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FAREWELL JAN Artist Jan Johnson left us with a legacy of art. Page 15 TOSS ‘EM Work gets underway to bring the game of horseshoes to Sooke. Page 28 Your community, your classifieds P24 • 75 ¢ Wednesday, OCTOBER 05, 2011 Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 15 Sports/stats Page 27 Agreement #40110541 SOOKE SOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNER MIRROR Search called off for two local kayakers Pirjo Raits Sooke News Mirror It’s been a rough week for Ralph Hull and the families and friends of two contract workers who have gone missing while kayaking out in Sooke Harbour on Sept. 27. Missing since last Tues- day night are Morgan Por- ter and John Elgin, both 29-years-old. The two were spotted messing around with two blue kayaks at the dock at Hull’s waterfront prop- erty along Sooke Harbour around 4 p.m. “It’s been tough,” says Hull. “They have not been found.” Hull said both plastic kay- aks have now been found, a life jacket was found at Iron Mine Bay in East Sooke but both paddles have not yet been retrieved. Hull said he is 99 per cent certain that the life jacket was one of his. “Iron Mine Bay sheds some light on where they made it to in their travels. To take those little kayaks out is sheer stupidity, and to get out past Possession Point is a big accomplish- ment.” He said the lifejacket that was found was “a piece of s**t” and he would never use them for ocean kayak- ing, or the kayaks for that matter. There are mysteries yet to be solved. Hull said a back- pack is missing off the barge. The two men were working for Hull and they had just finished painting the house. He had hired Porter and he brought Elgin along. “They were school mates since they were waist high and went through life together,” said Hull. What happened, when and where still raises a huge question mark. Hull was in town from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and the two men were sup- posed to fix things. When he came back they were no where to be found and Hull thought they had finished up and had gone home. He said the two went “joy riding,” in the kayaks as they were spotted by kids on the property with the kayaks, a backpack full of beer and a lifejacket. Ron Neitsch from 2 Reel Fishing Adventures coming back in at dusk spotted two overturned kayaks close to Otter Point. The two kayak- ers were also spotted close to Whiffin Spit and again close to Possession Point. A search commenced Tues- day night, coordinated by the Joint Rescue Coordina- tion Centre employing heli- copters, a navy vessel and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Station #37 Sooke but was called off at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. At that time Hull did not know his two kayaks were missing and a text message sent out was not received until the following morning (Wednesday) when they put two and two together. A strong ebb tide rushing out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca would have carried anything out with it. Hull said that Porter was a good strong swimmer, and a capable and daring young man. But, survival in the cold waters of the strait for more than one-half an hour is next to impossible with- out a survival suit. Hull went out in his own boat on Wednesday search- ing for the paddles or a sign of anything. If the men had made it to Secretary Island they could have survived but the strong current and ebb tide would likely have taken them out west. “It’s a tragedy,” said Hull. He said that as a captain he always has to think of what could happen on the water before or if it ever does. “You have to use good common sense and logic around the water. You pre- pare. It’s a negative world we live in as sea captains and we need to deal with Pirjo Raits photos Captain Ralph Hull with the lifejacket which was found and an approved PFD. Below one of the kayaks the two men went out in. ‘You have to use good common sense and logic around the water. You prepare.’ --Ralph Hull Captain Continued on page 3 www.ErinanEstates.com 250.642.6361 A rare and exceptional opportunity to live amidst the stunning backdrop of west coast ocean, mountains and sky. Stunning lots with underground sewer, water & natural gas. Spacious boulevards. Walking Trails. From $169,900. Spectacular 1/3 Acre View Lots ! Shelly Davis Marlene Arden

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FAREWELL JANArtist Jan Johnson left us

with a legacy of art.

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TOSS ‘EMWork gets underway to bring the game of horseshoes to


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Your community, your classifi eds P24 • 75¢Wednesday, OCTOBER 05, 2011

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Search called off for two local kayakersPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

It’s been a rough week for Ralph Hull and the families and friends of two contract workers who have gone missing while kayaking out in Sooke Harbour on Sept. 27. Missing since last Tues-day night are Morgan Por-ter and John Elgin, both 29-years-old.

The two were spotted messing around with two blue kayaks at the dock at Hull’s waterfront prop-erty along Sooke Harbour around 4 p.m.

“It’s been tough,” says Hull. “They have not been found.”

Hull said both plastic kay-aks have now been found, a life jacket was found at Iron Mine Bay in East Sooke but both paddles have not yet been retrieved. Hull said he is 99 per cent certain that the life jacket was one of his.

“Iron Mine Bay sheds some light on where they made it to in their travels. To take those little kayaks out is sheer stupidity, and to get out past Possession Point is a big accomplish-ment.”

He said the lifejacket that was found was “a piece of s**t” and he would never use them for ocean kayak-ing, or the kayaks for that matter.

There are mysteries yet to be solved. Hull said a back-pack is missing off the barge. The two men were working

for Hull and they had just finished painting the house. He had hired Porter and he brought Elgin along.

“They were school mates since they were waist high and went through life together,” said Hull.

What happened, when and where still raises a huge question mark. Hull was in

town from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and the two men were sup-posed to fix things. When he came back they were no where to be found and Hull thought they had finished up and had gone home.

He said the two went “joy riding,” in the kayaks as they were spotted by kids on the property with the kayaks, a backpack full of beer and a lifejacket.

Ron Neitsch from 2 Reel Fishing Adventures coming back in at dusk spotted two overturned kayaks close to Otter Point. The two kayak-ers were also spotted close to Whiffin Spit and again close to Possession Point. A search commenced Tues-day night, coordinated by

the Joint Rescue Coordina-tion Centre employing heli-copters, a navy vessel and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Station #37 Sooke but was called off at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

At that time Hull did not know his two kayaks were missing and a text message sent out was not received until the following morning (Wednesday) when they put two and two together.

A strong ebb tide rushing out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca would have carried anything out with it.

Hull said that Porter was a good strong swimmer, and a capable and daring young man. But, survival in the cold waters of the strait for more than one-half an hour is next to impossible with-out a survival suit.

Hull went out in his own boat on Wednesday search-ing for the paddles or a sign of anything. If the men had made it to Secretary Island they could have survived but the strong current and ebb tide would likely have taken them out west.

“It’s a tragedy,” said Hull. He said that as a captain

he always has to think of what could happen on the water before or if it ever does.

“You have to use good common sense and logic around the water. You pre-pare. It’s a negative world we live in as sea captains and we need to deal with

Pirjo Raits photos

Captain Ralph Hull with the lifejacket which was found and an approved PFD. Below one of the kayaks the two men went out in.

‘You have to use good common sense and logic around the water. You prepare.’

--Ralph HullCaptain

Continued on page 3

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Sooke wins five blossomsBenjamin YongSooke News Mirror

Even in October, Sooke is in full bloom. The town was awarded five out of five blooms at the Communities in Bloom awards ceremony held at the Prestige just over a week ago.

In July, CiB judges Shirley Culver from Kamloops and Rea Smith from Armstrong came to evaluate Sooke on eight criteria that included tidiness, natu-ral and cultural heritage conservation and floral displays. A non-profit organization, their mis-sion is to encourage environmental respon-sibility and beautifi-cation through com-munity involvement. They also promote the value of green spaces in urban settings.

“It was a surprise, we always worry when you compete year after year. You always want to improve,” said Laura

Byrne, Sooke parks and environmental services coordinator.

Improvement has been a slow but steady process. This was the fourth year that Sooke has been judged, and has progressively got-ten one bloom better each year since 2008. Byrne said a large part of that is because of communication.

“We’re doing a great job conveying our accomplishments (to CiB).” That means let-ting the organization know of all of Sooke’s efforts through an end-of-year report and pre-sentation, as well as including any other coverage of accom-plishments through the media or otherwise.

The town is also reap-ing the fruits of labour, she added. Projects that were just starting a few years ago, like landscaping in front of the hotel, the Sunriver Allotment Gardens

and solar power at the T-Sou-ke First Nation, were all considered this time around. And there’s more coming.

“It’s all part of Sooke’s goals towards ecot-ourism and economic development,” Said Byrne. She stressed that it’s not just what Sooke district proper does, but all the resi-dents as well.

Expressed as a per-centage, Sooke scored 84 per cent, and Byrne said that means there are still things to work on.

“It’s great for the com-munity — it gets people involved and acknowl-edges our involvement which is so rare for a community,” she said. “It’s a great way to stay positive.”

The judges also gave a special mention to the 25th annual Sooke Fine Arts Show for it helping showcase the region’s artistic talents and vol-unteerism.

Submitted photo

The District of Sooke and its residents impressed the Communities in Bloom judges enough to take home five blossoms in the yearly beautification competition. Left to right are: Laura Byrne, and CiB judges, Rea Smith and Shirley Culver.

negativity before we ever go to sea.”

The RCMP and ground searchers scoured the beaches and shorelines in the area hoping for clues as to the mens’ disap-pearance. Water and air searches were called off after the time frame for the possibility of sur-vivability in the water was reached.

On Oct. 1 five div-ers and 15-20 others searched the whole area including Iron Mine Bay, the Sooke bluffs and Otter Point looking for clues. But nothing was found. They searched the tide line as far as Shering-ham Point.

“Nothing showed up anywhere,” said Hull. He said they were

doing some research as to how long it would take for a body to come to the surface. He said that two fishermen had drowned out at Secre-tary Island and it took six weeks to recover their bodies.

“We need to get the word out to anyone traversing the water to keep an eye out,” he said.

Hull said that as sad as this whole situation is, it is a marine reality check and there are lessons to be learned from it all.

“The cause of all this is alcohol. Alcohol, boats and water don’t mix,” he said sadly as he looked out towards Sooke Harbour.

He said that any-one going out onto the water needs to know the basics. Know your waters, know your boat

and have all the nec-essary equipment on board.

He said the “drug store lifejackets” should not be allowed to be sold because they could give a person a false sense of security.

Kayakers poorly preparedCont’d from page 1

Pirjo Raits photo

The portion of Sooke Harbour and the dock where two kayakers left from.

Whiffin Spit is in the background, where Morgan Porter and John Elgin were last spotted.


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Changing the way we live as we ageNon-profit organization dedicated to changing the way seniors livePirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

Living in a seniors’ home amongst strang-

ers with no real connec-tion to friends and fam-ily is not a place many people want to go. Unfortunately that is the scenario for many folks who have neither the resources or the options of living any dif-ferently as they age.

Isolation, loneliness, depression and health problems are com-monplace for many seniors. As they lose their friends and fami-lies due to distance or death seniors often find it hard to cope with no support network around them. It’s not where this generation of seniors see them-selves. Today’s seniors are active, involved and healthier than their par-ents were and they do want to remain in con-trol of their life.

Back in the 1960s and 70s when com-munes were the utopia and everything seemed possible, many took on that social experiment. Most communes failed for many reasons, one of them being the necessity of earning a living while raising a family, another was the need for privacy.

Today many of those same people, who con-

sidered the idea of com-munal living, are actu-ally getting it together and creating their own community/neighbour-hood.

“Our generation is always in control,” says Margaret Critchlow, one of the co-founders of Canadian Senior Cohousing. “We’re doing things differ-ently.”

By differently, Critch-low means “inten-tional housing,” a sys-tem where people live together but not under the same roof.

“Studies have shown that social support makes all the differ-ence, a social connec-tion keeps people going and you don’t get that in nursing homes,” said Critchlow.

“We plan financially and we should be plan-ning socially.”

Critichlow, along with Gail Abernethy and about 30 others have formed Canadian Senior Cohousing, a study group looking at alternative ways of liv-ing in a community of their own creation.

She sees this hap-pening in Sooke or the general area in the not-too-distant future. The group wants to start liv-ing in intentional neigh-bourhoods as soon as they find the right prop-erty. Each of the mem-bers would have their own own home (size dependent on what they can afford) and share a more common space such as a larger main building.

There are many examples across the world, the concept itself began in Europe

and has spread to North America. There are now seniors’ cohousing projects all across British Colum-bia in places like Bowen Island, Courtenay, Vic-toria, Nelson and the Sunshine Coast. Califor-nia, Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico also embrace the concept.

“It is not just a ghetto of older people,” said Critchlow. “You start when you are young(er), it’s not an old folks’ place.”

The neighbourhood Critchlow envisions is not cheap. The units would likely sell for about $300-$350,000 and work as a strata with the land, a com-mon house, and gar-dens. She sees it as being as “green” as pos-sible.

“It’s not a whacko idea,” she said.

It’s also an economi-cal one as studies have

shown that people liv-ing in such arrange-ments remain in their own homes eight to 10 years longer. This could potentially save the government approx. $50,000 per year per person.

“If you are looking at 20 units, suddenly that’s a lot of money,” said Critchlow. “Look what it could do for a place like Sooke.”

To accomplish some of their goals, mainly good communication, the group is hosting a 10-week study group.

“Seniors get such a bad rap, we want to be elders and we are rede-fining what elders are,” she said. “We want to share what we have learned.

The 10-week study group will examine a whole range of issues such as: arriving at a consensus, conflict res-olution, the economics

of getting older, reali-ties of getting older, co-healing and aging in place and community, the philosophy of aging, and a whole lot of other appropriate topics.

The meetings will be facilitated by Margaret Critchlow and Andrew Moore.

Both have been trained by Charles Durrett, author of The Senior Cohous-ing Handbook. Critch-low is a anthropolo-gist who has lived in the South Pacific where she learned the value of community and mutual support. Living in an intentional community has been a dream of hers for a long time.

Gail Abernethy is an osteopath and has lived in an intentional community in London.

Andrew Moore is Abernethy’s partner and is an architect as well as a community developer. He currently works with the T’Sou-ke First Nation Band.

“He worked as the manager of a rock band,” said Critchlow, “which may be the most useful skill.”

For now the group is seeking the right prop-erty, one where nature takes centre stage, and where it is easy to get to services.

“We are giving a lot of thought to this, we’re going very carefully and our eyes are open on this,” Critchlow stated.

For more information on the 10-week study group Active Aging in Community, email: sen iorcohousin[email protected] or check out the website at: www.seniorcohousing.ca.

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Margaret Critchlow, Charles Durrett (author of the Senior Cohousing Handbook), and Andrew Moore in the Nevada City (California) cohousing community where we trained to facilitate the 10-week study group in April 2011.

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Cougars are in our midstBenjamin YongSooke News Mirror

Local David Fos-ter said he isn’t afraid of many

things these days, and that includes cougars.

The owner of Eagle Signs was out in his backyard on Firwood Place off of Grant Road earlier this month look-ing for his cat when he saw a pair of eyes blink-ing at him in the dark-ness.

“It was the size of a dog, it was in my yard beside some bushes right at the back. I walked up to it out of curiosity, I didn’t know what the hell it was.”

Foster said while most people would probably be inclined to go back into the house, he’s “so used to bloody wildlife” that he fol-lowed the large feline into his neighbour’s yard and threw a rock at it.

“It bounced off its butt and that was the last I saw of it,” he said. This was his second encounter with the predator, his first was years ago when a cou-gar was destroyed after killing one of his cats.

A few days follow-ing the recent incident, Foster spoke to a few other people who also spotted the cougar, that most believe is the other sibling belonging to the mother that was captured along with her cub on Maple Avenue and relocated in July.

“There’s a total lack of communication of letting the neighbours know (of cougar sight-ings in the area),” said Foster, who worries especially for the young families and their chil-dren. He said in other areas, like Colwood, measures are taken such as people putting

up cougar alert signs.“Authorities need to

inform the public, peo-ple need to be aware.”

There hasn’t been an unusual number of cougar-human conflicts this year, according to a Ministry of Environment press release issued last week. Between April 1 and Sept. 7 — the busiest time of year for cougar sightings — MOE received 1,362 complaints compared to 1,854 last year, and 2,242 in 2009/2010.

To date, 43 cougars have been killed in 2011 — 27 by conservation officers and 16 by the RCMP or the public.

Report sightings of cougars and other dan-gerous wildlife to the 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

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Halibut quota motion

defeatedA motion put forth

by the CRD which stated, “Be it resolved that the federal govern-ment purchase or lease the required commer-cial halibut quota to establish a permanent annual guaranteed base limit and season for recreational fisher-men of one halibut per day two in their pos-session, Feb. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year” was defeated at the UBCM convention. It was the last item on the agenda and it did not have time to be debated.

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Cycle slowly through the farming communityBenjamin YongSooke News Mirror

This Thanksgiving Sunday on Oct. 9, a few local community groups would like peo-ple to take a break from their turkey basters to participate in the first annual Sooke Slow Food Cycle.

Happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the bike ride starts at Sooke Harbour House — split into either a 33-kilo-metre advanced route (along the water and country roads west of Sooke) or an 18-km “green route” (off-road trails east through town to the Galloping Goose) — and ends at the T-Sou-ke Nation. Along the way, there are optional stops at farms, homes, businesses and green spaces for mini-workshops on sus-tainable living. Topics range from bike repair to worm composting.

There will also be some food sampling, although SSFC direc-tor Lee Hindrichs says that’s not the only thing it’s about.

“Slow food is more than just around food, it’s also a movement looking at sustainability and looking at local,” she said.

“This whole event looks at how do we become part of the solution? Positive solu-

tions that each of us can adapt easily.”

An idea for a bike ride first came to Hindrichs last February, and she discussed it with Jon Cash, former president of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce. The idea has since blos-somed into a joint ven-ture between the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society, JDF Coali-tion, Slow Food Vancou-ver Island/Gulf Islands, Food CHI and T’Sou-ke

First Nation, and con-tinues to evolve.

“It’s a special event that seems to have a life of it’s own,” said Hindrichs. “At the T’Sou-ke Nation we’re having a solar tour of their village and there will be closing ceremo-nies there, but we’ve just learned there are musicians forming there as well. There will be a drumming circle of international music.”

The tour is a ticketed

event ($21 per person, $42 for families) with $1 from each ticket sale being donated to nutrition-based cancer research on behalf of three Sooke-area farm-ers battling cancer. Any profits will go back into the community, she said.

There will also be a free symposium open to the public at the same time the cyclists are riding called The Col-lective Transition. Tak-ing place at John Phil-lips Memorial Park, it is also the middle point where both cycling groups meet. Visitors can test ride electric bikes, learn about per-maculture (forming a living relationship with nature) and take in per-formances.

Hindrichs, a former nurse who now works as a wellness practitio-ner, said she envisions a long history for Sooke Slow Food Cycle.

“It will be a yearly event, next year is already in the works,” said Hindrichs, who hopes the tour will eventually extend to Port Renfrew and be part of the Pacific Marine Circle Route.

Tickets are avail-able at The Stick and Sooke Harbour House, or online at www.sookeslowfoodcycle.com.

Submitted photo

Sooke Slow Food Cycle volunteers gathered at the Sunriver Community Garden in August to organize the first Sooke Slow Food Cycle. From left: treasurer Samm Port, volunteer Bev England from Sooke Transition Town, Stephen Hindrichs of JDF Cycling Coalition, SSFC director/co-founder Lee Hindirchs, workshop participant/beekeeper Carol Harding and the two organizers of the Collective Transition at John Phillips Memorial Park - Erik Bjornsen and, on the unicycle, Ben Hircock.

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8 • EDITORIAL www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

EDITORIALRod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorBenjamin Yong Reporter

The Sooke News Mirror is published every Wednesday by Black Press Ltd. | 112-6660 Sooke Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0A5 | Phone: 250-642-5752 WEB: WWW.SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM

“Kings ought to shear, not skin their sheep.”


An old quote perhaps, but one which is apt in this day-and-

age. The ever upward-spiralling spending at the municipal level has gotten to the point of being rather obscene.

A recent report on municipal spending in Brit-ish Columbia stated that, “civic spending in B.C. has become unsustain-able.” Entire countries are faltering with their finances while some municipalities just keep opening the almost empty vault. One has only to look at the Unites States, Greece and Europe. These countries did not get into this predicament through thought-ful financial planning. They got there because they never thought the well would run dry — and it has. The federal government has declared no raises for its employees and so has the province. Why is it that on the local level there is a sense that what-ever is asked for will be granted? Where does this sense of entitle-ment come from?

“Municipal spending in B.C. is going up twice as fast as inflation and growth rate — something cities, towns, villages and taxpayers just can’t afford,” states a news release from the Independent Contractors

and Businesses Association of B.C. (ICBA).

ICBA combed through the con-tracts a number of municipalities had signed with their workers and

found grossly inflated wages and benefits are burdening taxpayers with high costs. On average, a municipal worker in B.C. gets pay and benefits 35 per cent higher than a pri-vate-sector counterpart doing the same jobs, said the report.

Locally, it is known that those in the top posi-tions at the District of Sooke have recently been awarded substan-tial wage increases,

bringing the expenditures for wages well over the $2 million mark, that with revenues hovering in the $13.9 million range. That’s a very high percentage of the total yearly expenditures for the district. This isn’t happening just in the District of Sooke but all across the province. The taxpayers’ pockets are only so deep and one wonders why there is so much animosity towards those who govern and control (or rather don’t control) the spending. No mat-ter how many “grants” we receive for projects, the money still comes out of our local, provincial and fed-eral tax pockets. We can only pay so much without collapsing under the burden.

Add to that the gold-plated con-tract terms like gratuity days (time

off on top of regular holidays and sick time, just for coming to work), defined benefit pensions and extra-generous holiday provisions have sent costs to the unsustainable level. It just appears from this end that its a little like buying a vote.

Yes, we realize that district staff and management’s recompense needs to equal what is paid elsewhere, but some common sense towards what we can afford is needed. We need to base salaries on what we can afford based on our population and tax rev-enues.

You don’t get the employees to write their own contracts with their own buy-out clauses. Shucks, I think I’ll just fashion a contract that is entirely to my own benefit because no one knows enough to say, ‘hey, wait a minute...’

Why is it that everyone else has to tighten their belts in this economic climate, but not here? Our local gov-ernments have to get realistic about how much people can continue to shell out without any real benefit to the community. Gold-plated buyouts and un-tendered contracts cost all of us in the end. It’s time to stop the unfettered drain on our commu-nal bank account, otherwise we can look forward to a fat property tax increase.

City council has to have some say in these monetary issues and take a firm stand for what is best for the community as a whole.

Pirjo Raits is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror.

Municipal spending not sustainable


Hard Pressed

The seas are unforgiving


The preventable and unfortunate probable drowning of two young men from our community points to the crucial need to

always respect the ocean. Members of the coast guard auxiliary, in Sooke

it is Station #37, are routinely called out to rescue people who have not paid heed to the rules of the sea. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like or what’s happening at home, they head to the dock and onto the water to help others.

The naive people who go out in overloaded boats, without life jackets and without any type of knowledge about what the seas can throw at them put more than their own lives at risk. They put themselves in

peril as well as those who come out to help.The sea is a wicked authority and the rules for

surviving on it are actually pretty simple. Have proper life jackets, watch the weather, know your boat and the tides. What else is crucial is to know that alcohol, boats and water do not mix. Most savvy mariners drink only once they are moored safe and sound for the day, if at all. There are too many variables on the water and as a mariner one has to be attuned to what can happen and be prepared for every eventuality. It’s simple and it’s a life saver.

Our sympathies go out to the families of Morgan Porter and John Elgin. It is a difficult and sorrowful time and the

hearts of all of Sooke go out to them.

The sea is a wicked authority...

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What is your favourite thing about Thanksgiving?

Changing of the season.


The chance to get to-gether with family.

Shane Roper

On the farm we used to bring back the harvest grain, and then have a

big bonfire and a feast.

Ken Ford

Being by a warm fire.




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World still turns in Shirley

Re:Bad LUC, good LUC, Sept. 28

So John Walls over-came his typical reti-cence and penned a letter worthy of any fear monger or bully. His attempt to create public outrage at the “travesty of epic proportions” falls short.

Talk of “graphic images” (like pictures?) of the “devastating” creek damage is silly. Some people got work fixing things up and the world still turns.

There are many prop-erties close to Goudie Creek. Fortunately, Shir-ley has a state-of-the-art water system. And it is not run by monkeys. Should the perfect storm saturate a weep-ing bed or whatever, the water users will receive a boil water order like those received in the past. Things will flush and be repaired. And the world will still turn.

Dan Adams Shirley

Fish need water

I’d like to congratu-late the Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society for completing their interpretive cen-tre and putting on an awesome event on B.C. Rivers Day. The individ-ual efforts to plan, fund-raise for, and build this community asset were tremendous, and the society deserves ongo-ing local support to maximize the centre’s educational potential.

Equally exciting is the “water-for-fish” side of the story on Char-ters River, involving efforts by the society, Capital Regional Dis-trict, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, T’Sou-ke First Nation, Ministry of Environ-ment and Living Rivers-Georgia Basin/Vancou-ver Island.

Few people know that virtually all of the sum-mer flow in Charters River had for decades been provided by leak-age from the old Sooke water supply pipeline. With the recent CRD supply line replace-ment project, Charters would have dried each summer, devastating the system’s stream-rearing coho and trout populations – not a pretty picture next to a salmon interpretive centre.

An innovative, part-nered solution was required. Working together since 2009, the partners above used funding from CRD, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and Pacific Salmon Foun-dation to pay for a $100,000 plumbing “fix” earlier this year, which now allows a small part of the Sooke water sup-ply to be diverted to the top end of Charters River, where it feeds the entire stream and eco-system and supports thousands of coho and trout juveniles. This project would not have happened without the efforts of many pas-sionate individuals, T’Sou-ke elders and director Hicks in par-ticular. It is an example of “healthy watersheds and sustainable fish populations through shared responsibility, stewardship and wise use of water” – the vision of Living Riv-ers-GB/VI, and we’re proud to have worked with these partners to achieve this on-the-ground success.

We believe this tem-plate – regional dis-tricts and local govern-ments factoring fish populations (and the water they need) into their domestic supply solutions – is not only prudent and long over-due, but required given the pressures of devel-opment and forecasted impacts of climate change on south coast B.C. streams. If your readers agree, they should urge their MLAs to support and renew

cost-effective conserva-tion initiatives like BC Living Rivers.

James CraigProject Manager,

Living Rivers-Georgia Basin/Vancouver

IslandBC Conservation


East Sooke and the D word

Some of the partici-pants at the Advisory Planning Committee meeting in August made it clear that if their group (which could be called the Angry Neigh-bors Club consider-ing the shouting that went on and the vitriol directed at the Capi-tal Regional District planner) is returned to power, they are going to try once again to down-zone Rural A properties in East Sooke.

That is a shame con-sidering all the grief caused by the last attempt. Scores of fami-lies have homes in East Sooke because of the availability and afford-ability of Rural A zon-ing.

In contrast, the cur-rent Otter Point Official Community Plan review committee has recog-nized and retained the inherent Rural A den-sity of one house per hectare, or 2 1/2 acres, and included incen-tives for Rural A to con-vert to fee simple. For example, the settlement areas will have a den-sity of one hectare and

a minimum parcel size of one acre, achieved through lot averag-ing and parks amenity. This was passed unani-mously by the commit-tee.

Whatever the inten-tions were when Rural A was created, it has been around for decades and families have invested their savings and their lives in the terms it offers. A quick look at a zon-ing map of East Sooke makes it clear that is where future housing stock will come from.

Word is also leaking out from their pre-elec-tion pep rally that the same group would like to repeal the second-ary suite bylaw and, of course, re-open talks to join Metchosin.

We don’t need to take other peoples’ rights away to have a better community. We need to elect people who will treat their neighbours as they would like to be treated.

Zac DoedingEast Sooke

Stop the Avafraud!

Congratulations to the Ancient Forest Alli-ance and the Port Ren-frew Chamber of Com-merce for thier market-ing of “Avatar Grove.”

The AFA has filled their coffers with tens of thousand of dollars and some Port Renfrew businesses reportedly had record years.

The Ministry of For-ests, Lands and Natural

Resources is now pro-posing to make “Ava-tar Grove” another (we have dozens) Old Growth Management Unit.

Ha ha, you’ve all been duped. Teal-Jones’ sur-veys indicated little value regarding the Avatar Grove area so the company has never filed for a cutting per-mit, so it was never in danger of being logged. Teal-Jones will be happy since Avatar Grove will be swapped for an equal measure of other forest land (bet-ter) in the TFL.

This means Port Renfrew will be stuck with Avafraud. It’s not close to being compa-rable with Cathedral Grove. It certainly isn’t flat (apologies to all the elderly not capable of rapelling in and out of the grove). It certainly is not a reprensentive chunk of old growth. The grove has big dying trees surrounded by diseased 100-year-old hemlock (look at the pictures) which emit carbon. Thousands of the urbane have now came and visited the grove, enjoyed it, lit-tered it and climbed all over its biggest trea-sure, the gnarly tree. The AFA’s own website has lots of pictures of members and enthusi-asts climbing and pos-ing on the tree. This is how you treat your treasured elderly?

I’d like to see some good old growth saved, not this piece that was rejected by the forest company.

You have until Nov.9 to let the ministry know your views at [email protected] .

Greg KlemPort Renfrew

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LETTERSBloomin’ lovely

Submitted photo

After winning five out of five blooms, Sooke was awarded the banners, above, that were hung in front of city hall last Tuesday.

More letters on page 10


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Build a fenced dog park

After reading many letters lately about loose dogs being unsafe and owners not being responsible “pooper-scoopers,” I would like to suggest that one thing we could do is to have a secure, fenced, off-leash dog park.

We are the responsi-ble owners of two choc-olate labs. While they get daily walks and time in their own backyard, the dogs do not have a place where they are free to run and inter-act with other dogs. The nearest fenced dog park is in Duncan. On the few occasions we have visited the Dun-can Dog Park, our pups have enjoyed running free safely, and interact-ing joyfully with other dogs.

The owners are scru-pulous about picking up after their dogs, and it is an absolute joy to watch the dogs play and run in a safe environment. While I know this won’t elimi-nate all the problems about loose dogs and dog poop problems, maybe it will alleviate the problems by giving dog owners a safe place to let their dogs loose. If you agree, please petition Sooke council members to consider securing a site for a dog park.

Patricia MarshEast Sooke

Small correction

Here is a brief correc-tion to my recent letter to the editor, Meters smart for who? Sooke

News Mirror about smart meters, Sept. 28.

Health Action Net-work has made a cor-rection for its original article, from whence I drew some of my con-cerns, stating that the switches in the old Itron smart meters did contain mercury, but that the smart meters currently in use by BC Hydro do not.

Jo PhillipsSooke

Strong leadership needed

Somewhere recently I read an article about David Bennett’s announcement that he has become a may-oralty candidate. The article gave superficial platitudes of a man that should have felt empow-ered by the number of votes he got in the last election but instead put everyone to sleep by not doing anything with that show of voter confidence.

And now we are being asked to like him for succinct comments in council and perform-ing a list of service club-like duties, duties that many many residents of Sooke do every year as a matter of just being good citizens in Sooke.

He talks about jobs, tourism and economic development, but where has he been for the past three years? Has he been active with the Economic Development Commis-sion, the Chamber of Commerce, the Sooke Region Tourism Associ-ation or the Sooke Com-munity Development

Association? No. Has he made any attempt to work towards reduc-ing, or at the very least slowing the rising land taxes and very high cost of commercial develop-ment in Sooke, costs high enough to almost completely stop com-mercial development in Sooke unless the proj-ect is mega enough for the District of Sooke to give away the farm?

Has he made any attempt to stem the large number of in-cam-era council meetings, so the taxpayers might find out what is really going on? He wants to, if elected as mayor, cre-ate a collective business council to work in a co-operative manner for what is best for Sooke. Huh? What we don’t need is more talk and discussion and argu-ments between groups who ultimately want what is good for Sooke but need to get there in their own way, in oth-erwords, same thing we have been doing for years and accomplish-ing little.

I believe one of the definitions of insan-ity is doing things the same way over and over, expecting dif-ferent results. We all know the questions and answers; what we need is someone to grab the reins and do

it — do what is needed to move forward. If he had been paying attention for the past three years he would be talking about hitting the ground running, not forming more com-mittees to investigate something to do some-thing and talking to groups about working together with enough compromises to actu-ally accomplish very little. He should know by now what each department in the district office has, or should have, for goals and directions for the good of Sooke’s growth and development, both social and economic. But he is talking about more committees, more seminars, more...

No thanks, we need some positive action, direction and commit-ment, led by someone who isn’t afraid of lead-ing.

Robert RandallSooke

An obvious disconnect

A very striking dis-connect has become evident between the electorate of the Juan de Fuca Regional Dis-trict and some of our elected representa-tives.

This disconnect sur-faced during the long


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Bordered between Solent Street and “School site” on the left and Drennan Street on the right side of the attached map, the sub-division put in place by the Charters family after the 1864 gold rush remains today. Though it was of brief duration, the rush of miners to the confluence of the Sooke and Leech Rivers had a major impact on south Vancouver Island at the time.

Sailing ships and steamers brought gold seekers to Sooke Har-bour, where they con-tinued to the goldfields by the Leech trail from today’s Murray Road, or via the oxen trail from Ash’s Landing within the Sooke Basin. While an instant community sprang up at the site of the claims at the Leech, the Sooke and the Wolf, it was on the shores of Sooke Harbour that the most enduring land development occurred.

While the “tent lots” 30 ft by 100 ft, shown here in the Char-ters plan, formed the nucleus of the new development, the land boom expected at that time did not material-ize, and it wasn’t until after World War II that extensive settlement of this subdivision began in earnest.

Walking from Saseenos or Milne’s Landing to Sooke Supe-rior School during the 1930s and early 1940s, our route followed Sooke Road as shown on this map. Beyond the swamp west of Phil-

lips Road and up the hill, one passed through the apple orchard of the Charters farm. On our right stood the stately two-storey Charters home, with horse-chest-nut trees bordering the roadside along the way.

At the next corner, Charters Street is clearly marked on this map. In my childhood, the old Charters Hall still stood at this site, the pioneer center of social activi-

ties since 1890. The walls and rafters of that unpainted build-ing had resounded with the rush of many feet as young Sooke men threw for the baskets suspended at each end. It was first at this hall and later at the newly built Sooke Community Hall that our local fel-lows established their reputation as basket-ball champions.

While Golledge Ave-

nue was only a line on the map then, it took its name from the first Gold Commissioner during the Leech Gold rush. At the lower edge of the map, the lots along Water Street are clearly marked. Today, after one and one half centuries of erosion, half of these frontage lots are under water.

2014 is fast approach-ing, with plans afoot to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the dis-covery of gold by Peter Leech, and the day his expedition was led to the site by Louis Lazzar of the T’Sou-ke Tribe.

Elida Peers, Historian

Sooke Region Museum

series of public hear-ings concerning the proposed recreational development beside the Juan de Fuca Trail and Provincial Park.

The overwhelming majority of people who spoke at these meet-ings were against this proposed develop-ment; only a few spoke in favor of it. Still, the majority of our local Land Use Committee (LUC) supported this scheme until a whole string of meetings dem-onstrated that they were almost totally isolated in their views from the vast majority of people — both local and from Victoria.

How could such a disconnect occur? Were latent feelings of environmental protec-tion awakened by the inept manner in which these hearings were conducted?

Perhaps another explanation is valid. Per-haps some of our local aspiring politicians, real-izing that ‘being green’ was popular, gave them-selves a green coat of whitewash just prior to the last election. How-ever, events have shown clearly that this coat of green was paper thin for some members of LUC.

Nov. 19 is election day. Let’s get clear cut answers from our can-didates about where they stand on impor-tant issues such as the environment, and let’s hold them to their pre-election promises.

Dale W. ReadEast Sooke

LETTERSCont’d from page 10

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Benjamin YongSooke News Mirror

Last Saturday, about 15 members of the Sun-river Allotment Gar-dens and Food CHI got together at the garden property for a good old fashioned mud stomp-ing.

The group spent the day building a cob oven on site that will allow Sooke Region Food CHI Society members to bake things from bread to desserts in the oven that can reach up to 800 C and last for over six hours.

“It’s all wood fired, so it’s totally sustainable,” said volunteer Emily Moreland, who was the former garden mentor. “You can make a pizzas in a minute and a half.”

Moreland and the others combined dirt, sand and water and then took off their shoes and stomped up and down on the mix-ture until it turned into a liquidy substance.

“It turned out like

(concrete) then we just made these little (cob) bricks with our hands,” she said.

The entire process was led by volunteer Patrick Wass who had previous experience in cob making.

Not to be confused with corncob, a cob brick is the name of the finished material known for its heat-retaining

and environmentally-friendly qualities.

The oven features a unique metal door that was built by May-well Wickheim, owner of Sooke Marine Indus-tries. Inside, there is a firebrick floor. Every-thing was built on top of a stone foundation that was completed in August, she said.

“It was really neat

because it brought people together that had never lifted a rock before in their lives. We gathered the rock locally, well Jordan River, and then we had people who had never done it before getting their hands together and coming together building this thing.”

Submitted photos

All hands are in to flatten out a base to start building the cob oven.

Below, Alabama, 8, pitches in making cob bricks last Saturday at the Sunriver Allotment Garden.

Brick by brick an oven is built

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The foundation was built two months ago, but the idea for the oven started two years ago by a few of the gar-deners. The idea was in response to the slow food movement of tak-ing time to appreciate local food and gather-ing together as a com-munity, said Moreland.

Volunteer Phoebe Dunbar said a bonus is that a lot of the ingre-dients for whatever people are baking can come right from the garden. There are also plans to build a roof over the oven so it can be enjoyed 12 months of the year. Only mem-bers of Food CHI are able to use it for insur-ance reasons, but mem-bership is only a dollar.

Because of the damp fall conditions, the oven will undergo its first mini-fire this week-end to help with drying, and then have its first official cooking fire the following weekend.

The Sunriver Allot-ment Garden is located on Phillips Road. To contact Sooke Region Food CHI, go to: www.sookefoodchi.ca

Benjamin Yong photo

Sunriver gardeners and Sooke Region Food CHI Society members gather around the finished cob oven built last Saturday. The construction took about four hours. From clockwise back left: Tomoko Votour and baby Aki, Mary Holland, Jessica Boquist, Gord Fletcher, Lis Fletcher, Phoebe Dunbar, Emily Moreland and Jude Platzer. Below, Patrick Wass explains the process.

Sunriver garden gets a cob ovenCont’d from page 12

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O n N o v e m b e r 1 9 t h V o t e

MILNE, Wendal for MayorP


My wife, Wendy was born and raised in Sooke. I originally came here in 1969 stationedwith the RCMP followed by postings at Sooke again in 1985 and in 1994. We made Sooke our permanent home in 1985 raising our children Mark and Kendra here. I have been active in the community over the years with:

• Sooke Fire District prior to incorporation (trustee, chairman of the Board of Trustees);• Sooke Incorporation Committee (member);• Edward Milne Community School Society (founding board member);• Sooke Water Avisory Group prior to incorporation (member);

• Sooke Minor Hockey Association (referee, coach, manager, vice-president and president)• Sooke Lions Club (member); and• Sooke Legion (member).

• a council that is respected and can work together to make decisions;• reduced tax increases through careful spending;• immediate start of beautification in the downtown core;• regular consultation with the Community; and• pride and stability in Sooke.

Contact me at:

778-425-4272Email:[email protected]


I believe that we’re in this together

and we need POSITIVE CHANGE with:

I am not part of any slate or coalition and am committed to working cooperatively with whoever is elected to Council and only want to serve the best interests of the community.

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If only those trees could talk

Local videographers Jason van der Walk andhis wife Seanna created a short two-minute video to showcase the plight of old growth for-ests and for their effort they came away with first prize in a national competition. The two-minute video opens with Ralph Hull andgoes on to highlight Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew.

The “short snack” competition, for the DiscoverWorldHD, 4th Annual Short Snacks, video contest features Sooke and Port Ren-frew. It will be viewed

at the Planet in Focus film festival being heldin Toronto on Oct. 16. They will get a chance to view their submis-sion at the closing night gala of the four-day fes-tival presented by Ziya Ton co-host of Discov-ery Channel’s Daily Planet.

“His entry, If TheseTrees Could Talk received unanimous praise from our judges. The film won for its cre-ativity, original story-telling, and choice of environmental topic, among other reasons,” said the judges.

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To know him is to love him….

On Sept. 29, sur-rounded by friends and

family, Jan A. Johnson died quietly at home.He was a strong man, in mind, spirit and body, and he held onto life the same way he lived it. Hisshort struggle with can-cer offered a lesson inhow to approach death with dignity and grace.He and Mary were sup-ported by a wonderfulteam of friends and fam-ily, in particular, Mary’s sister, Marjorie True, Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Ellen Anderson, Sooke Hospice.

Jan’s creativity and humor lives on in his art. A short walk around the house atPascoe overflows with Jan’s unique vision of

the world. Jan worked in welded steel andfound objects, trans-forming metal detritusinto new and challeng-ing pieces to spark theimagination. His themes often took a whimsical approach to the human condition, using ironyin steel to examine old and new myths.

Jan’s drive as an art-ist originated in the sur-realistic school of the Indo-China wars. As a platoon leader in the U.S. Army in Vietnam,he experienced first hand the greed, cru-elty, and venality which accompanies war andits political environ-ment. This drama has fed his artistic inspira-tions and provided sub-ject material for almost 50 years of work.

Jan was born in Hulette, Wyoming inJanuary of 1943 at the same time his father was

in the hospital recover-ing from being kickedby Blackie, a favorite horse, while out on theranch caring for the cattle. Jan embodied the wisdom and cau-tion of living in a harsh environment where friends and neighbours were essential and it was wise to keep ingood terms with your neighbours, put tools

back in their correct place, and watch forfalling rock.

Although his art wasthe center of his life, Jan had a parallel pro-fessional life. Living and working internationally as a freelance transport economist for much of his professional life, Jan was known for his detailanalysis, hard work, and ability to befriend

people with extremely different backgroundsfrom himself and from each other.

Jan will remain in our memories, creating art wherever he went, be it welding tiny bureau-crats, animated crea-tures, or angry godsin his shop, sculpting an ear in the kitchenand nose in the bed-room, composing fleet-ing creations of rocks and driftwood on thebeaches of Sooke, or combining a doll found

at the dump with parts of the bicycle he neverlearned to ride in the yard. There was a spe-cial thing that happened when you were sittingat the round table with Jan, in the seats saved from the Jordan River pub. He would twist hismustache or eyebrows, chuckle, and tell sto-ries in his low, melodic voice. Jan brought peo-ple together.

There will be a memorial service at the Pascoe home

at a later date to be announced. An award has been set up in Jan’s name to be given at theSooke Fine Arts Show for best art with a polit-ical message. If you would like to partici-pate, please send dona-tions to Sooke Fine ArtsSociety, Box 471, Sooke, BC, V9Z 1H4, Canadawith “Jan Johnson” on the comment line.

Mary Alice and Carl Johnson and

Mija Lee


Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

Mezzo Soprano Marion Newman is having a very busy year.

The former Sooke resident was “On the Trail of Kaija Saa-riaho” in May, performing thesolo works of the trailblazing Finnish composer in Toronto. In April she sang the role of Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with theHamilton Opera and arias from The Barber of Seville and Cener-entola in “It Ain’t Over until the Fat Lady Sings” with the Toronto Philharmonic. She travelled to her home province in February to perform in Spirit of the One Song with the Prince George Symphony and in the same month Newman performed with the Peterborough Symphony singing two arias from Carmen and El Amor Brujo.

In Toronto she sang Canada’s national anthem for the Cana-dian Council for Aboriginal Busi-

ness gala. Just a few examples of the

range of her experience and the depth of her musical commit-ments. She has travelled around

the world from the Czech Repub-lic to Italy to Ireland. Not bad for a little girl from Sooke.

Newman “has a distinc-tive, dusky voice that suggests drama with every note,” said the Toronto Star; and she has been praised for her “superbly sinu-ous sexuality.”

Newman made her debut at the age of 16 with the Victoria Symphony, not as a singer but as a pianist.

She will be returning to Brit-ish Columbia perform with the Victoria Symphony on Oct. 15 when she sings with the Emily Carr String Quarter in the world premiere of Klee Wyck by Robin Stokes.

The performance takes place at the UVic Centre Farguhar Auditorium at 8 p.m. The perfor-mance is part of the Emily Carr Project presented by the Victo-ria Symphony in celebration of a Season of Emily.

For tickets call 250-385-6515 or go to: victoriasymphony.ca

Local mezzao soprano to perform close to home

Jan Johnson was an artist inspired by life

Pirjo Raits photo

Jan Johnson 1943-2011Jan Johnson 1943-2011

Submitted photo

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18 • ARTS www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

Film asks: Are we all insane?Exploring the

billion dollar

industry of


Awareness Film Night opens its 17th season on Oct. 12 with the film The Marketing Of Madness: Are We All Insane?

In 2007 half a million children and teenagers took at least one pre-scription for an anti-psychotic drug.

These powerful chemicals, designed originally for only the most seriously mentally troubled, are now a bil-lion dollar industry.

This 2010 film docu-ments the impact of this psychiatric-phar-

maceutical partnership which has created an $80-billion profit from peddling psychotropic drugs to an unsuspect-ing public.

The film explores the validity of psychiatrists’ diagnoses, the safety of their drugs and dis-ease mongering (selling sickness to the worried well). It exposes the truth behind slick mar-keting schemes, the ghostwriting of pub-lished studies, outright scientific deceit and asks the question: how did psychotropic drugs with no target illness, no known curative powers and a long and exces-sive list of side effects, become the go-to treat-ment for every kind of psychological distress

and how did psychia-trists espousing these drugs come to domi-nate the field of mental health treatment?

Awareness Film Night has been showing monthly films on topics normally disregarded by the mainstream media since 1994, beginning with the film Manufacturing Con-sent, Noam Chomsky’s iconic documentary that details the meth-ods used by the media to manipulate public opinion. Topics over the years have ranged from organic farming in Cuba to Palestinian Hip Hop bands; farmed salmon to the war in Afghanistan as told by an Afghani woman M.P.

A lending library of

many of the previously screened Awareness Film Night documen-taries is available to the public, generously located at the Video To Go in Sooke. The upcoming film season will feature documen-taries on smart meters, modern education’s invasion of traditional cultures world-wide, a wild trip up the West Coast and creating a farm, among many more.

The films are held on the second Wednesday of the month from Octo-ber through May at the Edward Milne Commu-nity School theatre.

Showtime is at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Pirjo Raits photo

Olympic scenery

The clouds over the Strait of Juan de Fuca are pretty in pink.




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Over the past 35 years my wife and I have shaped our painting business to accommodate the needs of seniors and their families. We offer in our prices to move all furniture and pictures, drapes etc. and clean after painting as well as putting all furniture back in place and rehanging pictures and drapes. This makes for no work for seniors or their family.

We offer the same services for senior care facilities.

For small businesses we will move fi les, desks etc and clean before putting them back. This can usually be done over a weekend which means no downtime for the business or staff.

We look forward to serving the needs of our community in the future.

TUDOR HEIGHTSTUDOR HEIGHTSPainting & Decorating Ltd.Dave and Christine Stewart Ph: 250 642 5652 Cell 250 213 [email protected]


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September was a very busy month for the Sooke Region Cham-ber of Commerce. We moved our office into the town centre.

We are now located at 1B 6631 Sooke Road, in the Sea View Cen-tre. We will be holding an open house Wednes-day, Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Our 9th Annual Golf Tournament took place Sept. 8. Registration was a little lower this year, but holding the tour-nament in September was new for the Cham-ber. Fabulous food was donated by the Sooke Harbour House, Sushi on the Sea and Stone Pipe Grill. Funds raised were just over $1,100.Special thanks to all of the businesses for your donations, sponsorship and supporting your local chamber.

Our chamber of commerce continues to grow, with new and renewed membership. Our current member-ship is now 175 mem-bers. Our newest members are: Evolu-tion Child Develop-ment Centre, Rainforest Tours, Our Town Home Maintenance, Dreams and Delights Creations, Avon Canada, Epicure Selections, GNK Insur-ance, Shine Bright Cleaners, Corsica Sys-tems, Nanotech Nutri-tionals, and Shadow Security. Welcome aboard to all! Joining the chamber is fast and easy. Whether you are a small home-based entrepreneur, not-for-

profit organization, or a large community based business — the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce works to promote commerce and business, to coordi-nate the efforts of com-merce, industry and professions in main-taining and strengthen-ing a sound and healthy business climate in the Sooke Region.

The Sooke Region Chamber has imple-mented three new programs in the past month — Chamber Markets and Chamber Learning Network and our continued Member to Member discount program. For more information on these programs, please con-

tact your chamber 250- 642-6112 or send an email to [email protected]

The Sooke Lions held our last mixer Thurs-day, Sept 29 at the Pres-tige Hotel. A great time was had by all in atten-dance. The October Mixer will be held at the chamber office Oct. 12, November Mixer TBA and our Decem-ber Mixer is scheduled - more information in an upcoming Chamber Chatter.

Four Sooke Region Chamber members attended the Tourism Vancouver Island Con-ference in Nanaimo in late September where Sooke was awarded the conference for

2012. The Sooke Region Chamber, Sooke District and Sooke Region Tour-ism Association pre-sented each delegate with a gift of smoked salmon, which was well received by all.

Chamber members: Adrenaline was awarded the 2011 Sus-tainability Award at this

year’s conference.Congratulations to

Chamber Member Jason van der Valk who took first place in a video short featuring a stand of ancient old growth trees dubbed as “Avatar Grove” Jason will head to Toronto to accept his award later this year. To view the video, please visit http://youtu.be/zzJnjb-VFkzM.

We are looking for-ward to making posi-tive changes to our Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce.

Stop by our office any time and say hello. We are always looking to hear about any new and exciting things happen-ing with your business - please share it with us - and we’ll help share it with our members.

Kari Osselton, Manager

SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2011 www.sookenewsmirror.com BUSINESS • 19


Pirjo Raits photo

The annual Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce golf tournament was a lot of fun for those who took part.



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20 • LIFESTYLES www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRRORPirjo Raits photo

Happy 99th Birthday!Joanne Warr was honoured by the Royal Bank on her birthday on Friday, Sept. 30. She was born on Sept. 30, 1912. The bank had a cake for her and she was thrilled.

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Caring for a person with dementia from a long distance presents many challenges for Sooke residents.

Develop a plan of action. Caregiv-ers should take some basic steps before vis-iting the person with dementia, she says, to create a plan that best meets their loved one’s needs.

“Talk to family mem-bers, friends, neigh-bours, their physician, health agencies and other people who are in contact with the per-son,” says Hillary.

The society’s hand-out, Assessing the Needs

of the Person with Dementia, is an easy guide and is available online at www.alzheim-erbc.org

Caregivers should identify local services needed and make appointments with ser-vice providers.

If possible, send an email prior to the appointment.

Hillary says caregiv-ers should divide the responsibilities of care with other family mem-bers, whenever possi-ble, then communicate regularly. Attend a free

monthly meeting of the society’s family care-giver support group. It meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Contact Hillary at 250-382-2052 or [email protected] for more details.

The beautiful butter-fly (photo on top right) is our very own West Coast Lorquin’s Admi-ral (Limenitis lorquini) which has managed to survive these last few years which have been very hard on our butterfly population in part becase their larva feed on a wide variety of trees and shrubs, black cotton wood, trembling aspen, wil-low, cotoneaster, gar-den apple, Oregon crab apple, ornemental Sibe-rian crab apple, hard hack, Saskatoon, choke cherry, bitter cherry and hawthorne.

As you can see by the list they are not spe-cialist feeders like the Monarch, a much larger orange and black but-terfly rarely found on the Island because we do not have milkweed, the family of plants its caterpillars thrive on.

The butterflies are having such a hard time with the weather in the last few years that we all need to be kind to ourcaterpillars.

Wing span: 47 to 71 mm.

Range west coast in the U.S.A. moving fur-

ther inland in the more northerly part of its range. Widespread in southern B.C. and Van-couver Island. flight June to August. It win-ters over as a caterpil-lar. Information: The Butterflies of Canada: Layberry, Hall & Lafon-taine

Butterflies of British Columbia: Guppy & Shepard

Here is the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) pic-tured on an eastern milkweed. This one is male. This butterfly is of special concern in B.C. as there is only one native milkweed in B.C. and it is found in the dry areas of the south-ern interior. Unfortu-nately it is considered a noxious weed. With out the milkweed there can be no Monarchs to migrate to California or Mexico for the winte,r as the caterpillars will only eat milkweeds.Monarch wing span:

93 to 105 mm. The male is distinguished by the dark spot on the wing.

Flight time June to September, overwinter, no, migrates to Califor-nia or Mexico.

Two kinds of butterflies

Submitted photos

Above, the Lorquin’s Admiral butterfly, below, the Monarch butterfly.

Dealing with long distance care for dementia

SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2011 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS • 21

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It’s that time of year again.

It’s getting dark early, it’s

raining more often and foggy

patches are here, there and

sometimes everywhere. All of

which negatively affect driving

conditions. But paying attention

to the changing weather and

using a little seasonal road

sense, helps prevent crashes

and injuries that could negatively

affect your auto insurance rates.

Practice safe

driving in adverse

weather and

remember what

to expect in the

days ahead.

When driving on

wet roads after

a prolonged dry

spell, oil on the road

tends to rise to the

surface, making for

extra slippery conditions, so be

extra cautious and slow down.

Roads that are slick with rain

can cause cars to hydroplane if

they are travelling too fast and

need to brake suddenly.

But no matter how carefully

you drive, it’s impossible to

avoid a crash if you can’t see

the road ahead. Remember

to change your windshield

wipers regularly, before their

effectiveness is reduced.

Likewise, check to see that

your vehicle’s A/C is functioning

properly and can quickly

defrost or defog windows. Keep

a combination snow-brush/

squeegee/scraper in the car

to take care of the hard stuff

like ice, frost and snow on your

windows before you drive away.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, November

6, Daylight Savings Time comes

to an end. Setting clocks back

one hour brings darkness

earlier and makes it more

difficult to see the pedestrians

and cyclists who share the road

with you. According to ICBC,

this time change is known to be

followed by an increase in the

number of crashes and injuries

on B.C. roads. So be safe and

consider driving with headlights

on, because many daytime

running lights

don’t automatically

illuminate the tail


Most important

of all, Monday

October 31 is

when thousands

of little ghosts

and goblins will

be out swarming

our streets and

neighbourhoods in search of

Halloween tricks and treats.

Most will be too young and

excited to think about road

safety and the earlier onset of

darkness. Though most children

are accompanied by adults, kids

are unpredictable, and it’s up to

drivers to stay alert for any that

may dart into traffic.

Being aware of the impending

weather and driving accordingly

will enhance the safety of all

road users during the change of

seasons. A change of season

may also mean a change in

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coming months.

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Meet bad weather with good sense.





Capital Regional District

The Capital Regional District (CRD) invites applications from residents interested in sitting on the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission to provide advice on agricultural issues in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (including Willis Point, Malahat, East Sooke, Otter Point, Shirley/Jordan River, Port Renfrew).

Up to 9 Positions, 1 Year Term The Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission makes recommendations to the Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee on land use planning matters referred to them relating to Part 26 of the Local Government Act.Meetings are scheduled as required and are normally held at the Juan de Fuca Planning office, #2 – 6868 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC. Appointments will be for a one (1) year term commencing January 2012.Send a one-page summary telling us about yourself, your area of knowledge and why you would like to serve on the Commission.Deadline for receipt of applications is October 27, 2011.Mail, fax or email your application to:Juan de Fuca Planning officePO Box 283, #2 – 6868 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0S9E: [email protected]: 250.642.1500 ext. 208F: 250.642.5274

Notice ofApplications for Membership Juan de Fuca Electoral Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission




FLYER Please note that the incorrect image was used for the LG 24.9 Cu. Ft. Stainless

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10176429) advertised on page 24 of the September 30 fl yer. This refrigerator is actually a 3-door model, NOT a 4-door

model, as previously advertised. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers.

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Benjamin Yong photo

Plain or chocolate?Girl Guides Katrina, 7, left, and Sara, 10, stood outside Coast Capital Savings last Saturday morning selling their iconic Girl Guide cookies to raise money for various activities for the year.

22 • NEWS www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 05, 2011 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

What’s Up in SookeWhat’s Up in Sooke This WeekThis WeekWed.Wed.October 5October 5COPS FOR CANCERCOPS FOR CANCER

Tour de Rock riders Tour de Rock riders will arrive at Poirier will arrive at Poirier Elementary at 1:50 Elementary at 1:50 p.m. Come to support p.m. Come to support research for pediatric research for pediatric cancer and stay for cancer and stay for food and entertainment. food and entertainment. Donations will be Donations will be accepted and you can accepted and you can also get your head also get your head shaved for the “balding of shaved for the “balding of Sooke.” Sooke.”


Sooke Harbour Sooke Harbour Toastmasters meet and Toastmasters meet and greet night at Village greet night at Village Foods from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Foods from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call Allan at 642-7520 Call Allan at 642-7520 with any questions.with any questions.

Thurs.Thurs.October 6October 6


For East Sooke volunteer For East Sooke volunteer fi refi ghters at 7 p.m., fi refi ghters at 7 p.m., 1397 Coppermine Road. 1397 Coppermine Road. New volunteers welcome! New volunteers welcome! Call 250.642.6964 or Call 250.642.6964 or email east.sooke.fi re@email east.sooke.fi [email protected].


The Sooke Family The Sooke Family Resource Society offers Resource Society offers both a discussion group both a discussion group for parents under 25 for parents under 25 years old from 11 a.m. years old from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a drop-in to 1 p.m. and a drop-in playgroup for them and playgroup for them and their children from12:30 their children from12:30 to 2 p.m. on alternating to 2 p.m. on alternating Thursdays. Call 250-642-Thursdays. Call 250-642-5152 for specifi c dates.5152 for specifi c dates.

Fri.Fri.October 7October 7


Free lunch every Friday Free lunch every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church on Murray Road. Church on Murray Road. Everyone welcome.Everyone welcome.


Cutlery included, but Cutlery included, but bring your appetite. bring your appetite. Starts at 6 p.m. at the Starts at 6 p.m. at the Sooke Legion.Sooke Legion.

Sat.Sat.October 8October 8


Every Saturday at the Every Saturday at the Sooke Legion at 3 p.m. Sooke Legion at 3 p.m. Tickets are a dollar each. Tickets are a dollar each. Good luck!Good luck!

ROAD SAFETYROAD SAFETYRoadmasters Safety Roadmasters Safety Group is offering a Group is offering a course on air brakes at course on air brakes at the Westshore Centre the Westshore Centre for Training on Oct. 8 for Training on Oct. 8 and 9. Call 250-391-and 9. Call 250-391-9002 to register or visit 9002 to register or visit www.roadmasters.org/www.roadmasters.org/coursereg.html.coursereg.html.

Mon.Mon.October 10October 10


Starts at 7 p.m. sharp at Starts at 7 p.m. sharp at Sooke Legion.Sooke Legion.


Beware the sleepy Beware the sleepy effects of tryptophan after effects of tryptophan after eating a plate (or three) eating a plate (or three) of turkey and all the of turkey and all the fi xings. Take a walk and fi xings. Take a walk and get some fresh air before get some fresh air before getting behind the wheel.getting behind the wheel.

Sun.Sun.October 9October 9

OPEN MIC NIGHTOPEN MIC NIGHTDrop by the 17 Mile Drop by the 17 Mile House Pub and catch a House Pub and catch a musical act or two during musical act or two during their weekly open mic their weekly open mic night. Open until 11 p.m. night. Open until 11 p.m.

SLOW FOOD CYCLESLOW FOOD CYCLERide through ocean front Ride through ocean front and country roads to and country roads to tour farms, homes and tour farms, homes and businesses from 10 a.m. businesses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register today to 4 p.m. Register today at EMCS at 9 a.m.at EMCS at 9 a.m.

Tues.Tues.October 11October 11


At Harbour Medical Clinic At Harbour Medical Clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. For more from 4 to 7 p.m. For more info call 250+642-4233.info call 250+642-4233.


VIHA’s Sooke Health VIHA’s Sooke Health Unit is hosting a talk on Unit is hosting a talk on post partum exercise at post partum exercise at the Sooke Child, Youth & the Sooke Child, Youth & Family Centre (CASA) at Family Centre (CASA) at 2145 Townsend Rd. from 2145 Townsend Rd. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call 250-642-5464 with any 250-642-5464 with any questions.questions.

All Community events which purchase a display ad will now appear in our current community event calendar at no charge. All FREE EVENTS will be listed at no charge. Space permitting.



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LOOKING BACKA trip back through

the Sooke News Mirror time machine...

Oct 6, 2010No vacancy

The Sooke River Hotel filled up with visitors one last time for the final meat draw before the doors closed on Oct. 1.

Standing room only, there was also a $300 50/50 draw for top “grandpa,” raffle prizes, and an auction led by Sooke News Mirror pub-lisher Rod Sluggett.

It was the end of a 30-year tradition of giv-ing to charity at the hotel known to locals as “The Castle.” Each year, patrons would buy tick-ets for the meat draws, with proceeds going to local sports groups and charities.

Kenny Rittaler gave away the last cheques to representatives from community groups like the Lions/Lioness clubs, the Sooke Food Bank, Sooke Hospice and Meals on Wheels.

Oct. 4, 2006 Sooke raps

In Sooke he might be Colin Harris, but every-where else he hopes to be known as hip hop artist St. Kelly.

Born and raised in town, he is about to release his self-pro-duced, self marketed album Tip of the Ice-berg.

He has lived in Victo-ria for a couple of years but returns often to the recording/production facility that doubles as his dad’s house in the village core.

The 23-year-old cre-ative force is passion-ate about his music and also the entire techni-cal process involved in making it accessible to the public. He has worked (or will work) with contemporaries including Cuban Friday, Guy Woods and Milz.

Oct. 3, 2001 Ambulance service

births child

New mother Sherri Ostropolski received service from B.C. ambu-

lance staff that went above and beyond the call of duty.

On Sept. 14 at 1:55 a.m., Ethan Alexander, seven days overdue, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz was

born on a stretcher in the back of a B.C. ambu-lance van.

“It was a natural birth in every sense of the word,” said Ostropol-ski.

Natural and brief. At 1:15 a.m. her water

broke. about to go to the hospital, she knew the baby was coming out and told her hus-band to call 911. The

ambulance arrived in about eight minutes.

Oct. 2, 1996Friendlier year for

West Coast Trail

The last hikers of the season set out for the West Coast Trail Mon-day, and this year mis-haps were down on the rugged trail.

Running from the Gordon River trail-head in Port Renfrew to the Pacheena Bay trailhead in Bamfield, Ron Hooper, superin-tendent of the Pacific Rim National Park said there have been fewer incidents.

“In previous years we responded to between 60 and 70 emergency rescues. With this sea-son drawing to a close we’re running about half of that,” said Hooper.

Most accidents are relatively minor, where victims are able to walk out with little assis-tance. Some cases are more severe with heli-copter lifts off the trail being required.

Oct. 2, 1991 Foghorn toots good-


The foghorn at the end of Whiffin Spit is a familiar sight, but after March 31 it will be replaced by a bellbouy located off Company Point near the entrance to Sooke Harbour.

Fred Switzer, regional head of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, said he had been informed of the move by Cliff Crow, dis-trict superintendent of Aids to Navigation.

Switzer said Crow (who was unavailable for comment due to the current public ser-vice strike) “is not that much of a believer of the foghorn, because it is non-directional and isn’t heard too far out into the strait.”

The last meat draw

File photo

Debby Davies, Rod Sluggett and Kenny Rittaler had a good laugh at the last meat draw hosted by the Sooke River Hotel last October. The meat draw funds went to support many local charities and sports groups.

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Weigh-in starts @ 10:00 a.m.Weigh-in starts @ 10:00 a.m.Final weigh-in 2:00 p.m.Final weigh-in 2:00 p.m.

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Amanda Emily Ann AndersonFeb. 22, 1989 – Oct. 6, 2006

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:21Tomorrow it will be 5 years since Mandy has become our treasure in Heaven. Because eternity has been set in our hearts we can live with a peace that passes all understanding. We can rest in this peace because we know that, when Mandy was still here she made the verbal choice of choosing eternity with God. Our hearts, and bodies ache to see her again, and until we are reunited, we will continue to mourn like those who have hope.





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THANK YOU to all the special people that came to my aid during and after my vehicle ac-cident on September 23rd on Sooke Rd. Special acknowl-edgement to Ambulance staff, the Trauma Unit and Doctors and staff at VGH. Joy B. and Family.


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Benjamin YongSooke News Mirror

It was a busy soc-cer Friday at Fred Milne Park with

both the men and womens’ div-1 teams taking to the field, nei-ther returning to their respective locker rooms with a loss.

First up were the Pumas vs. the Bays United FC at 6 p.m. Sooke drew first blood with Siona Charlie-Rees burying the ball after the BUFC goalie misjudged it in midair.

Moments later, Law-ren Pallot put away a rebound off of a Taralyn Devocht shot that made it 2-0 before the first 20 minutes were up.

“We were causing constant pressure,” said Puma head coach Robin Saxl, who was experimenting with the lineup for the new sea-son. The team picked up some new players during tryouts includ-ing new goalie Lydia Naomi. They needed the extra bodies, because number one sniper Brogan Boyer hit

the ground awkwardly after a shot attempt that took her out for the rest of the game with a knee injury.

After the half, BUFC came alive and tied the game up 2-2. Saxl attrib-uted the comeback to some substitution mis-matches with the Vic-toria team but retook control in the last few minutes with captain Lindsay Jenkins scoring the winning third goal.

“We let (BUFC) push us in too much,” he said. “We were pinned in there for a while,

our midfielders have to come front.”

Saxl, who has been president of the Sooke Soccer Club for the last four years, stepped up as coach of the Pumas this year after the team basically played with-out one last season. He said the immediate goal for his players is for them to get to know each other better.

“What we’re doing this week is we’re try-ing to challenge the team to gel as a team.”

The Celtic, whose core lineup is still

largely intact, have no problem gelling. It was a chilly clear night but the men’s team heated up quickly scoring about 20 minutes in against Nanaimo United FC. Their goalie made a save off a free kick by player coach Ste-ven Scott, but couldn’t stop the rebound that was put in by Doug Armstrong making it 1-0 before the half. The roaring sound of a chainsaw filled the air as the crowd of about 40 people hollered and hooted.

After the break, Sooke’s white and green stripes wouldn’t be able to solve the NUFC defence again

and Nanaimo tied it up.“It was a long ball into

the box, it just kind

Continued on page 31


Benjamin Yong photos

Sooke Puma number 13 Mel Headen, left, tries to tame a spinning soccer ball while challenged by a Bays United FC defender during their match on Friday night; Cassy Van Eyke, above, sprints to beat BUFC number 11 to their goal; Below, Sooke Celtic div-1 men’s Cameron Fischer in the green and white stripes attempts to dribble past a Nanaimo United player while being closely watched by an official.

Sooke undefeated in weekend soccer showdown

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With football, hockey, basketball and a whole list of other active teams in Sooke, there is no shortage of sports in this town. Soon, com-petitive horseshoes will also be thrown into the mix.

Construction began this month on 20,000 sq. ft. of horseshoe courts and parking on land currently occu-pied by brush and trees adjacent to Fred Milne Park on Sooke River Road.

“We hope to get everything cleared off this fall and possibly get some grass seed put in and just make it like a park,” said Rick Hobday, who’s head-ing the project. “In the spring, we’re going to start putting the pits in, we’ll probably be play-ing next spring.”

Hobday has been playing horseshoes for over 10 years, and is part of a four-man team with Gordon Butts, Fred Shambrook and District of Sooke Coun. Ron Dumont. The quar-tet currently plays at the Victoria Horseshoe Club off of Glanford Ave.

“It’s a long way to drive every time you want to go in to play,” he said.

The game involves trying to throw a cast iron horseshoe — liter-ally what it sounds like, although modern incar-nations are much larger than the traditional horseshoes that were used — onto a stake, or peg, in the ground. The object is to throw a “ringer,” or a horse-shoe that completely encircles the peg.

The land was origi-

nally going to be used to create a parking lot to accommodate the over-flow of cars on game days at Fred Milne. The idea of a park was intro-duced, and then Hob-day said why not incor-porate both and have horseshoe pits put in with parking all around. Coun. Dumont pitched the idea to council, who approved.

Initially, eight courts will be put in, with another eight on the way. Butts said eventu-ally they’d like to get a total of 24 built, so that they can host provincial and national champion-

ships like the Victoria club. Before anything can be officially built though, there is still one thing to be done.

“We have a $3,000 grant from the dis-trict — basically what we’re waiting for right now is the change from agricultural use to non-use for the land so we can start constructing pits (rectangular area around the peg). But in the meantime, we’re just clearing this off and cutting down the trees.”

Known as the Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Club, they will start

recruiting members of all ages soon. Butts said he was particularly interested in trying to get juniors to come out and play the game, since the demographic for the game tends to be older. The club is also looking for volun-teers.

“There’s going to be all kinds of work,” said Hobday. There doesn’t have to be any kind of commitment, there will be people working on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. “If they come down, somebody will be here.”

Lucky horseshoes come to townBenjamin Yong photos

H o r s e s h o e enthusiast Gordon Butts, left, snags a horseshoe using a “hook.” He is standing on land that is undergoing construction right now to build courts and parking. Inset: a compet i t ion horseshoe made from cast iron.

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Benjamin YongSooke News Mirror

With martial arts, it is often said that the student eventually becomes the teacher. And that is exactly what happened with the Sooke Martial Arts Association.

Starting as a club over 30 years ago, Sooke Martial Arts became a registered non-profit organization last November. Started by Ian Milne and then taken over by Jim Beckett, it is currently headed by sensei Carl Scott, who was actually a student as a child, said fellow sensei and instructor Nicky Log-ins.

“Carl has been with the club since he was 11 years old, he’s got his own kids now,” said Logins.

As an organization, instead of having one owner, the responsibili-ties of day-to-day oper-ations are now looked after by families and the seven instructors, like Logins who also has been with the club for several years.

“I watched my kids do it for two years and I couldn’t sit there watching anymore, and when I did start it was just so much fun and so empowering that I stayed with it, and now I’m the only one that’s left,” she said, laughing.

Her entire family attained high levels in shotokan karate, the style of martial arts orig-inating from Okinawa,

Japan that the organiza-tion teaches. Students learn all the forms, also called kata, that include sparring, self defence and weapons technique, as well as discipline and respect. There are seven belt levels leading up to black, or teacher level: white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown.

It’s not necessary for newcomers to have any

previous experience, and Logins said it’s just as much for parents, uncles and aunts as it is for youngsters. Ages of students range from five to 65.

Crazy for karate

Continued on page 31

‘martial arts is really a family affair’

--Nicky Logins

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Sooke Martial Arts Association students, above, practice correct form. Below, sensei Nicky Logins offers some personal training.

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The Sooke Peewee A team ventured north this past Saturday for a heated contest against the peewee A tier 3 Oceanside Generals. Prior to the game at the same rink the peewee team took in our Sooke Atom Development team squeezing out a victory 9-8 against the top Oceanside team. Turning to the game there were over 70 hits recorded and the boys

from Sooke seem to be adjusting nicely to the physical contact with clean checking.

The opening goal by Ryan Cornbill was a fierce slapshot from the point. Strong back and forth continued throughout the first and second period with some strong rushes by Ty Didmon. Oceans-ide’s strong puck move-ment and driving to the net and quick move-ment to the puck net-ted a 4-1 victory.

Sunday saw the lads from Sooke venture to heated rival Raquet Club and also saw the return to the bench of assistant coach Kevin

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Sooke Atom C2 played two exhibition games this weekend against Juan de Fuca and Saanich Atom C2. Both games were hard fought with Sooke win-ning 6-5 against JDF and losing 5-3 against Saan-ich. Goals were scored by Jacob Barney, Thomas Lowerison, Josh Danielson, Noah Hamilton and Keefe Monteiro.

of bounced away and two of their big guys backed into our goalie,” said Scott.

He said his team ran out of steam near the end because they had a week off of play due to the cancellation of last

week’s game against Lakehill because of a last-minute schedule change. The Celtic were also missing centre back Pete McKay who is away until the end of the month after being called up to play for the Vancouver Island Uni-versity Mariners soccer

team.Scott and his squad

will be working on cre-ating better chances and finishing on them for this Friday’s 7 p.m. home game against Gorge.

“That’s a big one for us for sure. Gorge is a good team.”

Soccer, continued from page 27

“We like to promote the idea that martial arts is really a family affair,” she said, who added there are quite a few families that prac-tice together.

“We forget how much fun (the kids are) hav-ing.”

Sooke Martial Arts practices on Mondays and Thursdays out of their dojo at the com-munity hall on Shields Road. There are two streams — junior (age five to 10) classes are from 6 to 6:45 p.m. with seniors (10 and up) right after from 7 until around 8 p.m.

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