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  • JOYFUL NOISEThe Sooke Community Choir will be holding their annual Christmas concert Friday.

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    KARATE CLUBSooke Shukokai teaches

    non-contact martial arts to all groups and ages.

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    Your community, your classifi eds B9 75Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page B1Sports/stats Page A21

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    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O R

    Banjamin Yong/PirjoRaits photos

    Tis the season

    Top, Clayton, 6, left, and Jacob, 7, sit happily on Santas lap at the 14th annual Lions Club Santa Breakfast at the community hall. Families lined up out the door to have some pancakes and sausages served up by Lions members and kids sat on Santas lap to tell them their wishes this holiday season. Bottom, Arnie Campbell roasted his chestnuts for the people who came to the Sooke Region Museums snowman building event.

    District renegotiates five-year legal services agreementPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    True to his word, Mayor Wendal Milne is looking through contracts made by the District of Sooke over the last few years.

    Back in October, the dis-trict entered into a five-year contract with Lidstone and Company Law Corporation, in the amount of $570,000. The agreement was signed in-camera in September and did not go through a bid process.

    The legal bills of the dis-trict have historically been far lower than the $114,000 per year the agreement would see them pay.

    Former Mayor Janet Evans had stated that the high legal costs were because four local citizens had challenged decisions made by the previous coun-cil, although there is no evi-dence that citizens enqui-ries cost hundreds of thou-sands of dollars as stated by Evans.

    What did cost the dis-trict a lot in legal fees in the past few years were nego-tiations and agreements for developments such as the Prestige Hotel, boat launch, Mariners Village, to name just a few.

    We met with Lidstone and felt the exceptionally high cost was not in line with historical costs, said Milne.

    He said they mutually agreed to conclude the con-tract and came up with new terms.

    Milne said he thinks the District of Sooke can get its legal obligations covered for $40,000 to $60,000 per year. The legal services will be used as needed and the price is competitive. The district can also use any solicitors it chooses.

    Milne said legal services would in the future be used

    and managed more care-fully.

    On Dec. 9, 2011, District of Sooke council met with Mr. Don Lidstone of Lidstone and Company and it was mutually agreed that the five year contract for legal services would be replaced by the former as needed arrangement.

    In councils discussions with Mr. Lidstone, it was agreed that there are a number of ways in which the district can reduce its legal fees and that he will provide advice on how we can accomplish this. One of the ideas was to create a check list which could be used before legal advice was sought.

    Lidstone has provided legal services over the past 12 years to the District of Sooke. Lidstone and Com-pany, in particular Don Lid-stone, is recognized as one of the leading experts in relation to Municipal Gover-nance in British Columbia.

    The district appreciates Mr. Lidstones cooperation in this matter and looks for-ward to continuing our rela-tionship with him, states a District of Sooke press release.

    He was a real gentle-man, said Milne.

    $570,000 contract just too costly

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  • Where People Come First!Cedar Grove Centre 250-642-2226

    H A P P Y H O L I DAY S To all of our friends that we have had a pleasure helping and serving over the past year, THANK-YOU for making our day to day activities more pleasant and rewarding. So our staff can enjoy their time with family and friends over the holiday season, our store hours will be limited ... .... we apologize for the inconvenience.Also, we will be expanding our pharmacy in the new year to serve you better.....so please bear with us during the renovations. (yes, we will be open during this time)From all of us at PEOPLES DRUG MART, we wish everyone a very happy holiday season and look forward to another great year.

    Ron KumarPharmacist/Owner

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