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    The Sooke Santa Run makes its tour through the district on Saturday. Joining firefighters will be Santa and a host of other volunteers.

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    The Edward Milne senior boys basketball team is in the midst of change, and you can guarantee there is a list of firsts on its list.

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    Sooke first responders care for two students struck by a vehicle Friday on Edward Milne Road. Both students received non-life threatening injuries. Charges are expected to be laid against the driver of the vehicle.

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    Two students who were struck by a vehicle Friday morning as they walked along Edward Milne Road are expected to make a full recovery, says EMCS principal Pat-rick Swinburnson.

    The incident happened at 11:14 a.m. on Edward Milne Road, where a white sedan driven by a new driver lost control, colliding with students walking along the road,

    said Sooke RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes.A teenage boy and girl, one with

    a broken leg, were taken to hos-pital.

    On Friday, Swinburnson wrote to parents and guardians, inform-ing them of the incident and sup-plying them with online resources for youth who might want to learn more about their responses.

    The Sooke School District initi-ated its critical incident response team and school counsellors were also made available to students.

    When school resumed Monday, students appeared to be in high spirits, Swinburnson said. The girl who was struck by the vehicle returned to school in a wheelchair, but appeared happy.

    We seem to be pretty resilient. The important thing is everyone is going to be OK, but I was worried, to be honest with you, Swinburn-son said.

    Bonnie Leadbetter, a professor of psychology based at the Uni-versity of Victorias Centre for

    Youth and Society, said the inci-dent, while stressful to everyone involved, is a good opportunity for parents to open up a conversation with their teens about road safety.

    Kids will no doubt be upset, but people respond in different ways to these type of things, she said, but now is the time to talk to them about road safety, driving, even about walking safely on the roads.

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    NEW BOSS FOR SOOKETeresa Sullivan hired as CAO

    The District of Sooke has hired a new chief adminis-trative officer.

    Teresa Sullivan takes over Monday (Dec. 14) from the departing Gord Howie.

    Sullivan brings a trans-formative leadership style to the position of CAO, drawing on her extensive management experience with the provincial govern-ment, said a district press release.

    For the last eight years she has run her own con-sulting company. She also served on Colwood council between 2011 and 2013.

    Ms. Sullivans experi-ence and positive approach will be extremely beneficial to the District of Sooke and we look forward to welcom-ing her to our team, said acting mayor Kevin Pear-son.

    Sullivan has a masters degree in business admin-istration from Royal Roads University and has worked in both the public and pri-vate sector providing con-sulting services in govern-ment relations, leadership, and media relations.

    I feel serving as the CAO for the District is an exciting opportunity to help council and staff build strong com-munity relationships and shape the future of Sooke, Sullivan said.

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  • A2 I NEWS I sookenewsmIrror.com wednesday, decemBer 9, 2015

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    Three people were arrested Tuesday following a violent altercation with Sooke Mounties behind Western Foods on Sooke Road.

    RCMP officers arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. after someone called about a woman screaming in the forested area behind Evergreen Centre. There, they located a tent with three people in it, one man and two women.

    The man and one of the women got out of the tent, nude and intoxicated, refusing to identify themselves

    and becoming confrontational towards police, said Cpl. Joe Holmes.

    One of the women tried to bite, kick, punch and spit on the officers, while the man

    was trying to fight with police.

    Once in handcuffs, the woman suspect continued to resist and attempted to run away. She was soon recaptured.

    Nude woman and man attack Sooke Mounties

    The story Choir brings on holiday season with chest full of air, published Dec. 2, contained errors.

    The Sooke Community Choir does not collaborate with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. Both organizations are their own entities. The Philharmonic has its own choir to provide vocals when needed.

    The story Workers boost United Way

    coffers, published Nov. 18, contained errors.

    The District of Sooke campaign chair is Sarah Temple. The United Way of Greater Victorias email address is uwgv.ca.

    If people would like to run a workplace campaign for United Way in Sooke, the contact person is Brittany Decker, director of community campaign at brittany.decker@uwgv.ca.

    The Sooke News Mirror regrets the errors.

    For the recordA2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015

    Publisher: Rod Sluggett publisher@sookenewsmirror.comEditor: Kevin Laird editor@sookenewsmirror.comReporter: Octavian Lacatusu news@sookenewsmirror.comAdvertising: Joan Gamache sales@sookenewsmirror.comCirculation: circulation@sookenewsmirror.comClassifieds: Vicky Sluggett classifieds@sookenewsmirror.comOffice Manager: Deb Stolth office@sookenewsmirror.com

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    Firefighters, Santa collecting for food bankSooke Santa Run spreads Christmas cheer this SaturdayKevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    A group of Santas helpers, who double as firefighters, will be out spreading Christmas spirit while collecting food for the Sooke Christmas Bureau and Sooke Food Bank.

    More than 60 Sooke firefighters and other community volunteers will suit up and travel throughout the municipality in four shiny firetrucks collecting non-perishable food donations on Saturday (Dec. 12) evening between 4:30 and 9 p.m. in the annual Sooke Santa Run.

    Ive been with the fire department five years and every year Im blown away by how excited people are about it and how it grows every year, said firefighter Ben Temple, who helps to organize the annual

    event.Every year since 1993,

    firefighters have paraded through Sooke with decorated firetrucks, handing out treats to children and collecting donations.

    The Santa Run is the flagship event of the Fill-a-Firetruck initiative, which begins in late November. Last year, the Santa Run collected more than $100,000 in food, toys and cash donations.

    Over the next few days, paper bags will be distributed by Sooke News Mirror carriers in the town centre core. Other areas will have the bags delivered at their usual mail outlet dropboxes.

    Sooke residents are asked

    to fill the bags with groceries or toys. Firefighters will then arrive at the end of driveways and collect the bags. Maps of the firefighters route are printed on the bags.

    A fun feature is the ability to track each truck live.

    On Dec. 12 as each truck leaves the firehall, its location will be tracked using the District of Sookes mapping system. Location updates are available on social media. To follow the trucks go online to sooke.ca/districtnews/santa-run-for-sooke-food-bank or on Facebook at Sooke Fire Rescue Service.

    Its a really big community event and were super proud to do it. It obviously helps those who are less fortunate in our community, and it provides those people who want to give an easy and fun way to do it, Temple said.

    The Santa Run is a joint initiative of the Sooke Fire Department, Sooke Firefighters Association and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4841.

    Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror

    Assistant fire chief Matt Barney prepares bags for this Saturdays Santa Run. The run collects donations for the Sooke Christmas Bureau and Sooke Food Bank.

    Mark your calendar

    EVENT: Sooke Santa Run

    WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12

    WHERE: Throughout the District of Sooke

    INFO: sooke.ca/districtnews/santa-run/

    Six vehicles were broken into on Monday night in the Sunriver area, with wallets, iPods, and other personal belongings stolen from them.

    Sooke RCMP are investigating the break-ins and are looking for suspects in the bizarre slew of vehicle thefts that occurred on multiple streets in the Sunriver sundivision.

    RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur said some of the affected vehicles were left unlocked, while others were forced-entry.

    What were usually getting is people leaving their vehicles unlocked and they get run through, McArthur said. On some of these the windows were actually smashed out, so this is kind of a new thing for us.

    McArthur added that this

    is just a reminder for people to be vigilant up in the Sunriver area and watch for any suspicious persons in the early hours of the morning and late hours of the evening.

    Police patrols in the area will also be stepped up as a result.

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    Local district offices can identify areas of Crown where one tree may be legally cut for personal use. Permits are not available for the South Island forest district due to population density and tree

    demand.The ministrys Christmas

    tree website at for.gov.bc.ca/mof/xmastrees.htm has links to offices that offer tree permits for designated areas, with online permits available in some regions.

    The website has links and phone numbers for FrontCounterBC and forest district offices.

    There is also a link to the B.C. Christmas Tree Council, which has a list of private tree farms around B.C.

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    The B.C. government has budgeted $3 million for a research project to explore the benefits of parent coaching intervention for infants and toddlers who

    show early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    The project will follow about 70 children and their families, selected by a committee from ACT-Autism Community Training, the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. The screening process for subjects is expected to begin in early 2017.

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    To celebrate, East Sooke Fire and Rescue will have a grand opening ceremonyOctavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    Christmas will come early this year for East Sooke Fire and Rescue staff and volunteers, who will now be operating from a new, state-of-the art fire hall.

    To celebrate, East Sooke Fire and Rescue will have a grand opening ceremony on Saturday (Dec. 12), at 1 p.m.

    Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan, TSou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes, Capital Regional District

    chair Nils Jensen, CRD Juan de Fuca Director Mike Hicks, East Sooke Fire Commission chair George May and East Sooke Fire Chief Roger Beck will give short speeches followed by a ribbon cutting and tour of the facility.

    The location of the new fire hall is 6071 East Sooke Rd., replacing the

    old fire hall at 1397 Copper Mine Rd. The two-storey, 11,000-square- foot building can

    house six vehicles thanks to its six bays, five of which have already been filled: two tenders, a fire engine, a first-responder vehicle and a trailer.

    Other features include a radio room, rack room, classrooms, laundry and storage room, a kitchen, activity room, washrooms and three offices. In other words, more than enough room to house the 28 volunteer firefighters and their equipment.

    The modern facility was also built for the times and this part of the world with longevity in mind. Its all-steel construction allows it to fare well against the threat of forest fire, a feature that, thankfully, was sought from the beginning, said George May, chair, East Sooke Fire Commission.

    Were happy the design went in favour of a steel building. Its nice to have it finally done, it was a lot of work, May said, adding that the new hall

    comes after two years of planning, budgeting and construction.

    Strength was also in mind. The facility is earth-quake-proof, and is built strategically on high ground, so it can survive any tsunami activity that may pass through the region.

    Its also what May and Hicks call a post-disaster building, so it can serve as a refuge for the people of East Sooke in the case of a serious emergency.

    All that glitz may sound expensive, but May pointed out the community wanted a fire hall that was going to be modern, not crippling to their wal-lets.

    And despite several delays in the design process and availability of materials, the new fire hall still retains the least cost per square foot of any fire hall on the Island.

    The building was constructed by Verity Con-struction for a cost of $2,592,100, which was par-tially funded with a $150,000 Juan de Fuca Gas Tax contribution, according to a CRD report.

    The East Sooke Fire Department also put $564,800 into the pot. The East Sooke Community will carry an additional loan of $1.8 million over the next 10 years.

    The old fire hall wont just become an empty husk, either.

    While the East Sooke Fire Commission will con-tinue to manage it, the Juan de Fuca land-based Search and Rescue team will be moving its opera-tion to the top floor with three truck bays, offices and meeting room. On the bottom floor, the East Sooke community will utilize the meeting room, kitchen and washrooms.

    They [East Sooke residents] have built a first-class fire hall, kept their valued community hall and provided a home for our JDF Search and Res-cue. I hope they come out and meet their volun-teers that made it happen, Hicks said.

    The East Sooke Fire and Rescue crew will also be getting a new fire engine that will replace the cur-rent one sometime this month.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

    East Sooke to unveil new state-of-the-art firehall

    Quick facts

    n COST: $2.5 million

    n OUTPUT: 28 firefighters, six vehicle bays, five emergency fire vehicles

    n DURABILITY: Fire-proof, earthquake proof steel construction

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    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    For millennium, humanity looked towards the sun to harvest its power, whether it was for food, navigation or time, but if the last several decades are any example, the focus is towards something even bigger: electrical power.

    Last week, TSou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes, along with Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser demonstrated the potential of several solar arrays on roofs of TSou-ke buildings that feed electricity back into the grid.

    The solar project, which came online six years ago, is an ongoing demonstration of renewable and off-grid generation of electrical power, which, as recent technology shows, will only get more efficient, less expensive and more compact to install.

    The project also led to a feed-in-tariff agreement between the TSou-ke Nation and B.C. Hydro, which, instead of electrical bills coming in, the TSou-ke bills B.C. Hydro for the generated power. As of October, the electrical bill for the building was $6,222 credit from B.C. Hydro.

    Its not just a marketing gimmick either. In the administration building everything, from the heaters to the lights, computers and coffee machines, are all powered by solar panels installed on the roof. Energy from the array is also distributed to the fisheries and treaty buildings.

    Planes said this is just the tip of the renewable energy technology available out there, adding now is the time to start investing into it.

    If were not on top of it, then well lose out, Planes said, adding that if no one is trying this technology, conventional means of power such as hydro, oil and coal will remain in power for generations to come.

    Planes laughed when the comparison was even mentioned.

    What do you get when you get a solar spill as opposed to an oil spill? You get a very nice day.

    The facility also includes a charging station for electric cars, which can take as little as two hours to charge a car, all for free. The station is also integrated in an app network that tells electric vehicle drivers on their cell phones that there is a charging station here.

    The goal for the chief and the TSou-ke Nation is to demonstrate to

    British Columbians that innovation is happening right now, not sometime in the future, said Horgan, who recently put forward a plan for renewable energy, for conservation and for keeping B.C. Hydro rates low.

    Planes isnt stopping for breath either. He and the TSou-ke council is looking towards even more efficient solar technology, such as experimenting with microfibre panels that weigh close to nothing and can be slapped onto any surface with instant potential to generate electricity.

    Theres also plans to extend the creation of solar hot water among the bands buildings and residents, some of whom already use the technology now.

    Horgan agreed with the idea, noting the cost of solar technology dropped by 80 per cent in recent years, making it far more affordable. In contrast, he poked at the provincial governments

    current proposal to invest in existing infrastructure as being simply out of date.

    Its why spending $9 billion on 1950s technology just doesnt make any sense, he said. If you have $9 billion to spend on energy conservation and retrofitting, spend it on new technology.

    Current storage technology could be in their favor as well, which allows solar array systems to retain significantly more electricity in their batteries during nighttime than ever before.

    Even when the project began in 2009, there were no high expectations the results would be so successful.

    When we embarked on this venture, we didnt think that we would get cheques from B.C. Hydro every month, but we have, Planes said. Imagine what we could do as citizens of B.C. if we took this technology and put it toward the future.

    At this point, the TSou-kes solar setup is whats called net zero.

    That means that during the summer, you sell to B.C. Hydro, they store it, then in the winter, you buy it back, but youve designed it to be zero over the whole year, Planes said.

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    Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser , left, TSou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes and Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan at solar grids.

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    Food elvesVolunteers Sue Garet, far left, Austin Campbell, bottom left, Lisa Mclellan, Allana Garet, Benat Garet and Heather Campbell sort through noodle soups during the 10,000 food drive at EMCS last Wednesday. A total of 20 cars and an army of students took part in the event, sorting out food and delivering it to the Sooke Food Bank.

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  • Wednesday, deCeMBeR 9, 2015 I NEWS I sookeneWsMIRRoR.CoM A7

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    Old-fashioned ChristmasStephanie Adamek, left, with Elizabeth Scriber in 18th-century dress at the Moss Cottage Christmas event at the Sooke Region Museum on Sunday. The ladies served visitors with goodies and gave tours of the historic building. There was also a snowman building contest.

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A7

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    If you are interested, please submit a completed Appointment Application (with resume) on the form available at the District of Sooke Municipal Hall or at www.sooke.ca by 4:30 pm, Wednesday, December 16, 2015 to:

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    For further information on the Fire Services Commission, please see District website www.sooke.ca.

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  • A8 I OPINION I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015

    The Sooke News Mirror is published every Wednesday by Black Press Ltd. | 4-6631 Sooke Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0A3 | Phone: 250-642-5752 | Web: sookenewsmirror.com

    They Said It

    Our View

    The fledgling South Island Economic Development Association will soon assume the responsibility of going to bat for the Capital Region, collectively, and begin working to attract new business, create jobs and strengthen those businesses already in place.

    Last week, the District of Sooke became the seventh municipality to support the association, joining Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Victoria, Oak Bay and Sidney. In doing so, these communities have put stock in the idea that a regional

    body can, through its actions, make a difference to the economic health of all parts of the region.

    We like the fact Sooke council looked at the big picture and realized that what is good for the region can be good for its municipalities.

    Contrary to what some may have believed, the Capital Regional District had nothing to do with the creation of this new agency. Had that been the case, it would naturally raise the eyebrows of those area politicians who see the CRD as an unwieldy bureaucracy.

    No, it has its origins in the business community, spearheaded by the Greater Victoria Development Agency, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

    The key measuring stick for the new groups work will be to see Greater Victoria reverse its downward trend to the bottom of the list in terms of GDP among Canadas metropolitan areas. Going from fourth in the country to 27th has clearly scared many of the movers and shakers in the region,

    enough to prompt new action to be taken.

    No longer can we rely on tourism, or the fact Greater Victoria is a great place to live to attract new business or grow existing ones. We need look closely at what we can do better; what our real strengths and weaknesses are.

    We want to hear from you. Send

    comments on this story to editor@sookenewsmirror.com. Letters must include daytime phone number and your name.

    Regional growth is all of our businessWE SAY: Entire region must look at what it can do to create rosier economic future from Sooke to Sidney

    Publisher Rod Sluggett

    Editor Kevin LairdOpinion

    The important thing is everyone is going to be OK, but I was worried, to be honest with you.

    Ive been with the fire department five years and every year Im blown away by how excited people are about it and how it grows every year.

    Its going to be a bright season its very exciting and very promising.

    Patrick Swinburnson, principal of EMCS Page A1

    Ben Temple, Sooke firefighter Page A3

    Trevor Bligh, EMCS coach Page A23

    8 I OPINION I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015

    I never thought Id be the one saying that Christmas isnt about the gifts and all the shiny stuff you get from the bearded guy in the red suit. No, really, I wouldnt even look at the cards, Id just shred my way through the wrappings to get to that big Lego set that I could hear shaking from a mile away.

    Funny how things change and how we grow up. Most of us anyway.

    What I havent been able to understand in the last few years however, is why theres a twinkle of madness in everyones eyes once the calendar rolls into December, a feeling driven by an irresistible urgency to shop and slam down your credit card first in line.

    And it gets worse from there.

    Parking lots disintegrate into shocking charades of recklessness and vanity, from drivers backing out in a hurry without looking and speeding like the hot winds of hell, to people running around aimlessly without paying attention to their surroundings whatsoever.

    In the malls, stores reek of BO, frustration and bad financial decisions as hundreds of thousands cram themselves into claustrophobic places, only to wait several hours to get something that may not even be worn, opened, or used in any way.

    Black Friday, Green Monday, Red Tuesday, Pink Wednesday, Boxing Day, it doesnt matter what its called, the end goal is the same: disguise a mediocre discount to make it look

    so irresistible that youd sell your children for medical experiments just to get it.

    Reality is, if a deal runs out, it runs out. Often times its not so much the gift that matters, its the gesture. It wont matter to your special someone if you dont get them that special-edition Power Rangers scarf they wanted, theyll be OK with a plain-but-just-as-warm one too.

    But is this what Christmas is all about nowadays? Getting the hottest deal and buying stuff? Lets not forget that millions around the globe cant even understand what Christmas even is, as their more immediate line of thought is, What am I going to eat tonight and I am cold and alone.

    Not getting that Xbox One from

    Santa doesnt make the world feel hopeless, a child who dies alone from starvation does.

    Lets change the beat this Christmas. Be respectful and mindful of everyone around you and dont rush to the nearest mall like the skys falling. Visit the local food bank or shelter and drop off some canned food or a pack of warm socks you dont need. Reach out to your friends and family, see how theyre doing. Everyone should have someone by their side this Christmas and be warm and with a full belly, not just the select few.

    After all, thats what Christmas is all about, isnt it?

    Octavian Lacatusu is a reporter with

    the News Mirror.

    We cant forget what Christmas is really all about

    Octavian LacatusuReporter

  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A9

    The Sooke News Mirror is published every Wednesday by Black Press Ltd. | 4-6631 Sooke Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0A3 | Phone: 250-642-5752 | Web: sookenewsmirror.com

    They Said It

    Our View

    The fledgling South Island Economic Development Association will soon assume the responsibility of going to bat for the Capital Region, collectively, and begin working to attract new business, create jobs and strengthen those businesses already in place.

    Last week, the District of Sooke became the seventh municipality to support the association, joining Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Victoria, Oak Bay and Sidney. In doing so, these communities have put stock in the idea that a regional

    body can, through its actions, make a difference to the economic health of all parts of the region.

    We like the fact Sooke council looked at the big picture and realized that what is good for the region can be good for its municipalities.

    Contrary to what some may have believed, the Capital Regional District had nothing to do with the creation of this new agency. Had that been the case, it would naturally raise the eyebrows of those area politicians who see the CRD as an unwieldy bureaucracy.

    No, it has its origins in the business community, spearheaded by the Greater Victoria Development Agency, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

    The key measuring stick for the new groups work will be to see Greater Victoria reverse its downward trend to the bottom of the list in terms of GDP among Canadas metropolitan areas. Going from fourth in the country to 27th has clearly scared many of the movers and shakers in the region,

    enough to prompt new action to be taken.

    No longer can we rely on tourism, or the fact Greater Victoria is a great place to live to attract new business or grow existing ones. We need look closely at what we can do better; what our real strengths and weaknesses are.

    We want to hear from you. Send

    comments on this story to editor@sookenewsmirror.com. Letters must include daytime phone number and your name.

    Regional growth is all of our businessWE SAY: Entire region must look at what it can do to create rosier economic future from Sooke to Sidney

    Publisher Rod Sluggett

    Editor Kevin LairdOpinion

    The important thing is everyone is going to be OK, but I was worried, to be honest with you.

    Ive been with the fire department five years and every year Im blown away by how excited people are about it and how it grows every year.

    Its going to be a bright season its very exciting and very promising.

    Patrick Swinburnson, principal of EMCS Page A1

    Ben Temple, Sooke firefighter Page A3

    Trevor Bligh, EMCS coach Page A23

    8 I OPINION I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015

    I never thought Id be the one saying that Christmas isnt about the gifts and all the shiny stuff you get from the bearded guy in the red suit. No, really, I wouldnt even look at the cards, Id just shred my way through the wrappings to get to that big Lego set that I could hear shaking from a mile away.

    Funny how things change and how we grow up. Most of us anyway.

    What I havent been able to understand in the last few years however, is why theres a twinkle of madness in everyones eyes once the calendar rolls into December, a feeling driven by an irresistible urgency to shop and slam down your credit card first in line.

    And it gets worse from there.

    Parking lots disintegrate into shocking charades of recklessness and vanity, from drivers backing out in a hurry without looking and speeding like the hot winds of hell, to people running around aimlessly without paying attention to their surroundings whatsoever.

    In the malls, stores reek of BO, frustration and bad financial decisions as hundreds of thousands cram themselves into claustrophobic places, only to wait several hours to get something that may not even be worn, opened, or used in any way.

    Black Friday, Green Monday, Red Tuesday, Pink Wednesday, Boxing Day, it doesnt matter what its called, the end goal is the same: disguise a mediocre discount to make it look

    so irresistible that youd sell your children for medical experiments just to get it.

    Reality is, if a deal runs out, it runs out. Often times its not so much the gift that matters, its the gesture. It wont matter to your special someone if you dont get them that special-edition Power Rangers scarf they wanted, theyll be OK with a plain-but-just-as-warm one too.

    But is this what Christmas is all about nowadays? Getting the hottest deal and buying stuff? Lets not forget that millions around the globe cant even understand what Christmas even is, as their more immediate line of thought is, What am I going to eat tonight and I am cold and alone.

    Not getting that Xbox One from

    Santa doesnt make the world feel hopeless, a child who dies alone from starvation does.

    Lets change the beat this Christmas. Be respectful and mindful of everyone around you and dont rush to the nearest mall like the skys falling. Visit the local food bank or shelter and drop off some canned food or a pack of warm socks you dont need. Reach out to your friends and family, see how theyre doing. Everyone should have someone by their side this Christmas and be warm and with a full belly, not just the select few.

    After all, thats what Christmas is all about, isnt it?

    Octavian Lacatusu is a reporter with

    the News Mirror.

    We cant forget what Christmas is really all about

    Octavian LacatusuReporter

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  • Wednesday, deCeMBeR 9, 2015 I OPINION I sookeneWsMIRRoR.CoM A11

    WE ASKED YOU: What drives you crazy about Christmas?

    The lack of parking spaces everywhere you go.

    Angela FoulkesSooke

    Over the top Christmas decorations.

    Dawson McCormackSooke

    The commercialism. Its all about money, when it should actually be about giving back.

    Jordan JessmanSooke

    It has lost part of its magic and spirit, so it feels less and less exciting for me.

    Kiomi YatesSooke

    EDITORS NOTE: Would you like to be considered for We Asked You? If so, contact reporter Octavian Lacatusu by email at reporter@sookenewsmirror.com or phone 250-642-5752.

    Readers lettersCartoon insulting to art community

    I would like to comment on the cartoon that was printed in your Dec. 2, edition showing an accountant with what appears to be a fat woman artist sitting on her behind demanding money.

    How incredibly insulting to the volunteers of the Sooke arts Community.

    I can assure you the volunteers for the arts in this community do not sit on their behinds and demand money. We work tirelessly to promote the arts and the community of Sooke through the events we put on, all with a mere pittance of money which is doled out grudgingly by Sooke council and its community grant review committee.

    How this was allowed to go into this newspaper is beyond me. What a slap in the face!

    Caryl WilfordPresident

    Sooke Community Arts Council

    Sookes cultural identity under threat

    Recommendations regarding funding for the arts organ- izations in Sooke will go to council on Dec. 14. If approved, funding will be slashed.

    Undoubtedly this will be a significant threat to the cultural identity of this community.

    Decades of effort and tens of thousands of hours of volunteer time have contributed to Sooke being recognized as a center for the arts on south Vancouver Island. Lets not destroy what we have achieved.

    A few years ago council questioned the level of community support for the Sooke Region Museum and balked at committing to a level of support that would keep the museum viable. A subsequent referendum resulted in 80 per cent of voters supporting the museum.

    I believe an overwhelming number of the members of

    this community support arts organizations. Sooke council must recognize this and maintain funding levels.

    Bob StinsonOtter Point

    Funding likely available for community hall

    Re: Seniors centre faces uncertain future (News, Nov. 18)

    I wonder if anyone has checked out funding for upgrades at the Sooke Community Hall, and especially wheelchair accessibility improvements from both the provincial and federal governments?

    ESDC (enabling disability federal funding), Heritage B.C. and hopefully Regeneration 150 will be revised under Trudeau (a fund for community heritage building revisions in time for 2017 Canada Day) come to mind.

    It is grand to see the Sooke Community Association and council working together.

    I agree with those who feel the Sooke Community Hall is a wonderful heritage building and, as such, deserves to be maintained and upgraded so that it can both remain as a testimony to the Sooke areas notable history and better serve the community as a place to hold meetings and events.

    Jo PhillipsSooke

    Town centre project well worth the effort

    Thanks to Mayor Maja Tait and council for the beautification of our town center. Though the construction was a nightmare at times, the result is well worth it. Traffic is flowing and the sidewalks and boulevards are very attractive.

    Carol PinalskiSooke

    Tree symbolizes what Sooke is about

    Charlie Brown tree or not,

    its the spirit of giving (Opinion, Dec. 2)

    Sooke core is looking great. There are a lot of people to thank - thanks to Coun. Brenda Parkinson who led the decorating effort with a group of volunteers. Big thanks to the Brooks family for the tree donation. This is what our community is about and why I love living here.

    Doni EveSooke

    Donors deserve a big thank you

    Charlie Brown tree or not, its the spirit of giving (Opinion, Dec. 2)

    It was a donated tree! Has anyone even thought to say thank you to whoever donated it? Maybe the tree isnt perfect to some, but life isnt perfect.

    Its our town Christmas tree and its great and it was donated in the spirit of Christmas. Thank you to the donors. I love the tree.

    Diane WilsonSooke

    Some people are never happy

    Charlie Brown tree or not, its the spirit of giving (Opinion, Dec. 2)

    The people that complain wouldnt be happy if we had the biggest most beautiful tree.

    Melissa SzooSooke

    Politicians misled public on roundabout

    Is anyone else confused?After seeing the big

    roundabout Mission Accomplished picture in the Sooke News Mirror, I believed it.

    Imagine my complete surprise when I was stuck again in traffic last Friday when trying to get into the town core.

    I dont get it either it is done or its not. Clearly, it was

    not.Was there some

    promised deadline that they needed to meet? Are the politicians trying to mislead us? Come on, show us a little bit of respect.

    In other words, tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    Linda BessontSooke

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    The following opinion piece was written to Sooke council.

    Geraldine McGuireGuest comment

    The Sooke Fine Arts Society has appeared before Sooke council on more than one occasion to plead its case for support. We have provided extensive statistics, backed by extensive, independent research, explaining the beneficial role arts and culture in general, and events like the Sooke Fine Arts Show in particular, plays in a community like ours. We do not wish to reiterate them here.

    There should be no question by now that the social, economic and health benefits to every member of this community whether they are patrons of the arts or not are significant.

    Indeed, that role is enshrined in the District of Sookes official community plan. It is cited in the Districts corporate vision, and it is teased out in great detail in the cultural plan all of it drawn from considerable community input.

    We are therefore deeply troubled by the districts community grant review committees recent

    recommendations to halve the Sooke Fine Arts Societys funding for Sooke Fine Arts Show programming, and slash other arts funding entirely.

    The basis for these recommendations was not in accord with the criteria set out in the community grant application, and flies in the face of the values and policies laid out in the OCP.

    Council should not agree to a grant reduction that could be seen as council going against community aspirations for increased support for the arts, not less. It risks triggering a cascade of negative consequences, perhaps quite unintended, that would result in a crippling loss of financial and community support to the Sooke Fine Arts Show.

    It is a slap in the face to the more than 1,000 District of Sooke residents that participate in the show as art lovers and volunteers, and make up a significant proportion of the districts constituency.

    Looked at through a purely financial lens, the Sooke Fine Arts Show provides an excellent return on investment.

    We have leveraged district funding to obtain funding from

    other levels of government, leveraged our credibility and resources to raise additional funds for other non-profits in need, and leveraged an event that is, as one business sponsor has described it, revered in Victoria, to make Sooke a more attractive community live and do business in.

    We have expanded the shows programming to engage children, youth, seniors, volunteers and ordinary citizens in activities that promote community beautification and pride, self-esteem, social inclusion and skill development. We have even created jobs in the community (a feat to be lauded, not decried, and one that more than pays for itself).

    The Sooke Fine Arts Show is something this community does very, very well. It is time, as we approach the shows 30th anniversary, that we celebrate Sookes extraordinary achievement over three decades. It is time we work together, as a community, to ensure its future.

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  • Wednesday, deCeMBeR 9, 2015 I COMMUNITY I sookeneWsMIRRoR.CoM A17

    Theres still a little time to put a smile on a strangers face this holiday season. To remind them that they are not alone and they mean something to someone.

    Thats the idea behind The Shoebox Project, a national campaign that distributes shoeboxes filled with little gifts, warm clothes and words of inspiration to women in shelters and outreach programs.

    One Sooke woman has jumped behind the initiative, organizing box drop-off locations across the West Shore and elsewhere in Greater Victoria. Linda Ferguson, in her third year organizing the local campaign, will distribute them to at least nine different shelters across the south Island, based on their need.

    Its all done by word of mouth, she said. Its grown from 59 the first year to 624 last year.

    Last December, The Shoebox Project delivered gifts to 17,000 women using 270 shelters and outreach programs in 72 communities in Canada and the U.S.

    Ferguson said the shoebox is a reminder for women that somebody out there, a complete stranger, loves them. A number of recipients keep the boxes as a memento, she added. You just dont realize the impact youll have.

    But its not just the recipients who are benefiting. Ferguson said a number of families get together and make building a box a tradition, and groups or businesses host parties where attendees bring items to build and decorate boxes.

    It starts that whole conversation, she said, adding it is a great way to help children learn about different shelter programs. They really are moved by the experience when they know where its going.

    Deb Alcadinho, founder and director of the Westshore

    Womens Business Network, said when she found out one of their members was organizing the local campaign, it seemed like a perfect fit for the group.

    Each year we align ourselves with charities with the mandate in mind that we support our community, she said. Its all about giving

    back at a time of year when its important.

    Celebrating its fifth year this month, the Network has grown from a handful of women to over 1,000 members. What struck a chord was we provided a place in the industry for women to network, Alcadinho said. The purpose of the group, besides networking

    and helping women grow their businesses, is to support them in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

    Weve all been in some sort of transition in our lives Were always transitioning from one aspect to another, Alcadinho said. She noted, however, that the women receiving the shoeboxes are

    probably going through more significant life changes than most.

    The deadline for shoeboxes to be dropped off is Dec. 10, which is also the WWBNs annual Christmas party. While the group is encouraging its members to bring shoeboxes to the event, Alcadinho is

    encouraging members of the public to come join them.

    We have amazing perks and benefits to being a member, but I always want to encourage women to come as a guest.

    There are some specific regulations for the shoeboxes: they must have their lid wrapped separately so they can be inspected upon arrival at the different shelters.

    Ferguson said this was just a precaution to make sure the women receiving them are protected.

    For a full list of the 26 drop-off locations, as well as gift suggestions, go to shoeboxproject.com or visit the Vancouver Island group on Facebook.

    For more information on the Westshore Womens Business Network, visit wwbnvictoria.com.

    A filled shoebox helps fill a need at Christmas time

    Its all about giving back at a time of the year when its important.

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 I COMMUNITY I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A17

    The Sooke Community ChoirThe Sooke Community Choir The Sooke Community Choirpresents

    The Sooke Community Choirpresents presents

    The Sooke Community ChoirThe Sooke Community ChoirThe Sooke Community Choir

    Songs for a Wintere ers Nightht

    Friday, December 11, 8PM Saturday, December 12, 2PM Sooke Community Hall

    Sunday, December 13, 2PM Metchosin Community Hall

    Tickets in Sooke, at Stick in the Mud or Shoppers and in Metchosin, at the Metchosin Country Store or at the door

    $15

    Artistic Director Bruce Ruddell

    Accompanist Kathy Russell With special guests

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    The Sooke Community Choir presents

    Songs for a Winters Night

    Friday, December 11, 8PM Saturday, December 12, 2PM

    Sooke Community Hall

    Sunday, December 13, 2PM Metchosin Community Hall

    Tickets in Sooke, at Stick in the Mud or Shoppers and in Metchosin, at the Metchosin Country Store

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    Artistic Director Bruce Ruddell

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    The Sooke Community Choir presents...

    SOOKECOMMUNITYChoir

    g gArtistic Director Bruce RuddellArtistic Director Bruce RuddellArtistic Director Bruce Ruddell

    Accompanist Kathy RussellAccompanist Kathy RussellAccompanist Kathy RussellAccompanist Kathy RussellAccompanist Kathy RussellWith special guests With special guests

    Trevor MacHattie on cello andDavid Cunningham on guitar

    Artistic Director Bruce RuddellAccompanist Kathy Russell

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    Friday, December 11, 8PMSaturday, December 12, 2PMSooke Community Hall

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    Thurs Dec. 10

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONCribbage 7 P.M.BINGOSr. Drop-In Centre, 12:45-3 p.m. Sooke Community Hall. Info: 250-664-6612.ADULT WALKING GROUPSEAPARC 10-11 a.m. Registration required. 250-642-8000.MEDITATION TALKSooke Yoga and Meditation Centre, 7:30 p.m.WINTER ART SHOW & SALESooke Community Arts Council, Reading Room.WINTER CONCERTJohn Muir elementary school gym, 6:30 p.m.GINGERBREAD HOUSEGingerbread House Contest. Prestige Hotel lobby, until Dec. 15.

    Mon Dec. 14

    PARENT & TOT DROP-IN Child, Youth, & Family Centre, 9:30 to 11 a.m. 250-642-5152.CALLING ALL QUILTERSKnox Pres. Church. All welcome. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Info: 250-642-0789.ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONEuchre 6:30 p.m.WINTER ART SHOW & SALESooke Community Arts Council, Reading Room.FESTIvAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4

    Sun Dec. 13

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONSunday breakfast brunch, 9-12:30 p.m., $5.Drop in pool tournament every second Sunday.Bluegrass Jam, first and third Sunday, 2:30 to 5 p.m. October to May.DROP-IN ULTIMATE FRISBEESooke Elementary School, 3 p.m. Info: Facebook: Sooke Drop-in Ultimate.QI GONG & TAI CHIBy donation. Sooke Yoga and Wellness, 6750 Westcoast Rd., 6 p.m.MINDFULNESS MEDITATIONBy donation. Sooke Yoga and Wellness, 6750 Westcoast Rd., 7:15 p.m.WINTER ART SHOW & SALESooke Community Arts Council, Reading Room.FESTIvAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4.

    Wed Dec. 16

    WALKING GROUPPeoples Drug Mart hosts a walking club, 9:15 a.m.PARENT DISCUSSION GROUPSooke Child, Youth, and Family Centre, 9:30 to 11a.m. Information: 250-642-5464.ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONDominos 10 a.m.Shuffleboard, 6:30 p.m. NASCAR POOLMeet and Pick, Sooke Legion 7 p.m.TOASTMASTERSVillage Foods meeting room, 7 p.m. Info: Allan at 250-642-7520.SOOKE COMMUNITY CHOIRPrestige Hotel, 7 p.m.

    Community Calendar

    Tues Dec. 15

    BABY TALKTravel and Car Seat Safety. Youth and Family Centre, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Info: 250-642-5464.

    YOUTH CLINICAges 13 - 25, 4-7 p.m. Family Medical Clinic.SOCIAL CONTRACT BRIDGESooke Community Hall, 1 to 4 p.m.WINTER ART SHOW & SALESooke Community Arts Council, Reading Room.FESTIvAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4.KNITTING CIRCLESooke Library, 6:308:00 p.m. Free, all levels. Drop-in. 250-642-3022.WOMENS CANCER SUPPORT GROUPSooke Harbour House. 7 to 9 p.m. Ongoing every second Tuesday.

    Sat Dec. 12

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONMeat draw 3 p.m.WINTER ART SHOW & SALESooke Community Arts Council, Reading Room.FESTIvAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4.GINGERBREAD HOUSEGingerbread House Contest. Prestige Hotel lobby, until Dec. 15.SANTA RUNFundraiser for Sooke Christmas Bureau. Throughout Sooke, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

    Fri Dec. 11

    vITAL vITTLESFree lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holy Trinity Church. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONSteak Night, 6-7:30 p.m.Karaoke 8-11 p.m. SOOKE SENIORS BUS Lunch and shopping trips to Victoria. Call June at 250-642-2032.WINTER ART SHOW & SALESooke Community Arts Council, Reading Room.FESTIvAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4GINGERBREAD HOUSEGingerbread House Contest. Prestige Hotel lobby, until Dec. 15. All Community

    events purchasing a display ad will appear

    in our current com-munity event cal-

    endar at no charge. FREE EvENTS will be listed at no charge, space permitting.

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEADLINE: THURSDAY @ 3PMItems for Community Calendar must be non-commercial

    and free to the public. Please limit to 25 words.

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    BREAKFAST WITH SANTAHundreds of children took advantage of a free breakfast, sponsored by the Lions Club, to tell St. Nick their Christmas wish

    Parker Bligh was all smiles when he visited with Santa at the Sooke Community Hall on Saturday. Hundreds of kids showed up for the annual event hosted by the Sooke Lions Club

    Derek Huppie couldnt resist giving Santa a High 5. Hundreds of Sooke youngsters made the trek to the community hall to tell their Christmas secrets and to make sure they were on Santas good list.

    Photos byJack Most

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    Oare,Richard George

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard George Oare on November 28, 2015 at the age of 73 years. Born on April 5, 1942 in Vancouver, B.C.

    Richard is lovingly remembered by his wife Bettina; children, Stacy (Mike), Tim (Kelly), Neil (Erin); grandchildren, Everett, Aden, Grayson and Amelia; sister Louise (Gerry), brother Stephen, and their families. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Miriam and George Oare and brother David. Richard was a positive, happy person with a good sense of humour. He loved flying, adventure, and people. Blue skies and tailwinds my love. Family will hold a private service.

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    A year of changes in the making and hopes of a trip to B.C. finalsKevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    As the senior boys high school basketball season began last night at Edward Milne Commu-nity School, there was the usual air of optimism.

    Overlooked, though, was how this is already a season of firsts.

    The most noticeable difference is at coach-ing.

    Long-time coach Trevor Bligh, who has led the Wolverines since 1995, will share bench duties with EMCS alumni Alex Wright. Wright was successful with the junior program and last year assisted Bligh on the sidelines.

    On the court, the Wolverines will be led by the returning Brady Greenwood, a six-foot-five forward, and six-foot point guard Frederik Moeller.

    Moeller is the first exchange student to lead the starting five.

    This years squad will have 14 players, including an impressive lineup of Grade 11 students. Leading the squad is graduates from last years junior program including six-foot-six Alec McKenzie and six-foot-four Andy Abel.

    I like the size and athletic ability of the team. Were larger than most our competi-tors, Bligh said.

    Due to a re-organization, the Wolverines will drop down to double A from triple A this sea-son. The move may be a benefit to the Sooke club.

    Last season the Wolverines made to the Island semifinals and lost with one second remaining in the game. It still gives me night-mares, laughed Bligh.

    This year, the Wolverines are ranked sixth on the Island. The top three teams from the Island advance to the provincial champion-ship.

    Over the last few seasons we were playing

    above our tier, now were the biggest school in double A. So, it should benefit us, Bligh said.

    The teams goal this year is to win the Island and qualify for the B.C. championships. It will be tough, though, as Sooke needs to get past top-ranked Sidneys Lambrick Park and St. Michaels University in Victoria.

    Its an achievable goal, Bligh said, adding no Sooke high school basketball team has ever qualified.

    Its going to be a bright season its very exciting and very promising, he said.

    A season of firsts just waiting to happen.klaird@blackpress.ca

    Wolverines expect year of firsts

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    The EMCS Wolverines senior boys basketball team hopes to improve on its record from last season, with a trip to the provincial championships.

    Midgets take PR by storm

    On a stormy day that took the Sooke Thunderbirds more than 11 hours to get to Powell River, it turned out be a good weekend after all.

    The Midget A club travelled to the Sunshine Coast and walked away with a 3-1 win and a 3-3 tie.

    Powell River Kings are likely the Thunderbirds biggest challenge this season as the two battle out in the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association.

    The weekend games leave the two squads within a point of each other.

    Unfortunately for Sooke, the first game on Saturday was exhibition and meant nothing in the standings.

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    Rick StiebelContributed

    Learning to skate at the tender age of 62 certainly has its ups and downs. On the plus side its rewarding and gratifying to learn a new skill that develops balance, muscle memory and other athletic components that leave you feeling exhilarated, whether youre moving backwards or forwards.

    On the down side, watching six-year-old future NHLers and Ice Capades stars fly around the ice performing feats you cant even dream of doing can be a little daunting, if not downright disheartening.

    My wife decided that we should take lessons a couple of years ago, and I reluctantly tagged along, clutching the boards in terror the first two times we ventured onto the ice.

    After a few sessions, however, we began to look forward to our Sunday morning lessons, determined to master cross overs, transitions and stopping without skidding into the boards

    There were a few significant bumps, bruises along the way, including in Joans case a wrist she broke in five places when she was skating backwards and fell awkwardly into the unforgiving boards.

    Once her cast came off and she was cleared to return to the ice, however, she was back on her skates, this time with her wrists adorned with guards.

    When I got accidentally levelled at full speed by someone twice my size, Ill admit there was a moment that caused some sober second thought as I watched my blades hurtle toward the ceiling while my helmet slammed onto the ice with a sound that echoed throughout the arena. I had a disc replaced in my neck 25 years ago and I currently have the cervical stability of a house crumbling from the attic down.

    The staff at SEAPARC were absolutely amazing in both instances, immediately providing professional first aid, care and comfort. I was back on the ice the following week, albeit a little tentatively, but buoyed by the knowledge that I could take a licking and keep on ticking.

    Weve had at least five different instructors during the seven week sessions we take three times a year while the ice is in place, and they are an amazing crew, each with their own skill sets and areas of emphasis. They range in age from just out of high school to old enough to relate to my taste in music, and share a passion for teaching toddlers and grandparents that makes every session rewarding on many levels. Their patience and enthusiasm, especially watching them work with the wee ones, is truly inspiring.

    Now that Im semi-retired, I take advantage of the public skate Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and feel so much better with each session, although the jurys still out on whether

    I will ever develop an appreciation for hip hop while doing laps that have stretched from 30 to 60 minutes at a time.

    Although I have resigned myself to the fact that I may not master the backwards crossover in the near future and my transitions still need work, skating has added a layer to my life that has improved me mentally, physically and spiritually. I dont think it would have been possible without the staff at SEAPARC, so to all of you, including the friendly folks at the front desk, thanks from the bottom of my blades.

    Rick Stiebel is a Sooke resident.

    Helmets off to SEAPARC staff

    Liane Brooks photo

    Rick and Joan Stiebel during skating class at SEAPARC Leisure Complex arena.

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    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGThe Council of the District of Sooke will hold a Public Hearing pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Act in the Council Chambers at 2225 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC on Monday, December 14, 2015 commencing at 7:00 pm.

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    2205 Otter Point Road, SookePhone: 250-642-1634 Fax: 250-642-0541

    email: info@sooke.cawebsite: www.sooke.ca

    Proposal: The purpose of Bylaw No. 622, Zoning Amendment Bylaw (600-19) is to rezone 2182 Church Road from Large Lot Residential (R1) to the proposed Wadams Way Comprehensive Development Zone (CD14), which will encompass a range of single family and multiple family residential uses, to a maximum of 133 residential dwelling units as described in the zone. Adoption of Bylaw No. 622 will be subject to the registration on title of Section 219 Covenants relating to road dedication, improvements and affordable housing.

    Further Information:Copies of the bylaw(s), supporting written reports and any relevant background documentation may be viewed in the Public Notices section of the District of Sooke website www.sooke.ca or inspected at the District Municipal Offices at 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC, between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), commencing December 2, 2015 to and including December 14, 2015.

    Public Input: All persons who believe their interests in property are affected by the proposed bylaw(s) will be afforded an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing on the matters contained in the proposed bylaw(s). Should you have any concerns or comments you wish to convey to Council, please submit in writing by fax to 250-642-0541, email bsprinkling@sooke.ca or in person to the Corporate Officer at the District Municipal Offices no later than Monday, December 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Please be advised that submissions to Council will become part of the public record. NOTE: Council cannot receive further information concerning this application after the Public Hearing has concluded.

    Bonnie SprinklingCorporate Officer

    Application Information: Bylaw: Bylaw No. 622, Zoning Amendment Bylaw

    (600-19) File No: PLN01123 Civic Address: 2182 Church Road (shown outlined in black

    and hatched on the subject map) Legal Description: Lot 13, Section 10, Sooke District, Plan 1057,

    Except .036 of an acre thereof conveyed to the crown for road purposes as shown on explanatory plan deposited under No 68404I and except part in Plan EPP32377 (PID 008-078-416).

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    Puck chaseSooke peewee C1 player Darcy Stanley fights for the puck against Amira Zreizk during Sundays C1 versus C2 game at SEAPARCLeisure Complex. The C1 team won the matchup 3-2.

    Octavian LacatusuSooke news Mirror

    Its often said in the car enthusiast world that you are what you drive which can be interpreted 100 differ-ent ways.

    What can certainly be taken from that is what you drive is, in a way, an expression of yourself; after all, cars and vehicles of all types still have a human ele-ment of design and art put into them.

    Maybe you like the curves, or the boxy shape, or the way those exhausts curl up or twist sideways. Doesnt matter how many ways you cut it, gearheads are a mixed and colourful bag of varying tastes, styles and expression.

    Ken Knight is what youd call a pure classic car guy. Throughout his life, hes owned close to 75 cars, all from differ-ent makes and models. Older cars in particular fit his savvy, as he feels he can work on them easier, and just gener-ally loves the classic look.

    From 1934 back are the ones I prefer, because they are really simple cars. You got a fender and not any-thing else, said Knight, who builds custom cars just for fun.

    His favourite how-ever, is the sweet-heart of todays Hot Car, this one-of-a-kind 1930s Ford Model A rat rod. And regardless of whether you like cars, its undoubtably hard to miss.

    The car sits low, like a prowling panther, an effect Knight has man-aged to pull off without actually having to cut the roof off, a method of coolifying the low-stance, low-brow look common among rod-ded up Model As. Knights Model A how-ever, is also a marvel to look at, and even learn a few things about cars in general.

    For one, you can see just about everything; from the drum brakes, to the suspension components, steering shaft assembly, and of course, the piece de resistance, a good old-fashioned 239-cubic-inch Ford flathead V8

    from 1950s. The engine has been restored.

    The car even has its own hood mascot: a garden ornament of a hummingbird, which Knight hand-painted a little mouth and eyes on to give it a bit more personality.

    And dont let the rust paint scheme put you off, in fact, its all new and beautifully-pol-

    ished; the chrome is of a fine and silky nature, reflective enough to be worthy of a mirror. If anything, Knights car brings together the unlikely worlds of American Graffiti and Mad Max all into one car.

    Its not crude on the interior either, with the bright red velure seats, white steering wheel

    and hand-grenade shifter add that extra bit of detail and colour. It even has a modern heater core installed, along with every gauge a driver needs, so one could go on a limb and say that it is fairly prac-tical.

    Got my wiper work-ing, so what more do I need? Knight chuck-led.

    It aint just all show and no go either, after all, aside from Knight and an engine, its not carrying much weight. To make it go forward in accelerative fashion, hes installed a five-speed manual trans-mission from an S10 pickup truck, so its quick enough.

    In the end, its about expression. Knights rodded-up Model A isnt only a cool car, its a personal ballad about the pure love for cars.

    Very old school, thats me, Knight said.

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    Rodded up Model A Ford machine for pure car lovers

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    Ken Knight and his Model A

    ST. ROSE OF LIMA Roman Catholic Parish2191 Townsend Rd. | 250-642-3945 | Fax: 778-425-3945

    Saturday Mass 4pm | Sunday Mass, 9amThursday Mass 10:30 am

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    KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH2110 Church Rd | 250-642-4124

    SUNDAY SERVICE10:15 am Pre-Service Singing

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    Parents Room and well equipped Nursery

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    1962 Murray Road | 250-642-3172HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE: 11am

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    SUNDAY SERVICE 10:00 am Children, youth & adult ministries

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    4251 Sooke Road | 778-425-3403SATURDAY SERVICE

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    ADVENT 2015

    Advent is a time to give Hope to those who are in need, give peace to our restless hearts and help others to nd their own peace. Joy is the manifestation of our happiness to nd the light of our life in Jesus Christ, and love is to give love to others as God

    loves us and cares for everyone in the whole world.

    We live in a very complex world, and our daily activities do not let us to nd our peace, and sometimes when we dont have peace of mind, we get depressed. We often get angry and lash out at God or someone else near to us. Where we can nd peace? Do you want to nd real peace?

    Well the best place to start is to trust in Gods promises, Jesus said, Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me (Jn 14:1. NRSV). All of us want to have inner peace, want to rest, avoid all our worries, feel free, and enjoy every second of our lives.

    Meditate on the word of God so that you might be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Jesus wants to liberate his people from anxiety. Top of Form People are called to remember the living God who works out all things for good for those who love him. Having Gods word in our heart is to live in peace, peace that can never be taken from us.

    Rev. Dimas CanjuraHoly Trinity Anglican Church

    Thank you!To all of the companies and especially the workers for their energy, friendliness and diligence during the Sooke roundabout and downtown revitalization project.

    Merry Christmas

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    British Columbia has many iconic species, but one of the best known lives just off the coast the Orca whale.

    Orca whales are also referred to as killer whales and blackfish. Historically, Orcas were very misunderstood and thought to be terribly dangerous; however research on these exquisite mammals began to show just how remarkable and complex they really are.

    These black and white beauties are found around the world, but there are three different ecotypes that exist off the coast of British Columbia the Residents, Biggs and Offshores.

    One of the best ways to separate Offshores, Biggs and Residents, apart from a few physical differences, is by the food they prefer. Not much is really known about the Offshores as they spend so much time far off the coast. However, it was recently confirmed that they can and do eat sharks, particularly sleeper sharks.

    Biggs (formally known as Transients), named after Canadian scientist Dr. Michael Bigg, eat other marine mammals. These mammals include everything from dolphins to seals to even other whales. Biggs also enjoy playing with their food and can be seen putting on extravagant shows by throwing their dinner high into the air a rather morbid, but oddly fascinating thing to watch.

    Finally, the Residents, which can be seen throughout the Gulf Islands and off Sooke (mostly in late spring and summer) love fish. Residents eat

    many kilograms (some 225 kilograms a day) of salmon, their favourite being chinook.

    Residents find salmon through echolocation, a process similar to that used by bats, where they send out a ping and wait for a return signal off a fish.

    Echolocation is a very important tool for Orcas along with the other ways that they use and produce sound. While there is much to discuss like the Orcas social structure, intelligence or behaviours I will focus on one amazing aspect of this creature, how they view their world through sound.

    Humans are extremely visual beings and tend to use our sense of sight above our other senses to explore our world. Orca whales, on the other hand, rely on sound, especially to communicate with family and for finding prey. Orca whales

    make several different sounds including clicks, whistles and calls; the tone, frequency and pitch of these sounds can tell scientists which ecotype (and often pod) of whale is vocalizing.

    Different groups of Orcas can sound very different to a trained ear. For example, the Southern Residents are split up into pods J, K and L. Each of these pods can speak to each other, but have a unique dialect. An analogy would be like a Brit, an Aussie and a Canadian all speaking to each other they all speak English, all understand each other, but there are some

    words or phrases that the other groups may not fully comprehend. Although Residents and Biggs are often inhabiting the same area, they dont speak to each other at all, not even realizing they are similar species.

    The vocalizations of an Orca are beautiful, almost haunting. In some portions of their calls you can hear their emotions and almost sense how they feel. Vocalizations of marine mammals are captured by underwater microphones, called hydrophones that passively listen to the world around them. Depending on the frequency of the hydrophone, it can pick up an Orca from several kilometres away.

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    Blackfish chatterOrca whales are an icon of the British Columbia coast

    Natasha EwingTales from the tidepool Historically,

    Orcas were very misunderstood and thought to be terribly dangerous.

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    Sooke History

    Elida PeersContributed

    Tugwell Creek is seen as a lovely oceanfront location, with wonderful views of the breakers crashing ashore. Historically it was backed by enormous stands of timber.

    The man whose name the creek bears was a colourful char-acter, Thomas Tugwell, believed the first immigrant settler in the Otter District in the late 1860s.

    Tugwells first sortie to the new colony of Vancouvers Island was in 1858, when he arrived in Fort Victoria as an 18-year-old midshipman aboard the British naval frigate Calypso, after an arduous journey around the Horn.

    Leaving his ship, he found employment as a census taker, enumerating the First Nations populations on the west coast of the Island. Returning to England briefly, he arrived once again in Victoria in 1865.

    As he was of an entrepreneur-ial nature, his name found its way into newspaper accounts that indicated a mysterious fire and questionable liquor sales at a hotel he operated in Esquimalt before he moved west.

    When he established his seed farm (he called it Sea View Farm) at the location we know today as Gordons Beach, he harvested fir and spruce cones for an over-seas market. He also ran a horse stage.

    Tugwell and his wife raised a foster son, Oscar Scarf, who is remembered today as a master mariner and by the historic Scarf House on Otter Point Road.

    Tugwell was employed taking the 1881 Census for the Otter District, but within a few years he sought greener pastures and sold his farm to Ted Gordon, another British immigrant. We

    next see references to Thomas Tugwell as a leaseholder in Atlin in 1899, where he had followed the gold rush trail, and where he developed several businesses.

    As further settlers arrived in the Otter District, such as the Andersons of Malahat Farm, they wanted a school for their children, and kindly Ted Gordon, then-owner of the Tugwell/Gor-don farm, made a parcel of his land available. This was at the western end of his land hold-ings, near to where Blackfish

    Road is today. The log schoolhouse, called

    Tugwell School, was built by the settlers and opened in 1899, where classes were taught for several years. It was when the large family of John and Mary Ann Goudie moved to another location and there werent enough pupils for the govern-ment to pay the teachers wages that the Tugwell School closed.

    Elida Peers is the historian of

    Sooke Region Museum.

    Pioneer Thomas Tugwell a colourful local character

    Sooke Region Museum

    First arriving at Fort Victoria in 1858, Thomas Tugwells life was spent as a British Columbia entrepreneur, his name remembered here by Tugwell Creek.

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    From Page A1The cause of the accident is still under investi-

    gation, but speed and inexperience appear to be factors, Holmes said.

    There was no indication that alcohol was involved in the incident.

    Police would not say whether the driver was also a student at the school, but Holmes said she is classified as a new driver.

    Charges are expected to be laid under the Motor Vehicle Act.

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    Crash sends two to hospital

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    With 2015 pretty much done, folks at the Sooke Fall Fair are already busy putting together next years fair, with the focus this time on beans, calling it Finger on the Pulses, but we are Full of Beans.

    No, its not a riddle, but more so a celebration of beans and what they do for us and this good green Earth of ours. The Pulses stand for all the dried fruits and vegetables in the world, notably dried beans and peas. International year of the Pulses is to help educate people around the world on their benefits.

    Its also a long-standing fall fair tradition that every year it celebrates what the international year is on, as it did with last years International Year of Soil and of Light. In that case, emphasis was on elements such as light technology, composting and protection of the soil and how we treat our environment.

    And, like every fall fair, there will be multiple contests, like naming all the types of beans, the longest bean and the fattest bean. The contest even includes whoever has the most human-looking bean of all, so no doubt, the focus isnt only on fun, but on education as well.

    As such, fall fair organizers will go to every school handing out bean feeds and teaching the kids how to grow them, notes Sooke Fall Fair president Ellen Lewers.

    Beans are so easy to grow, and its exciting for the kids, because after three days of planting them, they can already see a little leaf push out of the soil, Lewers said.

    The fall fair will also do potted beans for the Sooke Food Bank to encourage people to grow beans as they are good source of protein, and theyre relatively easy to grow.

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    Sooke Fall Fair will celebrate power of the bean

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    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    Believe it or not, were well on our way towards the end of the year, which means Christmas shopping, cooking, and working long shifts to get everything done before the clock stops.

    Ah, but theres a reward at the end of the day: sitting back and reflecting on a long year of hard work and adventures with a fine drink in your hand. And you dont have to look too far for it either, as the Sheringham Distillery unveiled its latest hot stuff: Seaside Gin.

    Yup, the Shirley-based distillery is at it again, after brewing the idea for a unique and local fine gin since July.

    A gin that, no matter where you are in the world, will make you feel like youre taking a refreshing seaside stroll by the shores of Shirley and beyond, notes Alayne MacIsaac, who helps run the Sheringham Distillery with her husband, Jason.

    We were walking along French Beach and all the wonderful wild roses were there, and we thought, this would be so great to have a gin that sort of

    encompasses the [local] seaside, she said.And the inspiration certainly paid off.

    The end result is a cool gin that includes wild rose, lavender, coriander, and

    citrus, as well as some locally-harvested winged kelp for a slight marine touch.

    The distillery has two other spirit products: vodka and white whisky.

    Like the gin, the spirits stand on their own as unique to the region, and indeed the world.

    The vodka is smooth in texture, leaving a mysterious but light after taste of salt, while the Williams White white whisky offers bright aromas, sweet grains and a clean, yet slightly spicy flavor.

    Williams White holds a particularly special place in Jason MacIsaacs heart; it originates from his middle name, William, and that of his father, Joseph William MacIsaac.

    It also pays tribute to Royal Navy Captain William Kellet, who explored and named Sheringham Point in 1846.

    The current location of the Sheringham Distillery also happens to be along a famous and historic rum runners route which operated feverishly during the prohibition era back and forth between the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

    The Seaside Gin is now available in local stores such as Buffys and Castle beer and wine.

    To learn more about the Sheringham Distillery, or if you would like to book a private tour, please visit: www.sheringhamdistillery.com.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

    New local gin will take you to the shores of Shirley

    Submitted

    Sheringham Distillery pre-production label of their new gin.

    Unique aromas include locally-harvested wild rose, lavender, coriander and winged kelp

    It would be so great to have a gin that sort of encompasses the seaside.

    Collective launches second Anthology of written worksA second publication has emerged this

    year from talented writers of the Sooke Writ-ers Collective, known as Anthology Two.

    The 113-page book features a collection of short stories, poetry, memoirs and non-fiction from well-known authors to students and emerging authors, all of whom are from the Sooke region.

    Highlights include a short story from A. Y. Dorseys The Crossing Dance, from artist and poet D. L Clay, three delightful samples of poetry from the recently created chap-book, On Location, featuring poems about Vancouver Island.

    The anthology also includes the win-ning entries from the Edward Milne Com-

    munity School 2015 student writing con-test, authors Kara Lebold, Mikayla Sharf, Morganne Orchard, Jessica Thompson, and Heidi Anderson.

    Last but not least, noted local historical author Bard van den Berk expands on one of the fascinating characters featured in The History of Leechtown in Tomo Antoine.

    Before the Collective, there was the Sooke Scribblers, founded by Shirley Skidmore, providing members with writing talk, feed-back and mutual support.

    The initial idea was to gather writers of every genre to provide community support and writing practice for all other writers in the Sooke region (East Sooke, Sooke, Otter

    Point and Shirley).Readers can find Words and Imaginings

    for $12 at the Barking Dog Studio, The Reading Room bookstore, the Sooke Region Museum, Well Read Books and online at sookewriters.com.

    Proceeds from the sales go to support future Edward Milne Community School student writing contests and a 2016 anthol-ogy.

    The work of contest winners is included in the anthology. Membership is $20 a year and includes publication in the annual print anthology and the chance for writing feed-back from the community.

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    The Sooke Commu-nity Choir wants to thank all who sang with them at their Christmas Kick-Off Singalong, the communitys generous donations provided a bounty for the Sooke Food Bank.

    Now the choir moves onto the Winter Con-cert, Songs For a Win-ters Night, where the audience gets to expe-rience an enchanting collection of music and poetry that weave a stunning tapestry of spirit, reflection and peace.

    The concert starts on Dec. 11 at the Sooke Community Hall at 8 p.m., and will continue on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m., until Sunday (Dec. 13) at the Metchosin Com-munity Hall.

    Tickets are $15, chil-dren under 16 free, and visitors can also win a unique door prize.

    One of the special guests that night is Trevor MacHattie, prin-cipal cellist with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Community Choir will also introduce one of their own, Dave Cun-ningham, on guitar. Over 60 voices will be accompanied by pianist Kathy Russell and guided by Artistic Director, Bruce Rud-dell.

    They will take on timeless classics such as Stings soothing Fields of Gold, Rain Rain, Beautiful Rain, (an African accapella about wanting rain), Winter Song, Every Time I feel the Spirit, and Gor-don Lightfoots clas-sic, Song for a Winters Night, hence the name for the concert itself.

    The community hall stage wont just be bar-ren either, it will fea-ture a full backdrop

    set, which is provided by the Sooke Har-bour Players. Both the backdrop and the new lights were made pos-sible with funding from Sooke District.

    The next singing session starts up on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Prestige Hotel, and peo-ple are welcome to try out the first practice with no obligation.

    In March, the Com-munity Choir will also do the Spring Sing-Out Festival loosely based off 70s hits, such as Eagles, Beatles, Queen, and Pink Floyd.

    An accapella of Bohe-mian Rhapsody is also in the mix, which Rud-dell says will be the choirs show stopper.

    They will be singing with all the local ele-mentary school choirs.

    The Community Choir will perform its spring concert in Sooke and then in Courtenay.

    For more informa-tion, visit sookecom-munitychoir.com, email sallyt@shaw.ca or call 250-642-3566.

    Tickets for all three Songs For a Winters Night concerts are available, with thanks, at Shoppers Drug Mart and The Stick.

    Metchosin tickets will also be available at the Metchosin Country Store.

    Upcoming Youth Show Choir will put stars in your eyes

    Dont miss it

    n EVENT: Songs For a Winters Night

    n WHEN: Dec. 11 to Dec. 12

    n WHERE: Sooke Community Hall, Metchosin Hall

    n INFO: 250-642-3566

    The Sooke Youth Show Choir is back again with their winter show next week at the Edward Milne Community School theatre, this time taking on a popular TV show.

    Its called Stars in their Eyes and it is based on the British TV talent show of the same name, where contestants would impersonate showbiz stars.

    The TV show itself ran from 1990 until 2006 on UK-based TV network ITV and was revived again in early January 2015 until being cancelled in April.

    In SYSCs version of the show, there are going to be celebrity judges who will critique each of the kids performances (no Simon Cowells, only nice judges of course) and the roles of the judges will be played by some high-profile Sooke residents.

    This clip from YouTube provides a good idea of what the youth choir will try to emulate in their performance:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkpYU6ptl5E.

    Not all of the kids in the choir will be doing a character (there are about 16 solo/duet numbers) and there will be several group numbers the kids will all sing as a chorus.

    Kids from West-Mont Montessori will also be joining SYSC in some of the group numbers that night.

    The event takes place at the EMCS theatre on Wednesday night, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for youth 16 and under.

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    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Singing loud and clearStudents at Poirier Elementary School performing their school anthem following a presentation in the gym. The students were split into two groups, one side being the choir and vocals, the other being solely instrumental. The song itself was composed by their fellow Poirier teacher, Caledonia Robertson.

    Community Choir to sing Songs for a Winters Night

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    Gingerbread house contest shinesAnnual Gingerbread House Contest helps feed Sooke Food BankKevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    The ancient and aromatic tradi-tion of building structures from ginger-scented cookies continues this holiday season in Prestige Best Western Hotel lobby, where 12 gingerbread houses covered with candy embellishments went on display last week.

    The fifth annual Gingerbread Contest attracts hundreds to the hotel, but the biggest winner is the Sooke Food Bank, where funds from the contest are donated.

    Any age can enter it, and its never too late. The earlier they get it in the better chance they have of winning, but if someone was to bring in a house halfway through, the more the merrier, said Dan Houle, general manager of West Coast Grill, the events sponsor.

    The way it works is that peo-ple come to the hotel and check out the gingerbread house entries which are in the main lobby. They can then bid on their favourite with a donation to the food bank.

    The first-place builder takes

    home a certificate for a one-night stay at the Prestige and a $100 gift certificate to the West Coast Grill. The under 12 winner takes home a Christmas gift goodie bag.

    Each year the Gingerbread House Contest brings in between $450 and $650 for the Sooke Christmas Bureau and Sooke Food Bank.

    Its something nice and Christ-massy for the community, and its a way to give something back, especially the food bank and help people who are less fortunate, Houle said.

    The Gingerbread House Con-test runs through Dec. 15.

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    Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror

    West Coast Grill general manager Dan Houle, above right, with one of the many gingerbread house on display at Prestige Best Western Hotel; a gingerbread house with all the trimmings.

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    Heres some tips to keep you safe

    Near hurricane force winds, Arctic outbreaks and heavy rains are three severe weather patterns typically experienced in B.C. in late fall and winter.

    They can result in downed electrical lines and power outages, flooding, landslides and hazardous driving conditions.

    With inclement weather and storms in the forecast this week, Emergency Management B.C. offer these tips to prepare for all winter-like weather can throw at you.

    Get storm ready. Ensure your home emergency kit is refreshed and can support you and your family for a minimum of 72 hours without power or heat.

    Do not go near dangling power lines. Report them to the power company.

    Report any broken sewer lines or water mains to your local authority.

    Drive cautiously and only if necessary. Debris, downed power lines or damaged roads will make driving dangerous. Ensure you have a winter emergency kit for your vehicle.

    Police, fire, ambulance and local emergency authorities work to ensure public safety. If ordered to evacuate, do so. And take your grab and go emergency kit with you.

    Utility providers and city crews will work as quickly as possible to restore services.

    Leave phone lines free for emergency use. Call 911 if there is danger of serious injury.

    Winter weather

    can mean unexpected surprises. Before the lights go out, create a preparedness plan for your family and visit Emergency Info

    B.C.location. If instructed, turn

    off utilities at main switches or valves. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are

    wet or standing in water.

    Stay out of moving water and never walk through it. Even six inches of moving

    water can make you fall and because of dangerous debris beneath the surface or strong currents, it can put you at risk of

    drowning. To report severe

    flooding in your area, contact your local municipal government.

    Be prepared to take on winter storms

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