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Sabine Singh is running for the second time as the standard-bearer of the federal New Democrats in Saanich-Gulf Islands. (Taylor Roades/Submitted)

New Democrat Sabine Singh offers herself as bold alternative

Singh, who finished fourth in 2019, says Canada needs bold solutions

Sabine Singh is running for the second time as the standard-bearer of the federal New Democrats in Saanich-Gulf Islands. (Taylor Roades/Submitted)
Conservative candidate David Busch, here seen with his family, calls the current federal election unnecessary and potentially reckless. (Jeff Slater/Submitted)

Conservative David Busch promises Saanich-Gulf Islands voters to be a voice at the table

Unlike incumbent Elizabeth May of the federal Greens, Busch believes he can shape policy as part of a Conservative government

Conservative candidate David Busch, here seen with his family, calls the current federal election unnecessary and potentially reckless. (Jeff Slater/Submitted)
Figures from Sidney / North Saanich RCMP detachment show criminal code offences across major categories dropped 17 per cent during the first six months of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Major crime in Sidney/North Saanich drops by 17% during first half of 2021

Mounties also report fewer collisions and impaired drivers

Figures from Sidney / North Saanich RCMP detachment show criminal code offences across major categories dropped 17 per cent during the first six months of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right, here seen in 2020) says a never-seen-before confluence of retirements, promotions and injuries have caused staffing challenges at the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. One of the retirees includes the previous community policing officer, Const. Paul Mittelsteadt (left). (Black Press Media file photo)

High housing costs a factor in Sidney/North Saanich RCMP staffing shortage

Major crimes unit kept busy with 24 new investigations

Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right, here seen in 2020) says a never-seen-before confluence of retirements, promotions and injuries have caused staffing challenges at the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. One of the retirees includes the previous community policing officer, Const. Paul Mittelsteadt (left). (Black Press Media file photo)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith praises arrival of Amazon

But the president of the Sidney Community Association questions the manner of the announcement

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
This conceptual rendering shows revisions to the proposed warehouse in Sidney on land under the authority of the Victoria Airport Authority. York Realty, which plans to build, then lease the building, said significant changes to the massing and height of the building respond to community feedback. (Rendering courtesy of York Realty)

Amazon confirmed as Victoria International Airport warehouse tenant

Victoria Airport Authority, York Realty to work with area stakeholders to build roundabout at Galaran and Beacon

This conceptual rendering shows revisions to the proposed warehouse in Sidney on land under the authority of the Victoria Airport Authority. York Realty, which plans to build, then lease the building, said significant changes to the massing and height of the building respond to community feedback. (Rendering courtesy of York Realty)
A mailing issue has pushed a special public participation period for Small Gods Brewing into September. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mailing issue delays plans for second brewery in Sidney

10% of notifications informing surrounding property owners came back

A mailing issue has pushed a special public participation period for Small Gods Brewing into September. (Black Press Media file photo)
Elizabeth May, who is recovering from knee surgery, officially launched her campaign in Sidney Monday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Green candidate Elizabeth May questions need for federal election

Former Green Party leader says Canadians care about environment, not party turmoil

Elizabeth May, who is recovering from knee surgery, officially launched her campaign in Sidney Monday morning. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kristi Norberg: “The nature, the beauty of the ocean and all the hikes and walks that are available to us at our doorstep. And of course, the community, the close community vibe. I like that after being here for six years, we really know a lot of the people around here, the small shops and recognizing a lot of faces. When I lost my dog, everybody was helping me. Everyone is there to help you out, even if they don’t know you. It has that energy and vibe of a small, close community.” (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Residents describe what they like about living on Saanich Peninsula

Respondents like region’s mix of urban, rural elements; natural beauty

Kristi Norberg: “The nature, the beauty of the ocean and all the hikes and walks that are available to us at our doorstep. And of course, the community, the close community vibe. I like that after being here for six years, we really know a lot of the people around here, the small shops and recognizing a lot of faces. When I lost my dog, everybody was helping me. Everyone is there to help you out, even if they don’t know you. It has that energy and vibe of a small, close community.” (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Guillaume Boutellant of Grenoble is a highly trained pastry chef who works at the Sidney outlet of North Saanich’s Fickle Fig Farm Market. Drawing on his perspective as a recent arrival, he appreciates Sidney’s small-town charms but also its current dynamism. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s changing face

New developments, new businesses and new people are changing Sidney

Guillaume Boutellant of Grenoble is a highly trained pastry chef who works at the Sidney outlet of North Saanich’s Fickle Fig Farm Market. Drawing on his perspective as a recent arrival, he appreciates Sidney’s small-town charms but also its current dynamism. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Khalid Hammad opened Oceanside Pharmacy in downtown Sidney in November 2020. He first discovered Sidney during a crabbing trip. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Pharmacist nets Sidney a new downtown business

Khalid Hammad fell in love with Sidney while crabbing off Bevan Fishing Pier

Khalid Hammad opened Oceanside Pharmacy in downtown Sidney in November 2020. He first discovered Sidney during a crabbing trip. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Karen Morgan, president and chief executive officer of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, seen here in the rose garden of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, is retiring from her post after more than 20 years. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Retiring hospital foundation president leaving legacy on Saanich Peninsula

Karen Morgan helped save the Saanich Peninsula Hospital in its time of need

Karen Morgan, president and chief executive officer of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, seen here in the rose garden of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, is retiring from her post after more than 20 years. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Marilyn Hodgson, who has organized the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in Central Saanich since 2015, is looking for her own replacement. (Black Press Media File)

Longtime Terry Fox Run organizer in Central Saanich stepping back

Marilyn Hodgson involved locally since 2015, has supported national fundraiser for decades

Marilyn Hodgson, who has organized the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in Central Saanich since 2015, is looking for her own replacement. (Black Press Media File)
Riders with Bikers Against Child Abuse chose to visit the Peninsula on Sunday because of the Sidney Street Market and its food trucks. The market is operating out of a temporary location in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Tourists starting to roll back into Sidney

Sidney Street Market organizers, vendors observing more out-of-towners

Riders with Bikers Against Child Abuse chose to visit the Peninsula on Sunday because of the Sidney Street Market and its food trucks. The market is operating out of a temporary location in the parking lot of the Mary Winspear Centre. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)

Request for more information on OCP review a good sign, say North Saanich residents

Council last week refused to accept official community plan summary report as drafted

The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)
Construction values in Sidney almost totalled $75 million in 2020, according to the draft annual report before Sidney council. (Black Press Media File)

Value of 2020 residential construction in Sidney close to $75 million

Figures in town’s annual report show significant upward trend in recent years

Construction values in Sidney almost totalled $75 million in 2020, according to the draft annual report before Sidney council. (Black Press Media File)
SMONECTEN (McDonald) Campground in North Saanich part of the Learn-to Camp Equipped program from Parks Canada. It is open those who want to learn more camping or brush up on existing knowledge. (Parks Canada/Submitted)

North Saanich part of Parks Canada program to sharpen camping skills

SMONECTEN (McDonald) campground part of Learn-to Camp Equipped

SMONECTEN (McDonald) Campground in North Saanich part of the Learn-to Camp Equipped program from Parks Canada. It is open those who want to learn more camping or brush up on existing knowledge. (Parks Canada/Submitted)
This rendering shows the proposed building that would stand on the pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership rendering)

Sidney won’t add third option to Beacon Wharf engagement process

Residents to weigh in on choice between public-private partnership pontoon or not replacing wharf

This rendering shows the proposed building that would stand on the pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership rendering)
Cindy Pendergast, left, of Sidney’s Truth and Alibi cannabis shop heads out to make what was believed to be the first delivery of cannabis in British Columbia, following that service’s legalization July 15. (Photo courtesy Truth and Alibi)

Sidney said to be site of first legal cannabis delivery in British Columbia

Truth and Alibi delivered to a Sidney couple at 9 a.m. sharp July 15 when deliveries became legal

Cindy Pendergast, left, of Sidney’s Truth and Alibi cannabis shop heads out to make what was believed to be the first delivery of cannabis in British Columbia, following that service’s legalization July 15. (Photo courtesy Truth and Alibi)
A spokesperson for NAV Canada says it has redundancies and procedures in place to preserve the safety of local airspace in the event of fire impacting the radar dome in LAU, WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Fire in North Saanich park won’t affect local airspace safety: NAV Canada

Non-profit operates radar dome, other equipment in LAU, WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park

A spokesperson for NAV Canada says it has redundancies and procedures in place to preserve the safety of local airspace in the event of fire impacting the radar dome in LAU, WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)