Saanich Peninsula

May Sam (left), an Elder with Tsartlip First Nation performs a blessing during the Sept. 22 groundbreaking for the Centre for Plant Health. Construction of the new facility will start this fall with completion scheduled for 2025. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Construction of new Centre for Plant Health underway in North Saanich

Federal government announced $80 million toward replacement in April 2018

 

Members of the Greater Victoria Team, here seen earlier in September, working in Sidney’s Peter Grant Park, will be on site on Sept. 24 during Sidney’s third annual Tree Appreciation Day. It sees the municipality team up with Greater Victoria Green Team to help plant Douglas fir seedlings in Peter Grant Park in an area alongside KEL,SET (Reay Creek). (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)

Residents invited to battle climate change while helping Sidney grow

Sidney’s third annual tree appreciation day takes place Sept. 24 at Peter Grant Park

 

Greater Victoria’s population is expected to reach 485,000 by 2041 under one scenario. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria could see 485,000 residents by 2041

Statistics Canada predicts Greater Victoria will grow, become more diverse by 2041

 

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says council is concerned about the lack of new information concerning Prosser Road supportive housing project. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Windsor/Submitted)

Central Saanich concerned about health care, supportive housing project: Mayor Windsor

Delegation also discussed environmental state of Saanich Inlet at UBCM

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says council is concerned about the lack of new information concerning Prosser Road supportive housing project. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Windsor/Submitted)
Nancy Dobbs, Paulette Kushner and Daphne Macnaughton of the Peninsula 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Recycling Project hold up bags of books ready to go out to children aged birth to five. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Kids get early read on literacy thanks to Peninsula-based book recycling project

Peninsula 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Recycling Project has collected about 180,500 books since 2008

Nancy Dobbs, Paulette Kushner and Daphne Macnaughton of the Peninsula 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Recycling Project hold up bags of books ready to go out to children aged birth to five. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore led the procession down Beacon Avenue Monday morning as part of a ceremony organized by the Town of Sidney to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Saanich Peninsula remembers Queen Elizabeth II with a ceremony in Sidney

Close to 1,000 participate in event organized by Town of Sidney in Beacon Park

Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore led the procession down Beacon Avenue Monday morning as part of a ceremony organized by the Town of Sidney to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre to host multiple municipal election forums

Forums also scheduled for North Saanich and Central Saanich

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers released this image on Sept. 16 in the search for a suspect in a Sidney art theft. (GV Crime Stoppers/Twitter)

Suspect sought in Sidney sculpture theft

Wood carving of snuggling ducks taken from Beacon Avenue gallery

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers released this image on Sept. 16 in the search for a suspect in a Sidney art theft. (GV Crime Stoppers/Twitter)
Travellers at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond. The aviation industry faces significant challenges, delegates at the 2022 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention heard. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

UBCM delegates warned of big structural changes facing B.C. airports, aviation industry

Staff shortages, geopolitics and technology all factors behind changes

Travellers at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond. The aviation industry faces significant challenges, delegates at the 2022 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention heard. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
School districts are holding elections for trustees, who will work on the school district boards. (Black Press Media file photo)

Who is running for school trustee in SD61, SD62, SD63?

School trustee candidates are on the ballot on general voting day Oct. 15

School districts are holding elections for trustees, who will work on the school district boards. (Black Press Media file photo)
Queen Elizabeth II brings smiles to the faces of well-wishers during an impromptu walkabout after attending a church service in Victoria on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Queen Elizabeth II to be remembered in special ceremony in Sidney’s Beacon Park

Questions about legacy, future of British monarchy have followed the death of longest-serving monarch

Queen Elizabeth II brings smiles to the faces of well-wishers during an impromptu walkabout after attending a church service in Victoria on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
A redevelopment proposal submitted to the District of Central Saanich suggests a combination of residential and retail units to take over the Sassy’s Restaurant site. (Credit: Finlayson Bonet Architecture)

Fresh redevelopment plans submitted for Central Saanich’s Sassy’s Restaurant site

Apartments, short-term rentals, restaurants and retail space could be coming

A redevelopment proposal submitted to the District of Central Saanich suggests a combination of residential and retail units to take over the Sassy’s Restaurant site. (Credit: Finlayson Bonet Architecture)
Sidney is mourning the death of Clive Tanner (right), who along with his wife Christine, shaped Sidney’s downtown specifically and the community generally through their love of books. The couple started Tanner’s Books and Tanner represented the riding of Saanich North and the Islands for the B.C. Liberals between 1991 and 1996. (Black Press Media file photo)

Clive Tanner, former MLA and Sidney entrepreneur, dies at the age of 88

Clive Tanner started Tanner’s Books and represented the B.C. Liberals between 1991 and 1996

Sidney is mourning the death of Clive Tanner (right), who along with his wife Christine, shaped Sidney’s downtown specifically and the community generally through their love of books. The couple started Tanner’s Books and Tanner represented the riding of Saanich North and the Islands for the B.C. Liberals between 1991 and 1996. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney fire deals with a gas leak, closing Third Street from Oakville to Bevan avenues. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)

Firefighters evacuate buildings as gas leak limits access to downtown Sidney

Third Street reopens after closure between Oakville and Bevan

Sidney fire deals with a gas leak, closing Third Street from Oakville to Bevan avenues. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
Sidney resident Kevin Greenway received an early Christmas present by winning $200 as the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary held an early draw as part of its upcoming Christmas Bazaar Raffle scheduled on Nov. 19 at the Mary Winspear Centre. Nancy Coutts, Iris Fowler, Janie Scott, Jean Van Wyk, Maryann Little and Pauline Dance held the early draw on Friday, Sept. 2 in the Save-on-Foods parking lot. (Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary/Submitted).

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary holds early bird raffle

Sidney resident scoops up $200 prize

Sidney resident Kevin Greenway received an early Christmas present by winning $200 as the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary held an early draw as part of its upcoming Christmas Bazaar Raffle scheduled on Nov. 19 at the Mary Winspear Centre. Nancy Coutts, Iris Fowler, Janie Scott, Jean Van Wyk, Maryann Little and Pauline Dance held the early draw on Friday, Sept. 2 in the Save-on-Foods parking lot. (Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary/Submitted).
The Central Saanich Fire Department and the surrounding community are mourning the loss of former Assistant Chief Forrest Owens. A scholarship in his name could see eligible students at Stelly’s Secondary School awarded between $500 and $1,000. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)

Central Saanich community leader Forrest Owens to be honoured through scholarship

Scholarship will be available to Grade 11-12 students at Stelly’s Secondary School

The Central Saanich Fire Department and the surrounding community are mourning the loss of former Assistant Chief Forrest Owens. A scholarship in his name could see eligible students at Stelly’s Secondary School awarded between $500 and $1,000. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)
The North Saanich Residents Association will hold an all-candidates forum Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church in the 9000-block of East Saanich Road as voters prepare to elect a new council on Oct. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church to hold all-candidates meeting in North Saanich

North Saanich Residents Association is holding event Sept. 28 starting at 7 p.m.

The North Saanich Residents Association will hold an all-candidates forum Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church in the 9000-block of East Saanich Road as voters prepare to elect a new council on Oct. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Former North Saanich councillor Jack Thornburn, local property owner Renate Herberger and Jim Cuthbert, a registered professional biologist, belong to a coalition concerned about the potential loss of trees on a Rosborough Road property. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Coalition concerned with loss of trees on North Saanich property

Rosborough Road property owner gains approval to remove trees from agricultural land

Former North Saanich councillor Jack Thornburn, local property owner Renate Herberger and Jim Cuthbert, a registered professional biologist, belong to a coalition concerned about the potential loss of trees on a Rosborough Road property. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The pending introduction of permanent daylight savings time could impact the safety of children as they would be walking to school in the dark during large parts of winter. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pending move to permanent daylight savings raises safety issues around Greater Victoria schools

If pending move finalized, sun would not rise until after 9 a.m.

The pending introduction of permanent daylight savings time could impact the safety of children as they would be walking to school in the dark during large parts of winter. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich’s Jim Kingham has dedicated his book Solutions for a Wounded Planet to Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Personal, collective action needed on environment, says North Saanich author

Jim Kingham chairs the North Saanich Community Planning Advisory

North Saanich’s Jim Kingham has dedicated his book Solutions for a Wounded Planet to Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
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