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New figures from Statistics Canada show online retail continues to boom, while traditional retailers recorded significant declines in January 2021. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Online retail sales up more than 100% in January 2021 year-over-year

Sales at non-essential retailers such as clothing stores dropped significantly in January

New figures from Statistics Canada show online retail continues to boom, while traditional retailers recorded significant declines in January 2021. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Sidney council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (SBIA) to create a business development manager. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney council narrowly approves funding for business development manager

Debate before 4-3 vote revolves around questions of accountability, effectiveness

Sidney council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (SBIA) to create a business development manager. (Black Press Media File)
North Saanich Municipal Hall. The District released its annual report last week. (Peninsula News Review)

North Saanich cuts proposed tax increase to 2.84 per cent

Coun. Brett Smyth tells residents to ‘suck it up’ when it comes to taxes

North Saanich Municipal Hall. The District released its annual report last week. (Peninsula News Review)
Spot, a 15-year-old Clydesdale, says hello to Coun. Niall Paltiel as Donna Friedlander of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, stands in the parking lot of the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub. Central Saanich council Monday tasked staff to look into a permanent ‘hitching post’ in the Saanichton Village neighbourhood to help boost the local tourism industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Horse carriages could soon trot down Central Saanich streets

Proposed hitching post in Saanichton would aim to draw visitors to the Peninsula

Spot, a 15-year-old Clydesdale, says hello to Coun. Niall Paltiel as Donna Friedlander of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, stands in the parking lot of the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub. Central Saanich council Monday tasked staff to look into a permanent ‘hitching post’ in the Saanichton Village neighbourhood to help boost the local tourism industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
This graphic shows the signage for the temporary mural proposed for a building in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Something Yellow Studio/Sidney Business Improvement Area Society)

Sidney shoots down temporary mural planned to build community spirit

Critics called it work ‘generic’ while questioning its artistic quality

This graphic shows the signage for the temporary mural proposed for a building in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Something Yellow Studio/Sidney Business Improvement Area Society)
Much of the property of the former Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club, here seen more than a decade ago when it was still an operating golf course, remains in the Agricultural Land Reserve, a complicating factor in shaping its eventual future (Black Press Media File)

Proposal calls for North Saanich to turn former golf course into public park and recreation facility

Any attempts to revive the property for public use face regulatory, financial hurdles

Much of the property of the former Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club, here seen more than a decade ago when it was still an operating golf course, remains in the Agricultural Land Reserve, a complicating factor in shaping its eventual future (Black Press Media File)
Crews from Victoria rather Saanich could be responding to Sidney in a case of a tower crane rescue. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney ditches Saanich for Victoria for tower crane rescues

Victoria offers better rates but Saanich response may be five to 10 minutes faster

Crews from Victoria rather Saanich could be responding to Sidney in a case of a tower crane rescue. (Black Press Media File)
A trend of trees and lights still up from the holidays has some Black Press Media readers talking, and sending photos. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Christmas trees, lights stay lit in some Greater Victoria homes

People may be tapping into a very important psychological resource: nostalgia

A trend of trees and lights still up from the holidays has some Black Press Media readers talking, and sending photos. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 4.9 per cent in February 2021, down 0.1 per cent from January. (Black Press Media File)

Greater Victoria unemployment rate drops below five per cent

Provincial rate sits at 6.9 per cent while national unemployment is 8.2 per cent

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 4.9 per cent in February 2021, down 0.1 per cent from January. (Black Press Media File)
The lower gallery of the Sidney Museum and Archives now bears the name of long-time executive director Peter Garnham. The unveiling of sandblasted cedar sign bearing his name happened during a ceremony Monday, organized in secret over the last three months. (Courtesy Sidney Museum and Archives)

Sidney Museum and Archives names gallery after long-time executive director

Peter Garnham retired after more than 25 years with the museum

The lower gallery of the Sidney Museum and Archives now bears the name of long-time executive director Peter Garnham. The unveiling of sandblasted cedar sign bearing his name happened during a ceremony Monday, organized in secret over the last three months. (Courtesy Sidney Museum and Archives)
Municipal staff say North Saanich must receive a building permit for a pig shelter on the Sandown agricultural lands. The Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture has questioned the need. (Black Press Media File)

North Saanich insists on permit for pig shelter on Sandown lands

Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture questions the need for a permit

Municipal staff say North Saanich must receive a building permit for a pig shelter on the Sandown agricultural lands. The Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture has questioned the need. (Black Press Media File)
Almost four of 10 Canadians reported feelings of loneliness or isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media File)

Almost four of 10 Canadians reported feelings of loneliness or isolation because of COVID-19 pandemic

Pandemic also worsened the mental health of most Canadians with a positive diagnosis before pandemic

Almost four of 10 Canadians reported feelings of loneliness or isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media File)
Before COVID-19, Saanich’s Greek Fest celebrated Greek culture and traditions. March 25, 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Greek independence. (Black Press Media File)

Greater Victoria communities to mark 200th anniversary of Greek independence

Greek flag to be raised in front of provincial legislature as well as several municipal halls

Before COVID-19, Saanich’s Greek Fest celebrated Greek culture and traditions. March 25, 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Greek independence. (Black Press Media File)
Tim Szo, who is in Grade 12 of Stelly’s Secondary School’s French immersion program, says in-person teaching has helped him value being able to speak French face-to-face. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Central Saanich student values face-to-face teaching en francais

Tim Szo feels grateful for having had in-person instruction

Tim Szo, who is in Grade 12 of Stelly’s Secondary School’s French immersion program, says in-person teaching has helped him value being able to speak French face-to-face. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Suzanne Rose and her daughter Kristin Iadarola stand out their business Cameron Rose. The business was the recent victim of a brazen shoplifting incident. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney retailer takes shoplifting personally

Suzanne Rose hopes social media post will help track down suspect

Suzanne Rose and her daughter Kristin Iadarola stand out their business Cameron Rose. The business was the recent victim of a brazen shoplifting incident. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Tracey McCullough, owner of Garden Child Care Centre, standing at the intersection of Mills and Littlewood roads with Heather Hastings, seven-year-old Jack Hastings, Cory Hastings, and five-year-old Felix Hastings. McCullough has been calling for a crosswalk at that location, echoing a previous appeal by the Hastings, who own the building. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Owner of North Saanich daycare calls for crosswalk

Tracey McCullough says she has been happy with the response of the District of North Saanich

Tracey McCullough, owner of Garden Child Care Centre, standing at the intersection of Mills and Littlewood roads with Heather Hastings, seven-year-old Jack Hastings, Cory Hastings, and five-year-old Felix Hastings. McCullough has been calling for a crosswalk at that location, echoing a previous appeal by the Hastings, who own the building. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The general growth of pickleball across North America has caused inevitable frictions with other sports (especially tennis) and in the case of North Saanich, residents near the courts concerned about noise as well as the lack of public consultation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich council won’t lock down pickleball courts before November

Discussion will be picked back up at a planning meeting in the fall

The general growth of pickleball across North America has caused inevitable frictions with other sports (especially tennis) and in the case of North Saanich, residents near the courts concerned about noise as well as the lack of public consultation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Hundreds of child care spaces will be available in Greater Victoria in the coming two years. (Unsplash)

120 people on North Saanich daycare’s waitlist

Province says it will announce funding for new spaces in the spring

Hundreds of child care spaces will be available in Greater Victoria in the coming two years. (Unsplash)
Transport Canada does not list Victoria International Airport as an internationally designated airport, but one official says the airport is not about to lose that designation. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria International Airport does not appear on list of international airports in Canada

Airport official says YYJ is not about to lose international designation

Transport Canada does not list Victoria International Airport as an internationally designated airport, but one official says the airport is not about to lose that designation. (Black Press Media File)
MLA Adam Olsen finds the proposed flyover overpass for the intersection of Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road addresses only part of the problem. (Black Press Media file photo)

Local MLA Adam Olsen says proposed Highway 17 overpass flies over parts of the problem

Olsen said flyover overpass doesn’t address safety around elementary school

MLA Adam Olsen finds the proposed flyover overpass for the intersection of Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road addresses only part of the problem. (Black Press Media file photo)