Megan Atkins-Baker

New student residence buildings are coming closer to completion on the University of Victoria campus. The first of these buildings is expected for completion this spring, and be move-in ready for this September. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

UVic housing project nears completion, move-in dates begin fall 2022

Student Housing and Dining Project to add 621 beds, two new buildings, campus upgrades

New student residence buildings are coming closer to completion on the University of Victoria campus. The first of these buildings is expected for completion this spring, and be move-in ready for this September. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Jeff Buziak, father of 2008 murder victim Lindsay Buziak, will once again lead a memorial walk for his daughter from Saanich municipal hall to the legislature. The case remains open after 14 years, but police have not made any arrests. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lindsay Buziak Memorial Walk for Justice to occur for 12th time in Saanich on Feb. 2

Murdered realtor’s father, Jeff Buziak continues to shed light on the still-unsolved case

Jeff Buziak, father of 2008 murder victim Lindsay Buziak, will once again lead a memorial walk for his daughter from Saanich municipal hall to the legislature. The case remains open after 14 years, but police have not made any arrests. (Black Press Media file photo)
The National Lacrosse League’s Panther City Lacrosse Club earned its first win in franchise history, thanks to a winning overtime goal by former Saanich Tigers and Victoria Shamrocks junior player, Patrick Dodds. (Photo courtesy of Andy Stuart)

Former Saanich Tigers, Shamrocks star playing inspirational lacrosse in Fort Worth

Panther City sniper Patrick Dodds leads all rookie scorers in National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League’s Panther City Lacrosse Club earned its first win in franchise history, thanks to a winning overtime goal by former Saanich Tigers and Victoria Shamrocks junior player, Patrick Dodds. (Photo courtesy of Andy Stuart)
Siobhan Powlowski and Jeffrey Nicholls watch birds in Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. The couple are avid birders and have become well-versed on the various species and plant life in the area. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Bird-watching couple tout benefit of native plants to biodiversity in Saanich green spaces

Both native and non-native plant eco-systems have a place, biologist points out

Siobhan Powlowski and Jeffrey Nicholls watch birds in Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. The couple are avid birders and have become well-versed on the various species and plant life in the area. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Provincial government ministers Murray Rankin (from left), Lana Popham and Rob Fleming discussed the housing crisis at a town hall hosted by the District of Saanich in November. The event was closed to media, but informative suggestions made at the time are being shared with the public for use in future planning. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes)

Saanich community associations helping tackle housing crisis

Network, district look at ways to increase affordability, support housing diversity and more

Provincial government ministers Murray Rankin (from left), Lana Popham and Rob Fleming discussed the housing crisis at a town hall hosted by the District of Saanich in November. The event was closed to media, but informative suggestions made at the time are being shared with the public for use in future planning. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes)
Approximately 30,000 chum salmon eggs were planted in Bowker Creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Approximately 30,000 chum salmon eggs were planted in Bowker Creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Masami Teramachi, a Fernwood resident and university student, was inspired to create this map to help residents rediscover the beauty and local attractions around them. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Hand-drawn map of Victoria neighbourhood created to inspire residents

UVic student Masami Teramachi hopes to help locals see beauty in their own backyard

Masami Teramachi, a Fernwood resident and university student, was inspired to create this map to help residents rediscover the beauty and local attractions around them. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Uptown-Douglas plan looks at how the area will grow over the next 20 to 30 years. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Uptown-Douglas plan in Saanich off to public hearing, works likely to start in 2022

Improvements in store for all road users; housing, transit upgrades also on action list

The Uptown-Douglas plan looks at how the area will grow over the next 20 to 30 years. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Helmar Prael pushes a wheelbarrow on a humanitarian build in 2018 with former colleagues – an experience that inspired him to include his family when possible. (Photo courtesy of Helmar Prael)

Saanich family raising money for humanitarian build in Dominican Republic

Bottle drive set for Feb. 5 and 6 at Glanford Avenue bottle depot

Helmar Prael pushes a wheelbarrow on a humanitarian build in 2018 with former colleagues – an experience that inspired him to include his family when possible. (Photo courtesy of Helmar Prael)
Cadboro Bay is among the areas that would be targeted for increased shoreline mapping work. A request for funding to help get that project going gained initial approval from Saanich council at its Jan. 10 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

$80,000 request for marine shoreline mapping in Saanich gains initial approval

Funding would help rehabilitate coastal areas such as between Cadboro and Cordova bays

Cadboro Bay is among the areas that would be targeted for increased shoreline mapping work. A request for funding to help get that project going gained initial approval from Saanich council at its Jan. 10 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
Recycling volume continues to pile up in some Capital Regional District neighbourhoods. Oaklands resident Rachelle Lamb shows what a five-week build-up at her Victoria home looks like. (Photo courtesy of Rachelle Lamb)

Some Victoria residents going on six weeks without recycling pickup

Perfect storm of weather, high volumes, staff shortages and equipment repairs prolong delays

Recycling volume continues to pile up in some Capital Regional District neighbourhoods. Oaklands resident Rachelle Lamb shows what a five-week build-up at her Victoria home looks like. (Photo courtesy of Rachelle Lamb)
Saanich bike shop owner Ryan Harris says providing affordable options for new and experienced cyclists is his way of encouraging people to get out on their bikes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Sustainable shift to cycling aided by Saanich business, cycling advocates

Active transportation options increase in Greater Victoria with better infrastructure

Saanich bike shop owner Ryan Harris says providing affordable options for new and experienced cyclists is his way of encouraging people to get out on their bikes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Police Department arrested a 38-year-old man in connection to a series of break-ins at the University of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

38-year-old man arrested in connection to string of UVic break-ins

11 break-ins have occurred since June, with nine in the past month and a half

The Saanich Police Department arrested a 38-year-old man in connection to a series of break-ins at the University of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council voted unanimously to ask staff to find ways to speed up planning and implementation of the district’s Active Transportation Plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich council moves to speed action on road safety, active transportation

Trio of councillors push for Vision Zero concept, call for 30-year timeframe to be reduced to 15

Saanich council voted unanimously to ask staff to find ways to speed up planning and implementation of the district’s Active Transportation Plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)

COVID shifts perspective for Greater Victoria performing artists

Studio owner/performer wants more clarity; guitarist/songwriter enjoys slower pace

Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll (left) and annual giving manager Michele McKenzie (right) accept a food and gift card donation from Save-On-Foods store managers Ross Prendergast, George Clarke and Dave Alexander outside Jeneece Place. (Photo courtesy of Island Kids First)

Greater Victoria Save-On-Foods ‘fill the pantry’ for families at Jeneece Place

Store managers deliver $600 in groceries, $1,ooo in gift cards to family support home

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll (left) and annual giving manager Michele McKenzie (right) accept a food and gift card donation from Save-On-Foods store managers Ross Prendergast, George Clarke and Dave Alexander outside Jeneece Place. (Photo courtesy of Island Kids First)
The District of Saanich hopes to receive a federal grant to defray the roughly $3 million cost of electrical upgrades to Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich targets federal funding for Cedar Hill Rec Centre green upgrades

Electrical improvements at community hub could reduce its emissions by 60 per cent

The District of Saanich hopes to receive a federal grant to defray the roughly $3 million cost of electrical upgrades to Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
BC Transit is experiencing labour shortages across Greater Victoria, resulting in delayed or cancelled bus service on some routes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

BC Transit faces driver shortages in Greater Victoria, service interruptions frustrate riders

It’s uncertain how much impact vaccination policy has had on service levels

BC Transit is experiencing labour shortages across Greater Victoria, resulting in delayed or cancelled bus service on some routes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Missing man Sean Hart was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility in Saanich on Nov. 6, 2020. (Saanich Police Department)

Search continues more than a year after Saanich man Sean Hart went missing

Mother asks mountain bikers, hikers, those often in woods to keep an eye out for traces

Missing man Sean Hart was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility in Saanich on Nov. 6, 2020. (Saanich Police Department)
Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)

Saanich couple continue to build YouTube presence with kid’s music channel

Duo behind Pancake Manor releasing their eighth children’s album this week

Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)