Megan Atkins-Baker

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)
Saanich Commonwealth Place has seen many Olympians through their doors and Canada’s Artistic Swimming team will be hosted there from July 17-25 by Victoria Synchro. (Natation Artistique Canada Artistic Swimming/Facebook)

Saanich Commonwealth Place hosting Canada’s artistic swim team for pre-Games camp

Local club Victoria Synchro anticipates opportunity for young athletes to connect with Olympians

Saanich Commonwealth Place has seen many Olympians through their doors and Canada’s Artistic Swimming team will be hosted there from July 17-25 by Victoria Synchro. (Natation Artistique Canada Artistic Swimming/Facebook)
René Gauthier, founder of ecologyst, encourages other companies to move toward sustainable manufacturing practices. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Sustainable fashion brand ecologyst unveils new facility in Victoria

Consumers can see how clothing is made, watch seamstresses work in the open

René Gauthier, founder of ecologyst, encourages other companies to move toward sustainable manufacturing practices. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Habitat Acquisition Trust’s campaign to raise $1.4 million toward the purchase of Mountain Road Forest in Saanich for a new regional park is in its final days. (Black Press Media file photo)

Campaign to buy Saanich’s Mountain Road Forest nears deadline

Habitat Acquisition Trust hopeful of raising final $368,000 of $1.4-million goal by July 20

The Habitat Acquisition Trust’s campaign to raise $1.4 million toward the purchase of Mountain Road Forest in Saanich for a new regional park is in its final days. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Foundation’s Community Recovery Program helps organizations get back on track financially after being impacted by the pandemic. (Pexels photo)

Victoria Foundation distributes $3.13 million to 142 organizations on south Island, Gulf Islands

Financial aid will support vulnerable groups affected by the pandemic

Victoria Foundation’s Community Recovery Program helps organizations get back on track financially after being impacted by the pandemic. (Pexels photo)
Removing more of the red tape that puts up barriers for general and nurse practitioners to practise in B.C. could alleviate some of the wait list and availability issues curently plaguing the province, says a University of Victoria nursing school trainer. (Black Press Media file photo)

Contracted practitioners in Saanich help reduce waitlist for sexual health exams

Island Sexual Health tweaks its model to address urgent need in community

Removing more of the red tape that puts up barriers for general and nurse practitioners to practise in B.C. could alleviate some of the wait list and availability issues curently plaguing the province, says a University of Victoria nursing school trainer. (Black Press Media file photo)
A red pashmina walk begins at the BC legislature on July 17 to raise awareness for women in Afghanistan and their rights. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria walk aims to raise awareness for women in Afghanistan

Participants invited to wear red pashminas on 3K route around harbour July 17

A red pashmina walk begins at the BC legislature on July 17 to raise awareness for women in Afghanistan and their rights. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kings Park borders three municipalities – Saanich, Oak Bay, and Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

City of Victoria ready to donate $250,000 to Kings Road green space project

Victoria funds contingent on Oak Bay contribution to Saanich project

Kings Park borders three municipalities – Saanich, Oak Bay, and Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Three Vikes field hockey players, including Anna Mollenhauer who is pictured here, will represent Canada at 2021 Junior Pan American Cup in Chile. (APShutter.com photo)

Three University of Victoria field hockey players will represent Canada at Junior Pan American Cup

Team Canada hasn’t qualified for the Junior World Cup since 2013, 2021 team hopes to change that

Three Vikes field hockey players, including Anna Mollenhauer who is pictured here, will represent Canada at 2021 Junior Pan American Cup in Chile. (APShutter.com photo)
The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is the beneficiary of a fundraiser done by residents at Amica Somerset House in Victoria, to support youth aging out of care at Raven’s House. (Facebook/Victoria Native Friendship Centre)

Victoria retirement community raises over $20,000 to help Indigenous youth

Amica Somerset House residents help Native Friendship Centre support youth aging out of care

The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is the beneficiary of a fundraiser done by residents at Amica Somerset House in Victoria, to support youth aging out of care at Raven’s House. (Facebook/Victoria Native Friendship Centre)
The Island Medical Program is looking for female practitioners who are comfortable with their bodies to teach students at University of Victoria how to medically examine female patients. (Photo courtesy of Island Health)

Female practitioners sought to teach physical exams to Greater Victoria med students

Training involves acting as both instructor and patient for sensitive female examinations

The Island Medical Program is looking for female practitioners who are comfortable with their bodies to teach students at University of Victoria how to medically examine female patients. (Photo courtesy of Island Health)
76-year-old Eijo Toyonaga chants for world peace and happiness for humanity daily at the BC Legislature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

At nearly 300 days and counting, Saanich man prays for world peace daily

Eijo Toyonaga has been a fixture on the BC Legislature steps for much of the past year

76-year-old Eijo Toyonaga chants for world peace and happiness for humanity daily at the BC Legislature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)