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The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be the size of a sports stadium when built. Envisioned as a robust, scientifically efficient system that will address the most compelling astrophysics science questions of our time it will produce images of unmatched reach and sharpness. As Systems Engineering Group Leader for the TMT Project, managed by the TMT Observatory Corporation here at the observatory on the Saanich Peninsula, what is your role in this pre-construction phase? Systems engineering involves taking a complex system and dividing its design and implementation into smaller manageableRead More
As co-founder of wildlife conservation organization Pacific Wild, and longtime Great Bear Rainforest resident, Ian McAllister is respected throughout the globe for his efforts to protect British Columbia’s endangered rainforest. He was named as one of 133 highly accomplished Canadians by The Globe and Mail and a “Leader of the 21st Century” by Time. As a multi-award-winning photographer, McAllister’s unparalleled work provides a unique perspective on the animals and ecosystems he works to protect. A member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, he is a recipient of the NorthRead More
  – Story by Hans Tammamagi, Photography by – Occasionally, when you walk into a house for the first time, you feel comfortable, very much at home and just want to lay back and relax. That’s the ambiance as you enter the home of Karen McCoy and Neil Munro on Curteis Point in the quiet, secluded northeast corner of the Saanich Peninsula.  The house is elegant and well-appointed, but it’s also welcoming, and casual. Approaching the house along a pathway flanked by a tall star magnolia tree on one side andRead More
– by Carole Pearson – The community of Brentwood Bay was originally known as Sluggetts (or Sluggett’s). In 1875, John Sluggett arrived on the Saanich Peninsula from Ontario and purchased 1000 acres of land, reaching from Benvenuto Avenue to Clarke Road, and from the water to East Saanich Road. In August 1892, a post office was opened in the Sluggett home to serve the small number of local residents. When letters and parcels were mailed, they’d be addressed to the ‘Sluggett P.O.’ and the area became informally known as Sluggetts.Read More
  A highlight on Vancouver Island’s cultural calendar takes place at the Mary Winspear Centre in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea from Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19th, and promises to continue a tradition of showcasing excellence. The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS), now in its 12th year, is one of the largest and most anticipated juried art shows in British Columbia. Produced by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula (CACSP), it showcases the best of the region’s most recent fine art, while providing a significant economic boost to theRead More