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Vikes field hockey player Anna Mollenhauer will play on the national women’s team at the Pan American Cup in Chile starting on Jan. 19. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

Current, former Vikes field hockey players competing for Canada at Pan American Cup

Mollenhauer, Leahy playing with national team in Santiago, Chile from Jan. 19 to 30

 

Saanich bike shop owner Ryan Harris says providing affordable options for new and experienced cyclists is his way of encouraging people to get out on their bikes. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Sustainable shift to cycling aided by Saanich business, cycling advocates

Active transportation options increase in Greater Victoria with better infrastructure

 

Saanich council voted unanimously to ask staff to find ways to speed up planning and implementation of the district’s Active Transportation Plan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich council moves to speed action on road safety, active transportation

Trio of councillors push for Vision Zero concept, call for 30-year timeframe to be reduced to 15

 

Chrystal Phan’s Camping at the Chapel Gallery.

At The Galleries: Multi-media marks start of 2022 at galleries in Greater Victoria

Chapel showcases bittersweet story of challenges of assimilation into Canadian culture

Chrystal Phan’s Camping at the Chapel Gallery.
Missing man Sean Hart was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility in Saanich on Nov. 6, 2020. (Saanich Police Department)

Search continues more than a year after Saanich man Sean Hart went missing

Mother asks mountain bikers, hikers, those often in woods to keep an eye out for traces

Missing man Sean Hart was last seen leaving the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health facility in Saanich on Nov. 6, 2020. (Saanich Police Department)
The temporary, modular Beausoleil school off Andrews Avenue in Saanich is connected by covered walkways to create what the ministry describes as a village atmosphere. (Ecole Beausoleil/Facebook)

French-speaking students settle in to temporary Saanich school site

Modular classrooms, covered pathways create village atmosphere for Beausoleil

The temporary, modular Beausoleil school off Andrews Avenue in Saanich is connected by covered walkways to create what the ministry describes as a village atmosphere. (Ecole Beausoleil/Facebook)
Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)

Saanich couple continue to build YouTube presence with kid’s music channel

Duo behind Pancake Manor releasing their eighth children’s album this week

Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)
A LifeLabs staffing shortage is causing the health care provider to temporarily close and reduce hours at some Greater Victoria locations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)

LifeLabs temporarily closes 2 Greater Victoria sites, reduces hours at 2 others

Jan. 11 to 23 measures come in as COVID-19 causes staffing shortage

A LifeLabs staffing shortage is causing the health care provider to temporarily close and reduce hours at some Greater Victoria locations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)
Artist’s rendering of Cordova Bay Plaza, a redevelopment approved by Saanich council in January 2018. (Image courtesy Alan Lowe Architect)

Cordova Bay Plaza redevelopment in Saanich nearing completion

Four years after project’s approval, finish line near for residential/commercial project

Artist’s rendering of Cordova Bay Plaza, a redevelopment approved by Saanich council in January 2018. (Image courtesy Alan Lowe Architect)
A lower pathway in Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich sits flooded during a recent day as heavy snow, combined with a high tide, brought up the level of the Colquitz River. Creek upgrades in the past year are expected to help mitigate concerns about impacted fish habitat, says a local biologist. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Upgrades in Saanich’s Cuthbert Holmes Park may help prevent damage to fish habitat

Amidst extreme weather events, native plant buffer assisting stormwater, snow melt runoff

A lower pathway in Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich sits flooded during a recent day as heavy snow, combined with a high tide, brought up the level of the Colquitz River. Creek upgrades in the past year are expected to help mitigate concerns about impacted fish habitat, says a local biologist. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
The Saanich Lacrosse Association has created affordable registration for players in its mini-tyke division (age five and six) to create greater accessibility to the sport for newcomers and families in financial need. (Photo courtesy of Andy Stuart)

Saanich lacrosse club opens affordable registration to spur participation

$46 insurance fee the lone cost for five and six year old players

The Saanich Lacrosse Association has created affordable registration for players in its mini-tyke division (age five and six) to create greater accessibility to the sport for newcomers and families in financial need. (Photo courtesy of Andy Stuart)
Student volunteer Paul Wickens (left), and parent volunteer Dan Del Villano chip away at the branches of recycled Christmas trees to raised funds for Reynold Secondary’s music program. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Christmas trees recycled for a good cause at Saanich’s Reynolds Secondary

Volunteers hand prune the branches, funds raised go toward the high school’s music program

Student volunteer Paul Wickens (left), and parent volunteer Dan Del Villano chip away at the branches of recycled Christmas trees to raised funds for Reynold Secondary’s music program. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Arbutus Cove in Gordon Head remains closed post-landslide as engineering teams assess safety and underlying causes of the event. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Parks and Recreation)

Saanich’s Arbutus Cove area remains closed post-landslide, crews continue to assess safety

Public access point to be inaccessible until safety can be assured

Arbutus Cove in Gordon Head remains closed post-landslide as engineering teams assess safety and underlying causes of the event. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Parks and Recreation)
Co-fundraising chair Anne-Marie Griffiths (left) and fundraising head Samantha King pictured at Lambrick Park Preschool’s September bottle drive. (Photo courtesy of Samantha King)

Saanich preschool hosts parking lot bottle drive-thru to fund COVID safety measures

Jan. 9 bottle drive aims to raise extra funds for small school

Co-fundraising chair Anne-Marie Griffiths (left) and fundraising head Samantha King pictured at Lambrick Park Preschool’s September bottle drive. (Photo courtesy of Samantha King)
The Saanich Predators of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League paused practice this week and cancelled a Jan. 7 home game against the Westshore Wolves due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Predators cancel Friday game out of precaution around COVID-19

Many players from hockey team sick this week; only one positive COVID test result received

The Saanich Predators of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League paused practice this week and cancelled a Jan. 7 home game against the Westshore Wolves due to COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
A section of Del Monte Avenue from Helvetia Crescent to Del Monte Lane was closed Tuesday (Jan. 4) due to a frost heave. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Saanich crews assess frost heave on Del Monte Avenue to prevent sinkhole

Process can loosen sub-base material and pavement once ice melts

A section of Del Monte Avenue from Helvetia Crescent to Del Monte Lane was closed Tuesday (Jan. 4) due to a frost heave. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Christian Stewart (left) helps Terry Edison-Brown load up food donations from the Arbutus van to his car – later brought to Anawim Companion Society on Caledonia Avenue. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria HarbourCats host second annual food drive in Saanich on New Year’s Day

All proceeds to go toward non-profit Anawim Companion Society

Christian Stewart (left) helps Terry Edison-Brown load up food donations from the Arbutus van to his car – later brought to Anawim Companion Society on Caledonia Avenue. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Residents express concern for pedestrian safety on Sayward and Alderley roads where the route is heavily used for industrial travel. (Photo courtesy of Vina Moldoveanu)

3 Saanich topics to watch for in 2022

Environment versus development, safer roads and the looming election will spur headlines next year

Residents express concern for pedestrian safety on Sayward and Alderley roads where the route is heavily used for industrial travel. (Photo courtesy of Vina Moldoveanu)
Firefighters responded to a report of an ‘explosion’ Apr. 9 at Uptown Walmart. The call turned out to be a car driven through a wall and ultimately trapping store employees in a freezer. The account was one of Saanich News’ most read stories in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Looking back on the top Saanich stories of 2021

6 stories that captured the interest of Saanich News readers over the past year

Firefighters responded to a report of an ‘explosion’ Apr. 9 at Uptown Walmart. The call turned out to be a car driven through a wall and ultimately trapping store employees in a freezer. The account was one of Saanich News’ most read stories in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Great blue herons are often seen in Greater Victoria near wetlands. (Photo by Robert Fraser)

Saanich photographer captures photos of beautiful birds in a winter landscape

Taking photos and getting close to nature is a way to ease anxiety, he says

Great blue herons are often seen in Greater Victoria near wetlands. (Photo by Robert Fraser)