vancouver Island

Little Wolf Beijing Hockey to test skills against Island minor hockey players

Peninsula Minor Hockey Atom coach Ron Cooke gives some tips to one of the young goalies during the 2014 Atom skills assessment day at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Steven Heywood/News Staff File)
Police are looking for the owner of this urn. (Sidney North Saanich RCMP)

Police seek information on lost urn found on Vancouver Island beach

Police say the urn weighs 25 pounds and was possibly tossed into the sea

Police are looking for the owner of this urn. (Sidney North Saanich RCMP)
The Peninsula Panthers in North Saanich made full face protection mandatory this season. BC Hockey is now extending that level of face coverage to all of the Junior B hockey teams in the province. (Gordon Lee Photography)

BC Hockey makes full face protection mandatory at the Junior B level

Changes in effect across B.C. next season

The Peninsula Panthers in North Saanich made full face protection mandatory this season. BC Hockey is now extending that level of face coverage to all of the Junior B hockey teams in the province. (Gordon Lee Photography)
Pedestrian injured in crosswalk collision                                Emergency personnel tend to a man who was struck by a car in a downtown Sidney crosswalk Tuesday afternoon. The man was treated for minor injuries. Please turn to page 5 for more.                                (Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Photo)

Pedestrian hit moments after receiving safety reflector from police

The Vancouver Island man was treated for minor injuries by police at the scene

Pedestrian injured in crosswalk collision                                Emergency personnel tend to a man who was struck by a car in a downtown Sidney crosswalk Tuesday afternoon. The man was treated for minor injuries. Please turn to page 5 for more.                                (Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Photo)
This photo of Alastair Hayne is from a GoFundMe page set up after he died in an accidental shooting on Salt Spring Island. (GoFundMe)

Youth dead after ‘accidental shooting’ on Salt Spring Island

A youth from Salt Spring Island has died after what police termed…

This photo of Alastair Hayne is from a GoFundMe page set up after he died in an accidental shooting on Salt Spring Island. (GoFundMe)
(Wikimedia Commons/Kam Abbott)

Major changes coming to BC Ferries

Passengers no longer allowed to remain on lower vehicle deck and complete smoking ban coming in 2018.

(Wikimedia Commons/Kam Abbott)
Check, contact                                Flight crew polish up the Maid in the Shade B-25 bomber following a short flight over the Saanich Peninsula Monday afternoon. The aircraft is at the Victoria airport this week, offering static displays and flights on the weekend. For more photos, turn to page 3. (Steven Heywood/News staff)

Victoria airport welcomes Maid in the Shade

1940s-era B-25 Mitchell bomber on tour from Arizona

Check, contact                                Flight crew polish up the Maid in the Shade B-25 bomber following a short flight over the Saanich Peninsula Monday afternoon. The aircraft is at the Victoria airport this week, offering static displays and flights on the weekend. For more photos, turn to page 3. (Steven Heywood/News staff)
This image by Sidney photographer Christian Sasse shows an eagle feeding the little hawk, as two young eaglets look on. (sassephoto.com)

Birders a-twitter over Sidney-area eagles caring for a guest in their nest

Eagles in Sidney appear to be feeding a Red-Tailed hawk chick, setting of wild speculation as to why

This image by Sidney photographer Christian Sasse shows an eagle feeding the little hawk, as two young eaglets look on. (sassephoto.com)
Sidney resident Donna LaFleur lavishes attention on her one-year-old English Bulldog, India, while out in her micro-garden next to the townhouse where she lives. (Steven Heywood/News staff)

HOMEFINDER: Sidney gardener shares the joy of micro-gardening in small-space living areas

Small garden spaces can made townhome living more enjoyable, says Donna LeFleur

Sidney resident Donna LaFleur lavishes attention on her one-year-old English Bulldog, India, while out in her micro-garden next to the townhouse where she lives. (Steven Heywood/News staff)