District of Saanich

Jeremy Mannall-Fretwell, president of Lakehill Soccer, is comfortable with Saanich’s decision to take over management of the Braefoot Park building and feels it will be a positive change. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Local soccer, lacrosse associations back Saanich in move to take over Braefoot Park building

Lakehill Soccer Association, Saanich Lacrosse Association send letters of support to council

Jeremy Mannall-Fretwell, president of Lakehill Soccer, is comfortable with Saanich’s decision to take over management of the Braefoot Park building and feels it will be a positive change. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
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Island mayor says travelling politicians need to meet highest possible standards

Greater Victoria politicians’ travel activities come under fire

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On Jan. 3, families with children who attend the Cloverdale Childcare facility at 3427A Quadra St. received an email informing them several members had tested positive for COVID-19. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Families warned of positive COVID-19 cases at Saanich daycare

Cloverdale Childcare facility closed Jan. 4, 5

On Jan. 3, families with children who attend the Cloverdale Childcare facility at 3427A Quadra St. received an email informing them several members had tested positive for COVID-19. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
A 30-foot Yamaha sloop sailboat broke loose and washed up on shore in Cadboro Bay on Dec. 30, blocking the beach access and narrowly avoiding a glass fence on a nearby property. (Photo courtesy Eric Dahli)

Residents take action after derelict sailboat lands on Greater Victoria beach

Vessel blocked beach access, nearly damaged fence on private property

A 30-foot Yamaha sloop sailboat broke loose and washed up on shore in Cadboro Bay on Dec. 30, blocking the beach access and narrowly avoiding a glass fence on a nearby property. (Photo courtesy Eric Dahli)
Two employees at Mayfair Shopping Centre have confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Submitted file photo)

Two employees at Mayfair Shopping Centre test positive for COVID

Individuals to follow all mandatory isolation, testing procedures before returning to work

Two employees at Mayfair Shopping Centre have confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Submitted file photo)
The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island firefighters offer safety tips to avoid holiday fires

Candles, damaged lights, dry trees and smoking can all lead to house fires

The Saanich Fire Department is calling for residents to be fire smart as they deck the halls for the holidays. (Black Press Media file photo)
A rendering shows what the Doral Forest Park development would look like from the southwest. (Rendering via D’AMBROSIO Architecture & Urbanism)

Saanich sends 11-storey proposal to public hearing despite criticism from residents

Concerns raised about housing development abutting Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park

A rendering shows what the Doral Forest Park development would look like from the southwest. (Rendering via D’AMBROSIO Architecture & Urbanism)
Saanich emergency crews and FortisBC staff are on the scene of a gas leak, with Douglas Street expected to be closed for several hours on Dec. 23. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

UPDATED: Gas leak in Saanich following ‘proactive maintenance’

Northbound lanes of Douglas were closed from Cloverdale to Audley

Saanich emergency crews and FortisBC staff are on the scene of a gas leak, with Douglas Street expected to be closed for several hours on Dec. 23. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Pedestrians stop to check out the infamous Tuxedo Drive Christmas display which has returned for an encore to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Iconic Island ‘Christmas House’ returns with encore display amid pandemic

Christmas display on Tuxedo Drive in Saanich revived, lit up nightly from 5-11 p.m. until Jan. 1

Pedestrians stop to check out the infamous Tuxedo Drive Christmas display which has returned for an encore to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich staff are reviewing a court decision that casts doubt on the municipality’s ban of single use plastic bag. Coun. Susan Brice has been among its leading voices. (Black Press File). Coun. Susan Brice says it is a matter of time until Saanich bans single-use plastic bags. Wolf Depner/News Staff

Saanich prepares to implement bylaw banning plastic checkout bags in April

District aligns with Victoria bylaw timeline for consistency across region

Saanich staff are reviewing a court decision that casts doubt on the municipality’s ban of single use plastic bag. Coun. Susan Brice has been among its leading voices. (Black Press File). Coun. Susan Brice says it is a matter of time until Saanich bans single-use plastic bags. Wolf Depner/News Staff
Graeme Macaloney, whisky maker and owner of Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery, explains how the distilled spirits flow through the pot stills before being transferred into barrels to age. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Island booze officially declared whisky

Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery spirits officially considered ‘whisky’

Graeme Macaloney, whisky maker and owner of Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery, explains how the distilled spirits flow through the pot stills before being transferred into barrels to age. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
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Bad pipes, no money? Island company there to patch that leak

Saanich’s Rather Be Plumbing offering free service for those really in need ahead of Christmas

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Saanich recreation centres will continue to offer bookings for singles racket sports under new provincial health orders. (Pixabay)

Singles racket sports allowed to continue at Saanich recreation centres

One player on each side of net, no doubles, district says

Saanich recreation centres will continue to offer bookings for singles racket sports under new provincial health orders. (Pixabay)
The Capital Regional District and Island Health has advised against swimming in or drinking water from both Elk and Beaver Lakes after toxic blue-green algae blooms were reported. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD expands blue-green algae alert to include Elk Lake

Blue-green algae can cause health complications in humans, pets

The Capital Regional District and Island Health has advised against swimming in or drinking water from both Elk and Beaver Lakes after toxic blue-green algae blooms were reported. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oaklands Elementary’s Division 5 Grade 4/5 split class worked together to craft a collection of arbutus berry necklaces to sell to raise money for Leila Bui’s family. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich students craft arbutus berry necklaces to fundraise for Leila Bui

Oaklands kids sell necklaces for $5 through school website

Oaklands Elementary’s Division 5 Grade 4/5 split class worked together to craft a collection of arbutus berry necklaces to sell to raise money for Leila Bui’s family. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Large logs that once bordered Mount Douglas Park were recently chopped up and removed from the park – despite bylaws banning the actions – leaving behind a trail of sawdust. (Photo courtesy Darrell Wick)

Wood snatchers illegally chop, smuggle logs out of Saanich park

Parks bylaw prohibits removing wood, using chainsaws in parks

Large logs that once bordered Mount Douglas Park were recently chopped up and removed from the park – despite bylaws banning the actions – leaving behind a trail of sawdust. (Photo courtesy Darrell Wick)
Anita and Randy Madhar, owners of the recently reopened Kuku’s Restaurant in Saanich, are pleased to welcome customers back for home-cooked Indian meals and desserts. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich Indian restaurant reopens more than a year after SUV driver crashed through the building

Kuku’s Restaurant happy to see customers again, enjoys modern touches of renovation

Anita and Randy Madhar, owners of the recently reopened Kuku’s Restaurant in Saanich, are pleased to welcome customers back for home-cooked Indian meals and desserts. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich will implement a $1/hour charge for use of the municipality’s public EV charging stations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich starts charging to charge at municipal EV stations in 2021

Fee of $1/hour goes into effect Jan. 4, three-hour charge limit remains

Saanich will implement a $1/hour charge for use of the municipality’s public EV charging stations. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes hopes to see Saanich consider evolving from a district to a city in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mayor of Vancouver Island’s largest municipality wants it to become a city

Haynes: Becoming a city rather than amalgamating with Victoria in Saanich’s best interest

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes hopes to see Saanich consider evolving from a district to a city in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
A holiday lights and music display on Walter Avenue in Saanich aims to lift spirits amid the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Katie Bone)

VIDEO: Huge Christmas display in Saanich neighbourhood aims to raise spirits amid pandemic

Cheer-seekers invited to stop by 326 Walter Avenue for lights, music and Santa Claus

A holiday lights and music display on Walter Avenue in Saanich aims to lift spirits amid the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Katie Bone)