NEWS THROUGH THE DECADES: Nov. 28, 2014

Development issues, incorporation squabbles sports tales good and bad found in Gazette's pages from the past three decades

2004

Residents are unhappy with a proposal to put two 12-storey residential towers on a site at the corner of Sooke and Jacklin roads.

Rowils Crescent resident Gib Small is among those speaking out against the project, saying the site isn’t the right one for the long-term growth of Langford. “[The municipality is] growing, but this doesn’t fit the vision. Once one goes in, more are coming,” he said. Council had approved a development for three-and-four-storey townhomes on the site the year previous, but the proponents scrapped that idea and resubmitted the new proposal.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 28, 2004: View Royal elementary principal Lynn Moorehouse voices concerns over the safety of her students during the construction process for upgrades on Helmcken Road, saying not enough is being done by work crews to protect children from traffic along the still-busy roadway. And, the province’s proposals to allow development on part of the Metchosin Wilderness Park, also known as the “100-Acre Woods,” are met with negative reactions from all but a few residents attending a public hearing on the matter.

1994

Neighbours living near the Olde Mill restaurant bristle at the idea the owners of the Langford eatery hope to convert it into a pub and restaurant operation. The provincial licensing branch will decide the matter, not Langford council. But Westwind Plaza Hotel owner Brian Donnelly, who opposes the liquor license application, reminds councillors at a meeting that liquor regulations stipulate no pub shall be closer than half a mile from another pub or hotel.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 28, 1994: Langford singer Joanne Thomas, 20, prepares for her first operatic lead, in the role of Olympia in the Victoria Conservatory of Music opera studio’s production of ***Tales of Hoffmann. And, figure skater Corinne Propp, 17, is rewarded with her Canadian Figure Skating Association “gold feet” to acknowledge the skill level she has attained in her 12 years on the ice.

1984

Fears that an incorporated Colwood would nibble away at an unincorporated Langford are prompting calls from members of the Langford committee for local government for each of the communities to have its own vote on incorporation. Those in attendance at a meeting of the committee voted unanimously to petition Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Ritchie to grant a separate vote for Langford in six months’ time. A cover letter pointed out that incorporation of the two communities was narrowly defeated among Langford voters, largely due to apathy in Langford and a strong “no” campaign by Colwood residents.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 28, 1984: The mother of a child who died at four months old from meningitis is calling for parents to be aware of the symptoms. Laura-Lee Friesen developed a runny nose, leading her parents to determine she was catching a cold, but the infant died three days later. And, a junior B hockey game between the Juan de Fuca Gulls and Saanich Braves is abandoned by the referee with more than a period left to play, after the teams engage in a bench-clearing brawl that results in 12 players being suspended.

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