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Hicks wants home-grown solution to water issues
Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
The Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission came together on January 7 to discuss bulk water dispensing stations. Previously the Sooke News Mirror reported on the fact that many residents in the Juan de Fuca, and in other areas of the CRD, would be paying more for deliv-ery of potable water.
New bulk water dis-pensing stations will be installed in Sooke, Langford and East Sooke. The East Sooke station is to be com-plete in 2014.
At the meeting JdF Area Director Mike Hicks said he was offer-ing up his meager gas tax funds to pay for two stand pipes on each end of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.
I suggested, and was backed by Herb Hal-dane, that we want to provide water as effi-ciently as we can to customers not on the water system, said Hicks.
Hicks said there are 600 people needing potable water.
The cost of those stand pipes would be between $5,000 and $10,000 and they would be placed as close to Otter Point as they can get and the other could be on the new East Sooke Fire Department property.
A report by the CRD had been presented to the JdFWDC out-lining an intended accomplish list. The bulk water dispensing stations would allow for such things as: accurate metered dis-charge/billing informa-tion; automatic flow
control valve; pres-sure reducing valves and heated meters and piping and installation of stations in areas which are safe and not impacted by sudden increased demand dur-ing filling cycles.
Hicks said there are 18 water suppliers and those changes to the dispensing stations were necessary to meet their goals.
Hicks said he argues that there were only two suppliers of pota-ble water and goals could be achieved with a stand pipe.
I want to separate the potable water sup-pliers from the rest of the water suppliers which are mostly for construction, said Hicks. Every single objective can be met. The good news is that were still in the game.
At the end of the meeting, the report to the JdFWDC was tabled so the CRD water staff could look at the feasi-bility of Mike Hicks sug-gestion. Any changes would require a change in the bylaws.
Tax funds could be used for stand pipes
NEWSM I R R O R
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The Otter Point and Church Road connector is taking shape.
New connector road draws commentsPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Not everyone who came to the January 13 Committee of the Whole meeting to hear about the new connec-tor road was happy with the design.
The connector is a $2,581,311 project to link Church and Otter Point Road in stage one of a multi-staged road network which will eventually provide a through road from Phil-lips Road to West Coast Road. The connector road and the trails have been identified in the 2009 Transportation Master Plan and the Parks & Trails Master Plan. A multi-use trail is already in place along Church Road. This first stage is expected to be
complete by Septem-ber 2014.
We are trying to shift vehicular traffic off Sooke Road and take some pressure off the downtown core, thats the idea, said Mayor Wendal Milne.
One of the issues was the number of intersec-tions along this section of the connector.
Peter Ferguson, of McElhanney Con-sulting Services Ltd., stated there would be a multi-use trail on the south side and a side-walk on the north side of the connector road. A round-about would eventually be located at the intersection of Otter Point and Grant Roads.
Other concerns included safety issues such as; sight lines on
the hill on Townsend Road, sun in the eyes of drivers during the winter months, lack of push-buttons at cross-walks and cyclists on the road rather than on the multi-use trail.
A couple of residents came forward and asked that no through road be punched in from Anna Marie Road and it be left as is with its cul-de-sac.
Councillor Rick Kasper wanted to see less crosswalks, the multi-use trail on the north side of the road and local bidders to reduce the carbon foot-print.
Other issues already mentioned were brought up by council and in the end Mayor Milne said, and thats where our democratic
opinions differ.Ferguson answered
most of the questions that were posed by council and the resi-dents. He said pedes-trians would get the highest priority in deliberations. Cross-walk warning signs would be in place as well as lighting and a boulevard between the pedestrians and the traffic. As the project is still in the design phase, amendments could still be made.
The report was accepted and a further report will be presented to council on options on cost and what to do on Townsend Road.
Council gave instruc-tions for the consul-tants to get on with the design and the cost estimates.
Cathy Park made her first appearance in West-ern Communities Provincial Court on January 9 on charges laid under the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act.
Parks case was adjourned for five weeks and she is scheduled to reappear on February 20.
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Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Even before the issue came forward at the January 13 District of Sooke council meet-ing, Michael Nyikes, president of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the opportunity for Sooke to have com-mercial marijuana grow operations as a viable economic driver.
A report was brought to council by the plan-ning department on the revised federal medi-cal marijuana regula-tions. The report rec-ommended that staff prepare a Zoning Bylaw Amendment to regulate medical marijuana pro-duction facilities in the district and to make no changes to regulate marijuana production.
District planner Gerard LeBlanc stated that the new regula-tions come into place in April which would
disallow individuals from growing medical marijuana and put the growing and distribu-tion into large scale commercial grow oper-ations. All of the grow-ing and packaging will have to be housed in one structure.
LeBlanc said Sooke has the opportunity to zone for such opera-tions in several zones and this could provide an economic benefit to the community. He said there is already a structure in place in the Otter Point Indus-trial Park in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area.
So far the federal government has only approved four licensed production facilities out of the hundreds of applications across the country.
It should be recog-nized that permitting those uses through the zoning bylaw... we wont be inundated with requests, said
LeBlanc.Councillor Herb Hal-
dane said Sooke has a lot of property owners who have commercial property and he would like to look at all zones to see which would be appropriate for such activity.
Any application for a grow operation would have to pass through a lot of scrutiny. The application would
have to pass through the RCMP, local gov-ernment as well as the federal government. Appropriate zoning, security and type of building would all have to be approved.
Council asked staff to bring forward the appropriate amend-ments and rationale to permit such operations in agricultural/indus-trial zones.
Goose trail work
Beginning Monday, January 13, the Ministry of Transportation and infrastructure will carry out routine repair and maintenance work on the Selkirk Trestle on the galloping goose regional Trail, which is managed by the Capital regional district.
The TreSTle will remain open to the public, and no closures are expected but short delays are possible. The work is expected to finish by the end of March.
Hard times in sooke
The annual hard Times dance is being held at the Sooke Community hall on Saturday, January 25.
Phoenix will STarT the dancing at 9 p.m. wieners and beans included. dress attire: casual or hard times. Tickets at either drug store for $5.
nighT aT The Shirley Community hall with performers Celtic reflections.
TiCkeTS info aT [email protected]/fB.
To all ThoSe folks who are sticking to their new years resolutions.
Theres gold in them thar hillsPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
With all of the programs on television about the new gold rush, it may be of interest to local stu-dents to know that Sooke had its own gold rush.
In 1864 gold was discovered in Leechtown in the hills past the Sooke potholes. A town of 3,000 sprang up quickly and led to lots being sold in the town site of Sooke. Many settled in Sooke after the gold rush was over. Interestingly enough though, is that the modern day has seen placer miners seek-ing gold in the Sooke River. They still pan for gold.
What is it that makes gold so special? Why do men and women seek their fortunes in the wilder-ness hoping for a flash in the pan of the elusive golden metal?
This is the theme for the annual Sooke Regional Historical Society essay contest. The Lure of Gold is the topic and coincides with the 150th annniver-sary of Leechtown.
Students in elementary, middle and high school or home-schooled can win cash for their Lure of Gold essays. A high school students entry could win them a total of $300. Elementary school stu-dents will be awarded five $50 cash prizes. Entries should be 50 to 150 words. Middle school students could wion one of three $75 cash prizes. Essays should be 100-300 words. High school entries should be between 300-400 words. Students from East Sooke to Port Renfrew can enter.
Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by the Sooke Lions Club, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 54, Sooke Community Association and the Vancou-ver Island Placer Mining Association. The VIPMA is awarding $500 in prizes.
The entry deadlines for elementary and middle grades is February 15 and for high school entries April 15. Awards will be given out at the Sookre Region Museum Open House on June 22. Entry forms will be in next weeks Sooke News Mirror. More information can be obtained by calling 250-642-6351.
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its winter in sookeThe Strait of Juan de Fuca creates a dramatic backdrop for those who live along the water.
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Living with cystic fibrosis in the familyBritt Santowski Sooke News Mirror
On the weekend of January 4, Heather Strange was out doing what she has done so many times in the past, and will continue to do so many times in the future: fund-raise for cystic fibrosis.
Sometimes, the long-term goals can seem overwhelming.
Regarding a future, its not a luxury Heather and her husband Dave allow themselves. Their son Carter is afflicted with cystic fibrosis.
I dont think about it. Dave and I, we had to shut that down. We had to shut down the idea of high school gradu-ation, we had to shut down the idea of uni-versity, marriage, kids, because the future is so she leaves that hanging. Its kind of overwhelming to think of that. They know too many people with CF who have passed away in their mid-20s.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder pres-ent at birth. In order for a child to be born with CF, both parents would have to have a mutation on the chromosome 7. Children with parents who both have this mutation, have a one in four chance of getting CF, a one in four chance of not being impacted in any way, and a one in two chance of being as their parents were a carrier.
Heather explains that CF is like having a defect in the pump that regulates salt in our bodies.
Because this salt-exchange pump is com-
pletely out of whack, what happens then is the mucus in your body becomes extra thick.
The disease, Heather elaborates, is a head-to-toe disease. Compli-cations include sinus problems, lung infec-tions, digestive sys-tem, pancreas function, breathing difficulties to name a few. The symp-toms vary from person to person, making it very individual.
The diagnosis for her son was difficult to achieve. Heather knew in her gut that things werent right for Carter. Yet, it took almost three years and a doctor with previous exposure to CF to administer a simple sweat test. This
test confirmed the sus-picions that something was wrong, and turned their worlds upside-down.
There are still difficult parent-child conversa-tions that they need to face, and as a couple with an overwhelming challenge, Heather and Dave move through each day step by step.
In the meanwhile, they are planning local trips vacations where they can, for a brief moment in time, have some semblance of normalcy. They are looking at locating a camping trailer that would afford them the mobility to come and go on their own sched-ule, without having to
rely on flight schedules and permissions.
Were the abnormal ones at the moment, said Heather, reflecting on the longevity of her relationship with her husband. We are nine and a half years into this. We were strug-gling for a number of years. As difficult as it is, theyre life has established a rhythm, one that a diagnosis really helped with. It gave them a concrete problem to manage. Sure, there are still challenges, but they are managing.
Heathers coping method has been to compartmentalize. She became a gatherer of information, and a relayer of fact. She empowered herself through knowledge.
I gave up my career, and my world. Once we got diagnosed I dumped my brain of any information that I learned prior to that and I filled it up with new information. She strongly recommends that knowledge be obtained from reputa-ble sites.
A recent break-through drug called Kalydeco, detailed in an earlier CBC arti-cle (Cystic fibrosis breakthrough pills have $300K price tag printed at cbc.ca on December 6, 2019), has an astronomical price tag: Thats $300,000 per person per year. Fur-ther, this drug is only for those with a certain form of CF, known as G551D which according to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry (2011) affects 3.4 per cent of those with CF.
Carter, is afflicted with DeltaF508, which occurs in 91.5 per cent of CF mutations. The current explora-tions for this form is CF is a combination of Kalydeco and Luma-caftor. According to Heather Strange, dou-bling the drugs effec-tively doubles the price.
Managing the dis-ease outside of the costs of medicine is expensive. First, theres the lost income of one parent. Then, Heather and her husband Dave purchased a machine that administers multi-ple medicines to Carter through a face mask, which costed about $2,000. It costs an addi-tional $1,000 a year to maintain this machine. And then theres the medicine.
One of the drugs that Carter takes on a regular basis is $1,200 a month. Occasionally, he has to go on another drug, and thats $3,000 a month.
A combination of medical insurance and Pharmacare helps them manage these costs, but the deduct-ibles before coverage kicks in do add up.
In the meanwhile, Heather does what she can to raise funds for research for CF. She has cycled for CF, done Jazzercise fund-raisers, and committed to a number of other fund raising events around town. Just like the weekend past, where she raised about $800 in a bottle drive. Right now is what they have. And right now, its all about putting one foot in front of the other.
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On Saturday, January 4, Heather Strange (pictured in the back, sorting bottles) coordinated a bottle drive to raise funds towards CF research. In total, they raised $800.
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The family of Audrey Wilson wish to express their deep appreciation to those who
offered such kindness, support and messages of sympathy
and comfort with the loss of our mother.
We especially wish to thank Elida Peers, Sooke Harbourside Lions, Sooke Lions and Sooke
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Terrific Townhome - $309,900 This "as new" former show home includes some great extras! The current owners installed screens, laundry counter over the w/d, and the electric fireplace and sound system is to be included. This 3BR, 3BA town-home features 1665sqft of living space. Main floor features a gourmet Kitchen with lunch counter, ample cupboard space, and pantry, cozy LR, in-line dining plus 2pce bath. Upstairs you'll find 2BRs, main bath, and huge MBR w/walk-in closet and ensuite. MLS 330658
6739 West Coast Rd. www.rlpvictoria.com
JOHN VERNONSookes Real Estate Professional
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To my delight (although our property languished, unsold by theprevious realtor) you sold it in six weeks. When Og Mandino, in one of his many books gave the advice to go the extra mile, he must have been thinking of people like you. Because of your hard work you made my life easier, and for that I thank you (and my father does too). Bless you,and may you always go that extra mile! D. HamiltonCall John today for THOROUGH, COURTEOUS, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE and PROVEN RESULTS. - ALWAYS.
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New Student Registration Grades K-12January 27 January 31, 2014
8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
2014 - 15 Student Registration
Please Bring: Proof of Age Proof of Residence
Student registration takes place at your local Neighbourhood school.
New FreNch ImmersIoN (Grade K or 1), register at:cole John Stubbs Memorial School(parent information night is Jan. 14, 7:00 p.m. at the school)cole Millstream Elementary School(parent information night is Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m. at the school)cole Poirier Elementary School(parent information night is Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m. at the school)
Late FreNch ImmersIoN (Grade 6), register at:cole John Stubbs Memorial School(parent information night is Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m. at the school)Please note - Registration for the Late French Immersion programwill take place Feb. 3 7, 2014 at John Stubbs Memorial School.
NatuRe KINdeRGaRteN (at Sangster Elementary School):Parent Information sessions:
Wed., January 15, 6:30 p.m. at Sangster Elementary SchoolSat., January 18, 10:00 a.m. at Sangster Elementary School
Nature Kindergarten applications will be accepted starting at 8:00 a.m., Mon., February 3 at Sangster Elementary School. Application forms will only be avail-able at parent information sessions and after 8:00 a.m. on February 3.
Please Note: Registration after these dates will be subject to space availability in each school.
Find your neighbourhood school online under the Catchment Area Maps www.sd62.bc.ca
district Bus transportation: Any students requiring school bus transportation to and from school next Fall must pre-register. Registration forms will be made available at schools, the School Board Office on Jacklin Road and on our website.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
email: [email protected] website: www.sooke.caPhone: 250-642-1634 Fax: 250-642-0541
A Public Hearing will be held in the Sooke Council Chambers at 2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm to hear presentations on the following proposed bylaw:
Bylaw No. 583, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-9)The intent and purpose of Bylaw No. 583, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-9) is to allow seven minor amendments, all administrative in nature to Bylaw No. 600, Sooke Zoning Bylaw 2013. The amendments proposed are as follows:
1. Amend Section 3.2(d) to reference section 3.3 instead of section 3.2.2. Amend Section 3.4(c) to reference section 3.32 instead of 3.35.3. The CTC zone is referenced incorrectly in section 5.1. It should say Town Centre Mixed Use, not Town Centre Commercial.4. The minimum lot width in the Rural Residential (RU4) zone should be 15 metres, not 30 metres.5. The Small Lot Residential (R3) zone is missing a condition of use. As part of the rezoning adoption for Nott Brook (2100 Otter Point Rd) in January 2013, a condition of use was to be added to the R3 zone that said:
Notwithstanding the permitted uses on R3 zoned properties, on the property identi ed as PID 000-133-817 (as Parcel A (DD 143706I), Section 24, Sooke District, Except Plans 5572, 11961, 27456, 40462, VIP52601, VIP59223, VIP79955, VIP79956 and Part in Red on 610RW, an amenity area for assembly use is permitted as an accessory use.
6. The reference to metres is missing from Section 202.5(a) when stating the maximum height for a principal building and should be added.7. Section 402.2(ff) should say Vehicle sales/rentals, not just Vehicle sales.
All persons who believe their interests in property are affected by these proposed bylaws shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions before Council on the matters contained in the proposed bylaws at the above time and place. If you are unable to attend the meeting, we ask that written submissions be provided prior to the close of the public hearing. Please be advised that submissions to Council will become part of the public record.
Copies of these proposed bylaws and relevant background documents may be inspected at the of ces of the District of Sooke Planning Department, 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, commencing from the date of this Notice.
If you have any questions, contact the Planning Department by telephone at(250) 642-1634.
Grow a Native Plant Garden. Residents of the Capital Region are invited to participate in a FREE workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Instruction on native plant identification, their benefits and how to use them will be included. An overview of CRD Water Conservation programs will be provided and participants will be given a tour of a native plant garden. These informative workshops will be held at Swan Lake Nature House, located at 3873 Swan Lake Road in Victoria.
Each workshop is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. Call 250.479.0211 to reserve your spot today.
Sunday, February 21 to 4 pmSaturday, February 159:30 am to 12:30 pmMonday, March 39:30 am to 12:30 pm
Saturday, March 159:30 am to 12:30 pm Wednesday, April 9 9:30 am to 12:30 pmSunday, April 131 to 4 pm
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VI BBB publishes business bibleA year of change for
consumer advocacy organization
Kyle WellsBlack Press
Victoria and Van-couver Islands Better Business Bureau is set to launch its 2014 busi-ness directory as part of a year of big changes for the non-profit orga-nization.
The BBB publishes its directory each year, essentially a listing of BBB-accredited busi-nesses on Vancouver Island.
These are the busi-nesses you want to do business with, said Scott, who is based in Victoria. Put it right next to your phone book. Its like a little bible.
A business must go through a detailed vet-ting process in order to be accredited it is not as simple as just join-ing the BBB. In order to be accredited, a busi-ness must have been in operation for at least a year, have no com-plaints logged against
them, have established a positive presence in the marketplace and have a good rating with the BBB, based on spe-cific criteria.
One criteria focuses on honest advertising and making sure com-panies make promises they can keep. Adver-tising as the best in an industry doesnt fly with the BBB, same with other unverifiable claims. Sales promises with small print excep-tions also raise flags for the bureau.
It kind of backfires on a business when they do that, Scott said. So we work with businesses to help them have good adver-tising practices.
Businesses are moni-tored to make sure they keep up these stan-dards. The BBB itself is audited yearly to make sure it is keeping up its standards. The Van-couver Island bureau passed with 100 per cent for 2013.
There were signifi-cant changes for the
BBB in 2013. The big-gest perhaps is the Canadian BBBs inte-gration with its U.S.A. counterpart, creating a North American BBB. The two organizations can now work closer together, and share resources and informa-tion about businesses on both sides of the border.
We retain our Cana-dian identity, however we become part of an amazing brand, Scott said. That was huge for us, a wonderful tran-sition.
In order to get in, the Canadian BBB had to be accredited, just like any other business, a process which was complex, but ultimately successful. Me and my staff are very proud, said Scott, who was elected chair for the Canadian region.
Last year also saw the BBB improving website security and migrating to Google apps, part of an overall partnership with Google.
Island-specific Did You Know? campaign, started in 2013, will continue this year, helping consumers learn more about the local BBB and what it does and doesnt do, through bite-size facts, disseminated through a variety of platforms.
A new organiza-tion-wide website is in the works for early 2014, which will offer improved functional-ity and design. The new year will also see the introduction of enhanced ratings for businesses, which will allow for more detail for people looking for information about a business. Specifics are being saved for the launch of the changes.
Were the good guys and we look at ourselves long and hard everyday, trying to make every-thing that we do better, Scott said.
See vi.bbb.org for more information.
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Built in 1910, this shingle-faced struc-ture was intended as a gathering place for group events. While not Sookes first hall (the old Charters Hall, one-half kilometre to the east was first), this one was built right smack where the three-storey Fedosenko building stands now at the cor-ner of Sheilds Road.
It was a business ven-ture, built by a group of three investors, Mrs. Carrie Throup, Dr. Rich-ard Felton and John Murray, JP.
Note: the names Throup, Murray and Felton are remembered today by three streets bearing these names.
This photo was taken in 1915, during what was termed The Great War and the strong patriotism of the day may have been the rea-son for the prominent display of the British Ensign. The brick chim-ney is indicative of a wood-burning heater, and an outhouse at the right took the place of plumbing. Coal oil or gasoline lamps would
have been in use.Early meetings of
the Sooke and North Sooke Womens Insti-tute were held here, as well as early services of the Anglican Church, agricultural and flower shows and concerts. In the period when All Sooke Day was first started in 1934, a dance was an important part of the days program, and it was customary to hold one dance at the Charters Hall and another, featuring a dif-ferent dance band, in this building. Not many cars were around then, and groups of revellers,
young couples, would walk between the dances as they chose to vary the evenings entertainment.
When the Sooke Community Associa-tion was incorporated in 1935, one of their goals was to build a hall large enough to accom-modate a regulation basketball court and a large dance crowd. This early pioneer hall and the adjoining land were then purchased
by the new non-profit community organiza-tion, which had a fine new hall in place by 1937.
The new venue was celebrated with a Hall Opening Dance on April 9th of that year, with a crowd, happy and proud, numbering 700 party-goers.
Elida Peers, Historian
Sooke Region Museum
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The old Sooke Hall in 1915
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Juan de Fuca Community Land TrustGENERAL MEETINGAll welcome to this public meeting New society in our area
Wed. Jan 29 -7:30 PMOtter Point Fire Hall, 3727 Otter Point RoadMake change happen: more public green space for conservation and recreation.www.jdfl andtrust.ca
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Spectacular Oceanfront! Sunny, south-facing 1.2ac estate lot with stunning views over the sparkling waters of Juan de Fuca Strait to the majestic snow-capped Olympic Mtns. The peace, quiet & privacy of a beautifully forested acreage & the exhilaration of the wild west coast. This mostly sloping property offers a varied landscape with rocky outcroppings, mature evergreens, maples, alders, arbutus, ferns, moss & wild flowers. Approx 105 of medium bank beachfront with your own protected cove. Piped water, hydro & phone at road. Stroll to French Beach Prov Park. Whale watching, beachcombing, kayaking, sailing & world class fishing at your door. Commune with nature & watch the resident killer whales plying the crystal clear waters. An outstanding value. MLS331562.
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Marijuana use must be decriminalized
Its interesting times we live in. With the federal governments regulations on medical marijuana grow operations changing, a lot of municipalities are making it easier for commercial grow operations to exist.
Where once even the idea of speaking to the issue of marijuana was considered radical, now it is a common topic around council tables. It is no longer the demon drug and no one is suffering from reefer madness. In fact, its become acceptable both socially and politically. There will, of course, be those who vehemently oppose it and thats their right.
No city or town wants to be seen as backward and most recognize the economic benefit of growing a little bud. Grow operations have been in existence for decades and while the big boys have their commercial operation, the little guys will still be planting a few seeds in the ground - and they shouldnt be busted for it. Governments have already admitted that there is a medical benefit to marijuana and they are cashing in on it. They are controlling the grow operations and the distribution - in other words - they are in control of the weed.
Most people are aware that marijuana grow operations were a multi-million, if not a billion dollar industry in B.C. With many states in the U.S. decriminalizing pot, it makes sense that Canada should follow suit. B.C. bud is no longer as profitable as it once was. If we are going to allow it to be grown, then we need to allow it to be smoked, toked, eaten or whatever by adults. If we are grown up enough to see the benefit, we need to be grown up enough to let the grown-ups decide if they want it or not. Follow the new federal regulations with decriminalizing marijuana use. Anything else is hypocritical.
Prime Minister Stephen Harpers latest visit to B.C. was portrayed as these things are today: besieged by protesters, hiding from an ever-vig-ilant media, cynically campaigning for the 2015 federal election.
TV couldnt get enough of the two environmental activists who dressed as waiters to slip onstage at a business breakfast in Vancouver.
Theyre not environmentalists, just all-purpose protesters using the flavour of the month. They are asso-ciated with a group calling itself No One Is Illegal, a collection of anar-chist kooks that wants to do away with national borders, and of course capitalism.
As their now-famous sign said, they want climate justice now. Organizer Brigette DePape explained to a co-operative CBC TV host that the recent typhoon in the Philip-pines that killed thousands of peo-ple was caused by global warming, which of course is caused mainly by the Alberta tar sands.
I wont dwell on this routine idi-ocy, except to say the number of hurricanes that struck North Amer-ica in 2013 was zero, and that hasnt happened since 1994. Also, climate justice is like social justice, in that both require confiscation of earned wealth.
DePape is the former Senate page fired in 2011 for a similar sign stunt. Shes now a professional Harper
hater, with support from the U.S.-based Tides Foundation among oth-ers.
One of the issues Harper didnt take questions on was the consoli-dation of 11 federal fisheries librar-ies into two, one of them in Sidney, B.C.
This is portrayed as part of Harp-ers so-called war on science, and has been compared with the Romans burning the library of Alex-andria in ancient Egypt.
Fisheries Minister Gail Shea defended the cost-cutting mea-sure by pointing out that almost all access to these libraries is now digital, so maintaining 11 duplicated sets of printed reports is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
An anonymous federal scien-tist fired back on his blog that the head of one of these libraries retired before the contents could even be catalogued, much less completely digitized for online access.
So this material wasnt even prop-erly organized? Users were sup-posed to browse until they stum-bled on something pertinent?
The ministry reported that the average number of people other than federal fisheries staff who used these libraries averaged between five and 12 per year. Thats for all 11 facilities combined. And if anyone has even one example of informa-tion that was available and isnt now, they should identify it.
Harpers got plenty to answer for,
no question. To take one of many examples, spending our borrowed money on TV ads for a Canada Job Grant program that hasnt even been introduced in Parliament, much less set up, isnt just wasteful. Its dishonest and cruelly misleading to the unemployed people the ads pretend to offer help.
Harpers visit to B.C. added a couple of scripted events, starting with softball questions at the Van-couver business breakfast. Then he was off to a photo op at the Kinsol trestle on Vancouver Island, where he announced three more years of funding for the Trans-Canada Trail.
Im as relieved as anyone that Harper is not killing this modest fed-eral project that started in 1992, but this is not news. It was a fake public event to justify the cost of a trip so Harper could address a new Conser-vative riding association.
And how is the federal deficit after eight years of tight-fisted Con-servative rule? Were only borrow-ing about $1 billion a month now, down from the Harper government all-time record deficit of $55 billion in 2009.
Some cost cutting is in order all right.
Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twit-ter: @tomfletcherbc Email: [email protected]
Harper rapped for wrong reasons
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No Rent Here! - $59,900 Included with the Purchase of this 2 bedroom Manufactured Home is a Membership Share in Rustic Acres Cooperative Association. Owners in Rustic Acres currently pay only $100 a month to cover Common Costs. This compares very favora-bly with the $400-$500/month Pad Fees paid in conventional parks. Upgrade the existing home or place a new one on your lot. Drive by 22-7142 Grant Road or call me direct at 250-642-6056.
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Cats and deer being terrorized
For the past month, two medium-size black dogs have been terror-izing the cats which I care for on my property in the Otter Ridge area. In addition, I have not seen any deer in the area for a while and I believe these same two dogs are responsible. This is not Oak Bay and I believe most residents appreciate seeing deer in our midst.
By allowing your dogs to run around unaccompanied you are asking a lot of them. They will inevitably get themselves into trou-ble no matter how well behaved they are at home. If you just want to exercise your dogs, please go with them.
Aaron BartlettOtter Point
Clean up your tree
We walk the Spit every morning and at Christmastime mar-vel at the Whiffin Spit Elves.
Every year before Christmas the tree is magically decorated and every January it is magically undecorated and not a trace is left, not even a piece of tin-sel. They are one of Sookes most delightful traditions thats been going on now for over 20 years, we think.
This year another batch of elves deco-rated a different tree on the Spit and they
are much less magical, in fact, bordering on thoughtless. The orna-ments are still on the tree, many were glass, many have broken and the broken glass is on the ground.
We really hope those elves return soon and clean up after them-selves before more damage is done.
Diane Kent, Pat Phillips, Joan Gething, Anne
Urban renewal needed
I live on Townsend Road and make fre-quent trips to Evergreen Mall. On Townsend Road we already have what I call the punish-ment corner at Sooke Road; we have to loop around the Otter Point intersection to get to Evergreen Mall.
Often I choose to walk to Evergreen Mall. There is a derelict path, littered with trash and scrap, it runs behind the A&W, which myself and plenty of others use to avoid the loop around the bank, res-taurant and A&W. It is a daunting spectacle to use this path, with all that litter, and the space in the fencing makes it seem almost illicit to use, yet for the amount of foot traffic, it deserves to be a legiti-mate thoroughfare.
Could this not be dignified with some urban renewal, perhaps a better entry way so mothers with children and buggies could use it? Some tidying up? It seems such a logical entrance to the Ever-green Mall for those of us on Townsend and further up our road. Much safer for mothers and kids than looping around the corner of Sooke Road.
The lot is a totally neglected zone, and this in the heart of our town. The space is probably private prop-erty but doesnt look as if anyone cares about it. A mall entry would just make total good sense at that location, if only for the pedestrians.
Edward Milne Com-munity School is offer-ing the opportunity for students to gain valu-able knowledge and experience toward apprenticeship pro-grams. Two years ago the school intro-duced a successful program called T.A.S.K. Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge.
T.A.S.K. is an innova-tive educational part-nership between EMCS, School District 62, and Camosun College. The Program provides stu-dents with an opportu-nity to pursue further
training at Camosun College through the South Island Partner-ship Program (funded by SD62), or a second-ary school appren-ticeship. Students will explore a variety of trades including car-pentry, drywall, electri-cal, plumbing, painting, metal fabrication, sheet metal, and welding.
T.A.S.K. Program delivery is somewhat different than a regu-lar school program. Students in the Pro-gram will have two instructors, one from Camosun College, the other a qualified high school instructor. Stu-dents will alternate between Camosun Col-lege (for specialized trade instruction), and Edward Milne Com-munity School (daily lessons and hands-on building). T.A.S.K. stu-dents earn 32 credits towards graduation, including dual credits with Camosun College. The program will run full time from February to June 2014.
There is demand for qualified trades-people and high schools are working with industry to prepare students to fill these jobs. The T.A.S.K. Program offers the opportunity to explore a number of trades and earn cred-its toward high school graduation and/or future trades-related education.
Students will be exploring local indus-tries as well as receiv-
ing hands-on expe-rience constructing small sheds and other projects as requested.
If you are interested in having the students in this program con-struct a small project please contact EMCS instructor Blair Hughes, [email protected] or Vice Principal Mike Bobbitt, [email protected] for more information.
There are still spaces available for motivated students in the T.A.S.K. program this Spring. Please contact Mike Bobbitt, Vice Princi-pal at Edward Milne Community School, for more information.
Contact information at: 250-642-5211 or [email protected]
I was disappointed to read an article in the Times Colonist, about increased insurance rates due to lack of fire-fighters going out to the entire public, painting a grim picture. I remem-
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ber a past fire chief doing the same thing to some homes in regard to water pressure and driving up their insur-ance rate.Perhaps sending letters to those properties which may be affected would have been more appro-priate.
Perhaps a well-explained letter would have prompted some citizens to come for-ward to volunteer for firefighting. The chief lives right beside the firehall and another paid firefighter lives up on Ludlow, close to #2 firehall. If, these two firefighers alternated manning #1 firehall and the temporary fire sta-tion at Sunriver was dismantled, those fire-fighters would respond directly to #2 firehall we would have better coverage.
Council responded to the chiefs request to put a temporary sta-tion at Sunriver. These volunteers used to respond directly to #2 hall. Perhaps council needs to revisit that decision.
Work with the peo-ple instead of holding them to ransom with increased taxes and/or increased insurance rates.
Wanting a place for kids to play
The best playground equipment kids can have is other kids.
Sooke needs a big, inexpensive (or free), indoor place where pre-school kids can run around and have fun with each other on rainy days, while their exhausted and impov-erished parents (and grandparents) sit and do nothing.
The Sooke Commu-nity Association has generously allowed a group of pre-schoolers parents to rent the big hall for a nominal sum ($50) this Wednesday, January 15, from 9:30
11:30 a.m. as a trial to measure interest in a regular venue for unstructured play. If we get a good turnout and can demonstrate the long term need, we will be approaching council with a request for fund-ing for this and other child-friendly activities and amenities.
We invite caregivers to bring the kids (we are hoping for a loonie or a toonie each), and come out to network and brainstorm what Sooke can offer to keep pre-school kids busy. We usually organize free outdoor activities, like cooking cinnamon buns in the cob oven at the Sunriver Commu-nity Garden, toy truck races on the bike park at SEAPARC or just run-ning loose at Fred Milne ball park, but we need a place for cold, windy, wet days.
Provincially funded Strong Start serves a great need, but when several daycares show up with five kids each, in addition to parents with kids, the place is packed beyond capac-ity. We also need fenced parks, so parents can sit and socialize with-out having to chase a bolting two-year-old into the street.
Sooke need not struggle with compet-ing interests for its identity; our children unify us. Come join us at the community hall on Wednesday. We will organize to advocate for a child friendly Sooke.
Visibility saves lives
It was a dark and stormy night in Sooke and sometimes not so stormy but dark never the less. We are halfway through winter and the minutes of daylight are added each day but the treacherous man-ner pedestrians take to walking in the dusk and dark causes me to be
concerned for them as I shake my head in dis-belief.
Dark coats (some with hoods up), dark pants, dark footwear. Some with headphones on or preoccupied with electronic devices. No effort made to make themselves visible.
The worst sce-nario, for which I would of been respon-sible as the driver, was two people dressed as mentioned, not facing oncoming traffic, walk-ing after midnight on a winding pre-Sooke stretch of highway which was hugging a rock wall. They were at the very edge of the gravel portion of the road walking in the fog. I was tempted to stop and alert them of the picture they presented to drivers but there was no safe pullover for me and I did not know if it would be a welcome conversation.
Solutions to increas-ing visibility can eas-ily be accessed at the local stores in the form of flashlights, arm or leg bands, safety vests, yellow raingear. For the price of a latte, people need (to) think of the worst that could hap-pen and then grab one of these enroute out the door with keys in the other hand. There is no end to the illumina-
tion gear for camping, sporting activities and dog walking which can be utilized with some creativity and attached to outdoor clothing to keep hands free if need be.
For the past two years, in October, the Town of Sidney distrib-utes a limited amount of free reflective arm-bands to residents. How ever this is funded escapes me but is a proactive way to shift peoples thinking with a practical gesture. Sid-ney is lit up like New York city compared to Sooke at night and geo-graphically is as flat as the Prairies.
The giveaway is a reminder to take responsibilty for ones own safety and not create a potential haz-ard for drivers. All too often it is the reckless party who is not injured but the party avoiding the collision who expe-riences the greater loss.
Consider amenities worth
In considering gov-ernment charges for development of private property it is essen-tial to look at different
types of charges and the morality of each.
Some charges may be for providing con-nections for services such as sewer and water, that seems fair though cost recovery through onging usage charges should be con-sidered. Construction of public streets and roads is a similar dis-cussion, in the present system of government providing them there is a question of increasing capacity of main roads some will claim the increased traffic justi-fies charging develop-ers, but that ignores the huge amount of tax rev-enue from developed property and struc-tures on it.
Some negative-minded people claim there is a social cost
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Committee MeetingVisioning Exercise & Presentation by Tania Tripp, R.P.Bio. on Sensitive Ecosystem MappingShirley Community Hall2795 Sheringham Point Road, Shirley, BCJanuary 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Public Welcome to AttendFor further information or to add your email to our contact list or to submit comments on the draft OCP, please email [email protected] or call 250.642.1500. We will send reminder notices of upcoming Citizens Committee meetings and events.
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We have officially been in winter for almost a month now. Gardens have been put too bed and spring bulbs planted and mulched in anticipa-tion of a beautiful show when they awake from winter sleep. But just a minute ... not every-thing is sleeping! Gar-deners who planted winter veggie crops in late summer are well on their way to, or already are, enjoying the greens of their labor.
Indeed, when it comes to growing food, we could all stand to become a bit more self-sufficient. A good first step would be to take note of and reflect on what is going on around us and in our garden, and learn from Mother Nature herself.
This is permaculture: designing and working with a plan that mimics the natural process of nature. Erik Bjornsen, Victoria landscape spe-cialist and advocate for food security and sus-tainability, puts it this way, Permaculture can help you understand how to holistically turn your garden and land-scape into an abundant natural ecosystem. It can also create huge benefits, not only for your garden, but for you personally.
The word permac-ulture was coined in the late 1970s by an Australian university professor, Bill Mollison, and his grad student, David Holmgren. They had concluded that industrial-agricultural methods were poison-
ing the land and water, reducing biodiversity, and removing billions of tons of topsoil from previously fertile land-scapes. Permaculture initially meant perma-nent agriculture but was soon expanded
to mean permanent culture, incorporating social aspects that were deemed integral to a truly sustainable sys-tem. In short, perma-culture can be viewed as the harmonious inte-gration of people into
the landscape, allowing the land to grow in rich-ness, productivity and beauty. Its a philoso-phy that draws people to work with rather than against nature.
Permaculture is the topic of this months
meeting of the Sooke Garden Club, and Erik Bjornsen is guest speaker. Educated and long-experienced in field of permaculture, Erik will discuss the principles underlying this philosophy and explain, among other things, how using this approach can reduce the amount of work needed to maintain a garden while simulta-neously increasing the gardens productivity.
If you are interested in growing food, creat-ing habitat for pest con-trol, working smarter rather than harder, conserving water, cre-ating your own mulch and fertilizer, and sit-ting back and watch-ing a healthy ecosys-tem unfold before your eyes ... then permacul-
ture will be of interest to you! And what better time to start planning for the growing year ahead, including next winters veggie crops?
Please join us Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 p.m., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Townsend Road.
Existing member-ships are due for renewal, and new members are always welcome. Annual fee is $15. Enjoy informa-tive presentations and discussions, in-house plant sales and parlour shows, summer garden parties, and the cama-raderie of others who share an interest in gar-dening. For more infor-mation, email [email protected] or phone Rose at 250-642-5509.
Garden Club: Permaculture, working with Mother Nature
Traditional Robbie Burns dinner being preparedPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
He was only 37 year old when he died in 1796 but Scots and poetry lovers have celebrated his life every year since on his birthday, January 25. Who, may you wonder, gets such celebration and tribute? Well, it be the bard Robbie Burns. His life is celebrated with traditional dinners of haggis and neeps, drinks of whisky and the reciting of poems.
This year, the Robbie Burns dinner will be held on Sunday, January 26, just a night past the poets birth-day. The Sooke Pipes and Drums will pipe in the hag-gis and lead the evening with toasts, boasts and laughs. While some parts of the evening will be formal, most of the formalities are fun. Its an opportunity to wear your kilt, sport the tar-tan and be a wee bit Scot-tish for the night.
There are some tips for those men who may want to don a kilt for the first time. Try to practice sit-
ting, standing and bending in your kilt. When you sit down, make sure the front of the kilt falls between your legs to avoid embarrass-ment for anyone facing you. When you stand up, sweep your hand over the back of your kilt to make sure the pleats are flat. Weigh your sporran down and have fun.
The evening is a major
fund-raiser for the Sooke Pipes and Drums band and is usually well attended by those with and with-out Scottish blood cursing through their veins. The evening will have a live and silent auction with lots of good donated items.
Brenda Parkinson, band manager, said the band per-forms at 20-25 events a year,
most of them in Sooke.Youd be surprised how
many people ask for them for weddings, she said. They also do Robbie Burns events at Ayre Manor Lodge and the Rotary lunch, as well as the dinner at the Legion.
The Robbie Burns din-ner takes place at the Sooke Legion, Branch #54. Cock-
tails at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. Tickets are avail-able at the Legion bar.
Things you may not know:
American music legend Bob Dylan selected Burns 1794 song A Red, Red Rose when asked for the source of his greatest creative inspiration.
A translation of My
Hearts in the Highlands was adopted as the march-ing song of the Chinese resistance fighters in the Second World War.
After Queen Victoria and Christopher Colum-bus, Robert Burns has more statues dedicated to him around the world than any other non-religious figure, 10,000 went to his funeral.
Burns fathered at least 12 children with four differ-ent women during his short 37 year lifetime. His young-est child, Maxwell, was born on the day of his funeral.
Robbie Burns Dinner details
When: Sunday, January 26
Where: Sooke Legion Branch 54, 6726 Eustace Road
Time: Cocktail: 5 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m.Tickets: Legion bar, $35
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Instructed by Roadmasters Safety GroupFee: $240 Location: WestShore Annex Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 - 5:00 pmJan 18 & 19 Feb 15 & 16 Mar 15 & 16 Mar 29 & 30 Apr 12 & 13 Apr 26 & 27 May 17 & 18 Jun 21 & 22
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Residential Construction - a new careers focused program at Belmont for February 2014Belmont has a new program called Residential Construction which will be offered full time second semester (February 3 to June 26, 2014) depending upon enrolment.Residential Construction is open to Grade 11 and 12 students who are interested in learning carpentry fundamentals in preparation for entry into the trade. Students will receive up to 20 high school credits including Work Experience 12.
This program will be based out of the Belmont Secondary School and will put theory into practice through construction of free standing structures such as garages, garden/tool sheds, barns, concrete form work and models of certain framing details e.g. rafters and stairs.
For more information and registration details please contact Nadine Nicholson in Belmont's Career Counselling Office at 250-478-5501 ext 353. or [email protected]
WestShore Centre for Learning and Training has evolved over its 27 year history to become the Western Communitys leader in Continuing Education, Distributed Learning and Alternative Education. From its humble beginnings competing with community colleges offering basic adult education courses out of Belmont Senior Secondary, to its first permanent location on the campus of Royal Roads to present day, boasting four campuses. With program locations ranging from the main campus on Goldstream Avenue in downtown Langford to the Yellow House Education Centre in Port Renfrew, the success of students has enabled our organization to provide quality educational services to 3000 students this past calendar year.
WestShore Centre for Learning and Training is a School District #62, school of choice providing innovative education and training opportunities for youth and adults in the Western Communities. Open twelve months a year, we offer programming to students from morning to evening, striving to meet the diversity of needs required by students in our fast paced and technology driven workplace and world.
WestShores Continuing Education courses and programs provide opportunities for adults to receive training and certification in a variety of employment sectors as well as fast track programs designed for adults to complete the Dogwood Adult Graduation program. We also offer a variety of courses for students to upgrade for college or university entrance.
WestShores Distributed Learning division (Juan De Fuca Distributed Learning) provides on-line and paper-based courses for students of all ages and offering the most flexible and self-paced option to students to receive course credits. Students can choose to work from home in either an on-line or paper-based course or they can drop in from morning to evening at our Storefront location to receive one on one support from certified teachers in any course we offer.
WestShores Alternative Education school (Byte Alternative) provides dynamic cohort programs for youth ages 14 to 18 with a focus on community engagement, strength-based and co-operative learning opportunities through the implementation of technology in creative and meaningful ways to engage youth in critical thinking skills and processes that will prepare them for the workplaces of tomorrow