Saanich Peninsula

Changes to the contract with the consultant handling North Saanich’s OCP review have helped to push the 2021 budget for the OCP review some $60,000 over its initial annual budget of $150,000. Staff say the increase responds to public feedback, engagement. (Black Press Media File)

North Saanich exceeds OCP budget for 2021 by more than $60,000

Staff say the additional spending responds to community feedback, engagement

Changes to the contract with the consultant handling North Saanich’s OCP review have helped to push the 2021 budget for the OCP review some $60,000 over its initial annual budget of $150,000. Staff say the increase responds to public feedback, engagement. (Black Press Media File)
Katrina Adams, environmental support technician, is one of the two Peninsula Streams Society staff members assessing the state of Hagan and Graham Creeks as part of a month-long project that started on Aug. 17. (Carmen Pavlov/Submitted)

Peninsula Streams Society assesses state of local waterways, beaches

Goal is to gain a better understanding with an eye toward restoration opportunities in the watershed

Katrina Adams, environmental support technician, is one of the two Peninsula Streams Society staff members assessing the state of Hagan and Graham Creeks as part of a month-long project that started on Aug. 17. (Carmen Pavlov/Submitted)
The Sidney and North Saanich RCMP is seeking information about a man who reportedly tried to open the doors of several homes before trying to hit police with a vehicle on Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media File)

Police seek man who tried to enter North Saanich homes

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP said he also tried to ram police with stolen vehicle

The Sidney and North Saanich RCMP is seeking information about a man who reportedly tried to open the doors of several homes before trying to hit police with a vehicle on Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media File)
Deputy Chief Rob Nelson, Captain John Inoke and Assistant Chief Forrest Owens outside the Central Saanich museum celebrating the community fire service. The team celebrates with an open house at the Mount Newton X Road site on Sept. 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Central Saanich Fire celebrates 7 decades of serving community

Veteran firefighters recall the old days of battling blazes

Deputy Chief Rob Nelson, Captain John Inoke and Assistant Chief Forrest Owens outside the Central Saanich museum celebrating the community fire service. The team celebrates with an open house at the Mount Newton X Road site on Sept. 18. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. She’s led the women’s wheelchair basketball team during their first games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau dazzles in Tokyo tip-off games

Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball off to 2-0 start

Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. She’s led the women’s wheelchair basketball team during their first games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
North Saanich resident Len Grant, here seen after the surgery during which doctors inserted electrodes as part of his treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, will ride in North Saanich and Sidney over the weekend to help raise funds for the fight against the disease. (Photo courtesy of Len Grant)

North Saanich man hopes to ride brain implants into a better future

Weeks after doctors inserted electrodes into skull, Len Grant rides to raise cash against Parkinson’s

North Saanich resident Len Grant, here seen after the surgery during which doctors inserted electrodes as part of his treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, will ride in North Saanich and Sidney over the weekend to help raise funds for the fight against the disease. (Photo courtesy of Len Grant)
Central Saanich reminds residents that summer is the season of infrastructure work. (District of Central Saanich)

Culvert replacement means daytime closures on Central Saanich thoroughfare

Segment of Mt. Newton Cross Road closed Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central Saanich reminds residents that summer is the season of infrastructure work. (District of Central Saanich)
The mass immunization site at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre closed Sunday, Aug. 22, as Island Health shifts resources toward smaller sites. Clarence Bolt of Sidney, 69, here seen in the spring, was among those who received their shots. (Black Press Media File)

Saanich Peninsula tops Island Health for vaccination rates, second in B.C.

Mass vaccination site at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre closed

The mass immunization site at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre closed Sunday, Aug. 22, as Island Health shifts resources toward smaller sites. Clarence Bolt of Sidney, 69, here seen in the spring, was among those who received their shots. (Black Press Media File)
Kathy Blaine, store manager of Brown’s the Florist, and assistant manager Charlotte Yardley, show part of the floral arrangement that will serve as a welcoming arch into the business when the inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 starting with a kick-off event Saturday in front of the business. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney

The event featuring elaborate floral arrangements and other elements aims to attract tourists

Kathy Blaine, store manager of Brown’s the Florist, and assistant manager Charlotte Yardley, show part of the floral arrangement that will serve as a welcoming arch into the business when the inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 starting with a kick-off event Saturday in front of the business. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Conservative candidate for Saanich Gulf-Islands has apologized for past comments he made about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed the murder of George Floyd. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Trelford).

Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative candidate apologizes for Black Lives Matter comments

David Busch asked if protesters wanted lynchings, BLM organizer says it’s a learning opportunity

The Conservative candidate for Saanich Gulf-Islands has apologized for past comments he made about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed the murder of George Floyd. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Trelford).
A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General or Royal Jubilee hospitals. (Black Press Media file photo)

Inability to fulfil baseline staffing caused weekend Saanich Peninsula Hospital closure

Shortage of registered nurses caused temporary emergency room closure

A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General or Royal Jubilee hospitals. (Black Press Media file photo)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney retail analyst says arrival of ‘Godzilla’ Amazon could benefit community

Richard Talbot says Amazon’s arrival will increase employment, but also create “peripheral pressures”

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
Gurdeep Pandher does a bit of bhangra dancing with Jess Birring at the 3rd Street Cafe in Sidney. The Sidney visit was the final stop on the Joy, Hope and Positivity Tour where the Yukon-based Pandher spread his love for the traditional dance of Punjab across Canada. Pandher has promised to visit Sidney again on next year’s tour and lead residents in bhangra dance. (Courtesy Michele Sealey)

Gurdeep Pandher stops in Sidney on his Joy, Hope and Positivity Tour

Yukon-based Pandher spread his love for the traditional dance of Punjab across Canada

  • Aug 22, 2021
Gurdeep Pandher does a bit of bhangra dancing with Jess Birring at the 3rd Street Cafe in Sidney. The Sidney visit was the final stop on the Joy, Hope and Positivity Tour where the Yukon-based Pandher spread his love for the traditional dance of Punjab across Canada. Pandher has promised to visit Sidney again on next year’s tour and lead residents in bhangra dance. (Courtesy Michele Sealey)
A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATED: Nursing shortage led to 12-hour closure of emergency room at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Island Health directed patients to Victoria General Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital

A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 153rd running of the Saanich Fair on Labour Day weekend will have some aspects scaled down due to the ongoing pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Fair returns Labour Day weekend

Fewer farm animals, reduced indoor aspects being planned for this year’s fair

The 153rd running of the Saanich Fair on Labour Day weekend will have some aspects scaled down due to the ongoing pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Figures from Sidney / North Saanich RCMP detachment show criminal code offences across major categories dropped 17 per cent during the first six months of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Major crime in Sidney/North Saanich drops by 17% during first half of 2021

Mounties also report fewer collisions and impaired drivers

Figures from Sidney / North Saanich RCMP detachment show criminal code offences across major categories dropped 17 per cent during the first six months of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Four cedar trusses are raised onto the Tsawout First Nation’s new bighouse in the first week of August. A 2009 fire destroyed the former cultural space. (Courtesy Dave Watson/Tsawout First Nation)

‘It was just like we can breathe again’: Tsawout bighouse takes shape

Raising of the cultural building’s roof trusses brings positive impact

Four cedar trusses are raised onto the Tsawout First Nation’s new bighouse in the first week of August. A 2009 fire destroyed the former cultural space. (Courtesy Dave Watson/Tsawout First Nation)
Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right, here seen in 2020) says a never-seen-before confluence of retirements, promotions and injuries have caused staffing challenges at the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. One of the retirees includes the previous community policing officer, Const. Paul Mittelsteadt (left). (Black Press Media file photo)

High housing costs a factor in Sidney/North Saanich RCMP staffing shortage

Major crimes unit kept busy with 24 new investigations

Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right, here seen in 2020) says a never-seen-before confluence of retirements, promotions and injuries have caused staffing challenges at the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. One of the retirees includes the previous community policing officer, Const. Paul Mittelsteadt (left). (Black Press Media file photo)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith praises arrival of Amazon

But the president of the Sidney Community Association questions the manner of the announcement

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
This conceptual rendering shows revisions to the proposed warehouse in Sidney on land under the authority of the Victoria Airport Authority. York Realty, which plans to build, then lease the building, said significant changes to the massing and height of the building respond to community feedback. (Rendering courtesy of York Realty)

Amazon confirmed as Victoria International Airport warehouse tenant

Victoria Airport Authority, York Realty to work with area stakeholders to build roundabout at Galaran and Beacon

This conceptual rendering shows revisions to the proposed warehouse in Sidney on land under the authority of the Victoria Airport Authority. York Realty, which plans to build, then lease the building, said significant changes to the massing and height of the building respond to community feedback. (Rendering courtesy of York Realty)