Megan Atkins-Baker

Changes introduced by Transportation Minister Rob Fleming recently would allow the province to buy lands not just for transportation projects, but to help encourage development of housing and other amenities on transit corridors and at hubs as a way to get more people using transit. (Black Press Media file photo)

Placing housing near transit hubs will encourage use, Saanich councillor says

Province plans to to buy land, encourage development along transportation corridors

Changes introduced by Transportation Minister Rob Fleming recently would allow the province to buy lands not just for transportation projects, but to help encourage development of housing and other amenities on transit corridors and at hubs as a way to get more people using transit. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sybil Butterfield, a resident at Parkwood Place in Saanich, said her father fought in both world wars. She is heartbroken to see the destruction in Ukraine and wants to do her part to help. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘We need to learn from history’: Saanich retirement community fundraises for Ukraine

Residents encourage peace, donating to charities involved in relief efforts

Sybil Butterfield, a resident at Parkwood Place in Saanich, said her father fought in both world wars. She is heartbroken to see the destruction in Ukraine and wants to do her part to help. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The above rendering is a site concept plan of the proposed film studio at Camosun College’s Interurban campus in Saanich. (Rendering courtesy Joint Photographic Experts Group)

Camosun film studio in Saanich moves along as community concerns heard

Traffic, neighbourhood disruption and environmental impact discussed

The above rendering is a site concept plan of the proposed film studio at Camosun College’s Interurban campus in Saanich. (Rendering courtesy Joint Photographic Experts Group)
Daniel Lapp directs the Joy of Life choir, which plays a key role in the return of the Joy of Life concert to the Alix Goolden Performance Hall on April 16. (Mark Nicol/courtesy Victoria Conservatory of Music)

COMING UP: Live music, theatre and more make April notable in Victoria

From spoken word to live jazz, Joy of Life to UNOFest, patrons have options

Daniel Lapp directs the Joy of Life choir, which plays a key role in the return of the Joy of Life concert to the Alix Goolden Performance Hall on April 16. (Mark Nicol/courtesy Victoria Conservatory of Music)
Christine Reimer has been a practising artist for over 40 years and will soon have her most recent works on display at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill in Saanich. (Photo christinereimer.ca)

New colourful art exhibit coming to Saanich’s Cedar Hill Rec Centre

Art Centre at Cedar Hill features works by Christine Reimer, April 19 to May 9

Christine Reimer has been a practising artist for over 40 years and will soon have her most recent works on display at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill in Saanich. (Photo christinereimer.ca)
In recognition of Emergency Service Dispatcher and 9-1-1 Awareness Week April 10 to 16, the Saanich Fire Department is acknowledging the service of its dispatchers. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)

Saanich fire dispatch shares 9-1-1 tips for awareness week in B.C.

Fire chief reminds residents that dispatchers are available 24/7 for service

In recognition of Emergency Service Dispatcher and 9-1-1 Awareness Week April 10 to 16, the Saanich Fire Department is acknowledging the service of its dispatchers. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Fire Department)
Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line said that he is thrilled to be the first cruise line back into Canada after such a long absence. Victoria will see six of Holland America Line’s ships visiting through to the end of October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

PHOTOS: First cruise ship since start of pandemic lands in Victoria

Greater Victoria hasn’t seen cruise ship tourism since October 2019

Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line said that he is thrilled to be the first cruise line back into Canada after such a long absence. Victoria will see six of Holland America Line’s ships visiting through to the end of October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A heat pump financing program offered by the District of Saanich offers climate-friendly, affordable heating and air conditioning options for Saanich residents. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich pumps up plan to help homeowners make switch away from oil heating

Interest-free option for heat pump installation allows repayment over 10 years

A heat pump financing program offered by the District of Saanich offers climate-friendly, affordable heating and air conditioning options for Saanich residents. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum which closed in 2010, sits with a life-like wax rendition of Queen Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich man says wax museums are an opportunity for big Canadian cities

Former director of downtown Victoria wax museum is selling what remains of his collection

Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum which closed in 2010, sits with a life-like wax rendition of Queen Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Amanda Vick is part of the first graduating class of the Indigenous law program at the University of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of University of Victoria)

Students of the world’s first Indigenous law program at UVic set to graduate

Graduates to influence areas of law such as constitutionalism, Indigenous governance

Amanda Vick is part of the first graduating class of the Indigenous law program at the University of Victoria. (Photo courtesy of University of Victoria)
Emily Bowden, left, a competitor in the upcoming B.C. Summer Games; Lacey Reay, mechanical engineering student behind the construction of the torch; Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, and Jamin Zuroski, Indigenous artist behind the look and feel of the torch. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Torch design for B.C. Games unveiled at Camosun’s Interurban campus in Saanich

B.C. Games Society, Camosun Innovates, mechanical engineering students bring concept to life

Emily Bowden, left, a competitor in the upcoming B.C. Summer Games; Lacey Reay, mechanical engineering student behind the construction of the torch; Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, and Jamin Zuroski, Indigenous artist behind the look and feel of the torch. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Olympic, Paralympic and world champion swimmers competing at the Bell Canadian Swimming Trials in Saanich Commonwealth Place. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Swimming Canada trials take over Saanich Commonwealth Place

Swimmers battling for national team spots at upcoming international competitions

Olympic, Paralympic and world champion swimmers competing at the Bell Canadian Swimming Trials in Saanich Commonwealth Place. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Lambrick Park's Carter Brown in the final game of the senior boys basketball provincials – a narrow loss to the Westsyde Whundas from Kamloops. (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)

Seniors Classic all-star games assemble Island’s best in Saanich this weekend

Grade 12 girls’ and boys’ games go Saturday at Spectrum, Rising Stars event Friday

Lambrick Park's Carter Brown in the final game of the senior boys basketball provincials – a narrow loss to the Westsyde Whundas from Kamloops. (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)
The pool facilities at Gordon Head Recreation Centre will be closed until the end of summer for construction. (Gordon Head Rec Centre/Facebook)

Pool facilities at Saanich’s Gordon Head Recreation to close for summer construction

Replacement of concrete floor in mechanical room paired with other upgrades

The pool facilities at Gordon Head Recreation Centre will be closed until the end of summer for construction. (Gordon Head Rec Centre/Facebook)
The Spectrum Thunderbots won the FIRST Robotics regional championship in early March in Victoria and qualified for next month’s FIRST Robotics championships in Houston. They’re currently fundraising for the trip. (Photo courtesy of Moira Chambers)

Saanich’s Spectrum Thunderbots taking aim at international robotics competition

FIRST robotics regional winners fundraising to reach championships in Texas

The Spectrum Thunderbots won the FIRST Robotics regional championship in early March in Victoria and qualified for next month’s FIRST Robotics championships in Houston. They’re currently fundraising for the trip. (Photo courtesy of Moira Chambers)
Members of the Saanich Fire Department stand with the first truck in 1919. (Courtesy District of Saanich archives)

Saanich archives offers virtual history lessons on significant areas

Online exhibits highlight such local areas as Gordon Head, North Quadra

Members of the Saanich Fire Department stand with the first truck in 1919. (Courtesy District of Saanich archives)
Kai Stevenson, a Grade 12 student at the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, has played a large role in the creation of a nearby downtown urban garden. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Urban garden in downtown Victoria sparks innovation among students

Supporting sustainability and pollinators among the intentions for project

Kai Stevenson, a Grade 12 student at the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, has played a large role in the creation of a nearby downtown urban garden. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Students in Greater Victoria are invited to submit their video or illustration ideas to show how society and individuals can bring One Planet Living ideas into their communities and personal lives. (Courtesy of One Planet B.C.)

Saanich invites students from across region to take the One Planet challenge

Grade 6 to 12 students can submit creative illustrations of sustainability practices

Students in Greater Victoria are invited to submit their video or illustration ideas to show how society and individuals can bring One Planet Living ideas into their communities and personal lives. (Courtesy of One Planet B.C.)
At the March 28 meeting, Saanich council approved sending a letter to the Farm Industry Review Board to request that chicken farmers be allowed to raise their prices for poultry and eggs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich supports move to increase egg and poultry prices

Farmers petition board to have prices better reflect their operational costs

At the March 28 meeting, Saanich council approved sending a letter to the Farm Industry Review Board to request that chicken farmers be allowed to raise their prices for poultry and eggs. (Black Press Media file photo)
T63 Chainsaw was one of the Bigg’s killer whales spotted in large clusters Thursday. Chainsaw is known for its jagged dorsal fin. (Photo courtesy Valerie Messier/Pacific Whale Watch Association; video courtesy of Maxx Kinert)

VIDEO: New record, Victoria expert says 72 whales spotted the most in one day

Clusters seen between Hood Canal in Puget Sound, Campbell River on Vancouver Island

T63 Chainsaw was one of the Bigg’s killer whales spotted in large clusters Thursday. Chainsaw is known for its jagged dorsal fin. (Photo courtesy Valerie Messier/Pacific Whale Watch Association; video courtesy of Maxx Kinert)
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