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New funding is being invested in thousands of youth, women and under-represented groups to get the training and support they need for apprenticeships and employment in the skilled trades. Today, the province announced that $12.4 million will support seven new … Continue reading →
The Government of British Columbia has selected Richmond-based Bulldog Bag Ltd. to provide paper bags to all 197 government-owned and operated BC Liquor Stores as part of a commitment to the environment and sustainable business practices. The Liquor Distribution Branch … Continue reading →
–Sooke RCMP media release The Sooke RCMP continue to investigate the report of threats at Edward Milne Community School. Original release “The male arrested on this matter has since been released from custody and the investigation is ongoing,” said Sooke RCMP … Continue reading →
BCAA’s Winter Driving Survey released today shows that while a large percentage of British Columbians are nervous about driving in ice and snow, many are still not taking steps to prepare their vehicles for winter. The BCAA survey, conducted by … Continue reading →
A new mobile office pilot program for government workers who live in the Westshore will help reduce congestion, get commuters out of gridlock and give people more time with their families. The floorplan design work is complete, the detailed design … Continue reading →
–West Shore RCMP media release The West Shore RCMP are currently investigating a report of a stolen poppy donation box from the Thrifty Foods located at 1495 Admirals Rd in View Royal. The theft took place on November 3rd at approximately … Continue reading →
World Kindness Day takes place on November 13. For some, it’s a time to focus on and promote the power of positivity. For others, it’s a day to celebrate the thoughtful acts performed by friends, family, neighbours and strangers. For … Continue reading →
The Saanich Police are warning residents of an aggressive new phone scam that is happening this week. In some cases, the scammers have changed their call display to show “Saanich Police Department” or display the SPD main phone number of … Continue reading →
Photos by John Penner, Sooke … Continue reading →
The full quote: “You people love, you that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. At least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. … Continue reading →
–Submitted article The Sooke Folk Music Society is pleased to present Old Paint Duo as the feature act for our Coffee House Saturday, November 16, 2019. Old Paint Duo, comprised of Miriam Sonstenes and Jeff Dill, has been making acoustic … Continue reading →
Submitted by Sheila Whincup Ever wonder what a maestro’s doll house might look like? Harmony Project Sooke is holding a raffle whose first prize is just that. The elaborate doll house, custom-made by a local artist, features a music room … Continue reading →
–Photos and article from the BC SPCA The BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) has successfully reunited more than 100 baby animals with their wild moms including fledgling birds, deer fawns, raccoons, goslings, squirrels and rabbits during its … Continue reading →
This Shining Night is the title for The Sooke Community Choir’s 2019 winter concert series. The concert is a stunning collection of beautiful and inspirational music that spans the ages from Mozart to Pentatonix. Led by Artistic Director Bruce Ruddel, … Continue reading →
Citizen Kane is coming to Sooke! Intermission Film Series is opening the 2019 program with a film requested by the audience: Orson Welles’s 1941 classic “Citizen Kane” Reviewed and analysed countless times, here are a few examples from over the … Continue reading →
–Sierra Club BC (content and photo) Ninety-two percent of British Columbians support taking action to defend endangered old-growth forests, a new Research Co. poll has found. The poll, which was commissioned by Sierra Club BC, revealed 62 percent strongly support taking … Continue reading →
The Province is looking for public input to help develop a new strategy that will better prepare B.C. communities for the impacts of climate change. People can share their thoughts until Jan. 10, 2020, through an online questionnaire, discussion forum … Continue reading →
Notice: Annual General Meeting of the Sooke Folk Music Society. Please come and support your Folk Music Society. Public participation is welcomed and encouraged. AGM Details: Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 1:00 PM Holy Trinity Church 1962 Murray Rd. Sooke, B.C. V9Z … Continue reading →
BC Hydro finds almost a quarter of EV drivers surveyed have argued with a fellow EV driver at a public charging station, and almost one-third have witnessed such an argument. The survey¹ conducted for BC Hydro finds that while the … Continue reading →
Dear Caterina, How do you make an important decision? Signed, Unsure Dear Unsure: When you need to make an important decision, it comes with a certain amount of anxiety, and stress. The more you think about the what if’s…, the … Continue reading →
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