Oak Bay News

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)
The 60-day protection order council placed on 785 Island Road in July has expired and council voted not to enforce a heritage designation on the home. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay council split over forcing heritage designation on Island Road home

Owner can pursue application as protection order expires

The 60-day protection order council placed on 785 Island Road in July has expired and council voted not to enforce a heritage designation on the home. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Oak Bay resident Glenn Wakefield has died in the California hospital he was at since being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard recently. (Black Press Media File Photo)Oak Bay resident Glenn Wakefield has died in the California hospital he was at since being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard recently. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Oak Bay sailor dies from stroke suffered during solo adventure

Glenn Wakefield 'died on his own terms,' at home with family, wife says

Oak Bay resident Glenn Wakefield has died in the California hospital he was at since being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard recently. (Black Press Media File Photo)Oak Bay resident Glenn Wakefield has died in the California hospital he was at since being rescued by U.S. Coast Guard recently. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Kate O’Connor is running for the BC Green party in Saanich South. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Kate O’Connor is running for the BC Green party in Saanich South. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

17 and Green, St. Michaels grad seeks Saanich South seat

Kate O'Connor impatient with government progress

Kate O’Connor is running for the BC Green party in Saanich South. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)Kate O’Connor is running for the BC Green party in Saanich South. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A thief was recorded by a home security camera assessing a package on the porch of an Oak Bay home. With the holiday season approaching Oak Bay Police are reminding residents to organize a quick pickup of oversized packages to ensure safe delivery. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay porch pirate declines on kitty litter package

Police briefs include compost bin fire, swiped bike, bitcoin scam attempt

A thief was recorded by a home security camera assessing a package on the porch of an Oak Bay home. With the holiday season approaching Oak Bay Police are reminding residents to organize a quick pickup of oversized packages to ensure safe delivery. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
The lease for the Oak Bay Marina and parking lot known as Turkey Head ends on Dec. 29, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay seeks proposals for marina use

A three-part look at the history of Oak Bay Marina and Turkey Head

The lease for the Oak Bay Marina and parking lot known as Turkey Head ends on Dec. 29, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Tanya Bub’s sculpture of Takaya on Discovery Island. The five-foot tall driftwood wolf will be on display at the Empress Oct. 1 to 24. (Tanya Bub Photo)

Artist creates five-foot driftwood sculpture of Takaya

Ode to Discovery Island wolf will be displayed at Empress Hotel

Tanya Bub’s sculpture of Takaya on Discovery Island. The five-foot tall driftwood wolf will be on display at the Empress Oct. 1 to 24. (Tanya Bub Photo)
A Facebook user shared a photo of an owl found dead in Oak Bay on Aug. 23 – the third owl known to have died in the region since November 2019 – and advocates suspect rat poison is to blame. (Photo submitted by Fred Haynes)

Oak Bay join Saanich in municipal ban of rat poison

Ban on commercial rat poisons implemented due to owl deaths

A Facebook user shared a photo of an owl found dead in Oak Bay on Aug. 23 – the third owl known to have died in the region since November 2019 – and advocates suspect rat poison is to blame. (Photo submitted by Fred Haynes)
Peter Shostak’s “This was our hockey rink,” a 22- by 35-inch oil on canvas, is showing Oct. 3 in the West End Gallery downtown. (Peter Shostak Image)
Peter Shostak’s “This was our hockey rink,” a 22- by 35-inch oil on canvas, is showing Oct. 3 in the West End Gallery downtown. (Peter Shostak Image)
Oak Bay High twins, John and Chris Horwood, reveal the school’s total fundraising amount for 2020’s Tour de Rock. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Oak Bay High raises over $51,000 for Tour de Rock despite COVID-19 restrictions

The school presented its $51,700 cheque to Tour de Rock alumni riders on Oct.2

  • Oct 2, 2020
Oak Bay High twins, John and Chris Horwood, reveal the school’s total fundraising amount for 2020’s Tour de Rock. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Sgt. Sandrine Perry of the Oak Bay Police spins on the trainer to raise money for the Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock during an Oak Bay Night Market event in 2019. Perry returned as an alumni last week to cycle a leg of the 2020 Tour de Rock as the two-week, 1,000km journey has been adjusted due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media File Photo)

‘Childhood cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19,’ Tour de Rock rides on

Alumni in Oak Bay step up for Tour de Rock Cops for Cancer ride

Sgt. Sandrine Perry of the Oak Bay Police spins on the trainer to raise money for the Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock during an Oak Bay Night Market event in 2019. Perry returned as an alumni last week to cycle a leg of the 2020 Tour de Rock as the two-week, 1,000km journey has been adjusted due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Oak Bay High music teacher Nathan Jacklin gets his head shaved for the annual Tour de Rock fundraiser on Wednesday. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay High head shave lives on despite COVID-19

Students hustle money for Tour de Rock under constraints of pandemic

Oak Bay High music teacher Nathan Jacklin gets his head shaved for the annual Tour de Rock fundraiser on Wednesday. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
John and Chris Horwood in front of a successful bottle and can drive, Saturday at Oak Bay High for Tour de Rock Cops for Cancer. (John Horwood Photo)

Oak Bay High students do their best for COVID-19 Tour de Rock

Tour de Rock riders make socially responsible visit Friday

John and Chris Horwood in front of a successful bottle and can drive, Saturday at Oak Bay High for Tour de Rock Cops for Cancer. (John Horwood Photo)
BC Green party leader Sonia Furstenau introduced four candidates for the Oct. 24 election on Sept. 30 in Oak Bay. From left: Jenn Neilson for Victoria-Beacon Hill, Annemieke Holthuis for Victoria-Swan lake, Kate O’Connor for Saanich South, and Nicole Duncan for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

B.C. Greens introduce all-women slate for Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay ridings

School trustee Nicole Duncan assumes Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidacy

BC Green party leader Sonia Furstenau introduced four candidates for the Oct. 24 election on Sept. 30 in Oak Bay. From left: Jenn Neilson for Victoria-Beacon Hill, Annemieke Holthuis for Victoria-Swan lake, Kate O’Connor for Saanich South, and Nicole Duncan for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A thief broke into Oak Bay Dairy Queen last week and stole with ice cream sandwiches (not pictured). (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Thief steals ice cream bars from Oak Bay Dairy Queen

Oak Bay resident out nearly $10,000 as CRA scam strikes again

A thief broke into Oak Bay Dairy Queen last week and stole with ice cream sandwiches (not pictured). (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Oak Bay lawyer Roxanne Helme is the BC Liberal candidate for Oak Bay Gordon Head. The longtime representative for the Victoria Bar Association was declared in June. (Photo Courtesy of Roxanne Helme)

Meet the Liberal candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Roxanne Helme about 'governance, not politics'

Oak Bay lawyer Roxanne Helme is the BC Liberal candidate for Oak Bay Gordon Head. The longtime representative for the Victoria Bar Association was declared in June. (Photo Courtesy of Roxanne Helme)