Katherine Engqvist

Two people escape injury in Colwood house fire

Heatherly Road fire started on a covered porch

UPDATE: Power restored at Victoria General Hospital

View Royal hospital operated on generator power for several hours following windstorm

COVID-19 infection rate among B.C. paramedics almost zero

Eight B.C. Emergency Health Services Members have tested positive for COVID-19

West Shore fire chiefs (from right) Dean Ford (Highlands), Paul Hurst (View Royal), Stephanie Dunlop (Metchosin), Chris Aubrey (Langford) and John Cassidy (Colwood) are concerned about the community’s well-being after seeing a dramatic increase in mental health calls. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

West Shore first responders raise alarm after dramatic increase in mental health calls

Frontline braces, fearing for community's mental health over winter

West Shore fire chiefs (from right) Dean Ford (Highlands), Paul Hurst (View Royal), Stephanie Dunlop (Metchosin), Chris Aubrey (Langford) and John Cassidy (Colwood) are concerned about the community’s well-being after seeing a dramatic increase in mental health calls. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
Best of the WestShore 2020

VIDEO: The results are in for the 2020 Best of the WestShore Awards

Celebrate all the West Shore has to offer

Best of the WestShore 2020
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Be prepared: Know what to do in the event of a Greater Victoria tsunami warning

Localized alert systems can provide potentially life-saving information

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Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Teen killer Kelly Ellard gets day parole extension allowing up to five days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
View Royal Fire Chief is calling for solutions after two preventable incidents at Thetis Lake over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal fire chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

Emergency crews harassed while extinguishing brush fire, rescuing drunk 15-year-old during long weekend calls

View Royal Fire Chief is calling for solutions after two preventable incidents at Thetis Lake over the long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
One person died following a head-on crash on an undivided corner of the Trans-Canada Highway between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway in Langford in January 2019. (File photo from BC Transportation/Twitter)

Work ahead of schedule to improve deadly stretch of Trans-Canada Highway in Langford

Temporary measures were installed after two fatal crashes in less than a month

One person died following a head-on crash on an undivided corner of the Trans-Canada Highway between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway in Langford in January 2019. (File photo from BC Transportation/Twitter)
Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Investigation launched after sudden death of Saanich inmate

B.C. Corrections, B.C. Coroners Service investigating cause, circumstances surrounding death

Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC was called to investigate after a woman had her arm broken while being taken into police custody on the West Shore. (Black Press file photo)

IIO finds no excessive force used by West Shore RCMP officers during arrest

Police watchdog called to investigate after woman breaks arm while being taken into police custody

The Independent Investigations Office of BC was called to investigate after a woman had her arm broken while being taken into police custody on the West Shore. (Black Press file photo)
Emergency crews responding to a police incident in Langford near Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue. (Photo submitted)
Emergency crews responding to a police incident in Langford near Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue. (Photo submitted)
Savory Elementary Grade 3 student Silas Gesslein (left) and Grade 5 students Hannah Little and Isaiah Gesslein enjoy the first significant snowfall of 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Schools open for session across Greater Victoria

Some bus routes may be delayed, altered due to slippery conditions

Savory Elementary Grade 3 student Silas Gesslein (left) and Grade 5 students Hannah Little and Isaiah Gesslein enjoy the first significant snowfall of 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Work continues on the McKenzie interchange project. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

A look back at the West Shore’s top stories of 2019

Escaped inmates, new amenities and commuter delays all drew the attention of our readers

Work continues on the McKenzie interchange project. (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
A lack of advanced care options on the West Shore means many seniors are being forced to spend their final days away from their families and the communities they’ve spent their lives calling home. (Pixabay photo)

EXCLUSIVE: West Shore seniors forced to relocate, no hospice care

Private report shows dire need for hospice, long-term care beds for West Shore seniors

A lack of advanced care options on the West Shore means many seniors are being forced to spend their final days away from their families and the communities they’ve spent their lives calling home. (Pixabay photo)
Protesters with Vancouver Island’s branch of Extinction Rebellion marched along Millstream Road to the West Shore RCMP detachment to condemn the Mounties’ treatment of Indigenous people. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Protesters gather at west Shore RCMP detachment

Rick Stiebel/News Staff

Protesters with Vancouver Island’s branch of Extinction Rebellion marched along Millstream Road to the West Shore RCMP detachment to condemn the Mounties’ treatment of Indigenous people. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Federal Election 2019: Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Federal Election 2019: Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Meet your candidates and more information on how to cast your ballot

Federal Election 2019: Cowichan-Malahat-Langford
House fire in Langford causes extensive damage

House fire in Langford causes extensive damage

It took firefighters about four hours to douse the blaze

House fire in Langford causes extensive damage
Black Press file photo

UPDATE: Sooke Road reopens after early morning crash sends two to hospital

West Shore RCMP continues to investigate cause of Colwood Corners crash

Black Press file photo
Friends and family will gather on Wednesday to share stories about Abby Barker. (Abby Barker/Facebook)

West Shore students mourn the loss of another classmate

Meanwhile, still no answer one year after suspected overdose death of 16-year-old Belmont student Dorrian Wright

Friends and family will gather on Wednesday to share stories about Abby Barker. (Abby Barker/Facebook)