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December 23, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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  • C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

    Black PressWednesday, December 23, 2015 Mail Agreement #40110541

    Merry Christmas

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    Arnold LimSooke News Mirror

    Sooke School District has four new buses coming to its fleet.

    The board of edu-cation voted to spend $684,772 on the new vehicles, which will bring the total number of buses in the fleet to 38.

    Student popula-tion for ridership has definitely impacted the busing services, said trustee Denise Riley. We have to have addi-tional buses to service all the students in the district.

    Three of the four buses will service the West Shore, with the fourth to be used on runs in the Sooke area. There are 29 routes throughout the district, separated into the Bel-mont and the Sooke zones.

    The extra buses will give the district a larger reserve of vehicles from which to draw for to-and-from school transportation and field trips.

    We had four or five additional buses (avail-able) to do field trips

    during the day, said district secretary-trea-surer Harold Cull, add-ing that mechanical breakdowns or other emergencies could

    sometimes leave just one extra bus. (That) is too few buses to be able to have a reserve.

    The new 84-seat, rear-engine buses are expected to arrive before March 31 and are being paid for by the Education Ministry.

    editor@sookenewsmirror.com

    School district to add four vehicles to bus fleetBoard will spend $684,772 which will bring total number of buses in the fleet to 38

    A2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 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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    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    It looks like its going to be a warmer and more nourishing Christmas for those less for-tunate this year, thanks to the local communitys combined effort to feed the Sooke Food Bank.

    Donation efforts in recent weeks stemmed from a variety of local ini-tiatives, such as the 10K Tonight Food Drive at Edward Milne Com-munity School, in which students collected and individually-sorted an impressive 6,000 non-perishable food items for the food bank.

    The Sooke Christmas Bureau, an extension of the Sooke Food Bank, played a significant role as well in collecting funds, food, and toys to help around 320 families living in the Sooke region. In November, the Dis-trict of Sooke made a $7,000 grant that helped provide the bureau with

    turkeys. Sookies also saw red, yellow and

    white lights glowing through their neighborhoods, with this years Santa Run, which had firefighters, elves, collecting money and food in four fire trucks. The event, which is put on by the Sooke Fire Depart-ment, Sooke Firefighters Associa-tion, and the International Asso-ciation of Fire Fighters Local 4841, raised more than $10,000 this year for the local food bank.

    The people in Sooke were so gen-erous, the schools and the firefight-ers, and all the businesses, they were dropping stuff off left and right, said Mike Thomas, a volunteer with the Sooke Food Bank and co-chair of the Sooke Christmas Bureau.

    Thomas is part of 30 or so volun-teers at the food bank who collect, prepare, organize and distribute hampers for the needy in the local community.

    So far, given the efforts made, the food bank is good for the next three months, but Thomas pointed out the numbers of local clients are up nine per cent, and though there are roughly 60 less children this year, around 500 more adults turned up at the door for hampers.

    Food bank volunteers also have to do weekly purchases of short-last-ing items such as meat and veggies, though Thomas added they have enough soup and non-perishables.

    The Sooke Christmas Bureau was also busy last weekend with its ham-per sorting and giveout, and was also given a visit by MLA John Hor-gan, who dropped in with a donation and offered to help sorting efforts with the volunteers.

    The bureau will be taking dona-tions until the end of December. Mail donations to P.O. Box 983, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1H9.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

    Sooke Food Bank fills its cupboards for Christmas

    Community comes together with initiatives to feed the hungry

    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Kim Metzger organizes freshly-brought-in canned food at the Sooke Food Bank.

    Briefly

    Crash closes Sooke RoadA Sooke man had his licence suspended after he lost

    control of his pickup truck and severed a hydro pole on Sooke Road near 17 Mile Pub last week.

    The driver, who was the only occupant of the white pickup, was able to safely escape with minor injuries. Alcohol was a factor in the Dec. 16 crash, said Sooke RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

    The accident blocked Sooke Road for several hours, as live hydro wires still hung from the pole, as well as a capacitor that was leaking oil.

    Traffic was diverted through Gillespie and Kangaroo roads, though logging trucks and semi-tractor-trailers where forced to wait.

    Sooke Road wasnt reopened until late afternoon, as B.C. Hydro and emergency crews worked to clear the debris and restore power in the area.

    Blocked culvert floods highwayA section of Highway 14 near Kangaroo Road which

    flooded due to severe storms in the region was caused by a blocked culvert.

    The Ministry of Transportation has cleared the culvert and will continue to closely monitor this section of the highway, said an official.

    Asbestos dumped at Beecher BaySooke RCMP are investigating the illegal dumping of

    50 bags of asbestos waste at Beecher Bay off East Sooke Road.

    Police said the bags, which were professionally removed and sent for disposal, contained tiles of discarded linoleum. This is one of several asbestos dumping incidents reported in the area between Oct. 30 and Nov. 26.

    Another five bags were located down a steep embankment not far from the original dump site.

    Proper disposal of asbestos is expensive, clearly someone is trying to save money and discard this at the roadside, endangering the environment and the public, said Sooke RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

    Anyone with information can contact the Sooke detachment at 250-642-5241, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Metchosin firefighters examine an accident scene that closed Sooke Road last week.

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    Mounties answer the call 388 times

    Sooke RCMP responded to 388 calls or occurrences in October, says Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur in a report to council.

    Among the incidents reported were 13 for theft under $5,000, 14 for mischief and 17 occurrences under the Mental Health Act.

    On the traffic side, there were 29 violations recorded and one driver charged with impaired driving.

    So far this year, Sooke Mounties have responded to 3,642 incidents, up 56 in the same period in 2014.

    District administers local CHI program

    A $20,000 agreement between Island Health and the Sooke Region Communities Health Network, also known as CHI, will be administered by the District of Sooke.

    The district will support CHI by approving invoices for the subcontracted facilitator, provide monthly statements and in-kind account payable services.

    CHI is a partnership of community members and health and social service providers that advocate for healthy communities from Beecher Bay to Port Renfrew.

    Sooke set to bloom in 2016

    The District of Sooke will participate in the 2016 Communities in Bloom program.

    Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus onenhancing green spaces in communities.

    In the past the district has been recognized by the program.

    Council Briefs

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    Just beside Saseenos Elementary School there are three medium-sized greenhouses, and inside, something unique happens: simulating the environment of a Japanese mountain.

    The reason? Wasabi. And lots of it. Now, you no longer need to run into Victoria to buy some painted horseradish goop, you can get the real deal in Sooke.

    After years of planning and development, the wasabi farm is the TSou-ke Nations second initiative towards self-sustainability and renewable resources. The first is is its successful solar projects.

    Each greenhouse can grow up to 5,000 wasabi plants at a time, producing around 80 kilograms per month. Sooke

    is among the few growing wasabi there are 10 other communities throughout B.C.

    Its got a high-dollar return of all the vegetables around, and there arent a whole lot of people growing wasabi right now, so theres a good market, said TSou-ke Coun. Colleen George, who is overseeing the project.

    Even though the operation is still young, it already serves clients around the world. Just recently, the TSou-ke made wasabi shipments to Vienna, Frankfurt, London and Taiwan.

    And it moves around pretty quick, said Andrew Moore, head of maintenance and projects for the TSou-ke Nation.

    This year most of the wasabi harvest will go to culinary uses, while next year all of it will be going towards therapeutic and medicinal

    purposes, including pills for allergies.

    Success of the wasabi here has spread beyond Sookes own borders, already attracting hundreds of customers worldwide.

    This is eco-tourism, said Andrew Moore, head of maintenance and projects for the TSou-ke Nation, adding the wasabi farm is an ideal example of the community having a collective vision towards one goal.

    The wasabi farm employs around four people to help run its operation.

    Were going to make sure that the business plan is actually working out and that the figures are coming out well, Moore said.

    We hope to create a combination of renewables and conservation.

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    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Andrew Moore, head of maintenance and projects for TSou-ke Nation, inside the wasabi plant greenhouse.

    Growing seasonTSou-ke Nation finds cash crop with wasabi

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    Renters face eviction as companys financial woes continueOctavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    Every community, big or small, has its big dream, whether its a commercial centre, a rec-reational hub, a new means of transport, or a big school.

    Sookes dream was Mariners Village, a multi-million-dollar mixed-use waterfront develop-ment with townhouses, con-dos, office buildings, even a new library, making it the towns biggest construction project to date.

    That dream faded however, following delays and stagnating in its first stage of construction, its developer, Condor Proper-ties Ltd., announced Dec. 2 it is going into receivership with debt in excess of $20 million.

    Bowra Group, a Vancouver-based company specializing in debt reduction, bankruptcy and financial advice was appointed by the B.C. Supreme Court to handle the receivership.

    They [Mariners Village] were struggling for some time, and without money to spend on mar-keting, they couldnt really get the word out, said Chris Bowra,

    BGs vice-president, adding the company had been trying to get re-financing for some time.

    Bowra will also look at the vacant land that sits there, including the marina, all of which are subject to the receiv-ership. The marina has a lease with the province however, meaning it would be able to sell the companys interests in that lease agreement.

    In total, there are 25 units, eight townhouse units and 17 condominium units, 13 of which are rentals.

    All 13 renters now face evic-tion from the property by the end of February. The only option to stay is to buy the property, but many of the renters dont have any other choice but to leave.

    This is to re-market the units which includes fixing them up, and making them as market-able as possible, according Bowra.

    Gerald and Lois Meyer, an elderly couple from Medicine Hat, moved into Mariners Vil-lage a year and a half ago, feeling giddy of their new home.

    Now they face an impasse, as they dont want to leave town, but cant find another fitting place either.

    Its difficult, because theres nothing in Sooke that would suit us. Im 79, my wifes 77 ... if were living in an apartment building, well need an elevator, Meyer said.

    The Meyers pay $1,350 per month on rent for their two-bed-room, two-bathroom suite.

    Despite the unfortunate out-come, Meyer feels not much can be done for themselves and the other renters, other than pick up and go.

    Michael Barrie, CEO of Con-dor, Mariners Villages devel-oper, was not available for com-ment.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

    Mariners Village goes into receivership

    Contributed

    Mariners Village went into receivership on Dec. 2.

    Sooke district council has given the go-ahead for the development of Sooke River Park, which will include a multi-use trail project, horseshoe pitches and a parking lot.

    The final piece of the puzzle fell into place last week when the Agricultural Land Commission approved the trail project, which will connect to the Galloping Goose trail from its access point at Kirby Road to Highway 14 at Sooke River Road Park.

    The Sooke Horseshoe Club will build four to six pitches on the prop-erty, with room for expansion.

    The park is located across the street from Fred Milne Park on 5.6 hectares of property which the district bought in 2010.

    Last week, council decided to offi-cially dedicate the property as park, even though any zoning can contain a park without changes through a bylaw.

    Acting mayor Kevin Pearson said it would be better to have everything in proper order moving forward. The move is just a housekeeping mea-sure on the districts part with minor changes to the official community plan and other bylaws.

    Sooke River Park plan receives the green light

    Desjardins to lead CRD

    Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins has been elected chairman of the Capital Regional District. She replaces Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen. Southern Gulf Islands electoral area director David Howe was re-elected vice-chair. Desjardins has served on the CRD board since 2009.

    The Hartland Landfill Facility will be closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25 and Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015.

    Hartland will reopen on Monday, December 28 from 9 am until 5 pm. Registered account customers will have access to the active face from 7 to 9 am.

    Please make sure your load is covered and secured.

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    For more information, please call the CRD Hotline at 250.360.3030 or visit www.crd.bc.ca/hartland

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  • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015 I OPINION I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A7

    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

    Christmas Day is upon us. And while the holidays are a special time for most of us, a time to gather with family and celebrate all that we have. For some, the holidays can be a difficult time.

    It can be easy to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. Between work or school, family commitments, and the added stress of Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking, travel or welcoming relatives, it is all too easy to throw up your hands say To heck with it! For others, the Christmas season can bring back painful memories or serve as a reminder of something now missing from

    their lives.The urge to simply crawl into a hole or

    at least a bundle of blankets on the couch and watch terrible movies on Netflix until the season is over is understandable.

    So as we gather to celebrate the Christmas season, make sure to reach out to those around you who might not find the holidays a happy occasion. And whether the holidays bring a sense of unease or fill you with joy, the spirit of giving can help brighten all of our holiday seasons.

    Giving back to your community is a truly rewarding experience for

    many people. It doesnt have to be Christmastime to make a difference in the lives of those around you. It doesnt matter if its fundraising for disease research, helping out at a pet shelter or giving back to the homeless.

    When we give to others, we give to ourselves. We give to the communities we live in, making them better places for our own and future generations. We gain the gift of new friends from our charity efforts. We gain the satisfaction of knowing that we are part of a wider community whose members care for one another. What better gift could there be?

    Spirit of giving can brighten faded smilesWE SAY: Not all may see Christmas with cheer, but the spirit of giving is universal.

    Publisher Rod Sluggett

    Editor Kevin LairdOpinion

    Were playing well and playing our systems well,but we just cant find the back of the net.

    I like when you can take an underlying message at surface value, but has a deeper element that could detract from it.

    Were told that many a romance began as the girls would gather on the benches to watch their favourites demonstrate their muscles.

    Kevin Berger, Midget A coach Page A28

    Shailie Dubois, author, Dani Page A31

    Elida Peers, history, Charters Hall Page A20

    To begin, the Syrian refugee crisis is not new.

    In a country ravaged by civil war for nearly five years, the human toll has had plenty of time to mount.

    Its estimated more than 250,000 people are dead so far the majority civilians.

    Another 11 million roughly a third the population of Canada have been forced from their homes. Of those, four million have fled the country in a pitiful exodus not seen since the Second World War.

    That Canadians are just waking up to this crisis does not change the history. It does not change the fact that children born into this tragedy will soon celebrate their fifth birthday having never known peace and security.

    Canada has a chance to change that, at least for some.

    The effort to accommodate a small percentage of refugees is gathering momentum. In Sooke and across Canada individuals and organizations are planning for their arrival. Theyre gathering funds, finding accommodations and marshaling services. They are demonstrating the same compassion that led to our earlier acceptance of those fleeing unrest and persecution: the Hungarians, Poles, Jews, Ismailis, Czechs, Chileans, Iranians, Ukrainians, Vietnamese, Bosnians, Kosovars and others.

    Of course Canadas record is not without blemish. The plight of 907 Jews who tried to escape Nazi Germany in 1939 aboard the ocean liner St.

    Louise offers a good example. Canada refused them, and 254 later died in concentration camps.

    It is not a chapter we can be proud of.But it is one we can learn from.Canada has agreed to take in 25,000

    refugees. Of the four million Syrians fleeing the murderous carnage in their homeland, thats 0.06 per cent.

    Yes, accommodating them will bring challenges.

    But turning them away puts us in uncomfortable company. It places us on the side of the fearful, in the camp of the selfish, and in league with the intolerant.

    That is a betrayal of a tradition that shaped this country and should not be entertained lightly.

    Black Press

    We cannot betray Canadas tradition of acceptance

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  • A8 I OPINION I sookenewsmIrror.com wednesday, decemBer 23, 2015

    WE ASKED YOU: Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

    Last Monday. Did it all first thing in the morning.

    Carly GillieSooke

    For a couple of weeks. I didnt want to fight the crowds with my baby.

    Ashley ToiferSooke

    I was done last week. Places I went to shop werent too busy.

    Ryan Lillmeier-EveSooke

    Pretty early on, yes. Its too crazy out in stores right now to get any shopping done.

    Jose LecinanaSooke

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    Teen inspiringto Mirror reader

    Re: Teen helps others in amazing ways (Sports, Dec. 16)

    There are some amazing people out there in all age categories and genders. When we focus on stereotypes and what is not work, we miss the best part of the picture. This girl has places to go and things to do! Congratulations to her and her family!

    Marlene BarrySooke

    Good for the goose, good for the gander

    In Moricetown, B.C., which is 30 minutes from Smithers, local First Nation members said it was too far to the hospital.

    So a 15-bed hospital for 500 people with all the amenities was built by the Moricetown Band, with funding from the First Nations Health Authority.

    Yet, in Sooke, we live the same distance from the a hospital and cant get anything for 18,000 area residents.

    What is wrong here? I say whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Gordon Stewart Sooke

    Every business is an economic generator

    Re: Arts funding cuts reversed (News, Dec. 16)

    It was stated at council that the Sooke Fine Arts Festival is an economic generator therefore deserves public tax dollar funding to host the event. It charges admission and people pay for the art they purchase.

    This makes it an event that should cover all operational costs on its own, but the event chooses to pick the pocket of taxpayers.

    All business in Sooke is an economic generator and they pay high commercial taxes so how should we attempt to

    address that? If this town wants to help

    people then help the less fortunate, not people with hobbies.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

    Herb HaldaneSooke

    Flooded highway a danger for drivers

    Recent completed work on Highway 14, from the western end of the four lanes section to Kangaroo Road, suggests to the average motorist that more attention should have been given to the area where the four lanes narrows to two.

    Drainage from the hillside after prolonged rains travels along the edge of the road and builds up to a point where a wide stream develops across the road, with the water collecting in large amounts on the lower side and traffic lane.

    This makes for tricky driving at any time with oncoming traffic, but especially during periods of heavy traffic volume.

    The situation is compounded by low overnight temperatures.

    Hopefully effective attention will be given to this area on Highway 14 in the very near future.

    David BennettSooke

    Be a patron of the arts

    My wife Susan and I have been huge supporters of Sookes arts community for many years with personal philanthropy as well as corporate sponsorship through our business Little Vienna Bakery & Cafe.

    Whether it be Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, craft fairs, youth choir, theatre, dance or school programs, we love all forms of visual, performing, culinary and decorative arts.

    Simply put: art feeds our basic human instinct for

    harmony, balance, beauty and rhythm, therefore my wife and I have always been ongoing patrons whether it be with our time, energy, intellect or money.

    Besides the social benefits that are provided by the arts, as business-people we also understand the tremendous economic benefit that local merchants receive from the efforts of all the various organizations and individuals who continuously give of themselves to enhance this vital component of our community.

    We are very pleased to see last weeks decision by mayor and council to go against the recommended funding cuts prescribed by the community grant review committee and reinstate full funding to a number of Sookes key arts organizations. A very smart decision indeed!

    However the various arts groups will need continuing support besides these community grant monies, and so Susan and I would like to offer a challenge to other individuals and business-people in our community to match our recent donation of $1,000.00 to the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra (or any other arts group) in an effort to ensure the arts can continue to thrive and enhance all of our lives in Sooke.

    Michael and Susan NyikesSooke

    Taxation shuffles the money around

    Re: Liberals promises more about votes than economy (Opinion, Dec. 16)

    The most effective way to help the economy is to get out of the way of honest people building and earning.

    Keep in mind that government does not create anything, taxation just shuffles money around unfairly.

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  • Wednesday, deCeMBeR 23, 2015 I NEWS I sookeneWsMIRRoR.CoM A9

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    District of Sooke council expressed support last week to hook up about 75 properties in the north end of Otter Point Road to municipal water.

    Whether that gets the go-ahead rests with the Capital Regional Districts Juan de Fuca Water Distribution Commission.

    The area extends from the municipal boundary on Otter Point Road to an area including Pascoe and Sellars roads. The water line currently ends 700 metres from the Sooke boundary line.

    Council backed a motion from Coun. Kerrie Reay which asks the commission to extend its Otter Point water line to the municipal boundary and service all homes on route. Funding for the project would come from the commissions development cost charge fund.

    Three years ago an Otter Point Road resident approached district council to subdivide his property to allow for another house. Area neighbours opposed the plan due to critically low levels of water in the aquifer.

    Council at the time promised to look into the water shortage, but it appears the project fell off the radar, Reay said.

    Its always stuck with me because I dont know if we ever did anything, even if there was direction made to staff to specifically do that.

    The idea was resurrected last fall when the CRD created a policy where people of rural areas are able to access water no matter where they live.

    There are several areas in the District of Sooke that rely on wells. The official community plan calls for municipal water for the entire community, but Reay pointed out the municipality is only 16 years old and needs to develop its infrastructure.

    In the District of Sooke, everybody wants water and I think we have to do it in stages. There is just this tiny piece at the very north end of the district that could be a win-win scenario, Reay said.

    Sooke fire officials said the problem is compounded when it comes to fire protection. The area was considered a high risk by the Canadian Institute

    of Underwriters in a 2010 report citing an inadequate water

    supply.There are no

    hydrants on Otter Point Road past the trailer park, and if a fire occurs, firefighters tank water to the site by tenders, said Fire Chief Steve Sorensen.

    Anytime we can get hydrants in and not have to truck water in its a lot easier for us.

    Water commission chair Bob Gramigna is aware of Sookes request and expects it to go before the commission Jan. 5.

    Certainly if Sooke has a matter which they would like to bring before the water commission, I would guarantee they will have the opportunity to present it, he said.

    klaird@blackpress.ca

    Sooke council backs water service extensionPlan eyed for properties in north Otter Point Road area

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  • A10 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015A10 I NEWS I sookenewsmIrror.com wednesday, decemBer 23, 2015

    Excusez moi if the Paris climate change conference hasnt left me doing environmentally correct cartwheels of joy.

    Although the fact that 150 countries agreed on something is to be applauded, the details have caused my skeptical side to bubble to the surface.

    At the risk of sounding simplistic, the agreement as I understand it aims to reduce the earths temperature by one to two degrees through policies designed to drastically reduce our reliance on oil.

    I think the folks we sent there to represent our environmental interests have just created a network of pipelines designed to syphon countless billions of dollars towards a goal without a guaranteed return.

    Whether you dress it up as cap and trade or call it a carbon tax, it sounds like another whack in the wallet of monumentally global proportions.

    This consensus reached by a collection of governments who cant produce a week of world peace or manage to feed and clothe the poorest on

    the planet wont have me lining up for an electric car any time soon.

    Before you label me a climate change denier, ask yourself how much more youre willing to pay at the pump for the privilege of driving to work. At a time when oil prices continue to plummet faster than your bank balance before Christmas, governments and their partners in crime, the oil companies, still cant give us a quasi-plausible explanation for why the price of dirty gas continues to rise high enough to poke holes in the ozone.

    Science seems to be divided to some degree on how much of a role humans play in the rise and fall of global temperatures.

    Last time I checked, were still 93 million miles away from the sun, and at the risk of sounding naive, there could be a lot more going on in that buffer zone that we havent even scratched the surface of understanding.

    The hardcore environmentalists preach that all is lost if we dont change our gas guzzling habits immediately. Part of me thinks thats more of a

    media driven snow job than a scientifically measured response.

    Weve been hoodwinked into believing the ice caps are melting and the polar bear is doomed because of the damage caused by our carbon boot print.

    Whether its man-made phenomena or simply cycles that repeat and retreat every thousand years or so is still up for debate. In the meantime, what we used to call diesel or unleaded is no longer politically correct. They are now labelled as fossil fuels to make us feel like dinosaurs for using them.

    And speaking of those bygone beasts, I dont believe it was sunburn that killed them off in the end. History and folklore have conspired to tell us that even Fred Flintstone had to deal with gridlock during his daily commute to the quarry. And has anyone else noticed that environmental evangelist David Suzuki shares the same last name as one of the worlds largest car companies? Just sayin.

    Rick Stiebel is a Sooke

    resident and semi-retired journalist.

    Rick StiebelRickter Scale

    Rick Stiebel, a Sooke resident since 2001, is a semi-retired writer whose work has appeared in a number of Black Press papers and other publications. The aim of this column is to shine a light on local, national and global issues with an eye toward creating dialogue that provokes thought, solutions and, occasionally, laughter. We welcome readers' suggestions for topics that engage and illuminate in a positive fashion.

    Thurs Dec. 24

    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.CHRISTMAS EVE SKATESEAPARC Leisure Complex, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Mon Dec. 27

    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. 27

    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.FESTIVAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4.

    Wed Dec. 30

    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.

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    Tues Dec. 29

    BABY TALKCues: Whats My Baby Telling Me. 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. 26

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONMeat draw 3 p.m.WINTER ART SHOW & SALESooke Community Arts Council, Reading Room.FESTIVAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4.

    Fri Dec. 25

    VITAL VITTLESChristmas lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sooke Community Hall. FESTIVAL OF TREESSEAPARC Leisure Complex, until Jan. 4

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    Holy Trinity Church: 1952 Murray RdKnox Presbyterian Church: 2110 Church Rd

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    Peoples Drug Mart: 8-6716 Sooke RdSEAPARC: 2168 Phillips Rd

    St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church: 2191 Townsend RdSooke Seniors Bus: $15 annual membership. 250-642-4662

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    Global lukewarming to the skeptical eye

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    Only 15 non-profit organizations were short-listed for the final award in the B.C. Hydro Com-munity Champions program two months ago, and now, among the final winners is the Sooke Family Resource Society.

    Winners of the contest were awarded $10,000 based on their initiative, and each organization had to create a small video clip to highlight their purpose in their community and what they intend to achieve.

    The not-for-profit organization offers a variety of programs for family services and community living, including a clothing exchange initiative. The SFRS Community Thrift Shop opened Oct. 20 as a response to the Salvation Armys closure of its local shop back in June.

    And surely, the $10K will go a long way to sup-port the initial startup costs for the SFRS thrift shop, noted Nicky Logins, executive director of Sooke Family Resource Society.

    Logins pointed out that the Sally Anns depar-ture from town left a gap in that kind of local service, and there was a need to connect the needy directly to the SFRS through a thrift store.

    They didnt do alone either. Logins said much of SFRSs success in this competition was thanks to the local Sooke community.

    We thank the community for all the support, we couldnt do it without you.

    To view SFRSs winning video, go online to champions.bchydro.com/entries/view/sfrs.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

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    These winners are yummy to the tummy and feed a whole lot of people at the same time.

    West Coast Grill announced the winner of its annual Gingerbread House Contest

    And the winners are First place: Jen Dumont and

    her niece Brooke. Second place: Jasmine

    Mintenko Kids winner: River and Cedar

    Tse-Browell.Winners received prizes ranging

    from a hotel stay, restaurant gift certificates and a Christmas gift goodie bag.

    The 12th annual contest was a fundraiser for the Sooke Food Bank, where more than $200 was raised.

    Contributed

    First place winner: Jen Dumont and her niece Brooke.

    Gingerbread House Contest feeds tummies of the needy

    Sooke residents help charity with special donations to Third World countriesOctavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    When it comes to Christmas shopping, were usually talking about items like a new TV, a toy, furniture, perfume or a sharp-looking pair of jeans.

    Its all great stuff, but what if you could give a gift that would not only be invaluable, but would also make a huge differ-ence in a persons life. Like a goat. A chicken. Or, perhaps, a pair of fruit trees.

    This is possible though World Visions gift catalogue (world-vision.ca/gifts) where you can purchase an item on someones behalf, such as a goat, and the honoree receives a card say-ing a goat has been given in their name to a family in a developing country.

    After all, theres no greater gift than knowing your gift will feed a family for a year, or provide a source of income for many years.

    Bet you a shiny new ipod cant do that.

    And Sookies are already ahead of the curb this year, with 30 locals donating $4,300 worth of items.

    With those 30 peo-ple who have given gifts, thats 30 fami-lies around the world whove been impacted

    and theyve made a positive dif-ference for, said Genevieve Bar-ber, World Vision communica-tions manager.

    The generosity isnt exactly surprising, as a recent sur-vey by Ipsos Reid, a Canadian research company, shows 65 per cent of B.C. residents prefer to receive a meaningful gift that would help someone else, rather than another traditional gift like clothes or electronics.

    And the person who receives these gifts really feels like a dif-ference being made, as the WVs support in its line of communi-ties (which is in 100 countries around the world) doesnt just drop off a goat, or a jug of water on their doorstep, but helps people become self-sustaining, noted Barber.

    Theyre getting the train-ing on how to properly take

    care of the chickens, how to breed them, and maybe even start a small business, she said.

    Last year, British Columbians bought more than 8,800 essen-tial items from the World Vision gift catalogue tangible dona-tions for children and families in developing countries like livestock, clean water, access to education and medical supplies.

    Livestock items are popular, including nutritional items such as fruit trees and agricultural packs. Some medical-use items and educational items, as well as water are also hot on the list.

    Categories are broken up between animals, education, health and nutrition, hand crafted gifts, agriculture and clean water, all of which add up to around 70 items to choose from.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

    Thinking about Christmas gift how about a new goat?

    Goats and other farm animals can be bought through World Visions gift catalogue. Last year, Sooke residents bough more tha$4,300 worth of goods with World Vision.

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    Elida PeersContributed

    This 1939 photo of the old Charters Hall, fronting on Sooke Road, gives an idea of what it was like to get around, mostly on foot, in winter.

    For this camera shot, the photographer would have been almost at the spot where the Cains Garage building stands, on the south side of the main road. The face of Mt. Brule is seen beyond the hydro pole.

    To orient to the location, think of the newly refurbished faade of the Cains Garage, where Rasmus Rabien had his welding business, and where a new entrepreneur, Stephen Christensen, is wielding the monkey wrenches nowadays. While Charters Road did not exist, it runs today approximately where the lone automobile is parked. Kind of hard to believe (especially in rush hour) that todays busy traffic scene looked like this in 1939.

    I barely remember this building it seemed to me a dark old hall built of rough lumber. I was seven in 1939, in Grade 2, when I was invited to enter its portals. It was Mrs. Irene Cains, wife of Bill Cains, one of the garage proprietors, who met with a few of us schoolgirls to make costumes for us for the upcoming Christmas concert. If I remember right, they were fairy costumes and made of paper, and what excitement for us youngsters who were in farm families in limited circumstances in those Depression years.

    Built by the Charters family in the late 1880s, this hall served for many concerts, meetings and basketball games until other halls were built on Sheilds Road.

    Both the Sheilds family and the Cains family are members of the William Bell Charters family who in 1865 took up the section of land running from the mouth of the Sooke River

    to where Sooke School sits today.

    The hall was lit by coal oil lanterns, hung on the rafters in protective cages to ward off being struck by basketballs. Sooke had a reputation for basketball, and we often heard of the prowess of Mandus Michelsen; fellows would speak of his big old hook shot that racked up the scores. Were told that many a romance began as the girls would gather on the benches to watch their favourites demonstrate their muscles.

    Sometimes Sooke refers to the 30-foot tent lots laid out by the Charters family when the 1864 gold rush seemed to be heading for an inrush of population. As history showed, of course, it would be almost a century and a half before that original Charters subdivision developed the density we see today.

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    The traffic passing the Charters Road intersection today is a far cry from this quiet 1939 scene when Charters Hall faced Sooke Road.

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    Brianna ShambrookContributed

    The Sooke Region Museum had a very exciting year with its collections and exhibits. In 2015, we had three new temporary exhibits and made big strides in getting our artifact and archive collection more organized.

    We started out the new year with a continuation of our exhibit Accommodating the World. Then from March 28 to May 30 we hosted the ARTiFACTS show, which was organized by Linda Gordon and featured 15 local artists. Linda will be organizing the second annual ARTiFACTS show and it will open at the museum in mid-April.

    The exhibit Fashion Files: Dressing Sooke featured the museums own textile collection and was displayed from June 28 to Sept. 20. This exhibit had approximately 800 visitors over the summer.

    Currently on display is our exhibit presenting the unique metal sculptures created by late artist Jan Johnson. Tales of Woe and Whimsy opened Oct. 24 and will run until March 31. This

    exhibit has seen an exceptional number of visitors. Approximately 600 people have viewed the exhibit in less than two months. The museum gift shop is also selling photo prints featuring images of the sculptures.

    In the 2015 calendar year, we acquired 33 new archive and artifact collections. Amongst these collections are 362 individual objects that our team carefully recorded, photographed and stored. The data for each of the 362 objects was then entered into our museum computer software, Past Perfect.

    This year we made it our top priority to only accept objects that are related to the Sooke region and its residents. We want our entire collection to follow our policy as much as possible. Our current collections policy says we want, to gather and preserve information, records and

    objects of educational, historical and cultural value associated with the area Making our collections more focused will cut back on the amount of storage we need and the number of hours we spend processing donations.

    Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming projects. In 2016, our summer exhibit will focus on local agriculture and we will be hosting a travelling exhibit from the Canadian War Museum in the fall. We will also continue working away at inventorying and re-organizing our archive collection.

    Brianna Shambrook is the collections and

    exhibits manager for Sooke Region Museum.

    Curators Corner

    Sooke Region Museumhad banner year in 2015

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    New playgroundPoirier PAC president Aaron Chisolm cuts the ribbon to one of Poirier Elementary Schools newest playground additions, the Water Falls. Two more projects have been completed, a new sandbox, as well as a nature playground area.

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    Santa didnt quite deliver the gift the Sooke Thunderbirds were hoping for as they headed into the Christmas break, but sometimes you gotta take the second present under the tree.

    The Midget A Thunderbirds skated to a 1-1 tie against the struggling Juan de Fuca Grizzlies in Colwood on Saturday.

    Sooke came out strong in the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey League game, but it was Juan de Fuca who scored the games first goal in the second period. The Thunderbirds scored later in the period when Nin Dougall potted a single.

    The Thunderbirds thought they had the winning marker in the third, but it was waved off by the officials when they ruled the net was knocked off its moorings.

    The lack of goal scoring has been a concern for the team as of late, said coach Kevin Berger.

    Were playing well and playing our systems well, but we just cant find the back of the net, he said.

    The Thunderbirds are in third place and still have a chance to take first when they return to regular season play in January.

    Berger hopes to fine-tune his team when it plays in a Christmas tournament, beginning Monday (Dec. 28) in Victoria.

    The number 1 goal is to have fun, Berger said of the tournament, adding they will work on team building.

    I like to use tournaments to experiment a little. Its a good chance to see whats going to work and what doesnt.

    One thing is for sure: it will put the Thunderbirds in good stead as they head into the second half of the season and perhaps a trip to the provincial championships.

    Well work on sharpening everything up for the new year, said a confident Berger.

    klaird@sookenewsmirror.com

    Thunderbirds play to tie; eye tournament

    Skating with holiday cheer

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    The Sooke District Lioness Club was able to play Santa this year, thanks to its annual Oktoberfest.

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    Each Santa Sack con-tains a gift card, toilet-ries, treats and items of warm clothing.

    In addition, the Lioness club donated $1,000 to the Christ-mas Bureau Hamper fund and Pacific West Alternative School (Sooke branch) received $500 in books as part of the Lioness for Literacy program, in all totalling just over $2,800.

    Our mandate within the Lioness program is to assist women and children in need as we are able and we are diligent in fulfilling that mandate, said Lioness Anne Scott.

    Lionesses share Christmas spirit

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    Sooke District Lioness Club members Sheila Hubbard, left, Ellen Martin, Karen Weston, Carol Dawe, Debra Groves, Gail Nash and Ailsa Wright, with president Kim Sylvestre at the front, prepare Santa Sacks for the communitys needy.

    One bike. 30 seats. 20 minutes. Two kilometres.

    For the first time ever, the Big Bike is coming to Sooke.

    A fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Big Bike is made of 29 riders who pledge $50 or more to support heart disease and stroke research. On event day, a foundation

    driver will accompany participants through the community on a two-kilometre ride.

    Last year, more than 70,000 riders in 200 communities across Canada, helped raise more than $8 million for research.

    The Sooke ride will take place June 9.

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    At this time of year, there are plenty of festive decorations and seasonal treats in our homes. Yet the holidays can be hazardous for your pets.

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    Have you been itching to get youth involved in the world of arts? Well, the B.C. Arts Council may just be able to help with that, as they are now accepting grant applications for its Youth Engage-ment program until Jan. 15.

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    Kids book combines power of spirituality, imaginationContributed

    Shailie Dubois with her first published book, Dani. Dubois has also written multiple poems for Where Journeys Meet: The Voice of Womens Poetry, an anthology of poems collected from around the world.

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    Seeing the world through the eyes of a child rather than an adult can have its benefits. Laws of physics dont exist, every living (and perhaps non-living) creature can speak and is sentient, and the world itself is filled with magic and abstract wonder.

    But then, it can be, because its a fairytale, and your imagination is the architect of your own real-ity, as well as its own characters.

    Its the same path that Sooke-based author Shailie Dubois chose to follow from start to finish with her first and newly-published childrens book, Dani, a story that fuses fantasy and spirituality into one tale.

    Its about an imaginative young girl who starts her spiritual quest in her backyard, where she meets some colorful characters along the way who help her to overcome her worries and fears and doubts, and to realize that all the beauty she sees around her in nature is, in a way, a reflection of who she is, Dubois said, who also painted all the books illustrations.

    Dubois naturally gravitates towards work-ing with children, having worked in daycare and

    teaching music to youth, all the while fascinated by their stories and imagination.

    Originally from Barrie, Ont., Dubois moved to Sooke about a year ago, where she gave in to her lifelong desire to write and draw, inspired and driven by the local scenery.

    The importance of connecting with nature is a big theme in Dani, as Dubois wanted it to be, allow-ing readers to look within and see whats going on.

    Through that process, she hopes the book will inspire kids and adults alike to see how theyre connected to everything.

    I like when you can take an underlying message at surface value, but has a deeper element that could detract from it, she said. Thats what I look for in anything, whether its books, movies or art-work. Theres always something deeper going on.

    Facing the Sooke Basin, Dubois refers to her backyard as a source of constant inspiration, thanks to the countless variations of colors and the occasional marine animal that swims by.

    No word yet on what her next piece will be, but she said chances are it will remain within the fantasy-magic realm.

    The book is available in two places in Sooke: South Shore Gallery, Well Read Books and online, at shailiedubois.com.

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    Shailie Dubois became instantly inspired with the local scenery after moving to the Sooke area

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  • A32 I ARTS I WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015A32 I ARTS I Wednesday, deCeMBeR 23, 2015

    After a years worth of practice, the Sooke Community Choir managed to culminate in three packed-out concerts last week, the last being Songs For A Winters Night, a tapestry reflective songs inter-woven with poetry readings.

    Kathy Russell, the choirs accompanist, per-formed a brilliant solo, and Trevor MacHattie, prin-cipal cellist from the Sooke Philharmonic, accom-panied three of the choral works, as his cello reso-nated across the old wooden floors of the halls.

    David Cunningham, a bass with the choir, played electric guitar with Trevor, Kathy and the choir on the final piece of the night, Gordon Lightfoots clas-sic, Song For a Winters Night.

    The next singing session starts up on Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Prestige Hotel, and people are welcome to try out the first practice with no obligation.

    In March, the community 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 Bohemian Rhapsody is also in the mix, which Ruddell says will be the choirs show stopper.

    The community choir is expected to perform its spring concert in Sooke and then in Courtenay.

    For more info, visit sookecommunitychoir.com, email sallyt@shaw.ca or call 250-642-3566.

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    Sooke Community Choir performing their last concert this year at the Community Hall

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