West Shore News Through the Decades: week of Oct. 7

Featuring headline stories from the Goldstream News Gazette over the past 30 years


West Shore sports fields are maxed out, with more than 100 teams in the Juan de Fuca Soccer Association populating a limited amount of turf. That doesn’t even account for football, field hockey and field lacrosse teams, making it clear that demand has outstripped supply.

“These fields are hopelessly overused,” says Glen David, president of JDF Soccer, the largest user-group on West Shore fields. The West Shore Parks and Recreation Society is recommending a “hub and satellite” model. Costs for upgrades are considerable and Colwood Coun. Dave Saunders believes a plan depends on forming a partnership with the Sooke School District, talks for which are in the initial stages.

Also making the news the week of Oct. 7, 2006:

A group of low-income Langford residents are slated for eviction from their low-rent apartment, O Rancho Velho. The dozen-or-so tenants have received eviction notices and will need to vacate by the end of October and enter what’s being called the worst rental market in Canada.


The heat gets turned up at Colwood council as residents demand something be done about late-night “drag-racing.” Residents of the Wishart and Ledsham road areas are demanding speed bumps be put in, particularly because of children walking to and from Colwood schools. “I’ve seen a raccoon get clipped by a speeding car and go limping off. If I get clipped and live to tell about it, you’re going to be sorry,” resident Debbie Cotter tells council. In response, council considers adding speed bumps

Also making the news the week of Oct. 7, 1996:

A Gabriola Island man continued to lead police in a wild chase even after a spike belt punctured his tires. The 30 year-old suspect is said to have driven five kilometres even after his tires went flat. The chase started when an employee of a Saanich service station told police that he was following a driver on the Trans-Canada near Millstream Road, because the driver had failed to pay for gas and other items. The man faces charges of theft and dangerous driving.


Metchosin residents are ready to fight following council’s approval of a light industry development in the district. About 30 people attend a meeting and appear to be equally divided in support or protest of Forest Technology Systems owner Bill Cave’s proposal to build a plant for manufacturing environmental and forest protection equipment. The 4.7 acre lot is next to Metchosin community hall, in the agricultural land reserve. Ald. Noel Pemberton-Billing, the only one to vote against the proposal, says, “Not in my wildest nightmares did I ever dream council would consider this motion.”

Also making the news the week of Oct. 7, 1986:

Counsellors at local high schools say that while drug and alcohol abuse by teenagers is declining, it remains a problem and is often linked to an excess of free time. Families are busy, they say, and often the youths are alone because of working parents. One counsellor at Belmont secondary believes alcohol abuse is more of a problem than drugs, affecting 10 to 15 per cent of his school’s students.

A new problem being tackled at the senior level is drinking and driving, and clubbing. The teenagers are going out to clubs downtown, even during the week, says another Belmont counsellor.

– Compiled by Joel Tansey