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Posted On June 27, 2019 By In Regulars With 140 Views

New & Noteworthy


In it to Win it

How would you like to spend a week on the Big Island of Hawaii with $2,000 to spend? Purchase a Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club 2019 Charitable Raffle ticket and you could win the Grand Prize of one week in the 5-star Halii Kai Beach Resort. Tickets are available at

Winning Design

ArtSea continues to impress with their ongoing efforts to promote and enhance the arts on the Saanich Peninsula. Their latest undertaking is a fresh, new, impressive website designed and built by local company Holy Cow Communication Design that truly does them and their artists justice:

Music to my Ears

Deep Cove resident Isaiah Carvalhal Smith, a Stelly’s student and a talented electric and stand up bass player, was recently awarded the 2019 Canadian “Slaight Family” full ride renewable scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The award covers the cost of tuition, room and board, and a laptop, and is renewable over four years of study. Way to go Isaiah!

Open House

Broadcasting on Beacon

Radio Sidney has a new station home on Beacon Avenue across the street from Save-On Foods. You can check out their new digs at their open house on Canada Day.

Fire and Ice (cream)

Speaking of Canada Day open houses, after you’ve stopped by Radio Sidney, head over to the new Community Safety Building adjacent to the Mary Winspear Centre for tours guided by our own firefighters and get an ice cream from Mayor and Council.

New Kids in Town

The Spice of Life

Want to add a little spice to your life? Taco Shell recently opened up at 2367 Beacon Avenue in downtown Sidney. They specialize in tacos, burritos and other Mexican food and you can either eat in or take out.

Sitter for your Critter

After six years of providing pet sitting services in the White Rock area, Signature Pet Services has reopened on our beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Check out everything from a dog blog and dog treat recipes to dog training tips and a full selection of dog, puppy and kitty sitting services at

Book Town Stories

The Little Elephant That Could

Local author and lifelong educator Ruth James has recently published Paseka: A Little Elephant, Brave – a children’s book that tells the true story of a baby elephant in Africa. The book is beautifully illustrated by Kent Laforme and funds raised from the sale go to “African Children’s Book Box Society.” Look for it at Tanner’s Books and Buddies Toys in Sidney.

The Little Library That Could

The Sidney/North Saanich Library has reopened its doors. The newly renovated building is spectacular and provides many new amenities.

Stars That Shine

The Show WILL go on

After Provenance owner Sandy Baynton sadly passed away April 23, there has been speculation about the future of Sandy’s beloved shop. Store manager Lisa Knickerbocker confirms that Sandy’s son Jordy is taking over the business and she is remaining as store manager. The duo has wonderful plans for Provenance moving forward.

Moving On Up

After more than five years as Executive Director of the BIA, Donna Petrie has moved on to the City of Langford where she will take the lead as Manager of Business Development and Events. There is no doubt that Donna will bring the same dynamic, results-oriented enthusiasm to her new role.

Morgan Shaw now fills the role left by Donna in the position of Executive Director/Event Liaison Facilitator. Morgan has served as a valuable member of the Sidney BIA team since 2016 as Visitor Experience Manager.



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