Saanich Peninsula

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)
Lucas Gentina holds up the Chilean flag with the name of his home town scrawled on it. (Courtesy of Robert Borthwick/Cold Ocean Diver)

Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s ‘Aquaman’ splashes up in North Saanich

Lucas Gentina continues to raise funds for long-term care unit

Lucas Gentina holds up the Chilean flag with the name of his home town scrawled on it. (Courtesy of Robert Borthwick/Cold Ocean Diver)
A new tri-municipal committee on the Saanich Peninsula will have six citizen representatives. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula accessibility advisory committee amends terms for greater diversity

Terms of reference double citizens’ representatives to six among other changes

A new tri-municipal committee on the Saanich Peninsula will have six citizen representatives. (Black Press Media file photo)
The search for additional pickleball facilities on the Saanich Peninsula continues after the Victoria Airport Authority said no to the idea of courts in Rotary Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Airport Authority grounds plans for pickleball courts in Rotary Park

Memorial Park Society considering options at Blue Heron Park in North Saanich

The search for additional pickleball facilities on the Saanich Peninsula continues after the Victoria Airport Authority said no to the idea of courts in Rotary Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)

Sidney to hear environmental messages from singer-songwriter Leeroy Stagger

Fatherhood, sobriety has given Stagger a new lens on Greater Victoria

Victoria-born and based singer-song writer Leeroy Stagger says he sees the area through a new lens. (Piper Ferguson/Submitted)
The Canada Day Parade in 2019 as part of Sidney Days. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney Days are among key events returning this summer

Sidney Days last took place in 2019

The Canada Day Parade in 2019 as part of Sidney Days. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pending adoption, Sidney will ban plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, plastic utensils (including stir sticks), and foam service ware starting Jan. 1, 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney sticking a fork in plastic utensils, checkout bags

Bylaw would come into effect Jan. 1, 2023

Pending adoption, Sidney will ban plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, plastic utensils (including stir sticks), and foam service ware starting Jan. 1, 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
A North Saanich firefighter gathers up a fawn, one of two found at the roadside, before reuniting it with its mother. (Twitter/North Saanich Fire)

North Saanich firefighters get in some R&R (rescuing and reuniting)

Emergency responders help roadside fawns find their moms

A North Saanich firefighter gathers up a fawn, one of two found at the roadside, before reuniting it with its mother. (Twitter/North Saanich Fire)
Sidney has asked to make substantial revisions to the draft Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney making substantial revisions to its draft OCP

New report coming back before council May 30

Sidney has asked to make substantial revisions to the draft Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich has scheduled three open houses in the coming days, starting May 14, to give the public more time to comment on the draft OCP. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lifted public health guidelines extend public OCP engagement in Central Saanich

First of three open houses scheduled for May 14, followed by events on May 17 and 19

Central Saanich has scheduled three open houses in the coming days, starting May 14, to give the public more time to comment on the draft OCP. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colin Plant, board chair of the Capital Regional District, is calling on the federal and provincial governments to work closely with local government to help improve the supply of affordable housing, which he cites as the largest reason for the region’s low fertility rate. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD chair blames lack of affordable housing for region’s low fertility rate

Victoria CMA’s fertility rate of 0.95 is the lowest in Canada

Colin Plant, board chair of the Capital Regional District, is calling on the federal and provincial governments to work closely with local government to help improve the supply of affordable housing, which he cites as the largest reason for the region’s low fertility rate. (Black Press Media file photo)
While the population grew in Greater Victoria during the last census period thanks to migration from inside and outside Canada, it is also aging. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria facing top-heavy age pyramid

Future demographics will change the type of services needed

While the population grew in Greater Victoria during the last census period thanks to migration from inside and outside Canada, it is also aging. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emily Burkmar of Jennifer Alberring’s Grade 4/5 class at Sidney Elementary School is deeply focused while preparing a sunflower decoration for the May 7 fundraiser for Ukraine held by Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans. The event raised in excess of $5,000. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Ukraine fundraiser by Sidney-based veterans club marches past fundraising goal

Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans raise almost $1,000 above its goal

Emily Burkmar of Jennifer Alberring’s Grade 4/5 class at Sidney Elementary School is deeply focused while preparing a sunflower decoration for the May 7 fundraiser for Ukraine held by Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans. The event raised in excess of $5,000. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Riley and Bobby Eng with their son Arrow were among the 2,500-plus visitors to the first Sidney Farmer’s Market of the season, held Sunday in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Farmer Market kicks off season

Sidney Street Market scheduled to start next month giving residents two market choices

Riley and Bobby Eng with their son Arrow were among the 2,500-plus visitors to the first Sidney Farmer’s Market of the season, held Sunday in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, calls for more affordable housing in the region to help keep it attractive for workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)

Saanich Peninsula Chamber executive director fears region could start losing companies

Al Smith says lack of housing threatens region’s economic future

Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, calls for more affordable housing in the region to help keep it attractive for workers in the face of an aging workforce. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
Steven Threadkell, manager of the BC Boat Show scheduled for May 12-15 at Port Sidney Marina, says recreational boating has grown significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Steven Threadkell, manager of the BC Boat Show scheduled for May 12-15 at Port Sidney Marina, says recreational boating has grown significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
West Coast Impressions will host two events in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre – Sidney’s Farmer Market running Sundays until Sept. 25 and the Sidney Street Market running Thursdays June 2 to Sept. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney market season kicks off this weekend

Sidney’s Farmer Market opens May 8, followed by Sidney Street Market June 2

West Coast Impressions will host two events in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre – Sidney’s Farmer Market running Sundays until Sept. 25 and the Sidney Street Market running Thursdays June 2 to Sept. 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
New North Saanich residents James, his father Dwayne, mother Nancy with James’ emotional support animal Angel and brother Ryan were joined by former Habitat Victoria chief executive officer Yolanda Meijer and current Habitat Victoria CEO Colin Doylend during Friday’s key ceremony. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

New residents welcomed with fully accessible home in North Saanich

Habitat for Humanity Victoria home offers additional space for child with accessibility needs

New North Saanich residents James, his father Dwayne, mother Nancy with James’ emotional support animal Angel and brother Ryan were joined by former Habitat Victoria chief executive officer Yolanda Meijer and current Habitat Victoria CEO Colin Doylend during Friday’s key ceremony. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
Bob Peart of the Friends of Shoal Harbour Society joins Robert Bateman and Margaret Atwood as winners of the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada. He received the award in a ceremony last week. (Courtesy of Nature Canada)

Sidney’s Bob Peart wins top national conservation award

Nature Canada represents 30,000 members and more than 1,000 nature organizations

Bob Peart of the Friends of Shoal Harbour Society joins Robert Bateman and Margaret Atwood as winners of the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada. He received the award in a ceremony last week. (Courtesy of Nature Canada)
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