Oak Bay News

Victim of tree-pruning death in Oak Bay identified as Australian man with ‘thirst for life’

Fundraiser set up to bring Eddie Mather home to Australia

  • Oct 23, 2020
Oak Bay expanded the sidewalk onto Oak Bay Avenue in the Village to accommodate for social distancing in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay expands sidewalks to accommodate social distancing

Changes make room for visitors to Oak Bay Village

Oak Bay expanded the sidewalk onto Oak Bay Avenue in the Village to accommodate for social distancing in Oak Bay Village. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
The Takaya inspired sculpture currently in Kent Laforme’s outdoor studio. The 25,000-pound piece of Vancouver Island marble could be installed on Cattle Point. (Kevin Murdoch Photo)

Stone Takaya sculpture could soon ‘howl’ at Cattle Point

Oak Bay inviting public suggestions for 25,000-pound marble sculpture

The Takaya inspired sculpture currently in Kent Laforme’s outdoor studio. The 25,000-pound piece of Vancouver Island marble could be installed on Cattle Point. (Kevin Murdoch Photo)
The Turkey Head Walkway. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay community sees untapped potential in Turkey Head

Part 3 of a closer look at Oak Bay Marina and Turkey Head

The Turkey Head Walkway. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Police closed McNeill Avenue after a workplace death Oct. 20, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Tree-pruning community gathers in Oak Bay after tragic death

Crews met in solidarity at site of Tuesday incident

Police closed McNeill Avenue after a workplace death Oct. 20, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
The Kildonan mansion at 931 Foul Bay Rd. is part of the Oak Bay heritage registry. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Oak Bay declines Kildonan House permissive tax exemption

Council briefs include new transformer for Oak Bay Rec., strata policy

The Kildonan mansion at 931 Foul Bay Rd. is part of the Oak Bay heritage registry. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Police closed McNeill Avenue after a workplace death Oct. 20, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

WorkSafe BC investigating man’s death during Oak Bay tree removal

Man was working for contracted tree removal company when incident occurred

  • Oct 20, 2020
Police closed McNeill Avenue after a workplace death Oct. 20, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
A woman was injured cycling, prompting road closures in Oak Bay on Oct. 16. (Twitter/Ray Bernoties)

‘Erratic’ cyclists potential cause of rider injured in Oak Bay

Female cyclist was reportedly injured at Hampshire Road and Bowker Creek Avenue

  • Oct 19, 2020
A woman was injured cycling, prompting road closures in Oak Bay on Oct. 16. (Twitter/Ray Bernoties)
A 23-foot sailboat that broke free from its anchor was smashed against Cattle Point during the early October south-easterly storms. (Ron Geezin Photo)

Storm-smashed boat pulled off rocks of Cattle Point in Oak Bay

Sailboat a casualty of last week's big storms

A 23-foot sailboat that broke free from its anchor was smashed against Cattle Point during the early October south-easterly storms. (Ron Geezin Photo)
Chocolatier Bob Attwell is in the former Casey’s Market at the intersection of St. Patrick Street and Central Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Lifelong chocolatier quietly opens in old Casey’s Market in Oak Bay

Bob Attwell adds housemade chocolates, sandwiches to ice cream shop

Chocolatier Bob Attwell is in the former Casey’s Market at the intersection of St. Patrick Street and Central Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
The newly opened Turkey Head 'car lot' and clamshell roof of Oak Bay Marina as captured in the Oak Bay Leader in April of 1964. (Oak Bay Archives)

It took two years, $500,000 to build Oak Bay Marina in 1964

Part 2 of a look at Oak Bay Marina and Turkey Head

The newly opened Turkey Head 'car lot' and clamshell roof of Oak Bay Marina as captured in the Oak Bay Leader in April of 1964. (Oak Bay Archives)
Oak Bay Kiwanis Tea Room is opening its doors every Sunday morning Jan 7 to April 15 for breakfast to raise funds for Kiwanis Pavilion. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Willows Tea Room to open for fall Sundays

To-go menu features breaky sandwich, hot dogs

Oak Bay Kiwanis Tea Room is opening its doors every Sunday morning Jan 7 to April 15 for breakfast to raise funds for Kiwanis Pavilion. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Oak Bay extends on-street patio use into 2021

Penny Farthing street patio will continue

Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)Patrons at Ruth and Dean restaurant in Estevan Village dine on the sidewalk in the summer of 2020. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Guests sit on the patio of Penny Farthing and Vis a Vis using former parking spots along Oak Bay Avenue. Council extended the temporary pilot project until Oct. 31 of 2021. (Black Press Media File)

Oak Bay News readers respond to on-street patio dining

Council extends business use of street space

Guests sit on the patio of Penny Farthing and Vis a Vis using former parking spots along Oak Bay Avenue. Council extended the temporary pilot project until Oct. 31 of 2021. (Black Press Media File)
Trustees for School District 61 will soon be deciding on re-instituting a pair of former elementary schools, Bank Street and Sundance, which share the same site on Bank Street. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Victoria school district considers Bank Street tear down

Run-down school will cost millions to upgrade

Trustees for School District 61 will soon be deciding on re-instituting a pair of former elementary schools, Bank Street and Sundance, which share the same site on Bank Street. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
There will be no mass start as there was when nearly 300 participants took part in the 2019 Tripleshot Crossfondo, a race through the backcountry of Saanich and Central Saanich. The route changes each year and is only available for race day as it uses private property access not otherwise available. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cyclists ready for annual secret CrossFondo course

Cyclists will start in 30-second intervals for event

There will be no mass start as there was when nearly 300 participants took part in the 2019 Tripleshot Crossfondo, a race through the backcountry of Saanich and Central Saanich. The route changes each year and is only available for race day as it uses private property access not otherwise available. (Black Press Media file photo)
Freshly cut stumps on Oak Bay Avenue are those of Norway maples that were planted in the 1990s and which outgrew their room on the sidewalk. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Norwegian maple trees get the axe in Oak Bay after roots cause problems

Mislabeled maple trees were too big for Oak Bay Village

Freshly cut stumps on Oak Bay Avenue are those of Norway maples that were planted in the 1990s and which outgrew their room on the sidewalk. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Last week Oak Bay Police pulled two impaired drivers off the road and arrested a 24-year-old man exhibiting suspicious behaviour with a back pack full of tools and who was wanted on breach of probation. (Black Press File Photo)

Cyclist doored near Oak Bay Village

Police pull two impaired drivers off the road

Last week Oak Bay Police pulled two impaired drivers off the road and arrested a 24-year-old man exhibiting suspicious behaviour with a back pack full of tools and who was wanted on breach of probation. (Black Press File Photo)
The Arts Alive sculpture Winds of Time by Linda Lindsay which sat in front of the Pharmasave on Oak Bay Avenue in 2019 has been purchased anonymously and will be mounted in the King George Terrace parking lot. (Photo from OakBay.ca)

Winds of Time breezes onto Oak Bay lookout

Donor bought Arts Alive sculpture for Oak Bay lookout

The Arts Alive sculpture Winds of Time by Linda Lindsay which sat in front of the Pharmasave on Oak Bay Avenue in 2019 has been purchased anonymously and will be mounted in the King George Terrace parking lot. (Photo from OakBay.ca)
Sun light streams through a veil of fog off of Willows Beach on a crisp Saturday morning in October. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Fall weather brings foggy oceanside mornings to Oak Bay

Early morning beach goers are treated to a beautiful view at Willows Beach

  • Oct 10, 2020
Sun light streams through a veil of fog off of Willows Beach on a crisp Saturday morning in October. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)