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Victoria-based criminal lawyer Michael Mulligan says calls for tougher bail conditions are politically motivated. (Photo courtesy of Michael Mulligan)

Greater Victoria municipalities’ call for tougher bail conditions ‘political pandering:’ lawyer

Michael Mulligan says better services, not tougher bail conditions would be more beneficial

Victoria-based criminal lawyer Michael Mulligan says calls for tougher bail conditions are politically motivated. (Photo courtesy of Michael Mulligan)
The benchmark price for a single family home in the Victoria core region of the Victoria Real Estate Board was about $1.122 million, $912,700 for the West Shore and $1.129 million for the Saanich Peninsula. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bidding wars continue in Greater Victoria despite lower sales

The benchmark value for a single-family home in the Victoria core was about $1.122 million

The benchmark price for a single family home in the Victoria core region of the Victoria Real Estate Board was about $1.122 million, $912,700 for the West Shore and $1.129 million for the Saanich Peninsula. (Black Press Media file photo)
Members of the Brentwood Bay Community Association watch as Josh Gait of the Driftwood Communications hangs the first of 14 Christmas lights along West Saanich Road. Christmas decorations have also gone up outside Sidney outside Municipal Hall, along Beacon Avenue and Tulista Park with a large Christmas tree lighting the way along Lochside Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula lights up as crews prep for Christmas

Community association helps to light up Brentwood Bay

Members of the Brentwood Bay Community Association watch as Josh Gait of the Driftwood Communications hangs the first of 14 Christmas lights along West Saanich Road. Christmas decorations have also gone up outside Sidney outside Municipal Hall, along Beacon Avenue and Tulista Park with a large Christmas tree lighting the way along Lochside Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Chalet Road will remain closed for several months following flooding on Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich won’t reopen Chalet Road until spring 2022

Flooding on Nov. 15 forced closure; emergency construction set to start soon

Chalet Road will remain closed for several months following flooding on Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Viola Van de Ruyt, President of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation at a recent fundraiser. (Courtesy of SPCF)

Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation encourages residents to donate time, money on Giving Tuesday

Donations up to $10,000 to be matched by Beacon Law Centre until Dec. 31

Viola Van de Ruyt, President of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation at a recent fundraiser. (Courtesy of SPCF)
Municipal officials on the Saanich Peninsula did not receive reports of flooding over the weekend, but are keeping their eyes on skies with another major rainstorm approaching. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula officials brace for effects of next major rainstorm

No reports of flooding over weekend, but authorities keeping close watch on weather

Municipal officials on the Saanich Peninsula did not receive reports of flooding over the weekend, but are keeping their eyes on skies with another major rainstorm approaching. (Black Press Media file photo)
Peninsula Panther Riley Braun, here seen in action earlier in November, leads the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in scoring with 24 goals and 42 assists for a total of 66 points. (Christian J. Stewart Photography 2021/Submitted).

Peninsula Panthers lose one Friday but resume their winning ways over Kerry Park Islanders

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team plays three games this week

Peninsula Panther Riley Braun, here seen in action earlier in November, leads the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in scoring with 24 goals and 42 assists for a total of 66 points. (Christian J. Stewart Photography 2021/Submitted).
Tsawout First Nation has launched a fundraiser to help Anna Walkus and her family after a Thursday morning fire destroyed their home. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsawout First Nation launches fundraiser for family after fire destroys home

Fundraiser looks to raise $30,000 for a down payment

Tsawout First Nation has launched a fundraiser to help Anna Walkus and her family after a Thursday morning fire destroyed their home. (Black Press Media file photo)
Archivist Adrian Bodgan and executive director Alyssa Gerwing hold up a framed copy of the Peninsula News Review dated Sept. 17, 1986. The museum’s new database, launching Dec. 1, will give the public a chance to search decades worth of Peninsula News Review archives from 1912 to 2002. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Digitization of Peninsula News Review improves increased public access, preservation of historical records

Sidney Museum and Archives set to launch new database for archives from 1912 to 2002

Archivist Adrian Bodgan and executive director Alyssa Gerwing hold up a framed copy of the Peninsula News Review dated Sept. 17, 1986. The museum’s new database, launching Dec. 1, will give the public a chance to search decades worth of Peninsula News Review archives from 1912 to 2002. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Vancouver-based company Lions Gate Consulting has received the contract to develop Sidney’s economic development strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Consulting firm to help Sidney build bridge to future prosperity

Council approves Vancouver-based Lions Gate Consulting to create economic development strategy

Vancouver-based company Lions Gate Consulting has received the contract to develop Sidney’s economic development strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)
The official community plan review in North Saanich cleared one, but not all hurdles during a special council meeting to consider the next moves. (Black Press Media file photo)

Familiar critics accuse North Saanich of ignoring public concerns about density

Public correspondence also shows support for more housing in community

The official community plan review in North Saanich cleared one, but not all hurdles during a special council meeting to consider the next moves. (Black Press Media file photo)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says having more modestly priced housing in the area would help it attract and keep workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)

Better housing options needed, says Saanich Peninsula chamber boss

Al Smith says higher density in certain areas could lead to housing that workers could afford

Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says having more modestly priced housing in the area would help it attract and keep workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
Crews started seeding the seaweed farm Sidney-based Cascadia Seaweed is planting in partnership with Tsawout First Nation off James Island on Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed)

PHOTOS: Crews begin planting seaweed farm off James Island

Partnership between Tsawout First Nation and Sidney-based Cascadia Seaweed

Crews started seeding the seaweed farm Sidney-based Cascadia Seaweed is planting in partnership with Tsawout First Nation off James Island on Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Cascadia Seaweed)
Saanich Peninsula emergency crews responded to a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed a home in the Jimmy Road area of the Tsawout First Nation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Thursday morning fire destroys Saanich Peninsula home

Crews suppressed fire at 6 a.m. after responding at 2:30; firefighters remain on site

Saanich Peninsula emergency crews responded to a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed a home in the Jimmy Road area of the Tsawout First Nation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Rotary Park in North Saanich, known primarily for baseball and softball, could potentially be the site of pickleball courts. Sidney council has asked staff to contact North Saanich and other park stakeholders to investigate the possibility of placing dedicated courts in a portion of the park used for overflow parking. (Black Press Media file photo)

Play Pickleball! North Saanich baseball/softball park considered for courts

Sidney staff asked to look into possibility of sport’s future at Rotary Park

Rotary Park in North Saanich, known primarily for baseball and softball, could potentially be the site of pickleball courts. Sidney council has asked staff to contact North Saanich and other park stakeholders to investigate the possibility of placing dedicated courts in a portion of the park used for overflow parking. (Black Press Media file photo)
RCMP catamaran Lindsay patrolled off the shores of Sidney on Nov. 19. The vessel is nearly 60 feet long and is capable of reaching speeds of 36 knots or nearly 67 km/h. (Courtesy of Bob Orchard)

One of three Vancouver Island RCMP catamarans spotted off Sidney

The catamaran is capable of travelling up to 36 knots

RCMP catamaran Lindsay patrolled off the shores of Sidney on Nov. 19. The vessel is nearly 60 feet long and is capable of reaching speeds of 36 knots or nearly 67 km/h. (Courtesy of Bob Orchard)
Sidney proposes to build a fenced off-leash dog park in Resthaven Park, with two possible options for size. Residents have until Dec. 3 to answer an online survey. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney could let the dogs out in Resthaven Park

Municipality wants public input on plans for off-leash park on Sidney’s east side

Sidney proposes to build a fenced off-leash dog park in Resthaven Park, with two possible options for size. Residents have until Dec. 3 to answer an online survey. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Logan Speirs scored his 20th goal of the season 40 seconds into the first overtime to give the Panthers a 5-4 victory over the Westshore Wolves. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Late-game comeback extends Peninsula Panthers’ streak to seven

The Panthers scored with one second left to tie game before beating Westshore Wolves in OT

Logan Speirs scored his 20th goal of the season 40 seconds into the first overtime to give the Panthers a 5-4 victory over the Westshore Wolves. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP are piecing together details about the death of a 19-year-old man from Saanich, whose body was found in a car that was driven into Patricia Bay on Saturday night (Nov. 20). (Black Press Media File)

RCMP investigate death of Saanich teen whose car plunged into Pat Bay

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP say Saturday night death not considered suspicious

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP are piecing together details about the death of a 19-year-old man from Saanich, whose body was found in a car that was driven into Patricia Bay on Saturday night (Nov. 20). (Black Press Media File)
Facing climate change, Sidney has launched a survey asking residents to identify barriers between them and lower emissions. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New survey looks at lower greenhouse gas emissions for Sidney

CAO says a lot of work remains ahead but reductions are achievable

Facing climate change, Sidney has launched a survey asking residents to identify barriers between them and lower emissions. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)