West Shore News Through the Decades: for the week of March 18

Colwood's incorporation, an assault on an 11-year-old girl and a $600,000 school board deficit were featured in past Gazettes


Four Royal Roads University professors say lack of leadership is behind the current National Hockey League lockout. The professors conduct a lunch-time dissertation on the lockout which wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, citing poor strategic management and leadership on both sides, primarily the owners as the root cause. “You have to look at this as (Gary) Bettman and (Bob) Goodenow running for re-election,” said Peace and Conflict program director Fred Oster.

Also making news the week of March 18, 2005: The West Shore is poised to become a player in the hotel industry with several major projects underway that could bring a total of 700 rooms. Bear Mountain leads the way with the opening of a 65-room luxury resort. Investors have another 100 hotel units and 150 cabin units planned as part of a second golf course project in neighbouring Highlands.

And, the mother of an 11-year-old girl allegedly sexually assaulted wonders why she had to contact media to get a call back from police. The woman, who claims her daughter was hit with a rock, forced to the ground and was contacted by the attacker’s genitals, said she left three messages with West Shore RCMP in the two weeks following the incident, but no one called back. West Shore RCMP said the investigating officer was off sick for several days, then on a course the following week.


Colwood Coun. Ernie Robertson says “perverts and sickos” should be locked away and not released on early parole. He made the comment while reviewing a letter from the municipal council of Salmon Arm, asking for support for efforts to change national laws on parole provisions for violent sex offenders. Robertson went on to call early release provisions for offenders “disgusting.”

Also making the news the week of March 18, 1995: View Royal Mayor Bill Camden can’t believe the Ministry of Transportation and Highways won’t pay for sidewalks along connector roads it plans to build through the town.

And, Sooke School District will ask the education minister for permission to run a $600,000 deficit for the current school year and pay it off over the next two years to help cover, among other items, the $800,000 cost of keeping 13.85 full-time teaching positions kept due to higher than expected enrolment.


Colwood residents vote to incorporate, 1,095 to 840. It was the first time that Colwood had a chance to vote independently. Previous votes were on joint incorporation with Langford, a scenario that was consistently turned down.

Also making the news the week of March 18, 1985: A woman who woke up coughing crawls out of her smoke-filled home just before it is engulfed in flames. Linda Peaker escaped from her Karr Road house unharmed and went to a neighbour to call the Langford Fire Department at approximately 4 a.m. The fire started in the basement, but the cause is unknown. Their family dog did not survive the fire.

And, a pet sheep that was a girl’s 4-H project is attacked by two dogs, who maul it around the neck and tear open its stomach. Another ewe in the flock of 70 clings to life after being badly mauled – it may also lose the twin lambs it is carrying. The dead sheep, named Van Halen, belonged to 13-year-old Jacqueline Whiteway who raised the sheep from birth. The dog owner volunteered to have one dog put down and said the other will be confined.