Sophie Heizer

A fire broke out behind the Coast Appliances in Saanich early on Saturday morning. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)

Fire investigation continues at Island Outfitters on Douglas Street

Saanich police and fire crews are conducting an active joint investigation into the fire

A fire broke out behind the Coast Appliances in Saanich early on Saturday morning. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)
Halibut Island, off the eastern coast of Sydney Island, has been listed for sale for the first time in approximately 50 years. (Google)

Private island on the Saanich Peninsula for sale for the first time in 50 years

The 9.67-acre property is listed for just under $2 million

Halibut Island, off the eastern coast of Sydney Island, has been listed for sale for the first time in approximately 50 years. (Google)
Saanich police removed nearly 30 drivers from the roads between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Saanich police removed nearly one impaired driver per day from roads over holidays

Police removed 28 impaired drivers from the roads in Saanich during Dec. 2019

Saanich police removed nearly 30 drivers from the roads between Dec. 1 and Jan. 1. (Black Press Media File Photo)
The Province has taken forfeiture action to the Supreme Court against the owners of 1819 Hillcrest Ave. in Saanich over the property’s alleged link to stock fraud. (Google)

Province seeks to seize Saanich property over alleged links to international stock fraud

Court documents allege a fake mortgage of $400,000 was registered against the title of the property

The Province has taken forfeiture action to the Supreme Court against the owners of 1819 Hillcrest Ave. in Saanich over the property’s alleged link to stock fraud. (Google)
Eating seasonal, local produce a good option for Saanich residents cutting down on plastics

Eating seasonal, local produce a good option for Saanich residents cutting down on plastics

Buying food from local farms a good way to reduce packaging waste while supporting local business

Eating seasonal, local produce a good option for Saanich residents cutting down on plastics
A replica handgun seized by Victoria police on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 4. (DelManak/Twitter)

Man arrested in downtown Victoria over replica handgun

Charges have not yet been sworn against the man

A replica handgun seized by Victoria police on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 4. (DelManak/Twitter)
Kids and adults alike took part in Roller Skate Victoria’s Christmas show on Dec. 21. (Courtesy of Derek Wong)

Roller Skate Victoria seeks help to keep public skate nights rolling

The group is having a hard time finding venues

Kids and adults alike took part in Roller Skate Victoria’s Christmas show on Dec. 21. (Courtesy of Derek Wong)
A thief allegedly stole a motorcycle from a property in the Mount Tolmie area on Dec. 19 between 4 and 4:30 a.m. (Supplied by Ryan Gisler)

Mount Tolmie man warns Saanich locals of coordinating thieves

Saanich police says recent thefts have not been out of the ordinary

A thief allegedly stole a motorcycle from a property in the Mount Tolmie area on Dec. 19 between 4 and 4:30 a.m. (Supplied by Ryan Gisler)
Skye Eriksen captured this image from the bow of her canoe on Elk Lake at sunset in 2018. (Courtesy of Skye Eriksen)

CRD lifts blue-green algae advisory at Elk/Beaver Lake

Water samples indicated a “below detection limit” result for cyanotoxins

Skye Eriksen captured this image from the bow of her canoe on Elk Lake at sunset in 2018. (Courtesy of Skye Eriksen)
Police confirmed alcohol was suspected in a single-vehicle crash on Obed Avenue at Harriet Road on Jan 1, 2020. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Alcohol suspected in single-vehicle crash in Saanich on New Years Day

Police issue driver an immediate driving prohibition

Police confirmed alcohol was suspected in a single-vehicle crash on Obed Avenue at Harriet Road on Jan 1, 2020. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich Police attend a break and enter at Dog World Beauty and Health Spa on Thursday, Jan. 2. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Police called to two break-and-enters within 600m on Quadra Street in Saanich

Business break ins on the rise during winter months

Saanich Police attend a break and enter at Dog World Beauty and Health Spa on Thursday, Jan. 2. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes at the 2019 Saanich remembrance day ceremony on Nov. 11. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

COLUMN: Saanich council takes on housing, climate, and the environment in 2020

The council just passed its one year anniversary

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes at the 2019 Saanich remembrance day ceremony on Nov. 11. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich community association chairs say the network will look at housing issues in 2020

Saanich community association chairs say the network will look at housing issues in 2020

Developments, affordable housing, garden suites, and institutional land will be a focus next year

Saanich community association chairs say the network will look at housing issues in 2020
Rayna Corner tweeted Tuesday morning, Dec. 31, 2019, that someone had dumped furniture on Glendenning Road. (Twitter/Rayna)

‘Total jerks’ dump living room furniture just south of Mount Douglas Park

Saanich public works crew removed the abandoned items Tuesday afternoon

Rayna Corner tweeted Tuesday morning, Dec. 31, 2019, that someone had dumped furniture on Glendenning Road. (Twitter/Rayna)
The District of Saanich fall leaf collection process begins the week of November 4. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Last chance for leaf collection in Saanich approaching

A small crew will be collecting the last leaves over the next two weeks

The District of Saanich fall leaf collection process begins the week of November 4. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Fireworks on Canada Day, Halloween, and New Year’s cause problems for some people, including veterans and dog owners, in Greater Victoria. (Contributed/ Lindsey Blane)

Sound, light, smell of fireworks trigger veteran’s PTSD

Veteran and pet owner both ‘not too keen’ fireworks

Fireworks on Canada Day, Halloween, and New Year’s cause problems for some people, including veterans and dog owners, in Greater Victoria. (Contributed/ Lindsey Blane)
A security officer sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter at the Uptown Wal-Mart on Saturday night. (Black Press File Photo)

Saanich police offer suspect description after Uptown security officer stabbed

Police ask witnesses to Saturday assault to come forward

A security officer sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter at the Uptown Wal-Mart on Saturday night. (Black Press File Photo)
It’s common for families to fall back into old patterns when they come together to celebrate Christmas, whether that’s avoiding confrontation or pushing each other’s buttons. (Maggie Morrill/Pixabay)

Plan ahead to avoid family fights at Christmas, says clinical psychologist

Reflect and set boundaries before things get heated

It’s common for families to fall back into old patterns when they come together to celebrate Christmas, whether that’s avoiding confrontation or pushing each other’s buttons. (Maggie Morrill/Pixabay)
There was a mix of sun and clouds on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
There was a mix of sun and clouds on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)

Holiday schedules to take effect at Saanich facilities

Closures and changes in open hours Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)