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Traffic heading south on Highway 17 and looking to turn left onto Beacon Avenue wait for the light to turn Tuesday morning. A report finds the intersection is experiencing “failing levels of service” for certain movements during the morning peak hours as well as the afternoon peak hours. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Major Sidney intersection already deficient predicted to get worse

New report also finds area’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in need of improvement

Traffic heading south on Highway 17 and looking to turn left onto Beacon Avenue wait for the light to turn Tuesday morning. A report finds the intersection is experiencing “failing levels of service” for certain movements during the morning peak hours as well as the afternoon peak hours. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Despite a staff recommendation supporting for what would have been Sidney’s third retail location for recreational cannabis, council signalled its opposition to the application by a vote of 5-2. The proposed store would have been located in the 9700-block on Third Street sharing space with other businesses. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney rejects proposal for third cannabis location in community

Application from Jima Cannabis to open a store in 9700-block of Third Street goes down by 5-2 vote

Despite a staff recommendation supporting for what would have been Sidney’s third retail location for recreational cannabis, council signalled its opposition to the application by a vote of 5-2. The proposed store would have been located in the 9700-block on Third Street sharing space with other businesses. (Black Press Media File)
The District of North Saanich has issued a notice to remove this floating structure from the waters off Lillan Hoffar Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Boat owner ordered to vacate waters off North Saanich park

Couple have been living in floating structure off Lillian Hoffar Park for a number of years

The District of North Saanich has issued a notice to remove this floating structure from the waters off Lillan Hoffar Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kit Thornton, chief aquarist at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, plays with Wanda, the female Giant Pacific octopus currently residing at the centre. The centre will release Wanda back into the wild next month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

An octopus named Wanda will soon say goodbye to Sidney

Wanda’s personality is ‘complete opposite’ of previous octopus named after Dr. Bonnie Henry

Kit Thornton, chief aquarist at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, plays with Wanda, the female Giant Pacific octopus currently residing at the centre. The centre will release Wanda back into the wild next month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kit Thornton, chief aquarist at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, plays with Wanda, the female Giant Pacific octopus currently residing at the centre. The centre will release Wanda back into the wild next month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

An octopus named Wanda will soon say goodbye to Sidney

Wanda’s personality is ‘complete opposite’ of previous octopus named after Dr. Bonnie Henry

Kit Thornton, chief aquarist at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, plays with Wanda, the female Giant Pacific octopus currently residing at the centre. The centre will release Wanda back into the wild next month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Local emergency officials are pleased with the public’s response to a new platform promises improved access to emergency alerts through Saanich Peninsula Alert. (Black Press Media file photo)

Emergency officials on Saanich Peninsula pleased with transition to new alert platform

New platform has retained 83 per cent of previous subscribers

Local emergency officials are pleased with the public’s response to a new platform promises improved access to emergency alerts through Saanich Peninsula Alert. (Black Press Media file photo)
A supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. in Central Saanich would include 39 units. (Google Maps)

Supportive housing proposed for Central Saanich promises to be a ‘good neighbour’

BC Housing said “proximity to services, amenities and availability of property” determine location

A supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. in Central Saanich would include 39 units. (Google Maps)
Toby Watson races up to his skimboard Monday afternoon at North Saanich’s Patricia Bay. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Toby Watson races up to his skimboard Monday afternoon at North Saanich’s Patricia Bay. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Lindsay Gaudette, Peninsula Co-op’s director of marketing and community relations, Chris Forester, executive director of Connections Place, Mark Breslauer, chief executive officer of United Way Greater Victoria, and Heather Skydt, director of marketing and communications with United Way Greater Victoria, spell out Peninsula Co-op’s donation to the Blue Love Campaign. (United Way Greater Victoria/Submitted)

Peninsula Co-op donates $100,000 to United Way Greater Victoria’s Blue Love Campaign

Campaign aims to raise $1M to help improve access to mental health support

Lindsay Gaudette, Peninsula Co-op’s director of marketing and community relations, Chris Forester, executive director of Connections Place, Mark Breslauer, chief executive officer of United Way Greater Victoria, and Heather Skydt, director of marketing and communications with United Way Greater Victoria, spell out Peninsula Co-op’s donation to the Blue Love Campaign. (United Way Greater Victoria/Submitted)
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP responded to the pickleball courts in North Saanich for a COVID-19 related complaint in February. Police found a group of pickleball players were not in violation of current public health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police responded to North Saanich pickleball courts for COVID-19 complaint

Police say they have not experienced ‘skyrocketing’ number of complaints as claimed by letter writer

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP responded to the pickleball courts in North Saanich for a COVID-19 related complaint in February. Police found a group of pickleball players were not in violation of current public health measures. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pauquachin First Nation purchased the former Glen Meadows golf course, here seen in 2009, for $5.38 million. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pauquachin purchases second North Saanich golf course for $5.38 million

$171,343.84 in outstanding municipal taxes owed to the District of North Saanich

Pauquachin First Nation purchased the former Glen Meadows golf course, here seen in 2009, for $5.38 million. (Black Press Media file photo)
Real estate sales continue to boom in Greater Victoria, rising 35.9 per cent in March 2021 compared to February 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria real estate expert laments lack of government action on housing supply

Local real estate market remains white-hot, but dangers loom on the horizon

Real estate sales continue to boom in Greater Victoria, rising 35.9 per cent in March 2021 compared to February 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Adam Olsen is all smiles after hearing he has retained his seat at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria last month. The final count shows he won re-election with almost 52 per cent. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Residents petition against supportive housing project in Central Saanich

MLA Adam Olsen acknowledges concerns, but reserves comment on calls to pause project

Adam Olsen is all smiles after hearing he has retained his seat at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria last month. The final count shows he won re-election with almost 52 per cent. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
American bullfrogs will eat anything that fits inside their mouth, including native and endangered frogs and salamanders, songbirds, mice and snakes. Islands Trust Conservancy has received funding for a project to clear them off Sidney Island. (Black Press Media File)

Islands Trust Conservancy gets funds to fend off bullfrogs on Sidney Island

The $25,000 comes from provincial government program worth $10 million

American bullfrogs will eat anything that fits inside their mouth, including native and endangered frogs and salamanders, songbirds, mice and snakes. Islands Trust Conservancy has received funding for a project to clear them off Sidney Island. (Black Press Media File)
Demonstrators rally against anti-Asian racism during an event at the B.C. legislature on March 28. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Police-reported hate crime dropped in Victoria in 2019

Police reported 17 hate crimes — or 4.2 per 100,000 population — in Victoria CMA in 2019

Demonstrators rally against anti-Asian racism during an event at the B.C. legislature on March 28. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Central Saanich council has approved funding for a climate change action coordinator. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich follows more ambitious climate plan with climate action coordinator

Sidney and North Saanich are also pursuing comparable positions

Central Saanich council has approved funding for a climate change action coordinator. (Black Press Media file photo)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A spokesperson for Transport Canada has confirmed the absence of Victoria International Airport on a list of ‘international’ airports does not impact its ability to handle international flights. (Black Press Media File)

Transport Canada says Victoria airport’s absence from list won’t impact ability to handle international flights

YYJ does not appear on a list of Canadian airport designated as international

A spokesperson for Transport Canada has confirmed the absence of Victoria International Airport on a list of ‘international’ airports does not impact its ability to handle international flights. (Black Press Media File)
A new study finds social media has made one in five Canadians lose sleep and become more sedentary. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Social media has robbed one in five Canadians of sleep

Ninety per cent of Canadians aged 15 to 34 use social media

A new study finds social media has made one in five Canadians lose sleep and become more sedentary. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Brenda Houston, one of the founders of Cycling Without Aging Society (left) takes Rose Marie Gibbons out for a Thursday afternoon spin. The society resumes offering free rides for the less able starting April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s free bike riding program back in the saddle

Cycling Without Aging Society resumes free rides to the less able

Brenda Houston, one of the founders of Cycling Without Aging Society (left) takes Rose Marie Gibbons out for a Thursday afternoon spin. The society resumes offering free rides for the less able starting April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)