West Shore news… through the decades

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

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


Hockey greats Bobby Orr and Cassie Campbell meet with youngsters at Bear Mountain Arena. The goal is to teach young hockey players how to enjoy the game and help parents and coaches keep things in perspective. Orr and Campbell put the kids through stickhandling and skating drills.

“It’s about making hockey fun for everybody, male and female,” says Orr. “Kids should be able to look back at hockey and say it was the best time of their life.”

Also making the news the week of Sept. 23, 2006:

Metchosin council expresses concerns with Langford’s plan to increase density right near the city’s border with the district. The growth, as Mayor John Ranns says, would take place in the Happy Valley and Latoria Road areas, where significant growth is already being experienced.


Math skills are lacking in the Sooke school district as students fall behind the rest of their Vancouver Island and provincial peers. Results from the 1995 math assessment of students in Grades 4, 7, and 10 shows that the district consistently scores less than the provincial average. Students in Grade 4 score three points less than the province, students in Grade 7 score nearly four points less and students in Grade 10 score six points lower than the B.C. average.

Also making the news the week of Sept. 23, 1996:

A Highlands resident finds kittens dumped in a field near her Highlands home and doesn’t mince words about the act, calling it murder. Lynda Middlestead found three litters over the course of the summer.


A Colwood man is recovering from his injuries after two youths attack and beat him in front of his Portsmouth Drive home. Don McIntosh is the victim of the episode, which starts in the evening after he emerges from his home and sees 10 to 12 vehicles along the street. Two of the vehicles turn around on McIntosh’s line, and after he jots down their license plate numbers and approaches one of the vehicles. McIntosh says he is hit and then knocked out.

Also making the news the week of Sept. 23, 1986:

Five youths are apprehended following two brush fires. Langford Fire Rescue is called to a fire behind the Florence Lake Road trailer park, with witnesses saying the fire “just burst” out of nowhere. The crew is then called to battle a fire on Donna Road. Two youths are apprehended in the Florence Lake fire while another three juveniles are apprehended in relation to the Donna Road fire.

– Compiled by Joel Tansey

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