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Rain gardens are landscape features designed to capture stormwater runoff from hard surface areas such as roofs, roads and parking lots. Photo courtesy the Capital Regional District

How to capture rainfall today, to save and use tomorrow

Rainwater harvesting can protect our aquatic ecosystems, and reduce water consumption

  • Oct 3, 2022
Which floors are right for your kitchen? It's a space that must function well, but we also want it to look great too. MAC Renovations photo

Which floor for your kitchen? Meet the top 3 contenders (and two more possibilities)

From tile to hardwood, vinyl + concrete, kitchen floors are working hard and looking great doing it

  • Sep 26, 2022
To mitigate heavy fall rains, it's important to allow rainwater to infiltrate into the ground to help protect aquatic habitat, filter pollutants and capture and store rainwater. Photo courtesy the CRD

2 simple steps to prepare your yard + garden for fall rain events

Native plants, permeable surfaces mitigate runoff and protect waterways

  • Sep 26, 2022
To mitigate heavy fall rains, it's important to allow rainwater to infiltrate into the ground to help protect aquatic habitat, filter pollutants and capture and store rainwater. Photo courtesy the CRD
The Victoria Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants Program welcomes applications for small grants up to $500 for local, community projects taking place between November 2022 and March 2023. Photo courtesy the Victoria Foundation

Neighbourhood vision, community generosity key to a liveable region: here’s how to get involved

Victoria Foundation program welcomes applications to Oct. 30

  • Sep 26, 2022
The Victoria Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants Program welcomes applications for small grants up to $500 for local, community projects taking place between November 2022 and March 2023. Photo courtesy the Victoria Foundation
While a septic system is typically out of sight, it shouldn’t be out of mind: your home can’t function without it and replacement comes at a high cost. Learn more as the Capital Region marks Septic Awareness Week, Sept. 19 to 25.

Out of sight, not out of mind: Be Septic Savvy

CRD offers timely reminders for Septic Awareness Week (you can even win a FREE inspection!)

  • Sep 19, 2022
While a septic system is typically out of sight, it shouldn’t be out of mind: your home can’t function without it and replacement comes at a high cost. Learn more as the Capital Region marks Septic Awareness Week, Sept. 19 to 25.
Recycle leafblowers and other outdoor power equipment at depots across BC!

Save the great outdoors: recycle your electric outdoor power equipment—it’s easy!

For most of us, recycling household stuff is just part of the…

  • Sep 19, 2022
Recycle leafblowers and other outdoor power equipment at depots across BC!
Parksville’s world-famous sandy beach is beautiful, but there’s lots more to discover in its inviting and walkable downtown.

Has it been a while? Rediscover walkable, remarkable Parksville Downtown.

We’re more than just a pretty beach!

  • Sep 12, 2022
Parksville’s world-famous sandy beach is beautiful, but there’s lots more to discover in its inviting and walkable downtown.
With shadows getting longer and dusk coming earlier, it can be more challenging for drivers and cyclists to see deer on or near the road. Jen Blyth / Black Press Media photo

Young deer aren’t street-wise. Here’s how you can be

4 ways to reduce the risk of colliding with a deer on city streets this fall

  • Sep 12, 2022
With shadows getting longer and dusk coming earlier, it can be more challenging for drivers and cyclists to see deer on or near the road. Jen Blyth / Black Press Media photo
Farah Nazarali

Resiliency in a time of crisis

Hope for health care providers on the edge of burn out

  • Sep 5, 2022
Farah Nazarali
TELUS Health MyPet is a easy-to-use app that enables virtual vet care for your furry freind from the comfort of home.

Virtual care for your furry friend made easy

New app makes non-urgent medical pet care convenient and stress-free

  • Sep 5, 2022
TELUS Health MyPet is a easy-to-use app that enables virtual vet care for your furry freind from the comfort of home.
By remaining on authorized trails you help protect these lands for the ecosystems and cultural activities that depend on them.

Do you know your trail etiquette? 5 ways to enjoy our CRD parks and trails safely

The capital region is blessed with an abundance of parks, beaches, forests…

  • Aug 29, 2022
By remaining on authorized trails you help protect these lands for the ecosystems and cultural activities that depend on them.
Doig River First Nation has received $51,000 from the Victoria Foundation’s Food Security Provincial Initiatives Fund for a community garden project, including workshops, increasing garden capacity for individuals and families, and outreach to gardeners.

Taking a bite out of food insecurity

The Victoria Foundation, Province boost efforts to make food more accessible

  • Aug 22, 2022
Doig River First Nation has received $51,000 from the Victoria Foundation’s Food Security Provincial Initiatives Fund for a community garden project, including workshops, increasing garden capacity for individuals and families, and outreach to gardeners.
In late summer, expect to see bucks congregating in small groups – a reminder that if you see one deer, chances are more will be nearby. Jen Blyth / Black Press Media photo

Distracted ‘teens’ or bachelor bucks, these deer just wanna be deer!

Expect the unexpected when it comes to deer behaviour

  • Aug 22, 2022
In late summer, expect to see bucks congregating in small groups – a reminder that if you see one deer, chances are more will be nearby. Jen Blyth / Black Press Media photo
The Ears to You team.

Setting the pace: Island mobile hearing clinic leaves inflation behind

Keeping costs down is on everyone’s minds right now — especially with…

  • Aug 15, 2022
The Ears to You team.
Residents in the capital region can safely dispose of Household Hazardous Waste products for FREE at the Hartland Depot.

Don’t let household hazardous waste dampen summer fun for you – or others

Some of our favourite activities bring the risk of household hazardous waste

  • Aug 15, 2022
Residents in the capital region can safely dispose of Household Hazardous Waste products for FREE at the Hartland Depot.
Thrifty Foods Hillside Store Manager Gord Simons. The store recently donated $1000 in SMILE Cards to the Oaklands Community Association.

Food for thought, and for the Oaklands community!

From cash donations to volunteer services, the many ways this Hillside grocer supports the community

  • Aug 8, 2022
Thrifty Foods Hillside Store Manager Gord Simons. The store recently donated $1000 in SMILE Cards to the Oaklands Community Association.
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Best VPN Providers in Canada – Top 10 Fast, Reliable and Secure Canadian VPNs in 2022

With the world becoming increasingly digital, it’s no surprise that our reliance…

  • Sep 7, 2022
VPN in Canada. Secure and safe internet concept. Privacy. Hand with mobile phone and VPN application. Flag and laptop on the background photo
While the overall percentage of COVID patients who experienced ear-related issues is unknown, research suggests the virus can infect the inner ear and cause hearing and balance issues.

Case Study: SARS-CoV-2 Virus Infecting the Inner Ear

A recent study from MIT and Massachusetts Eye and Ear explored Covid-19…

  • Aug 8, 2022
While the overall percentage of COVID patients who experienced ear-related issues is unknown, research suggests the virus can infect the inner ear and cause hearing and balance issues.
One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival

Your go-to guide: 8 ways to enjoy Parksville Beach Festival this August!

Activities for all ages continue at Parksville’s Community Park through Aug. 21

  • Aug 1, 2022
One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival