Saanich News Staff

A garage fire at a Wedgepoint Terrace home was quickly extinguished on Aug. 15. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)

Early-morning garage fire quickly extinguished at Saanich home

Cat inside the home sent to vet for a checkup

A garage fire at a Wedgepoint Terrace home was quickly extinguished on Aug. 15. (Saanich Fire Department/Twitter)
Nancy Walt will be showing her art at the Persimmon Drive location. (Courtesy of Nancy Walt)

Scattered Artists’ summer home studio tour returns to Saanich

19th annual art tour features 22 artists, five venues within biking distance

Nancy Walt will be showing her art at the Persimmon Drive location. (Courtesy of Nancy Walt)
Tours of the dome hosting the Plaskett telescope are included in admission to the Centre of the Universe. Black Press Media file photo

Centre of the Universe reopens for astronomy enthusiasts in Saanich

Release of first images from James Webb Space Telescope has people excited

Tours of the dome hosting the Plaskett telescope are included in admission to the Centre of the Universe. Black Press Media file photo
(Black Press Media file photo)

New capital bylaw supports Greater Victoria’s health care infrastructure

$6.7 million will be invested in minor capital and equipment projects

(Black Press Media file photo)
Recent public engagement explored adding more housing options to the Cadboro Bay local area plan. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

More housing opportunities could be on horizon for Saanich’s Cadboro Bay Village

Check-in report Aug. 22 to bring results of public feedback to Saanich council

Recent public engagement explored adding more housing options to the Cadboro Bay local area plan. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
The winners of Saanich’s 2022 Arts, Culture and Heritage awards gather with Mayor Fred Haynes in front of municipal hall. They received certificates of recognition Aug. 8 in the council chambers. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich Arts, Culture and Heritage award winners honoured by municipality

Community volunteers, non-profit group recognized for exceptional contributions

The winners of Saanich’s 2022 Arts, Culture and Heritage awards gather with Mayor Fred Haynes in front of municipal hall. They received certificates of recognition Aug. 8 in the council chambers. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
The new permit and development tracker lets Saanich residents follow development progress and view the status of applications. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

District of Saanich launches online permit and development tracker dashboard

Tracker designed to increase accessibility, transparency for public, applicants

The new permit and development tracker lets Saanich residents follow development progress and view the status of applications. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Work will begin in August on protected bike lanes along Tillicum Road in Saanich. (Courtesy District of Saanich)

Saanich gets rolling on Tillicum Road protected bike lanes

Work to start this month with completion expected late this year

Work will begin in August on protected bike lanes along Tillicum Road in Saanich. (Courtesy District of Saanich)
Bill Okell of Saanich navigates a turn on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course during a past Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs race. Okell had a career-best fifth place overall finish in the F Production class on the SCCA’s Super Tour for 2022. (Photo by Mark Webber)

Saanich driver winds up No. 5 nationwide on sports car racing series

Bill Okell posts best-ever overall finish on SCCA Super Tour with 2022 results

Bill Okell of Saanich navigates a turn on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course during a past Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs race. Okell had a career-best fifth place overall finish in the F Production class on the SCCA’s Super Tour for 2022. (Photo by Mark Webber)
Sand sculptors spent multiple days working on their sculptures at the Cadboro Bay Festival in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Sand sculpting competition returns to Cadboro Bay

Sun, sand, singing and bouncy castles

Sand sculptors spent multiple days working on their sculptures at the Cadboro Bay Festival in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Police officers, helped by the Integrated Canine Service, were unable to locate two suspects, pictured here, who robbed the Bottle Depot on Quadra Street on Wednesday (Aug. 3). (Courtesy of Saanich Police Department)

Saanich bottle-sorting business robbed by masked men

Investigators requesting video footage from nearby businesses, passing motorists

Police officers, helped by the Integrated Canine Service, were unable to locate two suspects, pictured here, who robbed the Bottle Depot on Quadra Street on Wednesday (Aug. 3). (Courtesy of Saanich Police Department)
This stretch of sidewalk in the 4100-block of Cedar Hill Road in Saanich was voted ‘jankiest sidewalk’ in Greater Victoria in a public photo contest staged by Walk On, Victoria. (Courtesy of Walk On, Victoria)

Is that a tree? Saanich sidewalk voted worst in Greater Victoria

Photo contest also saw Saanich win ‘most shameful lack of sidewalk’

This stretch of sidewalk in the 4100-block of Cedar Hill Road in Saanich was voted ‘jankiest sidewalk’ in Greater Victoria in a public photo contest staged by Walk On, Victoria. (Courtesy of Walk On, Victoria)
Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes, left, photographed in NBA playoff action against Philadelphia’s James Harden last spring, will be among the stars in Saanich next month for the Raptors’ training camp at the University of Victoria. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Toronto Raptors to hold 2022-23 NBA training camp at UVic

Former champions’ pre-season workouts Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 closed to the public

Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes, left, photographed in NBA playoff action against Philadelphia’s James Harden last spring, will be among the stars in Saanich next month for the Raptors’ training camp at the University of Victoria. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Local artists who’ve competed around the world will showcase their talents at Cadboro-Gyro Park during the Cadboro Bay Festival on Aug. 7. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

World-class sand sculpting major draw for Saanich’s Cadboro Bay Festival

Free family friendly event Aug. 7 includes food, activities and fun at the beach

Local artists who’ve competed around the world will showcase their talents at Cadboro-Gyro Park during the Cadboro Bay Festival on Aug. 7. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
Residents might notice a low-flying helicopter over the region. The helicopter is conducting inspections for Fortis BC. (Black Press Media file photo)

Low-flying helicopter attracting attention across Greater Victoria

District of Saanich reminds residents of routine work

Residents might notice a low-flying helicopter over the region. The helicopter is conducting inspections for Fortis BC. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jeff Buziak, father of Lindsay Buziak, who was murdered in 2008 in Saanich, has hired a private investigation and research firm to help move the case forward. (Black Press file photo)

Father of murder victim Lindsay Buziak hires investigators to look into Saanich case

Vancouver firm also retained to help Jeff Buziak defence in defamation suit

Jeff Buziak, father of Lindsay Buziak, who was murdered in 2008 in Saanich, has hired a private investigation and research firm to help move the case forward. (Black Press file photo)
Dragon boaters paddle for the finish line during a previous race event. The upcoming Vancouver Island International Dragon Boat Festival, on Aug. 6 and 7, is in need of volunteers to help stage this inaugural event. (Courtesy Fairway Gorge Paddling Club)

Volunteers needed for upcoming Island dragon boat festival in Victoria

Inaugural meet Aug. 6 and 7 part of the Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Race Series

Dragon boaters paddle for the finish line during a previous race event. The upcoming Vancouver Island International Dragon Boat Festival, on Aug. 6 and 7, is in need of volunteers to help stage this inaugural event. (Courtesy Fairway Gorge Paddling Club)
Community members have been working to revitalize the patch of forest at the University of Victoria’s Queenswood campus over the past few months. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)

Volunteers continue the fight against invasive plants at UVic’s Queenswood campus

Greater Victoria Green Team helpers remove 6 cubic metres of non-native plants

Community members have been working to revitalize the patch of forest at the University of Victoria’s Queenswood campus over the past few months. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Green Team)
BC Hydro crews work to repair an outage in Saanich July 24. (Submitted)

UPDATE: Power mostly returned after car crash causes outage for 2,000 in Saanich

Lights were out in Gorge-Tillicum and Strawberry Vale neighbourhoods since late Saturday night

BC Hydro crews work to repair an outage in Saanich July 24. (Submitted)
A Saanich Fire Department all-terrain vehicle at Mount Work regional park on July 20. Crews had to rescue an injured biker from the trail. (Courtesy of the Saanich Fire Department)

Saanich fire crews rescue injured biker from Mount Work trails

Biker was hurt on the Sofa King biking trail

A Saanich Fire Department all-terrain vehicle at Mount Work regional park on July 20. Crews had to rescue an injured biker from the trail. (Courtesy of the Saanich Fire Department)