New & Noteworthy

by Annilee Armstrong – 

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Sea Dog Farm
The leading nonprofit, third-party certification for sungrown regenerative organic cannabis, Sun+Earth Certified, has approved a licensed farm in Canada – Sea Dog Farm in Central Saanich – for the first time, gaining ground in effort to shift the North American cannabis industry in a cleaner, healthier, and more ethical direction.

More information can be found at

A New Space
Deep Cove Cove Customs is pleased to announce their new showroom located 9544 Aurora Place, across from Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe. They are thankful to their loyal and new customers and look forward to welcoming you in their new space.


Stelly’s Performing Arts
Stelly’s Secondary Senior Musical Theatre production is Once Upon a Mattress. This rollicking spin on the classic tale The Princess and the Pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. For after all, a princess is a delicate thing.

Show run is June 7 to 10. Visit for information on ticket sales.


A Long Awaited Return
Sidney’s iconic Thursday night street market is returning to Beacon Avenue. It will be the first time the market has been held on Beacon since 2019, as a result of provincial protocols associated with the pandemic. “We look forward to working with the Town of Sidney and the Sidney BIA in a successful market return,” said Douglas Smith of Blue Coast Event Group. “We are especially excited to showcase an amazing lineup of local and regional artisans.”

More details about the market and opportunities to become a vendor are available at

Councillor Resigns
Councillor Brett Smyth has submitted a letter to the District of North Saanich’s Corporate Officer, stating that he is resigning from his position as Councillor, effective immediately. Under the Community Charter, a by-election is required to fill a vacancy that occurs due to the resignation of an elected official between general local elections. Details on a by-election will be made available soon.

Briarwood Beach Access
As directed by Council motion in 2021, the District of North Saanich is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Briarwood beach access, located at the north end of the Ardmore neighbourhood. This review will focus on opportunities for improved safety, accessibility, emergency access, servicing, recreation and environmental stewardship. The District is committed to providing safety in balance with community access to the waterfront for all ages and abilities. Community members are encouraged to provide input through an online survey at


Call to Artists
The 2023 Sooke Fine Arts Show happens this year July 29 to August 7. The Call to Artists is open now through June 1, and artists across Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal islands are encouraged to submit their works for this year’s exhibition. The Sooke Fine Arts Show and Sale is a volunteer driven, community-proud event with a 36-year history of showcasing art and culture of the region. It draws visitors from the local area, from the Lower Mainland, across Canada, the U.S. and abroad to enjoy and celebrate the unique culture of Sooke and B.C.’s coastal area. For submission information and details visit

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