Devon Bidal

The driver of a beige vehicle crashed into the front of Motus Physiotherapy in Langford on Saturday (Sept. 26) afternoon. (Photo via Courtney Casselman‎)

UPDATED: Driver crashes into Langford physiotherapy business

No injuries, driver not impaired, police say

The driver of a beige vehicle crashed into the front of Motus Physiotherapy in Langford on Saturday (Sept. 26) afternoon. (Photo via Courtney Casselman‎)
Students from Claremont Secondary School joined James Taylor on the trek down to Cadboro Bay as he concluded the five-day journey from Hope to Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Ojibwe man marks completion of five-day ‘healing walk’ from Hope to Saanich

Claremont Secondary students join celebration in Cordova Bay

Students from Claremont Secondary School joined James Taylor on the trek down to Cadboro Bay as he concluded the five-day journey from Hope to Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich police remind Greater Victoria drivers to be cautious and reduce their speeds when the roads are wet. (Pixabay)

Saanich police encourage safe driving habits as rain leads to pooling on roadways

Slow down, inspect vehicle ahead of driving in wet autumn weather

Saanich police remind Greater Victoria drivers to be cautious and reduce their speeds when the roads are wet. (Pixabay)
Saanich’s annual Moon Festival Lantern Celebration starts at 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 26 but festivities look a little bit different for 2020 as the district adapts to the ongoing pandemic. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich’s autumn full-moon lantern celebration shifts to drive-thru

Harvest Moon event takes place Sept. 26 in Gordon Head

Saanich’s annual Moon Festival Lantern Celebration starts at 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 26 but festivities look a little bit different for 2020 as the district adapts to the ongoing pandemic. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Saanich council voted in favour of an exploratory report looking at options for adding socializing shelters to local parks. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich explores options for adding shelters to parks

Covered areas would encourage safe outdoor socializing during rainy season

Saanich council voted in favour of an exploratory report looking at options for adding socializing shelters to local parks. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich flower stand operator Colleen O’Farrell (left) joined Katherine Little (right), the self-proclaimed jam stand lady, in the fight for farm stands in March. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich greenlights farmstands, garden suites after extensive public input

Both unanimous decisions years in the making

Saanich flower stand operator Colleen O’Farrell (left) joined Katherine Little (right), the self-proclaimed jam stand lady, in the fight for farm stands in March. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
James Taylor, a member of the Mississauga Ojibwe Nation, will set out on Sept. 20 to walk from Hope back home to Greater Victoria in just five days to honour survivors of trauma and to acknowledge those who never came home. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

‘Each step is a prayer’: Ojibwe man will walk from Hope to Saanich for Indigenous healing, reconciliation

James Taylor departs Sept. 20, returns to Saanich in five days for sacred fire

James Taylor, a member of the Mississauga Ojibwe Nation, will set out on Sept. 20 to walk from Hope back home to Greater Victoria in just five days to honour survivors of trauma and to acknowledge those who never came home. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich police received a report of someone spraypainting hearts in a Tyndall Avenue crosswalk on Sept. 13 and district staff were sent to clean them up. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Graffiti hearts for frontline workers in Saanich crosswalk to be washed away

Police, district respond to crosswalk vandalism

Saanich police received a report of someone spraypainting hearts in a Tyndall Avenue crosswalk on Sept. 13 and district staff were sent to clean them up. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Mutual aid talks fizzle between Greater Victoria fire departments

Victoria puts other core departments on notice

Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The Saanich Fire Department has unveiled its new memorial plaza which honours the municipality’s firefighters who’ve lost their lives while on duty in the last 100 years. (Mike Burgess/Twitter)

Saanich fire unveils centennial memorial plaza honouring fallen firefighters

Plaza located outside Station #1, marks end of 100th-anniversary celebrations

The Saanich Fire Department has unveiled its new memorial plaza which honours the municipality’s firefighters who’ve lost their lives while on duty in the last 100 years. (Mike Burgess/Twitter)
Saanich’s newly appointed Housing Strategy task force will begin developing the municipality’s new approach to housing issues on Sept. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Housing Strategy task force to start tackling the issue this month

Task force hopes to meet more than seven times before new year hits

Saanich’s newly appointed Housing Strategy task force will begin developing the municipality’s new approach to housing issues on Sept. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich residents will be able to have their say on bylaw amendments to allow farm stands and garden suites during a Sept. 15 public hearing. (Black Press Media File photo)

Garden suites, roadside farm stands to dominate Saanich public hearing

Residents invited to weigh in on various proposed bylaw amendments

Saanich residents will be able to have their say on bylaw amendments to allow farm stands and garden suites during a Sept. 15 public hearing. (Black Press Media File photo)
On Sept. 12, the province approved bylaws banning single-use plastic products in Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet and Richmond. (Black Press file photo)

Province greenlights plastic bag bans for five B.C. municipalities

Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet to receive approval for bylaws regulating plastic products

On Sept. 12, the province approved bylaws banning single-use plastic products in Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet and Richmond. (Black Press file photo)
Victoria police are once again looking for Albert Bedard, 74. (Courtesy of VicPD)

MISSING: Police searching for high-risk 74-year-old Esquimalt man

Albert Bedard missing for a second time this week

Victoria police are once again looking for Albert Bedard, 74. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Saanich council will consider a report from Coun. Zac de Vries calling for up to six park shelters to be added across the municipality to extend park-use into the rainy season. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council to look at adding park shelters for safe outdoor socializing during adverse weather

Covered areas would permit safe socializing during ‘endless rain’ season, resident says

Saanich council will consider a report from Coun. Zac de Vries calling for up to six park shelters to be added across the municipality to extend park-use into the rainy season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich fire Capt. Carl Trepels is reminding residents to be cautious as the forest fire risk in Greater Victoria has been upgraded to ‘extreme’ – as indicated on the sign outside Fire Hall #1. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Greater Victoria forest fire risk upgraded to ‘extreme’

Residents reminded to be cautious with smoking material, avoid all outdoor burning

Saanich fire Capt. Carl Trepels is reminding residents to be cautious as the forest fire risk in Greater Victoria has been upgraded to ‘extreme’ – as indicated on the sign outside Fire Hall #1. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Construction is underway in Saanich’s Horner Park and a variety of upgrades are on the way. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Construction is underway in Saanich’s Horner Park and a variety of upgrades are on the way. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Aryze Development’s floating swimming platform in the Gorge Waterway requires a permit from the federal government to remain in the water. (Photo courtesy Luke Mari)

Gorge Waterway swimming platform requires federal permit to remain in place

Developer calling on public to support project

Aryze Development’s floating swimming platform in the Gorge Waterway requires a permit from the federal government to remain in the water. (Photo courtesy Luke Mari)
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff is 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. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff is 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. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Soil removed during construction of the McKenzie Interchange has been repurposed into a berm with a walking path along the side of the highway. (Photo courtesy Colin Plant)

Excess soil from McKenzie interchange repurposed into berm, walking path

Landscaping, trees to be added this fall, ministry says

Soil removed during construction of the McKenzie Interchange has been repurposed into a berm with a walking path along the side of the highway. (Photo courtesy Colin Plant)