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Megan Seel (left) and her dad Jim Lord at the maker’s market in Lord’s home that he shares with his partner Kari Frazer. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Talented artisans gather in Saanich home to bring unique creations to the public

Maker’s market highlights neighbourhood artistry and craft-making

Megan Seel (left) and her dad Jim Lord at the maker’s market in Lord’s home that he shares with his partner Kari Frazer. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Horizon Pacific Contracting owner Tim Agar looks over one of his company’s past projects in Gordon Head – the company is ready to begin seeking applications in Greater Victoria after a pandemic pause. (Black Press Media file photo)

Step Up Community Build Program looks to improve the lives of Greater Victoria residents

Program gifts free purpose-built renovations to reduce obstacles in the home

Horizon Pacific Contracting owner Tim Agar looks over one of his company’s past projects in Gordon Head – the company is ready to begin seeking applications in Greater Victoria after a pandemic pause. (Black Press Media file photo)
While on his daily morning coffee run, Saanich resident Robert Davies, 90, found a large sum of cash and reported it to the police, who were able to reunite the person with their lost money. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich senior discovers $1,600, ‘does the right thing’ by alerting police

Robert Davies finds cash on morning coffee run; police reunite money with owner

While on his daily morning coffee run, Saanich resident Robert Davies, 90, found a large sum of cash and reported it to the police, who were able to reunite the person with their lost money. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
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)
A man was assaulted with pepper spray in the Richmond Road area on March 28 near the former Mt. Tolmie Hospital. (Google Street View)

Pepper spray attack in Saanich leaves victim traumatized

Police say this is not a common occurrence in Saanich

A man was assaulted with pepper spray in the Richmond Road area on March 28 near the former Mt. Tolmie Hospital. (Google Street View)
Tini Hayden (left) and Berte Fraser, residents at Berwick Royal Oak, graciously accept flowers for their efforts in raising money for Ukraine. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Saanich retirement community raises almost $25,000 for Ukraine relief

Two women spearhead fundraising efforts by making ribbons in return for donations

Tini Hayden (left) and Berte Fraser, residents at Berwick Royal Oak, graciously accept flowers for their efforts in raising money for Ukraine. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Pickleball courts at Tolmie Park in Saanich will be closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as of April 4. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich finds compromise on pickleball court situation at Tolmie Park

Effective April 4, play will be reduced to four days a week

Pickleball courts at Tolmie Park in Saanich will be closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as of April 4. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police detectives confirmed that the man arrested by VicPD officers on Tuesday was the same person wanted in connection with two knifepoint robberies Monday in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Suspect in 3 knifepoint robberies arrested at gunpoint Tuesday in Victoria

Police confirm man matches description of suspect in 2 Monday thefts in Saanich

Saanich police detectives confirmed that the man arrested by VicPD officers on Tuesday was the same person wanted in connection with two knifepoint robberies Monday in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Artist and teacher Suvreet Juhal and District of Saanich community arts specialist Brenda Weatherston create ceramics together at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

BIPOC youth ceramics workshop coming to Saanich

Free workshop offered to youth of colour to explore culture and diversity

Artist and teacher Suvreet Juhal and District of Saanich community arts specialist Brenda Weatherston create ceramics together at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
During last week’s financial plan discussions, Saanich council heard options designed to reduce the proposed property tax increase for 2022. ( Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council given budget options for reducing property tax hike

Range for increase remains between 5.68 and 6.39 per cent, more discussions ahead

During last week’s financial plan discussions, Saanich council heard options designed to reduce the proposed property tax increase for 2022. ( Black Press Media file photo)
Cadboro Bay is one of the local areas District of Saanich planners have focused on as part of the Centre, Corridor and Village plan. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich lays groundwork for more compact, greener communities

Corridor/village plan aims to increase affordability, reduce CO2 emissions

Cadboro Bay is one of the local areas District of Saanich planners have focused on as part of the Centre, Corridor and Village plan. (Black Press Media file photo)
A draft management plan is complete for the future of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, and public feedback regarding the outline is sought. (Photo courtesy of Parks Canada)

Public input sought for Colwood’s Fisgard Lighthouse, Fort Rodd Hill sites

Draft management plan completed with 10-year vision in mind

A draft management plan is complete for the future of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, and public feedback regarding the outline is sought. (Photo courtesy of Parks Canada)
Jerri Wilkins, a member of the Victoria Palaeontology Society, inspects an artifact found on a B.C. beach by a family attending the event. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

PHOTOS: 25th Fossil Fair hosted in Saanich showcases rich history of ancient artifacts

Dinosaur bones, corals and microscopic fossils part of hands-on display

Jerri Wilkins, a member of the Victoria Palaeontology Society, inspects an artifact found on a B.C. beach by a family attending the event. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Wesbild has transferred ownership of University Heights to Greystar. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)

Ownership change not expected to impact redevelopment of Saanich’s University Heights

Wesbild Holdings transfers ownership of University Heights Shopping Centre to Greystar

Wesbild has transferred ownership of University Heights to Greystar. (Photo courtesy Wesbild Holdings Ltd.)
The Greater Victoria Green Team is organizing a volunteer effort removing invasive species from a vulnerable ecosystem near University of Victoria on March 27. (Photo courtesy of Ali Gladwell)

Restoration efforts happening in ecosystem near University of Victoria

Greater Victoria Green Team hosts invasive species removal March 27, volunteers invited

The Greater Victoria Green Team is organizing a volunteer effort removing invasive species from a vulnerable ecosystem near University of Victoria on March 27. (Photo courtesy of Ali Gladwell)
Recreational boaters in Greater Victoria are encouraged to be on the lookout for whale warning flags that indicate whales are within one kilometre, as well as educate themselves on boating best practices when whales are in the vicinity. (Photo courtesy of Erin Gless)

Group looks to better protect whales from human-caused hazards

About 50 actions to prevent whales from being harmed took place in Greater Victoria waters last year

Recreational boaters in Greater Victoria are encouraged to be on the lookout for whale warning flags that indicate whales are within one kilometre, as well as educate themselves on boating best practices when whales are in the vicinity. (Photo courtesy of Erin Gless)
High Voltage, design option C for the new Tripp Station Youth Park, includes a pump track, a sizeable jump area and a picnic space. (Concept plans courtesy the District of Saanich)

Bike track, skills park coming this summer to Saanich’s Tripp Station

Plans underway since 2015 coming to fruition, construction will take up to 12 weeks

High Voltage, design option C for the new Tripp Station Youth Park, includes a pump track, a sizeable jump area and a picnic space. (Concept plans courtesy the District of Saanich)
Saanich’s Maki Jenner, right, here in action for the Concordia University (St. Paul) Golden Bears women’s field lacrosse team in 2021, is bringing her knowledge of the sport to a national audience with her LAX Facts clips on TSN. (Photo by Hannah Schwartz/CSP Athletics)

Young Saanich lacrosse player showcases knowledge, broadcast skills in TSN clips

Maki Jenner has strong pedigree in the sport, is pursuing goal of sportscasting

Saanich’s Maki Jenner, right, here in action for the Concordia University (St. Paul) Golden Bears women’s field lacrosse team in 2021, is bringing her knowledge of the sport to a national audience with her LAX Facts clips on TSN. (Photo by Hannah Schwartz/CSP Athletics)
The UVic Vikes men’s basketball team defeated the top-seeded University of Alberta 70-64 in Saturday’s Canada West gold medal final in Edmonton. The Vikes return for the U SPORTS National Championships in two weeks time. (Courtesy of Vikes Athletics and Recreation)

UVic Vikes capture Canada West men’s basketball gold

Vikes win first regional crown since 2014-15 season, head to nationals April 1 to 3

The UVic Vikes men’s basketball team defeated the top-seeded University of Alberta 70-64 in Saturday’s Canada West gold medal final in Edmonton. The Vikes return for the U SPORTS National Championships in two weeks time. (Courtesy of Vikes Athletics and Recreation)
Short-term solutions to advance road safety in Saanich will be implemented over the next few months. (Black Press Media file photo)

Quick build solutions for road safety coming to Saanich

Protected cycling lanes, high visibility road markings, bike boxes part of solution framework

Short-term solutions to advance road safety in Saanich will be implemented over the next few months. (Black Press Media file photo)
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