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Sidney is tweaking bylaws that govern overnight camping in public areas amid concerns that homelessness is proliferating. Sidney / North Saanich RCMP, however, have said that homelessness has decreased with about 10 people or so experiencing homelessness. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Regular enforcement of overnight camping rules in Sidney set to resume

Numbers fluctuate, but 10 or so people currently experiencing homelessness in Sidney

Sidney is tweaking bylaws that govern overnight camping in public areas amid concerns that homelessness is proliferating. Sidney / North Saanich RCMP, however, have said that homelessness has decreased with about 10 people or so experiencing homelessness. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
BC Ferries has cancelled the 8 p.m. sailing departing Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen and the 10 p.m. departing Tsawwassen for Swartz Bay Sunday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crew shortage causes BC Ferries to cancel sailings

8 p.m. sailing departing for Tsawwassen and 10 p.m. sailing departing for Swartz Bay cancelled

BC Ferries has cancelled the 8 p.m. sailing departing Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen and the 10 p.m. departing Tsawwassen for Swartz Bay Sunday. (Black Press Media file photo)
The family of Nathaniel Watters is asking for privacy after announcing that he has passed away. The family said in a statement on social media that they were able to locate him in the evening hours of July 16 in Nitinat Lake area. (Courtesy of Central Saanich Police Service)

Family of Central Saanich’s Nathaniel Watters appeals for privacy after announcing his passing

Family said on social media they had located Watters in Nitinat Lake area

The family of Nathaniel Watters is asking for privacy after announcing that he has passed away. The family said in a statement on social media that they were able to locate him in the evening hours of July 16 in Nitinat Lake area. (Courtesy of Central Saanich Police Service)
Michael Goodchild, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, stands next to one of the pieces of the museum’s new Little Black Dress exhibit that runs through Oct. 3. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Michael Goodchild seeks to build on legacy as new executive director of Sidney Museum

Goodchild has previously worked at Royal Ontario Museum and Calgary’s Military Museums

Michael Goodchild, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, stands next to one of the pieces of the museum’s new Little Black Dress exhibit that runs through Oct. 3. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The median after-tax income of a household in Greater Victoria was $75,500, up 14.4 per cent from 2015 with considerable regional variation. (Black Press Media File)

Households in Highlands have the highest median incomes in Greater Victoria

The median after-tax income for a Greater Victoria household was $75,500 in 2020

The median after-tax income of a household in Greater Victoria was $75,500, up 14.4 per cent from 2015 with considerable regional variation. (Black Press Media File)
According to Statistics Canada, one-third of all households in Greater Victoria (33.7 per cent) are one-person households, ahead of the national rate of 29.3 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)

Flying solo the norm for a third of households in Greater Victoria

Households composed of roomates on the rise across Canada with Greater Victoria ahead of curve

According to Statistics Canada, one-third of all households in Greater Victoria (33.7 per cent) are one-person households, ahead of the national rate of 29.3 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rendering shows a four-storey mixed-use building (in centre) proposed for 2060 White Birch Rd. Current plans call for 63 rental units as well commercial space. (Screencap)

Public, councillors ask tough questions about proposed Sidney waterfront development

White Birch Road plan calls for 63 rental units, but all at market rate, councillors hear

Rendering shows a four-storey mixed-use building (in centre) proposed for 2060 White Birch Rd. Current plans call for 63 rental units as well commercial space. (Screencap)
Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney host an information session for would-be municipal council candidates at Greenglade Community Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Peninsula municipalities host joint information session for potential candidates

Session scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. July 14 at Greenglade Community Centre

Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney host an information session for would-be municipal council candidates at Greenglade Community Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
The intersection of Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road recorded 29 collisions in 2021, according to ICBC. The intersection recorded the highest number of collisions in not only Central Saanich, but also on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Three Pat Bay Highway intersections top list for most crashes on Saanich Peninsula

Intersection of Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road recorded 29 collisions in 2021

The intersection of Highway 17 and Mount Newton Cross Road recorded 29 collisions in 2021, according to ICBC. The intersection recorded the highest number of collisions in not only Central Saanich, but also on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich Fire is warning motorists about discarding cigarettes from their vehicles as they can cause rapidly spreading fires as was the case two years along Highway 17. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Central Saanich Fire warns motorists about carelessly butting out

Outdoor fires caused by discarded cigarettes continue to cause economic damage

Central Saanich Fire is warning motorists about discarding cigarettes from their vehicles as they can cause rapidly spreading fires as was the case two years along Highway 17. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 4.1 in June 2022, up 0.1 from May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Unemployment rate in Greater Victoria rises to 4.1 per cent

Unemployment nearly one full per cent below national average of 4.9 per cent, a new historic low

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 4.1 in June 2022, up 0.1 from May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Crews served up 4,000 individual servings of ice cream and strawberries during Saanich’s Strawberry Festival held Sunday at Beaver Lake. (Courtesy Ivy Liu)

PHOTOS: Up to 10,000 people attend first Strawberry Festival in Saanich in two years

Some 4,000 servings of ice cream and strawberries gobbled up within 60 minutes

Crews served up 4,000 individual servings of ice cream and strawberries during Saanich’s Strawberry Festival held Sunday at Beaver Lake. (Courtesy Ivy Liu)
Songhees Chief Ron Sam addresses the crowd during a ceremony Sunday marking the renaming of Trutch Street to Su’it Street. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Trutch Street in Victoria renamed to Su’it Street in

Su’it means truth in the Lekwungan language

Songhees Chief Ron Sam addresses the crowd during a ceremony Sunday marking the renaming of Trutch Street to Su’it Street. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Keeley Dalton and Willem Sytsma are the valedictorians at North Saanich’s Parkland Secondary School. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Valedictorians of North Saanich’s Parkland proud to inspire their colleagues

Keeley Dalton and Willem Sytsma want to instill confidence in 2022 graduating class

Keeley Dalton and Willem Sytsma are the valedictorians at North Saanich’s Parkland Secondary School. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Jasmeen Lalari delivered the valedictorian speech at Stelly’s secondary’s graduation recognition ceremony. Lalari plans to study law at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. (Photo courtesy of Jasmeen Lalari)

New experiences, community service motivate Stelly’s secondary valedictorian

Jasmeen Lalari credits her grandparents for instilling her with a desire to help others

Jasmeen Lalari delivered the valedictorian speech at Stelly’s secondary’s graduation recognition ceremony. Lalari plans to study law at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. (Photo courtesy of Jasmeen Lalari)
Levi Venables (right) here seen with his mother, Elizabeth Venables, who is also a coach, will represent the Peninsula Track and Field Club at the 2022 BC Games held in Prince George July 21-24. His teammate Egan Franey will join him. (Photo courtesy of the Peninsula Track and Field Club)

Despite lack of local track, Peninsula Track and Field Club running strong

Two athletes will represent the club at the 2022 BC Games in Prince George July 21-24

Levi Venables (right) here seen with his mother, Elizabeth Venables, who is also a coach, will represent the Peninsula Track and Field Club at the 2022 BC Games held in Prince George July 21-24. His teammate Egan Franey will join him. (Photo courtesy of the Peninsula Track and Field Club)
Several months will pass until work at the corner of Fifth Street and Henry Avenue will resume. A spokesperson for the developers says the site is safe and monitored. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Development representative says proposed condo site in Sidney is safe

Excavation set to resume later this year after starting in October 2020

Several months will pass until work at the corner of Fifth Street and Henry Avenue will resume. A spokesperson for the developers says the site is safe and monitored. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney council has adopted its Official Community Plan update. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney adopts updated Official Community Plan

Coun. Scott Garnett concerned about increased density, lone voice of opposition

Sidney council has adopted its Official Community Plan update. (Black Press Media file photo)
Mark Adamson, here seen off Sidney’s Lochside Drive, has been swimming in the ocean since last July at least once a week. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Ocean swimming off Sidney gives Greater Victoria man whale of a time

Mark Adamson had a close encounter with an orca last year during one of his weekly swims

Mark Adamson, here seen off Sidney’s Lochside Drive, has been swimming in the ocean since last July at least once a week. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Roger Fox, Ann Blyth, Rod Ellis and Sid Greenner of the Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association stand near the dedicated pickleball courts in North Saanich on Wain Road. The association is currently working with the Memorial Park Society and Peninsula Soccer Association on plans that could lead to dedicated facilities in Blue Heron Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

North Saanich’s Blue Heron Park could become site of additional pickleball courts

Pickleball association in talks with Memorial Park Society and Saanich Peninsula Soccer Association

Roger Fox, Ann Blyth, Rod Ellis and Sid Greenner of the Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association stand near the dedicated pickleball courts in North Saanich on Wain Road. The association is currently working with the Memorial Park Society and Peninsula Soccer Association on plans that could lead to dedicated facilities in Blue Heron Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)