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Saanich Peninsula Hospital. (Black Press Media file photo)

Cougar spotted near Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Central Saanich Police Service asking residents to be alert, keep pets indoors

Northbound traffic on the Pat Bay Highway was backing up into Royal Oak Drive at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, after a crash near Haliburton Road. (Drive BC traffic camera)

UPDATE: Traffic moving again after 4-vehicle crash on Pat Bay Highway

Saanich police say driver inattentiveness believed to be cause of crash

The Department of National Defence is conducting controlled burns at Rocky Point until mid-October for the purpose of wildfire deterrence and creating military training grounds. (Google Maps)

DND doing controlled burns at Rocky Point in Metchosin

Work being done to create military training space, protect Garry oaks and mitigate wildfires

The increase in COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island in recent weeks is having impacts on hospitals and critical care units, according to Island Health. (Black Press Media File Photo)

Victoria General Hospital sets up COVID-19 inpatient unit in response to soaring case counts

Unit will serve patients who need to be hospitalized, but don’t require critical care

The increase in COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island in recent weeks is having impacts on hospitals and critical care units, according to Island Health. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Chris Bjerrisgaard, who plans to open Small Gods Brewery with his partner in a commercial space on Third Street as part of the Oceanna residential complex, is pleased by council’s signal of support for their liquor license. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Proposed downtown Sidney brewery looks to be community-minded

Small Gods Brewery hoping to be open by April 2022

Chris Bjerrisgaard, who plans to open Small Gods Brewery with his partner in a commercial space on Third Street as part of the Oceanna residential complex, is pleased by council’s signal of support for their liquor license. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Squashed Cans for Recycling. (Black Press File Photo).

B.C. government to mandate items such as mattresses and EV batteries are recyclable by 2023

But recycling is only one small step towards a cylindrical economy, says expert

Squashed Cans for Recycling. (Black Press File Photo).
The province on Tuesday announced that new clinics in Victoria and Nanaimo will aim to better support people with memory loss and those concerned about cognitive changes. (Black Press Media File photo)

Memory clinics opening in Victoria, Nanaimo aim to improve assessment and care

Team of medical workers will support those facing cognitive problems, dementia

The province on Tuesday announced that new clinics in Victoria and Nanaimo will aim to better support people with memory loss and those concerned about cognitive changes. (Black Press Media File photo)
A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. parents crowdsourcing COVID-19 school exposures in lieu of provincial information

Health ministry choosing to only publicly report outbreaks, clusters

A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)
L47 (Marina) pictured with her youngest male offspring, L115 (Mystic) in 2011. (Courtesy of the Center for Whale Research)

Salish Sea southern resident killer whale population now 73 after matriarch’s death

47-year-old orca Marina leaves three surviving offspring, two in next generation

L47 (Marina) pictured with her youngest male offspring, L115 (Mystic) in 2011. (Courtesy of the Center for Whale Research)
A 43-year-old Saanich man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault that happened Sept. 10 on a local transit bus. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police arrest man in relation to Sept. 10 sexual assault on transit bus

Police took 43-year-old into custody on weekend, after making plea to public for help

A 43-year-old Saanich man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault that happened Sept. 10 on a local transit bus. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria police officers are asking for the public’s help in finding missing 16-year-old Zenaeh Edwards-Helgason after she was last seen in Victoria on Sept. 13. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

MISSING: 16-year-old Zenaeh Edwards-Helgason last seen in Victoria on Sept. 13

She has shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes, is 5’6” and weighs about 115 pounds

Victoria police officers are asking for the public’s help in finding missing 16-year-old Zenaeh Edwards-Helgason after she was last seen in Victoria on Sept. 13. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
View Street at Quadra Street was blocked after two cars crashed at the corner. Police, fire and paramedics all responded to the motor vehicle incident. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Crash snarls traffic at Quadra and View in Victoria

Emergency crews respond after two-vehicle crash

View Street at Quadra Street was blocked after two cars crashed at the corner. Police, fire and paramedics all responded to the motor vehicle incident. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Tai Caverhill died at Camp Barnard in 2019 when a tree fell on him during a school field trip. (Photo from GoFundMe campaign)

Saanich student who died on school trip killed by falling tree, says coroner

Tai Caverhill was killed during a Lansdowne school trip to Camp Barnard in Sooke

Tai Caverhill died at Camp Barnard in 2019 when a tree fell on him during a school field trip. (Photo from GoFundMe campaign)
An aerial view over Oak Bay and the marina. (Black Press Media file photo)

RCMP recover dinghy, motors swiped from Oak Bay Marina

Oak Bay police stop pair of speeders on Foul Bay Road

An aerial view over Oak Bay and the marina. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Saanich Fire Department is reminding residents it will not ask for monetary donations over the phone after reports of scammers targeting local residents. (Black Press Media file photo)

Scammers masquerading as firefighters targeting Saanich residents

Saanich Fire Department issues warning after scammers attempt to solicit money from victims

The Saanich Fire Department is reminding residents it will not ask for monetary donations over the phone after reports of scammers targeting local residents. (Black Press Media file photo)
Three more flight exposures have been reported through Greater Victoria, including one on Harbour Air. (Black Press Media file photo)
Three more flight exposures have been reported through Greater Victoria, including one on Harbour Air. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alana DeLong fell short in her bid to win the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding. (Photo submitted)

National election result perplexing to Cowichan-Malahat-Langford’s runner-up DeLong

Conservative candidate felt chances of a minority government for her party were strong

Alana DeLong fell short in her bid to win the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding. (Photo submitted)
Alistair MacGregor and members of his team gathered at the campaign office to watch the election results roll in on Monday night, with MacGregor securing his third term as MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

NDP’s MacGregor wins convincing victory in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Third-term MP sees housing as No. 1 issue in his riding

Alistair MacGregor and members of his team gathered at the campaign office to watch the election results roll in on Monday night, with MacGregor securing his third term as MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Sooke: Local reaction to federal election

‘I don’t see any change whatsoever’

Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
Lia Versaevel, the Green Party candidate in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lia Versaevel, the Green Party candidate in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Photo by Don Bodger)