Sophie Heizer

Suncor Downstream strategy general manager Patrick Ritchie (far left), Suncor president and CEO Mark Little (centre left), Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (far right), and EV Society chair and president Wilf Steimle (centre right) cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the newest fast EV charger in Saanich on Tuesday. (Supplied/Suncorp Inc.)

EV fast charger unveiled in Saanich powers coast-to-coast travel by electric vehicle

Petro-Canada’s ‘Electric Highway’ has more than 50 stations from B.C. to N.S.

Suncor Downstream strategy general manager Patrick Ritchie (far left), Suncor president and CEO Mark Little (centre left), Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (far right), and EV Society chair and president Wilf Steimle (centre right) cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the newest fast EV charger in Saanich on Tuesday. (Supplied/Suncorp Inc.)
Traffic flows freely under the McKenzie interchange overpass on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Ministry anticipates one-month adjustment period for motorists using new McKenzie interchange

New traffic pattern debuts during Thursday morning commute more than three years into construction

Traffic flows freely under the McKenzie interchange overpass on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Wet, windy weather to blame for Saanich crash

Wet, windy weather to blame for Saanich crash

Two car collision on Carey Road slows evening traffic

Wet, windy weather to blame for Saanich crash
A crash inside the entrance to Tillicum Mall affected westbound traffic Thursday afternoon. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Traffic on Tillicum Road affected by crash in entrance to Tillicum Mall

Westbound traffic impacted, police and ambulance respond

A crash inside the entrance to Tillicum Mall affected westbound traffic Thursday afternoon. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
UVic biochemistry undergrad student Rory Hills, pictured in chemist Dennis Hore’s lab, has been named 2020 Rhodes Scholar. December 2019. (Courtesy of Jennifer Kwan)

University of Victoria biochemistry student England bound as Rhodes Scholar

The Rhodes Scholarship covers travel, living and study expenses to the University of Oxford

UVic biochemistry undergrad student Rory Hills, pictured in chemist Dennis Hore’s lab, has been named 2020 Rhodes Scholar. December 2019. (Courtesy of Jennifer Kwan)
Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Saanich)

Saanich creates ‘flexibility’ with updates to its community grants program

Changes open District for more ideas, smaller grants

Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Saanich)
There is a local area plan for each of the 12 neighborhoods in Saanich. (District of Saanich)

Saanich council pauses updates to local area plans

Council will focus on housing priorities/policies to increase affordability, supply and diversity

There is a local area plan for each of the 12 neighborhoods in Saanich. (District of Saanich)
The Saanich council meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Supplied/Teale Phelps Bondaroff)

Sparks fly at Saanich council meeting when chair threatens to throw fellow councillor out

Monday night’s discussion on local area plan updates became heated

The Saanich council meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Supplied/Teale Phelps Bondaroff)
A Saanich police officer was rear-ended Sunday by a motorist whose front windshield was covered in ice. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)

Saanich police officer rear-ended by driver with icy windshield

Officer sustains minor injuries after being struck by motorist with obstructed view

A Saanich police officer was rear-ended Sunday by a motorist whose front windshield was covered in ice. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)
The Voices in Motion choir is led by Erica Phare-Bergh on Sunday. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
The Voices in Motion choir is led by Erica Phare-Bergh on Sunday. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Camosun tech students showcase new inventions and local business partnerships

Camosun tech students showcase new inventions and local business partnerships

A laser beam that can map a room, an automated pest deterrence system that uses AI, and more

Camosun tech students showcase new inventions and local business partnerships
A Saanich resident hand-knitted these toques, dropped them off with Saanich Police, and requested they be delivered to people in need. (Saanich Police)

Saanich Police praise altruistic local for donating hand-knitted toques

Saanich police officers dropped the toques off at two youth shelters

A Saanich resident hand-knitted these toques, dropped them off with Saanich Police, and requested they be delivered to people in need. (Saanich Police)
Saanich residents will pay higher rates for a number of utilities, including garbage, in 2020. (Black Press File Photo)

Sewer rates rise for Saanich residents in 2020

Higher water, and garbage rates also approved by council

Saanich residents will pay higher rates for a number of utilities, including garbage, in 2020. (Black Press File Photo)
Saanich Police are looking for another public member for the Saanich Police Board. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Public member position open on Saanich Police Board

Job posting deadline Jan. 15, 2020

Saanich Police are looking for another public member for the Saanich Police Board. (Black Press Media File Photo)
(Black Press File photo)

Saanich allows retail sale of recreational cannabis for specific zones

Amendments to the 2003 bylaw allows retail sale of recreational cannabis in Saanich

(Black Press File photo)
Cadboro-Gyro Park has been identified by council as an appropriate park to test out the food truck pilot program. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Food truck pilot program in Saanich parks gets the green light from council

Pilot program will see food trucks permited in certain parks as early as next summer

Cadboro-Gyro Park has been identified by council as an appropriate park to test out the food truck pilot program. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich Police Department said the most common road safety reports it receives are motor vehicle collisions. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Saanich Police: most common road safety reports are motor vehicle collisions

Police department also hears a “tremendous” amount of complaints from the public about bad driving

Saanich Police Department said the most common road safety reports it receives are motor vehicle collisions. (Black Press Media File Photo)
A team of grade 10 students from Mount Douglas Secondary won the provincial STEM competition at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond on Saturday, December 1. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Mount Douglas Secondary named top STEM school in provincial competition

Team of Grade 10 students wins first place overall and Best Engineering Design award

A team of grade 10 students from Mount Douglas Secondary won the provincial STEM competition at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond on Saturday, December 1. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
McKenzie Avenue at Nelthorpe Street came to a standstill on Tuesday Morning, December 10, when a pedestrian was struck by a motorist. (Google)

Pedestrian struck by motorist on McKenzie Avenue causes traffic delays Tuesday morning

One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries

McKenzie Avenue at Nelthorpe Street came to a standstill on Tuesday Morning, December 10, when a pedestrian was struck by a motorist. (Google)
Emergency crews respond to an incident on Eric Road in Saanich. (Black Press File Photo)

Lead Island Health doctor backs Saanich push to lower provincial speed limits

Chief Medical Health Officer backs the bid to drop residential speed limits to 40 km/h

Emergency crews respond to an incident on Eric Road in Saanich. (Black Press File Photo)