Looking back at the stories from the Goldstream Gazette’s Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1985 issue is like opening a time capsule from an era that feels not that long ago but still well beyond recent memory.
There was a stand-off in schools in October 1985, as then school board chairman Horst Doniecki put it, with teachers from SD62 preparing to begin an all-out work-to-rule campaign, after teachers were unhappy about the pay increase that had been negotiated for them.
The teachers had already refused to keep offering extra-curricular activities.
Students at Edward Milne Secondary School were set to hold a walk-out, saying they felt forgotten during the whole process, but the student council at the time talked them out of it.
Students who were missing their extracurriculars could enrol in a new ‘Nameless’ karate club, started by sensei Ken Flesh. The club was open to members of all ages and abilities, with Flesh reassuring prospective students that the bandage on his nose was not from a karate injury, but a kickboxing one.
And for people who were stocking up on groceries, sweet potatoes and yams were $1 for four pounds that week at the Village Food Markets, and shoppers at the Hi-Way Supermarket off of the Island Highway could get an apple pie for $1.67.
You could also get great bang for your buck in Colwood, where a four-bedroom house with a fireplace and a finished basement was up for sale for $83,000.