Saanich News Staff

Derik Lord, a former Saanich resident convicted with a classmate in the 1990 murders of a third student’s mother and grandmother, had his parole conditions continued earlier this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Saanich resident convicted in double murder has day parole extended

Derik Lord denied request to travel to Chilliwack, allowed extra night with family each week

Derik Lord, a former Saanich resident convicted with a classmate in the 1990 murders of a third student’s mother and grandmother, had his parole conditions continued earlier this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emergency crews responded to the 1000-block of Burnside Road West Jan. 23 after an impaired driver collided with a hydro pole. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Impaired driver survives serious crash with hydro pole in Saanich

Emergency crews required 2 hours to safely extract driver from vehicle

Emergency crews responded to the 1000-block of Burnside Road West Jan. 23 after an impaired driver collided with a hydro pole. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Campus View Elementary’s parent advisory council received almost $80,000 in provincial gaming grant money for a new playground. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. gaming grant supports new playground at Saanich school

Almost $80,000 in funding going towards replacement at Campus View elementary

Campus View Elementary’s parent advisory council received almost $80,000 in provincial gaming grant money for a new playground. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vikes field hockey player Anna Mollenhauer will play on the national women’s team at the Pan American Cup in Chile starting on Jan. 19. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

Current, former Vikes field hockey players competing for Canada at Pan American Cup

Mollenhauer, Leahy playing with national team in Santiago, Chile from Jan. 19 to 30

Vikes field hockey player Anna Mollenhauer will play on the national women’s team at the Pan American Cup in Chile starting on Jan. 19. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
The temporary, modular Beausoleil school off Andrews Avenue in Saanich is connected by covered walkways to create what the ministry describes as a village atmosphere. (Ecole Beausoleil/Facebook)

French-speaking students settle in to temporary Saanich school site

Modular classrooms, covered pathways create village atmosphere for Beausoleil

The temporary, modular Beausoleil school off Andrews Avenue in Saanich is connected by covered walkways to create what the ministry describes as a village atmosphere. (Ecole Beausoleil/Facebook)
Sherwin Batley, 41, faces charges of break and enter and committing an indecent act after an incident in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Resident scares off man committing indecent act on Saanich deck

Integrated dog unit tracks down suspect, 41-year-old man faces charges

Sherwin Batley, 41, faces charges of break and enter and committing an indecent act after an incident in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria psychologist Nigel Mantou Lou led a research project studying Asian-Canadian discrimination in Canada. He and his team found that anti-Asian racism has increased during the pandemic. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)

UVic study shows hate crimes against Asian Canadians increase during pandemic

Many survey participants fear their children will be bullied due to their Chinese identity

University of Victoria psychologist Nigel Mantou Lou led a research project studying Asian-Canadian discrimination in Canada. He and his team found that anti-Asian racism has increased during the pandemic. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pickleball players compete in holiday tournament in Saanich

Teams competed for gold, silver and bronze honours

Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Recent rainfall has caused unstable slopes between Arbutus Cove and Hollydene parks in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Heavy rains cause unstable slopes between Saanich’s Arbutus Cove and Hollydene parks

Public asked to avoid waterfront area as crews assess safety

Recent rainfall has caused unstable slopes between Arbutus Cove and Hollydene parks in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)

VIDEO: Alarmed Saanich pet owner’s yell stops husky from charging cougar in his driveway

Encounter was a reminder that the large animals live nearby, police say

A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)
The Saanich Police Department is advising the public to avoid Brookleigh Road and Oldfield Road due to flooding on Saturday Dec. 18. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Police Department is advising the public to avoid Brookleigh Road and Oldfield Road due to flooding on Saturday Dec. 18. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Dr. Bonnie Henry credited high vaccination rate among the University of Victoria community for mitigating the effects of a spike in COVID-19 cases associated with the school. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

High vaccination rate helped mitigate UVic COVID-19 spike: Dr. Bonnie Henry

Case uptick hasn’t translated into severe illness in university community, Henry says

Dr. Bonnie Henry credited high vaccination rate among the University of Victoria community for mitigating the effects of a spike in COVID-19 cases associated with the school. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
Police say brazen daytime robberies such as one experienced by a woman on Dec. 16 are uncommon in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Public help police catch purse-snatching suspect in Saanich daytime robbery

18-year-old man faces charges in Dec. 16 incident

Police say brazen daytime robberies such as one experienced by a woman on Dec. 16 are uncommon in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police arrested a man outside a Shelbourne Road business that had just been broken into Tuesday night. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested after back-to-back break-in attempts at same Saanich store

Suspect was still inside the business when police arrived Tuesday night

Saanich police arrested a man outside a Shelbourne Road business that had just been broken into Tuesday night. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Omicron variant has been identified in a COVID-19 cluster associated with University of Victoria students. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

University of Victoria COVID-19 cluster grows to 124; four cases so far listed as Omicron variant

University moved all fall semester exams online Sunday amid rising case numbers

The Omicron variant has been identified in a COVID-19 cluster associated with University of Victoria students. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
Protesters said to be acting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land rights protest investment in the Coastal GasLink project, by blocking the entrance to the RBC branch in Saanich’s Broadmead Village on Monday morning. (Photo courtesy of Larry Johnson)

Saanich police arrest 4 protesters blocking bank in Broadmead

Mischief charges recommended for individuals acting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en people

Protesters said to be acting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land rights protest investment in the Coastal GasLink project, by blocking the entrance to the RBC branch in Saanich’s Broadmead Village on Monday morning. (Photo courtesy of Larry Johnson)
The University of Victoria is moving the remainder of its final exams online as COVID-19 cases among students continue to rise. (Courtesy of UVic)

UVic moves remaining exams online amid rising COVID-19 cases

Case spike linked to two off-campus student social gatherings

The University of Victoria is moving the remainder of its final exams online as COVID-19 cases among students continue to rise. (Courtesy of UVic)
Some University of Victoria students will take their exams online after two off-campus events caused a large uptick in COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)

Off-campus events spike COVID-19 cases among UVic students, push some exams online

Those impacted are business and varsity students, says university

Some University of Victoria students will take their exams online after two off-campus events caused a large uptick in COVID-19 cases. (Black Press Media file photo)
A white van drives around a black unoccupied vehicle on Hampton Road after pushing it backward on Dec. 7. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)

VIDEO: White van seen pushing car backward during Saanich hit-and-run

Police seek information about Dec. 7 incident that left unoccupied car heavily damaged

A white van drives around a black unoccupied vehicle on Hampton Road after pushing it backward on Dec. 7. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)
Kaydence Bourque was struck in a Saanich crosswalk on Monday (Dec. 6) and was pronounced dead the following day. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Bourque/Facebook)

Fundraiser started for family of teen who died after being struck in Saanich crosswalk

Kaydence Bourque, a student at Reynolds Secondary, close to home when hit by vehicle Dec. 6

Kaydence Bourque was struck in a Saanich crosswalk on Monday (Dec. 6) and was pronounced dead the following day. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Bourque/Facebook)