Megan Atkins-Baker

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

Youngest Saanich councillor urges endorsement to reduce voting age to 16 in B.C.

Ned Taylor said the earlier one begins voting, the longer they’ll remain a voter

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
A dead great horned owl found outside of the Ministry of Environment sparked more calls to permanently ban rodenticides. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Pfeifer)

Saanich owl advocate calls for permanent rodenticide ban after collecting another dead bird

Raptors continue to be poisoned by consuming rodents that have eaten poison-laced bait

A dead great horned owl found outside of the Ministry of Environment sparked more calls to permanently ban rodenticides. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Pfeifer)
The Island Equipment Owners Association’s Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive takes to the streets of Greater Victoria on Saturday, Dec. 4. (Black Press Media file photo)

23rd IEOA Truck Light Convoy/Food Drive set to wow Greater Victoria after a year away

Lit-up vehicles set to hit the streets again on Dec. 4 after COVID-19 cancelled 2020 event

The Island Equipment Owners Association’s Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive takes to the streets of Greater Victoria on Saturday, Dec. 4. (Black Press Media file photo)
An example of one of the pages Saanich Heritage Colouring Book in St. Martin Anglican Church at 550 Obed Ave. The arrow points to a part of the roof described for educational purposes. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich colouring book highlights local history, education

Collaborative project converted archival photos into colour-in formats

An example of one of the pages Saanich Heritage Colouring Book in St. Martin Anglican Church at 550 Obed Ave. The arrow points to a part of the roof described for educational purposes. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Chief Const. Scott Green (left), Const. Chelsea Cofield, Const. Chris Kaluza, Const. Adam Defrane, Const. Nick Marmaras, Deputy Chief Const. Gary Schenk, and Deputy Chief Const. Dean Duthie took part in a recognition ceremony for the Alexa’s Team program. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)

Saanich police recognized for commitment to keep impaired drivers off roads

Five Saanich traffic safety officers removed 108 impaired drivers in 2020

Chief Const. Scott Green (left), Const. Chelsea Cofield, Const. Chris Kaluza, Const. Adam Defrane, Const. Nick Marmaras, Deputy Chief Const. Gary Schenk, and Deputy Chief Const. Dean Duthie took part in a recognition ceremony for the Alexa’s Team program. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)
Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)

Saanich to begin conservation in Kings Park greenspace sooner than later

Council votes to remove final financial hurdle to getting started on preservation work

Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)
Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks in Saanich yield positive results

Information from temporary enclosure program to inform People, Pets and Parks Strategy

Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Greater Victoria Canadian Tire store owners were recognized Thursday for raising $1 million for the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Retailers pledge another $1 million to Victoria hospital’s Fix-a-Heart campaign

Canadian Tire boosts fundraising commitment to cardiac care at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Greater Victoria Canadian Tire store owners were recognized Thursday for raising $1 million for the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A man who lives at Our Place and says he has a medical mask exemption along with being double vaccinated said he was initially denied an examination for a painful ear infection at Royal Jubilee Hospital for not agreeing to wear a mask during the exam. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vaccinated Victoria man with mask exemption says he was denied care at RJH

Jubilee hospital ER doctor refused to examine him without a mask on, man says

A man who lives at Our Place and says he has a medical mask exemption along with being double vaccinated said he was initially denied an examination for a painful ear infection at Royal Jubilee Hospital for not agreeing to wear a mask during the exam. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police Chief Const. Scott Green presented a report on the department’s 2022 provisional budget to council on Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police seek an extra $1.45 million for 2022 budget

Department policing cost per capita among lowest for B.C. municipal police forces in 2019

Saanich police Chief Const. Scott Green presented a report on the department’s 2022 provisional budget to council on Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich board of education chair Tim Dunford said the Children’s Development Centre upgrade project came together well thanks to strong relationships between the associations and people involved. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Children’s Development Centre offers neighbourhood learning in Saanich

Saanich School District special education school now seismically safe

Saanich board of education chair Tim Dunford said the Children’s Development Centre upgrade project came together well thanks to strong relationships between the associations and people involved. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Action from the U Sports men’s soccer consolation final between the University of Victoria Vikes (in blue) and Laval Rouge et Or in Ottawa. The Vikes lost the match 3-0 Saturday (Nov. 20) to finish off their 2021 season. (Photo courtesy of University of Victoria)

Loss to Laval winds up men’s soccer season for UVic Vikes

Vikes go 1-2 at U Sports national championships in Ottawa

Action from the U Sports men’s soccer consolation final between the University of Victoria Vikes (in blue) and Laval Rouge et Or in Ottawa. The Vikes lost the match 3-0 Saturday (Nov. 20) to finish off their 2021 season. (Photo courtesy of University of Victoria)
Saanich has been improving infrastructure on Shelbourne Street from North Dairy Road to Torquay Drive. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Mersereau/Twitter)

Saanich councillor experiences stress-free cycle due to Shelbourne improvements

Three-phase Shelbourne Street improvements project began in 2021 and will carry on until 2023

Saanich has been improving infrastructure on Shelbourne Street from North Dairy Road to Torquay Drive. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Mersereau/Twitter)
UVic professor and researcher Natalie Ban won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada fellowship for her dedication to finding real-world solutions for marine issues. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

UVic prof receives fellowship for marine conservation protection research

Program sees recipients relieved of teaching duties while devoting time to research

UVic professor and researcher Natalie Ban won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada fellowship for her dedication to finding real-world solutions for marine issues. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff was well received speaking about the district’s efforts, at the international Age-friendly Cities and Communities Summit, held recently in a virtual format. (Black Press Media file photo)

Councillor shares Saanich’s age-friendly actions at international conference

Judy Brownoff passionate about ensuring the well-being of older adults in the community

Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff was well received speaking about the district’s efforts, at the international Age-friendly Cities and Communities Summit, held recently in a virtual format. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Good Food Network’s annual gathering, set for Nov. 26 andf 27, allows the community to find solutions to food insecurity in Greater Victoria. (Photo courtesy of Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable)

Food insecurity in Greater Victoria central theme of Good Food Gathering

Educational, informational event set for Nov. 26-27 to run virtually and in person

The Good Food Network’s annual gathering, set for Nov. 26 andf 27, allows the community to find solutions to food insecurity in Greater Victoria. (Photo courtesy of Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable)
At home, Thomas Dudley is co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in the Shelbourne Plaza. He is also a talented videographer who has filmed the documentary series Seeing Canada. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich bird store owner’s documentary side gig airs on PBS, Amazon Prime

Tom Dudley travels cross country working on Seeing Canada

At home, Thomas Dudley is co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in the Shelbourne Plaza. He is also a talented videographer who has filmed the documentary series Seeing Canada. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Greyson Thickens holds a life-sized Pokemon card designed by Help Fill a Dream and Country Grocer at Eurosa Farms – where it was announced he and his family will be going on an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich farm hosts dream trip announcement for young artist

Child with Type-1 diabetes and an affinity for Japan to travel there with his family

Greyson Thickens holds a life-sized Pokemon card designed by Help Fill a Dream and Country Grocer at Eurosa Farms – where it was announced he and his family will be going on an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Plans are in the works for a major redevelopment of the University Heights Shopping Centre on Shelbourne and McKenzie. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

Public hearing sees Saanich residents voice support, concerns about University Heights development

Split vote by council will see decision to underground hydro lines go to final hearing

Plans are in the works for a major redevelopment of the University Heights Shopping Centre on Shelbourne and McKenzie. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

UVic Vikes swim team excels in Bennett Cup before Canada West Championships

Vikes travel to Edmonton for championship meet Nov. 26-28