Justin Samanski-Langille

Princess Cruises vessel Caribbean Princess is seen in this promotional image. The ship was scheduled to dock in Victoria on April 6, marking the first time a cruise ship has docked in Canadian waters since the pandemic began, but ship maintenance schedule changes have cancelled the visit. (Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises)

First B.C. cruise ship port call cancelled due to maintenance changes

The start of the cruise season will now be delayed from April 6 to April 9

Princess Cruises vessel Caribbean Princess is seen in this promotional image. The ship was scheduled to dock in Victoria on April 6, marking the first time a cruise ship has docked in Canadian waters since the pandemic began, but ship maintenance schedule changes have cancelled the visit. (Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises)
Dr. Rachel Staples, seen here inside her Colwood dental clinic, will receive the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship in a virtual ceremony Thursday. The honour recognizes her efforts to reopen for emergency dental care in the early days of the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘I’m totally blown away’: Island dentist earns citizenship medal for pandemic service

Rachel Staples among the first to reopen clinic to provide emergency dental care

Dr. Rachel Staples, seen here inside her Colwood dental clinic, will receive the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship in a virtual ceremony Thursday. The honour recognizes her efforts to reopen for emergency dental care in the early days of the pandemic. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Katerina Moiseeva, who grew up and has lived most of her life in Moscow but is now a masters student at Royal Roads University, said it has been difficult being a Russian since President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Russian living in B.C. fears for her country as Putin’s war wages on

As devastation spreads across Ukraine, Russia’s national identity suffers at home and abroad

Katerina Moiseeva, who grew up and has lived most of her life in Moscow but is now a masters student at Royal Roads University, said it has been difficult being a Russian since President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Langford will officially be the first community on Vancouver Island to host a Tesla Centre and the West Shore RCMP will be the first detachment in Canada to operate a front-line electric police car. Both announcements were made Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tesla centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford gets Island’s first Tesla centre, RCMP’s first EV cruiser

The centre is expected to open June 2023 with the police car set to arrive later this year

Langford will officially be the first community on Vancouver Island to host a Tesla Centre and the West Shore RCMP will be the first detachment in Canada to operate a front-line electric police car. Both announcements were made Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tesla centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Conservation officer says the Feb. 1 attack on an off-leash dog is likely the Sooke area’s second involving a wolf in recent weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dog dies in 2nd south Island wolf attack on a pet in less than a month

Conservation officer says wolves pose no direct risk to humans after Sooke incident

Conservation officer says the Feb. 1 attack on an off-leash dog is likely the Sooke area’s second involving a wolf in recent weeks. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C. photographer working to unearth province’s forgotten camera artists

Don Denton collecting and preserving details of mostly unknown photographers

Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Vehicles drove through downtown Victoria on their way to the B.C. Legislature Saturday afternoon for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in front of the B.C. Legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Thousands gather at B.C. Legislature against pandemic mandates

Saturday’s event was co-organized by We Unite Canada and the Victoria BC Convoy for Freedom

Vehicles drove through downtown Victoria on their way to the B.C. Legislature Saturday afternoon for a demonstration against pandemic-related mandates in front of the B.C. Legislature. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Travis Dezall, owner of Reel Life Charters in Sooke, shows off a pair of recent catches. Dezall said it is not surprising Vancouver Island was recently named a top fishing destination by fishingbooker.com. (Photo Courtesy of Travis Dezall)

Vancouver Island named to top fishing destinations list

Fishbooker.com named the region one of Canada’s best, with special a call-out to the Sooke region

Travis Dezall, owner of Reel Life Charters in Sooke, shows off a pair of recent catches. Dezall said it is not surprising Vancouver Island was recently named a top fishing destination by fishingbooker.com. (Photo Courtesy of Travis Dezall)
Laura McIntyre and her three kids are once again facing homelessness after their recently crowdfunded new trailer suffered a fire, and she contracted COVID-19. (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre) (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre)

Vancouver Island single mom facing homelessness again after trailer fire

Laura McIntyre also tested positive for COVID the day before the fire claims fundraised trailer

Laura McIntyre and her three kids are once again facing homelessness after their recently crowdfunded new trailer suffered a fire, and she contracted COVID-19. (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre) (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre)
Tanelle Bolt is raising concerns over snow clearing on sidewalks in Langford after a recent dump of snow left her struggling to navigate city sidewalks, such as this one along Jacklin Road on the evening of Jan. 7. (Photo courtesy of Tanelle Bolt)

VIDEO: Island wheelchair user has accessibility concerns over sidewalk snow clearing

Langford woman said she has been unable to get around in aftermath of recent snowstorms

Tanelle Bolt is raising concerns over snow clearing on sidewalks in Langford after a recent dump of snow left her struggling to navigate city sidewalks, such as this one along Jacklin Road on the evening of Jan. 7. (Photo courtesy of Tanelle Bolt)
Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)

Langford singer reflects on performing with late rock legend Ronnie Spector

Johnny Vallis worked on 80 shows with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, who died Jan. 12

Johnny Vallis worked with the late Ronnie Spector during an 80-show house tour of the Legends of Rock and Roll in 1993. He said her loss on Jan. 12 is significant both for him personally, and for the music industry as a whole. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Vallis)
Canada’s contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope; the Fine Guidance Sensor and the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph, are seen during assembly. (Photo Courtesy of NASA)

Island scientists play key role in helping space telescope explore earliest galaxies

Team at Herzberg research centre helped design the James Webb Space Telescope

Canada’s contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope; the Fine Guidance Sensor and the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph, are seen during assembly. (Photo Courtesy of NASA)
Angela Babcock helped this injured bald eagle receive medical attention after managing to lure it into her shed. The bird was found later to have serious injuries, and was euthanized at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre. (Angela Babcock/Facebook)

Islanders praised for their actions in bid to save injured eagle

Bird could not be saved, but staying with eagle until help arrived the right thing to do: Wild ARC

Angela Babcock helped this injured bald eagle receive medical attention after managing to lure it into her shed. The bird was found later to have serious injuries, and was euthanized at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre. (Angela Babcock/Facebook)
The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)

Group getting into gear in push to develop replacement Vancouver Island racetrack

Group working in advance of impending closure of Westshore Speedway after 2022 season

The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)
Felix Townsin, shown here with his sister, Lexi, who died on Oct. 19, 2019. Felix and his family have launched a new website dedicated to sharing and encouraging good deeds inspired by Lexi. (Photo Courtesy of the Townsin family)

11-year-old Island boy launches inspirational website to salute late sister

Felix Townsin launched lexislegacy.com to share and encourage good deeds inspired by Lexi’s story

Felix Townsin, shown here with his sister, Lexi, who died on Oct. 19, 2019. Felix and his family have launched a new website dedicated to sharing and encouraging good deeds inspired by Lexi. (Photo Courtesy of the Townsin family)
Laura McIntyre and her three kids are currently living in a run-down trailer, but thanks to a crowd funding campaign organized by a friend, they hope to be living in a new trailer which is safe and comfortable for them. (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre)

‘She deserves a hand-up’: GoFundMe launched for Island single mom in failing home

Single mother of three special needs kids needs a new home to replace decrepit trailer

Laura McIntyre and her three kids are currently living in a run-down trailer, but thanks to a crowd funding campaign organized by a friend, they hope to be living in a new trailer which is safe and comfortable for them. (Photo Courtesy of Laura McIntyre)
Rowan Bell joined the tree lot for the first time this year and already he feels he has gained much needed confidence and customer service skills. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Vancouver island Christmas tree lot offers youth more than simply holiday cash

Happy Holidays Christmas Tree Co. lets youth learn while earning more than minimum wage

Rowan Bell joined the tree lot for the first time this year and already he feels he has gained much needed confidence and customer service skills. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Goldstream Food Bank warehouse is seen in this November photo. Food banks across Greater Victoria are feeling the impacts of supply chain issues exasperated by last month’s flooding, but some have managed to avoid the worst thanks to a mixture of luck and early planning. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Flood damage disrupts supply for Vancouver Island food banks

Some avoided shortages by ordering earlier than usual, while others have had to pivot to gift cards

The Goldstream Food Bank warehouse is seen in this November photo. Food banks across Greater Victoria are feeling the impacts of supply chain issues exasperated by last month’s flooding, but some have managed to avoid the worst thanks to a mixture of luck and early planning. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Jeff Morrow’s Atkins Road property was heavily damaged by flood waters during the record-breaking Nov. 15 storm. With more rain on the way, he now worries the situation will only get worse. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Flood-battered Island residents worry next storms could spell disaster

Backyard of one Langford property washed out to the back edge of family home

Jeff Morrow’s Atkins Road property was heavily damaged by flood waters during the record-breaking Nov. 15 storm. With more rain on the way, he now worries the situation will only get worse. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)

Island-based group raises more than $1M playing ‘worst video game’ for nearly seven days

Desert Bus for Hope smashed records in 15th year, supporting sick kids charity Child’s Play

The noon to 6 p.m. shift of entertainers chat during the live stream of the 2021 Desert Bus for Hope fundraiser. This year, the marathon event ran for nearly seven days and raised more than $1 million for the Child’s Play charity. (Photo courtesy of Graham Stark)
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