District of Saanich

Greater Victoria cycling and walking groups are calling for improvements to Shelbourne Street, such as barriers and wider sidewalks, to increase pedestrian safety. The groups say the timing is perfect to implement the changes, as traffic has decreased significantly along Shelbourne Street due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Make improvements now to Shelbourne Sreet: Greater Victoria cycling, pedestrian groups

Pandemic-related lifestyle changes make sidewalk widening, other safety improvements timely

  • Jul 23, 2020
Greater Victoria cycling and walking groups are calling for improvements to Shelbourne Street, such as barriers and wider sidewalks, to increase pedestrian safety. The groups say the timing is perfect to implement the changes, as traffic has decreased significantly along Shelbourne Street due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
More than 90 trees were mistakenly cut down behind the Pearkes arena on July 14 as part of the construction of a new Saanich Neighbourhood Place daycare. (Photo submitted by Dorothy Chambers)

Saanich looking into removal of more than 50 trees for daycare construction

Saanich Neighbourhood Place hopes to resolve issue, resume work soon, executive director says

More than 90 trees were mistakenly cut down behind the Pearkes arena on July 14 as part of the construction of a new Saanich Neighbourhood Place daycare. (Photo submitted by Dorothy Chambers)
Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Photo via the District of Saanich)

Statement of inclusion among new Saanich diversity practices

Council acts on three motions to address racism

Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Photo via the District of Saanich)
A July 11 fire at Strawberry Vale Elementary caused extensive damage to the roof and entryway. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Electrical fault to blame for fire at Saanich elementary school

Fire department rules out failed janitorial equipment as cause

A July 11 fire at Strawberry Vale Elementary caused extensive damage to the roof and entryway. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
More than 90 trees were mistakenly cut down in Cuthbert Holmes Park on July 14. (Photo submitted by Dorothy Chambers)

More than 50 trees ‘incorrectly’ felled in Saanich park

‘For this to happen is just devastating,’ councillor says

More than 90 trees were mistakenly cut down in Cuthbert Holmes Park on July 14. (Photo submitted by Dorothy Chambers)
Caroline Sousa, Bela Spick and her son Mateo marched along Prospect Lake Road in November 2019 to bring attention to the unsafe conditions and speeds at which people drive on the road. (Black Press Media file photo)
Caroline Sousa, Bela Spick and her son Mateo marched along Prospect Lake Road in November 2019 to bring attention to the unsafe conditions and speeds at which people drive on the road. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich calls on residents and housing experts to apply for the Housing Strategy task force. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich calls for applicants to join Housing Strategy task force

Council to appoint ‘diverse group’ to tackle housing challenges

Saanich calls on residents and housing experts to apply for the Housing Strategy task force. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council voted in favour of a bylaw guaranteeing each new development will be equipped with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich bylaw sparks EV charging infrastructure requirements in new builds

All new developments to be EV-charger compatible starting Sept. 1

Saanich council voted in favour of a bylaw guaranteeing each new development will be equipped with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The Saanich Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire at Strawberry Vale Elementary school that caused extensive damage to the roof. (Photo courtesy Tamara Pillipow)

UPDATED: Saanich firefighters investigate early morning fire at elementary school

Fire crews remain on scene at Strawberry Vale Elementary

The Saanich Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire at Strawberry Vale Elementary school that caused extensive damage to the roof. (Photo courtesy Tamara Pillipow)
An owl living in the Kings Road greenspace was found dead in November. (Photo couresty Rob Vanzella)

Saanich councillors scurry to ban rat poisons on municipal properties

A ‘small but important first step’ to protect local wildlife, councillor says

An owl living in the Kings Road greenspace was found dead in November. (Photo couresty Rob Vanzella)
An Island Health beach advisory was posted for Craigflower-Kosapsum Park starting July 3 due to high levels of Enterococci. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

Bacteria levels lead to swimming advisory at Saanich park

Craigflower-Kosapsum Park among regional beaches with swim advisories

An Island Health beach advisory was posted for Craigflower-Kosapsum Park starting July 3 due to high levels of Enterococci. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)
Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

No charges sworn, no arrest made as of July 9

Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault
More than 10 municipalities in the Capital Regional District will join Saanich in a road speed reduction pilot. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich in driver’s seat for residential road speed reduction pilot project

District recruits 10 CRD municipalities to join pilot project to look at 40 km/h residential limit

More than 10 municipalities in the Capital Regional District will join Saanich in a road speed reduction pilot. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and his wife, Cathy, tend several gardens on their property to grow their own food, support native plant growth and help pollinators thrive. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and his wife, Cathy, tend several gardens on their property to grow their own food, support native plant growth and help pollinators thrive. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich staff are looking at a new ticketing process to manage parking and strengthen enforcement. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich parking ticket payments currently ‘voluntary,’ staff look at new enforcement process

Current system a waste of resources, missed revenue opportunity, councillor says

Saanich staff are looking at a new ticketing process to manage parking and strengthen enforcement. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Saanich has put out a call for applications for the Resilient Saanich technical committee which will consult on the development of a new environmental policy framework and biodiversity conservation strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Saanich has put out a call for applications for the Resilient Saanich technical committee which will consult on the development of a new environmental policy framework and biodiversity conservation strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich has won a Planning Institute of British Columbia award for its 2020 Climate Plan, but due to COVID-19, no funds were allocated in the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich wins award for climate plan cut from 2020 budget

‘It’s truly an exceptional plan,’ says councillor disappointed with lack of funding

Saanich has won a Planning Institute of British Columbia award for its 2020 Climate Plan, but due to COVID-19, no funds were allocated in the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich recreation facilities will begin to reopen on July 13 with new safety protocols. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich recreation facilities will begin to reopen on July 13 with new safety protocols. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
An electric vehicle owner charges up his Chevrolet Bolt at a charging station. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich plugs into $100,000 government grant for 20 new EV chargers

Six chargers to be installed at four municipal parks

An electric vehicle owner charges up his Chevrolet Bolt at a charging station. (Black Press Media file photo)
Liz Miller (left) and Carmen Arnsdorf (right), members of the Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association off-leash dog public consultation committee, talk with residents about dogs on Saanich beaches at Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Liz Miller (left) and Carmen Arnsdorf (right), members of the Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association off-leash dog public consultation committee, talk with residents about dogs on Saanich beaches at Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)