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  • JOYFUL NOISE Band students from Jour-ney and EMCS fundraise

    for competitions. Page B1

    Your community, your classi eds B13 75Wednesday, DECEMBER 5, 2012

    Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page B1Sports/stats Page A14

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    SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O RNew anglers coalition hopes to lobby OttawaSharron HoSooke News Mirror

    A new society has been formed to lobby differ-ent levels of government against the decline of the recreational fishery on South Vancouver Island.

    The South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalitionhas an objective to educate municipal, provincial andfederal levels of government on the social and economicimportance of the regions fishery to increase accessfor all Canadians.

    The purpose of the soci-ety is to act as a lobbying voice for the angling com-munity of South Vancou-ver Island. We want to see the stop in the decline of the fishery that weve been witnesses over the last 10 years, said ChristopherBos, SVIAC president.

    In other words we want to return and rebuild the robust, thriving fisheries that we had on South Van-couver Island historically. Its important that we have abundant, healthy fish pop-ulations and we would like to see our wild fish given more respect by our govern-ment and more emphasis on rebuilding those stocks that are of concern.

    We are anglers that need to get the message out about the social significance and the importance of angling to the lifestyles of many peo-ple who live on South Van-couver Island as well as the

    economic impact that webring when we have a thriv-ing fishery.

    Bos stated over the course of 10 years, hes observed increased restrictions and a massive decline of local fisheries like coho, chinook and halibut.

    When I say decline, I use the term of 50 per cent ofour fishing time in the last decade is now under heavyrestrictions or closed com-pared to a decade ago, hesaid.

    We believe the Depart-ment of Fisheries and Ocean is using the reduction of fishing opportunities for commercial, recreational, and the First Nations as a method of recovery, which has proven to be histori-cally a failure.

    He said the DFO is not addressing the root prob-lem in fish stock decline, which could be a result from massive overfishing from commercial fleets, climate changes, destruction of habitat overtime or human caused activities.

    We dont believe that its all nature caused as to why there are these declines and we believe that we can through our lobbying efforts create a positive change, Bos said. Im not saying theres not conservation con-cern on some of the fish, but we believe thats not being addressed properly.

    One of the long-term goals of the society is to hire a full-time lobbyist in Ottawa who

    will speak on behalf of SouthVancouver Island anglers. A position that will come ata hefty price of between $100,000 to $120,000.

    Bos acknowledged the organization has a long road ahead.

    The organization, became a society in July and had its first meeting on Nov. 27 inLangford.

    We had about 125 peopleattend our meeting and we signed up over 60 per centof attendants as members on the spot, Bos said.

    As a new organization, the society has identified the four following tasks:

    Development of a strong membership base.

    Development of a three-year business plan to iden-tify the key components such as details on the professional lobbyists,whether or not to take legal action on issues of impor-tance, and how to proceed with activism cam-paigns.

    Perform an economic study on the fishery of South Vancouver Island for lobbying efforts.

    Introduce themselves and educate all politicians within the SVIAC jurisdic-tion on fresh water and salt water angling on South Van-couver Island. Attain their support for lobbying efforts in Ottawa.

    Generation of a large amount of funds.

    Info at: www.anglerscoali-tion.com.

    Sharron Ho photo

    Lighting up!Sooke Fire Rescue Service volunteer firefighter, Dave Adamson, climbs a fire truck ladder to decorate the Evergreen Centre kiosk with a snowflake light. The District of Sooke, Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and local businesses partnered to decorate municipal trees in the town core with battery operated lights. The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is also encouraging different businesses to light up store-front trees.

    Angela Bailey photo

    HonourMaestro Norman Nelson, was presented with a Queens Jubilee medal on Dec. 1 by MP Randall Garrison, left.

    Pinning on the medal is Sooke P h i l h a r m o n i c O r c h e s t r apresident Pat Phillips, right.

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  • Development Vari-ance

    District of Sooke coun-cil, at the regular meet-ing on Nov. 26 granted a Development Variance Permit to properties at 2174 and 2175 French Road South. The Land Use and Environment Committee had recom-mended that the follow-ing variance be allowed in the proposed subdi-vision: A relaxation of the front lot line set-backs for garage; and a relaxation of the rear lot line for the principle building.

    Lease of Kaltasin Works Yard

    Three non-profit groups and two com-mercial enterprises are looking to do business at the Kaltasin Works Yard.

    A Request for Pro-posal was put out and the non-profits organi-zations; Juan de Fuca Marine Rescue Society, Sooke Region CHI/Vol-unteer Centre, Sooke Community Arts Coun-cil expressed interest in the space. The com-mercial enterprises were the Canadian Sig-nal Company Inc. and Ellice Recycle Ltd.

    Discussion around the council table ensued and Mayor

    Wendal Milne said the district needed some financial basis for this area and stated, I per-sonally dont want to throw out the revenue maker.

    The district was receiving close to $28,000 for rental of the premises from Cana-dian Signal Co. (CSC) who leased on a month-to-month basis.

    Ellice Recycle is pro-posing a waste and recycle facility with a lease rate to be negoti-ated (@$65,000). A con-siderable investment would be required and the operation would not be in place until mid-2013. There are some issues with the type of operation and rezoning which would have to take place.

    The Juan de Fuca Marine Rescue Society is looking for continued placement of the cur-rent portable classroom and would enter into a shared lease arrange-ment. A lease rate has not been negotiated.

    The Sooke Region CHI wished office, meet-ings and storage space for the volunteer centre and member agencies. They want the office building and two stor-

    age bays and are also open to sharing.

    The Sooke Commu-nity Arts Council wants gallery space and artists workshops in four stor-age bays. They also seek shared arrangements.

    The owner of CSC came forward and said that his company, which deals with green technology, is looking at business in excess of $100 million over the next five years, trans-lating into 400 jobs. He said he needs space currently for 50 employ-ees. He said he is not sure where he stands as far as leasing space at the works yard and if

    that didnt work out for him he would look at relocating to Langford or Colwood.

    I need everything, he said. Its already in motion, its already happening.

    Council directed staff to work on lease arrangements for the non-profit groups and CSC. A rezoning will have to occur and staff will bring a report back to council.

    Council signed a let-ter of support to the Ministry of Environ-ment so Atwater Land-ing (the former Grouse Nest) may enter into discussions with the

    MOE for the pre-reg-istration of a satellite treatment plant.

    ReportsCouncil received a

    lengthy report from Fire Chief Steve Sorensen on the sinking of a com-mercial fishing vessel on Oct. 9. Council dis-cussed the fact that it took a lengthy time for responsible agencies to respond and that the Coast Guard boat could not be used.

    Mayor Wendal Milne said they needed to find out who in the Coast Guard was in charge of such incidents and why they couldnt use their boat since it was sitting on

    our dock in our harbour.Discussion ensued

    on whos responsibility it was for marine acci-dents.

    In 2009 there was talk of the fire department acquiring a fire boat.

    This thing concerns me, said Milne. But were not prepared to buy a boat.

    Council will also be looking at developing a policy for donations and sponsorships. Council felt it was appropriate to develop a framework for monies requested and to apply a standard for every group requesting fund-ing.

    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS A3

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    SANTA CLAUS RUN

    THE ANNUAL SANTA Claus Run takes place soon.

    THE SCHEDULE WILL be printed on the paper grocery bags which will be distributed in the Sooke News Mirror.

    LIGHT EM UP

    IF YOU PLAN to decorate your home and yard for the holidays, call the Sooke News Mirror with your address (250-642-5752) and we will include it on our list which we will publish in the coming weeks.

    SANTA BREAKFAST

    COME HAVE BREAKFAST with Santa on Dec. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Sooke Community Hall.

    SANTA PARADE

    BE DOWNTOWN ON Dec. 9 at 3:30 for the Santa Parade. Bring the kids for hot dogs (TD Bank), goodies and pictures at Modern Mortgage and bring a non-perishable ite, to donate to the Sooke Food Bank. Expect isolated showers.

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    Soon, the annual decorating of the Christmas tree will begin.

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    Picture your pet with SantaFundraiser for animal rescueSharron HoSooke News Mirror

    Sookes furry, four-legged residents are being given the chance to meet and have their photo taken with Santa in support of two animal rescue organizations.

    Its Over Rover, a local dog training business, is hosting Santa Pet Photos on Dec. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m both days.

    Jacklyn Orza, Its Over Rover owner, said people can bring in their dogs and cats to have a photo snapped with Santa for $10 a piece. The shots can either be of one individual pet or as many animals as a frame permits.

    All proceeds will be given to two animal rescue organizations, which have been short-listed to Turtle Gardens in Topley, B.C., and the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders.

    Although Turtle Gardens is not based in the region, Orza said

    they have several foster families in Victoria and Sooke.

    Even though they may not seem too local, a lot of their dogs come out towards this area. Victoria actually gets a lot of dogs from all over B.C. -- apparently people in Victoria are very dedicated rescuers.

    The photos will be taken by Allana Brooks, of Kushti Photography. All photos will be

    sent electronically to patrons.

    Shes currently looking around for a really nice back drop, and were going to lay down a brown rug of some sort and have Santa sitting there with all of the dogs and cats around him, Orza laughed.

    It should be lots of fun.

    Otter Point Vet will also be collecting

    food donations for the Sooke Food Bank, and pet food, which will be supplied to the Sooke Animal Food Bank and Rescue Society.

    Santa Pet Photos was conceived and hosted by local pet shop and grooming salon, Wiskers and Waggs, last year.

    The event will take place at Its Over Rover training facilities on 3312 Otter Point Rd. Participants will receive free treats, and there will be several draw prizes from local businesses.

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  • SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS A5

    LOOKING BACKA trip through the

    Sooke News Mirror archives:

    Dec. 2, 1998Fish farm under

    attackA local fish farmer

    says a naturally occur-ring algae bloom, not disease or toxins pro-duced from his aqua-culture business, was responsible for a sub-stantial fish kill at his Sooke Basin enterprise.

    Prime Pacific Sea Farms Harry Hammer was responding to alle-gations made Tuesday by The David Suzuki Foundation and other fish farm opponents.

    David Suzuki Founda-tion fish farm consultant Lynn Hunter advised the media The Alliance Against Fish Farms was holding a news confer-ence Tuesday after the Sooke News Mirror went to press.

    Hunter said the con-ference centers around a video tape shot by local residents who observed truck loads of dead fish being hauled out of the fish farm over the past six weeks.

    On Nov. 11 residents video taped fish farm

    workers haul out 24 totes alone. There are 1,200 pounds on each tote.

    Hunter said the dead fish were trucked up a gated road in Sooke where they were pre-sumably disposed of.

    Hammer refused to be specific about the number of fish that were lost, only saying that it was substantial.

    Hammer said he wit-ness East Sooke resi-dent Gloria Graham video taping workers collecting and hauling off the dead fish.

    Here I am dealing with this loss and my good neighbour is sit-ting on the shore video taping it, Hammer said.

    Dec. 6, 2000Local ornithologists

    to keep eye on the birdies for Christmas count

    Two days before Christmas, another annual event is taking place in Sooke.

    The 101st annual Christmas bird count will take flight at 8 a.m. and wind down at sun-set on Dec. 23.

    It provides a snap-shot of the relative

    numbers of bird in North America at one particular time of the year, said Sooke resi-dent Jack McLeod.

    Last year, 38 bird-watchers counted an amazing total of 25,815 birds representing a whopping 104 differ-ent species just in the Sooke count area. The B.C. bird species champ is Ladner where 138 species were sighted in 1999.

    This area here is one of the best, said McLeod, 72, who was introduced to bird watching as a nine year old when he was given a little red bird book by a family friend.

    Dec. 6, 2006Development Cost

    Charges outlinedThe Committee

    of the Whole met in Sooke Council Cham-bers Monday night to hear from Fraser Smith of Urban Systems Ltd. about development cost charges (DCCs).

    Also covered dur-ing the meeting was a presentation from Ron Drolet of B.C. Transit, and discussion on a proposed bylaw con-cerning the control of

    fireworks in the District of Sooke.

    What is sought is a method of financing municipal growth that is spread equitably among present and future residents, devel-opers and various lev-els of government.

    Some of the criteria looked at by an out-fit like Urban Systems relates to the percent-age of single, family dwellings, multi-family units, etc. For example, consultants assume a higher average number of residents in a single family dwelling than in other forms of housing.

    A high load on local roadways and wastewa-ter systems is therefore projected as regards to one unit, and charges are based accordingly.

    Dec. 7, 2011Inaugural meeting

    of District of Sooke council

    The council cham-bers at the municipal hall was full to over-flowing as members of the public, family and friends came to see the fourth council take office on Dec. 5.

    The official ceremony was punctuated with

    clapping and broad smiles as each council-lor took their oath of office and Mayor Wen-dal Milne gave his inau-gural address.

    Milne thanked the previous council and especially former mayor Janet Evans for her 12 years serving the community.

    It was a huge com-mitment, I think, said Milne.

    He vowed that there would be changes com-ing all with the intent of cutting spending in all ares of the districts budget.

    He said there were plans already in place for many initiatives, but each of those deci-sions cost money and he wanted to ensure a balanced budget.

    He said in these uncertain economic times it was important to have sustainability for taxpayers.

    Council and staff need to start doing businesses in a new way, said Milne.

    He wants to control spending and stop tax increases, stating that it would be a tough task.

    Sharron Ho photo

    Left, Brianna Shambrook, project manager for the Sooke Region Museums artifact and archive re-organization, cleans up and checks item numbers on artifacts in a historical doll house. Right, Beth Boyce, project assistant, goes through the Sooke Region Museums basketry exhibit.

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    It is opportune as many cultures make cabbage rolls for Christ-mas. You can cook and cool these and freeze them for Christmas or for quick meals with veggies, meat and rice rolled into one.

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    1 cup brown or white, rice ( partially cooked)

    1 tsp each salt and pepper and papika.

    Saute one chopped onion and 2 cloves gar-lic in bacon fat if you have or in butter.

    Have one head of savoy cabbage, if you can find it, or a regular large cabbage

    1 jar of tomato juice and or soup base or boullion.

    Put a large pot of water on to boil; add 2 tbsp. vinegar and 2 tbsp. salt. ( This is if you do not have a soured cabbage head).

    Core the cabbage and put into the boiling water, core side down, making sure the water covers the entire head. When the color begins to change, lift out the cabbage with a large fork in the core end and begin to peel off the wilted, leaves into a bowl. Return to water if the leaves do not come off easy and are still raw (careful not to cook too much).

    As the leaves cool enough, cut the b ridge off the cabbage leaf and put these into your roasting pan along with some bacon strips or some bacon fat.

    Mix the raw ground meat with the partially cooked rice, spices and sauteed onions and gar-lic.

    Place one large table-spoon of filling on each leaf and roll up, tucking in the ends carefully to keep the filling in.

    Place into the roasting pan tightly together.

    When all cabbage rolls are filled, cover 2/3 with water and add tomato juice. You may

    add boullion to the water or add soup base in place of water.

    If you have any small leaves left over they can be put on top.

    If I dont have sour cabbage heads, I put a jar of sauerkraut on top of the cabbage rolls to enhance the flavor.

    Cook slowly, at 300F for 1-2 hours.

    Remember to check the fluid level to keep the cabbage rolls almost covered by add-ing boiling water.

    Serve with sour cream or ketchup.

    If you double the recipe, you will need to cook for up to 3 hours at the same tempera-ture.

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    Decorate for charity: Festival of Trees

    Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    Different local businesses decorated Christmas trees in support of the BC Childrens Hospital on Nov. 30 at the Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Complex (SEAPARC).

    The event marked the fourth annual Festival of

    Trees in Sooke, which saw 13 trees sponsored and decorated by local non-profits, private businesses and families.

    According to Elizabeth Olsen, event co-ordinator, the trees were sponsored at $250 each.

    When you sponsor a tree you get a tree and you get all the

    lights... so all the companies have to do is come in and bring in their decorations and decorate, she said.

    Local residents can drop by anytime between Nov. 30 and Jan. 4 to donate and cast a ballot towards their favourite tree.

    All proceeds will be given to the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation.

    We have little ballot envelopes and what they do is they just check off what their favourite tree is and put a donation into the envelope and return it into the centre, Olsen said.

    Its a great event just in terms of how much the BC Children Hospital helps families here in Sooke.

    In 2011, 2,400 children from Vancouver Island

    used the hospitals facilities, of whom 199 were from Sooke.

    Last year, the event had trees at SEAPARC and the Prestige Oceanfront Resort. A total of $5,700 was raised.

    A couple of our trees last year couldve put the trees downtown to shame. People go all out, but definitely, theres been some amazing trees, Olsen said.

    Throughout the evening, judges, Mayor Wendal Milne, Dave Evans from the Stick, dressed as alter-ego Paprika Maple, and Mary Brooke ranked the trees in first, second and third place for best decorated tree.

    The Sooke Monterossi was crowned first, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce earned second, and the Sooke

    Legion was given third. Recognition will also

    be given to the tree that raises the most money at a later date.

    The event also took place in Vancouver, Port Alberni, and Victoria at the Fairmont Empress hotel.

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    On the right, the winning tree decorated by Sooke Montessori, above Mayor Wendal Milne awards the first place trophy to six-year-old Nya for the the Sooke Monterossi tree on Nov. 30.

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  • A8 EDITORIAL www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    EDITORIAL Rod Sluggett PublisherPirjo Raits EditorSharron Ho ReporterThe 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

    B.C. Views Whatever happens in the provin-

    cial election five months from now, taxpayers should insist that it be the last spring vote.

    Now I know this isnt sexy like the horse race of popularity polls so loved by the TV news. But integrity of public financial information is the next vital step in democratic reform, even more important than schedu-led election dates. And the B.C. tradi-tion of tabling untested election bud-gets, shutting down the legislature and firing up the campaign buses, has to end.

    The B.C. Liberals are on track to surpass the NDP on fudge-it budgets, having put millions into TV ads that insist the 2013 budget will struggle into the black. This is the hill Christy Clark has chosen to die on.

    Glen Clark set the modern bar with his 1996 election budget. After a run of red ink, it conjured a tidy little surplus that helped the NDP squeak out a win over the plaid-shirted Gor-don Campbell.

    Campbells noisy exit had its roots in his 2009 fudge-it budget, which clung to an outdated $500-million deficit forecast that had already melted down along with banks, auto makers and U.S. real estate. After the election, British Columbians found out we were really $2.8 billion in the red.

    Not one to waste a good crisis, Campbell ordered the harmonized sales tax.

    Now Premier Clark and Finance Minister Mike de Jong are proposing to balance the budget and shut down the HST money machine.

    Clark gave a speech in Coquitlam the day before last weeks budget update, warning it wont be pretty. And its not. In September the cur-rent-year deficit forecast jumped above $1 billion, largely due to a glut of natural gas. The latest update pushed it near $1.5 billion.

    Natural gas royalties are bumping along the bottom, no big change there. But now coal prices and shi-pments are down, and a slow real estate market has pinched the flow of cash from Bill Vander Zalms legacy, the property purchase tax.

    I erred in a previous column, saying this years deficit is partly due to a staged repayment of federal HST transition money. Not so.

    That entire $1.6 billion was boo-ked in last years budget, pushing that deficit to a record $3 billion. This means the current $1.5 billion bleeder is based strictly on current revenues, debt servicing and spen-ding.

    So how is this sucking chest wound going to suddenly heal next spring? De Jong provided an early version of his answer in his Septem-ber financial statement. Amazingly, it projects a recovery of more than

    $100 million in natural gas royalties next year. Hmmm. Liquefied natural gas exports to Asia are still years away, and the U.S., our only current energy export customer, is deve-loping its own huge shale gas and shale oil reserves.

    In another forecasted miracle, sales tax revenue is expected to dip by a mere $120 million as the old pro-vincial sales tax returns next year. In 2014 it is projected to bounce right back to where it is today, around $6.1 billion.

    Thats odd. When former finance minister Kevin Falcon announced the transition back to PST last May, he described annual revenue loss of about $500 million the first year, and more than $600 million the next.

    Granted, business investment cre-dits and HST rebates to the poor also end, saving the government a pile of cash as this significant tax reform dies.

    But it still looks like another fud-ge-it budget, designed to help ano-ther premier avoid the political gra-veyard at the foot of Deficit Hill.

    Tom Fletcher is legislative repor-ter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com

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    Will truth die on Deficit Hill?

    Bylaw is not yet set in stone

    OUR VIEW

    District of Sooke council is struggling with trying to make sense of Bylaw 500 and the implications for residents and businesses in Sooke. It is an extremely complicated document and deserves extra consideration before any decisions are made. Decisions which could impact those properties that had their zoning changed without prior notice.

    An open house on Bylaw 500 will be held this evening from 4 to 8 p.m. at the municipal

    hall council chambers. Presentations by district staff will be made at 5 and 7 p.m.

    This is an opportunity for residents whos property may be affected to come and ask questions and get answers. It might be

    smart for residents with larger properties and commercial properties to check to see what their zoning is and what can be done or not done with their properties in the future. Some residents already discovered huge implications when they went to subdivide. Thus the review of the bylaw in the first place.

    Mayor Wendal Milne, on Dec. 3 at a Special Council Meeting made the decision to delay the deadline for the completion of the bylaw so that council could grapple with the content of the bylaw. This was a wise move as rushing to meet a deadline would not be in the best interests of the taxpayers and the district. Now council can pour over the details and make decisions which will return some property rights and zonings.

    Were the authors of our own mix up here, said Milne.

    Open house on Bylaw 500 tonight...

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    a letter Public should know it was incor-rectly stated that the district did not legally have to divulge issues related to personnel. In fact, the contract, wage rate, etc. should be publicly available.

    (http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ ID/freeside/10_371_93) and the FOI-POP Act, section 22 (4) A dis-closure of personal information is not an unreasonable invasion of a third partys per-sonal privacy if (e) the information is about the third partys posi-tion, functions or remu-neration as an officer, employee or member of a public body or as a member of a ministers staff.

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    Sad, sad, sad

    One day a year, just one day a year, with plenty of warning and notice.

    The triathalon repre-sented so many things a lot of us hold dear to our hearts about our community of Sooke. Living an Active lifestyle, walking, hiking, biking, a place for fami-lies, and a place where the community with a little effort can become self sufficient. Local sustainability, We all need to make some sacrifices occasion-ally for the good of the whole. Sad, sad, sad.

    Sharon GroveSooke

    Speaking for the majority

    Bravo to Jacquie Joc-elyn for so eloquently summarizing the most important points about this issue. Like many others before, she is speaking up for the majority of the 10,000 plus silent majority, who do not have the time, energy or knowl-edge about the matter at stake.

    However, the silent voices in the eloctor-ate are amongst those who elected the mem-bers of council and the current mayor to also represent their interest and take the decisions which are right for the

    community and the dis-trict as a whole!

    There should never ever have been any doubt, that anybody could even dare to con-sider tampering with or destroying a beautiful, existing park.

    If I am not mistaken, there was even a conser-vation covenant placed on the land when it was bequeathed to the com-munity.

    So how about hon-ouring the memory and the wisdom of those who gave us the park in the first place and put-ting an end to all the needless bickering?

    Gisela Kumar Sooke

    Sad and regrettable

    newsDear Mayor Milne,

    Sooke council and CRD JdF director Mike Hicks:

    After receiving the announcement of the Subaru Sooke Triath-lon cancellation, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce received numerous phone calls, email and social media comments from mem-bers and non-mem-bers.

    The general consen-sus was the decision to end the triathlon is extremely short-sighted.

    People (tourists and athletes) from all over the world came to Sooke to participate in this event and mar-veled at the beauty,

    friendly people (300 volunteers), and how a community the size of Sooke was able to sup-port an event of this magnitude. The triath-lon had gained tremen-dous momentum over the past six years and brought international exposure and recogni-tion to the Sooke region. It reached a very wide audience and show-cased the area in ways that you would other-wise need thousands and thousands of dol-lars to accomplish.

    Although the District of Sooke and council supported this event, with a $25,000 invest-ment, we received dis-appointing news from our mayor regarding the cancellation.

    With all due respect, if council truly supported this event, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan would not be hosting our tri-athlon in 2013. The Dis-trict of Sooke, it seems, did not go to any extra measures when the tri-athlon was in jeopardy by the Juan de Fuca director and the select few naysayers who were inconvenienced for four hours on a Sun-day, one day of the year,

    Deliver by mail or hand to our office, or e-mail editor@sooke news mirror.com.

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    SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com LETTERS A9

    We asked: What do you think should lbe done about the deer population?

    I love the deer, but I dont like them in the back yard

    eating the fruit and flow-ers. Possibly a cull, but I

    still like my deer.

    Freda AllsopSooke

    I think we have to live with the deer population and we

    should modify our habits to fit in with living with the

    deer.

    Maureen TroutonSooke

    Well, they should catch them and truck them way out in the bush. Also, we

    cant help it because were encroaching on their envi-

    ronment anyway.

    Richard FreeloveSooke

    I dont really think there is anything wrong with the

    deer population.

    Chantelle SiriSooke

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    expressing community safety issues as their argument... despite the fact the roads were not completely closed with windows of opportunity (periodic openings) and access still permissable during the race.

    The benefits of hav-ing the triathlon in Sooke provided tan-gible and immediate revenues for numer-ous Sooke region busi-nesses. Figures from the Prestige Hotel indicate a loss of $36,500 (242 room nights) for the 2013 event cancelled - equivalent to one full-time position. Another smaller business saw an increase of 10 to 15 per cent to their business during the 2012 triath-lon. These are just two businesses, now multi-ply that by dozens.

    There has been tre-mendous community benefits as shown through the incredible amount of local vol-unteerism involved in the triathlon, as well as community spirit shown by the family/kids race held in Sooke around the triathlon. Further benefit that helps the Sooke region over the long term is the follow up with tour-ism and potential eco-

    nomic investments to the area from those that experienced the event in person or via the exposure through the tremendous TV coverage. Over time, this equates to millions of dollars.

    The tone this has set is one which has become very familiar to locals and outside stakeholders that have an interest in doing something in Sooke. We are all for progress, as long as it doesnt include change or short term inconvenience. Lets hope that we are able to overcome this short sightedness and come up with some-thing as beneficial to our community before its too late.

    Kari OsseltonSooke Region

    Chamber of Com-merce

    Executive Director

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    Each day that we drive eastward across the river from downtown Sooke we see this rock face (pictured above), but how many know how it got its name? Jean Baptiste Brul was born in Montreal and travelled westward as a voyageur with the Hudsons Bay Company, arriving at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River.

    In 1838 Brul, a French Canadian, married Marguerite, a TSou-ke native who was living in that territory at the time. When the Oregon Treaty was enacted in 1846, locating the international boundary at the 49th parallel, a number of men who had been connected to the Hudsons Bay Company decided to move northward, to stay with the Crown rather than with the Republic.

    Travelling with fellow voyageurs, the group was first drawn to Fort Langley, but by around 1850 the families had migrated to Sooke, no doubt influenced by the desire of Marguerite to rejoin her people at the Sooke River. Among the voyageur group were Kalapuya wives from the Willamette Valley. Settling adjacent to Sooke Reserve No. 1, these families populated the land on the east bank of the Sooke River, towards the region we once

    knew as East Branch (now Charters River).

    Brul settled himself and Margaret to homestead at todays Calvert Road, on property that reached up the west slope of the mountain that soon became identified with his name. When the discovery of gold in 1864 attracted hordes of gold seekers to the junction of the Sooke and the Leech, Brul was in a position to provision the men with beef and mutton.

    The Brul family

    has left a large legacy within our region, their descendants numbered in many hundreds, mainly through the marriage of Bruls stepsons daughter Ellen to Joseph Poirier, Sr. Brul Drive on the southwestern approach to the mountain is another reminder of this adventurous pioneer. As well, Brul family graves lie in seclusion near Calvert Road.

    Elida Peers, Histo-rian

    Sooke Region Museum

    Historical note:The Lorimer family,

    prominent pioneer citizens of Sooke and of the Province of BC, have now lost the last of the young family members who grew up here, a part of the Sooke heritage. Growing up at the corner of Gillespie and Sooke Roads, the four Lorimer brothers, George, Malcolm, Duncan and Jimmie all went overseas in the Second World War. George was lost in the war, and a feature along the Galloping Goose Trail is now named for him.

    The remaining brothers all went on to distinguished careers; the only girl, Margaret, married Sookes Wilf

    Strong, of the farming family. In 2006 Duncan Lorimer, well-known as the principal of Victoria High and a member of Sookes Pipe Band, passed away, and this week his widow, Betty, who in her youth had worked in the Sooke Telephone Office, went

    to join him.James, youngest

    of the brothers, also married a Sooke girl, Cicely Charters, and went on to earn a law degree at UBC. A note from the Honourable Hugh Curtis, a former BC cabinet minister, to the Sooke Region

    Museum tells us that the Association of Former MLAs is marking the passing of one of their own, by a donation in memory of the Honourable James Lorimer, Minister of Municipal affairs in the NDP government of Premier David Barrett.

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    Sookes brother andsister figure skating duo recently earnedsecond place at Mexico Nationals and a bid tocompete in the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croa-tia, which runs from Dec. 13-15.

    The European compe-tition holds high-stakesfor Leonardo Maekawa, 20, and sister, PilarMaekawa, 18, as they hope to earn enough points to qualify for the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Japan in February.

    The Four Continents sees competitors fromAfrica, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

    Our goal for this competition is toaccumulate a certain amount of points, and ifwe get these points we can qualify for the Four Continents, Leonardo said.

    If we make it, thatll be the biggest competi-tion we have ever been to, he said. Its a huge step forward for us.

    Internationally, theMaekawas have com-peted in Mexico three times, and in Austria and Milan.

    In order to prep for the Golden Spin, Leon-ardo and Pilar train six days a week on the ice for an average of about two to four hours day.

    Another aspect oftheir regiment is ball-room dancing, hip hopdancing and fitness training.

    Their resolve and

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    Halfway throughOctober is when I

    started feeling back to 100 per cent, Leon-ardo said.

    He also underwent surgery on his ankle in June to replace screws and inject bone to expe-dite healing.

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    on Nov. 12-18 was alsotheir first event at the seniors level, whichmeant tougher compe-tition.

    We had one month to choreograph and catch up from junior all the way to senior, Pilar said. Junior to senior is huge step forward and we did quite well.

    The other competi-tors that we were com-peting against had beenskating at that level for a longer period than us, Leonardo said, add-ing the pair needed to work twice as hard to bridge the gap between the junior and senior levels.

    Skating together for about 12 years, Leon-

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    Its not just ourcareer or passion, its

    a lifestyle, Leonardosaid.

    Weve done it for solong now, itd be very

    strange to not have itaround, Pilar added.

    A14 www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    Sports & Leisure Sooke skaters heading to international event

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    Leonardo and Pilar Maekawa during the Free Dance event.

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    Sharron HoSooke News Mirror

    After a year ofabsence, Edward Milne community school has gathered enough teens to start up a junior girlsbasketball team in the B division.

    Ebony Logins, junior girls basketball coach,said the team has about 11 players in Grades 9 and 10.

    Im really excited...because a lot of the girls are very athletic,they do other sports -- and that means theyre

    busy -- but it also meansthey have the basics that other Grade 9 and10 teams might not have already, she said.

    The team has been practising since Sep-tember, and Logins said shes observed severalplayers who are natural defenders and plenty of good shooters.

    They kind of alreadyknow certain defensive strategies and certainoffensive strategies so theyre able to bringthose from other sports and then apply them tobasketball.

    Another advantageof the team is an estab-lished team dynamic.Grade 9 players already have experience on the

    court with one anotherfrom the previous year at Journey middle school.

    Last year, an effort to recruit players for a junior team failed due to a lack of players.

    Logins attributed the poor turn out to lack ofinterest, involvement in other sports or activi-ties, and a smaller stu-dent body at EMCS.

    She added junior teams at EMCS comein waves, with teams some years and nonefor others.

    With the season roll-ing around the corner, the girls immediategoal is to expand on camaraderie betweenplayers.

    I think our first goal

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    Its been going really great so far, so as longas they can continue building that trust andunderstand each oth-ers strengths and how that applies in the team dynamic, I think thatwould be great.

    The first game of theseason is tentatively scheduled for Dec.13 at 5:45 p.m. at St. Andrews Catholic highschool.

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  • Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Making Christ-mas wishes is a practice every kid takes part in at this time of the year and the band students in Sooke are wishing for the communitys support in their fund-raising efforts.

    Music students from Journey middle school and Edward Milne community school are banding together (no pun intended) to fund-raise for a regional and national competition next spring. This is an opportunity for these students to compete, which is pretty unusual considering that just a few years ago there was no band program at any of the local schools.

    Musical instructor Lorna Bjorklund was instrumental in getting the program started again in the schools and now the students can be heard practicing hard to make a joyful noise.

    The students have been practicing on their instruments to get ready for a com-munity concert on Monday, Dec. 17 at EMCS. They will com-bine their talents with members of the Sooke Philharmonic, the 848 Squadron Air Cadet Band, Ecole Poirier elementary ensembles and the Sooke Commu-nity Choir.

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  • Are You Listening? You may just hear

    Sleigh Bells Ring on the evening of Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. in the afternoon of Dec.15 when you and your fam-ily attend either perfor-mance being offered by the Sooke Community Choir.

    The choir is com-posed of 40 members from the commu-nity and Choir Direc-tor, Sarah Wilson and accompanist, Kathy Russell, have assem-bled a feast of choral music for this years Christmas concert.

    Featuring works that span over 500 years of compos-ing, youll experi-ence Mozart to Mariah Carey weve even picked a plum from Tchaikovskys Nut-cracker! The perfor-mance also includes a Frank Loesser tune written to appease the timid Hollywood cen-sors of 1948 a tune that has since become a seasonal favourite.

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    At intermission refreshments will be available, with a chance for us all to mingle and share the social plea-sures that are particu-larly welcome during the Christmas sea-son. There will be a door prize draw and the choir is offering a fund-raiser through the sale

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    We hope there will be something for everyone in our 2012 musical pro-gram. Please join us for an enjoyable Christmas experience and redis-cover the pleasure that Christmas carols can bring as we celebrate the holiday season.

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    the choir participates in a variety of commu-nity events through-out the year, includ-ing sponsoring com-munity sing-alongs, choral concerts with Sooke public school students, performing at Remembrance Day ceremonies, providing a concert for residents of Ayre Manor plus car-oling at Moss Cottage

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    The venue for the concerts is Holy Trinity Church located at 1962 Murray Rd. in Sooke.

    Tickets are $12 per person and children are free. Tickets are avail-able at Shoppers Drug Mart, at the door and from any choir mem-ber. We hope to see you there.

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    Ave Maria is one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs ever to escape from the lips of singers. Composed in 1825 by 28-year-old Franz Schubert, Ave Maria was written as a setting for words by Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. Scotts The Lady of the Lake describes a struggle in the 16th Century between several Scot-tish Highland clans.The beautiful heroine, Ellen Douglas, is forced to hide out in a moun-tain cave, along with her father, James Doug-las. In that cave, she sings a song, Hymn to the Virgin, a prayer to the Virgin Mary for help and comfort.

    Ave Maria was writ-ten for voice and piano and first published in 1826, although the most commonly used words are not the origi-nal words set to music.

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    Ekoos is a small group of singers based in Sooke. Its members enjoy performing a wide range of a cap-pella music, especially Renaissance motets and madrigals, but also music of the Baroque era right through to pieces composed in the 21st Century. The group has always

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    Ekoos member Fred Andrew began record-ing performances in 2010 and has compiled a repertoire into a CD.

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    The recording was initially not intended for wider use. Their conductor, however, felt the standard of performance was very good and some of the repertoire deserved a broader exposure. Moreover, as pub-lic funding for choirs dwindle, they hope the sale of this CD will help them to supplement member fees and keep their performances

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    mastering were done in October and November, 2012 by Evan Rabby of Company Zero Produc-tions in Victoria. Edit-ing focused on remov-ing extraneous noises chair creaks and slamming doors and the like. Mastering con-centrated on achieving a uniform overall sound for selections that were recorded in at least four different venues.

    Ekoos usually per-forms twice a year, at Christmas and in the late spring. Their rep-ertoire reflects these seasons. Included in the CD are two settings

    of the O Magnum Myste-rium by William Byrd and the other by the contemporary Ameri-can composer Morten Lauridsen, and two Hodie Christus Natus Est of Jan Pieter Sweelinck (Flemish) and Fran-cis Poulenc (French). These choices reflect their interest in music from both the Renais-sance and the contem-porary.

    Also included are two extended works: Gar-tenlieder Op.3 by Fanny Hensel, the sister of Felix Mendelssohn, and three Motets Op. 38 of Sir Charles Villiers Stan-ford. The latter work was performed in a

    joint concert with Coro Galiano, an ensemble also directed by Peter Dent. A variety of Mad-rigals, carols, sacred and secular short selections round out an eclectic mix of music reflecting their creative work in the past two years.

    From tthe conductor Peter Dent:

    As I make the weekly trek from Victoria to Sooke, I always look for-ward to Ekoos rehears-als.

    The commitment to rehearsing is strong, the personal respon-sibility for preparing music between rehears-als is noticeable and the good choral discipline always evident. It is a tribute to previous con-ductors that the ensem-ble has achieved such a standard. The willing-ness to try new or rela-tively unknown reper-toire is a huge plus.

    I have enjoyed my time with the choir thus far and look forward to new and pleasurable challenges on this won-derful Odyssey, said the conductor.

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  • Sports & LeisureSports & LeisureAtom C-1

    The arch-rival Juan de Fuca Grizzlies enjoyed their visit to SEAPARC last Saturday with an easy win over the Atom C1 boys. Missing three players due to vari-ous circumstances, the Thunderbirds were forced to juggle the line up and play extra shifts. However, it was all Griz-zilies all the time as the first shot on net scored and the Thunderbirds trailed from that point after. With the shots 18 to 3 in favor of the Grizzilies mid point in the second period the boys were simply out hustled, out muscled and out played.

    At the start of the third period the score was only 3-0 and the Thunderbirds finally came to life with Kaiden Rheault scoring a great shot high on the glove side. But the continued pressure of the Griz-zilies was too much, scoring again quickly making it 4-1. Nicholas Anderson ever deter-mined stuffed in the puck past the Grizzlies net minder on a drive to the net to deliver

    himself a present on his own birthday. Soon after, Blake Reymerink blasted a shot and scored to make it 4-3 late in the third.

    Momentum was shifting and the come-back seemed possible but with Thunderbird goalie Connor North facing 35 shots and his team only providing 10, Juan de Fuca skated away with a 6-3 win as the buzzard sounded.

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    Oak Bay next Sunday. This reporter heard the word in the change room is thunder and a promise to play a spir-ited game.

    The Hockey FanAtom C-2

    The Victoria JDF Atom C team came from behind to tie the Sooke Atom C-2s this past Saturday on the ice of the SEAPARC Lei-sure Complex.

    Noah Hamilton of Sooke scored the first goal at the 9.30 mark of the first period, send-ing the puck over the

    blocker of the goalie. Malcom Isaac scored the second goal for Sooke off a rebound. The team returned for a third goal later in the period as Shaunisun Roper sent a higher bouncer over the right-side again of the Griz-zlies netminder, with Claudia MacDonald assisting.

    Conner Bainbridge was in goal for the Sooke Atom C-2s, and had a couple of big saves in the first period including one at the 3.47 mark. The score at the end of the first period saw Sooke up 3-0.

    Sooke went up 4-0 on a breakaway by Assistant Captain John Stalker at the beginning of the second period. How-ever, this was to be the last time the team put the black disc in the net as the Victoria Griz-zlies scored one at the 5.25 mark. The period ended with Sooke up 4 goals to 1.

    The last period was all about the Grizzlies as Atom player Brian Vu stuffed one past

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    The Sooke C-2s were dominated in most of the last period, rarely pushing the puck out of its own zone. The team registered only 3 shots-on-goal that period (out of 19 total), while the JDF Grizzlies took 13 shots in the third alone, racking up 22 total. With 36 seconds left on the clock, the JDF Griz-zlies tied the game on a goal by Xander Black-stock.

    The team thus set-tled for a kiss-your-sis-ter type draw. It was better than a loss. Tie happens one parent, who will remain anony-mous, was caught say-ing.

    Coaches Drew Mack-innon of the Sooke Thunderbird C-2s and James Griffin of the Victoria Grizzlies C-4s shook hands afterward and both teams went to the locker room in a neutral spirit, reflect-ing on what they could

    have done better to have scored just one more goal.

    On a happy note, the Sooke C-2 team con-tinues to improve its skating, skills, and posi-tion play through rigor-ous practice sessions and this is showing in improving results.

    Michael ClouserSooke Novice 2W

    The practices are paying off as the Sooke Novice 2W piled up the goals as they downed Kerry Park B3 squad. Sooke offence was pro-vided by Dumont, Jen-kins, Ouellette, Roper, and Stanley. Forwards Samantha Kingcott and Tyson Robinson had strong games playing the wing, while Coen Brumovsky was in con-trol of the face offs all night. Daniel Wiley was solid in the net show-ing off his big league poke-checking abilities, as Rose and Bosence keep the traffic in front of the goal to a mini-

    mum. The players con-

    tinue to develop their skills and every game it is shown in leaps and bounds. Next Sunday Dec. 9 the team travels to Oak Bay Rec centre to take on the Victoria Ice Hawks C at 7 a.m. The team would like to thank Sooke Cabinets and Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza for helping them buy new practice jerseys and team jackets.

    Wayne RobinsonBantam Girls

    The Sooke Bantam Girls played the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies on Sunday in Sooke. It was an exciting game and both teams played very well.

    Sooke opened the scoring in the first period with an unas-sisted goal by one of our superstar defence, Jaime Lafontaine. The Grizzlies answered back in the first period, so it was all tied up going into the second. In the second period, Hailey Dimock scored with an assist by Haley Ole-jnik. The game ended with a final score of 2-1 for the Sooke Bantam Girls. It should also be noted the our goalie Michelle Lacombe played an outstanding game.

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    The Sooke Novice 2W piled up goals on Kerry Park B3 squad in their latest match.

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    Irene Madeline Hollos (Dupuis) of Sault Ste. Marie/Sooke BC passed away gracefully at home on Tuesday November 13, 2012 after a 27 year battle with Cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family as she left to be with our Lord.

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