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Former political allies Lana Popham and David Calder clash during Saanich South debate

Former political allies Lana Popham and David Calder clash during Saanich South debate

As the five candidates running in Saanich South prepare for tonight’s all-candidate meeting at Claremont Secondary, yesterday’s debate suggets incumbent MLA Lana Popham and her B.C. Liberal challenger Dave Calder will find themselves in the spolight.

Former political allies Lana Popham and David Calder clash during Saanich South debate

Local B.C. Green Party candidate appeals for minority government during Saanich South debate

B.C. Green Party Mark Neufeld openly appealed for a minority government with his party holding the balance of power during Wednesday’s all-candidates meeting for Saanich South held at Claremont Secondary School.

Challenger questions Green Party leader’s commitment to riding

Challenger questions Green Party leader’s commitment to riding

NDP candidate accuses Green Party leader Andrew Weaver of “abandoning” riding

Challenger questions Green Party leader’s commitment to riding
As work on the McKenzie Interchange Project continues, area residents want to see Saanich council and staff work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to improve traffic calming measures.

Saanich residents call for traffic calming measures on Admirals Road

Residents near the Trans-Canada Highway Interchange Project hope Saanich council and staff will work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to improve traffic safety in the area in calling for traffic calming measures.

As work on the McKenzie Interchange Project continues, area residents want to see Saanich council and staff work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to improve traffic calming measures.
Saanich staff opposes temporary exclusion of single residences from a controversial bylaw

Saanich staff opposes temporary exclusion of single residences from a controversial bylaw

Saanich staff opposes the proposed temporary exclusion of single residences from the provision of a bylaw designed to protect ecologically sensitive areas for procedural and practical reasons.

Saanich staff opposes temporary exclusion of single residences from a controversial bylaw
Incumbent MLA prohibitive favourite in Saanich’s Victoria Swan Lake riding

Incumbent MLA prohibitive favourite in Saanich’s Victoria Swan Lake riding

Incumbent New Democratic MLA Rob Fleming enters the race of Victoria Swan-Lake as the prohibitive favourite. While his riding is relatively new, it has known only one MLA since 2009 — Fleming. His margins of victory in both 2009 (31 per cent) and 2013 (34 per cent) have also been impressive by any measure.

Incumbent MLA prohibitive favourite in Saanich’s Victoria Swan Lake riding
Credit: Submitted                                 Cutline:Saanich-based businesses won four out of 14 categories during the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards held Saturday at the Fairmont Empress.

Four Saanich businesses win Greater Victoria Business Awards

Saanich-based businesses won four out of 14 categories during the Greater Victoria Business Awards held Saturday evening at the Fairmont Empress.

Credit: Submitted                                 Cutline:Saanich-based businesses won four out of 14 categories during the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards held Saturday at the Fairmont Empress.
Coun. Susan Brice says Saanich cannot afford to get into areas outside its municipal mandate.

Saanich trims back community grants

A wide range of organizations, some prominent, others less well known, failed to receive financial support from Saanich.

Coun. Susan Brice says Saanich cannot afford to get into areas outside its municipal mandate.
Saanich man reunited with his stolen dogs but fears they suffered abuse

Saanich man reunited with his stolen dogs but fears they suffered abuse

A Saanich man is “over the moon” his two dogs are back with him, but fears they might have suffered some form of abuse.

Saanich man reunited with his stolen dogs but fears they suffered abuse
Candidates in Oak Bay — Gordon Head spar over who is the most local candidate

Candidates in Oak Bay — Gordon Head spar over who is the most local candidate

If all politics is local, the candidates in Oak Bay – Gordon Head are going the extra mile to stress their local roots.

Candidates in Oak Bay — Gordon Head spar over who is the most local candidate
Saanich assumes greater responsibility for heritage home

Saanich assumes greater responsibility for heritage home

A new agreement between the district and the Goward House Society promises to give the public greater access to the municipal-owned heritage building but also sees Saanich assume greater financial responsibility.

Saanich assumes greater responsibility for heritage home
Campaigning well underway in Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Campaigning well underway in Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Battle begins for local provincial seat

Campaigning well underway in Oak Bay-Gordon Head
Candidates in Oak Bay — Gordon Head spar over who is the most local candidate

Candidates in Oak Bay — Gordon Head spar over who is the most local candidate

If all politics is local, the candidates in Oak Bay – Gordon Head are going the extra mile to stress their local roots.

Candidates in Oak Bay — Gordon Head spar over who is the most local candidate
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Saanich will likely not fill vacant seat on council until the fall

The byelection to fill the council seat left vacant by the death of Coun. Vic Derman will likely take place in the fall.

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Municipal Hall faces some tough decisions as it seeks to trim 1.5 per cent in spending.

Saanich council looks to trim looming tax hike

District currently anticipating 4.45 per cent increase in tax revenues in ‘fork-in-the-road’ budget

Municipal Hall faces some tough decisions as it seeks to trim 1.5 per cent in spending.
Linda Petite, head gardner at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, holds up a tray of mixed-colours Primula.  The centre will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale, April 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Saanich facility trying to dig itself out of debt

Council maintains $130,000 annual grant for Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

Linda Petite, head gardner at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, holds up a tray of mixed-colours Primula.  The centre will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale, April 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Adrienne Carter and Linda McLagan founded the Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (CCIR) in 2015. It operates out offices in St. Peter's Anglican Church.

Refugee support centre facing financial crisis

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees struggling to just pay the rent

Adrienne Carter and Linda McLagan founded the Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees (CCIR) in 2015. It operates out offices in St. Peter's Anglican Church.
Richard Pattee is running for the Vancouver Island Party in Saanich South.

Saanich candidate touts Island province

Search and Rescue manager running for Vancouver Island Party in Saanich South

Richard Pattee is running for the Vancouver Island Party in Saanich South.
Michelle Derman said her late father; former Saanich councillor Vic Derman; was constantly looking for ways to improve his community by learning from the experiences of other municiaplities inside and outside of Canada.

Hundreds remember Vic Derman during emotional memorial service Sunday

Residents from across the Greater Victoria region join Saanich resident to mourn late councillor Vic Derman

Michelle Derman said her late father; former Saanich councillor Vic Derman; was constantly looking for ways to improve his community by learning from the experiences of other municiaplities inside and outside of Canada.