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The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary staff have posted signs indicating safety protocols that visitors should follow. (Black Press Media file photo)

Nature House at Saanich’s Swan Lake reopens with new hours, safety protocols

Programs for children, adults resume with limited spaces

The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary staff have posted signs indicating safety protocols that visitors should follow. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Left to right) Travis Wilson, North Island operations manager; Andrew Wilson, operations and fleet manager; John Wilson, president and CEO; and Samantha Wilson, brand manager. (Photo courtesy Wilson’s Group of Companies)

Greater Victoria tourism industry ‘can’t wait any longer’ for financial aid

Saanich mayor, business owners call on provincial, federal governments for tourism-specific aid

(Left to right) Travis Wilson, North Island operations manager; Andrew Wilson, operations and fleet manager; John Wilson, president and CEO; and Samantha Wilson, brand manager. (Photo courtesy Wilson’s Group of Companies)
A Grade 11 student from Mount Douglas Secondary has been named one of 16 recipients of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize – a two week, all-expenses-paid trip through Europe. (Google Streetview)

Saanich high school student wins free educational trip through Europe

Beaverbrook Vimy Prize centers on First, Second World War history

A Grade 11 student from Mount Douglas Secondary has been named one of 16 recipients of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize – a two week, all-expenses-paid trip through Europe. (Google Streetview)
Campus View Elementary student Cecilia Ehlting raised more than $1,000 with a plant sale. (Ehlting family photo)

Cancelled school trip plants entrepreneurial seed for Saanich student

Campus View Elementary student sells plants online, donates cash to help homeless

Campus View Elementary student Cecilia Ehlting raised more than $1,000 with a plant sale. (Ehlting family photo)
Residents will soon begin moving into a new affordable housing complex at 3816 Carey Rd. (Google Maps)

New Saanich development provides options for people struggling to find housing

Residents begin moving into new affordable housing units this week

Residents will soon begin moving into a new affordable housing complex at 3816 Carey Rd. (Google Maps)
The completion date of summer 2020 for the McKenzie Interchange project hasn’t changed due to the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

McKenzie Interchange project on track to finish this summer

Transit stops, landscaping, lighting yet to be completed

The completion date of summer 2020 for the McKenzie Interchange project hasn’t changed due to the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police stopped 22 drivers for excessive speeding in the last month. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Saanich police stopped 22 drivers for excessive speeding in the last month. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)
Saanich student Mark Finamore (middle) attended a finalist weekend in North Carolina back in February where he met fellow finalists Helena Walsh (left) and Spencer Barry (right). (Photo courtesy Mark Finamore)

Saanich student receives full-ride Morehead-Cain scholarship to American university

Mark Finamore to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Saanich student Mark Finamore (middle) attended a finalist weekend in North Carolina back in February where he met fellow finalists Helena Walsh (left) and Spencer Barry (right). (Photo courtesy Mark Finamore)
Six-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin set up a joke stand in his front yard in Cadboro Bay two weeks ago where he tells jokes for free. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich boy gives free giggles with roadside joke stand

Cadboro Bay’s Callaghan McLaughlin is now a local celebrity

Six-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin set up a joke stand in his front yard in Cadboro Bay two weeks ago where he tells jokes for free. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Teachers and staff from Lochside Elementary School planned a parade through the community on Thursday to visit their students during the pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Lochside Elementary teachers missing their students plan parade through community

Firetruck, cars covered in signs, balloons wove down nearby streets to visit students

Teachers and staff from Lochside Elementary School planned a parade through the community on Thursday to visit their students during the pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary staff are reminding visitors to practice physical distancing and respect the existing rules regarding off-limits areas, dogs and smoking. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Burton)

Rules still apply regarding dogs, off-limits areas at Swan Lake, Christmas Hill

Pandemic safety measures also implemented on nature sanctuary property

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary staff are reminding visitors to practice physical distancing and respect the existing rules regarding off-limits areas, dogs and smoking. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Burton)
The Capital Regional District (CRD) is advising against swimming in Elk Lake due to a visible blue-green algae bloom. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Chambers)

CRD warns of toxic algae in Saanich’s Elk Lake

Visitors advised not to swim in lake and keep animals on leash

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is advising against swimming in Elk Lake due to a visible blue-green algae bloom. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Chambers)
The Saanich-based StarFish Medical team is working collaboratively with their counterparts at the Toronto division to produce ventilators for Canada. (StarFish Medical photo)

COVID-19: Saanich company joins nation-wide effort to produce 30,000 ventilators

StarFish Medical using a ‘purpose-driven design for rapid manufacturing,’ CEO says

The Saanich-based StarFish Medical team is working collaboratively with their counterparts at the Toronto division to produce ventilators for Canada. (StarFish Medical photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes proudly shows off his rented mason bee colony. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Dash cam footage caught two men fighting during a road rage incident on Tilllicum Road. (Courtesy of Daniel Smith)

VIDEO: Man breaks up Saanich road rage fight

Two men were throwing punches on Tillicum Road

Dash cam footage caught two men fighting during a road rage incident on Tilllicum Road. (Courtesy of Daniel Smith)
The Shelbourne Community Kitchen volunteers keep the pantry and fridge stocked with food for members. (Photo by Focal Photography)

Saanich community kitchen continues food distribution amid COVID-19 pandemic

New food delivery system launches March 27 for members stuck at home

The Shelbourne Community Kitchen volunteers keep the pantry and fridge stocked with food for members. (Photo by Focal Photography)
Crews believe the Thursday afternoon fire in a Saanich hydro pole was caused by rats chewing through underground lines. (BC Hydro Outage Map)

Rats likely to blame for Saanich hydro pole fire leaving about 3,000 without power

Underground lines in the area to be replaced, BC Hydro says

Crews believe the Thursday afternoon fire in a Saanich hydro pole was caused by rats chewing through underground lines. (BC Hydro Outage Map)
Still image from viral video of kids playing on a Saanich playground despite calls for social isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shayla Pready)

VIDEO: Saanich locks down playgrounds after video of busy park goes viral

Mayor Fred Haynes weighs in on need for strict adherance to distancing, isolation

Still image from viral video of kids playing on a Saanich playground despite calls for social isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shayla Pready)
The south wharf located on the far side of Swan Lake is officially closed and being demolished. (Photo by Joanne Fleming)

Swan Lake south wharf demolition begins in Saanich

Wharf built in the 1990s deemed beyond repair

The south wharf located on the far side of Swan Lake is officially closed and being demolished. (Photo by Joanne Fleming)
VIDEO: Saanich farm converts vegetable stand into veggie drive-thru as COVID-19 spreads

VIDEO: Saanich farm converts vegetable stand into veggie drive-thru as COVID-19 spreads

‘We’re evolving to meet the current times,’ Madrona Farms operator says

VIDEO: Saanich farm converts vegetable stand into veggie drive-thru as COVID-19 spreads