Austin Westphal

Victoria Cool Aid Society’s mobile health clinic will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 in Centennial Square. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Cool Aid Society to provide free testing on World Hepatitis Day

Free drop-in hepatitis C testing, education available at Centennial Square Thursday

Victoria Cool Aid Society’s mobile health clinic will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 in Centennial Square. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Hand Project CEO Michael Peirone and mechanical systems designer Kim Arklie hold 3D-printed prosthetic arms similar to those distributed worldwide by the UVic-based non-profit. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Victoria Hand Project trying to share prosthetic technology with Ukraine

Team of UVic-based engineers call for support to send 3D printers to war-torn country

Victoria Hand Project CEO Michael Peirone and mechanical systems designer Kim Arklie hold 3D-printed prosthetic arms similar to those distributed worldwide by the UVic-based non-profit. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
A proposal for a six-storey mixed-use building with 372 apartments, 12 townhouses, commercial space and one level of underground parking is heading to public hearing Aug. 23. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Saanich proposal fits community, neighbourhood plans, but public input sought

Council unanimous on sending 6-storey proposal for Shelbourne and McKenzie to public hearing

A proposal for a six-storey mixed-use building with 372 apartments, 12 townhouses, commercial space and one level of underground parking is heading to public hearing Aug. 23. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
Survey topics for the strategic official community plan update include new housing forms in neighbourhoods, land uses along major roads and building walkable communities. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Strategic OCP update to use input from survey of Saanich residents

District asking residents to participate during initial consultation phase

Survey topics for the strategic official community plan update include new housing forms in neighbourhoods, land uses along major roads and building walkable communities. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
A routine traffic stop of a vehicle with no taillights ultimately saw police discover a loaded handgun inside a backpack, and arrest one of the two occupants for violating a sentencing condition. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD seize loaded handgun during routine traffic stop

Officers discovered the real handgun only after finding a fake one

A routine traffic stop of a vehicle with no taillights ultimately saw police discover a loaded handgun inside a backpack, and arrest one of the two occupants for violating a sentencing condition. (Black Press Media file photo)
A car is shown flipped over by Uptown at Saanich Road and Oak Street on the morning of July 20, 2022. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

UPDATE: Uptown area crash sees car flipped in Saanich intersection

Intersection of Saanich Road and Oak Street reopened to public

A car is shown flipped over by Uptown at Saanich Road and Oak Street on the morning of July 20, 2022. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
Saanich experienced a significant increase in park usage due in part to the district’s Natural Intelligence campaign. (Black Press media file photo)

Saanich parks featured for a first time in Canadian City Parks report

Municipality’s Natural Intelligence program noted for increasing park use

Saanich experienced a significant increase in park usage due in part to the district’s Natural Intelligence campaign. (Black Press media file photo)
The Bank of Montreal branch at the corner of Shelbourne and Pear streets in Saanich has reopened. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Shelbourne Street BMO branch in Saanich opens for first time since deadly shootout

Saanich bank reopens after being closed for three weeks during investigation

The Bank of Montreal branch at the corner of Shelbourne and Pear streets in Saanich has reopened. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Blue-green algae can cause health issues in humans and animals if ingested. The Capital Regional District has issued an alert for a bloom in Wrigglesworth Lake northwest of Tunnel Hill on the Malahat. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)

Toxic algae bloom at Wrigglesworth Lake near Malahat, CRD reports

Authorities urge people and their animals to avoid the water until declared safe

Blue-green algae can cause health issues in humans and animals if ingested. The Capital Regional District has issued an alert for a bloom in Wrigglesworth Lake northwest of Tunnel Hill on the Malahat. (Photo courtesy Dorothy Chambers)
The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)

UVic to offer groundbreaking MBA program in Indigenous Reconciliation

Program’s first enrolment of business students set to begin in spring 2023

The University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, located in the heart of the campus. In 2023 UVic will be offering a master’s in business administration program for Indigenous Reconciliation for the first time. (Courtesy of UVic Photo Services)
Uride plans to launch in Victoria early this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Canadian rideshare company recruits drivers for fall launch in Victoria

Uride is offering a $500 sign-on bonus for part-time drivers to build up its team in Victoria

Uride plans to launch in Victoria early this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)
Helen Van Alstine, Don Ross, Pat Montgomery and Angie Chan (not pictured) took three weeks to complete the quilt. (Courtesy of Kathryn Wu)

Sip and Stitch: Victoria seniors sew quilts to fundraise for Ukrainian arrivals

The group from the active aging community hopes to raise $10,000 by the end of August

Helen Van Alstine, Don Ross, Pat Montgomery and Angie Chan (not pictured) took three weeks to complete the quilt. (Courtesy of Kathryn Wu)
A civil resolution tribunal awarded just over $2,000 for damages and fees to a Saanich man sued his neighbours for costs he incurred dealing with encroachment of their bamboo plants onto his property. (Creative Outlet)

Tribunal brings Saanich neighbours’ bamboo feud to resolution

Complainant awarded just over $2,000 toward the cost of erecting barrier

A civil resolution tribunal awarded just over $2,000 for damages and fees to a Saanich man sued his neighbours for costs he incurred dealing with encroachment of their bamboo plants onto his property. (Creative Outlet)
Elyott Ryan performs in front of a packed house at Beacon Comedy Night. (Darren Millar/contributed to Peninsula News Review)

Stand-up comedy is making a comeback in Sidney

Beacon Brewing will be hosting its eighth Beacon Comedy Night Thur. July 14

Elyott Ryan performs in front of a packed house at Beacon Comedy Night. (Darren Millar/contributed to Peninsula News Review)
Peter Mingrone aspires to emulate his favourite grand masters when he plays chess. (Photo courtesy of Peter Mingrone)

‘There’s no luck in chess’: UVic student, 22, takes first place at Canada Day tournament

Saanich resident finishes first in the chess tournament held from July 1-3 in Richmond

Peter Mingrone aspires to emulate his favourite grand masters when he plays chess. (Photo courtesy of Peter Mingrone)
Nick and Anna Starodubtsev with their daughter in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Anna Starodubtsev/contributed to Saanich News)

Ukrainian family fleeing war hopes to revive swimsuit business in Greater Victoria

Now settled, the family launched a fundraiser to help reboot their business, BabyLadySwim

Nick and Anna Starodubtsev with their daughter in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Anna Starodubtsev/contributed to Saanich News)