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This rendering (looking northwest) shows a residential building proposed for the corner of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17. (Courtesy Kothari Group)

Sidney staff reviews plans for five-storey building near Highway 17

Council to consider plans for 141-unit project in early March

This rendering (looking northwest) shows a residential building proposed for the corner of Beacon Avenue and Highway 17. (Courtesy Kothari Group)
Lucas Gentina holds a Chilean flag listing the name of his hometown, La Boca de Rapel, after swimming across Elk Lake to fundraise for equipment benefiting residents at the long-term care unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Morning swim across Elk Lake splashes up thousands for Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Rehabilitation assistant Lucas Gentina finishes 2K swim, learns that he raised $8,500

Lucas Gentina holds a Chilean flag listing the name of his hometown, La Boca de Rapel, after swimming across Elk Lake to fundraise for equipment benefiting residents at the long-term care unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Captain Riley Braun weaves his way past multiple defenders as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Lake Cowichan Kraken 8-1 Friday night at North Saanich Panorama Recreation Centre. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)

Lake Cowichan Kraken, Saanich Predators fall victim to Peninsula Panthers

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey team won weekend games 8-1 and 4-2

Captain Riley Braun weaves his way past multiple defenders as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Lake Cowichan Kraken 8-1 Friday night at North Saanich Panorama Recreation Centre. (Christian J. Stewart Photography/Submitted)
Municipal staff in North Saanich have announced that a maximum of six members of the public can attend that municipality’s upcoming Jan. 17 council meeting out of an abundance of caution. COVID-19 restrictions will also impact aspects. While four councillors must be present, others may connect remotely and staff attendance will be minimized. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula municipalities work to prepare for effect of Omicron variant

Measures include increased work-from-home options, appointment only interactions

Municipal staff in North Saanich have announced that a maximum of six members of the public can attend that municipality’s upcoming Jan. 17 council meeting out of an abundance of caution. COVID-19 restrictions will also impact aspects. While four councillors must be present, others may connect remotely and staff attendance will be minimized. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report reviewing plans for new washroom facilities along Sidney’s waterfront finds several obstacles to including a Changing Places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. But hearing from disability advocates, council asked staff to re-design plans to include a changing places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Sidney to push ahead with plans for more specialized washroom

Council’s decision comes despite staff concerns and after hearing from local disability advocates

A report reviewing plans for new washroom facilities along Sidney’s waterfront finds several obstacles to including a Changing Places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. But hearing from disability advocates, council asked staff to re-design plans to include a changing places washroom for individuals with more complex disabilities. (Black Press Media file photo)
Town of Sidney staff are currently reviewing the municipal website for functionality and accessibility with late 2022 being the target date for improvements. (Screencap/Town of Sidney)

Sidney identifies late 2022 as target date for changes to municipal website

Costs of the planned re-design are not known yet

Town of Sidney staff are currently reviewing the municipal website for functionality and accessibility with late 2022 being the target date for improvements. (Screencap/Town of Sidney)
Coun. Terri O’Keeffe pushed for amendments to Sidney’s 2022 strategic plan that aim to recognize the importance of affordable housing. (Courtesy Town of Sidney)

Sidney council commits to further action on affordable housing

Implementation of new policies and initiatives to follow official community plan review

Coun. Terri O’Keeffe pushed for amendments to Sidney’s 2022 strategic plan that aim to recognize the importance of affordable housing. (Courtesy Town of Sidney)
Council voted 5-1 with Coun. Zeb King to rescind first reading of a bylaw that would have designated the Brentwood Anglican Chapel a heritage building.The move clears the path for the ‘unbuilding’ of the historic and its relocation to Mill Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mill Bay to be new home of former Central Saanich chapel

Rescinding of heritage bylaw clears path for move of Brentwood Anglican Chapel

Council voted 5-1 with Coun. Zeb King to rescind first reading of a bylaw that would have designated the Brentwood Anglican Chapel a heritage building.The move clears the path for the ‘unbuilding’ of the historic and its relocation to Mill Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Peter Wainwright said a review of the tax multiplier currently favouring residential properties is one of way with which the municipality can help businesses challenged by COVID-19. Council considered, but ultimately rejected plans to drop the review from the 2022 strategic plan following a narrow 4-3 vote. (Town of Sidney/Submitted0

Council set to review businesses’ share of tax load in Sidney

Council keeps review in strategic plan despite concerns over staff workload

Coun. Peter Wainwright said a review of the tax multiplier currently favouring residential properties is one of way with which the municipality can help businesses challenged by COVID-19. Council considered, but ultimately rejected plans to drop the review from the 2022 strategic plan following a narrow 4-3 vote. (Town of Sidney/Submitted0
Rendering shows two six-storey rental buildings proposed by Starlight Developments for 2515 Hackett Cres. off Lochside Drive in the Marigold lands in Central Saanich. (Courtesy of Starlight Development)

Decision delayed on phase 2 of Marigold project in Central Saanich

Council to resume discussion Feb. 14; concerns heard on height, density of 6-storey buildings

Rendering shows two six-storey rental buildings proposed by Starlight Developments for 2515 Hackett Cres. off Lochside Drive in the Marigold lands in Central Saanich. (Courtesy of Starlight Development)
Lucas Gentina, a rehabilitation assistant for seniors in long-term care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, is doing a 2K fundraiser swim across Elk Lake, winding up near the Victoria City Rowing Club, where he is pictured here. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

‘Aquaman’ raising funds for seniors at Saanich Peninsula Hospital with Elk Lake swim

Lucas Gentina plans to swim 2K from corner to corner across the Saanich lake on Jan. 17

Lucas Gentina, a rehabilitation assistant for seniors in long-term care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, is doing a 2K fundraiser swim across Elk Lake, winding up near the Victoria City Rowing Club, where he is pictured here. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, seen here seen during the 2021 provincial election, will be the voting site for the 2022 municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)

Veteran election official to oversee 2022 vote in Sidney

Sandi Nelson, helped by Christa Baxter, will guide process for a sixth consecutive time

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, seen here seen during the 2021 provincial election, will be the voting site for the 2022 municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney’s bike lane improvement project on the west side of the Pat Bay Highway received $229,000 from the Canada Community-Building Fund in 2021 and was one of three infrastructure upgrades done with program funding. (Photo courtesy Town of Sidney)

Active transportation projects in Sidney fuelled with $500,000 in federal funding

Canada Community Building Fund improves infrastructure without tax impact, mayor says

Sidney’s bike lane improvement project on the west side of the Pat Bay Highway received $229,000 from the Canada Community-Building Fund in 2021 and was one of three infrastructure upgrades done with program funding. (Photo courtesy Town of Sidney)
Cyclists such as this person braving the cold along Bevan Avenue in Sidney, stand to benefit from Sidney’s proposed active transportation plan. Town staff plan to submit a request for proposals in late January to create the plan. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New plan aims to make transportation more active in Sidney

Town budgets $100,000 for plan; more funding set aside for north-south cycling corridor

Cyclists such as this person braving the cold along Bevan Avenue in Sidney, stand to benefit from Sidney’s proposed active transportation plan. Town staff plan to submit a request for proposals in late January to create the plan. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Peninsula Panthers and Victoria Cougars players link arms around centre ice for a moment of silence in memory of Panthers player Grant Gilbertson Friday night at the Panorama Recreation Centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Peninsula Panthers honour fallen teammate as VIJHL season moves forward

Panthers drop first game back 5-2 after the death of player

Peninsula Panthers and Victoria Cougars players link arms around centre ice for a moment of silence in memory of Panthers player Grant Gilbertson Friday night at the Panorama Recreation Centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith recently stressed the importance of the Official Community Plan review. Staff plan to a draft version on Feb. 28, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Sidney).

Feb. 28 eyed for public presentation of Sidney’s new OCP draft

Current plans call for public engagement through March and adoption by early June 2022

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith recently stressed the importance of the Official Community Plan review. Staff plan to a draft version on Feb. 28, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Sidney).
The Victoria International Airport lost almost $50 million in revenue over 2020 and 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pandemic-related decline in air traffic caused Victoria International Airport almost $50 million in revenue

Passenger counts dropped to just 576,000 in 2021 from more than 1.9 million in 2019

The Victoria International Airport lost almost $50 million in revenue over 2020 and 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
New LED street-lights to be installed in February 2022 promise to improve visibility and reduce light pollution. (Screencap/Town of Sidney)

New lights will shine upon Sidney in February 2022

350 LED lights will replace older high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights

New LED street-lights to be installed in February 2022 promise to improve visibility and reduce light pollution. (Screencap/Town of Sidney)
A new group opposed to logging old-growth forest in areas such as Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew called Save Old Growth plans to interrupt traffic Monday morning. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

New environmentalist group plans to block highway off-ramp in Greater Victoria Monday

Save Old Growth spokesperson says group members have no other choice than to risk lives

A new group opposed to logging old-growth forest in areas such as Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew called Save Old Growth plans to interrupt traffic Monday morning. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association says Rotary Park has parking and washroom facilities and meets the prescribed residential setbacks, thereby mitigating potential noise impacts, in praising Sidney’s decision to investigate the site as a potential location for dedicated pickleball courts. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association says Rotary Park has parking and washroom facilities and meets the prescribed residential setbacks, thereby mitigating potential noise impacts, in praising Sidney’s decision to investigate the site as a potential location for dedicated pickleball courts. (Black Press Media file photo)