Sidney

Geoff Dickson, president and chief executive officer of the Victoria International Airport, Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith and North Saanich Mayor Peter Jones stand near the site of the proposed roundabout near the Amazon facility in Sidney. The three parties recently formalized their funding agreement for the $6.4 million project. (Town of Sidney/Submitted)

Deal reached for $6.4M roundabout near Amazon in Sidney

Sidney and VAA will pay 41.4 per cent each, North Saanich 17.2 per cent

 

Former councillor candidate Eric Diller, who has been involved with the Parking Reform Network and Better Transit Alliance, says less parking offers economic, ecological and quality-of-life advantages. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney needs to stop hysteria about losing parking spots: advocate

Eric Diller says community needs to see true cost of parking in debate over bicycling lanes

 

Firefighters from all three municipalities on the Saanich Peninsula responded to a fire Tuesday morning in downtown Sidney on Third Street. Police had earlier arrested a man during what police called an “interrupted arson.” (Sidney Volunteer Fire Department/Twitter)

Starting point of fire linked to Sidney arson case may never be found

Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brett Mikkelsen said it was fortunate building was unoccupied

 

This photo shows the aftermath of an early Tuesday morning fire. A man arrested at the site is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP interrupt arson in downtown Sidney

Sidney, Central Saanich, North Saanich firefighters respond to downtown fire Tuesday

This photo shows the aftermath of an early Tuesday morning fire. A man arrested at the site is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Chris Millington Band will play Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on Dec. 31 to help ring in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

R&B band to rock in 2023 at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

The Chris Millington Band will supply the sounds during New Year’s dinner and dance

The Chris Millington Band will play Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on Dec. 31 to help ring in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Organizers of the community dinner at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, which takes place every Christmas said it is an event with a high demand. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

The Mary Winspear Centre hosts annual community dinner after 2 year hiatus

Organizers of the event said it was truly a community effort, including donations of food and time.

Organizers of the community dinner at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, which takes place every Christmas said it is an event with a high demand. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Sidney’s council has asked staff to start discussion with the Mary Winspear Centre around a financial reporting requirement. The facility received $365,000 in 2022 from the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre faces financial reporting requirement

Council tasked staff to start discussion after society running centre lost charitable status

Sidney’s council has asked staff to start discussion with the Mary Winspear Centre around a financial reporting requirement. The facility received $365,000 in 2022 from the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich Police Service are looking to replace seven conventional vehicles with EVs, sparking questions from one Central Saanich councillor. (Central Saanich Police Service/Submitted)

$730K electrification of police fleet questioned by Central Saanich councillor

Central Saanich plans to replace conventional police seven vehicles with EVs

Central Saanich Police Service are looking to replace seven conventional vehicles with EVs, sparking questions from one Central Saanich councillor. (Central Saanich Police Service/Submitted)
Members of the Peninsula Players, seen here at rehearsals, will perform Alice in Pantoland at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre starting Dec. 23 through Dec. 30, with the cast taking a rest on Dec. 25 and Dec. 28. (Peninsula Players/Submitted)

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre hosts seasonal take on Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Pantoland recognizes tradition of Pantomime at Christmas time

Members of the Peninsula Players, seen here at rehearsals, will perform Alice in Pantoland at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre starting Dec. 23 through Dec. 30, with the cast taking a rest on Dec. 25 and Dec. 28. (Peninsula Players/Submitted)
Sidney continues to receive feedback from various quarters as it looks into the pros and cons of backyard chickens. (Black Press Media file photo)

Proponents, opponents of backyard chickens in Sidney peck out different arguments

Municipality has received input from animal rights activist, local residents

Sidney continues to receive feedback from various quarters as it looks into the pros and cons of backyard chickens. (Black Press Media file photo)
A fleet of vessels paraded past Sidney’s shore Saturday (Dec. 17). (Courtesy Bob Orchard)
A fleet of vessels paraded past Sidney’s shore Saturday (Dec. 17). (Courtesy Bob Orchard)
The draft of Sidney’s active transportation plan will be back before Sidney council Monday. (Black Press File file photo)

Sidney CAO says public will learn more about parking issues in early 2023

Questions about parking have emerged after Sidney received draft active transportation plan

The draft of Sidney’s active transportation plan will be back before Sidney council Monday. (Black Press File file photo)
Sidney’s new active transportation plan prepared by Urban Systems appeared before council meeting as committee of the whole Monday. It points among other issues to the possibility of improved cycling infrastructure along Resthaven Drive, improvements with impacts on parking. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney’s draft active transportation plan could disrupt parking

Plan would lead to loss of downtown parking spaces due to protected bike lanes

Sidney’s new active transportation plan prepared by Urban Systems appeared before council meeting as committee of the whole Monday. It points among other issues to the possibility of improved cycling infrastructure along Resthaven Drive, improvements with impacts on parking. (Black Press Media file photo)
Construction of the proposed roundabout at the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road is set to get underway in spring 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

CAO says Sidney ‘grateful’ for roundabout contribution from North Saanich

Randy Humble added that Sidney respects North Saanich’s decision to cap contribution

Construction of the proposed roundabout at the corner of Beacon Avenue West and Galaran Road is set to get underway in spring 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Maud J is back on the water after the Canadian Coast Guard hired a salvage company to recover the vessel from Roberts Bay, where most of the vessel sank Nov. 29. Crews refloated the vessel early Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sunken vessel leaves Sidney’s Roberts Bay with Canadian Coast Guard help

Move comes after the owner’s efforts to refloat vessel himself failed

The Maud J is back on the water after the Canadian Coast Guard hired a salvage company to recover the vessel from Roberts Bay, where most of the vessel sank Nov. 29. Crews refloated the vessel early Monday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Maud J remains almost completely below the waters of Sidney’s Roberts Bay Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Environmental response to boat in Roberts Bay receives praise from Sidney

Most of the Maud J remains below water in Roberts Bay Sunday afternoon

The Maud J remains almost completely below the waters of Sidney’s Roberts Bay Sunday afternoon. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich’s Michael Kaeshammer will complete his current cross-Canada tour with two nights at SIdney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

North Saanich’s Michael Kaeshammer comes home with two shows after cross-country tour

The globally renowned pianist plays the Mary Winspear Centre on Dec. 5 and 6

North Saanich’s Michael Kaeshammer will complete his current cross-Canada tour with two nights at SIdney’s Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
Michael Goodchild, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, stands next to the permanent Lego display. The museum’s popular Lego exhibit, featuring more than 800 kits, opens Dec. 1 and runs until March 31, 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney’s museum builds into Christmas with Lego exhibit

The familiar display returns for its 17th season a month earlier than usual

Michael Goodchild, executive director of the Sidney Museum and Archives, stands next to the permanent Lego display. The museum’s popular Lego exhibit, featuring more than 800 kits, opens Dec. 1 and runs until March 31, 2023. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A report cites the intersection of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue as an area of “high concern” for both cyclists and pedestrians. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Report raises safety concerns about Highway 17 / Beacon Avenue in Sidney

Report finds gaps in Sidney’s active transportation network

A report cites the intersection of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue as an area of “high concern” for both cyclists and pedestrians. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sidney’s new economic development stands accused of lacking detail and failing to meet expectations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney councillors give new economic development plan thumbs-down

Plan said to be lacking details and might not be available for strategic planning next year

Sidney’s new economic development stands accused of lacking detail and failing to meet expectations. (Black Press Media file photo)