West Shore news … through the decades for Jan. 30, 2015

Fires, plans for a new Belmont secondary and a scandal are among the top news items pulled from the files of the Goldstream News Gazette.


With students literally spilling out of the overcrowded Belmont Secondary school, District 62 secretary-treasure Dave Lockyer says the District is in good shape to have a new 1,000 student-student capacity high school building open in three to four years.

Also making news the week of Jan. 30, 2005: Former Metchosin Coun. Ed Cooper is alerted to a early morning blaze that puts his entrepreneurial future in doubt. Cooper, who operated Sooke Hills Smoke Chips, a business that prepares wood chips for smoking and barbecuing, is grateful the fire didn’t damage a $10,000- order of apple chips ready for a shipment to Ontario, but a Texas based company who relies on his apple chips to smoke it’s bacon would be disappointed


One year after a scandal that saw mayor John Bergbusch order of breach of trust probe against then newly-acclaimed Coun. Ernie Robertson, Councillors are still without access to city hall’s inner offices.

On several occasions in Dec. of 1993, and Jan. 1994, internal files were removed and misfiled, computer records about court cases accessed and a secretary’s desk broken into. Robertson admitted accessing the files and computers and being in City hall, but an RCMP investigation concluded there was no breach of trust.


One-year View Royal fire chief Frank Bell scores a decisive victory over opponent Bill McElroy in a hotly contested vote for the View Royal regional directors’s seat.

Bell was elected by 636 votes to McElroy’s 411 votes in a by-election marked by an unexpectedly high voter turnout and an unusually large number of on-the-spot registrations.

There were 2,851 registered voters with 296 new registrations. Turnout for the election was more than 33 per cent.