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A public hearing on a proposed residential development aimed to densify Saanich’s Swan Lake neighbourhood is set to resume Feb. 14. (Abstract Developments)

‘Unviable’: Saanich developer won’t slash project’s density in half like residents want

Saanich council recessed Jan. 24 public hearing to allow for further public input

A public hearing on a proposed residential development aimed to densify Saanich’s Swan Lake neighbourhood is set to resume Feb. 14. (Abstract Developments)
Jeff Buziak (right) leads last year’s march for Lindsay Buziak. This year’s walk begins at Saanich Municipal Hall at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Someone out there slaughtered my daughter’: Lindsay Buziak’s father still seeks answers

Fifteen years after Greater Victoria realtor’s murder, Jeff Buziak continues quest for justice

Jeff Buziak (right) leads last year’s march for Lindsay Buziak. This year’s walk begins at Saanich Municipal Hall at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich cross-country skier Amelia Wells trains in Whistler ahead of the Junior/U23 World Ski Championships. Wells is the first athlete from Vancouver Island to represent Canada at the international competition. (Katherine Brandt/Strathcona Nordic Ski Club)

Saanich cross-country skier to compete as Team Canada’s first Islander

Twenty-four athletes to represent Canada as nation hosts 2023 Junior/U23 World Ski Championships

Saanich cross-country skier Amelia Wells trains in Whistler ahead of the Junior/U23 World Ski Championships. Wells is the first athlete from Vancouver Island to represent Canada at the international competition. (Katherine Brandt/Strathcona Nordic Ski Club)
Stress dog Beacon is the newest member to join the Saanich Police Department. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

‘He gives you a few kisses’: Saanich police’s newest recruit is a good boy

Black lab named Beacon will serve as operational stress intervention dog

Stress dog Beacon is the newest member to join the Saanich Police Department. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows decreased functional connectivity in the human brain after exposure to traffic pollution. (Courtesy UBC Faculty of Medicine)

Traffic pollution can impair brain function, say UVic and UBC researchers

Groundbreaking study finds even brief exposures have adverse effects on human brain

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows decreased functional connectivity in the human brain after exposure to traffic pollution. (Courtesy UBC Faculty of Medicine)
Saanich councillor Teale Phelps Bondaroff is pushing to make higher-income earners pay more for traffic violations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Make ‘ultra-wealthy’ speeders pay greater fines, says Saanich councillor

Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff hopes provincial government will take bold proposals to heart

Saanich councillor Teale Phelps Bondaroff is pushing to make higher-income earners pay more for traffic violations. (Black Press Media file photo)
A case involving a Victoria police officer is under investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)

OPCC orders conduct review of VicPD officer who took ‘inappropriate’ videos and shared them

Special Municipal Constable Foster Martin was the subject of a disciplinary conduct investigation

A case involving a Victoria police officer is under investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)
Martin Ouellet (left, front), Sonya Marchand, Scott Rose, Jennifer, Jen Bolster (left, back), Nicolas D’Anjou and Chris Millar attend the BC Emergency Health Services’ Vital Link Award presentation on Sunday (Jan. 15) afternoon. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Victoria trio recognized for saving friend’s life after sudden cardiac arrest

Three receive Vital Link Award for life-saving emergency medical response

Martin Ouellet (left, front), Sonya Marchand, Scott Rose, Jennifer, Jen Bolster (left, back), Nicolas D’Anjou and Chris Millar attend the BC Emergency Health Services’ Vital Link Award presentation on Sunday (Jan. 15) afternoon. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Victoria courthouse as seen on Jan. 8. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

‘Dangerous’: City of Victoria takes dog owner to court, cites alleged bylaw offences

Court documents reveal Michael Evans did not license his dog last year

The Victoria courthouse as seen on Jan. 8. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The Beach House Restaurant and nearby lots have been listed as for sale. Owner, Kate Phoenix, says operations will continue as normal until the end of August. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Site of historic Cordova Bay venue hits real estate market

Beach House Restaurant to remain open until end of August, owner says

The Beach House Restaurant and nearby lots have been listed as for sale. Owner, Kate Phoenix, says operations will continue as normal until the end of August. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The single-family residence at 3911 Smugglers Cove Rd. in Saanich is the second most-expensive in the municipality, according to BC Assessment. (Google maps)

Saanich oceanfront among priciest neighbourhoods on Vancouver Island

Three of municipality’s most-expensive residential properties located on Queenswood Drive

The single-family residence at 3911 Smugglers Cove Rd. in Saanich is the second most-expensive in the municipality, according to BC Assessment. (Google maps)
Swimmers sporting festive New Year’s attire enjoy a chilly dip at Willows Beach in Oak Bay on Sunday (Jan. 1). (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria polar bear swimmers plunge into 2023

Cold Water Addicts’ inaugural polar bear swim drew huge turnout at Willows Beach

Swimmers sporting festive New Year’s attire enjoy a chilly dip at Willows Beach in Oak Bay on Sunday (Jan. 1). (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Victoria International Airport air traffic control unit operations specialist Jason Grist watches over the runway on Thursday, Dec. 15. For those who work inside the control tower, Christmas is just another day at the office. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

YYJ’s holiday heroes work around the clock to keep planes safe

Christmas is just another day at the office for the folks at Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport air traffic control unit operations specialist Jason Grist watches over the runway on Thursday, Dec. 15. For those who work inside the control tower, Christmas is just another day at the office. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Luna, a five-year-old bull mastiff-golden retriever cross, survived seven days trapped on a narrow ledge high above the waters of Finlayson Arm. (Courtesy Saryta Schaerer)

Courageous canine survives seven days stuck on ledge after fall from Highlands cliff

Luna reunited with her owner following a harrowing rescue

Luna, a five-year-old bull mastiff-golden retriever cross, survived seven days trapped on a narrow ledge high above the waters of Finlayson Arm. (Courtesy Saryta Schaerer)
Fine furniture students work to process lumber from a Garry oak tree that fell on Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus library building during a fall 2022 storm. (Camosun College/Flickr)

Victoria’s Camosun College fine furniture students give new life to fallen Garry oak tree

Tree came down during November wind storm and struck Lansdowne campus library in Saanich

Fine furniture students work to process lumber from a Garry oak tree that fell on Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus library building during a fall 2022 storm. (Camosun College/Flickr)
Urban Thrive’s nine-unit townhouse complex at 2859 Richmond Rd. in Saanich is the first development to be approved by council that doesn’t offer parking. (Courtesy Urban Thrive Developments)

Saanich approves city’s first-ever development with zero parking

Nine-unit townhouse complex to replace single-family home at corner of Richmond Road and Allenby Street

Urban Thrive’s nine-unit townhouse complex at 2859 Richmond Rd. in Saanich is the first development to be approved by council that doesn’t offer parking. (Courtesy Urban Thrive Developments)
Bill Okell shows off his gold medal with Flatout Motorsport’s 1994 Mazda Miata, after a surprise GTL class victory at the Sports Car Club of America 29th American Road Race of Champions. (Courtesy Bill Okell)

Saanich driver wins gold south of the border at 29th American Road Race of Champions

Bill Okell was nearly certain he had finished in second place

Bill Okell shows off his gold medal with Flatout Motorsport’s 1994 Mazda Miata, after a surprise GTL class victory at the Sports Car Club of America 29th American Road Race of Champions. (Courtesy Bill Okell)
Pepper’s Foods management and staff celebrate their bronze Independent Grocer of the Year small surface award, placing it in the top three independent grocery stores in Canada in its category. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Independently owned Saanich grocery store makes top 3 in all of Canada

Pepper’s Foods named third best independently owned grocery retailer in small surface category, again

Pepper’s Foods management and staff celebrate their bronze Independent Grocer of the Year small surface award, placing it in the top three independent grocery stores in Canada in its category. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 26, on the company’s 26th commercial resupply services mission for the agency to the International Space Station. (Kim Shiflett/NASA)

Mission accomplished: UVic satellite reaches International Space Station

ORCASat to measure how earth’s atmosphere affects light

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 26, on the company’s 26th commercial resupply services mission for the agency to the International Space Station. (Kim Shiflett/NASA)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has cleared law enforcement officers of any wrongdoing after a Feb. 21 incident that left a Saanich man dead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Watchdog absolves officers after Saanich man dies during police encounter

IIO finds no wrongdoing after investigation into man who fatally shot himself with crossbow

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has cleared law enforcement officers of any wrongdoing after a Feb. 21 incident that left a Saanich man dead. (Black Press Media file photo)
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