Bill Vander Zalm made the news as the public face of a petition against the harmonized sales tax six years ago. But 30 years ago this week

West Shore News Through the Decades, week of Oct. 14

Here's what was making the headlines, 10, 20 ad 30 years ago in the Goldstream Gazette


An inquest into a Trans-Canada Highway driver’s death is likely following an incident on Oct. 6, the B.C. Coroner says. A 45 year-old man died while in the custody of West Shore RCMP, after he slammed his car into a concrete barrier near the Veterans Memorial Parkway exit.

The man was driving north in the southbound lane. Witnesses say the man injected drugs while still in the car after the crash.

“Witnesses warned the [RCMP] member the subject was shooting drugs with a needle,” says West Shore RCMP Cpl. Gord Bedingfield. Ambulance crews soon recognized that the man was in distress and rushed him to Victoria General Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

Also making the news the week of Oct. 14, 2006:

Sooke could be used as a model for the Capital Regional District as it searches for an answer to its sewage question. Sooke mayor Janet Evans and her peers managed to meet Sooke’s sewage needs with a private-public partnership that required just $8 million of public funds.

There is mounting pressure for the CRD to act quickly with the sewage-treatment issue following the completion of systems for Penticton and Sooke, among other B.C. communities.


The discovery of a maggot-infested deer carcass in her yard has prompted a Highlands woman and her daughters to renew calls for a ban on bow hunting. Lorraine Brotherston and her daughter, Dianne Bemister, found the carcass Saturday near the garden of Brotherston’s Munn Road acreage.

The women believe that the deer, which had an arrow protruding from its back, may have been dead for as long as a month. They want a ban on bow hunting because they believe the rural community has become too populated.

Two years ago, the caretaker at historic Caleb Pike House found a hunting arrow stuck in the side of the cabin. That prompted calls for a bow-hunting ban, but those talks went nowhere.

Also making news the week of Oct. 14, 1996:

Colwood’s Lonnie Cameron is getting set for his first season in the NHL as a linesman. The former WHL referee will be based in Vancouver and will handle line duties for the Canucks and other Western Conference teams. It will mean a lot of travel and a lot of work for Cameron, who anticipates calling approximately 16 games per month.


B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm whips through Langford and delivers a speech that is long on charisma, but short on specifics in the final days before the Oct. 22 election. Vander Zalm is accompanied by his wife Lillian and local Social Credit candidate Brian Killip for the event, which was attended by a mostly partisan crowd.

The Goldstream News Gazette asks Vander Zalm what West Shore residents can expect if his party wins the upcoming election, but received a response that focused on Vancouver Island.

“What we want to see done for the whole of Vancouver Island is to develop a good economic strategy and take advantage of all the resources we have here and rebuild for Vancouver Island a good strong economy. In some ways, Vancouver Island has been lagging and missing the opportunities that exist.”

A recent poll has shown that the SoCreds are just five points ahead of the surging New Democratic Party.

Also making news the week of Oct. 14, 1986:

William Head On Stage is set to perform its 12th production, The Dancing Mice, with shows towards the end of October and into November. With a revamped constitution and financial program, the society is doing its best to overcome the usual bureaucratic and philosophical hurdles of staging public performances in a federal prison.

– compiled by Joel Tansey

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