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Sidney’s Haunted Bookshop is changing owners with longtime owner Odean Long transferring ownership Dec. 1 to William Matthews. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Longtime owner of Sidney’s Haunted Bookshop closes chapter with sale

Odean Long and her late husband moved the business to Sidney in 1996

Sidney’s Haunted Bookshop is changing owners with longtime owner Odean Long transferring ownership Dec. 1 to William Matthews. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Local MLA Adam Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip Nation, here seen before the 2020 provincial election, said a new report finding “widespread systemic racism against Indigenous people” in the provincial health care system does not surprise Indigenous people. (Hansard TV)

Island MLA: ‘You cannot address systemic racism one silo at a time’

Adam Olsen calls for comprehensive approach in the wake of damning report of racism in health care

Local MLA Adam Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip Nation, here seen before the 2020 provincial election, said a new report finding “widespread systemic racism against Indigenous people” in the provincial health care system does not surprise Indigenous people. (Hansard TV)
The president and chief executive officer of BC Ferries promises additional reviews to help sustain BC Ferries. (Black Press Media File)

BC Ferries to review expenditures following 43 per cent passenger drop in 2020

Promise from CEO follows new figures showing significant decline in passengers

The president and chief executive officer of BC Ferries promises additional reviews to help sustain BC Ferries. (Black Press Media File)
A report by investigator Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond found “widespread systemic racism against Indigenous people” in a report released Monday.

Peninsula hospital one where ‘significant work underway’ to repair Indigenous relations

Investigation finds ‘widespread systemic racism against Indigenous people’ in provincial health care

A report by investigator Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond found “widespread systemic racism against Indigenous people” in a report released Monday.
Peninsula Panthers' owner and general manager Pete Zubersky questions the decision-making process leading to the suspension of play in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). (Black Press Media File)

Peninsula Panthers’ owner questions process behind suspension of Junior B hockey action

Pete Zubersky does not understand actions of provincial body administering amateur sports

Peninsula Panthers' owner and general manager Pete Zubersky questions the decision-making process leading to the suspension of play in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). (Black Press Media File)
A spokesperson for the Peninsula Country Market is upset that their third and final Winter Market won’t happen this Saturday in Central Saanich’s Centennial Park following moves by the municipality. (Facebook/Peninsula Country Market)

Central Saanich postpones weekend Winter Market, organizers upset

Lorea Tomsin said municipality’s move runs counter to provincial direction

A spokesperson for the Peninsula Country Market is upset that their third and final Winter Market won’t happen this Saturday in Central Saanich’s Centennial Park following moves by the municipality. (Facebook/Peninsula Country Market)
Canadians paid more for various categories of groceries including lettuce and meat in October. (USDA/Submitted)

Canadians paid more for food and housing in October as inflation rose

Lettuce prices rose more than 25 per cent in October thanks to bad weather and disease

Canadians paid more for various categories of groceries including lettuce and meat in October. (USDA/Submitted)
Larry Ferguson of Sidney looks inside Sidney’s Truth + Alibi Cannabis Co. The business formerly known as Happy Buddha Cannabis plans to ‘open very soon,’ something Ferguson welcomes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney business formerly known as Happy Buddha Cannabis bears new name

Business now known as Truth + Alibi Cannabis Co. plans to ‘open very soon’

Larry Ferguson of Sidney looks inside Sidney’s Truth + Alibi Cannabis Co. The business formerly known as Happy Buddha Cannabis plans to ‘open very soon,’ something Ferguson welcomes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
New estimated figures from Elections BC peg the number of registered voters in 2020 at 54.4 per cent. (Black Press Media File)

2020 provincial election sets historical low turnout

Just over 1.9 million registered voters cast ballots in 2020

New estimated figures from Elections BC peg the number of registered voters in 2020 at 54.4 per cent. (Black Press Media File)
Victoria School for Ideal Education at 2820 Belmont Avenue is the second school in Greater Victoria with an active confirmed COVID-19 exposure. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Private school becomes second Greater Victoria school with COVID-19 exposure

Victoria School for Ideal Education follows Lakeview Christian School in Saanich

Victoria School for Ideal Education at 2820 Belmont Avenue is the second school in Greater Victoria with an active confirmed COVID-19 exposure. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Figures show the Victoria Airport Authority won $622,000 in following tax assessment appeals. (Black Press Media File)

Victoria Airport Authority awarded $622,000 in tax appeals

Authority contested value of land and airport terminal in 2018, 2019 and 2020

Figures show the Victoria Airport Authority won $622,000 in following tax assessment appeals. (Black Press Media File)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, and Tyson Elder, operations manager, say a man confronted them at the rear entry of the food bank, demanding entry and food. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank staff rattled after altercation

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP recommend charges against Sidney resident, say staff

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, and Tyson Elder, operations manager, say a man confronted them at the rear entry of the food bank, demanding entry and food. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment continues to drop, reaching 7.6 per cent in October. (Black Press Media File)

Unemployment in Greater Victoria continues to drop

New figures peg region’s unemployment rate at 7.6 per cent

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment continues to drop, reaching 7.6 per cent in October. (Black Press Media File)
These Grade 4/5 students at Sidney Elementary School have come forward as the creators of some 40-plus rocks painted as poppies placed on Sidney’s cenotaph days before Remembrance Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Elementary school students behind mystery poppy stones placed at Sidney’s cenotaph

Students painted and placed the poppy stones at cenotaph to recognize veterans

These Grade 4/5 students at Sidney Elementary School have come forward as the creators of some 40-plus rocks painted as poppies placed on Sidney’s cenotaph days before Remembrance Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
This picture shows the fire in the underground parking lot of a Saanich apartment building in the 3200-block of Quadra Street. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Suspicious fire in Saanich Sunday afternoon forces evacuation of apartment building

Four engines and 17 firefighters responded to fire in underground parking lot

This picture shows the fire in the underground parking lot of a Saanich apartment building in the 3200-block of Quadra Street. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Russ Cozens, Gary Powe, and Clive Spark (bottom) joined by Bob Brown and Duncan Stuart, here standing in the cockpit section of the Avro Lancaster FM 104, are among the volunteers restoring the iconic plane. (Wolf Depner/News Staff) (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich’s B.C. Aviation Museum helps preserve physical legacy of Second World War

Museum volunteers are currently restoring iconic Avro Lancester

Russ Cozens, Gary Powe, and Clive Spark (bottom) joined by Bob Brown and Duncan Stuart, here standing in the cockpit section of the Avro Lancaster FM 104, are among the volunteers restoring the iconic plane. (Wolf Depner/News Staff) (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney announced the “substantial completion” of the renovation of Reay Creek Dam (inclusive fish-ladder) earlier this month. (Town of Sidney/Submitted)

Sidney announces ‘substantial completition’ of Reay Creek Dam renovations

Final cost could be revealed next month after project suffered ‘unforeseen issues’

Sidney announced the “substantial completion” of the renovation of Reay Creek Dam (inclusive fish-ladder) earlier this month. (Town of Sidney/Submitted)
Dr. Stanley Marcus, here seen in late October, is concerned that the temporary closure of Keating Cross Road Medical Laboratory will create backlogs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Doctor fears temporary closure of testing facility in Central Saanich will create backlog

Island Health says testing facilities in Sidney and at Saanich Peninsula Hospital still in place

Dr. Stanley Marcus, here seen in late October, is concerned that the temporary closure of Keating Cross Road Medical Laboratory will create backlogs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The corner of Highway 17 and Amity Drive was the site of a collision between a cab exceeding the speed limit and a SUV Wednesday afternoon (Google Map)

Driver of speeding cab taken to hospital following collision near Sidney

Collision happened Wednesday afternoon after police officer pulled over cab

The corner of Highway 17 and Amity Drive was the site of a collision between a cab exceeding the speed limit and a SUV Wednesday afternoon (Google Map)
Lisa MacKenzie, a health care assistant (HCA) at Sidney All Care Residence, with her 2020 BC Care Provider of the Year. (All Care Canada/Submitted)

Vancouver Island health care provider wins top provincial care award

Lisa MacKenzie has been working at Sidney All Care Residence for five years

Lisa MacKenzie, a health care assistant (HCA) at Sidney All Care Residence, with her 2020 BC Care Provider of the Year. (All Care Canada/Submitted)