THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of April 20

Land added to area parks, dogcatcher braves cold ravine to save a dog, Royal Roads to charge garden visitors: headlines from past Gazettes

2006

Despite growing opposition, Royal Roads University is sticking to plans to charge admission to its popular gardens. A couple presents more than 1,000 signatures to RRU president Rick Skinner. He thanks the couple for their efforts, but suggests their concerns would be better directed to the governments responsible for funding heritage sites.

Also making news the week of April 20, 2006:

The closure of Mayfair Lanes in Saanich marks the end of an era in local bowling. For three years, Loblaws Properties West has eyed the last 10-pin bowling alley in Greater Victoria as the future site of a Real Canadian Superstore. Now the operations manager of the lanes, Joe Frohlich, says the company is looking for “other adventures” which may include a bowling alley in Langford or Colwood.

1996

The province announces the addition of 75 hectares of land to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and another 89ha to Goldstream Provincial Park. The government also announces a $100,000 grant for trail improvements in Gowlland Tod. Area residents are extremely pleased, with some noting they have fought for the area for 25 years.

Also making news the week of April 20, 1996:

Sooke school trustees sigh with relief when then education minister Paul Ramsey announces the four Greater Victoria school boards will not amalgamate. Last November, amalgamation proponent and tax reform advocate Conrad Adams of Colwood called the NDP’s proposal “absolutely outstanding.” But now he says the NDP buckled to pre-election pressure and fears of losing the school vote. SD62 Trustee Connie Harrigan spontaneously shouts “Yay!” during the announcement.

And, Jan Thomas receives an award of merit from the Victoria SPCA for saving a helpless dog. On a cold day in January, she says, she never gave a second thought to jumping into freezing water to rescue the dog. A dogcatcher for the Capital Regional District, she was at work when the call came in about Nina, an 11-month old German shepherd trapped in a water-filled ravine next to Spencer school. Nina had broken her chain and wandered away from the owner when it tried to cross the ice-covered ravine and fell through the ice.

1986

Police are perplexed by recent bomb threats made my people perhaps falsely representing Middle East terrorists. One male who identifies himself as a member of an Iranian bomb squad calls a Millstream Road residence warning that a bomb had been placed and would be removed if a ransom was paid, according to RCMP Sgt. Jim Peters. Police clear the house but find no evidence of tampering. Fifteen minutes later, another male “with a young voice attempting to imitate an accent” and claiming to represent the Libyan attack force, calls another residence saying a bomb would go off within a half hour. No bombs are found.

Also making news the week of April 20, 1986:

A thief who steals a car from a Western Communities home must have thought it needed cleaning. The theft of a rented 1985 Toyota is being investigated by Colwood RCMP, but Victoria police report finding the car at 4:30 a.m. completely submerged with the lights on. No suspects are found.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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