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Canada’s Senior Men’s 15s team coach Kingsley Jones looks on during the team’s warm-up prior to the first match of the Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualification Pathway against the US Eagles, at the Swilers Rugby Club in St. John’s, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

Canada men’s 15s beats Belgium 45-0 in Halifax

First of two tests against European competition this month

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

Oak Bay’s municipal hall as pictured in May 2021. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

All Oak Bay voters can use mail-in ballots in upcoming municipal election

Details about requesting a mail ballot package to be released closer to election

Blacked out fencing seals off the crime scene that is the BMO bank at Shelbourne and Pear streets in Saanich on Thursday evening (June 30). On Saturday (July 2), Saanich Police announced the crime scene had been released and Shelbourne and Pear streets had been completely reopened to traffic and pedestrians. (Black Press Media file photo)

Shelbourne Street reopens following Saanich shootout

Saanich Police say the crime scene at the Bank of Montreal has been released

Blacked out fencing seals off the crime scene that is the BMO bank at Shelbourne and Pear streets in Saanich on Thursday evening (June 30). On Saturday (July 2), Saanich Police announced the crime scene had been released and Shelbourne and Pear streets had been completely reopened to traffic and pedestrians. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Chief Ray Bernoties, left, new Oak Bay Police Deputy Chief Julie Chanin and Acting Chief Mark Fisher during Chanin’s official swearing in on June 21 at municipal hall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gender balance at Oak Bay police a symptom of a healthier department

New Chief Mark Fisher takes the reins of a department that has seen barriers fall

Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch, Chief Ray Bernoties, left, new Oak Bay Police Deputy Chief Julie Chanin and Acting Chief Mark Fisher during Chanin’s official swearing in on June 21 at municipal hall. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
The public hearing and possible council decision on a six-storey mixed-use building at the corner of Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue in Saanich was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on July 5. (Courtesy of Abstract Developments)

Public hearings on tap for Saanich fire hall project, McRae/Shelbourne proposal

Shelbourne hearing reset to 7 p.m. July 5, Royal Oak fire hall discussion July 12

The public hearing and possible council decision on a six-storey mixed-use building at the corner of Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue in Saanich was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on July 5. (Courtesy of Abstract Developments)
BC RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Alex Berube speaks Saturday (July 2) during a media update on the investigation into the June 28 bank robbery in Saanich, which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

UPDATE: Saanich bank shootout suspects confirmed as 22-year-old twins from Duncan

No motive is known and police continue to ask the public to come forward with any information

BC RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Alex Berube speaks Saturday (July 2) during a media update on the investigation into the June 28 bank robbery in Saanich, which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Multiple people were injured during an exchange of gunfire at Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street near Pear Street. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (June 28). (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Multiple people were injured during an exchange of gunfire at Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street near Pear Street. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (June 28). (Justin Samanski-Langille/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)
Workers de-construct a building in the 800-block of Fort Street. De-construction involves taking an existing building apart and salvaging the materials it was built with. Victoria has mandated deconstruction for pricier single-family and duplex homes. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Pricier home rebuilds targeted at start of Victoria deconstruction bylaw

Owners will be refunded a fee based on the amount of building materials salvaged

Workers de-construct a building in the 800-block of Fort Street. De-construction involves taking an existing building apart and salvaging the materials it was built with. Victoria has mandated deconstruction for pricier single-family and duplex homes. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

View Royal amends oath of office to add code of conduct

The new oath will be in effect for new council after fall election

The City Centre Park splash pad is now patio space for Patio37. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Langford residents make waves over splash pad closure

The decision was made during an in-camera meeting, closed due to maintenance costs

The City Centre Park splash pad is now patio space for Patio37. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens is launching a new exhibit July 2 focused on the O’Reilly family’s relationship with animals. (Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens/Facebook)

New exhibit launching at Victoria’s Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens

The new exhibit focuses on the O’Reilly family’s relationship with animals

Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens is launching a new exhibit July 2 focused on the O’Reilly family’s relationship with animals. (Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens/Facebook)
Police block traffic along Richmond Road on Thursday at around 5:25 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

UPDATE: Police determine no risk to public posed by 2 ‘suspicious’ men

A large police presence in Saanich and Victoria was involved in the search Thursday night

Police block traffic along Richmond Road on Thursday at around 5:25 p.m. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen, pictured here in 2020, recently penned a letter to Victoria that signalled the province wouldn’t amend legislation to allow for a request from the capital city around tenant protections. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Victoria tenant protection requirements blocked by province

City wanted to tie more renoviction protections to its permitting process

Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen, pictured here in 2020, recently penned a letter to Victoria that signalled the province wouldn’t amend legislation to allow for a request from the capital city around tenant protections. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Dr. Robert O’Connor, a family doctor with Me’Chosen Medical presented to Metchosin council on June 27, suggesting several ways a rural municipality can attract family doctors. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metchosin looking for options to help tackle doctor shortage crisis

Local doctor suggests welcome service, scholarships and letter calling on UBCM to lobby province

Dr. Robert O’Connor, a family doctor with Me’Chosen Medical presented to Metchosin council on June 27, suggesting several ways a rural municipality can attract family doctors. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson (from left), Beecher Bay First Nation Chief Russ Chipps, Songhees First Nation elder Butch Dick, and SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar, broke ground on two new Langford schools in November 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson (from left), Beecher Bay First Nation Chief Russ Chipps, Songhees First Nation elder Butch Dick, and SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar, broke ground on two new Langford schools in November 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Work on Viewpointe Estates in Sooke is progressing. The developer and district signed a new covenant last week. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke, subdivision developer rejigs covenant to add parkland

New document dedicates more land for park use and additional building lots

Work on Viewpointe Estates in Sooke is progressing. The developer and district signed a new covenant last week. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Saanich Police Department Chief Dean Duthie speaks to the media Thursday (June 30) to provide an update on the investigation into a bank robbery in Saanich Tuesday (June 28) which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

VIDEO: Police, coroners working to identify suspects in Saanich bank shootout

Police looking for information on vehicle believed to be associated with suspects

Saanich Police Department Chief Dean Duthie speaks to the media Thursday (June 30) to provide an update on the investigation into a bank robbery in Saanich Tuesday (June 28) which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Greater Victoria is mourning the loss of Ritchie Li, who died after a battle with cancer on June 27. (Central Saanich Police Service/Facebook)

Central Saanich mourns loss of Ritchie Li

The Central Saanich Police Service member died of cancer June 27

Greater Victoria is mourning the loss of Ritchie Li, who died after a battle with cancer on June 27. (Central Saanich Police Service/Facebook)