Megan Atkins-Baker

New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)

Mural connected to basketball festival brings vibrancy to Saanich neighbourhood court

Artist brings art, Chinese culture and sport together with colourful piece

New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)
Coun. Judy Brownoff welcomes dog owners to Fowler Park on June 29, the first official day of Paws in Parks fenced pop-up pilot project. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich’s Fowler Park opens fenced areas for furry friends

Paws in Parks pop-up to see fences outside five different parks for two-week intervals

Coun. Judy Brownoff welcomes dog owners to Fowler Park on June 29, the first official day of Paws in Parks fenced pop-up pilot project. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The calls to 911 on the Island between June 26 and 28 were much higher, largely due to the heatwave, according to service provider E-Comm 9-1-1. (Photo by Pexels)

Vancouver Island 911 calls jump nearly 60% during hottest days

From Saturday to Monday, more than 1,900 calls responded to by 911 dispatchers

The calls to 911 on the Island between June 26 and 28 were much higher, largely due to the heatwave, according to service provider E-Comm 9-1-1. (Photo by Pexels)
Blossoming Forth, by Dean Simpson and Francisco Munoz sold at Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s recent art auction fundraiser. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Habitat for Humanity Victoria art auction raises over $28,000

Proceeds a building block for charity’s next project helping house families in need

Blossoming Forth, by Dean Simpson and Francisco Munoz sold at Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s recent art auction fundraiser. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
District of Saanich applies for implementation of better infrastructure for electric vehicle use, awaiting UBCM approval. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich leading the charge for electric vehicles

District sends electric mobility strategy to UBCM that would speed transition to electric vehicles

District of Saanich applies for implementation of better infrastructure for electric vehicle use, awaiting UBCM approval. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich marking Pride Week June 28 to July 4

Progress Pride Flag will be raised on June 28 at Saanich municipal hall

Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)
Members of the Gettin’ Higher Choir sing during a fundraiser concert held last week over video chat. (Gettin’ Higher Choir/YouTube)

Victoria’s choir joined for online concert by Canadian musical icon Bruce Cockburn

Gettin’ Higher Choir raises $22,000 with annual Voices Rising: a Fundraiser for Mozambique

Members of the Gettin’ Higher Choir sing during a fundraiser concert held last week over video chat. (Gettin’ Higher Choir/YouTube)
The District of Saanich hopes its pilot program creating short-term fenced areas for off-leash dogs will provide good information about sharing parks between pet owners and non-owners alike. (Pixabay)

Furry friends have more off-leash park options in Saanich this summer

Program to evaluate designating off-leash areas, gauge acceptance from park users

The District of Saanich hopes its pilot program creating short-term fenced areas for off-leash dogs will provide good information about sharing parks between pet owners and non-owners alike. (Pixabay)
SPD warns residents not to buy electronics from non-reputable sources or stores. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Resident swindled out of cash in Saanich parking lot deal

Saanich police issue warning after suspects sell home theatre equipment from rental van

SPD warns residents not to buy electronics from non-reputable sources or stores. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Royal B.C. Museum will move some of its archival records and objects into a new building in Colwood, with completion expected by 2025. (Courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum)

Design/build applications open for Royal B.C. Museum’s new Colwood facility

More room needed to safely store and display valuable artifacts, funding in place for second site

The Royal B.C. Museum will move some of its archival records and objects into a new building in Colwood, with completion expected by 2025. (Courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum)
Women affected by intimate partner violence and trauma will soon have access to more programs offered by Langford-based Bridges for Women, which is receiving provincial funding. (Adobe Stock)

Greater Victoria women’s support organization receives $50,000 for mental health programs

Women experiencing intimate partner violence to benefit from Bridges for Women’s expanded offerings

Women affected by intimate partner violence and trauma will soon have access to more programs offered by Langford-based Bridges for Women, which is receiving provincial funding. (Adobe Stock)
Pop Tart, the youngest calf of the humpback whale known by local ecotourism companies as Big Mama, feeds at the surface. The whale was one of three siblings spotted close together recently by a whale watching company, a rare occurrence for humpbacks, experts say. (Photo by April Ryan/Maya’s Legacy/Pacific Whale Watching Association)

Rare whale siblings gathering in Salish Sea has researchers excited

Scenario a rarity for humpbacks, experts say, more research needed about how whales interact

Pop Tart, the youngest calf of the humpback whale known by local ecotourism companies as Big Mama, feeds at the surface. The whale was one of three siblings spotted close together recently by a whale watching company, a rare occurrence for humpbacks, experts say. (Photo by April Ryan/Maya’s Legacy/Pacific Whale Watching Association)
A District of Saanich survey found residents feel content with their quality of life overall, with improvements in infrastructure and safety at the top of respondents’ minds. (Black Press Media file photo)

Citizen survey finds 88 per cent of Saanich residents content with overall quality of life

Infrastructure tops list of areas requiring improvements

A District of Saanich survey found residents feel content with their quality of life overall, with improvements in infrastructure and safety at the top of respondents’ minds. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rachel Rivera (left) and Claire Ouchi are a dynamic art duo known as the WKNDRS. The two painted the new road mural at Uptown. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Artistic mural at Uptown brings creativity, fun to summer shoppers in Saanich

Road installation the largest of its kind in Greater Victoria

Rachel Rivera (left) and Claire Ouchi are a dynamic art duo known as the WKNDRS. The two painted the new road mural at Uptown. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A rendering shows a view from the southwest of the Doral Forest Park development. (Rendering via D’AMBROSIO Architecture & Urbanism)

Beaver Lake area project passes next hurdle in Saanich

Council approval for 242-unit parks edge development hinges on meeting of conditions

A rendering shows a view from the southwest of the Doral Forest Park development. (Rendering via D’AMBROSIO Architecture & Urbanism)
Construction will begin soon on a building in Victoria designed for families and seniors with low to moderate household incomes. (Black Press Media file photo)

New building in Victoria aimed at providing more affordable homes for families, seniors

Four-storey building will provide 58 homes for residents with low to moderate household incomes

Construction will begin soon on a building in Victoria designed for families and seniors with low to moderate household incomes. (Black Press Media file photo)
Barriers to rental housing brought on by no-pet rules add stress to renters, says councillor. (Pixabay)

Saanich councillor wants to remove barriers to housing for pet owners

Motion calling for province to amend lease stipulations against pet ownership defeated in 5-4 vote

Barriers to rental housing brought on by no-pet rules add stress to renters, says councillor. (Pixabay)
Embracing the urban forestry rule known as 3-30-300 could improve the community’s mental health, says Saanich Coun. Zac de Vries. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council embraces 3-30-300 rule to improve access to green space

Coun. Zac de Vries says rule promotes health and well-being through urban forestry

Embracing the urban forestry rule known as 3-30-300 could improve the community’s mental health, says Saanich Coun. Zac de Vries. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)

Employee assaulted at Saanich store after asking suspected shoplifters to leave

June 16 incident saw worker taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Residents encouraged to fill out online survey to provide feedback on regional needs. (Pixabay)

Community survey brings concerns to light, supports action on improving Victoria’s quality of life

Residents encouraged to provide input before survey closes July 1

Residents encouraged to fill out online survey to provide feedback on regional needs. (Pixabay)