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Around Town: Tourism team hits overdrive

Around Town: Tourism team hits overdrive

With the sun playing tag with the clouds and the intoxicating fragrance of cherry blossoms on the harbour, the setting seemed tailor-made for last Tuesday’s Tourism Turbo Drive event.
25 years of the TC 10K

25 years of the TC 10K

We asked for some of your stories about running in past Times Colonist 10K races. Here's what you told us
Our History: Licence plates mirror B.C.’s past

Our History: Licence plates mirror B.C.’s past

Penticton author and licence-plate collector Chris Garrish spent 12 years compiling Tales from the Back Bumper: A Century of B.C. Licence Plates, an account of B.C. history told from the perspective of the province’s licence plates.
Postcards from the past

Postcards from the past

In recent weeks, we asked readers to send in old postcards and photos with images of Greater Victoria and the Island from years past — and you delivered, in spades. We received so many the backlog may continue for several weeks, so this week we offer an expanded “Postcards” feature. Enjoy!
Our Community: Easter run offers the colours of spring

Our Community: Easter run offers the colours of spring

People looking for something fun to do Easter weekend should check out the Easter Seals Splash of Colour Family Fun Run on Saturday. On the surface, it is a non-timed five-kilometre walk or run through the trails at Royal Roads University.
Pubs give new life to local live music

Pubs give new life to local live music

There has been a paradigm shift in Victoria’s live-music community of late, the beneficiaries of which are the highly skilled musicians who entertain audiences — every night — in pubs and clubs in this city.
Around Town: An Old Town welcome for PwC

Around Town: An Old Town welcome for PwC

Apologies to the Poltergeist II team for using their catchphrase, but “They’re baaaack!” We’re not referring to evil spirits invading suburbia, but the local reincarnation of PwC, a.k.a.
The travels of a B.C. nautical pioneer

The travels of a B.C. nautical pioneer

Who was this skipper, this mother, this writer? These questions motivated Cathy Converse to re-trace the route of famous Pacific seafarer M. Wylie (Capi) Blanchet, and write a biography in the process.

Student inspired to make a difference

In 2002, a dynamic student in Grade 12 addressed a group of youth representing Community Foundations of Canada. His message reflected his desire to make an impact through collective giving — something he started exploring at the age of 12.
Around Town: A Capital idea for a party

Around Town: A Capital idea for a party

When Ann Makosinski invented a flashlight powered by body heat, she didn’t realize it would turn her into a covergirl. “I didn’t know I’d be on the cover,” laughed the St.