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New report suggests first-time homebuyers on Vancouver Island need help from parents

All responding notaries on Vancouver Island say first-time homebuyers needed help for down payment

Assessments down across most of Greater Victoria as real estate market softens

Oak Bay remains the most expensive part of Greater Victoria based on assessments

Weather rather than impaired drivers kept Central Saanich police busy on New Year’s Eve

Central Saanich Police opened 13 files on New Year’s Eve, none of them involving impaired drivers

Sidney’s Star Cinema raises curtain on temporary location Friday

The business will operate out of the former Sidney Buy & Sell for up to 30 months

James Island off Sidney lost value, but remains most valuable on Vancouver Island

BC Assessment lists the island’s value at $56,747,000, a figure eclipsed only by two Vancouver homes

British Columbia’s population stands at 5.1 million heading into 2020

International migration remains the driving force behind provincial population growth

North Saanich Fire Department invites public for free fire truck rides

The Jan. 4 open house runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 986 Wain Rd

Sidney mayor says housing will be priority in 2020

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith also promises most far-ranging review of Official Community Plan in history

Peninsula Panthers hope to ring in 2020 on a winning note

After dropping final two games of 2019, second-place Panthers face leading Victoria Cougars Friday

Youths face possible criminal charges after doing doughnuts in a Central Saanich hay field

Longview Farms estimates the damage to be in the thousands of dollars

Thefts of meat hit bottom lines of Canadian retailers

Meat along with baby formula among top items stolen from Canadian grocery stores

Job recruitment through social media rising in Canada

Social media fastest growing recruitment tool for Canadian employers

North Saanich won’t ask cannabis-related company for financial contribution

Rushco Properties plans to lease out former poultry farm to cannabis growers

Washington State Ferries suspends service to Sidney for winter

Seasonal service suspension starts Jan. 5 with service resuming March 29, 2020

Sidney to host open house to update residents on Reay Creek Dam project

Final designs for the project are expect in April

Peninsula business leaders question aspects of Central Saanich’s climate change plan

Concerns focus on available legislative tools and costs

Cannabis cultivation in North Saanich vows to not cause a stink, could open as early as May 2020

Rushco Properties, which plans to lease the facility to pot growers, has already received interest

Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce praises ‘collaborative spirit’ of 2019

On-going issues include availability of qualified staff and transit

Land use, transportation and health care loom large in 2020 on Saanich Peninsula

Region has among the longest wait times for walk-in clinics

Greater Victoria’s rental vacancy rate to rise in 2020: CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation also predicts fewer housing starts