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The Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society (SAFARS) helps make a difference to more than 50 feral cats in the region. (Contributed - SAFARS)

Feral cat rescue group looking for support

SAFARS helps make a difference to abandoned cats in the region

The Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society (SAFARS) helps make a difference to more than 50 feral cats in the region. (Contributed - SAFARS)
Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke council earmarks $88,925 in grants for community groups

Mayor Maja Tait this has been an ‘extraordinary time’ due to the pandemic

Sooke district council has approved $88,925 in community grants to be shared between 24 local not-for-profit and community organizations for 2021. (Pixabay.com)
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LETTER: Hospice coordinator earns a big thank you

Every day our community thrives through the work of volunteers. The physicians,…

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(Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)

Mental health calls up in March: Sooke RCMP

Mental Health Act calls mark a 32.5 per cent increase from a year ago

(Graeme Roy - The Canadian Press)
District of Sooke council will enter into a two-year service agreement with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce for a host of economic development work. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke renews service agreement with chamber of commerce

The contract is set to pay out $28,150 in 2021 and $28,713 in 2022

District of Sooke council will enter into a two-year service agreement with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce for a host of economic development work. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The Art of Kindness youth arts exhibition opens May 5 at the Gallery by Sooke Arts Council. The exhibition runs through to May 16. (Contributed - Diane Moran)

Student artists explore the meaning of kindness

Sooke Arts Council hosts The Art of Kindness youth arts exhibition

The Art of Kindness youth arts exhibition opens May 5 at the Gallery by Sooke Arts Council. The exhibition runs through to May 16. (Contributed - Diane Moran)
The District of Sooke has launched a new online community engagement platform, letstalksooke.ca, where residents can share feedback and stay up to date on projects and initiatives that are happening in their community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke launches online engagement portal

The District of Sooke has launched a new online community engagement platform…

The District of Sooke has launched a new online community engagement platform, letstalksooke.ca, where residents can share feedback and stay up to date on projects and initiatives that are happening in their community. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)

Sooke will bud but not bloom in provincial competition

Council scales back participation in Communities in Bloom

The District of Sooke will continue to flower with Communities in Bloom. (Pixabay)
Sooke plans to begin construction of the $4.9-million Church Road corridor project this summer. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke hopes to start Church Road Corridor project this summer

Road upgrade includes a roundabout, sidewalks, bike lanes and boulevards

Sooke plans to begin construction of the $4.9-million Church Road corridor project this summer. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
The site of the proposed rental housing development at 2197 Otter Point Rd. (District of Sooke)

District of Sooke approves development with 77 rental units

New parking lot for John Phillips Memorial Park included in project

The site of the proposed rental housing development at 2197 Otter Point Rd. (District of Sooke)
Many youth in Sooke feel disconnected and unrepresented, and want more diverse recreation options, a new study found. (Pixabay.com)

Sooke youth want more recreation options

Young people feel disconnected and unrepresented: study

Many youth in Sooke feel disconnected and unrepresented, and want more diverse recreation options, a new study found. (Pixabay.com)
Shawna Knight operates the Buddha Box in and around the Sooke region. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke approves food truck pilot program for local parks

The program begins May 1 and runs through summer season

Shawna Knight operates the Buddha Box in and around the Sooke region. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
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Sooke anxiously awaiting word on grant funding

$7.7 million on table from provincial and federal governments

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A sign celebrating Ayre Manor staff outside the seniors’ housing complex. Ayre Manor received a ‘seal of approval’ from Accreditation Canada. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke’s Ayre Manor hits gold standard

Senior housing facility earns national accreditation

A sign celebrating Ayre Manor staff outside the seniors’ housing complex. Ayre Manor received a ‘seal of approval’ from Accreditation Canada. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Hunting and trapping wolves on Vancouver Island are a regulated activity, the ministry said in a statement. Hunters have a three-wolf limit. There is no limit to trapping wolves. (Pixabay photo)

Sooke mayor calls for pause on wolf hunting

Maja Tait urges suspension of recreational wolf hunting until study completed on its impacts

Hunting and trapping wolves on Vancouver Island are a regulated activity, the ministry said in a statement. Hunters have a three-wolf limit. There is no limit to trapping wolves. (Pixabay photo)
Sooke artist Jessica Ruth Freedman is one of nine virtual in-residence artists who share the creative process, conduct webinars, write and offer sage advice with artsUNITE, a free online wayfinding platform for artists. (Contributed - Jessica Ruth Freedman)

Sooke artist joins artsUNITE, getting creative through pandemic

National program brings much-needed support to arts community

Sooke artist Jessica Ruth Freedman is one of nine virtual in-residence artists who share the creative process, conduct webinars, write and offer sage advice with artsUNITE, a free online wayfinding platform for artists. (Contributed - Jessica Ruth Freedman)
Wild Wise Sooke hopes to build a haul-out for harbour seals in the Sooke Basin. (Pixabay)

‘Wildlife corner’ eyed for Sooke Basin

Purple martin nest boxes and a seal haul-out proposed by Wild Wise Sooke

Wild Wise Sooke hopes to build a haul-out for harbour seals in the Sooke Basin. (Pixabay)
The winning numbers from Thursday’s (March 24) Lotto 6/49 draw. (Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke lotto winner has not claimed $1 million prize

Draw took place on Wednesday

The winning numbers from Thursday’s (March 24) Lotto 6/49 draw. (Sooke News Mirror)
A hand-painted roadside sign points to a farmstand. The District of Sooke’s proposed business bylaw is “confusing and ambiguous” when it comes to farmstands, according to a local farmer. (Lauren Krohn - Metro Creative)

Farmstand operator scrutinizes Sooke’s proposed business licence bylaw

Bylaw makes it difficult for local farmers to compete with businesses outside Sooke

A hand-painted roadside sign points to a farmstand. The District of Sooke’s proposed business bylaw is “confusing and ambiguous” when it comes to farmstands, according to a local farmer. (Lauren Krohn - Metro Creative)
Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)

Sooke man’s walk for homeless animals takes detour

Devin Meads forced to quit 24-hour fundraiser at 100-kilometre mark due to injury

Devin Meads planned to walk 150 kilometres from Langford to Qualicum Beach in support of the Victoria Humane Society and homeless animals. (Contributed photo)