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At a Special Council meeting held on July 15, 2019, the District of Sooke has set the by-election for September 28, 2019. This by-election is to fill the council vacancy left by Brenda Parkinson, who died in late June. Carolyn … Continue reading →
West Shore RCMP and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) continue to investigate the suspicious death of 60-year-old Martin Payne. Mr. Payne was discovered deceased by West Shore RCMP on July 12, 2019, at his home in the … Continue reading →
Here is a small selection of a photo gallery from Derek Lewers. To see his full gallery online, click here. If you wish to obtain a copy of a photo for only $0.25 each, please visit the full gallery and … Continue reading →
There’s a FREE business mixer at Coast Capital this Thursday, July 18. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the event is open to all business owners in Sooke. It’s a great way to meet and mingle, and to get your … Continue reading →
Getting ready for the in-town Tim Hortons. Related … Continue reading →
The most bottled-up intersection on Vancouver Island (and possibly beyond) got a bit more plugged up this morning. According to Mainroad, the traffic lights went out on Highway 1 at McKenzie Ave in Victoria, in the mid-morning of July 15, … Continue reading →
–Constable Tim Schewe The rain is pounding down outside this morning as I sit looking out my livingroom window with tablet and coffee in hand. I’m warm and dry enjoying the idea that being retired means I am no longer … Continue reading →
One-in-five report living with significant chronic pain, most say they’d be better off if care more affordable For many Canadians, the activities and experiences that many of us take for granted are significantly hindered by something unseen by the naked … Continue reading →
With ratification of NAFTA 2.0 still up in the air in the U.S. and Canada, a new international report contrasts the deeply flawed agreement with proposals for a more progressive and truly fair trade regime. Beyond NAFTA 2.0: A Trade … Continue reading →
– Samantha Webb, Wild Wise Sooke With the start of summer comes the end of the school year. This past school year, Wild Wise Sooke started an in-school wildlife educational program and were fortunate to reach approximately 600 students over … Continue reading →
On July 9th 2019, the West Shore RCMP received a report of a sexual assault. A 16-year old female victim reported she was walking on the galloping goose trail at approximately 1:00pm near Sooke Rd and Happy Valley Rd in … Continue reading →
Beyond Addiction Nine Day Immersion course in beautiful Sooke BC on Vancouver Island July 20th – July 28th, 2019 Join Sat Charan Simran Kaur, Fateh Bir Kaur, and Siri Amir Kaur for this amazing immersion experience held in the sacred … Continue reading →
Despite data breaches and privacy concerns, social media’s reach and popularity across Canada have become seemingly ubiquitous, with several platforms experiencing continued growth on weekly usage. At the same time, some platforms are slowing or seeing a reverse in usage … Continue reading →
–West Shore RCMP On July 12, 2019 the West Shore RCMP discovered an adult male deceased in a residence in Metchosin. West Shore investigators located the deceased man while following up on a report he was missing from work. The … Continue reading →
A new report prepared by the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre (ELC) for Sierra Club BC calls for thirty per cent base level protection of old-growth ecosystems and intact forests across the province as part of the provincial government’s amendments … Continue reading →
What started out as a whim has led to 4 years of music making history in the community of Sooke, BC. Festival founders Jill Shultz, Jerry Peregudow and Peter Jonassen are proud to say that this FREE family friendly event … Continue reading →
–VicPD A suspect in a break and enter is in custody and the rightful owner has been reunited with her bicycle after she found it for sale on a local website. On July 3rd, a caller reported that her bicycle … Continue reading →
Saanich Police responded to a single vehicle crash in the 5400 block of Fowler Road on July 9th. The call came from a homeowner who said that a car had just crashed into their front sunroom/living room. When police arrived … Continue reading →
The Sooke Car Show – Shop and Swap happens this Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Sooke. Visit their website here. SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019, 9 – 2 PM SOOKE River Campground 2259 Phillips Rd Vendors & Food Trucks Lots of … Continue reading →
The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has announced it will seek additional federal funding for the removal of derelict vessels from capital region waterways. The Board also agreed to write a letter to Transportation Minister Marc Garneau to advocate that … Continue reading →
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