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An early afternoon fire in the Basinview area of Sooke has now been contained. From Sooke Fire Rescue Service’s Facebook post: Update from Incident Command 14:02: Fire is now 100% contained. Crews remain on scene. Update from Incident Command 13:35: … Continue reading →
Vancouver Police have launched #NANAsays, a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of online fraud with millennials. Sophisticated fraudsters are using more and more convincing tactics to fool even the most skeptical consumers, but when it comes to online fraud, … Continue reading →
–Indigenous News, source: Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs For over 143 years the status and registration provisions of the Indian Act have been wielded as a colonial tool of assimilation to undermine the cultural integrity and legal status of … Continue reading →
International News – G7 France Ahead of the G7 Biarritz Summit on 24–26 August 2019, G7 France: The Biarritz Summit, the latest background book, shares the data on the G7’s performance on its commitments Combating inequalities in all spheres is the top … Continue reading →
A microchip is the most reliable form of permanent identification that you can provide for your pet. One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime and a microchip can make a difference by reuniting lost pets with their families. In … Continue reading →
Island Health is introducing a new, injectable opioid treatment option for people living with chronic opioid addiction, increasing both their safety and that of the broader community. Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment (iOAT) will be offered to residents at the Johnson … Continue reading →
–Constable Tim Schewe I’ve probably said this before, but when I applied the same tolerance under the speed limit as I did for those driving over the speed limit and factored in the advisory signs for speed I seldom found a driver … Continue reading →
On Saturday, August 24, from 10:30-12 local author Trudy Spiller will be at the Sooke branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library for a reading of her children’s book Trudy’s Healing Stone. This is a free event for families and children … Continue reading →
–by G.K. Sydney (photos and column) So, as promised, this is the first installment of the “Missing Sooke” series of adventure tales. We will start by telling you about the first event in the “new plan,” that of visiting a … Continue reading →
On right now! Some photos follow. Don’t forget to visit the recycling fairy. She’s very kind and will lend you her outfit if you agree to have your photo taken in it. Starting at dusk, around 8:30, they will be … Continue reading →
This year, the District of Sooke is collecting information for the first Sooke Housing Needs Report through a Housing Needs Survey. Over the last decade, the housing market in the District of Sooke and the Capital Regional District has seen … Continue reading →
ENTER OR VOTE TODAY From brightly coloured bluebirds to intense looks from an Arctic fox, entrants are stunning us once again with their photo submissions to the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus Photography Contest, which is open for entries until until midnight Aug. 31. … Continue reading →
Providing young people with the everyday tools and skills to support mental well-being and ensuring that health professionals have clear and accessible mental health practice and treatment guidelines are among the key recommendations of a death review panel into child … Continue reading →
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) launched a 30-foot tall ICBC monopolist man balloon at Lewis Park in Courtenay, B.C. today, protesting the government-forced ICBC monopoly. “While drivers on the Island are trying to enjoy their summer road trips, taking the … Continue reading →
Source: B.C. Coroner The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected drug deaths to the end of June 2019. Key preliminary findings of these drug death reports are below. Data are subject to change: In … Continue reading →
Source: West Shore RCMP, image from Flickr The West Shore RCMP are currently investigating two separate reports of rental scam relating to a residence on the 2800 block of Pickford Ave in Colwood. In both cases the victims had spoken … Continue reading →
–Submitted by community volunteers working with Sooke district staff The District of Sooke invites you to celebrate Sooke’s 20th anniversary at the August 17th Saturday’s family picnic and movie night in a special way … with a community art project. … Continue reading →
The Sooke Fire Rescue Department is now accepting applicants for Paid on Call Firefighter positions. Join the team and gain valuable skills that enable you to help residents of Sooke in a time of need. All Firefighter training, health and wellness … Continue reading →
The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIMCU), are continuing the investigation into the murder of Martin Payne, whose body was located in his home in Metchosin July 12, 2019. “The investigative team has made great progress in the investigation,” … Continue reading →
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion today released the Trudeau II Report, an examination of the allegation that the Prime Minister sought to influence the Attorney General of Canada in her decision on whether to intervene in a criminal … Continue reading →
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