New & Noteworthy

by Annilee Armstrong – 

News, changes, updates, launches? Email


On the World Stage
Congratulations to members of Kimura Shukokai Karate Brentwood Bay & Deep Cove, who represented KSI Canada West at the KSI European Open in Zurich, Switzerland in July. Sensei David Bentley Chief Instructor of Canada West is very proud of everyone who competed.

International Gourmet
Congratulations to Island resident, Laurie Salvador, whose new cookbook Olive Me has won second in “Best in the World, Italian” and third in “Best in the World, New Author,” at the annual cookbook awards in Umea, Sweden. The “Gourmand Awards” celebrate the winners of the largest International Food Sector Competition in the world.

Olive Me features a collection of prized recipes from Laurie’s dear grandmother, friends, travels around the globe, and her bountiful imagination. Visit to reserve your copy.



A Long Term Parking Note
Council Highlight from July 18 meeting: Later this summer, Parking Lot A, at the intersection of Bevan Avenue and Second Street, will no longer offer paid, long-term parking. Instead, it will revert to a free public parking lot with a three-hour time limit. Lot A is located on provincial property that has been leased to the Town for a nominal fee since 1977. The Province recently clarified that commercial activity, including paid parking, is not permitted under the lease. Council has instructed staff to explore converting Parking Lot F at the corner of Bevan Avenue and Third Street into a paid, long-term parking lot. This decision may have been confirmed when staff report back to Council in August. *at press time, decision has not been made.



Taste the Gulf Islands Tour
Sidney Whale Watching has launched its new Taste of the Gulf Islands tour. It combines whale watching/eco tours with food and drink tastings from local craft artisans of Pender and Salt Spring Islands to create a unique experience both at sea and on land.

The tour will take up to 12 people on a boat cruise to enjoy breathtaking landscape and exciting wildlife and marine life! After arriving on Pender or Salt Spring Island, you will head to one of the best vineyards, cideries, breweries and distilleries for a tasting and to learn about their cultivation methods and fabrication process.
Tour also includes a visit to a cheese maker and enjoying a meal at one of the best restaurants on the Islands.

RIVA Restaurant
RIVA Restaurant, at the foot of Beacon Avenue in Sidney, has been reimagined and refined. Bright, open and with expansive views, they are ready to welcome you to visit and enjoy their new look. A grand piano has been added and talented local jazz musicians provide easy background music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. See their upcoming events at

A Warm Welcome
Welcome to Small Gods Brewing Co. located at 9835 Third Street in Sidney. Small Gods is a literary-themed brewery, designed to fit into the surrounding community and provide a family-friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome to stop by, satiate their hunger with artisan sandwiches and charcuterie boards, and have a beer with friends, family or their favourite book. Guests can savour their drinks on the 60-seat patio or inside the 80-seat brewery lounge, or grab a four-pack and sandwich to go.

Starting in September, Small Gods will open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).



Gear up!
Join North Saanich’s dedicated team of volunteer firefighters. With approximately 35 volunteers, North Saanich Fire Department is looking for committed women and men to grow its diverse team. Become part of a team that protects and has a meaningful impact on your community, while you gain valuable skills and training.
No previous experience or special skills are required, and a diversity of experience and background is valued. Visit for information on how to apply.



Nominations are now Open
Interested in serving on Council or the School District Board? Nomination packages are now available for the positions of: Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee. Download the forms online at, and or pick them up at the applicable town halls. Nomination forms must be filed from August 30 to September 9, 2022.

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