News

Saanich celebrates federal cash

Saanich Coun. Susan Brice, left, Michelle Rempel, federal Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Erik Lund, board chair at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, stand outside the Martelli house. The nature sanctuary acquired the house from Saanich in 2012 to expand its programming, and underwent a $150,000 renovation, paid for in part by a federal grant. - Kyle Slavin/News staff
Saanich Coun. Susan Brice, left, Michelle Rempel, federal Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Erik Lund, board chair at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, stand outside the Martelli house. The nature sanctuary acquired the house from Saanich in 2012 to expand its programming, and underwent a $150,000 renovation, paid for in part by a federal grant.
— image credit: Kyle Slavin/News staff

The federal government has announced it has invested $125,000 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in the last year to assist in two Saanich-based projects.

The first was a $67,000 grant to assist the Swan Lake-Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary in the restoration of the Martelli house. The home was gifted from Saanich to the sanctuary in 2012 to give the nature sanctuary more space to expand its programming.

“The budget for restoring the house was about $150,000, so this (grant) was everything. We could not have done it without the help of the fund,” said Erik Lund, board chair for the sanctuary. That project was completed, save for a new coat of paint, earlier this year.

The second grant went to the municipality to assist in upgrading Majestic Park in Gordon Head.

Coun. Susan Brice says the Majestic Park retrofit allowed Saanich to build a more inclusive park.

“People who live in the community need to live full lives, and any aspects of the community that are not accessible to them limit their enjoyment,” she said.

“We consider (the accessibility upgrades at Majestic Park) a totally necessary and appropriate park of inclusion. So we are doing whatever we can to make every natural experience available, regardless of age and physical capabilities.”

The park project was completed in spring 2013.

Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, says the grants are a way to give communities a boost.

“It’s not about opening a new hockey rink or big flashy things, it’s about investing in community infrastructure that needs a bit of sprucing up or renewal,” she said.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Hunters protest shift favouring non-residents
 
B.C.-only wines to come to some grocery stores
 
Virk shuffled to new job after Kwantlen flap
Lack of addiction treatment flagged by crime panel
 
Paramedics get tools to fight PTSD
 
Eight best designated driver stories from ICBC (with video)
Craig is new SD70 chair
 
Virtanen cracks Canadian junior team roster
 
Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.