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endal Milne is now Sooke’s new mayor. He topped the polls beating out former councillor Dave Bennett by almost three times the number of votes. Speaking with Milne on Sunday, as he was taking down his election signs, he said it was a “really exciting election.” He was amazed at the level of support he received and he wondered, “can we live up to the expectation?” He said he sensed the new council would wind up looking like they were all on the same page.

The change, he said, was all about trying to build trust in the district. He said it got to the point where people didn’t trust council and battles were created over accusations of hidden agendas. He wants to keep taxes at near zero for a year or two and he has other initiatives he wants to implement over time. He wants agendas to be received by councillors earlier so they have the necessary time to read the material and make those important decisions. He wants more public input possibly at the Committee of the Whole meetings which too often went over the same material. He would like people to be able to come before council and talk to the issues and ask questions. He said a lot of people are expecting change and the votes reflect that. “Voters are very perceptive,”

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Mayor elect Wendal Milne Milne said. “I’m really happy, it was a pretty sound majority.” Milne gathered 2,571 votes to Bennett’s 931. Others joining

Milne at the council table are: Kevin Pearson, Bev Berger, Herb Haldance, Rick Kasper, Maja Tait and Kerrie Reay. In the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Regional Director Mike Hicks managed to retain his seat against his opponent Alanda Carver. Mike Hicks said he is “tickled” and he also liked the way the votes went in the district election. “I’m happy with the outcome,” he said. “It’s back to business.” He pointed to an interesting event back in 1984 when he was running federally for the Progressive Conservatives. “Wendal bought my campaign bus,” said Hicks, “and he drove it across Canada.” Hicks got 666 votes while Alanda Carver got 476. “She is great,” said Hicks in reference to Carver. “She almost gave me a whoopin’. It was a tough,

respectful campaign and I wish her all the best.” Land Use Committee results: East Sooke Kara Middleton; Otter Point Heather Phillips; Port Renfrew John Wells; Shirley/Jordan River Harold Shipton; Willis Point Art Wynans. Otter Point Advisory Committee members elected are: Al Wickheim, Bud Gibbons, Sandy Sinclair, Sid Jorna, Anne Miller. School District 62 results brings back Margot Swinburnson, 2,320 votes, along with Neil Poirier, 1,983, and Bob Phillips, 1,688, who topped the polls for Milne’s Landing beating out Allison Watson, 1,501, Terrance Martin, 1,463 and Janet Evans with 1,302 votes. The District of Sooke had approximately 8,400 eligible voters and 3,525 of them came out to the polls to vote, representing almost 42 per cent.

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SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011

Up Sooke CORRECTION THE SOOKE NEWS Mirror incorrectly named Dr. Pocock in the last edition of the paper, as well as a typo incorrectly spelled Herb Haldane’s name wrong. WE APOLOGIZE FOR these errors and any inconvenience it may have caused.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC THE LAST BLOOD donor clinic of the year will be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 from 12:30 to 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road. NOV. 25 MARKS the eighth and the beginning of the ninth year of Vital Vittles. Each Friday Vital Vittles serves hot, nutritious meals to anyone between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

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Thumbs Up! TO MAYOR JANET Evans and councillors Sheila Beech, Dave Bennett and Ron Dumont who served our community for the past three years, and Janet Evans for the last 12 years.

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The campaign signs are down, the ballots are counted and the District of Sooke’s new council is coming down off their high. Each of the candidates expressed their thoughts on the election. In alphabetical order: Sheila Beech - “Congratulations to the new mayor and council. It has been a pleasuere to work with this past council, we worked hard together and with staff to accomplish many worthwhile projects for the citizens of Sooke. I leave council proud of what we have done.” Dave Bennett — “I would like to obviously thank my election team because they worked very hard for me over the past two months and they strongly endorsed my candidacy and I would urge Mr. Milne to focus on the positive for our community and to reach out to the almost six out of 10 people that did not vote and I just want to thank the people of Sooke for the opportunity and privilege to have served on council. I was confident (going into the race) — I door knocked on, I would say, 85 to 90 per cent of Sooke residents and the reception I received was very positive. And I guess it was a surprise, but I congratulate Mr. Milne on his election.” Bev Berger — “I’m extremely pelased witrh the results, I think we got a council that is likeminded and has genuine care and concern for our community, I’m looking forward to the next three years.” “Moonfist”Myke Colbert - “Congratulations Mayor Milne, Councillors Haldane, Berger,

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And the winners are: left to right Kevin Pearson, Maja Tait, Herb Haldane. Bev Berger, Wendal Milne and Rick Kasper. Kerrie Reay was missed in the photo, although she was there earlier. Pearson, Kasper, Tait and Reay. Thank you for all for your efforts and welcome to office. Unite and be strong, as what you have now become is responsible for the District of Sooke. We are all on a journey somewhere and as always... together. Journey well, may wholesome things unite you.” Ron Dumont — “Of course I’m disappointed. I’m happy we are leaving the district in a good and sound financial manner, positive and sustainable for the future. The good staff will continue to work hard for the council. The fire dpeartment is well trained and the envy of fure departments on Vancouver Island. I wish the new council good luck, it’s easy to make promises, harder to make them happen.” Herb Haldane — “I’m glad the whole insanity is over, it was not a nice election. I’ve lived in Sooke my whole life and am satisfied with what I’m doing and I do what people want. I’m elated by the people who got

elected. We need leadership everywhere. It’ll be real interesting.” Rick Kasper — “The voters have spoken loud and clear, as I’ve said in the past, they are always right.” I thank the members of council who didn’t get re-elected, it does take a toll. I want to thank them personally for their service, I know what it’s like, I’ve been there. I also want to thank Janet Evans, they’ve all put in a lot of work.” Terrance Martin — “I’m very happy with the outcome. I made the

best possible attempt to get a seat. I will carry on with life. I’m satisfied, the people asked to see a change.” Jim Mitchell — “I think the council that has just been elected will be good for Sooke and they will be able to bring back some confidence in our local government. I offer them all my congratulations on running a good, clean campaign and I wish them all well. I would also like to give all of my supporters a big thank you. I believe that we were able to give the residents of

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municipal election. My hope was that meaningful conversations about our municipal government and our community would be achieved. I hope that people feel their concerns and ideas were heard and understood. To those elected, I trust they will continue to use our community as a valuable resource to set priorities and make the municipal government’s connection to the community stronger. Keep sharing the stories of Sooke’s community spirit and it’s beautiful natural surroundings, these connect us all. Maja Tait — “I’m excited about it, I’m looking forward to getting to know the new councillors and our new mayor of course. It was a clear message there is some dissatisfaction, perhaps, with different things and I think the other candidates and Wendal were very clear on what they wanted (to) set out (to do) and voters are in agreeance. They’re in agreement and they came out strong — it was very clear and decisive in terms of something council needs to focus on. I’m looking forward to a break for a bit, a week off, refocus.”

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

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Journey Middle School students and staff worked together for the past two weeks to collect 84 shoe boxes gifts for kids who live in extreme poverty in Central and South America. Mrs. Lennox’s grade 8 students, who presented and encouraged the entire school to take part in this project, themselves each brought in one or more shoe box gifts, filled with school supplies and personal hygiene items so that the kids in these countries will have a chance to attend a school. This is Journey’s 13th year of participating in Operation Shoe Box.

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along the boardwalk for food donations. Join us as we start the weekend of HOLIDAY celebrations. Many local businesses will be staying open late Friday, Dec. 2 for our first annual shop late night. Support our local businesses - Look for specials and discounts and great gift giving ideas ~ SHOP local it makes cents! We continue the weekend with the festive spirit and anticipate the arrival of Santa on Sunday, Dec. 4 with our annual Santa Parade. Come and enjoy hot chocolate, treats, and

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COUNCIL BRIEFS The last council meeting with the current members took place on Nov. 14. Much of the agenda consisted of wrapping up business before the new council takes their seats at the inaugural meeting on Dec. 5. Delegations Sooke Region Resources Marlene Barry came before council and spoke about a website created to showcase Sooke’s resources. Sooke Region Resources is designed to be a comprehensive inventory of programs, services and information for the communities from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew. The site links community members, both new and longstanding, with the information they need, whether it be recreation and leisure, employment and education, or health care and social services. Upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, feature organizations and a calendar of events are all a part of the site. “We officially have a virtual volunteer centre,” said Barry. The initial funding came from the Vancouver Island Health Authority to the Sooke Community Health Initiative (CHI) and funding now comes from a line item in the District of Sooke’s annual community grants budget. The site can be found at: www.sookeregionresources.com. Taking it to the Streets Report Evonne Black outlined the work done by

the Sooke Region Cultural Plan Committee over the past year. The Cultural Plan proposes the creation of a Cultural Planning Advisory Committee to guide the plan into the future. See story on page A13. Bylaws The outgoing council adopted the following bylaws: Bylaw No. 500, Sooke Zoning Bylaw, 2011; Bylaw NO. 501, Zoning Amendment Bylaw for 6553 Helgesen Road; Bylaw No 502, 6553 Helgesen Road Phased Development Agreement Authorization Bylaw, 2011; Bylaw No. 5012, Sooke Core Sewer Specifies Area Amendment Bylaw. Council also adopted Bylaw No. 508. Records Management Bylaw, No. 509, Sooke Core Sewer Specified Area Amendment Bylaw for Wright Road and No. 510 Grant Road West. Secondary and Small Suites Policy Council adopted Policy No. 8.8, Secondary and Small Suites Policy, 2011. Opposed were Councillors Herb Haldane and Bev Berger. Councillors Dave Bennett, Sheila Beech, Ron Dumont and Maja Tait voted in favour. Bev Berger said the policy could make hundreds of families homeless if non-conforming suites were not up to code. “We are essentially evicting quite a few families, if we follow the policy we have no choice but to evict because of the zoning,” said Berger. Planner Gerard LeBlanc said that enforce-

ment action would take place if suites were illegal. He said it was a health and safety violation and the district could be liable if the suites were allowed. “If illegal we will enforce,” said LeBlanc. An authorized suite is a suite that has received a valid certificate of occupancy from the district or it predecessors. An authorized suite must be a permitted use under the current zoning bylaws. Development Cost Charges A report was received by council on a review of current Development Cost Charges. The district collects DCCs to help fund road and wastewater infrastructure. The review was needed to ensure that the bylaw accurately reflects the current PCP’s growth estimates and new infrastructure plans. A recent change in provincial legislation gives municipalities the option to waive or reduce DCCs for certain types of development. The district currently reduces DCCs for development in the Sooke Revitalization Area. The proposed DCC rates, with the exception of commercials, are higher than the current DCC rates. The proposed total DCC rates will increase by approximately two per cent for single family homes and townhouses and 0.4 per cent for apartment units. The proposed DCC for commercial will decease by approximately three per cent. Urban Systems, the

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consultant who prepared the report, recommends the proposed DCC rates be taken to a public open house. Sooke Fire Rescue Service Quarterly Report The quarterly report showed a shortage of volunteer firefighters to respond to daytime call outs. The department currently has five full-time staff, 30 volunteer firefighters and five recruits in training and another five in the public education division, to total 45 members. In the six months from January to September 2011 the department responded to 669 incidents. Of these, two were structure fires; 12 chimney fires; 10 appliance fires; 22 brush fires. The highest call outs, 64, were to alarm bells, and motor vehicle incidents, 53. First responder calls totaled 309. On a bright note, fuel consumption is down 50 per cent due to the new pick up vehicles. Grant application The district will be submitting a grant application to the B.C. Community Recreation Program for the Phillips Road connector multiuse trails. The trail will connect SEAPARC to Journey Middle School/ Poirier Elementary School to the larger trail network. Road and Sidewalk Improvement Pro-

gram Jasmine’s Excavating was awarded the construction contract worth $41,949.60, to design and construct the Townsend Road/ Hwy. 14 intersection upgrade. The current crosswalk will be moved to the other side of the intersection and will be unlit. Townsend Road will become right in and right out. Capital City Paving was awarded a contract, not to exceed $150,000, to mill and pave Maple Avenue S. Notice of Motion Coun. Herb Haldane did not get the required votes to take another look at the Delegation of Purchasing Power bylaw which gives the CAO authority to expend funds up to $75,000 without council approval. Only Coun. Berger voted with Haldane to look at the bylaw. Mayor Janet Evans stated they had given staff the budget to spend in the perimeters allocated and it gives staff the authority to do their day-to-day work. Coun. Bennett stated it was not their job to micro-manage staff. The next regular council meeting will take place at the inaugural meeting of council on Dec. 5.

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POLICE BEAT Police seek person who threw rock at vehicle Between Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 there were 101 calls for service. Nov. 11 — There was a break and enter reported at DeMamiel Creek Golf Course just after 11:10 a.m. The sliding glass door of the trailer office was smashed and RCMP suspect the alarm scared off the perpetrator. It is unknown what was taken. Later that night at 9 p.m. a 61-year-old Sooke resident was driving eastbound on the 5500 block of Sooke Rd. by Harbourview Rd. when suddenly his driver’s side window shattered sending glass everywhere, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Wright. “At first he thought he’d been shot,” said Wright. It turned out to be a rock, about the size of a small potato, that someone had thrown through the window hitting the driver on the shoulder “quite hard.” “He was able to pull over and stop without causing any accident but it could have been quite serious if he’d been actually struck in the head.” Police are discounting the possibility of the rock being kicked up by another vehicle because the driver said he was alone on the road at the time, and are looking for wit-

nesses or even the suspect to come forward. “(We want to know) if it was meant as a prank and there was no intention to hurt someone because we don’t want to think there’s someone going around throwing rocks through windows,” said Wright, who added it’s the first such case he’s seen since he’s been in Sooke. Nov. 14 — Vandalism was reported at Ayre Manor at 6764 Ayre Rd. A fence and some lights were smashed on the property with damage totalling approximately $2,400. RCMP are looking for anyone that may have information regarding the incident. At approximately 6 p.m., a 17-year-old boy getting off the public bus at Sooke Road and Phillips Road was hurt after he was assaulted by a man trying to rob him. The boy boarded the bus in downtown Victoria and during the ride he took out his

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Rod Sluggett Publisher Pirjo Raits Editor Benjamin Yong Reporter

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Change is what people were wanting and change is what they got after the polls closed last Saturday. The in-fighting and bad feelings took a toll on everyone, the public included. The buzz words in a lot of municipalities were transparency and openness and now Sooke has a fresh new opportunity to get with the program. The new mayor has talked about initiating a public question and answer period that is a little longer than the two-minute maximum they had, and that would be a good thing. People want to be able to ask questions about items coming before It’s time to council, plans in the works start fresh and financial decisions. and carry That’s what open, honest and transparent government on... is all about. No closed door meetings, no behind the scenes maneuvering and no secrets. Council is working for the people of Sooke, the CAO’s employer is the mayor and the staff employer is the CAO. No one should be a lone wolf. This is where problems arose during the last three years. It’s time to start fresh and carry on with the business of running a community. Thanks have to go out to the councillors and mayor who were not re-elected. They served the community in the best way they knew how and they deserve credit for their efforts. Janet Evans put in 12 years and saw the municipality go through its growing pains. This new council will have an easier time than the councils that have gone before. We have a rich and varied community with strong opinions and the need to be heard. Let’s hope the election promises can be kept and we can begin to function in a strong and forthright manner.

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or the past few years online readers have been able to comment on stories, letters and opinions through the Disgus platform on the Sooke News Mirror’s web page. While we have enjoyed reading the opinions and the back and forth comments, it has led to some pretty nasty comments being posted. People tend to get more personal and mean-spirited when they don’t have to give their name. Thus the change. The Sooke News Mirror has always had a lively Letters to the Editor page and we hope this will continue to be the platform where you have your say. It’s what most Sooke people read in the paper as shown by the monitoring done by our web people. In fact, Sooke has one of the most involved and spirited communities on Southern Vancouver Island. It means we care and want to speak out. BCLocalNews.com and the Sooke News Mirror is joining the trend away from anonymous comments on our site. Dec. 1, we switch to Facebook’s Commenting platform. For the last few years, as BCLocalNews.com and our family of websites have garnered more attention, some

readers have raised concerns about one issue in particular the fact we allow visitors to post anonymous comments. The policy has led to some unpleasant and mean-spirited postings. It’s also raised an inconsistency in our Black Press brand. Our community newspapers don’t print anonymous letters, yet we’ve allowed our websites to become a place where people can hide their identity while occasionally taking shots at one another. Starting Dec. 1, that policy will change. People will only be able to comment by using their Facebook account, which means their name, often even their photograph, will be linked to the statements they post. BCLocalNews.,com is not alone in making this shift. Several media companies, equally troubled by the vitriolic trend of anonymous comments, are turning to Facebook to power their website commenting. All of Black Press in B.C., Alberta and Washington State have made the switch. Our sister publications have continued to see spirited discourse among those who post comments, yet the

discourse is at a much higher level, and commentators are generally well-mannered and on-topic. This new approach won’t be perfect. People without a Facebook account won’t be able to participate in online discussions. Still, we’re enthused to be in the vanguard of this movement. It shows we’re listening to our readers and responding. It places us more deeply into the powerful world of social media: by using Facebook Comments, we’re embracing a social medium with 800 million users worldwide. For those of you who choose not to create a Facebook account, remember we will continue to run letters to the editor in print - you can submit them to: editor@ sookenewsmirror.com or deliver by hand or mail to the Sooke News Mirror office. So please continue to be a part of the discussion. Your comments are part of an important dialogue that enlivens and enriches civic life in our communities. We attempted to answer most common questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Go to: www. bclocalnews.com.


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Are you happy or surprised about the election ? 

We’re got a new mayor, so I’m happy.

(I’m not surprised). The people I voted for all got in.

I didn’t vote. I’m still trying to learn more, I just moved to the province on Oct. 13.

Janice HIll

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Go local Response to the letter ‘Do it for the Kids’, Nov. 9. I wanted to respond in support of businesses in this community. I know the letter-writer was disappointed by the lack of involvement by one or more businesses in Sooke on Halloween night; for a perceived absence or gradual fading from celebrations, and I wanted to make a couple of suggestions. I would first suggest, before pulling support from any Sooke business (big or small) for lack of visibility in your chosen event/charity fundraiser/sports team, please, please walk through their doors and ask them how they are helping. I think you may be surprised at the length and diversity of the response. I’m a volunteer fundraiser with for Cops for Cancer, I chair the BC Children’sHospitalcommittee here in Sooke, I’ve helped organize the Starlight Cinema in support of local families, and quite a few other events and I’ve noticed that the ability to make donations of products, money and services are challenging for many businesses during this economically difficult time. While I am still in awe of the generosity we are shown, I’m learning to reduce my expectations in accordance with the times. Finally, I would like to suggest shopping locally this holiday season. Emma Irwin Sooke

No, (it’s not a surprise), I felt Mr. Milne had quite a following.

LETTERS Extinguish the HST I ask your assistance in requesting that Canada’s Minister of Finance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, accept this proposal: Canada should continue to collect both the PST and GST on the 80 per cent of goods and services to which PST applied before HST was implemented, and remit the PST portion to B.C. All of the jobcreators in the 80 per cent component will thus continue to avoid the administrative duplication and cost of having to keep two sets of books for PST and GST. They also will avoid the cost of changing their computer systems back, estimated at $1,200.00 per business average, for Small Businesses. Canada loses nothing; B.C. does not collect PST on the 20 per cent, either way. Canada will keep our (former) tax collectors on the payroll. There will be no need for Canada to require collection of the $1.6 billion incentive payment from B.C. This idea has been presented to Mr. Flaherty by both the Honourable Kevin Falcon, B.C.’s Minister of Finance, and by the B.C. Caucus of the Conservative Party of Canada. Presently, his concern is that Canada does not want to deal with the hassles of exemptions

and appeals on the PST; one cannot fault him for that! However, he can delegate administration of those to B.C. we would have to handle them anyway, if collecting PST on our own. Minister Falcon has advised me that he will be pleased to take this approach, if Canada will agree. Please write to Mr. Flaherty at: jim.flaherty@parl.gc.ca if you support this approach. Kevin Krueger MLA, KamloopsSouth Thompson

Not all inclusive The thing that irritates me the most about Shirley is the way some residents refer to the population in Shirley as “we in Shirley� and “the community in Shirley� when all of us here are perfectly aware that they are talking about a particular group. Pretending that the rest of us in Shirley are an un-named, vague, non-entity bunch who need to be led by a selfelected elite, who will act as spokespersons, decision makers, and, in the case of Marine Trail Holdings, rabble rousers for us serfs and peasants. N.E. McNab

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addressed For the second time in the past few weeks, I attended a trade show at the Prestige Hotel and was lucky enough to find a parking spot, the first time in the underground parking lot (30+ spots) and on Saturday on the sidewalk, yes the sidewalk of our public boat launch land; lots of cars were lined up on busy West Coast Road. The hotel was booked with a girls’ hockey tournament. The development permit that the hotel received allowed them to build a 122 rooms hotel plus a 300 capacity conference centre, restaurant (how many seats open to outside guests?), two small eateries, fitness center, swimming pool and spa. Let’s not add up how many customers they may have at one point but it is more than the 101 parking stalls they were required to provide. I also asked myself where is the staff parking? Do the math, it will never work. What really irritates me was that everyone was using the “public boat launch reserved parking stalls.� (By the way, I think six stalls are supposed to be reserved for the emergency rescue boats and Coast Guard) of course; so fishing boat owners I recommend that you always check if the hotel has a conference going or if they are fully booked, as you may never be able to launch

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your boat and park your trailer in parking stalls that belong to all of us taxpayers. Do you think that I am bitter because as the owner of Sooke Harbour House, a 280room hotel without a conference centre, I was required to have 77 parking stalls and rezone a residential property and turn it into a parking lot that is mostly empty or used by people going on a stroll to Whiffen Spit park, not my guests. No, I have always tried to have more hotels in Sooke, it is better for my business, just look at Tofino – how many hotels, resorts, B&Bs do you think they have? It makes a lot of sense to offer more alternatives to guests wanting to visit our beautiful area. I am upset because rules were not followed and now, we the taxpayers, are going to have to suffer the consequences. I think the hotel should be required to own a big shuttle bus and find a place in Sooke where people can park their cars and be shuttled, and that a towing company be asked to come regularly and tow away any car parked illegally on our public boat launch parking stalls or maybe I should offer my parking lot to the Prestige Hotel. Frederique Philip Co-owner, Sooke Harbour House

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The heart of Sooke I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made the bottle drive, put on by a group of Sooke Coop Preschool parents and teacher Angie. The drive was a fundraiser in support of a former preschool family’s new baby, Maysa, who is battling with a recent diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis. The event showed us the true heart of this amazing community including the local convenience store, Winks, saving up their bottles for the cause. The RCMP dropped off their bottles, the Sooke Minor Hockey team cancelled their bottle drive scheduled for the same day in support of our cause, and SEAPARC for providing their parking lot and road sign. Family after family brought their children by with cash and bottle donations and a special, generous donation of the bottles collected by our resident bottle collector, whom we all see daily collecting bottles with his can on wheels. In four short hours we raised over $850 for the Milligan family to help with travel and medial expenses.Thank you Sooke! For more information go to: http://www.cysticfibrosisvictoria.ca/ Darcy Smith Sooke

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Dealing with bears I moved to Saseenos in June of this year and couldn’t figure out why my garbage can outside was knocked over and the bags ripped open and dragged around my property almost every night. It got to be such a nuisance cleaning it up all the time. Believe me I tried many things to prevent this: bungy cording the bin to the fence, but he sqeezed his arm in and pulled out garbage; wrapped heavy duty chain to hold the lid tightly to the bin and locked it, but the darned bear knocked the bin over and squished it and clawed the bags out and continued to spread the garbage around. Then came the idea to have someone build a “box” around the bin. It has a roof, one side has a door with heavy duty hinges and a strong sliding lock so the bear can’t open it, and the bottom has a slope so Sooke disposal can roll

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Sooke’s “Elder Statesman� passes at 77 HOWARD ELDER – 1934 - 2011 A love of the forests and an appreciation of the great outdoors were paramount in the life of Howard Elder, sometimes called Sooke’s “Elder Statesman,� dead at 77. He flourished as a grandson of Camp Boss Ed Elder, kingpin of the area’s forest industry in the 1930s and 1940s. Howard grew up with his roots firmly set in a logging camp, attending the one-room school at camp, then moving on to Milne’s Landing High School. Grandfather Ed and his dad Dal Elder instilled in him the high expectations of his family. Elder Logging operated for 30 years west of Sooke, chiefly in the Muir and Tugwell watersheds. Ed Elder with his sons Max and Dal ran the camp at top production. Max’s son Jack was the bookkeeper. They were known to reward a good day’s cut with a trip to the Sooke River Hotel. Elders’ well-muscled and skilled loggers earned quite a reputation. In this period when All Sooke Day was in its heyday, the tug-ofwar team competitions were a main attraction of the day, with the winning pullers heralded as local heroes. Photographs show the beaming faces of the husky loggers who worked for Elders, the All Sooke Day Cup proudly displayed, with little Howard as mascot, tucked within the burly arms of the fallers. As the area’s major employers, the family gave generous support to various sports teams, in particular the area’s softball teams that won several provincial championships. After graduation from Milne’s Landing High School in a class of 10 in 1952, Howard earned a degree in Engineering

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Howard Elder 1934-2011 at UBC, and married his high school sweetheart, Carol Chivers, who had graduated as an RN. Within a few years he was Manager of CANFOR’s Englewood division based at Woss Lake, one of the largest logging operation in the province at the time. This was a unique opportunity to work with a private industrial logging rail-

way, and he was able to use some of the logging techniques and management skills learned in the family business. He was instrumental in saving the old-growth Douglas fir forest at Schoen Lake in the North Island. As the two Elder youngsters, daughter Kymn and son Nyle grew to school age, Howard and Carol decided to

move back to the home in Saseenos where the children could attend a local school. Switching to private consulting, Howard undertook several engineering contracts for Reid Collins; in particular he was involved with the log transportation aspects for a large hydro-electric project near Revelstoke. In 1966, after the creation of the Capital Regional District, Howard Elder was approachedbyJohnEde Martin, Sooke Electoral Area’s first Regional Director, and asked to allow his name to stand as director. Thus began Howard’s long political tenure. During his time in office, the first controls on local land use were formulated. He established the Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission, paving the way for a referendum to construct the Sooke Arena. He was on the Capital Regional Board when the 1,435 ha. East Sooke Park was established in 1970. Howard’s reputa-

tion as an innovative engineer had begun to circulate around the province. He was approached by Rudy Johnson, a cattle rancher whose spread on the west side of the Fraser River near Williams Lake was connected only by the

Soda Creek ferry to the stock yards at Williams Lake. In 1968 Rudy Johnson purchased a redundant bridge in Alaska, dismantled and shipped the 3,000 pieces to his ranch, where he planned to restructure it across the Fraser

River. Howard agreed to team up with him to tackle the unique challenge. Now 89, Rudy recalls that Ministry of Transportation officials said the job could not be done. He recalls that Howard would not take

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PORT RENFREW CHAMBER NEWS Funding need for info centre Sadly, our Chamber of Commerce office and information centre closed at the end of September, one month early, as we ran out of funds. We enjoyed a fantastic five months which saw hundreds of tourists come through our doors. If it wasn’t for the Ancient Alliance fund raiser, membership dues and donations by very generous individuals, we could not have had the opportunity to achieve what we did. So thank you to everyone who supported us then and continue to do so. Our Chamber of Commerce is still up and running, but unless a miracle happens and money falls from the sky, we will not be able to reopen another info

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Sooke Philharmonic: Notes from the inside T

he conductor is the most important person in the concert, and yet he doesn’t make a sound. He stands with his back to the audience, moves his arms, flicks his wrists and waggles his baton, which is nothing more magical than a small white stick. Unless you’ve played in an orchestra, you may be a little hazy about what Norman Nelson, our esteemed conductor, is actually doing. First of all, he engineers a clean start and finish. This is not as easy as it sounds. Anyone who has participated in a sport or dance performance where starting together matters, knows that it can go completely wrong. Then, Norman decides how fast the piece should go. Dif-

ferent musicians have different ideas and – maybe more important -- different sets of notes on different instruments seem to naturally play themselves faster or slower. The orchestra has to be together, though, or it’s an almighty mess. Watch the conductor is the first thing a musician learns when he or she starts playing in an orchestra. But the player has to look at his music too: it would be too difficult to memorize. So he puts music and conductor in the same sightline, and with that, also stays aware of what the people around him are doing. Ears are also good for that. Then, of course, the conductor “interprets” the music: he or she tells the musical story in his own way. Think of a song that’s been covered many times.

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Maestro Norman Nelson My Way, for instance. It can be done innumerable ways, and there’s always one more possibility. So Norman sets to work. Most of the work he does with the orchestra takes place in rehearsal. If you have been to an SPO

rehearsal, you know that the orchestra seldom plays more than a few bars before Norman stops, with some remark. “Louder!” he will say to the timpani. “Break the skins, I’ll pay for the damage!” Or to the strings, “Quiet! Less, less, don’t play

at all.” He shows the string players (usually with his baton on his left arm) where on the bow to play something, and how – off the string or on, a long sweep or a little peck. “Menacing,” he will say. Or “Tom and Jerry.” This is what Norman Nelson is particularly good at – reaching in and finding the details that will shape the sound so that the music will come to life in the most exciting, moving way. In the concert, when our Maestro is standing with his back to the audience, this is what he is doing. He starts the orchestra off together, sets the tempo, and helps solo instruments or sections come in when they have an important entrance. He is also reminding the musicians how he wants something played. “Hit those

drums!” “Shshsh!” When he is conducting, his face, his arms, every part of him reflects what he wants, and he doesn’t have to say a thing. The musicians read him along with their parts, and the music happens. Here is a trivia question: How long has Norman Nelson conducted the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra? Send your answers to sookephilharmonic@ gmail.com. We’ll draw from the correct answers and award a SPO scarf to the lucky winner! Check us out at www.sookephil.ca. Did you know? At the age of 20, Norman Nelson began playing in the first violin section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Contributed by Sonia de Wit

Season’s Greetings Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players with the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus perform on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. Music by Handel, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Leopold Mozart and more. Soloists: Wade Noble, Baritone, Nancy Washeim, Soprano. A portion from every ticket sold will go towards the Sooke Christmas Bureau’s fundraising activities. Saturday, Dec. 3 - 7:30 p.m. Sooke Baptist Church, 7110 West Coast Road, Sunday, Dec. 4 - 2:30 p.m., New St. Mary’s Church. Tickets available at EMCS, South Shore Gallery, Shoppers Drug Mart and Wood Travel.

Taking it to the streets: Cultural planning Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror

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fter a year of meetings, discussions and focus on the arts and cultural aspects of Sooke the Sooke Region Cultural Plan has been completed. It is hoped the cultural plan will serve as a starting point for discussion around developing a healthy arts community for the Sooke region. Evonne Black, who served as project coordinator along with Sarah Temple, said the plan is intended to identify five key strategies that can be implemented over the next five years. At a wrap-up meeting on Nov. 15, volunteers and member of the public came together to discuss where to go from here. Twenty-seven people from all sectors of the community openly discussed the completed plan and the steps required to go forward. “One year ago we started to say, ‘what are we sitting around the table trying to do?’’ said Black. “It was to create a five-year planning document that includes representatives from all sectors.” The working group consisted of 37 people representing 42 different organizations, service groups,

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Representatives from all sectors of art and culture came together to disuss common goals. individual artists and businesses. Eight meetings were held plus a one-day Cultural Summit on Oct. 22. Funding came from a collaboration between the District of Sooke, Juan de Fuca Economic Development, Sooke Community Arts Council, Sooke Region Tourism Assoc., and the Sooke Fine Arts Society. A monetary grant was received from 2010 Legacies Now and Creative City Network of Canada. The cultural plan was a direct result of ArtsWave, a series of surveys, interviews and public consultations to provide a perspec-

tive on the strengths and challenges for the arts in the region. At the Nov. 15 meeting, Black outlined the next steps. The first crucial step is to create a Cultural Planning Advisory Committee (CPAC) by amalgamating with the Sooke Program of the Arts Committee and to explore additional partnerships. This would be an umbrella organization representing all sectors of arts and culture in Sooke and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. The CPAC would then approach local and provincial governments for funding

to carry out the plan and to perhaps create a staff position with civic administration to provide leadership, coordination and collaborative working relationships for the arts sector. The position could be shared with the Sooke Regional Tourism Association and the Sooke Economic Development Committee. “Coordination cannot continue to be done by volunteers,” said Black. Other priorities would be to revamp the community grant review panel and review its policies and criteria. Hosting an annual cultural summit to foster com-

munity partnerships is also a priority as is seeking out grant opportunities that would provide funding for the administration of building a collaborative approach to developing a vibrant arts and cultural sector. A volunteer centre was also listed as something important. To increase knowledge and interest in the arts, cultural and heritage resources there was talk of developing an electronic newsletter to serve as a central hub for information. Lee Boyko, executive director for the Sooke Region Museum, said it was necessary for organization

to talk to each other. “The infrastructure is already in place,” he said. Coordinating marketing and promotion campaigns was a high priority as well as producing cooperative advertising materials suitable for hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals. Another direction would be to encourage event organizers to partner with community arts, cultural and heritage organizations in the planning process as well as joint marketing. “We have lots to celebrate here,” said Black. Mentoring opportunities with artists within school programs was another of the strategic directions outlined in the cultural plan. Opportunities for youth to exhibit and perform at events within the region was a high priority as was developing a youth-friendly media source for communication. Coordinating with First Nations bands in arts, cultural and heritage festivals and events was seen as an important facet of the plan. For now, a slight reorganization within a swiftly formed ad hoc Cultural Planning Advisory Committee, will assess the best way to move forward to start implementing the priorities outlined in the plan.


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Camp Barnard gets upgrades thanks to church group Benjamin Yong Sooke News Mirror

On Saturday morning, a hundred volunteers with hammers and nails in hand filed into Camp Barnard for some serious roofing. They will be outfitting 22 sleeping cabins, a barn, two shelters and the boathouse with all new metal roofs. “About two years ago, we saw that the need was coming at us to get all these roofs

Grace Seabrook — Chair

done. They were all (originally) built about the same time in the early 90s,” said Grace Seabrook, Camp Barnard Committee chairwoman. She added a couple of roofs have already been converted thanks to trees falling on top of them. The project was intended to be an expensive long term project taking place over four or five years, but chance has changed all that. “We had this Latterday Saints group that

wanted to do this huge camp for their kids who are in scouting,” she said. The group of 600 kids wanted to do a weeklong stay in August that would have cost $15,000. The organizers from the church, some of whom just happened to be professional roofers, asked if there were any other services they could provide instead for payment. Seabrook and the rest of the committee leapt at the opportunity. “It’s so serendipitous sometimes the things that happen at Camp Barnard.” The church reached out to its congregation and rounded up 50 to 60 contractors and roofers by trade to help. Being in the business, the tradesmen are also bringing tools and all the required materials that they were able to secure at half the regular cost from a Mainland contractor. “They figure they can do all they set out to do in one day.” In return, the volunteers are fed and the kids can stay at no extra charge. To pay for everything, Camp Barnard reached out to the community. “We applied to the Sooke Community Fund — we asked them for $2,000 and they ended up giving us almost $7,000 last spring which was great,” said Seabrook. The Victoria Rotary

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Roofers were busy laying down the new steel rooftops on the Mowglis Den at Camp Barnard last Saturday. club donated another $2,000, and the Shawnigan Lake Knights of Columbus gave $7,500. She said the organizer of the Knights also look

after another group that have stayed at Camp Barnard for the last 15 to 20 summers. “It’s a pretty highly developed camp so maintenance is never far from the top of the list,” she said. “To get this many of those kinds of big jobs done in one fell swoop is very significant.”

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Howard Elder Cont’d from page 11 any money for supervising the engineering, structuring the 300 foot high rebuilt truss span across the river, but would only accept the hospitality of the ranch for visits with his family. The Rudy Johnson bridge became the only private toll bridge across the Fraser, and was incorporated into the provincial highways system 13 years later. Unique in the endeavour was his use of logging technology and a skyline system to sling the truss across the river. After his fourth twoyear term as regional director, he retired at the end of 1973. After that time, though no longer in an official capacity, he wielded a significant influence on the inner workings of the community, and was influential in the terms of most regional directors who came after him. During those years, Howard contributed his assistance to the Sooke Community Association, in particular with surveying work, and also contributed efforts to the Sooke Region Museum. John Arnett, onetime publisher and editor

of the Sooke Mirror, recalls Howard with these words, “A master politician who shunned the limelight – and the ultimate insider in Sooke politics for many years.” Howard kept busy with various engineering projects and travelling with Carol as they found out-of-the way places to visit. He particularly enjoyed exploring old ruins and observing their engineering techniques. A great believer in undisturbed land, Howard continued to enjoy hiking nature trails. He and Carol particularly looked forward to their visits with their grandchildren until poor health began to rob him of the vitality and strength he had enjoyed. Howard Elder passed away on Nov. 10. Predeceased by his sister JoAnn Lajeunesse in 2000, he leaves his wife Carol, daughter Kymn (Ray Robazza) of Campbell River, son Nyle (Marilyn) and grandchildren Brook, Rance, Teal and Ryan and niece Carrie and nephew Jay. No public service is planned at this time. Elida Peers Historian, Sooke Region Museum

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ried to delaHaye. The music itself was initially written for bassoon and perfectly fits the plaintive sound of the piece. Fornataro switched to clarinet because of the character and versatility of the clarinet. “I’m using this amazing music software,” says Fornataro. “What you have is a virtual orchestra, you can play it back and see if it works.” The music to be performed will be a Stamitz clarinet quartet, Fornataro’s eight-and-ahalf minute Quartet for Clarinet and Sting and a Haydn string quartet. Following an intermission Mozart’s clarinet quintet will be performed. The performance takes place at Holy Trinity Church at 2 p.m., Nov. 27. Tickets will be available at the door.

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BERTIN, LAURA MARIE (CHIASSON) June 12, 1922 Nov 10, 2011 Laura lost a long and valiant battle against arthritis and more recently cancer. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much loved mother of eight, grandmother of 15, great grandmother of 23 and great-great grandmother of two. Laura will be sadly missed by her: daughters Eileen Kristiansen, Anne Lloyd and Lenda Bourque; and sons Davis Bourque, Paul Bourque, Robert Bourque and Wayne Bourque. She was survived by her sister Theresa Boucher and other family in New Brunswick and Quebec. She was predeceased by her daughter Pauline Wakefield in 1988 and her granddaughter Lisa Drinkwalter in 2007. Born in Tracadie, New Brunswick, her life was dedicated to her family when she lived in New Brunswick, northern Ontario and Sooke, British Columbia. Our family would like to thank Dr. Vally and staff, the Red Cross, Sooke Hospice and especially the Beacon home care workers whom over the past years provided her with support and tender care. Our Mom will be sadly missed, but we know she has gone to a better place and has found the peace she so much deserved. A memorial tea will be held at her home in Sooke on November 26th at 4:00 pm.

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SAT., NOV. 26, 2011 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall 6621 Sooke Rd. 9am-3pm. Quilts, seasonal crafts, baking. door prizes, raffles. Refreshments will be served. Rita 250-642-3945 SOOKE GARDEN CLUB Wednesday Nov. 23, upstairs at the Legion, 7:30pm. Annual General Meeting. Speaker Bryan Taylor- Gardens through the ages and why they fascinate us Everyone Welcome

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COMING EVENTS SATURDAY, Nov. 26, 10 am 2 pm, Sooke Fall Fair Flea Market, Sooke Community Hall dining room. $10/table. Call Candace 250-642-5869. Unclaimed entries & trophies must be picked up at the Market between 10am-2pm

Roberts, Donald L. Passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011, peacefully at Victoria, BC in Hospice, Donnie goes to join his best friend and companion, Nic, who he missed everyday. Donnie is survived by family and friends, here and throughout BC and the United States. Always a smile, helping hand, advice or a chat, Donnie was a familiar sight in Sooke with his hat, sunglasses and dog Nicholas by his side. Most recently after the loss of Nic, he relocated to Langford, where he was secure in his own home, with friends close by. Thank you to everyone, who made his life better by being part of it. There will be no formal service, please remember Don in your own way. Safe journey, dear friend, safe journey. Give Nic a hug from us.

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SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011

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Grandparent scam surfaces Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror

When Elizabeth Martin received a phone call from her distressed granddaughter, she did what any grandmother would do - she responded with love, assurance and cash. What she didn’t know was that she and her husband Vernon were the victims of a widelyused scam, the grandp a re n t / e m e rg e n c y scam, which has swept across North America. Martin is lucky, she was taken for close to $1,000, others have been fleeced for a lot more than that. The caller, supposedly her granddaughter, called to say she was in Montreal at a wedding and after an altercation on the street defending herself she was accused by witnesses as being the aggressor. She said she was in jail and the tears flowed convincing Nana and Pop of the dire circumstances. “I would swear it was her voice,” said Martin, “it was so like her.” Martin said the caller used their pet names,

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Elizabeth Martin got taken in by a scam. Nana and Pop. “That’s what all our grandchildren call us.” The “granddaughter” begged them not to tell her parents and like most loving grandparents, they agreed. The “lawyer” called and started out asking for $500 which would get the granddaughter out of jail and prevent a criminal record. Elizabeth and Vernon raced to get the money sent out by Western Union but it was Remembrance Day and the local outlet was closed, as was the Money Mart in Langford. The “lawyer” kept calling asking when they would

send the money to the address he provided in Montreal. Finally they could send the money, which was by now up to $990. The money was supposed to be for a flight home. After sending the money they waited until they could call the parents who said their granddaughter was at home in bed and had been all weekend. Then they knew the whole thing was an elaborate scam and they’d been had. “We felt like stupid old people,” said Elizabeth, “but our granddaughter said, ‘they’re smart.’” This particular scam has resurfaced after laying still for about a year. It was being used on a number of older folks in Sidney. The Martins do not use computers so it is unlikely information was obtained from them but with the new technology like Facebook, Twitter and others, it is easier for scammers to get information. Typically the call goes something like this: Con-artist: Hi,

Grandma/Grandpa Victim: Hi. Con-artist: Do you know who this is? Victim: John? Conartist: Yeah. Recently scammers have also been using compromised contact lists from hijacked email accounts and potential victims are sent “urgent” requests for money from a friend or relative with whom they have a correspondence. The friend or relative is unaware that their account has been used to send out these requests for money. They almost always use Western Union as there are outlets in most cities in the world. So, if you get a call from someone claiming to be a relative in distress, ask key questions only your relative would know and make phone calls before you send any money. The scammers rely on the soft hearts and big wallets of grandparents. “It’s not our rent or grocery money,” said Elizabeth in reference to the money they lost, “but others might run around trying to find it.” Lesson learned.

District of Sooke adopts new Zoning Bylaw On Nov. 14, 2011, District of Sooke Council adopted Bylaw No. 500, Sooke Zoning Bylaw, 2011. This bylaw replaces Bylaw No. 270, Sooke Zoning Bylaw, 2006 and is the result of extensive public consultation and

OBITUARY Thurlburn, David, Robert Passed away in Pennsyvannia at the age of 61. He was born in Victoria October 12, 1950 and passed away November 20, 2011. He leaves behind his two children David Michael Thurlborn, Angela Christine Thurlburn, their mother Linnea Adela. Thurlburn many and grandchildren. People can reach Linnea at 778-4252561 or cell 250661-9312.

positive direction from Council. The District of Sooke began its review of the Sooke Zoning Bylaw in late 2010. Council was looking for a user-friendly, innovative zoning bylaw that meets the needs of the

community’s vision, as contained in the newly adopted Official Community Plan and in other recent plans and studies. For more complete information please visit the website www. sooke.ca to download

the new bylaw, maps and background information or contact: District of Sooke Planning Department tel: (250) 642-1634, email: info@sooke.ca, fax: (250) 642-0541

2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke Phone: 250-642-1634 Fax: 250-642-0541 email: info@sooke.ca website: www.sooke.ca

What’s New! Be sure to visit the District of Sooke website www.sooke.ca for all kinds of news about your community – including: • NEW Sooke Zoning Bylaw • NEW Sign Regulation Bylaw • Current projects around town

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SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011

Accepting bribes deemed okay Festival of Trees in two venues this year Pirjo Raits

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For three years organizations and businesses in Sooke have let creativity reign as they pulled out all stops to decorate a faux fir for the Festival of Trees. The annual event is a fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital. “The incredible care given to children and young adults in our community by BC Children’s Hospital would not be possible without the support of the communities they serve,” says Emma Irwin, chair for Sooke Community for Kids. She said 199 children from Sooke were treated by the hospital last year alone. Participants will start trimming their trees at around 4 p.m. on Nov. 29 at SEAPARC and the Prestige Hotel. A group of judges will work their way through the trees starting at SEAPARC and ending at Prestige. Prizes will be given for first, second and third Overall Best Decorated Tree based on overall presentation, level of creativity and bribes. Each judge is prepared to accept a bribe which can be slipped to them during their rounds. Bonus points are added to the entry depending on the value of the bribes. Bribe money can be gathered ahead of time at the office, business or store and slipped to a judge on judgement day. Presentation of the prizes takes place at 6 p.m. at the Prestige. From Nov. 29 to Jan. 5, the people get to vote for their favourite tree. Vote and donate (suggested $2) to a good cause. For more information contact Irwin at: sookefestivaloftrees.com, 250-642-0588 or 250-5141710 (cell). Let’s make good things happen Sooke!

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What’s Up in Sooke This Week Wed. Thurs. Fri. November 23

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TOASTMASTERS Sooke Harbour Toastmasters meet and greet night at Village Foods from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call Allan at 642-7520 with any questions.

55+ CLUB Join Karen at Peoples Drug Mart for seniors day every second Thursday of the month. There’s coffee, cake, prizes, and a chance to catch up with your friends. There is also a 15 per cent discount on most products today.

VITAL VITTLES Free lunch every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Hall on Murray Road. Everyone is welcome.

PARENTS AND TOTS Drop-in at the Sooke Family Resource Society for parents and tots. An opportunity to play and learn with your child — enjoy art stories, activities and circle time. Meet other parents and children in your community, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. by donation. Snacks provided.

SKATE-A-THON Fundraiser put on by the Sooke Skating Club in support of Canadian not-for-profit organizaiton KidSport. Drop by SEAPARC and pledge a donation to a skaters doing laps around the rink starting at 5:45 p.m.

PRO-D DAY Drivers and cyclists should be weary of kids out and about in Sooke today, Sooke Elementary is having a professional development day for staff so no school for the youngsters.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT Drop by the 17 Mile House Pub and catch a musical act or two during their weekly open mic night. Open until 11 p.m.

EUCHRE NIGHT Starts at 7 p.m. sharp at Sooke Legion

YOUTH CLINIC At Harbour Medical Clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. For more info call 250+642-4233.

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CONCERT Ars Nova String Quartet with Lawrence de la Haye (clarinet) will be performing at the Holy Trinity Church at 1962 Murray Road at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at the door: $12.50 or $20 a couple.

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BABY TALK The VIHA Sooke Health Unit is featuring a presentation on water safety from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the SEAPARC Leisure Centre on Phillips Road this week. Call 250-642-5464 with any questions.

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A24 • FISHING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

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The last 40-pound weight was caught in late September off Otter Point by EagleEye Charters. Hopefully we will see lots of these big ones in the 2012 fishing season.

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nglers last week who braved cold weather were rewarded with steady action. Mostly using hotchies fishing close to the bottom for best results. Anglers are starting to use the boat ramp. They love the ramp but were a little

concerned with parking. One guy said he was out a couple of weekends ago, launching the boat was good but when he was leaving all the boat ramp parking was used up by the people attending the craft fair. There were cars parked on both sides all the way

up to the road. Nice to see fellow fishing guide/ regional director Mike Hicks get ree-elected as CRD director. I’m sure he will be cruising the high seas again this summer out at the Swiftsure Bank. Keep your rod tip up! Kiwi Magic

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