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Land and water in B.C. has a new ministry. We spoke with its leader

Land and water in B.C. has a new ministry. We spoke with its leader

Josie Osborne seems careful with her words as she talks about her new job. The former mayor of Tofino, turned MLA, is heading up the new B.C. Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship and is the minister responsible for fisheries.
Rare cold-water coral garden in peril on B.C. coast

Rare cold-water coral garden in peril on B.C. coast

Heavy prawn traps and ropes are destructive to the delicate red tree corals
Our Community: Second World War veteran plans another epic walk

Our Community: Second World War veteran plans another epic walk

To date, the 103-year-old John Hillman has raised more than $214,800 for Save the Children.
Lawrie McFarlane: Long-term COVID strategy should focus on individual responsibility

Lawrie McFarlane: Long-term COVID strategy should focus on individual responsibility

If a new, more ­energetic COVID variant emerges in the fall, we could be right back at the start.
Monique Keiran: When eight-cent chocolate bars left a sour taste in kids' mouths

Monique Keiran: When eight-cent chocolate bars left a sour taste in kids' mouths

In April 1947, youngsters on the Island woke up to find the cost of a chocolate bar had jumped as much as 60 per cent overnight.
Trevor Hancock: B.C. government's LNG infatuation makes it dangerously radical

Trevor Hancock: B.C. government's LNG infatuation makes it dangerously radical

The Sierra Club B.C. announced in February that it is ­taking the provincial government to court “for failing to present plans to achieve several key climate targets, as required by its own climate change legislation.”
Charla Huber: The cost of living in Victoria, and putting the housing crisis in perspective

Charla Huber: The cost of living in Victoria, and putting the housing crisis in perspective

The cost of housing right now is affecting people of all walks of life, turning it into a community issue.
Geoff Johnson: Learning to read doesn't just happen

Geoff Johnson: Learning to read doesn't just happen

Reading to — and later with — young children every day has been proven to improve cognitive skills and to assist the emergence of the ability to think and understand.
Victoria's Tiny Town: How a collection of shipping containers became a community

Victoria's Tiny Town: How a collection of shipping containers became a community

A shipping-container ­village for those without homes prepares to celebrate its one-year anniversary in May.
Our Community: Bowling clubs welcome new members

Our Community: Bowling clubs welcome new members

Lawn bowling, Saanich Earth Day, dragon boat racers, Stelly's food drive, Cook Street wellness centre, donate blood