Saanich Peninsula

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)
Cycling Without Age Society president Steve Duck (left) accepts a $4,000 donation from Bill Deslauries, president of the Sidney Lions Club earlier this year. The club warns that 2022 could be its last one if it does not recruit new members with a membership drive taking place May 28 at Tulista Park. (Courtesy of Sidney Lions Club)

Potential demise of Sidney Lions Club could impact Peninsula groups

Membership drive this Saturday in Sidney’s Tulista Park could be last attempt to save service club

Cycling Without Age Society president Steve Duck (left) accepts a $4,000 donation from Bill Deslauries, president of the Sidney Lions Club earlier this year. The club warns that 2022 could be its last one if it does not recruit new members with a membership drive taking place May 28 at Tulista Park. (Courtesy of Sidney Lions Club)
Peninsula Baseball and Softball Association held a special ceremony last month with all the teams to mark the 30th anniversary of Rotary Park, the association’s current home. The ceremony, held April 9, saw former North Saanich mayor and former Sidney councillor Ted Daly throw the ceremonial first pitch. (Courtesy Kyle Robinson Photography)

Community spirit hits a home run at North Saanich’s Rotary Park

Many volunteers consider the facility a second home

Peninsula Baseball and Softball Association held a special ceremony last month with all the teams to mark the 30th anniversary of Rotary Park, the association’s current home. The ceremony, held April 9, saw former North Saanich mayor and former Sidney councillor Ted Daly throw the ceremonial first pitch. (Courtesy Kyle Robinson Photography)
Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. A suspicious package found at the departures check-in area around 1:30 p.m. prompted the airport, in coordination with police, to cancel incoming and outgoing flights for the rest of the day until the package could be properly dealt with. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

UPDATE: Victoria airport back to normal operations after ‘incendiary item’ found Tuesday

Flights were cancelled over a six-hour span, many travellers headed for ferry terminal

Passengers with their luggage wait outside the arrivals area at Victoria International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. A suspicious package found at the departures check-in area around 1:30 p.m. prompted the airport, in coordination with police, to cancel incoming and outgoing flights for the rest of the day until the package could be properly dealt with. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association regularly uses the dedicated pickleball courts off Birch Road in North Saanich, but expressed frustration with the pace of the search for other purpose-built facilities. (Black Press Media File)

North Saanich’s Blue Heron Park could host pickleball courts

Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association repeats call for dedicated facilities

The Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association regularly uses the dedicated pickleball courts off Birch Road in North Saanich, but expressed frustration with the pace of the search for other purpose-built facilities. (Black Press Media File)
Janet Smith stands with a cut-out of Queen Elizabeth II outside Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church in the 9200-block of East Saanich of North Saanich, which hold a British Tea Party on June 4 at 3 p.m. to help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney resident invites others to join her in celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Platinum jubilee comes with questions about longevity of monarchy

Janet Smith stands with a cut-out of Queen Elizabeth II outside Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church in the 9200-block of East Saanich of North Saanich, which hold a British Tea Party on June 4 at 3 p.m. to help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Subaru Ironman 70.3 Victoria is taking place on May 29 in Greater Victoria with much of the cycling course on the Saanich Peninsula. (Black Press Media file photo)

Subaru Ironman 70.3 Victoria triathlon showcases Saanich Peninsula

Close to 2,300 athletes set to compete in first edition of race since 2019

The Subaru Ironman 70.3 Victoria is taking place on May 29 in Greater Victoria with much of the cycling course on the Saanich Peninsula. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lucas Gentina needed about 90 minutes to swim 3.7 kilometres across the Saanich Inlet from Mill Bay to North Saanich as part of a fundraising effort for seniors living in the long-term unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Courtesy Robert Borthwick)

‘Aquaman’ crosses Saanich Inlet

Lucas Gentina is raising money for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Lucas Gentina needed about 90 minutes to swim 3.7 kilometres across the Saanich Inlet from Mill Bay to North Saanich as part of a fundraising effort for seniors living in the long-term unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where he works as a rehabilitation assistant. (Courtesy Robert Borthwick)
North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr said he is not running again in the fall, citing the cumulative effect of various community issues for his decision. (Courtesy of District of North Saanich)

North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr will not seek re-election this October

Orr said different things over time added up to his decision not to run

North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr said he is not running again in the fall, citing the cumulative effect of various community issues for his decision. (Courtesy of District of North Saanich)
Brittany Hudak, a three-time Paralympic Nordic skier who won bronze at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, said the new Jumpstart Multi-Sport Court at Panorama Recreation Centre will create more opportunities for differently-abled athletes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New accessible multi-sport court in North Saanich aims to jump-start play for all

Located at Panorama Recreation Centre, court also includes several accessible elements

Brittany Hudak, a three-time Paralympic Nordic skier who won bronze at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, said the new Jumpstart Multi-Sport Court at Panorama Recreation Centre will create more opportunities for differently-abled athletes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A new rural physician incentive program has been launched by the Alberta government. (Black Press file photo)

Central Saanich council calls on province to treat physician shortage

About a third of Saanich Peninsula residents without a GP in 2019

A new rural physician incentive program has been launched by the Alberta government. (Black Press file photo)
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