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Jada Benwell and Connor Larkey are the valedictorians of the 2021 graduating class at Parkland Secondary School. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Pandemic taught lessons in perseverance for North Saanich high schoolers

Parkland Secondary School to release 2021 grad ceremony video on June 25

Jada Benwell and Connor Larkey are the valedictorians of the 2021 graduating class at Parkland Secondary School. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Greater Victoria School District (SD61) Saturday announced a COVID-19 exposure at Oak Bay High School. (Black Press Media File).

Oak Bay High School subject of COVID-19 exposure

Greater Victoria School District (SD61) said possible exposure happened June 9-10

Greater Victoria School District (SD61) Saturday announced a COVID-19 exposure at Oak Bay High School. (Black Press Media File).
Police are asking opponents of logging near Port Renfrew not to involve their children following additional arrests Saturday. (Black Press Media File)

Police arrest eight protesters including two minors near Port Renfrew Saturday

RCMP ask parents not to involve their children in Fairy Creek logging protests

Police are asking opponents of logging near Port Renfrew not to involve their children following additional arrests Saturday. (Black Press Media File)
Co-creatorsAdrianna Hatton and Malcolm McKenzie stand next to the little free library revealed Sunday at 9710 First St. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Literary crowd helps opens little free library in Sidney

Located at 9710 First St., the book sharing box features original art and reclaimed wood

Co-creatorsAdrianna Hatton and Malcolm McKenzie stand next to the little free library revealed Sunday at 9710 First St. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Deep Cove Elementary School principal Shelley Hardcastle (right) and vice-principal Mary Kaercher help to restock Reay Creek with fish – in this case, coho fry – after a recent bleach spill killed hundreds of fish. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich’s Deep Cove Elementary School helps to restock Sidney’s Reay Creek

Restocking followed bleach spill that killed hundreds of fish in creek

Deep Cove Elementary School principal Shelley Hardcastle (right) and vice-principal Mary Kaercher help to restock Reay Creek with fish – in this case, coho fry – after a recent bleach spill killed hundreds of fish. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A new report pegs the annual cost of hiring a third party to monitor use of pickleball courts in North Saanich at $12,000. (Black Press Media file photo).

North Saanich could end up hiring third party to monitor pickleball courts

Other options up for consideration include use of cameras and timed locks

A new report pegs the annual cost of hiring a third party to monitor use of pickleball courts in North Saanich at $12,000. (Black Press Media file photo).
Yael Stevens and Lauren MacFarlane are the valedictorians of Stelly’s 2021 graduating class. They say it’s okay to take time to figure out the next steps in the face of uncertainty. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Stelly’s valedictorians ask classmates to go with the flow in face of uncertainty

Lauren MacFarlane and Yael Stevens say it’s OK to take time to figure out the next steps

Yael Stevens and Lauren MacFarlane are the valedictorians of Stelly’s 2021 graduating class. They say it’s okay to take time to figure out the next steps in the face of uncertainty. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
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Restoring Indigenous place names rebuilds relationships to land: University of Victoria scholar

Jeff Corntassel says renaming is part of truth-telling process on way to genuine reconciliation

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This conceptual rendering shows revisions to the proposed warehouse in Sidney on land under the authority of the Victoria Airport Authority. York Realty, which plans to build, then lease the building, said significant changes to the the massing and height of the building respond to community feedback. Additional feedback can be submitted until June 30. (Screencap/York Realty).
This conceptual rendering shows revisions to the proposed warehouse in Sidney on land under the authority of the Victoria Airport Authority. York Realty, which plans to build, then lease the building, said significant changes to the the massing and height of the building respond to community feedback. Additional feedback can be submitted until June 30. (Screencap/York Realty).
Boat owner Paul Charlebois says there is a need for more public boat launch facilities on the Peninsula, a stance being demanded by the North Saanich Residents Association. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich residents launch new appeal for public boating access

Letter laments lack of quality facilities outside boat launch in Sidney’s Tulista Park

Boat owner Paul Charlebois says there is a need for more public boat launch facilities on the Peninsula, a stance being demanded by the North Saanich Residents Association. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Some 40 protesters rallied in downtown Sidney Saturday to express solidarity with opponents of old-growth logging on west coast of Vancouver Island including the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew. (Julie Morris/Submitted)

Downtown Sidney site of solidarity rally for Fairy Creek protest

Supporters gather at one of town’s busiest intersections

Some 40 protesters rallied in downtown Sidney Saturday to express solidarity with opponents of old-growth logging on west coast of Vancouver Island including the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew. (Julie Morris/Submitted)
A new survey finds growing confidence among Canadian businesses for the next three months, but also concerns about rising costs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New survey finds rising confidence among Canadian businesses

But concerns remain, including fears of higher costs

A new survey finds growing confidence among Canadian businesses for the next three months, but also concerns about rising costs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Having followed up reports of bullying – none to police – Const. Paul Mittelsteadt, community policing officer for Sidney/North Saanich RCMP, said Sidney’s skate park initially appears to be safe. (Black Press Media File)

Police say Sidney skate park is ‘very safe’

Const. Paul Mittelsteadt said RCMP will continue investigating bullying claims at Tulista Park

Having followed up reports of bullying – none to police – Const. Paul Mittelsteadt, community policing officer for Sidney/North Saanich RCMP, said Sidney’s skate park initially appears to be safe. (Black Press Media File)
Science World BC has named Pauline Finn, executive director of Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, a patron. The honour recognizes volunteers or former employees have contributed in a significant way to the development of the society. (Photo courtesy Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

Executive director of Sidney aquarium recognized by Science World BC

Vancouver-based organization honours former employee Pauline Finn with patron status

Science World BC has named Pauline Finn, executive director of Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, a patron. The honour recognizes volunteers or former employees have contributed in a significant way to the development of the society. (Photo courtesy Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)
Sara Partridge rings the bell as she and other parishioners of Sidney’s St. Andrews Anglican Church rang the bell 215 times to remember the lives of 215 Indigenous children found in unmarked graves near a former residential school in Kamloops. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Anglican church rings bells 215 times to remember Indigenous children found in unmarked graves

Rector Eric Partridge of St. Andrews Anglican Church said ringing of the bell is a call to action

Sara Partridge rings the bell as she and other parishioners of Sidney’s St. Andrews Anglican Church rang the bell 215 times to remember the lives of 215 Indigenous children found in unmarked graves near a former residential school in Kamloops. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Five poplar trees on the eastern side of the walkway through Tulista Park (here looking south) will come down, to be replaced with London plane trees as part of efforts to widen the sidewalk. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney to start Tulista Park improvements this month

Work will see the replacement of poplar trees and a widened walkway

Five poplar trees on the eastern side of the walkway through Tulista Park (here looking south) will come down, to be replaced with London plane trees as part of efforts to widen the sidewalk. (Black Press Media file photo)
A May food drive organized by students at Stelly’s Secondary School collected more than 19,000 non-perishable food items from across Central Saanich. (Courtesy of Ryan Braun)

Student-led food drive in Central Saanich sets new record

Stelly’s students organize May 5 event, over 19,000 food items collected

A May food drive organized by students at Stelly’s Secondary School collected more than 19,000 non-perishable food items from across Central Saanich. (Courtesy of Ryan Braun)
Crews recovered several hundred fish including 318 cutthroats from Reay Creek over two days after a suspected bleach leak. (Ian Bruce/Submitted)

Several hundred fish dead in Sidney’s Reay Creek after suspected bleach leak

Ian Bruce of Peninsula Streams Society calls for speedy, proper investigation

Crews recovered several hundred fish including 318 cutthroats from Reay Creek over two days after a suspected bleach leak. (Ian Bruce/Submitted)
Sidney Museum and Archives, located in Sidney’s historic post office, has closed for three months over the summer. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney Museum and Archives’ three-month renovation closure starts June 1

Facility has five months to reach donation goal of $25,000; nearly $15,00 raised so far

Sidney Museum and Archives, located in Sidney’s historic post office, has closed for three months over the summer. (Black Press Media File)
Lt. Greg Michell from Central Saanich Fire Department with his calf Neeve, dog Sophie (heeler/collie) and puppy Lucy (Collie) during Sunday's photo shoot for a calendar from the Balfour’s Friends Foundation helping low income people with their veterinary care costs. (Tracey Scott/Submitted)

Saanich Peninsula firefighters pose to claw back veterinary care costs

Balfour’s Friends Foundation calendar helps low-income people cover pet care costs

Lt. Greg Michell from Central Saanich Fire Department with his calf Neeve, dog Sophie (heeler/collie) and puppy Lucy (Collie) during Sunday's photo shoot for a calendar from the Balfour’s Friends Foundation helping low income people with their veterinary care costs. (Tracey Scott/Submitted)