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Prospect Lake Elementary – Learning Outdoors

It wasn’t long ago when a ‘natural playground’ was in fact the only playground. Modest additions such as a tire swing or sandbox, were enough to occupy children for hours with their imagination leading the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Sewer Sludge: Piles of Problems for CRD

Two years ago, the Capital Regional District unanimously voted to ban the use of human waste in the form of sewer sludge as fertilizer on public lands and farmland. Read the rest of this entry »

Savory Summer Nights at the Roost

Imagine a sweet summer night at the end of a busy day. Relaxing in the garden, enjoying a savory dinner with soft music floating through the air. Read the rest of this entry »

Shakin’ All Over

The holidays are over. All the parties; the rum with eggnog and brandied fruitcake (with marzipan); the dinners with people you avoided all year, are finally behind you. Until your mirror says they’re still behind you – literally. Read the rest of this entry »

Council Reverses Decision on Mail Ballot

As Central Saanich council prepares for a by-election to replace Councillor Terry Siklenka, who resigned from council December 3rd, a motion came before council striking a nerve with some residents. Mayor Alastair Bryson along with Councillors Cathie Ounsted and John Garrison (Carl Jensen was absent), voted at the Dec 19th special meeting to eliminate the mail ballot for by-elections. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Saanich Goes Electric

On November 5th Central Saanich Council voted unanimously to install two Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) stations in the municipality, joining over 70 other organizations across BC, in a province-wide initiative to promote the use of electric transportation. Read the rest of this entry »

FIPA: The Canada China Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Treaty

Eighteen years ago, negotiations began for an agreement with China which was announced in February 2012 by Prime Minister Harper, to “facilitate investment flows between Canada and China,” to provide a “more stable investment environment” and “contribute to jobs and growth.” The Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) was signed on September 8, 2012, in Vladivostok Russia, and tabled in the House of Commons on September 26th, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Slegg Brings New Life to Keating

While some retailers consider leaving the Keating area in search of greener pastures, Slegg Lumber owner Ron Slegg sees potential in the Keating Industrial Park. The decision to possibly relocate their Sidney store followed an anticipated approval by the Town of Sidney to develop their location into a 500 unit residential development. Read the rest of this entry »

Be a Local Hero

What do you give the person who has everything? Tough question? Okay . How about, “What do you give the person who has nothing?” Turns out – maybe it’s the same thing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great East-West Saanich Café Showcase! …Continued

For a recap, we are talking about places between Royal Oak and McTavish, on East or West Saanich or within a stone’s throw of it, and whose main business is café-style drinks and snacks. Go with a few bucks, nothing more, and an appetite. Start at upper East Saanich and loop around to West. Ready… go!! Read the rest of this entry »
Keating Hi-Tech
Lifestyle Market
McGinnis Electric
James Joinery
Carnivore tall - seafood
Lana Popham
Fraser Plumbing
Original Fire Creative Studio
Elizabeth May MP
Rob Fleming
Getz & Burden