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Sidney/North Saanich RCMP asked for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Taylor McGinnis. (Photo Courtesy of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP)

UPDATE: Missing Peninsula resident found safe

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP asked for assistance in finding missing person

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP asked for the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Taylor McGinnis. (Photo Courtesy of Sidney/North Saanich RCMP)
A staff report is recommending Sidney cap the heights of future buildings along Beacon Avenue to four or five storeys. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney staff report proposes cap on future building heights

Proposed limit would rule out future five-to-six storey buildings in most of downtown

A staff report is recommending Sidney cap the heights of future buildings along Beacon Avenue to four or five storeys. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Sidney-to-Anacortes ferry service, long a symbol of regional ties to the Pacific Northwest, won’t run until spring 2022 due to COVID-19. Sidney author and global analyst Michael Bociurkiw predicts negative consequences for the region if budget pressures lead to the service’s end. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney author laments weakening ties with Pacific Northwest, Asia

Michael Bociurkiw predicts region will continue to attract new domestic arrivals

The Sidney-to-Anacortes ferry service, long a symbol of regional ties to the Pacific Northwest, won’t run until spring 2022 due to COVID-19. Sidney author and global analyst Michael Bociurkiw predicts negative consequences for the region if budget pressures lead to the service’s end. (Black Press Media File)
Local real estate expert Leo Spalteholz analyzes the various parties’ election platforms around housing. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria housing analyst says solutions lay with province, local governments, not feds

Leo Spalteholz breaks down the major parties’ housing platforms in the 2021 election

Local real estate expert Leo Spalteholz analyzes the various parties’ election platforms around housing. (Black Press Media file photo)
Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)

Panthers GM expects big things for Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season

Peninsula and Victoria Cougars play home-and-home Sept. 9-10

Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)
An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League cancels season opener in Colwood due to COVID-19 cases

Westshore Wolves were scheduled to host expansion team Lake Cowichan Kraken

An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)
Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)

Dentistry students drill down the most for tuition fees in Canada

Full-time domestic undergrads average $6,693 in fees for 2021-22 school year

Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)
Quadra Sound, who headlined Sunday’s musical component of the Saanich Fair, was among an all-locals musical line-up as the Saanich Fair returned after being virtual in 2020. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Fair)

2021 Saanich Fair makes history with return to Saanich Fairgrounds

Tsartlip First Nation open and close scaled-back fair; crowd enthusiastic despite smaller numbers

Quadra Sound, who headlined Sunday’s musical component of the Saanich Fair, was among an all-locals musical line-up as the Saanich Fair returned after being virtual in 2020. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Fair)
Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay performing as the duo PIQSIQ take to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre to perform their blend of traditional Inuit throat singing infused with modern technology. (Photo courtesy of the Mary Winspear Centre)

Throat singing sisters bring haunting soundscape to Sidney

Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay perform as PIQSIQ at Mary Winspear Centre Sept. 11

Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay performing as the duo PIQSIQ take to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre to perform their blend of traditional Inuit throat singing infused with modern technology. (Photo courtesy of the Mary Winspear Centre)
Kenn Mount, who served as fire chief in Sooke, has officially taken over as the new fire chief of Central Saanich. (District of Central Saanich/Submitted)

New fire chief assumes post in Central Saanich

Kenn Mount arrives in Central Saanich after four years as fire chief in Sooke

Kenn Mount, who served as fire chief in Sooke, has officially taken over as the new fire chief of Central Saanich. (District of Central Saanich/Submitted)
RCMP in Alberta have arrested a suspect in connection with a series of reports about a man trying to enter residences in North Saanich last month. (Black Press Media File)

Suspect in North Saanich prowler reports arrested in Alberta

RCMP arrest man after local detachment appeals for public assistance

RCMP in Alberta have arrested a suspect in connection with a series of reports about a man trying to enter residences in North Saanich last month. (Black Press Media File)
While the value of building permits dropped almost four per cent for a total of $9.9 billion Canada as a whole, the value of permits in Victoria Census Metropolitian Area (CMA) rose by almost 27 per cent to some $202 million. (Black Press Media file photo)

Value of building permits skyrockets in Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria building permit values rise 27% while Canada as a whole sees a 4% decline

While the value of building permits dropped almost four per cent for a total of $9.9 billion Canada as a whole, the value of permits in Victoria Census Metropolitian Area (CMA) rose by almost 27 per cent to some $202 million. (Black Press Media file photo)
Camosun student Marshel Glidden shakes the hand of Matt Obee, vice-president of operations at Cascadia Seaweed, after he and three other students claimed a top prize in engineering the Kelp Seed Launcher V2.0. (Cascadia Seaweed/Submitted)

Sidney company partners with Camosun College to deliver winning engineering design

Four students win award in designing new sea kelp launcher

Camosun student Marshel Glidden shakes the hand of Matt Obee, vice-president of operations at Cascadia Seaweed, after he and three other students claimed a top prize in engineering the Kelp Seed Launcher V2.0. (Cascadia Seaweed/Submitted)
Police officers continue to search for an individual as part of an investigation that started early Sunday morning on Dallas Road in Victoria, but has since moved to Colwood. (Black Press Media File)

Police still searching for suspect who attempted to ram pedestrians in Victoria

Suspect later spotted in Colwood but search on-going

Police officers continue to search for an individual as part of an investigation that started early Sunday morning on Dallas Road in Victoria, but has since moved to Colwood. (Black Press Media File)
Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, enjoys a piece of sugar kelp, earlier in 2020. The company is part of the Oceans 2050 Seaweed Project, which won a 2021 Keeling Curve Prize. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney company part of award-winning climate change project

Cascadia Seaweed part of Oceans 2050 project that won Keeling Curve Prize

Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, enjoys a piece of sugar kelp, earlier in 2020. The company is part of the Oceans 2050 Seaweed Project, which won a 2021 Keeling Curve Prize. (Black Press Media file photo)
The public will learn more about the future substantive direction, budget and engagement schedule of the Official Community Plan review in November following a workshop between council and consultants from MODUS that lasted more than seven hours. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich council asks OCP consultants to revise key concepts

Public will also learn additional details about budget and engagement in November

The public will learn more about the future substantive direction, budget and engagement schedule of the Official Community Plan review in November following a workshop between council and consultants from MODUS that lasted more than seven hours. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the police board is actively addressing rising labour costs in the municipality’s police department. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich policing costs driving property tax hikes in municipality

Police department costs account for about 50 per cent of increases over last five years

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the police board is actively addressing rising labour costs in the municipality’s police department. (Black Press Media file photo)
Liberal Sherri Moore-Arbour (from left, top to bottom), incumbent Green Elizabeth May, New Democrat Sabina Singh and Conservative David Busch participated in the MicCHEK podcast hosted by Rob Shaw and Joe Perkins (top right) on Monday morning. (Screenshot)

Saanich Gulf-Islands candidates clash on environment, agree on high ferry, housing costs

May calls Trans-Mountain Pipeline an abomination, Moore-Arbour defends need for it

Liberal Sherri Moore-Arbour (from left, top to bottom), incumbent Green Elizabeth May, New Democrat Sabina Singh and Conservative David Busch participated in the MicCHEK podcast hosted by Rob Shaw and Joe Perkins (top right) on Monday morning. (Screenshot)
Sales in the area covered by Victoria Real Estate Board stagnated in August compared to July, but the level of inventory led to a slowdown compared to August 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria’s benchmark price for single-family home clears $1 million

Sidney is the ‘cheapest’ Peninsula community with a single-family home costing $901,700 in August

Sales in the area covered by Victoria Real Estate Board stagnated in August compared to July, but the level of inventory led to a slowdown compared to August 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Federal candidates in Saanich Gulf-Islands will participate in a live forum Sept. 8 at Saanich Presbyterian Church, organized by the North Saanich Residents’ Association. (Black Press Media)

North Saanich Residents’ Association hosting Saanich Gulf-Islands candidates forum

Live event scheduled for Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Saanich Presbyterian Church

Federal candidates in Saanich Gulf-Islands will participate in a live forum Sept. 8 at Saanich Presbyterian Church, organized by the North Saanich Residents’ Association. (Black Press Media)