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Recent Comments

  • From Harvey on Two new galleries have been added to the Local Lens section

    Also have a few photos of the Duck Race that you are welcome to publish.

    2015/05/10 at 10:51 am
    • From SookePub on Two new galleries have been added to the Local Lens section

      Thank you Harvey! I’ve added them to the gallery, at http://sooke.pocketnews.ca/gallery-2015-duck-race/. I did send you an email but it bounced back, saying I was blacklisted (prob. because I sent a link?). Thank you for submitting your photos! Konnor is simply adorable.
      Yours,
      Britt

      2015/05/10 at 11:04 am
  • From Helene on Salon with a conscience diverts hair to oil spill cleanup

    that’s great, however, salons use a host of carcinogenic, toxic chemicals for colouring and treating and washing hair, which goes on/into your skin, which you breathe; hairdressers and clients are now finding themselves ill w/a variety of diseases related to exposure/used of these products by multinational corporations like Revlon and L’Oreal. So hair with these chemicals is now to be used to clean-up oil spills. I’d like to know if Pure Elements has plans to switch to safer biodegradable non-petrochemical-based products which are truly green. Green Circle’s name implies green practices but this sounds somewhat like green-washing to me…

    2015/05/09 at 4:13 pm
  • From Lorna on Bridge over troubled waters? Or, Troubled bridge over Sooke River...

    Thank you so much for the update

    2015/05/09 at 12:20 pm
  • From Fytcher Becraft on Bridge over troubled waters? Or, Troubled bridge over Sooke River...

    Spokes infrastructure was not engineered to hold the amount of traffic it holds in stead of voting for a Tim Hortons try voting for a new road to get into sooke from Langford or the Malahat, daily accidents holding traffic up for Km’s must be getting annoying don’t you think?

    2015/05/08 at 6:57 pm
    • From Fytcher Becraft on Bridge over troubled waters? Or, Troubled bridge over Sooke River...

      Sookes infrastructure’

      2015/05/08 at 6:58 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on Bridge over troubled waters? Or, Troubled bridge over Sooke River...

    Thanks for your report on the bridge, Britt!
    Carol

    2015/05/08 at 6:45 pm
  • From Bev Sprinkling on TCH access points at Leigh Rd and Westshore Parkway to see improvements; Spencer Rd and Goldstream Ave to be permanently closed; McKenzie intersection not mentioned

    Oh right, let’s back up summer traffic again ! Another 3 hour commute from down town to Shawnigan in the blazing heat. Why was this not done in the first place ? Mind you I ask myself that about the Mackenzie intersection too.

    2015/05/08 at 4:49 pm
  • From Sean J on Project underway to explore the possibility for a water park in Sooke

    Makes most sense to rebuild or fix the Broom Hill water park …. theres 2 large playgrounds attached , picnic tables with a cover over them to retreat from the sun for awhile (maybe a few more picnic tables in the grass area would be nice) bus stops right at the water park , maybe a food or ice cream truck could park by the water park some days ?

    2015/05/08 at 9:21 am
  • From Joké Mayers on Feature Entrepreneur: Mary-Ann Bowcott, Westcom Plumbing and Heating

    It is nice to see a well written feature story on one of our local businesses. I am a local business owner in Sooke, BC too. Very well done. J.M. jmayersgroup – publishing.

    2015/05/08 at 6:16 am
    • From SookePub on Feature Entrepreneur: Mary-Ann Bowcott, Westcom Plumbing and Heating

      We are aspiring to do a weekly feature. If you are interested in being featured, please see our contact page and get in touch with us. We do these features without prejudice (ie, you don’t need to be a friend or an advertiser). The intent of this section is to provide mentorship by way of sharing stories with other existing and future entrepreneurs. -Britt

      2015/05/08 at 7:18 am
  • From Nancy Pereira on Project underway to explore the possibility for a water park in Sooke

    A water park in sooke would be absolutely awesome. We just moved here 2 years ago and were disappointed to find the water park out here doesn’t work. We spent lots of time driving to Langford to play in water parks there. I’d much rather stay close to home and support our local businesses for ice cream, slurpees and lunches, etc.

    2015/05/07 at 10:32 pm
  • From Jeff Noyes on Feature Entrepreneur: Mary-Ann Bowcott, Westcom Plumbing and Heating

    Nice to see Mary-Anne get recognised for her plumbing skills 🙂

    2015/05/06 at 4:51 am
  • From Sandra Sam Jones on Feature Entrepreneur: Mary-Ann Bowcott, Westcom Plumbing and Heating

    best plumber ever!

    2015/05/05 at 7:29 pm
  • From Tara Anson-Kenmare on TCH access points at Leigh Rd and Westshore Parkway to see improvements; Spencer Rd and Goldstream Ave to be permanently closed; McKenzie intersection not mentioned

    and that is soposed to help traffic how????

    2015/05/05 at 12:51 am
  • From Liz Stannard on The Wizard of Oz promises special guest appearance, and you'll never guess who it is

    Is the word out, or are you coming for the surprise. Either way come for a great show and a huge community effort celebrating kids and imagination.

    2015/05/03 at 5:05 am
  • From Angela Francis Secord on Sooke's first talent show results

    This is great! Is there any footage of Raven?

    2015/05/03 at 4:12 am
  • From AcademicEntrep on New music store in Sooke centre offers accessories, lessons, recording studio, concert coordination and more

    Sooke also needs an incubator for music to compliment this new store! — A space for aspiring artists, including bands. Victoria is not as good as an option anymore for aspiring musicians for a variety of reasons including high rents and noise complaints from an increasingly gentrified population. A arts incubator for musicians is facility and service that provides space, resources, learning, connectivity and business advice and assistance. SookeSpace has plans for a music incubation component.

    See this article about one in Chicago – a scaled-down version would make Sooke the place to be in BC for musicians

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/annefield/2015/03/29/a-new-startup-incubator-for-chicagos-music-ecosystem/

    2015/04/26 at 9:24 am
  • From Cushing Reader on Reader response requested, on a public Twitter stream following #Sooke

    Article that is related:
    Investigative Journalist Claims Her Public Tweets Aren’t ‘Publishable;’ Threatens To Sue Blogger Who Does Exactly That
    See Techdirt.com = Monday 23 Feb 2013
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130203/18510621869/investigative-journalist-claims-her-public-tweets-arent-publishable-threatens-to-sue-blogger-who-does-exactly-that.shtml

    2015/04/25 at 6:03 am
  • From Don'tKilltheMessengerinSooke on Reader response requested, on a public Twitter stream following #Sooke

    Tweets are not copyrightable
    http://www.canyoucopyrightatweet.com/

    See IPKat
    http://ipkitten.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/are-tweets-protected-by-copyright-under.html

    Essentially there is not enough original content in a tweet to be copyrightable.

    This discussion would make for a good article, Britt!

    2015/04/25 at 5:32 am
    • From SookePub on Reader response requested, on a public Twitter stream following #Sooke

      Thanks for the links! I’ll be looking into this further. Indeed. -Britt

      2015/04/25 at 10:18 am
  • From SookeBoomScientist on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Even if the representative from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics is correct, and there is no land movement (which I find hard to believe), these booms are still constitute noise pollution. Of course, he will want to ease the fears that there is no land movement and thus no threat of stirring up earthquakes and tsunamis. However, vibrations from the blast are going to go up, down, and all around. This includes through the air and through the ground. Remember what you learned in 7th grade science class: Solids carry vibrations much better than air; liquids also carry vibrations better than air. Seems a tall tale to me and a thwarting of basic science.

    Back to noise pollution: Does the Pacific Aerospace & Electronics have the right to pollute Sooke with noise? Have the people of Sooke voted to approve of this noise pollution from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics? Does the USA’s Military-Industrial complex have the right to pollute Canada with the side effects from production of war machines built to kill others in faraway lands on a massive scale?

    2015/04/25 at 5:14 am
  • From AcademicEntrep on Reader response requested, on a public Twitter stream following #Sooke

    Absolutely you should have a Twitter feed. No one can sue you over this and win. And you can always get Twitter on your side if you need. Deep pockets.

    They’d have to sue Google too and a bunch of other players. Twitter feeds show up everywhere. This is the internet for God’s sake!

    Freedom of press! Don’t let the goons threaten you!

    2015/04/25 at 3:54 am
  • From Shiraz Dindar on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    We still don’t have a good answer.

    If the blastings come from Sequim, and it’s entirely just sound through the air (not land-transmitted vibration) why would it be THAT much louder in the much further away Sooke than in Victoria? And why would the Sooke houses shake SO significantly when people in Victoria, even those on the south-facing water, aren’t experiencing the same thing?

    Why would someone in Sooke proper feel/hear the blast 15 seconds AFTER someone at Gordon Beach? (quote from article: And Rhiannon Kostecki noted, “I was on the phone with someone at Gordon beach when she heard and felt it. 15 seconds later I felt and heard it on West coast rd near Eustace.”)

    Atmospheric conditions can account for variability in individual blast intensity, but cannot explain any of the above. Sound radiates outward, not through some sort of atmospheric tunnel from Sequim to Sooke.

    Either blast is not coming from Sequim, or if it is, it most certainly is transmitted through the ground AND there’s some crazy geological situation that tunnels sound to Sooke.

    I’m glad this story is finally being investigated, but we’re not being given the full picture. Go to Pacific Aerospace’s website and click on their “Industries” link — their leading industry is defense. Could it be that Pacific Aerospace is rewarded by the US military in no-bid contracts to play decoy for what is actually a US military operation much further west than Port Angeles? It’s the defense industry after all — these things happen.

    We need to keep digging. We should be asking for the Pacific Aerospace CEO to meet with the mayor, not the Operations Manager. This isn’t some sort of mild inconvenience. This is a major phenomenon of significant disturbance and long-term house damage risk. A meeting between the CEO of Pacific Aerospace and the mayor of Sooke, with a third-party meteorologist to scientifically evaluate what is being suggested.

    2015/04/25 at 12:25 am
  • From Jan on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Doug, I am pretty sure the blasting site is indeed in Joyce.
    Thank you Britt for getting the story out here.

    2015/04/23 at 1:44 pm
  • From Doug Gradecki on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Wow, thanks for setting that up and a great story. I guess my presumption that it could have been from a company in Joyce, WA was maybe a bit off? Oh well. At least we all know what is going on now.

    2015/04/23 at 1:15 pm
  • From Renee LaFortune on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Yes! Thank you for being a real journalist and cracking the story. It’s good to what is really going on. Thank you.

    2015/04/23 at 11:21 am
  • From kara middleotn on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Investigative journalism at its best! Thank you, Sooke Pocket News, for showing so much diligence and leadership.

    2015/04/23 at 10:26 am
  • From Wendy Johnson on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Thank you for clearing this up with some real answers.

    2015/04/22 at 8:33 pm
  • From Betsy Lickwood on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Excellent article and great communication with our American neighbour. Finally some legit answers and that the company is willing to work with us. Better than paying home damage I guess..

    2015/04/22 at 3:31 pm
  • From Signe Olynyk on Rep from Pacific Aerospace & Electronics meets Mayor of Sooke and monitors blast effects from our shores

    Way to go in cracking this story, Pocket News!! And awesome picture to actually see the blast across the water. This info does a lot to qualm everyone’s fears.

    2015/04/22 at 3:12 pm
  • From Stan on Shell Station in Sooke closed due to robbery

    The gas station is open again

    2015/04/22 at 7:15 am
    • From SookePub on Shell Station in Sooke closed due to robbery

      Thank you for the update!

      2015/04/22 at 7:37 am
  • From Jorg Santowski on "Sooke gets a digital magazine" - CBC interviews Britt Santowski

    I will always be your number 1 fan!! Proud of you sis.

    2015/04/19 at 3:59 pm
  • From Kathleen Forde on Flawless fashions on Sooke's EMCS runway

    Enjoyed the fashion show. My Granddaughter is one of the grads. Many hours and had work went into the production. Good job Grabds and Volunteers.

    2015/04/19 at 10:07 am
  • From Chris on Lessons from Iceland for Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver Island and Sooke

    Thanks. I did not know that about Iceland.

    2015/04/18 at 9:09 am
  • From AcademicEntrepreneur on Measuring the booms in Sooke

    Not a geologist but, if what Lexa above says is true, these could cause plate shifts. Seriously.

    2015/04/16 at 1:44 am
  • From Signe Olynyk on Did you hear today's blast?

    Hi Britt. I experienced the ‘booms’ in Shirley, both inside and out. The ones inside were always strongest and often shook the windows, glass cabinets, and knocked Christmas cards off the mantle. Outside, it was more of a sound than something you would feel. In fact, the eagle in the tree was never disturbed, and a deer continued to feed. Experiencing it from inside the house was quite unsettling, to say the least. They lasted anywhere from 3-8 seconds and are the closest thing to an earthquake that I have experienced.

    So glad you were able to break the story on this, and give peace to so many area residents. I heard it first on the Sooke Pocket News!

    2015/04/15 at 3:26 pm
    • From SookePub on Did you hear today's blast?

      Can’t say I “broke the story;” credit for that goes to former Mirror reporter (and excellent ongoing journalist), Shannon Moneo, who published a letter in the Mirror (“Mystery solved,” March 4, 2015). However, I’ll take the credit for sticking with it! Another update is in the works. Stay tuned!
      -Britt

      2015/04/15 at 3:38 pm
  • From Lexa Gollmer on Measuring the booms in Sooke

    I fit none of the above criteria however – sometimes the booms feel like the house lifts off the foundation. Not always for sure but some are unbelievable.

    2015/04/15 at 2:44 pm
  • From James McLauchlan on "Sooke gets a digital magazine" - CBC interviews Britt Santowski

    Nice one Britt!

    2015/04/14 at 7:18 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on "Sooke gets a digital magazine" - CBC interviews Britt Santowski

    Enjoyed your interview with CBC, Britt. You earned my respect long ago, so of course, I’ve been watching. Keep up the good work!

    2015/04/14 at 7:18 am
  • From greer stewart on "Sooke gets a digital magazine" - CBC interviews Britt Santowski

    well done Britt …Much success to you !

    2015/04/13 at 8:02 pm
  • From AcademicEntrepreneur on Lessons from Iceland for Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver Island and Sooke

    Following up in support of Iceland’s assertions, we have Harvard publishing an article on the talk from Amory Lovins who does not believe that the idea of a fossil fuel-free vision is utopian — actually its already here and real.
    “”In a talk at the Kennedy School on Tuesday, physicist Amory Lovins outlined a path to a clean-energy future in the United States, one marked by “reinventing fire” through efficiency in things we already do, cost-saving innovation in green technology, and regulatory changes.
    That future, Lovins said, would see the U.S. economy growing by 158 percent by 2050, even as it saves some $5 trillion over business as usual. It would see the country’s greenhouse gas emissions fall by 80 percent as coal, oil, and nuclear power are phased out.
    “Long ago, fire made us human, then fossil fuels made us modern. Now we need a new fuel that makes us safe, secure, healthy, and durable,” Lovins said. “That turns out to be feasible and, in fact, cheaper than what we are doing.””

    http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/04/bullish-on-clean-energy/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hu-twitter-general

    2015/04/12 at 11:40 am
  • From Michael Clouser on Op Ed: Kinder Morgan gets a respectful hearing in Sooke

    Fast-tracking clean energy alternatives is going to require a substantial investment in research and development in addition to regulation in order for Canada to migrate from a petrostate into an innovationstate. The development of clean technologies that are cost-effective will be aided by the development of knowledge assets and skills such as building things from hardware (see my article from yesterday on this matter and Sooke’s opportunity in such). In a broader sense, information technology is becoming an integral part of clean technology present and its role will only increase in the future.

    Furthermore, until clean technologies and their systems can produce energy at rates lower than fossil fuels and theirs, the export market will be small, unless governments require their use and make fossil fuels more expensive through regulation. Canada needs to maintain export markets. One such area of potential export is knowledge, and in particular, information technology, which is still the fastest growing innovation category on the planet. Education itself is a close and intertwined second.

    Building a knowledge economy is essential if such a shift from fossil is crucial. However, this will take substantial investment. Information technology and its markets offer the best path for such. However, there is no great skill shortage in BC than this area. Another related clean energy innovation realm is biotechnology. Again, little skills and investment into this category either.

    Large investments in higher education, including research at universities, as well as technical skill training are needed. Otherwise it is going to be extremely difficult for Canada to migrate away from being the petrostate that it is currently.

    Lessons from brethren in Europe should be investigated: Scotland and Norway in particular; Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. Iceland in particular has a strategy for a Green Energy Economy. See a panel discussion on it here:
    http://www.cornell.edu/video/icelands-clean-energy-economy

    I will write up an article for the Sooke Pocket News on this to overview the main points.

    2015/04/11 at 2:49 am
  • From Alex on Crash on Sooke Road

    Wonderful reporting Britt. Love the article and fast to. Great pictures.

    2015/04/10 at 2:54 pm
  • From Carol Whitney on Crash on Sooke Road

    Nice report. I got caught in the traffic, on my way home. LOTS of people in attendance – fire, police, ambulance.

    2015/04/10 at 2:24 pm
  • From Lois on Sooke PocketNews: A full-service electronic information centre specifically for Sooke

    Please add me to your list

    2015/04/09 at 9:01 pm
  • From Georgina Kirkman on Kinder Morgan is coming to Sooke

    I’m so happy the people of Sooke asked the hard questions and rejected K-M’s disasterous proposals. Thank you Sooke residents for speaking up on our behalf.

    2015/04/09 at 6:22 am
  • From Maria Medwedrich on Help send kids to camp by racing rubber ducks in Sooke

    Very nice coverage of the duck race. I wasn’t aware there was a Sooke Pocket news. I would gladly accept your emails.

    2015/04/08 at 10:12 pm
    • From SookePub on Help send kids to camp by racing rubber ducks in Sooke

      Hi Maria,

      Sooke PocketNews is delivered electronically if you sign up, either daily or weekly, as you wish. Or, if you prefer Facebook, you can like our fan page. We only go to where we are invited; forced delivery is not our forté.

      Our registration information page is here: http://sooke.pocketnews.ca/contact/how-to-subscribe/

      I’m glad you found us, and I hope you will continue finding us … to be helpful, timely and relevant! Thank you for your comment.

      Yours,
      Britt Santowski
      Sooke PocketNews

      2015/04/09 at 8:27 am
  • From James on Kinder Morgan is coming to Sooke

    I feel that, whatever is presented or asked of Kinder Morgan, it will fall on deaf ears.
    The key, to me at least, is that the meeting is well reported by local press ‘without bias’ so that the concerns of those that do attend can be spread to a wider audience in a balanced fashion.

    2015/04/07 at 10:08 am
  • From Michael Clouser on SookeSpace establishes a Sooke Makers and Artists Presence in Etsy, a certified B-Corporation on its way to IPO

    Etsy’s IPO is a Direct Challenge to Wall Street’s Beliefs http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-02/etsy-s-ipo-is-a-direct-challenge-to-wall-street-s-beliefs

    2015/04/03 at 6:21 am
  • From James on What's up at Sooke PocketNews

    In my opinion SPN is providing much needed ‘impartial’ local content covering the Sooke region. Keep up the good work.

    2015/04/01 at 8:58 am
  • From corrie on Did you hear today's blast?

    get used to it its not the end of the world, next week is another week

    2015/03/31 at 7:09 pm
  • From Carol Mobey on New bike park in Sooke now open!

    Would love to see up dates of Sooke lived there for over 25 years and miss HOME OF SOOKE SO MUCH
    Glad to see the new bike park WAY TO GO SOOKE

    2015/03/29 at 8:43 pm
  • From Jan on Letter: Reader researches Sooke booms in greater detail, and calls for action

    I believe it is high energy metals that does even larger blasts 1000 tons out of Joyce Washington .. right across from us

    2015/03/27 at 5:08 pm

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