Looking Back

Back in 2002 Ray Vowles, Don Rittaler and Elida Peers look at a pillar from the old Belvedere Hotel. - File
Back in 2002 Ray Vowles, Don Rittaler and Elida Peers look at a pillar from the old Belvedere Hotel.
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A trip through the Sooke News Mirror archives:


Feb. 13, 2008

Camp Bernard enhances scope

The scouting movement has been around for a long time and a long list of young people have moved through its ranks. The skills and character attributes gained through scouting pay long-term dividends.

A new kind of camp is coming up at Sooke’s 251-acre Camp Bernard as early as the March break.

“It’s a specific program called ‘Schools and Scouting’ and after 12 years we decided it’s not a trial anymore,” said Denyse Koo, the community development worker with Scouts Canada.

Because it’s just getting started there will be capacity of 20 campers per week in March.


Feb. 12, 2003

WCB sues Deer Trails

Dear Trail Development Ltd. is being sued once again and this time instead of a construction company it’s the Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C. that’s waiting for pay.

In a statement of claim, the WCB stated that Deer Trail owes it $18,082.

The money owed to the WCB is for unpaid WCB assessments, according to WCB spokesperson Donna Freeman. All registered employers in B.C. must pay WCB assessments. Company representatives could not be reached.

Feb. 11, 1998

West Coast Road finally opens

Port Renfrew residents and visitors finally had their link to the rest of the world reopened Monday night after construction of a temporary Bailey bridge across Loss Creek was completed. The original bridge was deemed unusable after a mudslide covered West Coast Road near it in late December.


Feb. 10, 1993

Sooke Coast Guard has new home

The Sooke Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit 37 at long last has a home of its own. Negotiations have finally been completed allowing the Sooke Unit to use the abandoned Victoria Coast Guard Radio Station at 7316 McMillan Rd.

After considerable alternations done by the unit members, we are ready to proudly unveil the new home of the Spirit of Sooke.

Come one, come all and help us officially open the new station.


Feb. 10, 1988

Renfrew residents face hefty tax hike when services transferred

Port Renfrew residents are faced with tax increases of up to $700 per year to pay for services such as water, sewage, street lights and fire protection currently provided by B.C. Forest Products.

The company, which at present charges residents a minimal servicing fee, is planning to transfer the services to the residents of the town as it divests itself of its interests in the community.


In days gone by:

July, 1975: West Coast Savings Credit Union boasted first mortgages at 11¾ per cent and second mortgages at 12¾ per cent.

July, 1975: Sooke Furniture Gallery’s mid-year inventory clearance, featuring Simmons Queen size box spring and mattress for $179.

Nov. 1972: Rainbow Lanes, Sooke’s bowling and billiards headquarters where newcomers are always made welcome.

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