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Members of the community are invited to apply for the District of Sooke’s Climate Change Action Committee. The purpose of this committee will be to review and identify opportunities to build local climate action awareness and promote environmental stewardship within … Continue reading →
Eye health is important to British Columbians. That is why the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) are following the recommendations put forward by all 29 retinal specialists in the Provincial Retinal Diseases Program, as well … Continue reading →
We stumbled on this on Facebook, and thought we would share it to a wider audience. It’s a service modification that may benefit many, including those not on FB (and that number is growing). “EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM!! Same … Continue reading →
Sooke Detachment RCMP are winding up an investigation spanning the past several months into local heroin/fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine traffickers. Sooke RCMP partnered with the Vancouver Island General Investigation Section and were able to gather information and successfully arrest suspected … Continue reading →
New private practice clinic will serve to address doctor shortage With thousands of patients lacking a primary healthcare provider, Sooke is one of many communities impacted by the provincial shortage of general practitioners. Michael Forbes, a Victoria-based pharmacist and entrepreneur, … Continue reading →
Choom has a 5,000 sq.ft. facility in the Sooke Business Park (Otter Point), BC along with the expansion potential to add a up to ~700,000 sq.ft., in a three story indoor and greenhouse production facility. Choom™ (CSE: CHOO; OTCQB: CHOOF), … Continue reading →
Revitalize a park in Sooke by removing invasive plants!! The Greater Victoria Green Team is hosting a big community environmental volunteer activity in Sooke and the community is invited! They will be removing English ivy and other invasive plants from … Continue reading →
The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has won a victory in a Nevadacourt this week to enforce a $21.7-million order against fraudster Michael Lathigee – the first time a U.S. court has recognized a BCSC order for someone to repay ill-gotten gains. A BCSC panel found in … Continue reading →
The Capital Regional District (CRD) is asking residents to help them keep the region’s waterways safe and clean by reporting abandoned boats this summer. To report a boat in the capital region that looks abandoned or wrecked, that is onshore, … Continue reading →
A lack of restraint use, along with drug and/or alcohol involvement, was noted as a contributory factor to recent motor vehicle incident deaths in British Columbia, according to the most recent data published by the BC Coroners Service. The BC … Continue reading →
West Shore RCMP are investigating a report of a 29 year old female who was injured after being pushed over a 40 foot cliff into the water at Thetis Lake, View Royal. On May 19, 2019 at approximately 3:30 pm the … Continue reading →
The Province has released terms of reference that will guide the British Columbia Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) investigation into what is driving high, volatile gasoline prices in British Columbia. The BCUC may exercise any of the powers provided to it under … Continue reading →
Alberta off to early fire season with evacuations, warnings https://t.co/gbThGRGEsE pic.twitter.com/xV7yj7E2ds — NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) May 20, 2019 The BC Wildfire Service is sending 267 personnel to Alberta to help with firefighting efforts due to an increasing wildfire threat in … Continue reading →
-By Candice Neveu Late spring marks the start of Garage Sale Season, which means it must be time for Sunriver Estates’ Annual Community Yard Sale! This event, now in its seventh year, is a highlight for locals and visitors alike. … Continue reading →
Dear Caterina: Why is dating so difficult these days? Signed Dazed and confused Dear Dazed And Confused: In my practice people often ask that question. Dating used to be a lot easier than it is today. Texting has become the … Continue reading →
The following cartoon was created by Jordyn Borsellino, a Sooke Youth and animator. Visit Jordyn online at her DeviantArt page. Cartoons by Jordyn on SPN … Continue reading →
Review by G.K. Sydney (photos and column) Well, Sooke, we’ve done it again. On this past Saturday night during the Sooke Folk Music Society coffeehouse, yet another great musical event occurred. In the unpretentious, lovely setting of the Holy Trinity … Continue reading →
Insider scoop! Register before the end of this month and get an additional $200 off! Beyond Addiction Nine Day Immersion course in beautiful Sooke BC on Vancouver Island July 20th – July 28th, 2019 Join Sat Charan Simran Kaur, Fateh … Continue reading →
–Provincial news In collaboration with B.C. law enforcement and the public, the Investigations Unit in B.C.’s Ministry of Finance seized more than 5.75 million grams of contraband tobacco destined for Vancouver streets over fiscal year 2018-19. The estimated tax loss … Continue reading →
For just one day, on Sunday, June 2nd, the public can explore and enjoy eight charming gardens in the Sooke area. Entry into these normally private domains is made possible by the 2019 Annual Sooke Secret Garden Tour, a major … Continue reading →
–by G.K. Sydney (photos and column) So….settling into a new town is a big thing. It requires a house, new friends, and new activities. We seemed to have acquired most of the above by the time we began to call … Continue reading →
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