Recent Letters

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Recent Comments

  • From Chris Hyde on Breaking: Jeff McArthur steps aside from active campaigning

    The ballots cannot be changed because one of the advance voting dates has already passed.

    2019/09/19 at 12:14 pm
  • From Sande on Breaking: Jeff McArthur steps aside from active campaigning

    Should these names not be stricken from the ballot before giving them to the voters?
    Otherwise resulting in a # of spoiled ballots!?

    2019/09/19 at 9:59 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Breaking: Jeff McArthur steps aside from active campaigning

      For a candidate to withdraw after the official permissible withdrawal date, the Election Officer in Sooke needs to receive notice, and they then need to seek permission from the province. As Chris noted, the ballots have been printed and distributed to the mail-in candidates. The only recourse at this point is for the person(s) wanting to withdraw and to notify the public and encourage them to cast their votes elsewhere.

      Should an unavailable or unwilling candidate receive the most votes (and all the votes will count for all ten candidates), they will become the next councillor. They can then refuse to take the oath of office, or after taking the oath-of-office, they can resign. Either action triggers another by-election. Or, they can serve the term. Selecting the second-place candidate is not an option.

      Anything other than a mark in the acceptable box would render the ballot spoiled, so the District won’t be able to cross out name/s. Also, the last time I checked with the District (yesterday, just before publishing this article), there have been no formal requests made to withdraw. The voting has begun with yesterday’s advanced voting.

      I hope that helps cast some light on the complexities around this matter!

      Britt

      2019/09/19 at 12:38 pm
  • From Will on EcoWatch: Kelowna adds small electric trucks to their municipal fleet

    Kelowna is spelled with a “w”, but not in your headline!

    2019/09/17 at 11:37 am
    • From Britt Santowski on EcoWatch: Kelowna adds small electric trucks to their municipal fleet

      Thank you, Will! I’ve have fixed that. I greatly appreciate your flag on this!! Yours, Britt/SPN.

      2019/09/17 at 11:49 am
  • From Sande on Harmony Project classes start today!

    Definitely worth supporting.

    2019/09/17 at 10:47 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Welder application for temporary permit denied: RAW notes from Council, Sept 16 2019, for Subscribers

    It was great to see council operating with clarity and strength and sound support of staff and excellent reports.
    I am sorry that some employees may be affected by the denial of temporary permit to Driver Ent. , but, that responsibility is that of the owner for, no. 1 not complying with staff requests and putting the temporary permit in jeopardy. Neither council, staff or neighbors are responsible for council action.
    As a mobile welder, operating all over the island, I hope there are opportunities for his employees. There are licenses available for mobile businesses.

    2019/09/17 at 9:28 am
  • From GK Sydney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Get on the Bus, Gus. Make a New Plan, Stan.

    Sande, thank you so much for all your comments; they make my day! Keep reading!

    2019/09/12 at 4:42 pm
  • From GK Sydney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Lord love a duck!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments and I hope you’ll keep reading!

    2019/09/12 at 4:38 pm
  • From Lori on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Lord love a duck!

    Lord love a duck! I haven’t heard that saying in a long time!
    Your writing style has us riding right along with you – every day brings a new adventure!

    2019/09/11 at 7:50 pm
  • From Caterina Barregar on Dear Caterina: Why do I feel like I am failing at impressing others Signed, Not Impressed

    Hi Carol:
    Being Canadian is a wonderful gift. Don’t know the word bigly. Sorry it gave you the shivers.

    Smiles,
    Caterina

    2019/09/09 at 9:08 am
  • From Carol Whitney on Dear Caterina: Why do I feel like I am failing at impressing others Signed, Not Impressed

    Does it have to be “bigly”? That has associations that give me the shivers. It’s that sort of stuff that made me a Canadian.

    2019/09/08 at 10:56 am
  • From Chris Hyde on Federal election: Communist Party candidate is Tyson Strandlund

    I thought the Communist Party of Canada was a thing of the past!

    2019/09/05 at 2:22 pm
  • From Jason Smith on Federal election: Communist Party candidate is Tyson Strandlund

    This may not be news…he ran in 2015 and received 136 votes out of over 91,000 eligible voters.

    2019/09/04 at 4:42 pm
  • From Sande on Get creative Sooke! Beach Art at Whiffen Spit takes place on Sunday, Sept 8

    Always a fun family and team event!

    2019/09/01 at 8:20 am
  • From Ralph Hull on Electrification of fracking and LNG will fuel climate change, not solve it - Sierra Club BC

    They finally admit that Site C is intended for the fracking industry, which is what we have said all along. Fracking will become the second worst environmental disaster on Earth. All disasters combined can never match the devastation of nuclear. Stop fracking, stop LNG, stop Site C. Stop bullshitting us with political non-speak. Disgusting!

    2019/08/31 at 9:26 am
  • From Ralph Hull on (BCUC) issued Final Report on Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in BC

    It is inevitable that we will all drive Electric in only a few years so hurry up, do it now. Gas prices are only a passing curiosity for me now. Electric is incredibly cheaper and so much more fulfilling.

    2019/08/31 at 9:09 am
  • From Ralph Hull on Busted: The 411 on the 420 shop called 642 Cannabis

    We would need more details to understand the differences. Isn’t this making the country of Canada the biggest drug dealer of all?

    2019/08/29 at 8:55 am
  • From Sande on Missing man in Sooke located, safe and sound

    Whew! A sigh of relief for him and the Community

    2019/08/27 at 5:43 pm
  • From Sande on New Poll: $835M donated to repair Notre Dame roof fire, $22M donated to extinguish 72,000 fires in the Amazon

    Didn’t participate in survey as it has come to light that nowhere near the amount pledged for ND has actually been given and perhaps pledging money for the
    Great Rain Forest. is not the answer, rather countries should be sending and funding firefighters to help contain this disastrous

    2019/08/27 at 8:27 am
    • From Chris Hyde on New Poll: $835M donated to repair Notre Dame roof fire, $22M donated to extinguish 72,000 fires in the Amazon

      It is not a big surprise to me that millionaires and businesses want to support repairs to Notre Dam Cathedral rather than solve the Amazon rain forest problem. More people are probably interested in a Cathedral located in Paris than in a forest in a far away, seldom visited, part of South America.

      I’ve been to both places and am frankly worried about the the global effects of the forest fires. Just wait until we feel the long-term effects of the Amazon fires in the northern hemisphere. I am not sure that sending firefighters from Europe and North America will help very much as the types of fires they generally deal with are completely different.

      2019/08/27 at 9:51 am
  • From Ralph Hull on DriveSmartBC: The Psychology of Speeding

    The speed limits in BC are notoriously too low. Travel other parts of the world and return home to BC and it feels like we are dawdling along. Good responsible driving, with full attention to everything around, would naturally be about 15 km above the posted speed limits, in all ranges. We should not be treated as if we were retarded.

    2019/08/26 at 12:06 pm
  • From Mary Atherton on Chronicles of the Compost Fairy: Debut appearance at Sooke

    It’s called a speed limit ( maximum not minimum) for a reason. That’s most you can do safely. And never let other drivers push you. They won’t be the one paying the fine remember!!!

    2019/08/25 at 4:58 pm
  • From Sande on Chronicles of the Compost Fairy: Debut appearance at Sooke

    Putting a face to the cause! Brilliant..no pun intended

    2019/08/25 at 10:18 am
  • From Sande on Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: Northern Saw-whet Owl

    Beautifully done, interesting details and informative!

    2019/08/24 at 7:36 pm
  • From Melanie on Sooke RCMP seek public's assistance locating missing person

    Please look at the picture Ken does not have long hair he has short hair!

    2019/08/24 at 5:12 pm
  • From Kaila on Jojo Villaresis guilty of sexual assault

    The restaurant name is necessary for those who do not prefer to have sexual assault for dessert after their sushi meal. #metoo

    2019/08/23 at 12:10 am
    • From Kaila on Jojo Villaresis guilty of sexual assault

      Also, who wants to support the business and put money in the pocket of someone who is found GUILTY of such a disgusting act??

      2019/08/23 at 12:13 am
      • From Phil B on Jojo Villaresis guilty of sexual assault

        Did you even read the article Kaila? Different owners, it’s not even called Mai Mai’s anymore which means you are not supporting the guilty party, but rather a local business. Your facts are unfounded.

        2019/08/23 at 6:23 pm
  • From Jan on See the sticks? Courtesy of the very secretive Sooke Art Bombers

    I love these colourful mystical sticks. A great comment on the creative uniqueness of Sooke! Bravo Sooke Art Bombers♥️

    2019/08/22 at 11:59 am
  • From Yvonne on Jojo Villaresis guilty of sexual assault

    Unknown news flash….and this article also slanders the worth of the establishment. Although I have never visited, the sushi looks AMAZING. Time to plan a visit to ‘get my sushi on’. My viewpoint.

    2019/08/21 at 11:14 am
  • From Barbi on Jojo Villaresis guilty of sexual assault

    Sorry, I think I missed the spot where the restaurant needed to be named. Don’t get me wrong, this is an awful thing that happened, and I am more of a skimmer than an actual reader, I just don’t know why the name of a restaurant that its now under new ownership and a totally different name. Seems kind of gossipy.

    2019/08/21 at 10:22 am
  • From Chris and Olivia Hyde on Looking for something new? Consider co-ed non-tackle rugby practices

    I hated rugby when I went to school (in the UK) but this non-tackle, mixed gender, rugby sounds much more of a pleasant game. I only regret that I am now in my 70s and am too old for it. Still, I will come along and watch the rest of you play a game or two. Just make sure we know when you are playing here in Sooke. Good luck, Chris

    2019/08/21 at 10:09 am
    • From Marleen on Looking for something new? Consider co-ed non-tackle rugby practices

      I had a blast at our first practice! 😀

      2019/08/22 at 1:26 pm
  • From Chris and Olivia Hyde on Fire at Basinview Heights, Sooke, now contained

    Well done local firefighters for putting out the brush fire so quickly. It couldn’t have been easy working on such a steep slope. Glad to hear that all three of our local fire brigades are able to help each other so readily when these incidents occur.

    2019/08/20 at 11:01 am
  • From Sande on Fire at Basinview Heights, Sooke, now contained

    There can never be enough expressions of appreciation for those who fight to
    contain these fires and keep folks and homes safe. Thank you

    2019/08/20 at 8:36 am
  • From Sande on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Get on the Bus, Gus. Make a New Plan, Stan.

    Another delightful story

    2019/08/18 at 8:33 pm
  • From Sande on Join a community art project and paint some rocks and fish at Saturday's festivities

    A very creative activity inviting children to participate and socialize together.

    2019/08/16 at 8:57 am
  • From Sande on District celebrates 20 years with a picnic in the park, this weekend

    Another great summer event in Sooke, and I’m going to miss it.
    Hope it’s a huge success☀️

    2019/08/14 at 8:51 am
  • From Margaret Goodwin on Was your data compromised in the Capital One privacy breach? Class action suit launched

    How do I find out if my data has been compromised?

    2019/08/12 at 11:56 pm
  • From Nicky on Care to share your thoughts on housing in Sooke? There's a survey calling your name!

    wondering if the survey is the only tool being used by the company that has been contracted to do this work? a comprehensive report should include numerous sources of information in making conclusions and recommendations.

    2019/08/11 at 3:27 pm
  • From Sande on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: And a Warm Welcome to Everyone (or...?)

    Looking forward to your own travel adventures and enjoying your writing. PS: it takes a year or 3 before the visitor thing dies down! Ours all wanted to do Butchard Gardens….finally here’s the car keys, GPS, enjoy!

    2019/08/10 at 1:28 pm
  • From Debbie on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: And a Warm Welcome to Everyone (or...?)

    Great article! Thanks for letting me be one of those visitors who got to enjoy all the nature that Sooke has to offer!

    2019/08/10 at 1:05 pm
  • From Jen Smith on Care to share your thoughts on housing in Sooke? There's a survey calling your name!

    (And Survey Monkey tracks your ISP) Ostensibly that is a good thing to avoid the same person completing multiple surveys but it is too easy to get around to be effective and it is BAD for personal privacy. A Grade of F minus for the District of Sooke.

    2019/08/08 at 12:08 pm
  • From Jen Smith on Care to share your thoughts on housing in Sooke? There's a survey calling your name!

    Also, read the fine print. Your personal information (and they ask for a lot of it – geographical location, home ownership, future plans, sensitive FINANCIAL information, etc. is NOT PROTECTED – it is actively SHARED with foreign countries and corporations! We certainly can trust the District of Sooke to erect more barriers to accessing needed housing than in eliminating them. Do we have anyone on Council or a Mayor who is able to properly direct staff to meet the needs of their constituents and fulfill provincial requirements honestly and with integrity? Not today it seems.

    2019/08/08 at 12:01 pm
  • From Jen Smith on Care to share your thoughts on housing in Sooke? There's a survey calling your name!

    The intent of the provincial government’s requirement is to require municipalities to provide factual justification for their estimates for growth (wildly overestimated in the case of Sooke since 2010.) Our District’s response? The same as usual. Ignore hard data and real needs by providing the results of an unscientific, non-verifiable survey that the status quo supporters will complete in droves, possibly multiple times each, the way the traffic and sewer studies are conducted, to the benefit of developers wanting to build what sells at the best profit, using study consultants that are directed by staff to deliberately skew results through the study design itself and narrowly defined parameters.

    Do we have a nice bunch of Councillors this term? Sure we do. Can we trust them to want real facts rather than just an excuse to continue the status quo while pretending to care about us? Or to actually recognize how and why the study is flawed? I think no to the first question for five member of Council. No to the second question for one member of Council. Maybe yes, to the second question only for one member of Council.

    Hard data for a needs assessment can be found in property tax rolls for bare land, Food Bank statistics, Homeless counts, real estate statistics, the number of residents still waiting on the BC Housing registry despite the waste of taxpayer money on the construction of new, COMPLETELY UNAFFORDABLE apartments and housing for people truly in need. I’m sure I could think of more sources – that’s just off the top of my head.

    We are not going to learn anything through the survey the District of Sooke has commissioned. It is a survey of housing (and sewer servicing – they snuck that one in again!) WISHES rather than housing NEEDS.

    When will the majority of Sooke residents wake up and force Council to serve the real needs of all residents and not just the minority of owners of large land parcels, big business (relatively, in Sooke!) and construction-related businesses that are so busy they have to import workers from the Prairies and elsewhere? And how does that help us, really? Temporary workers for a temporary and non self-sustaining industry that places the highest cost in terms of infrastructure tax monies.

    The province has the right idea. Too bad we keep electing Councils that actively suborn and work against right ideas like these.

    2019/08/08 at 11:01 am
  • From Sande on Blue sky ceremony for Brenda Parkinson celebrated beauty and laughter

    The ceremony was a warm celebration of Brenda by and with her many friends. Maja’s words, as well as those of John Horgan, Randall Garrison and our Fire Chief
    we’re beautifully expressed, in a beautiful setting, on a beautiful day.

    2019/08/07 at 8:51 pm
  • From Chris and Olivia Hyde on Blue sky ceremony for Brenda Parkinson celebrated beauty and laughter

    A good celebration.

    2019/08/07 at 11:40 am
  • From David Merner on Photo Gallery: 2019 Sooke Music and Art Festival in Pictures

    Great pictures!! Thanks Britt!

    2019/08/05 at 5:50 pm
  • From Sande on Photo Gallery: 2019 Sooke Music and Art Festival in Pictures

    Great panorama Britt! We could hear some of the music sitting on our patio

    2019/08/05 at 2:28 pm
  • From Sande on Dear Caterina, Do Narcissists get over their exes quickly?

    The Narcissist personality is described very well in this reply.

    2019/08/05 at 8:32 am
  • From Diana Wood on B.C. calls on Feds to ban conversion therapy

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we were classified as a ‘person’ vs other alphabet things?? Good to ‘no conversion therapy’!!

    2019/08/03 at 6:00 pm
  • From Sande on Slow down if you drive too fast, you've got to make the morning last!

    Good caption…the song lyric hits the right note

    2019/08/01 at 9:02 am
  • From Phil N Rossner on Opinion: Russian Twitter trolls stoke anti-immigrant lies ahead of Canadian election

    Frightening in it’s implicaions!

    2019/07/29 at 8:26 am
  • From Sande on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Into the Mystic

    Wow,! Another fabulous rendition on ‘into the mystic’ ! Thank you GK, if I may, I walked the whole trail with you in mind’s eye. Hope you made it back up without too much huff and puff!

    2019/07/27 at 5:21 pm
  • From G Kadiri on Traffic Advisory: Single lane on Sooke Rd., July 30 to Aug 1

    Is the closure Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th and the first of August …? What about Wednesday the 31st.? Not good for Sooke Fine Arts Show!

    2019/07/27 at 12:19 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Traffic Advisory: Single lane on Sooke Rd., July 30 to Aug 1

      Based on the tweet, it will be from July 30 to Aug 1, so Tuesday to Thursday. There’s nothing posted on DriveBC, but the signs are up on the highway. I’ve updated the file, so it’s more clear. Sorry about that, Britt / SPN.

      2019/07/27 at 1:16 pm
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