THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of May 27

One man's new lease on life, an RCMP officer gives conflicting testimony and stolen election campaign signs made headlines in past Gazettes


Three years removed from a double lung transplant, Mike Gravelle, 33, can take a deep breath and finally start thinking about starting a family.

Until his operation, any thoughts of having children were purely a pipe dream. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 15 months, Gravelle’s health by 23 prompted a search for a lung donor. Finding a suitable donor proves difficult, due to his rare blood type and unusually large lungs and sees him relocate to Toronto where there is a larger donor base. By the time he is wheeled in for surgery, Gravelle had dropped from his average weight of 195 pounds to 118.

“Two weeks before the call, I’d lost hope and gave in to the fact I was never going to come home from Toronto,” he says. He is now healthy and has opened up a barber shop.

Also making news the week of May 27, 2006:

Residents have few problems following Langford’s LEED on the massive Westhills project. About 60 people attend a public hearing on a rezoning application for the development. While there are questions about traffic and environmental concerns, under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines, the preservation of the surrounding wetlands and the lake would be enhanced, which eases public concerns.


Three-year-old Skyler Giamos is surprised when thieves make off with his electric police motorcycle, but is even more surprised when they return it a week later. His mother Adina, a single mother with five children, first notices the Christmas present missing from their back yard shed in Metchosin and contacts police saying it was her son’s prize possession.

However, the motorcycle is returned to the same place it was taken from six days later. “Even the battery was still charged,” Giamos said, adding she would store the toy vehicle indoors from now on.

Also making news the week of May 27, 1996:

It’s a sign of dirty politics, Reform party campaign manager Shirley Wilde said. Since the election period started, Wilde says, someone has been ripping down, destroying and stealing her candidate Scotty Davidson’s signs.

“These are big signs. You would need a truck to cart them away. It’s not just kids whipping around and grabbing them,” she says. The signs are worth approximately $150 each and have been stolen four times. Approximately 30 of Davidson’s smaller signs have been taken as well.


The Attorney General’s office recommends charges be laid against a Colwood RCMP officer who gave conflicting testimony during two trials. “Charges are going to go forward,” said assistant deputy attorney general Dennis Murray. “I expect they’ll be charges of perjury.”

In a 1985 trial of a man charged with assault, a police constable testified he did not threaten to shoot the kneecaps off of an arrested man. In a later civil trial in which a Vancouver man successfully sued the police officer, the constable admitted issuing the threat.

Also making news the week of May 27, 1986:

Workers at the CIP Forest Products plant walk off the job, but neither plant management nor union executive will say what the dispute is about. The union’s contract ends June 15.

And, uncooperative weather dulls crowd attendance at an otherwise successful 10th annual Luxton Rodeo. Event manager Sandy West says Sunday attendance topped out at about 1,000 due to the rain. Monday’s comparatively better weather brings about 2,000 people to the Luxton Fairgrounds.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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