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  • From lynda slater on Surfers hit the Wiffen Spit: Photos from Gregory Varano

    Fantastic photos!! Gregory is an amazing photographer! Well done. enjoyed!!

    2020/11/26 at 10:34 am
  • From SA on Surfers hit the Wiffen Spit: Photos from Gregory Varano

    Sorry to be a downer but “from abroad”?!! Meanwhile we are told to avois ALL NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL. I just don’t get people.

    2020/11/26 at 10:05 am
  • From Ellen+Lewers on Surfers hit the Wiffen Spit: Photos from Gregory Varano

    Great fun

    2020/11/25 at 9:15 pm
  • From Sanfe on Surfers hit the Wiffen Spit: Photos from Gregory Varano

    Fantastic!

    2020/11/25 at 6:50 pm
  • From Roy on Sooke somewhat shielded from incoming wind storm

    Today’s SE wind is hitting Victoria at a bad time. There is a high tide of 9.5 ft. this afternoon.

    2020/11/17 at 9:49 am
  • From SA on Friday 13th spells bad luck for spilled truck, hundreds of drivers on Sooke Rd

    People need to slow down on Sooke Rd, and give proper room when driving it especially in wet conditions. Them “straightening” the highway will have zero effect. People are the problem, speed, and careless distracted drivers. Luckily nobody was killed. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE.

    2020/11/16 at 8:25 am
  • From Veronica Diment on Sooke Resident Wins Award for Supporting Sooke Autism Support Society

    Congratulations Heather and thanks to all who work so hard to help others in this compassionate litte town.

    2020/11/15 at 8:16 am
  • From Ellen+Lewers on Sooke Resident Wins Award for Supporting Sooke Autism Support Society

    God Bless her.

    2020/11/15 at 7:13 am
  • From Beverly Sprinkling on Friday 13th spells bad luck for spilled truck, hundreds of drivers on Sooke Rd

    Hope the driver is OK

    2020/11/14 at 7:05 am
  • From Trish on Sooke remembers, photo compilation by Gregory Varano

    Thanks so much for being our eyes this year!

    2020/11/12 at 8:47 am
  • From Paula on SURVEY: The Value of Age, Experience and Ethnic Diversity in Working Women (preliminary results)

    Gather information on this important issue. I’ll find someone at UVic to help you crunch the data.

    2020/11/09 at 9:22 am
  • From Roy on Poll: Joe Biden is the next US President. Are you Exuberant, Happy, Disappointed or Devastated?

    more black and hispanic votes were cast for Trump this election than for any president since the early 60’s. Biden will be buying oil from Canada which will help the Alberta oil sands… just so you know.

    2020/11/08 at 8:30 pm
  • From Josie Masi on Poll: Joe Biden is the next US President. Are you Exuberant, Happy, Disappointed or Devastated?

    I am Exuberant! Now the world has a REAL leader!

    2020/11/08 at 1:56 pm
    • From Diane Kent on Poll: Joe Biden is the next US President. Are you Exuberant, Happy, Disappointed or Devastated?

      me too Josie! Someone with experience, skill, predictability and heart.

      2020/11/10 at 10:15 am
  • From Lynn Moss on Letter: Venture down the rabbit hole of environmental stewardship and the rights of all creatures

    Thanks for a great letter Yvonne and for the supportive replies. We need to realize just because we say our needs come first and overall, it is not true or right. Ellen is so right in saying we need to look at our needs vs our wants.

    2020/11/07 at 9:59 am
  • From Ellen+Lewers on Letter: Venture down the rabbit hole of environmental stewardship and the rights of all creatures

    Good stewardship begins with the land. Respect the land God gave us the foods from the land and the animals too for food and we were made the stewards of both.Gid also said go forth and multiply. So we have people to house and feed. How we do that is so important Yvonne and I agree we need to talk about that and not destroy our land for greed. It is what do we need? I have met si many people over the last months who are balancing their needs over wants,planting gardens, reducing their want list and living a more frugal life.
    Goid questions and answers need to be addressed in our OCP in a responsible manner.hope you filled in your questionnaire

    2020/11/07 at 7:47 am
  • From Ellen+Lewers on BC RCMP Presence on BC Ferries: It's not personal

    So now we have mask police not enough police to deal with crime and municipal governments strapped for monies to hire police. Sooke seeking 3 more officers to give 24 hr police protection. We don’t have the monies but we put RCMP on the ferries to make sure of compliance to covid protocols? Really? Mental illness,addiction, homelessness and death on our streets from overdose and drug wars! Where does it look like our resources should be focused? Unmask our minds

    2020/11/07 at 7:36 am
  • From Kim Poirier on Letter: Venture down the rabbit hole of environmental stewardship and the rights of all creatures

    Yes! Timely questions. I think we know the answers. Thanks.

    2020/11/06 at 11:56 pm
  • From susan nelson on Letter: Venture down the rabbit hole of environmental stewardship and the rights of all creatures

    Thank you Y. Good and necessary questions.

    2020/11/06 at 11:00 pm
  • From Roy Osselton on Another 425 test-positive COVID-19 cases, Nov 4, 2020

    I find it ironic that this is the first year I can’t get a flu vaccine.

    2020/11/06 at 10:37 pm
  • From Sande on BC RCMP Presence on BC Ferries: It's not personal

    It’s a good thing!

    2020/11/06 at 9:28 pm
  • From Troy McClure on Durkin's admissibility hearing successfully delayed, rescheduled for Dec 7-8

    It seems someone is using the same tactics as Donald Trump -deny, delay, and sue everyone.
    The inevitable reckoning can’t come soon enough for these blights on society.

    2020/11/05 at 8:53 pm
  • From Sande on Durkin's admissibility hearing successfully delayed, rescheduled for Dec 7-8

    Send him back.

    2020/11/05 at 8:39 pm
  • From Clark Warburton on Durkin's admissibility hearing successfully delayed, rescheduled for Dec 7-8

    I am led to believe that immigration lawyers are expensive. Mr. Durkin has a $4 million judgment recorded against his companies and the corporate veil was lifted making him personally liable. I am not aware of Mr.Durkin being employed in any official capacity nor indeed since 2014 because he was operator/manager at the Sooke Harbour House Hotel. According to what was disclosed in court recently, was not in receipt of any remuneration. It was also shown in the recent trial that there was very little funds in his 2 companies. He self litigated during that trial claiming that he/his companies could not afford counsel. In view of these observations, it begs the question how are those current immigration legal fees being met if he has insufficent funds and no official income?

    2020/11/05 at 3:52 pm
  • From Ellen+Lewers on Scheduled admissibility hearing for Timothy Durkin obfuscated, observers on trial

    This guy qualifies for a slimy politician. Lock him up before he wastes more tax dollars and destroys more lives.

    2020/11/05 at 6:37 am
  • From WESTOVER Fraud USA on Scheduled admissibility hearing for Timothy Durkin obfuscated, observers on trial

    On point Britt… thanks for reporting the real deal about this conman! He’s conning the judicial system in Canada and trying to get away with it! He won’t in the US, the US victims are watching and will not be swindled… EVER! Good luck Durkin!

    2020/11/04 at 6:08 pm
  • From Gary Saunders on Scheduled admissibility hearing for Timothy Durkin obfuscated, observers on trial

    No surprise from Durkin, very predictable. So application tomorrow in my opinion is 2 fold, which is first delay and secondly some concern regarding anyone watching/viewing from outside Canada. His counsel specifically mentioned those potentially from the US, why would that be? They are not participants or witnesses but merely observers. Durkin’s counsel stated that access was guaranteed to Canadians but that right was not extended to anyone outside Canada. Could this apply to my viewing of Judge Judy and similar programmes broadcast to the public in the US and Canada and anywhere else in the world? I hope this doesn’t set a precedent.

    2020/11/04 at 5:28 pm
  • From Thomas on Theft from vehicle leads to fraud investigation, charges

    What a fucking moron .

    2020/11/04 at 4:42 pm
  • From Koshin - Sifu Moonfist on Scheduled admissibility hearing for Timothy Durkin obfuscated, observers on trial

    Hoping this guy goes down and ends up in Prison. Really well put together article. Thanks Britt

    2020/11/04 at 3:51 pm
  • From Swish on Scheduled admissibility hearing for Timothy Durkin obfuscated, observers on trial

    Very good reportage on Sooke’s Patron Saint of Grift

    I am told that Mr Durkin is too immobile and obese to be transported by automobile to Vancouver and the alternative delivery by ambulance service was denied by them.
    Apparently he had refused to remit payment for a past invoice. A confirmation would be appreciated.

    If factual, the “Scotsman Tug and Barge Service” is offering to transport Mr Durkin to any of his future Court proceedings.

    2020/11/04 at 3:44 pm
  • From Kathy Irmscher on All Sooke Days: A community podcast

    Just listened to the first episode of All Sooke Days and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also my very first podcast to listen to. Thank you so much. I hope to listen to many more.

    2020/11/04 at 8:30 am
  • From Sande on Captain asks, last time to mess with time?

    Go Ralph where time clock is concerned! Standard Time Around The World! Stop messing with this. GMT is Standard Time

    2020/11/03 at 8:34 pm
  • From PN on Letter: Put climate first in development plans

    100% agree with the author of this article. Preferred priority would be to use this land to improve local food security, incorporating in sustainable agri-practices including rainwater catchment.
    If site is developed:
    The number of vehicles that the development currently plans for must be drastically reduced – especially if EV chargers aren’t even mandated in the build. Including a 2-car garage in the design (plus additional single car driveways, in the instance of the townhomes) is catering to ever more automobiles congesting Sooke’s subpar streets and roadways, and in a time of climate emergency, to do so is not only not tenable, it is asinine.
    The renewables mentioned – EV charger, rainwater catchment, solar – should be baked in as a developer-must.

    2020/11/03 at 1:37 pm
  • From Ellen+Lewers on Captain asks, last time to mess with time?

    Agreed no more time change Not agreed with the cannabis.

    2020/11/03 at 5:57 am
  • From Ellen+Lewers on First-ever Halloween drive-in at SEAPARC a scary success

    Very well done. Congratulations. I should have been there. Amazing organizing

    2020/11/03 at 5:52 am
  • From Margaret Coles on Halloween galore on Rhodonite Drive, Sooke

    It’s always fantastic, certainly the best I’ve ever seen in Sooke, just gets better and better every year ❤️❤️❤️

    2020/10/31 at 7:39 pm
  • From Susan A on Letter: Put climate first in development plans

    And where exactly are all these people commuting on? An already slammed road way with absolutely zero infrastructure to support? No bylaws in place to protect any of the remaining trees in Sooke? Mowing down more greenspace” In no time Sooke will look like Langford. What a horribly revolting thought.

    2020/10/30 at 9:27 am
  • From Veronica Diment on Letter: Put climate first in development plans

    Sooke has the opportunity to adopt urban development standards based on successful environmental models worldwide. Yet it seems unable to break the same old proposals for urban land use. Much boldér initiatives provide economical housing with food production. We must learn to make decisions based on future health not immediate profits.

    2020/10/30 at 8:48 am
  • From Diana Gallivan on Letter: Put climate first in development plans

    We absolutely must do whatever we can to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Why not play a leadership role that others will emulate?

    2020/10/29 at 8:49 pm
  • From Roy on New Poll: When someone says to you, "Don't Worry Be Happy," how do you respond?

    I say you must be a senior who will never have to pay the debt burden left behind to pay for your living standard and covid pandemic cost.

    2020/10/28 at 5:32 am
  • From Richard Robinson on Garage Sales

    Garage Sale
    Executive Home Downsizing
    Saturday & Sunday, October 24 &25 9:00-11:00am

    Antique crystal, antique wall mounted crank telephone, photography books & equipment bags, Thule rooftop cargo/ski box and rack, downhill and x-country ski equipment, men’s one piece Obermyer ski suit (fits 6’3″), Kenwood R-1000 Communications Receiver, hand tools, painting supplies, gardening tools, fertilizer spreader, Webber Genesis stainless steel natural gas BBQ, books, Martha Stewart 7′ lighted Christmas tree, and many more items.

    2020/10/24 at 8:08 am
  • From Caitlin on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

    My kids love browsing in the garden (Lynn’s) and have grown up with their hands in the dirt. Having Granny teach them to garden, sew, knit , and even build, the same as she taught me has been as great gift . Now my kids are growing and harvesting on their own.

    While they may technically be city kids by place of residence they grew up as I did , a small town kid. Raiding peas from the garden, checking for eggs and picking berries for dessert . Great article mom

    2020/10/17 at 9:54 pm
  • From J. & C. Farmer. on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

    Hello Lynn and Ellen. I too am from that era but a pre boomer. My father left for overseas at the Second WW. Mom and I survived on our own on a meager armed service allotment. I was 3 when Dad arrived home and we too started off in a 2 bedroom Veteran post war home. Small but we all had room to grow safely in a caring, sharing, mutual friendly happy place to play and be watched over. The young veterans were so happy to have survived the horrors of war and be home with family and their young babies (you lucky boomers)
    They worked hard in their yards built fences to lean over and share time building projects with their neighbors.
    We walked to school in all weather and were thankful if we had gumboots to splash in the many puddles. We made friends at school for life and still remember times together playing many games of unorganized sports. We shared produce and watched our Mothers and their friends spend hours over wood stoves canning produce for the winter months.
    Rainy days after school were spent listening to great radio productions of all our historic heroes.
    At the risk of upsetting so many friends I am going to say if we could only take some of the ALR lands sitting without any relative agri production and start over with a housing program similar to the Veterans housing development we would ultimately have more produce produced from home gardens than we will ever see from these fallow lands. Think not only of the housing supply but the health of the families living in what could be a new normal.

    2020/10/17 at 6:52 pm
    • From Lynn Moss on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

      Hi J&C 🙂 Also please send it to Mike Hicks, our local CRD Director, as the CRD is apparently having a review of the ALR very soon. If you compare the Nanaimo Regional District’s climate change type programmes and quality of life programmes to ours here, it is a shock.

      2020/10/17 at 7:35 pm
      • From jo.p on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

        Housing with cute little (sustainable energy efficient) houses and areas for backyard gardens sounds like just what the community needs. But save the ALR land for someone who wants to actually do some farming. Back yard gardens do not require ALR land as all of us who have hauled buckets of compost, seaweed and manure to make our garden plots bloom vigourously can attest.

        2020/10/18 at 10:43 am
    • From Lynn Moss on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

      Your story sounds like my brother’s. I have always had a backyard garden and both my kids and grandkids browsed. I really, really want to see that low land between Grant Road and the main drag saved for community gardens and not built upon. I have no idea who owns it but it is wonderful soil that I understand has been farmed for a long time.

      Your idea of those little “Veterans” houses in garden plots (aka Victory Gardens?) could be the new low cost quality of life housing everyone is asking for. Have you thought to submit your ideas to Al Beddows Committee – please ?
      L

      2020/10/17 at 7:29 pm
  • From Richard Robinson on Garage Sales

    PLEASE SHARE

    Garage Sale
    Executive Home Downsizing
    Sunday, October 18 Noon-3PM
    6967 Brailsford Place, Sooke

    25% of all sales go to Sooke Region Communities Health Network charity.

    Antique crystal, antique wall mounted crank telephone, photography books & equipment bags, Thule rooftop cargo/ski box and rack, Thule ski racks, downhill and x-country ski equipment, men’s one piece Obermyer ski suit (fits 6’3″), Kenwood R-1000 Communications Receiver, hand tools, painting supplies, gardening tools, fertilizer spreader, Webber Genesis stainless steel natural gas BBQ, books, Martha Stewart 7′ lighted Christmas tree, and many more items.

    2020/10/17 at 4:32 pm
  • From PN on Sooke Council leads the way with reckless development in Sooke

    Wholeheartedly agree with the author of this article and earlier commenters.
    At a time of climate emergency, the utter and ongoing desecration of Broom Hill – with the multi-phase, multi-year development that is going in – is nothing less than ecocide, which Sooke District is enabling. Make the OCP a truly meaningful, guiding document that enshrines, protects, and stewards our most valuable resource – nature. Spare us more lip service that ultimately panders to developers, at the expense of what is irreplaceable.

    2020/10/17 at 11:28 am
  • From Ellen+Lewers on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

    This letter needs to go to OCP committee. I too am part of that era .we need to go more simple. The house style you talk of was proposed in the last OCP for the area on the water side of Sooke rd. What a lovely concept. Thrashed,by council and staff duped by some developers. Please sen your letter care of Al Beddows ,acting chair of the OCP.i am an OCP member

    2020/10/17 at 7:34 am
    • From Lynn Moss on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

      Thanks Ellen for your support and suggestion. I’ve been a quiet follower of yours for a while ( as in fan, not stalker) so am honoured.
      L

      2020/10/17 at 7:22 pm
  • From Sande on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

    Tugging at my nostalgia strings.Thx. for sharing this Britt

    2020/10/16 at 9:03 pm
    • From Lynn Moss on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

      Thanks Britt- as always – for all you do for Sooke

      2020/10/17 at 7:20 pm
  • From jo.p on Letter: Intelligent housing could be what it used to be, with modern technology

    What a great letter. A poignant reminder of what we are leaving behind as we seem to be being herded into a less personal, less human, more virtual existence.

    2020/10/16 at 8:36 pm
  • From peter on Harmony Project resumes fall classes, Sooke (plus AGM, bottle-drive info)

    Individual lessons are 30 minutes long and are designed according to the student’s needs. “They often enjoy learning pieces from the group classes and also solo songs from Suzuki”, said Wang. “They truly progress a lot from the lesson to build their technique and to tackle their weaknesses.”
    Read more at showroom go oc cho

    2020/10/16 at 6:54 pm
  • From peter on Sooke ATV Club organized a bush clean, fills dumpsters

    By noon the dumpster was full of various garbage, household items, construction waste and mattresses.
    Read more at noi that go oc cho cao cap

    2020/10/16 at 6:51 pm
  • From jo.p on Langford/Juan de Fuca All Candidates' forum, Live

    It was disappointing that John Horgan couldn’t manage to show up for his own riding’s forum, sending in Mitzi Dean in his stead. Could we say he takes Langford/Juan de Fuca voters for granted?

    2020/10/16 at 12:04 pm
    • From Jonathan Francoeur on Langford/Juan de Fuca All Candidates' forum, Live

      We could say that if we were willing to speak for him. I am not willing to speak for him.

      2020/10/17 at 9:10 am
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