Hugo Wong

The gray jay, or whiskey jack, is a local resident and was named Canadian Geographic’s choice for national bird. Steve Phillips photo

Canada jay is gray no more

With former name restored, Team Canada Jay hopes official bird status will soon follow

The gray jay, or whiskey jack, is a local resident and was named Canadian Geographic’s choice for national bird. Steve Phillips photo
Astronomer David Balam typically works at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Saanich, but discovered the minor planet Tsawout via a telescope in Hawaii. (Contributed)

Minor planet named for Tsawout First Nation

During his five decades looking through a telescope, David Balam has discovered…

Astronomer David Balam typically works at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Saanich, but discovered the minor planet Tsawout via a telescope in Hawaii. (Contributed)
An affordable housing proposal has some neighbours concerned about extra cars and building heights, but Kaye Melliship, executive director of the Greater Victoria Housing Society, said the slope of the site and the nearby bus route takes care of some of those concerns. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

Unique lot in Central Saanich makes good site for affordable housing, says housing advocate

Greater Victoria Housing Society still believes in 1909 Prosser Rd.

An affordable housing proposal has some neighbours concerned about extra cars and building heights, but Kaye Melliship, executive director of the Greater Victoria Housing Society, said the slope of the site and the nearby bus route takes care of some of those concerns. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)
Greater Victoria youth earn Scouts’ highest honour

Greater Victoria youth earn Scouts’ highest honour

21 youth receive Chief Scout’s Award from lieutenant governor

Greater Victoria youth earn Scouts’ highest honour
65th annual Swiftsure race in 2008 started very slowly off Clover Point with a light wind and even that dying creating a dritsure for the last boats. (Black Press File)

Top 5 weekend activities in Greater Victoria

Paddleboarding, family days, festivals, and a mighty garage sale

65th annual Swiftsure race in 2008 started very slowly off Clover Point with a light wind and even that dying creating a dritsure for the last boats. (Black Press File)
BC Ferries has announced plans for public consultation this spring on plans to upgrade the Swartz Bay terminal in North Saanich. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

Have your say about the new Swartz Bay ferry terminal

Online survey open until June 8

BC Ferries has announced plans for public consultation this spring on plans to upgrade the Swartz Bay terminal in North Saanich. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)
North Saanich patient places “Doctor Wanted” ad

North Saanich patient places “Doctor Wanted” ad

With her GP retiring, one patient takes action

North Saanich patient places “Doctor Wanted” ad
Kids of all ages and sizes will get up close and personal with big machines. (Colette Hopkins)

Touch a Truck event returns to raise money for cancer research

The Touch a Truck event is returning for its 7th year. Kids…

Kids of all ages and sizes will get up close and personal with big machines. (Colette Hopkins)
Keith Ogilvie poses with a model Spitfire, with the same markings as the one his father flew in the Battle of Britain. He will read alongside Ron Norman at the SHOAL Centre May 11. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

North Saanich author pieces together his parent’s wartime story

Keith Ogilvie reads at the SHOAL Centre May 11

Keith Ogilvie poses with a model Spitfire, with the same markings as the one his father flew in the Battle of Britain. He will read alongside Ron Norman at the SHOAL Centre May 11. (Hugo Wong/News Staff)
As an ex-journalist and civil servant, Ron Norman got an inside look at how the government actually worked. The daily comedy of B.C. politics formed the basis of his debut novel, Slouching Towards Innocence. (Provided)

Ex-journalist and civil servant’s debut novel exposes daily comedy of political life

Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival fundraiser on May 11

As an ex-journalist and civil servant, Ron Norman got an inside look at how the government actually worked. The daily comedy of B.C. politics formed the basis of his debut novel, Slouching Towards Innocence. (Provided)
The beaver, named “Sidney Clawsby” (for his origins and the hockey player) will be bound for the Fraser Valley this week.  (Mervyn Lougher-Goodey)

Sidney Clawsby joins Justin Beaver

Sidney councillor donates stuffed beaver after theft

The beaver, named “Sidney Clawsby” (for his origins and the hockey player) will be bound for the Fraser Valley this week.  (Mervyn Lougher-Goodey)
The four and five-storey buildings would be on a hill, and the developers say they will only be a metre higher than the surrounding townhomes.                                 (Stride Properties)

Affordable housing development leaves neighbours concerned

A 90-unit proposal on Prosser Rd. is before Central Saanich council

The four and five-storey buildings would be on a hill, and the developers say they will only be a metre higher than the surrounding townhomes.                                 (Stride Properties)
UPS workers were treated and observed after a package arriving on a aircraft at the Victoria airport April 25 leaked unknown contents. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

Spill at Victoria airport prompts emergency response

North Saanich Fire and ambulance respond to spill of unknown substance

UPS workers were treated and observed after a package arriving on a aircraft at the Victoria airport April 25 leaked unknown contents. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)
Protecting farmland, but at what cost?

Protecting farmland, but at what cost?

Some advocates want ALC rules to put farmers and food security first

Protecting farmland, but at what cost?
A baby Nigerian Dwarf goat participates in her first-ever yoga class. (Alisa Howlett/News Staff file)

Goat cuddlers wanted for Greater Victoria farm

The wee goats need to get used to humans before ‘goat yoga’ launches

A baby Nigerian Dwarf goat participates in her first-ever yoga class. (Alisa Howlett/News Staff file)
Parks Canada biologist Pippi Lawn surveys thousands of endangered contorted-pod evening-primrose plants following restoration efforts, which increased the population size at this site on Sidney Spit by 950 per cent. (Parks Canada)

Endangered plant thrives after Sidney Spit restoration

Coastal sand ecosystem returning to health after 1.5 years of work

Parks Canada biologist Pippi Lawn surveys thousands of endangered contorted-pod evening-primrose plants following restoration efforts, which increased the population size at this site on Sidney Spit by 950 per cent. (Parks Canada)
UPDATE: Two rescued after falling from ferry at Swartz Bay

UPDATE: Two rescued after falling from ferry at Swartz Bay

One crew member is injured after rescue boat mechanism fails, causing it to fall from the ferry

UPDATE: Two rescued after falling from ferry at Swartz Bay
Central Saanich Municipal Hall (Hugo Wong/News Staff)

Spec tax discussion cut short at Central Saanich meeting

Letters from homebuilders and Realtors off the table for now

Central Saanich Municipal Hall (Hugo Wong/News Staff)
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Ardmore Golf Course in North Saanich up for sale

After 73 years, duTemple family decides to move on

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Members of SPRIG welcome one refugee at Victoria International Airport in Sept. 2016. They want to sponsor a family, but have waited for almost two years. (Provided)

Peninsula group wants shorter wait times for refugees

Syrian mother, four children wait as feds work through backlog

Members of SPRIG welcome one refugee at Victoria International Airport in Sept. 2016. They want to sponsor a family, but have waited for almost two years. (Provided)