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Island Social Trends

(previously West Shore Voice News)

We are a professional news service serving the south Vancouver Island region, with BC and national insights. There is daily professional news coverage here, within our mission to be ‘history alive’ (creating a contextual archive as we go).


  • IST, main pageDAILY NEWS PORTAL (this website): Daily news about local communities and beyond, with a socioeconomic perspective. News by region including politics, economy, health (including COVID-19), education (local focus on SD62, with a growing focus on SD61, SD63, SD79), technology and things that affect the success of our daily lives. Analysis and insights on stuff that matters, forging the way forward to the new normal. Articles posted at www.islandsocialtrends.ca | (WSVN) ISSN 2368-9382
  • ENEWS (by paid subscription): Receive a digest of all links/articles as posted on this website, with additional editorial insights, links, leads and calendar notes. How to Subscribe to Island Social Trends (premium and economy levels, to suit all budgets; individual and corporate/group rates).
  • PRINT EDITION ran weekly during 2011-2020 (no active print edition at this time).
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: We publish regularly on Twitter at @IslandSocTrends and a continuing discourse about the challenges and realities of journalism in today’s society on Twitter at @ISTJournalism


  • We are motivated by how journalism supports community growth and development as appropriate for a robust and sustainable economy.
  • We aim to inform readers with information intended to help people make up their own minds about the issues of the day.
  • We support a knowledge-based economy. Making decisions based on facts and information, socioeconomics, science, and with perspectives from as many angles as possible allows for more tolerance and prosperity for everyone.
  • We hope to make a meaningful contribution to your day, your perspective, and your success in life through our offering of critical thought and sensitive analysis.
  • We are willing to say — with responsible analysis — what you won’t find anywhere else. Subscriber get additional news insights on top of what readers find free online.


  • We’re an independent media entity. Independently owned and operated as a business registered in BC.
  • We follow professional standards of the Canadian journalism industry. We write in Plain English and follow the practice of Accessible Writing. Our published articles adhere to Canadian Press Style Guide (with custom adaptations for style and brevity).
Mary Brooke, editor, West Shore Voice News
Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Cert PR ~ Editor and Publisher, Island Social Trends
  • We provide a community service through journalism which informs the community about itself.  As such, we offer special discounts for non-profits and special causes. There is a custom package for municipalities.
  • Our revenues are generated entirely from subscriptions to our ENews edition and advertising (within this web portal and in the ENews Digest to subscribers).
  • Why subscribe or advertise? In addition to support the process of independent news, please consider supporting this venture with a subscription for staying current with our coverage, and/or ad placements that foster good exposure for your business, organization or campaign.


Our content is original journalism. Where we use news releases as supporting documentation, that will be indicated. We welcome opinion-editorials within our content. Freelance writers and photographers may contact us for opportunities.

  • Greater Victoria Regional Coverage: Covering the news of the south Vancouver Island area. Our head office is in Langford, our news is west shore outward, starting with Langford, Colwood, Sooke, Metchosin, Highlands and View Royal. Growing into more coverage of Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt and Oak Bay.
  • West Shore region: Operating from our office in Langford, we see the pulse and write with insight about Langford, Colwood, Sooke, Metchosin, View Royal and First Nations in the region.
  • Sooke region: Specialized legacy coverage of the Sooke region (where this publication once operated from, 2008-2014), including Juan de Fuca. Specialized Twitter feed for this at @SookeVoiceLOCAL.
  • Saanich peninsula: occasional coverage.
  • Cowichan-Duncan Regional Coverage: Footprint of the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford federal riding, reaching up to Nanaimo.
  • School board coverage:  Insightful coverage of education trends in BC, with a focus on school boards in the south Vancouver Island region: SD61 (Greater Victoria), SD62 (Langford, Colwood, Sooke), SD63 (Saanich), and SD79 (Cowichan Valley).
  • BC-wide and national news: We address broader issues as they impact the Greater Victoria area, west shore communities, and South Vancouver Island.
  • Freedom of expression: This is a Canadian publication of thoughtful political, economic, and cultural ideas from a range of perspectives. As to political perspective, we don’t fit within any box of left/right/center. Thoughts are progressive but also pragmatic. Our mission statement is about offering thoughtful insights around living wisely and creatively on this planet.
  • Mentoring the next generation. For a few years now we have taken part in the Canada Summer Jobs program (through which we provide training to new young employees). As well, starting in 2021, we award the Island Social Trends Journalism Scholarship to a graduating student in the west shore of Vancouver Island; high school students may submit articles through the year as a way to experience professional journalism and build their portfolio.


  • Publishing: All formats and articles published by Brookeline Publishing House Inc based in Langford, BC. Website version powered by WordPress.
  • Creative team: Publisher & Editor: Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Cert PR; Catherine Brooke (science & tech consultant); Jalen Codrington (photojournalism); Les Oberg (server manager); Molly Pearce (journalist); Keith Sketchley (critic).
  • Office: In Langford, BC. | Contact

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This page last updated November 30, 2021

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