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

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