Megan Atkins-Baker

Indigenous knowledge will help University of Victoria researchers better understand best land management practices in terms of biodiversity. (Pixabay)

Biodiversity project with University of Victoria connection to use Indigenous eco-knowledge

DNA research on plant and animal species relates to food security, human health and more

Indigenous knowledge will help University of Victoria researchers better understand best land management practices in terms of biodiversity. (Pixabay)
A program that is by peers, for peers, will expand reach for those in need of mental health support. (Pexels)

Victoria peer-led program provides training to improve quality of mental health services

Curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including family peer support and substance use

A program that is by peers, for peers, will expand reach for those in need of mental health support. (Pexels)
AccessBC continues its advocacy for no-cost prescription contraception in B.C through a letter-writing campaign. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich-based group continues its call for no-cost birth control

Access BC wants free contraception included in 2022 provincial budget

AccessBC continues its advocacy for no-cost prescription contraception in B.C through a letter-writing campaign. (Black Press Media file photo)
Christine Knox, artist and Saanich resident, is proud to showcase and be a part of Greater Victoria's 500th Little Free Library. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Fantasy-themed Little Free Library in Saanich marks Greater Victoria’s 500th fixture

Neighbourhood library opened its doors Sunday off Harriet Road

Christine Knox, artist and Saanich resident, is proud to showcase and be a part of Greater Victoria's 500th Little Free Library. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual Feast of Fields event goes online this year, but participants can still enjoy delicious locally grown and produced foods and beverages through a harvest box program. (Black Press Media file photo)

Feast of Fields offers virtual farm connection, hands-on Greater Victoria produce box

Attendees encouraged to reimagine annual event’s feast, at home

FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual Feast of Fields event goes online this year, but participants can still enjoy delicious locally grown and produced foods and beverages through a harvest box program. (Black Press Media file photo)
George Robinson waves as concrete trucks go by during a parade held in his honour – family, friends, and former colleagues gathered to show their love and appreciation for him. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich truck parade celebrates 91-year-old’s 45-year career at Butler Concrete

Arranged by daughters and former colleagues who remember their time working with him fondly

George Robinson waves as concrete trucks go by during a parade held in his honour – family, friends, and former colleagues gathered to show their love and appreciation for him. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Former Saanich councillor Dean Murdock recently celebrated one year of hosting a Greater Victoria issues-based podcast. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria issues-based podcast celebrates one-year anniversary

Amazing Places host Dean Murdock says open discussions create a stronger sense of community

Former Saanich councillor Dean Murdock recently celebrated one year of hosting a Greater Victoria issues-based podcast. (Black Press Media file photo)
Master carver and lifelong artist, Temosen (Charles) Elliot is busy with many large-scale projects at his workshop on West Saanich Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Greater Victoria master carver says Indigenous art a way to restore culture

Temosen (Charles) Elliot totem poles and other works are cherished worldwide

Master carver and lifelong artist, Temosen (Charles) Elliot is busy with many large-scale projects at his workshop on West Saanich Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich council approved a temporary policy on community amenity contributions for developments, to guide staff and council until a permanent policy is approved, likely in late 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich staff, council gain help in amenity package negotiations with developers

8-1 vote puts temporary policy in place, more clarity provided for now

Saanich council approved a temporary policy on community amenity contributions for developments, to guide staff and council until a permanent policy is approved, likely in late 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Saanich is looking into amending and modernizing its yard waste program. (Pixabay)

Saanich to review yard and garden waste dropoff service

Service in need of amendments since it has remained virtually unchanged since 1991

The District of Saanich is looking into amending and modernizing its yard waste program. (Pixabay)
18 University of Victoria Vikes athletes are on the roster to compete at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tokyo Olympics beckons 18 University of Victoria athletes

Vikes will represent Canada in rowing, rugby, field hockey and more

18 University of Victoria Vikes athletes are on the roster to compete at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Police Department warns that replicas of weapons are a danger to the public, and those who carry them. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Police Department)

Cyclist with Airsoft handgun arrested in Saanich for breaching terms of probation

Police warn that replica guns are treated as real by officers until proven otherwise

Saanich Police Department warns that replicas of weapons are a danger to the public, and those who carry them. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Police Department)
The Habitat Acquisition Trust’s fundraising efforts to acquire the nearly-50-acre Mountain Road Forest, in partnership with the CRD, have accomplished their purpose. (Black Press Media file photo)

Late donations help HAT reach goal to buy Saanich’s Mountain Road Forest with CRD

Community bands together to protect wooded property; 1,400-plus donors contribute over $1 million

The Habitat Acquisition Trust’s fundraising efforts to acquire the nearly-50-acre Mountain Road Forest, in partnership with the CRD, have accomplished their purpose. (Black Press Media file photo)
Studies by the BC Humanist Association suggest that religious privilege exists in Canada, since churches are exempt from some taxes. (Pixabay)

B.C. Humanists continue to lobby against giving clergy charitable tax breaks

Group says clergy housing deduction an example of ‘religious privilege’

Studies by the BC Humanist Association suggest that religious privilege exists in Canada, since churches are exempt from some taxes. (Pixabay)
The idea of helping residents create a successful home vegetable garden is being cultivated by Growing Together, a Greater Victoria-based initiative. (Black Press Media file photo)

Home gardeners supported through Greater Victoria growing program

Initiative teaches residents to grow food at home, connects new gardeners with resources

The idea of helping residents create a successful home vegetable garden is being cultivated by Growing Together, a Greater Victoria-based initiative. (Black Press Media file photo)
Elk and Beaver Lake Park suffering from nutrient build up, Saanich staff and council to address the problem. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

District of Saanich to play leading role in cleaning up water at Elk/Beaver Lake

Delicate health of ecosystem declining, increased human activity in the Colquitz watershed blamed

Elk and Beaver Lake Park suffering from nutrient build up, Saanich staff and council to address the problem. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Andrew and Vanessa Johnson have opened Bicycle Pizza, subscription-based frozen pizza delivery and takeout service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Bicycle Pizza offers fresh or frozen options in Brentwood

Central Saanich operation uses collaborative, supportive and sustainable model

Andrew and Vanessa Johnson have opened Bicycle Pizza, subscription-based frozen pizza delivery and takeout service. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Visitors attending the Esquimalt Community Arts Council garden and arts tour Aug. 7 can plan their own route using an online map that can also be printed out. (Courtesy Esquimalt Community Arts Council)

Walkable garden and art tour in Esquimalt to feature over 40 artists

Four different neighbourhoods, 30 stops will keep visitors busy viewing displays

Visitors attending the Esquimalt Community Arts Council garden and arts tour Aug. 7 can plan their own route using an online map that can also be printed out. (Courtesy Esquimalt Community Arts Council)
From left: Laurel Circle, Douglas Prentice, Catherine McClarty, Indira Pierson and Priya Pierson rally at the BC Legislature steps on July 17. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Anti-logging demonstrators still a weekend mainstay at the legislature

Protestors say continued pressure on elected officials will help them win

From left: Laurel Circle, Douglas Prentice, Catherine McClarty, Indira Pierson and Priya Pierson rally at the BC Legislature steps on July 17. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Danielle (left) and Eijo Toyonaga are a husband and wife team who create art on the causeway. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Danielle (left) and Eijo Toyonaga are a husband and wife team who create art on the causeway. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)