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Cathy Gouk, the owner of Cathy’s Corner Cafe in Sooke, prepares for the annual turkey dinner. The free dinner is planned for Dec. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke cafe’s free Christmas dinner to serve take out only

Restaurant adapts to COVID pandemic

Cathy Gouk, the owner of Cathy’s Corner Cafe in Sooke, prepares for the annual turkey dinner. The free dinner is planned for Dec. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
The District of Sooke is another step closer to approving its 2021 financial plan. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Pandemic uncertainty looms over Sooke municipal budget

Council trims property tax increase to 3.3 per cent

The District of Sooke is another step closer to approving its 2021 financial plan. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Port Renfrew lies within the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Could the town be B.C.’s next municipality? CRD director Mike Hicks is considering it. (File - Portrenfrew.com)
Port Renfrew lies within the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. Could the town be B.C.’s next municipality? CRD director Mike Hicks is considering it. (File - Portrenfrew.com)
The intersection at Church and Throup roads will soon be home to Sooke’s second roundabout. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
The intersection at Church and Throup roads will soon be home to Sooke’s second roundabout. (Contributed - District of Sooke)
I shake my head at those who won’t listen to medical advice and are openly willing to take the risk of contracting COVID-19, writes Kevin Laird. File - Pixabay)

COLUMN: Thoughts of coronavirus flood my mind

Seven months have gone by since I contracted COVID-19. I still have symptoms.

I shake my head at those who won’t listen to medical advice and are openly willing to take the risk of contracting COVID-19, writes Kevin Laird. File - Pixabay)
The proposed T’Sou-ke Nation Health and Community Centre will be built adjacent to the Petro Canada gas station on Sooke Road. Construction is epected to begin in 18 months. (Sooke News Mirror photo)
The proposed T’Sou-ke Nation Health and Community Centre will be built adjacent to the Petro Canada gas station on Sooke Road. Construction is epected to begin in 18 months. (Sooke News Mirror photo)
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Zoning amendments to allow large housing development in Sooke sent to public hearing

Bylaw amendments that will permit the construction of 133 residential homes in…

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The Sooke Santa Parade planned for Dec. 6 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Metro-Creative)

Sooke Santa Parade cancelled due to COVID-19

Organizers say they spent months considering ways of throwing the annual event

The Sooke Santa Parade planned for Dec. 6 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Metro-Creative)
Sooke council discussed its 2021 budget on Monday night. (YouTube - District of Sooke)

Sooke councillors pledge to pare down tax hike

District staff proposes 6.67% tax bump

Sooke council discussed its 2021 budget on Monday night. (YouTube - District of Sooke)
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Sooke rejects parking variance for affordable housing development

Council agrees to development permit for 75 multi-family complex on Charters Road

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Sooke gets $2.9 million for COVID-19 economic recovery

Funding part of the $540 million of joint federal and provincial spending announced in September

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East Sooke always has beautiful sunsets. This photo was taken by Parvez Kumar

PHOTOS: Sooke residents snapping stunning sunsets

Submit your photos to editor@sookenewsmirror.com

East Sooke always has beautiful sunsets. This photo was taken by Parvez Kumar
The District of Sooke is suing Shawn Driver and Driver Enterprises for alleged municipal zoning violations. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke sues business over zoning issues

District claims property ‘non-conforming’ for nearly 20 years

The District of Sooke is suing Shawn Driver and Driver Enterprises for alleged municipal zoning violations. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Vancouver Island Public Library’s Sooke branch is expected to reopen to patrons in early November. (Pixabay photo)

Sooke library set to reopen in November

Book lovers can once again browse the shelves at local branch

Vancouver Island Public Library’s Sooke branch is expected to reopen to patrons in early November. (Pixabay photo)
RCMP are trying to determine why a woman fled the scene of an accident in Sooke. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke RCMP search for driver who fled crash site

Police want to know why woman left

RCMP are trying to determine why a woman fled the scene of an accident in Sooke. (File - Black Press Media)
Knox Vision Society’s affordable housing complex at 2110 Church Rd. in Sooke. The building includes 42 affordable rental apartments. (File – Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke committee takes aim at affordable housing

Several projects close to breaking ground

Knox Vision Society’s affordable housing complex at 2110 Church Rd. in Sooke. The building includes 42 affordable rental apartments. (File – Sooke News Mirror)
The Royal Canadian Legion kicked off its annual poppy drive in Sooke on Wednesday with the first poppies presented to Mayor Maja Tait and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes. Legion representatives included legion president Richard Steele, second from left, and poppy fund chair Al Stuart, right. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)

Mayor, T’Sou-ke Nation chief receive first poppies of 2020

Minimal Remembrance Day ceremony planned

The Royal Canadian Legion kicked off its annual poppy drive in Sooke on Wednesday with the first poppies presented to Mayor Maja Tait and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes. Legion representatives included legion president Richard Steele, second from left, and poppy fund chair Al Stuart, right. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Mayor Maja Tait was elected president of the Union of B.C. Municipalitiesin September 2019. She helped guide the 190-member organization through the coronavirus pandemic. (UBCM photo)

Sooke mayor front-line commander of the coronavirus pandemic

Maja Tait played pivotal role during COVID-19 crisis

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait was elected president of the Union of B.C. Municipalitiesin September 2019. She helped guide the 190-member organization through the coronavirus pandemic. (UBCM photo)
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra presents its second online streaming concert on Nov. 1. (Niek Verlaan - Pixabay)
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra presents its second online streaming concert on Nov. 1. (Niek Verlaan - Pixabay)
An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed graphic)

Large housing development eyed for Sooke core

Aragon Properties seeks to build 132 housing units

An artists rendering of the proposed Aragon Properties development in Sooke’s town centre shows a friendly, walkable neighbourhood. (Contributed graphic)