THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of Nov. 25

Featuring headline stories from the Goldstream News Gazette over the past 30 years


Despite a two-week cooling off period between aboriginal protesters and the operators of Bear Mountain Resort, a disputed cave site will be developed as planned, say resort officials.

Songhees and Tsartlip First Nations and Bear Mountain agree to a truce a day after about a half dozen protesters occupied the cave site, prompting Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong to step in. Bear Mountain agrees to stop construction within a 100-metre buffer zone around the cave, which is sited near prime real estate at the top of Skirt Mountain. Talks are ongoing involving Bear Mountain, local First Nations, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and the province.

Also making news the week of Nov. 25, 2006:

View Royal plans to install a long gravel berm along Portage Park’s weather-beaten beachfront to spare an archeological site from winter storms. The park’s crumbling earth banks are rich with midden deposits – stratified layers of shells, fire stones and animal remains from a First Nation village estimated to be 2,800 years old.


A lightweight diesel commuter train is being offered to local communities for a four-month trial run. Siemens Electric Canada Ltd. is offering free use of the train, worth about $2.5 million and with a capacity for 200 passengers. The cost of operating the train would have to be picked up by whoever accepts the offer.

Langford Mayor Stew Young is keen on the idea and he calls for his counterparts to get on board. Meanwhile, View Royal Mayor Bill Camden isn’t convinced there is a demand in his town, while Colwood Mayor John Bergbusch says he would have to see the financial plan before committing any cash. Young invites area mayors, a representative from the E&N Railway and federal government officials for a meeting to explore the idea further.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 25, 1996:

Royal Roads University is predicted to have 5,000 students enrolled within a decade. That’s what the university’s new president, Dr. Gerry Kelly, tells a West Shore Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The university currently hosts 400 students, but that figure should rise to 3,000 in the next five years, he says. The university also aims to be self-sufficient, Kelly says.


Langford is getting short-changed, both financially and representationally, and the only way to change that is more local control, says Langford regional director Rick Kasper. “If that means incorporation, then so be it,” he says. Incorporation was defeated by just 69 votes in March, 1985. Kasper says the economics of incorporation are blown way out of proportion. “It’s only going to cost if you elect people who open up a chest of drawers and start flinging things around like crazy,” he says. Langford boasts one of the healthiest tax bases among jurisdictions with a population under 20,000 in Greater Victoria.

Also making news the week of Nov. 25, 1986:

A pair of crashes leave two people dead and others injured. A Nanaimo man is pronounced dead on arrival at Victoria General Hospital following a head-on collision near Bellamy Road. The 69 year old dies from a massive hemorrhage as a result of multiple injuries according to preliminary autopsy reports. The driver of the other vehicle is taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. The cause of the crash is unknown.

And charges are pending following a two-car collision on Sooke Road that leaves a 48 year old man dead. The man was killed when his pickup collided with a Dodge Dart coming from the opposite direction.

– Compiled by Joel Tansey