Sidney

Sidney pet owners are concerned after six cubes of peanut butter coated rat poison were founded dispersed around the Blue Peter Marina Feb. 28. (Find Lost and Escaped Dogs Vancouver Island/Facebook)
Sidney pet owners are concerned after six cubes of peanut butter coated rat poison were founded dispersed around the Blue Peter Marina Feb. 28. (Find Lost and Escaped Dogs Vancouver Island/Facebook)
A 5-2 majority of Sidney councillors voted against trimming the 2021 draft budget off $30,000 earmarked in part for the search of pickleball specific courts in Sidney. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney serves up $30,000 toward search for, design of pickleball courts

Coun. Scott Garnett urges action as majority defeats motion to strike funding from budget

A 5-2 majority of Sidney councillors voted against trimming the 2021 draft budget off $30,000 earmarked in part for the search of pickleball specific courts in Sidney. (Black Press Media File)
Island Health has confirmed a low risk COVID-19 exposure occurred at Allegro Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 10. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)

Possible COVID-19 exposure at North Saanich performing arts centre

People present at Allegro Performing Arts Centre Feb. 10 had low risk of exposure

Island Health has confirmed a low risk COVID-19 exposure occurred at Allegro Performing Arts Centre on Feb. 10. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)
Funding from the federal tax gas money helped pay for this playground in Sidney’s Rathdown Park. (Courtesy Town of Sidney)

Sidney mayor praises federal gas tax support

Funding includes $140,000 toward new playground among other projects

Funding from the federal tax gas money helped pay for this playground in Sidney’s Rathdown Park. (Courtesy Town of Sidney)
Sidney received 87 animal related complaints in 2020, but only a ‘handful’ of complaints about backyard chickens since early 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney received 87 animal related complaints in 2020, but only a ‘handful’ of complaints about backyard chickens since early 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colin Springford doing what he loved best, tending to his garden. (Linda Matteson photo)

Longtime farmer Colin Springford dies at age 75

‘He will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten’

Colin Springford doing what he loved best, tending to his garden. (Linda Matteson photo)
Staff and volunteers at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea were disappointed by the theft of an educational porpoise skull likely taken on Jan. 8. (Courtesy of Tina Kelly)

Well-loved porpoise skull stolen from Sidney aquarium

Skull had been used for youth and visitor education and outreach for years

Staff and volunteers at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea were disappointed by the theft of an educational porpoise skull likely taken on Jan. 8. (Courtesy of Tina Kelly)
Sidney Jon Blair said he would have died if a van and car had collided at the intersection of corner of Resthaven Drive and Brethour Avenue in early December. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney senior urges motorists to slow down on Resthaven Drive

Jon Blair said community must become more pedestrian-friendly

Sidney Jon Blair said he would have died if a van and car had collided at the intersection of corner of Resthaven Drive and Brethour Avenue in early December. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney town staff are encouraging the public to continue to submit their comments to Sidney2040 Interactive Idea Map. The site was briefly down over Christmas. (Screencap)

Sidney encourages public to continue to submit ideas on OCP review

The third-party website accepting OCP review ideas from public was down briefly over Christmas

Sidney town staff are encouraging the public to continue to submit their comments to Sidney2040 Interactive Idea Map. The site was briefly down over Christmas. (Screencap)
A report before Sidney council identifies as demographics, urban infrastructure as would-be threats to successful evacuation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s demographics, urban infrastructure may threaten successful evacuation

Town applying for more than $22,000 to help build better evacuation routes

A report before Sidney council identifies as demographics, urban infrastructure as would-be threats to successful evacuation. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney council makes 2020 business tax cuts permanent heading into 2021. (Black Press Media Staff).

Sidney council makes 2020 business tax cuts permanent heading into 2021

Council agreed to review taxation rates on the basis of 2020 business rates

Sidney council makes 2020 business tax cuts permanent heading into 2021. (Black Press Media Staff).
Sidney announced the “substantial completion” of the renovation of Reay Creek Dam (inclusive fish-ladder) earlier this month. (Town of Sidney/Submitted)

Sidney announces ‘substantial completion’ of Reay Creek Dam renovations

Final cost could be revealed next month after project suffered ‘unforeseen issues’

Sidney announced the “substantial completion” of the renovation of Reay Creek Dam (inclusive fish-ladder) earlier this month. (Town of Sidney/Submitted)
Lisa MacKenzie, a health care assistant (HCA) at Sidney All Care Residence, won the 2020 BC Care Provider of the Year in the category of long-term care earlier in October. (All Care Canada/Submitted)

Sidney health care provider wins top provincial care award

Lisa MacKenzie has been working at Sidney All Care Residence for five years

Lisa MacKenzie, a health care assistant (HCA) at Sidney All Care Residence, won the 2020 BC Care Provider of the Year in the category of long-term care earlier in October. (All Care Canada/Submitted)
Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Sidney Unit #302 located in the 9800-block of Fourth Street in Sidney won’t be open for Remembrance Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s veteran unit closes for Remembrance Day

ANAVETS unit president cites COVID-19 restrictions

Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Sidney Unit #302 located in the 9800-block of Fourth Street in Sidney won’t be open for Remembrance Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Reverend Suzanna Bates (left) flanks 98-year-old John Bruce and 81-year-old Hazel Phillips Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney. The church is turning 100 years old Nov. 7 and will be celebrating by ringing the historic church bell 100 times on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney church marks a century with tolling bells Sunday

St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney turns 100 on Nov. 7

Reverend Suzanna Bates (left) flanks 98-year-old John Bruce and 81-year-old Hazel Phillips Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul’s United Church in Sidney. The church is turning 100 years old Nov. 7 and will be celebrating by ringing the historic church bell 100 times on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney council signalled its support for additional cannabis outlets on Beacon Avenue after councillors last month showed their support for the cannabis business formerly known as Happy Buddha Cannabis as proposed by Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney signals support for additional cannabis stores on Beacon Avenue

Legal fight with cannabis business cost Sidney almost $40,000

Sidney council signalled its support for additional cannabis outlets on Beacon Avenue after councillors last month showed their support for the cannabis business formerly known as Happy Buddha Cannabis as proposed by Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles are celebrating after Sidney council signalled their support for their proposed cannabis business in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney council signals support for recreational cannabis store

A 6-1 vote sends application forward for final approval from province

Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles are celebrating after Sidney council signalled their support for their proposed cannabis business in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
This picture, taken earlier this month, shows the work on the dam that has created Reay Creek Pond. It is not clear yet when the remediation of the pond, a federal project, and the renovation of the dam, a municipal project, will wrap up, with some portion of the work now being pushed into 2021. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Work on Sidney’s Reay Creek Dam won’t wrap until 2021

Municipality expects the pond to be ‘partially drained’ again in 2021

This picture, taken earlier this month, shows the work on the dam that has created Reay Creek Pond. It is not clear yet when the remediation of the pond, a federal project, and the renovation of the dam, a municipal project, will wrap up, with some portion of the work now being pushed into 2021. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A new program called Meet Your Street aims to build neighbourhood resilience. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney builds community resilience through neighbourhood gatherings

Meet Your Street needs residents to create gatherings, safe interactions

A new program called Meet Your Street aims to build neighbourhood resilience. (Black Press Media file photo)
Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right) and Const. Paul Mittelsteadt stand outside the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. Both predict that community policing will play an increasingly important role in fighting crime by way of prevention. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New community policing officer for Sidney/North Saanich taking proactive approach

Const. Paul Mittelsteadt assumed the position last month

Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right) and Const. Paul Mittelsteadt stand outside the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. Both predict that community policing will play an increasingly important role in fighting crime by way of prevention. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)