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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

Community angry after company clearcuts beside cemetery

Community angry after company clearcuts beside cemetery

The forest company planted seedlings on Friday in the area beside the cemetery
Food, not poison ban, the culprit in rat proliferation, says rat catcher

Food, not poison ban, the culprit in rat proliferation, says rat catcher

A popular recent video from Vancouver showed dozens of rats around a park in front of the Burrard Skytrain station, scurrying under the feet of commuters
Do you need to remove your underground oil tank? It depends on where you live

Do you need to remove your underground oil tank? It depends on where you live

Homeowners with underground oil tanks are under no obligation to remove them in most of Greater Victoria, but leaving them in the ground carries a risk
Victoria-restored 1956 Mercedes-Benz sells for record $3.5M at auction

Victoria-restored 1956 Mercedes-Benz sells for record $3.5M at auction

The purchaser, who wanted to remain anonymous, is an 80-year-old car collector from Minnesota
Son searches for underground oil tanks in trenches his father once dug

Son searches for underground oil tanks in trenches his father once dug

Rick Hughes’ father used to get paid $5 to dig trenches for underground tanks in the 1950s. Now he gets paid to find them so they don’t pollute surrounding soil or water
Missing money prompts firing of long-time Anawim House employee

Missing money prompts firing of long-time Anawim House employee

Anawim Companions Society called in police after discovering a sum of money missing days before Christmas
Car dealer's practices under investigation by industry body

Car dealer's practices under investigation by industry body

The dealership lost a $5.5-million lawsuit after the operator of one of its vehicles was involved in a collision that killed one woman and critically injured another
Playing Joseph and Mary in nativity pageant sparked real-life marriage

Playing Joseph and Mary in nativity pageant sparked real-life marriage

Rachel and Eric Watters now have three daughters — none of whom has been the right age to play baby Jesus.
Bird enthusiasts hope to catch sight of rare red bird in Christmas count

Bird enthusiasts hope to catch sight of rare red bird in Christmas count

The summer tanager recently showed up unexpectedly at a feeder in North Saanich, far from its typical winter range.
Decades later, answers emerge about the fate of a Victoria orphan killed in war

Decades later, answers emerge about the fate of a Victoria orphan killed in war

Pte. William Allen, who spent his childhood in the orphanage now known as the Cridge Centre, was killed in 1944 in Italy — which was news to his niece, who spent decades trying to track him down.
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