West Shore News Through the Decades: For the week of July 29

Headline issues pulled from past editions of the Goldstream News Gazette

Drunken beach goers at Thetis Lake hurl abuse at emergency crews attending a drowning, a longstanding statue of Jesus Christ is knocked to the floor and two men are arrested for forcible confinement in a “landlord/tenant” dispute. Those stories and more made headlines in past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette for the week of July 29.


The drowning of a young woman at Thetis Lake is made all the more tragic when drunken beachgoers hurl abuse and beer cans at emergency rescue crews attending the scene.

West Shore RCMP officers, with the assistance of View Royal firefighters, haul away several aggressive, intoxicated men taunting emergency crews near the incident location. View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst calls it the most “shocking thing I have seen in my career.”

Also making news the week of July 29, 2006:

A long-standing statue of Jesus Christ meets its end. Devotees at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish on Goldstream Avenue blame late-night hooligans for destroying the approximately 50-year-old statue, which sat in the church’s garden.

It was knocked over late at night and discovered by staff coming in the next morning.


The man who allegedly staged a smoke-in outside Langford municipal council chambers in June is set to appear in Western Communities Provincial Court. The charges stem from his protest of Langford’s anti-hemp bylaw. “I’ve been trying to get arrested to have my day in court for three years,” he says.

Also making news the week of July 29, 1996:

Not even the death of a friend on the rocks would deter one youth from jumping off the cliffs at Thetis Lake. “I might not do it from the same place, but it wouldn’t stop me,” said one 18-year-old cliff diver as he prepared to dive. He uttered those daredevil words just days after another woman was hospitalized after she brushed against the rock face during an errant dive.


Two men are arrested and face charges that include forcible confinement, after a couple is prevented from leaving their home. Colwood RCMP call it a landlord/tenant dispute and say there was a long-standing dispute between two families residing on the same property. The complainant said he and his wife were prevented from leaving their trailer home by men who used a variety of tactics, including uttering threats. During the course of the confinement, a shot was fired.

Also making news the week of July 29, 1986:

After a week of conflicting emotions, convicted publisher Ernst Zundel did not speak at Langford’s Luxton Hall during a Canadian Free Speech League meeting. The group’s previous announcement that Zundel, who was convicted in 1985 for publishing false statements about the Holocaust, would give a talk in Langford sparked protests that ultimately played a part in the cancellation.

– compiled by Arnold Lim

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