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A five-year Statistics Canada survey on victimization found rates of respondents self-reporting physical and/or sexual violence in their spousal or partner relationships came down between 1999 and 2019. (Pixabay)

Survey: spousal violence on decline in Canada; women still more likely to suffer

Findings capture conditions before COVID-19 pandemic sent many into isolation

A five-year Statistics Canada survey on victimization found rates of respondents self-reporting physical and/or sexual violence in their spousal or partner relationships came down between 1999 and 2019. (Pixabay)
According to Statistics Canada, prices at the gas pump rose 32.8 per cent in September 2021 compared with September last year as inflation rose 4.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis in September, the fastest pace since February 2003. (Black Press Media File)

Gas prices fuel highest inflation rate in nearly two decades

Gas prices jumped 32.8 % while inflation rose 4.4 % on a year-over-year basis in September

According to Statistics Canada, prices at the gas pump rose 32.8 per cent in September 2021 compared with September last year as inflation rose 4.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis in September, the fastest pace since February 2003. (Black Press Media File)
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)

Greater Victoria MLA Adam Olsen reveals past drug use in an attempt to end stigma

MLA for Saanich North and the Islands talks about cocaine, other substance use in his 20s

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)
Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw drummers sing the Grease Trail Song during a totem pole unveiling ceremony in Port Alberni. Canada’s Indigenous population is expected to grow faster than the country’s non-Indigenous population in the next 20 years, including in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. could be home to 500,000 Indigenous people by 2041

Canada’s Indigenous population growth projected to outpace non-Indigenous in next 20 years

Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw drummers sing the Grease Trail Song during a totem pole unveiling ceremony in Port Alberni. Canada’s Indigenous population is expected to grow faster than the country’s non-Indigenous population in the next 20 years, including in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
Council’s decision to temporarily suspend the EDPA for single-residential properties came after a lengthy public hearing Saturday afternoon.

Saanich council one vote away from temporarily excluding single residential properties from EDPA

Members of council Saturday clashed sharply as Saanich is one step away from temporarily suspending the provisions of a controversial bylaw designed to protect environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs).

Council’s decision to temporarily suspend the EDPA for single-residential properties came after a lengthy public hearing Saturday afternoon.
Derelict boat clean up runs aground because of funding issues

Derelict boat clean up runs aground because of funding issues

What organizers called a “last minute” funding change scaled back efforts to remove 14 derelict boats from the Oak Bay side of Cadboro Bay Saturday morning.

Derelict boat clean up runs aground because of funding issues
A report finds Victoria the second hottest market for luxury properties like this Sea View Road in Saanich. It sold for $6.1 million in 2011.

New report ranks Victoria second-hottest luxury market

A new report identifies Victoria as the second-hottest luxury real estate market in 2016.

A report finds Victoria the second hottest market for luxury properties like this Sea View Road in Saanich. It sold for $6.1 million in 2011.
Saanich council rejected offer of a field trip as part of EDPA review

Saanich council rejects offer of EDPA field trip

Saanich rejected an unsolicited offer by one consultant to take the consultant reviewing a controversial bylaw on a field trip.

Saanich council rejected offer of a field trip as part of EDPA review
Andrew Weaver gives Adam Olsen a hug at the BC Green Party Headquarters at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.                                  Arnold Lim/Black Press

Greens are B.C.’s new political giants

British Columbians could know the final results of the provincial election before they will know who will govern them. That is one of the scenarios emerging after voters delivered a historic outcome, with preliminary results showing the BC Liberals with 43 seats, the New Democrats with 41 seats and the BC Greens with three seats.

Andrew Weaver gives Adam Olsen a hug at the BC Green Party Headquarters at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.                                  Arnold Lim/Black Press
Andrew Weaver gives Adam Olsen a hug at the BC Green Party Headquarters at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.                                  Arnold Lim/Black Press

Greens are B.C.’s new political giants

British Columbians could know the final results of the provincial election before they will know who will govern them. That is one of the scenarios emerging after voters delivered a historic outcome, with preliminary results showing the BC Liberals with 43 seats, the New Democrats with 41 seats and the BC Greens with three seats.

Andrew Weaver gives Adam Olsen a hug at the BC Green Party Headquarters at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.                                  Arnold Lim/Black Press

Saanich South re-elects New Democrat Lana Popham

So much is certain. New Democrat Lana Popham returns to the Legislative Assembly as the representative for Saanich South after she won almost 41 per cent of the vote. But Popham – like everyone else – woke up Wednesday morning with the realization that the definitive end of one campaign merely marks the beginning of another, far more uncertain period in provincial politics.

Logan Judge, Jake Westhaver and Tristan Poycy were among the hundreds of runners and walkers who took part in Sunday’s KidsRun Victoria. The event raised funds against pediatric cancer.
Logan Judge, Jake Westhaver and Tristan Poycy were among the hundreds of runners and walkers who took part in Sunday’s KidsRun Victoria. The event raised funds against pediatric cancer.
Municipal Hall could schedule a by-election for the fall, likely September, to fill the seat left vacant by the death of long-time councillor Vic Derman in March.

UPDATED: Saanich looking at municipal by-election in the fall, likely September

Saanich could be heading to the polls in September to fill the council seat left vacant since the death of Vic Derman.

Municipal Hall could schedule a by-election for the fall, likely September, to fill the seat left vacant by the death of long-time councillor Vic Derman in March.
Abandoned house troubles Saanich neighbourhood

Abandoned house troubles Saanich neighbourhood

Davida Avenue residents call for district to tear down delapidated house

Abandoned house troubles Saanich neighbourhood
Stats Canada data shows that 16.9 per cent of the Canadian population is 65 and over. (Ann/Flickr)

Saanich’s population is aging faster than the rest of Canada but less than Victoria and Oak Bay

If Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay were siblings, they would likely be aging sisters, who find themselves living very different lives.

Stats Canada data shows that 16.9 per cent of the Canadian population is 65 and over. (Ann/Flickr)
Candidates hit the home stretch of campaign trail

Candidates hit the home stretch of campaign trail

As B.C.’s election races towards its conclusion, candidates running in the three Saanich ridings are trying to reach undecided voters, while preparing themselves for a potentially historic outcome.

Candidates hit the home stretch of campaign trail
Saanich realtor says 12 per cent price jump reflects low inventory

Saanich realtor says 12 per cent price jump reflects low inventory

To borrow a line from Charles Dickens, these are the best of times and the worst of times for the local real estate industry.

Saanich realtor says 12 per cent price jump reflects low inventory
Ian Sutherland of Artificer Development said plans for a subdivision near the McKenzie Interchange Project will help replace the four homes lost through the project.

Saanich council sends Colquitz River housing project to public hearing

A proposed subdivision in the Colquitz River Estuary will receive a public hearing, despite opposition from staff and some residents in the area, who argued that the development will not fit the area, while undermining local environment.

Ian Sutherland of Artificer Development said plans for a subdivision near the McKenzie Interchange Project will help replace the four homes lost through the project.
Coun. Fred Haynes had reservations about Saanich’s budget but praises council’s decision to hold back its annual surplus for strategic initiatives.

Watchgroup criticizes Saanich’s budget increase

A watchdog group of concerned citizens criticizes Saanich’s decision to raise property taxes revenues by 3.53 per cent.

Coun. Fred Haynes had reservations about Saanich’s budget but praises council’s decision to hold back its annual surplus for strategic initiatives.
B.C. Liberal Candidate David Calder

Personal and political ties run deep in Saanich South

The personal and political ties that unite the three major candidates running in Saanich South run deep.

B.C. Liberal Candidate David Calder