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Recent Comments

  • From Sande on CRTC investigation targets Dark Web marketplace vendors and administrator

    Good explanation to describing “The Dark Web”
    Thx. for publishing this Britt

    2022/01/26 at 7:58 pm
  • From Patricia on Letter: Too much growth in Sooke, too quickly

    As a frequent visitor to Sooke, I concur totally with this letter-writer.

    2022/01/25 at 7:37 am
  • From Glenda on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    2022/01/10 at 11:25 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

      You’re welcome, Glenda! Thanks for taking the time to comment, and to read SPN!

      2022/01/10 at 12:10 pm
  • From Claire Donovan on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

    I believe there’s also a substantial further reduction in severity of symptoms for those who have had their booster.

    2022/01/10 at 9:14 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

      Yes! Thanks for adding that very important detail, Claire!

      2022/01/10 at 9:26 am
  • From Patricia on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

    Get well soon Britt! Great article, no brain fog there!

    2022/01/10 at 7:54 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

      Thanks Patricia!

      2022/01/10 at 7:57 am
  • From Diane Kent on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

    Well put. Thank you for your clear and well researched reporting. I hope you feel better soon.

    2022/01/10 at 7:04 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

      Thanks Diane!

      2022/01/10 at 7:57 am
  • From Christina Schlattner on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

    Hope you feel well soon Britt. Lots of rest is well-deserved.

    2022/01/10 at 6:16 am
  • From Sherry Thompson on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

    Sorry to hear you have Covid. Hope you feel better very soon. Glad you are vaccinated. I think that your last sentence you may have meant to say “shouldn’t”. Get well, be well, stay safe.

    2022/01/10 at 3:32 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

      Thanks Sherry, I’ll look that over.

      2022/01/10 at 7:59 am
  • From John Morelli on Capitol Attack Anniversary: Majority of Canadians & Americans say January 6 riot was 'domestic terrorism'

    ‘news’ has been politicized and lacks objectivity.
    For a better perspective see, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/weaponization-january-6

    2022/01/09 at 11:12 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

    Am I not understanding your graph? It shows the vaxed ,I think much higher than non or partial vaxed. Am I correct in that reading?

    2022/01/09 at 9:24 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Sorry for silence, I caught COVID

      When comparing vaxxed to unvaxxed numbers, it proportional to population. Roughly speaking, and mind you I’m rounding the numbers now because I’m tired, but about 90% of the population – that would be the vaccinated – account for 60% of the hospitalized cases. Those who are unvaxxed, roughly 10% of the population, account for the remaining 40% of hospital cases. Hope that helps. Britt.

      2022/01/09 at 10:27 pm
  • From Alan Dolan on "addy" enables Sooke residents to invest in Sooke while supporting Sooke Shelter

    Housing is not an investment; it is a human right.

    2022/01/07 at 11:33 am
  • From Loretta on Happy New Year: 2022

    Happy New Year Britt,, May this year increase for you everything, you work for so hard to make all important news and information available as quickly as you do.
    Love all your new features,
    May you have a wonderful year and may you have more relaxation and big tips!
    Appreciate you. Thank you for everything!
    COVID ELBOW BUMP.

    2022/01/03 at 9:42 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on Wind warning in effect for Greater Victoria

    We sure make a fuss over nano particles in the ocean with fish and whales but don’t concern yourself with getting nano particles in humans

    2022/01/01 at 9:23 pm
  • From Jo.P on Happy New Year: 2022

    Thank you for persisting, Britt.
    May 2022 be good to everyone.
    As we continue on our intriguing journey forever learning to be good to each other, ourselves and the planet.

    2022/01/01 at 11:06 am
  • From Sande on Early morning sunrise over Sooke: Photography by Gregory Varano

    Well done Gregory! Beautiful photo

    2021/12/29 at 8:49 pm
  • From Sande on Weather alert: It's going to be cold due to an arctic outflow

    Still in Qualicum but think we’ll try to head south and home during day tomorrow.
    Stay safe, stay warm

    2021/12/26 at 7:43 pm
  • From Britt Santowski on 1,474 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Dec 22, 2021 (was 584 a week ago)

    Thanks Sande! All the best to you and yours. Stay healthy and well,
    Britt

    2021/12/23 at 1:18 pm
  • From Sande on 1,474 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Dec 22, 2021 (was 584 a week ago)

    Not great news to close out 2021, with hopes for a promising New Year
    Merry Christmas Britt. Thank you for all that you do.
    Sande

    2021/12/23 at 8:10 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on New health orders close bars, gyms, no organized gatherings of any size, effective Dec 22 - Jan 18

    I thought you had yo be vaxed to go to restaurants, bars and gyms. So does this mean it is not safe for vaxed to congregate?
    I am confused here as we are told that only vaxed should congregate in homes.

    2021/12/21 at 9:30 pm
  • From Alan Dolan on Transition Sooke asks for hold on all new development, until OCP completion

    Sooke’s greenhouse gases right now are about 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). There are various ways of directly or indirectly estimating reductions in oil and gas for home heating and transportation, which are our two biggest sources of greenhouse gases. You can survey households and businesses. You can look at data from Fortis Gas and gasoline companies and make an estimate for Sooke. There is more than enough CO2 for the plants and the ocean and there will continue to be so. It is unlikely we will ever reduce CO2 in the atmosphere at all, but what we are trying to do is not add any more. That is why we are trying to reduce our greenhouse emissions as soon as possible.

    2021/12/18 at 8:03 pm
  • From Bernie Klassen on Transition Sooke asks for hold on all new development, until OCP completion

    Even reducing human-caused CO2e releases would have no impact on plant growth. Our plants evolved to take advantage of 280ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. Now, scarcely 150 years later, our current level is over 415ppm. Even if our plant life isn’t affected by the additional CO2, they are being affected by the massive climactic change now underway. As NASA points out: “An increase in global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) could shift the ideal growing conditions for North American tree species as far as 322 kilometres (200 miles) north of their present location. If this warming occurs over the next 100 years as predicted, trees would have to migrate about 3.2 kilometres (2 miles) every year. Just over three kilometres a year may not seem like much, but even that short a distance may be unattainable for trees that reproduce by means of wind-dispersed seeds or nuts, such as oaks. Some scientists fear that even some of the faster migrators, such as jack pine, which the fossil record has shown to spread as much as 500 meters in a year, may not be fast enough to keep pace with the rapid warming expected in the next 100 years.”
    As well, garden plants will have to adjust to new, more extreme conditions as the climate collapses. We’re already experiencing longer summer droughts here in Sooke, higher temperatures both on average and at the extremes, and greater rainfall in the winter with an increasing number of atmospheric rivers reaching us. Sure, we’re used to rain. But we’re not really ready for a month’s rain in a couple of days–and then the rest of the month’s rain after that. And this is already happening more frequently, and will happen more and more often over the next decade.
    So, in order to achieve the IPCC recommended 50% reduction in tCO2e (tonnes co2 equivalent) by 2030, Sooke needs to drop its total tCO2e emissions by about 7% every year. But here’s the problem…the construction of the new library used ~800 cubic metres of concrete. That translates to ~320 tCO2e released. The new sports box 220 cubic metres or ~88 tCO2e release. A reduction target of 1,452 tCO2e emission is set by Sooke as part of its 7% Solution calculation for 2021. The additional 408 tCO2e from just these two projects represents 28% of Sooke’s 1,452 tCO2 emission reduction target. This shows how difficult a problem we’re facing; every addition to the built environment requires at least equal cuts elsewhere just to stay even.

    2021/12/18 at 7:50 pm
  • From Susan Belford on Transition Sooke asks for hold on all new development, until OCP completion

    Currently Sooke’s annual GHG burden currently (2018 figures) is 48,386 tons of CO2e. The District’s Climate Action Committee has come up with a solution to reduce this amount annually by 7%, achieving a 50% reduction (24,193 tons C02e) by 2030. However, this solution does not include additional GHGs emitted by new construction. As each 100 new homes adds about 1,968 tons of GHGs each year, the impact of additional development is sizable– especially when considering that 1200 new homes are already approved and the OCP anticipates a further 167 units to be constructed each year. (or 328,656 additional tons of GHG annually) This clearly would wipe out any hope of reaching our targets.

    While some greenhouse gasses such as CO2 do contribute to the health of oceans and forests, unfortunately our planet is currently making far more CO2 than is healthy– about 35 Billion tons– per year with the result that the ocean is becoming more and more acidic, to the detriment of all ocean life. Due to logging and land clearing, our global forests are actually emitting more GHGs than they use for food. And don’t forget– Greenhouse Gasses also include substances such as methane, Nitrous Oxide, Hydrofluorocarbon gases, Perfluorocarbon gases and Sulfur Hexafluoride which are toxic to all life.

    2021/12/18 at 6:05 pm
    • From Susan Belford on Transition Sooke asks for hold on all new development, until OCP completion

      I’m sorry– I misread the OCP– the figure is 162 units, not 167

      2021/12/18 at 6:11 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on Transition Sooke asks for hold on all new development, until OCP completion

    Can anyone tell me how we can measure a 50% reduction in greenhouse gasses and what are they st now,? Also greenhouse gasses,CO2 are necessary for the health of trees and the ocean. How fo wr know how to balance that?

    2021/12/17 at 9:27 pm
  • From Trish on Otter Point Road almost ready for paving, Church Road work could continue into the New Year

    I know it’s a challenge to get into the parking lot, but I truly hope the Sooke Community will support the little stores at Otter Pt & Sooke Road. The Southside Gallery, Barking Dog. Sea of Blooms etc. have been so impacted with Covid and now this interminable road work…. Please Folks SHOP LOCALLY!

    2021/12/10 at 10:34 am
  • From david evans on Sooke Food Bank and Cathy’s Corner Café among the winners of Sooke's Business Excellence Awards

    Congratulations!
    Woooooot!
    Soooooke!

    2021/12/09 at 9:26 pm
  • From Nick Drake on Remember the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989 (32 years ago today)

    “This spring, there was an attempted gun massacre at the Appalachian School of Law in West Virginia. But, alas for the Appalachians’ M Lépine, there were two gun-totin’ students present who were able to pin down the would-be mass murderer until the cops arrived… Generally speaking, when the psycho shows up and opens fire, your best hope is that there’s someone else around with a gun to hand — a situation Canadian law has now rendered all but impossible.”

    Mark Steyn

    2021/12/08 at 1:33 am
  • From Sande on Remember the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989 (32 years ago today)

    Still shakes me, not an event that should just slip away.

    2021/12/06 at 9:04 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Remember the 14 women killed at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989 (32 years ago today)

      Same. I was in university at the time, and I remember going through denial thinking this cannot be real, it cannot be real. As the days passed by and we learned more about what actually unfolded, the horror of that day sunk in. Because they were women. That’s it. That was enough to get them killed. It still happens once every two and a half days in Canada. We don’t hear about it, because it’s “normal.” Normal isn’t newsworthy.

      This HAS to stop being a woman’s issue, and start being a man’s responsibility. To step up and shut down sexist and racist and xenophobic comments. To stand up for what’s right at the risk of being shunned by your male peers. To start being as strong as the women who survive this shit every single day but whose voices are never heard and whose experiences are never acknowledged until something this horrible happens.

      I know a handful of men who are this strong. We need more of them to show up.

      2021/12/06 at 9:13 pm
  • From Jim Gardner on Reminder – Returning home or planning to visit Canada? Know before you go

    Please email me and I can supply my address so you can send me a free smart phone to fill out the app. I do not own, and never have owned. a smart phone but want to remain a law abiding, tax paying citizen of this country and need the phone to allow me to enter the country legally and Justin says is the right of all Canadians to enter Canada. Don’t make me sue for my 10 million.

    2021/12/05 at 8:30 am
  • From Koshin - Sifu Moonfist on Transition Sooke Supports EMCS Climate Poster Contest: And the winners are...

    What an amazingly Great and Professional looking 1st Place winner. Congrats Charlotte…

    2021/12/01 at 9:55 am
  • From Debbie Trowbridge on Sooke salon closes as family shifts focus to expand Artisan Garden

    Exciting news ! Can’t wait to see what creative ideas you come up with for 2022 ❤

    2021/11/25 at 9:01 am
  • From Trish on Human serial suer strikes again: Durkin files a defamation lawsuit against Capital Daily

    Truly unbelievable gall. It blows my mind this is wasting court time and lawyers fees.

    2021/11/24 at 12:48 pm
  • From Ralph Hull on Human serial suer strikes again: Durkin files a defamation lawsuit against Capital Daily

    This fraudster has come to the area where fraudsters learn a real lesson in humanity. It is Scammers Beach, just west of here. It requires two five gallon buckets, a bag of cement, and low tide which will rise at least six feet. One leg into each bucket, concrete applied, and let the tide rise. Usually at a five toot tide they will have learned their lesson and repent. With no helping hand they are on their own to survive so it changes their mind about using others. Welcome to the old Wild West. Scum should also be fed to the rats.

    2021/11/24 at 11:06 am
  • From Rory Tardkin on Human serial suer strikes again: Durkin files a defamation lawsuit against Capital Daily

    You’d think the inept clown and fraudster would be self aware of the vacuous nature of his person and his lawyerly pretense
    A perfect example of the Dunning-Krueger pathos ..a person with cognitive bias in which the buffoon of low ability at a task overestimates his ability

    Durkin is a man clutching illusions when he has nothing else to hold onto

    “Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing happened” – Winston Churchill

    Excreta Tauri Sapientium Fulgeat.
    The rough translation from Latin is
    “bullsh it baffles brains”

    2021/11/24 at 9:09 am
  • From Maddy McLean on Safe, effective COVID-19 pediatric vaccine available for children aged 5-11

    There is no evidence that it is safe and effective for children in the long term. Children are at greater risk if they get the vaccine than they will ever be of Covid. Please read what European Countries are doing before you get your kid a shot. Many pediatric associations have said that children should not get this vaccine.

    2021/11/24 at 1:03 am
  • From Roy on Letter: No need to panic purchase gas, its shortage is rumoured not real

    the carbon foot print of the production of an electric vehicle is equal to driving a mid sized fossil fuel vehicle for 6 years. 20 lb plus rare earth in each EV. so other than feeling smug, you just choose to release carbon in a shorter period of time. Also China controls 85 percent of available rare earth.

    2021/11/21 at 10:56 am
  • From Nick Drake on Personal use vehicles limited to 30 litres of gas

    The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

    Ronald Reagan

    2021/11/19 at 9:27 pm
  • From Cheryl on Personal use vehicles limited to 30 litres of gas

    And what would prevent a person from fueling up with 30 litres at one station and then going to another for an additional 30? And so on…

    2021/11/19 at 8:57 pm
    • From Phil B on Personal use vehicles limited to 30 litres of gas

      Integrity

      2021/11/20 at 7:08 am
  • From Alan Dolan on Letter: No need to panic purchase gas, its shortage is rumoured not real

    Or buy an electric car and get out of the whole fossil fuel rat race that is destroying our planet.

    2021/11/19 at 7:54 pm
  • From Alan Dolan on Letter: Council considers cutting spending recommended by Climate Action Committee, in the face of climate change

    It is a little misleading to say that Sooke Council considered a tax increase of 17%. As Mayor Tait said a number of times during the evening, Council asked staff to put everything into the budget regardless of the tax consequences and Council would use that as a starting point.

    2021/11/18 at 10:49 pm
  • From Gary Saunders on Administrative hearing date set for alleged fraudster Timothy Craig Durkin: May 16, 2022

    Will Mr. Durkin be attending the hearing in person or virtually? It’s just that according to his recent comments to the Times Colonist he’d been experiencing problems with his computer. Could we be of any assistance, my wife is experienced in IT matters, if he would like to reach out to us. I also note that Mr. Durkin has filed a Notice of Civil Claim in the Victoria Courts against Capital News. Will Mr. Durkin be considering a trial? If so will he be calling my wife as a witness. The last time he x examined my wife in court it didn’t go too well for Mr. Durkin. In my opinion it was disastrous.

    2021/11/16 at 11:56 am
  • From Rory Tardkin on Administrative hearing date set for alleged fraudster Timothy Craig Durkin: May 16, 2022

    Curious about the $495;000 mentioned in Judge Basran’s judgement. Rodger Gregory and Durkin induced an elderly gentleman from Kelowna area to invest in the scam
    Is BCSC withholding that as another charge to include Gregory in an indictment ?
    It was stated that Gregory solicited the so called “investor”

    2021/11/15 at 7:32 am
    • From Gary Saunders on Administrative hearing date set for alleged fraudster Timothy Craig Durkin: May 16, 2022

      That’s an interesting observation Mr. Tardkin.

      I don’t know if you are aware but Mr. Durkin has a number of lawsuits filed with the Victoria Registry in addition to his admissibility hearing and now the BC Securities Commission. This must be a real strain on Mr. Durkin purse strings with all those legal fees and then retaining counsel. It must be very difficult for him being a pensioner. One of the reasons for not retaining counsel and one which Mr.Durkin provided to the court at the commencement of the civil trial with Mr and Mrs. Philip, was lack of funds and recipients of pensions. He described himself and Rodger Gregory (convicted fraudster) to the court as ‘old age pensioners’. Inquiring minds would like to know how Mr. Durkin is managing to meet those financial obligations, him being only a pensioner, in receipt of pensions.

      2021/11/16 at 1:17 pm
  • From Jo on Sooke salon closes as family shifts focus to expand Artisan Garden

    I look forward to the new expanded Artisan Gardens, already my favourite plant store in Sooke.

    2021/11/14 at 8:48 pm
  • From Wendy O'Connor on New Community Health Centre coming to Westshore

    Why is Sooke not included in the population served by this Health Centre?

    2021/11/13 at 4:51 am
  • From Nellie Taylor - SFMS Secretary on The students in Harmony Project Sooke had a fun and very busy Halloween weekend!

    Thrilled to see our community supporting Sooke Harmony Project’s mission: creating accessible music education opportunities for children. We at Sooke Folk Music Society are proud supporters!

    2021/11/06 at 10:27 am
  • From Joseph Edward Smith on 596 new BC COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, Nov 4, 2021

    I do not feel that Covid is on the decline.
    Island health case count is still high as it has ever been.
    Except for the mask mandate we have pretty well opened up.
    What is wrong here.?

    2021/11/04 at 6:40 pm
  • From Roy on Indoor mask mandate extended

    waiting to be told there is only one true way to take my temperature.

    2021/10/29 at 3:37 pm
  • From JS on Sooke town core traffic heavily congested to due multiple road and roadside projects

    All traffic lights through Sooke should be removed and round-abouts in place, including at Kangaroo Road, safer, and traffic constantly flows. Many other countries like New Zealand and Iceland have this. Who has a bunch of traffic lights on a major highway!?!?!

    2021/10/29 at 9:11 am
    • From jordan johnson on Sooke town core traffic heavily congested to due multiple road and roadside projects

      traffic circles slow down movement, best thing for hwy 14 is ticket slow drivers, and the brake tappers . Hwy 14 has no posted school zones. The ability to read sign and comprehend the meaning is lost on far to many drivers.

      2021/11/02 at 4:37 am
  • From Sooke Resident on Sooke town core traffic heavily congested to due multiple road and roadside projects

    So will all the construction be completed and the ribbon cutting scheduled before the next civic election? Asking for a friend.

    2021/10/28 at 10:27 pm
  • From Sooke Resident on Sooke town core traffic heavily congested to due multiple road and roadside projects

    So will all the construction be completed and the ribbon cutting scheduled before the next civic election, asking for a friend. ‍♀️

    2021/10/28 at 10:26 pm
  • From Michel Desjardins on Pope makes pilgrimage to Canada some time, soonish.

    “Prayer…possibility…eventual visit…Holy See…” The Pope runs a multinational corporation, centred abroad, that has been responsible for sexual and other abuses on Canadian soil, and still refuses to take responsibility for what it did. Why treat the issue with kid gloves? The reporting on this issue needs to change.

    2021/10/28 at 9:24 pm
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