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Protesters gather outside the Ministry of Health Wednesday (Aug. 10) afternoon, calling on the provincial government to address the family doctor shortage. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Demonstrators in Victoria call for province to address family doctor shortage

Those with, without family physicians converge on Health Ministry office downtown

Protesters gather outside the Ministry of Health Wednesday (Aug. 10) afternoon, calling on the provincial government to address the family doctor shortage. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Saanich-based researcher Teale Phelps Bondaroff holds dried sea cucumbers at a market in Singapore. (Photo courtesy of OceansAsia)

Saanich researcher makes waves studying Asian sea cucumber crime

Documentary on marine poaching spurred by work of Teale Phelps Bondaroff and team

Saanich-based researcher Teale Phelps Bondaroff holds dried sea cucumbers at a market in Singapore. (Photo courtesy of OceansAsia)
A Canadian and Ukrainian shared flag inside the village’s common meeting area. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Seniors home reopens for Ukrainian newcomers

Cook Street site is offering temporary residence for vulnerable Ukrainians fleeing war

A Canadian and Ukrainian shared flag inside the village’s common meeting area. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Victoria City Rowing Club athletes Mira Calder, left, and Sophia Regosa are all smiles during the World Rowing U19 Championships last month in Varese, Italy. The pair finished fifth overall in women’s pairs. (Courtesy of Katie Bahain-Steenman/VCRC)

Greater Victoria junior rowers having a hot summer on the water

Victoria City Rowing Club members competing on national, international stages

Victoria City Rowing Club athletes Mira Calder, left, and Sophia Regosa are all smiles during the World Rowing U19 Championships last month in Varese, Italy. The pair finished fifth overall in women’s pairs. (Courtesy of Katie Bahain-Steenman/VCRC)
Saanich police Chief Const. Dean Duthie forms a heart in a photo from a tweet posted Friday (Aug. 5), the day one of the officers seriously injured in a June 28 shootout at a Saanich bank was discharged from Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Dean Duthie/Twitter)

Saanich officer wounded in bank shooting greeted warmly upon discharge from RJH

Officer hospitalized in June 28 shootout will continue to heal from home, chief says

Saanich police Chief Const. Dean Duthie forms a heart in a photo from a tweet posted Friday (Aug. 5), the day one of the officers seriously injured in a June 28 shootout at a Saanich bank was discharged from Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Dean Duthie/Twitter)
The Saanich Fire Department mops up after extinguishing a structure fire on Doncaster Drive. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

UPDATE: Saanich firefighters extinguish blaze in Doncaster Drive home

Emergency crews responded to the incident shortly after 8 a.m. Friday morning

The Saanich Fire Department mops up after extinguishing a structure fire on Doncaster Drive. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s 2021 crime severity highest among B.C.’s municipally policed communities

High urban density, social disorder present challenges for police, VicPD states

(Black Press Media file photo)
Arts and Music in the Gardens takes over the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich on Aug. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Courtesy of Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)

Arts and Music in the Gardens returning to HCP in Saanich

Horticulture centre hosting family-friendly festival for a 26th year, Aug. 6 and 7

Arts and Music in the Gardens takes over the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich on Aug. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Courtesy of Horticulture Centre of the Pacific)
Organizers Zaheera Jinnah (left) and Asiyah Robinson (right) in front of a display near the entrance to Saanich Municipal Hall. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Islamic art exhibition opens at Saanich Municipal Hall

Al-Fatiha exhibition brings modern spin to centuries-old traditions

Organizers Zaheera Jinnah (left) and Asiyah Robinson (right) in front of a display near the entrance to Saanich Municipal Hall. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Urologist Dr. Nathan Hoag demonstrates the use of a ureteroscope inside an operating room at Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Greater Victoria hospitals ‘emerge stronger’ after COVID-19 pandemic

Victoria Hospitals Foundation hits milestone in campaign to improve care on Island

Urologist Dr. Nathan Hoag demonstrates the use of a ureteroscope inside an operating room at Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Road work will begin in early August from North Dairy Road to Elm Street. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Road work will begin in early August from North Dairy Road to Elm Street. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Victoria Cool Aid Society’s mobile health clinic will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 in Centennial Square. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Cool Aid Society to provide free testing on World Hepatitis Day

Free drop-in hepatitis C testing, education available at Centennial Square Thursday

Victoria Cool Aid Society’s mobile health clinic will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 in Centennial Square. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Hand Project CEO Michael Peirone and mechanical systems designer Kim Arklie hold 3D-printed prosthetic arms similar to those distributed worldwide by the UVic-based non-profit. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Victoria Hand Project trying to share prosthetic technology with Ukraine

Team of UVic-based engineers call for support to send 3D printers to war-torn country

Victoria Hand Project CEO Michael Peirone and mechanical systems designer Kim Arklie hold 3D-printed prosthetic arms similar to those distributed worldwide by the UVic-based non-profit. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
A proposal for a six-storey mixed-use building with 372 apartments, 12 townhouses, commercial space and one level of underground parking is heading to public hearing Aug. 23. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Saanich proposal fits community, neighbourhood plans, but public input sought

Council unanimous on sending 6-storey proposal for Shelbourne and McKenzie to public hearing

A proposal for a six-storey mixed-use building with 372 apartments, 12 townhouses, commercial space and one level of underground parking is heading to public hearing Aug. 23. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
Survey topics for the strategic official community plan update include new housing forms in neighbourhoods, land uses along major roads and building walkable communities. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Strategic OCP update to use input from survey of Saanich residents

District asking residents to participate during initial consultation phase

Survey topics for the strategic official community plan update include new housing forms in neighbourhoods, land uses along major roads and building walkable communities. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
A routine traffic stop of a vehicle with no taillights ultimately saw police discover a loaded handgun inside a backpack, and arrest one of the two occupants for violating a sentencing condition. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD seize loaded handgun during routine traffic stop

Officers discovered the real handgun only after finding a fake one

A routine traffic stop of a vehicle with no taillights ultimately saw police discover a loaded handgun inside a backpack, and arrest one of the two occupants for violating a sentencing condition. (Black Press Media file photo)
A car is shown flipped over by Uptown at Saanich Road and Oak Street on the morning of July 20, 2022. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

UPDATE: Uptown area crash sees car flipped in Saanich intersection

Intersection of Saanich Road and Oak Street reopened to public

A car is shown flipped over by Uptown at Saanich Road and Oak Street on the morning of July 20, 2022. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Saanich experienced a significant increase in park usage due in part to the district’s Natural Intelligence campaign. (Black Press media file photo)

Saanich parks featured for a first time in Canadian City Parks report

Municipality’s Natural Intelligence program noted for increasing park use

Saanich experienced a significant increase in park usage due in part to the district’s Natural Intelligence campaign. (Black Press media file photo)
The Bank of Montreal branch at the corner of Shelbourne and Pear streets in Saanich has reopened. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Shelbourne Street BMO branch in Saanich opens for first time since deadly shootout

Saanich bank reopens after being closed for three weeks during investigation

The Bank of Montreal branch at the corner of Shelbourne and Pear streets in Saanich has reopened. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Blue-green algae can cause health issues in humans and animals if ingested. The Capital Regional District has issued an alert for a bloom in Wrigglesworth Lake northwest of Tunnel Hill on the Malahat. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)

Toxic algae bloom at Wrigglesworth Lake near Malahat, CRD reports

Authorities urge people and their animals to avoid the water until declared safe

Blue-green algae can cause health issues in humans and animals if ingested. The Capital Regional District has issued an alert for a bloom in Wrigglesworth Lake northwest of Tunnel Hill on the Malahat. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)