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The Capital Regional District Art Commission is handing out $121,000 in its second round of grant allocations to local arts groups. (Photo by Pexels)

Greater Victoria not-for-profit arts groups to receive over $121,000 from CRD

Funding to support projects such as a community arts hub, choir program, mural festival and more

The Capital Regional District Art Commission is handing out $121,000 in its second round of grant allocations to local arts groups. (Photo by Pexels)
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is hosting a celebration of art in July, virtual and in-person exhibitions happening. (Pexels)

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria switches gears with continued absence of Paint-In

July’s Celebration of Art includes virtual, in-person art events, fundraising appeal

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is hosting a celebration of art in July, virtual and in-person exhibitions happening. (Pexels)
Connections Place executive director Chris Forester (left) and Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes enjoy a discussion just outside the non-profit’s site on Oak Street at Saanich Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Funding from Saanich boosts non-profit’s mental health programs

Connections Place in Saanich helps clients through free workshops and support

Connections Place executive director Chris Forester (left) and Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes enjoy a discussion just outside the non-profit’s site on Oak Street at Saanich Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Garden suites are becoming a popular housing option in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Unanimous vote approves side-yard garden suite for Saanich home

Regulations for housing alternative typically required to be in backyard

Garden suites are becoming a popular housing option in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kendra Klausen (left) and Lauren Blakey prepare to hand out care packages to those in need at Topaz Park. (Photo courtesy of Kendra Klausen)

Good samaritan to hand out care packages for those in need at Topaz Park

Organizer of care packages said response has been far and wide, many reaching out to help

Kendra Klausen (left) and Lauren Blakey prepare to hand out care packages to those in need at Topaz Park. (Photo courtesy of Kendra Klausen)
Const. Markus Anastasiades (left) and Const. Eric Misener stand next to a Safe Place decal at the Community Safety Office in Uptown. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich police’s new Safe Place program supports victims of hate crimes

Program aims to increase inclusion, safety for marginalized groups

Const. Markus Anastasiades (left) and Const. Eric Misener stand next to a Safe Place decal at the Community Safety Office in Uptown. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Two Saanich residents who visited Mt. Douglas Park recently encountered this pile of garbage and say the large piles in this natural environment are becoming more common. (Photo courtesy of Stefan Terras)

Garbage piles at Mt. Doug in Saanich not just a result of heat-related slowdowns

Concerned residents say they see waste left behind nearly every weekend at park

Two Saanich residents who visited Mt. Douglas Park recently encountered this pile of garbage and say the large piles in this natural environment are becoming more common. (Photo courtesy of Stefan Terras)
Victoria food service businesses such as John’s Place restaurant are still seeing patrons wearing masks, despite the lifting of mandatory mask restrictions in B.C. as part of the phase three reopening plan. (Facebook/John’s Place)

Many Victoria business patrons still masking up despite lift of provincial mandate

Phase three reopening plan saw change to mask rules, state of emergency declaration July 1

Victoria food service businesses such as John’s Place restaurant are still seeing patrons wearing masks, despite the lifting of mandatory mask restrictions in B.C. as part of the phase three reopening plan. (Facebook/John’s Place)
Mount Douglas Secondary grad Margaret Krawciw won a national award for her study on the relationship between microplastics and algae. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich high schooler earns national award for study on microplastics’ impact on algae

Young scientist Margaret Krawciw aims to understand this relationship to improve plastic crisis

Mount Douglas Secondary grad Margaret Krawciw won a national award for her study on the relationship between microplastics and algae. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Vanessa Leong interacts with a one-of-a-kind art piece, the first of its kind in the region to feature a virtual reality component. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Virtual reality mural on Victoria arena offers viewers something extra

QR code at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre launches interaction with 3-D rendering

Vanessa Leong interacts with a one-of-a-kind art piece, the first of its kind in the region to feature a virtual reality component. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Fire Department reminds residents that fireworks are not permitted on Canada Day, and only by permit on Halloween. The department also promotes propane fire pits over campfires, which can lead to unwanted fires from flying sparks, especially during hot, dry weather. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Fire Department warns residents to avoid fireworks, campfires due to fire hazard

Canada Day celebrations can feature propane firepits, other items that don’t create flying sparks

The Saanich Fire Department reminds residents that fireworks are not permitted on Canada Day, and only by permit on Halloween. The department also promotes propane fire pits over campfires, which can lead to unwanted fires from flying sparks, especially during hot, dry weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich firefighters and police have responded to several dumpster fires over the past few days. (Black Press Media file photo)

String of Saanich dumpster fires sparks concern from police, fire departments

Police encouraging any witnesses to come forward with more information

Saanich firefighters and police have responded to several dumpster fires over the past few days. (Black Press Media file photo)
New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)

Mural connected to basketball festival brings vibrancy to Saanich neighbourhood court

Artist brings art, Chinese culture and sport together with colourful piece

New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)
Coun. Judy Brownoff welcomes dog owners to Fowler Park on June 29, the first official day of Paws in Parks fenced pop-up pilot project. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich’s Fowler Park opens fenced areas for furry friends

Paws in Parks pop-up to see fences outside five different parks for two-week intervals

Coun. Judy Brownoff welcomes dog owners to Fowler Park on June 29, the first official day of Paws in Parks fenced pop-up pilot project. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The calls to 911 on the Island between June 26 and 28 were much higher, largely due to the heatwave, according to service provider E-Comm 9-1-1. (Photo by Pexels)

Vancouver Island 911 calls jump nearly 60% during hottest days

From Saturday to Monday, more than 1,900 calls responded to by 911 dispatchers

The calls to 911 on the Island between June 26 and 28 were much higher, largely due to the heatwave, according to service provider E-Comm 9-1-1. (Photo by Pexels)
Blossoming Forth, by Dean Simpson and Francisco Munoz sold at Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s recent art auction fundraiser. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Habitat for Humanity Victoria art auction raises over $28,000

Proceeds a building block for charity’s next project helping house families in need

Blossoming Forth, by Dean Simpson and Francisco Munoz sold at Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s recent art auction fundraiser. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
District of Saanich applies for implementation of better infrastructure for electric vehicle use, awaiting UBCM approval. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich leading the charge for electric vehicles

District sends electric mobility strategy to UBCM that would speed transition to electric vehicles

District of Saanich applies for implementation of better infrastructure for electric vehicle use, awaiting UBCM approval. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich marking Pride Week June 28 to July 4

Progress Pride Flag will be raised on June 28 at Saanich municipal hall

Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)
Members of the Gettin’ Higher Choir sing during a fundraiser concert held last week over video chat. (Gettin’ Higher Choir/YouTube)

Victoria’s choir joined for online concert by Canadian musical icon Bruce Cockburn

Gettin’ Higher Choir raises $22,000 with annual Voices Rising: a Fundraiser for Mozambique

Members of the Gettin’ Higher Choir sing during a fundraiser concert held last week over video chat. (Gettin’ Higher Choir/YouTube)
The District of Saanich hopes its pilot program creating short-term fenced areas for off-leash dogs will provide good information about sharing parks between pet owners and non-owners alike. (Pixabay)

Furry friends have more off-leash park options in Saanich this summer

Program to evaluate designating off-leash areas, gauge acceptance from park users

The District of Saanich hopes its pilot program creating short-term fenced areas for off-leash dogs will provide good information about sharing parks between pet owners and non-owners alike. (Pixabay)