Peninsula News Staff

Vancouver Island’s Micah Zandee-Hart is competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics this year with the Canadian women’s hockey team. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee)

Saanichton’s Micah Zandee-Hart makes B.C. history on Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team

Vancouver Islander to make her Winter Games debut in Beijing on Feb. 3

Vancouver Island’s Micah Zandee-Hart is competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics this year with the Canadian women’s hockey team. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee)
A strike by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild against key Island-mainland shipping service Seaspan Ferries Corporation was called off Friday, after the two sides reached a tentative agreement. (Seaspan Ferries)

Island communities breathe sigh of relief, Seaspan Ferries reaches deal with union

Strike that was set to begin Jan. 21 called off, agreement must still be ratified by union members

A strike by the Canadian Merchant Services Guild against key Island-mainland shipping service Seaspan Ferries Corporation was called off Friday, after the two sides reached a tentative agreement. (Seaspan Ferries)
Sailings on the Queen of Cumberland ferry were cancelled due to a staffing shortage on the morning of Jan. 14. (Courtesy of BC Ferries)

Staffing issue cancels morning ferries between Victoria, southern Gulf Islands

Sailings between Swartz Bay and Galiano Island, Mayne Island and Pender Island affected

Sailings on the Queen of Cumberland ferry were cancelled due to a staffing shortage on the morning of Jan. 14. (Courtesy of BC Ferries)
The Sidney Fire Department on scene at a single-vehicle crash along Canora Road Jan. 12. (Courtesy of Sidney Fire Department)

UPDATE: Driver uninjured following crash into deep median ditch in Sidney

Traffic delayed on Canora Road early Wednesday morning

The Sidney Fire Department on scene at a single-vehicle crash along Canora Road Jan. 12. (Courtesy of Sidney Fire Department)
Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s long-term care department. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

COVID-19 outbreak declared in Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s long-term care unit

Two staff members, three residents tested positive as of Jan. 11

Island Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s long-term care department. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
The Peninsula Panthers junior B hockey club will hold a special ceremony before this Friday’s home game (Jan. 7) to remember Grant Gilbertson, who died in a vehicle crash Monday night on the way to practice with the team. (Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Greater Victoria community pulls together for Peninsula Panther No. 26

Online campaign donations, many ending in 26, total nearly $50,000 after one day

The Peninsula Panthers junior B hockey club will hold a special ceremony before this Friday’s home game (Jan. 7) to remember Grant Gilbertson, who died in a vehicle crash Monday night on the way to practice with the team. (Christian J. Stewart Photography)
The Peninsula Panthers will hold a special ceremony Friday night to remember Grant Gilbertson who died in a car crash Monday night on the way to practice. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)

Fundraiser hits $28,500 in 18 hours for mom of hockey player killed in Langford crash

Peninsula Panthers to memorialize teammate Friday at Panorama arena in North Saanich

The Peninsula Panthers will hold a special ceremony Friday night to remember Grant Gilbertson who died in a car crash Monday night on the way to practice. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)
Washrooms and food service are down at Swartz Bay as the ferry terminal deals with a water main issue. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Pipe problems at Swartz Bay terminal resolved

Portable washrooms were available as toilet, food problems persisted

Washrooms and food service are down at Swartz Bay as the ferry terminal deals with a water main issue. (Black Press Media file photo)
It’ll be at least another day before ambulances will bring emergency patients to Saanich Peninsula Hospital in Central Saanich, as staff shortages continue. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital extends ambulance diversion to VGH and RJH

Pandemic-caused staff shortages see ER transportation diversion extended to Wednesday noon

It’ll be at least another day before ambulances will bring emergency patients to Saanich Peninsula Hospital in Central Saanich, as staff shortages continue. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Peninsula Hospital is diverting ambulances to Victoria General Hospital due to critical staffing. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital diverts ambulances to VGH due to critical staffing

Diversion began on Dec. 30 to Victoria General Hospital’s emergency department

Saanich Peninsula Hospital is diverting ambulances to Victoria General Hospital due to critical staffing. (Black Press Media file photo)
A youth vaccination clinic scheduled for Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre was cancelled on Dec. 10 and guardians are being asked to rebook their children’s shots. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney youth vaccine clinic closed unexpectedly Dec. 10

‘Unforeseen staffing shortages’ led to cancelled appointments, Island Health says

A youth vaccination clinic scheduled for Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre was cancelled on Dec. 10 and guardians are being asked to rebook their children’s shots. (Black Press Media file photo)
Draft horses will be on hand for photo booth opportunities on Saturday, Dec. 11, for a small cash donation or non-perishable food, to be donated to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Photo courtesy of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours)

UPDATE: Photo opp food bank fundraiser features draft horses on Saanich Peninsula

Public encouraged to help by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations Dec. 12

Draft horses will be on hand for photo booth opportunities on Saturday, Dec. 11, for a small cash donation or non-perishable food, to be donated to the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Photo courtesy of Tally-Ho Carriage Tours)
Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s library lines up family holiday activities

Scavenger hunt, story walk planned throughout the month

Virginia MacLeod reads to children during storytime at the Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. The library is hosting multiple holiday themed events this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
A North Saanich firefighter poses alongside a reflective address sign, which helps emergency crews save time when searching for an address in the dark. (Courtesy of North Saanich Fire Department)

Reflective address signs help firefighters, North Saanich department says

North Saanich, Sooke, Metchosin fire departments offer sign service

A North Saanich firefighter poses alongside a reflective address sign, which helps emergency crews save time when searching for an address in the dark. (Courtesy of North Saanich Fire Department)
Kathy and Doug LaFortune, pictured, are helping to organize a Nov. 27 craft fair in the Tsawout First Nation gymnasium. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsawout First Nation hosts Nov. 27 craft fair

Art for sale to include locally produced carvings, knitting, jewelry and beadwork

Kathy and Doug LaFortune, pictured, are helping to organize a Nov. 27 craft fair in the Tsawout First Nation gymnasium. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the West Shore RCMP following the death of a Saanich teen Nov. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

Watchdog investigating West Shore RCMP’s potential role in Saanich man’s death

Man was released by RCMP 2 hours before vehicle plunged into ocean Nov. 20

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the West Shore RCMP following the death of a Saanich teen Nov. 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay was involved in a collision with a moored sailboat in Ganges Harbour on Monday night. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard/ Government of Canada)

Coast Guard hovercraft hits sailboat during Salt Spring Island medevac mission

No one injured, crew able to completed emergency transport to Vancouver after incident

Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay was involved in a collision with a moored sailboat in Ganges Harbour on Monday night. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard/ Government of Canada)
Amelia Warren, Epicure CEO, stands outside the company’s warehouse and offices in North Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich’s Epicure CEO named to top 40 under 40 list

Amelia Warren recognized with leadership award honouring achievement by those under the age of 40

Amelia Warren, Epicure CEO, stands outside the company’s warehouse and offices in North Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Traffic footage from 5:03 p.m. on Nov. 18 shows a police vehicle in the intersection. (DriveBC)

UPDATE: Evening traffic now moving smoothly after blockage on Hwy 17 in Central Saanich

Police were on scene as unconfirmed reports of a protest emerged

Traffic footage from 5:03 p.m. on Nov. 18 shows a police vehicle in the intersection. (DriveBC)
Flights through the Victoria International Airport continue to have reported cases of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

COVID-19 reported on two recent flights through Victoria

Nov. 5 flight from Calgary, Nov. 7 flight to Vancouver impacted

Flights through the Victoria International Airport continue to have reported cases of COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)