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BC Ferries cancels sailings due to high winds

BC Ferries cancels sailings due to high winds

Several sailings between the Vancouver and Vancouver Island are cancelled

BC Ferries cancels sailings due to high winds
A Big Brown Bat is one of many species that can be found on Vancouver Island. (Photo by Cory Olson)

International bat week: Focus on myth busting, conservation, celebration

International Bat Week runs from Oct. 24 to 31

A Big Brown Bat is one of many species that can be found on Vancouver Island. (Photo by Cory Olson)
A screenshot from the doorbell camera footage shows the suspect going through Kathy Erikson’s mailbox before licking the camera. (Photo courtesy Kathy Erikson)

VIDEO: Saanich resident shocked when trespasser licks security camera, rummages through mail

‘I found the situation really bizarre,’ said the Gordon Head resident

A screenshot from the doorbell camera footage shows the suspect going through Kathy Erikson’s mailbox before licking the camera. (Photo courtesy Kathy Erikson)
Two BC Ferries sailing were cancelled on Saturday morning after a crew member was injured. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

Two BC Ferries sailing were cancelled on Saturday morning after a crew member was injured. (Black Press Media file photo)
Two-time Olympic medalist Ryan Cochrane from Saanich turned to a career in local real estate after retiring in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)

Swimming Canada to close Victoria’s high performance centre after Tokyo 2020 Olympics

‘Very disappointing to see a sports federation pull its support,’ says former HCP-Victoria swimmer

Two-time Olympic medalist Ryan Cochrane from Saanich turned to a career in local real estate after retiring in 2017. (Black Press Media file photo)
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (right) poses with her communications director, Erin Bremner-Mitchell, and her son, Robson Mitchell, at a campaign birthday party in North Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

May takes campaign detour to Saanich home riding

The campaign team shared cake, talked about climate change with local families

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (right) poses with her communications director, Erin Bremner-Mitchell, and her son, Robson Mitchell, at a campaign birthday party in North Saanich. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Access BC and Options for Sexual Health calls on the B.C. Government to include free birth control in the 2020 budget. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

B.C. urged to fund free prescriptions on World Contraception Day

Groups ask B.C. government to remove cost barriers to accessing birth control

Access BC and Options for Sexual Health calls on the B.C. Government to include free birth control in the 2020 budget. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
B.C. Lions superfan, Patrick ‘Crazy P’ Thomas is marking 15 years of cheering and spreading joy. (Photo courtesy Patrick Thomas)

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

B.C. Lions superfan, Patrick ‘Crazy P’ Thomas is marking 15 years of cheering and spreading joy. (Photo courtesy Patrick Thomas)
B.C. Premier John Horgan addressed the mid-Island bus crash and promised to act on concerns about the safety of the road. (Photo courtesy the Canadian Press)

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

B.C. Premier John Horgan addressed the mid-Island bus crash and promised to act on concerns about the safety of the road. (Photo courtesy the Canadian Press)
Sarah Hunter, a UVic student who survived the mid-Island bus crash on Friday, started a petition to fix the road where the bus rolled over. (Sarah Hunter/change.org)

University gives students more time to drop courses following fatal bus crash

Extension allows students to receive full refund

Sarah Hunter, a UVic student who survived the mid-Island bus crash on Friday, started a petition to fix the road where the bus rolled over. (Sarah Hunter/change.org)
Search and rescue crews and RCMP helped a tow-truck crew to remove the bus from the ditch on Sept. 14. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Search and rescue crews and RCMP helped a tow-truck crew to remove the bus from the ditch on Sept. 14. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)
Two UVic students died in a bus crash on the way to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Friday evening. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Two UVic students died in a bus crash on the way to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Friday evening. (Photo courtesy of UVic)
The B.C. Humanist Association released a report analyzing the prayers delivered in the B.C. Legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)

Does prayer have a place in the B.C. Legislature?

Study reviews 873 prayers from past 16 years for content, inclusivity

The B.C. Humanist Association released a report analyzing the prayers delivered in the B.C. Legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)
Howard the Gnome is coming home to Galey Farms

Howard the Gnome is coming home to Galey Farms

Saanich council approves height variance request for 26-foot-tall gnome

Howard the Gnome is coming home to Galey Farms
The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team posed with their gold medals after winning in the finals at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. (Photo via the Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Canadian wheelchair basketball teams secure spots in Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The women’s team won gold medal at Parapan Am Games, men’s team won silver medal

The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team posed with their gold medals after winning in the finals at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. (Photo via the Canadian Paralympic Committee)
New study by UVic post-doctoral fellow found that Canadian drinkers are consuming between 11 and 25 per cent of their daily energy requirements via alcohol. (pexels.com/Engin Akyurt)

Study shows calories from binge drinking equivalent to a double cheeseburger

University of Victoria researcher looks at the calories Canadian drinkers consume

New study by UVic post-doctoral fellow found that Canadian drinkers are consuming between 11 and 25 per cent of their daily energy requirements via alcohol. (pexels.com/Engin Akyurt)
This file photo shows a warning posted in connection to now-cleared water quality issues at Langford Lake. The Vancouver Island Health Authority has stopped monitoring water quality at public beaches and is requesting that municipalities take over the sampling. (Black Press file photo)

Island Health no longer testing water at popular Vancouver Island beaches

Municipalities were warned last summer but some have yet to take on the responsibility

This file photo shows a warning posted in connection to now-cleared water quality issues at Langford Lake. The Vancouver Island Health Authority has stopped monitoring water quality at public beaches and is requesting that municipalities take over the sampling. (Black Press file photo)
Due to gendered billing codes, trans men who require any care deemed to be for females and trans women who need care deemed to be for males, may run into problems with the B.C. Medical Services Plan. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

How gendered codes affect trans folks seeking health care on Vancouver Island

Part three of a series looking at trans-inclusive sexual health care in B.C.

Due to gendered billing codes, trans men who require any care deemed to be for females and trans women who need care deemed to be for males, may run into problems with the B.C. Medical Services Plan. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Several local, provincial and federal politicians were in attendance for the Canadian government’s announcement regarding an investment into affordable housing in B.C. on Tuesday. (Devon Bidal/Saanich News)

Feds announce $75 million for affordable housing in B.C.

1,500 affordable and accessible units will be built across the province for those in need

Several local, provincial and federal politicians were in attendance for the Canadian government’s announcement regarding an investment into affordable housing in B.C. on Tuesday. (Devon Bidal/Saanich News)
The Fox Showroom Pub has closed its doors permanently. (Fox Showroom Pub/Facebook)

Sign of the times: Only strip club in Victoria shuts its doors

The Fox Showroom Pub announces closure on Facebook

The Fox Showroom Pub has closed its doors permanently. (Fox Showroom Pub/Facebook)