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March 11, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror


<ul><li><p>OLIVER KATZ Personal Real Estate Corporation </p><p>250 642 6480 CAMOSUN WESTSIDE </p><p>Sookes Real Estate Review SPRING ISSUE 24 pages in mailboxes today </p><p>also for pick up storefront &amp; multiple locations around Sooke </p><p>C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A</p><p>Black PressWednesday, March 11, 2015Agreement#40110541</p><p>Editorial Page 8 </p><p>Entertainment Page 21</p><p>Sports/stats Page 27</p><p>32 pages in one section</p><p>ROY FORBESCanadian singer/songwriter to per-form onMarch 15. </p><p>Page 21</p><p>7x2.5KATZ</p><p>3.125x1.2Dimock</p><p>Classifieds 25 75</p><p>Octavian Lacatusu photo</p><p>Sooke Harbour by night</p><p>The harbour from Whiffin Spit takes on another look at night. In the distance one can see the lights from the soccer field at Fred MIlne Park.</p><p>Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror</p><p>A Notice of Motion was brought forward by Coun-cillor Kerrie Reay to find a location for the new Vancou-ver Island Regional Library (VIRL) in Sooke - with emphasis on reconsidering the John Phillips Memorial Park (JPMP) location. </p><p>The matter was brought back into light at Monday nights council meeting because the current VIRL library (located on Anna Marie Road) is already at maximum capacity - and that further delay on mak-ing a final decision on the </p><p>librarys new location may result in Sooke not having a new library until 2020 or later. </p><p>According to Reays report, Sooke was one of the first jurisdictions to express desire to proceed, putting the District of Sooke on top of VIRLs consoli-dated library list. In 2012, VIRL conducted a commu-nity consultation in Sooke to identify a parcel of land for the library.</p><p>But this was delayed by the municipality again. For the past two years, the district has been unable to identify a parcel of land for its location, Reay said. </p><p>The suggested JPMP loca-tion- which has been subject to intense public discussion since 2010 due to sites his-tory and cultural signifi-cance to Sooke - was met with opposition from mem-bers of the public as well as councillors Brenda Parkin-son and Ebony Logins. </p><p>There is so much oppo-sition to that location, and I cant support it either, just because I cant get that parkland back; once its gone, its gone, Logins said. Unless the district has a plan around bringing in parkland in other down-town locations, giving up that space doesnt sit right </p><p>with me.A final decision has been </p><p>in limbo for two years; with discussions from coun-cil considering multiple options that have either been too small, too costly, or just not wanted by the public. Even a possible land swap with the Lions was brought up at one point, though the piece of prop-erty was just too small. </p><p>We even thought to go to developers and owners of land who want to grow their projects and do business, but that proved to be too expensive, said Councillor Rick Kasper. </p><p>With public focus and </p><p>opposition remaining firm on protecting the John Phil-lips Park location, Kasper noted a final decision still needs to be made soon.</p><p>The emotional record on what we decide to do with that piece of land is a bit long in tooth, Kasper said. If we show some leader-ship in conjunction with the VIRL, perhaps well see a brand-new facility there in less than two years. Other-wise, well be here in 2020 going around in circles over and over. </p><p>Mayor Maja Tait noted another path to take would be setting the focus on the town centre - and perhaps </p><p>fitting the new library into those set of plans. </p><p>I would like us to look at the options; would a devel-oper be interested in provid-ing the land as an amenity instead of the other things are always looking at? Tait said. I just struggle with us putting a building outside the town centre when thats been an ongoing priority for this council.</p><p>For the time being council will currently hold out on Reays motion to progress with the JPMP location of the new library, with a deci-sion to be considered in the next council report on the matter.</p><p>Council discusses location for a new library </p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>Sooke is Selling!2015 Sooke Home Sales: 452014 Sooke Home Sales: 300TAMMI DIMOCK</p><p>Personal Real Estate Corp.</p></li><li><p>2 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR2 Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>Police BeatSooke RCMP and </p><p>West Shore RCMP are actively investigating a series of fraudulent pur-chases, using fake $50 Canadian bills reported between March 1 and March 3, 2015 in Lang-ford and Sooke.</p><p>In those four occur-rences, the same fake $50 bill with the same serial number (AHT9461314) was passed. </p><p>The seized coun-terfeit bill in Sooke appears to have the transparent holograph window from an actual $5 bill, carefully cut out and taped on to the counterfeit 50 dollar bill portion. said S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur of Sooke Detachment.</p><p>- The first incidents occurred at Fairway Market in Langford (March 1) and Wendys restaurant (March 1)</p><p>- The second inci-dents occurred at West-ern Foods and Costco in Langford (March 3) </p><p>- The last reported incident occurred at Western Foods in Sooke (March 3).</p><p>West Shore RCMP Financial Crime inves-tigator is also assist-ing with the investiga-tion. Investigators are examining video sur-veillance from the dif-ferent establishment in hope to identify any suspects. </p><p>West Shore RCMP are asking the publics assistance with this investigation, said Cst. Alex Berube, spokes-person of the West Shore RCMP Detach-ment, We believe there is a strong pos-sibility that other busi-nesses were affected by these counterfeit bills and encourage them to come forward and report it to their local police agency.</p><p>If anyone has infor-mation on this crime please contact our office at 250-474-2264 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS.</p><p>SRTA election</p><p>Tonight (Wednesday, March 11) at 5 p.m. there will be an election of Sooke Region Tour-ism Association (SRTA)board members. All positions will be open. </p><p>To vote, you must be a member in good standing. Contact Judi Conwright at to pay </p><p>your annual member-ship fee. The meeting will include a talk given by Tourism Vancouver Island, The Value of Tourism.</p><p>District financial </p><p>plan input wanted</p><p>Over the next three months, District of Sooke Council will be going through the process of approving the Financial Plan and Property Tax Rates for 2015. This process involves open dialogue and consultation with the residents of the Dis-trict of Sooke. There are many opportunities for public consultation and to find out more about the Districts budgeting process. </p><p>To provide your com-ments, you can attend one of the budget meet-ings or contact us at:</p><p>Mail: District of Sooke, 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 1J2 Attention: Michael Dillabaugh, Director of Finance</p><p>Email:, phone: 250-642-1634.</p><p>Reay endorses candidateThe new federal rid-</p><p>ing of Esquimalt-Saan-ich-Sooke could soon have a new - yet famil-iar - face vying to rep-resent its citizens in the up-coming federal elec-tion following todays announcement by Shari Lukens that she has entered the race for </p><p>the Conservative nomi-nation.</p><p>Three years in municipal politics gave me the ability to understand the issues, the challenges and the opportunities in Col-wood and the region, said Lukens, I know and care passionately about what matters to residents in the riding.</p><p>Lukens has been an active part of the Capital Region since moving to Colwood in 2009. Prior to that she lived in the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver. Previously she had a successful career as a television journalist, a competitive athlete, and spent time over-seas as an elite figure skating coach. </p><p>Conservatives in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke have an impor-tant decision to make on March 21, stated Kerrie Reay, Past Presi-dent of the local Con-servative Riding Asso-ciation. They need and deserve someone with experience, passion and commitment to provide strong repre-sentation in the federal election and Shari has demonstrated she has those qualities along with the work ethic required to be a great MP.</p><p>process</p><p>This and ThaT</p><p>Submitted photo</p><p>Golden Gavel WinnersTania Ehman and suzanne Viau placed second and third respectively in this years Golden Gavel competition in Victoria. Tania and suzanne are both members of sooke harbour Toastmasters. The purpose of the contest is to encourage people to become involved in public speaking through friendly competition. The contest is open to any resident of Vancouver island who is 17-years-of-age or older, whose combined training and experience in public speaking is limited to no more than 18 months and who has not entered a Golden Gavel speech competition before. </p><p>process</p><p>Westburn Garden Centre2036 Idlemore Road</p><p>Locally owned &amp; operated</p><p>250-642-4689 </p><p>Pansies and Violas!6 pack Veggies!</p><p>West Coast Seeds!</p><p>Tues-Sat 10-4 Closed Sun &amp; Mon </p><p>NOW OPEN!! </p><p>Westburn Westburn Garden CentreGarden CentreLots of in store specials!!</p><p>Westburn Garden Centre is</p><p>New inventory arriving weekly</p><p>Standing Cedars Acupuncture</p><p>Community ClinicMarch treatment SALE!</p><p>3 for $55 or 6 for $100</p><p> 250-893-5621Inside Sooke Yoga at The Hope Centre</p><p>See our services &amp; prices</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><p>250-642-65096852 West Coast Road</p><p>Sooke, BC V9Z</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>SUPERSPECIALSSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPERSUPER</p><p>All proceeds to EMCS Society Play and Learn Camp and the EMCS Student Activities</p><p>Sooke's First Community Scrabble Tournament </p><p>Saturday, March 28th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. </p><p>@ Edward Milne Community School </p><p>-register phone the EMCS Society Program oce @ (250) 642-6371. </p><p>All proceeds to EMCS Society Play and Learn Camp and the EMCS Student Activities </p><p>Sookes First Community Scrabble Tournament</p><p>Saturday, March 28th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.@ Edward Milne Community School</p><p>For more information and to pre-register phone theEMCS Society Program oce @ (250) 642-6371</p><p>Planning for success requires succession planning.</p><p>1.855.678.7833 @localworkbc/localwork-bc</p></li><li><p>SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015 3SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3</p><p>A few excerpts from the District of Sookes draft five-year financial plan which was pre-sented at the COW meet-ing on March 2, 2015.</p><p>This is the executive summary:</p><p>Council approved their 2014 2015 Cor-porate Strategic Plan on April 28, 2014. These priorities have been the primary guidance for the 2015 2019 Five Year Financial Plan. </p><p>In the 2014 2015 Corporate Strategic Plan, council identified four strategic priori-ties: Fiscal Responsibil-ity, Town Centre, Eco-nomic Revitalization, Community Planning. </p><p>The 2015 budget inte-grates each of these pri-orities. </p><p>Fiscal Responsibil-ity: </p><p>The District will strive towards long-term financial sustain-ability. It will prepare for the future by ensur-ing adequate contribu-tions are made towards required long-term capital infrastructure needs while living within current means. </p><p>The 2015 budget maintains a 2.49 per cent tax increase. This increase includes con-tractually obligated increases to expendi-tures that equate to approximately 2 per cent overall. Addressing the long-term contribu-tions towards capital infrastructure needs, there is an additional $130,000 budgeted to be transferred into the Cap-ital Asset Replacement Reserve. This is above and beyond the mini-mum required by bylaw. </p><p>With long-term sus-tainability a critical ele-ment to strong fiscal responsibility an addi-tional $291,000 is pro-jected to be transferred into the Capital Asset </p><p>Replacement Reserve. This is the revenue that is expected to be received from new assessment within the District which is called Non-market Change assessment. </p><p>A 2.49 per cent tax increase has been achieved in the current year while setting aside $612,939 into reserves for future use, of which $421,000 is not currently required by bylaw. This represents strong fiscal responsibility. </p><p>Town Centre: The Town Centre is </p><p>a significant priority of council. The district is striving towards mak-ing the Town Centre a vibrant, clean and well-maintained node. The initial focus will be on transporta-tion flow, pedestrian safety improvements and meeting appropri-ate maintenance stan-dards. Implementation of the Town Centre Plan will require many different efforts, includ-ing some capital proj-ects, land acquisition and road realignments. Considerable work is needed to improve side-walks and pedestrian safety. Additionally, actions are required to improve the appear-ance and functionality of the area. </p><p>Some of the com-pleted projects include; land purchases, Church Road Multi-use Trail, completion of the first phase of the Connector Wadams Way, construc-tion of the Wadams Way Multi-use Trail. Included in 2015 of the Proposed Financial Plan are the following projects: </p><p> Design and begin construction of the second phase of the Connector (Phillips to Charters Rd.) </p><p> Hwy 14 Round-</p><p>about Construction. Improvements to </p><p>Hwy 14 from Church Rd to Otter Point Rd.</p><p> Design and con-struction of sidewalks along Hwy 14 from Church Rd to Otter Point Rd. </p><p> Continued funding for Road and Sidewalk Improvement Program. </p><p> Downtown Art Bench. </p><p> Transit Stop Improvements. </p><p>Economic Revitaliza-tion: </p><p>The District will strive towards develop-ing appropriate mecha-nisms to facilitate and promote long-term community economic prosperity and resil-iency. </p><p>Community Plan-ning:</p><p>The District will strive towards clarifying, sim-plifying and streamlin-ing planning processes and instruments, which will respond to, enable and support invest-ment and job growth in the community. </p><p>The complete draft of the 2015-2019 Five Year Financial Plan is avail-able on the District of Sookes website at:</p><p>h t tp : / / sooke .ca /municipal-hall/plans-reports/financial-plan/</p><p>Discover e-library</p><p>Adults: Discover your eLibrary: one-on-one help sessions by appointment.12 A.m. DiD you receive </p><p>an e-reader for christmas? Would you like to know how to download free e-books and more from the Library?</p><p>contAct the brAnch to book an appointment for a personalized training session. 250-642-3022</p><p>e-mAiL: sooke@virL.bc.cA</p><p>WilD aT HearT </p><p>Presents mezzo soPrAno chanteuse cari burdett, magnolia cD release tour date at temple home, 1908 billings rd., on march 19, 7 p.m. tickets at the door or through</p><p>aPPeTiTe For arT</p><p>tAkes PLAce At the Prestige hotel on march 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. tickets available at the West coast Grill, stick in the mud and at the door.</p><p> UpSooke</p><p>Thumbs Up</p><p>2.49 per cent tax hike likely in sooke</p><p>to ALL of the hockey parents who led by example and respected the coaches and managers during the often tense games.</p><p>Submitted photos</p><p>Women were h...</p></li></ul>