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March 12, 2014 edition of the Sooke News Mirror


<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 12, 2014Agreement#40110541</p><p>NEWSM I R R O R</p><p>Editorial Page 8 </p><p>Entertainment Page B1</p><p>Sports/stats Page 17</p><p>SOOKE3.125x1.2Dimock</p><p>Classi eds 15 75</p><p>Modest tax increase expected for JdFEAPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>Taxes in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area are going up, but not a lot. Usually the increases are 2 per cent or less, this year it may be a 3 per cent increase, depending on which area you live in.</p><p>Its a very modest increase in the Juan de Fuca, theres nothing left to cut, said Hicks.</p><p>Juan de Fuca Elec-toral Area Director Mike Hicks said he has pared expenses down as much as possible but, with the structure of the Capital Regional District (CRD), he has no choice in some line items in the draft budget.</p><p>Hicks stated that JdF property owners are indirectly taxed through CRD staff for sewer. He said the folks in Esquimalt are just now getting the shock value of the sewage debacle.</p><p>Theyre going to be in for bit of a shock, said Hicks. We dont get big surprises.</p><p>All of the communi-ties in the JdF pay a basic amount to the CRD. This includes such line items as: Leg-islative &amp; General Gov-ernment up slightly by $1,356; Regional Parks Acquisition up $6,175; Noise Control up </p><p>$8,137; Building Inspec-tion up $2,705; Elec-toral Area Admin Exp - JdF up $10,100; Grants in Aid - Jdf up $16,650 with JdF Economic Development Com-mission down $16,779; Electoral Area Services- Planning (elections) is up $31,738. The total change is 3.06 per cent.</p><p>When asked why the Electoral Area Services - Planning has gone up, Hicks stated, Democ-racy is not free. Mean-ing it costs to run elec-tions for the Advisory Planning Commission and Land Use Commit-tee, which are bonafide elections. He said the Electoral Area Adminis-tration Expenses went up because he set up a rainy day fund which he hopes he will never use. Hicks said in the past he used it to get signs made, engineer-</p><p>ing costs to move the Port Renfrew library and other things that are out of the box necessities for the JdF that do not fit into the service budget.</p><p>One large expense in the 2014 draft budget is the new East Sooke Fire Hall, with an increase to that line item rising by $278,667. Increases were also made to the Shirley Fire Protection ($25,718), the Otter Point Fire Protection ($11,064), Port Ren-frew Fire Protection ($10,706).</p><p>Hicks said Shir-leysrequisition is going up because they are putting aside money for a future new fire hall. Some line items on the 2014 draft budget went down slightly.</p><p>Hicks said the over-all assessments have gone down for prop-erty owners. The aver-age assessment in 2014 is $388,851 down from $396,046 in 2013.</p><p>Were pretty fugal, said Hicks.</p><p>There are approxi-mately 5,500 people liv-ing in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area which encompasses the area from Otter Point to Port Renfrew, and also includes the geographi-cally separate commu-nities of East Sooke, Malahat and Willis Point.</p><p>File photo</p><p>JdF Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks.</p><p>Jack Most photo</p><p>Beautiful music, beautiful art, beautiful foodMary Wolfe plays the harp at Appetite for Art, a new venture for the Sooke Fine Arts Show Society, held on Saturday, March 8 at the Prestige.</p><p>Night market proposed for summer monthsA summer market for </p><p>food producers, art-ists, musicians, poets or tarot card readers could soon become a reality.</p><p>The Arts and Beau-tification Committee has been planning a summer market which would be open on Thursday evenings beginning June 5 and running to the end of August. The market </p><p>would be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.</p><p>The committee would like to see ven-dors from all across the region, East Sooke to Port Renfrew, set up their booths at the Sooke Region Museum. It was decided the museum would be the perfect location because of the avail-ablity of parking, wash-rooms, kitchen and </p><p>washing facilities. Many communities </p><p>on Southern Vancou-ver Island hold night markets and they are increasingly popular.</p><p>I am so very pleased that the market is com-ing to fruition after years of discussions, said Brenda Parkinson.</p><p>The market is look-ing to include many aspects of the com-munity in its inaugural </p><p>year. Volunteer groups would be able to set up to recruit new volun-teers and members. </p><p>The committee will be holding an infor-mation meeting for all those interested in being a part of Evening Market on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Museum Services Building. A discussion on all aspects of the market will take place.</p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>Sooke is Selling!2013 Sooke Home Sales: 3042014 Sooke Home Sales: 33TAMMI DIMOCK</p><p>Personal Real Estate Corp.</p><p>LOOK IN</p><p>SIDE</p><p>Islands</p><p></p><p>OLIVER KATZ Personal Real Estate Corporation </p><p>250 642 6480 </p><p>26-6995 NORDIN ROAD WHIFFIN SPIT $374,900 </p><p>CLASSIC CRAFTSMAN HOME GORGEOUS MASTER ON MAIN </p><p>SHOWHOME CONDITION UNFIN BASEMENT-EASY SUITE </p><p>WOODSIDE ESTATES BETTER THAN NEW </p><p>MODULAR 3BR 2 BATH 1300 SF SINGLE CAR GARAGE </p><p>OCEANFRONT TOWNHOME MASTER ON MAIN 3 BR 3 BATH </p><p>QUARTZ KITCHEN DBL. GARAGE AMAZING AMENTITIES! </p><p>2882 SOOKE RIVER RD SOOKE RIVER $599,900 </p><p>Complimentary Market Evaluations </p><p>2404 SUNRIVER WAY SUNRIVER $469,900 </p><p>39-7109 WEST COAST RD JOHN MUIR $199,000 </p><p>1.49 ACRES 2 SEP. HOMES SHOWS BEAUTIFULLY </p><p>MASTERFULLY LANDSCAPED STUNNING RIVERFRONT </p><p>OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-3 OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 1-3 SOLD </p><p>OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-3 </p></li><li><p>2 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR2 Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR</p><p>t </p><p>Lions roar to life for Canada Day</p><p>Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>Its a take over! albeit a friendly one. The Sooke Lions Club has stepped up to the plate and has offered to coordinate and put on the Canada Day cel-</p><p>ebrations on July 1.We were asked if we </p><p>would be interested and we agreed to take it on, said Lorne Chris-tensen, Lions Club member and one of the Canada Day organizers, along with Lion Al Bed-dows.</p><p>Plans are begin-ning to take shape and Christensen states that most of the favourite activities people are used to will remain.</p><p>We working on a logging show and great musical entertainment. Were lined up Phoenix, Elvis Live! and others.</p><p>Expect the fireworks put on by the Sooke Fire Department, Can-ada Day birthday cake, games for kids and food galore.</p><p>The Lions Club is seeking participants, sponsors and vendors and has taken over the </p><p>Canada Day website which will be updated soon.</p><p>Were looking for-ward to it, very much so, said Christensen. Its a lot of work but its worth it.</p><p>Christensen is co-chairing the Canada Day committee with Al Beddows.</p><p>For more information on the Canada Day cel-ebration, contact Lorne or Al at 778-425-4420, fax 778-425-4438 or email:</p><p>The Sooke Lions Club has 40 members and has been serving </p><p>Sooke since 1965. They hold their meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Eustace Road. Their activities include: the Hard Times Dance, Santas Breakfast, Kids Swim program, Poker Run, Camp Shawnigan, Cops for Cancer, RCMP Musical Ride. They maintain the local cem-etery and are involved in many other commu-nity events.</p><p>Sooke Lions Clubis pleased to announce</p><p>We are assuming theorganizing of</p><p>CANADA DAY 2014Vendors Sponsors</p><p>Participants</p><p>For more information contactOf ce 778.425.4420Fax 778.425.4438</p><p>Email: busdir@shaw.caLorne 250.818.3836</p><p>Al 250.516.5084</p><p>Capital Regional District</p><p>A properly installed and maintained irrigation system will conserve water!</p><p>Efficient Irrigation Workshops</p><p>Considering the purchase and installation of an irrigation system or do you already own a system that you would like to upgrade?</p><p>CRD Parks &amp; Environmental Services is hosting free, efficient irrigation workshops for residential homeowners. </p><p>Irrigation experts will explain system components, discuss installation and provide scheduling and maintenance tips. </p><p>Optional irrigation workbooks are available to purchase for $30.</p><p>Space is limited. Please pre-register by calling 250.474.9684</p><p>Micro-Drip Sooke Saturday, May 24 Irrigation Systems: Saanich Saturday, June 28 Saanich Saturday, July 12 2 to 5 pm </p><p>ALL Efficient Oak Bay Saturday, April 12Irrigation Systems: Saanich Saturday, June 7 2 to 5 pmController Saanich Wednesday, April 2Scheduling: Saanich Wednesday, May 14 Saanich Wednesday, June 25 7 to 9 pmMaintenance: Colwood Saturday, March 22 Central Saanich Saturday, July 19 2 to 5 pm</p><p>Additi onal details and informati on is available by contacti ng the Chamber o ce at </p><p>250.642.6112 or via email at</p><p>ANNUAL CHAMBER BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS </p><p>Call for nominationsNominations are now being accepted from the general public.Open to all Sooke businesses.</p><p>Nomination Forms &amp; Drop-boxes at:Presti ge Hotel, StonePipe Grill, Litt le Vienna Bakery, TD Bank, Village Food Markets, Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>You may also nominate online by visiti ng the Event pageat</p><p>NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL FRIDAY MARCH 14</p><p>NOW RE-OPENbistro/thurs-sat 11am-3pm</p><p>(no reservations)dinner club/fri &amp; sat 5:30-9pm</p><p>set menu I reservations recommended</p><p>245.642.35961831 Maple Ave. S</p><p>proudly serving Stick Coffee&amp; Lil Vienna sandwich bread</p><p>Local news.Local shopping.Your local paper.</p><p>Read the Sooke News Mirrorevery Wednesday</p></li><li><p>SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, march 12, 2014 3SOOKE NEWS MIRROR - Wednesday, march 12, 2014 3</p><p>Co-housing info day</p><p>The informaTion session on how to get involved in harbourside Cohousing. </p><p>meeT members, see design plans, get updates and learn what cohousing is all about. </p><p>The session Takes place on sunday, march 16 at 1 p.m. sharp at 6660 horne rd. in sooke. rsVP: or check the website at:</p><p>Top dogs sPunky a.k.a. Ch </p><p>Lasairs Just my style CGn, a sheltie owned by maureen kitt won best of breed at the Vic City dog show in Duncan at the beginning of march. spunky is a bouncy sheltie many meet on walks at Whiffin spit.his two litter mates and younger brother all received recognition.</p><p>spring break</p><p>sChooL is ouT from march 17 to 21 for spring break. </p><p> UpSooke</p><p>Thumbs Up</p><p>To The oPeninG of arranwood road which connects ecole Poirier to Church road. The bottleneck is gone.</p><p>Britt Santowski photo</p><p>beauties on bladesThe Sooke Skating Club seasons finale was performed at SEAPARC on Thursday, March 6. Skaters of all ages took to the ice to showcase their skills to a full house.</p><p>amendments made to zoning bylaw to limit medical </p><p>marijuana production facilitiesPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>Sooke neednt worry about a huge rush of applications for medi-cal marijuana facilities in the district, but just in case, bylaws are being amended.</p><p>At District of Sooke council on March 10, council gave sec-ond reading to zoning amendment Bylaw 582. The amendments were made because staff became aware of prop-erties in the district which have a medi-cal marijuana facilities listed as principal per-mitted uses. Some of these properties are in settled areas such as Whiffin Spit Road and Otter Point Road.</p><p>Initially zoning would have allowed medi-cal marijuana produc-tion facilities (MMP) in RU1 to 5 zones as well as industrial zones. Changes would not allow MMP facilities in RU5 zones.</p><p>The Agricultural Land Commission states they do not con-sider marijuana to be much different agricul-turally speaking, than any other crop. And see no problem with it </p><p>within the Agricultural Land Reserve.</p><p>The changes to Bylaw 582 would amend the definition of horticulture to exclude MMP facilities, provide a definition for MMP and would add MMP facilities as a principal permitted use to indus-trial zones. MMP facili-ties licenced by the fed-eral government will be allowed in an industrial zone or on ALR land in a rural zone. Any zon-ing the district puts in place can be trumped by the ALC, said plan-ner Gerard LeBlanc.</p><p>Acting Mayor Kerrie Reay stated she was con-cerned council would be opening the door to MMP facilities in places you really wouldnt want them to be. </p><p>Concerns were raised in the fire department referral as to hazardous materials, access in the face of heavy security at facilities and need for water in case of fire.</p><p>Councillor Herb Hal-dane said marijuana grow operations are already in the neigh-bourhood.</p><p>These arent meth labs, its marijuana and they are using fertiliz-ers same as for toma-</p><p>toes, said Haldane. Theyre not cooking things up in the bath-tub. Theres a demand for this because of health issues, cancer issues. </p><p>Currently the fed-eral government has licenced only seven MMP facilities across the country. Haldane said he didnt see MMP facilities as being a big issue here.</p><p>Were going to have to start being more lib-eral and open-minded, said Haldane.</p><p>A public hearing will be scheduled for Bylaw 582 where residents can have their ques-tions answered.</p><p>There is a MMP facil-ity being proposed in the Juan de Fuca Elec-toral Area, specifically in the industrial park off Otter Point Road.</p><p>Council was asked to respond as a refer-ral agency and it was agreed the districts interests are not affected by proposed zoning bylaws in the Juan de Fuca EA.</p><p>Councillor Rick Kasper stated he fully supports the actions they take in their juris-diction. Council agreed.</p><p>CounCil BRiEfSPirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror</p><p>At the regular council meeting on March 10, the following agenda items were dealt with.</p><p>In the public question and comment period Derek Lewers came for-ward and asked about the progress on the free communications vehicle the district received. The work on it was to be done by volunteers and it was learned it was a much bigger job than antici-pated. </p><p>Lewers said the dis-trict was told it was well-maintained but leaks, mould and other needed repairs were discovered. He was wor-ried the district would start sucking money into a 33-year-old vehi-cle and requested a cost update.</p><p>Bylaws Council adopted </p><p>Bylaw 582, Delegation Amendment Bylaw, which delegates power to staff as to property </p><p>frontage requirements. Council adopted </p><p>Bylaw 589, Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw which will allow the district to borrow money in anticipation of revenue.</p><p>Reports requiring action</p><p> Council endorsed a grant application and became an eligible applicant for a Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant being submitted by Sooke Region CHI.</p><p> The Sooke Lions Club will receive the $4,000 Canada Day grant to organize the July 1 celebration.</p><p> Tax impacts will be distributed across all property classes for 2014 property taxes.</p><p> Council received for information the 213 Budget to Actual Analy-sis and additional infor-mation will be ava...</p></li></ul>