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West Shore Local

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Inaugural Island FanCon contributes $750K to local economy

Friday May 17, 2024 | LANGFORD, BC by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends It was a first for Langford! A cosplay convention for the enjoyment of cosplayers and community alike. Held April 13 and 14...

Health & Safety

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A mother’s hand still rules the world

Sunday May 12, 2024 | LANGFORD, BC Sociopolitical editorial by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends In simpler times it was easy to see the influence of mothers on children and families. The old saying...

Environment & Sustainability

environment, stephen guilbeault, george heyman josie osborne, jonathan wilkinson

Heat pump subsidy for BC homeowners announced in Victoria by federal...

Monday May 13, 2024 | VICTORIA, BC by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends Helping reduce environmental impact from fossil fuels and lending a hand with affordability were addressed in a combo announcement by...

Greater Victoria / CRD

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New roundabout in View Royal gets lines & shrubs

Friday May 10, 2024 | VIEW ROYAL, BC by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends A new roundabout in the Town of View Royal looks shiny and new! New markings -- including a crosswalk -- were...


premier david eby, mitzi dean, child care

Moving ahead with before-&-after-class care for students in BC schools

Wednesday May 15, 2024 | VICTORIA, BC by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends In a Victoria school yard on Tuesday, Premier David Eby and Minister of State for Child Care Mitzi Dean announced...


bc party leaders

BC Election candidate tally, no United-Conservative merger

Thursday May 16, 2024 | VICTORIA, BC Political analysis by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends As of today May 16, the BC NDP is expected to have candidates in all 93 ridings for the...

Business & Economy

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Mini power outage at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Friday May 17, 2024 | DELTA, BC by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends Certainly not the stuff of super-windy weather that cancels ferry sailings, but today there was a power outage affecting the area...

Food Supply & Healthy Eating

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Food-growing keeners show up for Soil Quality workshop

Wednesday April 10, 2024 | LANGFORD, BC by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends It was outdoors on a busy Saturday that a good handful of folks turned up for the Soil Quality Workshop in...


david eby, ravi kahlon, may 2024

NDP’s big housing shift could be ballot box challenge

Saturday May 11, 2024 | VICTORIA, BC Political insights by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends When we talk about affordability for British Columbians one of the major drivers of concern is affordability around housing....

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