Saanich News Staff

Mushrooms sprout near Quadra Heights Playground in Victoria. Learn more about those growing in the region at the The annual South Vancouver Island Mycological Society annual mushroom show on Oct. 31. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Fungi get sorted during annual south Vancouver Island mushroom show

Residents invited to collect, bring species along for identification

Mushrooms sprout near Quadra Heights Playground in Victoria. Learn more about those growing in the region at the The annual South Vancouver Island Mycological Society annual mushroom show on Oct. 31. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2021, file photo, the Bitcoin logo appears on the display screen of a cryptocurrency ATM at the Smoker's Choice store in Salem, N.H. China’s central bank on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

$1.4 million lost to cryptocurrency fraud in Saanich during last three months

Police warning residents about an increase in fraud reports

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2021, file photo, the Bitcoin logo appears on the display screen of a cryptocurrency ATM at the Smoker's Choice store in Salem, N.H. China’s central bank on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Saanich residents can apply for a rebate when purchasing electric bikes, courtesy of the District of Saanich. (District of Saanich)

District of Saanich will pay up to $1,600 per household in e-bike rebates

Pilot program said to be first of its kind of B.C. among local governments

Saanich residents can apply for a rebate when purchasing electric bikes, courtesy of the District of Saanich. (District of Saanich)
Cody Carlson has taken over as head coach and general manager of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Predators. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Predators)

Saanich Predators name new coach and general manager

Cody Carlson takes over from Brent Polischuk as Jr. B hockey team’s head coach, GM

Cody Carlson has taken over as head coach and general manager of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Predators. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Predators)
The Department of National Defence will be conducting a night firing exercise at Heals Range in Saanich on Oct. 16. (MARPAC Imaging Services)

Night firing exercise taking over Heals Range in Saanich

Department of National Defence reminds public that no unauthorized personnel allowed on site

The Department of National Defence will be conducting a night firing exercise at Heals Range in Saanich on Oct. 16. (MARPAC Imaging Services)
More than $5,000 cash was found on a dangerous driver Oct. 10. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Dangerous driving report results in arrest by Saanich police

Driver found with more than $5,000 cash and suspected drugs

More than $5,000 cash was found on a dangerous driver Oct. 10. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
A member of the University of Victoria women’s rugby team secures a line-out against the University of Alberta on Sept. 26. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
A member of the University of Victoria women’s rugby team secures a line-out against the University of Alberta on Sept. 26. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
Robert Gray, who was the subject of a wanted and missing report, has been found safe. (Courtesy of SPD)

UPDATE: Man with mental health warrant found safe, Saanich police say

Robert Gray was the subject of a missing and wanted report

Robert Gray, who was the subject of a wanted and missing report, has been found safe. (Courtesy of SPD)
More than 1750 customers near the Swartz Bay BC Ferries terminal in North Saanich are without power due to a downed wire. (BC Hydro)

Power outages continue to impact areas all over Greater Victoria

The Tuesday outages have affected thousands of customers

More than 1750 customers near the Swartz Bay BC Ferries terminal in North Saanich are without power due to a downed wire. (BC Hydro)
BC Hydro is reporting 64 customers without power in Saanich due to a vehicle crash early around 5 a.m. on Sept. 30. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Thursday morning crash sends driver to hospital, downs power in Saanich

Medical emergency suspected crash cause; 64 customers remain without power

BC Hydro is reporting 64 customers without power in Saanich due to a vehicle crash early around 5 a.m. on Sept. 30. (BC Hydro)
Enrollment at Tillicum Elementary was predicted to include 365 students, but 413 enrolments have been reported. (Courtesy Tillicum Elementary School website)

Fourth COVID-19 cluster reported in Greater Victoria school

New cluster at Tillicum Elementary School in Saanich

Enrollment at Tillicum Elementary was predicted to include 365 students, but 413 enrolments have been reported. (Courtesy Tillicum Elementary School website)
Stay tuned for the Monsters Haunted House at the former University Heights movie theatre through October. (Pixabay photo)

Dark, vacant Saanich theatre set to scare for Halloween

Monsters Haunted House comes to University Heights Shopping Centre

Stay tuned for the Monsters Haunted House at the former University Heights movie theatre through October. (Pixabay photo)
Northbound traffic on the Pat Bay Highway was backing up into Royal Oak Drive at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, after a crash near Haliburton Road. (Drive BC traffic camera)

UPDATE: Traffic moving again after 4-vehicle crash on Pat Bay Highway

Saanich police say driver inattentiveness believed to be cause of crash

Northbound traffic on the Pat Bay Highway was backing up into Royal Oak Drive at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, after a crash near Haliburton Road. (Drive BC traffic camera)
A 43-year-old Saanich man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault that happened Sept. 10 on a local transit bus. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police arrest man in relation to Sept. 10 sexual assault on transit bus

Police took 43-year-old into custody on weekend, after making plea to public for help

A 43-year-old Saanich man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault that happened Sept. 10 on a local transit bus. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Fire Department is reminding residents it will not ask for monetary donations over the phone after reports of scammers targeting local residents. (Black Press Media file photo)

Scammers masquerading as firefighters targeting Saanich residents

Saanich Fire Department issues warning after scammers attempt to solicit money from victims

The Saanich Fire Department is reminding residents it will not ask for monetary donations over the phone after reports of scammers targeting local residents. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police closed a block of Seaton Street Sept. 19 for an ongoing investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police investigation closes Saanich block Sunday night

Seaton Street, from Cadillac to Crease avenues, closed for several hours Sept. 19

Saanich police closed a block of Seaton Street Sept. 19 for an ongoing investigation. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Lochside Trail on Sept. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police seek suspect after woman sexually assaulted on Lochside Trail in Saanich

Investigation follows Sept. 6 incident, suspect matching deescription also seen Sept. 9

Saanich Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Lochside Trail on Sept. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Police Department is looking to identify a suspect in connection to a sexual assault investigation. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Police Department)

Woman sexually assaulted on bus leaving University of Victoria

Saanich Police Department looking to identify suspect in Sept. 10 investigation

The Saanich Police Department is looking to identify a suspect in connection to a sexual assault investigation. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Police Department)
Eat in or take out from dozens of restaurants and eateries from Greater Victoria, Sooke and the Cowichan Valley in a celebration of Camosun College and its place among local cuisine, Sept. 16 to 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria dining event inspires Camosun foodie affair

Follow #CamosunEats, keep an eye out for themed dishes at south Island eateries Sept. 16-23

Eat in or take out from dozens of restaurants and eateries from Greater Victoria, Sooke and the Cowichan Valley in a celebration of Camosun College and its place among local cuisine, Sept. 16 to 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich firefighters were called to the Gorge Waterway early Tuesday (Sept. 7) morning to extinguish a fire on a boat anchored just off shore. (Photo courtesy Saanich Fire Department)
Saanich firefighters were called to the Gorge Waterway early Tuesday (Sept. 7) morning to extinguish a fire on a boat anchored just off shore. (Photo courtesy Saanich Fire Department)