West Shore News Through the Decades: For the week of Oct. 28

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


After months of hard work and preparation, the Parent Advisory Council at Savory elementary pulls the plug on its Fall Harvest Festival, pointing to the teachers’ strike as the reason. The annual event generally raises much-needed funds for gym equipment, field trips and other student initiatives.

Also making the news the week of Oct. 28, 2005:

Highlands resident Michael Bocking asks that Highlands mayor Karel Roessingh’s vote to support the CRD Regional Growth Strategy be set aside. In a letter to council, Bocking claims that prior to voting to adopt the strategy, the mayor did not adequately communicate its implications to his community.

And, teachers and students are back in class following a two-week strike. The weekend sees B.C. teachers vote 77 per cent in favour of accepting recommendations to end illegal strike action that began Oct. 7.


Highlands mayor Bob McMinn is fuming over plans for his municipality to become home to the only major industrial incinerator in the Capital Regional District. The latest draft of the CRD’s solid waste management plan calls for Highwest Waste Recyclers Ltd., located just inside the district boundaries on Millstream Road, to step up burning of construction and demolition wood debris.

Also making news the week of Oct. 28, 1995:

A Metchosin farmer will be compensated $125 for the loss of a pregnant ewe killed by local dogs. The three-year-old dorset ewe owned by Bernie Whitney-Griffiths was mauled Oct. 5. Metchosin council has a policy to pay up to 75 per cent of the animal’s value for livestock mauled by dogs whose owners cannot be identified.

And, the subject of burning dominates the headlines, with Colwood clamping down by asking all residents to have any Halloween bonfires cleared though the fire department.


What starts out as a small house party meant by the hostess to be a “small gathering” while the folks were away, ends up with more than 200 party goers spilling out of the house, into the yard and onto the street. It takes two hours for nine RCMP officers to clear the scene. They make 12 arrests for offences including public drunkenness, trespass at night and causing a disturbance. The next day, another similar “small gathering” balloons in size to 150 people. The host of the party eventually calls police to help get things under control.

Also making news the week of Oct. 28, 1985:

An anonymous tip leads to the arrest of three men suspected of a break-in at the Shop Easy on Sooke Road. The back door of the store was apparently pried open and 610 cartons of cigarettes, 200 Bic lighters and two cases of soup taken.

And, Colwood council hopes to introduce a canine death penalty into their municipality. Council agrees to apply to the Minister of Agriculture for three sections of the Livestock Protection Act to be declared valid in the City of Colwood. The sections, which must be enacted under a court order, provide for the killing of dogs found running in packs, those viciously pursuing persons or domestic animals, as well as dogs deemed to be dangerous.

– Complied by Arnold Lim