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The Ministry of Environment says vehicle access to LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park will remain open unless BC Wildfire Service orders park closure due to an imminent wildfire threat. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Vehicle access remains for LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Park in North Saanich

Nearby residents worry about wildfire risks from vehicle sparks, discarded cigarettes

The Ministry of Environment says vehicle access to LAU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park will remain open unless BC Wildfire Service orders park closure due to an imminent wildfire threat. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Treasurer Jason Knight, president Sander Eijgenraam and Paul Murray, director-at-large of the Central Saanich Community Gardens Society stand on the municipal-owned property the society hopes to use for a project. The society hopes to lease the property for two years and begin construction next March, if rezoning and fundraising are successful. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Plans for Central Saanich community garden are germinating

Council has given tentative approval for Clarke Road project, public hearing to follow

Treasurer Jason Knight, president Sander Eijgenraam and Paul Murray, director-at-large of the Central Saanich Community Gardens Society stand on the municipal-owned property the society hopes to use for a project. The society hopes to lease the property for two years and begin construction next March, if rezoning and fundraising are successful. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
An earthquake registering 2.0 magnitude on the Richter scale happened 25 kilometres southeast of Victoria Saturday evening at 6:43 p.m. with its epicentre located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (John Cassidy/Twitter)

Small earthquake reminds Greater Victorians that they live in active earthquake zone

Earthquake happened at 6:43 Saturday and registered magnitude 2.0 on the Richter Scale

An earthquake registering 2.0 magnitude on the Richter scale happened 25 kilometres southeast of Victoria Saturday evening at 6:43 p.m. with its epicentre located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. (John Cassidy/Twitter)
Bob Peart, left, who helped coordinate the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition, stands with University of Victoria co-op student Jerram Gawley, a co-op student who developed a framework to improve environmental governance on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Peninsula communities appear ready to collaborate on environmental policy

Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition looking for implementation of bio-framework

Bob Peart, left, who helped coordinate the Saanich Peninsula Environmental Coalition, stands with University of Victoria co-op student Jerram Gawley, a co-op student who developed a framework to improve environmental governance on the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Saanich Police continue to investigate a Sunday crash during which a vehicle crashed into a house. Tillicum Road remains closed at Obed Avenue and Maddock Avenue and Arena Rd. (Black Press Media File)

Driver crashes into Saanich house after suffering medical emergency

Saanich Police say the driver narrowly missed another person during incident

Saanich Police continue to investigate a Sunday crash during which a vehicle crashed into a house. Tillicum Road remains closed at Obed Avenue and Maddock Avenue and Arena Rd. (Black Press Media File)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, appreciated the donation of $100,000 from the District of Central Saanich. She said this funding, and the moneys received from other municipal partners, is critical as donations typically drop in summer. (Black Press Media File)

Food bank staff grateful for $100,000 donation from Central Saanich

Money for Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank comes from municipality’s COVID-19 restart grant

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, appreciated the donation of $100,000 from the District of Central Saanich. She said this funding, and the moneys received from other municipal partners, is critical as donations typically drop in summer. (Black Press Media File)
Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is asking for public input on the draft of its new strategic plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea asks for public input in charting future

Public can submit feedback on its draft strategic plan until Aug. 15

Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is asking for public input on the draft of its new strategic plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
Peter Belair, who lives at the SHOAL Centre in Sidney, received this card from Buckingham Palace after he wrote to Queen Elizabeth II with condolences on the death of her husband Prince Philip in April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney resident receives thank-you note from Buckingham Palace

Peter Belair had written condolences to Queen Elizabeth II upon the death of Prince Philip

Peter Belair, who lives at the SHOAL Centre in Sidney, received this card from Buckingham Palace after he wrote to Queen Elizabeth II with condolences on the death of her husband Prince Philip in April. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm shows damage that heat caused on his raspberry crop. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula farmers face significant crop losses due to excessive heat

Local berry patches sustain extensive damage; high temperatures a benefit for corn growers

Tom Michell of Michell’s Farm shows damage that heat caused on his raspberry crop. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich council has passed a notice of motion from Coun. Zeb King that is calling on the provincial government to defer logging in high-productivity old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media File).

Central Saanich calls for deferral of old-growth logging

Couns. Carl Jensen, Gordon Newton and Niall Paltiel voted against measure proposed by Coun. Zeb King

Central Saanich council has passed a notice of motion from Coun. Zeb King that is calling on the provincial government to defer logging in high-productivity old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. (Black Press Media File).
Higher steel prices have driven up the cost of fencing to protect the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment and vehicles. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Higher steel prices hike cost of upgrades to Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment

Improvements increase security of RCMP building, vehicles

Higher steel prices have driven up the cost of fencing to protect the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment and vehicles. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Authorities are asking some residents and businesses of North Saanich to curtail their water use. (Black Press Media File)

North Saanich residents asked to cut water use to address shortage

Capital Regional District appeal applies to residents and businesses north of John Road

Authorities are asking some residents and businesses of North Saanich to curtail their water use. (Black Press Media File)
Crews from the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department and Fortis BC responded to a Melville Drive home on Monday morning for a minor gas leak. Unlike other organizations, emergency crews cannot easily escape the current high temperatures. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Gas leak response breaks eerie, heat-related quiet in Sidney

Sidney’s SHOAL Centre becomes temporary cooling shelter for heatwave peak

Crews from the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department and Fortis BC responded to a Melville Drive home on Monday morning for a minor gas leak. Unlike other organizations, emergency crews cannot easily escape the current high temperatures. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Workers remove a damaged electrical transformer from a utility pole in the 800-block of Broughton Street. An earlier incident damaged the transformer and caused a brief power outage in the downtown area. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Power outage in downtown Victoria

Power outage affects 800-block of Broughton Street with BC Hydro blaming birds

Workers remove a damaged electrical transformer from a utility pole in the 800-block of Broughton Street. An earlier incident damaged the transformer and caused a brief power outage in the downtown area. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Greater Victoria risks becoming an unaffordable location with few amenities and mediocre productivity unless it reverses its current course in the areas of housing and infrastructure among other areas. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lack of affordable housing undermines Greater Victoria’s global advantages

Series of reports highlights regional advantages, but warns of challenges ahead

Greater Victoria risks becoming an unaffordable location with few amenities and mediocre productivity unless it reverses its current course in the areas of housing and infrastructure among other areas. (Black Press Media file photo)
New figures from Statistics Canada show the COVID-19 pandemic caused a boom in online shopping. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

Value of goods and services purchased online by Canadians rose almost 50 per cent in 2020

A growing number of Canadians are shopping online for groceries

New figures from Statistics Canada show the COVID-19 pandemic caused a boom in online shopping. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)
Butchart Gardens in Central Saanich remains closed until Wednesday, 9 a.m. because of what the business calls “extreme heat” after closing its doors Sunday at noon. (Black Press Media File)

Butchart Gardens cites extreme heat in closure

The popular tourist destination says it will re-open Wednesday at 9 a.m. after closing Sunday noon

Butchart Gardens in Central Saanich remains closed until Wednesday, 9 a.m. because of what the business calls “extreme heat” after closing its doors Sunday at noon. (Black Press Media File)
Local MP Elizabeth May says current high temperatures offer a “small taste” of the future in the face of human-caused climate change. (Black Press Media File).

Local MP Elizabeth May says high temperatures offer taste of climate-change future

High local temperature are part of a global heat wave caused by burning of fossil fuels

Local MP Elizabeth May says current high temperatures offer a “small taste” of the future in the face of human-caused climate change. (Black Press Media File).
A new study has found that British Columbians have been buying more powerful cannabis products since legalization in October 2018, with average sales doubling in 2020 from 2019. (University of Victoria/Submitted)
A new study has found that British Columbians have been buying more powerful cannabis products since legalization in October 2018 with sales average sales have doubled in 2020 from 2019. (University of Victoria/Submitted)

UVic study finds cannabis has become cheaper, more potent since legalization in 2018

Sales doubled in 2020 from 2019, with private retailers dominating sales

A new study has found that British Columbians have been buying more powerful cannabis products since legalization in October 2018, with average sales doubling in 2020 from 2019. (University of Victoria/Submitted)
A new study has found that British Columbians have been buying more powerful cannabis products since legalization in October 2018 with sales average sales have doubled in 2020 from 2019. (University of Victoria/Submitted)
Kelly King with Habitat for Humanity Victoria, accepts a representative cheque for $10,000 from Isla Verhagen, a Grade 4 student at Keating Elementary, while Kathryn Parfitt with founding sponsor Sagen looks on. Verhagen earned the prize with her entry in the Meaning of Home writing contest, the only one written in French. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Central Saanich elementary student wins national writing contest

Keating Elementary’s Isla Verhagen won $10,000 for Habitat Victoria

Kelly King with Habitat for Humanity Victoria, accepts a representative cheque for $10,000 from Isla Verhagen, a Grade 4 student at Keating Elementary, while Kathryn Parfitt with founding sponsor Sagen looks on. Verhagen earned the prize with her entry in the Meaning of Home writing contest, the only one written in French. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Victoria)