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March 04, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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<ul><li><p>C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A</p><p>Black PressWednesday, March 4, 2015Agreement#40110541</p><p>Editorial Page 8 </p><p>Arts &amp; Entertainment Page 21</p><p>Sports/stats Page 29</p><p>32 pages in one section</p><p>SPRING AHEADIts Spring! Turn </p><p>your clocks forward by one hour on Saturday night.</p><p>7x2.5Davis</p><p>3.125x1.2Dimock</p><p>School trustees get hefty pay raise50 per cent over four yearsPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>While the premier of the province is sug-gesting school trust-ees make cuts on low-hanging fruit in administration, SD #62 school board trustees just voted to give them-selves a 45 per cent pay raise, rising to 50 per cent over the next two years.</p><p>Sooke School District #62 has seven trust-ees and five of them voted for an increase in their stipend which will rise from $10,000 per year to $14,500 per year with an additional $500 in July 2016. That makes it a 50 per cent increase over the next two years. Trustee Neil Poirier voted against the increase while Ravi Parmar abstained from voting. The other trustee in the Milnes Landing SD area is Mar-got Swinburnson. The other four trustees are from the Belmont SD area.</p><p>Board chair Bob Phil-lips defended the need for the increase. </p><p>Phillips was re-elected to the school board last November </p><p>and one of the state-ments he made dur-ing the election was that the board reduced funding for some pro-grams, cut staff and increased bus fees because of a shortfall of $3.5 million. The school district budget is $90 million. He advocated a 10 per cent funding lift for all providing the school district received an extra $750,000. He also said, Parents and staff (usually teachers) have spent generously from their own time and funds allowing parents and teachers to shoulder costs is not a sustainable model.</p><p>The remuneration for all of the trustees will cost SD62 $428,500 over the next four years compared to $292,000 which would have been their previous stipend over four years. The board chair receives an extra $2,000/yr.</p><p>In defending the raise Phillips said it was only one-tenth of one per cent of the entire SD62 budget. The last lift they had was in 1990 which was a 33 per cent increase. He said SD62 has an increas-ing student population with 9,180 students, more than many other districts which show a declining student popu-lation.</p><p>This distinguishes </p><p>us from everyone on the Island, said Phil-lips. Enrollment num-bers drive the operat-ing budget, it would be different if it was shrinking.</p><p>In our group of 6,000 to 10,000 students we rank the highest in enrollment and lowest in stipends, we remain the 17th largest school district. He said SD62 was 45th on trustee remuneration.</p><p>Phillips also said that if their figures were cor-rect then that figure should hold and he said it would be bet-ter to have a two per cent increase every two years rather than a siz-able increase every 10 years.</p><p>The school board regularly meets twice a month with various other meetings sched-uled throughout the year. If trustees attend meetings in other cit-ies they receive a per diem to cover any costs associated with attend-ing, some costs are cov-ered by a government subsidy.</p><p>Phillips said there was nothing histori-cally unusual about the board making the deci-sion to give themselves a raise.</p><p>If people get upset, Im just doing my job, said Phillips.</p><p>Octavian Lacatusu/Pirjo Raits photos</p><p>A busy week in SookeTop, Canadian musician Fred Eaglesmith with accordian player Tiff Ginn entertained Sooke music lovers Feb. 26 while raising money for local charities. Middle, an anti-bullying crew spread the message and below, Seedy Saturday attracted a large crowd on Feb. 28.</p><p>Classifieds 25 75</p><p>Shelly@ShellyDavis.cawww.ShellyDavis.ca</p><p>Shelly Davis778-352-3535</p><p>Ellen Bergerud250-818-6441</p><p>#1 Real Estate Company in Canada for Sales last 4 Consecutive Years</p><p>Lorenda Simms250-217-5787</p><p>EllenBergerud@Shaw.caRealEstateSooke.com</p><p>LorendaSimms@gmail.comLorendaSimms.com</p><p> Immaculate homes on 1-3 acres Under $450,000 3 coming up, call Shelly</p><p>2.54 Acres on the edge of Point No Points Crashing Surf + Beauti -ful Home with Suite. Call Ellen.</p><p>Small Acre</p><p>age Homes</p><p> Waterfront</p><p>!Sizin</p><p>g Down?</p><p> House too Big? Reti red? Thinking of Selling? Lets Chat, Call Lorenda</p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>Sooke is Selling!2015 Sooke Home Sales: 362014 Sooke Home Sales: 300TAMMI DIMOCK</p><p>Personal Real Estate Corp.</p></li><li><p>2 www.sookenewsmirror.com WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>process2 www.sookenewsmirror.com Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>process</p><p>This and ThaTSpring Break events</p><p>Spring break takes place from March 9 to 23. There are a number of events parents can take advantage of to entertain their kids.</p><p>FREE Spring break events for youth 13 to 18-years-of-age</p><p>Skate &amp; BMX Skate Jam Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p>DJ, prizes, juice and snacks. Helmets and signed waiver forms are mandatory.</p><p>Sooke Skate Park, 6522 Throup Road.</p><p>Tuesday, March 10 Movie Night, Free </p><p>pizza. 7 to 9 p.m. Chris-tian Life Assembly, 6851 West Coast Road.</p><p>Coast Capital Free Skate, SEAPARC, 7 to 8:15 p.m.</p><p>Wednesday, March 11, Magic: The Gather-ing 7 to 9 p.m. SEAPARC.</p><p>Art tour to AGGV</p><p>Art lovers are invited to join the Sooke Fine Arts Society Wednes-day March 11 for a guided tour of three of the Art Gallery of Greater Victorias cur-</p><p>rent exhibits, exploring textiles, print-making and pottery. </p><p>The art social will include lunch at the Fernwood Inn and a docent-led tour of the following exhibits:</p><p>Merimekko With Love explores the his-tory of the iconic Finn-ish textile company and its effect on the designs and fashions of daily life. </p><p>A Study in Contrast compares the work of two very different and influential print-makers, Sybil Andrews and Gwenda Morgan, both of whom got their start at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London. </p><p>Conversations with Lucie Rie examines the influence of this prolific Austrian-British potter across seven decades.</p><p>The tour is open to all participants, with a $9 admission fee, $7 travel costs ($5 for Sooke Fine Arts Society members) and lunch. Member-ship in the society is just $10, and members enjoy discounts on art socials, 10 per cent off at the Gallery Gift Shop during the Sooke Fine Arts Show, and voting privileges at our AGM.</p><p>To take part in the AGGV tour, RSVP by March 6 to 250-642-7256 or sfas@sooke-</p><p>finearts.com.</p><p>Council briefs</p><p>Industrial area to get re-zoned</p><p>Council passed the motion to rezone 6509 Sooke Road, from Light Industrial to Service Commercial. The prop-erty consists of eight other properties, all created in 1900, which </p><p>initially included a gas station, a welding shop, as well as an auto repair shop later on in the 1930s, called the Cains Brothers Garage. In its place will be a new auto repair shop, which will also encompass the currently-vacant part of the building, formerly home to the welding shop.</p><p>Tsunami road signsAfter voting in </p><p>favour, the council has decided that six new </p><p>tsunami warning signs will be going into place: Whiffin Spit Park (1 at entrance) Ella Beach (1 </p><p>sign at trail entrance), old Butler log sorting area along West Coast Road at the western end of the District of Sooke (2 signs, one eastbound and one westbound sides of West Coast Rd.) and Billings Spit are (2 signs). </p><p>Upcoming Hikes</p><p> Saturday, March 7: Mt. Bluff Hike</p><p>Meet at Camp Bar-nard at the end of Young Lake Rd. at 9 a.m. for a hike to say goodbye to the forest east of the Scout camp that is scheduled for logging after the Jam-boree. </p><p>The start is a steep hike up the Bluff for wonderful views with a moderate hike back on forest trails. </p><p>Bring a lunch, a cam-era, have good foot-wear and dress for the </p><p>weather for a 10 kilome-tre hike. </p><p> Saturday March 14: Roche Cove to Cougar Ridge</p><p>This is a JdF Parks and Recreation Commission sponsored hike in East Sooke Park. The hike is an approximately 10 km hike, if the circuit around Matheson Lake is also taken. That depends on the weather and partici-pants. </p><p>It is a difficulty level-3 hike and fea-tures stands of old growth forest, spectac-ular views of Matheson Lake and of Sooke (in the distance). </p><p>Meet at William Sim-mons Memorial Park parking lot at 9 a.m. If more convenient at Roche Cove parking lot at about 9:30 a.m. </p><p>Dress for the weather, wear good boots and bring a lunch. </p><p>More information, call Sid at 250-642-2767 or email: JdF.CTS@gmail.com</p><p>Octavian Lacatusu photo</p><p>Young delegates speak to councila delegation of young people came before district of sooke council to encour-age council to approve a declaration of the Right to a healthy Environment. sookes Finn and Chloe also took part in adressing council on Febraury 23. This young lady had to stand on a chair to reach the microphone.</p><p>2205 Otter Point Road, SookePhone: 250-642-1634 </p><p>Fax: 250-642-0541email: info@sooke.ca</p><p>website: www.sooke.ca</p><p>This schedule is subject to change. Please call 250-642-1634 to con rm meetings.</p><p>Council meeting agendas maybe viewed at www.sooke.ca</p><p>Upcoming Public MeetingsRegular Council Meeting</p><p>Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm</p><p>PROPOSED 2015-2019FIVE YEAR FINANCIAL PLANDo you want more information on</p><p>how your property taxes are spent?</p><p>The District of Sooke will be holding a series of public meetings to develop the 2015 annual budget, the ve-year nancial plan and the 2015 property tax rate. The next scheduled meeting on the proposed 2015-2019 Five Year Financial Plan will be:</p><p>Committee of the Whole MeetingTuesday, March 10th, 2015 and Wednesday, March 11th, 2015</p><p>at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers</p><p>Plan to attend the upcoming budget meetings so that your Council can hear from the electors rst hand.For the public meeting schedule on the Financial Plan or Council and Committee meetings, please visit the District of Sooke website at www.sooke.ca.</p><p>SUPERSPECIALS</p><p>Standing Cedars Acupuncture</p><p>Community ClinicMarch treatment SALE!</p><p>3 for $55 or 6 for $100</p><p>standingcedars.ca 250-893-5621Inside Sooke Yoga at The Hope Centre</p><p>Westburn Garden Centre2036 Idlemore Road</p><p>Locally owned &amp; operated</p><p>250-642-4689 www.westburngardencentre.ca</p><p>Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!West Coast Seeds!</p><p>Tues-Sat 10-4 Sun 12-4. Closed Mon </p><p>GRAND OPENINGMARCH 6 </p><p>Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!Pansies and Violas! 6 pack Veggies!</p><p>MARCH 6 Free co ee &amp;doughnuts, Saturday</p><p>Westburn Westburn Garden CentreGarden CentreLots of in store specials!!</p><p>250-642-65096852 West Coast Road</p><p>Sooke, BC V9Z 0V2www.sookemarinecentre.com</p><p>Sales, Service &amp; Parts for all Outboard and Sterndrives</p><p>Save Your Back </p><p>Buy a NEW Trailer Jack!</p><p>See our services &amp; prices at:www.sookesoil.com</p><p>Come seeus for:</p><p> Garden wastedrop-off</p><p> Soil &amp; Mulches</p><p> Compost &amp; Manure Decorative Rock Sand &amp; Aggregates</p><p>Spring/Summer HoursStarted March 1</p><p>Open Mon-Sat 8am-5:30pmSunday 10am-2pm2810 Ramsden Road (in the 3300 block of Otter Point Road, a block west of Sooke Business Park)</p><p>NOW</p></li><li><p>SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015 www.sookenewsmirror.com 3SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, March 4, 2015 www.sookenewsmirror.com 3</p><p>Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>The general munici-pal election has been over for four months and the chosen coun-cillors and mayor have taken their seats around the council table in Sooke.</p><p>Elections BC has released Campaign Financing Disclosure Statements for each of the local candidates. Some spent no money whatsoever on their campaigns while oth-ers spent a lot.</p><p>Running for mayor were Maja Tait, Herb Haldane and David She-bib.</p><p>Maja Tait received $23,884.49 in cam-paign contributions; $11,235.49 from individ-uals, $5,526.00 from cor-porations and $6,559.00 from unincorporated business/commercial operations, $520 from others and $44 in an anonymous donation. Tait spent $12,879.41 on her election campaign. She had 2,527 votes.</p><p>Herb Haldane </p><p>received $11,943 in campaign contribu-tions; $7,946.00 from individuals, $3,297.00 from corporations and $700 from unincorpo-rated business/com-mercial organizations. Haldane spent $11,943 on his campaign for mayor. Haldane had 1,263 votes.</p><p>David Shebib spent nothing on his cam-paign and gathered 26 votes.</p><p>For council there were 10 candidates vying for a seat on Dis-trict of Sooke council.</p><p>Brenda Parkinson received the most in campaign contribu-tions, $5,424.10. Indi-viduals gave $4,538.75, corporations $700 and unincorporated busi-ness/commercial orga-nizations contributed $185.35. Parkinson spent $5,238.75 on cam-paign expenditures. Parkinson received 2,034 votes and won her place on Sooke council.</p><p>Rick Kasper received $2,582 in campaign contributions with </p><p>$2,132.20 from indi-viduals and $450 from corporations. He spent $2,582.20 for elec-tion expenses. Kasper retained his seat on council and received 1,847 votes.</p><p>Jeff Bateman, who was not elected for council, received $1,695 in campaign con-tributions all from indi-viduals with one anon-ymous contribution. His election expenses amounted to $2,088.34. Bateman received 1,783 </p><p>votes.Kerrie Reay funded </p><p>her own election cam-paign at $1,270.94 and spend $1,266.54. She received 2,171 votes, thus retaining her coun-cil seat.</p><p>Kel Phair received $1,700 in campaign contributions with $450 coming from individu-als, $1,250 from corpo-rations. His expenses amounted to $1,947.53. Phair received 1,430 votes but did not win a council seat.</p><p>Ebony Logins received $1,900 in cam-paign contributions. She received $900 from individuals and $1,000 from non-profit orga-nizations. Her total expenditures were $1,900. She received 2,116 votes and a coun-cil seat.</p><p>Bev Berger received $400 in campaign con-tributions from indi-viduals and she spent $461.25 for her re-elec-tion campaign. She retained her council </p><p>seat with 1,807 votes.Kevin Pearson </p><p>returned to the coun-cil table after receiving $300 in campaign con-tributions, $100 from individuals and $200 from corporations. He spent $700. Pearson received 1,870 votes.</p><p>Candidates Mark Whiteson received and spent nothing and gath-ered 1,031 votes. Justin Hanson received 1,029 votes and spent noth-ing and received noth-ing for his campaign.</p><p>GET YOUR KIT TOGETHER</p><p>at least six local retailers have committed to participating in the home-based Disaster Preparedeness Kit, a three-month program offeringsome discount on recommended items.</p><p>a cut-out couPon will be available in this newspaper which you, the local resident can present at the indicated retailers for their discount in purchasing items.</p><p>You will neeD your coupon in hand and it will be signed by the vendor. not everything will be discounted, and not everything may be applicable to your needs but the idea is about doing it now rather than putting it off. </p><p>COUnTRY nIGHT</p><p>Dinner anD Dance at the sooke legion on March 14. western wear is encouraged....</p></li></ul>