Sidney

Willis Rooke of Rooke Marine Towing points to the floats that Sidney plans to replace as part of improvements to the public boat launch at Tulista Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney buoys public boat launch improvements at Tulista Park

Improvements come a year earlier after boaters expressed concerns about Styrofoam

Willis Rooke of Rooke Marine Towing points to the floats that Sidney plans to replace as part of improvements to the public boat launch at Tulista Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith (centre), flanked by members of council, said Sidney council shares a commitment toward reconciliation as Canada marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Sidney)
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith (centre), flanked by members of council, said Sidney council shares a commitment toward reconciliation as Canada marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Sidney)
Chris Bjerrisgaard, who plans to open Small Gods Brewery with his partner in a commercial space on Third Street as part of the Oceanna residential complex, is pleased by council’s signal of support for their liquor license. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Proposed downtown Sidney brewery looks to be community-minded

Small Gods Brewery hoping to be open by April 2022

Chris Bjerrisgaard, who plans to open Small Gods Brewery with his partner in a commercial space on Third Street as part of the Oceanna residential complex, is pleased by council’s signal of support for their liquor license. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney staff don’t expect Amazon centre to affect town’s GHG targets

Measuring direct impact could be difficult, staff acknowledged

Artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
Sidney council signals support for second downtown brewery. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Petr David Josek)

Sidney council signals support for second downtown brewery

Coun. Sara Duncan uses debate to question the primacy of cars over people

Sidney council signals support for second downtown brewery. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Petr David Josek)
Ken Norbury, owner of the Satellite Fish Company along with Donna May of the Pier Bistro, say the public should have more than two official options when it comes to the future of the Beacon Wharf. The municipality has invited the public to comment on the future of the aging structure. Two official options appear before the public: replacement with a floating wharf as part of a private-public partnership or no replacement at all. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney invites public feedback on future of Beacon Wharf

Wharf tenants question two-option process, anxious to hear public input on the project

Ken Norbury, owner of the Satellite Fish Company along with Donna May of the Pier Bistro, say the public should have more than two official options when it comes to the future of the Beacon Wharf. The municipality has invited the public to comment on the future of the aging structure. Two official options appear before the public: replacement with a floating wharf as part of a private-public partnership or no replacement at all. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Robert Buckley and Mattia Castrillo are among the actors in The Christmas House II currently shooting in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney blanketed in snow during final days of summer

Crews spread holiday cheer for Hallmark Christmas movie shoot

Robert Buckley and Mattia Castrillo are among the actors in The Christmas House II currently shooting in Sidney. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Housing affordability remains a concern among Sidney residents, with many increasingly concerned that young people will not able to afford to live in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)

Public hears concerns about Sidney’s affordability for future generations

Sidney is the ‘cheapest’ Peninsula community with a single-family home averaging $901,700 in August

Housing affordability remains a concern among Sidney residents, with many increasingly concerned that young people will not able to afford to live in the community. (Black Press Media file photo)
A staff report is recommending Sidney cap the heights of future buildings along Beacon Avenue to four or five storeys. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney staff report proposes cap on future building heights

Proposed limit would rule out future five-to-six storey buildings in most of downtown

A staff report is recommending Sidney cap the heights of future buildings along Beacon Avenue to four or five storeys. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay performing as the duo PIQSIQ take to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre to perform their blend of traditional Inuit throat singing infused with modern technology. (Photo courtesy of the Mary Winspear Centre)

Throat singing sisters bring haunting soundscape to Sidney

Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay perform as PIQSIQ at Mary Winspear Centre Sept. 11

Sisters Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay performing as the duo PIQSIQ take to the stage on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre to perform their blend of traditional Inuit throat singing infused with modern technology. (Photo courtesy of the Mary Winspear Centre)
Artist’s rendering shows proposed Amazon distribution centre planned for Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Victoria Airport Authority target of petition over Amazon facility

But online retail giant is a tenant of York Realty, not of the aiport operator

Artist’s rendering shows proposed Amazon distribution centre planned for Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
Ndidi O performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Sept. 2 as part of the Seaside Sessions, a program highlighting emerging and underrepresented Canadian talent in a cross section of genres. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Blues singer Ndidi O brings eclectic sound, storytelling to Sidney

B.C.-born singer performs Sept. 2 as part of Seaside Sessions at Mary Winspear Theatre

Ndidi O performs at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Theatre on Sept. 2 as part of the Seaside Sessions, a program highlighting emerging and underrepresented Canadian talent in a cross section of genres. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney mayor calls Amazon warehouse a ‘suitable development’ for its location

McNeil-Smith said the development aligns with Victoria Airport Authority, Sidney’s industrial zoning

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
Kathy Blaine, store manager of Brown’s the Florist, and assistant manager Charlotte Yardley, show part of the floral arrangement that will serve as a welcoming arch into the business when the inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 starting with a kick-off event Saturday in front of the business. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney

The event featuring elaborate floral arrangements and other elements aims to attract tourists

Kathy Blaine, store manager of Brown’s the Florist, and assistant manager Charlotte Yardley, show part of the floral arrangement that will serve as a welcoming arch into the business when the inaugural Festival of Flowers blooms in downtown Sidney from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 starting with a kick-off event Saturday in front of the business. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney retail analyst says arrival of ‘Godzilla’ Amazon could benefit community

Richard Talbot says Amazon’s arrival will increase employment, but also create “peripheral pressures”

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating out on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
Gurdeep Pandher does a bit of bhangra dancing with Jess Birring at the 3rd Street Cafe in Sidney. The Sidney visit was the final stop on the Joy, Hope and Positivity Tour where the Yukon-based Pandher spread his love for the traditional dance of Punjab across Canada. Pandher has promised to visit Sidney again on next year’s tour and lead residents in bhangra dance. (Courtesy Michele Sealey)

Gurdeep Pandher stops in Sidney on his Joy, Hope and Positivity Tour

Yukon-based Pandher spread his love for the traditional dance of Punjab across Canada

  • Aug 22, 2021
Gurdeep Pandher does a bit of bhangra dancing with Jess Birring at the 3rd Street Cafe in Sidney. The Sidney visit was the final stop on the Joy, Hope and Positivity Tour where the Yukon-based Pandher spread his love for the traditional dance of Punjab across Canada. Pandher has promised to visit Sidney again on next year’s tour and lead residents in bhangra dance. (Courtesy Michele Sealey)
Figures from Sidney / North Saanich RCMP detachment show criminal code offences across major categories dropped 17 per cent during the first six months of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Major crime in Sidney/North Saanich drops by 17% during first half of 2021

Mounties also report fewer collisions and impaired drivers

Figures from Sidney / North Saanich RCMP detachment show criminal code offences across major categories dropped 17 per cent during the first six months of 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right, here seen in 2020) says a never-seen-before confluence of retirements, promotions and injuries have caused staffing challenges at the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. One of the retirees includes the previous community policing officer, Const. Paul Mittelsteadt (left). (Black Press Media file photo)

High housing costs a factor in Sidney/North Saanich RCMP staffing shortage

Major crimes unit kept busy with 24 new investigations

Staff Sgt. Wayne Conley (right, here seen in 2020) says a never-seen-before confluence of retirements, promotions and injuries have caused staffing challenges at the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP detachment. One of the retirees includes the previous community policing officer, Const. Paul Mittelsteadt (left). (Black Press Media file photo)
This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)

Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith praises arrival of Amazon

But the president of the Sidney Community Association questions the manner of the announcement

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed new Amazon delivery centre to be operating on Victoria Airport Authority land in Sidney. (Courtesy of Victoria Airport Authority)
Washington State Ferries announced Thursday, Aug. 12 that its service between Sidney and Anacortes would continue to be postponed until April 2022, contrasting initial plans in February 2021 to resume operations this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney-Anacortes ferry won’t set sail until spring 2022

Washington State Ferries needs all hands on deck for fall 2021 domestic service

Washington State Ferries announced Thursday, Aug. 12 that its service between Sidney and Anacortes would continue to be postponed until April 2022, contrasting initial plans in February 2021 to resume operations this fall. (Black Press Media file photo)