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Figures show the Victoria Airport Authority won $622,000 in following tax assessment appeals. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria Airport Authority receives $622,000 in tax assessment appeals

Authority contested value of land and airport terminal in 2018, 2019 and 2020

Figures show the Victoria Airport Authority won $622,000 in following tax assessment appeals. (Black Press Media File)
Central Saanich plans to review current housing and land use policies after receiving a new housing report that found in the words of Coun. Niall Paltiel “significant” gaps. But Coun. Chris Graham questioned whether the municipality can make a difference. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Central Saanich plans to review housing policies and practices

But Coun. Chris Graham questioned whether the municipality can make any difference

Central Saanich plans to review current housing and land use policies after receiving a new housing report that found in the words of Coun. Niall Paltiel “significant” gaps. But Coun. Chris Graham questioned whether the municipality can make a difference. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
These Grade 4/5 students at Sidney Elementary School have come forward as the creators of some 40-plus rocks painted as poppies placed on Sidney’s cenotaph days before Remembrance Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Elementary school students behind mystery poppy stones placed at Sidney’s cenotaph

Students painted and placed the poppy stones at cenotaph to recognize veterans

These Grade 4/5 students at Sidney Elementary School have come forward as the creators of some 40-plus rocks painted as poppies placed on Sidney’s cenotaph days before Remembrance Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment continues to drop, reaching 7.6 per cent in October. (Black Press Media File)

Unemployment in Greater Victoria continues to drop

New figures peg region’s unemployment rate at 7.6 per cent

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment continues to drop, reaching 7.6 per cent in October. (Black Press Media File)
The Parsons at Brentwood Bay has added 40 units of affordable housing to Central Saanich following its opening in August. A new report before Central Saanich council calls for more affordable housing. (Photo Contributed)

New housing report says Central Saanich families find it increasingly difficult to find housing

Central Saanich records rental vacancy rate of 0.6 per cent in 2019

The Parsons at Brentwood Bay has added 40 units of affordable housing to Central Saanich following its opening in August. A new report before Central Saanich council calls for more affordable housing. (Photo Contributed)
Four engines and 17 firefighters responded to a fire in Saanich in the 3200-block of Quadra Street. An unknown number of individuals including this woman holding a child had to leave the building. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Suspicious fire in Saanich Sunday afternoon forces evacuation of apartment building

Four engines and 17 firefighters responded to fire in underground parking lot

Four engines and 17 firefighters responded to a fire in Saanich in the 3200-block of Quadra Street. An unknown number of individuals including this woman holding a child had to leave the building. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Makayla Paul-Belcourt, 3, sits with Santa Claus (Vern England) at the Sidney Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 25, 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney Christmas dinner cancelled, Saanichton event tweaked

COVID-19 continues to impact holiday events calendar

Makayla Paul-Belcourt, 3, sits with Santa Claus (Vern England) at the Sidney Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 25, 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney’s Joan Eddy (right) celebrates her 100th birthday with friends. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney centenarian part of growing national trend

Joan Eddy among the more than estimated 11,000 Canadians over 100 years old

Sidney’s Joan Eddy (right) celebrates her 100th birthday with friends. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Peninsula Country Market is holding three editions of Winter Market at Central Saanich’s Centennial Park on Saturdays in November, starting Nov. 14. (Facebook/Peninsula Country Market)

Winter Market pops up in Central Saanich this Saturday

Seasonal market hits Centennial Park, Nov. 14, 21, and 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peninsula Country Market is holding three editions of Winter Market at Central Saanich’s Centennial Park on Saturdays in November, starting Nov. 14. (Facebook/Peninsula Country Market)
Sidney announced the “substantial completion” of the renovation of Reay Creek Dam (inclusive fish-ladder) earlier this month. (Town of Sidney/Submitted)

Sidney announces ‘substantial completion’ of Reay Creek Dam renovations

Final cost could be revealed next month after project suffered ‘unforeseen issues’

Sidney announced the “substantial completion” of the renovation of Reay Creek Dam (inclusive fish-ladder) earlier this month. (Town of Sidney/Submitted)
St. Paul’s United Church marked its 100th anniversary Nov. 8 with the actual anniversary on Nov. 7. (Laura Lavin/Submitted)

Roots of Sidney church date back to 1920 and beyond

Church marked its 100th anniversary on Nov. 8

St. Paul’s United Church marked its 100th anniversary Nov. 8 with the actual anniversary on Nov. 7. (Laura Lavin/Submitted)
The corner of Highway 17 and Amity Drive was the site of a collision between a cab exceeding the speed limit and a SUV Wednesday afternoon (Google Map)

Driver of speeding cab taken to hospital following collision near Sidney

Collision happened Wednesday afternoon after officer pulled over cab

The corner of Highway 17 and Amity Drive was the site of a collision between a cab exceeding the speed limit and a SUV Wednesday afternoon (Google Map)
The closure of Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich in mid-March caused projected revenues from fees by $2.5 million. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Peninsula Recreation Commission 2021 budget reflects dropped revenues this year

COVID-19 forced commission to reduces projected revenues by $2.5 million

The closure of Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich in mid-March caused projected revenues from fees by $2.5 million. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Dr. Stanley Marcus, here seen in late October, is concerned that the temporary closure of Keating Cross Road Medical Laboratory will create backlogs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Doctor fears temporary closure of testing facility in Central Saanich will create backlog

Island Health says testing facilities in Sidney and at Saanich Peninsula Hospital still in place

Dr. Stanley Marcus, here seen in late October, is concerned that the temporary closure of Keating Cross Road Medical Laboratory will create backlogs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kenny Podmore of Royal Canadian Legion Saanich Peninsula Branch 37 holds up one of the 40-plus rocks painted with poppies left at Sidney’s cenotaph. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Avalanche of rocks painted with poppies in Sidney show support for veteran

More than 40 painted rocks left behind on Sidney’s cenotaph

Kenny Podmore of Royal Canadian Legion Saanich Peninsula Branch 37 holds up one of the 40-plus rocks painted with poppies left at Sidney’s cenotaph. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
This was the aftermath of a collision involving seven vehicles near Sidney Elementary School Monday afternoon (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Submitted)

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP say medical emergency caused driver to hit six parked vehicles

Incident happened near Sidney Elementary School on Monday afternoon

This was the aftermath of a collision involving seven vehicles near Sidney Elementary School Monday afternoon (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Submitted)
Steve Duck (left) Bill Collins (right) at the media launch of the Sidney Summit, aiming to improve local environmental initiatives. (Provided)

Sidney Community Association hosts annual general meeting online

Meeting scheduled for Nov. 18 open to members and non-members

Steve Duck (left) Bill Collins (right) at the media launch of the Sidney Summit, aiming to improve local environmental initiatives. (Provided)
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) along with other Canada airports has received accreditation from a program assessing health measures. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria airport earns accreditation from program assessing health measures

Victoria International Airport launched its TravelSafe YYJ program July 1

Victoria International Airport (YYJ) along with other Canada airports has received accreditation from a program assessing health measures. (Black Press Media File)
Russ Cozens, Gary Powe, and Clive Spark (bottom) joined by Bob Brown and Duncan Stuart, here standing in the cockpit section of the Avro Lancaster FM 104, are among the volunteers restoring the iconic plane. (Wolf Depner/News Staff) (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich’s B.C. Aviation Museum helps preserve physical legacy of Second World War

Museum volunteers are currently restoring iconic Avro Lancester

Russ Cozens, Gary Powe, and Clive Spark (bottom) joined by Bob Brown and Duncan Stuart, here standing in the cockpit section of the Avro Lancaster FM 104, are among the volunteers restoring the iconic plane. (Wolf Depner/News Staff) (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Wayne Speller will play The Last Post during the Sidney Concert Band ‘s virtual performance available on the morning of Remembrance Day. (Sidney Concert Band/Submitted)

Sidney Concert Band records first-ever Internet show for Remembrance Day

Trumpter Wayne Speller will play The Last Post during virtual performance

Wayne Speller will play The Last Post during the Sidney Concert Band ‘s virtual performance available on the morning of Remembrance Day. (Sidney Concert Band/Submitted)