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Tyson Elder, operations manager of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, accepts one of the first boxes of donated food collected by Sidney Volunteer Fire Department from deputy chief Mike Harman Monday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Records broken by Peninsula Firefighters Food Drive

Sidney breaks cash donation goal, while North Saanich increases food collection by 50 per cent

Tyson Elder, operations manager of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, accepts one of the first boxes of donated food collected by Sidney Volunteer Fire Department from deputy chief Mike Harman Monday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The draft of Sidney’s active transportation plan will be back before Sidney council Monday. (Black Press File file photo)

Sidney CAO says public will learn more about parking issues in early 2023

Questions about parking have emerged after Sidney received draft active transportation plan

The draft of Sidney’s active transportation plan will be back before Sidney council Monday. (Black Press File file photo)
North Saanich council narrowly approved the first of several new advisory committees for the OCP process. (Black Press Media file photo)

Divided North Saanich council approves first of new OCP advisory committees

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says new committees will help OCP review process

North Saanich council narrowly approved the first of several new advisory committees for the OCP process. (Black Press Media file photo)
Construction of two six-storey rental buildings with 235 units is underway near the intersection of Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road. (Rendering courtesy Starlight Developments)

Central Saanich housing projects break ground on construction of 235 rental units

Developer says project near Highway 17 will help meet Central Saanich’s housing needs

Construction of two six-storey rental buildings with 235 units is underway near the intersection of Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road. (Rendering courtesy Starlight Developments)
Sidney’s new active transportation plan prepared by Urban Systems appeared before council meeting as committee of the whole Monday. It points among other issues to the possibility of improved cycling infrastructure along Resthaven Drive, improvements with impacts on parking. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s draft active transportation plan could disrupt parking

Plan would lead to loss of downtown parking spaces due to protected bike lanes

Sidney’s new active transportation plan prepared by Urban Systems appeared before council meeting as committee of the whole Monday. It points among other issues to the possibility of improved cycling infrastructure along Resthaven Drive, improvements with impacts on parking. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, School District 63 board chair Tim Dunford and Saanich South MLA Lana Popham - recently appointed as minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport - try out the new crosswalk near Keating Elementary in Central Saanich. The improvements count among three active transportation projects recently completed in that community. (District of Central Saanich/Submitted)

Three Central Saanich schools to benefit from new safety measures

Total provincial investments into active transportation in Central Saanich exceed $700,000

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, School District 63 board chair Tim Dunford and Saanich South MLA Lana Popham - recently appointed as minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport - try out the new crosswalk near Keating Elementary in Central Saanich. The improvements count among three active transportation projects recently completed in that community. (District of Central Saanich/Submitted)
Michael Preston will listen to the same song for 14 hours to help raise money for the World Food Programme on Dec. 21.
(Brentwood School of Music/Submitted)

Central Saanich teacher to listen to same song for 14 hours to raise money

Michael Preston of Brentwood School of Music sacrificing to help end global hunger

Michael Preston will listen to the same song for 14 hours to help raise money for the World Food Programme on Dec. 21.
(Brentwood School of Music/Submitted)
This screen cap of a video shows environmental activist Paul Chiyokten Wagner prior to arrest by RCMP officers on Nov. 19 on a property in the 11000-block of Rosborough Road in North. (Mike Graeme/Submitted)

Protests growing over trees cut on North Saanich ALR property

Activist rejects any comparisons between recent arrests on the property and Fairy Creek protests

This screen cap of a video shows environmental activist Paul Chiyokten Wagner prior to arrest by RCMP officers on Nov. 19 on a property in the 11000-block of Rosborough Road in North. (Mike Graeme/Submitted)
Construction of the proposed roundabout at the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road is set to get underway in spring 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

CAO says Sidney ‘grateful’ for roundabout contribution from North Saanich

Randy Humble added that Sidney respects North Saanich’s decision to cap contribution

Construction of the proposed roundabout at the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road is set to get underway in spring 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A local environmentalist says more needs to be done to protect ALR properties - like the one in the 11000-block of Rosborough Road - from logging. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich tree-cutting underscores need for ALR changes, says activist

Bobby Arbass says more needs to be done to protect wooded ALR properties

A local environmentalist says more needs to be done to protect ALR properties - like the one in the 11000-block of Rosborough Road - from logging. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich’s share of the new proposed roundabout near the Amazon facility drops to 17.2 per cent from 20 per cent, drawing criticism from Coun. Scott Garnett, who wants North Saanich to honour its commitment of 20 per cent toward the project. North Saanich’s Mayor Peter Jones says he won’t comment about Garnett’s comments. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich mayor won’t comment on Sidney councillor’s roundabout complaints

Peter Jones added he has not received any official complaints from Sidney or Victoria Airport Authority

North Saanich’s share of the new proposed roundabout near the Amazon facility drops to 17.2 per cent from 20 per cent, drawing criticism from Coun. Scott Garnett, who wants North Saanich to honour its commitment of 20 per cent toward the project. North Saanich’s Mayor Peter Jones says he won’t comment about Garnett’s comments. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. Premier David Eby, seen here during his swearing-in ceremony when he became the province’s 37th premier on Nov. 18, has announced his new cabinet with ramifications for the Saanich Peninsula and Greater Victoria. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Saanich Peninsula farmers see premier appoint new minister of agriculture

New minister also responsible for Prosser Road project, other housing issues

B.C. Premier David Eby, seen here during his swearing-in ceremony when he became the province’s 37th premier on Nov. 18, has announced his new cabinet with ramifications for the Saanich Peninsula and Greater Victoria. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
North Saanich’s share of the new proposed roundabout near the Amazon facility drops to 17.2 per cent from 20 per cent, drawing criticism from Coun. Scott Garnett, who wants North Saanich to honour its commitment of 20 per cent toward the project. (Black Press Media file photo)

Councillor fears Sidney will pay more for roundabout because of North Saanich

Coun. Scott Garnett made these comments in opposing new cost sharing agreement

North Saanich’s share of the new proposed roundabout near the Amazon facility drops to 17.2 per cent from 20 per cent, drawing criticism from Coun. Scott Garnett, who wants North Saanich to honour its commitment of 20 per cent toward the project. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Maud J is back on the water after the Canadian Coast Guard hired a salvage company to recover the vessel from Roberts Bay, where most of the vessel sank Nov. 29. Crews refloated the vessel early Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sunken vessel leaves Sidney’s Roberts Bay with Canadian Coast Guard help

Move comes after the owner’s efforts to refloat vessel himself failed

The Maud J is back on the water after the Canadian Coast Guard hired a salvage company to recover the vessel from Roberts Bay, where most of the vessel sank Nov. 29. Crews refloated the vessel early Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
About one in 20 Greater Victoria residents cycle to work, top among Canada’s 41 largest cities (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria residents more likely to cycle to work than other Canadians

About one in 20 Greater Victoria residents cycle to work

About one in 20 Greater Victoria residents cycle to work, top among Canada’s 41 largest cities (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney council approved amendments that will save existing businesses a $100 annual renewal fee for their licences. (Black Press Media file photo)

Perpetual business licence scheme approved in Sidney

Measure passed council unanimously at last regular council meeting

Sidney council approved amendments that will save existing businesses a $100 annual renewal fee for their licences. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Maud J remains almost completely below the waters of Sidney’s Roberts Bay Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Environmental response to boat in Roberts Bay receives praise from Sidney

Most of the Maud J remains below water in Roberts Bay Sunday afternoon

The Maud J remains almost completely below the waters of Sidney’s Roberts Bay Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
New reflective signs available for purchase from the Central Saanich Fire Department promise to cut down the response times of emergency crews. (Twitter/Central Saanich Fire)

Central Saanich Fire Department offers new reflective signs

Signs promise to improve response times of emergency crews in rural municipality

New reflective signs available for purchase from the Central Saanich Fire Department promise to cut down the response times of emergency crews. (Twitter/Central Saanich Fire)
Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 per cent in November as key sectors added jobs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Unemployment in Greater Victoria remains low

Regional unemployment dropped to 3.5 per cent in November

Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 per cent in November as key sectors added jobs. (Black Press Media file photo)
Fire trucks from three departments will roll through the communities during the Peninsula Firefighters Food Drive on Dec. 10. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Local firefighters fan out to douse hunger on the Peninsula

Peninsula Firefighters Food Drive takes place Saturday, Dec. 10.

Fire trucks from three departments will roll through the communities during the Peninsula Firefighters Food Drive on Dec. 10. (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)