West Shore news…through the decades

Taking a look back at the news stories that were making headlines 10, 20 and 30 years ago.


The Langford trolley enters service with a goal of helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and giving tourists and residents a fun way to get around on the weekends. The service, which features 22 stops on a loop to main points around the city, is by donation. The $65,000 cost to purchase and outfit the trolley was undertaken by developers.

“I have a feeling this is going to be a huge success,” said Coun. Matt Sahlstrom.

Also making news the week of July 7, 2007:

A First Nations protest at Bear Mountain lacks intensity after news of the plan was leaked to police.

The leak meant that more media and RCMP officers showed up to the site of the protest on Nicklaus Road than actual protesters. The protest was mostly tame.


Serving non-alcoholic peach ciders for a school-sponsored Grade 10 graduation dinner sends the wrong message to teenagers, say some Spencer junior secondary parents. “It’s like saying, ‘this is the baby alcohol, then when you are bigger you can have the bigger alcohol,” says Alison Makkinga, president of the Sooke Parents Education Advisory Council. The .05 alcohol content ciders were served at a recognition dinner and dance held at Royal Roads University according to principal John Munson.

Also making news the week of July 7, 1997:

Goldstream Avenue residents want the road closed off at the Trans-Canada Highway before someone gets killed by speeding drivers.

That’s the message that was presented to Langford’s transportation committee. The committee heard that more than 250 cars an hour are maneuvering the narrow and winding road and the problem is getting worse due to road work on the Trans-Canada, which is causing many to use it as a shortcut.

Coun. Winnie Siefert didn’t appear to welcome the idea, although a recommendation to council that the route be off-limits to commercial trucks was met with applause. Residents also asked for traffic calming measures, such as increased enforcement and speed bumps. A recommendation for a traffic calming study was forwarded to council.


Triangle Mountain residents are frustrated by Colwood’s failure to maintain Oceanview Park. The park was fixed up by a local society, who then asked the City to look after maintenance. Now the society has to spend its own time and money to cut and water the grass and maintain the adventure playground, they say. Oceanview Park Society spokesperson Roland Poeckert says the group spent $250 on maintenance that could have been spent on further development. Some members of council weren’t aware of the maintenance deal.

Also making news the week of July 7, 1987:

Tourism is up on Vancouver Island but visitors appear to be bypassing the western communities for Victoria and Nanaimo, a Gazette survey says. The informal survey of local motel and campground managers reveals that so far business isn’t up this summer, with most experiencing either minimal gains or losses. However, tourism inquiries at the Juan de Fuca Chamber of Commerce were up more than 70 per cent last month compared to the previous year.

-compiled by Joel Tansey


Twitter: @joelgazette