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Crews with North Saanich Fire Department responded to a car fire near the northbound McTavish Road exit on Highway 17 Wednesday evening. (North Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)

Vehicle fire in North Saanich near Sidney on Highway 17 temporarily closes McTavish Road exit

North Saanich Fire Department responded to the scene just before 6:30 p.m.

Crews with North Saanich Fire Department responded to a car fire near the northbound McTavish Road exit on Highway 17 Wednesday evening. (North Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)
This house in the 7200-block of Norman Lane in Central Saanich near the Brentwood Bay ferry terminal suffered extensive damage Wednesday morning. (Kenn Mount/Central Saanich Fire Department)

House near Brentwood Bay ferry still ‘standing’ despite extensive damage: fire chief

Kenn Mount said almost 25 crews responded to fire in 7200 block of Norman Lane near ferry terminal

This house in the 7200-block of Norman Lane in Central Saanich near the Brentwood Bay ferry terminal suffered extensive damage Wednesday morning. (Kenn Mount/Central Saanich Fire Department)
This photo, taken just before 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, shows Glass Beach, just off Beacon Avenue in Sidney. The region, along with other areas along the Salish Sea, has been experiencing king tides in excess of 11 feet. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney, Saanich Peninsula brace for king tides of 11 feet through Friday

High tides coincide with strong winds and warnings about rivers possibly breaking their banks

This photo, taken just before 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, shows Glass Beach, just off Beacon Avenue in Sidney. The region, along with other areas along the Salish Sea, has been experiencing king tides in excess of 11 feet. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
This photo shows the aftermath of an early Tuesday morning fire. A man arrested at the site is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP interrupt arson in downtown Sidney

Sidney, Central Saanich, North Saanich firefighters respond to downtown fire Tuesday

This photo shows the aftermath of an early Tuesday morning fire. A man arrested at the site is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Chris Millington Band will play Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on Dec. 31 to help ring in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

R&B band to rock in 2023 at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

The Chris Millington Band will supply the sounds during New Year’s dinner and dance

The Chris Millington Band will play Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on Dec. 31 to help ring in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, says provincial government needs to do more around housing and health care. (Government of British Columbia)

B.C. government must improve housing, health care, says Green MLA

Adam Olsen of the B.C. Greens also see eroding confidence in government among public

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, says provincial government needs to do more around housing and health care. (Government of British Columbia)
Heather Collins (left) and her four friends received an unexpected early Christmas present after Collins had commented on the crocheted hat of a female customer. (Photo courtesy of Heather Collins)

Sidney clerk receives unexpected early Christmas present

Heather Collins and her friends showed off the gifted crocheted hats at Butchart Gardens

Heather Collins (left) and her four friends received an unexpected early Christmas present after Collins had commented on the crocheted hat of a female customer. (Photo courtesy of Heather Collins)
Sidney’s council has asked staff to start discussion with the Mary Winspear Centre around a financial reporting requirement. The facility received $365,000 in 2022 from the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre faces financial reporting requirement

Council tasked staff to start discussion after society running centre lost charitable status

Sidney’s council has asked staff to start discussion with the Mary Winspear Centre around a financial reporting requirement. The facility received $365,000 in 2022 from the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich Police Service are looking to replace seven conventional vehicles with EVs, sparking questions from one Central Saanich councillor. (Central Saanich Police Service/Submitted)

$730K electrification of police fleet questioned by Central Saanich councillor

Central Saanich plans to replace conventional police seven vehicles with EVs

Central Saanich Police Service are looking to replace seven conventional vehicles with EVs, sparking questions from one Central Saanich councillor. (Central Saanich Police Service/Submitted)
Sidney’s draft active transportation plan will undergo public engagement after council unanimously agreed to send it forward. (Black Press File file photo)

Sidney sends draft active transportation plan to public for feedback

Coun. Richard Novek fears plan could be ‘creating a monster’ over loss of parking

Sidney’s draft active transportation plan will undergo public engagement after council unanimously agreed to send it forward. (Black Press File file photo)
Central Saanich is asking the public to move vehicles off the road as crews continue to plow. (District of Central Saanich/Facebook)

Central Saanich crews continue plowing but already preparing for thawing

Central Saanich includes 136 kilometres of paved roads and two kilometres of unpaved roads

Central Saanich is asking the public to move vehicles off the road as crews continue to plow. (District of Central Saanich/Facebook)
Strong winds out of the northeast caused snowdrifts in Sidney near Lochside Drive as low temperatures raised questions about the state of individuals dealing with homelessness. Local police and provincial authorities plan to build on earlier outreach efforts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

‘Brutal’ weather has Sidney, North Saanich police checking on the unhoused

Police and provincial authorities plan to check in on local homeless population later Wednesday

Strong winds out of the northeast caused snowdrifts in Sidney near Lochside Drive as low temperatures raised questions about the state of individuals dealing with homelessness. Local police and provincial authorities plan to build on earlier outreach efforts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Traffic was moving slow, but relatively uneventful on Sidney’s Lochside Drive Tuesday evening. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney staff says almost all roads except smaller cul-de-sacs plowed

Environment Canada late Tuesday afternoon issued arctic outflow warning

Traffic was moving slow, but relatively uneventful on Sidney’s Lochside Drive Tuesday evening. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Crews from Central Saanich and Sidney joined crews from North Saanich in responding to a structure fire in North Saanich Tuesday morning. (Central Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)

Firefighters from North Saanich, Central Saanich and Sidney respond to fire in middle of snow storm

Crews responded to a garage-outbuilding on Tatlow Road around 2 a.m.

Crews from Central Saanich and Sidney joined crews from North Saanich in responding to a structure fire in North Saanich Tuesday morning. (Central Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)
Members of the Peninsula Players, seen here at rehearsals, will perform Alice in Pantoland at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre starting Dec. 23 through Dec. 30, with the cast taking a rest on Dec. 25 and Dec. 28. (Peninsula Players/Submitted)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre hosts seasonal take on Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Pantoland recognizes tradition of Pantomime at Christmas time

Members of the Peninsula Players, seen here at rehearsals, will perform Alice in Pantoland at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre starting Dec. 23 through Dec. 30, with the cast taking a rest on Dec. 25 and Dec. 28. (Peninsula Players/Submitted)
Sidney continues to receive feedback from various quarters as it looks into the pros and cons of backyard chickens. (Black Press Media file photo)

Proponents, opponents of backyard chickens in Sidney peck out different arguments

Municipality has received input from animal rights activist, local residents

Sidney continues to receive feedback from various quarters as it looks into the pros and cons of backyard chickens. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says he has no doubt about his mandate to change the OCP process. (District of North Saanich/Submitted)

North Saanich mayor derides claims his mandate isn’t ‘legitimate’

Coun. Brett Smyth pointed out during debate that some 80 per cent of residents did not vote for Peter Jones

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says he has no doubt about his mandate to change the OCP process. (District of North Saanich/Submitted)
A thin layer of snow has settled down on Sidney, including these buildings in the downtown core. (Wolf Depner/News)

Snow settling down on Saanich Peninsula with more in the forecast for Greater Victoria

Victoria International Airport reported light snow with temperatures at - 3.4 C Sunday evening

A thin layer of snow has settled down on Sidney, including these buildings in the downtown core. (Wolf Depner/News)
A fleet of vessels paraded past Sidney’s shore Saturday (Dec. 17). (Courtesy Bob Orchard)

PHOTOS: Vessels sail past Sidney to raise funds for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

The maritime parade happened early Saturday evening

A fleet of vessels paraded past Sidney’s shore Saturday (Dec. 17). (Courtesy Bob Orchard)
North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones (centre) listens to a delegation of activists during the Nov. 21 meeting. The presentation came just days after a property owner in the 11000-block of Rosborough Road, a quiet side-road near Deep Cove Elementary School, had started to cut trees on the property. (Screecap/District of North Saanich)

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones ‘personally’ disagrees with cutting of trees on Rosborough Road

But Jones also acknowledged that changes will take some time

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones (centre) listens to a delegation of activists during the Nov. 21 meeting. The presentation came just days after a property owner in the 11000-block of Rosborough Road, a quiet side-road near Deep Cove Elementary School, had started to cut trees on the property. (Screecap/District of North Saanich)