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Saanich is launching its 2022 pop-up off-leash dog park program June 1 in Beckwith, Gorge and Vantreight parks. The pilot program includes nine parks this year, up from five in 2021. (Adobe stock)

Off-leash dog parks return June 1 in Saanich

Pop-up pilot program sees nine parks in mix this year, up from five in 2021

Saanich is launching its 2022 pop-up off-leash dog park program June 1 in Beckwith, Gorge and Vantreight parks. The pilot program includes nine parks this year, up from five in 2021. (Adobe stock)
Applications to build garden suites in yards behind single-family homes have kept Saanich staff busy. A potential change could see side and front yards included as allowable sites. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Garden suites in Saanich achieving housing option goals, mayor says

Nearly half of applications to build new suites, convert buildings approved to date

Applications to build garden suites in yards behind single-family homes have kept Saanich staff busy. A potential change could see side and front yards included as allowable sites. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
A moving truck that tipped over on the off-ramp from the Trans-Canada Highway onto Admirals Road was causing traffic slowdown. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)
A moving truck that tipped over on the off-ramp from the Trans-Canada Highway onto Admirals Road was causing traffic slowdown. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)
The invasive shiny geranium, distinguishable by its red, smooth stem and glossy leaves, is a plant species being closely monitored in the Capital Region District, as well as the province. (Bruce Newhouse/King County Department of Environment)

Invasive plant rampant in Saanich, CRD a ‘hotspot’ for shiny geranium

Officials count on landowners, general public to report sightings of plant

The invasive shiny geranium, distinguishable by its red, smooth stem and glossy leaves, is a plant species being closely monitored in the Capital Region District, as well as the province. (Bruce Newhouse/King County Department of Environment)
Great blue herons are often seen in Saanich near wetlands, including at Swan Lake. (Photo by Robert Fraser)

Actions to protect feathered friends earn Saanich bird-friendly city status

Efforts by the municipality’s Saanich bird team recognized with Nature Canada award

Great blue herons are often seen in Saanich near wetlands, including at Swan Lake. (Photo by Robert Fraser)
Pictured is a memorial at the home on DeSousa Place in Gordon Head where the body of then 24-year-old real estate agent Lindsay Buziak was killed after a home showing in February 2008. Buziak’s father is now being sued for a website he owns about the case. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lindsay Buziak’s father sued for defamation against Victoria realtor

Civil suit claims website posts have painted plaintiff Shirley Zailo as a murderer

Pictured is a memorial at the home on DeSousa Place in Gordon Head where the body of then 24-year-old real estate agent Lindsay Buziak was killed after a home showing in February 2008. Buziak’s father is now being sued for a website he owns about the case. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kathleen Davis, CRD Animal Care Services kennel master, provides professional care to animals temporarily separated from their owners or requiring re-homing. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich transfers animal control services to Capital Regional District

Move designed to streamline services in the municipality

Kathleen Davis, CRD Animal Care Services kennel master, provides professional care to animals temporarily separated from their owners or requiring re-homing. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Saanich police are investigating an assault on Santa Anita Avenue that happened at around 1 a.m. May 11. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Early morning assault in front of Saanich home sends man to hospital

Incident in Strawberry Vale neighbourhood doesn’t appear to be random, police say

Saanich police are investigating an assault on Santa Anita Avenue that happened at around 1 a.m. May 11. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Horticultural Society is hosting its first major plant sale in years, May 14 at the Garth Homer Centre. (Facebook/Victoria Horticultural Society)

‘First big plant sale in many years’ coming to Saanich’s Garth Homer Centre

Victoria Horticultural Society members dig deep for May 14 fundraiser event

The Victoria Horticultural Society is hosting its first major plant sale in years, May 14 at the Garth Homer Centre. (Facebook/Victoria Horticultural Society)
The McMorran Way garden of David and Daunin Burbank. (Courtesy Laura Lavin)

PHOTOS: Mother’s Day garden tour turns 40

Sun shines on guests at gardens across Greater Victoria

The McMorran Way garden of David and Daunin Burbank. (Courtesy Laura Lavin)
Greater Victoria player Rio Schaefer (in white) returns a volley during an under-19 boys match against Joseph Toth in the Canadian Junior Squash Championships, at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Schaefer wound up tied for ninth while Toth placed sixth. The tournament ran Thursday through Sunday. See story on page A29. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

PHOTOS: National junior tournament in Saanich boosts squash profile locally

Cedar Hill club’s head pro hopes exposure will boost numbers down the road

Greater Victoria player Rio Schaefer (in white) returns a volley during an under-19 boys match against Joseph Toth in the Canadian Junior Squash Championships, at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Schaefer wound up tied for ninth while Toth placed sixth. The tournament ran Thursday through Sunday. See story on page A29. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
A hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver. (Courtesy of Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)

Vancouver Island’s first hydrogen fueling station opens in Saanich

Station one of five in B.C., latest of an additional 10 the province is funding

A hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver. (Courtesy of Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)
Economist and University of Victoria postdoctorate fellow Kevin Andrew was one of three authors of a study into green stimulus among G20 countries. He’s pictured here at a climate change conference in Glasgow. (Courtesy of Kevin Andrew)

Canada a G20 leader in green pandemic recovery initiatives, UVic study finds

Still roadblocks ahead on hitting emission goals find University of Victoria researchers

Economist and University of Victoria postdoctorate fellow Kevin Andrew was one of three authors of a study into green stimulus among G20 countries. He’s pictured here at a climate change conference in Glasgow. (Courtesy of Kevin Andrew)
Tillicum elementary principal Jeff Duyndam, introduced as part of the 2022 Tour de Rock riders team, gets his students going at the launch event Friday, May 6. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

VIDEO: Tour de Rock rebirth: 2022 team unveiled at Saanich elementary school

Riders for Sept. 24 to Oct. 7 Island fundraiser hail from around the Island

Tillicum elementary principal Jeff Duyndam, introduced as part of the 2022 Tour de Rock riders team, gets his students going at the launch event Friday, May 6. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Cedar Hill Squash Club head pro Benjamin Uliana invites the community down to watch top-level Canadian junior squash played inside the glass court behind him. The nationals get underway Thursday (May 5) and run through Sunday at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Squash talent will be clear to spectators at Jr. nationals in Saanich

Nation’s tops teens battling on Cedar Hill Squash Club courts for Canadian crowns

Cedar Hill Squash Club head pro Benjamin Uliana invites the community down to watch top-level Canadian junior squash played inside the glass court behind him. The nationals get underway Thursday (May 5) and run through Sunday at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in Saanich. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Saanich council narrowly passed third reading for a 6.67-per-cent property tax increase for 2022 at its May 2 meeting, as well as the district’s five-year financial plan, both by a 5-4 vote. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich taxpayers face 6.67-per-cent hike, will pay about $199/year more on average

Addition of critically needed staff, along with council wish list, bump 2022 tax hike

Saanich council narrowly passed third reading for a 6.67-per-cent property tax increase for 2022 at its May 2 meeting, as well as the district’s five-year financial plan, both by a 5-4 vote. (Black Press Media file photo)
The District of Saanich hosts the next talk in its Emergency Preparedness Speaker Series this Wednesday (May 4) at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Seismic speaker set to educate Saanich residents this week

Emergency Preparedness Week speaker gives update on earthquake/tsunami risk reduction

The District of Saanich hosts the next talk in its Emergency Preparedness Speaker Series this Wednesday (May 4) at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jayah Niedoba, Paige Hall and Elly Martin (centre three) from Inspire Sports Victoria celebrate their victories with Team B.C. teammates Sanne-Lise Garbe and Makayla Roy at the Western Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Winnipeg in late April. (Photo courtesy of Darcie Niedoba)

Western Canadian gymnastics gold comes to Greater Victoria athletes

Trio of gymnasts from Saanich club shine in Winnipeg, help Team B.C. win gold

Jayah Niedoba, Paige Hall and Elly Martin (centre three) from Inspire Sports Victoria celebrate their victories with Team B.C. teammates Sanne-Lise Garbe and Makayla Roy at the Western Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Winnipeg in late April. (Photo courtesy of Darcie Niedoba)
The ACH Awards in Saanich are an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements made by creative individuals and groups. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich arts, culture and heritage awards open for nominations

Public invited to submit a nominees for the creative awards up until May 25

The ACH Awards in Saanich are an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements made by creative individuals and groups. (Black Press Media file photo)
Art seized from a Greater Victoria art dealer accused of stockpiling pieces and cutting off communication with owners. (Courtesy of Saanich Police Department)

Tens of millions worth of art seized from Oak Bay dealer in fraud investigation

More than 1,000 pieces of art discovered in storage units in Saanich, Oak Bay, Langford

Art seized from a Greater Victoria art dealer accused of stockpiling pieces and cutting off communication with owners. (Courtesy of Saanich Police Department)
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