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8408 Lawrence Rd. in Central Saanich sold last fall for its asking price of $22.75 million. According to BC Assessment, it was assessed at just under $11.15 million as of July 1, 2021. (Courtesy of Engel & Volkers)

Saanich Peninsula property’s $23-million selling price over double its 2021 assessment

BC Assessment valued 8404 Lawrence Rd. in Central Saanich at just over $11 million.

8408 Lawrence Rd. in Central Saanich sold last fall for its asking price of $22.75 million. According to BC Assessment, it was assessed at just under $11.15 million as of July 1, 2021. (Courtesy of Engel & Volkers)
This screen shot shows a selection of short-term rentals available on VBRO, searched on Dec. 29. Sidney council recently debated the enforcement of the municipality’s short-term rental bylaw.

Short-term rental bylaw in Sidney remains largely untouched

Councillors debated but declined to implement tougher enforcement measures

This screen shot shows a selection of short-term rentals available on VBRO, searched on Dec. 29. Sidney council recently debated the enforcement of the municipality’s short-term rental bylaw.
A new federal-provincial program promises to help farmers’ markets deal with emergencies. (Black Press Media file photo)

New program promises to help B.C. farmers’ markets deal with emergencies, growing challenges

First-come, first-served program offers a total of $475,000 in funding

A new federal-provincial program promises to help farmers’ markets deal with emergencies. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria real estate sales jumped more than 18 per cent in 2021 over the previous year, according to figures from the Victoria Real Estate Board. (Black Press Media file photo)

2021 a banner year for real estate in Greater Victoria

Sales total comes close to eclipsing record, even with million-dollar prices common

Greater Victoria real estate sales jumped more than 18 per cent in 2021 over the previous year, according to figures from the Victoria Real Estate Board. (Black Press Media file photo)
CCGS Cape Naden based on Saltspring Island responded to the Bazan Bay area Monday to participate in a marine rescue involving multiple vessels. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)

Boaters trying to rescue beached sailboat off Saanich Peninsula towed off rocks to safety

Monday incident in Bazan Bay involved Coast Guard, search and rescue vessels

CCGS Cape Naden based on Saltspring Island responded to the Bazan Bay area Monday to participate in a marine rescue involving multiple vessels. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)
The Peninsula Panthers and the hockey community at large are mourning the death of 18-year-old Grant Gilbertson, who died in a collision Monday night near the intersection of Sooke and Humpback roads. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Greater Victoria hockey community in mourning after Panther player dies in crash

VIJHL junior B team planning special ceremony Friday to honour Grant Gilbertson, who was 18

The Peninsula Panthers and the hockey community at large are mourning the death of 18-year-old Grant Gilbertson, who died in a collision Monday night near the intersection of Sooke and Humpback roads. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)
Once again, the privately owned James Island topped the list of highest assessed properties in the Vancouver Island region, according to data from BC Assessment, reflecting market value as of July 1, 2021. Its value stood at $54.7 million. (Sotheby’s International Realty photo)

Property assessments up more than 40 per cent in some Vancouver Island communities

Total value of Vancouver Island assessments up 27.5 per cent to $343 billion

Once again, the privately owned James Island topped the list of highest assessed properties in the Vancouver Island region, according to data from BC Assessment, reflecting market value as of July 1, 2021. Its value stood at $54.7 million. (Sotheby’s International Realty photo)
Coun. Sara Duncan has concerns about the potential conversion of a condominium building in downtown Sidney to a hotel. (Photo courtesy Sara Duncan)

Sidney councillor concerned about conversion of condo into hotel

Coun. Sara Duncan worries about housing supply

Coun. Sara Duncan has concerns about the potential conversion of a condominium building in downtown Sidney to a hotel. (Photo courtesy Sara Duncan)
Forward Denver Maloney heads toward the net during the Peninsula Panthers’ 10-3 rout of the Saanich Predators Sunday afternoon. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)

Rout of Saanich Predators runs Peninsula Panthers’ winning streak to eight

The Panthers had also won seven straight earlier this season

Forward Denver Maloney heads toward the net during the Peninsula Panthers’ 10-3 rout of the Saanich Predators Sunday afternoon. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)
Scottish-Canadian country star Johnny Reid has sold more than 1.5 million records. He performs in Sidney on May 7-8 at the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Ticket demand crashes phone lines at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Country star Johnny Reid is set to play Sidney on May 7-8, 2022

Scottish-Canadian country star Johnny Reid has sold more than 1.5 million records. He performs in Sidney on May 7-8 at the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Updates to the Peninsula Local Area Transit Plan call for improved service on both Route 70 and 72. (Black Press Media file photo)

Improved service to Victoria International Airport, rapid Peninsula bus, in transit plan

Updated plan envisions rapid transit between downtown Victoria and Swartz Bay

Updates to the Peninsula Local Area Transit Plan call for improved service on both Route 70 and 72. (Black Press Media file photo)
Steve Duck, then-president of the Sidney Community Association, opened the all-candidates meeting for the 2018 municipal election in Sidney. Voters across British Columbia will elect new councils and school boards members on Saturday, Oct. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Municipal election, North Saanich’s OCP review among stories looming in 2022

Concerned Citizens of Sidney also continue to investigate future of Sidney’s Beacon Wharf

Steve Duck, then-president of the Sidney Community Association, opened the all-candidates meeting for the 2018 municipal election in Sidney. Voters across British Columbia will elect new councils and school boards members on Saturday, Oct. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alyssa Gerwing, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, points to the giant LEGO model of a castle based on Sidney’s Post Office Building as created by Canada’s only professional LEGO builder Robin Sather. The popular LEGO exhibition returns to the museum Jan. 2. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney Museum to host popular LEGO exhibition starting Jan. 2

The exhibition features a wide variety of LEGO models

Alyssa Gerwing, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, points to the giant LEGO model of a castle based on Sidney’s Post Office Building as created by Canada’s only professional LEGO builder Robin Sather. The popular LEGO exhibition returns to the museum Jan. 2. (Black Press Media file photo)
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, supports the supportive housing project coming to Central Saanich, but calls on provincial government to adequately support future residents in face of concerns from community. (Government of British Columbia)

Local MLA Adam Olsen says existing housing policies have worsened housing crisis

Olson supports higher density in North Saanich where appropriate and questions existing land use

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, supports the supportive housing project coming to Central Saanich, but calls on provincial government to adequately support future residents in face of concerns from community. (Government of British Columbia)
Co-organizer Russell Tripp addresses the crowd during a protest Oct. 30 designed to save Beacon Wharf in Sidney. Days later, council voted unanimously to maintain the wharf for as long as possible without replacing it, sinking a controversial pontoon proposal that would have seen the municipality and the private Marker Group strike a public-private partnership. (Submitted)

Challenges of future growth and painful stories of the past shape headlines on Saanich Peninsula

Sidney’s wharf, the $341-million sale of a Central Saanich company and arrival of Amazon dominate headlines

Co-organizer Russell Tripp addresses the crowd during a protest Oct. 30 designed to save Beacon Wharf in Sidney. Days later, council voted unanimously to maintain the wharf for as long as possible without replacing it, sinking a controversial pontoon proposal that would have seen the municipality and the private Marker Group strike a public-private partnership. (Submitted)
BC Ferries has cancelled two sailings leaving Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen and two sailings leaving Tsawwassen for Swartz Bay Thursday. (Black Press Media File).

Staffing shortage causes 4 ferry cancellations between mainland, Greater Victoria

Those with reservations get a refund, revert to standby status

BC Ferries has cancelled two sailings leaving Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen and two sailings leaving Tsawwassen for Swartz Bay Thursday. (Black Press Media File).
PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) multiple calls for assistance during the last 48 hours, including from families on living on Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsartlip First Nation. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Three Saanich Peninsula First Nations families receive emergency assistance

Eight individuals living in temporary shelter after cold bursts pipes in their homes

PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) multiple calls for assistance during the last 48 hours, including from families on living on Pauquachin, Tseycum and Tsartlip First Nation. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)
Ethan Lingard of the Peninsula Panthers and Brody Johnston of the Victoria Cougars battle for the puck during their Dec. 10 game which the Panthers win 3-2. As of Dec. 28, the Panthers sit six points behind the Cougars in the South Division of Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League as the league returns from the Christmas break. (Photo courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Peninsula Panthers look to become matinee idols with game against Saanich Predators

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team looks to build on winning ways

Ethan Lingard of the Peninsula Panthers and Brody Johnston of the Victoria Cougars battle for the puck during their Dec. 10 game which the Panthers win 3-2. As of Dec. 28, the Panthers sit six points behind the Cougars in the South Division of Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League as the league returns from the Christmas break. (Photo courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)
PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) received three calls for assistance during the last 24 hours, including from residents in a Sidney apartment building after a sprinkler pipe had bursted. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Central Saanich, Sidney residents receiving emergency assistance after flooding

Weather may have played a part in extensive damage to Sidney apartment

PEMO (Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization) received three calls for assistance during the last 24 hours, including from residents in a Sidney apartment building after a sprinkler pipe had bursted. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)
Following an overnight snow fall, children hit the sledding hit off Mills Road in North Saanich near Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)

PHOTOS: Winter maintains steely grip on Saanich Peninsula

Snow, cold temperatures give Greater Victoria residents a chance to enjoy outdoors

Following an overnight snow fall, children hit the sledding hit off Mills Road in North Saanich near Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media photo)