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Sooke man lucky to be alive after watery car crash Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Ron Hamilton knowshe is lucky to be alive and he is
grateful. Hamilton, was travelling
along Sooke Road, at the four lanes, when his life tookan unexpected turn.
It was Jan. 26 at 8:30 a.m. when Hamilton’s Ford Fusion hit black ice. There was no salt, no sand to pre-vent his car from skidding off the highway into a creek. The recent rains had likelywashed it all away.
“I went across two lanesand my car was air borne. I hit my head and my car wascompletely submerged,” said Hamilton days after thecrash.
He was knocked out briefly and when he came to his car was underwater and he was struggling to breathe. The creek itself is not that deep, but deep enough to bury the front of his car in the water.
His thoughts were fuzzy but he knew he didn’t want to die drowning. He had popped into the back seat after the collision and when he realized the water was staying in the car, he strug-
gled to find an air pocket.“Don’t panic,” was his
first thought, he said. “I don’t know how long I was out but I was within two sec-onds of drowning.”
Luckily for Hamilton,
there were other drivers out on the road and a call was made to 9-1-1.
Just as things looked really bleak Hamilton man-aged to kick out the window and find the door handle to
let himself out.“My hands were so numb
it was hard to feel things,” he said.
He may have gotten out by himself but he is foreverthankful to the West Shore RCMP and a civilian whocame onto the scene and jumped into the creek with-out hesitation.
“This is what they are all about — jumping in with-out hesitation,” said Ham-ilton. “The cops reacted, they didn’t take anything off, even their guns.”
By this time Hamilton wasvibrating he was shaking so bad.
He was lucky, he missed a telephone pole by about sixto seven feet and the fact that his car was a four-door.
Hamilton moved to Sooke last July from Mission and is amazed at the selfless actions of the RCMP team who came to his aid. He knows that a number of factors allowed him to survive.
He talked about the need not to panic in such situa-
tions.“My dad always said to
me, ‘don’t panic.’” And his father knew what he wastalking about. Hamilton’s father was a bush pilot andwas once lost for a month in the bleak and barren reaches of northern Sas-katchewan.
“He was flying from gas depot to gas depot and he went off course.”
Black ice is dangerous and is present on many cold and clear mornings. You can’t see it and you can’t stop on it. Even the ambulancedriver who showed up at the accident scene came toa sliding stop.
“Everybody tells me thatis a vicious part of the high-way,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton was taken to hos-pital and checked out. He was hypothermic and had a large bump on his head but other than that he was okay and lucky to be alive.
“I just want to say thank you to the police and the other guy.”
Ron Hamilton is rescued from the icy creek by West Shore RCMP members and a passerby.
T’Sou-ke Nation will lead the
way in food security and sustainability
with new project
Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Sustainability and food security are paramount in the lives of the T’Sou-ke people, says Chief Gordon Planes.
On Jan. 29 Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing, Rich Coleman, announced $1-million in funding for the Sustain-able Community Greenhouse Proj-ect being initiated by the T’Sou-ke First Nation.
The project involves the construc-tion and operation of a commercial-sized greenhouse on four acres on T’Sou-ke land. The project will dem-onstrate and introduce a new heat-ing and cooling technology which is an extension of the solar project on
the reserve.“Since time immemorial, food
security has been an essential part of Coast Salish peoples everyday lives,” says Planes.
“We knew that staying in balance with Mother Earth and the gifts she has given us, insured our survival for our children and our children not yet born.”
Andrew Moore, speaking for the band, said they wanted their own energy and to be self-sufficient in food production and for it to fit in as culturally appropriate.
“All of our projects involve train-ing and economic development,” said Moore.
The project, once fully financed, will result in a combination com-mercial greenhouse and a place to
grow native plants which are cultur-ally appropriate for the band. They will grow and market tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and flowers.
The band will need to raise another $3-million through a mix of public and private funding sources.
This project is part of T’Sou-ke Nation’s aim to become more sus-tainable and economically self suffi-cient. The project will create 25 full-time employment positions during construction and 40 full-time jobs on completion in growing, market-ing and distribution.
The technology that will be uti-lized will help shift large fossil fuel users to transition to clean renew-able power.
“Today we have the opportunity to give back to Mother Earth again,
to practice the ways of our ances-tors and the teaching of walking lightly on the land through energy conservation and local food pro-duction. That we can do this and create much needed jobs and train-ing makes this an exciting project for the whole T’Sou-ke community,” said Planes.
On Vancouver Island only about four per cent of the food consumed is grown on island and most food travels over 1,000 kms to get to the table.
Moore said they are pleased with the Ministry of Energy Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing’s contribution to the project.
“It’s a vote of confidence,” said Moore.
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Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
The regular January 23 meeting of the Dis-trict of Sooke council brought forth the fol-lowing decisions:
DelegationsSid Jorna came for-
ward representing the Juan de Fuca Commu-nity Trails Society to introduce the society to council. They cur-rently have 215 mem-bers. Hikes are regularly scheduled on the first Sunday of each month and new participants are welcome to join.
Phoebe Dunbar, rep-resenting Sooke Food CHI and the Sunriver Allotment Garden, came before coun-cil to request support for a funding request from Walmart Ever-green and Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). The group also needed, in writing, the district’s permission to be on the site. Council agreed to write a letter of support.
Delegation Bylaw Amendments
Council adopted Bylaw No. 515 as pre-sented and waived the public hearing.
Mayor Wendal Milne said he saw the amend-ment as an “administra-tive change.”
The bylaw reduces the spending authoriza-tion of the Chief Admin-istrative Officer from $75,000 to $7,500.
Bylaw No. 513, Zon-
ing Amendment Bylaw (500-1). The purpose was to correct duplic-ity between two zones in Bylaw No. 500, Sooke Zoning Bylaw 2011.
Council gave first, second and third read-ing to Bylaw No. 516, Sooke Core Sewer Spec-ified Bylaw. The appli-cants applied to be included into the Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area because of a fail-ing septic field. This issue brought up the changes in zoning on a number of properties in the area. Some proper-ties were downzoned from R1 to RU4 which left the property own-ers unable to subdivide if they chose to.
Councillor Herb Hal-dane said it, “seems like a bit of a money grab,” and he didn’t see the rationale for changing the properties to RU4 zoning. He said the old zoning allowed a prop-erty owner to subdi-vide on a property of 1,000 sq. metres and the new zoning RU4 meant the property had to be at least one hectare before it could be subdivided.
ReportsCouncil granted the
Sooke Hospice Society $100 to go towards the application fee to erect a wooden sign at their Goodmere Road loca-tion. The sign bylaw does not allow a waiver of fees for non-profit groups and the only way to “waive” the fee was to give them the $100 from the Council
Contingency Fund.A report on the gar-
bage collection on municipal property and transit stops initi-ated discussion among council members. The District of Sooke pays $654.50 plus HST per month ($7,854/year) for garbage collection from parks, trails and tran-sit stops. Island Adver-tising Inc. pays Sooke $700/year to offset gar-bage collection costs on the 13 receptacles at transit stops. The report states that the district had to add on $200/month ($2,400/yr) to empty those recep-tacles.
Councillors Rick Kasper and Herb Hal-dane questioned the decision that was made to install the benches and garbage recep-tacles for such a small benefit to Sooke.
“This was done behind closed doors,” said Haldane in refer-
ence to the deal with Island Advertising Inc. “$700 is a crappy deal... locals should have done the work.”
Coun. Kasper said, “perhaps some bargain-ing should have been done. The dollars and cents don’t add up.”
Mayor Wendal Milne suggested a review of that contract.
the release of a cov-enant registered to property located at 2260 Maple Avenue North and the execu-tion of the Option to Purchase/Right of First Refusal Agreement for the affordable housing unit on the property.
Council approved the sale of the afford-able housing unit at $160,000 which met the conditions of construc-tion by the developer. This the first affordable housing unit in Sooke and it was constructed
to the same standard and quality as the other units in the develop-ment.
The district now has right of first refusal if the property comes up for sale. The purchase price of $160,000 is set for 25 years and if it sells for more than that amount, the difference goes to the district. The standing committee on land use will refine the criteria for who quali-fies to purchase afford-able housing.
Council scheduled a public hearing for February 13, 2012 to receive comments from the public on the release of a restrictive covenant on the Sooke Harbour House which limits the number of outdoor events that can occur on the prop-erty to 15 times a year.
Land Use and Envi-ronment Committees
An in-camera resolu-tion on January 19, 2012
saw three members of the public appointed to the Finance and Admin-istration Committee. The two members are Lorne Christensen and Monica Scheiahu along with David Maitland as alternate public mem-ber at large. The council members on the com-mittee are Councillors Rick Kasper, Bev Berger and Kerrie Reay.
Appointed to the Land Use and Environment Committee are Andrew Haden and Geoff Steele with Adrian Cownden as alternate public member at large. Coun-cillors Herb Haldane, Maja Tait and Kevin Pearson sit as council representatives. Mayor Milne thanked all of those people who put their names forward.
Other committees will be reviewed to see where they could pos-sibly be combined or restructured.
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Pirjo Raits photos
Haggis riteThe immortal poet Robbie Burns was celebrated on Jan. 29 at the Legion. Left, Bill Dryden toasts the haggis along with the Sooke Pipes and Drums and speaks of the glorious properties (right) of the oaten orb.
AND NAME CHANGE
THE PUBLIC IS invited to attend the name change ceremony at the previously named Winks convenience store on Sooke River Road.
THE PUBLIC GOT an opportunity to help select the name.
BEGIN at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 1.
FEB. 21-24 AT the Sooke Health Unit, 2145 Townsend Road (CASA) for an appointment call toll-free to: 1-800-663-9203.
DID YOU KNOW?
ARE YOU AWARE that you can see and read the entire Sooke News Mirror print edition online? Go to the website at: www.sookenewsmirror.com and scroll to the bottom and on the right you will see the e-edition, click on Latest Edition.
TO THOSE WEST Shore RCMP officers and the local citizen who helped save a man from potentially drowning after his car went into a creek.
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Christine VopelSooke News Mirror
The squawking of chickens and the bleat-
ing of sheep wake Deb-bie Cooper each morn-ing and she would not trade this for the world. The self-proclaimed animal lover and man-ager of 4-H enjoys rais-ing sheep, chickens and a horse on her hobby farm and, in turn, shar-ing that knowledge with children of all ages.
“It’s bringing farming back to the kids. I don’t want farming and rais-ing kids to be a thing of the past,” she said.
Cooper grew up in Esquimalt, located far from the sounds of live-stock and the colour-ful culture of farmland. Years later she and her husband settled in Metchosin finding it an ideal place to raise children. They wanted their kids to experience childhood in the coun-try with all the joys of playing in the creek and gathering eggs from the chickens.
The husband and wife team currently operate a hobby farm with 50 chickens, three sheep: Tulip, Rose and Diego, a miniature horse: Little Joe, honey bees, and several blue-berry plants.
In 2011 Cooper opened up the first ever Metchosin/Sooke/West Shore chapter of 4- H.
“My eight-year-old daughter, Julia, got me into it. I was a city girl.
I thought you had to have your own animals to join but you don’t. I began looking at start-ing my own club in Metchosin.”
From there things moved quickly. The first hurdle included a panel interview, refer-ence checks, a criminal record check. Soon the 4-H club was up and running with a total of 15 kids.
It’s never easy to run a hobby farm, be a full time mother and run a 4-H club all on your own but as Cooper said, “it’s so important to me that I just make it work. I am totally hyped about 4-H and I am so proud to be a part of such a won-derful organization.”
The first year proved to be a real ‘learning experience’ with the second year running a lot smoother. “It’s get-ting easier. 2012 has just begun and already 17 kids have signed
up,” said Cooper. In Clover Buds; an
entry-level 4-H pro-gram, kids are taught about honey bees, sheep, poultry, horti-culture and outdoor living. When the kids enter high school some of their 4-H projects can be used as credits in high school. There are also bursaries and scholarships available to the kids, explains Cooper.
During the first meet-ing, kids play a game known as an Icebreaker. They sit in a circle, shake each other’s hands and introduce them-selves to their neigh-bour. They have to find three things they have in common with each other before switching to the next person. “We want to boost confi-dence, self esteem and public speaking skills,” she said.
4-H now welcomes older kids. “Any kid
between the ages of 9 and 20 is welcome,” she said.
Local farmers have granted 4-H permis-sion to visit Perry Bay Farm and learn about their sheep. “Many retired farmers have called and wanted to help. It’s a great year so far. The interest has been incredible,” Coo-per said.
One of Cooper’s goals is to give the children skills that will help them throughout their lives. She wants to see them leave 4-H with knowledge and
confidence. “In the future I hope
to see kids raising their own animals and show-ing them at the local fairs. “
The program runs from January to Octo-ber and costs $140 a year. For more informa-tion on 4-H you can call Debbie Cooper at 250-478-4677.
She leaves with a quote.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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4-H welcomes kids from all over
Debbie Cooper talks to a group of 4-H kids at her hobby farm in Metchosin.
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OAPO speaks out for seniorsPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
Eighty years ago Gandhi was arrested, Aldous Huxley pub-lished A Brave New World, the Lindburgh baby was kidnapped and it was the demise of the Dominion of Newfoundland. In 1932, the non-partisan, non-sectarian B.C. Old Age Pensioners Org. was born. It was the middle of the Great Depression and battles were being waged by the Old Age Pensionsers Organiza-tion against all levels of government opposing unjust action of the pen-sion board. The OAPO offered to take up “all causes of members who have been unjustly treated.” This is still the purpose today.
“A lot of people don’t know who we are and what we do,” says Shir-ley Lowe, Regional Director South Island O.A.P.O. “Since it is the anniversary we want to let people know what we stand for.”
The OAPO is an advo-cate for seniors. The local Branch #88 has much to be proud of in their 48 years. They purchased the property on which Ayre Manor Lodge now stands and set up the first Seniors’ Drop-In Centre. Branch
#88 has also crafted resolutions on seniors’ issues for presentation to the provincial and federal governments.
“We get ideas from each community on issues and present them to the federal gov-ernment, and we keep abreast with what’s going on with seniors,” said Lowe.
The branch survives on membership fees, which are $12/year, with $6 going towards the B.C. OAPO board to finance yearly conven-tions, board meetings and other expenses. There is also a scholar-ship fund for students majoring in geriatric care.
Their meetings are held at the Seniors’
Drop-In Centre now located in the fire-fighters lounge at the municipal hall. The drop-in centre pro-vides a social atmo-sphere with lunches, bingo, cards and Scrab-ble. It’s a place where seniors can go to meet with others, go on the seniors’ bus on outings and shopping trips.
The Sooke Elderly Community Housing Society monitors and oversees Ayre Manor Assisted Living and Complex Care.
What the seniors would like though is a place to call their own. They appreciate the space they use at the municipal hall, but like many groups a single-use building geared for
seniors would be ideal.“There are many vol-
unteers who keep these organizations available to provide the services for our senior popula-tion. All require more members and more volunteers. New com-ers and new members are invited to join the local branch.
“The social aspect of getting together, offer-ing our experience, knowledge and wisdom will better our commu-nity and other commu-nities,” said Lowe.
Branch #88 will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday, Feb.1 at 1 p.m. upstairs in the firefighters lounge on Otter Point Road. Lunch is served at noon.
Bring some ideas and join us to continue the tradition of speaking for seniors.
“Old age is not conta-gious,” said Lowe.
Pirjo Raits photo
Seniors gather in the firefighters lounge to play bingo and to socialize.
SOOKE BAPTIST CHURCH7110 West Coast Road | 250-642-3424
10:00 am Children, youth & adult ministriesPastor Dwight Geiger
Email [email protected]
ST. ROSE OF LIMA Roman Catholic Parish
6221 Sooke Rd. | 250-642-3945 | Fax: 778-425-3945Saturday Mass 5pm | Sunday Mass, 10 am
Thursday Mass 10:30 amChildren’s Religious Ed: Sat. 3:45pm
Offi ce Hours: Tue-Wed 10-2, Thurs 2pm-4pm Rev. Fr. Michael Favero
KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH2110 Church Rd | 250-642-4124
10:15 am Pre-Service Singing10:30 am Family worship
Rev. Dr Gordon KouwenbergParents Room and well equipped Nursery
HOLY TRINITY Anglican Church
1962 Murray Road | 250-642-3172HOLY COMMUNION SERVICES
Sunday & Wednesday 10amSaturday 5pm
Revs Dr. Alex and Nancy Nagywww.holytrinitysookebc.org
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Lend a Hand
A SCHOOL TEACHER asked her rst graders to draw a picture of something they were thankful for. She thought of how
little these children from poor neighborhoods actually had to be thankful for. She reasoned that most of them would no doubt draw pictures of turkeys on tables with lots of other food.
She was surprised with the picture that Douglas handed in. It was the picture of a human hand, poorly drawn. But whose hand? The other children tried to guess. One said it was the hand of God because He brings the food to us. Another said it was the hand of a farmer because he raises and grows the food.
Finally, when the others were back at their work, the teacher bent over Douglas’ desk and asked whose hand it was. "Why, it’s your hand, teacher," he mumbled. Then she recalled that frequently at recess she had taken Douglas, a scrubby, forlorn child, by the
hand. She did it with many of the children and never thought much about it. But Douglas did. You see, she refreshed his spirit and he never forgot it.
“A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.“
Proverbs 11:25 TNIV
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Pastor Dwight Geiger
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LOOKING BACKA look through the
Sooke News Mirror archives:
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Sooke to promote region during the Olympic games
If one were to take all the visual images of the Sooke region and com-press them into a 20X40 space, chances are it would look just like the BC street display. Volunteers are busy preparing the Sooke to Port Renfrew dis-play to be showcased at O zone in Richmond for the duration of the Olympic games.
The entire back drop of the display is over 52’ long and will have a huge picture of Sooke Harbour emblazoned on it. The fire depart-ment has built a replica of the harbour board-walk, while others built a small version of the Sheringham Light-house. The display will have water, rocks, trees and ceramic starfish. A fibreglass Orca will leap out of the water and the actual $100,000 winning salmon taken at the Salmon Classic Fishing Derby will be on hand for visitors to take their photos with it. It is hoped that the T’Sou-Ke Nation will be able to contribute an aspect of their culture
to the display.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008
Care givers looking for solution
Uncertainty contin-ues to dog resident’s (and their families) of Eagle’s Bluff Lodge — a senior citizen’s facil-ity on McMillan Road in Sooke.
In the past couple of weeks it has been announced that the lodge would close and residents would need to vacate by as soon as February 29.
Staff had apparently voted to unionize, a decision not favourable with Ming Yang, owner of the lodge. Attempts to reach Yang for com-ment, incidentally were unsuccessful.
Subsequent informa-tion revealed 12 months notice was required (even though the lodge is a privately run opera-tion) under Vancouver Island Health Authority licensing regulations.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006
Sooke teen rocks Victoria idol
Edward Milne Com-munity School’s Car-men Nelson missed out on the prizes at the Vic-toria Idol finals on Sat-urday, but her great big cheering section still
rocked the house. Nelson’s rendition of
“When You’re Good to Mama” was a big crowd pleaser.
The 17-year-old has made a name for her-self at the series of Idol elimination rounds by bringing an enthusi-astic cheering section from Sooke with her.
Thirteen-year-old Parksville singer Alex-andria Maillot was named Victoria Idol. People packed the Vic-toria’s Conservatory of Music’s Alix Golden Hall to hear the 10 Idol finalists perform their songs before a panel of five judges.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001
Why aren’t more bums in seats?
Sooke Community Theatre is having its worst year ever. Why aren’t more people coming out to see the top notch shows?
Despite a lively and entertaining perfor-mance by dance the-atre group Motus O last weekend, only about 100 people filled the 350-seat Sooke Com-munity Theatre, many of whom were students with complimentary tickets.
The low attendance is nothing new — this season has been the worst year ever in
terms of the theatre’s attendance, said com-munity school co-ordi-nator Lori Messer.
Sooke is now on the edge of potentially losing future perfor-mances, according to Messer.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1984
Salmon fishery fac-ing “Crisis”
Serious impact on sports fishery here
The salmon sports fishery is facing a crisis that, unless resolved satisfactorily, could have a serious effect on the economy of Sooke and other sports fish-ing communities in the province, says Marc van Hasselt, owner of Sooke Harbour Marina.
He said the federal government is propos-ing regulations that would cut the sports fishing limit and impose winter and summer sport fishing closures that could virtually strangle the salmon sports fishing in the province.
Those present at the meeting expressed great fears that federal moves to limit sport fishing as a conserva-tion measure would have a serious eco-nomic impact on the province.
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8 • EDITORIAL www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR
EDITORIALRod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorChristine Vopel Reporter
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It appears as though a few peo-ple have taken exception to my suggestion that we abandon talk
of legalizing marijuana and dedicate ourselves to the development of our community’s kids so that they can go on and fulfill their potential. It’s a shame that a such a small mino-rity (albeit very vocal minority) of our population are pouring so much energy into pushing for the legaliza-tion of this harmful substance.
We know that the overwhelming majority of people in Sooke do not use marijuana. We know that most families don’t sit around the dinner table chasing their pork roast with a joint. We know that they don’t pass a bong around Ayre Manor, nor do they encourage kids to smoke marijuana at any of our great lear-ning institutions in Sooke. This is a community that has invested in protecting the future of our youth by encouraging them to make smart, healthy choices, and we are better as a result.
Yes, there is a small percentage of the population who have been diagnosed with such terrible debili-tating ailments that physicians have seen fit to prescribe marijuana to help battle pain or stimulate appe-tite. My heart bleeds for these folks, that their quality of life has deteriora-ted to the point where the use of this substance is necessary, but when I’ve had discussions with some of them, even they have said that they do not wish for marijuana to be legal
for any other non-medicinal reason. Everyone is entitled to their own
opinion, but everyone is not entit-led to their own facts. Marijuana has been proven to have over 400 che-micals, negatively effect the immune system, the respiratory system, and impair judgement and coordina-tion (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/evidence99/marijuana/Health_1.html). Studies are now linking mari-juana use to a variety of mental dis-orders including acute toxic psycho-sis, delusions, panic attacks, deper-sonalization and paranoia... which may help to explain the accusation that marijuana prohibition is a giant police-led government conspiracy to keep us employed. Anybody who has ever had intimate knowledge of what a front line police officer does would never say such a thing.
I would love to subscribe to the notion that organized crime could be eliminated simply by legalizing marijuana, but the truth is that it wouldn’t matter. A great deal of the trafficking done by the organized crime element takes place with inter-national partners, and would conti-nue to thrive regardless of the legal status of marijuana here at home. And they don’t stop with mariju-ana. Ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, meth, and whatever drug is waiting to be invented in the future. They would get it to our kids without blinking a self conscious eye, unless our kids were supported in making smart decisions. The answer is not found
in legalizing everything. I visited the “LEAP” (Law Enforce-
ment Against Prohibition) website, and one of the first things that you read is that they believe that ALL drugs should be legalized. “Educa-tors for Sensible Drug Policy” feel the same way. I understand that this is a tiny group of law enforcement officials and educators who feel bea-ten down by the horrors they’ve seen as a result of drug use. I have felt that way at times myself. After 26 years of policing, my head is full of horrific memories relating to drug abuse (marijuana included) that could have been avoided with smart decision making. But the answer is not to give up. If we all devoted our energy to helping our kids make healthy choices, then our world would be a better place.
We’re fortunate here in Sooke, because so many are already wor-king on this, and I give my heartfelt thanks to the countless men, women and families who continue to do this. I would also like to thank the many who have e-mailed me with their support ([email protected]) and I welcome contact from anyone who would like to discuss other opportunities to help our kids thrive.
Cpl. Scott HilderleyRCMP Drugs and Organized
Crime Awareness Service
Legalization of marijuana not the answer
The sky is falling...
Some may think it is a signal that it is the beginning of the end, others have more sinister thoughts about the mysterious rumblings going on in and around Sooke.
The more unplausible explanations are that it has something to do with the end of time, as in the end of the Mayan calendar as someone prophesied. It is set to be 12, 21, 2012. Some sources predict a series of cataclysmic events such as solar flares, earthquakes and general disintegration of the Earth. Perhaps we are too
cynical here but we predict this is total bunk.
Other whispered explanations include aliens and UFOs. While it is not too far out to consider other life forms in the universe, this explanation is also listed in the ridiculous column.
So what else? Earthquakes have been ruled out. Solar flares? Well, some folks are saying they haven’t been sleeping well ever since the announcement of solar flare activity. Maybe people aren’t sleeping because they are worried about the end of the world?
The most likely explanation is either some sort of nefarious military or air traffic activity high in the atmosphere. If the U.S. military is conducting some sort of testing on the Strait of Juan de Fuca they are not going to let us know about it.
Or it could be some sort of strange phenomenon in the atmosphere, energy of some sort being knocked about by thunder storms. Maybe it’s blasting sounds gone awry.
Whatever it is, it is causing a lot of amusing conversation and it has the doom sayers ducking for cover and the skeptics chuckling.
... it has the doom sayers ducking for cover...
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Clarifying volunteer centre
Thank you so much for the article on the Sooke Family Resource Society (SFRS) laun-dromat survey and the volunteer centre com-mittee progress (Jan. 18/12). This is just one paragraph which we feel needs clarification.
Sooke Region CHI partnered with CASA to obtain the grant for hire a coordinator. The umbrella concept is to provide support, training and network-ing opportunities for the over 160 non-profit organizations and societies in the Sooke region.
Additionally, it will support volunteers and assist making connec-tions between volun-teers and groups who need volunteers. How-ever, the VC will not be managing or coordinat-ing volunteers within each organization. That will still be the responsibility within each organization.
Marlene Barry & Jodie McDonald
Sooke Region Vol-unteer Centre Co-
Speed killsI have not contrib-
uted to letters in the Sooke newspaper for quite some time but I feel moved to say something about the situation of the local wildlife population and the increasing amount of children in the areas of Townsend Road.
I live on Townsend Road and when I bought my house it was a dead-
end road. Then the last mayor and council released the Acreman properties for develop-ment and now we have a huge amount of hous-ing on that property.
The main issue was that Sooke mayor and council, at that time, allowed Townsend Road to be pushed through to meet up with Rhodi-nite which resulted in everyone who used to use Otter Point Road or Church Road now are using Townsend Road as a thoroughfare.
The speeds at which these drivers go are astonishing consider-ing that there is on Townsend Road CASA which took away half of the home of the resi-
dent deer and intro-duced a great number of parents coming and going (on foot) with small children. I agree CASA is important and have no problem with it but now the Catho-lic Church, which owns the property, is build-ing their new church on the other half of the property. Again, I have no problem with a church being built, but its development has again taken away the habitat of the deer population.
I guess my only recourse of argument is that there should be speed bumps on at least two spots on Townsend Road — to stop the speeding drivers as
well as sidewalks all the way up and down the road. These speeding drivers have already killed numerous house-hold pets, deer, squir-rels and I suppose noth-ing will be done until a child is killed.
Please write your local mayor, RCMP, MLA, etc. in an attempt to address this problem.
Right now I am watch-ing a fawn out my win-dow. A very small fawn eating some leftover birdseed in my yard. Her mother was killed by one of the thought-less Sooke speeders. Hope you speeders all get to your destinations in time.
Fishery could be lost
In an interview with CBC Radio, “On the Island,” the mayor of Ucluelet had every rea-son to be alarmed, and hopefully we will hear more concerned voices about this grave situa-tion.
Buying back fishing licences is definitely not about conservation of fish stock, but Depart-ment of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) policy. It led to the total destruc-tion of the traditional fishery, as we know it, on the East Coast in the 90’s and now they are doing the same here.
Why would DFO spend millions of dol-lars to lure small fish-ermen into handing back their licences for an attractive lump sum of money? It looks so harmless in the begin-ning, but the ultimate goal is to eliminate the hundreds of small fishermen in favour of big commercial fleets, which for DFO trans-lates into less adminis-tration costs.
The consequences are disastrous: big
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We asked: Do you think you are being gouged at the gas pump?
I drive a diesel, it’s a bit much but it goes a long
way. They can raise prices because everyone will pay
for it, everybody has to drive.
It is a lot of money.
Why in Langford can I fill up for $1,15, yet out here
is is $1.22? It’s just not fair.
It’s been pretty bad.
Cont’d on page 11
Bringing in the haggis
Pirjo Raits photo
The venerable haggis was brought into the Robbie Burns dinner on Sunday, Jan. 29 with pomp and ceremony by Sooke Pipes and drummers; James McNab, right, Ted Leaker with the haggis, and Dave Green with a wee bit o’ scotch.
SELLING SOOKE SINCE 1985
Last year nearly a thousand homes were Listed on the MLS in Sooke. 258 have Sold or are Pending. 500 are no longer on the Market and 213 remain unsold. If you are thinking of Listing your home and wish to make certain it does sell for the best price, and in a timely fashion, call Michael today. See how his 25 years experience can help you obtain the results you and your family need.
Heather asked ~ “What is the best way to remove stamps from envelopes to get maxi-mum value for the stamps?”
Not sure how steam might work on the newer stamps but basically you remove the envelope from the stamp, not the other way around.
You’ll tear the stamp if you try to remove it from the envelope, but
by carefully peeling the envelope away from the stamp, you can get it off in good shape, but it takes patience.
“Capt Ralph” ~ Ralph Hull
The SPCA in Victoria collects used stamps. It’s best to leave at least 1/4” around the stamp.
I take stamps into them when I’m in town and would be happy to do so. If arrangements could be made to drop
them off at the Sooke News Mirror office I’d pick them up and take
them in. Marie Mills
We can never go back.
Life will never be as it was when most of us were grow-ing up here in North America because, despite what we were told by clever adver-tising, our lifestyle has always been unsustain-able as a way of being on the Earth. The pressing question is: do we use our energy to desperately hang on (and prop up) an out-dated way of life, or do we focus on creating a more sustainable, fair and harmonious one?
Here are some of the ideas that AFN movie-goers put forward for promoting change in our lives:
Stop accumulating stuff.
• Don’t buy anything that you can’t reuse.
• Buy locally pro-duced and grown prod-ucts and use local ser-vices
• Avoid buying cor-porate products and services. Buy Fair Trade products when you can. Examine attempts by corporations and busi-nesses to “greenwash” (make it sound like they are creating caring, sus-tainable and healthy products and working conditions when they may not be at all).
• Avoid buying things that come on styrofoam trays or are packaged in plastic. Ask busi-
nesses to give you the item unpackaged.
• Repair things instead of buying new, even if it costs the same. This keeps repair persons in a job and makes less landfill (plus, often older items are more sturdily made than new ones).
• Don’t use bottled water. Refill your own bottle and remember to take it with you.
• Buy used items rather than new ones whenever possible. And recycle your usable but no longer needed items.
• Learn how to grow and produce your own: food, personal care and cleaning products and vitamins (by juicing fresh vegetables and fruit).
• Avoid trying to change the way you look by artificial means. Accept your body.
• Establish local coop-erative enterprises in the agricultural, retail, grocery, health food, tourist, restaurant sec-tors and in producing value-added products and services to provide stable livelihoods and profit-sharing based on economic participa-tion and to build a more resilient, unified com-munity.
• Use the public library. We are fortu-nate to have such a wonderful service.
Work with the natu-
ral ecological cycles.• Find and implement
ways to change waste to energy.
• Use grey water for irrigation.
• Advocate for a com-posting depot in Sooke
• Support local farms and join and advocate for community gardens.
Connect to commu-nity.
• Trade goods and services and/or use a local currency more and participate in the money system less.
• Connect with com-munity websites, news-papers and bulletin boards to promote and find out what is hap-pening in your area (e.g. “Transition Cafes” on the first Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at the Reading Room to discuss ideas for making Sooke a more sustainable, less fossil-fuel dependent community).
• Vote.• Write letters, give
input to decision-mak-ers, join committees, advocate for sustain-ability wherever you can.
• Approach town council about establish-ing bylaws that promote sustainable building (and demolition) prac-tices.
• Advocate for tax breaks and support for people who create or invest in alternate sources of power gen-eration.
• Explore ride sharing locally and for regular commuting.
• Bank with credit unions rather than large profit-making banks; invest in the real, local economy rather than in stock market, hedge funds etc.
Be conscious.• Educate children
for emotional intelli-gence (less screens/more participatory life; be involved in what is happening in your child’s school).
• Eat real, fresh, living food. Avoid processed, chemical-laden foods that fog up the brain, dampen the spirit and clog up the heart, all of which are needed in order to be present, res-ponsible and connec-ted with life.
• Avoid cell phones, mobile phones, and other wi-fi and slee-ping close to electro-nic appliances as these can interfere with your natural energy fields making you less able to focus and can also be harmful to your health.
• Commune with nature as often as you can (leave your machi-nes and technology at home).
• Slow down and pro-ceed with care (be min-dful); be grateful; listen; smile; be good to each other and remember that we are all in this together.
• Take responsibility;
speak out; be resilient; be strong.
• Listen to your inner knowing; try to work with anyone who sets him/herself up as an authority over you and help that person to ins-tead work with you and listen to you, or else remove yourself from the situation.
• Involve as many people in the commu-nity as possible in all of these initiatives - a few of us individually will make a little diffe-rence, all of us working together can change the world. We are the 99 per cent.
10 • LIFESTYLES www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR
Awareness film promotes ideas for change
Answers to last week’s How do I...?
We offer the following Prenatal Services:
Group Classes for the expectant mother and her partner that cover everything you need to know to prepare for labour, childbirth and your new baby. New classes starting February and May 2012.
Additional support services offering one-to-one appointments, free prenatal vitamins, food vouchers, and bus tickets. Ongoing registration.
This program is supported by United Way, Victoria Foundation and Success by Six
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Please call Sooke Family Resource Society
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trawlers with their destructive trawling equipment scraping the sea floor and haul-ing every living sea creature in with their huge nets, is akin to clear cutting in the for-est. It destroys the food supply chain of marine life and the ecosystem as a whole.
Furthermore, by tak-ing the livelihood away from families, the young ones leave to find jobs in other places, where the money is, and within a short period of time whole villages are abandoned. We had first hand experience of this happening in New-foundland and Labra-dor.
I would urge every-one interested in pre-serving our precious West Coast fish stocks together with a con-servation-conscious traditional fishery, its spectacular marine life and resulting tourism, to take a public stand opposing DFO policies before it is too late.
DFO and the dam
I thought Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) was here to pro-tect salmon and habi-tat. With the removal of the Bill James Dam on DeMamiel Creek it will destroy and remove vital salmon and trout habitat. Coho adults in the fall like to travel to the upmost reaches of the creeks they inhabit. This will void fish life and kill fry in the sum-mer months, which will reduce the salmon pop-ulation on DeMamiel Creek.
In 1998-2000, the Sooke Salmon Enhance-ment Society, Pacific Salmon Foundation, volunteers and DFO spent over $250,000 on rebuilding this dam and making it structur-ally sound. The dam stores water in the win-ter and this enables a release of water in the dry, summer months. It is controlled by a release valve operated by volunteers. With this flow in the summer months, salmon fry
are able to survive the dry months. Coho live in the creek for over a year prior to going out into the ocean. It is important that the creek does not dry up in the summer in the upper reaches where these fry are living.
If this dam is removed, what a waste of money and destruc-tion of a valuable fish habitat and it makes me feel like not donat-ing money to salmon enhancement projects where and when DFO is involved. I feel the com-munity-based groups know more about the watersheds in their area than DFO with their budget and liabil-ity cutting mentality.
This dam is operated by the SSES volunteers and there is no cost to DFO to operate and maintain it.
Please write to stop this ludicrous idea of DFO.
Rather than send-ing it in the mail, let-ters addressed to the Regional Water Man-ager may be e-mailed to [email protected]. They should be cc’d to Richard Powley
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Peace Out: Filmmakers to attend viewingIn the Peace River
Region of B.C. an energy bonanza of unimaginable size is unfolding — far from the eyes of the world. The mega-projects include a major new dam, tens of thousands of hydro-fracked shale gas wells, a nuclear power plant and more tar sands.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Awareness Film Night will present the film Peace Out, an exploration of these plans to industrialize this ecologically significant and vital part of our province and our world. Voted the Most Popular Canadian Documentary at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival in November, this is a beautifully made, visually dynamic film with
a great score and evoca-tive unexpected images of the planet’s energy econ-omy. Peace Out is a gen-erously inquisitive film, made with an open mind and a fierce sense of com-mitment. It’s these two qualities that combine to make its conclusion so powerfully convinc-ing. Energy costs. Let’s
talk about how much.The film will be attended
by one of the filmmakers, Fabio Wilkinson, and Ben Parfitt, an award-winning investigative journalist and analyst for the Cana-dian Centre For Policy Alternatives who has spent the past two years researching and writing about energy develop-
ments in the Peace and by local MLA John Horgan.
Wilkinson and Parfitt will be able to answer ques-tions from moviegoers and update us on issues cov-ered in the film. Parfitt will speak on the explosion of natural gas developments in the Peace and its impact on the environment.
The film night will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 9:30.
Admission is by dona-tion and all proceeds will go to the Peace Valley Envi-ronment Association. This film will not be available to rent from the Awareness Film Night library at Video To Go after the screening, so come out and see it on the big screen, chat with the speakers and support this special evening.
Pirjo Raits photo
Sooke News Mirror publisher Rod
Sluggett went back to school on Jan. 26. He read to the Grade 4-5 students in Mme. Ridewood’s class at
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Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror
When she answers thephone, it
seems like a huge effort and one gets the sense that Bobbie-Jo Peterson is pulling herself up out of a deep sleep tryingto grapple with what is being asked of her.
“It’s been rough,” is the only way Bobbie-JoPeterson can describe how she feels about herillness. Peterson suffers from sarcoidosis, anauto immune disease, where an abnormalcollection of chronic inflammatory cellsform nodules in mul-tiple organs. It’s a sys-temic disease with no cure and no real known cause.
“I’ve been dealing with bad health issues for 20-30 years,” saidPeterson. “It’s been hard to pin point... I was diagnosed with this four years ago.”
As if ill health isn’t bad enough, Peter-son has also been set back financially. Her subsidized rent went from $194 to $475 with only two weeks notice because of some sort of administrative deci-sion.
“My rent went from affordable to not afford-able,” said Peterson who lives on a very small CPP disability cheque. “There’s noth-ing I can do about it. It has set me way back and the stress doesn’t help (her health).”
Peterson said she is “literally scraping by,” doing whatever she has to do to keep going. She is allowed to supplement her disabil-ity cheque but because of her disease she can’t do a thing right now.
“I have good days and bad days but this has put me in a tail spin,” said Peterson.
Peterson has been a strong force with the Sooke Harbour Play-ers, as a president, producer, director and back stage working with make up and cos-tumes. She is also the marketing coordinator for her son’s football team. Most recently she has been volun-teering and teaching Belmont students in the cosmetology class a little bit about stage make up in the theatre
group’s Youth Mentor-ing Program. She gives generously of her timeeven though it is not easy with a disease thatflares up unexpectedly.
“It’s great,” she said
of the mentoring, “I willbe going back... I love it.”
Now the arts commu-nity is rallying behindher and some of her friends have organized
a benefit on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Dave Gallant, whohas known Bobbie-Jo for some time, coordi-nates the monthly con-cert series for the folk
society, and decidedthat he wanted to help by organizing a benefit.
“I’ve lived in Sooke for 30 years, almost half mylife. We have a strong and caring community
here, that steps up tothe plate when friends are in need. I wouldn’twant to live anywhere else. When I learnedabout Bobbie-Jo’s situ-ation, I knew I had to dosomething and putting on this benefit concert is something I know how to do. I purposelycalled on Sooke-based artists to be a part of this, because I wanted to keep it “community.” I know our community will come out and sup-port Bobbie-Jo in her time of need.”
Gallant called Gord Phillips, whose bluesinfused folk rock style is a big hit with islandaudiences. Once Phil-lips heard the story
he was immediatelyinspired to help out.
Thom Southwood,known in town for writing the local hitHowl The Musical, has worked with Bobbie-Joon theatre projects for Sooke Harbour Players in the past, and was also keen to help out.
All three performers will be doing a set oftheir own music, and finishing the evening off playing together with the band.
“I’m feeling very blessed and grateful,”said Peterson.
Come on out andsupport this worthy cause and enjoy whatpromises to be an eve-ning of first class enter-tainment.
Where: Holy TrinityAnglican Church, 1962Murray Road, Sooke
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, doors open at 7:30p.m.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTARTS & ENTERTAINMENTMusicians get together to play for Bobbie-Jo
Local musicians, left to right, Dave Gallant, Thom Southwood and Gord Phillips will be playing a benefit concert for Bobbie-Jo Peterson on February 4. On the right, Bobbie-Jo Peterson.
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Learning how to dance in the rainTough economy separates local families Christine VopleSooke News Mirror
When economic mar-kets around the world collapsed in 2008 spi-ralling a large percent-age of the working class into financial chaos—more and more fam-ily men felt drawn to move from small towns to large construction camps tucked away in the boonies of Alberta.
Lured by the promise of a great starting wage, they accepted tempo-rary contracts hoping to secure full time work that would pay enough to support their grow-ing families back home.
Travis Dezall is one of these men. He joined an Alberta-based com-pany offering a compet-itive salary and excel-lent benefits in May 2011. Dezall has been able to pay his monthly mortgage payments and make ends meet by accepting eight-month
construction contracts. His temporary new home is a 2,500-person camp hidden in the bush 65 kms north of Fort McMurray. The temperature can drop to – 30 but luckily Travis is renovating a kitchen indoors. He is on night-shift, working 12-hours at a time, two weeks on, one week off.
In the camps one day
melts into the next and most men start a count down upon arrival. Their first day consists of being herded single file into a 2,500 person-size locker room to retrieve their meagre possessions that will provide them minimal comforts for the next two weeks. Meals con-sist of bland cafeteria food, cooked to serve
hundreds, where quan-tity weighs more than quality.
Dezall spends his days reframing walls and putting down dry-wall; monotonous and time-consuming work. When he has put down their tools after a 12-hour day, he and two B.C. friends, often watch a hockey game and drink a few beers but things aren’t always peaceful. On Christmas day, six alcohol-fuelled fights broke out, which led to a series of four suspensions or site bans, which meant the workers in ques-tion were instructed to leave the camp and for-bidden to return.
“I would guess the camps are very similar to living in prison,” said Dezall who chooses to mingle only with those he works with. The camps have a zero tolerance drug policy and they have unannounced drug raids with sniffer dogs.
The majority of the workers come from small B.C. towns — they make up an interesting mix of carpenters, elec-tricians and plumbers.
“Most guys here worked for large B.C. construction compa-nies. Around May 2011 they got laid off and came up here,” said Dezall.
Women exist in the camps but they act as housekeepers and human resources mak-ing up the remaining five per cent of the camp population. The money holds them all captive.
“You can’t get paid near what you can here anywhere else in B.C.,” said Dezall. The start-ing wage for a carpen-ter is between $31 and $36/ hour with electri-cians receiving $48.
Dezall regularly flies home to Sooke to be with his wife, Petrina Dezall and their two boys. One week, how-ever, is often not long enough.
“It’s tough to go home and be with my boys and then have to leave,” he said.
To come home every night to his fam-ily, Dezall would need a working relationship
Christine Vopel photo
Petrina Dezall with Madae, left, and Venice.
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with a busy local con-tractor in order to earn more as a self-employed carpenter.
“You work a lot harder when you work for yourself but you get to go home at the end of the day,” he said. Unfortunately the way the economy is going he can’t see it improv-ing any time soon.
“I’m afraid it’s going to get worse, there’s no good work on the Island,” said Travis.
Dezall’s wife, Petrina, is a mom, surfer and businesswoman raising two boys, Madae and Venice, aged one and-a-half and and three-and-a-half. She juggles motherhood, her own make up studio and contracts in Victoria.
“I don’t get over-whelmed easily but when you’re running your own business and have two children it gets tough,” she said.
In the summer of 2010 she began work-ing for a television pro-duction and short film company. She loves working from contract to contract because, “It allows me to be with my kids.”
Unfortunately, those contracts often start very early and run on weekends, which cre-ate a conflict.
“No government child care program that we’ve found supports week-end schedules. The hardest thing is finding a 5:15 a.m. sitter for me to get to Victoria by six a.m.,” said Petrina.
She feels Sooke needs to have more family-oriented restau-rants as well as more child care amenities.
Although raising chil-dren in Sooke has its advantages.
“Sooke is great because we live close to the beach and can go out on our boat. My kids are more in tune with the cycles of nature having grown up here,” said Petrina. Her baby Madae’s first word was ‘Tree.’ Unfor-tunately, nature is not always enough.
“We were naïve in thinking it’d be easy to find full-time work here in Sooke,” Petrina said.
She believes, “all job postings should go through the communi-ties first,” which would allow family men first bid at carpentry jobs rather than having out-side contractors com-muting daily and scoop-ing up all the work.
Even with Travis liv-ing part-time in Alberta, Petrina is not forced to raise her kids com-pletely alone.
“We have a strong community of friends, which really helps. They come to me for the most part,” said Petrina. Living as a single person, “You’re used to predictabil-ity but with children you can’t ever predict what’s going to hap-pen next. You’ve got to learn how to dance in the rain.”
Camp life allows little time for families and relationships can suffer. Travis regularly sched-ules a time to speak to the family but says, “It’s hard to parent over the phone.”
“The kids text and call dad all the time, thank god for iPhones,” said Petrina. Her hus-band agrees. “When
they come home from the beach and tell me all about it, it makes me smile,” he said.
When Travis set off on his first contract Petrina had no doubt it was the right thing to do.
Most family men at the camps experience relationship stress due to a combination of dis-tance, money issues and living in two increas-ingly different worlds from their partner.
“It can become dif-ficult to relate to one another,” he said.
At the end of two weeks it’s time to go home and then Travis begins to relax.
“I feel free when I’m leaving the camp,” he
said. The first thing he
notices about home in Sooke? The colours. “It’s real green and that first surf feels refresh-ing,” Travis said.
Is he going to continue working construction in Alberta? Probably he said, as long as the money is this good, and the bills are being paid. Petrina agrees, “We’re growing together and we’re going to make the best of what we have,” she said.
Would the Dezalls recommend this to other young families?
Definitely. “I wouldn’t want to do this forever but so far it’s worth it,” said Travis.
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Run to liveOn Jan. 16, Port Renfrew welcomed Scott Cannata, fifth from left, and his entourage into the community. Cannata embarked on an incredible journey from St. John’s Newfoundland on May 1, 2011 running 42 km/day, across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He ended his run on the beach in Port Renfrew in a snow storm, running into the Pacific Ocean with his grandmother, second on right, at his side. For more information go to Scott’s web site @ www.theruntolive.com.
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NELSON, JAMES (JIMMY)Mar. 4, 1943 - Jan. 20 2012
After a long battle with can-cer Jimmy passed away peacefully with his caregiver Dannette by his side. He is predeceased by his father Leonard, mother Esther and brother Bill. Survived by brothers Bob, Dave (Joan), and sister Mary.Children Doug, FranGrandchildren Gerald and JulieFamily and friends are invit-ed to pay their respects at Sooke Legion, on Sun., Feb. 5, from 1-3 pm
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Volunteer OpportunityThe Capital Regional District(CRD) is looking for a local coordinator for the CRD’s Juan de Fuca Emer-gency Program, which includes the communities of Malahat, Willis Point/Durance, East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley, Jordan River and Port Renfrew. This opportunity requires a dedicated leader to work with our many volunteers throughout the communities in preparing for emergencies or disasters.
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gratitude to all her friends for their
loving support and care over the years.
Being at the church service and reception
afterwards made us realize how many in
the community were watching over her.
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personally - there were so many - but to
all of you please accept our appreciation
for your kindness.
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Men’s basketball league to start this March
Christine VopelSooke News Mirror
Ever miss those high school basketball days? Tired of feeling like you’re too old to join a team or wish you could just shoot a few hoops and raise funds for high school teams at the same time? Then come join the Celtics — a first of its kind men’s basketball league tak-ing place on March 7.
The plan remains in the early stages with much still to be decided.
“I’m hoping to get four or more teams together to fund-raise money for the high school team,” said Peter McKay, a well-known basketball player and graduate of Edward Milne Commu-nity School who now possesses a teaching
degree from Vancou-ver Island University. “I grew up in Sooke and played basketball here but there was nowhere to go after high school. Not everyone has the time or money to drive to Langford to play basketball. There was a need for it for sure. Somewhere to play in Sooke,” he said.
Mckay estimates there will be two to three games running from 7-10 p.m. every Wednesday night at the high school until the middle of May. Ages 18 and up are accepted. After the first week in March the league would run for 10 weeks with three weeks of playoffs.
“Things like this have a tendency to get com-petitive on their own but I’m hoping people will just have fun, first
year is always the hard-est,” he said.
Trevor Bligh, an EMCS basketball coach of 17 years and main organizer of the men’s league supports Mck-ay’s initiative. “He’s fol-lowing a model shown to him by the Cowichan Secondary. It’s great exercise and you’re helping out a team. It also gives guys a place to play when it’s wet outside,” said Bligh. He estimates the league will be able to raise $850 a year for the high school team.
The costs are $100 a player, which includes a jersey. Those inter-ested in joining the men’s basketball league starting on March 7 can register with Trevor Bligh at 250-882-5279 or by e-mail: the [email protected]
Coach Trevor Bligh addresses his team: the Wolverines at EMCS.
Christine Vopel photo
He shoots, he scores.Jimmy Nex of U15 boys goes to kick the soccer ball at a tournament on Saturday at Fred Milne Park.
Christine Vopel photo
Jacob Gallant collides with opponent as he chases the ball at Saturday’s tournament.
SEAPARC STAR SEAPARC STAR of theof the WEEK WEEK✪✪The fi rst star of February is fi ve year old Isabelle Ouellette. She is a Kindergarten student
at Ecole Poirier where her favourite thing to do is play fl oor hockey in gym class. She likes
to help her friends with French because she already knows a lot of French words (thanks
to her Daddy). Isabelle is going into Level 2 in swimming lessons here at SEAPARC and
is learning how to skate so she can play hockey someday. She likes playing soccer and is
in her fi rst year of Ballet with Carole Cave Dance Studios. This artistic young lady enjoys
colouring, crafting, making her own jewellery (like her Mom), beading and painting!
She loves to draw princesses, castles, rainbows and anything else that has to do with
Fairy Tales! She is extremely excited about their upcoming family vacation to Disney
World in Florida. While she is there, she will go to a special Princess Day where she will
dress up, have a makeover and then have tea with the Disney Princesses in a Castle. She
is very good with electronics, computers and reading (she can read Snow White all by
herself)! Isabelle helps out at home by cleaning her room and taking care of their many
animals that include 2 dogs (Oscar Murrito and Jax), a fi sh named Sebastien and Daisy
the Cat who allows the dogs to drag her around the house by the ears! She loves camping
(especially roasting marshmallows) and she likes to collect sea shells when she goes to
the beach. Isabelle told us that she can hardly wait until summer because that’s when her
Grandparents come to visit from New Brunswick. She says she misses them so much and
wishes they lived close to her so she could see them all the time. Isabelle is a delightful
little girl with a huge sense of humour. She has contemplated becoming a Doctor when
she grows up; but at this time, her sights are set on being a police offi cer! What a great
career choice Isabelle, you would make an amazing police offi cer. Thank you for being
our SEAPARC Star of the Week Isabelle, have a great trip to Disney World
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The Initiation level hockey team played against Kerry Park on Sunday at SEAPARC.
TSN back to film the “Pro Chase”; Subaru Sooke Triathlon fea-tured in Triathlon Maga-zine Canada.
TSN will be return-ing again this year to film the “Pro Chase” at the Subaru Sooke Tri-athlon. The event will be nationally televised later in the year and will include more stun-ning shots of beautiful Sooke, B.C., plus foot-age of the Age Group races.
Some more exciting
news for Sooke this year: The Olympic Distance event at the Subaru Sooke Triathlon will bea Canadian Age Group Team qualifier for the 2013 World Champion-ships in London.
In the news: This month’s issue of Tri-athlon Magazine Can-ada profiled the “West Coast Spectacular” Subaru Sooke Triath-lon. Missed it in print? You can read the whole article online at: http://trialthlon magazine.ca
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Dale’s Electric Sooke Thunderbirds Atom C1 beat the Victoria Rac-quet Club Kings 7-1 on Sunday. Sooke effi-ciently killed two penal-ties in the first period. Although the Thunder-birds were out shot eight to five, the first period ended without score.
Half way through the second period, stellar play by Jai Govender and Matthew Lyons put Sooke on the board with a power play goal.
The Kings tied the game soon after. In the third period, tenac-ity along the boards and aggressive fore checking combined with some fine passing brought Sooke’s offence to life. Braydon Blythe scored two and John Richardson, Dahlan Murphy Finley Arthurs and Blake Reymerink each added a goal.
Ryder Norman led Sooke’s defence by breaking up the offence of the Kings and smoothly moving the puck out their own end. Contributed by Michael Arthurs.
Bantam C Boys
Although missing their captain, Dryden
Alexander, as a result of a recently sustained lower body injury, the WES Ltd. (Wittich Envi-ronmental Services) Bantam “C” Boys rose to the challenge and provided a confident win on Saturday against the visiting Juan de Fuca C6 team.
Working on a hat trick, forward Brad Angus settled for two goals and an assist on a strong line which posted another goal and an assist from cen-tre Dominic Lacroix.
Additional goals by Chadwick Mason and alternate cap-tain, Ayden Ostropolski, with assists from Marco Carello, as well as Jared Purdy on defence, dem-onstrated the boys’ ability to work well as a team.
Strong fore-checking by Alec Scott also pro-vided opportunities to score by making it hard for the Grizzlies to clear their zone.
Taylor Haisell posted his third league shut out, with solid help from his defence-men who dominated the blue line and created a zone which made it difficult for the visiting team to set up plays and cycle the puck.
Assisted, as well, with good hustle from
Marco Carello to strip the puck on a break-away when the Grizzlies did manage to poke the puck through.
With two games left in the season, the boys seem to be enjoy-ing themselves and certainly make it fun hockey to watch from the bleachers.
Marcotte’s Market-ing Pee-Wee girls team were ready for their home game on Sunday, Jan. 29.
In the first period, 2 great goals from Alyssa Lloyd and one from Rory Woods, give the girls a great advance.
In the second period a strong slap shot from Jennifer Simonis from the blue line gave another goal to the Sooke team.
And then, Kaitlin Mckelvey added one more goal on the board at the end of the sec-ond period bringing the score to 5-1 for the Sooke Pee-wee team.
Finally in the 3rd period, 2 goals from Morgan Couture, one more for Rory Woods, Kaitlin Mckelvey and Hailey Olejnik (first goal) closed the game with a huge score of 10-1.
A great performance from the 2 call-up from the Atom girls team, Zoe Tremblay (2 assists)and Maggie Mackinnon (1 assist and “A” on her jersey).
It’s always nice to see young players like Zoe and Maggie join our team, they are great assets to us, coach Steve says.
“Also, players like Emma Frish and Celina Palko who played very offensive, and aggres-sive today, it’s very nice to see how their hard work paid off!” he added.
Good job girls! Contributed by
Sooke Novice 3
After a loss the pre-vious week to the Vic-toria Icehawks Novice 4 team, your Sooke Novice 3 Thunderbirds stormed back in a big win against the Kerry Park Islanders C+ last Sunday at Seaparc.
The boys outpaced the visiting team scor-ing as much as the Islanders shot in a con-vincing 11 – 1 win.
Connor North was solid in the net mak-ing the key saves when needed as the defen-sive corp of Ethan Schwartz, Beau Hicks, Owen Phipps and Taio Croden minimized the opponents chances during the entire game.
Leading the team with a hat trick, Grant Gilbertson opened the scoring early propelling the boys to a 5 – 0 lead after the first period.
Luke Arden along with Jack Price and Kobe Knowles each scored twice keeping the pressure on the Islanders consistently in their end.
If not for the efforts of the Islanders goalie, who played very well, the final score would have been much higher.
Rounding out the scoring for your Thun-derbirds were Alex Kozinka and Nemo Anderson as the team skated to an effective win against a game Kerry Park team.
The boys have proven they are a fierce competitor and are looking forward to the
upcoming spring tour-nament.
The team would like to thank everyone who contributed dur-ing the last bottle drive especially the Prestige Hotel.
They promise to con-tinue to play hard and have fun as they repre-sent Sooke through out the region.
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While the avid triath-lon crowd in Victoria take the spectacularscenery and conditions almost for granted, therest of the Canadian tri-athlon community nowhas a great excuse to see what we’re miss-ing.
Designed to take fulladvantage of the west-coast beauty of theSooke area - last year more than 500 athletesfrom around the world enjoyed the Subaru Sooke Triathlon.
The race is part ofthe Subaru Western Tri-athlon Series.
Included in the day of racing are a sprint,Olympic and half-Iron events.
The Olympic-dis-tance was showcased on TSN last year. The event featured a $15,000 prize purse and an exciting “chase” formatwhere the pro women were given a head start on the men.
Brent McMahon over-came the 15-minute def-icit to beat Amanda Ste-vens to the line, while Jeff Symonds rounded out the top three.
The Sooke area is just outside of Victoria and features lush evergreen forests, rainforest, pic-turesque coastal scen-ery, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches.
It is a haven for both leisurely and extreme activities including
year-round charterfishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, hiking, zip-lining and surfing.
The race-coursedesign manages to incorporate some ofthe spectacular scen-ery.
The closed bike course heads up thescenic Pacific Marine Circle Route with itsunique coastal commu-nities and ocean views.
In addition to the spectacular scenicPacific Ocean vistas, the course also includesa run on to Whiffin Spit - a narrow one kmtrail where the Pacific Ocean surrounds theathletes on both sides as they run towards a lighthouse.
“This is one of the most beautiful places, and races, on the planet and we want the rest of Canada to see it,” saysLifeSport’s Lance Wat-son.
In addition to all the racing action, the eventalso features a two-day sport and lifestyleexpo, which is held at the official race hotel, the Prestige Oceanfront Resort and Conference Centre.
Information on the Subaru Sooke Triath-lon and Subaru West-ern Triathlon Series is available at www.tri-series.ca
Sooke scenery impresses athletes
Christine Vopel photo
WinnersThe U15 boys soccer team enjoyed a winagainst Peninsula 4-0 on Saturday.U15 soccer players with coach Bob Nex during a break at Saturday’s game atFred Milne Park.
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28 • FISHING www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR
How’sHow’sFishing?Fishing? It’s that time of year
again — Super Bowl Sunday and what bet-ter way than to have a get together with friends and enjoy some fresh seafood and a few cool ones. How about a winter chinook on the BBQ with crabs and prawns?
Fishing can be hit and miss these days but if you can get out on the water there have been some nice catches in the 10-pound range. Working the trailer park near Otter Point in 100 feet of water seems to be working. It’s too bad one can’t go halibut fishing which, in the past, opened on Febru-ary 1. Anglers are hope-ful it will open on March 1 like it did last year.
More and more anglers are giving hali-
but a try and why not the catch is worth it. There is only a few tick-ets left for the upcom-ing halibut seminar to be held on Feb. 18 at Four Points Sheraton in Langford next to Costco. If you are inter-ested in catching a hali-but this seminar should be good for that. There are some good prizes to be had headlined by a raffle for two new high speed Scotty downrig-gers.
All the proceeds for this event are going to the Charters River Interpretive Centre and Hatchery.
Tickets can be pur-chased at Eagle-Eye Outfitters in Sooke.Until next time.
Keep your rod tip up!Kiwi Magic
Hopefully anglers will be able to head out and catch some halibut on March 1, 2012 like this fellow did fishing with Natural High Charters did last March 1 opening day. Traditionally halibut opened on February 1 and closed December 31. How times are changing. Now anglers don’t really know when it’s going to open and when it’s going to close, last year it closed on September 5. Every year the window gets a little smaller.
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