Royal Oak students raise the bar on recycling – again

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013

Towers of recycling power at Saanich school Saanich News – June 10, 2013 Recycling isn’t a passing fad at Royal Oak middle school, where students have taken it upon themselves to change the way the school – and the district – manages its waste output. For four years now, students have taken recycling to the […]

Curbside kitchen scrap program is a Go for Spring 2014

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013

Saanich gives green-thumbs up to kitchen scrap collection January 08, 2013 CFAX 1070 Saanich is the latest to take up curbside kitchen scrap collection. Council voted Monday night to proceed with the plan. The program will be up and running in about 15-months (Spring 2014), with kitchen scraps picked up alongside garbage. Councilor Dean Murdock […]

Climate adaptation collaboration

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

Sandy spurs Saanich, Victoria to talk sea change Bill Cleverley , The Victoria Times Colonist November 25, 2012 Arguing recent events like hurricane Sandy can’t be ignored, Victoria, Saanich and the Capital Regional District will team up to assess, map and start to prepare to manage effects of rising sea levels brought on by climate […]

Let’s avoid another tragic spill! Check your oil tank!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011

Have you got a household oil tank? Better check it for leaks! Don’t know how? Check out these helpful tips: http://www.saanich.ca/living/environment/pdf/otank.pdf Did you know that heating with oil produces more greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas or electricty? It can also be quite expensive! Convert to a heat pump, natural gas, or hydro electricity and […]

Investing in local farmers means keeping our dollars local

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011

Saanich council passes local food motion Colleen Kimmett, The Tyee Saanich district council unanimously passed a motion last night to adopt a local food procurement policy. Councillor Dean Murdock introduced the motion. He told The Tyee the policy would make locally-produced food a priority at district events and within its food services. It would apply […]

Saanich Council unanimously supports creation of local food policy

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011

Saanich council supports local food policy CFAX 1070 Saanich Council passed a motion Monday night to support local food producers. Councillor Dean Murdock says the recommendation from the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee to develop a local food procurement policy was supported unanimously. “The policy when it’s designed and implemented will give preference to local food […]

Saanich could be first in region to “buy local”

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011

Saanich first in region to go ‘local’ on food Kim Westad, Times Colonist Saanich is set to become the first municipality in the region to focus on local food for its events, moving toward having the same for all its food services. Coun. Dean Murdock, chairman of the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee, said he’s not […]

Supporting our local farmers

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011

The food grown in your and your neighbours’ backyards could soon be for sale at a festival or rec centre near you. Saanich looks to use municipality’s purchasing power to help local food producers Kyle Slavin, Saanich News The Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee is looking to create a food procurement policy that will give priority […]

Setting the green standard

Posted by on May 31, 2011

Saanich needs to raise its green design standards for commercial and industrial buildings. A recent application before Council highlighted the deficiency in our energy and environmental design standards. Council approved the redevelopment of a warehouse building in the Ardersier Road commercial-industrial park. The building is a larger upgrade to the existing structure that will create […]