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Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Panthers GM promises better effort Friday after Peninsula loses to expansion Bombers

Junior B hockey team erases four-goal deficit but comes up short; hosts Victoria this week

Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)
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 international travel

Take-off cleared for Nov. 30 but 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)
Rally co-organizer Russell Tripp, here addressing the crowd during Saturday’s protest in support of saving Beacon Wharf in Sidney, met with Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith beforehand. (Photo submitted)

Protest organizer calls Sidney’s Beacon Wharf issue a ‘lightning rod’

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith reiterates no council decision imminent on wharf’s future

Rally co-organizer Russell Tripp, here addressing the crowd during Saturday’s protest in support of saving Beacon Wharf in Sidney, met with Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith beforehand. (Photo submitted)
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a recent speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)

Vancouver Island MLA calls for an end to ‘war on drugs’ approach

Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen plans to continue lobbying for a safe drug supply

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a recent speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, holding a seedling, says Tree Appreciation Day on Nov. 6 will offer attendees Indigenous plant knowledge and a chance to get their hands dirty. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich’s Tree Appreciation Day digs into Indigenous knowledge

Nov. 6 event includes planting of native shrubs, edible fruit trees by community members

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, holding a seedling, says Tree Appreciation Day on Nov. 6 will offer attendees Indigenous plant knowledge and a chance to get their hands dirty. (Black Press Media file photo)
Existing Sidney businesses are getting another break on their business license fees, but restart funding to help pay for such a waiver may not last long, according to Sidney staff. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney to continue pandemic-inspired waiving of business licence fee

Council votes to waive $100 fee for second year, asks staff to look into perpetual license program

Existing Sidney businesses are getting another break on their business license fees, but restart funding to help pay for such a waiver may not last long, according to Sidney staff. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Canadian comic Bruce McCulloch will share stories of the “weird things” from his life that put him in “weird” situations when he performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch brings humour, poetic storytelling to Sidney

Canadian comic’s one-person show titled Tales of Bravery and Stupidity on stage Nov. 4

Canadian comic Bruce McCulloch will share stories of the “weird things” from his life that put him in “weird” situations when he performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Nov. 4. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Seven-year-old Sienna DiMartino enjoys a rest Sunday morning while she and her family were picking out pumpkins at Michell’s Farm Market in Central Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Halloween Eve caps off month-long celebration for Greater Victoria family

Clear blue skies Sunday morning promise clear, rain-free night of trick-or-treating

Seven-year-old Sienna DiMartino enjoys a rest Sunday morning while she and her family were picking out pumpkins at Michell’s Farm Market in Central Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
GMC Projects and Chard Development are holding two open houses on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 to inform the public about plans to re-develop Cedarwood Inn and Suites on Lochside Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)

Developers open door to Sidney’s Cedarwood Inn and Suites redevelopment potential

Open houses on Nov. 2 at Mary Winspear Centre and online Nov. 9

GMC Projects and Chard Development are holding two open houses on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 to inform the public about plans to re-develop Cedarwood Inn and Suites on Lochside Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney council has rescinded a temporary bylaw that allowed local restaurants and cafes to convert up to 50 per cent of their required parking spaces to outdoor seating. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney curbs outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes

Council rescinds temporary bylaw converting parking to outdoor seating

Sidney council has rescinded a temporary bylaw that allowed local restaurants and cafes to convert up to 50 per cent of their required parking spaces to outdoor seating. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nicole Bengtsson is one of the organizers of Saturday’s rally to save Beacon Wharf. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Protest scheduled for Saturday aims to save Sidney’s Beacon Wharf

Protest scheduled for 2 p.m. in Beacon Park

Nicole Bengtsson is one of the organizers of Saturday’s rally to save Beacon Wharf. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith read a prepared statement about the future of Beacon Wharf at Monday’s (Oct. 25) council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney mayor spells out wharf process for public in statement

Major changes not imminent, Cliff McNeil-Smith says, estimating several years before action taken

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith read a prepared statement about the future of Beacon Wharf at Monday’s (Oct. 25) council meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
Local artist Sandy Terry is among 30 artists who have opened up their studios, at least virtually, to audiences as part of the 2021 Virtual Artist Tour organized by the ArtSea Community Arts Council. (Screencap)

Saanich Peninsula artists welcome audiences to a virtual tour of their studios

30 artists are part of the 2021 Virtual Artist Tour organized by the ArtSea Community Arts Council

Local artist Sandy Terry is among 30 artists who have opened up their studios, at least virtually, to audiences as part of the 2021 Virtual Artist Tour organized by the ArtSea Community Arts Council. (Screencap)
Payton Braun celebrates his goal against the Campbell River Storm Friday night at Panorama Recreation Centre with Logan Speirs. (Christian J. Stewart/Submitted)

Peninsula Panthers moving up in VIJHL standings with league’s top scorer

Two wins and a narrow loss to the league’s top team round out weekend action

Payton Braun celebrates his goal against the Campbell River Storm Friday night at Panorama Recreation Centre with Logan Speirs. (Christian J. Stewart/Submitted)
Members of Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island handed out flyers Monday afternoon to travellers arriving at Victoria International Airport. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Extinction Rebellion protests unnecessary airplane travel outside Victoria International Airport

Aviation accounts for small share of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions

Members of Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island handed out flyers Monday afternoon to travellers arriving at Victoria International Airport. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A five-year Statistics Canada survey on victimization found rates of respondents self-reporting physical and/or sexual violence in their spousal or partner relationships came down between 1999 and 2019. (Pixabay)

Self-reported spousal violence on decline; women still more likely to suffer

Findings capture conditions before COVID-19 pandemic sent many into isolation

A five-year Statistics Canada survey on victimization found rates of respondents self-reporting physical and/or sexual violence in their spousal or partner relationships came down between 1999 and 2019. (Pixabay)
New figures from ICBC show that on average, 250 pedestrians are injured in 350 crashes every year on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media File)

ICBC figures show an average of 250 pedestrians injured every year on Vancouver Island

Nearly half of all pedestrian fatalities happen between October and January as the weather worsens

New figures from ICBC show that on average, 250 pedestrians are injured in 350 crashes every year on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media File)
While conditions were relatively calm Sunday morning in downtown Sidney, wind and rain associated with a major storm approaching Vancouver Island have intensified. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

UPDATE: Wind and rain intensifies across Greater Victoria as storm arrives

Almost 6,000 BC Hydro customers across southern Vancouver Island without power

While conditions were relatively calm Sunday morning in downtown Sidney, wind and rain associated with a major storm approaching Vancouver Island have intensified. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Michael Simmons, vice-chair of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society (SIPS) says a new act designed to rid local bays of dilapidated boats has made zero difference in Central Saanich’s Brentwood Bay. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Abandoned boat legislation is sinking warns Central Saanich group

Officials waiting too long to remove dilapidated boats, says Saanich Inlet Protection Society

Michael Simmons, vice-chair of the Saanich Inlet Protection Society (SIPS) says a new act designed to rid local bays of dilapidated boats has made zero difference in Central Saanich’s Brentwood Bay. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
According to Statistics Canada, prices at the gas pump rose 32.8 per cent in September 2021 compared with September last year as inflation rose 4.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis in September, the fastest pace since February 2003. (Black Press Media File)

Gas prices fuel highest inflation rate in nearly two decades

Gas prices jumped 32.8 % while inflation rose 4.4 % on a year-over-year basis in September

According to Statistics Canada, prices at the gas pump rose 32.8 per cent in September 2021 compared with September last year as inflation rose 4.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis in September, the fastest pace since February 2003. (Black Press Media File)