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  • From David Mallett on DriveSmartBC: The Difficulty With Stop Signs

    I could not agree more!! Yield or even better, roundabouts are the best way to go. The most important thing is to be sure that it is safe to proceed, being aware of other vehicles and pedestrians.

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    2020/01/25 at 10:30 am
  • From Nick Drake on Income disparity in perspective: 22 of the world's richest men have more wealth than all the women in Africa

    “Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.”

    Ayn Rand

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    2020/01/23 at 5:32 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on DriveSmartBC: Pedestrian Visibility at Night

    Thank you, Tim Schewe!

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    2020/01/19 at 9:32 am
  • From Nick Drake on High CEO pay shatters previous records, now 227 times more than average worker pay

    The salary of any CEO should only be a concern to the company’s shareholders. If they think he or she is overpaid (or underpaid), it’s up to them and them only The union-backed Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to Reality is constantly beating the class warfare drum – Most Canadians yawn with indifference.

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    2020/01/05 at 5:29 pm
  • From corrie cullen on MSP premiums eliminated; important reminders for British Columbians

    This is the NDP government the money has to come from somewhere

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    2020/01/03 at 8:50 am
  • From Nick Drake on A year of resistance: How youth protests shaped the discussion on climate change

    It’s really one of the tragedies of our age that so many anxious young people have been brainwashed into believing they live on the cusp of dystopia when, in fact, they’re in the middle of a golden age — an era with less war, sickness, poverty, and suffering than any in history.

    Joel Pollak

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    2019/12/30 at 10:23 pm
  • From Johanna Scholten on Sooke RCMP seek assistance identifying tip jar thief

    I don’t think this news or should be posted on FB…nothing is known about this person, his personal issues, needs etc. Also he is a suspect; not proven guilty. Sooke is a small community where many people know each other and also a community that have serious homelessness issues.

    I might feel differently if this post was about someone who could potentially cause harm to others…but this not the case.

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    2019/12/27 at 2:55 pm
    • From Sean Dyble on Sooke RCMP seek assistance identifying tip jar thief

      Umm…theft is theft. You know nothing about the needs of the employees at the coffee shop but you quickly dismiss the theft of their money. You might feel differently if it was your tip jar.

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      2019/12/28 at 6:54 pm
  • From Deb Schenk on Gallery: Christmas lights in Sooke

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. We need a Sooke Lights Christmas Route though. Next year?

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    2019/12/26 at 6:49 am
  • From GK Sydney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Confessions of a Packing Freak

    Same to you and thank you!

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    2019/12/24 at 1:12 pm
  • From Barbara Cook on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Confessions of a Packing Freak

    Merry Christmas….thank you for such a laugh this morning.

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    2019/12/24 at 8:16 am
  • From GK Sydney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Confessions of a Packing Freak

    Ha! You need to get your act together.

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    2019/12/23 at 12:58 pm
  • From Pam Danylchuk on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Confessions of a Packing Freak

    Sounds like me!!!

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    2019/12/22 at 8:30 pm
  • From Veronica Diment on Free Falls Prevention Series starts January 21, 2020

    Many thanks to Melody for providing this opportunity to those of us whose greatest fear is falling!

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    2019/12/19 at 2:14 pm
  • From Sande on Drug toxicity deaths decrease, risk of harm remains high in B.C.

    Thinking/wondering if cases increase, at this time of the year, when many face stress, depression, feelings of being alone or just blue?

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    2019/12/14 at 11:54 am
  • From jo.p on Submitted: Shirley's watershed for sale, could impact community access to water

    Don’t take this, people of Shirley!

    Be firm and persistent. And noisy. No one should be allowed to have private control over the drinking water source for a community. As you note in your notice, once it is seen that they can get away with such an unconscionable action in one small place, who knows where another “resource extracting” corporation will think it is perfectly okay to trample upon water rights next.

    Keep us appraised of what we can do to help. We are all in this together.
    “This” being: protecting The Commons; that which belongs to the people and is not for sale.

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    2019/12/10 at 5:31 pm
  • From GK Sydney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: A Touch of Special

    Welcome!

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    2019/12/08 at 6:02 pm
  • From Veronica Diment on Despite progress, Canada's organ supply still isn't meeting demand

    Has Canada joined the practice of presumed donation if opposition not registration? Seems absolutely practical: if you DON’T want your organs donated after death, register your opposition.

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    2019/12/08 at 12:54 pm
  • From Barbara Cook on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: A Touch of Special

    We are considering moving to Sooke to be with our son, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter. Reading this column and finding out how welcoming Sooke is to newcomers is really encouraging us. At our age this is a big move but we do love the Island.

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    2019/12/08 at 12:34 pm
  • From Nick Drake on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    From Mark Steyn:

    “This spring, there was an attempted gun massacre at the Appalachian School of Law in West Virginia. But, alas for the Appalachians’ Mark Lépine, there were two gun-totin’ students present who were able to pin down the would-be mass murderer until the cops arrived…. Generally speaking, when the psycho shows up and opens fire, your best hope is that there’s someone else around with a gun to hand — a situation Canadian law has now rendered all but impossible.”

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    2019/12/08 at 8:50 am
  • From Wayne on Write a letter and change a life: Write4rights on International Human Rights Day, December 10

    Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention once more .. can’t believe our government has allowed these people to suffer so long.
    So inspiring to hear the hope in the voice of the youth!

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    2019/12/07 at 12:00 pm
  • From jo.p on SPN shifts focus from news to community bulletin

    Thank you for keeping us so well informed, Britt. I, for one, will miss your reporting. To quote Noam Chomsky: “To some degree it matters who’s in office, but it matters more how much pressure they’re under from the public”. You have made a meaningful difference in this town.

    Real investigative journalism seems to be biting the dust all over the place (except maybe Victoria’s Focus magazine) and it is a sad moment indeed since we all need to know what is going on behind the proverbial closed doors more than ever.

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    2019/12/04 at 12:37 pm
  • From Corey Collins on Fundriaser for Koshin - Sifu Moonfist, battling epilepsy

    I agree,If the McDonald house is connected to the Ronald McDonald house.

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    2019/12/04 at 7:25 am
  • From Sande on Poll: How ready are you for Christmas?

    I do still love our Whiffin Spit Tree that magically reappears fully dressed each year all dressed for Christmas

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    2019/12/03 at 8:00 pm
  • From Trish on SPN shifts focus from news to community bulletin

    We will really miss you, especially the Council Meeting coverage and your social conscious reports, such as making us aware of help for Moonfist. Wishing you all the best for the future, Britt.
    Cheers!

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    2019/12/03 at 6:09 pm
  • From Ralph Hull on Fundriaser for Koshin - Sifu Moonfist, battling epilepsy

    I wonder if Maggie could stay at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver? That is the reason for the existence of the McDonald House. It is also the chance for McDonald’s to be a good corporate citizen by paying back to the community by providing that service. Actually McDonalds should cover all costs of that corporate “payback” instead of asking for public support.
    I will help Moonfist ~ a wonderful man!

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    2019/12/03 at 12:48 pm
  • From Veronica Diment on SPN shifts focus from news to community bulletin

    Thank you Brit for the enormous work you have done over these years. I am sorry that you have had to deal with so many difficulties.
    I really believe that you have helped foster a growing sense of community in this rapidly changing town. Thanks again!

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    2019/12/03 at 11:22 am
  • From susan nelson on SPN shifts focus from news to community bulletin

    Thanks for your great efforts Britt. I hope someday we all learn to value each other more than money.

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    2019/12/03 at 10:07 am
  • From SPN shifts focus from news to community bulletin | Sooke PocketNews on Polls Archive

    […] Polls […]
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    2019/12/02 at 11:23 am
  • From Carol Whitney on SPN shifts focus from news to community bulletin

    So sorry you have to drop this, but I surely understand. You’ve done an amazing job in very tough conditions.

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    2019/12/02 at 9:21 am
    • From Robyn Ingvallsen on SPN shifts focus from news to community bulletin

      I second Carol’s comment!

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      2019/12/02 at 1:37 pm
  • From Greg Escaper on Escape Room Receptionist

    I will tell my mates about this escape room receptionist now. I think this is something that he will appreciate me for. I know that it’s not the best thing on this website, but it’s still quite useful.

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    2019/12/01 at 12:39 pm
  • From Sande on 2020 New Year's Levee won't be hosted by the District of Sooke

    This is a very thoughtful and respectful way to remember Brenda and her contribution to this annual event. Thankful also to The Legion for hosting the popular ‘Levée’ .

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    2019/11/28 at 5:55 pm
  • From Nick Drake on Next Global Climate Strike on November 29th (Black Friday) in Victoria

    Count me in – where can I park my SUV?

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    2019/11/28 at 2:44 pm
  • From Jill Schultz on GoFundMe: Shawna Knight's Crusade Against Cancer

    The Immunity Therapy Center in Tijuana Mexico is amazing and truly a place of healing. I am here right now supporting my mum through cancer treatment. I am happy to share information with anyone who wants to know more. My name is Jill Schultz or Jilly Bean (in Sooke) on FB. Help get Shawna to this place! This clinic is an example of how our system in Canada SHOULD be.

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    2019/11/25 at 12:33 pm
  • From Nick Drake on Canada Pension Plan’s ongoing investments in fossil fuels: A moral and ecological failure and financial risk

    “While China now produces more CO2 than the United States and the European Union put together, the Asia-Pacific region emits nearly twice as much CO2 as the United States and the European Union combined. And rising.

    St Joan of Arc of the Children’s Crusade against Carbon, Greta Thunberg, should be going to Beijing or Bangalore and staging her protests there instead of, or at least in addition to, Sweden or New York. She should be hounding President Xi and Prime Minister Modi about their shameful emissions. She should be leading throngs of Asian kids out of schools for her Friday student strikes. She should be castigating the industries and the consumers of the developing world for destroying the planet and killing humanity in the process. She should be doing all this if she were serious about the global nature of the problem. But I won’t be holding my breath.”

    ARTHUR CHRENKOFF

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    2019/11/24 at 10:57 pm
  • From Jan Todd on Fundraiser: Nathan’s fight against P.O.T.S (Dysautonomia)

    I know we do tilt table tests at RJH, will they not agree to do one there?

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    2019/11/22 at 10:41 am
  • From Sande on Speed Kills Your Pocketbook 2 – Lying With Statistics

    Some good points made by Nick…perhaps feeling a little jaded and perhaps for
    good reason?
    Vidéo well done in both official languages. Any messages sent concerning
    driving habits are good messages.

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    2019/11/22 at 9:39 am
  • From Patricia on Volunteers behind the success of the Broomhill Park Community Clean Up

    Well done everyone!

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    2019/11/21 at 12:05 pm
  • From Nick Drake on Speed Kills Your Pocketbook 2 – Lying With Statistics

    Any activity that can be labelled a “sin” is a green light for the public to be fleeced by the government. Smoking, drinking, vaping, and now driving are sins, so taxes and fines can easily be justified.

    They’re so concerned about distracted driving – the next time you see a police cruiser check out the front dash area. There is a laptop staring the officer in the face, and no, it does not shut off when the vehicle is in motion.

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    2019/11/20 at 10:34 am
  • From Nick Drake on Legislation to bring transparency to fuel industry, gasoline prices

    The NDP loves to demonize the fossil fuel industry to deflect from their own incompetence.They refuse to allow the Trans Mountain pipeline, then wonder why BC has the highest gas prices in North America. The law of supply and demand, and Economics 101 in general, does not enter into their thinking.

    Low info voters lap it up. But these companies are all publicly traded – they issue financial statements on a regular basis. Their profits are comparable to any other industry.

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    2019/11/20 at 9:12 am
  • From jo.p on Watch Nov 18 Regular Council Meeting: Owner appeals Tin Grotto remediation order

    Very interesting clip. Thanks, Britt. Maybe there’s something that I am missing here, but it seems to me that the council and staff have dealt very compassionately with Mr. Woodward. And extremely patiently. It is unfortunate that he made an investment that turned out to be possibly not very profitable, but that’s the chances that property investors take. I agree with Councillor Logins that walking around in old The Trading Post was always an adventure, if nothing else, but it will be interesting to see what evolves in its spot. Low cost housing? A cooperative marketplace for local artisans and farmers? Let’s dream for a minute.

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    2019/11/19 at 4:08 pm
  • From hotsex on Early Morning Shuttle Driver

    when going TO an airport, reliability is the most important thing — I would never take a shuttle to the airport — been there, done that, almost missed the plane when the shuttle driver got lost looking for a pick up

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    2019/11/19 at 7:56 am
  • From diane bernard on Opinion: It’s not about the poppies

    Thank-you Maryna…so well said & your gracious, patient replies to those who challenge you reflects maturity, honesty & integrity.

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    2019/11/18 at 4:24 pm
    • From Maryna Ell on Opinion: It’s not about the poppies

      Thank you!

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      2019/11/19 at 5:52 pm
  • From Chris Hyde on Opinion: It’s not about the poppies

    Well said Maryna even though I do not agree 100% with all you wrote. I also agree with some of what Don Cherry said. Buying a poppy is something all Canadians should do to give thanks to our vets – some of whom died or were seriously wounded in two world wars and in subsequent conflicts. They were fighting for the freedoms (especially of expression) that we now enjoy in what I regard as the best country in the world to live – Canada.

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    2019/11/18 at 10:46 am
  • From GK Sydney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: I. Will. Do. This.

    Thank you!!

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    2019/11/17 at 6:37 pm
  • From Donna on Opinion: It’s not about the poppies

    You’ve based your entire opinion piece on an incorrect quote. He didn’t say “You people who come from away”. Where did you get that? Check your facts. Besides, to Don Cherry you people has always been his viewers. He says you people all the time, when directly addressing his viewers. But you wouldn’t know that since you didn’t watch the show.

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    2019/11/17 at 5:45 pm
    • From Maryna Ell on Opinion: It’s not about the poppies

      No, I did not watch the show, but I did watch the clip several times after it aired. I do apologize, I got the quote slightly wrong, but the essence was exactly the same. He can address his viewers however he wants, but this specific use of “you people”, I maintain, was racist and wrong.

      “You people love — that come here, whatever it is — you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey,” (transcript from https://nationalpost.com/news/coachs-corner-don-cherry-fired)

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      2019/11/17 at 6:11 pm
  • From Lori on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Never too late

    Ha ha, gives a new meaning to “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” I would’ve loved to be on the shore watching the antics!

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    2019/11/17 at 2:23 pm
  • From Chris Hyde on Poll: Was the firing of Don Cherry the right thing to do?

    I’ve never been a great fan of ice hockey (I played field hockey instead). I also have never cared for Don Cherry and his sometimes inappropriate comments. However, I do support free speech and his right to say things as he sees them. I feel he should not have been fired.

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    2019/11/16 at 2:01 pm
  • From Sande on Opening doors to trades training for youth, women

    Bravo, setting an example for all of Canada

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    2019/11/15 at 4:11 pm
  • From Chris Hyde on West Shore RCMP ask for help identifying poppy box thief

    All I can say is “Hope you get him!”. I cannot understand anyone stealing a poppy box with proceeds intended for our veterans.

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    2019/11/14 at 11:20 am
  • From Helene Harrison on Poll: Was the firing of Don Cherry the right thing to do?

    I was a student at Brandeis U in Boston when Grapes was the coach of the Boston Bruins, and imo this is around the time hockey became more brutal, with players more interested in slamming people into the boards etc rather than having great skating and great skills moving and shooting the puck. I always felt Cherry was part of the increasing brutality. He has always called for better protective equipment for the players as well.
    Given that, I believe everything he said about wearing poppies to honour the soldiers who gave their lives so we can live as we do now is 100 percent correct.
    New Canadians should know Canadian history and culture and want to participate in these sorts of events.
    All over the country, Legions are closing due to lack of interest and the wearing of poppies has decreased.
    Recently, there was an effort to replace red poppies with white ones, which failed.
    Now there’s an effort to have rainbow poppies.
    Students who have declined to wear these have been suspended from schools in Manitoba.
    I am all for gay rights but imposing LGBTQ et. al. on Remembrance Day is to me highly inappropriate and takes away the meaning of the Armistice on November 11, 1918 and subsequent wars.
    Don Cherry made Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean was a nobody and Grapes always treated him like a son. Cherry has the same stature as Foster Hewitt. He always speaks his mind and you can take it or leave it.
    The censorship and firing of Don Cherry is very concerning. I hope it is not a harbinger of things to come, across all media and on the internet.

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    2019/11/13 at 10:40 am
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