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Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, has confirmed the first probable case of a vaping-related illness in B.C. There are several other investigations underway that may also meet the case definition of probable or confirmed vaping-related illness in the near … Continue reading →
The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected drug deaths to the end of August 2019. Key preliminary findings of these drug death reports are below. Data are subject to change: In August 2019, … Continue reading →
According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), more than 11 million Canadians suffer from an injury or disorder that affects their movement, with one in eight reporting a chronic back problem and almost one-third indicating activity limitations due to back … Continue reading →
British Columbia’s school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization program is dramatically reducing rates of cervical pre-cancer in B.C. women, according to a new study. The evaluation of the HPV vaccination program in B.C. was conducted jointly by researchers at BC Cancer, … Continue reading →
–West Shore RCMP media release, Image by e-gabi, CC0 Public Domain Pixabay On August 1st, 2019, the West Shore RCMP received a report of theft from a parked vehicle. The complainant advised their wallet had been stolen from their vehicle … Continue reading →
BC Wildlife Federation: B.C. Needs Sustainable Salmon Fisheries The BC Wildlife Federation is calling for fundamental change in the management of salmon fisheries. It’s time to make the transition from non-selective gillnets to selective fishing methods historically used by Indigenous … Continue reading →
On the evening of Friday, October 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative co-hosted a Conversation with the Candidates at the Edward Milne Community School Theatre. The federal election takes … Continue reading →
-EMCS/SD62 media release Sasha Gale joins the Society as the Community School Program Coordinator. Gale works in partnership with the school to maintain and grow programs that foster strong families and deepen community engagement. She is developing programs and working … Continue reading →
–Submitted by Marilyn Sundeen The Sooke Folk Music Society is proud to partner with Sooke Community Theatre – EMCS Society to bring you Valdy and Adam Dobres on Saturday, October 19, 2019. This is a fund-raising concert to support The … Continue reading →
Consumer Protection BC is stressing the importance of reading contracts carefully when getting a home inspection. After finding a series of contract violations, the regulator wants to ensure that both consumers and home inspectors are aware of what should and … Continue reading →
Two new research prototypes for its Green Fibre Bottle are revealed – containing beer for the first time More leading companies are now committing to paper bottle technology C40 World Mayors Summit: Carlsberg Group has updated on its journey to create … Continue reading →
Zero Waste Sooke is organizing a Craft Materials Swap to help the people in Sooke reduce our waste. We welcome the general public to attend. Donations gladly accepted. Our first Craft Materials Swap will be held on Wednesday, October … Continue reading →
Organizations throughout the province working to make B.C. communities safer are invited to apply to the 2019-20 Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program. Details of the grant submission process, which is open from Oct. 11 to Nov. 18, 2019, … Continue reading →
A new BC Hydro report finds the way British Columbians fuel their gas-powered vehicles may be driving misconceptions about EV charging and preventing some from making the switch to one. The report entitled, ‘Old habits drive hard: How British Columbians’ fueling … Continue reading →
The following poster was created by Ella MacQuisten for Wild Wise Sooke. Click on the poster to see the original, larger sized work. For your reading convenience, the text is printed out below. River Otter Lutra Canadensis BC Conservation Data … Continue reading →
Dear Caterina, What can I do to make my marriage better? Signed, Married for better Dear Married, Often work with couples to help them reconnect with themselves, and with their partner. One of the tasks I give them to do … Continue reading →
–Constable Tim Schewe I carry a handicap parking permit. When I was first issued this permit an outline of my responsibilities said that I was to remove it from the rear view mirror while driving “…as it is against the … Continue reading →
On the evening of Friday, October 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative co-hosted a Conversation with the Candidates at the Edward Milne Community School Theatre. Well over 200 people … Continue reading →
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) launches its 2019-2020 concert season with an exciting musical program, Celebrating the Concerto, Sunday, October 27 at 2:30 PM. See the full poster below. Celebrating the Concerto begins with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No.104 (London), the … Continue reading →
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