Looking Back

A look through the Sooke News Mirror archives:


Feb. 27, 2008

Teen lucky to be alive after near miss with dump truck


Crystal Thorne is lucky to be alive after a near-death experience with a dump truck.

The Edward Milne community school student was crossing Sooke Road to the school last Wednesday when she was hit by the truck.

Crystal luckily rolled out from under the truck and was able to get up. She suffered a minor concussion as well as scrapes and bruises.


Feb. 26, 2003

Petition stops training fire


A neighbourhood petition containing 28 signatures has halted the torching of a Sooke Bluffs home Sunday afternoon for a Sooke fire department training exercise.

The fire department had planned to burn down an empty residence at 7083 Richview Drive to clear the valuable waterfront property for a new home being built by an unidentified Alberta owner.


Feb. 25, 1998

Taxpayers will pay more for parks and recreation


Sooke property owners will be shelling out about $7 more this year in taxes to pay for the electoral area’s parks and recreation programs.

Regional director Diane Bernard will be boosting the Sooke Electoral Area Parks and Recreation Commission budget by $62,494 this year. The increase brings the 1998 parks and recreation budget up to $652,494.

While figures are not yet in on the total the average homeowner will pay in 1998, last year the average homeowner paid $71.58.


Feb. 24, 1993

Mall proposal gets local approval


A $2.7-million Sooke shopping mall proposal has cleared its first governmental hurdle. If all goes smoothly, construction could start early this fall and the buildings could be in place within a year.

The Sooke Advisory Planning Commission has sent the proposal by JCB Holdings, the owners of Sooke’s Village Food Market, to the General Municipal Services Committee of the Capital Regional District with its stamp of approval.

In addition to the grocery store, the two-building centre will also feature the new quarters of Pacific Coast Savings and Evergreen Paint and Hardware, as well as other office and retail space.


Feb. 24, 1988

Stiff fine ‘a lesson for others’


Sooke man must pay $2,500 for selling sport-caught fish

Federal Fishery Officer John Stephen says that last week’s conviction and heavy fine for a Sooke man who sold illegally-caught sports fish to an undercover officer is a lesson for anyone else who might be considering trying the same thing.

Keray Regan, 41, of Sooke, was fined $2,500 for selling illegally-caught fish.

He also had his boat, motor and fishing gear confiscated and will be prohibited from holding a sport or fishing licence for two years.


Spectacular returns of 1975:

Canada Savings Bonds had an average annual interest to maturity rate of 9.38 per cent.

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