Megan Atkins-Baker

Saanich council is discussing the 2022 budget and how to best prepare for increases suggested. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council approves 2022 budget guidelines

Staff recommends two per cent increase to capital expenditures funded from current revenues

Saanich council is discussing the 2022 budget and how to best prepare for increases suggested. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Lekwungen Traditional Dancers were one of the acts at Beckwith Park’s first IYAKT music festival. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Successful IYAKT event in Saanich gives Indigenous talent opportunity to perform

The event aimed to shine light on the many talented Indigenous performers across the region

The Lekwungen Traditional Dancers were one of the acts at Beckwith Park’s first IYAKT music festival. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Matthew Purse (left), Deng Jiang, Derek Scheltens, and Mingrui Qin designed and built a VR hang gliding simulator. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Engineering students showcase 8 innovative capstone projects at Saanich campus

Eight innovative capstone projects were showcased in total at the Aug. 20 event

Matthew Purse (left), Deng Jiang, Derek Scheltens, and Mingrui Qin designed and built a VR hang gliding simulator. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
PaiThomas ‘Barndawg’ Paul (from left), Addie Elliott, and Brian ‘YellowWolf’ Sampson of the Tsartlip First Nation are a group called Paint the Town Red, set to perform at an upcoming Indigenous music festival at Beckwith Park on Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy of Brian Sampson)

Greater Victoria Indigenous artists set to shine at Saturday event in Saanich

First annual IYAKT music festival to take place at Beckwith Park in Saanich

PaiThomas ‘Barndawg’ Paul (from left), Addie Elliott, and Brian ‘YellowWolf’ Sampson of the Tsartlip First Nation are a group called Paint the Town Red, set to perform at an upcoming Indigenous music festival at Beckwith Park on Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy of Brian Sampson)
Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Saanich triathlete leaves Saturday for Tokyo Paralympics

Jessica Tuomela will tackle 750-metre swim, 20km bike ride and 5k run

Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)
Brandy Moore and the Nightcaps captivate the audience at Music in the Park on Aug. 17. (Photo courtesy of Susan Haddon)

Music in the Park events across Saanich give local bands opportunity to perform

Rutledge Park, Cadboro-Gyro Bay, Lambrick Park see band performances during concert series

Brandy Moore and the Nightcaps captivate the audience at Music in the Park on Aug. 17. (Photo courtesy of Susan Haddon)
A cyclist was taken to hospital in critical condition after a Wednesday morning collision. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cyclist struck in Saanich taken to hospital in critical condition

Incident occurred at the corner of Douglas Street and Haynes Road

A cyclist was taken to hospital in critical condition after a Wednesday morning collision. (Black Press Media file photo)
Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA Mitzi Dean (left) and Colwood Mayor Rob Martin with public works staffers on Metchosin Road, where new sidewalks and cycling lanes are being constructed. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)

New sidewalk projects to see completion in Colwood in time for back-to-school

Active transportation upgrades key to City of Colwood’s resident safety commitment

Esquimalt-Metchosin MLA Mitzi Dean (left) and Colwood Mayor Rob Martin with public works staffers on Metchosin Road, where new sidewalks and cycling lanes are being constructed. (Photo courtesy of the City of Colwood)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes reminds residents about some of the ways Saanich is stepping up climate action. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heatwaves, wildfires prompt Saanich mayor to reiterate district’s climate commitment

Fred Haynes outlines some of the ways the district aims to meet its climate goals

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes reminds residents about some of the ways Saanich is stepping up climate action. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rodney Hazard is a graphic designer who played a large part in the visual art collaboration at the Royal BC Museum. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pocket gallery exhibition reclaiming B.C. Black history opens at Royal B.C. Museum

The artful showcase will be open now through to March 2022

Rodney Hazard is a graphic designer who played a large part in the visual art collaboration at the Royal BC Museum. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Dozens of trees on a corner lot at Obed Avenue and Harriet Road are slated for removal to make way for a four-storey, 26-unit development. The developer is providing funding to replace boulevard trees removed, as well as for the planting of trees elsewhere in the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tree issue resolved for Saanich development proposal on Obed Avenue

Developer also agrees to make $52,000 contribution to Saanich Parks

Dozens of trees on a corner lot at Obed Avenue and Harriet Road are slated for removal to make way for a four-storey, 26-unit development. The developer is providing funding to replace boulevard trees removed, as well as for the planting of trees elsewhere in the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council unanimously decided to recess an Aug. 10 public hearing to determine whether a development should go up near an ecologically sensitive area in Saanich, reconvening will take place on Aug. 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Proposed Christmas Avenue development in Saanich raises environmental concerns

Unanimous decision made to recess meeting until Aug. 23 to hear from biologist

Saanich council unanimously decided to recess an Aug. 10 public hearing to determine whether a development should go up near an ecologically sensitive area in Saanich, reconvening will take place on Aug. 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Nanaimo man has been arrested in connection to a string of mail thefts from Greater Victoria apartment complexes. (Black Press Media file photo)

Suspect in apartment mail thefts arrested in Saanich

45-year-old Nanaimo man faces break and enter, possession of stolen property charges

A Nanaimo man has been arrested in connection to a string of mail thefts from Greater Victoria apartment complexes. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michael Bolstler stands among blackberry brambles at Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. (Photo courtesy of Heather Bolstler)

A mighty heart and a formidable hill: Saanich man contributed to Christmas Hill before his passing

Michael Bolstler’s volunteer contributions improved well-being of nature sanctuary and himself

Michael Bolstler stands among blackberry brambles at Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. (Photo courtesy of Heather Bolstler)
Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media files)

Mother says son’s life turned around at Saanich jail

Man makes transformation at Vancouver Island correctional centre following vicious attack on mother

Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media files)
Music by the Sea is being hosted at the Victoria International Marina from Aug. 17 to 22. (Photo courtesy of Music by the Sea)

Oceanfront concerts liven up Victoria International Marina in August

Music by the Sea features intimate performances by professional classical and jazz musicians

Music by the Sea is being hosted at the Victoria International Marina from Aug. 17 to 22. (Photo courtesy of Music by the Sea)
Jerry Hughes at the finish line of one of his previous running fundraisers for children in need. (Photo courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)

Runner tackling 35-hour challenge at Saanich’s Mt. Work for Help Fill a Dream

Jerry Hughes hopes to raise $35,000 for organization, celebrating its 35th year

Jerry Hughes at the finish line of one of his previous running fundraisers for children in need. (Photo courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)
Subsidized housing in the Capital Regional District has been further supported financially by the federal government. (Black Press Media file photo)

Feds offer $11 million in added support for housing in Greater Victoria

More than 40 new homes to be created for individuals, families at risk of homelessness

Subsidized housing in the Capital Regional District has been further supported financially by the federal government. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Police Department crime prevention team members Abby Stamper and Sydnee Moore get toy donations ready to be delivered to children being cared for at Victoria General Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)

Greater Victoria police and fire departments spearhead toy drive for children at VGH

July 30 event sees toys of all kinds delivered for children in hospital’s pediatrics unit

Saanich Police Department crime prevention team members Abby Stamper and Sydnee Moore get toy donations ready to be delivered to children being cared for at Victoria General Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)
Kings Road Nature Space will be preserved through financial contributions from the City of Victoria and the District of Oak Bay, as requested by the District of Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay will contribute $75,000 towards Kings Road nature space

Funds saved from cancellation of Tea Party will go towards parkland

Kings Road Nature Space will be preserved through financial contributions from the City of Victoria and the District of Oak Bay, as requested by the District of Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)