Megan Atkins-Baker

The Saanich Fire Department is reminding residents of the Oct. 21 drill that encourages all B.C. residents to prepare for an earthquake. (Black Press Media file photo)

Drop, cover, hold: Saanich emergency personnel gearing up for Great B.C. ShakeOut

Emergency preparedness is important in an earthquake zone, reminds deputy fire chief

The Saanich Fire Department is reminding residents of the Oct. 21 drill that encourages all B.C. residents to prepare for an earthquake. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Police Department is reminding residents to plan ahead for a safe way home after drinking. (Black Press Media file photo)

Three impaired drivers caught behind the wheel in Saanich

One driver picked up after crash, two found during routine stop

The Saanich Police Department is reminding residents to plan ahead for a safe way home after drinking. (Black Press Media file photo)
A cluster of brown bats in Canoe Creek near Nanaimo exhibit white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus. BatWeek in Greater Victoria aims to appreciate and educate the community about bats, Oct. 24 to 31. (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

BatWeek in Greater Victoria spreads education about tiny flying mammals

Habitat Acquisition Trust aims to bust bat myths, spread education, encourage stewardship

A cluster of brown bats in Canoe Creek near Nanaimo exhibit white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus. BatWeek in Greater Victoria aims to appreciate and educate the community about bats, Oct. 24 to 31. (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)
Families in Saanich will have access to $1 recreation passes until the end of the Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)

Trick-or-treat Saanich recreation passes a healthy alternative during spooky season

Saanich Parks and Recreation offers passes to families from Oct. 15 to 31

Families in Saanich will have access to $1 recreation passes until the end of the Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)
Denis Harrigan (left), former principal at Spectrum Community School, and Phil Watt, a former teacher at Spectrum and alumni board member. The two men stand with a portrait of their late colleague, Brian Whitmore. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Rachel)

Commemorative service honours longstanding career of former Spectrum Community School teacher

Brian Whitmore, who passed away last July, was a beloved teacher and colleague

Denis Harrigan (left), former principal at Spectrum Community School, and Phil Watt, a former teacher at Spectrum and alumni board member. The two men stand with a portrait of their late colleague, Brian Whitmore. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Rachel)
From left: Royal Jubilee Hospital clinical operations director Jason Price, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and site operations manager Edgar Dittmer deliver sunflowers and chocolates to healthcare workers in the hospital’s patient care centre. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Chocolates and sunflowers brighten up Royal Jubilee Hospital workers’ day

Gifts to show appreciation for Greater Victoria hospital workers experiencing burnout

From left: Royal Jubilee Hospital clinical operations director Jason Price, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and site operations manager Edgar Dittmer deliver sunflowers and chocolates to healthcare workers in the hospital’s patient care centre. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Residents are concerned for pedestrian safety around the intersection of Sayward and Alderley roads in Saanich, an area frequented by heavy industrial vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Vina Moldoveanu)

Pat Bay industrial traffic putting pedestrians in peril, Saanich resident says

Pedestrian-activated crosswalk at Sayward and Alderley roads among solutions offered

Residents are concerned for pedestrian safety around the intersection of Sayward and Alderley roads in Saanich, an area frequented by heavy industrial vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Vina Moldoveanu)
Elaine Klima and Aiden Grew were the winners of the Oct. 8 race up Mount Douglas. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)

Aiden Grew retains crown for fourth time in race up Mount Douglas

Lambrick Park students vie to be Monarchs of the Hill, formerly King and Queen of the Hill

Elaine Klima and Aiden Grew were the winners of the Oct. 8 race up Mount Douglas. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)
Geoff Wilmshurst, vice-president of partnerships at Camosun College, stands in front of an empty plot of land for which a business case is being assembled for building a film studio. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Camosun film studio in Saanich nears business case completion, developer interest to be sought

Film worker education and studio will provide benefits to south Island film and TV industry

Geoff Wilmshurst, vice-president of partnerships at Camosun College, stands in front of an empty plot of land for which a business case is being assembled for building a film studio. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
United Way Southern Vancouver Island is relaunching a supportive youth program. (Black Press Media file photo)

United Way youth grants create projects highlighting local issues in Sooke and West Shore

Youth who apply asked to submit projects that focus on well-being, local issues

United Way Southern Vancouver Island is relaunching a supportive youth program. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rezoned property on Del Monte Avenue has seen the loss of a number of mature trees as preparations for development begin. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Removal of mature trees for Saanich development upsets neighbour

Rezoned property on Del Monte Avenue will see original home replaced by four new ones

A rezoned property on Del Monte Avenue has seen the loss of a number of mature trees as preparations for development begin. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Pickleball players enjoy the last of the nice weather before the rains come. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich in a pickle with Tolmie Park pickleball courts

Saanich council considers acoustic fencing panels to help soften noise disruption

Pickleball players enjoy the last of the nice weather before the rains come. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich council welcomed a presentation from Island Health about the opioid crisis and how it looks in Saanich on Oct. 4. (Black Press Media file photo)

Opioid deaths occurring in Saanich homes a result of stigma, says expert

83 per cent of illicit drug toxicity deaths occurred in private homes in 2019

Saanich council welcomed a presentation from Island Health about the opioid crisis and how it looks in Saanich on Oct. 4. (Black Press Media file photo)
The X-ray room at Saanich Peninsula Hospital is in need of upgrades and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation has launched a campaign to address the need. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation)
The X-ray room at Saanich Peninsula Hospital is in need of upgrades and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation has launched a campaign to address the need. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation)
Lorraine Fracy, manager of business development and client services for the Royal Oak Burial Park, stands with a newly implemented statue in the Little Spirits Garden – one that is both raw and captures a mother’s love, she said. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Little Spirits Garden offers a space to remember lost pregnancies or infants in Saanich

Royal Oak Burial Park section set in a beautiful natural space

Lorraine Fracy, manager of business development and client services for the Royal Oak Burial Park, stands with a newly implemented statue in the Little Spirits Garden – one that is both raw and captures a mother’s love, she said. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Rob Galey gets Pirate’s Island ready for next week’s festivities at Galey Farms. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Halloween, fall traditions set to begin at Galey Farms in Saanich

Tickets available in advance for events running throughout October

Rob Galey gets Pirate’s Island ready for next week’s festivities at Galey Farms. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Volunteers removed invasive species on Oct. 1 as part of the Pulling Together restoration project across Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Volunteers gather to pull invasive species at Saanich’s Marigold Park

Pulling Together program emphasizes many hands making light work

Volunteers removed invasive species on Oct. 1 as part of the Pulling Together restoration project across Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is looking to the future despite financial losses during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority looks to the future despite $1.1 million revenue loss

Organization plans to invest in facilities, community amenities

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is looking to the future despite financial losses during the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Aiyana Branyik mounts a horse once a week at Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, surrounded by supporters and instructors. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula therapeutic horse riding provides social interaction, riding skills to members

Programs such as therapeutic riding, adaptive driving, and stable management offered

Aiyana Branyik mounts a horse once a week at Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, surrounded by supporters and instructors. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm crouches amid piles of pumpkins in his Central Saanich field. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pumpkin patch family fun returns to Central Saanich farm

Channel your inner Charlie Brown at Michell’s Farm

Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm crouches amid piles of pumpkins in his Central Saanich field. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)