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Sunday morning saw a break from the rain expected to fall throughout Sunday and Monday. Environment Canada predicts 50 to 75 mm of rain by noon on Monday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Environment Canada warns of flash flooding and water pooling in warning for Greater Victoria

Possibility of flooding bears the prospect of stormwater and wastewater lines over flowing

Sunday morning saw a break from the rain expected to fall throughout Sunday and Monday. Environment Canada predicts 50 to 75 mm of rain by noon on Monday. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Ruby Broadbent, who attends Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich and won the BC High School Senior Girls Cross Country Provincial Championships, now plans to run in the 2021 Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held Nov. 27 in Ottawa. She is also an accomplished soccer player. (Courtesy of Colleen McNamee)

North Saanich student runs away from competition to win provincial cross-country championship

Ruby Broadbent of Parkland Secondary School is also an accomplished soccer player

Ruby Broadbent, who attends Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich and won the BC High School Senior Girls Cross Country Provincial Championships, now plans to run in the 2021 Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held Nov. 27 in Ottawa. She is also an accomplished soccer player. (Courtesy of Colleen McNamee)
Goalie Ashton Lukan stopped 37 out of 38 shots Friday night as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Kerry Park Islanders 5-1 for their fifth straight victory with Lukan being the winning goalie during four of those games. (Courtesy of Christian J Stewart Photography)

Goaltending backstops Peninsula Panthers to fifth straight win

VIJHL team is hitting on ‘all cylinders’ as it prepares for Victoria Cougars, Westshore Wolves

Goalie Ashton Lukan stopped 37 out of 38 shots Friday night as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Kerry Park Islanders 5-1 for their fifth straight victory with Lukan being the winning goalie during four of those games. (Courtesy of Christian J Stewart Photography)
Crews at Cascadia Seaweed pull in a harvest. The Sidney-based company recently received a license from Tsawout First Nation to establish a farm off James Island. (Photo supplied by Cascadia Seaweed)

Sidney’s Cascadia Seaweed partners with Tsawout First Nation on James Island farm

Operation aims to help restore surrounding ecology, boost Tsawout economic stability

Crews at Cascadia Seaweed pull in a harvest. The Sidney-based company recently received a license from Tsawout First Nation to establish a farm off James Island. (Photo supplied by Cascadia Seaweed)
Adam Benning, owner-operator of Westcoast Container Homes, relaxes inside one the company’s OfficePods recently on display in the parking lot of Sidney’s Monk Office. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney gets glimpse of out-of-the-box office and housing solutions

Local container home company cuts shipping containers into auxiliary pods for other uses

Adam Benning, owner-operator of Westcoast Container Homes, relaxes inside one the company’s OfficePods recently on display in the parking lot of Sidney’s Monk Office. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney artist Odette Laroche stands in front of the Poppy Project, which features 30 separate tiles completed by 10 different artists. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney mural marks sacrifice of Canadian soldiers through the art of the masters

The six-by-eight-foot mural consists of 30 oil paintings by 10 different painters

Sidney artist Odette Laroche stands in front of the Poppy Project, which features 30 separate tiles completed by 10 different artists. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Gordon Quan, who turns 96 in January, is among 26,300 or so surviving veterans of the Second World War (as of March 2020). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Chinese-Canadian veteran from Victoria relishes opportunity to connect past with present

Gordon Quan trained to operate as a demolition expert behind Japanese lines

Gordon Quan, who turns 96 in January, is among 26,300 or so surviving veterans of the Second World War (as of March 2020). (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The comedy duo of James and Jamesy will present O Christmas Tea at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Nov. 20. (Courtesy of Thaddeus Hink)

Duo serves up British comedy with two shows in Greater Victoria

Show by James and Jamesy pays tribute to classic British pantomimes

The comedy duo of James and Jamesy will present O Christmas Tea at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Nov. 20. (Courtesy of Thaddeus Hink)
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP are warning of a suspicious man after a teen was offered a ride as they walked near Panorama Recreation Centre the afternoon of Nov. 8. It was the second reported incident in two days involving youth being approached by an unknown adult. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP warn public after man offers ride to teen near rec centre

Nov. 8 incident second in two days involving suspicious behaviour and youth

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP are warning of a suspicious man after a teen was offered a ride as they walked near Panorama Recreation Centre the afternoon of Nov. 8. It was the second reported incident in two days involving youth being approached by an unknown adult. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Peninsula Streams Society has scheduled a clean up of Bazan Bay (here seen in late October) for Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Bazan Bay, bordering Sidney and North Saanich, site of weekend beach clean up

The Peninsula Streams Society has scheduled a clean up event for Saturday, Nov. 13

The Peninsula Streams Society has scheduled a clean up of Bazan Bay (here seen in late October) for Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Valerie Noyes, who chairs the poppy and Remembrance Day committee for the Royal Canadian Legion Saanich Peninsula Branch #37, stands in the branch’s temporary office where the poppy campaign is headquartered. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula Legion still looking for a new home

In temporary digs at SHOAL Centre since move out of Mills Road home of 90 years in 2020

Valerie Noyes, who chairs the poppy and Remembrance Day committee for the Royal Canadian Legion Saanich Peninsula Branch #37, stands in the branch’s temporary office where the poppy campaign is headquartered. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney’s Beacon Wharf is staying put for the time being, after a unanimous vote at Monday’s council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

Replacement of Sidney’s Beacon Wharf dead in the water, for now

Coun. Peter Wainwright says municipality can’t move forward without common vision from community

Sidney’s Beacon Wharf is staying put for the time being, after a unanimous vote at Monday’s council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report before Sidney council Monday recommends the municipality maintain Beacon Wharf for as long as possible without replacing it while also leaving the door open for replacing it with a new wharf. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney staff report recommends maintaining current Beacon Wharf, for now

None of the options generated a majority as council considers fate of facility

A report before Sidney council Monday recommends the municipality maintain Beacon Wharf for as long as possible without replacing it while also leaving the door open for replacing it with a new wharf. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Peninsula Panther Grant Gilbertson is battling for the puck against Kiernan Strange of the Victoria Cougars during Friday’s 4-1 victory against the visitors. Gilbertson also helped his team Saturday night as he scored the tying goal against the Kerry Park Islanders en route to a 5-4 victory on the road. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)

Peninsula Panthers pounce for two victories over the weekend

Wins against Victoria Cougars and Kerry Park Islander push Panthers up the standings

Peninsula Panther Grant Gilbertson is battling for the puck against Kiernan Strange of the Victoria Cougars during Friday’s 4-1 victory against the visitors. Gilbertson also helped his team Saturday night as he scored the tying goal against the Kerry Park Islanders en route to a 5-4 victory on the road. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)
Richard Coles, chair of the honours and awards committee with the Royal Canadian Legion Saanich Peninsula Branch 37, and Val Noyes, Legion secretary, past president and chair of the poppy and Remembrance committee, stand next to Sidney’s Cenotaph. It will be the focus of what organizers call a static parade on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Public wreath-laying part of modified Remembrance Day ceremony in Sidney

Sidney to host what organizers call a static Remembrance Day parade

Richard Coles, chair of the honours and awards committee with the Royal Canadian Legion Saanich Peninsula Branch 37, and Val Noyes, Legion secretary, past president and chair of the poppy and Remembrance committee, stand next to Sidney’s Cenotaph. It will be the focus of what organizers call a static parade on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
New figures show criminal code offences dropped 14 per cent across major categories in the jurisdiction of the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment during the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period last year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Major crime down 14 per cent in Sidney/North Saanich

In Sidney, the number of criminal code offences dropped 20 per cent, in North Saanich six per cent.

New figures show criminal code offences dropped 14 per cent across major categories in the jurisdiction of the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment during the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period last year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Martha Wainwright plays Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy Mary Winspear Centre)

Martha Wainwright brings optimistic new sound to Sidney Nov. 15

Singer/songwriter’s new album Love Will Be Reborn Strikes a more contemplative tone

Martha Wainwright plays Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy Mary Winspear Centre)
Coun. Jack McClintock says North Saanich does not need an anti-discrimination policy and questioned many aspects and definitions in the draft document at the Nov. 1 council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich councillor warns of ‘movements’ and ‘slurs’ against white people

Coun. Jack McClintock challenges inclusiveness in district’s proposed anti-discrimination policy

Coun. Jack McClintock says North Saanich does not need an anti-discrimination policy and questioned many aspects and definitions in the draft document at the Nov. 1 council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
The federal government announced Tuesday that Victoria International Airport, among eight airports across Canada, can reopen for international air travel effective Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria International Airport cleared for take-off on international travel

Cross-border trips cleared for Nov. 30, but it may take some time to see flights resume

The federal government announced Tuesday that Victoria International Airport, among eight airports across Canada, can reopen for international air travel effective Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Zeb King says Central Saanich council should not be afraid to take a more comprehensive look at single-residential zoning. (Black Press Media File)

Central Saanich councillor calls for more perspective on single-family residential zoning

Coun. Zeb King says pressure for housing is not going to disappear

Coun. Zeb King says Central Saanich council should not be afraid to take a more comprehensive look at single-residential zoning. (Black Press Media File)