District of Saanich

Aria Lam, 5, and Raymond Lam were among the 8,000 who attended the Saanich Strawberry Festival Sunday in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich serves up virtual Strawberry Festival

Residents invited to look back on 54 years of festivals

Aria Lam, 5, and Raymond Lam were among the 8,000 who attended the Saanich Strawberry Festival Sunday in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
Beach-goers lounge in the sand, hop on paddleboards and explore the surf at Cadboro Bay beach on June 18. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Beach-goers soak up the sun at Cadboro Bay

Residents take part in summer activities along the shoreline

Beach-goers lounge in the sand, hop on paddleboards and explore the surf at Cadboro Bay beach on June 18. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Vince Lamb shows off his tribute to Canada Day at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic in 2019. (Black Press file photo)

Top 10 safe ways to celebrate Canada Day 2020 in Greater Victoria

Break out the Canada flags, plan a red and white outfit and dig into some poutine

Vince Lamb shows off his tribute to Canada Day at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic in 2019. (Black Press file photo)
Uptown’s interior streets and several parking spaces were closed in May to allow pedestrians to stroll through the mall and to make space for patio tables. (Black Press Media file photo)
Uptown’s interior streets and several parking spaces were closed in May to allow pedestrians to stroll through the mall and to make space for patio tables. (Black Press Media file photo)
Twin brothers Owen and Elliot Gudavicius, 7, raced in their kayaks at Hamsterly Beach on June 22. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Sun, surf and splashing go hand-in-hand at Saanich beach

Residents cool off as warm weather reaches Hamsterly Beach

Twin brothers Owen and Elliot Gudavicius, 7, raced in their kayaks at Hamsterly Beach on June 22. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Students from Claremont Secondary involved in the use of a hate symbol at a grad party are working to make amends. This photo has been manipulated to blur the offensive symbol written on the back of a student. (Photo submitted)

Claremont Secondary students make amends after hate symbol used at grad party

Families working with school administration, local rabbi, superintendent says

Students from Claremont Secondary involved in the use of a hate symbol at a grad party are working to make amends. This photo has been manipulated to blur the offensive symbol written on the back of a student. (Photo submitted)
A sign in Langford directed crews during the filming of a Hallmark TV Movie in April 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
A sign in Langford directed crews during the filming of a Hallmark TV Movie in April 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
A pedestrian walks through Kings Park along the trail that backs onto Bowker Creek in Kings Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich extends deadline for $2.75-million Kings Park fundraising

In wake of pandemic, council pushes the deadline to March 31, 2021

A pedestrian walks through Kings Park along the trail that backs onto Bowker Creek in Kings Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering shows the Linwood Avenue entrance of a 97-unit seniors’ complex coming to Saanich. (Image by ZGF Architects Inc.)

Saanich greenlights 97-unit seniors’ housing complex

Development to have ‘positive impact’ on community, economy, councillor says

A rendering shows the Linwood Avenue entrance of a 97-unit seniors’ complex coming to Saanich. (Image by ZGF Architects Inc.)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes pledged to bring a movie studio to the municipality during his mayoral campaign in 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Exciting’ updates expected in casino, film studio proposals, says Saanich mayor

Both facilities expected to bring economic growth to the region

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes pledged to bring a movie studio to the municipality during his mayoral campaign in 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Fire Department has helped 100 local kids celebrate their birthdays in style amid the pandemic. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)
The Saanich Fire Department has helped 100 local kids celebrate their birthdays in style amid the pandemic. (Saanich Fire/Twitter)
Saanich to surprise residents with small pop-up music shows this summer

Saanich to surprise residents with small pop-up music shows this summer

Music in the Community replaces Music in the Park for 2020

Saanich to surprise residents with small pop-up music shows this summer
A public hearing on Saanich’s unrelated occupancy limits began at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATED: Saanich council increases unrelated occupancy limit from four to six

Residents flocked to all-day public hearing via conference call

A public hearing on Saanich’s unrelated occupancy limits began at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council will consider a bylaw to temporarily allow alcohol consumption in 14 local parks. (Pikrepo)

Saanich considers bylaw allowing liquor in 14 parks, police disapprove

Staff report suggests permitting drinking in parks noon to 8 p.m. until Sept. 30

Saanich council will consider a bylaw to temporarily allow alcohol consumption in 14 local parks. (Pikrepo)
Staff at The Lakes Restaurant – located inside the Howard Johnson by Wyndham on Elk Lake Drive in Saanich – are waiting for permission from the province to open the new outdoor tables on the pool deck. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich restaurant patio expansions move forward despite B.C. lifting capacity limits

Need for more seating is ‘based on social distancing, not on capacity,’ mayor says

Staff at The Lakes Restaurant – located inside the Howard Johnson by Wyndham on Elk Lake Drive in Saanich – are waiting for permission from the province to open the new outdoor tables on the pool deck. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich council approved a BC Cannabis Store proposed for Uptown Shopping Centre – the region’s first government-run pot shop. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich approves Greater Victoria’s first government pot shop

Mayor ‘delighted’ residents will be able to access marijuana in the municipality

Saanich council approved a BC Cannabis Store proposed for Uptown Shopping Centre – the region’s first government-run pot shop. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich residents have been fighting to have a bylaw banning farm stands changed. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich residents have been fighting to have a bylaw banning farm stands changed. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich Municipal Hall (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Municipal Hall (Black Press Media file photo)
Tax traffic                                Karan Yadav, a security guard with Footprints Security, assisted residents at the new property tax drive-thru located outside Saanich Municipal Hall on June 15. See story on Page A4. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich opens drive-thru for property tax payment drop off

Drive-thru open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside municipal hall

Tax traffic                                Karan Yadav, a security guard with Footprints Security, assisted residents at the new property tax drive-thru located outside Saanich Municipal Hall on June 15. See story on Page A4. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Port Alberni is home to one of Vancouver Island’s existing BC Cannabis Stores. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich sets date for public hearing on BC Cannabis Store proposed for Uptown

Residents can weigh in electronically June 16 at 7 p.m.

Port Alberni is home to one of Vancouver Island’s existing BC Cannabis Stores. (Black Press Media file photo)