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  • From cwhitney on Opinion: Complex Canadian-Indigenous relationship need united empathy, patience, understanding

    When I saw this article, I shared it, because I found it very beautiful and helpful. It appears that Mia Taylor is the daughter of two of my friends; just learned that today, when, commenting on the original post, Mia referred to “Mom.” HA! I might have guessed, from my previous friendship with Mia’s parents! But Mia stands magnificently on her own studies, hard work, and perceptions. Thanks, Mia, for a great article, and I’m very glad Britt has picked it up and published it, with your kind permission.

    2019/02/19 at 5:52 pm
  • From mrslewers on Additional video footage of ATM theft in West Shore

    Looks like no 3 photo is a woman

    2019/02/14 at 4:54 pm
  • From Ken on Coast Guard Auxiliary crew executes late-night marine rescue (updated)

    Shameful that these weekend warriors take
    Charity money to have multiple fast enclosed boats at each unit.

    Other charities are much more deserving of all this BC lottery money.

    This is the third major incident that this unit has had in twelve years. Another unit killed some of its members in skookumchuck narrows doing dumb thing with massive current running. Then the safety systems onboard failed to work to right the boat (due to lack of maintenance). This killed two volunteers inside in a most violent traumatic way..

    I want my provincial lottery funding used to support people in the community that need it, single moms, families in poverty, seniors etc. NOT weekend warriors in hopped up multi hundred thousand dollar boats that duplicate a service already provided by my tax dollars (coast guard).

    Shut all these volunteer Ricky rescue units down…. they are clearly more a hazard than a benefit…. thank Christ there wasn’t a bystander on the land or a kayaker.

    They couldn’t even find their way home to their home base…. how can they safely go anywhere else or help anyone?

    Their boats are too powerful, their crews not responsible enough to slow down.

    2019/02/11 at 9:28 pm
  • From Pattyboo on Blue box recycling service is running today, with exceptions

    They missed Lannon Creek Park today. All roads in here are cleared and sanded.

    2019/02/11 at 6:37 pm
  • From Z on Monday, Feb 11: Port Renfrew Elementary closed; school bus #12 cancelled

    Its February, not November …

    2019/02/10 at 10:34 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Monday, Feb 11: Port Renfrew Elementary closed; school bus #12 cancelled

      Gah! Thank you!! There’s something about November and February that I ALWAYS mix up!! Fixed.

      2019/02/10 at 10:37 pm
  • From Les-Ann Ruttan on Cat colony populations decline with BC SPCA grant program

    This is great news!!! I am all for saving these poor cats who had no so in people abandoning them :o(((. They are domesticated animals and CAN’T survive on their own!!! Especially in this kind of weather :o(

    2019/02/10 at 4:44 pm
  • From cwhitney on One voice may have changed Council's mind on a variance matter

    Thanks to Sooke Council for listening to the one voice. Good job.

    2019/02/10 at 11:20 am
  • From pjohanson on Minister responds to 13 mayors calling for rail transit from West Shore to Victoria

    The best use of the E&N Rail corridor is as a railroad. The federal government has already put up half the money necessary to service and maintain the railbed. Now the CRD mayors are ready for the work to be done. It’s the province’s time to get on the team. Worries about the Niagra trestle do not affect use of the rail from downtown Victoria to Goldstream. The existing railcars are suitable to be used as they once were.

    2019/02/09 at 3:10 pm
  • From Paula Johanson on Stay off the road if at all possible

    Yep! Snow day in Sooke. Kudos to Sooke Dental Centre for shoveling not only their own path but the sidewalk as well!

    2019/02/08 at 3:31 pm
  • From John McCrea on Extreme weather shelter arrives in Sooke

    Thank you to everyone who made this happen. Especially to our Regional Director Mike Hicks for coming up with the idea and to Jen Wilde who has worked tirelessly to bring this plan together in less than a week! Great work!

    2019/02/08 at 3:17 pm
  • From Phillips on Extreme weather shelter arrives in Sooke

    Way to go, Juan de Fuca EA. Thanks to the staff at the admin. office and to our CRD Director, Mike Hicks

    2019/02/08 at 2:37 pm
  • From Fruitier on Minister responds to 13 mayors calling for rail transit from West Shore to Victoria

    My take on this reply, she is not listening!

    2019/02/08 at 2:09 pm
  • From A on Stay off the road if at all possible

    Ba naum a nuamp.
    Doo doo did doo doo
    Ba naum a naump
    Doo doo did doo doo
    Ba naum a naump

    2019/02/08 at 12:10 pm
  • From cwhitney on Dummy, not dead body, drifts in to East Sooke shoreline

    Nice story, Britt. Gave me the shivers; hahaha!

    2019/02/07 at 3:09 pm
  • From mrslewers on $3M infusion supports mental health programs for BC primary and secondary students

    Where is this money coming from?
    The millions if dollars made in taxes from legal cannabis sales? Liquor sales? Seems counter productive.

    2019/02/05 at 1:55 pm
  • From mrslewers on $3M infusion supports mental health programs for BC primary and secondary students

    How about the fact that anyone under the age of 28 should not be using or be exposed to cannabis due to the fact that use can cause depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bi-polar and other mental illnesses.
    Let’s be proactive and pritect our vulnerable youth. This includes any mind altering substance use.

    2019/02/05 at 1:52 pm
  • From Lis on Sooke Council grants $68,320 to community applicants

    Hi there are several amounts missing in your report 🙂

    2019/02/05 at 11:34 am
  • From Phillips on Commentary: Mulling remuneration increases for the lowly paid Sooke politician against the backdrop of gross provincial entitlement

    Council waffles on addressing remuneration … – Sooke PocketNews…

    Jan 22, 2019 – Wittich is a member of the the Sooke’s informal economic development group (EDG). See Delegation Information. In spite of this public-driven …

    2019/02/05 at 11:33 am
  • From Mary Bendsen on Groundbreaking ceremony sees construction start for Sooke's second co-housing project

    Cohousing is such a remarkable concept and this development will be a boon to the community of Sooke.

    2019/02/03 at 6:05 pm
  • From cwhitney on Council approves memorial plaque for Cam Sullivan

    I had no internet connection during my four months in hospital, and no news; I had heard nothing about the death of Cam Sullivan. I am shocked and sorry this happened, and wish to express my profound sympathy to his family and friends. I’m glad a plaque was approved.

    2019/01/31 at 6:14 pm
  • From Ann Clement on Council remuneration kicked down the timeline, again

    If we, citizens of Sooke, expect to be well-represented, then we have a responsibility to support our hardworking Council members by making sure they are well-paid.
    Encourage them by telling them so at

    2019/01/30 at 6:05 pm
  • From Moira H on The many crying kids (corrected: catching snowflakes!) at Sooke's medical clinic

    I did see these while waiting with my daughter on one visit.
    I would say that the pictures are self drawings of them catching snowflakes with their tongue.
    Not crying. ❄️
    And it definitely put a smile on our faces to see their artwork. Way to go everyone!

    2019/01/30 at 2:11 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on The many crying kids (corrected: catching snowflakes!) at Sooke's medical clinic

      You’re probably right! Since this is not the land of snowflakes, and since a child was crying while I was there, that probably set the context for me! Snowflakes it is! -Britt / SPN

      2019/01/30 at 3:53 pm
  • From Jo on Recyclable materials from the CRD are still being recycled into new products

    Time to seriously consider Reducing (the first of the “3 R’s”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) the purchase of solid plastic items since they can no longer be recycled.

    2019/01/26 at 6:43 pm
  • From Mike Gold on Overhead lights on Sooke Rd at Gillespie to be functional, mid February

    I drive Sooke Rd home around midnight every weeknight and notice when street lights are out or not turned on. I contacted the Ministry of Transportation in the summer and the Ministry blamed it on BC Hydro not hooking them up. There is still about a dozen new and old lights out on Sooke Rd from West Shore Parkway to Sooke that are still out. How many times do we have to complain until these safety items get fixed?

    2019/01/23 at 4:28 pm
  • From Fruitier on Sooke Council to champion expanded advertising options at AVICC

    Finally! Even more so, after reading the ‘paper’ version of the SNM today.

    2019/01/23 at 2:57 pm
  • From Patrick Gale on Council waffles on addressing remuneration, frozen for more than a decade

    With time expectations of 20 hrs/week, $10,000/yr amounts to less than minimum wage. While I feel that those in public office have a primary responsibility to serve their communities, I wouldn’t expect anyone to do fantastic work, especially anyone with great qualifications, at this pay rate. Our elected officials deserve reasonable pay increases.

    2019/01/22 at 9:49 pm
  • From mrslewers on Naloxone training, EMCS Library Jan 21, 6pm

    Thank you Britt for making this information available to the public and the presenter Lana Fine was excellent. People there , obviously were there to be a help to others. Statistics like 8,000 people in Canada , dying of opioid overdoses. More than aids has ever killed. Learning of how many fentanyl deaths occur accidently due to fentanyl contaminations of injection areas. How the breathing stops and how the most important thing to do is to keep the patient breathing to prevent brain damage which can occur in a short 3 minutes without oxygen. The age stats in Canada have dropped to 40 due to the amount of our precious young people dying. Tara Munro, a counselor, partnered and assisted with Lana for this class. Lana is passionate about what she does and is passionate about saving lives. Even if she needs to give up to 17 injections to bring someone to life and spend hours breathing air into the lungs she will do so and over and over, because her hope is that at some point this life will turn around and leave behind that life.
    Both Lana and Tara have been trying desperately to get into the schools to talk with students and teachers and show them how to use the naloxone kits and to give out the kits, which cost $68 each, to save lives. There have been 3 overdoses at Oak Bay High, yet they have not been allowed in to help fight the crisis. The School Board needs to open their ears and the Principals as well and face the fact that young people are at risk. If you can I would urge every parent, grandparent PAC leader etc. to put pressure on the schools to have these ladies come and talk to the schools, including students and teachers. We have a duty to protect the most vulnerable among us and education is so important. Keeping some kits at schools and teaching adult members how to administer naloxone and to keep someone alive by breathing oxygen into them. There are first aiders in the schools as well but many are not trained in the use of naloxone and what to do if someone overdoses. The window to save someone when they have started to turn blue is so short. You only have 2 minutes to react and save someone. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a crisis. Get involved and know how you can help save a life. I am so glad I went and had my eyes opened to the tragedy all around us.
    Call Lana Fine at 250-384-2366 to have her come and talk to your school, your workplace, construction site or to your event organizations, ie music festivals etc.

    2019/01/22 at 7:42 pm
  • From mrslewers on New interim CAO has optimistic outlook for Sooke

    The last OCP took a little over 2 years, not four as the mayor stated. I did correct her. I know i served on it and as cahaur fir the latter part of it and we also went through 4 planners in the process which really put us behind playing catch up with new planners

    2019/01/21 at 2:11 pm
  • From davidevans on Reminder: Book Club starts Wednesday

    It would be fun to do a Locals Only reaing club!

    The area around Sooke has been home to many celebrated authors including Commonwealth Writers Prize winner in 2001 ( best first novel ) Pearl Luke for Burning Ground and Darrel J McLeod for his 2018 GG winning novel Mamaskatch, A Cree Coming of Age. There is at least one other novelist who has lived in the region whose name I have forgotten, a Crime Fiction writer from Otter Point. Perhaps these people could be asked in for readings!

    2019/01/19 at 1:12 pm
  • From Heather Kaney on BC Hydro warns customers about scams after record number of attempts to defraud in 2018

    Hi Britt,
    FYI I log in and still can’t get the article. What am I doing wrong?

    2019/01/18 at 8:12 pm
  • From davemcconnell on Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting considers Lot A and Cannabis

    Wow! This is only getting done now?

    2019/01/17 at 6:10 pm
  • From Phillips on Pipeline demonstrators block public access to RCMP Westshore detachment

    Just wanted to comment, as Serna did, that the protest was not about pipelines so much as about the heavily armed police force that arrived to disband the peaceful protest by the Unist’ot’en people. The Unist’oten have been trying for proper consultation with their “senior” government officials(hereditary chiefs) before their unceded territory is invaded by the natural gas industry. It is ironic that the First Nations are asked to bring lawyers to defend what Canada has already agree to as their aboriginal rights under the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Aboriginal People.

    2019/01/16 at 4:41 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Pipeline demonstrators block public access to RCMP Westshore detachment

      Thank you for adding that. I’ve indicated in the article that readers should read the comments as well, to get a richer perspective. -Britt / SPN

      2019/01/16 at 5:11 pm
  • From Serena on Pipeline demonstrators block public access to RCMP Westshore detachment

    We were not there about the pipelines. We were gathered in a show of solidarity to support the wrongness of the illegal arrests of the people of Unist’ot’en on their own unceded territory. They were faced with ARMED forceable actions while they themselves were UNARMED.
    Also to say the police “stood by to keep the peace” denotes that there was a cause of concern for some sort of safety issue which was not the case as we were PEACEFULLY responding to a call to action of support with only banners, drums, songs and feathers in hand!

    2019/01/16 at 12:54 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Pipeline demonstrators block public access to RCMP Westshore detachment

      Thank you Serena for adding that very important comment. -Britt/SPN

      2019/01/16 at 1:55 pm
  • From Phillips on Opinion: The more women in government, the healthier a population

    Well, folks. There it is. An analysis of why collaborative government with more diversity–in this case more women–is better government for the province or nation. Since most people were persuaded that the supposed dangers of proportional representation outweighed the supposed benefits, we will have to try another route to a collaborative diverse working government. I think if corporations and businesses don’t voluntarily spend on social programs, there is an argument for taxing them to help pay for social prgrams. From the article above, I take social programs to be those offering “medical care, preventive care, other social services and post-secondary education” as described in the article above. Overall, a health happy population is cheaper to govern than an unhealthy, unhappy population.

    2019/01/15 at 10:34 am
  • From corrie cullen on Department of Finance Canada launches consultations on Open Banking

    More government employees? or does Trudeau want our account numbers

    2019/01/15 at 6:18 am
  • From davidevans on Someone who bought a 649 ticket in Sooke is a guaranteed winner (open)


    2019/01/13 at 12:39 pm
  • From sunnyside on District puts a call out to contractors to build earthen stairs on Throup

    What about people who have mobility challenges, or people with strollers???

    2019/01/09 at 9:13 pm
  • From Martin on New Logging Operations Underway on Edinburgh Mountain, an Old-Growth Forest Environmental “Hotspot” near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island

    Not surprised… I can’t believe the direction society is going in to make a buck. Nothing is sacred.

    2019/01/09 at 6:24 pm
  • From WILLIAM GIBBONS on Are our Southern Resident Orcas Doomed? Sooke needs to talk about our Endangered Orcas

    I live between Tugwell and Muir creek , most morning there is a few ,to many sea lions just off shore . This year I did not find one dead salmon carcass on the beach ,in other years there would be many . Can we get a sea lion cull ?
    Thank you ,
    Bud Gibbons , Otter Point .

    2019/01/09 at 1:44 pm
  • From Paul on Are our Southern Resident Orcas Doomed? Sooke needs to talk about our Endangered Orcas

    I will be there to help share knowledge, the real truth, and address any misconceptions…

    2019/01/08 at 3:41 pm
  • From Jo on Rallies planned internationally in support of Wet’Suwet’en to denounce state violence on unceded territory (OPEN)

    Thank you for printing this article. We all need to think about what is going on here. People’s rights and concerns about maintaining the soundness of their backyard are being completely disregarded in favour of profits for the oil and gas industry. This despite the urgent need to reduce (rather than increase) our use of fossil fuels, the toxic nature of the LNG industry (creating earthquakes and irreparably damaging scarce water supplies) and the fact that the market for LNG is basically nonexistent without huge government (taxpayer) subsidies. It seems far away, but it could come to a backyard near any of us some time soon. Best to stand up now in solidarity with the Wet’Suwet’en in whatever way we can, lest governments think it is perfectly okay to send the RCMP in to remove inhabitants from and clear out any place the oil and gas (or mining, etc.) industry wants to exploit.

    2019/01/08 at 3:02 pm
  • From mrslewers on Meanwhile in Sooke: Dec 30 2018 to Jan 4 2019 (OPEN)

    Soo totally awesome. How do we keep our beautiful Sooke. Thank you to all of you for sharing your obvious love.

    2019/01/07 at 6:14 pm
  • From Vivi on REMINDER: Casablanca comes to Sooke

    Thank you Britt, see you all there!

    2019/01/07 at 3:26 pm
  • From Marilyn Erickson on District puts a call out to contractors to build earthen stairs on Throup

    Good idea! Whoever designed a crosswalk into a ditch anyway? You can barely even see the faded crosswalk unless it’s been painted recently…I think kids from the school should be given colourful paint to create a more visible and fun crosswalk over to the ball diamonds, tennis and pickleball courts and parking area used for school pick ups!

    2019/01/07 at 3:24 pm
  • From mrslewers on Alzheimer’s Awareness campaign challenges stigma for Sooke residents living with dementia (open article)

    In our discussions we should also note that there is alcohol induced dementia and it is frequent. I only discovered this as a fact through a health care provider who works at our local hospitals. I knew about it , but didn’t know the frequency of it. Another tool to teach our children and adults to keep more folks out of hospitals and lessen the dementia. It is a sad disease and the more we can learn about it the better. Family and friends suffer tremendously from the affects on their loved ones.

    2019/01/01 at 5:45 pm
  • From mrslewers on Funding available for improvements to cycling infrastructure through BikeBC

    First we need a plan. We applied for a bicycle grant before and there wasn’t a real plan and a lot of wasted time and effort from staff and council and extra costs. Let’s be clear where and what it is that we need and then go forward so as not to spin wheels.

    2019/01/01 at 5:40 pm
  • From KarenMason on Five reasons to become an exclusive Charter member

    Glad to be a Chartered Subsriber! Thanks for all of your tireless hard work, dedication and excellent reporting Britt!!!

    2018/12/22 at 10:08 am
  • From Jo on Sooke Talks 2, now available online

    Thanks, Britt, for posting this. I missed the actual event and I appreciate the opportunity to hear all the “talks”.

    2018/12/14 at 7:51 pm
  • From mrslewers on Presentation to Sooke Council: People living rough could die while governments decide what to do with them

    One thing the fire cheif didnt answer was that the Sooke community Hall, The legion and ed milne school are designated in case of an emergency shelter , so not available unfortunately.

    2018/12/14 at 5:36 pm
  • From mrslewers on New council pushes "What's in it for Sooke" when it comes to development

    Yeah. Council got it.great commenta from concerned citizens protecticting the rural

    2018/12/12 at 6:45 am
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