Saanich

A District of Saanich survey found residents feel content with their quality of life overall, with improvements in infrastructure and safety at the top of respondents’ minds. (Black Press Media file photo)
A District of Saanich survey found residents feel content with their quality of life overall, with improvements in infrastructure and safety at the top of respondents’ minds. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Pat Bay Highway was closed for several hours Monday morning after a drug-impaired driver crashed into two hydro poles. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Pat Bay closure caused by drug-impaired driver

Man struck two hydro poles, closing a section of the Pat Bay Monday morning

The Pat Bay Highway was closed for several hours Monday morning after a drug-impaired driver crashed into two hydro poles. (Black Press Media file photo)
COVID-19 exposures have been reported at Colquitz Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School, both on June 14. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Two Saanich schools report COVID-19 exposures

Exposures reported at Colquitz Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School

COVID-19 exposures have been reported at Colquitz Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School, both on June 14. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)

Employee assaulted at Saanich store after asking suspected shoplifters to leave

June 16 incident saw worker taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Neighbourhood Place is hoping to open the doors to its new centre in July, pending final council approval. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich childcare agency awaits final approval on much-needed new facility

Saanich Neighbourhood Place keen to open new centre this summer, expand options for community

Saanich Neighbourhood Place is hoping to open the doors to its new centre in July, pending final council approval. (Black Press Media file photo)
Elk Lake Drive area resident Michael Blayney protests a proposed multi-building development for his Royal Oak neighbourhood, outside Saanich municipal hall on Monday (June 14). (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Demonstrators protest 11-storey development on Elk Lake Drive in Saanich

Saanich locals gather at municipal hall to protest development, public hearing goes Tuesday

Elk Lake Drive area resident Michael Blayney protests a proposed multi-building development for his Royal Oak neighbourhood, outside Saanich municipal hall on Monday (June 14). (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich Coun. Nathalie Chambers (second from left), Metchosin Coun. Andy MacKinnon (third from left) and other local politicians went to the Fairy Creek blockades this week on a fact-finding mission. (Photo courtesy Nathalie Chambers)

Greater Victoria councillors visit Fairy Creek blockades, none were arrested

Elected officals were allowed to enter the exclusion zone, along with journalists

Saanich Coun. Nathalie Chambers (second from left), Metchosin Coun. Andy MacKinnon (third from left) and other local politicians went to the Fairy Creek blockades this week on a fact-finding mission. (Photo courtesy Nathalie Chambers)
The Royal Oak Drive overpass looking southbound towards Victoria on Highway 17. (B.C. Highway traffic camera)

Single-vehicle crash causes delays on the Pat Bay Highway in Royal Oak

Southbound traffic down to one lane while crews remove vehicle from ditch

The Royal Oak Drive overpass looking southbound towards Victoria on Highway 17. (B.C. Highway traffic camera)
If funding is received, Rutledge Park could see improvements such as a new water park, washrooms and playground enhancements. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Community association has fingers crossed for upgrades to Saanich’s Rutledge Park

Improvements would allow for better utilization of park, advocate says

If funding is received, Rutledge Park could see improvements such as a new water park, washrooms and playground enhancements. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Saanich police on Tuesday arrested a man with a long history of thefts from vehicles. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Saanich police arrest man in relation to series of thefts from vehicles

Rash of thefts prompt police reminder not to leave valuables in vehicles

Saanich police on Tuesday arrested a man with a long history of thefts from vehicles. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
A statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the McKenzie Interchange Project (here shown in a drone photo from the summer of 2018) will lead to “significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.” (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

Province to pay $1.2 million for ecological losses due to McKenzie interchange

You can’t put a price on what was lost, says local advocate

A statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the McKenzie Interchange Project (here shown in a drone photo from the summer of 2018) will lead to “significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.” (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
An employee at the Thrifty Foods at 3475 Quadra St. tested positive for COVID-19. Their last day worked was May 20. (Google Streetview)

COVID-19 exposure reported at Thrifty Foods in Saanich

Employee tested positive at 3475 Quadra St. location

An employee at the Thrifty Foods at 3475 Quadra St. tested positive for COVID-19. Their last day worked was May 20. (Google Streetview)
An inquiry by the B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives into past practises of two senior officials at the Garth Homer Society, who have had their nursing registration suspended since 2018, has resulted in further suspension and seen conditions imposed on their future nursing-related work. (Garth Homer Foundation)

Suspended senior officials continue to work at Garth Homer Society in Saanich

Euphemia Guttin and Victoria Weber had their nursing registration suspended in May 2018

An inquiry by the B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives into past practises of two senior officials at the Garth Homer Society, who have had their nursing registration suspended since 2018, has resulted in further suspension and seen conditions imposed on their future nursing-related work. (Garth Homer Foundation)
A four-vehicle crash on the Pat Bay Highway near Sayward Road is causing northbound traffic to back up into Royal Oak. (Drive B.C. traffic camera)

TRAFFIC: Four-vehicle crash snarls traffic on Pat Bay Highway

Traffic backed up northbound near Sayward Road

A four-vehicle crash on the Pat Bay Highway near Sayward Road is causing northbound traffic to back up into Royal Oak. (Drive B.C. traffic camera)
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. is investigating a May 20 incident when a Saanich police dog bit a man during an arrest. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. is investigating a May 20 incident when a Saanich police dog bit a man during an arrest. (Black Press Media file photo)
A proposal coming to Saanich council tonight (May 31) seeks support for a provincial plan that has potential to raise single-family home tax rates in the district based on climate and financial impacts compared to multi-family residences. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich councillor wants to tie climate impact of single-family homes to municipal tax rates

Early stages move has potential to raise tax rates for homeowners, discussion tonight (May 31)

A proposal coming to Saanich council tonight (May 31) seeks support for a provincial plan that has potential to raise single-family home tax rates in the district based on climate and financial impacts compared to multi-family residences. (Black Press Media file photo)
Yana Hempler sailed through the finish line with a huge smile and lots of extra energy. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Saanich runner finished a marathon of marathons for heathcare

Hempler covered 1,265+ kilometres in May, raising money for Victoria hospitals

Yana Hempler sailed through the finish line with a huge smile and lots of extra energy. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Bennett Dean turns two on May 28 and his family has planned a surprise car parade the following afternoon at 3 p.m. on Garnet Road in honour of his big day. (Photo courtesy Cameron Dean)

Saanich family plans car parade for toddler’s second pandemic birthday

Vintage car owners, truck drivers commit to making Bennett Dean’s second birthday special

Bennett Dean turns two on May 28 and his family has planned a surprise car parade the following afternoon at 3 p.m. on Garnet Road in honour of his big day. (Photo courtesy Cameron Dean)
Students and staff who attended Lambrick Secondary School May 17, 18 or 19 may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students and staff who attended Lambrick Secondary School May 17, 18 or 19 may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Will and Stacey Sparling, owners of Moka House, are getting ready to open a new location in Cadboro Bay – in the same space Starbucks left in October 2020 after some 16 years in the neighbourhood. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Local coffeehouse owners branch out to Saanich, transforming former Starbucks

Opening day fast-approaching for Moka House location in Cadboro Bay

Will and Stacey Sparling, owners of Moka House, are getting ready to open a new location in Cadboro Bay – in the same space Starbucks left in October 2020 after some 16 years in the neighbourhood. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)