West Shore news, Through the Decades for the week of Jan. 22

News and Notes from the week of Jan. 22

A business park on Langford Lake, snow and rainstorms causing havoc, a hitchhiker stealing a van and leading police on a high-speed chase, and the arrest of a young thief made the headlines in past issues of the Goldstream Gazette for the week of Jan. 22.


While in town to talk about his party, federal Green Party leader Jim Harris makes impassioned remarks about being excluded from televised debates in two successive election campaigns. “The central message is that the broadcast consortium can not prejudge the outcome of an election, that’s the role of the electors,” he said.

Also making the news the week of Jan. 22, 2006:

With less than a week before voters cast their ballots, many in the Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca are still struggling to make their decision. “Everybody’s lying. I just don’t know who to trust,” says resident Inez Woods. Fellow West Shore resident Keith Turpin says, “I would expect nothing less of my government than to rip me off.”


Goldstream Meadows won’t become a business park, says Langford Mayor Stew Young, adding that a development proposed for the west end of Langford Lake has been deleted from the draft of Langford’s Official Community Plan. The business park plan is being scrapped because of negative reaction from a recently formed Langford Lake Area Protection Society.

Also making the news the week of Jan. 22, 1996:

The combination of snow and drivers going too fast for the conditions adds up to a steady weekend for local police and fire crews. Officers attend 15 car accidents on the weekend, all attributed to road conditions. Langford firefighters get called out four times, including twice when they were required to use the Jaws of Life to extricate motorists from mangled cars.

And, Langford council vows not to let the Greater Victoria Water District off the hook for releasing water from the Humpback Reservoir in November, a move which caused homes to flood. Property owners in the Glen Lake slough canoed around their backyards, the water was so deep. The water district’s chief commissioner writes to council denying any responsibility for the property damage, which he attributed to heavy rains.


Kevin Hutchings, 25, learns his lesson about picking up hitchhikers. His van is the object of a high-speed chase that went from Goldstream Avenue to Shawnigan Lake, with four RCMP vehicles in pursuit and a hitchhiker he had picked up at the wheel. Hutchings picked up the hitchhiker at Helmcken Road and gave the man a ride to the Goldstream Avenue Shell station. When Hutchings went inside to make a purchase, the hitchhiker jumped in the still-running van and screeched off heading north. The chase comes to a halt when four police officers corner the van on a dead-end street. Randall Jones, 18, is charged in the incident.

Also making the news the week of Jan. 22, 1986:

What started as a routine investigation of a break-and-enter leads to the arrest of a Colwood youth on probation for break and entry and 32 similar offences. Colwood RCMP catch the young man after a house on Jenner Road is ransacked, with jewelry, money and a police scanner among the items taken.

And, wind and rain wreak havoc, as close to 10,000 Western Communities residents feel the effects of a roaring storm that attacks the southern tip of Vancouver Island, downing power lines and trees. Five out of six main circuits were knocked out in the Western Communities, leaving almost 10,000 residents without power. “Lines were coming down like ten-pins,” said district line supervisor Don Parsons.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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