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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)
Sidney’s Town Crier Kenny Podmore will be walking the streets of Sidney on Canada Day, handing out Canada pins and flags, while dressed in red and white. (Black Press Media File)

Televised musical show features in Sidney’s revised Canada Day celebrations

Winspear Centre site of concert, town crier Kenny Podmore to hand out flags

Sidney’s Town Crier Kenny Podmore will be walking the streets of Sidney on Canada Day, handing out Canada pins and flags, while dressed in red and white. (Black Press Media File)
Coun. Patricia Pearson is calling for a different level of discourse as North Saanich continues to review the Official Community Plan. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)

North Saanich councillor laments climate on social media

Coun. Patricia Pearson criticizes rhetoric surrounding OCP review

Coun. Patricia Pearson is calling for a different level of discourse as North Saanich continues to review the Official Community Plan. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)
Staff with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea released Wanda on June 7 near Ucluelet. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Submitted)

Wanda the octopus says goodbye to Sidney

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea returned octopus to waters off Ucluelet, received a new one June 8

Staff with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea released Wanda on June 7 near Ucluelet. (Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea/Submitted)
Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich will be the start and end point of a car parade June 25 featuring the graduating class of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo).

Parkland 2021 grads to drive off into the sunset with car parade in Sidney, North Saanich

Route for parade scheduled for 2 p.m., June 25 includes downtown Sidney

Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich will be the start and end point of a car parade June 25 featuring the graduating class of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo).
Sidney resident Martha Kenny, here seen with her papillons Vapr and Daisey, would like to see the public take more care when it comes to transporting animals after witnessing a rottweiler fall out of a truck. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Safety of dogs in focus with rising heat and incident in Sidney

Resident concerned after watching Rottweiler fall out of truck in Sidney

Sidney resident Martha Kenny, here seen with her papillons Vapr and Daisey, would like to see the public take more care when it comes to transporting animals after witnessing a rottweiler fall out of a truck. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sandy Oliver, owner of Sidney’s Star Cinema, said a hardware problem delayed the theatre’s re-opening, pushing it to Monday, June 21. The theatre had planned to re-open June 18. (Black Press Media file photo)

Projector problems push re-opening of Sidney’s Star Cinema

Theatre re-opened Monday with screening of A Quiet Place II

Sandy Oliver, owner of Sidney’s Star Cinema, said a hardware problem delayed the theatre’s re-opening, pushing it to Monday, June 21. The theatre had planned to re-open June 18. (Black Press Media file photo)
Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin, featuring an award-winning home on 67 acres of property overlooking the ocean, recently sold for a record-setting, yet undisclosed amount. (Sotheby’s International Realty Canada photo)

Sale of oceanfront property in Metchosin yields new record for Greater Victoria

Listed at $14.1 million, Swanwick Ranch sold to an undisclosed buyer

Swanwick Ranch in Metchosin, featuring an award-winning home on 67 acres of property overlooking the ocean, recently sold for a record-setting, yet undisclosed amount. (Sotheby’s International Realty Canada photo)
Kathy and Doug LaFortune stand next to the new welcome pole now gracing the front entrance of KELSET Elementary School in North Saanich. LaFortune completed the piece after suffering a stroke with the help of his wife and son Bear. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

KELSET school in North Saanich unveils welcome pole on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Carver Doug LaFortune completed pole with the help of his son, wife after suffering a stroke

Kathy and Doug LaFortune stand next to the new welcome pole now gracing the front entrance of KELSET Elementary School in North Saanich. LaFortune completed the piece after suffering a stroke with the help of his wife and son Bear. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich has rejected plans for a pilot project that would allow food trucks in Centennial Park. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich puts brakes on food truck pilot project

Coun. Carl Jensen questions Central Saanich’s consistency

Central Saanich has rejected plans for a pilot project that would allow food trucks in Centennial Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Bob Thompson wants authorities to delay the June 30 deadline for submissions to BC Housing’s request-for-proposal to run the supportive housing project at Prosser Road. (Black Press Media File)

Central Saanich calls for delay in supportive housing project deadline

Municipality wants more say in eventual choice of contractor to run supportive housing project

Coun. Bob Thompson wants authorities to delay the June 30 deadline for submissions to BC Housing’s request-for-proposal to run the supportive housing project at Prosser Road. (Black Press Media File)
Andrea Lewis (left), board member of the Shoreline Medical Society, receives a $3,000 cheque from Andrew Hansen, owner of Boondocks Bar and Grill. They are joined by Elizabeth Rhoades, executive director Shawna Walker, as well as board members Richard Flader and Andrew Tidman. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney bar owner helps doctor recruitment for Saanich Peninsula clinics

Boondocks Bar and Grill raised $3,000 in May for Shoreline Medical Society

Andrea Lewis (left), board member of the Shoreline Medical Society, receives a $3,000 cheque from Andrew Hansen, owner of Boondocks Bar and Grill. They are joined by Elizabeth Rhoades, executive director Shawna Walker, as well as board members Richard Flader and Andrew Tidman. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Al Kohut, owner of the new photographers GALLERY, checks out Looking Back by David Bradt. The photo printed on canvas is among 50 images featured in the Birds on the Wild Side exhibition showing until July 3. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Photo gallery in Sidney plucks out top bird photos

Birds on the Wild Side show running at the new photographers GALLERY until July 3

Al Kohut, owner of the new photographers GALLERY, checks out Looking Back by David Bradt. The photo printed on canvas is among 50 images featured in the Birds on the Wild Side exhibition showing until July 3. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)