District of Saanich

The first meeting of the citizen’s assembly standing committee will take place on Tuesday morning. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria amalgamation committee meeting for first time

The citizen’s assembly standing committee will hold its inaugural meeting on Tuesday

The first meeting of the citizen’s assembly standing committee will take place on Tuesday morning. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Community activist Teale Phelps Bondaroff calls on Saanich to step up efforts to improve the supply of affordable housing (Black Press Media file photo).

Community leader calls on Saanich to directly spend money on affordable housing

Teale Phelps Bondaroff calls for “dedicated funds” to support affordable housing

Community activist Teale Phelps Bondaroff calls on Saanich to step up efforts to improve the supply of affordable housing (Black Press Media file photo).
In-coming Chief Const. Scott Green will start earning approximately $230,000 a year when he replaces Bob Downie. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

In-coming Saanich police chief will earn approximately $230,000

Deputy Chief Scott Green will assume his new position on Aug. 1, taking over from Bob Downie

In-coming Chief Const. Scott Green will start earning approximately $230,000 a year when he replaces Bob Downie. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
VicPD, The City of Victoria, the Township of Esquimalt and Grumpy Taxpayer$ argue for police amalgamation (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Local powers say a regionalized police force needed for Greater Victoria

VicPD, Victoria, Esquimalt and Grumpy Taxpayer$ argue for police amalgamation

VicPD, The City of Victoria, the Township of Esquimalt and Grumpy Taxpayer$ argue for police amalgamation (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Saanich’s first fire truck circa 1919. The fire department grew from its first firefighter in 1919 to 123 uniformed members in 2019. (Saanich Archives/CR-112-1980-004-001)

Saanich fire department hits its 100th year

From 1,000 feet of hose to thermal imaging

Saanich’s first fire truck circa 1919. The fire department grew from its first firefighter in 1919 to 123 uniformed members in 2019. (Saanich Archives/CR-112-1980-004-001)
Saanich residents responded with a 95 per cent approval rating of Saanich Police in the 2019 Citizen Survey.                                (Black Press File Photo)

Saanich residents give police a 95 per cent approval rating

Saanich Police among top rated services in citizen survey

Saanich residents responded with a 95 per cent approval rating of Saanich Police in the 2019 Citizen Survey.                                (Black Press File Photo)
BC Housing says it remains open to finding modular housing in Saanich. It had rejected an earlier offer of land from the municipality near Municipal Hall, saying it was unsuitable. (Black Press File).

BC Housing remains open to modular housing in Saanich, but acknowledges slow regional up take

Only one project with 21 units underway in the Greater Victoria

BC Housing says it remains open to finding modular housing in Saanich. It had rejected an earlier offer of land from the municipality near Municipal Hall, saying it was unsuitable. (Black Press File).
A two-vehicle crash in the 4000-block of Prospect Lake Road closed the road for several hours late Monday night. Area residents have long warned about the road’s safety. (Photo from Caroline Usher Sousa/Facebook)

Head-on collision in Saanich draws attention to rural road safety

Saanich says additional road safety measures are already planned or underway

A two-vehicle crash in the 4000-block of Prospect Lake Road closed the road for several hours late Monday night. Area residents have long warned about the road’s safety. (Photo from Caroline Usher Sousa/Facebook)
Saanich has so far spent $25,000 on snow and ice removal since January 1, 2019. Its budget for snow removal in 2019 is $182,000. (Keri Coles/Black Press)

Saanich says Regina Park costs won’t melt away snow budget

Municipality has so far spent $25,000 on snow removal

Saanich has so far spent $25,000 on snow and ice removal since January 1, 2019. Its budget for snow removal in 2019 is $182,000. (Keri Coles/Black Press)
One man was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Cordova Bay Road Wednesday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News staff)

One man injured in multi-vehicle crash on Cordova Bay Road

Police directing traffic at Cordova Bay Road and Gloria Place

One man was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Cordova Bay Road Wednesday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News staff)
More than half of all registered dogs in Saanich are black, 4,114 of the 7,526 that were licensed in 2018. For 2019 the District of Saanich has adjusted its dog licensing process. Caretakers for Max, Rover, Bailey or Jelly (pictured here) can get their 2019 tags at municipal hall or online at Saanich.ca/dogs. Travis Paterson/News Staff

Saanich’s doggy census tracks most popular names, breeds

Max, Charlie top the most popular Saanich dog names

More than half of all registered dogs in Saanich are black, 4,114 of the 7,526 that were licensed in 2018. For 2019 the District of Saanich has adjusted its dog licensing process. Caretakers for Max, Rover, Bailey or Jelly (pictured here) can get their 2019 tags at municipal hall or online at Saanich.ca/dogs. Travis Paterson/News Staff
As Saanich continues to play catch up with its leaf collection schedule, residents can place smaller piles into their green organics carts. (District of Saanich)

Saanich confident it can collect all leaves by Jan. 18 deadline

Climate change may have delayed leaf drop this year

As Saanich continues to play catch up with its leaf collection schedule, residents can place smaller piles into their green organics carts. (District of Saanich)
This current marijuana bunker is operated by Evergreen Medicinal near Michell Farms in Central Saanich. Saanich has asked for public input on measures that would prohibit such buildings. (Black Press File).

It is boom or bust for pot bunkers in Saanich at public hearing

Public hearing on controversial structures scheduled for Jan. 15

This current marijuana bunker is operated by Evergreen Medicinal near Michell Farms in Central Saanich. Saanich has asked for public input on measures that would prohibit such buildings. (Black Press File).
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes said the district is reaching out to other communities to leverage more funding to improve daycare in the region. (Black Press file photo)

Saanich looks to leverage more funding for daycare analysis

Daycare spaces could also become part of amenity contributions, says Mayor Fred Haynes

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes said the district is reaching out to other communities to leverage more funding to improve daycare in the region. (Black Press file photo)
Rebecca Sterritt has been among the prominent supporters of plans to turn surplus land owned by the B.C. Hydro into a public park. (Submitted photo)

Saanich, B.C. Hydro remain silent over surplus land negotiations

Municipality wants to turn lot into a park

Rebecca Sterritt has been among the prominent supporters of plans to turn surplus land owned by the B.C. Hydro into a public park. (Submitted photo)
Brandon Wright, chief executive officer and general manager of Baked Edibles, grew up in Saanich. He is currently looking for a suitable location in the area to build a processing facility for edible cannabis products. He hopes Saanich will work with industry in predicting that the municipality will eventually abandon its current prohibitive approach towards cannabis retail, production and processing. (Wolf Depner/News staff)

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes sees plenty of opportunity in cannabis industry

Haynes wonders why Saanich would not make a legal product available to residents

Brandon Wright, chief executive officer and general manager of Baked Edibles, grew up in Saanich. He is currently looking for a suitable location in the area to build a processing facility for edible cannabis products. He hopes Saanich will work with industry in predicting that the municipality will eventually abandon its current prohibitive approach towards cannabis retail, production and processing. (Wolf Depner/News staff)
Saanich approves higher sewer, water, garbage rates

Saanich approves higher sewer, water, garbage rates

New rates will come into effect Jan. 1, 2019

Saanich approves higher sewer, water, garbage rates
Saanich council including Coun. Judy Brownoff heard from the project board overlooking the regional wastewater treatment project. (Black Press File).

Councillor criticizes board overseeing wastewater treatment project

Coun. Judy Brownoff accuses project board of ignoring public input

Saanich council including Coun. Judy Brownoff heard from the project board overlooking the regional wastewater treatment project. (Black Press File).
Saanich has taking steps to help improve the supply of affordable daycare spaces (Black Press files)                                Saanich has taking steps to help improve the supply of affordable housing. (Black Press files)

Saanich, Oak Bay seek to expand supply of daycare

Mayor Fred Haynes has asked staff to prepare grant application

Saanich has taking steps to help improve the supply of affordable daycare spaces (Black Press files)                                Saanich has taking steps to help improve the supply of affordable housing. (Black Press files)
Former MLA and Saanich councillor David Cubberley listens to Irma de la Verde voice her opposition for plans by the Capital Regional District to run portions of a pipeline along Grange Road, leading to the loss of up 50 trees. (Wolf Depner/News staff)

Saanich residents deliver notice to Capital Regional District

Grange Road residents fear the loss of up to 50 trees

Former MLA and Saanich councillor David Cubberley listens to Irma de la Verde voice her opposition for plans by the Capital Regional District to run portions of a pipeline along Grange Road, leading to the loss of up 50 trees. (Wolf Depner/News staff)