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BENEFIT FOR BOBBIE JO Local musicians are rallying to support local woman. Page 13 COURT ACTION There is talk about forming a men’s basketball league. Page 24 Your community, your classifieds P26 • Wednesday, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 13 Sports/stats Page 24 Agreement #40110541 SOOKE SOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNER MIRROR Sooke man lucky to be alive after watery car crash Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror R on Hamilton knows he is lucky to be alive and he is grateful. Hamilton, was travelling along Sooke Road, at the four lanes, when his life took an unexpected turn. It was Jan. 26 at 8:30 a.m. when Hamilton’s Ford Fusion hit black ice. There was no salt, no sand to pre- vent his car from skidding off the highway into a creek. The recent rains had likely washed it all away. “I went across two lanes and my car was air borne. I hit my head and my car was completely submerged,” said Hamilton days after the crash. He was knocked out briefly and when he came to his car was underwater and he was struggling to breathe. The creek itself is not that deep, but deep enough to bury the front of his car in the water. His thoughts were fuzzy but he knew he didn’t want to die drowning. He had popped into the back seat after the collision and when he realized the water was staying in the car, he strug- gled to find an air pocket. “Don’t panic,” was his first thought, he said. “I don’t know how long I was out but I was within two sec- onds of drowning.” Luckily for Hamilton, there were other drivers out on the road and a call was made to 9-1-1. Just as things looked really bleak Hamilton man- aged to kick out the window and find the door handle to let himself out. “My hands were so numb it was hard to feel things,” he said. He may have gotten out by himself but he is forever thankful to the West Shore RCMP and a civilian who came onto the scene and jumped into the creek with- out hesitation. “This is what they are all about — jumping in with- out hesitation,” said Ham- ilton. “The cops reacted, they didn’t take anything off, even their guns.” By this time Hamilton was vibrating he was shaking so bad. He was lucky, he missed a telephone pole by about six to seven feet and the fact that his car was a four-door. Hamilton moved to Sooke last July from Mission and is amazed at the selfless actions of the RCMP team who came to his aid. He knows that a number of factors allowed him to survive. He talked about the need not to panic in such situa- tions. “My dad always said to me, ‘don’t panic.’” And his father knew what he was talking about. Hamilton’s father was a bush pilot and was once lost for a month in the bleak and barren reaches of northern Sas- katchewan. “He was flying from gas depot to gas depot and he went off course.” Black ice is dangerous and is present on many cold and clear mornings. You can’t see it and you can’t stop on it. Even the ambulance driver who showed up at the accident scene came to a sliding stop. “Everybody tells me that is a vicious part of the high- way,” said Hamilton. Hamilton was taken to hos- pital and checked out. He was hypothermic and had a large bump on his head but other than that he was okay and lucky to be alive. “I just want to say thank you to the police and the other guy.” Submitted photo Ron Hamilton is rescued from the icy creek by West Shore RCMP members and a passerby. T’Sou-ke Nation will lead the way in food security and sustainability with new project Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror Sustainability and food security are paramount in the lives of the T’Sou-ke people, says Chief Gordon Planes. On Jan. 29 Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing, Rich Coleman, announced $1-million in funding for the Sustain- able Community Greenhouse Proj- ect being initiated by the T’Sou-ke First Nation. The project involves the construc- tion and operation of a commercial- sized greenhouse on four acres on T’Sou-ke land. The project will dem- onstrate and introduce a new heat- ing and cooling technology which is an extension of the solar project on the reserve. “Since time immemorial, food security has been an essential part of Coast Salish peoples everyday lives,” says Planes. “We knew that staying in balance with Mother Earth and the gifts she has given us, insured our survival for our children and our children not yet born.” Andrew Moore, speaking for the band, said they wanted their own energy and to be self-sufficient in food production and for it to fit in as culturally appropriate. “All of our projects involve train- ing and economic development,” said Moore. The project, once fully financed, will result in a combination com- mercial greenhouse and a place to grow native plants which are cultur- ally appropriate for the band. They will grow and market tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and flowers. The band will need to raise another $3-million through a mix of public and private funding sources. This project is part of T’Sou-ke Nation’s aim to become more sus- tainable and economically self suffi- cient. The project will create 25 full- time employment positions during construction and 40 full-time jobs on completion in growing, market- ing and distribution. The technology that will be uti- lized will help shift large fossil fuel users to transition to clean renew- able power. “Today we have the opportunity to give back to Mother Earth again, to practice the ways of our ances- tors and the teaching of walking lightly on the land through energy conservation and local food pro- duction. That we can do this and create much needed jobs and train- ing makes this an exciting project for the whole T’Sou-ke community,” said Planes. On Vancouver Island only about four per cent of the food consumed is grown on island and most food travels over 1,000 kms to get to the table. Moore said they are pleased with the Ministry of Energy Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing’s contribution to the project. “It’s a vote of confidence,” said Moore. 642-6480 Oliver Katz Personal Real Estate Corp. we look after you O Open House Sunday 1-3 P21 • 75 ¢

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  • BENEFIT FOR BOBBIE JO Local musicians are rallying

    to support local woman. Page 13

    COURT ACTION There is talk about forming a

    mens basketball league. Page 24

    Your community, your classifi eds P26 75Wednesday, FEBRUARY 1, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 13Sports/stats Page 24


    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O RSooke man lucky to be alive after watery car crash Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Ron Hamilton knowshe is lucky to be alive and he isgrateful.

    Hamilton, was travellingalong Sooke Road, at the four lanes, when his life tookan unexpected turn.

    It was Jan. 26 at 8:30 a.m. when Hamiltons Ford Fusion hit black ice. There was no salt, no sand to pre-vent his car from skidding off the highway into a creek. The recent rains had likelywashed it all away.

    I went across two lanesand my car was air borne. I hit my head and my car wascompletely submerged, said Hamilton days after thecrash.

    He was knocked out briefly and when he came to his car was underwater and he was struggling to breathe. The creek itself is not that deep, but deep enough to bury the front of his car in the water.

    His thoughts were fuzzy but he knew he didnt want to die drowning. He had popped into the back seat after the collision and when he realized the water was staying in the car, he strug-

    gled to find an air pocket.Dont panic, was his

    first thought, he said. I dont know how long I was out but I was within two sec-onds of drowning.

    Luckily for Hamilton,

    there were other drivers out on the road and a call was made to 9-1-1.

    Just as things looked really bleak Hamilton man-aged to kick out the window and find the door handle to

    let himself out.My hands were so numb

    it was hard to feel things, he said.

    He may have gotten out by himself but he is foreverthankful to the West Shore RCMP and a civilian whocame onto the scene and jumped into the creek with-out hesitation.

    This is what they are all about jumping in with-out hesitation, said Ham-ilton. The cops reacted, they didnt take anything off, even their guns.

    By this time Hamilton wasvibrating he was shaking so bad.

    He was lucky, he missed a telephone pole by about sixto seven feet and the fact that his car was a four-door.

    Hamilton moved to Sooke last July from Mission and is amazed at the selfless actions of the RCMP team who came to his aid. He knows that a number of factors allowed him to survive.

    He talked about the need not to panic in such situa-

    tions.My dad always said to

    me, dont panic. And his father knew what he wastalking about. Hamiltons father was a bush pilot andwas once lost for a month in the bleak and barren reaches of northern Sas-katchewan.

    He was flying from gas depot to gas depot and he went off course.

    Black ice is dangerous and is present on many cold and clear mornings. You cant see it and you cant stop on it. Even the ambulancedriver who showed up at the accident scene came toa sliding stop.

    Everybody tells me thatis a vicious part of the high-way, said Hamilton.

    Hamilton was taken to hos-pital and checked out. He was hypothermic and had a large bump on his head but other than that he was okay and lucky to be alive.

    I just want to say thank you to the police and the other guy.

    Submitted photo

    Ron Hamilton is rescued from the icy creek by West Shore RCMP members and a passerby.

    TSou-ke Nation will lead the

    way in food security and sustainability

    with new project

    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Sustainability and food security are paramount in the lives of the TSou-ke people, says Chief Gordon Planes.

    On Jan. 29 Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing, Rich Coleman, announced $1-million in funding for the Sustain-able Community Greenhouse Proj-ect being initiated by the TSou-ke First Nation.

    The project involves the construc-tion and operation of a commercial-sized greenhouse on four acres on TSou-ke land. The project will dem-onstrate and introduce a new heat-ing and cooling technology which is an extension of the solar project on

    the reserve.Since time immemorial, food

    security has been an essential part of Coast Salish peoples everyday lives, says Planes.

    We knew that staying in balance with Mother Earth and the gifts she has given us, insured our survival for our children and our children not yet born.

    Andrew Moore, speaking for the band, said they wanted their own energy and to be self-sufficient in food production and for it to fit in as culturally appropriate.

    All of our projects involve train-ing and economic development, said Moore.

    The project, once fully financed, will result in a combination com-mercial greenhouse and a place to

    grow native plants which are cultur-ally appropriate for the band. They will grow and market tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and flowers.

    The band will need to raise another $3-million through a mix of public and private funding sources.

    This project is part of TSou-ke Nations aim to become more sus-tainable and economically self suffi-cient. The project will create 25 full-time employment positions during construction and 40 full-time jobs on completion in growing, market-ing and distribution.

    The technology that will be uti-lized will help shift large fossil fuel users to transition to clean renew-able power.

    Today we have the opportunity to give back to Mother Earth again,

    to practice the ways of our ances-tors and the teaching of walking lightly on the land through energy conservation and local food pro-duction. That we can do this and create much needed jobs and train-ing makes this an exciting project for the whole TSou-ke community, said Planes.

    On Vancouver Island only about four per cent of the food consumed is grown on island and most food travels over 1,000 kms to get to the table.

    Moore said they are pleased with the Ministry of Energy Mines and Minister Responsible for Housings contribution to the project.

    Its a vote of confidence, said Moore.

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  • Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    The regular January 23 meeting of the Dis-trict of Sooke council brought forth the fol-lowing decisions:

    DelegationsSid Jorna came for-

    ward representing the Juan de Fuca Commu-nity Trails Society to introduce the society to council. They cur-rently have 215 mem-bers. Hikes are regularly scheduled on the first Sunday of each month and new participants are welcome to join.

    Phoebe Dunbar, rep-resenting Sooke Food CHI and the Sunriver Allotment Garden, came before coun-cil to request support for a funding request from Walmart Ever-green and Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). The group also needed, in writing, the districts permission to be on the site. Council agreed to write a letter of support.

    Delegation Bylaw Amendments

    Council adopted Bylaw No. 515 as pre-sented and waived the public hearing.

    Mayor Wendal Milne said he saw the amend-ment as an administra-tive change.

    The bylaw reduces the spending authoriza-tion of the Chief Admin-istrative Officer from $75,000 to $7,500.

    BylawsCouncil adopted

    Bylaw No. 513, Zon-

    ing Amendment Bylaw (500-1). The purpose was to correct duplic-ity between two zones in Bylaw No. 500, Sooke Zoning Bylaw 2011.

    Council gave first, second and third read-ing to Bylaw No. 516, Sooke Core Sewer Spec-ified Bylaw. The appli-cants applied to be included into the Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area because of a fail-ing septic field. This issue brought up the changes in zoning on a number of properties in the area. Some proper-ties were downzoned from R1 to RU4 which left the property own-ers unable to subdivide if they chose to.

    Councillor Herb Hal-dane said it, seems like a bit of a money grab, and he didnt see the rationale for changing the properties to RU4 zoning. He said the old zoning allowed a prop-erty owner to subdi-vide on a property of 1,000 sq. metres and the new zoning RU4 meant the property had to be at least one hectare before it could be subdivided.

    ReportsCouncil granted the

    Sooke Hospice Society $100 to go towards the application fee to erect a wooden sign at their Goodmere Road loca-tion. The sign bylaw does not allow a waiver of fees for non-profit groups and the only way to waive the fee was to give them the $100 from the Council

    Contingency Fund.A report on the gar-

    bage collection on municipal property and transit stops initi-ated discussion among council members. The District of Sooke pays $654.50 plus HST per month ($7,854/year) for garbage collection from parks, trails and tran-sit stops. Island Adver-tising Inc. pays Sooke $700/year to offset gar-bage collection costs on the 13 receptacles at transit stops. The report states that the district had to add on $200/month ($2,400/yr) to empty those recep-tacles.

    Councillors Rick Kasper and Herb Hal-dane questioned the decision that was made to install the benches and garbage recep-tacles for such a small benefit to Sooke.

    This was done behind closed doors, said Haldane in refer-

    ence to the deal with Island Advertising Inc. $700 is a crappy deal... locals should have done the work.

    Coun. Kasper said, perhaps some bargain-ing should have been done. The dollars and cents dont add up.

    Mayor Wendal Milne suggested a review of that contract.

    CovenantsCouncil authorized

    the release of a cov-enant registered to property located at 2260 Maple Avenue North and the execu-tion of the Option to Purchase/Right of First Refusal Agreement for the affordable housing unit on the property.

    Council approved the sale of the afford-able housing unit at $160,000 which met the conditions of construc-tion by the developer. This the first affordable housing unit in Sooke and it was constructed

    to the same standard and quality as the other units in the develop-ment.

    The district now has right of first refusal if the property comes up for sale. The purchase price of $160,000 is set for 25 years and if it sells for more than that amount, the difference goes to the district. The standing committee on land use will refine the criteria for who quali-fies to purchase afford-able housing.

    Council scheduled a public hearing for February 13, 2012 to receive comments from the public on the release of a restrictive covenant on the Sooke Harbour House which limits the number of outdoor events that can occur on the prop-erty to 15 times a year.

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    saw three members of the public appointed to the Finance and Admin-istration Committee. The two members are Lorne Christensen and Monica Scheiahu along with David Maitland as alternate public mem-ber at large. The council members on the com-mittee are Councillors Rick Kasper, Bev Berger and Kerrie Reay.

    Appointed to the Land Use and Environment Committee are Andrew Haden and Geoff Steele with Adrian Cownden as alternate public member at large. Coun-cillors Herb Haldane, Maja Tait and Kevin Pearson sit as council representatives. Mayor Milne thanked all of those people who put their names forward.

    Other committees will be reviewed to see where they could pos-sibly be combined or restructured.


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    Pirjo Raits photos

    Haggis riteThe immortal poet Robbie Burns was celebrated on Jan. 29 at the Legion. Left, Bill Dryden toasts the haggis along with the Sooke Pipes and Drums and speaks of the glorious properties (right) of the oaten orb.



    THE PUBLIC IS invited to attend the name change ceremony at the previously named Winks convenience store on Sooke River Road.

    THE PUBLIC GOT an opportunity to help select the name.

    THE FORMALITIES BEGIN at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 1.


    MAMMOGRAPHYFEB. 21-24 AT the

    Sooke Health Unit, 2145 Townsend Road (CASA) for an appointment call toll-free to: 1-800-663-9203.


    ARE YOU AWARE that you can see and read the entire Sooke News Mirror print edition online? Go to the website at: and scroll to the bottom and on the right you will see the e-edition, click on Latest Edition.

    TO THOSE WEST Shore RCMP officers and the local citizen who helped save a man from potentially drowning after his car went into a creek.


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    Christine VopelSooke News Mirror

    The squawking of chickens and the bleat-ing of sheep wake Deb-bie Cooper each morn-ing and she would not trade this for the world. The self-proclaimed animal lover and man-ager of 4-H enjoys rais-ing sheep, chickens and a horse on her hobby farm and, in turn, shar-ing that knowledge with children of all ages.

    Its bringing farming back to the kids. I dont want farming and rais-ing kids to be a thing of the past, she said.

    Cooper grew up in Esquimalt, located far from the sounds of live-stock and the colour-ful culture of farmland. Years later she and her husband settled in Metchosin finding it an ideal place to raise children. They wanted their kids to experience childhood in the coun-try with all the joys of playing in the creek and gathering eggs from the chickens.

    The husband and wife team currently operate a hobby farm with 50 chickens, three sheep: Tulip, Rose and Diego, a miniature horse: Little Joe, honey bees, and several blue-berry plants.

    In 2011 Cooper opened up the first ever Metchosin/Sooke/West Shore chapter of 4- H.

    My eight-year-old daughter, Julia, got me into it. I was a city girl.

    I thought you had to have your own animals to join but you dont. I began looking at start-ing my own club in Metchosin.

    From there things moved quickly. The first hurdle included a panel interview, refer-ence checks, a criminal record check. Soon the 4-H club was up and running with a total of 15 kids.

    Its never easy to run a hobby farm, be a full time mother and run a 4-H club all on your own but as Cooper said, its so important to me that I just make it work. I am totally hyped about 4-H and I am so proud to be a part of such a won-derful organization.

    The first year proved to be a real learning experience with the second year running a lot smoother. Its get-ting easier. 2012 has just begun and already 17 kids have signed

    up, said Cooper. In Clover Buds; an

    entry-level 4-H pro-gram, kids are taught about honey bees, sheep, poultry, horti-culture and outdoor living. When the kids enter high school some of their 4-H projects can be used as credits in high school. There are also bursaries and scholarships available to the kids, explains Cooper.

    During the first meet-ing, kids play a game known as an Icebreaker. They sit in a circle, shake each others hands and introduce them-selves to their neigh-bour. They have to find three things they have in common with each other before switching to the next person. We want to boost confi-dence, self esteem and public speaking skills, she said.

    4-H now welcomes older kids. Any kid

    between the ages of 9 and 20 is welcome, she said.

    Local farmers have granted 4-H permis-sion to visit Perry Bay Farm and learn about their sheep. Many retired farmers have called and wanted to help. Its a great year so far. The interest has been incredible, Coo-per said.

    One of Coopers goals is to give the children skills that will help them throughout their lives. She wants to see them leave 4-H with knowledge and

    confidence. In the future I hope

    to see kids raising their own animals and show-ing them at the local fairs.

    The program runs from January to Octo-ber and costs $140 a year. For more informa-tion on 4-H you can call Debbie Cooper at 250-478-4677.

    She leaves with a quote.

    We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt


    4-H welcomes kids from all over

    Submitted photo

    Debbie Cooper talks to a group of 4-H kids at her hobby farm in Metchosin.

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    OAPO speaks out for seniorsPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Eighty years ago Gandhi was arrested, Aldous Huxley pub-lished A Brave New World, the Lindburgh baby was kidnapped and it was the demise of the Dominion of Newfoundland. In 1932, the non-partisan, non-sectarian B.C. Old Age Pensioners Org. was born. It was the middle of the Great Depression and battles were being waged by the Old Age Pensionsers Organiza-tion against all levels of government opposing unjust action of the pen-sion board. The OAPO offered to take up all causes of members who have been unjustly treated. This is still the purpose today.

    A lot of people dont know who we are and what we do, says Shir-ley Lowe, Regional Director South Island O.A.P.O. Since it is the anniversary we want to let people know what we stand for.

    The OAPO is an advo-cate for seniors. The local Branch #88 has much to be proud of in their 48 years. They purchased the property on which Ayre Manor Lodge now stands and set up the first Seniors Drop-In Centre. Branch

    #88 has also crafted resolutions on seniors issues for presentation to the provincial and federal governments.

    We get ideas from each community on issues and present them to the federal gov-ernment, and we keep abreast with whats going on with seniors, said Lowe.

    The branch survives on membership fees, which are $12/year, with $6 going towards the B.C. OAPO board to finance yearly conven-tions, board meetings and other expenses. There is also a scholar-ship fund for students majoring in geriatric care.

    Their meetings are held at the Seniors

    Drop-In Centre now located in the fire-fighters lounge at the municipal hall. The drop-in centre pro-vides a social atmo-sphere with lunches, bingo, cards and Scrab-ble. Its a place where seniors can go to meet with others, go on the seniors bus on outings and shopping trips.

    The Sooke Elderly Community Housing Society monitors and oversees Ayre Manor Assisted Living and Complex Care.

    What the seniors would like though is a place to call their own. They appreciate the space they use at the municipal hall, but like many groups a single-use building geared for

    seniors would be ideal.There are many vol-

    unteers who keep these organizations available to provide the services for our senior popula-tion. All require more members and more volunteers. New com-ers and new members are invited to join the local branch.

    The social aspect of getting together, offer-ing our experience, knowledge and wisdom will better our commu-nity and other commu-nities, said Lowe.

    Branch #88 will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday, Feb.1 at 1 p.m. upstairs in the firefighters lounge on Otter Point Road. Lunch is served at noon.

    Bring some ideas and join us to continue the tradition of speaking for seniors.

    Old age is not conta-gious, said Lowe.

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    Seniors gather in the firefighters lounge to play bingo and to socialize.

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    Lend a Hand

    A SCHOOL TEACHER asked her rst graders to draw a picture of something they were thankful for. She thought of how

    little these children from poor neighborhoods actually had to be thankful for. She reasoned that most of them would no doubt draw pictures of turkeys on tables with lots of other food.

    She was surprised with the picture that Douglas handed in. It was the picture of a human hand, poorly drawn. But whose hand? The other children tried to guess. One said it was the hand of God because He brings the food to us. Another said it was the hand of a farmer because he raises and grows the food.

    Finally, when the others were back at their work, the teacher bent over Douglas desk and asked whose hand it was. "Why, its your hand, teacher," he mumbled. Then she recalled that frequently at recess she had taken Douglas, a scrubby, forlorn child, by the

    hand. She did it with many of the children and never thought much about it. But Douglas did. You see, she refreshed his spirit and he never forgot it.

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    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010

    Sooke to promote region during the Olympic games

    If one were to take all the visual images of the Sooke region and com-press them into a 20X40 space, chances are it would look just like the BC street display. Volunteers are busy preparing the Sooke to Port Renfrew dis-play to be showcased at O zone in Richmond for the duration of the Olympic games.

    The entire back drop of the display is over 52 long and will have a huge picture of Sooke Harbour emblazoned on it. The fire depart-ment has built a replica of the harbour board-walk, while others built a small version of the Sheringham Light-house. The display will have water, rocks, trees and ceramic starfish. A fibreglass Orca will leap out of the water and the actual $100,000 winning salmon taken at the Salmon Classic Fishing Derby will be on hand for visitors to take their photos with it. It is hoped that the TSou-Ke Nation will be able to contribute an aspect of their culture

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    Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008

    Care givers looking for solution

    Uncertainty contin-ues to dog residents (and their families) of Eagles Bluff Lodge a senior citizens facil-ity on McMillan Road in Sooke.

    In the past couple of weeks it has been announced that the lodge would close and residents would need to vacate by as soon as February 29.

    Staff had apparently voted to unionize, a decision not favourable with Ming Yang, owner of the lodge. Attempts to reach Yang for com-ment, incidentally were unsuccessful.

    Subsequent informa-tion revealed 12 months notice was required (even though the lodge is a privately run opera-tion) under Vancouver Island Health Authority licensing regulations.

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006

    Sooke teen rocks Victoria idol

    Edward Milne Com-munity Schools Car-men Nelson missed out on the prizes at the Vic-toria Idol finals on Sat-urday, but her great big cheering section still

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    The 17-year-old has made a name for her-self at the series of Idol elimination rounds by bringing an enthusi-astic cheering section from Sooke with her.

    Thirteen-year-old Parksville singer Alex-andria Maillot was named Victoria Idol. People packed the Vic-torias Conservatory of Musics Alix Golden Hall to hear the 10 Idol finalists perform their songs before a panel of five judges.

    Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001

    Why arent more bums in seats?

    Sooke Community Theatre is having its worst year ever. Why arent more people coming out to see the top notch shows?

    Despite a lively and entertaining perfor-mance by dance the-atre group Motus O last weekend, only about 100 people filled the 350-seat Sooke Com-munity Theatre, many of whom were students with complimentary tickets.

    The low attendance is nothing new this season has been the worst year ever in

    terms of the theatres attendance, said com-munity school co-ordi-nator Lori Messer.

    Sooke is now on the edge of potentially losing future perfor-mances, according to Messer.

    Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1984

    Salmon fishery fac-ing Crisis

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    The salmon sports fishery is facing a crisis that, unless resolved satisfactorily, could have a serious effect on the economy of Sooke and other sports fish-ing communities in the province, says Marc van Hasselt, owner of Sooke Harbour Marina.

    He said the federal government is propos-ing regulations that would cut the sports fishing limit and impose winter and summer sport fishing closures that could virtually strangle the salmon sports fishing in the province.

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    EDITORIAL Rod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorChristine Vopel 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

    It appears as though a few peo-ple have taken exception to my suggestion that we abandon talk of legalizing marijuana and dedicate ourselves to the development of our communitys kids so that they can go on and fulfill their potential. Its a shame that a such a small mino-rity (albeit very vocal minority) of our population are pouring so much energy into pushing for the legaliza-tion of this harmful substance.

    We know that the overwhelming majority of people in Sooke do not use marijuana. We know that most families dont sit around the dinner table chasing their pork roast with a joint. We know that they dont pass a bong around Ayre Manor, nor do they encourage kids to smoke marijuana at any of our great lear-ning institutions in Sooke. This is a community that has invested in protecting the future of our youth by encouraging them to make smart, healthy choices, and we are better as a result.

    Yes, there is a small percentage of the population who have been diagnosed with such terrible debili-tating ailments that physicians have seen fit to prescribe marijuana to help battle pain or stimulate appe-tite. My heart bleeds for these folks, that their quality of life has deteriora-ted to the point where the use of this substance is necessary, but when Ive had discussions with some of them, even they have said that they do not wish for marijuana to be legal

    for any other non-medicinal reason. Everyone is entitled to their own

    opinion, but everyone is not entit-led to their own facts. Marijuana has been proven to have over 400 che-micals, negatively effect the immune system, the respiratory system, and impair judgement and coordina-tion ( Studies are now linking mari-juana use to a variety of mental dis-orders including acute toxic psycho-sis, delusions, panic attacks, deper-sonalization and paranoia... which may help to explain the accusation that marijuana prohibition is a giant police-led government conspiracy to keep us employed. Anybody who has ever had intimate knowledge of what a front line police officer does would never say such a thing.

    I would love to subscribe to the notion that organized crime could be eliminated simply by legalizing marijuana, but the truth is that it wouldnt matter. A great deal of the trafficking done by the organized crime element takes place with inter-national partners, and would conti-nue to thrive regardless of the legal status of marijuana here at home. And they dont stop with mariju-ana. Ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, meth, and whatever drug is waiting to be invented in the future. They would get it to our kids without blinking a self conscious eye, unless our kids were supported in making smart decisions. The answer is not found

    in legalizing everything. I visited the LEAP (Law Enforce-

    ment Against Prohibition) website, and one of the first things that you read is that they believe that ALL drugs should be legalized. Educa-tors for Sensible Drug Policy feel the same way. I understand that this is a tiny group of law enforcement officials and educators who feel bea-ten down by the horrors theyve seen as a result of drug use. I have felt that way at times myself. After 26 years of policing, my head is full of horrific memories relating to drug abuse (marijuana included) that could have been avoided with smart decision making. But the answer is not to give up. If we all devoted our energy to helping our kids make healthy choices, then our world would be a better place.

    Were fortunate here in Sooke, because so many are already wor-king on this, and I give my heartfelt thanks to the countless men, women and families who continue to do this. I would also like to thank the many who have e-mailed me with their support ([email protected]) and I welcome contact from anyone who would like to discuss other opportunities to help our kids thrive.

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    The sky is falling...


    Some may think it is a signal that it is the beginning of the end, others have more sinister thoughts about the mysterious rumblings going on in and around Sooke.

    The more unplausible explanations are that it has something to do with the end of time, as in the end of the Mayan calendar as someone prophesied. It is set to be 12, 21, 2012. Some sources predict a series of cataclysmic events such as solar flares, earthquakes and general disintegration of the Earth. Perhaps we are too

    cynical here but we predict this is total bunk.

    Other whispered explanations include aliens and UFOs. While it is not too far out to consider other life forms in the universe, this explanation is also listed in the ridiculous column.

    So what else? Earthquakes have been ruled out. Solar flares? Well, some folks are saying they havent been sleeping well ever since the announcement of solar flare activity. Maybe people arent sleeping because they are worried about the end of the world?

    The most likely explanation is either some sort of nefarious military or air traffic activity high in the atmosphere. If the U.S. military is conducting some sort of testing on the Strait of Juan de Fuca they are not going to let us know about it.

    Or it could be some sort of strange phenomenon in the atmosphere, energy of some sort being knocked about by thunder storms. Maybe its blasting sounds gone awry.

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  • Clarifying volunteer centre

    Thank you so much for the article on the Sooke Family Resource Society (SFRS) laun-dromat survey and the volunteer centre com-mittee progress (Jan. 18/12). This is just one paragraph which we feel needs clarification.

    Sooke Region CHI partnered with CASA to obtain the grant for hire a coordinator. The umbrella concept is to provide support, training and network-ing opportunities for the over 160 non-profit organizations and societies in the Sooke region.

    Additionally, it will support volunteers and assist making connec-tions between volun-teers and groups who need volunteers. How-ever, the VC will not be managing or coordinat-ing volunteers within each organization. That will still be the responsibility within each organization.

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    Speed killsI have not contrib-

    uted to letters in the Sooke newspaper for quite some time but I feel moved to say something about the situation of the local wildlife population and the increasing amount of children in the areas of Townsend Road.

    I live on Townsend Road and when I bought my house it was a dead-

    end road. Then the last mayor and council released the Acreman properties for develop-ment and now we have a huge amount of hous-ing on that property.

    The main issue was that Sooke mayor and council, at that time, allowed Townsend Road to be pushed through to meet up with Rhodi-nite which resulted in everyone who used to use Otter Point Road or Church Road now are using Townsend Road as a thoroughfare.

    The speeds at which these drivers go are astonishing consider-ing that there is on Townsend Road CASA which took away half of the home of the resi-

    dent deer and intro-duced a great number of parents coming and going (on foot) with small children. I agree CASA is important and have no problem with it but now the Catho-lic Church, which owns the property, is build-ing their new church on the other half of the property. Again, I have no problem with a church being built, but its development has again taken away the habitat of the deer population.

    I guess my only recourse of argument is that there should be speed bumps on at least two spots on Townsend Road to stop the speeding drivers as

    well as sidewalks all the way up and down the road. These speeding drivers have already killed numerous house-hold pets, deer, squir-rels and I suppose noth-ing will be done until a child is killed.

    Please write your local mayor, RCMP, MLA, etc. in an attempt to address this problem.

    Right now I am watch-ing a fawn out my win-dow. A very small fawn eating some leftover birdseed in my yard. Her mother was killed by one of the thought-less Sooke speeders. Hope you speeders all get to your destinations in time.

    Jeanne EvansSooke

    Fishery could be lost

    In an interview with CBC Radio, On the Island, the mayor of Ucluelet had every rea-son to be alarmed, and hopefully we will hear more concerned voices about this grave situa-tion.

    Buying back fishing licences is definitely not about conservation of fish stock, but Depart-ment of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) policy. It led to the total destruc-tion of the traditional fishery, as we know it, on the East Coast in the 90s and now they are doing the same here.

    Why would DFO spend millions of dol-lars to lure small fish-ermen into handing back their licences for an attractive lump sum of money? It looks so harmless in the begin-ning, but the ultimate goal is to eliminate the hundreds of small fishermen in favour of big commercial fleets, which for DFO trans-lates into less adminis-tration costs.

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    Bringing in the haggis

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    The venerable haggis was brought into the Robbie Burns dinner on Sunday, Jan. 29 with pomp and ceremony by Sooke Pipes and drummers; James McNab, right, Ted Leaker with the haggis, and Dave Green with a wee bit o scotch.

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  • Heather asked ~ What is the best way to remove stamps from envelopes to get maxi-mum value for the stamps?

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    We can never go back. Life will never be as it was when most of us were grow-ing up here in North America because, despite what we were told by clever adver-tising, our lifestyle has always been unsustain-able as a way of being on the Earth. The pressing question is: do we use our energy to desperately hang on (and prop up) an out-dated way of life, or do we focus on creating a more sustainable, fair and harmonious one?

    Here are some of the ideas that AFN movie-goers put forward for promoting change in our lives:

    Stop accumulating stuff.

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    Buy locally pro-duced and grown prod-ucts and use local ser-vices

    Avoid buying cor-porate products and services. Buy Fair Trade products when you can. Examine attempts by corporations and busi-nesses to greenwash (make it sound like they are creating caring, sus-tainable and healthy products and working conditions when they may not be at all).

    Avoid buying things that come on styrofoam trays or are packaged in plastic. Ask busi-

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    Repair things instead of buying new, even if it costs the same. This keeps repair persons in a job and makes less landfill (plus, often older items are more sturdily made than new ones).

    Dont use bottled water. Refill your own bottle and remember to take it with you.

    Buy used items rather than new ones whenever possible. And recycle your usable but no longer needed items.

    Learn how to grow and produce your own: food, personal care and cleaning products and vitamins (by juicing fresh vegetables and fruit).

    Avoid trying to change the way you look by artificial means. Accept your body.

    Establish local coop-erative enterprises in the agricultural, retail, grocery, health food, tourist, restaurant sec-tors and in producing value-added products and services to provide stable livelihoods and profit-sharing based on economic participa-tion and to build a more resilient, unified com-munity.

    Use the public library. We are fortu-nate to have such a wonderful service.

    Work with the natu-

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    ways to change waste to energy.

    Use grey water for irrigation.

    Advocate for a com-posting depot in Sooke

    Support local farms and join and advocate for community gardens.

    Connect to commu-nity.

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    Connect with com-munity websites, news-papers and bulletin boards to promote and find out what is hap-pening in your area (e.g. Transition Cafes on the first Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at the Reading Room to discuss ideas for making Sooke a more sustainable, less fossil-fuel dependent community).

    Vote. Write letters, give

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    Approach town council about establish-ing bylaws that promote sustainable building (and demolition) prac-tices.

    Advocate for tax breaks and support for people who create or invest in alternate sources of power gen-eration.

    Explore ride sharing locally and for regular commuting.

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    Be conscious. Educate children

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    Eat real, fresh, living food. Avoid processed, chemical-laden foods that fog up the brain, dampen the spirit and clog up the heart, all of which are needed in order to be present, res-ponsible and connec-ted with life.

    Avoid cell phones, mobile phones, and other wi-fi and slee-ping close to electro-nic appliances as these can interfere with your natural energy fields making you less able to focus and can also be harmful to your health.

    Commune with nature as often as you can (leave your machi-nes and technology at home).

    Slow down and pro-ceed with care (be min-dful); be grateful; listen; smile; be good to each other and remember that we are all in this together.

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    Listen to your inner knowing; try to work with anyone who sets him/herself up as an authority over you and help that person to ins-tead work with you and listen to you, or else remove yourself from the situation.

    Involve as many people in the commu-nity as possible in all of these initiatives - a few of us individually will make a little diffe-rence, all of us working together can change the world. We are the 99 per cent.


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    trawlers with their destructive trawling equipment scraping the sea floor and haul-ing every living sea creature in with their huge nets, is akin to clear cutting in the for-est. It destroys the food supply chain of marine life and the ecosystem as a whole.

    Furthermore, by tak-ing the livelihood away from families, the young ones leave to find jobs in other places, where the money is, and within a short period of time whole villages are abandoned. We had first hand experience of this happening in New-foundland and Labra-dor.

    I would urge every-one interested in pre-serving our precious West Coast fish stocks together with a con-servation-conscious traditional fishery, its spectacular marine life and resulting tourism, to take a public stand opposing DFO policies before it is too late.

    Gisela KumarSooke

    DFO and the dam

    I thought Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) was here to pro-tect salmon and habi-tat. With the removal of the Bill James Dam on DeMamiel Creek it will destroy and remove vital salmon and trout habitat. Coho adults in the fall like to travel to the upmost reaches of the creeks they inhabit. This will void fish life and kill fry in the sum-mer months, which will reduce the salmon pop-ulation on DeMamiel Creek.

    In 1998-2000, the Sooke Salmon Enhance-ment Society, Pacific Salmon Foundation, volunteers and DFO spent over $250,000 on rebuilding this dam and making it structur-ally sound. The dam stores water in the win-ter and this enables a release of water in the dry, summer months. It is controlled by a release valve operated by volunteers. With this flow in the summer months, salmon fry

    are able to survive the dry months. Coho live in the creek for over a year prior to going out into the ocean. It is important that the creek does not dry up in the summer in the upper reaches where these fry are living.

    If this dam is removed, what a waste of money and destruc-tion of a valuable fish habitat and it makes me feel like not donat-ing money to salmon enhancement projects where and when DFO is involved. I feel the com-munity-based groups know more about the watersheds in their area than DFO with their budget and liabil-ity cutting mentality.

    This dam is operated by the SSES volunteers and there is no cost to DFO to operate and maintain it.

    Please write to stop this ludicrous idea of DFO.

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    This has got to be a joke

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    Peace Out: Filmmakers to attend viewingIn the Peace River

    Region of B.C. an energy bonanza of unimaginable size is unfolding far from the eyes of the world. The mega-projects include a major new dam, tens of thousands of hydro-fracked shale gas wells, a nuclear power plant and more tar sands.

    On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Awareness Film Night will present the film Peace Out, an exploration of these plans to industrialize this ecologically significant and vital part of our province and our world. Voted the Most Popular Canadian Documentary at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival in November, this is a beautifully made, visually dynamic film with

    a great score and evoca-tive unexpected images of the planets energy econ-omy. Peace Out is a gen-erously inquisitive film, made with an open mind and a fierce sense of com-mitment. Its these two qualities that combine to make its conclusion so powerfully convinc-ing. Energy costs. Lets

    talk about how much.The film will be attended

    by one of the filmmakers, Fabio Wilkinson, and Ben Parfitt, an award-winning investigative journalist and analyst for the Cana-dian Centre For Policy Alternatives who has spent the past two years researching and writing about energy develop-

    ments in the Peace and by local MLA John Horgan.

    Wilkinson and Parfitt will be able to answer ques-tions from moviegoers and update us on issues cov-ered in the film. Parfitt will speak on the explosion of natural gas developments in the Peace and its impact on the environment.

    The film night will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 9:30.

    Admission is by dona-tion and all proceeds will go to the Peace Valley Envi-ronment Association. This film will not be available to rent from the Awareness Film Night library at Video To Go after the screening, so come out and see it on the big screen, chat with the speakers and support this special evening.

    Pirjo Raits photo

    Literacy Week

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  • Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    When she answers thephone, it seems like a huge effort and one gets the sense that Bobbie-Jo Peterson is pulling herself up out of a deep sleep tryingto grapple with what is being asked of her.

    Its been rough, is the only way Bobbie-JoPeterson can describe how she feels about herillness. Peterson suffers from sarcoidosis, anauto immune disease, where an abnormalcollection of chronic inflammatory cellsform nodules in mul-tiple organs. Its a sys-temic disease with no cure and no real known cause.

    Ive been dealing with bad health issues for 20-30 years, saidPeterson. Its been hard to pin point... I was diagnosed with this four years ago.As if ill health isnt

    bad enough, Peter-son has also been set back financially. Her subsidized rent went from $194 to $475 with only two weeks notice because of some sort of administrative deci-sion.

    My rent went from affordable to not afford-able, said Peterson who lives on a very small CPP disability cheque. Theres noth-ing I can do about it. It has set me way back and the stress doesnt help (her health).Peterson said she

    is literally scraping by, doing whatever she has to do to keep going. She is allowed to supplement her disabil-ity cheque but because of her disease she cant do a thing right now.

    I have good days and bad days but this has put me in a tail spin, said Peterson.Peterson has been a

    strong force with the Sooke Harbour Play-ers, as a president, producer, director and back stage working with make up and cos-tumes. She is also the marketing coordinator for her sons football team. Most recently she has been volun-teering and teaching Belmont students in the cosmetology class a little bit about stage make up in the theatre

    groups Youth Mentor-ing Program. She gives generously of her timeeven though it is not easy with a disease thatflares up unexpectedly.

    Its great, she said

    of the mentoring, I willbe going back... I love it.Now the arts commu-

    nity is rallying behindher and some of her friends have organized

    a benefit on Saturday, Feb. 4.Dave Gallant, who

    has known Bobbie-Jo for some time, coordi-nates the monthly con-cert series for the folk

    society, and decidedthat he wanted to help by organizing a benefit.

    Ive lived in Sooke for 30 years, almost half mylife. We have a strong and caring community

    here, that steps up tothe plate when friends are in need. I wouldntwant to live anywhere else. When I learnedabout Bobbie-Jos situ-ation, I knew I had to dosomething and putting on this benefit concert is something I know how to do. I purposelycalled on Sooke-based artists to be a part of this, because I wanted to keep it community. I know our community will come out and sup-port Bobbie-Jo in her time of need.

    Gallant called Gord Phillips, whose bluesinfused folk rock style is a big hit with islandaudiences. Once Phil-lips heard the story

    he was immediatelyinspired to help out. Thom Southwood,

    known in town for writing the local hitHowl The Musical, has worked with Bobbie-Joon theatre projects for Sooke Harbour Players in the past, and was also keen to help out.All three performers

    will be doing a set oftheir own music, and finishing the evening off playing together with the band.

    Im feeling very blessed and grateful,said Peterson.

    Come on out andsupport this worthy cause and enjoy whatpromises to be an eve-ning of first class enter-tainment.

    Concert details:

    Where: Holy TrinityAnglican Church, 1962Murray Road, Sooke

    When: Saturday, Feb. 4, doors open at 7:30p.m.


    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTARTS & ENTERTAINMENTMusicians get together to play for Bobbie-Jo

    Submitted photo

    Local musicians, left to right, Dave Gallant, Thom Southwood and Gord Phillips will be playing a benefit concert for Bobbie-Jo Peterson on February 4. On the right, Bobbie-Jo Peterson.

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