West Shore News Through the Decades: For the week of Nov. 13

We look back at headlines from past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette

We look back at headlines from past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette.


The decision to destroy a bear causing problems at the Howard English Hatchery on Goldstream River was made to protect the safety of children taking educational tours and the volunteers who work there. The bear had been feeding on the fish food and salmon carcasses placed in the river to replenish nutrients and posed a threat. The hatchery is located on a large track of land owned by the CRD where the bear “challenged” the technical advisor to the hatchery Peter McCully.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 13, 2005:

Volunteer firefighters are getting burned by proposed changes to the Workers Compensation act. Under a bill introduced for first reading, the WCB act will be amended so certain types of cancers will be recognized as occupation diseases associated with long term employment as a firefighter. But volunteers who are the majority of BC’s firefighters aren’t included in the coverage. View Royal fire chief Paul Hurst said the volunteers do the same job as paid fighters and it defies logic to exclude volunteers from the same benefits.

A contentious all candidates meeting for Highlands mayor and council hopefuls was described by Ken Brotherston, who was seeking a second term on council, as “a sea of mudslinging.” Held at the West Highlands Firehall, the meeting was packed and those who couldn’t cram in peered in through doors and windows.



Four teens made off with $100 in a brazen theft from CanWest Mall Sunday. Members of the Order of the Eastern Star were selling raffle tickets when three youths distracted booth workers, according to an RCMP press release. A fourth youth grabbed a cashbox and ran. The four suspects escaped into the Columbia Read-Mix gravel pit.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 13, 1995:

A West Shore woman said to beware of babysitters making long-distance phone calls to overseas chat lines. The concerned parent suspects her male baby-sitter rang up nearly $300 in phone calls to Cameroon in mid August. The sitter denies it but a faxed copy of her telephone bill clearly shows 17 phone calls from her Langford home to the central African country during August. When the Gazette called the Cameroon number, a recorded voice answered that we had reached the “One-on-One” Line.



Ministry of transportation and highways district manager Joe Jenkins said deteriorating trestles which dot the abandoned Canadian National right of way will be dismantled this fall. The trestles, stripped of much lumber and the sites of several fires for years and have taken the role of challenging motorbike obstacles, playgrounds for youth and stages for late-night drinking parties.

Also making the news the week of Nov. 13, 1985:

While Sooke teachers and the local school board have settled their contract dispute, it does not mean the two sides are seeing eye to eye. Voting Nov. 28, the Sooke Teaches Association agreed to an 18-month contract but also passed a motion severely limiting their dealings with the school board.

The current load of provincial court cases from the Western Communities would keep two provincial courtrooms occupied almost on a full-time bases according to a study on the need for a Western Community Court. By 1996 the report stated, 3.4 courtrooms would be needed to deal with the projected number of cases.

– Complied by Arnold Lim