Megan Atkins-Baker

Gordon Viberg of Victoria was Royal Jubilee Hospital’s COVID-19 patient number five in spring 2020, and one of the earliest to recover from the coronavirus after being treated in hospital. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria man, ‘patient 5’ at Royal Jubilee, recounts early pandemic diagnosis

As B.C. slowly puts pandemic in rear view mirror, Gordon Viberg tells his recovery story

Gordon Viberg of Victoria was Royal Jubilee Hospital’s COVID-19 patient number five in spring 2020, and one of the earliest to recover from the coronavirus after being treated in hospital. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The fun-oriented World Cups Youth Festival soccer tournament is returning to Saanich’s Lochside Park in mid-April. (Photo by Kelly Wallace/courtesy of Dom Butcher)

World Cups soccer festival returns to Saanich’s Lochside Park in mid-April

Youth 5 to 18 can register for fun-oriented event, founded in 1986 by Frank Leversedge

The fun-oriented World Cups Youth Festival soccer tournament is returning to Saanich’s Lochside Park in mid-April. (Photo by Kelly Wallace/courtesy of Dom Butcher)
A public hearing on March 15 garnered mixed reviews for the development of a townhouse complex at 3450 Whittier Ave. in Saanich. The above rendering is a proposed view of Block A from Harriet Road. (Rendering courtesy of Abstract Developments)

Saanich townhouse development approved, despite mixed reviews from residents

Whittier Avenue project offers valuable housing type, mature tree removal worries some

A public hearing on March 15 garnered mixed reviews for the development of a townhouse complex at 3450 Whittier Ave. in Saanich. The above rendering is a proposed view of Block A from Harriet Road. (Rendering courtesy of Abstract Developments)
Applications for the City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 1. (Black Press Media file photo)

More than $131,000 in My Great Neighbourhood grants up for grabs in Victoria

Annual city program offers up to $5,000 for community projects, $1,000 for activities

Applications for the City of Victoria’s My Great Neighbourhood Grants open April 1. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gordy Dodd waves from a scissor lift above Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress at 715 Finlayson Street to raise funds and collect donations for Ukraine. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress in Victoria launches fundraiser for Ukraine

Soap, socks, shampoo, sleeping bags and other items accepted at all locations until April 3

Gordy Dodd waves from a scissor lift above Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress at 715 Finlayson Street to raise funds and collect donations for Ukraine. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Judo B.C.’s Youth Provincial Championship is being held at West Shore Parks and Recreation March 18 to 20 to showcase young talent before nationals in May. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Judo Championships held in Colwood showcase young athletes hoping to go national

Tournament mandatory for U16, U18 and U21 athletes aiming to partake in nationals in Montreal

Judo B.C.’s Youth Provincial Championship is being held at West Shore Parks and Recreation March 18 to 20 to showcase young talent before nationals in May. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation, says its Community Grants Program for 2022 is aimed at strengthening community well-being. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Foundation)

Victoria Foundation looks to reach new communities with 2022 grant program

Funding builds on 2021 Community Recovery Program, which distributed over $3 million

Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation, says its Community Grants Program for 2022 is aimed at strengthening community well-being. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Foundation)
Smuggler’s Cove Pub in Cadboro Bay is seeking help finding creative names for their new cocktail menu. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich pub invites community to help brainstorm names for new cocktail menu

Outfall, Leashed Dog, Queen Alexander suggested so far for Smuggler’s Cove roster

Smuggler’s Cove Pub in Cadboro Bay is seeking help finding creative names for their new cocktail menu. (Black Press Media file photo)
The area around the intersection of Latoria Boulevard and Metchosin Road will be a work zone for the next six months or so, as crews install traffic lights and a new transit exchange, along with other improvements. (Courtesy City of Colwood)

Upgrades to Colwood intersection soon underway at Metchosin and Latoria

Royal Bay area road project expected to impact traffic flow for about six months

The area around the intersection of Latoria Boulevard and Metchosin Road will be a work zone for the next six months or so, as crews install traffic lights and a new transit exchange, along with other improvements. (Courtesy City of Colwood)
Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

‘Pup-up’ parks set to return to Saanich, council still chewing on where and when

Proposed expansion of original rotation in the works; nine parks on initial list for 2022

Pop-up dog parks are likely coming back to Saanich this summer 2022 – but not before a few more decisions around which parks are best-suited for this purpose are considered. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The newly revised Cordova Bay Local Area Plan provides a framework to guide growth and change in the area, looking ahead 20 to 30 years. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cordova Bay Village upgrades part of newest local area plan revision in Saanich

Council endorsement of document follows public hearing on March 15

The newly revised Cordova Bay Local Area Plan provides a framework to guide growth and change in the area, looking ahead 20 to 30 years. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cordova Bay residents living on and around Sayward and Fowler roads formed a safety advocacy group to pressure Saanich to take action in the area. The group recently hosted Mayor Fred Haynes on a walkabout to show him areas in need of immediate improvements. (Photo courtesy of Vina Maldoveanu)

Residents’ road safety group pushes Saanich for improvements on Sayward Road

Vehicle speeds, lack of pedestrian infrastructure pose dangers to all: spokesperson

Cordova Bay residents living on and around Sayward and Fowler roads formed a safety advocacy group to pressure Saanich to take action in the area. The group recently hosted Mayor Fred Haynes on a walkabout to show him areas in need of immediate improvements. (Photo courtesy of Vina Maldoveanu)
Members of the Saanich Police Department brave the cold waters off Gyro Beach on March 15 to show their support for Special Olympics B.C. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich police get bold and cold doing Polar Plunge at Gyro Beach

Frigid fundraiser sees law enforcement agencies raise cash for Special Olympics B.C.

Members of the Saanich Police Department brave the cold waters off Gyro Beach on March 15 to show their support for Special Olympics B.C. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Young investors show that long term goals are a part of their financial planning repertoire in an RBC poll. (Black Press Media file photo)

Young Canadian investors bloom in Canada during pandemic: RBC poll

Young investors seek tools to invest, save and budget smartly while also saving for the future

Young investors show that long term goals are a part of their financial planning repertoire in an RBC poll. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria Public Library presented its 2022 budget request to Saanich council on March 10. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Public Library)

Saanich budget talks include contribution to flourishing library service

GVPL welcomed 12,488 people across region as new cardholders, had 1.1 million in-person visits

The Greater Victoria Public Library presented its 2022 budget request to Saanich council on March 10. (Photo courtesy of Greater Victoria Public Library)
Sebastian Sibbald stands out among his Rams football teammates at Mount Douglas Secondary. The six-foot-seven, 340-pound lineman is already highly rated among his peers, despite still being in Grade 11. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich high school football star combines size, athleticism

6-7, 340-pound offensive lineman Sebastian Sibbald turns heads on and off the field

Sebastian Sibbald stands out among his Rams football teammates at Mount Douglas Secondary. The six-foot-seven, 340-pound lineman is already highly rated among his peers, despite still being in Grade 11. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich’s draft budget calls for a 6.69-per-cent property tax increase, a number that would rise to almost nine per cent if $3.3 million in active transportation projects is added in. Council asked staff to bring back alternatives to reduce the final figure. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council looks to reduce 6.69 per cent tax increase seen in draft budget

Tax hike even higher if $3.3 million for active transportation projects added in

Saanich’s draft budget calls for a 6.69-per-cent property tax increase, a number that would rise to almost nine per cent if $3.3 million in active transportation projects is added in. Council asked staff to bring back alternatives to reduce the final figure. (Black Press Media file photo)
In 2021, Saanich expanded the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, marking it as an area of climate improvement in the annual district report card. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich climate report card reflects on 2021 wins, areas for improvement

Progress seen in areas such as transportation, E-bike incentives, infrastructure improvements

In 2021, Saanich expanded the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, marking it as an area of climate improvement in the annual district report card. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich)
The decades-old Saanich Operations Centre is in need of upgrades. District staff are working on a business case for the project to present to council this spring. (Rendering courtesy of the District of Saanich)

Saanich staff developing plan to improve decades-old public works yard

Public info sessions March 19 and 26; project outline comes before council this spring

The decades-old Saanich Operations Centre is in need of upgrades. District staff are working on a business case for the project to present to council this spring. (Rendering courtesy of the District of Saanich)
Rally organizer D’Arcy Briggs calls on the federal government to implement the Just Transition Act – legislation aimed at shifting economic priorities. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Climate justice rally demands federal implementation of the Just Transition Act

Just Transition Act encourages more green jobs, shift away from fossil fuel sectors

Rally organizer D’Arcy Briggs calls on the federal government to implement the Just Transition Act – legislation aimed at shifting economic priorities. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)