Saanich Peninsula

The Central Saanich Fire Department on scene at a structure fire on Genoa Place. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

UPDATED: Crews contain fire to attic of Central Saanich home

Firefighters are responding to a structure fire in Central Saanich

The Central Saanich Fire Department on scene at a structure fire on Genoa Place. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
Armando Barbon stands near his piece titled Pure Energy Tuesday morning. He donated the piece to Sidney, now a permanent part of the community’s Seaside Sculpture Walk, now located in Beacon Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Donated sculpture in Sidney’s Beacon Park a testament to perseverance

Victoria artist Armando Barbon picked up sculpting 22 years ago

Armando Barbon stands near his piece titled Pure Energy Tuesday morning. He donated the piece to Sidney, now a permanent part of the community’s Seaside Sculpture Walk, now located in Beacon Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A report to Central Saanich council finds the community needs at least 553 new spaces to meet existing daycare needs. (Black Press Media File)

Central Saanich needs at least more than 500 additional daycare spaces

Report before Central Saanich says region faces a ‘chronic shortage’ of daycare spaces

A report to Central Saanich council finds the community needs at least 553 new spaces to meet existing daycare needs. (Black Press Media File)
Fall issue of Pearl now out

Fall issue of Pearl now out

A treasure trove of Saanich Peninsula stories

Fall issue of Pearl now out
A Greater Victoria man faces a slew of charges relating to child pornography after materials were seized by Central Saanich police. (Black Press Media file photo)

Child pornography charges laid against Greater Victoria man

Central Saanich police found child abuse materials during a search in February

A Greater Victoria man faces a slew of charges relating to child pornography after materials were seized by Central Saanich police. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Teachers’ Association president Don Peterson (fifth from right, in green jacket), here seen during last fall’s strike by support workers, says rumours of a teachers’ strike, are “completely unfounded” as school returns Thursday. (Black Press Media File)

Head of Saanich teachers’ union dismisses rumours of a strike

Don Peterson says he has no idea where the rumour orginated

Saanich Teachers’ Association president Don Peterson (fifth from right, in green jacket), here seen during last fall’s strike by support workers, says rumours of a teachers’ strike, are “completely unfounded” as school returns Thursday. (Black Press Media File)
With the Sandown lands behind her, Jennifer Rashleigh of the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture says she cannot wait to help turn the former horse racing track into a showcase of modern agricultural practices, calling it an “agricultural-focused community centre.” (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich’s Sandown lands to become ‘agricultural-focused community centre’

North Saanich will consider lease with Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture this month

With the Sandown lands behind her, Jennifer Rashleigh of the Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture says she cannot wait to help turn the former horse racing track into a showcase of modern agricultural practices, calling it an “agricultural-focused community centre.” (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
This seal pup, now named Shellen Degeneres, was brought in to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. (OceanWise)

Sidney Island visitors asked to stay away from seal pups

Parks Canada advises people to maintain a minimum distance of 100 metres

This seal pup, now named Shellen Degeneres, was brought in to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. (OceanWise)
Some 25 residents brought 30 items for repair during the latest edition of the North Saanich Repair Café held Aug. 14. (Susan McDonald/Submitted)

North Saanich Repair Café sets out to reduce waste

Additional cafés scheduled for the fall

Some 25 residents brought 30 items for repair during the latest edition of the North Saanich Repair Café held Aug. 14. (Susan McDonald/Submitted)
The provincial ministry of social development and poverty reduction headed by Shane Simpson says 608 residents living in Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich have received a temporary crisis supplement now extended for another four months. (BC Government photo)
The provincial ministry of social development and poverty reduction headed by Shane Simpson says 608 residents living in Sidney, Central Saanich and North Saanich have received a temporary crisis supplement now extended for another four months. (BC Government photo)
Cascadia Seaweed chairperson Bill Collins and CEO Mike Williamson grill up some salmon and seaweed burgers. Along with plans to manufacture marine products for other industries, the Sidney-based company has decided to produce and sell its own food products. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Cascadia Seaweed chairperson Bill Collins and CEO Mike Williamson grill up some salmon and seaweed burgers. Along with plans to manufacture marine products for other industries, the Sidney-based company has decided to produce and sell its own food products. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
A motorcyclist caught driving 144 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the Pat Bay Highway faced a hefty fine and a week-long vehicle impound. (Central Saanich Police Service/Twitter)

Motorcyclist caught going over 140 km/h on Pat Bay Highway

Vehicle towed, impounded for seven-days and driver slapped with fine

A motorcyclist caught driving 144 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the Pat Bay Highway faced a hefty fine and a week-long vehicle impound. (Central Saanich Police Service/Twitter)
The popular animal exhibits and the rest of the Saanich Fair are cancelled for this year due to COVID restrictions around public gatherings. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Fair takes an online turn, keeps the kids in mind

A community staple since the 1860s, Labour Day weekend icon keeps low profile due to COVID

The popular animal exhibits and the rest of the Saanich Fair are cancelled for this year due to COVID restrictions around public gatherings. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Parsons at Brentwood Bay, which officially opened on Aug. 7, adds 40 units of affordable housing to Central Saanich. (Photo contributed)

Central Saanich adds affordable housing

The Parsons in Brentwood Bay home to 40 units

The Parsons at Brentwood Bay, which officially opened on Aug. 7, adds 40 units of affordable housing to Central Saanich. (Photo contributed)
Members of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary want to thank the community for its generous support. The group hosted a pop-up gift shop in Sidney earlier this month, raising almost $20,000 for the hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary raises almost $20,000 with pop-up shop

Forced to close gift shop, group looks for satellite space to raise funds for much-needed equipment

Members of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary want to thank the community for its generous support. The group hosted a pop-up gift shop in Sidney earlier this month, raising almost $20,000 for the hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary)
The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary hosts a pop up fundraising event in the Landmark building in Sidney from Aug 1 to 8. The shop will feature crafts, hidden treasures, clothing, books, art and more. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary hosts pop-up fundraiser in Sidney

Temporary store to feature unique hand made gifts, collectibles, clothing, books and more

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary hosts a pop up fundraising event in the Landmark building in Sidney from Aug 1 to 8. The shop will feature crafts, hidden treasures, clothing, books, art and more. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
Retailers in Sidney and elsewhere on the Saanich Peninsula have been drastically affected by reduced operating hours or capacity in the face of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney mayor says economic impacts of COVID will reach into 2021, if not beyond

Cliff McNeil-Smith issued the warning during a presentation to Central Saanich council

Retailers in Sidney and elsewhere on the Saanich Peninsula have been drastically affected by reduced operating hours or capacity in the face of COVID-19. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Denny Warner, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says the local business community has proven resilient against the backdrop of COVID-19. (Submitted)

Saanich Peninsula business proves resilient during pandemic

2020 Readers’ Choice celebrates local businesses and organizations

Denny Warner, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, says the local business community has proven resilient against the backdrop of COVID-19. (Submitted)
Renate Herberger, a North Saanich woman known as the Deep Cove Mermaid, hopes the public can help her recover this house-marker in the shape of a mermaid after she reported it stolen. Herberger’s late son had purchased the sign for her with his pocket money. (Renate Herberger/Submitted)

North Saanich woman hopes to recover stolen sign gifted to her by late son

Renate Herberger says the theft of the mermaid house-marker aims to hurt her

Renate Herberger, a North Saanich woman known as the Deep Cove Mermaid, hopes the public can help her recover this house-marker in the shape of a mermaid after she reported it stolen. Herberger’s late son had purchased the sign for her with his pocket money. (Renate Herberger/Submitted)
Bob Peart, who helps to coordinate the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition (SPEC), and Jerram Gawley, a co-op student from the University of Victoria hired by SPEC, are currently working on a framework designed to improve environmental governance on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Coalition calls for public input on environmental framework for Saanich Peninsula

Document currently drafted calls for improved collaboration among local municipalities

Bob Peart, who helps to coordinate the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition (SPEC), and Jerram Gawley, a co-op student from the University of Victoria hired by SPEC, are currently working on a framework designed to improve environmental governance on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)