Finding relief from cannons for neighbours

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012

Saanich pressured to ban bird cannons By Saanich News September 12, 2012 When Canada geese were continually attacking blueberry crops at Beckwith Farm in 2010, the farm launched its bird predation plan – which includes a noise cannon. “The predator kites and other visual deterrents had no effect on the Canada geese,” said Wayne Hopkins, […]

It’s time to look at permitting suites in all areas of Saanich

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011

Suites study lacks terms, time line By Natalie North – Saanich News Saanichites living south of McKenzie Avenue have had a year to legalize their secondary suite – and 30 homeowners have done just that. But residents outside of the selected study area, including those in neighbourhoods already dense with illegal suites, are still not […]

Investing in priorities

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011

Saanich Council is putting the finishing touches on the 2011 budget that focuses on building a stronger, healthier, and safer community. The budget will be presented to Council for adoption the first week of May. Here are some of the highlights: We’re making mobility our priority. Saanich residents can enjoy more of this great community […]

Chickens: Coming soon to Saanich backyards

Posted by on Jan 19, 2011

Survey says: chickens OK in Saanich backyards Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it’s being welcomed into Saanich with relatively open arms. The results of the municipality’s backyard chicken survey shows that 84 per cent of respondents supported the presence of feathered friends in local yards. “It’s a […]

Urban hens in Saanich

Posted by on Nov 25, 2010

Saanich looking at urban chicken options Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Feathered fowl could be moving in next door to you – but first, Saanich wants to know what you think about egg-laying chickens in your neighbourhood’s backyards. Coun. Dean Murdock says the current bylaw – restricting the keeping of chickens on properties smaller than […]

Urban Deer

Posted by on Sep 22, 2010

SAANICH COUNCILLOR SAYS SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT DEER PROBLEM Sep 20, 2010 A SAANICH COUNCILLOR HAS ADDED HIS VOICE TO LOCAL POLITICIANS CONCERNED ABOUT THE CRD’S BURGEONING URBAN DEER POPULATION OAK BAY’S MAYOR HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO SUGGESTIONS ABOUT DEALING WITH THE DEER AND DEAN MURDOCK AGREES THAT SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE […]

Identifying opportunities for affortable units

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010

Saanich approach to affordable housing making homes more costly, homebuilders association says Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Saanich’s affordable housing fund actually makes homes less affordable, claims the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. “What’s happening is, rather than creating affordable units, (Saanich is) contributing to a lack of affordable housing in Greater Victoria,” Casey Edge, executive officer […]

Secondary suites provide badly-needed housing

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010

For landlords and tenants, back to school housing crunch make for tense relationships By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News Demand is down, but that doesn’t mean the University of Victoria needs fewer dorm rooms on campus. “If we had another building we would fill it. People like to live on campus because it’s so convenient,” […]

Secondary Suites Public Hearing

Posted by on Jun 20, 2010

SECONDARY SUITES IN SAANICH ON DISCUSSION TABLE Jun 16, 2010 CFAX 1070 A PUBLIC HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK ON THE ISSUE OF PERMITTING SECONDARY SUITES SOUTH OF MCKENZIE IN SAANICH. SAANICH COUNCILLOR DEAN MURDOCK SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ON THE TABLE, WHICH HE THINKS WILL BE TACKLED AT THE MEETING. […]

Maintaining Momentum: Saanich Climate Action Plan

Posted by on May 21, 2010

Saanich Council recently adopted the Climate Action Plan. The plan is a blueprint to cut our greenhouse gas emissions in the community by one-third over the next decade. We’ve also set an aggressive target of 50 per cent reduction for all municipal operations during the same time. This week, Council amended the Sustainable Saanich Official […]