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Sooke Music & Art Festival is a free, family-friendly, music and arts festival held in the heart of Sooke on warm and sunny weekend each summer. This year, it will be held online. So get your bbq ready on your … Continue reading →
New data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute shows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval has dropped five points in the first reading of public opinion since questions arose regarding his government’s – and family’s – ties to the WE … Continue reading →
Government is extending the temporary authorization that permits food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorization, originally set to expire July … Continue reading →
Since the last report, there have been 62 newly registered COVID-19 cases in B.C. July 10 to July 11: 21 new cases. July 11 to July 12: 20 new cases In the last 24 hours: 21 new cases Cases: … Continue reading →
Work will get underway this summer on upgrades to Otter Point Road and Highway 14 through Sooke to make these roads safer for people walking and cycling in the area. Two kilometres of Otter Point Road will be widened and … Continue reading →
–Sooke Fine Arts Show media release The Purchasers’ Preview Night for the Sooke Fine Arts Show is always a highlight for Vancouver Island’s arts community. Held annually the night before the show’s opening, this exclusive evening allows early access to … Continue reading →
The Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative (SMBI) is inviting all in town to a series of free talks intended to inspire courteous, meaningful discussion on matters of the heart, mind and spirit during one of the most challenging years many of us … Continue reading →
When the West Coast Family Medical Clinic announced its plans to expand, their needs included an interpretive electrocardiogram (ECG). “Expanding the scope of community-based diagnostic services increases the ability of our local medical team to diagnose life-threatening emergencies in a … Continue reading →
Victoria Police Department, media release We’ve seen social media reports of sexualized violence during tattoo appointments here in Victoria. We want everyone in those threads who have experienced sexualized violence to know that if you report what you’ve experienced to … Continue reading →
Following consultations on proposed changes, the federal government has announced final regulations to prevent vaping products from being advertised in ways that the ads can be seen or heard by young people. These new changes will further restrict the promotion … Continue reading →
Since the last report, there have been 25 newly registered COVID-19 cases in B.C. Cases: Total confirmed cases in B.C. since the pandemic began: 3,053 Vancouver Coastal Health: 990 Fraser Health: 1,610 Island Health: 135 (up 2) Interior Health: 202 … Continue reading →
Seniors in Victoria will soon be able to access the long-term and dementia care they need as they move into a brand new long-term care home with 320 publicly funded beds. Starting on July 10, seniors living with complex health … Continue reading →
The West Shore RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime unit have arrested 5 suspects following an investigation into a multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking operation. Following a nearly year-long complex investigation, the Drugs and Organized Crime Unit executed three search warrants on two … Continue reading →
Construction is underway on eight new affordable rental homes for people in Sooke through a partnership between the Government of B.C. and M’akola Housing Society. Located at 6750 West Coast Rd., the units are in the Hope Centre, which currently … Continue reading →
An independent investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in British Columbia’s health care system was launched on July 9, 2020, by former judge and provincial child advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. Turpel-Lafond was appointed on June 19 by Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, … Continue reading →
Since the last report, there have been 18 newly registered COVID-19 cases in B.C. Cases: Total confirmed cases in B.C. since the pandemic began: 3,028 Vancouver Coastal Health: 982 Fraser Health: 1,596 Island Health: 133 (no change) Interior Health: 201 … Continue reading →
Construction is underway on 40 new homes for Indigenous families, individuals and Elders in Langford through a partnership between the Province, M’akola Housing Society and the City of Langford. Located at 731 Station Ave., Phase 1 of the project is … Continue reading →
Since the last report, there have been 18 newly registered COVID-19 cases in B.C. Cases: Total confirmed cases in B.C. since the pandemic began: 3,008 Vancouver Coastal Health: 1018 Fraser Health: 1,589 Island Health: 133 (no change) Interior Health: 203 … Continue reading →
The District of Sooke’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the Government of B.C., through BC Housing, have identified a new location that will provide approximately 17 shelter spaces for those in the community experiencing homelessness, including people camping in Ed … Continue reading →
The Capital Regional District (CRD) Arts Commission has approved $167,320 in funding for 37 local not-for-profit arts organizations through the Arts & Culture Support Service. “Supporting the arts remains a priority,” said CRD Arts Commission Chair Jeremy Loveday. “The lives … Continue reading →
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