Sooke PocketNews is a hyper-local online newspaper that covers all things Sooke, all the time.
-by Debbie Read, Coordinator, WildWise Sooke Wild Wise Sooke is an educational program. Our goals are twofold: to keep wildlife wild, and to keep our community safe. We promote and teach coexistence, primarily through attraction management. As we live in a … Continue reading →
Opinion Editorial, by Neil Poirier, Trustee SD62, Sooke At our last board meeting the Board of Education for SD62 had the second and third reading of the 2016-2017 budget. Like every other school district in the province we were in … Continue reading →
In spite of two day’s of rain, the burn ban is still in effect in Sooke. The following was posted on Facebook in the late afternoon on Saturday, May 28, 2016 The referenced Bylaw 292 is available here. “Lots of … Continue reading →
– John Horgan, MLA for Juan de Fuca and Leader of the Official Opposition As far as I’m concerned, May 2017 can’t come soon enough. That’s when British Columbians get to go to the polls and decide who will lead this … Continue reading →
TAKE A MAGIC CARPET RIDE AND SOAR INTO A WHOLE NEW WORLD Imagine if you had three wishes….. Welcome to Hasbah, the Kingdom of Souls, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tale! Sooke Youth Show … Continue reading →
Sooke’s Fire Chief Steven Sorensen tweeted that the Fire Danger Level in Sooke remains on High. despite the bit of rain the fire danger level remains High in #sooke with 1 area of Extreme in CRD watershed no open burning … Continue reading →
Wild Wise Sooke is reminding people to take simple precautions this to prevent attracting black bears as they come out of the hills. Black bears are searching for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, and chickens. Manage … Continue reading →
-School District 62 (Sooke) Today, the province released new guidelines surrounding assessment testing and provincial exams. This information is important for our families as it will change the type of tests and exams your child will be required to take. … Continue reading →
We’ve been busy. Sooke PocketNews has added a number of menus to our Dining page. Please note: If there is any discrepancy between the menu selection and prices on SPN versus at the fine dining establishment, the latter will prevail! They … Continue reading →
4:28 p.m. UPDATE from Drive BC: Collision: Highway 14 Both directions – Collision from Kangaroo Road in Metchosin to Happy Valley Road in Langford (8.7 km). 30 minute delay expected. Updated on Thu May 26 at 4:28 pm PDT. (ID# 220146) … Continue reading →
“… be it resolved that June 8th, and June 8th to 14th together be proclaimed and recognized and celebrated as a means to foster support for local, national and global efforts which further awareness of our rivers and oceans, their … Continue reading →
–Jenna Lee The Scottish Diaspora had a great influence on what is now British Columbia, and especially on Vancouver Island. John Muir a coal miner who settled in Sooke, is the focus of this project. Not only was he an enterprising … Continue reading →
-Britt Santowski/SPN Got legal woes? Need some input from someone who knows the legal system? Can’t access justice because it’s financially out of reach? There’s help for that. Sooke’s MLA John Horgan hosts a free legal clinic at his Sooke Office … Continue reading →
–SPN New POLL: How would you categorize Sooke PocketNews? According to CRA, it’s an online newspaper. We file taxes under the Industry Code 519130: Internet publishing and broadcasting and web search portals. Illustrative examples include periodical, journal and magazine publishing, … Continue reading →
SPN received notice from one of our reader’s in Shirley, that power was out. The BC Hydro Outages List provides the details. There are about 200 customers affected, and crews are enroute. The following information comes from the BC Hydro … Continue reading →
Sooke Family Resource Society has been serving the greater Sooke community since 1984, and the Westshore and surrounding areas since 2004. If you have empties and would like to donate to SFRS, here is the information about their up-and-coming bottle … Continue reading →
-Photo from Stephen Milroy Wonderwall website School pride at Edward Milne Community School has soared higher than ever this year as athletes, cheerleaders and fans in the stands pack a gymnasium that now features a spectacular mural of Sooke’s natural landscape … Continue reading →
–Britt Santowski, SPN Following is Sooke PocketNews’ takeaways from the May 24 Regular Council Meeting (full agenda here). As always, these are SPN’s takeaways, captured at the meeting; the final and approved version will always be the filed minutes that have been approved by … Continue reading →
–Lindsey Vogan, PR and Community Engagement, SD62 EMCS is holding a large fair for Hannah Day and her family this coming Saturday. It will be a carnival-type event with games, bouncy castles, face painting and more. The event will raise … Continue reading →
Our Primary Health Care Services Working Group, chaired by Mayor Maja Tait, is hosting the Sooke Region Health Summit Saturday May 28 from 1:00-4:00 pm at Sooke Community Hall. Its theme is “Healthy Together: Community Conversations on our Assets, Action and … Continue reading →
Sooke, In OTHER News (via Google Search)
- New Sooke trail will feature suspension bridge over river - Times Colonist
- Police seek public's help finding Sooke man missing 10 days - Times Colonist
- From Langford to Sooke, schools nearly full as families pour in - Times Colonist
- Langford mayor presses four-lane solution to Sooke - Times Colonist
- Sooke man charged with threatening police officer, jail guard - Times Colonist
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- BC Human Rights Tribunal to hear case on maternity EI and disability clawbacks - CBC.ca
- BC Law Manufactures Insecurity, Say 'Manufactured Home' Owners - TheTyee.ca
- Vancouver Island mayor calls for parental leave for civic politicians - CBC.ca
- Orca calf found dead near Sooke Point - CBC.ca
- Teacher reprimanded for calling Muslim student 'Taliban' - CBC.ca
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- BC Transit offers annual GradPass to Grade 12 students - Abbotsford News (registration) (blog)
- Stars to head to the city for two-week arts celebration - Oxford Mail
- CRD to build new hiking trail, 30-metre suspension bridge - CTV Vancouver Island
- Bus-ted: Double-decker bus full of passengers caught speeding - CTV Vancouver Island
- Sooke road to get sign that broadcasts road conditions - Goldstream News Gazette (registration)
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