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JOYFUL NOISE The Sooke Community Choir will be holding their annual Christmas concert Friday. Page B5 KARATE CLUB Sooke Shukokai teaches non-contact martial arts to all groups and ages. Page A21 Your community, your classifieds B9 • 75 ¢ Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page B1 Sports/stats Page A21 Agreement #40110541 140 7x2.5 SOOKE SOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNER MIRROR Banjamin Yong/PirjoRaits photos Tis’ the season Top, Clayton, 6, left, and Jacob, 7, sit happily on Santa’s lap at the 14th annual Lion’s Club Santa Breakfast at the community hall. Families lined up out the door to have some pancakes and sausages served up by Lions members and kids sat on Santa’s lap to tell them their wishes this holiday season. Bottom, Arnie Campbell roasted his chestnuts for the people who came to the Sooke Region Museum’s snowman building event. District renegotiates five-year legal services agreement Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror True to his word, Mayor Wendal Milne is looking through contracts made by the District of Sooke over the last few years. Back in October, the dis- trict entered into a five-year contract with Lidstone and Company Law Corporation, in the amount of $570,000. The agreement was signed in-camera in September and did not go through a bid process. The legal bills of the dis- trict have historically been far lower than the $114,000 per year the agreement would see them pay. Former Mayor Janet Evans had stated that the high legal costs were because four local citizens had challenged decisions made by the previous coun- cil, although there is no evi- dence that citizens’ enqui- ries cost “hundreds of thou- sands” of dollars as stated by Evans. What did cost the dis- trict a lot in legal fees in the past few years were nego- tiations and agreements for developments such as the Prestige Hotel, boat launch, Mariners Village, to name just a few. “We met with Lidstone and felt the exceptionally high cost was not in line with historical costs,” said Milne. He said they mutually agreed to conclude the con- tract and came up with new terms. Milne said he thinks the District of Sooke can get its legal obligations covered for $40,000 to $60,000 per year. The legal services will be used as needed and the price is competitive. The district can also use any solicitors it chooses. Milne said legal services would in the future be used and managed more care- fully. On Dec. 9, 2011, District of Sooke council met with Mr. Don Lidstone of Lidstone and Company and it was mutually agreed that the five year contract for legal services would be replaced by the former “as needed” arrangement. In council’s discussions with Mr. Lidstone, it was agreed that there are a number of ways in which the district can reduce its legal fees and that he will provide advice on how we can accomplish this. One of the ideas was to create a check list which could be used before legal advice was sought. Lidstone has provided legal services over the past 12 years to the District of Sooke. Lidstone and Com- pany, in particular Don Lid- stone, is recognized as one of the leading experts in relation to Municipal Gover- nance in British Columbia. “The district appreciates Mr. Lidstone’s cooperation in this matter and looks for- ward to continuing our rela- tionship with him,” states a District of Sooke press release. “He was a real gentle- man,” said Milne. $570,000 contract just too costly File photo District of Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne Spectacular 1/3 Acre View Lots ! New Prices from $149,900 View Lots A master planned seaside neighbourhood. Be part of nature & country living while still enjoying easy access to urban amenities. Underground services including hydro, sewer, water & natural gas. Spacious wide boulevards. Stirring southfacing ocean & Olympic Mountain views. Typical lots today are 3000 to 6000 sq ft...these are minimum 13,000 sq ft. Plenty of Space ! New Homes Shelly Davis Marlene Arden www.ErinanEstates.com Need Elbow Room ? 250.642.6361

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  • JOYFUL NOISEThe Sooke Community Choir will be holding their annual Christmas concert Friday.

    Page B5

    KARATE CLUBSooke Shukokai teaches

    non-contact martial arts to all groups and ages.

    Page A21

    Your community, your classifi eds B9 75Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page B1Sports/stats Page A21

    Agreement#40110541

    1407x2.5

    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O R

    Banjamin Yong/PirjoRaits photos

    Tis the season

    Top, Clayton, 6, left, and Jacob, 7, sit happily on Santas lap at the 14th annual Lions Club Santa Breakfast at the community hall. Families lined up out the door to have some pancakes and sausages served up by Lions members and kids sat on Santas lap to tell them their wishes this holiday season. Bottom, Arnie Campbell roasted his chestnuts for the people who came to the Sooke Region Museums snowman building event.

    District renegotiates five-year legal services agreementPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    True to his word, Mayor Wendal Milne is looking through contracts made by the District of Sooke over the last few years.

    Back in October, the dis-trict entered into a five-year contract with Lidstone and Company Law Corporation, in the amount of $570,000. The agreement was signed in-camera in September and did not go through a bid process.

    The legal bills of the dis-trict have historically been far lower than the $114,000 per year the agreement would see them pay.

    Former Mayor Janet Evans had stated that the high legal costs were because four local citizens had challenged decisions made by the previous coun-cil, although there is no evi-dence that citizens enqui-ries cost hundreds of thou-sands of dollars as stated by Evans.

    What did cost the dis-trict a lot in legal fees in the past few years were nego-tiations and agreements for developments such as the Prestige Hotel, boat launch, Mariners Village, to name just a few.

    We met with Lidstone and felt the exceptionally high cost was not in line with historical costs, said Milne.

    He said they mutually agreed to conclude the con-tract and came up with new terms.

    Milne said he thinks the District of Sooke can get its legal obligations covered for $40,000 to $60,000 per year. The legal services will be used as needed and the price is competitive. The district can also use any solicitors it chooses.

    Milne said legal services would in the future be used

    and managed more care-fully.

    On Dec. 9, 2011, District of Sooke council met with Mr. Don Lidstone of Lidstone and Company and it was mutually agreed that the five year contract for legal services would be replaced by the former as needed arrangement.

    In councils discussions with Mr. Lidstone, it was agreed that there are a number of ways in which the district can reduce its legal fees and that he will provide advice on how we can accomplish this. One of the ideas was to create a check list which could be used before legal advice was sought.

    Lidstone has provided legal services over the past 12 years to the District of Sooke. Lidstone and Com-pany, in particular Don Lid-stone, is recognized as one of the leading experts in relation to Municipal Gover-nance in British Columbia.

    The district appreciates Mr. Lidstones cooperation in this matter and looks for-ward to continuing our rela-tionship with him, states a District of Sooke press release.

    He was a real gentle-man, said Milne.

    $570,000 contract just too costly

    File photo

    District of Sooke Mayor Wendal Milne

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    H A P P Y H O L I DAY S To all of our friends that we have had a pleasure helping and serving over the past year, THANK-YOU for making our day to day activities more pleasant and rewarding. So our staff can enjoy their time with family and friends over the holiday season, our store hours will be limited ... .... we apologize for the inconvenience.Also, we will be expanding our pharmacy in the new year to serve you better.....so please bear with us during the renovations. (yes, we will be open during this time)From all of us at PEOPLES DRUG MART, we wish everyone a very happy holiday season and look forward to another great year.

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    A driver who crashed into a telephone pole and ended up in a ditch after skidding off West Coast Road had to be removed via the cars roof on Saturday morn-ing.

    The pole went into the drivers side door and pushed the wom-ans seat, with her in it, into the middle of the car, said Fire Chief

    Steve Sorensen who was on the scene along with 15 other firefight-ers, the RCMP and two ambulances.

    The pole was where her seat should have been, he said.

    The car was a mess and the driver couldnt be accessed through the doors. Instead, two sets of jaws of life had to be used essen-tially giant scissors , one on either side.

    It was quite a tricky

    extrication, said Sorensen. We took the roof right off.

    The doors and dashboard were also removed, and the woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Traffic was diverted on West Coast Road for about 40 minutes RCMP did not comment due to computer prob-lems at press time.

    LIBRARY HOURS

    THE SOOKE BRANCH Library will be closed on Dec. 25, 26, 27 and Jan. 1, 2.

    WE WILL CONTINUE to offer programs for all ages in the new year and will be sure to keep you informed of our upcoming events.

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    for food donations will be delivered with this weeks Sooke News Mirror.

    DONATIONS CAN THEN be dropped off at the fire hall on Otter Point Road.

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    RESIDENTS IN OTTER Point can donate during the annual Candy Cane Run put on by the Otter Point Volunteer Fire Fighers Assoc. taking place on Saturday, Dec. 17. See route on page A20.

    THE CHRISTMAS BUREAU reports that there is a 25 per cent increase in the number of people requesting hampers this Christmas season.

    PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY.

    TO THOSE WHO have been contributing food, toys and money for those less fortunate in our community.

    Submitted photo

    Several firefighters used two sets of jaws of life to cut the roof, doors and dashboard out of a car to rescue a woman who crashed her car into a telephone pole on West Coast Road Saturday.This Sooke Fire Department rescue unit showed up along with two fire engines to the scene.

    Firefighters use jaws-of-life

    ICBC rates to riseConfirming its rates

    announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 29, ICBC will submit an applica-tion today with the Brit-ish Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for an increase to its basic insurance rates for 2012. At the same time, ICBC confirmed an average decrease to its optional insurance rates for next year. When combined, the changes will cost the majority of customers

    an average of $27 more per year.

    ICBCs application to the BCUC will ask for an average basic insurance increase of $68 or 11.2 per cent per customer, which will be reduced by an average decrease in its optional insur-ance rates of $41 or six per cent. When the rate changes are combined, the majority of custom-ers will see an average rate increase of $27 or 2.1 per cent.

    COUNCIL BRIEFSChanges are com-

    ing to District of Sooke governance.

    Mayor Wendal Milne announced, at the regu-lar council meeting on Dec. 12, there would be two new standing committees struck with the responsibility of providing more public input for Finance and Adminstration as well as Land Use. These two committees will be seeking members of the public to sit on the committee.

    At a Dec. 10 Special Council Meeting, there were a number of res-olutions unanimously agreed upon by coun-cil.

    Attendance at all travel and conferences by council, the CAO and district staff must be approved by coun-cil.

    The mayor will-establish a select stand-ing committee to review the EPCOR agrement and review the current state of the system and report back to council with the findings. The terms of reference will be determined and Councillors Bev Berger and Rick Kasper were appointed to the com-mittee.

    The mayor will establish a standing committee to review

    the partnering agree-ment between the Dis-trict of Sooke and Pres-tige Sooke Holdings Ltd. and report back to council with the find-ings. Councillors Herb Haldance and Maja Tait were appointed to the committee.

    The mayor and Councillor Kevin Pear-son will meet with rep-resentatives of Mari-ners Village and report back to council.

    Council gave first, second and third read-ing to Bylaw No. 514, which would see coun-cil take no increases in remuneration for the next three years.

    Mayor and coun-cil will be looking into reviewing a number of individual depart-mental operations and objectives. All depart-ments will be under review.

    Staff will review the role of the Protective Services Committee while looking at ways to increase volunteer recognition and attract new volunteers for the RCMP Auxiliary, the fire department and other groups.

    Finance will come under scrutiny as financial statements will be compared; detailed information will be obtained for

    the boat launch, ten-ders, invoices, etc. Detailed information for sewer fund (reve-nue and disbursement) and method of deter-mination for parcel tax amount and front office renovations will be sought.

    First responder ser-vices and costs will be discussed at budget review.

    Staff will look into online permit applica-tions and checklist process for building permit.

    Council agendas will be ready by Thursday at noon to allow coun-cil to read over materi-als needed for the Mon-day council meeting.

    Council will be seek-ing applications from members of the public to sit on the Commu-nity Grant Review Com-mittee, Protective Ser-vices Committe and the Sooke Program of the Arts Committee.

    Council will allow citizens of Sooke, in an informal way, to com-ment on issues and ask questions at the end of the regular council meetings. This is in an effort to get more pub-lic input on matters before council.

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  • Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    The Capital Regional District may have jet-tisoned the kitchen scrap collection pro-gram for the time being but plans were made to have the truck loads of organic materials come to Sooke to be made into compost.

    Apparently the Dis-trict of Sooke staff had met with principals of South Island Organics to tour them around a site at the sewer waste-water treatment plant where they might pro-cess the compost.

    Paul Hooper, general manager of South Island Organics, said they held a public meeting in Sooke in the spring of 2010 to outline their plans to build a com-posting facility.

    It shouldnt be any big secret, we had a lot of discussions and meetings, said Hooper.

    Mayor Wendal Milne said the idea was looked at as the district pays about $150,000 a year to haul bio-solids to the landfill.

    Were just musing, said Milne, to see if there is a business opportunity for Sooke. We talked generally, there is nothing con-crete.

    Milne said the issue was whether Sooke would want to do it. Any composting busi-ness would need to be located close to a sewer treatment plant.

    The long and the short of this story, said Hooper, is that the whole project is on hold. South Island Organics was selected as the private-sector corporation that would turn kitchen scraps into compost.

    Hooper said they planned to use high temperatures to kill any pathogens in the waste and the resulting

    compost would then be sold, with locals getting free Class A compost yearly.

    Its stalled right now, we had the lowest price and we had a good site selected, he said.

    Apparently what came forward as an issue was the trucking of the kitchen waste, which would have been approximately 14,000 tonnes annually from throughout the CRD. The trucking angle has to be restructured because some munici-palities have union truckers while others do not. The kitchen waste would have been hauled to three transfer stations, said Hooper, and trucks with large capacity would bring the material into Sooke

    every few days.The truck traffic

    would have been mini-mal, he said.

    Hooper said the CRD is delaying any deci-sions until spring and a new RFP would be put out then.

    This is valued at about $4.3 million per year to the contract winner.

    Meanwhile Saanich is launching a curbside collection pilot project next April and the City of Victoria is launching a similar pilot project in January 2013. Vic-toria will truck their kitchen scraps 48 kilo-metres over the Mala-hat, although the Sooke site would cut the trip down to 38 kilometres.

    The Saanich News reports that once South

    Island Organics secures a feedstock contract they could be open within six months.

    It has to be a good deal for Sooke, said Milne. There are tons of environmental issues.

    With files from Saan-ich News

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS A5

    Composting business looks at Sooke site

    Submitted photo

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    Womens shelter receives needed suppliesBenjamin YongSooke News Mirror

    This Christmas, the Sooke Tran-sition House Society is getting the gift of diapers.

    Seventh Generation, a cleaning and personal care company with a focus on sustainability and using environmen-tally-friendly materials and ingredients, is donat-ing over 31,000 diapers to select womens shelters across Canada. Sooke was one of the chosen ones, and is receiving 5,500 (140 packages), said marketing represen-tative Jana Madill.

    We looked at wom-ens shelters, needy shelters across the country and really ran-domly chose shelters that gave us a wide rep-resentation, she said.

    Were hoping through programs like this (we can) increase (our) distribution across Canada.

    The initiative started in 2010 as a result of the American-based com-pany wanting to con-nect with the Canadian community at large.

    Madill said their focus this year was to reach

    more women in need and expand nationally. Seventh Generation was founded in 1988 in Ver-mont, but has only had a presence in Canada for the last 10 years their products are com-monly found in health food stores and chains like London Drugs and Thrifty Foods.

    Other than B.C., Ontario, Alberta, Que-bec, and Nova Scotia were also recipients. Two or three other shel-ters on the Island were selected, and eight to 10 on the Mainland.

    Theres no catch to them at all. It was a fan-

    tastic day when we got to make the calls to the shelters and said we just want to give you some diapers.

    Arlene Rees, execu-tive director of the Sooke Transition House Society, said they were obviously thrilled to hear the news.

    (The diapers are) something we can extend to many fami-lies, said Rees. Dia-pers are a very expen-sive item, especially disposables. And no one has the facilities and time to wash them like in the old days.

    The society runs the

    only transition house that she said is often mistaken for helping women transition out of prison this side of Victoria that services Metchosin to Port Ren-frew.

    Its for women (who are often financially marginalized) and chil-dren who are escaping situations of domestic abuse or violence, said Rees, who added the location is undisclosed to protect its residents.

    Some of the diapers will be distributed to people in need in the community, and the rest will be kept on site for emergencies. There is room at the govern-ment-funded shelter, that provides food, clothing, living space and transportation, for up to nine women and children at a time. There is also a local program office at 6649 Sooke Road with coun-sellors on hand to offer help.

    The diapers are avail-able to all women in the community. For more information, call the office at 250-642-2544, or visit their website at www.sooketransition-housesociety.com.

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    Tracy Holmes, manager of the Sooke Transition House Society, and Arlene Reese, executive director, hold up some boxes of the diapers donated by Seventh Generation.

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  • SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS A7

    Jordan River in a 1920s winterIts hard to imagine,

    sometimes, the impact one individual can have on a communitys his-tory. Such a man was Duncan Irving Walker, superintendent for V I Power Company, whose home is shown centre left.

    If you were standing near the (now aban-doned and derelict) powerhouse, built in 1910, looking towards the sea, this scene would have met your eyes in the early 1920s. Though the road con-nection to Sooke may have been impassable through winter snow-fall, the community was self-contained, with its own facilities and com-missary.

    When D I Walker was charged with the responsibility of tapping the resources of the Jordan Meadows and Bear Creek watersheds to create a hydro-elec-tric system that could power the city of Victo-ria, he was equal to the job. He understood that in addition to the engi-neering skills needed to build the vast power system, with its dams and reservoirs, 5 1/4 mile flume, penstocks, powerhouse with its turbines, and tailrace, he needed to build a community where the workers would be happy.

    By 1920 Jordan River

    had its own school, orchestra, tennis and badminton courts, basketball teams, a company guest house, operators homes and a thriving social life. The scope of the enterprise was such that 1,000 men were employed early on, requiring bunkhouses and cook-houses plus a small hospital.

    A narrow-gauge rail-way was built to haul supplies to the higher elevations, where a sawmill and working camps were estab-lished, generally expe-riencing deep snow in

    winter. Drawn at first by horses, then a steam locomotive, the loco-motives that came later were gas-powered.

    Sharing the river val-ley during this time, Michigan Pacific Lum-ber, later Canadian Puget Sound Lumber and Timber Company, also employed hun-dreds of men. We have been told that the struc-ture in the right rear was the roundhouse, housing locomotives, but we are uncertain whether this round-house was part of the extensive rail logging operations or was used

    by the power company.D I Walker and his

    wife Katherine raised three sons and two daughters who also took an active part in community life. V I Power became B C Elec-tric and later B C Hydro. In retirement, D I built the Jordan River Hotel in 1935. This enterprise remained a hub of the rapidly-changing com-munity until it burned to the ground in 1984.

    Elida Peers, Historian

    Sooke Region Museum

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    Jordan River was a lot busier in the 1920s than it is now. Picured are some of the homes which were located close to the powerhouse.

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    EDITORIAL Rod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorBenjamin Yong 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

    The positives of mammograms

    On this sunny morning Im eat-ing healthy stuff, the berries, organic grains trying to do my part about being responsible for ones health. Here is my story about breast cancer.

    Its early September (2011). I am down at the Sunriver Commu-nity Allotment Gardens harvesting food for the food bank with my pals. Oh no, I call out. My mammogram appointment up Sooke is in 10 min-utes. I dont think Ill go, cause my t -shirt is dirty, not to mention my hands. Good ol farm dirt.

    To make a long story short I do go after encouragement from my friends... oh who cares about the dirty t-shirt.

    Within four working days I get the call - you need more imaging at VGH. Right away I got the first biopsy. There was no guessing at this small lump - however I was hop-ing there might be and prayed that I would fall in to that 94 per cent category - there wont be anything wrong, just a lump. Dammit, I was in the 6 per cent. And thank goodness I did this biopsy and more imaging, the tumour would never have been detected by me or my doc, it was too small. But, after several medical consults a mastectomy soon there-after was done, as well as numerous excisional and node biopsies. We needed GOOD pathology tests.

    It took a long time to get the oncology consultation. I only got it Dec. 1 at the cancer agency. I had been triaged as not urgent. Everyone took their time to get it right in the health care system. I do not believe for a moment anyone took unneces-sary action. Even now, a day after the visit to the oncologist, they will seek a second opinion on the pathol-ogy testing.

    I am lucky, it could be way worse. This grade three tumour, even though removed swiftly, still had some run away brat cancer cells. I will now live with cancer. I am told there is no cure. Yes, there is treat-ment, and the science of forecasting reoccurrence is still very much on the edge of a frontier. Its like a les-son in mathematics - probabilities. That is okay.

    I found the cancer agency to be incredibly honest, candid and not recommending any procedure that may be viewed as unnecessary not even chemo, after all it only reduces your risk of reoccurrence or mortality by four per cent. So why do that? Life is all a bit risky. I will opt for the slam dunk hormone therapy.

    I share this story with you because with my friends, far too many woman friends, they all benefitted from early detection by mammogram... and they all lead reasonably fit lives, and we are all foodies and eat the right stuff... BUT, am I ever going to be an advocate for screening, and not worry about the dirty t-shirt and perhaps dirty finger nails.

    I find it quite remarkable and somewhat uncanny that I live in a small town yet know of at least six women out here who all had breast cancer detected by mam-mogram screenings. Are the stats wrong? Why is it I know of what feels like so many? And this is only in the last two-and-a-half months.

    Before September of this year I knew zip about breast cancer, other than we are all to keep looking for lumps, and maybe if you find one get it cut out. End of story. I had no idea breast cancer was so danger-ous feeding other cancers elsewhere in your body either through the blood or lymph systems. The lump part is the least of your worries.

    Im 68, and the learning curve for me is steep, but I cant believe how lucky I am that this was caught... we could say early, but it was not early enough to stop the cancer cells from getting away beyond the breast. Two years ago there was nothing in the breast. Now two years later its already stage three. Huh?

    One more thing I will never use words like why me, or refer to it as a battle with cancer. I am going to be positive, accepting and carry on with a healthy lifestyle which I think are the most important steps to being responsible... the rest should come fairly easy.

    Phoebe DunbarSooke

    Mammograms do save lives

    A rare and unified council

    OUR VIEW

    Were off to a good start. At the first real council meeting on Monday night, the newly elected council got the two thumbs up. There was no bickering, animosity or dissension. Council actually unanimously agreed on most issues and when they finally got down to business, it went quickly.

    Mayor Wendal Milne held true to his election promises of reviewing spending, being more open and transparent and listening to the public. By opening up the floor to the public at the end of

    the formal council meeting, he gave people the chance to speak candidly about issues they were concerned about. And it worked, folks came up to speak and they werent intimidated. This appears to be a very approachable

    council and hats off to Milne for following through.

    Inviting the public to sit on review committees is also a positive step forward. There are always un-elected people who have insight and vision which can come to a good use in a public way. It will also likely stop some of the seething resentment seen at the last council meetings.

    It is still honeymoon time and we have to remember that not all items that come before council will be favoured by the public. There are vestiges of past agreements to consider and follow through on. There will also be some tough decisions made that may not feel so great, but the business of running a district still has to go on. Lets hope the public, staff and council can see the light at the end of the tunnel and work together to make Sooke an even greater place to live and work.

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  • Adopt a pet, save a life

    I am writing to say when I see and hear about the abuse of poor defenseless ani-mals that actually hap-pens everyday here in B.C., its a sad state of affair. We as a commu-nity must do whatever we possibly can to pre-vent this catastrophe.

    I have a hard time to believe there is actually scum out there who abuse, starve, beat and I could go on and on but you get the picture.

    We have to toughen the laws and we must help the wonderful SPCA who do their best to save, feed, shelter and try to find homes for these poor crea-tures of Gods making.

    So please help save a life and adopt a pet you wont regret it. My heart goes out to all who care.

    God bless all of you who give a helping hand and donations to save the beautiful ani-mals who did nothing wrong but want a safe, loving, happy home. The longer you wait the longer they suffer. God will repay you with great kindness.

    Ben ArsenaultSooke

    Sharing the lights with others

    On Dec. 6 my wife was leaving for work

    in the wee hours of the morning. Upon opening the door she found an envelope, an ornament,and a candy-cane.

    Inside the enve-lope was a packet of hot chocolate and an unsigned letter contain-ing the following com-ments on the lights we put up for the Christ-mas season.

    When I was a little girl, My Dad would pack us up in the car and take us out for a drive to look at Christ-mas lights.

    Afterwards we would have hot choco-late and talk about our favorite lights.

    It really is the one memory that means Christmas to me.

    I think seeing those lights put me in the Christmas spirit more than anything else, (even Santa!)

    I am so happy I can now continue that tra-dition with my chil-dren, because of the hard work of thought-ful good spirited people like yourself.

    Thank you for put-ting up such a beautiful display!

    Its gorgeous!! To the mystery per-

    son who wrote the let-ter:

    You made our day.Thank you for tak-

    ing the time to share your thoughts. If we have brought back just one memory from your past then we have

    accomplished our goal.P.S. The ornament

    you left will find a home on our Christmas tree as a reminder of your kind words. Be sure to come by again, weve added a few more lights.

    Thank you again. Rick and Krista

    MorganPineridge Place

    Sooke

    Unexpected visitors are a worry

    I know from time to time you print sto-ries about local animal sightings so I thought Id pass this on. We have spoken to some of our neighbours and the conservation office.

    Last night there was a bear on the dead end portion of Helgesen Road across from the farm. It was seen going through a garbage can down the road and then scared away by the owners. It then ran our way. Although I only heard it and didnt actually see it there were a few things left behind that leave no doubt that it paid a visit. It wouldnt have found any food here because we dont have any garbage, plants or food in our backyard but it broke through the latticing at the top of our fence, left these claw marks and left a

    large pile in our yard which I caught my dogs feasting on!

    The important point that I wish to share is that I thought since our backyard is completely enclosed (including a completely fenced in balcony area) I wouldnt have to worry too much about bears. I never thought they would bother trying to come in because where would they go. This bear dropped about 6 feet into our patio area, went up our stairs to our raised backyard, left his pile and then found a way out thank-fully without breaking anymore of our fence.

    I am already very cautious because of previous sightings of both cougar and bear but I had no idea it would venture in even when there was no food. I think when the neighbour scared it away from their gar-bage cans it just high tailed it wherever it could go and once it was far enough away from there then it took a moment to relieve itself in our yard. So even if you dont have anything to eat outside, your neighbours may, so you should still be bear aware.

    Shannon RempelSooke

    Talking about the A word

    Re: Our View: Dare I say the A word? Sooke News Mirror, Dec.7, 2011.

    While I agree in prin-ciple that Victoria area fiefdoms should be amalgamated, there is a substantial risk.

    A larger entity has the same risk of misbe-haviour as a small one, it just affects more peo-ple. We see the control-minded mentality in the Capital Regional District (CRD) for example.

    The CRD should stick to water and sewer. Some think transporta-tion as well. Though if politicians were ratio-nal they would have shared-service entities.

    BTW, Oak Bays police force is an example of a sensible approach by a small fiefdom they contract specialized functions to Saanich.

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    What do you think about the initiatives that Wendal Milne is implementing? I.e. hiring freezes and stopping tax increases. ?

    Definitely. Anything to save money.

    Gary Burga

    I think its a good idea. I used to work in government,

    theres too many people.

    Agnes Wansink

    Sounds good, I hope its realistic.

    Taylor Laurie

    I hope he can do it, its better than the projected (tax) increases from the

    previous council.

    Dick Zandee

    YOUR VIEW

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    from 2:00 - 3:00pm. Join us this Sunday for our 19th Annual Sooke Santa Skate! Bring the whole Family. Skate, meet Santa, have fun and help a less fortunate family enjoy Christmas. Free Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs. Admission by donation. Non-perishable food item or cash. See you there!

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 www.sookenewsmirror.com LETTERS A9

  • Perhaps Esquimalt should have engaged Victoria police in the same way, before the B.C. government had to step in.

    Small fiefdoms on the West Shore: Steps can be taken to start the pro-cess. Inter-jurisdiction agreements for mutual aid by services like fire and police should already be in place if not I say negligence, as informal coopera-tion is not enough. (Ive heard of several cases of good cooperation such as Saanich/Victo-ria and Saanich/RCMP in handling vehicles going between jurisdic-tions and confusion at the border as was the case when the bicyclist was killed at Burnside and Harriet recently.)

    Emergency dispatch should be integrated right away. Their radio system is CREST though Im puzzled why Saanich answered a call from well inside Esquimalt. (Then exhibited the Saanich emergency services attitude).

    In a few cases poli-ticians have done the right thing. The Seattle WA area used to have an entity called Metro to handle water, waste, and perhaps other things. They voted themselves out of existence by integrat-ing with King County, thereby eliminating one-

    layer of government. (Seattle and immediate suburbs to the south and north, plus east of Lake Washington quite a ways, are in King County. Though there are oddities a small place east of Monroe, accessible in practi-cal terms only through Snohomish County, is in a far corner of King County so should be hived off).

    The proper solu-tion to the risk of bad behaviour by a big or small entity is to get government out of the lives of individuals. The behaviour of the CRD in areas that arent a municipality, and of Saanich government, toward people want-ing to build housing is shameful. Keith Sketchley Saanich

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    Sooke Economic Development CommissionFinance and Administration Committee

    Community Grant CommitteeLand Use Committee

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    If you are interested in volunteering please submit a completed Appointment Application form available at the District of Sooke Municipal Hall or at www.sooke.ca by 4:30 pm, Friday, January 13, 2012 to:Bonnie Sprinkling, Corporate Of cerDistrict of Sooke2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 1J2fax: [email protected] information on the District of Sooke committees, please go to the District website www.sooke.ca.

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    2011 Homeowner Grants andOverdue Property Taxes

    Property owners with unpaid property taxes are reminded that the outstanding amount will begin to accrue interest starting on January 1, 2012.

    If you are eligible for a 2011 homeowner grant and have not yet applied, please drop into the Municipal Hall or go online at www.sooke.ca as soon as possible to complete an application.

    Tax payments may be made at the Municipal Hall and at most nancial institutions. Payments may also be dropped through the mail slot at the Municipal Hall outside of of ce hours. Applications and payments can be dropped through the mail slot between Christmas and January 3, 2012 and will be received as at December 31, 2011.

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    The Commission will consider applications from seniors, individuals with disabilities, persons representing organizations that provide services or represent persons with disabilities, seniors or caregivers. Appointments to ATAC are for two years. The application should focus on skills and experience that you can bring to ATAC including any experience with transit services. The deadline is January 3, 2012. If you have any questions, please call 250.995.5726.

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    Little buskers

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    Eleven-year-olds Alana, left and Tekahra were busking outside Western Foods on Saturday raising funds for the Journey Middle School band.

    There are a number of ongoing collections going on for the Sooke Food Bank, the Christmas Bureau and the Candy Cane Run to name a few. Be generous this holiday season, its tough out there for many people. There is a box for food bank donations located at the Sooke News Mirror office.

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    All of the websites and email addresses in the advertisements in each issue of the Sooke News Mirror are high-lighted in the e-edition of the paper, making it easy for you to go to the website to check out the businsses web page or to email the advertiser.

    The e-edition of the Sooke News Mirror is located on the bottom right of the web edition at www.sookenewsmir-ror.com. Click on: Lat-est edition and see the paper online as it is iny-our hand.

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  • A14 COMMUNITY www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    Making Christmas wishes come true

    Benjamin Yong photo

    Sooke firefighter Neil Stanley and daughter Darcy, 7, stand in front of their fire truck loaded with food donations in front of Village Foods last Saturday morning. It was the last weekend for Christmas Bureau volunteers collecting in front of the grocery stores, but this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the fire hall will open its doors for drop offs. Saturday is also the Santa Run and the fire department will be making its rounds handing out candy canes and picking up food donations throughout the community.

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    The new legislation and related initiatives should rectify some of the concerns of the agriculture community, while securing land for food production, said B.C. Cattlemens Association general manager Kevin Boon. This will be extremely important to B.C.s economy as we move towards an era where food will become one of the most sought-after resources any country can provide.

    As a result of the legislation, the Agricul-tural Land Commission is now able to:

    Increase enforce-ment within the Agri-cultural Land Reserve by involving qualified officials from other gov-ernment agencies and levels of government in enforcement activities.

    Place a five-year moratorium on repeat applications to the ALC and focus resources on core functions like pre-serving farmland and encouraging farming.

    Begin the transition to a more self-support-ing operating model by 2013, and prepare to augment provincial funding by charging certain fees.

    Ensure greater consistency and con-sideration of the ALCs core values in regional panel decision-making by increasing the over-sight of the chair of the ALC.

    The legislation is part of a comprehen-sive reform package that also includes $1.6 million in additional provincial funding, increased sharing of provincial resources, and a new ministers bylaw standard restrict-ing building residential homes in the ALR.

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS A15

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  • Benjamin YongSooke News Mirror

    Since Ken Knightwas 17, hes owned about70 cars, most of them modified, and he isntplanning to stop any-time soon.Living in Sooke,

    Knight jokes thattheres nothing else to do around here except cut the lawn. His current project is

    a regular head-turner in Sooke. Originally a 1930s two-door Model A Ford, it has beentransformed into what is commonly known asa rat rod, a custom car that blends the tra-ditional hot rod style with an unfinished rawlook as indicated by this particular speci-mens imperfect paint and exposed engine bay.

    Some rat rod build-ers exaggerate the look by purposely creating rusty body panels, but Knight said the paint,or whats left on it, is the same as when itwas on the showroom floor.

    The body is in such good condition that I just thought, Im going to leave it as-is, he says. Sourcing it from a fellow at Qualicum Beach, Knight bought the frame separately from Victoria. One of the cars many interest-ing features is its 110-horsepower motor thathas previously served more than one func-tion.

    The engines a 1950 Ford...a flathead V8 that actually came from the Sooke Mill. It

    was what they call a swifter machine, which pulled the logs across the boom to tie ittogether. The engine was

    rebuilt before Knight got his hands on it. Allhes done is repaint it and add a couple of car-buretors and an alter-nator. The interior is also

    of interest its been channelled, mean-ing Knight cut out the entire floor of the car and raised it four inches, reattaching it overtop of the frame,making the whole car sit much lower to the ground. He also made some custom alumi-num seats, gear shift surround and other bits and pieces. All the

    work was done in his immaculate garage that would make any gear-head jealous. The blackand white checker-board flooring catches

    the eye first, and then, looking up, the custom lift. Theres even a big-screen TV and an XBox360 video game console complete with racing

    steering wheel and ped-als attached.Astonishingly, Knight

    has no formal trainingbut has learned from trial and error andwhat hes picked up from other mechanicsand hobbyists.

    I just putter (around),(its just) something to do.The street-legal Ford

    is only driven when the weathers nice, when it can usually be foundat the A&W parking lot

    in Sookes Evergreen Centre plaza where impromptu show-and-shines often take place.But as soon as the

    sunshine turns to rain,Knight turns to his 2001 Chevy Xtreme pickupfor his A to B driving. Previously, his stablehas included a pot-pourri of domestics likea 1940 Ford Delivery, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird and a 1965 Pontiac GTO, to name just a few.

    I build em that

    one there took me about three years justto get to where its at and I just get to a point where its time for a change so I sell it, andstart something else.Future plans for the

    Model A include adding an air cleaner, a newdriver-side door and rear fenders. Knighthas also made a pattern for a hood, although he says it will only cover the top of the engine.

    Gearhead loves puttering with cars

    Benjamin Yong phot

    Ken Knight with his custom-built 1930s Model A Ford.The engine, a 1950 Ford flathead V8 engine, was rescued from the Sooke Mill where it was used to move logs.

    A16 NEWS www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

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    Readers Photos of the Week

    Left, Russell Davies spied this eagle feeding at Whiffin Spit.

    Right, Lillian Trim shot this photo of a beautiful buck on farm property along Church Road.

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    Left, Marcie Gauntlett sent along this photo of a pair of cormorants.

    Below, Margarita D o m i n q u e z s dog Mona, goes swimming every morning, and is making friends with this swan.

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    ST. ROSE OF LIMA Roman Catholic Parish6221 Sooke Rd. | 250-642-3945 | Fax: 778-425-3945

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    Project Grants provide funding for organizations whose primary mandate is in the arts.IDEA Grants provide funding for non-arts mandated organizations for arts programming.

    PROJECT GRANTS Friday, January 13, 2012IDEA GRANTS Thursday, March 1, 2012For details please visit: www.crd.bc.ca/arts

    CRD Arts Development Service625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1R7T: [email protected]

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  • Empowering youth helps communitySome help would be appreciated

    Benjamin YongSooke News Mirror

    Thanks to cur-rent coordina-tor Zia Holte, the Sooke Junior Youth Empowerment Group has been reinvigorated after an almost two year absence.

    Similar to a local-fo-cused Free the Children (a worldwide charity organization foster-ing youth activism), its mandate is to increase community engage-ment with local youth, and provide them with a sense of global citi-zenship.

    Made up of about eight members aged 11 to 15, the group meets once a week on Thurs-day nights at 6 p.m. to practice team build-ing techniques and plan service projects. Working with Journey Middle School, their last endeavour was a Halloween food drive that managed to collect over 100-pounds of food that was donated to the Sooke Food Bank.

    The next one is at the end of February a project for the home-less, collecting towels and soap and socks and making little bun-dles (for distribution), said Holte.

    She was involved with the previous itera-tion of the group, origi-nally started over a decade ago, for three years.

    It had been lagging for a while, a lack of leadership.

    Holtes 13-year-old

    son Adam is a member, and is also the reason she came on board.

    I got it started because if nothing else, I thought it would give him a safe place to be and hopefully offer some guidance and structure along the way.

    In the last few ses-sions, most of the time has been spent estab-lishing guidelines of conduct and defining rules of respect for members. Soon, they will turn more attention to their project for the homeless, as well as reinstating an old tradi-tion of regular visits to Ayre Manor. The kids visit seniors and listen to stories, sing songs and participate in other

    activities.Organizing every-

    thing is a lot of work, and Holte said she is looking for a little assis-tance.

    I would love some help, have an older teen 17 to 22 which we call an animator. Some-one whos younger, (the kids) respond to this age group better than to the mommy, she said.

    Meetings take place at Holtes house, to join or volunteer call her at 778-425-0999.

    Submitted photo

    Sooke Junior Youth Empowerment Group members Amber, Brianna and Genevieve work on posters and collection boxes during a weekly Thursday meeting.

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    Sarah Spicer has her hands full of gifts that she helped Santa give out to kids at the Sooke Lions Club Santa Breakfast on Dec. 10. More than 150 people enjoyed breakfast.

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