District of Saanich

Cadboro Bay is among the areas that would be targeted for increased shoreline mapping work. A request for funding to help get that project going gained initial approval from Saanich council at its Jan. 10 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

$80,000 request for marine shoreline mapping in Saanich gains initial approval

Funding would help rehabilitate coastal areas such as between Cadboro and Cordova bays

Cadboro Bay is among the areas that would be targeted for increased shoreline mapping work. A request for funding to help get that project going gained initial approval from Saanich council at its Jan. 10 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council voted unanimously to ask staff to find ways to speed up planning and implementation of the district’s Active Transportation Plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich council moves to speed action on road safety, active transportation

Trio of councillors push for Vision Zero concept, call for 30-year timeframe to be reduced to 15

Saanich council voted unanimously to ask staff to find ways to speed up planning and implementation of the district’s Active Transportation Plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The District of Saanich hopes to receive a federal grant to defray the roughly $3 million cost of electrical upgrades to Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich targets federal funding for Cedar Hill Rec Centre green upgrades

Electrical improvements at community hub could reduce its emissions by 60 per cent

The District of Saanich hopes to receive a federal grant to defray the roughly $3 million cost of electrical upgrades to Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich roadway improvements ready to roll this spring and summer

Improvements coming for Gorge Road, Shelbourne Street and other areas

The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The District of Saanich is offering online climate action workshops to help residents reduce climate impact in and around their communities, such as in shared green spaces like Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Six-week workshop to help Saanich residents tailor climate action efforts

Sustainable transportation options, living minimally among topics to be discussed by experts

The District of Saanich is offering online climate action workshops to help residents reduce climate impact in and around their communities, such as in shared green spaces like Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Arbutus Cove in Gordon Head remains closed post-landslide as engineering teams assess safety and underlying causes of the event. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Parks and Recreation)

Saanich’s Arbutus Cove area remains closed post-landslide, crews continue to assess safety

Public access point to be inaccessible until safety can be assured

Arbutus Cove in Gordon Head remains closed post-landslide as engineering teams assess safety and underlying causes of the event. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Parks and Recreation)
A section of Del Monte Avenue from Helvetia Crescent to Del Monte Lane was closed Tuesday (Jan. 4) due to a frost heave. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Saanich crews assess frost heave on Del Monte Avenue to prevent sinkhole

Process can loosen sub-base material and pavement once ice melts

A section of Del Monte Avenue from Helvetia Crescent to Del Monte Lane was closed Tuesday (Jan. 4) due to a frost heave. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Residents express concern for pedestrian safety on Sayward and Alderley roads where the route is heavily used for industrial travel. (Photo courtesy of Vina Moldoveanu)

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Residents express concern for pedestrian safety on Sayward and Alderley roads where the route is heavily used for industrial travel. (Photo courtesy of Vina Moldoveanu)
Firefighters responded to a report of an ‘explosion’ Apr. 9 at Uptown Walmart. The call turned out to be a car driven through a wall and ultimately trapping store employees in a freezer. The account was one of Saanich News’ most read stories in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

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Firefighters responded to a report of an ‘explosion’ Apr. 9 at Uptown Walmart. The call turned out to be a car driven through a wall and ultimately trapping store employees in a freezer. The account was one of Saanich News’ most read stories in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Winter road maintenance in Saanich is budgeted, and certain routes are prioritized in the wake of hazardous conditions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich crews work around the clock to tend to winter weather conditions

Major and collector streets, designated bus routes and steep hills priority

Winter road maintenance in Saanich is budgeted, and certain routes are prioritized in the wake of hazardous conditions. (Black Press Media file photo)
Those with mobility challenges continue to encounter utility poles on sidewalks in Saanich, like this one on an often-busy Cedar Hill Road near Mount Douglas Cross Road near two large trees. Mobility advocates say the district needs to do more work to address such safety issues in its road and sidewalk planning. (Photo courtesy of Dean Murdock)

Saanich disability advocate calls for more inclusive sidewalk, roadway designs

Utility poles on sidewalks one area of improvement needed to help those with mobility challenges

Those with mobility challenges continue to encounter utility poles on sidewalks in Saanich, like this one on an often-busy Cedar Hill Road near Mount Douglas Cross Road near two large trees. Mobility advocates say the district needs to do more work to address such safety issues in its road and sidewalk planning. (Photo courtesy of Dean Murdock)
The University Heights redevelopment project is an example of a compact, multi-family living space that accommodates other community needs nearby, Mayor Fred Haynes said. (Rendering courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

Saanich council hopes broader planning approach will address urgent need for housing

Council supports priority shift from local area plans to focus on high-growth areas

The University Heights redevelopment project is an example of a compact, multi-family living space that accommodates other community needs nearby, Mayor Fred Haynes said. (Rendering courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)
Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Saanich CAO to get almost $600,000 in severance after firing without cause

The district has not explained the reason behind Paul Thorkelsson’s termination

Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during 2018 inaugural council following Oct. 20 municipal election. Thorkelsson will receive nearly $600,000 in severance pay after being let go without cause by the district last month. (Black Press Media file photo)
This rendering emerged from a Cadboro Bay design charrette held a few years ago. The District of Saanich is in the final phases of community consultation for the Cadboro Bay local area plan, but at least one resident worries that the public’s wishes are not being heard. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

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  • Dec 13, 2021
This rendering emerged from a Cadboro Bay design charrette held a few years ago. The District of Saanich is in the final phases of community consultation for the Cadboro Bay local area plan, but at least one resident worries that the public’s wishes are not being heard. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
The District of Saanich earned a safety excellence award from the B.C. Municipal Safety Association. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich recognized for workplace safety

B.C. Municipal Safety Association 2021 award recognized the district for efforts in safety

The District of Saanich earned a safety excellence award from the B.C. Municipal Safety Association. (Black Press Media file photo)
Philip Marciniak, demonstration organizer, is advocating for road safety infrastructure changes in Saanich to be sped up, in the wake of a local teen pedestrian’s recent death after being struck by a vehicle. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Teen’s tragic death spurs road safety demonstration outside of Saanich municipal hall

Advocates push for improvements after Kaydence Bourque’s death by vehicle impact

Philip Marciniak, demonstration organizer, is advocating for road safety infrastructure changes in Saanich to be sped up, in the wake of a local teen pedestrian’s recent death after being struck by a vehicle. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A demonstration will occur outside of Saanich Municipal Hall this Friday at 2 p.m. (Dec. 10) calling for more road safety improvements, in light of a Dec. 6 traffic incident that left a Saanich teen dead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Road safety demonstration at Saanich municipal hall planned for Friday

Advocates plan to push harder for improvements in wake of teen’s tragic death

A demonstration will occur outside of Saanich Municipal Hall this Friday at 2 p.m. (Dec. 10) calling for more road safety improvements, in light of a Dec. 6 traffic incident that left a Saanich teen dead. (Black Press Media file photo)
Allan Chapman holds a decibel reader application up to the shared fence on his property where a neighbouring heat pump is immediately behind it. The 54.5-decibel reading is above Saanich bylaw limits, and hovers around this number day and night, said Chapman. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich resident questions bylaw governing heat pump noise

Cadboro Bay man says noise from neighbour’s heat pump causing a disturbance

Allan Chapman holds a decibel reader application up to the shared fence on his property where a neighbouring heat pump is immediately behind it. The 54.5-decibel reading is above Saanich bylaw limits, and hovers around this number day and night, said Chapman. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Greater Victoria muralist, Kay Gallivan, said that murals bring communities together through creativity and expression. (Photo courtesy of Kay Gallivan)

Proposal would bring more colour to Saanich streets

Coun. Ned Taylor submitted notice of motion to launch a mural and street art program

Greater Victoria muralist, Kay Gallivan, said that murals bring communities together through creativity and expression. (Photo courtesy of Kay Gallivan)
Richard Mosdell, owner of Kenzen Karate, recently received an award from the District of Saanich for the positive impact the studio has had on the Saanich community. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich karate studio recognized for making positive community impact

Aikido expert Mayor Fred Haynes invited to Kenzen Karate to give seminar on martial art

Richard Mosdell, owner of Kenzen Karate, recently received an award from the District of Saanich for the positive impact the studio has had on the Saanich community. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)