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The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)

Request for more information on OCP review a good sign, say North Saanich residents

Council last week refused to accept official community plan summary report as drafted

The president of the North Saanich Residents Association said the organization’s leadership welcomes recent changes to the official community plan review unfolding in that community. (Photo by Paige Gibson)
Construction values in Sidney almost totalled $75 million in 2020, according to the draft annual report before Sidney council. (Black Press Media File)

Value of 2020 residential construction in Sidney close to $75 million

Figures in town’s annual report show significant upward trend in recent years

Construction values in Sidney almost totalled $75 million in 2020, according to the draft annual report before Sidney council. (Black Press Media File)
SMONECTEN (McDonald) Campground in North Saanich part of the Learn-to Camp Equipped program from Parks Canada. It is open those who want to learn more camping or brush up on existing knowledge. (Parks Canada/Submitted)

North Saanich part of Parks Canada program to sharpen camping skills

SMONECTEN (McDonald) campground part of Learn-to Camp Equipped

SMONECTEN (McDonald) Campground in North Saanich part of the Learn-to Camp Equipped program from Parks Canada. It is open those who want to learn more camping or brush up on existing knowledge. (Parks Canada/Submitted)
This rendering shows the proposed building that would stand on the pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership rendering)

Sidney won’t add third option to Beacon Wharf engagement process

Residents to weigh in on choice between public-private partnership pontoon or not replacing wharf

This rendering shows the proposed building that would stand on the pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership rendering)
Cindy Pendergast, left, of Sidney’s Truth and Alibi cannabis shop heads out to make what was believed to be the first delivery of cannabis in British Columbia, following that service’s legalization July 15. (Photo courtesy Truth and Alibi)

Sidney said to be site of first legal cannabis delivery in British Columbia

Truth and Alibi delivered to a Sidney couple at 9 a.m. sharp July 15 when deliveries became legal

Cindy Pendergast, left, of Sidney’s Truth and Alibi cannabis shop heads out to make what was believed to be the first delivery of cannabis in British Columbia, following that service’s legalization July 15. (Photo courtesy Truth and Alibi)
A spokesperson for NAV Canada says it has redundancies and procedures in place to preserve the safety of local airspace in the event of fire impacting the radar dome in LAU, WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Fire in North Saanich park won’t affect local airspace safety: NAV Canada

Non-profit operates radar dome, other equipment in LAU, WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park

A spokesperson for NAV Canada says it has redundancies and procedures in place to preserve the safety of local airspace in the event of fire impacting the radar dome in LAU, WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The commercial ground floor of the Oceanna development in Sidney could end up being the site of not one, but two craft breweries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Public asked to comment on second brewery in downtown Sidney

Proponent’s request for parking variance remains stalled

The commercial ground floor of the Oceanna development in Sidney could end up being the site of not one, but two craft breweries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the municipality will review new regulations that promise to increase housing flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve. (Black Press Media Files/Submitted)

Central Saanich to review relaxed housing rules for ALR

Mayor Ryan Windsor says municipality has been working on ways to improve housing for farm workers

Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor says the municipality will review new regulations that promise to increase housing flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve. (Black Press Media Files/Submitted)
RCMP Saturday arrested a person wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as part of enforcing a court order in the Fairy Creek Watershed. (Black Press Media File)

Fairy Creek protester arrested on unrelated Canada-wide warrant

Individual arrested was among 10 persons RCMP arrested Saturday

RCMP Saturday arrested a person wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as part of enforcing a court order in the Fairy Creek Watershed. (Black Press Media File)
As construction of the supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. continues, BC Housing says it will give priority to people from the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula residents high priority in Central Saanich housing project

Council questions prompt response from BC Housing

As construction of the supportive housing project at 1909 Prosser Rd. continues, BC Housing says it will give priority to people from the Saanich Peninsula. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Nick Coates, general manager of the Victoria Airport Travelodge, stands in one of the hotel’s rooms with head housekeeper Ashley Jones. Like many other accommodation providers, the Travelodge is struggling to fill jobs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney hotels struggle to fill job openings

Demand for staff exceeds supply as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Nick Coates, general manager of the Victoria Airport Travelodge, stands in one of the hotel’s rooms with head housekeeper Ashley Jones. Like many other accommodation providers, the Travelodge is struggling to fill jobs. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Lloyd, the new female Giant Pacific octopus at Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, is named after the late Peter Lloyd, a founding member of the centre and chair of its board from 2006 to 2013. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New octopus honours founding member, board chair of Sidney aquarium

Lloyd, a female, pays tribute to Peter Lloyd, a founder of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Lloyd, the new female Giant Pacific octopus at Sidney’s Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, is named after the late Peter Lloyd, a founding member of the centre and chair of its board from 2006 to 2013. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Rendering shows a building standing on a pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. The Town of Sidney will soon launch an engagement process on the wharf initiative, which also includes an option to not replace the aging structure. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership)

Public to weigh in on future of Sidney wharf

A pontoon could end up replacing Beacon Wharf

Rendering shows a building standing on a pontoon proposed to replace Beacon Wharf. The Town of Sidney will soon launch an engagement process on the wharf initiative, which also includes an option to not replace the aging structure. (Sidney Waterfront Partnership)
Supporters of community group Save North Saanich hold signs outside municipal hall Monday night as part of a rally calling on council to halt the official community plan review process. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)

Changes coming to North Saanich’s OCP review process

A motion to stop review failed but changes lie ahead

Supporters of community group Save North Saanich hold signs outside municipal hall Monday night as part of a rally calling on council to halt the official community plan review process. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 5.4 per cent in June, down 0.9 per cent compared to May. (Black Press Media file photo)

Lifting of public health measures drops unemployment rate in Greater Victoria

Victoria Census Metropolitan Area records lowest unemployment rate in June among CMAs in B.C.

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 5.4 per cent in June, down 0.9 per cent compared to May. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two more aircrafts, including a CF-104 Starfighter, are said to join the CP-121 Tracker that arrived Monday in North Saanich for display at the BC Aviation Museum. (Black Press Media file photo)

Flying Banana helicopter and Starfighter set to land in North Saanich museum

A Piasecki twin-rotor helicopter and iconic Starfighter jet are coming to BC Aviation Museum

Two more aircrafts, including a CF-104 Starfighter, are said to join the CP-121 Tracker that arrived Monday in North Saanich for display at the BC Aviation Museum. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report part of the OCP review process in North Saanich identifies the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, McTavish and East Saanich Road and the Panorama Recreation Centre as one of six emerging concepts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Report finds lack of consensus around housing needs in North Saanich

North Saanich also requires significant changes to deal with climate change, report finds

A report part of the OCP review process in North Saanich identifies the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, McTavish and East Saanich Road and the Panorama Recreation Centre as one of six emerging concepts. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich accused of stifling group critical of OCP review process

CAO Tim Tanton says municipality respects freedom of expression, while protecting public

North Saanich’s requirement for an insurance policy worth $5 million has led to charges that the municipality is trying to impose an undue burden on a group critical of the substance and process of the OCP review process, a charge the municipality rejects. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Niall Paltiel says with the District of Central Saanich lacking resources to work with people at risk of homelessness and in immediate crisis, BC Housing should give preference to locals in certain critical situations when selecting tenants for the supportive housing project on Prosser Road. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich sends housing preference list to province for Prosser project

District asks that people facing three categories of risk be prioritized for tenancy

Coun. Niall Paltiel says with the District of Central Saanich lacking resources to work with people at risk of homelessness and in immediate crisis, BC Housing should give preference to locals in certain critical situations when selecting tenants for the supportive housing project on Prosser Road. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich council is moving ahead with plans to attach heritage designation to the Brentwood Anglican Chapel building at 788 Sea Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)

Central Saanich embarks upon heritage designation for Brentwood chapel

Owner wants to deconstruct church, but potential partner Brentwood College has other priorities

Central Saanich council is moving ahead with plans to attach heritage designation to the Brentwood Anglican Chapel building at 788 Sea Drive. (Black Press Media file photo)