WEST SHORE NEWS … through the decades, week of Oct. 28

Here’s what made headlines in past years’ Gazettes


In an unusual move, Colwood council refuses to answer a list of questions from a longtime sewer-system watchdog.

Arnold Rossander, a Colwood resident and president of the Esquimalt Lagoon Enhancement Assocation poses a long list of questions to coiuncil but council has voted against responding to the questions, saying that all had been repeatedly answered. Mayor Jody Twa and City staff have answered sewer system questions in sit-down meetings and over the phone, but Rossander keeps posting the same questions in different ways.

Also making news the week of Oct. 28, 2006:

Ambulance stations across B.C. are facing cutbacks and layoffs despite being already short-staffed, says the paramedics’ union. The B.C. Ambulance Service denies allegations and says it has no plans for layoffs or downsizing despite a $10 million shortfall in its $276-million budget.


A woman pleads guilty to one count of assault and one charge of driving without due care and attention. The woman, who tried to run over her common-law husband with a van, was driven to it by years of physical and mental abuse, her lawyer says in court. The 29 year old is given a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation for the assault. She was originally charged with attempted murder and dangerous driving causing bodily harm, but the Crown stayed those charges.

Also making news the week of Oct. 28, 1996:

Langford council hopefuls are questioned about their views on the proposal for Costco to establish a store in the city. Denise Blackwell says she doesn’t see anything wrong with the proposal and that all of the people who have approached her are in favour. Herman Koolman is also in favour, but that traffic patterns and other considerations would need to be studied. Most council hopefuls make sure to say that there has been no formal application from Costco.

And, a woman is horrified to find four hypodermic needles on the Galloping Goose and receives little aid from the RCMP. Dawn Popjoy says she was told by police to pick up the syringes herself.

“I wasn’t about to touch them. Who knows what they might have been used for,” she says.

Police say there was a shortage of man power that day and that anyone finding a needle is encouraged to pick it up – with a shovel – and bring it in to the detachment for disposal.


Police continue to search for a driver who left one man with pins in his hips and a broken jaw after a hit-and-run accident last month. The 17 year-old is at home now, but has already spent a month in hospital as a result of the accident and will need to have more dental work done soon.

The man was hit on Sept. 26 while walking on Millstream Road near Western Speedway between 11 and 11:30 p.m.

Also making news the week of Oct. 28, 1986:

Two people are dead and two are in hospital after a car pursued by Colwood RCMP plunged 90 metres down an embankment on the Malahat. A 15 year-old, now in good condition at Victoria General Hospital, is said to have been the driver of the vehicle.

The incident began when police received a report that an under-age driver was at the wheel of a car heading north on the Malahat. Police then discovered that the vehicle was stolen.

The driver ignored the police’s attempts to have them pull over, and lost control of the vehicle four miles south of Mill Bay, breaking through a concrete barrier and plunging down a 90-metre embankment. Charges are likely.

– Compiled by Joel Tansey

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