Saanich

Saanich-based driver Bill Okell awaited the start of a race in 2018. (Ralph Umayam/Cali Photo)

Saanich race car driver shifts gears as pandemic cuts U.S. season short

Bill Okell, 65, sets sights on Canadian racing circuit for 2020

Saanich-based driver Bill Okell awaited the start of a race in 2018. (Ralph Umayam/Cali Photo)
Students from Claremont Secondary School joined James Taylor on the trek down to Cadboro Bay as he concluded the five-day journey from Hope to Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Ojibwe man marks completion of five-day ‘healing walk’ from Hope to Saanich

Claremont Secondary students join celebration in Cordova Bay

Students from Claremont Secondary School joined James Taylor on the trek down to Cadboro Bay as he concluded the five-day journey from Hope to Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The new southbound loop ramp exit at the McKenzie interchange opened Saturday, Aug. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

McKenzie interchange project drives towards completion

Motorists asked to continue following construction zone signage as crews will be on site into the fall

The new southbound loop ramp exit at the McKenzie interchange opened Saturday, Aug. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Mutual aid talks fizzle between Greater Victoria fire departments

Victoria puts other core departments on notice

Firefighter Joel Anthony (left) helps fellow Saanich firefighter Josh Ward spray down his gear after extinguishing a house fire in the 500-block of Walter Avenue. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Aryze Development’s floating swimming platform in the Gorge Waterway requires a permit from the federal government to remain in the water. (Photo courtesy Luke Mari)

Gorge Waterway swimming platform requires federal permit to remain in place

Developer calling on public to support project

Aryze Development’s floating swimming platform in the Gorge Waterway requires a permit from the federal government to remain in the water. (Photo courtesy Luke Mari)
UPDATED: Fire that destroyed Saanich house deemed suspicious

UPDATED: Fire that destroyed Saanich house deemed suspicious

Police investigating, say home was empty when blaze sparked

UPDATED: Fire that destroyed Saanich house deemed suspicious
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff is drawing attention to graffiti that’s begun to appear on the newly installed sound barriers along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail near the McKenzie Interchange. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff is drawing attention to graffiti that’s begun to appear on the newly installed sound barriers along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail near the McKenzie Interchange. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
A sunflower snapped from the balcony. (Courtesy Margy Grant)

PHOTOS: Readers burst with pride over towering sunflowers

Send us photos of your largest pumpkin, cutest scarecrow or any other blue-ribbon worthy creation

A sunflower snapped from the balcony. (Courtesy Margy Grant)
Saanich Jr. B hockey goalie Robert Michetti stopped two out of three shootout shots to earn the win for the over the Campbell River Storm at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River on Jan. 18. The next time they play, Saanich will have a new name and logo. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich junior hockey team seeks public input on potential new names

Shortlist includes Summit, Squid, Predators, Defenders, Riptide

Saanich Jr. B hockey goalie Robert Michetti stopped two out of three shootout shots to earn the win for the over the Campbell River Storm at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River on Jan. 18. The next time they play, Saanich will have a new name and logo. (Black Press Media file photo)
Council inquiries about underground power lines, the number of electric vehicle charging stations and the prospects for installing a daycare will be addressed before a public hearing happens on the University Heights shopping centre redevelopment proposal. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

Saanich’s University Heights redevelopment may see changes before public hearing

Council wants more detail on underground power lines, EV charging stations, daycare flexibility

Council inquiries about underground power lines, the number of electric vehicle charging stations and the prospects for installing a daycare will be addressed before a public hearing happens on the University Heights shopping centre redevelopment proposal. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)
Zac Economou prepares the Greek salads at Greek Fest Victoria in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Popular Greater Victoria Greek Fest shifts focus to food

Drive-thru allows annual cultural celebration to continue in Saanich amid coronavirus concerns

Zac Economou prepares the Greek salads at Greek Fest Victoria in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)
One woman was injured in a small chemical explosion on the University of Victoria campus on Sunday, Aug. 23. (Google Maps)

UPDATED: Chemical explosion at University of Victoria leaves one person with minor injuries

Injured woman ‘doing well and expected to make a full recovery,’ boyfriend says

One woman was injured in a small chemical explosion on the University of Victoria campus on Sunday, Aug. 23. (Google Maps)
A swim advisory has been implemented for some parts of Cadboro Bay beach after high levels of bacteria were found in water samples. (Black Press Media file photo)

High bacteria levels lead to swim advisory at Cadboro Bay beach

Samples show beach contains elevated levels of enterococci

A swim advisory has been implemented for some parts of Cadboro Bay beach after high levels of bacteria were found in water samples. (Black Press Media file photo)
A burned-out transformer is being blamed for a Thursday afternoon power outage in the west end of Saanich. (Outage Map/BC Hydro)

Bird blamed for transformer blow out causing Saanich power outage

More than 2,000 affected by Thursday morning outage

A burned-out transformer is being blamed for a Thursday afternoon power outage in the west end of Saanich. (Outage Map/BC Hydro)
Kyley Morros sits with her puppy, Duke, who got sick on Burnside Road on Aug. 11. (Photo courtesy Kyley Morros)

Good Samaritans find, return horseback saddle stolen in rural Saanich

Family recognized it from a Saanich News article, owner says

Kyley Morros sits with her puppy, Duke, who got sick on Burnside Road on Aug. 11. (Photo courtesy Kyley Morros)
Kyley Morros sits with her puppy, Duke, who got sick while out for a drive on Burnside Road West on Aug. 11. (Photo courtesy Kyley Morros)

Saddle stolen in rural Saanich while woman tends to sick puppy

Brown Mondega jumping saddle taken from Burnside Road West on Aug. 11

Kyley Morros sits with her puppy, Duke, who got sick while out for a drive on Burnside Road West on Aug. 11. (Photo courtesy Kyley Morros)
Uptown Shopping Centre will host a free roller skating night on Friday, Aug. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with no-cost roller skate rentals courtesy Rollerskate Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lace-up, get moving at free roller skating night at Uptown

Skates, performance provided by Rollerskate Victoria

Uptown Shopping Centre will host a free roller skating night on Friday, Aug. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with no-cost roller skate rentals courtesy Rollerskate Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
George Blogg, president of the Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society, fears Portage Inlet residents’ concerns about the McKenzie Interchange project won’t be addressed before construction concludes. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Area residents concerned about aftermath of McKenzie interchange construction

Ministry says neighbours’ concerns being heard, will be addressed

George Blogg, president of the Portage Inlet Sanctuary Colquitz Estuary Society, fears Portage Inlet residents’ concerns about the McKenzie Interchange project won’t be addressed before construction concludes. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich council is asking for more information before fully endorsing the Uptown-Douglas development plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council seeks more information after hearing Uptown-Douglas plan

Council asks for further reports on economic, housing, transportation plans for corridor

Saanich council is asking for more information before fully endorsing the Uptown-Douglas development plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
A mysterious barrel with an organic honey label appeared at the intersection of Prospect Lake and West Saanich roads over the weekend. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)

Mysterious Brazilian honey barrel appears at Saanich intersection

Barrel spotted on West Saanich Road part of intersection construction project, district says

A mysterious barrel with an organic honey label appeared at the intersection of Prospect Lake and West Saanich roads over the weekend. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)