Megan Atkins-Baker

The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich roadway improvements ready to roll this spring and summer

Improvements coming for Gorge Road, Shelbourne Street and other areas

The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Artist’s rendering of Cordova Bay Plaza, a redevelopment approved by Saanich council in January 2018. (Image courtesy Alan Lowe Architect)

Cordova Bay Plaza redevelopment in Saanich nearing completion

Four years after project’s approval, finish line near for residential/commercial project

Artist’s rendering of Cordova Bay Plaza, a redevelopment approved by Saanich council in January 2018. (Image courtesy Alan Lowe Architect)
Boston Pizza on Hillside and Blanshard closes its doors as of Jan. 9. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria Boston Pizza location closes its doors after 35 years

Franchise owner writes restaurant has suffered greatly from impacts of pandemic in past two years

Boston Pizza on Hillside and Blanshard closes its doors as of Jan. 9. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A lower pathway in Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich sits flooded during a recent day as heavy snow, combined with a high tide, brought up the level of the Colquitz River. Creek upgrades in the past year are expected to help mitigate concerns about impacted fish habitat, says a local biologist. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Upgrades in Saanich’s Cuthbert Holmes Park may help prevent damage to fish habitat

Amidst extreme weather events, native plant buffer assisting stormwater, snow melt runoff

A lower pathway in Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich sits flooded during a recent day as heavy snow, combined with a high tide, brought up the level of the Colquitz River. Creek upgrades in the past year are expected to help mitigate concerns about impacted fish habitat, says a local biologist. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
University of Victoria radio station CFUV is hiring two Indigenous podcasters as part of its second year of the Documenting Decolonization project, with the help of a $49,000 grant. (Pixabay)

UVic radio continues Indigenous media development with help of $49,000 grant

Funding will help CFUV hire Indigenous podcasters to do story, issue and language-based shows

University of Victoria radio station CFUV is hiring two Indigenous podcasters as part of its second year of the Documenting Decolonization project, with the help of a $49,000 grant. (Pixabay)
The District of Saanich is offering online climate action workshops to help residents reduce climate impact in and around their communities, such as in shared green spaces like Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Six-week workshop to help Saanich residents tailor climate action efforts

Sustainable transportation options, living minimally among topics to be discussed by experts

The District of Saanich is offering online climate action workshops to help residents reduce climate impact in and around their communities, such as in shared green spaces like Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Soap for Hope Canada celebrates a successful 2021. (Soap for Hope Canada/Facebook)

Soap for Hope Canada celebrates 174% surge in demand, related growth

A golf tournament with other non-profits raised $80,000 for the Tsawout First Nation Big House

Soap for Hope Canada celebrates a successful 2021. (Soap for Hope Canada/Facebook)
The Saanich Lacrosse Association has created affordable registration for players in its mini-tyke division (age five and six) to create greater accessibility to the sport for newcomers and families in financial need. (Photo courtesy of Andy Stuart)

Saanich lacrosse club opens affordable registration to spur participation

$46 insurance fee the lone cost for five and six year old players

The Saanich Lacrosse Association has created affordable registration for players in its mini-tyke division (age five and six) to create greater accessibility to the sport for newcomers and families in financial need. (Photo courtesy of Andy Stuart)
The District of Central Saanich is addressing how its businesses have been impacted by the pandemic through hosting free, educational workshops. (Photo by Janis Jean)
The District of Central Saanich is addressing how its businesses have been impacted by the pandemic through hosting free, educational workshops. (Photo by Janis Jean)
Student volunteer Paul Wickens (left), and parent volunteer Dan Del Villano chip away at the branches of recycled Christmas trees to raised funds for Reynold Secondary’s music program. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Christmas trees recycled for a good cause at Saanich’s Reynolds Secondary

Volunteers hand prune the branches, funds raised go toward the high school’s music program

Student volunteer Paul Wickens (left), and parent volunteer Dan Del Villano chip away at the branches of recycled Christmas trees to raised funds for Reynold Secondary’s music program. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Ryan Rhodes is a University of Victoria professor and expert in exercise science, studying the psychology behind healthy behaviours. He offers tips to remain on board with resolutions through sustainable practice. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

New year’s resolutions are cliche – adopting healthy habits takes time, UVic expert says

Try pairing something you enjoy with health changes that might initially feel like a burden

Ryan Rhodes is a University of Victoria professor and expert in exercise science, studying the psychology behind healthy behaviours. He offers tips to remain on board with resolutions through sustainable practice. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
Kevin ‘Bear’ Henry’s mother, Eileen Henry (left) is comforted by uncle James Henry as the vigil for their missing loved one begins in the morning on Jan. 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Friends and family hold vigil for missing person Kevin ‘Bear’ Henry

Henry was last heard from 42 days ago on Nov. 27

Kevin ‘Bear’ Henry’s mother, Eileen Henry (left) is comforted by uncle James Henry as the vigil for their missing loved one begins in the morning on Jan. 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Arbutus Cove in Gordon Head remains closed post-landslide as engineering teams assess safety and underlying causes of the event. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Parks and Recreation)

Saanich’s Arbutus Cove area remains closed post-landslide, crews continue to assess safety

Public access point to be inaccessible until safety can be assured

Arbutus Cove in Gordon Head remains closed post-landslide as engineering teams assess safety and underlying causes of the event. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Parks and Recreation)
Co-fundraising chair Anne-Marie Griffiths (left) and fundraising head Samantha King pictured at Lambrick Park Preschool’s September bottle drive. (Photo courtesy of Samantha King)

Saanich preschool hosts parking lot bottle drive-thru to fund COVID safety measures

Jan. 9 bottle drive aims to raise extra funds for small school

Co-fundraising chair Anne-Marie Griffiths (left) and fundraising head Samantha King pictured at Lambrick Park Preschool’s September bottle drive. (Photo courtesy of Samantha King)
The Saanich Predators of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League paused practice this week and cancelled a Jan. 7 home game against the Westshore Wolves due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Predators cancel Friday game out of precaution around COVID-19

Many players from hockey team sick this week; only one positive COVID test result received

The Saanich Predators of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League paused practice this week and cancelled a Jan. 7 home game against the Westshore Wolves due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
A section of Del Monte Avenue from Helvetia Crescent to Del Monte Lane was closed Tuesday (Jan. 4) due to a frost heave. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Saanich crews assess frost heave on Del Monte Avenue to prevent sinkhole

Process can loosen sub-base material and pavement once ice melts

A section of Del Monte Avenue from Helvetia Crescent to Del Monte Lane was closed Tuesday (Jan. 4) due to a frost heave. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Dylan Joss, a Victoria man who lives in the Fernwood area, is running to raise money for youth struggling with depression and anxiety. (Dylan Joss/Facebook)

Victoria man to run a total of 800 km for youth struggling with depression

Dylan Joss hopes to take a group of 15 youth to Tofino for mental health surf trip

Dylan Joss, a Victoria man who lives in the Fernwood area, is running to raise money for youth struggling with depression and anxiety. (Dylan Joss/Facebook)
Christian Stewart (left) helps Terry Edison-Brown load up food donations from the Arbutus van to his car – later brought to Anawim Companion Society on Caledonia Avenue. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria HarbourCats host second annual food drive in Saanich on New Year’s Day

All proceeds to go toward non-profit Anawim Companion Society

Christian Stewart (left) helps Terry Edison-Brown load up food donations from the Arbutus van to his car – later brought to Anawim Companion Society on Caledonia Avenue. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Liam Comboye passed away on Oct. 19, 2017. His family is pictured visiting his grave exactly two years after his passing. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Walper)

Family who set up non-profit for toddler who died of cancer earn charity status

Many doors will open as a result, the family says

Liam Comboye passed away on Oct. 19, 2017. His family is pictured visiting his grave exactly two years after his passing. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Walper)
A Salvation Army volunteer collects clothing and toy donations during the organization’s Christmas Kettle Campaign that also raises significant cash donations for the community – in 2021 the organization far surpassed its initial fundraising goal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Greater Victoria nearly doubles Salvation Army Christmas campaign goal

Donors filled kettles with more than $270,000 to help residents in need

A Salvation Army volunteer collects clothing and toy donations during the organization’s Christmas Kettle Campaign that also raises significant cash donations for the community – in 2021 the organization far surpassed its initial fundraising goal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)