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North Saanich’s Michael Kaeshammer will complete his current cross-Canada tour with two nights at SIdney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

North Saanich’s Michael Kaeshammer comes home with two shows after cross-country tour

The globally renowned pianist plays the Mary Winspear Centre on Dec. 5 and 6

North Saanich’s Michael Kaeshammer will complete his current cross-Canada tour with two nights at SIdney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
This screen cap shows (not in their entirety) the new proposed borders for the riding of Saanich South. It would include parts of Central Saanich. All of that community is currently in the riding of Saanich North and the Islands. Central Saanich has officially signalled its opposition. (Screencap/British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission)

Central Saanich opposes changes to B.C. electoral map

B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission proposes moving Brentwood Bay to Saanich South riding

This screen cap shows (not in their entirety) the new proposed borders for the riding of Saanich South. It would include parts of Central Saanich. All of that community is currently in the riding of Saanich North and the Islands. Central Saanich has officially signalled its opposition. (Screencap/British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission)
The 2022 Christmas retail season on the Saanich Peninsula is unfolding against the backdrop of inflation and other factors. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Greater Victoria retailers bracing for uncertainty heading into the Christmas season

Inflation top concern for retailers, according to Statistics Canada

The 2022 Christmas retail season on the Saanich Peninsula is unfolding against the backdrop of inflation and other factors. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Joe Quin, here seen Wednesday afternoon standing on the shores of Roberts Bay in Sidney, says he hopes to refloat his vessel Thursday morning after it almost completely sank Tuesday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney owner of sunken vessel in Roberts Bay says he won’t walk away

Joe Quin hopes to have the Maud J afloat again on Thursday

Joe Quin, here seen Wednesday afternoon standing on the shores of Roberts Bay in Sidney, says he hopes to refloat his vessel Thursday morning after it almost completely sank Tuesday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Johnathan Pocetti has been found guilty of five charges, including assaulting police with a weapon, following an incident involving Central Saanich police. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Man at the centre of Central Saanich gas station incident found guilty of 5 charges

Johnathan Pocetti drove onto the hood of a Central Saanich police cruiser

Johnathan Pocetti has been found guilty of five charges, including assaulting police with a weapon, following an incident involving Central Saanich police. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Former Sidney councillor Barbara Fallot has issued a challenge to her own strata, as well as others, to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Giving Holiday Food Drive starting on Dec. 1. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Former Sidney councillor issues challenge to help food bank

12 Days of Christmas Giving Holiday Food Drive starts Dec. 1

Former Sidney councillor Barbara Fallot has issued a challenge to her own strata, as well as others, to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Giving Holiday Food Drive starting on Dec. 1. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Michael Goodchild, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, stands next to the permanent Lego display. The museum’s popular Lego exhibit, featuring more than 800 kits, opens Dec. 1 and runs until March 31, 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s museum builds into Christmas with Lego exhibit

The familiar display returns for its 17th season a month earlier than usual

Michael Goodchild, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, stands next to the permanent Lego display. The museum’s popular Lego exhibit, featuring more than 800 kits, opens Dec. 1 and runs until March 31, 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A report cites the intersection of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue as an area of “high concern” for both cyclists and pedestrians. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Report raises safety concerns about Highway 17 / Beacon Avenue in Sidney

Report finds gaps in Sidney’s active transportation network

A report cites the intersection of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue as an area of “high concern” for both cyclists and pedestrians. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
VicPD is looking for the public’s assistance after an officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries during Saturday’s Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade. (Black Press Media file photo)

VicPD officer injured during Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade

Victoria Police Department issues public appeal for video after Saturday evening altercation

VicPD is looking for the public’s assistance after an officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries during Saturday’s Peninsula Co-op Santa Claus Parade. (Black Press Media file photo)
The “eight maids a milking” display is one of a dozen 12 Days of Christmas installations at the Butchart Gardens’ Magic of Christmas. The garden-wide display opens Dec. 1 and runs to Jan. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)

Butchart Garden lights up for the holidays in Central Saanich, Sidney to sparkle with parade

Sidney Sparkles Parade returns Dec. 4, Butchart Gardens lights up Dec. 1

The “eight maids a milking” display is one of a dozen 12 Days of Christmas installations at the Butchart Gardens’ Magic of Christmas. The garden-wide display opens Dec. 1 and runs to Jan. 6. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney’s new economic development stands accused of lacking detail and failing to meet expectations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney councillors give new economic development plan thumbs-down

Plan said to be lacking details and might not be available for strategic planning next year

Sidney’s new economic development stands accused of lacking detail and failing to meet expectations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor has filed a notice of motion to look into the issue of off-leash dogs at Island View Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)

Off-leash dogs on Island View subject of motion by Central Saanich mayor

Ryan Windsor sees an issue with migratory birds being harassed by off-leash dogs

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor has filed a notice of motion to look into the issue of off-leash dogs at Island View Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says the decision to pause the drafting of the OCP gives council time to come up with a better document. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)

North Saanich Coun. Brett Smyth accuses Mayor Peter Jones of political posturing over OCP

North Saanich council tells staff to stop new OCP draft with narrow 4-3 vote

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones says the decision to pause the drafting of the OCP gives council time to come up with a better document. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank; organizer Catriona McHattie; Mrs. Claus (Alice Howes); Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith; Carey Salvador, marketing coordinator with the Mary Winspear Centre; Denny Warner, executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre; and Maggie Calder, client services with Mary Winspear Centre, stand outside the centre’s banquet hall, which will host the Christmas Community Dinner Dec. 25. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Community Christmas Dinner serves up holiday cheer

Popular event returns to Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre after two-year hiatus

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank; organizer Catriona McHattie; Mrs. Claus (Alice Howes); Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith; Carey Salvador, marketing coordinator with the Mary Winspear Centre; Denny Warner, executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre; and Maggie Calder, client services with Mary Winspear Centre, stand outside the centre’s banquet hall, which will host the Christmas Community Dinner Dec. 25. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Local MP Elizabeth May is once again leader of the federal Greens. She ran on a platform proposing to share leadership with Jonathan Pedneault. (Green Party of Canada/Submitted)

Urgency of climate change motivated local MP Elizabeth May in Green Party leadership race

May wins Green Party leadership race on a shared leadership platform with Jonathan Pedneault

Local MP Elizabeth May is once again leader of the federal Greens. She ran on a platform proposing to share leadership with Jonathan Pedneault. (Green Party of Canada/Submitted)
Stelly’s Global Perspectives Class, here seen earlier in 2022 on Vargas Island near Tofino, where UNESCO maintains a biosphere reserve, will host the annual Global Gala fundraiser for an incoming 2023 to Costa Rica, where Grade 12 members of the class will work on a project supporting female empowerment. (Photo courtesy of Stelly’s Secondary)

Central Saanich school’s Global Gala raises money for female empowerment project

Stelly’s Secondary fundraiser supporting Global Perspectives class scheduled for Nov. 24

Stelly’s Global Perspectives Class, here seen earlier in 2022 on Vargas Island near Tofino, where UNESCO maintains a biosphere reserve, will host the annual Global Gala fundraiser for an incoming 2023 to Costa Rica, where Grade 12 members of the class will work on a project supporting female empowerment. (Photo courtesy of Stelly’s Secondary)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says two proposed projects near Bamberton undermine efforts by Central Saanich to help improve the Saanich Inlet. (File photo courtesy Ryan Windsor)

Proposed Bamberton projects undermine efforts by Central Saanich to improve Saanich Inlet, says mayor

Provincial government is currently reviewing two proposed projects by Malahat Investment Corporation

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says two proposed projects near Bamberton undermine efforts by Central Saanich to help improve the Saanich Inlet. (File photo courtesy Ryan Windsor)
Central Saanich has taken steps toward developing a code of conduct policy in response to provincial legislation. (Black Press Media file photo)

Steps underway to develop a code of conduct in Central Saanich

Mayor Ryan Windsor files notice of motion in response to provincial legislation

Central Saanich has taken steps toward developing a code of conduct policy in response to provincial legislation. (Black Press Media file photo)
Average Sidney residents will pay an additional $1.35 for library services through the Sidney/North Saanich branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. North Saanich residents, however, will face a more substantial increase. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney residents see small increase in levy toward Vancouver Island Regional Library

North Saanich will consider library levy at a later council meeting

Average Sidney residents will pay an additional $1.35 for library services through the Sidney/North Saanich branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library. North Saanich residents, however, will face a more substantial increase. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones is all smiles after taking the oath of office last week. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones confirms push for suspension of OCP process

New mayor also promises two areas won’t be in limbo after the process

North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones is all smiles after taking the oath of office last week. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)