Devon Bidal

Saanich has installed Leading Pedestrian Interval crosswalks at 15 intersections in the municipality and plans to have installed 15 more by 2023. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
The District of Saanich plans to have installed 30 Leading Pedestrian Interval crosswalks by 2023 (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich plans for 30 pedestrian-priority crosswalks by 2023

Leading Pedestrian Intervals give crosswalk users head-start on traffic

Saanich has installed Leading Pedestrian Interval crosswalks at 15 intersections in the municipality and plans to have installed 15 more by 2023. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
The District of Saanich plans to have installed 30 Leading Pedestrian Interval crosswalks by 2023 (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
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Sparks fly as Saanich council postpones implementation of new Cordova Bay local area plan

Some felt plan needed more consideration, others argued delaying breached public trust

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“No dogs on courts” signs have been installed in Reynolds Park, Tolmie Park, Hyacinth Park and Beckwith Park and Rutledge Park to prevent pooches from using the courts as a toilet. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

‘No dogs on courts’: Saanich takes action to prevent pet poo on tennis courts

Community petition highlights health risks, triggers dog ban

“No dogs on courts” signs have been installed in Reynolds Park, Tolmie Park, Hyacinth Park and Beckwith Park and Rutledge Park to prevent pooches from using the courts as a toilet. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Scott Laming and his neighbours have rallied to save the childcare facility located on the site of a proposed housing development on Raymond Street South. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Public hearing scheduled for Saanich condos opposed by neighbours rallying to preserve daycare

Proposal includes 59-units, six-storeys at 3656 Raymond St. South

Scott Laming and his neighbours have rallied to save the childcare facility located on the site of a proposed housing development on Raymond Street South. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
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Extra blood donation event added in Saanich an opportunity to ‘save a life’

March 15 call-out issued for donors after UVic mobile clinic cancelled

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Albert Middleton, a Second World War veteran living at Veterans Memorial Lodge in Saanich, celebrated his 106th birthday on March 11, 2021. (Photo submitted by Connie Dunwoody)

Second World War veteran born before 1918 pandemic marks 106th birthday in Saanich

Care home staff edit birthday balloons as numbers don’t go higher than 100

Albert Middleton, a Second World War veteran living at Veterans Memorial Lodge in Saanich, celebrated his 106th birthday on March 11, 2021. (Photo submitted by Connie Dunwoody)
Suspect caught on camera allegedly nabbing Nike shoes at Uptown Shopping Centre on March #. (Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers/Facebook)

Crime Stoppers calls out suspect spotted stuffing sneakers in their pants at Saanich mall

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers shared photos of the suspect on social media

Suspect caught on camera allegedly nabbing Nike shoes at Uptown Shopping Centre on March #. (Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers/Facebook)
The installation of a new BC Transit bus shelter at Blanshard Street and Ravine Way impacted traffic on March 10. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The installation of a new BC Transit bus shelter at Blanshard Street and Ravine Way impacted traffic on March 10. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
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Saanich adopts first maternity, parental leave policy for its elected officials

Lack of provisions for councillors to take parental leave created barriers, staff say

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A three-vehicle collision on Tillicum Road between Burnside Road West and Maddock Avenue snarled afternoon traffic on March 9. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

UPDATED: Three-vehicle crash, truck rollover in Saanich snarls afternoon traffic

Expect delays as police divert drivers on Tillicum Road

A three-vehicle collision on Tillicum Road between Burnside Road West and Maddock Avenue snarled afternoon traffic on March 9. (Screenshot via Google Maps)
Friends have identified the man killed in Friday’s shooting in Metchosin as Shane Wilson. (Shane Wilson/Facebook)

Investigation continues into Metchosin shooting death

Man killed on Sooke Road Friday night identified by friends

Friends have identified the man killed in Friday’s shooting in Metchosin as Shane Wilson. (Shane Wilson/Facebook)
Saanich council recently adopted a 131-step climate action plan expected to cost $2.5-million in the first year of implementation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tensions high as Saanich considers reigniting local area plan review

Majority vote pushes discussion to fall strategic plan check-in

Saanich council recently adopted a 131-step climate action plan expected to cost $2.5-million in the first year of implementation. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oaklands Elementary’s Division 5 Grade 4/5 class posed with Leila Bui (middle), her dad Tuan Bui (crouching to her left) and mom Kairry Nguyen (right) after presenting the family with a cheque for $710 raised by the students during a necklace sale in December 2020. (Photos courtesy Kairry Nguyen)

Victoria students raise funds for girl seriously injured when struck by vehicle in crosswalk

Oaklands Elementary class contributes to purchase of all-terrain wheelchair for Leila Bui

Oaklands Elementary’s Division 5 Grade 4/5 class posed with Leila Bui (middle), her dad Tuan Bui (crouching to her left) and mom Kairry Nguyen (right) after presenting the family with a cheque for $710 raised by the students during a necklace sale in December 2020. (Photos courtesy Kairry Nguyen)
Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)

Saanich high school goes virtual with Freaky Friday musical

Reynolds Secondary theatre program to livestream performances March 9-12

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)
During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: One man shot dead in ‘targeted incident’ on Sooke Road

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
In 2020, Saanich firefighters responded to 438 fires, 1288 medical calls and prevented more than $150 million in damage. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Pandemic meant more blazes, fewer calls for Saanich firefighters in 2020

Department reports preventing $151-million in property damage

In 2020, Saanich firefighters responded to 438 fires, 1288 medical calls and prevented more than $150 million in damage. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
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Gas leak in Saanich neighbourhood fills home through sewer lines

Firefighters, Fortis BC responded quickly, no injuries reported

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The Tsartlip First Nation was outraged after Green MLA Adam Olsen revealed on social media that the community had been experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak – a fact the First Nation had chosen to keep private to avoid racist backlash as experienced by the Cowichan Tribes when an outbreak was declared there in January. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsartlip First Nation ‘outraged’ after Green MLA revealed COVID-19 outbreak

Chief shares concerns about racist backlash, MLA Adam Olsen apologizes

The Tsartlip First Nation was outraged after Green MLA Adam Olsen revealed on social media that the community had been experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak – a fact the First Nation had chosen to keep private to avoid racist backlash as experienced by the Cowichan Tribes when an outbreak was declared there in January. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Saanich council opts to wait until amalgamation study can take place safely in-person

Victoria council, province must weigh-in on next steps for citizens’ assembly

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On Feb. 27, a construction vehicle remained on the site of the former encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue as part a clean-up effort. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Encampment between Pat Bay Highway, McKenzie Avenue cleared, all residents relocated

Efforts to disband encampment resumed after January fire

On Feb. 27, a construction vehicle remained on the site of the former encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue as part a clean-up effort. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)