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Mike Preston, co-owner of the Brentwood School of Music in Central Saanich, plans to listen to a song he cannot stand for 12 hours straight this Sunday to help raise money for the Mustard Seed Street Church. (Mike Preston/Submitted)

Central Saanich music teacher endures 12 hours of sour notes for sweet cause

Mike Preston of Brentwood School of Music will endure the song he cannot stand for 12 hours

Mike Preston, co-owner of the Brentwood School of Music in Central Saanich, plans to listen to a song he cannot stand for 12 hours straight this Sunday to help raise money for the Mustard Seed Street Church. (Mike Preston/Submitted)
The office responsible for investigating police conduct opened more files involving Central Saanich police in 2019-2020 than in the previous year, but none of the investigations revealed any substantial misconduct. (Black Press Media File)

Police watch dog finds no substantial misconduct for Central Saanich officers

Number of files involving Central Saanich Police Service up in 2019-2020

The office responsible for investigating police conduct opened more files involving Central Saanich police in 2019-2020 than in the previous year, but none of the investigations revealed any substantial misconduct. (Black Press Media File)
A study predicts that millennials will fall behind older generations because of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canadian millennials face a future of higher debt and lower incomes because of COVID-19

Pandemic threatens the economic well-being of younger households

A study predicts that millennials will fall behind older generations because of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
The unemployment picture continues to brighten in Greater Victoria. Latest figures show regional unemployment at 6.3 per cent in November 2020. (Twitter/Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)
The unemployment picture continues to brighten in Greater Victoria. Latest figures show regional unemployment at 6.3 per cent in November 2020. (Twitter/Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)
Former journalist Stephen Andrew will fill the open seat on the City of Victoria council after winning Saturday’s byelection. (Stephen Andrew/Submitted)

Stephen Andrew tops polls in Victoria byelection

Former journalist beat Stefanie Hardman of Together Victoria by more than 3,000 votes

Former journalist Stephen Andrew will fill the open seat on the City of Victoria council after winning Saturday’s byelection. (Stephen Andrew/Submitted)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, said people can help shelves at the food bank by donating online following modifications to various food drives because of COVID-19 restrictions. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank faces higher demand, fewer donations

Applications for Christmas Hampers up more than 10 per cent

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, said people can help shelves at the food bank by donating online following modifications to various food drives because of COVID-19 restrictions. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier this summer by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

Shaw Centre for Salish in Sidney ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the future

Councillors praise facility for adapability in the face of the pandemic

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier this summer by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)
The new Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program is offering funding up to $800,000 to help small and new farms receive business plan coaching and cost-shared funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province announces new funding for B.C. farmers

Funding supports new and small farms, as well as environmental projects

The new Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program is offering funding up to $800,000 to help small and new farms receive business plan coaching and cost-shared funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment. (Black Press Media file photo)
A default speed limit of 40 km/h on roads without a continuous yellow centre line could be coming to Central Saanich as the community prepares to join a Saanich-proposed pilot project. Several roads with a continuous yellow centre line are already subject to that limit. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich set to join speed limit pilot project

Sidney opts in, North Saanich opts out of regional project

A default speed limit of 40 km/h on roads without a continuous yellow centre line could be coming to Central Saanich as the community prepares to join a Saanich-proposed pilot project. Several roads with a continuous yellow centre line are already subject to that limit. (Black Press Media file photo)
After collecting some 20 pallets of food and $15,000 in donations during the annual Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive last year, firefighters across the Saanich Peninsula hope that residents will donate directly to the food bank or donate items purchased at local grocery stores at special bins. (Black Press Media File)

Saanich Peninsula firefighters call on public to support local food bank

Appeal comes after COVID-19 measures force changes to Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive

After collecting some 20 pallets of food and $15,000 in donations during the annual Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive last year, firefighters across the Saanich Peninsula hope that residents will donate directly to the food bank or donate items purchased at local grocery stores at special bins. (Black Press Media File)
The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. The animal is scheduled to leave Dec. 15. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

Sidney octopus named after Dr. Bonnie Henry scheduled to swim away next week

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea will release the animal Dec. 15

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. The animal is scheduled to leave Dec. 15. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)
An aerial view of downtown Sidney. The Town of Sidney won third prize during the fifth annual Candy Cane Awards from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria for its financial decisions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Town of Sidney wins advocacy group nod for financial decision-making

Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria recognize the municipality’s tax policy, COVID-19 grant use

An aerial view of downtown Sidney. The Town of Sidney won third prize during the fifth annual Candy Cane Awards from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria for its financial decisions. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford Fire Rescue. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Firefighters use Jaws of Life to extricate driver in Langford crash

Single vehicle crash happened at the corner of Bellamy Road and Gourman Place

Langford Fire Rescue. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
North Saanich may use share of COVID-19 relief grant worth $2.71 million to help support local charities. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich considers supporting charities with COVID-19 grant

Organizations who provide services vulnerable populations, such as food banks, could benefit

North Saanich may use share of COVID-19 relief grant worth $2.71 million to help support local charities. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new report from Statistics Canada finds nine out of 10 Canadians say they have some or a great deal of confidence in the police. (Black Press Media File)

Nine of 10 Canadians say they have some or a great deal of confidence in the police in 2019

Findings use statistics from before ‘several high profile incidents’

A new report from Statistics Canada finds nine out of 10 Canadians say they have some or a great deal of confidence in the police. (Black Press Media File)
Value of 2020 building permits up 46 per cent in Sidney through 2020, two larger projects face uncertain future. (Black Press Media File)

Value of building permits up 46 per cent in Sidney through 2020

Public also heard concerns from councillors about direction of construction activity

Value of 2020 building permits up 46 per cent in Sidney through 2020, two larger projects face uncertain future. (Black Press Media File)
Evelyn Turner, Jen Rashleigh and Steve Duck with Circular Farm and Food: Vancouver Island stand outside the Sandown Agricultural Lands, future site of the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture. North Saanich council is considering a draft agreement with the future operators for final approval Monday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich close to inking final agreement with Sandown operators

Future operators of Sandown Agricultural Lands have confidence in their vision

Evelyn Turner, Jen Rashleigh and Steve Duck with Circular Farm and Food: Vancouver Island stand outside the Sandown Agricultural Lands, future site of the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture. North Saanich council is considering a draft agreement with the future operators for final approval Monday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Upcoming budget discussions in Sidney will look into hiring an outside contractor to help develop a long-term economic strategy. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney businesses, council working together on long-term economic pandemic strategy

Search for outside consultant part of 2021 budget discussions

Upcoming budget discussions in Sidney will look into hiring an outside contractor to help develop a long-term economic strategy. (Black Press Media File)
Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre likely won’t be hosting a farmer’s market originally scheduled for Central Saanich after all after municipal staff in Sidney did not issue the necessary license.

Proposed farmer’s market for Sidney likely to be cancelled

Market was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 in the parking lot of Mary Winspear Centre

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre likely won’t be hosting a farmer’s market originally scheduled for Central Saanich after all after municipal staff in Sidney did not issue the necessary license.
Parkland Secondary principal Lizanne Chicanot stands by the track which is the subject of a fundraising effort. The 35-year-old track is well beyond its best-before date. (Jason Earnshaw/Submitted)

Fundraising campaign to replace North Saanich track off to the races

Track at Parkland Secondary School ‘well, well beyond its best-before date’

Parkland Secondary principal Lizanne Chicanot stands by the track which is the subject of a fundraising effort. The 35-year-old track is well beyond its best-before date. (Jason Earnshaw/Submitted)