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FOLK SOCIETY CONCERTStacey Earle and Mark Stuart
perfom on July 30.Page 18
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Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 18Sports/stats Page 27
SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O R
Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
The 25th Sooke Fine Arts Show opened on Thursday night with purchasers waiting in line to get into the show and see the latest works from the 275 artists who submitted entries.
The adjudicators chose 375 pieces from the 551 art-ists who responded to the call for entries to the juried art show and sale.
The 10-day show was once again staged in the SEA-PARC Leisure Complex where a group of talented and hard working volunteers transformed the cavernous space into an amazing gallery.
We had a lovely weekend and a lot of people, said Sally Manning, show coordinator. It is a colourful and happy show.
Many Sooke artists stood out as the winners in the 25th Anniversary Artists Awards. They included Pat-rick Irwin for his acrylic and oil two-dimensional paint-ing Port Alberni, Best Two-Dimensional work.
The Best Three-Dimensional work award was awarded to Jan Johnson for his Minotaur Overseeing Intake, while Debbie Clarkson took the award for the Best Photography for her La Habana Elegante #3. Dana Sitars When I Do Not Follow the Rules took the award for Best Fibre. Honourable mentions were given to Chuck Minten for his Circle of Friends wood table and Anne Boquists YoYoTokTik gourd and found object piece.
Other winners include Heather Hamiltons Internal Reflections pendant (Best Jewellery); Jo Ludwigs No Title glass piece (Best Glass); Metchosins Judi Dyelle won Best Ceramic for her White Series #1; and Jeff Molloy for his mixed media piece A Man of the Cloth.
Other honourable mentions went to Debbie Jansen for her fused glass, Untitled, Eliza Heminways fibre wall piece, The Haberdashers Garden and Leonard Butts Uchi raku sculpture.
The adjudicators each chose a work for Jurors Choice. Richard White gave full marks to Nicolas Van-dergugtens lino block print Bridgework #3; Grant Leier (substituting for Carol Sabiston) awarded Dee de Wits Still Life with Mango his kudos; and juror Nixie Barton chose Johannes Landmans oil painting Benchwarmer.
Manning said the attendance was keeping in line with past years as were the sales.
25 Years of incredible art
Pirjo Raits photo
Bonnie Jones takes a close look at Michael MacLeans Ambassador
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Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Locals driving along West Coast Road may have noticed a new sign on the Prestige Hotel Oceanfront Resort.
The Best West-ern Premiere sign appeared suddenly as just as quickly the rumours began to fly.
No, the resort is not being taken over by Best Western, and no they have not sold out in any way.
What they have done is use the expertise and world-wide connec-tions that Best Western has to help promote the Prestige Oceanfront Resort and put Sooke on the map.
It is something we have been working on in the background with Best Western, says Tanya Stroinig, Presi-dent of Operations for Prestige Hotels and Resorts.
Its all about brand
positioning and the benefits of marketing power.
Stroinig said all of the Best Western prop-erties are individually owned and there is no change in the owner-ship or management of the Prestige Oceanfront Resort.
We are now referred to as the Best West-ern Premiere Prestige
Oceanfront Resort, said Stroinig.
She said what was really exciting is that Best Western has three tiers in their brand and the Premiere brand is one-year old in North America. The Prestige resort is the second location in Canada. She said it will help tremen-dously to put Prestige and Sooke on the map
as the Premiere desig-nation is in line with what Prestige built in Sooke. Prestige Hotels and Resorts owns two other Best Westerns in the chain, one in Cran-brook, the other in Golden.
The marketing part-nership will take advan-tage of Best Westerns tag line, The Worlds Largest Hotel Family.
We are really con-fident of our reach, said Stroinig, and they have a broad reach. It is something we are really excited about.
She said the day-to-day operations and management remain the same, while they have just done some branding alterations.
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There are still a num-ber of events taking place at the SFA show. On Wednesday, July 27 a special night is being held for teens ages 13 to 18. From 6 to 8 p.m. they will have an oppor-tunity to meet and enjoy performances by local youth and musi-cians.
One Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 seniors can enjoy fine art and fine tea from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. Doug Farr will entertain on piano on Thursday and Louise Rose and the Victoria Good News Choir perform on Fri-day afternoon.
From 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 the Rhythm Miners will entertain while art and food lovers get a Taste of Sooke. Tasty appetiz-ers made by local chefs and a glass of wine will entice patrons to wan-der through the aisles enjoying the art and perhaps purchasing art from the show or in the gift shop.
On Saturday, July 30, a gala (by invita-tion only) evening is planned to celebrate the shows 25 success-ful years. Those who have contributed to the success of the show will be recognized and the evening ends with live music and dancing.
There are artist dem-onstrations, an Edward Milne Community School youth art dis-play and entertainers throughout the show.
People are enjoying the music as well, said Sally Manning, show coordinator for 2011.
The Sooke Fine Arts Show runs to August 1 at 2168 Phillips Road.For more informa-tion go to: www.sooke finearts.com
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Prestige finds branding partner
Slow summer affecting businessBenjamin YongSooke News Mirror
Some local retail and food-based busi-nesses agree sales are down and they are being forced to cut costs in different ways, but they arent sure if the HST is completely at fault.
Almost 12,000 full-time jobs in B.C. were lost in June, according to Statistics Canada.
Don Shaw, owner of Sooke Trading Post on Otter Point Road said he can relate.
Well, this has been a harder year than any before. Any before, ever. Ive been here for 12 years, said Shaw.
I cant blame it on the HST but some-thing has triggered this. Like I normally have one to two people working for me at this time of year, Im here alone to cut costs.
Since the new tax structure was adopted just over a year ago, things that werent subject to PST like restaurant foods and beverages and some non-basic grocery items like chips and pop are now subject to 12 per cent HST. And that, coupled with a slowly-recovering economy and less-than-ideal summer weather, has left many store owners worried.
Business has been affected all year, said a Village Food Markets employee who didnt want to be named. A lot of our business has to do with tourism, we havent seen any of this because our weather has never kicked in so I mean yeah, weve noticed it a bit.
As a result, to stay in the running the grocer has had to reduce prices to match the competition. Other establishments, like Sooke Serious Coffee, try to save
by ensuring nothing goes to waste, said barista Rachelle Smith.
We just have to be more careful using all the product, she said.
Traffic is less than what it usually is at the coffee shop, with sales down 30 per cent compared to last year.
It was getting really slow during the Christmas holidays, throughout the whole day, but now its starting to pick up within the last month. But I also think the weather has a lot to do with it, said Smith.
Things arent all bad, however. Jason Dumont, owner of Dumont Tirecraft said his automotive store hasnt been affected.
Nothing changed because my busi-ness, everything was always taxed the same. Its easier for us to deal with.
Instead of filling out a separate form for both PST and GST when remitting taxes, he only has to worry about a single HST form. In addition, he saves money because he doesnt have to pay tax on the tires that he doesnt sell, where pre-viously PST was charged regardless, he said.
It makes our paperwork, our life way easier thats for sure.
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Rachelle Smith says business is slower than usual but shes not sure what to blame.
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Show, to August 1 at SEAPARC;
STIUNKING FISH STUDIO Tour to August 1, various locations. Go to: www.stinkingfishstudiotour.com
FISH DERBYTHE SOOKE SALMON
Enhancement Society Fish Derby takes place this weekend. Tickets at the Crab Shack and Eagle Eye Outfitters.
VOLUNTEERSTO THE MORE than 250
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Linda is tied all up in knotsBenjamin YongSooke News Mirror
Linda Brown may own one of the few business in the country that relies almost solely on kangaroos.
From her home in Sooke, Brown runs Knotty Linda leather-crafting.
I specialize in fine braiding and fancy knotting of kangaroo and English bridle leathers, she said.
Brown uses mostly kangaroo leather because of its unique physical properties.
In a lot of the work to make a braid, you have to pull really tight on it. And if you pull that tight on cow leather with it that thin to make those decora-tive knots and braids, it will break.
Several rooms in her home have been dedi-cated to the construc-tion and storage of her creations: hundreds of colourful bracelets were displayed neatly on racks near the kitchen, and dozens of what looked like belts hung from the ceiling in a converted bedroom -- but they werent designed for humans.
About a year ago I changed the focus of my business to dog leads and collars, said Brown.
Making them from English bridle leather, which is derived from cow hide and is very strong and water resis-tant, it gets its name from from being com-monly used to construct bridles for horses.
Designs range from
supple brown leads with gold buckles to jet black collars with polished studs, costing anywhere from around $30 to $60.
I cant help but make bling, because people want it, she said.
Brown didnt always focus on canines -- ini-tially, her products were very much peo-ple-focused.
When I first started off my business, I wanted to make whips and floggers. And the reason for that is a good whip handle or flog-ger handle can really show off my talent as a braider and knotter.
While it fulfilled her creative needs, she said there wasnt a lucrative
market for her work. A lot of people who
want those kinds of instruments are not interested in a $300 work of art, a $20 sting will do the trick.
She still makes cus-tom orders here and there, but other items
have unexpectedly been far more popu-lar like her zipper pulls.
A little boy came up to my booth with a toonie in his hand wanting to buy some-thing, but $30 is about the cheapest thing in
my booth. So I went home trying to figure out what I can do, and I started to make zipper pulls out of cord.
What was meant to be a trinket for kids has garnered quite a follow-ing -- Brown now makes fancier versions with kangaroo leather for adults, as well as sport-themed pulls complete with logos for teams. She even provides members of the Sooke business community, like Western Foods and Sooke Harbour House, with customized zipper pulls to hand out to cli-ents and employees.
You can find more of Knotty Lindas prod-ucts at www.knottyl inda.com.
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Leathercrafter Linda Brown stands in front of racks holding hundreds of custom made kangaroo leather bracelets and wrist cuffs that she sells. Below, she holds a leather wrist cuff, bracelets and keychain pulls.
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Sooke News Mirror reader Taavi Babcock took this photo from Silver Spray looking toward Iron Mine Bay area, Donaldson Island, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Readers Photo of the Week is sponsored by Ellen Bergerud. Send your good qua l i t y jpegs t o : e d i t o r @sookenewsmirror.com
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Whats being planned in your neighbourhood?June Klassen, Manager of
Planning Services for the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (JDFEA), has made it easier for people to find out what developments are being considered in their neighbourhoods. At the June JDF Land Use Committee meet-ing, Ms. Klassen announced that all applications for variances, development permits and sub-divisions are now posted at the JDFEA website: http://www.crd.
bc.ca/jdf/landuse/current_apps.htm. There are explanations of what permits are required and how to apply. There is also an explanation of why only some development permit applica-tions - those that also require a variance - are published to neighbouring property owners.
If you are more interested in the applications and not the explanations, go directly to:
You will see that the planning office has been really busy this year. Many thanks to the plan-ner for providing this informa-tion to the public.
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Ratepayers Association (OPSRRA) July newsletter.
Whats Up in SookeWhats Up in Sooke This WeekThis WeekWed.Wed.July 27July 27
WOMENS CONNECTION WOMENS CONNECTION GROUP GROUP Summer program is Summer program is underway every Wed. underway every Wed. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please contact Susan to Please contact Susan to book at 250-216-6762. book at 250-216-6762. Sponsored by Sooke Sponsored by Sooke Outreach.Outreach.
AL-ANON MEETINGAL-ANON MEETINGFor friends and family of For friends and family of alcoholics. Every Wed. alcoholics. Every Wed. at 7:30 p.m. 7110 West at 7:30 p.m. 7110 West Coast Rd. 250-642-3978.Coast Rd. 250-642-3978.
STARLIGHT CINEMASTARLIGHT CINEMARIO is playing at 9 p.m. RIO is playing at 9 p.m. at Ed MacGregor Park. at Ed MacGregor Park. Bring a chair or blanket.Bring a chair or blanket.
Thurs.Thurs.July 28July 28
TASTE OF SOOKETASTE OF SOOKEAppetizers and wine at Appetizers and wine at Sooke Fine Arts Show. Sooke Fine Arts Show. From 7 to 9 p.m. -- tickets From 7 to 9 p.m. -- tickets are $12, wine $4 a glass.are $12, wine $4 a glass.
FOOD, FARMS, FUNFOOD, FARMS, FUNStories and a puppet Stories and a puppet show at the library from show at the library from 2 until 2:30 p.m. Children 2 until 2:30 p.m. Children and families welcome.and families welcome.
BUS. NETWORKINGBUS. NETWORKINGWorkshop provided Workshop provided by Sooke Chamber of by Sooke Chamber of Commerce, 7 to 9 p.m. Commerce, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Prestige. Call 250-at the Prestige. Call 250-642-6112 to register.642-6112 to register.
FREE HEARING TESTFREE HEARING TEST10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shoppers Drug Mart.Shoppers Drug Mart.
Fri.Fri.July 29July 29
KARAOKE AT THE KARAOKE AT THE LEGIONLEGIONHosted by Carrie Hosted by Carrie Proudlove. Come for the Proudlove. Come for the $11 steak from 6 to 7:30 $11 steak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. stay for the singing!p.m. stay for the singing!
ARTIST DEMOSARTIST DEMOSAt Sooke Fine Arts Show. At Sooke Fine Arts Show. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trisha 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trisha Klus, hand bound books; Klus, hand bound books; Melanie Willing, acrylic Melanie Willing, acrylic ink 2 to 4 p.m.: Bonnie ink 2 to 4 p.m.: Bonnie Helm-Northover, collage; Helm-Northover, collage; Jack Stevenson, Wrist Jack Stevenson, Wrist Wood Art 6 to 8 p.m.: Wood Art 6 to 8 p.m.: Bonnie Helm-Northover, Bonnie Helm-Northover, collage; Dorothy Haegert, collage; Dorothy Haegert, photo montage.photo montage.
Sat.Sat.July 30July 30
COUNTRY MARKET COUNTRY MARKET Today on Otter Point Today on Otter Point Road at Eustace.Road at Eustace.
SALMON DERBYSALMON DERBYHosted by Sooke Salmon Hosted by Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society Enhancement Society today and tomorrow. today and tomorrow. $5000 for rst prize, $5000 for rst prize, tickets are $50 a rod from tickets are $50 a rod from Crab Shack and Eagle Crab Shack and Eagle Eye Out tters.Eye Out tters.
Mon.Mon.August 1August 1
EUCHRE NIGHTEUCHRE NIGHTStarts at 7 p.m. sharp at Starts at 7 p.m. sharp at Sooke Legion.Sooke Legion.
LAST DAY FOR SFALAST DAY FOR SFAFine arts show wraps up Fine arts show wraps up at 5 p.m. Check out the at 5 p.m. Check out the EMCS youth art display EMCS youth art display in the north foyer. Raf e in the north foyer. Raf e draw happens at 5 p.m.draw happens at 5 p.m.
Sun.Sun.July 31July 31
ARTIST DEMOSARTIST DEMOSAt Sooke Fine Arts Show.At Sooke Fine Arts Show.11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vanessa Gaudet/Chris Vanessa Gaudet/Chris Windsor, glass blowing; Windsor, glass blowing; Connie Furgason, Connie Furgason, calligraphy/watercolour calligraphy/watercolour 6 to 8 p.m.: Kathleen 6 to 8 p.m.: Kathleen Sears, mixed media; Sears, mixed media; Anna Perkins, landscape Anna Perkins, landscape in acrylic.in acrylic.
Tues.Tues.August 2August 2
YOUTH CLINICYOUTH CLINIC at Harbour Family at Harbour Family Medical Clinic 4 to 7 Medical Clinic 4 to 7 p.m. 250-642-4233p.m. 250-642-4233
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Sooke RCMP are noticing a dramatic increase in the number of false 911s from cell-phones.
Since May 2011 officers attended 13 pocket dial calls in which a cellphone dials 911 and nothing is heard by the dispatcher or sometimes noises which sound similar to a person struggling as if involved in an emer-gency.
Officers have to locate the caller in case it is an emergency and many phones have the GPS capability to track the exact location of the call.
One call was a pocket dial from a hiker in Sooke Hills. RCMP were minutes away from paging out Search and Rescue when the hiker was contacted and con-firmed he was fine and didnt even realize his phone had called.
RCMP attended two separate pocket dials from the same person on different days at his work site. Cell phone users can reduce the likelihood of acciden-tal calls to 911 by not programming keypad shortcuts for the emer-gency number, by lock-ing keypads before plac-ing phones in pockets
and by keeping phones out of the hands of small children.
If you do realize youve dialed, dont hang up which is a nat-ural reaction because you may be embar-rassed. Instead, stay on the line and confirm with the dispatcher that youve erred and all is well. Parents are encouraged to de-pro-gram the keypad short-cuts from their kids phones. If they need help, they can dial 911.
On July 19 officers stopped a scooter on Charters Road and found the 19-year-old driver was already prohibited as a result of an impaired driving conviction. The vehicle was impounded and the male will be appearing in court facing charges of driving while prohib-ited.
A Sooke resident was
pulled over for a driv-ing infraction and was noted to have warrants for his arrest out of Alberta for 13 charges including weapons pos-session, threats and trafficking cocaine. The warrant was extended to B.C. and the male was returned to Alberta
to appear in court.Several unlocked
vehicles were entered on Cedar Ridge, Helge-sen, Church, Rhodon-ite, French, Amethyst and Melrick Roads. Police are again remind-ing people to take time to secure their vehicles and remove all items of value from within.
Passers by travelling
on West Coast Road near Sombrio Beach came across a lone male who had crashed his motorcycle. The 47- year-old male had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
were hosted by Sooke Detachment through-out the week with positive results as no impaired drivers were apprehended.
Shortly after 2 p.m. July 7, the Sooke RCMP received a call of a male who had col-lapsed at the intersec-tion of Sooke and Bel-vista Roads.
Upon arrival, two officers found bystand-ers assisting a 53-year- old man in medical dis-tress. Several people were performing CPR.
Cst. Christina Klein quickly moved in to
assist, determining that the man had no pulse. With the support of a bystander, this offi-cer continued to per-form CPR. The victim began to breathe again, but stopped a short time later. The officer and citizen continued CPR again until the arrival of BC Ambu-lance Service Paramed-ics.
The man was trans-ported to Royal Jubilee Hospital, where he is currently listed in sta-ble condition.
Although RCMP members are trained in Emergency Medical Response Cst. Klein suc-cessfully obtained her Emergency Medical Responder Certificate after attending a two- week course at the Jus-tice Institute of BC.
This case highlights the life saving benefits of timely medical inter-vention, and the role that everyone can play in that.
The quick and skilled actions of those who stopped to help, along with our officer, saved this mans life.
Many thanks go out to those who helped him ultimately saving his life.
Pocket dialling increasingly taxing on RCMP
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EDITORIAL Rod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorBenjamin Young ReporterThe Sooke News Mirror is published every Wednesday by Black Press Ltd. | 112-6660 Sooke Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0A5 | Phone: 250-642-5752 WEB: WWW.SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM
I have reviewed the draft sign regulation bylaw and at first glance it appears this is a wonderful docu-ment and it will be an essential tool to support a major intent of the document which is to enhance the appearance of the municipality.
The main problem that I am sure
you all realize is that Sooke is not like Victoria and it is not like the pic-ture of Langford which is shown on page five of the document. Sooke does not have a typical downtown business community with storefront shops and it does not appear at the present time that it will ever have this typical look.
The majority of the small busi-nesses in Sooke are located off Sooke Road either on the side streets or are set back some distance from Sooke Road. It is essential for their survival that they be permitted to advertise and this is even more important in the current economic environment. Sandwich boards and portable signs are an effective way for these businesses to tell locals and tourists where they are located and what services they provide. In most instances these signs are quite attractive and in fact add to the char-acter of our community.
The draft Sign Regulation Bylaw
will essentially eliminate this as a means of advertising as it restricts the placement of these signs to within 10 feet of the door to the businesses.
This bylaw will be extremely harm-ful for our Sooke businesses. An exception to this at sec 6.15.1 states a sandwich board sign for a medi-cal clinic may be located on High-way 14, this gives preferential treat-ment to one business over another and this should not be permited to occur.
Before you vote on this document
I would appreciate it if you would consider the following:
Most tourists that I have spoken
with appreciate the natural beauty of our community but comment on the unattractive appearance of our town centre. I believe we should first con-centrate on improving the overall appearance of our town centre and then a document such as this can be used to fine tune the desired effect we want. However, in the meantime, this document could have a severe detrimental affect on our small busi-ness community.
The portable and sandwich
board signs of The Stick shown on pages nine and 10 of the document will have to be removed.
The signs advertising Sunriver Estates and Mariners Village will have to be removed.
Most of the signs in front of the Prestige Hotel will have to be removed. Im sure they will appre-ciate this after investing millions in our community.
Someone will have to tell the Sooke Fine Arts Society that they cannot put a sandwich board on Sooke Road to let our visitors know where to find the fine art show.
The Sooke Philharmonic Society
will not be able to use their banners and signs to assist those that are participating in their annual Secret Garden Tour fundraiser.
The fishing charter and whale
watching signs will have to be removed along with the signs used by Moms Caf, Mountain Cycle, Sea of Bloom flower shop, aAternative Kitchen, Serious Coffee, Sushi on the Sea, Lazy Gecko, Markus Res-taurant, bottle depot, Jocks Dock, kayak rentals, Eagle Eye fishing, St. Vincent de pPul, and many others.
In summary, I believe this docu-ment is ahead of its time for Sooke, in fact it refers to the business sec-tion of Goodmere Road and Water-view Street which at the present time are non-existent.
Thank you for your consider-
Signs of the times must be removed
Getting a new perspective
Vacation - n. & v. 1. a fixed period of cessation from work, esp. in universities and lawcourts. 2. US a holiday. 3. the act of vacating (a house or post etc.) US take a holiday.
It is the time of year when most folks take a couple of weeks and do what they want rather than what is expected of them. Its a necessary and much anticipated time for taking a load off, relaxing and seeing the world in anything but a 9 to 5 way. Vacations are meant to reduce stress and they do, providing you get away from it all.
Two weeks away gives one a different perspective. It makes the mundane events even duller and gives the important events more clarity. Basically it re-positions and aligns the important issues and gives them the head space
they deserve. We can get so caught up in the political issues that we forget about the other softer and gentler things taking place.
The Sooke Fine Arts Show and the Stinking Fish Studio Tour are both examples from the other side. Hundreds of volunteers make these events possible and it makes the light shine on Sooke and the region. Sooke has encouraged art and artists for more than 25 years and we are all the much better for it. It is our claim to fame really.
Congratulations to all who helped make this happen and kudos to Sooke for always being there to encourage and support this alternate economy.
Not to be forgotten are the efforts made by local businesses and individuals who are beautifying our town and helping make it just a little better each year.
We live in a great place.
It makes the mundane events even duller...
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Has the weather affected your summer plans so far?
No, but if it were nicer Id go to the beach.
Yes, I usually go away into the hills, now Im stuck at
the bottom because its too cold.
Not really. I cant go far because Im in a wheel-
Not really, its normal climate.
Turn the water on
The South Island Recreation Association (SIRA) is seeking com-munity support to re-establish the water play area at Broom Hill Park, 2280 Pyrite Drive.
According to dis-trict records it has not been operational since 2006. An inspection of the system at that time showed that the metal pipes and fittings were heavily corroded. In 2007 a decision was made that a full replacement of the sys-tem would be preferred since it was nearly the same cost to repair as it was for a full replace-ment. A budget did not exist at that time to pro-ceed with either repair or replacement, and to date staff have not been directed to re-in-state the amenity.
With sufficient com-munity interest, SIRA will sponsor a proposal to be taken before council in support of a request that the water play area be allocated a budget and made oper-ational.
Interested parents, grandparents, or spon-sors, please respond by email to: [email protected]
South Island Recre-ation Association
Regarding your arti-cle titled Its time to be Bear aware
One line states do not put uncooked foods in your compost ... excuse me, but one only puts uncooked foods into ones com-post, raw veggies and peelings, etc. No cooked foods should ever go into the compost.
Did I misunderstand the statement?
Higher standard for politicians
I would expect some-one who recently announced their inten-tion to run for munici-pal council to be an advocate of following laws, not breaking them.
I was recently trou-bled by comments on Terrance Martins SIM-RAC Facebook page.
Here is a quote:Every illegal ride
that happens in a CRD park is a direct conse-quence of their policy.
This quote is trou-bling to me. In my opinion this is no dif-ferent than saying it is the governments fault that people speed because the speed lim-its are too low, or that it is okay for underaged
people to drink alcohol because you think the legal drinking age of 19 is too high.
A person running for political office should be held to a higher standard, condemn-ing flagrant law break-ers, not blaming the government because he doesnt agree with the policy that is in place.
Canada Day one tries to get up late, but not in Sooke, especially not in the Maple Park area as the construc-tion continues on.
Why do we have bylaws?
We are being treated as if we have no right, this may go on for years as we need to call every time a bylaw is broken the enforcement offi-
cers?Respect the residents
and their rights, not only the people who bring big money into the community.
A disgruntled Cana-dian,
Thank you for print-ing the letter by Eliza-beth Nickson.
It is most timely.Bev Walker
No meddlers wanted
The unbridled nerve of Victoria residents, the gall, the meddling - unbelievable.
To David Anderson, who lives way out in
Joke Bay, Victoria, the doggie poo capital of Canada, regarding your insulting letter in the Times Colonist, Sunday, July 17, belittling the legal residents along the (Pacific Marine) circle route, diminish-ing their right to a live-lihood and their prop-erty rights to you, Mr. Anderson, I say, for all those who wish to be communists, go move to North Korea.
This country, Canada, has private property and personal rights. This country sup-ports itself financially by development. If the Saanich arm of the CRD (Capital Regional Dis-trict), along with Oak Bay, want to make an urban, couch potato point and crush a prop-erty owners dream, then I say, rip that intrusive Juan de Fuca Marine Trail out of our wilderness because, it too, is a development.
Go cut your own lawn grass Saanich, go build yourself a mall, but go, go away from us. Go walk your dog some-where else because we want paying customers out here now enough with the free ride for you Saanich, you and your trouble-causing riff raff.
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Generosity never out of style
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Kathleen Forde of the Sooke Seniors Activity Society accepts a $1,500 cheque from Sooke businessman Larry Champagne. Champagne said he gave the donation because he didnt think the seniors should be out of pocket because of a recent theft of funds.
Opinion: Commenting on Nickson The arguments in
Elizabeth Nicksons June 29 editorial never go out of style. For over a century community organizers have been labelled as outside agitators by people attempting to benefit from the perception of an urban/rural conflict.
Conspiracy theories abound about the fund-ing sources and sinister motivations of envi-ronmental groups who work in rural areas, but
it would do communi-ties well to look criti-cally at whose interests this story line serves.
The recent con-troversy over urban sprawl in the Juan de Fuca (JDF) region is a perfect example.
Part of the allure in rural living is the inde-pendence of existing outside urban regula-tions and restrictions. Real estate speculators are playing this card to suggest that public
interest in protecting the Juan de Fuca region is an attack on this independence. They suggest that it should be their choice to build new subdivisions and that interference from other communi-ties or from the Capi-tal Regional District is inappropriate.
Many aspects of rural freedom deserve to be protected, but the free-dom to flip land with impunity is not one of
them. Suggesting it is does not protect the rural lifestyle, it aims to destroy it.
There are fortunes to be made rezoning property in the Juan de Fuca region for vaca-tion home projects. Each time this happens a precedent is set mak-ing it difficult and some-times illegal to deny similar applications. One subdivision out-side Jordan River, could lead to another near
Shirley and another just outside Sooke. All of these will eventually require servicing from the region that will out-run the tax revenues they generate. More-over, each one brings a little bit more traffic congestion, more noise, garbage, light pollution and a bit less privacy. Each bump in popula-tion also creates a cor-responding bump in
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urban style regulations and bureaucracy that many people came to the JDF to avoid in the first place.
People in the Juan de Fuca region make their living off the areas for-ests. A coastline of sea-sonally-occupied vaca-tion homes eliminates potential for tourism revenue that families in places like Tofino and Ucluelet thrive on and it would destroy oppor-tunities for sustainable forestry operations. Although realtors claim that their projects cre-ate other employment, these tend to be sea-sonal, low-wage ser-vice industry jobs and in the long run this
pattern drives people into cities to find work, destroying the vitality of rural areas.
The Dogwood Ini-tiative and Wilder-ness Committee have given considerable time to this issue and our involvement has been plugged into the same tired narrative of urban activists try-ing to steal autonomy from rural communi-ties. This couldnt be farther from the truth. Neither of our organi-zations would set foot in a community where we werent wanted. Our work in the JDF has been inspired and enabled by opposition from local groups such as the Shirley Educa-tion and Action Society,
and the Jordan River Community Associa-tion, members of the Shirley Fire Department and countless individu-als from the Electoral Area who continue rais-ing their voices against urban sprawl.
Characterizing this opposition as wholly existing outside the region, and employing simplistic urban ver-sus rural narratives is a transparent attempt to discredit legitimate concerns of local resi-dents. It uses the pride that communities in the JdF have in their inde-pendence against itself.
Gordon OConnor Vancouver Island
Campaigner Dogwood Initiative
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Make it, bake it, grow it
Nancy Bennett, of Three Sisters Farm is at the Sooke Country Market each Saturday. The popular market offers fresh produce and a variety of crafts for those who take in the event. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday throughout the summer and fall.
New vendors are encouraged. For more information, go to: [email protected]
2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 1J2
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July 27 & August 3, 2011File No. PLN00873
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGSPublic Hearings will be held in the Sooke Council Chambers at 2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC on Monday August 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm to hear presentations on the following proposed bylaws:Bylaw No. 501, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (270-90)The intent and purpose of Bylaw No 501, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (270-90) is to amend the zoning on the property at 6553 Helgesen Road, PID 000-137-651, from Rural Residential Zone 1 (RR1A) to Small Lot Residential Zone (RS-3). Bylaw No. 502, 6553 Helgesen Road Phased Development Agreement Authorization Bylaw, 2011The intent and purpose of Bylaw No. 502 is to authorize a Phased Development at 6553 Helgesen Road under Bylaw No. 501. The property owner/developer, Kenneth Rudd, Brenda Rudd and Frederick Rudd, have agreed to enter into the agreement for a period of ten years. The Phased Development Agreement provides for the assignment of the agreement to a subsequent owner of the land that is identi ed in the agreement, and the conditions under which the assignment may occur.The nature of the development that is the subject of phased development agreement is that:1. The amenities to be provided are:
a. The amenities to be provided are one or more of the following: parks and trail development, waterfront walkway, affordable housing, open space (in addition to statutory park dedications), day care facilities (not for pro t), public art, park equipment, ALR acquisitions, community gardens, parking structures, performing arts facility, green infrastructure, beauti cation projects, and preservation of heritage structures, having in the aggregate a market value not exceeding $5,000 for each additional dwelling unit in excess of the 24.24 dwelling unit Base Density on the land, in the locations and in accordance with standards approved in writing by the Districts Municipal Planner and Municipal Engineer.
b. Despite section 1 of this Schedule, in lieu of provision of these amenities the Developer may at subdivision stage pay the District $5000 for each additional dwelling unit in excess of the 24.24 dwelling unit Base Density on the land, and the District must use the amount paid only for provision of the amenities to be collected at time of subdivision.
The amenity contribution shall be based on the maximum residential density of the lots created at the time of 2. subdivision.The Developer shall at its sole cost design, install, plant and construct the following works, services and 3. other things prior to subdivision approval:
Complete a detailed erosion and sediment control plan prior to commencement of any construction.a. Submit a traf c impact assessment (TIA). The TIA will need to determine the access (es) to the b. proposed development, the impacts on surrounding highways, and the improvements required to handle the proposed additional traf c. All costs related to the design and construction of the required improvements will be borne by the developer.The Applicant is required to paint a centerline on Helgesen Road from Church Road to the eastern limit c. of the proposed development.All driveways within public property are to be hard surfaced to the property line.d. Sanitary sewerage is to be provided at Service Level 2. Sanitary sewer design to provide for the e. opportunity for inclusion into the Sewer Speci ed Area of neighbouring properties where possible.Prior to nalizing the rezoning process the applicant, at their cost, is to coordinate with the District of f. Sooke for the completion of a sewer feasibility study to review the capacity of downstream sewers. The costs related to upgrading/installing the downstream system, if required, will be borne by the developer. Construction of a trail/green space connection from Felderhof Road to Helgesen Road with g. accommodation for pedestrian/trail linkage to the north east corner of the site, as per the Parks and Trails Master Plan, 2009.
Bylaw No. 503, Sooke Core Sewer Speci ed Area Amendment Bylaw (147-11)(For Public Information Only)
The intent and purpose of Bylaw No. 503 is to enlarge the community sewer system service area to include the parcel located at 6553 Helgesen Road.All persons who believe their interests in property are affected by these proposed bylaws shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions before Council on the matters contained in the proposed bylaws at the above time and place. If you are unable to attend the hearing, we ask that written submissions be provided prior to the close of the public hearing. Please be advised that submissions to Council will become part of the public record.Copies of the proposed bylaws, and relevant background documents, may be inspected at the of ces of the District of Sooke Planning Department, 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), commencing from July 27, 2011 to and including August 8, 2011.If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact the Planning Department at 642-1628.
Sincerely,Tara JohnsonPlanner II
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Capital Regional District
Regular MeetingOtter Point Fire Hall 3727 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BCWednesday, August 3, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.Public Event Comment Review/Finalize RecommendationsPublic Welcome to AttendFor meeting conrmation or for further information, please contact the JdFEA Planning Services Ofce at 250.642.1500.
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SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011 www.sookenewsmirror.com COMMUNITY 11Benjamin Yong photo
The Communities in Bloom regional judging panel share a table and breakfast with Sooke community members, hosted by Edith and Victor Newman at the Blue Raven Gallery last Saturday. The panel headed home after spending the week evaluating the communities of Port McNeill, Qualicum Beach and Sooke. This was the fifth consecutive year the district has taken part in the beautification initiative, with Culver calling it the best program in the country in recent years to promote national unity. From left (clockwise): judges Shirley Culver from Kamloops and Rea Smith from Armstrong, Coun. David Bennett, Parks and Environmental Services Coordinator Laura Byrne and MoonFist.
Below, Victor Newman tending to pancakes on the griddle at his home for the Communities in Bloom breakfast last Saturday.
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