Saanich

Saanich firefighters rescued a crow Tuesday night after it flew down a chimney and got stuck. (Dan Wood/Twitter)

VIDEO: Saanich firefighters rescue ‘very vocal’ crow from fireplace chimney

Cat rescues somewhat common but crow call a first, says deputy fire chief

Saanich firefighters rescued a crow Tuesday night after it flew down a chimney and got stuck. (Dan Wood/Twitter)
This photo captured what’s believed to be the first-ever sighting of a wood sandpiper on Vancouver Island, in Panama Flats on June 5. (Photo by Geoffrey Newell)

Two separate bird-sightings in Greater Victoria said to be a first on Vancouver Island

Great-tailed grackles seen at Esquimalt Lagoon, wood sandpiper at Panama Flats

  • Jul 6, 2021
This photo captured what’s believed to be the first-ever sighting of a wood sandpiper on Vancouver Island, in Panama Flats on June 5. (Photo by Geoffrey Newell)
Saanich police asked for help locating missing woman Chrystal Van Loon, who was last seen at the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility June 28. (Courtesy SPD)
Saanich police asked for help locating missing woman Chrystal Van Loon, who was last seen at the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility June 28. (Courtesy SPD)
The Saanich Fire Department responded to a fire on the second floor of an apartment building in the 400-block of Burnside Road East. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

UPDATE: Saanich firefighters save cat from Burnside Road apartment fire

Fire contained to one unit in Burnside Road East apartment building

The Saanich Fire Department responded to a fire on the second floor of an apartment building in the 400-block of Burnside Road East. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Better Mobility Saanich is looking to implement more car-sharing services for car-light or no-car families. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mobility advocate calls on Saanich to engage with car-share providers

Improving access for residents could help district achieve climate targets: former councillor

Better Mobility Saanich is looking to implement more car-sharing services for car-light or no-car families. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sensing that her neighbourhood was feeling a bit glum, Saanich resident Judy Savrtka set to brightening people’s moods with her whimsical earthen sculptures. (Courtesy of Judy Savrtka)

Saanich woman lifts neighbourhood spirits with whimsical creations

Judy Savrtka said she was tired of seeing how grumpy and sad people were

Sensing that her neighbourhood was feeling a bit glum, Saanich resident Judy Savrtka set to brightening people’s moods with her whimsical earthen sculptures. (Courtesy of Judy Savrtka)
The District of Saanich hopes its pilot program creating short-term fenced areas for off-leash dogs will provide good information about sharing parks between pet owners and non-owners alike. (Pixabay)

Furry friends have more off-leash park options in Saanich this summer

Program to evaluate designating off-leash areas, gauge acceptance from park users

The District of Saanich hopes its pilot program creating short-term fenced areas for off-leash dogs will provide good information about sharing parks between pet owners and non-owners alike. (Pixabay)
Work to offically include the traditional Indigenous name of PKOLS with the current name Mount Douglas Park is ongoing at the District of Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Saanich postpones Mount Douglas Park renaming vote until next month

A vote on including the traditional name of PKOLS is already coming to council in July

Work to offically include the traditional Indigenous name of PKOLS with the current name Mount Douglas Park is ongoing at the District of Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
A District of Saanich survey found residents feel content with their quality of life overall, with improvements in infrastructure and safety at the top of respondents’ minds. (Black Press Media file photo)
A District of Saanich survey found residents feel content with their quality of life overall, with improvements in infrastructure and safety at the top of respondents’ minds. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Pat Bay Highway was closed for several hours Monday morning after a drug-impaired driver crashed into two hydro poles. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Pat Bay closure caused by drug-impaired driver

Man struck two hydro poles, closing a section of the Pat Bay Monday morning

The Pat Bay Highway was closed for several hours Monday morning after a drug-impaired driver crashed into two hydro poles. (Black Press Media file photo)
COVID-19 exposures have been reported at Colquitz Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School, both on June 14. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Two Saanich schools report COVID-19 exposures

Exposures reported at Colquitz Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School

COVID-19 exposures have been reported at Colquitz Middle School and Tillicum Elementary School, both on June 14. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)

Employee assaulted at Saanich store after asking suspected shoplifters to leave

June 16 incident saw worker taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Saanich police took a suspect into custody after a store employee on Cedar Hill Cross Road was assaulted Wednesday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Neighbourhood Place is hoping to open the doors to its new centre in July, pending final council approval. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich childcare agency awaits final approval on much-needed new facility

Saanich Neighbourhood Place keen to open new centre this summer, expand options for community

Saanich Neighbourhood Place is hoping to open the doors to its new centre in July, pending final council approval. (Black Press Media file photo)
Elk Lake Drive area resident Michael Blayney protests a proposed multi-building development for his Royal Oak neighbourhood, outside Saanich municipal hall on Monday (June 14). (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Demonstrators protest 11-storey development on Elk Lake Drive in Saanich

Saanich locals gather at municipal hall to protest development, public hearing goes Tuesday

Elk Lake Drive area resident Michael Blayney protests a proposed multi-building development for his Royal Oak neighbourhood, outside Saanich municipal hall on Monday (June 14). (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Saanich Coun. Nathalie Chambers (second from left), Metchosin Coun. Andy MacKinnon (third from left) and other local politicians went to the Fairy Creek blockades this week on a fact-finding mission. (Photo courtesy Nathalie Chambers)

Greater Victoria councillors visit Fairy Creek blockades, none were arrested

Elected officals were allowed to enter the exclusion zone, along with journalists

Saanich Coun. Nathalie Chambers (second from left), Metchosin Coun. Andy MacKinnon (third from left) and other local politicians went to the Fairy Creek blockades this week on a fact-finding mission. (Photo courtesy Nathalie Chambers)
The Royal Oak Drive overpass looking southbound towards Victoria on Highway 17. (B.C. Highway traffic camera)

Single-vehicle crash causes delays on the Pat Bay Highway in Royal Oak

Southbound traffic down to one lane while crews remove vehicle from ditch

The Royal Oak Drive overpass looking southbound towards Victoria on Highway 17. (B.C. Highway traffic camera)
If funding is received, Rutledge Park could see improvements such as a new water park, washrooms and playground enhancements. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Community association has fingers crossed for upgrades to Saanich’s Rutledge Park

Improvements would allow for better utilization of park, advocate says

If funding is received, Rutledge Park could see improvements such as a new water park, washrooms and playground enhancements. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Saanich police on Tuesday arrested a man with a long history of thefts from vehicles. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)

Saanich police arrest man in relation to series of thefts from vehicles

Rash of thefts prompt police reminder not to leave valuables in vehicles

Saanich police on Tuesday arrested a man with a long history of thefts from vehicles. (Courtesy Saanich Police Department)
A statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the McKenzie Interchange Project (here shown in a drone photo from the summer of 2018) will lead to “significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.” (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

Province to pay $1.2 million for ecological losses due to McKenzie interchange

You can’t put a price on what was lost, says local advocate

A statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the McKenzie Interchange Project (here shown in a drone photo from the summer of 2018) will lead to “significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.” (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
An employee at the Thrifty Foods at 3475 Quadra St. tested positive for COVID-19. Their last day worked was May 20. (Google Streetview)

COVID-19 exposure reported at Thrifty Foods in Saanich

Employee tested positive at 3475 Quadra St. location

An employee at the Thrifty Foods at 3475 Quadra St. tested positive for COVID-19. Their last day worked was May 20. (Google Streetview)