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Obama pup inspires calls to breeders

Anyone thinking of adopting the latest celebrity dog breed -- popularized by U.S. President Barack Obama -- needs to get to know them first, says a leading breeder from Duncan.

Roving 'ambassador' eases switch to parking stations

Paula Ronald has no doubts Victoria's new computerized parking stations will be a success. "I think they're going to fly," Ronald says. She should know.

Fire guts home

A Metchosin homeowner escaped uninjured when fire consumed an older home's main floor and second storey, collapsing the roof, on Rocky Point Road yesterday morning. Metchosin firefighters extinguished the blaze, which started at about 9 a.m.

Your Neighbourhood Series: Families flock to fast-growing View Royal

In the seven years Tate Dunne has managed Four Mile House, he's seen an increasing number of new faces in the historic pub at the corner of Old Island Highway and View Royal Avenue.

Police back plan for centre targeting child abuse

Victoria's police chief has backed plans for a regional child-abuse investigation centre staffed by a team of specially trained police, prosecutors, social workers, counsellors and other experts.

Saanich councillors eye 16% pay raise

They look to give themselves more -- and increase taxes by 4.6%

Winnipeg escorts relief supplies

HMCS Winnipeg, the CFB Esquimalt-based patrol frigate on counter-piracy duty off Somalia, has been called on to escort a supply ship carrying vital food and supplies to the African nation.

Kayakers want marina scrapped

A kayaking group is demanding that the province turn down a developer's application to build a mega-yacht marina in Victoria Harbour.

Jack Knox: Farmers rally to save local food

With a choir of rock-spitting pigs -- who knew they like to chew rocks? -- grunting in the background, Tom Henry put down the feed bag long enough to deliver a brief, bleak assessment of the state of farming on Vancouver Island: "There are two p

Driver mows through fields near schools

A 25-year-old man drove through fields adjacent to two Saanich schools minutes after the end of the lunch hour on Thursday.