Saanich works out plans for time capsule

Capsule would be part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations

Coun. Vicki Sanders looks over the spot at Saanich Municipal Hall where a time capsule will be placed as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Coun. Vicki Sanders looks over the spot at Saanich Municipal Hall where a time capsule will be placed as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

So how does Saanich want to remember itself?

That is a question facing Saanich residents as plans for a time capsule continue to take shape.

Coun. Vicki Sanders announced last week that the arts, culture and advisory committee will start fundraising for a time capsule as part of Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary.

“It’s something that kept coming up continuously [during discussions],” she said.

The capsule, she said, responds to the great interest of people in history and historical artifacts and the upcoming sesquicentennial provides an excellent opportunity to leave behind a record for future generations, she said.

“It’s part of our history, it’s part of our culture,” she said.

Plans currently call for the time capsule to be installed near the Saanich Municipal Hall 50th anniversary sign.

Sanders estimates costs for the actual capsule including installation and contingencies at around $5,000.

Plans presented at council last week initially called for a public contribution, but subsequent discussions removed the project from the list of official projects.

“That’s fine,” said Sanders.

The committee will approach local organizations, companies and individuals for donations, said Sanders, who is confident that they will be able to fulfil their fundraising goals.

“We are optimistic and we are excited about what is going to happen,” she said.

 

“And of course, we will look to community to see what items should be included.”