West Shore news … through the decades

A flood for some houses on Sooke Road highlights West Shore news stories from the past.

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

2006

Sooke Road residents are experiencing flooding after a recent storm dumps 100 millimetres of rain on Greater Victoria in 24 hours. At his basement apartment, Clayton Shaw’s first step in the morning was into ankle-high water. After opening the door, a river poured in like a cartoon, or a bad dream. A handful of other residents have been flooded out of their 2600-block Sooke Road apartments in Langford. “It was a complete and utter surprise,” Shaw says. “Nothing was wrong until 9 a.m. and then water started rushing in. Everything two feet down was destroyed.”

Also making news the week of Nov. 11, 2006:

Before she’s even hit her teens, Jeneece Edroff is inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. Edroff, a champion fundraiser who suffers from neurofibromatosis, a form of cancer, says helping others gives her hope.

And, a Transportation Safety Board investigation reveals that mechanical failure led to the death of Duncan Ruth, a popular Metchosin pilot, and his co-pilot, Clayton Shearcroft. The pair died on Nov. 3, 2005 after their heavy-lift helicopter crashed in a remote area about 20 minutes flying time from Bella Coola.

1996

High school rowers are benefiting from Royal Roads facilities. Since September, members of the Belmont secondary rowing team have been practising out of the Royal Roads University facility on Esquimalt Lagoon. In previous years they had to use the training centre on Elk Lake in Saanich. During its years as a military college, the rowing facility wasn’t open to the public. But when Belmont coach Michelle Choma heard that the new civilian university might make it available, she made a few phone calls and got Belmont set up at the facility. She attributes the renewed interest in rowing to Canada’s recent medal haul at the Atlanta Olympics.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 11, 1996:

The Belmont boys’ soccer club ends its best season in decades, reaching the Colonist Cup playoffs. “They had a really good season and I think making it to the playoffs for the first time in 20 years says it all for the team,” says head coach Daryl Campbell.

1986

Metchosin council has not ruled out the possibility of creating more industrial zones in the district, but council gives third reading to two documents designed to preserve the rural nature of the community.

Council wants to adopt the municipality’s first-ever Official Community Plan and land-use bylaw before considering creating any new industrial zones, says Ald. Geoff Hadley.

Adds Ald. Ted Stevens, “We don’t know yet what types of industry we’d like to see and where we want them to locate, but finding out is a high priority.”

Also making the news the week of Nov. 11, 1986:

Aboriginal anglers from Saanich weren’t expecting the salmon they caught in the Goldstream River to take on an eerie glow, but that’s just what happened, as the fish were being hung near the smokehouse fire Wednesday evening. The fish turned a “curious white” colour.

Band members decided to have the federal fisheries department analyze a portion of one of the fish. A harmless bacteria was responsible for the soft glow, the Department of Fisheries says, and the bacteria did not pose any health hazard.

– Compiled by Joel Tansey

Just Posted

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

Sun on its way after Greater Victoria sees wettest July in six years

Environment Canada meteorologists say the drizzle is likely to end soon

Mayor’s charity tournament sells out both Bear Mountain courses

23rd annual event raises funds to make ‘a positive difference in Langford’

Saanich samples the best of local food at Pepper’s Foods showcase.

Tenth annual showcase celebrates local food producers and vendors

VIDEO: 1,400 classic cars roll into Victoria for Deuce Days

The four-day festival highlights classic hot rods, with a special emphasis on cars built in 1932

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Most Read