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The property at 2076 Otter Point Road may finally be demolished after District Council declared it in violation of the Objectionable Situations Bylaw. (Tim Collins/ Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke eyesore may soon see the wrecking ball

Council move comes in the wake of dozens of complaints

The property at 2076 Otter Point Road may finally be demolished after District Council declared it in violation of the Objectionable Situations Bylaw. (Tim Collins/ Sooke News Mirror)
Port Renfrew may soon be relieved of their responsibility for funding a share of SEAPARC operations. Residents have argued that they are too removed from the facility and rarely use it. (file photo)

Port Renfrew may opt-out of SEAPARC funding

Residents say the facility is too far away from Port Renfrew to be used

Port Renfrew may soon be relieved of their responsibility for funding a share of SEAPARC operations. Residents have argued that they are too removed from the facility and rarely use it. (file photo)
Divers for Soliton Commercial Divers prepare to evaluate and raise a derelict boat that was part of the most recent removal of abandoned vessels in Sooke harbour. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Five more derelict boats pulled from Sooke waters

Funding is key in removing dead vessels

Divers for Soliton Commercial Divers prepare to evaluate and raise a derelict boat that was part of the most recent removal of abandoned vessels in Sooke harbour. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)
Darrel McLeod will be in Sooke to read from his award-winning memoir. He will also host a memoir writing workshop. (File)

Sooke’s award-winning author comes home

Darrel McLeod will give a reading and host a workshop in Sooke

Darrel McLeod will be in Sooke to read from his award-winning memoir. He will also host a memoir writing workshop. (File)
Drivers in Sooke frequently pass school buses, even though their stop signs have been deployed. The practice puts children at risk and will result in a $369 fine. (Black Press Media)

Sooke drivers regularly disregard school bus stop signs

Scofflaw drivers put precious cargo at risk

Drivers in Sooke frequently pass school buses, even though their stop signs have been deployed. The practice puts children at risk and will result in a $369 fine. (Black Press Media)
Changes in the RCMP may spell an increase in policing costs for municipalities like Sooke. (file photo)

Unionized RCMP spells increased costs for municipalities

Sooke will also see higher policing costs as population tops 15,000

Changes in the RCMP may spell an increase in policing costs for municipalities like Sooke. (file photo)
Mayor Maja Tait is slated to become the next president of the UBCM. She says the group is a great advocate for municipalities. (File)

Sooke mayor in line to head up UBCM

Maja Tait says her involvement builds relationships with other levels of government

Mayor Maja Tait is slated to become the next president of the UBCM. She says the group is a great advocate for municipalities. (File)
Earth to Sky manager Amanda Sannella shares a laugh with Aurora Cannabis product representative Mike Stewart as staff prepare for opening of Sooke’s second legal cannabis store. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Cannabis companies ramp up marketing

Stigma still associated with the product, say Sooke business owners

Earth to Sky manager Amanda Sannella shares a laugh with Aurora Cannabis product representative Mike Stewart as staff prepare for opening of Sooke’s second legal cannabis store. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)
Who will pick students if an earthquake knocks out phones and roadways and parents can’t get back to Sooke? This is one issue being addressed by the Sooke School Division. (file photo)

School district braces for mega earthquake

Plans in place if quake rocks region

Who will pick students if an earthquake knocks out phones and roadways and parents can’t get back to Sooke? This is one issue being addressed by the Sooke School Division. (file photo)
Kenneth Robar has been located in Ontario and will be returning to Sooke in a few days. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)

Kenneth Robar has been found

RCMP confirm that Sooke resident located in Ontario

Kenneth Robar has been located in Ontario and will be returning to Sooke in a few days. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)
The Provincial Community Safety Unit, with the support of the RCMP, conducted a raid on the ^$@ Cannabis location on Tuesday morning. (Tim Collins / Soke News Mirror)

High times end for Sooke’s 642 Cannabis shop

Early morning raid saw the doors shuttered and product seized

The Provincial Community Safety Unit, with the support of the RCMP, conducted a raid on the ^$@ Cannabis location on Tuesday morning. (Tim Collins / Soke News Mirror)
The Family Fun Zone was part of the 20th Anniversary celebration on Aug. 17. The event was co-sponsored by the Sooke News Mirror and the District of Sooke. (file photo)

Fun zone the heart of Sooke’s 20th-anniversary celebration

Donations in remembrance of Hannah Day showed the community’s generosity

The Family Fun Zone was part of the 20th Anniversary celebration on Aug. 17. The event was co-sponsored by the Sooke News Mirror and the District of Sooke. (file photo)
Kenneth Robar, the first candidate to come forward for the upcoming District of Sooke byelection has gone missing. (file photo)

First council candidate is missing

RCMP asks that anyone with information contact them immediately

Kenneth Robar, the first candidate to come forward for the upcoming District of Sooke byelection has gone missing. (file photo)
Sooke Fire-Rescue responded to a grass fire behind a home on Basinview Heights. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)

Grassfire threatens Sooke home

Quick action by local firefighters quickly extinguished flames

Sooke Fire-Rescue responded to a grass fire behind a home on Basinview Heights. (Tim Collins / Sooke News Mirror)
COLUMN: We shouldn’t need a program to speak to the aged

COLUMN: We shouldn’t need a program to speak to the aged

Society has forgotten the value of speaking to those who have lived through adversity

COLUMN: We shouldn’t need a program to speak to the aged
The summer months are a time for schools to get a complete deep cleaning. Floors shine and every inch is scrubbed until it sparkles. (Contributed)

Sooke school custodians are unsung heroes

Schools are sparkling by the time September rolls around

The summer months are a time for schools to get a complete deep cleaning. Floors shine and every inch is scrubbed until it sparkles. (Contributed)
Potential volunteers for Sooke’s Fire Department had a chance to try out the equipment at the Department’s open house. (Contributed)

New pay model for Sooke Fire Rescue hopes to attract non-career firefighters

The compensation model is playing catch-up with other municipalities

Potential volunteers for Sooke’s Fire Department had a chance to try out the equipment at the Department’s open house. (Contributed)
Simone Halliwell from Port Coquitlam with a hatchery chinook salmon jigged up off the Sooke Bluffs. Salmon fishing is still a significant driver of tourism in the region. (Ron Neitsch photo)

Sooke Region tourism dips amid new fishing regulations

Numbers weren’t as ‘devastating’ as first expected, say officials

Simone Halliwell from Port Coquitlam with a hatchery chinook salmon jigged up off the Sooke Bluffs. Salmon fishing is still a significant driver of tourism in the region. (Ron Neitsch photo)
Visitors to the Flavour Trails Festival can explore the fabulous agricultural diversity of North Saanich and meet the growers, harvesters, fishers, vintners, brewers, chefs and producers that are behind the amazing bounty of food and drink in the community. (Flavour Trails Facebook)

Flavour Trails a feast for the senses

Flavour Trails Festival runs Aug. 16 to 18 at locations throughout North Saanich

Visitors to the Flavour Trails Festival can explore the fabulous agricultural diversity of North Saanich and meet the growers, harvesters, fishers, vintners, brewers, chefs and producers that are behind the amazing bounty of food and drink in the community. (Flavour Trails Facebook)
Howl Brewery is among the stops on this year’s Flavour Trails Festival, running Aug. 16 to 18. It’s a small-batch nano brewery nestled away on a farm where the brews arecreated using 90 per cent homegrown ingredients. (Howl Brewery Facebook)

Variety helps spice up Flavour Trails menu

Flavour Trails Festival runs Aug. 16 to 18 at locations throughout North Saanich

Howl Brewery is among the stops on this year’s Flavour Trails Festival, running Aug. 16 to 18. It’s a small-batch nano brewery nestled away on a farm where the brews arecreated using 90 per cent homegrown ingredients. (Howl Brewery Facebook)
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