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SOOKE NEWSM I R R O RChange of heart brings funding back to SRTAPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
It was the mayors pre-rogative to bring an deci-sion back to council and he did it.
Mayor Wendal Milne used his privilege to bring back the Sooke Region Tourism Association (SRTA) service agreement decision at the regular council meeting on May 27. Council had previ-ously voted against fund-ing SRTA with a requested amount of $23,000.
SRTA, when applying for the grant, neglected to include all of the finan-cial information requested by the Community Grant Review Committee. The committee, and later coun-cil, wanted to know where and how the grant funds had been spent in the previ-ous year.
In re-considering the grant funding, Councillor Kerrie Reay, head of the grant review committee, said incomplete information led to the denial of funding and now that all of the infor-mation was included and reviewed, she would be in favour of granting the fund-ing.
Coun. Bev Berger said, this was a hard decision. Not having the information is huge. She also said she still had some issues with some of the line items, stat-ing that the district cannot be seen to support specific businesses.
Coun. Rick Kasper ques-tioned the obvious mention
of three specific businesses in some publications. He said if a business was sin-gled out, they usually paid for part of the advertising costs.
Lyle Markham, speaking for STA, said the articles were written by the publi-cations themselves and the businesses were cherry-picked.
Kasper said that the dis-trict could not be seen as subsidizing businesses and if SRTA was promoting the whole community, why werent all of the accom-modations listed. He also questioned why only a very small portion of the costs were covered by business.
Its not fair to the tax-payer, said Kasper. He felt more businesses should be included other than the few mentioned who are mem-bers of SRTA and whose owners are on the execu-tive.
Mayor Milne said he wanted to bring it back because of the need to pro-mote Sooke.
Im in favour of more consultation and scrutiny, he said.
SRTAs funding is depen-dent on support from the local level. The $23,000 fee for service funding is matched by Tourism Van-couver Island. Their pro-jected yearly budget is $58,468, with the major expenses being a television campaign with Black Ball Transport, videos, website maintenance, brochures and tourist guides.
The district and SRTA will enter into a five-year agree-ment, with budgets set each year.
Markham said, were not adversaries, and Mayor Milne agreed stating, were all in this together.
In other council business, council vote unanimously to approve the 48 Hour Building Permit Application Checklist to be followed when applying for a 48 Hour Building Permit.
The 48 hour permit appli-cation applies to one/two family residential building permit applications.
The permit will be issued providing the application is complete. It places the responsibility on the builder to ensure proper documen-tation and completeness of information prior to apply-ing for a building permit.
All of the applications need to be in compliance with zoning, the Building Code, Building Bylaw and Development Permit or Variance issues.
The format of the 48 Hour Building Permit processing procedure has been set up to work with the existing building bylaws to reduce municipal liability through the Municipal Insurance Association (MIA). The move to the MIA is basically to shift the responsibility of liability arising from the local authority and place it primarily on the owner and registered professional.
The 48 Hour Building Per-mit Application is fashioned after one used in Langford.
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Avatar Grove now more accessibleFive volunteers with the Ancient Forest Alliance at the first viewing platform they built by Canadas Gnarliest Tree in the Upper Grove of Avatar Grover in Port Renfrew. There is still more work to be done there but theyre off to a good start.
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In last weeks issue we published the responses of re-elected NDP MLA JohnHorgan and Lib-eral candidate Ker-rie Reay. Following is the response by Carlos Serra, Green Party can-didate.
There is an element of the surreal in an elec-tion campaign. At times the process feels like a prolonged job inter-view in which you are expected to present hope to everyone and doubt to no one. At other times the past four weeks felt like a guerrilla marketing campaign where I was the product in the midst of a desperate fire sale. Regardless, the process reveals little about the candidates aside from their ability to answer a few questions and organize the set up and take down of posters. We probably do a more thorough job checking into the backgrounds
and competencies of our plumbers than we do the integrity and convictions of our can-didates. People vote for parties, not candi-dates, or so I was told as I entered the recent election.
Yet, successful poli-tics, like any other occu-pation, is determined not by membership in a party or employment in one particular corpo-ration, but by the char-acter of the candidate or employee which exists at times despite the party or company. If this is true then con-stituents should scru-tinize candidates with equal or greater rigor as we do platforms, and rather than party slogans or personal pic-tures, perhaps election signs should present a character reference.
I was reminded at the end of the campaign that this is the 21st Century and the era of nasty politics. We want
to know that someone is good but quickly for-get such banality; the negative stays with us longer, at least until the final election day. Politics should not be in the same reality as gossip, but the dynam-ics of effective politi-cal campaigning are beginning to resemble the latter and while we may be somewhat sea-
soned at maneuvering the maze of lies, half lies, half truths and the rare truth found in everyday gossip, we are less skilled at deal-ing with the short term effects of smear tactics found in modern politi-cal campaigns, provin-cially and especially federally.
Change is such a rare event in politics in part
because of the status quo bias, which states that we feel X amount of regret when we act as usual and it turns out wrong, but feel X+ regret when we act in a new way and things turn out not as we hoped. We vote not on the basis of hope, but on the basis of reducing feelings of regret, and the most obvious way
of avoiding regret+ is not to vote at all, which approximately 65 per cent of eligible voters in the Juan de Fuca riding chose to do in this past election.
The good news? Theres always 2017.
In last weeks issue, a production glitch did not carry the full story to page 2. Here is the story in its entirety.
Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Views to the Strait of Juan de Fuca are rarely visible along the stretch of road past Jor-dan River, but now the water is visible amid the noise of logging equipment and chain saws.
District Lot 569, one of the properties owned by Ender Ilkay, is being logged by a partnership between the Pacheedaht First Nation and Anderson Pacific Forest Products and managed by Queesto Community Forest.
Heres the fact, said Ender Ilkay. When the zoning applica-
tion was turned down, myself and my partners thought we would give it six months to see if any level of government would step forward. We gave it 18 months as we looked for a solution. This was not a knee jerk reaction. Weve been dealing with this for five years. Its just time.
Angus Hope, P.Eng., RPF, heading the log-ging of the property said they bought the timber on the stump on DL 569 from Ilkay.
Some of the timber will be destined for overseas markets, but most of it will remain on the domestic market for plywood, pulp and specialty logs.
Not a lot will be exported, said Hope. No cedar, no fir. The lower quality logs may be exported. He added
that any logs heading overseas had to pass the provincial surplus test before they go out.
Logging is expected to take another month and so far there hasnt been any word or action from those same environmental groups who protested Ilkays plans for a resort.
Its been relatively quiet with the long weekend, said Hope. We may start hearing something.
He said Ilkay had three choices and that was to develop it, log it or sell it.
If you cant change the zoning, you have to use it for what its zoned for, said Hope.
Buffers will be cre-ated on the lower end of the lot, 50 metres off the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Buffers will also be created around creeks in the block and to within 10 metres of the bottom of the lot.
There is also logging taking place across the highway from Lot 569, also being done by Pacheedaht Ander-sen Timber Holdings Ltd. (PATH). The 50-50 partnership is keeping everybody working, said Hope. This means they dont have to take the logs to the other side of the Island.
PATH is the new owner of Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 61. This TFL is a subdivision of Block 1 from TFL 25. There is no private land attached to this TFL.
PATH is a partnership between the Pacheed-aht First Nation, located in Port Renfrew and Andersen Timber, a private family-owned company in Vancouver. This partnership will be managed by their Gen-eral Partner, Queesto
Community Forest Ltd.I am surprised but
not shocked that they are logging. We had a choice between buying the land for park, pre-serving 85 per cent of the land and building cabins on the remain-der, or clear-cutting all of the land. We only gave Mr. Ilkay the option of clear-cutting and that is what we will have to live with every 50 years, said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks. In the end Hicks had voted against the rezoning application.
I said it all along, stated Ilkay, this was not my first choice by any stretch of the imag-ination.
Ilkay and his part-ners are looking at their costs to date which are approx. $6-million.
SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS 3
The full story: Marine Trail lot being logged
Logging on Block 569.
OPEN HOUSEPublic inPut is being
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the annual fundRaiseR for the sooke Philharmonic Orchestra is a gardeners delight. the sooke secret Garden tour takes place on June 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tickets at shoppers drug Mart.
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cOMe tO a dinner/show at the sooke legion on June 1, featuring the canadian classic country crooner b.K. Morrison, tickets at the legion bar.
this is a fundraiser for the sooke food bank.
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The story of the Port Renfrew Hotel barIf youve been in the
Port Renfrew Hotel since it was rebuilt after the 2003 fire, entering through the lounge, youd have noticed a spectacular slab of Douglas-fir, welcoming the hotels bar patrons. Measuring 22 4 long, 30 wide and 4deep, it is a showpiece.
Almost a decade ago, I was one of a group standing watching the falling of the seven-foot diameter Douglas-fir that stood as a sentinel at the entrance into the beginnings of the Sun River development on the old Phillips farm. Years ago, a team of fall-ers would have used a two-man crosscut saw to fell a tree of such a size, but with the use of power saws in recent times, this stately Douglas-fir presented a different sort of chal-lenge.
Troy Lovbakke was one of the fallers given the task, and he worked in tandem with Lance Lajeunesse and Bud Beam. The men started with 33 bars on their Husqvarna saws, mov-ing on finally to saws with 52 bars. The belts of the high rig-
gers could not encircle the bulk of the tree but they managed to get a steadying anchor cable in place to secure it from falling across Phil-lips Road. A pneumatic jack was used as well
but could not withstand the weight. Finally two 40-ton screw jacks were required for the tree to be laid down safely in an area so near to a public road and houses. It was near nightfall by
the time the gigantic tree came down with a resounding crash.
None of us bystand-ers knew the next step in the route ahead for the centuries-old Douglas-fir. Bucked into lengths, the tree was trucked to Mike War-burtons mill on Otter Point Road. While some of the tree was conk, as feared, much of the lumber was likely used in construction and were not certain where those lengths are today. We do know that Mike used a six-inch dou-ble cut saw 24-feet in length to shape the slab specially ordered by the hotel to be cut from this massive old-growth specimen.
While no longer tow-ering aloft, this section of the Douglas-fir lives on today, still a prize of the rainforest as it attracts the attention of hotel guests, its patina showing off the fabric of its grain - a bit of our West Coast culture still.
Elida Peers, Historian
Sooke Region Museum
This 1925 view shows Ed and Jack Phillips with their double bitted axes doing the undercut on a Douglas-fir that was substantially smaller than the one we have written about.
SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS 5
On May 17, on the 7000 block of Maple Park Terrace, Sooke RCMP supported by the Island District Emer-gency Response Team executed a search war-rant.
The search warrant was for a weapons offense contrary to an existing order. The police found a vari-ety of drugs, includ-ing crystal meth, mari-juana and some other
items, and about $2,500 cash on hand. The ser-vices of the Emergency Response Team was not required.
Charges were laid against 33-year-old Brent Barry Bruce Brown. A second per-son from the same residence was also arrested, and charges are pending. Brown was held in custody and later released.
On Thursday night,
May 23, 15 cars were broken into in the Sun-river area, and these were reported to the police on May 24 and 25.
Someone was arrested in another jurisdiction, and items stolen from the vehicles in Sooke were found on that person.
Found among the stolen items was a set of car keys, presum-ably left in the vehicle.
This is a reminder to car owners not to leave valuables in the car. Keys are considered valuables.
With EMCS grad night upcoming, Staff Sergeant Stephen Wright alerts parents to the dangers of hosting under-age after-grad parties where alcohol is served. Parent can be charged under the Liquor Act, and this charge includes a man-
datory court appear-ance. He encourages parents to support dry grad parties. Other words of advise are to know where your kids are, ensure they have a phone with them so they can call for help or for a ride, and to be without judgement in the moment. Reserve any words of wisdom for the following day, when cooler heads pre-vail.
Weve got talent here at Poirier!
Last week on the afternoon of Thursday, May 16 we had our Talent Show. We had sing-ers, dancers, piano playing, comedy skits and more we had it all.The show began at 1 p.m. and the teachers hosting it were very busy.
A special thanks to Mrs. Blatchford for organizing this years Talent Show and all the talent shows in the past. We thank you! The grade 4-5s were the stars of the show and the younger grades look for-ward to starring in the show when they get old enough. Thank you to everyone for bringing in a non-perishable food item for theSooke Food Bank because we know their supplies are running low.
Our school participated
in Music Monday! We sang the I.S.S. (Is Somebody Sing-ing) along with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield via a live link form the Interna-tional Space Station.Our prin-cipal told us we made history! Our choir then walked around our town ofSooke singing and sharing our music with oth-ers.Lots of people told us we were great singers and Mme. Arts and Mme. Robertson had big smiles on their faces because they organized the whole event.
The kids at the Monitor Thank You Sleepover had a lot of fun on Thursday eve-ning. The principal, Mrs. Sza-dkowski was very pleased that they all had as much fun as they did and told us we were all amazing monitors and the school couldnt run
without us. When the kids got to the school they put their stuff in the multi-purpose room and played outside. Ms. Laidlaw came out and blew an air horn to get the kids atten-tion, she did the attendance and made sure everyone was there, then we went to Jour-ney middle school to see their concert.The Journey kids put on a good show!After the con-cert the kids from Poirier went back and did some games in the gym. One they played was they had to put a ping-pong ball on a plastic spoon and race around a cone then back to their group. Another was we had to pick up ten fruit loops on a piece of dry spa-ghetti. Then the kids gotglow sticks and got to play outside in the dark. If there were more ways to play the kids would
have loved it.When the kids came inside
they got their teeth brushed and got their pyjamas on to get ready for bed. They watched The Lorax and ate popcorn and drank chocolate milk. In the morning Mrs.Sza-dkowski woke up the kids up with an air horn. The kids got packed and ready forpj day at the school.We got pancakes, waffles, watermelon and grape juice for breakfast.
I had tons of fun said Jamie Horan, I hope we can do it again!
We have started to prac-tice for Track and Field events like shot put, relay, high jump, long jump and sprinting and well talk about that more in our next column.
Bryanne Thomson and Evan Pasemko
Vehicle break-ins continue to plague Sooke RCMP
Students at Ecole Poirier report on their news
Radio communications got a boost in the Shirleyareathanks to a new paging repeater and the collaboration of theShirley Fire Department,Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommu-nications (CREST), Western For-est Products, BC Hydro, CRDs radio technologist Peter Breen, MLA JohnHorgan and Regional Director Mike Hicks.
The repeater was installed onto an existing BC Hydro tower, situated on Western Forest Products land by the Capital
Regions emergency communi-cations provider, CREST Inc.
The new repeater extends coverage and will make a huge difference for fire and rescue personnel relying on pagers to call them out for emergency services, says CREST general managerGord Horth.Given its remote location, solar panels will provide the power needed to operate the equipment.Were expecting a vast improvement, said Shirley fire chief Marty Gil-bertson. The new service will
be a great benefit to us, partic-ularly for those firefighters in hard to reach areas. We used to have blind spots where mem-bers werent able to get page-out calls.
This is a classic example of everyone working in one direc-tion with a terrific outcome said Hicks.I want to thank everyone and especiallyC.R.E.S.T for rec-ognizing the problem and invest-ing in the solution.
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Did you know that all of the worker bees are female, that they live for about six weeks, and that one bee produces 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? These female worker bees are equipped with a stinger which, if engaged, sees her ultimate demise. The males, or drones, are sans-stinger and their only job is to sit around and procreate. And the queen bee, who can live for up to five years, lays up to 2,500 eggs per day.
Sookes own honey
farm, Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Mead-ery, celebrated National
Honey Bee Awareness Day in style on May 25.
On the tour, co-
owner Bob Liptrot showed how the honey was extracted from the hive, and dis-cussed the process of making mead. He also discussed the impor-tance of maintaining the health of the bee and, as an old-fashion beekeeper with more than 35 years of experi-ence, Lipton continues the tradition of feeding bees with their own pollen and honey.
Back at the tasting room, co-owner Dana LeCompte offered mead tastings along with an informed description. Needless to say, that was a popu-
lar, post-tour gathering spot.
And outside, as expected, bees hummed busily about, too busy with their own labours to bother with the curious humans mulling about.
Honey bee awareness day well received in Sooke
Britt Santowski photo
Bob Lipton shows how the honey is gently extracted from the hive using this honey extractor.
Spotless beachHarbours District Girl Guides spent the morning of
May 11 at the beach cleaning it.Approximately 30 girls met at Ed Macgregor Park to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.The original location was to be Billings Spit but a survey of the site revealed a spotless beach, so efforts were transferred to the beach underneath the boardwalk. In two hours the girls col-lected 70 pounds of garbage, ranging from tiny bits of glass to a soaking wet sleeping bag and everything in between.Sooke Disposal provided the bin and picked up the garbage and the District of Sooke supplied gloves and garbage bags.
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Looking BackA look through the
Sooke News Mirror archives:
May 28, 2008OCP: snap-shot of
If the Sooke Official Community Plan sur-vey results say any-thing, it is that Sooke is a good place to live.
Respondents, 1,600 of them, filled in the youth and adult sur-veys indicating their views on such issues as: transportation, housing priorities, growth initia-tives, as well as their likes and dislikes in the community.
Both groups (youth and adult) liked the small town, friendly people, and the access to nature and the ocean.
Twenty-eight percent of youth respondents said they did not feel safe in their neighbour-hoods, citing roads with no lighting, for-ested areas, and wildlife as things of concern.
Adults indicated the downtown appearance, traffic ingestion, lack of shopping, one road in, and lack of sideways as the top five things they disliked about Sooke.
May 28, 2003Sooke nets $11.6
million for sewersFinally!
After almost three years of applications and lobbying by many, the District of Sooke was rewarded by the announcement last Thursday the munici-pality would be receiv-ing a Canada-British Columbia Infrastruc-ture Program grant for about $11.6 million for the proposed $17.4 mil-lion community sewer project.
The project had been an initiative of Sookes first council. The proj-ect will include a collec-tion system and a treat-ment plant. The plant will provide secondary treatment with disin-fection. A timeline for the project has not yet been set.
May 27, 1998Rough estimate
shows incorporation would make average taxes jump by $93
Taxpayers would have to shell out about $93 more annually is Sooke were to become an incorporated munic-ipality, according to a draft interim report presented to the Sooke Incorporation Review Committee Thursday.
The report is based on obtaining the same level of service as cur-rently provided.
The analysis has been based on the Sooke core area, and costs and revenues of the outlying study area to the north of the core have yet to be factored.
The final report is expected to be com-
pleted later this year.
May 26, 1993Thieves rob promi-
Sooke MLA Rick Kasper was the most prominent victim of a string of brazen break-and-enters in Saseenos last week.
A thief, or thieves, snuck in the ground floor kitchen window of the Kaspers home May 19 while he and his wife were sleeping, and made off with a wallet and a purse, a ghetto blaster, car keys and Kaspers car.
The home of noted Sooke resident Elida Peers was hit the same night, and a few other homes in the vicinity have also been hit.
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EDITORIAL Rod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorBritt Santowski 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
B.C. Views Like those Japanese soldiers who
didnt hear about the end of World War II, the militant fringe that con-trols the B.C. Teachers Federation is digging in for endless battle against the B.C. government.
Their nemesis, Premier Christy Clark, reiterated last week that seek-ing a 10-year agreement with the BCTF is a top priority when the leg-islature is recalled this summer.
The current one-year truce ends June 30. The BCTF grudgingly agreed to that extension last year, then ran TV ads calling for an NDP govern-ment that promised concessions and union bosses on both sides of the negotiating table.
You know, I may be a lame duck, outgoing BCTF president Susan Lam-bert crowed to cheering classroom-warfare radicals at the unions con-vention in March, but I think Chris-tys goose is cooked.
Well never know how much this sort of gloating contributed to the epic collapse of the NDP, champion of public sector union members whose pay and benefits make them the new upper class.
But I can tell you the prospects for sparing children from this ideologi-cal warfare are not good.
Last week the B.C. Court of Appeal handed down an ivory-tower deci-sion that upheld the right of teach-
ers to bring their union demands into the classroom in the form of posters, buttons and black armbands that to some self-absorbed teachers sym-bolize the death of education.
During the election campaign, The Globe and Mail carried a story on one of those mock elections held in schools around the province. An ele-mentary-level student was quoted as saying she voted against the B.C. Liberals because Clark caused a teachers strike.
If this kid was talking about the most recent strike, I wonder where she got that idea. In a negotiating performance that was appalling even by BCTF standards, Lambert and her team conducted months of disruptive work-to-rule action before they could even articulate a wage and benefit demand. When they finally did, it was outrageously out of touch with reality.
An indication of how the unions ruling class wants to conduct itself in the classroom can be found in the latest issue of the BCTF news-letter to its members. Joanna Lar-son, president of the Prince Rupert union local, contributes an article headlined: What kind of citizen do we hope to graduate from our K-12 public schools?
Larson first quotes the educa-tion ministrys current goals. They include preparing citizens who are creative, flexible, self-motivated, and who have a positive self-image.
Another goal is citizens who are skilled and who can contribute to society generally, including the world of work.
Larson then mocks these goals, as follows:
Essentially, the Ministry of Educa-tion has a vision of citizens who will maintain the status quo, not rock the boat, and participate on a superficial level in aspects of political and soci-etal change. It doesnt challenge indi-viduals to take direct action against exploitation, marginalization and violence.
In case you missed the political message, Larson later asserts: The educated citizens we graduate from our schools cannot just be content to wear a pink shirt once a year. Educated, engaged citizens must be willing to take direct action to change and shape our society for the better.
What is this ghastly status quo that must be challenged by direct action? In these campus-radical screeds, the final answer is gener-ally the same: capitalism. This call to arms is a blend of the NDP election platform and a rant from the Occupy Vancouver squat of a couple of years ago.
Its no wonder we hear of students making BCTF picket signs in art class.
Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com
BCTF digs in for endless war
Public process appears flawed
Sometimes one has to wonder why public input sessions are ever held. In many cases, the decisions have already been made and it seems the public part of the process is just for show. It wont change any minds.
Three examples come to mind. An off-leash dog park which will run through a residential area, and a bike skills park and horseshoe pitch in John Phillips Memorial Park.
Each of these are things we could use in Sooke, but why is it the taxpayers (through the
District of Sooke) are all of a sudden responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and associated costs? The district paid $3,600 for a plan for the bike park which we havent seen yet, the district will pay for fencing for the off-leash park and the district
is giving the horseshoe club about half an acre for use by the private club and thinking about building them some parking.
If this were truly a democratic process then decisions would be reserved to the end of the public process. Council appears so eager to please everyone that they say yes to them all.
Of course there is need. Of course people need recreational opportunities. Of course it is all of us who pay for others to play.
The district and council needs to seriously consider where they are spending the taxpayers money. Much of the present council ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and now it seems that was just the right thing to say, because it doesnt appear to be the right thing to do. Everything costs money, except the promises. Our priorities should be to infrastructure, not fun structures.
Everything costs money, except the promises.
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Slow response from OSMV
Alan Perry gave an outstanding presen-tation to the seniors group here recently (see the Sooke News Mirror, May 15 pg. 5). I was particularly inter-ested in the DriveABLE program. On Septem-ber 23, I first learned about it when I received a letter from the Office of the Superinten-dent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) asking me to get a medical frommy doctor, do the Drive-ABLE program and pos-sibly take a driving test. Im82 and I didnt think Id have any trouble withthat.
That was about eight months ago and Ihave yet to receive a letter from the OSMVadvis-ing that Im okay to drive. When Alan phoned me the next day to say that he checked and I had passed. I still havent heard anything from the OSMV. They advised me not to drive untilI heard from them.
The good and bad about Sooke
Last week I visited Sooke from Edmonton and experienced the good side of your com-munity. I required med-ical attention and was very courteously and professionally taken
care of by the welcom-ing staff of the Harbour Family Medical Clinic. I am very grateful to them and feel that they demonstrate the best caring aspects of your town towards a tourist in need.
The less pleasant aspect of my visit was what made me need medical care. I was bitten at the Alyard Farm Beach by an out of control local dog, Boomer, permitted to run off leash on the beach and indifferent to the people trying to control it and its com-panion. Alarmingly, the custodians of these dogs had an infant and toddler in their party, and I can only wonder about the childrens safety or that of other vulnerable people in light of the aggressive behaviour of these dogs. The potential harm to young children is troubling to contem-plate.
Ironically, there is a clear sign on the beach approach about leash-ing dogs. Even if disre-garded when the area is quiet, I expect that the dog owner should be able to restrain and control their animal when others approach to use the area.
I can testify to the quite painful conse-quences of this not happening and hope that your readers will take heed and control their dogs properly. Sooke and the GVRD
do an excellent job of promoting tourism and providing outstanding recreational opportuni-ties for visitors. I would hate to see their hard work undermined by the careless behaviour of some reckless dog owners.
A dog bite is not my favourite souvenir of your beautiful region.
Denis Haughey Edmonton
No need for another dog park
I cannot understand why we need an off-leash dog park. There are many places in and around Sooke that already are people/dog parks.
Whiffin Spit is one such spot where dogs can run, jump, play and swim to their hearts content while still under effective control by their owners. Whif-fin Spit already has all the amenities that any dog and its owner could wish.
One of the biggest things that bothers me is that if an official off-leash dog park is cre-ated, wasting taxpay-ers money, is that by creating such an area it could lead to areas in Sooke where dogs will be banned from being off leash or just being banned completely.
We moved here from Victoria 15 years ago
to get away from such rules and regulations. If anybody here wants an off-leash dog park they should move to Victo-ria or elsewhere where such areas are already mandated by the local government. In reality they should have con-sidered this when they chose to move here.
We do not need more rules and regulations, and we certainly do not need more fences we need less fences.
It would be greatly appreciated that when people move here to Sooke that they leave their Victoria or big city attitudes back where they came from and enjoy the freedom that we do have here in this wonderful town.
Thomas and Storm Kowalchuk
Wreaking havoc in the woods
It is interesting to see how the news every-where (not just in the Sooke News Mirror) is being slanted on the clearcut logging being done on Ender Ilkays properties near the Juan de Fuca Trail. The gist of it is: poor Ender had no choice but to clearcut. After all, a man has got to make a buck, or five-million bucks, as the case might be. Apparently bucks are still the
not-to-be-questioned bottom line when deci-sions are being made in our world. Have we not arrived, in a screech-ing head-on collision sort of way, at a point of realization that it is folly to think that it doesnt matter what we destroy (atmosphere, our health, fresh and ocean water, the lives of displaced and poi-soned people, song birds, fish, animals, bees etc.) as long as money is being gener-ated?
At the precise moment when the amount of carbon in our atmosphere has hit an all-time high of 400 ppm (while humans have inhabited the Earth, that is), we are still not questioning making profit at the expense of leveling our dwindling forests of carbon-sequester-ing, oxygen-producing trees.
Why are we so quick to blame environmen-talists for the destruc-tion of these lands? Like a three-year-old who piles his cone with one too many scoops of ice cream and when it
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We asked: What can we do to better promote Sooke as a tourist destination?
Put some flowers on the lamp posts.
Fix up the crumby old build-ing along the road and put
in some sidewalks.
Have more big activities, like all Sooke Days, Art in
the Park and other outdoor activities, so people can
get out and enjoy the day.
Open up little shops on the waterfront.
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topples to the ground yells at his onlooking sibling now look what you made me do there seems to be a blatant and ultimately destruc-tive tendency to place blame elsewhere.
There are always choices that do not involve wreaking havoc. What about selective logging? Donating the land for a park for a large tax receipt? Or (gulp) tak-ing responsibility and acknowledging that land speculation and trying to amass a grand fortune is dicey busi-ness, and not trying to offload the effects of your poor call onto the already pillaged planet?
Jo Phillips and George McFetridge
Solution was there, once
Read your front page story and editorial
referring to the Marine Trail lot.
Brought back memo-ries of when the Lions were spearheading a drive to acquire the portion of the golf course that the city was not getting.
The purpose was to build a seniors extended care facility, respite facility, medi-cal office spaces along with meeting places for seniors and other local groups.
The uproar from some local residents negated that objective, and now that land still sits as an eyesore and an embarrassment.
A letter to the edi-tor this week calls for a home for a seniors drop-in centre.
What a coincidence and shame, that loud voices a few years back prevented what could have been.
Tests are unsuitable
Below are some com-ments on Knowing when its time to hang up the keys, May 15, 2013, for your interest.
Your recent article on B.C.s DriveABLE test may leave your readers with a some-what incomplete understanding of this compulsory screening process for seniors.
As I have not heard the speaker myself, I am unable to say whether the reasons for this are the speakers remarks themselves or possibly inaccurate reporting. Whatever they are, the report falls somewhat short of presenting an accurate, complete or balanced picture of the various steps of the process, and certainly no evidence to support the claim that its objec-tive is keeping safe drivers on the road.
In fact, the two (not one) compulsory stan-dardized virtual tests for seniors but not the actual driving assessment have been widely reviewed and almost universally deemed unsuitable and inappropriate for use as driving ability assessments, except by those who have a vested interest in or material benefit from them, i.e. the provinces of Alberta (where they originated and are in use) and B.C. (where both have become obligatory), and their Albertan inventors.
Those of your read-ers interested in more (and more realistic) information about these controversial tests may wish to con-sult an opinion piece by Black Press colum-nist Brian Kieran, Mon-day Magazine, Oct.27, 2011. Various reports over the years by other Black Press or inde-pendent community papers are easily avail-
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Bylaw No. 570,Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-2)The intent and purpose of Bylaw No 570, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-2) is to rezone the property at 2083 Anna Marie Road, legally described as Lot 9, Section 10, Sooke District, Plan 30302 from Town Centre Mixed Use (CTC) to Large Lot Residential (R1). A Town Centre Commercial zoning was applied to 2083 Anna Marie Road in error in 2008 under Bylaw No. 270, Sooke Zoning Bylaw 2006. This error was identi ed by the owner and staff during the Bylaw No. 600, Sooke Zoning Bylaw 2013 public consultation process. The owner has requested that the error be corrected and that the propertys zoning be returned to Large Lot Residential (R1). As per the owners wishes, the District of Sooke has initiated a rezoning application process to correct the zoning at 2083 Anna Marie Road to its original zoning of R1.
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 June 10, 2013. Please be advised that submissions to Council will become part of the public record.
Copies of the proposed bylaws, and relevant background documents, may be inspected at the of ces of the District of Sooke Planning Department, 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), commencing from May 30, 2013 to and including June 10, 2013 until noon (12 pm).
If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact the Planning Department at (250) 642-1634.
Pursuant to Section 893 of the Local Government Act, notice is hereby given that the Public Hearing concerning the following zoning bylaw amendment has been WAIVED. Bylaw No. 570, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-2) has been given rst and second readings and it is at the intention of the Council of the District of Sooke to give the Bylaw further consideration at the Regular Council meeting scheduled for 7:00 pm, MONDAY, June 10, 2013 in the Council Chamber of the Municipal Hall, 2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke, B.C.
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Jordan River is a haven for many who choose to abandon city life and make their home in the dark forests and seaside community best known for its surf-ing. The lifestyle there is one of a deep abid-ing respect for nature and the outdoors. Its nowhere close to a city and because of that the people who choose to live there are a self-suf-ficient lot, making a liv-ing in the ways that suit them best.
Necessity is the mother of invention, is a proverb of unknown origin, but it is also the impetus for a home-based business in Jor-dan River.
Jordan River Soap-works came about when Candice Suchocki Weir found her skin could not tolerate strong scents and ingre-dients.
I have skin concerns that led to an obvious need to find products I could use, she said.
Lots of natural prod-ucts have ingredients Im allergic to and my products are designed
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Soap making is an
age old industry, with the earliest recorded evidence in 2800 BC in ancient Babylon. These days small batch pro-ducers make artisan soaps using a vast array of ingredients. Gone are the days of tallow and ashes. These days oils such as shea, coconut, olive and palm are used replacing the animal fats used over the cen-turies.
The soaps and body products Weir makes use only essential oils and absolutely no arti-ficial colours or preser-vatives. Nor does she add ingredients for aes-thetic purposes.
Im most proud of my sources, said Weir. I source as many local products as possible.
She uses sea salt from Sooke Sea Salts, beeswax from Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery and seaweed gathered by Dakini Tidal Wilds. A natural clay comes from up Island and peppermint is harvested on her property.
These products have led to one of Weirs best selling soap which is made from sea salt and seaweed and a touch of tea tree oil.
Everything else she
uses is organic and is sustainably har-vested. Her Plain Jane unscented soap is com-pleted neutral using organic natural prod-ucts. Others in the line up include lavender and clay, grapefruit and bergamot, rose gera-nium and hibiscus, as well as peppermint. Body butters and lip
balms are made from cocoa, shea and coco-nut oils. Her workshop may be small, but her aspiration are huge.
Jordan River Soap-works is a young busi-ness, in its first year. Weir makes all the soap and body products in small batches, paying special attention to the packaging. She learned
by trial and error and through books and on-line information. She developed her own rec-ipes and keeps trying, testing, failing and try-ing some more. Its an ongoing process.
She is focussed on grassroots marketing and has her products in 15 shops on the Island, in Vancouver and Kelowna. She attends pop-up markets, which seem to be trending these days offering small businesses an opportunity to expand their market exposure. For the month of June and perhaps longer she will set up a pop-up market in Victoria in the Murchies build-ing. She has seen some success as well at the China town night mar-ket in Vancouver.
The Internet makes it possible to have a home based business in Jordan River, said Weir, and its miles from a major centre. This would be impos-sible without that.
For more information on Jordan River Soap-works, go to: www.jor-danriversoapworks.com and you can find them on Facebook.
Cleaning up in Jordan River naturally
Pirjo Raits photos
Candice Suchocki Weir uses bees wax from Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery in her soapmaking. Left, an assortment of Jordan River Soapworks products.
They come in all
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Come Together features work of East Sooke artistsPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Collaboration has two meanings, the first is to work jointly especially in a literary or artistic production, the second is to cooperate traitor-ously with the enemy. There is no enemy in the upcoming exhibition at the Metchosin Art Gallery (MAG) its the exact opposite. Three strong artistic women, who also happen to be family, are showing their art work
for the month of June at the MAG.East Sooke artists Bonnie Coulter
and Angela Menzies are mother and daughter and they, along with sis-ter and aunt Margaret Heywood, are collaborating in painting large-scale artworks.
Both Coulter and Menzies are known through their participation in the Stinking Fish Studio Tour and the East Sooke Studio Tour. Both women work in their separate stu-dios and each are inspired by the nat-ural beauty of East Sooke. Menzies work is both whimsical and serene, with a healthy scattering of female
Detail from collaborative work, Holding Back the Storm Continued on page 12
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They have collabo-rated on a piece enti-tled, Holding Back the Storm which depicts a child with threatening clouds behind and a dog at his side. Menzies painted the portrait and Coulter the landscape, each contributing what they knew best,
The work solicits dif-ferent responses and a first reaction is one of fear, for the child.
Funny enough, the photo was one of my son laughing, said Menzies.
Menzies explained that the work is about transition and kids as they grow. Its about the anxieties and worry from parents and grandparents as they see the approaching storm of adolescence.
Its the only joint piece in the show, said Menzies.
There will be plenty to look at in the show.
Each of the artists will hang up to 25 works each. Menzies will have a new series called Sizes, which looks at how women perceive themselves when they take the number off the free size.
Its the essence of their personality, said Menzies. She said they are nudes of 23 real women she knows. She asked each of them how they say them-selves if they took their body image out of the equation. The paintings are their answers.
All of the work will hang for the duration of the show, which runs from June 6 to July 7. Opening reception with the artists on June 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. The gal-lery is open Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
The MG is a brand new non-profit gallery located at 4495 Happy Valley Road in Metcho-sin. The 1,000 square foot gallery is located within the old Metcho-sin school library. The MAG is a contemporary art space that supports the local arts commu-nity and offers innova-tive exhibitions, perfor-mances and artist talks.
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The old abandoned resort which was to be built at the Sooke Potholes holds testa-ment to the dreams of another time.
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The Pastor's PenHave you ever been in a situation where everything seems to be falling apart? Perhaps you're there right now. You feel cast adrift, not knowing what is expected of you or where life is going. You were on course and then the winds of change occurred, and suddenly you are in uncharted waters, not sure of where you're heading or what you'll do when you get there. This is definitely how most of us feel at one time or another. Numerous changes and adjustments rock the quiet
little pond of our existence, and though we don't know where it is all going to lead, we do know that we do not like it. We want things back the way they were. We don't like these waves and what they mean. And worst of all, there is nothing We can do about it or is there? As the book of Acts begins, we find Jesus' disciples caught up in their own situation of change. Life with Jesus as they knew it had been washed away. For three years, they had lived and travelled and learned from Him. They had been part of an extraordinary time in history, and then it all changed. Jesus' presence with them changed. Once He was alive and then He was dead, and now He was alive again, but different, and there was nothing they could do about it either or was there? Jesus said to wait. "Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, and you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you." And that is exactly what they did. They waited. They trusted. And when the time was right, on the day of Pentecost, all the good which God was planning for them fell into place. Good falling into place. I like the sound of that, don't you?So today, amidst whatever waves may be rippling the ponds of your life, just like the disciples, there really is something you can do about it. Wait. Trust. And in the fullness of time, as you wait for God, and trust in God, you shall receive the good gift that God has prepared for you. It won't be the same as it was before, but because of God's immeasurable love for you, it will be 'good falling into place' and it will give you power and strength to carry on.Pastor Gordon Kouwenberg
Buying your first home is a thrill, a lifestyle commitment and probably creating the largest debt you will ever take on. But when is large too large? How much house can you really afford?
Thats a tricky question with no easy answers. Your lender determines your eligibility for a loan through two simple calculations:
the Gross Debt Service Ratio (GDSR) that considers your monthly income versus your proposed new housing costs (including mortgage payments, property taxes, and/or 50% of condominium fees, if applicable);
the Total Debt Service Ratio (TDSR) that measures your gross monthly income versus your total debt obligations (such as loans, car payments and credit card bills).
These are useful loan eligibility indicators -- but they dont give you an accurate assessment of the mortgage amount you can realistically afford. Here are some tips to help make sure your dream home is a financially comfortable fit.
Look to the long-term Youre going to be in your home for many years and your financial obligations will change over time. Assess your current annual household income and then consider the financial impact of changes like having children or one day moving from a dual-income to single-income situation.
Look at all the costs When youre caught up in the home buying process, its easy to overlook costs like closing costs, homeowners insurance, home maintenance costs and even the new furniture youll need to buy. At the time of purchase, the assessed value of the home is typically increased to match the purchase price. If the previous assessed value was low, the new assessment can materially increase the amount of property tax youll have to pay versus what was paid by the previous owner.
Look at your purchase realistically Once youve got an accurate fix on the real cost of your dream home, consider the financial trade-offs youre willing to make. Maybe a smaller house would give you more lifestyle and spending flexibility? Or are you willing to put your family on a tighter budget in order to afford a bigger home?
Look to your plan Work with your professional advisor and a mortgage planning specialist to incorporate your housing costs into your overall, long-term financial plan. Determine which mortgage options and payments work best for you. Look at your current spending and lifestyle, how your earning power will change over time, and how much youll need to save for retirement.
That way, youll feel perfectly comfortable in your new home, safe in the knowledge its a home you can really afford now and in the future.
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