Saanich Peninsula

Jim Townley, president of Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe in Central Saanich, stands behind the counter of the business’ expanded service and production area. The business closed for a month in January to undergo renovations. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe in Central Saanich brews up improvements

$80,000 in improvements invested for post-pandemic return of coffee house culture

Jim Townley, president of Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe in Central Saanich, stands behind the counter of the business’ expanded service and production area. The business closed for a month in January to undergo renovations. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney and Central Saanich are reviewing efforts by the City to Victoria to speed up affordable housing projects, but have also signalled that no immediate changes are coming. Both communities (along with North Saanich) are currently reviewing their respective Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney and Central Saanich are reviewing efforts by the City to Victoria to speed up affordable housing projects, but have also signalled that no immediate changes are coming. Both communities (along with North Saanich) are currently reviewing their respective Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
David Wilkie (far left) and Denise Withnell (far right) are the North Saanich members of Cowboy Celtic. The quintet turned their rehearsal for a May performance with the Edmonton Symphony into a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders in the Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Cowboy Celtic)

North Saanich musicians help raise $10,500 for Doctors Without Borders in Ukraine

Cowboy Celtic featuring David Wilkie and Denise Withnell to perform with Edmonton Symphony

David Wilkie (far left) and Denise Withnell (far right) are the North Saanich members of Cowboy Celtic. The quintet turned their rehearsal for a May performance with the Edmonton Symphony into a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders in the Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Cowboy Celtic)
Phil DiBattista, left, president of the Peninsula Warriors Lacrosse Association, and Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor welcome a $2-million grant toward a new facility for lacrosse and other sports in the community. (Courtesy of District of Central Saanich)

Central Saanich scores $2 million grant for new lacrosse facility

Other sports will also be able to use municipal facility in Centennial Park

Phil DiBattista, left, president of the Peninsula Warriors Lacrosse Association, and Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor welcome a $2-million grant toward a new facility for lacrosse and other sports in the community. (Courtesy of District of Central Saanich)
Saanich–Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May is repeating calls for the federal government to seize a North Saanich property linked to a Russian oligarch. The estate, located at the end of Towner Road, previously hosted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Saanich–Gulf Islands MP calls for seizure of property used by Harry and Meghan

Elizabeth May says Russian oligarch still benefitting from North Saanich estate

Saanich–Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May is repeating calls for the federal government to seize a North Saanich property linked to a Russian oligarch. The estate, located at the end of Towner Road, previously hosted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Sidney announced last month it will cover 40 per cent of the $4.9 million going towards road improvements near the future site of the Amazon warehouse. Those improvements include a roundabout at the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney to borrow $2 million for its share of roundabout without public approval

Town is in good financial position to justify assent-free borrowing for roundabout, says mayor

Sidney announced last month it will cover 40 per cent of the $4.9 million going towards road improvements near the future site of the Amazon warehouse. Those improvements include a roundabout at the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road. (Black Press Media file photo)
Deep Cove Market owner Rosemary Scott, pictured in 2020, disagrees with council’s decision to remove frontage parking spots around her store and create parallel street parking. While the nearby parking lot is controlled by the store, the frontage spots on West Saanich and Birch roads are municipal property. (Black Press Media file photo)

Parking pickle prompts changes around Deep Cove Market in North Saanich

Store owner questions municipality’s promise of increased safety for all

Deep Cove Market owner Rosemary Scott, pictured in 2020, disagrees with council’s decision to remove frontage parking spots around her store and create parallel street parking. While the nearby parking lot is controlled by the store, the frontage spots on West Saanich and Birch roads are municipal property. (Black Press Media file photo)
The fishing vessel Baby Jade, named for this Tsawout Nation toddler, was officially blessed by elders Thursday at the James Island Pier. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

New Tsawout Nation fishing boat blessed in ceremony on Saanich Peninsula

Vessel offers new way to protect waters, fish sustainably, fisheries manager says

The fishing vessel Baby Jade, named for this Tsawout Nation toddler, was officially blessed by elders Thursday at the James Island Pier. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Richard Pawlosky, Kathie Calvert, Jim Sweet, Mark Jarrett and Alan Kell of the Sidney Chess Club welcome prospective members for games every Tuesday on the second floor of the SHOAL Centre for Seniors on Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney Chess Club makes opening gambit for new players

Club playing out SHOAL Centre for Seniors on Resthaven Drive welcomes players of all levels

Richard Pawlosky, Kathie Calvert, Jim Sweet, Mark Jarrett and Alan Kell of the Sidney Chess Club welcome prospective members for games every Tuesday on the second floor of the SHOAL Centre for Seniors on Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Victoria runner Aiden Longcroft-Harris crosses the finish line on Lochside Drive in Sidney during Sunday’s Bazan Bay 5K. He was first in his category, men age 20 to 24, and second overall among the field of 455 runners. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Runners brave wind, cold for Bazan Bay 5K near Sidney

455 hardy souls compete in final event of season in Vancouver Island Race Series

Victoria runner Aiden Longcroft-Harris crosses the finish line on Lochside Drive in Sidney during Sunday’s Bazan Bay 5K. He was first in his category, men age 20 to 24, and second overall among the field of 455 runners. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney council narrowly approved a recommendation to further close the gap between commercial and residential property tax rates at Monday’s meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney homeowners to pay more; gap between residential, commercial tax rates to shrink

Gap between commercial and residential tax rates to shrink over next decade

Sidney council narrowly approved a recommendation to further close the gap between commercial and residential property tax rates at Monday’s meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney municipal council Monday will consider a recommendation that would start shifting the tax burden away from businesses and towards residents. (Google Street View)

Sidney considering further shift of commercial tax burden toward residential

Council votes tonight (April 11) on committee recommendation to approve shift

Sidney municipal council Monday will consider a recommendation that would start shifting the tax burden away from businesses and towards residents. (Google Street View)
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP says the fire-related death of a man early Saturday morning is not suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Man in his early 70s dies in North Saanich fire

Saturday fire not considered suspicious, investigation ongoing

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP says the fire-related death of a man early Saturday morning is not suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing. (Black Press Media file photo)
Despite concerns about the noise from residents living near Beacon Brewing, Sidney council has sent an unanimous signal of support for the nano-brewery’s application to extend its hours of service to 11 p.m. daily. (Black Press Media file photo).

Sidney council says cheers to two liquor license expansion applications

Plans by Beacon Brewing to lengthen service hours drew strongest opposition

Despite concerns about the noise from residents living near Beacon Brewing, Sidney council has sent an unanimous signal of support for the nano-brewery’s application to extend its hours of service to 11 p.m. daily. (Black Press Media file photo).
VIRL announced Saturday afternoon that it has re-engaged the assigned mediator in its labour dispute with librarians represented by BCGEU. The Sidney/North Saanich branch of VIRL was the site of pickets as late as April 8. (Black Press Media file photo)

VIRL announces it is going back to the table with a mediator in library strike

Announcement came Saturday afternoon following job escalation in dispute with BCGEU librarians

VIRL announced Saturday afternoon that it has re-engaged the assigned mediator in its labour dispute with librarians represented by BCGEU. The Sidney/North Saanich branch of VIRL was the site of pickets as late as April 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emergency crews are responding to a multi-vehicle crash on West Shore Parkway. Northbound lanes are closed. (@28tory/Twitter)

UPDATE: Five sent to hospital after fiery multi-vehicle pile-up in Langford

Pat Bay Highway crash also sends one woman to hospital in a string of Friday morning crashes

Emergency crews are responding to a multi-vehicle crash on West Shore Parkway. Northbound lanes are closed. (@28tory/Twitter)
An application to convert this condominium building in downtown Sidney to a hotel will not appear before council because the commercial zoning of the property allows for hotel use. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Conversion of downtown Sidney condos into hotel rooms won’t come before council

Once converted, the building at 9838 Second St. will be in a higher tax group

An application to convert this condominium building in downtown Sidney to a hotel will not appear before council because the commercial zoning of the property allows for hotel use. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kimberli Koh of Happy Tail Dog Service in Sidney laments council’s decision to offer a shut-down competitor a chance to apply for a temporary use permit, after committee of the whole recommended support for OCP and zoning changes that could have allowed Pooch Parlour to remain in a West Sidney industrial area. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Local dog groomer in Sidney expresses support for shut-down competitor

Kimberli Koh also frustrated by council’s decisions around Pooch Parlour

Kimberli Koh of Happy Tail Dog Service in Sidney laments council’s decision to offer a shut-down competitor a chance to apply for a temporary use permit, after committee of the whole recommended support for OCP and zoning changes that could have allowed Pooch Parlour to remain in a West Sidney industrial area. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich Police Service hopes members of the public can help identify who dumped this distinct blue stucco on private property in the 6900-block of Highway 17. (Central Saanich Police Service/Facebook)

Illegal dumping on Central Saanich property being investigated as criminal mischief

Construction material discovered April 4 in the 6500-block of Highway 17

Central Saanich Police Service hopes members of the public can help identify who dumped this distinct blue stucco on private property in the 6900-block of Highway 17. (Central Saanich Police Service/Facebook)
Participants in the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club’s Paddle For The Kids fundraiser churn through the waters of Saanich Inlet on Sunday. The campaign has so far brought in more than $11,000 for Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan. (Photo courtesy Liz Martinson)

Fundraiser on Saanich Peninsula makes a splash for Easter Seals Camp

Paddlers raise more than $11,000 toward $15,000 goal, campaign windup is May 15

Participants in the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club’s Paddle For The Kids fundraiser churn through the waters of Saanich Inlet on Sunday. The campaign has so far brought in more than $11,000 for Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan. (Photo courtesy Liz Martinson)
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