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Victoria-based fabric artist Deb Bell is dedicated to creating pieces with love and encouraging people to shop local during the holidays. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Indigenous fabric artist encourages Victoria residents to shop local during the holidays

Deb Bell sews masks, healing scarves, change purses and more using locally purchased materials

Victoria-based fabric artist Deb Bell is dedicated to creating pieces with love and encouraging people to shop local during the holidays. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Max Hewstan-Gates, left, Gage Reilly, Jack Dompierre and Ian Burnett combined to win a team silver medal at the recent national gymnastics championships, held virtually. (Photo courtesy of Lucas Tiefenbach)

Saanich team takes silver medal in virtual national gymnastics competition

Inspire Sports Victoria athletes also score individual medals, top 10 placements

Max Hewstan-Gates, left, Gage Reilly, Jack Dompierre and Ian Burnett combined to win a team silver medal at the recent national gymnastics championships, held virtually. (Photo courtesy of Lucas Tiefenbach)
The Mount Doug Rams senior girls volleyball team celebrates a provincial championship win Dec. 11 in Vancouver. Pictured are (back row, left) coach Jim Smyth, Mira Vance, Becca Pettigrew, Olivia Peterson, Lucy Millam, Jordyn Smyth, Melana Cosentino and coach Derek Horton; (front row, left) Sarah Liu, Kally Hart, Kate Melanson and Giada Valentini. (Photo courtesy of Derek Horton)

Saanich’s Mount Doug Rams crowned B.C. champs at AAA volleyball provincials

Rams senior girls defeat W.L. Seaton Sonics 3-2 in final, lose just three sets all weekend

The Mount Doug Rams senior girls volleyball team celebrates a provincial championship win Dec. 11 in Vancouver. Pictured are (back row, left) coach Jim Smyth, Mira Vance, Becca Pettigrew, Olivia Peterson, Lucy Millam, Jordyn Smyth, Melana Cosentino and coach Derek Horton; (front row, left) Sarah Liu, Kally Hart, Kate Melanson and Giada Valentini. (Photo courtesy of Derek Horton)
The University of Victoria received a donation from alumnus Bruce McKean to support Indigenous mental health research. (Black Press Media file photo)

$1.5 million to help University of Victoria engage in Indigenous mental health research

University seeking new research chair in Indigenous mental health in 2022

The University of Victoria received a donation from alumnus Bruce McKean to support Indigenous mental health research. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Fire Department responded to a fire sparked by a tree branch falling across a primary wire in Saanich. (Video courtesy of Olivia Bult)
The Saanich Fire Department responded to a fire sparked by a tree branch falling across a primary wire in Saanich. (Video courtesy of Olivia Bult)
Pam (Parminder) Virk was given an appreciation award by the District of Saanich for her dedication to bringing the community together through the Punjabi Cultural Community of Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich woman honoured for bringing diversity and culture to Greater Victoria

Pam Virk and the Punjabi Cultural Community of Victoria also active in philanthropy

Pam (Parminder) Virk was given an appreciation award by the District of Saanich for her dedication to bringing the community together through the Punjabi Cultural Community of Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Reducing financial stress during the holidays is possible in a variety of ways, expert says. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria residents don’t need to feel financial stress over the holidays

Reducing stress around gifts includes creativity, thrift shopping, financial planning says expert

Reducing financial stress during the holidays is possible in a variety of ways, expert says. (Black Press Media file photo)
As impact chair for Indigenous art practices at UVic, Carey Newman is jointly appointed to teach in the departments of visual arts, and art history and visual studies. (University of Victoria/Photo Services)

University of Victoria’s Indigenous art practices impact chair hopes to be catalyst for change

Carey Newman (Hayalthkin’geme) to impact a new generation of art students at UVic

As impact chair for Indigenous art practices at UVic, Carey Newman is jointly appointed to teach in the departments of visual arts, and art history and visual studies. (University of Victoria/Photo Services)
The District of Saanich earned a safety excellence award from the B.C. Municipal Safety Association. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich recognized for workplace safety

B.C. Municipal Safety Association 2021 award recognized the district for efforts in safety

The District of Saanich earned a safety excellence award from the B.C. Municipal Safety Association. (Black Press Media file photo)
Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)

‘Like a rolling Christmas tree’: Cyclists light up downtown Victoria Saturday

Capital Bike hosts its sixth annual holiday lights ride

Capital Bike is hosting its traditional festive bike ride – cyclists will decorate their bikes and head out on a 10-kilometre loop around downtown Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Corey Burger)
Albert Henry Spencer, and Marguerite Sylvie Spencer with their son Ernest and daughter Marguerite. (Photo courtesy of SPS Archives)

Photo negatives help unlock the story of Brentwood Bay family

Saanich Pioneer Society archivist pieces together Spencer family’s story of love and loss

Albert Henry Spencer, and Marguerite Sylvie Spencer with their son Ernest and daughter Marguerite. (Photo courtesy of SPS Archives)
Philip Marciniak, demonstration organizer, is advocating for road safety infrastructure changes in Saanich to be sped up, in the wake of a local teen pedestrian’s recent death after being struck by a vehicle. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Teen’s tragic death spurs road safety demonstration outside of Saanich municipal hall

Advocates push for improvements after Kaydence Bourque’s death by vehicle impact

Philip Marciniak, demonstration organizer, is advocating for road safety infrastructure changes in Saanich to be sped up, in the wake of a local teen pedestrian’s recent death after being struck by a vehicle. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A volunteer with the Salvation Army drops donated toys into a bin during a recent fundraiser event at the Saanich Victoria Citadel. Donations of toys, cash and other goods are being accepted until Dec. 24 as part of the organization’s holiday appeal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Salvation Army Victoria Citadel hosting annual holiday toy drive in Saanich

Families in need across the region to benefit from community donations

A volunteer with the Salvation Army drops donated toys into a bin during a recent fundraiser event at the Saanich Victoria Citadel. Donations of toys, cash and other goods are being accepted until Dec. 24 as part of the organization’s holiday appeal. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A demonstration will occur outside of Saanich Municipal Hall this Friday at 2 p.m. (Dec. 10) calling for more road safety improvements, in light of a Dec. 6 traffic incident that left a Saanich teen dead. (Black Press Media file photo)

Road safety demonstration at Saanich municipal hall planned for Friday

Advocates plan to push harder for improvements in wake of teen’s tragic death

A demonstration will occur outside of Saanich Municipal Hall this Friday at 2 p.m. (Dec. 10) calling for more road safety improvements, in light of a Dec. 6 traffic incident that left a Saanich teen dead. (Black Press Media file photo)
Allan Chapman holds a decibel reader application up to the shared fence on his property where a neighbouring heat pump is immediately behind it. The 54.5-decibel reading is above Saanich bylaw limits, and hovers around this number day and night, said Chapman. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich resident questions bylaw governing heat pump noise

Cadboro Bay man says noise from neighbour’s heat pump causing a disturbance

Allan Chapman holds a decibel reader application up to the shared fence on his property where a neighbouring heat pump is immediately behind it. The 54.5-decibel reading is above Saanich bylaw limits, and hovers around this number day and night, said Chapman. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich police confirm that a youth struck by a vehicle while in a marked crosswalk in Saanich on Dec. 6 has died. (Black Press Media file photo)

Youth struck by vehicle in Saanich crosswalk dies in hospital

Incident occurred late Monday night at Cedar Hill Cross Road at Merriman Drive

Saanich police confirm that a youth struck by a vehicle while in a marked crosswalk in Saanich on Dec. 6 has died. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cody Kasper with Bartlett Tree Experts installing an owl house at Kings Park on Dec. 3. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Kings Park sees installation of specially designed owl house in Saanich

Habitat box installed in such a way that it won’t cause damage to the tree

Cody Kasper with Bartlett Tree Experts installing an owl house at Kings Park on Dec. 3. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Greater Victoria muralist, Kay Gallivan, said that murals bring communities together through creativity and expression. (Photo courtesy of Kay Gallivan)

Proposal would bring more colour to Saanich streets

Coun. Ned Taylor submitted notice of motion to launch a mural and street art program

Greater Victoria muralist, Kay Gallivan, said that murals bring communities together through creativity and expression. (Photo courtesy of Kay Gallivan)
Grace Sinats (centre) plays Eddie Scrooge, a 17-year-old with a bah-humbug attitude. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Claremont students bring modern version of Scrooge to Saanich

Humbug High, showing Dec. 9 to 11, features in-person and livestream options for audiences

Grace Sinats (centre) plays Eddie Scrooge, a 17-year-old with a bah-humbug attitude. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Mount Douglas Rams senior girls AAA team is set to compete in the provincial volleyball championships. (Photo courtesy of Derek Horton)

Saanich’s Mount Doug Rams on a roll heading into AAA girls volleyball provincials

Island champion senior girls team opens B.C.’s on Thursday in Vancouver

The Mount Douglas Rams senior girls AAA team is set to compete in the provincial volleyball championships. (Photo courtesy of Derek Horton)