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The commercial ground floor of the Oceanna development in Sidney could end up being the site of not one, but two craft breweries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Public asked to comment on second brewery in downtown Sidney

Proponent’s request for parking variance remains stalled

The commercial ground floor of the Oceanna development in Sidney could end up being the site of not one, but two craft breweries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the municipality will review new regulations that promise to increase housing flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve. (Black Press Media Files/Submitted)

Central Saanich to review relaxed housing rules for ALR

Mayor Ryan Windsor says municipality has been working on ways to improve housing for farm workers

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the municipality will review new regulations that promise to increase housing flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve. (Black Press Media Files/Submitted)
RCMP Saturday arrested a person wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as part of enforcing a court order in the Fairy Creek Watershed. (Black Press Media File)

Fairy Creek protester arrested on unrelated Canada-wide warrant

Individual arrested was among 10 persons RCMP arrested Saturday

RCMP Saturday arrested a person wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as part of enforcing a court order in the Fairy Creek Watershed. (Black Press Media File)
As construction of the supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. continues, BC Housing says it will give priority to people from the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula residents high priority in Central Saanich housing project

Council questions prompt response from BC Housing

As construction of the supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. continues, BC Housing says it will give priority to people from the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Nick Coates, general manager of the Victoria Airport Travelodge, stands in one of the hotel’s rooms with head housekeeper Ashley Jones. Like many other accommodation providers, the Travelodge is struggling to fill jobs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney hotels struggle to fill job openings

Demand for staff exceeds supply as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Nick Coates, general manager of the Victoria Airport Travelodge, stands in one of the hotel’s rooms with head housekeeper Ashley Jones. Like many other accommodation providers, the Travelodge is struggling to fill jobs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Lloyd, the new female Giant Pacific octopus at Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, is named after the late Peter Lloyd, a founding member of the centre and chair of its board from 2006 to 2013. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New octopus honours founding member, board chair of Sidney aquarium

Lloyd, a female, pays tribute to Peter Lloyd, a founder of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Lloyd, the new female Giant Pacific octopus at Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, is named after the late Peter Lloyd, a founding member of the centre and chair of its board from 2006 to 2013. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Rendering shows a building standing on a pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. The Town of Sidney will soon launch an engagement process on the wharf initiative, which also includes an option to not replace the aging structure. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership)

Public to weigh in on future of Sidney wharf

A pontoon could end up replacing Beacon Wharf

Rendering shows a building standing on a pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. The Town of Sidney will soon launch an engagement process on the wharf initiative, which also includes an option to not replace the aging structure. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership)
Supporters of community group Save North Saanich hold signs outside municipal hall Monday night as part of a rally calling on council to halt the official community plan review process. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)

Changes coming to North Saanich’s OCP review process

A motion to stop review failed but changes lie ahead

Supporters of community group Save North Saanich hold signs outside municipal hall Monday night as part of a rally calling on council to halt the official community plan review process. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 5.4 per cent in June, down 0.9 per cent compared to May. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lifting of public health measures drops unemployment rate in Greater Victoria

Victoria Census Metropolitan Area records lowest unemployment rate in June among CMAs in B.C.

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 5.4 per cent in June, down 0.9 per cent compared to May. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two more aircrafts, including a CF-104 Starfighter, are said to join the CP-121 Tracker that arrived Monday in North Saanich for display at the BC Aviation Museum. (Black Press Media file photo)

Flying Banana helicopter and Starfighter set to land in North Saanich museum

A Piasecki twin-rotor helicopter and iconic Starfighter jet are coming to BC Aviation Museum

Two more aircrafts, including a CF-104 Starfighter, are said to join the CP-121 Tracker that arrived Monday in North Saanich for display at the BC Aviation Museum. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report part of the OCP review process in North Saanich identifies the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, McTavish and East Saanich Road and the Panorama Recreation Centre as one of six emerging concepts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Report finds lack of consensus around housing needs in North Saanich

North Saanich also requires significant changes to deal with climate change, report finds

A report part of the OCP review process in North Saanich identifies the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, McTavish and East Saanich Road and the Panorama Recreation Centre as one of six emerging concepts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich accused of stifling group critical of OCP review process

CAO Tim Tanton says municipality respects freedom of expression, while protecting public

North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Niall Paltiel says with the District of Central Saanich lacking resources to work with people at risk of homelessness and in immediate crisis, BC Housing should give preference to locals in certain critical situations when selecting tenants for the supportive housing project on Prosser Road. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich sends housing preference list to province for Prosser project

District asks that people facing three categories of risk be prioritized for tenancy

Coun. Niall Paltiel says with the District of Central Saanich lacking resources to work with people at risk of homelessness and in immediate crisis, BC Housing should give preference to locals in certain critical situations when selecting tenants for the supportive housing project on Prosser Road. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich council is moving ahead with plans to attach heritage designation to the Brentwood Anglican Chapel building at 788 Sea Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich embarks upon heritage designation for Brentwood chapel

Owner wants to deconstruct church, but potential partner Brentwood College has other priorities

Central Saanich council is moving ahead with plans to attach heritage designation to the Brentwood Anglican Chapel building at 788 Sea Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich officials plan to meet with provincial officials to discuss the management of LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park, after a report identified areas in and around the park that have potential for wildfire and risk to value within the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)

Report flags wildfire risk in areas around North Saanich parks

Coun. Celia Stock says wildfire a real threat in many parts of the municipality

North Saanich officials plan to meet with provincial officials to discuss the management of LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park, after a report identified areas in and around the park that have potential for wildfire and risk to value within the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich resident Charlene Froom calls on local politicians to be more mindful of the concerns of differently-abled individuals in the face of the area’s aging demographic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich accessibility activist calls for ongoing improvements on Peninsula

Charlene Froom lauds recent moves in Sidney but calls for awareness campaign

North Saanich resident Charlene Froom calls on local politicians to be more mindful of the concerns of differently-abled individuals in the face of the area’s aging demographic. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
People with physical disabilities shouldn’t be discounted when designing developments, said Coun. Terri O’Keeffe, as council discussed a new townhouse proposal for Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney councillor calls for attitude adjustment around accessibility

Terri O’Keeffe said developers need to rethink housing options for disabled residents

People with physical disabilities shouldn’t be discounted when designing developments, said Coun. Terri O’Keeffe, as council discussed a new townhouse proposal for Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Save North Saanich will rally outside municipal hall Monday to protest the substance and process of the municipality’s review of its Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Community group calls on North Saanich to stop OCP review

Save North Saanich plans to rally outside municipal hall Monday

Save North Saanich will rally outside municipal hall Monday to protest the substance and process of the municipality’s review of its Official Community Plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Remuneration listings for Saanich Peninsula municipalities are part of the Statement of Financial Information released this time of year in B.C. (Pixabay.com)

Council, staff pay list released by Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney

Statement of Financial Information annually gives remuneration for employees, elected officials

Remuneration listings for Saanich Peninsula municipalities are part of the Statement of Financial Information released this time of year in B.C. (Pixabay.com)
Last year, Satnam Dheensaw of Gobind Farms planted 50 per cent less strawberries in response to a shortage in foreign agriculture workers. The annual report from Peninsula and Area Agricultural Food Commission described the lack of domestic and foreign workers as the biggest obstacle during 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Ag report finds growing challenges, opportunities for Saanich Peninsula farmers

Demand for locally grown food increased up to 300 per cent in 2020; land becoming more expensive

Last year, Satnam Dheensaw of Gobind Farms planted 50 per cent less strawberries in response to a shortage in foreign agriculture workers. The annual report from Peninsula and Area Agricultural Food Commission described the lack of domestic and foreign workers as the biggest obstacle during 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)