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June 20, 2012 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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<ul><li><p>ON STAGE The Sooke Harbour Players </p><p>wind up their year. Page 15</p><p>DOG WALKSookes local pups walk for a </p><p>good cause. Page 27</p><p> Your community, your classi eds P26 75Wednesday, JUNE 20, 2012</p><p>Editorial Page 8 Entertainment Page 15Sports/stats Page 27</p><p>Agreement#40110541</p><p> SOOKESOOKE NEWS 2010 WINNERM I R R O R</p><p>Downzoning affects property rightsProperty rights questioned Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>Down-zonings on water-front properties has left some residents of Sooke question-ing the reasons. It has also opened up more inquiries as to the rationale of chang-ing other zonings without informing property owners. </p><p>At the heart of the mat-ter is the growing opposi-tion to an application to amend the purpose and definition of the W2 zone.</p><p>A public hearing for a bylaw amendment to Bylaw No. 500 Sooke Zon-ing Bylaw, 2011 was held to add group moorage into the purpose of the W2 zone and allow group </p><p>moorage as a principle use and define group moorage.</p><p>The proposal is to define group moorage as a multi-berth moorage similar to a private moorage facil-ity but for the personal use of a group or associa-tion of residents from the surrounding community.</p><p>At the public hearing a number of people came forward to speak of their opposition to the change. Some were residents on neighbouring properties, citing potential parking, noise and dust problems. Another felt, in a written submission to council, that this could cause any num-ber of properties zoned W2 to expand their moorage to the maximum and cre-ate more group moorages.</p><p>A petition with 31 sig-natures opposed to group </p><p>moorage was presented to council along with a cou-ple of written submissions.</p><p>One resident said, Coun-cil does not have the right to takeaway our peace-ful existence... or drive down property values.</p><p>Realtor Bruce McMillan stated this was a gross invasion of privacy.</p><p>Salty Towers owner Neil Flynn, whose property is next to the con-troversial prop-erty seeking a W2 zoning and group moorage, said this proposed bylaw would affect all private docks.</p><p>If changes are made, any private dock could pursue group moorage, said Flynn. </p><p>If an illegal situation occurs for a long time does that make it legal? he questioned.</p><p>District planner Gerard LeBlanc said the changes were made because they did not want to create non-con-forming zoning and they picked a zoning which would apply to the property based on (foreshore) lease. In regard to the specific property at 1573 Dufour, LeBlanc said the property had private moor-age and more than </p><p>private moorage was hap-pening there. W3 zoning does not apply to upland use, and is a commercial ie: marina designation.</p><p>Mayor Wendal Milne asked how many W2 zones would be affected and said he could not support the amendment. </p><p>In the information packagepresented at the public hear-ing, it stated that six proper-ties would be affected by the bylaw amendment, others felt there were many more.</p><p>When the latest Sooke Zoning Bylaw 500 was enacted there were many properties which were down-zoned to comply with various land use categories. Property owners were not informed personally but rather through an all encom-passing advertisement in the Sooke News Mirror, said Councillor Rick Kasper. </p><p>He said this makes it necessary for the property owners whose zoning has changed to apply and pay </p><p>for a rezoning to bring their properties back to the origi-nal land use designation and resulting applicable uses. </p><p>He also said that there were hundreds of proper-ties in seven categories that had their properties down-zoned. Most, if not all, of those properties were out-side the sewer specified area.</p><p>Kasper thinks this is some sort of money grab. </p><p>Property rights have been stolen, he said, add-ing that the changes have serious impact on prop-erty owners and the origi-nal zoning should be rein-stated. He questioned what the reasoning was in changing the zoning and to whose benefit it was done.</p><p>The item was tabled at the council meeting.</p><p>chmthtofoana wopronletoprDuRick</p><p>KasperCouncillor</p><p>Pirjo Raits photo</p><p>Canadian eh?Grade 2 students at Sooke elementary school got a short lesson in symbols from RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Wright, Lion Mike and Constable Jamie on June 13. </p><p>Wright talked about the RCMP red serge uniform and its 139 year history and the current Canadian flag which was unveiled in 1965. </p><p>Canada becomes 145 years old on July 1 andcelebrations will be held at the Sooke Flats. Loggers sports, flags, music, concessions, raft races,entertainment and fireworks are all planned for Canada Day.</p><p>642-6480 Oliver Katz Personal Real Estate Corp. www.oliverkatz.com </p><p> we look after you </p><p> 7142 CEDAR PARK PLACE Terrific 2003 built 3BR 3 bath home on 1 acre immaculately kept inside &amp; out, open concept, huge entertainment sized deck </p><p> 2444 SUNRIVER WAY An absolute treat to view! Offering you ideal One level living, h/wood floors in great room Spac. 2BR+Den, masterfully landscaped yard </p><p> 2366 DEMAMIEL PLACE Super location 3 BR 3 bath family home plenty of upgrades, private rear yard Priced to pleaseCall Oliver to view! </p><p>Sunriver </p><p>Private 1 acre </p><p> Sparkling Rancher </p></li><li><p>2 www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>PRODUCEPRODUCE5-A-Day for Optimum Health</p><p>PRODUCE</p><p>AD PRICES IN EFFECT JUNE 20 THRU JUNE 26, 2012</p><p>www.westernfoods.comSeniors Day Thursdays Save 10% on Most Items</p><p>Garlic Coil</p><p>DELIDELIHealthy Choices in our</p><p>DELI </p><p>Remember Your Calcium</p><p>DAIRYDAIRYDAIRYIsland FarmsMultipack Yogurt 12x125g ........</p><p>$549Island FarmsSour Cream 750g ............................</p><p>$299Cool Whip Regular or LightAerosol Whip Cream 225g ......</p><p>$249CapriMargarine 454g ...............................89</p><p>A</p><p>SOOKE6660 Sooke Road</p><p>Open 7 Days a Week7:30 am to 10:00 pm</p><p>We reserve the right to limit quantities</p><p>SEATreats Treats From theFrom the</p><p>SEA</p><p>Your Community Food StoreYour Community Food Store</p><p>Northridge Farm AAA Top Beef Boneless</p><p>Sirloin GrillingSteak13.21kg ...............</p><p>$599/lbSchneider</p><p>Bavarian or CheddarSmokies1kg.....................</p><p>$799/eaFresh Boneless Centre Cut or</p><p>Thin Cut PorkChops7.03kg ..................</p><p>$319</p><p>Fresh, Great Tasting Meat </p><p>BUTCHERS BLOCKBUTCHERS BLOCKBUTCHERS BLOCK</p><p>Imitation</p><p>CrabMeat</p><p>Fresh Boneless Pork Loin Rib or</p><p>SirloinRoast6.15kg ................</p><p>$279/lbMaple Leaf </p><p>Wieners</p><p> 450g...................$349</p><p>Fresh Boneless Sirloin or</p><p>Pork Loin RibChops6.59kg .......................</p><p>$299</p><p>+ dep</p><p>Glaceau Vitamin Water 591ml ..................... 3/500</p><p>General Mills Gluten Free Chex Cereal 365-395g .. $399</p><p>Carnation Coffee Mate 450g .......................... $299</p><p>Bee Maid Au Naturel Honey 750g ................. $569</p><p>Kraft Tartar Sauce 355ml ................................ $289</p><p>Gold Seal Sardines 125g ................................. 4/300</p><p>Sunrype Applesauce 625ml ............................... $199</p><p>Christie Stoned Wheat Thin Crackers 300g . 2/500</p><p>Unico Pizza Sauce 213ml .................................. 4/300 </p><p>Kraft Flanker Dinners 200g ......................... 2/300</p><p>Realemon Juice 945ml ........................................... $199</p><p>Gold Seal Whole Baby Clams 142g ............. 2/300</p><p>Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows 400g ....... $179</p><p>Peek Frean Cookies 350g .................................... $299</p><p>Island Bakery Premium Bread Selected Varieties, 570g .99</p><p>Dempsters Canadian Rye Bread 680g ........... $269</p><p>Olafson Sun Dried Tomato Burrito 469g ........ $279</p><p>WC Cat Litter 5kg ............................................ $349</p><p>Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food 2.7kg .... $999</p><p>Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Detergent 709ml ... $179</p><p>SOS Soap Pads 10s ......................................... $129</p><p>Scott Spongetowel Paper Towels 2s .......89</p><p>Puff N Soft Bathroom Tissue 12s ............ 2/800</p><p> Northridge Farm AAA Beef Top Sirloin</p><p> Oven Roast</p><p>Locally Owned &amp; Operated Since 1974Locally Owned &amp; Operated Since 1974</p><p>Quality and Convenience</p><p>FROZEN FOODSFROZEN FOODSFROZEN FOODS</p><p>Smokehouse</p><p>Sliced Bacon 500g ...............................</p><p>$269Frozen Island Pride</p><p>Beef Burgers1.36kg box .....................</p><p>$1199</p><p>$399</p><p>89</p><p>/ea</p><p>For Your Healthy Lifestyle</p><p> 4/500 </p><p>NATURAL FOODSNATURAL FOODSNATURAL FOODS</p><p>Barbs Bakery</p><p>Cheese Puffs 155 - 198g .....2/400</p><p>Endangered Species </p><p>Chocolate Bars 85g ..............$169</p><p>Tribal Fair Trade</p><p>Organic Coffee 454g ...........$999</p><p>Knudsens</p><p>Spritzers 311ml ............ ...............59Daiya Dairy Free</p><p>Cheese Substitute 227g ....$299</p><p>Earth Friendly</p><p>Bathroom Tissue 4 roll .......$179</p><p>89 </p><p>6s</p><p>BulkBulkFoodsFoodsBulkFoodsWine Gums 100g ...89</p><p>Executive Candy100g .......................................89Pistachios100g .........................................</p><p>$199Apricots</p><p>100g ........................................ $119</p><p>BAKERYBAKERYBAKERY</p><p>12.10kg..........................................</p><p>Per 100g</p><p>Green Giant Vegetables in Sauce 250g </p><p>2/300Old SouthApple Juice 283ml ... ..............</p><p>2/300Wong Wing</p><p>Oriental Appetizers 852g ...$899</p><p>Island Farms Denali or Country CreamIce Cream 1.65L ........................</p><p>$499</p><p> $109</p><p>946ml</p><p>Fresh</p><p>Snapper Fillet</p><p> $139 </p><p>$549</p><p>100% WholewheatBread $199</p><p>Oatmeal Raisin Cookies</p><p>Carrot Cake</p><p>8$329 $449</p><p>LANGFORD772 Goldstream Ave.Open 7 Days a Week7:30 am to 10:00 pm</p><p>We reserve the right to limit quantities</p><p>lb/lb</p><p>Old FashionedHam</p><p>Coconut DreamNon DairyBeverage</p><p>+ dep</p><p>Go GreenGo Greenuse</p><p>Western Foods Cloth Bags</p><p>Everything Bagels $299</p><p>460g</p><p>$399General Mills Honey NutCheerios Cereal</p><p>12s</p><p>$139370ml</p><p>500ml</p><p>$199Saf oSun ower Oil</p><p>890ml</p><p>Kraft Miracle WhipSalad Dressing</p><p>$399 </p><p>89 1L</p><p>All VarietiesPepsi ColaPepsi Cola</p><p>3.78L</p><p>Sunrype Pure orBlended Juice</p><p>Paci cEvaporated Milk</p><p>Unico Pitted Whole orSliced Olives</p><p>1L</p><p>99Niagara Treehouse Apple or OrangeBlended Juice</p><p>200ml</p><p>89180g</p><p>3/600Old Dutch Twin PackPotato Chips</p><p>375-500g</p><p>2/500Catelli Lasagna Noodles</p><p>1L</p><p>$229Bicks MainlineDill Pickles</p><p>Monica GratedParmesan Cheese250g</p><p>$399 </p><p>200g</p><p>$599 MaxwellhouseInstant Coffee</p><p>170g</p><p>2/400Cloverleaf Solid orFlaked White Tuna</p><p>1.5-2L</p><p>3/500 All Varieties Fanta orCoca Cola</p><p>Texana Long Grain, White, orBrown Rice2kg</p><p>$449</p><p>Per 100g</p><p> New Zealand JazzApple</p><p>B.C. Grown Red orGreen LeafLettuce</p><p>OrganicCarrots</p><p> 2/400</p><p> 59</p><p> $139 </p><p>Mexican</p><p>Perlette Grapes4.17kg.............................</p><p>$189B.C. Grown</p><p>Bok Choy1.08kg.............................49B.C. Grown</p><p>Green Kale......................................</p><p>2/150 Yves</p><p>Veggie Garden Patties300 g .................................</p><p>$399Organic ValenciaOranges</p><p>Hot House Tri Colour</p><p>Peppers2lb bag ..................................................................</p><p> $399 California OrganicStrawberries</p><p>2/600 </p><p> 2/500CaliforniaEnglish Peas</p><p> 79 /ea</p><p>$599</p><p>/100g</p><p>Island Farms </p><p>CottageCottageCheeseCheese750g750g</p><p>/lb</p><p>SpinachSalad</p><p>6s</p><p>All Varieties</p><p>31 - 40454 g</p><p>White or Whole WheatCrusty Buns $1396s</p><p> $249 /lb</p><p>/100g</p><p>CaliforniaDelmonteCanteloupe</p><p> $899 Fresh Northern King</p><p>Cooked Prawns</p><p>/ea</p><p>$399</p><p>Blue DiamondNutThins</p><p>120g2/300 </p><p>4lb bag</p><p>/lb /lb</p><p>/ea /ea</p><p>ea</p><p>/lb</p><p>/ea</p><p>Come in Every Wednesday for our </p><p>Secret Super Saver Specialsin all departments</p><p>+ dep</p><p> $349Assorted Fully Cooked</p><p>Chicken Cordons 7oz. $129</p><p>Marinated</p><p>Veggie Salad </p><p>Per 100g</p><p>/lb1.74kg</p><p>2lb bag 1lb</p><p>/ea</p><p>$$333939 </p><p>McCain Tasti TatersMcCain Tasti Taters</p><p>FrenchFrenchFriesFries1kg</p><p>+ dep</p><p>3.06kg</p><p>5.49kg/lb</p><p>454g</p><p>32 oz. /ea</p><p>+ dep</p><p>+ dep.</p><p>+ dep</p></li><li><p>The current coun-cil came to office in December last year. In those seven months, we have listened to taxpayers and are working to set the community on a new course for the future.</p><p>Growth in the District of Sooke has slowed in comparison to previ-ous years. We expect some improvement in 2012, however we con-tinue to hear that we need to be cautious in all areas of spend-ing. Businesses and families are struggling to keep up with rising costs. Council believes a sustainable commu-nity must be afford-able, we will continue to make careful deci-sions related to spend-ing, while ensuring you have the services expected in a thriving and livable community. </p><p>Here are some of the ways we are working to meet the commit-ments of more open-ness, transparency and accountability:</p><p> We established a new committee system to bring more open-ness and transparency to council decisions. New volunteer mem-bers from the public have been added to the committees provid-ing a wealth of experi-ence and expertise. All budget and other committee meetings have been held in pub-lic and we continue to welcome public input.</p><p> The Finance and Administration Com-mittee created a bud-get that is sustainable and forward looking with a zero tax increase for residences and a decrease for businesses of about one per cent in the municipal portion of your taxes. Coun-</p><p>cil asked staff to find reductions and with their work and creativ-ity we found cost sav-ings while maintaining or enhancing services in all departments.</p><p> The Land Use Com-mittee has introduced a number of amendments to zoning bylaws to cre-ate more affordable housing and encourage growth in the core area. </p><p> The Economic Development Com-mission has brought together various groups from the tourism, arts, culture, business and non-profit commu-nity to work together on common interests and goals with a more focused vision for eco-nomic development. </p><p> We are reviewing all of our services, to make sure we are as efficient as possible and getting the best service for your tax dol-lar and expect to report on our findings over the coming months. </p><p> We are looking at our financial reporting to ensure responsive and improved infor-mation for council, staff and the public. </p><p> We have negotiated cost savings for a major contract issued before we came to office. We are pleased to report that we have worked together with EPCOR to find savings in their annual costs of about five per cent. This will amount to about $50,000 a year in cost savings, or more than $200,000 over the contract term. We appreciate the work of our service provid-ers in their offers of savings to the commu-nity and we continue to review other contracts. </p><p> We hope to build more sidewalks on Church and repave </p><p>Maple Avenue to make these routes safer and more attractive. </p><p>We are looking at the Grant-Throup connec-tor and the possibility of a traffic circle in the centre of town. Both of these projects have been delayed as the property acquisition that is required to com-plete these projects was never completed. We are working with the landowners and believe we will reach a successful conclusion. </p><p>Councillors Kasper, Tait, Haldane, Pearson, Reay and Berger have been working hard with staff, spending count-less hours on the vari-ous committees and meetings to make things happen. Our focus over the remainder of this year is to continue our vision of openness and sustainable spending for Sooke while moving the community forward. To do this we need to continue to receive your input and feed-back as we make deci-sions going forward.</p><p>Wendal Milne, Mayor</p><p>SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 www.sookenewsmirror.com NEWS 3</p><p>Up Sooke</p><p>Thumbs Up...</p></li></ul>