Devon Bidal

Bill Okell captured two first-place finishes and a second-place finish at the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs Championships on Sept. 26 and 27. (Brent Martin/Martin’s Action Photography)

Saanich race car driver nabs GTU title, new hardware at Mission Raceway Park

‘Satisfying win’ on Canadian circuit after U.S. season cut short for Bill Okell

Bill Okell captured two first-place finishes and a second-place finish at the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs Championships on Sept. 26 and 27. (Brent Martin/Martin’s Action Photography)
A Saanich homeowner and their neighbour managed to douse a carport fire that sparked on Oct. 17. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich homeowner, neighbour douse small fire in carport

Cause of fire unclear but ‘no cause for alarm,’ firefighter says

A Saanich homeowner and their neighbour managed to douse a carport fire that sparked on Oct. 17. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich has posted the 2020 fall leaf collection schedule and asks residents to plan ahead for their collection week. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Don’t leaf it to the last minute: Saanich 2020 fall collection schedule posted

Leaves must be piled away from ditches, drains, roadways

Saanich has posted the 2020 fall leaf collection schedule and asks residents to plan ahead for their collection week. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Two men were caught on camera breaking into a Saanich apartment block and stealing a bike on the evening of Oct. 6. (Screenshot via Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)

VIDEO: Police seek pair caught on camera breaking into Saanich apartment building

Suspects reportedly stole hybrid bike worth $400

Two men were caught on camera breaking into a Saanich apartment block and stealing a bike on the evening of Oct. 6. (Screenshot via Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers)
Film crews will be shooting on the Pat Bay Highway from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Oct. 14 and 15. Traffic control personnel will be guiding drivers through a planned detour. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Rolling closures on Pat Bay Highway for filming in Saanich, Sidney

Traffic to be detoured around film-site

Film crews will be shooting on the Pat Bay Highway from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Oct. 14 and 15. Traffic control personnel will be guiding drivers through a planned detour. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Brydon Park was among the six parks selected by Saanich staff for a proposed outdoor shelter project that was voted down by council on Oct. 5. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich council votes against adding shelters to parks for socializing amid pandemic, adverse weather

High costs, impacts on other projects, safety among concerns raised

Brydon Park was among the six parks selected by Saanich staff for a proposed outdoor shelter project that was voted down by council on Oct. 5. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich is now taking applications for garden suites on properties that meet specific guidelines. (Fred Haynes/Twitter)

Applications open for Saanich garden suites

No Airbnb, short-term rentals allowed

Saanich is now taking applications for garden suites on properties that meet specific guidelines. (Fred Haynes/Twitter)
Saanich police crackdown on unsafe driving behaviour as Operation Impact 2020 kicks off. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police crackdown on unsafe driving behaviour as Operation Impact 2020 kicks off. (Black Press Media file photo)
Loose ducks spotted near Rosedale Park in Saanich. (Tania Jacobs/Twitter)

‘Anybody missing ducks in Saanich?’: Loose ducks spotted near Rosedale Park

Pair of white ducks may have waddled from nearby yard

Loose ducks spotted near Rosedale Park in Saanich. (Tania Jacobs/Twitter)
(Black Press Media file photo)

TRAFFIC: Collison backs up Pat Bay Highway traffic ahead of long weekend

Incident ‘does not appear serious,’ delays expected, police say

(Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police identify suspect caught in security footage placing an uncapped needle and some gauze on the back door of a business on Sept. 30. (Image via the Saanich Police Department)

Woman charged for placing uncapped needle on Saanich business door

Police don’t believe business was targetted

Saanich police identify suspect caught in security footage placing an uncapped needle and some gauze on the back door of a business on Sept. 30. (Image via the Saanich Police Department)
The Saanich Fire Department doused two fires in the same building on the morning of Oct. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich firefighters douse two separate fires in same building in one hour

Improperly disposed of cigarette blamed for second blaze

The Saanich Fire Department doused two fires in the same building on the morning of Oct. 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Saanich police officer stopped a driver going 185 km/h on the Pat Bay Highway on Oct. 8. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Driver caught going 105 km/h over speed limit on Pat Bay Highway

Saanich police issue $483 fine for excessive speeding, impound vehicle

A Saanich police officer stopped a driver going 185 km/h on the Pat Bay Highway on Oct. 8. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
The owners of Island Outfitters took to social media to share photos of the damage a month after a fire ravaged the store in January. (Island Outfitters/Facebook)

Housing complex planned for former Island Outfitters property in Saanich core

Store founders, local development company partner to reimagine fire-damaged property

The owners of Island Outfitters took to social media to share photos of the damage a month after a fire ravaged the store in January. (Island Outfitters/Facebook)
The Saanich Fire Department offers tips for staying safe in the kitchen. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The Saanich Fire Department offers tips for staying safe in the kitchen. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Two small dogs chase a heron from the water in Cadboro Bay. (Photo submitted)

Study finds no ‘harmonious solution’ to Saanich off-leash dog restrictions

Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association present findings to council Sept. 28

Two small dogs chase a heron from the water in Cadboro Bay. (Photo submitted)
Thea Driver, 6, brought her own lantern to the Saanich Moon Festival Lantern Celebration for a mini lantern procession as she toured the displays with her family. Colourful paper lanterns and displays glowed in Gordon Head on Saturday night as residents on foot, on bikes and in cars celebrated the annual Moon Festival Lantern Celebration. See story and photos on page A28. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Hundreds walk, bike, drive through Saanich’s full moon lantern festival

Harvest Moon celebration draws crowds for pandemic-friendly fun

Thea Driver, 6, brought her own lantern to the Saanich Moon Festival Lantern Celebration for a mini lantern procession as she toured the displays with her family. Colourful paper lanterns and displays glowed in Gordon Head on Saturday night as residents on foot, on bikes and in cars celebrated the annual Moon Festival Lantern Celebration. See story and photos on page A28. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
West Shore RCMP recommends that drivers avoid the Millstream overpass on Sept. 26 and 27 as construction reduces traffic to one lane. (Image via Google Maps)

Construction slows weekend traffic at Millstream overpass

West Shore RCMP recommend Leigh Road exit instead

West Shore RCMP recommends that drivers avoid the Millstream overpass on Sept. 26 and 27 as construction reduces traffic to one lane. (Image via Google Maps)
Saanich-based driver Bill Okell awaited the start of a race in 2018. (Ralph Umayam/Cali Photo)

Saanich race car driver shifts gears as pandemic cuts U.S. season short

Bill Okell, 65, sets sights on Canadian racing circuit for 2020

Saanich-based driver Bill Okell awaited the start of a race in 2018. (Ralph Umayam/Cali Photo)
An employee at Bear & Joey, a downtown Victoria café, has tested positive for COVID-19 and owners have opted to temporarily close down as a safety precaution. (Bear & Joey/Instagram)

Downtown Victoria café temporarily closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Risk of transmission ‘extremely low’, owners say

An employee at Bear & Joey, a downtown Victoria café, has tested positive for COVID-19 and owners have opted to temporarily close down as a safety precaution. (Bear & Joey/Instagram)