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Saanich Coun. Susan Brice and Mayor Fred Haynes are calling on the province to develop new solutions for emergency response to mental health crises with the consideration of a potential new 911 category. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

UPDATED: Saanich council calls for new solutions to mental health emergencies

Shifting response from police to trained mental health team the best option, mayor says

Saanich Coun. Susan Brice and Mayor Fred Haynes are calling on the province to develop new solutions for emergency response to mental health crises with the consideration of a potential new 911 category. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Civil works crews have begun to install roads and other infrastructure to service the Nigel Valley redevelopment project that will bring nearly 800 new housing units to Saanich over the next several years. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Prep work begins on massive Nigel Valley development in Saanich

Construction of first two developments expected to begin fall 2021, B.C. Housing says

Civil works crews have begun to install roads and other infrastructure to service the Nigel Valley redevelopment project that will bring nearly 800 new housing units to Saanich over the next several years. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The Gordon Head Recreation Centre stands in as the Quimper Regional Hospital on Feb. 23 for filming Maid, a 10-part Netflix series. (Greg Sutton/District of Saanich)

Netflix transforms Saanich recreation centre into hospital for filming

Facility was closed to public Feb. 23 for filming of Maid

The Gordon Head Recreation Centre stands in as the Quimper Regional Hospital on Feb. 23 for filming Maid, a 10-part Netflix series. (Greg Sutton/District of Saanich)
Island Health has reported possible COVID-19 exposures at Glandford Middle School in Saanich on Feb. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 17. (Google Maps streetview)

Island Health reports COVID-19 exposures at Saanich middle school

Exposures occurred between Feb. 8 and 17 at Glanford Middle School

Island Health has reported possible COVID-19 exposures at Glandford Middle School in Saanich on Feb. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 17. (Google Maps streetview)
(Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich mayor, community call for preservation of Panama Flats wetland

District was on course to turn property over for farming

(Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Pulcherie Mboussi is the founder and executive director of the African Arts and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCCS) and ISSAMBA Centre in Victoria. (Photo courtesy Pulcherie Mboussi)

Black leaders, artists bring Black History Month celebrations to Greater Victoria virtually

African Arts and Cultural Community Contributor Society hosts discussions, concerts online

Pulcherie Mboussi is the founder and executive director of the African Arts and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCCS) and ISSAMBA Centre in Victoria. (Photo courtesy Pulcherie Mboussi)
Saanich is shifting parking enforcement from police to its bylaw officers. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich is shifting parking enforcement from police to its bylaw officers. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich launches online survey to gauge residents’ satisfaction

Up to 400 randomly-selected residents to receive particpation invite by mail

(Black Press Media file photo)
Josiah Plett, 18, unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for most Rubik’s cubes solved while hula hooping on Feb. 13 at Pacific Christian School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy Alvira Plett)
Josiah Plett, 18, unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for most Rubik’s cubes solved while hula hooping on Feb. 13 at Pacific Christian School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy Alvira Plett)
17-month-old Isla enjoyed a wild toboggan ride in the snow on Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy Angela Maunders)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria residents urged to stay off the roads, enjoy snow day close to home

Up to 15 cm expected as Vancouver Island’s snowstorm 2021 gets underway

17-month-old Isla enjoyed a wild toboggan ride in the snow on Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy Angela Maunders)
Nearly 500 customers have been without power near Jordan River since 10 p.m. on Feb. 12 due to a fallen tree that also resulted in Highway 14 being closed down in both directions on Feb. 13. (BC Hydro/Outage Map)
Nearly 500 customers have been without power near Jordan River since 10 p.m. on Feb. 12 due to a fallen tree that also resulted in Highway 14 being closed down in both directions on Feb. 13. (BC Hydro/Outage Map)
The Churchill Drive gate in Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the B.C. Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich closes Mount Doug to vehicle traffic over long weekend due to snow, increased pedestrian use

Park-users reminded to avoid illegally parking on road edges, use designated lots

The Churchill Drive gate in Mount Douglas Park will be closed over the B.C. Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Motion calling for development of Saanich council voting dashboard postponed

Vote tracker already in municipal work plan, acceleration could delay other initiatives, staff say

(Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich emergency crews were called to the scene of a T-bone collision on Feb. 11 which resulted in an SUV being flipped onto its roof. Both drivers involved sustained non-life-threatening injuries. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)

T-bone collision results in rollover at Saanich intersection

Both drivers injured, police investigating cause of crash

Saanich emergency crews were called to the scene of a T-bone collision on Feb. 11 which resulted in an SUV being flipped onto its roof. Both drivers involved sustained non-life-threatening injuries. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)
The crew from Shep’s Moving began installing a new greenhouse for Artemis Place Secondary in early February after the school’s student-built structure was stolen on Jan. 11. (Photo courtesy Rachel Calder)

Greater Victoria company donates supplies, replaces greenhouse stolen from Saanich school

Artemis Place Secondary greenhouse stolen Jan. 11, neighbouring church also broken into

The crew from Shep’s Moving began installing a new greenhouse for Artemis Place Secondary in early February after the school’s student-built structure was stolen on Jan. 11. (Photo courtesy Rachel Calder)
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Suspicious dumpster fire outside Saanich apartment building under investigation

Police investigating series of fires set in condo garbage bins

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A shopper at Saanich Plaza received two $230 tickets from police on Feb. 9 for refusing to wear a mask and being verbally abusive to staff and officers. (Google Maps)

Police ticket ‘verbally abusive’ shopper refusing to wear mask at Saanich Plaza

Shopper issued two $230 tickets for not wearing mask, abusing police

A shopper at Saanich Plaza received two $230 tickets from police on Feb. 9 for refusing to wear a mask and being verbally abusive to staff and officers. (Google Maps)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich staggers property tax penalties for second straight year

10 per cent penalty split evenly over several months

(Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Coun. Nathalie Chambers is calling on council to support a motion to develop a voting dashboard to increased transparency between elected officials and residents. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich councillor calls for voting dashboard to increase transparency for residents

Coun. Nathalie Chambers raises motion for vote tracker for second time

Saanich Coun. Nathalie Chambers is calling on council to support a motion to develop a voting dashboard to increased transparency between elected officials and residents. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Photo courtesy the District of Saanich)

Saanich extends public-free council meetings into spring

District to look at options for resuming open forums virtually, video participation for meetings

Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Photo courtesy the District of Saanich)