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RCMP bust major grow op Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror

Pulling up to the property on Blythwood Road in Saseenos one is immediately aware of the skunk-like odour emanating from the two-level house. It is unmistakable — it’s the smell of marijuana plants and specifically the THC resin. On Wednesday, Aug. 10 RCMP responded to a tip and carried out a search of the residence and discovered 550 mature marijuana plants. The house was a grow operation and four rooms were being used to grow the plants. The basement was an elaborate labyrinth of large flexible tubes, lights and electrical panels. The upper windows were shrouded with heavy curtains and all of the windows were covered in plastic. The fire department was there because of the fire risk, to the house itself and the neighbouring homes. The house, said RCMP, was not locally owned. Someone had been tending to the plants as there was food in the house. Const. Stacey Finlay, the lead investigator, said they had a 55-year-old Asian male from Richmond in custody. “We received information from the community,” said Finlay. “They recognized that something was wrong and called in the tip.” She had been through the house and her pants were

sticky and covered with resin. She wore a face mask as the odour was so strong that they had placed fans in all of the grow op rooms to disperse the scent. It was perfect example of a case where someone saw the windows, smelled the pot and phoned it in, said Sooke RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Wright. The huge issue is the clean up of the house, said Wright. There are costs from the police, fire department, BC Hydro and the cleaners. More if it is proven that hydro was being stolen. The home owner will be responsible for a huge bill and it could cost up to $60,000 to get the house back up to code, as happened recently to a grow op house on Grant Road. The house may even have to be

condemned because of the mold caused by the moisture. There is also the issue of civil forfeiture of the house and grow operation equipment, because of they were from the proceeds of crime. Wright said they can make an application as the police are doing these types of seizures more often these days. “This happens every day in rural areas,” said Wright in reference to grow operations. “We rely on the community,” said Finlay. The man in custody will be charged with cultivation, possession and possible power theft, and could stand to spend one year in jail. The crop is estimated to be valued at $500,000.

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RCMP Const. Stacey Finlay, lead investigator, left, shows the grow rooms at a house on Blythwood, where a bust took place on Wed. August 10. On the right, one of four grow rooms in the house.

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THE SOOKE REGION Chamber of Commerce presents our 9th Annual Golf Tournament THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, at DeMamiel Creek Golf Course REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 11:45, with a healthy lunch supplied by the Sooke Harbour House. Dinner and awards banquet to follow TOURNEY (AT GOLF Course). HOLE IN ONE $5,000 sponsored BY INVESTORS GROUP.

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Council opts for five-year deal for EPCOR Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror

When 20 per cent of the electorate signed a petition to say they were against a 21-year deal with EPCOR, Sooke’s sewer operations and management provider, the die was cast. Concerned residents and taxpayers felt the deal was too long and they wanted to see an open tendering process. They also wanted the district to consider an in-house operation of the sewage treatment plant. At the District of Sooke council meeting on Monday, Aug. 8, council voted to negotiate a five-year operating and maintenance (O&M) agreement with the current provider, EPCOR. The only councillor not in favour was Councillor Herb Haldane. None of the comments made by the public had any impact on the consequent decision. Trevor Davis, from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), stated that the ability to secure monopoly agreements were a “goldmine” for companies and municipalities should be taking action to regain control of public services. He hoped for the evolution of the idea — service to the public by

the public. Don Brown said that “we are in a time in history where the community needs to come together and work cooperatively.” Dave and Carol Mallett both praised EPCOR and the 21-year agreement. Dave Mallet said that 80 per cent of the electorate did not have a say on the Alternate Approval Process ballot. “It’s unfair that those who vote do not pay, they should not have a say,” said Dave Mallet. It was council that decided that the AAP was the manner in which they would proceed. Others questioned the accuracy of the AAP and the costs of a public works department. A few asked for a referendum. District CAO Evan Parliament opened up the council discussion, prior to the vote, by stating that time was of the essence as the current contract expires on September 30, 2011. Council had four options to consider. The first was a referendum in the upcoming municipal election. The cost was estimated to be $40,000 for public engagement expenses. Mayor Janet Evans said she was concerned with voter apathy. Option two was to enter into a two-year

O&M agreement with an automatic one-year renewal up to five years withacostof$225,559.31 for the remainder of 2011. (Annual cost $906,237.24). The third option, which council chose, was to enter into a fiveyear agreement with the operating fees for 20122015 to be finalized. Option four would have seen the district look at an in-house operation. This would have meant hiring an independent consultant to perform a comprehensive public sector comparator, at a cost of approx. $40,000. Councillor David Bennett read a prepared statement where he said there was a concerted effort “to discredit the research, the consultation, the community network-

ing, the media releases, the availability of all the information for public consumption and consideration, on the part of district staff, and the informed decision-making of the majority of council.” Coun. Sheila Beech said there were false statements being made, which was “disappointing.” She said the “water group” people were “playing political games.” Coun. Maja Tait said she supported the option of a referendum as well as a five-year agreement. She said she believed in progress and that future councils should consider a municipal services department. Coun. Herb Haldane said he didn’t think the system (sewer) was checked properly

and he was entitled to disagree with the rest of council as it was a free country. He said he thought a referendum would prove once and for all what the taxpayers wanted. Coun. Ron Dumont didn’t think the district could operate the sewer treatment plant themselves. “We have the back up of the whole empire of EPCOR... a 21-year plan was our best effort. He said he supported the five-year agreement. Mayor Janet Evans said “our system is award-winning,” and in the case of a previous referendum Sooke was five years behind because of the failure of the road referendum. She said Sooke didn’t even have the capacity to operate its own road maintenance. She

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declared her support for option three, the five-year agreement with EPCOR. Wendal Milne, one of the organizers working to stop the proposed 21-year deal with EPCOR and the district said he was “disappointed.” He said he would have preferred a two-year deal. “It was a democratic process and it puts it to be for awhile. It’s better than a 21-year deal, at least the democratic process was followed.” As to the comments that misinformation was spread about prior to the tally of the AAP ballots, Milne stated, “we only used documents supplied by the District of Sooke. It was solely their documents and if they were erroneous they came from their own documents.”

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ALM Organic Farm took part in this year’s farm and food garden tour. See more photos on the website at: www. sookeneewsmirror. com, click on Photo Gallery, top right hand corner of the website.

Water important for coho survival Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror

About eight to 10 kilometres past Young Lake there is an earthen dam at Brown’s swamp that is a reservoir used by the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society (SSES)to direct water into DeMamiel Creek. Every summer there is an issue with the amount of water in the creek and the effect that low water has on the spawning coho salmon. The dam was built in the late 1990s and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was involved in the original con-

struction. “It’s hugely important for Sooke coho,” said SSES president Mel Hull. “The vast majority spawn in DeMamiel Creek and as a result the hatchery ones go to Young Lake.” Hull said they like to keep the lake refreshed so the fry survive in Young Lake. He said what they use the dam for is to release water into the upper reaches of DeMamiel Creek during the summer. Now, for a variety of reasons, the least of which is the fact that last year a similar type of dam burst in the Oliver area setting off a five-kilometre torrent of mud and debris, wiping out five homes and a large agricultural area, DFO wants

to rid itself of the structure. The cost of doing an inspection on the dam is between $30-$60,000 and because the dam is difficult to get to, a helicopter would be needed. Add to that the shortage of water for the 100 summer days. “There is a fair amount of risk of water behind dirt,” said Tom Rutherford of DFO. Rutherford is the acting sector head for Resource Restoration and Community Involvement. They are subject to uphold the B.C. Dam Safety Regulations. “It is eerily the same, the same height, the same distance to houses,” said Rutherford of the dam that burst. Other reasons include liability, the inaccessible site,

reconfiguration of the outlet, and the benefit for the cost. “Right now we hold the liability,” said Rutherford. “We’ve considered the view of the society. If you guys want the licence (for the dam) my advice would be, ‘you guys don’t want to go there.’” He said the offer was made and his advice was, “don’t touch it.” With any of the earthen dams scattered throughout the province, DFO is looking at all of their licenced structures. “This is the only one, to my knowledge, that we’ve done an analysis on and said, ‘oops,’” said Rutherford.

Debate over controversial project delayed Ryan Flaherty Black Press

A motion by one of the directors of the Capital Regional District to curb a development in the Juan de Fuca Rural Resource lands has been postponed until next month. Saanich Coun. Vic Derman withdrew the motion -- which states that a rezoning application by Marine Trail

Holdings Ltd. is inconsistent with the CRD’s Regional Growth Strategy -- from the CRD board’s Aug. 10 agenda, citing the need for a further legal opinion on its merits. “My belief is that the board holds the power to determine whether or not the application is consistent with the Regional Growth Strategy,” Derman said. “If the board was to rule it inconsistent, there is

provincial legislation that says very, very specifically that no regional board is allowed to adopt a bylaw that is inconsistent with its own regional growth strategy. “I intend to seek legal information independently at this time to ensure that the direction that I’m taking, which I believe to be legally correct, is in fact correct.” Derman also acknowl-

edged that the absence of several CRD directors at the meeting played a part in his decision. “This is a huge, huge region that I think deserves consideration by the full board and as much as possible by the regular directors who make up the board,” Derman said. However, Derman did file notice with the board that he intends to bring the motion forth when the board

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COUNCIL BRIEFS Brief notes on what went on at the regualr District of Sooke council meeting on August 8, 2011. Public Hearings Two public hearing were held on Aug. 8 during the regular District of Sooke council meeting. Council gave third reading to Bylaw No. 498, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (270-89) and Bylaw No. 499, 2139 Church Road Phased Development Agreement Authorization Bylaw, 2011. The zoning amendment will amend the zoning on the property at 2139 Church Road from Village Residential (R1) to Town Centre Residential (RS1). The developers, Michael James Hallas and Lisa Anne Ebbs-Canavan, have no plans, as yet for the property but the 2,468 sq. metre property can accommodate a maximum of four lots. Duplexes would be allowed, with a maximum density of eight (two dwelling units per lot). Gail Hall questioned the need for a phased development agreement (PDA) with so few dwelling units. To clarify Evan Parliament, district CAO stated that PDAs were not employed to extract extra fees from developers but to ensure the developer gets the requested zoning and the municipality receives the amenities. “It allows us to sit down and itemize what we want as amenities,” said Parliament. He

said it is all legal and is the result of a court case in 2000 which set aside Comprehensive Development Agreements because they “fettered the decisions of future councils.” They are used to protect and secure amenities from developers for a 10-year period. Council gave third reading to another zoning amendment bylaw and phased development agreement for property located at 6553 Helgesen Road. Bylaw No. 501, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (270-90) and Bylaw No. 502, 6553 Helgesen Road Phased Development Agreement Authorization Bylaw, 2011. The two hectare property would permit a density of 57 units with a minimum lot size of 350 sq. metres of 650 sq. metres if suites are permitted on the approx. five-acre property. Municipal planner Gerard LeBlanc said the developers, Kenneth, Brenda and Frederick Rudd, were looking at developing 30-35 single-family lots. ByLaws Council agreed to recommended changes to draft Bylaw No. 480, Sign Regulation Bylaw, 2011. All sections discussing sandwich boards, portable signs and way finding signs were reviewed. Planner Gerard LeBlanc stated that changes were made because of feedback from the community. Sandwich boards will

be allowed but they are to be restricted to 3 metres from the door of a business. Businesses located outside the town centre that has no existing signage should be permitted one sandwich board and/or portable sign no further than the closest street intersection with Hwy. 14. If a business decides to advertise their business on a way finding sign, then their third party sandwich sign or portable sign is no longer permitted. There are fees associated with sign permits which run from $20 to $200. Coun. David Bennett brought up the issue of flying flags. In the bylaw only one flag is permitted to be flown. Bennett asked for a change to allow more than one flag and council granted this request. Council amended Bylaw No. 502, 6553 Helgesen Road Phased Development Agreement Authorization Bylaw, 2011. The bylaw had received first and second reading on July 11. The amendment will delete the section 10.2 Surface Improvements No. 2 in the PDA which state that the applicant is to design and construct upgrades to Helgesen Road from the Church Road intersection to the development entrance. Rather than having to construct a concrete sidewalk and ornamental street lighting, the developer now has to paint a centre line on Helgesen Road to Church Road. There will, however, be a sidewalk in front of the

development. Al Fontes, manager of operations for the district, stated that “the number of units being built did not justify rebuilding Helgesen Road.” Council introduced and gave first and second reading to Bylaw No. 504, 505 and scheduled a public hearing for 6826 Grant Road. Coun. Ron Dumont was opposed. Dumont had an issue with the fact that council was not following its own rules in regard to infill/density in the town centre. “We keep edging out of the town boundaries,” he said. “We keep doing it. We keep going further away, we’re never going to get a downtown if we keep doing this.” The development will include 20 per cent affordable housing. The density will allow between 18-25 dwelling units. Reports Council approved the recommendations made by the Committee of the Whole. Council endorsed the proposal to conduct a Fuel Management Demonstration Project in the Charters Creek area provided funding from a UBCM grant is obtained and approval is obtained from all stakeholders. Council approved the amended Policy No. 8.4, Development Application Procedure Policy, 2011; council rescinded Policy No. 8.1, Agricultural Reserve Application Procedure Policy;

Policy No. 8.2, Consultation Process Regarding Official Community Plan and Policy 8.3, Processing of ALR Applications. Council agreed to forward the application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) with a recommendation to support the non-farm use proposed for 2249 Sooke River Road.

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Sooke’s St. Rose of Lima, 1912 Catholic church has had three versions Rising on Townsend Road in the heart of Sooke, the third St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church will soon take its place in Sooke’s church history. The building design displayed at the recent sod-turning ceremony indicates a vastly modernized interpretation of the traditional church structures we have been accustomed to. While the sacraments had been administered by Catholic priests during the late 1800s, the first actual church (photo) was built in 1912 on a corner of T’Sou-ke Nation Reserve No. 1. A Belgian priest, Monsignor Joseph Leterme worked alongside the T’Sou-ke people as the structure took shape. This simple building quickly became renowned for its intricately decorated interior with some of the finest First Nations carvings and delicate paintings in Western Canada. Called St. Rose of Lima for the first Saint of the Americas, the church opened as a mission, served from St. Andrews Cathedral in Victoria. Apparently Msgr. Leterme would

commandeer a vehicle from one of his Victoria flock fortunate enough to own one, and head out on the dirt (later gravel) road west. Disaster struck the little chapel, with its attached dwelling, one night in 1940, when it went up in flames. I recall it as one of the

dramatic memories of my childhood; only eight, I absorbed the immensity of the loss, but also the overwhelming relief that no lives were lost. For three years Mass was celebrated in the homes of parishioners, but by 1943 the second St. Rose church was in


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Providing a legacy

The pages of this newspaper have frequently been filled with stories about the Sunriver Allotment Garden and the area farmers who try to make a living on small acreages. What is most evident is the dedication and passion these people have for the land and what it can produce, and the hard work it takes to do just that. Last weekend’s farm and food garden tour was just an example. Many, many people took the tour and I’m sure they were inspired to take out some of their flower beds and put in a few vegetable plants. We do not want to lose We do not our ability to provide for want to lose ourselves and this concept our ability to is brought home more and more through the endeavors provide for of our farmers and growers. The District of Sooke ourselves... has to be commended for their part in providing land at Sunriver. Yes, it was an amenity from the developer but that aside, it was extremely far-sighted and kudos to Sooke Food CHI for following up and making sure it happened. Now we need the district and council to allocate more land for such enterprises. Get land as an amenity from developers and create more neighbourhood gardens. We need to ensure our future generations have the land to be able to grow things because the agricultural land is being built upon with no end in sight. Let’s provide for our kids and grand kids, that is the best legacy anyone could provide. In the long run it will mean more and provide more than any commercial building or a new subdivision.

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What are you looking forward to in the new school year?

I’m going into grade 5, I’m looking forward to the playground.

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Open letter in regard to boat launch CAO Evan Parliament, District of Sooke Dear Mr. Parliament; On this day, August 10, 2011, I demand that the District of Sooke cease expending funds on the ‘Boat Launch Project’ until certain issues are clarified. It would seem that in the matter of the public boat launch, the District of Sooke is guilty of a breach of public trust; and of fraudulently representing the value of the boat launch to the motorized-boating public. Assurance was given that ample parking would be available, and that vehicles and trailers would be accommodated. Sooke would once again have a public boat launch for the fishing community. Not only was the boating public given that assurance, but those who administered the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component, were also given the same assurance. All documents, the application report to the Building Canada Fund, Sooke Zoning Bylaw 416, and Development Permit #PLN00726, make mention of parking for vehicles and trailers. Specifically, Bylaw 416 and DP#PLN00726 state that no less than 19 spaces be available for truck/trailer parking. In detail there were to be 12 spaces at 40 feet; eight spaces at 33 feet; one space at 29.5 feet; and two trailer only spaces, for a total of 23. Measurements carried out of August 7, 2011, found the following:

eight spaces at 26.5 feet + 7.5 feet of sidewalk (34 feet); four spaces at 21 feet + 7.5 feet of sidewalk (28.5 feet); six spaces at 22.5 feet + 7.5 feet of sidewalk (30 feet); and two spaces for cars, for a total of 20. We trailer a 19-ft Glassply behind a 3/4 ton pick-up and require 42 1/2 feet of parking space. We also trailer a 12-ft aluminum boat with the same truck, and would require 34 feet to park. The parking required in both district legal documents has not been provided. It is obvious that the boat launch will never be the amenity promised in return for the expenditure on the property. Yes, car-toppers, kayaks and canoes will perhaps use the site, but these are not the craft used by fishermen in local waters. The much-touted draw for tourism and world class fishing was simply a means to win support for the hotel. The boat launch project and the property purchase were part of the ‘Agreement’ with Prestige Hotel and they will be the sole beneficiary. The Development Permit has been breached in a number of ways: failure to provide the parking as per the DP; the requirement for a grasscrete surface on the parking areas; the changes to the layout at the waters edge for the turn around, the failure on the properties to indicate in any way the change in property lines given by subdivision. In fact at the time the subdivision was put to paper, we were told that would provide the necessary parking.

I also have in my possession a series of staff e-mails which make it clear that there is a short-fall of at least $440,000 needed to complete the project, and some interesting suggestions as to how to put the numbers to council. Some of the contents read as follows: “An error at the outset of the project where the 200K from Prestige for the pier was misallocated. 100K for the unexpected costs of the boat launch land based works The key is - have we been authorized by council to do the work we are doing and spending the funds we propose to do... Just want everyone to be aware that this could be a major criticism of staff if it is not clear to council and the public. Also - we must ensure that the whole boat launch and boardwalk will be public property. And we must ensure that we have amended our tenure licence and grant application if necessary.” It is also obvious that a new contract has been awarded, or is to be awarded, to Heavy Metal, to do with the installation of the pier and boardwalk. This project must not continue until these issues are put before the public and all questions answered. This should not be about providing amenities for Prestige Hotel. It must be about accountability and responsibility to the taxpaying public. Gail Hall Sooke Editor’s note: Read Evan Parliament’s response on page 11


Sorry for bridge jump To the District of Sooke; This is the bridge jumpers writing you a sincere apology for holding up traffic. We meant no harm, just going for a swim. If it personally affected passersby, it was not on purpose. Please accept our apology. Mark and Chantel Sooke


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Time to move on In my view, the positive outcomes of the council’s decision to proceed with a fiveyear contract with EPCOR are that further confusion, contention and conflict in the community has been avoided by not having a referendum; a five-year rather than a 21-year agreement has been approved; and the community is continuing to receive excellent service from a reputable company. I had made a proposal to council to evaluate three alternatives – a five-year contract with EPCOR, a five-year contract with a community co-operative and a local public works department to objectively determine the alternative that would best contribute to the social and economic sustainability and resilience of our community. Hopefully in the future, this evaluation will be done so that we can reach a decision which will satisfy community members that all of the issues have been fully addressed. For now, the decision has been made and it is time to move on. Don Brown Sooke

Consider a divorce from CRD This has been a good week for opinion pieces in the Times Colonist, Aug 2, 2011. Ted Daly, former mayor of North Saanich, has provided an indispensable retrospective on what was intended when the CRD Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) was crafted. Indeed, the provincial legislation mandating a RGS was never intended to trump municipal authority

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Visitors fromTexas came out to Sooke to enjoy the cooler weather. They took in many sights and especially enjoyed the ocean breezes at the boardwalk. Pictured are: Nanette Fisher, Aimee Sheehan and Sallie Taylor.

and this was clear to the participants in the RGS adoption. Wayne Fritz has given us some valuable insights into the colonial mentality whereby the residents of Port Renfrew, Otter Point, Willis Point, Malahat and East Sooke are essentially governed by the Juan de Fuca Colonial Office located in the CRD HQ. Fritz is quite right in that there are some inequities in the Land Use Committee (LUC) structure established by former EA Regional Director Lunn. It is also the case that this local structure has done valuable work in producing a compromise Official Community Plan (OCP) for Otter Point that seems to have broad support. Both of these opinion pieces support our view that fundamentals have to be addressed. Tinkering with voting structures is not going to fix the discord regarding the unincorporated lands. Insisting that the Growth Management Strategy is the supreme law of the land is also a dead end. The very thought that the CRD might sue a mandated CRD committee for doing its legal duty illustrates the need for some fresh thinking. We believe that there is merit in considering a divorce between the Western Communities and the Victoria core and the Peninsula citing irreconcilable differences. Fritz sug-

gests amalgamation in the unincorporated areas, perhaps based on Sooke, would be the way to go. There may be other valid options to move ahead. We don’t know the outcome or the best option. But we do know that the present state of affairs is not sustainable and we welcome the opening of an adult conversation. At last. Al Jones President Association of B. C Land Owners

Respect is earned I was appalled at the action of Councillor Beech, in her attack of Gail Hall at the council meeting on Aug. 8. Gail Hall, had no opportunity to defend herself and the attack was totally unprovoked. Council is not to interact with the galllery at this portion of the meeting, yet the mayor allowed it to happen. Councillor Bennett, read out a rant against the naysayers (his words) on the 21- year EPCOR agreement, saying some public were spouting lies and totally distorting the information and not listening to what the staff and council were saying. I wonder why we don’t respect council and some senior staff recomendations? First of all, we the public, are given two minutes to speak on anything on the

agenda, regardless of the number of items, in this case 10 items. One cannot effectively cover all the points on all the items in such a short time. We are only allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting and never allowed to interject or ask questions or give comment, on individual agenda items. Only staff and council can interject. When sitting in the gallery, I sure hear comments, whispered, which are valid and should be made to council. It is most unfortunate. The comments from council were that no one comes to the open houses and committee meetings, yet they make decisions, they say based on comments from open houses and committee meetings. When the public is not heard, that is when they become apathetic or in some countries, as we see all over the world now, act out their anger. I do not advocate the latter, but do insist that our freedom of speech is not hampered by rules and controls put into place to allow only the acceptable comments which further public debt and control. The system needs a change. Respect is earned. Ellen Lewers Sooke

Sewer deal smells bad Why does the sewer contract with EPCOR

that Sooke council has just approved smell so bad? Common sense tells me that it should not be necessary to have to give a notice of one year in order to cancel the contract and also to pay a six-month penalty. This might be different if EPCOR was giving us a special rate but this is not the case. EPCOR has recently announced that it is making record profits and they are now going to receive a large increase in income from Sooke with this new contract. This whole deal stinks and it once again goes to show that Sooke council is not acting in the best interests of Sooke... and has anyone on council considered that the recent budget that they approved does not allow for this increase in funds to be paid to EPCOR. Will they ever learn? Jim Mitchell Sooke

Opinion pieces Interesting juxtaposition on the editorial page of the Aug. 3rd Sooke News Mirror: An editorial reminding folks that when they make comments on-line to keep it “clean, honest and legal... no petty name calling and childish commentary” and right next to it an piece by Tom Fletcher opining that the Green Party leaders “threw away their scientific credibility last week by chiming in with the tiny tinfoilhat movement and its trumped up opposition to B.C. Hydro’s transition to wireless meters.” I guess the childish name-calling ban doesn’t apply to regular columnists in the printed paper. Jo Phillips Sooke

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Politicians have short memories Central Saanich Mayor Jack Mar and Councillor Ron Kubek recently expressed concern at the Capital Regional District Board decision to review several of Central Saanich land use decisions and found this review as â&#x20AC;&#x153;creeping into municipal business.â&#x20AC;? Esquimalt mayor Barb Desjardins said that it is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;slippery slopeâ&#x20AC;? when the region decides that its interests trump those of a municipality. Not so long ago Mayor Mar and other CRD directors with full support of the CRD Board purchased for a paltry $100 the right to vote on and oppose land use decisions made by the Juan De Fuca Electoral Area Land Use Committee, which were considered to contravene the

Regional Growth Strategy. This is precisely the reason why the CRD Board recently voted in favour of a motion by Saanich Councillor and CRD Director Vic Derman to review several Central Saanich land use decisions. In Mr. Kubekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They want to be able to do what they want to do in Victoria and Saanich, but to tell Central Saanich what to do.â&#x20AC;? At the time of his purchasing the right to vote on JDF matters I wrote a letter to Mayor Mar expressing precisely the same feelings but was not dignified with an answer. Politicians seem to have a short and selective memory and to not realize that â&#x20AC;&#x153;what goes around comes around.â&#x20AC;? V.A.Preto Sooke

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There is no real value to having a sign bylaw unless the district is prepared to enforce it. I find it hard to believe that the bylaw officer canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find two or three hours a week to administer this bylaw, considering the issues are almost entirely along Hwy. 14. I think it is shameful to force the residents and business people of Sooke to be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ratsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in order to enforce bylaws. The district has to make a commitment to facilitate the installation of sign trees at the intersections along Hwy. 14. These businesses should share the cost of the installation and yearly rental. All businesses have to consider their adver-

tising needs but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think trashing up our community with sandwich boards should be an option. Communities have sign regulations as a means of controlling the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;visuals.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; No other community I know of allows sandwich boards other than as information on the property in question. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it look great if all the businesses in the downtown core had sandwich boards lining the highway? Another issue is the proliferation of garage sale posters and advertising tacked on telephone poles in our downtown core. We could establish one area or sign board where garage sales could be posted, somewhere off Sooke Road like SEAPARC or the community hall. It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for garage

Capital Regional District Notice of

Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Sections 890, 891 and 892 of the Local Government Act, that a Public Hearing: Will be held at: Shirley Community Hall Located at: 2795 Sheringham Point Road, Shirley, BC On: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 starting at 7pm To consider adoption of: Bylaw No. 3717, cited as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Official Community Plan for Shirley/Jordan River Bylaw No. 1, 2010â&#x20AC;?. Bylaw No. 3717 covers the area referred to as Shirley/Jordan River, which is a part of the Capital Regional District (CRD), as outlined on Map 1 which is attached to and forms a part of this bylaw, and repeals the CRD Bylaw No. 3352, cited as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Official Community Plan for Shirley/Jordan River Bylaw No.1, 2006â&#x20AC;?. The proposed bylaw updates the existing Official Community Plan by including: äD Greenhouse Gas Reduction statement, ä amending the Development Permit Area No. 1: Steep Slopes by changing the lands designated from areas having slopes exceeding 20 percent or 11 degrees in slope over a minimum 6 metre run to areas having slopes exceeding 30 percent or 16.7 degrees in slope over a minimum 10 metre run, äproviding additional exemptions for development permits, äreflecting adoption of the Parks Plan, and äincorporating revised mapping. The actual bylaw should be reviewed to determine specifically how particular lands may be affected. All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw will be provided an opportunity to be heard, or to present written submissions, on matters contained in the proposed bylaw. A copy of proposed Bylaw No. 3717 and other relevant documents and information may be inspected at the Juan de Fuca Planning office, 2 - 6868 West Coast Road, Sooke BC between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday from August 17 to August 31, 2011, excluding statutory holidays, and are available from the CRD website at Written submissions should be sent to the Juan de Fuca Planning office, by mail to Box 283, Sooke BC V9Z OS9; by email to or by fax at 250.642.5274. Written submissions should be received no later than 4pm on August 31, 2011 to ensure availability at the public hearing. Submissions will also be accepted at the public hearing. Following the close of the public hearing, no further submissions or comments from the public or interested persons can be accepted by the CRD Board of Directors. The Public Hearing on Bylaw No. 3717 will be held by the Electoral Area Director, or Alternate Director, as a delegate of the Board of the CRD. A copy of the CRD Board resolution making the delegation is available for public inspection along with a copy of the bylaw referred to in this notice. For further information, contact June Klassen, Manager, Local Area Planning at 250.642.1500 local 206. S. Santarossa, Corporate Officer


sale hunters to find the information. The other method would be the local newspaper. The aim is to make improvements in our community. Anything and everything we can do to present Sooke at itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best at any particular time will help encourage residents to do business here in Sooke, as well as entice visitors to consider relocating to and investing in Sooke. In surveys I personally conducted the vast majority of comments about downtown Sooke were about the negative â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; we

presented; not enough sidewalks, sandwich boards, weeds and uncut road borders. It should be noted that three Sooke Road businesses have upgraded their visuals with professionally designed and well made signs. In fact one business used to put out a sandwich board, right in the middle of the walking path, now they have an attractive sign that catches the attention of passers-by. Good on you! Robert Randall Sooke


A great place to live In reply to Dianeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter about comunity spirit. You will be glad to know it is very alive and well. Our many volunteer groups who care about Sooke are all about caring for what is best for all. As we look to the future we are looking towards more stores, employment, entertainment and services that invite newcomers to be

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Sooke Public Boat Launch update District of Sooke CAO asked to be able to respond to Gail Hall’s opinion piece on page 8. Now that Prestige Hotel Sooke Oceanfront Resort has officially opened (June 2011), it is time to anticipate another grand opening… our very own Sooke public boat launch. This exciting project will be completed by October 31, 2011. In order to meet DFO requirements, the window to complete the water based works is now scheduled for September 15, 2011. The project was delayed this summer for no works were allowed in order to protect sensitive fish habitat. The water based works (dock/round-about/boat launch area) was tendered in 2010 for $1.1 million dollars. The land based works (parking stalls/trail/access road to boat launch) is estimated at $400,000. All land based works are being constructed and paid for by Prestige Hotels as per our Partnering Agreement signed in 2010. In addition, Prestige Hotels is building a public pier that will link the hotel to the water. This $200,000 amenity contribution will ensure public access from the hotel to the future boardwalk/marina. Once the pier is completed to municipal standards, this asset will be transferred to the District of Sooke guaranteeing full public access to the water for generations to come. Other amenities include fuel services, septic disposal, public dock, and slips available for non-for-profit community agencies (Coast guard Auxiliary/service clubs/other). Also, float planes visiting Sooke now have a public slip to tie up to. In order to minimize costs, the District of Sooke applied for and was approved for a Build Canada government grant for $605,000 in 2010. The boat launch is designed to allow boats access to the water at high and low tide. Twenty-four hour public access to Sooke Harbour was a fundamental component of the design. Cost to launch your boat and park your trailer? Free. So, how does this project breakdown and at what cost to the

Sooke taxpayer? It was always council’s objective to minimize costs and keep our contribution at one-third funding levels. In other words, it was council’s goal to build this public project using two-third funding dollars from outside agencies. We are proud to announce we have achieved that. Water based works: $1.1 Million Land Based works: $0.4M ($400,000) Pier: $0.2M Contingency (8 per cent): $0.14M Totral project cost: $1.84M Less: -$0.605M (Build Canada Grant) -$0.4M (Prestige Hotels for land-based works) -$0.2M (Prestige Hotels for Public Pier) Total coast to Sooke: $0.635M (35 cent dollars) The project includes 21 parking stalls for truck/trailer and 3 stalls for vehicles only. There will also be short term parking available on the round-about near the launch area. The parking stalls range from ten 42’-46’ in length; eight 34’-38’ stalls; and three 24’-29’ stalls. If oversized truck/trailers need additional room, there is ample parking next door at “Jock’s Dock” (good neighbor relationship) where a nominal donation is appreciated by the family. The District of Sooke acknowledges that more parking stalls are needed, especially in the busy summer fishing season. Council and staff are exploring options to increase parking spaces. The District of Sooke is proud to have provided this important public facility at a price that is both affordable and responsible. This public facility will allow local boaters and the traveling public to visit, tour, and experience Sooke and area by enhancing their eco-experience with modern amenities. Respectfully submitted by Evan Parliament, CAO

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The Hero In You® education program offers a series of FREE curriculum-linked lesson plans (grades 4-7) aimed to motivate children to find the champion within themselves. In addition, teachers can request a FREE classroom presentation delivered in-person by a Hall of Fame athlete!

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Charity Auction Sept. 25, 2011 Items to Donate? Please Call Lori 250-642-2052

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Future fisherman in the works Five-year-old Grady Sluggett shows off his first fish. He caught the 12 1/2-inch trout all by himself. It was caught at Lake Cowichan. Take a kid fishing and it may well become a lifelong passion.


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Employment Opportunity The District of Sooke is currently seeking a full time Senior Engineering Technologist to join our dynamic team. Visit for details. Competition closes at 4:30 p.m. on August 26, 2011.

SOOKE STARLIGHT CINEMA This summer Ed Macgregor Park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theatre! The community is invited to bring their families and friends for a night of entertainment. Marley and Me starts at sunset on August 19th so bring a blanket and a bowl for your popcorn! Admission by donation and concession available. for more info.

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Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Sections 890, 891 and 892 of the Local Government Act, that a Public Hearing: Will be held at: Otter Point Fire Hall Located at: 3727 Otter Point Road, Otter Point, BC On: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 following the public hearing on Bylaw No. 3797 (which is scheduled to commence at 7pm) To consider adoption of: Bylaw No. 3719, cited as “Official Community Plan for Otter Point Bylaw No.1, 2010”. Bylaw No. 3719 covers the area referred to as Otter Point, which is a part of the Capital Regional District (CRD), as outlined on Map 1 which is attached to and forms a part of this bylaw, and repeals the CRD Bylaw No. 3354, cited as the “Official Community Plan for Otter Point Bylaw No.1, 2006”. The proposed bylaw updates the existing Official Community Plan by including: ä a Greenhouse Gas Reduction statement, ä amending the Development Permit Area No.1: Steep Slopes by changing the lands designated from areas having slopes exceeding 20 percent or 11 degrees in slope over a minimum 6 metre run to areas having slopes exceeding 30 percent or 16.7 degrees in slope over a minimum 10 metre run, ä providing additional exemptions for development permits, äreflecting adoption of the Parks Plan, and äincorporating revised mapping. The actual bylaw should be reviewed to determine specifically how particular lands may be affected. All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw will be provided an opportunity to be heard, or to present written submissions, on matters contained in the proposed bylaw. A copy of proposed Bylaw No. 3719 and other relevant documents and information may be inspected at the Juan de Fuca Planning office, 2 - 6868 West Coast Road, Sooke BC between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday from August 17 to August 30, 2011, excluding statutory holidays, and are available from the CRD website at Written submissions should be sent to the Juan de Fuca Planning office, by mail to Box 283, Sooke, BC V9Z OS9; by email to or by fax at 250.642.5274. Written submissions should be received no later than 4pm on August 30, 2011 to ensure their availability at the public hearing. Submissions will also be accepted at the public hearing. Following the close of the public hearing, no further submissions or comments from the public or interested persons can be accepted by the CRD Board of Directors. The Public Hearing on Bylaw No. 3719 will be held by the Electoral Area Director, or Alternate Director, as a delegate of the Board of the CRD. A copy of the CRD Board resolution making the delegation is available for public inspection along with a copy of the bylaw referred to in this notice. For further information, contact June Klassen, Manager, Local Area Planning at 250.642.1500 local 206. S. Santarossa, Corporate Officer

Starlight Cinema

Recently at Ed McGregor Park on Friday evenings outdoor movies were shown under the stars. What a pleasant experience to see families at the park enjoying the evenings with everyone sitting outside under the stars having some popcorn watching the movies. After the movie was !nished and the cleanup was done it was amazing to look up at the sky and see the stars. What a true starlight cinema that was. It was indeed awe-inspiring. Recently I was on a holiday trip to see the canyons in Utah and Arizona. It was stunning to see the stars in the sky from vantage points with little interference from arti!cial lights. It was the most amazing starlight cinema that I have ever seen. Being out in the natural surroundings while camping one sees beauty in our world and looking at the stars, in the universe. Some things like the stars seem to take your breath away. Nature in all its magni!cence seems to bring out a sense of praise and thanksgiving that comes from the heart and soul. Our God is an awesome and wonderful God for the things he has created. In the Old Testament we see how God has been with his people through their joys, trials and tribulations. In Deuteronomy 10: 21 we read, ‘He is your praise, he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.’ Seeing the stars after the movie reminded me that the stars are among the truly awesome things that our own eyes have seen. Fr. Mike Favero St. Rose of Lima Parish

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Generous donor gives playhouse to local kids Benjamin Yong Sooke News Mirror

Fate is how the Sooke Harbourside Lionesses described the donation of a children’s playhouse to the Sooke Family Resource Society last Thursday. The playhouse was originally gifted to the Harbourside Lionesses by an anonymous donor last spring. “It’s just a labour of love. A group of people built it and they didn’t have kids, they just like building stuff (so) we got it,” said Al Beddows, district governor of the 19-I Lions Clubs International. Georgia Medwedrich, president of the Harbourside Lionesses, said she wanted other Lions clubs in the district to have a chance at it, so a raffle was set up for Multiple District 19-I that encompasses all of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and northwestern Washington. Tickets were sold in all those areas, from Ladysmith to Tahsis, and it was a huge surprise when a winner was finally drawn.

Al Beddows, district governor of the 19-I Lions Clubs International, and Georgia Medwedrich, president of the Sooke Harbourside Lionesses, prepare to present the key to the playhouse to Paul Smith who won the raffle and later gave it to the Sooke Family Resource Society. “A Sooke guy wins it on one ticket, he only purchased one ticket. They were $2 each and 3 for $5,” said Medwedrich, still in disbelief. Winner Paul Curtis, who has been living in Sooke for 34 years, said he wanted to give back to the Sooke Child, Youth and Family Centre on Townsend Road. That is where the Sooke Co-operative Pre-

school is now located, and is where his children attended when it was at its old location by the ballpark. “I just entered the raffle donating to the Lionesses. it worked out good for everyone,” he said. The playhouse is to be stationed in the infant toddler playground and will be well utilized said Nicky Logins, executive director of the Sooke

Family Resource Society which is one of the seven other agencies located at the centre. Logins said the resource society will make the most use of it because of the many programs they offer for little children. “It’s just wonderful, just a very generous gift,” said Logins. “It was totally unexpected— out of the blue we got a phone call and here it is, and it’s so pretty!” Not to be outdone, The Sooke District Lionesses also made a donation to the society: a newly carved wooden picnic table made by an unnamed “local fellow,” said president Anne Scott. CASA (Co-operative Association of Service Agencies) had wanted something for the children’s play area, so the Sooke Lionesses donated it,” she said. “We said what can we do for you, they said we want a picnic table and it snowballed from there.” news@sookenews



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it McCabe is much like any other person living in Sooke who enjoys the simple things — going out shopping, taking the bus. But since undergoing surgery last February, standard public transit was no longer a regular option. “I had a knee replacement, now I have to use a cane,” said McCabe, 57. Without a license and living next door to her mother in Whiffin Spit, who doesn’t drive often, she was at her wit’s end. That’s when her brother in law, who works for BC Transit, told her about the HandyDART service. “It comes right to your door and drops you off, door to door.” She said a lot of her friends, some of whom are disabled, had never heard of the “tremendous” service that takes passengers throughout Greater Victoria. She uses it to get to doctors appointments, the store, and back home again. “If you go grocery shopping, they’ll carry it for you,” said McCabe, who added the service runs in Sooke twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays with pickups between 9 and 10 a.m. and dropoffs around 4 or 4:30 p.m. Operated by the Victoria Regional Transit System, the HandDART is a small bus designed to carry passengers with physical or intellectual disabilities. It can also bring most wheelchairs and scooters along for the ride, with driver’s providing heavy lifting assistance. The fare is the same as a regular bus at $2.50 per trip, but passengers can bring along an attendant, free of charge, if necessary. Certified assistance animals are also allowed. McCabe was “amazed at the people that don’t know about it,” and said prospective riders simply need a doctor’s

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A Celebration of Life On Sunday Aug 21, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sale of crafts, baking, children games And all forms of fun and entertainment Admission free. Wheelchair accessible. All day concession by Marg’s Kitchen. Salmon Barb-B Que at 5:00 Take the West Coast Road from Sooke to Shirley

The Society would like to thank all the Sponsors who, once again, have been generous in their support of both our Chinook Derby and the work of our Society. Without their contribution to the effort, we could not accomplish the goals of both the Derby committee and the hard-working volunteers who toil behind the scenes to raise and release the young salmon that local !shers enjoy catching as returning adults. We have to thank Chris Craig for his unfailing generosity in providing the site for the Weigh-in Station. You have been a true friend, Chris. Our eighth annual Derby was a successful event, with the largest Chinook ever entered, weighing 42.25 lbs. A little less wind would have been preferred, but the afternoon on the Flats was all we could hope for, with an excellent meal put on by the Lions and beverage service by the Sooke Community Association, who also provided the venue for us, again. We thank both organizations for their support and friendship over the years of the event. It is, and always has been, a pleasure to work with them. We also thank all the participants for their support, since a Derby without !shermen and women would be a pretty pointless exercise. They provide the excitement and the incentive for us to continue. The Society would like to ask all our supporters to offer their thanks to our Sponsors by passing any business they might have along to them, to show their thanks for the support we value so highly. We hope to see you all at the Weigh-in Station and the Flats next year. Good Fishing and calm seas. Yours truly, Mel Hull, president, Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society

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Sooke Fall Fair: Science in Action The 2011 Sooke Fall Fair theme ‘Science in Action’ is exciting for the Kitchencraft team as cooking is science. Come and explore the world of the kitchen as we display a vast array of delicious and tempting food (no sampling) on display in the Kitchencraft Section. Yeast breads, quick breads, muffins, sweet loaves, cakes, squares, cookies, pies, tarts, candy, eggs, preserves, diabetic cooking, and smoked fish all produced in local kitchens will compete for first, second or third place. We will be creating a ‘home lab’ to display the entries this year. Science in the kitchen is fun and we will have interactive displays for eggs, candy and dill pickles. Bring the whole family and learn about the science that is really going on in your kitchen each day. Take home some fun recipes to try at home and explore the world of the back to basics home cooking. Every time two or more items are combined and then heated or cooled a reaction creates a new product. Putting more ingredients together doubles the reaction. Bread is a prime example of science in the kitchen.


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Comox Mounties have many people they’re riding for in battle against cancer Scott Stanfield Black Press


teve Trevor is riding for Griffyn who, despite having yet to reach his first birthday, has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy. James Matsuda is riding on behalf of several people – including his late father – who have succumbed to or are battling cancer. Both are part of the 22-person Canadian Cancer Society Cops For Cancer Tour Special de Rock team feature that will cycle the length of Black Press Vancouver Island newspapers on this fall. Vancouver Island Trevor, an will publish this RCMP constable special feature who grew up in page spotlighting Port Alberni, has police officers volunteered at taking part previous Cops in this year’s For Cancer red Canadian Cancer serge events. Society This winter, the Cops for Cancer tour hit close Tour de Rock. to home when Griffyn – whose parents are fellow Mounties at the Comox Valley RCMP detachment – was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Doctors removed one of Griffyn’s adrenal glands as a newborn. By seven months, the youngster was already on his fourth round of chemotherapy. “I’ve wanted to do the tour for a few years,” said Trevor, a father of two daughters. “I’ve been here seven years now. This year it became personal with Griffyn.” Matsuda, an auxiliary officer for three years, is the produce supervisor at Thrifty Foods in Courtenay. He works alongside fellow auxiliary RCMP member

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James Matsuda, left, and Steve Trevor are part of the 22-person Canadian Cancer Society Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock team that will cycle the length of Vancouver Island. Rick Gaiga, who rode last year in honour of Christine Buijs, a Thrifty colleague and tour fundraiser who passed away from brain cancer. Matsuda and his wife Belinda, who was active in Gaiga’s fundraising efforts, have both lost a father to cancer. Matsuda’s brother-in-law and another Thrifty co-worker are also stricken with a form of the disease. “It’s one of these things that’s affected so many people,” said Matsuda, 45, a native of Ashcroft who moved to Courtenay in 1986. “It’s hard. So

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Their journey started with weekly training sessions in March that increased to three times a week over the past four months. Along with other North Island team members, Trevor and Matsuda completed a tough climb to the top of Mount Washington. Trevor, who had done a “bit of mountain biking” before signing on with the tour, recalls the average time was an hourand-a-half from the chain-up area to the top. “Most of us, we haven’t really been on a road bike, so it’s a new experience,” Matsuda said.

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First SideStep skateboarding show a kickflippin’ success Benjamin Yong Sooke News Mirror

A sea of brightly colouredhelmetsadorning the tops of children’s heads could be seen from the entrance of the Sooke Sk8 Park on Sunday afternoon, where SideStep Skateboarding School was hosting a competition and barbecue. Students, parents, volunteers and general skate aficionados showed up to support the event and watch some cool tricks. “This is our first official grand opening event, we’ve invited all the community and the public to join in,” said SideStep founder Debbie Qayum. Kids of all skill levels from the school performed ollies (rider leaps in the air with their board), kickflips (flipping the board over while in the air) and stalls (standing on the tip of the board along the edge of a ramp) for an eager audience while music blared in the background from the DJ/karaoke tent. Qayum recently launched her company, that focuses on teaching skateboarding skills but also promoting it as a “non-rebel sport,” and said her students are quick learners. “The kids are moving along in different levels and they’re getting certificates as they

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Clockwise: Calijah, 11, grabs some air as onlookers watch at the SideStep skateboarding show last Sunday afternoon; Calijah hangs in midair after performing an ollie; Jesse, a 16-year-old level 3 intermediate student, shows off for a crowd; Parents, students, enthusiasts and other community members gather at the Sooke Sk8 Park for the show and barbecue. complete each level. So we hope by next summer we’ll have an actual team that we can have to compete with a lot of the other skate shows.” She has been also trying to clean up the visual look of the skate park. Earlier in the summer, Qayum and community volunteers created a mural two of the

park walls. This time, they painted the bathroom and other scattered areas. “We went around the park and got rid of all the horrible graffiti.” The next goal for SideStep is to be a part of this year’s fall fair in September. “We would like to be in the parade which would be a first, ever.”

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This week’s SEAPARC Star is 7 year old Avery Ryan. She is an Ecole Poirier French Immersion Student who will be starting grade 2 in September. She told us that she speaks French well, receives good grades on her report cards and that her favourite subject is Math. She likes swimming a lot and is in Swim Kids Level 3. Avery has taken Jazz Dance Lessons and is looking forward to joining a Gymnastics Club this fall. When she’s at home, Avery enjoys writing stories (she even does her own illustrations). Her favourite animals are dogs and monkeys, although she doesn’t own a dog or a monkey, she hopes that she will have a pet someday. For now, Avery has “tons and tons of stuffed animals” that she loves very much. Avery is described as being a quiet young lady (until you get to know her)! We are also told that she has a very generous and caring nature about her and is a very good friend. She is a very helpful young lady who assists with a variety of chores at home. She has one brother and says that he is a good one. When we asked Avery what she is good at; she answered us with “skipping and cartwheels”. She hasn’t decided what she might be when she grows up; she’s just happy being a kid! Thank you for being our SEAPARC Star of the Week Avery, you are one super, duper little girl!

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Westshore Stingers to get new owner Benjamin Yong Sooke News Mirror

-with files from the Goldstream Gazette The absentee Westshore Stingers junior B hockey team will soon have a new owner, according to Greg Batters, president of the The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. The Stingers dropped out of the season last year after a number of players were let go after a mutiny, leaving the team without enough bodies. The team is now nothing more than a name, without players or a coach. John Butler-Smythe owned and operated the team for seven seasons in Sooke and on the West Shore, but a new buyer recently emerged. “The transfer of ownership is currently underway and will be completed after the league does its due diligence on the new ownership group,” said Batters in an email. The buyer is

remaining anonymous until the deal closes. Butler-Smythe hasn’t returned phone calls seeking comment on the sale of the team. Each year players in the VIJHL pay between $800 to $1,200 to be on a team. The money covers the cost of ice time and transportation. Each

player is guaranteed a minimum of two practices a week and 48 regular season games. “Junior B provides kids who want to play at a high level with the opportunity to move up in the game,” said Batters, who is also a Western Hockey League scout for the Kamploops Blazers. “It’s for the love of the game.” The VIJHL has received an application from a team in Nanaimo hoping to add its name

to the league’s roster, but Batters said it’s still important to get a West Shore team back into the league. “We have had a lot of good players come out of the West Shore,” said Batters, noting that many West Shore players skate for teams throughout the VIJHL. “We don’t want just a team in the West Shore, we want a good franchise.” Batters said a good franchise is created through good ownership, good leadership as well as everyone involved respecting the game and all the people involved in the game. TheStingersfranchise has struggled for years to secure victories in Sooke and then on the West Shore. The team’s last win was on Dec. 12, 2009 and prior to that was in December 2007 as the Sooke Stingers. It’s 2008-09 season had zero wins. The team complained of not being able to secure enough ice time at the busy West Shore Parks and Recreation

ice sheets, and ButlerSmythe sought out ice time at Naden and elsewhere. A lack of practice and fitness led to an early spate of injuries last season. Frustration over losses led to a mutiny by a number of players who refused to take to the ice before a game in November 2010. After 14 games with zero wins and not enough players, the Stingers effectively shut down. Less than half the group of stranded Stingers returned to the midget level. Seventeen Stingers players went to other Jr. B teams via a dispersal draft on Dec. 10, 2010.

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Sooke on triathlon world stage Contributed by Mark Tipper Sunday, Aug. 7 started with the familiar Sooke harbour fog, but soon cleared providing a beautiful backdrop for the 2011 Sooke Subaru International Triathlon. Race day started early with events including Half Ironman, Olympic, and Sprint Distance races, as well as relays in all three events. Sooke Triathletes gave it their all, with excellent results across the field. Half Ironman Relay Overall Place 16.

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Men’s Olympic Distance 43. Brian Bell

Time 6:20:19 3:14:30 Benjamin Yong photos

Women’s Olympic Distance 19. Kiya Kelly 24. Nichole Tipper 32. Tara Poirier 33. Brigette Church

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Men’s Sprint Distance 14. Wade Borthwick 38. Danny Eddy 42. Len Church

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From left: Clarissa, 13, Arman, 11, Arran, 11, and Tala, 14 hand out water and the less popular Gatorade to runners at Whiffin Spit. Sooke Lions Club volunteer Paul Mctavish, below, mans the food tent at John Phillips Memorial Park selling barbecued goodies and drinks.

Triathlon volunteers shine Benjamin Yong Sooke News Mirror

Women’s Sprint Distance 23. Kyla Mottershead 35. Angela Whitaker 42. Sue Van Der Poelen

1:36:33 1:47:09 1:58:23

Sprint Distance Relay 6. Miss Fits


From all the local participants, we would like to thank the district of Sooke, all the incredible volunteers, and the residents who had to put up with the unfortunate road closures associated with the event. Thank you for your support and making this one of the top events in its class.

Now that the triathlon has come and gone, the legacy that remains is the volunteers who helped make it happen. Whether it was the addition of television coverage this year, aggressive advertising or media hype, a record number of people signed up to do

everything from hand out water to passing runners to making sure road closures were enforced. “(It was) unbelievable. We’ve never had such a turnout, now our job is to keep them coming back year after year,” said district representative Laura Byrne. Nearly 300 volunteers, about 90 per cent from Sooke, came on board. Last year’s numbers were only a fraction of that, she said. “That’s what we need to make these types of events happen—it’s

really important to stress that, because we really appreciate them.” Not only were locals getting in the spirit, but Byrne said some athletes from Vancouver brought their families with them to help out with the event. Even Olympian Brent McMahon, who placed first overall in the Pro Chase event, had kind words for the volunteers saying it was great to have them and the district come out and show their support. Shantel Cordeiro from LifeSport said

the triathlon couldn’t have gone so smoothly without the extra assistance. “The race is always really good, the community is so involved. This year I think the biggest success, in my opinion, is the volunteer turnout.”

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STAAR member Erin Primus, left, stretches in front of Mount H’Kusam in Sayward, B.C. The club participates in the the Kusam Klimb event every year: a 7 km hike up followed by a 16 km run down. Above, Danny Eddy at the finish line of the 2009 Kusam Klimb.

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ith the sun starting to make a regular appearance, there’s no better time than now to be a STAAR. STAAR, or Sooke Trail And Road Runners, is a local running club that started up over 10 years ago. Along with four others, former club president and secretary Jackie Eddy is one of the original members and also helped found the group. “We formed a club

in 1999,” said Eddy. We had our very first meeting with probably 25 people at the table.” The club was created to unite those with a love for running, promote the sport and for general fitness. Initially, it even held its own competition. “We used to host a race each year but the numbers fell off and we just abandoned it. There’s just so many races around,” said Eddy.

Now, members can join any one of a slew of local races on the Island like the Subaru International Triathlon this weekend that Eddy and her husband Danny are participating in. There is an optional $20 a year membership fee which helps pay for entry into such events, and also subsidizes costs for team apparel like shirts and jackets. STAAR meets for runs Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6 a.m., and

Saturdays at 9 a.m. in front of Odyssey Fitness except for Tuesday where the group meets at SEAPARC Leisure Complex. “We have all different routes,” she said. “Depends on what the group feels like.” That means a jog can be anything from going the length of Sooke River Road to up Broom Hill. Workouts will make participants sweat but are not overly intense, said Eddy.

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The big ones are biting in all areas The Metchosin Firefighters 17th Annual Bite Me Derby was held this past weekend off Sooke. As usual, it turned out to be another great success with the winner being caught off Possession Point. Kevin Packford caught a 42.7-pound chinook on Saturday morning. It was the third fish over 40 pounds to win a derby this year. It seems like the big ones are being caught on derby weekends. Brian Orr won the Juan de Fuca Derby with a 40.5, Terry Wilson won the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Derby with a 42.7. I guess when there are lots of boats on the water someone’s going to pull in a big one. There were boats spread out

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Kevin Packford with his winning 42.7-lb. fish in the Bite Me Derby caught off Possesion Point. from Beechey Head to Sheringham Point. You could walk across the boats at Possession Point and Secretary Island where the winner was caught early Saturday morning.

Winning combo was a Besty flasher with a blue teaser head at 82’ on the downrigger. Second place went to derby regular Melanie Gibson with 37.80 caught off Sheringham Point, third was a 32.40 by Scott Adams and Dave Purnell was fourth with 31.80. The Bite Me Derby always has good fishing with good fish being taken and usually sunny weather as well. The next big derby is the Port Renfrew Marina Derby coming up this Labour Day weekend. For more info and tickets check out On the fishing scene salmon remains very good off Sooke with opportunities to catch chinooks, pinks, hatchery Ccho and sockeye.

It does not get any better than this. With good, hot weather, no wind with just a little fog, now is the time venture out on the water either in your own boat or one of the many good charter operators in Sooke. Port Renfrew remains strong, fishing out at the Swiftsure has been great for chinooks up to 30 pounds. Halibut fishing has slowed a bit but should start coming on strong again soon. Crabbing remains good as well with good keepers. Stay tuned for details of the upcoming First Annual Coho Derby this Thanksgiving weekend off Sooke. Until next time keep your rod tip.

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To Russia with love and back again Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror


dravstvuj (zdrahstvooy) is Russian for hello.

Complex, different and definitely foreign, Russian is a tough language and has an even tougher Cyrillic alphabet. Sibel Edgington, who is living in Sooke, got some first hand knowledge of the language, people and life in modern day Russia. She travelled, along with eight other students of Russian, to Saint Petersburg to spend four months really learning the language. They were on an exchange program through the University of Victoria and Dalhousie University. The trip was available to language student with at least one year of Russian.

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Sibel Edgington travelled to St. Petersburg to learn Russian. Left, building left from the era of the tsar.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting language to learn, said Edgington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to take Russian 101 and I did well at it and decided to continue it.â&#x20AC;? Her trip was one of dis-

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covery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of the nature of the Russian people as well as the beautiful city situated on the Baltic Sea in the Gulf of Finland founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. On January 20 of this year, Edgington landed in the middle of a cold Russian winter. That was her first obvious awakening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used to the cold,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the buses donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a inch of snow!â&#x20AC;? Edgington and her troupe spent the next four months in the classroom taking all of their classes in Russian. They lived in a dormitory in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sovietâ&#x20AC;? style apartment block far from the beautiful palaces and cathedrals that Saint Petersburg is famous for. She noticed many things. For one, the Russian people are reserved and guarded but they all want to learn

to speak English. Part of the reason is that many of the young people want the opportunity to leave and English is the language they need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The young people are really eager to speak English and they try to say every English word they know.â&#x20AC;? Since the country has become a democracy rather than under the Communist banner, people are more insecure. Back then they had jobs and houses although the food wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t secure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are happy that now they can go to the grocery and there is food on the shelves.â&#x20AC;? While there may be a constant supply of food, there is still poverty with an obvious gap between the rich and the poor.

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he 25th Sooke Fine Arts Show opened on Thursday night with purchasers waiting in line to get into the show and see the latest works from the 275 artists who submitted entries. The adjudicators chose 375 pieces from the 551 artists who responded to the call for entries to the juried art show and sale. The 10-day show was once again staged in the SEAPARC Leisure Complex where a group of talented and hard working volunteers transformed the cavernous space into an amazing gallery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a lovely weekend and a lot of people,â&#x20AC;? said Sally Manning, show coordinator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a colourful and happy show.â&#x20AC;? Many Sooke artists stood out as the winners in the 25th Anniversary Artists Awards. They included Patrick Irwin for his acrylic and oil two-dimensional painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Port Alberni,â&#x20AC;? Best Two-Dimensional work. The Best Three-Dimensional work award was awarded to Jan Johnson for his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minotaur Overseeing Intake,â&#x20AC;? while Debbie Clarkson took the award for the Best Photography for her â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Habana Elegante #3.â&#x20AC;? Dana Sitarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I Do Not Follow the Rulesâ&#x20AC;? took the award for Best Fibre. Honourable mentions were given to Chuck Minten for his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circle of Friendsâ&#x20AC;? wood table and Anne Boquistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;YoYoTokTikâ&#x20AC;? gourd and found object piece. Other winners include Heather Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Internal Reflectionsâ&#x20AC;? pendant (Best Jewellery); Jo Ludwigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Titleâ&#x20AC;? glass piece (Best Glass); Metchosinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Judi Dyelle won Best Ceramic for her â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Series #1â&#x20AC;?; and Jeff Molloyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for his mixed media piece â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Man of the Cloth. Other honourable mentions went to Debbie Jansen for her fused glass, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Untitledâ&#x20AC;?, Eliza Heminwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fibre wall piece, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Haberdasherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gardenâ&#x20AC;? and Leonard Buttâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uchiâ&#x20AC;? raku sculpture. The adjudicators each chose a work for Jurorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice. Richard White gave full marks to Nicolas Vandergugtenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lino block print â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridgework #3â&#x20AC;?; Grant Leier (substituting for Carol Sabiston) awarded Dee de Witâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Still Life with Mangoâ&#x20AC;? his kudos; and juror Nixie Barton chose Johannes Landmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil painting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benchwarmer.â&#x20AC;? Manning said the attendance was keeping in line with past years as were the sales.

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Adventure in Russia and beyond Cont’d from page B1 Of the food, Edginton said she got a little tired of cabbage. In the depth of a Russian winter, there are not the fresh vegetables she was used to at home, but she did love the blinis (thin pancakes or crepes). In fact, in Russia now there are fast food blini carts. The Russians, on the other hand, could not understand the taste that Westerners have for peanut butter. She also experienced the “white nights,“where the sun never set and people were awake all night. After Saint Petersburg, Edgington took a bus to Estonia and Latvia as well as the Ukraine. Latvia, she said, was very Western and they scorned things Russian. Many people spoke English and they had a way of disregarding the Russian language if it was spoken. In June she went to the Black Sea for some sunshine and warmth. She also travelled to Luxumborg, Germany, Austria and France before returning to her home in Sooke.

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WestShore Centre for Learning & Training


WestShore Centre is the school of choice for over 2600 students annually We have classes that run during the day, night and even on weekends. We are open 12 months of the year because any time is the RIGHT TIME to learn. What are you interested in learning? What would you like to change for your future? Check out the information below and find the right fit for you. Come to join our growing WestShore family. You are sure to have a unique learning experience!

WestShore Centre, part of School District 62, has been providing academic courses, grade 12 completion and workplace training since 1986. Virtual Learning Anytime The newest and fastestgrowing phenomenon in education today is all about choice and connectivity. Courses are now available on-line so that learners can choose to study what they want, when they want, and where they want. There is an almost endless list of available courses that can be studied, any where, any time with the click of a mouse on your home computer or the touch of a finger on your iPad, and of course, because of the education guarantee from the Ministry of Education, all classes are FREE of charge for any BC resident. On-line learning enables everyone to have the opportunity to work around their personal schedules in order to access the great world of knowledge. Whether you are interested in updating a current certification, graduating from high school, or just learning something out of sheer interest, you will find the solution you are seeking

with on-line classes. With no scheduled classes to attend, you can work around your personal learning preferences. You also have the flexibility to finish your course in just a few weeks or conversely, you can take a full year to complete your learning. If you have not tried on-line learning before, now is the time to try something new. WestShore Centre operates a storefront classroom that is open 11 months of the year, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, to support you whenever you decide that you need some faceto-face time with your teacher or just a quiet place to work. Traditional or new age, it doesn’t matter… you have the choice in how you want to blend learning into your lifestyle and timeline. We offer solutions for all learners. We have courses and teachers who will help you build your skills and confidence with technology and help you navigate within the virtual learning world. Traditional learning, however, never goes out

of style and it is always available for those of you who prefer the paper version.

Join the FUTURE of LEARNING today. Make an appointment with our course counsellor and get connected! Join the other 1600 virtual students “learning their way” at WestShore!

What Is New At Westshore Centre This Year? Education is always growing and changing and at WestShore we make sure we grow and change too so that you get what you want and need.

Our New Line-Up For This Fall Includes: Introductory Spanish Bienvenido a español 11! This fabulous introductory Spanish course covers the basics from greetings and language structures to expressions and cultural understanding. You can use this course as a stepping stone to university entrance requirements, or to develop “survival Spanish” that is perfect for travel. Emphasis on communication will ensure that you are

speaking the language in poco tiempo. Don’t miss out on this clase excelente! Art Art will give you the opportunity to explore the principles and elements of art through drawing, painting and print making. A variety of projects will include pen and ink drawing, scratchboard art, figure drawing, still life drawing, water colour & acrylic painting, and lino block printmaking. Each project will demonstrate different elements and principles of design. Social Justice 12 This is a self-paced course for those who are passionate about today’s world and want to explore the “issues of the day” while earning high school graduation credits. Advanced Placement AP classes promote educational and individual achievement in the subject areas you are passionate about. This program prepares students for College or University and allows students the opportunity to gain college or university credits as well as earning Advanced Placement credits while attending high school. The program promotes strong curricula, and helps school-aged students navigate the assessment

tools required for the rigors of higher education. This year we have 3 classes to choose from: • Advanced Placement English 12 • Advanced Placement French 12 • Advanced Placement Calculus 12

First Nations Grad Program Connection to community is a priority in this program. Students participate in career fairs, field trips, attend First Nations community events and partner with local First Nations Artists for art class. Who should consider the program? School aged students, who have completed grade 10 and Adults who require Grade 12 graduation (over 19) Academic courses The core program courses include: • Communications and English • Principles of Math or Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus • BC First Nations Studies • Aboriginal Art • First Nations Leadership • Physical Education

101-814 Goldstream Ave., Victoria, BC • 250-391-9002

Electives: • Carpentry - Students construct a variety of projects for members of the community. • First Nations Art 11/12 - Explores the diversity of First Nations art forms and design using a variety of mediums. Guest Instructors from the local art community will provide their experience and guidance throughout the course. Schedule Core subjects occur Monday to Thursday, 8:45-3:00 and electives on Friday mornings, 8:45-11:30.

It’s Easy To Register! • Call 250-391-9002 for an appointment with our academic advisor • Complete a personal learning plan • No registration fees • No tuition fees for academic courses • Textbook deposit may be required

Camosun College University transfer courses, see Page 4 for details.


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WestShore Centre, Your School of Choice for Academic Courses 250-391-9002

Day & Evening Classroom Academic Schedule SUBJECTS


Mathematics Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10 Pre-Calculus 11 Foundations of Math 11 Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 Principles of Math 12 (Sem 2) Sciences Biology 12 Chemistry 11 Physics 11 (Sem 1) Sustainable Resources 12 English English 12 Communications 12 Electives Art Foundation 11 or 12 First Nations Art 11/12 Carpentry 11/12 Physical Education 12 Accounting 11 Computer Foundations (Info Tech 10) Data Management 12 (DM12) Business Information Management 12 Musical Theatre 10/11/12

Semester 1 September 6 to January 27, 2012

Day Classes AM - 8:45 to 11:30 PM - noon to 3:00

Afterschool & Evening Classes Afterschool 3:30 to 5:30 pm Evening - 6:00 to 8:30 pm, or 6:30 to 9:00

Storefront Tutorial Support Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, and 3:30-6:00 pm

Tuition Free If you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and a resident of BC a refundable textbook deposit is all that is required for most classes and can be paid by a post-dated cheque, MasterCard or Visa. International Student tuition fee: $500 if registered with SD62, $750 if out of district.

Learning Support All students registered in any WestShore Centre course or program can drop in to the Westshore Storefront, Monday to Thursday, for homework support with a teacher. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 3:00 pm and 3:30 - 6:00 pm. Please check with your teacher on times for specialized tutorial assistance.


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Sundays (1-8 pm) Spencer Middle School

Classes starting each month. Westshore Learning Centre offers Grade 8 to 12 academic courses, leading to a BC Graduation certificate, through our school, Juan de Fuca Distributed Learning. Grade 8-9, JDFDL Online provides a more flexible learning environment and the opportunity for acceleration. Grade 10-12, Secondary school students may supplement their regular school schedule with additional courses through JDFDL Online. Use this environement to begin Advanced Placement classes. The Adult Program provides a number of choices, from online courses to teacher-led seminars. These programs provide you with flexible learning options to complete graduation requirements. One-on-one or Small Group Assistance with homework and assignments is available at the Westshore Storefront located at the Goldstream Campus.

Grade 9 Mathematics 9 Science 9 Social Studies 9 English 9


Mon/Thur Tue/Thur

Online Academic Courses

Grade 8 Mathematics 8 Science 8 Social Studies 8 English 8


Grade 10 Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10 Science 10 Social Studies 10 English 10 Spanish 10 PE 10 Planning 10

*Some courses may be paper-based or have a required classroom component. All students who register must meet the academic prerequisites of the course where applicable. For BC residents the tuition is free. A textbook deposit may be required.

Grade 11 Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 Foundations of Math 11 Pre-Calculus Math 11 Earth Science 11 Physics 11 Chemistry 11 Biology 11 Social Studies 11 English 11 Communications 11

Call 250-391-9002 for an appointment with our academic advisor.

Grade 12 Principals of Mathematics 12 Calculus 12 Physics 12 Chemistry 12 Biology 12 Geography 12 History 12 Law 12 Physical Education 12 English 12 Communication 12 Data Management 12 Graduation Transitions Family Studies 12* Business Information Management 12* Social Justice 12: (Leadership & Global Studies)* Studio Arts Drawing & Painting 11, 12 Art Foundations 11, 12

Complete your personal learning plan. Courses follow Ministry of Education approved curriculum and meet the BC grad requirements.

AP French 12 Experience has shown that BC students who have completed or who are in the process of completing Français Langue 12 (Immersion) have already acquired all of the language skills necessary for success on the Advanced Placement French Language exam. AP French 12 is a course created at the WestShore Learning Centre to prepare students to write the exam.

The AP French Language course is comparable in content and difficulty to a university course. This course is offered online (via the Internet) so students may complete the course when it is convenient for them (September – April). Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn 4 provincial graduation credits. WestShore Learning Centre will help students to register for the exam (registration usually happens in April).

It’s Convenient!

Juan de Fuca Online! Courses that fit into your schedule.


Take the courses you need to complete graduation requirements.

Secondary School Students!

Work ahead and finish early. Achieve the prerequisites needed for post-secondary education.





17 Mile House Pub 5128 Sooke Rd. 250-642-5932 Alternative Kitchen 6697 Sooke Rd 250-642-1460 Buffy’s Pub 6859 West Coast Rd. 250-642-3333 The Lazy Gecko 5-6631 Sooke Rd. 778-425-2142 Little Vienna Bakery 6726 West Coat Rd. 250-642-6833 Markus’ Wharfside Restaurant 1831 Maple Ave. South 250-642-3596 Mom’s Cafe 2036 Shields Rd. 250-642-3314 Mulligans Bar & Grill 2197 Otter Point Rd. 250-642-2334 Prestige Hotel (The Mix, Yesaki, Sofia) 6929 West Coast Rd. 250-642-0805 Reading Room Bookstore & Cafe 1360-6660 Sooke Rd. 250-642-3955 Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza 6660 Sooke Rd. 250-642-5451 Stickleback Westocast Rd. 778-425-4499 Stone Pipe Grill 2038 Otter Point Rd. 250-642-0566

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Appetizers Spinach and Artichoke Dip


Served warm with melted asiago cheese and fresh tortilla chips.

Chicken Wings


Seasoned crispy wings in your choice of: hot, teriyaki, honey garlic, BBQ, salt pepper & lime, hell’s honey or sweet chili Thai. Served with carrots, celery and blue cheese dip.

Wonton Prawns



Tossed in a garlic white wine cream sauce with tomato, chives and a slice of garlic toast.

17 Mile High Nachos


Prawns rolled in wonton flakes with sweet chili Thai dipping sauce.


Tri-coloured tortilla chips, olives, onions, tomato, bell peppers, jalapenos, and mixed cheeses with sour cream & salsa. *Add guacamole for $ 1.95 *Add beef or chicken for $ 3.95

Appetizer Platter


Tiger prawns in a white wine butter sauce with garlic mayo.

Wonton prawns, bacon wrapped scallops, onion rings, veggies, tortilla chips and dips, chicken wings in your choice of sauce.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Tortilla Chips and Salsa

$ 3.95

Basket of Fries

$ 3.95

Golden beer battered onion rings served with ranch dressing.

Garlic Toast

$ 1.95

Chicken Strips & Fries

Cheese Toast

$ 3.95

Garlic Prawns

$ 7.95

$ 7.95

Plump scallops wrapped in bacon with cocktail sauce.


Basket of Rings

Mile house

Pastas $ 5.95

With garlic bread.

Garden Salad


Four tender breaded chicken strips with honey mustard sauce and golden fries.

Soups & Salads Soup of The Day

$ 6.95

$ 6.95

Fresh tossed greens, shredded carrot and beets, tomato and cucumber with your choice of dressing. Thai Chicken Salad $12.95 Mixed greens tossed in an asian sesame dressing with chicken, sauteed peppers, onion, carrots, chives, cashews, rice noodles and toasted sesame seeds.

Seafood Chowder

Spinach Greek Salad

All pastas served with garlic toast


Spinach, feta, kalamata olives, red onion, tomato and cucumber with a Greek vinaigrette dressing.

Caesar Salad



Clams, baby scallops, shrimp, salmon and halibut in a sourdough bread bowl.

$ 8.95

Crisp romaine, homemade dressing, croutons and asiago cheese with garlic bread. *Add chicken or prawns to any salad for $3.95

Chicken & Chorizo Penne


Baked Cajun Chicken Penne


Chorizo sausage, chicken, sauteed peppers and onions in a fire roasted tomato sauce.

Spicy chicken and penne noodles tossed in a brandy garlic cream sauce, baked with mixed cheeses.

Seafood Fettuccine

Chicken & Prawn Fettuccine


Tiger prawns, baby scallops, sauteed mushrooms and onions in a pesto cream sauce.


Chicken and prawns with fettuccine in a cream sauce.

* Add chicken or prawns for $3.95

Burgers All burgers served with lettuce, onion, tomato and pickle with choice of golden fries, soup or green salad.

Halibut Burger


Lightly breaded pan fried halibut with tartar on a whole wheat kaiser.

Prawn Burger


Fresh prawns with garlic mayo on a whole wheat kaiser.

Cajun Chicken Burger


Cajun chicken breast with cheese on a whole wheat kaiser.

Buffalo Burger


With provolone cheese and chipotle mayo on a toasted ciabatta bun.

Wild Salmon Burger


Wild pacific salmon with tartar on a whole wheat kaiser.

Stagecoach Burger

$ 9.95



A char-broiled 6 oz patty with garlic mayo on a whole wheat kaiser.

17 Mile Burger


A char-broiled 6 oz patty, bacon, cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onion with mustard and relish on a whole wheat kaiser.

Veggie Burger


With chipotle mayo on a whole wheat kaiser.

Mexi Burger


Your choice of chicken, beef or veggie with salsa, guacamole and cheese on a whole wheat kaiser.

Italian Chicken Grill


Grilled chicken with spinach, provolone cheese and pesto mayo on a toasted ciabatta bun.

Curry Chicken Sautée


Steak Dinner

10oz AAA New York steak charbroiled to your liking with potatoes and vegetables.

Curry Prawns & Scallops



Classic BLT

$ 8.95

Crisp bacon, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayo on toasted peasant bread.

Baron of Beef


Jerk Chicken Philly


Chorizo sausage, ham, chicken and prawns in a creole sauce over basmati rice with garlic bread.

Forbidden Chicken

17 Mile Stir Fry


Fire grilled breast of chicken with prawns, sautéed peppers and onion in a garlic cream sauce with potatoes and vegetables.

Smoked Chicken Club


Smoked chicken, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayo on toasted peasant bread.

* Add chicken or prawns for $3.95

Thai Chicken Wrap

Steak Sandwich $14.95 6oz AAA New York steak on garlic bread with Caesar and


Chicken, sauteed bell peppers, onion and cashews stuffed into a whole wheat tortilla with rice noodles and mixed greens.

Fish and Chips

1 pce. $13.95

2 pce. $18.95

Lightly breaded pan fried halibut with coleslaw, tartar sauce and golden fries.

Desserts Dessert of the day

$ 4.95

Creme Bruleé Cheesecake

$ 4.95

Chocolate Torte

$ 5.95

fries. *Sub caesar salad for $1.50 *Sub onion rings for $1.95 *Add extra cheese, mushroom, or bacon for A BUCK.


Fresh veggies sautéed in a black bean hoisin sauce over rice.

Grilled chicken, peppers, onion and melted cheese on a hoagie bun.

Thinly sliced roast beef on a hoagie bun with au jus for dipping.


Prawns, scallops, tomato and green onion in a creamy red curry sauce over basmati rice with vegetables.

Sandwiches & More All served with choice of golden fries, soup or salad.


Chicken, tomato and green onion in a creamy red curry sauce over basmati rice with vegetables.

5128 Sooke Rd. 250 642-5932



Menu Highlights

We roast all our Beef and Turkey, and bake our Hams too!

Daily Specials Breakfast served all day

Traditional 2 eggs w/bacon ham or sausage, toast and homefries The ‘Best’ Eggs Benny in town Ham, Bacon, Salmon or Veggie, half orders or full. Many other breakfasts to choose from!

Huge Salads The Alternative, Taco Salad Warm Chicken Mango Cajun Chicken Ceaser and more! Made to order 12” whole wheat wraps & sandwiches stuffed full with your choices

Curried Chicken Mango Wrap Crispy Chicken Ceaser Wrap

Tucked away on the corner of Murray and Sooke Rd, you’ll find a cute little cafe serving ‘Great Homemade Food’ just like mom used to make!

Phone ahead for take out


Open 7 days a week from 6am including holidays!

Always friendly service we look forward to meeting you!

And many others

Veggie Burger Seafood Melt Beef Dip

Lots more to choose from!


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Seaview Business Centre

#5-6631 Sooke Rd.


Steak $8.95 Pulled Pork $8.95 Ground Beef $8.95 Chicken $8.95 Bean $7.95 Bean, cheese, rice, lettuce, tomato, onion Add sour cream50¢ Add guacamole $1.00

Crispy Tacos

Sooke, BC V9Z 0A3

Small $8.50 Medium $11.50 Add beef $3.50 Add refriedbean $3.00 Cheese, blackolives, green onion, tomatoes, Jalapenos

Pulled Pork Sandwich

2for$6.00 Add side refried bean and rice $9.50 Cheese, lettuce,tomato, onion Choice of beef, chicken, pork, bean, veg

Portuguese bun with pulled pork, bean, onion, tomato, lettuce $7.95

Soft Tacos

Steak $7.95 Chicken $7.95 Veg $6.95 Bean, lettuce, tomato, onion

Flour or corn. 2for$6.00 With side rice $8.50 Bean, lettuce, tomato, onion Choice of beef,chicken, pork, veg

Snack Tacos

3for$7.00 Add side rice $9.50 Bean, lettuce, tomato, onion Choice of beef,chicken, pork, veg


$6.95 Add choice ofmeat $8.95 Cheese, tomato, green onion Add your choice of beef, chicken, pork, veg

2 tornados

Beef or chicken $7.95 Lettuce,cheese Comes with side of refried beans

| Phone: 778-425-2142





Nacho chips (large bag) $8.00 Tortillas - corn or flour (package) $6.00 Salsa ready to go $4.50 Churros $2.00 Chips $1.25 Chocolate Bar $1.25 Dessert Square $2.25



Coffee Medium $1.75 Large $2.25 Tea Earl Grey or Green $1.25 Cold Drinks Water $1.00 Pop $1.25 Juice $1.50

MON-SAT. 11:30 am to 7 pm (open Fridays to 8 pm)

Clam Chowder Soup

Bowl $4.50 Cup $3.50 Soup of the day: Bowl $4.50 Cup $3.50 Add a toasted bun $1.00

Pizza By the slice $4.00

Mexican slice $5.00

Taco Salad $9.50 Caesar Salad $6.00 Side Dishes

Chips & Salsa $5.00 Sour cream $1.00 Guacamole $3.00 Spanish Rice $2.50 Refried Beans $3.00 Black Beans $3.00 Side Salsa $2.00

Little Vienna


~now licensed~

The Little Vienna Bakery is known for its high quality organic baked goods made fresh from scratch every day. We specialize in gluten free products and a wide variety of vegetarian friendly sandwiches, soups and chili. We also serve fair trade organic coffee beverages prepared by fully trained baristas.

Cafe & Marketplace Deliciously in Sooke, BC The Smell, the Texture, the Taste... Our delicious breads, pastries & cakes are truly a joy to make and a joy to share with others who feel the same way as we do. 6726 West Coast Road Ph. 250.642.6833 E. W. Tuesday – Saturday 8am to 4pm

Bring this ad to the Little Vienna Bakery to receive a FREE brewed coffee with any bread loaf purchase. We proudly support our local community and provide numerous businesses with our baked goods. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Susan or Michael at the Little Vienna Bakery for wholesale pricing information.



Come and enjoy fine dining, in an intimate atmosphere while overlooking the Sooke Harbour. In the kitchen; Markus’ food is a combination of his love for the art of cooking and the joys of eating. He uses his European training to transform seasonal Westcoast ingredients into consistently amazing dishes that have our guests singing his praise. Markus is always in the kitchen so you can be assured a great meal! In the dining room; The fact that we love our little restaurant shines through in our attentive, professional and genuinely sincere service. Our front staff are educated in both the dinner menu and the wine list. With two accredited Sommeliers in the dining room nightly, each guest has their own personal wine guide for the evening. We look forward to sharing a special evening with you. We strive to provide our customers with excellent service and amazing food that features local, seasonal produce.

Hours of Operation D i n n e r- 5 : 3 0 t o 9 : 0 0 p m Tu e s d ay t o S a t u r d ay

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Prime rib & Yorkshire Pudding

Monday Neil & Sherri Meija opened Mulligans Bar & Grill in march 2000 since then we and our dedicated staff have worked hard to give the customer an enjoyable experience offering superb service and good quality meals at an affordable price. Mulligans has a kids menu as well as a full bar/lounge.

Music Bingo

Sunday Brunch *(No Lunch Menu Till 1pm)

8pm Every Saturday




Wings (mult. of 10)

Honey Garlic Pork Ribs








2 Piece Cod & Chips

Pasta Night $10.95 Fettuccine alfredo Spaghetti & meatballs Penne Carbara Lasagna


Friday Our Famious BBQ BEEF Ribs



9pm - 2 Fridays Per Month






Reading eading Room Bookstore & Cafe

The Bookstore with More!

May We Tempt You?

The very popular Reading Room Bookstore & Café is a unique gathering place that’s casual, warm and inviting. Comfortably seating 35 to 40 people, it’s the ideal place to drop in for a quick break, meet friends for lunch or dessert, stop and relax while shopping, or just enjoy some quiet time to sip, nibble, read and unwind. Wireless Internet makes the café a favourite spot for informal group or business meetings, or for surfing over coffee or lunch. The café offers several varieties of delicious, organic, free trade Salt Spring Coffee and a wide range of quality black, green, herbal and rooibos loose teas... sold by the cup... or by the package. Who can resist the fabulous, FRESH food... soups, sandwiches, wraps, grilled panini, incredible salads and delectable baked treats... or their great selection of barista coffees and specialty drinks? The walls of this spacious café are decorated with original artwork by local artists and are available for purchase. Shelves are filled with cards, ceramics, travel mugs and other gift items, along with their top quality packaged teas and coffees. To complete your visit, be sure to take some time to wander around the adjoining Bookstore. You’ll be amazed by what you discover!

Salt Spring Organic Coffees Simply the best selection and taste!


Superb variety of quality Herbal, Green, Black and Rooibos loose teas... and your favourite Tetley Orange Pekoe Tea too!

Barista Coffees & Specialty Drinks

Latte / Cappuccino / Africano / Mocha / Chai Latte / London Fog / Vanilla Sunset Shot in the Dark / Canadiano / Espresso / Hot Chocolate / Steamers / etc.

Cold Drinks

Quality Sodas / Juices / Iced Coffee / Frappuccino / Smoothies / Italian Sodas / etc.

Baked Treats

A large, ever-changing selection of delectable, freshly baked treats, including... Carrot Cake / Squares / Brownies / Scones / Baked Loaves / Muffins / Cookies / etc.


Breakfast Sandwiches / Bagels & Cream Cheese / Toast / Muffins


Soups / Sandwiches / Grilled Panini / Curried Chicken Wrap Homemade Quiche / Garden Salad / Deluxe Salad / Mango Chicken Salad / etc.

Evergreen Centre • Downtown Sooke, beside Western Foods • 250-642-3955 #1360 - 6660 SOOKE RD • MONDAY TO SATURDAY: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM • SUNDAYS: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM • EMAIL:




Or Free Stuff with Pick Ups

Monday 4 pm – 8 pm

2 Liter Pop Bottle or

Tuesday 3 pm – 10 pm

Cheesy Garlic Fingers with any order of our Large 2 for 1 Pizzas!

Wednesday 11 am

Or 2 cans of pop with Medium or Small Pizzas! Debit or Credit card at the door

Friday 11 am Saturday 11 am Sunday 3 pm – 10 pm

DON'T NEED 2 FOR 1 PIZZA? Try our single pizza pay 2 for 1 price and have double the toppings! Really delicious! Or get one un-baked and freeze it for later! Also single pizzas with 2 toppings sauce and cheese included: Small Starting at $12.25


Medium at $15.35 Large at $18.45

Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza Phone: 250642-5451

Andy the Pizza Man! PHONE: 250-642-5451 OR 250-642-3312 If you still can’t reach us please Phone: 250-588-0915

Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza Phone:250-642-5451




Allow our talented team to treat you with our varied menu of steaks, ethnic and seafood dinner choices, and of course our most excellent hamburger! We also offer an amazing fresh sheet of appetizer and entree choices every night.

S E RV I N G S O O K E - 7 D AY S A W E E K !

HOURS: SUN-THUR 11-9pm FRI - SAT 11-11pm



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250-391-9002 WestShore Centre, Your School of Choice for Academic Courses Medical Terminology This very intensive course will help you develop a solid knowledge of medical terms. Learn to spell, pronounce and understand medical words and phrases. Develop a basic understanding of body systems, anatomy, and medical disorders as well as word structures, prefixes, suffixes and root forms. This course is a fundamental prerequisite for many positions in the medical field. Expect extensive homework. This course is recognized by Camosun College for entry into certain healthcare programs and is the required prerequisite for VIHA and the Medical Transcription Program. Instructor: Angela Kemna 24 sessions Fee: $395 Location: WestShore Annex Text: The Language of Medicine 9th Ed. (Approx. $95) Prerequisite: English 12 or equivalent. Tuesday & Friday, Sep 20 - Dec 13, 2011 6:00 - 8:30 pm Tuesday & Friday, Jan 31 - Apr 24, 2012 6:00 - 8:30 pm

measurements. Medical terms in various medical specialties, proofreading and editing, dictating practices, as well as efficient use of medical references and professional ethics are emphasized and practiced throughout. Medical Transcription Practicum: Once the classroom instruction is completed, and learners have fulfilled the required practicum prerequisites, you will work with the instructor to find a suitable placement for a minimum of 40 hours of practical work experience. Program Prerequisites: Applicants must fulfill the following prerequisites for acceptance into the program: • English 12 or equivalent Medical Terminology (proof of 75% within the last 3 years or assessment) • Typing speed of 40 wpm minimum (documentation or assessment is required) • Good computer and word processing skills (documentation or assessment is required) • Expect regular homework. Over 700 dictation minutes out of class work expected. Program Fee: $1625 Registration fee (non-refundable): $50

Tuesday & Friday, May 1 - July 20, 2012 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Materials: $380 (includes books, CD’s & WAV pedal, USB headphones)

Medical Transcription

Tuesday & Thursday, Oct 11 – Mar 29, 2012 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Information Session September 1, 7:00 pm

Medical Office Assistant

The focus of the Medical Transcription Program is the use of digital technology to receive and transcribe medical reports, emphasizing a functional and comprehensive review of English usage and Medical Terminology. Learners will practice editing and proofreading techniques while building word processing skills and increasing their typing speed. The program combines traditional in-class training with a hands-on training experience (practicum) at a medical facility, or online organization. The Program consists of 115 instructional hours and 40 practicum hours. Digital Medical Transcription Discuss the importance of patient record confidentiality, the legal relationships between physicians and patients, the rules and application of punctuation, grammar, plurals, nouns, adjectives and proofreading and editing will be introduced. Using computers and medical transcription equipment, you will learn how to transcribe medical reports with attention to correct grammar, capitalization, numbers, punctuation, abbreviation, symbols and metric

Information Session September 1, 6:00 pm A skilled Medical Office Assistant is an invaluable asset to any medical office, able to work smoothly and efficiently with medical professionals and patients while performing a range of office duties. If you enjoy working with people in a dynamic environment, this program will provide you with the skills to get started in this exciting career. Designed for adult students who already have prior computer and typing skills, this program consists of four core topics which total 80 hours, Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s, Medical Office Assistant Procedures, Computerized Medical Billing and Medical Keyboarding. Adult students who do not have sufficient typing or computer skills are expected to achieve these skills prior to the Medical Billing and Keyboarding portion of the program. Assessment may be required.

Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s This eight session course introduces you to basic medical terms you may encounter in a medical office or clinic. This course is offered as a prerequisite for Medical Office Assistant Procedures but does not fulfill entry outcomes into VIHA and most college programs. Adult students who have completed the 60 hour Medical Terminology course within the past 3 years, with 75% or better are not required to take the Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s course. Medical Office Assistant Procedures Learn what is required to function efficiently in a medical office environment. Learn office procedures, medical records, communications, telephone techniques, how to assist physicians and the importance of confidentiality. Medical Billing & Keyboarding Learn computerized medical billing and scheduling using OSLER Medical Systems. A comprehensive medical billing program with varied and up-to-date modules that will assist the MOA in the medical office. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is a portion of this medical program and vital to an MOA. Instructor: Lee Price Fall 2011 Program Option A: This option includes Basic Medical Terminology for MOA’s, for those who do not already have Medical Terminology. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Sep 26 – Feb 1, 2012 Feb 13 – June 6, 2012 Fee: $949 plus a $50 nonrefundable registration fee at registration. Texts: Medical Terminology – A Short Course - approx. $45 Procedures for the Medical Admin Assistant - approx. $95 Option B: For those who have already completed the 60 hour Medical Terminology course within the past 3 years, with 75% or better.

How to Apply for Career Programs Complete an application form; include all relevant documentation and $50 registration fee. Remainder of program fees are required on acceptance. Download an application from our website

Teaching Assistant Certificate Program (TACP) The Teaching Assistant Certificate Program (TACP) prepares students for a variety of para-professional duties in schools. Educational Assistants (EAs) work with pupils from K to 12 providing support with physical, learning, behavioral or emotional needs. Under the direction of a teacher, EAs perform diverse duties including coaching in basic subjects, preparing specialized teaching materials, meeting pupils’ physical needs, and maintaining progress records. The Teaching Assistant Certificate Program (TACP) consists of seven courses and two practicum placements. This is a part-time program. Classes are held Tuesday & Thursday evenings and alternate Saturdays. Evening classes are held 6:30 – 9:30 pm at S. J. Willis Education Centre, and Saturday classes are held from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the WestShore Learning Centre, 814 Goldstream Ave. Applicants are encouraged to speak to people currently employed as EA’s and to look at the employment information on the site of the school district where you are interested in working.

For an application, contact S. J. Willis at 250-360-4332 Email: Medical Transcription Information Session September 1, 7:00 pm Medical Office Assistant Information Session September 1, 6:00 pm

Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Nov 7 - Feb 1, 2012 Apr 2 - June 6, 2012 Fee: $700 plus a $50 nonrefundable registration fee at registration. Texts: Procedures for the Medical Admin Assistant approx. $95

WestShore Centre for Learning & Training

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WestShore Centre, Your School of Choice for Academic Courses 250-391-9002 Bookkeeping Basics

Learn the fundamentals of the manual double entry bookkeeping system. Learn how to maintain a set of books and understand the principles involved. Instructor: Kerry Hall-Jardine 8 sessions Fee: $225 + book Wednesday, Oct 12 – Nov 30, 2011 6:00 - 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb 1 – Mar 21, 2012 6:00 - 8:30 pm Text: Basic Bookkeeping - An Office Simulation (Approx. $95)

Bookkeeping Foundations with Simply Accounting

Learn how to cope with the bookkeeping demands of a small business. Explore the concepts and application of both manual and computerized bookkeeping through relevant, practical exercises and projects. The last 5 classes are on Simply Accounting. Instructor: Kerry Hall-Jardine Text: Basic Bookkeeping - An Office Simulation (Approx. $95) Simply Accounting materials included. 45 hours Fee: $549 + bookkeeping books Thursday & Friday, Feb 2 – Mar 22, 2012 6:00-9:00 pm

Keyboarding and Word 2010

Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, use various typing programs and MS Word to improve your typing skills and increase your speed and accuracy. Learn the main features, text enhancements and proofing tools of Word 2010 to produce professional business letters and documents. Timed typing exercises will be conducted each class. Monday, Sep 12 – Oct 31, 2011 - 6:30 – 9:00 pm Monday, Feb 6 – Mar 19, 2012 - 6:30 – 9:00 pm Bookkeeping and Accounting courses are conducted at WestShore Learning Centre.

Traffic Control Person

This course is required for construction and road maintenance workers or for those who deal with traffic as part of their work. You will cover the newest Ministry of Transportation and Highways & WCB regulations, plus safe traffic control procedures and set-ups. Must wear approved footwear. Dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Roadmasters Safety Group Fee: $230 Location: WestShore Annex Classes are Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sep 24 & 25, 2011 Oct 8 & 9, 2011 Oct 22 & 23, 2011 Nov 12 & 13, 2011 Nov 26 & 27, 2011 Dec 10 & 11, 2011 Jan 14 & 15, 2012 New classes starting in February

Air Brakes Certification

Learn the basic principles in the operation of air brakes. Prepare for the provincial certification exam. The interactive classroom instruction includes an air equipped training device, a demonstration brake wheel and audiovisual aids. This course includes 16 hours of classroom instruction and 4 hours of practical hands-on training on an air brake-equipped vehicle. Instructed by Roadmasters Safety Group Meets ICBC requirements Please bring a valid driver’s license to class. Fee: $200 Location: WestShore Annex Classes are Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sep 17 & 18, 2011 Oct 8 & 9, 2011 Nov 12 & 13, 2011 Dec 10 & 11, 2011 Jan 14 & 15, 2012 New classes starting in February

Forklift Training

This Safety training course meets the requirements of WorkSafe BC and Canada Labor code regulations. The focus is on the prevention of accident & injuries that may be caused by the improper and unsafe use of forklifts. The training consists of a short classroom session and one-on-one practical training. Upon successful completion, each participant will receive a wallet card with a 3 year record of completion. Instructed by Roadmasters Safety Group Fee: $200 Location: WestShore Annex Classes are Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sep 17, 2011 Oct 15, 2011 Nov 19, 2011 Dec 17, 2011 Jan 21, 2012 New classes starting in February

Composting 101

Learn the basics of composting in this two hour workshop. We will discuss several different methods for creating beautiful humus for your garden, including sheet mulching, trenching and hot composting, composter design and construction and the do’s and don’ts for backyard bins. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $25 + hst Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 - 9:30 – 11:30 am Monday, Feb 6, 2012 - 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Preserving the Harvest Learn about canning, dehydrating, fermenting and storage methods. First class will discuss theory and participants will decide what to preserve in following class. Please bring recipes of interest to be considered. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $45 + hst Saturday, Sept 17, 2011 - 9:30 - 2:00 pm Saturday, Oct 1, 2011 - 9:30 - 2:00 pm

Starting Seeds Indoors

Learn about soil mix, container options, seed selection, germination, planting techniques and timing. Please bring seeding questions and one variety of seed that you would like to start in class. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $25 + hst Monday, Feb 27, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Mar 12, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Apr 2, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Eat Fresh Veggies From Your Garden Year Round

Even the seasoned West Coast gardener is likely to learn a few new tricks, but this is also a great class to take as an intro to growing your own veggies. Learn about planting and harvesting timelines, crop and seed selection, and how to lay out, design and prepare garden beds. Please bring a diagram of your garden space with dimensions and sun exposure. Instructor: Candace Thompson Fee: $45 + hst Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 - 9:30 – 2:00 pm Monday, Feb 13 & 20, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm Monday, Mar 19 & 26, 2012 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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WestShore Centre for Learning & Training

Let college come to YOU this fall!

Camosun brings more university transfer courses to the West Shore Each course provides transfer credit to UVic, VIU, UBC, SFU, and other BC universities. Find detailed info online at

Intro to Anthropology Computer Concepts

Criminal Justice System

English Composition

Intro to Philosophy

Contemporary Issues

ANTH 104-006 6-9pm, Thur. Sept 8-Dec 8, 1026 Goldstream Ave. Instructor: Karoline Guelke, MA This course introduces the four major sub-fields of anthropology, including archaeology and linguistics as well as physical and cultural perspectives.

CRIM 154-004 6-9pm, Mon. Sept 12-Dec 5, 2139 Sooke Rd. Instructor: TBA In this course, you’ll examine the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the Canadian Criminal Justice system. You’ll analyze who does what (policing, courts, corrections) and look at how the system is supposed to function efficiently in our society.

ENGL 150-046 6-9pm, Tue. Sept 6-Dec 6, 2139 Sooke Rd. Instructor: Kari Jones, MA This is a required course in almost all university and college programs throughout BC and is equivalent to firstyear university English. As you develop your writing skills and learn to write in an organized, clear and effective manner, the course will prepare you to succeed in academic writing and research as well as critical thinking.

PHIL 100-006 6-9pm, Wed. Sept 7-Dec 7, 2139 Sooke Rd. Instructor: Craig Derksen, PhD Philosophy teaches us to think critically and clearly, and to develop valuable problemsolving skills. This course introduces issues such as the existence of God, the nature of knowledge, morality and justice, and the mind/body relationship.

PSYC 130-005 6-9pm, Tue. Sept 6-Dec 6, 1026 Goldstream Ave. Instructor: TBA This first-year course introduces you to major issues in psychology and considers their historical origins. Topics include personality, abnormal behaviour, and social interactions.

COMP 156-005A/B Sept 7-Dec 9, 814 Goldstream Ave. Lectures: W & Th, 4-5:20pm Labs: Fri 3-4:20pm (A) or 4:30-5:50pm (B) Instructor: Ken Hartman, BSc This course provides a solid foundation and practical exposure to the computer and can be used as an approved science elective for many university programs. Topics include computer terminology and environment, applications and usage, and a brief introduction to programming.

Less time driving means more time studying. And other fun stuff. For 40 years, adult learners have come to Camosun for university transfer courses. Now, at last, we’re coming to you! Continuing our partnership with the WestShore Centre for Learning & Training, Camosun is offering six of our most popular courses, using classroom space in West Shore facilities. These evening classes !"#$!$%"#!&$'(&)'*$+'"$,'"-)*%$!./0&12$!*.$3'/400$5#*#6&$+"'7$&8#$17!00$90!11#1$!*.$%"#!&$)*1&"/9&)'*$ Camosun is known for.

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Apply now to start in September 1. Go to to apply online or download an application form to submit by mail, along with your application fee. The program you’re applying for is called: University Transfer. 2. Enrolment Services will mail you details about how and when to register. 3. Once you are registered in your course(s), purchase your textbooks in the Camosun bookstore. 4. Your tuition fees will be due two weeks after classes start.

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Walk to win Want to become more active with your family? Win great prizes for you and your community? Then take the Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge! For six weeks, from Monday, Aug. 8 until Monday, Sept. 19, you can map your walks and share personal experiences online. The more posts you enter, the more chances you have to win some great prizes like pedometers, family packs or the grand prize of one of six family trips to a popular destination in British Columbia. Everyone knows what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle: be physically active, eat nutritious meals, get plenty of sleep, and limit alcohol and eliminate tobacco use – but it takes a commitment to this kind of lifestyle change. With this challenge, families from across B.C. will be motivated to not only increase physical activity through walking, but also keep up healthy habits as a lifelong commitment. You can help your community win big, too – just by sharing stories, photos or videos of your favourite walk. Weekly prizes, such as soccer balls and pedometers, will be awarded to communities across B.C. Grand prizes of cash totalling $100,000 will also be awarded to winning communities at the end of the challenge. The top five communities in their population size range with the most submissions will each receive $10,000 to support the development of walking trails. One of the five winning communities will be randomly drawn to receive an additional $50,000. B.C. is recognized as a leader in Canada when it comes to healthy living, but smoking and obesity still remain the highest preventable causes of death among British Columbians. There’s no better place or time to explore the beautiful parks and trails every community in B.C. has to offer. Share your healthy lifestyle stories and see how other communities around the province are doing at:

LIFESTYLES • 15 Pirjo Raits photo

Just hanging around Seagulls check out the harbour.


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Sooke Region Cultural Planning Project photo contest Still time to get your photos in Recently, a taskforce with representatives from over 30 local arts, cultural and heritage organizations was formed to create a Cultural Plan for the Sooke Region. The document will be used by local organizations and various levels of government to move forward together in creating a dynamic Arts and Cultural Sector in the Sooke Region. For the document to have visual and artistic appeal, the taskforce would like to include photographs of local community activities focused on the arts, culture and heritage. A contest has been announced to find a collection of photos that capture the vibrancy of Sooke’s year-round cultural scene!Contest Details: •Photos should be of recent arts, cultural or heritage activities –take advantage of the upcoming festival and events season and snap some shots! •Prizes of $50 -$100 will be awarded to winning entries, as determined by a panel of taskforce members. •Photo Contest is open from March 15-October 15, 2011. To participate: Submit high resolution digital photos (at least 300 pixels/inch resolution, and 3800 pixels in width) in jpg format to: editor@ sookenewsmirror OR submit analog photos to the Sooke News Mirror office. Both digital and physical prints should be clearly marked “Cultural Planning Photo Contest.” By submitting a photo for contest consideration, the owner grants permission for use in Sooke Region Cultural Planning Project materials.


Emma Prestwick/Pirjo Raits photos

Before and after Don Preston’s two otter dogs, Speed (left) and Black are the only two he knows of on the Island. The pups get a yearly shave which takes four hours.



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Wednesday Aug. 17, 2011  

Complete Aug. 17, 2011 issue of the Sooke News Mirror newspaper as it appeared in print.

Wednesday Aug. 17, 2011  

Complete Aug. 17, 2011 issue of the Sooke News Mirror newspaper as it appeared in print.