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Sales in the area covered by Victoria Real Estate Board stagnated in August compared to July, but the level of inventory led to a slowdown compared to August 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria’s benchmark price for single-family home clears $1 million

Sidney is the ‘cheapest’ Peninsula community with a single-family home costing $901,700 in August

Sales in the area covered by Victoria Real Estate Board stagnated in August compared to July, but the level of inventory led to a slowdown compared to August 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Federal candidates in Saanich Gulf-Islands will participate in a live forum Sept. 8 at Saanich Presbyterian Church, organized by the North Saanich Residents’ Association. (Black Press Media)

North Saanich Residents’ Association hosting Saanich Gulf-Islands candidates forum

Live event scheduled for Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Saanich Presbyterian Church

Federal candidates in Saanich Gulf-Islands will participate in a live forum Sept. 8 at Saanich Presbyterian Church, organized by the North Saanich Residents’ Association. (Black Press Media)
Artist’s rendering shows proposed Amazon distribution centre planned for Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Victoria Airport Authority target of petition over Amazon facility

But online retail giant is a tenant of York Realty, not of the aiport operator

Artist’s rendering shows proposed Amazon distribution centre planned for Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
Ndidi O performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Sept. 2 as part of the Seaside Sessions, a program highlighting emerging and underrepresented Canadian talent in a cross section of genres. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Blues singer Ndidi O brings eclectic sound, storytelling to Sidney

B.C.-born singer performs Sept. 2 as part of Seaside Sessions at Mary Winspear Theatre

Ndidi O performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Sept. 2 as part of the Seaside Sessions, a program highlighting emerging and underrepresented Canadian talent in a cross section of genres. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Nikik Lucas holds up a picture of her son Dustin, who died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2016. Lucas, who is part of Moms Stop The Harm, stands near the commercial plaza in Sidney where she works. The site also features memorials to two other sons of Sidney residents. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney mother mourning the overdose death of her son calls for more government action

Niki Lucas will remember her son Dustin during International Overdose Awareness Day

Nikik Lucas holds up a picture of her son Dustin, who died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2016. Lucas, who is part of Moms Stop The Harm, stands near the commercial plaza in Sidney where she works. The site also features memorials to two other sons of Sidney residents. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Liberal Sherri Moore-Arbour (from left, top to bottom), incumbent Green Elizabeth May, New Democrat Sabina Singh and Conservative David Busch participated in the MicCHEK podcast hosted by Rob Shaw and Joe Perkins (top right) on Monday morning. (Screenshot)

Saanich Gulf-Islands candidates mostly sidestep question on Amazon’s arrival in Sidney

NDP’s Sabine Singh, and to lesser degree Green incumbent Elizabeth May, critical of online giant

Liberal Sherri Moore-Arbour (from left, top to bottom), incumbent Green Elizabeth May, New Democrat Sabina Singh and Conservative David Busch participated in the MicCHEK podcast hosted by Rob Shaw and Joe Perkins (top right) on Monday morning. (Screenshot)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney mayor calls Amazon warehouse a ‘suitable development’ for its location

McNeil-Smith said the development aligns with Victoria Airport Authority, Sidney’s industrial zoning

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
According to a study by Statistics Canada, sexual assault had the lowest rate of reporting to police, with (six per cent) of incidents in 2019 having come to the attention of police. (Black Press Media file photo)

Almost 20 per cent of Canadians aged 15 years and older report being crime victim in 2019

Sexual assault had the lowest rate of reporting to police, according to Statistics Canada

According to a study by Statistics Canada, sexual assault had the lowest rate of reporting to police, with (six per cent) of incidents in 2019 having come to the attention of police. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Police Department say the search for a Victoria senior reported missing Saturday afternoon was successful. (Courtesy VicPD)

83-year-old Victoria woman is safe after reported being missing

Police reported the woman missing Saturday afternoon

Victoria Police Department say the search for a Victoria senior reported missing Saturday afternoon was successful. (Courtesy VicPD)
Changes to the contract with the consultant handling North Saanich’s OCP review have helped to push the 2021 budget for the OCP review some $60,000 over its initial annual budget of $150,000. Staff say the increase responds to public feedback, engagement. (Black Press Media File)

North Saanich exceeds OCP budget for 2021 by more than $60,000

Staff say the additional spending responds to community feedback, engagement

Changes to the contract with the consultant handling North Saanich’s OCP review have helped to push the 2021 budget for the OCP review some $60,000 over its initial annual budget of $150,000. Staff say the increase responds to public feedback, engagement. (Black Press Media File)
Katrina Adams, environmental support technician, is one of the two Peninsula Streams Society staff members assessing the state of Hagan and Graham Creeks as part of a month-long project that started on Aug. 17. (Carmen Pavlov/Submitted)

Peninsula Streams Society assesses state of local waterways, beaches

Goal is to gain a better understanding with an eye toward restoration opportunities in the watershed

Katrina Adams, environmental support technician, is one of the two Peninsula Streams Society staff members assessing the state of Hagan and Graham Creeks as part of a month-long project that started on Aug. 17. (Carmen Pavlov/Submitted)
North Saanich resident Len Grant, here seen after the surgery during which doctors inserted electrodes as part of his treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, will ride in North Saanich and Sidney over the weekend to help raise funds for the fight against the disease. (Photo courtesy of Len Grant)

North Saanich man hopes to ride brain implants into a better future

Weeks after doctors inserted electrodes into skull, Len Grant rides to raise cash against Parkinson’s

North Saanich resident Len Grant, here seen after the surgery during which doctors inserted electrodes as part of his treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, will ride in North Saanich and Sidney over the weekend to help raise funds for the fight against the disease. (Photo courtesy of Len Grant)
Sherri Moore-Arbour, federal Liberal candidate for Saanich–Gulf Islands, believes voters are shopping for an alternative to incumbent Elizabeth May. (Photo Courtesy of Moore-Arbour Campaign)

Federal Liberal candidate for Saanich–Gulf Islands says voters are looking for an alternative

Sherri Moore-Arbour sees herself as a champion of progressive causes

Sherri Moore-Arbour, federal Liberal candidate for Saanich–Gulf Islands, believes voters are shopping for an alternative to incumbent Elizabeth May. (Photo Courtesy of Moore-Arbour Campaign)
A new COVID-19 testing facility scheduled to open at Victoria International Airport (YYJ) on Aug. 30 promises to improve air travel safety and convenience, but not without a price tag as same-day results cost $375. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 testing site scheduled to open at Victoria International Airport

Same-day-test results cost $375 (plus taxes)

A new COVID-19 testing facility scheduled to open at Victoria International Airport (YYJ) on Aug. 30 promises to improve air travel safety and convenience, but not without a price tag as same-day results cost $375. (Black Press Media file photo)
The mass immunization site at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre closed Sunday, Aug. 22, as Island Health shifts resources toward smaller sites. Clarence Bolt of Sidney, 69, here seen in the spring, was among those who received their shots. (Black Press Media File)

Saanich Peninsula tops Island Health for vaccination rates, second in B.C.

Mass vaccination site at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre closed

The mass immunization site at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre closed Sunday, Aug. 22, as Island Health shifts resources toward smaller sites. Clarence Bolt of Sidney, 69, here seen in the spring, was among those who received their shots. (Black Press Media File)
Kathy Blaine, store manager of Brown’s the Florist, and assistant manager Charlotte Yardley, show part of the floral arrangement that will serve as a welcoming arch into the business when the inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 starting with a kick-off event Saturday in front of the business. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney

The event featuring elaborate floral arrangements and other elements aims to attract tourists

Kathy Blaine, store manager of Brown’s the Florist, and assistant manager Charlotte Yardley, show part of the floral arrangement that will serve as a welcoming arch into the business when the inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 starting with a kick-off event Saturday in front of the business. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
David Hilderman, who is running for the People’s Party of Canada, says the climate is changing, but says there is no evidence of a climate change catastrophe. (Courtesy of David Hildeman campaign)

People’s Party candidate in Saanich Gulf-Islands downplays role of greenhouse gases

David Hilderman says there is no climate change emergency

David Hilderman, who is running for the People’s Party of Canada, says the climate is changing, but says there is no evidence of a climate change catastrophe. (Courtesy of David Hildeman campaign)
A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General or Royal Jubilee hospitals. (Black Press Media file photo)

Inability to fulfil baseline staffing caused weekend Saanich Peninsula Hospital closure

Shortage of registered nurses caused temporary emergency room closure

A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General or Royal Jubilee hospitals. (Black Press Media file photo)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney retail analyst says arrival of ‘Godzilla’ Amazon could benefit community

Richard Talbot says Amazon’s arrival will increase employment, but also create “peripheral pressures”

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATED: Nursing shortage led to 12-hour closure of emergency room at Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Island Health directed patients to Victoria General Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital

A nursing shortage closed the emergency room at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital for 12 hours with Island Health directing patients to Victoria General Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)