Up-coming Events

Natural Saanich

Natural Saanich is a program to replace the Environmental Development Permit Area (EDPA) bylaw. For some background, see this article:


The FCA President has received the following email regarding a special Council meeting on the subject:

This email is confirmation that the following items will be considered by Saanich Council at a Special Council meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in Council Chambers, Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Avenue, commencing at 7:00 p.m.

  • Draft terms of reference – “Natural Saanich” technical committee
  • “Natural Saanich” Proposed interim measures – Implications, administrative costs, and likely effectiveness
  • “Natural Saanich” Environmental policy framework – expedited work plan

You are invited to attend the meeting and make representation to Council on the matter if you so choose. Written correspondence received up to 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting will be copied to Council for their consideration. Correspondence should be sent to council@saanich.ca. All correspondence submitted to the District of Saanich in response to our notification of meeting, will form part of the public record.

Redevelopment of Fire Station 2

Council has approved the business case for the redevelopment of fire station 2 at 4595 Elk Lake Dr. This is a portion of an email sent to the FCA President:

As you may be aware, Council approved the Business Case for the project on May 27. Since that date, project design development has continued between staff, the design team as well as reviews with BC Transit and Ministry of Transportation. The proposed improvements on the site and in particular on the Royal Oak Dr. frontage has advanced along with the building design. Your community association’s membership should be aware of the following dates should they wish to view the materials and discuss with staff.

  • Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Drive, Douglas Fir Room
  • Monday, October 28, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Fire Station #2, 4595 Elk Lake Drive

There will be a follow up consultation with the public late November prior to the project being submitted to Planning for Development and Re-zoning Permits in December.

Falaise Park work parties for fall, 2019

Stuart Macpherson, our park steward, is starting the fall work parties on September 26th from 10 am until noon. They will continue every Thursday for a month. Initial tasks include weeding, removing invasive species and preparing a planting bed.

If you want additional details, you can contact Stuart at 250-415-1739.

Tree Love Town Hall, Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Saanich Councillor, Nathalie Chambers, suggested the idea of a Town Hall where experts could discuss the urban forest. The following poster gives an overview of the event.

Poster for the Tree Love Town Hall

The event will be held at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific at 505 Quayle Rd. In addition to several formal presentations, listed below, the facilitator will call for questions and comments from the audience.

Facilitator: BOB YATES, Yates, Thorn & Associates


STUART MACPHERSON, Falaise Community Association

NATHALIE CHAMBERS, Saanich Councillor

Tiffany Joseph, SENĆOŦEN Language and Cultural Revitalist
“Ecosystems as our relatives”

FRANCES LITMAN, Community Trees Matter Network
“Trees Please – Why We Need Trees”

RON CARTER, Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society
“Infrastructure of a Different Colour: Green”

JAMES MISKELLY, Biologist, Saanich Native Plants
“Ecological values of Garry oak and other Native Trees”

Refreshments provided.
Donations gratefully accepted at the event.
Please RSVP treelove@falaise.ca if you plan to attend.

Falaise Park work party, Saturday, April 6th, 2019

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 10 am to12 noon
Where: Meet at the playground

We are continuing our work to remove ivy and blackberry from our park.
We will be weeding under the trees and digging out blackberry roots in the back corner.

New volunteers are always welcome. We hope you can join us.

Bring: gloves, pruners , hand rakes.
Other tools and refreshments are provided.

We also need mattocks for digging out those tenacious blackberry roots if you have one.

No previous experience required.

Questions: contact volunteer Lead Steward, Stuart at 250-415-1739

BC Heritage Week, February 18-24, 2019

Saanich is presenting two free talks as described in this flyer:

Heritage Week 2019 Saanich Talks

Falaise Park work party, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Our first work party for 2019 is slated for Thursday,  January 31 from 10 am to noon.

As mentioned in the last newsletter our native trees and shrubs order has arrived and a Saanich Parks crew will be planting them during the Work Party.

If you can spare a little time that morning to lend a hand with your spade it will be appreciated!

If time permits, we also plan to remove scattered English ivy ,  small Daphne  and  blackberry under the trees by the roadside. This is light work – please bring your hand tools and gloves. Hope to see you there.  ( weather permitting ! )

Questions : call Stuart at 250 415 1739.

Family Day social event, Monday February 18, 2019

We’re kicking off the year with a Family Day Social Event! This is a great opportunity for young families to come out and meet each other and for everyone in the community to connect.
It is a free event at the Women’s Institute Hall (4516 W Saanich Rd) from 2 to 4 pm on Family Day February 18th. We will have snacks and drinks and activities for both kids and adults. There will also be a play area for smaller kids. To help protect the floors please bring indoor shoes to wear. There is parking available for several cars, and we can arrange to drive those who may not be able to get to the hall. If you have any suggestions, or would like to help out, please contact us at info@falaise.ca.

Saanich Emergency Program

This is the schedule of the Saanich Emergency Program for 2019:

Saanich Emergency Program

Falaise Park Work Parties

Work on improving Falaise Park will continue on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Join us in the park to pull invasive weeds, spread mulch and bond with your neighbours. Tools will be provided and refreshments will be served.

For more details, contact Stuart Macpherson at 250- 415-1739.

Annual General Meeting, Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Agenda for the 2018 AGM

The AGM will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Fireside Room at the Gateway Baptist Church. The church is located at 898 Royal Oak Ave and anyone needing a ride to the meeting can contact the FCA President at president@falaise.ca. One of the objectives of the meeting is to elect the directors who will serve for 2019. Ideally, six directors will be elected, although the constitution allows for a minimum of three. At their first meeting, the directors will elect from among themselves a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Registrar.

In addition to the normal business, the AGM will feature a guest speaker. Mike Meagher of the Garry Oak Preservation Society has agreed to speak about their efforts to preserve the Garry Oak ecosystems in Canada. He is also prepared to answer questions from the audience.