Megan Atkins-Baker

The District of Saanich council recruited an interim CAO, Brent Reems, who will serve in the role for 14 months. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich chief administrator’s ‘acting’ role becomes ‘interim’

Brent Reems will guide the district through the municipal election and into early 2023

The District of Saanich council recruited an interim CAO, Brent Reems, who will serve in the role for 14 months. (Black Press Media file photo)
Following another incident at Cedar Hill Cross Road and Merriman Drive, which left a cyclist injured, Saanich residents and road safety advocates are once again expressing concerns around enforcement and road safety. (Google Street View)

Residents call on Saanich to do more enforcement, take immediate action on road safety

Collision between cyclist and truck on Cedar Hill Road further galvanizes community

Following another incident at Cedar Hill Cross Road and Merriman Drive, which left a cyclist injured, Saanich residents and road safety advocates are once again expressing concerns around enforcement and road safety. (Google Street View)
Victoria-based screenwriter Joel H. Brewster (left) is pictured on the set of his 2016 short film, The Man in the Rabbit Mask. He won a $20,000 Black Creators Edition grant to support production of his next short film, The Victoria I know. (Photo courtesy of Joel H. Brewster)

$20K grant will help Victoria screenwriter produce Black history horror film

Joel Brewster one of 30 Black creators chosen to receive Telus Storyhive/Black Screen Office grant

Victoria-based screenwriter Joel H. Brewster (left) is pictured on the set of his 2016 short film, The Man in the Rabbit Mask. He won a $20,000 Black Creators Edition grant to support production of his next short film, The Victoria I know. (Photo courtesy of Joel H. Brewster)
Paul O’Callaghan was hit while cycling on Cedar Hill Cross Road near Merriman Drive, the same intersection where Saanich teen Kaydence Bourque was killed. O’Callaghan, at home recovering from a broken ankle and many cuts and bruises, calls on the District of Saanich to improve safety for cyclists in this area. (Photo courtesy of Paul O’Callaghan)

Mother of teen killed at Saanich intersection consoles cyclist hit at same spot

Experienced cyclist struck Monday at Cedar Hill Cross Road and Merriman Drive

Paul O’Callaghan was hit while cycling on Cedar Hill Cross Road near Merriman Drive, the same intersection where Saanich teen Kaydence Bourque was killed. O’Callaghan, at home recovering from a broken ankle and many cuts and bruises, calls on the District of Saanich to improve safety for cyclists in this area. (Photo courtesy of Paul O’Callaghan)
21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)

University of Victoria student turns class project idea into full-blown fashion business

Website aims to help art and design students find platform to share, sell their fashion pieces

21streetclub was dreamed up by a UVic student who dreams of helping art and design students earn money from their pieces while attending school. (Photo courtesy of Nelson Walusimbi)
Ford Preston, 13, is bringing humanitarianism to the world of sport by providing equipment to youth in need. He is pictured among a variety of sports equipment, stored at the Storage Room in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Langford teen’s sports equipment donation program going international

Ford Preston and family looking to help African charities help grow lacrosse in Uganda

Ford Preston, 13, is bringing humanitarianism to the world of sport by providing equipment to youth in need. He is pictured among a variety of sports equipment, stored at the Storage Room in Langford. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
It’s local traffic only during the day while the District of Saanich undertakes water main replacement on Forrester Road. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)

Traffic flow slow on Forrester Road in Saanich during water main upgrade work

Work happening 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday to Feb. 21, local traffic only at those times

It’s local traffic only during the day while the District of Saanich undertakes water main replacement on Forrester Road. (Photo courtesy of the District of Saanich/Twitter)
A project at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park will see a new washroom facility built on the site of the old building. The project calls for a number of mature trees to be removed and 16 native trees planted in their place by CRD Parks. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Planned tree removal for new washroom facility at Saanich’s Elk Lake riles park users

Residents call for alternate location, CRD says project adheres to Saanich’s tree protection bylaw

A project at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park will see a new washroom facility built on the site of the old building. The project calls for a number of mature trees to be removed and 16 native trees planted in their place by CRD Parks. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Cast members in an upcoming series called Reginald the Vampire on set at the ‘Slushy Shack,’ a transformed gas station at the intersection of Glanford Road and Vanalman Avenue in Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Filming for Reginald the Vampire series draws onlookers to Saanich corner

Cast and crew under umbrellas, plastic sheets at ‘Slushy Shack’

Cast members in an upcoming series called Reginald the Vampire on set at the ‘Slushy Shack,’ a transformed gas station at the intersection of Glanford Road and Vanalman Avenue in Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Window Wanderland is taking place in James Bay from Feb. 25 to 27, above are examples from previous years. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Bartlett)

Art to light up the night in James Bay for Window Wanderland

Feb. 25 to 27 will see a variety of artful window displays by neighbourhood residents

Window Wanderland is taking place in James Bay from Feb. 25 to 27, above are examples from previous years. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Bartlett)
Registration is open for the 2022 Goddess Run scheduled for June in Langford. Organizers are planning an in-person event this year after two years doing the event virtually. (Photo courtesy Goddess Run)

Goddess Run opens up early registration for June event in Langford

10K and 5K run options available, post-race festival in the works

Registration is open for the 2022 Goddess Run scheduled for June in Langford. Organizers are planning an in-person event this year after two years doing the event virtually. (Photo courtesy Goddess Run)
Saanich’s housing strategy is moving forward with the approval of a four-year funding plan, approved unanimously at council’s Jan. 31 meeting. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich council commits cash to initiate action on improving housing access

Land capacity, purpose-built rental housing and centre, corridor and village plans prioritized

Saanich’s housing strategy is moving forward with the approval of a four-year funding plan, approved unanimously at council’s Jan. 31 meeting. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Adam Kent is a master stonemason who is carrying on the legacy of the craft, having learned from a line of masters before him. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Fifth-generation stonemason carries on historic craft on Saanich Peninsula

Adam Kent hopes to pass on legacy of crafting detail and quality to his son

Adam Kent is a master stonemason who is carrying on the legacy of the craft, having learned from a line of masters before him. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Freya Keddie holds a sign at the B.C. legislature to show her support for vaccination, amidst demonstrators against mandates. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Anti-mandate rally met with counter-demonstrators in front of B.C. legislature

Saturday’s counter-demonstration was organized on Reddit, receiving wide support from respondees

Freya Keddie holds a sign at the B.C. legislature to show her support for vaccination, amidst demonstrators against mandates. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Police Department is warning the public of a potential fraudulent electronics operation in the area. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich police warn of potential roadside electronics scam

Tillicum area resident reported suspicious activity Feb. 2 around white Pro Audio Video van

The Saanich Police Department is warning the public of a potential fraudulent electronics operation in the area. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Jeff Buziak (right) and other rally attendees march on for Lindsay Buziak, who was murdered in Saanich 14 years ago to the day. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Regional policing would help solve major crimes, suggests Buziak memorial walker in Saanich

Feb. 2 marks 14 years since murder of young realtor; case remains unsolved

Jeff Buziak (right) and other rally attendees march on for Lindsay Buziak, who was murdered in Saanich 14 years ago to the day. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Saanich Police Department are investigating after a man was shot with a pellet gun outside of a Saanich business on Jan. 31. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man shot in the face with pellet gun outside of Saanich business; not injured

Unclear at this time if he or the business was targeted, investigations underway

The Saanich Police Department are investigating after a man was shot with a pellet gun outside of a Saanich business on Jan. 31. (Black Press Media file photo)
St. Magaret’s School Grade 5 student, Sofie Owen, prepares to throw a salmon carcass into Douglas Creek as part of restoration efforts. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich students enhance science studies with annual salmon toss at Mount Doug

More than 100 frozen salmon launched into Douglas Creek to enrich stream’s ecosystem

St. Magaret’s School Grade 5 student, Sofie Owen, prepares to throw a salmon carcass into Douglas Creek as part of restoration efforts. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Melody Burns, Victoria Foundation technology and sponsorship co-ordinator, holds up last year’s winning picture coloured by nine-year-old Vivian, who donated her winnings – a $50 gift card and $100 for the charity of her choice – to the Greater Victoria Women’s Shelter Society. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Foundation)

Random acts of colouring promote kindness, courtesy of the Victoria Foundation

Kids 12-under can mail or drop off colouring contest entries to local Black Press Media offices

Melody Burns, Victoria Foundation technology and sponsorship co-ordinator, holds up last year’s winning picture coloured by nine-year-old Vivian, who donated her winnings – a $50 gift card and $100 for the charity of her choice – to the Greater Victoria Women’s Shelter Society. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Foundation)
New student residence buildings are coming closer to completion on the University of Victoria campus. The first of these buildings is expected for completion this spring, and be move-in ready for this September. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

UVic housing project nears completion, move-in dates begin fall 2022

Student Housing and Dining Project to add 621 beds, two new buildings, campus upgrades

New student residence buildings are coming closer to completion on the University of Victoria campus. The first of these buildings is expected for completion this spring, and be move-in ready for this September. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
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