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Pedro Arrais

Pedro Arrais

Pedro Arrais is a reporter with the Times Colonist who is most comfortable when he uses his curiosity and listening skills to engage with the public. He covers breaking news, cats, and any other story that needs telling. He writes the weekly Our Community column.

After obtaining a certificate in public relations from the University of Victoria, he worked in communications at different levels of government.

Before joining the Times Colonist in 2006, Pedro worked in the automotive industry. He still can’t stop looking at or writing about cars. Believing in the adage “mens sana in corpore sano,” Pedro enjoys coaching 10K runners by day and cycling into the wee hours at night.

Email
parrais@timescolonist.com

Recent Work by Pedro

Embracing Lunar New Year with lucky money, lion dance

Embracing Lunar New Year with lucky money, lion dance

Celebrations marking the Lunar New Year, which begins Sunday, are like “Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled up into one.”
Violence in Mexico hasn't deterred Canadian travellers, say travel agents

Violence in Mexico hasn't deterred Canadian travellers, say travel agents

Canadians looking for a break from winter are still booking travel to Mexico, despite violence last week and a federal warning to be cautious.
Violence in Mexico hasn't deterred Canadian travellers, say travel agents

Violence in Mexico hasn't deterred Canadian travellers, say travel agents

Canadians looking for a break from winter are still booking travel to Mexico, despite violence last week and a federal warning to be cautious.
Admission by donation at Royal B.C. Museum, as Community Days return

Admission by donation at Royal B.C. Museum, as Community Days return

Community Days are back at the Royal B.C. Museum, after a two-year absence
Booklet explaining Canadian cash to new arrivals from Ukraine includes $188 of the real thing

Booklet explaining Canadian cash to new arrivals from Ukraine includes $188 of the real thing

A Sooke man and his siblings, whose grandfather was swindled as a new arrival in the 1930s, have created a handbook for those escaping the war in Ukraine
Happy ending for young Nanaimo hockey fans after airline loses Canucks stick

Happy ending for young Nanaimo hockey fans after airline loses Canucks stick

When the family landed in Abbotsford, the stick, which had to be checked as luggage, was nowhere to be found.
Victoria tops Canadian cities for people walking, cycling to work

Victoria tops Canadian cities for people walking, cycling to work

In 2021, one in 20 commuters — or 5.3 per cent — in the capital region regularly biked to work, with second-place Kelowna at two per cent and Vancouver slightly behind at 1.9 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data.
Victoria tops Canadian cities for people walking, cycling to work

Victoria tops Canadian cities for people walking, cycling to work

In 2021, one in 20 commuters — or 5.3 per cent — in the capital region regularly biked to work, with second-place Kelowna at two per cent and Vancouver slightly behind at 1.9 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data.
Cannabis compassion club served with eviction notice from their downtown location

Cannabis compassion club served with eviction notice from their downtown location

Club says it didn’t receive enough notice and will defy order to leave Johnson Street location until new facility is ready.
When the going got tough, this cyclist created a bicycle with a snow plow

When the going got tough, this cyclist created a bicycle with a snow plow

Appliance repair guy and longtime bike tinkerer Phil Marciniak was uniquely prepared for this week’s snow — he’s already invented a homemade bike plow
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