Saanich News Staff

A draft plan written for the Saanich Board of Education highlights key focus areas for the next five years. (Google Maps)

Saanich Board of Education seeks input on draft five-year strategic plan

Public invited to take online survey, comments welcomed until Feb. 25

A draft plan written for the Saanich Board of Education highlights key focus areas for the next five years. (Google Maps)
The Saanich Police Department announced the arrest here of a 17-year-old suspect in a 2021 Toronto murder of a cab driver. (Black Press Media file photo)

17-year-old arrested in Saanich wanted for murder of 73-year-old Toronto cabbie

Teen one of four people arrested here Jan. 28; was escorted back and faced charges in court Friday

The Saanich Police Department announced the arrest here of a 17-year-old suspect in a 2021 Toronto murder of a cab driver. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich native Sean Ramsay celebrates after scoring a goal during a North American Hockey League game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of Ian Ramsay)

Saanich product aims to impress NHL, NCAA scouts at U.S. hockey league prospect tournament

Sean Ramsay to compete at the North American Hockey League showcase on Feb. 7 and 8

Saanich native Sean Ramsay celebrates after scoring a goal during a North American Hockey League game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy of Ian Ramsay)
Saanich firefighters respond to a residential fire on Clinton Place on Feb. 1. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

UPDATE: Garage fire, cause unknown, sends smoke over Saanich cul de sac

Saanich Fire Department responds to Clinton Place fire

Saanich firefighters respond to a residential fire on Clinton Place on Feb. 1. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich police arrested six protesters who were among a group blocking the Trans-Canada Highway at Tillicum Road mid-afternoon Monday. Save Old Growth says it is the last such blockade planned on the TCH until March. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Traffic flowing again on Trans-Canada Highway in Saanich after afternoon blockade

Six arrested as Save Old Growth protesters continue commitment to disrupt traffic

Saanich police arrested six protesters who were among a group blocking the Trans-Canada Highway at Tillicum Road mid-afternoon Monday. Save Old Growth says it is the last such blockade planned on the TCH until March. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vikes back Krista Scurfield (with ball), in action at the recent Alberta Sevens tournament in Edmonton, was named Canada West rugby sevens player of the week. (Photo by Don Voaklander/courtesy Vikes Athletics)

Victoria Vikes the team to beat early in Canada West women’s sevens rugby season

UVic back Krista Scurfield wins player of the week honours for efforts in Edmonton

Vikes back Krista Scurfield (with ball), in action at the recent Alberta Sevens tournament in Edmonton, was named Canada West rugby sevens player of the week. (Photo by Don Voaklander/courtesy Vikes Athletics)
A pedestrian was struck in a crosswalk at the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Haultain Street Jan. 27. (Google Streetview)

Pedestrian struck in Saanich crosswalk after driver failed to stop

Pedestrian sustained serious injuries, driver issued ticket

A pedestrian was struck in a crosswalk at the intersection of Foul Bay Road and Haultain Street Jan. 27. (Google Streetview)
Derik Lord, a former Saanich resident convicted with a classmate in the 1990 murders of a third student’s mother and grandmother, had his parole conditions continued earlier this month. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Saanich resident convicted in double murder has day parole extended

Derik Lord denied request to travel to Chilliwack, allowed extra night with family each week

Derik Lord, a former Saanich resident convicted with a classmate in the 1990 murders of a third student’s mother and grandmother, had his parole conditions continued earlier this month. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emergency crews responded to the 1000-block of Burnside Road West Jan. 23 after an impaired driver collided with a hydro pole. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Impaired driver survives serious crash with hydro pole in Saanich

Emergency crews required 2 hours to safely extract driver from vehicle

Emergency crews responded to the 1000-block of Burnside Road West Jan. 23 after an impaired driver collided with a hydro pole. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Campus View Elementary’s parent advisory council received almost $80,000 in provincial gaming grant money for a new playground. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. gaming grant supports new playground at Saanich school

Almost $80,000 in funding going towards replacement at Campus View elementary

Campus View Elementary’s parent advisory council received almost $80,000 in provincial gaming grant money for a new playground. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vikes field hockey player Anna Mollenhauer will play on the national women’s team at the Pan American Cup in Chile starting on Jan. 19. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

Current, former Vikes field hockey players competing for Canada at Pan American Cup

Mollenhauer, Leahy playing with national team in Santiago, Chile from Jan. 19 to 30

Vikes field hockey player Anna Mollenhauer will play on the national women’s team at the Pan American Cup in Chile starting on Jan. 19. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
The temporary, modular Beausoleil school off Andrews Avenue in Saanich is connected by covered walkways to create what the ministry describes as a village atmosphere. (Ecole Beausoleil/Facebook)

French-speaking students settle in to temporary Saanich school site

Modular classrooms, covered pathways create village atmosphere for Beausoleil

The temporary, modular Beausoleil school off Andrews Avenue in Saanich is connected by covered walkways to create what the ministry describes as a village atmosphere. (Ecole Beausoleil/Facebook)
Sherwin Batley, 41, faces charges of break and enter and committing an indecent act after an incident in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Resident scares off man committing indecent act on Saanich deck

Integrated dog unit tracks down suspect, 41-year-old man faces charges

Sherwin Batley, 41, faces charges of break and enter and committing an indecent act after an incident in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
University of Victoria psychologist Nigel Mantou Lou led a research project studying Asian-Canadian discrimination in Canada. He and his team found that anti-Asian racism has increased during the pandemic. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)

UVic study shows hate crimes against Asian Canadians increase during pandemic

Many survey participants fear their children will be bullied due to their Chinese identity

University of Victoria psychologist Nigel Mantou Lou led a research project studying Asian-Canadian discrimination in Canada. He and his team found that anti-Asian racism has increased during the pandemic. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pickleball players compete in holiday tournament in Saanich

Teams competed for gold, silver and bronze honours

Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Recent rainfall has caused unstable slopes between Arbutus Cove and Hollydene parks in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Heavy rains cause unstable slopes between Saanich’s Arbutus Cove and Hollydene parks

Public asked to avoid waterfront area as crews assess safety

Recent rainfall has caused unstable slopes between Arbutus Cove and Hollydene parks in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)
A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)

VIDEO: Alarmed Saanich pet owner’s yell stops husky from charging cougar in his driveway

Encounter was a reminder that the large animals live nearby, police say

A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)
The Saanich Police Department is advising the public to avoid Brookleigh Road and Oldfield Road due to flooding on Saturday Dec. 18. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Police Department is advising the public to avoid Brookleigh Road and Oldfield Road due to flooding on Saturday Dec. 18. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Dr. Bonnie Henry credited high vaccination rate among the University of Victoria community for mitigating the effects of a spike in COVID-19 cases associated with the school. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

High vaccination rate helped mitigate UVic COVID-19 spike: Dr. Bonnie Henry

Case uptick hasn’t translated into severe illness in university community, Henry says

Dr. Bonnie Henry credited high vaccination rate among the University of Victoria community for mitigating the effects of a spike in COVID-19 cases associated with the school. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
Police say brazen daytime robberies such as one experienced by a woman on Dec. 16 are uncommon in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Public help police catch purse-snatching suspect in Saanich daytime robbery

18-year-old man faces charges in Dec. 16 incident

Police say brazen daytime robberies such as one experienced by a woman on Dec. 16 are uncommon in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)