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Nearly 70 survey respondents said they left kitchen while cooking, as fires are most likely to start in kitchens, according to a national insurance supplier. (Pixabay)

Home fires most likely to start in kitchen, according to insurance providers

Nearly 70 survey respondents said they left kitchen while cooking

Nearly 70 survey respondents said they left kitchen while cooking, as fires are most likely to start in kitchens, according to a national insurance supplier. (Pixabay)
Elections BC has sent out almost 700,000 mail voting packages as of Oct. 14 with just under 3.5 million registered voters. (Black Press Media File)

Vancouver Islanders lead the province in mail-in ballot requests

Saanich North and the Islands lingers just behind Victoria-Beacon Hill riding atop leader board

Elections BC has sent out almost 700,000 mail voting packages as of Oct. 14 with just under 3.5 million registered voters. (Black Press Media File)
Statistically, each Canadian purchased little more than a half turkey in 2018. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Canadians purchased 20.2 million Thanksgiving turkeys in 2018

Canadians also consumed 59 million litres of whipping cream

Statistically, each Canadian purchased little more than a half turkey in 2018. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
This Nanchang CJ-6 landed on its belly just after noon Saturday at Victoria International Airport. The person second from the right is said to be the pilot. (Kim Passmore/Submitted)

No injuries as vintage plane crashes at Victoria International Airport

Crash happened Saturday after pilot reportedly experienced technical problems

This Nanchang CJ-6 landed on its belly just after noon Saturday at Victoria International Airport. The person second from the right is said to be the pilot. (Kim Passmore/Submitted)
Samantha Lenz, resort manager for Oceanside RV Resort, says she continues to turn people away, who are looking for a permanent spot to winter on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)(Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney operators avoid the worst of declining tourism industry

Chamber of Commerce expects rising interest from snowbirds

Samantha Lenz, resort manager for Oceanside RV Resort, says she continues to turn people away, who are looking for a permanent spot to winter on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)(Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney council signalled its support for additional cannabis outlets on Beacon Avenue after councillors last month showed their support for the cannabis business formerly known as Happy Buddha Cannabis as proposed by Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney signals support for additional cannabis stores on Beacon Avenue

Legal fight with cannabis business cost Sidney almost $40,000

Sidney council signalled its support for additional cannabis outlets on Beacon Avenue after councillors last month showed their support for the cannabis business formerly known as Happy Buddha Cannabis as proposed by Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Country star Jess Moskaluke is playing Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre for four nights, Oct. 8 through 11. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Country star Jess Moskaluke rides into Sidney

Juno Award winner plays Mary Winspear Centre Oct. 8 to 11

Country star Jess Moskaluke is playing Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre for four nights, Oct. 8 through 11. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Greater Victoria real estate sales remain hot through September

Greater Victoria real estate sales remain hot through September

Compared to September 2019, sales of single family homes rose 91.9 per cent

Greater Victoria real estate sales remain hot through September
New Democrat Zeb King, BC Green Adam Olsen and Stephen Roberts will be the only names appearing on the ballot in Saanich North and the Islands following the end of the nomination period. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Three names on final election ballot for Saanich North and the Islands

Unlike in 2013 and 2017, local election ballot won’t include an independent candidate

New Democrat Zeb King, BC Green Adam Olsen and Stephen Roberts will be the only names appearing on the ballot in Saanich North and the Islands following the end of the nomination period. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Kennedy Nikel, applied marine biologist at Cascadia Seaweed, shows off bull kelp (in her left hand) and rock weed. The company is not only developing seaweed-based food products, but also other applications. Nikel, for example, is studying the use of seaweed to cut methane gas emissions from cows. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Cascadia Seaweed hopes to float to the top of a growing industry

Vancouver Island food products based on seaweed could hit local shelves in spring 2021

Kennedy Nikel, applied marine biologist at Cascadia Seaweed, shows off bull kelp (in her left hand) and rock weed. The company is not only developing seaweed-based food products, but also other applications. Nikel, for example, is studying the use of seaweed to cut methane gas emissions from cows. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich Coun. Zeb King, here seen with Minjung Kwon, will be running for the New Democrats in Saanich North and the Islands (New Democratic Party/Submitted)

Long-time Central Saanich councillor named NDP candidate for Saanich North and the Islands

King, who joins election campaign one week after its start, hopes to unseat Adam Olsen

Central Saanich Coun. Zeb King, here seen with Minjung Kwon, will be running for the New Democrats in Saanich North and the Islands (New Democratic Party/Submitted)
Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles are celebrating after Sidney council signalled their support for their proposed cannabis business in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Happy Buddha pot shop going ahead, but with a new name

Sidney reverses position, will allow town’s first cannabis retailer to set up shop downtown

Zach Pendergast, Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles are celebrating after Sidney council signalled their support for their proposed cannabis business in the 2400-block of Beacon Avenue. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sheringham Distillery owners Jason and Alayne MacIsaac, here seen in 2019, won the Gold Award for Product of the Year for their Seaside Gin during the 2020 BC Food and Beverage Awards held virtually Sept. 24. (Black Press Media File)

Sooke, Sidney businesses win top awards during the BC Food and Beverage Awards

Sheringham Distillery won Gold Award for Product of Year while Cascadia Seaweed won Innovation Award

Sheringham Distillery owners Jason and Alayne MacIsaac, here seen in 2019, won the Gold Award for Product of the Year for their Seaside Gin during the 2020 BC Food and Beverage Awards held virtually Sept. 24. (Black Press Media File)
HMCS Regina, recently returned spent parts of Saturday outside of Sidney as part of patrols and training (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Canadian warship HCMS Regina sails past Sidney

The vessel recently returned from the world’s largest naval exercise

HMCS Regina, recently returned spent parts of Saturday outside of Sidney as part of patrols and training (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The driver of this 2018 Lamborghini Aventador received almost $1,000 in fines after being stopped for speeding on Highway 17 by the Central Saanich Police Service. (Central Saanich Police/Twitter)

Lamborghini driver slapped with nearly $1,000 in fines while speeding in Central Saanich

Vehicle impounded by Central Saanich police, 11 points issued

The driver of this 2018 Lamborghini Aventador received almost $1,000 in fines after being stopped for speeding on Highway 17 by the Central Saanich Police Service. (Central Saanich Police/Twitter)
Almost half of students returning to Canadian university campuses like the University of Victoria worry about their ability to pay for tuition during the 2020 fall term. (Facebook/University of Victoria)

Almost half of Canadian university students fear they cannot pay rising tuitions

COVID-19 also diminishing expectations for job market

Almost half of students returning to Canadian university campuses like the University of Victoria worry about their ability to pay for tuition during the 2020 fall term. (Facebook/University of Victoria)
Stephen Roberts hopes the third is the charm in winning the riding of Saanich North and the Islands after having run for the BC Liberals in 2013 and 2017

Stephen Roberts returns for a third run for BC Liberals in Saanich North and the Islands

Roberts follows career in international banking with involvement with several local non-profits

Stephen Roberts hopes the third is the charm in winning the riding of Saanich North and the Islands after having run for the BC Liberals in 2013 and 2017
Local MP Elizabeth May does not think a federal election is imminent after Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne. (Black Press Media File).

Local MP Elizabeth May likes aspects of throne speech, but questions execution

According to May nobody in Ottawa is as ‘reckless’ as BC’s John Horgan

Local MP Elizabeth May does not think a federal election is imminent after Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne. (Black Press Media File).
Local MP Elizabeth May does not think a federal election is imminent after Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne. (Black Press Media File).

Local MP Elizabeth May likes aspects of throne speech, but questions execution

According to May nobody is as ‘reckless’ as BC’s John Horgan in dismissing snap election

Local MP Elizabeth May does not think a federal election is imminent after Wednesday’s Speech from the Throne. (Black Press Media File).
A new report surveying six communities in Greater Victoria finds a “chronic shortage” of daycare spaces. (Black Press Media File)

New report finds ‘chronic’ shortage of daycare spaces across Greater Victoria

Just 52 per cent of demand is being met in the best of the six communities surveyed

A new report surveying six communities in Greater Victoria finds a “chronic shortage” of daycare spaces. (Black Press Media File)