Recent Letters

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Recent Comments

  • 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.

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

    Thank you!!

    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.

    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

      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!

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    2019/11/13 at 10:40 am
  • From Jan Todd on Medical event on yesterday's crash into house on Sooke Rd explained

    What a scary thing to happen! So happy everyone is OK.

    2019/11/06 at 10:28 am
  • From Kim Poirier on Medical event on yesterday's crash into house on Sooke Rd explained

    So glad he and everyone else made it through safely. Hard to give up driving with a mobile business like that. I hope he has employees with the ability to drive the vehicles. Best of luck Shane.

    2019/11/05 at 10:21 am
  • From Hollie on Did you get nominated for a Business Excellence Award? Gala this Saturday

    I nominated northernboard distrubution and they are not on the list?

    2019/11/04 at 8:07 pm
  • From Trish on Sooke Council meeting, Oct 28 2018, RAW notes for subscribers

    Really appreciate these reports,. Thanks, Britt!

    2019/11/02 at 5:38 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Close encounter with bear, saved by a driving hero

    Well-told! enjoy Sooke! <3

    2019/11/02 at 5:10 pm
  • From John Morelli on Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 ¾ percent

    Given how incredibly low rates are (and how indebted Canadian households are) does anyone believe we need a rate cut or that if we had one it would be beneficial?
    Do we need to inflate the housing bubble bigger with ever lower rates?
    Should savers earn zero on savings, including retirees?

    I am happy they are doing nothing. They should continue to do nothing – absolutely nothing. They have done more than enough damage already.

    2019/10/30 at 10:40 am
  • From Rosanne Day on Sooke Talks returns to the EMCS Community Theatre, Friday Nov 8

    Sooke Harbour Toastmasters meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 8;30pm at Ayre Manor

    2019/10/29 at 1:44 am
  • From Chris Hyde on Anyone lost a toilet? Or, Sooke's new Game of Thrones? Caption this!

    Good One!

    2019/10/26 at 1:08 pm
  • From Ralph Hull on British Columbians' fueling habits driving EV charging misconceptions

    If costs are a concern, realize that my Nissan Leaf costs less than one dollar to go from Sooke, into Oak Bay, and back home to Sooke. It costs 1.35 cents to go one kilometer. It’s almost free and no pollution. It is the inevitable future. It’s so easy.

    2019/10/15 at 12:50 pm
  • From Nick Drake on British Columbians' fueling habits driving EV charging misconceptions

    And please don’t accept the fallacy that electric vehicles are “zero emissions”. The emissions from your electric vehicle is simply transferred to the power plant producing the electricity.

    If you live in Alberta, that means your electric vehicle is largely coal-powered.

    2019/10/14 at 4:08 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Candidate conversation hosted in Sooke remarkably civilized

    All incumbants should be voted out. Two terms in office give that incumbant an indexed pension for life. There are more ex-members of both fed and prov parliaments on pension than sitting in the house.
    If anyone ever watches parliamentary debates it is like watching immature kids with name calling and denials and each opposing the other as no one wants to give the other any credibilty . The motivation is to be elected again to get the pension.
    Roman times, you do your term and then you are out. Albeit they used extreme measures but point taken.
    Then,if there is to be any change to constitution would take all provinces and territories to vote yeah. Not likely. Next a Senate, appointed for life, by previous Prime Minister would have to vote on any bill brought before parliament. Where does their loyalty lie? Can’t fire them either.
    We have no choice but to separate and form a country with new constitution based on the people not the politicians or sub-serviant to Ont-Bec

    2019/10/13 at 8:40 am
  • From Nick Drake on Carbon Majors: Update of Top Twenty companies 1965-2017

    I like the logic of this argument.

    It’s not my fault I have lung cancer after smoking for 50 years. It’s the tobacco company’s fault for selling it to me.

    2019/10/09 at 11:01 pm
  • From Jen Smith on Province introduces miscellaneous amendment act that affects 18 provincial statutes

    Love to read good news for a change! There are some long overdue changes in some of these bills that will really help close some gaps that people in need were falling through. The common law spouse definition improvement also was necessary. Kudos to the Horgan government for making life better for youth and families.

    2019/10/09 at 1:57 pm
  • From Johanna Scholten on Tuesday at the Stick: Chat with Randall Garrison and Nathan Cullen (Oct 8)

    Wow…what a great opportunity…we had lots of great informal discussion and had the opportunity to ask questions!

    2019/10/08 at 5:28 pm
  • From Sande on Sooke audit confirms no double voting occurred

    Thanks Carolyn! I believe all voters were either given the chance to read or be reminded verbally of their declaration to attest that they met the voters responsibilities in casting their vote honestly.

    2019/10/07 at 6:35 pm
  • From Nick Drake on Sooke audit confirms no double voting occurred

    This whole problem could be resolved by requiring picture ID to vote.

    Why is that so difficult?

    2019/10/07 at 3:11 pm
  • From Jo.P on Sooke District responds to concerns on election ID requirements and voter responsibilities

    Whoa! In an election where the winner had a mere 3 votes lead this should be a cause for review by the DOS. If it is election fraud to vote twice BUT (according to the great little interview done by the SPN with the DOS…..see “RELATED Letter: Sooke election….” referenced above) no one is checking to see if anyone actually did that, then the whole idea of election fraud being illegal is itself fraudulent. Surely in our era of advanced technology era we can do better than that.

    2019/10/04 at 9:58 am
  • From Sande on Council's second raise kicks in Jan 2020

    Considering the time commitment alone, they are more than deserving of this modest

    2019/10/03 at 9:29 pm
  • From Gail on Young Sooke activist takes message to the roundabout

    Hi Jasmine and Kaidyn, Friend sent me the article re your action to protect the environment and encourage us to do our part. Way to go!!!! Your fan, and honoured to be your friend. Hugs, Gail

    2019/10/03 at 8:28 am
  • From Nick Drake on Young Sooke activist takes message to the roundabout

    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

    2019/10/02 at 12:17 am
  • From Nick Drake on Letter: Sooke election system potentially open to voter fraud

    It seems inconceivable that you aren’t required to show ID when you vote. This is a huge issue in the States, where there is a massive illegal alien population.

    2019/10/01 at 11:45 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on Letter: Sooke election system potentially open to voter fraud

    How dratted awkward!

    2019/10/01 at 8:16 pm
  • From Sande on FEDERAL ELECTION: All Candidates Conversation scheduled for 7pm on Oct 11, EMCS

    Better late than not, just need to note that Friday Oct. 11th is the first day of Advance Polls and the start of Thanksgiving Weekend. Hoping for a good turnout at both

    2019/09/30 at 7:48 pm
  • From Nancy Bennett on Young Sooke activist takes message to the roundabout

    It seems the young generation of these times continue to inspire us. The world needs to listen to these young gaurdians of tommorrow.

    2019/09/29 at 3:03 pm
  • From Sande on By-election results for Sooke, September 28 2019: Your newest Counsellor is Dana Lajeunesse

    So pleased for you Britt that you did so well, revealing how much recognition and respect there is for you in our community. Keep your profile out there, hopefully this
    will raise your readership and subscribers as well and exposure for the next Municipal Election.Bravo!

    2019/09/29 at 8:52 am
  • From Miriam Lambert on By-election results for Sooke, September 28 2019: Your newest Counsellor is Dana Lajeunesse

    Congratulations Dana.

    I got out there and voted. What happened with the rest of you?

    2019/09/29 at 5:56 am
  • From sheila on Young Sooke activist takes message to the roundabout

    Way to go Kaidyn, you inspire us all to do better.

    2019/09/28 at 7:59 pm
  • From Helene Harrison on Opinion: 8 reasons why impeaching Donald Trump is a big risk for the Democrats (and 3 reasons why it's not)

    sorry for the typos, sun in eyes…a big thank you to Britt for honouring free speech here. God Bless.

    2019/09/28 at 12:24 pm
  • From Helene Harrison on Opinion: 8 reasons why impeaching Donald Trump is a big risk for the Democrats (and 3 reasons why it's not)

    Pres Trump is draining the swamp, his DOJ is taking down the global ratlines of human, arms and drugs traffickers, of which the Dems are a part.
    The now extreme-left Dem Party hates the Constitution, free speech and thought.
    They will lose bigly in 2020, and the only way they think they will “win” is by impeaching Pres Trump, but have no–even close–met the threshold of High Crimes & Misdemeanors.
    These people are Traitors to the USA, and are themselves guilty of these crimes and will hopefully be voted out.
    Hunter Biden is a crack cocaine user, and was booted out of the Navy with a Dishonourable Discharge, before Burisma gave him a cushy non-job on their board, buying his father Joe, the VP, who has been on the take his entire career.
    Also the China deal, back of China overtaking the USA, $1.5 billion to rescue Hunter’s failed hedge fund co., along with Secy of State John Kerry’s stepson and Boston mobster Whitey Bulger’s nephew, those are facts of the matter. Whitey Bulger and his mob ruled Boston while Robert Mueller was the DA, btw. So much corruption.
    Meanwhile, here in BC, Premier John Horgan is ok with Chinese–not Canadian–steel being used for the Kitimat LNG project, which Trudeau organised. China is the key for so much corruption around the world.

    2019/09/28 at 12:21 pm
  • From Jen Smith on Open Letter: SPN responds to demands to remove true, factual article

    This was not the article I suspected had caused the dispute in my earlier response to the poll. Tricky issues. Isn’t there any Errors and Omissions type insurance for publications that would take care of legal fees in the event of a civil suit?

    2019/09/28 at 12:16 pm
  • From Helene Harrison on Climate crisis requires immediate action, say public scientists

    on the other hand…

    2019/09/28 at 12:08 pm
  • From Chris Hyde on Open Letter: SPN responds to demands to remove true, factual article

    Good response, Britt. CH

    2019/09/27 at 10:56 pm
  • From Jo.P on Sooke youth head up to the Leg for the climate strike (live updates)

    Finally, a news outlet is reporting on the actual throngs of people who came out to strike for the planet today. Thanks, Britt.

    2019/09/27 at 10:01 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on Open Letter: SPN responds to demands to remove true, factual article

    Good choice, Britt.

    2019/09/27 at 8:21 am
  • From Helene Harrison on Video: Greta Thunberg blasts world leaders at U.N. climate summit: 'How dare you'

    Greta is clearly mentally damaged by the adults around her, imo it’s like child abuse. Here is something else that happened at the UN:

    God Bless

    2019/09/24 at 7:56 pm
    • From Gary Saunders on Video: Greta Thunberg blasts world leaders at U.N. climate summit: 'How dare you'

      Helene Harrison are you aware of Guus Berkhout’s previous employer, who just happens to be SHELL ,one of the worlds leading oil and gas company’s. The oil companies and governments alike don’t want to lose that revenue so a ‘letter’ to the U.N. to dispel the scientific analysis and data regarding global warming will suffice will it? Why didn’t they attend? The motivation to deny global warming or it’s effects by man and in particular CO2 emissions which of course a byproduct of burning fossil fuels is purely financial and for the betterment of economies. Loyalty to his former employers and maybe some incentives along the way I very much suspect. What if Greta was an adult making the same speech, would you still take the same stance and make the same uncorroborated and highly offensive comments about this young person?

      2019/09/26 at 2:23 pm
  • From Kim on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Cross Country Crazy

    Each of our provinces holds its own beauty, too bad Saskatchewan didn’t merit more than backhanded compliments. True Sooke mentality, I think not!

    2019/09/24 at 10:55 am
  • From Nick Drake on Video: Greta Thunberg blasts world leaders at U.N. climate summit: 'How dare you'

    “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.”


    2019/09/24 at 10:21 am
    • From Gary Saunders on Video: Greta Thunberg blasts world leaders at U.N. climate summit: 'How dare you'

      I find the previous comments somewhat disturbing. The finger of blame is being firmly pointed at China and the developing countries for global warming. How can this be? Just a reminder that the industrial revolution emanated from Europe in the mid to late 1700’s which spread across the west over the next 100 years or so. The US then took the mantle and became a leading polluter. China and the developing country’s industrial revolution is very recent and they are now experiencing a free market and wealth. They want to experience the lifestyle we in the west have enjoyed for decades. They may well be emitting more CO2 than any other country now but for the previous couple of hundred years it’s been the west who have been the main culprits when it comes to pollution and in particular global warming. This problem is now global and has to be fixed on a global scale. Do you think China would allow Greta Thunberg to speak so freely and more importantly so critically in their country with that current leadership? Greta Thunberg is an absolute inspiration and on her own admissions should be in school and not have to be taking responsibility for problems created by past and current generations. Leaders and governments worldwide are ignoring the environmental catastrophe which is just around the corner and are more focused on their own economies. At the current rate of deforestation and mineral extraction there will be nothing left to source those economies and very little oxygen to support life itself.

      2019/09/24 at 12:33 pm
  • From Lori on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Cross Country Crazy

    Another well-written, exciting adventure! It seems that no matter where you go, it’s always nice to come home isn’t it?

    2019/09/23 at 7:17 pm
  • From Helene Harrison on Schedule set for four of "100 Debates on the Environment," Greater Victoria Region

    I meant to add this as an fyi:

    Breaking News: Dr Tim Ball Defeats Michael Mann’s Climate Lawsuit!

    I appreciate Britt and SPN allowing free discussion on her publication.

    2019/09/23 at 4:23 pm
  • From Helene Harrison on Schedule set for four of "100 Debates on the Environment," Greater Victoria Region

    I hope folks will be open-minded and consider the People’s Party of Canada.
    I used to support the NDP and the Greens until I did my research. Their platform and other info can be found here:

    Jeremy Gustafson is the PPC candidate for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, I hope you will give him your time and consideration.

    The biggest polluter in the world by far is China. Not Canada and not the USA.

    2019/09/23 at 12:42 pm
  • From Phillips, Heather on New poll: More legal threats, what do you think SPN should do?

    Did I get it right that the law suit is about a comment someone made, not about the article? How about the lawyers go after the commenter, not the SPN? That isn’t going to happen, so why not delete the article? I doubt very many readers are going to go back and look for it. The facts are still facts and won’t go away. Although SPN is a small, local source, the Big Ones are being held more responsible for the comments and content that appear on their sites. Maybe also stop allowing comments on the items you publish. The facts are still facts. When people are saying the community will support you, it isn’t realistic to think a lot of people will attend court and donate funds. People hardly saw fit to pay subscriptons.

    2019/09/23 at 11:38 am
  • From Jonathan on New poll: More legal threats, what do you think SPN should do?

    Because you didn’t post a link to the article it seems to me that you are not in a place to defend yourself right now. Without having seen the article it makes no difference to me if you take it down. If this happens again, I suggest you post a link to the article so I can judge for myself if the article has value.

    2019/09/23 at 10:55 am
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