Recent Letters

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Recent Comments

  • From Gk Sydney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: True Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Acrophobiac

    Thank you so much, Barbara! You will love it here.

    2019/06/22 at 2:27 pm
  • From Kat Mattice on Man wanted on various sex charges believed to be in Greater Victoria

    151 Sexual Interference – Every person who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of a person under the age of fourteen years

    Invitation to sexual touching 152 – Every person who, for a sexual purpose, invites, counsels or incites a person under the age of 16 years to touch, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, the body of any person, including the body of the person who so invites, counsels or incites and the body of the person under the age of 16 years

    2019/06/21 at 10:22 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on School's out for summer, here are some stats on Sooke's grads

    Congrats to all the grads. That’s a very impressive list of plans. Please step out with joy to do what you want to do, and if you trip and fall, just pass that by and continue your work, with joy. Have a blast!

    2019/06/21 at 6:50 pm
  • From Barbara Withers on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: True Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Acrophobiac

    Hi. I just discovered your column after browsing
    Online to learn more about Sooke. My husband and I are strongly considering moving to Sooke in two years. I read all your columns and have enjoyed every one of them! Your writing has a nice wit and I appreciated your writing style. We are visit this October to check our Sooke. I’m Canadian and have lived in the U.S. since I was a kid so it will be wonderful to go back “home.”

    2019/06/20 at 5:33 pm
  • From E. Boucher on Canada approves TMX despite failing to achieve consent: Declaration of Climate Emergency rings hollow

    Can we agree that no matter how much consultation was conducted that consent was never possible?

    2019/06/20 at 8:51 am
  • From Meg on Private medical clinic to take over old laundromat on Logan Lane, September

    “Private” clinic….in an attempt to start “for profit” medicine in Canada? This is NOT helpful to the population of only takes more physicians away from our current one payer system AND we will not get less taxes…..

    2019/06/18 at 12:46 pm
  • From sheila on Summer music in the park, June 23 at the bandshell in Ed MacGregor Park

    Going to be a terrific day of talent and what a great way to enjoy it, lying on a blanket in our lovely park.
    Thanks to the society for giving us a local music day!

    2019/06/17 at 9:08 am
  • From Sande on When The Fog Lifts

    Foggy! Fog is not supposed to come until August..that’s why we called it Fogust!
    Talk about climate change!

    2019/06/17 at 9:05 am
  • From Trish on Editorial: Is in-person conversation being replaced with the online race to outrage?

    Excellent article, Brett. Yes, I’m afraid the Honourable (!) Gentleman(!) in the South , as well as Twitter News, has forever shaped the decorum of communication. Sad, sad, sad..

    2019/06/15 at 10:57 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Editorial: Is in-person conversation being replaced with the online race to outrage?

    Open conversation is always the best avenue.
    As a free speech advocate , even if one doesn’t agre coments such as , you’re an idiot, facist, liberal or nazi shoukd not be used to shut down conversation. Each and everyone has someting to offer in the form of their your ears and dig deep and question more. In the free discussion we can bring resolve. We don’t literally need big guns.

    2019/06/15 at 9:06 am
  • From Sande on CTV News has story on East Sooke vehicle incident, June 13

    Just wasn’t that driver’s time…might have been if on Friday the 13th!

    2019/06/13 at 9:20 pm
  • From jo blow on Canada to ban harmful single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste

    2021? So how many more million tons of plastic will enter the ocean between now and then? How many more seabirds, sea mammals and fish will die? How many more millions of dollars will the plastic industry funnel into political party coffers between now and 2021 to try and turn this around? A blatant enticement to vote for the Liberals in the next federal election. If anyone is left who still believes that they will honour a promise.

    2019/06/11 at 6:18 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on Raw: Council meeting June 10, 2019 (a subscriber exclusive!)

    I actually said that ALR land or agricultural producing lands should only be allowed 30% production gor cannabis and the rest for food production.

    Another problem is staff negotiating affordable housing monies , starting at $10,000 per lot and negotiating $7,500 on Rhodonite and for Elder property $5,000 per lot. Guess where these costs get passed onto? Counterproductive yo affordable housing don’t you think?

    2019/06/11 at 1:17 pm
  • From Sande on Happy World Ocean Day! Some photos from the Vancouver Aquarium team spotted in Sooke

    Just a notion, perhaps Sooke needs it’s own seaquarium…on a smaller scale to begin may be be housed initially in our Library Building

    2019/06/09 at 10:28 am
    • From joan scott on Happy World Ocean Day! Some photos from the Vancouver Aquarium team spotted in Sooke

      I was a visitor at the aquarium in Sidney. It is a wonderful attraction and so educational for all both local and from away. Certainly conveys the message of beautiful British Columbia.

      2019/06/14 at 3:25 am
  • From Yogi Bear on Rumour confirmed, owner of Sooke PocketNews being sued

    What a way to clutter up court dockets with ridiculous accusations and lawsuits. Nothing I recall in the initial article was not pubic record. Why isn’t Durkin suing the US citizens and others? Oh that’s right he can’t!!!! He and his wife are fraudsters and have been doing this for a long time. That’s how their young son can produce all his sick movies Durkin steals the money from others. Can’t wait to go to this trial but I know he’ll be gone before that. No worries Sooke Pocket News you do a great job reporting. Glad you reported the truth about this lawsuit and Durkin.

    2019/06/09 at 10:25 am
  • From jack augsburger on Rumour confirmed, owner of Sooke PocketNews being sued

    The Tim Durkin frauds, scams and cons in the area date back to the late 70s His latest M.O. is to scam the elderly, foreigners, widows, the disadvantaged and employees.
    He frequents Buffy’s Liquor Store most days, late afternoon or early evening, should you have any questions.
    Tim can spell ‘inept’ and ‘con’
    He may need help spelling ‘peculation’, ‘appropriation’, ‘swindle’, ‘zurullo’ or ‘Analverkehr’.

    2019/06/08 at 10:31 pm
  • From Bruce Heayn on Rumour confirmed, owner of Sooke PocketNews being sued

    FACT** Canada’s Federal Court judgment is final and public. Please Paste in and read. Questions for appeal were denied in a later ruling.
    FACT** BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal made a final public judgment and orders. Please Paste in and read. This is now a registered decision of BC’s Provincial Court.
    Both Canadian court decisions are insightful and firm.
    FACT** US sources are public and clear. Found many, including these 3: and and ALL LINKS ARE TO PUBLIC INFORMATION. Individual is of course innocent until proven guilty and deserves opportunity to clear name.

    2019/06/08 at 5:47 pm
  • From Ralph Hull on Rumour confirmed, owner of Sooke PocketNews being sued

    Did any local publication make any statement that was not true?
    Seems that a return to Alabama would be appropriate, either voluntarily or forced.

    2019/06/08 at 11:23 am
  • From William Seims on Rumour confirmed, owner of Sooke PocketNews being sued

    Did Durkin return the $1,000,000 he took from owner of the Spa at The Prestige Hotel?
    The Chinese lady investors lawsuit says she was buying shares in the Sooke Harbour House and got phony worthless shares in a Durkin phony business. Anyone know about this?

    2019/06/08 at 7:56 am
  • From jack augsburger on Rumour confirmed, owner of Sooke PocketNews being sued

    LMAO. Tim Durkin, the interim manager of SHH and Fugitive ( from US Attorney Southern District of Alabama) v Timothy Craig Durkin et al) appears to be quite the bloviating blustering bs’ing Fraudster.
    So where’s the money? With that alleged $700k why do vendors remain unpaid, employees credit cards used to pay hotel operations purchases and the employee remaining unpaid for doing so, artists unpaid and hotel neglected. And that 83 year old widow, has she been paid
    those tens of thousands of dollars she loaned Durkin and Rodger Gregory
    That lawsuit is frivolous and a coverup for an inept Fraudster and con (see US v Timothy Craig Durkin et al)
    That Durkin filed the claim himself ( pro se) suggests no credible attorney would proffer the specious claim
    Get him on the stand SPN. A laughingstock will exposed.

    2019/06/07 at 4:32 pm
  • From L. E. McCrea on Review: African Choir is a must-see, should you ever have the chance!

    It was an awesome and delightful performance. The smiles on the children’s faces was contagious. Amazing that children who live in extreme conditions in other parts of the world can be so happy. We can all take some valuable lessons from their shining example.

    2019/06/06 at 8:25 am
  • From Nancy Bennett on Sooke Traffic

    Otter Point road is supposed to be 50 but you take your life into your own hands sometimes pulling out of a driveway or trying to cross the street to get to the mailbox. Would LOVE to see some speed traps out our way especially in the summer

    2019/06/03 at 7:10 am
  • From Jackie eastgaard on Volunteers needed at the Sooke Meals for Wheels

    Yes, meals on wheels sooke is looking for volunteers, including summer volunteers. Please call May at 250 642 4973, the other number listed is only answered Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s. Thank you in advance!

    2019/05/31 at 7:39 am
  • From Sande on Hatchery crisis in Sooke: Work order lifted, apology demanded and denied

    What a sorry state of affairs. The whole story is very sad and should never have come to this.

    2019/05/29 at 3:26 pm
  • From Susan Fisher on Private medical clinic to take over old laundromat on Logan Lane, September

    I would be wary of this proposal. Better that education of the public of when to go to the doctor begins with high school training in understanding what constitutes a health problem requiring more than folk remedies and common sense to alleviate the burden of those clinics and doctors in the PUBLIC FUNDED health care system. A two-tiered system is not the answer.

    2019/05/29 at 10:44 am
  • From Eileen on Volunteers needed at the Sooke Meals for Wheels

    I will be in Sooke from July to Sept. I can come in for a few hrs one evening during the week or on the weekend.

    2019/05/28 at 12:32 am
  • From Linda Runstein on Dear Caterina: We love each other but can't communicate

    Men and women do communicate differently, and nature itself is responsible. Men express their thoughts while utilizing logic with sometimes problem-solving. Women communicate their ideas while using their highly tuned emotions. Men are direct communicators, while women are indirect communicators. Why? Reasoning yields an immediate response while emotional feelings yield an indirect one.

    How many times have you heard a man complain about a woman saying one thing when she meant another? How many times have you listened to a woman complain how insensitive he’s being? Why the variation in communication, even though, both sexes can speak the same language?

    Men and women are not instinctually nor biologically equal because they are opposite partners. As opposite partners, their communication would be different. The key to remember is that a woman can benefit from a man’s verbal logic, just as much as a man will benefit from a woman’s verbal emotions.

    Communication between the sexes is a combination of logic and emotion. Which at times causes confusion between the two sexes. If we take the time to learn how we communicate differently, then we can fully understand one another with no misunderstandings or confusion.

    2019/05/27 at 11:56 am
    • From Caterina Barregar on Dear Caterina: We love each other but can't communicate

      thank you for your comment.

      2019/05/27 at 6:13 pm
  • From Kim on Angus Reid Survey results: Amid concern over spread of gun violence, majorities support ban on handguns, assault weapons

    In the government survey of over 100k people 80% opposed more gun laws. Evidence shows that people who are actually familiar with the existing laws for gun ownership are vastly opposed to new laws. People who have no idea what the existing laws are- are drawn in by buzz words and the feel good notion that punishing law abiding owners will stop the criminals. The AR-15 was used in none of those shootings, and they propose to ban that and handguns. The handguns used in shootings are smuggled and used by criminals. As for people committing suicide with guns, well they mostly do it with rope- are we going to ban that too? People really need to stop and think about the issue before jumping to conclusions.

    2019/05/25 at 6:17 pm
  • From Sande on Taxpayers Federation reacts to federal media bailout; SPN responds

    Excellent detailed information easily explained

    2019/05/25 at 12:03 pm
  • From Sande on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: The eagle has landed

    Lovely photos and dialogue

    2019/05/25 at 11:48 am
  • From Susan Nelson on Private medical clinic to take over old laundromat on Logan Lane, September

    having come from the profit driven “health care industry” of the u.s., this is scary news. i would hope that the clearly definite need for services can be fully addressed and supported by the public system.

    2019/05/24 at 12:54 pm
  • From Darcy widrick on CRD asks residents to help identify abandoned boats

    For over 50 years any boat more then 10 horse has been registered with the federal government. All you need is the registration number, boat name or hull number. The feds have all that info and knows who owns the boat. The owners should be covering the cost.

    2019/05/23 at 7:30 pm
  • From Sande on BCSC wins in U.S. court to enforce order against fraudster

    Makes you think about those he out foxed…gullible maybe but at the heart of it is

    2019/05/23 at 8:03 am
  • From Roy on Investigation into volatile B.C. gasoline prices will have broad reach

    Where it will not reach is goverment regulation and associated taxes. Specific instructions are given to ignore those factors. Including the no longer carbon neutral plan where carbon tax was returned in tax relief. Now the carbon tax collected just goes to general revenue.

    2019/05/23 at 7:00 am
  • From Ellen Lewretd on Committee of the Whole, May 21, 2019

    Just a correction. It wasnt council but the OCP discussion to
    Give tax incentives to grow trees along arterial roads but this never went to the zoning bylaw or into the OCP as council at the time was hell bent on putting in Mariners village and put a halt on Completing the OCP and they also changed the input from ths public of no highruses on the waterside and then council winders why tbere is no public interest for input.

    2019/05/22 at 8:23 am
  • From jo.p on Tim Hortons’ new no-spill lid just adds to plastic pollution: Greenpeace

    What does “100% recyclable” mean? That we put them in a big pile (those that we manage to collect, that is) and try to off them on some “other” country who may or may not receive them and, if they do, will create lots of air and water pollution as they manufacture them into some recycled plastic item that likely no one will buy. What hype.

    2019/05/19 at 11:42 am
  • From Carol Whitney on Caption this photo, spotted in Sooke

    Pull harder!

    2019/05/18 at 3:48 pm
  • From jack augsburger on All in a night’s work by the West Shore RCMP: Wanted man located, stolen vehicle and drugs seized

    But RCMP still looking to interview a local Fugitive that by Federal Court Order reports to them weekly
    It’s been 10 weeks. Maybe bloodhounds.

    2019/05/17 at 5:49 pm
  • From Bob on Caption this photo, spotted in Sooke


    2019/05/17 at 4:21 pm
  • From David on Sooke proposes checkout bag regulation bylaw, invites your feedback

    Perhaps there could be a provincial levy and collection of costs of the bags that goes to a particular conservation or preservation fund…Actually, how about if retailers charge 20cents per bag and it all goes to BC Parks?

    2019/05/17 at 12:39 pm
  • From Byrona Tweedy on Formal search for missing surfer suspended, family continues looking

    This news is utterly heartbreaking. Even though I hadn’t seen Jonah in many years, I was just fondly telling a story the other week about Jonah. My love to family, friends, and the community whose hearts are aching.

    2019/05/15 at 5:37 pm
  • From Eila Kelley on Formal search for missing surfer suspended, family continues looking

    Our hearts go out to all of you!

    2019/05/15 at 2:15 pm
  • From Sylvia on 11-year old Noah Schumann selected to play in the Lacrosse National Championship

    Wow…such a great accomplishment…so very proud of you Noah!

    2019/05/15 at 1:27 pm
  • From Shawn wood on Formal search for missing surfer suspended, family continues looking

    So sorry

    2019/05/15 at 1:15 pm
  • From Laurie vandekerkhove on 11-year old Noah Schumann selected to play in the Lacrosse National Championship

    Way to go Noah!

    2019/05/15 at 10:15 am
  • From Joanne Payment on Duck Day Delight: Photo Gallery

    Love the duck race photos! Is it possible to get copies. I’m the co-chair of the event.

    2019/05/13 at 9:42 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Duck Day Delight: Photo Gallery

      Hi Joanna, click the ad in the middle of the two upper photos. That will take you to John’s website, and from there you can get his contact information. He’s the one to ask! -Britt / SPN

      2019/05/13 at 10:14 pm
  • From Lynda Slater on Journey Middle School band wins invitation to Nationals

    Wow congratulations to you all!!! Teachers and students alike. Exciting to look forward to nationals!

    2019/05/13 at 4:13 pm
  • From Jacquie Ellsmere on Goodbye Hannah

    I am so sorry for your loss and for Hanna and her suffering and your tortures to endure this loss.My tears are flowing, there are no more words.

    2019/05/13 at 11:33 am
  • From Jazz MacDonald on Goodbye Hannah

    My heart breaks for you Brooke and for sweet Hannah. I will never forget the courage you both had. My sincerest condolences to you Brooke, family and many many friends. I will never forget Hannah.

    2019/05/12 at 9:33 pm
  • From Rick Gilley on Goodbye Hannah

    This is so difficult to read I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to write. My deepest condolences to all of Hannahs family and friends. Love and Prayers.

    2019/05/12 at 5:44 pm
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