WEST SHORE News Through the Decades, week of March 6

Stories of a survivalist cat, tidal power generator at Pearson College and a Colwood skyscraper topped past past issues of the Gazette


Lester B. Pearson College, Encana Corporation and Clean Current Power Systems announce a partnership that would build a free-stream tidal power generator, the first of its kind in Canada at the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve.

A $3-million investment from Encana’s Environmental Innovation Fund involves replacing two diesel-powered generators at Race Rocks that supply power for Pearson’s marine education centre, with a tidal turbine generator built by Clean Current Wind Systems. The remaining funding for the $4-million project is expected to come from private investors.

Also making news the week of March 6, 2005:

The first skyscraper in the West Shore is discussed by Colwood, following a proposal to build a 17-storey concrete building with 59 large apartments at the end of Nob Hill Road next to a light industrial area. Colwood has had pitches for buildings as tall as 12 storeys in the past but this proposal is grander than any seen by council so far. If approved, the building would cost $14 million to construct, generate $350,000 annually in property taxes and $500,000 in permit fees.


The Goldstream News Gazette is poised to expand its coverage from one day to two days a week. The first edition of the News Gazette’s weekend edition is set for delivery on March 17 and features a front page of local news wrapped around revamped Regional News. The change will enlarge the Wednesday edition providing more local coverage.

Also making news the week of March 6, 1995:

Langford municipal council has voted to allow secondary suites in all single-family dwelling units in all zoning categories. Council passed a motion instructing staff to prepare a zoning amendment that will define secondary suits that would have to meet fire and building code standards, be between 400 to 8,000 square feet, registered by building permit and business license and have adequate septic field capacity.


In an effort to avoid setting a legal precedent, the Capital Regional District paid out-of-court cash settlements to homeowners whose septic systems malfunctioned because of faulty installation. Four residents of Strathdee Place filed law suits for the cost of homes or a sewage treatment plant rather than the cost of septic systems.

Also making news the week of March 6, 1985:

Jean Westwood, owner of Canishaven Kennels was driving when she glanced down and saw an unfamiliar Siamese cat come out from under the seat and then disappear again. Someone had dumped a cat into the cab of the truck to leave it for the Kennel, forcing the cat to survive on its own in the truck for three days without food or water. A friend who helped coax the cat from its hiding place fell in love with the cat and took it home.

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