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Cherie Maclure, here seen with her family, has been among residents lobbying Sidney to allow backyard chickens in the municipality. Council Monday asked staff to look into the issue. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Maclure)

Backyard chicken might hatch after all in Sidney

Staff asked to prepare report weighing benefits and potential problems of backyard chickens

Cherie Maclure, here seen with her family, has been among residents lobbying Sidney to allow backyard chickens in the municipality. Council Monday asked staff to look into the issue. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Maclure)
Everyday objects are subjects of the work by Victoria visual artist Gary Chilibeck. He will be featured at Sidney’s new photographers GALLERY between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10. (Courtesy of new photograhers GALLERY)

Sidney’s new photographers GALLERY features Victoria’s Gary Chilibeck

Everyday objects the subject of Chilibeck’s work

Everyday objects are subjects of the work by Victoria visual artist Gary Chilibeck. He will be featured at Sidney’s new photographers GALLERY between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10. (Courtesy of new photograhers GALLERY)
Saanich Inlet Protection Society based in Central Saanich is concerned that two resource projects on the Malahat side of the inlet threaten the ecology of the inlet, home to a wide variety of marine animals including octopus. (Brent Cooke/Submitted)

Concerns over resource projects span across Saanich Inlet

Saanich Inlet Protection Society is calling for an environmental assessment

Saanich Inlet Protection Society based in Central Saanich is concerned that two resource projects on the Malahat side of the inlet threaten the ecology of the inlet, home to a wide variety of marine animals including octopus. (Brent Cooke/Submitted)
Wendy Picken holds up a copy of her new book Rainbees and Honeybows. The children’s book will launch Nov. 18 at the Tulista Gallery, which will also exhibit a week-long exhibition of the works of Picken’s collaborators. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Tulista Gallery hosts celebration of West Coast, artistic collaboration

Connections and Collaborations runs Nov. 18 to 25 and includes book launch

Wendy Picken holds up a copy of her new book Rainbees and Honeybows. The children’s book will launch Nov. 18 at the Tulista Gallery, which will also exhibit a week-long exhibition of the works of Picken’s collaborators. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich wants to sit on the Victoria Regional Transit Commission. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich passes motion that ‘requests and expects’ regional transit seat

North Saanich has represented region on Victoria Regional Transit Commission for last eight years

Central Saanich wants to sit on the Victoria Regional Transit Commission. (Black Press Media file photo)
Criminal code offences in the jurisdiction of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP rose by 24 per cent during the first nine months of 2022 compared to the same period last year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crime in Sidney and North Saanich returning to pre-pandemic levels

Offences across major crime categories rose 24 per cent compared to a year ago

Criminal code offences in the jurisdiction of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP rose by 24 per cent during the first nine months of 2022 compared to the same period last year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Randy Bachman will play his recently recovered Gretsch guitar when he plays Sidney’s Mary WInspear Centre on Monday, Nov. 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rock legend Randy Bachman to rock Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Show scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14 marks a home-coming for former Guess Who member

Randy Bachman will play his recently recovered Gretsch guitar when he plays Sidney’s Mary WInspear Centre on Monday, Nov. 14. (Black Press Media file photo)
Shantael Sleight, outreach co-ordinator with the Saanich Peninsula Literacy Society, and Wakefield Manor resident Geri Holland, stand next to the new little free library that opened on Third Street in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney residents beam during opening of newest free little library

Located near Wakefield Manor, the library is helping making literacy more accessible

Shantael Sleight, outreach co-ordinator with the Saanich Peninsula Literacy Society, and Wakefield Manor resident Geri Holland, stand next to the new little free library that opened on Third Street in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will roll into Sidney for three nights, Nov. 16 to 18, to help raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Courtesy Mark Maryanovich)

Saanich Peninsula food bank to receive musical support from Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express

The Nov. 16 to 18 shows are a fundraiser for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express will roll into Sidney for three nights, Nov. 16 to 18, to help raise funds for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. (Courtesy Mark Maryanovich)
Sidney’s Star Cinema plans to hold a grand opening after hosting a successful soft opening last week. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Audiences give Sidney’s Star Cinema thumbs-up

The theatre plans to hold a grand opening later this month

Sidney’s Star Cinema plans to hold a grand opening after hosting a successful soft opening last week. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A TV screen shows file images of North Korea’s missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

UVic historian says Korean War is losing its status as Canada’s Forgotten War

North and South remain technically at war nearly 70 years after armistice agreement

A TV screen shows file images of North Korea’s missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones is all smiles after taking the oath of office Monday afternoon. (District of North Saanich/Submitted)

Housing, development and environment top issues in inaugural addresses across Saanich Peninsula

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones promises new vision for OCP review in that community

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones is all smiles after taking the oath of office Monday afternoon. (District of North Saanich/Submitted)
New figures show realtors sold 480 properties in October — 35.6 per cent fewer than the 745 properties sold in October 2021 but up 17.1 per cent from September. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Victoria Real Estate Board president appeals to municipalities to increase housing supply

Greater Victoria real estate sales up in October after historic lows in September

New figures show realtors sold 480 properties in October — 35.6 per cent fewer than the 745 properties sold in October 2021 but up 17.1 per cent from September. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney’s new council is set to consider a revised application for the 2180 Beacon Ave. W. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney council to consider revised proposal for five-storey building off Highway 17

Revised plans call for 140 units at 2180 Beacon Ave. W.

Sidney’s new council is set to consider a revised application for the 2180 Beacon Ave. W. (Black Press Media file photo)
The transportation sector was among the sectors adding jobs in Greater Victoria in October. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

October sees unemployment rate drop to 4.3 per cent

But more people say they are struggling to meet bills

The transportation sector was among the sectors adding jobs in Greater Victoria in October. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Patrick Oystryk, senior planner with MODUS, said his company understands the importance of an OCP and the passion that comes with policy changes that can impact neighbourhoods. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)

Company drafting new OCP in North Saanich welcomes community input after election

Senior planner Patrick Oystryk says contract does not speak to suspension of process

Patrick Oystryk, senior planner with MODUS, said his company understands the importance of an OCP and the passion that comes with policy changes that can impact neighbourhoods. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)
Chalet Road, here seen damaged in November 2021, reopened on Nov. 1. (File photo courtesy of David Tonken)

Road damaged by November 2021 storm reopens in North Saanich

New culvert also promises to improve salmon returns

Chalet Road, here seen damaged in November 2021, reopened on Nov. 1. (File photo courtesy of David Tonken)
Nearly 900 customers of BC Hydro remain without power Sunday morning, according to an update on BC Hydro’s website. (Screencap)
Nearly 900 customers of BC Hydro remain without power Sunday morning, according to an update on BC Hydro’s website. (Screencap)
American-born jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux will play two nights (Nov. 11-12) at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear swings open its doors for jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux

The U.S.-born singer who grew up in France will play two nights Nov. 11-12

American-born jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux will play two nights (Nov. 11-12) at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Questions surround the OCP process in North Saanich following the election of a new council largely critical of the process so far. (Black Press Media file photo)

Uncertainty surrounds OCP process in North Saanich

Mayor-elect Peter Jones said earlier he plans to ask for a two-month suspension of the process

Questions surround the OCP process in North Saanich following the election of a new council largely critical of the process so far. (Black Press Media file photo)