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  • From Ellen Lewers on Letter: Five fire suppression suggestions

    Fire prevention by signs not so costly as fighting a fire.
    It is the job of Mainroad to clean up after an accident in our region. Hydro already pays to clean up the lines, just do a better job. The CRD just cut dead limbs and trees on the Goose to reduce the fuel.

    2019/04/16 at 11:40 am
  • From Roy on Sooke declares climate emergency

    With all due respect, I don’t see this being remotely in the scope of the Sooke Council for needed discussion. Maybe the discussion should be more centred on the recently discovered black hole in which one teaspoon of matter can weigh 100 tons. At least then could have some conceivable spot to throw our ill spent tax dollars into.

    2019/04/16 at 9:37 am
  • From ROY on Fair Wages Commission seeks input on living wage

    Wages go up and then use of automation increases to replace those higher salaried jobs. An automation Tax is required that will fund the retraining of the higher paid workers that are now out of a job.

    2019/04/15 at 5:20 pm
  • From Eric Boucher on New Poll: Should Sooke Rd become a four-way divided highway?

    Received an interesting irate phone call from a lady in SunRiver. Pretty much along the lines of: “I work in town, I need to get to work faster, I need to get home faster, there’s too much traffic, public transit doesn’t work for me, there’s no jobs in Sooke, me, me, me, etc” Pretty much the entitled view of the world but she’s certainly entitled to her views. When asked what I was expecting when I bought my property years ago and knew I was near a hwy, I pointed out that the community has always thought that an alternate route was being contemplated (thru SunRiver), I’d looked at the most recent detailed MoTI studies that analysed and proposed alternate routes in future, and that the idea that we’d eventually put a 4-laner with commercial traffic, hazardous goods, and thousands of cars through our residential neighbourhoods, in front of our elementary schools, through ALR, and through the downtown core seemed rather ill-considered. Most other enlightened communities are putting their major arteries around the town rather than through it and there were viable plans for this. In turn I asked that given she knew what the road was like and how long it required for the commute to her job in town, what did she expect when she bought a house in a rural community? Apparently however the door doesn’t swing both ways.
    So let’s take a quick look at the math on this project that improves this lady’s quality of life so much at the expense of the rest of the community. When you crunch the numbers, substitute this 1.5 km 2-lane section with a speed limit of 60 KPH (ha!) for a 1.3 section at 80 KPH, ignore acceleration, deceleration, merging, etc. Travel time saved? 32 Seconds. Less time you’d spend at one traffic light, one pedestrian controlled intersection, or behind one bus stopped on the road without a pullout. Now consider how much time you will spend in the next 2 years while this first phase of the project is under construction. Consider it in 32 second increments.
    Many of us think the current proposal isn’t a good concept for our community looking towards the future. However if you’re only concerned about yourself and the precious few seconds it will save in your commute to work then I suppose that’s an argument you are entitled to make.
    By the way, in the interests of full disclosure, MoTI moved the line around my property; they’re actually targeting my neighbours – not me.

    2019/04/15 at 11:13 am
  • From Brett Ainey on Letter: Five fire suppression suggestions

    #1 is an International symbol used world wide .Lots of red tape to change to your personal preference .#2 Is this at the sides of the roads or throughout every green space in existence?
    #3 If you have attending personnel at the scene of an MVI .Should they not clean up the mess rather than adding costs to the highways dept busy schedule and budget costs?#4 I agree or even raise the fine #5 Our hydro costs are already through roof .This idea in a perfect world would help. The cost would be astronomical to have every existing power line cleared of any imposing greenery .

    2019/04/14 at 4:08 pm
  • From Bruce Ferrie on New Poll: Should Sooke Rd become a four-way divided highway?

    For all of you who said yes,just remember your vote when the Premiers parking lot arrives when they start this project. It will be a 2 year thing I am told and the ride home will be a verry slow one. Just think of how long it took for the Sooke river road intersection to hold up traffic. The better choice would have been a second road. But I guess that won’t happen with the 40%ers voting against it.

    2019/04/14 at 1:51 pm
  • From Harrison Lansing on New Poll: Should Sooke Rd become a four-way divided highway?

    The idea of widening the highway fully from Langford to Sooke, also becoming known as the ‘four-laning’ project, is incredibly unlikely to happen if we’re talking about a project to make it 4 lanes all the way from Sooke. I’ve mentioned this before, but here it is again:

    I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade here, but in the opinion of this project manager, 4-laning all of Route 14 from Sooke to the current 4-lane section is unrealistic from several perspectives.

    First, it may simply be impossible from a practical engineering standpoint. Note the word practical there. Yes – with an unlimited budget, unlimited use of eminent domain, unlimited patience as we all live with single lane alternating traffic for potentially years along with complete closures for the blasting that would need to be done in several sections – it could be done. Enough time and enough money can lead to solving most engineering issues…but we don’t have an unlimited supply of either.

    Second, in addition to the road work, hydro poles along most of the route would have to be relocated – potentially setting us up for serial construction outages. This is the least worrisome of these three examples of why it won’t get done, but it’s something to consider.

    Third, and the quickest way to get to “No we’re not doing that” is the hundreds of millions of dollars that the Province would have to decide to spend to do it for a town and surrounding areas of (let’s project forward and assume current growth trends to be generous) 20,000. Hundreds of millions is not remotely an exaggeration, and the rest of the Province would lose their collective minds over a proposal to spend that much.

    2019/04/14 at 8:09 am
  • From Philip Ney on New Poll: Should Sooke Rd become a four-way divided highway?

    There is no evidence that Sooke will continue to grow. The UN shouted population explosion until about 15 years ago and then whisper became “population implosion”. House sales in Vancouver have precipitously dropped. The recent bare hills and stone wall building are not selling lots. The sold rates of new housing locally will also drop when the carpenters and their families who flooded into the area, find they no longer have jobs and go back to Alberta or Nova Scotia from whence they quickly came. Sooke may be highly desirable place to live but people need employment. It isn’t difficult to determine where most of the accidents are happening and fix those spots. Otherwise we will be leaving a large debt to our children to pay with higher taxes. Surely the wisest policy is to wait a year, watch the trends and highway patrol more effectively.

    2019/04/13 at 10:09 pm
  • From Eric Boucher on New Poll: Should Sooke Rd become a four-way divided highway?

    There’s no doubt that everyone in Sooke supports safety improvements to our only road, and they’re long overdue. But is expanding this existing road into a 4-lane, limited access, divided hwy really the only solution? Is this what is best for the future of our community? John Horgan seems to think so and I guess he knows best and doesn’t need to consult with our elected representatives before it is a done deal. We had a publc consultation recently and the province’s published results indicated it didn’t have the majority of public support. The question begs to be asked: what’s the point of public consultation if you knew all along what you intended to do? Many of us have thought for years that an alternate route was what we really needed. Will it be cheap or easy? No. Is it the long term solution? Many of us think so. Is it the best solution for a community that recently declared a climate emergency? Try to convince us of that.

    2019/04/13 at 6:29 pm
    • From Harrison Lansing on New Poll: Should Sooke Rd become a four-way divided highway?

      Eric, what makes you think John Horgan is in favour of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to turn Rt 14 from Sooke to Langford into a 4 lane divided highway?

      2019/04/14 at 8:11 am
      • From Eric Boucher on New Poll: Should Sooke Rd become a four-way divided highway?

        Fair question. We’ve been listening to what MoTI staff have been saying directly to several local property owners. Their words not ours. When asked what is the rationale for building a 1.3 km stretch of 4-lane, limited access, divided hwy to replace a 1.5 km stretch of 2-lane in the middle of nowhere we’ve been told “safety” and also that this is just Phase 1. Phase 2 is Langford thru Metchosin and Ph 3 is Glinz to Sooke. “Won’t happen all at once; just small pieces at a time as funding and political will permit”. We’ve also been told that: “the more money invested in improving this road the less likely any other alternative will ever be considered”. We’ve made repeated requests for MoTI to go public with their long term plans. They just say “safety” and then go silent. There are other options but none are even being considered. Make no mistake about it, the Premier is pushing this project and nobody is willing to go public about it until the project is a done deal. This phase is moving surprisingly fast so it is completed by fall 2022. Maybe it’s just coincidence that’s in time for the next scheduled election. The last poll (MoTI Aug 2018) and this poll clearly indicate the community is divided. Sounds like a situation where more public disclosure, transparency, and consultation is required. That’s what our group has been requesting from the beginning. Won’t even talk to our local elected council. Horgan’s response last week: “sometimes you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet”.

        2019/04/14 at 3:19 pm
  • From Jenn on Is Sooke Rd to be realigned, with divided four lane highway? District in the dark

    Of course we need a divided hwy!! WTF saying we don’t!! One single road in one single road out is a death sentence!! What happens if there is a fire? Or an earthquake? How will everyone get out?? Think people!! R

    2019/04/13 at 4:06 pm
  • From Sean Dyble on Mayor opens meeting with a statement of frustration on media coverage, rumours

    As a realtor, I have visited the District office fairly regularly and have ALWAYS found the staff friendly and helpful. I think the Mayor is right! There are lots of good things happening in Sooke and I am happy to be a part of it.

    2019/04/13 at 11:57 am
  • From Kevin Scott on Is Sooke Rd to be realigned, with divided four lane highway? District in the dark

    The sad part is that Sooke Road is already a death trap with those speeders that insist that those doing the speed limit, or even a bit over, are the problem. Now to add a “passing” section will only create another opportunity for faster speeds when approaching a winding section. This is not the answer. Simply put, we need 2 stop lights and problem solved. One at Kangaroo and Gillespie. Enough pissing around with speeding up the flow, the flow will fix itself with this option, and it will be cheaper and more important….SAFER!.

    2019/04/12 at 1:47 pm
  • From Phil Rossner on Legislation to guide move to electric vehicles, reduce pollution

    From the other comments here, there is obviously a total mindset of misinformation still hovering around the issue of the purchase and use of EV’s. I have had an EV for 2 years now and I would NEVER go back to a standard gas guzzler. You can easily find an EV at a very affordable price, like I did (former California lease car), plus there are government and private cash-back incentives when you buy and EV. Also you DO NOT have to stop and charge them every 30 minutes – that’s plain nonsense. I can drive into Victoria from Sooke, do all my chores in different parts of the city, drive back to Sooke and I still have 30-40% battery charge still left. Maintenance? Seeing that there is maybe 12 moving parts in an EV engine compared to 1200 in a gas engine… plus no oil, no water… maintenance is super low. To my mind there is absolutely no argument that would push me back towards using a gassed up vehicle. EV’s rule!!!

    2019/04/11 at 12:35 pm
  • From Jan Todd on Legislation to guide move to electric vehicles, reduce pollution

    Perhaps when these vehicles come down to a decent, affordable price, and can go more than 30 minutes without having to stop for a charge, more of us will be driving an electric vehicle. In the meantime, no thank you, I’ll stick to my hybrid.

    2019/04/11 at 11:11 am
  • From Lorna Bjorklund on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Much love and prayers being sent your way. I admire your vivacity, humour and zest for life. All the best with your treatment and recovery! Lorna Bjorklund

    2019/04/10 at 10:38 pm
  • From Bruce Johnstone on Legislation to guide move to electric vehicles, reduce pollution

    current self made government going tell us what we have to drive. It’s like they think we all live in metro Vancouver. Wonder how close they want BC to look like Russia.

    2019/04/10 at 6:24 pm
  • From JEANNIE ADERICHIN on Letter: Tribute to a hero/cousin/best friend who died homeless

    Thought provoking and heartfelt…thank you for sharing <3

    2019/04/10 at 1:41 pm
  • From Melanie Cunningham on Letter: Tribute to a hero/cousin/best friend who died homeless

    Thank you so much for sharing your story Marcylyn. I am experiencing a similar situation with my son. It is such a struggle for every homeless person. My heartfelt condolences to you. ❤️

    2019/04/10 at 1:13 pm
  • From Debbie Read on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Wishing you well, many Caring thoughts are with you

    2019/04/09 at 7:18 pm
  • From Kel Phair on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Brenda we’ve known each other a long time. Your tough and you can beat it. I’m in your corner and if you need any thing and I can help, let me know. Kel

    2019/04/09 at 3:11 pm
  • From Judy MacNeill on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Wrapping you in Love and Light.
    Thank you for all you do in our special community of Sooke.
    Allow yourself time to heal.

    2019/04/09 at 12:33 pm
  • From Sherie on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery.

    2019/04/09 at 10:57 am
  • From Jimmy Clark on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Setting the bar Sis . . . way to determine your own path . . .love ya

    2019/04/09 at 9:07 am
  • From Nancy on Open letter, opposing fourth Cannabis retail outlet in Sooke

    As a fellow farmer I am also against yet another pot house. 3 in my mind was too many. I also worry about the amount of farmers changing from food growing to pot growing, in this time of food security being so important, i wonder if people have considered the long term affects on our agriculture industry with so much emphasis on pot. We can’t live on cannabis.

    2019/04/09 at 8:29 am
    • From Melanie Cunningham on Open letter, opposing fourth Cannabis retail outlet in Sooke

      I would like to see Hemp farms as this product is so versatile.

      2019/04/09 at 9:35 am
  • From Caryl & Ian on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    You’ve got this Brenda! Ian and I send you lots of hugs and best wishes for a speedy recovery!!

    2019/04/09 at 7:37 am
  • From Karin McKenzie on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    You are such an inspiration to so many and I am so thankful to know you! Blessings and strength, we are in your corner always! ❤️

    2019/04/09 at 6:39 am
  • From Marilyn Cockerline on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Best wishes Brenda.

    2019/04/09 at 6:09 am
  • From Kerry on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    “You’ve got this girl” sending you love and positive vibes.

    2019/04/09 at 5:04 am
    • From Brenda on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

      ❤️

      2019/04/09 at 5:54 am
  • From Nar on Open letter, opposing fourth Cannabis retail outlet in Sooke

    That’s absolutely small minded and down right arrogant do your research before judging what kind of medication do u take its personal preference and only a close minds see this as a problem I cote yes

    2019/04/08 at 11:42 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

    Thank you so much for your prolonged service. Wishing you well with treatment and recovery.

    2019/04/08 at 11:32 pm
    • From Brenda on Sooke Councillor Brenda Parkinson to remain on Council, diagnosed with brain tumor

      ❤️

      2019/04/09 at 5:53 am
  • From Melanie Cunningham on Open letter, opposing fourth Cannabis retail outlet in Sooke

    Well said Ellen. After loosing my 20 year old son to a drug induced psychosis I can see that the young brain is much affected by cannabis misuse. My son went on to misuse other drugs but cannabis was his downfall as he spiralled down only to get kicked out of school in grade 11. Mental health and addictions services were few and far between back then and to be honest they are not much better now. People will say cannabis is not a gateway drug but there is a percentage of people who will become addicted. Do you want your son or daughter to be in that percentage?

    2019/04/08 at 2:47 pm
    • From Nra on Open letter, opposing fourth Cannabis retail outlet in Sooke

      Maybe it’s bad parenting ?

      2019/04/08 at 11:43 pm
      • From Melanie Cunningham on Open letter, opposing fourth Cannabis retail outlet in Sooke

        Rubbish!

        2019/04/09 at 7:50 am
  • From Sande on Monday's council meeting agenda: Climate Emergency, Cannabis, and more

    I love it when you post the Council photo upside down

    2019/04/07 at 4:13 pm
  • From Ryan Hill on B.C. government agency logging Vancouver Island's last ancient stands into oblivion, say environmental groups

    in this time of warming climate we should not be ripping the lungs out of mother nature but instead planting more trees. Stop this idiotic industry before we have a real problem on our hands and its too late for every car on the street we should plant 100 trees.

    2019/04/07 at 12:51 pm
  • From Paula Johanson on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Dr. Seuss

    You’re absolutely right about kayaking here! Enjoy a little paddling time at Poirier Lake, too 🙂

    2019/04/06 at 4:51 pm
  • From Sande on Through the Lens of a Newcomer: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Dr. Seuss

    A beautifully written tale of exploration. Thank you ‘newcomers’.

    2019/04/06 at 4:32 pm
  • From cheryl on Ministerial menstrual order mandates free menstrual products for BC students

    How long will this take to start up ? And will it be helping single school in vic and surrounding areas like Colwood , Sooke?And this start up will it be a one time thing or a continual one ?

    2019/04/05 at 11:01 pm
  • From Roy on Canada’s climate is warming twice as fast as global average

    Condensation trails from aircraft have more of an effect on warming then carbon dioxide in Canada. Cirrus clouds created shade sun in day, but don’t allow cooling at night. NASA is working on mixing biofuels with jet fuel to reduce or prevent this. Not in the government or jet setting environmentalist world to talk about this.

    2019/04/02 at 3:45 pm
  • From Nick Drake on Canada’s climate is warming twice as fast as global average

    Gee. This report comes out the same day the carbon tax is introduced.

    What a coincidence!

    2019/04/02 at 9:10 am
  • From Carol Whitney on Sooke considers drastic fire prevention strategies including tree cull (April Fools!)

    I read the whole thing, with deep appreciation; hahaha! Thanks!

    2019/04/01 at 11:31 am
  • From L. E. McCrea on Sooke considers drastic fire prevention strategies including tree cull (April Fools!)

    Read part way through this article and thought it had to be a April Fool’s Joke, the picture doesn’t even look like Sooke. Lol

    2019/04/01 at 11:01 am
  • From Carol Whitney on Notice to Residents: TriStars Sooke River 10K will impact local traffic on Sunday April 7

    Guess I’m just too old to understand this article. What is “hosting” a road? And if it’s to be closed, how are cars to be allowed on it? Closed to what? Very confusing! At least I’m not planning to drive Sooke River Road on 7 April, as I am committed to playing at Jenny’s Jam that day; Ray Spencer hosting.

    2019/03/31 at 7:49 pm
  • From Heather Phillips on Reminder: Salmon specialist speaks in Sooke, Thursday

    Check out the report on research done this year in the north Pacific by scientists aboard the research vessel, trawler “Professor Kaganovsky”. There is a report in the Times Colonist weekend edition today (March 30). This is some research work Dr. Riddell has supported.

    2019/03/31 at 3:46 pm
  • From Heather Phillips on “Exploring the Lighthouse” school program wins international Award of Excellence

    Way to go, you guys. Congratulations.

    2019/03/31 at 3:40 pm
  • From Darren Alexander on Renters speak up about housing insecurity in the Capital region

    The Victoria Foundation, its main office ironically situatied in Newark, New Jersey, produced this report. The Victoria Foundation has amassed a small fortune (well over $50 million) as it is being used to shelter family fortunes and inheeritance under the guise of philanthropy. It doles out a few million annually to hand-picked causes, like this report. They invest their savings heavily in real estate hedge funds and oil and gas industrial projects and then turn around and pretend to care about the homeless and environmental issues. I hope one day some smart journalist will help to expose this corruption.

    2019/03/30 at 9:52 pm
  • From Jo.P on Video of crazy traffic on Sooke Rd, March 28 4:30pm-ish

    I really don’t think that 3 weeks of night paving would have increased everyone’s provincial taxes by a noticeable amount. Whenever work is being done on a road that is the only route into and out of a community, for safety reasons alone, the work should automatically be done at night. That should be a no-brainer. To try to make us feel like we somehow aren’t worthy of hard-earned taxpayers dollars (pennies) is contemptuous. Tax breaks for foreign LNG investors, ultra wealthy companies and individuals using tax havens or money laundering instead of paying any taxes at all, spending scandals in provincial legislature, mining and shipping companies refusing to foot the bill for spills….now THAT uses up hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

    2019/03/30 at 9:13 am
  • From Heather Phillips on Introducing a new column to SPN: "Through the Lens of a Newcomer"

    Of course we know what baklavas is. That’s filo pastry with honey and nuts. But what’s a neckie? Is that short for schnecke? I guess on the prairies, food can be stored by freezing in most parts of an ordinary house. No wonder the prairie people are trying to get to Vancouver Island.

    But no need to bring the desserts. Lots of good things available in local coffee shops. And Canadians from the Rest of Canada won’t be missing Tim Hortons soon.

    2019/03/30 at 9:01 am
    • From Lori on Introducing a new column to SPN: "Through the Lens of a Newcomer"

      “A balaclava is a form of headgear designed to expose only part of the face usually the eyes and nose. Depending on style and how it is worn, only the eyes, mouth and nose, or just the front of the face are unprotected.”
      Luckily, not a necessary accessory in Sooke! You are all so blessed to live in a little piece of paradise!
      Submitted by a freezing Manitoban living vicariously through friends who live in Sooke.

      2019/03/31 at 9:03 am
  • From Laura on Video of crazy traffic on Sooke Rd, March 28 4:30pm-ish

    Good job Derek

    2019/03/30 at 9:00 am
  • From Debbie on Introducing a new column to SPN: "Through the Lens of a Newcomer"

    Awesome! Looking forward to hearing more about your transition to your new home.

    2019/03/29 at 2:02 pm
  • From Lynda Slater on Sooke Thunderbirds Atom A Development Team brings home two banners: League Banner (0 losses) & Play Off Banner (Div 3)

    Congratulations to you all. The coaches did an amazing job!! See you next year!

    2019/03/28 at 8:16 am
  • From Carol Whitney on As of March 7, 2019, protection against SLAPP suits is now in force

    Thank goodness you can finally be free of these ridiculous suits! This heals my heart!

    2019/03/28 at 7:51 am

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