Megan Atkins-Baker

Greater Victoria residents will soon have more access to everyday primary health-care services with the opening of the new Luther Court Community Health Centre, located at 1525 Cedar Hill Cross Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

New health-care facility in Saanich set to open its doors this June

Development is underway, site will be running at full capacity by 2024-25

Greater Victoria residents will soon have more access to everyday primary health-care services with the opening of the new Luther Court Community Health Centre, located at 1525 Cedar Hill Cross Road. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Western red cedar trees at Frank Hobbs Elementary are being stripped of their bark. Saanich police are aiming to determine whether this is traditional Indigenous practice or vandalism. (Photo courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Cedar bark stripping at Saanich school could be Indigenous practice

Saanich police investigating; looking to rule out vandalism, keep students safe

Western red cedar trees at Frank Hobbs Elementary are being stripped of their bark. Saanich police are aiming to determine whether this is traditional Indigenous practice or vandalism. (Photo courtesy Saanich Police Department)
Canadian Tire store owners were recognized in November for their overall contribution of $1 million to the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. In 2021, $79,000 was raised as part of a renewed 10-year commitment. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria Fix-a-Heart campaign rallies community to bring in $79,000

2021 proceeds to help purchase echocardiography ultrasound unit for Royal Jubilee Hospital

Canadian Tire store owners were recognized in November for their overall contribution of $1 million to the cardiac unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital since 2003. In 2021, $79,000 was raised as part of a renewed 10-year commitment. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria Eagles player Oliver Mabee takes batting practice at the Pacific FC indoor facility in Langford. He and teammate Tyrus Hall head to Arizona this March as part of a high-level exhibition tour organized by the Langley Blaze. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria Eagles baseball duo gear up for high-level Arizona road trip

Tyrus Hall, Oliver Mabee look to impress recruiters during 12-day, 22-game stretch

Victoria Eagles player Oliver Mabee takes batting practice at the Pacific FC indoor facility in Langford. He and teammate Tyrus Hall head to Arizona this March as part of a high-level exhibition tour organized by the Langley Blaze. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)

Pot of Gold raffle supports Vancouver Island kids with health challenges

Bear Essentials program bridging the gap for children with complex healthcare needs

Cooper (left) and Lucas Lidstone share a special brotherly moment. Lucas, a child with special needs, has been greatly helped by a program called Bear Essentials. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lidstone)
Christopher Johnson, a rally attendee, helps to direct people at the B.C. legislature on March 5. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

B.C. anti-COVID mandate rally sees renewed support as thousands gather at legislature

We Unify Canada arranged a substantial list of speakers voicing concerns around mandates

Christopher Johnson, a rally attendee, helps to direct people at the B.C. legislature on March 5. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Julianna Kwan, team captain and Reynolds Secondary student, stands next to the industrial-size robot she and her team built for the FIRST Robotics Competition. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich high school students compete in a world-renowned robotics competition

Each team built, coded a life-size robot for competitive field game at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Julianna Kwan, team captain and Reynolds Secondary student, stands next to the industrial-size robot she and her team built for the FIRST Robotics Competition. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Umar Sheikh is the representing lawyer on behalf of nine B.C. public servants terminated due to non-compliance with provincial vaccination mandates. (Umar Sheikh/LinkedIn)

B.C. public servants head to court around vaccine mandates that led to termination

Action will be taken to court by nine people the week of March 21 to argue injunction, says lawyer

Umar Sheikh is the representing lawyer on behalf of nine B.C. public servants terminated due to non-compliance with provincial vaccination mandates. (Umar Sheikh/LinkedIn)
COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

COVID cases have doubled in Canadian prisons as uptick in vaccination across prisoners lull

Total of 16,111 prisoners contracted COVID-19 during this wave, 11 deaths

COVID-19 cases have doubled in prisons nationwide in recent months, according to University of Ottawa research. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Phishing scams that infect a computer and allow hackers to invade banks and other accounts become more common during global crises, currently, scams are surfacing in relation to the Ukraine situation. (Facebook photo)

Scam emails, donation fraud surge in Canada as Ukraine crisis continues

Those hoping to contribute to relief cautioned to be mindful about fraudulent emails, phone calls

Phishing scams that infect a computer and allow hackers to invade banks and other accounts become more common during global crises, currently, scams are surfacing in relation to the Ukraine situation. (Facebook photo)
B.C. State for Child Care Minister Katrina Chen said that expanding childcare in B.C. is essential to better support the development of children and to ease pressure on parents and guardians. (Black Press Media file photo)

Provincial 2022 budget allows for investments in childcare and programs for B.C. families

Childcare considered a necessity, not a luxury says State for Child Care Minister Katrina Chen

B.C. State for Child Care Minister Katrina Chen said that expanding childcare in B.C. is essential to better support the development of children and to ease pressure on parents and guardians. (Black Press Media file photo)
The cast of the Wizard of Oz is set to perform in early March at Claremont Secondary School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Giordano)

Claremont musical theatre students bring Wizard of Oz to Saanich theatre

Performances occur from March 2 to 5 and March 9 to 12, two matinees available

The cast of the Wizard of Oz is set to perform in early March at Claremont Secondary School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Giordano)
A UBC survey finds that British Columbians are fearful that the pandemic will never end, with climate change only exacerbating anxiety. (Credit: Christopher Catbagan on Unsplash)

Fears about the pandemic, climate change worsening anxiety in B.C.: study

Mental health decline most noted in vulnerable populations, says UBC survey

A UBC survey finds that British Columbians are fearful that the pandemic will never end, with climate change only exacerbating anxiety. (Credit: Christopher Catbagan on Unsplash)
Survey finds that many motorists are still using their phones while operating their vehicles in B.C. (Shutterstock)

42% of B.C. drivers are still texting behind the wheel, 12 years into the law taking effect

Month-long campaign beginning March 1 urges drivers to put their phones away

Survey finds that many motorists are still using their phones while operating their vehicles in B.C. (Shutterstock)
Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich has been approved for a seismically sound replacement. (Black Press Media file photo)

Open house March 3 to collect public input for Cedar Hill middle school in Saanich

Event runs 6 to 8 p.m., topics include site plans, traffic circulation, bike access and more

Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich has been approved for a seismically sound replacement. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Police Department’s cruiser design received top honours from a national magazine. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)

Saanich wins best-dressed police vehicle from national magazine

Clear graphics, colour, reflective accents, other safety features among reasons for first place

The Saanich Police Department’s cruiser design received top honours from a national magazine. (Photo courtesy of the Saanich Police Department)
Mount Douglas Secondary is hosting its 71st senior boy’s basketball tournament as athletes excitedly return to the courts. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich’s Mount Douglas Secondary hosts 71st senior boys basketball tournament

The school has a history of hosting and the Mount Douglas Rams kicked off the first game

Mount Douglas Secondary is hosting its 71st senior boy’s basketball tournament as athletes excitedly return to the courts. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Owen Klassen polishes up a car as part of his new auto detailing small business in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Owen Klassen)

15-year-old Reynolds student begins auto-detailing business in Saanich

Owen Klassen goes to residents’ homes to make the process more convenient

Owen Klassen polishes up a car as part of his new auto detailing small business in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Owen Klassen)
Igor Kotliarsky showcases a new garden suite in the backyard of his Claremont area home that he built in response to the need for more housing in the District of Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich resident says simpler process when building garden suites a solution to housing crisis

Reducing bureaucracy will solve need for more housing, says Claremont area resident

Igor Kotliarsky showcases a new garden suite in the backyard of his Claremont area home that he built in response to the need for more housing in the District of Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
James Bardy is a Saanich-based artist and occupational therapist whose art will be on display at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre beginning Feb. 15. (Photo courtesy of James Bardy)

Saanich artist exhibition doubles as fundraiser for people with disabilities in Nepal

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre displaying James Bardy’s work starting Feb. 15

James Bardy is a Saanich-based artist and occupational therapist whose art will be on display at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre beginning Feb. 15. (Photo courtesy of James Bardy)
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