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March 19, 2014 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, March 19, 2014Agreement#40110541

    NEWSM I R R O R

    Editorial Page 8

    Entertainment Page 11

    Sports/stats Page 23

    PHILLY FLINGAnnual outdoor

    concert set for July 14 at Ed Macgregor

    Park. Page 15

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    Pirjo Raits photos

    MLA for Juan de Fuca, John Horgan is taking a run at the leadership of the B.C. NDP. Top, at the announce-ment on March 17 in Langford, Horgan was flanked by (left to right): NDP Caucus Whip Maureen Karagianis and MLA for Esquimalt-Royal Roads; John Horgan; former party leader and MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill Carole James; and Bill Routley, NDP Forest Critic and MLA for Cowichan Valley.Bottom photo, NDP party members show their support for John Horgan.

    Horgan runs for leader Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    The house was packed and an exuber-ant crowd welcomed the news that MLA John Horgan would take a run at the leader-ship of the NDP party in B.C.

    On Monday night Horgan, MLA for Juan de Fuca, was joined by neighbouring MLAs and high-profile party members, including former leader Carole James, Maureen Kara-gianis, Bill Routley and federal MP Randall Gar-rison.

    Former party leader Carole James said John Horgan has earned the respect of the stake-holders because he didnt play games and because he was a straight shooter who knows where he stands and where his values are.

    He gets it, she said.When Horgan took

    the podium he said. My name is John Hor-gan and I want to be the leader of the B.C. NDP.

    That rallying cry roused the audience who gave him a standing ovation while waving placards and cheering.

    Horgan stated they had just come through a devastating election

    campaign and they did not form the govern-ment they expected to form.

    The challenge for us as NDP is to reassess where we fit in the lives of British Columbians, said Horgan.

    Horgan had previ-ously stated he would not run for leader but would like to see younger candidates step forward.

    I did not want to be an obstacle for change, he said.

    Horgan talked about his core values and how he became a social democrat. His values, he said, came from his mother and Tommy Douglas.

    The notion of social-ism and free enterprise are outdated and the young are looking at issues around the envi-ronment and sustain-ability, said Horgan.

    He said, there is a balance to be struck and an absolute neces-sity to exploit resources through a rigourous regulatory process. He said B.C.s resources belong to all of us. Enough is enough, he said in reference to the present government.

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    Our water pipeline adventureWe take it for granted, but

    an adequate water supply is surely one of societys fore-most needs. When it was determined late in the 1800s that the growing City of Vic-toria needed a source of water that would serve long-range needs, the city fathers searched for a solution.

    Sooke Lake was chosen as the best available source and plans were set afoot. Late in 1911 Westholme Lumber Co. was contracted to construct a flowline that could carry water from Sooke Lake to Vic-toria. For two years this com-pany employed hundreds of men to survey and slash out a grade on which a concrete pipeline could be laid.

    The plan was to construct a dam at Sooke Lake, lay 27 miles of concrete pipeline that would carry water by grav-ity to a reservoir that would be built at Humpback (Gold-stream) and then deliver the water for distribution to Victo-ria residents via a riveted steel pipe.

    The scene here shows Coo-pers Cove in 1914, when the inlet was a hive of activity. If you were standing on the upper side of the highway east of the cove, where this picture is taken from, today you would see a restaurant/kayak college where the main construction shed stood, and where the road runs westward in the upper right of the pic-ture you would now see the

    Shell station.While the picture shows

    hundreds of concrete pipe sections, 4 feet diameter and 4 feet in length, there were actually more than 35,000 sec-tions manufactured. Though you see high voltage hydro poles here, carrying electric-ity from Jordan River to Victo-ria, it ran right through Sooke with no transformer station that would have allowed local access to electricity.

    The concrete was mixed by steam powered boilers fueled by oil. Gravel, sand, cement and oil barrels were brought in by barges, and again, hun-dreds of men were employed, both in the manufacturing process and the challenging

    task of installing the pipes along the prepared grade.

    Walking along the pipeline as a youngster, I saw it as a fun outing and had no concept of the incredible challenge that these hardy men undertook. First, to survey a route that would provide a gravity flow, following along all those gul-leys and canyons, with a drop from Sooke Lake to Hump-back Reservoir of only 171 feet; then to slash brush and blast rock to create a level grade, build concrete trestles over the gorges, manufacture the pipe sections and trans-port them on a narrow gauge railway the 18 miles to Sooke Lake and nine miles to Hump-back Reservoir. What a feat of

    engineering!Perhaps it was small won-

    der that the first contractor and the city parted company and new management took over early in 1913, completing the job throughout the next two years. A firm called Pacific Lock Joint Pipe Co. from Tacoma was contracted to produce the concrete pipes, which carried water to serve Victoria between 1915 and 1971. Since then, the water has flowed through the bored Kapoor Tunnel, but somehow that doesnt sound nearly as adventurous as this early hey-day of construction.

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    Then join the District of Sooke Council and staff at the Spring Community Open House. Residents will have an opportunity to talk to Council and staff on current municipal projects and initiatives including:

    Everyone is welcome to drop in to this informal open house - further information will be availableon our website at www.sooke.ca and the municipal hall.

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    Britt SantowskiSooke News Mirror

    Sooke taxpayers have been paying twice for storm water test-ing and animal control: once to the District of Sooke, and again to the Capital Regional Dis-trict (CRD), for at least five years.

    This double billing came up at the March 3 meeting of the Finance & Administration as a result of a commit-tee member question-ing some line items in Sookes five-year bud-get.

    The Sooke taxpay-ers have been double billed for the animal control and the test-ing of our basin, said Councillor Rick Kasper. At the March 3 meet-ing, we found out that these services were included in the requi-sition from the CRD because they are the ones that provide the services to us, but it was also included as a line item in the munici-pal portion of our bud-get.

    The District of Sookes Financial Plan 2010 to 2014, General

    Operating Fund, shows the 2013 amount to be $106,035 ($64,879 for animal control and $41,156 for storm water quality control). These funds have been a line item in the General Operating Fund since at least 2011, grow-ing incrementally from $95,016 in 2009 to the current 2013 amount.

    The money that had been collected (to cover these expendi-tures over the years) is actually sitting in our bank account, in their operating reserve fund, explained Kasper.

    The Finance Com-mittee is recommend-ing that we actually reduce the tax requi-sition for this year to reflect that over billing, said Kasper, who added council requested a report from Michael Dillabaugh, Sookes Director of Finance, for the total amount col-lected over the years.

    Michael (Dilla-baugh) who has great credentials and his assistant Brent (Black-hall) they dont leave a stone unturned, remarked Kasper, add-ing that council has

    been making changes in the accounting sys-tems that have been in

    place ever since we got elected.

    It just shows how much of a disaster the record keeping (has been), said Kasper, and the how system that we had in place was totally inappropri-ate.

    The responsibility for the record keeping rests ultimately with the Director of Finance. The Finance Commit-tee has requested a report from the direc-tor to see how far back this double billing goes.

    The previous accounting system was

    so problematic it was unreal. We got very frustrated.

    These frustrations have lead to changes, elaborated Kasper, and deferred the matter to Michael Dillabaugh. Dillabough was hired as Director of Finance in 2012.

    D i l l a b o u g h responded by stat-ing the duplication had been caught and fixed from day one of the budget process this year, and that its been recognized and fixed. Recommendations on what to do with the sur-

    plus will be presented at the next council meeting on March 24 (7 p.m.), where council will address it.

    It just shows that the committee process works, especially when you have a member of the public, noted Kasper, looking on the bright side of things. And thats what com-mittees are there to do. They are there to ask questions to assist in making sure the tax-payers interests are represented. Thats what democracy is all about.

    UpSooke

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    To everyone who was nominated for the Sooke Business excellence awards. you are all winners.

    Whiffin spit caution

    Dog walkerS anD just plain walkers should be aware that there will be some machinery at work on the Spit between March 24 and 28. watch your step and your dogs steps.

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    Double-billing error discovered in budgetPrevious accounting system was problematic, corrections and changes made

    File photo

    Councillor Rick Kasper

    Pirjo Raits photo

    swinging into springThe first day of spring is March 20 and these kids were enjoying the lead up to spring at Broomhill Park. Mom Amanda, left, gives four-and-a-half-year-old Colcon, a push while grandma Jan Miller gives three-year-old Joseph a push. NIne-month-old Sam waits in the stroller.

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    Join us every Wednesday morning and take a casual walk around Sooke. We will walk at a comfortable pace and walk for about an hour. All participants will receive a bottled water before we leave and get a nice healthy snack when we get back. Register with me at the Pharmacy and I will explain the details.

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