Saanich Peninsula

About one in 20 Greater Victoria residents cycle to work, top among Canada’s 41 largest cities (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria residents more likely to cycle to work than other Canadians

About one in 20 Greater Victoria residents cycle to work

 

Fire trucks from three departments will roll through the communities during the Peninsula Firefighters Food Drive on Dec. 10. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Local firefighters fan out to douse hunger on the Peninsula

Peninsula Firefighters Food Drive takes place Saturday, Dec. 10.

 

This screen cap shows (not in their entirety) the new proposed borders for the riding of Saanich South. It would include parts of Central Saanich. All of that community is currently in the riding of Saanich North and the Islands. Central Saanich has officially signalled its opposition. (Screencap/British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission)

Central Saanich opposes changes to B.C. electoral map

B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission proposes moving Brentwood Bay to Saanich South riding

 

Joe Quin, here seen Wednesday afternoon standing on the shores of Roberts Bay in Sidney, says he hopes to refloat his vessel Thursday morning after it almost completely sank Tuesday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney owner of sunken vessel in Roberts Bay says he won’t walk away

Joe Quin hopes to have the Maud J afloat again on Thursday

Joe Quin, here seen Wednesday afternoon standing on the shores of Roberts Bay in Sidney, says he hopes to refloat his vessel Thursday morning after it almost completely sank Tuesday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Walk seems the safe way to travel as the snow accumulates in downtown Duncan on Tuesday (Nov. 28). (Sarah Simpson/Black Press Media)

Watch for ice as temperatures plunge across Vancouver Island

Cold is probable, snow for Friday a maybe, say forecasters

Walk seems the safe way to travel as the snow accumulates in downtown Duncan on Tuesday (Nov. 28). (Sarah Simpson/Black Press Media)
Johnathan Pocetti has been found guilty of five charges, including assaulting police with a weapon, following an incident involving Central Saanich police. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Man at the centre of Central Saanich gas station incident found guilty of 5 charges

Johnathan Pocetti drove onto the hood of a Central Saanich police cruiser

Johnathan Pocetti has been found guilty of five charges, including assaulting police with a weapon, following an incident involving Central Saanich police. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Former Sidney councillor Barbara Fallot has issued a challenge to her own strata, as well as others, to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Giving Holiday Food Drive starting on Dec. 1. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Former Sidney councillor issues challenge to help food bank

12 Days of Christmas Giving Holiday Food Drive starts Dec. 1

Former Sidney councillor Barbara Fallot has issued a challenge to her own strata, as well as others, to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Giving Holiday Food Drive starting on Dec. 1. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Crews responded to a partially submerged vessel off the coast of Sidney. (Courtesy Jeff Tomlin)

Vessel remains partially submerged in Sidney’s Roberts Bay

Coast Guard, spill response crews called out to incident Tuesday morning

Crews responded to a partially submerged vessel off the coast of Sidney. (Courtesy Jeff Tomlin)
A pair of clues to the spring scavenger hunt included, on the left: ‘my favourite to walk in. Walk further and you may find the live rock.’ And on the right: ‘The live rock is hidden somewhere in this area. Get out and enjoy spring.’ (Saanich Peninsula mom‘s group scavenger hunt/Facebook)

Mom creates Saanich Peninsula scavenger hunt to get families out exploring

Sidney woman set to hide Christmas rock for Dec. 23 hunt

A pair of clues to the spring scavenger hunt included, on the left: ‘my favourite to walk in. Walk further and you may find the live rock.’ And on the right: ‘The live rock is hidden somewhere in this area. Get out and enjoy spring.’ (Saanich Peninsula mom‘s group scavenger hunt/Facebook)
The “eight maids a milking” display is one of a dozen 12 Days of Christmas installations at the Butchart Gardens’ Magic of Christmas. The garden-wide display opens Dec. 1 and runs to Jan. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Butchart Garden lights up for the holidays in Central Saanich, Sidney to sparkle with parade

Sidney Sparkles Parade returns Dec. 4, Butchart Gardens lights up Dec. 1

The “eight maids a milking” display is one of a dozen 12 Days of Christmas installations at the Butchart Gardens’ Magic of Christmas. The garden-wide display opens Dec. 1 and runs to Jan. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says the decision to pause the drafting of the OCP gives council time to come up with a better document. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)

North Saanich Coun. Brett Smyth accuses Mayor Peter Jones of political posturing over OCP

North Saanich council tells staff to stop new OCP draft with narrow 4-3 vote

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says the decision to pause the drafting of the OCP gives council time to come up with a better document. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank; organizer Catriona McHattie; Mrs. Claus (Alice Howes); Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith; Carey Salvador, marketing coordinator with the Mary Winspear Centre; Denny Warner, executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre; and Maggie Calder, client services with Mary Winspear Centre, stand outside the centre’s banquet hall, which will host the Christmas Community Dinner Dec. 25. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Community Christmas Dinner serves up holiday cheer

Popular event returns to Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre after two-year hiatus

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank; organizer Catriona McHattie; Mrs. Claus (Alice Howes); Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith; Carey Salvador, marketing coordinator with the Mary Winspear Centre; Denny Warner, executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre; and Maggie Calder, client services with Mary Winspear Centre, stand outside the centre’s banquet hall, which will host the Christmas Community Dinner Dec. 25. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Average Sidney residents will pay an additional $1.35 for library services through the Sidney/North Saanich branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. North Saanich residents, however, will face a more substantial increase. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney residents see small increase in levy toward Vancouver Island Regional Library

North Saanich will consider library levy at a later council meeting

Average Sidney residents will pay an additional $1.35 for library services through the Sidney/North Saanich branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. North Saanich residents, however, will face a more substantial increase. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cherie Maclure, here seen with her family, has been among residents lobbying Sidney to allow backyard chickens in the municipality. Council Monday asked staff to look into the issue. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Maclure)

Backyard chicken might hatch after all in Sidney

Staff asked to prepare report weighing benefits and potential problems of backyard chickens

Cherie Maclure, here seen with her family, has been among residents lobbying Sidney to allow backyard chickens in the municipality. Council Monday asked staff to look into the issue. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Maclure)
Wendy Picken holds up a copy of her new book Rainbees and Honeybows. The children’s book will launch Nov. 18 at the Tulista Gallery, which will also exhibit a week-long exhibition of the works of Picken’s collaborators. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Tulista Gallery hosts celebration of West Coast, artistic collaboration

Connections and Collaborations runs Nov. 18 to 25 and includes book launch

Wendy Picken holds up a copy of her new book Rainbees and Honeybows. The children’s book will launch Nov. 18 at the Tulista Gallery, which will also exhibit a week-long exhibition of the works of Picken’s collaborators. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Emily Caruana pictured at the Royal BC Museum on the day of her murder, May 10, 2019. (Courtesy of John Caruana)

Nanaimo man sentenced to life in prison for Brentwood Bay murder

Alan Charles Chapman will not be eligible for parole for 18 years

Emily Caruana pictured at the Royal BC Museum on the day of her murder, May 10, 2019. (Courtesy of John Caruana)
Volunteers work to clear invasive plants from Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich on Nov. 12. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)

PHOTOS: Volunteers connect with nature and clean up Saanich, Sidney parks

Greater Victoria Green Team tackled Cuthbert Holmes Saturday, Peter Grant on Sunday

Volunteers work to clear invasive plants from Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich on Nov. 12. (Courtesy Greater Victoria Green Team)
Outside of the Victoria courthouse on Monday (Nov. 14), family members look at a photo of Emily Caruana taken hours before her murder. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Judge hears graphic details of Brentwood Bay murder during sentencing hearing

Emily Caruana was murdered at her grandmother’s home on May 10, 2019

Outside of the Victoria courthouse on Monday (Nov. 14), family members look at a photo of Emily Caruana taken hours before her murder. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Shantael Sleight, outreach co-ordinator with the Saanich Peninsula Literacy Society, and Wakefield Manor resident Geri Holland, stand next to the new little free library that opened on Third Street in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney residents beam during opening of newest free little library

Located near Wakefield Manor, the library is helping making literacy more accessible

Shantael Sleight, outreach co-ordinator with the Saanich Peninsula Literacy Society, and Wakefield Manor resident Geri Holland, stand next to the new little free library that opened on Third Street in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will roll into Sidney for three nights, Nov. 16 to 18, to help raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Courtesy Mark Maryanovich)

Saanich Peninsula food bank to receive musical support from Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express

The Nov. 16 to 18 shows are a fundraiser for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will roll into Sidney for three nights, Nov. 16 to 18, to help raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Courtesy Mark Maryanovich)