Saanich Peninsula

Vancouver Island’s Micah Zandee-Hart is competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics this year with the Canadian women’s hockey team. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Olympic Committee)

Saanichton’s Micah Zandee-Hart makes B.C. history on Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team

Vancouver Islander to make her Winter Games debut in Beijing on Feb. 3

 

Anthony Thomas is charged in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian who was struck while walking along Central Saanich Road in August 2018. He is on trial at the Victoria courthouse. (Black Press Media file photo)

Driver was speeding when he struck sisters in fatal Central Saanich crash, court hears

Anthony Thomas on trial for impaired driving causing death and bodily harm

 

Two individuals living on this floating structure anchored off Lillian Hoffar Park in North Saanich are said to now be living on land, after Beacon Community Services and RCMP officers found them in “very ill health” according to a District of North Saanich spokesperson. (Photo courtesy of Penny Williamson)

Liveaboard couple in ‘very ill health’ removed from floating home in North Saanich

RCMP, Beacon Community Services move couple to land-based accommodations

 

Dave Eberwein, superintendent of schools for School District 63, says the district is not reporting COVID-19 cases on school-by-school basis because it does not receive that information, as per new protocols designed in response to the Omicron variant. (Google Streetview)

Saanich School District monitors absentee levels; no school close to functional closure

SD63 does not have school-specific COVID case numbers, superintendent says

Dave Eberwein, superintendent of schools for School District 63, says the district is not reporting COVID-19 cases on school-by-school basis because it does not receive that information, as per new protocols designed in response to the Omicron variant. (Google Streetview)
Redevelopment plans for the Cedarwood Inn and Suites in Sidney have yet to come to council, but the hopeful developers of the land say information gained at fall 2021 open houses have further shaped their vision for the property. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fall election, OCP review help explain apparent rush of proposals in Sidney: councillor

Committee-of-the-whole to consider Beacon Avenue proposal on March 7

Redevelopment plans for the Cedarwood Inn and Suites in Sidney have yet to come to council, but the hopeful developers of the land say information gained at fall 2021 open houses have further shaped their vision for the property. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney are encouraging residents to sign up for the Saanich Peninsula Alert system, which notifies residents and visitors of critical emergency information, including impending hazards. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsunami advisory triggers approximately 900 Saanich Peninsula Alert signups

System pushed out approximately 21,000 notifications following volcano eruption

Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney are encouraging residents to sign up for the Saanich Peninsula Alert system, which notifies residents and visitors of critical emergency information, including impending hazards. (Black Press Media file photo)
This artistic rendering shows the four-storey condominium building that MGF Project Services proposes for the corner of Henry Avenue and Fifth Street in Sidney. (MGF Project Services/Screencap)
This artistic rendering shows the four-storey condominium building that MGF Project Services proposes for the corner of Henry Avenue and Fifth Street in Sidney. (MGF Project Services/Screencap)
The demolition of three older single-family homes on Lochside Drive last month made way for a planned four-storey, 36-unit multi-family condo building with underground parking. The Rise on Fifth is another notable projects that received a development permit later in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

After peaking in 2020, value of permits issued in Sidney dropped by $41 million in 2021

Permits attached to projects creating 83 units issued last year, following boom year in 2020

The demolition of three older single-family homes on Lochside Drive last month made way for a planned four-storey, 36-unit multi-family condo building with underground parking. The Rise on Fifth is another notable projects that received a development permit later in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich invites feedback prior to upcoming budget talks until Feb. 7 with budget talks scheduled to start in March. (Black Press Media file photo)

Upcoming budget talks in North Saanich bank on public input

Budget survey seeking feedback on resident priorities, remains open until Feb. 7

North Saanich invites feedback prior to upcoming budget talks until Feb. 7 with budget talks scheduled to start in March. (Black Press Media file photo)
This rendering (looking northwest) shows a residential building proposed for the corner of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17. (Courtesy Kothari Group)

Sidney staff reviews plans for five-storey building near Highway 17

Council to consider plans for 141-unit project in early March

This rendering (looking northwest) shows a residential building proposed for the corner of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17. (Courtesy Kothari Group)
Flowers on Central Saanich Road mark the spot where Kim Ward was struck by a vehicle and killed in August 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, continued Thursday in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

More details emerge about fatal pedestrian crash in Central Saanich

Crash scene photographer, second eyewitness testify in day 4 of Anthony Thomas trial

Flowers on Central Saanich Road mark the spot where Kim Ward was struck by a vehicle and killed in August 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, continued Thursday in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kim Ward, 51, was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in Central Saanich in 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, began Jan. 17 in Victoria. (Courtesy of Triathlon Canada)

Man’s trial begins on impaired, dangerous driving charges in fatal 2018 Central Saanich crash

Pedestrian Kim Ward died on scene, sister injured after both struck by vehicle in August 2018

Kim Ward, 51, was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in Central Saanich in 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, began Jan. 17 in Victoria. (Courtesy of Triathlon Canada)
Lucas Gentina holds a Chilean flag listing the name of his hometown, La Boca de Rapel, after swimming across Elk Lake to fundraise for equipment benefiting residents at the long-term care unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Morning swim across Elk Lake splashes up thousands for Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Rehabilitation assistant Lucas Gentina finishes 2K swim, learns that he raised $8,500

Lucas Gentina holds a Chilean flag listing the name of his hometown, La Boca de Rapel, after swimming across Elk Lake to fundraise for equipment benefiting residents at the long-term care unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Municipal staff in North Saanich have announced that a maximum of six members of the public can attend that municipality’s upcoming Jan. 17 council meeting out of an abundance of caution. COVID-19 restrictions will also impact aspects. While four councillors must be present, others may connect remotely and staff attendance will be minimized. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula municipalities work to prepare for effect of Omicron variant

Measures include increased work-from-home options, appointment only interactions

Municipal staff in North Saanich have announced that a maximum of six members of the public can attend that municipality’s upcoming Jan. 17 council meeting out of an abundance of caution. COVID-19 restrictions will also impact aspects. While four councillors must be present, others may connect remotely and staff attendance will be minimized. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report reviewing plans for new washroom facilities along Sidney’s waterfront finds several obstacles to including a Changing Places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. But hearing from disability advocates, council asked staff to re-design plans to include a changing places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Sidney to push ahead with plans for more specialized washroom

Council’s decision comes despite staff concerns and after hearing from local disability advocates

A report reviewing plans for new washroom facilities along Sidney’s waterfront finds several obstacles to including a Changing Places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. But hearing from disability advocates, council asked staff to re-design plans to include a changing places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. (Black Press Media file photo)
Council voted 5-1 with Coun. Zeb King to rescind first reading of a bylaw that would have designated the Brentwood Anglican Chapel a heritage building.The move clears the path for the ‘unbuilding’ of the historic and its relocation to Mill Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mill Bay to be new home of former Central Saanich chapel

Rescinding of heritage bylaw clears path for move of Brentwood Anglican Chapel

Council voted 5-1 with Coun. Zeb King to rescind first reading of a bylaw that would have designated the Brentwood Anglican Chapel a heritage building.The move clears the path for the ‘unbuilding’ of the historic and its relocation to Mill Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Peter Wainwright said a review of the tax multiplier currently favouring residential properties is one of way with which the municipality can help businesses challenged by COVID-19. Council considered, but ultimately rejected plans to drop the review from the 2022 strategic plan following a narrow 4-3 vote. (Town of Sidney/Submitted0

Council set to review businesses’ share of tax load in Sidney

Council keeps review in strategic plan despite concerns over staff workload

Coun. Peter Wainwright said a review of the tax multiplier currently favouring residential properties is one of way with which the municipality can help businesses challenged by COVID-19. Council considered, but ultimately rejected plans to drop the review from the 2022 strategic plan following a narrow 4-3 vote. (Town of Sidney/Submitted0
Rendering shows two six-storey rental buildings proposed by Starlight Developments for 2515 Hackett Cres. off Lochside Drive in the Marigold lands in Central Saanich. (Courtesy of Starlight Development)

Decision delayed on phase 2 of Marigold project in Central Saanich

Council to resume discussion Feb. 14; concerns heard on height, density of 6-storey buildings

Rendering shows two six-storey rental buildings proposed by Starlight Developments for 2515 Hackett Cres. off Lochside Drive in the Marigold lands in Central Saanich. (Courtesy of Starlight Development)
Lucas Gentina, a rehabilitation assistant for seniors in long-term care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, is doing a 2K fundraiser swim across Elk Lake, winding up near the Victoria City Rowing Club, where he is pictured here. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

‘Aquaman’ raising funds for seniors at Saanich Peninsula Hospital with Elk Lake swim

Lucas Gentina plans to swim 2K from corner to corner across the Saanich lake on Jan. 17

Lucas Gentina, a rehabilitation assistant for seniors in long-term care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, is doing a 2K fundraiser swim across Elk Lake, winding up near the Victoria City Rowing Club, where he is pictured here. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, seen here seen during the 2021 provincial election, will be the voting site for the 2022 municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)

Veteran election official to oversee 2022 vote in Sidney

Sandi Nelson, helped by Christa Baxter, will guide process for a sixth consecutive time

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, seen here seen during the 2021 provincial election, will be the voting site for the 2022 municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)