District of Saanich

Saanich Fire Department responded to 22 complaints about open burning in rural Saanich after the province-wide ban went into effect March 26. (Black Press Media file photo)

More than 20 open burns reported in rural Saanich since province-wide ban went into effect

Residents in rural Saanich unaware of the ban, firefighter says

Saanich Fire Department responded to 22 complaints about open burning in rural Saanich after the province-wide ban went into effect March 26. (Black Press Media file photo)
A section of beach near Arbutus Cove is used as a private party place and Chris White is worried someone will get hurt before the District intervenes. (Provided by Chris White)

Saanich resident calls on District to clean up private party beach ‘before someone gets killed’

Chris White draws attention to a section of beach near Arbutus Cove covered in graffiti

A section of beach near Arbutus Cove is used as a private party place and Chris White is worried someone will get hurt before the District intervenes. (Provided by Chris White)
Saanich police are reminding residents that while school zones aren’t currently being enforced, playground zone speed limits remain in effect. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)

COVID-19: Speed limits in playground zones are in effect

Saanich police not currently enforcing school zone speed limits

Saanich police are reminding residents that while school zones aren’t currently being enforced, playground zone speed limits remain in effect. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)
A canoe was found in the men’s bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services/Twitter)

Canoe found in men’s public bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park

‘Please do not park your canoe in our bathrooms,’ say Saanich parks staff

A canoe was found in the men’s bathroom in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services/Twitter)
The District of Saanich is moving forward with summer camp registration for 2020. (Saanich Parks & Recreation/Facebook)

Saanich moves forward with summer camp registration despite COVID-19

District to give full refunds if camps are cancelled

The District of Saanich is moving forward with summer camp registration for 2020. (Saanich Parks & Recreation/Facebook)
Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor has been named one of The Starfish Canada Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich councillor named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25

Coun. Ned Taylor, three other young environmentalists from Greater Victoria on the list

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor has been named one of The Starfish Canada Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 for 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Coun. Colin Plant filmed his March 23 bike ride through the CRD with a GoPro so viewers feel like they were on the ride. (Black Press Media file photo)

VIDEO: Saanich councillor takes residents along for virtual e-bike ride through the CRD

Coun. Colin Plant is taking route requests for future cycling videos

Saanich Coun. Colin Plant filmed his March 23 bike ride through the CRD with a GoPro so viewers feel like they were on the ride. (Black Press Media file photo)
The B.C. Lottery Corporation has reached out to Saanich council in hopes of entering into discussions about the District potentially hosting the South Island’s second casino. (Black Press Media file photo)

New south Island casino could be in the cards for Saanich

Council to meet with B.C. Lottery Association about hosting new gaming facility

The B.C. Lottery Corporation has reached out to Saanich council in hopes of entering into discussions about the District potentially hosting the South Island’s second casino. (Black Press Media file photo)
District of Saanich announces program cancellations and recreation centre closures amid COVID-19 pandemic. (Saanich Parks & Recreation/Facebook)

Saanich cancels all programs and drop-in activities until further notice

Essential health services and day camps to operate until March 20

District of Saanich announces program cancellations and recreation centre closures amid COVID-19 pandemic. (Saanich Parks & Recreation/Facebook)
The District of Saanich’s plastic checkout bag ban bylaw has been given the go-ahead by the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province gives Saanich plastic bag ban bylaw the go-ahead

‘Saanich is out of the bag and ahead of the game,’ mayor says

The District of Saanich’s plastic checkout bag ban bylaw has been given the go-ahead by the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dog walkers bring the furry friends to Cadboro Bay beach to exercise and socialize both on and off-leash. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Review of off-leash dogs on Saanich beaches postponed until mid-July

Cadboro Bay Residents’ Association to conduct public consultation

Dog walkers bring the furry friends to Cadboro Bay beach to exercise and socialize both on and off-leash. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Greater Victoria biologist Jacques Sirois hopes to educate residents about the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the need to keep dogs leashed on local beaches. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

‘Give the beach a chance’: Biologist talks benefits of Saanich off-leash dog bylaw review

It’s not about being anti-dog but about ‘celebrating the natural environment’

Greater Victoria biologist Jacques Sirois hopes to educate residents about the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the need to keep dogs leashed on local beaches. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Chapter, a Terrier-Chihuahua mix, checks out Cadboro Bay Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)

Off-leash dogs could be a thing of the past on Saanich beaches

‘This isn’t about loving or hating dogs, it’s about finding the right balance’ councillor says

Chapter, a Terrier-Chihuahua mix, checks out Cadboro Bay Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich resident Vernon Lord has started a petition to oppose the proposed bylaw amendments that would increase the number of unrelated occupants allowed in one home. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich residents petition against letting six unrelated people live together

‘Support for the ‘leave it at four’ is growing,’ says the resident

Saanich resident Vernon Lord has started a petition to oppose the proposed bylaw amendments that would increase the number of unrelated occupants allowed in one home. (Black Press Media file photo)
A large pothole near the intersection of Saanich Road and Greenridge Crescent is one of many waiting to be repaired following the storm. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich crews repair more than 500 potholes after January snowstorm

Winter weather puts stress on pavement, explains a District spokesperson

A large pothole near the intersection of Saanich Road and Greenridge Crescent is one of many waiting to be repaired following the storm. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Council Chambers were packed during the Jan. 20 meeting while council and residents discussed the issue of unrelated occupancy limits. (Teale Phelps Bondaroff/Twitter)

Saanich considers allowing six unrelated people live in the same house

Proposed change would see limit of ‘roommates’ moved from four to six

Council Chambers were packed during the Jan. 20 meeting while council and residents discussed the issue of unrelated occupancy limits. (Teale Phelps Bondaroff/Twitter)
An artistic rendering shows what the University of Victoria’s student housing project will look like when completed. (Courtesy UVic)

Saanich calls on UVic, Camosun College to talk student housing shortage

UVic currently has 2,300 student beds, Camosun has no on-campus housing

An artistic rendering shows what the University of Victoria’s student housing project will look like when completed. (Courtesy UVic)
A sneaky sap thief has added four taps to this large maple tree in Mount Douglas Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

A sneaky sap thief has added four taps to this large maple tree in Mount Douglas Park. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich Christmas elf Mena Westhaver rests after a long day of delivering socks to the community ahead of Christmas. (Rainforest Communications/Supplied)

Saanich Christmas elf delivers 1,416 pairs of socks just in time for holidays

Care facilities, schools, retirement homes among sock recipients

  • Dec 25, 2019
Saanich Christmas elf Mena Westhaver rests after a long day of delivering socks to the community ahead of Christmas. (Rainforest Communications/Supplied)
Howard the Gnome has officially found a home in Saanich

Howard the Gnome has officially found a home in Saanich

Variation granted to allow world’s largest gnome to welcome visitors to Galey Farms

Howard the Gnome has officially found a home in Saanich