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Neighbours of this home in 100 block of Crease Avenue were impressed by the quick response of the Saanich Fire Department. The Monday morning fire caused an estimated $400,000 in damage.                                Wolf Depner / News Staff

VIDEO: Saanich fire forces four to flee rental home

The cause of a Monday morning fire that forced four Saanich residents…

Neighbours of this home in 100 block of Crease Avenue were impressed by the quick response of the Saanich Fire Department. The Monday morning fire caused an estimated $400,000 in damage.                                Wolf Depner / News Staff
Jiannis Voularinos and Dionysia Efentaki of Elkelam perform Greek dance during Saanich’s Greek Fest Sunday. The event started Friday and ended Sunday evening. It will resume Friday Aug. 30 and continue through Monday, Sept. 3.

Saanich celebrates Greek culture

Blue skies, Mediterranean temperatures and the architecture of the Greek Orthodox Church…

Jiannis Voularinos and Dionysia Efentaki of Elkelam perform Greek dance during Saanich’s Greek Fest Sunday. The event started Friday and ended Sunday evening. It will resume Friday Aug. 30 and continue through Monday, Sept. 3.
Pastor Neil Van Heerden of Church of Our Lord found Living Edge to help people on the margins of society, who are struggling with food security. The organization is holding holding a fundraiser at The Ridge Golf Course, Cordova Bay on September 2nd and a bike ride (or walk) for the whole family on September 30th.                                Wolfgang Depner / News Staff

Families find support from food that would have gone to waste

Living Edge recently expanded its program to Saanich, distributing fresh produce and vegetables

Pastor Neil Van Heerden of Church of Our Lord found Living Edge to help people on the margins of society, who are struggling with food security. The organization is holding holding a fundraiser at The Ridge Golf Course, Cordova Bay on September 2nd and a bike ride (or walk) for the whole family on September 30th.                                Wolfgang Depner / News Staff
Deborah Donahue, general manager of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (HCP), sits next to a piece titled En Plein Air by Jennifer Bennett, Dianne Green, and Helen Lane, a floral art installation displayed by the Victoria Floral Artists Guild during the 23rd Festival of Arts and Music in the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre of Pacific. Donahue said Sunday morning more than a thousand attended the first day. Overall, HCP expected more than 2,000 visitors.                                Deborah Donahue, general manager of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (HCP), sits next to a piece titled En Plein Air by Jennifer Bennett, Dianne Green, and Helen Lane, a floral art installation displayed by the Victoria Floral Artists Guild during the 23rd Festival of Arts and Music in the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre of Pacific. The event happened Saturday and Sunday. Donahue said Sunday morning more than a thousand attended the first day. Overall, HCP expected more than 2,000 visitors.                                Wolf Depner/News Staff

Fundraiser for Saanich garden draws thousands

Wolfgang Depner News Staff

Deborah Donahue, general manager of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (HCP), sits next to a piece titled En Plein Air by Jennifer Bennett, Dianne Green, and Helen Lane, a floral art installation displayed by the Victoria Floral Artists Guild during the 23rd Festival of Arts and Music in the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre of Pacific. Donahue said Sunday morning more than a thousand attended the first day. Overall, HCP expected more than 2,000 visitors.                                Deborah Donahue, general manager of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (HCP), sits next to a piece titled En Plein Air by Jennifer Bennett, Dianne Green, and Helen Lane, a floral art installation displayed by the Victoria Floral Artists Guild during the 23rd Festival of Arts and Music in the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre of Pacific. The event happened Saturday and Sunday. Donahue said Sunday morning more than a thousand attended the first day. Overall, HCP expected more than 2,000 visitors.                                Wolf Depner/News Staff
Families find support from food that would have gone to waste

Families find support from food that would have gone to waste

Living Edge recently expanded its program to Saanich, distributing fresh produce and vegetables

Families find support from food that would have gone to waste
Organizers anticipate all 10 candidates will take part in what might be the one and only all-candidates forum for the upcoming municipal byelection.

UPDATED: Saanich byelection candidates consider second public forum

All 10 candidates in Saanich byelection will be at Sept. 12 forum

Organizers anticipate all 10 candidates will take part in what might be the one and only all-candidates forum for the upcoming municipal byelection.
The provincial government has announced that it plans to help clean up more than a dozen derelict boats stranded on the Oak Bay side of Cadboro Bay.                                 Black Press file

Province to assist with Cadboro Bay boat cleanup

MLA credits persistence of a Saanich resident in moving the issue forward

The provincial government has announced that it plans to help clean up more than a dozen derelict boats stranded on the Oak Bay side of Cadboro Bay.                                 Black Press file
Saanich is moving forward with a new bylaw that clarifies the role of the chief administrative officer

Saanich mayor opposes new administrative bylaw

The senior politician and bureaucrat of Saanich publicly debated at great length…

Saanich is moving forward with a new bylaw that clarifies the role of the chief administrative officer
Saanich council Monday approved a development permit for Coun. Fred Haynes to build a cottage at 5009 Prospect Lake Road

Saanich approves councillor’s cottage

Council members Monday ratified a development by one of their own. Saanich…

Saanich council Monday approved a development permit for Coun. Fred Haynes to build a cottage at 5009 Prospect Lake Road
Colleen Hobson, executive director of Saanich Neighbourhood Place, is pleased council approved a grant and a development permit application for a new daycare facility in Gorge-Tillicum area that will offer 49 spots.                                 Wolf Depner / News Staff

Saanich forks out $253,000 for non-profit daycare

Saanich Neighbourhood Place plans to break ground on a new daycare facility in mid-to-late fall.

Colleen Hobson, executive director of Saanich Neighbourhood Place, is pleased council approved a grant and a development permit application for a new daycare facility in Gorge-Tillicum area that will offer 49 spots.                                 Wolf Depner / News Staff
Municipal Hall faces some tough decisions as it asks staff to trim its budget by one or 1.5 per cent.

Saanich asks staff to find savings

CAO says any budget cuts will bring a reduction in services

Municipal Hall faces some tough decisions as it asks staff to trim its budget by one or 1.5 per cent.
A new survey finds high housing costs hurts recruitment of workers in the Greater Victoria area Black Press file

Unaffordable housing blamed for Capital Region job shortages

Greater Victoria survey identifies transit as a recruitment barrier

A new survey finds high housing costs hurts recruitment of workers in the Greater Victoria area Black Press file
Doug Eng of Glanford Greenhouses shows off some of his product during Sunday Saanich Farmers’ Market. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Doug Eng of Glanford Greenhouses shows off some of his product during Sunday Saanich Farmers’ Market. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A cyclist was attacked while riding his bike on Lochside Trail last week (Flickr/John Luton)

Saanich man attacked with his own bike

Central Saanich police are treating the attack as a mental health case and are contemplating charges.

A cyclist was attacked while riding his bike on Lochside Trail last week (Flickr/John Luton)
Jesus Valdez was among the 1,500 people, who watched Monday’s near-total solar eclipse from the top of Mount Tolmie.

Hundreds watch moon cross sun’s path over Saanich

Mount Tolmie offered local stargazers front-seat views of once-in-a-life-time solar eclipse

Jesus Valdez was among the 1,500 people, who watched Monday’s near-total solar eclipse from the top of Mount Tolmie.
Roger Junker, store manager of Save-on-Foods on Tillicum Road, presents Brandon May, with a gift card worth $1,000 Thursday afternoon, as supervisor Brandon Clarke and customer service representative, Linda Modansky join the presentation. May won the gift card after filling out a customer survey.

Save-On shopper wins $1,000 gift card

Tillicum store customer wins prize as part of customer survey

Roger Junker, store manager of Save-on-Foods on Tillicum Road, presents Brandon May, with a gift card worth $1,000 Thursday afternoon, as supervisor Brandon Clarke and customer service representative, Linda Modansky join the presentation. May won the gift card after filling out a customer survey.
Nicolas Fedrigo, Adam Brewster, Chris Hughes and Bennett Boutin will ride 200 kilometres from Vancouver to Seattle as part of Team Coltman, which also includes Hughes’ father, Boutin’s mother and Fedrigo’s father.                                 Travis Paterson/News Staff

Saanich youth ride to conquer cancer

Four Saanich teenagers are about to complete a shared journey that goes…

Nicolas Fedrigo, Adam Brewster, Chris Hughes and Bennett Boutin will ride 200 kilometres from Vancouver to Seattle as part of Team Coltman, which also includes Hughes’ father, Boutin’s mother and Fedrigo’s father.                                 Travis Paterson/News Staff
Trio rounds out candidates for Saanich byelection

Trio rounds out candidates for Saanich byelection

Marsha Henderson, Keith Andrew Davidoff and Art Pollard final to declare of 10 Saanich byelection candidates

Trio rounds out candidates for Saanich byelection
Saanich seeks compensation letter from oil companies

Saanich seeks compensation letter from oil companies

Saanich will send a “climate accountability letter” to 20 corporations “asking them to be accountable for the harm causedto that community by their operations and products.”

Saanich seeks compensation letter from oil companies
Bear spotted in rural Saanich

Bear spotted in rural Saanich

A bear is roaming the area near the Interurban Campus of Camosun…

Bear spotted in rural Saanich