Saanich Peninsula

Emily Caruana pictured at the Royal BC Museum on the day of her murder, May 10, 2019. (Courtesy of John Caruana)

Nanaimo man sentenced to life in prison for Brentwood Bay murder

Alan Charles Chapman will not be eligible for parole for 18 years

 

Outside of the Victoria courthouse on Monday (Nov. 14), family members look at a photo of Emily Caruana taken hours before her murder. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Judge hears graphic details of Brentwood Bay murder during sentencing hearing for Nanaimo man

Emily Caruana was murdered at her grandmother’s home on May 10, 2019

 

Randy Bachman will play his recently recovered Gretsch guitar when he plays Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on Monday, Nov. 14. (Black Press Media file photo)

Legend Randy Bachman to rock Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Show scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14 marks a home-coming for former Guess Who member

 

Locally sourced menu items – such as this Sunwing Farms tomato salad with Haltwhistle Cheese Company chevre, black olive puree, Saanichton Farms puffed wheat berries and garden herbs, is among the reasons the North Saanich eatery made the top 10 in Canada list for En Route. (Fox and Monocle/Facebook)

Greater Victoria’s Fox and Monocle Cafe named ninth best new restaurant in Canada

Doubling down on passions pays off for North Saanich chefs

Locally sourced menu items – such as this Sunwing Farms tomato salad with Haltwhistle Cheese Company chevre, black olive puree, Saanichton Farms puffed wheat berries and garden herbs, is among the reasons the North Saanich eatery made the top 10 in Canada list for En Route. (Fox and Monocle/Facebook)
Greater Victoria’s rising unemployment rate reflects more people entering the workforce, but shortages remain, according to a report from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. (Black Press Media file photo)

Southern Vancouver Island’s workforce grows but so does its unemployment rate

Greater Victoria’s workforce grew by 8,400 over the past year

Greater Victoria’s rising unemployment rate reflects more people entering the workforce, but shortages remain, according to a report from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. (Black Press Media file photo)
According to a new report, there are about four vacant jobs for every three unemployed persons in the labour force in British Columbia. (Black Press Media file photo)

Report shows 4 jobs for every 3 unemployed people in Vancouver Island area

Economist says there were 23,900 job vacancies in the region for the second quarter of 2022

According to a new report, there are about four vacant jobs for every three unemployed persons in the labour force in British Columbia. (Black Press Media file photo)
According to Statistics Canada, immigrants account for 18.6 per cent of Greater Victoria’s population. (Black Press Media File)

Census 2021 shows 10,000 immigrants came to Greater Victoria between 2016 and 2021

Immigration up in the south Island region but still behind rest of country

According to Statistics Canada, immigrants account for 18.6 per cent of Greater Victoria’s population. (Black Press Media File)
George Burnside shows off his own personalized hell on wheels, a 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe. For the soft-spoken chef, the vehicle has become a tool to overcome his alcoholism. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

B.C. man drives scary clown car to his own personal redemption story

George Burnside’s vintage vehicle brings out the joy of Halloween, anchors his battle with alcoholism

George Burnside shows off his own personalized hell on wheels, a 1965 Ford Fairlane 500 Sport Coupe. For the soft-spoken chef, the vehicle has become a tool to overcome his alcoholism. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Cpt. Jered Blaikie of Central Saanich Fire Department holds up the male tabby he and his colleagues helped rescue Saturday afternoon. (Central Saanich Fire Department/Facebook)

With Pickles: McDonald’s-bound B.C. girl hears cat stuck in engine, sparks 2-year reunion

Young girl on way to McDonald’s helps rescue cat from parked car in Central Saanich

Cpt. Jered Blaikie of Central Saanich Fire Department holds up the male tabby he and his colleagues helped rescue Saturday afternoon. (Central Saanich Fire Department/Facebook)
Sherry Brydson, owner of De Havilland Canada and Suromitra Sanatani, Canada Post’s chair of the board of directors, unveil the DHC-2 Beaver postage stamp at Viking Air Ltd. (Courtesy of CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

New stamp featuring iconic bush plane unveiled at B.C.’s Viking Air

The stamp, featuring the DHC-2 Beaver, joins the new Canadians in Flight series

Sherry Brydson, owner of De Havilland Canada and Suromitra Sanatani, Canada Post’s chair of the board of directors, unveil the DHC-2 Beaver postage stamp at Viking Air Ltd. (Courtesy of CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)
The Saanich Peninsula faces more than just earthquakes in terms of natural emergencies, says Mike Harman, Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief, in encouraging residents to prepare themselves. A weather event that mixes snow with heavy winds leading to a power outage has the potential to leave residents unprepared. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Brimacombe)

Island emergency official says you should be self-sufficient for at least 7 days

Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Harman says threats go beyond earthquakes

The Saanich Peninsula faces more than just earthquakes in terms of natural emergencies, says Mike Harman, Sidney Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief, in encouraging residents to prepare themselves. A weather event that mixes snow with heavy winds leading to a power outage has the potential to leave residents unprepared. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Brimacombe)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized just under 650 kilograms of methamphetamine, in addition to a loaded 9mm pistol in May. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Alberta man faces prison time for attempting to smuggle boatload of meth into Canada

U.S. authorities intercepted Ted Karl Faupel before he returned to Canadian waters

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized just under 650 kilograms of methamphetamine, in addition to a loaded 9mm pistol in May. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Brentwood Bay serval Cassia enjoys the indoors but discovered a way to explore, letting herself out the back door on Oct. 6. (Courtesy Sylvia Lammers)

UPDATE: Owners lure back Brentwood Bay serval with prawn treats

Cassia found in true cat form, sunning herself on a neighbourhood patio

Brentwood Bay serval Cassia enjoys the indoors but discovered a way to explore, letting herself out the back door on Oct. 6. (Courtesy Sylvia Lammers)
Anthony Thomas was found guilty in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian Kim Ward, killed in Central Saanich in a 2018 crash. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sentencing hearing delayed for driver who caused fatal Central Saanich crash

Anthony Thomas convicted for 2018 crash that killed Kim Ward, critically injured sister

Anthony Thomas was found guilty in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian Kim Ward, killed in Central Saanich in a 2018 crash. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria’s population is expected to reach 485,000 by 2041 under one scenario. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria could see 485,000 residents by 2041

Statistics Canada predicts Greater Victoria will grow, become more diverse by 2041

Greater Victoria’s population is expected to reach 485,000 by 2041 under one scenario. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich’s Jim Kingham has dedicated his book Solutions for a Wounded Planet to Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Wounded Planet: Island author says personal, collective action needed on environment

Jim Kingham’s book focuses on shifting mindsets to mine solutions to issues facing the planet

North Saanich’s Jim Kingham has dedicated his book Solutions for a Wounded Planet to Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The pending introduction of permanent daylight savings time could impact the safety of children as they would be walking to school in the dark during large parts of winter. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island police worry move to permanent daylight savings raises school safety issues

If pending move finalized, sun would not rise until after 9 a.m.

The pending introduction of permanent daylight savings time could impact the safety of children as they would be walking to school in the dark during large parts of winter. (Black Press Media file photo)
Catriona McHattie, president of the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, says the upcoming Saanich Fair will give the community a chance to reconnect. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Vancouver Island’s biggest fair hopes to revive community, promote agriculture

Saanich Fair officially opens Saturday, Sept. 3 and runs until Monday, Sept. 5

Catriona McHattie, president of the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, says the upcoming Saanich Fair will give the community a chance to reconnect. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Local MP Elizabeth May is once running for the leadership of the federal Greens on a platform proposing to share leadership with Jonathan Pedneault. (Courtesy of Green Party of Canada)

Elizabeth May takes team approach in comeback Green Party leadership bid

Saanich Gulf Islands MP plans to lead the Greens again with Jonathan Pedneault as co-leader

Local MP Elizabeth May is once running for the leadership of the federal Greens on a platform proposing to share leadership with Jonathan Pedneault. (Courtesy of Green Party of Canada)
Pierre Poilievre, who is leading the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, filled the main hall at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Sunday afternoon with an estimated 1,200 poeple in the crowd. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Tory leadership hopeful promises economic autonomy, housing during B.C. stop

Pierre Poilievre speaks to a crowd of more than 1,200 people in Greater Victoria suburb

Pierre Poilievre, who is leading the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, filled the main hall at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre Sunday afternoon with an estimated 1,200 poeple in the crowd. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)