Megan Atkins-Baker

Masami Teramachi, a Fernwood resident and university student, was inspired to create this map to help residents rediscover the beauty and local attractions around them. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Hand-drawn map of Victoria neighbourhood created to inspire residents

UVic student Masami Teramachi hopes to help locals see beauty in their own backyard

Masami Teramachi, a Fernwood resident and university student, was inspired to create this map to help residents rediscover the beauty and local attractions around them. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Uptown-Douglas plan looks at how the area will grow over the next 20 to 30 years. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Uptown-Douglas plan in Saanich off to public hearing, works likely to start in 2022

Improvements in store for all road users; housing, transit upgrades also on action list

The Uptown-Douglas plan looks at how the area will grow over the next 20 to 30 years. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Helmar Prael pushes a wheelbarrow on a humanitarian build in 2018 with former colleagues – an experience that inspired him to include his family when possible. (Photo courtesy of Helmar Prael)

Saanich family raising money for humanitarian build in Dominican Republic

Bottle drive set for Feb. 5 and 6 at Glanford Avenue bottle depot

Helmar Prael pushes a wheelbarrow on a humanitarian build in 2018 with former colleagues – an experience that inspired him to include his family when possible. (Photo courtesy of Helmar Prael)
Cadboro Bay is among the areas that would be targeted for increased shoreline mapping work. A request for funding to help get that project going gained initial approval from Saanich council at its Jan. 10 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

$80,000 request for marine shoreline mapping in Saanich gains initial approval

Funding would help rehabilitate coastal areas such as between Cadboro and Cordova bays

Cadboro Bay is among the areas that would be targeted for increased shoreline mapping work. A request for funding to help get that project going gained initial approval from Saanich council at its Jan. 10 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
Recycling volume continues to pile up in some Capital Regional District neighbourhoods. Oaklands resident Rachelle Lamb shows what a five-week build-up at her Victoria home looks like. (Photo courtesy of Rachelle Lamb)

Some Victoria residents going on six weeks without recycling pickup

Perfect storm of weather, high volumes, staff shortages and equipment repairs prolong delays

Recycling volume continues to pile up in some Capital Regional District neighbourhoods. Oaklands resident Rachelle Lamb shows what a five-week build-up at her Victoria home looks like. (Photo courtesy of Rachelle Lamb)
Saanich bike shop owner Ryan Harris says providing affordable options for new and experienced cyclists is his way of encouraging people to get out on their bikes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Sustainable shift to cycling aided by Saanich business, cycling advocates

Active transportation options increase in Greater Victoria with better infrastructure

Saanich bike shop owner Ryan Harris says providing affordable options for new and experienced cyclists is his way of encouraging people to get out on their bikes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Police Department arrested a 38-year-old man in connection to a series of break-ins at the University of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

38-year-old man arrested in connection to string of UVic break-ins

11 break-ins have occurred since June, with nine in the past month and a half

The Saanich Police Department arrested a 38-year-old man in connection to a series of break-ins at the University of Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council voted unanimously to ask staff to find ways to speed up planning and implementation of the district’s Active Transportation Plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich council moves to speed action on road safety, active transportation

Trio of councillors push for Vision Zero concept, call for 30-year timeframe to be reduced to 15

Saanich council voted unanimously to ask staff to find ways to speed up planning and implementation of the district’s Active Transportation Plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)

COVID shifts perspective for Greater Victoria performing artists

Studio owner/performer wants more clarity; guitarist/songwriter enjoys slower pace

Jesse Roper is a popular Victoria-based musician whose performances in Greater Victoria were widely attended prior to the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Jesse Roper/Facebook)
Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll (left) and annual giving manager Michele McKenzie (right) accept a food and gift card donation from Save-On-Foods store managers Ross Prendergast, George Clarke and Dave Alexander outside Jeneece Place. (Photo courtesy of Island Kids First)

Greater Victoria Save-On-Foods ‘fill the pantry’ for families at Jeneece Place

Store managers deliver $600 in groceries, $1,ooo in gift cards to family support home

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island CEO Veronica Carroll (left) and annual giving manager Michele McKenzie (right) accept a food and gift card donation from Save-On-Foods store managers Ross Prendergast, George Clarke and Dave Alexander outside Jeneece Place. (Photo courtesy of Island Kids First)
The District of Saanich hopes to receive a federal grant to defray the roughly $3 million cost of electrical upgrades to Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich targets federal funding for Cedar Hill Rec Centre green upgrades

Electrical improvements at community hub could reduce its emissions by 60 per cent

The District of Saanich hopes to receive a federal grant to defray the roughly $3 million cost of electrical upgrades to Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
BC Transit is experiencing labour shortages across Greater Victoria, resulting in delayed or cancelled bus service on some routes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

BC Transit faces driver shortages in Greater Victoria, service interruptions frustrate riders

It’s uncertain how much impact vaccination policy has had on service levels

BC Transit is experiencing labour shortages across Greater Victoria, resulting in delayed or cancelled bus service on some routes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Missing man Sean Hart was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility in Saanich on Nov. 6, 2020. (Saanich Police Department)

Search continues more than a year after Saanich man Sean Hart went missing

Mother asks mountain bikers, hikers, those often in woods to keep an eye out for traces

Missing man Sean Hart was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility in Saanich on Nov. 6, 2020. (Saanich Police Department)
Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)

Saanich couple continue to build YouTube presence with kid’s music channel

Duo behind Pancake Manor releasing their eighth children’s album this week

Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)
The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich roadway improvements ready to roll this spring and summer

Improvements coming for Gorge Road, Shelbourne Street and other areas

The District of Saanich has plans to upgrade Gorge Road between Tillicum and Admirals roads starting in spring, as part of its 2022 public works improvement plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Artist’s rendering of Cordova Bay Plaza, a redevelopment approved by Saanich council in January 2018. (Image courtesy Alan Lowe Architect)

Cordova Bay Plaza redevelopment in Saanich nearing completion

Four years after project’s approval, finish line near for residential/commercial project

Artist’s rendering of Cordova Bay Plaza, a redevelopment approved by Saanich council in January 2018. (Image courtesy Alan Lowe Architect)
Boston Pizza on Hillside and Blanshard closes its doors as of Jan. 9. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria Boston Pizza location closes its doors after 35 years

Franchise owner writes restaurant has suffered greatly from impacts of pandemic in past two years

Boston Pizza on Hillside and Blanshard closes its doors as of Jan. 9. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A lower pathway in Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich sits flooded during a recent day as heavy snow, combined with a high tide, brought up the level of the Colquitz River. Creek upgrades in the past year are expected to help mitigate concerns about impacted fish habitat, says a local biologist. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Upgrades in Saanich’s Cuthbert Holmes Park may help prevent damage to fish habitat

Amidst extreme weather events, native plant buffer assisting stormwater, snow melt runoff

A lower pathway in Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich sits flooded during a recent day as heavy snow, combined with a high tide, brought up the level of the Colquitz River. Creek upgrades in the past year are expected to help mitigate concerns about impacted fish habitat, says a local biologist. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
University of Victoria radio station CFUV is hiring two Indigenous podcasters as part of its second year of the Documenting Decolonization project, with the help of a $49,000 grant. (Pixabay)

UVic radio continues Indigenous media development with help of $49,000 grant

Funding will help CFUV hire Indigenous podcasters to do story, issue and language-based shows

University of Victoria radio station CFUV is hiring two Indigenous podcasters as part of its second year of the Documenting Decolonization project, with the help of a $49,000 grant. (Pixabay)
The District of Saanich is offering online climate action workshops to help residents reduce climate impact in and around their communities, such as in shared green spaces like Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Six-week workshop to help Saanich residents tailor climate action efforts

Sustainable transportation options, living minimally among topics to be discussed by experts

The District of Saanich is offering online climate action workshops to help residents reduce climate impact in and around their communities, such as in shared green spaces like Elk-Beaver Lake Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)