Tim Collins

EMCS principal, Laura Fulton, is responsible for the safety of students at the Sooke’s high school. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)

RCMP issue appeal for real information regarding school lockdown

Online posts only frustrate the investigation

EMCS principal, Laura Fulton, is responsible for the safety of students at the Sooke’s high school. (Dawn Gibson/Sooke News Mirror)
The kindness of strangers exclipses government failure

The kindness of strangers exclipses government failure

Otter Point Dental an example of community caring

The kindness of strangers exclipses government failure
The lockdown at Edward Milne Community School has been lifted. (file photo)

Sooke school lockdown lifted after RCMP arrest suspect

RCMP say one suspect in custody after reports of planned major incident

The lockdown at Edward Milne Community School has been lifted. (file photo)
This property at 5179 East Sooke Road recently set a record when it sold for $6.5 million. (Sotheby’s)

Sale of East Sooke oceanfront property sets record

Sale is the second highest in history of Sooke Region

This property at 5179 East Sooke Road recently set a record when it sold for $6.5 million. (Sotheby’s)
Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters presented a $10,000 to the Sooke Christmas Bureau in 2018. The money was raised during the fire department’s Fill-A-Fire Truck campaign and the Santa Run over the Christmas holiday season. (Contributed)

Deadline for Santas Anonymous applications is Nov. 15

Early registration is important for those looking for help

Sooke Fire Rescue firefighters presented a $10,000 to the Sooke Christmas Bureau in 2018. The money was raised during the fire department’s Fill-A-Fire Truck campaign and the Santa Run over the Christmas holiday season. (Contributed)
Paul Pudwell of Sooke Whale Watching came across at least 40 whales feeding and frolicking in the waters off Race Rocks. (Paul Pudwell/Sooke Whale Watching)

Sooke Whale Watching spots a huge gathering of whales

At least 6o whales were feeding and frolicking at Race Rocks

Paul Pudwell of Sooke Whale Watching came across at least 40 whales feeding and frolicking in the waters off Race Rocks. (Paul Pudwell/Sooke Whale Watching)
Canadian Legion Branches across the country take the lead in Remembrance Day ceremonies. But the Legion is facing new challenges to remain relavent in today’s world. (file photo)

Sooke Legion a model for success

As some Legion branches struggle, Sooke remains relevant in the community

Canadian Legion Branches across the country take the lead in Remembrance Day ceremonies. But the Legion is facing new challenges to remain relavent in today’s world. (file photo)
It seems that the S.S. Valencia wants to be remembered. The ship was lost in 1906, taking 136 souls to a watery grave. (file photo)

Coastal hauntings characterize Sooke’s treacherous coastline

Halloween stories of a ghost ship and a haunted lighthouse

It seems that the S.S. Valencia wants to be remembered. The ship was lost in 1906, taking 136 souls to a watery grave. (file photo)
Cindy Larson and son Issac got their own reflective stickers on Monday from RCMP Staff Sgt. Brett Stinden, Const. Sam Haldane, second from left, and ICBC road safety coordinator Colleen Woodger. The stickers are part of ICBC’s road safety initiative. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Pedestrian injuries spike this time of year

Visibility key to road safety, say ICBC and police

Cindy Larson and son Issac got their own reflective stickers on Monday from RCMP Staff Sgt. Brett Stinden, Const. Sam Haldane, second from left, and ICBC road safety coordinator Colleen Woodger. The stickers are part of ICBC’s road safety initiative. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)
Chief Jeff Jones (center) joined with members of the Pacheedaht Council and SD 62 representatives to sign a Local Education Agreement between the First Nation and the School District. (contributed)

Pacheedaht and SD62 sign a formal education agreement

The agreement melds cultural acknowledgment with educational needs

Chief Jeff Jones (center) joined with members of the Pacheedaht Council and SD 62 representatives to sign a Local Education Agreement between the First Nation and the School District. (contributed)
As the president of the UBCM, Mayor Maja Tait has advocated for municipalities receiving their share of excise taxes related to cannabis legalization. (file photo)

Municipalities want fair share of cannabis taxes

The province had asked for proof that money was deserved

As the president of the UBCM, Mayor Maja Tait has advocated for municipalities receiving their share of excise taxes related to cannabis legalization. (file photo)
The Tillicum travelled around the world, but accounts of the journey were not true – until now. (File)

Twisted nautical tale set right by local author

The story of the Tillicum has been wrong for a century

The Tillicum travelled around the world, but accounts of the journey were not true – until now. (File)
B.|C>. Hydro crews work to maintain lines in heavily wooded areas. (Contributed)

Power outages will hit as storm season arrives

Personal preparedness is key to dealing with loss of power, says B.C. Hydro

B.|C>. Hydro crews work to maintain lines in heavily wooded areas. (Contributed)
Hundreds of volunteers braved the rain to help in the annual capture of fish for the Brooks Hatchery. The work of the hatchery is critical to helping maintain salmon stocks. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)

Salmon counts may indicate future fishing closures

Total numbers of chinook continue to be in decline, says DFO

Hundreds of volunteers braved the rain to help in the annual capture of fish for the Brooks Hatchery. The work of the hatchery is critical to helping maintain salmon stocks. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)
Let’s face it. Clowns are always scary. Everyone knows that. (File)

COLUMN: Halloween shouldn’t be a purity test

The holiday is a time of pretending and fun

Let’s face it. Clowns are always scary. Everyone knows that. (File)
Car break-ins were common before Park Watch founded in 2001. The organization said it eliminated break-ins whenever its staff was on duty. (File)

Sooke’s Park Watch to cease operation

People not carrying money for donation boxes led to funding shortfalls

Car break-ins were common before Park Watch founded in 2001. The organization said it eliminated break-ins whenever its staff was on duty. (File)
Backyard burning has raised air quality concerns in Sooke. (File)

Backyard burning gives rise to air quality concern in Sooke

Councillor calls for more burn options

Backyard burning has raised air quality concerns in Sooke. (File)
A composite sketch of the suspect in the alleged assault Sept. 29. (Sooke RCMP)

RCMP release sketch of sexual assault suspect, appeal for information

Anyone with information should call police

A composite sketch of the suspect in the alleged assault Sept. 29. (Sooke RCMP)
Chief Gordon Planes has worked to make the T’Souke First Nation energy self-sufficient. It’s all part of reducing the T’Souke’s enviornmental footprint. (File)

T’Souke First Nation hopes to share its environmental wisdom

A return to a traditional world view is critical to many issues

Chief Gordon Planes has worked to make the T’Souke First Nation energy self-sufficient. It’s all part of reducing the T’Souke’s enviornmental footprint. (File)
Nathan Cullen finished his “Building a Healthier Future” tour in Sooke on Tuesday. The tour was a series of informal meetings regarding the upcoming federal election. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)

Island NDP discuss push back against Singh’s ethnic background

Island NDP discuss push back against leader’s ethnic background

Nathan Cullen finished his “Building a Healthier Future” tour in Sooke on Tuesday. The tour was a series of informal meetings regarding the upcoming federal election. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)