Saanich

Skye Eriksen captured this image from the bow of her canoe on Elk Lake at sunset in 2018. (Courtesy of Skye Eriksen)

CRD lifts blue-green algae advisory at Elk/Beaver Lake

Water samples indicated a “below detection limit” result for cyanotoxins

Skye Eriksen captured this image from the bow of her canoe on Elk Lake at sunset in 2018. (Courtesy of Skye Eriksen)
Saanich Police attend a break and enter at Dog World Beauty and Health Spa on Thursday, Jan. 2. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich Police attend a break and enter at Dog World Beauty and Health Spa on Thursday, Jan. 2. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes at the 2019 Saanich remembrance day ceremony on Nov. 11. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes at the 2019 Saanich remembrance day ceremony on Nov. 11. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich community association chairs say the network will look at housing issues in 2020

Saanich community association chairs say the network will look at housing issues in 2020

Developments, affordable housing, garden suites, and institutional land will be a focus next year

Saanich community association chairs say the network will look at housing issues in 2020
Rayna Corner tweeted Tuesday morning, Dec. 31, 2019, that someone had dumped furniture on Glendenning Road. (Twitter/Rayna)

‘Total jerks’ dump living room furniture just south of Mount Douglas Park

Saanich public works crew removed the abandoned items Tuesday afternoon

Rayna Corner tweeted Tuesday morning, Dec. 31, 2019, that someone had dumped furniture on Glendenning Road. (Twitter/Rayna)
The District of Saanich fall leaf collection process begins the week of November 4. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

Last chance for leaf collection in Saanich approaching

A small crew will be collecting the last leaves over the next two weeks

The District of Saanich fall leaf collection process begins the week of November 4. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Olivia Doyle, 8, helps Dylan Lee-Woods, 5, and brother Finn, 8, of the 1st CedarHill Beavers during their annual Christmas tree sale. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Olivia Doyle, 8, helps Dylan Lee-Woods, 5, and brother Finn, 8, of the 1st CedarHill Beavers during their annual Christmas tree sale. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Water main installation will close Freeman Avenue to general traffic from Dec. 30 to Jan. 31, 2020. (Google Maps)

Month-long traffic closure on Freeman Avenue for water main installation

Work expected to wrap up by Jan. 31, 2020

  • Dec 29, 2019
Water main installation will close Freeman Avenue to general traffic from Dec. 30 to Jan. 31, 2020. (Google Maps)
Rookie the Rottweiler enjoys the beach on the Gorge. (Courtesy of Cathy Ginchereau)

Saanich dog owners, it’s time to renew your dog’s licence

Tags cost less if purchased by Feb. 1, 2020

  • Dec 27, 2019
Rookie the Rottweiler enjoys the beach on the Gorge. (Courtesy of Cathy Ginchereau)
Families and children enjoy skating around a giant snow globe at G.R. Pearkes Ice Festival on Christmas Eve. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Families take to the ice at Saanich arena on Christmas Eve

Six-day Ice Festival continues on Thursday

  • Dec 24, 2019
Families and children enjoy skating around a giant snow globe at G.R. Pearkes Ice Festival on Christmas Eve. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
The Saanich Fire Department extinguished an early morning shed fire on Christmas Eve. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich shed destroyed in Christmas Eve fire

Crews were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread

  • Dec 24, 2019
The Saanich Fire Department extinguished an early morning shed fire on Christmas Eve. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alex Burns is running the Christmas Blessings Challenge for the fourth year in a row. (Photo courtesy of Alex Burns)

VIDEO: Saanich mayor helps locals buy groceries during Christmas Blessings Challenge

Mayor Fred Haynes, Royal Oak Country Grocer pay it forward with $25 gift certificates

  • Dec 24, 2019
Alex Burns is running the Christmas Blessings Challenge for the fourth year in a row. (Photo courtesy of Alex Burns)
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Subway offers free sandwiches to homeless on Christmas Day

The Wilkinson Road location will be offering free sandwiches between 10 and 11 a.m.

  • Dec 23, 2019
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Christmas elf Mena Westhaver rests after a long day of delivering socks to the community ahead of Christmas. (Rainforest Communications/Supplied)

Saanich Christmas elf delivers 1,416 pairs of socks to locals just in time for holidays

Care facilities, schools, retirement homes among sock recipients

  • Dec 23, 2019
Saanich Christmas elf Mena Westhaver rests after a long day of delivering socks to the community ahead of Christmas. (Rainforest Communications/Supplied)
Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)

Holiday schedules to take effect at Saanich facilities

Closures and changes in open hours Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)
Suncor Downstream strategy general manager Patrick Ritchie (far left), Suncor president and CEO Mark Little (centre left), Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (far right), and EV Society chair and president Wilf Steimle (centre right) cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the newest fast EV charger in Saanich on Tuesday. (Supplied/Suncorp Inc.)

EV fast charger unveiled in Saanich powers coast-to-coast travel by electric vehicle

Petro-Canada’s ‘Electric Highway’ has more than 50 stations from B.C. to N.S.

Suncor Downstream strategy general manager Patrick Ritchie (far left), Suncor president and CEO Mark Little (centre left), Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (far right), and EV Society chair and president Wilf Steimle (centre right) cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the newest fast EV charger in Saanich on Tuesday. (Supplied/Suncorp Inc.)
Traffic flows freely under the McKenzie interchange overpass on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Ministry anticipates one-month adjustment period for motorists using new McKenzie interchange

New traffic pattern debuts during Thursday morning commute more than three years into construction

Traffic flows freely under the McKenzie interchange overpass on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Wet, windy weather to blame for Saanich crash

Wet, windy weather to blame for Saanich crash

Two car collision on Carey Road slows evening traffic

Wet, windy weather to blame for Saanich crash
A crash inside the entrance to Tillicum Mall affected westbound traffic Thursday afternoon. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Traffic on Tillicum Road affected by crash in entrance to Tillicum Mall

Westbound traffic impacted, police and ambulance respond

A crash inside the entrance to Tillicum Mall affected westbound traffic Thursday afternoon. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Saanich)

Saanich creates ‘flexibility’ with updates to its community grants program

Changes open District for more ideas, smaller grants

Saanich councillors Zac de Vries, Judy Brownoff, Colin Plant, Nathalie Chambers and Ned Taylor (back row, left to right); Coun. Karen Harper, Coun. Susan Brice, Mayor Fred Haynes, and Coun. Rebecca Mersereau (front row, left to right). (Saanich)