New & Noteworthy

by Annilee Armstrong – 

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Single-Use Plastics Ban
Sidney’s Single-Use Plastics and Foam Container Bylaw comes into effect on January 1, 2023. The bylaw will restrict businesses from distributing: plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, plastic utensils (including stir sticks), and foam takeout containers.

The new bylaw reflects the community’s desire to reduce waste and pollution. During public engagement on Sidney’s updated Climate Action Plan in 2021, the introduction of a Single-Use Plastics Bylaw was one of the most supported initiatives considered.



Welcome to Atelier Restaurant, Sidney’s newest fine dining restaurant located at 9804 Fifth Street. Marrying approachable elegance with hand-crafted cocktails, a global wine list and an evocative dining experience, Atelier features French-inspired cuisine informed by the fresh and hyper-local ingredients of the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding areas.
Join owner and chef, Matthew Jackson, as he brings his knowledge from around the globe to serve you the freshest ingredients from our community.



Pet Connection
Congratulations to local dogs Finnegan and Smudge who made the cover of national pet magazine Pet Connection! The December/January issue will feature these two best friends from Sidney. Local photographer Michael Richmond captured the celebrities while they played at a park.

A complimentary copy can be found at 2443 Beacon Avenue or you can see the pair online at



Parkland Secondary
Congratulations to Ruby Broadbent for placing second at the Canadian Nationals for Cross Country! After winning the BC Provincial 5k race in early November with an amazing time of 17:17, Ruby qualified for Nationals.
The Parkland Musical Theatre program will feature the musical Kiss Me Kate in early February. Tickets will be available later this month from Parkland Secondary. More details will be updated on the school website, closer to the show run at

Claremont Secondary
There will be a Bottle Drive at Claremont Secondary School on Sunday January 8. This is a great time to unload all those extra holiday empties and help the school raise money towards its grad! More information at


Sidney Museum
For the 17th year in a row, the ever-popular LEGO exhibition is coming back to the Sidney Museum – and just in time for the holidays! Until March 31, the Museum will showcase the 2023 version of the exhibit entitled Brilliance – Built Brick by Brick, and this year it’s bigger and better with more LEGO sets on display than ever before. For hours and contact information visit

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