Megan Atkins-Baker

Benjamin Tutolo of the Solid Carbon team measures the pH of water in his laboratory at the University of Calgary. Solid Carbon is led by Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of UVic. (Photo courtesy of Qin Zhang)

UVic, U-Calgary researchers investigate possibility of CO2 storage in ocean basalt

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions says innovation may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Benjamin Tutolo of the Solid Carbon team measures the pH of water in his laboratory at the University of Calgary. Solid Carbon is led by Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of UVic. (Photo courtesy of Qin Zhang)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (left) and Katie Underwood enjoy a sunny September day at Peas n’ Carrots, a Saanich farm. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich farmer encourages area residents to get closer to their food

Peas n’ Carrots on Prospect Lake Road offers farm fresh vegetables and eggs

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (left) and Katie Underwood enjoy a sunny September day at Peas n’ Carrots, a Saanich farm. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich’s moon and lantern festival on Sept. 18 will celebrate culture, community and the harvest full moon. (Photo courtesy of District of Saanich)

Moon and lantern festival will light up the night at Saanich’s Lambrick Park

Family friendly event set for Sept. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Saanich’s moon and lantern festival on Sept. 18 will celebrate culture, community and the harvest full moon. (Photo courtesy of District of Saanich)
Co-organizers of the University of Victoria Thunderfest welcome back celebrations, Jenna Brodersen and Evan Libke, pause for a photo during the campus event Friday. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Thunderfest, other campus events kick off UVic students’ first week back

Students mingle, get to know Vikes teams, and learn about recreational programming at UVic

Co-organizers of the University of Victoria Thunderfest welcome back celebrations, Jenna Brodersen and Evan Libke, pause for a photo during the campus event Friday. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is investigating a murder in Saanich, after a man’s body was found Sept. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police say man found in Saanich home Wednesday was murdered

Body discovered on Sept. 8 at Battleford Avenue residence

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is investigating a murder in Saanich, after a man’s body was found Sept. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bear sightings and reports increase in Saanich during the fall season, say Saanich police. (Photo by Nancy Sefton)

Saanich police remind residents to secure food waste after another bear sighting on Hector Road

Autumn sightings, reports more common since there is more food for bears to snack on, police say

Bear sightings and reports increase in Saanich during the fall season, say Saanich police. (Photo by Nancy Sefton)
At Lakehill Elementary School on Sept. 8, Saanich Police Department’s Const. Markus Anastasiades and ICBC’s Colleen Woodger hold a sign created by a young student designed to remind drivers about back-to-school road safety. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich police, ICBC join forces to advocate for back-to-school road safety

Motorists reminded to take care making their way through school zones

At Lakehill Elementary School on Sept. 8, Saanich Police Department’s Const. Markus Anastasiades and ICBC’s Colleen Woodger hold a sign created by a young student designed to remind drivers about back-to-school road safety. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Caelum Murdock (left), Avery Murdock, and Dean Murdock walk on a shoulder of the road in Saanich en route to school. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Better Mobility Saanich advocates for safer back-to-school travel

Saanich residents asked to provide feedback on where improved infrastructure is needed

Caelum Murdock (left), Avery Murdock, and Dean Murdock walk on a shoulder of the road in Saanich en route to school. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Clarice Dillman (left) and Kim Cummins are excited about their new community kitchen on Cedar Hill Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Renovations provide cozy new space for Saanich community kitchen

New Cedar Hill Road location opens to provide healthy food options for those in need

Clarice Dillman (left) and Kim Cummins are excited about their new community kitchen on Cedar Hill Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Performers engage in a friendship dance at a previous One Wave Gathering event. This year’s events get underway Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership)

One Wave Gathering celebrates Indigenous culture across Greater Victoria

14th annual event inspired by themes of healing and resurgence

Performers engage in a friendship dance at a previous One Wave Gathering event. This year’s events get underway Sept. 9. (Photo courtesy of Pacific Peoples’ Partnership)
Travis Lee president of Tri-Eagle Development, stands amid the green rooftop on the Vancity building on Cedar Hill Cross Road in Saanich. His company has installed green roofs on three of its commercial buildings in Greater Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Green roof on Saanich’s Vancity helps reduce energy costs

Developer encourages District of Saanich to advocate for similar commercial treatments

Travis Lee president of Tri-Eagle Development, stands amid the green rooftop on the Vancity building on Cedar Hill Cross Road in Saanich. His company has installed green roofs on three of its commercial buildings in Greater Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Dandia’s 2019 festival in Saanich – attendees look forward to the outdoor event Sept. 10 to 12 in Beckwith Park. (Photo courtesy of Manish Prajapati)

Saanich’s Beckwith Park will be filled with three-day traditional Indian dance festival

Event organized by Victoria Hindu Temple will run Sept. 10 to 12

Dandia’s 2019 festival in Saanich – attendees look forward to the outdoor event Sept. 10 to 12 in Beckwith Park. (Photo courtesy of Manish Prajapati)
Beowulf, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes’ dog, enjoys the water on their Prospect Lake property. The shoreline between the land and the water has been maintained in an effort to merge with nature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Mayor’s home serves as example of shoreline protection in Saanich

Consultations give guidance to those considering building near sensitive ecosystems

Beowulf, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes’ dog, enjoys the water on their Prospect Lake property. The shoreline between the land and the water has been maintained in an effort to merge with nature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Lacee Sluggett of Sluggett Farms is thrilled to be back at the Saanich Fairgrounds for another year of festivities. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich Fair return yields family fun, agriculture education

Although scaled-back compared to previous years, the fun-filled weekend brightens the community

Lacee Sluggett of Sluggett Farms is thrilled to be back at the Saanich Fairgrounds for another year of festivities. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Andrew Duffels and Kirsten Longbottom stand in front of a hibiscus shrub, they’re dedicated horticulturists for the District of Saanich, tending daily to the municipal hall’s lush garden. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich’s sub-Mediterranean climate an ideal place for tropical and Mediterranean plantlife

Greater Victoria has one of the mildest climates in Canada, according to horticulture expert

Andrew Duffels and Kirsten Longbottom stand in front of a hibiscus shrub, they’re dedicated horticulturists for the District of Saanich, tending daily to the municipal hall’s lush garden. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Mayor Fred Haynes points to where bollards will soon be installed in the next week outside Spectrum Community School to improve traffic calming. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Back-to-school safety improvements near completion on West Burnside Road in Saanich

Projects across district aim to improve cycling and pedestrian experience as well as calm traffic

Mayor Fred Haynes points to where bollards will soon be installed in the next week outside Spectrum Community School to improve traffic calming. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Rebates from the province and the District of Saanich aim to further incentivize resident choices to switch to electric vehicles. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich supports electric vehicle use with charging station rebate

District will top up CleanBC rebates offered for residential building charger installations

Rebates from the province and the District of Saanich aim to further incentivize resident choices to switch to electric vehicles. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Mayor Fred Haynes meets with several members of the Vancouver Island Life Sciences group. Haynes hopes to ensure innovation in science continues in the district and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Fred Haynes)

Vancouver Island Life Sciences innovators discuss the latest with Saanich mayor

Sciences networking group resumes in-person meetings

Mayor Fred Haynes meets with several members of the Vancouver Island Life Sciences group. Haynes hopes to ensure innovation in science continues in the district and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Fred Haynes)
An outdoor music event at Prospect Lake Hall raised significant funds for community organizations that feed the community. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Price)

Outdoor music event in Saanich raises over $2,000 for food projects

Proceeds split between Rainbow Kitchen, Living Edge feeders of Greater Victoria people in need

An outdoor music event at Prospect Lake Hall raised significant funds for community organizations that feed the community. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Price)
The new Children’s Development Centre on Cordova Bay Road will provide specialized education and support for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

New Saanich Children’s Development Centre safer, equipped with mental health supports

Children to receive education, support in a seismically safe and modern building

The new Children’s Development Centre on Cordova Bay Road will provide specialized education and support for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)