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On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, an Asian giant hornet’s (vespa mandarinia) nest was located in the ground in the Robin’s Park area in south Nanaimo and destroyed. Following information and suggestions from the provincial apiculturist, a provincial government … Continue reading →
The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia has released a new report: Expense Policies and Practices in the Offices of the Speaker, Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms. The audit found a number of weaknesses and gaps in the expense policy … Continue reading →
Starting on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, people are invited to have their say on how best to encourage farming and protect farmland throughout British Columbia. British Columbians are encouraged to share their insights and opinions on how to best address … Continue reading →
– Sooke Municipal by-election update SPN has received the following information by email and was verified by phone. “Due to arising family issues that require my full and immediate attention, I had stepped aside from any active campaigning. As my … Continue reading →
Advanced voting takes place in Sooke on Wednesday, September 18 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Sooke Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Road. While there has been some speculation about some of the candidates not running, the District’s Election … Continue reading →
This Sat in #Sooke! Meet community, take care of habitat and enjoy the outdoors with the #GreenTeam! We’ll be in Broomhill Park removing invasives. Join here: https://t.co/LVYVtXBPmb Please share@SookeCa @SD62_Sooke @SookeNews @SookePocketNews @SookeTransition @SookeVoiceLOCAL pic.twitter.com/fGg6CsC5Ji — GV Green Team (@GVGreenTeam) … Continue reading →
In a nutshell, with Councillors Batemen and McMath opposed (they wanted to allow just another five weeks for documentation), Sooke Council ultimately denied the application from Driver’s Welding for a temporary use permit. As the mayor noted, in upholding the … Continue reading →
– by Sheila Whincup Harmony Project Sooke (HPS) begins its fall program this week! Two classes in Drumline (marching band style drumming), and three classes in Strings (violin, viola, cello) will be offered. All meet at Journey Middle School. HPS … Continue reading →
-Submitted by Randy Holmquist The city of Kelowna has recently added a new electric pickup truck to its vehicle fleet. Fleet Services Manager for the City of Kelowna Alf Soros says : “The addition of the Might-E-Truck is in line … Continue reading →
–Submitted by Marilyn Sundeen The Sooke Folk Music Society opens it’s 2019-2020 season this Saturday, September 21, as a fundraiser with all net proceeds going toward the fund to support Lily Lecinana and her family. We are proud to have … Continue reading →
Why can’t we afford to live or own businesses in our own cities and towns any more? How is it that The Commons are being bulldozed to accommodate the “financialisation” of the real estate market? Housing affordability is decreasing at … Continue reading →
Source: BC Gov, image by satynek from Pixabay The Government of B.C. is asking British Columbians to help define future legislation that will make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province. British Columbians are invited to read the Accessibility Framework … Continue reading →
All British Columbia children and youth are invited to participate in the “Democracy and Me” provincial art contest to celebrate the importance of democracy by creating and submitting original art. The contest, co-sponsored by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor … Continue reading →
If you haven’t already and are a business owner in Sooke, register for this free event. It’s filling up quickly, and there are still a few spots available. The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce would like to extend an invitation … Continue reading →
Canadians divided on whether or not acknowledgements aid reconciliation with Indigenous peoples Do Canadians feel Indigenous land acknowledgements are a valuable instrument towards reconciliation in this country? Opinion largely depends on who is doing the acknowledging, along with when and … Continue reading →
This is new news to anyone who doesn’t yet know about it. This is old news (but a great reminder) to those who do. The Stick in the Mud (SITM) Coffee House has recently initiated a drink-coffee-save-the-world program. It works … Continue reading →
–From the Sooke Arts Council Annual General Meeting & Pot Luck Party September 17 Enjoy the company of fellow artists, poets, photographers and general art and music lovers. Tuesday, September 17, 7 pm 1911 Murray Rd. It is the last … Continue reading →
–Submitted by Sooke Food CHI Sooke Region’s fruit trees have been producing an abundance of apples over the past several years. This year the trees seem to be taking a break with lower fruit production. This has affected the Sooke Apple … Continue reading →
–Constable Tim Schewe Two women once appeared for trial on of my traffic court dates. Both were disputing a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt under section 220(4) of the Motor Vehicle Act. They each testified that they … Continue reading →
-from Jason Cockroft Join Us September 21st 2019 for one of the greatest shows that Sooke has ever seen! It’s LILY FAIR!!! Advance Tickets will be sold starting Sept 9th at Shoppers Drug Mart. You can also pay-at-the-door and get … Continue reading →
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