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Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich will remain open as seismic and environmental improvements are underway during the rebuild. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Planning underway for seismically safe Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich

The new and improved building is scheduled to be completed by January 2025

Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich will remain open as seismic and environmental improvements are underway during the rebuild. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor is encouraging fellow young people interested in politics to run in the upcoming municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)

Youngest Saanich councillor urges other youth to run in upcoming municipal election

Coun. Ned Taylor said diversity and climate mitigation efforts need more focus

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor is encouraging fellow young people interested in politics to run in the upcoming municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)
Paula McCormick, youth programs coordinator, helps children in the garden on a rainy day. (Photo courtesy of Erica Van Dyk)

PHOTOS: Botanical gardens in Saanich offer space for youth to connect with nature and gardening

The Gardens at HCP offer a variety of programs for family and youth

Paula McCormick, youth programs coordinator, helps children in the garden on a rainy day. (Photo courtesy of Erica Van Dyk)
Langford Fire Rescue loads up on pumpkins before heading skyward to drop them from their 105-foot ladder. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

A smash for a cause: Langford’s pumpkin drop an annual hit

Halloween decorations fall from above to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy

Langford Fire Rescue loads up on pumpkins before heading skyward to drop them from their 105-foot ladder. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Plot Market Garden was one of the award recipients of Saanich’s Environment Awards in the business category. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich honours environmental champions

Saanich Environment Awards recognize groups and individuals making significant contributions

The Plot Market Garden was one of the award recipients of Saanich’s Environment Awards in the business category. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Families took part in celebrations of Diwali, the festival of light, this week in Saanich and elsewhere. (Photo courtesy of Manish Prajapati)

Victory of light over darkness: Diwali celebrations light up the night in Saanich

Many Indian religions and cultures observed annual celebration

Families took part in celebrations of Diwali, the festival of light, this week in Saanich and elsewhere. (Photo courtesy of Manish Prajapati)
The owners of Mayfair Shopping Centre are embarking on a proposed series of upgrades to the busy Victoria mall. (Photo courtesy of Central Walk)

Mayfair Shopping Centre upgrades plan moving to proposal stage in Victoria

Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Association anticipates seeing plans

The owners of Mayfair Shopping Centre are embarking on a proposed series of upgrades to the busy Victoria mall. (Photo courtesy of Central Walk)
Rob Harvey (left), Albert Nussbaum, Dean Brown and Bruce Davis are among the neighbours bothered by the noise caused by pickleball at Tolmie Park. Nussbaum’s home is right behind the courts, one of the closest of surrounding homes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Tolmie Park pickleball court neighbours doubt panels will give relief from noise

Sound mitigation project an effort in futility, says one nearby homeowner

Rob Harvey (left), Albert Nussbaum, Dean Brown and Bruce Davis are among the neighbours bothered by the noise caused by pickleball at Tolmie Park. Nussbaum’s home is right behind the courts, one of the closest of surrounding homes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
From left: Patricia Mamic, Michelle O'Connor, Margaret-Rose Richardson, and Sarah O'Connor are dedicated employees at the Victoria Citadel Salvation Army location in Saanich. They're excited for the expansion of their services that will allow for greater reach. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Salvation Army expands reach for family services around Greater Victoria

Charity organization adds programs for those in need in three communities

From left: Patricia Mamic, Michelle O'Connor, Margaret-Rose Richardson, and Sarah O'Connor are dedicated employees at the Victoria Citadel Salvation Army location in Saanich. They're excited for the expansion of their services that will allow for greater reach. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Fireworks were launched into a crowd of partygoers at the University of Victoria during Halloween weekend gatherings that saw crowds of up to 1,000 young persons. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Police step up enforcement after fireworks discharged at University of Victoria partygoers

Halloween weekend parties saw crowds of up to 1,000 people on campus

Fireworks were launched into a crowd of partygoers at the University of Victoria during Halloween weekend gatherings that saw crowds of up to 1,000 young persons. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Saanich staff are looking to adopt more meaningful relationships with Indigenous experts and advisors in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council aims to create more meaningful relations with Indigenous communities

Terms developed to provide steps that will implement change over time

Saanich staff are looking to adopt more meaningful relationships with Indigenous experts and advisors in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)
New homeowners join representatives from Habitat for Humanity and the Victoria Real Estate Board in ceebrating the board’s $100,000 donation to the housing charity. (Photo courtesy of VREB)

Victoria Real Estate Board boosts home ownership hopes with $100,000 donation

Donation to Habitat for Humanity plants seeds for its Build the Future fund

New homeowners join representatives from Habitat for Humanity and the Victoria Real Estate Board in ceebrating the board’s $100,000 donation to the housing charity. (Photo courtesy of VREB)
Darrell Wick, president of the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society, said recent habitat upgrades are designed to boost salmon spawning success. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich resident working to protect Mt. Douglas Park’s delicate ecosystems

Upgrades to Douglas Creek help restore habitat, but there is more to be done

Darrell Wick, president of the Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society, said recent habitat upgrades are designed to boost salmon spawning success. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Hummingbird photo captured with a Canon 60D. (Photo by Sahaj Cheema)

Saanich teen captures stunning hummingbird photos

The 13-year-old used a Canon 60D and is passionate about nature and multimedia art

Hummingbird photo captured with a Canon 60D. (Photo by Sahaj Cheema)
Emily Hyman (left) and Samantha Desrosiers are members of Victoria Women’s Basketball League, which aims to create a safe and fun space for women to continue pursuing the sport when they’re no longer in grade school or university. (Kevin Light Photography)

Victoria Women’s Basketball League creates inclusive space for players

All-ages recreational 3x3 league plays in PISE gym at Camosun Interurban on Sunday evenings

Emily Hyman (left) and Samantha Desrosiers are members of Victoria Women’s Basketball League, which aims to create a safe and fun space for women to continue pursuing the sport when they’re no longer in grade school or university. (Kevin Light Photography)
Paula McCormick is the youth program leader in the Gardens at HCP, here she is pictured at the Annual Harvest Festival with pumpkins – soon to be turned into festive pumpkin people. (Megan Atkins-Baker/New Staff)

Annual festival in Saanich creates opportunities for families to celebrate harvest season

The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is dedicated to delivering natural learning

Paula McCormick is the youth program leader in the Gardens at HCP, here she is pictured at the Annual Harvest Festival with pumpkins – soon to be turned into festive pumpkin people. (Megan Atkins-Baker/New Staff)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada said that spooky stereotypes surrounding creatures such as bats create misunderstandings about the important mammals. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Halloween-linked creatures’ spooky reputation hurts protection efforts: conservation group

Stereotypes inhibit understanding of the importance of these creatures

The Nature Conservancy of Canada said that spooky stereotypes surrounding creatures such as bats create misunderstandings about the important mammals. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich artist Tiare Buoys paints marine debris to turn trash into art. (Photo courtesy of Tiare Buoys)

Saanich artist and diver creates artwork from marine debris

Tiare Buoys finds meaning in turning ocean waste into art

Saanich artist Tiare Buoys paints marine debris to turn trash into art. (Photo courtesy of Tiare Buoys)
Group commissioner, David Bratzer (left), and treasurer Grace Seabrook are excited to see the 1st Douglas Scout Hall in Saanich reopened for the first time since the pandemic began. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Scouting alive and well in Saanich; 1st Douglas Scout Hall celebrates 40th anniversary

Families invited to drop in Saturday, ask questions about the programs

Group commissioner, David Bratzer (left), and treasurer Grace Seabrook are excited to see the 1st Douglas Scout Hall in Saanich reopened for the first time since the pandemic began. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Police Department recommends several safety tips this Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)

Spooktacular safety tips from the Saanich Police Department

Police encourage everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween

The Saanich Police Department recommends several safety tips this Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)