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Local MLA Adam Olsen, who was interim leader of BC Greens, slammed the New Democrats under John Horgan for triggering an election scheduled for Oct. 24. (Hansard TV)

B.C. ELECTION: Island MLA Adam Olsen says NDP is sacrificing health for politics

Olsen acknowledges situation of a snap election is not ideal for BC Greens,

Local MLA Adam Olsen, who was interim leader of BC Greens, slammed the New Democrats under John Horgan for triggering an election scheduled for Oct. 24. (Hansard TV)
About one in seven Canadian students expressed satisfaction with the transition toward online learning during COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay photo)

COVID-19 skill loss will hurt global economic output for rest of century: survey

About one in seven Canadian students satisfied with transition toward online learning

About one in seven Canadian students expressed satisfaction with the transition toward online learning during COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay photo)
Unlike the 2019 edition, the 2020 edition of the Sidney by the Sea Run/Walk will happen virtually. Race director Cathy Noel also predicts that future running events will look different post-COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of Sidney Run)

Industry running in new direction, says Vancouver Island run director

Popular Sidney by the Sea Run/Walk goes virtual

Unlike the 2019 edition, the 2020 edition of the Sidney by the Sea Run/Walk will happen virtually. Race director Cathy Noel also predicts that future running events will look different post-COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of Sidney Run)
A plane passes over downtown Sidney, shrouded in smoke from wildfires in the United States, on its way toward Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. A spokesperson for the airport said Wednesday that the smoke has not impacted flight service, unlike in the United States. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A plane passes over downtown Sidney, shrouded in smoke from wildfires in the United States, on its way toward Victoria International Airport Tuesday morning. A spokesperson for the airport said Wednesday that the smoke has not impacted flight service, unlike in the United States. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles, who own Happy Buddha Cannabis, with a figurine of Buddha in early December 2019. Siddhartha Gautama (later known as the Buddha) founded the religion some 2,500 years ago in India. The proposed name of the business now faces opposition for being religiously insensitive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Cindy Pendergast and Brad Styles, who own Happy Buddha Cannabis, with a figurine of Buddha in early December 2019. Siddhartha Gautama (later known as the Buddha) founded the religion some 2,500 years ago in India. The proposed name of the business now faces opposition for being religiously insensitive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Unemployment in Greater Victoria dropped in August to 10.3 per cent in August, down from 11.3 per cent. (Twitter/Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)

Unemployment in Greater Victoria remains near historic highs

Economist warns of sluggish job growth in the future

Unemployment in Greater Victoria dropped in August to 10.3 per cent in August, down from 11.3 per cent. (Twitter/Greater Victoria Harbour Authority)
Mark and Cindy Sherman stand near the lot, a portion of which Pacific Soccer Academy plans to use for an all-weather soccer field. Some 150 community garden plots are also part of the proposal. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Opponents of proposed soccer pitch in Central Saanich say it undermines agriculture

Residents feel the proposal would violate the Official Community Plan

Mark and Cindy Sherman stand near the lot, a portion of which Pacific Soccer Academy plans to use for an all-weather soccer field. Some 150 community garden plots are also part of the proposal. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Real estate sales in the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) area hit a new record for August (Black Press Media File)

Real estate sales across southern Vancouver Island hit new record in August

Average detached house price in Greater Victoria above $1 million

Real estate sales in the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) area hit a new record for August (Black Press Media File)
Saanich Teachers’ Association president Don Peterson (fifth from right, in green jacket), here seen during last fall’s strike by support workers, says rumours of a teachers’ strike, are “completely unfounded” as school returns Thursday. (Black Press Media File)

Head of Saanich teachers’ union dismisses rumours of a strike

Don Peterson says he has no idea where the rumour orginated

Saanich Teachers’ Association president Don Peterson (fifth from right, in green jacket), here seen during last fall’s strike by support workers, says rumours of a teachers’ strike, are “completely unfounded” as school returns Thursday. (Black Press Media File)
Westshore RCMP say Sooke Road is opening again after crews had dealt with “significant” brush fire Monday afternoon. (Westshore RCMP/Twitter)

Sooke Road reopens in Langford after downed power line sparks ‘significant’ brush fire

Crews from several departments responded to the blaze with heavy winds in the area

Westshore RCMP say Sooke Road is opening again after crews had dealt with “significant” brush fire Monday afternoon. (Westshore RCMP/Twitter)
Jenn Stevens, a board member of Pacific Soccer Academy FC (PACE FC), bounces a ball on the site where the club plans to build an all-weather soccer field. The proposal, however, faces a lengthy process and opposition from a petition. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Soccer club pitches turf field for ALR land in Central Saanich

Proposal faces a lengthy process and opposition from a petition signed by hundreds

Jenn Stevens, a board member of Pacific Soccer Academy FC (PACE FC), bounces a ball on the site where the club plans to build an all-weather soccer field. The proposal, however, faces a lengthy process and opposition from a petition. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Don Young, who sailed four years as a merchant mariner, hopes Canadians will use Sept. 3 to remember the contributions of the merchant navy during the Second World War. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Former merchant mariner living in Sidney hopes Canadians won’t forget

Don Young said merchant navy made a war-winning contribution

Don Young, who sailed four years as a merchant mariner, hopes Canadians will use Sept. 3 to remember the contributions of the merchant navy during the Second World War. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The provincial government led by Premier John Horgan and finance minister Carole James have taken steps to help post-secondary students, but Statistics Canada warns that COVID-19 will stress students dealing with debt. (Black Press Media)

New survey warns of COVID-19 effects on post-secondary debt in Canada

Survey finds 64 per cent of students who graduated in 2015 still had outstanding debt in 2018

The provincial government led by Premier John Horgan and finance minister Carole James have taken steps to help post-secondary students, but Statistics Canada warns that COVID-19 will stress students dealing with debt. (Black Press Media)
Dr. Janet Mort of Brentwood Bay is among 13 individuals joining the Order of BC (Janet Mort/Submitted)

Vancouver Island educator and academic joins Order of BC

Saanich Peninsula’s Dr. Janet N. Mort is an expert in the field of primary learning

Dr. Janet Mort of Brentwood Bay is among 13 individuals joining the Order of BC (Janet Mort/Submitted)
The number of COVID-19 cases travelling from or to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) has risen to four following latest update from British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). (Black Press Media File)

Victoria International Airport linked with new COVID-19 case

WestJet flight 3355 landed at YYJ from Vancouver on Aug. 18

The number of COVID-19 cases travelling from or to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) has risen to four following latest update from British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). (Black Press Media File)
Sidney/North Saanich RCMP continue to investigate a collision that left a cyclist with ‘significant injuries.’ (Black Press Media File)

Collision in Sidney leaves cyclist with ‘significant injuries’

Police say the collision remains under investigation

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP continue to investigate a collision that left a cyclist with ‘significant injuries.’ (Black Press Media File)
Visitors who touch, disturb, remove or possess wildlife from a national park like seal pups can receive fines of up to a maximum of $1 million. (Nick Irving/Parks Canada)

Sidney Island visitors asked to stay away from seal pups

Parks Canada advises people to maintain a minimum distance of 100 metres

Visitors who touch, disturb, remove or possess wildlife from a national park like seal pups can receive fines of up to a maximum of $1 million. (Nick Irving/Parks Canada)
The physical offices of Shoreline Medical Services in Sidney and Central Saanich (Brentwood Bay) remain closed, but doctors continue to meet with patients online or over the phone, with call volumes in excess of 6,000 in Sidney and 7,000 in Central Saanich. (Black Press Media File)

Medical clinics in Sidney and Central Saanich getting thousands of calls daily

Executive director of Shoreline Medical says patients may not get through because of call volume

The physical offices of Shoreline Medical Services in Sidney and Central Saanich (Brentwood Bay) remain closed, but doctors continue to meet with patients online or over the phone, with call volumes in excess of 6,000 in Sidney and 7,000 in Central Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
Saanich Gulf-Islands Tory candidate David Busch says his party’s environmental platform will be pragmatic, without being punitive. (Ryan Trelford/Submitted)

Vancouver Island Tory candidate says new leader will grow party

David Busch had earlier endorsed Peter MacKay, who lost the leadership race to Erin O’Toole.

Saanich Gulf-Islands Tory candidate David Busch says his party’s environmental platform will be pragmatic, without being punitive. (Ryan Trelford/Submitted)
Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brett Mikkelsen said crews were ready to deploy to the Okanagan, but a change in weather conditions led to a change in plans. (Black Press Media file photo)

Drilling causes mysterious small house fire in Sidney

Firefighters had to do some detective work to find the blaze inside a wall.

Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brett Mikkelsen said crews were ready to deploy to the Okanagan, but a change in weather conditions led to a change in plans. (Black Press Media file photo)