District of Saanich

Saanich council will consider banning rodenticides on municipal properties and calling on the provincial government to implement a B.C.-wide ban. (Pixabay)

Island community scurrying to ban rat poisons

In-house municipal ban ‘small but important first step’ to protect wildlife, Saanich councillor says

Saanich council will consider banning rodenticides on municipal properties and calling on the provincial government to implement a B.C.-wide ban. (Pixabay)
The Saanich Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire at Strawberry Vale Elementary school that caused extensive damage to the roof. (Photo courtesy Tamara Pillipow)

UPDATED: Saanich firefighters investigate early morning fire at elementary school

Fire crews remain on scene at Strawberry Vale Elementary

The Saanich Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire at Strawberry Vale Elementary school that caused extensive damage to the roof. (Photo courtesy Tamara Pillipow)
Saanich staff are looking at a new ticketing process to manage parking and strengthen enforcement. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pay your parking ticket if you want, or don’t, Saanich doesn’t care

Current system a waste of resources, missed revenue opportunity, councillor says

Saanich staff are looking at a new ticketing process to manage parking and strengthen enforcement. (Black Press Media file photo)
More than 10 municipalities in the Capital Regional District will join Saanich in a road speed reduction pilot. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

South Island in driver’s seat for residential road speed reduction pilot project

Saanich recruits 11 CRD municipalities to join pilot project to look at 40 km/h residential limit

More than 10 municipalities in the Capital Regional District will join Saanich in a road speed reduction pilot. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault

No charges sworn, no arrest made as of July 9

Saanich police identify suspect in Brydon Park assault
An Island Health beach advisory was posted for Craigflower-Kosapsum Park starting July 3 due to high levels of Enterococci. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

Bacteria levels lead to swimming advisory at Saanich park

Craigflower-Kosapsum Park among regional beaches with swim advisories

An Island Health beach advisory was posted for Craigflower-Kosapsum Park starting July 3 due to high levels of Enterococci. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)
Saanich has won a Planning Institute of British Columbia award for its 2020 Climate Plan, but due to COVID-19, no funds were allocated in the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich wins award for climate plan cut from 2020 budget

‘It’s truly an exceptional plan,’ says councillor disappointed with lack of funding

Saanich has won a Planning Institute of British Columbia award for its 2020 Climate Plan, but due to COVID-19, no funds were allocated in the 2020 budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students from Claremont Secondary involved in the use of a hate symbol at a grad party are working to make amends. This photo has been manipulated to blur the offensive symbol written on the back of a student. (Photo submitted)

Claremont Secondary students make amends after hate symbol used at grad party

Families working with school administration, local rabbi, superintendent says

Students from Claremont Secondary involved in the use of a hate symbol at a grad party are working to make amends. This photo has been manipulated to blur the offensive symbol written on the back of a student. (Photo submitted)
Greater Victoria resident Arthur Barnes waves flags in celebration of Canada Day. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)

Top 10 safe ways to celebrate Canada Day 2020 in Greater Victoria

Break out the Canada flags, plan a red and white outfit and dig into some poutine

Greater Victoria resident Arthur Barnes waves flags in celebration of Canada Day. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)
Saanich council will consider a bylaw to temporarily allow alcohol consumption in 14 local parks. (Pikrepo)

Saanich considers bylaw allowing liquor in 14 parks, police disapprove

Staff report suggests permitting drinking in parks noon to 8 p.m. until Sept. 30

Saanich council will consider a bylaw to temporarily allow alcohol consumption in 14 local parks. (Pikrepo)
A public hearing on Saanich’s unrelated occupancy limits began at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATED: Saanich council increases unrelated occupancy limit from four to six

Residents flocked to all-day public hearing via conference call

A public hearing on Saanich’s unrelated occupancy limits began at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Municipal Hall (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Municipal Hall (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich residents have been fighting to have a bylaw banning farm stands changed. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich residents have been fighting to have a bylaw banning farm stands changed. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Staff at The Lakes Restaurant – located inside the Howard Johnson by Wyndham on Elk Lake Drive in Saanich – are waiting for permission from the province to open the new outdoor tables on the pool deck. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich restaurant patio expansions move forward despite B.C. lifting capacity limits

Need for more seating is ‘based on social distancing, not on capacity,’ mayor says

Staff at The Lakes Restaurant – located inside the Howard Johnson by Wyndham on Elk Lake Drive in Saanich – are waiting for permission from the province to open the new outdoor tables on the pool deck. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich bylaws don’t currently control the use of skateboard on sidewalks. (pxhere.com)

Black-eyed senior questions Saanich’s lack of skateboard bylaws after sidewalk crash

Skateboarding permitted on sidewalks until bylaw review complete, mayor says

Saanich bylaws don’t currently control the use of skateboard on sidewalks. (pxhere.com)
Saanich police are investigating reports of a man making aggressive and sexual comments to women near Cedar Hill Road in two separate incidents. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police investigating after man accused of making aggressive, sexual comments to women

Two incidents occurred a year apart near the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

Saanich police are investigating reports of a man making aggressive and sexual comments to women near Cedar Hill Road in two separate incidents. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC opened an investigation on May 28 regarding an incident in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police watchdog opens investigation into unspecified Saanich incident

Independent Investigations Office of BC looks into May 28 incident

The Independent Investigations Office of BC opened an investigation on May 28 regarding an incident in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Roy Vollinger (right) is shown with his friend and former Saanich Hornets player Bob Mueller. Vollinger died June 3 at the age of 78. (Photo by Wendy Foster)

Legendary Greater Victoria football coach Roy Vollinger dies at 78

Former Saanich Hornets coach remembered as an inspiring leader with big personality

Roy Vollinger (right) is shown with his friend and former Saanich Hornets player Bob Mueller. Vollinger died June 3 at the age of 78. (Photo by Wendy Foster)
The District of Saanich is looking at allowing liquor consumption in parks and other public spaces. (pexels.com/Engin Akyurt)

Vancouver Island community considers allowing alcohol in parks

Push on in Saanich after North Vancouver gives pilot project the green light

The District of Saanich is looking at allowing liquor consumption in parks and other public spaces. (pexels.com/Engin Akyurt)
Capt. Carl Trepels is reminding Saanich residents to take precautions to avoid barbecue fires this summer. (Black Press Media file photo)

Welcome to grilling season: Island firefighter talks barbecue safety tips

Grills should be cleaned, serviced prior to use, firefighter says

Capt. Carl Trepels is reminding Saanich residents to take precautions to avoid barbecue fires this summer. (Black Press Media file photo)