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Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has eyed Jan. 15 as a return date to action, pending provincial announcements. (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has eyed Jan. 15 as a return date to action, pending provincial announcements. (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
Area 2 (Tsehum), is now designated for new affordable housing only, along with Area 1 (McTavish). (District of North Saanich)

North Saanich unaffordable for most households with children

Couple-with-children households earning median income spend 42 per cent on shelter

Area 2 (Tsehum), is now designated for new affordable housing only, along with Area 1 (McTavish). (District of North Saanich)
In 2020, the Town of Sidney collected just under $85,000 in business licence fees from more than 900 licence holders. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney businesses get break on business licence fees in 2021

Financial effect said to be small but symbolic in impacting some 900 licence holders

In 2020, the Town of Sidney collected just under $85,000 in business licence fees from more than 900 licence holders. (Black Press Media File)
A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., on June, 12, 2018. The Canadian Real Estate Association is predicting that the national average home price will rise 9.1 per cent to $620,400 in 2021, in one of the most optimistic forecasts yet in the real estate sector. The real estate association says it expects home prices to either climb or remain steady in all regions across the country next year, citing economic improvements from the lows of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

Net worth of Canadians barely growing, according to new report

Just three out of 10 families reported being debt-free in 2019

A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., on June, 12, 2018. The Canadian Real Estate Association is predicting that the national average home price will rise 9.1 per cent to $620,400 in 2021, in one of the most optimistic forecasts yet in the real estate sector. The real estate association says it expects home prices to either climb or remain steady in all regions across the country next year, citing economic improvements from the lows of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
West Jet 335 from Edmonton to Victoria International Airport on Dec. 28 was the latest flight with a confirmed case of COVID-19 touching down the regional airport. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Jet flight from Edmonton latest flight with COVID-19 case to land at Victoria International Airport

Flight on Dec. 28 among 27 flights with COVID-19 case that either landed or started from YYJ

West Jet 335 from Edmonton to Victoria International Airport on Dec. 28 was the latest flight with a confirmed case of COVID-19 touching down the regional airport. (Black Press Media file photo)
Adding the former Woodwynn Farm property to the existing reserve of the Tsartlip First Nation could take years, if the band were to make that choice, after it took ownership of the site earlier in December. (Black Press Media File).

Tsartlip First Nation can add former Woodwynn Farm to reserve but faces lengthy process

Average length for reserve addition between five to seven years if band chooses that route

Adding the former Woodwynn Farm property to the existing reserve of the Tsartlip First Nation could take years, if the band were to make that choice, after it took ownership of the site earlier in December. (Black Press Media File).
The northern of North Saanich’s Scoter Trail is now open to the public following reconstruction work. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Northern end of North Saanich’s Scoter Trail reopens following rehabilitation

Total cost of extending Scoter Trail by 350 metres totaled $900,000

The northern of North Saanich’s Scoter Trail is now open to the public following reconstruction work. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
An audible bird deterring device is located on the roof of a Bayview One apartment building in Victoria West. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria environmentalists call on municipalities to adopt bird-friendly design

An estimated one billion birds die each year across North America after colliding with glass windows

An audible bird deterring device is located on the roof of a Bayview One apartment building in Victoria West. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ fourth Salish Class vessel launches at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. (BC Ferries/Submitted)

BC Ferries hails fourth-LNG powered vessel as part of its ‘sustainable future’

The new vessel will enter service in 2022, serving the Southern Gulf Islands

BC Ferries’ fourth Salish Class vessel launches at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland. (BC Ferries/Submitted)
Younger Canadians, but also immigrants to Canada, report significant drops in life satisfaction because of COVID-19. (Pixabay)

Younger Canadians, immigrants report major drops in life satisfaction because of COVID-19

Average life satisfaction of Canadians was 6.71 on a scale of 10, a drop of 17 per cent

Younger Canadians, but also immigrants to Canada, report significant drops in life satisfaction because of COVID-19. (Pixabay)
Plans for outdoor pickle-ball courts in Sidney are gaining momentum as the sport itself (Black Press Media File)

Proponents of pickleball courts in Sidney win a point as council pushes design to budget deliberations

Coun. Terri O’Keeffe concerned about costs, timing and community support for courts

Plans for outdoor pickle-ball courts in Sidney are gaining momentum as the sport itself (Black Press Media File)
Vikram Sachdeva, founder and CEO of Seed and Stone, is disappointed with council’s refusal to refer his company’s application to the LCRB. (Stone and Seed/Submitted)

Sidney council refuses to comment on fourth pot store application, effectively denying it

Council also tells LCRB it won’t comment on new applications until pending applications are processed

Vikram Sachdeva, founder and CEO of Seed and Stone, is disappointed with council’s refusal to refer his company’s application to the LCRB. (Stone and Seed/Submitted)
Former North Saanich mayor Alice Finall is questioning the substance and process of that municipality’s Official Community Plan review. (Black Press Media File)

Former North Saanich mayor questions substance and process of OCP review

Alice Finall critical of lack of transparency and fears influence of developers pushing for housing

Former North Saanich mayor Alice Finall is questioning the substance and process of that municipality’s Official Community Plan review. (Black Press Media File)
Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club donated this Christmas to the Al Ibrahim family of Sidney, who arrived in Sidney from Syria (by way of Turkey) in September 2018. The club donated the tree following a wish from 16-year-old Reem (left), here seen with grandmother Fatem, sister Mira (6), father Khalid and mother Shemse, as well her brothers Muhammed (15, far right) and Hassan (12) and Abduramah (10). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Syrian family embraces surprise Christmas tree as symbol of their new home

Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club donates decorated tree to Al Ibrahim family

Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club donated this Christmas to the Al Ibrahim family of Sidney, who arrived in Sidney from Syria (by way of Turkey) in September 2018. The club donated the tree following a wish from 16-year-old Reem (left), here seen with grandmother Fatem, sister Mira (6), father Khalid and mother Shemse, as well her brothers Muhammed (15, far right) and Hassan (12) and Abduramah (10). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kirk Tamburino and Rick Toogood (using the fire hook) donated $8,688 raised by Sidney firefighters to Beverley Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney volunteer firefighters stamp out hunger with donation

Firefighters use the ‘power of three’ to raise almost $8,700, well above goal of $5,000

Kirk Tamburino and Rick Toogood (using the fire hook) donated $8,688 raised by Sidney firefighters to Beverley Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
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North Saanich councillor calls for ‘urgency’ on future of library services

Coun. Heather Gartshore’s appeal comes after council tasked staff with review

(Black Press Media File)
This truck (along with a second vehicle) slid off Highway 17 in Central Saanich early Tuesday morning after pulling over for an emergency vehicle. (Facebook/South Vancouver Island Traffic Conditions)

Vehicles slide off Highway 17 in Central Saanich after pulling over for emergency vehicle

Police responded to multiple calls in the municipality during, after snowfall

This truck (along with a second vehicle) slid off Highway 17 in Central Saanich early Tuesday morning after pulling over for an emergency vehicle. (Facebook/South Vancouver Island Traffic Conditions)
North Saanich Municipal Hall. The District released its annual report last week. (Peninsula News Review)

Land exclusion boosts plans for library in North Saanich

ALC says proposed location for new library unsuitable for agriculture

North Saanich Municipal Hall. The District released its annual report last week. (Peninsula News Review)
Canadians continue to benefit from lower gasoline prices, but housing prices continue to rise. (chrismetcalfTV/Flickr photo)
Canadians continue to benefit from lower gasoline prices, but housing prices continue to rise. (chrismetcalfTV/Flickr photo)
Capt. Michael Tellier accepting a donation in 2017. (Black Press Media file)

Cadet instructor with strong ties to Saanich Peninsula suspended after facing child pornography charge

Leadership confident no ‘former or current cadets are implicated’

Capt. Michael Tellier accepting a donation in 2017. (Black Press Media file)