Devon Bidal

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)
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Saanich staggers property tax penalties for second straight year

10 per cent penalty split evenly over several months

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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)
A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Stelly’s Secondary School in Central Saanich and Island Health is warning of a possible exposure on Feb. 1 (File photo)

Island Health reports possible COVID-19 exposure at Central Saanich school

One member of Stelly’s Secondary School community tests positive

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Stelly’s Secondary School in Central Saanich and Island Health is warning of a possible exposure on Feb. 1 (File photo)
Saanich police stopped several drivers on the afternoon of Feb. 5 for vehicle safety infractions involving unsecured cargo and prohibited lighting and exhaust accessories. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Saanich police stop drivers for safety infractions, unsecured cargo

Prohibited exhaust addition, missing muffler lead to noise violations

Saanich police stopped several drivers on the afternoon of Feb. 5 for vehicle safety infractions involving unsecured cargo and prohibited lighting and exhaust accessories. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Grimm and Max retired this month and now live as family pets with their handlers. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
Grimm and Max retired this month and now live as family pets with their handlers. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
A rendering shows the Linwood Avenue entrance of a 97-unit seniors’ complex coming to Saanich. (Image by ZGF Architects Inc.)

Saanich approves 97-unit seniors’ affordable housing complex for second time

Proposal returned to public hearing following new information about affordability, rental term

A rendering shows the Linwood Avenue entrance of a 97-unit seniors’ complex coming to Saanich. (Image by ZGF Architects Inc.)
Saanich police use a drone to investigate a fatal crash at West Saanich Road and Prospect Lake Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich police use a drone to investigate a fatal crash at West Saanich Road and Prospect Lake Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

West Saanich Road reopens after deadly morning crash

Traffic resumes after nearly seven hours

Saanich police use a drone to investigate a fatal crash at West Saanich Road and Prospect Lake Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich police use a drone to investigate a fatal crash at West Saanich Road and Prospect Lake Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary volunteers and district staff built a new fence around a restoration site at the top of Christmas Hill after the first one was damaged by vandals in mid-January. (Swan Lake Nature/Twitter)

Team rebuilds fence vandals tore down at Saanich nature restoration site

No suspects identified, work underway to educate about purpose of fencing

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary volunteers and district staff built a new fence around a restoration site at the top of Christmas Hill after the first one was damaged by vandals in mid-January. (Swan Lake Nature/Twitter)
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Saanich allows doubles pickleball for players from same household

B.C. sport authority says municipal rules can be more stringent than province

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A 36-foot-long pedestrian bridge will be constructed across Douglas Creek in Mount Douglas Park between Cedar Hill Road and Edgemont Road. (Photo courtesy the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society)

Bidding underway for construction of new pedestrian bridge in Saanich park

Bridge will span Douglas Creek in Mount Douglas Park

A 36-foot-long pedestrian bridge will be constructed across Douglas Creek in Mount Douglas Park between Cedar Hill Road and Edgemont Road. (Photo courtesy the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society)
Greater Victoria high school student Josiah Plett, 17, will attempt to break three Guinness World Records involving hula hooping and solving Rubik’s cubes in mid-February. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria teen tackles 3 world records for solving Rubik’s cubes while hula hooping

Josiah Plett, 17, attempting to break three records in February

Greater Victoria high school student Josiah Plett, 17, will attempt to break three Guinness World Records involving hula hooping and solving Rubik’s cubes in mid-February. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Crews installed 1.2 kilometres of rumble stripping on Prospect Lake Road between Burnside and Munn roads on Aug. 5, 2020. (Photo via the District of Saanich)

Driver veers off embankment along rural Saanich road

Safety upgrades were already underway on Prospect Lake Road

Crews installed 1.2 kilometres of rumble stripping on Prospect Lake Road between Burnside and Munn roads on Aug. 5, 2020. (Photo via the District of Saanich)
Saanich police are reminding residents to be wary of unsolicited calls to prevent phone scams. (Black Press Media files)

Spoofed phone numbers, requests for cash by mail among recent fraud attempts in Saanich

Saanich police share anti-fraud tips, red-flags to watch for to avoid common scams

Saanich police are reminding residents to be wary of unsolicited calls to prevent phone scams. (Black Press Media files)
Registered nurse Sammy Mullally displayed a tray of supplies to be used by a drug addict at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., in 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Saanich supports to call for action to address, draw attention to overdose crisis

Conversation to include supervised injection sites, public education campaign

Registered nurse Sammy Mullally displayed a tray of supplies to be used by a drug addict at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., in 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A public health nurse administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to Diane Sheldan at the Luther Court Society care home in Saanich, on Jan. 22, days before her 107th birthday. (Photo via Luther Court Society)

Saanich woman will mark 107th birthday days after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Public health nurses administered first doses to all Luther Court Society care home residents

A public health nurse administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to Diane Sheldan at the Luther Court Society care home in Saanich, on Jan. 22, days before her 107th birthday. (Photo via Luther Court Society)
Hands-only CRP has been proven to be far more effective than mouth-to-mouth and is far safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Leon Baranowski, B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedic practice leader. (BCEHS stock photo)

Civilians perform safe CPR on cardiac arrest patient in Saanich park amid pandemic

Chest compressions more effective than mouth-to-mouth, paramedic says

Hands-only CRP has been proven to be far more effective than mouth-to-mouth and is far safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Leon Baranowski, B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedic practice leader. (BCEHS stock photo)
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers are calling on the public to help Saanich police identify a suspect caught on camera trying to break into vehicles in the 2900-block of Harriet Road on Jan. 17. (Photo via Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)

Saanich police, Crime Stoppers seek suspect caught on camera trying to break into vehicles

Man entered secure parking garage on Harriet Road Jan. 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers are calling on the public to help Saanich police identify a suspect caught on camera trying to break into vehicles in the 2900-block of Harriet Road on Jan. 17. (Photo via Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
Leading Pedestrian Interval crosswalk buttons can now be found at the intersection of Wilkinson Road and Santa Rosa Avenue and at Blenkinsop Road and Tattersall Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich adds new pedestrian priority crosswalks to busy intersections

Leading Pedestrian Interval crosswalks give walkers a head start

Leading Pedestrian Interval crosswalk buttons can now be found at the intersection of Wilkinson Road and Santa Rosa Avenue and at Blenkinsop Road and Tattersall Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)