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  • From vero on The show must go on! ARTiFACTS is full steam ahead, online

    VERY beautiful creative was to deal with our current situation. All success to you all!

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    2020/04/05 at 6:52 am
  • From randy on Someone turned the lights on! Crossing at Shell is now pedestrian controlled

    I’m sure that will make the crossing safer but do the highways incompetents actually think that the 2 crossings, one at Townsend & one at Village Foods to Evergreen Market, don’t NEED crossing lights!!

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    2020/04/04 at 9:32 pm
  • From Lexa Gollmer on UN taxes Billionaires worldwide 75% to compensate for decades of offshore banking

    Ha ha ha – That’s too bad. It would so work for so many.

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    2020/04/04 at 3:48 pm
  • From Lexa Gollmer on UN taxes Billionaires worldwide 75% to compensate for decades of offshore banking

    Britt, today is April 4th – not April 1st. Seriously???

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    2020/04/04 at 3:27 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on UN taxes Billionaires worldwide 75% to compensate for decades of offshore banking

      Published on April 1, Lexa. I can’t control when you read it. The date is right below the headline. -Britt / SPN

      Dated

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      2020/04/04 at 3:31 pm
  • From Maggie-Rose Veri on POLL: Will you be applying for CERB?

    Could I apply for a Government grant for a large piece of cleared property so I can start hiring people COVID19 clear employees to build greenhouses for gardening foods and start getting fruits and veggies planted to cover Sooke area for fresh produce.

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    2020/04/02 at 8:53 pm
  • From Tracy on UN taxes Billionaires worldwide 75% to compensate for decades of offshore banking

    Britt, you got my hopes up there!!

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    2020/04/01 at 10:14 am
  • From Carol Whitney on COVID-19: Weekly address from Mayor Maja Tait, March 30, 2020

    Keep up the good work!

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    2020/03/30 at 6:27 pm
  • From Gregory Varano on What about our pets? Are they affected by COVID-19? G. Varano checks it out

    Hi, Karen not to my knowledge, it is best to us safe practice, so use
    discretion from the information you have.

    Gregory

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    2020/03/28 at 7:24 pm
  • From Karen on What about our pets? Are they affected by COVID-19? G. Varano checks it out

    I have read varying reports on whether or not Covid19 can be carried on a pet’s fur. Is there a definitive answer to this yet?

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    2020/03/28 at 12:25 pm
  • From Sande on Letter to parents from SD62 (Sooke School District): Next week is for planning, instruction to resume mid-April

    Mid-April is far too soon to be asking parents and children to return to a classroom environment. Any school district in BC will have to follow the lead of Dr. Bonnie Henry
    and what rules and laws are in place.

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    2020/03/28 at 10:48 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Letter to parents from SD62 (Sooke School District): Next week is for planning, instruction to resume mid-April

      Hi Sande, Thanks for voicing your concerns. I believe the intent is to restart instruction. It will probably be online, or through remote learning. Physical distancing means everything right now! Thanks for reiterating that incredibly important message. -Britt

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      2020/03/28 at 11:35 am
  • From c on Poll: Canadian political leaders receive top marks for the job they are doing in this crisis

    Bullshit, illegals are still arriving, migrant workers can still work here as many Canadians are unemployed, Trudeau is useless, who makes up these polls, I have never been asked.

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    2020/03/28 at 2:44 am
  • From peterman on Camosun students and Songhees Nation host evening of reconciliation and food sovereignty

    Local beer, wine and cider will be served and drink tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The event runs from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday, Mar. 27 at the Songhees Wellness Centre (1100 Admirals Road) and complimentary parking is available onsite.

    Hướng Dẫn Cách Nối Mi Tự Nhiên với 5 Bước Siêu Đơn Giản

    9 Điều cần Lưu ý khi Học Nghề Spa

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    2020/03/27 at 3:14 am
  • From John Morelli on COVID-19: March 25 provincial update

    I wonder where the 47 Covid-19 cases are specifically on Vancouver Island? That could be helpful.
    More specifically, are any Covid-19 cases in Sooke? Why not let us know??

    In Singapore the government told people exactly where cases were found. Singapore had a lot of success dealing with Corona virus. Maybe BC should try to learn from a jurisdiction that had so much success?

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    2020/03/25 at 5:37 pm
  • From Tyisha Bolins on Request from Port Renfrew: Visitors, stay away, PR is closed

    The https://sooke.pocketnews.ca website is one of the best we have found, and the Request from Port Renfrew:
    Visitors, stay away, PR is closed – Sooke PocketNews article is very well
    written and useful!
    I want to share with you a link that also helped me a lot in cooking: https ://bit .ly/easy -fat-burning-recipes
    Thanks and kisses! 🙂

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    2020/03/23 at 11:11 pm
  • From lynda Slater on Sooke businesses do their part: Social Distancing closing business doors in Sooke

    Thanks to Pocket new and Gregory!! keep well!

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    2020/03/23 at 1:14 pm
  • From Louissmuct on Sooke school playgrounds are closed: SD62 - March 22, 2020

    Скачать PhoenixMiner 4.8 – Polaris BIOS Editor 1.6.7, SRBPolaris

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    2020/03/23 at 6:00 am
  • From Brock on Sooke dental provider makes responsible call for recent clients to self-quarantine

    She was mandated to close. By her governing bodies as were all offices that attended.

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    2020/03/19 at 8:46 am
  • From Sande on District of Sooke closes public access to municipal hall to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 pandemic

    Thank you for detailed regular updates

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    2020/03/16 at 9:15 pm
  • From David on The Stick sticks with Cup Exchange Program, re-usable mugs

    Update to the article, above:
    The Stick in the Mud is still accepting re usable cups from customers but we ask that they keep the lids with them, including for Cup Exchange cups.
    We have stepped up our sanitizing methods and frequency, all of which exceeds VIHA guidelines for public health safety.
    If you are able to use Tap payment it could lower potential exchange of germs on currency which tend to be among the most handled items in our society.

    Our guidance comes from VIHA and their on-staff professionals.

    SITM’s internal motto has always been Cleanliness, Friendliness, Quality.

    Thanks to SPN for the public space to share information and to share facts in lieu of fear.

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    2020/03/15 at 8:52 am
  • From Nick Drake on WEDNESDAY: Intermission Film Series screens Oscar-winning classic “Gandhi”

    Don’t miss the little-known sequel “Gandhi II – No More Mr. Nice Guy”

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    2020/03/13 at 5:45 pm
  • From Sande on New Board elected for Sooke Region Historical Society

    Thanks to all who volunteer and give of their precious time
    to support The Museum and the history of Sooke

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    2020/03/10 at 9:38 pm
  • From vero on The Stick sticks with Cup Exchange Program, re-usable mugs

    Thank you for measured response to current situation. Very good!

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    2020/03/08 at 4:55 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on The Stick sticks with Cup Exchange Program, re-usable mugs

    Well done. Well thought out and responsible. Thank you David.

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    2020/03/08 at 9:39 am
  • From Carolyn Bateman on Joint statement on one new case of COVID-19 in B.C., the 13th case

    Thank you, SPN, for keeping us up to date on the COVID-19 situation in B.C. Very much appreciated!

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    2020/03/05 at 10:23 am
  • From Sande on Free youth bus passes for Greater Victoria fails vote for consideration

    I support a Mayor Tait’s decision. She has factored in the investment $$$ and priorities most needed for Sooke and based her vote accordingly.

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    2020/03/03 at 8:14 pm
  • From Carolyn Bateman on Initiate change for our children, for a generation beyond our own

    What an excellent report. So useful and inspiring in its detail and insights. Thank you, Elizabeth Lange!

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    2020/03/01 at 12:00 pm
  • From Sande on Local business owner deeply disappointed by Council's lack of support for Chamber

    Also appreciated The Chamber President’s reply as written in The Mirror’s Weds. Edition. Rather than a rebuttal she
    chose to reply in a gracious manner(far more so
    than Councillors’ jibes)! Perhaps some of her response may
    have been somewhat ‘tongue in cheek’ but delivered in a
    professional way

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    2020/02/26 at 9:42 pm
  • From Sande on Wounded Warrior Run, with Sooke Photographer John Penner

    Thank you for the updates.

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    2020/02/26 at 10:31 am
  • From Sande on JdF Search and Rescue locates all missing campers

    Happy and good ending which could have been tragic.

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    2020/02/25 at 10:37 am
  • From Marilyn Erickson on Sooke issues letter of concurrence, supporting the addition of Freedom (Shaw) tower in Sooke

    Our entire neighbourhood was against this 150’ tower only 80m from one homeowner’s forest deck, too close for comfort from the rest of us who surround the proposed installation. Health Canada safety guidelines are grossly outdated compared to new international recommended standards and we view this decision by Council with much anger and trepidation. This was the 3rd attempt by Freedom Mobile to establish their 2nd tower in Sooke at this site. Predictably they have ignored and dismissed any discussion, not informed residents, have an atrocious customer service record, and due to the number of complaints, can’t even be accredited by the Better Business Bureau! They completely bamboozled the Mayor and 3 councillors, as well as the Fire Chief, citing the philanthropic giving they’ve done in Sooke and gaps in service that simply don’t exist in this location. Wireless service in our area is already fast and reliable, so it’s hard to believe a residential neighbourhood off Sooke Rd is the only location suitable for this invasion of privacy.

    Our forest homes are sanctuaries to not only families like us but 38 species of birds and wildlife that numerous studies show will be negatively affected by upcoming 5G service that FM will be selling space for. No one even asked about that! Would you want an expanding monolith 200 m away from your front window emitting a low hum and non ionizing rays 24/7? Of course not!

    We are shocked and shattered that Council put Industry ahead of our entire historic Glinz Lake area, already dealing with land appropriations for a new 4 lane highway. It’s unsettling when essentially one vote can destroy life as you know it and affect your property value as well. We are forced now to look for a new forever home.

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    2020/02/22 at 1:10 pm
  • From Sande on Video: Yesterday's traffic jam, in case you missed it...

    No pain, no gain! Though that doesn’t help the guys stuck in this chain…Think maybe some of this work needs to stop around 2:00P…..maybe

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    2020/02/21 at 8:43 am
  • From Sande on Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon, Saturday Feb 22 (2020/02/22)

    Praying it doesn’t rain

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    2020/02/21 at 8:37 am
  • From Phil Rossner on Traffic trickles into Sooke on a sunny Wednesday afternoon

    I am SO glad I don’t live in Sooke anymore!

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    2020/02/20 at 11:11 pm
  • From Sande on Canadians support rules to promote wireless competition by allowing new carriers into the market

    To my mind, the best solution would have been to legislate ‘the band of brothers’, the big three, Rogers, Telus and Bell to much tighter guidelines and restrictions on imposing the ridiculously high rates charged by their Monopoly. Scale them all back,
    theirs is not ‘free’ enterprise…

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    2020/02/20 at 9:44 am
  • From Sande on Traffic trickles into Sooke on a sunny Wednesday afternoon

    Grateful to be retired and not facing this consistent irregularity

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    2020/02/20 at 9:31 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Reality Check: For first time in nearly 2 years support for TMX below majority, once Canadians learn of rising costs

    I wonder how much it costs to clean or and repair equipment left out in the elements and aksi to pay severence and laid off workers? I kniw governments are incompetent as contractors but get on with the job. Enough is enough.
    Plastic bumpers, nylon tires, paint, vinyl siding etc. People need to get their heads out of the sand. Batteries require cobalt from Africa , zinc, plastic etc.

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    2020/02/20 at 9:27 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Traffic trickles into Sooke on a sunny Wednesday afternoon

    Apparantly some drilling at 17 mile too .so the hwy 14 saga goes.
    Yup another way in and out would be helpful.
    How many times has it been said?

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    2020/02/20 at 9:19 am
  • From Paula on Three arrested for mischief at Premier’s residence in Langford

    In contrast to the above posts, I’ll comment that most of the peaceful demonstrations across the country have been orderly and effective grassroots events. The three demonstrators who went to Horgan’s home were out of line. He can be approached at his constituency office or at the legislature.

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    2020/02/20 at 8:51 am
  • From Helene Harrison on Three arrested for mischief at Premier’s residence in Langford

    fyi breaking news:

    https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/canadian-press-newsalert-via-rail-183443696.html?.tsrc=bell-brknews

    what are these people supposed to do now

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    2020/02/19 at 1:38 pm
  • From Helene Harrison on Three arrested for mischief at Premier’s residence in Langford

    I absolutely agree with Sid.
    Back East, American activists were bussed into Canada at Niagara Falls.
    All of these “activists” are unemployed people who have naught to do with any First Nations people, imo they are paid by George Soros to disrupt Canada. How many belong to Antifa and are violent to poeple and property.
    CN and VIA Rail are laying off hundreds of people right now, crossings to/from Canada and the USA have been shut down, including Amtrak between Bellingham and Vancouver.
    The blockades on Highway 19 are dangerous to drivers.
    Most tribes on the pipelines route have approved the pipeline, and we have to respect their decision, even if we don’t agree with it.
    More than 60 shipping barges and ships are sitting offshore of BC waiting to deliver their cargo. Shortages will begin across Canada.
    On top of that is the coronavirus emergency.
    The federal government and the provincial governments need to step in, and the RCMP and police need to do their jobs to enforce the law.
    Blocking entrances to government buildings like the Legislature should not be tolerated.
    Attempting to “arrest” Premier Horgan at his home is an outrage.

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    2020/02/19 at 12:39 pm
  • From Sid Jorna on Three arrested for mischief at Premier’s residence in Langford

    I am very tired of “Activists” who impose their views on others through illegal actions such as occurred here and is also occurring across the country. Many of these groups represent themselves as supporting First Nations, but are in fact, using them to further their own ends.

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    2020/02/19 at 11:32 am
  • From Bruce on DriveSmartBC: A look at roadblocks and the law

    Tim: pretty liberal with charter rights- protestors could stay on lawns and express there views- police service could arrive before group get settled in and move them to a safe place. Sitting back and watching 30 people block ferry terminal, it reinforces my feeling today police service are a tax collection agency. Distracted driving new priority.

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    2020/02/19 at 5:58 am
  • From corrie cullen on Video: Sooke Grace Gardens Food Garden for the Community

    It would be great if the receivers of the food bank could help out with this, they have the time and the strenht to do this

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    2020/02/18 at 7:06 pm
  • From Common Sense Mom on DriveSmartBC: Parental consent and control of new drivers

    Please don’t withdraw consent for insurance. It’s a tactic that could force your child into a lifetime of debt. It doesn’t stop your child from driving; it stops your child from driving an insured vehicle. If they have an accident, it won’t be covered. Not just the car, but any medical coverage for your child will be denied by ICBC. Any payments for damage to another person’s vehicle, private property, or bodily injury will become a debt to ICBC. Your child could owe ICBC millions of dollars. This is literally the most horrible parenting advice I have ever seen.

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    2020/02/18 at 10:20 am
  • From Nick Drake on Beekeepers buzzing for next round of Bee BC funding

    Some faceless bureaucrat in Victoria needed to find a way to get his deadbeat brother on the government payroll, by creating an idiotic government program which needed administering.

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    2020/02/17 at 9:30 pm
  • From Rick Robinson on Helping communities better understand local homelessness

    Sooke will also be participating in this year’s Point In Time homelessness survey.

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    2020/02/16 at 1:39 pm
  • From Nick Drake on Competition in the digital age: Competition Bureau unveils its 2020-2024 vision

    So why doesn’t the Competition Bureau insist that dentists be allowed to advertise their prices to compete for patients? This would be a huge benefit for consumers.

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    2020/02/15 at 8:42 pm
  • From W.C. Slim on Looking for a dog walking area in Sooke? Walkies with Gromit can help with that!

    That’s http://www.okthepk.ca/walkies.htm

    (darn spell checker!)

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    2020/02/12 at 10:04 pm
  • From W.C. Slim on Looking for a dog walking area in Sooke? Walkies with Gromit can help with that!

    Do you have a dog?

    Do you have a smartphone?

    Do you like to walk?

    Do you know where to walk?

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    Well, ladies and gentlemen, just let me say, I’ve used the following website with tremendous results and I recommend it openly, frankly, and unreservedly to you as well.

    It is the one, the only, the solution that will cure your bored dog, give you tired muscles, relieve your tired muscles, cure insomnia, headaches, depression, and get you and your pooch refreshed and happy.

    Don’t wait, act now, transfer the website address into your smartphone browser, immediately, today, not tomorrow, but right now while your here:

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    http:www.okthepk.ca/walkies.htm

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    2020/02/12 at 9:44 pm
  • From Sande on Sheringham Distillery wins Canadian Artisan Spirit of the Year, Kazuki Gin

    Bravo also to the use of of tea leaves and flowers from Margit and Victor at Westholme Teas!

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    2020/02/12 at 7:08 pm
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