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The Town of Sidney recognized Mike Harman, deputy fire of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, for 15 years of employment with the municipality on Monday. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Submitted)

Sidney recognizes deputy fire chief Mike Harman for 15 years of service

Harman became deputy fire chief in 2015, joined the department as a volunteer in 1998

The Town of Sidney recognized Mike Harman, deputy fire of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, for 15 years of employment with the municipality on Monday. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Submitted)
While Sidney does not permit backyard chickens now, the current review of the Official Community Plan may lead to a change (Black Press Media File).

Sidney to consider backyard chickens during Official Community Plan review

While the municipality has scratched the idea in past, it is currently looking into the issues

While Sidney does not permit backyard chickens now, the current review of the Official Community Plan may lead to a change (Black Press Media File).
This North Saanich home located at the corner of Fairfax Place and Sansum Park Drive is a favourite stop for locals wishing to experience the magic of Christmas lights, drawing steady crowds throughout the evening hours. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

‘Tis the season for magic

North Saanich home dazzles locals

This North Saanich home located at the corner of Fairfax Place and Sansum Park Drive is a favourite stop for locals wishing to experience the magic of Christmas lights, drawing steady crowds throughout the evening hours. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Mail boxes are seen at Canada Post's main plant in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, May 9, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Sidney losing Canada Post outlet

Sidney down to two full-service postal outlets after changes in October

Mail boxes are seen at Canada Post's main plant in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, May 9, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea named its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. Henry was released back into the sea on Dec. 16. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

VIDEO: Henry, the giant Pacific octopus named for B.C. doctor, released back into the sea

The male cephalopod spent six months at Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea named its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. Henry was released back into the sea on Dec. 16. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)
The former Woodwynn Farm property now officially belongs to the Tsartlip First Nation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsartlip First Nation takes possession of former Woodwynn Farm

Leadership of Nation now consulting membership for best future use

The former Woodwynn Farm property now officially belongs to the Tsartlip First Nation. (Black Press Media file photo)
Plans to restore shellfish harvesting in Coles Bay are picking up. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich seeks to return to shellfish harvesting

Contamination from septic systems a major hurdle facing Pauquachin First Nation

Plans to restore shellfish harvesting in Coles Bay are picking up. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Cpl. Pat Bryant of the Central Saanich Police will be running 50 miles this Saturday to raise money for the Sanctuary Youth Centre, a facility helping at-risk youth. (Black Press Media File)

Central Saanich cop to run 50 miles for Greater Victoria at-risk youth

Cpl. Pat Bryant will raise the money for the Sanctuary Youth Centre Saturday

Cpl. Pat Bryant of the Central Saanich Police will be running 50 miles this Saturday to raise money for the Sanctuary Youth Centre, a facility helping at-risk youth. (Black Press Media File)
Mike Preston, co-owner of the Brentwood School of Music in Central Saanich, plans to listen to a song he cannot stand for 12 hours straight this Sunday to help raise money for the Mustard Seed Street Church. (Mike Preston/Submitted)

Central Saanich music teacher endures 12 hours of sour notes for sweet cause

Mike Preston of Brentwood School of Music will endure the song he cannot stand for 12 hours

Mike Preston, co-owner of the Brentwood School of Music in Central Saanich, plans to listen to a song he cannot stand for 12 hours straight this Sunday to help raise money for the Mustard Seed Street Church. (Mike Preston/Submitted)
The office responsible for investigating police conduct opened more files involving Central Saanich police in 2019-2020 than in the previous year, but none of the investigations revealed any substantial misconduct. (Black Press Media File)

Police watch dog finds no substantial misconduct for Central Saanich officers

Number of files involving Central Saanich Police Service up in 2019-2020

The office responsible for investigating police conduct opened more files involving Central Saanich police in 2019-2020 than in the previous year, but none of the investigations revealed any substantial misconduct. (Black Press Media File)
A study predicts that millennials will fall behind older generations because of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canadian millennials face a future of higher debt and lower incomes because of COVID-19

Pandemic threatens the economic well-being of younger households

A study predicts that millennials will fall behind older generations because of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
The unemployment picture continues to brighten in Greater Victoria. Latest figures show regional unemployment at 6.3 per cent in November 2020. (Twitter/Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)
The unemployment picture continues to brighten in Greater Victoria. Latest figures show regional unemployment at 6.3 per cent in November 2020. (Twitter/Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)
Former journalist Stephen Andrew will fill the open seat on the City of Victoria council after winning Saturday’s byelection. (Stephen Andrew/Submitted)

Stephen Andrew tops polls in Victoria byelection

Former journalist beat Stefanie Hardman of Together Victoria by more than 3,000 votes

Former journalist Stephen Andrew will fill the open seat on the City of Victoria council after winning Saturday’s byelection. (Stephen Andrew/Submitted)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, said people can help shelves at the food bank by donating online following modifications to various food drives because of COVID-19 restrictions. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank faces higher demand, fewer donations

Applications for Christmas Hampers up more than 10 per cent

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, said people can help shelves at the food bank by donating online following modifications to various food drives because of COVID-19 restrictions. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier this summer by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

Shaw Centre for Salish in Sidney ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the future

Councillors praise facility for adapability in the face of the pandemic

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier this summer by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)
The new Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program is offering funding up to $800,000 to help small and new farms receive business plan coaching and cost-shared funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province announces new funding for B.C. farmers

Funding supports new and small farms, as well as environmental projects

The new Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program is offering funding up to $800,000 to help small and new farms receive business plan coaching and cost-shared funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment. (Black Press Media file photo)
A default speed limit of 40 km/h on roads without a continuous yellow centre line could be coming to Central Saanich as the community prepares to join a Saanich-proposed pilot project. Several roads with a continuous yellow centre line are already subject to that limit. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich set to join speed limit pilot project

Sidney opts in, North Saanich opts out of regional project

A default speed limit of 40 km/h on roads without a continuous yellow centre line could be coming to Central Saanich as the community prepares to join a Saanich-proposed pilot project. Several roads with a continuous yellow centre line are already subject to that limit. (Black Press Media file photo)
After collecting some 20 pallets of food and $15,000 in donations during the annual Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive last year, firefighters across the Saanich Peninsula hope that residents will donate directly to the food bank or donate items purchased at local grocery stores at special bins. (Black Press Media File)

Saanich Peninsula firefighters call on public to support local food bank

Appeal comes after COVID-19 measures force changes to Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive

After collecting some 20 pallets of food and $15,000 in donations during the annual Peninsula Firefighters Christmas Food Drive last year, firefighters across the Saanich Peninsula hope that residents will donate directly to the food bank or donate items purchased at local grocery stores at special bins. (Black Press Media File)
The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. The animal is scheduled to leave Dec. 15. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)

Sidney octopus named after Dr. Bonnie Henry scheduled to swim away next week

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea will release the animal Dec. 15

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea made news earlier by naming its new octopus Henry in honour of provincial health office Dr. Bonnie Henry. The animal is scheduled to leave Dec. 15. (Photo by Bob Orchard/Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea)
An aerial view of downtown Sidney. The Town of Sidney won third prize during the fifth annual Candy Cane Awards from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria for its financial decisions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Town of Sidney wins advocacy group nod for financial decision-making

Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria recognize the municipality’s tax policy, COVID-19 grant use

An aerial view of downtown Sidney. The Town of Sidney won third prize during the fifth annual Candy Cane Awards from the Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria for its financial decisions. (Black Press Media file photo)