Saanich Peninsula

Save North Saanich will rally outside municipal hall Monday to protest the substance and process of the municipality’s review of its Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Community group calls on North Saanich to stop OCP review

Save North Saanich plans to rally outside municipal hall Monday

Save North Saanich will rally outside municipal hall Monday to protest the substance and process of the municipality’s review of its Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Remuneration listings for Saanich Peninsula municipalities are part of the Statement of Financial Information released this time of year in B.C. (Pixabay.com)

Council, staff pay list released by Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney

Statement of Financial Information annually gives remuneration for employees, elected officials

Remuneration listings for Saanich Peninsula municipalities are part of the Statement of Financial Information released this time of year in B.C. (Pixabay.com)
Last year, Satnam Dheensaw of Gobind Farms planted 50 per cent less strawberries in response to a shortage in foreign agriculture workers. The annual report from Peninsula and Area Agricultural Food Commission described the lack of domestic and foreign workers as the biggest obstacle during 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Ag report finds growing challenges, opportunities for Saanich Peninsula farmers

Demand for locally grown food increased up to 300 per cent in 2020; land becoming more expensive

Last year, Satnam Dheensaw of Gobind Farms planted 50 per cent less strawberries in response to a shortage in foreign agriculture workers. The annual report from Peninsula and Area Agricultural Food Commission described the lack of domestic and foreign workers as the biggest obstacle during 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Ministry of Environment says vehicle access to LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park will remain open unless BC Wildfire Service orders park closure due to an imminent wildfire threat. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Vehicle access remains for LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Park in North Saanich

Nearby residents worry about wildfire risks from vehicle sparks, discarded cigarettes

The Ministry of Environment says vehicle access to LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park will remain open unless BC Wildfire Service orders park closure due to an imminent wildfire threat. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The long-awaited CP-121 Tracker aircraft arrives by barge in Patricia Bay July 5 before making its final trek to the B.C. Aviation Museum in North Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Historic Cold War warrior lands at North Saanich museum

Discovery Channel films part of historic plane’s dramatic move to B.C. Aviation Museum

The long-awaited CP-121 Tracker aircraft arrives by barge in Patricia Bay July 5 before making its final trek to the B.C. Aviation Museum in North Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Treasurer Jason Knight, president Sander Eijgenraam and Paul Murray, director-at-large of the Central Saanich Community Gardens Society stand on the municipal-owned property the society hopes to use for a project. The society hopes to lease the property for two years and begin construction next March, if rezoning and fundraising are successful. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Plans for Central Saanich community garden are germinating

Council has given tentative approval for Clarke Road project, public hearing to follow

Treasurer Jason Knight, president Sander Eijgenraam and Paul Murray, director-at-large of the Central Saanich Community Gardens Society stand on the municipal-owned property the society hopes to use for a project. The society hopes to lease the property for two years and begin construction next March, if rezoning and fundraising are successful. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Bob Peart, left, who helped coordinate the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition, stands with University of Victoria co-op student Jerram Gawley, a co-op student who developed a framework to improve environmental governance on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Peninsula communities appear ready to collaborate on environmental policy

Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition looking for implementation of bio-framework

Bob Peart, left, who helped coordinate the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition, stands with University of Victoria co-op student Jerram Gawley, a co-op student who developed a framework to improve environmental governance on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, appreciated the donation of $100,000 from the District of Central Saanich. She said this funding, and the moneys received from other municipal partners, is critical as donations typically drop in summer. (Black Press Media File)

Food bank staff grateful for $100,000 donation from Central Saanich

Money for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank comes from municipality’s COVID-19 restart grant

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, appreciated the donation of $100,000 from the District of Central Saanich. She said this funding, and the moneys received from other municipal partners, is critical as donations typically drop in summer. (Black Press Media File)
Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is asking for public input on the draft of its new strategic plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea asks for public input in charting future

Public can submit feedback on its draft strategic plan until Aug. 15

Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is asking for public input on the draft of its new strategic plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Peter Belair, who lives at the SHOAL Centre in Sidney, received this card from Buckingham Palace after he wrote to Queen Elizabeth II with condolences on the death of her husband Prince Philip in April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney resident receives thank-you note from Buckingham Palace

Peter Belair had written condolences to Queen Elizabeth II upon the death of Prince Philip

Peter Belair, who lives at the SHOAL Centre in Sidney, received this card from Buckingham Palace after he wrote to Queen Elizabeth II with condolences on the death of her husband Prince Philip in April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The North Saanich fire department gave local students a cool break Monday as temperatures soared well past 30 C. (Photo courtesy of North Saanich Middle School/Twitter)

North Saanich firefighters help students cool off during heat wave

North Saanich Middle School students get misted by fire trucks

The North Saanich fire department gave local students a cool break Monday as temperatures soared well past 30 C. (Photo courtesy of North Saanich Middle School/Twitter)
Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm shows damage that heat caused on his raspberry crop. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula farmers face significant crop losses due to excessive heat

Local berry patches sustain extensive damage; high temperatures a benefit for corn growers

Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm shows damage that heat caused on his raspberry crop. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich council has passed a notice of motion from Coun. Zeb King that is calling on the provincial government to defer logging in high-productivity old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media File).

Central Saanich calls for deferral of old-growth logging

Couns. Carl Jensen, Gordon Newton and Niall Paltiel voted against measure proposed by Coun. Zeb King

Central Saanich council has passed a notice of motion from Coun. Zeb King that is calling on the provincial government to defer logging in high-productivity old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media File).
Higher steel prices have driven up the cost of fencing to protect the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment and vehicles. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Higher steel prices hike cost of upgrades to Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment

Improvements increase security of RCMP building, vehicles

Higher steel prices have driven up the cost of fencing to protect the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment and vehicles. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Lucia (Stqwal) Bartleman has been appointed as an Indigenous patient navigator at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital following a report that found Indigenous-specific racism to be widespread in B.C.’s healthcare system. (Island Health/Vimeo)

Indigenous patient navigator appointed to Saanich Peninsula Hospital following racism probe

Review found Indigenous-specific racism exists in B.C. health care

Lucia (Stqwal) Bartleman has been appointed as an Indigenous patient navigator at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital following a report that found Indigenous-specific racism to be widespread in B.C.’s healthcare system. (Island Health/Vimeo)
Sidney’s Town Crier Kenny Podmore will be walking the streets of Sidney on Canada Day, handing out Canada pins and flags, while dressed in red and white. (Black Press Media File)

Televised musical show features in Sidney’s revised Canada Day celebrations

Winspear Centre site of concert, town crier Kenny Podmore to hand out flags

Sidney’s Town Crier Kenny Podmore will be walking the streets of Sidney on Canada Day, handing out Canada pins and flags, while dressed in red and white. (Black Press Media File)
Coun. Patricia Pearson is calling for a different level of discourse as North Saanich continues to review the Official Community Plan. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)

North Saanich councillor laments climate on social media

Coun. Patricia Pearson criticizes rhetoric surrounding OCP review

Coun. Patricia Pearson is calling for a different level of discourse as North Saanich continues to review the Official Community Plan. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)
The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)

3 generations of Greater Victoria family set to sail the world

, settles into tiny home on water for world travel

The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)
Staff with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea released Wanda on June 7 near Ucluelet. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Submitted)

Wanda the octopus says goodbye to Sidney

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea returned octopus to waters off Ucluelet, received a new one June 8

Staff with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea released Wanda on June 7 near Ucluelet. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Submitted)
Sidney resident Babs Chorlton celebrates her 104th birthday. (Courtesy Robert Cairn)

Sidney resident celebrates her 104th with a second pandemic birthday party

Summergate Village resident gathers with 25 friends in her garden

Sidney resident Babs Chorlton celebrates her 104th birthday. (Courtesy Robert Cairn)