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8408 Lawrence Road sold for the record-breaking asking price of $22.75 million. Amenities include a full gym, tennis courts and a mechanical boat launch. (Engel & Volkers)

Sale of Saanich Peninsula estate breaks Greater Victoria price record

Agent says sale of the $22.75 million estate shows an increased demand in luxury properties

Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)

5 cents for every litre of fuel purchased at Peninsula Co-op flows to charity

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, funds will go out to the Help Fill A Dream foundation

Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)
Dexter Macaisa, team lead for assembly process and development at Central Saanich’s Redlen Technologies, works on component of the company’s ground-breaking new CT technology. Canon recently paid $341 million to acquire the remaining 85 per cent of the company after having purchased 15 per cent earlier. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

CEO believes Central Saanich’s Redlen can hit $1 billion in revenue after purchase by Canon

Glenn Bindley also predicts that company will boost region’s high-tech reputation

Dexter Macaisa, team lead for assembly process and development at Central Saanich’s Redlen Technologies, works on component of the company’s ground-breaking new CT technology. Canon recently paid $341 million to acquire the remaining 85 per cent of the company after having purchased 15 per cent earlier. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kindred Apparel Inc. founder and owner Alexandra Bouchard is excited about the new direction her supplier in India is taking. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Kindred Apparel Inc. founder and owner Alexandra Bouchard is excited about the new direction her supplier in India is taking. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has published results of an online survey of local business owners and consumers on their thoughts on the use and implementation of the province’s vaccine passport system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Sooke chamber gets mixed opinions in survey on vaccine passports

Online poll finds businesses, consumers see issue of implementation slightly differently

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce has published results of an online survey of local business owners and consumers on their thoughts on the use and implementation of the province’s vaccine passport system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
Sam Burke, sales associate at Goodfellas Cigar Shop, holds a carton of Dominion cigars. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria cigar shops handle increased demand amid supply limitations

COVID-19 restricting imports, duty-free purchases but bolstering local sales

Sam Burke, sales associate at Goodfellas Cigar Shop, holds a carton of Dominion cigars. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Redlen Technologies, based in this complex near the Keating Industrial district in Central Saanich, has been wholly purchased by minority shareholder Canon for $341 million. (Google Streetview)

Canon purchases Central Saanich company for $341 million

Redlen gaining a reputation for manufacturing advanced medical imaging equipment

Redlen Technologies, based in this complex near the Keating Industrial district in Central Saanich, has been wholly purchased by minority shareholder Canon for $341 million. (Google Streetview)
Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)

Dentistry students drill down the most for tuition fees in Canada

Full-time domestic undergrads average $6,693 in fees for 2021-22 school year

Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)
Business is booming in Langford, where more condos are being developed and now more retail space proposed. (Black Press Media file photo)

21,000 square-feet in 4 buildings: Big retail proposal for Langford’s Happy Valley

Development would sit on Happy Valley and Latoria roads near the Metchosin-Langford border

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Business is booming in Langford, where more condos are being developed and now more retail space proposed. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, enjoys a piece of sugar kelp, earlier in 2020. The company is part of the Oceans 2050 Seaweed Project, which won a 2021 Keeling Curve Prize. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney company part of award-winning climate change project

Cascadia Seaweed part of Oceans 2050 project that won Keeling Curve Prize

Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, enjoys a piece of sugar kelp, earlier in 2020. The company is part of the Oceans 2050 Seaweed Project, which won a 2021 Keeling Curve Prize. (Black Press Media file photo)
Markus Spodzieja (centre) with his crew members at the Bikery bakery. (Kiernan Green / News Staff)

The Bikery opens Island’s first kosher bakery in Victoria’s Public Market

Baker Markus Spodzieja and business partner Kimanda Jarzebiak filling a local niche

Markus Spodzieja (centre) with his crew members at the Bikery bakery. (Kiernan Green / News Staff)
John Rocher, chief experience officer at the Six Mile Pub and Eatery is masked up and ready to pour. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Greater Victoria’s oldest pub survived flu pandemic; in good shape to survive COVID

Six Mile Pub and Eatery planned ahead to be ready to serve patrons – if you’re vaccinated

John Rocher, chief experience officer at the Six Mile Pub and Eatery is masked up and ready to pour. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Popular Victoria music shop Lyle’s Place closed the end of August to prepare for Wednesday, Sept. 1 at noon, when everything becomes half off the lowest marked price. The store is closing for good afterward. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Staff expect lineups as Victoria music shop closes after 4 decades

Sales start Sept. 1 for those looking for deals, or to say goodbye

Popular Victoria music shop Lyle’s Place closed the end of August to prepare for Wednesday, Sept. 1 at noon, when everything becomes half off the lowest marked price. The store is closing for good afterward. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Victoria Police Department say the search for a Victoria senior reported missing Saturday afternoon was successful. (Courtesy VicPD)

83-year-old Victoria woman is safe after reported being missing

Police reported the woman missing Saturday afternoon

Victoria Police Department say the search for a Victoria senior reported missing Saturday afternoon was successful. (Courtesy VicPD)
Garry Groth, sales manager at Barnes Harley-Davidson, shows off one of the prized bikes in Harley’s collection. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Bikers galore: Barnes Harley-Davidson hosts its sixth Show and Shine in Langford

Bikers from across the region brought their prized bikes out for show

Garry Groth, sales manager at Barnes Harley-Davidson, shows off one of the prized bikes in Harley’s collection. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
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Survey says: 1 in 3 Canadians are looking to cash in on a side hustle

24% of respondents consider direct selling a realistic option to make more money

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Blighty’s Bistro, pictured here from the inside, ready to open on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14. Under new management for the last year and a half, Blighty’s was still able to generate considerable revenue despite having to temporarily reduce its seating to 50 per cent capacity. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

New management keeps Oak Bay bistro alive during pandemic

Blighty’s makes a name for itself as a perfect date and fine dining spot

Blighty’s Bistro, pictured here from the inside, ready to open on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 14. Under new management for the last year and a half, Blighty’s was still able to generate considerable revenue despite having to temporarily reduce its seating to 50 per cent capacity. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
A new indoor mini-golf course set inside a haunted Victorian manor is coming to Victoria this fall. Haunted Manor will offer mini-golf, ping pong, food and alcohol. (@hauntedmanorvictoria/Instagram)

Haunted mini-golf, ping pong lounge coming to Victoria

Haunted Manor slated to open on Yates Street in mid-October

A new indoor mini-golf course set inside a haunted Victorian manor is coming to Victoria this fall. Haunted Manor will offer mini-golf, ping pong, food and alcohol. (@hauntedmanorvictoria/Instagram)