District of Saanich

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes (from left), Tsartlip First Nation Chief Don Tom, and Tsawout First Nation Chief Harvey Underwood signed a memorandum of understanding between the nations and the municipality on Friday (Dec. 3). (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

WSANEC Leadership Council, District of Saanich look to improve relations

MOU intended to encourage reconciliation, create more meaningful interactions

 

Investing in park space is more important than ever, says Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich councillors bringing parks investment to the forefront

Ned Taylor, Rebecca Mersereau’s motion calls on district to set aside money for parks acquisition

 

Mayor Fred Haynes receives congratulations from Saanich’s chief administrative officer Paul Thorkelsson during the 2018 inaugural council following that year’s municipal election. Saanich announced Tuesday it was parting ways with Thorkelsson. (Wolf Depner/News staff)

District of Saanich ‘ends relationship’ with former CAO Paul Thorkelsson

Search for an interim CAO begins, permanent selection to be made after election in 2022

 

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

Youngest Saanich councillor urges endorsement to reduce voting age to 16 in B.C.

Ned Taylor said the earlier one begins voting, the longer they’ll remain a voter

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
An example of one of the pages Saanich Heritage Colouring Book in St. Martin Anglican Church at 550 Obed Ave. The arrow points to a part of the roof described for educational purposes. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich colouring book highlights local history, education

Collaborative project converted archival photos into colour-in formats

An example of one of the pages Saanich Heritage Colouring Book in St. Martin Anglican Church at 550 Obed Ave. The arrow points to a part of the roof described for educational purposes. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Chief Const. Scott Green (left), Const. Chelsea Cofield, Const. Chris Kaluza, Const. Adam Defrane, Const. Nick Marmaras, Deputy Chief Const. Gary Schenk, and Deputy Chief Const. Dean Duthie took part in a recognition ceremony for the Alexa’s Team program. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)

Saanich police recognized for commitment to keep impaired drivers off roads

Five Saanich traffic safety officers removed 108 impaired drivers in 2020

Chief Const. Scott Green (left), Const. Chelsea Cofield, Const. Chris Kaluza, Const. Adam Defrane, Const. Nick Marmaras, Deputy Chief Const. Gary Schenk, and Deputy Chief Const. Dean Duthie took part in a recognition ceremony for the Alexa’s Team program. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)
Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)

Saanich to begin conservation in Kings Park greenspace sooner than later

Council votes to remove final financial hurdle to getting started on preservation work

Conservation efforts in the Kings Road Community Nature Space, known by residents as Kings Park, may soon start, with the District of Saanich electing to remove the need to externally fundraise the final $625,000 for the project. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Fred Haynes/Twitter)
Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks in Saanich yield positive results

Information from temporary enclosure program to inform People, Pets and Parks Strategy

Saanich’s summer pop-up dog parks pilot project attracted hundreds of in-person pet owners and dogs, and nearly 600 online survey respondents. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich police Chief Const. Scott Green presented a report on the department’s 2022 provisional budget to council on Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police seek an extra $1.45 million for 2022 budget

Department policing cost per capita among lowest for B.C. municipal police forces in 2019

Saanich police Chief Const. Scott Green presented a report on the department’s 2022 provisional budget to council on Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich has been improving infrastructure on Shelbourne Street from North Dairy Road to Torquay Drive. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Mersereau/Twitter)

Saanich councillor experiences stress-free cycle due to Shelbourne improvements

Three-phase Shelbourne Street improvements project began in 2021 and will carry on until 2023

Saanich has been improving infrastructure on Shelbourne Street from North Dairy Road to Torquay Drive. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Mersereau/Twitter)
Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff was well received speaking about the district’s efforts, at the international Age-friendly Cities and Communities Summit, held recently in a virtual format. (Black Press Media file photo)

Councillor shares Saanich’s age-friendly actions at international conference

Judy Brownoff passionate about ensuring the well-being of older adults in the community

Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff was well received speaking about the district’s efforts, at the international Age-friendly Cities and Communities Summit, held recently in a virtual format. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Coun. Colin Plant was re-elected by the Capital Regional District board to serve as chair for another year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich councillors re-elected to head up CRD board

Colin Plant returned as board chair, Rebecca Mersereau gets the nod as vice-chair

Saanich Coun. Colin Plant was re-elected by the Capital Regional District board to serve as chair for another year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Plans are in the works for a major redevelopment of the University Heights Shopping Centre on Shelbourne and McKenzie. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

Public hearing sees Saanich residents voice support, concerns about University Heights development

Split vote by council will see decision to underground hydro lines go to final hearing

Plans are in the works for a major redevelopment of the University Heights Shopping Centre on Shelbourne and McKenzie. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)
Crews are working to repair erosion damage caused by Monday’s storm. (District of Saanich)

Section of West Saanich Road will remain closed until Nov. 22

District of Saanich says time needed to repair storm damage

Crews are working to repair erosion damage caused by Monday’s storm. (District of Saanich)
Eliza Kerridge and her dog Luca enjoy an evening at Cadboro-Gyro park. Kerridge said that year-round on-leash rules for the Saanich park reductive and unnecessary. (Photo courtesy of Eliza Kerridge)

Petition responds to Saanich’s new on-leash dog rule for Cadboro-Gyro Park

Ability to let dogs run free was good for dogs, pet owners’ mental health, petitioner says

Eliza Kerridge and her dog Luca enjoy an evening at Cadboro-Gyro park. Kerridge said that year-round on-leash rules for the Saanich park reductive and unnecessary. (Photo courtesy of Eliza Kerridge)
Saanich staff say retaining and enhancing the unique character of the Cadboro Bay Village core is a key priority in improvement plans for the neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Derek Ford)

Saanich hosting open houses on draft Cadboro Bay neighbourhood plan

Residents can attend virtually or in person this week

Saanich staff say retaining and enhancing the unique character of the Cadboro Bay Village core is a key priority in improvement plans for the neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Derek Ford)
Shelbourne Community Kitchen board chair Clarice Dillman hoped her organization would be chosen to receive a portion of community amenity funding stemming from Wesbild’s University Heights redevelopment proposal. The amended application goes to public hearing on Tuesday (Nov. 16). (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Busy Saanich charity hoped for amenity funds from University Heights redevelopment

$1 million contribution targets more greenspace, public art, electric vehicle infrastructure

Shelbourne Community Kitchen board chair Clarice Dillman hoped her organization would be chosen to receive a portion of community amenity funding stemming from Wesbild’s University Heights redevelopment proposal. The amended application goes to public hearing on Tuesday (Nov. 16). (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Metis Nation British Columbia will soon begin creating a new below-market rate housing project for Metis families, after purchasing property in Saanich for the purpose. (Black Press Media file photo)

Metis Nation targets families with rental housing, childcare project in Saanich

Land purchase worth $2.2 million funded by Canada-Métis Nation Housing Sub-Accord

Metis Nation British Columbia will soon begin creating a new below-market rate housing project for Metis families, after purchasing property in Saanich for the purpose. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor is encouraging fellow young people interested in politics to run in the upcoming municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)

Youngest Saanich councillor urges other youth to run in upcoming municipal election

Coun. Ned Taylor said diversity and climate mitigation efforts need more focus

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor is encouraging fellow young people interested in politics to run in the upcoming municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Parks and Recreation received a digital communications award for its Natural Intelligence campaign encouraging residents to spend more time outdoors in places like Cuthbert Holmes Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich Parks recognized for getting green message out

Natural Intelligence campaign encouraged residents to spend more time outdoors

Saanich Parks and Recreation received a digital communications award for its Natural Intelligence campaign encouraging residents to spend more time outdoors in places like Cuthbert Holmes Park. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)