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    INDEX NEWS SPORTSNews 3Opinion 8Arts 30

    New aesthetics are on their way to the towns core, but a roundabout art centerpiece is not one of them. At least, not anytime soon.

    Page 3

    A change of hands and a new outlook at basketball programs in Sooke could mean big things for Edward Milne Community School athletes.

    Page 27

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    As some Greater Victoria cities inch closer to a solution to the regional sewage treatment question, Sooke, with tertiary treatment already in place, watches carefully.

    The reason? Sooke produces about 170 tonnes of sewage sludge every year, with all of it transported to the Hartland landfill in Saanich. The cost to the municipality is about $20,000 annually.

    After years of studies, public consultation and debate, CRD directors decided to build two tertiary-treatment plants as the best option for mov-ing forward with the troubled mega project. (Tertiary treatment refers to cleaning sewage to a point that becomes usable water.)

    That move could open the door to a better way to dispose of sewage sludge then having it trucked to a landfill, if the CRD directors approve a plan for resource recovery.

    The sludge is sent to Hartland as a special waste, but its only happening because there is no other method of disposing of it. Its almost been done

    on an emergency-type basis, said acting mayor Rick Kasper, who repre-sents Sooke on the CRD board.

    Recently, the CRD board struck a subcommittee to look at options of dealing with the sludge and how it can be disposed of in a more environ-mentally friendly way. Treated sewage sludge is used in forestry, agricul-ture, land reclamation, composting and as an energy source.

    Sooke is not the only community looking at source recovery for sludge. North Saanich shares a sewage treatment facility with Central Saanich, Sid-ney and the Psatsartilt First Nation, while Port Renfrew operates a system for 80 people.

    The sludge issue must be straightened out eventually. Its the other part of the puzzle, said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks.

    When they [the CRD] talk about treating biosolids theyre not just talk-ing about their own, theyre talking about Sookes too. Were not totally out of this. It does affect us.

    The CRD board referred the disposal of sewage sludge back to staff to look at cost implications. A March 31 deadline looms for federal funding on regional sewage treatment.

    Pirjo Raits/Sooke News Mirror

    Spring feverCash and his friend Lucas revelled on the swings thanks to the welcome warm weather and sunshine of spring during their second week of Spring Break. Classes start up again on Wednesday, March 30 all across most B.C. school districts, including Sooke School District 62.

    Sewage series starts this weekThe Sooke News Mirror, along with other Black Press community newspapers in Greater Victoria has launched a two-part series on the Capital Regional Districts ongoing sewage dilemma. Our team of veteran journalists will examine every angle of the CRD sewage story including the location debate, the science and success in other cities.

    See page B1

    SOOKE EYES TERTIARY SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT IN EFFORT TO REDUCE SLUDGE It could be a better way to dispose of sludge instead of trucking it, say CRD directors

    C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

    Black Press

  • A2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016

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    Small fire temporarily shuts down Sooke A&W

    Sooke Fire and Rescue responded to the A&W restaurant in Sooke after a bun warmer caught fire.

    The fire was put out by restaurant staff using a fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived at the scene.

    No one was injured.According to

    Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen, the restaurant sustained no fire damage, however the fire extinguisher caused minor damage in the affected spot.

    Log house burns down in Whiffen Spit

    Friday evening became a long night for Sooke Fire and Rescue, Metchosin and Otter Point firefighters as they battled the flames of after a log house on McMillan Road in Whiffen Spit.

    The building, which was vacant for several years, was entirely engulfed in flames at the time fire crews arrived, said Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen.

    There was fire coming out the roof, out every window and door, and its been burning for some time, he said, adding that the fire, which started around 8:30 p.m., took at least two hours to bring under control.

    Last fire crew were at the site until midnight.

    This was the second time this log house caught fire, the last time being in

    November 2009, noted Sorensen. No one has been living in it since.

    Exact cause of the fire remains unknown, though local authorities suspect foul play.

    Sorensen said it was fortunate the fire occurred while everything is still cold and wet around.

    Were just lucky it wasnt during the summer, because sparks were going everywhere.

    Want to see your shot featured as a Reader Photo of the Week?

    Were seeking shots that grab our attention for their creativity, impact, humour or beauty, taken in the Sooke region. They can be of people, nature or the urban environment. Email your submissions to editor@sookenewsmirror.com.

    Reader Photo of the WeekEmily Zschau captured this picture near Sunriver. Readers Photo of the Week is sponsored by the Stickleback West Coast Eatery.

    Publisher: Rod Sluggett publisher@sookenewsmirror.comEditor: Kevin Laird editor@sookenewsmirror.comReporter: Octavian Lacatusu news@sookenewsmirror.comAdvertising: Kel Phair sales@sookenewsmirror.comCirculation: circulation@sookenewsmirror.comClassifieds: Vicky Sluggett classifieds@sookenewsmirror.comOffice Manager: Deb Stolth office@sookenewsmirror.com

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    Funding restored for Park Watch

    District of Sooke council has restored $5,000 in funding to Juan de Fuca Park Watch Society.

    Funding was cut to $1,000 last year by council on the recommendation of its grants committee.

    The park watch program is run by volunteers from May to September, with a focus on preventing theft from vehicles, break-ins and vandalism.

    Last year, volunteer patrollers handed out more than 30,000 brochures.

    The program serves parks from Matheson Lake to Aylard Farm, Sooke Potholes, French Beach, China Beach and Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew.

    Trail group receives support

    District of Sooke council is supporting the Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society in its vision of shared use and wilderness trail connections.

    Recognizing the region has an abundance of natural surface trails, the trails society wants to create an epic network of accessible multi discipline trails from Brentwood Bay to Sooke Hills.

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    please go online to naturetrailssociety.com.

    Work set for Goose connector

    District of Sooke council has approved plans for work on the Galloping Goose connector in Sooke River Park and Sooke Road.

    Jasmines Excavating was awarded a $29,500 contract to build a gravel multi-use trail through park property, while York Excavating is constructing a paved, multi-use trail from Kirby Road to Sooke Road for $64,098.

    The project is also supported by a BikeBC grant.

    Sooke politicians back womens rights

    Sooke politicians are backing womens rights with Take the Pledge for Parity proposed by District of Central Saanich council.

    The pledges goals are to: help women and girls achieve their ambitions, challenge conscious and unconscious bias, call for gender-balanced leadership, value women and mens contributions equally and create inclusive, flexible culture.

    Central Saanich sent the pledge to all Capital Regional District municipalities asking for support.

    Council Briefs

    Pacific Gateway Marina makes waves in Port Renfrew as it inches towards summer opening Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    After years of negotiations and plan-ning, the all-season Pacific Gateway Marina in Port Renfrew is expected to open this summer with a capacity to hold 60 permanent boats and several transient boats.

    The marinas controversial develop-ment process fell into limbo last year when its proposed 150-boat capacity and location near the San Juan River created waves with Port Renfrew locals and the Pacheedaht First Nation, who pointed out its proximity to the river would affect salmon fishing patterns and ancient burial sites.

    As a result, the marina was redesigned and relocated further down the shore, said Andrew Purdey, CEO of Ruskin Con-struction and PGMs developer, adding that the effort was made to meet the requirements of the community.

    There was a process of working with the various special interest groups and

    weve come to a common ground, every-ones happy, and thats what were going to build, he said, hoping the marina will open May 15, if all goes well.

    The marina reduced its number of boats to 60, and will also include avail-able berth to handle up to a 60-foot yacht all year long.

    Recently, PGM renewed its temporary use permit with the Capital Regional Dis-trict to operate as-is until its rezoning application goes through, said Purdey, though it wont be for another year.

    Still, he remains optimistic things will go smoothly from this point on.

    I want to build the most efficient sport fishing marina on the West Coast, and it will be a spot where people with the odds can come in, Purdey said. Its good news in the community and the fishing community that weve built a facility where people can enjoy the West Coast safely 12 months a year.

    While the Pacheedaht agreed with the marinas changes, the First Nation hopes the developer will address its concerns

    regarding the marinas effect on fish hab-itat.

    There is no 100 per cent guarantee that the salmon migration will not be disrupted, and therefore ongoing evalu-ation of the impacts will be important in protecting the fishery, wrote Pacheed-aht spokesperson Kristine Pearson in an email.

    Pearson added that no agreement was struck with the federal government, and that the First Nation felt it had no alternative but to accept the redesigned marina.

    Both governments have failed to uphold the honour of the Crown or to engage in meaningful consultation, she said, adding that negotiations with PGM are ongoing.

    While a rezoning application is still underway, Purdey said other marina facilities are in the plans, such as access to food, fuel and boat maintenance, including a lodge once the rezoning pro-cess is finished.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

    Contributed

    A diagram of what the Pacific Gateway Marina will look like once the breakwaters and docks are implemented.

    New marina can accomodate as many as 60 boats, plus 60-foot yacht

    B.C. school districts have until April 15 to apply for an annual fix-it fund that has grown from $35 million to $40 million.

    The fund is in addition to the ongoing capi-tal funds for school districts, and is targeted to projects costing $100,000 or more. They include heating and ventilation upgrades, roof repairs or replacement, plumbing and boiler replacements and safety improvements.

    School repair funds underway

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    Egg Hunt Times10:30 for Ages 1-411:15 for Ages 5-7

    The Easter Bunny is coming to SEAPARC! Join us for this fun-filled family event: Crafts, bouncy house, Easter egg hunts and a visit from the Easter Bunny of course!

    Admission is by donation to support the Sooke Food Bank.

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONCribbage 7 p.m.BINGOSr. Drop-In Centre, 12:45-3 p.m. Sooke Community Hall. Info: 250-664-6612.ADULT WALKING GROUPSEAPARC 10-11 a.m. Registration required. 250-642-8000.QUILTERS & CRAFTERSShirley Quilters and Crafters. Shirley Hall, 10:30 a.m.MEDITATION TALKSooke Yoga and Meditation Centre, 7:30 p.m.SOOKE WINDSConcert band rehearsal. Journey Middle School band room, 7:30 p.m. Info: 250-891-8433.

    PARENT & TOT DROP-IN Child, Youth, & Family Centre, 9:30 to 11 a.m. 250-642-5152.CALLING ALL QUILTERSKnox Pres. Church. All welcome. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Info: 250-642-0789.ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONEuchre 6:30 p.m.ART EXHIBITTales of Woe and Whimsey. Sooke Region Museum, all day.

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONSunday breakfast brunch, 9 to 12:30 p.m.Drop in pool tournament every second Sunday.Bluegrass Jam, first and third Sunday, 2:30 to 5 p.m. October to May.MUSIC JAMKemp Lake Store Music Cafe Music Jam. 7875 West Coast Rd., 1 to 5 p.m.QI GONG & TAI CHIBy donation. Sooke Yoga and Wellness, 6750 Westcoast Rd., 6 p.m.MINDFULNESS MEDITATIONBy donation. Sooke Yoga and Wellness, 6750 Westcoast Rd., 7:15 p.m.ART EXHIBITTales of Woe and Whimsey. Sooke Region Museum, all day.

    WALKING GROUPPeoples Drug Mart hosts a walking club, 9:15 a.m.PARENT DISCUSSION GROUPSooke Child, Youth, and Family Centre, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Information: 250-642-5464.ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONDominos 10 a.m.Shuffleboard, 6:30 p.m. NASCAR Pool, 7 p.m.TOASTMASTERSVillage Foods meeting room, 7 p.m. Info: Allan at 250-642-7520.SOOKE COMMUNITY CHOIRSooke Community Hall, 7 p.m.ART EXHIBITTales of Woe and Whimsey. Sooke Region Museum, all day.

    Community Calendar

    BABY TALKDental Care. Youth and Family Centre, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Info: 250-642-5464.

    YOUTH CLINICAges 13-25, 4-7 p.m. Family Medical Clinic.SOCIAL CONTRACT BRIDGESooke Community Hall, 1 to 4 p.m.SENIORS LUNCHSooke Senior Drop In Centre at Sooke Community Hall, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.KNITTING CIRCLESooke Library, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 250-642-3022.BINGOSooke Senior Drop In Centre at Sooke Community Hall, 10 a.m.WOMENS CANCER SUPPORT GROUPThe group meets every second Tuesday of month at Sooke Harbour House, 7 p.m. 250-646-2554.

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR DEADLINE: THURSDAY @ 3PMItems for Community Calendar must be non-commercial

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    Thurs March 24 Fri March 25 Sat March 26 Sun March 27 Mon March 28 Tues March 29 Wed March 30

    ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Meat draw, 3 p.m.GERMAN PLAYGROUPSooke Library, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.ART EXHIBITTales of Woe and Whimsey. Sooke Region Museum, all day.EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZAFree event for children. SEAPARC Leisure Complex, 10:30 a.m.

    VITAL VITTLESFree lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holy Trinity. ROYAL CANADIAN LEGIONSteak Night, 6-7:30 p.m.Karaoke 8-11 p.m. SOOKE SENIORS BUS Lunch and shopping trips to Victoria. Call June at 250-642-2032.ART EXHIBITTales of Woe and Whimsey. Sooke Region Museum, all day.

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    Mammovan back in townLynn Hamilton, left, and Joanne Payment stand by the Mammovan, the B.C. Cancer Agencys latest piece of technology that provides women across the province with instant mammograms. The van came to Sooke on March 21 and will be here until tomorrow, March 24.

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    More greenery along the town cores boulevard is in the books, as roundabout centrepiece remains to be determinedKevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    Sooke will beautify its new traffic roundabout with flowers and low-grow-ing bushes, as part of its multi-million-dollar town centre project.

    District council gave the go-ahead last week to plant native and colourful, sea-sonal plantings, but postponed plans to include artwork or artifacts in the round-about until traffic studies were complete.

    Substantial public art is needed in the community, but the centre of the round-about may not be the best location, said Drew Johnston, Sooke Program for the Arts chair, which made recommenda-tions to council.

    The reason? Art could be hit by a vehi-cle and damaged. It would also be difficult to get to the art to view it without imped-ing traffic.

    The Ministry of Transportation needs to be consulted for placement of art with consideration given to viewpoints and sight lines on the roundabout.

    Putting the final touches on the round-about are delayed due to inclement weather, said acting mayor Rick Kasper.

    When you start late in the season and then youre inundated with lousy weather, it puts you in a bind, Kasper said, adding there were also surprises with the project including the discovery of sinkholes.

    Coun. Brenda Parkinson said both the

    SPA and parks and trails committee had many people and groups approach them about beautifying the roundabout area and the town center.

    We had one suggestion to buy a piece of artwork for $30,000, she said.

    It seems more prudent to wait and see how the roundabout goes and look at how everything in the project fits together.

    Work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of March.

    Meanwhile, the district is thanking local business owners for being patient as the Transportation Ministry addresses

    the deficiency list related to the round-about work.

    We understand this work had a nega-tive effect on local businesses and appre-ciate the support we received from good corporate citizens, Village Food Cen-tre, Home Hardware, Wood Travel and Cruise, Sooke Fax & Copy Centre, Island Land Surveying Ltd, Sooke Dance Studio and Randy Clarkson and Laurie Wallace (West Coast Design), who worked closely with district staff to mitigate disruptions said chief administrative officer Teresa Sullivan.

    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Wet weather didnt stop Devin Gatey from laying out the last remaining bricks of the sidewalk in the Sooke core. Atey has been working to finish off the project for the last two weeks, finalizing what originally started as a behemoth construction project last summer.

    Sooke roundabout centre artwork not expected to come round soon

    New amenities could soon be on the way to John Phillips Memorial Park.

    Sooke council will consider adding public washrooms, loop trail, picnic tables and benches following a recommendation from the parks and trails advisory advisory committee.

    The recommendations were forwarded to a future budget meeting.

    Over the years there have been several proposals on how to develop the park from building a library, horseshoe pitches, even a bike skills facility.

    Earlier this year, the committee hosted an information meet-

    ing on the park at SEAPARC Leisure Complex where residents were asked to prioritize what they wanted to see at the park. There was also an online survey.

    Acting mayor Rick Kasper applauded the current proposals but would like to see some provision for parking.

    This would give some additional opportunities for people that either have a physical impairment or have a hard time going down the stairs in order to get access to the park, he said.

    John Phillips Memorial Park was created in 2005 and is the largest green space in Sookes urban core at 7.75 hectares.

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    Insurance fraudsters are increasingly being tripped up online by their own social media postings.

    ICBC says it opened 2,350 cyber cases last year where investigators used social media or other online postings to try to uncover suspected fraudulent or exaggerated crash claims.

    Social media is a growing area thats been highly success-ful for us, said Chris Fairbridge, manager of ICBCs Special Inves-tigations Unit.

    When youve got pictures and youve got video and youve got posts of what youve been doing, its pretty hard for anybody to look at that and say youre tell-ing the truth when youve exag-gerated.

    Fairbridge said the dedicated unit now has 10 investigators dedicated to cyber cases, up from two when it was started in 2010.

    About 70 per cent of their investigations have some effect in reducing payout costs or lead-ing to a complete denial.

    One 2015 example was a B.C.

    woman who claimed crash inju-ries kept her from returning to work as a hairdresser, but posted on Twitter and Facebook about hiking, running and being one of the hardest hitters on the roller derby team shed just joined. She settled for half her original claim after being con-fronted with her social media posts.

    In another case that went to court, a woman sought $1 mil-lion after being hit by a motor-cycle in a crosswalk. A judge awarded her just $20,000 and ordered her to pay $34,000 in ICBC costs after deciding from social media posts and other evidence that shed grossly exaggerated her injuries.

    Other phoney claimants were undone by their friends social media postings.

    A Lower Mainland man said he couldnt go back to his desk job after a crash but investiga-tors found a friends Facebook photo of him later running a gru-eling obstacle race in Whistler, as well as a video of him taking down an opponent in a mixed martial arts bout. Shown the evi-dence, he quickly settled, citing a miraculous recovery.

    ICBC also denied a Kamloops mans claim that vandals burned his truck after finding evidence the fire was suspicious and a Craigslist posting trying to sell the truck because he couldnt afford to pay for its repairs.

    Penalties may go beyond reduced or denied payouts.

    Fairbridge said there were 520 successful fraud convictions in the last five years, some leading to jail time.

    Those convicted may not be able to cross the border again or may have trouble getting a loan or a job, he noted.

    Asked if fraudsters are getting wise and going dark on social media after a claim, Fairbridge said no.

    People cant help them-selves.

    An estimated 10 to 20 per cent of auto insurance claims are fraudulent or exaggerated, cost-ing an extra $600 million a year in B.C. and adding $100 to the insurance premiums of the aver-age driver.

    Were not going to tolerate that, were not going to pass those costs along to honest cus-tomers, Fairbridge said.news@sookenewsmirror.com

    Car crash fraudsters hit wall after getting caught on social media ICBC cracks down false insurance claims posted online

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    Pirjo RaitsSooke News Mirror

    Not much is needed now except the refugee family the Team Sooke/Juan de Fuca refugee Sponsorship Committee is waiting for.

    Sid Jorna, chair of the committee said they have already raised over $30,000 and all of the paperwork is to connect them with a family.

    We have no idea of the timeline, said Jorna. It takes a long time and depends on what country they have asylum in.

    Jorna said their team of six contact people are now all trained and certified. They have taken sensitivity training through the Sponsorship

    Agreement Holder, the Anglican Diocese and the Catholic Diocese. Cultural training and background checks are all done.

    Our team has an ESL specialist and settlement agencies in Victoria have a complete range of anticipated services. We are supported by all kinds of people around that.

    The team still have $15,000 to raise to help support a family of four for one year.

    Every cent goes to the refugee family, there is no overhead, said Jorna.

    The team will begin seeking housing once the timeline is locked in, although they do have interim housing.

    Now all they need is a family.

    For those who might wish to help and donate, they can send a cheque to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 2191 Townsend Rd. Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0H4 with refugee sponsorship in the

    memo line. Donations can

    also be made online to Canada Helps, again with refugee sponsorship in the memo line. Tax receipts are given for all donations.

    Sookes Wanted

    Robert BARKERAge: 42Wanted: Breach of probation

    Jeremy MURDOCHAge: 27Wanted: Theft, PSP, dangerous driving, breach of probation

    Tyson KAYESAge: 36Wanted: Fail to appear, breach of probation

    The following individuals are wanted by the Sooke RCMP as of March 22. If you have any information on these individuals or their crimes, you are asked to call the RCMP at 250-642-5241 or anonymously through Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at victoriacrimestoppers.com.

    Sponsorship team ready and awaiting refugee family

    Saw something suspicious?

    If you have information about a crime you can provide an anonymous tip by calling the Crime Stoppers 24/7 tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

    Most programs also accept anonymous tips online using our secure and encrypted web-tip form.

    Web tip or telephone tip, you will never be identified.

    Police dont want your name, phone number or email address, just information.

  • A8 I OPINION I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016

    The Sooke News Mirror is published every Wednesday by Black Press Ltd. | 4-6631 Sooke Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0A3 | Phone: 250-642-5752 | Web: sookenewsmirror.com

    They Said It

    Our View

    Beginning in todays edition, Black Press and the Sooke News Mirror will take an in-depth look at the sewage issue which has plagued and puzzled residents throughout the Capital Region for decades.

    The Capital Regional Districts core area liquid waste management committee has recommended moving ahead with a wastewater treatment program that will feature treatment plants at Victorias Clover Point and either McLoughlin or Macaulay

    points in Esquimalt. Theres reason for optimism

    that Greater Victoria will finally find an alternative to pumping untreated sewage a kilometre out from shore into Juan de Fuca Strait. However, weve been here before, only to see the plan unravel amid political infighting.

    The CRD identified McLoughlin Point as the preferred site for a single treatment plant back in 2014. That plan never made it past the initial designs as Esquimalt council rejected the

    CRDs rezoning application in a series of raucous public hearings.

    Theres reason to believe Esquimalt may be more receptive in this go-round, as a Victoria plant serves to share the load on sewage flows.

    The issue has taken some dramatic turns in recent weeks. The initial seven options, each of which included a main plant at Rock Bay, fell by the wayside as the committee focused on sites near existing outfalls at Clover and Macaulay points, saving the

    $250-million cost of piping the effluent there.

    But the project still carries an estimated cost of more than $1 billion, which would translate to estimated household costs ranging from a low of $352 a year in Saanich to a high of $741 in Colwood.

    To address those costs, along with the technical advances in sewage treatment and the regions history with the issue, Black Press assembled a team of reporters, photographers and

    graphic designers, who devoted hundreds of hours researching the subject and putting together a two-part series that runs the next two Wednesdays.

    We can only hope that this time we are finally on the road to a solution and wont be sitting in the same place two years down the road, wondering how we got here.

    We want to hear from you.

    Send you comments to editor@sookenewsmirror.com.

    Series explores CRDs sewage treatment

    Publisher Rod Sluggett

    Editor Kevin LairdOpinion

    Substantial public art is needed in Sooke, but the cen-tre of the roundabout may not be the best location.

    There was a process of working with the various special interest groups and weve come to a common ground.

    We aim to be sending a senior team to the provincials in two to three years from now.

    Drew Johnson Sooke Program chair Page 5

    Andrew Purdey, marina developer Page 3

    Trevor Bligh, basketball coach Page 16

    David SuzukiGuest Comment

    Remote Australian communities often use diesel generators for power. Theyre expensive to run and emit pollution and greenhouse gases. Even people who dont rely entirely on generators use Australias power grid, which is mostly fuelled by polluting, climate-altering coal.

    Now, one company is showing that supplying Australias energy neednt be expensive or polluting.

    AllGrid Energy produces 10 kilowatt-hour solar-power batteries that take advantage of Australias abundant sunlight and growing demand for solar panels. Their lead-acid gel battery is less expensive than Teslas lithium Powerwall, also available in Australia.

    Its an example of the rapid pace of

    renewable energy development one that clears a hurdle previously confronting many clean-energy technologies: their variable nature.

    Many argue that because solar and wind energy only work when sun shines or winds blow, and output varies according to cloud cover, wind speed and other factors, they cant replace large baseload sources like coal, oil, gas and nuclear. But batteries and other energy storage methods, along with power-grid improvements, make renewables competitive with fossil fuels and nuclear power.

    With storage and grid technologies advancing daily, renewable energy could easily and relatively quickly replace most fossil fuel-generated electricity. In Canada, Ontarios Independent Electricity System Operator contracted five companies to test

    a number of storage systems, including batteries, hydrogen storage, kinetic flywheels and thermal systems that store heat in special bricks. Ontario is aiming to get about 50 per cent of its installed generating capacity from renewable sources by 2025.

    The main renewable-energy storage methods are thermal, compressed air, hydrogen, pumped hydroelectric, flywheels and batteries. Some are better for large scale and some for small scale.

    Renewable energy with storage has a number of advantages over fossil fuels. It can discharge power to the grid to meet demand more quickly and efficiently, and its less prone to disruption, because power sources are distributed over a large area, so if one part is knocked out by a storm, for example, other parts keep the system

    running. Many fossil fuel and nuclear power systems require a lot of water for cooling and so can be affected by drought, and nuclear power systems are expensive and take a long time to build. Clean-energy technology also creates more jobs than fossil fuel development.

    Because renewables dont pollute or create greenhouse gas emissions, they also help lower costs for health care and the ever-increasing impacts of climate change. Although every energy source comes with consequences, the damage and risks from mining, processing, transporting and using coal, oil, bitumen and uranium, and from fracking and other extraction methods, are far greater than for clean energy.

    David Suzuki writes for the Suzuki

    Foundation.

    A sense of insecurity in absence of leadership

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016 I OPINION I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A9

    WE ASKED YOU: Would you vote to increase the minimum wage to $15?

    I think it should be increased, especially considering the cost of living these days.

    Dola ParsonsSooke

    Yes, just because of the high cost of living.

    Paul DrennanSooke

    No, because it would likely increase the cost for goods and services, or companies will likely just find another way to cut costs.

    Josh SkinnerSooke

    Yup, I would, because of the cost of living.

    Jennifer DevinSooke

    EDITORS NOTE: Would you like to be considered for We Asked You? If so, contact reporter Octavian Lacatusu by email at reporter@sookenewsmirror.com or phone 250-642-5752.

    Readers lettersSooke News Mirror letters policyThe News Mirror encourages dialogue on community issues. All letters are subject to editing. Letters should not exceed 300 words in length. All letters must include a full name, community of residence and a phone number. The number will not be published. Email submissions to editor@sookenewsmirror.com. Letters also can be mailed to Letters Editor, No. 4-6631 Sooke Rd., Sooke, B.C. V9Z 0A3.

    Finally getting a whiff of ones own medicine

    Good for acting mayor Rick Kasper setting the record straight about Sookes sewage treatment... I have long suspected its something in the air around Victoria that makes those residents claim that their effluentdoesnt stink, or why has it taken so many years to admit otherwise?

    Andy NeimersSooke

    International Womens Day just not enough

    March 8 is not a date most people regard as having any significance. Not a stat day off work or school. Since 1975, it has been International Womens Day.

    If ever society needed an International Womens Day, its now. To remind women, men and children, of how it used to be and still is worldwide for half the population.

    A country which calls itself the most progressive in the worldstill does not have the word women in its constitution which in effect would prohibit gender discrimination in the United States.

    A few Sooke female council members participated in last years Tea and Hat event.

    The focus in the February 24issue of Sooke News Mirrorchamber chatter article by theSooke Chamber of Commerce wasto celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,appearing two weeks prior to the designated day.

    This years Teaand Hat was

    on March 6, likely to maximize attendance on a weekend.Why even bother with International Womens Day?

    Mediahasnow normalizedreferring to adult women as girls as was the case pre-1970s,prior tothe Womens Movement.

    Closer to home, this newspapers writers frequently use masculine form in their articles. These professional wordsmiths perhaps need to delegate editing to ensure language is gender and orientation inclusive.

    With the top spots governing jobs in Sooke occupied by women, perhaps another precedent could be set.

    Naming of the next new street or parkafter a female of historical significance would be a visible validation of one womans blood, sweat and tears of this town, whichis long overdue.

    Carmen NeumannSooke

    Back to the future again and again

    I won the debate about instituting Daylight Savings Time in 1954 as a high school senior in Oregon.

    I wish I had lost. Back in my whimsical youth I didnt know better.

    Now at 80, as a retired sea captain, I can see the light, and its not saving daylight.

    The other day I desired to get some photos of the noon light and realized I had to wait until 1 oclock to get my noon sights.

    As mariners we determine our longitude by the noon sighting, 1200, not 1300.

    If landlubbers want to have

    an extra hour of daylight after work, simply go to work an hour earlier. Everybody can go to work an hour earlier, dont change the clock, change your work time.

    I used to change 25 clocks twice a year with boats, cars, home, and business. Give me a break.

    We live in a really awkward time of civilization, with some very stupid customs. District Standard Time is just one, but we live with it.

    Why dont we have 13 months of 28 days a year instead of 12 months of various days? The Earth has 13 moons a year and women (half of the Earths inhabitants) generally experience 13 menstrual cycles a year.

    Speaking of years, do you really think they were counting down the years 3,000 years ago to reach zero (BC) and then start counting up (AD)? More religious nonsense, and yet we live with it.

    And here is a stroke of mental genius - a natural plant of the Earth has been declared illegal: cannabis saliva (marijuana). Yet we live with it, or without it.

    But maybe we are seeing the light on this last one.

    We call ourselves rational?Ralph Hull

    Sooke

    Much applause for putting on a great show

    As one of the prime organizers for the sold-out Chilliwack show which took place this last Saturday at the Sooke Community Theatre at EMCS, I would just like to take the opportunity to thank

    my fellow organizers: Steve Anderson, Mel Dobres and Leighanne Georgeson, as well as all the many volunteers who came together on the day of the event.

    Phil RossnerSooke

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    SEAPARC (Sooke & Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission) and the CRD invite you to attend a Public Information Session regarding the April 30th referendum to purchase 23 acres of land located at 6518 Throup Road in Sooke.

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    Elida PeersContributed

    Today as we cruise down the hill approaching Coopers Cove when driving out from Victoria, with perhaps a quick glance at the quiet cove, noting small boats and kayaks, we see a background view of a closed-down industrial site.

    Probably its hard to believe the enormity of the sawmilling enterprise that sustained much of Sookes working population for several decades, but this aerial photograph might help. The plane is flying low approaching Goodridge Peninsula in the foreground, heading from the East Sooke side. In the background today you would see the subdivision of Ludlow and Ayum Road, but this 1960s photo was taken long before that subdivision went in.

    The enterprise was started by returning Second World War veteran Harry Helgesen in 1946 at Helgesen Road in Sooke, but soon moved to the Goodridge Peninsula site, where they could expand in all directions. When Harry Helgesen partnered with Bill Grunow the mill became Goodridge Sawmill, and later, when Grunow partnered with Hershel Smith, it became Sooke Forest Products. More changes followed, and in 1989 the mill closed.

    The photo is centred by an Island Tug & Barge Company chip barge, with two hogfuel barges behind. These barges would be towed to Port Angeles or Crofton,

    and were generally towed by Doug MacFarlanes DEMAC. The green chain locations are just left of the barges. Milled lumber was trucked across the causeway (at left, out of photo) and hauled to Victoria for shipping, predominantly to the eastern seaboard, with some to local markets.

    The extensive array of log booms in the close foreground were the responsibility of booming contractor Len Jones, who kept a crew of boom men employed there for many years. Timber delivered to the site for booming included Douglas-fir, western hemlock, balsam and red cedar. In its later years, the mill cut only cedar, and was regarded as one of the most efficient sawmills in Canada.

    In its heyday, the 60s and 70s, the mill employed 400 men in three shifts around the clock. In fact, we residents would often be governed by the mill whistles; for instance the 11 p.m. whistle meant it was bedtime and the 7 a.m. whistle meant time to get up.

    Close to the road that you see at far right, observe the dump and logbooms belonging to B.C. Forest Products at the left of the little inlet (theres a restaurant there today), while on the right, you see the log dump used by logger Ted Shaw. While this site was the source of pay cheques that fed hundreds of Sooke families, that era is long gone.

    Elida Peers is the historian of

    Sooke Region Museum.

    Sooke History

    Sookes sawmill was one of the most efficient in Canada

    Sooke Region Museum Archives

    Aerial footage of East Sooke, with the Goodridge Peninsula in the foreground in the 1960s.

    Sawmilling enterprise boomed in the region

    Sooke Region Food CHI sends a big Thank You to our Seedy Saturday supporters.

    Special thanks to the Sooke Fall Fair, all our many amazing volunteers and the Kids Garden Club.

    Thanks to Sea Soil, Sooke Soil & Landscape and Stick in the Mud.

    And special thanks to our vendors who contributed to our prizes.Barking Dog StudioBrother NatureBugs With BenefitsCowichan CompostCRD - Septic SavvyCreekside CraftsEisenhawer Organic ProduceEverything EdibleFarm N FoodFull Circle SeedsG Fletcher ConsultingGarden LoreGrow FoodHome HardwareHomesteader FarmInfuse HerbalsIsland Highlander Shortbread

    J&R FarmJDs Sunshine Jams and SuchLadybug GardenMetchosin FarmOmega Blue FarmsPerennial Ridge FarmsRebeccas GardenSeedy Soaps for Gardeners and Earth Loving FolksSheilas Coastal Crunch GranolaSooke Harbour HouseSooke Soil & LandscapeThree Sisters FarmVancouver Island Regional Library

    Missed Seedy Saturday? Many of our local farmers will have tables at Awareness Film Night, April 13, 7pm at EMCS. www.sookefoodchi.ca

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    On Good Friday, March 25, Rev. Dimas and members of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church will walk the Stations of the Cross. Starting at 10:00am at the information kiosk (Evergreen Centre) ending at Holy Trinity, followed by Good Friday service at 11:00am.Come, just as you are and walk with us.

    Holy Trinity Church

    Walk With Us

    KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH2110 Church Rd | 250-642-4124

    SUNDAY SERVICE10:30 am Family Worship

    Rev. Dr Gordon Kouwenberg

    knoxsooke.com

    HOLY TRINITYAnglican Church

    1962 Murray Road | 250-642-3172SUNDAY SERVICE: 10am The Rev. Dimas Canjura

    www.holytrinitysookebc.org

    The Pastor's Pen

    SOOKE BAPTIST CHURCH7110 West Coast Road | 250-642-3424

    SUNDAY SERVICE 10:00 am Children, youth & adult ministries

    Pastor Rick Eby Email sookebaptistchurch@shaw.ca

    www.sookebaptistchurch.com

    JUAN DE FUCA SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

    4251 Sooke Road | 778-425-3403SATURDAY SERVICE

    9:30 am Bible Study 11:00 am Church Service

    Pastor Lowell Holmquist Sunday @ 10:30AM | clachurch.com/sooke

    6851 West Coast Road | 250.642.4822

    What is good about this coming Friday? It is a day commemorated by followers of Jesus for the better part of the last two millennia. It is a day to remember his betrayal, arrest, trials, sentence, beatings, and death on a cross. It is

    a day of remembrance and mourning, much like a funeral or memorial. Doesnt sound like it should be called Good Friday, does it? But what every follower of Jesus knows is that the drama of Good Friday doesnt end with the lifeless body of Jesus being sealed in a tomb. Early in the morning on Sunday a discovery was made that impacted the whole world. Jesus did what he said he would do. He overcame death and the grave. He came back from the dead after three days and presented himself to hundreds of witnesses. This Friday is called Good not because of what happened on that day, but because it set the stage for the greatest day in history - Resurrection Day. Have you ever wondered why Christians gather for worship primarily on Sunday mornings? Its a weekly celebration and reminder of the resurrection of Jesus. Youre invited to drop in at a church this Sunday morning to learn why the resurrection is such a big deal. Theres also a special inter-church sunrise outdoor service hosted at Sooke Baptist church at 7:30am. All are welcome!

    Lowell HolmquistChristian Life Assembly

    ST. ROSE OF LIMA Roman Catholic Parish2191 Townsend Rd. | 250-642-3945 | Fax: 778-425-3945

    Saturday Mass 4pm | Sunday Mass, 9amThursday Mass 10:30 am

    Childrens Religious Ed: Sat. 3-4pm Offi ce Hours: Tue 12-3 Wed 10-12 Thurs 1-3

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    Clover LeafSmoked Oysters85g .................................2/300 Live CleanShampoo or Conditioner350 mL .................................599PurinaMeow Mix2kg .......................................599

    Fresh

    Pork Side Spareribs

    Cornish

    Game Hens8.80/kg Frozen ...................399Freybe

    Pepperoni500g ...................................699Freybe European Frankfurters orBavarian Smokies600g ...................................699

    Freybe Double SmokedBacon375g ...................................499Freybe

    European Wieners500g ...................................699

    1099Fresh Imported

    Lamb Loin Chops24.22/kg

    249 299

    Meat

    449Fresh Pork Tenderloin9.90/kg

    Manns

    Romaine Lettuce 3 Pk ...298Organic!

    Roma Tomatoes 3.26/kg ..148Organic!

    Celery 3.26/kg ..................148

    California

    Oranges 4lb Bag ...............398Organic!Cooking Onions 3lb Bag ..398Organic!

    Russet Potatoes 5lb Bag ..498

    B E T T E R B E C A U S E W E C A R E . . . . A B O U T O U R K I D S !

    Village Food Markets

    Fresh Produce

    CaliforniaBunchBroccoli2.16/kg

    /lb

    /lb

    1lb

    /lb5.49/kg

    /lb

    /lb6.59/kg

    /lb

    California

    Yams2.16/kg

    Regular or Sweet & Sour Cut

    98

    BulkSPECIALSExpo

    Mix ....................109Sesame

    Sticks.................119Chocolate

    Rosebuds ...........79Salt Water

    Taffy ...................109Roasted & Salted

    Pistachios ...........109Sesame Glazed

    Cashews .............249Raw Shelled

    Pumpkin Seeds ..175Yogurt

    Chips ................75

    /100g

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    Whole or Halves

    /lb

    98/lb /lb

    All Varieties

    Coca ColaProducts12x355 mL ............399Lays Family Size

    PotatoChips255g .................

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    0.5%Beer12x355 mL ............599Kettle Brand

    PotatoChips220g .................

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    Christie

    SnackCrackers200-225g ........

    2/500Tribal JavaFair Trade Organic

    Coffee454g ........................899Dempsters

    Cinnamon RaisinBagels6s .............................299QuakerReady to Serve

    Oatmeal310-450g ........

    2/500

    Ocean Spray

    CranberryCocktail1.89L .......................299Terra Delyssa Organic Extra Virgin

    Olive Oil1L ..............................699Frenchs

    GravyMixes21-47g .................99Campbells

    Broths

    900 mL ............2/400

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    GranulatedSugar4kg ...........................499Betty Crocker

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    CoarseSea Salt1kg ........................99

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    CreamCheese250g Brick ............399Chipits Semi Sweet

    ChocolateChips300g ........................299Parkay

    Margarine1/4s

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    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    Lately, theres been many oohs and aahs coming from the Sooke Fire Hall, but its not sirens or fire trucks making the noise, its the firefighters over the latest piece of equipment.

    Weighing in at a few pounds and made by hand entirely out of wood, it is a 1:25th scale replica model of the departments flag-ship, the Rosenbauer Cobra lad-der fire truck.

    This is the biggest and most complex truck Ive ever built, said Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen, who shares a lifelong passion for building wooden models, fire trucks in particular.

    This is the chiefs 12th truck, joining a rich collection of exist-ing models hes built over the years, most now displayed in his office. With detail and functional-ity though, the Rosenbauer easily is the biggest accomplishment. Or, as Sorensen puts it, its the result of a lifelong process.

    Each one gets a little better. Like anything, you refine it as you go along, he said.

    The project took five years, more than 3,000 hours of work and hundreds and hundreds of metic-ulously created wooden parts that not only had to be exactly to scale, but to also fit and work together properly.

    No doubt, this wooden master-piece is teeming with super-cool features, such as a fully function-ing ladder system that stretches out and folds into itself along with retractable support mounts and a rotating superstructure, all like the real deal.

    Devil in the details include switches and control dials on the sides, ladders in the rear with a functioning sliding door, full interior with opening doors and proper firefighting equipment. Even the seats fold up and down.

    Sorensen recalled the biggest challenge was the ladder and the accompanying mechanism, which was initially prone to warping or snapping off.

    All pieces were individually cut out and made to fit together, and then held all together as the glue sets to keep it straight, because its really easy to warp and twist, Sorensen said.

    It did help a lot to have the real truck to use as a visual reference. Sorensen used factory scaled drawings, and lots of photographs to help with the trucks overall

    proportions.Sorensen picked up the wood-

    carving hobby from his dad, a professional carpenter who ran a business building cabinets. At age nine, Sorensen built his first fire truck out of wood using basic tools in his dads workshop.

    Now, with the flagship fire truck finished, Sorensen turns his sights on the next project, perhaps even

    adding features such as LED lights to the existing one.

    I might now have to do the pumper truck too, have a little set, he said.

    Sorensen hopes to find a place or an event to display the big lad-der fire truck, though, despite the collective groans of adults and kids alike, its not a toy.

    news@sookenewsmirror.com

    A labour of love: fire chief builds model fire truck Handmade masterpiece took more than 3,000 hours, and hundreds of individually-built wooden parts to turn the wooden replica into what it is today. And patience. Lots and lots of patience.

    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen stands proudly by his handbuilt scale model of the fire departments Rosenbauer ladder truck. Notice the opening doors.

    Good Friday Recycling Reminder

    We Recycle on Good FridayIf your blue box collection day falls on Good Friday, March 25, your curbside materials will be collected as usual.

    Please place your recyclables at the curb by 7:30 am in appropriate sized containers.For more information, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/bluebox.

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    More Bunny than EverEaster Photos for all!

    Bring your camera, bring your phone, and put on your best Bunny ears for a photo with the Easter Bunny, sele style! Each child will receive a Free Easter treat! The Easter Bunny will be available March 23 to March 27 between 11am and 5pm.

    Complete details and visiting hours see westshoretowncentre.com.

    March 23 27

    Donations for Easter Bunny visits benetting the Victoria Humane Society are

    graciously accepted.

  • A14 I COMMUNITY I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016

    The B.C. government is ending its practice of deducting WorkSafeBC death benefits from income assistance col-lected by the survivors.

    The regulatory change is being made after Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog ques-tioned the government about a constituent who has had her four-year-old sons benefit deducted since she began receiving income assistance.

    The father disap-peared and was pre-sumed drowned while working on a log boom at Port Mellon in 2011, before the child was born.

    The boy was eligible for $286.72 per month in a WorkSafeBC benefit because his father was killed on the job, but under the provinces income assistance pol-icy, that amount was deducted, leaving the mother with $658 a month.

    Social Development Minister Michelle Stil-well said Tuesday she has instructed min-istry staff to change the regulation, similar to a change that was made last September to exempt Canada Pen-sion Plan orphan ben-efits.

    Stilwell said there appear to be only a few cases involv-ing WorkSafeBC, and she was not aware of them when regulations were changed to stop deducting CPP and parental child support payments.

    As with many gov-

    ernment benefits, when it comes to staff mem-bers, they follow it word for word, Stilwell said.

    As of last Septem-ber, single parents on income assistance are allowed to keep child support payments made by the other par-ent.

    That affected about 3,200 families and 5,400 children.

    NDP social develop-ment critic Michelle Mungall said that since the Nanaimo case came to light, MLAs have heard of similar cases involving WorkSafeBC child benefits.

    She urged the gov-ernment to make the change as quickly as possible.

    New Democrats advocated for more than a year to end the child support clawback, and we saw success on that, and at the same time, the government made the right decision to end the clawback of CPP orphan benefits, Mungall said.

    Somehow they ignored this one and the minister needs to account for why they ignored it.

    Income assistance payments in B.C. were last increased in 2007.

    For an employable adult, the rate is $235 per month plus a maxi-mum shelter allowance of $375 a month.

    For an employable single parent with one child, the rate is $375.58 plus $570 for shelter.

    news@sookenewsmir-ror.com

    Death benefits from income assistance halted by province

    Octavian Lacatusu/Sooke News Mirror

    Rise of the

    machineEdward Milne Community School student Rowan Hensley tests the latest robot to come out of the schools senior robotics program by testing its dexterity. Hensley and his team plan to take their creation to the provincial robotics championships, where they will use the impressive mobility of their machine to build a wooden boat.

    If you served in Korean War, you may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.

    This commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to Canadian service men and women who served in the Korean War.

    The Ambassador

    for Peace Medal was awarded to veterans who participated in Koreas Revisit Pro-gram, but has now been extended to Canadian Veterans who have not returned to Korea.

    For further informa-tion, please email Royal Canadian Legion No. 54 (Sooke) service officer Camille Tkacz at Tkacz.ayotte@shaw.ca.

    Korean War veterans eligible for special peace medal

    Income assistance rules to benefit single parents

    KNOW THE ADVERTISING RULES2016 SOOKE AND ELECTORAL AREA

    RECREATION AND FACILITIES NON-ELECTION ASSENT VOTING ADVERTISING

    Non-election assent voting advertising is any advertising during a non-election assent voting proceedings period that promotes or opposes, directly or indirectly, a particular outcome for the vote.

    Non-election assent voting is taking place in the District of Sooke and a portion of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (Port Renfrew, Shirley, Jordan River, Otter Point, East Sooke) within the Capital Regional District. If you advertise from March 31 to April 30, 2016, during the Sooke and Electoral Area Recreation and Facilities Non-election Assent Voting, you have rules to follow under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act:

    You must register with Elections BC as a non-election assent voting advertising sponsor before conducting any advertising.

    You must include your name and contact information on all advertising.

    You must file a disclosure statement with Elections BC by July 29, 2016.

    To learn more about the rules and to download registration forms and the Guide for Local Non-election Assent Voting Advertising Sponsors in B.C., visit elections.bc.ca/lecfa.

    Media outlets cannot publish or transmit non-election assent voting advertising on General Voting Day, Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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    284g ...........................229454g

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    Macadamia Nuts ....229/100g /100gChocolate Mararoons or Rosebuds ..........................79/100g /100g

    Sooke DeliveryWe offer a shopping service in Sooke for shut-ins

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    Mexican

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    79

    California

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    89Mitchell Farms

    GreenKale

    99

    California

    Parsley

    2/100

    Maple Leaf

    Bacon

    375g .................................599Schneider's

    Mini SausageRolls325g ......................................449

    Maole Leaf

    Chicken Cordons340g Assorted Flavours ........599

    California

    Romaine Lettuce

    199

    Cook's

    HamsShank or Butt Half

    5.49/kg .............................249Toupie

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    7.69/kg ....................................349

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    SockeyeFillets 5 oz

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    Leg ofLamb17.61/kg ...........................799

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    Lamb LoinChops21.36/kg ..............................969

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    Grade ATurkeys 4.39/kg 199

    109

    Mexican

    AtaulfoMango

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    99

    Texana

    Basmati IndianRice907g ..........................359

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    1.72 kg ........................449Saffl o

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    Chicken NoodleSoup338g ..........................229

    Bush'sBakedBeans398 mL .................

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    FlankerDinners200g .........................169

    Dempster's

    EnglishMuffi ns6's ..........................

    2/500Spongetowels Econo Big-Roll

    PaperTowels6's ...............................599

    Brunswick

    KipperedHerring100g .....................

    2/300Glad

    ClingWrap90m ............................349

    General Mills

    Oatmeal CrispCereal420-505g ..................399

    Aquafi na

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    Medium Yellow Onions.86/kg .................................39

    Small NavelOranges1.52/kg ................................69

    Dempster'sCinnamon Raisin

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    1.96/kg

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    4.83/kg

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    Honey DewMelons

    99

    Royale Double Roll

    BathroomTissue12's ............................699

    California Organic

    Yams

    2/1000/100g

    Fresh Express Organic

    Spinach3 lbs

    2.18/kg

    /lb

    Rockstar

    EnergyDrinks473 mL ..................

    3/500

    Maple Leaf

    Top Dogs

    450g ....................................449

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    Gold SealChunk or Flaked

    Light Tunain Water

    4/500

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    12x355-500 mL

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    SaladDressing

    2/400250 mL 170g

    Old El Paso

    SeasoningMix35g ......................

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    Christie

    Snack Crackers

    Kraft PureRaspberry or Strawberry

    Jam500 mL ........................399

    Old El Paso

    Stand 'N StuffTaco Shells133g ..........................199

    /lb

    199SunRype Pure

    Apple Juice

    12x355 mL

    Christie

    Cookies

    449Motts

    ClamatoJuice

    2991.89L

    Unico

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    2/500900g

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    Kool Aid Liquid

    WaterEnhancers48 mL .........................299

    Campbell's

    ClassicSoups540 mL ..................

    2/400

    ea

    99796 mL

    HeinzSqueeze

    Ketchup

    369

    Unico

    Tomatoes500g

    Del Monte

    Vegetables

    99341-398 mL

    Fancy Feast

    Cat Food

    85g ..........................69

    McLarensStuffed Manzanilla Olives, Onions orGherkins

    2/500375 mL

    ea

    1.74/kg

    ea

    259

    2/500

    Ocean Spray

    CranberrySauce348 mL

    169

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    349

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    SEA ORGANIC CORNERTreats from the

    SEA

    Chocolate

    Macadamia Nuts ....229/100g /100gChocolate Mararoons or Rosebuds ..........................79/100g /100g

    Sooke DeliveryWe offer a shopping service in Sooke for shut-ins

    Call Thursdays between 9am and 12pm at 250-642-6525

    Scotch Mints ............69 Banana Chips ...........79

    Western FoodsWhite or 60% Whole Wheat

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    1.89L

    200g

    Chilean

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    219

    Mexican

    Zucchini

    79

    California

    Celery

    89Mitchell Farms

    GreenKale

    99

    California

    Parsley

    2/100

    Maple Leaf

    Bacon

    375g .................................599Schneider's

    Mini SausageRolls325g ......................................449

    Maole Leaf

    Chicken Cordons340g Assorted Flavours ........599

    California

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    199

    Cook's

    HamsShank or Butt Half

    5.49/kg .............................249Toupie

    HamsHalves or Quarters

    7.69/kg ....................................349

    Previously Frozen

    SockeyeFillets 5 oz

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    Leg ofLamb17.61/kg ...........................799

    Fresh New Zealand

    Lamb LoinChops21.36/kg ..............................969

    Fresh

    Grade ATurkeys 4.39/kg 199

    109

    Mexican

    AtaulfoMango

    2/250

    99

    Texana

    Basmati IndianRice907g ..........................359

    UnicoStuffed Manzanilla Olives375 mL .......................179

    Ronzoni

    PastaSauce650 mL ..................

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    1.72 kg ........................449Saffl o

    Sunfl owerOil1L ................................389

    Knorr

    Chicken NoodleSoup338g ..........................229

    Bush'sBakedBeans398 mL .................

    4/500

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    FlankerDinners200g .........................169

    Dempster's

    EnglishMuffi ns6's ..........................

    2/500Spongetowels Econo Big-Roll

    PaperTowels6's ...............................599

    Brunswick

    KipperedHerring100g .....................

    2/300Glad

    ClingWrap90m ............................349

    General Mills

    Oatmeal CrispCereal420-505g ..................399

    Aquafi na

    RemineralizedWater24x500 mL .................499

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    Medium Yellow Onions.86/kg .................................39

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    Dempster'sCinnamon Raisin

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    99

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    BathroomTissue12's ............................699

    California Organic

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    2/1000/100g

    Fresh Express Organic

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    2.18/kg

    /lb

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    /lb

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    449Motts

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    369

    Unico

    Tomatoes500g

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    McLarensStuffed Manzanilla Olives, Onions orGherkins

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    259

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    Cash for the food bankSooke Food Bank president Kim Metzger accepts more than $550 from Kevin Albers, Makola Group of Societies CEO. Albers presented the funds raised by Makola employees through an office fundraiser. Makola is moving its headquarters to the West Shore next month. Makola houses 32 family members in Sooke at its Hope Centre Building. Makola is the largest Aboriginal housing provider in B.C. and serves more than 5,000 family members.

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  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016 I COMMUNITY I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A23

    Sheila WallaceContributed

    Sooke has a few imag-inative and determined souls to thank for the establishment of the Sooke Country Market.

    As the market pre-pares to celebrate its 21st season, two Sooke seniors, Carol Harding and Joan Hanneson, shared their collec-tive memories with me over tea at the Reading Room.

    A small group of local growers began meeting in each others living rooms in 1995.

    Intrigued by the suc-cess of the Moss Street Market in Victoria they began to explore the possibility of devel-oping a local market in Sooke. Organizers and dreamers is how Hanneson described this merry band.

    Mary Alice Johnson, owner of ALM Organic Farm and Full Circle Seeds, was involved in the development of the Moss Street Market and provided advice and assistance to the Sooke group.

    In 1995, the Sooke

    Country Market was incorporated as a non-profit society. Holger Busch, Kim and Norm Collins, Bernadette Huys, Marty Smith and Laura Stockridge, along with Hanneson, made up the first board of directors.

    Busch developed the market logo and he and his partner Susa cre-ated the country mar-ket banner, which still guides folks to the mar-ket every Saturday dur-ing market season.

    The first Sooke Coun-try Market was located

    in the front yard at Mugford House, the stately, historic house behind the Chevron Station on Church and Sooke Road.

    From 1996 to 1999, the market flourished on the Sooke elemen-tary school grounds.

    This was a very successful place and I remember it as a booming market, said Hanneson.

    During this time, vendor member-ship increased to 25.

    Market spirit thrives in Sooke

    File photo

    Joan Hanneson displaying her organic produce at the first Sooke Country Market in 1995.

    See Country market Page 24

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    Although local produce and plants were the main features, honey, bread, chocolates, jams, knitted crafts and art were also offered for sale. Special activities, such as prize draws, clowns, Zucchini Day and the occasional musician kept the mar-ket spirit fresh and lively.

    The market also became a popular

    gathering place where people met to visit in a relaxed, family atmo-sphere. The board met almost every month and had potlucks to celebrate the beginning and ending of the mar-ket season.

    When Sooke Elemen-tary began using its green space and park-ing area on Saturdays, the market moved to Edward Milne Commu-nity School for one sea-son, but the location

    was not appropriate for a market. Then when another senior, Martha Moore, suggested the empty lot next to the Sooke New and Used as a possible site the mar-ket had found a home.

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    Sooke country market enters 21st yearFrom page 23

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    Pintys Grand Slam Elite 10 hits the West ShoreSome images from last weekend for Sooke curling fans

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    With a new coach and new direction, the senior basketball boys look towards gold horizons

    Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror

    In the midst of last season, Alex Wright had an inkling something was up with coach Trevor Bligh.

    Bligh, who has led the Edward Milne Community School Wolverines senior boys basketball team for 19 years, was giving subtle clues that this might be his last season.

    I had a hint he wanted to take a new direction, said Wright, who served as co-coach this year.

    Then midway through the season the message came: he wanted to retire as the senior boys basketball coach and develop the junior program.

    EMCS basketball program has never seen a team advance to the provincial championships.

    The reason, says Wright and Bligh, is that Sooke doesnt have a junior program that feeds into the senior program.

    Teaching basic skills at the Grade 8 to 10 level will put us on par with other elite programs in B.C. We have gone as far as we can with teaching these skills in Grade 11, Bligh said.

    For Wright, who takes over as the Wolverines head coach next season, its

    the right approach.It will allow the program the opportunity

    to develop core coaching skills, from defensive stance to simple shooting and ball handling skills, something missing now with some players heading into their senior high school years.

    The problem with Sooke is most of the kids dont get to try basketball on a competitive level until theyre 15 (Grade 10). You lose that developmental period because theyre not coming out early, Wright said.

    Our goal is to eventually have it that when kids are coming up through elementary school, theyre getting into middle school, theyre seeing basketball as a primary sport.

    The transition to the development program is already starting, with plans for spring ball.

    The idea is to set the foundation and create a love for the game early. (Any boy interested in the spring league whos in Grade 7,8 or 9 can email Bligh directly at blighs@gmail.com).

    The next step is to link up with Journey Middle Schools basketball program next season.

    The team is expected to play in the Junior B league, but will have teams in the Junior A and B leagues the following year.

    Bligh will co-coach the EMCS junior boys next season.

    The plan will help coaches at all four levels of high school basketball, Bligh said.

    Wright already sees merit in the plan where coaches will be able to

    communicate more effectively and develop a program that is understandable for players from Grade 7 to 12.

    Were trying to avoid taking one step forward and two steps back, he said.

    Dont think youve seen the end of Bligh as the Wolverines head coach. He plans to

    return in two years.We aim to be sending a senior team to

    the provincials in two to three years from now. If I was a Grade 8 kid into basketball, Id be getting very excited for what will be available to them in the years to come, Bligh said.

    EMCS Wolverines focus on better bite for next season

    This past weekend, the Sooke Boxing Club went over to Mission to participate in the tournament of champions.

    Two fighters from the Sooke Boxing program got in the ring: Jill Doucet and Carson Campbell.

    Boxing Canada changed their policy in January 2015 to allow children aged eight, nine and 10 to get into the ring and have initiation bouts.

    This allows these kids the opportunity to get in the

    ring, put what theyve learnt to the test and the best thing is they both come out as winners, said the clubs head coach, Ellen Connor, adding that by doing so, it promotes self esteem, self respect and discipline.

    She said after witnessing this past weekends matches with Doucet and Campbell, she was deeply impressed by their performances.

    I can honestly say the empowerment they both felt

    after getting in that ring and achieving that goal by themselves, not with a team or anyone else helping them out was certainly immeasurable.

    Next scheduled fights will be in Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Boxing Club at the end of April.Currently there are 10 registered boxers at Sooke Boxing, five of whom are children.

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    Bid packages have been sent to commu-nity mayors across the province.

    Bidding communities are required to submit information on event hosting history, avail-able venues for sport and accommodation, and evidence of com-munity support.

    The deadline for bid submissions is Sept. 9.

    These games are an important showcase for young athletes in this province, said Peter Fassbender, minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Develop-ment. Previous expe-rience demonstrates that hosting cities and towns become stronger communities through volunteer development and economic benefits that result from the staging of the games.

    With a history dating back to 1978, the B.C. Winter and B.C. Sum-mer Games are British Columbias premier multi-sport events and feature our best young athletes, and develop-ing coaches and offi-cials.

    The B.C. Games are a galvanizing force that build volunteer and community capacity and contribute to posi-tive long-term legacies.

    Hosting the B.C. Games is considered a highlight in a communi-tys history, said Kelly Mann, president and CEO of the B.C. Games Society. The tremen-dous energy and com-munity engagement that is generated pro-vides memorable expe-riences for athletes and citizens alike.

    The 2016 B.C. Winter Games will take place in Penticton this month and the 2016 B.C. Sum-mer Games in Abbots-ford in July.

    For detailed infor-mation on the bid pro-cess please go online to bcgames.org.

    The BC Games were originally a vision of Premier W. R. Bennett who believed in pro-viding an opportunity to bring all parts of BC together, large and small communities, in the spirit of sport and friendship. Ben-netts vision for the BC Games has provided a substantial foundation and structure on which excellence in sport and

    community has been and continues to be built.

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    ety was to provide an opportunity for all Brit-ish Columbians to com-pete in an organized sports festival that pro-moted physical fitness, individual achievement, and community pride.

    The first BC Summer Games were held in Penticton in 1978 with the first BC Winter Games taking place the following year in Kam-loops.

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  • Rugby is a team effort at Journey Middle School, says teacher Robert Bryan.

    With the emphasis on enjoying and learn-ing the fine art of rugby, both boys and girls have entered teams in league play this year,

    under the auspices of the Journey Rugby Club

    The goal is for every student to learn how to play rugby safely, to understand the rules, to develop the skills appropriate for their age level and to have

    fun, Bryan said. Partnering with

    EMCS rugby staff and students, Canadian national team coaching staff, parents and staff at Journey are prepar-ing their teams for the Middle School Rugby League which begins in

    the first week of April. Weve been practic-

    ing since the end of Feb-ruary with touch rugby at lunchtime and the

    students are excited and keen to begin full contact games with other schools after Spring Break said

    Bryan, the new boys rugby coach at JMS.

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    Surprise! The Sooke Thunderbirds Peewees were surprised by Canucks Ben Hutton, left, and Chris Tanev, right, during a sponsored lunch at Earls in Yaletown. Christopher Chris Tanev and Ben Hutton are Canadian professional ice hockey defencemen currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016 I SPORTS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A29

    Once again this year our dedicated volunteers are hard at work rearing Chinook and Coho Salmon. Th is years production will include approximately 436,374 Chinook and 74,856 Coho. Returns of Chinook salmon into the Sooke River last fall are estimated to be between 750 and 1,000 adults. Despite reports of sport angling catches of Chinook salmon last summer being on the small side, we saw good returns of 4 and 5 year old adults for our October brood stock take. Coho returns were a bit harder to nail down this year as we continue to get signifi cant variances of water levels in November. Coho returning to the DeMamiel Creek system last fall were small in size and showed signs of stress. Similar reports were heard on many other systems on the island.

    Th is years Chinook production will see the historic total of fi sh produced by Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society to exceed 19 Million !

    Investment in water management systems at the hatchery are allowing us to rear more fi sh to a larger size for better survivability once released into the wild.

    Our volunteers are busy working 2 shift s per day, 7 days a week feeding our little babies and keeping the hatchery clean. Th anks to new members that have joined us recently we can continue with our fi sh culture and hatchery maintenance. It is nice to see residents that are new to Sooke seeking out our society as a means of serving the community. Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society is a 100 % volunteer Registered Non-Profi t Society with no paid staff whatsoever. At Sooke Salmon we are committed to the preservation and enhancement of Salmon and Salmon habitat. We also serve our community by making educational opportunities available to various groups and working with other community associations.

    Some notable upcoming events include

    We have supplied Coho eggs to several local classrooms in support of the Salmon in Th e Classroom initiative. Children in our community will be able to learn about Salmon culture and see fi sh emerge from eggs. Th ey will then get the opportunity to release the fi sh into the wild.

    Sooke Options for Community Living will be taking a shift at the hatchery to feed our fi sh.

    SSES will participate in this years Rotary Spring Fair & Auction. Please come out and support this community event and place a bid on tickets to our Chinook Derby that we have donated to the Sooke Rotary Club.

    We hope to receive students from the Environmental Studies program at Edward Milne Community School for a day of instruction at the hatchery in May.

    Our Sooke Salmon Enhancement net pen is anticipated to rear an additional 100,000 Chinook this May. Th is will bring our total number of Chinook released into Sooke harbour to 530,000 this year.

    Keep an Eye out for the announcement of details of our 13th Annual Chinook Derby Th is year to be held on July 30 & 31st.

    As president, I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication and hard work. We would also like to thank the Sooke & South Island business community for their support. Our motto is Shop Local , we encourage all to do so.

    Spring 2016 update of activities

    Robert GamachePresident, Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society

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  • The sparks will be flying this month in sculpture artist Bev Petows East Sooke metalworking studio, as she puts the finish-ing touches on a set of four life-size steel dresses. The intriguing garden sculptures will have their public debut at the season opening of the Abkhazi Gardens on April 9.

    All this came about when a box of Prin-cess Peggy Abkhazis haute couture cocktail dresses was found in the house when it was finally taken over by the The Land Conservancy. Now these visual met-aphors for Peggys life and spirit will be on show throughout the spring and summer.

    How did Bev, the woman of steel, come to take an unforgiving material like metal and develop an expertise in creating steel dresses?

    She was introduced to tools and machines in her fathers mechanic shop and was given her love of design and sew-ing at 12-years-of-age by her mother.

    After many years of working in graphic design, Petow went back to art school in mid-life graduat-ing with honours from Marylhurst University in Portland in 1998 when she picked up the welding torch at the age of 37.

    Steel is my main medium of expression although I have worked with many materials in both 2D, 3D and on computer.

    My process is a bal-ance of construction

    and deconstruction as I focus on the forces of integration and decay that are constantly co-creating the world, states Petow on her website (www.bevpe-towdesign.com).

    The steel dresses? When a dear friend of hers from childhood, with whom she had always sewn cloth dresses, passed away from a lingering leukae-

    mia illness she fell into depression. Petow had nursed her to the end.

    Devastated by this loss, lethargy set in. Then one morning she heard her friends voice declare firmly to her, Get back out into the studio.

    This snapped her out of her mood and she thought, Okay, Im a metalwork artist - what should my next project

    be?She began designing

    and fabricating dresses to be used as garden sculptures, based on the 60s and 70s designs that she and her friend used to make. Their combination of indus-trial masculinity and delicate femininity were an instant suc-cess and have made their way into art galler-ies and gardens across North America.

    I hand-cut the mate-rial using a plasma cut-ter or a grinder with cutting blade, she explained. Then she bends, cold hammers and welds pieces into flowing shapes that evoke the human form. As you can imagine, it is very heavy labour. She keeps fit with jazzercise three times a week and has a good chiroprac-tor.

    The results are

    intriguing costumes that are mysteriously lacking any bodies

    inside even though they may weigh up to 40 pounds.

    Rust? A coating of lin-seed oil helps even out the eventual beauty of weathering.

    Petows work will also be seen at the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestras Secret Gar-den Tour on June 5 and the Stinking Fish Studio Tour running from July 21-15. The summer tour

    brochures for the stu-dio tour will be avail-able for download in June. The summer tour map will be up the end of May and will show the locations of the art-ists studios and the list of artists participating (www.stinkingfishstu-diotour.com. Petow is showing her work at the Bellevue Art Museum biennial show is September as weil.

    ArtsHaute couture sculptures fused with steel

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    Bev Petows Dragon Aunt dress, left, will be part of her exhibition at Abkhazi Gardens. Petow at work on a piece, right.

    East Sooke artist Bev Petow finds her solace and her passion in visual metaphors

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    In 2017 Canada will turn 150 years old and to celebrate the District of Sooke has autho-rized the creation of a mosaic. The mosaic will be designed by a local artist and painted by up to 400 residents.

    Sooke was selected to be a part of the Canada-wide Canada150mosaic project because of the size of the community.

    We were picked because we are a smaller community and because it requires the entire community to be a part of it to be suc-cessful, said John Rus-sell, one of three coor-dinators of the project for the Sooke Program for the Arts (SPA) Com-mittee.

    The Canada 150 team consults with each community to learn about important and interesting moments that define the commu-nity, its history and its citizens to design key elements for mural.

    Lewis Lavoie designs a conceptual mural for approval by the com-munity.

    Russell said anyone can submit a design for the mural, which will be made up of 400 tiles each 4x4. The mural itself will be 8 feet by 8 feet.

    The idea is for the mural to be one simple iconic image or sym-bol that represents or defines your commu-nity.

    Entry forms can be picked up at the Dis-trict of Sooke municipal office (2205 Otter Point

    Road) or online at www.sooke.ca and printed off. Those submitting can enter more than one design. The final painting of the mosaic tiles will be done by members of the com-munity. everyone from seniors to school chil-dren to artists.

    The selection pro-cess is in three steps. First: all designs are submitted to the Dis-trict of Sooke.

    Step two is the selec-tion process where five designs will be selected by council from the submissions.

    Step three involves the designs being sent to the designer of the

    Canada150mosaic. The selected design will be sent back to council for approval.

    The local residents will paint the tiles at various community events in late June/July of 2016. The 400 tiles will be from a design of the individual partici-pants thereby complet-ing the whole mural. For an idea of how it will look check out the canada150mosaic.com website.

    The finale will be a three-day affair where designers from Calgary will arrive in Sooke to put together the entire mosaic.

    Forms can also be

    picked up from the dis-trict at the Sooke News Mirror office. Once you complete your image in black and white on the square on the entry form you can submit it to the district office in person or by e-mail until April l5. Complete instructions are on the forms.

    Hopefully it will be installed in a suitable location, said Russell. The designer of the winning image will be formally recognized for their design.

    For more informa-tion: canada150mosaic.com or phone John Russell at 250-642-7837 or johnrussellart@gmail.com.

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    An example of what a mosaic mural might look like. Each of the 400 small squares will be a painting by a member from the community. The Canada 150 team consults with each community to learn about important and interesting moments that define the community, its history and its citizens to design key elements for mural. Lewis Lavoie designs a conceptual mural for approval by the community.

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  • A32 I COMMUNITY I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016

    Loretta FritzContributed

    On March 1, 2016 Bill Kempster passed away at Ayre Manor at the age of 98. While his death was not remark-able, his contributions to the South Island gardening community were.

    Bill immigrated to Victoria shortly after the Second World War, bringing with him a love of outdoor activ-ity hunting, fishing, exploring and garden-ing and an unstop-pable drive to be busy and productive. He pur-sued all of these hob-bies for decades, but it was through his pas-sion for growing plants that most people came to know him.

    Longtime dahlia growers all over the Island knew Bill well.

    In the early 1950s, he began hybridizing and exhibiting dahlias throughout the Pacific Northwest and, in the late 1960s, was instru-mental in convincing the Victoria Gladiolus and Dahlia Society to join the Pacific North-west Dahlia Confer-ence.

    To this day the renamed Victoria Dahlia Society remains an active member of the PNDConference, which oversees the training and certifica-tion of judges and the classification of blooms that present differently (e.g., in form, size or colour) in our climate.

    Some years later, Bill installed a dahlia gar-den at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific. That garden subse-quently became the Victoria Dahlia Trial Garden, a sanctioned

    seedling garden of the American Dahlia Soci-ety.

    Envisioning a local world-class botani-cal garden and site for hands-on horticultural training, Bill co-founded the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in 1979, now home to numer-ous gardens as well as the accredited Pacific Horticulture College. The Kempster Building acknowledges his enor-mous contributions as board member and president, labourer and builder, student educa-tor, and volunteer men-tor.

    Bills lengthy involve-ment with the Saan-ich Fall Fair is equally estimable. He served as board member and president; he judged fruit, vegetable and/or flower entries; and he put in untold hours as a general labourer and go-getter. He also played a major role in the fairs 1992 move to its current site on Stel-lys Cross Road.

    The Peninsula Gar-den Club, Sooke Gar-den Club, and the Sooke Fall Fair were also long-term benefi-ciaries of Bills desire to encourage local gar-deners and gardening. He enthusiastically imparted encyclope-dic knowledge of and techniques for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. He loved dem-onstrating how easy it is to prune a fruit tree or propagate a shrub. Gardening, he insisted, isnt hard or compli-cated; its trial and error, and its fun.

    For more than 60 years, Bill found plea-sure in gardening. He became a recognized gladiolus hybridizer, a

    sought-after judge for flower exhibitions and fall fairs, a frequent presenter at garden club meetings, and a teacher and mentor for show judges in training. He even hosted a local Sunday morning radio call-in show about gar-dening.

    Following the 2006 death of Bea, his wife of 62 years, Bill contin-ued living proudly and independently on his own until last summer. His friends are richer for his good humour, generosity, and abiding friendship. The South Island is richer for his legacy of gardening knowledge, his remark-able achievements, and his outstanding volun-teerism.

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  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016 I SPECIAL FEATURE I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM B1

    Taxpayers, directors question the current $1-billion price tag

    Don DescoteauBlack Press

    As discussions continue around how to achieve sewage treatment for the core areas of the Capital Regional District, its interesting that many local residents still wonder why its needed at all.

    Set aside for a moment that the federal government has mandated that Greater Victoria and other coastal communities in Canada undertake treatment to at least the secondary level.

    The CRD currently gathers flows of sewage and drain water at Clover and Macaulay points, where the solids are screened out and the liquid is forced through outfalls that empty roughly a kilometre out into the ocean at a depth of about 65 metres (213 feet). Supporters of this system, including leading marine biologists, have been characterized by opponents as promoting the notion that dilution is the solution.

    Given the roughly $1 billion estimated cost just to set up a treatment system, some residents find themselves further questioning the need.

    The majority, however, argue that its just the right thing to do, but outside voices, such as from Washington state, have added to the noise.

    While were not at treatment yet, were far ahead of where we were in the late 1960s, when sewage pipes emptied at our shorelines and caused regular beach closures. Screening out the solids and forcing the liquids a kilometre out into the deep ocean represented steps in the right direction in the 1970s.

    On March 9 the CRD approved a two-plant system with facilities at Clover Point in Victoria, and McLoughlin or Macaulay points in Esquimalt. Taxpayers could be excused for wondering how either site found its way into the discussion, when neither was included on a list of seven options presented.

    A clue came during a meeting of the CRDs core area liquid waste management

    committee last month.Directors grilled engineering consultants

    over total costs, with some asking why a vacant Rock Bay industrial site was central to all seven options. Technical oversight panel chair, Teresa Coady, stated that better options including Clover and McLoughlin/Macaulay could have been created had consultants not been told those areas were off the table.

    That got committee members thinking about the potential for a hybrid plan that took advantage of the fact the two sites are in close proximity to existing sewage outfalls. It would also avoid the need for $250 million to rip up Cook Street from Dallas Road to Bay Street for pipes.

    Local politicians appeared to be looking out for their taxpayers. Some pointed to the project charter, developed last

    October, which states as one of its goals that any solution should minimize (construction and operating) costs to residents and businesses and provide value for money.

    Feedback from an online survey and written correspondence determined residents are most concerned with how the project will affect their taxes. Showing its not all about the money, the

    level of quality of effluent discharged into the ocean was also of high importance.

    This may be the closest Greater Victoria has come to acheiving the goal. Success is not a given, with municipal approval still needed from Victoria and Esquimalt councils for Clover and McLoughlin points, respectively. Macaulay, which would require a land swap with the Department of National Defence, appears a dark-horse contender.

    So does this scenario resemble 2014, when McLoughlin was chosen for a single regional plant, but shot down when Esquimalt council rejected the required zoning variance? Perhaps, but that plan also located the biosolids plant on Viewfield Road in Esquimalt, and the single plant was larger than under the current proposal.

    The coming weeks will provide more insight as the two councils hear from the public on the proposed plan. The fact remains, the government requires us to treat our sewage, and the region needs to find a workable solution.

    don.descoteau@blackpress.ca

    Pressure on to find a sewage solution

    How CRD directors voted on McLoughlin/Clover Point option:

    Arnold Lim/Black Press

    Lisa Helps Mayor, Victoria; CRD sewage committee chair

    Lanny SeatonLangford

    Nils JensenMayor,Oak Bay

    Carol HamiltonMayor, Colwood

    Judy BrownoffSaanich

    Denise BlackwellLangford

    Barb DesjardinsMayor, Esquimalt

    Andy ThomasChief, Esquimalt Nation

    Ron Sam**Chief, Songhees Nation

    Marianne AltoVictoria

    Susan BriceSaanich

    Vic DermanSaanich

    Ben IsittVictoria

    Colin PlantSaanich

    David ScreechMayor,View Royal

    Geoff YoungVictoria

    Richard AtwellMayor, Saanich

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    CRD** Excused himself from vote over perceived conflict

    Success is not a given, with municipal approval still needed from Victoria and Esquimalt councils for Clover and McLoughlin points, respectively.

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016 I SPECIAL FEATURE I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM B11B2 I SPECIAL FEATURE I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016

    Pamela RothBlack Press

    Nearly two years ago, the citizens of Esquimalt spoke loud and clear McLoughlin Point was not the appropriate site for the Capital Regional Districts $783-million sewage treatment plant.

    Esquimalt councillors were met with a standing ovation when they not only rejected the shoreline site, but unanimously slammed the door on any future proposals.

    Despite the closed door, the CRD put McLoughlin back on the table due to the cost and disruption of alternatives. This time, however, its not being considered as the sole site for a treatment plant, but part of a two-facility solution that also includes Victorias Clover Point and allows for a future site on the West Shore. A DND-owned section of Macaulay Point is part of the recommendation, but only as an alternative to McLoughlin.

    Given the history, the move to revisit McLoughlin didnt sit well with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, but now shes in favour of moving ahead with the new plan to see how council will respond. She also wants to hear from the private sector, which may propose lower cost and more environmentally friendly solutions.

    With me or without me, the committee was going to have brought forward a site at McLoughlin, no matter what Esquimalt had said. There was nothing I could say that would have made any difference and thats frustrating, said Desjardins. I am hearing from residents that there is an opportunity, given the right circumstances, to reconsider. I think the fact that it is not a single site option is really part of that discussion.

    Surrounded by Department of National Defence (DND) property, the CRD-owned McLoughlin site is a barren, fenced-off piece of land in an otherwise treed area, hiding it from public view except from the water. There are a few nearby homes used by DND personnel, but otherwise the site a former oil tank farm is isolated. Its also located around the corner from the Macaulay Point outfall.

    Nick Kovacs, chairman of the Esquimalt Residents Association, was surprised to see McLoughlin thrown back into the mix.

    Park would top underground plant at Clover Point Dan EbenalBlack Press

    Clover Point wasnt on the publics radar during the most recent consultation process on sewage treatment options. And if everything goes according to plan for the Capital Regional District, a Clover Point facility will remain out of public view once completed.

    The CRD is moving ahead with a proposal for a two-plant option to meet the regions wastewater treatment needs with plants constructed at Clover and either McLoughlin or Macaulay points, near the location of current sewage outfalls.

    The Clover Point plant would be located on a 1.25-hectare parcel of land on the hillside above the current parking lot. That land was granted to the City of Victoria from the federal government in 1988 on the condition that it be used as parkland.

    Clover Point has to be underground to be socially acceptable, and it has to be done in a way that doesnt smell, doesnt cause major disruptions for the neighbourhood, said Colin Plant, a Saanich councillor who sits on the core area liquid waste management committee.

    It was Plant who suggested that CRD staff should investigate locating a plant on the site. A previous option for a solo treatment plant at Rock Bay had become bogged down with concerns over cost, particularly $250 million in pipes to convey treated effluent to existing outfalls.

    Plant sees Clover Point as a compromise between those who wanted a single plant at McLoughlin and those who wanted a distributed option with a number of smaller plants. I suggested it as a way to spread the burden of sewage treatment, he said, adding there is no social licence for a single plant at McLoughlin after that option was rejected by Esquimalt in 2014.

    While some expressed concerns over locating a plant in a residential

    neighbourhood at an oceanfront park, committee chair Lisa Helps called that a 20th-century argument. The Victoria mayor said we now see treatment plants in the middle of downtowns and in close proximity to residences.

    Wayne Hollohan, chair of the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association land use committee, said the organization didnt learn about the proposed Clover Point plant until he received a March 9 email about the site gaining conditional approval from the CRD earlier that day.

    This idea is so new even to the CRD, that they do not have any actual plans for it (including) how much space will be required, said Hollohan in a letter to Victoria council, suggesting the city is not following its own policy on civic engagement.

    The association doesnt speak on behalf of the community, but provides an opportunity for residents to voice concerns. Hollohan has his own worries about the future of this park he visits with his dog on a daily basis.

    I would say that section of Clover Point

    probably gets upwards of four times the amount of people as Beacon Hill Park. It is now becoming the crown jewel of Victoria with regards to tourists and people coming to walk their dog, he said.

    Helps said the federal land grant serves as an assurance that Clover Point will look almost identical to what it is today, with the addition of such amenities as washrooms and public art.

    Residents may not realize what is at Clover Point now. Underneath that grassy hillside where people fly kites and walk their dogs, is a pumping station, where 50 million litres of raw sewage is filtered, then

    pumped through the 1.2-kilometre outfall into Juan de Fuca Strait.

    The pump station, built in the 1970s, serves close to 200,000 people. The new treatment plant would be built to a footprint that would meet requirements until at least 2045. It would initially handle flows of up to 48 million litres/day and treat the majority of eastside sewage.

    The treated effluent at Clover would be pumped through a new 250-metre outfall, with the existing longer outfall reserved for wet weather flows.

    An advanced treatment plant at Clover Point is estimated to cost about $220 million of the $1.05-billion total project cost, although directors are confident those costs can be reduced.

    But hurdles remain before construction gets underway. Perhaps the biggest is getting the site rezoned from its designation for single family residences.

    Victoria Coun. Geoff Young favours a single site at McLoughlin

    Point and is confident the rezoning will fail.From the perspective of the taxpayer,

    we would be better off flipping a coin to determine a single site. This two-headed compromise has a cost of $250 million or so more than a single-site option, he said. He expects to hear vocal opposition for the plan at the upcoming public hearing.

    Helps said Clover Point was among the initial sites identified by Victoria council in 2015, and was green-lighted during the first phase of public consultations.

    Clover Point has cleared the first road bump in the long path ahead, with Victoria council approving a motion establishing a number of conditions. Among them is the presentation by the CRD of a concept drawing of the underground plant to the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association.

    The project must pass other regulatory hurdles, including a public hearing. If approvals are received, the plant is expected to take about 18 months to construct, with Victoria sharing in $20 million in public amenities provided to host communities.

    Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps stands at Clover Point, site of a proposed underground sewage treatment plant. Don Denton/Black Press

    Sewage infrastructure already beneath hillside

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    This two-headed compromise has a cost of $250 million or so more than a single-site option.

    Victoria Coun. Geoff Young

    Esquimalt takes an uneasy second look at McLoughlin

    Mayor Barb Desjardins stands at Saxe Point in Esquimalt.Arnold Lim/ Black Press

    Scaled-down site would take western flows only; Viewfield site surplus

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    to hosting a treatment plant at McLoughlin, in advance of further public engagement with local residents.2012 - Provincial ($248M) and federal ($253.4 M) funding announced, project mandated to be completed by 2018. Federal government soon after announces regulations requiring coastal communities to have secondary treatment in place by the end of 2020.2013 - The core area liquid waste management program, renamed Seaterra in October, begins overseeing public engagement and implementation. - CRD purchases Viewfield Road property in Esquimalt for $17M as potential biosolids processing site. After receiving plant design suggestions, CRD purchases McLoughlin

    Point site from Imperial Oil for $4.6M. - Esquimalt hosts two-day public hearing on rezoning of McLoughlin to allow for a treatment plant. Alternate bylaw ultimately created stipulating Townships terms; official community plan amended, bylaw passes.2014 - After another two-day public hearing, Esquimalt council rejects CRDs more project-specific application for rezoning McLoughlin. Sewage committee seeks direction from B.C. on how to move forward. Ministry of Environment states it will not intervene and CRD announces it will not proceed with project at McLoughlin. - CRD board chair Alistair Bryson proposes a cost-sharing amendment that would see Esquimalt residents not taxed to pay for the Towns 6.7% share of the project, worth

    $18.9 million, instead of providing a list of amenities as previously offered. Esquimalt ultimately rejects request to reconsider its decision on rezoning. - First meeting of Westside wastewater and resource recovery select committee held in October. Members are from Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, View Royal and Songhees Nation.2015 - Seaterra staff terminated as CRD tries to retool process and a way forward. - Eastside committee begins meeting. - In April, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps takes over as chair of liquid waste management committee from Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen. - In May, potential treatment sites revealed by municipalities; many parks put forward.

    Eastside and Westside undertake surveys relating to possible sites.2016 - Seven options put forward for public consideration; all include plant at Rock Bay. - Online commenting closes Feb. 20. Results see less than enthusiastic responses to including Rock Bay. - CRD staff recommend main plant at Rock Bay and tertiary treatment plant in Colwood to sewage committee. Directors instead ask for feasibility report on McLoughlin/Macaulay and Clover Point treatment sites. - Sewage committee tweaks plan and approves recommendation to move forward with Clover and McLoughlin/Macaulay plan with provision for site on West Shore. - Committees recommendation approved by overall CRD board on March 9.

    1894 - Clover Point trunk system and outfall built to service downtown Victoria1913 - Second trunk system added to service Oak Bay, northeast Victoria and parts of Saanich1919 - Northwest trunk sewer system built to service parts of Esquimalt, Victoria and Saanich1960s - Untreated sewage continues to be discharged directly at shorelines1971 - Macaulay Point pump station and outfall constructed. Outfall extends 1.7 kilometres into Juan de Fuca Strait, effluent released at a depth of 60 metres1981 - Clover Point outfall built, extends 1.2 kilometres offshore to 65m depth; solids filtered out using 6mm fine screen

    1984 - B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Environment invites all municipalities and regional districts to consider preparation of waste management plans1990 - CRD board undertakes study into sewage treatment options1991 - Report offers seven different siting options for wastewater plants1992 - Non-binding referendum sees 57% support for current preliminary treatment model (screening), 22% for secondary treatment and 21% for primary treatment1993 - Washington State tourism boycotts Victoria for conferences, hotel bookings. B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt promises Wash. Gov. Mike Lowry that Victoria will have primary treatment in place by 2002 and secondary between 2008 and 2013.

    - Seven potential sites identified and approved by CRD board, including Macaulay Point.1995 - Three possible main plant sites remain, including Macaulay Point, Burnside West and Yew Point in Colwood.2004 - Poop mascot Mr. Floatie, a.k.a. James Skwarok, begins protesting the pumping of untreated sewage into ocean. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry reviews CRD wastewater management. SETAC concludes that relying on dilution and natural dispersion is not a good long-term solution. A Ministry of Environment sediment study finds enough evidence to classify areas around both outfalls as contaminated sites. 2007 - The Path Forward report describes

    a decentralized, six-plant system estimated at $1.2 billion, using Hartland dump as biosolids processing facility.2008 - Esquimalt, after a presentation from Sewage Treatment Action Group (STAG), lobbies to have Macaulay option shifted to McLoughlin Point due to environmental, social and financial impacts.2010 - Comprehensive tertiary treatment removed from plan due to lack of market for recovered water in the region. Further refinements improve triple bottom line output for project. - In June, plan for West Shore treatment plant deferred for 15 years, helping bring the cost down to $782.7 million.2011 - Discussions begin around community amenities for Esquimalt relating

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    Citizens are concerned, he noted, but are waiting to see whats in the details this time around.

    If you build a modern facility, then McLoughlin Point makes sense. Its away from the community, its an industrial site what else are you going to build there? said Kovacs, who favours tertiary treatment using a distributed model.

    If certain conditions are met, I would feel much more comfortable, but again, the devil is in the details.

    In 2008, Esquimalt began lobbying the CRD to explore a potential sewage treatment facility at McLoughlin Point rather than Macaulay Point. The following

    year, however, council pulled its support from McLoughlin and advised the CRD to explore other alternatives.

    Nonetheless, the CRD moved ahead on the project, and later purchased a property on Viewfield Road in Esquimalt for $17 million as a potential site for biosolids processing. The McLoughlin Point site was bought from Imperial Oil for $4.6 million.

    But in a second round of public hearings in March 2014, more than 100 residents from Esquimalt, Saanich, Victoria and elsewhere in the region spoke against the project, citing concerns with the size and environmental impact.

    A few weeks later council rejected rezoning the site, noting the CRD failed to deliver requested information such as details on First Nations consultations, committee meeting minutes and an independent tsunami report.

    The CRD was forced to go back to the drawing board, but first appealed to the province to mandate the rezoning of McLoughlin Point. The province refused to meddle in the ongoing sewage saga, even though about $60 million had been spent.

    Now, however, the province has agreed to help facilitate the process in order to

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    was a lack of respect for the community and that residents still dont trust the CRD. McLoughlin had been offered as a proactive solution, she explained, with residents seeing it as an opportunity for a possible distributed model with multiple plants. But the CRD sewage committee, basing its decision on staff recommendations, went with a centralized plant there instead.

    From there on, it was all about thats going to happen, you better accept it and by the way were not going to give you any mitigation, Desjardins said. Had they done it differently, had they listened to the community and what the needs were, I really believe that process might have ended up differently.

    The reality is, it was off the rails long before we made the decision, and that was because of the lack of working with a community Esquimalt has never been NIMBY and yet its painted as NIMBY. Its always been about lets get the best solution.

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  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016 I SPECIAL FEATURE I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM B11B2 I SPECIAL FEATURE I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016

    Pamela RothBlack Press

    Nearly two years ago, the citizens of Esquimalt spoke loud and clear McLoughlin Point was not the appropriate site for the Capital Regional Districts $783-million sewage treatment plant.

    Esquimalt councillors were met with a standing ovation when they not only rejected the shoreline site, but unanimously slammed the door on any future proposals.

    Despite the closed door, the CRD put McLoughlin back on the table due to the cost and disruption of alternatives. This time, however, its not being considered as the sole site for a treatment plant, but part of a two-facility solution that also includes Victorias Clover Point and allows for a future site on the West Shore. A DND-owned section of Macaulay Point is part of the recommendation, but only as an alternative to McLoughlin.

    Given the history, the move to revisit McLoughlin didnt sit well with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, but now shes in favour of moving ahead with the new plan to see how council will respond. She also wants to hear from the private sector, which may propose lower cost and more environmentally friendly solutions.

    With me or without me, the committee was going to have brought forward a site at McLoughlin, no matter what Esquimalt had said. There was nothing I could say that would have made any difference and thats frustrating, said Desjardins. I am hearing from residents that there is an opportunity, given the right circumstances, to reconsider. I think the fact that it is not a single site option is really part of that discussion.

    Surrounded by Department of National Defence (DND) property, the CRD-owned McLoughlin site is a barren, fenced-off piece of land in an otherwise treed area, hiding it from public view except from the water. There are a few nearby homes used by DND personnel, but otherwise the site a former oil tank farm is isolated. Its also located around the corner from the Macaulay Point outfall.

    Nick Kovacs, chairman of the Esquimalt Residents Association, was surprised to see McLoughlin thrown back into the mix.

    Park would top underground plant at Clover Point Dan EbenalBlack Press

    Clover Point wasnt on the publics radar during the most recent consultation process on sewage treatment options. And if everything goes according to plan for the Capital Regional District, a Clover Point facility will remain out of public view once completed.

    The CRD is moving ahead with a proposal for a two-plant option to meet the regions wastewater treatment needs with plants constructed at Clover and either McLoughlin or Macaulay points, near the location of current sewage outfalls.

    The Clover Point plant would be located on a 1.25-hectare parcel of land on the hillside above the current parking lot. That land was granted to the City of Victoria from the federal government in 1988 on the condition that it be used as parkland.

    Clover Point has to be underground to be socially acceptable, and it has to be done in a way that doesnt smell, doesnt cause major disruptions for the neighbourhood, said Colin Plant, a Saanich councillor who sits on the core area liquid waste management committee.

    It was Plant who suggested that CRD staff should investigate locating a plant on the site. A previous option for a solo treatment plant at Rock Bay had become bogged down with concerns over cost, particularly $250 million in pipes to convey treated effluent to existing outfalls.

    Plant sees Clover Point as a compromise between those who wanted a single plant at McLoughlin and those who wanted a distributed option with a number of smaller plants. I suggested it as a way to spread the burden of sewage treatment, he said, adding there is no social licence for a single plant at McLoughlin after that option was rejected by Esquimalt in 2014.

    While some expressed concerns over locating a plant in a residential

    neighbourhood at an oceanfront park, committee chair Lisa Helps called that a 20th-century argument. The Victoria mayor said we now see treatment plants in the middle of downtowns and in close proximity to residences.

    Wayne Hollohan, chair of the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association land use committee, said the organization didnt learn about the proposed Clover Point plant until he received a March 9 email about the site gaining conditional approval from the CRD earlier that day.

    This idea is so new even to the CRD, that they do not have any actual plans for it (including) how much space will be required, said Hollohan in a letter to Victoria council, suggesting the city is not following its own policy on civic engagement.

    The association doesnt speak on behalf of the community, but provides an opportunity for residents to voice concerns. Hollohan has his own worries about the future of this park he visits with his dog on a daily basis.

    I would say that section of Clover Point

    probably gets upwards of four times the amount of people as Beacon Hill Park. It is now becoming the crown jewel of Victoria with regards to tourists and people coming to walk their dog, he said.

    Helps said the federal land grant serves as an assurance that Clover Point will look almost identical to what it is today, with the addition of such amenities as washrooms and public art.

    Residents may not realize what is at Clover Point now. Underneath that grassy hillside where people fly kites and walk their dogs, is a pumping station, where 50 million litres of raw sewage is filtered, then

    pumped through the 1.2-kilometre outfall into Juan de Fuca Strait.

    The pump station, built in the 1970s, serves close to 200,000 people. The new treatment plant would be built to a footprint that would meet requirements until at least 2045. It would initially handle flows of up to 48 million litres/day and treat the majority of eastside sewage.

    The treated effluent at Clover would be pumped through a new 250-metre outfall, with the existing longer outfall reserved for wet weather flows.

    An advanced treatment plant at Clover Point is estimated to cost about $220 million of the $1.05-billion total project cost, although directors are confident those costs can be reduced.

    But hurdles remain before construction gets underway. Perhaps the biggest is getting the site rezoned from its designation for single family residences.

    Victoria Coun. Geoff Young favours a single site at McLoughlin

    Point and is confident the rezoning will fail.From the perspective of the taxpayer,

    we would be better off flipping a coin to determine a single site. This two-headed compromise has a cost of $250 million or so more than a single-site option, he said. He expects to hear vocal opposition for the plan at the upcoming public hearing.

    Helps said Clover Point was among the initial sites identified by Victoria council in 2015, and was green-lighted during the first phase of public consultations.

    Clover Point has cleared the first road bump in the long path ahead, with Victoria council approving a motion establishing a number of conditions. Among them is the presentation by the CRD of a concept drawing of the underground plant to the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association.

    The project must pass other regulatory hurdles, including a public hearing. If approvals are received, the plant is expected to take about 18 months to construct, with Victoria sharing in $20 million in public amenities provided to host communities.

    Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps stands at Clover Point, site of a proposed underground sewage treatment plant. Don Denton/Black Press

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    This two-headed compromise has a cost of $250 million or so more than a single-site option.

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    Esquimalt takes an uneasy second look at McLoughlin

    Mayor Barb Desjardins stands at Saxe Point in Esquimalt.Arnold Lim/ Black Press

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    to hosting a treatment plant at McLoughlin, in advance of further public engagement with local residents.2012 - Provincial ($248M) and federal ($253.4 M) funding announced, project mandated to be completed by 2018. Federal government soon after announces regulations requiring coastal communities to have secondary treatment in place by the end of 2020.2013 - The core area liquid waste management program, renamed Seaterra in October, begins overseeing public engagement and implementation. - CRD purchases Viewfield Road property in Esquimalt for $17M as potential biosolids processing site. After receiving plant design suggestions, CRD purchases McLoughlin

    Point site from Imperial Oil for $4.6M. - Esquimalt hosts two-day public hearing on rezoning of McLoughlin to allow for a treatment plant. Alternate bylaw ultimately created stipulating Townships terms; official community plan amended, bylaw passes.2014 - After another two-day public hearing, Esquimalt council rejects CRDs more project-specific application for rezoning McLoughlin. Sewage committee seeks direction from B.C. on how to move forward. Ministry of Environment states it will not intervene and CRD announces it will not proceed with project at McLoughlin. - CRD board chair Alistair Bryson proposes a cost-sharing amendment that would see Esquimalt residents not taxed to pay for the Towns 6.7% share of the project, worth

    $18.9 million, instead of providing a list of amenities as previously offered. Esquimalt ultimately rejects request to reconsider its decision on rezoning. - First meeting of Westside wastewater and resource recovery select committee held in October. Members are from Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, View Royal and Songhees Nation.2015 - Seaterra staff terminated as CRD tries to retool process and a way forward. - Eastside committee begins meeting. - In April, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps takes over as chair of liquid waste management committee from Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen. - In May, potential treatment sites revealed by municipalities; many parks put forward.

    Eastside and Westside undertake surveys relating to possible sites.2016 - Seven options put forward for public consideration; all include plant at Rock Bay. - Online commenting closes Feb. 20. Results see less than enthusiastic responses to including Rock Bay. - CRD staff recommend main plant at Rock Bay and tertiary treatment plant in Colwood to sewage committee. Directors instead ask for feasibility report on McLoughlin/Macaulay and Clover Point treatment sites. - Sewage committee tweaks plan and approves recommendation to move forward with Clover and McLoughlin/Macaulay plan with provision for site on West Shore. - Committees recommendation approved by overall CRD board on March 9.

    1894 - Clover Point trunk system and outfall built to service downtown Victoria1913 - Second trunk system added to service Oak Bay, northeast Victoria and parts of Saanich1919 - Northwest trunk sewer system built to service parts of Esquimalt, Victoria and Saanich1960s - Untreated sewage continues to be discharged directly at shorelines1971 - Macaulay Point pump station and outfall constructed. Outfall extends 1.7 kilometres into Juan de Fuca Strait, effluent released at a depth of 60 metres1981 - Clover Point outfall built, extends 1.2 kilometres offshore to 65m depth; solids filtered out using 6mm fine screen

    1984 - B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Environment invites all municipalities and regional districts to consider preparation of waste management plans1990 - CRD board undertakes study into sewage treatment options1991 - Report offers seven different siting options for wastewater plants1992 - Non-binding referendum sees 57% support for current preliminary treatment model (screening), 22% for secondary treatment and 21% for primary treatment1993 - Washington State tourism boycotts Victoria for conferences, hotel bookings. B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt promises Wash. Gov. Mike Lowry that Victoria will have primary treatment in place by 2002 and secondary between 2008 and 2013.

    - Seven potential sites identified and approved by CRD board, including Macaulay Point.1995 - Three possible main plant sites remain, including Macaulay Point, Burnside West and Yew Point in Colwood.2004 - Poop mascot Mr. Floatie, a.k.a. James Skwarok, begins protesting the pumping of untreated sewage into ocean. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry reviews CRD wastewater management. SETAC concludes that relying on dilution and natural dispersion is not a good long-term solution. A Ministry of Environment sediment study finds enough evidence to classify areas around both outfalls as contaminated sites. 2007 - The Path Forward report describes

    a decentralized, six-plant system estimated at $1.2 billion, using Hartland dump as biosolids processing facility.2008 - Esquimalt, after a presentation from Sewage Treatment Action Group (STAG), lobbies to have Macaulay option shifted to McLoughlin Point due to environmental, social and financial impacts.2010 - Comprehensive tertiary treatment removed from plan due to lack of market for recovered water in the region. Further refinements improve triple bottom line output for project. - In June, plan for West Shore treatment plant deferred for 15 years, helping bring the cost down to $782.7 million.2011 - Discussions begin around community amenities for Esquimalt relating

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    Citizens are concerned, he noted, but are waiting to see whats in the details this time around.

    If you build a modern facility, then McLoughlin Point makes sense. Its away from the community, its an industrial site what else are you going to build there? said Kovacs, who favours tertiary treatment using a distributed model.

    If certain conditions are met, I would feel much more comfortable, but again, the devil is in the details.

    In 2008, Esquimalt began lobbying the CRD to explore a potential sewage treatment facility at McLoughlin Point rather than Macaulay Point. The following

    year, however, council pulled its support from McLoughlin and advised the CRD to explore other alternatives.

    Nonetheless, the CRD moved ahead on the project, and later purchased a property on Viewfield Road in Esquimalt for $17 million as a potential site for biosolids processing. The McLoughlin Point site was bought from Imperial Oil for $4.6 million.

    But in a second round of public hearings in March 2014, more than 100 residents from Esquimalt, Saanich, Victoria and elsewhere in the region spoke against the project, citing concerns with the size and environmental impact.

    A few weeks later council rejected rezoning the site, noting the CRD failed to deliver requested information such as details on First Nations consultations, committee meeting minutes and an independent tsunami report.

    The CRD was forced to go back to the drawing board, but first appealed to the province to mandate the rezoning of McLoughlin Point. The province refused to meddle in the ongoing sewage saga, even though about $60 million had been spent.

    Now, however, the province has agreed to help facilitate the process in order to

    move the project forward.The McLoughlin site still needs a green

    light from the municipality.In looking back, Desjardins feels there

    was a lack of respect for the community and that residents still dont trust the CRD. McLoughlin had been offered as a proactive solution, she explained, with residents seeing it as an opportunity for a possible distributed model with multiple plants. But the CRD sewage committee, basing its decision on staff recommendations, went with a centralized plant there instead.

    From there on, it was all about thats going to happen, you better accept it and by the way were not going to give you any mitigation, Desjardins said. Had they done it differently, had they listened to the community and what the needs were, I really believe that process might have ended up differently.

    The reality is, it was off the rails long before we made the decision, and that was because of the lack of working with a community Esquimalt has never been NIMBY and yet its painted as NIMBY. Its always been about lets get the best solution.

    I am hearing from residents that there is an opportunity, given the right circumstances, to reconsider.

    Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins

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  • B12 I SPECIAL FEATURE I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016

    Pamela RothBlack Press

    Walking along Halifaxs harbour in the 1960s was an unpleasant experience. For decades, the city had pumped raw sewage fecal matter, tampons, condoms and other flushed items into its harbour and it was starting to take a toll.

    The harbour water was murky, prohibiting swimming at popular beaches and the harvesting of shellfish due to health concerns. A pungent smell lingered, as brown sludge burbled to the surface.

    It was kind of disgraceful, said James Campbell, public relations co-ordinator with Halifax Water.

    Pressure mounted on city officials to clean up the harbour and institute sewage treatment. In 1970, a secondary treatment plant was built in the community of Bedford, followed a few years later by a primary treatment plant in the Eastern Passage. But the city outgrew the facilities and the vast majority of sewage continued to enter the harbour untreated.

    It wasnt until 2001 that the city embarked upon the Harbour Solutions Project, a phased-in approach that involved constructing three wastewater treatment facilities. The largest was built near downtown Halifax, a second near a neighbourhood in Dartmouth and the third in the village of Herring Cove, combining to serve a population of 415,000.

    Also included was a sewage collection system and a biosolids processing facility constructed near Halifax airport. The cost of the three advanced primary treatment plants was pegged at $333 million. Then came the question of how to pay for the costliest infrastructure project in Atlantic Canada.

    The federal government contributed $60 million, the province kicked in $30 million and city taxpayers paid the remaining $243 million. The municipality took a loan and raised money through an environmental protection levy on residents water bills.

    There was overwhelming public support for getting the project done, Campbell said. People had

    heard decades of indecision about how to get moving on the project and its always funding thats the biggest problem.

    It seemed everything was finally on track, but the project hit another roadblock when the city terminated its contract with the company hired to design and build the treatment system, putting more pressure on city staff to move the project ahead. A new company was contracted a year later.

    Shovels hit the ground in 2005 and the Halifax Wastewater Treatment Facility opened in 2008. Over the next year, the Dartmouth and Herring Cove facilities came on

    line. The project came in $3 million under budget at $330 million.

    A few days after the Halifax plant opened, the murky waters started to clear, providing a pleasant walk along the harbour again. The public was astonished to see the ocean floor, noted Campbell, and a diving salvage company was hired to retrieve some of the garbage previously hidden. Two public beaches that had been closed for decades also reopened for swimming.

    In the projects lengthy history, getting the funds was one challenge; where to build was another. Various solutions were

    tossed around, including one giant plant on an island in the harbour. Ultimately engineers decided the best option was three facilities.

    That decision wasnt nearly as difficult as convicing residents that having a sewage treatment plant in their backyard wasnt a bad thing, Campbell said. The city received much pushback during public consultations and meetings with community groups, but eventually citizens got on board.

    We worked with the community on the facade of the facilities so they had some input on that. It was really trying to break that concern (about having) a big, smelly industrial facility in your backyard or blocking your view of the harbour.

    The biggest facility is in the middle of downtown Halifax and theres no smell whatsoever, no noise, no smoke stacks. There is another directly across the harbour thats also close to a residential area in the same situation.

    pamela.roth@blackpress.ca

    Halifax spent $330 million on treatment

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    Maritime harbour city undertook costliest infrastructure project in Atlantic Canada

    Share your thoughtsGet the dialogue going. Send your opinions on this series to don.descoteau@blackpress.ca, or call 250-478-9552 ext 224. You can also post comments to the Facebook or Twitter pages of your Black Press community newspaper. Please include your name and a telephone number for verification.

    In the next instalment in our series, we examine money: whats been spent on sewage treatment, how much you can expect to pay; and what scientists think of the mandated need to treat our sewage. As well, we look at integrated resource management and whats in store for the West Shore.Read your Sooke News Mirror on March 30 to learn more.

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    The biggest facility is in the middle of downtown Halifax and theres no smell whatsoever, no noise, no smokestacks.

    James Campbell, Halifax Water spokesman

    Saanich Peninsula

    The Saanich Peninsula wastewater plant is a secondary treatment facility with the capability to produce Class A biosolids. The plant commenced oper-ation in 2000, replacing three individual CRD sewage treatment plants that were constructed in the early 1970s.

    In 2011, the treatment plants heat recovery system was commissioned. It recovers thermal energy from the efflu-ent and supplies hot water to heat the Panorama Recreation Centre pool.

    Sewage treatment around the regionSooke

    Construction of the Sooke col-lection system and wastewater treatment plant began in 2004 and the system was commis-sioned in November 2005. Indi-vidual domestic and commercial hook-ups began in January 2006 and continued throughout 2006 and 2007, with the majority com-pleted by December 2006.

    This secondary treatment system services a core area of approximately 5,500 residents.

    Sewage treatment south of the borderOlympia, Wash.

    The Budd Inlet Treatment Plant was con-structed in 1949 and has been upgraded three times, the latest time in 2004, to meet changing needs such as moving to secondary treatment.

    Servicing 108,000 people, the treatment plants estimated replacement value is $500 million. The modern 32,500-square-foot LOTT (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston) Regional Services Centre is the public face of the facility. Reclaimed water is used in the plant and the LOTT centre. The plant (web: lottclean-water.org/plant.htm) also reuses methane gas to fuel operations and the services centre.

    Biosolids are captured for use as fertilizer and soil amendment nearby.

    Snohomish County, Wash.

    Commissioned in 2011 at a cost of $1.86 billion, the Brightwater Wastewater Treat-ment Plant was the largest clean water capital project in King County in 40 years.

    Built on 114 acres, it services a popula-tion of 189,000 and has planned capac-ity for 435,000. In addition to a secondary treatment plant, conveyance pipes and a marine outfall, the multi-faceted proj-ect also includes a 15,000-sq. ft. educa-tion and community centre (online: 1.usa.gov/1S6Xvq4), the restoration of salmon habitat and the creation of 70 acres of public open space.