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Recent Comments

  • From Diana Kilmury on Voter Registrations are in the mail

    Well, here it is Wednesday April 26 and still no voting card. Is this voter suppression or just incompetence?

    I have voted in EVERY municipal, provincial and federal election for the past 52 years and have been at my present address for the past 5 years. If I haven’t yet gotten my voting card with advance voting beginning on Saturday, lots of luck to anyone not registered or recently moved.

    I understand the cards are being mailed out now but it’s a pretty inept performance.

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    2017/04/26 at 7:08 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Voter Registrations are in the mail

      Hi Diana, Visit this article on SPN: http://sooke.pocketnews.info/election-may-9-2017-where-and-how-to-vote/

      If you have a driver’s licence (photo and address), that is as good as a voter’s card. Other IDs are accepted.

      They did send out the voter cards a while back. I cannot find mine. However, I will vote, and I’ll pack plenty of ID with me, just in case.

      As you note, advanced voting is this weekend. Again, see the above article for where and when. That’s a good time to vote, and if your ID is insufficient, you still have time to learn what will work and what to bring on May 9.

      Thanks for being a committed voter! You set a high standard.

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      2017/04/26 at 7:22 pm
  • From E. Boucher on Election May 9, 2017: Where and how to vote

    Attended the all-candidates meeting this evening in Sooke. A good showing and some interesting responses to some challenging questions. Most disappointing that our incumbent MLA had more imortant priorities than attendance. Other candidates performed very well and highlighted that we have other very viable options for representation to choose from in our community.

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    2017/04/25 at 10:33 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on LETTER: Decision to ban edibles is irrational and uninformed

    Well Said Lori

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    2017/04/25 at 7:43 pm
  • From corrie cullen on Look for The Crispy Fish on Saturdays

    a bit late in the day, i was hoping for lunch

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    2017/04/23 at 2:37 pm
  • From corrie cullen on New CRD Juan de Fuca Parks Manager

    its the big payouts and pensions that scare me, never saw that in the private sector

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    2017/04/20 at 3:36 pm
  • From corrie cullen on POLL: How are you voting at this year's provincial election?

    one thing i noticed about living on the island is that the highways have traffic lights as opposed to overpasses, this is because the island has been predominately NDP, driving takes longer and also increased brake wear, if the NDP get elected, highway 14 will become a wagon trail

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    2017/04/18 at 4:50 pm
  • From Karmen Kingsley on #DividedBy14: Drive attention on Hwy 14 by using this hashtag on social media

    Hell! I can FLY to San Francisco from here FASTER than the 2 hrs door-to-door bus commute between Sooke and work in Victoria!!! A proper highway would cut our commute time considerably!

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    2017/04/14 at 8:15 am
  • From Roy on BC NDP response to Liberal platform: Christy Clark’s platform maintains giveaways to rich donors, rising costs for families

    “A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury”. This is a quote from Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1787.

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    2017/04/10 at 5:59 pm
  • From corrie cullen on BC NDP response to Liberal platform: Christy Clark’s platform maintains giveaways to rich donors, rising costs for families

    and then there was the Dave Barrett NPD that made welfare into the provinces number one industry, chasing jobs away and business just to provide money for people to go through life with no esteem also instigating more donor operations.

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    2017/04/10 at 4:57 pm
  • From Dave on LETTER: Our Fort Mac rescue cat called Murphy is missing, can you help?

    Murphy is home safe. Thank you everyone.

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    2017/04/09 at 5:39 pm
  • From corrie cullen on ICBC looks at anti-distracted driving technology

    and now, about the compulsory backup camera, our driving test required us to turn our heads to the right and look out the back window, if equipted

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    2017/04/08 at 2:58 pm
  • From corrie cullen on Half of single BC seniors living on $25K or less per year

    born and worked here for 40 years, just to get beaten by refugees

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    2017/04/08 at 2:46 pm
  • From Randy on Chamber president says success begets success: Let's help each other more

    an excellent perspective for Sooke business people, which starts with encouraging business owners & staff to at least give Sooke businesses a look first when wanting to buy.

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    2017/04/07 at 4:08 pm
  • From Sean MacDougal on Sooke mayor seeks community input on access to health services

    why cant we read any of the comments?

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    2017/04/04 at 2:44 pm
  • From Chris Donaldson on A casino may be coming to Sooke

    I’d have to agree that Sooke does not need a casino. I just hope that a proper public assessment is undertaken prior to any decision being reached. Then again, it sounds like a decision may well have already been made?

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    2017/04/04 at 8:14 am
  • From Walter Jesso on A casino may be coming to Sooke

    Moved here to get away from city crap! Sooke needs to remain country living. Likely an idea of the kingdom of Victoria!
    We have a unique place here but unfortunately the creep is starting.
    You want more crime? Say no to this stupidity…

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    2017/04/03 at 7:28 pm
  • From corrie cullen on Optional in-person course created for liquor licensees

    did prohibition end last week

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    2017/04/03 at 6:18 am
  • From Ashwin on Anti-bullying awareness

    It is really very impressive blog whatever i read in this blog a great protection to students against bullying.I am glad to visit here and also appreciate these helpful resources to stop BULLYING. Thanks for sharing and i am assure this post have been informative for all students of new generation.

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    2017/04/02 at 9:40 pm
  • From Doug G on House moving scheduled to impact Sooke traffic, April 3-11

    When I look at the DriveBC website it shows the houses for these two events coming from Parksville but the show the same time/day ranges! Does it mean they are actually starting in Parksville Monday and won’t be down here until maybe Tuesday?? I think you should use your journalistic sleuthing skills and quiz them on the particulars! That way we won’t all think the road down here will be tied up for 2.5 days. It is somewhat confusing the way they have it worded. Thanks.

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    2017/04/02 at 6:54 pm
  • From corrie cullen on Report: Underfunding means inadequate care for Indigenous children

    its a little a bit funny, as friends now decieced raised 2 challenged children and were not adoptable, to B C standards, yet the birth mother, turned out 8 more, great to be first nations

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    2017/03/30 at 6:57 pm
  • From corrie cullen on Sooke set to approve 5.57% tax increase

    are district employees to get a greater pay increase that those on pensions, if so then why

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    2017/03/27 at 2:35 pm
  • From Stephen Hindrichs on LETTER: Feedlot proposal is carrot-and-stick-style blackmail, with a shriveled carrot

    Thank you for your letter regarding this threat to our community Christina.
    Here is a copy of my letter to the Mayor and Council regarding this issue.

    Hello Mayor Tait,

    I have heard about the proposal by Anthony Laughren to remove lands from the ALR in Sooke. I have looked at this land via aerial photographs and also am somewhat familiar with the parcel on 7166 West Coast Road.
    My opinion is that neither of these parcels should be removed from the ALR. We will be needing more land to be put into food production and both of these parcels are suitable and well located to improve the food security of our community.

    I ask that we do not succumb to his threats of putting in a feedlot. First of all, this is not a suitable use of this land nor is it an environmentally sound option. I would also go so far as to say it will likely not be a financially viable option for the owner. This is simply posturing, though quite possibly could happen as part of the strategy for eventual removal of the land from the ALR. If he succeeds in upsetting enough neighbours with the problems associated with a feedlot, (Smell, runoff contaminated with antibiotics and growth hormones and noise) he could possibly garner enough support with a future mayor and council to have these lands removed from the ALR. In the past I have worked in agriculture, and specifically have worked with the beef cattle sector, so I do have some ideas on the nature of this proposal.

    I believe that the district should address this threat by making changes to the municipal bylaws to preclude the threat of a feedlot being placed on this or any other property within the Sooke district.

    Thank you for your consideration on this very important matter

    Stephen Hindrichs.
    Sooke

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    2017/03/26 at 8:30 pm
  • From Little Willie John on New BCTF ad campaign calls on teachers and parents to vote for a government that can be trusted to put kids first

    How shameless can the BCTF get?

    “We need more money, we always need more money, but it’s all for the kids. Vote NDP, they’ll give us – I mean, the kids – more money.”

    I dream of a day when the people of British Columbia will no longer be cursed with the BCTFs stranglehold on our public schools.

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    2017/03/26 at 7:13 pm
  • From Gordon Roberts on Sooke Community Grants: Legion gets $10,000, and Council remains within their $50,000 budget

    Regarding comments made about Sooke Baptist Church…
    Many of the best leaders start without money. And they know what every great leader knows: vision precedes resources.

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    2017/03/26 at 12:29 am
  • From Deryk Houston on Sponsorship team expects a family of four from Iraq to arrive shortly

    This article in the New York Times gives a good account of the difficulties in sponsoring refugees. It is not an easy undertaking, but certainly offers hope.

    I support the people who take this idea on. On the other hand, I would much prefer that we stop bombing other countries in the first place and creating a complete mess of their lives. Iraq was only one example. We continually support military intervention in other countries. (Canada did not participate in the second Gulf War but we supported bombing in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Syria. Even the Green party of Canada and the NDP originally supported bombing in Lebanon. (Elizabeth May “eventually” voted no to continued bombing in Lebanon.)
    Greater effort and thinking has to go into how we wreck other peoples lives.

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    2017/03/25 at 8:53 am
  • From Rick Granger on ICBC collector status expanded to 1974 vehicles, including "muscle cars"

    I have a 1964 chevy nova ss modified that I am hoping to get my collector plate for April 2017. Will that be possible?

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    2017/03/22 at 4:37 pm
  • From Gunny Tennese on Testimonials

    I was fortunate to discover Sooke Pocket News even before I took possession of my new home and had moved here. I googled Sooke and found SPN quite by chance but, once I did I spent hours researching my wonderful new town through Britt’s stories, articles and archives…all concisely and clearly written. No matter what I googled I seemed to be consistently led back to SPN…an excellence source for a newcomer. Now that I’ve been here for awhile I find myself relying on SPN for current road and weather conditions, the latest town council news, local advertising, upcoming events, road closures etc…it’s an invaluable site. I found my new photographer on SPN, he suggested another business contact and on it goes. I feel as if I’ve plunged full force into my new life in Sooke with a wealth of information thanks to Sooke Pocket News. Thank you so much for making my life easier. My own business ad will start soon and I’m quite confident that I’ve chosen wisely in placing my advertising with SPN.

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    2017/03/20 at 9:33 pm
  • From Deryk Houston on Transit service to Sooke will decline in the years to come

    I can’t help but feel that this comment by Mayor Tait is politically motivated. The lack of a gas tax does not automatically mean that there will not be extra buses for Sooke if Sooke needs them. I should point out that I personally would vote NDP. But I don’t like it when people play politics. The gas tax is very soon going to have to be replaced anyway as people turn to electric cars. (possibly a tax when you insure your car for example.)
    Do people realize that you can drive to Victoria and back to Sooke for less than two dollars worth of electricity? That’s what it costs me in my chevrolet Volt. It’s amazingly cheap and the provincial government gives you up to $12,000.00 to buy your new electric vehicle. It’s something people might wish to think about.

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    2017/03/19 at 7:54 am
  • From Little Willie John on Transit service to Sooke will decline in the years to come

    Why is it that the people who don’t use the transit system have to pay for it?

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    2017/03/19 at 12:35 am
    • From Deryk Houston on Transit service to Sooke will decline in the years to come

      The reason people pay for the transit system even though “they don;t use it” is for the same reason people pay for schools, universities, roads that you might not ever use…..it’s because it benefits society.
      It’s a fair question but if you give it some further thought….it does make sense I think.

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      2017/03/19 at 7:59 am
  • From Doreen on Happy Thursday wishes, from three local characters

    This made me smile..thanks!

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    2017/03/18 at 9:02 am
  • From john currie on Sooke Daily Gem Lisa McCormack, Theatre Artist

    Hi Lisa,

    Glad to see you are enjoying life in BC.

    Be well,

    John Currie
    Saint John High School
    New Brunswick

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    2017/03/15 at 7:46 pm
  • From Sharon Sterling on District pulls support for SEAPARC as a future Library site

    I would so love to see a library at the Lot A site. It would allow “going to the library” to remain part of running errands in the town core. And a great cultural centre anchor for the town.

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    2017/03/14 at 7:55 pm
  • From Ralph Hull on POLL: Daylight Savings, do we really need it?

    Britt ~ something weird happened in this poll about DST. I made a thoughtful comment when there were 38 votes. Now I cannot find it, now another vote with only 17 votes. I had to go all the way through the poll archives to leave that message. It was quite comprehensive (in my mind) and I wanted to copy it. Now I can’t find it. Where do I look and how to get it in a more prominent location?

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    2017/03/12 at 11:09 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on POLL: Daylight Savings, do we really need it?

      Hi Ralph, the .ca site is the mirror site. The larger number of votes appear on the .info site, and your earlier comment can be found at http://sooke.pocketnews.info/poll-daylight-savings-do-we-really-need-it/

      Hope that helps!

      I know it’s confusing, but since the three attack in 2016, I’ve had to have a functioning site and a mirror site. Two more are in reserve, as a backup plan part 3 and 4…

      Yours,
      Britt

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      2017/03/13 at 10:16 am
  • From Joe on Co-op housing could help address the housing crisis in BC: NDP

    One deceive way to elevate housing amoung singles and persons with disabilities as well as families who are desperately poor who are not 65 yet. I say 65 yet because a over 65 single person who was born in Canada and still resides here gets OAS plus GIS get $1,442.62 as now a person with disability PWD simgle gets $983.42 with no transportation bus pass like seniors get. So by raising shelter base rate another $225 to $275 month the poorest ofthe poor would have a chance to get shelter… this in turn would go directly back into any social housing they lived at but would give persons a chance to find housing outside of that!

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    2017/03/12 at 9:22 am
  • From Lee Chilvers on Reminder: Leave the phone alone while you drive

    I can understand the intend behind these signs but I’m not sure how effective they will be. The kinds of people who don’t use their phone are unlikely to need reminding, and the kinds of people who do simply don’t care and will probably just ignore the sign.

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    2017/03/07 at 5:11 am
  • From Ken Kellehar on Urgent Care hours expanded at West Coast Family Medical Clinic

    my dog gets excellent, timely medical care while I don’t even have a doctor. Something is wrong with our health care system…..

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    2017/03/06 at 3:02 pm
  • From Jo.P on Sooke Philharmonic worldwide film premier featured at Vancouver Women in Film Festival

    Actually the world premiere was right here in Sooke at Awareness Film Night in December. Not much travelling required and we had tea, goodies, and live musical performances to boot.

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    2017/03/05 at 9:29 pm
  • From Lynn on Epic Garage Sale in Sunriver, Saturday June 4

    Do you know when the 2017 Sunriver Garage sale is planned for?

    Thank you.

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    2017/03/05 at 12:20 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Epic Garage Sale in Sunriver, Saturday June 4

      Hi Lynn, I’ve contacted a coordinator. It’s held on the first Saturday of June every year, so this year it will fall on June 3rd. I’ve added it to the SPN Calendar, which you can view online here: http://sooke.pocketnews.info/calendar/

      All the best,
      Britt

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      2017/03/07 at 10:47 am
  • From S on BCTF reaches agreement on implementation of teachers' restored collective agreement language

    The stranglehold the BC Teachers Federation has on our education system continues.

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    2017/03/04 at 8:57 pm
  • From Randy on Letter: What are RCMP standards on publishing names?

    I was told that names could not be released until charges are laid but that seems to be BS as most of the time charges are laid but no names published. I agree, we deserve to know who is a safety problem in our neighbourhood

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    2017/03/04 at 2:25 pm
  • From Little Willie John on Letter: What are RCMP standards on publishing names?

    Good for you!

    I’m sure many people have wondered what the rules are, too.

    The fact that that no one will even respond to you query speaks volumes. The public has a right to know what the rules are – and if they disagree with those rules, to press their representatives to change them.

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    2017/03/03 at 5:10 pm
  • From Barb on Four hour standoff concludes with charges

    A Sawed off Shotgun…Uttering Death threats..etc.

    Also…after a 4 hour standoff…The Sooke RCMP media does not release his name?

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    2017/03/03 at 11:42 am
    • From Britt Santowski on Four hour standoff concludes with charges

      SPN has released the name, as it appeared in the Courts on the following day. Please see the update.

      Also, please note you are commenting on the duplicate (or mirror) site. The comments will over-written when the pages are backed up.

      The MAIN article appears on the info site (drop the “s” in the https: address, and change .ca to .info) http://sooke.pocketnews.info/four-hour-standoff-concludes-with-charges/

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      2017/03/03 at 11:59 am
  • From Randy on Four hour standoff concludes with charges

    sure wish the names were revealed after charges are laid, we deserve to know who the bad people are

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    2017/03/01 at 2:15 pm
    • From Britt Santowski on Four hour standoff concludes with charges

      SPN has released the name, as it appeared in the Courts on the following day. Please see the update.

      Also, please note you are commenting on the duplicate (or mirror) site. The comments will over-written when the pages are backed up.

      The MAIN article appears on the info site (drop the “s” in the https: address, and change .ca to .info) http://sooke.pocketnews.info/four-hour-standoff-concludes-with-charges/

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      2017/03/03 at 11:59 am
  • From MsJustice on John Phillips Memorial Park currently closed; Update: Foul play not suspected, link to CTV

    Do u have link for CTV news?

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    2017/03/01 at 1:49 pm
  • From SLiM on John Phillips Memorial Park currently closed; Update: Foul play not suspected, link to CTV

    13:30 – 1 Mar 2017 – The vehicles are now gone but the tape remains in place.

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    2017/03/01 at 1:31 pm
  • From Anita Wasiura on Gallery: Seedy Saturday 2017

    Thanks for the great photo gallery SPN! And thanks to everyone who attended and all the volunteers for their time. It was a great start to gear up for gardening.

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    2017/02/26 at 9:01 am
  • From Roy on Christy Clark’s “Forget Everything” budget can’t erase years of neglect, says Horgan

    “A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from public treasury”.
    quote from Alexander Fraser Tytler.

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    2017/02/25 at 12:35 pm
  • From R. White on LETTER: Resident responds to Councillor's public statement

    Dear Ms. Hall: I can’t help but respond to your letter. I did not know you were a lawyer and that you have the authority to make decisions under the Community Charter. Oh, you don’t? Didn’t think so. It is people like you that keep good people from serving on Counsel and cause good people like Ms. Reay to walk away. Maybe you should run yourself next time. Personally, I like the way things are running, and feel Counsel and Staff are doing a good job and I appreciate their service. My mother taught me to not say anything if I could not say anything nice, or in a nice way. Calling people crooks, liars and other demeaning names accomplishes nothing but set back your arguments to mean very little. Please think before you speak Ms. Hall.

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    2017/02/23 at 9:58 am
  • From Jo.P on Provincial government injects another $29.4-million into B.C. classrooms

    This is exciting. Perhaps the high school students will be able to actually have books now. Not just a few to use in the classroom only, but actual books that would be assigned to each individual student at the start of a course that they can then take home to study from. Revolutionary!

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    2017/02/20 at 3:21 pm
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