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Recent Comments

  • From Sande on Mama duck with 11 ducklings dodges eagle (photo gallery)

    I just love this story. Thank you

    2021/05/14 at 7:44 pm
    • From Cheryl on Mama duck with 11 ducklings dodges eagle (photo gallery)

      Great photos!

      2021/05/14 at 9:20 pm
  • From SARA KENDRICK on Lifelong learning takes off in Sooke

    I’m wondering if you have a Facebook page that you announce your courses on.

    2021/05/14 at 3:00 pm
  • From jo.p on Pregnant people in B.C. can safely get COVID-19 vaccine

    Agreed. There have been no long term safety studies done on anyone, let alone pregnant women or babies born to women who have received these vaccines. Keeping in mind that this is experimental technology that targets our RNA or DNA and that it has never successfully been used before I am curious how it can be said that it can “safely” be used in pregnant people. I guess the pregnant people (and their developing babies) will end up inadvertently being the long term trials.

    2021/05/06 at 8:58 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Pregnant people in B.C. can safely get COVID-19 vaccine

    Where’s the data ,science?.We are yo e fully informed before any medical procedure and flu shots are a medical procedure.

    2021/05/04 at 9:34 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on Pregnant people in B.C. can safely get COVID-19 vaccine

    Really? And where did they get those Stas from? No testing,no long term,ie, 5 year testing? How do we know long term results on such a new Mrna shot with no covid virus in it

    2021/05/04 at 9:33 pm
  • From Loretta on Harmony Project Sooke inherits 1850 coffin-style violin case

    Wow! That is so very interesting, what gift to bestow on the Students. I hope that after the Covid 19 fades away, I will be free to visit, I will manage a special trip to Sooke to see and hear any performance by the HPS Students and this wonderful Violin.
    What a generous Gift
    Thank you.j

    2021/05/03 at 9:38 pm
  • From jo.p on Pandemic winners: One year into the pandemic Canadian billionaire wealth up by $78 billion

    Since those 87 richest families have made it their business to support (buy?) any federal and provincial politician in a position to create policies that might reverse such egregious inequality, we are not likely to see any real workable “wealth tax” anytime soon. Nor are we likely to see any workable (meaning something that well paid lawyers can’t get around) rules to prevent them from continuing with their political influence. He who has the most marbles wins. Time to stop playing marbles. Don’t support big businesses owned by billionaires.

    2021/04/29 at 9:50 am
  • From Ray Allen on How a shyster was allowed to destroy lives and operate with impunity right here in Sooke

    I don’t live anywhere near Sooke Harbour House but this article was very intriguing to me. Lori Peterson should be applauded for her relentless action against the perpetrator! All to often we have various law enforcement agencies not acting on real evidence. Unbelievable this guy is still at large!

    2021/04/29 at 7:44 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Why have Medical Oxygen Sensors become so important?

    Remember also that there are limited people allowed in rooms. One per room severely limits hospital space from 4 to 1 bed per room. So hospitals full and as well there are dedicated floors for covid patients regardless of the number of those with the illness,the floor is off limits to those others who come in with other illnesses and broken limbs etc.

    2021/04/28 at 7:24 am
  • From W. England on How a shyster was allowed to destroy lives and operate with impunity right here in Sooke

    We live very close to sooke harbour house. We observed how full the parking lot was,esp. the week-end. I said to my husband that the hotel rooms must all be booked. So where is all the money. Should that not be checked out. This guy T.D. had a field day,for how many years,and why were the Phillips not helped by whoever is in charge here.

    2021/04/27 at 5:55 pm
  • From Darren Crotenko on How a shyster was allowed to destroy lives and operate with impunity right here in Sooke

    I REALLY enjoyed this article! I was so appalled by the lack of concern on the part of the police and the inept justice system that allowed this to take place. My wife and I got to enjoy staying at the Sooke Harbour House and I feel so bad for the Phillips who have put so much of their lives into their hotel, their vision, only to have it end in heartache and financial ruin. I know there must be countless others, that own small businesses, that experience financial ruin because of these fraudsters. What a tragedy!

    2021/04/24 at 2:35 pm
  • From L.Y. Pawlivsky-Love on Man in "SUNDOWN" shirt wanted for questioning in Langford store bear spray attack

    I’m looking!! There as a lor

    2021/04/24 at 12:27 am
  • From L.Y. Pawlivsky-Love on Man in "SUNDOWN" shirt wanted for questioning in Langford store bear spray attack

    The man in the Braer nne

    2021/04/24 at 12:23 am
  • From Sande on Non-essential travel order, explained; spirit of the order is to "stay close to home"

    Please, please, please follow restrictions for everyone’s sake

    2021/04/23 at 6:48 pm
  • From John Dankforth on How a shyster was allowed to destroy lives and operate with impunity right here in Sooke

    This tragedy was enabled by our slumbering, inert and out to pasture RCMP.
    Serious Coffee appears to be the most serious part of their day
    There’s substantial evidence to re-purpose and clean house.
    The local RCMP detachment was complicit in turning heads

    2021/04/23 at 2:07 pm
  • From Ellen Lewers on Open Letter: Sooke resident calls on Premier to clarify the travel ban restrictions

    There is no rhyme or reason.
    The whole world us in a state of confusion. Who is the author of confusion?

    2021/04/22 at 9:34 pm
  • From Gwen Louise Fisher on Sooke artist featured in Outsiders and Others show, Vancouver

    This is fantastic! congratulations!

    2021/04/20 at 8:19 am
  • From A. Reader on Daytime, overnight closure for Highway 14 Parkinson Hill, April 21

    To all my loved ones and friends, having reviewed the transition group submission on their sincere well thought out future plan for our deeply loved community may I ask only one simple request of these extremely intelligent, caring , open minded unbiased prejudiced cognition please leave a job for my grandchildren so that they too can live reside and work in your blessed wonderful community. As a pleasant last requaesita please turn out the lights when you leave our beautiful community.

    2021/04/16 at 10:11 pm
  • From Joseph Edward Smith on 1,005 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, April 16, 2021

    We have lost the war with Covid19,because our leaders do not act soon
    enough,and strict enough.Some of us have been self isolating for over
    a year.It is extremly frustrating to see that lots of people are still
    not conforming to the rules,as few as they are.

    2021/04/16 at 6:57 pm
  • From Rory Grift on Timothy Durkin's admissibility hearing again adjourned until September 13, 2021

    The fingerprinting of the inept Fraudster indicates deeper implications
    Fingerprinting is NOT typical in citizen apps
    Suspect that a $4M Court judgement, Court costs assessed of close to $1M and the defrauding of a Chinese investor of $1M, defrauding an elderly gentleman of $450,000+. an elderly widow in Oak Bay of substantial funds and directing Hotel revenues to personal accounts will be the exclamation point on this ugly buffoon.

    If Canada is about the rule of law, this inept lying fraudster will be prosecuted by BCSC, Crown Prosector and other.
    Prospects not good for the 70 year old lifetime criminal and fraudster.

    In the meantime Tim Durkin has a deal for you.

    2021/04/14 at 7:02 pm
  • From Trish on Sooke photographer marks the passing of Prince Philip

    Thank you for sharing the photos and story!

    2021/04/10 at 10:48 am
  • From Tanis on Sooke photographer marks the passing of Prince Philip

    He always seemed like a kind man. I always admired him. I’m sure that Queen Elizabeth must be heartbroken. When they were together it always appeared that they belonged together. And they appeared to be very much in love.

    2021/04/09 at 5:20 pm
  • From Joseph Edward Smith on 1,293 new BC COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, April 8, 2021

    We have lost it while waiting for the vacine miracle.So her we go again for another year.or ??????

    2021/04/08 at 7:42 pm
  • From JS on Sooke Hills Wilderness park rescue prompts police call for hiker preparedness

    We see hikers like this all the time, no pack, no proper foot wear, no maps, no safety gear. We live in a vast landscape. Even Thetis and Mt Doug can be dangerous if you are not prepared. Such a waste of police time for careless people. Glad they are alright but get your head on people.

    2021/03/31 at 8:41 am
  • From Sheila on Letter: This approach can lift us out of today's dire environmental disaster

    A very thoughtful approach and one worth adopting in all our interactions. Every tool is critical in our effort to save the planet. Thank you for reminding me of Marhsall’s work and application to the environment.

    2021/03/31 at 7:17 am
  • From Cheryl F. on CBSA scoops tonne of opium, literally

    Good job!

    2021/03/29 at 8:56 pm
  • From Joseph Edward Smith on Yowza! 800 new BC COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths in BC, March 25, 2021

    We are relaxing the rules,yet case numbers are increasing.I do not understand this.

    2021/03/25 at 7:34 pm
  • From Jo.p on Letter: How are you calculating Net-Zero?

    Some real food for thought here. I think we need to hold politicians accountable for the declarations and promises they make about attending to impending climate and ecological ruin. I hope the elected officials and staff of the District of Sooke and the Juan de Fuca electoral area read this letter and provide some answers for Chris Moss and all of us.

    2021/03/25 at 10:26 am
  • From Shannon Hardy on Ramblings continue, hearing concludes on application for special costs: Timothy Durkin and Rodger Gregory

    My father was one of the people defrauded by Rodger Gregory in the 1990’s. Rodger’s criminal acts destroyed my father. I am deeply disgusted that he had the chance to bully and steal again.

    2021/03/23 at 3:45 pm
  • From Samuel Beckers on The Atlanta attacks were not just racist and misogynist, they painfully reflect the society we live in: The Conversation

    This Critical Race Theory / post-modern /activism messaging is counterproductive and misleading. Asians suffer the most discrimination from ideas that these same people propagate!
    Consider the discrimination against Asians due to anti-meritocracy policies in university admissions.

    Discrimination in College Admissions

    The opinion article posted is complete trash, reflecting the sickness in modern media to bend to the activist postmodern message that we are all racist and need to reconstruct society to appease the “oppressed”. How naive.

    2021/03/22 at 11:57 am
  • From Carol Mallett on Some BC child care fee increases among the highest in Canada

    I’d like to know why my daughter, a child-care ECCE, who owns and runs her own Family Child Care Centre right here in BC, is considered to be LOW INCOME?

    2021/03/20 at 12:03 pm
  • From Gwen Louise Fisher on Letter: Can you support this Sooke youth's vision for a much need youth centre?

    This is a great idea Holland, there are a lot of youth who could use a safe place. I like Susans idea of sharing the space with the seniors as the hours would work. I also thought a drop in breakfast or bag lunch to pick up would help a lot of youth and maybe it can be incorporated. I look forward to hearing of ways we can help.

    2021/03/19 at 4:39 pm
  • From Ron Bilinsky on Letter: Can you support this Sooke youth's vision for a much need youth centre?

    With Sooke growing, a new larger Library, (now under way), a senior centre and a youth centre should all be front and centre of municipality planning.

    2021/03/19 at 7:56 am
  • From Ellen Lewers on Letter: Can you support this Sooke youth's vision for a much need youth centre?

    Holland please put your information requests to the OCP committee and especially to the council. Get a copy of the agenda from the District offices tomorrow for Mondays agend meeting. The senior center/ something for youth is up for discussion in the committee of the whole . Please bring this up. Tax Money has been set aside for a youth and a senior center

    2021/03/18 at 9:52 pm
  • From Olivia on Letter: Can you support this Sooke youth's vision for a much need youth centre?

    I think this is a fabulous idea! There is nothing for youth to do other than “hang out”. They need a safe place to go to keep busy!

    2021/03/17 at 10:02 pm
  • From Susan Percival on Letter: Can you support this Sooke youth's vision for a much need youth centre?

    I totally agree with your thoughts Holland. Good for you for speaking out. I’d be happy to personally support the art activities as I agree that art is a valuable way to express your own creative ideas and feelings. There are talks going on about a center that could serve seniors during the day and youth in the evening. Perhaps you could join the discussions being held by the District of Sooke as a youth representative.

    2021/03/17 at 8:28 pm
  • From Sande on SPN expands news service

    Excellent move, my friend

    2021/03/16 at 2:37 pm
  • From Mini Maleffort on Distracted driving includes trying to take off your bra

    It’s good to know our local RCMP Somnambulists, adverse to putting the requisite effort into investigating longstanding local theft and fraud cases, are on top of this significant social issue.!

    2021/03/16 at 2:29 pm
  • From Patricia on SPN expands news service

    That’s great Britt, thank you!

    2021/03/16 at 9:51 am
  • From Christina on SPN expands news service

    Congratulations on the addition. And thank you!

    2021/03/16 at 7:24 am
  • From Bryce jordan on Distracted driving includes trying to take off your bra

    I thought the distracted law refers to cell phones only. Any law that exempts the people who are suppose to enforce the law is a bad law.

    2021/03/16 at 6:28 am
  • From Jan Todd on SPN expands news service

    Excellent news, Britt!

    2021/03/15 at 5:28 pm
  • From Lynn on Bottle drive and GoFundMe for Sooke daughter

    Thank you so very much for sharing this ❤

    2021/03/12 at 8:34 pm
  • From Sande on Video: A brief international history of Women's History Day

    I did,read all the way down here

    2021/03/08 at 8:22 pm
  • From Sande on Stick. For Sale.

    A huge contributor to the community of Sooke. Thank you Dave.

    2021/03/08 at 8:02 pm
  • From Joseph Edward Smith on 1,462 new BC COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths in BC, March 8, 2021 (3 days)

    We are not gaining on this virus.Most people and our Govt.are waiting for the vacine to do the job.This way the Virus will not be eliminated.It will continue to hang around here and there.Are we going to need to get vacinated for it each year??

    2021/03/08 at 7:45 pm
  • From Sande on Ramblings continue, hearing concludes on application for special costs: Timothy Durkin and Rodger Gregory

    So stressful to read and understand the length this saga has continued. Very well documented Britt.

    2021/03/06 at 6:30 pm
  • From Roxene Bourroughs on RN, LPN, RCA Opportunities at Ayre Manor, Sooke

    I am an RCA currently working in Victoria for 23 years, would be interested in working closer to home.

    2021/03/05 at 4:21 am
  • From A. Reader on Report finds chronic homelessness and hidden homelessness in Sooke

    Health authorities have just announced a most serious and unexpected surprise
    for our most at risk seniors. All seniors 120 yrs and older will receive their first vaccine sometime in the next month. Their follow up vaccine will happen only if they can register on their new 120 model i phone.

    2021/03/03 at 9:31 pm
  • From A. Reader on Report finds chronic homelessness and hidden homelessness in Sooke

    Oh I am so happy to hear of another survey. I hope there is enough space on the many shelves previously filled by the extensive studies on the same subject. If you wish more space for this one we can always build another office somewhere at taxpayer expense.

    2021/03/03 at 9:21 pm
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