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March 23, 2016 edition of the Sooke News Mirror

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<ul><li><p>SOOKE IS SELLING!</p><p>2016 SookeHome Sales: 95</p><p>250.642.6361</p><p>T A M M I D I M O C KPe r sona l Rea l E s ta t e Co rp .</p><p>2015 SookeHome Sales: 395</p><p>tammidimock.com</p><p>15 MINUTES TO CANWEST IMMAC 2000 BUILT 4BR 3BATH ATTRACTIVELY LANDSCAPED </p><p>CCAMOSUN WESTSIDE #1 REAL ESTATE OFFICE </p><p>IN SOOKE FOR 2015 </p><p>OLIVER KATZ Personal Real Estate Corporation </p><p>CRISTINA STAICU Personal Real Estate Corporation </p><p>SUNRIVER $479,900 17 MILE $469,000 SOOKE CORE $309,900 BROOMHILL $379,800 </p><p>BUYING or SELLING ??? Call 250.642.6480 </p><p>SPRAWLING 1800SF RANCHER QUIET CUL DE SAC LOCATION </p><p>SPARKLING 3BR 2 BATH </p><p>BIG, BRIGHT 3BR 3BATH CORNER TOWNHOME </p><p>CONVENIENT LOCATION </p><p>3500 SF ON 2 LEVELS WALK-OUT RANCHER IMMAC. INSIDE &amp; OUT </p><p>Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Mail Agreement #40110541</p><p> INDEX NEWS SPORTSNews 3Opinion 8Arts 30</p><p>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. </p><p>Page 3</p><p>A change of hands and a new outlook at basketball programs in Sooke could mean big things for Edward Milne Community School athletes. </p><p>Page 27</p><p>Kevin LairdSooke News Mirror</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.)</p><p>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.</p><p>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 </p><p>on an emergency-type basis, said acting mayor Rick Kasper, who repre-sents Sooke on the CRD board.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>The sludge issue must be straightened out eventually. Its the other part of the puzzle, said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area director Mike Hicks.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Pirjo Raits/Sooke News Mirror</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p> See page B1</p><p>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</p><p>C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A</p><p>Black Press</p></li><li><p>A2 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016</p><p>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</p><p>How to reach us 250.642.5752 fax: 250.642.4767office@sookenewsmirror.com</p><p>SUPERSPECIALS</p><p>For all your Insurance needsHome Business Farm Auto</p><p>Don McCormick</p><p>Serving Sooke for over 35 years</p><p>250-882-7411</p><p>Shelby KnightDesigner/Sales snight@vicbc.ca</p><p>1.250.743.7605</p><p>Shoreline DesignSpecializing in water accessover steep and rugged terrain Fully insured Excellent references</p><p>Peter Christenson 250.858.9575shorelinedesign.ca</p><p>See our services &amp; prices at:www.sookesoil.com</p><p>Come seeus for:</p><p> Garden wastedrop-off</p><p> Soil &amp; Mulches</p><p> Compost &amp; Manure Decorative Rock Sand &amp; Aggregates</p><p>Arent you loving these sunny days of SPRING? </p><p>2830 Ramsden Road (in the 3300 block of Otter Point Road, a block west of Sooke Business Park)</p><p>WERE OPEN OUR REGULAR HOURS EASTER WEEKEND</p><p>Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-5:30pmSunday 10am-2pm</p><p>250-642-65096852 West Coast Road</p><p>Sooke, BC V9Z 0V2www.sookemarinecentre.com</p><p>Sales, Service &amp; Parts for all Outboard and Sterndrives</p><p>Easter BrunchSunday March 27, 9am-2pm</p><p>Prestige Oceanfront Resort6929 West Coast Rd.</p><p>Reservations: 778.425.0888</p><p>PROUDLY SERVING SOOKE, METCHOSIN,JORDAN RIVER AND SOMBRIO !</p><p>OUR LOCAL WEEKLYSPECIALS ARE BACK</p><p>Small fire temporarily shuts down Sooke A&amp;W</p><p>Sooke Fire and Rescue responded to the A&amp;W restaurant in Sooke after a bun warmer caught fire. </p><p>The fire was put out by restaurant staff using a fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived at the scene. </p><p>No one was injured.According to </p><p>Sooke Fire Chief Steven Sorensen, the restaurant sustained no fire damage, however the fire extinguisher caused minor damage in the affected spot. </p><p>Log house burns down in Whiffen Spit</p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>Last fire crew were at the site until midnight. </p><p>This was the second time this log house caught fire, the last time being in </p><p>November 2009, noted Sorensen. No one has been living in it since. </p><p>Exact cause of the fire remains unknown, though local authorities suspect foul play.</p><p>Sorensen said it was fortunate the fire occurred while everything is still cold and wet around. </p><p>Were just lucky it wasnt during the summer, because sparks were going everywhere.</p><p>Want to see your shot featured as a Reader Photo of the Week?</p><p>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.</p><p>Reader Photo of the WeekEmily Zschau captured this picture near Sunriver. Readers Photo of the Week is sponsored by the Stickleback West Coast Eatery.</p><p>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</p><p>How to reach us 250.642.5752 fax: 250.642.4767office@sookenewsmirror.com</p></li><li><p>WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM A3</p><p>PEOPLES DRUG MART... Where People Come First</p><p>PEOPLEFIRST</p><p>Cedar Grove Centre I 250.642.2226</p><p>MED MANAGERPeoples Drug Mart offers a free medication compliance programcalled Med Manager. The Med Manager is a blister pack compliance card that conveniently organizes your medication for a full week, and helps you identify what medications are to be taken at what time of the day.Many people today are on more than one medication and when you combine this with a busy and active life, it can lead to the confusion of properly taking your medications. Medication non-compliance is a major concern and accounts for approximately 25% of all hospital admissions among seniors.Talk to a Peoples Pharmacist about the convenient and safeMed Manager Program</p><p>PEOPLES DRUG MART ...Where people come first.</p><p>Funding restored for Park Watch</p><p>District of Sooke council has restored $5,000 in funding to Juan de Fuca Park Watch Society.</p><p>Funding was cut to $1,000 last year by council on the recommendation of its grants committee.</p><p>The park watch program is run by volunteers from May to September, with a focus on preventing theft from vehicles, break-ins and vandalism. </p><p>Last year, volunteer patrollers handed out more than 30,000 brochures.</p><p>The program serves parks from Matheson Lake to Aylard Farm, Sooke Potholes, French Beach, China Beach and Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew.</p><p>Trail group receives support</p><p>District of Sooke council is supporting the Southern Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society in its vision of shared use and wilderness trail connections. </p><p>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.</p><p>For more information, </p><p>please go online to naturetrailssociety.com.</p><p>Work set for Goose connector</p><p>District of Sooke council has approved plans for work on the Galloping Goose connector in Sooke River Park and Sooke Road.</p><p>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.</p><p>The project is also supported by a BikeBC grant.</p><p>Sooke politicians back womens rights</p><p>Sooke politicians are backing womens rights with Take the Pledge for Parity proposed by District of Central Saanich council.</p><p>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.</p><p>Central Saanich sent the pledge to all Capital Regional District municipalities asking for support.</p><p>Council Briefs</p><p>Pacific Gateway Marina makes waves in Port Renfrew as it inches towards summer opening Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>There was a process of working with the various special interest groups and </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Still, he remains optimistic things will go smoothly from this point on.</p><p>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.</p><p>While the Pacheedaht agreed with the marinas changes, the First Nation hopes the developer will address its concerns </p><p>regarding the marinas effect on fish hab-itat.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>news@sookenewsmirror.com</p><p>Contributed</p><p>A diagram of what the Pacific Gateway Marina will look like once the breakwaters and docks are implemented.</p><p>New marina can accomodate as many as 60 boats, plus 60-foot yacht</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>School repair funds underway</p></li><li><p>A4 I NEWS I SOOKENEWSMIRROR.COM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 2016</p><p>Sponsored in part by:</p><p>Join in the fun at our annual</p><p>Easter EGGstravaganzaFREE EVENT for Ages 1-7</p><p>Saturday, March 2610:30-12:00pmSEAPARC Leisure Complex2168 Phillips Road</p><p>Egg Hunt Times10:30 for Ages 1-411:15 for Ages 5-7</p><p>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!</p><p>Admission is by donation to support the Sooke Food Bank.</p><p>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 &amp; CRAFTERSShirley Quilters and Crafters. Shirley Hall, 10:30 a.m.MEDITATION TALKSooke Yoga and Meditation Centre, 7:30 p.m.SOOKE WINDSConcert band rehearsal...</p></li></ul>