Saanich

Direct University of Victoria activities, those of its students and alumni, added an estimated $3.3 billion to B.C.’s economy for the 2019-20 fiscal year, according to a new independent study. (Black Press Media file photo)

University of Victoria an economic driver with impact in the billions, new study finds

UVic adds $3.3 billion to provincial economy, benefits extend through society

Direct University of Victoria activities, those of its students and alumni, added an estimated $3.3 billion to B.C.’s economy for the 2019-20 fiscal year, according to a new independent study. (Black Press Media file photo)
An aerial view of Townley Place, the Greater Victoria Housing Society’s newest development in Saanich. (Greatervichousing.org/YouTube)

Affordable housing project celebrated in Saanich neighbourhood

64-unit Townley Place providing mix of housing types

An aerial view of Townley Place, the Greater Victoria Housing Society’s newest development in Saanich. (Greatervichousing.org/YouTube)
A crash slowed traffic on Vernon Avenue in Saanich Wednesday afternoon. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Crash slows traffic on Vernon Avenue near Saanich police, fire stations

Traffic flow resumed quickly, but delays continue as scene cleared of vehicles

A crash slowed traffic on Vernon Avenue in Saanich Wednesday afternoon. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Initial rendering of a proposed redevelopment of the District of Saanich operations yard at Borden Street (lower right) and McKenzie Avenue. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Questions remain, but Saanich ops yard redevelopment feasibility study continues

Council concerned uncertainties, lack of public housing options in business case

Initial rendering of a proposed redevelopment of the District of Saanich operations yard at Borden Street (lower right) and McKenzie Avenue. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Pearkes Recreation Centre is receiving a heat recovery and mechanical upgrade, with the help of a $2.8-million grant from Clean BC. (Photo by Melanie Seal-Jones/Courtesy District of Saanich)

Energy retrofit at Saanich rec centre to cut GHG emissions by 85 per cent

Construction on HVAC system upgrade project scheduled to start in fall 2023

Pearkes Recreation Centre is receiving a heat recovery and mechanical upgrade, with the help of a $2.8-million grant from Clean BC. (Photo by Melanie Seal-Jones/Courtesy District of Saanich)
The St. Michaels University School junior women’s coxed eights crew celebrates a gold-medal win earlier in June at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association national regatta in St. Catharines, Ont. (Courtesy SMUS)

Saanich high schoolers stroke to emotional gold medal at rowing nationals

St. Michaels University School eights win honours memory of Emily Selwood

The St. Michaels University School junior women’s coxed eights crew celebrates a gold-medal win earlier in June at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association national regatta in St. Catharines, Ont. (Courtesy SMUS)
A great blue heron, which is listed on the Species at Risk Act, waits for breakfast on an early morning in South Oak Bay between Kitty Islet and the Victoria Golf Club. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Federal report deems dogs the greatest risk to migratory birds

Off-leash dogs, disturbed birds throughout Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary

A great blue heron, which is listed on the Species at Risk Act, waits for breakfast on an early morning in South Oak Bay between Kitty Islet and the Victoria Golf Club. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
A water main upgrade is expected to cause delays on Interurban Road at Roy Road on Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Water main upgrade expected to delay Friday traffic on Interurban Road

District of Saanich reminding drivers to obey traffic control personnel, signs

A water main upgrade is expected to cause delays on Interurban Road at Roy Road on Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)
The two-bay Saanich Fire Station No. 2, in operation since 1978 on Elk Lake Drive at Royal Oak Drive, is up for replacement. The municipality aims to build an eight-bay hall on adjacent land. A public hearing related to the project will likely happen this summer. (Google Streetview)

Tree removal an issue, but Saanich council sends fire hall project to public hearing

Elk Lake Drive hall would keep operating while new hall is constructed next door

The two-bay Saanich Fire Station No. 2, in operation since 1978 on Elk Lake Drive at Royal Oak Drive, is up for replacement. The municipality aims to build an eight-bay hall on adjacent land. A public hearing related to the project will likely happen this summer. (Google Streetview)
The District of Saanich’s annual report for 2021 is available for viewing and public comments will be accepted ahead of June 20, when council will consider the document for endorsement. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Final week to offer input on Saanich draft annual report

Public comments on 102-page document welcomed ahead of June 20

The District of Saanich’s annual report for 2021 is available for viewing and public comments will be accepted ahead of June 20, when council will consider the document for endorsement. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Members of the Lambrick Park secondary track and field team celebrate their surprise AA boys B.C. high school championship win. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)

Surprise B.C. track and field banner for Saanich’s Lambrick Park boys

Collection of solid finals results carries team to AA boys title in Langley

Members of the Lambrick Park secondary track and field team celebrate their surprise AA boys B.C. high school championship win. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)
James Martyn, vice-president of human resources for The Canadian Brewhouse, welcomes bowlers and diners to their new sports-themed restaurant, opening June 13 in Uptown. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Bowling, batting and brews: New Saanich eatery set to open in Uptown

The Canadian Brewhouse and Grill will blend recreation, dining experiences

James Martyn, vice-president of human resources for The Canadian Brewhouse, welcomes bowlers and diners to their new sports-themed restaurant, opening June 13 in Uptown. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
St. Michaels University School student Dave Duru hopes to study medicine at Cambridge University in the U.K., which has accepted him into its direct-entry medicine program. (Courtesy SMUS)

Cambridge calls to highly touted St. Michaels University student from Saanich

Dave Duru one of 22 international students accepted for unique medicine program

St. Michaels University School student Dave Duru hopes to study medicine at Cambridge University in the U.K., which has accepted him into its direct-entry medicine program. (Courtesy SMUS)
Bob Fish of Youbou looks to return a shot while partner Lindy Arnold of Victoria looks on in previous mixed doubles pickleball play. Both are competing in this weekend’s Victoria Classic indoor tournament at Pearkes Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pickleball passion on display at Pearkes in Saanich for Victoria Classic

Rec centre hosting indoor tournament June 10 to 12 featuring singles, doubles play

Bob Fish of Youbou looks to return a shot while partner Lindy Arnold of Victoria looks on in previous mixed doubles pickleball play. Both are competing in this weekend’s Victoria Classic indoor tournament at Pearkes Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria 55-Plus BC Games 2022 organizing committee chair Michael O’Connor smiles up at Berwick Royal Oak residents looking down on the June 7 proceedings from their balconies. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Days counting down for 55-Plus BC Games in Greater Victoria

Cauldron lighting at Saanich seniors residence June 7 marks 99 days to the Games

Greater Victoria 55-Plus BC Games 2022 organizing committee chair Michael O’Connor smiles up at Berwick Royal Oak residents looking down on the June 7 proceedings from their balconies. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Saanich firefighters attack a fire in a dumpster underneath a building on Boleskine Road early Monday morning. (Asst. Deputy Chief Rob Heppell/Saanich Fire Department)

Saanich police looking into Monday morning dumpster fire

Heavy smoke left firefighters uncertain of source, reinforcements called out

Saanich firefighters attack a fire in a dumpster underneath a building on Boleskine Road early Monday morning. (Asst. Deputy Chief Rob Heppell/Saanich Fire Department)
A small car is fully engulfed in flames Monday afternoon on the Pat Bay Highway southbound, just past Haliburton Road. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)

UPDATE: Driver unhurt, burned-out vehicle towed from Pat Bay Highway in Saanich

Lone occupant exited car, called 911 before car erupted in flames in Royal Oak

A small car is fully engulfed in flames Monday afternoon on the Pat Bay Highway southbound, just past Haliburton Road. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)
Saanich police have identified these two men as potential suspects in a distraction theft incident at Uptown mall on Saturday (June 4). (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Busy parents distracted while shopping in Saanich, wallets lifted

Saanich police warn about presence of tag-team distraction thefts

Saanich police have identified these two men as potential suspects in a distraction theft incident at Uptown mall on Saturday (June 4). (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
A yellow-bellied marmot will be sent back to the mainland after capture in Saanich. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

Non-native marmot captured in Saanich moved back to B.C. mainland

Remember Roger? The yellow-bellied marmot came in 2008 and evaded all traps

A yellow-bellied marmot will be sent back to the mainland after capture in Saanich. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
The Friends of Bowker Creek Society and Tune Your Ride host three Creekside Concerts this summer featuring bicycle-powered live music and poetry. (Tune Your Ride/YouTube)

Bicycle-powered entertainment returns to trio of Greater Victoria creekside parks

Free family-friendly events open with a Lekwungen welcome and feature arts and crafts for kids

The Friends of Bowker Creek Society and Tune Your Ride host three Creekside Concerts this summer featuring bicycle-powered live music and poetry. (Tune Your Ride/YouTube)