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Members of the community are invited to apply for the District of Sooke’s Climate Change Action Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to review and identify opportunities to build local climate action awareness and promote environmental stewardship within … Continue reading →
Blanding’s and spotted turtles come out of their shells for latest issue Canada Post today released stamps featuring two species of endangered turtles. The Blanding’s turtle is found in central-southwest Nova Scotia and in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence region of southern Ontario and southwestern Quebec. Although the spotted turtle … Continue reading →
In 1969, Plastic Ono Band (John Lennon and Yoko Ono) recorded Give Peace A Chance, an anti-war anthem for generations of pacifists and music fans around the world. The song was recorded live from Lennon and Ono’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel suite in downtown Montreal, where John and … Continue reading →
The African Children’s Choir comes to Sooke on Sunday, June 2, 2019, to the Sooke Baptist Church (250-642-3424) located at 7110 West Coast Rd. The performance starts at 10:00 a.m. The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with … Continue reading →
Opposition to ban on firearms driven largely by men, rural Canadians, gun owners Whether it’s recent mass killings in Penticton, B.C., ongoing gang-related shootings in Toronto, or the Quebec City mosque killings in 2017, communities across the country have been … Continue reading →
The following cartoon was created by Jordyn Borsellino, a Sooke Youth and animator. Visit Jordyn online at her DeviantArt page. Cartoons by Jordyn on SPN … 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. Ardea herodias fannini – This subspecies if … Continue reading →
We love each other but don’t communicate well. Is our relationship over? Thank you. Signed Communication issues Dear Communication Issues: Just because you don’t have the same communication style or way of processing life events, doesn’t mean that you can’t … Continue reading →
–Constable Tim Schewe This all started with a simple question from my e-mail: “Are right turn lanes allowed at 4-way stop intersections?” The story evolved as I asked questions to try and understand the situation before answering here. It turns … Continue reading →
–by G.K. Sydney (photos and column) “When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable … Continue reading →
Canadian Taxpayers Federation Federal Director Aaron Wudrick released the following statement in response to the May 22 announcement by the federal government regarding its $600 million media bailout: “Canadian taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize any industry, and that … Continue reading →
The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, a parliamentary committee of the legislative assembly, will hold a public hearing in Colwood on Monday, June 10, 2019, as part of its Budget 2020 consultation. The committee invites British Columbians … Continue reading →
Eye health is important to British Columbians. That is why the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) are following the recommendations put forward by all 29 retinal specialists in the Provincial Retinal Diseases Program, as well … Continue reading →
We stumbled on this on Facebook, and thought we would share it to a wider audience. It’s a service modification that may benefit many, including those not on FB (and that number is growing). “EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM!! Same … Continue reading →
Sooke Detachment RCMP are winding up an investigation spanning the past several months into local heroin/fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine traffickers. Sooke RCMP partnered with the Vancouver Island General Investigation Section and were able to gather information and successfully arrest suspected … Continue reading →
New private practice clinic will serve to address doctor shortage With thousands of patients lacking a primary healthcare provider, Sooke is one of many communities impacted by the provincial shortage of general practitioners. Michael Forbes, a Victoria-based pharmacist and entrepreneur, … Continue reading →
Choom has a 5,000 sq.ft. facility in the Sooke Business Park (Otter Point), BC along with the expansion potential to add a up to ~700,000 sq.ft., in a three story indoor and greenhouse production facility. Choom™ (CSE: CHOO; OTCQB: CHOOF), … Continue reading →
Revitalize a park in Sooke by removing invasive plants!! The Greater Victoria Green Team is hosting a big community environmental volunteer activity in Sooke and the community is invited! They will be removing English ivy and other invasive plants from … Continue reading →
The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has won a victory in a Nevadacourt this week to enforce a $21.7-million order against fraudster Michael Lathigee – the first time a U.S. court has recognized a BCSC order for someone to repay ill-gotten gains. A BCSC panel found in … Continue reading →
The Capital Regional District (CRD) is asking residents to help them keep the region’s waterways safe and clean by reporting abandoned boats this summer. To report a boat in the capital region that looks abandoned or wrecked, that is onshore, … Continue reading →
A lack of restraint use, along with drug and/or alcohol involvement, was noted as a contributory factor to recent motor vehicle incident deaths in British Columbia, according to the most recent data published by the BC Coroners Service. The BC … Continue reading →
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