Saanich Peninsula

Central Saanich police and firefighters were called to help rescue a horse stuck in a ditch. (Courtesy of Central Saanich Fire)

Horse stuck in ditch freed by Central Saanich crews

Backhoe used to help police, fire and public works free animal

Central Saanich police and firefighters were called to help rescue a horse stuck in a ditch. (Courtesy of Central Saanich Fire)
Two more aircrafts, including a CF-104 Starfighter, are said to join the CP-121 Tracker that arrived Monday in North Saanich for display at the BC Aviation Museum. (Black Press Media file photo)

Flying Banana helicopter and Starfighter set to land in North Saanich museum

A Piasecki twin-rotor helicopter and iconic Starfighter jet are coming to BC Aviation Museum

Two more aircrafts, including a CF-104 Starfighter, are said to join the CP-121 Tracker that arrived Monday in North Saanich for display at the BC Aviation Museum. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report part of the OCP review process in North Saanich identifies the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, McTavish and East Saanich Road and the Panorama Recreation Centre as one of six emerging concepts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Report finds lack of consensus around housing needs in North Saanich

North Saanich also requires significant changes to deal with climate change, report finds

A report part of the OCP review process in North Saanich identifies the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, McTavish and East Saanich Road and the Panorama Recreation Centre as one of six emerging concepts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich accused of stifling group critical of OCP review process

CAO Tim Tanton says municipality respects freedom of expression, while protecting public

North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Niall Paltiel says with the District of Central Saanich lacking resources to work with people at risk of homelessness and in immediate crisis, BC Housing should give preference to locals in certain critical situations when selecting tenants for the supportive housing project on Prosser Road. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich sends housing preference list to province for Prosser project

District asks that people facing three categories of risk be prioritized for tenancy

Coun. Niall Paltiel says with the District of Central Saanich lacking resources to work with people at risk of homelessness and in immediate crisis, BC Housing should give preference to locals in certain critical situations when selecting tenants for the supportive housing project on Prosser Road. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 152nd Saanich Fair will officially take place on Labour Day weekend while adhering to provincial health orders. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Fair getting set for return on Labour Day Weekend

Fair cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, organizers anticipating further loosening of health orders

The 152nd Saanich Fair will officially take place on Labour Day weekend while adhering to provincial health orders. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich council is moving ahead with plans to attach heritage designation to the Brentwood Anglican Chapel building at 788 Sea Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich embarks upon heritage designation for Brentwood chapel

Owner wants to deconstruct church, but potential partner Brentwood College has other priorities

Central Saanich council is moving ahead with plans to attach heritage designation to the Brentwood Anglican Chapel building at 788 Sea Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich officials plan to meet with provincial officials to discuss the management of LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park, after a report identified areas in and around the park that have potential for wildfire and risk to value within the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)

Report flags wildfire risk in areas around North Saanich parks

Coun. Celia Stock says wildfire a real threat in many parts of the municipality

North Saanich officials plan to meet with provincial officials to discuss the management of LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park, after a report identified areas in and around the park that have potential for wildfire and risk to value within the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich resident Charlene Froom calls on local politicians to be more mindful of the concerns of differently-abled individuals in the face of the area’s aging demographic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich accessibility activist calls for ongoing improvements on Peninsula

Charlene Froom lauds recent moves in Sidney but calls for awareness campaign

North Saanich resident Charlene Froom calls on local politicians to be more mindful of the concerns of differently-abled individuals in the face of the area’s aging demographic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
People with physical disabilities shouldn’t be discounted when designing developments, said Coun. Terri O’Keeffe, as council discussed a new townhouse proposal for Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney councillor calls for attitude adjustment around accessibility

Terri O’Keeffe said developers need to rethink housing options for disabled residents

People with physical disabilities shouldn’t be discounted when designing developments, said Coun. Terri O’Keeffe, as council discussed a new townhouse proposal for Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
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)