Tim Collins

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes on scene in early February, when three men were reported missing and later found dead following heavy flooding in the area. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

UPDATE: Two missing scout leaders found near Sooke after swollen creek traps troop

Third leader and scouts located, prior to search for two leaders who’d gone for help

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes on scene in early February, when three men were reported missing and later found dead following heavy flooding in the area. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)
The gates leading to the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park has not been closed in years, according to area residents (Kevin Laird - Black Press Media)

Province increases security at Sooke park after three men swept away by river

Three men killed when accessing the park due to heavy rains, flooding

The gates leading to the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park has not been closed in years, according to area residents (Kevin Laird - Black Press Media)
Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jenson went missing in Sooke on Friday night. (Black Press Media)

Story of fatal misadventure emerging from B.C. river search for missing men

Two dead, another missing after torrential rains swell Sooke River on southern Vancouver Island

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jenson went missing in Sooke on Friday night. (Black Press Media)
Large-scale search continues for man, 20, in Sooke River after two bodies found

Large-scale search continues for man, 20, in Sooke River after two bodies found

A weekend search for three young men on southern Vancouver Island ends in tragedy

Large-scale search continues for man, 20, in Sooke River after two bodies found
(MaxPixel)

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

(MaxPixel)
Video game addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organization who estimates that three per cent of gamers will become addicted. (file photo)

‘It consumed my life’: Inside the world of gaming addiction

World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition

Video game addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organization who estimates that three per cent of gamers will become addicted. (file photo)
This realistic looking DND dummy apparently went astray and was reported as a body to RCMP. A relieved RCMP detachment issues a tongue-in-cheek press release on the matter. (RCMP)

Training dummy or actual body? B.C. RCMP recovery mission takes a humorous turn

“Cold and unresponsive” body was DND training dummy

This realistic looking DND dummy apparently went astray and was reported as a body to RCMP. A relieved RCMP detachment issues a tongue-in-cheek press release on the matter. (RCMP)
Stephane Marcotte and Sarge have formed a powerful bond that allows Marcotte to lead a normal life. He takes issue with equating service dogs with emotional support animals. (Black Press)

Emotional support concept can harm legitimate service animals

True service animals are trained and certified

Stephane Marcotte and Sarge have formed a powerful bond that allows Marcotte to lead a normal life. He takes issue with equating service dogs with emotional support animals. (Black Press)
Oak Bay Police are reminding residents that the wild animals may forcefully and aggressively defend their young against perceived threats. The best way to avoid human-wildlife conflicts with deer is to stay a safe distance away. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Herd of deer attack B.C. woman

This isn’t the first time deer attacks have frightened residents in the province

Oak Bay Police are reminding residents that the wild animals may forcefully and aggressively defend their young against perceived threats. The best way to avoid human-wildlife conflicts with deer is to stay a safe distance away. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
B.C. woman chased by deer, prompts warning from conservation

B.C. woman chased by deer, prompts warning from conservation

Agressive deer leaves woman rattled and warning others on Vancouver Island

B.C. woman chased by deer, prompts warning from conservation
A tarp covers the site of what is believed to be an ancient First Nations burial site uncovered during a home demolition on Killarney Road.                                Tim Collins/News Staff

Human bones found on B.C. construction site

Construction halted on a Vancouver Island property near where other First Nations remains had been found

A tarp covers the site of what is believed to be an ancient First Nations burial site uncovered during a home demolition on Killarney Road.                                Tim Collins/News Staff
An artist’s rendering of the Site C dam, the third hydro dam on the Peace River. BC Hydro image

Application approved for petition to cancel Site C Dam Project

Initiative needs 10 per cent support

An artist’s rendering of the Site C dam, the third hydro dam on the Peace River. BC Hydro image
The issue of feral cats that have been trapped and neutered has not been addressed in Vanderhoof’s new Animal Control By-law and could result in the animals being destroyed says GNAWS. (photo/ Black Press)

Bylaw barking up the wrong tree

Critics point out inconsistencies, other problems

The issue of feral cats that have been trapped and neutered has not been addressed in Vanderhoof’s new Animal Control By-law and could result in the animals being destroyed says GNAWS. (photo/ Black Press)
Eleanor Nooski and her mother pose for a photo. At 87, Nooski’s mother is the oldest residential school survivor on the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation. (photo / Tim Collins)

Ceremony an important step toward healing

Residential School survivors honoured

Eleanor Nooski and her mother pose for a photo. At 87, Nooski’s mother is the oldest residential school survivor on the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation. (photo / Tim Collins)
Attorney General David Eby announces an overhaul of ICBC claims, Feb. 6, 2018. (Black Press)

New law to safeguard freedom of expression

Valid cases still allowed

Attorney General David Eby announces an overhaul of ICBC claims, Feb. 6, 2018. (Black Press)
Ashton and McKenna are currently enrolled in the YMCA’s day care and are all smiles as they learn through play. (photo/Tim Collins)

Povincial funding only part of the solution

Staffing and spaces still plague parents

Ashton and McKenna are currently enrolled in the YMCA’s day care and are all smiles as they learn through play. (photo/Tim Collins)
Staff recruitment and hiring can be problematic. (photo / black press)

Workshop on attracting employees offers advice

Many job postings left unfilled

Staff recruitment and hiring can be problematic. (photo / black press)
Sitting silently, the children showed appreciation for donations by breaking into applause. (photo/contributed)

McLeod School students take vow of silence

Me to We movement raises awareness

Sitting silently, the children showed appreciation for donations by breaking into applause. (photo/contributed)
Brian and Alexander Nemethy after the Vancouver Sun Run. Brian Nemethy heads up the Vanderhoof running club and coaches runners in Scholl District 91. (photo submitted)

More than a sport, running is a lifestyle

Nemethy family have done a lot for running

Brian and Alexander Nemethy after the Vancouver Sun Run. Brian Nemethy heads up the Vanderhoof running club and coaches runners in Scholl District 91. (photo submitted)
Jeanette Fraser shows off one of the chicks resulting from an incubation and hatching program operated by some of the seniors at Riverside Place. (photo/Tim Collins)

Seniors deserve respect and care

Quiet ageism problematic

Jeanette Fraser shows off one of the chicks resulting from an incubation and hatching program operated by some of the seniors at Riverside Place. (photo/Tim Collins)