Nick Murray

Saanich Peninsula fire departments have been hard at work this summer; training, candidate testing and receiving new equipment. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Peninsula firefighters spend the summer in intensive training

No rest for personnel as they improve high tower, role-plays and marina fire fighting skills

Saanich Peninsula fire departments have been hard at work this summer; training, candidate testing and receiving new equipment. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
David Palmer and Lauren Hutchinson stand in front of their final project, that turns mash used in the brewing of spirits into pellets that can be re-used or better recycled. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Camosun mechanical engineering project solve real-world problems

Showcase included projects that confound conventional wisdom, garner industry interest

David Palmer and Lauren Hutchinson stand in front of their final project, that turns mash used in the brewing of spirits into pellets that can be re-used or better recycled. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
The Salish Sea Lantern festival brings music and light to the Sidney waterfront every year. A salmon lantern was snapped by a reader last summer, in 2018 on Sidney Pier. (Photo by Bob Orchard).

Traditional salmon designs brighten Salish Sea Lantern Festival

Children from ȽÁU,WEL,ṈEW̱ tribal school built salmon hats for festival on Sidney waterfront

The Salish Sea Lantern festival brings music and light to the Sidney waterfront every year. A salmon lantern was snapped by a reader last summer, in 2018 on Sidney Pier. (Photo by Bob Orchard).
A three-vehicle crash on Highway 17 near McKenzie Avenue in Saanich. Some sections of local roads now have a specialized aggregate and resin treatment to help limit crashes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Four sections of Saanich roads now have anti-skid treatments

Specialized aggregate and resin treatment reduces skidding and helps vehicles stop

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 17 near McKenzie Avenue in Saanich. Some sections of local roads now have a specialized aggregate and resin treatment to help limit crashes. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A whale frolicks in the waters off B.C. (Black Press file)

Thermal imaging cameras eye Salish Sea in hopes of better detecting whales

Study’s cameras installed at BC Ferries’ Sturdies Bay terminal on Galiano Island

A whale frolicks in the waters off B.C. (Black Press file)
The impounded motorcycle that was observed driving dangerously in Central Saanich on July 9 and 10. (Central Saanich Police Department Facebook page)

Central Saanich police respond to 419 calls in July, including speeding motorcyclist

Police chase deemed too risky, biker tracked down the next day

The impounded motorcycle that was observed driving dangerously in Central Saanich on July 9 and 10. (Central Saanich Police Department Facebook page)
Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)                                Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)

Ravens Crossing breaks ground on happy Hygge cohousing project

Speeches, music and a blessing as 80 people attend start of Danish-style development

Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)                                Monday, Aug. 19. (From left) Patrick Whittington, Darlene Coulson (Raven investor) and Anna Dodd (representing Elizabeth May’s office) at the breaking ground ceremony. (Jesse Whittington submission)
Salon J on Aug. 20, 2019. The business has shut its doors, another blow to downtown Sidney business. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Sidney salon closes citing persistent lack of staff

Housing, transit continue to affect workers on Saanich Peninsula

Salon J on Aug. 20, 2019. The business has shut its doors, another blow to downtown Sidney business. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Christian folk-rock duo Bruce and Cheryl Harding perform some of their repertoire at St. Paul’s United Church, and other musicians are welcome to join them Sunday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m. (Pixabay File)

Three churches joining through the power of music

Anyone who can play an instrument welcome to join Christian rockers Bruce and Cheryl Harding

Christian folk-rock duo Bruce and Cheryl Harding perform some of their repertoire at St. Paul’s United Church, and other musicians are welcome to join them Sunday, Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m. (Pixabay File)
Central Saanich United Church are holding a Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday, Aug. 25 at 10:15 a.m. (Pixabay File)

Central Saanich church to bless pets

Blessing might offer redemption

Central Saanich United Church are holding a Blessing of the Animals ceremony Sunday, Aug. 25 at 10:15 a.m. (Pixabay File)
Jiannis Voularinos and Dionysia Efentaki of Elkelam perform Greek dance during Saanich’s Greek Fest last year. (Black Press File)

Greek Fest brings taste of Mediterranean to Victoria

Annual celebration offers 15 music groups, folk dances and mouth-watering cuisine

Jiannis Voularinos and Dionysia Efentaki of Elkelam perform Greek dance during Saanich’s Greek Fest last year. (Black Press File)
The front of the former Sidney Fire Hall. Where once glistening fire trucks stood, a grey truck is parked. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Former Sidney fire hall ready for demolition

Majority of work begins Monday to tear down multiple buildings on Third Street and Sidney Avenue

The front of the former Sidney Fire Hall. Where once glistening fire trucks stood, a grey truck is parked. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Multi-vehicle crash northbound on Pat Bay Highway causing delays

Multi-vehicle crash northbound on Pat Bay Highway causing delays

A pair of afternoon crashes snarls traffic on Highway 17, police advising residents to avoid the area

Multi-vehicle crash northbound on Pat Bay Highway causing delays
Saanich Police are investigating a theft at Shades of White bridal boutique. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Wedding dress stolen from Saanich bridal boutique in broad daylight

Police seek camera footage of Thursday late-afternoon theft

Saanich Police are investigating a theft at Shades of White bridal boutique. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
Happy Hygge housing breaking ground in Sidney

Happy Hygge housing breaking ground in Sidney

Shovels in ground Aug. 19, information talk Aug. 24

Happy Hygge housing breaking ground in Sidney
Signs warning Reay Creek park users not to swim in the pond as a precautionary measure. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Swimmers splashing in Reay Creek pond advised to stay out until remediation complete

Pond a Class 1 contamination site but only sediment a problem says Transport Canada

Signs warning Reay Creek park users not to swim in the pond as a precautionary measure. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
PIGS rocking out, accompanied by their impressive laser show. (PIGS submission)

Victoria Pink Floyd tribute band to kick off North American tour in Sidney

Band started out ten years ago at Winspear, now they’re back

PIGS rocking out, accompanied by their impressive laser show. (PIGS submission)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docked in Victoria on April 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)

Revamped seven month cruise season to see 283 ship arrivals in 2020

Mid-week sailings to help contribute to 770,000 visitors disembarking in Victoria

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docked in Victoria on April 16. (Arnold Lim/News Staff)
Reay Creek, which is rated as a Class 1 contamination site. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Reay Creek clean-up to begin near Victoria International Airport

Remediation of Class 1 contamination site to last approximately two months

Reay Creek, which is rated as a Class 1 contamination site. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Tommy Little Spruce with his son Leland before their entrance. (Jean-Francois d’Albret and Cristina de Veer submission)

Yellow Wolf Powwow draws dancers from across Canada

Saanichton event a celebration of Indigenous culture

Tommy Little Spruce with his son Leland before their entrance. (Jean-Francois d’Albret and Cristina de Veer submission)