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Denny Warner, executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre, said she and the board of the Saanich Peninsula Memorial Park Society are working hard to recover the charitable status of the society, as well as the Mary Winspear Foundation, the society’s fundraising arm. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre loses charitable status

New executive director says steps are underway to recover charitable status for centre, foundation

Denny Warner, executive director of the Mary Winspear Centre, said she and the board of the Saanich Peninsula Memorial Park Society are working hard to recover the charitable status of the society, as well as the Mary Winspear Foundation, the society’s fundraising arm. (Black Press Media file photo)
The pending introduction of permanent daylight savings time could impact the safety of children as they would be walking to school in the dark during large parts of winter. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pending move to permanent daylight savings raises safety issues around Greater Victoria schools

If pending move finalized, sun would not rise until after 9 a.m.

The pending introduction of permanent daylight savings time could impact the safety of children as they would be walking to school in the dark during large parts of winter. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich’s Jim Kingham has dedicated his book Solutions for a Wounded Planet to Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Personal, collective action needed on environment, says North Saanich author

Jim Kingham chairs the North Saanich Community Planning Advisory

North Saanich’s Jim Kingham has dedicated his book Solutions for a Wounded Planet to Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Const. Tim Cosgrove, community policing officer with Sidney/North Saanich RCMP, stands near Deep Cove Elementary School in North Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Greater Victoria police step up school zone enforcement

On Vancouver Island, crashes kill two children while walking or cycling while injuring 52 each year

Const. Tim Cosgrove, community policing officer with Sidney/North Saanich RCMP, stands near Deep Cove Elementary School in North Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
(Town of Sidney/Twitter)

Construction in Sidney along Beacon Avenue West will lead to delays, municipality warns

Construction to get underway Sept. 6 and last until end of October

(Town of Sidney/Twitter)
DJ Diesel, whom basketball fans will better know as four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, is among the acts playing at this year’s Rifflandia, returning to Greater Victoria for the first time in four years. (Courtesy of Rifflandia)

Lorde, Ben Harper and Cypress Hill to rock Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park

NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal will also perform as DJ Diesel

DJ Diesel, whom basketball fans will better know as four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, is among the acts playing at this year’s Rifflandia, returning to Greater Victoria for the first time in four years. (Courtesy of Rifflandia)
Experts consider Pierre Poilievre the leading candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. He spoke Sunday in Sidney, and Michael Dickerson, president of the president of the Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative Association, credits him as well as the other four candidates for sparking a surge in memberships and interest. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Leadership campaign has doubled membership in Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative Association

President Michael Dickerson credits Pierre Poilievre, other candidates for surge

Experts consider Pierre Poilievre the leading candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. He spoke Sunday in Sidney, and Michael Dickerson, president of the president of the Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative Association, credits him as well as the other four candidates for sparking a surge in memberships and interest. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Figures from Victoria Real Estate Board show sales in August 2022 dropped 42.5 per cent compared to the same period last year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Real estate sales, prices dropping across Greater Victoria

Victoria Real Estate Board president says market is moving toward being balanced

Figures from Victoria Real Estate Board show sales in August 2022 dropped 42.5 per cent compared to the same period last year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Local MP Elizabeth May is once running for the leadership of the federal Greens on a platform proposing to share leadership with Jonathan Pedneault. (Courtesy of Green Party of Canada)

Local MP Elizabeth May takes team approach to leadership bid for federal Greens

Saanich Gulf Islands MP plans to lead the Greens again with Jonathan Pedneault as co-leader

Local MP Elizabeth May is once running for the leadership of the federal Greens on a platform proposing to share leadership with Jonathan Pedneault. (Courtesy of Green Party of Canada)
Catriona McHattie, president of the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, says the upcoming Saanich Fair will give the community a chance to reconnect. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Fair organizers hope to revive sense of community, promote agriculture

Fair officially opens Saturday, Sept. 3 and runs until Monday, Sept. 5

Catriona McHattie, president of the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, says the upcoming Saanich Fair will give the community a chance to reconnect. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Great Canadian Beer Festival, here seen in 2019, returns to Royal Athletic Park Sept. 9-10. (Courtesy of Great Canadian Beer Festival)

Great Canadian Beer Festival returns to Victoria

Festival returns to Royal Athletic Park for the first time since 2019

The Great Canadian Beer Festival, here seen in 2019, returns to Royal Athletic Park Sept. 9-10. (Courtesy of Great Canadian Beer Festival)
Pierre Poilievre, who is leading the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, filled the main hall at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Sunday afternoon with an estimated 1,200 poeple in the crowd. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Tory leadership hopeful promises more economic growth, housing during stop in Sidney

Pierre Poilievre speaks to a crowd of more than 1,200 people at the Mary Winspear Centre

Pierre Poilievre, who is leading the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, filled the main hall at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Sunday afternoon with an estimated 1,200 poeple in the crowd. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney Bakery, like many other local businesses, is looking for additional staff as employers across the country struggle to fill vacancies. According to Statistics Canada, employers were recruiting more than one million vacant positions in June for the third consecutive month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

B.C. has more job openings than unemployed workers to fill them

Province one in four in Canada with an unemployed-to-job-vacancy rate below 1:1

Sidney Bakery, like many other local businesses, is looking for additional staff as employers across the country struggle to fill vacancies. According to Statistics Canada, employers were recruiting more than one million vacant positions in June for the third consecutive month. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich Municipal Hall on Mills Road will host an information session for would-be candidates in the 2022 municipal election on Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Central Saanich mayor to talk about municipal politics in North Saanich

Allison Habkirk to speak to would-be candidates on Sept. 8 about running for municipal office

North Saanich Municipal Hall on Mills Road will host an information session for would-be candidates in the 2022 municipal election on Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sidney Concert Band under the conductorship of Bruce Ham will hold their first rehearsal on Monday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. (Nicola Hestnes/Submitted)

New members welcome to Sidney Concert Band as new season opens

First rehearsal takes place Monday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church

The Sidney Concert Band under the conductorship of Bruce Ham will hold their first rehearsal on Monday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. (Nicola Hestnes/Submitted)
Sidney council has approved the conversion of Lot F into the municipality’s long-term pay parking lot. It will replace nearby Lot A. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Downtown parking lot conversion in Sidney approved

Future changes likely with release of parking study expected in January 2023

Sidney council has approved the conversion of Lot F into the municipality’s long-term pay parking lot. It will replace nearby Lot A. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich council has approved $3,000 for security to patrol court hours at the pickleball courts on Wain Road, but it is not clear when those security guards will be in place. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich looking into other ways to monitor pickleball courts

Commissionaires first accept, then withdraw from job to monitor controversial courts

North Saanich council has approved $3,000 for security to patrol court hours at the pickleball courts on Wain Road, but it is not clear when those security guards will be in place. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill on Fifth Street has closed its doors. Owner Andrew Hansen cited expenses and staff shortages for the closure. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill closes after 35 years

Owner Andrew Hansen cites staff shortages for closure

Sidney’s Boondocks Bar and Grill on Fifth Street has closed its doors. Owner Andrew Hansen cited expenses and staff shortages for the closure. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich’s Howl Brewing and its brewmaster Dan Van Netten are among the more than 20 hosting venues part of this year’s edition of North Saanich’s Flavour Trail, which is holding a celebration event Aug. 27-28. (Submitted)

North Saanich’s Flavour Trail hosts tasty weekend celebration

More than 20 stops exist along tour of local food and drink producers

North Saanich’s Howl Brewing and its brewmaster Dan Van Netten are among the more than 20 hosting venues part of this year’s edition of North Saanich’s Flavour Trail, which is holding a celebration event Aug. 27-28. (Submitted)
This photo immortalizes the historic drive of North Saanich’s first firefighting truck — a Thibault purchased for $35,000 — from Montreal to North Saanich with the photo showing its arrival in 1971. (North Saanich Fire Department/Submitted)

North Saanich Fire Department celebrates half a century of service

Department celebrates the occasion with an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This photo immortalizes the historic drive of North Saanich’s first firefighting truck — a Thibault purchased for $35,000 — from Montreal to North Saanich with the photo showing its arrival in 1971. (North Saanich Fire Department/Submitted)