Saanich Peninsula

Sidney is aware of the proposed luxury boat tax, which could end up hurting the local marine industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Luxury boat tax on the radar of Saanich Peninsula communities

Local MP, industry leaders fear industry will sink local marine industry

Sidney is aware of the proposed luxury boat tax, which could end up hurting the local marine industry. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Sidney Satellite outpatient lab will be closed until July 4. (Google streetview)

Sidney Satellite lab closing until July

Those needing services asked to use Saanich Peninsula Hospital or Sidney Lifelabs location

The Sidney Satellite outpatient lab will be closed until July 4. (Google streetview)
A Save Old Growth protester encased their arm in a concrete-filled barrel as part of Monday’s North Saanich blockade. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

VIDEO: Four arrested after demonstrators block highway in North Saanich

Save Old Growth protester taken to hospital after fall from ladder

A Save Old Growth protester encased their arm in a concrete-filled barrel as part of Monday’s North Saanich blockade. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A student has been hospitalized after an assault at Stelly’s secondary in Central Saanich Friday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Student hospitalized in assault at Central Saanich school

Stelly’s secondary student recovering after attack in school parking lot

A student has been hospitalized after an assault at Stelly’s secondary in Central Saanich Friday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria Green Team will be removing invasive species at Reay Creek Park in North Saanich on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 9:45 am-1 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)

North Saanich Park to be greened up by local environmental charity

Greater Victoria Green Team looking for volunteers for Saturday event at Reay Creek Park

Greater Victoria Green Team will be removing invasive species at Reay Creek Park in North Saanich on Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 9:45 am-1 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)
One standard and one accessible portable toilet will be coming to Sidney’s Beacon Park for the summer. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Standard and accessible portable toilets coming to Sidney’s Beacon Park

But Sidney councillor says it is not enough in pushing for a second standard portable toilet

One standard and one accessible portable toilet will be coming to Sidney’s Beacon Park for the summer. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Federal Green Party MP Elizabeth May at the Green Party Headquarters in Saanich, B.C. on Sept. 20, 2021 when Canadians elected the current House of Commons with incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau having won a minority government. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May says she plans to run again

While Canada has a fixed election date law, nothing prevents PM from calling early election

Federal Green Party MP Elizabeth May at the Green Party Headquarters in Saanich, B.C. on Sept. 20, 2021 when Canadians elected the current House of Commons with incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau having won a minority government. (Black Press Media file photo)
The commission charged with proposing a new electoral map for British Columbia’s federal ridings will be in Victoria on Wednesday, June 8 for one of 27 public hearings in the province. The Saanich Peninsula (not seen on this map courtesy of Elections Canada) will remain part of Saanich-Gulf Island with the riding moving further south.

Saanich Gulf Island federal election riding retains Sidney, North Saanich and Central Saanich

Commission in charge of federal electoral MP in Victoria on June 8 after stops in Courtenay, Nanaimo

The commission charged with proposing a new electoral map for British Columbia’s federal ridings will be in Victoria on Wednesday, June 8 for one of 27 public hearings in the province. The Saanich Peninsula (not seen on this map courtesy of Elections Canada) will remain part of Saanich-Gulf Island with the riding moving further south.
Sophie Burns stars as Anya in the Mountain Dream Production of Anastasia playing at Victoria’s Royal Theatre June 18 (7 p.m.) and June 19 (2:00 p.m.) instead of Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Courtesy of Mountain Dream Production)

Sidney musical theatre to make history with ANASTASIA at Victoria’s Royal Theatre Anastasia

Show originally scheduled for Mary Winspear Centre gets ‘bumbed’ to larger, Broadway-sized stage

Sophie Burns stars as Anya in the Mountain Dream Production of Anastasia playing at Victoria’s Royal Theatre June 18 (7 p.m.) and June 19 (2:00 p.m.) instead of Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Courtesy of Mountain Dream Production)
Greater Victoria has the highest proportion of trans and non-binary folks in Canada, home to about one million people who self-identify as LGBTQ2+. Shown is the crowd from the 2018 Victoria Pride parade. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Pride Society)

LGBTQ2+ community of 1 million in Canada continue to face serious obstacles

LGBTQ2+ Canadians three times more likely to report being assaulted in 2018

Greater Victoria has the highest proportion of trans and non-binary folks in Canada, home to about one million people who self-identify as LGBTQ2+. Shown is the crowd from the 2018 Victoria Pride parade. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Pride Society)
Federal Green Party MP Elizabeth May will be among the speakers during the June 5 environmental symposium scheduled for June 5 at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre and organized by Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club. (Black Press Media file photo)

Personal, corporate change focus of environmental symposium in Sidney June 5

Leading thinkers about climate change will attend the event at the Mary Winspear Centre

Federal Green Party MP Elizabeth May will be among the speakers during the June 5 environmental symposium scheduled for June 5 at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre and organized by Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP are conducting a number of major crime investigation, including an historical sexual assault investigation involving multiple victims, and an overdose death in Sidney. (Black Press Media File)

Historical sexual assault investigation by Sidney/North Saanich RCMP a lengthy process

RCMP also involved in larger investigation following overdose death in Sidney

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP are conducting a number of major crime investigation, including an historical sexual assault investigation involving multiple victims, and an overdose death in Sidney. (Black Press Media File)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, shows where a homeless person living behind the building plugged in electric bike, a move that blew up the battery of the bicycle and set part of the building on fire. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Blown electric bike battery sets Chamber building on fire in North Saanich

RCMP took the person in custody, said Al Smith of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, shows where a homeless person living behind the building plugged in electric bike, a move that blew up the battery of the bicycle and set part of the building on fire. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney Cliff McNeil-Smith said the original art of WSANEC artist Sarah Jim displayed on Sidney’s seasonal banners celebrates the ocean and serves as a beautiful reminder that the Sidney community lies within the traditional territory of the WSANEC people “whose presence and connection to these lands and waters continues today and has since time immemorial.” (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Original Sidney art by WSANEC artist recognizes legacy, presence of Saltwater People

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith says Sidney committed to strengthening relations with local First Nations

Sidney Cliff McNeil-Smith said the original art of WSANEC artist Sarah Jim displayed on Sidney’s seasonal banners celebrates the ocean and serves as a beautiful reminder that the Sidney community lies within the traditional territory of the WSANEC people “whose presence and connection to these lands and waters continues today and has since time immemorial.” (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The aftermath of a Friday fire at a North Saanich-based shipping and receiving business that started in the afternoon with crews remaining on scene until midnight. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Fire destroys trailer at North Saanich shipping and receiving business; under investigation

Fire that completely destroyed a shipping trailer remains under investigation

The aftermath of a Friday fire at a North Saanich-based shipping and receiving business that started in the afternoon with crews remaining on scene until midnight. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Pam Rowden and Lois Shannon hold up ‘Slavic Artichoke’ by local artist L. Thiessen, one of his 25 original pieces that are part of a silent auction running Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Stephens Church in Central Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Central Saanich church to host fundraiser centred on donated original art

Funds from May 28 fundraiser at St. Stephens Anglican Church in Central Saanich to support Ukraine

Pam Rowden and Lois Shannon hold up ‘Slavic Artichoke’ by local artist L. Thiessen, one of his 25 original pieces that are part of a silent auction running Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Stephens Church in Central Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
R.J. Patenaude with Milestone Equipment Contracting works on the southeastern side of the intersection at Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road, where the company is currently constructing bus jumping lanes. (Wolf Depner/News staff)
R.J. Patenaude with Milestone Equipment Contracting works on the southeastern side of the intersection at Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road, where the company is currently constructing bus jumping lanes. (Wolf Depner/News staff)
Victoria Airport Authority president/CEO Geoff Dickson, joined by transport minister parliamentary secretary Annie Koutrakis, speaks about new federal funding for the airport. The Wednesday announcement at YYJ came less than 24 hours after the airport was shut down for several hours upon discovery of a suspicious package at the departures check-in. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Victoria International Airport receives $1.3 million for safety upgrades

Pandemic-spurred federal help for YYJ over $4 million, including past relief funding

Victoria Airport Authority president/CEO Geoff Dickson, joined by transport minister parliamentary secretary Annie Koutrakis, speaks about new federal funding for the airport. The Wednesday announcement at YYJ came less than 24 hours after the airport was shut down for several hours upon discovery of a suspicious package at the departures check-in. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. The airport was closed to commercial traffic for several hours after an RCMP bomb squad was called. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

UPDATE: Greater Victoria man faces mischief charges after attempting to fly with hand grenades

Police still investigating after decommissioned devices cause closure of Victoria airport

Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. The airport was closed to commercial traffic for several hours after an RCMP bomb squad was called. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Criminal code offences in the jurisdiction of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP rose by 20 per cent during first three months of 2022. (Black Press Media File)

Crimes against persons up in Sidney, North Saanich

New crime report also highlights efforts to fight scams and collision hotspots

Criminal code offences in the jurisdiction of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP rose by 20 per cent during first three months of 2022. (Black Press Media File)