Megan Atkins-Baker

Dozens of trees on a corner lot at Obed Avenue and Harriet Road are slated for removal to make way for a four-storey, 26-unit development. The developer is providing funding to replace boulevard trees removed, as well as for the planting of trees elsewhere in the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tree issue resolved for Saanich development proposal on Obed Avenue

Developer also agrees to make $52,000 contribution to Saanich Parks

Dozens of trees on a corner lot at Obed Avenue and Harriet Road are slated for removal to make way for a four-storey, 26-unit development. The developer is providing funding to replace boulevard trees removed, as well as for the planting of trees elsewhere in the municipality. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich council unanimously decided to recess an Aug. 10 public hearing to determine whether a development should go up near an ecologically sensitive area in Saanich, reconvening will take place on Aug. 23. (Black Press Media file photo)

Proposed Christmas Avenue development in Saanich raises environmental concerns

Unanimous decision made to recess meeting until Aug. 23 to hear from biologist

Saanich council unanimously decided to recess an Aug. 10 public hearing to determine whether a development should go up near an ecologically sensitive area in Saanich, reconvening will take place on Aug. 23. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Nanaimo man has been arrested in connection to a string of mail thefts from Greater Victoria apartment complexes. (Black Press Media file photo)

Suspect in apartment mail thefts arrested in Saanich

45-year-old Nanaimo man faces break and enter, possession of stolen property charges

A Nanaimo man has been arrested in connection to a string of mail thefts from Greater Victoria apartment complexes. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michael Bolstler stands among blackberry brambles at Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. (Photo courtesy of Heather Bolstler)

A mighty heart and a formidable hill: Saanich man contributed to Christmas Hill before his passing

Michael Bolstler’s volunteer contributions improved well-being of nature sanctuary and himself

Michael Bolstler stands among blackberry brambles at Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. (Photo courtesy of Heather Bolstler)
Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media files)

Mother says son’s life turned around at Saanich jail

Man makes transformation at Vancouver Island correctional centre following vicious attack on mother

Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre. (Black Press Media files)
Music by the Sea is being hosted at the Victoria International Marina from Aug. 17 to 22. (Photo courtesy of Music by the Sea)

Oceanfront concerts liven up Victoria International Marina in August

Music by the Sea features intimate performances by professional classical and jazz musicians

Music by the Sea is being hosted at the Victoria International Marina from Aug. 17 to 22. (Photo courtesy of Music by the Sea)
Jerry Hughes at the finish line of one of his previous running fundraisers for children in need. (Photo courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)

Runner tackling 35-hour challenge at Saanich’s Mt. Work for Help Fill a Dream

Jerry Hughes hopes to raise $35,000 for organization, celebrating its 35th year

Jerry Hughes at the finish line of one of his previous running fundraisers for children in need. (Photo courtesy of Help Fill a Dream)
Subsidized housing in the Capital Regional District has been further supported financially by the federal government. (Black Press Media file photo)

Feds offer $11 million in added support for housing in Greater Victoria

More than 40 new homes to be created for individuals, families at risk of homelessness

Subsidized housing in the Capital Regional District has been further supported financially by the federal government. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Police Department crime prevention team members Abby Stamper and Sydnee Moore get toy donations ready to be delivered to children being cared for at Victoria General Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)

Greater Victoria police and fire departments spearhead toy drive for children at VGH

July 30 event sees toys of all kinds delivered for children in hospital’s pediatrics unit

Saanich Police Department crime prevention team members Abby Stamper and Sydnee Moore get toy donations ready to be delivered to children being cared for at Victoria General Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)
Kings Road Nature Space will be preserved through financial contributions from the City of Victoria and the District of Oak Bay, as requested by the District of Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay will contribute $75,000 towards Kings Road nature space

Funds saved from cancellation of Tea Party will go towards parkland

Kings Road Nature Space will be preserved through financial contributions from the City of Victoria and the District of Oak Bay, as requested by the District of Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oliver Mabee (left) and Tyrus Hall will soon head to Ontario for the Junior National Team camp taking place in mid-August. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria Eagles players heading to junior national baseball camp in Ontario

Saanich high schoolers to join 38 other top prospects from across Canada

Oliver Mabee (left) and Tyrus Hall will soon head to Ontario for the Junior National Team camp taking place in mid-August. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The B.C. Farmers Market Guide helps locals and travellers find fresh produce markets near them. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. Farmers Market Guide helps Greater Victoria residents find nearby sites

Market operators encourage residents to shop local as social restrictions ease

The B.C. Farmers Market Guide helps locals and travellers find fresh produce markets near them. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Fire Department worked hard to pull a horse from drowning in a mud bog on July 31 in Saanich. (Photo and video courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)

Saanich firefighters rescue horse stuck in a bog near Viaduct Avenue

At the scene were a whole team of firefighters who put their heads together to rescue the filly

Saanich Fire Department worked hard to pull a horse from drowning in a mud bog on July 31 in Saanich. (Photo and video courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)
A dog was spotted on the edge of a B.C. ferry in the evening on July 29, eventually being coaxed to safety. (B.C. Ferries image, video courtesy of Tyler Reeves)

Dog coaxed to safety from edge of Greater Victoria-bound BC Ferry vessel

Passengers looked on and waited anxiously for its rescue by crew members

A dog was spotted on the edge of a B.C. ferry in the evening on July 29, eventually being coaxed to safety. (B.C. Ferries image, video courtesy of Tyler Reeves)
Sidney Care Home hosted a butterfly release Friday, held as a symbolic event for people who passed away from COVID-19 and those who survived. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Sidney butterfly release honours seniors lost to COVID-19, plus survivors

Release said to symbolize rebirth and transformation

Sidney Care Home hosted a butterfly release Friday, held as a symbolic event for people who passed away from COVID-19 and those who survived. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The last day to vote for your favourite sand sculpture at Cadboro-Gyro park is Aug. 2. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Voting ends soon for Saanich sand sculpture favourites at Cadboro-Gyro Park

Deadline Aug. 2, voters over 18 eligible to win summer prize package worth over $600

The last day to vote for your favourite sand sculpture at Cadboro-Gyro park is Aug. 2. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Highlands District Community Association is petitioning the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether B.C. mining officials should include climate change in issuing mining permits. (Black Press Media file photo)

Highlands resident group turns to Supreme Court for help on Millstream mining issue

Community association to bring its climate change argument to federal court

The Highlands District Community Association is petitioning the Supreme Court of Canada to determine whether B.C. mining officials should include climate change in issuing mining permits. (Black Press Media file photo)
No arrests have been made following a string of dumpster fires that occurred in late June during the heatwave. Police remind residents to practice safety as another heatwave approaches. (Black Press Media file photo)

Still no arrests or suspects identified in series of Saanich dumpster fires

July arson free so far; high temperatures prompt police to remind residents to keep cool

No arrests have been made following a string of dumpster fires that occurred in late June during the heatwave. Police remind residents to practice safety as another heatwave approaches. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Saanich man was arrested after a witness reported an indecent act July 24 at Hamsterly Beach on Elk Lake to the Saanich Police Department. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich man arrested in relation to indecent act report from Elk Lake beach

Saanich police say suspect in July 24 incident matches descriptions from two similar reports

A Saanich man was arrested after a witness reported an indecent act July 24 at Hamsterly Beach on Elk Lake to the Saanich Police Department. (Black Press Media file photo)
Indigenous knowledge will help University of Victoria researchers better understand best land management practices in terms of biodiversity. (Pixabay)

Biodiversity project with University of Victoria connection to use Indigenous eco-knowledge

DNA research on plant and animal species relates to food security, human health and more

Indigenous knowledge will help University of Victoria researchers better understand best land management practices in terms of biodiversity. (Pixabay)