West Shore News Through the Decades for the week of Oct. 1

Peaceful demonstration turns ugly, a raccoon visits View Royal council and a five-year letter journey, pulled from past Gazette newspapers


A peaceful demonstration by Students for a Free Tibet in Vancouver turned ugly for 17-year-old View Royal student Brandy Leitch. While demonstrating at the Westin Bayshore Hotel during Chinese president Hu Jintao’s visit, she said she was both verbally and physically assaulted by a mob of Hu’s supporters. At one point, she said, a woman deliberately stomped on her hand when she tried to pick up a placard. Laitch and three Tibetan students attending UBC were set upon by approximately 250 pro-Hu Chinese “greeters” who were allegedly bused in and paid to stifle protesters.

Also making headlines the week of Oct. 1, 2005:

A head-on collision on the Malahat stretch of the Island Highway claimed the life of one and injured three others when a full-sized pickup truck travelling south near Goldstream Provincial Park collided with a smaller northbound pickup. One vehicle was engulfed in flames, killing a 45-year-old woman from the Duncan area.

And, job action from teachers is expected to start today in schools around the Sooke School District and across B.C. Teachers voted 88.4 per cent in favour of strike action last week and delivered 72-hour strike notice.


“What’s the difference between a skunk and a politician lying dead in the road?” Conrad Adams asked a crowd before answering: “There are skid marks in front of the skunk.” Adams delivered the shot to substantial applause in his closing words to an audience of approximately 80 at an all-candidates meeting Sept. 30. The meeting, for a by-election for the vacated seat of Jans Diemer, saw four of six council hopefuls saying harsh words against Colwood council. Adams, Arnie Hamilton, Grace Holman, John Schuttinga, Leo Thom and Roger Whitson are all seeking to fill the vacant seat.

Also making the news the week of Oct. 1, 1995:

Kellee Mycholuk brought an orphaned two-month-old racoon to View Royal council chambers, presenting the “fuzzy-faced” creature as an example of what can happen when trees are cut down. Trees were felled at Fort Victoria RV park, when she said the mother and three baby racoons were still in the tree, killing the mother.

And, Grace Holman won the vacated Colwood council seat, edging out the outspoken Adams by just 40 votes.


Teachers are considering an offer that would take them from proceeding with phase two of job action in protest over non-payment of seniority increments. The Sooke Teachers Association president would not say whether he would recommend delaying the second of a four-phase program which would bring to a halt all sports and extra-curricular activities in district schools.

Also making headlines the week of Oct. 1, 1985:

It only took five years for Lucien Bahuaud to receive a photo of his new granddaughter, sent shortly after the baby was born. The letter, which was lost in a postal maze, ended up travelling from Winnipeg to his Scafe Road home, all for the postage price of 15 cents.

And, Colwood RCMP Const. Brian Kerr got more than he bargained for on a routine walk-through of a Langford pub. Kerr was asked by management to assist in helping convince a patron “in an apparent state of intoxication” to leave the premises. When he did, the patron, Garry Heinekey, threw a glass of beer in his face. Kerr and another officer forcibly removed the patron shortly thereafter.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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