Devon Bidal

Scott Laming and his neighbours have rallied to save the childcare facility located on the site of a proposed housing development on Raymond Street South. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Need for childcare butts heads with proposed six-storey building in Saanich

Proposal includes six units to be sold at 10 per cent below market value

Scott Laming and his neighbours have rallied to save the childcare facility located on the site of a proposed housing development on Raymond Street South. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich firefighters were called to the public works yard on McKenzie Avenue on Nov. 18 to manage a gas leak in a propane storage unit on site. (Black Press Media file photo)

Worn pipe cause of gas leak at Saanich’s public works yard

Minor gas leak a good reminder of what to do, deputy fire chief says

Saanich firefighters were called to the public works yard on McKenzie Avenue on Nov. 18 to manage a gas leak in a propane storage unit on site. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rob Grant and his one-year-old, William, took in the Christmas decorations at Uptown Shopping Centre on Nov. 14 but plan to get their gifts online. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich shoppers plan to holiday shop early, online amid pandemic

COVID-19 pushes many to change their Christmas shopping habits

Rob Grant and his one-year-old, William, took in the Christmas decorations at Uptown Shopping Centre on Nov. 14 but plan to get their gifts online. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
When the wind howls, trees can come down and may bring power lines with them. (Black Press Media file photo)

Storms prompt downed power line warning from BC Hydro

‘Stay back 10 metres and dial 911,’ in event of damaged electrical lines, poles

When the wind howls, trees can come down and may bring power lines with them. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes is calling out a group of “poker grinches” whose gathering of 10 people was disbanded by police on Nov. 14 because he worries their behaviour could ruin the holiday season for all. (Pixabay)

Mayor worries Saanich ‘poker grinches’ will steal holiday season

Police break up poker game for pandemic violations, issue $2,300 ticket

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes is calling out a group of “poker grinches” whose gathering of 10 people was disbanded by police on Nov. 14 because he worries their behaviour could ruin the holiday season for all. (Pixabay)
Saanich staff are collaborating with police to review and improve parking bylaw enforcement in the municipality. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich collaborating with police to improve parking enforcement model

Enforcement may shift from police to municipal bylaw officers in 2021

Saanich staff are collaborating with police to review and improve parking bylaw enforcement in the municipality. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
A Saanich roadway improvement project that took place along Haliburton Road between the Pat Bay Highway and Wesley Road concluded in October – making the area safer for all road users. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Haliburton Road upgrades make roadway safer for pedestrians, cyclists

Work completed in eight months with budget of $600,000

A Saanich roadway improvement project that took place along Haliburton Road between the Pat Bay Highway and Wesley Road concluded in October – making the area safer for all road users. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff began drawing attention to graffiti that’s begun to appear on the newly installed sound barriers along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail near the McKenzie interchange. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich sets sights on mural possibilities for McKenzie interchange sound barriers

History of Saanich art wall could discourage tagging, graffiti, councillor says

Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff began drawing attention to graffiti that’s begun to appear on the newly installed sound barriers along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail near the McKenzie interchange. (Black Press Media file photo)
Seven-year-old Saanich resident Charlotte Steel raised $500 for the Victoria Humane Society by selling greeting cards featuring her nature photography during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Steele)

Young Saanich photographer raises $500 for Victoria Humane Society

Charlotte Steele printed, sold greeting cards

Seven-year-old Saanich resident Charlotte Steel raised $500 for the Victoria Humane Society by selling greeting cards featuring her nature photography during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Steele)
Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Center will host two nights of virtual Diwali celebrations amid the pandemic featuring dancers, singers and may other performers. (Photo submitted by Sridevi Ganti)

Diwali festival goes virtual in Greater Victoria

Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Center opts for two nights of online performances

Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Center will host two nights of virtual Diwali celebrations amid the pandemic featuring dancers, singers and may other performers. (Photo submitted by Sridevi Ganti)
Saanich police are warning vehicle owners to take precautions after 27 break-ins were reported between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7. (Black Press Media file photo)

Nearly 30 Saanich cars broken into in early November, most in Cordova Bay

Lock vehicles, remove valuables every night, police warn

Saanich police are warning vehicle owners to take precautions after 27 break-ins were reported between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
On Nov. 13, Saanich police shared a photo of a fishing bag found in Cordova Bay in an effort to locate the rightful owner. (Saanich Police/Twitter)

Saanich police hope to hook up fishing bag found in Cordova Bay with owner

Small khaki pouch may be connected to vehicle break-in, police say

On Nov. 13, Saanich police shared a photo of a fishing bag found in Cordova Bay in an effort to locate the rightful owner. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
Former Highlands resident Josh Reaume was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR following a social media post that breached members’ code of conduct. (Black Press Media file photo)

NASCAR suspends former Vancouver Island resident for insensitive social media post

Josh Reaume ‘sorry’ if food photo ‘taken out of context’ offended anyone

Former Highlands resident Josh Reaume was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR following a social media post that breached members’ code of conduct. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society is reminding park-users that damaging plants or removing mushrooms or anything else from the park is against Saanich bylaws. (Photo courtesy Darrell Wick)

Mushroom pickers disregard bylaws for Mount Douglas Park

Park-users cannot damage plants, remove things from greenspace, advocate says

The Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society is reminding park-users that damaging plants or removing mushrooms or anything else from the park is against Saanich bylaws. (Photo courtesy Darrell Wick)
(Left to right) Firefighters Drew Coleman, Allistair Davy-Saxl, Jaskarn Johal, Fire Chief Mike Burgess, Paul Lance and Capt. Erin Stockhill stand outside Station #1 after the declaration of duty ceremony. (Mike Burgess/Twitter)

Saanich welcomes four new firefighters, Emergency Program coordinator

Next round of recruiting for ‘best job in the world’ begins in December

(Left to right) Firefighters Drew Coleman, Allistair Davy-Saxl, Jaskarn Johal, Fire Chief Mike Burgess, Paul Lance and Capt. Erin Stockhill stand outside Station #1 after the declaration of duty ceremony. (Mike Burgess/Twitter)
Every year, piles of abandoned jack-o-lanterns appear in Mount Douglas Park after Halloween and advocates are urging residents to be responsible when displaying their pumpkin art. (Photo courtesy Darrell Wick)

The great Saanich pumpkin dump: Advocates advise against abandoning carved gourds in park

Removal of rotten pumpkins costs up to $800 annually, district says

Every year, piles of abandoned jack-o-lanterns appear in Mount Douglas Park after Halloween and advocates are urging residents to be responsible when displaying their pumpkin art. (Photo courtesy Darrell Wick)
Doug Hamm (left) and Frances Backhouse are among those concerned about a proposed development on Milner Avenue that will result in the loss of one of Saanich’s Garry oak ecosystems. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

North Quadra neighbours rally to protect Garry Oak ecosystem on development site

Site of proposed Milner Avenue subdivision home to dense forest residents want preserved

Doug Hamm (left) and Frances Backhouse are among those concerned about a proposed development on Milner Avenue that will result in the loss of one of Saanich’s Garry oak ecosystems. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Jean and Dudley Thompson met by chance on Easter Sunday 1943 outside Westminster Abbey while serving in the Second World War. (Photos courtesy Julie Forster)

Saanich couple’s wartime romance led to 69 years of love, ‘appreciation for life’

Young Canadian officers found love outside Westminster Abbey during Second World War

Jean and Dudley Thompson met by chance on Easter Sunday 1943 outside Westminster Abbey while serving in the Second World War. (Photos courtesy Julie Forster)
A sneaky otter made its way into the salmon containment area in the Saanich fish fence during the fall salmon count. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)

Otters foil annual salmon count at Saanich fish fence

Seasonal tally ends early with 176 coho passing up Colquitz River to spawn

A sneaky otter made its way into the salmon containment area in the Saanich fish fence during the fall salmon count. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)
Murray Chiropractic Group chiropractor Mike Hadbavny and receptionist Emily Philips demonstrate rehabilitation exercises. (Photo submitted by	Mike Hadbavny)
Murray Chiropractic Group chiropractor Mike Hadbavny and receptionist Emily Philips demonstrate rehabilitation exercises. (Photo submitted by	Mike Hadbavny)