Saanich Peninsula

R.J. Patenaude with Milestone Equipment Contracting works on the southeastern side of the intersection at Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road, where the company is currently constructing bus jumping lanes. (Wolf Depner/News staff)
R.J. Patenaude with Milestone Equipment Contracting works on the southeastern side of the intersection at Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road, where the company is currently constructing bus jumping lanes. (Wolf Depner/News staff)
Victoria Airport Authority president/CEO Geoff Dickson, joined by transport minister parliamentary secretary Annie Koutrakis, speaks about new federal funding for the airport. The Wednesday announcement at YYJ came less than 24 hours after the airport was shut down for several hours upon discovery of a suspicious package at the departures check-in. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Victoria International Airport receives $1.3 million for safety upgrades

Pandemic-spurred federal help for YYJ over $4 million, including past relief funding

Victoria Airport Authority president/CEO Geoff Dickson, joined by transport minister parliamentary secretary Annie Koutrakis, speaks about new federal funding for the airport. The Wednesday announcement at YYJ came less than 24 hours after the airport was shut down for several hours upon discovery of a suspicious package at the departures check-in. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. The airport was closed to commercial traffic for several hours after an RCMP bomb squad was called. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

UPDATE: Greater Victoria man faces mischief charges after attempting to fly with hand grenades

Police still investigating after decommissioned devices cause closure of Victoria airport

Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. The airport was closed to commercial traffic for several hours after an RCMP bomb squad was called. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Criminal code offences in the jurisdiction of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP rose by 20 per cent during first three months of 2022. (Black Press Media File)

Crimes against persons up in Sidney, North Saanich

New crime report also highlights efforts to fight scams and collision hotspots

Criminal code offences in the jurisdiction of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP rose by 20 per cent during first three months of 2022. (Black Press Media File)
Cycling Without Age Society president Steve Duck (left) accepts a $4,000 donation from Bill Deslauries, president of the Sidney Lions Club earlier this year. The club warns that 2022 could be its last one if it does not recruit new members with a membership drive taking place May 28 at Tulista Park. (Courtesy of Sidney Lions Club)

Potential demise of Sidney Lions Club could impact Peninsula groups

Membership drive this Saturday in Sidney’s Tulista Park could be last attempt to save service club

Cycling Without Age Society president Steve Duck (left) accepts a $4,000 donation from Bill Deslauries, president of the Sidney Lions Club earlier this year. The club warns that 2022 could be its last one if it does not recruit new members with a membership drive taking place May 28 at Tulista Park. (Courtesy of Sidney Lions Club)
Peninsula Baseball and Softball Association held a special ceremony last month with all the teams to mark the 30th anniversary of Rotary Park, the association’s current home. The ceremony, held April 9, saw former North Saanich mayor and former Sidney councillor Ted Daly throw the ceremonial first pitch. (Courtesy Kyle Robinson Photography)

Community spirit hits a home run at North Saanich’s Rotary Park

Many volunteers consider the facility a second home

Peninsula Baseball and Softball Association held a special ceremony last month with all the teams to mark the 30th anniversary of Rotary Park, the association’s current home. The ceremony, held April 9, saw former North Saanich mayor and former Sidney councillor Ted Daly throw the ceremonial first pitch. (Courtesy Kyle Robinson Photography)
Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. A suspicious package found at the departures check-in area around 1:30 p.m. prompted the airport, in coordination with police, to cancel incoming and outgoing flights for the rest of the day until the package could be properly dealt with. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

UPDATE: Victoria airport back to normal operations after ‘incendiary item’ found Tuesday

Flights were cancelled over a six-hour span, many travellers headed for ferry terminal

Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. A suspicious package found at the departures check-in area around 1:30 p.m. prompted the airport, in coordination with police, to cancel incoming and outgoing flights for the rest of the day until the package could be properly dealt with. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association regularly uses the dedicated pickleball courts off Birch Road in North Saanich, but expressed frustration with the pace of the search for other purpose-built facilities. (Black Press Media File)

North Saanich’s Blue Heron Park could host pickleball courts

Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association repeats call for dedicated facilities

The Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association regularly uses the dedicated pickleball courts off Birch Road in North Saanich, but expressed frustration with the pace of the search for other purpose-built facilities. (Black Press Media File)
Janet Smith stands with a cut-out of Queen Elizabeth II outside Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church in the 9200-block of East Saanich of North Saanich, which hold a British Tea Party on June 4 at 3 p.m. to help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney resident invites others to join her in celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Platinum jubilee comes with questions about longevity of monarchy

Janet Smith stands with a cut-out of Queen Elizabeth II outside Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church in the 9200-block of East Saanich of North Saanich, which hold a British Tea Party on June 4 at 3 p.m. to help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Subaru Ironman 70.3 Victoria is taking place on May 29 in Greater Victoria with much of the cycling course on the Saanich Peninsula. (Black Press Media file photo)

Subaru Ironman 70.3 Victoria triathlon showcases Saanich Peninsula

Close to 2,300 athletes set to compete in first edition of race since 2019

The Subaru Ironman 70.3 Victoria is taking place on May 29 in Greater Victoria with much of the cycling course on the Saanich Peninsula. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lucas Gentina needed about 90 minutes to swim 3.7 kilometres across the Saanich Inlet from Mill Bay to North Saanich as part of a fundraising effort for seniors living in the long-term unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Courtesy Robert Borthwick)

‘Aquaman’ crosses Saanich Inlet

Lucas Gentina is raising money for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Lucas Gentina needed about 90 minutes to swim 3.7 kilometres across the Saanich Inlet from Mill Bay to North Saanich as part of a fundraising effort for seniors living in the long-term unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Courtesy Robert Borthwick)
North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr said he is not running again in the fall, citing the cumulative effect of various community issues for his decision. (Courtesy of District of North Saanich)

North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr will not seek re-election this October

Orr said different things over time added up to his decision not to run

North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr said he is not running again in the fall, citing the cumulative effect of various community issues for his decision. (Courtesy of District of North Saanich)
Brittany Hudak, a three-time Paralympic Nordic skier who won bronze at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, said the new Jumpstart Multi-Sport Court at Panorama Recreation Centre will create more opportunities for differently-abled athletes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New accessible multi-sport court in North Saanich aims to jump-start play for all

Located at Panorama Recreation Centre, court also includes several accessible elements

Brittany Hudak, a three-time Paralympic Nordic skier who won bronze at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, said the new Jumpstart Multi-Sport Court at Panorama Recreation Centre will create more opportunities for differently-abled athletes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A new rural physician incentive program has been launched by the Alberta government. (Black Press file photo)

Central Saanich council calls on province to treat physician shortage

About a third of Saanich Peninsula residents without a GP in 2019

A new rural physician incentive program has been launched by the Alberta government. (Black Press file photo)
Lucas Gentina holds up the Chilean flag with the name of his home town scrawled on it. (Courtesy of Robert Borthwick/Cold Ocean Diver)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s ‘Aquaman’ splashes up in North Saanich

Lucas Gentina continues to raise funds for long-term care unit

Lucas Gentina holds up the Chilean flag with the name of his home town scrawled on it. (Courtesy of Robert Borthwick/Cold Ocean Diver)
A new tri-municipal committee on the Saanich Peninsula will have six citizen representatives. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula accessibility advisory committee amends terms for greater diversity

Terms of reference double citizens’ representatives to six among other changes

A new tri-municipal committee on the Saanich Peninsula will have six citizen representatives. (Black Press Media file photo)
The search for additional pickleball facilities on the Saanich Peninsula continues after the Victoria Airport Authority said no to the idea of courts in Rotary Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Airport Authority grounds plans for pickleball courts in Rotary Park

Memorial Park Society considering options at Blue Heron Park in North Saanich

The search for additional pickleball facilities on the Saanich Peninsula continues after the Victoria Airport Authority said no to the idea of courts in Rotary Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)

Sidney to hear environmental messages from singer-songwriter Leeroy Stagger

Fatherhood, sobriety has given Stagger a new lens on Greater Victoria

Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)
The Canada Day Parade in 2019 as part of Sidney Days. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney Days are among key events returning this summer

Sidney Days last took place in 2019

The Canada Day Parade in 2019 as part of Sidney Days. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pending adoption, Sidney will ban plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, plastic utensils (including stir sticks), and foam service ware starting Jan. 1, 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney sticking a fork in plastic utensils, checkout bags

Bylaw would come into effect Jan. 1, 2023

Pending adoption, Sidney will ban plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, plastic utensils (including stir sticks), and foam service ware starting Jan. 1, 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)